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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!

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

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: “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: “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

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

Young man, Greg Skillman writes most of the lyrics and does not appear musically on the record. I'm sure he can play but just not with this band. Please stick to reviewing music that you've invested something in, thanks.

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Posted by Rick Dashiell on 05/24/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

This article says more about the reviewer than the album.

It could be said that critics are simply unaccomplished wannabe musicians with an axe to grind, especially when they dismiss an entire genre of music and its fans in one fell swoop. But you could also say you haven't made a great prog album until its gotten shitty reviews which is the ultimate validation of your craft. It took 40 years for Rolling Stone to warm up to Rush, when their popularity got so big they could no longer be ignored.

Intelligent people can have differing opinions but this guy tips his hand pretty early on that he's more interested in juvenile snobbery & name-calling than he is critical analysis. Apparently 7D hasn't changed its practice of publishing reviews which positively reek of the author's desperation to demonstrate how clever and cool they are.

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Posted by CriticalThinking101 on 05/23/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

Whoa...when did mockery become an acceptable substitute for critical thinking for the editors at Seven Days? If you don't like something, that's all well and good, but express yourself beyond a high school rag level; I'd expect something more sophisticated, substantive, and professional from Seven Days. The Burlington music scene, which includes both fans and musicians alike, deserves serious, well-written analysis of local music, whether it's a positive or negative review is irrelevant. This is simply juvenile verbal masturbation - good for you, Ben.

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Posted by moremoxy on 05/23/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

What is with all the hatred of prog rock? No one has ever convincingly explained this to me. If we're talking tropes, I'm inclined to think the "down with prog rock" trope is about as inspired as "what's the deal with airline peanuts?" Music critics seem to be drawn to this assumption in the same way third graders are drawn to making styrofoam solar systems for their science fair displays: it's been done so many times before.

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Posted by Pamela Benedict on 05/23/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

Interesting view of a great band. Out of curiosity what is your favorite band(s), and genre of music. Thanks

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Posted by MusicMan2014 on 05/22/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, Eden: Live at the Chandler

I'll add another reason this audio document is important, and forgive me if it ruffles anyone's feathers but: the sound the audience heard that night for the Eden portion of the concert was massively incomplete. The vocals were barely discernible - Bow's and his back-ups/guest vocalist, the cello, any articulation of sound/balance/mix - was lost. Sure his banjo, the drums and violin stuck out - but the horns, so vital to the album, were invisible; I heard not one toot. Conversely, when the Eden portion was over and the next set segued into his more recognized material, in an instant everything came to life - probably due to a 'saved' mix on the digital board. I make my living with my ears but not live sound - preferring to engineer in the safe confines of the studio. I take no relish in noting this and as I talked with a number of people in the days that followed, I wondered if it was just me and found there were others who were left baffled by that (portion of) the concert. Chandler is a tough hall to do sound in - I live 6 minutes from it and have seen everyone from Midori to the Avett bros there; I've seen Celtic music concerts where the loudest instrument was the bass (ouch). Apparently, the raw tracks were captured, and they prove that this was a most ambitious project played almost flawlessly - and it's a treat to finally hear what I never heard that night.

Posted by Spencer Lewis on 05/10/2014 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, Eden: Live at the Chandler

I may be bias because I was at the live performance, but I love this album! I love the pdf of photos and information that came with the download and I think the sound is way above a soundboard bootleg! As a huge fan of Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, I was sad to hear the line up was disbanding. The fact that "Eden" at the Chandler was one of their last performances together, of course I would want to own a recording of the show! Their performance that night at the Chandler was amazing and although the album may seem like a live duplicate to some, I can feel the magic energy of that night when I listen...well worth the $7 I paid for it!!!!

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Posted by Lynn on 05/02/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Squimley and the Woolens, 10,000 Fire Jellyfish

Love their sound, will be spreading the word. Who is the singer, he sounds great!

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Posted by Lucy on 04/09/2014 at 10:32 PM

Re: “John Daly Trio, 'John Daly Trio'

Hells yes brother. For years we have been talking about the moment you get a wrote up in a good way! Xoxo

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Posted by Andrea Jacobson on 03/10/2014 at 11:06 PM

Re: “John Daly Trio, 'John Daly Trio'

I saw John Daly live at Moog's place in Morrisville last year. He was really excellent and exactly the sort of person the writer portrays him as. Humble, intelligent, etc. Can't wait to here the trio's album.

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Posted by Brian Daniel on 03/02/2014 at 3:35 PM

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