Garage folk tales

6 tracks in 7 months 

Well 2020 was fun, I recorded, mixed, released and promoted 6 tracks from June - December. It was a ton of work but very rewarding, as I received lots of fan feedback and engagement. My latest track is out now, working with the lovely and amazing duo of Ben Plotnick & Kaitlyn Raitz. Ben used to play shows with me in Toronto before setting up shop with Kaitlyn in Nashville. He still works with Fretless, the Juno-award winning Canadian strings group. Those guys can play their instruments, to say the least. The cover for our track is right here, and the song is up on all the platforms and will be on the website soon!

Happy 2021!

New website, new music 

As I rework the website and then get ready to release a series of tunes over the next year, I just want to say how excited I am to share all of the new stuff with everyone! 

Mastering work 

Other than chipping away at my own record and performing, this year I have been doing a little what you might call pro bono mastering work. I had the great pleasure of mastering the latest record from Wichita Trip, one of Vancouver’s best country bands (check out some of the tracks here). Congrats on a great record WT! 

I’ve also had the great pleasure of mastering a track for my good buddies Normal For Once (check it out here) -- this is a track I have known for years and have played live many times, so it was fun to hear the mix and to apply the spit and polish. Thanks for thinking of me dudes!

Original post date: September 3, 2012

Recording = labour of love 

The daunting task of making a record started this past spring, and I have some guitar tracks and bass tracks staring me in the face. This month I hope to move things along somewhat, but this process is labour intensive and the determination to get it done is sometimes hard to find. I will be posting any and all progress on my ‘Latest Mixes’ page. There are rough demos there now. Wish me luck!

Original post date: November 5, 2011

The news of my death has been greatly... 

Played a fun show with Ramblin’ Rose on Sunday night, they were awesome and are going in the right direction. It was fun to sing with Sue, and hear her play the saw. Next for me is a summer vacation, and then I’ll be back in August to try to assess the situation. The apparent demise of International Turpentine means I won’t have access to Yawn or Marcus anymore, so I’ll have to figure out what to do next. But even if I’m not playing shows anymore, you can bet I’ll be chipping away at my various projects in the studio, and putting stuff out there on the web. I ain’t dead yet!

Original post date: July 14, 2009

Saw a show/played a show 

Friday, May 1, my buddy Ezra and I saw Laura Repo @ The Local. Great show! Two sets, lots of fun, met some nice people. Her band was great, although the bass player had some cable problems early on. I had an absolute blast that night. So glad I went. 

Then Saturday, Yawn and I hosted Penultimate Saturday @ the Renaissance Cafe, featuring Ramblin’ Rose, Kyp Harness, The Marquis De Amberfish, and Ruth Jenkins. Yawn and I each played a brief set, and Soo Joyce accompanied me with backing vocals and (lucky me) played the saw!!! Yes! We said one last goodbye to the Renaissance, and Randy and Keelan cracked open the bubbly! Thanks guys.

Original post date: May 6, 2009

Final Flammable Friday 

Tonight marks the end of a great relationship between Randy aka the Renaissance Cafe and International Turpentine. It’s been a good run, from Yawn and I playing open mics in early 2008 to the Dented Bentley shows later last year and finally the four Flammable Fridays in early 2009. We will miss the Renaissance!! Tonight Edo Peled and TC Folkpunk (Tim Cameron) will help us out, but our set to close out the night will definitely be bittersweet. Hope to catch you there.

Original post date: April 24, 2009

Introducing: Dented Bentley (with bass) 

We have a bass player! Dented Bentley is: Yawn Temiseva (guitar, vocals), Bo Green (guitar, vocals), Vaughn Passmore (aka Red Robertson, bass) and Ian Esquivel (aka Flynch Dakota, drums). We had our first full kit rehearsal the other night, and Friday we rocked the Renaissance Cafe. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the lineup of The Rensons, Adi, Marquis de Amberfish, and Dented Bentley! And thanks to Randy and Ryan for their usual Renaissance charm. We had a great time.

Original post date: July 11, 2008

The week that was 

I got to do two fun things last week: number one was going to Vancouver and watching a Wichita Trip rehearsal (I even played a couple of tunes with the band, it was way cool). They were hot! I mixed a couple of tracks for these guys last year, but having never met them, it was great to finally see them in action. I'm hoping I can work out a gig with them sometime when I'm in lotus land, it would be fun to open for them. 
Number two was a gig at Graffiti's. Tanya Philipovich opened the night, and was amazing. Great voice, great playing, great songwriting. What else can you say? I did a set with Ian on percussion, Yawn did the same, then Soo Joyce and her pal Greg did three songs -- that was a treat too. They had two guys from the audience sub in on drums, which was cool. Then finally Ian (drums), Adam (bass), Yawn and I did a band set for the first time together. It was a fun-filled and action-packed night. Thanks to everyone who participated and everyone who came out!

Original post date: May 1, 2008

Upcoming Show - April 26th, 2008 @ Graffiti's 

In the second installment of our series of shows, Yawn Temiseva and I are appearing at Graffiti's Bar and Grill (170 Baldwin St.) on Saturday, April 26th at 9:00 pm. This time we are adding an electric set to our acoustic sets, so we can rock out a bit. Gifted songwriter and old friend Tanya Philipovich will be joining us on the bill, and we are hoping Soo Joyce will make an appearance too, so it should be a full and entertaining evening. See you there!

Original post date: April 15, 2008