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Man, July…I gotta blog more. I feel like I start every monthly blog post with that. maybe one day I’ll get back to that almost daily rhythm. But hear me out…life is busy. And this blog doesn’t pay me for my time…wait I lose money every year on this thing.

What do I got for you today? How about this collab from Kingdom & Zalma Bour.

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Been busy and managed  alittle time off. The family went to Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Provincial park. About 470 kms north-east from Vancouver. Awesome. But BUGGY!

#HelmckenFalls

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And we did the tourist in our hometown thing and went out to Steveston. Ate some unreal BBQ, iced coffees, playgrounds, visiting an old train car, screamers, then learned about fish canneries.

Go with yourself.

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We’re staring a long weekend right in the face. It’s Canada Day in the great white north and the forecast calls for …. rain? WTF Vancouver?

Medasin shared his remix of the Khalid & Normani song “Love Lies.” If the twitter is to be believed, Khalid loves it!

My first spin of Mickey Kojak’s “get Out” I didn’t like it. But I gave it another chance and now it is stuck in my head. Catchy jingle.

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Took my kids camping LAST weekend.

While up at the campsite there were two other families. On eof the Dads was telling me Manning Park’s heather trail is the place to check out so this weekend we’ll scout it out. Maybe a future camping trip. Or I’ll try to get a spot at Cheakamus in Garibaldi Park.

I hope it doesn’t rain too much on Saturday!

Go with yourself.

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the wombats

Back from a holiday to Disneyland with my family. The weather in Southern California was perfect. It’s a bizarre feeling to leave winter in Vancouver, fly two hours and step out into summer.

My current favourite song right now is from Liverpool’s The Wombats. They’ve had a few jammers over the years that have worked their way into my brain and the latest single, “Turn” is no different.

The Wombats’ fourth long player is called Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life and it comes out on February 9th.

“‘Turn’ was written in New York and is probably the most electronic song on the album,” frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy shared. “Which is weird as I was pushing for the album to be more organic and less synth driven. ‘Turn’ was…kind of a beautiful mistake.”

The band was JUST in Vancouver and I missed it because I was not in Vancouver. Next time I guess.

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Like I said, we just got back from Disneyland. It was a sublime trip with all the kids. It was also my wife Coral’s 35th birthday. And her Mom and sister Alyx joined us.

if you wanna get personal in our music blogging relationship…here’s a short video of our adventures in the Magic Kingdom.

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When I am not bringing you guys sick tunes on this here music blog, I am also a radio presenter on CFOX in Vancouver.

Part of the job entails listening to people whine about music. We all have a take right? It’s the one thing I hate about the job. To me the radio is supposed to be a celebration of music.

I posted that other day. I think it all the time. Coral was telling me some self-quiz thing I wrote on Facebook back in 2009 showed up on her feed so I went back and read it.
#18 on the mini-bio: I hate when people complain about music. If you start a sentence with me that begins with, “I hate that (or this) song,” then I am sad. I am far more interested in which song(s) you love.

Righteous.  Still true.

Go with yourself.

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droeloe

Ruth from Minnesota didn’t send ME this song…she just posted about it on her twitter.

I could see of the fine folks I work with at Match loving this jam on Friday night. I better download it.

The artist is DROELOE and the song is “Sunburn.”

Michael sent this one over to the old music blog. Louis Futon.

hey dude, thought you’d dig this since futon runs in the same crew as kasbo.” I do loves me Kasbo.

That’s all I got. Happy 60th birthday to my Mom!

Me and my mommy.

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Mom 1974. #Alpha #Burnaby #tbt #goaardvarks #nofilter

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Visits with Grandma and Sophia. // @carbaker1157 @principessapink

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Uncle CJ and grandma taking Charlotte to jump in a puddle. #lazysunday

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Go with yourself.

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no liars

Victoria punk No Liars will release their first full-length album in early 2018. The record will be called The Cause & The Cure. The album was recorded by Jesse Gander of Rain City Recorders (Japandroids, White Lung,) and mastered by Joao Carvalho (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Silverstein, Protest the Hero). OK, resumes check out….lets have a listen.

Noah Edwards talks about the music video;  “‘Animal’ is about struggling with inner turmoil and recognizing the darkest parts of ourselves.  We wanted the video to portray the terror of losing touch with reality when facing one’s inner demons.”

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Long weekend was fun times!

My daughter spent her time out in Langley with Nana… that left Coral and I with the boys. Saturday we did a tourist day downtown.

#Tourism: Vancouver offers travellers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. Take advantage of the city's oceanside location, with plenty of green space and many recreation opportunities in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown. After a busy day, linger over a glass of BC wine and a locally inspired meal, or unwind at one of Vancouver's unique spas. While this sea-level port city is known for its temperate climate, the surrounding snow-covered slopes are perfect for winter sports and breathtaking views of the city twinkling below. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it's possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon.

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Slurping noodles with one of my boys. 🍜 #ramen

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On Sunday, me and Madelyn went for a walk in the POURING rain at Campbell Valley Park. Real nice park…would go for a easy hike around there again for sure.

Rained a little bit today. #Langley #campbellvalleypark

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Monday night… Nana came to watch the kids so Coral and I could go out. Checked out some stand up comedy at the Starlight Casino with Alex Carr and Meredith.

Beer and cheesecake because I love myself.

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Go with yourself.

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seaborn

Maryse sent over the new song from her vocal-electronic duo Seaborne. The song is called “Hypnotise.”

Seaborne had been based out of Vancouver but they have taken their act to Montreal.

Maryse broke down the meaning of the song.

“The single recognizes the unique infatuation experienced when seeing an artist you love perform. As an audience member, you feel such an entrancing connection that you’re almost persuaded the performer sees you and feels it too…while also being aware that you’re lost in an equally hypnotized crowd.”

Very cool song.

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I was yapping on my show the other day about making another catch and i wanted to share it with you…intrepid music blog reader.

Dad of the Year / Poor parenting play of the day.
Fell asleep on the couch with Elliot last night after DJing…startled awake at the sensation of him falling off me and I Lightening McQueen reached out and caught him. Baby barely woke up.

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It was Canadian Thanksgiving last week. If you were celebrating I hope you had a great moment with your friends and family. I enjoyed my weekend my wife Coral and our kids. We took baby Elliot on his first hike! And Jack and Maddy made it all the way to the waterfall.

Had so much fun doing the Lower Falls trail last weekend, I did it again.

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Go with yourself.

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revivalists

To quote the poet Aaron Lewis, “It’s been while….”

Hey intrepid music blog reads… I’ve been away on summer vacation for the past couple weeks. But I’m back today and jamming out tunes.

Today is my first day back at CFOX and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hang out with New Orleans band, The Revivalists.

The Revivalists have be come hugely successful off their 2015 song “Wish I Knew You.”

The song comes from their third album, Men Amongst Mountains. The song’s rise is a story of patience as it seemed to percolate for quite awhile before exploding on mainstream rock radio. The song is now a alternative rock #1 single and exposing the band to a whole new audience.

The Revivalists were in Vancouver last night to perform at the Vancouver Folk Festival. Before hopping hopping on a plane to Los Angeles to appear on Jimmy Kimmel, the band found their way to the World Famous CFOX to record their song “Wish I Knew You” in our Ugly Grey Box Studio.

After the performance I had a moment to chat with David Shaw about the song. I asked him why he thinks it has resonated so deeply with so many people.

David also shared the origin story of the band. A story that involves a shirtless man, playing guitar on his porch in New Orleans one day, a whole bunch of years ago.

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Got up to so many adventures during my two week holiday. Maybe you follow me on Instagram and you were able to play along. If not… here’s a few highlights.

#longweekendvibes

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Not terrible.

OK, gotta grind through the over 1,400 emails I got. I get more emails from bands wanting feature on this blog than I do hits.  So that’s a thing.

Happy Monday!

Go with yourself.

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