Thu, 11/15/2012 - 21:28

heartwarmongering on Flickr.

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Nice writeup by Alex Varty today in the Straight about the Limbs of the Stars CD release tomorrow (Friday, November 16th) at the Rickshaw. You should all go, most excellent music.…

Limbs of the Stars is some fraction of the Juno Award winning Fond of Tigers and, while lacking some of the frenetic moments of the larger ensemble, their quieter disk has been in constant rotation in these parts since I got it last week, which isn’t something I can say happens often.

The original image is here:

Kudos to Arnaud without who’s Nokton this shot wouldn’t have been possible!

Buy the CD here:

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 19:58

Just barely clinging on on Flickr.

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Kinda how I’ve been feeling these last couple weeks. Very busy preparing all sorts of exciting new stuff that should’ve been released today but, will have to wait until early next week now because, well, it’s just gotta be perfect.

Very excited by what I’ve been cooking up. Stay tuned!

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 07:01

Lest We Forget

Take a moment today to remember those that laid down their lives so that we might enjoy ours.

How to Die
Dark clouds are smouldering into red
  While down the craters morning burns.
The dying soldier shifts his head
  To watch the glory that returns;
He lifts his fingers toward the skies
  Where holy brightness breaks in flame;
Radiance reflected in his eyes,
  And on his lips a whispered name.
You’d think, to hear some people talk,
  That lads go West with sobs and curses,
And sullen faces white as chalk,
  Hankering for wreaths and tombs and hearses.
But they’ve been taught the way to do it
  Like Christian soldiers; not with haste
And shuddering groans; but passing through it
  With due regard for decent taste.
—Sigfried Sassoon
Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:45

Hard to imagine on Flickr.

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That this was just a month ago. Sigh. Sunny today but, a wee chill in the air.

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 06:42

Man of Investigation on Flickr.

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Now that the wax has cooled, I can finally share my liner shot of the D. Trevlon Band, appearing inside their most excellent new CD ‘Man of Investigation’, available here.

Excellent music and, a real pleasure to work with them.

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 06:31

Front Page News! on Flickr.

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Well, imagine my surprise when I made my daily visit over to the Explore landing page on flickr only to see the view from my living room window.

This image is the 33rd that I’ve had in Explore but, the first that I’ve actually seen on the landing page. Thanks much for all the love!

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 07:13

Foggy Industry on Flickr.

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From my window on a November Monday morning.

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 13:49

New Toys! on Flickr.

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New to me Canon 7s and 100mm f/4.0 Serenar. Both snagged at the Swap meet today. Test roll already shot.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 06:45

More of the past disappears on Flickr.

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There wasn’t a particularly good vantage point to show this now empty lot at the corner of Alberni and Thurlow Street downtown but, the building that previously stood there wasn’t much to look at either.

A parking lot with retail on the ground floor and sort of a restaurant mall in the basement, the building won’t be missed by any but a few.

It did have a few tenants over the years to recommend it though. Most notably Vancouver’s Theatre Sports League, where noted comics such as Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Dean Haglund and Nancy Robertson got their starts, made it’s home here in the late 80’s and early 90’s. And, of course, if you lived downtown at all in the last 20+ years, you knew that this building held the liquor store that stayed open until 11!

Of primary interest to your narrator, however, is the little café that sublet the space in front of the theatre, the Passion House. It was here I met many of the people that I still consider amongst my closest friends, discovered that coffee can indeed be a very effective hallucenogen, spent an entire unemployment insurance claim playing chess, fell in and out of love a dozen or so times (the last one stuck to this day), learned to roll cigarettes without putting down either the one I was smoking or my beer, read Leonard Cohen, Lao Tzu and Friederich Nietszche, pretended to read Proust and Coleridge.

It was probably the last place downtown that you could sit and nurse a coffee all day with 25¢ refills and join pretty much any table at pretty much any time.

Oh, and the light in the place was simply marvelous. I’ve really got to dig up some of the pictures I took there and post them.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that it didn’t last. For the last 20 years, the space had become a McDonalds, pretty much a complete negation of all it had been. I’m glad the building has gone now. It’s never good to be reminded that your warmest memories happened on the ground floor of a parking garage.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 11:58

Green Door Massage on Flickr.

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Stumbled across this shot from a 2008 trip to San Francisco while looking for another image and am not sure why I didn’t share it at the time.

I wonder if there was any affilation between Green Door Massage and Vancouver’s sadly missed Green Door restaurant on Market Alley in Chinatown. I certainly hope not! Loved that place. Legend has it that they only ever made one pot of soup and just kept adding to it for 50+ years.