Live reload broken? HPE_INVALID_CONSTANT


I just created a ionic project based on sidemenu template. Didn’t alter anything.
I ran:

ionic serve -c -s -nobrowser

page is served without issue in browser.
if i change source live reload fails with following error:

Unable to update live reload: { [Error: Parse Error] bytesParsed: 0, code: 'HPE_INVALID_CONSTANT' }

Googling i did not find anything particularly helpful. (just refernces to github issues for node.js and gulp.)

has anyone else seen this or knows what might be the issue here?