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

Photos & Wrapup: Girls In Trouble @ SEABA Center, 5/27/2011

Filed Under: Concert Reviews
Written by Brendan
Saturday May 28, 2011

Last night, I was lucky enough to host Girls In Trouble in my impromptu debut as a concert promoter. A quick back story: I follow the band on twitter (having loved their music since their 2009 self-titled debut), and a couple of weeks ago they put out the call for a New England show on May 27, after a previously scheduled show fell through. I initially sent the request along to Angioplasty Media, the guys responsible for much of the amazing music that comes to Burlington. When it seemed like there was nothing happening there, and the band asked again for a show, I decided I’d give it a whirl.

The SEABA Center on Pine St. was kind enough to be our host for the evening – providing the perfect setting for what one friend who came to the show called “a far, far more relaxed and intimate way to experience good music than going to a bar.” I have to agree, and thanks to the expert sound setup (put together by bassist Aaron Hartman), it was also a much better sounding experience.

Aaron Hartman of Girls In Trouble

The band played a good mix of tunes from both of their albums, and lead vocalist/violinist Alicia Jo Rabins kept the mood light and friendly between songs. My favorite tune was the aptly named “Waltz For A Beheading,” a fiesty fiddle-laden instrumental number from their latest release (Half You Half Me), which she introduced with the story of the song’s inspiration – the biblical tale of Judith, who used her beauty and guile to behead an enemy general and save Israel from the Assyrians.

Alicia Jo Rabins of Girls In Trouble

Biblical women feature heavily in the music of Girls In Trouble, their stories spun so deftly and beautifully as to create an immediate and visceral connection when performed. That was definitely evident last night in the responses of those in attendance. And that’s not to say that the connection is necessarily religious – though it is for some, it’s the storytelling that so captivates me. I’m certain that everyone there last night was as enthralled as I was with the band’s performance, which also featured drummer David Freeman and guitarist/percussionist Elaina Morgan.

Elaina Morgan and Alicia Jo Rabins of Girls In Trouble

Many thanks to Girls In Trouble for giving me the chance to put together a show for them, and for making the trip to Burlington. I’m already looking forward to their return, and feel really inspired by the whole experience. I also want to personally thank everyone who was there for coming out and supporting live music in Burlington’s South End. Hopefully there will be more to come!


Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.

This Friday (5/27) – Girls in Trouble @ SEABA Center

Filed Under: Live Shows, On Permanent Rotation Presents
Written by Brendan
Tuesday May 24, 2011

While I’m (still) working on nailing down an opening band, I’m very excited to officially announce a show that I’m hosting this Friday at the SEABA Center on Pine St. in the South End (between Fresh Market & Speeder and Earl’s). The headliner is Brooklyn’s Girls In Trouble, a 4-piece violin driven indie folk band. They’ve just released a wonderful new album, Half You Half Me, and I’ve been following them since 2009, when they were featured on my Favorite Music list.

All ages are welcome, and I’m asking for a $10 suggested donation (all of which will go to the band). But don’t let money stop you from coming – if your cash flow is hurting right now, come listen to some good music anyways.

RSVP and find more info on Facebook.

Doors open at 8pm. Hope to see you there! The sound quality isn’t the best, and the camera is a little shaky, but here’s Girls In Trouble performing “Marble Floor” from their self-titled debut LP:

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Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.

8tracks mix: 5/20/2011

Filed Under: Wicked Good Music
Written by Brendan
Friday May 20, 2011

Well it’s Friday again, and __insert mandatory cultural reference/rapture joke__, and I thought I’d share some more music. Kind of a bummer that the service I’m using to share this music, 8tracks, only has a flash player so this isn’t able to be heard on the convenience of say, your iphone. But I’ll live with it, and so will you. Cause other than that, it’s pretty cool, and I love that they let me embed the mix right onto this page.

As I announced on Facebook earlier this week, I’m hosting a show next Friday, May 27, at the SEABA Center on Pine St, featuring Brooklyn’s Girls In Trouble (conveniently found in this playlist). I’ll have more about that on Monday (I’m trying to line up an opening act), but for now, enjoy the aural warmth:

If you dig any of the music, listed below for your reference, please support the artists making it and pick up an album or two. The first time you play through this playlist, it’ll be in the order below. On subsequent listens, it’ll be randomized (legal mumbo jumbo).

Chad Vangaalen
Burning Photographs from Diaper Island

Okkervil River
Wake and Be Fine from I Am Very Far

Man Man
Knuckle Down from Life Fantastic

Girls In Trouble
Lemons from Half You Half Me

Fleet Foxes
Blue Spotted Tail from Helplessness Blues

The Antlers
Putting The Dog To Sleep from Burst Apart

The Dodos
Sleep from No Color

Panda Bear
Afterburner from Tomboy

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Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.

Good new music

Filed Under: Wicked Good Music
Written by Brendan
Monday May 16, 2011

I’ve picked up a few albums lately that have really stood out, and I wanted to recommend them in case you’re on the lookout for something new to listen to.

Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
I admit to being a latecomer to the Fleet Foxes bandwagon – they wowed indie crowds with their self-titled debut in 2008, but I hadn’t heard their music until earlier this month when I bought their latest album. They play a very approachable folk-rock, with obvious influences of Simon & Garfunkel. They sing songs that are heartwarming and easy to relate to, without being heavy handed, cheesy or “hip”.

The AntlersBurst Apart
Another band who slipped under my radar until recently, The Antlers have put out a new album that is certain to be near the top of many 2011 favorite music lists. It’s full of rich, mostly downtempo tunes, and manages to be dark without being dreary. And The Antlers were able to pull off an album mostly about love and heartbreak without sounding anything like the millions of other albums addressing the topic.

Thao & MirahThao & Mirah
My friend Aaron, an occasional collaborator on this site, introduced me to Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn in 2004. I’ve been captivated with her music ever since, though I haven’t loved any of her work nearly as much as I do this near-perfect collaboration with Thao Nguyen (of Thao + The Get Down Stay Down). It’s got a lot of positive, raucous, noisy energy (including handclaps, Aaron!) amidst the stunningly soft, sultry and sweet vocals of both Thao and Mirah, contrasted with soft, acoustic guitar driven numbers featuring almost piercing vocals. I was instantly obsessed with this album, and I’m confident that you will be too.


Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.

This Friday (the 13th!) — Here We Go Magic @ Higher Ground

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Monday May 9, 2011

Photo courtesy Here We Go Magic

This Friday, Brooklyn quintet Here We Go Magic will grace Burlington with their mellow, ambient folk-pop tunes. I first saw HWGM open for Broken Social Scene last December in Montreal, and while their sound didn’t necessarily translate to the massive space that is Metropolis, I came away thinking how much I’d love to see them again in a more intimate venue.

Friday’s show at the Higher Ground’s Showcase Lounge should provide just that. And as an added bonus, AroarA, a new project by Andrew Whiteman (of BSS and Apostle of Hustle fame) and his wife Ariel, is opening the show. For those of you smart enough to have been at the BSS show at Higher Ground last fall, Ariel sang many of the female parts, and did so convincingly. I’m really excited to see what she can do with her own material. Late Update: Sadly, AroarA has been dropped from the bill. Local acts Parmaga and The Engine Ear will be filling in.

Here’s Here We Go Magic performing “Fangela” from their recent appearance at Coachella:

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Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.



A little something for your ears

Filed Under: podcast, Wicked Good Music
Written by Brendan
Friday May 6, 2011

It’s a Friday, I don’t have much to say, and you probably don’t feel like reading it anyhow. So instead, have a listen to some songs from some of my favorite albums of 2011 using the nifty music player below. Thanks to Art for introducing me to 8tracks, the service responsible for said nifty music player.

If you dig any of the music, here are links to the full albums from Amazon mp3:

Apex Manor
Album: The Year of Magical Drinking

East River Pipe
Album: We Live In Rented Rooms

The Cave Singers
Album: No Witch

The Generationals
Album: Actor-Caster

Darwin Deez
Album: Darwin Deez

Iron & Wine
Album: Kiss Each Other Clean

Ruby Coast
Album: Whatever This Is (free download)

Akron/Family
Album: S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

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Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.