Operation Manatee #10: So… That Means It’s Now Summer, Right?

Chris pines for summer and the music that tends to accompany it while Cory whips out some cook new tracks.

Is it summer yet?
Is it summer yet?

Like everyone else in the Regina area, I lept towards the barbecue at the first sign of warmth (-15 counts as warm, you know) this season. Now that it’s more or less perpetually warm enough to be standing out by the grill, and one decent explosion and new barbecue purchase later, I’ve been spending a lot of time by the grill – homemade margarita or whatever in-hand. I don’t know about you, but barbecuing just begs for music. Personally, I (Chris) will barbecue to anything from reggae or afrobeat to dubstep or hip hop, but I think most people in our neck of the woods would generally agree that barbecuing is best done with a little bit of heavy rock nearby. Something about meat and distorted guitars. I don’t know. It’s just great.

Even though we’re not on the air until 11:00 PM, don’t let that disuade you from firing up that grill and turning on some tunes. Time of day has little bearing on delicious grilled food or when you choose to listen to your favourite program on CJTR. Warm up that grill at 10:45 and start cooking with Operation Manatee from 11:00 to midnight.

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NO No Doubt… Bad!

Last night, I saw a tweet across my Twitter feed from the wonderful Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) that read;

No Doubt are back in the studio working on their next album. They plan to postpone some of their 2013 touring so they can record new tunes.

Firstly, if you have Twitter and you’re a music fan that ISN’T following Eric you need to give your head a quick shake. Then find the follow button. That man is genius and posts a ton of useful industry related news, high in Canadian content as well.

But for the crux of my post: I saw this tweet and the first thing that I immediately thought of is “Wow, that’s pretty cool. There will be new No Doubt later this year.” I turned off my phone and rolled back over in my bed. But as I’m prone to do while trying to fall asleep I began to over-think this tweet and it began to bum me out. Postponing their tour to record new music ultimately pushes out content, which drives up revenue. AND it’s probably easier to control your recording times than to spend time on the road, interacting with your fans and spreading your message and music.

The last thought I had made me sad… essentially, I feel that No Doubt is going back to squirrel away in a recording studio because it’s easier and more profitable to record new music instead of being with your fans. And new music is awesome, but postponing a tour to do this feels selfish.

Operation Manatee: Fill-In Show #2, Featuring Skavenjah!

Skavenjah
Skavenjah
Cory and Chris are filling in at your very own Regina Community Radio once again. Be sure to tune in TODAY (Sunday) from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM for some great music, including a spotlight on local ska legends Skavenjah!
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