CBC Radio 3 Session Podcast

Posted by Colin on Monday October 25, 2010 2 Comments

Clockwise from top left: Me, Wizard Steve, Wizard Jeff, Wizard Zach, Cake, Barbarian Joey.

Back in March my band recorded a live session for CBC Radio 3 at Louis’ in Saskatoon. The show was special for two reasons:

  1. It was our drummer Jeff’s last show with us (hence the cake above)
  2. Barbarian keyboard / percussion player Joey just had a baby and we presented him with a celebratory Gunswordaxe on stage.

Download the podcast!

In related CBC3 news, apparently Maybe Smith is the music of choice for Canada’s literary elite.

soso bares his soul for France

Posted by Colin on Friday June 25, 2010 Comment

My boy soso lays it all out there about our record Tinfoil on the Windows for the music-loving public in France.

Tinfoil is now available in France through Kutu Folk Records!

Tinfoil on the Windows coming to a store in France near you

Posted by Colin on Friday May 14, 2010 3 Comments

My album with soso is getting the reissue treatment by France label Kutu Folk Records June 21st!

The economics of music festivals

Posted by Colin on Friday March 26, 2010 2 Comments

For bands it should be about making conscious decisions. The first one is obvious – should you come to sxsw? The trip back can be a lonely one. Your assigned showcase was east of the highway, or west of Congress, and no one came. Every morning I walked from my hotel to the grocery store for breakfast, and along the way I passed a dozen clubs that had bands playing to no one at 11am. It’s this overkill of content that sxsw is able to thrive on. Every year the festival expands because every band that’s ever been written up on a blog feels like there is a signed record contract waiting for them on the off ramp of the I-35. Bands making bad decisions is part of why big companies are able to prey on the festival as a whole. Every company on earth could program a show at sxsw, because every band thinks the best way to get exposure is to play five shows a day for a week. The Black Lips were written up in The New York Times in 2007 because they played 12 shows at sxsw, because in 2007 no one had done that many shows, and it was a remarkable idea. At this point every band in America is trying to play as many shows as possible, and it’s no longer interesting. Playing that many shows is just going to exhaust you, make your performances less interesting and vital because you are so tired, and just compound your disillusionment when your feat of strength isn’t celebrated by every blog on the internet. It’s about being creative and smart.

Fucked Up wrote a great post on their blog about festivals like SXSW.

Yukon Quest is the Best

Posted by Colin on Friday March 19, 2010 2 Comments

I mentioned a while ago that while I was in Dawson I met JP, Jolie, Isaak, Kale, Jesse, Sarah, Kacie, Johnathon, Teresa, Billy, Cassidy, Emily, Kiara, Jamie, Richard and Cadena—a Grade 3 class full of aspiring indie rock stars led by their teacher, the amazing Mr. Menzies.

Together we wrote a song called “Yukon Quest is the Best” (well, the kids did most of the writing) about the world’s toughest mushing race.

These kids like to connect with the world (they have a buddy class in Sierra Leone!) and they want to share their latest hit:

Yukon Quest is the Best

Cover art by Isaak

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