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Decker and Troy Millette at The Skinny Pancake March 28, 2019   Leave a comment

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Troy Millette

I had a great time seeing music Thursday at The Skinny Pancake. My friends were running on their own timeline so I got going a little early and took the lovely walk down to the waterfront. I got in and settled and almost finished eating when Tony Gallucci from WBKM stopped in and hung our banner behind the stage. Mike Luoma showed up shortly after that and Troy Millette Music began to play. He opened with a cover of I’m on Fire and tossed a little Dancing In The Dark into the middle. He followed with a couple of originals. Magnolias was just gorgeous and I’m really beginning to like his new song about how something in your arms feels like home. He returned to Bruce for Atlantic City but tossed in some Fast Car and something about walking 1,000 miles for you, ’cause in this day and age, he would totally do that. He played a song about not being sure if he wanted to fix this and make it right and kept the theme going with Anna Marie. He lit me up with his version of Ghosts (Of What We Used To Be) then closed with a fun medley. It began with something about wanting it that way, went into something about a blank space. He walked on water for a while then ended by bringing out our inner Whitney for Dance With Somebody. He always plays fun shows and I love when I get to hear him play.

In the past few months Mike has been doing a lot of music programming at WBKM.ORG and has turned me on to a lot of cool music. He invented a series called Virtual In Studio where artists can film themselves playing stripped down versions of their songs. decker. was the first artist to sign on and came to town, which is why I skipped my usual Thursday night show. I had listened to his song The Matador a couple of times but wasn’t entirely certain what to expect.

The set break was short then Decker took the stage with a microphone, and acoustic guitar, a stomp box gadget for one foot and a tambourine for the other. A series of effects pedals gave the songs a lush sound. He opened with a song called Burning Grass that he said was a tribute to Tom Petty. He chatted between songs and took the subjects to deep thoughtful places that kept the audience captivated. He sang a song called The Garden that was about being in favor of all of humanity that really lit up my soul. He sang a song called Holy Ghost that sounded like cruising on an Arizona highway listening to Chuck Berry while on LSD. He followed with cool songs about a State Trooper and The Phantom. He played a gorgeous song about finding a dead deer in the Arizona desert and praying over its carcass. It’s called Smudge and is quickly becoming a favorite. He hit home with a song called The Saint which was about spending time with his grandmother in hospice. I went through that with my mother just about a year ago. Sometimes, it’s nice to know we all go through the wonderful and terrible parts of life together. He followed with a song called Awake that is both staggeringly positive and a really cool song. Usually, songs like that get a little sappy musically, but his version is strong.

He took a quick break and a couple of us stepped out for a little air. I chatted with Troy for a bit then we went back in. Decker was sitting in a chair in front of the audience playing and singing with no microphone. Rats, I should have gone in sooner. I hate making unforced errors. I think I missed the song Mexico but caught most of The Matador. He closed the night with a song about JFK called Patsy.

It’s really hard to describe just how beautiful the whole show was. I was phenomenally impressed. I’d go see him again anytime.

 

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Decker

 

 

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Happy Spangler and Miku Daza at The Skinny Pancake August 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Friday at The Skinny Pancake Burlington. I got in a little early and got a bite to eat and hung out with Frank DeAngelis, Charlie Messing, some of the band, and some other cool people. We were all set to go when Happy Spangler hit the stage. They set a nice rocking tone with Dave Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and we were off. They played a great version of Carole King’s Take A Giant Step then switched to the cowpunk zone for a song about falling out late last night. Bit O Honey had some furious Michael Bradshaw drumming at the end then they pulled out a new classic. By my count, Spangler have three of my favorite local songs in their setlist. Golden Caddy is a fun ride and I love it when they pull it out. They played some Donovan on Bart’s Blues, and I had no idea what the song was until they announced it at the end, but really enjoyed it. They pulled out classic number two with an epic version of I Brought You Flowers, You Wanted Drugs. The title is fun and the song has a huge rock sound that I love. All night long Barbara held the songs together on bass while Kirk Flanagan sang and alternated between rhythm and lead guitar. Bradshaw played killer drums and sang the next one, which I think was Big Star’s You Get What You Deserve. They played a song about how a door flew open and you blew in then they played the third great song. It’s called Hawks and takes some lovely twists, rocks hard and soars at times. Hmmm, I love that song. They ended the set with a rocker about never letting me go and called it a night. They are so great. It’s always fun when they are on stage.

After a quick set break, Miku Daza hit the stage hard. Their gypsy inspired indie punk gets my heart racing and my feet moving. They opened with the one two punch of Parasite and Flaca Daza and we were off. They sang a song about living in a different place as Miku’s voice soared to dramatic heights. Her guitar hit hard and fast and was totally locked in with Chris Tranten’s ripping bass. Jonathan Tollefson fired continued bursts of Baritone Saxophone, and Will Bennington kept the drums at full throttle, despite an injury to his hand. What a trooper. They sang a song in Spanish that was cool, then asked if they make us nervous. We Panicked on the next one then they eased the pace back a little for a song about a criminal. They sang about bank robbers, sugar rushes, and a bird on a wire. They played one that was about haunting you forever or nakedness or something, then played another one in Spanish. They played a couple more and closed with a song about being on a tree. The audience wanted more but Miku pulled the old “I just broke my guitar cord off with the plug still in the guitar” ploy and called it a night. Such timing.

I hung out for a bit but quickly took the lovely walk home. It was yet another great night of Rock and Roll in Burlington.

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted August 29, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Seth Yacovone Blues band at The Skinny Pancake and The Thursday Torys, Laura Wolf and The Dead Shakers at Big Heavy World July 20, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Seth Yacovone Blues Band pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Friday at The Skinny Pancake Burlington and Big Heavy World. I had a relaxed day then took the warm and lovely walk downtown around 4. I got in and settled at SP around 20 after and the Seth Yacovone Blues Band was on stage ripping it up. He was joined by Jeff Salsibury on drums and Jan Schultz on bass. They created wonderful platforms that Seth used to reach for the sky. They played a song about Mr Farmer then played the Albert King classic As The Years Go Passing By. Seth pulled out an epic guitar solo that lit up the crowd. His playing was more playful on the one about being in love with miss Ann then they played one about how the minds eye wanders. They sang about rocks in your pillow and snatching your bag, then took a break. They came back with a cool bluesy instrumental then played a song with a darker tone and a searing guitar. It was about how the whole world is fighting about the same thing. It was hot and sunny on the deck of the Pancake so Seth’s song about how the sun is shining was quite appropriate. Good thing there was a nice breeze that day. They rocked out a song about being twenty miles out of town then sang a cheery number about how I should have quit you a long time ago. The one about how somewhere there’s a home gave hope then he encouraged us put the shoe on the other foot and walk just like me. The one about how I love you pretty baby, don’t know what to say or do was nice and the one about E. coli and mad cow disease was a little more tough. They played a slow bluesy song about how the harder I try the more I end up on the floor and Seth let loose a wicked solo at the end. They left us with Further On Up The Road and as the last note rang out, I took them up on their advice.

They wrapped up around 6:30 then I walked over to Pine Street heading towards BHW. Showtime was set for 7 and since showtimes this week had been running 30-60 minutes late, I stopped at Dedalus Wine Shop, Market, & Wine Bar for a delicious glass of White Burgundy.

I arrived at Big Heavy World around 7:20 and The Thursday Torys were on stage. Grr, I could have been there at the start. Oh well. It was just Brayden Patrick Baird solo but his voice and guitar nicely carried the songs. He sang about taking every hit that she’s got to know the feeling that we are alive. He switched to mini piano for a song about the coming of winter called Everybody’s Sad. That ended the show. I really should have caught more but loved what I heard. As a side note, I think he said he was playing solo since the rest of the band had food poisoning or subpoenas or something. I will have to catch up with them again soon.

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The Thursday Torys pic by Tim Lewis

 

The set break was short then Laura Wolf began to play. Her indie rock cello sound was augmented by many loops and wispy vocals. The full effect was a dreamy mix as all the songs flowed together. She sang about about being scared of leaving when I’m leaving you and waves coming to shore. Her quietly gorgeous songs mesmerized the room. I’m not sure how many she played since I got lost in the set. She finished with something about can’t you see hopes and prayers that finally broke the spell when she wrapped it up. What a lovely set.

 

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Laura Wolf pic by Tim Lewis

The next set break was long enough to go to ArtsRiot and grab a drink, chat with one of by bosses who was hanging with friends at the food truck event happening outside, finish said drink, then pop back into the no alcohol Big Heavy World.

My timing was back to the usual standards and I got settled in as The Dead Shakers began to play. With a similar, but slightly different band line-up, the sound was a little more rocking and a little less funky than when I saw them on Tuesday. The baritone sax was gone, Lauren Costello was back with her cello and effects and there was a little more fire in the guitar. They opened with something about there I go then played a heavy jam that reminded Matthew Kloss of Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s gone. They played a cheery song about nuclear war coming soon then took us to the sentimental time of the night. They jammed out the next two then Kevin Bloom told a story about a child that was eaten by a bird. Taung Child was fun as always. They played a funky jam with a shredding guitar then sang waste not want not. They closed the 11 song set by encouraging our Superpowers. It’s always a good time when the Shakers play. It might be different from the last time, but it’s always great.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. I ran into Arty LaVigne outside the Flynn and he said Bruce Hornsby was amazing. I ran into Phoebe Zorn and Chrusty Barnacles on Church Street and chatted for a bit, then went home and happily collapsed. What a great night

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

Swale and Gestalt at The Skinny Pancake March 17, 2018   Leave a comment

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Gestalt pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Skinny Pancake Burlington. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled. I chatted with some cool people and soon enough, it was time for the show.

Gestalt took the stage and shared their old school low-fi indie rock. As they settled in they reminded me of Burlington bands from the early ’90’s, but as they kept going they added a romantic sweep to the sound. My notes didn’t catch much of what the songs were about, but a between song commentary about the coming of spring was endearing. Right before the end of the set bassist/singer Meredith Davey told the audience that we had to go do something nice for someone else and that nobody was exempt. You’ve got to love that. They played one more cool song and called it a set. I need to see them again.

It was not a long break, then SWALE took the stage. They began with a slow version of Felon then bopped along with Waiting For You. Golden Crutch was searing and Soul Piggy Bank was as poignant as always. They played a mellow version of Old School then rocked a bit on Loser. They picked up the pace with Release Your Records and rocked hard on Jack Sharp. All Down Tonight had a great groove and a rocking ending. They rocked Cancer nice and hard and eased up for a gorgeous version of Bird In A Cage. They stayed a bit mellow for Beaten Down and ramped back up with Joyless. Elevator was painfully beautiful and Safe To Say soared through the room. Drug Laws surged with full fury. Someone requested some Black Sabbath (Scott Decker?) and they played an amazing version of Hand Of Doom. They brought the music back to top speed for Everyone Likes To then called it a night.

I hung out for a bit and chatted with Luke Adam and Andriana Chobot then took the long lovely walk home.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Azarian Family Hoo Haw with Peg Tassey at Light Club Lamp Shop and Breakfast With The Boys and Binger at The Skinny Pancake July 29, 2017   1 comment

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Peg Tassey and Ethan Azarian pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop and The Skinny Pancake Burlington. It was a lovely day and I got out of work a little early and had time to just hang out for a bit. Around 5:45 I took the easy walk downtown. The show was set to start at 6 but the stage was just beginning to be set up. I chatted with Charlie Messing for a half hour or so then it was time for the Azarian Family Hoo Haw to begin. A woman named Kendra took the stage with a Ukulele. I let the first song wash over me and was in a happy place. Charlie commented on how good of a singer she was. For the second song a guy named Jeff joined her and played the musical saw. The song was about laying your comfort down and sounded quiet somber and lovely. A song about a hard rain followed then a woman named Lindsay came up and sang backing vocals. The song was about leaving my baby and was the last of Kendra’s set.

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Kendra and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Lindsay took the stage and sang and played a slow eerie banjo with some effects and looping. She was joined by Jeff on the saw and chimes and phones. The gentle haunting sound was beautiful. They played songs about cold rain and sun and a howling Texas wind. Kendra joined them for a song that might have been called In Dreams. They closed the set with Kendra using a bow on something that looked like a small xylophone while Jeff used a bow on the saw and Lindsay used a bow on the banjo. The song about the wind and rolling sea was gorgeous.

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Lindsay and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

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Lindsay, Jeff, and Kendra pic by Tim Lewis

Being a warm sunny day, the mighty Ethan Azarian opened with a song about the cold winter and putting your summer clothes away. Jeff and Lindsay have been playing with Ethan in Austin for a while and they added a nice touch to his sound. They brought up Kendra to sing backing vocals through a phone for an anti-marriage song about the lovebirds. Ethan’s quirky lyrics made The Zebra Who Runs Through The Night especially fun. They played songs about seeing you in the promised land and seeing you when they get home. They played the title song of Ethan’s new album When You Were Young then rocked out a song called Josephine. They brought up Peg Tassey MUSIC for a special treat. Jeff played saw and Ethan played acoustic guitar and Peg played acoustic and she sang the legendary Ethan Is Stoned. I’ve loved that song for a long time and was in heaven for every note. Ethan closed the set with a song about Joe playing that Sally Ann Slow and picking up his fiddle and bow. Everything about the set was fun.

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Ethan, Jeff, and Lindsay pic by Tim Lewis

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Peg Tassey, Ethan Azarian, and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

I had thought about trying to catch some music at Sidebar but the time was running late so I just headed down to The Skinny Pancake. I got in and got a drink and wandered out to the patio as Breakfast With The Boys were wrapping up their set. They played a rollicking Whipping Post then a song with a bit of a Latin groove. The woman who sang had a great and powerful voice. They played one more fun song and that was that. I hung out for a bit then Binger took the stage. They sound checked with Fearless but began the set for real with If I Knew. The next song had a reggae vibe and was about all of the things I do. They played a new song called Sideways that was really nice. A cover of Natalie Imburglia’s Torn bounced nicely then they played a song about the spaces in between. They made me smile with a killer version of The Feeling Is Strange. A cover of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots was fun and kept the smile on my face. They played another new song about a memory that had a ferocious jam at the end. A cover of Shakedown Street made everyone happy then they rocked out Strings. Covers of Can I Kick It and Jumper were fun. They played a hot damn funk jam then rocked out King Vice. They played two more, including Check Your Pockets and called it a night. It had been ages since I had seen Binger play a full show and their 16 song set was as good of a time as always.

I hung out for a bit and said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long walk home.

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Breakfast With The Boys pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Binger pic by Tim Lewis

 

Gneiss at Red Square and Close Encounters and Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18, 2016   Leave a comment

Gneiss at Red Square June 18, 2016

Gneiss at Red Square June 18, 2016

 

I had a great day of music yesterday. I began the day by writing up Friday’s epic day of music then had a little bit of time to relax before heading over to the party. I got an invite from Molly and Lauren from Rapid Fire Magazine for a party by the lake in Colchester. My evening was booked with music, but I thought I had enough time to go hang out for an hour or so. I arrived a little after five and met Paul Allison. After a bit Jamie and Anna from Cranial Perch arrived and it was nice to see them again. Gary Lane was there too and we had fun talking about music and living by the lake.

I drove home, then walked downtown and arrived a couple of minutes late for gneiss who were playing at Red Square from 7-11. I missed them the last time they were in town so I felt I really had to put in the effort to see them. Of course, I was nicely rewarded for doing so with the lovely sound of their music. With Naomi Galimidi on keys, Jesse Cowan on 5 string bass, Jacob Blodgett on drums and Johnny Meli on guitar they have an earthy organic flowing sound. The songs felt loosely structured and open to change as the mood struck. Naomi sang some of the time and both her voice and the sound of her keys sounded warm and friendly and just made me want to smile. Jesse’s bass was plucked mightily as he easily navigated each changing flow of the song. Johnny sang some of the songs and has a nice voice and his guitar playing flowed from chords to sweet leads almost effortlessly. One song they played was called ‘Bye Stander (?) and had a nice flow. One song jammed for a while then fell into For What It’s Worth. I think it was Water Is Rising that had some over the top drum work from Jake. A song with the line What A Lovely Day had a bit of an English Prog Rock feel and was a perfect sentiment for a band playing in the alley while the sun steamed down light and heat and their music flowed out into Church st. I hung out for a full set, about an hour or a little more then chatted with the band and got a CD. Yea, more music for my radio show on WBKM

 

Close Encounters at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Close Encounters at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed down the hill to The Skinny Pancake and right at 8:30 Close Encounters began playing on the outdoor stage. As you walk into the restaurant there is a little bit of seating to your right and a lot to the left. Just past the seating on the left they have the band set up against the building wall and this seems to be the best setup I’ve seen there. Encounters are a four-piece band with singer/electric guitar, bass, drums, and singer/keyboard player. If you drew a line between jam and indie rock Encounters would be almost exactly half way in between. A lot of the music had a nice flow to it but there was also some hard rocking. One song called Future Ladies had a bit of a disco vibe. The band sounded really good and everyone played well but the drummer was just the star of the show. He just went crazy on every song and I just loved it. They played about 45 minutes and ended with a song called Stolen which rocked hard at the end. It made me happy.

 

Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Binger hit the stage at 9:30 with a groove called Now Check Your Pocket. They have such a smooth sound and mix elements of soul and rock and jazz and calypso and lively a few more, yet it sounds beautifully coherent. Shak Ear plays bass and sings and raps. Braden Winslow plays guitar and sings and raps. Dalton Muzzy just plays drums and his playing is subtle and powerful and always on target. The band mostly stuck with songs from the new album Skeptics and a few covers. If I Knew sounded great. I missed the cover song after that. Strings followed and it is such a cool song. As the set unfolded they treated us to a couple of new songs, which were really good. They tossed in covers like Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 by The Flaming Lips and Breathe by Pink Floyd the latter of which sounded especially great when brought into the Binger sound. Buttonz, from the Roots In The Rabbit Hole, let Shakir really shine. Towards the end of the show they played Resurrection In Sanskrit and I’m pretty sure it was both parts 1 and 2. Either way, Braden’s guitar playing was stellar. I did not catch the name of the song that ended the 90 minute show, but like everything they do, it was a joy to experience.

After the show I said a couple of quick goodbyes and went home and collapsed. It’s been a couple of great days of seeing music and I feel so lucky to be able to put in just a little bit of effort and get so heavily rewarded.

 

Invisible Homes and Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake and The High Breaks at Juniper March 25, 2016   Leave a comment

Invisible Homes at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night. I was a little slow to get out the door and arrived at the Skinny Pancake around 8:40. Apparently, they were not kidding about the 8:30 start time and Invisible Homes were on stage when I walked in. I settled in, found a spot to stand and listened. I recognized a couple of songs from their first album, but most of the show was new. The songs ranged through several styles, art rock, jazz, electronic, and likely a few more. All of the songs were well crafted and the musicianship of the band was top notch. At times the music would go out to an edge, then come back and resolve itself into some sweet melodies. One song had a Fripp sounding guitar running all the way through. The show was not super long, but completely captivating for every note. They closed with the song that had been running through my head all day, This Machine, and I was in a very happy place. After the show I saw a setlist lying around and noticed that they had opened with my favorite of their songs, Above The Frequency. Urgh, all I had to do was leave a couple of minutes earlier and I would have gotten to see it. Next time.

Homes had a lot of gear on the stage so the breakdown took a bit of time. Soon enough Violent Mae took the stage. They are a duo with a drummer and a woman singer guitar player. Their songs had a low-fi indie sort of sound that did not grab me. I really enjoyed the sound of her voice, but wasn’t hooked by the music. I hung out for three songs, because you just have to give a band a chance. It still wasn’t working for me, so I headed out.

I walked up Battery street, turned on to Cherry street and wandered into Juniper as The High Breaks were playing a surf version of Wicked World. I grabbed a beer, got settled and they played another of their cool surf songs then took a break. I chatted a bit with Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, and Matthew Bryan Hagen, then wandered around and ran into Casey Merlin Rae. The music started up again so I headed back to the stage and rocked out to a mix of the Breaks own songs and some classics. They played classics like Shifty, A Walk On Ballard Beach, and The Big One. They tossed in covers of Penetration by the Ventures (which was mixed with Sweet Leaf by Sabbath), Symptom Of The Universe, Misirlou, and Wipeout. As they went to wrap up one guy wanted to turn his son on to the music so the Breaks played two encore songs for him. They are such great guys.

After the set I headed out quickly. The walk home was quick and happy.

 

 

Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis