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weird party
It doesn’t seem like too many folks are getting into the smooth jazz game in 2014…but then, what is smooth jazz? Basically chill wave but made by a band instead of a nerd and a laptop.

This record showed up on my desk the other day at the Radio Factory. The group is called Weird Party and features a bunch of players from the Victoria music scene. I plunked it down on my turntable the other day while getting about ma’ chores…so groovy. This record is chill.

The record cover screams Vancouver Island.

Weird Party is new, it’s classic, it’s timeless, it’s offered on cassette? Neat.

Go with yourself.

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Stream from Mixcloud: Mixtape >> When its sunny in December

A playlist that began to take shape after I heard a few interesting songs. The first couple of jazz numbers I heard when I read one of my favourite male fashion blogs (yes I have a favourite male fashion blog).

http://streetetiquette.com/

I also tracked down Ben Kweller after watching the movie “The Change-Up.” (don’t make fun of me, I already feel like a weirdo jiving on Ben Kweller… and to discover the song on a Jason Bateman film… shameful… but thus is fate)

Then it became a matter of trying to draw some parallels and connecting some dots and this is the playlist I sported.

I little melancholy, but at times erotic or desperate. Sprinkled in the forlorn… I heard brightness and rounded out the little set with some Afrobeat.

The idea of December came from Vampire Weekend drinking horchata in the winter. And The Green Arrows are an African band from the 70s. There style reminds me winter holidays in sunny places.

I hope you enjoy the mix.

The flip to this playlist…. when its raining in December is coming soon….

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It may or may not be a surprise to some of you, that I do enjoy me some AM radio.

I started my journey into the realm of commercial radio pushing buttons for a radio show called Coast-to-Coast AM on CFUN.

When I started there, I hated the show.  It was so stupid.

But after the better part of a year, staying up late and listening to the show all the time, I kinda got into it.

When I moved to Victoria, I more or less just stopped listening to AM radio.

Recently however, I have been enjoying this late night radio show twice a week.  After my DJ sets at the Veneto.

I only listen for 30 minutes or less… but its enough to hear some weird shit.

Last Saturday was a show called “Renegade History of the United States.”

People calling up the host to debate facts about history and motivations for stuff.  Slavery came up lots and the host said something interesting.  He wasn’t justifying the practice at all, but he did say that some good might have come for the horrible evil.

Chiefly, rock and roll.

Wow.

He said that the earliest roots of rock trace back to slave music.  No slaves, no slave culture, maybe no rock and roll.

Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock and Roll”

The weird consequences of the law don’t stop there.

What about Prohibition in the US in the 1920s?

The Untied States flirted with banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol.

As you might suspect, that didn’t go over to well with.. well pretty much everyone.  So an underclass of illegal nightclubs and saloons sprung up all over the US called the Speakeasy.

The Speakeasy became a hub for what racial activism was going on at the time and for jazz music.

Jazz music of this era would also have an influence on the rock and roll that would begin to take shape in the 50s.

Go with yourself.

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Bike to Work Week has been great so far.  Not that it is much different than any other week for me since I’ve bought my road bike… but still.

The best ride was Tuesday Night in the rain after my show filling in for Pol Plastino (on assignment to the Sasquatch Festival… full report at 11).

The city at night is a wonderful place for a biker.  Calm, cool and easy.

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Last night, after the radio program… I raced down Quadra, then View to Hermann’s Jazz Club.  This fine basement suite of a drinkhole has been a part of Victoria since 1986, but it was first time there.  My brother’s boss at the cabinet factory fancies himself a Jazz-player and so we braved the keyboard solos and pencil mustachios for some of the jazz music.

I arrived early and so the bar was not serving.  I could hear the bartender and another employee sitting behind me going off on patrons and all the dumb shit we apparently do there.  I wanted a beer so bad, but it seems asking for service form the bar is on their list of things that would make me a “dumbass” or a “fucking dumbass.”  So I just sat thirsty and cowardly watching hockey till the lady hopped behind the bar.

Then, sure enough she was actually pretty pleasant.

I didn’t stay all too long, but a handful of beers, conversation with my brother and his newly minted wife and his boss’ jazz music was a good time.  I’d drink there again.

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Here is a cool story that caught my attention (and fired up my imagination) this week.  A steampunk band from the UK is releasing their new single “That’s What I Call Steampunk – Volume 1” on wax cylinder! The first commercial cylinder nearly 100 years.

What is a wax cylinder? Well we’d need to travel back to the oldenest of days.  Way back when Thomas Edison first invented the idea of recorded sound.

The phonograph is what your 1903 hipster great great grandfather was jamming out some Vaudeville outfit  you’ve never heard on; while he scoffed at your more pedestrian collection of Sir Wilfred Laurier speeches.

The band’s song is pretty terrible (like any musical group that claims to be steampunk), but the gimmick is pretty cool.  Their 20 British Pound single comes with plans to make your own phonograph.   The plans are what is of interest to me.  Wouldn’t that be a fun DIY project?

Go with yourself.

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oops, who is that calling?  My friend ted sent me this…

CBC: Pranksters Convince Victoria Man to Throw Heave TV and Fridge Out His Hotel Window

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shuggieotis

I have started working hard on my music project.  The project will need me to get familiar with some music that is not necessarily my style and it will need some good jazz, however, finding stuff that isn’t new agey or “smooth jazz” is a challenge.  I am liking a dude named Gil Scott-Heron.  But then I start diving into 70’s funk and soul.  Not so bad… but my explorations always take me away from jazz.  heh, maybe I just don’t like jazz and prefer 70’s soul/funk and fusion?  who knew?  The Shuggie Otis always sounds mighty!

iTunes has some great Jazz primer playlists of a variety of styles (its how I found Gil Scott-Heron) so I might go back there and poke around.  Last FM ain’t doing me any favours right now.

Time to hop into the studio right now, I got to jam out a Capital Rock City podcast.  #50 will be a best of 2009 so far!  Lots of great Victoria rockers to choose from.

The more I think, and the more feedback I get, it looks like my next podcast project will be the farming podcast… I’ll save the history one for a future consideration when the farmcast loses steam.

Go with yourself.

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