old times and new times

the rock ranger show was pretty exceptional. it brought back many memories and there were sad feelings mixed in with happy ones. it was truly bittersweet for me, because when i was younger, i looked up to those guys so much. i would have given my right arm to play a song with rock ranger. and then i got to do it, but only after jay was gone. harry recorded the whole thing, you can watch it below.

on a personal note of dissatisfaction: you may notice in the video that for the first half of the show, a dude was taking photos right in the face of the band members. i'm not against taking show photos, but this guy was super disruptive and blocking the crowd's view of the band, not just for a song or two, but for a full half of the band's setlist.

please, photographers, be considerate of the crowd that came to see the band play. you are not the only person at the show. especially when the show is a very emotional moment that involves cathartic release for people who have lost a friend. if you are a good photographer, you don't need to take one thousand photos to get good shots, or you can probably get some good shots using methods that don't ruin the show for everyone else. i personally was super distracted by this guy jostling me and standing in front of me with a giant camera (AND ignoring my requests to, uh, not do those things) that it really almost ruined an important event for me. so yeah, don't be a selfish jerk. that's my public service announcement for the day.

Posted: 2014-09-02 15:32:20 UTC by ap

from cape breton island

Posted: 2014-08-16 11:54:02 UTC by ap

rainy days revisited

this summer has been so full. full of swimming, and boats, and gardens and little woodland creatures. in between my summer revelry, i've managed to record a few things, and i'm putting them here for you to listen to.

first, i recently celebrated with two dear friends of mine as they got married. for the occasion, i wrote them a song called "like a kite" which you can download here. it features morgan currie on the fiddle.

second, i was asked to record a cover of a mike o'neill song for an upcoming tribute album. this was very exciting because mike is one of my very favorite artists of all time. it comes with a little story: back in the day i was watching "much east", and i believe they were having a "wake" for the inbreds, as they recently decided to disband. mike was talking about his next project, and said he would be making a demo, and if people wanted to hear it he'd send them a cassette for 7 or 8 dollars or something. so of course i wrote in to perimeter records and requested one, and one of my favorite songs on it was a b-side called in the back of my mind which never made it onto a mike o'neill record. so here is my version of it.

finally, that lovely wedding i went to made me feel a bit croony, so i recorded a few oldies on the baritone uke that i learned for the event. enjoy!

Posted: 2014-07-28 21:25:18 UTC by ap

anticipation in action

i don't really have much to say today but i wanted to draw your attention to the june 7th show with static in action. that's because we're going to be debuting some new songs that are guaranteed to knock your socks off.

also, on a personal note i have a degree in biology now! yay. i've got a super sweet research job for the summer and i'll be offering some music lessons starting soon. i'll make a post about that soon with more details.

Posted: 2014-05-15 14:34:04 UTC by ap

day off videos

as promised, here are a few originals that never got the studio or demo treatment as of yet. featuring a special appearance by my parent's dog, sady and some BC seaweed. the first one, we are islands, is a love song about science. the second is just a love song, and the third is a friend song about my pal dave.

Posted: 2014-05-01 18:16:13 UTC by ap

i am a fan of this band

the pathological lovers have released a new 4-song ep. you should totally buy it (it's worth way more than $4). also watch this video:

Posted: 2014-04-26 16:27:36 UTC by ap

another yellow video

here's another one:

Posted: 2014-04-25 20:00:13 UTC by ap

vid-yellow

harry stuck a camera on a tripod during our last gig at the fox den and captured these videos. the incomparable sean macgillivray is backing me up on the vocals which is always awesome.

for your sake:

and canopy:

here is the same song (an earlier version of the song, and a completely different lineup) taken in 2002! twelve years really makes a difference.

yellow - canopy at the polish village 2002 from cblocals on Vimeo.

Posted: 2014-04-22 19:18:29 UTC by ap

more covers

here are two more cover songs that i recorded today. the first is evaporated by ben folds, and the second is judy g by sarah harmer and her old band weeping tile. next on the list is going to be some original songs that i haven't gotten around to demo-ing yet.

keep an eye on the sidebar for upcoming events, including a yellow show on the 19th. i will have just finished all of my school work two days before hand so it might be a real good one. plus my pal lachie's band dyscontrol is playing too. at any rate, you can buy me a graduation drink!

Posted: 2014-04-07 23:23:45 UTC by ap

suppertime

maybe i will start making cell phone videos when i have spare time. here is possibly my favorite odds song ever, suppertime.

Posted: 2014-04-04 21:52:36 UTC by ap
October
11
07:00pm
gobblefest songwriter session
st. patrick's church
Solo and Harmonia
Gfest
October
12
04:00pm
gobblefest all ages!
new dawn, nepean st.
Gfest
October
19
07:00pm
the show of friendship 2
island arts cafe
Solo
October
23
09:30pm
punk rock and a play
highland arts theatre, bentinck street
October
25
10:00pm
sia with the stogies
governor's pub