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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Baby It's Cold Outside

Earlier this month, I worked on a duet with Catherine Taddo. It's a cover of Frank Loesser's Baby, It's Cold Outside. The piano is played by our good friend David Lynch and the vocals are sung by Catherine and myself (Olaf).

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

Download Club: Issue #3

It's Issue #3 of the Vile Richard Download Club.

This month's download is Away In a Manger, a track from this year's Vile Christmas album. The track features Andrew Vanhorn and Emily Fennell on vocals. Vile Christmas 2009 can now be ordered for digital download or postal delivery at

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:

  • Greensleeves
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming
  • Baby It's Cold Outside
  • Acrophobia
  • Stille Nacht
  • Away in a Manger
  • Greensleeves (reprise)
  • Silent Night
This download will be available for the entire month of December 2009.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Download Club: Issue #2

Way back before Andrew joined the band, I (Olaf) recorded an album I called "Lucky Me". Andrew did pop by to record some vocals on the album and you'll hear him if you listen carefully here and there.

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

Download Club: Issue #1

It's time for our inaugural Download Club posting. The rules are simple. On the 1st of each month, we will post something free for you to download. The item will be available for one week. After that point, it will go offline. To be notified of our monthly downloads, you can either:

a) Join the mailing list
b) Follow our Twitter feed
c) Subscribe to this blog

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.

Oktoberfest at Fionn MacCool's

If you're in Toronto on Oct 17th, please do stop by Fionn MacCool's on the Esplanade. We'll be there from 9:00 pm to 1:30 am playing our tunes plus lots of Country, Rock and Oktoberfest covers. The evening is sponsored by Paulaner Lager. There will be midway games, beer in Steins, girls in dirndls and, of course, Vile Richard.

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

Join Our New Download Club

Over the time that the band has been together, we've recorded a lot of musicwhich we've never released. What we'd like to do is release some of this music (and other cool stuff) for free on a monthly basis. If you'd like to be a part of our "Download Club", there will be 2 ways to get the files:
  1. Join our mailing list
  2. Follow us on Twitter

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!

Loyalist Cove Marina: Sept 19, 2009

A last minute show has dropped into our laps, so we're going to pack up our gear and play an evening of cover tunes at the Loyalist Cove Marina in Bath, Ontario. The occasion is the Easter Seals Regatta. We'll be playing all night: 7 - 11 pm and the set list will be Country and Classic Rock covers. I can't remember that last time that we played purely covers, so this will be a fun one. We've also never played in Bath before, so it's a new experience all around.

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

Vile Christmas 2009

It's probably a little bit early to be talking Christmas. I mean retail stores haven't quite got the decorations up yet, but it feels like it might happen any day now. Having said that, we've been thinking about Christmas a lot as a band and we're working on a new and improved Christmas album for 2009. The 2008 project was a lot of fun and we were very, very happy with it, so we figured it would be a great project to try and fill out a little bit more.

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

Follow Us on Twitter?

Yes, we've finally embraced the microblogging phenomenon. It seemed kind of silly at first, but we now see that it doesn't have to be that way. If you tweet or enjoy reading the occasional tweet, you can now find us at

Tell your friends!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Coverville: a Podcast for Music Snobs

OK, so maybe Coverville isn't a podcast just for music snobs, but it is one of my favourite sources of musical gems. I don't really subscribe to a lot of podcasts, but this is one that I listen to fairly regularly and, I must say, a show which has led me to discover a lot of great tunes which I'm not sure I otherwise would have heard. I'm not going to list them off right now, but that's mostly because I hope to list off a lot of these songs in future.

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

Paddy Flaherty's in Sarnia on Feb 28, 2009

If you're in or near Sarnia, ON today (Feb 28th, 2009) you'll find the band playing at Paddy Flaherty's between about 9:30 PM and 1 AM. We'll be playing all night, playing our own songs as well as a bunch of covers that we've been playing over the years. If you do stop by, please be sure to say hello!

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!