Posts Tagged ‘MP3’

I got a pile of bills sitting on the table.  Ugh, giving me heart palpitations.  Its my own fault.  I let shit slide in the summer and its coming home to roost.  Need to man-up and just dump my hoarded cash on it.  Bummer man, I hoard cash like an Orc chief, but thus is life in Victoria.

More remixes came across the inbox today.  One that grabbed my attention is another xx remix.  This sexy rework comes courtesy Libations and Oscillations.  I really smooth and easy take on The xx song “Sunset” from their latest album Coexist.

The xx – “Sunset” (Libations and Oscillations Remix)

Download MP3 >> Soundcloud

I *might* have more xx remixes than album tracks from this band. Neat.


Today, I read a most excellent article in Vulture about the Brooklyn indie rockers Grizzly Bear. (read it)

The article talks about the life and finances of a “big indie rock band” and puts into perspective just how hard it is to make it.  So good.

There is lots of talk of the importance of radio (what? nobody listens to the radio anymore)

The commercial system, he says, is “utterly fascinating and infuriating at the same time,” particularly the unwritten rules governing what is and is not deemed playable on the radio, and his sense that radio is still about the only way to reach people who don’t spend time actively seeking out new music. “I’ve always thought we write pop music,” he says. “I think songs of ours could be on the radio. They’re not.” The question of which bands get traction in the smaller indie world strikes him as a bit arbitrary and mysterious, too, but that’s a hurdle the band’s already cleared. Now it’s poised somewhere between rock-critical acclaim and genuine crossover. “There’s a ceiling that independent artists hit,” he recently told NPR, “and the only way past it is radio.” And radio “still feels very much controlled by major labels’ ability to use leverage—you still have to have the muscle. Very few indie acts actually have breakthrough radio hits.”

Interesting perspective from their side.

Well Grizzly Bear… lets have a listen to your song “Yet Again.”  They play the shit out of “Yet Again” on SiriusXM U (god Sirius has the most tragic branding).

Grizzly Bear -“Yet Again”

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That’s all I got. Go with yourself.

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Last weekend, I traveled to Sequim, Washington.  What a crazy and wonderful adventure.  I didn’t know you HAD to make a reservation for the Coho Ferry that goes from Victoria to Port Angeles.  I arrived two hours early Saturday morning and it was already full.  Well that fucking sucks Black Ball.  So it was a race to the BC Ferries, across the border, down the I-5.  West at Burlington, over a bridge, along a windy Whidbey Island road, another ferry to Port Townsend, around a bay and on to Sequim.  I arrived at 5PM, just in time for Stacy and Les’ wedding!  What a drive.

Their wedding ended earlier than I thought and there wasn’t much going on… so I went to Seattle.  I drove to Bainbridge Island, took another ferry and got to Seattle at 12:30AM!

I drove around Seattle for a bit then went, ahhhh I’ll just drive home.  Stopped around Mount Vernon and slept; woke up… and back home on the ferry 24 hours after I got on BC Ferries.   Good adventure, good people.

I woke up on Sunday to a couple emails alerting me to new comments on my blog.  Some chick going off on an old blog post about Puscifer.  Weird.  But that’s the internet, people that don’t know you, can discover an old blog post, take it out of context and shit on you.

Maybe I should delete the post?  She’s the second person to send me an angry tirade over a couple sentences.


I do have a great remix for you today.  I have been loving Atlas Genius’ song “Trojans” for awhile now.  Today I got a facebook message from my second best English Mate Rob letting me know about his new monthly mix.   Lots of cool jams.  My attention drifted to a remix from the Aussie band by Lenno.  nice.

Atlas Genius – “Trojans” (Lenno Remix)

Download MP3  >> Soundcloud

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Getting bogged down.  Brain power is low, energy is low.  So much work and projects that need attention.  It didn’t help that sleep crept up on me last night and I crashed hard.  Had to play catch up this morning.  The one thing I really wanted to do was put together a mix of songs Coral found.  We downloaded a bunch, but I fell asleep before I could craft a podcast.  So… coming soon?

Did roll into the Zone to some fine music.  Mumford & Sons… the band single handily responsible for bringing Depression chic back popped into the BBC 1 for a live performance.   BBC shows always seem to showcase a cover which I love.  Mumford & Sons tackle a jam from the British hipsters Alt J.

Mumford & Sons – “Tessellate” (Alt J cover)

Download MP3 >> When The Gramophone Rings

Cool song.  I think they’re singing about a movie, but I get a Mexican Standoff vibe.


I got an email the other day from some mucky muck working for Ghostkick. The duo reworked the massive massive from Phoenix, “1901.”  This song has good propulsive energy for your running, workout of dance floor mix.

Phoenix – “1901” (Ghostkick and Andr3x remix)

Download MP3 >> Soundcloud


Another remix that snuck up on me was this beauty by Work Drugs.  He but a nice spin Bon Iver’s “Beth/Rest.”

Bon Iver – “Beth/Rest” (Work Drugs Remix)

Download MP3 >> Soundcloud


I’ll be working on a lot of these songs during my set Friday night at Veneto.  Maybe I’ll see you there?

Go with yourself.

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Remix y’all….

Two Door Cinema Club‘s “Sleep Alone” gets all dancey.  The remix is done by French producer Beataucue.  Let’s go!

Two Door Cinema Club – “Sleep Alone” BeatauCue Remix

Free Download >> Soundcloud

Go with yourself.

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London’s The XX have a new record called Coexist out on September 11th.  Already the album is streaming for those in the want.  A remix floating around the blogs today comes from a Philadelphia producer named Skollo.  One blogger described it as a moombahton style.  Sure.

The xx – “Angels” (Skollo remix)

Download MP3 >> Angels (Sköllo Remix)


I read an interview the other day on Pitchfork with Dr. Jonathan Sterne and he was talking about his new book about the MP3.  I thought it sounded pretty neat so I emailed him and said, “I’m a radio guy, blah blah blah, send me a book.”

AND he did!

I cracked it, and the first page had an interesting quote from the 1930s.

The organic has become visible

again even within the mechani-

cal complex: some of our most

characteristic mechanical instru-

ments—the telephone, the phono-

graph, the motion picture—have

grown out of our interest in the human

voice and the human eye and our knowl-

edge of their physiology and anatomy.

Can one detect, perhaps, the characteristic

properties of this emergent order—its pat-

tern, its planes, its angle of polarization, its color?

Can one, in the process of crystallization, remove

the turbid residues left behind by our earlier forms

of technology? Can one distinguish and define the specific

properties of a technics directed toward the service of life:

properties that distinguish it morally, socially, politically, es-

thetically from the cruder forms that preceded it? Let us make

the attempt.—Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization

Right on Mumford… right on. Interesting character and a great way to start a book about ones and zeros and music.


Some serious thought to wrap the grey matter of my brain around.  I’ve also been thinking of writing a story.  Ugh, two actually… but they are both so weird and niche and I don’t see the end or the point yet.  That might take more meditation and a machine that adds a couple more hours to the day because right now, there just ain’t enough time.

That’s all I got, time to go read my book.

Go with yourself.

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It was a busy weekend of DJ gigs, Swiftsure, weddings, Veneto, and Power to Be events… but now that it is Monday and back to work, I get to relax!

The picture at the top of this blog is from the Power to Play event on Sunday.  Woke up with the birds for a Tough Mudder type race pitting various companies against each other to tackle some pretty extreme challenges culminating in the Mud Bog and then climbing the pyramid to ring the bell and finish the race!

Team Zone was a group of listeners and they placed 9th!  And were the top media team to finish.

Power to Play is coming to Vancouver in September at Stanley Park… so Vancouver friends, check it out.  It was mighty! (and they don’t have a radio partner yet… hint hint)


Right, cover song freakout… I got a couple for you.  Song one was tweeted at me by Matthew.  Matthew knowing that I love all things Ben Howard AND Carly Rae Jepsen send me a cover of “Call Me Maybe.”

Ben Howard – “Call Me Maybe” (Carly Rae Jepsen cover)

Download MP3 >> Ben Howard – Call Me Maybe

I like this take as its a pretty dramatic spin on the bright Top 40 original.  You recognize the CR Jepsen, but its a Ben Howard tune.  Same words, same basic arrangement, different energy.  Love the vibe.

The other cover I heard today was Morning Parade covering Black Key’s “Gold on the Ceiling.”  They had the boys on SiriusXM Alt Nation talking about this jam.  The boys said they have stayed in a lot of nice hotel and a lot of dumpy motels and this song speaks to that.

Morning Parade – “Gold on the Ceiling” (Black Keys cover)

Download MP3 >> Morning Parade – Gold on the Ceiling

Once again… a great cover because they take the song, give it a different spin while maintaining the essence.


In other news…. Game of Thrones this weekend… Battle of the Blackwater lived up to the hype in production.  As far as a TV series go, it was mighty.  Guys having their heads cleaved off, magical green fire and then!  GACK! My Shaw Box died.  And since then, no TV.  I’d complain to Shaw, but my resident Shaw employee is at Sasquatch.  The worst.  Oh well, I look forward to finishing the battle when she gets back.  Besides, no TV for a day… aside form the battles I’ll have with Madelyn tonight, probably for the best.

Go with yourself.

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On Friday, the news of Adam Yauch’s death bounced around the world.  The Beastie Boy was much loved in the world of music.

I am not going to write about how I was a mega Beastie Boy fan or how they inspired me greatly… because I wasn’t and they didn’t… on a personal level.

I grew up with the music. I enjoy a bunch of their singles… that is about the extent of my Beastie Boys fandom.

I did hear the Chris Martin piano based tribute to the band.  And I thought it sounded pretty good.

Coldplay – “Fight For Your Right”

Download MP3 >> Coldplay – Fight For Your Right To Party

Go with yourself.

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Dear internet,

Feels good to be back to a kind of regular day at the radio factory.  Today I only met Jim Pattison, Canada’s forth richest billionaire.  Yesterday I was wandering around East Vancouver in the rain at 7:45AM.  Its been a couple of interesting days to say the least.

Monday, I hopped on the ferry with 100.3 The Q! music director Scott James to see Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol at their sold out Orpheum show.

It was a bit of a whirlwind as Scott and I rushed to the 3PM ferry to discover it full.  We walked on and abandoned Scott’s choice 1991 Honda CR-X.  We took the PCL into Vancouver and checked into the Rosedale on Robson. No sooner had our bags hit the bed, we were taking the elevator down for a quick pint and then the show.

The Orpheum was packed for the show.  Ed Sheeran is a young gentleman from the UK via Hollywood (or vise versa?  He was born in the UK, but moved to LA).  There was a considerable amount of hype surrounding this folky-hip hoppstery-beat boxer (seriously he does a variety of things).  Immediately I ran into a group of girls excited for Ed!  His show was exceptional… I’d say my biggest concern was that it was too short.  I’d be surprised if he played more than 4 songs.  You can tell he is young and enjoying the crowds.  He is still learning how to handle the huge audience… Musically; he was on-point.

I personally prefer his folky Damien Rice type stuff over the beat-boxing raps about his ginger hair.  That is why I recorded his hit, A-Team.

Ed Sheeran – “A-Team” (live 20120430 Vancouver)
Download MP3 >> Ed Sheeran – A Team

Snow Patrol headlined the show.  I had heard through the hype-machine that Ed Sheeran was blowing SP off the stage every night.  I didn’t get that vibe myself.  Not because Ed Sheeran was bad, but because Snow Patrol’s sound and stage is just bigger.  Ed can’t… he was one guy beat boxing and layering his own music.  Impressive trick for sure… but Snow Patrol sounded way bigger and fuller.  Plus they had the lights and screens…

Scott was at the Coldplay show the other day in Vancouver and basically likened Snow Patrol to a little Coldplay.  Snow Patrol is good, but Coldplay are the masters.  And I think what I took from Scott after seeing both Snow Patrol and Coldplay… is that Coldplay is one of the biggest bands in the world for a reason. But we couldn’t quite pin down what that reason is… Scott says a lot of what Snow Patrol does, Coldplay does, but with Chris Martin it came off as more believable?

Gary Lightbody is flying around the stage, doing a humility schtick, talking to the audience and being very flamboyant and upfront.  And then there were maybe 6 other guys back in the shadows behind him making the music.

The set also felt light for me, which is probably good… I was never bored or scratching my head during a song selection.  They played most the hits from all their records and they played my favourite song “Set Fire to the Third Bar” off Eyes Open.  I hit record (a little late) for this song.

Snow Patrol – “Set Fire to the Third Bar” (live 20120430 Vancouver)

Download MP3 >> Snow Patrol – Set Fire to the Third Bar

After the show, it was a quick beer then bed as we had to be on an early ferry… but seeing as things weren’t going right for Scott and I… we missed the PCL Bus at 7:30 and had to wait till 9:30AM.

Rolling with the adventure, I took the time to wander down Main Street into Chinatown… see the East Van sights as the city was waking up and found a coffee shop.

Go with yourself.

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Man, my kid looks like a savage warrior.  And some nights before bed, or some mornings getting ready for preschool, she acts like one too!

On our way to some swimming last night, I spied this vintage looking Harley.  I wanted to take a pic, Mads wanted to be in it… so here we are.  Then off to the diving board.  She loves to swim in the deep end, which is wonderful and scary, considering she doesn’t know how to swim.  The good is that she is actually getting kinda competent and I can now see the day when I won’t have to keep her alive in the deep end.  AND I tread a lot of water, so our swimming trips are starting to be a bit of a cardio for fat dad too.  Nice.

Back at the Baker homestead we are almost through season 4 of Sons of Anarchy.  Well Coral is… I have only watched sporadic episodes, but I think I have the story down pretty good.

The other day i wrapped season 3 and I heard a great song by an artist called Battleme.  Battleme is Matt Drenik, lead singer of a band called Lions.  But when he is solo, its Battleme.  He does a cover of Neil Young‘s Hey Hey, My My… and its pretty awesome.

Battleme – “Hey Hey, My My”

Download MP3 >> [tindeck.com] – Battleme – Hey Hey, My My

Go with yourself.

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The new Jack White record Blunderbuss is finally out there… I had a chance to hear it Monday in Boitano’s car on our romantic drive to Sidney for a meeting… then again today.  There are so many great songs.  Radio homegirl Brandy really likes the title track “Blunderbuss.”  A song I enjoyed was cut 10.

Jack White – “Hip (eponymous) Poor Boy”

Such a fun song.

“A cold shiver comes over me.  And it turns me on. When the music takes over me.”


Yesterday was Record Club at Smiths Pub.  VRC #12 featured some fine tunes as it always does… and a record that stood out for me was Jesiah’s Junius.  The album is called Reports from the Threshold of Death.  So metal.

Jesiah called it metalgaze.  Like shoegaze, but metal.

It was a pretty rad record to lock into.  Here is the single.

Junius – “All Shall Float”

Download MP3 >> Junius – All Shall Float – [MP3JUICES.COM]

Pretty huge.  The sound has a lot of fuzz and resonance.

Jesiah had the vinyl and it looks awesome.  A blue and white sunburst!

Go with yourself.

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