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Totally not dead up in here. Stuff I’m working on:

New music

It’s being worked on. I had a slow start in the new year but I’m back on track finishing up demos for the new album. See photographic proof:


I’ll post stuff as I finish it, which better be soon if I hope to be nearly finished this album this year.

Live show

The live show is coming along nicely and is basically ready to go. It’s myself, a laptop, a drummer (Justin) and a guitarist (Ben). I think it’s sounding a lot closer to the albums than the last live setup that was more of a garage rock version of the songs (which was fun for me but apparently not what most people wanted to hear). I just got this book today so you know it’s serious.

Figuring out what to do with my live show

Did you know I’m not at all popular in my home town of Ottawa? That sounds amazing but it’s actually true. Gigs here are generally both empty and demoralizing. So I’d like to actually play for some people and maybe make, rather than lose, money.

Apparently I’d do well in places that are very far from my home but I’m not sure how to get the live show there without losing a ton of money also. And furthermore: money.

Recording a band

There’s a band I know (and like) and I’m recording their album. They’re pretty different than my stuff so I’m learning a lot. How to record a drum kit, how to record a rhodes piano, how to binge drink, etc, etc. I just bought this book so you know it’s serious.

Boring stuff

I’ve been trying to be better about a lot of areas I’m bad in. Bios, photos, t-shirts, promo and so on, they’re tedious and boring processes and I don’t want to talk about them. I also bought a car. And an iPhone.  And we have a new foster dog (our fourth!):


His name is Milo. He has no home but he’s hanging here until he gets one.

Posted on - February 19, 2010 [at] 9:36 pm by Brad
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9 Comments on this post

Q on A blog post, which I wrote
February 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

hello brad. nice post. can you post some photos from your DAW or make some mixing guides or tips? it would be very useful.

Brewsterbhg on A blog post, which I wrote
February 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Very informative post, very cute dog.

Brad on A blog post, which I wrote
February 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

Q: What would you want to know?

Q on A blog post, which I wrote
February 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm

how you mix vocals, guitars. how do you master… etc

Matt on A blog post, which I wrote
February 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Milo looks pretty cool. Liking the in-depth post :)

Jack on A blog post, which I wrote
February 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Good to know that you’re hard at work. Can’t wait for your next album…. nice dog too :P

Dennis in SD on A blog post, which I wrote
March 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hey Brad, I just heard you on Pandora’s Radiohead station. Great stuff!

Scott Gentzen on A blog post, which I wrote
April 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

I do have something to share on the live show thing. Some of the singer/songwriters I know in the DC area have essentially two live shows. One is the band setup…bass, drums, another guitar, etc. that mostly stays local. The other live show is the solo setup that can go anywhere with a lot less travel overhead. They play around solo regionally and occasionally will pop up in other places farther out when time/$ allows.

Armageddon on A blog post, which I wrote
April 16, 2010 at 1:24 am


Unfortunately for you, you live in a backwater tidal pool for live music. I live in Austin, where you can hear live bands any night of the week. The city is famous for it.

There are two major music festivals that come each year which you’ve probably heard of: Austin City Limits (ACL), and South by Southwest (SxSW). It may take some doing financially, but getting booked for either of those would go a long way to getting you a LOT of publicity. SxSW takes place in February, and ACL takes place in September.

Would love to see your band there.

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