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Last night, through an incredible turn of events, Coral and I scored box seats to The Tragically Hip’s final show! After some frantic texts and calls to Grandpa and Grandma to secure childcare we were crammed into Rogers Arena for the legendary performance.

Today I rolled into CFOX and had a chance to interview Jay from USS about their upcoming single “Work Shoes.” But I also asked Human Kebab if USS has ever played a showed with The Hip. The answer is yes and the story is great. Also Jann Arden was there.

Here is that Hip set from Canada Day in 2013 at London’s Trafalgar Square. I *think* Ash is getting turfed around 15:30.

We also talked about the new song called “Work Shoes.” The guys in USS are working pros and the new song takes them back to working manual labour jobs around the Toronto area, making money to live, party and fund being artists.

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USS and Mother Mother

Last night, my daughter and I went to see USS and Mother Mother at the Royal Theatre in Victoria.

A great night of music….USS’s set was criminally short, and they didn’t play Madelyn’s favourite song. She tends to gravitate to the weirdo album cuts, so she is a hard to please fan. I personally loved the tight, hit driven set.

We were planning on catching only a couple Mother Mother songs. It was a school night after all…but Mother Mother were so engaging that I couldn’t drag Madelyn out of there. It took a text from Mom to get us back on-track and heading to bed.

Mother Mother started the show with this dark, moody, synth driven song, “Have It Out.”

And for those keeping score…Madelyn’s favourite USS song.

Go with yourself.

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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

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Isobel Trigger selfie

Victoria band and April band of the Month, Isobel Trigger, stopped by The Zone Afternoon Show the other day for a live performance.  The group covered the USS song “Yin Yang.”

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The latest episode of Fact Checking the Morning Show. The Zone Morning Show host Dylan Willows did his Kermit the Frog impression on the radio.  I wanted to have it critiqued by an expert.

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Starting to get the summer vibe on Vancouver Island.  The weekend was a huge one. It felt like the whole city was sitting on a patio, out on the trails, or riding a bike.

My weekend began at the USS show. The band performed a high school concert out at Stelly’s during their nooner and then they performed a 19+ show at Club 9one9.  The radio station tapped me to DJ the opening set which was a lot of fun.

Ash and Jason were exceptionally generous with their time and made sure that anyone looking for a picture or autograph were given an opportunity.  Both shows were packed rooms of passionate fans. If you have stumbled on this blog from outside of Canada and are wondering what’s up… USS are a Canadian group form Toronto.  They have at least a half-dozen modern rock singles that have been played radio across Canada for a few years now.  Man, when they launched into “Yin Yang” or “This Is The Best” the party went sub-atomic. Have a look at the pictures!

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This exceptional weather calls for some bright summer music.  Lindsay is a record promoter from New York, and she sent over some fun nu-disco and house tunes.

“Baby show me something I ain’t ready for…”

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macklemore
Seattle’s Macklemore (heroes of Rifflandia V) have shot to the top of the pops.  Claiming the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and new streaming chart.  Though the song “Thrift Shop” has its detractors, there is no denying that is mass appeal right now.

Fun white guy hip hop is always a good time….and it got me thinking of 2009’s “Stationary Robbery” from USS‘s Questamation.  Boitano dropped this jam during the Friday Live Mix and it got me fired back up on the track.  I thought I better share this.

I think if you’re getting down to Macklemore right now, then you can probably also get down to two of my favourite bros from Toronto.

Lazy Sunday.

Go with yourself.

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Last week I posted a story about the new USS song, “Mavericks.” I talked about how I was confused by the lyrical content.  What was the Human Kabab spewing about during the breakdown in the track?

Turns out… sometimes people actually do read my blog and Jordan sent in this great email.

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Hey man, saw on your blog you were confused about what Human’s going on about in the middle of the new USS song “Mavericks”. So I’m going to drop some surfer knowledge on you….as it is my theory behind that part of the song. You might want to double check my facts on the net, this is just what I know being an avid surfer.

First, Mavericks is a crazy surf spot in California. Look up some pictures, it’s amazing (picture at top is a shot of a surf competition stolen from the internet). It’s typically a winter spot, with huge waves. Second, Jeff Clark is a surfer that was born down in Cali. I think he was around the Half Moon Bay area where Mavericks is located. He’s retired from competitions now, but he was one of the first (some people say he was the first) to ride Mavericks back before people used it as a hot spot. I figure humans doing the breakdown in the sports broadcasting style. When he’s yelling “Mavericks loses” he probably means Jeff Clark beat waves that people were too afraid to even look at for his time. That’s what I figure anyways. The surf picture of them made me put the pieces together. Hope that helps! 

Cheers

Jordan

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Bad ass investigative journalism Jordan.

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