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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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Back from Las Vegas….I checked my email…there were too many. I swear I get more emails from bands wanting to be featured on this music blog than I do hits of people checking out the tunes. One email did catch my eye this morning. New music from The Head and the Heart.

Let’s be Still is one of my favourites. So many wonderful memories listening to this album on road trips with my Coral and Madelyn and even Jack when he was just a little baby.

New album is called Signs of Light and is out on September 9th. The first feature is called “All We Ever Knew.” If you’re a fan of the band, you’ll easily be able to tuck into this familiar sounding THATH cut.

The band is playing a bunch of folk tests this summer…but sadly not the Vancouver one.

August 7th they’ll be in Edmonton? Damn, just before my summer holidays. Might have almost been worth a trip to visit my wife’s family.

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Buckets. 🌴🏊🏻🍺 #PeachesGotRobbed #DayBeats

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Coral and I are back in Vancouver after a fun and action filled 4-ish plus days in Las Vegas. We stayed at the Flamingo which we love (most the time). This time we made the mistake of letting the front desk guy “upgrade” us to a deluxe “Go Room” for ONLY $20 a night. And that room put us above Drai’s outdoor pool night club thing. So that didn’t really feel like an upgrade when it was bed time. Other than that little hiccup Vegas was it’s Vegassy self.

Drinking "Coral Crush" outside @beerparklv. 🌴

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Lots of expensive slushy booze cocktails, pool action ($240 US tabs in beers and cocktails…oh boy), beers (beer lists are starting to improve), cocktails, and some mighty fine dinners.

They loved smashing their top 40 EDM in Las Vegas. We wake up to Day Beats in the Go Pool, and went to bed with them smashing at 3AM from Drai’s. I enjoyed hearing other people DJ for a change and heard a few nice remixes I’ll want to add to the set at the casino I DJ at in New West.

We didn’t go to any nightclubs ourselves…we kinda stuck to diners, wanderings and cocktail bars. Loved hitting downtown Vegas to get away from those Lucas Graham edm remixes.

What is going on here?

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Cocktails on the patio at Park on Fremont.

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The patio at Park on Fremont was everything those listicles on Thrillist said it would be. Funky, good tunes, good cocktails/price, and excellent mac & cheese balls. The jalapeño fried up in there was nice.

Park played music like this.

Commonwealth was cool too…but I preferred the cocktails in Park or The Griffin.

They apparently have a beauty rooftop patio but it was not open when Coral and I stumbled by…I guess we’ll have to go back.

Lunch. @beerparklv

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On the Strip we went to Beer Park at Paris. They played a modern rock playlist that sounded like something I’d jam on CFOX. Alright, Budweiser inspired “craft” beer list…if that makes sense? Food was delicious, patio was ace and hey…right on the Strip.

We were crushed when on the last night we wanted to eat at Dos Caminos in Palazzo and discovered it was closed. That was the restaurant where we had our wedding reception. But they’ve changed up their offerings. We were gunna settle for a skirt steak at Border Grill in Caesars…and I don’t care what people tell you…things DO close in Las Vegas. Huh. Ended up at Carmines for a GIANT plate of spaghetti. Like GIANT.

We rode a rollercoaster!

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And we totally rode a roller coaster!

Coral spent a lot of time on this trip dreaming up the next one! Maybe I need to track down a DJ gig in Vegas. They sure have a lot of them playing music all over the place. Make it a work/fact finding mission.

Go with yourself.

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flowery wall

Canadians are amped on the census this year. So many Canadian are filling it out, it actually crashed the government website!

I wanted in on the fun, so I filled mine out.

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OK, not exactly BRAND new…last week maybe? New enough for me. I have loved Band of Horses for many years. They are definitely a band that both my wife and I enjoy together which makes them special to me. Coral notice don her timehop that it was on this day, 9 years ago that we moved in together to this hip condo on Yates Street in Victoria. 12 months later we had a little baby named Madelyn and had bought a place. Huh.

New record is called Why Are You OK and will be out in June. Read some details on Pitchfork.

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Coral and I did a brewery tour on Saturday. (video coming soon!)

Vancouver Brewery Tours showed us a great time….if you’re ever in Vancouver and want something fun to do to get you out in the city, drinks some good beer, and learn a few things you gotta do it.

#stormbrewing is nuts on a Saturday. @vanbrewerytours #commercialdrive #vancouver

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Checking out #EastVan beers with @vanbrewerytours on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

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Sunday was a gardening day! Hadst eh kids in the garden getting dirty…and maybe a little too much sun. Yikes!

Madelyn is gardening with mom. #childlabour #coquitlam #sundayfunday

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Now I better get back to it. Monday and it is sunny and hot in Vancouver. Feels like a summer holiday out there. I should have worn jorts to work.

Go with yourself.

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expo 86

My buddy Alex posted on his Facebook that he discovered an “almost mint condition” Expo ’86 poster cleaning out his parent’s place.

Nice. He was giving it away, so I met him downtown today and he gave it to me! Amazing.

Thanks Alex! We met at a taco shop on Hastings called La Taqueria. It is Taco Wednesday? 6 tacos for the price of 4. And they had horchata on  the menu. Wait…doesn’t Vampire Weekend sing about horchata? Yes, side one, track one from their 2010 record Contra. After indulging…I get it, delicious.

I totally get why @vampire_weekend sing about #horchata…it's delicious. #tacowednesday #Vancouver

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free hugs

After my radio show the other evening, I came across Samareh and her “Free Hugs” sign and I asked her what’s up…..

The hug was pretty good. Not like Holy Wayne from the Leftovers change you life…but a solid 7/10, would recommend.

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Screwing around at the radio station…we’re all butt hurt that we aren’t lighting money on fire in the desert in California this weekend. Maybe you are too?

Go with yourself.

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