Finally my own domain is up… so check out the blog, it’s over at www.sebastian.troen.com/blog

Last week I started working with a young, hot-as-shit, tech start-up in downtown Vancouver called 3rd Whale. The mission? To find new and exciting ways to use technology to empower people to live greener lives while on the go.

First up, we’re rolling out an iPhone app that lets you search for different types of businesses, like restaurants or spas or ecotourism, and using the embedded LBS capabilities of the iPhone, you can find environmentally businesses near you.

Cause if you have a choice, wouldn’t you rather eat or shop somewhere that’s looking out for ol’ mother earth?

Yeah, I thought so.

So here’s the thing. Next Tuesday, January 20th, is Obama’s Inauguration. Obama’s pretty down with the whole green economy and we thought that we should throw a party to celebrate Bush-out, Obama-in and the release of our iPhone app.

So if you’re in the downtown Vancouver area next Tuesday, please, please stop. We’ve partnered with One Million Acts of Green and will be collecting pledges from everyone. We’ve also partnered with Habitat Enterprises to make the event carbon neutral. Cool, eh?!

Deets:

What: Celebrate Obama’s Inauguration and the launch of 3rd Whale’s iPhone App (yet another plug)

When: Tuesday, January 20th, after work (exact time to be announced)

Where: Ceili’s

How do I find out more: Join the Facebook Event or follow us on Twitter

Here it is, my first mix that I’m publishing for y’all… a little something to rock in the new year with…

Enjoy it, and if you like it, look for more great beats in the new year :)

Download Link: Sabu: Rockin\’ It \’08

President O!

It’s impressive how quickly and decisively President-Elect Barack Obama is putting together his new cabinet and hitting the ground running. Even more impressive is how he’s filling his roster with former adversaries, most notably Hillary Clinton, something he’s taken from the pages of President Lincoln (the last notable Illinois President). After 8 years of watching the most powerful man in the world surround himself with like-minded individuals (the notable exception was Bush’s first Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was effectively excluded from the Bush Machine for having a contrarian view). Read the rest of this entry »

Wow, another great album from Ryan Adams & The Cardinals is dropping October 28th. This man is a legend in his own time, having released 7 albums in 7 years (4 were solo and 3 were with his backing band, The Cardinals). Talk about a prolific songwriter… Read the rest of this entry »

It’s that time of year, when a ton of amazing new music seems to come out of the woodwork… and I recently discovered Ray Lamontagne’s new album, Gossip in the Grain. There’s something about having it grey and rainy outside and listening to Ray’s raspy, soulful voice that really work well together.

If you haven’t already heard his song Trouble or his cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, then you really are… crazy! Check them out now. Here, let me help you:

Crazy:

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A couple of new singer-songwriters I’ve come across are Jason Isbell (thanks to my good friend, Patrick, in KC) and Jakob Dylan, formerly of the Wallflowers. Both have a southern vibe to their music reminiscent of Ryan Adams, one of my favourite artists of the past years. Read the rest of this entry »

Everybody wants
ippaisa
mou
itai dake de
understand

No, not really… but somehow mixing English and Japanese lyrics to Sheryl Crow-inspired pop-rock guitar riffs sounds really, really good… I’m sure the Japanese lyrics are about as clever and insightful as the English ones: Read the rest of this entry »

I’m in T.O. On pleasure. It’s hot and it’s muggy. I’m missing the coolness of Vancouver, but hey, while I’m hot and sticky I might as well go check out a show. And lo and behold, Hey Ocean! is playing at the Rivoli tonight. So I’m going to check them out tonight. What a way to kick off Eastbynortheast, which starts tomorrow (though HO! is not part of the music conference, just good timing).

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I’m back from a great week in Palm Springs and though I see grey skies outside my window here in Vancouver, my disposition is still 100 degrees and sunny, thanks to the awesome show that is Coachella.

Unfortunately my plan to review every band playing the festival before I went down there never happened. There was just too much good music (and I easily get distracted). So instead I’ve decided to offer up my review on Coachella 2008, my take on the good, the bad and the ugly, and my recommendations on who you should definitely check out and who you should leave alone.

I saw an amazing amount of music: 32 bands over 3 days, however I didn’t see everything so I will (in fact, I hope) offend, annoy, infuriate and piss some of you off. If you think I’ve got it wrong, let me know… tell me your favourites or ones you hated. On to the review:

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