Design Projects, Skate Expedition, Surfer Blood

Demon Dance

Surfer Blood

Heya folks!

I thought I would jump on here real quick and give a small update — but even my small updates usually turn into large ones, so we’ll see how this goes.

I finally picked the perfect theme for this blog! It’s super wide, so it’s easy to read AND I finally got my twitter feed and my instagram plugged in, so all my social media outlets are now whole.  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

So lately I have been working on a few projects for some friends of mine.  The first was a gig poster for an upcoming show.  The show is on July 5th, and my buddie Jake asked me like a month and a bit ago if I would like to work on it.  Obviously I jumped at the opportunity to work on something and to help a friend out… the only problem was I was in super lazy summer mode, and didn’t start working on it until pretty recently.  My brain basically became goo after school finished.  I felt super bad about neglecting the poster, and I was stressed about it for weeks.  Not to mention all my ideas sucked out loud.  My friend Nigel was helping me work on it for a while, but I dunno it was moving slowly, and again… goo brain.

So the poster was finished a couple days ago, and it didn’t turn out as bad as it had thought it would.  Every time I look at it it gets a little more tollerable.  It just has this childish and newbie designer look to it, but it’s flaw is also it’s strength.  I’ll post it on here a little later.  In the past day or so though I have been working on this t-shirt design for the same dudes, and I am so hyped for it.  It is basically done, save a few minor tweaks, and I think they are going to love the final product.  When I get super stoked about something I can work on it for hours and hours and it doesn’t feel like any time is passing.  I think it’s one of my favourite designs yet.  I’ll post that one on here as soon as it’s completed as well.

In other news, today — after I finished a huge portion of the t-shirt design — I went for an extremely long skate!  It seems I do all my writing after a good skate.  I think it’s because I get the most ‘inspired’.  I started out for a coffee — how all great adventures start — and then I just keep skating to see how far I could get.  I skated for a good four hours.

Those instagram pictures and tweets to your right are from that adventure! I recommend checking them out for a more in-depth documentation of the excursion!  Also follow my twitter and instagram for more random shizz… mostly my twitter though, because I am too much a wuss to post plentiful photos.

I skated all the way to the next city and around the border of my town all the way down to our waterfront and I ended up at Burlington‘s newly completed pier thingy… I just realized I spelt ‘pier’ wrong on my instagram post, haha.  DAMN.  Needless-to-say I am completely beat.  My legs aren’t functioning and I have to work at 8:00 am tomorrow.  I had fun, so it was worth it.

That little adventure has inspired me to want to skate further! I used to read this blog called Long Treks on Skate Decks, and these guys longboarded the entire west coast of South America! It was insane! They had crazy good video and it looked like a great adventure.  I want to do something similar.  I was thinking maybe I would make a skateboard design, grab a buddie, order some custom boards and make a long cross city skate expedition! It would across multiple cities, probably in the Niagara direction… I was thinking maybe along the Bruce Trail.  Anyway, I think about the details later.  I just thought it would be a fun thing to aim towards; a goal, if you will.

Um, oh yeah! I have a Band Recommendation for ya! They are called Surfer Blood and their new record is dynamite!! I freakin’ loved their first record titled Astrocoast, and Pythons may be even better.  There are a ton of great records that have just been released and are about to be released — examples being, Smith Westerns, City and Colour, Suuns, The Strokes, so maybe I’ll do a little album roundup to cover all the musical bases.

I had lots more to talk about (like rock climbing, a possible blogging job!! up-coming events and more) but this post was, as usual, far too long, so I’ll end it here!

Later!

Metric…Wednesday? The Wooden Sky/Yukon Blonde

Okay so, here we are.  It’s Wednesday, and I purposely postponed my Metric Monday, for a very specific  reason. And did not just forget about it!  Last night a few of us went out to big bad Hamilton – which by the way is wrongfully perceived.  Hamilton is really great, and is filled with good people to boot.  And, no, I did not post a picture yesterday.  Mainly because we got home really late, and I got many pictures to post today! The reason we went to Hamilton was to see the Wooden Sky and Yukon Blonde live at a show.  And it was incredible!  Such a fun time.  Seriously if you have the opportunity to see these guys live, do it!  And they are still touring together, so here’s your chance! Go now!

Breakdown of show, after the break! Edit: Oh and more pictures!

So there we were, waiting in the Lobby at the Casbah, listening to stand up comedy before the show got under way.  The people start moving in, and getting in line.  Everyone forgets about the comic and gets up from their seats, as the comedian is still on stage, to get into to see the opening band.  I’m next in line.  I walk up, and the girl gives me the 19+ stamp on the old wrist!  So stoked.  It was totally the beard, I freakin’ know it!  I bought myself a beer half way through just because I could, making my night even greater.  The other bands playing with the Wooden Sky and Yukon Blonde were, The Social Workers, and These United States.  The Social Workers were the opening band, and they were actually really good.  A bunch of youngsters from Ancaster, who kinda sounded like the National, as pointed out by Alyssa and Maria.  But I thought the dude had a kinda Jim Morrison thing going on as well.  And These United States who were from Kentucky, and were a bit to country feeling for my taste.  The slide guitar was a bit much.

I’m going to try and not talk about these bands running em into the ground, but I will seriously recommend them to anyone who just enjoys great live music.  They both have their own style and sound about them that makes them unique.  Yukon Blonde had a nice mixture of upbeat tunes, kinda with a punk twist – I felt anyway.  Feel free to disagree – and mellow, catchy garage tunes.  Like this is the kinda thing you just throw on your record player and hang out with some friends in your basement and jam out too.  Really something special.

Wooden sky brought the folk with them.  When we were on our way to the Casbah we were playing Wooden Sky in the car, and our friends dad thought that they sounded like a country band more than anything.  I personally disagree, but I guess that’s what folk music is, country without the twang and the southern accents.  They were up on the stage, which was only about a foot off the ground from where we were, and it just felt like we were listening to friends playing music that everyone loved.  It was really homey.  When they played it was like they wrote all of those songs for us, the people at that show.  It was this really cool sense of community, joining band to audience.  It really did feel like we all knew each other and we were all hanging out and enjoying really great music.  But the best part of the whole damn thing was after the show, they went out back, into a dark alley, and played a few acoustic songs with all of us who stuck around for a few minutes in the cold.  It was amazing. One of em had the banjo going, and they had the melodica going and the acoustic just brought everything and everyone even closer.  Like a big ol’ family of hipsters.  Classic.

But seriously, everyone I saw there, at least 98 % that had bough merch, bought Vinyl.  So funny.  Nobody I know buys Vinyl except hipsters.  Gotta love em.  I buy Vinyl, but I’m Hip, enough.

 I wouldn’t have missed that for the world.  It made my horrible work day today so worth it. We were out until like 2:00am and I had to work at 8:00am. Such a great night.  Anyway, like I said, these guys were incredible and I recommend them to anyone with a freakin’ heart and soul!

For anyone who actually has a heart and soul, they are playing in Toronto, this Saturday – November 6th, 2010 – with Yukon Blonde, at Lee’s Palace.  Look up the directions yourself and go to the damn show!  Ya won’t regret it.

P.S Stay tuned in the coming weeks for your regularly scheduled blog post, Metric Mondays… possibly.

P.S.S I am fairly certain these last two were takin’ by Alyssa!