September 17, 2010

HELP! PS I Love You’s Guitars Stolen in Toronto

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:30 pm by rgsc

Hey Toronto Folks,

Kingston’s PS I Love You have hit some major trouble on the eve of embarking on a major tour. Two custom Fender Telecasters were stolen last night. If you are in the area please keep a look out for the following (details and pics here):

1. – ca. early 1990’s japanese “foto flame” fender telecaster. the neck pickup has a dent near the low e-string and it is internally damaged (the heavier strings don’t come through as loudly as the high strings.. the magnet inside is cracked.) the bridge pickup is a seymour duncan 1954 tele pickup. it is getting rusty and starting to go microphonic. the bridge itself is very rusted. it has a rosewood fret board. the body is a “foto-flame” orange burst. “foto flame” was fender’s fake flamed maple finishes. it says “foto flame” on the back of the headstock. it’s bright and flashy looking but well worn. there are a lot of dings and little gouges in the wood and the finish. just above the bottom strap-pin a part of the body has been glue back on… you can see the lines of where it broke and was repaired.  the panel with the volume/tone knobs and pickup switch is reversed so that the volume knob is closest to the bridge. this is a unique modification that no telecasters come with. i did it myself. internally, some capacitors that limit high output have been removed. again, this is a unique modification to this guitar. this guitar was the most important thing in my life.

2. – ca. late 90’s mexican made nashville telecaster. it has three pickups and a 5-way selector switch (like a stratocaster). it has a maple fret board and the colour of the body is a brown sunburst. the panel with the volume/tone knobs and pickup switch is reversed so that the volume knob is closest to the bridge. this is a unique modification that no telecasters come with. i did it myself. internally, some capacitors that limit high output have been removed. again, this is a unique modification to this guitar.

Please send Paul a message if you have any info on the whereabouts of these instruments.

PS I Love You tour datesgo see ’em & buy their record:
9/19 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar #
9/20 Santa Barbara, CA – Jensen’s #
9/21 Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place #
9/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
9/24 Boise, ID – Neurolux #
9/28 Nelson, BC – Hume Hotel #^
9/30 Banff, AB – Wild Bills #^
10/1 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room#^
10/2 Regina, SK – Distrikt #^
10/3 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid #
10/4 Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub #^
10/6 Calgary, AB – Republik #^
10/8 Victoria, BC – Logan’s Pub #%
10/9 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #%
10/10 Seattle, WA – The Highdive
10/11 Portland, OR – The Rotture
10/12 San Fran, CA – The Hemlock
10/13 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Mint
10/17 Denver, CO – The Hi-Dive
10/20 New York, NY – CMJ
10/21 New York, NY – CMJ
10/22 New York, NY – CMJ
10/26 Toronto, ON – The Garrison *
10/27 London, ON – Alex P Keaton *
10/28 Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood *
10/29 Ottawa, ON – Raw Sugar Cafe *
10/30 Kingston, ON – Mansion *
10/31 Montreal, QC – Playhouse
12/12 Guelph, ON – Ebar

* with Diamond Rings
# with Japandroids
^ with Frog Eyes
% with Ladyhawk

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Shows! Forest City Lovers at the Grad Club -18 Sept (and repost of a 2007 set)

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:16 pm by rgsc

In the three years since I last saw them, Forest City Lovers have put out two outstanding albums – including the amazing Carriage this summer – and grown in confidence, charm, and loveliness. It is hard to imagine them being any more charming or lovely than they were on the cold January day in 2007 but it is true.

Since its release, I have listened to Carriage on repeat for hours at a time. It is, without a doubt, one of my favourite records from this year. A few of the songs were familiar (from the 7″ & from Friends in Bellwoods 2) but they have been rerecorded for the album and, with their added textures and flourishes, have become new again. It is so wonderfully easy to get lost in Kat Burns’ voice.

Throughout the album the rich vocals are supported by warm strings and precise percussion, and are accented by wonderful organ/synth lines, perfectly timed glockenspiel, horn, and other touches which makes for an extremely rewarding listening experience. On Carriage, the Lovers are equally assured with the slow and introspective as with the bouncy pop – their dark moments give way to the joyful, often with a wry smile. Throughout the record they masterfully control the tempo and tone taking listeners on a marvelous journey – one which you will  want to take over and over again.

The band is on tour and will be hitting the Raw Sugar Cafe in Ottawa TONIGHT and the Grad Club in Kingston TOMORROW NIGHT. There are still tickets available for the Kingston show and I strongly recommend you check them out. Tour dates below (and be sure to check their site for full listings)

17/09/10 Ottawa, Raw Sugar Cafe
18/09/10 Kingston, The Grad Club
22/09/10 Guelph, Ebar
23/09/10 St. Catharines, The Mansion House
24/09/10 London, Alex P. Keaton    (w/Bruce Peninsula)
25/09/10 Waterloo, Grist Mill
21/10/10 Halifax, The Foggy Goggle
21/10/10 Halifax, CKDU
05/11/10 Toronto, The Horseshoe Tavern
10/11/10 Rochester, The Bugjar
12/11/10 Brooklyn, Union Hal
13/11/10 Binghamton/Vestal, The Undergrounds

Here is a set I recorded over 3 years ago (originally posted here) but which still sounds as great now as it did then.

Forest City Lovers, The Artel, Kingston, 26 January 2007

1. Doorsteps
2. Oh Humility
3. we like playing small, intimate shows (talk)
4. In Flight
5. my brother’s in the audience (talk)
6. Song For Morrie
7. he knows how a tambourine works (talk)
8. Don’t Go, Please
9. Waiting by the Fence
10. interesting Kingston stories (talk)
11. Ocean (title?) [update: i was way off – the title is “Country Road”]
12. Randy’s hair (talk)
13. Monsters
14. play your bass (talk)
15. Castles
16. say “oobie doobie” a bunch of times (talk)
17. Scared of Time
18. one more (talk)
19. take it slow (title?) [update – the title is “At the Border”]

Buy Carriage from GalleryAC & previous records & buttons & shirts here.

September 15, 2010

Winter Gloves, Wolfe Island Music Fest, 8 August 2009

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:59 pm by rgsc

School is back in session in Kingston which means there will be a lot of great concerts coming up at the Grad Club. The year is starting off with a bang as Montreal’s Winter Gloves take the stage this Friday night.

Winter Gloves has made quite a name for themselves by producing insanely catchy, syth-heavy pop.  Their new record, All Red, picks up where they left off from About A Girl, with a solid set of punchy, electropop songs. They are filled with grooves that will have you bobbing your head and tapping your feet and hooks that will stick with you for days.  Check out the lead single:

*Plastic Slides

They are on tour promoting their album – headlining shows in Ontario and in Montreal and with Born Ruffians in the states. Check ’em out if they come to your town (full dates at their myspace/PBR site).

Sep 17 – Kingston, ON – The Grad Club
Sep 22 – Peterborough, ON – Red Dog
Sep 23 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
Sep 25 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
With Born Ruffians:
Sep 28 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
Sep 29 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
Sep 30 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
Oct 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Oct 02 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Oct 03 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Oct 04 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Oct 05 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 06 – Charlottesville, VA – Random Row Books
Oct 07 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Oct 08 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Oct 09 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
Oct 10 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Oct 11 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder

Here are a few tracks from Winter Gloves’ set at the 2009 Wolfe Island Music Fest. Enjoy.

Winter Gloves, Wolfe Island Music Fest, 8 August 2009

*Factories
*Let Me Drive
*Party People
*Invisible

Buy “All Red” etc at PaperBag.