My long-awaited album, ARSENAL,
has been unleashed onto the world.
blogTO has posted the press release for tonight’s album release party in Toronto. I’ll be there to meet people at 9, and closing the night out with a full band. More details in my last post. Suffice it to say it’s going to be a great party!
Everything to do with ARSENAL: lyrics, album credits, digital purchase options, even streaming options – can be found on my fully re-loaded music page. For now, physical copies are available at shows directly. I’m working on getting a mail-order option in on this site soon–and perhaps getting the CD into actual STORES (yes, physical, purchasable music in stores is apparently still a thing. Who knew?). Seriously though, the physical version IS gorgeous–my buddy Aaron did a hell of a job on the design. It’s fantastic.
I’ve also added a pic gallery to this website. Thanks again to Brendan for making me look passably fantastic.
And thanks to all my followers and supporters for helping me get to this point. I hope the new album provokes, engages, and entertains. Hope to see you tonight. <3
The launch party is (back) ON and set for FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD* at the PADDOCK TAVERN* in Toronto (178 Bathurst Street, SW corner of Queen and Bathurst). Kick-off time is 9pm!
For the first time I’ll be doing a full set with FULL BAND to celebrate the release of my album, ARSENAL, which I’ve been prattling about during its creation over the last 12-18 months. (By the way, that album is now available for pre-order on iTunes as well as bandcamp.)
Local solo punk icon T.C. Folkpunk will be opening the night, followed by a set by Terrible And The Horribles, who will proceed to then back me up for my own set of in-your-face tunes from my album. I’m hoping that the oh-so-versatile Myke Mazzei will join us onstage during my set, for at least a few tunes. He’s a way better soloist than I am and such a sweet harmonist among other talents (such as producing the album being played/celebrated). ♥
Stick around after my set to indulge in the sweet dance/punk sounds of local DJ DKTO, and mingle with some beautiful people.
*(This concert had been previously announced for the day after at Touche, who have temporarily closed while undergoing renovation. I remain on excellent terms with them and do hope to set up a full concert there as well, later in the year. Much love to Rich, Jay, Gunilla, Roberto and crew.)
This has been a long time coming. Save the date and see you at The Paddock on Mar. 3!
The album launch for ARSENAL is set for March 2017 t a location soon-to-be-annnounced in downtown Toronto!
I will be playing with a full band (a full-gig first for me) to really showcase the album–namely, local punks Terrible & The Horribles, who I shared a stage with in September and who boast a heavy, full-throttle sound. Local solopunk troubadour T.C. Folkpunk will kick things off with a blistering set of his own.
Location to be announced! Watch this space.
Thanks everyone for the feedback and social media re-posts of my new Asian Driver lyric video. In particular, the Facebook post of the video is closing in on 2,400 (!) people reached in just over four days–without any paid boosts (as of yet). For a non-Beyonce-level obscure punk like me, that’s a f*ckload of a lot. Keep ‘em coming, because I’m really proud of this single, and of the album to follow. It’s nice to be heard.
Also, in case any commitment-phobes out there were wondering, you are indeed able to buy the new “Asian Driver” single without pre-ordering the album. Just follow this link:
But never mind that. You want more. I know you do. 😉 And all you have to to get it, is to check below. :p
It’s been awhile since I’ve had an update of any substance. When I haven’t been working out like mad and posting semi-douchey selfies on Instagram, I’ve been getting the album closer to release-ready.
I am now plotting to have this Arsenal out by the first week of March. Martin Bowes of the renowned UK-based Cage Studios has lovingly mastered the tracks to perfection — a job which was made possible by my fledgling GoFundMe campaign. Speaking of which, my crowdfunding campaign IS still a thing, so please feel free to donate. $10 gets you an automatic pre-order of the album, and there’s more in store if you donate more!
In addition to mastering, I’m still looking to reimburse costs for manufacturing, a proper launch gig, and generally publicizing this thing past my personal echo chamber. If I do say so myself, the world could use this Arsenal of lyrics and chords, particularly at this rather uncertain juncture in world history.
In any case, here are a few things to look forward to:
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to my GoFundMe. The funds will help me build up a proper release for my Arsenal album in 2017! If you haven’t donated yet, it’s never too late. All donations are greatly appreciated!
And while you’re at it, check out this home video I did for kicks earlier today. I love Billy Bragg and owe him a lot, inspirationally. And lately, this particular song has been stuck on repeat on my iPod… so I thought, why not?
I’m just coming off of a weekend of revelry, reckoning, and celebration–and today is my actual birthday.
So, I would really appreciate your support with the release of this upcoming album I’ve been yammering on about all year. There are a few hurdles to overcome before we’re at the finish line, and this album is the culmination of years of living, loving, learning, blood, sweat, tears, angst… the reason I was put here. If I were Beyonce or Drake I’d just throw it online already, but I’m not. And I don’t aspire to that level necessarily, but I do feel that my songs deserve to be heard beyond my inner periphery.
$10 gets you a digital pre-order. There’s much more in store, if you donate more! 😀
After years of sticking out like a hilariously sore, vulgar thumb in the singer/songwriter underground, it was an honour, pleasure, and (after a week like this one, frankly) a relief to finally play my first bonafide punk night. I feel energized and anticipative, and look forward to more. Much love and thanks to Terrible And The Horribles for graciously offering me their closing spot, the staff at Let’s Be Frank for the friendly ambience and excellent service, and Caustic Lime for setting EXACTLY the right tone for kick off–no granola-flavoured confessional was this! 👊 I hope to work with ALL of you again in the very near future. And finally to all the friends who showed up, stopped in, and stuck around–either for a bit or for the whole night. Once again, you all remind me of what a blessing it is to have so many great friends who come through for you at a time when you really need it–even in the midst of screaming and thrashing. 😉
I’m happy to announce that I will be performing at Let’s Be Frank on Sept. 15th, closing a night of punk revelry that will also feature Caustic Lime and my good friends in Terrible & The Horribles. Save the date. It’s my first gig since March, breaking an unintended six-month performance hiatus. I’m especially super excited to be sharing the bill with some killer punk rockers! No better way to usher in the coming change of season. 😉
Offstage, I’ve been preparing to get mixes for the upcoming record mastered, and I’m aiming for a winter release. I MAY release a teaser-single or two online in the lead-up to that–which MAY or may not make the actual record itself. Suffice to say if you’ve ever assembled a playlist or made a mixtape/CD, the science of sequencing is a lot more complicated than it seems at a glance!
Patience, and see you on Sept. 15th. 😉
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