Late Spring, Ho Hum

| Music

…Music moves on, although as far as I can tell, it hasn’t changed all that much in that whole long period since 2001 when I reconnected with it after leaving Boston for small town Vermont. Gone the insane (and insanely affordable) club scene, where you could see anybody, man! All the great indie bands came through, annually, semiannually, whatever. You could stand right there in the front row in a hot dark smoky club and listen to Pavement or Yo La Tengo (I’ll never forget the night White Zombie opened for them at the Channel) or Low or Stereolab. So many fucking bands, that looking back on it, it amazes me that I was lucky enough to be there during that golden era music of accessibility in real time (4 track!), ownable media (records!) and real space (night clubs from here to there). …

Poppy? Who’s Poppy?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]