Archive for January, 2012


January 24, 2012

It’s strange to think that this time last year I was in the middle of a full-blown nervous breakdown due to living with a worthless-piece-of-human-garbage drug-addict drug-dealer who used to be my friend and band-mate, while I was trying to make a living doing freelance work from home; and now I spend almost everyday with George Stroumboulopoulos and a different member of the Sloan family (they’re on a rotating schedule with me). Thank god 2011 is over. I somehow made it through, and I’m still here, now. Whew! Thanks to all my new friends who helped me become a person again.

Kathleen Edwards played on George’s show on Thursday, and her performance will air on the CBC this upcoming Friday. Look! My roommate’s boyfriend is playing bass for her!

Ivy had her book launch at Parts & Labour that night. She and Mark Pesci wheat-pasted the entire basement with photocopies of her photos, and I think it looks great! It really ties the look of the basement together.

I went to Niall and Jeremy’s art opening on Friday night (which I didn’t take any pictures at) before heading to the Horseshoe to see one of Toronto’s best bands, Biblical!

Thennn I went to videotape Loving In The Name Of at the Great Hall. Jeremy Finklestein said they’re coming up to the 4 year anniversary, and my youtube videos and blog posts are the only documentation he has of the early ones. I wish I could’ve done more, because I knew he was putting together an important thing back then, but alas, I had not the resources and nobody ever gives a fuck about my ideas; they just love the final products I produce. It’s a strange curse I have.

Backstage before the show!

Anywayysss, that was super fun. Saturday night I went to see Monster trucks at the Monster Jam at the Rogers Center aka Skydome on Saturday night with some of the GS Tonight staff. We all met up at Hooters beforehand, a couple of blocks from the CBC. I realized when I got there, the only time I’d been at Hooters before was with VICE Toronto staff after George interviewed Suroosh Alvi a few years back. Yes, before becoming George’s audience coordinator, I was first an audience member.

On Sunday night, Michelle Thrush, George, Gregory Macdonald, Zane Kaplansky, and a few more of us from the show went for dinner at Banu at 777 Queen West with Saman Arbabi. Saman had flown into Toronto that day for George to interview him on Mondays show, and Banu had invited us to be their guests since they are huge fans of Saman’s show Parazit. The food was spectacular!

Saman’s interview was great, he had a lot of fans in the audience who came out to see him and I’m getting super tired so I don’t want to write much longer, but I’m glad my life doesn’t suck so much anymore and that I’m surrounded by so many great people and get to do so many fun interesting things all the time. It’s actually kind of retarded what a lucky motherfucker I can be sometimes. Now if I can just pay off my debt without having to sell all my stuff…


Satanic Panic II

January 19, 2012

I think it’s time. I’m going to throw another Satanic Panic night, celebrating the home education from my childhood, in the next month or 2…

Check out this promo video for the first one, from Feb 4th 2009.

Stay tuned!

My Day Today (yesterday)

January 18, 2012

Michael “Pinball” Clemons was on the show today. Holy shit, did that guy ever bring some energy into the room. The one thing he said that really resonated with me, was something about in life you’re either going to live with the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Maybe some people can deny that reality for awhile, but fuck those losers; I’m with him.

I went to Choir!Choir!Choir! practice after work from 7:30 to 8:30 before I had to head to Parts & Labour. I’m not sure if it was this week or if it’s next week, but we’re hovering around the 1 year anniversary of the first practice at the Bosley Real Estate office, when there was only 20 of us there. I think there were over 150 people there earlier this evening!! The article in the current issue of Toronto Life might have something to do with the insanely over-capacity crowd, but it’s crazy to see how far the choir has come in a year.

I’d like to organize a day where the entire audience on George’s show will be Choir!Choir!Choir! members, and incorporate it into that days episode somehow. I think that would be awesome!

I spent the rest of my evening doing sound at Parts & Labour for the Nasco Christmas party. The main entertainment was an almost all-female band called Sista Fista. Yes, the name means what you think it does (I asked, just to confirm). They were heavy!

Shut Up And Dance

January 16, 2012

Juliette Lewis was on the show today. Her interview airs tonight at 11:05pm on CBC. She’s in Toronto working on a new TV show, the Firm, based on the book/movie, but 10 years later.

Juliette! Give me a ring when you want to jam or record some new demos!

I found out about a new weird synchronicity today; I have all these trinkets and things around my office at home, like my Barry Pickles (tribute to Derrick Beckles) doll, Christian Aldo’s alien head sculpture from GLOP, and a ceramic Mexican devil with a big penis Christmas tree ornament, to name a few (these are just the tip of the iceberg). I added a Strombo mug to the collection a couple months ago (next to my GG Allin bobblehead) and decided it was a good home for these Jay and Silent Bob action figures that Nick gave me when he left for Berlin. It turns out George is presenting Clerks on the big screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Wednesday!! Maybe it doesn’t seem that big of a deal to you, but I’ve been looking at Kevin Smith sitting inside this Strombo mug for months now!

Why have I been singing this song to myself all day?

Fuck Faces

January 14, 2012

I had sooo much fun at Gladstone Karaoke last night!

I woke up at 7:30am this morning and spent my day driving around the city in a cargo van, listening to Scarface and delivering magazines. I love this song. It’s sooo sexxxy.

I went to Rotate after I finished my deliveries and bought Childish Gambino – Camp (because I’d heard good things about it this past week through work), and Dry Rot – Philistine (because it was only $3 and Alen Zukanovich told me it’s amazing) on vinyl.

After I got home, Jo Snyder came over to record a new song she wrote for a “girls’ drinking songs” compilation her friend in Germany is putting together. She delivers the master tomorrow afternoon.

The song is called New Start and it’s the first thing I’ve recorded in the basement with my new gear since I acquired full control and sole ownership of the studio. I recorded it onto a 1/4″ reel-to-reel 8 track, and mixed down to 1/4″ reel-to-reel 2 track before dumping it onto my computer.

Maria Bromilow and Nicole sang backup harmonies and gang vocals. It sounds great! I’m curious to hear how it’ll sound next to the other songs on the comp.

I’m very proud of my new 159 Manning Recording Studio.

BTW, I got a huge spike in hits on this here wordpress blog the other day. Almost twice my previous “busiest day”, and nearly 20 times my daily average the past few months.

The weird thing is, the post from that day didn’t generate very much traffic. It appears that one person read over 700 of my blog entries in one sitting? I don’t think that’s even possible, so maybe it was some sort of spam-bot? If it was a person, somebuddy shore knows a lot about me now.


January 13, 2012

I just watched Tasman Richardson’s 2006 video art/essay/manifesto Shadowplay for the first time in 4 or 5 years, and it’s every bit as good as I remember it being. I highly recommend watching it from start to finish when you’ve got 20 minutes to spare.

“What is it that separates us from the animals? Chimps don’t have have the dexterity to make rockets, but they can manage a blade of grass to catch ants. Technology isn’t anything special. It’s our perception of time that segregates us from all other life. It’s our memory and expectations for the particular details that separate us. Scratching, scarring and painting, we’ve been advancing our own brand of memory technology. Monument as momento, making a mark that can outlive friends, family and associates. An elaborate string tied around our fingers. We’re vicarious. We go anywhere, we see anything, through surrogates. The wax cylinder, a photograph. The end of our future is the preservation of the past. The lens defines space, the recording defines time. Our eyes are dead eyes, our memories are dead memories. Because anything can be recorded by anyone; everything will be recorded by everyone.”

Food for thought.

Speaking of remembering the past, Aubrey Jax gave last nights MYOLJ 4.0 a great (and accurate) review on BlogTO today. She’s right, Dear Diary totally made the night. They put together a perfect emo tribute set-list, and then nailed their performance. BOOM!


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