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Brooklyn indie band St. Lucia‘s new album Hyperion is out on September 21st. The group is also on tour and will perform in Vancouver on October 8th at The Vogue.

Jean-Philip Grobler says of the first single off the record, “Damn, ‘Walking Away’ has been in the works for a really long time. I wrote it with Nicky [Paul] and Ross [Clark] from the band before we even started recording our last album Matter, and we actually played it a handful of times on our last tour almost 3 years ago. The song came together super quickly and what you hear in this final version is about 60% the original demo– we just had to replace the Daft Punk loop we wrote on top of with something else, so that took about 4 years. And here it is, our funky beast.”

They have also shared a song called “Bigger.”

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But how fun is this…. for some of their American shows back East, the Arkells are coming with them! Fun attack. You should go.

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Vancouver’s Young Bombs sent over this tasty remix of the Weezer classic “Say It Ain’t So.”

The remix DJ team will be at Rifflandia in Victoria on Thursday, September 13th at the Phillips Backyard stage.

The guys said, “This is a special one because it’s our first time remixing a classic. Weezer is a band we loved growing up and this is definitely one of those songs we played when we first started learning how to play instruments. Remixing this brought the inner child out of us and we hope it shows.”

Sadly I won’t be over in Victoria by Thursday to see Young Bombs,m but I’ll see you out there on Saturday. Save me a high five.

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The rock & roll lifestyle has been raging over here. Who’d have guess I’m a 38-year-old father of three! Coral and I were at Skookum in Vancouver over a rainy weekend.  Wednesday I’ll try to hit Coheed and Cambria at the Commodore then we’re off to Victoria for Rifflandia.

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Corporately branded wife. #skookumfestival

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Can’t promise I’ll return to regular blogging anytime soon…but every so often someone sends me a song that cuts through. As always, thank you for the emails and messages!

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Victoria’s Mike Edel shared a brand new song today called “Go With You.”

Mike wrote about the song, I wanted to create an optimistic indie-pop anthem for 2018’s dwindling days of summer and beyond. I began working with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) after sending him demos while he was living north of the arctic circle in Norway. We quickly adopted a consistency is boring mantra with the new material.  

“Go With You” is a song about change and vectoring forward into the unknown without regret. I love the synth lines and the hi-hat drums. It’s a departure for me, both sonically and rhythmically, and I’m very into it.”

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Happy Friday!

DJing tonight at Match in New West then on Sunday I’ll be DJing a short set at Brewery & The Beast before moving over to the mainstage to MC. It is supposed to be 33 degrees in Vancouver. Gnarly.

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Skrillex returned to his roots and rejoined From First To Last for a new song called “Surrender.”

Press release says,

From First To Last have released their new song “Surrender”, featuring original band members Sonny Moore (Skrillex), Matt Good, Derek Bloom and Travis Richter. The song was co-written and co-produced by Skrillex who also performs lead vocals. FFTL’s previous single was the surprise release “Make War” which marked their first reunion in more than a decade, earning over 13 million plays to date. Skrillex first dropped “Surrender” yesterday on Reddit followed by a world premiere on KROQ and an on-air interview.

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Took the kids to the Port Moody Ribfest on Sunday. It is too damn hot. But the BBQ was tasty. Then we hit the ice cream shop and the spray park. All good.

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It was busy but tasty at #PortMoodyRibFest.

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Brighton pop-rockers The Kooks share the third song off their upcoming album Let’s Go Sunshine (August 31st). The press release tells the story.

“Four Leaf Clover” follows the fortunes of a down-and-out girl, who turns to drugs and alcohol to battle the loss of her lover. Despite its dark subject matter, it’s just the slice of acoustic guitar-driven pop rock that launched The Kooks into the spotlight over a decade ago. Luke Pritchard’s instantly recognizable vocals flow effortlessly over a rousing rhythm and energetic guitar licks, making “Four Leaf Clover” an infectious retelling of an all too familiar tale. 

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We had a ton of mint left over from a salad Coral made earlier in the week. And with all this summertime heat we thought we could put it to use in a cocktail. Last night was mojito’s and the Amy Schumer flick, I Feel Pretty.

This glass isn’t a “Collins” glass…but I love it. I get these glasses from Christmas from my sister-in-law’s partner. Maybe one of the better Christmas presents I’ve ever received.

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Manchester UK alt-popper The 1975 gave us a new song today. And one of the remarkable things about the track is the opening line! My wife Coral punched it up first thing this morning and went, “wow, the song comes out swinging.”

Arkells tweeted about the song today.

The song is second track form the upcoming third album, A Brief History Into Online Relationships.

Enough with the hype, is the song any good? Let’s hit play.

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We live in the suburbs and the other day I saw some print of the suburb we live in! So I bought it.

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#Coquitlam, I’ve been there! #PointTwoMaps

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Alkaline Trio – Press Photo – Credit Jon Weiner

I love Alkaline Trio. One of my faves. The Chi-town power punk trio shared a new song today called “Blackbird.” New record comes out out on August 31st (Epitaph) and is called Is This Thing Cursed? This will be the band’s 9th album and their first in 5 years. Dig into that!

Co-lead vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba notes, “Some people thought we were done. We announced a tour and a lot of the shows are already sold out. Nobody knows that we made a new record. It’s not unlike getting somebody that you care about something extra super special for their birthday and you’re really excited to give it to them. It feels kind of like that.”

Band is going on tour…and what else is new…no Vancouver shows. Bands hate Vancouver. That’s fine, Vancouver hates bands!

In the great PNW!

Oct 08 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Oct 09 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

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My brother’s kids are staying at our place this summer for a little grandma and grandpa time and playing with my kids. Here’s apicture of our youngest Elliot enjoying a rest with Grandpa from the other day. It’s been HOT in Vancouver, so they went to the spray park.

Go with yourself.