Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hear us on CBC Radio One's "Bandwidth" Today (Jan 26)

Vile Richard's "Hockey Song" is on the playlist for CBC Radio One's "Bandwidth" today (Jan 26, 2013).  You can hear the show live on the radio if you've got the Ottawa feed for Radio One.  You can also hear the stream online: http://www.cbc.ca/bandwidth/

Friday, December 23, 2011

"Vile Christmas" Now Available for Download

We're happy to get the word out that Vile Christmas is now available for purchase and download at CDBaby.

Over the years we haven't just recorded songs for albums -- we've also made recordings for our family and friends. Vile Christmas is a collection of some of these recordings. These songs were not recorded for radio play, but to amuse family and friends and to provide an interesting gift for the holidays. We hope that these recordings will amuse you too. We had a lot of fun making them. We hope you have just as much fun listening to them.

http://cdbaby.com/vilerichard1

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Download Club: Issue #6

Back before Vile Richard even existed as a band, Andrew and I went to school at McMaster University and we played in a band called Rice. It was folky stuff with lots of covers thrown in. We played weekly shows in Hamilton's Hess Village and met a lot of interesting characters. I could probably write a book about my time in Rice and maybe I will one day...

Around this time, Andrew came across an ad in the paper (at least I think that's how it came about). A chubby local songwriter (Bruce Hotchkies) was looking for local bands to record some songs for a compilation CD of his own work which he was putting together. Andrew picked a couple of songs from the demo tape Bruce had given him and, as a band, we went into the studio and recorded them.

By the time the CD was released, I had moved from McMaster University to the University of Toronto and Vile Richard was in full swing. Before we hit the stage at the release party, Andrew went through the audience selling copies of Rice CDs in Ziploc bags filled with uncooked rice. My initial skepticism was proved to be unfounded as I watched him find enthusiastic buyers, Bruce's wife among them. It was to be only the beginning of Andrew selling things I would have sworn up and down could never be sold.

When our turn came around that night at the Cameron House, Ted, who was in Vile Richard at the time played drums for us. It was a loose, spontaneous and generally barely rehearsed set that we played. Personally, I had found the uncertainty of the situation stressful, but Ted told me that it was a test of the true musician to see how s/he would survive in such a situation. I took that as a lesson that night and going forward. You prepare as much as you can, but when an unrehearsed moment happens, you dive right in and hope for the best. More often than not, it works out well. When it doesn't, you learn from that too.

This past week, as I was packing up some CDs for storage, I came across Bruce's CD. It's called "A Different Point of View". I don't think of it much, but I do occasionally come across it in my local used CD shop. It seemed like the right kind of track for this month's free download, since this CD was always a free, promotional item. (Which makes it all the more baffling to think that people have sold copies to record shops).

Here's In the Mood for a Little Heartache, with Heather Begg on vocals.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Vile Richard releases new single

PRESS RELEASE:

Vile Richard releases new single.

Music is prayer, and my first experience with christian music was at the 12th World Youth day in Paris, France (1997). It was then I was introduced to the many, many different styles of music which made up what can be called Christian Music. This opened my mind to the potentials and diversity of Christian Music, being not just hymns anymore, but high energy "rocking" praise. Music still consisting of one, constant, eternal, never-ending message...

Jesus is Love
Jesus is Here & Now
Jesus is the Rock

If you don't know Jesus then welcome.

Welcome to the Rock

This same revitalization of faith and the demonstrated sharing of Jesus' message was brought alive again in me years later after graduating McMaster University. I found myself at their doorsteps in early 2001 and am deeply fortunate to have worked with staff and youth at the Living Rock Ministries. (http://www.livingrock.ca)

Vile Richard hopes we've captured the energy and spirit of the Rock in our tune "Welcome to the Rock" and it's available for download today!

Vile Richard wishes the Living Rock the very best 25 year Anniversary & a reunion of friends both staff and youth. May there be many more years to come.

Sincerely,

Andrew Vanhorn, on behalf of
Vile Richard
http://www.VileRichard.com
http://vilerichard-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

"Welcome to the Rock"
CREDITS:
Drums - Nathan Crockett
Bass, Background Vocals - Rob Sousa
Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals - Andrew Vanhorn
Lead Guitar - Ryan Barber

Produced by Vile Richard (A. Vanhorn & O. Alders)
Recorded off the floor at Middle Road Studios, Kingston, ON
Sound Engineer: Andrew Vanhorn
Mixed at Morph Productions, Toronto, ON by Ashton Price
Mastered by "MisterMaster" Toronto, ON

2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Download Club: Issue #5

PRESS RELEASE:

Vile Richard releases new single. Available for free download below.

Music is prayer, and my first experience with christian music was at the 12th World Youth day in Paris, France (1997). It was then I was introduced to the many, many different styles of music which made up what can be called Christian Music. This opened my mind to the potentials and diversity of Christian Music, being not just hymns anymore, but high energy "rocking" praise. Music still consisting of one, constant, eternal, never-ending message...

Jesus is Love
Jesus is Here & Now
Jesus is the Rock

If you don't know Jesus then welcome.

Welcome to the Rock

This same revitalization of faith and the demonstrated sharing of Jesus' message was brought alive again in me years later after graduating McMaster University. I found myself at their doorsteps in early 2001 and am deeply fortunate to have worked with staff and youth at the Living Rock Ministries. (http://www.livingrock.ca)

Vile Richard hopes we've captured the energy and spirit of the Rock in our tune "Welcome to the Rock" and it's available for download here. Enjoy! Be patient, it'll download. :)


Vile Richard wishes the Living Rock the very best 25 year Anniversary & a reunion of friends both staff and youth. May there be many more years to come.

Sincerely,

Andrew Vanhorn, on behalf of
Vile Richard
http://www.VileRichard.com
http://vilerichard-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


ATTENTION LIVE MUSIC LOVERS:

Join staff and youth at the Living Rock Ministries (30 Wilson St. Hamilton) Saturday March 6 between 7-11 pm as they celebrate their reunion. Some great live bands are scheduled to perform, pay what you can admission.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Download Club: Issue #4

With the Olympics in full swing and Canada's Women's team stomping all over the rest of the world, we felt it fitting to make this month's free download hockey related. Oh yeah, the men won their game against Russia this evening, but they haven't been nearly as convincing as the women. Without going into a lot of post-game analysis, let me leave you with this, the first official Vile Richard Hockey Song ringtone. Yours for the low, low prices of nothing at all.

This ringtone is in the correct format to be played on your iPhone. If you would like to play it on a device which requires a different format, please comment down below with what you need and we'll see what we can put together for you.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Request "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on CBC Radio

If you'd like to help us out, please take a moment to request "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Catherine Taddo and Vile Richard on CBC Radio. The relevant contact information for the two radio shows which we're targeting are:

Points North 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Call the listener line:
Talkback: (705) 688-3226 or (toll-free) 1 (800) 461-1138.

Morning North 5:30 a.m. to 8:37 a.m.
Markus Schwabe
Call the listener line:
Talkback: (705) 688-3216 or (toll-free) 1 (800) 461-1138