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Happy New Year!  When the odometer finally ticks over to a new year I can’t help but think of that Death Cab for Cutie song “The New Year.”

“So this is the new year, and I don’t feel any different.”

I do reflect on the year that was, and I suppose like anyone I dream about the one to come.  But at the same time, today was a day like any other.  I mostly cleaned and looked after my kid.

January 1st is just a date on a calendar, but it is the first date on the calendar.  It is the beginning of 2013 and here is a song for new beginnings.

The duo based out of Germany is called Boy.  Not to be confused with the Canadian band by the same name, these ladies met while attending a music workshop in Hamburg.  Their record Mutual Friends is a big deal already, going Gold in Germany with 100,000 sold., and music videos that attract millions of views.  They have a song called “This Is The Beginning,” and I thought how perfect for January 1st.

Boy – “This Is The Beginning” 

Their record features Thomas Hedlund on drums…. he’s the dude from Phoenix! Well ain’t that a pip?

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To think about New Year’s resolutions….

01) Drink organic milk.

I think my four year old is growing little boobies… and for that matter so am I.  Maybe its the hormones maaaaaaan, maybe its the lack of push-ups, but we’re flipping to organic milk.

02) Go Camping

2011 2012 2013 here we go!  I feel in my bones I want to be a camper/hiker, ADVENTURER, but I just don’t prioritize it.  I’ve gone a few times over the past couple summers, I wanna go more.  Basically, I want to be National Geographic magazine with everything I do.

03) Be Silly

Creativity doesn’t flow out of me like it used to.  I also used to smoke a lot of pot.  Maybe my resolution is to smoke pot?

Basically, I don’t fuck around much anymore.  Too worried about what people think, or ratings, or getting fired.  But in the process I play like the number 4 defence-man….you need him in the playoffs, but nobody’s buying his jersey.

04) Start a business

Not that I need MORE work…but there have been thoughts bouncing around my brain since I met Coral.  We’ve brainstormed about it for what?  6 years?  We always say, “we should do it!”  Maybe we should?

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OK, I got one more song for you on January 1st and it too is not new…but new to me and fitting with these here times….

I’ve told you before about Sweden sister-act First Aid Kit. The Baauer remix of their song “Winter Is All Over You” came out at this time last year…but for whatever reason it was charting on Hype Machine (I have no idea how their algorithms works yet).  I hit play the other day and really enjoyed the sounds coming out of my shitty computer speakers.  Sounding even better at home through the headphones and also sounded good matched with Boy.

I got tomorrow off at the radio factory so I am going to spend the day returning some mis-fitted Christmas gifts, meet wedding couples and go ice skating!

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Go with yourself.

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Canadian west-coast roots/folk duo Jon and Roy perform tonight at the Alix Goolden Hall…. sold out.  In front of the concert, they stopped by The Zone @ 91-3 for a live performance.  They lay down “Vibrant Scene” from the album Let It Go.  Then they dive into a cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.”

Go with yourself.

 

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Victoria’s Hawk and Steel are having a BIG Monday.  The folky, alt-country sounding group are releasing their new album Danger Road today…and playing a show with The Wooden Sky at Club 9one9.

Lots of very pretty and easy songs to listen to on this record.  I’ll start by posting a more upbeat or jaunty jingle.

I like this song as it reminded right away of the Rural Alberta Advantage.  The next song I have for you is a slower one, but to my ear, the slow dances are Hawk and Steel’s best songs.  They borrowed the violin talents of friend-of-the-show, Kiana Brasset.

Beautiful guitar tones build slowly into a big crescendo. Peter Gardner’s whisper-singing drives the narrative as the song builds and swirls.  He doesn’t lash out vocally, letting the bands crash it all down…the song locks into a meditative path of sound and noise in its second half. The song is a standout track to me.  As great as this song sounds on my computer, I can imagine a huge moment at the show tonight.

I am not sure what Jon Baglo‘s job in the band is (maschine industrial beats?) but that dude has been a hero to me on numerous occasions.

If you’re trekking downtown in the rain tonight to see The Wooden Sky, go early enough to make time for Hawk and Steel.

Go with yourself.

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CRC 91 begins with some new music.  A punky one from a band called Class of ’84 then Dan Politano sent a new recording over as well.  The second half of the show features a couple BC bands taking part in the Sasquatch! Music Festival in Washington State.  Vancouver’s fuzzy hyper-blogged about Japandroids and Victoria’s  ice cool and atmospheric Jets Overhead.  Neat-O gang.  Thank you for downloading my podcast.

Come and get it: Capital Rock City #91

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DJ Notes

01) Class of ’84 – “Sick City”
02) Dan Politano – “Maybe”
03) Japandroids – “Art Czars”
04) Jets Overhead – “No Nations”

This party gets started with some new punk rock.  Classic sound, straight ahead, new band.  Class of ’84.

I had trouble tracking down a website for them (turns out there is an Irish band with the same name).  Whatever, Myspace is not punk rock.  This picture IS punk rock.

SWAGed from Jono's Facebook page. Class of '84 at the Quadra House.

Dan Politano, its been awhile friendo.  After the punk, we calm it down for another alt-lite from the Sidney, VI rocker (are you from Sidney Dan?).

Today (or I guess yesterday) the Ear Candy blogged leaked the Sasquatch festival line-up.  Today it was official so I thought I’d include a couple CRC darlings to end the podcast.

Japandroids are Terminal Rock City’s fuzz heroes and one of THE MOST BLOGGED ABOUT BANDS!  Whoa, I iz helper them.

“Art Czars” is part of the Japandroids 2010 7″ singles series.

Download it for free! (I did, TWICE)

Czars totally sucked… but I think history will judge Soviet Russia as worse… so….

They *might* also be talking about the village in Alberta… which would be mighty, but doubtful.  (hmmm, now I kinda want to go there.)

This tight little podcast ends with Victoria journeymen (and women) group, Jets Overhead.  Jets rocked the Bonnaroo last year, Coachella later and now Sasquatch in May!  Our growing little army of Island invaders will all need to make a date to converge at whatever stage they are at when they play and burn one down for them.  So great.

Thank you for rocking the Zone and for choosing my podcast.  You totally rule and Russian Czars totally suck (but they suck less than Soviet Communism!  COLD WAR WIN!)

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.

Download: Capital Rock City #89

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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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Forestry have recorded a new self-titled long players so they came by the CRC studio for a chit chat and to share some new music.  They also play one from one of their favourite Vancouver bands Ladyhawk and reflect on an old Zone Band of the Month called Greatest Explorers in the World.  Then we talk about who might have been the greatest explorer in the world?  Henry Hudson?  SWA?

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Download: Capital Rock City #88

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DJ Notes

01) Forestry – “Love/War”
02) Forestry – “Edmonton, AB”
03) Forestry – “The Flood”
04) Greatest Explorers in the World – “Hide and Seek”
05) Ladyhawk – “I Don’t Always Know”

Peter and Blake of Forestry came by the studio on Monday night to share with me their new music.  I like these guys because not only do they make sweet sounding indie pop, they are also radio guys!  Peter jams out on Village 900am and Blake you’ll hear on CFUV.

We talk about things they have to do with trees, wood and wood related professions, some of their fave BC indie rockers, Blake’s sad panda tale about Edmonton, Peter’s love/hate relationship with Victoria, their take on who might have been the world’s greatest explorer and their upcoming shows at Lucky Bar.

Forestry w/ Ladyhawk and Treelines
January 30th, 2010
Lucky Bar :: Doors @ 8PM

Forestry w/ Wooden Sky
February 23rd, 2010
Lucky Bar :: Doors @ 9PM

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My wife Coral has been very hard at work rearranging our apartment and in her organizing, she inadvertently dug up an old CD.  In Medias Res’ first ever concert.  recorded and put to CD and I got it!  So next week I’ll pop it in the CD player here at The Zone and press play and we’ll hear what comes out.

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I always need new music to feature on Capital Rock City so if you’re a Victoria, Island, Vancouver or Hinterland BC band, I’d love to have some music to feature.  Heck, I’ll even take a Washington State band if you crush.

Go with yourself.

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Happy Tuesday, time to punch up an all new Capital Rock City. Thank you for finding my weekly Victoria rocker podcast.  The march to 1,000 weekly downloads, as always, continues.  You’re doing your part for me when you share a link with a friend or post a little sumtin sumtin on your social media network.

Please download: Capital Rock City #77

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DJ Notes

01) No Don’t Stop – “Bleached Bones”
02) Sunday Buckets – “Aftermathmatics”
03) A Trophy Life – “Samsonite (I Was Way Off) [live]”
04) A Trophy Life – “New Song [live]”

I was hoping to have JP Maurice on the show this week, but while I was away getting hitched in Vegas, he went and moved to Vancouver!  SWA?  The man did say he’ll try and make some time to hit the CRC studio sometime in and around Halloween.  So maybe CRC 78 or 79… or maybe 80?  Beggars can’t be choosers, so when he comes, he comes.

The show starts with a real interesting and dirty ditty from Cowichan Bay.  Jess is my kindred musical doppelganger spirit.  We have a similar taste in tunes and spend times late at night on twitter sharing music.  She sent me a heads up the band No Don’t Stop.

Sunday Buckets got their name from the days when they first came together.  They mostly had Mondays off work and would jam Sunday nights and drink beers… I guess by the bucket?

We’ll have a chance to see our October Band of the Month on Thursday, October 29th at Evolution night club.  Wear your costume!  Pay no cover, win prizes.

What the heck is “aftermathmatics?”

The show ends with some acoustic rock and roll from The Zone’s September band of the month, A Trophy Life.  ATL is currently in Ontario doing a tour of malls.  Fun.

That’s all I got this week.  Next week?  hmmm… maybe I should drag Double R into the studio with a few pints and we’ll tear into Double R’s new record “Starting Today?” What say you Ryan?

Go with yourself.

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