Posts Tagged ‘Smashing Pumpkins’


Happy Friday music blog reading gangster. Wrapping my first week in Vancouver on CFOX. After the show I am racing to the ferry to get home to my babies and baby.

I’ll post one last one this week and get back to you probably on Monday.

San Francisco’s Waters did a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight Tonight.”

Growing up I used to love the Smashing Pumpkins. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness came out when I was 15. I rocked that double album hard. Plus we were living in the era of music videos on the actual TV. The Pumpkins had more than one Much Mega Hit off that disc including the journey to the moon video for this cut.

The San Fran band Waters does a noble job of plugging into that 90s alt-rock vibe that I still like to hear. Their singles (and ep in general) are favourites on my playlists at home. I won’t be able to make the trip to Seattle for their February 10th show. Maybe one day they’ll venture further north or play the Emerald City on a weekend that works for me.

And since we’re loving the cover songs…. we’ll go a back a few months. Waters covering the Cranberries.

Happy Friday! Thank you for reading and sending emails and generally being a groovy music loving person.

Go with yourself.

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I got an email today from Aric sending my attention to his new project Camera2.  He told me some story about visiting Victoria as a kid many moons ago (thank you for visiting).  The Brooklyn band features an assortment of veterans from other groups.  The bio reads:

Brooklyn foursome Camera2 is made up of producer-songwriter-vocalist – Andy Chase (Tahiti 80/Juliana Hatfield/Smashing Pumpkins), guitarist – Michael Jurin (Stellastarr*), bassist – Aric Gillis (Teenage Kick) and drummer – Mike Williams (Teddybears). The band came together in mid-2012 and soon after completed an album Andy wrote and produced in his home studio with co-production by Blondfire’s Bruce Driscoll. Camera2 is a decidedly new direction and a departure from the sounds of the previous projects for all the members who have now stepped into a harder hitting, darker, upbeat and more electronically driven indie-universe.

Resume checks out…. lets have a listen to the first feature song, “Just About Made It.”

Go with youself.

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The Victoria Record Club will be meeting Tuesday, April 24th at Smiths.  And I guess we’re feeling pretty basic because it is Top 5: side one, track one night.  Everyone in the club is supposed to come up with their favourites…then we’ll play selections from the lists at Smiths for a couple hours.

What does “side one, track one” mean?  Basically its a hipster way of saying… song number one on a record or album.

To me, side one, track one is hugely important and needs to do one of (or all of) three things.

01) It should be your best song.
02) It should be ripper.
03) It should introduce the listener to your album.

Breaking this down… rule number 1 is vitally important if your band is new to the world and I’ve never heard of you.  Your first song needs to immediately  grab my ears or you’re gone.  When I hosted the Morning After Show in the days when the internet was still new, it was hard to learn about bands and music streaming was not really out there.  I had to actually put your CD in the CD players and in real time listen.  If your first song was some artistic fuckery, as rad as you probably are… I just skipped to the next CD.  Cold.  But that is how it was when I had a pile of wannabes wanting airtime at 3AM on a 1000 watt FM in Vancouver.

Now… if your band has some history, or track one truly is some great studio fuckery… then jam on rule 3 and have the song be a great movie-esque introduction to your band.  A song that did not make my list (but was close) was The Appleseed Cast‘s “Ceremony.”  Huge jam, instrumental.  So perfect and sets the tone for a great album.

Instrumentals and studio fuckery is not your style?  I respect that.  and what?  Your best song is a ballad and maybe not the best side one, track one? OK (if you’re not an indie band… indie bands should still always put their BEST song first) then rule number 2 applies to you.  A ripper.  Hit my head holes with sonic choiceness.  And I will love you and grind through the dip of your shitty song two (and maybe three) to revel in the emotional depth of your stunning ballad.  Snow Patrol‘s Eyes Open kinda does this.  They want to save the jam for the single and track 2 “Hands Open” then bust your heart open with track 3, “Chasing Cars” so you get the highly energetic and lead single “You’re All I Have.”

wah wah wah…. here is my list.  If you’re a regular reader on my blog, there shouldn’t be too many surprises.  And actually, maybe you could leave me a comment if you think I screwed up my own list.  Keep in mind, the purpose of this exercise was to dig through my collection of records… so my rule was, I have to own the record.  if you think, “fuck this guy’s list! Imma make my own!”  Awesome, share the link in the comment section so I can check it out.

01) Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”

Making a list of favourite music is always a personal experience and so I begin with some personal history.  Siamese Dream is a hugely important record for me growing up and a vinyl I only recently added to my collection.  “Cherub Rock” invokes rule 2 of Jeremy Baker’s Rules of Side One Track One.  Not the best song on the album, but the best song to hook you into the fuzzy reverberated world of Billy and company.  “Cherub Rock” is number one on my list because it does an exceptional job of telling the story of the album.  You can hear this song… and probably make your mind up whether you wanna stick around.  The album is great because if you do, you get rewarded with a collection of interesting and classic alternative songs.

02) Interpol – “Untitled”

The great albums like the great baseball teams have a strong lead off batter.  Its a role player who gets on base so the power hitter can drive in a run and the team as whole wins.  To me… I am hearing rule number 3… “Untitled” sounds like the opening credits to Turn on the Bright Lights.  Its mysterious.  Paul Banks barely sings anything… but its so emotional.  It reminds me of American Beauty when Kevin Spacey breaks the third wall and talks to the audience and says that his character dies.  Then the movie really starts.

“I will surprise you some time.  I’ll come around. When you’re down”

What an intriguing promise.  Now deliver… and they do with a masterpiece record that to this day remains Interpol’s best.  This song is not only side one track one of an album, but side one track one of their discography.  whoa…

03) The Replacements – “I Will Dare”

My favourite song from my favourite band.  And it happens to be track one, side one off their album Let It Be.  This song has done a lot to make my life better.  It was the first replacements song I heard that got me to explore more about the band.  It has gotten me through some ups and some downs in my life.  Repeated listenings as I ride this rock around the sun year-after-year bring me renewed appreciation and different interpretations.  I will probably love this song forever.

I’ll say this a rule 1 song.  Best song, Right up front.

04) Mission of Burma – “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver”

Another rule 1 song on our adventure of my Top 5: side one, track one.  The best MOB song at first listen.  The beauty of the great bands… once you’re hooked, other songs emerge as “favourites.”  But it is undeniable that “Revolver” is a powerful hook to demand attention.  You give it and the song is rewarding.  Stay with the record and you’ll quickly find other amazing songs on Signals, Calls and Marches.

I must have the Rykodisc 1997 track listing… not the original and not the Matador reissue in the 2000s.  Huh.

Up to this point, it was actually pretty easy.  I almost went right to my record pile and pulled these four records out and knew in my heart this was the list.  Then the 5th pick.

I hmmmm’d and hmmmm’d some more on a few records.  Its pretty late so my kid and Coral are sleeping.  I have my headphones plugged in (and I noticed Madelyn was playing ‘records’ because there is some damage to Numark… MADELYN OLIVIA!!!!)… and this was actually fun… playing a whole bunch of record in my pajama pants trying to find the right 5th… in the end, it came down to The Appleseed Cast, Braid’s “The New Nathan Detroits,” Japandroids and a couple Band of Horses and National LPs… but in the end, I could not deny….

05) Bon Iver – “Perth”

Side one, track one off Bon Iver’s Bon Iver record is just so god damned pretty and lush.  Another number 3 type of lead off track…. Bon Iver is doing the Bon Iver thing to introduce you to the album.  Then he gets to the jam, but only after you eat your bread.

And its called “Perth” and I have a weird romantic fascination with that far off city… that actually know nothing about and will probably never go to.  But a song called “Perth” gets my attention…. silly reason to be on my list, but its true. (and not the only reason)

After you listen to this song, you should be pretty primed to listen to the whole album.  And if all you hear is “Perth” well… you get the idea of what Justin and his band of merry Wisconsinites are all about.

And that is my list.  If you took the time to read this far and listen to some of the songs, thank you for indulging me.

Tomorrow I reckon I’ll get into the new Jack White if I have the time or talk about another great song I heard on Sons of Anarchy.

Go with yourself.

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Finished my first little hike with Madelyn today.  It went pretty good, considering she is three-years-old and at no time during the journey was there a Treehouse break.

Basically a hike can be summed up as thus:

First 1/4 of the hike, “slow down.”
Last 3/4 of the hike, “hurry the FUCK up.”

We made out way to Mount Douglas Park, but instead of going up the hill, we walked down to the ocean.  I dunno what it is with people, but the ocean… rocks… people need to throw them.

Madelyn bee-lines straight for the shoreline and gets hucking.  Water spilling over her gumboots, everything soaking wet.  I have fantasies of me going all Hasselhoff and Baywatching it into the sea to drag her out.  She is a rock throwing machine.  When I finally used our picnic food to drag her away some UVic kids wandered down.  And they too made a straight line to the shore and started hucking rocks.  Funny how that is.

If there is any advice I can bestow after just one little hike it is this; bring snacks.  I am pretty sure another Mom told me that, but it works.  In my little half sack I packed the trail-mix with the smarties, pepperoni, apple and water.  Mads loved the rustic snacking on the shoreline, sitting on a piece of driftwood.

Our day ended with a trip downtown.  I have had a mad lust for the Smashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream album.  Coral is at the Sasquatch Festival and Madelyn is doing back-to-back sleepovers and during my down time, I actually get to put on a record and just sit for a moment.  I had a lot of stress balled up over the past little while, but today during my hike and just now before blogging it evaporated.  I could actually feel it unwinding during a few stretches of hide-and-seek in the forest.  It was kinda scary actually.  Like a reverse panic attack?  odd… but ultimately a good feeling.

I can’t wait to free up my Saturday nights (its in the plans for after wedding season) and actually take more than an afternoon to hike and sit.

Go with yourself.

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My brother CJ got married last Sunday to his lovely Caitlin.

The wedding was very fun.  Good people, great venue and food, obviously a great party.

I wanted to get CJ a record as a wedding gift and chose something that I could remember from our younger days.

The album that came to mind was Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream.

I remember CJ had the record on cassette and we brought it with us on a camping trip.  I had a minor obsession with the cut “Disarm” which is on of the first times I can remember having a serious crush on a song and had to play it over and over like teenagers are wont to do.  I think the camping adventure took our family to Northern California and at some point I found an empty camp site; laid on the picnic table; stared up at the sky through the red wood trees; put my ear buds in and rocked “Disarm”… hit stop, rewind, play and heard it again… hit stop, rewind, play and again.

The Smashing Pumpkins became one of my favourite bands of the 90s (my friend Paul was also a major fan and we’d listen to music all the time), and I’ll always remember that camping trip listening to the Pumpkins as one of my first real exposures to the band.


aww, an old record label called “Coral,” and a song called “I’m Gonna Love You Too.”

I want to get some custom DJ labels made up for my Numark NS7 when I finally get it back (tomorrow fingers crossed)… and I am kinda thinking something like this. —>

My man, DJ Murge is firing up his DJ classes again at Long and McQuade and I am thinking of doing another round.  I have a better idea of what I want to learn.  I am interested in taking all these great classic rock & roll and R&B records I’ve been listening too and learning to sample them or remix them into modern beats for both a club/dance environment and my more personal style of ambient and blisscore.

I get frustrated because sometimes I know what I want something to sound like, but don’t know how to begin to create it, or fuck with a song.  And I am not confident to spend anymore more money on software or hardware without some more knowledge on how to use it.   In fact, I figure, if I have the skills, I won’t need all these fancy gadgets and could do it with some basic software that I can get for free or is already on my Mac.  (that is the hope anyways).

Knowledge is totally cool, everything else totally sucks.

Go with yourself.

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Its Tuesday, so that means time for another poignant episode of Capital Rock City from me and your friends at The Zone @ 91-3.

Come Get Some: Capital Rock City #62

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DJ Notes

01) Franco – “Date With Destiny”
02) Oh Snap – “Involuntary”
03) Blue Violets – “You Said”
04) Jets Overhead – “Heading For Nowhere”

I didn’t get too much new music this week, so instead of scraping something together I decided to reflect on some of the ZBOTM’s from 2009 (so far).

I started with February’s band, Franco.  Cruising their MySpace page, I saw they played a CD release show last week in Vancouver… in support?  The band Missing Starla!  SWA?

Now I hope I don’t tell this story wrong, Irene or Derrick or Paul or whoever knows it can correct it but the gist is this:

Many moons ago, my Buddhist friend Irene had a cat named Starla.  She (or the cat at least) lived in the West End of Vancouver.  Somehow Starla JUMPED off the balcony as cats are wont to do and went missing.

Irene was sad.  She had a graphic designer friend make up some visually stunning “Missing Starla” posters and Irene went to work covering the city in missing cat posters.  By all accounts, the posters were very eye catching and you could not live in the West End at the time and miss them.

Weeks later, a sickly but living Starla was found and nursed back to health.

Time marches on, and Irene sees posters up around the West End advertising an upcoming indie rocker show featuring, “Missing Starla!”

That is where the Vancouver band Missing Starla got their name.

And part of me thinks Irene named the cat Starla after a Smashing Pumpkins song?  hmmm

Go with yourself.

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