NOTE: Appeared in accordionist Geoff Berner‘s newsletter, thought is a sizzling piece of writing so posting/sharing here so i don’t lose it.
Also worth noting, saw Mr. Berner with Ms. Mark and their pal Kris Constable in Victoria at Copper Owl a few years after this dispatch… might have a photo somewhere. Oh and Carolyn Mark also does songs with NQ Arbuckle, another quirky, interesting songmaker.
Shortly after New Year’s Day, Uncle Weed recounts highlights from the passing year including a surprising visit with bong-toting ice fishermen on a frozen neighborhood lake, plus recaps on concerts, spreading messages to media and youth, voting often, speaking out, supporting soldiers and peaceniks, resisting cynicism, researching the painter Varley, publishing literature, sparking coverage of Olympics, making a board game, gallery visits, riding the new SeaBus, remembering ole dead gramps, drinking stout and earl grey tea, and the joys of treading on thin ice.
Festive Greetings to Ice Fishermen – Choogle On #82 (36:57, .mp3)
On Remembrance Day in sunny, brisk Vancouver, Ian Bell (fresh from a CBC appearance “On The Coast“) joins Dave to read from Grandpa Mark’s diaries written in the trenches in WW1 as a young Canadian. From the library steps with a flask of scotch, they reflect on the costs and motivations of war, importance of friendship and the ethereal experience of going “over the top” and facing the terror on the other side, plus anecdotes about capturing Germans soldiers and discourse on the importance of personal documentation to pass forward to generations.
Sit awhile for: Vimy Ridge Diaries on Remembrance Day – Postcard #61 (38:00, 32MB, 128k mp3) Continue reading Vimy Ridge Diaries on Remembrance Day – Postcard #61
At Fresh Media conference at W2 Arts + Media Centre, participants riff a spontaneous blurb about a hero from a Dossier of Importantcy in a workshop about storytelling + podcasting by Dave Olson (AKA Uncle Weed).
Features Samuel Pepys, RMS Carpathia, Amber Case, Thomas Paine, J. Garcia, Mudhoney, JJ Rousseau, Geoff Berner, Ed Abbey, The Numbskulz, DH Lawrence, Tin Tin, HD Thoreau, Jer Crowle, Bev Davies, Gary Snyder, Vaclav Havel, Lou Reed, Cory Doctorow, Dr. Seuss, Dead Kennedys, Theo Van Gogh & Derek K. Miller, Gillian Shaw and other personal luminaries liberated from an envelope. Thanks to @shermanscorner for tunes.
Choose a hero card for: Questions & Answers from the Hero Dossier (7:33,.mp3)
More about Podcasting:
Both a preview and recap of SXSW 2009 as Uncle Weed and the Quebecois Correspondent discuss the noted media conference and extravaganza featuring UW’s spiel F@ck Stats, Make Art – a soliloquy for quality and integrity in creation.
Along with live recordings of Geoff Berner, and The Black Angels comes a recounting a perfect day of upgrading heroes, tasty food, and Austin Psychedelic Music Fest plus more highlights including: RiP Remix Manifesto film, micro-brews at Gingerman, Bruce Sterling, and hugs with new friends.
MISSING Head out to Austin for: SXSW Stories from Middle Earth – Choogle On #79 (.mp3, 33:12, 45MB)
You gotta hear Geoff Berner’s song ‘No Tobacco’ dedicated to his euro-fans who pollute their herb
Listening to @radiobread’s edit of the new choogle on episode with @scales and #sxsw and live geoff berner’s track “no tobacco” on the bus
Wow the Biltmore is slick, many dude in cool hats and Geoff Berner is next to me looking like pavol demitra in a zoot suit
Geoff and the band are drinking as hard as the kids in the ‘wack – alas no nachos – funny banter too
Trio = accordion/vox + fiddle + percussionist (djembe • hi-hats) * crazy klezmer
Orders to waltz violently for “national line” he’s just back from Nfld Vancouver must represent
Whiskey rabbi is next song (might be whisky rabbi)
A story song about Jewish gangsters – oh good more whisky is coming !
Passing a bottle amongst the band hardcore
Drummer is drinking beer but Geoff is drinking neat whisky from a fancy glass
Afraid of being typecast as a guy who writes drinking songs, he wrote a weed song inspired by European tours – don’t put tobacco in it
Part of the song involves asking the audience to smoke him out later
Joey only and the outlaws on stage now rockin up the hi lonesome sound – gonna get Berner baked methinks – he seems curious
Left Geoff wrecked with wake n bake nug – came home with cd & show recording – now waiting for bus at broadway and main … Feel a song …
Bonus: (rough/raw audio of “No Tobacco” (really terrible but hey…)