Monday, December 15, 2008

Vile Christmas 2008

The Christmas Show was a blast! Fun had by all. Thanks to Left of Here and Wiggler for sharing the stage and their talents with us. There were snacks to snack on, where bygones could be bygones. Looking forward to next years show, it just possibly might have been the biggest toronto draw ever! There are still only a couple of Christmas Discs floating around.

We'd like to congratulate Patricia Tucci as the proud winner of the Silent Auction item, the signed, and framed Mistress CD wall hanging.

Keep your headphones posted to VR and have a safe and happy holiday season.

(Andrew, aka Mr. Sensitive)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Vile Christmas Final Details

The Vile Christmas CD is almost finished. It will be getting the final touches this evening. We've got 9 tracks of holiday goodness for you to enjoy, courtesy of the band + our good friend Chris St. Pierre, who contributed a couple of Christmas songs which he has written. The CD will be available at the show tomorrow. We'll only have about 30 copies with us and some people will be picking up multiple copies, so if you need one, be sure to get it earlier in the evening. :)

The final info is:

Holy Joe's (Queen and Bathurst)
Toronto, ON

Doors open: 9 pm
Admission: free!
Music starts: 9:30 pm

There will be some snacks for you there, so don't eat double portions before heading out to the show. I think that's really all you need to know. Hope to see you there!

Olaf

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

First Time Ever: Vile Christmas CDs

The entire band is really looking forward to the Christmas show this weekend at Holy Joe's. This year we wanted to do something different, so we're putting together a Vile Christmas CD for the occasion. The CD will contain some of our versions of Christmas songs (sacred and secular!) as well as some bonus material that we've never made available and that will most likely never make it to retail shelves. This is going to be a very short run of CDs, so we'll have a limited number of them available for sale at the show on Dec 13th. Feel free to approach me (Olaf) or Andrew at the show if you'd like a copy. They make excellent stocking stuffers!

We've also added another special guest to the bill. John Tamm, who was actually the original bass player in the band, will be joining us to play a couple of tunes. He is, coincidentally, going to be in the Toronto area this weekend, taking some time away from academia. Back when John was in the band, we were all grad students and I was the only one in the band not in a PhD program. It's not every day we get to share the stage with a Professor of Archaeology.

The last update is that things are set to begin @ 10 pm on Saturday. There is no cover this year, so don't let these troublesome economic times hold you back! See you on the weekend!

Olaf

Thursday, November 13, 2008

VR at the Movies

A few weeks ago, I had a friend message me. She said she had been watching a movie on TV and she heard "Lazy Eye" (off the "Lucky Me" album) playing in the background. Now, I had remembered signing paperwork to license that song out to some sort of low budget production, but I couldn't for the life of me remember the name of it. I had to do a fair amount of digging around. Turns out the name of the movie is Static, or at least that was the name of the movie. I just tried to find it and it's now called Glitch. I haven't seen the movie myself. In fact, I was unaware that it had even been completed, but there you go. The review that I got was (and I quote):
It was kind of interesting, but not very good.
So, that's really all I know about that project. If you're watching TV late at night and you hear "Lazy Eye", that's probably what you're watching.

Now, since we are on the subject of soundtracks, I'm reminded of a song Andrew and I recorded a long time ago. The song is called Trafalmadoria. There's a version of it on our "How to Find and Fascinate a Mistress" album, but it was originally recorded long before then, when we were in a band known as Rice. I think this song was on an album that Andrew sold in ZipLoc bags containing a copy of the CD as well as some grains of uncooked rice. Andrew licensed that song out to a movie called Magnus Opus. Yes, I'm aware that as Latin, that is incorrect, but the main character's name is Magnus, so you can see the play on words...

Now, I haven't actually watched this film either, but I have watched the scene where the song gets used. It's an interpretive dance bit which appears to have been filmed under the Gardiner Expressway (which for some reason has it's own Wikipedia entry). I don't believe this is a film available in video stores, but Andrew has a VHS copy (probably tucked under his mattress) that he may be able to lend you if you'd like to see it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

VR in Sarnia

Mark your calendars for 2009. Vile Richard will be playing at Paddy Flaherty's in Sarnia, ON. We'll be playing all night. Here are the pertinent details:

Vile Richard @ Paddy Flaherty's
10:00 pm - 1:00 AM
Saturday, Feb 28, 2009
No cover to get in

We've never played in this neck of the woods before, so we're really looking forward to meeting some new friends out there. It's a full band show -- everybody loves a road trip!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wiggler Joins Vile Christmas

Vile Christmas continues to come together. Our latest addition to the line-up is Wiggler. If you haven't had the opportunity to join the Wiggler Nation, then this is your chance. We played a show together back in '06. It was such great fun that we decided to have him out again.

Mr! Erik (the Wiggler himself) has agreed to abide by the code of Vile Christmas. There's really only one rule and that is that you have to play a Christmas song. Sacred or secular - it's your choice. So, we look forward to to some Wiggler Christmas cheer!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

VR on the Radio This Week

I'm not going to post an article every time one of our tunes gets played (or maybe I will!) but I wanted to give a special thanks to Hamilton, Ontario's Bruce "Mole" Mowat, who played "Glass Eye" on his CFMU-FM radio show last night. Bruce has just recently changed the format of his show to classic country tunes, which fills a void in radio here in Southern Ontario. He's playing some great stuff and I highly recommend it. To get an idea of what's going on, check out last night's playlist. Wanda Jackson, Johnny Cash, Corb Lund, Merle Haggard and the list goes on. It's the kind of company we like to be included in!

The show is Big Bruce's Classic Country Round Up. It's on Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. ET @ http://cfmu.mcmaster.ca You can listen to an online stream, of course. If you like what Bruce is doing, be sure to let him know. :)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Playing in Toronto

Playing in Toronto has never provided the satisfaction musically (appreciative bars, new fans) or promotionally (radio, interesting/meaningful reviews) and certainly not financially (money in the pocket); which attributes to why we don't play there. In contrast has been great experiences like the east coast, NFLD, Kingston's "Wild Stallion", Peterborough's "Red Dog" and certainly Sudbury's "Peddlers Pub". In fact just recently a new fan noticed himself and friends in a video of the hockey song, filmed on location during last years St. Patricks' Day. Olaf would say having met at McMaster (Hamilton) and having done further studies in Toronto that 'at the time' both our circle of friends were in the toronto greater area and so more shows happened in the big "T". As the years went on the close circle of friends and family we could rely on to attend EACH AND EVERY SHOW became less and less; not because they loved us any less (I remember meals with Olaf's mother btw, in Burlington, and watching invasion #2 of Iraq on the tele, with fondness) no but because a band simply cannot survive on that alone, we needed to grow and were seeking new, hopefully adoring, fans to nurture us and grow (cheese) and we found that... on the road. In closing, we like to return to Toronto for the Christmas shows and they only reason in my books is because 3/4 of the guys actually live in the city of Toronto. One day Olaf says we'll burn the bridges and play at the Horseshow, I say, I could care less about such a place. I prefer the Wild Stallions' and the cougars humping his shoes, and bouncers bouncing patrons from our microphones ahhhh the memories. In closing I remember Olaf having a good line to label the attitudes of the (mostly i'm sure) Toronto Bar owners in regards to whether they would hire you or ALLOW YOU TO SHOWCASE FOR FREE!! (can you believe the nerve) - "It doesn't matter what you play (instrument). You could play a sledgehammer and puke all over yourself as long as you're selling at the bar."

And that's a few of the reasons we don't play Toronto. Any bar owners want to prove me wrong? :)

Vile Christmas 2008

With the Halloween decorations still up, it's probably a bit too early to string up the Christmas lights, but it's not too early to spread the word about this year's Vile Christmas. We always look forward to this show and this year is no different.

One of the things that makes Vile Christmas a lot of fun is that's it's one of the only occasions that we play in Toronto. In fact, I believe that VR hasn't played in Toronto since last year's Christmas show in 2007. A discussion as to why we don't play in my hometown more than once or twice per year is probably best left to a different blog post, but that makes this show all the more exciting.

The show details are:

Saturday, Dec 13, 2008
@ Holy Joes (Queen & Bathurst)
Toronto, ON

"Left of Here" will be joining us at this show. We have borrowed heavily from this band in the past. Bass player Dave "Biggie" Bigwood toured the Maritimes with us back in 2006. Drummer Richard Cambridge also happens to be the latest in a long, long, long line of Vile Richard drummers. He is, however, the first drummer in the band to be named "Richard", which, when you think about it, is nothing to sniff at.

There are more special guests on the way and we'll also have our Vile renditions of your favourite Christmas carols as well to round out the evening. Andrew will enjoy an evening not spent renovating his new house, while Marc and Richard will have a few hours of relief from diaper duty, so it's win-win for all concerned.

I'll post more details when I have them, but for now, please mark your calendars!