December 16, 2014
Back in June, Chris Murphy did a set of Minor Threat songs at the 159 Manning BBQ with my karaoke band Good Enough. All the material that day was from the band’s first two 7″ records. The reason we did this is because he and I are both big fans of the band, so why not?
We’re getting the band back together tomorrow to play the album Out Of Step, which represents the 2nd half of Minor Threat’s career. Why are we doing this? Because we love Minor Threat, so why not? Plus it’s a holiday toy drive. This is my poster:
This is Scott’s poster:
A few weeks ago Good Enough Live Karaoke (AKA Taxxx) backed up Buck 65 at the Danforth Music Hall, which got great reviews on A Music Blog Yea?, Exclaim and a bunch of other places, so we’re getting the band back together for NYE @ 159 Manning!! It was pretty exciting for all of us to play to a crowd of over 1000 people as part of the headlining act of the night, and I think it’ll be exciting for us to rip it up for 100 people in my basement on NYE.
I’ve also confirmed a NYE performance by the Milk Lines. Last time Jeff Clarke played in the basement at 159 Manning was on Halloween 2008 night at 5am. Mark Pesci was there and was the drunkest I’ve ever seen him before or since. I have a vague memory of him puking into a popcorn bowl. I think that might’ve been the night that caused him to give up drinking?
Jeff and I had an art show together back in 2008, at which neither of us sold anything. Maybe Jeff can bring some of those unsold paintings to sell on NYE. Hopefully their value has skyrocketed over the past 6 years.
There will be DJ sets on the main floor on NYE by Justin Peroff, Sunclef (both of whom played on Buck 65’s most recent album Neverlove) and Elaquent, with a late nite DJ set by TAIZA! There’ll also be performances in the basement by Green Rays and Wave of Terror. More info to come soon!!
I’ve started experimenting more with songwriting on my Triton Studio keyboard.
August 28, 2014
Greetings readers! It’s been over a month and a half since my last update. Micro-blogging about my life just isn’t as exciting as it used to be. Not that my life isn’t as exciting, it just feel like I’m getting diminishing returns on the rewards of recapping everything I do. I’ve been considering retiring this blog soon, and start posting from www.159manning.com. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but it’s a reoccurring thought originating many months ago.
Good Enough Live Karaoke are playing at Parts & Labour tonight! Wini Lo wrote a nice article about us that went up on BlogTO this past Saturday.
I was on 2 hits of acid when we did the interview last month on a Friday afternoon in Trinity Bellwoods. It was a beautiful day, we’d just had a great meal at P&L and I was surrounded by friends, so I was feeling pretty great.
One of our karaoke regulars Rhett Morita who just happens to be a professional photographer, had taken some pictures of us at Clinton’s a few days before the article went up, so it was perfect timing!
I did a photo shoot with Sloan at 159 Manning last month (because I also happen to be a professional photographer); publicity photos for their new album Commonwealth which comes out Tuesday Sept 9th! Earlier this week, one of the photos was featured in USA Today!
If you didn’t already hear about it, check out this video Scott Wade shot of Sloan’s Chris Murphy singing Minor Threat – Seeing Red with Good Enough, which also happened to take place at 159 Manning.
Yesterday I got to captain a boat, as part of a short-film shoot Alison Honey of Park Bench Films is working on.
I want a boat of my own now! It definitely beats cruise ships.
July 12, 2014
My dad is visiting from Windsor this weekend. Jennifer Toole took this picture of us at the grand opening of the Clint Roenisch gallery on Thursday.
Good Enough Live Karaoke played to a packed house at Clinton’s Tavern on Wednesday evening, and we’ll be doing it again next Friday July 18th @ Junction City Music Hall!
Our repertoire has finally reached over 200 songs! I’m hoping we hit 300 songs by the end of August, and 500 songs by the end of 2014. It’s good to have goals. Soul Asylum – Somebody to Shove is one of the new songs we learned last week.
Join our FB Group to check out our song list, and stay updated on upcoming events. Hit me up for a quote if you’d like to book us for your Wedding, Bar or Bat mitzvah, Bachelorette, Graduation, Corporate Event, Birthday Party or BBQ. If you’re a successful solo artist (or an unsuccessful solo artist with money to burn), we’re also a 4-piece backing band for hire! We love to play and want to do it everyday!!
May 28, 2014
I’ll be playing records at Parts & Labour this Friday, June 30th, with Scott Wade (Smithfits) and Rich Terfry (Buck 65). 19+, Doors @ 10pm, free until 11pm. We’ll be playing hip hop, post punk, dancehall, classic rock, a bit of indie.