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Re: “The Burlington Bread Boys, Pushing Rope

Apologies for the goof, Max. It's been corrected here and we'll have a correction in print in next week's Soundbites column.

Posted by Dan Bolles on 10/30/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “The Burlington Bread Boys, Pushing Rope

It'd be lovely if you fixed the mistake! We'd really appreciate it

Posted by Max Krieger on 10/29/2014 at 6:23 PM

Re: “The Burlington Bread Boys, Pushing Rope

Just to clarify.... Ethan Tapper is lead vocals... he's the growly raspy one. Max sings the harmonies. But overall, thanks!

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Posted by Max Krieger on 10/29/2014 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Jeremy Gilchrist, Causality

James I had to look that one up :) Anyway I wanted to thank Dan for his honest and fair review, and though there was some legitimate criticism, I take this commentary as an overall positive. In terms of "paradoxial" it was easier to sing than "paradoxical", but yes that is technically the correct word.

Posted by Jeremy Gilchrist on 10/23/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Jeremy Gilchrist, Causality

Oh man, this guy really likes the series Steins;Gate!

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Posted by James Christenson on 10/23/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Kiel Alarcon's Very Bad Day, BTV Mixes, Seth Gallant Returns

Just to be clear, Kiel is one kick ass mamajamma, you should totally make his day.

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Posted by Aaron Almanza on 10/02/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Gimmie a Break

This makes me so grateful Mr. Covey is no longer with Seven Days.

Posted by Justin Boland on 08/27/2014 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Near North, On the Rafters

Love Near North!!!

Posted by Jessie MacKinnon on 08/06/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Kin & Learic, Unusual Subjects

Good stuff Justin! Big up 802 hiphop!

Posted by Colby Stiltz on 07/10/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Kin & Learic, Unusual Subjects

WORD! Happy to see you writing here Justin!

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Posted by Zach Crawford on 07/09/2014 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Agent Slacker, Agent Slacker

This record is dope. It was fun to mix and master for sure!

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Posted by Zach Crawford on 07/09/2014 at 9:31 PM

Re: “An Interview with Vibraphonist Arthur Lipner

So glad that Dan Bolles had the chance to interview Arthur Lipner. Tomorrow night at 7:30pm in Damon Hall in Hartland, VT catch a FREE showing of Arthur's amazing film "Talking Sticks." As a special treat, he will be on hand for a special post-film conversation with Hartland musician Peter Concilio. Saturday, Arthur and Peter will join dozens of other musicians performing at the Hartland JazzFest from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Foster Meadow Field next to the Hartland Library! See the trailer here:

Posted by Christine Hauck on 06/19/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Invisible Homes, Song for My Double

The album is also available on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify:

Posted by Sean Witters on 06/19/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Genre-Defying Nellie McKay Performs at the FlynnSpace

"Where does all this ambition get us?" That's a beautiful question.
Thanks for this article- I wish I could have caught her show!

Posted by Nicole Nelson on 06/14/2014 at 12:48 PM
Posted by Nicole Nelson on 06/14/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

I started my musical study in 1971. I studied jazz guitar and big band arranging at Ithaca College. I have been playing and studying nonstop since then. Point is, I am qualified to formulate opinions about music. My opinions are based on criteria that I apply when I listen to any type of music. Melody, harmony, dynamics, instrumental proficiency. Here's my review: Execute and Breathe is a great fucking record. I dismiss the review by the uneducated jerk with a thesaurus.

Robert Gagon - solo artist and leader of Small Change (The Premier Tom Waits Tribute Band)

Posted by CriticalThinking101 on 06/13/2014 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

Sorry to be so formal with a letter to the editor and all, but I've gotta take a public stand for a much-maligned musical genre that has yet again taken a beating — this time in the pages of my favorite paper! Just read the review of Elephants of Scotland's latest, and it took me aback. Any review that begins with a sweeping, judgmental dismissal of an entire musical genre and its fans is not going to go well for a band from that genre. Seems unfair for someone with a displayed — and contradictory — apathetic loathing for progressive rock to review a new CD from a progressive rock band.

Worse, your writer's "opinion" is really a regurgitation of the mainstream, Jann Wenner-and-Rolling Stone-bolstered negative stereotype they've been flogging since the genre's inception. Adding error to injury, the review is factually incorrect in its assessment of the success of progressive rock bands, with the false assumption that none has attained "riches, fame or even critical acceptance outside of a few diehards."

Any cogent points made later are lost in the post-fusillade smoke after your writer's ignorant and misinformed opening salvo at progressive rock fans and bands. As he manages to also savage gamers and LARPs, it's actually a broadside against geek culture in general. The guy's got some issues. I know it's not always easy, but please try to better match your reviewers with the releases they review. Thanks!

Mike Luoma, DJ for The Point 104.7 FM

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Posted by CriticalThinking101 on 06/11/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

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Posted by moremoxy on 05/29/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Jazz Violinist Regina Carter Explores Traditional American Music on Her New Album

I too am an Afram from the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are very interrelated. I took a DNA test which matched me with the most significant families of racial notoriety. The Native American families in Va./Carolina still deny this, but the dna MATCHED US TO THE SAME ANCESTORS.

Sub-Saharan African
West African
Central & South African
East African
Nonspecific Sub-Saharan African

Northern European
British & Irish
Nonspecific Northern European

Southern European
< 0.1%
Nonspecific Southern European
Nonspecific European
East Asian & Native American
Native American
Southeast Asian

East Asian
< 0.1%
< 0.1%
Nonspecific East Asian
Nonspecific East Asian & Native American
Middle Eastern & North African
North African
Nonspecific Middle Eastern & North African

In the mountains Black and White alike enjoyed the same blue grass and country music. It was not until cable tv and the internet that rural Blacks began to mimic urban youth. We knew our roots and much, but not all of blue grass and country is derived from the Afram populations of old.

Posted by Chris Gray on 05/29/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

Our letter to the editor:

Your review of our new album was especially disappointing and, for your sake, embarrassing. Benjamin Welton starts off the piece by dismissing an entire genre of rock music and then horribly stereotyping its fans. Our fans. The job of a music reviewer is to rate the music within the context of its genre. The job of Dan Bolles as the editor is to weed out petty snobbery and personal agendas. Both failed unquestionably on those marks.

Welton writes, “don't deceive yourself into thinking about ... critical acceptance.” It was clear from this first paragraph that the writer was intent on hating the album. It was also clear, given a few plain factual errors, that the writer didn’t really listen to the album before debasing it. Our lyricist did not “play” on the album, kid.

To be clear, we are not upset about the criticism of our album because, frankly, the journalism was just so puerile. That name-calling and over-simplified level of discourse has its place on cable news and anonymous web site comments, not in Seven Days. This same newspaper gave our other album an intelligent and even-handed review just one year ago.

We didn’t expect effusive praise - nor would we find any real value in that either. But bashing Progressive Rock is hackneyed and it’s lazy writing. The review says more about you and your writing staff than about what we actually recorded. We’re not out of line to expect a respectful and reasoned consideration. We know you can do better; your readers demand better; and the Vermont music scene deserves better.

Adam Rabin
Elephants of Scotland

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Posted by Adam Rabin on 05/28/2014 at 12:27 PM

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