Friday, April 27, 2018

Left toronto on a shill chilly April morning.  Traffic was reasonable as I drove the unscenic Buffalo.

After a painless border crossing, I stopped in for some more than decent hipster-tacos at Cafe Azul, then got out of Buffalo on the 219.


As soon as the freeway ended, I hit some of the nicest riding that 1've ridden, working my way through the Moshannon and Sproul State Forrests. Arriving in State College, PA, I experienced an American "college town" for the first time of my life.

The college football team’s stadium, twice the capacity of the sky dome, loomed over the town. Penn States long tenured former football coach, who had once been revered like a saint, once had a 600 pound statue of hiumsef by the front entrance. After becoming implicated in a child molestation scandal that he played a role in covering up, the school took down the statue and landscaped over the area as if it had never been there. The stadium that he helped build with his on field success remained, yet he did not.

After checking in, I moved along the street avoiding the leaders of tomorrow in their Peacocking phase. Dresses that were a bit too short and heels too high had young women resembling baby fawns in a drunken stumble propped up by gelled hair companions.

Popped into a joint called 'chronic town', that was a combination coffee shop, shisha bar and pinball arcade.


After some decent games of pinball, I chatted up Destiny and Chelsea, childhood friends who'd grown up a half hour away, waiting to see the Avengers film. Chelsea, a social worker who had voted for Trump, still liked him as 'he was a celebrity', at the same time she also wished that he would stop tweeting. Both women, when I asked them what they wish they could change about the United States immediately said “acceptance”. We spoke about places that we'd like to live or visit, and the divide between rural and urban lifestyles. They both mentioned the tension between the two, and how the tone of public disource had gotten more divisive in the past two years.

I also met terry, a 70 year old who hates bars, and has some odd opinions about pretty much everything. the less said the better.

Riding Skyline Drive tomorrow. Should be fun.

ps. I really did put a high-score on my first game of this adventure. 


Goodbye Guy

"Lots of paper, and a pencil with a good eraser."

I closed by eyes, wondering what the 'hook' for this piece would be.  What will draw you in, to read about someone you likely have never heard or heard of, and that you don't know written by someone else who you may also not know.  The only thing that kept sticking in my mind, was what Guy Clark said, when asked by an audience member what the secret to being a great songwriter was.

"Lots of paper, and a pencil with a good eraser."

I was barely twenty years old when I saw him, a bit of a guitar player, not much of a songwriter and utterly obsessed with roots music.  On a whim, I'd hitched a ride with some friends of mine in Ottawa to come up to Guelph to see him perform, not because I knew who he was, but because I knew that he was Townes Van Zandts best friend and when you grow up in Ontario, you've got to grab what you can, when you can.

To tell you the truth, I don't remember all that much from either night I saw him at the now deceased Guelph Songwriter's festival, except three things.  His comment about the secret to songwriting, which is about as good of a no bullshit, sardonic reply as a Texan can muster to a garbage question.  How he rolled his eyes when a couple members of Guelph's cultural mafia performed some bullshit hippy song about peace, feeding the world and hugs.   Most importantly for me at least, that I left that show and immediately started writing my own songs.

The last one was pretty damn important and pivotal to me.

A few years after this show, I'd gummed up enough courage to sing and write my own stuff, in front of real folks, I would always include a Guy Clark cover, and would always introduce it in the same way.

"This next song is by the guy who made me believe that I could do what I'm doing now.  His name was Guy Clark."

My own pen, and my guitar have long been put away.  For those of you who know me, and know what I do, you know that I certainly haven't walked away from music.  When I think back on all these years, friendships and incredible memories that music has brought me (and some real shitty ones as well), a lot of this path can be traced back to that October day in 2001.

The Tennessean conveyed this mornings news rather succinctly.

Guy Charles Clark,  the gravel-voiced troubadour who crafted a vast catalog of emotionally charged, intricately detailed works that illuminated and expanded the literary possibilities of popular song, died in Nashville Tuesday morning after a long illness.

It wasn't really a surprise reading this, but it still hit me pretty hard.  I'd always imagined that one day I'd run into the guy, and for a few minutes I'd tell him what his music mean't to me, not just as a songwriter, but from one person to another.  He made me see, feel and think things in a different way, and I believe being exposed to his music made me a better person and the man that I became.  I wanted to tell him that some day, if I have children of my own, that I'd sit them down and play them his music.  I'm crying just writing this, and I don't feel one damn bit of shame to admit that.

Probably my favourite song of his was 'Dublin Blues' - if you read the above and felt anything at all, take five minutes out of your life, hit play and listen.

The One About Car2Go

I use Car2Go a lot.  For the most part it's a pretty sweet service, and while the City of Toronto might not be as forward thinking as other municipalities when it comes to accommodating this service, for my purposes it's more efficient than car ownership.

That being said, usually on a bi-weekly basis, there is a hair tearing moment where I just want to put my foot through the bumper of their flimsy Smart Cars.

Almost invariably it involves interfacing with their App/Dashboard Touchscreen/Network, and it always seems to happen when I have the least amount of time to deal with.

To wit.  My original Car2Go card after three years of consistent use ceased to work.  I called the company, and was informed that it's a $25 replacement fee (even after using it for 3 years) to get a new card.  Two weeks later that card stopped working.

Since I had to deal with a significant flood at work, it was close to 3:30am, and I was tired, sore and just wanted to go home.  The only alternative to using the card, is to utilize the app to unlock the vehicle.  Unfortunately they are having network issues, so I'm standing in a parking lot, watching minutes of my life tick by wondering if I'm going to have to pay $40 for a taxi to get home, or if I'm going to walk to the nearest bus.

Finally, I'm able to get a car unlocked, and I drive it to my usual location.  There were already some other Car2Go's there, so I parked beside them.  Unfortunately the network didn't seem to be functioning correctly, and the car informed me that I would need to park in a different spot that was a correct area for Car2Go's.  After moving the vehicle twice in the parking lot, I moved it back to it's original spot, called it a night and got some much needed sleep.

So if you are thinking of getting a Car2Go membership, there is a lot of benefits and utility, but also be aware that there will be some impressive head-aches until they fix their tech and get their devices functioning correctly.

Also - Car2Go social media person who may be reading this.  Maybe don't charge me for all those hours that my reserveration was 'running'.  I was tired and didn't have the patience or temperament to sit on hold at 4am.

A Movie you may have missed...and a good story.

Thanks Dan!

So a few weeks ago, I decided to take my lady friend out on a date.  Since I'm a cheap guy, that mean't going for a Big Fat Burrito followed by renting a movie.  Yes, you read that right, I still rent movies.  Heck, I go all the way down to Bloor and Bathurst, to Queen Video, one of the last great video stores left in the city to do so.

One of the great things about video stores, and something that Netflix can never replicate is the interaction and base of knowledge that the good ones have.  Instead of a computer algorithm telling you what to watch next, you get to interact with a real, live human being.  That's kind of cool.  Also, the superior picture quality, and fact that your movie doesn't blip if everyone is using the internet at 8pm in your building are also selling points of sticking with DVDs and Blu-Rays.

In this particular instance, I didn't really know what I wanted to watch other than I wanted a bit of action, and something that didn't insult my intelligence.

While the gal working the counter was becoming exasperated with the fact that every recommendation I'd already seen, another customer (Dan) suggested the film Red Hill.  Unfortunately that location didn't have it, but their other location did.  What makes the story really cool is that Dan went ahead, and paid for the rental of the film, on the condition that I pay it forward.  This is definitely something that Netflix can't do.

Now that I finally got around to watching it, I highly recommend Red Hill.  It was a very solid film.

So folks, get outside, talk to people, support your local businesses.  Good things might happen when you do this.  What I can guarantee you, is that they won't happen when you stay in and watch Netflix.

Starting at 4:14am ending at 4:50

Where to even begin,,,,

It's obviously late and for those keeping score at home, the blog has not been updated since Monday night.  While excuses are easy, I've felt lately that it's the only currency that I've been dealing in and this bothers me immensely.  Let's not do that for right now.

Initially I'd planned on writing this evening about promotions, and the difficulty of attracting folks to the place I'm currently managing (Junction City Music Hall ahem).  When I first became manager, at the end of April, I was so focused on re-staffing, and rectifying many of the internal issues with the space that I was incredibly lax and haphazard with the promotion side of the business as I expected the building momentum from March and April to carry me through until I had the ship righted.  I was very wrong about this, and it's been a tough month sales wise.

I've spent a significant portion of this week creating graphics for all of the upcoming events, developing postcard flyers to drop in peoples mail boxes, and pounding the pavement putting up posters to try to turn things around.  I'm also the soundtech at this venue, and moonlight as a barback and bartender depending on how much staff I can afford to bring in.  It's been my fourth consecutive week where I've logged in excess of 60 hours, and most weeks I surpass 70.  I'm tired, and feeling a bit defeated.

Today was doubly frustrating, as I spent the entire day updating and polishing the website, and instead of arriving earlier today, I didn't make it to the venue until slightly after five o'clock.  I arrived to not one but two floods in the space due to the heavy rainfall in the afternoon, and if it wasn't for the amazing staff, who came in early and worked their asses off to help me get the place cleaned up, I'm not sure that I'd even be upright right now.  Really, I can't begin to say how appreciative I am of the people who work with me right now.  It was an easy decision taking myself out of the tip pool tonight (and mentioning this probably ruins the validity of the gesture).

Something I am beginning to learn the hard way, as I battle exhaustion is that I'm not able to be superman, and that I'm going to have to quickly and substantially improve on my abilities to delegate.

I'm expecting another very busy day tomorrow, but I'm going to set aside some time to discuss my nascent graphic design skills, and what I'm trying to accomplish with the posters that you see around the Junction.

For now it's 4:49, and I think it's time to sleep.  Hopefully Streetfighter II shows up and for once I won't have to choose between a slice of crappy Guelph pizza or a few games as Dhalsim.  15 year old me would consider this a win.

Can I get Off on a Technicality?

Yes, I know that this is being published in the very early hours of Tuesday, and not Monday.

That being said, I had good reason to be staying up late, as I had to put the final touches on a post-card that will hopefully mildly pester residents of the Junction soon enough, as well as our cocktail and shooter menus, which I said would be done last week at this time.  I'm pretty happy with the post card front and the cocktail designs, but feel that the post-card back and the shooter menu could have used a few more hours of tweeking.  That being said, life and deadlines never wait until you have it 'perfect', so to paraphrase the horrible excuse for a human being that is Donald Rumsfeld, 'you've got to go with the postcard you have, not the postcard you want'.

I also got some free passes to an advance screening of the Brian Wilson biopic 'Love and Mercy'.  Probably not going to sit on anyones list of all time great american cinema, but a mostly enjoyable watch, and I actually enjoyed this more than the new Mad Max movie (in 3D, think I should have seen it in standard) - so that burned up most of my evening.  Oh, and had an absolute crap dinner.

It's been a pretty long and hectic day, on what is supposed to be a 'day off', as I had to be at the Music Hall in the morning to receive the Beer Store delivery (and have them take away the empties from the past two weeks), so I'm going to post the menu's and post cards, and call it a night.  Hoping not to have to go back into the Junction tomorrow.


The Blog Project - The Prelude

Right now I feel really down.  The weather is crummy outside, and I know that this does not bode well for the evening.

Why does this not bode well?

Because when the weather is lousy people (with good reason) often stay inside.  There's a warm bed, you've already got a Netflix account and maybe you just want to save some money for that thing.

I manage a concert venue called 'The Junction City Music Hall'.  My livelihood depends on folks coming out to the space and having a great time.

So why am I writing this?

I'm doing it for a number of reasons.  The scuzzy but honest reason is that I want to promote my business and the businesses that I work for, but on a deeper level I want people to get a bit better understanding both of the business that I'm in (managing live music venues) and also the work and care that goes on behind the scene in order to hopefully give everyone a great Friday or Saturday night.

I'm also doing it, because I believe that by writing and sharing what I'm doing, it will help me to see my own work more clearly, and will make me a better manager, booker and promoter.

Well that all sounds wonderful, are you going to stick with it?

For the next month, I'm making a commitment to write one post per day.  Some of the posts won't be particularly long, but from now until the end of June, each day something will go up.  If it doesn't, feel free to call me out on this, come in to the space and I'll buy you a beer.

Stay tuned tomorrow when I talk about Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots), The Hold Steady, cancer and depression.  Fun stuff ahead!

Sweet Records @Kops & What Constitutes Theft or Can You Steal a Beat?

It was all a dream....

Sorry to you folks for not putting this up yesterday, but after working 17 hours straight, I didn't have a lot of gas left to write when I got home.  I did manage to get some great sleep however, which may have somewhat guided this post, as I woke up and started humming the opening lines to The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Juicy'.

As mentioned before, one of the fun parts of the job at Kops is managing the Hip Hop section at the Bloor location.  We had received a few boxes of vintage 12" hip hop singles, so I did a full restock of those (and I assure you that they are competitively priced) and also filled in some catalogue full-length albums at the same time.  One of which was a RSD pressing of Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die'.  It's a pretty pricey album if you are able to find an original, and I haven't seen many of the RSD one's kicking around either.

All that being said however, the original 1994 version, and the current available version are actually different albums.  Why's that you ask?

Well - if you like reading legal briefs (which oddly enough I do), you can get the full picture right here.

The short version, is that Bad Boy Entertainment, the record label owned by Puff Daddy/Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Diddy (and whatever he calls himself next week) didn't get the clearance for the samples used on the original album, and after getting their butts handed to them in court, including an initial judgement of punitive damages to the tune of 4.2 million USD, which was deemed on appeal to be 'unconstitutional' and reduced to a paltry 2.8 million USD.

Subsequently, all releases of 'Ready To Die' had the offending samples removed.

Now in the case of 'Juicy', which borrows very heavily from M'Tume's Juicy Fruit, it's pretty obvious that the initial source material is essential to the Notorious B.I.G. song.  However, that sample was cleared prior to the release of the album, so no issues there.  Have a listen if you haven't heard the original and want to hear some early 80's funk.

However, the suit in question, focuses on The Ohio Players track 'Singing In the Morning', which appeared on the album 'The Early Years', as well as on other releases.  Notice a similarity in album covers?  Which was sampled on Biggies track 'Gimme The Loot'.  Check the Ohio Players version, and then below is the original 1994 Notorious B.I.G. version.

I've got to be honest, the Ohio Players sample isn't essential to what makes the song unique and original (which is a great vocal track by Biggie).  However, it's what happens when you don't get permission from the original copyright holder.

What makes things much more interesting, and what would have wider consequences, not just for Bad Boy Entertainment, but hip hop in general was a defence that was not used.  Specifically, the defence of 'Fair Use'.

To quote Stanford University's Library - 'fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose'.

So suffice to say, using that definition, and listening to the two tracks, it's a logical defence to make, that the use of the Ohio Players track, on Gimme The Loot was transformative, created a new and unique piece of creative property.

So why did they not use this defence?

People have speculated that Bad Boy Entertainment, which is partially owned by Warner Records, made a strategic decision not to utilize the fair use defence as it would potentially open their own catalogues up to more extensive sampling use, which was and still is a significant source of revenue, and one might even add, it helps to maintain a systemic pattern of suppression between the (mostly) white copyright holders and controllers, and the more ethnically diverse, and certainly less economically advantaged new content creators making use of expanding sampling technologies and ideas.

Or to put it bluntly, ironically and quoting completely out of context from the Biggie song itself.  They've "been robbing motherfuckers since the slave ships."

Hope you enjoyed the read.  Come on down to Kops next week, and say hi, tell me what albums I should be listening to (Hip Hop or otherwise), and I'll leave you with an exceptionally appropriate track.

Thursday, May 29th - DJ OH16 @ Unlovable - 10pm ($Free!)

Back Behind The Decks

As I was writing this, it dawned on me that I haven't been behind the decks all that much in the past month.  I'm actually both excited and nervous as a result.  Also, Unlovable is a great bar, that is home to the Pinball table that started my love affair with the silver ball.

Excited, because it's been even longer that I've gotten the chance to spin a full night of the music I love, without the expectation that I've got to play the same songs that everyone expects to hear.  Nervous, because the fingers are a bit dusty, and I always get a few jitters before a gig.

If you're expecting to hear some ABC by the Jackson 5, this is probably not your night, but if you want to get an introduction to the singular genius of Sir Mack Rice, you're probably going to dig the tracks that I'm laying down.

I'm also pretty stoked to get a nice warm-up set before the big show next week, on Saturday, June 7th at Lee's Palace with The Intentions!  - if you want to get your tickets in advance, click on the band link, or better yet, come say hi to me, either during the day at Kops on Bloor, or meet up with me at Unlovable in the evening.

I'm going to end things with a track from one of my all time favourite vocalists, the incomparable Bettye Lavette.

The Hip Hop Project Begins.... @ Kops on Bloor

The Hip Hop Project

For semi-avid followers of this blog, you know that I work at Kops records.  One of my first jobs was pricing a huge purchase of hip-hop, and as I was working through the pricing, I was simultaneously surprised at how much more I knew about that genre, than I thought I did, and at the same time humbled by how little I knew.

As we didn't have anyone on staff, who specialized in hip-hop, I set aside all the full length albums from the aforementioned pricing binge, and began curating a list of albums that any fan of the genre should consider essential.

As these albums have begun to trickle in, it's time, this Saturday, May 31st, come on down to Kops on Bloor, beginning at 1pm, for your first, and best chance to get a crack at some pretty rare hip-hop first pressings, and also to say howdy to me, let me know what's missing on the shelves.

Each week, check back to this site, and I'll recap any interesting vintage arrivals, as well as highlighting some new albums that I was able to bring into the shop.  I want this to be collaborative, so if there is a disk that you feel simply can not be missed, let me know and I'll see what I can do to make sure that more people hear about an album that you love.

And speaking of cool albums, there's currently a sealed, first pressing of 'How I Got Over' by 'The Roots'.

One of my all-time favourite albums, this might not appeal to the purists, with guest spots from The Dirty Projectors, Monsters of Folk & Joanan Newsom (the later for once is actually pleasurable to listen to, rather than grating).

Perhaps what I appreciate most about this album, is how it ties a larger concept of social justice and urban identity circa the Bush to Obama transition, with stellar individual tracks that don't make the overarching concept feel forced.  The opening side might be one of the bleakest and most subdued hip hop song collections, and then as the clouds clear, the light begins to shine through on the second half of the album.  Brilliant, from beginning to end...

Thursday, May 22nd - 6:30pm - Sunparlour Players @ Kops Records (In-Store)

I've been very busy

I realize that it's been almost a month since I did any updating.  Not a good thing, not a good thing at all.  To put it mildly, I've been really busy, and if I haven't been working, I've spent a fair bit of time out of town or on my bike.  Both of which are good things, but they aren't helping with the writing all that much.  I'll resolve to do more writing this week.  In fact, if you don't see a new post each day, between now and Saturday, you can walk up to me, and say 'Nathan: you promised me a new post every day, and guess what, you broke that promise so you owe me a beer/coffee'.  To which I will immediately purchase you one of said item.

So what's this got to do with the Subject line?

Well, for the past month and a half, I've been working part-time at Kops Records.  It's a nice little family owned record shop, and the oldest of it's kind in the city.  At the Bloor location, there was an unused garage in the back, and for the past week, I've been working away at converting it into a small performance space.

We took it on it's maiden voyage last night, when we shot an Exclaim! TV music video there, with The Sunparlour Players, and I have to admit, they sounded absolutely superb.  Bummed you missed it?  Well guess what, you didn't!  They will be doing an exclusive 'in store' performance, this Thursday @6:30pm, at the Kops Bloor Location.   If you want to go, you'll have to email me - so just click on this link and say 'Nate, I want to go see this gig.' and if I've got space left, you're getting to see a sweet, free, intimate show.

And if for some reason, you are busy on Thursday night, make plans to head down to Adelaide Hall this coming Saturday, and you'll get to see the big show.

Here is the studio version of one of the songs that they recorded in the garage last night...

Thursday, April 24th - SoundStill Live w. Union Duke, Yuka, The Medicine Hat & Juice - $10

Pretty Huge Bill

If you're an old curmudgeon like me, and despair of the future, head over to the Great Hall, and catch an obscene amount of awesome young talent on a single bill.  These bands are absolutely killer.  A big thumbs up to SoundStill Prods. for putting this night on.

Union Duke

I've been fortunate enough to have done more than a few shows with these guys.  Great dudes, and I'm sure in a couple of years you'll be paying a lot more, and going to bigger venues to see them.  If line-ups down the street, and people waiting in the bitter cold to get in to catch the tail end of their second set aren't enough to sell you on giving these guys a listen, I'm not really sure what is.  Catch them now, or at the end of June for their album release at the Horseshoe.


The only band on this bill that I never got the chance to work with (so far).  It wasn't that I wasn't aware of them, it was just that I couldn't afford them at the old place I booked for.  Head over to their website to see where they are playing if you can't catch them tonight (they play around town a lot), or give them a few minutes of your ears right now.

The Medicine Hat

In the past two years of booking bands (well over 150 shows in that span), The Medicine Hat really stand out as one of the most unique and original bands that I've worked with.  There's few things cooler, than seeing a room full of folks, who've never heard their stuff before being absolutely blown away by these guys.


One of the very first bands that gave me a chance almost two years ago.  A bunch of dudes from the incredible Intentions!, doing their own more pop oriented stuff.  They will bring the party.

Monday, May 5th - The Horseshoe - New Teeth, Spirit Animal, Mooch

Make Plans For Monday

Pretty nice little free bill this Monday evening at The Horseshoe, that touches on a lot of different parts of the musical map.  Remember, if you make it out to shows like this, and you dig the band, buy something off them.  It's a monday gig, so you better believe they aren't getting paid, so those vinyls, t-shirts, cd's etc... actually help out a lot, and in all likelyhood, it's the only way you're going to be able to exchange your hard earned cash for their cool swag without having to use a computer.

Spirit Animal (Brooklyn, NY)

Reminds a bit of Modest Mouse and a bit of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, but mostly, I have a sneaking suspicion these dudes are going to rock out pretty good.  Dig the song embedded below, with a hilarious title - 'The Black Jack White'.  And hit up the band's website here.

New Teeth (Toronto, ON)

I quite like these guys.  Originally from Ottawa, but calling Toronto home these days, you'll recognize members of Union Duke and Bodice.  I'm enjoying their newer material a lot more than their older stuff, but judge for yourself by checking out their site here.

Mooch (St. Johns, NFLD)

I really hope that these guys are on first (or last), as based on what I listened to online, I don't think I'm going to enjoy their set very much.  Maybe you like nasally pseudo grunge, and maybe it will work live, I hope so, because I'm not feeling what I listened to online.

A Great Night of Music - Samantha Martin, Luke Bill & Beams (but not ?uestlove)

One of the things that consistently blows me away is the quality of music in this city.  Obviously, when you're headed to the Horseshoe, Lee's Palance, Garrison or Phoenix, you're expecting a certain type of gig, but I spent my night in a couple of smaller rooms, and saw some absolutely phenomenal stuff.

Samantha Martin & The Delta Suga - 6pm - 8pm @ The Cameron House (Residency)

You'll want to make sure you get here as early as you possibly can for this gig.  The room was packed (maybe even over capacity), and if you were there, or know someone who was, you're probably hearing about how good the show was today.

There's another two weeks worth, so if you're a fan of Staples Singers style southern soul, with more than a hint of Leon Russell thrown in - you want to make the time to see this gig.

Here's a nice little review on her newest album, via Kerry Doole @

After the show we wandered down the street to grab a quick bite, and stumbled into this, which in it's own weird way is also music related.

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Apparently these people are waiting for a pair of shoes, more specifically the 'Air Yeezy 4', which is a model endorsed by Kanye West.  This was Thursday night, and the shoes don't release until Saturday morning.  The irony of waiting through Good Friday, out in the street, for a pair of shoes endorsed by a dude who refers to himself as 'Yeezus', is pretty rich.  But I digress.

Luke Bill

Mike from Beams was telling me about this project a few weeks ago.  It sounded good when he was talking about it, but live, even on a less than ideal system at the Magpie, I was floored.  I don't want to give too much away about the band, because I want you to head over to their site to give them a listen, but if you see them playing somewhere, they are absolutely worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of the Jayhawks.

Listening to them, I was having a quick word with Dany Laj, and he mentioned I should give The Raspberries a listen.  They are kind of cool, and if you want to get a little sample, check out this link here.


Probably one of the bands that I most enjoyed working with over the past couple of years, Beams are going on Hiatus for the summer, so they were playing one final good-bye show at the Magpie.  It's a shame that for the next five months you won't get a chance to see this great band, so I'm going to end things with a video that I helped engineer via Exclaim! TV.  Enjoy, and when they come back stronger than ever in the fall - go support them.