A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

This week’s music purchases

Filed Under: New Releases
Written by Brendan
Tuesday March 30, 2010

The only album I’ve bought so far this week is Angus & Julia Stone‘s “Down The Way.” It is simply beautiful music.

It balances sad, spiritual, hopeful, dark and dreamy. I’m just about to finish the album and just put it on repeat.

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Is ignorant hypocrite an oxymoron?

Filed Under: Random Thought
Written by Brendan
Monday March 29, 2010

Though I’m on the record as saying that I didn’t like The Beatles, in all fairness it was a completely ignorant statement. I didn’t actually dislike their music, because in truth I’d heard very few songs, and had never listened to an album cover to cover. It was more a reaction to a feeling of exclusion when it came to topics like The Beatles, because I grew up on Slick Rick and 2 Live Crew, and had no true knowledge of rock music.

So I’m here to admit my hypocrisy, or my ignorance, or both.

To conclude: Zeus sounds an awful lot like The Beatles, and having had the opportunity to give The Beatles a spin on my record player, I truly mean that as a complement. “River By The Garden” on the new Zeus album “Say Us” is what I was listening to as I wrote this.

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Monday Morning

Filed Under: Live Shows, Music for a Mood
Written by Brendan
Monday March 29, 2010

Without giving it much conscious thought, I often put on music that amplifies my mood. Eminem when I’m angry or need to really focus (seriously), Midlake or Elvis Perkins when I’m feeling melancholy or introspective, etc.

But sometimes music can also alter my mood, which I’m glad to say happened this dreary Monday morning in Burlington. I started off the day with Drink Up Buttercup‘s new album “Born And Thrown On A Hook“, and have moved onto Shout Out Louds‘ “Work,” and the combination of the two has me ready to get something done today. It was a long weekend, starting on Friday morning with a broken furnace and a backed up sewer line (a euphemism for a basement flooded with shit water).  But I’m halfway through “Show Me Something New” and I think that today might be ok.

p.s. Shout Out Louds and Freelance Whales are playing Friday, May 7 at Cabaret Juste Pour Rire in Montreal.

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Holy exciting shit!

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Thursday March 25, 2010

Just bought tickets for Osheaga. We’ve wanted to go for the past couple of years, but it always seemed like the lineup was missing that one extra special band that would make the trip worth it. So what did the good folks at Osheaga do? Well they got LOTS of extra special bands.

Seriously, this is ridiculous. Arcade Fire, Stars, Metric, The National and Black Keys all in one place! And just a short 90 minute drive from Burlington. I went to a wedding last summer on the same island where they hold Osheaga, and it was absolutely beautiful. If the bands above weren’t good enough incentive, Blitzen Trapper. Pavement, Jimmy Cliff and Beach House are all going to be there.

Holy exciting shit. I’m now counting down the days…

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This week’s music purchases

Filed Under: New Releases
Written by Brendan
Thursday March 25, 2010

This week, I bought 2 albums: She & Him’s “Volume Two” and Drink Up Buttercup’s “Born and Thrown on a Hook.”

While I like She & Him, and I can envision the many moods that will inspire the playing of that album again, I’m really hooked on Drink Up Buttercup. I’d consider that album a must have, while I consider the She & Him album as nice to have, but not an essential piece of the catalog.

I think my favorite aspect of the She & Him album is the illegitimate nostalgia I feel hearing Zooey Deschanel sing. Makes me hearken for the days of Almost Famous, even though that never actually happened, and definitely never happened to me.


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Upcoming shows in Burlington

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Wednesday March 24, 2010

I wanted to flag a couple of shows coming to town soon that I’ll definitely be at.  Hope to see you there…

I’ve had the good fortune to have seen The Hold Steady twice – at the Black Cat in DC and at Lollapalooza. Both shows left me covered in sweat with no voice, and I didn’t regret a minute of it. The Morning Benders didn’t seem to leave the West Coast last year, but I’ve been keeping my eye out for them since I bought their 2008 album Talking Through Tin Cans. “Patient Patient” made it to my favorite music of 2008.

Monday, April 5
The Hold Steady
Higher Ground Ballroom ($17)
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Friday, April 16
The Morning Benders
Monkey House ($12)
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