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Step Into the Vault

Check out the Vault, our ever-expanding deep dive playlist of previously-unreleased odds and ends from the VB's entire career.  It's been fun going trough all of this stuff as we're recording and writing the next batch of new VB tunes.  Some of these old tracks are a bit immature and embarrassing, some are shockingly high-quality and inspiring.  We'll be continually updating and rearranging the list until we run out of material, so keep checking back!  Click the pic or use the 'Music' tab to listen.  Here's what we got so far:

Open the Vault - Join Mr. McGee as he uses the secret password to open the mysterious vault.

Dump it In - One of many Mcgee soundscapes in the vault.  Featuring our pals Waxy and Alpha over the top of an old VB band exercise.  

Adults - A shimmering, time-switching PBear tune featuring Buddha on violin as well as our old pal Slowcooker and his wife Rachel on sax and flute.

The Five Senses - McGee, PBear, Pizza King, Smitty, and Spitzy each wrote a unique verse dedicated to one of the five senses.  Only one sound isn't made by the human body.  Can you find it?

Martin: Part I - One of the very first VB tunes is an ode to Prez MVB and his lovable VP Dick Johnson.  Sweet guitar work at the end from Spitzy.

Clap Until Next Tuesday - This old performance piece written by McGee verges on the realm of high-art music made by a bunch of young beat bowls.

 

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VBs + TWEED @WONDERBAR!

Catch the Van Burens for a very special Wednesday night of grooves and tunes at the wonderous Wonderbar in Allston!  

Tweed?

Philadelphia's funktronica powerhouse, Tweed, is filling dance floors with their high-energy fusion of funk, rock, and electronica. Just as their namesake fabric of mingling colors and textures, Tweed has interwoven a psychedelic web of high energy performance and improvisation. Their collaboration can take listeners from multi-layered visions through the psyche to sweaty, raging, disco dance parties driven by their own incessant beat. With national tours, countless festival appearances, and a uniquely cohesive sound, they have proven they can bring the fun anywhere they go.

Fun times.  Come out!  Click here or on the poster for FB event and details.  
 

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The Giggle Boys Present: Storytellers @ P.A.'s Lounge

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The Giggle Boys Present: Storytellers @ P.A.'s Lounge

Check out the wicked hilarious and spooky promo vid for the Giggle Boys' upcoming show at P.A.'s Lounge in Somerville.  "Storytellers" will find the Giggle Boys (McGee, Big Bro Max, PBear) musically accompanying some of our favorite Boston comics as they tell their funniest stories.  It's gonna be a blast!  Come giggle with us!  Check the vid for details and click the pic of our pal Matt Kona for tix.

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Dumber Camp 3.0

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Dumber Camp 3.0

Join the Van Burens, Ruby Rose Fox, Tigerman WOAH, and Massive Prophet this weekend for the ultra-exclusive and wicked fun Dumber Camp 3.0 at the scenic Camp Susan Curtis in East Stoneham, ME.  VBs are playing Saturday night, but the whole weekend is a luxurious fall music fest with great food, music, friends, and outdoor activities (catch the late night VB dodgeball tourney for the best times).  And don't forget the legendary Beer Canoe!  Click here for tix and more details.  

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Complete Jerry Jam Set Vid!

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Complete Jerry Jam Set Vid!

Thanks to Gerry Desrosiers for filming the entire VB set at an incredible Jerry Jam....thanks to all who rocked out with us!  It was the best one yet!

Never There (0:10)
Tricky Dick (5:00)
Reagan (8:50)
Darla (16:15)
Hey Everybody (19:00)
John Wayne (24:15)
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (30:10)
Lee Harvey (37:30)
Bush Crime (43:50)
The Man in the Yellow Jacket (50:20)
Bushes of Love (55:15)
Deep Blue Sea (1:01:00)
Curb > Rummy (1:07:15)
This Town (1:12:00)
Freedom '90 (1:21:10)

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Van Jams Vol. 14 - Soupstock

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Van Jams Vol. 14 - Soupstock

Ah yes, the ride to the beautiful and tasty Soupstock fest in Shelton, CT was indeed a saucy one for the Van Buren boys.  We giggled and galavanted as McGee purred our trusty steed Ruby across the asphalt tundras of New England, on a mission for tasty soup and even tastier jams.  The playlist we listened to is a fun mix, featuring the latest from indy darlings Grizzly Bear and Vampire weekend, the stellar second half of Magical Mystery Tour, and top tracks from modern R&B giants Vulfpeck.  Then things got silly as we went down the comedy music rabbit hole, with some Weird Al classics, They Might Be Giants, and the Bob's Burgers soundtrack.  The mix closes with some of McGee's all-time fave pump-up tunes and we continued the alarming trend of pulling into gigs blasting "It's Raining Men."  Give it a listen!

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Riverwalk Cafe Thursday!

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Riverwalk Cafe Thursday!

The Van Burens have a jam-packed New England run this weekend, starting with a very special Thursday night show at the glorious Riverwalk Cafe in Nashua, NH.  We will be getting the dance party underway early and often, so make sure to catch us at 8pm!

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Lilith/Pride!  Van Jams Vol. 13

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Lilith/Pride! Van Jams Vol. 13

Our drive to play a pal's wedding on Saturday coincided with national pride day, so our playlist turned from a girl-power Lilith Fair-fest to a queer-artists-only pride parade.  We rolled in to the wedding blasting "It's Raining Men" and none of us could have been prouder.

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New Ep of Seriously Seagal

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New Ep of Seriously Seagal

Listen to the latest episode of Seriously Seagal, the podcast in which PBear, The Brown Man, and Mr. Smitty get seriously silly breaking down all of the works of Hollywood and martial arts legend sensei Steven Seagal.  In this the fifth episode of season 2, the boys lose their minds trying to figure out one of the worst motion pictures the crew has seen, 2016's "The Asian Connection."  The pod is so much better than the movie, which isn't saying much, but hey give it a listen!

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Happy Birthday Jack!

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Happy Birthday Jack!

Happy 100th birthday to our bandmate and inspiration Jack Kennedy!  Jack is always touring with the VBs, regaling us with stories of Cold War politics, his WWII heroics, beating Tricky Dick in the 1960 nailbiter election, and his unquenchable poonhoundery.  Come to a VB show and you'll see #35 in the back being by far the sexiest dude onstage with jaundice.  We love you, Jack....here's to 100 more!

"You don't know it, but you are full of stars." - JFK

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Van Jams Vol. 8 - To Harlow's

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Van Jams Vol. 8 - To Harlow's

With Max behind the wheel the gang trekked up to Harlow's in Peterborough, NH with some great Max-themed tunes in our ears.  We check out Max's boy Upgrade's most recent high quality hip-hop album and paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with some Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog.  The Chris Isaak > Marc Cohn > Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow run was when PBear was toying with Max to drive him insane, but hey at least two of those songs are great!  We rounded the playlist off with Max's girl Maggie Rogers going head to head with Dylan's girl Sylvan Esso and PBear's girl FKA Twigs.  Give it a listen!

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Fury's + Skinny Pancake This Weekend!

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Fury's + Skinny Pancake This Weekend!

Many thanks to the real and spectacular crowds who came out to get truly inane with the VBs at Harlow's and the Dutch Treat this past weekend.  Special thanks to the excellent End of Never for opening up the Harlow's gig and to our fabulous North Country friends for hosting our after-parties and the inevitable post-party crashes.  Catch the VBs this weekend at Fury's in Dover, NH and our debut gig at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington, VT!  Click for the FB events and more info:

Friday 5/26 - Fury's Publick House

Saturday 5/27 - The Skinny Pancake

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Van Jams Vol. 5 - Bangers

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Van Jams Vol. 5 - Bangers

There's been quite a bit of discussion in the VB band van lately about Bangers....what are they?  What constitutes a banger?  How should a banger make you feel?  Who makes the most banging bangers?  Can any genre claim a banger or is the label reserved for dance music?  Jeff at the wheel, the crew started calling out tunes for banger consideration.  Some passed the banger bar with room to spare (Toxic, Party in the USA, Tik Tok, anything involving Lil Wayne) while others didn't quite cut the muster (sorry, Cher).  Some older tracks pleasantly surprised - listen to Ricky Martin's She Bangs and tell me how it's NOT a banger...impossible; it's right there in the song title - while other tunes we begrudgingly deemed a banger by default (sadly I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas is a banger.)  Listen to the playlist!  What did we miss?

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VBs @ Somerville Porchfest and @ONCE Somerville w/ENSMB Saturday!

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VBs @ Somerville Porchfest and @ONCE Somerville w/ENSMB Saturday!

The Van Burens are gearing up for an insane Boston are run this weekend.  Friday, we return to our "Second-Friday-of-the-Month" residency at the Middle East Corner Bar in the heart of Cambridge's Central Square for a raucous two-set affair that consistently devolves into the most fun time ever.  Click here for event and details.  10pm.

Saturday will be a fantastical Jackie Chan's "Around the World in 80 Days"-style whirlwind, geographically located entirely in Somerville and temporally within the span of less than 24 hours.  Yowza!  First catch our two Somerville Porchfest shows - noon at the Community Grow Center on Vinal Ave, 4pm at the Schindlerdome on Willow Ave - for some great free live outdoor tunes!  Then, we cap off the evening with a legit blowout when we join Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band at ONCE Somerville for their 10th Anniversary show.  Get your tickets now because this is gonna be a biggun - two ENSMB sets sandwiching the VBs at the hottest live venue in Somerville!  830pm.  Click here for event, tickets, and info!

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