Getting Jazzy

For all its quaint, laid-back charm, Vermont likes a good time!

Having a few errands in the Burlington area, I decided to check out a few of the free outdoor performances of the Discover Jazz Festival—and to see how much Vermonters enjoy the outdoor performances. I was not disappointed.

On the center block ofof the Marketplace, Burlington’s own The High Breaks were performing their not-quite-jazz but very enjoyable surf rock. I believe I heard… Read More …

Bizarre Treat

This is perhaps one of the strangest, yet most engrossing renditions of this song you’ll ever encounter.

This is Puddles the Sad Clown, and all showmanship aside, his voice is amazing, especially considering there’s no “studio magic” added. Sorry, Lorde, but this guy’s appropriately haunting vocals make your Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy seem like a Cracker Jack prize.

Hopefully we’ll hear more from Puddles… Read More …

The Little Things

Sometimes the little things have the most power over us. It could be a movie scene, a certain scent, or a familiar taste. For me, it’s often a song—especially lately.

Because the radio was free and we rarely had cable, music was always a big part of my life growing up. So just about any song from the 1980s or 1990s has some meaning, whether a specific relation to the lyrics, or simply an attachment in my mind to some event. Chaka Khan’s “I Feel for You” always means “Mississippi State Fair” to me. In the 1980s, they played it HEAVILY at all the rides that included music. “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners always has the feeling of zooming down an Interstate cloverleaf on the way to a friend’s birthday party, since that’s the first time I… Read More …

¡Salsamba!

So I went to a concert this past Friday night. Mind you, I haven’t been to a concert of any sort in, um, 13 years almost. That was the Go-Gos for $7 at UD back in 1993. This time it was Salsamba, a Latin jazz group from Pittsburgh. Only $5 for students ($12 for faculty/staff, and $15 for everyone else). This was by far the best entertainment I’ve had in years.

I like jazz in general, though I think I’d tire of sitting for 2 hours with regular jazz. Latin jazz is quite another story. This is “feel good music,” and… Read More …

Music

In case anyone noticed, some new links have appeared to the left under “Music Finds.” I’ve been poring over MySpace.com looking for good non-industry music. Well some is technically industry, but hot highly so, meaning they may be signed to big labels but not getting placed on “The O.C.” or MTV’s “Super Sweet 16” to make money for the millionaire suits.

One such band is… Read More …