click here to download an mp3 of part of a CBC special on cape breton indie rock from 2006. there's some tom fun, 3 piece suit, lighthouse choir, and hulk out and kill in there. my friend thomas allen sent it to me today and it made me so happy to remember how crazy and busy and exciting everything used to be (insert jaded here). although during the ecmas she's talking about in the interview, i think i played 11 sets between tom fun, yellow, and solo, and ended up losing my voice and crying in a hotel room in the afternoon of the last day, haha.
it made me search out this old thing. when i was a teenager i had a subscription to chart magazine and pictures of our lady peace and i mother earth all over my walls (i also liked cool bands like thrush hermit and the inbreds, so don't get all judgy, i was like 14 for frig sake), and i dreamed of the day i would be in that mystical publication. so when this happened i was kinda super stoked. anyway, just thought i'd share. all about the old times lately.
here is a video of the novemberists from a show at the cb fudge co in, well, november of 2012. it was shot by jenni welsh c/o caper radio, and edited by ashley harding. check out some of ashley's awesome photos here. she's been photoing some recent shows, including the novembs and two yellow sets, and the results are awesome.
also i recently wrote a poem thing about steelworkers hall, the one-time all ages venue in sydney that is now a sears department store. walking in there last year brought me so many weird sad feelings that i almost had a recent parcel delivered to a distant sears in coxheath to avoid having to go in there. but that was a silly waste of gas, so i did it, but got all stirred up again and wrote this. it's weird, you don't always realize the impact a place can have on you til it changes, or is suddenly gone -- i always thought it was just a dirty old hall, and looking back it's one of the homiest places i can think of. i bet the people who owned it never knew it meant anything to any of us. anyway, i posted it to facebook and some people enjoyed it, so i thought i'd leave it here as well. maybe one day i'll turn it into a song.
Last summer I bought a dress online
It was just something to go over a bathing suit; I’m scared of getting burnt
And when it came I had to go and pick it up.
I parked in the lot where we smoked and played hackey sack
I walked past the railing where harry hurt his knee skating
And pulled open the door that never quite closed all the way.
I winced at the big grey handle and the sound of the metal bar on the second door and
I walked into the room where my younger self stood.
She would never have worn a dress; even bathing suits were too girly
She swam in shorts and a black band t-shirt.
I walked across the beigy grey-flecked tiles
Dirty, not from mud and cigarette ashes on the bottom of 50 chucks,
but streaked with parallel lines of rubber from wheeling the fridges and ranges in.
The stage is a washing machine showcase – their chrome handles sparkle at eye level
You can just imagine the clothes whirling through the polished glass portholes.
In the small room, the green floor was carpeted over and lined with shelves.
The floor where Isaac stood
and sang into the mic as Slowcoaster set up,
The background in that picture of Melissa.
I got my stupid dress, and the counter girl didn’t understand
Why picking up this particular parcel should make me so sad
Or why next time I’ll be angry or sullen.
Who wouldn’t be stoked to get some duvet clips?
The pinnacle of adult life is luxurious bedclothes.
Maybe one day we can turn all our music places into stores
And we can shop til we’re so tired and thirsty
That we line up in the drive-thru for shitty coffee to sustain our shopping
Until the lineup spills onto the street and we block the traffic going somewhere else.
here is a new / old tune i wrote. the words were weird so i never played it, but recently i rewrote the bits that were bothering me so now it's good. click here to download. thanks to my pal rob macaulay for recording this demo for me. i'll put it in the music section as soon as i learn how!
They’re tearing down the house next door
They began while I was sleeping
I dreamed of giant insects clawing at my door
I awoke to find a similar thing
I can feel a hollow space inside of me
Solid ground is shifting where I stand
The backdrop of my childhood memories
Now exists complete in naught but photographs
They could have picked a better time
Than December fifteenth
To expose my house on the northern side
To the winter wind
But that is the way time falls
Change is a thing that you can't tame
When alarming crashes sound from just beyond your walls
You can choose to run away or to remain
This year I saw in mid-November
A pair of tiny flying things
And it broke my heart to see them
And I hoped not to see them again
One day my house will fall down
And it will leave no lasting trace
No signpost to stand where I spent all this time
No one left to speak my name
I saw moths in mid-November
What a strange and sorry thing
Do they know their lives are over
When the frost begins?
it's almost time! i have a crazy week of schoolwork ahead of me and then it's time for super fun xmas music extravaganza time.
and i guess it is time to let the cat out of the bag and announce - the return of YELLOW! we'll it's not technically a return, since it's an entirely different lineup but it will be me and some amazing people playing yellow songs. technically this will be the 4th completely different lineup that i've played these songs with (yellow4.0). this time around i'm joined by devon strang (drums), mike morrison (of rock ranger fame, guitar), jason burke (guitar - yes that's right including me there are 3 GUITARS) and harry doyle (bass). if you've forgotten or never knew what yellow sounded like, i suggest you listen to this or this.
in non-yellow-related news, i am super excited to play christmas songs again (check out the music section for my christmas album), and it looks like i might be playing with all of my bands at some point or other over christmas break. now that's what i call comfort and joy. i'll update the events as they get confirmed.
hi. i've updated the videos section with two static in action videos, including this one, from gobblefest 2012:
also, i am very excited because my decemberists tribute band, the novemberists, are getting all together for the first time in a while and playing a double header on november 23. 4/6 of us busked together during lumiere this year and it was so nice we had to see if we could play a couple of real shows. luckily, our keyboard player, kristen, had already booked a gig with her other (amazing) band, young wanda, so it worked out perfectly. i really missed playing with these guys over the last few months. we're all really great pals and i think we play great together. in case you wanna hear check this one out:
another thing i'm working on is a mini maritime tour for static in action and the shithawks in the new year. i'll keep you updated.
this weekend is gobblefest. you can't miss it!
to prove to dad that i'm not a fool. little adam sandler reference for you there.
many unusual things are happening to me lately, i have a birthday coming up and an appointment for a few small tattoos with an amazing tattoo artist. she's so good i wish i wasn't too chicken to get a large piece. i have also recently had a hankering to write some short stories, including a sci-fi one about various scientific paths to immortality. haha. who knows, maybe this will get my songwriting juices flowing again.
there are a few shows added over in the sidebar there, and some gigs coming up with static in action and billie yvette avenue too, so i'm looking forward to that. static in action are closing out lumiere in sydney this year under the library's overhang, so that's gonna be neat. it's an event called making noise at the library, and i think there's gonna be music inside the library all night too. i can't wait to see all the neat installations. here's a video about last year's lumiere:
ruth is one of my faves for sure. one time my mom was listening to joel plaskett and "blinding light" came on, and my mom asked if it was me singing with joel plaskett. and it made me soooo happy because that was the best compliment. but yeah, ruth is amazing. she has guest starred on every album ever and writes the best songs, which makes her kind of my hero. if you are the one person who hasn't heard her lovely voice, check out the video below:
in non-music related news, i was on the radio talking about science recently which is always fun. you can hear it here.
also, i'm keeping a little secret for a while that involves jamming with some cape breton rock musicians on a project that makes me a little nostalgic... that's all i'm saying for now.