WILSON RING: Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.
With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city’s edge.
When it did, Burlington joined the Washington Electric Co-operative, which has about 11,000 customers across central and northern Vermont, which reached 100 percent earlier this year.
“It shows that we’re able to do it, and we’re able to do it cost effectively in a way that makes Vermonters really positioned well for the future,” said Christopher Recchia, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service.
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. It was a little rough with the last song popping out of the player when I put a song into the queue, and having a couple of breaks blown away by the very busy Fire Department, but fortunately the songs were great, and held the day.
Songs before: 21st Century Schizoid Man (live) – April Wine
Move Through Time – Persian Claws
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. There is a lot of great music happening in town this week and there was a lot last week. The GPN festival with many great national bands, many great local bands and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is Saturday and Sunday, but last Saturday was all about this guy. This is Shoreline In Jersey by Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
And The Kids played a killer show opening for Joe last Saturday at Nectar’s. The crowd loved them and were completely on for the ride. Classic song from a great Burlington band. Have you seen the Dwight and Nicole video for smile? It will make you do so. Great song from Joe. So yea, tons of music at the waterfront in Burlington, lead by this band.
5.) Nothing But The Water (pt 1) – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
6.) Hometown – Gold Town
7.) Parking Lot – Villanelles
8.) Nothing But The Water (pt 2) – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
I remember seeing Grace at Nectar’s on a couple of cold February days a long time ago, and watching the audience grow week to week, despite the sub zero temperatures. I knew she was taking off. I’m glad to see how big of a band they have become. The Villanelles are fun live. Both they and Gold Town are playing GPN along with other great bands like Anders Parker Cloud Badge, The High Breaks, Caroline Rose and lots of others. It should be a great time. OK, let’s play the next song on Ninja Jane. This one always rocked live!
9.) Fly On The Wall – Zola Turn
10.) Surface Tension – The Pants
11.) Never Satisfied – THE VACANT LOTS
Great song from their album Departure. They started in Burlington but now play all over the US and just started a tour of Europe. The Pants and Zola are great Burlington bands from the ’90’s. Last Saturday before the Rangers show, I went to the basement of one of the greatest music advocates in town, James Lockridge, and saw some heavy punk rock. I loved the twin guitars in this song.
12.) We Need Bigger Knives – As We Were
13.) Impaled On A Cuddly Spike – Dog Hospice
14.) The Wrong Song – The Lentils
15.) Green Peaks \ Dark Valleys – Get A Grip
I missed Grip at the party but loved the pure fury of that 44 second song. The Lentils played acoustic punk at the party and were lots of fun. I need to get more of their music. Dog Hospice was one guy with guitars strapped to his drum kit and the mic taped to his mouth with duct tape. It was kind of a cool show. Up next is a band who played the show, but went on before I could get there. Fortunately they are playing tomorrow night at The Monkey House, and I will be there!
That was a classic ’80’s punk band. Cave Bees and Shephard’s Pie are playing the Monkey House show, but I don’t have any of the latter to play, yet. Up next is a great new song from a new favorite band who have played around for a long time.
Swale’s new album should be out very soon on white vinyl with a bonus album full of remixes. They are playing Saturday at 4pm at GPN if you want to see them. Great song from Jags who come to town now and then. In the north end of town you can go down almost any street and see lots of sunflowers.
Lowell has played around forever and is playing at GPN. Got a sense of how good it’s going to be yet? Great song from Vetica. Dave and James are classic Burlington artists. Sunday, after GPN, there is a huge after party at Higher Ground featuring Marco Benevento. Here is a song with him and Kat Wright live at Radio Bean
Sorry that song got cut and my outro started to play. Ah, the joys of live radio. Carly Comando and Tom Patterson got married this week and I wanted to play that song in honor of the occasion. The best of luck to you!!! Anahronist have an album coming out soon. Great song from their last EP. The Joe show at Nectar’s last Saturday was great. He played the full album including a wonderful version of Pun. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Songs After: Tumbledown – Fish
Images – Saga
Stephen Colbert “Tonight! The latest news on immigration reform. (a couple of seconds of silence) There, you’re all caught up.”
FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: But first here’s my take. Watching the gruesome ISIS execution videos I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11. Barbarism after all is designed to provoke anger, and it’s succeeded. But in September 2001 it also made me ask a question, why do they hate us?
I tried to answer it in an almost 7,000-word essay for “Newsweek” that struck a chord with the readers. I reread the essay this week to see how it might need updating in the 13 years since I wrote it. I began the piece by noting that Islamic terror is not the isolated behavior of a handful of nihilists. There is a broader culture that has been complicit in it or at least unwilling to combat it.
Now things have changed on this front but not nearly enough. I also pointed out that we face not an Islam problem but an Arab problem. For example, in 2001 and 2002 Indonesia was on the top of people’s worries because of a series of terror attacks there soon after 9/11, but over the last decade jihad and even Islamic fundamentalism has not done well in Indonesia, which is the largest Muslim country in the world, larger than Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Libya and all the Gulf states put together.
Well, look at India which is right next door to Ayman Zawahiri’s headquarters and yet very few of India’s more than 150 million Muslims are known members of al Qaeda. Zawahiri has announced a bold effort to recruit Indian Muslims, but I suspect it will not do too well. The central point of the essay was that the reason the Arab world produces fanaticism and jihad is that it is a place of complete political stagnation. By 2001 when I was writing almost every part of the world had seen significant political progress. Eastern Europe was freed, Asia, Latin America and even Africa had held many free and fair elections but the Arab world remained a desert. In 2001 most Arabs had fewer freedoms, political, economic, social than they did in 1951.
The one aspect of life that Arab dictators could not ban, however, was religion. So Islam had become the language of political opposition to these secular regimes. The Arab world was then left with secular dictatorships on the one hand and deeply illiberal religious groups on the other. Hosni Mubarak and al Qaeda. The more extreme the regime the more violent was the opposition.
This cancer was deeper and more destructive than I realized. Despite the removal of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and despite the Arab spring, the dynamic between dictators and jihadists has not broken. Look at Syria where until recently Bashar al-Assad was actually helping ISIS. How? By buying oil and gas from it and by shelling its opponents, the Free Syrian Army, when the two were in battle against each other.
You see, Assad was playing the old Arab dictator’s game, giving his people a stark choice. It’s either me or ISIS, he was saying, and many Syrians, the Christian minority, for example, have chosen him.
The greatest setback has been in Egypt where a nonviolent Islamist movement took power and then squandered its chance by overreaching. But not content to let the Muslim Brotherhood fare the polls, the military then displaced it by force, has moved back into power and Egypt is now a more brutal police state than it was under Hosni Mubarak. The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned, its members killed and jailed, the rest driven underground.
Let’s just hope that 10 years from now we do not find ourselves discussing the causes of the rise of an ISIS in Egypt.
President Obama at Stonehenge “I could come here every day”
As We Were, The Lentils, Dog Hospice at Punk Rock Block Party on lower King St then And The Kids and Joe Adler & The Rangers of Danger at Nectar’s
Despite missing one of my favorite bands (Black Rabbit went on first), I had a great time seeing music tonight. I tried to take it easy last night and was up a bit after 7 this morning. I worked 9-5:30 then stopped home for a bit. I was out the door and headed to the “Art Hop?” to see some punk bands, especially Black Rabbit. I forgot the address but when I was close I asked the group of kids on the sidewalk where the bands were, and they directed me down the driveway and into the basement. As We Were ground out some heavy metal/punk and the twin guitars lit my heart with joy. The vocal was a bit growly but the band were beautifully ferocious and the workday melded into the play day. I only caught a couple of their songs, but they were super solid and playing hard. The small (for a hall but big for the basement) crowd was very enthusiastic, and got in a nice mosh on the last song.
It was hot in the basement, so when they finished, I headed to the back yard, and enjoyed the fading day. Soon enough there was a noise from the basement. The Lentils were a three-piece with singer/guitar player, seated electric bass player, and a drummer who flipped a bass drum on it’s side and played it with a maraca. Their songs had a low-fi indie feel with a full on punk attitude. They only played 4-5 songs but really had something. I will have to check them out more soon.
After that, I headed back out and ran into Kevin Ryan. We chatted for a bit, but then it sounded like a band was going on. I headed back down the stairs into the brick basement cellar. The next guy on was called Dog Hospice. He was the last guy on, and had two guitars strapped to his drum kit, placed a mic over his mouth and wrapped a few layers of duct tape around his mouth and sang and drummed and hit guitars and played loops. I was a challenge to listen to the stories he told, through the distortion of the duct tape pushing the mic so close, but it was kind of riveting too. After that, I was going to wander out, but James Lockridge asked me if I wanted to hang out and have a beer. I took him up on his offer and chatted with lots of cool people. After a bit, I could hear the clock strike 9, and knew it was time to head out.
I thought I was a bit early when I walked into Nectar’s, so I ordered a drink and ordered some food. The drink was quick and immediately after, And The Kids walked onto the stage. The only option was to run to the front and rock out for a few songs, and figure out the food later. They played some killer hard rocking new wave pop, or some dancey pop that rocks hard, or whatever it is that they play. I loved every moment while trying to dance myself into a frenzy. After a few songs, including a killer Wiser, the bartender said my food was ready, so I reluctantly moved to the back for a few songs. When I was somewhere close to finished, I ran back to the front to join the fun. They had he audience eating out of the palm of their hands as they played great song after great song. They dedicated all of the songs to Joe Adler and played a sweet cover towards the end for him. They wrapped it up with another killer rocker., and that was that.
The set break was not too long, then Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger took the stage. With Eric Segalstad on guitar, Samara Lark Brown on vocals, three increasingly large saxophones, and Mammal Dap’s guitarist, bass player, keyboard player, and drummer, Joe played a killer version of his new album Many Things &Many Scenes. Johnnie Day Durand lit the room with her saw playing on Brothers and Sisters. Aya Inoue joined in on vocals for a few songs, and took a nice lead on Cloudy Mind. They did a killer version of my new favorite song, Dreams Elope, though it was before Cloudy, then rocked us hard with Mirror Mirror. They kicked the first set with Many a Girl (Back of a Sail) reprise. That’s such a fun song to sing.
They said they were going to take a 5 minute break, and I still had energy, so I hung out for the fastest set break ever. It might literally have been 5 minutes, but might have been less.
They came out swinging with a killer cover of Burning Down the House. They followed with a Joe song not on the new album called Another Drink Of Water. They got the crowd rocking with Hungry Like the Wolf. We got to rock to another Joe song called Spit and Fire Blues. They kicked the night with Walk On The Wild Side. Towards the end, Joe started introducing the band. After each member was introduced she or he would leave the stage. It was finally down to a guitar player, the bass player, the drummer, and the keyboard player. Joe said they were a band called Mammal Dap. They took over and closed the evening. I hing our for a song, but tomorrow is my Wednesday, so I took the long joyous walk home, with a happy heart full of music.
A Canadian’s take on the rudeness in how America treats President Obama.
William Thomas ‘In President Obama, Americans have the real deal, the whole package and a leader that citizens of almost every country around the world look to with great envy. Given the opportunity, Canadians would trade our leader, hell, most of our leaders for Obama in a heartbeat.
What America has in Obama is a head of state with vitality and insight and youth. Think about it, Barack Obama is a young Nelson Mandela. Mandela was the face of change and charity for all of Africa but he was too old to make it happen. The great things Obama might do for America and the world could go on for decades after he’s out of office.
America, you know not what you have.
The man is being challenged unfairly, characterized with vulgarity and treated with the kind of deep disrespect to which no previous president was subjected. It’s like the day after electing the first black man to be president, thereby electrifying the world with hope and joy, Americans sobered up and decided the bad old days were better.
President Obama may fail but it will not be a Richard Nixon default fraught with larceny and lies. President Obama, given a fair chance, will surely succeed but his triumph will never come with a Bill Clinton caveat – “if only he’d got control of that zipper.”
Please. Give the man a fair, fighting chance. This incivility toward the leader who won over Americans and gave hope to billions of people around the world that their lives could be enhanced by his example, just naturally has to stop.
Believe me, when Americans drive by the White House and see a sign on the lawn that reads: “No shirt. No shoes. No service,” they’ll realize this new national rudeness has gone way, way too far.
Stephen Colbert “Authorities in California are searching for a dangerous escaped albino cobra, though to be safe, police have arrested seven black cobras.”
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’m going to play a ton of new music tonight, but let’s start with a couple of Burlington classics. This is Zoot Wilson on Wbkm, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
1.) Killer Bee Bop – Zoot Wilson
2.) Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone – Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band
3.) My Atom Girl – The Dirtminers
4.) Three Cheers – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
Happy birthday to a great guy, a great singer/songwriter,guitar player, a great father, husband and teacher. Three Cheers to Phil Yates on his birthday. The Dirthminers always put on fun shows and played geopolitical songs about having a crush on the girl in your class, you know, stuff like that. Raph Worrick was a driving force in the band and he is one of Phil’s affiliates. This next song is from the brand new (released two days ago) album featuring many of Burlington’s greats. It’s also the name of a show on Tuesday nights from 7-9pm on WBKM.ORG.
Aaron is one of Vermont’s true talents. I have not caught up with him recently, but hope to soon. Maryse is playing the Cambridge Music Festival this Saturday with Swale and others. Go see her if you can. You will be better off for it. Great new album from Joe Adler. He will play Saturday night with the Rangers at Nectar’s. This next band just released a very nice and happy video.
I’m really beginning to love the riff in Stars and can’t wait to hear what she comes up with next. I love that song by PossumHaw. I ran into Hana Zara at Radio Bean on Tuesday when Joe Adler and Samara Lark Brown played, We agreed that she owed me a physical copy of her first CD. I ran into her while walking downtown on Wednesday and she gave me a copy. Here is one of the many great songs from that album.
11.) Nathaniel – Hana Zara
12.) Lights Of Montreal – Lobot
13.) Sunny Side Of The Couch – The Leston’s
14.) 88 – Wave Of The Future
Great new song from Wave. That EP came out a couple of weeks ago. I’m heading to Manhattan Pizza to see them after this show. Dino Bravo are opening, but I will be too late to catch them. Matthew Stephen Perry played with the Leston’s and Chris Farnsworth played with Lobot, so if you listen to those two songs you will get a hint of what Bravo sound like. Friday and Saturday the South End of Burlington will be filled with art and music. Wave are playing tomorrow at Speaking Volumes on Pine st, and this next band are playing Saturday on King Street, as part of the South End Art Hop.
15.) Eighty Nine – Black Rabbit
16.) Dreams Elope – Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger
17.) High Water Mark – The Pants
Classic Burlington rock from the nineties. Another great new song from Joe’s album Many Things & Many Scenes. I hope I can make it to Rabbit on Saturday. The college kids are back and September 1st was a huge moving day in Burlington. This is the next song from Ninja Jane.
And The Kids will play at the Art Hop on Flynn ave on Friday and will play at Nectar’s with Joe on Saturday. Yea! Great new song from Better. I ran into Michael Clifford on Wednesday. He wanted my Hana Zara CD but I would not give it to him. To make it up to him, a bit, here is a song from one of his bands.
I love the John Whyte lyric asking if we can win the human race, and like the lyrical tie in with Lendway. Of course we can win the human race. Act with joy and promote fun for all. We’ll all win that way. OK, here’s more Joe.
23.) Many A Girl (Back Of A Sail) – Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger
24.) Ain’t No Telling – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
25.) Many A Girl (Back Of A Sail) reprise – Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger
Joe’s band and Kat’s band are pretty much the same, so I thought I’d mix them together. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: What are the strengths of the Islamic State? I posed this question to two deeply knowledgeable observers, a European diplomat and a foreign official, and the picture they painted is worrying, although not hopeless. Defeating the group would require a large and sustained strategic effort from the Obama administration but it could be done without significant numbers of U.S. ground troops.
The European diplomats stationed in the Middle East travels in and out of Syria and has access to regime and opposition sources. Both sources agreed to speak only if their identities were not revealed. This European official agrees with the consensus that the Islamic State has gained considerable economic and military strength in recent months. He estimates that it is making $1 million a day in Syria and Iraq each by selling oil and gas, although U.S. experts believe the number is too high in Iraq.
The Islamic State’s military strategy is brutal but also smart. The group’s annual reports — yes, it has issued annual reports since 2012 — detail its military methods and successes to try to impress its backers and funders. The videos posted online of executions are barbaric but strategic. They are designed to sow terror in the minds of opponents who when facing Islamic State fighters on the battlefield now reportedly flee rather than fight.
But the most dangerous aspect of the Islamic State this diplomat believes is its ideological appeal. It has recruited marginalized disaffected Sunni youth in Syria and Iraq who believe that they have been ruled by apostate regimes.
How to handle this challenge? The American, a former senior administration figure, counsels against pessimism. The Islamic State could be defeated, he says, but it would take a comprehensive and sustained strategy much like the one that under girded the surge in Iraq. The first task is political, he said. Supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to press the Iraqi government to become more inclusive.
“We have more leverage now than at any time in recent years and the administration is using it,” he said.
If this continues, the next step would be to create the most powerful and effective ground force that could take on the Islamic State, which would not be American troops, would not be the Free Syrian Army, but, rather, a reconstituted Iraqi army. Remember, that force was built, trained, and equipped by the United States.
The former American official says it’s actually got some very effective units. The Iraqi special forces were trained in Jordan and are extremely impressive,” unquote. Pointing out that it was those forces that recaptured the Mosul dam recently. It’s underperformed recently because then Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had transformed it over the past two years into a sectarian and loyalist force.
The two observers agreed on one central danger, the temptation to gain immediate military victories over the Islamic State could mean that the United States would end up tacitly partnering with Bashar al- Assad’s regime in Syria. This would produce a short-term military gain against the Islamic State but it would be a long-term political disaster. It would feed the idea that the Sunnis in Iraq and Syria are embattled, that a crusader Christian Shiite alliance is persecuting them and that all Sunnis must resist this alien invasion the European diplomat said.
The key is that Sunnis must be in the lead against IS. They must be in front of the battlefield, he said.
So the strategy that could work against the Islamic State is nothing less than a second Sunni awakening like the one during the Iraqi surge. It’s a huge challenge but it appears to be the only option with a plausible chance of success.