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Same Seven – Jan Dawson aka “Dawson” (formerly, Downright Dirty Dawson)

October 25, 2012 |

Every week we ask people the same seven questions

This week meet:

Jan Dawson aka “Dawson” (formerly, Downright Dirty Dawson)

Paying Job: Project Manager Librarian of Ask Ontario (askon.ca)

Non-paying Job: VP Toronto Roller Derby; Co-Captain Bay Street Bruisers

The neighbourhood of Bloordale in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  1. Where are you?
    I’m on the TTC, coming from Bay Street Bruisers practice, catching up on an overloaded inbox. I play on Toronto Roller Derby’s B-Travel team; I just played a game against Guelph last weekend and am on my way to Grand Rapids this weekend for our last game of 2013.
  2. If, starting today, you could only listen to one record/cd/digital album for six months, what would it be?
    I would find a way to sneak the Peaches’ discography.
    (Don’t worry I’ll find a way) Read More

I Play Records – Vol 5: Record Store Etiquette

October 17, 2012 |

I’m back! Let me apologize for my brief hiatus, as I know there were thousands, or perhaps hundreds, or maybe somewhere closer to under a dozen, who were anxiously awaiting, with bated breath, my column last month. Guess what? I was on vacation. I suggest you try it some time.

I’m just happy because in the past two months a new record store opened in my area and an old one – that has a nasty habit of closing down, then reopening, then closing again – just reopened for the third time. I can tell that all is going to be right in the world, and my wallet will be much lighter.

This got me to thinking: what’s the etiquette on both sides of the counter for record stores? I’ve got experience on both sides – I worked at Seattle’s Fallout Records for close to 10 years from the late ‘80s to the late ‘90s, solidly through the grunge hype. And I continue to buy records feverishly to this day.

Fallout was a great spot, owned by Russ and Janet, with a core group of only 3-4 employees at any given time. Working there was great, as Russ and Janet would let you take time off whenever you needed – I could go on epic 5-week skate adventure trips, Tom and Paula could tour with their bands (the U-Men and Gas Huffer, and Whipped, respectively), etc. R&J would always take a quick vacation here or there, we’d cover for them, and everything went smoothly because they knew they could trust us (despite an unwise purchase of Miracle Workers merch on my part, early on in my tenure). It was the total opposite of a corporate spot, or even some of the non-corporate mini-chains that existed in Seattle. And unlike corporate stores, R&J really cared for us, gave us a bonus every Christmas, and actually made insurance available to us as well, if we wanted or needed it. And they were involved in the music and art scene, always sponsoring events and holding in-store appearances with amazing bands. (Here’s a gallery with some of the folks who stopped by). Read More

Same Seven – Adam Easterbrook, of Arrowe Hill

October 9, 2012 |

Every week we ask people the same seven questions

This week meet:

Adam Easterbrook

Bon Vivuer, Lamp Lighter & Songwriter for English acid folk group of Arrowe Hill

GOD SAVE OF ARROWE HILL

Hangover Sqaure – London, England

  1. Where are you?
    I still here, but I’m not all there.
  2. If, starting today, you could only listen to one record/cd/digital album for six months, what would it be?
    Stereolab, Dots & Loops – greatest album of the 1990s, hands down. As nourishing as a good meal, a find bottle of champagne & good night’s sleep in the black heart of the English countryside. Every home should have a copy.
  3. What is your ultimate couch (burn out/hangover) day entertainment?
    Kolchak: The Night Stalker (DVD, US 1974) &/or BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas (DVD, UK 1968-1976)
  4. What kind of art do you live with?
    Stolen. Read More

Support the Arts – Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode”

October 9, 2012 |

Supporting the arts can happen in many ways. Funding is usually the critical beginning, whether you are paying for it on your own, have an investor or have a company backing you.  One of the burgeoning developments is crowd source funding, whether it’s for your music, film, art or a technology project platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo can help make art a reality. What remains important is YOU can easily support the arts without having to be rich. Please put your money where your heart is and remember to SPREAD THE WORD.

–       Thanks Sherry

Support the Arts – Metal Evolution (title of Indiegogo campaign)

Artist/Company: Banger Films

Project:  Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode”

Funding Goal: $135,000

Current Total: $16,058

How much to go: $118,942

Time remaining: 65 days

Message from Sam/Scott:

Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as “The Lost Episode” a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favourite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen. Read More

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