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The Snaz and Vows at The Skinny Pancake October 17, 2015   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music that Saturday night. I had been interested in both The Snaz and Vows but had not caught up with either. The show was listed as 8:30-11 at The Skinny Pancake, so that seemed easy enough. I got out of work at 5:30 and was home by 6. I grabbed a bite to eat and headed out around 8. The walk was quick and lovely, though just chilly enough to want an extra coat. I walked in pretty close to 8:30 and The Snazz were set up and ready to go. They did not have the curtain pulled to keep the performance room separate from the dining area, so I could see that I needed to pick up the pace. I got in and settled as the band opened with Try And Try And Try. It rocked nicely and set a great tone for the evening. They are a four-piece band with electric guitar/singer, keys/backing vocals, bass and drums. The music has an upbeat alt rock swing to it. The songs are short and poppy, but have a bit of a sweep to them. Most songs had an opening riff that slid into some nice changes and just made you want to bob around. The singer had a nice and solid voice that drove the music and the keyboard players backing vocals, including a killer scream at one point, filled the songs out nicely. They played a song they said was very new, that had a little extra sweep to it, which was pretty cool. The keys had a nice flow to them and the bass and guitar precisely drove the songs. The drumming was super steady, but had a few extra fills that could turn the direction of the songs on a dime. Each part was played well and the whole show jelled into some pretty sweet songs. The highlight was late in the set when they pulled out Running Away From Home. Their other songs are just as good, but they had just a little extra poise on that one. There is a lot to like about this band.

I hung out for the set change and soon enough, Vows took the stage. They played as a five-piece with singer/guitar player, guitat/keys, keys, bass and drum. They were super tight and the music ranged from off-kilter dancey pop to almost progressive rock. They are the type of band that I hate to write about since I don’t know how to describe them. That said, I greatly enjoyed their set and they kept me engaged for the full 45-60 minutes. Each member played with passion and precision and The set was lots of fun. I think I need to see them again sometime to see if I can get more of a handle on the music.

After the last note, I took the long walk home. It was so great to check out a couple of bands I had been meaning to see, and it was even greater that I enjoyed both so much.

 

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Radio Show 132 Thursday October 22, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM window by Tim Lewis

WBKM window by Tim Lewis

 

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. I began with yesterday and moved into the future.

regular programming
Glastonbury Song – The Waterboys
In The Walls – Stellastarr

recording begins
Song before: President Gas – The Psychedelic Furs

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. Yesterday was the day they used as the long future date in Back To The Future Part II, October 21, 2015. Let’s begin with some local music about those implications.

1.) Flux Capacitor – Wave of the Future
2.) 1.21 Jigawatts – Wave of the Future
3.) All I Want Is A Hoverboard – Wave of the Future

Wave have so many great songs about Back To The Future. They are playing October 30 at Finnegan’s with The Mountain Says No. Last week I saw two really cool bands at The Skinny Pancake and enjoyed them both in different ways. I’ll begin with one from each.

4.) Who’s Fault Was That? – The Snaz
5.) Sound Island – Vows
6.) Wiser – And The Kids
7.) What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music

Josh was just at Waterworks Food + Drink and I’m bummed I missed the show. ATK just released their new album on vinyl. Check it out if you are into that. Vows and Snaz played killer versions of those songs last week. This guy is playing at Nectar’s tomorrow both solo acoustic and with an electric band.

8.) The Singing Of The Song – Seth Yacovone Band
9.) Release The Beast – The Mountain Says No
10.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!

Waylon can rock pretty hard, especially when playing that one. I’m psyched to see Mountain tomorrow!! OK, here is the next song on No Need To Beg. This is one of the great rock songs to come from Burlington.

11.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
12.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
13.) Still Life Scene – Envy
14.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains

Heavy are playing at The Monkey House Sunday. They were great the last time I saw them. Classic from Envy. Killer Rabbit song and great song from Phil Yates and the band. Let’s keep rocking.

15.) Black And Red – ROUGH FRANCIS
16.) A Place Both Wonderful And Strange – Vultures of Cult
17.) Christmas In Afghanistan – The Wards
18.) Green Peaks/Dark Valleys – Get A Grip
19.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service

Doom and Grip are playing at Higher Ground Sunday as part of Colin’s Roar a benefit for Cystic FIbrosis. Killer song from the Wards and still unfortunately appropriate. Cool song from Vulture and great song from Francis. This next set is about our understanding of God or the Gods.

20.) These Stories – When Particles Collide
21.) Hermaphroditus – Rue Mevlana
22.) Dear God – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

One song about asking God to help you get out of something and a couple about the ancient Greeks and others. Big Joe passed away 10 years ago and in a couple of weeks the Unknown Blues Band will play a show in his honor.

23.) Every Time I hear That Mellow Saxophone – Big Joe Burrell & The Unknown Blues Band
24.) Jan Michael Vincent – Chin Ho
25.) All My Life – Wide Wail
26.) Green Apple Girl – Dave Jarvis

4 classics from the ’90’s. In Vermont, there are lots of wonderful apples around. It was such a beautiful day today and I had to run errands and drove around with the windows down.

27.) Windows Down – Lendway
28.) Dancing In Dreamtime – Jerichovox

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Goodbye.

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit

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Songs After: Raingods Dancing/Make It Happen – Fish

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Witch Hunt – RUSH
Lionized – The Tragically Hip
Once Upon A Time In The West – Dire Straits
Light My Fire (live) – The Doors
Best Way To Travel – The Moody Blues
Hearts – Jon Anderson
Starship Trooper – Yes (official)
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Wow – Kate Bush
Is This Where You Live? – The Church Band
White Russian – Marillion
Gates Of Babylon – Rainbow
Burning Times – Rumors Of The Big Wave
Images – Saga
Mimi On The Beach – jane siberry
New Americana – Halsey
Satellite – Guster
Sparks – The Color Exchange
The Night Syd Barret Died – Colin Nicholas Clary
All The Same To You – Milton Busker
New York My Lovely – Josh Glass
By My Side – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band
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Radio Show 119 Thursday July 16, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from doing my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org, and seeing Arc Iris at Light Club Lamp Shop right after. On my show I highlighted some of the music happening in town this week and the big Neil Young show coming up Sunday in Essex. Of course, I highlighted it with local bands doing Neil. As for Arc Iris, they were great this afternoon at Summervale and simply stunning tonight at the Lamp Shop.

Songs before: Canadian Cowboy – Arc Iris
Hey Hey, My My – Neil Young and Crazy Horse

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s summertime and there are sunflowers everywhere. Twilight has fallen upon the city and there is music in the air. Kat Wright and the band are playing Battery Park this evening and Arc Iris played at the Intervale festival this afternoon. I caught most of Arc’s set and it was just fantastic. So delicate and precise and majesticly angelic. Some of the subtleties were lost in the audience’s lack of focus, but for those of us who listened, it was magical. Music is like that. It’s so powerful and fulfilling and then just evaporates. Some music only exists when the band is playing it and is never recorded. From then on, it lives only as a memory. This is a song that it could have happened to, but happily the band recorded it and just released it. I’m so happy to be able to play it whenever I want now. This is Sober by Vedora on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Sober – Vedora
2.) Good Medicine – Swale
3.) Powderfinger – Seth Yacovone Band

Seth and the band played a show of all Neil Young songs last year at the WBKM birthday party, and I’m psyched to have a recording of it. A lot of people are excited about Neil coming to town on Sunday. Swale played a killer version of that last Friday at Nectar’s including the killer guitar solo. Hmmm, Vedora. This next band are at The Monkey House tomorrow.

4.) Nothing To Prove – Vows
5.) Bare Trees – Vedora
6.) Hustle – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
7.) Lost On Me – Arc Iris

They were great this afternoon and I can’t wait to see them again after this show. I’ll likely miss the beginning of the show, but catch what I can. I could hear a tiny bit of Kat and the band as I walked downtown, and they always sound great. Another killer song from the new Vedora album that was recorded at Signal Kitchen. Eastern Mountain Time are releasing an album tomorrow but I could not find any of their music. Here are the other two bands who are playing with them.

8.) I got A Job – Maryse Smit
9.) Might As Well Settle – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
10.) Sunflower Street – David L. Jarvis
11.) Summertime – Peg Tassey MUSIC

A couple of great songs from Burlington’s illustrious ’90’s. Sean from Eastern opened for Phil Yates when he released his album, so it’s nice the Affiliates are returning the favor. Ok, here comes the next song on JV, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

12.) Restaurant – The Mountain Says No
13.) Double Line – Black Rabbit
14.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains
15.) Black And Red – ROUGH FRANCIS

Francis played a killer show at Nectar’s with Swale and Plains. I was elated to finally see HP. I loved their first song but Womb is the one I’ve been walking around with in my head. Killer new Rabbit song. OK, let’s play another new Vedora song.

16.) Floating – Vedora
17.) Cowgirl In The Sand – Seth Yacovone Band

Killer version of the Neil classic. This next band are kicking off their summer tour Saturday at Radio Bean.

18.) Sequoia I – Binger
19.) Who’s Fault Was That? – The Snaz
20.) Showdown At The Blue Moon Hotel – Jerichovox
21.) Sequoia III – Binger

If you go to the Binger show, be ready to dance, for a long time. Killer song from Vox. They will be at the Monkey House on Wednesday. The Snaz are at Nectar’s on Saturday playing an early show at 7. OK, let’s go back to the ’80’s for a killer Neil Young cover.

22.) Cinnamon Girl – Ninja Custodian
23.) Down By The River->Like A Hurricane – The Seth Yacovone Band.

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after: Crucifix Corner – Fish
Tonight’s The Night – Neil Young

 

Radio Show 112 Thursday May 28, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I highlighted a lot of what is happening in our town and some of the bands that come through. There was a bit of a story rainy theme.

Song before: (Then Came The) Last Of May (live) – Blue Oyster Cult

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s a beautiful night in Burlington but it has been a bit rainy and stormy in the past few days. This is the last show I’ll do this month so I have to start with this song. This is Last Day Of May by The Red Telephone on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Last Day Of May – The Red Telephone
2.) Storm Cloud – When Particles Collide
3.) Miranda – Ninja Custodian
4.) Cats Were Born – And The Kids

Killer song from their new album. They are playing The Monkey House tomorrow. Killer classic Ninja song. Particles just released a new EP called This Town about life in Bangor Maine. It’s pretty cool. This next band are playing at the Monkey tomorrow too.

5.) Magenta Man – Rue Mevlana
6.) Exit Strategy – Rue Mevlana
7.) Futuis Eam – Vows
8.) Unveiled – Pours

I’ve caught Pours a couple of times and they are pretty cool. Vows are from NJ but have played town a couple of times and are coming back soon. That’s from their new album. I love the dramatic sweep to Rue’s songs. Let’s continue on through Swale’s album The Next Instead.

9.) Edible #2 – Swale
10.) The Same Stars – Zola Turn
11.) Oh My God – Sarah Blacker
12.) Beats Me – Satori Bob

Happy Birthday John Baumann! Great song from Sarah’s new album. Considering the imagery in the song, I had to pair it up with the Zola song. She played a killer show last Friday at The Skinny Pancake. I think I’m going to head there tomorrow to see this next artist, who has been playing there all month.

13.) Canadian Cowboy – Arc Iris
14.) Avalon – Split Tongue Crow
15.) Oh Freedom – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and 30 Vermont musicians

Bernie had a killer kickoff rally for his Presidential run at the waterfront in Burlington Tuesday. I had to work but was inspired by watching the speech on C-Span. Run Bernie Run. Killer song from Rutland’s finest. I’m very excited to catch Iris. This next band are playing Saturday at the Monkey House.

16.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz
17.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
18.) The Original Original – Black Rabbit
19.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No

Killer song from Mountain’s coming soon album. Same for Rabbit. Great song from Phil. After seeing Sarah at the Pancake last Friday I ran over to Radio Bean and caught this band play a killer show.

20.) Not A Nice Guy – ROUGH FRANCIS
21.) Projector – Vetica
22.) Forbidden Love – Pinhead
23.) These Stories – When Particles Collide

Another great new song from Particles. That one had me dancing around the studio. Killer classic Pinhead song. I miss Vetica. I try to never miss Francis. It’s been raining on and off a bunch today. This seemed appropriate.

24.) Way Like Water – Sarah Blacker
25.) Nothing But The Water I & II – Grace Potter
26.) Jan Michael Vincent – Chin Ho

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after: Raingods Dancing->Make It Happen – Fish