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Black Rabbit acoustic and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at New City Galerie in Burlington VT, April 17, 2015

I had a great time seeing music tonight at the New City Galerie. I worked until 7, got home about 7:15, was out the door at 7:30 and downtown around 7:45. I had scouted the venue the day before on the way home from my radio show, but despite my best intentions I only caught the last half song by opener Sean Hood, who goes by the name of Eastern Mountain Time. It sounded nice but I was just getting settled when he wrapped up.
Up next was the oddest of the odd, one of my favorite heavy rocking bands, Black Rabbit, playing acoustic. They went on at 8 and Marc Scarano and Darlene Scarano played a pretty sweet set/ She played electric bass and he played acoustic guitar, and they opened with a couple of newish songs that will be on their next album. The stripped down version let the melodies of the songs shine and allowed Marc to sing in a pleasantly gentle way. They tossed a couple of cover songs, and played 3 from the first ep, Neutrino, Neighborhood, and the one I thought of immediately when I heard they would play acoustic, 89. They had a nice feel to the music, but the thing that really stood out is how talented Darlene really is. Her voice has a beautiful tone that really makes you want to listen, her bass playing is very precise and melodic, and you could tell her fingers knew exactly how to hit every note they crawled over. It was cool to watch them together. The one time things broke down a little Marc was searching for a note with his voice, and Darlene tried a couple and found it and Marc followed her discovery and it nailed it from there. It was great to experience. They tossed in a couple more new ones, including the back and forth vocal on My Libido, then put the energy at almost full Black Rabbit force for Sayonara. What a great set.
They wrapped up at 8:45 and around 8:50 Phil Yates and Kevin Stevens took the stage. Phil was on acoustic and sang, and Kevin played the lead electric guitar. They were joined by drummer Jake Blodgett, and Raph Worrick on bass and the small wooden gallery with a reasonably full audience, started to rock. They mixed songs from the first album with the new one, No Need To Beg. Masterpiece rocked nicely and if it was cringe-worthy, the audience missed it. The songs were fun and had their own bounce to them, and the playing was sweet. About half way into the set Phil broke a string and I could see one of those magic Burlington moments happen. Halfway into the song I saw Marc poised close to the stage. The moment the song ended he walked backstage and got his guitar and lent it to Phil. It took a song to get fully back into the groove of the rocking show, but once they were back they stayed there. They played a killer foursome of Might As Well Settle, Ninja’s VS Zombies, Burn It Down Bernadette and Little French Earthquakes. There was some serious rock and roll intensity there. They closed with the Replacements I will Dare (correct me if I’m wrong professor) and that capped a beautiful night. I said a couple of quick goodbyes and headed down the stairs and up the street. It was just after 10 and tomorrow will be a long day. Thanks for rocking!!

 

April 18, 2015 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radio Show 106 Thursday April 16, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I highlighted some of the music that was played last week, some of the music that happened tonight and some of the many bands who are playing at different venues on Saturday. I also said goodbye to Lendway in a big way.

Song before: Aura – The Church Band

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. There was a lot of great music at Radio Bean last night, and there are a lot of great shows coming up. But, tonight I want to say goodbye to one of my favorite bands, Lendway. Michael Clifford is heading to California, but they did play a killer goodbye show at Nectar’s on Saturday. They were great, and rocked really hard, and had great harmonies, and I will miss them. It’s the end of the band, but ends always bring new beginnings. This is a beginning, always a beginning. This is Yardsale by Lendway on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Yardsale – Lendway
2.) What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
3.) Showdown At The Blue Moon Hotel – Jerichovox
4.) The Way It Is – Maryse Smith

I was hoping Maryse was going to play live in the studio tonight. Unfortunately, something came up and she was not able to make it. Hopefully she will stop by sometime soon. She will play at Radio Bean on Saturday at 9. Unfortunately, I already got tickets for Barbacoa and Rough Francis that night, so will miss that, and all the other shows on Saturday. I went out to the Bean last night and finally saw Jerichovox. I had a really good time and they played a solid version of Hotel. I had to put in the Josh song after the Lendway song. That’s not a jab, it’s just the way it is. OK, on to the next song on Swale’s album The Next Instead.

5.) Before The Night – Swale
6.) I’m Thrilled – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
7.) Two Sleepy Arms – Lendway

I love that song. Phil is releasing his new album No Need To Beg on Saturday at New City Gallery on Church st. It’s happening the same time as the Higher Ground Rough Francis show. Rats. Black Rabbit are playing that show too, acoustic. Really?? Phil’s album came out Tuesday but the party is Saturday. Great Swale song. OK, let’s rock.

8.) Venus In Spurs – Barbacoa
9.) Not A Nice Guy – ROUGH FRANCIS
10.) Asphyxia – Better Things
11.) Definitions – As We Were

After Jerichovox played last night, Better Things came on and rocked hard and As We Were followed and really let loose. Despite everything I will miss on Saturday, I’m very excited to see Francis and Barbacoa! My brother is coming along. Black Rabbit acoustic? Really? They always rock hard. Here they are rocking hard.

12.) Mark My Words – Black Rabbit
13.) Terrarium – Vedora
14.) You’re Safe With Us – Lendway

I love that song. Vedora are playing Radio Bean on Saturday after Maryse. I really need to be 3 people that night. Come on Dan Bolles, haven’t you cloned me yet? I could really use it for Saturday! So, tonight Joe Adler, Aaron Flinn, Michael Chorney, and Eric George are playing songs and telling stories at the Skinny Pancake. Here’s one of Joe’s songs.

15.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
16.) Sunflower Street – David L. Jarvis
17.) Gone With Eraser – Lendway

Another great song. Great song from Dave. I’m sure the show at the Pancake is lots of fun. Here’s a song from Aaron.

18.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
19.) Ghost Train – Jerichovox
20.) Killing Ghosts – Better Things.

Things played a wicked fast version of that last night at the Bean. Jericho played a great version of train last night. Hey, did you notice I didn’t play any Lendway in that last set?

21.) Take Your Gold Away – Lendway
22.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone
23.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz

I think the Snaz are the only band I’m playing tonight that I have not seen. I should fix that. Last week I played a new demo from the New Siberians and really liked it. Tonight, I will play one from their first album.

24.) Star – The New Siberians
25.) Hollywood – Lendway
26.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone

This is a beginning, always a beginning, and the end always equals the start. Thanks for all the great music Michael, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam. California’s gain, is Vermont’s loss. Come back anytime Michael. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song after: Change Of Heart – Fish

 

April 17, 2015 Posted by | WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jerichovox, Better Things and As We Were at Radio Bean April 15, 2015

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. A few weeks ago my neighbor gave me a copy of the album by Jerichovox, since his friend was in the band, I gave it a listen and was favorably impressed and have played a few songs on my radio show. I was psyched when I saw them on the Bean calendar and marked the date. I headed downtown around 9 and was at the Bean just about 9:30. I got in and settled and they started up. They played as a four-piece with a singer/guitar player, singer/bass player, a keyboard/trumpet player and Brian on electronic drums. The music has a nice flow and a happy feel. It seemed every time it changed, it just got nicer. Their songs are smooth and elegant, and most have long instrumental passages or are complete instrumentals. The music had enough movement to keep me interested and happy. About half way through the set a few people from the small audience got up and started dancing and the whole show had a very nice vibe. I’m very glad I went and want to check them out again sometime soon.
Up next, some large drums and larger amps were dragged in and Better Things got set up to play. Lots of people filled the small room. With two singer/guitar players, bass and drums, they launched into a melodic high speed punk rock set. The songs had an indie rock feel but were very energetic as they threw themselves at the music. I had a great time but the set was super short, and I was surprised when they said they were done. I’d been meaning to catch them for a while and they were just as good as I’d hoped.
Up next there was a slight instrument change then As We Were launched into a hardcore punk set. The singer prowled the floor as both guitar players ripped it up and the bass and drums thundered at full throttle. Their energy was through the roof and a few songs in the slam dancing began. I stayed back a bit, but still caught a couple of blows. Every song was more intense than the previous and they rocked hard until they were about to drop. What a great show everyone!!

 

April 16, 2015 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , | Leave a comment

Radio Show 105 Thursday April 9, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG

WBKM CREW

WBKM CREW

 

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I just got back from tonight’s local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. It had a mellow yet kind of intense feel, and rocked hard in the late middle.

Song before: Hallelujah The Hills – Hallelujah The Hills

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s been a grey day, and I’m going to start out with some mellow songs. This first singer is playing out Saturday at Nectar’s with his band Waylon Speed. Lendway are opening and it might be their last show. This is Horseshoes and Hand Grenades by Kelly Ravin on WBKM and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Horseshoes and Hand Grenades – Kelly Ravin
2.) Chickadee da – Ryan Ober
3.) Better Half – Abbie Morin
4.) In Waves – Sarah Blacker
5.) The Territory – Hana Zara

That’s another great song from Hana’s new album The North. That’s a brand new song from Sarah, who is from the Boston area, but plays VT on a semi-regular basis. Abbie is playing Radio Bean tonight. Ryan is too but at the same time that I’m doing this show. OK, on to the next song on the Swale album that I am working my way through, song for song, week after week.

6.) You Are Not The Photograph – Swale
7.) Right Between The Eyes – Dirtminers
8.) Ghost Train – Jerichovox
9.) Try And Try And Try – The Snaz

The Snaz just represented VT at SWSX. Jericho are playing Radio Bean next Wednesday and I really want to catch them. Cool song from the American Typewriter album. Happy Birthday Joshua Glass and Happy Birthday Ted Pappadopoulos. Thanks Ted for sending me an early mix of a new New Siberians song!!

10.) So They Say – The New Siberians
11.) Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
12.) Weight In Gold – Joshua Panda
13.) Shiny Side Up – Nother Mother Brothers

I’m just getting to know Shiny and wanted to play it again. I should have been playing Panda’s music for a while but am glad I’m starting tonight. Great song from Josh and I can’t wait for the new Siberians after that song! Here’s another classic VT band I have not played yet.

14.) You’re The One – Viperhouse
15.) All About You – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
16.) WalkingInCircles – RAQ

That song always makes me want to bounce around. Great song by the majestic Kat and her killer band. The Viper song was from the live at Ottawa album A couple of weeks ago I saw this singer open for Hana Zara and this song really caught me.

17.) Clocks On The Wall – Jeremy Gilchrist
18.) Ball And Chain – Band X
19.) Your Downtown Aperture – Video Pigeon
20.) The Crisis – Ninja Custodian

Killer song from Ninja’s second full album Shepherd’s Pie. Pigeon rocked our town for a couple of years and left us songs like that. Killer song from Ornan McLean‘s old band. Let’s keep rocking.

21.) Hammerhead – Barbacoa
22.) Escape Artist – Zola Turn
23.) Devastation Celebration – And The Kids
24.) Hands All Over You – Peg Tassey MUSIC

Killer song from Peg. ATK just played in Montreal so Megan could play with them. Great song from the first Zola album when Jenn Karson was still in the band. She’s still doing cool things with sound at the Fleming Museum. When Jeremy opened for Hana one of his new songs really caught me too. He sent me a copy of it today.

25.) The Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
26.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara
27.) Fubar – Kelly Ravin.

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

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Song after: Time And A Word – Fish

Jenn Karson’s sonic mapping project:

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/jenn-karsons-sonic-mapping-workshop-explores-burlington/Content?oid=2550468

 

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized, WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Julian Bond “Obama is to the Tea Party as the moon is to werewolves.”

 

April 6, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Comedian John Fugelsang clashed with conservative radio host Heidi Harris on Friday when Harris questioned the need for sexual orientation to be covered under anti-discrimination statutes.

“Being gay is what sets a person apart from straight people,” Fugelsang told Harris on MSNBC’s Ed Show. “If you don’t like gay people, take it up with the manufacturer, because God keeps creating them around the world.”

“Did I say I didn’t like gay people?” Harris shot back. “I did not say that.”

“Well, stick up for them, Heidi,” he countered. “You’re a nice person.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/john-fugelsang-zings-conservative-radio-host-if-you-dont-like-gay-people-take-it-up-with-the-manufacturer/comments/#disqus

April 4, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , | Leave a comment

Radio Show 104 Thursday April 2, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG

WBKM CREW

WBKM CREW

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. It felt like I had a good mix of songs.

Song before: Ricky The Rider – The Mountain Says No

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From our small city to the great big world, these are The Sounds of Burlington. I saw a ton of music in the last couple of weeks, including last Thursday when I went to The Monkey House to see Elephants of Scotland play a killer show. I’ll get to that soon, but first it’s been such a lovely day in Burlington. It was sunny and in the high 40’s and people were out and about and the trees are budding and there are the beginnings of flowers at my house. Winter might not be quite done with us, but the signs of spring cannot be denied. This is Garden Flower by Maryse Smith on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Garden Flower – Maryse Smith
2.) Ferry Ride – Steph Pappas
3.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
4.) Happy Birthday Harry – Hana Zara

That’s another great song from Hana’s new album The North. It was so cool to be at the CD release show at Radio Bean when the place was packed, and people were singing, and it felt like a mini theater and everyone loved and bought her music. I’ll be playing more from that album in the coming weeks. Classic songs from Zoot and Steph, both of whom are Burlington legends. I think Maryse is going to play live on my show in a couple of weeks, so we have that to look forward to. Yea!! Last Saturday I went to the Monkey House and saw Swale, Hallelujah The Hills, and Villanelles and it was great. Each band was tremendous and I’m going to play one from each in this next set. Here is the next song from The Next Instead.

5.) Beaten Down – Swale
6.) Hallelujah The Hills – Hallelujah The Hills
7.) Parking Lot – Villanelles

All three bands were just great. Last Thursday, instead of doing this show, I went to the Monkey House to see Elephants of Scotland and they played a killer long set, with two exciting new songs. Last Monday they played a shorter show, with the new songs, at Nectar’s for Metal Monday, so I had to go to that too. They played this next song at both shows.

8.) Mousetrap (live) Elephants Of Scotland
9.) Yena – Brave The Vertigo
10.) Msp2 – ROUGH FRANCIS

Great song! I can’t wait for the new album!! Vertigo played after Elephants at Metal Monday and were kind of cool, though it was a little hard to get into them after the killer Elephants show. These next two artists used to play around town in the early ’90’s and have recently gotten together for a new project.

11.) Outta Site ’15 – Nother Mother Brothers
12.) T-Bone Stop Sign – Kelly Ravin
13.) Play That Part – Lowell Thompson and Crown Pilot
14.) Shiny Side Up – Nother Mother Brothers

That’s a fun new song from David Jarvis Mark Crowther. I love the idea of being brothers even if not related. That said, it’s good to always remember to tell your family and loved ones how much you care about them. Here’s a very new artist that I don’t know much about. I think it’s a person named Gary Peters from South Burlington.

15.) Collapse Song II (The Painter) – Ghost Weapons
16.) Sparks – The Color Exchange
17.) Burn It Down, Bernadette – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
18.) The Day I Met You – Dirtminers
19.) Windows Down – Lendway

It’s only in the ’40’s, but after the long winter, with all the sun today. there were lots of posts about driving around with the windows down. People are out and about and walking around tonight. Lendway are playing with Waylon Speed sometime soon and are at Radio Bean tonight. Cool song from Raph Worrick‘s old band. The new Phil Yates album should be out very soon. Love that song. Exchange played Nectar’s a couple of weeks ago and I still have that song in my head. Here’s a song from a new band I have not seen yet but hope to soon.

20.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains
21.) Nowhere Feels Like Home – Fire The Cannons
22.) Say It – Anachronist
23.) The Clown – Invisible Homes
24.) Before The Evening’s Thru – THE VACANT LOTS

The lots used to play around town a lot but now play all over the world. Lucky world. I love the “we might just all be clowns” lyric from Homes. Clowns if we’re lucky. Making people laugh and have a good time is something to aspire to. Love the Anachronist song. The FTC song was featured on the Caring Is Knowing benefit album. Burlington is great about doing albums and shows to raise money for worthy causes. I got to see a lot of cool people at the Swale show at the Monkey House last week. It was great to chat with Tyler Bolles, Maryse, Britt Shorter, and it was really nice to talk with Sean Toohey and Ann Mindell to find they are playing together with a bass player. I’m psyched to hear how that sounds. Here is some of the music of their past and present.

25.) 1,000 Lies – Sean Toohey
26.) Imaginary – Envy
27.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone

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

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Song after: Shadowplay (live) – Fish

 

April 3, 2015 Posted by | WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elephants Of Scotland and Brave the Vertigo at Nectar’s for Metal Monday March 30, 2015

Nectar's photo by Tim Lewis

Nectar’s photo by Tim Lewis

 

It was a cool and misty evening when I walked home just after 8. I settled in restlessly and never got the boots off the feet. I slid out the door and trudged downtown. The rain had stopped but the air was full of moisture as I walked into Nectar’s and said Hello to Matthew Bryan Hagen. The lightly full room of metal heads freely gave their attention to Elephants of Scotland as the opening keyboard salvo of Endless (pt1) announced the arrival of the heavy progressive rock the Elephants do so well. The song rolled through it’s changes, and there were huge cheers as the first part concluded and eased up into the beginning of part 2. Mousetrap followed with it’s stomping verses and bright chorus. It always takes me a few listens to get to know an Elephants song, so I had a bit of a better handle on The Sun Dripped Orphans And The Wizard’s Teapot, having seen them play it last Thursday. Its dense multi-sectional runs became more of whole as I began to understand how all the pieces fit together. As much as I love their past, I’m really excited for their future. They followed with a killer super heavy A Different Machine, then scared us with another new one called Counting On A Ghost. Like Teapot, I liked it a lot more the second time around, and liked it a lot the first time I saw it. As they were the opening band, they only had a short time, so they kicked the night with the beautiful and powerful interstellar cruise that is Starboard. It was stellar and the crowd was very appreciative.

Elephants Of Scotland at Nectar's March 30 2015 pic by John M Whyte

Elephants Of Scotland at Nectar’s March 30 2015 pic by John M Whyte


Having not eaten since lunch, I grabbed some food in the break, which kept me there for the beginning of the next band, Brave the Vertigo. With two guitars, one of them singing, bass and drums, they lit into some heavy metal riffs. They had a bit of an Opeth feel when they varied songs from heavy to a more open acousticish sound, but after the Elephants careened through dozens of sections per song, Vertigo sounded a bit too straight forward. I hung out for four or five songs then took the long walk home. Puddles on the ground said it had recently rained, but I found a nice clear window for the walk. What a great night.

 

March 31, 2015 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swale, Hallelujah The Hills, and Villanelles at the Monkey House March 28, 2015

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

If you only had $3 in your wallet and you wanted to rock out to three great bands, you really should have been at The Monkey House tonight, unless you where there, ’cause it was kind of packed.

I got out of work at 9 and stepped carefully over the dark railroad bridge, then upped the speed along the tracks and headed into Winooski. I walked into the Monkey at 9:20 and there was no band on stage. Yea. I walked up to the bar and Isaiah had a drink poured and ready. I headed to the open space in front of the stage, and soon enough, Swale began to play. The sound was a bit off for the first 30 seconds or so, but the caring hands and ears of Alyssa Solomon had them sounding perfect moments after. They opened with a gorgeous Armadillo then let the music stray into the long opening strains of Waterlanding. The song swayed for a while then started to tighten up an built itself into a rocking monster, and you could just feel the excitement in the crowd Joyless started slow but was quite intense and Eric Olsen was ripping up the guitar by the end. This Is Not The Photograph had a really intense rhythm going on, and Beaten Down drew a strong audience reaction. Having Tyler Bolles on bass let them rock into overdrive as a power trio, with really intense drumming by Jeremy Frederick. Amanda Gustafson took the mic, and center stage, and belted out a killer cover of Rebel Girl. They kept a hard rock pace with Amanda killing it on Jack Sharp then mellowed things out with Good Medicine. By the end of that one Eric unleashed a towering guitar solo. They kept things rocking hard with Everyone Likes to, then closed the night with Maybe I’m Amazed. It’s such an appropriate song since I’m always amazed when I see and hear Swale. Always!

Swale at the Monkey House March 28 2015 picture by Kate Lasko

Swale at the Monkey House March 28 2015 picture by Kate Lasko

During the break I ran into Sean Toohey and Ann Mindell and we talked about Burlington’s great musical past and that they have a bass player and something going on. My mind is still wondering about the possibilities.

I easily got my $3 worth by seeing Swale but was psyched to catch the other two bands. Boston’s Hallelujah The Hills came on next and rocked the place hard. They are a five-piece with a singer/fat Les Paul guitar player, another rhythm guitar player, a super fun bass player, a wicked fast super precise drummer and a keyboard/trumpet player. The music was high energy indie rock. One song had a Clash bounciness and one had a hint of the Dropkick Murphys. All of the songs were good and it was challenge to really listen to them and try and find out where they were going. I usually think it’s foolish for bands to go on after Swale, but they held their own and put in a killer set.

During the next break I got to chat with Maryse Smith and later Britt Shorter for a bit. I love how musicians and people in the industry come out to support music in our town.

After a quick break the Villanelles hit the stage with a fury. With a singer guitar player, bass player, super fast heavy hitting drummer and a keyboard player, they played some oddly beautifully structured indie rock or punk songs. The energy was super high from first note to last. It was a challenge to try and keep up with where the songs were taking me. They played an intense set of short but dense fast rocking songs and I loved every note. Their set was not super long but every moment was great. I’ve got to pay more attention to them soon.

After they wrapped up I said a couple of good nights and took the long walk home. I’m so glad I put the effort in.

 

March 29, 2015 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

“Let me clarify this a little bit. Students at Liberty University were required to attend a partisan political speech where a small government conservative who had just promised he would respect privacy rights told them that if they cared about freedom, text your information to a mysterious address that collects your cell phone number for undisclosed purposes.” — Jon Stewart

 

 

March 28, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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