Steven Murray

Steve Murray of Call Shotgun Joins Big Heavy Outreach & Production Crew

Words by Steven Murray. Photo by James Lockridge.

“Hi, My names Steven Murray and I’m a Junior at Saint Michaels College and I wanted to join the Big Heavy World crew because I saw it as an opportunity to take part in maintaining the underground music scene here in Vermont and to do something passionate in my field of Media Studies as well. I play in a punk band from Plattsburgh, NY, Call Shotgun and through playing shows here in Vermont I’ve witnessed first hand the vitality of the music community in this state. I firmly believe that we need as much DIY and independent music as possible right now and through Big Heavy World I want to contribute to maintaining it as a channel for artistic expression.”

Jeremy Howland

Jeremy Howland Joins VT Music Archive Crew

Words by Jeremy Howland. Photo by James Lockridge.

“My name is Jeremy Howland and I’m super excited to become one of the Big Heavy World team. I’m a freshman at the University of Vermont with a passion for music and movies. Ever since I got to Burlington I wanted to learn more about the amazing music scene here in Burlington. I’m ready to help archive the Vermont music scene.”

Rocketsled

Big Heavy World Live Stream Reuniting Bands in Honor of 242 Main: Rocketsled; Jesus Nut; From the Ground Up; The Hemlock Verdict 1/21

Photo by Matthew Thorsen.

Saturday, January 21, four Burlington bands reunite in honor of 242 Main:

Rocketsled
https://www.facebook.com/rocketsled2017/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93JPeVkCuSQ

Jesus Nut
https://www.facebook.com/Jesus-Nut-137333933111142/
https://www.reverbnation.com/jesusnut

From The Ground Up
https://www.facebook.com/fromthegroundupVT/
http://fromthegroundupvt.bandcamp.com/

The Hemlock Verdict
https://www.facebook.com/thehemlockverdict/

PosterHigher Ground ballroom, $15 at door, all ages, 7 pm. Purchase tickets at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1381866. Higher Ground is wheelchair accessible, 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont. Read about the show at Seven Days.

The Big Heavy World crew is there to live stream the show on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bigheavyworld/, film interviews for the 242 Main documentary with filmmaker Bill Simmon, and take a stab at getting some regular video with decent audio to share with everyone on YouTube.

 

Live Now:

Eric Burdo

Eric Burdo Interviewed for 242 Main Documentary

Photo by James Lockridge.

Eric Burdo was interviewed by filmmaker Bill Simmon at VCAM today for the 242 Main documentary. Find more about the film at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/blog/2016/10/17/242-main-documentary/

Bill Simmon and Eric Burdo

Collage

Big Heavy World Receives Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to Produce Documentary About Historic Teen Center

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photos by James Lockridge & Tim Snow.

Big Heavy World has received a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will support production of a documentary video about 242 Main, a legendary teen center in Burlington and the nation’s longest-running all-ages punk rock venue. The film is a collaboration between Big Heavy World, Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM), and Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department.

242 Main was founded in the mid-1980’s as a project of the City’s youth office. It was an adult-supervised venue that offered programming conceived by Burlington’s teens, in an environment that they helped design and build. The teens wanted a place to host live music, so the empty office that became 242 Main also became an all-ages concert  venue for more than thirty years and seized a place in the country’s history because of it.

The Small & Inspiring Grant will help Big Heavy World and filmmaker Bill Simmon of VCAM capture and share the story of 242 Main with high production values. As of January 10, more than 50 interviews have been filmed; more than 200 posters of concert posters from throughout 242 Main’s 30+ year history have been collected; and animation effects have been produced.

“This story of 242 Main will give Vermont a respectful view onto the value of teen-led programs, safe spaces, and the sense of conscience and community that makes the people of Vermont special. 242 Main was an epicenter of culture for youth on the ‘outside,’ and a model for other communities who value their young people,” said James Lockridge, Executive Director of Big Heavy World.

Through its Small and Inspiring grants program, the Community Foundation hopes to help foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects where a small grant can make a big difference.

Contact: James Lockridge, (802) 865-1140, jim@bigheavyworld.com

About Big Heavy World: Big Heavy World is an independent nonprofit music development office working to archive and promote the original music of Vermont. With a crew of mostly high school and college-aged volunteers, it publishes information about Vermont’s music industry, loans a tour van to bands, archives thousands of Vermont-made recordings and photographs, and operates 105.9FM, a radio station highlighting the region’s creative community. bigheavyworld.com

The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community. www.vermontcf.org, 802-388-3355.

Code for America Brigade Captains

Big Heavy World Leads Civic Tech Group ‘Code for BTV’

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photo courtesy Code for America.

Burlington’s local Code for America Brigade of civic-minded technologists, Code for BTV,  is experiencing an injection of energy and new leadership: Technology-friendly music nonprofit Big Heavy World has taken on its coordination.

Code for America is a national nonprofit that organizes a network of people dedicated to helping government deliver services to the public better using the tools and practices of the digital age. Code for America Brigades — like Code for BTV in Burlington — are volunteer groups that help create sustainable collaborations between community members, volunteer coders, designers, and organizations to help foster civic services that are simple, effective, and easy to use for everyone.

Code for BTV was established by Bradley Holt and Jason Pelletier with James Lockridge of Big Heavy World in 2013. Since its launch during National Day of Civic Hacking it has showcased local technology talent prolifically; the Brigade has involved 80+ ‘civic hackers’ on over 25 projects — with over 3,000 hours of volunteer time contributed. In 2017 the Brigade will expand its leadership team and bring focus to the areas of building a healthy community, economic development, and safety and justice.

Lockridge said, “Burlington respects technology, collaboration, and the innovative spirit. Code for BTV will continue to bridge these, connecting opportunities with resources and empowering technologist volunteers to make a difference.”

Bradley Holt said, “Big Heavy World was a founding partner of Code for BTV, and has always looked for ways to leverage emerging technology to further their mission. James Lockridge has been a tireless community advocate and I can’t think of anyone better to take over the leadership of our local Code for America Brigade. I’m really excited to see where he and the local civic tech community take Code for BTV!” Holt is a Developer Advocate and Senior Software Engineer at IBM Watson Data Platform and a published author.

Jason Pelletier, a technologist and community advocate, said, “James Lockridge has helped shape the civic tech movement in the greater Burlington area and has the context and commitment to continue the work of Code for BTV. His experience mobilizing volunteers will be an asset to Burlington’s civic tech movement.” Pelletier and Holt successfully elevated Code for BTV to official Code for America Brigade status in 2013 and were its original Brigade Captains.

Code for BTV will be hosting an information session and renew hack nights in February; these are events for civic hackers to come together and work on building and reusing civic apps and support open data initiatives. Anyone interested in learning more should email info@codeforbtv.org or follow @CodeForBTV on Twitter.

For more information, contact:

James Lockridge, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140

About Big Heavy World: Big Heavy World is an independent nonprofit music development office working to archive and promote the original music of Vermont. With a crew of mostly high school and college-aged volunteers, it publishes information about Vermont’s music industry, loans a tour van to bands, archives thousands of Vermont-made recordings and photographs, and operates 105.9FM, a radio station highlighting the Chittenden County region’s creative community. bigheavyworld.com

Photo: Code for BTV Brigade Captain James Lockridge with other Code for America Brigade Captains at the Code for America Summit, November 2016, Oakland California. Courtesy Code for America.

Jasper Minson

Jasper Minson Joins Crew: Bennington College Represents

Words by Jasper Minson. Photo by James Lockridge.

“My name is Jasper – I’m a student at Bennington College studying film, music and visual arts, as well as education. I make many things of many varieties, and am the founder of a merry band of makers, a collective, called Finity. I like to explore experience, the human experience, through music and art, time and space and all the absurdity from across the musical and dimensional and psychological spectrum. I like to spend my time feeling and encountering things that are cosmic and abstract and hard to pin down, in spaces on the beautiful fringes of life, and through film and underground music and art, I can explore this realm, and share in the experience with others, being as inclusive and encouraging as possible in the process. Big Heavy World, as a purveyor of profound encounters and beautiful networks of support and encouragement for music makers and seekers everywhere in the state, is a beautiful outlet for my passions, one that I’m eager to engage with and contribute to.”

SEABA

Burlington Community Arts Organizations Co-Locate: Big Heavy World Moves to SEABA in the South End Arts District

Press Release by Big Heavy World & SEABA. Photo by James Lockridge.

Two of Burlington’s community-building arts organizations will begin working from a shared space on Pine Street in January. Big Heavy World has relocated from North Avenue to a studio inside the South End Arts & Business Association (SEABA).

Both nonprofit organizations have long histories of serving Burlington’s arts community. SEABA was founded in 1986 as a trade association, serving the fused interests of arts and commerce in the South End of Burlington. Big Heavy World was established in 1996 as an independent, volunteer-staffed music office with a mission of promoting and preserving music originating in Vermont.

SEABA is located at 404 Pine Street, in the heart of the South End Arts District, a light industrial zone with the largest concentration of incubator businesses per square mile in the State of Vermont. Many of the district’s occupants share a gritty and entrepreneurial zeal for creativity: Neighbors include Arts Riot, a restaurant and performing arts center; Accelerator, a collaborative maker space; The Box, a music recording studio; the Burlington Music Dojo, a collective of music instructors; and the studios of artists working in diverse media including glass, wood, metal, video, literature and fine arts.

James Lockridge, Executive Director of Big Heavy World, said, “Burlington has a community-minded, collaborative spirit that has been evolving for decades. When organizations share a vision for bringing people and resources together, we achieve more and reinforce our civic fabric.”

Big Heavy World’s programs include a web site about Vermont’s music industry; a Vermont music archive holding thousands of recordings; a tour van that is loaned to local musicians; and a community radio station, 105.9FM ‘The Radiator,’ that hosts a weekly local music radio program and podcast, ‘Rocket Shop.’

Adam Brooks, Executive Director of SEABA, said, “SEABA recognizes the investment that Big Heavy World has made in serving local music. Their mission complements SEABA’s and the benefits of sharing a working environment are obvious. We’ll introduce our mutual audiences to each other and leverage shared resources; Burlington and a larger circle of regional artists and businesses will benefit.”

SEABA is a member-based association that promotes the community and economic vitality of the South End of Burlington, matching the interests of commerce with those of the arts. Programs include the annual South End Art Hop, a three-day event attracting 30,000+ visitors to explore sculpture, fashion, music, live demos, artist markets, and a juried art show. Art Hop is presented throughout the many studios and refitted business spaces of the arts district.

“Burlington is highly regarded as an arts community that respects and supports one another. By working together, our organizations will amplify that very special local instinct. Our diverse artists will have strong supporters in SEABA and Big Heavy World as this community grows in scope and strength,” said Lockridge. The relocation was made possible with a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation.

Contact:
Adam Brooks, Executive Director, SEABA, director@seaba.com, (802) 859-9222, seaba.org
James Lockridge, Executive Director, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140, bigheavyworld.com

Zack Evans

Zack Evans Joins Crew: Helps Expand VT Music Archive Catalog

Photo by James Lockridge.

“Hi, my name is Zack Evans and I’d like to first say that I’m very happy to have begun volunteering here at Big Heavy World. I was born and raised a few minutes away in the town of Shelburne, Vermont and have been living here ever since. I am currently a Junior at the University of Vermont and I am studying for a Business Administration Major with a minor in economics. I am also a member of the University of Vermont’s men’s Varsity soccer team. I’m looking forward to continuing my volunteer work in helping to complete the current music archive projects and development efforts.”

 

Poster Art

Tyler Daniel Bean Record Release 1/13: Free All Ages Show With Choke Up (MA), Reservoir (PA), and Clever Girls

Photo by Lauren Mozzotta. Album & Poster Art by William Schaff.

Burlington, VT based band Tyler Daniel Bean hosts a local LP release show on January 13 at Signal Kitchen, with support from Choke Up (MA), Reservoir (PA), and Clever Girls (VT), in celebration of the release of ‘On Days Soon To Pass,’ out now on Skeletal Lightning and Tor Johnson Records.

Signal Kitchen is located at 71 Main Street in Burlington. The release party is free and all ages! Doors open at 7:00pm, music starts at 7:30pm. RSVP at Ticketfly or just show up!

Big Heavy World will be there, hanging out at our table with t-shirts and info about volunteering at Vermont’s independent, volunteer-run music office and 105.9FM The Radiator, Burlington’s community radio station. Come say hi!

Here’s information about the album from Skeletal Lightning / Tor Johnson Records:

Substream Magazine premiered the album in full, calling it “…one of the best albums of the year.”

Listen to ‘On Days Soon To Pass’

Order a Copy (LP/CD/Tape/Digital)

Album Art1. Archibald Street
2. Willow I
3. Willow II
4. Your Eyes
5. FFFA
6. Loon Lake
7. On Days Soon To Pass
8. When I Think Too Much
9. All At Once

“When I was twenty-three, I decided to live.” Now twenty-six, Tyler Daniel Bean was identifying a turning point in the development of his second album, On Days Soon To Pass. In the midst of a four-year bout with his major depression, he was working his way through the series of poems that would culminate in this album—all of which also constituted his capstone project for a master’s in literary studies and confessional poetry. He was aiming to discover a language of process that would lead toward preservation rather than annihilation, learning hands-on, not only what preservative writing is, but also how to reorient creative work to better engage with and project hope. Being the person you can live with, it turns out, is a recursively creative endeavor, an on-going challenge, requiring choice and assimilation. Dealing with mental health disorders particularly requires regular self-renewal: the recurring epiphany of interacting constructively with the world.

While on the surface On Days Soon To Pass confronts loss, fear, anxiety, and depression as often as it does love and joy, ultimately it presents a non-linear depiction of Bean’s on-going battle with the prospect of suicide. The first track, “Archibald Street,” is one starting point, but “All At Once,” at the end of the record, is another—the series of events in between shift in time, even within the songs, reflecting the evolution of subjective experience. Now complete, On Days Soon To Pass finds him on another side of all of this.

Bean was stultified when he first noticed that these pieces were presenting as suicide songs. It was 2012, just after the release of his first LP, Longing, and fearful, he stopped writing entirely. More than a year passed between penning the first songs for On Days Soon To Pass before beginning his master’s degree. It took another year for him to start writing creatively again—he was inspired by an idea that grew from his studies: the way fear and art can feed one another, “The object of fear must be objectified,” noted filmmaker Stan Brakhage, who used his greatest fears to identify the issues he addressed in his most powerful films. Bean spent the following year bringing light to what he feared most: loss—the death of his dog, Willow; the death of his close friend and bandmate, Chris Parmelee; one of his own near-death experiences, the one that caused him to want to live. Penetrating all of this, he found love. The overriding theme of the album is, “if you know me, will you still love me?” Which leads to the realization that the “you” Bean repeatedly refers to has been there all along, standing beside him when he writhed as well as when he flexed.

To understand this record is to look at its dark, dense surface matter, and see beyond it to the beacon that is love; it is to recognize that functioning in the face of fear is to strive to be fully human; it is finding a way to truly say “I want to live,” even recognizing the relentlessness of the battle.

Tyler Daniel Bean

Here’s who participated in making the album:

Tyler Daniel Bean – guitar, bass, and vocals
Joe Allen Cross – drums
Jessica Lynne McDermott – vocals
Shannon Stott-Rigsbee – violin and cello
Kevin Tyler Yando – guitar on “Archibald Street,” “Willow I & II,” and “FFFA”
Nyiko Beguin – synth on “Willow I & II”

Additional vocals on “Loon Lake” were performed by Shannon Stott-Rigsbee, Christopher Stott-Rigsbee, and Chris Shacklett.

Slide guitar on “FFFA” and backing vocals on “Willow I” were performed by Ryan Stack.

Ryan Stack engineered and mixed the album at Format Audio in Amesbury, MA and at 1130 ft in Rollinsford, NH.

Joe Cross was the assistant engineer.

Dan Coutant mastered the record at Sun Room Audio in Cornwall, NY.

Anna Blackmer, Rick Mastelli, Jan Maher, and Joanna Beall acted as writing mentors at different stages of the album’s development.

Rick Mastelli wrote the album’s liner essay from his personal involvement in the writing and recording process.

William Schaff painted the cover artwork with minimal outside direction, specifically from his experiences listening to the album.

Lauren Mazzotta photographed the artwork.

Justin Gonyea designed the album layout.

For press requests, please contact Sean Hermann at sean@skeletallightning.net