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Daniel Romano

Today on my drive to work my phone decided to play some Daniel Romano. He doesn’t pop up too often, even though I own three of his albums1. His latest album is more country than anything he’s done before. Moving away from the folk of his previous two albums, and the rock of Attack In Black.

The song was “A New Love (Can Be Found).” As soon as he sang the opening lyrics, the most country lyrics you can imagine, I was hooked.

Some stranger is with her for the first time tonight. What’s a man to do when he just can’t win?

I don’t know if this song is positive or negative, and judging by the video below, I don’t think Romano knows himself.

Usually his records don’t pull me in completely, instead two or three songs grab my attention and hold it. Usually not more. On his previous album it was “She Was The World To Me.” The song is much more rooted into the folk world, as he sings “I was nothing to her, but she was the world to me.” He sings his love song to this corpse.

  1. Four if you count the Daniel, Fred, and Julie album. []

Weather Station, Daniel Romano, & Eons

Tamara Lindeman of Weather Station, with Daniel Romano (pardon the iPhone photo)

Last night was the album release for Weather Station’s All Of It Was Mine at CSI Annex, a beautiful basement space on Bathurst, south of Bloor. It had been some time since I last saw The Weather Station, and even longer since I last wrote about Tamara Lindeman’s work; I had interviewed Lindeman, along with Ruhee Dewji and Simon Borer, as part of my final piece for Being There. Back then, Lindeman was part of the group Entire Cities, and they had just released their record Deep River. She’s since left Entire Cities, but that doesn’t mean she’s been sitting idle. In addition to this new record, she’s also been performing with Bruce Peninsula, a band I should probably give a second chance to after the performances last night from many of its members.

Lindeman’s song are quiet and sweet, occasionally rowdy, and always beautiful. She performed the songs on either a banjo or acoustic guitar, often alone, but sometimes with the help of Daniel Romano (of Attack in Black and Daniel, Fred & Julie) and Mischa Bower (Bruce Peninsula).

Daniel Romano, with Misha Bower

Opening for Weather Station was Daniel Romano and Eons. Eons were pleasant and enjoyable, but I didn’t have anything jump out at me. Romano, on the other hand, put on an excellent set. He asked a friend in the audience to provide the set list for the night, and between songs would ask what’s next. He often didn’t remember lyrics, and seemed to struggle through the set, but the songs were often amazing country songs, and when he did remember the lyrics, he told good stories.

The show wasn’t the most professional put together, the bands didn’t always know what they were supposed to be doing, or even the words they should be singing, but the venue’s couch-laden cozy basement feel makes the audience feel like the band is singing directly to and for them. Truly an intimate evening of country-folk.

Blog!

Did you know that the word “blog” sounds like the sound one makes when they puke? Well, it does.

I haven’t posted here in quite some time. Why? Well, I’m a slacker. I also have a real life, and those things get in the way. So why blog now1? Well, my sister is blogging somewhat frequently… Hi Shira! In addition, my brother has now started a blog… Hi Moti!2

So this blog post will be a life update…

Rock and Roll Adam

I have tickets to a number of upcoming shows:

  1. The Weather Station w/ Dan Romano (Tomorrow)3
  2. Arizona Lily are playing at Rancho on August 274.
  3. Wild Flag5 are playing at Lee’s on rOctober 11.
  4. Dum Dum Girls at Lee’s on October 16.
  5. I turn 30 on October 26… OH YEAH! 30 IS TOTS ROCK AND ROLL!
  6. Dan Mangan6 at the QE2 on October 28.
In addition to this upcoming rock and roll extravaganza, I’ve been rocking out to those albums I bought at Criminal’s closing sale. My favourite, I think is Little Scream’s record.

So I think that covers my rock and roll lifestyle. Next is…

Professional Adam

Yeah, every once in a while I pretend I’m professional7. It’s the summer, so kids are gone, and teachers are gone8, so now I get to spend my summer GSD9. Replacing the wireless at both campuses, and went to the building which will, in September 2012, replace one of the campuses. It’s a bit much, but fortunately I have my Number One, who’s helping me out. The massive amount of construction is driving me nuts, and making the wireless upgrade kinda difficult, but whatever.

Literary Adam… or Historical Adam

I don’t know which to classify this one under. I’m reading, but it’s all historical non-fiction, and of course it’s all about Canadian political history. Why do I read this shit? Why do I find it interesting. It’s really weird that I read this shit. Whatever.

I was sick, and in bed, I had left work early in Thornhill, and instead of going home, I went to my parents’ place, also in Thornhill. Seeing as my bedroom has become Junk-Central, I was in my sister’s room. I noticed on her shelf a giant book called Egotists and Autocrats: the Prime Ministers of Canada. Who in their right mind would go “OOOH!” when they see a book about Canada’s first 20 prime ministers? Oh yeah, me. What the fuck is wrong with me?

I read it. It was okay. Not great. The author is kind of a dolt. He kept on inserting personal anticdotes about his life that were mildly related to the subject at hand, yet really served no purpose. He briefly chronicles the lives, and professional lives of Canada’s first 20 Prime Ministers10. What I liked most about this book was that it gave me insight into some of the less known prime ministers such as Louis St. Laurent, who had interesting times in office. It also gave me additional respect for Dief the Chief. It was okay.

While I was on vacation11, which I guess will be the next section, I finished the book, and on an excursion to Huntsville12, I found a new book called The 49th Paradox by Richard Gwyn. Gwyn, you might recall, recently wrote the first half of a biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, perhaps soon, the second volume will be released. This one’s interesting, as it was published in the mid-eighties, while the Mulroney government was negotiating Free Trade with the United States of America. It gives a fantastic historical background to reciprocity in North American politics, from pre-Confederation until the ’80s. Gwyn goes into grand detail about Trudeau’s National Energy Policy, Laurier’s reciprocity treaty13, and many other facets of Canadian history. Gwyn’s style is very good, allowing for even the most boring of subjects to become interesting. Good times, my friends.

Leisure Adam

Last week, the beautiful and gorgeous Adam Anklewicz rented a cottage with seven other friends on Walker Lake. There were three couples, Adam & Cari, Matt & Anna, Rick & Carina; two children, Emilia and Violet; and two swingin’ singles, myself and Emily. As one of the singles, I was shacking up with Emily, and she was polite enough not to complain about me being in the same room as her. I canoed. I kayaked, I pedal boated, I swam, I read, I ate, I slept, I didn’t sleep, lounged, I burnt shit, I played with “Things In A Box,” I played board games, I played card games, I tanned, I regattaed14, I picnicked, I visited Huntsville, I used a shit ton of 3G data, I did other things.

It was a lot of fun. It helped reassure me that I don’t want children, even though Violet and Emilia are adorable. They didn’t know my name! Violet never once said a single word to me, which is just plain rude… I don’t care if she’s only six months old… how hard is it to say hi. And Emilia, who did talk to me, said “He’s not Adam, he’s Ankle.” Yeah, thanks.

I learned that I’m a shitty swimmer. I learned that cannon balling into a lake with your friends is a lot of fun. I learned that I’m really bad at refraining from swearing… how do I work in a school?

Where was I going with this?

Oh yeah, I’m getting old…

Old Adam

The reason for this cottage trip was a means to celebrate our 30th birthdays. 5 of the 8 adults on the trip went to high school together, and thus were born in the same year. One other was also born in 1981, so six of us turned, or are turning, 30 this year. Of those six, I’m the youngest, and haven’t hit 30 yet, but I’m almost there.

I’ve for a while said that I look forward to turning 30, as then I’ll be a 30-something divorcé, rather than a 20-something divorcé. As you can see, much less pathetic. In addition, my life has been gradually getting better. Those who say high school is the best years of your life, are morons. High school is the worst time of your life… well, second only to pre-high school. My early 20s were decent, and then I got divorced15 and it kept getting better. Okay, okay, it went in waves, it wasn’t a straight progression. Even in waves, 30 is looking up, as the last half of 29 has been rather excellent, specifically this past month or two.

Financial Adam

I got a voicemail while I was at the cottage, it was from TD’s loss prevention department.

Actually, let’s back up a bit…

I went into my local TD branch. I put my card in the machine. It didn’t take it fully, kinda stalled, and I had to push it in16. Then I took out money, but as I was there, something about the card reader looked off. Fuck, I thought, there might be a skimmer attached. I walked to the desk, and I asked one of the employees. His response was, “No, we check it every morning.” I said that a skimmer could have been installed after the morning. “He kinda huffed, and called his manager, and walked out to the machine, glanced at it, and said, “No.” I was kinda pissed at his lackadaisical attitude towards security.

Then a few days later, up at the cottage, I had that voicemail. I called TD and was informed that my card had been compromised, and that a significant chunk of money was taken from my account. Fortunately the bank refunded my money, and I had to just visit a TD branch and get a new card.

I had a good chunk of money in cash at the cottage, so I wasn’t too worried, but I did want to replace the card before heading to Toronto. The next day I went into Huntsville, and as Matt, Anna, and Emily explored downtown Huntsville, I was in the TD replacing my card. They were wonderful and nice, and all around a great TD branch to deal with.

After arriving back in Toronto, I went to my local branch17 and spoke with the manager, she, and the other employees were shocked at the way I was treated, and I received the customer service I was used to. One of the employees, too, had her card compromised, along with a large batch of their local clients, leading me to believe that it wasn’t some random gas station I visited in Thornhill that week, but instead, it was TD.

Romantic Adam

I should probably tell my family about her soon, but I guess now Shira knows.

  1. I’m not sure I like that blog is both a noun and a verb []
  2. Mine’s better than both of theirs… combined. I am the best sibling. []
  3. The Cheap Speakers, who are awesome, are playing that night, too. Go see one of these shows. []
  4. No ticket, but who needs that? It’s Rancho. []
  5. EEE! []
  6. *Beard swoon* []
  7. *snicker, snicker* []
  8. Baruch Hashem. []
  9. getting s___ done. []
  10. From Sir John A. to Jean Chretien. []
  11. Leisure Adam? []
  12. Financial Adam? []
  13. Which was denied by voters when they elected Borden. []
  14. Yet I’m okay with this being both a noun and verb. []
  15. Sorry, Lisa. []
  16. That’s what she said. []
  17. 807 Broadview Avenue. Let’s shame them. []

Music Monday

Just bought this record…

Also bought this record…

Romano, Squire & Doiron

Went to Daniel, Fred & Julie at the Horseshoe Tavern tonight. First up was Jerry Leger who was whiney, and kind of annoying. He seemed to play FOREVER, and I got there mid-way through his set.

Next up was Baby Eagle who just bored me. Their frontman is apparently in The Constantines, and I’m one of the three people in Canada who are not fans of The Constantines. Have you heard their side of the split 12″ they did with the Unintended? LAME.

Finally, we had Daniel Romano1, Fred Squire2 and Julie Doiron3. Stunning. They were absolutely, unequivocally stunning. This folk trio were able to harmonize and along with acoustic guitar and electric guitar were able to quiet the Horseshoe Tavern enough that the mirrors in SLR cameras were always heard. Not mine, I didn’t bring mine, that photo is from a solo Julie show.

Umm, what else to say? They played much from the album, but in addition, they each took a turn to play two songs on their own. Doiron chose to play new songs, one of which was heard at that tiny bar on Parliament she played a few months back, you know the one, where Gentleman Reg joined her on stage4. The new songs are damn good, and if quality continues could eclipse I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day, which being a damn good album, is still nowhere near as awesome as Woke Myself Up.

Fred Squire decided to play songs on a new EP. I don’t know if that EP is a Calm Down, It’s Monday EP, or what, but the songs were really good. I’ve never been as impressed with Squires songs as I was tonight.

Daniel Romano was a bit of an exception to the night, he was incredible, but his two songs seemed to be extensions of the D,F&J record.

Overall, fabulous show. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been at the ‘Shoe, but I can’t think of where else to have put them.

  1. You might have heard of him, he’s in Attack in Black. They opened for Thrush Hermit on Saturday… thanks Meghan for reminding me of that. []
  2. This guy used to be in Shotgun & Jaybird, now he’s in Calm Down, It’s Monday. []
  3. You probably know her from her brilliant solo career, or when she called herself Broken Girl, or when she was the bass player for Eric’s Trip, or when she was in Shotgun & Jaybird, or when she was in Clam Down, It’s Monday, or the record she did with Mount Eerie. []
  4. By stage, I mean corner. []