#SiMH – The Planet Smashers

Remember ska? Of course you do. You heard it in the playlist on Friday. In the course of making that list, I found myself loving those tracks. A lot. So much, I’ve had The Planet Smashers’ “Surfin’ in Tofino” stuck in my head (#SiMH.) Ironic, since that track didn’t make the playlist.

But that got me thinking. Have I ever even heard another Planet Smashers track? I couldn’t think of one. That drove me to Spotify where I listened to the whole of Life of the Party, the album from which “Tofino” originates.

What I found was a guaranteed dance party. Is there another genre of music more assured to get you tapping your toes, chair dancing, or even up on your feet, busting a move? If there is, please tell me about it.

Between the brass and the organ, The Planet Smashers never sound like they’re taking themselves too seriously. Some of their tracks even sound like they ought to be an Arrogant Worms-like joke (“Super Orgy Porno Party?”) Yet they never comes off that way. They are always upbeat and completely danceable, with perhaps the exception of “No Matter What You Say,” which mellows things out nicely for a break after nearly a dozen tracks of head-bobbing beats. It’s also the longest track on the album, topping in a just over four minutes. With the exception of two others, nothing else tops the three-minute mark, making the 15-track album just fly by.

Things then get more ominous after “No Matter” as a musical fight breaks out on Kung Fu Master, but things settled down to that same toe-tapping sound I was accustomed to for the final two tracks.

I could see why ska isn’t exactly a favoured sound for some people: the beats could be considered irritating to some and it may just sound like a joke to others. I find that almost frivolous aspect of the attitude refreshing, especially with all the turmoil we’re living with these days. Life of the Party helped me to disconnect and enjoy just being for a while.

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188 thoughts on “#SiMH – The Planet Smashers

  1. Edmonton gets a Fark headline (let’s see if this works):
    Mum told she cannot breastfeed infant in store. Which is called “Mothercare”. During National Breastfeeding Week

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  2. I am spending the night of September 5th in London to catch up with our Belgian cousin UrsaMinor. Still no idea what we will be doing that night, but we (mostly me) are thinking of visiting the location of the CBC London Bureau and then going the the BBC’s New Broadcasting House a few streets away.

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  3. “Ahoy” is, I read somewhere many years ago, or heard on the radio, what Alexander Graham Bell thought people should say after picking up the telephone receiver.

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  4. Good morning.

    Surprised to see a killdeer in our backyard this morning. Apparently the second sighting. I’m hoping it hasn’t nested back there… Going to have to keep our eyes open for little eggies; make sure we don’t step on any of them

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  5. Ahoy/good morning/haloooooo…
    Happy weekend kids? Mine was busy & had moments of mortification but all for the higher good.
    On we go.

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  6. Good morning, R3 remnants! Summer camping trip in the famed Shaggin’ Wagon is over. Had another great time with my best friend of 45 years! And the Shaggin’ Wagon is 18 miles away from “rolling them over” to “00000”!

    What’s been happening here?

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  7. TooL, no, not at all. They’ve got you convinced they’re the innocent party, but they’re such liars and dissemblers. Fron the Wiki:

    “(…) These birds will frequently use a distraction display (“broken-wing act”) to distract predators from their nests. This involves the bird walking away from its nesting area holding its wing in a position that simulates an injury and then flapping around on the ground emitting a distress call. The predators then think they have easy prey and are attracted to this seemingly injured bird and away from the nest. If the parent sees that a potential predator is not following them, they will move closer and get louder until they get the attention of the predator. This is repeated until the predator is far from the nest, and the killdeer suddenly “heals” and flies away.[15][17]”

    See? not even decent prey. Tricksters! Deer killers!

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  8. Just going to leave this here…

    “They are shorts for men. They are not exactly workout shorts, but they are not not workout shorts. VylyV, the company behind the shorts, really thinks highly of the shorts. The shorts can (with the massive caveat that they probably cannot ) raise the angle of your erection, improve your sex drive and sexual stamina, and, eventually, allow you to have multiple orgasms. The shorts are also an allegory for modern existence, and they are being crowdfunded.”

    (http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/7/11/12148192/smart-shorts-vylyv-pelvic-floor-exercises)

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  9. @zammyLungs I didn’t get a chance to return to the blog to comment on Friday, Laurita had some awesome suggestions as last comment for songs of summer. I second (or perhaps fourth) Lodestar by Sarah Harmer. Oh that song!
    The Littlest gets obsessed with songs & so for the past few years she has been the one who dictates it. It’s not always one I’m happy to hear a gajillion times but this year it’s Paris by Scenic Route to Alaska. I think @reg would approve:)
    (SO MUCH FUN to sing along to en route to the beach with the windows down!)

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  10. I’m sorry to whine but…
    I wanna go to Riverfesttttttt wahhhhh
    Wet Secrets, Hey Rosetta, Radio Radio, Reuben & the Dark, Wintersleep. RAA, Yukon Blonde, Highs….
    arghhh it hurts…
    Any leads on free/cheap music fests/shows in Ontario this summer would be greatly appreciated!

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  11. I have to pull it together & head off to Papineau beach with Ru.
    Happy day lovelies!

    (cue first chords of Paris to fade out as we drive away…)

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  12. I’ve got my ticket, even though (Ottawa’s) Cityfolk’s got a great lineup, that day. But the two locales don’t compare. Was a Sandbanks last year. Rained (bucket-showers), was sunny, windy, just great.

    Walks on the fine sand beach 5 minutes away.

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  13. Oh, one last thing about that Sandbanks festival: it ends at sundown, roughly — 8:30 in theory, though it went on a little longer last year.

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  14. Thanks @BfO! I was supersad to miss Sarah Harmer last year. Sloan sweetens the deal considerably! Will consider:)
    Hiya @JG! Doing well. Procrastinating… all well with you?

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  15. Re oxy, that’s the kind of area where companies (read: people) usually get away with such things, because of limited responsability, “you can’t prove it”, you can’t send a company to jail, etc.

    When the amoral side of capitalism becomes straight immoral. Not pretty.

    (Same morals as a conman’s vs marks, I suppose.)

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  16. I just went onto the R3 page, reflexively; got there ,and asked myself “why?”. (I was playing Moon King from my own collection.) Then I had a look at this week’s top 30. And then I reread that disclaimer: “Please note: We no longer have playlist functionality.”

    Still shaking my head. Why indeed go onto the stR3am page?

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  17. @BfO…. I have switched to the KEXP stream for my daily listening. There are some Canadian artist in it, but planetwide for where the music is sourced from.

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  18. mornin’ peeps
    its monday and i am cranky because i injured myself at work yesterday but i don’t get paid for the day from WCB or my employer.
    please insert music here to lift my spirits …

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  19. @justingrady more things/people are lining up for a trip your way next year for us. would you consider a ski trip this way this winter?

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  20. I’ll still occasionally put on R3, but really, who cares? There is no soul, no programming.

    There isn’t an R3 anyway. The only sting says “You’re listening to CBC Music”.

    R3quiescat in pace

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  21. @funhog #1804 you will what? come here to ski this winter! if that is correct then WHOOOT! Just don’t come between Nov 10-20 because I won’t be here. Deal?

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  22. You injured yourself at work and your employer wants to cheap you about a few paid days off?

    Were there any workplace safety issues involved?, he asked, whistling innocently…

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  23. @b from o #1809 I am part time so no sick pay and WCB does not cover the day of injury only subsequent days missed according to provincial laws they told me. If only I was the type to milk i would stay at home today …

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  24. @b from o #1815 i am contemplating the construction zone exhaust fumes from the day before and there residual effects.

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  25. Out to buy a few groceries. Because later will be worse (hotter, people, horrid traffic).

    Dietary note: this summer, I’m living on homous, pita and tabouleh.

    Could do worse.

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  26. @loweeda – haha.
    @benoit – a pineapple. always a pineapple. no idea why, someone told me it was fool proof years ago and I’ve stuck with it. Although to be fair I haven’t attended a pot luck in 1/2 a decade.

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  27. Hey Benoit. Go back to my earlier post this morning at 7:16 our time, and I said I was back from a great camping trip with my best friend. And I checked the odometer of the famed Shaggin’ Wagon this morning and it reads 99987, so it’s 13 miles from rolling them over. And the 38 year old motor home ran flawlessly! But I came home to Peggy telling me that the air conditioning in the house went out. Bummer.

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  28. @morgana… ohh! Ski trip you say??!! When and where? Whistler/Blackcomb… or do you mean down in Washington or Oregon?

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  29. @Lee – I’m glad you still do the camping trip with your friend every year. Sounds like a nice tradition. That Shaggin’ Wagon is the best. I’m sure you can attribute it’s longevity to the regular maintenance you provide. Glad to hear it ran flawlessly.

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  30. LV: ya, that’s about how much response library jokes deserve. Especially mine.

    PS. to whom it may concern: I am listening to The Avalanches. They are cool. I love any kind of mashup pop/electronica stuff (Girl Talk, Public Service Broadcasting, and..wait for it…The Books). I think it must be challenging to create that stuff, but I’m glad people do.

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  31. Old Abe – The Shaggin’ Wagon’s longevity is no doubt helped by my annual maintenance, and the fact that it doesn’t get used all that much. Plus, I have it under a fabric cover when at the storage lot, and if anything, that’s helped the “RV” part of it from leaks, blazing sunshine, rain, everything else. But it has only gone into the shop twice in the last 20 years, once for a carburetor rebuild and once for a/c rebuild. If you should ever own a trailer or motor home, you’d better be a handyman/handywoman!

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  32. I always think Provincial Archives and Library Voices should tour together and google tells me you did in 2011. I probably knew it at the time and love that it happened.

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  33. right, Darbar? That’s one thing I really enjoy about Spotify (although sometimes I wish it would challenge me a bit more. It thinks it has me pegged a certain way and maybe I don’t always want to be pegged that way*)

    *hi-o

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  34. @Lee – Hi. I am glad you had another successful trip. Are you not afraid it will blow up when it rolls over to 00000? I would be.

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  35. @loweeda – I have found that as well. I try to add more diversity to my algorithm to counter that but it is going to take some more work.

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  36. Darb, after this many years, I trust the RV! Besides, my minivan has 209,000 miles on it and it runs great too!

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  37. I did this zipline last month and I thought it would be super-scary but it was actually really fun.

    fresh ginger: well, it was coming* out anyway, so I thought I might as well just hi-o it myself.

    *hi-o again, I guess.

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  38. @Lee – I was only kidding. I don’t really think it will blow up just because odometer rolls over. :p Good for you for taking care of it. I still think my vehicle will blow up when it hits 300,000 km soon though.

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  39. @funhog #1835 living up to your old handle were you?!
    the hog instead of hug bit that i can’t update myself to type.

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  40. @morgana – Is it you that is cbcradio3 on spotify? If so, are you enjoying The Dead South? I love those boys.

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  41. @darbar yup, that is me! i am having fun listening to the banjo and reminiscing “banjo o’clock”
    they are playing here next week ….

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  42. i have located a fist sized plastic bag and an elastic band … i am going to attempt a shower now …
    see #1800

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  43. @morgana – They are fun live. Banjo, mandolin, guitar, cello that he uses a strap for mobility, beards, hats, suspenders, opening beer cans is part of one song. Enjoy!

    I haven’t read what happened yet but good luck in the shower.

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  44. shower mission accomplished. no hair wash or do passible so a baseball hat will need to be worn to work. i am not quite sure how i am going to get my eye brows drawn on yet … vanity i know but really it is a must as they never grew back after chemo and radiation.

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  45. @darbar the cave singers are playing the same week … next week. i don’t think either will happened unfortunately. things were tight already and i lost a full days pay yesterday. it does sound super fun though. thanks for the “review”.

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  46. um @darbar is this song about sleeping with your cousin? sounds like they are singing about who gets to have an orgasm first … i am not making this stuff up people!

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  47. @morgana – I remember there being some explanation about that song. I will see if I can find it.

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  48. “ATTENTION EVERYONE: We would just like to clear the air over some recent online discussion concerning our song, “Banjo Odyssey”. There have been a number of people concerned that the song is about rape, and that the song condones non-consensual sex. We would like to take a moment to explain the song to anyone who has been hurt or offended.

    The song is written as a narrative. It is a story about two cousins who engage in a relationship, and are trying to escape their family, who is not O.K. with the relationship. The lyrics were meant as a satirical, tongue-in-cheek reference to our own genre; playing on the inbred-hillbilly stereotype often brought to mind when one thinks of bluegrass music.

    We sincerely apologize to anyone who has been hurt or offended by these lyrics, as the last thing we would want to do is offend anyone. We make music because we love to, and as anyone who has seen our live show knows, we try not to take ourselves too seriously; we like to laugh, dance, and have fun and the song was written in jest.

    Obviously, we do not condone rape or violence, and “Banjo Odyssey” (like many of our songs) is written as a story, and not as something to be taken literally.

    Nate, Colton, Scott, and Danny”

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  49. @darbar ah, makes a little more sense now. how long ago was that?
    i am sure they received a fair bit of un calculated publicity around that. but as the saying goes, any publicity is good publicity.

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  50. @morgana and @FunHug…. yeaahh! R3 winter ski trip! Let me know the dates y’all are thinking. Nelson really is not that far a drive from me, straight north of Spokane. Who all do you think would be going?

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  51. Benoit: I love Frontier Psychiatrist! And the Avalanches have a new album, apparently, although it doesn’t appear to be available on Spotify yet, at least not in Canada.

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  52. @justingrady #1865 @fuhhog said he will be coming but no dates discussed yet. anyone who wants to come for some snow is welcome! @funhog and his wife board, my husband and daughter ski and my dog and i snow shoe … and there is cross country gear in the basement that should be dusted off. multiple days of options! we may also need to see who is playing music in town!!

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  53. @darbar #1866 i would have to listen again but my first impression was not that they were singing about non consensual sex.

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  54. @garfielduk it is frustrating. i am not very good at not doing stuff and this is slowing me down … again. i am trying to teach myself to touch type using my left thumb for the space bar. just that one change throws off my keyboarding significantly.

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  55. Garf: thanks for that link, but it won’t play in Canada (only Subways, Colours, and Frankie Sinatra are available here so far)

    I’ve never downhill skied. I’d probably die and/or break something.

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  56. @loweeda – Never ever downhill skied? You are an athlete, I am sure you would have no problem. It is great fun!

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  57. I want to go to Nelson again!

    I Don’t think I could ever learn to touch type, I never got the hang of the home row thing so I tend to use the nearest finger and my right hand does most of the work

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  58. @garfielduk well you make it work for you so that is good enough right?!
    I first learned home row style and i am thankful for that … usually.

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  59. @morgana… I downhill (I’m good), cross country (novice), snowboard (really novice), telemark (decent), and snowshoe. I really want to learn to skate ski though, I hear it kicks one’s ass.

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  60. @justingrady a good friend of ours skate skis … i think he does that too anyway. he goes on these crazy all day road bike races too. i know for sure he does distance cross country. anyway, i’ll make sure you get to meet him if you remind me.

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  61. nice to see prairie peeps don’t know how to downhill ski… same reason lots of coastal folks are not good at skating.

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  62. morgana: I live on the Prairies, but I am not really an athlete, despite what Darbar wants you to believe. I have cross-country skied, though.

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  63. @fresh @justingrady there is a local lake as well as outdoor and indoor arena’s for skating if we want to do the too.
    don’t forget the apre sport soak in the hot springs!

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  64. @morgana – It is times like this that you find out just how much you use something like a thumb.

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  65. Oh yeah… I’m (get my ass off the ice) good at ice skating…. ok, maybe a bit better than that. I had a set of CCM hockey skates when I lived in Montana.

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  66. @morgana – You are making me want to visit too. New Leaf has flights from Regina to Kelowna for cheap. Then it is just a 4 hour drive to Nelson? Hmm.

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  67. g’day everyone! Sorry for being so late on this.. with some consideration about my idea for a draw for R3 Bucky pins I think I am going to go with good ol’ electronic mail. There are other ways but I think this will work. There are four bucky pins. So… RULES, 1) email me with “bucky contest” in the subject line. If you don’t your email may not get through. 2) Since the pins are from around 2005 let me know in the body your favorite (hopefully Canadian band) in 2005. I will be awarding points that are made up and don’t matter. You could also put your mailing address to make it easy for when you win, but I can always contact you. 3) Live in Canada; or be willing to pay extra shipping to wherever you live. Sorry, I am not a rich man. 4) Email me by the end of July 31st. 5) Please don’t send me more than one email. You will be penalized. One entry per person and you can’t win more than one. Let everyone get a chance 😀

    5) I am doing this on the fly.. rules may change and all that other lawyer stuff.

    Click the link to enter! Or just email me. ❤ good luck

    Enter Contest

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  68. Ahh ha! I assumed here because you commented with your name. I am not sure but I will take a look.

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  69. @funhug – I have a lot of playlists on there! I have to finish moving my R3 ones and then amalgamate some of them. Eventually.

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  70. I submitted a ticket to Spotify’s support email and got a form letter response telling me a solution surely exists somewhere else…
    Thing is, I’m only emailing them because the post I saw about it on the Community Hub (the first of their suggestions) told me that was pretty much the only option.

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  71. And then the next Planet Smashers song is about a woman not be good looking enough anymore? Oy vey.

    I am going back to not listening to lyrics.

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  72. @darbar #1894 well that would be just amazing if you came too!!!
    @funhog do you have a time you are thinking would work for your family yet?
    @ justingrady is your schedule pretty flexible?

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  73. That’s what I think, Dar.
    Unfortunately, at some point I used my other email address to make an account. I don’t remember doing it, but it’s already attached. *sigh*

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  74. I had to quit Planet Smashers at Whining for now. I can’t take the whole album at once it seems.

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  75. @morgana… My schedule is pretty flexible, but would help to have a date range I could rumble around in my brain.

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  76. @justingrady #1921 well i will be here so let’s see what @funhog has to say and take it from there.

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  77. I should switch to some NQ Arbuckle for a bit. He is here tonight with Marshall and Joel and Jeff from Rah Rah in the opening act.

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  78. oooh, big rumbles coming from the sky. i went and found ski dog trembling in a corner of the yard. time to make sure everything is prepared for the power to go out …

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  79. Thunder still always reminds me of my Sara and I look for her under my desk when I hear it but she isn’t there. 😦

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  80. Back from a busy afternoon of swimming & errands.
    @Morgana I hope your hand heals quickly!
    @sitrucj oh it’s you who is the generous Bucky pin offerer! Yay! Thanks!:)

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  81. Wow. I remember when I was first hearing Crystal Castles on R3. Now their new track and album announcement are a trending topic on Facebook. When did they get so big?

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  82. oh wow oh hey guyssss
    Hey Rosetta! is playing FOR FREE in Peterborough by the river on Wed night!!!
    Cross your fingers for me that I can get babysitting for The Littlest & take Mr Lucky & GO!!!

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