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Sasquatch
The Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington State will once again be amazing. I wish I could go, but sadly it is not in the cards for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy playing along and discovering new bands. Personally, I love listening to the small-print bands. Today lets hit play on Seattle chillwavers, Manatee Commune. Yes I searched them out 100% because of their band name.

Manatees are taking over!

Go with yourself.

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I made a Sasquatch 2013 playlist the other day.  Digging through some songs I had for some bands to check out.  One cut that has been burrowing into my head is Fang Island‘s “Daisy.”

The song isn’t new, it came out a few years ago.  So catchy and fun.  This beautiful weather we’ve been enjoying in the Rain Forest Kingdom has inspired me to walk EVERYWHERE. That means playlists and headphones.  This track puts a bounce in my step.

Go with yourself.

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What time is it?  I should sleep… but before tucking in for the night, I made a mixtape.

Mixcloud: Mixtape >> Sasquatch Festival 2013 Mix

Last year I made a mix for my wife to get her amped on Sasquatch. This year, neither of us is (are?) going… but the rage burns inside… so here is another mixtape. I limit it to 20 songs so its a manageable listen but will still take you just over an hour. So make a date with your headphones.

A favourite?

oh man, tough call, I like all these jams. Maybe Wake Owl…or that Youth Lagoon song. Actually, I also really enjoy Surfer Blood.  The Holy Ghost! song does contain an amazing use of the name “Imogen.”

Ok, have fun… if you got a favourite please leave a message. If I have criminally omitted YOUR favourite Sasquatch 2013 song, please share it with me.

Thank you for taking the time to enjoy music. Go with yourself.

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postal service
Happy Monday! A weekend of emails to answer on Monday morning brought many new song developments to share.  One f the more exciting ones, new music from Ben Gibbard’s (Death Cab for Cutie) Postal Service.

The song will be part of April’s ten year reissue of 2003’s Give Up.

The song once again taps female vocalist Jenny Lewis (Ril0 Kiley) for a contribution.

Death Cab goes on tour for the first time in ten years… beginning at Coachella and winding its way up to Sasquatch in May.

Go with yourself.

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Tame Impala Elephant
Perth, WA psych rockers Tame Impala are gearing up to invade Canada.  I will welcome them as liberators!

The single being sent to radio from their most excellent record Lonerism is called “Elephant.”

The song will be featured in a Blackberry 10 TV commercial… so you’ll hear it.  And whaaaaaaat? They’re also playing Sasquatch.

Go with yourself.

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I’ve been feeling Portland’s Red Fang the last couple days.  These guys rip…so good that the ONLY thing that would make them better is if they were called The Hooded Fang.

The record is not new, Murder The Mountains was released back in 2011.  Since the Sasquatch 2013 lineup announcement, I’ve been listening to lots of the bands taking part.  Red Fang have stood out as a band I wish I could see there.

The song I chose for you off their album is called “Dirt Wizard,” because it had wizard in the title.

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Another band that I think has the potential to take Sasquatch to DEFCON 1 is Sacramento’s Death Grips.  Music to freakout the norms.

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Lastly, let’s travel across the Salish Sea and enjoy the latest feature track from the Fraser Valley’s We Hunt Buffalo.

Loud it up.

Go with yourself.

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Coral wanted me to make her a playlist to walk to work with.  She said it had to be good and contain NO My Chemical Romance…SWA?  Is that even possible?

I thought about maybe playing her a set of top 40 hits because she likes that kind of music… but seeing as she can jam that out any time in Honda…I’d play some songs that might be new to her, or a re-acquantance.  She is off to Sasquatch, so its all Sasquatch bands, except the first song, which is Passion Pit “Take a Walk.”  Get it?

Diving through the lineup for Sasquatch this year… lots of gems to chose from.  One of the artists is electronic dance music-olgist? Pretty Lights.  I punched up his 2006 hit “Finally Moving.”

Pretty Lights – “Finally Moving”

Just hang on one darn second Pretty Lights… that’s a Flo Rida song!  I meant Avicii song, Levels! No wait… Doi-Ong or was it Rappin-4-Tay?

Oh right… it was Etta James.

Etta James – “Something’s Got A Hold On Me”

“Don’t need a glock, but I bought one just in case. Sucker trying to stop me from pursuing my paper chase.”  Rappin 4 Tay, you got it figured out.

Go with yourself.

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I was talking in a blog post earlier this month about the Sasquatch Festival being a very positive influence on my young lovely and her re-energized appreciation of alternative music.  She came home with a few new favourite bands and artists.

It being payday today, I headed down to Ditch Records before work coming to the Zone to buy Coral the Foster the People LP. Coral had been talking about shaking up our record wall and subbing in some new cover art and one record she mentioned was Foster the People.

Sadly, Ditch was sold out.  Jeremy said that since FTP became popular on the radio (Number 1 on the Zone’s modern rock countdown) and Sasquatch, its been a constant parade of music lovers coming down looking for the CD or LP.  Both, currently, “out of stock.”  Sadness.  I have really been enjoying Torches as of late myself and was looking forward to some lazy weekends or late night drinks with that disc on the turntable this summer.

I remembered that Coral has had a couple other bands rotating on her iPhone.  !!! and Yeasayer.

Ditch had !!!’s Strange Weather, Isn’t It and Yeasayer’s 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals.

I unleashed the power of the modern mobile cancer causing universe and sent her the choices.

She liked !!!’s cover art but preferred the sounds of Yeasayer.  And so its Yeasayer added to the collection.

I brought the album to work and noticed a couple neat things.  Track 2, side one: “Wait for the Summer.”

Track 2, side two: “Wait for the Wintertime”

Neat.  Let’s have a listen.

Yeasayer – “Wait For The Summer”

Wow, what a terribly dark and evil song.  Listen carefully… its about murdering (or dreaming about murdering) your lover.

Yeasayer – “Wait for the Wintertime”

Ok, a slightly more positive jam… about making babies in the Brick Yard and my favourite lines:

Wintertime
Is a ball and chain,
for the old and grey,
It’s the price to pay for the
summertime

Circles man… its all circles with Yeasayer.

Go with yourself.

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The Sasquatch Festival did something mighty for my love Coral… it brought her back to the alt. music fold.  Not that she had drifted far, but maybe the Beat 94.5 was on the radio more than maybe it used to be.

Coral came home for the Sasquatch with a tan, a week long hangover and an iPod FULL of great new (and not so new) jammers.

And its great for me, because now there are so many groups we both enjoy and get to punch up on a car ride or even… Coral is starting to turn the TV off, and the stereo on… nice.

One record she is on hard right now is Foster the People’s Torches. The song “Pumped Up Kicks” is arguably the most popular song on the Zone right now and currently number 1 on our countdown show.

Before its life as a mainstream modern rock single, the song enjoyed the distinction of being a “viral internet hit.”  On the strength of that song and a small 3 song e.p., a record label snapped them and signed them.  That might have been a wise investment as the full length record is super duper solid.

Very dancey, summery and fun.  The record features some light dance numbers and a few pretty, 80s/90s-esque pop/love type songs.  I love song “I Would Do Anything for You.”  So cute.

Driving to Nana’s house yesterday for a BBQ; Coral, Alyx, Mads and I rolled down the windows of the Jeep and turned up the record.  Coral said her favourite song is “Don’t Stop (Colour on the walls)

Such a fun song.

I prefer track one, side one and the band’s third single… “Helena Beat.”

If you’re looking for a great summer soundtrack, Foster the People have more than a few songs for your playlist which makes Torches an excellent selection when thinking of buying new music.

Go with yourself.

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Walked into the Zone today.  Seeing as it was so nice and Coral and I didn’t have a chance to do our weekend hike.  On ym way in, i rocked my one armed backpack which is quickly becoming my second fave purchase (the hiking shoes being number 1!).

I using this backpack for all sorts of stuff, lunch kit seems to be the best use.  But it is also my handy dandy diaper bag when out with Madelyn.  Diaper bags are the most emasculating invention ever.  Its bad enough its a purse type bag.  If it were filled with gun powder and musket balls, then I could at least handle it… but then its filled with baby powder and diapers.  No fun central.

This handy little bag, way smaller, out of the way, frees my hands.  Plus I think it’ll be a godsend at the Sasquatch Festival this year (If I can get there!).

If there is one thing I hate, its being encumbered with stuff.  I want to be free.  The flip is, free equals cold, or hungry or thirsty.

This year, I’ll have a little pack, outta the way.  Next, I’ll need some hipster pants that let me zip off the legs during the day to make shorts, then at night, zip them back on.  Plus some sort of sweater that can be tucked into this pack and pulled out when I when Coral gets cold at night.

This year I applied for a proper media pass.  I hope to get a chance to record the shenanigans for a kickass podcast.  My little pack might be big enough for an audio recorder too.  I’ll let the photog haul around the visual apparatus.

With the laptop and the motor home, I can produce up a show every night for broadcast. Go technology!

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Stone Temple Pilots s/t album cover

The Stone Temple Pilots record cover looks pretty groovy… man.

The new record is supposed to have a 60s vibe.  really?  I’d believe that.

We all go through a classic rock phase at some point, I am glad that Scott and the rest of the boys are going through theirs.

STP released their first new single since… 2003? on Friday night.  Pretty weird, but the stunt worked.  According Alan Cross over at Explore Music, the single was spun over 500 times in a 60 hour period across North America.  Not bad.

Now if you really want to dive into some syrupy, 60’s acid rock from California, get involved with this band, Best Coast.  The song “When I’m With You” is rad (scroll down to the bottom of the player).  “When I’m with you I have fun.”  Oh very lo-fi a dirty.  Looks like the jumping off point for this week’s mix.  Plus I’ll tuck into some “Best New” tracks and music from Pitchfork and a couple other faves.  We’ll see what plays out.  Its hard to say before I am in pajamas standing in front of the blinking lights of my rig.  I kinda want to play “Show My Ass” (MP3) but uh, yeah that might not be my style.   Coming at you tonight or tomorrow.

Go with yourself.

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