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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.

Moving feeds, future-preserving and archiving speaking gigs

How to Stalk Yourself: A Manual for Creatives Filling the Gaps in their Curriculum Vitae

some great tips – recently i’ve moved 13 blogs, pods, columns and other feeds into one big site and now organizing and coalescing the all artifacts from various speaking gigs. So many links are expired, images removed, videos down (thanks blip.tv) and so on.

I have a few tips to add:

  • Archive.org’s Wayback Machine is a great way to capture some – not all — old posts and reviews etc. Mainstream media outlets are the worst it seems for archiving — plus some sites block Archive with a robots.txt file prohibiting indexing and/or some dynamically generated sites don’t archive well so your mileage may vary
  • Before i do an event, i set up a Hootsuite dashboard to monitor all the conference or whatever’s conversation. Instagram & Twitter hashtags, Youtube, geo-located searches and variations on my name and company name (when applicable)
  • Once i am done a prezo or other gig, i’ll quickly favourite, star, like whatever all the relevant posts (usually at the airport) and then, soon after, create an archive “roundup” in Storify (used to do manually but this is so quick).
  • I keep monitoring for a week or two for any blog followups, news mentions etc. and then add to the Storify. Storify will send each person mentioned a Tweet thanking them for the contribution
  • Once done, i create a roundup blog post for each gig including a preface for context. I often now copy/paste almost entire posts (with a preface) since so many things are lost to the ether
  • Then i add the event to a “Speaking Gigs” list on a page which references back to the roundup post

The Internet has a very short memory indeed.

PS examples (in process) at: daveostory.com

 

Source: some great tips – recently i’ve moved 13 blogs, pods, columns and other feeds into one big site and… – Medium

Pakistan’s Forgotten Pagans Get Their Due

The Kalash people are unlike any group in Pakistan. About half of the Kalash practice a form of ancient Hinduism infused with old pagan and animist beliefs. They celebrate religious festivals with music, dancing, and alcohol -- which they brew themselves. &nbsp; Their rituals include married Kalash women eloping with other men, and boys having sexual intercourse with any woman they choose after reaching puberty. Other rituals include sacrificing dozens of goats.

The Kalash people are unlike any group in Pakistan. About half of the Kalash practice a form of ancient Hinduism infused with old pagan and animist beliefs. They celebrate religious festivals with music, dancing, and alcohol — which they brew themselves.

Their rituals include married Kalash women eloping with other men, and boys having sexual intercourse with any woman they choose after reaching puberty. Other rituals include sacrificing dozens of goats.

 

Visual Art: Inventory

Annotated Inventory of paint/mixed-media art


GRAVELLY BEACH ~ Painted Winter/Spring 2005

  • #1 Snag on Beach 9×12 oil
  • #2 Madrona 9×12 oil
  • #3 Red Bark 9×12 oil & dirt
  • #4 Sakura 9×12 oil
  • #5 Iris 9×12 oil
  • #5a Bluff 9×12 pastel
  • #6 Bottles 9×12 water on canvas
  • #7 Spring Tree 9×12 oil
  • #8 Clam Dig 9×12 oil pastel on canvas
  • #9 Night Spar 9×12 oil
  • #10a&b Night Madrona 9×12 oil
  • #11 Stillwater 11.5×18 charcoal
  • #12 Pathway 16×20 acrylic
  • #13 Driftwood 16×20 oil
  • #14 Vase 16×20 oil
  • #15 Orion 9×9 oil
  • #16 Hannah’s Birthday oil
  • #17 Bluff (dan) pastel on paper

EUROPA (Entire Coast) ~ Spring/Summer 2005

  • Granada Teteria 12×8 watercolour
  • Barcelona Alley By Night 12×16 acrylic
  • The Other Direction 12×16 water/pastel
  • Cove Near Almeria 12×16 acrylic
  • Power Plant Past Cliffs 12×16 acrylic
  • Fig de Fox Garden 12×16 acrylic
  • Art Park Guell 12×16 acrylic
  • House Pat ac Guell 12×16 acrylic  on paper
  • Picnic w/ Columba 12×16 acrylic on paper
  • Santiago Beer 12×16 water on paper
  • Galacian Cafe 12×16 pastel on paper
  • French Farm by Train 12×16 water on paper
  • Renegade Cyclist (A.dam) 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Cheese, Bridges, Bikes (A.dam) 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Tour Eiffel Picnic 12×16 charcoal on canvas
  • From Arch de Triumph 12×16 charcoal on canvas
  • Sleeping on Train 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Salema Fishing Boats 12×16 pencil on canvas
  • Brussels Bar 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Amsterdam Front Door 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Bells for el Papi 12×16 pencil on canvas
  • Telescoping to the Tower 12×16 pencil on canvas
  • Amsterdam Tangles 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Beers in Grandness 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Window, Beer, Spice (?) 12×16 pencil on paper

EUROPE (STUMBLE) ~ Summer/Fall 1993

  • Rhodt Tent to Church 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Weingut 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Church Field 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Ludwig’s 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Kastanien 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Dave Face 8×10 mixed media

LOST JAPAN ~ Fall/Winter 1994

  • Gonda Village Farm 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Graves Near Gonda 8×10 watercolour pencil

STATIC MONTAGE ~ Mixed Media Collages

  • Belize ~ 2001
  • Palau ~  Storyboard 1995
  • Vancouver ~ 2013
  • Amsterdam ~ 2002
  • VW Bus ~ 2003
  • Europa for Trev
  • Europe from Trev
  • Tracks on Tracks ~ 2012
  • * Grateful Dead for Dan

CLAYOQUOT Dispatch ~ Oil/Acrylic from 2007 w/ Work in 2013

  • Half Moon Bay, oil
  • Sunset on Long Beach, acrylic
  • Lighthouse & Islands, oil

Letters from Russia – 2004

  • Camp Cabins
  • Rowboat
  • Hot lunch en route
  • Cannon at bordino
  • Lake driftwood
  • Sunset of Dreams
  • Soot and despair
  • Lake (lucid blue)
  • Countryside

MISC ~

  • Evelyn Backyard 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Vancouver Postcard 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013

JAMAICA ~

  • Little Bay Postcards 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Mr Chubby’s Irie Cove 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013
  • Little Bay Big 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Little Bay Little 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013

BACKDROPs ~ Logan Utah, circa 1990-1

  • Satan Lives in Moab
  • Flaming Pig
  • Backdrop
  • Trio