My Fav Albums of 2016

Well, 2016 is at it's end.  Thankfully.  This was a strange year for me, and while I did have a few accomplishments, I'm happy to move on.  2017 looks bright, including the most exciting news, I'll be recording a new album!  The follow up to 2014's "William" will commence recording in April.  I'll post more details as they come. 
In the mean time, here are a few of the albums that really spoke to me this year.  I've put a track from each one (and a few more for good measure) on a handy Spotify link at the bottom of the post!

The First 10

  1. Andy Shauf - The Party
  2. David Bowie - Blackstar
  3. Beyonce - Lemonade
  4. Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker
  5. Dyan - Looking for Knives
  6. F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm - Tag Eins Tag Zwei
  7. LUKA - Summon Up a Monkey King
  8. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailors Guide to Earth
  9. Little Kid - Flowers
  10. A Tribe Called Red - We are the Halluci Nation

The Next 10

  1. Solange - A Seat at the Table
  2. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
  3. Mathewdavid Mindflight - Trust the Guide and Glide
  4. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered
  5. Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
  6. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got it from Here, Thank You for Your Service
  7. Tim Hecker - Love Streams
  8. Corin Raymond - Hobo Jungle Fever
  9. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - F(l)ight
  10. Noname - Telefone

New song: "So long L. Cohen"

Leonard Cohen has passed away.  I spend the first hour after hearing the news listening to his music.  Songs that have influenced me so much over the last few decades.  Then I picked up my guitar and this song flowed out.  One of the quickest songs I've ever written.  I hope you enjoy it, I have placed the lyrics under this video if you'd like to read along. Please let me know what you think in the comments

Softly a la Belle province
tremulous refrains
tomes underneath each arm
Lorca and King James

From last lament of Joan of Arc
to quiet servitude
From the wars against disorder
To suggest or allude

that it's not long Marianne, I shall see you soon

The highways are empty now
in New York and Berlin
yearning sound from synagogues
beckon from within

Suzy yells “it's closing time.
The wait staff are all vexed.
I wish you could sing one more song.
Of love, or faith or sex.

But it's not too long, Marianne. We shall see you soon”

I hope you passed near a forest
somewhere near your pen
I hope you passed in loving arms
with letters from your friends

I swore I heard them singing
all the way from Clinton Street
I know they'll lock the Chelsea now
Drop the keys at your feet

It's not long Marianne, I shall see you soon

Song Stories: Love Death and Other Ailments

I don't play this song all that much, mostly because it's performed on a baritone ukulele, and I don't really cart one around to gigs (although it was written on guitar). This tune was heavily influenced by Leon Redbone, and the intro was added very late in the game, giving it more of an old timey feel, as if sung by Eddie Cantor or something (quickly describing an experience I had in India, driving an auto rickshaw down the west coast). The line "Will I come back as a sea shell?" is one of my favourites, and one I spend a lot of time on. In the end I sent 4 different possible "re-incarnations" to artist Jessica Rae Gordon, and she helped me settle on the my final life destination! (it could have been "Snow Fox" or something).

Enjoy this video I made using only an i-Phone and a Bombardier Aerospace Q4000, courtesy of Porter Airlines (probably).

DJ Set Playlist

About a month back, me and my friend Erin Klassen did a DJ set at Evergreen Brickworks for their winter market.  We chose the theme of "Great Music From Great Women", and I think it went really well!  Luckily Morgan Yew was there to record it, and now, if you're looking for a fun playlist, you can listen to all 3 hours below!  (Side note, I meant to start the set off with Fleetwood Mac's Christie McVie led "Little Lies", but accidentally started with the Lindsey Buckinham tune "Big Love"... )

If you're looking for more great DJ sets by a diverse range of people, please check out the other sets Morgan has recorded (and performed) here: https://www.mixcloud.com/ExLibris/

Enjoy!

February gigs and Bowie blog

Hey there friends!  It's a new month, and a new... bunch of shows....

Feb 6th: Tranzac club, Toronto, with the wonderful Abigail Lapel, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Feb 13th: Apple Annies, Orillia, with the equally wonderful Matthew Hornell, 1pm to 4pm
Feb 20th: DJ Set!  I return to the Evergreen Brickworks! Spinning from 2pm to 5pm

In other news, earlier last month, I got together with. Will Whitwham (Wilderness of Manitoba), Skye Wallace and the boys at the I Quit My Job Podcast, to talk about the late, great David Bowie.  It was really great to talk and hear the different ways in which Bowie had affected everyone.  You can listen to our talk by clicking the photo of Mr. Bowie, below

Top 15 Albums of 2015!

So I'm a little late on this, but here's my Top 15 of '15!!  These albums really made an impression on me in one way or another, and I think you should check them out.  If you click on the pictures it'll send you to a spot to listen, I tried to find full albums, but no luck for all of them, at least you can get a taste!  (at least one of them sends you to a page were you can download the album for free!)
Let me know what you think in the comments, tell me what your favourite albums were!

15. The Young Novelists - Made Us Strangers


14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder Sweet and Other Distress


13. Shamir - Ratchet


12. The Del Fi's - Crowd Pleaser


11. courtney barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just SIt


10. Benjamin Hermann - Windows Wide Open


9. Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'


8. James Bunton- Ceasura


7. Kendrick Lamar - How To Pimp a Butterfly


6. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love


5. Kamasi Washington - The Epic


4. The Weather Station - Loyalty


3. Nils Frahm - Solo


2. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass

And the number one album of the year was an album that came out right at the end of 2014, but managed to stay on my ipod for the whole 365 days,

1. D'Angelo - Black Messiah