Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Call top 20 for 09

Manic Street Preachers
The Charlatans
The Clash
The Specials
Joy Division
New Order
The Smiths
Manu Chao
The Fall
Asian Dub Foundation
Billy Bragg
Nitzer Ebb
The Sugarcubes
Four Tet

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

blogging and podcasting

Seems like the perfect thing to blog about, blogging itself. As you'll know I do a couple of radio shows on Coop Radio. I am trying to get some podcasts sorted for the shows.

I think the simplest but slowest way to do in terms of start up is to get a website up and running. I already have a website but it needs work. So my thinking is start from scratch and build it up again.

It's coming it's coming...

Last Call set list 30 Dec 09

It's the end of the year of 2009 as we know it and here's the set list for the last Last Call show of the year.

The Last Call crew is busy working on getting the shows online, but for now to wet your taste buds here's the latest set list.

Last Call plays every Wednesday at midnight, that's Tuesday into Wednesday on Vancouver Coop Radio, 102.7 FM or streaming live at

Want to know more about the show, drop me an email. All the best for 2010!

Gary Jarvis

Last Call set list
I got a runny nose - Kaboom
Zombie pt 1 - Bugz in the Attic
Do nothing - The Specials
I'm not down - The Clash
Two hats - TrenchAnt
Rat race - The Specials
Smoking with Mr Jones - TrenchAnt
Game block - Hard End
En la esquina - Dubin Hood
New Year's Day - U2
Auld Langs Syne - Relient K
London calling - The Clash
White Christmas - David Bowie & Bing Crosby
Life on mars - David Bowie
Happiness - Goldfrapp
Weekender - Black Box Recorder
All the way - New Order
Can't see me - Ian Brown
Dancing in the front row - The Tranzmitors
Do you remember the first time? - Pulp
Common people - Pulp
Scaling new heights - Asian Dub Foundation
Never gonna come back down - BT
Violin phase - Steve Reich
The dull flame of desire - Bjork
Unspoken - Four Tet
Computer love - Kraftwerk
Delicatessen - Olympic Gramafon
Fun to be had - Nitzer Ebb
Mary Jane - Sheep on Drugs
Getting closer - Nitzer Ebb
Shadow play - Joy Division
Ain't that a kick in the head - Dean Martin

See you all in 2010! Thanks for reading and listening. It is much appreciated!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Top Ten news stories for 2009 (Vancouver, BC slant)

Winter Olympics 2010 including Olympic Village bailout
H1N1/Swine Flu
Afghanistan war
Braidwood Inquiry (Robert Dziekanski)
Heat wave
Snow storms
Cold weather shelters
Two year child killed, as mother crosses street
Paramedics strike

over to you? Add a tenth, 11th.....

Sunday, December 27, 2009

African Vibes Top Ten for 2009

The Luge Sessions (previously detailed as Hard End)
Lazare S Halk
Fela Kuti
Amadou & Mariam
Public Enemy
Ndidi Onukwulu
Ali Farke Toure

African Vibes set list 27 Dec 09

African Vibes is every Sunday on Vancouver Coop Radio, 102.7 7-9 pm

or online (cut and paste_

Set List
Kachembere - Bhundu Boys
Sabali - Amadou & Mariam
Ce n'est pas bon - Amadou & Mariam
Soobax - K'naan
Game block - Hard End
Dub belly full - Dubin Hood
Dandala - Ba Cissoko
Yolele - Papa Wembe
Sidi yellah - Mahamadou Salieu Susso
Kounkoure - Ba Cissoko
Meme combat - Bisso Na Bisso feat Sizzla
Six love - Hard End
Rebel woman - Chiwonsio
I'm sorry - Lazare S Halk
Novigne/My brother - Lazare S Halk
Joy - Isaac Hayes
O nome dela - Arto Lindsay
Things about coming my way - Ndidi Onukwulu
Take me to the river - Al Green
With or without you - Les Nubians
By your side - Sade
Fight to finish - Fela Kuti
I got a runny nose - Kaboom
Fire dance - Seun Kuti
M'bife blues - Amadou & Mariam

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Last Call set list 23 Dec 09

Last Call plays every Wednesday from midnight to 2am ish on Vancouver Coop Radio, 102.7 FM or

Last Call is a Brit rock and pop music show. The music is not always Brit based but the attitude is.

The pubs may be closed but the music goes on.

Last Call set list
Mayday - King Cobb Steelie
Pop muzik - U2
Heidi - Olympic Gramafon
Chia - Four Tet
Margerine Rock - Stereolab
Disorder - Joy Division
Bonkers in Phoenix - The Fall
Who is it - Bjork
This is the one - The Stone Roses
Maria - James
London Calling - The Clash
My old man - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Baggy trousers - Madness
E.R.N.I.E - Madness
Close escape - Madness
On the beat Pete - Madness
Jimmy Jazz - The Clash
Take it or leave it - Madness
Overdone - Madness
In the rain - Madness
You said - Madness
Gangsters - Specials
Survival in the sky - TrenchAnt
Nite Klub - Specials
Wrote for luck - Happy Mondays
Happy Xmas (War is over) - John Lennon
Game block - Hard End
Voodoo ray - A Guy Called Gerald
Merry Christmas Everyone - Slade
Santa Claus is coming to town - Bruce Springsteen
Taken over by the hounds of reason - Rob Clutton
Give peace a chance - John Lennon
Dhol Rinse - Asian Dub Foundation
100 - Olympic Gramafon
Hard End - Hard End
Love less - New Order
Revolution - Spacemen 3
Another rider up in flames - The Charlatans
Beyond the biosphere - The Webb Brothers
Inside - looking out - The Charlatans
Tree - Sebadoh
Blood of the Lamb - Wilco
Abilene - Dave Alvin

African Vibes set list 20 Dec 09

African Vibes is every Sunday from 7 to 9pm Pacific Standard Time on Vancouver Coop Radio, CFRO 102.7 FM (Greater Vancouver) or

Set List
Many Things - Seun Kuti
Les Megots - Les Negresses Vertes
Random narrations - Kaboom
Who stole the show? - Public Enemy
Right road - Sizzla
Game block - Hard End
Why not - Lazare S Halk
Shakara - Fela Kuti
Where the streets have no name - Tony Allen
Peaceful man - Kutapira
Tamba Wega - Bhundu Boys
Welcome to Mali - Amadou & Mariam
Hello my baby - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Children - Abantwana
Pride in the name of love - Soweto Gospel Choir
Zombie pt 1 - Bugz in the Attic featuring Wunmi
Zombie pt 2 - Nile Rodgers, Roy Hargrove + Money Mark
Things about coming my way - Ndidi Onukwulu
Childhood dream - Nelly Furtado
Please baby - Madeleine Peyroux
Ruler of my heart - Irma Thomas
Hard End - Hard End
Stop the taser - Lazare S Halk

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Liam Maher

It's rare for me to feel a sense of loss at hearing at the death of a celebrity but this is where Liam was different. He wasn't a celebrity. He just one of the lads and I remember some great times when I saw Flowered Up live, including their gig at Shoreditch Town Hall.

My friend Paul and I loved Flowered Up, "It's on you, Sonia!"

There is a brilliant article online (the link follows, cut and paste)

I remember when Weekender came out. I had the vinyl copy and most of the serious techno fans weren't that impressed but I loved it. I loved the sample intro,

"Your barmy staying out all hours of the night" or words close to that,

and then Liam responds, "don't worry I ain't gonna turn into a fucking pumpkin am I!"

I just loved that.

And now I feel some nostalgia for it. But those were shitty days too. That horrible recession and not knowing where I was going in life....

I found my way.

Really sorry to hear about this. My thoughts go out to Liam's close friends and family.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Last Call set list 16 Dec 09

Set list

Time - Supergrass
Journey - Asian Dub Foundation
High fives - Four Tet
Love expression - Jo and Danny
A town called malice - The Jam
I'm so bored with the U.S.A - The Clash
Clever Trevor - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Close escape - Madness
Sick for toys - Sugarcubes
How soon is now? - The Smiths
Oh Jean - The Proclaimers
Jane Allen - Billy Bragg & the Blokes
Julie - The Levellers
Take it or leave it - Madness
Another town - Mr Review
Stereotype - The Specials
Rock the palace - Carpetface
Gossip - You Me The Six (
Grey Cortina - Tom Robinson Band
Aint gonna take it - Tom Robinson Band
Man you never saw - Tom Robinson Band
Better decide which side you're on - Tom Robinson Band
You gotta survive - Tom Robinson Band
Power in the darkness - Tom Robinson Band

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


If you didn't already know Vancouver has a street paper. That is a newspaper sold by vendors who are either homeless or who have in the past been homeless.

It's very much like the Big Issue model, made famous by the UK paper founded in part by John Bird.

I had the good fortune to do a work placement at the Big Issue some years ago when Matthew Collin was the editor and Gibby Zobel was one of the lead news writers. It was a great time. I already had experience advocating for the homeless having done street outreach work for the Simon Community in London.

Here in Vancouver, having worked at a night shelter for the homeless and also being a resident of Strathcona/Gastown/Downtown Eastside - call it what you want I'm pretty in tune to what's going on.

Reading Megaphone helps though a lot in that process. Only a street paper can do that. Grassroots journalism. If you are not already a subscriber I urge you to become one.

Megaphone not only contains information from people living on the street but also good solid articles.

You can't say fairer than that, can you!

Happy Christmas

African Vibes set list 13 Dec 09

African Vibes is on Vancouver Coop Radio every Sunday from 7 to 9pm Pacific time.

You can also listen online at

If you want to know more about the show send me an email

Set List

Racist friend - The Specials
A joy - Four Tet
Mantra #8 - Stockhausen
Mayday - King Cobb Steelie
Beaten metal - Antibalas
Sanctuary - Antibalas
Lady - Fela Kuti
Mbube - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
I'm sorry - Lazare S Halk
Mr Roustabout - TrenchAnt
Game block - Hard End
CNN - Kaboom
Double trouble - Hard End
Bazali bhetu - Black Umfolosi
Homeless - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Amandrai - Ali Farke Toure
Explode - Nelly Furtado
One - Keziah Jones
Soobax - K'naan
Ghost town - The Specials

thanks for listening
Last Call is on tonight at midnight until 2am (UK music) and African Vibes next Sunday from 7 to 9pm, both on Vancouver Coop Radio

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Last Call on Vancouver Coop Radio

Tune in every wednesday midnight to 2am ish
most recent show set list, 102.7FM in the Vancouver area or cut and paste

set list 9 dec 09

Accident waiting to happen - Billy Bragg
There she goes, my beautiful world - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Universal Hall - The Waterboys
La Chinita - Manu Chao
La Marea - Manu Chao
Homens - Manu Chao
Razzamatazz - Pulp
How was it for you? - James
Acid test - Sheep on Drugs
1000 Mirrors - Asian Dub Foundation feat Sinead O'Connor
A quick one, while he's away - The Who
Gravity grave - The Verve
Polar bear - The Charlatans
Broke - The Beta Band
Believe you me - The Charlatans
Gloomy planets - The Notwist
Rise - Josh Rouse
Fuji check - Four Tet
Mantra #3 - Stockhausen
Hillbilly motorbike - Stereolab
Happy together - Tahiti 80
Mr Maker - The Kooks
Promised land - Joe Smooth
Do nothing - The Specials
Clampdown - The Clash
She bathed herself in a bath of bleach - Manic Street Preachers
Royal correspondent - Manic Street Preachers
Cindy of a thousand lives - Billy Bragg
The world turned upside down - Billy Bragg
Help save the youth of America - Billy Bragg

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

African Vibes December 09

Tune in to African Vibes in December on Coop Radio 102.7 FM or online (cut and paste)

Set List 6 December
Headphones dub - Cadence Weapon
Black hand - Cadence Weapon
Bissau - Francis Bebey
Chop teeth - Fela Kuti
Don't give that shit to me - Seun Kuti
So nobody buys it - Kaboom
Mi la ga/we will survive - Lazare S Halk
Fela mentality - MixMaster Mike and Mario Caldato, Jr
Kalakuta show - MixMaster Mike + Lateef and The Gift of Gab
Interlude (Live at Kalakuta) - percussion and vocals by Posuma, Remedies, Taiwo, Segun, Tosin and Andres Levin
Shuffering + Shmiling - Dead Prez, Jorge Ben Jor, Talib Kweli, Bilal + Positive Force
One trick pony - Nelly Furtado
Beaten Metal - Antibalas
Filibuster X - Antibalas
Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson
Things about coming my way - Ndidi Onukwulu
Rollin stone - Muddy Waters
Louder than a bomb - Public Enemy
You're gonna get yours - Public Enemy
I got a kick - Jungle Brothers
Taxi Bamako - Amadou & Mariam
Bakoye - Ali Farke Toure

Freezing # 3

Not the earlier start of previous Freezing entries but out on the bike trail before 8am to get to West Point Grey Library for 9am and a four hour shelving shift.

The Off Broadway bike trail with its view of the North Shore Mountains is breathtaking. It's a steady climb, also somewhat breathtaking.

The routine route although probably warmer was definitely more challenging. I had to stop take a breather close to the studios of JRFM and the Peak.

Kettle on for tea!

Friday, December 4, 2009

World Cup First Group Stage Pool

Pick two that will progress to next round from each group

Group A
South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France


Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece


England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia


Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana,


Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon


Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia


Brazil, Korea DPR, Côte d'Ivoire, Portugal


Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

One point for each correct answer

If a tie results between two or more players then the cash will be split

$5 entry, see Gary

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Freezing # 2

Timed my Gastown to BCIT cycle route today. Started out at 3.53am and arrived at the Broadcast Centre 42 minutes later.

That time is about my average. I think how much faster I could it with a road bike (racer) or at least some paniers. One thing is certain the bike is too small for me but the dinosaur, T Rex, to you continues to do the job.

A neighbour was up bright and early and there were several cars on the road this morning, full moon rising!

The alarm woke me from a dream, and I nearly reset it. Stood for a moment consequences dimly going through my dreamy head. I got dressed. Made two cheese, peanut butter and honey sandwiches on sour dough. One for breakfast, one for later. Just had a banana and now drinking water, coffee will have to wait.

It's currently -1. The clear condition continue today but there's increasing cloudiness and I guess we'll get rain by the weekend.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Freezing # 1

It's freezing out there.

Another awesome bike commute. Didn't waste time waiting for a bus that never comes this morning.

Started cycling from Powell Street and didn't stop until I got to BCIT in Burnaby, slowing down only at the intersections of Clark, Renfew, Boundary on Adanac.

Saved some time by turning south on Boundary and then south east on Douglas to Gilmore.

Kept ears warm with a sock wrapped tight round back of head beneath bike helmet. Donned ski gloves today. Tomorrow, extra pair of boxers to counteract a different kind of cold.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fog and biking

Main and Hastings at 3.52am - no bus. Started cycling.

BCIT campus 4.35! Oh yeah!

I'm so grateful for the full moon and dry conditions. It made cycling so easy. The cycling was easy but the cold, ouch. By the time I got to Nanaimo my ears were frozen. I took off my gloves and by the time I'd reached Windermere had transferred my gloves to my ears. My bike helmet holding them in place. I used my the stretch sleeves of my jacket to keep my hands relatively warm. I then noticed my feet were cold. Keep peddling!

It's an easy route.

criss cross from M & H to Union which becomes Adanac. Follow all the way to Gilmore and then downhill via Still Creek Drive.