Campfire Stories with DaveO (radio air check 2009) – Urban Vancouver #7

In 2009, i made an very off-the-cuff audition show for Vancouver’s then-new, now-defunct “The Shore 104” radio station with the idea create a rather eclectic music and story-telling show.

The “show” was recorded live in one take, no takebacks (though i shoulda/coulda) with John Bollwitt engineering at his West End apartment. Later added an intro bit which kinda got messed up but anyhow,… the project went nowhere as the station struggled out the gates and soon fired most on-air folks and changed format blah blah blah. As such, getting it off the harddrive and into your ears so you can laugh at my cheesiness and rock out to the setlist.

Campfire Stories with DaveO

Gather round for: Campfire Stories with DaveO (air check for The Shore radio) – 1:38:39, 118MB, 2009-07-21

PS some of this music isn’t “podsafe”, licensed etc. but used for demonstration and educational purposes – if issue, please let me know via gravellybeach@gmail.com

Show Notes: Campfire Stories with DaveO demo for The Shore radio

Notes: Shore presenting fireworks – important for getting the mack on for young folks – chill out and enjoy

Rogue Folk Series with Dustin Bentall, son of Barney – with a great new track you’ve been hearing

Tragically Hip – Fireworks – yes swearing ain’t allowed on radio

54/40 I go blind
Did you know these guys still had day-jobs until hootie covered the song

David Byrne Everything that happens– didn’t make a huge splash but this guy is a consummate artist – read his blog for notes about urban planning, cycling and eating mussels and a bucket of beers with gregor robertson

Vancity theater showing true stories, in the spinal tap tradition but with more sincerity and oddballs

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at the Shore, part of the mission is finding the new awsum cdn rock that bursts out of speakers like April Wine, feels like our story like Gord, lacks the cheese of Nickelback,  here are a few tracks which prove to me once again that there is an renaissance of talent in Canada – here’s a quick trip across the country …

Constantines – Young Lions – tension and passion at SXSW showcase

Paris of the prairie, i dunno but this rocks – he’s a working musician backed up sarah, tours with his wife and her band too

Luke Doucet – Bloods too rich
w/ Rich Hope at Richard on Richards > closing but meh > Smilin Buddha, Commodore

Stills – Helicopters
Again Arts and Crafts at SXSW, young guys working hard

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Billy Bragg Faith in You … SXSW > evolution from the clash
check archive.org show notes for 86 street msuic hall – covers and busking – audience vote between carpenters and dylan

Clash – I’m not down
Pacific Coliseum 1984

Warren Zevon – Lawyers guns and money live
Band/Artist: Warren Zevon
Date: February 11, 1988 (check for other copies)
Venue: Montmartre
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Grateful Dead – Eyes of the world w/ Brandford Marsalis
The Dead at the Gorge with Doobies and Allmans

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Mudhoney – Good enough
Friends from Seattle Mark Arm is the shipping clerk at SubPop

Modest Mouse – Missed the Boat
Recorded in Olympia from Issaquah

Granfaloon Bus – Petty
Quirky from SF

David and The Citizens – Grey Coated
Rocking west coast sound from … Sweden

Dino Jr. Almost Ready
Loud w/ Nirvana in SLC

Outro
Wear your helmet!

Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63

Remembrance Day with Vasco's Bones

From an olden church and (otherwise vacant) cenotaph at Fort Cochin, Kerala, India, Dave O – acknowledging an extended medical and death related hiatus – discusses the local history of colonization by Portuguese explorers, Dutch traders, then British Raj in the context of the colonization leading to exploitation, conscription and war with no meaning to local populace. Plus the meaning of reparations and the conflict of peaceful resistance – evidenced my Mahatma Gandhi beach a stone’s throw away – contrasted with continued wars throughout the world, shadowed by disposable tourism, economic and racial caste systems.

Recorded Nov. 11, 2016, Released 11:11 Nov. 11, 2017

Gather Round for Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63  (37:11, .mp3, 192k, 58MB, stereo)

Also of note: Vasco da Gama’s bones, black knee-high socks, French generational losses, siege of Leningrad, Churchill’s mishaps, lost human potential of engineers, poets and lovers, MacArthur’s folly, Australia’s vulnerability, the emergence of regions over nation-states, Brexit for British Columbia + Cascadia, Catalonia and Scottish successions, work of raising a child, trappings of hubris, death by disease and guns, aggressive use of intelligence, forethought and diplomacy, and unfiltered view of sacrifice and life.

Cover art photo: By Dave Olson at Fort Cochin, taken by Lomo Sardine can camera with expired B&W film.

Remembrance Day Peace Ramble in Cochin, Kerala, India

At 11:11, 11/11, in Cochin, India, Dave – wearing a handmade poppy on Mahatma Gandhi beach by Chinese fishing nets – riffs about sacrifices of soldiers, sailors, flyers, resistance fighters, parents. Plus discusses the importance of avoiding jingoism which leads to war and death and name-checks Henry David Thoreau, condemns greed, and encourages peace and diplomacy and compassion.

Pacific Blue Drum and Bugle Corps Parade in Bridgeview, Surrey, BC

pac blue parade

recently shot clips of 23 marching bands at Victoria Day parade in Victoria (natch) and was flashing back to hauling bass drum or marimba through Bridgeview for parades with no audience. they were marching bands and now drum bugle corps per se but made me think of the hijinks with all the Pacific Blue weirdos, circa 1983-4.

anyhow, curiously wondered how our drum line would stack up (better than all i am sure!) and enjoyed some flashbacks to the many parades (enjoyed memories more than hauling mallets or bass drum) and sure enough, found a photo… of the lamest parade ever… an early morning in Bridgeview with almost no one on the streets. We were yelled at by woken up residents, and joined in the parade mostly by kids with wagons and dogs.

Behold, evidence including rare snaps of legendary Rob Loewen and the witty Bill Odribege + more renegades.