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Mementos: The Wailers in Vancouver / drummer and drum case

As seen at The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, maybe 2014 or 15 or really i can’t recall. (note to self, figure it out man!)

Remembering it’s (still) a Wonderful World

Believing(ish) it’s still a wonderful world out there – right? Grateful for still chooglin along.

PS was at this JGB show, hitchhiked there (from maybe Rhode Island or something) with Richie Murrill (former of Utah, now Hawaii i heard) and got ride in a red VW bus called “Althea” with a bolted on wooden sidedoor. Drove through a huge rain storm including stalling out in a deep water somewhere in countryside – had to get out and push in dang near crotch high water – made it to the show like a soggy dog, stashed backpack in some private school girls Honda and scored a miracle ticket just in time. Bruce Hornsby came along to play as well. After the show,… well that’s a whole other story.

evidence of the aforementioned bus…

Althea (red VW bus) somewhere in Virginia

was one of those nights where everything worked out just perfect after a rollicking trip to get there – JGB shows were so great too since didn’t have the full-on circus of frat boys and townies who’d invaded the scene by that time. was good times but not outta hand. the arena was smaller than i usually saw GD (most all shows were outdoor west coast) so the sound was dialed in and rather intimate. great song selection for my taste too.

Chris Gee What I remember about JGB shows was the heart….pure joy …Jerry playing free and loose …and the ^^^ above mentioned ..Warfield theatre shows always top of the list

Dave Olson Man, I never did get to see a show at the Warfield… My overall count isn’t that impressive since when I heard them sing “eyes of the world” I took that as a signal to buy one-way tickets elsewhere to go go go (And spread the vibe everywhere I went) – I made every show count that’s for sure. And I’m with you on the Jerry band shows, they were very special for me

Front Row, Surrounded by Pals, Lost in Music

++ Front Row, Surrounded by Pals, Lost in Music ++

Whalley-ite and publisher of the fanzine Terminally Stupid and Vancouver hardcore music historian of sorts Dan Walters shared this snap. Can ya spot me? I’m always front row and smiling – i like it loud and music was escape. Note middle part hair.

Anyhow, Dan writes, “York Theatre Feb 17 1985 TSOL headlined. In the photo with you, Brad, Kamel, Kai, Kelly, Tim is Judas Goat onstage- Dave and Brian from DOA with Andy Graffiti on drums.”

Kameljit Gill was a force of nature (it was early days for the Indian influx to Surrey), tall, fearless and creative and always stirring up trouble – also an asshole but it was Whalley, you sorta had to be – i havent seen him since these olden days. Kai (another big guy) and him would make me be the first stage diver at shows to get things going. They’d toss me up there and sometimes even catch me when i leapt – pain tolerance was higher than. Brad Rees and I were pretty inseparable and i snuck out and stayed at his house often cause his Mom was cool (still is) and we could play music in the basement (until a grumpy step-dad would get liquored and angry).

Lots of the punk bands (which to me were already legendary superheroes) had “Fuck Bands” where they’d switch up instruments and wear ridiculous costumes and adopt other personas (I recall Chainsaw Running with Dave Gregg on drums being another).

Our little squad of Whalley misfits were all very different but hung out cause we were punks in a land of metal hessians. We made fanzine and bands. Notably AOT (Abortions on Toast) which the aforementioned Mr. Walters digitized the cassette “Music to Eat Lightbulbs by” (which i’ll make a soundcloud for one of these days and share some snaps). Dan Barney has a tshirt. I don’t.

The York was such a great place as shows were all ages and, importantly for us suburban skid kids, *NOT* downtown. Busses were tough (this is pre-Skytrain when we rolled the 312 or 316 in) and sometimes we were stuck walking all the way to Hastings/Refrew PNE to catch a bus back to Surrey. This night, we got as far as Whalley Exchange which was a shit place to be at 1AM or so. Dayton boot clad Whalley Burnouts ruled Surrey then and you’d get stomped if not careful. I hated living there and music was my escape.

These few years (83-85) were halcyon times for me seeing dozens of bands. Saving my money from delivering Real Estate Weekly newspaper to see shows from Bowie at BC Place to Clash at Coliseum to Dead Kennedys at York and Ramones at Commodore (at 14) and dozens more including loads of California-based punk bands and DOA a few dozens times. Bill of Rights, Death Sentence, House of Commons, Shanghai Dog seemed to open up so many shows (hence the fuck bands to bring variety). Plus Bag O Dirt, Slits, I Braineater, Spores….

On a personal note: This night, my Mom picked me/us up at Whalley Exchange (called from a payphone at Mac’s), the 17th was her birthday and Dad was not thrilled i went to the show and out late and all that. A couple months later my parents were split and i moved to Utah. Life changed a lot. These were golden times for me and the only shows i regret are the ones i didn’t go to.

The York turned into the Raja cinema and then was evidently saved from demolition by East Van Cultch.

Did you see shows at the York? Were you a suburban kid escaping for music? Did music save you? Define you? Tell me about it.

X (40th anniversary) + Mike Watt and The Secondmen / San Francisco

Stage set-up / X 40th anniversary tour/show at The Independent in San Francisco
Stage set-up / X 40th anniversary tour/show at The Independent in San Francisco

Sometimes, a plan comes together just right, and then sometimes there’s the opposite…. This night of X (Dec. 9, 2016) was definitely the opposite.

X 40th anniversary tour / show at The Independent in San Francisco - marquee
X 40th anniversary tour / show at The Independent in San Francisco – marquee

The “Plan” was to come back from a healing journey at an Ayurvedic clinic in India to meet up with old friends and celebrate this legendary punk band’s 40th anniversary. As it goes, my trip was cut short under frankly the worst circumstances (which I won’t bother you with here). Then, my friends decided to go to the LA shows instead of the San Francisco 3-night run, another friend simply didn’t show up, and phone calls to other pals couldn’t rally up any excitement.

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Dear Canada, re: Tragically Hip

7-23-16, Victoria, BC

Dear Canada,

Tonight in the far far west, we’ll get the Tragically Hip all warmed up and feeling adored before sending the lads East to bask in your adulation.

Not sure what manner of show we’ll see tonight, not sure how we’ll all deal with cascading emotions and untold memories from the unwritten future, but i suspect plenty of plaid, hockey jerseys and demin-clad folk singing along to each song with enthusiasm realizing this is the… last time to holler aloud. I’ll be rocking suede fringe and possibly a mountie hat and strolling slow. No full tilt boogie from me this time around.

Anyhow, i’ll let you know how the show goes and say hello to Gord for ya.

Regards,

daveo/UW

#courageforgord #tragicallyhip #victoria

Tragically Hip: Man Machine Poem tour kickoff, Victoria / artifacts, setlist

Dave with Tragically Hip “Man, Machine, Poem” tour kick-off ticket
Pal Julian (L) finds his kindred doppleganger (hockey sweater speaking anyhow)

 

Tragically Hip, Victoria, BC, July 22nd, 2016 setlist, part 1
Tragically Hip, Victoria, BC, July 22nd, 2016 setlist, part 1 – with annotations
Tragically Hip, Victoria, BC, July 22nd, 2016 setlist, part 2 – with annotations
Tragically Hip, Victoria, BC, July 22nd, 2016 setlist, part 3 – with annotations

Grateful Dead – Fare Thee Well Summer Scrapbook #GD50

Pixies live at KCRW

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Pixies – Live At KCRW (Live, April 24, 2014)

Pixies were in the KCRW studio yesterday and recorded this session.

  1. Gouge Away
  2. What Goes Boom
  3. Brick Is Red
  4. Bagboy
  5. Monkey Gone To Heaven
  6. (Interview w/o Paz, interestingly)
  7. Blue Eyed Hexe
  8. Planet Of Sound
  9. In Heaven (The Lady In The Radiator Song)
  10. Andro Queen
  11. Greens And Blues

Pixies – Live At KCRW (Live, April 24, 2014)

thisaintnopicnic:

Pixies – Live At KCRW (Live, April 24, 2014)

Pixies were in the KCRW studio yesterday and recorded this session.

  1. Gouge Away
  2. What Goes Boom
  3. Brick Is Red
  4. Bagboy
  5. Monkey Gone To Heaven
  6. (Interview w/o Paz, interestingly)
  7. Blue Eyed Hexe
  8. Planet Of Sound
  9. In Heaven (The Lady In The Radiator Song)
  10. Andro Queen
  11. Greens And Blues

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead’s Arena Combat

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead’s Arena Combat (via NPR, )

In 1974, sound engineer Owsley Stanley crafted a superior live experience with an enormous conglomeration of amps and speakers called the Wall of Sound. Dave’s Picks Volume 9 captures this era.

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