The Vermont Cynic

Ming and FS: Was Burlington Ready?

November 8, 2004


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This past Thursday night at Club Metronome displayed exactly what is wrong with Burlington's hip-hop and deejay scene. Ming and FS, urban rhythm aficionados, headlined and schooled Burlington's own hip hop outfit The Loyalists. The Loyalists played a set clocking in around 45 minutes. The three gr...

A Cynic Exclusive With The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy

October 27, 2004


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Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter of the Portland based band The Decemberists, is an angelic embodiment of the indie-rocker stereotype. He wears nerdy glasses, a vintage shirt and a grandpa v-neck sweater. He drops names like Ira Glass of NPR fame and goof-ball popsters Deerhoof, and cites Hemingway as...

Book Review: City of Glass

October 16, 2004


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Protagonist Quinn is a thirty-five year old novelist living in New York. He lives uneventfully with his wife and son until a bizarre chain of events, catalyzed by a single misdirected phone-call, send his life spiraling away from normality in this engaging novel by Paul Auster. The book takes yo...

Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains

October 16, 2004


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Being a long time Primus fan I was excited when I heard that Les Claypool, lead singer and arguably one of the best bass players around, would be making a new CD for this fall. The band's name, Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, is a combination of each of the artists in the new group: Cl...

Too Poignant For Hollywood: The Vermont Internation Film Festival

October 16, 2004


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Dubbed the "World's oldest human rights and environmental film festival," the Vermont International Film Festival has been one of Vermont's only forum for independent filmmakers since its inception. It has nutured and encouraged those voices within our community that otherwise would stand little chance of...

What is Wrong With Music Today

October 16, 2004


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Avril Lavigne: "My Happy Ending." The Canadian singer's second single from her Under My Skin album assaults the listener in a rather ingenious way. To call the song's first line, "Let's talk this over, it's not like we're dead," clumsy would seem a grotesque understatement. The music that follows is...

2 Records That Will Make You Feel Good

October 9, 2004


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Ma$e: Welcome Back: Ma$e's return to the rap game is more of a drop in the bucket than the big splash he made in '96 as Biggie's Bad-Boy replacement. That said, for a Ma$e fan, you wont be too disappointed. He's still got songs where all he does is list his material objects, like "Money Comes and goes....

Daniel Johnston: Sorry Entertainer

October 9, 2004


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Daniel Johnston should be a classic rock success story: poor, living in his mother's basement and recording songs on a $59 Sayano Boom Box, he gets discovered and promoted by Kurt Cobain, featured on MTV, and acquires a cult following from hipsters and established musicians alike. Twenty years la...

Off the Record: Jedi Mind Tricks

October 9, 2004


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Jedi Mind Tricks' emcee Vinnie Paz is known for the forceful and angry delivery of his violent lyrics. Vinnie always makes sure that the words of any JMT track hit the listener like a Mack Truck. If you want vers??atility and a new sound on each track, you might want to look elsewhere. But, if you li...

A Few Questions For Talib Kweli

September 28, 2004


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I met up with Talib Kweli after his show last Saturday. After Hayden Durki, a 12-year old emcee from Montpellier, rocked the backstage room, I was able to ask the God a few questions. His new record, The Beautiful Struggle, comes out this week. VC: Where do you see rap music in ten years? TK: Wh...

Film Review: Garden State

September 14, 2004


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Now maybe I'm slightly biased when it comes to reviewing a film with my home state's nickname as the title, but I think anyone would be crazy to think that Garden State stinks as much as everyone says New Jersey does. This is a simple story of searching and finding. It is a movie about finding love, a ...

The Miracle Worker

April 26, 2004


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From April 28th through May 16th, Vermont Stage Company, downtown Burlington's professional theatre, will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson in the intimate setting of FlynnSpace. This heart-warming and soul-inspiring classic recounts the early life of Helen Keller-deaf and blind since in...

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