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Kim Churchill is a young man from Southern Australia who made his way to Canada.  His recent album, Silence/Win, was recorded in Ucluelet and Vancouver.  Last night he was in Victoria for a show at Lucky Bar…and tonight he is in Vancouver.

I asked Kim Churchill why he wanted to work on his new album on Vancouver Island.

“I had done albums in the past were we worked in these big studios in the city.  It wasn’t my thing. I felt like I lost a lot of the things that happen for me on the the day-to-day, that keep me calm and who I am.”

Kim said that he needed to find a place, “suited for me.

“The perfect spot was the Tofino/Ucluelet region.”

Yesterday he recorded his single “Window to the Sky” live in the Zone studio.

Go with yourself.

Triple Word Score
Feels like a life time ago… back in the old CiTR days, the Morning After Show used to come on after a show called The Shit Mix hosted by a dude named Jamaal. Me and Jamaal got along all right and I looked up to him….generally because he was a pretty groovy Vancouverite. Always wore great pants.  We were both in bands and his band was called Triple Word Score.  They played a bratty style of punk which was popular at the time and they managed to get themselves signed to Long Beach Records!

We used to play shows together when we could sort it out.  Here is a radio spot I made to promote one of our shows.  I think this is for a March 2001 concert.

What do you thrash?  What do you got?

Go with yourself.

Neon Steve Goldstream
Capital Rock City time…some sounds out of Victoria. Neon Steve is local producer/DJ who spends his hours crafting new beats or travelling the world performing.  I’ve had the chance to meet him once, quality dude.  For those of you outside the Capital Region, Goldstream is a park.

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On Saturday, Vancouver’s Dear Rouge took the boat over to perform at Lucky Bar.  The husband/wife team and Peak Performance winners (2012) currently have the #5 song on modern Rock Radio in Canada. Neat.  They hung out with Jon Williams on Saturday afternoon and recorded their hit “I Heard I Had.”

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Tomorrow I hope to have some live Kim Churchill for you.  Wednesday will feature The Zolas.

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Bonus cut not from Victoria… just showed up on my Soundcloud feed and I dug it.  Bipolar Sunshine is from manchester, England.

Go with yourself.

BAM Remix
Freaking Cool.  Bear Week has begun on The Zone at 91-3.  One week dedicated to the mighty BEAR!  I recently asked Foster The People’s Mark Foster if he had a Bear Story…and it was like he kept one in his pocket, waiting for the day a radio DJ would ask him.

Go with yourself.

photo 3
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…”

Go with yourself.

Big in America

wild cub
Time to hit play on some radio hits that are resonating on modern rock radio in the USA but not so much north of the 49th parallel (or in my case, just south of the 49th… what are we, the 48th?).

Let’s start with a group called Wild Cub and their song “Thunder Clatter.”  The band is from Nashville, signed to Mom + Pop, and their record is called Youth.

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Next up… the dark pop/soul of Somekindawonderful.  Band is originally from Cleveland but now centered out of Los Angeles. Getting played on the radio all over the place.

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Off to New Jersey, band is called Brick + Mortar.  The song getting featured on the radio is called “Locked in a Cage.”

Go with yourself.

records
My favourite record of 2014 (so far) is Cloud NothingsHere and Nowhere Else.  I played it for my 6-year-old daughter Madelyn…and she was not into it as much.

Maybe you are feeling the same way about the new Cloud Nothings.  I know I don’t.  I AM a big fan.

Go with yourself.

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