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(Almost) cross Canada Rock n Roll Train / Flashback and Preview

Such goodness coming

10 years ago, I was on a train going from Vancouver to Toronto with 11-ish rock ‘n’ roll bands, CBC Radio 3, mixed media documentary film crew and other free radicals + I was on board as Svengali-like guru ;) / advisor. It was our own 90 person indie rock Festival Express co-mingled with the usual passengers and doing ridiculous / ill-fated whistle stop shows along the way and ended up at NxNE festival for showcase and I presented a keynote talk about social media disasters… And finally, the documentary is coming out in chapter/band parts starting June 8th iirc. Consider yourself warned, amused and excited.

All the goodness at Green Couch Films Tracks on Tracks playlist atYT: https://www.youtube.com/greencouchfilms

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Passports to Nowhere (for someone else)

lousy photo of interesting stack of passports etc (waiting to be) in process

I’ve started modifying old passports with ink, stamps, ink stamps, fake maps & assumed espionage… this means late night eBay buying Albanian passports. Just so many weird good items to remix i cant/wont/dont stop.

The paper is so tactile / interesting & with all the visa stamps, (stapled) photos (sometimes Mom & kids in one photo), stamps, visas, details of all kinds + occasional ephemeral papers slipped in.& almost-intimate details make such a starting point for stories. {note: takes a bit of daring to desecrate at first, however lovingly}.

I ones i purchase are $10 or so. Yugoslavs are cheap. CCCP/USSR and DDR can get more expensive. Lots of Romania, Bulgaria and old Kingdom of Greece stuff. Odd (in a way) how this sort of ephemera is abundant from some countries, scarce from others.

The US ones (above) are great, via Israel… perhaps/seems Israeli citizen(s) had applied for US citizenship, gone to US and other countries and eventually returned. these ones have a loads of country stamps so interesting to speculate on story. Again, feels rather intimate and mysterious.

Several i’ve picked up seem to be “the last one before emigrating”. Now i’ll continue the story with my odds and ends and alterations and possibly put up for sale/trade to continue their journey.  {i should probably do that etsy shop…}

Passport issued by The Matinée rock and roots band for Dancing on your Grave

Oh and while i’m passporting, had an extra “headband” photo so finally decorated up my The Matinee “Dancing on Your Grave” passport. Will be scribbling in poetry and usual inky stamps on the pages within.

Note to self: finish tuning up Cascadia passport from & share here

PS since i’m typing… more random passport-inspired items in archive (i have almost all of my mine from various countries) plus other related: 

Artifacts: Signed treasures + international flair (in the Kura)

As i sortganize the kura (barn)/studio, so many treasures… i will document as years go in more elegant manner but sometimes i manage a snap of something extra special. Ergo:

Couple Nick Bantock (Griffin & Sabine etc etc) originals. #needframes

More special signed items coming out including: Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Tegan & Sara… (Frank Black is back there too)

… + Billy Bragg, Joe Shithead & Randy Rampage (DOA), The Matinée, many many more.

bits of international flair from Jordan, Montego Bay, Jamaica, California and Japan (more to come…)

Musing: Throwing Muses, Tanya Donelly and concerts in years past

Added as a riff on a Throwing Muses/Tanya Donnelly etc site, no recollection of context, archiving here for ummm… archival purposes

I was maybe a little “late to the party” learning about Throwing Muses as it wasn’t until 1990 and they came to play in Salt Lake City and I quickly kept looping through Real Ramona… {Realized most of my fave TM songs were primary by TD rather than KH}.

At the time I was listening to everything from Mike Watt’s firehose to following R.E.M. on Green tour and hopping on Grateful Dead bus in Eugene and disappearing on tour… 

Would rock out to Buffalo Tom, Dinosaur Jr (who have seen dozen+ of times including with Nirvana opening), Green River and then Mudhoney in between Grateful Dead shows, as well as pretty much any touring reggae band you can mention. Later hitchhiked around Europe with a scant assortment of cassettes in my auto reversing Walkman including Pavement, Sebadoh, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, Velvet Underground, Santana, Cornell 77… 

adding an image here, for no reason, not sure where it came from (Rolling Stone?) was in my “inspiration” dossier so hey, its shiny

“Grew up” with punk rock esp DOA & Nomeansno (im originally from Vancouver) and Dead Kennedys and other mostly west coast bands, but have tapped into *everything* from so-called college rock two free jazz to all the jam bands (saw Phish in a bar in Providence with maybe 75 people and little trampolines), followed String Cheese Incident around a bit, dug Widespread Panic and moe. Went to all five Grateful Dead 50 shows before “retiring”… Now live in Japan and especially big fan of Tanya’s sorta-recent Swan Song series.

Since I’m riffing, my first concert was David Bowie with Peter Gabriel of me and when I was 12, saw The Clash the next year and hopped on stage for the encore…  and just kept going since then… Got backstage for Oingo Boingo, R.E.M., played in a few small tiny bands in Salt Lake and other places, saw Gwar in Germany which was legit scary, saw so many big festivals at The Gorge in Washington, tagged along as a “roadie” – although didn’t actually do anything – for the Bad Yodelers in Germany and The Matinée in Ontario.

All right, I’ve reminisced enough, have a wonderful festive everything #freehugs

“Rock Train” Cross-Canada, 2012 / mixed media collage

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“Rock Train” Cross-Canada, 2012 / mixed media collage

June 2012, i boarded a VIA with 11 bands, a doc film crew, CBC radio 3, a bushel of photographers, a handful of fans and me as onboard community Svengali – complete a Bob Marley/Hunter Thompson inspired medical kit. Across the lands we bounded, each band performing acoustically in the glass act-deco caboose in car, they played a showcase in the “activity” car, then a rousing full rocking set at the Gladstone in Toronto for CBC Radio 3 NXNE showcase.

Along the way, we made 4 whistlestop performances which all featured lateness, weirdness and rampaging small towns before escaping back to the diplomatic immunity of the train. In those 4-1/2 days, we knew we were in a magic situation and no one wanted to miss a moment. “Every Night” we’d holler after another show where we packed in, climbing the train walls for a view of Adaline SingsThe MatineeTop Less Gay Love Tekno PartyJean-Paul MauriceBear MountainSidney YorkPortage and Main, Shred Kelly and more – always blown away by the variety and quality.

You probably know i made a 6or7 part podcast series  – tracking the trek and Green Couch are crafting a Tracks on Tracks documentary… which i think should be 10 hours long. I gathered all my paper-y bits and pieces and made another of my commemorative story boards AKA “static montage” with CDs, stickers, snaps, stubs, postcards and even a pic from my keynote address at NXNE Interactive about social media in crisis and revolutions. With John Biehler’s help, here is the static montage, hopefully in a size you can zoom in and catch each detail. Tag it up, wallpaper it, share it. Enjoy and let’s go again!

Creepers and Chums: memorial party livestream, part 1 (video), 2017

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rom Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, a celebration/belated wake for Lauralee Stevenson Olson Elliott and Rod Howard Ash featuring music by Mikael LewisJamielee Eldridge TWILLO), Larry Harper, and poetry by Adam Burningham and Dave Olson

Also music via video from Trevor EriksonThe MatineeNikos ParaskevasTrio Miles and more.

Hope you found something to enjoy.

Obvious pardons for video quality – did what we could at the time.

Hosted by Dane Christensen and Jamielee Eldridge at their lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon. More at: “Creepers and Chums” memorial party ~ an Uncle Weed variety shindig

Creepers and Chums: memorial party livestream, part 2 (video)

++ Creepers and Chums livestream part 2 ++

from Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, a celebration/belated wake for Lauralee Stevenson Olson Elliott and Rod Howard Ash featuring music by Mikael LewisJamielee Eldridge TWILLO), Larry Harper, and poetry by Adam Burningham and Dave Olson

Also music via video from Trevor EriksonThe MatineeNikos ParaskevasTrio Miles and more. 

Hope you found something to enjoy. Obvious pardons for video quality – did what we could at the time. 

Hosted by Dane Christensen and Jamielee Eldridge at their lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

More at: “Creepers and Chums” memorial party ~ an Uncle Weed variety shindig

Tracks On Tracks / Rock n Roll Train Journey – Podcast Round-up

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Tracks On Tracks was a remarkable journey with 11 (or more depending on how you count them) 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.

Includes: 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 social artifact roundup of photos, tweets, notes, vids, audio snippets and more: Tracks on Tracks Round-up

& various video dispatches, ergo::

Dig in to the podcast episodes + cover art (with thanks to Diana Luong).

Renegades Roll East ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #1

Renegades Roll East – Chooglin' on Tracks #1
Renegades Roll East – Chooglin’ on Tracks #1

Bottomless Lakes of Adaline – Chooglin’ on Tracks #2

Bottomless Lakes of Adaline – Chooglin' on Tracks #2
Bottomless Lakes of Adaline – Chooglin’ on Tracks #2

Athabasca with Oboes – Chooglin’ on Tracks #3

Athabasca with Oboes – Chooglin' on Tracks #3
Athabasca with Oboes – Chooglin’ on Tracks #3

Shredding on Melville – Chooglin’ on Tracks #4

Shredding on Melville – Chooglin’ on Tracks #4

Portage and Winnipeg – Chooglin’ on Tracks #5

Portage and Winnipeg – Chooglin’ on Tracks #5

Descending upon Hornepayne – Chooglin’ on Tracks #6

Descending upon Hornepayne – Chooglin’ on Tracks #6

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