Archive for December, 2008

December 18, 2008

Try this game it’s fun. My best score is 11.

Riot 99

December 17, 2008

I found this video today from CBC’s the Nerve from 2004, featuring the Bang Bangs drummer Taras Ostapchuk’s old band Riot 99. Taras is currently in his 3rd year of animation school so I can’t wait for him to make us some crazy music videos.

Our next show is on New Years eve with Teen Anger and Songs From A Room.

4 Year Anniversary

December 16, 2008

Today is the 4 year anniversary of me being job interviewed by my current employer. I’d been back in Windsor for 2 weeks from doing Theatre Production for Princess Cruises in the Caribbean, and was planning on going back in early January 2005.

Dragan Sasic told me he saw a job posting on, so I got in touch with VICE’s General Manager at the time, Saul Metnick, and he told me to come up to Toronto for an interview. I had an interview with Shawn Phelan and Erik Lavoie in the afternoon on Dec 16th 2004. By coincidence, Erik and I both ended up at the Chelsea Room that night where Pablo Mozo was djing.

I talked Erik’s ear off all night telling him my life story in excruciating detail (like this journal, but drunk and without pictures) and why I’d be so great for the job, begging him to hire me so I wouldn’t have to fly back down to cruise ships. His friends ditched him at some point and he was visiting from NYC, so I let him sleep on Nick’s couch (at 159 Manning) that night. He told me the next afternoon that I had the job.

The first year was shitty but I’m glad I stuck it out, it’s been worth it.

I wonder what I’ll be doing 4 years from now?

Potato Pizza

December 15, 2008

The Bang Bangs

December 15, 2008

We took some pictures after practice last night. I wonder if Sian Llewelyn and the Bang Bangs would be a better name? She has such a cool name I wouldn’t want it to go to waste, and I see her as the star. Either way our band is awesome.

In separate news, a few of my co-workers and I pulled another VICE sampler together this month. It went out with Dec subscriptions in the US and Canada which should start arriving in mailboxes any day now.

Teen Anger got interviewed on Exclaim TV! Taras, the drummer of the Bang-Bangs walks into the interview at 3:49. The new Telephone Explosion site should be live any day now.

Random Polaroids

December 14, 2008

Here’s 2 random polaroids from 2005. I’m on the right, 26 years old with the worst haircut of my life (of course, Nick has almost the same haircut on the left).

2 random polariods from 2008. I’m on the left with the newly married Jaime Jones.