Monday, April 7, 2014

Five Star Hippy Stuff

I love the Melvins. I don't think there's another band on the touring scene more respected than these dudes. That being said, I mostly appreciate their humour, candour and all around general sensibility and aesthetic approach to life and art. This video is another example of all those factors. If only a fraction of the bands had this approach to life, well, I would certainly have to listen to a lot less horrible music.... Rock on Melvins.... and Trevor Dunn.....

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Francesco Berta | 12 - Remixes

I had the privilege of doing a remix of a piece by Italian composer Francesco Berta entitled "12". The song is a short, beautiful piano composition that was featured on his latest full length Journey which he then released to be reinterpreted by various artists as part of a remix project. This is probably my first "real" remix so the whole process was challenging yet highly enjoyable! You can hear both the original and my remix, as well as another great reinterpretation by Jasper Van Den Hoogen, below. Also featured is a brief interview of us describing our process and approach. I believe a physical release will soon be available.

Official music video.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


The Maze

I had know of William Kurelek's art for a long time but it's only been in the last few years that I've really come to appreciate it's depth and beauty, as well as the genius of the man behind the actual paintings. In the Fall of 2012 I had attended the screening of a documentary of entitled "The Maze" at the Rendezvous with Madness film festival at St. Anne's Church in Toronto. Building from old archival interview footage taken by their father interviewing Kurelek back in 1969, filmmakers Nick & Zack Young put together an insightful and intimate documentary detailing the life and art of this Canadian-born Ukrainian painter and mystic. But even more than just being an engaging documentary, their film was, for many, the first introduction to the story of this brilliant and tortured artist. It's quite astounding (and fortunate) that old footage like that has been found and given the treatment it deserves by a newer generation. I was most impressed with their re-interpretation of many of Kurelek's paintings. For me, it was like seeing many of his pieces (some of which are on permanent display at the A.G.O) for the first time or, perhaps more accurately, in a new light.

I totally missed on on their Kickstarter campaign to do a more in-depth treatment of the man and his art but, the good news is their financial objective has been met and, luckily for us, a new film is on the way. I would highly recommend checking out the new film titled "Out of the Maze" as well as the artwork of William Kurelek.

Interesting Fact: The painting "The Maze" was used as the album cover for Van Halen's 1981 release Fair Warning. Though, much like every previous as well every following Van Halen release, the album itself was horrible.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Enemy of Fashion

I never caught this when I originally watched this series but did anyone else ever notice Mark's sweet Neurosis T-Shirt on Home Improvement? In season 7 Mark went through his goth phase so I'm guessing the show's costume designer either didn't know who Neurosis were and figured that the T-shirt would fit the dubious mold of gothic attire or, actually planted it as a homage to the band. Either theory is as valid at this point, though why I am seriously even contemplating this, I have no idea. Anyhow, I thought it was pretty neat! Pretty sweet album too.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Fists of Solidarity

Contrary to what you all may think, I am raising my fist to symbolize my solidarity with all of humanity, not to express my affection for some science fiction character from a late 70's film.....