This afternoon I headed out to the Commodore (with Raul in tow) to interview one of my all-time favourite bands. Chris Demakes of Less Than Jake was great to talk to and we’re really looking forward to the show tonight.
Tickets are still on sale but they’re going fast. As this is a quick episode, you have time to listen to the conversation, the tunes, and still make your way down to the Commodore for the show as Less Than Jake takes the stage around 11:15pm.
Special thanks go to Tris for lending me his audio recorder for this episode (although my mic levels are all over the place). Our mobile podcasting gear is still missing/nowhere to be found so we’re making due right now and getting by thanks to the generous social media community in Vancouver.
In preparation for my campaign on National Digital Media Day (September 25th) I have been planning a campaign that would take me mobile. Thanks to Zipcar, I will be able to travel across the region, blogging at every stop. I decided to interview John MacSween of Zipcar to discover more about their services.
Trying my hand at podcast producing yet again, we go mobile for this special episode. Yesterday Keira and I met up with Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson before their show in Vancouver. We learned about The Walk, what they’ve been up to in the 8 years they’ve been away from our city, and most of all that these grown men truly do have talent and a whole lot of heart.
Music in this episode:
Clip: MMMBop from the album Middle of Nowhere by Hanson
Clip: Great Divide by Hanson – Available for $0.99 on iTunes, proceeds going to HIV/AIDS research
For the last 18 years the New Music West festival has been a centerpiece for independent music, musicians, and industry professionals in Vancouver.
I was able to contact Jory Groberman from 29 Productions (the folks who made New Music West possible for the last few years) and chat a bit about what’s in store. What’s also pretty cool is that they’re handing me a media pass for the event(s) so watch for more announcements and coverage in the month ahead.
Man do we ever love a good rock show. When I heard Sparta was coming back into town I immediately arranged another interview. Not only are we huge fans, but the guys in the band are so talented and down to earth. A couple of weeks later, the band rolled through town and played none other than the Fabulous Commodore Ballroom here in Vancouver. Jim Ward, subject of our last interview, was under the weather but when we went back stage and saw Keeley and were not disappointed. It was great to talk to the latest member of the band, contributor on their new album Threes, hear about his side projects and impressions of our fair city.
We’ve done it before and we’re doing it again. We’re really happy to announce that we’ll be interviewing Sparta at their upcoming show at the Commodore, March 30th. It was such a pleasure to meet Jim Ward last year. He’s very intelligent, insightful, opinionated (in a good way) and sure can belt out the tunes.
You can check out the archived episode and if you like what you hear, either Jim’s point of view, his like of sushi or yes – the tunes – then you’re in luck. Sparta is coming back to Vancouver on March 30th, playing the Commodore [HOB]. I know a lot of people were upset that the last show at Richards on Richards sold out so quickly so here’s your chance.
Friday March 30th, 2007 @ The Commodore Ballroom – Tickets $17.50 – with guests, Moneen and Attack in Black.[Miss604]
Check out Episode #118 to hear our last interview with Jim Ward, and for more RadioZoom band meet n’ greets browse our “Interview” category. If you haven’t yet picked up their new album Threes I highly recommend you do so as well.
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. Continue reading “The Cloud Room Email Interview”
Another adventure with the podcasting project, RadioZoom gets the opportunity to hang out with Jim Ward, front man for the band Sparta, during their one night visit on their current tour. Richards on Richards was the venue for this evening, and both Rebecca and I had a really great time.
We discuss a variety of topics, ranging from what life on the road is like, the making of the latest album, Jim’s prior experiences with Vancouver, a little bit of politics, and we discover a little more of what life is like in Jim’s hometown of El Paso, Texas. (Note: explicit language)
It was an amazing opportunity for the interview, and the performance that night was nothing short of being absolutely stellar. We take a moment back in “the studio” to reflect on the overall experience and review what we saw on stage that night.