Man, I was totally Mr. Vermont Guy today.
First, our webmaster and shiftless gadabout, Tanner, posted this wee item from yours truly at Pure Pop — the record store where I was once (somewhat) gainfully employed as clerk, manager and weird-ass record buyer. (I mean, the records were weird, not me. OK, I guess I was, too.)
Then, my former newsprint stomping grounds, Seven Days, posted a podcast interview with me. If you’re interested, you can listen as I prattle on and on (with the occasional pause for breath) about the Performance Right Act, which would compensate performers and sound copyright owners for the over-the-air broadcasts of their music. The Senate version of the bill was introduced by longtime VT political maestro Patrick Leahy (D), hence the “local interest” angle. I’m not gonna get into the whole kit ‘n’ caboodle here, ’cause I’m technically off the clock. But we’ve got tons of info on the Public Performance Right at Future of Music Coalition. Boy do we ever.
I just want to take a second to give props to Seven Days Music Editor Dan Bolles for doing his debut podcast with lil’ ol’ me. Dude is good people. Hell, he took my old job and my old apartment — I wouldn’t have trusted either to just anyone.
So all in all, it was a pretty cool day for me and the Green Mountain State. Now, tell me why I moved to DC again? Oh yeah, to escape the brutal fucking winters. But I do miss VT from time to time. Sigh. I suppose I need to visit soon. . .