Posts Tagged ‘Volcano Choir’


Coral and I fired up Paper Towns last night. Movie was alright…straight white male/female fantasy goobly gook. Super dorks land the hot girls because they see their inner beauty. There’s a road trip…and Ron from the Walking Dead is less annoying as Ron from Orlando.

Soundtrack was fun. Coral and I loved the “Lady in Red” elevator music when model and main dork went up a tower to get a view of the city and shared a moment.

The end of the film featured Twin Shadow.

Does that song not sound like it was written to be in a John Green film?

The film was fine. It was cute and served as a great Monday night watch for us. After listening to Twin Shadow, what I really craved was Volcano Choir. So I dusted off Repave, and put “Byegone” on repeat.

My god that song is so good.

Go with yourself.

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My wife Coral and I just celebrated our 6th year wedding anniversary. We were able to leave our kids with Grandma & Grandpa and head off to the bush for a hike. We took the drive north from Vancouver to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. It’s a good hour hike up a steep trail to the Middle Joffre Lake, but once you get there, you have this beautiful aquamarine lake, forests and glacier capped mountains. Another 30 minutes takes you to Upper Joffre. When you reach the top, it gets rocky and a little swampy but you emerge at the largesof the turquoise lakes. The wind rushes down from the peaks, over these primordial glaciers, across the lake, and whip you with a brisk chill.

We retreated back to the more sheltered Middle Joffre and enjoyed a coffee and the birds that land on tourists’ outreached hands.  Coffee was a good idea.


If you find yourself in Vancouver and have the time for a mountain adventure, head past Whistler, to Pemberton, and then about 30-minutes from there, toward Lillooet, you’ll find Joffre. It is a busy trail, there will be lots of folks. Took us about 3 hours to drive there from the suburbs of Vancouver. The drive did afford us some time to listen to music and we hit a few favourites, both new and old.

Coral put on an old playlist that we had forgot about and Volcano Choir’s “Byegone” came on. It felt like the perfect song after our hike.

We always love Bears Den…. leading up to, then reenforced at Squamish…. we love “Agape.”

I didn’t want to like Nathaniel Rateliff…but his new record is pretty fun.

Augustines popped on at one point. It rekindled my love of that band.

Go with yourself.

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First day back to the blogging grind after a few weeks away.  On December 29th my son Jackson Hale was born.  It has been a wonderful adventure so far, tomorrow it is back to the Radio factory.

The past few weeks have been filled with family.  And music.  I’ve been using my time to dust off old records, listen to new records, and enjoy the pleasure of listening for the sake of listening.  It’s funny how listening to music for work can take away so much from the joy of a good song.


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I put together a little mix of a few of the songs that I’ve been enjoying lately.

The day my son was born, Cursive’s “Gentleman Caller” was blaring through my thoughts.  The part where they sing “the worst is over…”  During a brief chance to rush home form the hospital while my wife rested…I grabbed my album The Ugly Organ and popped it into the compact disc player.  Its sat in the Honda since.  Such a perfect record.

My buddy Razer came over to meet my son the other day.  When Mom and Babe drifted off to sleep, we pulled out a couple beers and got talking music.  Razer was talking Victoria performer Northcote and his tour with a guy named Dave Hause.

While listening to Dave Hause of RDIO, a song form Dave Hause came on that brought Razer’s attention back to the computer, he recognized it…. it was a cover of The Promise Ring’s “Skips a Beat (Over You).”  Then we got into 90 alternative bands like The Dismemberment Plan and then Sunny Day Real Estate.  There is a documentary about the Foo Fighters that tells the story of the band and Dave Grohl recruiting the Seattle band’s bass player and drummer.

The mix ends with a song from Volcano Choir.  I’ve been looking at the album on the shelves at the record store…but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.  My friend Tyson Elder was yapping about it on twitter and sent me a copy to check out.  Pretty solid.  I liked the song “Acetate.”  Such a pretty album…but then what would you expect from Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon?

I hope there is something in the mix you’ll enjoy.  Go with yourself.

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