I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. Despite there being great music out and about, I really wanted to spend the night fully in the studio and into the show. I guess I can’t see it all.
Song before: Starman
From our small city to the great big world these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Sorry that none of my prerecorded breaks played last week. Tonight I’m in the studio for the full two hours. Let’s finish up playing Row, the great EP from Montpelier’s Anachronist. The last two are coming and the first is He’s Still There on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
1.) He’s Still There – Anachronist
2.) Clouds – Anachronist
3.) Unveiled – Pours
4.) Never Satisfied – THE VACANT LOTS
The Lots played a killer show at the BCA center last week. Pours did a great job opening, and I loved Unveiled when they played it live. Clouds is pretty appropriate considering the grey rainy days we’ve been having in Vermont. Sometimes you have to realize that your surroundings can influence how you think, but it’s good to know there is a lot more happening. The sky looks grey, but the stars are out behind it. Thanks to Britt Shorter for hooking me up with the Pours album and the ticket to Alpenglow at the Universalist Church last Sunday. It was a gorgeously powerful show and this song really jumped out.
It was good to see Michael Clifford at the Alpenglow show. Matthew Bryan Hagen will be playing with The Dark Side Of The Mountain playing Pink Floyd covers at Nectar’s October 31st and November 1st. Lonestar have a show November 4th. Vote first, then go see them. Binger are playing that night too. Word has it Brendan Devitt has a ton of new Siberians songs coming soon. Here’s a song from another Burlington star, who is in California at the moment. She has a new album coming soon too.
Great new song from RT! Love those guitars!! Great song from Josh! There is a series called live from the fort that some local artists are doing. I just saw a cool one from Maryse Smith where she played 3 songs and had 2 short interviews. It was pretty sweet. She played this one.
12.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith
13.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
14.) Santa Anna – Hana Zara
Hana will play Radio Bean next Sunday, and always puts on a great show. Milton will play next Wednesday at the Bean and is always excellent too. Let’s pick up the pace and rock a bit.
Slingshot are finally coming back to town on November 1st. They are playing 242 Main. Great songs by Gabby and Joe. This next band are playing November 1st at Signal Kitchen, and have a killer new video out!
The Blondes have an anniversary show coming up at Club Metronome on October 31st. Black Rabbit are likely playing there right now with Dino Bravo VT. I want to be there but I want to be here with you too. Decisions. It was so fun watching Ryan Miller teach Amanda Gustafson this next song when they played the Bean a few weeks back. He’s playing the November 1st show with Swale at SK.
I’m so excited to see them on November 7th at Arts Riot. Phil Yates is playing Radio Bean on November 3rd. This next song contains a bad word, so if you are really sensitive, you may want to hit mute for the next 2 minutes. It’s not meant maliciously but to drive home the anger one feels when one has parked their car and found that it has been towed. This is a classic Burlington song.
I love the symbiotic lyric between those two songs. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: View From The Hill – Fish
Here is the Swale video
Here is Maryse Smith:
I had a great time seeing music last Monday at The Monkey House. It was a long work day, and I was feeling drained. I debated skipping the show, but it had been a while since I’d seen ROUGH FRANCIS, and it looked like an early show, so instead of taking the right turn and the 10 minute walk home, I took the left, and walked the 25 minutes to Winooski.
I arrived shortly after the 7:30 start time. It looked like the first band was almost ready to go, but it was just a sound check. The second band did a sound check too, then left the stage empty for a while. Having not eaten since lunch, I got some food from the bar. On the second bite, the first band hit the stage. I never have luck mixing food and music.
Yum, a duo from Detroit, played a killer set of off kilter rock and roll. The songs had great changes and a nice flow. I ate quickly for the first two songs then ran up front. The singer/guitar player kept the rhythm and leads flowing nicely and the drummer propelled the songs forward. I loved the show from first moment to last. I had to listen close to try and keep up with them, and was heavily rewarded for it. The Monkey House has a great tradition of bringing bands I’ve never heard of, and love from first moment to last, and Yum are among the finest I’ve been lucky enough to encounter.
After they wrapped up, another band from Detroit, with the same drummer, hit the stage. Ill Itches played some nice heavy grooves and rocked hard. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I found the path, I happily rocked out. They worked the growing audience hard with their heavy and fun songs. It was easy to hear all of the instruments and vocals, thanks to the attentiveness of Alyssa Solomon who was doing sound all night. There was a great insistence to all of their songs, and they were as solid of a rock band as you could hope for.
After their set, I was feeling pretty wiped out. I help strong, and soon enough, Rough Francis hit the stage. They played a few songs from their first album, but played a lot of newish ones. I’m starting to like them a lot. The audience was full and rocking, though not quite moshing. Paul jumped into the audience, while ripping out some killer leads, to try and get us going, but we never quite made it to the slam dancing. As usual, drummer extraordinaire Urian Hackney played about 15 notes per one note for the rest of the band. It was nice being close enough to watch him work, and he is up there with Jane Boxall Percussion, and Mike Billington as the best drummers in Burlington’s history. Bobby Hackney Jr. was a great front man as usual, and his scream singing kept the energy at dizzying heights all evening long. As it was Columbus Day, he had some great comments about how the day can now just be a license to take whatever you want, whenever you want. They wrapped up the killer set just before 11 with a rousing Comm To Space.
There were still two bands left, Kal Marks and Pile, but after the Rough Francis set, it felt like I had hit the wall. All the energy was drained out of me, so I settled up and took the long walk home. It was an effort to get to the show, and I wish I had just a bit more and could have caught the last two bands, but I’m so happy I caught what I could.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, who plans to address the deal at a press conference later Monday morning, called the deal “good news” for IBM’s Vermont employees and pledged to work with GlobalFoundries to “make this a successful transition.”
“GlobalFoundries plans to maintain the workforce and continue operations in Vermont, good news for the talented Vermonters employed by the plant and for our whole state,” Shumlin said in a written statement.
For years, the governor said, the state has “felt uncertainty regarding IBM’s future in Vermont.”
“That is why it is very good news for Vermont’s longterm future that IBM’s facilities here will be acquired by GlobalFoundries, a successful and growing chip-manufacturing company that views our highly skilled workers and advanced R&D and manufacturing facilities as important to its strategic growth,” he said.
I had a great time seeing music tonight. I’ve seen Alpenglow a couple of times and really liked them. They just released an EP that was recorded at a church in Middlebury, that they named Chapel. They set up a tour of 5 churches in New England and New York, and one was the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington. Woo hoo.
Money was a bit tight, but Britt Shorter hooked me up with a ticket, so just after 7, I took the lovely walk through the chilly, windy Autumn evening, to the church at the top of Church street. I met up with Britt around the corner from the church, got a ticket, then stopped in for a quick drink at the OP. Around quarter of 8, I headed back to the church and was delighted to find that just outside the front door they were giving away cups of hot mulled cider. It was perfect on such a cool night, though hot enough to take some time to cool down. Just inside the door I ran into Alyssa Solomon, who did a killer job at the sound desk for the ROUGH FRANCIS show at The Monkey House last week. We chatted music for a bit, then headed in to the show.
Joseph came on first and enchanted the room with their delicately beautiful songs. They are three sisters from Portland Oregon, with voices like angels. One played acoustic guitar, and all three sang. The harmonies were gorgeous and the songs had just enough strength to keep me happy. The natural reverberation of the room let every note flow to a beautiful conclusion. The audience was completely silent, except to explode with applause between songs. Their set was wonderful and I was fortunate to have been there.
After they wrapped up, there was a 20 minute, or so, break, then Alpenglow took the stage. With low lights shining on the high stage, they unfurled the mellow intoxicating songs that make up the new EP. The music has a fantastic mix of quietness and power and they had the audience listening in silent appreciation. The low lights cast green shadows on the wall and it was fun to mix up watching the band and their shadows. They played all five songs on Chapel then said they would play some of their newer songs. The pace picked up into a mix of Jangle Pop and Americana, and all the songs were really fun. The last two new ones really rocked. It was great to see them let loose a bit and let the songs soar. After several new ones they said they had two more and switched gears a bit. They went back to the title song of their first EP Solitude. It brought cheers of recognition from the audience. It is one of those songs that after you hear a couple of times, you will just love forever. I thought they might follow it with Catskills, but they played something with a drenched organ intro and I was elated. It was a great song and when they left the stage, the audience quietly but reverently asked for another. They came right back out and Catskills sounded great and rocked hard at the end. I’m so glad I went. I think my soul is still humming from the experience.
John Fugelsang “‘And yes, the Empire destroyed Alderaan, but aren’t both sides really to blame?’- Wolf Blitzer in space.”
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I got in early and recorded all my breaks and set them in the queue and only the first one played and I introduced a band that did not play. I was supposed to start with 3 songs by Anachronist, but none played. None of my breaks between bands played. Rats! It turned out to just have the intro then only the songs played until the outro. I knew it would be better to do it live, but I really wanted to see The Vacant Lots at the BCA center, and at least they were excellent. I’m feeling like I let us all down tonight.
From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. My name is Tim and I’m recording this early and Heading out to see Pours and The Vacant Lots at the BCA center. Tonight let’s play sets by different bands so you can hear how they evolve. Let’s start with the next song on Row. This is He’s Still Here by Anachronist on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
1.) Dimedrop – Swale
2.) Armadillo – Swale
3.) Soul Piggy Bank – Swale
4.) The Next Instead – Swale
5.) Catskills – Alpenglow
6.) Eliza – Alpenglow
7.) Shout It Out – Alpenglow
8.) Sequoia 1 – Binger
9.) Sequoia 2 – Binger
10.) Sequoia 3 – Binger
11.) Still Life Scene – Engy
12.) Bionic – Red Telephone
13.) Half Way Home – The Red Telephone
14.) On The Railroad – The Red Telephone
15.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone
16.) 6AM – THE VACANT LOTS
17.) Paint This Town – The Vacant Lots
18.) Mad Mary Jones – The Vacant Lots
19.) Errol McSquisitor – Elephants of Scotland
20.) Endless Part 1 – Elephants of Scotland
21.) Endless Part 2 – Elephants of Scotland
22.) U Can Love if U Want To – Peg Tassey
23.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
24.) High Wood – Fish
25.) Crucifix Corner – Fish
26.) The Gathering – Fish
27.) Thistle Alley – Fish
28.) The Leaving – Fish
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said in a recent interview that President Barack Obama was one of the most successful presidents in American history, topping even Ronald Reagan.
In a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine titled “In Defense of Obama,” Krugman defends Obama against critics on the right and the left.
“High office shouldn’t be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better,” Krugman wrote. “Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.”
“People who thought Obama was going to bring a transformation of America, I thought were being naive,” Krugman told ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl in a recent interview. “But by God, we got health reform, we got a significant financial reform. We are getting — the environmental action is not everything you would have wanted, but it’s more than anyone else has done for decades.”
I first ran across Binger when I saw them open the local VT music festival The Precipice. I liked their sound, and had a good time listening to them, but did not catch too many lyrics. They seemed comfortable floating through a few different styles of music, had a nice relaxed vibe and rocked out plenty hard enough to keep me focused. They said they would have an album coming out soon, and I made a note to check it out.
A few weeks ago, I bought Roots In The Rabbit Hole and started to listen more deeply. The music has a wonderful flow to it. There is some solid rock and roll, plenty of hip hop, a bit of jazz, and some Caribbean grooves. Like seeing them live, it’s a great album to listen to in the background. It can fill the space while you are focusing on other parts of your life. While a lot of music can be described this way, there is something extra special about Binger. Once you start listening more deeply certain lyrics start to jump out and sound familiar quickly. How can you not sing along to lines like We all started from the same root?
When listening to the music, the first thing that comes through is the flow. It has some nice peaks and valleys but is always smooth and elegant. The next is, despite the smoothness of it, this really is a rock and roll album and the music gets very intense at times. Deeper listens show a prog rock influence here and there and a few guitar lines that sound like Steve Howe. Steel drums bring out a calypso influence in the hip-hop flow now and then, and as you dig into the song structures, it becomes quite intellectually stimulating.
When listening to the lyrics they are bright and positive and give a nice vibe. As you listen deeper there are lots of ideas about what it means to be a human being living on the planet. Deep questions are posed and ideas that will make you think profoundly about your existence are thematically strewn through the whole album. One of the many great examples is in the song Calypskango:
Look in the mirror, you might forget what side you live your life on
You’d never know – until your reflection moves and *poof* you’re gone
Who are we here for? Do we live life for ourselves or our ideal?
And when we die we will finally learn which one of us was real
This is the tip of the iceberg and it really takes a few listens to follow all of the words down the rabbit hole.
The true strength of this album is that it allows you to enjoy it on many levels. You can listen casually and really enjoy it. You can listen with a bit of effort and get even more out of it. You can take it apart line by line and phrase by phrase and let it spark your imagination. When that happens, it’s completely up to you to take it as far as you want.
You can listen to it here:
John Fugelsang “Some US Christians make me wonder if their Bible is just Revelation, Golden Calf & 2 lines of Leviticus duct-taped to a Left Behind book.”