MUSIC, SPIRITUALITY, Uncategorized

Stop thinking you’re listening when all you’re doing is waiting for your chance to speak.

Even if society never seems to learn from the mistakes of our pasts, at least we’ve got artists who never stop screaming with piercing voices and ground shaking bass.

Maybe one day we’ll listen. Like actually listen.

Like, stop thinking we’re listening when what we’re doing is waiting for the speaker to stop so we can say what was on our mind the whole time they were trying to open up to us.

Stop thinking we can ignore the issues of today as though they’ll go away tomorrow.

Stop thinking our problems are bigger than others; face it – we’re in this together so now’s the time to put your ego aside and embrace your neighbour. It’s the only way we’re going to make it through this mess. Politicians survive off fear mongering. Evil, manipulative people survive off of divisiveness – anything to say that you are better than the next person. You’re not better. We’re all a mess. And if you accept it, and accept that the person next to you on the street is just the same as you with a different history, then we’re one step closer to overcoming the politicians’ ploys and the manipulators’ tricks.

Your lack of true listening generates the fuel that feeds the ignorance of the world.

Let’s get smart, people, through collective consciousness… and not just an OM-chanting displaced place of the privileged “wishing/praying” for change… nope, this is the time for real grit and in-person commitment to one another, no matter the colour, time of day, trend of the day, dollar fluctuation, temperature, disaster or award ceremony – fuck those distractions. Connect for real. Get real, get brave with one another, and above all, actually listen to one another every single chance you get.

Metalheadz released this super sick 3-track EP by René LaVice & Future Cut today and this is how it made me feel.

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Super raw, super real. Two artists who deserve to blow up.

Debby Friday.

Holy shit. Her recorded music is speaker-exploding, her live performance is scintillating.

Bandcamp rated Friday’s “Death Drive” the 26th best album of the year so -gddmn!- you’re bound to see|hear much more from her this year…

Sebastian Paul.

Inexplicably rugged and tender all at the same time. Addictive as fuck, too.

The clever Diplo/Mad Decent crew have already snapped this fella up so – yep you guessed it – big things in store for Paul…

You gotta give artists like this your love. They aren’t holding back one bit – every pore of their souls are poured into every beat, every lyric.

Raw and real, they remind us to be the same.

Get out there and support your local artists.

Love life. Be good to one another. Encourage one another to express yourselves freely and jump up and down and scream in unison when they take the stage and bare their souls. Be brave together. Crush the mediocre together.

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MUSIC, TECH, Uncategorized

Because we appreciate things that don’t last

This is brilliant. What a way to grab people’s attention to your music.

Release music that’s only available for one month.

Do it regularly so you can feature new artists all the time.

And how clever, to produce it easily and give it a super appealing low fi vibe, record it on a phone.

Love it.

Listen to Etran de L’Aïr‘s “Music from Saharan WhatsApp,” buy it, and keep tuned in for more from Sahel Sounds.

“For the year of 2020, Sahel Sounds presents “Music from Saharan WhatsApp.” Every month, we’ll be releasing an EP from a musical group in the Sahel. Every album will be recorded on a cellphone, and transmitted over WhatsApp, and uploaded to Bandcamp – where it will live for one month only. Available for pay as you want, 100% of the sales will go directly to the artist or group. After one month, the album will be replaced by another one, until the end of the year.” ~ Read more about this wicked project on their Bandcamp page.

/// another example of how brilliant and artist-supporting Bandcamp is. I’m such a fan of this platform. ///

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ART, MUSIC, Uncategorized

Must listen album of 2019, with caveat

One of the most powerful and moving and important albums of the year, you must listen to Lingua Ignota’s “Caligula.”

The caveat? It’s heavy as fuck. The subject matter is dark (read Revolver’s excellent article), but that’s what makes this such an important album: the artist is taking the material on with fierce ferocity.

I witnessed her performance live in Vancouver on Dec 1, and as I tweeted, Vancouver just got Lingua Ignota’d.

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While the audience was awaiting Daughters, the entire venue (Rickshaw) was absolutely transfixed by Lingua Ignota’s performance. Silence during each song, and heartfelt applause after each and every one. We knew this was not a show for shock value. This was the real deal.

In my notes, I wrote:

The piano driven passion of Tori Amos with the impossibly epic goth vocals of Esben and the Witch and theatricality of Zola Jesus. Fucking unreal. Rickshaw was stunned and in love.

If the artist doesn’t agree with any of those references, I must say I mention them with total respect. Of course, you cannot compare anyone of such unique artistic expression as Lingua Ignota to anyone before.

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New music I love – Sep 2017

These might not all be newly released (most are, some aren’t) but they’re new to me, and I love ’em.
Maybe you will too. Brighten up your day, engage your ears, stimulate your mind. Listen… ❤

Mondo Cosmo – Plastic Soul
Off in a dream land.

Thelem – Ninety 3
Otherworldly.

Cat Clyde – Mama Said
Harken back to a simpler time, I think about it all the time. 

Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys
Oh, those vocals highs get me so high. 

Camila Cabello, Quavo – OMG This is how shit should sound. This is every trick in the book these days, but done right, done with quality talent.

Mad Zach – Belittle No One
Mental on top, deep bassy feet grounded below.

PUP – The Coast
But pretty much everything they make.

Campfire Stories 22 (Isotope Cobalt #5) by Roel Funcken
nearly 2.5hrs of beautiful ambient music on the incredible Silent Season label.

Brothertiger – High Tide
Lost in the bliss of a seaside high. 

Hundred Waters – Blanket Me
That climax is gorgeously goosebump inducing. 

River Whyless – Sailing Away
When you’re feeling worn out and need to be carried on a gentle breeze to the next stage.

The Black Angels – Young Men Dead
So heavy, when you listen to this you could walk through an inferno and emerge unscathed.

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Anemone
A timeless sound. Let’s take a road trip. 

Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen
I’ve loved Four Tet since his early work, right through to his more recent club bangers. Here, he takes a somber look at this challenging year. 

Clairmont The Second with Cola H – Worth
Oooooh yeah, love this echo chamber of moody beats with smooooooth vocal delivery. 

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New music I love

Here’s what’s totally caught my ears and gotten into my head lately. I think everything here is pretty brand new. Enjoy.

Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra – XX Intro
Gorgeous orchestral version of the classic song that kicked off The XX’s takeover of the emo world.

Fuzz – Silent Sits The Dust Bowl
Perfect name for this totally fuzzed out psychedelic rock track.

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks – Falling, Landing
Dark blues from Australia.

Dusky – Psychic Life Coach
Atmospheric house. So good.

Overcoats – The Fog
Heavy lyrics with deceptively uplifting production.

Beware of Darkness – Muthafucka
Heavy. With a cat video!

Golden Drugs – Ghost Song
Awesomely fresh psychedelic pop from Oakland.

The Comet Is Coming – Start Running
Off on a blissful free jazz planet.

Pile – Baby Boy
Post-hardcore from Boston. Scream!

n u a g e s – Dreams
You know I’m a sucker for atmospheric stuff like this.

FORXST – a w a k e
Fresh chillwave trap from Poland.

The Shouting Matches – I Had A Real Good
Bluesy rocky side project by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.

Kaido – Fruit Punch
Some of the most bouncingly reach for the sky hip hop you’ll hear.

Mount Kimbie – Blue Train Lines feat. King Krule
This is art. This powerful song stands on it’s own. But adding this intense video to it is one of the most moving things I’ve experienced of late.

Delinquent Habits – Shake
Pretty much everything on their 2017 It Could Be Round Two album is good energy track after track.

Goin’ out on a high note. Listen up for next time!

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99U: Bevel's Tristan Walker: The Best Ideas Are Brewed out of Authenticity
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99U: Consistently Relevant

I never stop being impressed by the relevant content on 99U.

If you’re an entrepreneur or freelance creator, the content here is gold.

Most recent worth reading: “The Best Ideas Are Brewed out of Authenticity,” and interview with Bevel’s Tristan Walker, written by Sean Blanda.

A couple key moments:

As an entrepreneur, you have to not give a shit about what people think about you.

and

One of our values is wellness. If you’re not taking care of yourself you’re not taking care of your business.

Read the full article here.

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#artistathome

What an honour!

Vancouver-based photographer Christopher Edmonstone has thrown himself into an incredible portrait photography project. It’s called #artistathome. And I’m his most recent subject!

He hand-picks artists who he believes are doing great things in the city, whether they’re recording albums or building community.

One of the best parts is, he isn’t just wham bam thank you ma’am in and out; for Christopher this is just as much about building and strengthening relationships as it is about building a solid body of photos (he’s shot upwards to 90 #artistathome portraits now).

Christopher meets the artist at their home. He talks with the artist. Really talks. A hey-how-ya-doin’-it’s-been-waaaaaay-too-long-but-we’re-not-just-gonna-gloss-over-the-highlights-we’re-gonna-get-to-the-nitty-gritty-and-really-talk. And he really listens. And shares.

It was a fantastic Saturday afternoon.

artists at home, #artistsathome, Christopher Edmonstone, Vancouver BC, portrait

I’m touched by what Christopher wrote, to accompany the portrait:

I really want you to meet today’s ‪#‎artistathome‬ as he was one of the first people that helped enable the way for me in my current path.

I met him in January 2011 shooting a show at The Commodore Ballroom. Back then I was hustling every band I wanted to photograph coming to town to get a photopass. He suggested that I contact him the next time I wanted to shoot a show as he was now the photo editor of concert blog site called guttersnipe. From that point I on could focus on shooting shows instead of spending time trying to get a photopass.

After a couple of years Ashley had come to the realization that big stars didn’t need him to take photos, but that his local community did. He started shooting events featuring local artists, gallery openings, artists talks bands and performers eventually wrapping all of it into what is now the website called VANDOCUMENT. Actually, it is more than just a website, it is a great collection of photographers, videographers and writers that embody and share the idea that art is important, and that you can build community through it. Ashley’s is doing his dream and what he believes in.

VANDOCUMENT has grown into a true collective of over 50 volunteer contributors over the past two years since it was launched in May 2013. Having seen first hand the growth of this VANDOCUMENT I am really impressed with everything about it, from the aesthetics, to it’s mission statement, to plans to turn it into an official not-for-profit organization. I think everyone can learn something from some of Ashley’s guiding principals for his life.

I will share with you three points taken from a recent talk that he gave at the Dreamers + Doers Event:

  1. Surround yourself with believers, supporters, and participants in your dream.
  2. Thank those who help you, give back to those who give to you, and create opportunities for them. Build and respect your community.
  3. Take chances. Lots of them. As often as possible.

These are amazing words to live by and they are something I strive towards. It was really great to get together with Ashley last week over some beers and later burgers! Be sure to check out http://www.VANDOCUMENT.com, lots of interesting stuff happening in the city we all love.

Thank you Christopher. You’re an incredible human and a massive talent. Keep it up!

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LITERATURE, QUOTES, SPIRITUALITY, Uncategorized

The Potential Of Every Single One Of Us

Every human being is born into this world fully equipped not only to take care of himself or herself, but also to contribute to the well-being of the world as a whole. Some get the chance to explore their potential, but many others never get the chance to unwrap the wonderful gifts they were born with. They die with those gifts unexplored, and the world remains deprived of their contribution.

– Muhammad Yunus, Building A Social Business

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Nick Waterhouse Rocks The Kids With Revivalist Power

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A fantastic show by jazz/blues/swing revivalist Nick Waterhouse, and his charming, talented band. I was on assignment for Beatroute magazine.

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