Saturday, April 25, 2009

More of ME!!!

It was my birthday this weekend, I'm motherfucking 30 Goddamn years old now. To celebrate this multiple of 10 anniversary year I played a free show with my band "Patrick Canning & The Suffering Mothers" down at CBTG's (it was also CBTG's 7th anniversary by the way). I'm not going to get into it, but there was a lot confusion and major hassles with schedules, sickness, awkward set interruptions, etc.. It was way more of a hassle then a free show should be but it was still fun. My chickiboo took a few videos of my set, this is the one with the fewest fuck ups by me. It's of a new song of mine called "Don't Be Obscene" it'll probably be on my next album as soon as I can secure a place in town to record drums for it. The song is missing the intro and my voice is shot and it also ends pretty abruptly but it is a new favorite of mine to play. So enjoy

I need to get some more shows on the go, if anyone wants to book them for me go right on ahead. At this point in my life I'm willing to sacrifice all my personal responsibility to someone else. If you want to do it go to town, I'm sure most of you could run my life better then I could right now.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Burning Hell

Okay, so they are only 10% local content, but I'm still going to talk about them. "The Burning Hell" the ten piece band from Peterborough Ontario (and other places) seem to be catching a bit of that ol' zeitgeist action as they came into town for a three night stop over here at CBTG's on their cross Canada tour. The place was packed to the gills for the each of their three shows. They seem to have developed a taste or dare I say a chemical dependency for St. John's as this is their third time coming out here in the last year or so and have added local sweetheart Alison Corbett (aka Black Molly) to their roster. The Burning Hell have a ton of infectious energy and just drip charisma on stage. They were in town this time to promote their new album "Baby" (going so far as bringing Burning Hell member Jenny Omnichord's tiny newborn Otis along for the trek)

"Baby" is the album that finally got their sound right. While their previous album "Happy Birthday" had some strong material in it; the mix was weak, the tempo's lagged and it just lacked that spark of charisma and just didn't present the band very well. The new album "Baby" sounds fresh and full and the songs rollick along a zippy, poppy jaunt. Front man Mathias Kom is a master wordsmith with a masters degree who has way more good lines then a songwriter should be allowed. He has a deep droll baritone delivery that sort of instantly recalls Kurt Wagner of Lambchop with the important distinction of being tuneful, entertaining and not crap. Mathias's lyrics are spread on quite liberally with great breadth and depth of detail, but he never forgets the importance of a catchy hook or sing-a-long chorus. Occasionally, the large volume of verbiage can come across as a bit forced and drain a bit of the punch and drama from the song but with lines like "We're all line dancing in a furnace of sex and misfortune" or "So out with the adenoids and in with Ballads" in there it's an easy sin to forgive. Anyway, they are a grand mess of talents and influences and I felt compelled to take a few videos at their Saturday show. The sound and video quality came out shit, even by the already low standards of my ancient digital camera it's shit quality, but I still felt the need to document an amazing show. Even if you can't see or hear it very well.
Anyway, buy their album and go to their shows if you have the chance.

New SUPERGOD!!!! music video

Ahhhh.. what to do when you're bored and unemployed with too much time on your hands? go out for a walk with your girlfriend and turn it into a experimental music video for your musical side project. That's what I did today. (as a side note, does anybody have a shitty to decent job that needs filling? I could use something like gainful employment right about now)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cara Lee Coleman

Bad ass local songstress Cara Lee Coleman overcame her prolonged absence from the St John's music scene (I haven't seen her on stage in a couple of years) to put on a CD release show last Saturday at the ship with a full band to celebrate her new CD "8 Weeks". It was an really awesome show and it was excellent to see Cara Lee back at it in top form with a really solid backing band. I took a couple of videos of the event, the audio quality on the video at the bottom didn't turn out so great but I enjoy this song too much to not put it up. Hopefully this marks the start of Cara's full return to the music scene. As well, pick up "8 Weeks" if you get a chance, it's a fun and intimate collection of tunes worthy your ear canals.