just a reminder that i love christmas music, and i have a bunch of christmassy recordings for you to download for free! just click on the image below. i also uploaded all of the xmas songs to youtube. you can check out the playlist by clicking here, if you're into the streaming thing. i'll also be selling the xmas album at my holiday shows for a very reasonable price, in case people still buy cds.
here is a poster for the show on dec 21 by one of my classmates, hannah fiegenbaum. before you ask, yes, that is a pirate wizard riding a unicorn while shooting lightning, surrounded by sharks jumping out of a ring of hellfire. most rock and roll image of all time? you decide.
so as you can see from the events on the sidebar, i have been a busy booking bee. to maximize holiday spirit and efficiency (aka the heart of rock and roll), i am playing multiple sets at each show. for acoustic blitzen on dec 19 i'm playing with the novemberists and also a solo set (probably just xmas songs), then yellow and static in action are opening for iron giant on dec 21 at a new venue (the billiard connection), and then the novemberists and billie yvette avenue are playing on dec 28th and 29th for a pair of special shows. there may even be one more addition in the works. i'm excited to say that my bud aaron corbett will be playing the show on dec 28th with us. it's been way too long since i have seen him play. his songs are heart-ful pop masterpieces and his stage banter is usually quite entertaining.
i'd like you to check out the newest static in action video. it was filmed by the illustrious jenni welsh and edited by our own harry doyle. the recording was mixed by matty burke of caper radio, and i must say it sounds incredible. i recommend listening with headphones for the full experience.
5 more weeks until i am in the home of my heart again. i have never been so busy with school, but i'm spending my few spare moments trying to book some shows for when i return - you can see the results on the sidebar. hopefully there will be some more stuff on that sidebar before too long. my goal is to play a show with every band i'm in. we'll have to see if that works out.
as you may know, christmas is my favorite time of year, mostly because of the shows that take place in cape breton during the holidays. when everyone comes home from away (hey, i'll be one of them this time!), and every day there's something going on, usually stacked lineups with all the bands you rarely get to see.
anyway, keep checking back, i have a month and some to get my act(s) together, so i suspect there will be updates in the near future! in the meantime, check out a new video by david daix:
here is a new video of static in action live at caper radio! this is one of our newer songs, ultimatum. it's one of my favorite ones to play.
and for those who want more of dave daix, here is one of my favorite songs by him. the lyrics in this one are really wonderful. how great is the phrase "the street-light unhindered"?
out here in bc i've been repping the east coast by playing greg macpherson's company store around the campfire. it makes me nostalgic, and it makes me want to share the video here. it's been hard to explain to non cape bretoners just how much this song means to us, and how it's a theme that's woven into the fabric of our very beings. even without a tradition of mining in my family, it's so much a part of where we live that it resonates in a special way. greg's playing in cb (of course) while i am away this fall.
i'm heading out in 5 days so there probably won't be much to see here for a little while (unless i wax philosophical in my absence). i'm nervous but excited, and maybe it will prove musically inspirational. we'll see what happens. until then, listen to this song by my dear friend dave. his songs are wonderful and thoughtful, probably because he is an awesome guy. as usual, caper radio and jenni welsh have done an amazing job on this video.
here's a couple of videos from a live at caper radio session with my friend catriona sturton and her tour mate (and now my new friend) john carroll. this show and their show at the fudge co the night before were both exceptional. as always, i will suggest to you that you should check out caper's youtube channel because there is always new amazing content.
another thing i want you to look at is this hilarious trailer for the equally hilarious play which stars two of my dearest friends, james and erin thompson. it's playing at the atlantic fringe festival in halifax this year as well as in sydney this coming week. i've seen it twice and highly recommend, if you like awesome acting and hilarious plays, that is.
so lots has been happening to me lately, even though i haven't been posting much (but i have kept the events up to date at least). sorry about that. this summer is pretty busy with non-music related stuff. i have a cool summer job which involves doing a lot of science field work (read: hanging out on cape breton beaches and driving around in boats on the beautiful bras d'or lakes). all of this is in advance of me going to BC for the fall semester to an awesome (and somewhat secluded) marine biology station. so i guess my goal for this summer is to play a lot of music to make up for a quiet autumn.
i didn't really mention it when it happened, but a month or two ago static in action played at the phoenix nightclub and noodle bar in north sydney, which was awesome. it is a really cool place and it's always exciting when a new venue appears. i haven't gotten the chance to try the noodles yet though.
we also played a great show at babas in PEI with ricochet. i absolutely love playing at that place, it reminds me of the maple leaf in sydney. small rooms make for the best shows.
coming up, as you can see on the sidebar, there's a bunch of shows in the near future, all of which i am excited for. yellow's playing with two bands that are amazing - alright already, which is sean macgillivray's band (and possibly one of my favorite bands of all time), and the the pathological lovers (watch / listen to a video here). i can't wait to see this band because it features jody richardson from fur packed action. fur packed are my favorite east coast band that i never got to see live. they played at gobblefest one time, i believe, and i didn't go see them, and then later they broke up. once i discovered their music, i've been kicking myself for missing their show(s) ever since. anyway, i would recommend not missing these shows. if just for the experience of seeing me become a starry-eyed fangirl.