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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Montpeculiar: Rep. Dylan Giambatista Spiffs Up Vermont's State Song

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Rep. Dylan Giambatista - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Rep. Dylan Giambatista
Politics has long been a cornerstone of punk rock, from the Sex Pistols to Anti-Flag, the Clash to Minor Threat, Propagandhi to NOFX. Since practically the dawn of the genre, punk bands driven by idealism and power chords have raged against the machine. Rare, however, is to see a punk rocker rage within the machine. Enter Vermont State Rep. Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex).

Prior to becoming a politician, Giambatista was best known as an original member of the Vermont punk band Rough Francis. He was the group's lead guitarist from its 2008 formation until 2013. He was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2016.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Burton Plans Entertainment Hub at Its Burlington Campus

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 10:23 PM

The proposed concert venue space at Burton - SASHA GOLDSTEIN
  • Sasha Goldstein
  • The proposed concert venue space at Burton
Burton Snowboards wants to repurpose warehouse space at its global headquarters in Burlington for an entertainment hub anchored by an 8,000-square-foot concert venue.

Justin Worthley, the company’s senior vice president of human resources, envisions food and beer options that would complement the band space and turn the South End campus into a destination for visitors.

The project is contingent on the Burlington Planning Commission altering a zoning rule that limits performing arts venues in the area to 5,000 square feet and requires they be on Pine Street. The commission will discuss the change Wednesday. If it gives the green light, the proposed change will move on to the council for approval.

“We’re really invested in making this work, and we think it will,” said Worthley, who also serves as the company’s de facto community relations rep. “We think it’s an amazing thing that people in Burlington are gonna think is awesome. Everybody we’ve talked to about it has been very positive.”

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Madaila Band Member Charged With Defacing Burlington Mural

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:38 PM

A tarp covering the mural after the Halloween vandalism - FILE: MATTHEW ROY
  • File: Matthew Roy
  • A tarp covering the mural after the Halloween vandalism
  • Burlington Police
  • Eric Maier
Burlington police charged a member of the now-defunct psychedelic-pop band Madaila with twice vandalizing the controversial “Everyone Loves a Parade!” mural in October.

Eric Maier, 32, faces a felony and misdemeanor charge of unlawful mischief; he’s due in court next week. Cops also cited Margaux Higgins, 21, as an accessory to the crime.

Police believe Maier spray painted the word “Colonizers” across the public art on October 19. Then on Halloween, police say, Maier used a solvent to remove the faces of the white people leading the parade depicted in the 124-foot-long mural and spray painted pink dollar signs in their places.

“Damage is estimated at $5,000 to $10,000 and may not be repairable,” Burlington police Det. Thomas Chenette wrote in a press release Friday announcing the arrests.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Former Burlington Bottle Redemption Center to Become Recording Studio

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 6:45 PM

The former Burlington Beverage Center will become a recording studio. - MOLLY WALSH
  • Molly Walsh
  • The former Burlington Beverage Center will become a recording studio.
The sound of bass, drums and guitar will ring out in a space where bottles and cans once rattled and crashed when Tank Recording Studio moves into the now-closed Burlington Beverage Center on North Winooski Avenue.

Development company Redstone bought the triangle-shaped lot and ramshackle, one-story building in the Old North End last year. The Burlington Development Review Board on July 5 green-lighted soundproofing, new siding and new storefront doors — among other changes — at the former convenience store and bottle-redemption facility once a popular spot for "canners" who would bring around carts full of returnables.

"Everything is looking good and we're hopeful that it's going to be a cool element of creativity in the Old North End where Burlington-based bands and bands from other parts of the country can lay down tracks and make great music," said Redstone managing partner Erik Hoekstra.
The Burlington Beverage building - MOLLY WALSH
  • Molly Walsh
  • The Burlington Beverage building
Tank's owners did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment.

According to Hoekstra, Tank is leasing the 3,200-square-foot space at 208-212 North Winooski and moving out of its space just down the road at 274 North Winooski.

The flies and sticky floors at the former redemption center will be a thing of the past.

"We are renovating and retrofitting the existing building. We are not tearing that building down, we are not starting all over," Hoekstra said. "We are working with what's there and trying to get rid of the sticky fly situation and breathe some new life into the building."

The Burlington Beverage Center closed last September after 38 years in operation. The closing forced many low-income neighborhood residents who collect returnables for income to find another redemption center — in some cases walking five miles to get there.

The zoning application indicated that up to six employees will work at the new studio, which anticipates maximum hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m, seven days a week.

The studio will help enliven an already vibrant corridor of shops, restaurants and residential buildings along the North Winooski corridor, according to the Redstone application to the DRB.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie's Folk Album Is (Maybe) Tearing Up the Charts

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Bernie Sanders, We Shall Overcome - COURTESY OF TODD LOCKWOOD
  • Courtesy of Todd Lockwood
  • Bernie Sanders, We Shall Overcome
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is saving the music industry. Well, maybe not quite. But his now famous — or perhaps infamous — folk EP, We Shall Overcome, is doing pretty well on the charts.

As Todd Lockwood, who engineered and produced the record back in 1987, informs us, Bernie's EP is presently the top downloaded album in the folk, folk-rock and spoken-word categories on Amazon. It is also well inside Amazon's top 100 paid albums overall, checking in at No. 66 as of this filing. Bernie's album is also currently among the top sellers at indie online retailer CD Baby. But wait, there's more.

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