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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) continued this week to be in denial for his role in the 2013 government shutdown even after ABC’s Jonathan Karl told him, in an interview that aired on Sunday, that this claims to the contrary were unbelievable.

When it came to the government shutdown over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law — that even House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blamed on tea party-backed Republicans — Cruz insisted that his hands were clean.

“You have had a couple of months to think about this whole government shutdown strategy,” Karl said. “Now that it’s over in hindsight, are you prepared to say that it was a mistake, it wasn’t the right tactic?”

“I think it was absolutely a mistake for President Obama and Harry Reid to force a government shutdown,” replied a defiant Cruz.

“No, I mean, but come on,” Karl shot back. “I mean we’re a couple months away from this, the only reason why this happened is because you insisted, Republicans insisted that Obamacare be defunded as a condition of funding the government. If you didn’t — if you took away that insistence, there would be no shutdown. I mean, really.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/29/abc-reporter-calls-out-ted-cruz-come-on-the-shutdown-was-your-fault/

Dark Side Of The Mountain at Club Metronome December 29, 2013   Leave a comment

I think tonight went:

Obscured By Clouds -> When You’re In
Hey You
Lucifer Sam -> Arnold Layne chant ->Run Like Hell with slow dance jam.
Lowell Thompson came up to sing and play Arnold Layne
Marco Benevento came on for Speak To Me->Breathe->On The Run->Interstellar Overdrive, in the middle of which Matthew Bryan Hagen and Marco were going off and made me wonder what they might be able to collaborate on, then let it flow into Time. Things settled as they approached Gig. I was really close to the stage and suddenly there was a woman low on the stage who began to sing. As she nailed Gig she rose, and it was Grace Potter. She sang Gig will all of her heart and it was great. The band wrapped it up, and that was the end of set 1.

I correctly guessed that set 2 would begin with Money. I though Kat would sing it, but it was all Bob Wagner. Kat and Luc came up for Us and Them, the core 5, OK 6 with Marco, played a killer Any Color, then Kat came back for Brain Damage/Eclipse. My notes get fuzzy, but I think Matt crooned San Tropez then they brought up another singer, who’s name I missed, for Childhood’s End.  Somewhere in there Kat sang Have A Cigar.  Kelly Ravin came up to sing and play Yong Lust, then Kat returned, with Benny, for Wish You Were Here. They let it flow into Fearless, as usual. They followed with Pigs On A Wing (part 1) into Dogs., then wrapped the set with a killer Comfortably Numb.

They came back for Shine On You Crazy Diamond (the first 5 parts), then followed with Echoes to finish the night. It was another excessively late night of blisteringly magnificent music and I can’t thank all that were involved anywhere nearly enough.

The Monkey House 7th Birthday Party December 28, 2013   Leave a comment

I had a great night of seeing, hearing and experiencing music at The Monkey House tonight. I got to hang out with my cousins Jessica and Caleb Pearson for a bunch of the show, got two dedications from the stage (was one of those really a job offer Black Rabbit?), got to meet Ariel Bolles, got to chat with Aya Inoue, said the stupidest thing ever to Daniel Bolles (Just kidding, he may have heard stupider things in his life, but maybe not), got a ride home from one of my favorite musicians (thanks again Phil Yates) and just, generally, rocked the night away (yes that is a Michael Schenker flying V reference).

I got to chat with a few other great musicians like Eric Segalstad, Michael Clifford, and Linda Bassick (or at least say hi).

I got out of work at 6, ate a bit of dinner, waited, donned the black, and took the nice slushy walk to the Monkey House. The air was just warm enough to melt the ice on the trees, so I got a mini shower on the walk in.

I walked in, chatted with the cousins, and after a bit, the show began. Nick from Osange Orange opened solo with an electric guitar. He sang passionately and the songs had a bit of movement to them. The third and forth really rocked, and you could almost hear the full band. He played one more then wrapped it up.

Eastern Mountain Time followed with some countryish, bluesish, alt rockish music that ran in a few directions, slowly and steadily. It was a bit of a challenge to follow the songs, but the effort was well paid off for those who dared. The set was kind of subtle and kind of fantastic.

Next up, Phil Yates and the Affiliates kicked things into an indie rock high gear. The songs were danceable and the tepid audience slowly moved towards the new stage in the back. They played a bunch of fun songs like Ninja’s VS Zombies and the one that goes Burn, Burn, Burn. They started the set with Phil breaking a sting in the first song. During the break he asked if anyone had an extra guitar. Chris Farnsworth lent him his, and Phil played most of the set with a low slung guitar. It was pretty cool.

Chris and the rest of Dino Bravo VT followed with a blisteringly loud set of rock and roll. They exposed the perversity of Chuck Berry, played a song about the radio, and ended the set with a, personal favorite, song about the ocean. Chris’ guitar work was subtly transfixing and the whole set was a joy.

Wolvings followed with a heavy set of loud indie rock. They had tons of energy and seemed to have a great time playing their fast melodic music. They dedicated Teeth to the Vermont dental plans, and just played as hard as you want a great rock band to play.

Paper Castles followed with a searingly mellow set. Padraic Reagan sang and played with a gentle furious passion. The keyboard player and drummer were right in tune with the off kilter songs. Rest In Pieces spoke to me a bit more tonight than it did when I played the album, Vague Era, all the way through the other day. I may have to listen to that again.

The volume got cranked back up to 12 when Black Rabbit took the stage. They opened with a double shot of Tibbar Tibbar into Mark My Words. They played a couple of great songs that I did not know, one introduced as the Cold. They invited me to work at their corporation at the introduction to Black Cat (wow, that would be a great song for a Halloween show). They played more loud fast garage rock songs, maybe called Carnage and El Gande. Marc Scarano‘s flying V guitar sounded great on Neutrin (and the rest of the songs). They tossed in a cover of Teenagers From Mars, and refused to leave the stage (there’s the door if you want it) to rip through Chinese Rock.

I was in a blissful form of heaven, and contemplating the walk home, when Phil offered a ride. All in all, it was a pretty lovely night.

OK, sleep soon, work tomorrow, then Dark Side Of The Mountain, again!

 

Dark Side Of The Mountain at Nectar’s December 18, 2013   Leave a comment

Sorry, I totally slacked about writing this up.   But….

You know it’s a good night of music when late in the second set the band says they have three long songs left. They say this is the shortest one, and play Comfortably Numb. They leave the stage, come back and play Pigs On A Wing (part1) and let it flow into Dogs, then follow with Echoes. I love Dark Side Of The Mountain!!!!!!

Tonight’s show:
Hey You
Lucifer Sam (w/Arnold Layne chant)
Another Brick Pt 2
Matthew Bryan Hagen crooning San Tropez
Childhood’s End? (with wicked jam)
Arnold Layne (W/ Lowell Thompson)
Wish You Were Here->Fearless->Us And Them->Fearless with Lowell and sax player (Jake Whitesell)
Young Lust with Kelly Ravin
Have A Cigar with Kelly (epic Jam)
end of set 1

Set 2

Obscured By Clouds->When You’re In
Run Like Hell
One Of These Days
Speak To Me->Breathe->On The Run->Time->Breathe (Reprise)->Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Comfortably Numb

end of set

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Pigs On A Wing (Part 1)->Dogs
Echoes

Milton Busker at Radio Bean December 27, 2013   Leave a comment

Radio Bean

Radio Bean

I finally got myself out the door to see some original live local music. I worked until 6:30, quickly stopped at home, and took a beeline for the Radio Bean. Milton Busker was on, when I walked in the door, and sang a very strong song with his acoustic guitar. After a song or two, I found a steady groove and was able to deeply listen. His voice is great, whether he is whispering or belting it out. His guitar playing is enchantingly nimble and his sense or where to take the songs is pretty special. The full house was chatty but applauded sincerely after each song. He had the best singer/songwriter line ever when he said “this is a song call the Inquisitor. Sing along if you know the words. You won’t know the words.” After the ominous setup, the song was an early Beatles poppy thing, with some challenging rhythms. It’s the second time I’ve seen him, and it’s striking me that I really need to get to know his music. I’ll work on it soon.

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Radio Show 42 Thursday December 26 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   2 comments

WBKM CREW

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I just got back from my local music internet only radio show on WBKM.ORG. I started with some songs that make me soar and played lots of music from bands playing this weekend. I also tossed in a live Pinhead song.

Song before – Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Burlington is covered in snow and ice and glistening with beauty. My heart is soaring and I want to play some music to soar to. Will you come soar with me? This is a new song from Paper Castles on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) HelloH – Paper Castles
2.) The Words Will Show – Lendway
3.) I Don’t Know What To Believe – The Red Telephone
4.) Telepathic Headdress – The Cush

Love soaring to the Cush and Red Telephone. The Lendway song reminds me a bit of Obscured By Clouds and I can’t wait until Sunday to see Matthew Bryan Hagen play Floyd with Dark Side Of The Mountain. Paper Castles were brilliant opening up for Stars at Higher Ground earlier this year. It’s cold and icy and snowy so I was looking for a cold song to play. This next singer is playing early on New Year’s Eve. I may try and catch her set at Radio Bean, then head to see Vedora at The Monkey House.

5.) Lithuania – Hana Zara
6.) Dogs At The Door – Milton Busker
7.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles

I just bought the Paper Castles album Vague Era today and wanted to play a few songs for you. Padraic Reagan has played in town a lot, booked lots of bands in town and is an all around good guy. Milton is playing the Bean tomorrow at 7. If I get out of work in time, I may try and check his show out. Hana is a very talented lady. Speaking of talented ladies, it’s time to play the next song of Alice Austin‘s To A Star In The Yard. This is the big rocker.

8.) Vicarious – Alice Austin
9.) I Made Love To The Dead – Pinhead

That was Pinhead live from Hunts from a long time ago. That had not been released, but my friend Christopher Larrow kept asking them for it, got a copy, gave me a copy, and now I get to play it for you. When Alice released the album, she formed a band and played it all the way through at the Monkey House. Vicarious was moved to the last slot, instead of 10th on the album, because they rocked it so hard. Sean Toohey (on guitar that night) said it should be the closer. To add more music to the weekend The Monkey House turns 7 on Saturday and features lots of great bands like Dino Bravo VT, Blue Button, Black Rabbit, Eastern Mountain Time, Phil Yates, Paper Castles, Wolvings, and maybe more. Here is some of what is to come.

10.) Could You Be The One? – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
11.) Mark My Words – Black Rabbit
12.) Vestibule – Blue Button
13.) Cold – Wolvings
14.) Terrarium – Vedora

Vedora might be the last band I see in 2013 or the first in 2014, depending on when they go on. I’m so psyched to see those four bands on Saturday, and all the others too! On a sad note, Burlington lost one of our own this week when DJ A-Dog, Andy Williams passed away. He was well known and liked in our town and will be dearly missed. Enjoy every moment you can, you never know. I hope you enjoyed checking out my last show of 2013. See you in 2014 for more great music from our town.

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Song after: Perfume River – Fish

 

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Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was freed Monday in a Kremlin-backed amnesty, slammed Russia’s prison system and said that the whole country is built like a penal colony.

“Russia is built on the model of a penal colony and that is why it is so important to change the penal colonies today to change Russia,” Tolokonnikova told journalists after her release. “Penal colonies and prisons are the face of the country.”

She said she and released bandmate Maria Alyokhina will be working on a project focusing on rights of prisoners, using experience of spending a year and ten months in prison.

“I don’t consider this time wasted,” she said. “I gained unique experience which will make it easier to really engage in human rights work. “I became older, I saw the state from within, I saw this totalitarian machine as it is.”

Addressing journalists, she said her views have not changed since she was arrested for performing a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour protesting Vladimir Putin’s re-election campaign.

“Prisoners should be treated like normal human beings … not like trash,” she said, specifically mentioning her previous penal colony in Mordovia in central Russia, where “people were being murdered morally and physically.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/23/russia-is-a-penal-colony-says-freed-pussy-riot-punk-nadezhda-tolokonnikova/

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Yesterday, United States District Judge Robert Shelby not only ruled that a Utah law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, he used his ruling to troll Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Judge Shelby, in his ruling, agreed with Justice Scalia that the Supreme Court’s federal ruling on DOMA would “inevitabl[y]” be applied to state laws banning same-sex marriage, and declared that he had no choice but to strike down Utah’s law.

“Justice Scalia,” Shelby wrote, “recommended how this court should interpret the [DOMA] decision when presented with the question that is now before it.”

Throughout his ruling, he used Scalia’s dissenting words to make his case. “As Justice Scalia has noted,” he wrote, “‘preserving the institution of marriage’ is just a kinder way of describing the State’s moral disapproval of same-sex couples.” Shelby then argued that while “‘[p]rivate biases may be outside the reach of the law…the law cannot, directly or indirectly, give them effect’ at the expense of a disfavored group’s constitutional rights.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/21/judge-trolls-supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia-in-utah-ruling-on-gay-marriage/

Radio Show 41 Thursday December 19 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from local music internet radio show 41 on WBKM.ORG. It’s my last show until Christmas, so I played a lot of Christmas songs by local artists.

Song before: Myrrh – The Church

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve got a lot of Christmas songs to play, but let’s start with the next song on To A Star In The Yard. This is a song called Until You Shake by Alice Austin on WBKM and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Until You Shake – Alice Austin
2.) Winter – David L. Jarvis
3.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No

That’s a great brand new song from Mountain, who feature two of the guys from farm. Here come the Christmas songs.

4.) Carol Of The Bells – Gordon Stone
5.) Santa Baby – Samara Lark
6.) Home – Chin Ho!
7.) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Linda Bassick
8.) Frosty The Snowman – Construction Joe

There are some really nice takes on classic songs. Home by Chin Ho! is cool, and reminded me of hanging out with my parents and my brother today. It’s my brother Ken’s birthday, Happy Birthday Ken! OK, here are some more Christmas songs.

9.) Happy Xmas (War is Over) – Joshua Glass
10.) Little Drummer Boy – Aaron Flinn
11.) Silent Night – Tammy Fletcher
12.) Hark The Herald – Electric Halo
13.) Silver Bells – Josh Glass and Jackie Buttolph

Wow, there is so much talent in this town. Next, let’s go classic Burlington

14.) Winter Wonderland – The N Zones
15.) Jingle Bell Rock – Sarah Stickle
16.) Merry Christmas Baby – Sandra Wright
17.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Greg Alexander

Great stuff. I’ve got a few more to play, I hope you don’t mind if I run a bit late

18.) White Christmas – Giovanina Bucci
19.) We Three Kings – Electric Halo
20.) Oh Holy Night – Cait Hoffman

It’s a beautiful warm night in Burlington and there is snow everywhere. I hope you have a white Christmas too and I hope you have enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song After – The Leaving – Fish