Best of 2012

January 10th, 2013

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My (almost) annual tradition of picking the top 10ish albums I bought (or discovered) in the last calendar year continues… behold!

  1. Ty Segall – Twins (Drag City)
    Ty released 4 albums in 15 months. That’s how long it takes most bands to write a song.
  2. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock (Columbia)
  3. Bad Sports – Kings of the Weekend (Dirtnap)
    Lo-fi 70s punk from Denton, Texas. Technically released in 2011. Sue me.
  4. Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band – No Time For Dreaming (Daptone)
    This one’s from 2011 too but goddamn if Charles doesn’t have more soul in his little finger than the Billboard R&B Hot 100 combined. And plenty enough to last us through 2012 with his film.
  5. Heartless Bastards – Arrow (Partisan)
  6. Joel Plaskett – Scrappy Happiness (MapleMusic)
  7. The Jolts – 8% (Sudden Death)
  8. King Tuff – S/T (SubPop)
  9. Mount Carmel – Real Women (Siltbreeze)
  10. Jeff the Brotherhood – Hypnotic Nights (Warner Bros.)
  11. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana (Reprise)
  12. Takeshi Terauchi – Nippon Guitars (Big Beat)
    I’m a sucker for surf rock. Especially Japanese surf rock. Props to RedCat for the introduction.

Quoperative Radio: August 2/2012

August 2nd, 2012

Another solstice, another radio show. Wait! Wasn’t this supposed to be a weekly thing? Son of a bitch. Ah whatever, let’s hear some summer tunes…

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  • (Intro) Black Angels – Science Killer
  • Dr. John – Revolution
  • Japandroids – For the Love of Ivy
  • King Tuff – Bad Thing
  • Sebadoh – I Don’t Mind
  • Charles Bradley – Why Is It So Hard
  • Bad Sports – Get My Head
  • Mount Carmel – Still Listening
  • Reigning Sound – Black Sheep (live)
  • Jim Jones Revue – Princess & The Frog (live)

Just a sampling of the albums that are getting a healthy dose of spinnage on the turntable at my place all summer long. YEAH.

Quoperative Radio: April 5/2012

April 5th, 2012

Whoa, it’s been too long! I didn’t have access to my main MP3 library today but I was able to scrape together some tunes I had on my work machine and a few tracks I’d picked up on the advice of a Mr. Bobby Ferris.

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  • Wolf People – October Fires
  • The Dirty Nil – Fuckin’ Up Young
  • Uncle Bad Touch - I Wanna Love You
  • Heartless Bastards - Got to Have Rock and Roll
  • Hans Condor - I Can Make a Lot of Money
  • November - Mount Everest
  • Nashville Pussy (feat Danko Jones) – I’m So High
  • Prima Donna – Double Crosser
  • Sonic’s Rendezvous Band – Sweet Nothing

I think I’ve played Sweet Nothing before, but damn it’s so good it deserves to be played again.

 

Quoperative Radio: October 20/2011

October 20th, 2011

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  • Jonathan Richman – Pablo Picasso
  • The Muggs – Just Another Fool
  • John Wesley Coleman – Bad Lady Goes To Jail
  • The Black Crowes – I Ain’t Hiding
  • The High Beams – Living To Die
  • The Ramones – Bonzo Goes to Bitburg
  • Patto – Man
  • Richard Hell & The Voidoids – The Plan
  • Johnny Thunders & Wayne Kramer’s Gang War – The Harder They Come

Quoperative Radio: October 6/2011

October 6th, 2011

Part 2 of 2 of the 100% Vancouver series (part 1 is here):

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  • Rock Thy Neighbor – The Smugglers
  • S.T.H.D – Ladyhawk
  • If You Want Me – Indian Wars
  • The Way To Gone – Black Mountain
  • The Last of The 1%ers – The Black Halos
  • Wind Me Up – Lightning Dust
  • Scrambled Eggs – Pointed Sticks
  • Shake This Joint Around – Rich Hope and His Evil Doers
  • Spider Baby Jesus – Duffy and The Doubters
  • Mountain Bitch – Black Wizard

Back to your regular programming…

Quoperative Radio: August 4/2011

August 4th, 2011

Part 1 of 2 of the 100% Vancouver series:

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  • Jesus – Black Wizard
  • Moving Along – Lions in the Street
  • In the Forest, Under the Moon – Blood Meridian
  • Woof Woof I’m a Goof – The Evaporators
  • DXM – The Jolts
  • (Gone is the) Freedom Train – John Ford
  • New Drug Queens – Pink Mountaintops
  • Van City – Rodney Decroo

Thank you and goodnight.

 

A few things I learned from Gimme Shelter: Deconstructed

August 1st, 2011

On June 9th I posted a little tool to let people play with the separated tracks from Gimme Shelter. Since then I’ve observed that:

  1. People like to play with this. Lots and lots of people. More than I ever thought would find it.
  2. These separated tracks actually originated from the game Rock Band. So much for my claim that Bill Wyman dropped the master tapes off at my house.
  3. The above point was brought to my attention by a very kind and courteous DMCA takedown notification letter.
As a result I’ve had to take it down.  It was fun while it lasted!

Quoperative Radio: July 29/2011

July 29th, 2011

After a few weeks off in cottage country here’s another little radio show:

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  • Teenage Head – Flamin’ Groovies
  • Get Up Morning – Eddy Current Suppression Ring
  • I’ll Get Along Without You – The Melodians
  • Get Yo Shit – Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
  • Black River Killer – Blitzen Trapper
  • Fad – The Black Lips
  • You On the Run – Black Angels
  • Little Bonnie – Aorta
  • #1 Tonite! – Bad Wizard
  • Carol Anne – Indian Wars
  • Shining Light – Neil Young

Thank you and goodnight.

 

Quoperative Radio: July 8/2011

July 8th, 2011

Today I tried a little experiment with the amazingly simple Nicecast.  Can you say a little pirate radio? Here’s the result and the setlist:

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  • (Intro) Surfin’ Blues (Part 2) – Al Casey
  • Just Wanna Rock – Gorilla
  • The Rocker – Thin Lizzy
  • The Sun Goes All Around – Thee Oh Sees
  • Ruby D – Les Sexareenos
  • Bummer – Jeff the Brotherhood
  • Rave ‘n’ Rock – Daddy Maxfield
  • Frankie – D Generation
  • Sheena’s Back – Nick Curran and the Low Lifes
  • Get Found – Bass Drum of Death
  • Powerman – The Kinks

Thank you and goodnight.

 

Dana Tanamachi

June 21st, 2011

I’m just floored by this. I found Dana’s amazing chalk lettering and design work on Dribbble and noticed she was doing some label designs for a BC winery. Check out this shot of one of the label designs:

Even cooler is this time lapse showing her creating the original piece (on a board 7 feet wide by 4 feet high).  As a guy who relies way too much on CTRL+Z in my day-to-day work, when I see people doing proper analog work it just totally blows my mind.  What a labour of love…