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It feels like a long time ago now….and it probably was along time ago…but back in time, Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene was in Victoria and we thought it would be fun if we handed the radio over to him for an hour of vinyl record Disc Jockery. It was a cool hour and one song he played has stayed with me to this day and I still find excuses to play it (currently as a music bed at CFOX).

The band was called The Green Arrows and they are from Zimbabwe. I think he said he found the record while shopping on his tour in Winnipeg. (maybe I’m making that part up?)

Go with yourself.

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Trolling the radio charts, looking for some new tunes to light up tonight at Match Eatery and Public House and came across this song getting heavy play in LA on KROQ. KROQ is a funny modern rock station as they play a pretty diverse set of tunes and this song fits that direction.

Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners and the song is “This Girl.”


Pokemon Go is taking over the planet….got me thinking about my old punk band and our first song. It was called “Pikachu.” About 12 people that grew up listening to punk music in Coquitlam in 2000 might remember this song.

Go with yourself.

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OK…so what if New York City band Mainland stole one of my band names, I’m not bitter, I’ll still post their delightful breakup post-punky anthem.

From FADER: “There are a lot of people out there who will try to drag you down,” Topf explained in an email to The FADER. “‘Not As Cool As Me’ is about dating someone who treats you like dirt, and reflecting on all the reasons why you’re better off without them. I once had a relationship with a girl who was a mess and thought she controlled my life, this song is the sound of the door slamming behind me.”



Yesterday on the radio show…we yapped about that old roadside attraction/theme park on the #1 outside Chilliwack called Flintstones Bedrock City. Remember that place?

Go with yourself.

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Alternative Nation has this story of an early Alice in Chains show in Pullman, Washington at WSU.

 As the legend has it…some AiC fans drove up to Spokane to see the emerging Seattle grunge group who had recently been signed to CBS Records. They asked the band to come down to Pullman for a show. $2,000 guarantee was enough to the band to perform in front of 450 people at Washington State University on December 1st, 1989…months before their debut record Facelift.

Here is the set…love the cover of “Suffragette City” near the end.

1. Killing Yourself
2. Man In A Box
3. Love, Hate, Love
4. We Die Young
5. Sunshine
6. Queen Of The Rodeo
7. Social Parasite
8. Put You Down
9. Real Thing
10. I Can’t Remember
11. Sea Of Sorrow
12. Suffragette City
13. Taxi Driver

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Hello Bloglandia…back from a little holiday. Our little tribe headed to Quesnel for my cousin’s wedding. And when in Quesnel, you gotta hit Barkerville. An honest to goodness British frontier town. I don’t know how many young and hip music blog readers will find themselves in the wilderness of central British Columbia…but you’ll be surrounded in working beards, not fashionable beards. Its great.

Barkerville was an old gold mining town from the days of colonial British Columbia. Billy Barker found gold in William Creek in 1861, a town sprung up near his mine and that town is named after him.

Today it is preserved as a museum town.  They have all sorts of stuff to do…my kid got a kick out of gold panning. And she loved all the horses pulling wagons around the town.

Fun fact.. Billy Barker is buried in Victoria. His grave is in the Ross Bay Cemetery. Neat.

Rolling hot at the radio factory, brand new song from Seattle indie rocker Fences showed up. Fences has many cool friends and they all came together on his new single “Arrows.”

Recorded by Death Cab For Cutie‘s Chris Walla, re-imagined by Ryan Lewis and featuring verse from Macklemore. Lyrically themes that get right to the point and there you have a posit-rock Much Mega hit.

Macklemore talks about Fences; “Fences is a good friend, he’s fucked up in the same way that I’m fucked up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music. I’ve always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We’ve made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we’ve done.”


From the radio show yesterday…. Dylan & Jason were talking about regulating your body temperature on a hot day by drinking a hot beverage. is that true? I call Professor Frank Marino at Charles Sturt University in Australia and I talk to Professor Kathy Gaul at the University of Victoria to get the cold facts.

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Back in the day I was in a band called Smut Peddling Sam, and I had a radio show on the University of British Columbia’s CiTR that played predominately Canadian punk, rock, metal, indie….that sorta thing.  Living in the world put me in contact with a bunch of bands of the era.

My band released just one song and it showed up on the 2001 Spawner Records/Hourglass Records compilation Give Us a Break II.

Spawner collected a couple hundred bucks from a ton of bands, packed a compact disc full of tunes, then gave the discs away for free at Warped Tour stops.

The disc is full of great (mostly) Western Canadian bands of the early Oughts.  I think a song that might be of interest to modern rock fans today would be this cut from a group called My Buddy Dave.  The band featured a young Tyler Bancroft who would go on to form Said The Whale.   US readers to the blog might recognize “I Love You” which charted on US Modern Rock Radio last summer and is featured in this Samsung Galaxy commercial.

OK, Said The Whale… hot band in the year 2014.  Now let’s travel back to 2001.  Can you hear Tyler singing?


One more off that record because I still love the song to this day.  Calgary’s Darryl’s Grocery Bag and the song “Do You Like My Van?”

Go with yourself.

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Triple Word Score
Feels like a life time ago… back in the old CiTR days, the Morning After Show used to come on after a show called The Shit Mix hosted by a dude named Jamaal. Me and Jamaal got along all right and I looked up to him….generally because he was a pretty groovy Vancouverite. Always wore great pants.  We were both in bands and his band was called Triple Word Score.  They played a bratty style of punk which was popular at the time and they managed to get themselves signed to Long Beach Records!

We used to play shows together when we could sort it out.  Here is a radio spot I made to promote one of our shows.  I think this is for a March 2001 concert.

What do you thrash?  What do you got?

Go with yourself.

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japandroids-photo-3-webThe CBC has a story today about the changing times…. maaaaaan. The Hive Creative Labs are shutting down.  Its not all bad…  One of the Principles, Colin Stewart is moving part of the operation to Victoria!

Many a quality record was recorded at The Hive including the Japandroids most excellent Post Nothing and Celebration Rock. And for that, my heart will always be fond of Hive.

I never knew the guys.  My band never got too far into the recording realm before we called it quits… and my days at CiTR ended in 2003…right around the time that Hive had settled on a mailing address in Burquitlam.

My first memories of The Hive is when I found out that P:ano were recording out in Burquitlam…. and like, nothing interesting ever happens in Burquitlam.  That was neat to this suburban snot nosed kid from Coquitlam (get it… Burnaby + Coquitlam = Burquitlam).  Their earliest stuff was out on Hive-Fi Records (which I think is Hive).  As the story goes, back then, Hive wasn’t a physical place, Colin Stewart recorded wherever, like his basement… The later stuff, like Brigadoon (Mint Records), I think was recorded in the lawless border region between Coquitlam and Burnaby, but I don’t have the liner notes in front of me.

Here’s a P:ano cut from 2002’s The Den (Hive-Fi & Zum Records).

and the notes to this 2004 cut credit Colin Stewart and Hive Studios.

The studio is closing after a long list of BC’s notable and less so artists have passed through.  Colin Stewart is moving his production to Saanich and Jesse Gander is off to Rain City Records in Vancouver.

Go with yourself.

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Discorder June 1999 - Interview with Braid by Jeremy Baker and photos by Jay Douillard
Well isn’t this neat. As I was telling you the other day… I’ve been on a bit of a Braid kick.  And I remembered interviewing the band during their final tour before splitting up  in mid-1999.  I emailed Discorder Magazine and Chirag found the article and scanned it for me! What a stud.

So there ya go (click the image to make it big)… Braid in 1999 talking to a 19-year-old college radio kid at The Starfish Room months before the breakup.  I can’t remember the exact date of the concert but the interview ran in the June 1999 issue of Discorder.  I also got a copy of that TAKE ACTION Punk rock sampler… neat, advertising works.

The show was rad and the guys were great…. The band would end up splitting up after the summer.  Bob Nanna would form a new group called Hey Mercedes.  Just as the whole emo thing started to swell they’d end up on one of the alpha emo record labels, Vagrant.  They released a couple records including 2003’s Lost Control.

Go with thy self.

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J.S. Bach: Hipster

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I was listening to the Sunday Edition on my way to Power to Play and they were talking the Reinvention of J.S. Bach.  Paul Elie wrote a book on five composers/performers who brought Bach to mainstream appeal… which had me wonder…. was Bach underground?  Was he the first hipster?

1) Vintage outfit (X)
2) Bizarre instruments (X) a cello?  what even is that?

3) You had to see him in the tiny, out of the way church to really get it and he was a favourite of critics and other musicians. “A musician’s musician” which is pretty much a synonym for Hipster. (X)

J.S. Bach, a genuine original.  I think that is probably trademarked by some company…. but yeah.  Stud.

Go with yourself.

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