dan smith
I was reading an interview featuring the guys from Bastille the other day. They were talking about about the groups success and how generally they can go about their day in London without being recognized. But Kyle Simmons in the band threw out this line, “Sometimes our fans write erotic literature. We can’t say what it’s too explicit.”

That is interesting. I know the internet is full of fan fiction for all kinds of brands and entertainment…I guess it makes sense that there would be fan fic based on bands, and Bastille.

I typed “Bastille Dan Smith Erotic Fan Fiction” into google (well, I typed a few other things first but was getting weird Fifty Shades of Grey fan fic…which is neat. Fan fiction based on fan fiction, woah). A story that answered the bell was the 56 part romantic Bastille centred story, Flaws. I didn’t read the whole thing, but from what I gather…it is the story of Annie and her relationship with Bastille frontman Dan Smith. The story isn’t a porno, however it does contain some scenes that we might call erotic.

The idea of a giant novel imagining a sexual relationship with a rock star seems odd to me…but what is odd to me is a fun and healthy hobby for someone else. Why am I judging this person? People fantasize all sorts of things, this person just wrote their’s down for all of us to read. There is a whole world of Bastille fan fic…and no shortage of fans to read it.

Go with yourself.

Pitchfork had a positive review of the new record from Toronto band Actual Water.

I had a listen to a couple of their pop-garage songs from the album Call 4 Fun. Their style reminded me of the old Vancouver band The Smugglers. I dig it.

Go with yourself.

Sea Fret 1
Here is a pretty but ultimately sad song from a duo originally from the small British town of Bridlington. They go by the brand Seafret.

Their acoustic song “Give Me Something” is the title track for their upcoming ep which will be out in September.


This song is an older cut, but it’s new to me. The group is from LA… they are called Best Coast, and this lo-fi retro sounding rock & rolla is an early single of their’s from 2009.

“When I’m with you, I have fun.” d’aww.


Bastille….so hot right now. The early British single “Flaws” is charting on the alternative charts here in the BEST America. Let us do a Chainsmokers remix (yeah the #Selfie guys).

Who goes out on Mondays? #live


war on drugs
My friend Jenn went to Seattle to check out the Capital Hill Block Party last weekend. … sorry CAPITOL.

Lots of great pics on her social media from Emerald City and she got to see Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs.

The Hollywood Reporter posted their top records of 2014 (so far)…top of the list, The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream.

My friend James over at The Peak was talking about how red hot the single “Red Eyes” is on the radio in Vancouver right now…I had to pick up the record. Sunday was a lazy day. Coral and Maddy were at a birthday party and she left me with baby Jack to entertain for a few hours. I deceided we’d best use our time by heading heading downtown on a long walk, eating some Asian Street Food and buying records.


While downtown, we stopped at Foo Asian Street Food on Blanshard at Yates. Man, it was hot day, but they were all sold out of their watermelon & feta salad.

c’est dommage.

Oh wait… I can make that! I called the kitchen manager and asked him…and he gave me the recipe.

Foo’s Watermelon & Feta Salad

Pomegranate molasses & Chinese Black Vinegar dressing
Cubed watermelon
Chopped up cucumber
mint and cilantro
pepper mix (black and szechuan)
drizzle on some dressing
finish with crumbled feta

BOOM! It’s good.

Go with yourself.

Hello Bloglandia…back from a little holiday. Our little tribe headed to Quesnel for my cousin’s wedding. And when in Quesnel, you gotta hit Barkerville. An honest to goodness British frontier town. I don’t know how many young and hip music blog readers will find themselves in the wilderness of central British Columbia…but you’ll be surrounded in working beards, not fashionable beards. Its great.

Barkerville was an old gold mining town from the days of colonial British Columbia. Billy Barker found gold in William Creek in 1861, a town sprung up near his mine and that town is named after him.

Today it is preserved as a museum town.  They have all sorts of stuff to do…my kid got a kick out of gold panning. And she loved all the horses pulling wagons around the town.

Fun fact.. Billy Barker is buried in Victoria. His grave is in the Ross Bay Cemetery. Neat.

Rolling hot at the radio factory, brand new song from Seattle indie rocker Fences showed up. Fences has many cool friends and they all came together on his new single “Arrows.”

Recorded by Death Cab For Cutie‘s Chris Walla, re-imagined by Ryan Lewis and featuring verse from Macklemore. Lyrically themes that get right to the point and there you have a posit-rock Much Mega hit.

Macklemore talks about Fences; “Fences is a good friend, he’s fucked up in the same way that I’m fucked up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music. I’ve always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We’ve made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we’ve done.”


From the radio show yesterday…. Dylan & Jason were talking about regulating your body temperature on a hot day by drinking a hot beverage. is that true? I call Professor Frank Marino at Charles Sturt University in Australia and I talk to Professor Kathy Gaul at the University of Victoria to get the cold facts.

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.

Year After Year
Peter Gardner from Hawk and Steel came on my radio show yesterday to talk about his new song “Year After Year.”

I was sitting around the radio factory with DJ Boitano yesterday and he was talking about this funny break Dylan and Jason did on mammals and how long almost all of them take to urinate.

One thing led to another…and I’m in the washroom timing Boitano taking a piss.

Go with yourself.


This song came up during my musical travels today.

The track is a collaboration that features Nate Eiesland (On and On), Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run), and Stacey. The song is part of the Red Brick Sessions. Very pretty…

Go with yourself.


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