Posts Tagged ‘The Dudes’

Human Kebab crowd surfing at Rock The Shores in Victoria. July 11th, 2014. Photo: Zoner Sonya

Human Kebab crowd surfing at Rock The Shores in Victoria. July 11th, 2014. Photo: Zoner Sonya

Busy weekend in the Garden City. I’ll be DJing a couple weddings, but before I head off to a hotel ball room, I’ll be taking my little tribe down to Rock The Shores.

I had to work yesterday, so I missed USS which sucks. I love those guys.  Today I am amped to see Jesse Roper and The Dudes before I have to take off and DJ.

Yesterday I had to work. During my show I talked to a writer at Pacific Standard named Ryan Jacobs…he used to be at The Atlantic. Last fall he wrote an article about Iceland and how the people there fiercely believe in elves.

Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves

Go with yourself.

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Classic Dudes – Mendoza Line

The Dudes show last night at Club 9one9 was a fun, hot, sweaty mess.  Lots off girls wearing shirts with no backs and gentlemen in collars with beards.   My kind of people.

At one point Dan called us (the people of Victoria) enchanted.  All Class Team material right thurrrrr Dan.

But I thing nothing beats this bon mot from the Facebook page, “Catching a ferry to Victoria. Feels tswawwesome.”

As tswawwesome as last night’s show was… “Mendoza Line” did not make the set.  One of my favourite jams.  So let’s travel back in time and dust off an old folder buried deep in the archives for this live performance of “Mendoza Line (Whoa Caroline)” from The Zone Afternoon Show circa September 20th, 2007.  This performance was in front of their opening set for Hot Hot Heat at Sugar Nightclub.

The Dudes – “Mendoza Line (Whoa Caroline)” Live on The Zone

Go with your enchanted self.

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Roaming Storms

Band Interests

Swimming pools.

Hmmmm…. OK Calgary, Alberta…I listen to Roaming Storms.  Trolling the intertron for information on The Dudes… I came across an article in the Calgary newspaper talking about a CD release party involving another project featuring Dan Vacon.

Roaming Storms create a very DIY, raw sounding, rock & roll.  Some of the songs sound almost classic punk-ish.  My faveourite song is one that has that punk aesthetic.

Go with yourself.

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One of my favourite, favourite bands, The Dudes, stopped by my radio show to talk and play a few songs.  They jammed out a hockey song called “Saturday Night” then laid down an unrecorded song called “Red River Rebel” that has a maximum Victoria reference.

Listen to THIS!  The Dudes –  “Saturday Night” & “Red River Rebel” (stream or download)

I feel like an idiot for missing the show on Thursday…but I was down to my last few $20 spots and I was of the mindset that if I could not rage to at least a minor Nova, let alone super…I’d just stay home and hoard my meagre treasure.  Lame.  BUT, the news is they are returning to Victoria for Rifflandia and if the kind and good rock & roll Jesus smiles kind waves of rainbow sunshine on me, they will play on a day in-and-around the weddings and MC gigs that I have booked.


Talking of hoarding  my treasure…. I need to try to rally enough cash to make sure I can rent a car in Las Vegas in June.  The more I think about it, the more a desert trek sounds like it needs to happen.


This is silly.



Happy Mother’s Day!

Go with yourself.

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The Dudes are cool.  Listen to this!

Soundcloud >> Danny from The Dudes

Easy peasy…. go with yourself.

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01) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

No record got more play at home, in the car, or in the club for me then Phoenix.  I genuinely enjoy the whole disc from front-to-back.  Remixes, love them, instrumentals are mighty, catalog (now that I am going back) all good.

02) Propagandhi – Supporting Caste

Propagandhi will be a band that i will always adore.  I forgot how much I listened to this record this year till I hit my Last FM, and for bands that had new music in 2009, Propagandhi was number 2!  I remember looking forward to this record, then getting as soon as I could.  Admittedly, a lot of those spins for this record were for the song “Dear Coaches Corner.”  My great rock and roll shame is that I still have never seen Propagandhi live, ever in all my years.

03) The Dudes – Blood Guts Bruises Cuts

The Dudes get to be one of those bands that I love hearing the singles on the Zone, and I love exploring their album.  Another front-to-backer that I can put on and let it play right through… into their previous record.

04) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

a summer record for me.  It got heavy play on the iPod when Coral and I visited Alberta.  Just too cliche to not love while I was driving around Wetaskiwin.  Very pretty music.

05) Japandroids – Post-Nothing

Finally some local(ish) rock on the list.  I have a huge hard-on for Japandroids.  I can’t remember why I was taking the ferry by myself last year.  I am generally herding an entire family with my on the voyage, but there was a time I had the opportunity to listen to music for the crossing on the boat and Japandroids were so perfect.  “Its raining, in Vancouver… but I don’t give a fuck!”  Super fuzzy.  Super great.

06) Silversun Pickups – Swoon

This album remains a steady play on my stereo at home, I enjoy hearing the singles on the Zone and a highlight of the year in concerts was the Zone Show at the Royal.  I loved their set at Sasquatch last May.  Lots of stand-out cuts on this record, but basically, the first 5 song son the record I never skip over.

07) Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz

The sound track to our trip to the Sasquatch Festival (well this and Passion Pit and Bon Iver and Explosions in the Sky and ….).  It’s Blitz is one of the few 2009 vinyls Coral and I added to our collection and I enjoy the dancier ones when I am DJing.

08) Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue

Growing up, AiC would have to be one of my top 5 90s bands.  Their catalog songs still get regular play at home.  I wanted to pan this record when it came out but something funny happened, its good.

09) Pearl Jam – Backspacer

Another record that hipster Jeremy wanted to hate-on… but its good.  “Just Breathe” is a highlight of the my sets on The Zone Afternoon Show.  I missed the concert in Van but hear only great things.  When I read about Eddie Vedder in the music gossips its for good things.  PJ makes me smile still and I enjoy this record as a stand alone or mixed in with a set of PJ catalog cuts.

10) Passion Pit – Manners

Passion pit got slightly more spins at home this year than PJ… but PJ crushed in total times (because of the Zone) so I made PJ 9 and Passion Pit 10.  I like Passion pit at the club and sometimes at home.  Great in the car.  They were a huge disappointment for me at Sasquatch (maybe I wasn’t drunk enough?) and some album cuts I skip over.

Still, can’t deny that the songs I like from Passion Pit, I REALLY like and play them often. “Little Secrets,” “Moth’s Wings,” “The Reeling,” “Sleepyhead,” all magical.


My favourite album covers (if Coral reads this and wants to know a Christmas present) are the Japandroids, Rural Alberta Advantage and Propagandhi.  Just say’n dear.


Go with yourself.

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* picture stolen without a gun from NxEW Blog

Wow, Rifflandia is currently crushing Victoria and creating such a wonderful vibe in the city.

Mike Devlin wrote a better article about the energy of Rifflandia than I ever could so read that to get the jist of what is happening in our Garden City.

All this rock and roll coming through the port of Swartz Bay has been good for my radio show.  I was visited by no less than than 5 musical troubadours and ensembles.  I collected a few downloads for you today.  Please have a listen to the interview and music of Said the Whale and A Trophy Life.

On Monday I’ll post my interview with Champion and my interview and performances from Vince Vaccaro and The Dudes.

Download: Said the Whale Interview + Performance
Download: Said the Whale – “Camilo (The Magician)” [song]

Download: A Trophy Life Interview + Performance
Download: A Trophy Life – “Samsonite (I was Way Off)” [song]
Download: A Trophy Life – “New Song” [song]

I was very impressed by how great A Trophy Life sounded stripped down in the studio.  If you’re new to that band, their acoustic songs won’t disappoint so take a chance and download the tracks.

On Monday we’ll find out about The Dudes’ cursed BMX bike and what it did to the face of one of them, why they love Victoria (and hate Winnipeg), their new side project Dojo Workhorse a live performance.

Champion did not perform but the interview with him in good times with his crazy French Canadian accent.

Vince performs my favourite of his songs, “Costa Rica.”

Go with yourself.

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