Since October 2016, experimental and avant-garde musicians from all over North America have presented their work as part of the bimonthly music series Signals. Local sonic innovator Greg Davis curates and hosts the series in conjunction with local creative audio software company Soundtoys. Brooklyn-based composer Koen Holtkamp is next on the docket and performs this Saturday, April 15, at Soundtoys' Hood Plant location in Burlington.
Winooski-based electro-pop artist Orange Julians recently announced a new album, Option, to be released in April. OJ dropped his first album, Object, last October. The first track offered from the new record is "All Nite | Long Gone."
Courtesy of Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music
Irish Session players at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café in Montpelier
In response to Trump-fueled anxiety currently surrounding immigration, Irish musicians from across the country are rallying in support of civil rights on Sunday, March 5. Dubbed "The Sanctuary Sessions," coordinated gatherings are scheduled in dozens of U.S. cities from Portland, Maine to Portland, Ore., as well as Dublin, Ireland. Proceeds from the events go to support the American Civil Liberties Union. Montepelier's La Puerta Negra hosts Vermont's Sanctuary Session this Sunday.
By Dan Bolles
on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Courtesy of Burst & Bloom Records
Cover, 'A Light I Can Feel: A Tribute to Brown Bird'
Portsmouth, N.H., label Burst & Bloom Records recently announced the full track listing for the forthcoming tribute comp A Light I Can Feel: A Tribute to Brown Bird. The double album is an homage to the late David Lamb, cofounder of Rhode Island indie-folk band Brown Bird, who died from leukemia in 2014. It features 32 Brown Bird tunes reimagined by artists from around New England, many of whom should be familiar to locals. These include Dan Blakeslee, Audrey Ryan, Dark Dark Dark, Joe Fletcher, Nat Baldwin and South China, among others. A pair of Vermont bands also turns up: the Devil Makes Three and Eastern Mountain Time.
By Dan Bolles
on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 11:16 AM
Courtesy of Bandcamp
Today, Friday, February 3, online music distributor Bandcamp is donating 100 percent of its share of proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union. The move is a response to President Trump's executive order temporarily banning immigrants and refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries.
By Dan Bolles
on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 12:11 PM
Last month, National Public Radio began taking entries for its annual Tiny Desk Contest. As per usual, a number of Vermont acts submitted this year, in hopes of landing a coveted Tiny Desk Concert appearance and a national tour with NPR and Lagunitas.
Among these is local songwriter and current Honky Tonk Tuesday ringleader Eric George. His submission for his song "And When I Sing," was recently featured on the contest's Tumblr page, which is a clearinghouse for videos that have "caught the eyes and ears" of the contest's curators.
Eric George, of Burlington, Vt., has a clear appreciation for the jaunty, big-hearted folk of Woody Guthrie. On the wall behind him, you can see a poster bearing a well-known Guthrie quote:
'I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose … I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world.'
“And When I Sing” is very much on Guthrie’s side of that divide. With a swaying performance on his 12-string and spiritual accompaniment by a spotted pup, George has shared a slice of stirring self-affirmation and bracing goodwill.
We'd say that's just about spot on. Take a look and listen to George's video below. And check back soon, as we'll be posting other local TDC submissions as we find them. (If you're a local artist and you submitted to TDC, let us know!)
Burlington's post-grunge rockers Phantom Suns have shared a new song and video, "Disposable." The track comes from their forthcoming album, to be released later this year. Phantom Suns recently dropped the album's first track, "Probably Wrong," which you can hear on Bandcamp.
I hope 2017 is the year that unites the growing number of excellent bedroom producers in Vermont into a self-sustaining movement. There is a distinctive, laid-back and transcendental personality to much of the experimentation and development going on. Let's recognize and celebrate it as an exciting new style emerging from our community. Between renowned Burlington-based audio plug-in company Soundtoys and Champlain College's fostering of digital arts, there's got to be a big wave of slick electronic music on the horizon.
Hey, pals. Remember my first post for the Live Culture blog? I wrote about an obscure musical artifact from 2013 titled Sequoiahedron, by Brattleboro's Chance McNiff. In the post, I predicted that McNiff had some new sounds in his reserve and expressed the hope that 2017 would see them presented to the public. To my delight, just one week into the new year, McNiff sent me a Bandcamp link to a new collection of modular synth compositions. The collection, titled thoughts count, is a hypnotic exploration of vaguely psycho-tropical ambience and rhythm with minimalist execution.