Archive for August 2014
An interview with Frank Sinatra from 1963
Playboy: Are you a religious man? Do you believe in God?
Sinatra: Well, that’ll do for openers. I think I can sum up my religious feelings in a couple of paragraphs. First: I believe in you and me. I’m like Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in that I have a respect for life — in any form. I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then I believe in God. But I don’t believe in a personal God to whom I look for comfort or for a natural on the next roll of the dice. I’m not unmindful of man’s seeming need for faith; I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. But to me religion is a deeply personal thing in which man and God go it alone together, without the witch doctor in the middle. The witch doctor tries to convince us that we have to ask God for help, to spell out to him what we need, even to bribe him with prayer or cash on the line. Well, I believe that God knows what each of us wants and needs. It’s not necessary for us to make it to church on Sunday to reach Him. You can find Him anyplace. And if that sounds heretical, my source is pretty good: Matthew, Five to Seven, The Sermon on the Mount.
I had a good time seeing music last night. I got out of work at 6:30 and stopped home for a bit, but quickly headed out the door. I took the long walk down to ArtsRiot, including a swing by Marble ave. I have wanted to check out the Friday night truck stop thing they do, where there are a bunch of food vendors and various activities. The alley behind the old Cheese Outlet was full of people and a dozen or so food options. I found some delicious food, then waited for the show.
The show was inside the former store, now rock venue. Around 9pm Doom Service hit the stage with the steady building song they opened with when I saw them a few weeks back at 242 Main. With a low slung bass, two fast and nimble electric guitars and a driving drummer, the played a set of fast melodic indie rock punk songs. The sound reminded me of some of the best indie rock of the ’90’s but all the songs sounded like their own. I recognized a few from the last show, and can’t wait to get to know them better. Their set was short but fun. Nathan Curtis and Eric from work showed up for the last two songs and were favorably impressed too. They played a fun version of Monsters then wrapped the night with the song about Mulder and Scully.
It was a bit warm inside the room, so for the break we headed outside to see the truck stop carts and tents packing up. After a bit it sounded loud inside so we headed in to catch Shepherd’s Pie. They played some classic ’70’s punk. With a woman playing a bass slung high so she could really get at it, Lily Sickles playing a monster guitar, Frank on drums and an engaging front man/singer, they kicked out a fast fun set. I was thinking the music was kind of Ramones-like so I was not at all surprised when they kicked out a cover of I Just Wanna Have Something To Do. Their set was short and sweet and fast and loud and nothing but fun. The bass player was great. She had the same look whether the song slowed down a bit or was a full speed. Lily prowled the stage and it was great to see her powerhouse guitar playing. Frank kept it all together, at full speed, and the singer found a way to use a blue tarp to great visual effect, a lot. I had a great time and would go see them again in a heartbeat.
After the set, the room was still pretty warm so we wandered outside for a bit. It seemed like we just started talking then a loud noise came from the venue. ROUGH FRANCIS were on stage and rocking a song I’ve heard a couple of times. The set seemed to be mixed between songs from Maximum Soul Power, and what I think are new ones. Either way, they rocked hard and sounded great. The room was mostly full, but the audience was a little sedate. Most people were just standing and listening, which is a bit unusual. I took a chance and hung close to the stage, knowing I could back up a bit when the moshing broke out. Around the 4th song or so, Paul tried to rev us up by exploding off the stage and playing in the crowd. Unfortunately, he pulled his rig apart a bit and spent the next song or two getting it back together. Aah, rock and roll. Bobby Hackney Jr. was good, and only gave him a little bit of crap for it. They were soon back in high from and played killer songs like Back and Red, Staring Out The Window, and a smoking cover of New Rose. Late in the set they pulled out Not A Nice Guy, but even then there was no mosh response from the audience. It was very odd, since the band were hitting it as hard as ever. They wrapped the night with a song I did not know and that was that. It was a bit odd with a mellow audience and no Comm To Space to close the show, but it didn’t matter. They played a fun and commanding rock show and that is all that mattered.
I had a great time seeing music last Thursday, challenge as it was. The Dirty Blondes were set to play at Club Metronome at 10, and my radio show goes from 9-11 at Wbkm Dot Org, which is just a couple of doors down Main st. I created the show, checked with the guys at the station, learned how to record my breaks and how to put them into the queue. I got the whole show lined up and went to the live rock show. I arrived just before 10 and chatted with Jeff LaBossiere and S.e. Ward for a bit. Somewhere after 10:30, the Blondes hit the stage. With two singers, and both of them in good voice, the band kicked out a killer set of their furious rock songs. From the opening notes of Burn, through fun instrumental runs in Jacking Off and Crybaby, to the rising anthems of Hallelujah and Oh Dirty Blondes, and the blistering punk of Scorned Woman and Too Drunk, the played their hearts out. Rebecca Rogers and Diane Sullivan co-commanded the stage, as Jesse ripped out some killer leads and Chris Clark and Ornan McLean drove the rhythm. There’s still some guitar parts missing, but they did a great job rocking the audience hard. Late in the set they pulled out one of my favorites, Ornan’s song, then did the cover of Turn Back Time. They wrapped the night with That New Guy Is Not James Bond.
Moments after the show ended, I zipped back to the the radio station to stop the recording of my show. Everything I lined up had played out and it was back to regular programming. Feeling like I had everything taken care of, I went back to Metronome in time to catch Jason Cooley take the stage. BE AGGRESSIVE were supposed to play, but cancelled, so they got Jason to do his Cooleoke show, where he plays songs on his iPod and sings over them. He sang his heart out on songs like Unchained, Looks That Kill, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, and a few others. I like hearing him sing, and he has lots of energy on stage, but the lack of band interaction held back my full interest.
Time had slipped later and later and it was close to 12:30 when Dino Bravo hit the stage. They played a killer set of heavy rock music. Due to the late hour the audience had dwindled a bit, but those who stayed were rocked hard. They played all of their usual songs, a couple of covers and pulled out an older Dino Bravo VT song, bottleneck, that Jeff had never played with them. It struck a memory from the first note and I had forgotten how much I liked the song. As the set headed towards its conclusion, they played a killer version of Song About The Ocean. They wrapped the night with a version of Strawberry Blonde that had some killer harmony guitars from Matthew Stephen Perry and Chris Farnsworth, ripping bass from Josh Shedaker and Jeff’s driving drums. I was tired, yet deliriously happy. I headed back to the station, picked up my backpack, and took the short walk home. It was quite a challenging night, but I’m so glad I put in the effort and learned how to do something new. It felt weird not being live on the radio, so I will only ever do that when needed, but it’s nice to have the option.
I just got back from sort of doing my radio show and seeing live music. I wanted to go see the Dirty Blondes so I voice-tracked all my breaks, set the songs into the queue and went over to Club Metronome to rock.
Song before: Two Places At Once – The Church Band
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I saw a lot of rock and roll in the past week, so let’s kick off with the next song from Ninja Jane on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
1.) Racecar Driver – Zola Turn
2.) Be Aggressive – BE AGGRESSIVE
3.) Scorned Woman – The Dirty Blondes
Both the Blondes and Be Aggressive are playing at Club Metronome with Dino Bravo VT at 10, so I’m recording the breaks early and will head over to the show. (Be Aggressive cancelled so Jason Cooley did a Cooleoke set). Last Saturday I saw a killer rock band play at the Fletcher Free Library.
4.) Miles From Where We Started – Tesla’s Revenge
5.) All I Want Is A Hoverboard – Wave of the Future
6.) Oklahoma Road Rage – Crazyhearse
7.) Demons – Waylon Speed
Last Saturday Waylon and ROUGH FRANCIS played a show on a ferry on Lake Champlain. The timing was too tight with work, so I went to the Fletcher Free Library to see SADG’s, Tesla’s Revenge and S.e. Ward, then headed to Nectar’s to see Wave, Burning Monk, and The Mountain Says No. Crazyhearse just took a trip across the USA and played a bunch of shows. Another killer song from the Wave ep. Saturday, Black Rabbit and Rough Francis will play at Charlie O’s in Montpelier.
8.) Black And Red – Rough Francis
9.) Carnage – Black Rabbit
10.) Weapons Factory – The Wards
11.) Forbidden Love – Pinhead
A couple of classic Burlington bands alongside two great current Burlington bands. I think the Saturday show is the debut of Jane Boxall playing with Black Rabbit, so that should be great. Up next is another song by a band who rocked the library
12.) Wrappers – SADGs
13.) Hoping That I’m Wrong – Will
14.) Wilderland – Anais Mitchell
15.) Lithuania – Hana Zara
I just love that song by Hana. Anais is playing a couple of shows on Sunday at the Wyswyg festival. I love that song from Will and both they, and SADGs are from Rutland. This next set is dedicated to Washington and Colorado.
16.) Grandma Betty – Brother Zag
17.) Seeds And Stems – The New Siberians
18.) Space Weed Zombies – Wave Of The Future
That was Wave live at Nectar’s a few months back. They played a wonderful high energy show last Saturday when they released their new EP. Great song from the Siberians. Brother Zag, the most elusive singer in town. Here’s another great Burlington song.
19.) If You Get Lost – Swale
20.) Throw Me Away – Spill
21.) Uh-Oh – Slowdim
22.) Gentleman – Plan B
Great song from Plan B. Slowdim are from Boston and have a bunch of great songs, like that one. Killer song from the ’90’s by Spill and Swale played a killer Lost at the Precipice. Here’s another of my favorite songs.
23.) Pennsylvania – The Red Telephone
24.) Naked Garden – Peg Tassey MUSIC
25.) Oscar Man – Torpedo Rodeo
26.) Sunny Side Of The Couch – The Lestons
That’s Matthew Stephen Perry‘s old band. His new one, Dino Bravo don’t have anything recorded yet, but I’ll get it to you when they do. Killer songs from Torpedeo and Peg. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Faith Healer – Fish
then it went into In The Mood (live) – Robert Plant
then regular programming
Bill O’Reilly “I am furious about how the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown is being reported and how various people are reacting to it.”
Jon Stewart “Yes! That is the outrage. The shooting of Michael Brown and any lack of transparency from the police department responsible for said incident is outrageous, in how it has been reported. And, I guess that’s not the only reason to be angry.”
Fox reporter 1 “Is he going to get a fair shake, this officer?”
Fox reporter 2 “There has been a rush to judgement.”
Fox reporter 3 “Eric Holder flies into Ferguson with his super hero cape.”
Fox reporter 4 “This mantra of the unarmed black teenager shot by a white cop. You know that description, in and of itself, actually colors the way in which we look at this story.”
Stewart “Yes. Describing the actual facts of the case really does color the way we look at it. White cop shoots unarmed black teen does sound terrible, whereas say, hero cop kills alien hunting humans for sport would put a completely different spin on things. Which, though a very accurate description of the plot of Predator 2, is in this case not what happened. And, you know what? There’s so many other stories out there.”
Fox reporter 5 “Why aren’t we covering New York? Why aren’t we we covering black on black crime?”
Stewart “Yes. Why all the interest in holding police officers to a higher standard than gangs? They both flash colors, and yes, one of them has been sworn to protect and defend but still…”
Fox reporter 6 “This weekend 42 people have been shot in Chicago. You know, I don’t see the protests. I don’t see the anger.”
Fox reporter 7 “If I were African-American I would be outraged that more journalists aren’t covering what’s happening in Chicago and more outraged that people like Al Sharpton and and Jesse Jackson don’t head to those areas.”
Stewart “Yes. What could explain the lack of outrage about Al Sharpton and his ilk not doing anything about black on black violence in Chicago?”
Reporter from ABC News 7 on July 10, 2013 “With Chicago’s violence making national headlines, a group, lead by the Rev Al Sharpton, plans to convene an anti-violence summit of national civil rights leaders here.”
Stewart “Oh, that’s right. Because African-American leaders did hold a summit about that in November, and have met at least three times in the city just in the last 13 months, which is not to say that it has been effective, but taken along with the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which attempts to address this violence, and the countless vigils and marches within these violence torn communities, means they are trying, actually, to do something. You see, you being ignorant of those attempts, doesn’t mean the issue itself is being ignored, in the same way that when it snows where you live, doesn’t mean the world isn’t getting hotter.”
As anger erupted again on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a human rights team from Amnesty International worked on the ground in the US for the first time ever.
Confrontation flared up after an autopsy found that Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by an officer on 9 August, had suffered at six bullet wounds including one in the top of his head.
Eye-witnesses report seeing police, with no visible ID badges, hurling tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters and threatening members of the press in another night of demonstrations.
Amnesty International, said it would be observing police and protester activity and gathering testimonies as well as training local activists “on methods of non-violent protest” in an “unprecedented” move by the campaigners.
Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director, Steven W Hawkins said that the “people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting”.
Jasmine Heiss, one of the 13-strong team sent by Amnesty, told Buzzfeed that the limits placed on the organisation’s access to post-curfew areas was indicative of “the overall lack of transparency in this investigation”.
“Law enforcement, from the FBI to state and local police, are obligated to respect and uphold the human rights of our communities,” Mr Hawkins said in a statement on 14 August.
“The US cannot continue to allow those obligated and duty-bound to protect to become those who their community fears most,” said Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Steven W. Hawkins.”