Category Archives: General

Long Days, Hot Ways

Heat wave vibes on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour.

On the radio station 101.7fm Wednesday at 8am

  • Pokey LaFarge – Going to the Country
  • The Raincoats, Lola
  • The Bats, Made Up In Blue
  • Podington Bear, Lip Gloss
  • Greg Phillinganes, Lazy Nina
  • Tanto Faz feat. Tamy (Quantic Remix), Maga Bo
  • Labi Siffre, I Got The
  • Kamasi Washington, Clair de Lune
  • R. Stevie Moore, Another No Answer
  • Dungen, Alberto Balsam
  • Bibio, St. Thomas

Juicy Berries

This week on The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, an hour of tasty musical morsels to gorge on. But don’t get your podcast app all sticky!

Here is the file

  • Benny Sings / Mac DeMarco, Rolled Up
  • Daft Punk, Something About Us
  • Mk.gee, You
  • Teebs, While You Doooo
  • Whitney, Red Moon
  • The Alchemist, Arrival
  • Doomstarks / MF DOOM / Ghostface Killah, Victory Laps – Instro
  • CZARFACE/ MF DOOM, Bomb Thrown – Instro
  • People Under the Stairs, The Love
  • Chali 2na, Comin’Thru
  • MF DOOM, Coffin Nails
  • Eric B. & Rakim, Keep the Beat
  • Abstract Orchestra, Accordion
  • Madlib, Stepping Into Tomorrow
  • Aesop Rock, Long Legged Larry
  • Noga Erez, End of the Road

New Job

Did I just spend 2 years planning a small business, execute it with precision strategy, and then completely forget to BLOG about its launch 7 weeks ago?? OK. I did. Who blogs anymore with Tik Tok around?

It’s called Smokelore Botanicals. Here’s the website

It’s a line of flavour-forward herbal cigarettes grown and assembled by me. No tobacco, no nicotine, no cannabis. Only delicious tasting herbs I’ve grown, and all packaged in the cutest boxes. They’re sold in packs of ten through my website and in 3 retail locations on Vancouver Island. So far the interest has been pretty steady with orders coming in and shipments going out every day. Who knew I would love being a cigarette farmer?

There are even flower seeds implanted in the filters! When you’re done smoking it, just discard or plant it in a sunny spot that gets water! Here’s a slideshow showing more about the products:

@ashtaravaganza

All products have been ✨restocked✨at www.smokelorebotanicals.com ##herbalcigarette ##notobacco ##nonicotine ##nowackytobaccy ##herbalsmoke ##homegrown

♬ Thou Swell – Dorothy Ashby

The following video was viewed ~30k times on Tik Tok !!

@ashtaravaganza

#smallbusiness #herbalcigarette #herbal #herbs #herbalsmoke #smokelorebotanicals #smokelore #howitsmade #nanaimo #biodegradable #growflowers

♬ Forget – Pogo

Anyway, there’s an Instagram too. Check it out @smokelorebotanicals

Spring Funding Drive 2021

  • The Bad Lovers – Good Man/Love Shine
  • The Bad Lovers – Freaks
  • The Bad Lovers – Actin’ Strange
  • Sheer Mag – Fan the Flames
  • Sheer Mag – Button Up
  • Sheer Mag – Point Breeze
  • Betrayers – Love Rat
  • Vulfpeck – Outro
  • Mieke Maimi – In The Old Forest
  • John Wizards – Musizenberg
  • Radiation City – Juicy
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Shakedown Stre
  • Vulfpeck – Back Pocket
  • Future Islands – Time on Her Side
  • Banzai Florist – Penguins
  • Babe Rainbow – Peace Blossom Boogy
  • Khruangbin – Evan Finds the Third Room
  • The Arsenic Lovers – Coma Town

Here is the file

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As a reward for your generous spirit, here is a photo of me relishing in the possibility of doing my show for another 9 years on CHLY 101.7FM

Spring Equinox Sounds

It’s another week of Sweet and Sour Variety Hour-ness. Who knows where we’ll go, but at least you know it won’t suck*. At the end, I give pooing advice?!! HA!! What?? What even is this world anymore idk.

Just, here, take this file.

*you might think it sucks. I cannot protect you

  • Hey Cowboy!, Freckles
  • Palehound, Cinnamon
  • Deerhoof/Awkwafina, Your Dystopic Creation Doesn’t Fear You
  • Caroline Rose, Jeannie Becomes a Mom
  • Stef Chura, Spotted Gold
  • Dianna Lopez, So I Don’t Feel Useless
  • Luna Li, Baby Shred
  • Habibi, Siin
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber, Shirim
  • Little Dragon, Where You Belong
  • KMD, Peachfuzz
  • A Tribe Called Quest, Excursions
  • MF DOOM, Licorice
  • MF DOOM, Saffron
  • MF DOOM, Benzoin Gum
  • MF DOOM, Sarsaparilla
  • MF DOOM, Coffin Nails,
  • Christian Rowell – Rapp Snitch Knishes
  • Bass Fury, Nada