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Infographic: George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules for Brewing Proper Tea

19th July

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Video: Band of Horses – Neighbor

8th March

I’ve been listening to Band of Horses’ new live acoustic album a lot since it came out. It’s really very good.
After listening to the remarkable vocals on “Neighbor” a bunch of times I thought about finding a video of it. The album was recorded at a concert after all, and at this point anything cool that happens at any concert is going to end up on YouTube. I found a good video but it had pretty bad audio, so I went ahead and sync’ed it with the album recording. I think it came out pretty great.


Straight Outta Bennington: Sylvan Esso

12th February

I’ve been living in Bennington for five months now, and in some ways this post has been in the pipeline since my first week here back in September. When I took over the Arts desk here at the Banner, one of the first things I did was scour social networks, music blogs and other corners of the internet for any mention of my interesting new little town. I liked what I found.

As it turns out, a handful of my favorite young musicians started out at Bennington College, including Alex Bleeker of Real Estate (and his own cool projects) and the amazing women of Mountain Man.

I’ll get back to Bleeker soon I’m sure, for now I really want to talk about Mountain Man.
I heard Mountain Man for the first time at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival. Actually, I wasn’t technically at …

Link farm: Updated February 9

9th February

I spend a solid amount of time on the internet, and during that time I sometimes find things that I really like. I’m going to start keeping track of them on this post, adding new ones whenever I may.

Added February 9

Twitter: Never underestimate Mastodon

New Yorker: I will always love you Left Shark

Open Culture: I think people forget that jazz cats party the hardest.

 Added January 14

Teamteam: You may know Matt. Matt loves skiing, and now Matt has a skiing website

VPR: This is real. Bernie Sanders made an amazingly goofy album in ’80s, and it includes a reggae interpretation of “This Land Is Your Land”

Added November 7

Imgur: Unquestionably the world’s greatest headline:

Twitter: Digital advertising can be wrought with peril.

Tumblr: They’re starting to post unrelated stuff now, but the basic premise of this is amazing.

Always look on the lobstery side of life:

Added September …

Now Playing: Novacane – Shearwater

10th January

Now Playing is a series that features songs and words that have a particular significance to me,  for some reason.

This afternoon I locked in plans to go to the second weekend of Coachella, and I’ve been giddy about it all day. I’ve been to some great festivals over the past few summers, but I haven’t been to anything this size since Bonnaroo 2009, when I had just graduated high school. My live has changed immeasurably since then, so It’ll be interesting to see if it feels different from the last time I isolated myself from outside society with so many ridiculous people.

Beyond just the general excitement that surrounds the concept of a camping festival, Coachella promises to be an awesome experience on a few different levels.

Obviously, there’s Outkast. For music fans my age, Outkast represents the very last wave of …

Setlist: Josh Ritter at Hamilton College, Feb. 12, 2013

13th February

Setlist from Josh Ritter’s performance at the Events Barn at Hamilton College. Trio songs included Josh, Austin Nevins on acoustic or classical guitar and Zach Hickman on upright bass. Duet songs were just Josh and Zach. The set included 8 songs from Josh’s upcoming album, The Beast In Its Tracks. The printed setlist also included “In The Dark,” “Change of Time” and a 3 song encore of “Bone of Song,” “Snow is Gone” and “To The Dogs or Whoever,” but they weren’t played because of time constraints.

lights: 9:10 PM
Idaho (s)
Monster Ballads (s)
Rumors (2)
Wolves (3)
Long Shadows (3)
Temptation of Adam (s)
Evil Eye (3) New Song
Certain Light (3) New Song
Bonfire (3) New Song
Me and Jiggs  (3)
Girl In The War (s, U/A)
Naked As A Window (s, U/A)
Rattling Locks (s, U/A)
Harrisburg (3)
Appleblossom Rag (2) New Song
Folk Bloodbath (3)
Joy To You Baby (3) New Song
New Lover …

Relaunching the website.

17th October

Thanks to both hosting issues and a general desire to redo my work I’m totally rebuilding this site from the ground up. I want to make it cleaner, simpler and more useful. Also, as my other blogs have pretty much faded into gentle obscurity out of neglect, I’m going to start using this page as a forum for my writing. I’m going to try to post with some regularity about music, my life and whatever else I please. Stay tuned, and let me know if you have any suggestions for how this webspace should look, feel or function.

“The stars won’t ever wait for you to watch them fall”
-Sam Beam

Feature: Essential Prayers

Published in Berkshires Week on September 24, 2014 Original article:

Starting this Friday evening, a group of young musicians will be returning to Bennington College, their...

Feature: BCCS’ Cailin Manson

Published in Berkshires Week on September 25, 2014 Original article:

BENNINGTON — After 38 years under the direction of Edwin Lawrence, who recently retired, the Bennington...