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“Having assumed for months that the United States was unlikely to intervene militarily in Syria, the Defense Department has been thrust onto a war footing that has made many in the armed services uneasy, according to interviews with more than a dozen military officers ranging from captains to a four-star general…Some questioned the use of military force as a punitive measure and suggested that the White House lacks a coherent strategy. If the administration is ambivalent about the wisdom of defeating or crippling the Syrian leader, possibly setting the stage for Damascus to fall to fundamentalist rebels, they said, the military objective of strikes on Assad’s military targets is at best ambiguous.” Ernesto Londoño in The Washington Post.



Posted August 30, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Radio Show 27 Thursday August 29 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from Radio show 27 on WBKM.ORG. I thought it went pretty well, but with wide open windows, four Fire trucks went by, starting at the beginning of my second break. They were nicely staggered, so when there was a space after one went by, another came along. Live radio, what are you going to do.? I got in early and started putting in songs at 8:30, then stacked a few after the show.


Song Before: Candle Song – Jon Anderson



From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. Actually, tonight we are going to start a little south of Burlington. These next three bands are from the town of my father’s birth, Rutland. Here is Will on WBKM, Burlington’s kind of music.


1.) Six Inch Knife – Will

2.) Manuel – Split Tongue Crow

3.) Empress of Ireland – Thompson Gunner


Matt Marro was a roommate and bartender who got me into all three bands. He and Eoin are in Will and STC, Connor is in Will and Thompson, and Dave & Jeremy are in all 3. Next up is the next song from Swale’s A Small Arrival.


4.) Pay Attention – Swale

5.) Colorblind – The New Siberians

6.) Lithuania – Hana Zara


Hana was great at Radio Bean last Friday. She had us sit on the floor and somehow made the place even more intimate. Colorblind is a nice song. I tried to say something about Swale but with firetrucks running by both windows four times, I just got in what I could. Tomorrow I’m going to check out this band at the Monkey House.


7.) Pretty Girls – Phil Yates And The Affiliates

8.) Solution – Vedora

9.) Tibbar Tibbar – Black Rabbit

10.) Vestibule – Blue Button

11.) Plastic Revolution – Doll Fight!


Revolution Doll style now! That is dedicated to any girl who thinks she can play rock and roll, because she/you can! Those Queen City riot girrrls prove it. Rebekah Whitehurst proves it with Blue Button. Darlene Scarano proves it with Blue Button, and Caroline O’Connor proves it with Vedora. Tomorrow I’m going to check out Black Rabbit and Phil and the Affiliates at the Monkey House. If not for work, I’d love to go to Montpelier tomorrow for Swale and Vedora at Charlie O’s. That will be a great show! I think I’m going out Saturday to Radio Bean to check out this next guy.


12.) You’re Song’s Too Long – Ray Fork

13.) Geograph – Elephants Of Scotland


I couldn’t help playing the long Elephants song after Ray. Hey, I’d love to see Elephants again. Does anyone know anyone who can book them somewhere? I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song After Medley with Marillion piano intro/So Fellini/Lucky/Internal Exile/Market Square Heroes – Fish


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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: This is GPS, the Global Public Square. Welcome to all of you in the United States and around the world. I’m Fareed Zakaria……

But, first, here’s my take. We are watching a season of discontent in the world of young democracies, from Egypt to Turkey to Brazil. Protests, marches, and of course, one coup.

As we watch the turbulence around the globe, I think about our own democratic journey and how interesting it is that the distinctive feature of the American system is not how democratic it is, but rather how undemocratic it is.

Hear me out. We have three co-equal branches of government and the one with the final say on many issues, the Supreme Court, is composed of 9 unelected men and women.

The American senate is the most unrepresentative upper house in the democratic universe, with the exception of Britain’s House of Lords, which is of course utterly powerless.

California’s 38 million people have the same representation in the Senate as do Wyoming’s 576,000. State and local governments battle federal power. Private businesses and other nongovernmental groups, are also part of this mix.

Now, there are aspects of the system that many Americans don’t like. I think the Senate, in general, is a broken institution from its representation to its absurd rules about filibusters.

But the system of checks and balances, as the famous phrase goes, has, in general worked well. The form of government that came out of the French Revolution, by contrast, is one of absolute sovereignty, centralizing all powers at the top.

Since that revolution, France has had many upheavals and changes in regime, going through two monarchies, two empires, one crypto- fascist dictatorship and five republics.

The United States, by contrast, has had a continuous constitutional existence. Why is this important as we look at the world today?

Well, in so many of these cases, what we are watching are democratic governments, elected freely and fairly, that are abusing individual rights, ignoring minority parties and eroding checks and balances.

Observing the early flowering of this phenomenon in the mid 1990s, I described it as illiberal democracy. And this is the problem we confront in the Arab world and so many other developing countries.

The good news is that other elements within society are fighting against this kind of illiberal democracy; political groups, student movements.

Even the clash between the Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood could be useful in the long-run because it resembles the clashes between kings and lords, the church and the state, the aristocracy and the new business elites in the development of Western liberal democracy.

It can look very messy while it’s happening and neither side has a monopoly of virtue, but the contest between various power centers over time does help to create a system of checks and balances.

So, what we’re watching might look like crisis and breakdown, but it might turn out to be the road to better government.

Posted August 26, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Huffington Post’s Jason Cherkis spent two days at the Kentucky State Fair with workers from Kynect, the state’s health marketplace. He came back with a better understanding of deep-fried Kool Aid (“funnel cake dough flavored with the powdered drink mix”) and this fantastic anecdote.

A middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffles up to a small folding table with gold trim, in a booth adorned with a flotilla of helium balloons, where government workers at the Kentucky State Fair are hawking the virtues of Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange established by Obamacare.

The man is impressed. “This beats Obamacare I hope,” he mutters to one of the workers.

“Do I burst his bubble?” wonders Reina Diaz-Dempsey, overseeing the operation. She doesn’t. If he signs up, it’s a win-win, whether he knows he’s been ensnared by Obamacare or not.


Posted August 25, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Federal budget cuts, known as the sequester, are decreasing the already limited spaces in the national and state Head Start preschool programs.

In northwest Vermont, 71 slots for Head Start have been cut heading into this school year, said Paul Behrman, director of the Champlain Valley Head Start program which serves Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Addison counties. In Franklin County, 10 preschool slots have been eliminated between the start of the 2012-2013 and the upcoming school years, he said.
The eliminated preschool slots are a result of $800,000 in cuts for Vermont’s Head Start and Early Head Start — a similar program for pregnant mothers and infants and toddlers up to two years old — programs.

Behrman said children and their families weren’t the only ones affected by the cuts. The Champlain Valley Head Start had to lay off seven full-time employees, as well as reducing the hours for 10 other employees.
“Every job matters when providing direct service to young children,” said Behrman. “This is not the direction we should be going.”

Posted August 24, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Milton Busker, Hana Zara, and Vetica at Radio Bean, August 23, 2013   4 comments

I just got back from seeing and hearing music at Radio Bean. I wanted to check out Milton Busker and was glad I did. The set had a downbeat tone, but was quiet and powerful. I knew the song Dogs at the Door, and was surprised at how well he did it live. It was just him, and electrified acoustic guitar. The foot pedals created the mood and he let the song flow with a subtle intensity. The rest of the songs were good, and a couple had serious builds. I was well impressed and glad I dragged myself out.

After his set, I took a walk around town, then made it back for the last couple of songs by Dietrich Gosser and his drummer. He played some strong songs on acoustic, but I did not catch enough to make a full impression.

In the break, Vetica loaded in their gear and a blanket and pillows were set on the floor. The next act was billed as story time with Hana Zara. She sat on the stage, and invited us to sit on the floor. Many of us did and she told stories and played her wonderful songs. I really liked the song she opened with, The North. Lithuania and Santa Anna were as captivating as last time I saw her. Symmetry and Science Fiction were so starkly drawn you could feel every nuance of the emotions behind the stories. Her songs have a great sweep, tons of changes, and a wonderful flow. I’m completely on board for whatever else she’s got.

Vetica followed with a blisteringly loud and fast rock set. The two guitars, bass, drum band played a ton of short fun songs that kept me dancing from first note to last. Their ear-ringing set was nothing but joy.

After the last note rang out, I took the door and the quick walk home. Through the rocked out daze, an acoustic guitar started playing in my mind. It took a few seconds to recognize, but it was Lithuania, and it’s still playing in my head. I’m blissfully happy and it sounds great.


Radio Show 26 Thursday August 22 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got home from internet radio show number 26 on WBKM.ORG. I had new music to play, so a few discs to load in. One had an error that froze the console a bit (thank goodness the music was still playing) but once it cleared I was set to go. I stuck in a cool song before my song before, and stuck in two after my song after.

Song Before: Hiroshima Mon Amour – The Church



From our small city to the great big world, these are The Sounds Of Burlington. When I first started seeing music in Burlington there was a lot of old school rock and blues. Here are some of the best.


1.) Jumbled Cluck – The Dogcatchers

2.) I Don’t Like Working – East Coast Muscle

3.) Away From Here – Zoot Wilson And The Reputation

4.) Tennessee Line – Buck And The Black Cats


All those bands made Nectar’s the legend that it is. The blues rock sound changed when an odd bunch of guys reacted to the changing music of the world, and brought new sounds to Burlington.


5.) No More Sex – Pinhead

6.) 2 Hot 2 B a Prostitute – The Lestons

7.) Move Through Time – The Persian Claws

8.) Mirrors – Vetica


I loved seeing Vetica at the Precipice. I was hoping they would play again, and they are coming to Radio Bean tomorrow. I’m psyched I have a song to play by The Persian Claws. They’ve been playing some real nice rock shows lately. I got to know 2 Hot as a Party star song and love how catchy it is. Matthew Stephen Perry plays in both bands and it was great to see him at the Black Crowes show at the Maritime Festival on the waterfront last Saturday. The Crowes wrapped the night in a wonderful way, but I also caught Swale at the start of the day. Here is the next song on A Small Arrival, the melancholy and gorgeous Middlesex.


9.) Middlesex – Swale

10.) Dogs At The Door – Milton Busker

11.) Lonesome Lullaby – The Dwellers


That is a Gabrielle Douglas solo song, but sounds so much like a great Cush song. I love the Milton song and missed him at the Precipice. He is coming to Radio Bean tomorrow too. Swale were great at the festival. I think I forgot to mention how amazing Johnnie Day Durandis on the saw on that song. Speaking of Radio Bean, last night I saw the first show by the new drummer, the album release party, and the last show that Doll Fight! will play. It was a great loud fast show. Part of what made it great was openers Poxy. They really impressed me, and I will play one of their songs after Doll Fight!


12.) I Fight Back – Doll Fight!

13.) Be Aggressive – Be Aggressive

14.) Planning My Funeral – Poxy (It was supposed to be song 13 but it just popped out of the player and Be Aggressive popped it. I re-queued it, and it played fine. Phew!)

15.) Moles – When Particles Collide

16.) Weapon Factory – The Wards with The Dirty Blondes

17.) I-90 East – Rough Francis


Rough Francis are great. The Wards are classic Burlington, but still play out now and then. It’s nice to hear that version with Diane Sullivan singing a verse. Portland Maine’s When Particles Collide come to town, now and then, to rock us. Great lyrics in moles. Do you have a chemistry degree? Poxy were great at Radio Bean, and I’m glad the song played the second time. Be Aggressive rock. I’ll miss you Doll Fight! I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song After – Scattering Crows – Fish

The walk home was lovely. I ran into Hana Zara and Joe Adler. Joe said there will be a punk show coming up with Trapper Keeper, Blue Button, and Rough Francis. Whoo Hooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Doll Fight! and Poxy at Radio Bean, August 21, 2013   Leave a comment

I just got back from seeing Doll Fight! and Poxy at Radio Bean. Poxy are a trio with a woman bass player, woman singer/guitar and a guy on drums. The songs are punk and fast and full of fury. Every song was short, loud, aggressive, but had a sense of melody. I really liked them and will have to check them out again soon.

Doll Fight! followed. The Vermont riot girrrls released their new album, and played their final show. I thought it would be bittersweet, but once they started playing, it just rocked. They did blistering renditions of Morning Again and Insomnia. Everything else was tremendous too, but I did not know most of the songs. I think most were from the new album. The first few were longer and ground their way out, but as the set progressed, the songs became shorter and faster, if that’s possible. Their new drummer, Amanda, who played her first and last show with the band, pounded the drums to perfection. Kelly screamed out her lyrics and ripped it up on bass. Christine’s vocals were a bit low, but her voice was great and her guitar playing kept the songs flowing, and the room rocking. They ended the set with an ear-ringing Plastic Revolution, but got to play one more to rock out the night.

I’m excited to see what Kelly and Amanda do in the future, and will really miss Doll Fight!, but am thrilled that I got to see them as many times as I did.

Posted August 22, 2013 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Swale at Burlington’s Lake Champlain Maritime Festival 11am to Noon   Leave a comment

I just got back from seeing Swale at the waterfront. They played from 11am to noon. There was a small seated crowd at their stage, and the rest of the Maritime festival was slowly coming to life. Lots of food and craft vendors have set up shop and people are wandering around, checking things out.

The sun was warm, but the breeze was nice. Swale kept things nice and mellow, for the most part. Gorgeous versions of Sour Piggy Bank, Middlesex, and If you get Lost, filled my heart with joy. Waterlanding was a mellow version that almost unleashed some rock and roll fury in the late middle section, then they brought it back down. The energy soared for Popular Crowd and I’ve Got A Feeling, then eased back. They ended on a high note with Everyone Likes to Fight, and that was that.

Ok, 4 hours of work, then back to the waterfront for the Black Crowes tonight. Thanks Mike Luoma!

Hana Zara, VT Joy Parade, Super Bonheur, Parmaga, Le Monde Dans Le Feu, and Shark Victim at Radio Bean, Friday August 16, 2013   Leave a comment

I just got home from seeing and hearing a ton of music. Hana Zara had a great guitar sound, playing Joe Adler’s card deck guitar. I loved every moment of her set and still have Dropout Generation in my head, though, I think many of the other songs she played were better. Hmmm, Symmetry.

VT Joy Parade followed, and were fun and cheerful. Their songs are too easy to find the groove, but they have such harmony and enthusiasm! There were a couple with some prog edges, and a couple where Anna let her voice roar. At times, they were magnificent, and maybe they were wonderful at the times I could not see. If nothing else, the juggler, and sense of showmanship, were endearingly entertaining.

The duo fest started with Super Bonheur who played a punk set with drums and electric ukulele/vox. The high end was a bit much, but there was fun to be had.

Parmaga followed with some dance grooves played with a real drummer and guitar/keys mixed with pre-recorded passages. Their playing was pretty solid, impressive at times, but something held them back a bit. Maybe it was the structure of the songs. Don’t get me wrong, at times they really rocked. But, still, maybe they are fine, and creating a beautiful structure, and it’s just that I want to rock it away.

A Montreal duo called Le Monde Dans Le Feu followed. It was mostly heavy dance grooves with a bass player and singer. For the most part, it did not grab me, yet, the enthusiasm was intriguing. One or two songs had a metal hint and when the singer turned around and banged on a drum, a couple of times, I caught a bit of an “On vocals, and percussion” sort of vibe

Through sheer force and stamina, I held it together to be sure I heard “Shark! Victim!”  They finally hit the stage and opened with the theme song. They followed with a surf rockish, not quite High Breaks, new song. Next up White Lizard and Hear It Still rocked hard with Michael Clifford’s thundering bass, and J Boom Mateik even more thunderous drumming. Since it was after 2am, they jammed out a bit more Shark! Victim! and called it a morning.

Thanks to everyone for rocking so hard tonight. I’m only a little bit bummed that Linda Bassick didn’t tell Joe to set up another guitar and amp, and join Shark. It would have ruined the duo theme, but only at the end…..

On the walk home, at one point, I was singing or humming Dropout Generation, and clapping along. I looked down and there was a very tense skunk. Tail up, in a way I’ve never seen before, and everything. I figured, in the moment, that if i had not been sprayed, I should keep walking along. I did, I was fine. Presumably the skunk was relieved too, and went on its way.