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.
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.
As the Tracks on Tracks trip rolls on, Uncle Weed and pals eat lunch and discuss the learnings from the train procedures and how it coincides with lifestyle. Then, the charming Adaline stops by and discusses yesterday’s special acoustic show and plans for today.
Also recounts the importance of bringing silk pyjamas and beer stein and learn about a bottomless lake. Also thumbs up for the great showers and beds. Plus riffs including Portage and Main, Ian Bevis/Bear Mountain and time zone changes.
Also Adaline chats with CBC Radio3’s Grant Lawrence and JP Maurice with Lyndsey and other plays Fleetwood Mac.
Meanwhile as the Tracks on Tracks train rolls across Canada, Uncle Weed checks in with Cody who is using his fine handwriting to send to send postcards to supporters. Then UW comes across the folks from UK Newspaper for some scrabble and style banter. Then a long walk through the train takes you to Topless Gaylove Teckno Party in full groove in a packed activity car singing their eponymous song to packed rail car.
At 4AM on the Tracks on Tracks train, KempenRoad and Uncle Weed review early experiences on the trek so far and outline the manifest and mission of the trip.
Topics include; awkwardness, the train is long, jam sessions with need for lyric sheets. banter about Bear Mountain and Portage and Main, and other renegade artists, freelancers, photographer and logistics for sleeping and eating.
Aboard the Tracks on Track train laden with 11 bands, the Green Couch doc crew, CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence and a load of music enthusiasts, comes a rough cut of a few filed notes about meals and rules, a brief interview with the lovely Adaline, and performance dim sum from Maurice and Chris Ho.
Plenty more quality bits in the Tracks on Tracks playlist.
I was a guest on the Renman Live show (@RenmanMB), a show about music and business, to discuss social media for bands and labels. It’s a brief segment but one i hope to do more of with them. The Host (Steve Rennie @Renman1) is very LA and i am very Canadian :) I appeared on video via phone with my pith-helmet-attired pic representing in absentia. Click to watch the video and have some laughs.
Published on Sep 22, 2012
Tracks on Tracks 3am sing along. – Grant Lawrence belting along to The Matinee’s Sweet Water Rolling in the Via Rail Dinning Car as we barrelled through northern Ontario on our way to Toronto. By Green Couch Productions.
On a visit to the hamlet of Pe Ell, Uncle Weed checks in on the emerging super powers of The Numbskulz [MySpace] – Nolan, Seth and Graham. The 3 young rock and roll brothers recently recorded tracks at a studio and are seeking to load up their camouflage RV for a NorthWest summer tour.
They discuss the songwriting process, the power of music to inspire others, playing covers vs. originals, promotion tactics for bands, and the importance of demanding knowledge at school.