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

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

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!

Portrait: Smoking Jacket & pipe (with rockers JP and Jordan)

Smoking Jacket: daveo disguised
Smoking Jacket
Well, you’ve seen me sport hemp overalls, and you’ve seen me roll a few smoking jackets, but you’re probably not even looking at me (not as lusciously as J.P. is at least) as Mr. Maurice show some skin, Jordan shows a grin, and me, I’m just puffing my pipe wearing Chinese silk and a fine chapeau at the Gladstone Hotel ballroom – that night in Toronto… with the checkerboard skies, at the end of the Tracks on Tracks trip. 
 
 
 

Tracks on Tracks Rock Train: Field Notes, part 2

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.

Tracks on Tracks Rock Train: Field Notes, part 3

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.

Tracks on Tracks Rock Train: Field Notes, part 1


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.

Tracks on Tracks Train ~ Field Notes & Performances Clips

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.

Social Media for Bands and Fans – Interview on Tweets and Tunes, 2012

Jason Lloyd came by the Hootsuite office to interview me for CiTR’s Tweets and Tunes, his show that examines the relationship between independent musicians and social media.

Being an active participant and enthusiast of music scenes, i had many topics to riff about, including DIY promo work at HootSuite, the Tracks on Tracks project, and the impact social media has on independent music.

Check out Tweets and Tunes – Interview with Dave Olson

Blurb

Social media is creating an opportunity for musicians to connect with their audience like never before, allowing everyone to be part of a conversation. The changing dynamics between artist and fan are explored, along with lots of advice and tips for musicians and their social media endeavours.

The show ends with a discussion of the Vancouver music scene, including, bands, venues, and how things have changed and evolved over the years.

Tracks on Tracks 3am Train sing along

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.

Descending upon Hornepayne – Chooglin’ on Tracks #6

Coming into Hornepayne with Tracks on Tracks, Chris Ho plays croons out some tunes, while  Shred Kelly shreds on the banjo.  Uncle Weed chats up some superfans who agree that Portage and Main have been a highlight of the trip, and Top less Gay Love Tekno Party gets interviewed in their matching onesies. Chantel, the amazing bed lady, also gets her moment in the limelight. Live musical performances by Chris Ho, and Shred Kelly. Part 6 in a series from Chooglin’ on Tracks

[audio http://archive.org/download/DescendingUponHornepayneChooglinOnTracks6/DescendingUponHornepayneChooglinOnTracks6.mp3]

Pull on your onesies for Descending upon Hornepayne ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #6

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Portage and Winnipeg – Chooglin’ on Tracks #5

As Tracks on Tracks comes in to Winnipeg, Uncle Weed bemoans the rigidity of meal times on trains, and the lack of food that the train station offers. Portage and Main plays an acoustic number on the train, and plugs in for the stop in Winnipeg. When pulling out of the city, Grant Lawrence banters with Uncle Weed about safety and hospital visits. Live musical performances by Portage and Main (both acoustically and electrically). 

[audio http://archive.org/download/PortageAndWinnipegChooglinOnTracks5/PortageAndWinnipegChooglinOnTracks5.mp3]

Part 5 in a series from Chooglin’ on Tracks. Please stow your luggage for Portage and Winnipeg ~ Chooglin’ on Tracks #5

Music Portage and Main | Facebook |MySpace | Bandcamp More Tracks Tracks on Tracks Storify Green Couch Productions CBC Radio 3 Tracks on Tracks Podcast Goodness Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog Ephemeral Feasthouse – Prezo, interviews & spiels –Feed – Blog – Podcast Archived at: Archive.org Visit Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos Follow along via Twitter @uncleweed and/or @choogleon Gear I use Koss SterophonesM-Audio MicroTrack IIM-Audio Solo audio interfaceGriffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.