I had taken a news break and hadn’t been reading headlines at all, but that didn’t stop me from browsing music blogs. It was on such a site, a week after the fact, that I learned of the death of David Berman, the much respected if very low profile indie musician and poet.
Maybe because it fell into a total news vacuum, maybe because he was approaching my age, or because he lived alone in his city apartment, or that he died of depression in a hope-free age — whatever the reason, his death hit me harder than I would have expected. He was me. He was us. The thoughtful bohemian, endlessly creative, largely ignored.
Yellowfront is a four-piece heart-rock band from Brattleboro, VT. Their self-titled debut Yellowfront was released in November 2018 and it’s a gem. You can find it on their Bandcamp page. Look out for their new full-lengther due in August.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]