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The Cheap Speakers

I’ve been friends with The Cheap Speakers since before The Cheap Speakers. Today, the band announced their end. Fortunately I’ll continue to have these friends in my life, no matter what band they may or may not be playing in. This gave me an opportunity to look back at all the times I’ve taken my camera to a Cheap Speakers show. I’ve been to many shows, and on occasion I lugged my DSLR with me. 2007 09 19 Cameron House Performing as Door Listen Talk My lord, what a terrible band name. The first time I saw Natalia performing with Brennan in what would eventually become The Cheap Speakers they… Read More »The Cheap Speakers

#Rocktober 30 volume 08: Cheap Speakers

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce. To make up for bailing on me the day before, Natalia invited me over for lunch. So I joined her and her bandmate Tim for some tasty pasta made by an authentic Italian. We hung around and chatted, and I got back my copy of the Back To The Future trilogy. Later that night, I was back at the Horseshoe, where I saw Natalia and Tim’s band The Cheap Speakers. They put on a good show as usual, and it was fun. Then came The Ruby Spirit, who were ridiculous… Read More »#Rocktober 30 volume 08: Cheap Speakers

April 2010, in review

In December, I set goals for myself, how many films to see this year, how many shows to attend, how many records to purchase, and how many books to read. This is the standings, as of the end of February… Books I read (6/10) – 60%: Nothing this month. Films I saw (32/52) – 61%: The Sweet Hereafter | Originally released 1997    Nine | Originally released 2009 The Runaways Sleeper | Originally released 1973 Albums I bought (24/52) – 46%: “My Father’s House” b/w “The Digger” (Regional 7″ Volume 2) by $100    What The Boat Gave The River by Mark Berube & The Patriotic Few    new EP by… Read More »April 2010, in review

They’re inexpensive

At the El Mocambo in beautiful Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a local band played a show to celebrate the release of their debut EP called The Cheap Speakers. Opening the night was Big Crimes, who bored me immediately. I ran away to the back of the bar, where I found refuge with Allegra, Al, Alicia, Daniel, James and Nick. Much better. The second band arrived, and they called themselves Lordy Lordy. Why? I have no idea. Their first song I enjoyed. It inspired me to visit the front and ponder if they might be good. They sounded like Shotgun & Jaybird. Then the second song began, and I found myself at the… Read More »They’re inexpensive

TWM – Cheap Speakers, Brent Randall & Mark Bragg

Another Tuesday night, another adventure at Rancho Relaxo, thanks to Dan Wolovick and his excellent booking skills, Rancho is the place to be. Unfortunately it has horrible lighting. Either way, The Cheap Speakers, Brent Randall & His Pinecones and Mark Bragg all played a great night.