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October 7th – London – London Music Club

I came back to London once again, after getting a phone call from the London Music Club, asking if I’d like to open for another show. I said sure, and found out that it would be for Said The Whale. I was stoked, and even shaved off my ‘moustache’ that I had kinda/sorta/notreally been growing for 2 weeks. More like 2 weaks.

The show that night was awesome, as it was my first time hearing STW since having known about them for a few years. The room was pretty full, and everyone was really into it, even for my set!

That night, back at Reggie’s, I did some laundry, including a little cleaning rag for my guitar. But when I opened it up, I realized that something had been growing in it as there was some sort of larva in it. That’s disgusting for 2 reasons: a) it’s a larva. b) all I clean with that rag is my guitar, which is covered in my sweat, so technically, my sweat breeds larva? Gross.

October 3rd – London – Black Shire Pub

After Guelph I drove back to London, crashing at Reggie’s again.

Shannon and I went out to Spaghetti Eddie’s, whose portions were monstruous, and even my big appetite couldn’t finish the last meatball.

That night I was playing at the Blackshire Pub, with Modernboys Moderngirls, a band I’d heard a lot of buzz about, as well as Jane Carmichael (who had a full backing band).

I went up first (as usual, I am the ‘solo act’), and had quite possibly the largest crowd there. Even old friends from Dryden came out to see it!

Here is a review given by Drew Whitson of the UWO Gazette

*photo by Drew Nelson

Jane Carmichael went up next, playing some awesome radio friendly pop-rock with a guitar player that had the best guitar tone I’ve heard on the entire tour.

Next was Modernboys Modernboys, who delivered a really groovy dance-rock set. Unfortunately, the evening ended on a sour note when tensions flared between MBMG and the JC crew over borrowing a floor tom. It was especially awkward for me as I tried to be friends with both camps.

October 1st – London – London Music Club

London was an incredibly vital part of the tour: not only did I get to see my good friend Reggie (and stay at his house for several nights throughout my southern Ontario adventures).

We met up as I was traveling through to Windsor for some breakfast, and we were joined at one point by the Jessica Ireland, the A&E editor for Interrobang, Fanshawe’s student newpaper.
Also, December 1st was Shannon’s birthday, so we had made arrangements for her to come down and spend a few days with me in the town where she had gone to school. We even scheduled a little photo shoot with a Julie Hodgins-Zillman, a photographer friend of hers.

We also did some wandering around town, visiting some vintage boutiques where they had interesting lamps and more made out of old appliances, as well as handmade dresses and things that were of more interest to her than I! (Dresses just don’t suit me!)

But we also went for a walk through a park, which by god, had the most squirrels I’ve ever seen in one place before. It looked like a sea of sideways-moving moustaches. They were mostly of the black variety too. But I decided to get close, until I did realize (by noticing one of their tails – sparse with hair) that they are in fact part of the rodent family and that they *could* be carrying different diseases and infections should I get bitten. Still, I took the risk and got close!

Honestly, sometimes you just can’t help it, they look so cute despite giving off the impression that they want to fight you…
…fight you hard, and steal your lady.

But enough about squirrels. That night I played at the London Music Club with Pawnshop Diamond (who I played with in Windsor too) and Darelle London. It was the first of several London shows, but not quite the best (in terms of turnout).

Studio Day 7

After the 7th day in the studio, I’ve been able to finish a whole bunch of additional guitar layers.

My friend Curtis Jensen (of Apple Wagon Films) was there for a most of the evening, filming segments of the recording process to be used for the final DVD’s “making of” segment. We’re using performance content from the studio to make up a video for one of the songs, called How Come No Bones, which will feature a drum solo from Reggie Modin.

Also there tonight was Shannon Lepere, snapping some photos! [see left]

As the recording process continues, certain things are becoming more obvious as we move along. For example, some of the standout tracks are becoming clearer, but at the same time, I’m also feeling more confident about some of the other tracks that I thought might be cut out. The tracklisting includes 14 songs, with the idea that several of them could potentially be cut. The original list of 14 was already reduced from close to 20 tracks. This means: that the tracks that make the album will be quality! It’s all for you, the listener!

Studio Day 2

Reggie is the man! That’s right, in 2 days (a total of 12 hours of studio time), he managed to finish all 14 tracks for the new album! Several of which include other layers of percussion on top of them.

So…I’ve attached a video of him getting ready to throw down some conga beats. There’s so much more craziness that we achieved in just 12 hours, but that’ll have to wait. For now, enjoy Reggie and his mask!

Studio Day 1


Day 1 of recording has been completed!

A big thanks to Reggie Modin, who is doing all the drums/percussion on the album, and who managed to crank out 11 out of 14 tracks in our first session! Whataguy!

Tomorrow we continue, including recording a track that will feature Reggie soloing through half of it, as well as other alternative percussion!

I’m so excited to finally have things rolling in the studio, and I shall have more updates soon! I’m getting access to a video camera tomorrow in order to shoot segments of the ‘making of’ portion of the DVD, but I’ll also make sure to throw up some video updates as well!

Stay tuned! Things are coming together very quickly!