Archive for April, 2014

Some Things Never Change And Some Things Stay the Same

April 30, 2014

Photo by Ava Clark. Windsor ON. 1997

Photo by Ivy Lovell. Toronto ON. 2014

NXNE announced another wave of artists added to their lineup this year. I really like this video Lola made for them!

I will soon announce the line-ups for this years 159 Manning BBQ’s!

Karaoke Is Taking Over My Life

April 29, 2014

I made a facebook group for Good Enough Live Karaoke!. Join the group to receive updates about future shows, read the list of songs currently in our repertoire, or to submit a song request!

As I’ve been describing the project to a number of people, it seems very common for people to be confused about what it is we do. You choose a song from our list (we’re at 130+ songs and counting), grab a lyric sheet, and come up on stage to front the band. Givin”er is encouraged. It’s like karaoke anywhere else, except with a live backing band instead of a CD.

Our next show will be Thursday May 15th at Parts & Labour. Doors are at 10pm, we start playing at 11pm and don’t stop playing or leave the stage until 2:30am. It’ll be our host Madge’s birthday that night, so by her request all attendee’s are encouraged (but not required) to wear all white that night.

Why Am I Doing This?!?

April 20, 2014

I’ve come up with a theme for this years BBQ’s; WHY AM I DOING THIS?!

It’s a serious, hypothetical, funny and existential question all at once! Riddle me this. I’m trying to figure out how to curate, organize and finance these 2 parties so it’s ACTUALLY a fun experience for everyone involved, that enough people ACTUALLY WANT to come to, and how I can do it without losing money. I can’t afford to lose money on this because I currently make less than $20k/year, soooo…..

I’ve got Buck 65, Biblical, the Golden Dogs and a lot of other first-rate bands and artists all committed to performing; Justin Peroff’s been a huge support in pulling this all together; M for Montreal is putting a lot of their resources towards the BBQ on June 20th; and NXNE has arranged for Death Hymn Number 9 and MAS YSA to play. Everyone’s interest and support means so much to me, I’m just worried because I want the BBQ’s to both be SO FUCKING AWESOME from start to finish, and anything less than that is going to be a disappointment to me.

This is the paradox, I call my karaoke band “Good Enough” because we’re going for silver and bronze, quantity over quality. 3.5 hour sets with 120 songs of various genres in our repertoire, and getting out there and doing it. Performance over practice (though there is a shit-tonne of practicing involved). It’s about the attitude, having amateur singers get up and give it. Loving the songs and putting yourself into it, and having a good time are more important than a perfect performance. In contrast the BBQ’s are going for the gold, all killer no filler.

Speaking of karaoke; THIS THURSDAY, April 24th, the Good Enough KARAOKE BAND will be performing at the Press Club. Our guitar player Jesse Bellon put his MFA from York University (specializing in experimental video), to use and put this 2 minute clip together of our Karaoke band performance in February. It’s fun learning this many songs so quickly in such a wide variety of styles, especially since this is the first band I’ve ever played guitar in (besides Feral Cell, which doesn’t really count).

This. Thursday. April. 24th. At. The. Press. Club. 850 Dundas St W.

Spring Cleaning

April 14, 2014

Winter is finally over, and my brain is beginning to recover from 2+ months of flat-lining (I’m usually okay until early February), so I decided to do a spring cleaning of my face yesterday afternoon.

This is my beard on the floor of my office. All that hair is now in the garbage can in my kitchen.

And I present to you some beard related pics I’ve saved from Reddit over the past year or so:

Teenagers From Marrs

April 2, 2014

The gig on Sunday was amazing! Everything I hoped it would be. My life-long musical aspirations of singing Smiths, Misfits and Minor Threat covers in a dirty dingy basement were finally fulfilled. It only took me 20 years of playing in and documenting shitty bands that nobody else but me gave or gives a fuck about to make this one night happen!! Wooooo…..

We dragged Chris Colohan (Burning Love, ex-Left For Dead, ex-Cursed) up to sing the Minor Threat songs with us, which I think is pretty brag-worthy.

Fraser photoshopped together this representation of our band for Sunday night. I think it looks pretty bad-ass. The Smithfits brand is Scott Wade’s thing, so next time we do a Misfits/Smiths covers set we’ll have to bill ourselves as Teenagers From Marrs. Get it? Teenagers from Mars is a Misfits song, and Johnny Marr was the guitar player in the Smiths. Get it?! Not nearly as good a name as Smithfits, but still pretty clever if you ask me. OR if we ever do an all-Misfits covers set, we could bill ourselves as The Fake Misfits, but then people might think we’re the actual current Misfits…but that’s what makes it funny!

I recorded a live-off-the-floor demo of us playing This Charming Man last week in my basement. I think it turned out pretty good considering we’re just a karaoke band, and this was the 3rd time we’d ever played the song together.

Our next karaoke night is Thursday April 24th @ the Press Club, and then we’ll return to Parts & Labour on Thursday May 15th.