Click the link for all the details on my upcoming show in Prince George. Once again I’m roped into doing the Stompin Tom tribute thing, but it keeps getting easier and more fun all the time. This show is a fundraiser for CFIS Radio, it’s been promoted well and looks to be a really great evening. I try to be sensitive to the memory of Stompin Tom in doing this, I don’t want to do a poor job and I want there to be a greater meaning behind it than simply my own financial gain…which don’t get me wrong is often real important for the sake of our family. More than anything I wanna keep Stompin Tom’s songs alive and burn them into the memory of a whole new generation if possible. I’d like to see upcoming alt-country bands cover less American songs and start learning the stories and traditions of the north. I’m not sure I’m nearly as patriotic as Stompin Tom was, but I know I love the north and we don’t need another peoples songs.
MAMAGUROOVE HALLOWEEN SHOW WITH TAX FREE LIQOUR
There is some speculation that Mamaguroove might’ve just played their last show at the Occidental there in Quesnel this past Hallowee night…of course there could be a Robson Valley Festival reunion during the summer but it’s gonna be pretty hard for them to really gig as a band anymore. Just the logistics alone determines that…Dave M is in Quesnel, the other Dave is in PG, Chris is in Edmonton and Seth and Shara live in the Robson Valley. I guess Chris has five other bands in Edmonton he’s playing in too while working full time. Still, that’s a real shame they didn’t keep writing more music. When MG was really rockin they put on a totally far and cosmic show, heavy, crazy, trippy, dancy…they were like a hippified Mr.Bungle.
The show was fabulous, Barry wanted them to play his bar for Halloween and it paid off cause people were lined up out the door to get in. Costumes were creative…except for mine cause I just wore a toque and carried a hockey stick. I was a hoser. But my apparent costume was part of a plan innitiated by Tax Free Liqour. During their set they brought out a Steven Harper pinata and I used that carbon fibre composite hockey stick to drill his body off.
Astrid says ‘you were supposed to knock his head off’
And I says to the crowd ‘I like to torture them for a minute first’
Whammo, off came Harpers head exploding forth with such goodies as band stickers and condoms. The crowd loved it scrambling for all the good things the Harper pinata had given them.
Tax Free Liqour is a pretty fun band, pretty far out themselves. Definately punk influenced and they have been improving remarkably since I first seen them Halloween 2013. They’ve switched some players around and people are playing the songs now like they own them. Hopefully this will be a phenomenon in the Cariboo Regional District for a while to come.
So the party was hardy, I admit, I woke up at 3:30 the following afternoon. Haven’t had a bender like that in a while…but it’s my favorite holiday and no family to be responsible with for one night.
Footnote, there were some big Halloween costume winners that took home tickets to a Canucks game. Was glad to see our friends from Wells win, wasn’t crazy abou the Gene Simmons costume winning though. I guess the guy wears it every year, and no one has bothered to explain to him that Gene Simmons is real piece of shit.
THE REBEL SPELL
Speaking of punk rock bands…have you gone to see the Rebel Spell on their tour across Canada. Their latest album Last Run is so goddamned good I can’t stop listening to it. I can’t even tell you anything yet, I have too many things to say about that record, I could write 1000 words! Trust me, it’s good, if you like punk go get one on line today. Google it, won’t be hard to find.
He’s a goof, get it folks! If you don’t believe 10 women don’t tell me you would have believed 1 if she’s come forward all those years ago. That’s totally unfair. There’s a lot of people in showbizz, politics, positions of power, sports teams etc who are parasites and vampires. They spend most of the time trying to live out their crazy desires…they don’t care about anyone else but themselves. You think Jian Gomeshi is an anomaly then you are sadly mistaken. Republican House members are found guilty of rape, RCMP officers are found guilty of rape, Rob Ford is a douchebag, Justin Beiber is a spoiled fucking brat. Oh yeah, turns out Bill Cosby is probably a rapist too, must be that brain damage he never quite recovered from…he seemed to insinuate only children had this condition but it was obvious when he opposed the Simpsons back in 1991 that he suffered from a condition much worse. Gene Simmons thinks the poor owe him a debt of grattitude, he’s obviously a douchebag…him and Ted Nugent have been competing for the title of Biggest Piece of Shit in Rock and Roll History for a long friggin time.
….I mean, what, do you really think all them stars you love on TV are as nice as the characters they portray.
Despite the overwhelming ability of vampires to suck up everything around them in the process of stepping on others to launch themselves to the top…there are some people who just through sheer intelligence and charm arrive where they belong and live successful lives and rewarding careers. When I think of the artists I like I remember how magical Buffy St.Marie was to be around all weekend, or Geoff Berners righteous and scathing criticism of the insanity that surrounds us. I think of Tanya Tagak and the positive role she plays in our country. I have met many lovely famous people…but there are some real vultures circling around looking for whatever they can grab.