Yes I’m Changing

February 5, 2017

I’ve decided to add lite weight training to my routine, to go along with my daily 5km runs, so I set up my weight bench in the spare bedroom upstairs.

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Good Enough LIVE Karaoke played at Doogie’s in Guelph on Friday night, and to a sold out crowd at Junction City Music Hall on Saturday night which was our 12th show of 2017!

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Next Friday we’re up at Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound for the 3rd time, and playing a private party at a curling club in Sarnia on Saturday Feb 11th.

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It feels like playing 3 or 4 hours a night (2 or 3x a week) ain’t no thang anymore. + “What song are we playing next?” OR “Hmm, that’s not on our song-list is it? You guys heard it before? Whatever, let’s wing it” It’s what we do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Now if I can just add 2 or 3 hours/day of practicing and reviewing songs on keys and guitar then we’ll really be in business.

New Rose

February 1, 2017

I’m back from Las Vegas! I lost $200 or $300 (who’s counting) playing blackjack this year which totally sucked, but what can you do? Stop playing blackjack? Here’s a picture Nobu took of me bug-eyed and shitfaced after 4 tiki drinks at Frankie’s. Getting some sun for a few days did me some good.

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Tonight we’re launching Good Enough PUNK Karaoke at the Baby G. It’ll happen the first Wednesday of every month. I’ve got a total of 9 shows currently scheduled for this month (including shows in Guelph, Owen Sound and Sarnia), but the song-list for tonight is totally separate from our regular Good Enough LIVE Karaoke repertoire. Our working definition of “punk” for the night has as much to do with the era it was made as it does with how it sounds. It’s my personal definition, I’ve got my reasons, and nobody else has to agree with me. We’ve tried to stick between 1969 to 1985…because that’s what we’re doing. Here’s the song-list:

Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
Bauhaus – Bela Legosi’s Dead
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
Black Flag – Drinking and Driving
Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown
Black Flag – Rise Above
Black Flag – TV Party
Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
Blondie – Call Me
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Blondie – One Way Or Another
Blondie – Tide Is High
Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
The Clash – I Fought The Law
The Clash – London Calling
The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Cramps – Bikini Girls With Machine Guns
Cramps – Fever
Cramps – Goo Goo Muck
Cramps – Human Fly
Crass – Do They Owe Us A Living?
Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
Damned – Neat Neat Neat
Damned – New Rose
David Bowie – Jean Genie
David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
David Bowie – Suffragette City
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk To Fuck
Dead Milkmen – Nutrition
Descendents – Bikage
Devo – Mongoloid
English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
Exploited – Punks Not Dead
Fear – I Don’t Care About You
Fear – New Yorks Alright If You Like Saxophones
Flipper – Sex Bomb
Flipper – Way Of The World
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Generation X – Dancing With Myself
GG Allin – Bite It You Scum
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Joan Jett – I Love Rock And Roll
Joy Division – Love will tear us apart
Joy Division – Control
Joy Division – Transmission
Joy Division – Atmosphere
MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
Minor Threat – Filler
Misfits – Hybrid Moments
Misfits – Last Caress
Misfits – She
Misfits – Where Eagles Dare
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Lou Reed – Vicious
Patti Smith – Because The Night
Patti Smith – Frederick
Patti Smith – Gloria
Ramones – Blitzkreig Bop
Ramones – I wanna be sedated
Ramones – rock and roll high school
Ramones – do you wanna dance
Ramones – Judy Is A Punk
Ramones – I wanna be your boyfriend
Ramones – pet cemetery
Replacements – Androgynous
Replacements – Bastards Of Young
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
Runaways – Cherry Bomb
Runaways – Roadrunner
Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK
Sex Pistols – EMI
Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
Sex Pistols – Holiday In The Sun
Sham 69 – If The Kids Are United
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog
Stooges – No Fun
Stooges – Search and Destroy
Stooges – TV Eye
Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
Suicide – Ghost Rider
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place
Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
Teenage Head – Picture My Face
Television – Marquee Moon
T Rex – 20th Century Boy
T Rex – Children Of The Revolution
T Rex – Get It On (Bang A Gong)
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Velvet Underground – Run Run Run
Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane
Velvet Underground – Waiting For My Man
Violent Femmes – Add It Up
Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage Up Yours
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
Wipers – Telepathic Love
Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer

You Are Driving Me Crazy

January 27, 2017

Hellllo world. It’s been many months since I posted on this blog. I only made 2 posts last year! I’ve been blogging on and off since 2001, first on livejournal and then switched here to wordpress several years ago. The purpose has always been to document and celebrate life as it is right in front of me. It’s a tool for me to throw a signal out there and see what gets reflected back. Life can get confusing, so it’s necessary to take a step back sometimes, get some perspective and wait for a few storms to pass. In the news, the world seems crazier than ever but my life is fairly calm for the moment so I thought I should give this another go and see how far I get until I have another freak-out or break-down.

159 Manning is quiet and empty. I’m busy growing Good Enough LIVE Karaoke‘s business. I’ve been running 5km almost every day since the end of August. I bought myself a new pair of gold and black running shoes this week after completing 120 runs.

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I’ve been playing an average of 2 or 3 shows with Good Enough LIVE Karaoke the past 6 months. That’s about 10 hours on stage per week? We’re launching a new Punk themed night, the first Wednesday of every month at Baby G on Wed Feb 1st, featuring a selection of 100 songs to choose from that we’ll play, and YOU can sing (or yell) with us.

Here’s a video of us doing Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown in the basement of 159 Manning last week.

I took this picture of a Coopers Hawk who landed in my backyard yesterday afternoon.

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It spent about an hour sitting on top of a pigeon it had killed, before gutting and de-feathering, ripping it to shreds and finally flying off with the carcass. Apparently a hawk is supposed to be an omen of a incoming message, or imminent enlightenment.

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I am trying to stay open to enlightenment.

June: A Month of Musical Market Testing

May 25, 2016


I’m playing 14 shows in June! The nights I’m not playing I’m either shooting video for Choir!Choir!Choir! (on Tuesdays) or doing sound somewhere (pretty much every other night that I’m not booked playing or shooting video). This music thing has finally become a full-time job!

Monday May 30th Jesse Bellon, Matt Cosgrove and I are launching a 4-week-test Monday residency at the Gladstone Hotel. We’ll be jamming and doing music improv in the Melody Bar from 6pm to 8pm, followed by an open format DIY Vinyl night. I’ll bring a crate of records from home and play whatever I want, and others are welcome to join and bring a few records of their own to play.

Wednesday June 1st, Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE will play at Wolf Like Me at Bloor and Shaw. We’re going to do an early show, doors at 6pm, band plays and you sing from 8pm to 11pm. The room only fits 30 or 40 people, so it’s an intimate venue, and whoever comes will likely to get a chance to sing multiple songs. We’ll be playing as a 4-piece with me on rhythm guitar and keys, Eric Woolston on drums, Jesse Bellon on guitar, and Del Cowill on bass.

Friday June 3rd, Good Enough tests out a new monthly at Adelaide Hall with DJ’s Splattermonkey and General Eclectic for a night called Request Line. You can request songs from the DJ’s, and of course request what song you want to sing with the band.

The next night, Saturday June 4th we play at our true monthly home base, Junction City Music Hall. Can we sustain playing 3 shows in a week? YES WE CAN!! It’s live karaoke. It’s a completely different set every night, different songs, different singers in different venues. Occasionally it’s even a different band, as shown in the picture above from last month at JCMH.

The next week the Monday and Wednesday cycle repeats, and then Friday June 10th I play keys with Wave of Terror at the Silver Dollar!

Good Enough plays at the Gladstone Hotel on Saturday June 11th…

…and then the Monday and Wednesday cycle repeats for 2 weeks, GELK will play the newly opened Eightball Pub in Scarborough on Friday June 24th, something secret on Saturday June 25th, and then Monday June 27th when the Harp Twins are playing at 159 Manning. After that? Who knows…..

Mid-March 2016 Update

March 16, 2016

It’s been relatively quiet for me since the big NYE party here at 159 Manning, but things are about to pick up again! The biggest news I have is my upcoming party at the Gladstone Hotel! I will write a separate post in the next couple days with alllll the details, but in the meantime check out this poster designed by Kimi Kimo!

Jesse Bellon, Matt Cosgrove and I have been jamming on Monday nights for the past month, recording improvised instrumental jams. The 3 of us were playing together in Fill Spectre for over a year, and Jesse and I have clocked at least a couple hundred hours on stage together with Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE over the past 2 years, so I think we’ve developed a certain musical rapport. This project is the exact opposite of live karaoke.

Maybe we’ll go back over these jams and rearrange the parts into more concise pop songs, or chop up the stems and loop them in Ableton, OR maybe we’ll just keep improvising and recording new material every Monday and let these recording be what they are. Who knows? For now, we’re not putting any boundaries on our material. What’s important is 1. I like jamming in my basement 2. I like listening back to the recordings we make, and 3. I like blogging about it. Holy shit, I just did all 3 of those things, and will probably do it again next week.

If you happen to be a female singer/frontperson, and you listen to the track posted above and are interested in collaborating with us, reach out! Sorry dudes, we’re not interested in men unless you’re Drake or Justin Bieber.

Tomorrow, Thursday March 17th, Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE will play the Rivoli for St Patricks Day! I think we’re starting early, like 9pm. It’s my first time playing at the Rivoli! One of our core members, Eric Woolston, will be back in the drum seat after spending the past 3 months in Brazil with his wife Amanda Paixao. It’ll be his 2nd time playing the Rivoli this week, since his reggae band The Human Rights had their record release show there on Saturday! Check out this video that I shot and co-edited for them in the summer, directed and starring Amanda Paixao.

I’m excited to present Good Enough’s new death metal logo designed by Glorious Gorification! I’m very very happy with it. I specifically asked for semi-legible. Being too easy-to-read would miss the point of having a death metal logo made at all, but since 90% of our audience have no idea who Napalm Death or Darkthrone are, it does need to be SEMI-legible.

FINAL NEWS OF THE DAY: This Saturday evening I’ll be playing keys at the Smiling Buddha with Wave of Terror, opening for our pals in The Lord Almighty’s and Pale Lips!! Stoked to play, stoked to see the other bands.

NYE 2016 @ 159 Manning

December 23, 2015

My name, address, current resume and NYE party made it into Toronto Life!

The party also made it into BlogTO’s NYE guide:

The party will feature live performances in the basement by High Jinx, Fill Spectre, Wolf Saga, Terrorista and DJ sets on the main floor by Sunclef, Wolf Saga and Joel French. I’ve been playing bass with Fill Spectre for the past few years and it’ll be my last show with the band for awhile so there’s your extra incentive to come check us out!

As the annual tradition goes, the backyard will feature a quieter chill-out area enclosed in tents and tarps.

Please be nice to Jesse and Andrew, my friendly + reliable security team who will be running the door…

…and these are my 2 sound technicians for the night. If it were business-as-usual, Jason and Paul would be running a NYE party @ Soybomb HQ, so I feel very honored they’ve chosen to join forces with 159 Manning this time around.

The party is BYOB but Chrissy and Samson will be running the bottled water refreshment stations, hence their official titles for the night “Refreshment Stationeers”. #1664Canada

Carolyn Tripp will be working the coat check upstairs. This picture was taken when she worked coat check last NYE. Please tip her handsomely.

Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE will NOT be playing NYE, but we ARE playing one last show for 2015 the day before on Wednesday December 30th at Supermarket, NO COVER.

If NYE is too much for you, maybe the day before NYE is a good alternative?