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The Parkdale Revolutionary Duo @ Celeste’s Art Show (the Tranzac, November 7 2009)

09/11/2009

Kristin and I played some voice+piano versions of Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra songs (and some covers) at the opening party for Celeste Gillis’ art show at the Tranzac. Our mysterious friend Alan R. took a photo:

Kristin and I playing at the Tranzac

It was a good show – crowded and noisy, but a lot of fun. Since I don’t play the piano very often these days I’m finding that I really enjoy it when I do. Kristin was – as always – a nuisance to rehearse with: always complaining that I don’t know the songs properly. But the problem is that it’s only fun for me to play when I don’t know the material perfectly well… it’s more of an adventure when you know that you’re going to be making a lot of stuff up as you go!

Here’s a few of my favourites from this show:

Only the Sun:

Driving Me Backwards (Brian Eno):

The Day the Planes All Stopped (Chris Warren):

The Stars of Reality TV:

Impostor (Karl Mohr):

Letter From London:

Congratulations on the great art show Celeste – and thanks for inviting us!

…I Want To Say A Prayer.

05/08/2009

Does it get much crazier than this? Probably not in real life:

That’s from about 2/3rds of the way through the show this past Saturday. About an hour-and-a-half after the stage monitors exploded and twenty seconds before Karl narrowly misses smashing Ian in the head with the mic stand he starts swinging about his head. Or did that happen before this bit?

It’s all a blur.

Karl Mohr Insanity in Burk’s Falls; the Torture Memos Record is Done.

05/08/2009

Insane days. Catastrophic show with Karl Mohr in Burk’s Falls over the weekend, balanced by beautiful nightswimming. Wary of developing the specialization “plays only with weirdass bands”. Not that wouldn’t be true, but I’m wary of it becoming recognized. Planning a three-act opera based on Karl’s on-stage auto de fe.

The Torture Memo record’s done. Fourteen hours at the studio yesterday with James Paul. Gallons of coffee and massive failure in the recent “stop smoking” policy. But excellent results!

And using a rational process for recording and producing was a very important idea. It’s been a past mistake trying to get a complete thing done in a closed time period. This record is done but still malleable, which makes our mistakes less tragic.

Show tonight = will be under-rehearsed.

Torture Memos Cover