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Vomit and the Big Chunks, jugband reunion tour

My i present *the* magical musical moment you will never forget? Jugband “Vomit and the Big Chunks” on their reunion tour performing their theme song “Dry Heaves” – featuring Larry Harper on vox, kazoo and autoharp.

Mikael Lewis performs “Wildflower (for Foster)”

Mikael Lewis performs “Wildflower (for Foster)” written by Dave Olson and Mikael Lewis, at some restaurant in Orem, Utah, Aug. 16, 2017.

Buddy Mac’s Epic Grateful Dead etc Music Collection

My good buddy Mac Kobayashi runs a small farm in Okayama, Japan (really my fave all around place in the country as nice mix of city/country, beach/mountains, trad/modern culture) making goat cheese/milk and serving delightful craft bevvies and meals.

He also has a truly epic music collection, especially Grateful Dead related, but also Allmans, Phish, String Cheese… as well as Americana galore including Wilco, Ry Cooder, Townes Van Zandt, and poets Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Courtney Barnett, and more and more and more (!).

I (not shockingly) especially enjoy the GD box sets and books as i see them advertised but never had chance to look/listen/touch myself… until his farm. Such elegant collections in wooden boxes, suitcases and curious box sets. Plus dang near every book ever about GD.

I rounded-up a few snap selection (but not all by any stretch) for my amusement and by-association-collection and invite you to look along. Includes the Europe 72 suitcase pack, the set with a show from each year + 7″ single from 65/95, a stack of books, a set from Fare Thee Well, some backstage passes stuck on coffee cans, and also a photo of the charming farmer himself and some of his happy animals.

If you are ever rambling in Japan, i advise a visit Rural Caprine Farm (+ Rural Caprine Farm on FB, Insta, Twitter) to listen to some selections and enjoy a goat milk latte.

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Bill Lenker’s “West of 101” released by Archeology Records

Bill Lenker's "West of 101"
Bill Lenker’s “West of 101”

Bill Lenker’s “West of 101”

From the Appalachian mountains of eastern Pennsylvania to the salty coast of the Pacific Northwest, Bill Lenker’s “West of 101“ tells guitar stories of a seeker wandering and roaming while finding balance between the present and the past.

A traditional stonemason by trade, Bill’s hand-chisels his original songs to feel as gritty and real as raw limestone or granite – sculpted with the proper tools to be strong enough to stand the test of time with flavors of bluegrass, folk, rock, and boom-chuck, performed with craft and soul.

  1. Bubba
  2. I Heard Your Captain
  3. West of 101
  4. Turn Out Your Fears
  5. Maya
  6. Whiskey Hammer
  7. Ages
  8. Hemispheres

Recorded at Olympia, Washington’s Moon Music in 1999, engineered by Scott Swayze (producer/engineer/guitar for Modest Mouse, The Dirty Birds etc.) and featuring violin by Tyler Reilly (also performs on Modest Mouse’s Lonesome Crowded West) and additional lead electric guitar by Mike Esparza (Chief), this authentic Americana album now digitally available via Archaeology Records.

Available via: 

Dig along via Tw: @archeologyrecs  + Fb: Archeology Records – for the endeavors of a music label bringing under-heard garage bands, buskers, outsider artists, and renegade musicians to worldwide audiences through community building and digital-fu.

Archeology Records: The Gist

The Gist:

Archeology Records is a music distribution label bringing under-heard garage bands, buskers, outsider artists, and renegade musicians to worldwide audiences through community building and digital-fu.

In brief: Archeology Records partners with artists for digital distribution and community promotion for their (possibly forgotten) musical treasures.

Artists own their masters and responsible for all creative direction > we take a split (automatic) > music gets heard. PS Originals only.

Have a shoebox of your most-excellent CDs in your garage? Recordings you always meant to “finish and release”? Can’t be fcked learning how to upload to all the channels and find audience? Great, let’s do a project. Get in touch.

Follow along:

Tw: @archeologyrecs

FB: /archeologyrecords

More to follow forthwith.

Uncle Weed’s “Comfortably Lonely” EP released by Archeology Records

Uncle Weed - Comfortably Lonely EP
Uncle Weed – Comfortably Lonely EP

Uncle Weed “Comfortably Lonely”

Two tracks of spoken-song/poetry + loops – reminiscent of collaborations between Tom Waits and William Burroughs and/or The Clash and Allen Ginsberg.

Recorded in Little Bay, Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica, 2014

  • Humble Boys Club
  • Change my Route (to think about the neighbourhoods)

Available via: 

Dig along via Tw: @archeologyrecs  + Fb: Archeology Records – for the endeavors of a music label bringing under-heard garage bands, buskers, outsider artists, and renegade musicians to worldwide audiences through community building and digital-fu.

Car(e)-free Sound Stroll – Urban Vancouver #8

A walk around various car-free day festivals in Vancouver, 2008 with unedited soundstream of drum circles, live bands of various sorts (including several numbers by a Grateful Dead inspired band, a free jazz combo, a protesting singer-songwriter, and a Latin-esque outfit…), plus skateboards, slam poets, and a bassoon quartet playing “hockey night theme” among other tunes.

Wander along for: Car(e)-free Sound Stroll – Urban Vancouver #8 (51:49, 75MB, 192k .mp3)

Podfeed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/UrbanVancouver

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Lists of Grateful-tude

Grateful for:
* David Bowie music
* Wes Anderson films
* Rumi poetry
+ fresh notebooks & inky pens
#3gt

Grateful for:
* music of The Band, The Clash, Velvet Underground, Lorde
* paintings by Matisse & Thompson
* poems of Ferlinghetti & Bukowski
#3gt

Day-job skills and ideas for musicians

Canadian broadcaster Grant Lawrence posted a bit on CBC Radio 3 blog (now disappeared from internet and not archived) about “Backup Job Plans for Musicians” and i chimed in with unsolicited advice, [the article seems to be lost from the internets as cbcradio3 has ummm… disbanded] anyhow, ergo:

My advice is to have a backup plan which used your skills to help other bands. Keeps you in the mix and gives you an opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with other band folks who are on similar path/mission/trajectory as your own.

A few good ideas:

Silkscreen T-shirts:
Every band needs these and a lot of bands fuck this up or pay too much. Not just T-shirts, but other smart merchandise. At my day job, we made passports, tubes, guitar picks, stickers, scarves, flags… Get creative with your merch and people will buy it.

Graphic design:
I mean being a real designer, not just someone with Photoshop on a computer, to make poster art and album covers and so on. Packaging and March are too critical elements about the music business which are often overlooked. Look at the career (Vancouver legend) Bob Masse has built for himself since the mid 60s making awesome posters.

Social media promoter/community builder:
Fans are communities who desperately want to learn more about their favorite musicians, spend their money and rock out. Social media is the best way to build this community. Labels, bands and promoters are just catching on… Perhaps you can help them.

Recording engineer:
This one seems obvious and as difficult as making it as a musician but, with radical changes in the way music is recorded and released, there is huge potential for someone who understands both analog and digital recording methods.

Bookers/promoters:
Most bands have someone that kind of knows this game or they become too reliant on the labels, managers etc. If you are a touring road warrior who has built relationships with clubs, venues etc. but aren’t up for it anymore, work the phone and help emerging bands set up tours. You won’t get rich doing it for one band but doing it for 10 will pad your stats, especially when one of the bands hits big.

Band mentor:
This seems a little reality TV-ish but many bands don’t have someone to instruct and advise them and care about them. Managers and labels usually don’t have the resources to dedicate to merging bands and so they are left to making mistakes and put in their career in someone else’s hands. Bands often need someone who has a deep long history with the music business but also has the empathy and insight to counsel and advise them on band dynamics. The right advisor can make the difference between a two album “flash in the pan” band and a generational band who last for decades.

Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64

leaping beyong cynicism

In tumultuous and confusing times, optimism and activism are the powerful antidotes for cynicism and fear. Two Bills share songs to assist in making this point.

First B/William Lenker plays a spontaneous Squatters in Zion from his Steamboat Island woodshop, then Dave spiels about courageous – and sadly deceased Olympian – Rachel Corrie, followed by Billy Bragg vehemently spieling on stage before a rollicking snippet of his Great Leap Forward from Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre.

Activate + edify thyself with: Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64 (14:24, 26MB, .mp3, stereo)

Cover art: Smashed plaque which marked where Benito Mussolini was shot, as seen at The Coliseum, Rome.

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