• So It’s Come To This: Songs of 2005

    by  • May 4, 2016

    2005 was a year of resignation for many of us. It was a time to turn away from politics and get on with whatever we found important in life. There was a resurgence of love songs. Others pondered the bigger questions of life, the universe, and everything. For me, 2005 was definitely a drop-out...

    Read more →
    Bush_Kerry_2004

    Enduring The Aughts: Songs of 2004

    by  • March 10, 2016

    As we struggled to figure out how to program our radio show, Bubble Wrap, we decided to focus on the indie music of the 2000s, starting with the first year for which I had a lot of music, which was 2004.  To put 2004 in context, it was the fourth freaking year of the...

    Read more →

    A Politically Motivated Punk and Funk Show

    by  • March 4, 2016

    Slum_in_Glasgow,_1871

    It was March the second, and we had just emerged from our caves after two weeks with influenza (we assume that’s what it was — we certainly felt awful enough).  The day before, Bernie had lost Nevada and somehow, that seemed like the end of the world to me.  So we took off on...

    Read more →

    Our Bloody Valentines

    by  • February 11, 2016

    On February 10, 2016, we did our Valentines Day show on WVEW, which is not really our thing, but we muddled through it. Taking a fairly unromantic view of things, we were able to get in a variety of perspectives, shall we say, on this thing called love.  It was great to hear Kiss...

    Read more →

    Bubble Wrap

    by  • February 4, 2016

    1024px-Traubensaft_Schaum_1

    Bubble Wrap is a new show on WVEW-LP in Brattleboro, VT, our local community radio station.  I’m co-host with my partner CG, and together we dish up what the program guide calls “an amalgamation of indie pop, rock, and funk.”  This enables us to play all the eras and genres of music that we...

    Read more →

    Folk, Rock, and Noise at the Future

    by  • May 7, 2015

    ava-marie

    The beauty of the Future as a venue is its obscurity and its diversity.  The space is small, intimate, so intimate that sometimes it freaks you out a little.  Bands routinely try to chat up the audience just to break the weird tension that arises when you’re setting up with people four feet away,...

    Read more →

    Future Fest 3

    by  • September 25, 2014

    For the last year (2013 inclusive), I did nothing but complain about new music.  Then I discovered The Future Collective, an arts and music organization in my very own town of Brattleboro, VT.  Crazy how these things turn out — that just as I had despaired of finding happening music outside a big city,...

    Read more →

    What’s Old Is New And Other Musings

    by  • February 16, 2014

    A while back I heard that Kim’s in NYC was closing.  It felt like another sad sign of the times, as music in a format you can touch and own went the way of all things digitizable.  Fortunately, it wasn’t completely true.  Kim’s Music didn’t disappear but its main location did close, leaving only...

    Read more →

    2013 Sucked For New Music

    by  • January 17, 2014

    2013 was my worst year for new music since 2002.  I couldn’t even make a year end best of list because I couldn’t fine ONE song that stood out from the dreck I’d managed to collect in the last twelve months.  Everything sounded like car commercials — shiny, happy songs for people to purchase...

    Read more →

    Why I Hate Cloud Music

    by  • November 20, 2013

    Lili Boulanger

    I remember a year or two ago hearing a Sony exec announce that the mp3 format was dead.  “Music will all be in the cloud,” he said.  At the time I thought he was overstating but he was right and quickly too.  Today, most artists are releasing their stuff via Sound Cloud or other...

    Read more →

    Deacon Blues

    by  • June 25, 2013

    Sitting on my back porch, head still addled from this late season flu, I listen as the last chords of “Deacon Blues” fade away and permit myself a sardonic smile. “They got a name for the winners — I want a name when I lose…” I am listening to Aja, Steely Dan’s mid 70s...

    Read more →