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“Tracks on Tracks” Rock n Roll Train Trip: Teaser Video

Tracks on Tracks teaser trailer with some clips from the musical journey across Canada on a train. If you weren’t there, this will make you wish you had been.

 

Tracks On Tracks Train Journey – Podcast Roundup

Tracks On Tracks, a remarkable journey with 11 musical acts on 1 train that crossed 5 provinces in June 2012. For those who weren’t able to go, there is a special treat waiting for you in the form of a podcast series that documents the journey. Musings on train life, interviews with Canadian artists, some amazing live music, and a fondness for beards colour this audio spectacular.

Plus, there’s a Storify roundup of photos, tweets, notes, vids, audio snippets and more: Tracks on Tracks Roundup

Here are all the podcast episodes:

Renegades Roll East ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #1

Bottomless Lakes of Adaline ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #2

Athabasca with Oboes ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #3

Shredding on Melville ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #4

Portage and Winnipeg ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #5

Descending upon Hornepayne ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #6

You can subscribe to the Choogle On! podcast series via RSS feed or on iTunes. You can also click through to download or listen to individual episodes.

Shredding on Melville ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #4

As Tracks on Tracks pulls in to Melville for a whistle stop, Shred Kelly basks in the attention of the locals from the town while performing. The young and old of Melville come out to listen to the music, with notable (and memorable) guests including the Mayor, who asks for an encore, and Doug the Old Beard Man.

Live musical performances by Shred Kelly. Part 4 in a series from Chooglin’ on Tracks.

Get to your platform for Shredding on Melville ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #4

Music

Shred Kelly |Facebook | MySpace Bandcamp | @shredkelly

More Tracks

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Storify

Green Couch Productions

CBC Radio 3 Tracks on Tracks

Podcast Goodness

Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog

Ephemeral Feasthouse – Prezo, interviews & spiels –Feed – Blog – Podcast

Archived at: Archive.org

Visit

Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos

Follow along via Twitter @uncleweed and/or @choogleon

Gear

I use Koss SterophonesM-Audio MicroTrack IIM-Audio Solo audio interfaceGriffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.

Athabasca with Oboes ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #3

Continuing east with Tracks on Tracks train journey, Uncle Weed rolls along the Athabasca River and VIA Rail’s ban on smoking in ALL forms is lamented. Uncle Weed chats with CBC R3 superfan @_Rebby as they discuss life on the train (and staff’s bafflement with the unusual people they are encountering), Newfoundland music, her epic festival summer, and the mysterious ugly stick.

Live musical performance by Sidney York. Part 3 in a series from Chooglin’ on Tracks.

All aboard for Athabasca with Oboes ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #3

Music

Sidney York |MySpace | Facebook | @SidneyYork

More Tracks

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Storify

Green Couch Productions

CBC Radio 3 Tracks on Tracks

Podcast Goodness

Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog

Ephemeral Feasthouse – Prezo, interviews & spiels –Feed – Blog – Podcast

Archived at: Archive.org

Visit

Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos

Follow along via Twitter @uncleweed and/or @choogleon

Gear

I use Koss SterophonesM-Audio MicroTrack IIM-Audio Solo audio interfaceGriffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.

Bottomless Lakes of Adaline ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #2

Getting settled in to train life, Uncle Weed and friends ponder the meal schedule, sleeping schedule, timezones, awesome showers, random rules, and what staff must think of them. With Grant Lawrence interviewing Adaline, she shares how she has used road rage for a musical muse. She also fills us in on what Tracks on Tracks has been like as an artist, comparing it to other events with many artists such as the Peak Performance Project where competition vs collaboration comes into play.

Live musical performance by Adaline. Part 2 in a series from Chooglin’ on Tracks.

Please have your tickets ready for the Bottomless Lakes of Adaline ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #2

Music

Adaline |MySpace | Facebook | YoutTube@adalinemusic

More Tracks

Tracks on Tracks

Storify

Green Couch Productions

CBC Radio 3 Tracks on Tracks

Podcast Goodness

Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog

Ephemeral Feasthouse – Prezo, interviews & spiels –Feed – Blog – Podcast

Archived at: Archive.org

Visit

Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos

Follow along via Twitter @uncleweed and/or @choogleon

Gear

I use Koss SterophonesM-Audio MicroTrack IIM-Audio Solo audio interfaceGriffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.

Renegades Roll East ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #1

Uncle Weed heads east out of Vancouver on a train with 10 bands. Rolling along with Tracks on Tracks, he gets a feel for life on the train with its one-dimensional freedom of movement, CCR-like effect on music, well-matured demographics, and abundance of jam sessions.

Live musical performances include acts by Maurice and Portage and Main. Part 1 in a series from Chooglin’ on Tracks.

Check your seat number for Renegades Roll East ~Chooglin’ on Tracks #1

Music

Maurice | MySpace | Facebook

Portage and Main | Facebook |MySpace | Bandcamp

More Tracks

Tracks on Tracks

Storify

Green Couch Productions

CBC Radio 3 Tracks on Tracks

Podcast Goodness

Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog

Ephemeral Feasthouse – Prezo, interviews & spiels –Feed – Blog – Podcast

Archived at: Archive.org

Visit

Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos

Follow along via Twitter @uncleweed and/or @choogleon

Gear

I use Koss SterophonesM-Audio MicroTrack IIM-Audio Solo audio interfaceGriffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.

Roll east, young artists: #TracksonTracks creating a cultural journey (as seen in Vancouver Observer)

As published in Vancouver Observer in Uncle Weed’s Dossier column – here for archival and reference purposes.

Bands, documentarians, photographers, social media makers onboard a VIA Rail from Vancouver to NxNE Fest in Toronto: what hijinks could possibly occur?

Nine bands, a documentary film crew, ace photographers, curious broadcasters and rengade storymakers leave Vancouver on Friday, June 8 aboard VIA’s Canadian special serive en route to to NxNE Music and Interactive festival in Toronto and carve out a wee bit of culture, fellowship, and adventure along the tracks.

via train stop

Trains, sure they sound romantic to roll across the vast spaces sipping bevvies and perusing poetry… but just as easy train trips can turn into something cramped and rollicking in all the wrong ways. Just watch Dr. Zhivago or travel Eurail on a shoestring for evidence. Ideally, train trips should be a bit weird, evocative and creative, which is where this story begins.

Get on the Couch

A couple of good Canadian kids Michelle Allan and Johnathan Krauth grabbed hold of a vision and invented a plan which pulls out from our lonely train station Friday bound for Toronto.

They started the quest with a Tweet ‘ed suggestion @VIA_Rail about bringing their ugly green couch for a session aboard the train. The erstwhile couch – found in a Vancouver West End alley – is the set for a generous series of live performance videos shot with emerging and established bands over the past three years. Creative, unique, quirky and quality – If you love music, start watching the Green Couch Sessions.

The train’s manifest includes: nine bands of various genres, CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence, the green couch film crew, social media makers, a few contest winners, and me. We’re riding in two cars attached to VIA Rail’s normal Canadian service and making stops for mini busking-style concerts along the way. Melville, Saskatchewan – beware and keep your beer store open!In between stops, the bands will perform on the couch, conduct interviews, play for unwitting patrons, and miscellaneous hi-jinks not to be disclosed (with Topless Gay Love Tekno Party onboard, this is a given).

Once in Winnipeg, the bands roll out for a half-day festival (ideal for the band called Portage and Main) before crossing the Canadian Shield and arriving in Toronto in time for the NxNE music and interactive festival. The bands will all play a CBC Radio 3 showcase and i’ll share my social media stories in a keynote spiel. Everyone happy, History made.

Festival Refreshed

A while back, I shared a dossier of ideas and backgrounders about a trip to refresh and respect the Festival Express, the freewheeling 1970 tour which failed miserably for the promoters but the bands loved the trek as they (tried to, at least) bring the music to the fans instead of bringing them all to Woodstock or Altamont.

The film footage survived in garaged boxes for decades before a recent release which shares mind-pleasing-chilling footage of Rick Danko, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia in hammered late night jams with Buddy Guy stepping in, juxtaposed with live footage of their bands at the peak of their velocity – The Band with all healthy and alive, Grateful Dead with dual drummers and PigPen and Janis owning each note.

This chapter, almost lost all but the most crunchy Canadians, makes me wonder – what would happen if Janis in full wailing grandeur had auditioned for American Idol?

But this isn’t about recreating that rollicking, gonzo train, but instead taking a wee slice of inspiration from it onto the late night cars careening o’er prairie, and see what magic we can draw from the tracks and scapes in our own way.

Story Making

UW with Suitcase

As the un-ordained minister of miscellania and anecdotes for the trip, I’ve set out a few quests to earn my train scout badges, ergo:

I’m toting my old-timey suitcase filled with recent paper point slides to share “Fck Stats, Make Art” a soliloquy for creativity in the ephemeral digital age (see TEDXCapU for a reasonable facsimile) and, “Vancouver Counter Culture Anecdotes” as I shared at Pecha Kucha All-Star night at the Vogue Theatre.Social kung-fu: As my rock n’ roll dreams are long over, I can help bands by sharing my knowledge of blowing stories up with the social webs. I’ve surveyed the bands and prepping cold ones to share tactics for building audience, selling merch, and booking tours using all that Twitters and stuff. Also, intro to Marshall McLuhan since we are Canadian.

Canadian documentation: I’ve made a list of topics to discuss with Grant Lawrence who, between building Canadian indie music into a global cult, he’s promo’ed his book of uniquely left-coast stories. I have topics to riff to complement his banter including: our literary history from Mowat, Berton, Coupland; bio-regional music scenes; goalies and poetry; and what really went down in West Vancouver high school elections.

Bonus Ideas and humble suggestions: Yeah, I’ll be Tom Sawyering bands into schemes for posterity:

– Band collaborations for train-themed songs (imagine The Matinee playing Canadian Railroad Trilogy, or Maurice singing Train in Vain, or Sidney York performing Peace Train, Chris Ho sings Train I Ride… I have a list.

– Bands share tips: With many hopeful bands among the virtual audience, how about bands interview bands to share their tips for booking first tours, staying healthy on the road, avoiding the wrong deals, working through writer’s block, dealing with band dynamics? Send your questions via Twitter and answer right from Adaline or The Belle Game.If none of the above are accomplished, I’ll have at least for my part, return to my accidental birthplace of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (which I’ve spent my life spelling for Americans) after hitchhiking and traipsing around 30 countries and 48 states.

Get Onboard

Too late to get aboard (well maybe)… but you can follow along on a bonanza of social channels:

Transport Specifics:

Can You Hear It? 
As for the cross-Canada media, I expect once the train pulls out, folks will wonder what VIA has set out to accomplish, and interact with the digital artifacts as the musicians, documenters, storytellers, and associated renegades collaborate to chart a new tale in the Canadian pantheon of culture, adventure, and fellowship.
I’ll share the answers as i see ‘em emerge from the cars or the windows or from a bottle of Wee Angry Scotch ale. It might not be Gordon Lightfoot contextualizing this contemporary train story – it’ll more likely be you. I hope so.