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Dan Auerbach called CFOX in Vancouver to talk The Arcs. We chatted about regionalism in the sound of old recordings. Mississippi Delta blues vs Mississippi Hilltop blues. Plus what makes The Arcs special.

Thank you Dan Auerbach for making some time for me today.

Go with yourself.

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Ozzy Meme

OK, The Arcs don’t have BRAND NEW music…this song from the Dan Auerbach project came out like a month ago. But let’s reflect.

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Here’s a little fun radio commercial we made at the radio factory today…. CFOX Radio Camp. If you think it is mildly funny I always appreciate a share.

Producer: Jamie Ellard
Voices: Me, Meredith Geddes and Captain Scotty

Go with yourself.

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hazy
Woke up today and fired up this Hazy Indie Morning playlist while making my coffee and eating a bagel on my deck.

So many gems, here is one I enjoyed. Chris Cohen‘s “Optimist High” from his 2012 record Overgrown Path. Just hits me as a west coast summer song.

Kurt Vile’s “Walkin on a Pretty Day” also popped up.

And Dan Auerbach has a new band, The Arcs, and their song “Stay IN My Corner” also screams hazy summer.

Go with yourself.

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Zach

Zach hugging me after we completed “The Wall” photo: E/A Photography – Victoria

Wrapped an amazing weekend in Victoria. Saturday was the Vikings exhibition at the Royal BC Museum, DeadBeetz Food truck (they’ll be Rock Festivals around Victoria, so hit it…wow) then I DJ’d a wedding.  Sunday was the Power To Be: Power to Play Adventure Race.

Team Zone was there… Team #32…and we came in 32nd place. Neat. But we raised a bunch of money for the kids, and we had fun.

Back to the grind at the radio factory and it’s another busy one.

Band of Skulls will be in Victoria on Thursday for a sold out show at Sugar.  It’s an early concert, doors at 7 PM.

I saw this great remix of BOS’s latest single “Hoochie Coochie” done by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

Look for that remix on the Hoochie Coochie ep on July 27th.

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Looking forward to Disney’s Maleficent. According to Buzzfeed Angelina Jolie personally picked Lana Del Rey to cover “Once Upon a Dream.”

Go with yourself.

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Ray
Ray LaMontagne‘s 5th record is out on May 6th.  The album is called Supernova.

Ray travelled down to Nashville to work with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.  I also read an article by one industry type who short-listed the song “Supernova” as a potential “Song of The Summer” 2014 edition.

It is a pretty song.  Song of the Summer?  I don’t feel that yet…but I do feel the warmth of summer in the song.  As a sometimes Wedding DJ in Victoria, I hear a very beautiful potential first dance song.  Its a bright, bouncy song, with lyrics that I think will resonate with the romantics out there.

Also… I say Supernova all the time, would it be weird if I admitted to hitting play for the first time on this song based strictly on the title?

Go with yourself.

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black keys
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he Black Keys dropped their new single on the world yesterday.  The song is called “Fever.”  Its a delightful psych slow burner.  New record is called Turn Blue and its out on May 13th.  Pitchfork has some info.

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SongsforSlim
The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson recently sat in the same room together to record the first “Replacements” music in years.   The extended play they recorded is a collection of 4 covers that will benefit Slim Dunlap (Replacements guitarist ’87-’91) who suffered a severe stroke last winter.  The ep also features drummer Chris Mars covering a Slim song and he created the art of the record.

SPIN has all the info on how to buy this limited press to support Slim.  Trolling the net, I also found this great 2008 interview Paul Westerberg on Pitchfork.  Good times.

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The other day SPIN featured up a very pretty song by Shannon Whitworth.  I heard this track and it got me thinking it would make a pretty good wedding first-dance type of jam.

Shannon Whitworth – “You Are In Love”

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The Black Keys… pretty good band.

Their record El Camino came out December 6th, 2011 and became a modern rock legend.  The album is huge.  We were sitting around here at the radio factory yesterday talking about what music to have in our “heavy rotation” and what new music to add in when Bossman Johnny said, “where are we at with “Little Black Submarine?”

We were poking around and were surprised to find the song is one of the most played modern rock songs on some pretty groovy Modern Rock FM stations.  Got us thinking (and me in particular) about the speed of sound…I like finding out new music and listening to all sorts of stuff, but the average music fan…happy to jam the forth single on a record that is over a year old.  And is a year old record…. old? Does the Zone churn on the songs too quickly?   How about The Black Keys?  Seems they are ready to march forward, they have some new music in the pipe…but to a Radio Programmer….the forth single is hot.  huh…

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I wanted to add something from this article about music sales this week that is related to the above discussion about The Black Keys.

If there’s a silver lining here, it’s the slow, honest rise of the Lumineers who scoot up from No. 9 to No. 8 as their “Ho Hey” picks up radio adds and on-demand plays since their Grammy nomination and despite their album (The Lumineers, 51K) having come out all the way back in April.

To illustrate the “speed” in which the world turns their attention to music…. this song has 2,000 on The End in Seattle…but its brand new to so many people.

Go with yourself.

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