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Month: August 2009 (Page 1 of 2)

CD Review: Laura Lee Imhoff – “A little something for Kerrville”

(from her MySpace page)

(from her MySpace page)

So I said in my review of Laura Lee’s Toad show that I would make up for not attending her Lizard Lounge performance by doing a write-up for her CD “tomorrow”, which is now seven days ago. That’s how it is sometimes.

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The Airborne Toxic Event in Hartford, Connecticut, 7/31/09

by Milt Stoller, guest blogger

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My daughter’s maniacal interest in the Airborne Toxic Event convinced me to join her at the Hartford Connecticut concert. I arrived there between sets and found her where I expected; front row. My first thought was “is this what it was like in the Globe theatre in Elizabethan times?” A sweating, raucous crowd standing in the pit waiting for Romeo and Juliet? No they were waiting for Jollett. The moat in front of us was clearly there to protect the band but perhaps they should have had a chicken wire screen ala Blues Brothers. All this apprehension soon vanished when the Airborne troop came on. It was a delight to see them live (particularly Anna) because no super-duper resolution TV screen could do them justice. But the sound? Oi!

With the amps cranked up to eleven, the sound was not unlike that of a jet engine. I concluded that what I was witnessing was purely a visual experience; you had to have a sound memory pre-planted in your cranium from a well recorded session to go along with the visual input. But that I had so it was well worth attending the spectacle. Hey guys, the next time you come to Hartford please consider doing your thing at the Hartt School’s Lincoln Theater or their Millard Auditorium – and bring along the Calder Quartet. Sight and sound would be glorious.

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Expanding Awareness: Medical Marijuana

Victor’s encore presentation today was on Medical Marijuana, with two guests who use marijuana for medical purposes and are activists trying to get it more widely accepted for medical use. You can listen to this program by visiting the WZBC archives.


Victor Robert Venckus presents his Lucid Sounds/Expanding Awareness program on WZBC 90.3 FM (Boston College Radio) every Saturday from 7am – 11am. He begins with New Age, ambient, Native American and world music, with a weekly astrology report from Dietrich Pessin at 9:30 am. Expanding Awareness is at 10am, featuring interviews on paranormal, holistic health, environmental, animal rights and occasionally human rights topics, with listener call-in participation. Victor has been on the air, in some guise or another, since 1975. Shows are now archived for two weeks.

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Laura Lee Imhoff w/Hugh McGowan at Toad, Cambridge, August 19, 2009

(from her MySpace page)

(from her MySpace page)

Wow. Seriously… wow. Yes, it’s been four days since the show and much of this time has been spent fretting about my camera meltdown (more about that later), but I have to say something about this wonderful performer, before more time goes by, and just ahead of another show she’s doing tomorrow night at The Lizard Lounge.

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Expanding Awareness: Tarot card readings ~or~ Alan Watts ~or~ more music

Well, yes, no guest today, so Victor is taking a poll – do you want on-air tarot card readings? Or do you want to hear an Alan Watts tape? Or do you want to hear more music? If you happen to see this immediately, call him at 617.552-4686, or listen in to see what’s decided. Come on, who doesn’t want a free tarot card reading??

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Band Roundup, part II – 20 August 2009

Continuing where I left off last time, here’s part II of my ‘band roundup’. If you’re in one of the bands I’m profiling and there’s new information, please let me know, and I’ll add it in.

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Expanding Awareness: last two programs…

Apologies; I’ve missed Victor’s last two programs. But you can still catch both of them on the WZBC archive. Two Saturdays ago, he had on Marushka talking about holistic sex in relationships, and this past Saturday was Kirtan with Donna De Lory, including a live performance. Archives of past shows are saved for two weeks.


Victor Robert Venckus presents his Lucid Sounds/Expanding Awareness program on WZBC 90.3 FM (Boston College Radio) every Saturday from 7am – 11am. He begins with New Age, ambient, Native American and world music, with a weekly astrology report from Dietrich Pessin at 9:30 am. Expanding Awareness is at 10am, featuring interviews on paranormal, holistic health, environmental, animal rights and occasionally human rights topics, with listener call-in participation. Victor has been on the air, in some guise or another, since 1975.

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Band Roundup, part I – August 17, 2009

I’ve got some serious catching up to do. After my “mini-festival-weekend” now two weeks ago (which included Boston’s Best Music Poll and the WBRU/McFadden’s block party in Providence), it took me all the following week to assemble my plethora of notes, photos and video clips into a few reviews. Since then I’ve been trying to catch up with a backlog of MySpace requests, emails and bands I’ve been meaning to check out.

What I’ve decided to do, rather than have to choose (from a wide variety of some great or at least interesting music) which bands to do profiles on, is to have periodic “band roundups”, where I’ll write shorter profiles, much like I did during the Coachella Festival. Since I’ve got over 20 bands to get to here, I’ll do this in bite-size chunks, rather than assault you with yet another of my massive tomes.

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The WBRU/McFadden’s Block Party! Providence, Rhode Island – Sunday, August 2, 2009

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After the Hartford madness (which actually turned out perfectly, considering) and the all-day (and night) outdoor bash at City Hall Plaza in Boston, I woke up Sunday feeling quite crispy. And this is without any alcohol consumption, mind you. As I tried to organize myself for the hour+ drive down to Providence, I felt a new understanding and appreciation of the daily mechanics of this constant touring schedule, and admiration of Airborne’s, well… stamina.

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The Best Music Poll Concert, City Hall Plaza, Boston MA, August 1, 2009

Best Music Poll concert, City Hall Plaza, Boston - August 1, 2009

A beautiful day for The Best Music Poll Concert @ City Hall Plaza.

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