A Politically Motivated Punk and Funk Show

| Radio

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 a […]

Our Bloody Valentines

| Radio

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 Me […]

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, […]

Deacon Blues

| Music

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 masterpiece, […]