We lost a friend and devoted community radio programmer this morning with L.J. Palardy’s passing. Dan Bolles captured some loving sentiments by those who knew L.J. at Seven Days. L.J. was beloved for his passionate dedication to professionalism in radio and the good energy he put into supporting the growth of new programmers during his time on-air at 105.9 The Radiator. He truly loved the music, the medium and the community surrounding it, and did not hesitate to share this spirit. He was a friend to all and will be missed. Godspeed, L.J.
Words by Jess Slayton. Photos by Kevin Bloom.
I sat down with the fabulously active and multitalented Colin Clary at Burlington’s Three Needs the other day to chat about his many projects, past and present. He may as well be considered a local celebrity in Burlington’s indie scene, due to his involvement in The Smittens, Let’s Whisper, and most recently Colin and the Clarys. After grabbing a glass of water and another of Maker’s Mark, Clary told me that he considered Colin and the Clarys to be a “musician’s band,” and that it’s a refreshing side project to have alongside his other two. Where The Smittens was a multipart band with each member having a say in the given direction, Colin and the Clarys belongs more to Clary himself. He and a few musician friends get together every Wednesday and just play—the idea is for the band to be ready to play a show after or during every practice. There is very little competition or pressure surrounding this band, which is revolutionary considering the amount of stress that comes from the music world today. He stated, “Practices are our own shows, and we’re never thinking about what people want to hear.” Colin and the Clarys is not about making it big—it’s about taking an evening every week and doing something you love with good friends.
One thing that Clary said that really stuck with me was, “What can allow you to do what you want to do? The thing you control is your output, and that’s all.” He has certainly been around the block—he has played shows all over the Northeast with multiple bands, created a following, maintained a day job at VNA, and written over a hundred songs. Yet, for all of this experience, the music itself remains the most important aspect to Clary himself. Playing music that he writes with fellow musicians allows him to be able to do what he wants to do. He controls the output and doesn’t rely on fame or fortune resulting from his music to justify it, instead relying solely on his own satisfaction and personal fulfillment. When I asked Clary to describe his own music, he laughed and told me that he would consider it “Uncle Colin’s Funtime,” which I in turn found hilarious, very telling of his personality, and later very accurate. Upon listening to the newest album, Twee Blues Vol. 1, the best word I could come up with to describe it is DELIGHTFUL. The album is grounded by exceptional musicianship and differentiated by creative, unique, and playful lyrics. Clary said that they try to be the type of band that someone would want to put on and lay down to at 10 in the morning. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Check out Colin and the Clarys at www.colinclary.com.
Video produced by Cinema Beats. Visuals by J_M_VISUAls
“Hi everyone, my new single that I recently sent you has a new music video. The video was shot in Rutland town and I have to say, from someone that grew up in a city, Rutland is a pretty awesome place. My time at Castleton State College has been wonderful. Anyways, if you have not seen this video, it would be great if you could watch. Also whenever you get some free time, please share it with your friends, family or people that you know. I hope you will enjoy watching the video, Rutland is a beautiful place!” — Lil Benny
Video by BunkBed Records.
The official Lowell Thompson “Rose Petals” video, by BunkBed Records, 2014. Animated and edited by Myles David Jewell. Story by Colin Thompson.
Thanks to everyone that came out to the Fletcher Free Library for the November Code for BTV meetup and started work on the new Big Heavy World band guide! We’re rebuilding our directory of Vermont-based bands and making it ready to connect to the New England-wide CreativeGround.org arts directory. From bottom center, left to right in the photo: Jason Pelletier (Code for BTV brigade captain), Wes Carr, Bradley Holt (Code for BTV brigade captain), Cassidy Brooke, Even Flynn, and Bob Colquhoun.
NYE @ 242: My Revenge; As We Were; Mountain Man; Foxfires; Get A Grip; Stonewall; Nautica; Doom Service
Big Heavy World and 242 Main have teamed up to make New Year’s Eve what its supposed to be: An unending hot mess of My Revenge and friends! With giant “Thanks!” to Battery Street Jeans and with support from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small & Inspiring Grant program, Burlington has the most-fun substance-free party concert ever:
My Revenge! (VTHC legends reuniting again!)
As We Were (VTHC heavy hitters)
Mountain Man (MA sad and scary)
Foxfires (MA harcore/punk no Escapist Records)
Get A Grip (VTHC drug enforcement officers)
Stonewall (VT new band featuring members of Alive & Well, Romans, Iron Sword, Caulfield, and more!)
Nautica. the band. (Baxter and company)
Doom Service (Super spooky mystery punx)
This is Tyler Bean’s last show as the manager of 242. Come celebrate his time here and send him off with a killer show!
Anyone interested in photographing this concert and in learning how to photograph shows should contact Big Heavy World at email@example.com. Hang out with and get coached by Big Heavy World concert photographer Morgan Day and take some historic pictures of the show!
242 Main is a safe/sober space. All ages, all the time. For more info about the show visit https://www.facebook.com/events/324067361126868/
Here’s some tracks from the bands:
Video by The Vacant Lots.
Video by Swale.
Words by Jess Slayton. Photos by Joey Lord.
Ben Slotnick, mandolinist, joined Jim in the Radiator Studio for Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ local music radio hour this Wednesday night! He is originally from a Long Island suburb and moved up to Vermont for school. Slotnick joked that much to the chagrin of his parents, he is a music junkie pursuing a degree in philosophy. He has been playing mandolin since age 15, and when asked how he got started with that, he told us that it must have been something in the water, because a surprising amount of mandolin players are Jewish and hail from New York City. I found that Ben was extremely animated throughout his time on Rocket Shop, and that this absolutely was an irreplaceable aspect of his music. He tends to play bluegrass and American folk music, and likes to mix it up between original, modern music and classic, old timey-folk In creating his own personal style, Slotnick finds himself torn between the purists and the progressives, always starting from “roots” music but ending by incorporating his own spin. One of the songs from his up and coming EP, titled “The Darkness” comes from a personal place, inspired by the nights one spends lying in bed unable to sleep due to the thought of something he or she did years ago that no one else would remember. Although his music is one of the most defining aspects of his life, Ben’s end game with it is simply to play—unlike many artists, he will not be disappointed if he doesn’t make it big, but is instead enthralled by the ride itself. Check Ben and his band, Right Coast Leftovers at https://www.facebook.com/benslotnickmandolin or see them live at the Brewster River Brewery on December 13th, or Moogs in Morrisville on December 14th.
Photo by Joey Lord.
Bob Peace joined host Edward Burke by phone from southern Vermont, and Ler Stevens joined us with Crusty Cuts (see photo) in the Radiator studio tonight to celebrate the release of the new mixtape ‘Green Hour’ at the Wild Life Shop, 161 Main Street in Burlington this Saturday, November 15, 7-10pm. Also performing at the release party, Al Matic & Notation.