Friday, December 9, 2016

Playtime: Erasurehead, 'Yauhtli'

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 8:40 AM

'Yauhtl' by Erasurehead, complete with lucida seeds. - PLUME RECORDS
  • Plume Records
  • 'Yauhtl' by Erasurehead, complete with lucida seeds.

Hey, folks! Thanks for joining me again in the quest for rare local music gems and forward thinking. I also want to thank all the rad people that added their voice in response to my post last week concerning my experiences at 242 Main. Check out this amazing clip of Jessica Amelia, of the band Spies in America, saying it better than I did onstage at 242 Main's final show last Saturday.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Playtime: 242 Main — Farewell to the Boys' Club

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM

An archive of past flyers hang on the walls of 242 for its farewell show. - 242 MAIN
  • 242 Main
  • An archive of past flyers hang on the walls of 242 for its farewell show.

Hello again, friends! It is my duty in this column to reflect and project about local music, and I certainly have a lot to write about this week. My recent thoughts concern the end of Burlington's iconic all-ages venue, 242 Main.

Since the public announcement that Memorial Auditorium — the building that houses 242 — would be closing due to structural issues, the local music community has been mourning the loss of  what was once a sanctuary for the Northeastern punk movement. As I monitored the reactions to the club's terminal diagnosis, I began to reflect on my own time spent at the venue as a teenager growing up in Burlington. I noticed something was missing in the historical narrative of the space: The experiences of the young women who bravely navigated the overwhelmingly male-dominated culture that thrived behind 242 Main's doors.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Navytrain Release Debut EP, Souls

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Navytrain, Souls
  • Navytrain, Souls
If you ravenously scour Seven Days' weekly club listings — which I know you all do religiously — you may have noticed a new name popping up nearly every week. Since their inception in early September, 2016, neo-Americana trio Navytrain have been on a hot streak of local and regional gigs. On Friday, December 2, they celebrate the release of their first EP, Souls, at SideBar in Burlington. The show starts at 8 p.m., and the first 50 people will receive a free copy of the EP. Listen below.

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Step Back, Step Up: Avi Salloway Talks Standing Rock

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 8:01 AM

Standing Rock, November 24, 2016 - COURTESY OF AVI SALLOWAY
  • Courtesy of Avi Salloway
  • Standing Rock, November 24, 2016
Recently, some 40 Vermonters and New Englanders, many affiliated with the local grassroots environmental advocacy organization 350 Vermont, traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to join the ongoing protests there against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

If completed as presently planned, the 1,172-mile  DAPL would cross beneath the Missouri River and nearby Lake Oahe just north of Standing Rock, putting the reservation's only water source in jeopardy of contamination. Pipeline construction has already encroached into unceded Sioux territory, which was granted to the tribe in 1851 under the Treaty of Ft. Laramie. In the process, Energy Transfer Partners, the oil company building the DAPL,  has bulldozed several sacred or historic Sioux sites, including burial grounds.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Playtime: Tredici Bacci ft. Ryan Power, "Modern Man"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 6:30 AM

The singers of 'Amore Per Tutti.' Ryan Power pictured middle, top row. - MICHAEL TONN
  • Michael Tonn
  • The singers of 'Amore Per Tutti.' Ryan Power pictured middle, top row.

Hello, weird wide web. Thanks for coming over to hang out with my disembodied voice for awhile. If you're new to this weekly transmission, the purpose is to relay my experience of local music. Today on my local radar, is the recently released track "Modern Man" from the album Amore Per Tutti by Tredici Bacci, featuring Ryan Power. Amore Per Tutti is available through NNA Tapes, the critically acclaimed independent label making waves out of Burlington since 2008. The album is an intersection of great international composers, brilliant classically-trained conservatory graduates of the Boston area and the underground voices of Vermont.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Abenaki Women Share Heritage With Champlain College Community

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 7:56 AM

Lucy Cannon-Neel (far right) and Melody Brook (second from right) leading the drumming workshop - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Lucy Cannon-Neel (far right) and Melody Brook (second from right) leading the drumming workshop
Lucy Cannon-Neel travels all over the Green Mountain State to teach Abenaki history and culture to elementary school students. But on Wednesday, she found herself co-leading an Abenaki drumming workshop to a much older audience at Champlain College.

The workshop was the last in a series of events organized by Melody Brook, operations manager of residential life and adjunct professor with the Division of Education and Human Studies at Champlain College, to commemorate Native and Indigenous Heritage Month. Cannon-Neel, a registered nurse, is the chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. Brook is the commission's vice-chair.

"We say the drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth and it keeps everything equal, sound," said Cannon-Neel, when asked about the importance of drumming in Abenaki culture. Drumming can be done at any time, the Holland resident added.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vermont's APEX Ensemble Do Stevie Wonder

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Stevie Wonder, 'Songs in the Key of Life'
  • Stevie Wonder, 'Songs in the Key of Life'
In case you missed it last winter, Vermont's APEX Ensemble are reconvening to perform their selected interpretations from Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. The band previously performed their selections at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in February, 2016. Now the troupe is headed to ArtsRiot in Burlington, on Saturday, November 19.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor on His New Work and Creston Guitars

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 2:24 PM

  • Andy Tenille
  • M.C. Taylor
On Heart Like a Levee, the new album from North Carolina's Hiss Golden Messenger, songwriter M.C. Taylor attempts to reconcile the two seemingly at-odds aspects of his being: that of a touring musician and a dedicated family man. The record unfolds with quiet southern charm. It's both playful and brooding, with subtly dynamic rhythmic ideas couched in dusty folk rock.

In the middle of it all is Taylor, his reedy voice giving life to poignant thoughts on love, art and family with a novelist's eye for detail. The work is profoundly stirring and ultimately affirming.

Touring in support of that record — and an accompanying bonus album called Vestapol — Hiss Golden Messenger play on Friday, November 11, at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. Seven Days recently spoke with Taylor by phone to discuss the albums, his fascination with southern culture and his affinity for the guitars of Burlington luthier Creston Lea.

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Playtime: Chris Weisman and Greg Davis, "We Won't Survive"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Cover of 'Northern Songs' - RYAN STORM
  • Ryan Storm
  • Cover of 'Northern Songs'
Hey everyone. It's hard to want to write about music at a time like this, when there are much more important things to think about. Local music has been the last concept on my mind. However, while watching protest live streams and comforting friends last night, a song of solidarity surfaced in my consciousness. That song is "We Won't Survive" by Vermonters Chris Weisman and Greg Davis.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I Marathoned Radio Bean's 16th Birthday Bash

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 6:30 AM

  • Bloom Machine Photography
  • Radio Bean community
Radio Bean just celebrated its 16th birthday with its annual all-day music marathon. On Saturday, November 5, starting at 8 a.m, a total of 88 bands played on two stages. I decided I was going to be there. All. Day. What follows is a real-time diary of my thoughts, feelings and observations over the course of the 18+ hours I spent there.

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