Archive for November, 2013

Karaoke Band Demo

November 29, 2013

During the break between songs at Choir!Choir!Choir! practice on Tuesday, I had 5 different people ask me about the Karaoke band I posted about last week on FB. I was hired to do this for a private Christmas party, so unfortunately I can’t invite anyone BUT if all goes well, we’ll probably keep this project going.

It’s come together very quickly. I asked Jesse Bellon and Samson to play guitar, Craig Mailman to play bass, Fraser McEvoy to play drums, with me on keys. We had our first jam this past Monday and hacked our way through 15 songs in 4 hours and were surprised how good we were!

On Wednesday we were asked by the client (not sure of who it is, I was asked to do this by a 3rd party) to submit a demo video. We were without Fraser or Craig that day so I filled in on drums:

I guess the client approved of our performance because they gave us back this list of 25 songs from an original list of 60 songs I’d submitted.

1. Surrender – Cheap Trick
2. Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
3. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
4. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
5. Hey Ya – Outkast
6. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
7. Like a Virgin – Madonna
8. Like a Prayer – Madonna
9. Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
10. Alive – Pearl Jam
11. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
12. All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
13. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
14. Wonderwall – Oasis
15. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
16. White Wedding – Billy Idol
17. Last Christmas – Wham
18. Rockin Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
19. Helter Skelter – The Beatles
20. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
21. Night Moves – Bob Seger
22. Creep – Radiohead
23. Jumping Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
24. Keep On Rocking In the Free World – Neil Young
25. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

There is much jamming to be done between now and Thursday, but it’s been fun pulling this together. Wish us luck!

The Partisan

November 13, 2013

“It’s been a long time since I post a blog yeahh” duh-na duh-na nah naaaaa Imagine me singing that to the tune of Led Zeppelin’s Rock n Roll. I think this McCready Minute I recorded yesterday may be my favorite one yet, I dedicate it to the memory of Lou Reed (R.I.P.) and his album Metal Machine Music.

I recorded a cover of me singing Leonard Cohen’s song The Partisan on Monday for Remembrance Day. My francais is terrible so I have no idea if the french lyrics I got from the internet even make sense or if I’m pronouncing the words correctly, AND I played it a little too fast, but I do love the song, and I hope that comes across in my performance. Just listen, don’t judge. No vocal effects or processors were used for the cookie monster vocals at 0:45.

Here’s some pictures I took at Noah Mintz’s place last week at the Fat Fat Sounds Living Room Session Vol 1 recording.

The purpose of the night was to have a few artists perform 2 songs each restricted to vocals and acoustic guitar, recorded with a single high quality condenser mic, through a Neve preamp and API compressor, straight onto a half-inch 2-track tape machine. In other words, it’s a really bare-bones recording setup, using extremely high-quality gear. It’s a concept which I find interesting, and I’m looking forward to hearing how the recordings turned out.


Stephen Prickett and his friend whose name I didn’t catch started off the night followed by Stevie Joffe and his friend whose name I didn’t catch either.

Then the big guns came out! Hayden played a couple of his old tunes. He’ll be playing a full set at the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday November 30th.

He was followed by Luke Kuplowsky aka LUKA, who played a couple of songs from his new album “Calling All Cats Black” which was officially released yesterday. You can check out the album steam here.

Brendan Canning played a couple of his new songs accompanied by Rosie June. He’ll be kicking off his North American tour for his new album You Gots 2 Chill on Saturday at Lee’s Palace.

Noah, the host, the man-of-the-hour, closed the evening with a song interspersed with a funny/cute/awkward/endearing story about a girl he used to see everyday at a bakery down the street from his house. It was a really nice vibe that night and a privilege to enjoy the performances in such an intimate setting.

Last Thursday I played a show with Jenna Rogers aka Only Child at Sneaky Dee’s.

We had 7 practices within a span of 2 weeks leading up to the show, so I think we came together really well! I took this picture of Jenna at one of the rehearsals in my basement. I like using smoke machines, black lights and lasers even at practice because it feels like playing in a club at midnight even if it’s 3 in the afternoon.

I’ve posted a couple of upcoming dates she’ll be playing below. I miiiiight be playing the show on the 29th with her, not sure, but definitely not playing the show at the Common. Only Child is still essentially a solo act, but I’m happy to step in on drums or whatever when appropriate to the setting.

I shot this video last night: