Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Friday Rock!

Fresh from the studio where they recorded their debut album, The Cripples make their triumphant return to live ass-kicking Friday night, 10pm @ the Monkey House in Winooski. Joining them are "Party Star" featuring Kyle Courvoisier.

Monday, February 26, 2007

mardi gras

Went to the mardi gras parade on Saturday- didn’t have much fun this year- cold as all hell- so many drunk silly people- actually heard some asshole yell ‘I love college!’ while him & his friends were dressed up so “crazy” and “unique” and probably feeling awesome about drinking right out on the street! Screw those guys… so when the parade got all hung up because the victoria’s secret cross dresser float couldn’t turn the corner, we got the hell outta there and went to the op for a drink. One drink turned into three or four and a whole bunch of us (me, my dad, bender, eboni {who was up from nyc for the weekend} yanni {who recently reappeared after months of exile in Milton}) went to asiana house for delicious sushi dinner. It was fun and loud drunk talking & I was happily surprised that my dad tried sushi with us.

Drinking this weekend was dumb as I have a cold…


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

hey music fans...

do yourselves a favor & skip over to the myspace page of the band 'oak' & take a listen to the posted tracks. Great music from their soon to be released ep.

Monday, February 19, 2007

show last night

Still trying to wrap my head around the show last night- its been a long time since I've been so completely satisfied by a live music experience- actually the last time was when I saw Herbie Hancock at old Higher Ground. I only started listening to Sonic Youth about 3 or 4 months ago- at thanksgiving dinner at the Dewalds we got to talking and people couldn't believe I'd never listened to them- so I picked up a few albums, daydream nation & washing machine to start- and completely fell in love with the band- I'd just lose myself in the noisy guitar goodness. And I was so excited leading up to the show- I figured disappointment was imminent- but no way...they are still so tight & sharp after all these years & sound like they still love the music & experimentation & performing for the audience. Kim was still hot as hell & Thurston cool...and they mentioned the OP! Did everyone hear that shit? During the feedback part of the show I turned to my friend Boz and said "hey man, wheres Jerry?" (he hates the dead) it took him a few seconds but he turned around and said "fuck Jerry!" Not that it sounded anything like the Dead, but I like to think that Jerry could of got into that noise...

well, well, well...


Sunday, February 18, 2007


Thursday, February 15, 2007

day off fer snow

I took the day off- sore from shoveling- also incredibly nervous driving in these conditions. i used to have confidence when i thought the 4wheelsqueal worked on my POS kia, but i found out the hard way it doesn't. as far as I know the federal building where i work is still open today, so I'll probably be chastised for missing work. but somethings are more the 5 hours of shoveling i have in front of me to get my car out. first I'm gonna watch 'the departed'

hey, how many snowflakes do you think are laying out there? well, thats a num­ber of snowflakes uncomputable by IBM and Burroughs, too.


Monday, February 12, 2007

gong show

the sun circle & wind-up bird show at the greendoor studio was fantastic- tanner & jay wrote great reviews with pictures.

my favorite part by far was the gong bath. imagine this: a tiny room (not much bigger than 12x10 I bet) 3 huge gongs and 25 people...the gong is an amazing instrument- at times sounding like electric feedback, washed-out tv static, ear splitting ocean waves- layer upon layer upon walls & walls of sound. truly something to be experienced...

did anyone watch the grammys last night? I caught about 15 minutes (missed the police though) in the short time I watched they gave grammy lifetime achievement awards to booker t & the mg's and the doors...but I think they may have given one to the grateful dead, too- I swear I saw Mickey Hart sitting in the audience...

alright alright- gonna try to make the vandermark 5 show tonight...


Friday, February 09, 2007

whirled music

I bought a few cd’s as a little treat to myself with my tax refund money. They’re all in the ‘world music’ vein, I guess- although one is by an American…enjoy!

Eastern Sounds/ Yusef Lateef- A great early 60’s slightly eastern flavored jazz album- Yusef plays tenor sax, oboe, and some kind of really great sounding clay flute. Very laid back and moody. The pieces that aren’t eastern influenced are finger snapping Coltrane-influenced post bop. Also includes Lateef’s take on the love themes from the films ‘Spartacus’ and ‘the Robe’ Highlights: the clay flute sound in the first track ‘the plum blossom’ and the songs ‘snafu’ & ‘the three faces of balal’ where I think the bass player is playing what is called a ‘rebat’ on the album cover but what I think may be arebab– an odd shaped member of the lute family.

Niafunke/ Ali Farka Toure- Called “the Motherlands modern-day answer to John Lee Hooker” Toure, who died last March, recorded this album, on which he plays electric and acoustic guitars, in Niafunke, his village on the banks of the Niger at the edge of the Sahara desert, in “deep Mali, where the music belongs.” Traditional African call and response blues- great percussion. A few of the tracks feature a njarka violin, which is, as far as I can tell, a one stringed fiddle with a high pitched, whiny sound. Excellent album. Highlights: the djembe players throughout and track #7 ‘Instrumental’ an improvisation based on a song in homage to cattle herders.

Slave Mass/ Hermeto Pascoal- This Brazilian albino multi-instrumentalist may be best known for playing with Miles Davis during the ‘Live/Evil’ period. ‘Slave Mass’ is hard to describe- the first track, ‘mixing pot’ is just that- a mix of cheesy keyboards & jaco-style bass with freak-out percussion and screams yells & moans with some crazy flute action. A great song, although parts don’t age well (it was released in the late 1970’s) The second track starts off a beautiful acoustic guitar song with live pig samples… weird? Hell yeah… after awhile it turns kinda of spooky- with chanting that reminds me a lot of Dr. Johns ‘gris gris’ The liner notes has a great picture of Hermeto, a big freaky looking albino, holding a pig…but whatever. Every track is different, and I don’t want to do a song by song review, so I’ll end with this- this album isn’t for everybody, but if you enjoy strange, Brazilian influenced jazz (and don’t mind some cheesiness) go for it! Highlights: the solo piano track ‘just listen’ and Airto Moreira on percussion.

Macire/Boubacar Traore- Affectionately known as ‘Karkar’, Boubacar Traore is a famous Malian guitar player. I first learned of him by watching a great documentary called “I’ll Sing For You”, a heartbreaking tale of life and loss and music in Mali. I don’t have much to say about this album- gorgeous guitar tracks with subtle percussion and violin. Superb.

great weekend ahoy…

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

jazz @ the firehouse

free/avant-garde jazz group 'vandermark 5' will be playing at the firehouse gallery, lincolns birthday, monday, february 12th. just another one of the great shows brought to burlington by greg davis & his burlington sounds series.

a few days earlier, saturday the 10th, gregs new project 'sun circle' will be performing at the greendoor studio along with 'wind-up bird'

dig it...


Friday, February 02, 2007


UPDATE: Oh no, snowed in!! Went off the road!! (I'm fine) Missed the "party star" show!! Missing it right now in fact!! I guess I should have all goes back to the Second Noble Truth-

Craving sensory stimulation, craving existence, and craving non-existence give rise to the "continuity of being" (the tendency to confuse reality with your perception of reality), and with it its attendant suffering. Say you want something and you don't get it--you'd get sad or frustrated. But say you want something and you do get it. Eventually you'll get bored with it and you'll start wanting something else. And so you start all over again. And that's a bummer.

dont forget "party star" is playing tonight at club metronome along with amandla, the solo band of claude coleman jr., drummer for ween...

i'll be there- but first i'm going to the fc for dinner with my brother & sister-in-law & nephew

{(the le duo)}

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Cartoon Netowork causes TERROR SCARE in Boston!!

Officials found a slew of blinking electronic signs adorning bridges and other high-profile spots across the city Wednesday, prompting the closing of a highway and the deployment of bomb squads.

"It is outrageous, in a post 9/11 world, that a company would use this type of marketing scheme," Mayor Thomas Menino said. "I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred during the response to today's incidents."

The 1-foot tall signs resembled a circuit board, with protruding wires and batteries. Most depicted a boxy, cartoon character giving passersby the finger — a more obvious sight when darkness fell.

They arrested two men who put up the electronic promotions and vowed to hold Turner accountable for what Menino said was "corporate greed," that led to at least $500,000 in police costs.

full story here

I wonder what MeatWad has to say about all this