Archive for January 2014
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
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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