Archive for October, 2013

Eyes On You

October 27, 2013

I recorded Fill Spectre playing our song Eyes On You here at 159 Manning last Monday. I think it captures exactly what we sound like live.

I took these pictures of Jay and Robyn just before our set at the Silver Dollar on Thursday.

We had 18 out of 20 patrons at the bar dancing, for the entire 10 song set. I think that’s a pretty good average!


October 10, 2013

BOOM! McCready Minute #23

After I posted it last night I had an anxiety attack thinking that my friends shooting Minor would think I was being passive aggressive with them (because that would be dick move on my part), but NO. Yesterday was great and I was totally into being asked to shoot with them, and whatever comes out of my mouth in these videos, that’s just the nature of the exercise. I get a rough idea on impulse and then immediately shoot and post. I don’t even know I’m saying, but I’m willing to stick to it. #23 ended up manifesting into 4 parts; dancing, talking about mental health, a dear diary moment of what I did with my day, followed by a quick rant about working freelance.

Here’s the trailer we shot yesterday:

Jay is the one singing in the band, featuring members of his new band The Green Ray. Jay and I also play together in Fill Spectre. Here’s a couple of pictures of us playing at Kops Records 2 last week:

Here’s a picture of me playing drums with my shirt off at Castle Garbage’s debut show earlier that night:

The word is the other guys want to change the name again to Soft Hell, which I’m sort of against on the principal that we burnt the band name list but I’m fine with whatever as long as we don’t change it again.

Here’s a track I recorded and mixed from Tess Parks & Good People’s show at P&L on October 3rd. The song is called Somedays.

I think it sounds pretty good, and it’s a catchy song. It sounds to me like a relaxed Courtney Love fronting a dreamy Shoegaze Britpop band. Listen to the boom-boom-boom of the floor tom at the beginning between 5 seconds and 13 seconds, and the bass that comes in louder 2/3 of the way in. The song builds. Tess is one of the leads in the movie Minor, the movie I helped shoot the Kickstarter trailer for yesterday. They just need an Executive Producer to come in and put the campaign over the top and greenlight production. 48 hours to go! Click here to view the campaign. It’s worth checking out even if you don’t have $$$ to contribute.

Scotch Talk

October 6, 2013

I color/pattern-coded channels 9 through 16 on the snake at Parts & Labour yesterday afternoon, and taped up the ends of 8x 25 foot xlr’s to correspond with each channel. It makes line-checks and wading through a mass of cables much easier during changeovers between bands.

I listened to this song on repeat all day.

Vogueing to showcase my most prominent/distinct physical feature; being left-handed. ba-DOOM-crassshh.

I didn’t see too much at Nuite Blanche but I did drink the rest of my bottle of Glenlivet at home around midnight last night.

Jog and a Haircut

October 2, 2013

I started reading the Ian Svenonius (AKA the Sassiest Boy in America) book I bought this weekend. It starts with an interview with Brian Jones via seance, with his insights about turning your band into a cult, and it is RIGHT up my alley! I would place this book in the same category as Rock and The Pop Narcotic by Joe Carducci.

I was listening to Bry Webb’s record from last year in the living room while I was reading.

I spent the afternoon in my backyard building this baffle, 2 panels framed with 2×4’s, faced with 3/4″ plywood on one side, filled with insulation, faced on the backside with heavy cardboard and covered on both sides with a mexican blanket. The 2 panels are connected with a piano hinge, which I covered with gaff tape on both sides to minimize sound leakage through the (almost non-existent) gap between the 2 panels.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be at Parts & Labour the next 4 nights.