Posts Tagged ‘The Killers’


Eli from Two Friends reached out to the blog to share his production team’s songs.

This “Pacific Coast Highway” song is bright and fun. Hey I took a road trip on that highway once with my wife Coral and our daughter. Awww, fun times. Nostalgia.

Here is their newest song. Born new to the world today!

ohhh jeezus are you kidding me? A remix of Tove Lo’s “Cool Girl?” I love that song.

And being a modern rock radio DJ for the last …bunch of years….I know and love The Killers.

Happy Friday! Throw me a follow please on the twitter. @TheMASBlog

Go with yourself.

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Hanging out at home before racing off to Match for a Thursday night.

He doesn’t look a thing like jeeeeeeeesus.

OK, you got me, not a remix. I just like San Holo.

Anderson .Paak is my go to these days. Love these easy and bright remix. “If she can’t can’t dance then she can’t woo”

I better go! My wife is chirping at me to spend some precious moments with one of my kids…I don’t which one, I can never remember their names 😛

Go with yourself.

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Happy Friday! Let’s celebrate.

Future Bass as a genre in general, not my favourite, but I love the original song and this remix does scratch the itch.

and Papa.

The Killers  are in Vancouver tonight for a special return to the legendary Commodore Ballroom. If you’re ever visiting Vancouver on holiday or business and you get a chance to see a show there, that’s the place. Killers in Pemberton on Saturday. Going back in time to 2004 for this one. When is a club going to have a Millennial night? Songs of the Oughts!

Homeboy Koni with another bouncy cloud house cover. Adele… her song “Send My Love” is so hot right now.

I could actually see this Shakira remix working in the Starlight Casino.

This TLC remix only has a few hundred plays…so I don’t know. Maybe it’s not good? That’s a shame, because fun song to remix.

And Coldplay!

Get after it this weekend.

Go with yourself.

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Summer is raging in Victoria.  Busy as ever with work… and Coral and I are planning on taking Mads on a road trip to Alberta.  Good thing there is an oil tanker FULL of new music.

New Bloc Party rolled off the assembly line yesterday.  The song is called “Octopus” and you’ll find it on their August 21st release, Four.  When I got home last night, I downloaded the song and it immediately got me jazzed on their 2005 record Silent Alarm…which to this day is still an amazing record. I like Bloc Party.

Bloc Party – “Octopus”


The problem with too much good new music (I know… #HipsterProblems too much good new music?) is that it is hard to focus on any one song or record in the way you might have in the olden days.  Its like weekly, or even daily, I get a few new songs across the desk or computer.  Diving in and really enjoying music can be hard.  I am looking forward to some playlists and long drives to soak it in.

The Killers are back with an album on September 18th… also their forth, called Battle Born.  The first single is called “Runaways” and the style is taking you back to Sam’s Town-esque Killers.  What did Pretty Much Amazing say….

“If you ever liked The Killers’ unabashed brand of escapism, “Runaways” won’t disappoint.”

The Killers – “Runaways”


That’s it for now friends.

Go with yourself.

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01) Nelly – “Just a Dream”

Hey, be easy… I like this song.

Now, I’ll always love you Beat 94-5, you have superior DJs and generally a better broadcast experience compared to most radio stations.

That said, Sirius Hits 1 plays this song pretty much twice an hour.  No sane radio station should be burning songs this mental, but I am sure glad Sirius doesn’t care about convention and plays this song over and over and over and over… and you get the idea.

I don’t know why I love it so much.  I was going to post the single cover for this song on my blog… but then I saw Nelly on the cover and I hated myself.

I guess the song makes me think of Coral.  That is nice.  I was thinking about her today in fact while the song played and she phoned me.  Whoa, kismet.  I told Coral about my cosmic experience but she didn’t look impressed.  She said, “You know the song is about breaking up with your wife right?”  hmmm.

02) The Daylights – “I Hope This Gets To You”

The cover art at the top is for this LA band that I also heard on Sirius Hits 1 between Nelly.  I like that Hits 1 plays some modern rockish type songs between the pop. This is one of them.

They give me the expansive melodramatic feel of the Airborne Toxic Event.  Speaking of the Airborne Toxic Event, I should put that song on.  Damn they were good.  Why they aren’t major rock stars is a tragedy.

03) Floyd Cramer – “On The Rebound”

We travel back to 1961 for Mr. Cramer’s (RIP) #3 instrumental hit.  This song you might recognize from the opening credits of the film “An Education.”

Was it just me, or were you also pretty let down when Peter Sarsgaard asked to see Jenny’s tits and the camera angle was so artistic as to not actually show anything?  It was just me? oh.

Coral heard this song during the film and we had to add it to the collection.  now it lives during my sets at the Veneto Lounge.

04) The Killers – “Leave Your Bourbon on the Shelf”

I says to my iTunes the other day, I says, “iTunes, do I have any songs about bourbon?”

Yup, I got one.

The companion song for my video that I made yesterday.

05) Fitz and the Tantrums – “Moneygrabber”

Fitz & Company like the soul music of the 60s. I like soul music from the 60s.  Despite your gimmicky name, we can be friends.

What’s that? No guitar? You don’t say.

This song is currently my ear candy song on the Zone.  Its a good song, but sounds GREAT on the FM stereo sound of 91.3 FM.

06) Atomic Tom – “Take Me Out”

Brooklyn hipsters begin career by selling out… basically they perform their song “Take Me Out” (not a Franz Ferdinand cover) on a NYC subway car using iPhones.

The video gets viewed a bunch… and now they get played on the radio a half world away on the Zone.  My bones tell me to not like this song, but I always sing along when I hear it.  Whatever, I’m weak sometimes.

Go with your bad self.

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The Morning Zone’s Quest to fill the Chevy Cruze is spiraling out of control in the best of ways.

An event that began as Dylan’s Mom wondering why the Zone doesn’t do MORE to help kids has escalated into a great event on Friday, December 17th.  DW and Jason will be at the Mayfair Mall parking lot at 6AM till 10 doing their radio show.  Please bring new unwrapped toys.

Not that you need another reason to do the right thing, but Future Shop has kindly donated FIVE prize packs that are valued at at least $1,000 each!  You can win if you bring toys.  Plus Future Shop is starting to fill our Cruze with music instruments for kids that could really use them.  Wow.

On top of the $1,500 in Toys from Brett and Dave Wheaton Chevy and Dylan says another $250 from The Real Canadian Superstore.

A Zoner also showed up with TWO boxes filled with Toys as he can’t make the broadcast on Friday.


The Killers are on the hiatus… but they are not letting that stop them for jamming out a Christmas song for the holidays.

I do believe it is number 5 in their series of Christmas singles.

What I like about the song “Boots” is that its not overtly Christmassy.  I don’t think they say “Christmas” in it once… while still painting a beautiful (and slightly melon collie) holiday song.

The song talks about watching Christmas programs on TV… like “Its a Wonderful Life.”

The Killers – “Boots”

And since I’m feeling a wee bit festive…

I got an email from Ellisa Hartman… I *think* she is a local singer-songwriter… There was no bio on her website.

She did a nice take on “Little Drummer Boy.”  Which… and I didn’t know this, is religious.  I know now because Treehouse had a cartoon on the other day that was about the little drummer boy being a slave to some fat evil guy… then he ran away to see the baby Jesus.  Good times.

Ellisa Hartman – “Little Drummer Boy”

Go with yourself.

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Here is a post for Vancityrockgirl… the new Brandon Flowers’ solo record Flamingo is out today.

First listen and I must say, I do enjoy it.

The man is having a pretty good couple days.  His record has already gone #1 in the UK and it was also announced that he is expecting another young’n to his family brood.

I have always loved the Killers and so far so good, the solo stuff is as good… or maybe better than some of the Killers songs.

If you’re a Killers fan, you’ll easily get into the solo stuff.  Flowers has stated that many of the songs were destined to be Killers tracks but when the band went on hiatus, the Dad had to stay working, so solo it is.

The Zone is jamming out the lead single right now, “Crossfire” (number 1 on NME).

Picking a favourite album cut is a challenge right now during this first listen as I have enjoyed all the songs.  The opener is pretty cool… I could see it being a travel theme song for my favourite Rock Travel Agent, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.”

“Hard Enough” is sexual as its a duet with Jenny Lewis and she’s hipster cuteness.

“Playing with Fire” isn’t doing it for me.  Maybe he’s singing about being a Mormon or something? I don’t get it.


Skip again.

“Magdalena” might be another religious song. maybe he is singing about a Spanish sweetheart?  Lots of different southern Mexican sounds mixed into the epicnessisms of Brandon Flowers.  Songs builds into an expansive Western Film sounding song.  go Mexico!  I think A Perfect Circle rocked this subject matter harder.

Near the end of the record we get to the hit, “Crossfire.”

You already know this cut and have an opinion on it.

The record ends with “On The Floor” and “Swallow It.”

“On the Floor” calms it right down after the more energetic radio single.  trying to like it but sadly… skip.

And now the closer, “Swallow It.”

Brandon are you singing about a young lovely swallowing your knob?  Maybe its a metaphor for life, but it seriously sounds like forcing your wang down someone’s throat who might be performing oral for the first time.

Well there is no “Parental Advisory” on the cover, and he is a married family man… so I guess its a metaphor for life.  Sorry to take this to the gutter, but come on… listen to the song.

OK lets add it up.

10 songs.

3 skips.

I’ll give the record 7/10.

Brandon, you won’t be getting into UVic with that grade… but a couple years at Camosun, keep your nose to it, you might make something of yourself.

The record is overall enjoyable and if you’re already a Killers fan, I’ll put a recommend on this record.

Hey remember that time I interviewed Brandon Flowers?
Brandon Flowers Website

Go with yourself.

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The Zone @ 91-3 signed on the radio June of 2001.  And since that time, The Zone has sponsored a large number of Zone Shows.  I didn’t come to the Zone till the spring of 2003, but I have done my best to reflect on some of the best concerts I can reckon from our extensive list of Zone Shows.

Were there better shows?  maybe… in fact I can think of a bunch of great shows that aren’t on this list.  I didn’t include anything that wasn’t a numbered Zone Show or anything that wasn’t in Victoria.

I wanted to include Rifflandia, it was Zone sponsored, but not a Zone Show… but it deserves a mention because it was so darn fun and the few shows I caught this year completely ripped!  About half these shows I was at,m the other half I am relying on eye witness reports of their greatness and my jealousy of not being there.  Here we go.

10) Sum 41 #1 Legends August 15th, 2001

The first Zone Show.  I was not there but after talking with Sara, she felt that it would be important to mark the historic first in the franchise of “Zone Show” that featured a band that would continue to grow.  When Sum 41 returns to Victoria now, they take up residence at the Arena, so if you were there back in the summer of ’01, you saw something special.

I originally wanted to include  Sloan #60 Legends October 19th 2003.  Sara asked, “what makes that show so special?”

I remember it as being one of the first big rock shows I got to MC as a young buck rocking the evening show on the Zone, but more importantly, there is this Zoner that phones my show from time-to-time that told me the story of his life and that show.

He brought a girl out on a first date to that rock show and they would end up getting married and are still married to this day.  He always tells me how special Sloan and the Zone are to them because of that first date.  awww, cute.

Our first big arena show was aptly, Zone Show #91, Our Lady Peace Save On Food Memorial Center, April 26 2006.

09) Sam Roberts w/ The Killers #74 Centennial Square September 4th 2004

One of my great modern rock shames. Being the junior announcer on the Zone still, I had to work while everyone else went down to Centennial Square to see this hot new band with a hit single called “Somebody Told Me” open up for Sam Roberts!

08) Beck w/ Band of Horses #159 Royal Theatre August 27th 2008

I included this show for a couple reasons.  One: Coral and her friend Alix got to meet the lead singer of Band of Horses outside the Theatre.  Two: Beck totally slays.  Three, Band of Horses just keep getting better.  To see them in the theatre is a treat.

07) Billy Talent w/ Rise Against, Moneen and Anti-Flag #115 Save On Foods Memorial Center January 18th 2007

Fuck it rained that day.  I was outside huddled under a tent in the down pour for an epic live-to-air pre-show that included performances and interviews from all the bands involved.  It was Rise Against’s first time in Vic and marked Billy Talent’s rise to the top of the Canadian Arena Rocking pyramid.

06) The Killers #169 Save On Foods Memorial Center April 23rd 2009

They came in ’04, they conquered in ’09.  The Killers jammed out a bevvy of radio friendly hits, were gracious to allow an interview on the Zone, fired up an impressive stage show and just generally exceeded expectation.

05) Metric #101 Legends March 29th 2006

Metric’s first time in Victoria was a handful of years earlier opening for Hot Hot Heat at Sugar, then again headlining with Death From Above 1979.  Those shows were good, but this show, headlining in the basement of the Strathcona Hotel was great!  Metric was starting to firmly establish themselves and you knew then that these guys were gunna be huge!  Just read the The Zone DJs top records of the year and almost everyone has Fantasies on their list.

04) Tragically Hip #174 Save On Food Memorial Center June 20th 2009

The Hip have had more than a few amazing shows in Victoria.  I personally preferred their visit in January of 2007 for Zone Show #116.  Then I saw them at the Commodore with my brother CJ.  That show was spectacular.  But talking with Dylan Willows, he said that #174 was the BEST Hip show he had ever seen.  The special shout out that Gord had for the Times Colonist’s music writer Mike Devlin was go down in infamy ’round these parts.

03) Queens of the Stone Age #153 Save On Food Memorial Center May 1st 2008

There is a trend on this list for the best shows being later int he decade.  I think that is happening for two reasons.  The first being that I remember them better and second, the Zone is growing as a radio station and bigger rock acts are choosing our fair city.  I’ll take it.

Queens is arguably the biggest band we play on the radio.  Not only are these guy important to our playlist on the radio, Josh Homme delivers the goods on stage.  Was a joyful man to interview and just generally owned the evening.

02) Tool #143 Save On Food Memorial Center December 1st 2007

It was my mother’s 50th birthday party on December 1st… and so I had a date in Coquitlam for the shin-dig.  And I missed one my all-time fave bands.  I am not too broke up about it however, I’ve seen Tool live more than once and every show they do is special.  I can only imagine that a concert that sold out instantly was as insane as I imagine.  this will be a show that Zoners will celebrate forever, along with,

01) Nine Inch Nails #161 Save On Food Memorial Center December 5th, 2008

Could there have been a more perfect live experience in Victoria of the arena variety?

The lights alone were worth the price of admission.  Trent had an exceptional set list, great energy and excitement for the entire evening.  I didn’t want it to end.

There were a lot of great shows in Victoria, a lot club gigs, little festivals, Meatloaf.  I could write all day about some of the adventures I’ve had watching Bob make out with some random goer in the beer line of the Def Leppard concert, falling down a flight of stair and cutting my leg at Pirate Party (that was after puking and sharing the hot tub with the twins… male twins… awkward), Plants and Animals, Lucky Bar in general, open Air at Centennial Square (RIP) all those crazy SUB parties up at UVic, Band of the Month shows… oh the list.

Actually, Meatloaf was pretty good.

Go with yourself.

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This came to me from Nathalie at Madrona Farms.


So last night as I was entering the treehouse in the pitch black to go to bed, I noticed a flashlight coming down the road.
(I was terrified, when I was walking up the road to get to the treehouse I felt a bit spooked out with the trees talking in the wind).
I woke David up and he promptly jumped up and ran stealthily through the crops to catch up with the intruders.
I waited in the dark of the treehouse waiting for David to come back, it took a while I thought he may of had a fight and was injured and all was amplified by hearing sirens in the distance.
When he finally made his way up the treehouse stairs he was laughing.
“Nat, you’ll never guess who that was, it was a group of teenagers maybe 16 years old that heard Jeremy Bakers radio talk about frogs on Madrona Farm”. They had to hear it for themselves.
Isn’t that incredible, Jeremy.
You Rock
Your friend and farmer Nat


Bruce sent me a new blog for the blog roll.  The Ad Contrarian


Thank you to the Killers Fansite for picking up my blog.  The hits are way up today (from all sorts of Killers fan sites) but yours is the champ!


and that’s all I got for now.

Go with yourself.

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***Hey all you fine Killer’s fans discovering my blog.  Thank you for visiting, and maybe you’ll take a minute to subscribe to my podcast Capital Rock City (you can also search for ‘Capital Rock City’ in the podcast section of the iTunes store)and discover some great new music to take with you from your visit to my blog (like an audio goodie bag!).  Thank you for finding my blog and sharing the link! ***


Thursday, April 23rd, The Killers came to Victoria for first time since what?  the summer of ’03?

This time, sold out in the Save On Foods Memorial Center and before the fantastic show, the Brandon and Ronnie came by the Zone suite for a chit-chat.  Because of the mega loud sound check going on below, we took the interview outside on the deck to soak up the sunshine.  The Killers thought it was cold, I disagreed and that set the tone for 6 wonderful minutes where we cover their stage setup and its Vegas influence, the upcoming covers record, Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman’s influence on the song “Bones,” future real estate endeavors, alternate names for Killers songs, family life on the road, and Brandon’s wife’s favourite (or lack there of) Killers song.

Unfortunately off the mic, we talked about the Kanye West/Brandon Flowers collaberation (BULL SHIT! True story according to Mr. Flowers: Brandon was in Hawaii, walked past Kanye’s studio and popped in to meet him.  Next day, Kanye releases crazy news to world.  Brandon didn’t want to call him a liar on the radio because “Kanye is a nice guy.”), Camping in Oregon (Ronnie wants to buy property there), Cuervo Loran calling Ronnie the guitar player, Brandon’s kid and wife were at the show and expecting another son, they filmed some of the Vic show for possible future DVD projects and Brandon telling David Eleanor that Ronnie will talk Cuervo and my face off in the suite for hours after the interview (it wasn’t hours but the man likes to talk).

We never touched on the breakup rumours. (but this article says the collaboration with Kanye is true… so???)

Then the Killers hit the stage.

Highlight: Brandon saying “How you doing VICTORIA!?!”
Hilariouslight: Lead singer dude of Wild Light: “How you doing VANCOUVER!?!” (SWA?)


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