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One of my favourite Vancouver bands, Bear Mountain, have a new indie-electro song called “Hopeful.”

I am amped for this song for a couple reasons. Number 1, NEW BEAR MOUNTAIN. That’s a celebration. Number 2, it is Rifflandia and I will always cherish the Bear Mountain set I saw all those nights ago in packed all ages studio space at 2:30AM.

The band will be releasing their second record sometime next year on Last Gang Records.

“This band, our music, Kenji’s artwork, and everything we do is really about unifying that relationship between technology and nature, analogue and digital,” says frontman Ian Bevis. “For us, there is something really stimulating about producing music and for the most part our songs are producer-based tracks. Where things get interesting is on stage when we translate those techniques into the live setting,” adds Kyle Statham. “When we’re up there we’re always rocking things out like a band usually would but we’re also bringing in this visual language and an element of storytelling, which takes shape in real time and in front of the audience.”

“This is our new song ‘Hopeful’. We made it thinking about the future, and being hopeful for what’s to come despite the past. We hope you like it!!”

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js*** lord-huron Lord Huron has released another single off his record Strange Trails. The song has a folky, blue collar rock vibe to it. And if you make it out to see the Robert Redford movie A Walk In The Woods, you might here a few Lord Huron tracks on the soundtrack.




So Ryan Adams’ song-for-song reinterpretation of Taylor Swift’s 1989 is real. And we got out first listen today from Zane Lowe on Beats 1.

Ryan Adams – Bad Blood (CLICK THE LINK)

And you know what? I kinda really like it!


Tomorrow I’m looking forward to visits from Tokyo Police Club and Young Empires. I’ll try to get something posted up on here before I take off to Victoria for the weekend and Rifflandia!

Go with yourself.

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Have you seen the new Bear Mountain music video for the song “Congo?” It is pretty great.

The band is off on an adventure in British Columbia’s scenic back country. It makes liberal use of graphics and animation and then sends you on a bit of a trip at the end.

Go with yourself.

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Rosie JuneThis remix is making me feel alright. Rosie June is a performer from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Her record is called Listening Post and you’ll find it on Brendan Canning‘s Draper Street Records.

We’ll get a chance to see Rosie June in September as part of Rifflandia. Schedule will be out tomorrow (3PM, listen to my radio show on The Zone @ 91-3)…I know whatever stage she is playing, I’ll want to be there.

The remix from Bear Mountain takes Rosie June’s normally lighter than air dream pop and ties some rocks around it’s legs. It still floats, but also bounces along the ground. Hilly Dilly talks about a tropical influence. I can get behind that… We live on an Island after all! This is a track that will be showing up in my Rooftop set tomorrow at The Strathcona Hotel.

For the sake of the compare and contrast, here is the original dream popper.

and one more because I’m crushing hard.

Go with yourself.

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Bear Mountain are the Vancouver based synth pop band named after a neighbourhood/golf course in Victoria.

Last year at Rifflandia, my face melted when I stumbled into the Bear Mountain after party at Studio CMCT.  The set was sweaty, poppy, and fun.  They busted into a cover of Tears For Fears that had the whole room singing along.  They have now recorded the cut and posted it on soundcloud.

God damn they’re cool.


Feb. 13 | Edmonton, AB | Pawn Shop
Feb. 14 | Calgary, AB | Commonwealth
Feb. 16 | Golden, BC | Golden Civic Centre
Feb. 20 | Kamloops, BC | Cactus Jack’s
Feb. 27 | Victoria, BC | Upstairs Cabaret

I’ll have to hope my wife will let me out of the house on the 27th.  The club show is so fun.

Go with yourself.

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Another Bear Mountain post?  Yup.

I saw this song bouncing around the intertron today and immediately liked it.  Toronto producers Natural Animal put their pixie dust all over one my favourites off Vancouver based Bear Mountain’s XO record, “Faded.”


Young Galaxy will be in Victoria on Wednesday, September 25th for a show at Lucky Bar.  The band was up for a Polaris Music Prize but ultimately lost out to conscientious rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor.  Who knows… maybe that’s for the best? I punched up Young Galaxy’s new single “Crying My Heart Out” on the radio and people called up all grouchy bemoaning how horrible this song is.  Weird…. I hear this song and I wanna make out.  When Catherine McCandless sings “and its hard, when I’m playing ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart'”… I melt.

I’m an old man. I have a parent/teacher talk at some weird hour Thursday morning…. but godspeed me! Imma try to be there tomorrow night.  haters goin’ hate.


CHYEA… I got a Tea Time jam for you.  Randomly stumbled on this band Vaults outta London Town.  This blog says MYSTERIES!

Go with yourself.

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That’s a wrap on another glorious Rifflandia.

We shared some times, laid some high-fives and huddled under some umbrellas.

Saturday night took me out to Metchosin to DJ a wedding.  It was mostly a good night except I battled with some technical problems which threatened to take the whole night sideways.  I was stressed.  Sweating, the bad sweats…but fortunately the bride was gracious and the temperamental beast DJ controller settled down after a reset.

I wanted so badly to race back into Victoria to catch Bear Mountain.  Before Saturday I was hitting below the Mendoza Line for Night shows I wanted to see.  Saturday threatened to be another wash with me out working in Metchosin.  But then the rock & roll gods took over.

The wedding had a hard 12 midnight curfew and the families of the bride and groom went into clean beast-mode.  The bride’s father even helped me tear down.  they were so wonderfully efficient that the whole party was cleaned up and the lights turned off by 12:15AM!

hmm…I can get downtown in time for Bear Mountain.  I ride!

It didn’t take long for the Purple Minivan to saddle up to a parking spot right out front of the Copper Owl.  Only, there was a problem.  The Copper Owl was lined up out the door. FUCK!

In line I got a text from Razer saying that he heard that Bear Mountain were going to do an after party at Studio CMCT.  The dude in line with me said that Studio CMCT was a cross the parking lot AND some jovial band was in there right now….but go quick, it is also PACKED!

Thanks bro… I ride!

Not far, across the parking lot to Discovery Street and Studio CMCT is indeed packed.  I can’t see the band but I overhear from a couple bumbling down the road that it is Towers and Trees.  Amazing, I’ll join this party.

Drummer Jesse of Towers and Trees also shops at Urban Outfitters.

Drummer Jesse of Towers and Trees also shops at Urban Outfitters.

Adrian and his band of merry men (and women) rocked a glorious and uplifting set.  The word is that they’ll be the next thing outta Victoria and this party proved it.

The room was packed.  Hot, sweaty, swirling, dripping.  It was a raw punk rock concert moment from an uplifting band known more for their West Coast-Current Swell-tinged popular rock.  What a time,

Adrian took some time to work his way across the mass of party people to the back with his ukulele…got the room to go quiet and changed the whole dynamic.  Everyone was quiet.  Things settled, until Adrian worked his way back to the front and the band finished strong launching into their local hit “Montreal.”  The room went sub-atomic!

Their set ended, Colin McT at Studio CMCT cleared the room and quickly got to work.  His crew snapped into action.  A quick sweep, cables, line tests, feedback, power. No time to put a roll of toilet paper by the one toilet in the back corner because it is showtime.

Bear Mountain crossed the parking lot and got right to work (again).  Their set started near 2:15 AM and they had little time to waste.  For 45 minutes the band named for a posh suburb of Victoria and now based out of Vancouver punched through their EP XO (Last gang Records).  The set included most the songs from the EP including popular jams “Two Step” and “Congo.”  The party turned savaged with the capacity space dancing and jumping then launching into claps and back into a room of jumping kids.

I think at some point lead singer Ian Bevis had us singing Tear for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”  Maybe I dreamed it?

After the show the, the L’Authentique Poutine & Burger was weirdly still open.  I got in line and scored a mega post show poutine.

I got home on a rock & roll high that I have not been on in many years.

Rifflandia exceeded my expectation this year. I hung out with quality people, having the best of times.  I am amped on Riff 7 in 2014!  And if you’re reading this blog for points beyond the best Island… you’d be wise to schedule you’re holiday in Victoria for the middle of September.

Go with yourself.

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If God loves me, I’ll be able to wrap I wedding I have to DJ Saturday night and rush to the Copper Owl to see Bear Mountain‘s 12:30 AM set as part of Rifflandia.

Vancouver artist Ian Bevis blends acoustic arrangements with electronic beats.  His song “Two Set” I have featured a bunch at the Veneto Lounge when I DJ Friday nights.  I love it!

Here is what Consequence of Sound has to say about “Two Step.”

The song “Congo” is pretty choice as well.

Maybe I’ll actually see THEE Winnie Cooper of the internet fame?  Could you even imagine.

Go with yourself.

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