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  1. I haven't posted my travel logs in a long time.  In honour of our good friend Bradm (who enjoyed my travel logs and loved it when this board was more active) I'm going to start posting them again.  Though I don't have anything solid on the horizon right now I did just get back from China, so here goes:


    I think this might be my record for most miles travelled versus least time prepping.  Getting randomly yanked off the street and thrown into an airplane would have been the only way I could have been any less prepared as I was when we left Ottawa for China this morning.  When I woke up at 7am I hadn’t even started packing yet, and our curfew for leaving the house to take the cat to the sitters was 9:30.  (Heather’s mom again; she seems to be getting slightly less annoyed by the chore every time).  

    Frankly I hadn’t given the trip hardly a thought.  Leading up to today I had been busy getting a proposal together for a new book idea which completely distracted me from any thoughts of vacation.  After plugging away for the last week or so I had finished my rough draft at midnight last night and gone straight to bed.  

    (This all completely falls in with the fact that I booked the trip to China with hardly a thought as well.  A while back I saw a post on facebook advertising an Air China seat sale to Hong Kong priced at just $501 per person, return from Montreal.  I told Heather about it, we shrugged and booked it.  How could we not?  Imagine how I felt when a few weeks later I saw another post advertising the same flights at just $400, these ones time departing from Ottawa!  Can’t win them all.)

    Of course I got it together and packed with time to spare.  We dropped the cat off and made sure he was happy before circling the car around to the bus station where I left Heather and all of our luggage to stand in line for the Montreal bus.  I drove home, pounded a quick tall-boy and power-walked back to the Greyhound station, joining Heather in the Montreal line in thirty minutes flat.

    And here we are sitting on the bus.  I’ve gone over the book proposal for a quick proof-read and will send it in from the airport.  Then maybe I can start to relax and think about Honk Kong.

    Though I suspect I’ll just head straight to the nearest airport lounge and think about ordering a few drinks.


  2. My goodness, BradM was such a great friend. We went to Europe together, we saw countless, and I mean countless shows together, he introduced me to my wife, he was ALWAYS the first to arrive at every party I’ve thrown since I’ve known him, he was THE most dedicated music fan I’ve ever known (and in our crowd that’s saying a lot), and of course he recorded every band I’ve been a part of for the last…what…fifteen years? There are so many songs/lyrics/chord changes I would have forgotten if I didn’t have his recordings to go back to. He was so friendly, so smart, and so damn punctual. I mean, if a ticket said “8pm" BradM would be in the room by 7:30.

    For years - and I mean years - every time I saw BradM he would pull a handful of CD's out of his ever-present backpack that he had specifically burnt for me.  They might be a show we had seen together, a show I had recently played, or some local band he had  recorded that he thought I should hear.  I have literally boxes and boxes of these CD's, and so do a lot of other people.  Go ahead, put up your hand if BradM ever gave you a CD.  The man was so unbelievably thoughtful.

    BradM, I loved you. We all loved you. You were an indispensable, necessary, and utterly unique member of our social circle. You helped make it a community. You were so supportive. Man, you will be so, so very missed.

  3. I was at a restaurant in downtown Kingston last June having dinner on the patio before a Bob Dylan concert at K-Rock. I knew that Rob Baker was a regular at the restaurant so it wasn't a complete shock when he walked right behind me, leaving the restaurant. It was, however, a shock to notice that Gord Downie (and Gord Sinclair) were with him. They stopped to linger on the sidewalk and Gord Downie noticed that I had noticed him. 

    As I stared with my jaw slightly agape Gord leaned down and put his elbows on the little fence that seperated the patio from the sidewalk. He rested his chin in his hands and smiled, staring at me with a bemused look on his face. I stared and gaped, he stared and smiled. It seemed to last for thirty seconds or more. Eventually he got me: I flinched and looked away. 

    When I looked back the three of them had set off down the sidewalk towards the Dylan show, completely unmolested by the throngs of people in the busy streets, all of whom had the respect to treat them the same as everyone else.

    It's a wonderful final memory to have of a man I admire so much.

  4. Finally, House Of Targ is trying out music that I might be interested in!  This Wednesday is their first jazz night...hopefully they get a good enough crowd to make it a regular thing.  Maybe I'll see some of you there.


    SUPERMURGITROID Jazz Nite w/ 8 Bit-ches

    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Presented by: House of TARG, PBR
    Doors: 8pm / Show at 8:30pm
    Cover: $5 / 19+

    SUPERMURGITROID - Jazz slang for really cool.

    Modern takes on classic video game console music as interpreted by some of Ottawa's hottest jazz musicians.
    8 Bit-ches
     (Ott Jazz Supergroup)
    The 8 Bit-ches are a cover band dedicated to classic console game themes. The quartet consists of some of Ottawa’s highest-scoring jazz players, who owe their quick fingers and epic grip strength to blistering rounds of Super Mario Kart as much as they do to music school. Expect to hear modern takes on the themes from Punchout, Super Mario World, Excite Bike, Mega Man, the Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog and many more of your favourite classic console games. The 8 Bit-ches deliver a total K.O every time!

    The players are: 
    Michel Delage - drums
    Alex Moxon - guitar
    Jake Von Warden - bass
    Steve Boudreau - keys


  5. You know in Raiders Of The Lost Ark at the end when they open the ark and all the nazi dudes melted?

    That's what happened to all the people around me in MSG when Phish started playing that Radiohead song.  Everyone just freakin' melted and there I am with a huge frown on my face, my arms crossed and I'm up to my ankles in melted hippie.   phorbesie leaned in with a suggestion: "Just pretend it's a jam."

    "Gawd, what a lousy jam."



  6. On 2017-07-23 at 5:53 PM, Freak By Night said:

    My trip was short.

    I left Ottawa early Friday morning and made it to the hotel in Jersey City by 4:20 pm a quick shower then I was on my way by the PATH train to the 33rd street station, right near Madison Square Garden. Met some peeps at a nearby pub, then it was off to the show at MSG.

    Phish killed it! What a great show with many musical peaks. I finally had a good seat for a show at MSG and I really enjoyed it. Musical highlights for me were "Halfway to the Moon", "Slave", "Suzy Greenberg" and "Tweezer". No reprise though! Maybe that will come later during this residency in New York. They also nailed a cover of Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" and the encore of Zep's "Good Times Bad Times".

    In all, I thought the concert was excellent. I met some really good people at the show. New York is a lot of fun.

    Afterwards it was a walk up to Times Square to catch moe. in a sold out late performance. As you've probably heard, Rob will be undergoing cancer treatment and they had to cut the summer tour short. This was one of the few dates they kept. The outpouring of love and support for Rob was great. There were several huge cards to sign at the merch table. The show was a lot of fun, I was dancing at the front to start but fatigue overcame me after a short while, I moved to the back where there were plenty of free seats in this very nice theater. I remained there for the rest of the show, which finally ended at about 3:30. The band got into some serious weird jams but finished with a stellar Rebubula and a touching cover of "Halleluja". It was a long day and I was very tired when I got back to the hotel just before 5 am, but I'm glad I caught moe. before their forthcoming hiatus.

    I'm seriously thinking of returning for the final weekend of these baker's dozen shows, the first weekend in August. Gotta scrape up some $$ for tix and accommodations.



    Good work.

  7. About six months before this show Doug (eventually from The John Henry's) was at my place and heard YEM (NYE '00 I think?).  It was his first time hearing Phish.  "I feel like I just heard Hendrix for the first time," he said, and he asked to borrow the cassette.  

    Three months later he's at my place again and he says, "Oh, I have that Phish tape to give back to you."

    I asked him if he learned anything from it and he told me he had learnt YEM.  "Show me," I said, handing him an electric guitar.

    Now if you know Doug, you know he learns things right, and this was in an era when the two of us did nothing, and I mean nothing but play/study/teach guitar.  He had spent several hours a day for months working on the tune by ear and he sat on the couch in front of me and played along with the tape for the entire twenty minutes without missing a single guitar note.  I swear it was as exciting to watch as being on the rail at a Phish show.

    And so I brought him to this show in Toronto, and all I wanted was for the band to play YEM.

    They did, and it was awesome.

  8. Y'know, I went through the schedule and listened to a lot of the bands I hadn't heard of and I honestly think the reason this year's lineup doesn't look very interesting is because it's loaded with blues and blues-leaning acts that most people haven't heard of (myself included).

    Oh the irony.

    Anyways, I found lots of stuff that interests me this year.  This is what I'll be seeing:

    Thu 6

    Bill Durst

    Pokey LaFarge


    Fri 7

    Old Whiskey Road

    Melissa Etheridge

    Matt Anderson


    Sat 8

    Angelina Hunter

    Too Slim

    Sugaray Rayford

    Molly Hatchet


    Sun 9

    Vanessa Collier

    Slam Allen

    Yonatan Gat (this sounds pretty interesting)

    Pat Travers


    Tue 11

    Carolyn Wonderland

    The Zombies


    Wed 12

    The Shins

    Gary Clark Jr.


    Thu 13

    Wicked Grin

    Coco Montoya

    Fabulous Thunderbirds


    Fri 14

    The Campbell Brothers

    Jack Semple (wow, have you heard this guy?)

    Anderson .Paak

    Gregg Allman Tribute


    Sat 15

    The Jivewires

    Thornetta Davis

    Hamish Anderson

    Delicate Steve

    Busty and the Bass (crazy good stuff)

    Xavier Rudd


    Sun 16

    Souljazz Orchestra

    Sari Schorr

    BITB Teachers showcase (featuring me!)

    Tom Petty

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