Tag Archive: CBC Radio 3


 

Well, sort of. This Saturday, July 23rd at 7pm PST, CBC BC will air the documentary Winning America which follows Vancouver band Said the Whale on their first ever US tour. (Sorry readers outside of BC. Word has it that if the first run ratings are high enough, the film will get a wider release. Encourage your BC friends to tune in!) Produced by Brent Hodge (CBC Radio 3) and Jon Siddall (CBC Radio 2) and directed by Hodge and Thomas Buchan (Battle Of The Bagpipes, Hope), this is the first documentary developed by CBC Radio 3. Watch as the band goes through the highs (playing SXSW, winning a Juno) and lows (having their gear stolen in Sacramento, dealing with the mustard lady of SXSW) of living the touring life, all in the attempt to put their day jobs behind them and make music a full time gig.

 

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Victoria Record Club

The Victoria Record Club: We’re a ragtag bunch of music lovers who meet somewhat irregularly at the record store Talk’s Cheap to share our love of music on vinyl. (A shout out to the owner Tiemen for letting us crash his store every time!) For each meeting of Record Club, the members are supposed to go and acquire a new piece of vinyl and then write a review or a story about their album. Since we’ve been a little lax on the review/story part of our meetings, I decided to write a bit here about the albums I’ve brought to record club so far. If you’re around the Victoria area and are interested in joining us, head on over to the Record Club Facebook group.

Meeting #1: September 21st 2010

Album: The Kinks, Give the People What They Want

Tracks played: Around the Dial, Give the People What They Want

Why I chose to bring this: I think this was the very first record I ever bought, so it was fitting that I brought this album to the inaugural meeting of the Victoria Record Club. The first track is all about radio and DJs so it was doubly fitting for the Record Club as our fearless leader is non other than the Zone.fm‘s Jeremy Baker. (Jeremy did I ever tell you that’s why I brought the album?)

Album: Japandroids, Younger Us 7″

Tracks played: Younger Us

Why I chose to bring this: Two of my favourite memories of 2010 involve Japandroids. The first was at the Sasquatch festival. In a weekend that was packed to the brim with excitement, a good friend and I were super stoked to see Japandroids. While waiting for the set to start we met a guy who complimented me on my Dan Mangan “Pac Mangan” t-shirt. Our exchange went something like this: “Where did you get that shirt?!?!” “Oh it’s Dan’s new t-shirt. I just bought it at his show in Victoria. He said it should be for sale on the web soon.” “I’m gonna buy the shit outta that shirt!!!” Thanks to this random guy at the Japandroids set, I still grin every time I dig out the Pac Mangan shirt. To top it off, Japandroids played one heck of a set at the festival. It started off by them saying that their gear was missing in air transit and that they were playing with borrowed instruments, and it ended with thanking the crowd for helping them have one of their better sets as of late. My other Japandroids memory of 2010 was the Ladyhawk / Japandroids show at Logan’s back in October. I had been going to a lot of shows solo around that time but I managed to convince a bunch of friends to go to this one. I even somehow managed to convince a friend from Vancouver to visit Victoria for the first time to see this show. (I’m sure that technically it was Japandroids who convinced him to come for the visit, but either way it was fun times.) It was great to be at a show with so many good friends who were just as into the band as I was.

Meeting #2: November 3rd 2010


Album: Brasstronaut, Mt. Chimaera

Tracks played: Slow Knots, Hearts Trompet

Why I chose to bring this: This is one of my favourite albums of 2010, and I’m a big time Brasstronaut fan. In fact, I think I’ve seen them every single time they’ve played Victoria. Call me a sucker for bands with a trumpet if you will, but this is still a great album. I just bought my vinyl copy of Mt. Chimera when Brasstronaut played Rifflandia and this was our first meeting following the festival. I thought that Brasstronaut would be a group that maybe not many members of Record Club would be familiar with, and I wanted to share my love of the band.

Meeting #3: February 8th 2011


Album: Black Mountain, Wilderness Heart

Tracks played: The Hair Song, Let Spirits Ride

Why I chose to bring this: Picking an album for this meeting of Record Club was infinitely more difficult than what it was for our other meetings. With purchases from Rifflandia, albums bought in the Christmas season, and a stack of records bought off a friend who moved to Ottawa, I had no shortage of choices. Confession: When I left the house the morning of this gathering I actually brought six records with me thinking that I would decide on one eventually. In the end, I felt like listening to something a little on the heavy side, so Wilderness Heart got the spotlight this night. Cool story: I won this record from CBC Radio 3’s Trivia Tuesday with Grant Lawrence. I actually originally won the album in CD format, but admitted to Grant that I had just bought the same CD a couple of days before. Deciding that it would be no problem to find a friend who would like a free Black Mountain CD, I told Radio 3 to send the disc anyways and I’d pass it along to someone. A couple months passed and I actually forgot that I had even won the album. I was totally surprised when the vinyl copy arrived in the mail one day. Thanks so much to whoever at Radio 3 hooked me up! (And sorry to whatever friend was going to get the extra Black Mountain CD, but I’m keeping the vinyl!)

It’s the end of a very long work day for me, so this is just going to be a brief note. The first cut in CBC Radio 3’s Searchlight Contest for Canada’s Best Music Website was yesterday (or was it today because I still haven’t made it to sleep?). Here the long list was narrowed down to a… umm… shorter long list of 60 sites. And… EhBSeasides didn’t make it to the next round.

I’ll admit I’m a little bummed at being out of the competition so early, but it really is the outcome I expected for this round. Thank you so much to anyone who voted for this site! Your support means the world to me. Please keep voting in the following rounds – there are so many great sites on the list and many of my friends have made it to the next round of competition. Thank you to everyone who came to visit this site because of Searchlight (I checked my page stats, I know there’s a few of you!), even if your vote went elsewhere. I hope you’ll come back to visit from time to time. Most of all, a very big thank you to CBC Radio 3 for running Searchlight. Many of us bloggers do what we do just to share our love of Canadian music, and we don’t expect any sort of pay or praise. Being recognized by something like Searchlight goes a long way to making it feel like this is not all just a waste of time. This contest shines a light on not only the amazing music, but the amazing fans and music supporters this country is producing.

Hello friends, and a very belated happy 2011 to you all! I thought I’d just check in and give you a quick update on what’s new with me.

CBC Radio 3 Searchlight 2011

Well first of all, some exciting news: it looks like EhBSeasides has made the long list for CBC Radio 3‘s annual Searchlight Competition! Searchlight takes a different form each year. The inaugural award in 2008 was for Canada’s Best Record Store and went to Meow Records of Prince George BC. The year 2009 was dedicated to Canada’s Best Live Music Club and the title went to the Phog Lounge of Windsor ON. Last year the hunt was on for Canada’s Best Music Festival and ultimately the Evolve festival of Antigonish NS won. This year the search is on for the Best Music Website In Canada.

I am extremely honoured to be nominated. Thank you to any of you who put my name forth for the list. I’m even more honoured to appear aside some heavy hitters like Exclaim, AUX TV, Chartattack, Mint Records, Nardwuar, and Zunior. I’m also happy for all of my friends who made the list: 3 AM Revelations, Earbuds and Ticket Stubs, Vancouver Is Awesome (Indie), Canada Is A Music Mecca, Christine McAvoy Photography, Go North To Detroit, South To Windsor, Indie Craft Attack, Island SoapBox, and North by East West. Now there’s no shortage of voting choices and there’s clearly some crazy competition, so I won’t beg you to vote for me. In fact, you should really almost put your voting powers to one of the sites I just listed above. However if you feel like throwing a vote or two my way, that would be pretty awesome of you.

To vote, head on over to the poll on Radio 3. You don’t need to register for anything and you can vote once every 24 hours. The next round of cuts is next week when the Top 50 is announced, with the final winner for 2011 being announced on March 10th.

And now my other exciting news: I joined a rock band! I’ve been playing trumpet with the Victoria band Versa, and we just had a big show at the Metro Theatre last Friday. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us! Two weeks ago we also did a quick set on CFUV; you can find the audio here. It looks like no one wants to kick me out of the band yet, and in fact we have a show coming up on Saturday February 5th at Felicita’s Pub on the UVic campus. Details for that show can be found here. So as you can see, even though I haven’t been writing about music here lately, I’ve still been involved in music in some way. And I’m not ignoring the blog, I swear. In fact, I’ve got a ton of upcoming shows and upcoming albums listed, and a pile of photos waiting to get put up on Flickr. Looks like spring 2011 is going to be one exciting time for Canadian music!