It's a long drive from the VB's hometown of Quincy (the City of Presidents) up to the Pizza Stone in Chester, VT, so the band had plenty of time to get down with some phresh jams. McGee has been kicking the second-most-recent Childish Gambino record, and PBear is all about the latest Kendrick album, so those lead off the list. Then we dove into an exploration of 90's film soundtracks (Space Jam, Angus, Romeo + Juliet, Bulworth, Dumb and Dumber) and we made the shocking discovery that R. Kelly released a Christmas album last year (the song Mrs. Santa Claus is an instant classic). The incomparable Erykah Badu rounds out the playlist as our setbreak/post-show music. Check it out!
Check it! The Van Burens are back at the Pizza Stone, the home of Vermont's finest slices and best live music! Friday night we will be rolling the Stone with some great tunes and grooves with a side of delicious, delicious, delicious.....pizza. Come out and get some! Click the pic for event and more info. 8 pm.
The VBs had a couple relatively quick drives to and from the Middle East Corner Bar in Cambridge this past Friday night, so I included all of the three albums we sampled as we cruised in Ruby. Each of the VB Original Big Three picked an album: PBear threw on the new Kendrick, McGee chose the new-ish Dirty Projectors, and Pizza King went with the new-ish-ish Tune-Yards album. Listen to this great music an catch us back at the Corner Bar May 12!
The Van Burens are super psyched to return to the amazing Soup Stock Music Fest in Shelton, CT June 10-11 this summer. Soup Stock is an annual family-friendly soup-and-chili-based daytime festival that satisfies the ears and mouths of all attendees. The VBs will be playing Sunday afternoon as part of a weekend lineup that includes.....well, a bunch of great bands. Check out the poster and give it a click for more info and early bird tix! Grab your ladle and we will see you there!
Catch the funk family live!
Listen to the exclusive unearthed track!
After a killer show at the Rack at Sugarloaf and a luxurious hotel overnight, the Van Burens embarked on a Odysseus-level journey home. Our playlist for the return trip was substantially less frantic than on the way up. Jeff was at the wheel so Billy Joel and the Punch Brothers got some love, and MJ is always great to energize a long Sunday drive. Max shockingly requested Joshua Tree area U2, and Nicole kept us on a '50's kick. Listen straight through for the VB experience, or hit shuffle for funsies!
John Lennon, asked about his experience at the height of Beatlemania, explained that life for him was "a car and another car and a hotel and a car and a hotel...." While the VBs aren't exactly the Beatles (though we are, no doubt, bigger than Jesus) we too spend quite a bit of time on the road. How do we pass the hours getting all across New England and beyond in our Big Red Van Ruby? Aside from our constant maniacal giggling and the comedic bits we're always running at each other, we listen to a ton of music. This past weekend we had an extra-long drive to The Rack at Sugarloaf for our Reggaefest blow-out mega-show, so we all piled in (McGee, PBear, Pizza King, Big Bro Max, Nicole, Dylbot, and RyDawg) and listened to an enormous variety of music. Some new stuff, some old stuff, some guilty pleasure pop, some high-concept film scores, some tunes were brought up by our wide-ranging conversations, others we listened to many times as we were gonna play them that night in our set. Playing the playlist in order will be truer to the VB experience, but shuffle might be more satisfying. Do you like the tunes? Or not? Leave a comment!
The Van Burens are wicked stoked to return to the Rack at Sugarloaf - an amazing ski bar with an energetic atmosphere - for the mountain's 29th Annual Reggae Fest! There will be some excellent bands on Sugarloaf this weekend, and the Van Burens will be closing out Saturday with some reggae and our usual eclectic mix of funk, rock, pop, and whatever weirdness is floating through our tiny, sexy brains. Music kicks off at the Rack Saturday at 9, and you don't need a Reggaefest ticket to get in! Click here for the FB event.
The Van Buren Family Roadcast is back with a wild musico-comaedic podcastual variety show! Listen as the gang enjoy each other's company hosting audio sketches, playing games, getting weird, telling it like it is, and acting like guys who are in a band. Which they are.
Intro - (0:00)
Inside Joke Counter - (2:00)
Slice of Advice - (4:15)
Kosh' or Gauche? - (7:00)
The Vault - (14:15)
The Five Senses feat. Smitty and Spitzy - (15:30)
Madlibs w/ The Pizza King - (20:20)
Old Vegan - (28:10)
Catchphrase Carousel - (31:25)
Millennial Man feat. Laura Merli - (37:00)
Interview: Peter and Peter - (40:30)
P. Bear and the Brown Man - (55:30)
Inside Joke Payoff - (1:04:45)
Who Is the Beatest Bowl? - (1:06:45)
Shout-Outs - (1:07:30)
Outro - (1:08:45)
The Van Burens are up to some serious shenanigans this weekend. We kick things off Thursday night when we return to Fury's Publick House in Dover, NH followed by a St. Patty's Day Friday Perfect Storm of Fun at the excellent Maggy's Lounge in our hometown of Quincy, MA (the City of Presidents). We cap the weekend off Saturday when we kick butts with Hayley Jane and the Primates at Grizzly's @ Stratton Mtn. Crazy weekend, come catch us! Click Obama for St. Patty's Day info and FB event!
PBear, Brown Man, and Mr. Smitty are back getting seriously silly breaking down the films of martial arts Hollywood legend Steven Seagal on the latest episode of the Seriously Seagal podcast. In the third ep of the second season the boys deal with some serious confusion as they attempt to understand the subtitled Korean classic "Clementine" featuring a drunkard cage fighter trying to win back his adorable daughter with one last fight. The only man who stands in his way? STEVEN SEAGAL! Give it a listen and catch the whole crew this Saturday at Grizzly's (Stratton Mountain) when the Van Burens meet up with Hayley Jane & The Primates for a super-mega show!
When we got together a month ago to make our NPR Tiny Desk video, guitar player extraordinaire Riley Stockwell insisted we stick around and record a bonus video. We decided to bust out our jam about former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his slippery interpretation of the truth. The results speak for themselves. Give it a look/listen and catch us tonight (Friday) at the Middle East Corner Bar in Cambridge.
Many thanks to our pal Chip Cross for capturing some amazing vids at the Dutch Treat in Franconia a few weeks back. Really great stuff! Make sure to keep up with the VBs on film via the 'Media' tab on this very website and catch us at the Middle East Corner Bar in Cambridge's Central Square this Friday night!
An unearthed track from the VB vault features McGee, PBear, Pizza King, Smitty, and Spitzy and how they feel about Touch, Taste, Sight, Smell, and Sound! Look for the next full episode of the Van Buren Family RoadCast next week!
The Van Burens are making our debut at Penuche's on Hanover in Manchester, NH this Friday night! Come on out for a wicked good dance party time, kid! It's gonna be off the chain, as the kids never said. We will be joined by VB Family members Nicole Henley, Raj "Flavour" Majumder, and Riley Stockwell for a surefire night of hardcore, no-holds-barred fun. Join us! Click the pic of Max looking dope AF for the FB event and more info!
Amazing times this past weekend for the VBs across NH: Friday at Harlow's in Peterborough was followed by an absolutely raucous show at the Dutch Treat in Franconia. Thanks so much to the great crowds that greeted us, and catch us this Friday night at Penuche's in Manchester, NH!
Check out our trombone player, singer extraordinaire, and first Jewish Prez of the USA Dylan Hume absolutely SLAYING it on "What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding" live at the Dutch Treat. Many thanks to Chip Cross for the great vid!
The Van Burens are back all across NH this weekend when we return to two of our fave Granite State venues: Harlow's in Peterborough Friday night, followed by a slammin' blowout dance party at the Dutch Treat in Franconia Saturday night. Is it gonna be hot? YEAH! Is it gonna be wet? YEAH! Is it gonna make me sweat? AWWWWWW YEAH! Come out 'n' get weird with us.
See that little tab in the top right part of the website, the one that says "Lyrics"? Click it! Now you can know what the heck the VBs are singing about! Just who is doing the tearing of the wall in 'Reagan'? Now you'll know. What's PBear be-boppin and scattin about on 'Lee Harvey'? Now you'll know! Which town does Pizza King not want to leave in 'This Town'? NOW YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS! Plus: leave a comment with your favorite misheard VB song lyrics! Booyakasha!
Just like the characters from the wildly successful biceps-and-drag-racing-themed international film franchise, the Van Burens are all about family. And akin to the cast for those flicks, the VBs feature an ever-expanding roster of all-stars. While it's not my place to speculate which VB is which Fast character, it's obvious to anyone that McGee is Vin Diesel, Jeff is Paul Walker, Max is Michelle Rodriguez, Rick is the Rock, PBear is Ludacris, Raj is Tyrese, Dylan is Kurt Ruseell, and Riley is Jason Statham. That cleared up, make sure to catch the VB Family in high-octane, thrilling action this weekend when we hit up Fury's in Dover, NH Friday night and Minglewood in Gloucester, MA Saturday! It's gonna be.....2 funky, 2 fun. Click the venue name for FB event and more info.