Hot Singles in Vermont: The Pilgrims / Bernie Sanders’ Cover Covered / Caroline Rose

“Cool. Dad” – The Pilgrims

The Pilgrims in their current five-piece incarnation are killing it. In “Cool Dad,” the dialogue between the bass and two guitars show how long these guys have been playing with each other. The band has a rock hard rhythmic foundation. They know how to use space and groove.

“Heavy Metal Drummer” synthesizer glissandos, Big Star chorus background vocals, nostalgic lyrics. Yup, this is a summer hit.

 


 

“This Land is Your Land” – Kat Wright and a Number of Other Talented Vermont Musicians

 

 

Those hoping against hope for a Sanders presidency may find solace in this rendition of Woody Guthrie’s alternative national anthem. Bernie released a cassette of covers in the eighties with a back-up band of local Vermont musicians.

The recordings resurfaced during his campaign and, regardless of political affiliation, most people agree it’s very amusing. Todd Lockwood, the recording studio owner who organized the album, has been quoted saying: “As talented of a guy as he is, he has absolutely not one musical bone in his body, and that became painfully obvious from the get-go. This is a guy who couldn’t even tap his foot to music coming over the radio. No sense of melody. No sense of rhythm—the rhythm part surprised me, because he has good rhythm when he’s delivering a speech in public.”

Well, at least now we can enjoy a more palatable local tribute to Guthrie (and Sanders). Check the youtube description for a full performers’ list.

 


 

“Blood on Your Bootheels” – Caroline Rose

 

Caroline Rose is a treasure.

This is a song from her last album, I Will Not Be Afraid. The video uses m&ms for pixels, animating guns, cash and American flags. It’s dark and sugary, just like the music. Rose is an incredibly versatile singer and total badass. I Will Not Be Afraid is solid top to bottom, and at its best when she goes full Bob Dylan in her annunciation and rhyming.