Unearthing Rock and Roll

| Music

In a bit of welcome sonic archaeology, Aquarium Drunkard just posted a bunch of live tracks dating back to the 1980s from Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ.  I’m listening to it for maybe the third time today, and I’ll probably listen to it some more.  Hell, I might listen all night. Entitled Hoboken Nights, it brings […]

Late Spring, Ho Hum

| Music

We’re still listening to music and doing radio shows. One of these days, I’ll get around to posting a show list. I’d like those names to get on the Internet, because otherwise, be you not a big buzzy artist that media likes, no one outside your immediate circle will ever hear of you. It blows […]

Poppy? Who’s Poppy?

| Music

We haven’t run across a musical act this weird since The KLF mystified audiences back in the early 90s. Thanks to FluxBlog for introducing us. Usually Flux is my source for mainstream, but Poppy is not mainstream, and while the Poppy persona seems to imply that fame and fortune are already hers, it’s hard to […]

From the Archives: Interview with Adriana Kaegi

| Interview, Music

In January of 2002, we interviewed Adriana Kaegi of Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Here’s that interview: ….. IndieDisco was very fortunate to spend a bit of time with Adriana Kaegi, co-founder and creative director of Kid Creole and the Coconuts. She’s currently creating streaming media content for the fashion world and has designed and […]

Indie Music In The Time Of Patrons

| Music

One hundred years ago, musicians didn’t have record labels — they had patrons.  A patron was a single wealthy individual who made a hobby of supporting the artistic efforts of composers or other artists they liked who seemed promising to them.  Such a one was the Princesse de Polignac, which sounds quite grand until you […]

For John Cage

| Music

John Cage, 20th century composer and innovator, is probably best known for his piece 4’33”,  consisting of the sounds of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of “silence.”  Audiences were confounded and not altogether pleased.  Cage continued to pioneer an entire method of music composition based on “chance operations,” such as tossing coins or pulling slips […]

Bubble Wrap

| Music, Radio

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 like, […]

Folk, Rock, and Noise at the Future

| Music

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, just […]

Live at the Future: The Suitcase Junket, Bella’s Bartok, Wooly Mar

| Music, Songs

The Future Collective keep bringing us great music. Their latest show featured The Suitcase Junket, a one-man band led by Matt Lorenz, a Vermonter now living in Amherst who’s already getting airplay on The River.  In addition to having an amazing voice and top notch songs, in a quirky folk vein, he also knows how […]

Channeling Rimsky-Korsakov On The Simpsons

| Music, Songs

The other night, I happened to be listening to Pan Voyevoda by Rimsky-Korsakov when, to my surprise, out popped the Simpsons theme song. Not literally, but the theme R-K used to open his suite is the same, almost note for note, as the theme to the Simpsons.  It’s slower, to be sure, and unsyncopated, but […]

Future Fest 3

| Music

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, a […]

What’s Old Is New And Other Musings

| Music

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 one […]

2013 Sucked For New Music

| Music

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 to. […]

The Blood Oranges

| Music

Since The Blood Oranges seem to have vanished without a trace, it seems as good a time as any to mention that they were one of the great punk-bluegrass bands of the early ’90s.  Now that I type that, I can see why they may have had trouble finding their niche, or maybe it was […]

Why I Hate Cloud Music

| Music

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 service, […]