RadioZoom Episode #121 – Music News, Trivia and Christmas Cheer

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It’s about time – Episode #121 of RadioZoom is now available for your listening pleasure. That’s right, one hundred and twenty-one episodes in, John and I sit down in the “studio” with mics in hand.

RadioZoomComing back after being away for nearly two weeks, Rebecca and I sit down in the studio to get caught up on our podcasting duties. Illnesses and business aside, we’re back with a variety of topics while sitting down to record without any plan. Christmas is upon us, and we’re getting a gift from Aberdeen City, which is awesome. There is also some discussion of Christmas shopping and what it takes to send presents back to the U.S.

We’ve received some great feedback from listeners about some of the interviews we’ve been doing. Unfortunately, our interview with Wintersleep did not happen, but maybe next time. We do take some time to thank those who have submitted feedback about the podcasts we’ve been putting out there and comment about our music related interviews in general. Rebecca also got a great chance to interview a member of The Could Room and talks about the very cool opportunity.

Also check out this month’s edition of Vancouver Trivia to see how well John knows the city. [RadioZoom Episode #121]

Run time 52:32 – Click here for Mp3 & for show notes, check out the site.

Vancouver Canucks Op Ed is Ending Just like Chelios' Career Should

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The Vancouver Canucks Op Ed blog will be shutting down this week.

Thank you to everyone for the support, the fun, the comments, the emails, the friendship, the entertainment, the madness… it’s all been a blast. But after 1,321 posts and 3,471 comments from readers (since January 2006 — I lost all the comments of previous years when I transferred the website) it’s time to say goodbye to VCOE and try something new. [VCOE]

Archives will be up indefinitely but there’s something a little more enticing on the horizon for author/owner/creator/superwoman Alanah.

I’ve been reading VCOE for quite a while now. John and I were such fans that we thought it would be great to interview Alanah (the non-drunk, perfectly sane woman behind the blog) for an episode of RadioZoom. After getting to know her and the blog a bit better, we all embarked on a little project with a couple more hockey bloggers, called The Crazy Canucks Podcast (which she will continue to be a part of).

Alanah’s known for her liveblogs, amazing blog-a-thon feats, knowledge of the league, the teams and intimate knowledge of the players (e.g. did you know Patrick Roy used to do ballet?). Full of laughs, facts, discussions (heated or silly) the blog’s been a Vancouver hockey staple since it began.

Alanah isn’t ending her hockey blogging career, in fact the biggest and most exciting part is just about to begin. Tune into The Crazy Canucks Podcast this week and she’ll tell us all about it.

Hometown Sunday

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Donate Now!Since we’re spending the afternoon in Surrey I thought I would do a little more than list links to various charitable organizations in Vancouver.

The Surrey Food Bank serves over 13,000 people a month, many of them children, and it is in dire need of food and donations. You can donate in person between 8:00am and 4:00pm, at 10732-135th Street, about a block East of Gateway Skytrain station [GoogleMap]. I believe, during the holidays, hours are currently extended to 5:00pm. You can call (604) 581-5443 for more info as well. To make things super easy, you can click on the image to the right to donate right now, online.

John and I don’t listen to much local radio, except maybe in the mornings while getting ready to work. But while browsing the Surrey Food Bank site I discovered that Z95.3 will be broadcasting this week from Safeway @ 7450, 120th Street (aka Scott Road). This is on the Surrey side (North side) of 72nd. They’ll be there from 6:00am to 11:00pm as a part of Nat & Drew’s Food Bank Fill Up. Since it’s a radio station event, I’m sure you can meet your fave on-air personalities and have the chance to win a bunch of nifty prizes as well. It is of course, all for a great cause.

Two other locations for the event include, Burnaby @ 4440 Hastings Street (Hastings St. & Willingdon Ave) and Vancouver @ 990 West 25th King Edward (King Edward & Oak St) befitting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Rainy Surrey Afternoon

Being back home in the neighbourhood I grew up in, I often wish I could give a little more back to it or at least help raise awareness about local causes that need support as well.

After I completed this post, I found out that the Surrey Christmas Bureau had been broken into. Computers were stolen containing mailing lists and information, and damage was done to the premises. The Christmas bureau sponsors the Adopt-A-Family program so this is obviously a major set back. To reach the Surrey Christmas Bureau, call (604) 581-9623, or visit the site to donate.

Ralphie for President

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Last weekend we brought our Christmas box up from storage. We unfolded all 3 feet of our fake plastic tree (since we’re not allowed real ones in our building) and setup various kitschy decorations around the house. I came across the Ralphie [imdb] doll my mom gave to me last Christmas. Complete with bunny suit and B.B. gun, if you push a button on his back he spews out such classic lines as “Oooooohh fuuuuuuuuudge” and “be sure to drink your Ovaltine? A crummy commercial?” This reminded me of a gift John received before moving here. Another action figure doll of sorts that also spits out funny little sayings. I don’t know if it was the twinkle of the lights on the tree or the giddyness of the season but John and I got a little crafty. I’m not sure how proud we are, but man, those couple minutes of complete insanity were just plain fun.

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The Metroslave & The Vancouver Blogging Females

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Metroblogging T-ShirtMy Metroblogging T-shirt arrived today. Being a shiny new City Captain, I’m just getting my feet wet and getting used to a few more responsibilities. Being privy to about 30 emails a day on the worldwide captains email list isn’t the most lovely thing for my inbox but it is interesting to see what’s going on in say, the Bangalore or Manilla blogging world.

The next Vancouver Metblogs meetup is December 12 at the Shawarma place in the Crystal near Metrotown, all are welcome [mbv].

Around the Vancouver girlie blogs (although the content isn’t girlie, and the bloggers are all fine women)…

Fellow Metroblogger Maktaaq shares the toils and frustrations of work, dreams, finances and novel writing in her usual delightfully amazing and detailed fashion [Maktaaq].

Gus Greeper is reading Douglas Coupland‘s Microserfs and sparking an interesting comment thread [IfSpockIsEnough]. Basically what are your 7 ideal Jeopardy categories. The next step is to read jPod, which I completed this past summer [ms604]. I still think it grows on me more each time I think about it.

Loxy, being an Oiler-lovin chick, continues to give the Vancouver Canucks second chances at becoming her adopted home-town team, but by the way we’ve been playing lately, it ain’t lookin’ good [YouAreABlog].

Mel from 2BitStudios, making us totally jealous while having awesome snowboarding days at Whistler, has gone country Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

Interview with J from The Cloud Room

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Just over a week ago I made a post about New York rockers, The Cloud Room -more specifically a fire in lead singer, J’s apartment [ms604]. After getting in contact with J he was nice enough to answer a couple questions from this blogger and fan. You’ll have to pardon the formulaic questions, if you’re a RadioZoom listener then you know our interviews usually stray from this. Given that this was a text-only interview, this is the best format with which to post the conversation.

The Cloud Room
Miss 604: I know The Cloud Room’s been crazy-busy over the last year: releasing your album in 2005, tours in Australia, Canada, US, festivals (SxSW), TV (talk shows, MTV, MuchMusic, etc.) … When did you get back home and have some downtime?

J: Back in March we had recorded two new songs (“Lord, I’m Tryin'” and “Eleanor F.”) and figured we just keep recording our 2nd album patchwork-style. We thought we were in for a long respite in June after our 6 months of touring ended in Australia. We settled back into our practice space to write the next album when we got asked by Muse of all people to tour. We couldn’t pass up 5,000-person crowds and plush dressing rooms overflowing with Doritos. The downside was we ended up SPENDING $6K on our own tour support (because our 1-album contract with Gigantic Records had ended). So we finally got back home with no money to record!

Miss 604: Did the writing process begin then or do you do any on the road?

J: I’m always working out new songs in my head as I travel from point A to point C, but we don’t work new stuff out as a band on tour much. We were all really excited about this new song, “Tomorrow Found Out”, so we rented a practice space while in Toronto in hopes of getting it ready to play in NYC. Didn’t quite happen in time.

Miss 604: I read about the unfortunate news last week (the fire in your apartment), aside from losing belongings and gear, how much content had you already created for the new album has been lost?

J: We had gone to Excello Studio in Brooklyn to record 4 songs-worth of drums and bass with the exceptional producer Brandon Mason. We then took the party back to our practice space to track the rest of the instruments. We had the place to ourselves because The Hold Steady were out on tour. Unfortunately, some of Brooklyn’s most motivated drummers were practicing all day long in every adjacent room, so we packed it up and moved to my apartment… Continue reading this post ⟩⟩