Passenger - Let Her Go
Apparently I am unlike most people today in that I still discover most new music on the regular old radio. I mean, I also catch a lot of shows and discover new indie bands all the time that way, I read a few magazines, but when a really good single hits the radio and you can’t get it out of your head, well, that is when you really want to find out who that artist is and you really want to get the album. Gotye did it, Alabama Shakes did it, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did it, Lumineers did it, REALLY GOOD SINGLES!
Anyhow, heard this song on CBC radio 2 a few times, googled one of the lyrics and turns out there video has 35 million views and counting. Apparently I’m not the only one who was struck by it. A really simple song song with a unique beautiful voice, touching on something pretty much anyone can relate to. So simple, so good.
I know, I like wussy music, whatever :)
It’s that time of year again folks, the Get Bent Summer Solstice is coming up. A celebration of great music on the Eastern tip of the Durham Region and the party of the summer! Get your tickets before June 1st and save big, only $25 each! Tyler St. Jean and the DGB band members will have tickets for sale. You can also buy online and find retail locations, and find out all the details as they are announced: http://www.getbentrecords.com/solstice2013/
We are still doing every Tuesday at the Coach in Lindsay and the nights have been going great. We’re also doing June 1st @ the Firkin in Newmarket, June 7th @ the Atria in Oshawa, and June 8th @ the Pigs Ear in Peterborough. Full show calendar and more @ http://www.theDGB.ca
If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look at the full HD concert from the Horseshoe Tavern we’ve posted on youtube:
We’ve got an exciting contest, a new record, touring, and some more summer festivals coming up, so stay tuned friends!
Dan and the DGB!
It’s weird for me to write this. I hope it doesn’t come across as tacky, it’s always weird to write about someone who has passed away, but in the last month my hometown of Lindsay and Peterborough; a town very near to my heart, have lost someone. And not just anyone, but people who are part of the face and personality of the town.
April 23rd Lindsay lost my friend Kenny Ruttan. Anyone from the town knew him as one of the old farts. He and his wife Bernice would walk downtown together every single day, wearing ridiculous matching outfits with buttons that said “the old farts club”. If you ever spent any time downtown Lindsay you would know them. Always with smiles on their faces, making jokes, and making the downtown a brighter place. When I was a teenager the police started cracking down on Skateboarding downtown and Kenny got himself a custom “Old Fart” Skateboard and rode it downtown to see if he could get the cops to charge an “Old Guy”. They wouldn’t :) The town of Lindsay will miss you, RIP Kenny Ruttan.
Ryan Nowe, pictured above, has been at more of my gigs in Peterborough then anyone. His unique personality and sense of humour added so much to the music scene, and he was always out at music and art events, supporting stuff happening downtown Peterborough. Everybody knew and loved him, and it is going to be so strange to not see his smiling face downtown. He loved Doctor Who and used to have movie days at the Grassroots Cafe years ago where he would do Doctor Who marathons. I stumbled into a couple them by accident and really do not care much for Doctor Who, but I would stay for beers anyways and his commentary made it fun. Everytime I saw him he’d remind me about how we used to watch Doctor Who together. RIP Ryan Nowe, you will be missed buddy.
Ryan loved Doctor Who.
I mean obsessively. Seriously obsessively. He could tell you every detail from every episode of the series, old and new, and had a replica scarf and hat from the Tom Baker doctor.
One night, we were at the Montreal House in Peterborough seeing The Burning Hell who played the Doctor Who theme before colliding it with their much-better-when-live song “The Second Cigarette” (seriously, Mathias, if you ever decide to do a live album, the faster, funkier Second Cigarette would be a premiere choice) and Ryan went absolutely nuts.
It wasn’t just the good Doctor though, Ryan had a special place in his heart for all sci-fi, even the godawful movie Jumper which, honestly, people in Peterborough only went to see to see what they could recognize as being distinctly Peterborough (frankly quite a lot actually).
Life wasn’t all science fiction though for Ryan. He had a developmental issue that I couldn’t quite place and never felt comfortable enough to ask. His attempts to pick up women didn’t work very well if at all and if he drank, he usually went a little crazy but whenever I saw him he was always smiling and he was always downtown. Ryan lived and breathed downtown Peterborough and while that may not sound like much of anything to those of you who haven’t been there since the flood and seen all of the wonderful things that have come and gone, the vibrant music scene, the small businesses, the wonderful cafes, it was his world and, all things considered, it was pretty awesome.
Every time I’ve gone back since moving away, I’ve seen Ryan. To be overly poetic, he was downtown Peterborough’s perpetual man-child heart that kept everything going and kept everything fun even if it got a little weird and crazy. I only found out about an hour ago that he passed away last night and I already miss him like crazy and I know it will hit me again next time I’m home and I look for him and he’s not there, just a Ryan-shaped hole at the corner of Hunter and George.
Rest in peace my friend, safe travels.
I haven’t been to the York in so long it’s almost weird. When I lived in Lindsay it seemed to always just happen, you always ended up there at last call. I think it’s been over a year since I’ve even been through the doors. Anyhow, a few years ago this happened, and it was a really funny process to watch, and I decided to share it again. EVACUATE THE YORK!
So, I don’t rant very often, and I have a thousand other things I should be doing right now, but here goes. I just got all my stuff moved out of my house, now the gigantic task of unpacking and figuring out what to do with everything awaits. Before heading home to start I decided I really need to answer some emails and clear my head, so I headed downtown to the coffee shop.
One day I hope to settle down, get a big house and never move again. That time is not in sight right now though, I need flexibility and affordability, and have moved 7 times in the last 10 years. So the question today is, what do you with all this stuff?? The problem today is that everything has gotten so affordable there is really little purpose in keeping stuff. Why keep dishes, just go to the dollar store and get new ones when and if you need it. You can never find the one size screw you need in the shop so you always go by new ones for every job and save the extras for future use. Everything you build up at one point had a use or seemed like at some point it would be useful; everything is worth money and would still be valuable to the right person, BUT, no one wants it. It seems wasteful to throw it out, but nobody wants anything anymore, everybody has way too much stuff.
So here goes, I don’t know how I am going to do this, but I need to get ruthless, because the stuff I have is not going to fit in my rooms. Time to throw some shit out! I’m done with kitchen stuff, I mostly eat out anyways. Why do I need so many tools when I can never find what I need and do almost everything in my old mans garage anyways? Why do I need keepsakes when my whole life is on facebook. The only things in life I actually use are my laptop, tablet, ipod, phone, record collection, and band gear. If I have those things and their chargers, what do I need all this other crap for??? I don’t want to do it, I wish I had a basement or garage i could fill and not look at it all again for a couple years, but now is the time. Wish me luck!
“Hey Toronto, this one is the title track from our most recent record, the Greatest Life Unknown” live at the Horseshoe Tavern.
Coming up this week is our regular Lindsay weekly at the Coach and Horses on Tuesday and a full night at the Atria in Oshawa on Friday. Rock!
“Did ya like that?” oh Jon :) Turns out the world doesn’t end in 2012, kind of figured that but it seemed so far away when we originally released the song in 2006. This song right here is the DGB’s turning point. Co-written by Jon and I, duel lead vocals, and a great sing-along course. When we started playing this tune things started to change and it’s one of the oldest songs we’ve written that we still play live. Here it is performed at the Horseshoe in Toronto just days before December 21st, 2012.