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Radio Show 47 Thursday January 30, 2014 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I had a great time doing my local music internet only radio show on WBKM.ORG last night. It started mellow, but then it rocked

Song before – The Old And The Young – MIDLAKE BAND



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a couple of sunny warm days and I feel like shimmering. Will you shimmer with me? This is Hollow by The Cush on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Hollow – The Cush
2.) One From Two – Linda Bassick
3.) Our Work Is Never Done – PossumHaw
4.) Tumble & Fall – Elijah Ocean

I really liked Elijah at Nectar’s Wednesday night. I bought his CD and here is the title song. I really like the PossumHas song and thought it would fit nicely between Elijah and Linda. Linda will be working with lots of musicians on the Rock Lotto thing they are doing at Club Metronome on Saturday. Lots of musicians get paired up and create a new band for a day. They write some songs and play them that night. The whole thing is a benefit for Girls Rock Vermont (which they so do). Hmmm, the Cush. Recently Burlington lost one of the greats when Bob, Beano, Parker passed away. This set is for him and everyone who enjoyed his music.

5.) Gas And Oil – Gas And Oil
6.) Weapons Factory – The Wards
7.) Searching To Destroy – Kiki’s Lost Nation

Christopher Dorian Alley played with the Wards and KLN is his band. He was at the tribute to Beano at The Monkey House last week, while I was doing my show. WF is classic Burlington and Gas And Oil rocked hard the few times I saw them. Next up, it’s time for the next song on Maximum Soul Power.

8.) Black And Red – ROUGH FRANCIS
9.) Fat Tracey – Cameo Harlot
10.) Mary – Plan B

Back to the shimmering with Plan B. Cameo always rock and so do RF. It’s time for me to head over to Manhattan Pizza and Pub to see Black Rabbit and Wave of the Future. If you show up, it will sound like this.

11.) Neighborhood – Black Rabbit
12.) One Point Twenty-one Giga Giga Watt – Wave Of The Future



Song After – Crucifix Corner – Fish

Posted January 31, 2014 by tmusicfan in WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music

Black Rabbit and Wave Of The Future at Manhattan Pizza January 30, 2014   1 comment

I had a great time seeing music last night. I finished up the radio show, ran over to Manhattan Pizza and Pub and walked in as Black Rabbit were playing the Black Cat. They played a few of their melodic, fast, heavy rockers. In honor of the Ramones mural, they tossed in Chinese Rock. They played a new song that sounded great, and lots of classics like 89, Neighborhood, and Tibbar Tibbar. They finished with a Buzzcocks cover and the place was officially rocked.
After a short break, Wave of the Future hit the stage with Great Scott. Their high energy dance/pop/funk was fast, loud and fun. The back and forth shouted vocals from Luke Richer and Samara Lark Brown set an unrelenting pace for the music. Drummer Jeremy Gartner was wicked fast and at times did some double pumping on the bass drum. They played a lots of songs about Radiating and Flux Capacitors. They tossed in covers of Obsession and Rock Lobster. 1.21 was as energetic as it always is. Their take on Paint It Black was incredible and fun. Towards the end they turned the place into a super sexy dance party.
They played until just after 12 and I walked out in a very happy place. It’s impossible not to have fun when they are playing!

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President Obama from the State Of The Union:

The point is, there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments and are moving this country forward. They believe, and I believe, that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. That’s what drew our forebears here. It’s how the daughter of a factory worker is CEO of America’s largest automaker — (applause) — how the son of a barkeeper is speaker of the House — (cheers, applause) — how the son of a single mom can be president of the greatest nation on Earth. (Cheers, applause.)

Now — (sustained cheers and applause) — opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation must be to restore that promise.

We know where to start. The best measure of opportunity is access to a good job. With the economy picking up speed, companies say they intend to hire more people this year.

And over half of big manufacturers say they’re thinking of insourcing jobs from abroad. (Applause.)
So let’s make that decision easier for more companies. Both Democrats and Republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here, and reward companies that keep profits abroad. Let’s flip that equation. Let’s work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs right here at home.

Posted January 29, 2014 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: “But, first, here’s my take. Much of the talk at Davos this week has been about inequality. President Obama will focus on inequality in his State of the Union. The pope is holding a meeting on it, which Obama will attend.

USA Today has a new poll out that shows that the American public is increasingly concerned about inequality and wants the government to do something about it.

People are bandying about new statistics, such as this one released by Oxfam this week. The world’s 85 richest people own as much as do the poorest three-and-a-half billion put together.

If you put this in American terms alone, the six heirs to the Walmart fortune have a net worth that is larger than poorest 48.8 million American families put together.

These are staggering numbers and it does make for some envy and resentment, but as I’ve argued before, inequality is made of three different factors: the rise of the super rich, the rise of a larger group of poor people, and the stagnation of the great middle class.

We’re actually beginning to see a healthy discussion about the first two, especially about the poor. Smart government policies could easily and effectively reduce poverty in most countries.

It’s less clear what to do about the super rich, but, frankly, if we could help the poor move up, it matters less to me, at least, that the rich move up even faster.

But the great problem, the largest one involving the most people, is the great stagnation. Middle class people have seen their incomes stagnate for decades now. And with technology taking away work and globalization outsourcing jobs, these trends have actually intensified in recent years.

A new book, “The Second Machine Age,” argues that in the first machine age, around the industrial revolution and all through the information revolution, technology was used to create power systems to work with and enhance human muscle power and human control.

Human control was a crucial process every step of the way. Think of a factory where thousands of workers, foreman, managers, all played a large role in manufacturing a product.

In the second machine age, the authors argue, we are starting to automate cognitive tasks, control, judgment, calibration. The machines are replacing human control and cognition. They can make more consistent decisions than can humans.

And the effect is massively compounded because of new information technologies like big data. The result, you don’t need many people. You can see it in the numbers.

General Motors, when it was one of the world’s biggest companies, employed around 600,000 Americans. Apple today, one of the world’s very largest companies, employs around 50,000 Americans.

There’s lots of technology progress and economic dynamism in the world today, there’s lots of good news about poverty alleviation and better health care. There just aren’t a lot of jobs for the great American or even Western middle class. And I haven’t heard any new ideas here about that central issue.”

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Bill Mahr “Because it’s not really masculinity conservatives love, anyway — it’s bullying. Somehow we’ve gone from Teddy Roosevelt’s “speak softly and carry a big stick” to Chris Christie’s “speak loudly and be a big dick”.

Fox News’s manly He-Man Brit Hume said liberals don’t get Christie, because he’s a, quote, “old fashioned masculine muscular guy. Or maybe four muscular guys in a garbage truck.

But bullying isn’t a masculine virtue; standing up to bullies is. Ignoring society’s least-abled people is not masculine; taking care of them is. But to macho people like Rush Limbaugh, who said Obama not letting his son play football was “irresponsible”, or Glenn Beck — another fountain of testosterone — who called on Obama to “stop being a chick” about football, this is what it always comes down to: Obama is a pussy like all Democrats are pussies.

It’s all part of their narrative that “we will keep you safe, cuz we’re the real men who aren’t afraid to send your kids off to die in wars of choice. And the Democrats are a bunch of nancy-boys who think of war as some sort of last resort. They believe in engagement, and other pansy concessions that could lead to dialogue, or even worse, peace.”

Posted January 26, 2014 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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The Mountain Says No and Wave Of The Future at Manhattan Pizza January 23, 2014   Leave a comment

I just got back from seeing and hearing a ton of great music. I wrapped up the radio show, ran down the street to Manhattan Pizza, and walked in as The Mountain Says No unfurled their first song. It sounded heavy and rocking from the outside and more so as I slid in the door, saw Christopher Larrow in the back, and made my way to his table. I dropped the coat, grabbed a beer and headed to the front. I had high hopes, and I don’t even know what to say. The songs worked through a lot of changes, some slow and incendiary, and some blisteringly fast. The two guitar/vocals, bass, drum band rocked in odd yet understandable ways. They created journeys that were fun to follow. Chris said he liked every song. I was thinking I loved every note. The experience was so new it was almost indescribable. I must see this band again as soon as possible!
Up next MC, Matthew Bryan Hagen and friend rapped a couple of moderately humerus tunes. It was getting late and Chris hit the road.
Wave of the Future followed with a nice heavy set. Last week was a bit more ’80’s fun, but this week was more ’90’s metal. Dressed in cold Vermont winter flannel, they lit the room with their energy. Granted, late in the set they did a fun version of Rock Lobster, but for the most part it was bouncing rockers like opener Radiate or closer One Point Twenty-One Jigga Jigga Wat. The whole set was high energy dancey rock songs or rocking dance songs, or whatever the hell it is that they play. Either way, if you find the groove when they’re playing your body is going to get a good shaking. At one point it sounded like Jeremy Gartner was playing a quick double bass drum, but he probably wasn’t, since he only had one. Yea, the band rocked that hard.
They played later this week, maybe because of the Matt thing, and I was out around 12:38. I went back to the station to grab my backpack. An Alison Krauss song was playing and it sounded like PossumHaw. I put Our Work Is Never Done in next and the mix sounded beautiful.

Radio Show 46 Thursday January 23, 2014 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from seeing a ton of great music and a long day of bowling and doing my local music, internet only, radio show on WBKM. I was pretty unprepared until after I woke up from a nap. I locked when I woke up, and added the final touches, at the station, when I looked at the length of the show.

Song before: Russian Autumn Heart – The Church Band



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s cold in the Champlain valley this week and this next artist just got out of the Army. He’s leaving El Paso and coming to northern New York. This is a song called Winter by David L. Jarvis on Wbkm and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Winter – Dave Jarvis
2.) Seeds And Stems – The New Siberians
3.) Think I’ll Stay – Great Western
4) Distraction – When Particles Collide

I had such a great time when WPC played The Monkey House recently. The new EP, EGO, is great. GW are playing at the Juniper Lounge tomorrow, and Amida Burbon Project are playing at Red Square at the same time. Who’s got the cloning machine? It’s so beautifully cold in VT that we all feel like New Siberians. Next up are the most ferocious band in town. Go see them! If you can take it, go up front, if not, definitely hang back. This band will rock you!!

5.) I-90 East – ROUGH FRANCIS
6.) Flypaper – Persian Claws
7.) Burn – The Dirty Blondes
8.) Lunacy – The Cave Bees

While in Austin for the winter Rebekah Whitehurst and Steve Tremblay have picked up a couple of players and are being called Bee Cave. I’ve missed the Blondes shows at
Charlie O’s and hope they will come up north soon. Great song by the Claws and RF rock. Up next is a band who had a nice residency at the Monkey House last year.

9.) Holmes Sweet Holmes – Cameo Harlot
10.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica
11.) Betty Rage – Doll Fight
12.) New Age Woman – Pinhead

I went bowling with the Gardener’s Supply crew today, so I had to play some Pinhead. Doll Fight might be gone, but I’m going to keep their music alive. Same with Vetica.
I’m heading out to see these nest two bands.

13.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No
14.) Great Scott – Wave of the Future



Song After: High Wood – Fish


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Jon Stewart talking about Obama’s speech about the NSA “Hey, you know what would undermine all this reform talk? If these changes contained any glaring loopholes.”

Obama “The database can be queried only after a judicial finding, or in the case of a true emergency …It will terminate within a fixed time, unless the government demonstrates a real need for further secrecy.”

Stewart “So, basically the rule is we will totally follow the rules, until such time that we determine we will no longer follow the rules. But don’t worry about it, you won’t hear about it, ’cause we’re going to do it in secret. You know what? I’m sorry. I’m being pessimistic. Are these safeguards perfect? Of course not, but at least the President is trying to earn back the trust of the American people by demonstrating the seriousness of purpose. So, how do we move these reforms forward?”

Obama “I’m open to working with Congress to insure that we build a broad consensus for how to move forward.”

Stewart “So, we’re never doing this.”—surveillance-state-history

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: But, first, here’s my take: President Barack Obama gave a much- anticipated speech on Friday outlining reforms in the American government’s surveillance activities. Before I give you my reaction to the speech, I want to give you some context.

The American government and many U.S. companies are routinely the targets of cyber-attacks from all over the world. For example, the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is an arm of the Energy Department and monitors America’s nuclear power plants, was the target of 10 million cyber-attacks every day in 2012.

By contrast, the entire United Kingdom suffered 44 million cyber- attacks in the entire year of 2011.

Some of these are efforts to spy on America, enter into communication systems, telecom systems, steal secrets from the government or from private companies, look at phone records, e-mails.

Others are efforts to disrupt normal life or kill civilians. Last year, the head of the FBI testified that cyber-attacks from foreign sources, often including terrorist groups, had surpassed traditional terrorism as the single most worrisome threat to the United States.

I’m trying to remind you that this debate about American policy cannot take place in a vacuum. There are other countries out there, and groups of militants and terrorists, and they are actively using whatever cyber-tools they have to tap into phone systems, emails, bank records, power plant operation systems, nuclear facilities, and more.

In that context, President Obama has taken on a worthy task, to see if American intelligence has gotten out of control as it deals with these threats and challenges there. His speech suggests that, no, the NSA is not a rogue outfit.

But he acknowledged that two facts need to be kept in mind. First, that the United States has unique capabilities in this area and second, that after 9/11, the American government went too far in its efforts to search for and counter terrorist threats.

So he’s proposed a series of reforms that strike me as a good balance between security and liberty. He’s preserved the basic structure of American intelligence gathering while putting in more checks and safeguards.

One case where he may have gone too far is in limiting America’s ability to spy on foreign leaders. This was probably inevitable and a political sop to foreign heads of government like Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff and Germany’s Angela Merkel.

It’s a good idea for the United States to protect civil liberties, institute checks and balances, and have periodic reviews of the whole system. But let’s also keep in mind that I haven’t heard much about the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s intelligence reform proposals, and I don’t expect we will be hearing much from him, or President Vladimir Putin or many other foreign leaders.

Intelligence is called the world’s second oldest profession for a reason. Everyone does it.

Vedora at Radio Bean January 17, 2014   Leave a comment

Thursday was a long night of music, writing, then wide awake tossing and turning. Friday was a long work day. By the time I got out at 6:30 I was ready to drop. I drowsily hung out at home for a bit, but as the clock passed 10, I perked up a little. I put on the black, ventured into the mild cold of our winter, and walked down to Radio Bean.
I slipped into the coffee house, got a drink, and soon enough, Vedora hit the stage. Opening with the gorgeously sprawling Emptiness, it was obvious the band were in fine form. As they eased through their set, the sound was elegant and smooth and had a lot of powerful rock. Songs like The Feeling started with a pleasant pop structure, but built and built and rocked hard at the end. The new songs help up nicely against such classics as Promises, and Terrarium. In the Pines has been reworked to be slower and grittier and in the late middle section Matthew Hastings ripped out a killer solo. Caroline O’Connor’s voice was enchanting and her bass playing kept the songs together perfectly, and gave Matt plenty of room to run some intense lead breaks. New drummer Ian Moodie was solid and is fitting in well with their sound. They bookended the night with another scintillating slow burn of a song, and as Sober began it’s reach upwards into rock and roll glory, the audience was taken on a very wonderful ride.
As the last note faded, I said a quick goodbye. The walk home was pleasant and fast. I walked in the door at 12:15 and was asleep by 12:30. I’m pretty tired this morning, put in a completely content way.

Posted January 18, 2014 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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