My friends and I went on a road trip to New York City to ring in 2010. I won tickets to see Chuck Berry play in an overpriced blues restaurant, but the 83-year-old had trouble remembering how to play his songs. After he played “Maybelline” for the third time, we left and found a tiny karaoke bar where we sang all night with a rowdy crew of guys from Philadelphia. —Stephan MacLeod
Windom Earle begin their three-night stay in Newfoundland at The Ship on November 13 alongside A/V and The Kettle Black. They play CBTGs on the 14 with BA Johnston, and return to The Ship with him on November 15.
You can catch Windom Earle and Hamilton’s B.A. Johnston together with The Gideons at The Capital Bar on Nov. 22.
The Pomegranate phone is the thrust of a $300 000 “viral” marketing campaign by the Province of Nova Scotia to lure ex-pats back home. It features a mythical mobile phone that can do all sorts of useful things (that actual cell phones can do nowadays) plus some extra “out there” features like a harmonica and a coffee maker.
It’s slick. I don’t fault the piece on a technical or creative level. It is executed with great care and amazing attention to detail. I surely can’t slag it for using Windom Earle (my brother) as the soundtrack.
The leap the viewer has to make, if you poke around long enough to find out, is that “Having everything you want in a phone may be a stretch, but a place that has everything definitely exists.” I can’t imagine someone being rewarded or swayed by the payoff of returning to Nova Scotia after watching it. Nothing against Nova Scotia, but would it be able to move anyone home?
Lastly, I also understand the name of the faux product is a riff on the Apple iPhone phenomenon…
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to between five and eight metres tall. The pomegranate is native to the region from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region and the Caucasus since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, India, Syria, Turkey, the drier parts of southeast Asia, Peninsular Malaysia, the East Indies, and tropical Africa. Introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769, pomegranate is now cultivated in parts of California and Arizona for juice production
…but I think I can think of a better name which actually has a local connection:
Nova Scotia, also a major producer of wild blueberries, recognizes the blueberry as its official provincial berry. The town of Oxford is known as the Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada.
Stairway to Hamilton was recorded in Halifax—where he lived for a spell before returning to Hamilton two years ago—with Dave Ewenson at Echo Chamber. Noticeable on this album is the beefed-up sound on his party tracks, which benefit from the musical input of Windom Earle’s Stephan MacLeod.
From The Coast.
Over here at CBC Radio 3, we’ve sifted through thousands of entries and found six themes by six independent Canadian artists that we want you to rate for us on our blog. Will any of these five be in contention for the title?
:: Windom Earle “Get On Into It” (Halifax)
:: Eden Fineday (Vancougar) “The Speed of Sound v.2″ (Vancouver)
:: Matthew Barber “Double Overtime” (Toronto)
:: Grant Johnson “Flight Of The Zamboni” (Winnipeg)
:: John Mullane (In-Flight Safety) “Battle For Middle Ice” (Halifax)
:: Carolyn Mark “Dirty Little Secret” (Victoria)
If you’re going to get into a situation like this (especially a Windom Earle show) expect to get drenched with sweat; not only yours, but that of the people around you too.
Sneak peak: B.A. Johnston’s “Dirt Mall Rough Mix” (a Stephan MacLeod production)
Here is an excerpt from the latest edition of The Coast’s Scene & Heard column:
Windom Earle also have some special holiday plans. “We’re going to attempt a video set,” says Stephan MacLeod. “And I thought I would spruce it up with some Christmas videos. If that plan fails, I’ll just tape cotton balls to Nathan Pilon’s face.” A Windom Earle video set is always a treat, and MacLeod says he intends to make them more of a regular occurrence beyond this holiday show. “We want to incorporate more videos into the live set. I would love for the show to have that same sort of dynamic as Weird Al, Picnicface or Tim and Eric. I’ve been watching public access television clips on YouTube and feel like the amateur talent show aesthetic suits our approach to putting on a show,” says MacLeod. “We usually don’t know what will happen during a show and I will inevitably be singing bad karaoke, wearing a superhero suit, or both.”
Proving that MacLeod has more Christmas magic in his little finger than most folks I know combined, Windom Earle recently contributed a track to zunior.com’s An Instrumental Christmas: The 2007 Zunior Holiday Album featuring classics and originals by some well-loved indie bands like Great Lakes Swimmers, Royal Wood, Mike O’Neill, Ben Gunning, The Bicycles and more. All proceeds from this digital-only album will go to the Daily Bread Food Bank. “I was pretty excited to try and do something like the Jingle Cats,” says MacLeod. “When I saw that Mike O’Neill, Great Lake Swimmers and The Bicycles were also going to be on it, I was just honoured to be a part of it.” Seeing as most Christmas carols give me a pain in my brain (except for “Good King Wenceslas”—that’s a banger), this sounds like the perfect remedy.
Windom Earle has covered “What Child is This” for An Instrumental Christmas: The 2007 Zunior Holiday Album for $8.88. The album also features tracks by the Great Lakes Swimmers, Royal Wood, Mike O’neill, Nick Zubeck, The Dill, Ben Gunning, The Golden Seals, The Bicycles and The Centretown Boys Choir.
The Zunior label presents a brand new collection of instrumental songs perfect for the indie rock holiday season. Some of Canada’s finest independent artists have contributed holiday inspired tunes to this unique seasonal collection. The result is an album without words that flows seamlessly between covers of holiday classics along with several new original wintery numbers. Sounding great whether you are kicking back in front of a real log fire, or an ironic thrift store faker, An Instrumental Christmas is a festive album of songs for the season from the source for independent digital music in Canada – Zunior.com.
The entire retail price of this digital-only album will go to the Daily Bread Foodbank. Zunior has completed several projects in 2007 to support Daily Bread (including the Rheostatics Tribute record featuring The Weakerthans, Barenaked Ladies and Cuff The Duke) and we have donated over $5,000 in support of their work to feed the less fortunate. We’re proud to support this organization and we thank the bands for contributing their music.
Edmonton-based artist and illustrator, Trevor Waurechen, provided the cover artwork for the album. Trevor’s illustrations tell a cool wintery tale of hope and possibility. You can learn more about his work at www.waurechen.com.
Learn more about the Daily Bread Foodbank at http://www.dailybread.ca.
Halifax Pop Explosion | The CBC’s Hour Blog
Witnessed by Jenn Good & Jess Watt
Windom Earle, or as I like to call it, possibly the worst band I’ve ever heard. A never ending interlude of repeated chords that never found a hook, or a chorus and never really ended until a much appreciated break for some Bon Jovi Karaoke in the middle of the set. Their big song beef chowmein, apparently a local favourite made me hungry and wishing I was eating that instead of listening to this. It was band camp gone wild up there; the sax player who was to his credit playing like it was life or death, almost took himself out with the sax and ended up air-guitaring… on his sax. That kinda sums it up really. Windom – Playing long and loud doesn’t make it sound any better, although bonus points for the cowbell.
I would never expect Windom Earle to be everyone’s cup of tea or exempt from criticism, but this review made me think I don’t understand what “a hook” is and that 3-4 minute sugar-coated pop instrumentals are still too “long” when you live in Toronto. So, for context, who could possibly be the best band?
as someone who loves, understands and constantly defends The Killers, who are one of the best bands of our time
Here are two changes to catch Windom Earle in Halifax this Friday, October 19th, 2007:
POP In Sessions ($6)
Common Ground Studios, 2315 Hunter Street
Check out a live studio performance of Windom Earle and the Zoobombs that is being taped for a future broadcast. Reserve tickets (limited) by sending your name to firstname.lastname@example.org and specify that you want to catch this show. Doors open at 6:30PM and close for the 7:00PM taping.
15th Halifax Pop Explosion ($8)
The Seahorse, 1665 Argyle Street
12:45 The Zoobombs (Japan)
11:45 Windom Earle
11:00 The Moist Towelettes