Sound clips: Local musicians choose the best of 2021, New Year’s Eve music | Music news + Views | Seven days

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  • Marcie Hernandez

I have screamed at so many magazines in my life. I just threw them across the room, shouting obscenities so profane I would normally only utter them in extreme moments of road rage. I once took a lighter and looked at a Rolling stone and said out loud, “Don’t think I won’t, you bastard.”

Hi, my name is Chris, and I was violent with the paper. I am not proud of it. It’s just that sometimes listings can be aggravating, especially if you add some sort of ranking. Offense Rolling stone was a ranking of the 100 greatest drummers, I think. Maybe they were bass players.

I don’t remember exactly, but the point is: one of those stupid lists left out someone I really liked, or maybe it just put them below other musicians I find draws, which is almost worse. How the heck can you say Noel Gallagher is a better guitarist than Graham coxon? Are you on narcotics? Who am I screaming at right now? What list am I talking about?

Sorry. I think we can all see why I can’t trust a list just yet. That’s why I take a pass on a long time Seven days tradition and not compile a list of my favorite Vermont music of the year.

I’m sure I’ll climb this mountain sooner or later, but I was just in a different state of mind in 2021. I was so grateful to see the records, singles and videos and shows all coming back, my brain has consumed more than it cataloged. The algorithms had a hard time hanging up on me.

So instead of making my own list, I chuckled – er, I asked around to find out what music, local or otherwise, has moved other Vermont set designers this year. The answers were all over the map. Some people have looked at comfort and nostalgia; others have found new favorites. I did not give any parameters; I just asked what they were listing this year.

Hudson Gray, Burlington musician and co-host of “Face for Radio” on 105.9 FM the Radiator, Distinguished Remi Russin‘SEP, Maths for poets. The bassist of independent rockers Community garden released The Solo Effort in July, a six-track collection of shoegaze that included Gray’s favorite song, “Most People Kill Plants.”

“Her laid back approach to hope and positivity was the perfect way to stay sane at the end of 2021,” Gray said of her choice.

Cricket blue‘s Laura Heaberlin has diversified a little more geographically for its favorite music this year.

“The album that I listened to over and over was Stories, through Alisa amadorHeaberlin said. “Alisa is a Boston-based musician. She has one of the most special voices I have ever heard. And her songwriting is as emotionally available as a conversation with a good friend. ”

Amador, who recently caught the attention of NPR and the Boston Globe, opened for Cricket Blue in 2019 when the Burlington folk duo released their LP Serotinalia. Having witnessed this spectacle, I can vouch for Amador’s ethereal pipes and his engaging writing.

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Marcie Hernandez, who made one of the best local efforts of 2020 with Amanecer, chose not only a local album, but also a first album.

“My favorite track of 2021 should be that of Burning sun“Hernandez said. The singer-songwriter particularly liked” Muted Greens “off the album. Bone marrow.

The record was the first for the group, called Ruby before becoming the fiery sun. The project was started by Katy hellman and Steven lebel, formerly Burlington rockers Julia Caesar. Bone marrow shows that Hellman continues to write captivating songs, layered with beautiful harmonies and dreamy arrangements, aided by Benny Yurco, who designed the record and supplied the guitar and synths.

“Katy’s voice just draws you in,” Hernandez said. “I love the force with which she sings as the song progresses.”

The band plays New Years Eve at Radio Bean for those who want a closer look.

Internationalize, Robert resnik, host of Vermont Public Radio’s All the Traditions, selected COMO LA PIEL, the second LP of Rita Payés and Elisabeth Roma, for his best of the year. The record is an evolution of the sound of the mother-daughter duo based in Barcelona, ​​Spain, incorporating jazz, classical and bossa nova music.

“Rita sings beautifully in at least three languages ​​and is a jazz trombonist to die for!” Resnik is delirious. “And Elizabeth is an amazing guitarist. They make great music together.”

Of course, I wasn’t going to do a survey without talking to the chief correspondent / megafan Tim lewis. No one in Burlington sees as many shows as Lewis each year; it’s not even close. Lewis also broadcasts a huge collection of Vermont music on his Thursday night radio show “The Sounds of Burlington” on the online station WBKM.

“Obviously you hate me if you want me to pick just one,” Lewis joked when asked about his favorite track from 2021. After marrying his love for the whole local music scene and how she continues to inspire her, Lewis reduced her to one: “Queen of Flowers” by veteran rocker from Burlington Ankle Tassey.

Describing the song as Tassey “coming back to power,” Lewis said he had high expectations as he had been a fan of the singer-songwriter since the ’90s, particularly his time with the Circle of kisses.

“The new song blew me away,” Lewis said. “He has heavy guitars and powerful vocals, but also these catchy lyrics. They intertwine our spiritual relationship with the world and the growth, death and rebirth of flowers.”

What were your favorite songs of the year? Email me or comment Seven days‘Social media.

The sounds of New Year’s Eve

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Didn’t he rage as 2020 happily gave way to the New Year? Yeah, nobody really did. Fortunately, there are some quality New Years Eve events this year. If you’re looking to start 2022 in style, big shows abound.

Read on for a selection of fun options, with one important caveat: This column was written in mid-December, just as the Omicron variant appeared in Vermont. The pandemic situation could be very different by December 29, the release date for this column, so check with the event organizers. And be safe there, folks.

In Burlington, Highlight, the New Years celebration that replaced the traditional First Night shindig a few years ago, has a stacked lineup. In addition to a slew of activities, facilities and the return of Circus smirkus, there are a lot of musical acts on tap.

Indie rock and folk singer-songwriter Ryley walker plays a concert at BCA Studios on Pine Street. If you haven’t seen Walker live since moving from New York to Vermont this year, I highly recommend you do. His last, Fable lessons, was one of the best albums of 2021, full of progressive folk rock songs and exciting guitar work.

The main stage of Highlight at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain features sets from Zach Nugent play the music of the Grateful death, plus Marcie Hernandez and the jazz outfit Clyde Highway. This is just a preview of what’s going on at Highlight, so be sure to take a look at the full lineup.

Craig mitchell bring his show Violet: Tribute to Prince to foam brewers. Higher Ground hosts New Queers Eve, the annual LBGTQ + dance party, and Nectar’s a Lamp, a funk and jazz fusion trio including Trey Anastasio Group alums Russ lawton and Ray paczkowski. Or grab the 80s synthesizers Night protocol at the monkey house in Winooski.

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I’m not gonna lie: I did a double take when I saw what Zenbarn had in store for New Year’s Eve. The Waterbury restaurant and venue bring Cappadonna and Inspection bridge of Wu-Tang Clan for one of the most unexpected reservations in recent memory. The night schedule is crazy.

Tickets include a “decadent” buffet dinner, according to Zenbarn, followed by a showcase of local talent hosted by Jimmy kang of Wu-Tang Management and Str8up Entertainment Group. Showcase winner secures distribution deal with Sony Music affiliate The Orchard. That alone is worth the trip: a night of hungry MCs looking for deals.

Wu-Tang in Waterbury. If that doesn’t sum up the weirdness of 2021, I don’t know what’s going on. Or maybe it’s more about the shape of things to come for the New Year. Here’s hoping!

Whatever your plans for New Years Eve, stay safe, make your night’s soundtrack and I’ll see you all on the other side to hear what 2022 brings.

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