Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The song is available on this year's Vile Christmas album. Catherine took the time to create a video for the song, which I've included below. We've never recorded anything in this genre before. What do you think?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Last year's album sold out very quickly, so this year we've updated it with a couple of new tracks and actually made it available on the site for orders etc. The complete track listings are:
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming
- Baby It's Cold Outside
- Stille Nacht
- Away in a Manger
- Greensleeves (reprise)
- Silent Night
Friday, November 6, 2009
One of the standout tracks on this album is Lazy Eye. To give it some kind of context, let me just say that I was having dinner with a couple I knew from school. The female half of the couple was telling me about how they had gone out to see a drag show and that while at the venue "a transvestite with a lazy eye" had been hitting on her boyfriend. I couldn't shake the image and I eventually was forced to put pen to paper. So, here you go, this months free download. The "Lazy Eye" album track from "Lucky Me".
Monday, October 5, 2009
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So, let's go ahead and kick things off.
Download #1: Over
Back when we were recording How to Find and Fascinate a Mistress, we recorded a couple of songs which we weren't able to fit into the final album. Over is one of those songs. It's a lot heavier than most of the songs which made the album, but it's a fun one. We had been looking for a place to use it and this seems like a great opportunity.
Download Over now.
Admission is free. Come on by and say hello! We rarely play Toronto more than once per year, so this is a good chance to come by and hang out.
Where: Fionn MacCool's, 70 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON
When: 9:00 pm, Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
How much: Free
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The rules of the download club are simple. On the first day of every month, we'll post a link to the latest free download. This download will be available for one week. After that, the download will once again go offline. The location of the download will be announced on our mailing list and on our Twitter feed, so you'll need to subscribe to one (or both) in order to get the notifications.
So, that's really all there is to it. The first download will become available on Oct 1st, 2009, so sign up now if you don't want to miss it!
Our regular rhythm session can't make it on short notice, so we've got a bass player and drummer joining us for the show. We'll break out some new covers as well. Should be a fun time!
Monday, August 31, 2009
We're still mostly in the beginning stages of things, but we'll have more news for you as we get closer to the date. It looks like we'll be recording remotely from Toronto, Kingston and Mississauga as it's hard to get everyone together in the same room these days. It's a good way for us to work, though and it has produced some good stuff in the past.
Look for dates in Kingston and Toronto to coincided with the Christmas CD release.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
The show itself is not limited to any genre of music and Brian Ibbott (the host) is an extremely knowledgeable fellow. Now, he doesn't always get the facts 100% correct (nobody's perfect), but boy does he get a huge volume of good information out there and he has the fortitude to correct himself on subsequent podcasts when factual errors are brought to his attention. Brian is a music guy, but he's not a music snob, which makes the show very easy to listen to. You probably won't like all of his choices, but you may just find that you do like a great deal of them. You'll learn a great deal about artists you thought you already knew a lot about and you'll discover some excellent artists whom you've never heard of along the way.
Personally, I'm a big fan of cover songs in general. When Vile Richard is playing, we always play at least a few covers because we enjoy them so much. Some nights we play many, some nights just a few. It depends on the gig, but we only play covers which we've personally chosen, so it's a lot of fun and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Having said all of that, even if you like cover songs just a little, you may like this podcast quite a lot.
Friday, February 27, 2009
On an unrelated note, I see that there's a new Depeche Mode video on Youtube. It's not only a great looking video, but the quality is exceptional for Youtube standards. It looks great on my 24 inch iMac in full screen mode and that says a lot!
As far as recording goes, the band has begun recording songs for the next album. Right now we're all working remotely and sharing ProTools sessions with each other. It's working out quite well, but it's hard to get a live feel working this way. If all goes well, we'll do some of the work remotely and hopefully get a lot of the rest of the album recorded over a day or two in a studio where we can record together "off the floor". The first album (Lucky Me) had all of the drum and bass tracks plus some guitars recorded live off the floor and I think it worked out really well, so I think that's a likely scenario for this next album, which is starting to feel like it's long overdue!