Posts Tagged ‘The Alder Fork Podcast’

It’s The Rhythm Of The Sea

April 7, 2009

Sleeping in my favourite shirt.

The Clark Institute

Sleeping in my favourite shirt

New podcast is up today.  It is a very special 25th episode.  I announce the details for The 2009 Alder Fork Festival.  I also talk a little bit about the history of the event and the chosen charity, Eating Disorder Awareness Coalition of Waterloo Region.  I will probably devote an entire blog post to the organization, and am planning to set up a separate page for the festival.  The rest of the details are:

The Alder Fork Festival
In support of:
Eating Disorder Awareness Coalition of Waterloo Region
Saturday September 12, 2009
Featuring the music of:
Dave Fallis
The Clark Institute
Matthew Blacquiere
The Alder Fork
The Registry Theatre
122 Fredrick St., Kitchener, Ontario
Doors at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7pm
$10 available from the acts, by emailing or at the door

I Wish I Was Special

April 1, 2009

I’m not here, this isn’t happening.


How To Disappear Completely

New podcast is up tonight. The link can be found over there–>. On today’s show I review Meeting People is Easy a film about Radiohead.  Music by New Buffalo and Young Galaxy is featured.

One further story that didn’t make it onto the podcast.  I saw Radiohead in concert on a summer night in 2001 at Molson Park in Barrie Ontario.  It was a fantastic show (Kid Koala was the opener) and I distinctly remember two things from that night.  The first is the amazing full moon.  Thom Yorke commented on it at least once during the show, and it hung over us for most of their set like an extra big spotlight on the crowd.

The second memory of that night is of a twenty-something man who was standing near me. All night he did two things. The first was to yell out Creep before every song. The second was to yell out the name of every song as soon as he figured out which it was.  He was the single most annoying person I have ever been near at a concert.  Memories.

But I’ll Be Close Behind

March 26, 2009

If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied and illuminate the nos on their vacancy signs.

Death Cab For Cutie

I Will Follow You Into The Dark

A new podcast will be up tomorrow (as my internet is having upload issues). I will be talking a bit about the military and the CBC.  Music by Dual, F & M, and Amy Millan. The first act technically together anymore and some of their members are in Leisure Co. and F & M.

I don’t want to write much on account of the podcast (I assume you’ll get enough of me there) but I want to give the link for the Maple Leaf Legacy Project.  This site aims to “The aim of the Maple Leaf Legacy Project is to photograph or obtain a photograph of every Canadian War Grave of the 20th Century.”  I think it’s a highly worthwhile project.  I found my great uncles record and may be requesting the photo.  This is a great way to connect with the past and to appreciate those who gave their lives in the name of Canada.

Long Live The King

March 12, 2009

It’s just the only way to reach my home again, the only way I’ll fall and break.

Laura Smith


Come hell or high water there will be a new episode of the podcast tonight. Look for more of my conversation and music by the lovely Laura Smith, who has been featured on the show several times.   I expect to be posting my podcasts more frequently in the next little while because I have a bunch of ideas and plans to hatch. Kern and I touch on some interesting topics and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

Exciting news today out of North Korea. The ruling party swept the recent election in which they ran unopposed! Despite my willingness to weigh in on the taboo topic of religion on this blog, I have generally avoided making too many statements abut the economy or politics.  You can search around WordPress to find people who are far more qualified and far more interested in these issues.  Watching political leaders practice the art of the possible while yelling, arguing, and making ridiculous claims generally bores me to death. But one thing that does get me excited is any talk of facism, dictators, and authoritarian government.  It’s just such a fascinating topic.  Often the cult of the leader takes on religious-like qualities, and that is likely the source of my interest (remember I’m also fascinated by “traditional cults” and new religious movements).

I should start by saying there is no redeeming feature  of mass-murder, torture, assassinations, or any of the other absolutely atrocious activities of most dictators. That aside, I’m fascinated by how willing we are to allow ourselves to be dominated by other people.  This isn’t some rant about conformity, claiming we are all “sheep,” but rather an observation that history has shown that people don’t care that much about their leadership if they are happy or feel that they can’t do anything about the situation.  I mention this because I want to recommend a great book: What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany. This lengthy tome was put together by a sociologist and a historian. They surveyed and interviewed German Jews and other Germans to discover what they knew about the holocaust during the 1930’s and 40’s.  It is absolutely amazing.  One quick caution: the book is written by two academics and contains raw survey data, commentary, and interviews.  It’s style is not that of a popular history because the others are more interested in presenting the facts than jazzing it up. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in learning about WWII, the holocaust, Nazism, or genocide.

Onward and Upward

March 4, 2009

I’ll wait for you on the streets of tonight.

Doug Folkins

Streets of Rome

New podcast is now available over there–> This is the first of what will be several visits by my good friend Kern.  We had a two hour conversation the other day and I will be including bits and pieces in up coming episodes.  I apologize for the sound quality issues during the chat, but I have worked out the bugs for any future phone chats.  Skype was not being kind to me.

The show also features music by Doug Folkins.  He is an east coast musician who has worked with Juno winners, and plays a great brand of celtic meets country meets rock music.  You can find out all about him here. I will be reviewing his new album on a future podcast.

The next episode of the podcast will be up later this week.  I actually have a lot of material to use in the next while so expect shows to appear more frequently.

There has been a lot of chatter about the new U2 album. My friend Dave tackled it briefly on his blog, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has more to say about it.  I have only heard one full song and part of two others.  I am not in the least bit impressed with this effort. I also wasn’t a big fan of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. My love affair with their music basically ends after Pop. But I implore you to go back and listen to the first 4 U2 albums. Boy, October, War, and The Unforgettable Fire are all excellent albums.  Theyare full of youthful exuberance, creativity, and passion.  I think U2 is entirely capable of creating a great album again, but I’m not sure if they ever will again.  Perhaps it is finally time to rest on their legacy a bit, and just tour. U2, get out there, play the hits, mix in some old forgotten favourites, and let your fans reward you for all you’ve accomplished.

Dreaming While You Sleep

February 24, 2009

In my dreams I’m dying all the time.



I was never a huge Moby fan, and I don’t usually die in my dreams (in fact I’m usually the one killing, scary), but it is an appropriate lyric for today’s podcast. It largely deals with themes pulled from my own dreams.  There is also music by Mythos, Duchess Says, and Miwagemini. As usual you can find the podcast over there –>.

I actually had a lot of ideas for this week’s show and had to leave many out. One involved an old collection of early Genesis songs, and another a call for action on the Mid-Summer Festival of Peace nd Tranquility (I will get to that soon).  My favourite missing piece was a discussion of Anne Hathaway’s interview with Barbara Walters. Now I did not watch the Oscars, nor did I see Rachel Getting Married, but I confess to being a lover of Anne.  Her work has generally been pretty good, and I have always thought of her as being quite beautiful.  Two things jumped at me as a result of the that interview. The first was her comment that she wanted to “own land.”  What a quirky 19th Century statement to make.  I imagine she meant it in the sense of a sprawling acreage in some quiet place, but I took it more literally. This young actor wanted to own some property, thus becoming a real grown up.  Mind you this was her answer to the question “where do you see yourself in 10 years?”Isn’t buying a piece of land really the last act of a young person becoming an adult?  Once you get that mortgage, or outright buy it, you have responsibility to and ownership of something vast and timeless.  What a strange event in a persons life. Hopefully she gets her land.

The second I notice was my own reaction to her. Clearly I have matured, because I no longer ogle her like a 15 year old.  She is still a beautiful woman, but I would no longer sell my left leg for a shot at her.  I’m happy about this, I’ve been waiting for my own transition to being a real grown up, and I think it’s coming.

I’m Not The Only One

February 16, 2009

They are turning my head out.


Lovers In Japan

New podcast up tonight, this one is not the promised album review but an interesting use of the iTunes smart playlist function.  It also features music by The Mass Romantics because I love their stuff.The excitement of the mass influx of readers is over and things are pack to normal over here at The Alder Fork. It was a wild ride while it lasted.

Just to give you a quick rundown of the 5×7 playlist here it is:

Ebow the Letter – REM

Lovers In Japan – Coldplay

Captain – Dave Matthews Band

Please Stand Up – British Sea Power

Only Us – Peter Gabriel

Staring at the Sun – U2

Invisible Hands – Joseph Arthur

That is all for today on account of the podcast, give it a listen I guarantee you’ll like it!

Make Me Out As A Villian

February 10, 2009

Or ti guarda, suora mia.

Il Bianco of Siena

Letter to Catherine of Siena

A new podcast has hit the internet today. This one features some preview tracks from The Alder Fork’s new album The Colour I Remember Most. I also talk at length about the process of putting each song together.  I’d like to remind everyone that you can be a guest on the podcast, and if you are a musician you can contribute to the recording of The Colour I Remember Most. If you are interested just drop me a line at I’d love to have you on the show and I’m always looking for fresh sounds in my music. Short post today because of the podcast, and the 8 or so hours of studio time I’ve put in today.  Check out the podcast over there–> and have a great evening! Thanks for all your support.

First and Goal

February 4, 2009

I’m dragging you down, but you’re dragging me down, hey, and you’re slowing me down.



More snow is falling here today, and a brand new podcast will be up at some point today.  Shoveling always disrupts my schedule. Music on the show by Canada’s own, Broken Social Scene, The Stills, and my friend Snoovy.

Snoovy played at the last Mid-Summer Festival of Peace and Tranquility and played a fantastic set.  The crowd absolutely loved her.

I have occasionally touched upon sports related topics here on the blog.  I usually hesitate to do so because there are so many sports blogs that cover the topic much better than I ever could.  As it turns out today is either the 8th or 9th anniversary of the failed XFL, which was the WWF’s attempt to provide a spring alternative to the NFL.  I remember watching some of the upstart league with it’s unusual, but mostly useless rule variations. For some reason it didn’t occur to the founders of the XFL that if you create a more violent form of football your best players will be repeatedly injured leading to a lower caliber of play.

I mention this because once again my love of nostalgia leads me to remember the failed CFL expansion into the United States. For those of you who don’t remember this in the early 90’s the league decided that growth in the US was feasible and desireable.  While making the league bigger was a failure economically, and on the field (only the Baltimore Stallions were successful and they became the Montreal Alouettes), I still love the quirky uniforms and logos that those expansion teams had. I always create a CFL league in my Madden games, complete with the San Antonio Texans, Baltimore Stallions, Birmingham Barracudas, Memphis Mad Dogs, Shreveport Pirates, and Sacramento Gold Miners.  You might call it a bit weird but i’s a fun diversion for me.

If you ever visit the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum here in Hamilton you can still pick up some odds and ends from that era. A contingent from Baltimore continues to attend the Grey Cup each year.  Otherwise this era of the CFL is mostly ignored and forgotten.  I wonder how many thrift stores in the cities listed above have t-shirts, hats, and even jerseys from that failed experiment.

If you are taking some time to reflect on the XFL today, as many sports blogs and sites are, give the CFL some thought because they were one of a long line of football leagues that wanted a piece of the NFL pie (along with the USFL, WFL, and arena football).

I’ve Got You and You’ve Got Me

January 30, 2009


New podcast is up today with a very special guest, Emily Chen an Ottawa area designer and t-shirt maker.  You can find out about her deisgn work here and her t-shirts/blog here. The pictures above and below feature a number of her t-shirt designs. They are fantastic and you can pick them up through the website. The photos were taken by her boyfriend, John Bagnell. You can find more of his work here. Our conversation was a lot of fun, and she has some interesting things to say. As always you can check out the podcast over there–>.


It was great to sit down and chat with someone about their passion (as it always is on the show) and to learn a little bit about the world of independent design.  Since I am not an artist I cannot give any kind of critical response to her work, but as a fan of art and design I can say I find her work thought provoking, and visually pleasing.


Ever since I first did screen printing in high school as part of graphics class, I have been a fan of the homemade t-shirt. Emily’s designs are funky, fun, and unique. She does the work herself, so when you buy her shirts you are supporting a working Canadian artist along with getting a stylish piece of fashion.


This podcast also features music by New Buffalo from Australia and Toronto’s Apostle of Hustle. They are both on the Arts & Crafts Label, and you can expect to hear more from their artists on future episodes of the podcast.

That’s all for today I will be back tomorrow with more exciting The Alder Fork Blog material.