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Wow, Rifflandia is currently crushing Victoria and creating such a wonderful vibe in the city.

Mike Devlin wrote a better article about the energy of Rifflandia than I ever could so read that to get the jist of what is happening in our Garden City.

All this rock and roll coming through the port of Swartz Bay has been good for my radio show.  I was visited by no less than than 5 musical troubadours and ensembles.  I collected a few downloads for you today.  Please have a listen to the interview and music of Said the Whale and A Trophy Life.

On Monday I’ll post my interview with Champion and my interview and performances from Vince Vaccaro and The Dudes.

Download: Said the Whale Interview + Performance
Download: Said the Whale – “Camilo (The Magician)” [song]

Download: A Trophy Life Interview + Performance
Download: A Trophy Life – “Samsonite (I was Way Off)” [song]
Download: A Trophy Life – “New Song” [song]

I was very impressed by how great A Trophy Life sounded stripped down in the studio.  If you’re new to that band, their acoustic songs won’t disappoint so take a chance and download the tracks.

On Monday we’ll find out about The Dudes’ cursed BMX bike and what it did to the face of one of them, why they love Victoria (and hate Winnipeg), their new side project Dojo Workhorse a live performance.

Champion did not perform but the interview with him in good times with his crazy French Canadian accent.

Vince performs my favourite of his songs, “Costa Rica.”

Go with yourself.

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Jeremyatwork
Victoria’s modern rock radio station,
The Zone’s afternoon drive host Jeremy Baker
Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist

Plugged in to the music

Disc Jockey, blogger and podcaster Jeremy Baker
keeps finger on pulse of local rock scene

By Mike Devlin,
TimesColonist.com
July 8, 2009

Jeremy Baker has listened to more music, written more words, and digested more news by mid-afternoon than your average music fan does in a day, myself included.

For that, I hate his bloody overachieving guts.

Baker, 29, hosts the afternoon drive show (3-7 p.m.) on the Zone, the city’s modern rock station. His irreverent on-air chatter is only part of the package: Within the span of any given week, Baker also writes five blogs, DJ’s for at least one club, and creates Capital Rock City, a half-hour podcast spotlighting local music.

“You have friends who start doing something then stop, because they don’t get the payoff. That’s backwards,” Baker says. “You’ve got to keep going.”

Every conversation I’ve ever had with Baker reveals a new nugget of impossibly hilarious information, from his affinity for scooters to his love of barbecue. He eats a lot of sandwiches, walks to work most days, and goes into the record books as the only guy in the radio business who actually pays for music.

And when he signs off on a blog post, he writes “Go with yourself,” which I believe is a reference to an obscure Fiona Apple quote. Baker is geeky enough to be cool.

At his core, however, he’s simply a music fan looking for way to make his passion pay the bills. Baker would love to whittle his duties down to one gig, thus allowing for more time with his fiancée, Coral, and their 16- month-old daughter, Madelyn. But the funds for the pair’s upcoming wedding, slated for Oct. 11 at the Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas, have to come out of someone’s pocket.

“I would love to get paid and not work. Write a book, then collect some money, hang out with my family somewhere sunny and call it a life. But I’ve got a mortgage and I have to eat. To do that, you’ve go to be out there.”

I’m calling his bluff. When there wasn’t a mortgage to meet and bills to pay, and Baker was living in his parents’ basement, gigging with some buddies in a weekend warrior punk band, the dude was still non-stop.

He ran for mayor of Coquitlam at 18, while still a student at Coquitlam’s Centennial high school. That would strike nearly everyone as unusual, but Baker shrugs it off. “Young people run all the time. It’s when they win that it’s special.”

He doesn’t recall his platform, but he remembers the number of people who supported him.

“I got 404 votes,” he said, laughing at his shortcomings. “That was good for fourth, which was last place.”

Baker scaled back his aspirations and ran for Coquitlam city council the following year. He fared considerably better, placing 17th out of 30 candidates, but his dreams were dashed. He rejoined politics last year, running as a candidate for Esquimalt Council. This time, the results were less than favourable. He came dead last.

Baker said he might try politics again later in life, but only if he can dedicate 110 per cent of himself to the task. Then again, maybe not. “I keep losing, so maybe that means something.”

The radio business is a better bet. He’s a colourful, quirky on-air personality, prone to esoteric between-song breaks and revealing personal anecdotes. In short, the kind of radio jock which is in short supply these days.

“Seventy-six per cent of my job is spent keeping up with Jeremy’s antics,” says Sara Parker, Baker’s boss at the Zone. “But his Kermit the Frog laugh makes it all worth it.”

The broadcast bug bit Baker early. The summer after high school, while at a house party, he had the idea of hosting a campus radio show. Soon after, the Morning After Show on the University of British Columbia’s station, CiTR, was born. He later received a diploma in Broadcast and Media Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, which he parlayed into a gig at the Zone in 2003.

Luck played a part in Baker’s hiring — he arrived for his college practicum on the day the station’s morning show host quit — but Zone management is extremely happy with his ratings. They should be: Baker has literally grown up on-air in Victoria, both as a professional and person.

“I was lot more of a hipster when I first moved to Victoria. Now, spending $100 bucks on beer just because doesn’t really fly anymore.”

Next time you see Baker at a gig, buy him a frosty beverage. He deserves it.

Mike Devlin email: mdevlin@tc.canwest.com

© Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Plugged+music/1770050/story.html

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Oh Sara P, this is way too weird.  This is why 14 year old boys should not be allowed to write movies.

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How is this for raddest job alive!  The other day on the ZAS I was talking about Against Me! drummer Warren Oakes getting fired/quiting amicably with the band to open a burrito shop in Gainsville, FLA.  Today I get word that former Shins drummer Jesse Sandoval left the band to open a mexican food cart?

Nice.  I love mexican food and I love rock and roll, so far, so good, I like these stories.  BUT then I continue to read the story, and there is a man that travels the WORLD America trying out street vendor food.

Watch it, its good: Vendor TV – Portland

I have often spoke of my dream to open a sandwich cart called “The Paper Bag Princess” but now, if it ever happens… I’ll be so yesterday’s news.

Closer to home, there is a dude that has a blog that talks nothing but burgers… and next week, I’ll be meeting with Donald to review a burger! fun.

After sandwiches, my next passion is a good burger.  Maybe I should have Donald come over sometime and make him a burger! mmm.  I wanted to review the Canoe burger and that was our original plan, but the dude ended up hitting that place last week, so next week I want to do Pluto’s and then Coral and come too and we’ll eat burgers and talk about them all intellegent like.

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and lastly on a non-food related front, just a great article from my man Devlin at the TC about one of my fave Vic bands, the Racoons.

Read All About it!

That’s all I got, go with yourself.

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iDaft

daft-punk

Mike Devlin sent this website over to me.  Hours of wasted time at the office, here we go!

Work It, Make It, Do It

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