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Radio Show 256 Thursday May 3, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Carraway at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday May 3rd. It can be streamed from the website of here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before Changes – David Bowie

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to begin by welcoming Mike Luoma to WBKM. It was fun to chat with him earlier today. He’s helping with the programming and asked me to put together a file with some of the greatest local songs. I put 178 songs into it, but need to add more. Here are four of them.

1.) It’ll Be Okay – Let’s Whisper
2.) The Art Of Giving In – 1881
3.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
4.) In Waves – Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association

Sarah’s from Massachusetts but visits us often. I wanted one of her songs to highlight all of the New England bands who come to town a lot. Telephone grew out of the legendary local band Envy. That song is so sweet. 1881 are just amazing. Let’s Whisper always fill my heart with smiles. OK, here’s a treat for us all. Let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for some live music from a wonderful band.

5.) Raising The Dead – Carraway
6.) St Patrick’s Day – Carraway
7.) Kool – Carraway
8.) Time To Save The World – Carraway

I want to thank the band for being so amazing. Thanks to Ryan Cohen for making us sound great. Carraway are playing Saturday at Higher Ground with lovelytheband. OK, this weekend all of Winooski will be taken over by hundreds of bands in a giant festival called Waking Windows. The rest of tonight’s show will be filled with a few of the local bands who will perform. Let’s begin with Kelly Ravin who’s album Engine is the one I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

9.) Telescope – Kelly Ravin Music
10.) Hang ‘Em High School – Barbacoa
11.) Pauses – Lowell Thompson Music
12.) Owen – Clever Girls

The girls will rock the Rotary stage in the middle of it all on Friday night. Barbacoa and Lowell will be on the main stage. Kelly will be at McKee’s. These next bands will play Friday night too.

13.) As Glass – Wren Kitz
14.) Adventure Safari – The Mountain Carol
15.) If I Knew – Binger
16.) The Big One – The High Breaks

The Breaks will be at Water Works on Friday. Binger will be at Four Quarters Brewing. Carol will be at Scout & Co and Wren will be at Lucky Cloud. These next two bands will play Friday night at Last Stop Sorts Bar.

17.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids
18.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT
19.) Don’t Look Back – ROUGH FRANCIS
20.) The Summer Of Andy – The Cancer Conspiracy

Cancer will be at Lucky Cloud on Saturday and it’s nice to have that classic ’90’s band back in action, now and then. Francis will play the main stage on Saturday. This next band will be at Lucky Cloud on Saturday.

21.) Taung Child – The Dead Shakers
22.) Hands – J Bengoy
23.) Wanderer – Francesca Blanchard
24.) Felon – SWALE
25.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

Anais will be at the Methodist Church on Sunday. Swale will be there on Saturday. Francesca will be at Scout & Co on Saturday. Bengoy and the Shakers will be at Lucky Cloud on Saturday. Well, that’s all the time we have tonight. I could do another hour and not get to all of the local bands who will play Waking Windows. Lots of national bands will be coming to town too so it should be completely amazing. 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 – Fish
Wake Up Call (Make It Happen) – Fish
Bring It All Back – The Tragically Hip
Echoes On – Cones
The First of May – Colin Nicholas Clary
Go Ahead – farm
Lovely Day – gneiss
Palace Of Tears – Radio Underground
Watcher Of The Skies – Genesis
Needle Gun – Hawkwind
Sea Of Red – Judas Priest
Rock And Roll Transplant – Derek Smalls
The Friends Of Mr Cairo – Jon and Vangelis
Heavy – Clever Girls
Jigsaw – Marillion
regular programming

 

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Radio Show 255 Thursday April 26, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday April 26 on WBKM.ORG. You can stream it from the website, or from here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Down To The River To Pray – Alison Krauss

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a song about about holding the hands of your loved ones.

1.) Womb Of Amanda – Hana Zara
2.) Ghosts – Troy Millette Music
3.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
4.) The Way It Is – Maryse Smith

Maryse will be back in town next week for Waking Windows. Hopefully, I’ll get to catch her set. Great song from Jeremy. That was recorded last year at Robot Dog Studio. Hauntingly beautiful songs by Troy and Hana. OK, here is the next song on Engine, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

5.) Crutch – Kelly Ravin Music
6.) Golden Crutch – SWALE
7.) Borderline Pt 2 (live) – J Bengoy
8.) Last Night – Carraway

Carraway will be at The Monkey House on Monday, and I will have a fun announcement about them next week. Cool song from Bengoy’s new album Dogwood Winter. I just had to play the Swale song out of the Kelly song. OK, this next band will play with Carraway on Monday. It’s a song about dark and stormy nights.

9.) Miner Forty-Niner – Doom Service
10.) Prime – Black Rabbit
11.) Once More With Apathy – Mr. Doubtfire
12.) What’s Inside A Thing? – Zeus Springsteen

That’s such a fun song from Zeus. Apathy was recorded at Robot Dog too. Prime is a new song from Rabbit and has been stuck in my head for the past week. Great rocker from Doom. On Saturday at the Monkey House there will be an early show fundraiser fort Matthew Thorsen. He’s great friends with the Blondes and the two bands after will play the show.

13.) Burn – Dirty Blondes
14.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
15.) Gorilla Monsoon – Barbacoa
16.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

Last Saturday we held the memorial service for my mother. The church choir did a lovely version of Down To The River To Pray. Later in the afternoon my brother Ken and I took a trip to Waterbury and saw the Zookeepers. They played a cool acoustic version of Freeway. Thanks for being there for us! Barbacoa and Dino will be there for Matt on Saturday. The Blondes are always here for us all. OK, this next band will rock in Jericho tomorrow.

17.) Haze – gneiss
18.) Strings – Binger
19.) Cheese Whiz Salad – Wren Kitz
20.) Honest Little Me – Paper Castles

Great new song from Castles. Wren will be at the Monkey House tomorrow. Binger will be at Nectar’s tomorrow. This next guy will be at Light Club Lamp Shop tomorrow.

21.) Tiny House – Tom Pearo
22.) The Mists – Aram Bedrosian
23.) Fantasma – Mal Maïz
24.) Practicing – Steady Betty

Betty are so cool. The Maiz song was recorded earlier this year at Robot Dog. I had to play the Aram song since it’s been so rainy lately. Nice place to space with Tom. This next singer wrote Practicing.

25.) Tell Me – Linda Bassick
26.) Country comes To Town – Bardela
27.) Poem For Torin/Ethan Is Stoned – Peg Tassey MUSIC
28.) Windows Down – Lendway

It’s been so warm that I’ve been driving around with the windows down and it makes me think of Lendway. Classic song from Peg. Lovely song from Bardella and nice rocker from Linda. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Ta ta. See Ya.

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs after
Change Of Heart – Fish
Long Time Running – The Tragically Hip
Love In The Afternoon – The Thursday Torys
Waiting For The World To End – The Depth and the Whisper
What Sarah Said – Death Cab For Cutie
Perfect Strangers – Deep Purple
Sea Of Red – Judas Priest
Openture – Derek Smalls
Numbers – The Church Band
Complete Faith – Derek Smalls
Faith No More – Derek Smalls
Castle Of The Assassins – analog missionary
Heavy – Clever Girls
regular programming.

Radio Show 251 Thursday March 29, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday March 29. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Easter – Marillion

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with the second to last song on Black, Blue & White, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

1.) Julius Ceasar – The New Siberians
2.) Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
3.) Womb Of Amanda – Hana Zara
4.) Mon Ange – Francesca Blanchard

Beautiful song sung in French by Francesca. Great song from Hana about holding the hands of the ones you love. Cool song about the magic we all have inside by Jason and yet another great song from the Siberians. I’ll play the last song on the album next week and move to a new album the week after. OK, let’s head on over to Robot Dog Studio.

5.) Fantasma – Mal Maïz
6.) Country Cumbia – Mal Maiz
7.) Si Se Quema El Monte – Mal Maiz
8.) Clandestino – Mal Maiz
9.) Bacalao Con Pan – Mal Maiz

I really want to thank Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the band for that tremendous performance. Thanks Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great! OK, here’s a new song from one of my favorite bands.

10.) Loom – Clever Girls
11.) Cancer – SWALE
12.) Oh Dirty Blondes – Dirty Blondes
13.) All Canadian Surf Club – The Tragically Hip

That was recorded on a Ferry boat just off the shore of Burlington many years ago. I want to send the Blondes song out to Matthew Thorsen who is battling cancer. Please contribute to the “Matt & Di Need a L’il Help” GoFundMe if you can. Swale will be at Foam Brewers on Saturday and ArtsRiot next Wednesday. Another great song from the Girls. I can’t wait for the new album. OK, this band are at Club Metronome tomorrow.

14.) Hell Chicken – Swillbillie
15.) Skybot – Blowtorch
16.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
17.) Bidets And Confused – Sad Turtle

Turtle will rock Radio Bean tomorrow. Hen will be there too. It was fun hanging out with the neighbors by their fire last night and talking about local lore. Blowtorch and Swillbillie will rock Metronome tomorrow. This next band will be at The Monkey House on Saturday. Here is a song from their upcoming album.

18.) First Blush – Paper Castles
19.) Play That Part – Lowell Thompson Music
20.) As Glass – Wren Kitz
21.) Mama – Ivamae

Ivamae and Wren will be at SideBar on Sunday. Lowell and Castles will rock Winooski on Saturday. This next artist will play at Hotel Vermont on Saturday.

22.) What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
23.) Destiny Waits – Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs
24.) On Backstreets – Eastern Mountain Time
25.) Sad Song – Ouzkxqlzn

It’s so cool that Seven Days did such a nice feature on Ouzkxqlzn. Lauren Costello is just amazing. That’s a cover of a Paper Castles song. Eastern will be at Higher Ground on Tuesday. Bud will be at Nectar’s on Saturday at 7. Josh will play with the Beerworth Sisters around 8 on Saturday. Well, 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:
The Company – Fish
Twist My Arm – The Tragically Hip
Cathedral – analog missionary
Courage & Sorrow – Dam Kat
Cascade – Andriana Chobot
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
Lady Of The Lake – Rainbow
Sea Of Red – Judas Priest
So Love May Find Us – The Church Band
You Can Love If You Want To – Peg Tassey MUSIC
What Sarah Said – Death Cab For Cutie
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
regular programming

Robin Gottfried Band at On Tap Bar And Grill, and Wren Kitz & Ver Sacrum at Autumn Records February 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago. I got out of work and went to visit with mom at the Respite House for a bit. When I left, instead of turning right to go to Winooski I headed left and caught 2A out to Essex.

I found On Tap Bar & Grill, grabbed a beer, and made my way close to the stage. Robin Gottfried Band were rocking nicely. The guitar/singer, bass, drums trio were playing a rocker and Robin let loose a sweet lead break. The next song was a super smooth original called Criminal Investigation. They followed with a cover of Delbert McClinton’s Standing On Shaky Ground and the band just took off. Bass player Thom Carvey had a wicked solo. Ian Koeller made the drums sound simple and easy then threw in a little razzle dazzle that made my jaw drop. Robin’s voice was delightful and his lead playing was ferocious. They played a couple more, including Peg and sounded great. I was on another mission and just wanted to check them out. When my beer was gone I vanished but had caught enough to know that they are a must see band.

 

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Robin Gottfried Band pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed back to Winooski and got in and parked next to Autumn Records. I chatted with some cool people, looked through lots of great albums then it was time for the show. Wren Kitz was set up in front of the window and eased us into a hypnotic mood. Flowing electronic sounds coalesced into a song about getting worse then getting better. It flowed back through enchanting sound effects and featured a fractured guitar solo. A song about Mr Heimlich’s breathing floated to the surface then we dove back into the pool of sound. It flowed into a piece about about letting me know when my moment’s passed then brought us back to the world to close the set. He is a truly amazing artist and it’s always a delight to be in his presence.

 

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

Ver Sacrum is Matt Hastings solo project. Much like Kitz’s music there is a nice bit of song structure with a depth of sound that is lovely to get lost in. He spoke of being inspired by Beckett on the title song Stirrings Still. Hastings continued playing the EP with the eerie California and spoke about going to out to the desert and hearing the world. He spoke about his love for Arizona and played Basin And Range. He said the drone sound for all the songs was in C and closed the show with a song about being open to whatever, called Broken Cup. His show was enchanting as always.

I hung out for a bit then took the quick drive home. It had been a long few days and getting the chance to revel in such beautiful music meant the world to me.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the Ver Sacrum pics!!

 

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Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography

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Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Radio Show 246 Thursday February 22, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern Time Thursday February 22. It can be streamed from the website or our Facebook page here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before Shine – Stoneman Douglas Drama Club

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Please join me on a ride through some deep cuts from Burlington’s past to music that was released this week. Let’s start a decade ago with an amazing song.

1.) Bad Oasis – farm
2.) Cancer – SWALE
3.) On Backstreets – Eastern Mountain Time
4.) Small Town Movie – The Cush

Movie is one of those songs that everyone always loves when they play live. Cool new song from Eastern who are at Zenbarn tonight. Cancer is from Swale’s first EP Verdigris. I want to send that out to everyone who is dealing with cancer, whether it’s you, your family or a loved one. Keep up the fight and make sure you have lots of friends to help. I love that Farm song. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue & White.

5.) Bird On The Sea – The New Siberians
6.) Judgment Day – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
7.) Honest Will – The Parts
8.) Cemetery Walks – Ryan Ober and The Romans

Great new song from his Caveman Blues album. It was great to chat with Ryan last Monday at the Maryse Smith show. Cool new song from Danny LeFrancois and the band. I’ve played Judgment before but this is the brand new final mix from the upcoming Book Of Zoo album. Such a fantastic song from the Siberians. So, I made it out to the three Monday residency shows that Maryse has done at Light Club Lamp Shop this month. There is another opportunity next Monday. She’s played a lot of cool songs but maybe not this one.

9.) Glory Bound – Maryse Smith
10.) Luminous – Michael Chorney and Hollar General
11.) Kids – Wren Kitz
12.) Magic In This Mystery – Robin Gottfried Band

I love thinking about the magic and mystery in and around life. Robin and the band are playing Saturday at On Tap Bar and Grill. Wren will be at Autumn Records on Saturday. I chose Kids to honor all of the kids standing up to their schools and governments and TV personalities to try and stop the gun violence. Have it kids!! Michael joined Maryse last Monday and it was so wonderful to hear their guitars weave together, while Francesca Blanchard weaved her voice with Maryse’s. Next week should be pretty magical too. This next band are playing tonight at Red Square.

13.) Three Feels Right – gneiss
14.) Wanderer – Francesca Blanchard
15.) The Mists – Aram Bedrosian
16.) Crimescene – Dino Bravo VT

That’s a cool newer song from Dino that was recorded at our Robot Dog Studio session last year. Great work as always from Aram. Francesca is playing Sunday at Higher Ground. Great song from Gneiss from a Robot Dog session last year too. This next singer moved away but comes back now and then.

17.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass
18.) Your Downtown Aperture – Video Pigeon
19.) Bob Marley And The Hartford Whalers – The Zambonis
20.) Green Apple Girl – Cranial Perch

Perch played lovely chaotic music in the ’90’s. Zambonis played songs about hockey in the ’90’s. Pigeon had that super cool kind of mysterious sound in the ’90s’. I love the power of Hero. Here’s another band from the ’90’s.

21.) Despite The Rain – Starlight Conspiracy
22.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
23.) Golgi Apparatus – The Pants
24.) High Water Mark – Belizbeha

Belizbeha played acid jazz in the ’90’s. That’s a cover of a Pants song. That’s the Pants covering Phish. Zola always rocked. Great song from Starlight. Let’s play another song about the power of water.

25.)The Sea Is powerful – Wide Wail
26.) Daydreaming – Thanya Iyer
27.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

Such a powerful song from Anais. Thanya are from Montreal but stopped by the Lamp Shop on Tuesday and played a great show. Wail were so great in the ’90’s. Well, 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:
Where In The World->13th Star – Fish
When The Weight Comes Down – The Tragically Hip
It Don’t Get Old – Derek Smalls
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Astronomer’s Call->And Dream Of Sheep – Kate Bush
Turn Of the Century – Yes
Smalls Change – Derek Smalls
Dance On A Volcano->Los Endos – Genesis
Echoes On – Cones
Like A Hurricane – Roxy Music
Change We Must – Jon Anderson
The Awful Ache – The Church Band
Man On the Side – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

Radio Show 244 Thursday February 8, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

 

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Mr Doubtfire

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM on Thursday February 8 will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time. You can stream it from the Facebook page link above or WBKM.ORG It will go as follows.

Song Before: You’re Not Alone – Saga

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From our small city to the great big world these are the Sounds Of Burlington. There is a wonderful artist in our town who plays with bands like NODON and Villanelles who’s name is Seth Gundersen. Let’s begin tonight with a song from his older brother Dave that Seth just released for us.

1.) I Know – Dave Gundersen
2.) Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
3.) Good Thing – Maryse Smith
4.) Womb Of Amanda – Hana Zara

I’m so excited to see Hana when she plays Radio Bean this Sunday. It was so great to see Maryse play last Monday at Light Club Lamp Shop. She will be there next Monday, and the couple after that. Sometimes the world looks dark so thanks Zookeepers for lighting that candle. Beautiful song from Dave. Thanks so much for sharing it Seth! OK, so The Cush just released a new EP that they recorded on the Isle Of Man.

5.) November – The Cush
6.) This Kind Of Friend – The Cush
7.) Faded Hollow – The Cush
8.) Right Bright Lord – The Mountain Says No

Great new song form Mountain that we recorded a couple of weeks ago at Robot Dog. Thanks for all that lovely music Cush! OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for a performance and interview by Mr Doubtfire.

9.) Blank Daze – Mr. Doubtfire
10.) Worthless – Mr Doubtfire
11.) I Choo-Choo-Choose You – Mr Doubtfire
12.) Once More With Apathy – Mr Doubtfire

Thanks Mr Doubtfire for rocking so hard! Thanks Sam for helping set up and tear down and thanks Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great! OK, let’s keep rocking.

13.) We Govern The Breeze – Humble Hero
14.) Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Black Rabbit
15.) Imaginary – Envy
16.) Betty Rage – Doll Fight
17.) Skybot – Blowtorch

Blowtorch will rock Radio Bean tomorrow. I love that Doll song. Classic from Envy. Great Husker Du cover from Rabbit. Frank DeAngelis was saying how much he enjoyed your performance of it. Cool song from Humble. This one is pretty cool too.

18.) You Will Fall – Kelly Ravin
19.) Wicked World – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks
20.) Signal Loss – Zeus Springsteen
21.) Catch And Release – Clever Girls

Clever will be at Higher Ground tomorrow. Great song from Zeus. Surf Sabbath will play at Nectar’s on Valentine’s Day. Great song from Kelly. This next band will play Wednesday too.

22.) Loser – SWALE
23.) Free – Francesca Blanchard
24.) Eleanor – Cricket Blue
25.) Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine

Don’t we all feel that way now and then? Cricket will play Sunday at Radio Bean with Hana and I’m very excited about that. Francesca will play with Maryse next Monday, though there’s another show happening at the Bean that I want to see too. Sigh. Swale will play some Black Sabbath songs on Wednesday at Nectar’s. Woo Hoo! OK, Here is the next song on Black, Blue & White.

26.) Breaking Camp – The New Siberians
27.) Basket Of Words – Late Night Sneaky Uncle
28.) Moonlight – Night Protocol
29.) Hold Him – Wren Kitz
30.) The Bad Year – Carraway

Great song from Carraway. Wren is playing Friday at Light Club. I haven’t caught Protocol yet but will have to soon. Uncle will be at Radio Bean on Monday. Great song from the Siberians. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Songs after:
Cliche – Fish
Boots Or Hearts – The Tragically Hip
Echoes On – Cones
Faith Without Works – Cell15
Courage & Sorrow – Dam Kat
Rivers Made For Crossing – analog missionary
Wake The Raven – Kimberly White Project
Firepower – Judas Priest
Doctor Doctor – Michael Schenker Group
Moonchild – Iron Maiden
Aura – The Church Band
In The Court Of The Crimson King – Greg Lake
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Wren Kitz, Appalled Eagles, and Xiu Xiu at Club Metronome September 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Xiu Xiu pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Club Metronome. It was one of those shows where I did not know the headlining band but I took a chance since it had been way to long since I had caught up with Wren Kitz, He was joined by Lauren Costello on cello and a bass player and a drummer. They began with an oddly beautiful pop song that may have gone I see the light I see the light… They began another cool song then let it drop into one of those magical middle sections where anything could happen. I think the drummer’s name was Ron and he had a Nick Mason flow as the bass and cello drove the music onward and Wren extracted all manner of sounds from his many electronic devices. At one point he switched from electric guitar to acoustic but it was heavily amplified and the resulting sound was almost as loud and intense as when Bob Mould played an “acoustic” show at Metronome so many years ago. The music continued to drift and swirl and Wren switched back to the electric and they finished the song or started another. It was a bit hard to tell since I had such a lovely time getting lost. It started with a slow electronic beat then the drums took over and they began to rock then eased back into the slow beat then built it back again and rocked the set to a close. It was a magical experience.

 

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Wren Kitz pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Appalled Eagles took the stage next and played a set of electronic dance music with chaotic keyboards, a guy who played keys and effects and trumpet, and an electric guitar and drums. The songs all had an infectious subtly shifting beat with keys layered over the top. The drum both complimented and diverted from the beats and the guitar threw a little fire into the sound. The songs were instrumentals and the third one had a Middle Eastern feel and the trumpet sounded nice in the musical flow. Lee Anderson left his keys at the beginning of the fourth song and spoke about how much his family has sacrificed to our country and how painful it is to see what is happening now and how we should all become soldiers for love and soldiers for art and continually create a wonderful world. They closed with a song about being angry with the news and the drummer was especially amazing.

 

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Appalled Eagles pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Xiu Xiu was a Jamie Stewart who sang and played electric guitar and Angela Seo who played drums and other percussion instruments. They started with a quiet song with both playing some keys but from the second song on, things got pretty bombastic. While most drummers sit and play, it was like she was doing an elaborate dance and the end result of each move was a strike to the drum, or whichever instrument she chose. Stewart sang indie rock songs with a rich tone though the lyrics were tough to catch. Some were mellow and some were intense and a couple of times both launched into attacking their cymbals to create cacophony. They played a 16 song set and closed with a song that had a bit of a Veterans Of The Psychic Wars vibe. An encore was heavily demanded and they played a final song about the moonlight.

I left quickly after the last note rang out and took the lovely walk home.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the pictures!!

 

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Xiu Xiu pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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