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Friday, December 30, 2016

Name Game 2016: Aptronyms From The Year's News

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM

click image Cannabis industry consultant Tripp Murray of Burlington - MARC NADEL
  • Marc Nadel
  • Cannabis industry consultant Tripp Murray of Burlington
Each December for the last nine years, Seven  Days has published a list of aptronyms — that is, people's names that are apt (hence the term) to their employment, avocation or unique life circumstance.

Last year's list included several folks whose apropos monikers showed up in our  inboxes or Google alerts due to their alleged criminal activities. They included 53-year-old Michael Gordon Dick, of Gresham, Ore., who was popped by police for masturbating, naked, in the vicinity of Oregon's Tickle Creek.

Then there was Elias Rushing, the 19-year-old Dorset man who crashed his car into a house in Rupert while fleeing a Vermont state trooper who was trying to pull him over for speeding.

And who could forget the aptly named chocolate Labrador retriever from North Webster, Ind. — Trigger — that shot its owner, Allie Carter, in the foot after stepping on her 12-gauge shotgun.

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Top Vermont Singles of 2016: Kat Wright & Brett Hughes, "This Land Is Your Land"

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 6:30 AM

R to L: Dwight Ritcher, Nicole Nelson, Kelly Ravin, Kat Wright, Brett Hughes, Francesca Blanchard, Marie Claire Johnson, Stephanie Lynn Heaghney
  • R to L: Dwight Ritcher, Nicole Nelson, Kelly Ravin, Kat Wright, Brett Hughes, Francesca Blanchard, Marie Claire Johnson, Stephanie Lynn Heaghney
As 2016 draws to a close, this week we're recapping some of our favorite local singles of the year. The final selection of the year is Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," arranged by Brett Hughes & Kat Wright in tribute to Bernie Sanders.


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

What Happened? A 2016 Timeline in Vermont Arts

Posted By , , and on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Anthill Collective's mural behind ArtsRiot in Burlington - COURTESY OF ANTHILL COLLECTIVE
  • Courtesy of Anthill Collective
  • Anthill Collective's mural behind ArtsRiot in Burlington
Before we take a deep breath and dive into 2017, it seems a good time to look back on the year from which we are about to graduate: 2016. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a sampling of events, exhibits and happenings in local arts and culture. It gives us one more chance to wax nostalgic  on where we've been and what we wrote about over the past 12 months.

JANUARY
OK, this didn't happen in Vermont, but it's relevant. Remember when Sen. Bernie Sanders ran for president? As a reflection of his popularity, a Sanders-themed art show titled “The Art of a Political Revolution” — which included Vermont artists — launched in Los Angeles.

Vermont Shakespeare Company greeted the year by announcing a name change — to Vermont Shakespeare Festival.  The new moniker symbolized another step toward the nonprofit's dream of presenting a full-blown, well, Shakespeare festival. Meantime, the company went on to present several events throughout the year, including its timely production of Julius Caesar in the summer.

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Jordan Adams on His Favorite Local Albums of 2016

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 6:30 AM

Greetings! It's year-end wrap-up time, so obviously we need to churn out some listicles. As Seven Days assistant music editor, I had the pleasure of writing about Vermont's music scene for one-third of 2016. Within that time, I covered several albums that became fast favorites — and here they are.

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Top Vermont Singles of 2016: Cricket Blue, "Eleanor"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 6:30 AM

Cricket Blue, 'Io' - COURTESY OF CRICKET BLUE
  • Courtesy of Cricket Blue
  • Cricket Blue, 'Io'
As 2016 draws to a close, this week we're recapping some of our favorite local singles of the year. Today's selection is "Eleanor" by local indie-folk outfit Cricket Blue.


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top Vermont Singles of 2016: UnKommon, "Capitals"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 6:30 AM

UnKommon, 'Back in the Building' - COURTESY OF UNKOMMON
  • Courtesy of UnKommon
  • UnKommon, 'Back in the Building'
As 2016 draws to a close, this week we're recapping some of our favorite local singles of the year. Today's selection is "Capitals" by UnKommon.

Back in the Building, the second album from Burlington hip-hop duo UnKommon, was released only days after the unexpected April death of DJ and MC BP — aka Ryan Morin. Morin was best known as a terrifically talented DJ, particularly through his work with seminal local hip-hop outfit the Aztext. But UnKommon's sophomore album was a revelation in that it showcased Morin's profoundly improved skill on the mic.

"Capitals"  might not technically be the "best" cut of the album. But it's certainly the most fun — BP and Kin rhyme about each of the 50 U.S. capitals. And it's a great example of Morin's clever wordplay and energetic flow.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Five Picks for New Year's Eve 2016

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Madaila - COURTESY OF MADAILA
  • Courtesy of Madaila
  • Madaila
One thing I've learned over the years is that it's better to have a plan on New Year's Eve than to just wing it. Save the spontaneity for a different night. Lack of New Year's Eve planning inevitably leads to long lines, missing out on sold-out shows and lots of frustrated crying — in my experience, anyway. Seven Days suggests these five events:

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Top Vermont Singles of 2016: Madaila, "Realization"

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 6:30 AM

Madaila, 'Traces' - COURTESY OF MADAILA
  • Courtesy of Madaila
  • Madaila, 'Traces'
As 2016 draws to a close, this week we're recapping some of our favorite local singles of the year. Today's selection is "Realization," from local psych-pop phenoms, Madaila.

2016 was a big year for Madaila, highlighted by the release of the band's second album, Traces. The bulk of the material from that record was composed fairly recently. But "Realization" actually predates the formation of the band. Front man Mark Daly wrote the song while holed up in a rural Vermont cabin in the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of his old band, Chamberlin.  The song marked a distinct change of musical direction for him. That shift would eventually lead to the formation of Madaila, who bring the tune to vivd colorful life here.
 

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Top Vermont Singles of 2016: SnakeFoot & Steph Heaghney, "All Gifted"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 6:30 AM

SnakeFoot & Steph Heaghney, 'All Gifted / Trouble EP' - SNAKEFOOT & STEPH HEAGHNEY
  • SnakeFoot & Steph Heaghney
  • SnakeFoot & Steph Heaghney, 'All Gifted / Trouble EP'
As 2016 draws to a close, this week we're recapping some of our favorite local singles of the year. Today's selection is "All Gifted," from SnakeFoot & Steph Heaghney.


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Reorder Narcotic Release Trippy New Track, "Only Dogs Know"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 6:30 AM

Reorder Narcotic, "Only Dogs Know" - REORDER NARCOTIC
  • Reorder Narcotic
  • Reorder Narcotic, "Only Dogs Know"
Have you ever wondered what a pop song would sound like if it were pulled apart, cobbled back together collage-style and stretched into infinity? OK, maybe not infinity, but over nine times its original length?

Jason Cooley (Blue Button) and Eric Olsen (Swale) revive their long-dormant experimental project Reorder Narcotic with a new track, "Only Dogs Know."


Cooley and Olsen reimagine the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" in this 27-minute track, endlessly looping its verses and chorus over a bed of swirling, atmospheric synths. The band have not performed in quite a while but note that a new album is likely on the way. You can check out their 2001 album, AUX, on Bandcamp.

And if the new song's cover art looks familiar, there's a reason for that.

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