Posts Tagged ‘Spoon’


Bastille‘s new single “Blame” fro the record Wild World has racked up the most new spins this week on US alternative radio.


I added Spoon’s “Hot Thoughts” to my Alternative to What? playlist. Coral and I jammed this on the freeway down to Seattle this week. The song came out of relative nowhere on US radio, and is the 9th most active jam climbing.

Go with yourself.

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Picked up the new Spoon LP and the Merge book, Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records.

The two go together very well. Merge has a chapter in their book on the origin story of Spoon. Their explosion onto the scene as “hot new artist,” and then subsequently getting dropped from Matador. A resurgence on a major label…and then dropped….before finally finding commercial and critical success on Merge.

Spoon’s eighth record is called They Want My Soul. After reading about the trials, label moves, and hard work…you can really appreciate the albums title. I’d love ask Britt Daniels sometime about his life in New York. There was a time before signing with Merge where he was working as a financial assistant? I wonder what his life was like during those times?

We’re currently featuring the song “Do You” on The Zone.

I picked up Spoon with their 2005 record, Gimme Fiction. It’s too early to say which album is my favourite…but right now I have TWMS on heavy rotation. I even like how the album cover kinda fits thematically with 2002’s Kill The Moonlight.

Go with yourself.

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Getting in the Halloween spirit with a half-hour collection of songs with “ghosts” as the theme.


Thank you for taking the time to listen to my mix.

Click and listen: Mixtape >> Ghosts


DJ Notes

Memphis leads off the mixtape with a most fitting Ghost song… Torquil Campbell, the male vocal ying to Stars‘ Amy Milan’s female yang… put out a great little side project album many moons ago.  I saw him perform at Logan’s back in like 2006, and it was mighty.  I always remembered this cut because its so darn spooky.

The next song features a white Motown artist.  SWA?  I know right, a white guy that made MoTown magic back in the 60s and 70s.  Only in Canada.  R. Dean Taylor was born in Toronto, Ontario back when the Leafs lost the Stanley Cup to the Bruins (1939).

He recorded a song called “At The High School Dance” in 1961 which garnered some local success and his next song “I’ll Remember” charted on legendary Canadian rock radio station CHUM.  The success promoted our Maple Leaf Rocker to move to Detroit…this historic occasion also marked the last time a Canadian would ever willingly move to that city yeesh.  R. Dean taylor would get hired on by Motown as a performer and writer and would have a moderately successful career.  Go Canada and obscure white Motown artists!

I make a mean game of dumping on Matthew Good, but the fact of the matter is, I like a lot of his songs.  Apparitions are ghosts and “Apparitions” is on the list of favourite Matt Good songs.

Did I ever tell you the story of running into Matt Good at a gas station convenience store on Burrard street and I ran around the store heckling him till he left? Yeah, I’m an asshole and wouldn’t do that again if I had the day back.  But it made sense at the time.

Hey Matt Good, if you google yourself and my blog comes up and you remember that time some skinny douche bag gave you a hard time in a gas station convenience store…. Sorry.

The only time we ever really dabbled with Band of Horses on the Zone… the song was about ghosts!

You should be familiar with Wintersleep’s “Weighy Ghost.”  A more mainstream cut that got ample play on the radio.

Mother Mother is hard at it right now, working on a new record (due January).  Currently “Hayloft” is the most requested song on the Zone Afternoon Show, but believe this hype! Its not even the most quirky song on the album O My Heart.  Put this “Ghosting” song in your ear-hole and ruminate.

The National are my favourite band, so when I had a song on my iTunes with the word “Ghost” in it… well it had to make the list.

Riot Act, Pearl Jam’s seventh studio record and first post-9/11 and post Roskilde Festival Accident record has a song called “Ghosts.”  Rad.  I do like me some Pearl Jam… and going back to read about Riot Act after jamming out “Ghosts” and now I want to hear the whole record.

yee-yah… Riot Act is a great record.

The mixtape ends with a haunting cut from Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga… “The Ghost of You Lingers.”  Shit’s going on in my right ear… whoa, then my left.  Stereo sound.

Go with yourself.

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“Buying Records in Record Stores is Cool.”  aww, thank you Spoon, you’re cool too.

Spoon’s new one, Transference, is out today and I’m holding the 33 in my hot little hand right now (oh, I mean I’m typing, its beside me).  Funny, I am not listening to the record, I got it going on electronically because Coral is watching TV, so I got to enjoy this music best with headphones on.

No problem, the record is spooky good.  Lots of sounds.  Lots of sounds?  Swa?  Its a record, it better have sounds.  But what I mean is, its weird and mystical sounding in that jangly Spoon “ga ga ga ga ga” kinda way.  Headphones works.

I was excited to get this record today.  I didn’t have time before my radio show to swing by Ditch, so I had to get on my horse after the program to race down to Johnson and sneak in just before the bell.

Read a better review than one I could write: Pitchfork likes it!

Holy moly, how many records has this Austin, Texas band put out since the early/mid 90s?  7 LPs and a bunch of eps?  I have only the most recent three, Transference, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and Gimme Fiction.  Plus the eps Got Nuffin and Don’t Cha Evah.  One of the reasons I was excited for Transference was because I have so extensively enjoyed previous work.  I was hard not to reckon that anything new would be great.

First listen in, and sure enough… its a good Spoon record.  On the Zone, you might have heard Dave feature “Got Nuffin” and now he is trying out “Written in Reverse.”  If you’re thinking of downloading a couple you might want to start there.  I am also jiving on “Out Go The Lights” which is a bit more ballady for a Spoon cut.  “Mystery Zone” is a good one too.

Today was a big day for all the indie rocking hipsters.  It was the day that the tight panted gods wearing their godly ironic fluorescent yellow sunglasses announced the line-up for this years Coachella Music Festival.  Now really, how many of will be taking off to the desert of California for a weekend in April?  I wish (and fingers crossed some sort of miracle will happen). But this is a great bellwether for the festival circuit as a whole.  These are the bands that want to be active this summer, in front of you, melting your face with sweet licks.  And Spoon is on the list.  SO!  Will Spoon be at Sasquatch this year?  Oh god I hope so… and I hope a lot of other things.  Frightened Rabbit?  SWA?  They are my favourite band of the NOW and they’ll be at Coachella.  Sasquatch is only a month later so I hope that means they could be there too.

Sasquatch is smaller, so all these bands won’t be there.  But some will.  Some is good.  Frightened Rabbit and Spoon?  best!  Last year I died when I experienced Explosions in the Sky.  It would be the cherry on my life sundae to witness a few more all-time faves.

This talk of Sasquatch reminds me that I should book the days off.  Last weekend of May.  The plan on paper has me trying to finagle some media passes.  Coral and I walk on the ferry over to Vancouver.  That is a considerable savings… which we plow into a tank of gas for my old man’s RV and south along the I5 we go… a good full day in advance of the festival.  Some fine cheap US shopping in Bellingham to fill our stocks and then through Seattle.  Maybe a pause to be tourists for a bit, then south-east to Ellensburg then the Gorge.

God smiles, and its sunny and hot like last year.

Coral and I are having a bit of a debate about whether we bring Madelyn of not.  She’ll be over two which is good.  She will be strong like ox.  RV will really help.  There were many kids last year at Sasquatch and when I am away from Madelyn for a few days, regardless of how drunk I am, when I see the families… I think, aw that would be fun.  Coral thought we could get a little inflatable pool for the camp.  Then I thought?  What about bringing a pool into the venue?  Could you imagine?  Madelyn would make a lot of hippy friends if the temperature is in the 90s like last year.

Jury is out on Madelyn.  Nana or Grandma might want to take advantage of a weekend with her, so then we’ll leave her.  maybe they won’t.  We bring her.  I talk a mean game about getting drunk, but the truth is I might enjoy my weekend more if I keep it under control.  So staying sober won’t be a big deal if my baby comes.  And I think she’ll get a kick outta the carnival atmosphere, plus huge savings if I lay off the $9 US Daddy Pops.  Anyways, its cool either way.  We’ll see who wants to be part of the adventure and see what everyone thinks, cuz as they say… it takes a village to raise a kid and if it’ll be more buzz kill than cute attack I’ll beg Nana to have a sleepover for the weekend.

The other thought is pack down my DJ rig and some speakers and generator and fire up a dance party in the camp?  That is an ambitious thought, but would be hugely popular after a day of rock & roll.  The music is king but camp is like… not the king, but really good and with boobs.  Queen?  sure.

I better get off the computer now, Coral wants to play and she’s not supposed to use her cell phone to cruise the net!  Silly Bell and their overage charges.

Go with yourself.

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“Formally the task was to supply things that men want.  The new necessity is to make men want the things that machinery must turn out, if civilization is not to perish.  The problem before us is not how to produce the goods, but how to produce the customers.” – Samuel Strauss

“Sell them their dreams.  Sell them what the longed for, and hoped for and almost despaired of having. (…) Sell them this hope and you won’t have to worry about selling them goods.” – Helen Landon Cass

“Remember! When the gay community is granted personal freedom, ours get taken away.  How? shhhh.” – Stephen Colbert

The Colbert quote has little do with the capitalist  theme above, I just thought it was funny.  Here’s another, “Hey California, you make good oranges, keep it up!”  that one is all me.

Last night I wandered home from the Cambie with more than a couple beers and a few shots of a variety of liquors rattling around my brain.  I was thinking about the above quotes but for the life of me could not recall them.  So the weird sheep post came out of my head (and a bunch of other junklit that I deleted thankfully before posting!).

Drunk blogging is both hard and dumb.  I seriously sat at my computer in the dark at 2 AM pecking away at the buttons.  It took forever to barely hack out a couple wah wah wah paragraghs, and when it was all done I said, ” I can’t post this shit.”  and deleted it all.

Except that bizarre line and the sheep.  But what I wanted to talk about was the Strauss quote.  Samuel Strauss was an interesting cat.  He was the editor for a newspaper in New York called the New York Globe in and around 1917ish.  Fun fact, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! originated as a feature in the globe and is now a giant entertainment company owned by… Jim Pattison, same dude that signs my pay cheque and owns the Zone.

Strauss moves out of Manhatten and settles in some suburban village outside of NYC and publishes a weekly called The Villager.  Strauss is interesting because he was a critic of “Consumptionism.”  He says that consumptionism is “the science of compelling men to use more and more things.”  Oddly, Strauss was an influence on Edward Bernays.  Bernays was one of the founding fathers of modern public relations… which you know, you can thank him for or deride him for.

There isn’t a lot on the internet about Samuel Strauss, but from what I’ve gathered, I like his style.  He lived in a time of new capitalism or the second industrial revolution, the 1920s (I guess he lived at the end of it).  When companies where manufacturing things at an alarming rate and needing an insatiable appetite to consume from the people.  As the blog began, its not the things that is the problem, its the people to buy them.

And here were are in 2009, and things are the same as it ever was.  Maybe I don’t need all the new radio sets, washing machines and telephoney do-dads that Roaring 20s Jeremy might have lusted after, but today… the product is media.  A never ending supply of it, and what I need is eyes and ears.  Time and attention is the new money.  Media companies today need to pry time from you the way Henry Ford tried to pry dollars out of your wallet a century ago.



And in other news… many Zoners that have a few experience points living on planet Earth, will remember Layne Mitchel.  God bless’m, he’s in Deadmonton cheering on any hockey team in the post season except the Oil.  He also makes an exceptional podcast, but THIS EPISODE in particular is magical.  Features his interview and a live performance from The Gaslight Anthem.


weird, I got a mad lust for some Refresh Tazo Tea?  Just came over me in a wave, I could smell it and the ghost of its flavour is lingering on my tongue.  (that was a cool sentence, but I lifted most of it from a Spoon song).  I think we rock Tazo brand at the Zone, or we used to… that must mean its time to stop jibber jabbering on this here blog about things I still don’t know too much about and get to work… so I can jibber jabber about things I don’t know too much about… alright.

Go with yourself.

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