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Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble

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July 28, 2007 ~ Levon Helm Studios ~ The Midnight Ramble Sessions

The Levon Helm Band
The Alexis P. Suter Band

August 11 ~ Levon Helm Studios ~ The Midnight Ramble Sessions

The Levon Helm Band
The Alexis P. Suter Band

August 25 ~ Levon Helm Studios ~ The Midnight Ramble Sessions

The Levon Helm Band
Ollabelle
The Alexis P. Suter Band

August 25 ~ Levon Helm’s Kid’s Ramble 2 – 4pm

Levon Helm’s Kid’s Ramble with
Ollabelle
Rowland’s Ramblin’ Family Band (Includes members of The Silos)

All youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Face painting, arts and crafts table and more. Snacks and drinks are included in the price – not to mention Levon’s signature “Ramble popcorn”.

Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for kids. Kids 2 years and under are free.

September 1 ~ Levon Helm Studios ~ The Midnight Ramble Sessions

The Levon Helm Band
Louisiana Red
More guests to be announced…

September 8 ~ Levon Helm Studios ~ The Midnight Ramble Sessions

The Levon Helm Band
More guests to be announced…

September 29 ~ Levon Helm Studios ~ The Midnight Ramble Sessions

The Levon Helm Band
David “Honeyboy” Edwards with Michael Frank on Harp
More guests to be announced…

A Choogle and a Postcard

Finally finished off the White Poppies for Remembrance series on Postcards from Gravelly Beach with moments to spare before Remembrance day (being a year since i recorded the content).  Tis a narrative on the go in London musing on the celebratory artifacts of wars gone past.  I enjoyed Remembrance day ceremonies on the Ceeb from a cottage on Sechelt inlet on the Sunshine Coast. Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49

And part three of my ongoing documentary of a rock n’ rol trio bound for adventures from their humble base in a distressed logging town (OK that all sounds too dramatic but whatever …), Choogle on rolls out more Numbskulz conversation and more pod-debuts of tracks including a revamped Lifestyles.  The post has heaps of links to bonus Numbskulz media. The Numbskulz Grow Up and Rock Out – Choogle on #55

DOA on DVD with Smash the State

D.O.A. Smash the State DVD release show Sept. 27th The Plaza Club, Vancouver, BC
World renowned punk band D.O.A. is back with the brand new DVD “Smash the State.” It will be released September 25th, 2007 on Joe Shithead’s Sudden Death Records.

This long awaited compilation is loaded with a ton of raw footage shot at four shows in the San Francisco/Bay Area and the infamous Canada Day Anarchist Picnic in Vancouver.

The DVD features D.O.A.’s original line up: Joe Shithead Keithley, Chuck Biscuits, Randy Rampage and Dave Gregg at their best. Smash the State includes 21 classic songs, interviews, newscasts, plus footage of the day anarcho punks took over Vancouver’s Stanley Park on July 1st, 1978.

  • Guest appearances by: Keith Morris (Circle Jerks), Dirk Dirksen (Mabuhay Gardens/San Francisco punk guru), JB Shayne (legendary Vancouver DJ) and Zippy Pinhead (Los Popularos, The Dils)

Canada’s punk godfather Joe Shithead had this to say: “I really wanted people to see the original version of D.O.A. performing. You know, the completely raw band that went out and took on the world. So I gathered together some of the best footage I could find and came up with Smash the State. Most of the footage is taken from shows in San Francisco and the East Bay. This makes a lot of sense, as San Francisco became D.O.A.’s home away from home in the late seventies and into the eighties.

Our very first show outside of Vancouver was in S.F. I took a train, Biscuits and Rampage took a bus and Brad Kent hitch hiked. When we arrived we had to scramble around to find enough gear to play. But it was great, so from that point on, it just took a phone call like “Hey, can D.O.A. play a show with the Avengers and the Dead Kennedys next week?” Of course we fucking can! So we would hop in any old wrecked vehicle we could find, and headed down to the Bay area to help start a punk rock riot.

The last part of the DVD was our fifth show. It was an anarchist gathering in Vancouver‘s Stanley Park on Canada Day in 1978. It was billed as “Anti-Canada Day”. We didn’t have a permit, so the cops tried to stop D.O.A., The Subhumans and Private School from playing that day. Our pal Phil Smith managed to talk a local picnicking church group into lending us their park permit once the picnic was over. This of course infuriated the Vancouver Police, but they could not stop the show. This is documented on Smash the State, there’s even footage of Rampage giving a cop a kiss. Hey, cool shit, but I don’t know if the cop thought so.” – Joe Shithead


For a lot of people all over the world, D.O.A. was either their first exposure to punk rock, or one of their earliest memories of that blistering phenomenon. When you watch Smash the State you’ll understand why D.O.A. has influenced everyone from Green Day to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Henry Rollins to Jello Biafra, Rancid to Nirvana and NOFX to Bad Religion.

Bread the Producer’s video of The Police May 28, 2007 Vancouver

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Bread the Producer edited up this montage beauty of The Police’s epic return to Vancouver with a variety of songs and uncannily good audio quality. The whole gang was there (cosmo, Dingo, Bread, Leezer, Osmosis, Funboy, Toad …) to see a bit of music history as Sting thanked the Squamish nation for use of their Longhouse for rehearsal and called Stewart Copeland the best drummer in the world – yup.

D.O.A. and The Furies Rock Richards, Vancouver, Feb 10 2007

DOA and the Furies live in vancouver

Punk Rock Confidential presented by
JEM Gallery and Sudden Death Records

D.O.A. and The Furies @ Richard’s on Richards, Vancouver, BC, Sat. Feb. 10th

www.suddendeath.com

Vancouver’s first punk band, The Furies will play their first show in 30 years!

  • All ages show 3 PM-6 PM
  • Over 19 show 8 PM-2 AM

Canada’s most influential punk band D.O.A. is teaming up with The Furies, Vancouver’s legendary first punk band for two shows at Richard’s on Richards, 1036 Richards St. Vancouver, BC.

The event has been dubbed Punk Rock Confidential and features a blistering cast. The amazing D.O.A. will headline the festivities. They are led by Canada’s godfather of punk, Joe Shithead Keithley, with the help of the legendary Randy Rampage on bass and The Great Baldini on drums.

The Furies started putting on shows at the old Japanese Hall in the summer of ’77. These mind blowing gigs shocked the public as the posters boldly announced “Punk Rock”. Now, The Furies, led by the incredible Chris Arnett along with the help of original bassist Jonathan Werner, are back. These shows will be their first in 30 years.

Rebel Spell will also play. They’re a great new band from Vancouver. Further support will come from First Reign, a good hard drivin’ outfit from Abbotsford.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door. Tickets available at Red Cat, Noize To Go, Zulu, Highlife, Scratch,Bone Rattle and JEM Gallery. Tickets at JEM Gallery have no surcharge and they take phone orders as well 604 879 5366, email; thejemgallery@yahoo.com

For more info, email; info@suddendeath.com
Phone: 604.777.6972
Fax: 604.777.6974

www.suddendeath.com

Punk Rock Confidential is also sponsored by; The Only, Red Cat Records
and R and B Brewery

Ears still ringing from the Tragic Hipness

Amigo Bread and I headed to the *exclusive* sold-out Tragically Hip show at the Commodore Ballroom on Granville St. downtown Vancouver last night.

This expansive 2nd floor venue is classic and fantastic – not “oversold” so you can actually move around and the crowd was thankfully mostly devoid of drunken yahoos with backwards baseball caps – well maybe not but too bad at all – decent music fans and plenty of hockey sweaters to be sure.

The Commodore boasts several vantage points to enjoy – balcony, couch lounge, bar stools, cocktail tables, private booths, and a famous floor – which is the best place to roast big doobie (which we did udring “Blow at High Dough”) and enjoy the fresh-ish air with no cigarettes (!) – both the lights (inventive but not overbearing) and the sound was outstanding (you could reallly tell the two guitars apart).

The band though, whoa dude, brung it – no longer upstart bar rockers – The Hip are now a squad of veteran rockers who seem to be realizing there enduring place in Canadian rock history and are working hard together to create quality music and offer a great experience to the attendees. “Ahead by a Century” was a high-light – the rather gentle tune really spread wings like a soaring falcon flying over the Tigris and Euphrates .

As an aside, the band seem like 5 very different guys that probably don’t hang out much off tour – that’s just my hunch – but know that the group snyergy and magic mojo just happen “all the time” so one must be grateful to find collaborators with chemistry.

Here’s a snapshot by Canadian Hobo – seems to be from the Monday night show but either way, the Downie’s shirt was uhhh sweaty – BTW, they sell his cool post-Maoist-style cap for $30 (gift idea for uncle weed!)

Tragically Hip tickets

The Hip are hip to amateur recording and such so extensive material abounds and the band release live tracks and other gems via TheHip.com plus have their own Flickr sets and encourage participation in a Hip Photo Group – more content from passionate bloggers is at Hip Fans and live shows are archived by fans at HipBase.

Bread shot some neat vid clips and snapped photos and me recorded some snippets of sound (“swim to daddy baby”) which may or may not be usable.

Either way, the evening’s progress from the New Amsterdam was documentented including reading from Gord’s poetry book, “Coke Machine Glow” – follow the Choogle on with Uncle Weed podcast feed (FeediTunesBlog) so ya don’t miss out.

By the way, is it usual for the two major (competitive) rock radio stations (CFOX, CFMI in this case) to co-produce/promote a concert together?  Curious.

Recommended Aural Pleasure

I subscribe the various KEXP feeds for hours of podcast entertainment. This terrestrial and virtual radio station put out a song of the day, live performances and a killer experimental show called Sonarchy Radio recorded at the non-profit Jack Straw studios.

Their “flagship” podcast “Music that Matters” (iTunes)has a revolving host seat and a variety of contexts and usually quite good. Episode #26 however, blew me away. Hosted by engineer Scott Colburn, the show sounds amazing with eye candy headphone mojo flowing and unique bands busting it out – noe of which i’d ever heard of and all of which i enjoyed.

A combo with marimba and vibraphone, well forget it, … here’s the track list, go download it, torch a fatty and put on the headphones as Scott takes you through the recording process with relevant anecdotes and commentary about the engineer’s art.

Tracks: 1. Miracle Chosuke – Gonkulator, 2. David Russell And The Sideshow Symphonette – Letters, 3. Emblematic – Let It Out, 4. Transmissionary Six – Powder Burn, 5. Firebrat – Mojo,6. Elba – A Pilot’s Art, 7. Arkade – Boarding Pass Only, 8. Christian And Miho’s Mallet Jazz – Ni To Roku, 9. Ota Prota – Clams Holding Hands, 10. Yam – Dub Fear, 11. Cerberus Shoal – Sole of Foot of Man

Scott ColburnScott has produced a smattering of noteworthy acts (from the mighty Mudhoney to legends The Sonics and The Wailers), he’s a hands-on producer/engineer since he is also a musician (he plays in Sun City Girls) and lives and records in a giant old church in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle as you can learn in this article from the Seattle Weekly. from which i also borrowed this photo of the engineer in question.

DOA’s Classic collection “Bloodied But Unbowed” Re-released Today

DOA frontman Joey Shithead Keithley’s record label Sudden Death is re-releasing the seminal collection of kick-ass punk today. DOA's bloodied but unbowed I’ll be picking one up for sure though i’ve owed the vinyl and CD before but both are MIA – lent to some friends, somewhere – rock on, enjoyed i hope.

DOA at NY Theater

Along with The Clash and The Ramones, DOA showed that you could write good songs, which rocked and had something to say.

I was 13-ish when i first heard them as a frustrated kid in the suburbs and over the next several years saw them many times. Often taking the bus to way out venues and street-hiking long distances after the last bus to the burbs had rolled.

When they played Bumper’s, an all-ages venue in Surrey – i got to chat with them and they treated me like one of them, not some fan kid in specs and a mac jacket.

In those days, i collected their vinyl like holy artifacts – from the toe-tagged 7″ to the General Strike John Peel Sessions 12″ EP (the best ever). Even the uhh… not so good albums as they sorted through a few line changes – but there was always something that mattered on every disc. Gregg, Goble (Sunnyboy Roy), Dimwit, Biscuits, many more … all through the revolving door.

DOA Spores AOT in Surrey fro pUnk History Canada Years later, i hung out with Joe on the set of a music video he was making with Randy Bachman – some goofy thing with scaffolding and searchlights and safety vest and hardhats. I saw him then as a sharp-as-a-tack professional who remembered everything and worked efficiently so he could get on to other things – “there’s shit to get done man.”

He bantered with me about some rock and roll reminicenses – dingy clubs he’d played in Germany where i been tagging along with the Bad Yodellers on a tour and saw Gwar amongst jack-booted, German acid-heads and he wondered what new bands i was listening to.

DOA by Bev Davies
Photo by Bev Davies

Again, years later in Olympia, Joe got me up on stage at the 4th ave Tav to sing Taking Care of Business in my Canucks jersey – yup i rocked it too. The band and crew came to watch the game on the replay tv (Canucks lost to Avs in Game one of playoffs on a controversial offsides non-call by Chris Drury IIRC).hockey lounge

In the Hockey Lounge, we drank kegged beer and then moved to Kokanee or Canadian cans while gravelly voice Randy Rampage drank Scotch from the bottle and told rock n’ roll stories from Japan and Joe broke down the hockey game with focused concern.

They made lovely houseguests (maybe i should keep this a secret) … they even folded their towels and tidied up before leaving (thanks).   BTW, As i talked about on a Clubside Breakfast Time episode, i ended up meeting the roadie’s brother in Granada, Spain and having a good laugh about the coincidence as i crashed at his place.

Sure they can play their instruments decent but the passion and vigor is more important to their stew. Virtuosity is often overrated when the songs are good enough to carry the day – tough as East Hastings concrete but with a (shock) melody and a structure under the noise.

But as much as the rock rocks, the social messages are what gives their music soul … Not overt but strongly worded, no subtley here but not preachy either ~~ global trade, environment, voting, nuclear proliferation, music theory (disco sucks) ~~ all sacred cows are all up for hitting with the bulldozer.

If the message don’t open yer mind, the fuzz will lever it open like a greasy tire iron prying off a hubcap.  What i think he’s saying is … whatever decision you come up with is probably OK as long as you aren’t harming anyone innocent, you got a reason to do it and you actually do something about it.

The lyrical breadth (big words for punk rock but deal with it) is recently more evident as i’ve mined the DOA catalog for snippets to use on podcasts and most any controversial topic is dissected and set to loud guitar.

My old t-shirt spells out the root of the DOA mantra: Talk-Action=Zero.

This past year has been a busy one for Joe and the gang, films, tours, a more tasty reflective seasoning sprinkled from this era of Vancouver hardcore – read Suddendeath for current chronicles and don’t forget that the legendary Bev Davies has a photo calendar too. Punk History Canada is a trove of documentation – if you got any olden punk stuff, scan it, send it, no excuses ya hear.

Thoughts about Elliott Smith dying

Man I am crushed sad about Elliott Smith dying. He was my age, walked the same Division street, drank in the same bars here in Oly when recording for Kill Rock Stars.

Now he’s all dead and another rock n’ roll sidebar – cynical comments about drug and alcohol abuse and pressures of fame.

Sure he was sad, sure he tangled with the bottle but damn, it has been already to hard of a few months – Tommy Chong in jail for 9 months(!), Dan Snyder slipping away, Dany Heatley tortured and hassled — and now Elliott Smith, another talent, impossible to replace.

Either/Or was in the CD player when I heard the news – oddly great loving music for being so sad. I wasn’t sure what to do. I took a few minutes and walked past Kurt Cobain’s house a couple block away and thought of the pain he felt to make that fateful decision. A knife? in the chest? Damn LA. Damn grammy, damn movies soundtracks and publicity shoots or whatever other contrived demon drove him…. geez I hope he’s happier now.

It rained more here than ever before (that’s saying something in the NW), flooing even – seemed a fitting mood to say so long to such a emotionally sophisticated song-crafter.

Re-watching my beloved Canucks trounce the Sabres made me feel only a little better. Elliott was/is to music what Artem Chubarov is to the Canucks – hard working and solid on the details, underrated despite the accolades and not a pretty dude outside, just like the rest of us.

either gone because of the pain or in spite of it
10/23/03 (posted 10/15/04 & 11/17/06)