Come celebrate the life of Lou Reed (also: his birthday is Sunday, Mar.2) and the music of David Bowie on Saturday, March 1 4pm atThe Company House. $5 cover. Local musician Nathan Pilon will play a Bowie solo set and I’ll perform some Lou Reed tunes covering his Velvet Underground/solo material. Shake off those winter blues with a nice matinee of tunes. (PS there is also a Facebook event). Pass it on.
PPS Forgot to mention, I posted a few Lou Reed/VU tunes over on the Soundcloud page
Well, let’s see if I can get you up to date on what has been happening here at Heartbreak A Stranger HQ :
I’ve been recording some new songs in preparation for a 10 song album. So far, I have 4 songs that are about 80% done (You can hear some of the songs. Just click on the ‘songs’ category). Once again, I’m working with Jason Mingo. We have a usual routine : I come in with words and music, we bash around some ideas, record them and BLAM!, done. It usually takes 6-7 hours to complete this part of the recording process. There is more to be done after this (drum tracks still have to be recorded). It is more rock orientated sound.
I’ve met with local film maker Andrew Fleming. We tossed around some ideas for some more short films to be made in the future. I’m looking forward to working with Andrew again. It’s nice to flex a visual part of my brain. I have ideas but I need help to have the ideas come to life. My ideas are only as good as they are practical. Meetings with Andrew are pretty simple : I give Andrew some general ideas about what I would like to do, Andrew gives me some feedback/adds some ideas and BLAM!, pretty much ready to go. The Short film pieces will be shot over the next 12 months. I’m looking forward to this.
I’ve decided to host a tribute show to Lou Reed. March 1, 4pm at The Company House in Halifax. I’m approached another musician to play a David Bowie set. Makes sense. A tribute show to artists whose music has been intertwined. I’ll have more on this show soon.
Well, that’s it for now. That is the latest and greatest news. Onward and upward.
Here is an interview with The News (Pictou County Newspaper) arts reporter Amy MacKenzie discussing the Trenton EP and future shows in Trenton (February 9 at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29) and Halifax (March 16 at The Company House).
Now would be a good time to keep you up to date on what is happening here at Heartbreak A Stranger :
The Trenton EP is done. Recorded, shipped to CD manufacturer, CDs now in my possession (still working on mp3 distribution version). The recording started in January 2012 and little by little, piece by piece, it was recorded. Plans put in place to create artwork, create a crowdfunding campaign, place orders for artwork and a hundred other tasks. Now comes the next phase : getting out and selling the Trenton EP. There is a lot of marketing to be done in the next few months. Contact media organizations, blogs, podcasts, radio shows, shoot another short film. Also, i’ll be applying for music festivals for 2013 (one of my goals was to have the CD done so i could apply to festivals). I’ve learned a lot along the way. A lot more to be done.
The official CD release party has been confirmed. It will be on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at The Company House in Halifax. As the date gets closer, I’ll have more details (cover, opening acts, set times). Did I mention my birthday is on March 16? Its true.
I’ve started working on the next music project. It’s working title is ‘YHZ’ (its the airport code for Halifax). When I originally started writing for the Trenton EP, I wanted to write about the changes I see in Trenton and Halifax. The differences between a small town and a larger city and how they’re really not far apart. I see a lot of changes in this city. Progress? Regress? Gentrification? I’ll have some songs to reflect what is happening to this city. My timeline is 18 months to have it ready for public consumption. I think its reasonable.