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Naughty or Nice? 

A peek at the holiday wish lists of local musicians

Published December 21, 2011 at 9:44 a.m.

Still not sure what to get that favorite local band member, DJ or songwriter on your shopping list? You’re in luck! Seven Days took the liberty of asking what they want for the holidays this year. Here’s what they told us…

Tracie Spencer, comedian

At Christmas I am reminded of how blessed I am. So I'd hate to ask for more. But ... the only thing I request is continued health for my family, my comedy career and my houseplants. Oh, sure, it would be great to have a little more free time, money and dark chocolate. And sold-out shows with appreciative and/or slightly buzzed audiences. A drunk-heckler-free 2012 wouldn't be bad. I guess I'd be sorry if I didn't ask for at least one girls weekend getaway, since I seem to be the only one in the house who can hang up a wet towel. And Newt Gingrich ... are you serious?

Michele Fay, the Michele Fay Band

Boots made for walkin' and a "Team Kale" T-shirt.

Knayte Lander, State & Main Records

1. I want the Langdon Street Café back in Montpelier. I know it's impossible, but that place was perfect. Every day was Christmas at LSC. I met the most important people in the world there, and I want them back in that damn café for another round, on me.

2. I would like a gift certificate for $85 to the reopened Langdon Street Café.

Michael Chorney, Hadestown Orchestra, viperHouse, Dollar General

Dear Santa,

Please bring our president a spine and a pair of Christmas balls. He seemed to have them when he was campaigning but apparently lost them in Washington.

Rebecca Kopycinski, Nuda Veritas

If Santa knows me well, or if I can ply him with enough pints of Guinness, he'll bring me time. Not "more hours in the day" kind of time, but - please forgive me, employers - "fewer hours spent in gainful employment" kind of time. In lieu of aforementioned spirit-crushing desk work, my wish is to embrace ways of paying bills that have to do with my flaps and folds. Vocal flaps and folds, that is.

Robert J. Resnik, host of "All the Traditions" on Vermont Public Radio

Still waiting for the fabled machine from the 1980s that was supposed to be able to read LPs using a beam of light!

Rich Price, singer-songwriter, the Sweet Remains

How about a great listening-room music venue, like the kind they have in LA (Hotel Cafe), NYC (Joe's Pub) and Boston (Club Passim)? I've caught a glimpse of the new performance space at Signal Kitchen, and it looks like my Xmas wish might come true.

Pete Rahn, Cats Under the Stars, Sweet Hound, Lake Superior, Golden Dome Musicians' Collective

1. The Black Keys to release an album without the "help" of Danger Mouse.

2. The Black Keys to go back to recording albums in basements and warehouses.

3. To meet Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney.

4. See wish #1.

Doll Fight!

1. A punk-rock bar with extremely conspicuous feminist tendencies and cheap beer.

2. An enthusiastic Girls Rock Vermont donor willing to contribute $100,000 every year forever.

3. A dome over Winooski.

4. A steampunk airship called Madame Bovary to take us on a national tour with coordinated boots and goggles for all of us.

Bob Wagner, the Bob Wagner

I want to play guitar with Anders Parker Cloud Badge, very loud, outside in a field at dusk to an audience of wild horses. I know you'll come through this year. Tell Mrs. Claus I send my best.

Ed DuFresne, talent coordinator musical / event organizer, the Black Door

1. A replacement venue for the now-defunct Langdon Street Café.

2. A resurgence in the Montpelier music scene (see above).

3. A steady crowd that is willing to check out new acts coming through town, and not just their friends' bands.

4. A pot of money to pay off defunct-event-related debts.

5. Free drinks for me at all Montpelier drinking establishments.

John Powell, owner,

1. A necromancer to resurrect Langdon St. Café and Parima.

2. Financial support to the arts.

3. More solar-powered stuff.

4. An entirely vegan bakery on Church Street.

5. Lines of communication between NYC, Boston and Burlington to strengthen.

6. Our own PA to host concerts in various backyards, basements and garages.

7. And we miss the free reggae fests!

Ben Aleshire, Vermont Joy Parade, the Salon, Renewal Chorus

Let's declare a corporate hegemony and stop calling it "democracy." Burn all books. When can I get the new iPhone implant, Santa?

Lee Anderson, owner, Radio Bean and ¡Duino! (Duende)

1. Everyone taking a moment to "Occupy" themselves deeply, wholly and humbly, looking at their work, expression and impression ... prior, current, onward.

2. A monthly party, each based on a different "end time" scenario: exodus from Earth, all animals united vs. mankind, utopian bliss, etc....

3. An indoor/outdoor 24/7 public "noise park" for people to play music without city ordinance restriction.

Nathan Hartswick, cofounder,

I want to see a West Side Story-style throw down on Church Street between musicians and comedians; a battle for hipster dominance of the Burlington arts scene. Weapons: tasty licks (them) and witty barbs (us). Interpretive ballet leaps optional. Bring it, band geeks.

Hot Neon Magic

1. That no one requests "Love Shack" ever again.

2. The new all-electric DeLorean - complete with gull-wing doors - to roll up to our gigs in style.

3. That no one ever requests "Love Shack." Ever, ever again.

Kyle "Fattie B." Thompson, local DJ and visual artist/designer

1. To host an X-rated comedy roast of Craig Mitchell, featuring standup by Nancy Grace, Rosanne Barr, Gilbert Gottfried and Burlington's own Birdman.

2. A signed picture of all of the original members of the Bangles.

3. A steel-cage match with Skip Bayless. (He needs a good beatdown.)

4. More national recognition for the Aztext. They deserve it.

DJ Llu, host, "Early Warning," 99.9 the Buzz

1. Naming rights to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's new baby. How about "Sashova"? Pretty good mashup alter-persona baby name, right?

2. A Burlington moombahton club night. Google that,

genre elves.

3. Make Spotify a little less cool, so old-school alt-rock stations don't totally die in 2012. A DJ's gotta eat.

5. That whole octave of hearing I lost thanks to that Skrillex show last month.

6. Five minutes in heaven with Blaine Anderson/Darren Criss. (Yes, the dreamboat from "Glee." Don't judge.)

Spit Jack

1. Beer/whiskey-resistant guitar pickups.

2. A hot-tub party with all the Derby Dames.

3. Amps that go to 12. Ours already go to 11.

4. Groupies.

James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, the Vermont Music Library & Shop, the Radiator

I want everyone to wake up on their holiday knowing they're in a world that loves and values them. I want young people who make decisions about their life and actions to know how much infinite power they have in this world and choose to do the good and right. I want our representative government to truly represent how complex, creative, compassionate and hopeful our community is, and make decisions that do not stultify or demean those who deserve better. I want world leaders to know that the children who are lost to war contribute more to the world through their innocence and trust than those who take them from us with blind violence, no matter how powerful those who lead us to war are. World peace would be nice. World conscience would be better.

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Dan Bolles

Dan Bolles

Dan Bolles is Seven Days' assistant arts editor and also edits What's Good, the annual city guide to Burlington. He has received numerous state, regional and national awards for his coverage of the arts, music, sports and culture. He loves dogs, dark beer and the Boston Red Sox.


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