Horsefly

Aug 02

Horsefly

I am at an isolated homestead near Horsefly, BC. I am in a basement apartment, trying hard to sleep after a long drive and an outdoor performance this evening. I don’t believe in ghosts, but the place feels vaguely haunted — haunted by friendly, disinterested spirits — each suffering in their own way, but not malicious. I drove 8 sweltering hours...

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Trapped In The Cabinet

Jul 22

Trapped In The Cabinet

Hello, I’m on tour. I’ve been playing music and driving a lot. A lot. I’m tired but I will write.  I want to talk about this, but before I do I want to mention the new video for my song Scold’s Bridle. It was created by Peter Michael Wilson. It was fun to make. You can watch it here: Here is how we did it: Edwin and Peter put me inside of a space...

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Have A New Name – LP/CD now available

Jun 22

Have A New Name – LP/CD now available

  My new album, Have A New Name, has been released today. It is available in Canada on vinyl and CD through COAX records/Outside distribution with a European release to follow in the Autumn. COAX is a wonderful not-for-profit label run by Rae Spoon, and home to quality friends of mine like Bird City (Jenny Mitchell), Corwin Fox, and Geoff Berner. I encourage...

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Someone Fixed The Game For Me

Mar 02

Someone Fixed The Game For Me

 Here is a new song. Here: https://waxmannequin.bandcamp.com/releases . It’s not that new, really. I’ve been playing this song at my shows for a couple years, but it feels new because I just put it on the internet. It’s okay for old things to feel new. Especially if they represent a return to the free-wheeling crisis times of youth. Travel,...

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Daily Deals

Aug 12

Daily Deals

You wake to a familiar morning chime. It’s the Great Deals chime that every Earnest Citizen awaits. The sound swells in your dreams like peach flavour crystals until your eyes pop wide, bright, and ready for various possibilities. You gaze into the ceiling-mounted Selfscreen and affirm that you are Ready and aware of the possibilities — that you are prepared to...

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Caked On and On

Jul 25

Caked On and On

My summer started with a day trip to pretty St. Catharines, Ontario. I had offered to help my friend and booking agent, Joe, prepare his pool for the season. We spent all day in the sun, scraping caked-on paint off of tiny pool tiles — one stubborn square a grueling time. It was super satisfying, as you’d expect, to peel away every spec of the faded, tacky...

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Race Among Ruins

Aug 29

Race Among Ruins

It’s the last night of this winding tour. I have finished all of the music and I am sitting in a dim-lit bar in Sudbury as the remaining guests slowly filter out. It is done. I am exhausted and nearly busted open with visceral memories of faces, places and heartfelt conversations. I reconnected with more friends than I knew I had. I entangled with many astounding...

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Broken City

Aug 12

Broken City

Let me provide a brief tour update for you. I just finished eating a delicious, greeezy breakfast here at Broken City in Calgary and am now enjoying the jazzy dub style songs they are pumping. Through the mirror behind the bar I see 11th ave. It’s slick with rain reminding me I’ve nowhere better to be. We had a lot of fun last night. New palls Shiv...

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The Mustache Wax

Jul 05

The Mustache Wax

Neat news. I’m zooming westward in August. Some good time has passed since I’ve done the long trans-Canada thing — two summers I think. I had the fortune of shooting out to several festivals during the warm season last year, but a full road tour is a different beast entirely. With only one month until I leave, I find myself paralyzed at times by...

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New Year

Jan 01

New Year

Those bleak days at year’s end — they are composed of cloying, grinding hours, the crinklefoil, stale berry and fish bits. The year on its deathbed is attended by disinterested loved ones, making idle conversation until stopping mid-sentence. Mid-breath. It takes the all-encompassing, saccharine pageantry of Xmastime to shatter the Western World year after...

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