Big Med Playlist for The Big One | The Coins of Catalina – Cool as Can Be

This is an outrageous add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One – pounding rock surf twang sound from The Coins of Catalina’s ‘Cool as Can Be.’ “Now that I’m grown, I prefer a splash of something strong, delivered by wings, with the sweet taste of key-lime pie.”

The Coins of Catalina are led by head honcho and chief snake charmer, Victor Neil.

As a singer/songwriter, Vic launched his musical career at an early age with the band Tall Tales and the release of controversial song, “Animal Man.” Cutting through the airways helped blaze the path for performances in night clubs and at festivals throughout the US and Canada.

These roads eventually led to joining forces with both Jack Fandray (bass) and Jon Mason (drums) who spent their years polishing their musical chops throughout the states by touring with various one-hit wonders.

Their first CD titled “A Salute to the American Songwriter.” features songs written by Steve Earle, Dave Alvin, John Hiatt, Joe Ely. Delbert McClinton and a list of others.

Now with the release of “A Box of Bones” songs like “Cool as Can Be” tell it best… How about pulling something out of the Psychedelic Toolbox. “It smells like hippie incense and sleeps in my garage and looks good in the trunk of my Dodge.”

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | Pigeon Hole (Marmalade & Dusty Melo) of Sweatshop Union – Light Show (ft D-Sisive)

Pretty heavy-duty Canadian hip-hop coming to you from Pigeon Hole (Marmalade & Dusty Melo) of Sweatshop Union in the form of ‘Light Show’ (featuring D-Sisive). Solid beat, great hooks, well-produced video – it’s the real hip-hop deal straight outta Vancouver BC.

These guys have been making music since 2002. They’ve toured with the Black Eyed Peas, Swollen Members and the Living Legends as well as opening shows for Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and The Roots.

The group’s most ambitious record to date and award winning Bill Murray EP, (2011 Western Canadian Music’s Hip Hop Recording of the Year) brought a whole new level to their steadily growing underground following. Building on this they will release another two new albums in 2012.

The first, a follow up to the Bill Murray EP, will have Sweatshop Union focused on furthering the progressive sound they’re known for. The second, released under the group’s Leisure Gang moniker, promises to bring a loose party feel to both their live show and music, already acclaimed for it’s polished & energetic production.

Recently, URB Magazine featured them in their next top 100. And now, they’ve finally arrived – added to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One.

Dusty Melo – Rap Vocals, Production/DJ, MPC
Marmalade – Rap Vocals, Music Production
Metty the Dertmerchant – Rap Vocals, Music Production
Mos Eisley – Rap Vocals, Music Production, MPC
Se7en (formerly Conscience) – Rap Vocals, Music Production

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | We Stole The Kids – All In My Head/ I’m Alive

Photo credit: Charles Clay

Here’s a double slice of indie rock, hip-hop, electronic pop music to get you moving on a Saturday night. NYC-based We Stole The Kids’ ‘All In My Head’ and ‘I’m Alive’ are the latest adds to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One. These kids have their groove on and it’s infectious.

WTSK came together in 2011 trying to achieve something totally unique – mashing catchy rock and hip hop with pop and electronic trances. At its most eclectic, WSTK conjures indie, dance-pop, and dubstep influences into songs like “Find Me There,” which was released in late 2011 to a very positive critical response.

The video for the first EP’s lead single “All In My Head” was released in February of 2012. The video for ‘I’m Alive’ was released in March 2012.

All In My Head

I’m Alive

Jess Ingui – Vocals
Daniel Lonner – Vocals
Eric Sherman – Guitar
Brett Schnider – Drums
Ziya Smallens – Bass
Scott Jacobson – Synth & Programming

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | Field Tripp – Conversation Flammable

Field Tripp’s ‘Conversation Flammable’ is one trippy alternative pop add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One. I’m old so I want to say this tune conjures up memories of The Talking Heads and REM on a power dating circuit with Modest Mouse and Weezer.. but hey, that’s just me. 

Based in Phoenix AZ, Field Tripp has been mutating regularly since beginning to make music in 2007. Guitarist/vocalist Dan Allmond has remained steady at the core of this band that has gone from trio to biggish band to its current quintet of Allmond, Eliz Christy (vocals/keyboards), Brian Mabry (multi-instrumentalist) Paul Balazs (bass) and Amir Azzabi (drums).

Field Tripp released their first album ‘Super-Ego Friendly’ in January 2011.

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | The Tosspints – Underclass Zero

If you like the Dropkick Murphys you’re going to love The Tosspints and their Celtic punk ode to the trauma of real life on-the-clock (no sh*t) ‘Underclass Zero’. With a lead singer who served as a combat medic in Iraq in 2004, this band is an outrageous bundle of contagious energy on-stage that’s seriously worthy of the investment of your listening time.

This is one crew I’d love to see live. Holy crap. Talk about laying it all out there. I’ve cranked my way through about a dozen of their live videos and each one smacks of sweaty gritty drinkable danceable Celtic rock.

The Tosspints’ style of music has been influenced by three lifetimes of living through the school of hard knocks, brought to bear from war, loss, degradation, and hard drinking. A band created entirely by a family who has had to make it through life the hard way and use their experience to create songs about the more distressed side of being human… Their fast paced no-nonsense stage show drives songs straight into the audience one after the other, pushing their own style of up tempo minor chord melodies out with the highest possible energy level.

Their powerful stage presence and unending barrage of music from the beginning of their set to the end of the dark, yet high energy show has earned them spots on stage with iconic underground rock heroes such as The Tossers and Murder by death, and earned festival showcases from The Michigan Irish Music Festival, the Crispy Music Festival, and the George Killians Irish Red Ruckus as direct support for The Dropkick Murphys. Their songwriting skills have been recognized in the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest where they earned a finalist position.

John Johnson – Percussion
Zak Zuzula – Bass., Vocals
Don Zuzula – Banjo, Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Tin Whistle

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | Pigeon Park (ft Creed Williams) – Rise Above

A brilliant reggae funk groove out of Vancouver BC is the latest add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One. ‘Rise Above’ comes to you courtesy of Pigeon Park ft Creed Williams. Sweetest of guitar licks added to the mix on this great tune. This band has got their collective sh*t together and it sounds like it here.

Pigeon Park has been living life large on the road for much of the past three years. They’ve somehow managed to cram two cross-Canada tours into that timeframe and have been rewarded with a fan base that reaches clear across the continent.

Nick Weber – Vocals
Logan Pacholok – Guitars. Vocals
Kevin Okabe – Guitars.
Artur Leppert – Bass
Hunter Elliott – Drums

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | Brocade – Riot Riot

We’re going to head into the weekend with a blast of original made-in-Canada hard-as-rock music by Calgary band Brocade. The tune is ‘Riot Riot’ and it smacks of a bluesy ballsy Northern version of AC/DC. Definitely suitable for transitioning from the day-to-day weekday crapola into the chaotic insanity that comes with life in an EMS rig once the sun sets on Friday night.

The backdrop for the video features more black velvet-styled paintings and posters than should be legally allowed to occupy the same visual space but hey – what the heck – it’s only rockin’ roll. This power trio performs this tune for all that they’re worth.

“Someone once told me that a true musician never quits… they die,” asserts Todd Stewart (vocals/guitar), one-third of Calgary, Alberta-based rock brigade Brocade. Together with mates Weeze Brown (bass) and Nate Giebelhaus (drums), Stewart says it’s all about maxxing the group’s energy in-studio and on-stage.

“The Gospel of this band is wanting this to be bigger than anything we could do on our own,” he continues excitedly. “Everything about us—even our name which refers to an intricately woven fabric—is based on our energy. You really feel that in our live show. We’re a power trio that sounds like five people onstage.”

Brocade recorded their 2011 album ‘Like You Were Here’ in their own home-built studio and were far into the process before they brought acclaimed producer Shawn Cole (Pride Tiger, You Say Party, Yukon Blonde, Bend Sinister) to add the finishing touches.

“We didn’t learn to play to impress. This is about how everyone has a journey in life and Like You Were Here is ours.”

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Newman | Stepping up

I’ll just go ahead and tell the story.

“Step up, tell the truth and take responsibility for your actions and all will be big medicine.”

When I said those words I was the newly-minted director of a small Emergency Medical Services department in suburban Montreal attempting to establish an organizational culture wherein the medics had only a few rules to follow:

Respect yourself

Respect your colleagues

Respect your clients

Respect your community

At the time, I had already come to the realization that a loose-leaf binder full of rules wasn’t what The EMS House really needed. We were struggling with lots of little things that were not being done properly – response bags not being refilled, trucks not being plugged-in on cold winter nights, living quarters that weren’t being tidied on a regular basis, etc.

So, I told our crews that no matter what happened, if they stepped up, told the truth and accepted responsibility for their actions we could get on with the art of caring for ourselves and our community in a meaningful way.

Tests come quickly.

Sitting at my desk in the back corner of The EMS House, I looked up distractedly as one of our crews rolled slowly back into station after an emergency run. Instead of the usual sound of boots on steel stairs followed by an exchange of after-action commentary, there was an odd silence.

I took note and stopped what I was doing. Quiet footsteps and the two medics – usually boisterous and outgoing – standing quietly and looking distressed at my door.

“Uh, we had a problem on that last call.”

What kind of problem I asked.

“We attempted to drive right up to the door of the building.”

Okay I said, and..

“We forgot about the low overhang at the entrance.”

Oh, I said, and realized I probably needed to go outside and look at the truck.

Yes, it was a visual. The impact had been pretty intense with the top of the box. Several lights were smashed and there were a couple of serious metalwork reminders of the close encounter with an immoveable object.

“We screwed up. We were so focused on getting to the patient, we forgot we were driving a high-top truck. We’re both prepared to face the consequences.”

Stepped up. Check.

Told the truth. Check.

Accepted responsibility for one’s actions. Check.

Consequences. I assigned each of them to become driver-trainers. No one ever made the same mistake again.

It was a turning point for our little organization and marked the beginning of an incredible gathering of wondrously talented individuals who came together as a cohesive, dedicated and passionate team of care providers.

Be well. Practice big medicine.

Hal

 

 

 

 

Victoria | Our Say: Partysafe with social media

Opinion: Acting Inspector Greg Barras – Victoria Police Safer Communities (Australia)

It’s a tough job being a parent. I have two children, I know.

As a police officer and a father, I am always concerned when police are called to respond to incidents of unsupervised parties involving large numbers of young people, and often alcohol.

Things can turn nasty very quickly, as we’ve seen over the weekend in suburban Melbourne.

What starts as a small gathering can quickly gather momentum and before you know it bottles are being thrown, property is being damaged and things are out of control.

What confronts police when they arrive at these parties are often scary scenes – intoxicated young people, assaults, noise, frightened neighbours, damage to houses and vehicles.

 

While parties themselves are nothing new, in today’s world where social media reigns supreme, the game has changed completely.

The power of social media and the opportunity it provides for gatecrashers and people looking to cause trouble is often grossly underestimated.

As parents, as police, as responsible members of the community, there are steps we can all take to help keep things in hand.

Talk to your children. If they’re going to a party, ask questions. Who will be there, will it be supervised, will there be alcohol, how many people are going, how has it been advertised? Call the organisers and ask them questions.

If you or your teenagers are holding a party, do it responsibly. Be aware of the dangers of providing information to guests via websites such as Facebook and Twitter. If you can’t manage it, don’t do it.

Visit your local police station and register the party with Partysafe. This way police are aware of the party and can provide timely assistance if things do start to get out of hand.

Victoria Police has implemented the Partysafe program across Victoria. It is a key crime prevention tool.

Partysafe gives people useful tips on how to help minimise the risk of having intoxicated guests or gatecrashers ruin the party.

Register the party at least two weeks before it is being held. Before you register, have an idea of the number of people attending and speak to your neighbours to let them know about the party.

Partysafe is about minimising the risks so that everyone can have fun and feel safe.

Don’t allow young people to bring their own alcohol as it can become hard to control how much is being consumed.

From 1October 2011, it is an offence to serve or provide alcohol to a child under 18 years of age without written or verbal permission from the parent or guardian. This applies to everyone, everywhere.

Make it clear at the entrance the party is by invitation only – this will discourage gatecrashers. If you’re concerned that uninvited guests may turn up and cause trouble, look at hiring private security for the night. Parental supervision or the presence of other adults will help keep trouble at bay.

Taking these steps could ensure the party runs without incident or interruption to your neighbours and others in your local area.

If things do start to get out of hand, notify police early. It’s everyone’s responsibility.

Irresponsible serving of alcohol and unsupervised young partygoers can be a dangerous mix which police see far too often. This behaviour leads to violence and broader social issues within our community.

In my policing career I have personally seen the impact of good times gone bad. What seems like a bit of fun can quickly spiral out of control resulting in unexpected events that have everlasting consequences.

Talk to your kids. Talk to your neighbours. Talk to your police.

 

New South Wales | Ryan’s quick thinking saves mum

NSW | 28 March 2012

Seven year old Ryan Carson is a Triple Zero Hero who showed maturity beyond his years when he assisted paramedics treating his mother during a medical emergency at their family home.

Just before 10am on 27 December 2011, Ryan was at home with his mum, two year old brother and 4 month old baby sister when his mum suddenly collapsed due to a pre existing medical condition.

With the only adult in the house needing help, Ryan was faced with responsibility beyond his years and took control of the situation by dialling Triple Zero (000) and asking for Ambulance.

Ryan was able to correctly identify the medical emergency to Ambulance Operator Natasha Bloemers, and was able to give specific information about his mother’s medical condition. He followed all instructions given to him and took responsibility of the household, ensuring his mum received emergency care and that his younger siblings were in safe hands.

Within minutes, paramedics Luke Wiseman and Anthony Wallace from Rutherford Ambulance Station arrived on scene to help and were very impressed with Ryan’s knowledge of his mother’s condition. Mrs Carson was attended to and treated immediately thanks to Ryan’s quick thinking.

The Ambulance Service of New South Wales commends the bravery shown by children when faced with difficult medical circumstances. Being able to recognise an emergency and knowing what to do often plays  key role in successful outcomes of patients.

Ambulance recogned the brave and mature actions of Ryan by presenting him with the Ambulance Star Award and a “Bear-a-Medic” at a special presentation at his school, Lochinvar Public School.

Ambulance Operator Natasha Bloemers as well as paramedics Luke Wiseman and Anthony Wallace presented Ryan with the award.