The first test pressing of the new EP is in! Follow me as I go through the lathe-cut vinyl process with Malin Johnson down at Monotype Audio in Toronto, ON. It was great to catch up with a fellow northerner (he’s from Elliott Lake, ON) as well as learn all about his process. Keep in mind, these aren’t PRESSED vinyl records, they’re lathe-cut, which are great for limited edition specialty records on all kinds of materials.
For more information and to get a quote on your next run of limited edition vinyl, visit their Facebook page.
When I was getting ready for the European tour in November, I was pretty stressed with things to do, but when the TFO television show BRBR reached out about participating in an interview and some live performances, I couldn’t help but say yes! Naturally, everything would have to be done in French. Everyone already assumes that I’m francophone because of my first name, so my first thoughts were “great, now EVERYone will assume I’m francophone.” Not that that’s a bad thing! But there are only so many times that I want to get asked “parlez vous francais?” after introducing myself. Fun fact: I’ve even had people say that they heard a French accent when I sing!
The crew showed up on Thanksgiving weekend to film two songs in my living room, and they were incredibly professional and fun! Above is a live version of my song “Blue”, while below is the full episode, cued to a performance of my newest song “An Ode To This City.” Enjoy!
If you want to hear my speak poorly in French and give shoutouts to some TBay bands and venues, check out this quick little interview:
To see and read more about the BRBR team’s experiences in TBay, check out their blog entry.
In January of 2014, a friend of mine from New Brunswick asked me to be a part of a long distance collaboration project. Jai Sadler (aka John Adam Ian) used to play in the metal band We, The Undersigned (great band name), but has since moved on and now lives in Montreal. He had written an instrumental and wanted me to try singing on it. Well, about a year and 9 months later I finally got around to contributing my part. Along with some melodic input from his former bandmate and fellow friend Andy Stevens, I wrote some words, sang them, and then took Jai’s stem tracks and mixed, edited and tweaked some things before sending it back. So, it’s with pleasure that I present to you a project that took way too long for me to finally participate in, but I’m glad I did. Who knows… there might be more on the way!
While I was on the European Tour in November, I stopped in at RadioWeser.TV in Delmenhorst, Germany to record this live version of “Break My Soul.” It was VERY early in the morning, so you might hear some morning voice peeking through!
Thanks to Mark Sender and the rest of RadioWeser.TV for the interview and live performances.
With Christmastime around the corner, Shannon and I were fortunate to find out that we’ll be heading to Hawaii to swim and hike instead of shovelling snow. In honour of that (and the fact that National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is her family’s favourite holiday movie) here’s our rendition of the Hawaiian classic, Mele Kalikimaka. It features me playing ukulele for the first time on a recording (thanks Mom, for lending me yours!), as well as Shannon making a nice return to being in front of a microphone!
Enjoy the free download and Happy Holidays from Shannon & I!