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Oh you’re dancing real close….you’re making it hard for me!

DJ’d a Christmas Party last night. My first DJ gig since the middle of October. I headed to the Island to DJ an Octoberfest type happening.

I will say, I’ve enjoyed the break….DJing less makes the events I do a lot more fun. Done (I think) are my weeks of 4 (or more!) parties.

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Having this random Christmas party the other night meant trolling soundcloud again for some fun remixes. I wanted to post a few from the “a-sied” department

90’s throwbacks are still a thing. This is 1997’s “Too Close” by Next.

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I’m not proud, but I have been on a fierce 70s, 80s soft rock kick. I’m a bunch closer to 40 than 30 so my throwbacks take me back to being a kid and listening Adult Contemporary radio in the family station wagon and then later, Dodge Caravan. 1410 CFUN!

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I heard Christopher Cross’ 1980 easy breezy “Ride Like The Wind” ….sometime ago? Maybe when Sirius XM had the Yacht Rock channel going….I HAD to have a remix. This one proved a challenge to find a legit download. I ended don Beatport and buying a whole compilation of Joey Negro jams just for this song. So DJ Negro wins this round.

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Another Whitney Houston remix of “How Will I Know?” Settle down…you know you want this one too.

1985, why you got all the hits?

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Hits of yesterday and today remix collection ends today with Huey Lewis and News’ “Power of Love.” The power bomb from 1985 was written for the film Back To Future.  I love this song, this remix is…to my ear…just OK, but it fits the set….

Go with yourself.

Headstones will be touring this fall in support of the 25th anniversary of their breakout album, Picture of Health.

Hugh Dillon called into CFOX to talk about the reissue and the upcoming tour. He explained what was going on in the lives of the band members in the early 90s. He talked about some of the personal stories behind the songs and how 25 years later, they still sound so good.

 

Headstones will be crossing Canada this fall in support of of the 25th anniversary reissue of the iconic Picture of Health. Headstones will front-to-back the album live. A few of the songs they’re pulling out show have rarely if ever been played live.

Nov 01 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Concert Hall
Nov 02 – Thorold, ON – Moose & Goose
Nov 03 – Oshawa, ON – Oshawa Music Hall
Nov 08 – Winnipeg, MB – Club Regent Event Centre, Winnipeg
Nov 09 – Winnipeg, MB – Club Regent Event Centre, Winnipeg
Nov 10 – Brandon, MB – Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
Nov 12 – Medicine Hat, AB – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Nov 13 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina
Nov 15 – Grand Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
Nov 21 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
Nov 22 – Nanaimo, BC – Port Theatre
Nov 24 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
Nov 25 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
Nov 28 – North Battleford, SK – Gold Eagle Casino
Dec 04 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
Dec 06 – London, ON – London Music Hall
Dec 08 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Dec 14 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre

Dec 22 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

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Hey Hugh Dillon of Headstones is feeling nostalgic…hey so am I! Coral sent me over a timehop that said 10 years ago we took our then 8-month-old daughter to Butchart Gardens in Victoria.

Go with yourself.

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City and Colour’s Dallas Green took a moment to talk to CFOX about his new love album Guide Me Back Home. Dallas recorded every show of an extensive 28 date Canadian tour. His friend Karl Bareham came along to record every show and then the two of them pulled the best takes to curate 21-song record that represents nights throughout the tour, coast-to-coast.

Guide Me Back Home is out digitally on October 5th on Green’s own record label, Still Records. Physical copies on compact disc and vinyl will be November 23rd.

Green says about starting his own record label; “I see Still Records as a way to draw attention to projects that are important to me. Dine Alone was started to put out my first album, and it’s been very successful and grown into something really special since then. Still Records is an extension on those ideals and a place where I’m able to curate a collection of things that I think deserve to be heard and enjoyed.”

Guide Me Back Home Tracklisting

  1. Forgive Me / Two Coins (Live in Wolfville, NS – May 5, 2017)
  2. Friends (Live in Surrey, BC – April 7, 2017)
  3. What Makes a Man? (Live in Sainte-Thérèse, QC – April 27, 2017)
  4. If I Should Go Before You (Live in Truro, NS – May 4, 2017)
  5. We Found Each Other in the Dark (Live in Charlottetown, PEI – April 30, 2017)
  6. Silver and Gold (Live in Fredericton, NB – May 8, 2017)
  7. Hello, I’m In Delaware (Live in Saint John, NB – May 2, 2017)
  8. O’ Sister (Live in Vernon, BC – April 13, 2017)
  9. Runaway (Live in Truro, NS – May 4, 2017)
  10. Twilight (Live in Glace Bay, NS – May 11, 2017)
  11. Casey’s Song (Live in Banff, AB – April 18, 2017)
  12. Lover Come Back (Live in Cornerbrook, NL – May 15, 2017)
  13. As Much as I Ever Could (Live in Halifax, NS – May 10, 2017)
  14. Paradise (Live in Fredericton, NB – May 8, 2017)
  15. Against the Grain (Live in Vernon, BC – April 13, 2017)
  16. Comin’ Home (Live in Pictou, NS – May 6, 2017)
  17. Sensible Heart (Live in St. John’s, NL – May 14, 2017)
  18. Waiting… (Live in Pictou, NS – May 6, 2017)
  19. The Girl (Live in Halifax, NS – May 10, 2017)
  20. Sleeping Sickness (Live in Halifax, NS – May 9, 2017)

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Go with yourself.

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The interview begins with Marcus, Winston and I reflecting on the last time I had chance to see the boys in Squamish, British Columbia for a festival in 2015. They talked about the wild drive up the Sea-to-Sky highway while the Jurassic Park theme rattled around their heads. Then they talked about skinny dipping?

Back on the rails, the band talked about mixing their fourth album, Delta, in New York City and they will be listening to the final mix tonight. the record will be out on November 16th.

The album’s title, Delta, comes from the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet but also the idea of a fertile river delta.

Marcus and Winston talk about some of the sounds we’re excited to hear. Making music for an album experience, Winston touring with an Austrian band, HVOB, and bringing some vibes back to Delta, and we wrap it up talking about the idea of the guiding light in the song “Guiding Light.”

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Go with yourself.

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DJ Boitano sent over this beauty remix. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) remixed Grandson’s “Blood // Water.”

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In other news…today was a very lovely day in Vancouver. Here is a picture.

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I had a couple modern rock remixes. Two Friends have been smashing out some quality rock remixes which I always appreciate being a rock DJ. Today they sent over a classic Red Hot Chili Peppers cut from 1999’s Californication, “Otherside.”

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PLS&TY remixed a Much Mega Hit from Portugal, The Man, “Live In The Moment.”

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Spent last weekend on Vancouver Island at Rifflandia. What a time. My wife Coral and I were joined by Meredith from CFOX. We ferried over and crashed at Coral’s sister’s place. Raged for a day and a bit and headed back to Vancouver to make some radio.

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@rifflandia is out of control!

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and bragging on my own blog is fun. Remember that time I interviewed both Red Hot Chili Peppers AND Portugal The Man?

Go with yourself.

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LA performer No/Me shared her new single “Consistent.”

No/Me says of the song; “‘Consistent’ feels like a page from my journal. Writing this song made me embrace parts of myself that were hard to face, but it also helped me stop curating the facade that people would prefer to see.”

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Coral and I are off to Victoria tomorrow to power tour Rifflandia. If you are out there, save us a high five!

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#WishYouWereHere @rifflandia #thebestisland

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LA punks FIDLAR share a darker, sleazy, punk song called “Too Real.” The song has a different vibe compared to what we’re used to from FIDLAR. The song has a definite point of view. The politically charged anthem has an unsettling drone buried under frenetic distorted guitars.  The group also released a music video for the song; “Footage of the recent deadly California wildfires plays opposite pop culture references, over the rib-rattling punk opus, taking on the current socio-political climate.”

The song is part of an upcoming new FIDLAR album. Their press release promises details soon.

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Look at this picture of Jack….I was trolling back on my instagram for a picture from Rifflandia, but came across this old photo of Jack looking so much like Elliot. I did a double take!

Go with yourself.

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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.

Go with yourself.

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!

Go with yourself.