Archive for May, 2012

Eamon McGrath; Young Canadian

May 25, 2012

I went to the Eamon McGrath show at the Horseshoe last night. It was the official launch party for his new album “Young Canadians”, which has been getting great reviews!

I bought a copy of the record (with $$ from my wallet, it wasn’t a promo copy) from Rotate a few weeks ago, and I’ve been listening to it a lot. This is the album cover:

I’ve posted pictures here and here and here and here from the Summer 2010 European tour that Eamon and I played together in Mohawk Lodge, in support of his album Peacemaker.

We look like we could be brothers. Probably because we’re both of Scottish-Irish decent.

I shot this video of him that summer, in a Liverpool UK graveyard at 5am:

I shot this video a couple weeks later of him singing on the bar @ “L’emile Vache” in Metz, France at 5am:

The Liverpool video with the birds chirping in the background has gotten a lot more views, but the video from L’emile Vache better demonstrates what it’s like to be on tour with Eamon. Keep in mind that Eamon is NOW only 23-years-old and those videos are 2 years old…

8 Tapings Left For Season 8

May 16, 2012

This past Monday, May 14th was band day on the Stroumboulopoulos show. Danielle Duval and her band played in the morning, and Wintersleep played in the afternoon! Danielle’s performance will air this Friday May 18th, Wintersleep will air next week on Friday May 25th!

I loved the 2 new songs Wintersleep played, and Loel’s drums sounded great! I’d estimate that I’ve seen an average of 10 live bands a week, for the past couple of years and “drum tones” are not usually something that crosses my mind, but wow. It could have something to do with the way they were mic-ed, but he’s playing on an old Gretsch kit from the 70’s, so I don’t think I’m just imagining it.

There are only 8 more tapings of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight left for Season 8. Here’s a list of guests that’ll be in the studio:

(tomorrow) Thurs May 17th – Tony Campolo + Calvin Trillin

Tues May 22nd – Nazanine Afshin-Jam
Wed May 23rd – Guest To Be Confirmed
Thurs May 24th – Olympia Dukakis + Enrico Colantoni

Mon May 28th – Vincent Lam + Tony Clement
Tues May 29th – Andrew Coyne
Wed May 30th – Karl and P.K. Subban
Thurs May 31st – Guest To Be Confirmed.

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I’m heading to Shape Note Singing at Bloor Street United after work, and then going to Parts & Labour to do sound for the R. Stevie Moore and Bobby Conn, w/ Canadian Romantic show!

It should be crazy tonight, I’m excited!


May 15, 2012

It’s true; back in the summer of 2000, I was an subscription-card model for HM (aka Heaven’s Metal) Magazine, which is THE premier source covering your favorite Christian punk, metal, goth, rock and hip-hop groups.

I spent 2 months as a full time intern at HM’s office in Austin, TX for the duration of April and May of 2000 (which I wrote a bit about here), and due to the training and encouragement I received from editor/publisher Doug Van Pelt and ad salesman Wesley Denton, it was the best internship I ever had!

Back-issues are hard to find, but if you are able to score some copies of HM circa 2000 to 2003 you will almost certainly come across some of my writing and interviews in there.

Don’t Stop Believin’

May 12, 2012

I think my favorite Choir!Choir!Choir! recording on their (Choir Masters Nobu and Daveed’s) Soundcloud is us (the Choir and Choir Masters) all singing Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

I also love the Harp Twins’ own recording of Don’t Stop Believin’.

I really want to hear what we’d all sound like together. Probably something like this, but better!!

I like to pretend that I’m the city boy born and raised and south Detroit (since Windsor is south of Detroit) that’s sung about in the 1st verse. Even though I’ve been on a midnight train taking me anywhere for a long time, I’m still not supposed to stop believin’ BECAUSE the movie never ends; it goes on, and on, and on, and on…

How Does It Feel?

May 11, 2012

Choir!Choir!Choir! practice on Tuesday was amazing! We sang Blue Monday and Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order. New Order/Joy Division is one of my all-time favorite bands!! Maybe one day we’ll sing Love Will Tear Us Apart, and I’ll softly cry tears of joy for the entire practice.

I went to see Unfinished Business at the Toronto No Thaw matinee show behind Chosen Vintage and Ruins last Saturday afteroon. They’re so funny! A trio of 11-to-13 year-old girls who are all BFF’s playing smart-ass songs about people falling off pogo sticks, falling down the stairs and your science teacher hating you, is the perfect antidote to the typical unimaginative dude-rock bands!

Not that I don’t like dude-rock bands. I’m a dude, and I like to rock (or as they’d say in Michigan, I like to “RACK”)! But when I see and hear the same thing expressed over and over again, it gets to be a giant yaaaawwwnnnnn. Yeah, that’s what HE said. Insert snoring sound here. I went to see Little Orton Hoggit and His Ten Cent Wings last month, and that was great!

Somehow I find it hard to yawn about a jokey-country super-group whose members are all technical wizards on their instruments, excellent showmen, have a giant T-shirt mascot named MRCHy and a shock-jock DJ named Skip with his own radio station MRCH, as part of their act. There’s a lot of work and skill going into that act, yet it’s so genuinely light-hearted!

Nana I Miss You!

May 11, 2012

I got the new Allison and Lauren Knight illustrated book in the mail today, titled “Nana I Miss You”. I purchased it here.

This is my official portrait I commissioned them to draw of of me. Read about their process of drawing it by clicking here.

Allison and Lauren’s portraits are available for commission; starting between $2000 and $5000 per portrait depending on the size, content, etc…

Nicole instagramed me this picture of somebody at the Vanderbilt Summer Home today. Pfft! I’ll bet his wasn’t painted by twins.