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Month: June 2020

Nada Surf @ Horseshoe Tavern

Nada Surf
Nada Surf @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : November 16th, 2015 : : .

I was afraid I was growing out of Nada Surf.

It was a weird feeling; their mid-career albums Let Go, The Weight Is A Gift, and (to a slightly lesser degree) Lucky were seminal albums for my twenties.

In fact, it was a chance, last minute decision to accompany my buddy to their show promoting Let Go that can be credited with my taping bug. I knew little more than the one hit wonder smash Popular from their debut album High/Low some seven-years earlier, but I was bored with nothing else to do, wanted some company and excitement, and invited myself along.

He had been taping shows he’d been going to for a while, but this was the first time I’d really paid attention to what he was doing and tried to help whenever I could. Without a dollar to my name I’d had to borrow $20 for the cover fee, and when all three bands performing that night (Sondre Lerche and The Long Winters opened) blew me away and I hadn’t any money left over to buy their albums, the recordings of the band’s sets received frequent, almost exclusive rotation in their stead.

Chris Farren @ Lee’s Palace

Chris Farren
Chris Farren @ Lee’s Palace

. : : July 15th, 2015 : : .

I remember I wasn’t planning to tape Chris Farren‘s opening set that summer day in July of 2015 at Lee’s Palace.

Although I understand now that they were quite successful, I hadn’t heard of his earlier punk band, Fake Problems. I’ve never considered myself a great fan of punk music, and I definitely didn’t do much in the way of seeking it out.

Without a pair of extra batteries and always nervous about depleting them, I figured: I can skip this one, right? … wrong.

Jenn Grant @ CBC

Jenn Grant
Jenn Grant @ CBC

For Jenn Grant fans old and new (perhaps newly converted from my recent recording?), I have a couple of older FM captures of Jenn Grant performances for the CBC.

The first, recorded at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Jenn’s hometown of Halifax, was hot on the heels of the Honeymoon Punch album release — only some three odd weeks after the album hit shelves! The set was recorded by CBC for Canada Live and is here as it aired.

The second is when Jenn joined (now disgraced) CBC host Jian Ghomeshi about 15-months into the album’s cycle, while it was up for 4 East Coast Music Awards and shortly after being listed as contenders for the Polaris and Junos Awards, for a quick song and short interview for popular morning radio program Q at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Jenn Grant @ Winter Garden Theatre

Jenn Grant
Jenn Grant
(Mat Dunlap)

. : : November 24th, 2012 : : . 

Coming back to this blog after so many years has been really interesting.

As I sort through an archive of unreleased recordings, I’ve re-discovered shows that I’ve entirely forgotten I’d been to. Among them was Jenn Grant‘s show at the Winter Garden Theatre to promote The Beautiful Wild in 2012. In trying to recall details about the show (ie. where I sat specifically), I tried to pull up a digital receipt for my ticket purchase.

While I couldn’t find it, I did find a conversation I had where I lamented that tickets for the show had gone on sale on Groupon for a fraction of what I’d paid for them — and the discounted tickets were only a handful of rows behind my seat. But I wasn’t mad because I’d unnecessarily spent extra money; rather, I was planning to bail on the show altogether and sell my ticket and chances of finding a last minute buyer now where nil.

Hello? Is this thing on?

Hello, music fans!

I guess I’ve been away for a while. After a not-so-minor disagreement with my former web host, I tried calling their bluff with a cancellation threat. Before I had a chance (or smarts) to buy back my domain, it was gone and a domain squatter jumped on it and is now, somewhat astonishingly, hosting a fake dental surgery page on the site.

Don’t give them the clicks — just believe me when I say it’s absolutely surreal. HaterHigh Dentistry: for all your oral surgery needs!


Anyway, the site’s updates had been growing fewer and further between. My job was getting more intense, I had a son (who’s since turned SEVEN!), usual family/circle of life stuff…there was just a lot of things drawing my attention and the website became an afterthought. Until, that is, it was gone altogether.