Archive for June, 2008

Rotate This

June 30, 2008

I got back from St John’s yesterday morning at 10am. I was planning to go to the Gay Pride Parade on Yonge street but was feeling tired and had a sore throat from flying so decided to stay home and watch the new Cannibal Corpse 3 dvd set – Centuries of Torment with Brayden and Craig. The documentaries on the first disc are funny and totally worth watching. I haven’t watched the other 2 discs yet.

Craig and I went to Rotate’s old location after to sift through the free records and cds they were giving away and got a bunch of great stuff like Damien Jurado – On My Way To Absence on vinyl, and at least 10 cds from the label Frank Kozik used to run Man’s Ruin Records.

I went to Alex’s place for a little dinner party and we all burned our eyes out with caffeine menthol eye-drops.

Screeched In

June 28, 2008

Thursday night Adrienne and I went to the horror screenings for the Nickel Independent Film Festival, where Justin Oakey, the same guy that directed Chipped Tooth Hotties was showing one of his films. I’ve posted it below.

We went back to CBTG’s after to catch anther couple sets by Be All Right. Steve Abbott’s other band Local Tough were supposed to play but all the members couldn’t make it. I’m pretty sure that guy plays a show every night with one of his 3 bands.

We woke up late yesterday, went for breakfast, thrift store shopping and each bought a winter jacket for super cheap. We had dinner later at the Sprout, St John’s only vegetarian restaurant, had a decaf coffee and a chocolate thing at a fancy desert place down the street where a bunch of buff bears kept checking me out, and called it a day.

Today we went on boat tour, saw some whales, puffins, seabirds and a giant iceberg.

I got Screeched In at the end of the tour. I’m now an honorary Newfoundlander.

The Irish Loop

June 26, 2008

Adrienne and I went out for dinner last night, had a quiet drink at the Victory Bar down the street and were in bed by midnight.

We picked up our rental car this morning, and went straight to Signal Hill, where the first transatlantic wireless radio signal transmission EVER was received by Guglielmo Marconi on December 12th, 1901! The pic is of me standing on the spot where the plaque is, and Adrienne is listening to what the morse code signal would’ve sounded like. It was very windy.

We spent the rest of the afternoon driving around the Irish Loop, along the coast south of St Johns. It took us about 6 hours and we saw some beautiful scenery.

St Johns Day 1

June 25, 2008

Adrienne and I flew into St Johns, Newfoundland last night, landing around midnight. We had a cab take us to our hotel and then went downtown.

We found a bar called CBTG’s that had some local bands playing, and the 2nd band Be All Right were surprisingly great. It figures we’d meet up with the only guy in town wearing a Scratch Acid shirt within an hour of getting here. They were jokey with a lot of showmanship and sound like everything I like about 90’s rock, throwing in surprising bridges and offbeat parts every minute or 2 that didn’t get old or predictable even 4 or 5 songs into the set. The entire 40 minute set was great.

Steve, the singer/guitar player for the band, invited us to a party at his place after the show where we had some beers and listened to Gang of Four records.

We got back to the hotel at 4am. We got up at 10 and ate the continental breakfast served on the pool table, checked out and went to the hotel we’re staying for the rest of the time here. We bummed around downtown St Johns for the rest of the afternoon, checking out antique and record stores. We’re renting a car tomorrow and seeing what else we can see.

Here’s Steve playing on the bar.

Chipped Tooth Hotties

June 24, 2008

I went into my office for an hour this morning to wrap a couple things up before Adrienne and I fly to St Johns, Newfoundland for the rest of the week. Hello VACATION!

I also had to pick up foam for my new camera case, and the Count Duckula and Geraldo Rivera one-of-a-kind poster I had made. It’s 20″ x 30″ on photo paper!

Justin Oakey sent me the link to Chipped Tooth Hotties, a short film he directed and Mark Rodenhizer produced, featuring Nick Bechard and a bunch of other people I’ve never met before. Original music by $100. It’s a really funny, awesome short film. Watch it!

Poumons – New SE w/ Around

June 22, 2008

The Poumons were a mid-90’s garage pop band from Windsor. They put out a few 7″ and opened for Sloan a couple of times when they came through town. This is one of the first 7″s I ever bought.

They were a few years older than my friends and I and I think they played the Halifax Pop Explosion in 1995 which was a big deal to about 100 15-year-olds who played in bands in Windsor that summer. Again, worth noting that this was 2 years before I got my first email address.
The 7″ is available for download here for the next 7 days.