Cuff the Duke (2003)

I bought this tshirt at Hillside Music Festival in Guelph in 2003 after rollicking set in the side tent which was where the youth committee selected artists were playing that year. Cuff the Duke and Metric were notable performers that year. I think they might have still been on Three Gut Records at the time.Continue reading “Cuff the Duke (2003)”

Poorfolk (ca. 2009)

I bought the shirt at a Poorfolk concert at the Smiling Buddha, a small bar on Dundas West in Toronto. They were the band and opening act for an incarnation of Ryder Havdale’s The Mohawk Lodge. All around great show. I was there to see my old buddy Scott Freeman who played bass in PoorfolkContinue reading “Poorfolk (ca. 2009)”

The Guest Bedroom (2008)

I bought this shirt at a concert at the upstairs bar of Sneaky Dee’s at College and Bathurst in Toronto. My friend Al Kelley was playing bass in the band. It’s a way back there in terms of how long ago the show was, so not sure I could say much about it. I dugContinue reading “The Guest Bedroom (2008)”

The Marato (2001)

I bought this shirt at The Marato’s last ever show on September 10th 2001 at El Macombo in Toronto. That’s a fact I was recently reminded of by the lead singer Jonathan Pearce. It was probably their CD release and then the band broke up. You can buy it here: https://blueskiesturnblack.bandcamp.com/album/dirty-stories Other members of thatContinue reading “The Marato (2001)”

Basement tapes: phone messages

In conjunction with this year’s virtual Basement Tapes Day celebrations on October 17th, we’d like to share a glimpse into the more esoteric side of the history of recorded audio by looking at two strange and yet commonplace recordings we’ve managed to dredge up. These recordings are from two different eras of telecommunication. The firstContinue reading “Basement tapes: phone messages”

Basement tapes: microcassettes

Sometime circa 2002 my wife bought me this sweet little SONY recording unit. Probably this device was used most commonly to record interviews or as a dictation machine. Its portability and compactness are useful for discrete recording and it is a fairly quiet unit. I have recorded music ideas, trial runs of stories for readings,Continue reading “Basement tapes: microcassettes”

Collecting royalties – where do I start?

Whether or not you’ve been a performing musician for a long time or a new recording musician just looking for collecting on digital distribution (spoiler, its not going to be much) its best to register your works with SOCAN and at least a couple of the organizations listed below. This is a great chart courtesyContinue reading “Collecting royalties – where do I start?”

15 irregular albums I have listened to repeatedly

In going back over my Facebook account I was thinking how different social media was in the late 2000s, that first decade of the new Millennium. Less ad driven perhaps. More creative and personal? Here’s a post I found in my neophyte days of social media. A lot of the sentiments here are still trueContinue reading “15 irregular albums I have listened to repeatedly”