Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix’

Remember that time last week when R. Kelly hopped on stage with Phoenix at Coachella?

Me neither… like many, I just read about Coachella and say, “it must be nice.”  Even if I could get to Coachella, I don’t have the abs for it.

Go with yourself.

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Phoenix is massive. Dinosaur Jr always sounded massive.  It ,makes sense to have J Mascis wrap his guitar around “Entertainment.”

“What you want, what you do to me.”

Phoenix is in Vancouver on March 28th to perform at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

“My brother David took me to see Dinosaur Jr. live in Paris around the time when [1991’s] Green Mind was released (…) I have been a fan since then.” Phoenix front guy Thomas Mars from SPIN.

And uhhh… J Mascis is putting out as purple shoe.

Go with yourself.

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The album and single art is tragic, but the new sounds from Paris’ Phoenix….pretty good.

The premiere single off Bankrupt (April 23rd, Universal) is called “Entertainment.”

You’re getting a synth-driven, forward moving, Phoenix sounding song.

Stereogum says THIS!
and Spin says THAT!

Happy Monday!

Go with yourself.

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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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Generally when I read or hear about some hipster jam and its not reviewed or mentioned on Pitchfork, my bullshit meter goes off.

One of two things must be true about this song:

01) Its a corporate construct like Paramore or Taco Bell “Beef”

02) Its too enjoyable and accessible for the “Dictators of Taste” in Chicago.

The story is bizarre and wonderful and strange.

LA scenesters record one ice-cool song.  Share it for free on their website.  One friend tells another down the grapevine and presto-bingo-bango, internet phenoms.

Foster the People‘s “Pumped Up Kicks” reverberated around the internet tubes this past summer and with a discography that includes… uhh, “Pumped Up Kicks” they are now off to do a little tour of Australia and will be at this year’s Coachella.

What’s going on?  Is the song really that good?  I dunno…  lets have a listen.

Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
Download mp3 >> FosterthePeople-Pumpedupkicks

The LA Times had all sorts of positives to say about the song, I mean, if you think sounding like Phoenix or Empire of the Sun is a positive.

I’ve listened to the song a half-dozen times at my desk today.  I like it.  Is it changing me world?  not really… so maybe I don’t fully appreciate or understand why this particular track got touched by the fickle hand of the viral internet.  But I will download the the free MP3 and include it in my set at Veneto for sure.

Go with yourself.

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As I’ve blogged about before I have had a minor obsession with the desert of the American southwest, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and what it might have been like growing up in a suburb of Phoenix. Here is the soundtrack to those thoughts swirling around the grey matter of my brain.

My song selection feels on-point for the mood and story I want to tell save for the Ennio cut off the top which my be a challenge for some listeners, and breaks my golden rule of not staring off with a punch or a song more representative of the set. No worries… I needed this song to get me fired up on the mix.

The mix between Caribou and FM Belfast is rather tragic.  Sorry for that.  I have grappled with this list for a couple weeks and have scrapped a few attempts… I had to settle for allowing some mistakes or I’d never get it done.

The FM Belfast song is quirky… but I like it because it is all about the suburbs and being a teenager, which flows into College’s song so nicely.

“its so sexy… to be… living in America… baby, we’re living in America.”  Well done DOM.

The Crystal Castles song I added just this week after hearing it. I just like it, but it doesn’t really conjure any of the emotions or thoughts listed above. Just thought the sound fitted in.

Listen to: MIX two types


DJ Notes

Clint Eastwood :: Two Types Of People In This World 1 Ennio MorriconeIl Triello 2 John TalabotSunshine (Delorean Remix) 3 DeloreanInfinite Desert 4 CaribouSun 5 Fm BelfastUnderwear 6 CollegeTeenage Color 7 DomLiving In America 8 Crystal CastlesCelestica 9 HealthUsa Boys. 10 PhoenixLove Like A Sunset (Part 1) 11

Did you know it snows in the desert sometimes?  weird.

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I wanted to share a few videos I came across this week and talked about on the radio.  Then if you care, you can watch them.

The first one is a promo for a new documentary coming out called One Nine Nine Four.  It is a movie about the California punk thing of the mid-90s.  Being a child of the 90s, it is all about the music I used to listen to all the time.  Lots of Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, Pennywise, Bad Religion… all that good stuff.

Next up is a school choir singing a Phoenix song a la Langley School Kids Music Project style. Super cute.

The final video comes from the UK where current Zoner buzz band Mumford and Sons jammed out a cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Cousins” for the BBC.

Download the MP3 from Abeano.com: Mumford and Sons – “Cousins”

That’s all I got for a Friday.  Happy weekend.  I’ll be DJing tonight & Saturday at The Veneto Lounge in the Rialto Hotel on Douglas at Pandora.  Come see me if you’re going out drinking this weekend downtown.

Go with yourself.

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Cue up Kings of Leon’s “Knocked Up (Lykke Li vs Rodeo Remix)

I’ve always wanted to live in the desert (and oddly, Omaha, Nebraska… I have a recurring dream where I move to Omaha to be on the radio and live by the airport… weird).

But the desert, the desert is somewhere where I think I could live.  I suppose in a pinch I could settle for the Okanagan… but that’s not really what I’m thinking.  I want to live where its flat, desolate, strange creatures dwell, and its hot.

Living in the desert shouldn’t be that challenging of a goal to achieve one day.  No one wants to live there, so it should be matter of just going, and finding a patch of sand to settle.

What got my imagination turning was reading the story of the Meat Puppets.  The Meat Puppets started in the late 70s and early 80s in Phoenix, Arizona.  But not even right in Phoenix the city, but a suburb.  The Meat Puppets began as this crazy hardcore lo-fi (I guess all 80s indie rocker bands would be lo-fi by today’s standards) band but then evolved into a pioneering alternative group.  The Kirkwood brothers, Curt and Cris started the band in a town called Paradise Valley.  I don’t know what Paradise Valley might have been like in the late 70s, but today its one of the more affluent areas of Arizona.  I was reading their bio on wiki, and its a pretty straight forward, they did this, then this happened, then they did this and then this happened and next… you know how it is.  Doesn’t paint much of a picture.  But I was interested in what life might have been like, being a teenager in suburban Phoenix in 1979… being into hardcore music and starting a punk rock band.  What was happening in Curt and Cris’ world to shape them and create the Meat Puppets?  History tells us what happened after.  It took some time, but their sound gelled, they influenced Nirvana, they had some success in the mid 90s when the world went ape shit for grunge… but a lot of that happened 10 years or more after they were high school kids.  I wonder….

Does anyone remember that movie SLC Punk?  What a cool movie, a little goofy but maybe it kinda reminds me of the film I wish I could see about the Meat Puppets.  Fun fact, Jason Segel (who is 8 days my junior) makes one of his first movie appearances in SLC Punk.  huh?  He’ll later go on to star in I Love You, Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Knocked Up.

jeeze, all this talk on the 80s has me listening to old Fear and Exploited records.  Oi.

“Hold it, hold it! No way, pal. That’s a bald-faced lie! We caused $500,000 worth of damage, a cool half a million dollars worth of damage, ‘cause we’re professionals, and I counted the damage myself.” – Fear leader Lee Ving talking to the New York post in 1981 about trashing the set of Saturday Night Live.

Go with yourself.

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I am going to begins today’s blog with a call for help.  Dylan Willow‘s GF Jacquelyn is trying to help an organization raise $10,000 to build a school in Africa.  She asked me to find 10 people that want to give $10 for the cause.

Please take a quick sec and pledge $10 right here: Help Build a School


I thought this was pretty cool.  Trolling the doubleUdoubleUdots today, I saw an interesting fact.  Only four independent bands in the history of Billboard’s modern rock chart have ever reached number 1.

The Offspring – “Self Esteem” (1994)
Everlast – “What Its Like” (1998)
Silversun Pickups – “Panic Switch” (2009)
Phoenix – “1901” (2010)

I don’t know if Billboard has updated their chart or what, but they are still showing them at number 2 despite this news article to the contrary.  Maybe I got the wrong chart?


I know we should be thinking winter Olympics in this part of the world… but with the weather so nice, I can’t help but look ahead to baseball season.

Our local pro team is the Victoria Seals and in their second season they will begin by playing the new expansion team from Maui.

The Victoria Baseball Blog had a look at their new jerseys.  I am not so much a fan, but David Eleanor seemed to like.

ahhh, I don’t know… But I do know I’d love if we could organize a Zone road trip to Maui…

Go with yourself.

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The Times Colonist asked, “should we invite him to Victoria?”  Heck yes we should.

Phoenix rocked Vancouver the other night, and it turns out I missed quite the party!

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