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Shindig is CiTR’s annual battle-of-the bands adventure. Tonight is the semi-final at a club called Hindenburg.

One of the judges hurt her ankle, and so she asked if I’d judge. Super duper! I haven’t been to Shindig since the early 2000s. Hopefully that gets sorted out and I’ll see you tonight.

The bands tonight are:


Skim Milk

and Poles


See you out there.

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Triple Word Score
Feels like a life time ago… back in the old CiTR days, the Morning After Show used to come on after a show called The Shit Mix hosted by a dude named Jamaal. Me and Jamaal got along all right and I looked up to him….generally because he was a pretty groovy Vancouverite. Always wore great pants.  We were both in bands and his band was called Triple Word Score.  They played a bratty style of punk which was popular at the time and they managed to get themselves signed to Long Beach Records!

We used to play shows together when we could sort it out.  Here is a radio spot I made to promote one of our shows.  I think this is for a March 2001 concert.

What do you thrash?  What do you got?

Go with yourself.

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when its dark
The summer rain last night was very nice.  I decided to go for a walk.  During my walk I thought about the old P:ano record which I thought was called When It Rains and It’s Summer.  But when I got home and punched up my favourite song from the era, “All of November, Most of October” it showed the album was called When It’s Dark and It’s Summer.

Back in the day at CiTR they used to have an old cart machine, and bands who submitted a demo or single on cassette had it dubbed on to a cart.

A single that we loved on The Morning After Show was P:ano’s lo-fi beauty “All of November, Most of October.”

I could listen to this song over and over and over (and still do considering I first heard it maybe back in 2000?)

Enjoy the rain in the summer!

Go with yourself.

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straight from hell
Plucking through my old CDs, I couldn’t find any Joel albums.  That’s a real shame.  The other day CHEK News came down to the radio factory to record Boitano talking about getting a song played on the radio.  An artist from Vancouver named Jay came by to play a song and create a relationship to hopefully get a song considered for radio.

The dude flailed around on his acoustic guitar jamming this wild song.  I flashed back to a performer I remember named Joel.  He had this feral acoustic style that was mighty fun.  I sometimes remember his music and want to listen (always at weird times) and then I think… those records must be buried in storage or lost to time.

I do have one song… a track I blogged about a couple years ago.

This song, “Straight From Hell” I don’t know too much about.  It was recorded when Paul was still doing the Morning After Show with me on CiTR. So 2000? 2001?  Doesn’t matter I guess.

Savage. Go with yourself.

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Holy War
Trolling mighty fine music blog Winnie Cooper today, she had up rock and roll band from Vancouver called Hooves.

Her opening sentence started with “all girl group” and ended with “met at CiTR.”  OK, I’ll click that link and have a listen.

Go with yourself.

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I often talk about my days in college radio at CiTR as the host of The Morning After Show.  Oh the times… circa 1998-2003, playing Canadian punk, metal and indie rock.

When I started there… I was young and dumb.  But it was really fun learning new bands and hanging out with Vancouver’s most groovy folks.

The show before the MAS was called Vengeance is Mine.  It was a PUNK show hosted by a guy named Trevor that had a leg dedicated to tattoos of villainous logos… “Decepticons,” The “Empire” from Star Wars, and “Cobra” from G.I. Joe. He dropped out of radio school (hey, I was going to radio school in the fall!) and he was a cook at the Atlantic Trap and Grill back when it was more divey and cool and less touristy and near the arena and stadium (but actually, still a fun place!).

Trevor was very friendly, loved music, was in a band, and was a huge inspiration on 18 and 19 year old Jeremy.  One of his favourite bands that quickly became my new favourite band was Winnipeg’s Propagandhi.

Propagandhi made the kind of punk rock that punk rockers talk about making but don’t, or sell out.

In 2001 they released Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes.   The album very quickly became the most played record on my radio show.  In fact, almost every radio show started with “Back to the Motor League.”  The times when I couldn’t make the show and Paul flew solo, he played the song first!

Propagandhi – “Back To The Motor League”

Download MP3 >> motorleague

At the time… the song was a party anthem for me.  But I was also 21 and stupid.  Listening now, the song still gets me fired up, but the message remains.  The track talks about the co-opting the punk rock culture by corporations.

Generally Propagandhi are pretty politically charged… so being lectured every song isn’t for everyone… but I find the songs to be a great inspiration, and the energy to be positive.  “Back to the Motor League” remains a favourite party rocker and usually a first play before a big night.

Go with yourself.

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Neat. I grabbed some old boxes form David Eleanor’s basement.  Sitting on the top of one was a couple burned CDs of old Morning After Show audio bits.

Driving around I popped the CDs in.  One just had an old commercial I made for a Smut Peddling Sam show at the Cobalt.  The other had an Amen song? and few live recordings and some hi-jinks from the original Morning After Show days at CiTR.

One of the live cuts was from a guy I used to know and love the music of, Joel Tong.  he performed acoustic music while also fronting a band called Black Rice in the early 2000s.  I used to play his music on my show all the time or fanboy him at local dives when he performed.  It didn’t hurt that Alex may have had a little crush on him too…

Popping in the CD… I hit “skip” on Amen and track two was this old cut.

Joel – “Straight From Hell” (live from the Morning After Show)

Download MP3 >> 02 Straight From Hell

Shit… I remember seeing his band Black Rice with S.T.R.E.E.T.S. and 3 Inches of Blood at the Cobalt many moons ago.  There was a gong on stage?  yeah.

Here is a commercial I made for CiTR to promote a show my band was playing with Your Funeral and my pals in Triple Word Score.  Voiced by QMFM news guy John Hadley!

CiTR Commercial – Your Funeral, Triple Word Score, Smut Peddling Sam

Download MP3 >> 01 Smut Pedlding Sam Concert Commerc 1

That was one of my early Pro-tools adventures.  Good times.

Go with yourself.

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Ash Poon is a guy I went to college with.  Ash Poon is also the man that taught me not to judge a book by its cover.

The first time I took a crack at the wonderful world of radio broadcasting I was at BCIT in Burnaby and I jammed out a weekly indie rocker radio show on the Vancouver community radio station CiTR.

The class was full of media wannabe hopefuls. Some I knew better than others.  Some just kids I went to school with.  Ash was for sure, one of the latter.  I knew him, good guy.  I don’t think we were in too many of the same classes, just same program.  The radio class is split into two… A and B.  I think Ash was an A and I was a B… But its all kinda fuzzy.

I worked part-time at CFUN as a board op/slash/infomercial-kinda-producer type.  Ash applied there as well and got hired on.  So we worked together.

I also had a shitty band and was into rock and roll so Ash invited me to check out his band, In Medias Res, sometime.

Ash was this geeky, Asian kid and to be honest… I thought, “hmmm?  I guess.”  Most the Vancouver rockers I knew at the time had nipple piercings, a jam studio in New West, bitchin’ T-shirt logos, and smoked a ton of pot.  Ash showed up to work everyday and I think he is a Christian.  He gave me a burned CD of their first ep and I brought it to my radio show.

In Media Res – “Best Kept Secret”

That song changed my world and remains an all-time favourite of mine.  If I ever made a Morning After Show best of record, that song would need to be on it.

I saw In Medias Res play a show at the Purple Onion in Gastown and the man blew me away.  His band was fantastic and Ash was a rock and roll demon on stage.  Not at all how I had stereotyped him.  Lesson learned… stop being a snobby minger.

I quit working at CFUN in… 2001? to go work at Telus and would eventually move to Victoria in 2003.  I stayed in contact with Ash and In Medias Res through the power of the internets and loved their first full-length LP Of What Was (2004).

In Medias Res – “Shakeher”

In Medias Res played a ton of shows in the mid-2000s and then… you know, people get older, they get married, life, work.  Didn’t really hear too much from them until just the other day I got a Facebook message from Ash.

New record.

On January 4th, 2011 you can point your mouse over to http://imr.ca and download It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out.  Also being pressed on vinyl?  OK Ash… I guess I’ll owe that much and buy that too.

The cover is great.  Nice vintage family shot that speaks to the themes and title of the record.  I like how the title also appears to be a nod to the band, and their journey.  Nothing like getting older and reflecting on what it was like back in the late 90s/early 00s when you first starting thinking about future and how rosey it would/should/might be.  What is that saying, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step?” awwww.  Maybe their journey begins now?  And it is filled with optimism?  As they’ll say later on the record, “tonight I am new.”

First listen and immediately I like it.  The record feels warm and recognizable as soon as it pops in.  Their first album in almost 7 years and if you know and love Of What Was, you can grab on to this collection of music.

In Medias Res creates an atmospheric, sweeping brand of rock music.  Great slow dirges that build into cascading guitars, fuzz and howling vocals before settling back down into lullabies and echo.

The record is broken up with some spazzy rockers and begins with the ferocious “The Final Flight of the Bees.”  The distortion and reverb are also turned on and up on the aptly named “Fight Song.” Noises….  “Bears” is another savage jam that I hope really is about BEARS!

I like In Medias Res best when the slow it down and then build it up. “Come Back Down” or the most excellent “Tonight I am New.”  “Tonight” is an older song as I know I’ve heard it before.  I think they recorded it as a one off or it was finished sooner in the album recording process so they shared it. I asked my friend Alix what her favourite song on the record is so far, and she said “Tonight I Am New.”  It must have been released before.

What a great song and a stand out on the album so far during my first listen.

In Medias Res – “Tonight I am New”

I don’t really know what Andrew Lee is singing about with this song… but it sounds romantic.  If Coral and I get married again, and we had a first dance song, this one would need to be short-listed.  So Pretty.

Ash Poon is a great guy, we don’t send each other Christmas cards or anything (but damn, we should!) but blessed be the internet and I am thankful he took 4 seconds to write me a message.

I love In Medias Res and maybe you will too.

Go with yourself.

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This morning I awoke to a perfect and cold winter day (and still a scratchy throat).  Coral was running a bit behind and I still have the Chevy Cruze, so she asked me to take Mads to Step-Up to Pre-School.

Driving back to The Zone, I was jamming out Pol Plastino and he punched up Gob’s “Ming Tran.”

“Ming Tran” is from Gob’s 2002 ep F.U. EP.  I remember this record being big on the radio back when I worked at a Starbucks in Vancouver and we’d sing it all the time.

Back then, I used to listen to Gob all the time and play them on my radio show, The Morning After Show (hence the name of this here ole blog). My favourite, favourite Gob song was “Self-Appointed Leader” off 1998’s How Far Shallow Takes You. Back then, I didn’t really get how radio “works” so I’d call up David Hawkes (best DJ!) on CFOX at night and request the song. He’d tell me it was a great cut and take a minute to talk some Vancouver rock and roll with me and then play “What To Do” or some other Gob-esque type song that might have been getting a little attention.  Pop-punk (or ponk) was pretty popular in the late 90s and early 00s.

Gob – “Self-Appointed Leader”

I was pretty new at CiTR in the winter of 1998 and Gob’s record was new (and my show was a new Canadian music show so…..) and I played it quite a bit.

As I grew a bit more sophisticated in my musical taste, taking the bus out to Vancouver at least once a week, turning 19 and going to shows, and starting my own band… I really got into the Vancouver band By A Thread. Their debut album The Last of Daydreams came out in November of 1999 ( I think, no wikipedia for these guys that I could find).

I loved them.  I played this record on my radio show all the time and made a point to see them live when I could afford it and had the time.

By A Thread – “Surface”

By A Thread – “The World To Me”

To this day, The Last of the Daydreams remains one of my favourite records from those early mornings on the radio.

Listening now, it does sound a little dated and obviously, DIY. The album cover has graphic design of so many indie bands of the era… so sometimes its hard to separate the nostalgia from the quality.  But it doesn’t really matter.  By A Thread was a big part of my soundtrack growing up.

By A Thread – “Crushed Beneath”

Go with yourself.

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My staycation be damned!  You’re getting a podcast.  The reason I was jazzed to come into the Capital Rock City studio so late on a Monday night was to share with you an interesting find.  My wife, Coral, was digging through some old boxes and found a burned copy of Vancouver band In Medias Res’ first ever rock show.  They performed “Best Kept Secret,” which is a crushingly great song.  Vince Vaccaro sent in a demo he is working on and the show ends with some harder rock from Black Hat Villain and new music from Great White Shark. Thank you for downloading my podcast, share it with a friend.

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DJ Notes

01) In Medias Res – “Best Kept Secret (Live)”
02) Vince Vaccaro – “Dawson City Anthem (Demo)”
03) Black Hat Villain – “My Generation”
04) Great White Shark – “There’ve Been Times”

When I first got into radio many moons ago, I had an indie rocker program on CiTR in Vancouver and my first paid gig was a place called CFUN.  CFUN was a groovy AM radio station back in the Paleolithic era, but by the time I was there it was basically the a place for infomercials, Dr. Laura and ghost stories at night.  My job was to punch a button or two every thirty minutes and for that I was paid the princely sum of $8 and hour.  The best of times.

I did this while attending broadcasting school at BCIT where I knew a guy named Ash Poon.  He applied for a job at CFUN and the boss man asked if I knew Ash and if he would make a decent worker… I said basically, “well he’s not meth addict… I don’t think,” and he was hired.  It also turned out that Ash was in a new band with a very progressive post rock vibe called In Medias Res and one day he left me a CD of a demo that they put together from a live show to play on my radio show or maybe it was to book a concert at the John B. Pub… either way, that CD survived and you are hearing my all time fave IMR song, “Best Kept Secret,” from their first ever love show… at a church I think?  At the beginning of the podcast you hear Ash about to say “all honour to the builder,” but he isn’t sure the mic is hot and yeah, it didn’t start with the bang that I am sure a young Mr. Poon would have liked.

The old CFUN splitter I lifted from Radiowest.

Go with yourself.

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