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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

B-Rock Obama?

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 2:49 PM

This just in from 4-Word Presents: An open letter to the Prez, hip-hop style.

Signed, Nastee


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM

And here's the latest vid from VT's Cartoon Laureate/Superstar James Kochalka, "Beyonce," from his album Digital Elf. Here's hoping Jay-Z doesn't find out.




Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Just got back from the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Press Conference. And as was mentioned roughly 72 times throughout the hour-long affair — with thanks to our presenting sponsors! And our co-sponsors! And our sponsor-sponsoring sponsors! Have a cookie! — there can be no surer sign of spring than . . . well, you know. All that jazz. After 26 years, couldn't we come up with another, perhaps non-weather related way of getting psyched about Jazz Fest? But I digress.

While this year's lineup doesn't quite boast the same jaw-dropping marquee pedigree of last year's 25th anniversary hootenanny, from top to bottom it is a pretty solid list of performers. You already know the headliners: Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Pink Martini. But for my money the real strength of this year's fest are the artists on the undercard — Belizbeha, Esperanza Spaulding, Yusef Lateef, to name a few.

Starting next week, we'll be digging in to many of these artists in greater detail in the paper. So for now, I'll just pass along the link to the full schedule. And before I forget, tix are on sale . . . right . . . now.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A-Dog Update

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2008 at 5:28 PM

This just in from Higher Ground:

ANDY WILLIAMS aka- DJ A-DOG'S apartment burnt down this morning..

So around 8:00am this morning (05/01/2008) A-Dog's apartment caught fire and from the looks of it he lost EVERYTHING! His two cats and all of his personal possessions; Clothing, records, dj gear and basically EVERYTHING in his apartment.  It looks like the fire started down stars in one of his neighbors lower apartments. The good news is that everyone made it out unharmed.... They are going to let him do a walk threw around 3:30pm today to see if he can salvage anything but from the looks of the place most of his possessions are destroyed in one way shape or form?

So it is time for him to rebuild and granted he is still in shock but none the less I want to get the ball rolling.

He will need new clothes, records, dj gear and a place to stay. So if anyone know of a nice and affordable place for him to move into could you please let him know. He has plenty of places to stay in the mean time but he will eventually need a new apartment ASAP.

Could everyone pass this along to A-Dogs friends and family so he can get a hand rebuilding his life. If anyone wants to break him off some clothing, dj gear, vinyl, New "Rane Serato" or just anything that you feel will help then send it to:

Attn: A-Dog
Nibus Clothing
187 South Winooski Ave
Burlington VT 05401

His sizes are:

Sneakers: 9-9 1/2
jeans: 34
jackets, t-shirts, hoddies and ect: XL


If you want to reach him then you can e-mail him at:     ( I am not going to put his cell # in this e-mail but if you are close and want to call him then please do so)

Along with all that we are going to threw a MASSIVE benefit in the next few weeks hopefully so if anyone has any ideas then please feel free to let me know. This is all still fresh and new but it has to be done and it will ASAP!



Thursday, April 5, 2007

Chasing Amy.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Keith Richards may have snorted his dad, but debauched Brit soul gal Amy Winehouse can't be far behind. You've all probably heard of her by now, so I'll spare you the rap sheet. Anyway, I think she's awesome, as do 99.9% of my fellow music critics. Even the most bellicose scribes have been openly singing her praises.

With the exception for Josh Love from the Raleigh News & Observer, that is. His recent Winehouse dis really pissed off Philadelphia Weekly's Craig D. Lindsey, who offered an impassioned counterpoint to Love's attempt at mounting an anti-Amy backlash.

How 'bout you decide for yourself:

Amy Winehouse — "Me & Mr. Jones"

Monday, April 2, 2007

Where It's At, Lately.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2007 at 5:11 PM

As the late Conway Twitty once sang, "Hello, darlin'. Nice to see ya. It's been a long time..."

Married life is going great, but we still haven't quite figured out what happens next. Besides getting good and gone, that is.

Went to see Cccome?, Activists/Dictators The Cripples and Tell No One (etc., etc.) at Burlington Factory Studios last Saturday. It was pretty fun — we got to relive our nuptial glory with our man Jebson. Some fella gave me the "Paulie G.," which is what we call the dismissive click-and-trigger pull of one's thumb and forefinger. You know, like a gun goes boom? Not sure what he meant by it. Say, duder, if you're reading this... What's up?

Hipster kids keep getting younger, and I keep getting older. Skip a few boho shows and the next thing you know the faces have changed. Well, some of 'em, anyway.

Spent today arguing about the validity of Steely Dan with some of my compatriots on the Dusted listserve. The thread was originally about whether or not Wilco equals dad-rock, but it quickly turned into a discussion about the musical worth of Messrs. Becker & Fagen. I think you know my position on such matters.

I also listened to this James Kochalka podcast today. Some truly funny stuff in there.

But wait, there's more: I taped another segment of my ongoing BS session with DJ Charlie of The Point FM. Tune in tomorrow morning at around 8:20 a.m. to hear me make fun of John Mayer for being a cheese-ass, then praise his guitar playing in the same short sentence.

Our pals in Carrigan — including the soon-to-be-self-exiled Daryl Rabidoux — are playing at Club Metronome on Wednesday,  April 11 with The Static Age and  Drive the Hour. Carrigan recently got a nice capsule review on Not that they're punk or anything

I just found out that EMI is completely dropping Digital Rights Management. Guess Steve Jobs' recent rant had its effect.

Thanks to Chris M. and >>>Molly<<< for coming over last night to watch Road House  with me an' the wifey. Apologies for the Dio, guys.

I'll be talking with our resident experimental music superhero Greg Davis on Wednesday for what's looking like the cover story for the next issue of Signal to Noise. Shit... that means I have to figure out stuff to ask him... Any suggestions?

OK — class dismissed.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

More Guitar Zero.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2007 at 10:34 AM

I'm sure you remember a few posts back, where I dismissed the Playstation game Guitar Hero II as an infernal tool of our corporate overlords. Mostly 'cause I sucked at playing it.

Well, Scott Ian of Anthrax isn't so hot, either. Here you can watch him tank repeatedly on his own tune, "Madhouse." Great stuff. My favorite part is when he asks his buddy if he thinks DragonForce play GHII. Given their fact that their music already sounds like a video game, the odds seem pretty good.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Could be useful...

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 9:22 AM

I found an alphabetical list of popular music stars' real names.

You're welcome!

Friday, June 3, 2005

Hey Kids, welcome to my damn blog!!!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2005 at 8:24 PM

Well, here it is. I know it ain't much right now, but dontchoo worry -- we'll get 'er fixed up nice an' spiffy right quick.

So bands -- send me the links to your websites and MP3's. If I'm feeling it, I'll throw something up here. If I'm not, I'll just throw up.

Oh, check out the reigning kings of VT music related blogs:

my local blog heroes, Icebox Records

Read their hillarious, pithy and often touching rants under "Journals." Icebox is also the straight-up coolest label in the state -- their 3" series features all sorts of stuff, from blissed out rock to electronica and field recordings. No hippie-jambands or whiteboy faux-funk, though. But you know where to get that kind of thing already.

Tell 'em I sent 'ya.

Or don't.

Stay tuned!

-The Dark Lord.

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