Saturday, December 31, 2011

Anne Savage & Max Graham: "House, Drum, & Bass"

I posted a link to this mix a while ago, but had to take it down eventually when I switched ISP's and wasn't able to store quite as many mixes on my server. But I was tidying up some music drives this afternoon and found this mix again, so I just uploaded it to MixRiot and I thought I'd reincarnate this blog posting. It's probably my favorite DJ mix of the past decade, so it seems fitting to post it on a New Year's Eve.

I talked to Max Graham about this mix a while ago, and he said that he and Anne made it as a promo mix, back in the Atomic Nightclub (Ottawa) days. Therefore, I'm guessing that they made it between 1996 and 1998, not too long before I started listening to it. All it was called was "House, Drum & Bass," and that's exactly what type of music it was.

As I said, this mix is one of my favorite mixes of all time. It had a huge influence on me as a DJ, even though I technically started DJ'ing about twelve or thirteen years before it was made. At the time I first heard it, I was DJ'ing at the university bar occasionally, playing mainstream dance tracks (think of the Much Dance series), but this mix helped broaden my appreciation of different electronica genres. You can download a copy of the mix from this link at MixRiot, although unfortunately you need a user account (it's pretty cheap, and there are literally tens of thousands of rare mixes there):

http://www.mixriot.com/content/anne-savage-max-graham-house-drum-bass


Although Max Graham lived in England and Spain and the US while growing up, he ended up in Ottawa as a mainstream DJ in one club, and then after switching focus, he worked with some partners to open his own club (Atomic) in around 1996. His history as a DJ and producer is quite interesting. I had to buy some of his early productions such as Airtight, Shoreline, and Falling Together a couple times, because I essentially wore out the vinyl on my original copies. His sound was usually a trancy sort of progressive house, and was a big influence on my DJ'ing around 2000-2004 (as you can tell when looking at track listings of a lot of my early demos). I guess a lot of people know him because of his remix of "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" (below), which was very well done, although I prefer his trancier style.





Here's an old photo I found with myself, Max Graham, and Kevin Snedker, from maybe around 2002:





Anne Savage is a DJ from the UK who established herself solidly with a number of heavy hitters in the early 1990's, playing regular residencies with people like Sasha, Laurent Garnier, and Tony De Vit. She's been involved with Ministry of Sound Radio, BBC1, and MTV Europe, and she's played cities and festivals all over the world. Her discography lists some of her work, either alone or in collaborations, although unlike Max, she focuses more on DJ'ing than on production work. She usually plays a pretty hard house style. Here's a link to Anne's website:


http://www.djannesavage.com




Anyway, download and check out the "House, Drum & Bass" mix if you can. Unfortunately, I don't have track listings at the moment, but if anyone else has them or can figure them out, email me and I'll add them to this post.

Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
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        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        About.Me: about.me/djbolivia
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca
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        DropBox: djbolivia.ca/dropbox


Friday, December 30, 2011

SHG Radio Show, Episode 093

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to a distribution on other terrestrial radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes and numerous other sites. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on progressive and tech house, and a small amount of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (093) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.






Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




It's past 8am as I write this. I just got back from playing a show in Halifax along with David Anthony for the "Halifax Classics" crowd. Then venue shut the music off at 3:30am when all the police cars arrived outside, but I'm sure that otherwise, it would still be going. People say that the "young kids" have all the energy, but that crowd of people know how to party, and know how to dance from the time the music starts until the last song fades away. I think I might make a "classics" house mix on New Year's Day, using some of the music that we played tonight. It was also good to see some of my old friends at the event, other talented DJ's such as Nick Nonsense, Sean Keating, and Jay Hamilton. And dozens of other friends.


Here are Track Listings for episode 093:

01. Zoo Brazil, "Slob" (Nick Curly Remix).
02. Wally Lopez, "House Of Mine" (Simone Vitullo Remix).
03. Stefano Noferini, "Koro Koro" (Original Mix).
04. MRI, "Dancer, Vaudeville" (Basti Pieper Remix).
05. Jay Storic, "Jupiter Landings" (Original Mix).
06. Aerodroemme, "Bells & Whistles" (James Harcourt Mainline Remix).
07. Filsonik, "Tamur" (Original Mix).
08. Pleasurekraft, "The Main Ingredient" (Original Mix).
09. Jay Lumen, "Night Glasses" (Original Mix).
10. Marco Lys, "Kaleido" (Original Mix).
11. Paco Buggin & Joy Marquez, "Konnection" (Original Mix).
12. Serhio Vegas, "Itaka" (Original Mix).




Here are links to either personal websites, MySpace pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above:



Zoo Brazil (Sweden)
Nick Curly (Germany)
Wally Lopez (Spain)
Simone Vitullo (Italy)
Stefano Noferini (Italy)
MRI (Trinidad & Tobago)
Basti Pieper (Germany)
Jay Storic (Britain)
Aerodroemme (Canada)
James Harcourt (Britain)
Filsonik (United States)
Pleasurekraft (United States)
Jay Lumen (Hungary)
Marco Lys (Italy)
Paco Buggin (Spain)
Joy Marquez (Mexico)
Serhio Vegas (Ukraine)



If you're a producer who is interested in submitting music for possible inclusion on future episodes of SHG, visit DJ Bolivia's SoundCloud dropbox. Please note that not all submitted mixes will be played on the show. If you have a track that fits the format (progressive and/or tech-house), then your chances of having the track featured will increase.

If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx







Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Night Party at Club 981

I played the annual Christmas night party at Club 981 in Neguac (near Miramichi) again the other night. What a party. I did this last year too. I would have expected that not a lot of people would come out to party on a Christmas night, but that was a mistaken assumption.

I've got a set list below, for anyone who was at the event and is trying to figure out some of the songs that I was playing. I assume that people would have known all the tracks from the last hour and a half, but maybe not some of the songs in the first half of the evening. I started out with a bit of rock & even a couple country songs, then moved into current pop music. However, when I started getting into dance music, everyone started requesting "classic" mainstream hits, so after the Lady Gaga track that I played, I gave up trying to play newer music and just went with songs that were a couple years old. As a DJ, it's good to play what the crowd wants to here.

For anyone in Halifax, I'll be playing a show with David Anthony on Thursday evening. This should be fun ... we used to DJ together pretty frequently about ten years ago, back in the days of vinyl, but we haven't played together in a decade. That show will not be mainstream/pop - look for a classic house set on Thursday evening.

Anyway, here's the set list from Christmas Eve:

Aerosmith, “St. John”
Blink 182, “All The Small Things”
Collective Soul, “Where The River Flows”
Don Henley, “Boys Of Summer”
Fishbone, “Ma & Pa”
George Thorogood, “Memphis Marie”
I Mother Earth, “One More Astronaut”
Johnny Cash, “Cocaine Blues”
Kid Rock, “Cowboy”
Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup”
We The Kings, “Say You Like Me”
Young The Giant, “Cough Syrup”
Demi Lovato, “All Night Long”
The Fray, “Heartbeat”
The Script, “Nothing”
Knux & Kid Cudi, “Run”
Kelly Rowland & Big Sean, “Lay It On Me”
Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Brunco Mars, “Young, Wild, and Free”
Chiddy Bang, “Ray Charles”
Colbie Caillat, “Brighter Than The Sun”
Hot Chelle Ray, “I Like It Like That”
Gym Class Heroes, “Stereo Heart”
Patrick Stump & Lupe Fiasco, “This City”
Nicki Minaj & Rihanna, “Fly”
Outasight, “Tonight Is The Night”
Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”
KDrew, “Body & Soul”
Cobra Starship, “Fool Like Me”
Lady Gaga, “Just Dance”
Pitbull & Chris Brown, “International Love”

Flo Rida, “Good Feeling” (Extended Mix)
David Guetta & Usher, “Without You” (Nicky Romero Remix)
LMFAO, “Sexy & I Know It” (Mord Fustang Remix)
Black Eyed Peas, “Just Can’t Get Enough” (Damon Paul Remix)
Alexandra Stan, “Mr. Saxobeat” (Extended Mix)
Milk & Sugar, “Hey Nah Nah” (Milk & Sugar Club Mix)
Biboulakis & Nina Zeitlin, “If Only Alarms Didn’t Ring” (David Jones Remix)
Maroon 5, “Moves Like Jagger” (Sex Ray Vision Remix)
Rihanna & Calvin Harris, “We Found Love” (Matt Nevin Extended Mix)
Ke$ha, “We R Who We R” (James Rendon Club Mix)
David Guetta, “Sexy Bitch”
LMFAO, “Shots” (Dirty Version)
Crookers & Kid Cudi, “Day & Night”
Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass” (Liam Keegan Explicit Extended)
Pink, “Raise Your Glass” (Jump Smokers Extension)
Rihanna, “S&M”
Taio Cruz, “Dynamite” (Mixin’ Marc Club Mix)
Rihanna, “Only Girl In The World” (Liam Keegan Remix)
Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away” (Liam Keegan Extended Remix)
Martin Solveig feat Kele, “Ready To Go” (Arno Cost Club Mix)
Tiesto & Diplo, “C’Mon” (Original)
David Guetta, “Who’s That Chick” (Martin Sauza Extended Edit)
Stromae, “Alors En Danse” (DJ’s From Mars Club Mix)
Yolanda Be Cool, “We No Speak Americano” (Jarleen Bootleg)
Milk & Sugar, “Hi Mi Pata Pata” (Milk & Sugar Club Mix)
Usher & Pitbull, “DJ’s Got Us Fallin’ In Love”
LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem”
David Guetta & FloRida, “Club Can’t Handle Me”
Avicii & Sebastien Drums, “My Feelings” (Original)
Enrique Iglesia & Pitbull, “I Like It” (Cahill Club Mix)
Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night” (Almighty Club Mix)
Coldplay, “Paradise” (Fedde Le Grand Remix)

Friday, December 23, 2011

SHG Radio Show, Episode 092

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to a distribution on other terrestrial radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes and numerous other sites. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on progressive and tech house, and a small amount of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (092) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.






Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




This week's show was created in Truro, Nova Scotia. This is the town where I grew up. Most of these tracks are relatively new, although the Ogi Gee Cash track is one that I started playing two or three years ago.


Here are Track Listings for episode 092:

01. Paolo Tamoni, "Mauerpark" (Original Mix).
02. Aeonism, "Quivver" (Original Mix).
03. Ogi Gee Cash & Synchronized, "The Hype" (Original Mix).
04. Afroganic & Mauro Mondello, "Bamboja" (Stefano Noferini Remix).
05. Stefano Noferini, "Makaly" (Original Mix).
06. Tish, "We're High" (DJ Madskillz Remix).
07. Mass Digital, "Do What You Like" (Original Mix).
08. Wally Lopez & MYNC feat Laura Woods, "No Pare La Musica" (Original Mix).
09. Jay Lumen, "Tabu" (Original Mix).
10. Jaydee, "Plastic Dreams 2011" (Koen Groeneveld Remix).
11. Jay Lumen, "As One" (Original Mix).
12. Serhio Vegas, "Dolce Cubana" (Original Mix).




Here are links to either personal websites, MySpace pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above:



Paolo Tamoni (Italy)
Aeonism (Ireland)
Ogi Gee Cash (Serbia)
Afroganic (United Kingdom)
Mauro Mondello (Germany)
Stefano Noferini (Italy)
Tish (Ukraine)
DJ Madskillz (United States)
Mass Digital (Serbia)
Wally Lopez (Spain)
MYNC (Britain)
Jay Lumen (Hungary)
Jaydee (Australia)
Koen Groeneveld (Netherlands)
Serhio Vegas (Ukraine)



If you're a producer who is interested in submitting music for possible inclusion on future episodes of SHG, visit DJ Bolivia's SoundCloud dropbox. Please note that not all submitted mixes will be played on the show. If you have a track that fits the format (progressive and/or tech-house), then your chances of having the track featured will increase.

If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx







Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Thursday, December 15, 2011

SHG Radio Show, Episode 091

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to a distribution on other terrestrial radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes and numerous other sites. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on progressive and tech house, and a small amount of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (091) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.






Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




Here are Track Listings for episode 091:

01. Pig & Dan, "Bumbaclat" (Original Mix).
02. Nicole Moudaber, "I'm A Gangsta" (Alli Borem Remix).
03. Oliver Klein, "What U Got" (Reset Robot Remix).
04. Ukka, "Baile" (Original Mix).
05. Marc Miroir, "Black Amber" (Mihai Popoviciu Remix).
06. David Herrero, "Have You Ever Waken" (Original Mix).
07. Carola Bianca, "Chunky Base" (DJ Chuggs Creative House Mix).
08. AMC, "Near 2 U" (Original Mix).
09. LeRon Yves Eaux & Luke Star, "Just Do It" (Afroboogie Remix).
10. Nosmo vs Kris B, "Long For You" (Original).
11. High Jinks, "Spiral Funk" (Original Mix).
12. Gruvkode, "Scully 1947" (Original Mix).




Here are links to either personal websites, MySpace pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above:



Pig & Dan (Spain)
Nicole Moudaber (United Kingdom)
Alli Borem (Italy)
Oliver Klein (Germany)
Reset Robot (Britain)
Ukka (Argentina)
Marc Miroir (Germany)
Mihai Popoviciu (Romania)
David Herrero (Spain)
DJ Chuggs (Britain)
LeRon Yves Eaux (Netherlands)
Luke Star (Norway)
Afroboogie (United Arab Emirates)



If you're a producer who is interested in submitting music for possible inclusion on future episodes of SHG, visit DJ Bolivia's SoundCloud dropbox. Please note that not all submitted mixes will be played on the show. If you have a track that fits the format (progressive and/or tech-house), then your chances of having the track featured will increase.

If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx







Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Thursday, December 8, 2011

SHG Radio Show, Episode 090

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to a distribution on other terrestrial radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes and numerous other sites. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on progressive and tech house, and a small amount of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (090) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.






Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




This week, I'd like to thank Oasis Radio from Osaka for adding Subterranean Homesick Grooves to their lineup. Click here to learn more about Oasis Radio.


Here are Track Listings for episode 090:

01. Basti Grub feat Mike Trend, "Mediante" (Original Mix).
02. Andreas Bergmann, "I Want To Buy A Dog" (Lauhaus Remix).
03. Matt Star, "Baboo" (Original Mix).
04. Beckers & DNox, "Castor" (Hermanez Remix).
05. ReUP, "Shindi" (Original Mix).
06. Fabrizio Maurizi, "Magic Mirror" (Original Mix).
07. Mendo & Yvan Genkins, "Witness" (Original Mix).
08. David Anthony, "Get Some" (Original Mix).
09. DSens, "Lobster And Gambas" (Original Mix).
10. Funky Badgers, "Funky Trump" (RPO Remix).
11. Subsky, "Placebo Effect" (Original Mix).
12. Nu Ritual, "The Ritual" (Al Camara Remix).




Here are links to either personal websites, MySpace pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above:



Basti Grub (Germany)
Andreas Bergmann (Netherlands)
Lauhaus (Netherlands)
Matt Star (Germany)
Beckers (Germany)
D-Nox (Germany)
ReUP (Italy)
Fabrizio Maurizi (Italy)
Yvan Genkins (Switzerland)
David Anthony (Canada)
DSens (France)
Subsky (Turkey)
RPO (Mexico)



If you're a producer who is interested in submitting music for possible inclusion on future episodes of SHG, visit DJ Bolivia's SoundCloud dropbox. Please note that not all submitted mixes will be played on the show. If you have a track that fits the format (progressive and/or tech-house), then your chances of having the track featured will increase.

If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx







Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Friday, December 2, 2011

SHG Radio Show, Episode 089

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to a distribution on other terrestrial radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes and numerous other sites. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on progressive and tech house, and a small amount of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (089) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.






Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





This week's show was put together in Chicago.


Here are Track Listings for episode 089:

01. Kaiserdisco, "Singa" (Original Mix).
02. Mario Reder, "TriTone" (Original Mix).
03. Nicolai Masur, "Dijeep" (Original Mix).
04. Magitman & Brisker, "Discodelic" (Alter Breed Remix).
05. Umek & Beltek, "Rasta Voice" (Original Club Mix).
06. Antix, "Circade" (Magitman Remix).
07. Dinu Pancov, "Patlajetz & Crastavele" (Original Mix).
08. Alex Costa, "Was Up" (Original Mix).
09. Todd Terry & Davide Benedetti, "You Can't Do This" (Original Mix).
10. Davids Wenster, "Caos" (Original Mix).
11. Diego Quintero & Onix, "Crisanta" (Diego Quintero Remix).
12. Ant Brooks, "Starlight" (Original Mix).
13. House Generation, "After Midnight" (Alejandro Montero Gimme Gimme Gimme Mix).




Here are links to either personal websites, MySpace pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above:



Kaiserdisco (Germany)
Mario Reder (Britain)
Nicolai Masur (Germany)
Magitman & Brisker (Israel)
Umek (Slovenia)
Beltek (Slovenia)
Antix (New Zealand)
Magitman (Israel)
Dinu Pancov (Moldova)
Alex Costa (Italy)
Todd Terry (United States)
Davide Benedetti (Italy)
Diego Quintero (France)
Onix (Colombia)
Ant Brooks (Britain)
Alejandro Montero (Argentina)



If you're a producer who is interested in submitting music for possible inclusion on future episodes of SHG, visit DJ Bolivia's SoundCloud dropbox. Please note that not all submitted mixes will be played on the show. If you have a track that fits the format (progressive and/or tech-house), then your chances of having the track featured will increase.

If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx







Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Friday, November 25, 2011

SHG Radio Show, Episode 088

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to a distribution on other terrestrial radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes and numerous other sites. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on progressive and tribal house, and a small amount of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (088) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.






Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




This week's show is being put together in Las Vegas, as I'm getting warmed up for a show featuring Gabriel & Dresden at the Palazzo.


Here are Track Listings for episode 088:

01. David Phillips, "LifeStyle."
02. Alex Costa, "Was Great" (Original Mix).
03. Mendo, Yvan Genkins, & Andre Butano, "Cuate" (Original Mix).
04. Alex Costa, "It's A Groove" (Original Mix).
05. FormatB, "Busted" (Original Mix).
06. Paco Buggin, "Trainer" (Aldrin & Akien Regrooved).
07. Deep Square, "Paradise" (Gitech Remix).
08. Pleasurekraft, "Satyr Song" (Original Mix).
09. 53 Hz, "Flamenco Loco" (Original Mix).
10. Ivan Devero & Jesus Soblechero, "Orden Indeciso" (Original Mix).
11. Robert Dietz, "Pandemic" (Original Mix).
12. Mario Ochoa, "The Rooster" (Original Mix).
13. Olivier Giacomotto, "Feed The Beats" (Original Mix).
14. Jon Rundell, "Knick Knack" (Original Mix).




Here are links to either personal websites, MySpace pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above:



David Phillips (Germany)
Alex Costa (Italy)
Yvan Genkins (Chile)
FormatB (Germany)
Paco Buggin (Spain)
Aldrin (Singapore)
Deep Square (Russia)
Gitech (Ukraine)
Pleasurekraft (United States)
53 Hz (Greece)
Ivan Devero (Spain)
Jesus Soblechero (Spain)
Robert Dietz (Germany)
Mario Ochoa (Canada)
Olivier Giacomotto (France)
Jon Rundell (Britain)



If you're a producer who is interested in submitting music for possible inclusion on future episodes of SHG, visit DJ Bolivia's SoundCloud dropbox. Please note that not all submitted mixes will be played on the show. If you have a track that fits the format (progressive and/or tech-house), then your chances of having the track featured will increase.

If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx







Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gabriel & Dresden

Yesterday was the birthday of one of my old roommates, and a former DJ at the club that I ran, so I ended up taking him out to a Gabriel & Dresden show in Las Vegas. It was at the Lavo club at the Palazzo. Nice place.




Gabriel & Dresden took a slight break from touring together in 2009/2010, but they've been pretty busy the last eight or ten months, with appearances in more than a dozen countries. I've seen six or seven of their shows in the past. I was even supposed to see them and do some filming at a show in New York that turned out to be their "last" show before their break, but I missed a flight connection by ten minutes due to snow in Canada, and lost that opportunity. That was one of my most disappointing moments in a long time.

Last night's show at Lavo was the best one that I've seen. They are definitely on their game these days. They've got a pretty versatile set-up - Josh works predominantly on Ableton Live (where he can create unique remixes on-the-fly), and Dave occasionally uses Ableton but is completely at home with CDJ's. The only thing that I thought was odd last night was that they shared the same pair of headphones. Dave usually had them on, but Josh occasionally borrowed them. I would think that they'd use a headphone splitter cord and each have a set of their own. Anyway, I saw the entire set (about three hours) and it was tight. I especially enjoyed the remix or layering of the Eleanor Rigby vocals in their set. The only regret about the show for me is that I didn't think to write down a set list, since I recognized just about every song they played.


G&D are so influential that two of their productions are in the top ten of the 2010 edition of the Trance Top 1000 tracks of all time ("As The Rush Comes" at position #3, and their remix of Above & Beyond's "No One On Earth"). They were also voted as America's best DJ's a couple of times. If you want to learn a bit more about the duo, check out this article on wikipedia, which also has a pretty impressive discography.

Here are YouTube videos for a few of their more well-known songs that have real videos (many of their other hits don't). You'll notice that Dave and Josh sometimes work with other vocalists under different names such as Motorcycle, Andain, etc.






















If you're interested in checking out some of their other music, look for classic tracks such as "Zocalo," "Arcadia," "Summer Calling," "Around You," and more. Or check out some of their many remixes of other artists' tracks, which you can find on their discography page on Discogs (or in the list below).

Also, Dave has a popular SoundCloud page that sometimes has G&D sets on it, such as this one:

Gabriel & Dresden Live at Nocturnal Wonderland 09-24-11 by Davedresden




If you get a chance to see them anywhere, I really recommend that you check out their show!


Partial List of Their Remixes:

2001 - New Order, "Someone Like You"
2001 - Way Out West, "Mindcircus"
2001 - Groove Armada, "Superstylin'"
2002 - 4 Strings, "(Take Me Away) Into The Night"
2002 - Medicine8, "Capital Rocka"
2002 - Balligomingo, "Purify"
2002 - Andain, "Summer Calling"
2002 - Paul Oakenfold, "Southern Sun"
2002 - Tiësto, "In My Memory"
2002 - Weekend Players, "I'll Be There"
2002 - Roger Goode, "In The Beginning..."
2002 - Ils, "Music"
2002 - Jewel, "Serve The Ego"
2002 - Beber & Tamra, "Travelling On"
2003 - Annie Lennox, "A Thousand Beautiful Things"
2003 - Lili Haydn, "Anything"
2003 - Motorcycle, "As the Rush Comes"
2003 - Nalin & Kane, "Beachball"
2003 - Andain, "Beautiful Things"
2003 - Three Drives, "Carrera 2"
2003 - Sarah McLachlan, "Fallen"
2003 - G&D vs. Coldplay, "Clocks"
2003 - G&D vs. Depeche Mode, "Here Is The House"
2003 - Dave Gahan, "I Need You"
2003 - Deborah Cox, "Play Your Part"
2003 - Evanescence, "Hello"
2003 - Jewel, "Intuition"
2003 - Britney Spears feat Madonna, "Me Against The Music"
2003 - Duncan Sheik, "On A High"
2003 - Annie Lennox, "Pavement Cracks"
2003 - Grayarea, "One For The Road"
2004 - Above & Beyond, "No One On Earth"
2004 - Nelly Furtado, "Try"
2004 - Kristine W, "Save My Soul"
2004 - The Engine Room, "A Perfect Lie"
2004 - Dido, "Don't Leave Home"
2005 - Rachael Starr, "Till There Was You"
2005 - Perasma, "Swing 2 Harmony"
2005 - Motorcycle, "Around You"
2005 - Özgür Can, "Changed"
2005 - Nicol Sponberg, "Resurrection"
2006 - Gustavo Santaolalla, "The Wings"
2006 - Robbie Rivera, "Float Away"
2006 - Markus Schulz & Departure with G&D, "Without You Near"
2007 - D. Ramirez & Mark Knight, "Colombian Soul"
2007 - Monochrome, "Pearl"
2007 - 68 Beats, "Replay The Night"
2007 - The Killers, "Read My Mind"
2007 - Shiny Toy Guns, "You Are The One"
2008 - Faithless, "A Kind of Peace"
2011 - Enrique Iglesias, "Tonight I'm Loving You" (D&J)
2011 - Andain, "Promises"

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Upbeat Workout Music, Mix #07

I didn't really expect to be putting another Workout Music mix together this quickly after the last one, but I woke up early this morning and I was looking at some of the music charts, and I just felt like I was in the mood to make this mix. A few of the songs are the left-overs from the summer, tracks which I didn't use on Mix #06, but most of these are pretty well-known now, or just coming up the charts.

The mix is a continuous music mix which is an hour long, and anyone can download it (the link is near the bottom of this post). This mix is for demo purposes only, and commercial resale or redistribution is not permitted.


Here are Track Listings for Workout Mix #07:

01. Dev, "In The Dark" (Matt Nevin Extended Mix).
02. Inna, "Sun Is Up" (Play & Win Radio Mix).
03. Sylvia Tosun vs David Vendetta, "World Keeps Turning" (David Vendetta Remix).
04. Cobra Starship feat Sabi, "You Make Me Feel" (Disco Fries Extended Mix).
05. Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (Matt Nevin Extended Mix).
06. Coldplay, "Paradise" (Fedde Le Grand Remix).
07. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass" (Liam Keegan Explicit Extended Mix).
08. Flo Rida, "Good Feeling" (Albert Tee Remix).
09. September, "Me And My Microphone."
10. Wynter Gordon, "Til Death" (Original Mix).
11. Katy Perry, "The One That Got Away" (Liam Keegan Extended Mix).
12. Rihanna, "Cheers" (It's The DJ Kue Vocal Mix).
13. LMFAO, "Sexy And I Know It" (Mord Fustang Remix).
14. Pitbull feat NeYo, Afrojack & Nayer, "Give Me Everything."
15. Grace, "When The Lights Go Down" (Wideboys Full Club Remix).
16. David Guetta feat Usher, "Without You" (Nicky Romero Remix).
17. Bruno Mars, "Just The Way You Are" (Manufactured Superstars & J Quintal Remix).


Note: If you're trying to track down remixes listed above and they sound different than what you're hearing in this mix, it's because I do a lot of specific editing of my own to each track before I put the mix together, and there is a lot of extra percussion added.








To download any of the previous mixes in the Workout Music series, go to:
   http://www.djbolivia.ca/workout.html


I've got lots of other upbeat electronica mixes available on my DJ website, on the Mix Downloads page. Admittedly, there aren't too many mixes there [yet] that are exclusively club dance tracks, but there are a lot of house/trance mixes that I find to be pretty good to listen to when I'm going running. Or driving. Or doing any sort of mindless task where I just want some energetic beats to listen to. Most of them are about an hour long, to fit onto a standard CD. Check them out, maybe you'd enjoy some of them?

Finally, if you like this mix, please post this link on your Facebook walls, or to Twitter! If you're a member of any sort of workout or fitness website or message board, feel free to post a link to this post there.


This mix can be downloaded as part of an archive of all 12 of DJ Bolivia's older workout mixes, from the following Google Drive link:


The mixes (produced between 2010 and 2014) are compressed as a RAR archive, which can be opened natively in Windows.  If you're using a Mac, you can use a free utility to open the RAR (popular examples are "The Unarchiver" and the "UnRarX" app).  The password to open the archive is simply 'bolivia' and the size of the download is 1.6 gigabytes.  If you have problems downloading this archive from the above Google Drive link, you can email DJ Bolivia at djbolivia@gmail.com for an alternate download link.

Additional information about finding any of DJ Bolivia's older mixes can be found at this link:


Thanks for your interest in these old historical mixes!







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Friday, November 18, 2011

SHG Radio Show, Episode 087

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to a distribution on other terrestrial radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes and numerous other sites. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on progressive and tribal house, and a small amount of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (087) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.






Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




This week's show comes to you from Vancouver, British Columbia. I've really been spending a lot of time driving all over British Columbia over the past few months, which has been a great opportunity to take a lot of great photos. But now I'm down doing some studio work in the city, and I need to really focus on some music projects in the next few months.


Here are Track Listings for episode 087:

01. Juan Deminicis, "Rainbows" (Kevin Di Serna Remix).
02. Fisio Feelkhenson, "Physalis" (Original Mix).
03. Deep Active Sound, "Underwater" (Original Mix).
04. Marcelo Vak, "Sonar" (Original Mix).
05. Wally Lopez, "What Are You Doing" (Stefano Noferini Remix).
06. Doomwork, "Cowabunga" (Original Mix).
07. Danny Serrano & Gonzalo, "Wasabi" (Original Mix).
08. Malibu Breeze, "Gruv" (Mike Newman Remix).
09. FormatB, "Oversexed" (Original Mix).
10. Vogelmann, "Angelic" (Karim Haas Remix).
11. Oliver Darkness, "Crazy Robots" (Original Mix).
12. Morttagua, "Chikara" (Original Mix).
13. Manolo Ribera & Jose Ribera, "Fast Line" (Original Mix).
14. Digital Blond, "Just Believe" (Deejayz On Fyre Remix).




Here are links to either personal websites, MySpace pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above:



Juan Deminicis (Argentina)
Kevin Di Serna (Argentina)
Fisio Feelkhenson (France)
Deep Active Sound (Russia)
Marcelo Vak (Chile)
Wally Lopez (Spain)
Stefano Noferini (Italy)
Doomwork (Italy)
Danny Serrano (Spain)
Malibu Breeze (Hungary)
Mike Newman (Hungary)
Vogelmann (Germany)
Karim Haas (Spain)
Morttagua (Brazil)
Manolo Ribera (Serbia)
Jose Ribera (Serbia)
Digital Blond (Mexico)
Deejayz On Fyre (Britain)



If you're a producer who is interested in submitting music for possible inclusion on future episodes of SHG, visit DJ Bolivia's SoundCloud dropbox. Please note that not all submitted mixes will be played on the show. If you have a track that fits the format (progressive and/or tech-house), then your chances of having the track featured will increase.

If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx







Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

"The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" is one of Canada's most well-known folk songs of the past few decades, written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot. It was written about a cargo ship that sunk in Lake Superior on November 10th of 1975. I'm sitting here waiting for the local forestry office to open, and I was reminded of the song a few times this week, so I thought I'd write a little bit about it.

The Edmund Fitzgerald was often referred to as "Big Fitz." It was an ore carrier that sailed on Lake Superior for seventeen years before it sank, and set haul records for six of those seventeen years. Due to its size, it was also sometimes referred to as the "Titanic of the Great Lakes." How fitting.

Grant Williams, a financial analyst, wrote about the ship a few weeks ago in one of his newsletters. Here's what he had to say:

Big Fitz ... was the Great Lakes freighter that carried taconite from Duluth to the iron works in the then-thriving Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.

When she was launched in 1958, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest boat on the Great Lakes. 729 feet long with a 75ft beam and a 25 foot draft, she could carry 26,000 DWT in her 33' 4”deep hold. Powered by a Coal fired Westinghouse Electric Corporation steam turbine 2 cylinder, she had a top speed of 14 knots and carried a crew of 29.

On November 9, 1975, Big Fitz was loaded with 26,116 tons of taconite iron ore pellets in Superior, Wisconsin and embarked on what would tragically turn out to be her final voyage - a routine crossing of Lake Superior, bound for a steel mill in Detroit, Michigan.

The next day, November 10th, Big Fitz found herself caught in the midst of a massive winter storm, with 35 ft waves and hurricane force winds. Captain Ernest McSorely, a 44-year veteran, made contact with the Avafor, a nearby ship, and reported that he had encountered “one of the worst seas he had ever been in”.

A couple of hours later, with Big Fitz roughly 17 miles from the relative safety of Whitefish Bay at the northeastern tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, another ship made contact and was told that the Titanic of The Great Lakes was holding her own. Then something strange happened ... the Fitzgerald disappeared from radar screens.
(Incidentally, Grant was comparing the Euro to the Edmund Fitzgerald).


Let's listen to the song:




Many Canadians know a lot of the lines to the song by heart. Let's look at a few of them. As with most folk tales, some are rooted in fact and some use a bit of artistic license:

With a load of iron ore, twenty-six thousand tons more than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.
This seems to be pretty accurate, if the other comment about carrying 26,116 tons of pellets is true.

When suppertime came the old cook came on deck and said fellas it's too rough to feed ya.
Well, since there was no communication with the ship in this kind of detail, who knows what the old cook said. And incidentally, it was a "new cook" - the regular cook was sick and missed the voyage.

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms, when they left fully loaded for Cleveland.
Not quite accurate; they were headed for Detroit at the time.

The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay, if they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.
The ship sank only seventeen miles away from the safety of Whitefish Bay.

The captain wired in he had water comin' in, and the good ship and crew was in peril.
Actually, there was no indication that there was any trouble until the ship disappeared off the radar screens.


Another reason why I was thinking about this song recently is because we were studying it in one of my music production classes at Berklee this week. The key is interesting, because it's written in B Dorian rather than A Major. Dorian keys are minor keys which sound moody and gloomy. Basically, for Dorian, you drop the third and seventh degrees of the scale by a half-tone each, so it's like a B Major but with a D natural and an A natural. It's hard to hold the intent of the key in a Dorian, so you have to use the tonic frequently (the B chord at the beginning and end of each verse), to counter the tendency to resolve to A major.

That's all for today, I'm running out of time and I've got to run because BCTS is about to open. You can learn more trivia about the song in this wikapedia article, if you're interested.