Strange Grooves Volume 5

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 Hello Everyone!

VOLUME 5 is now Live!

“ALRIGHT NOW!
Won’t you listen?”

 -Sweet Leaf – Black Sabbath 

This week It’s just Cherise and I and as per usual give you a quick recap and give you an update on what StrangeGrooves is working on, We chat Halloween, and events coming up including Letterkenny Live in Moncton. We also chat about a recent show Cherise saw at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John. It was a screening of the 1920’s classic horror film Nosferatu, that had members of the Symphony New Brunswick and Open Arts playing an original score along with it in the pit, Really wishing I went along with her for this.

We are also creating weekly Spotify playlists featuring the music we talk about on the show as well as some of your requests! The first one will be shared on our Facebook page later this week. Check back for that!

On the topic of music, we chat about Black Sabbath, who we are spinning this episode as well as a very underrated Canadian group from the 1970’s called Edward Bear. Cherise is obsessed. You can check out the post she did on them this week here. I also give more love to Queens of the Stone age, the Foo fighters and much more.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us with your thoughts on what you’d like to see/hear or if you want to get involved. You can get in touch with us through our Facebook page.

Listen to episode 5 below: 

Thanks for listening folks : )

Cheers

Strange Grooves Volume 4

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We chat, Joel Plaskett, Imperial Theatre, Dilly Dally, The Coathangers,  and our mega special guest, Pam Wheaton and the importance of venues like Taco Pica. #LiveLifeLoudUptown

Thank you, everyone, for listening and supporting us. We really enjoyed making the one you are listening to.

Pam Wheaton owns one of the coolest stores, @Heartbreak Boutique. Her love of Vinyl has been strong since I met her. In her shop, she has a record player and at home the neatest jukebox filled with rad tunes.

We sit down to talk with her about the Joel Plaskett, a few of her favorite bands, the movie One week, with Gord Downie, we chat about Tom Petty, Broad City, Abi and Ilana we love you, we discuss a few things we have watching and much more.

We also talk about the importance of supporting local venues and their initiatives. We will be doing what we can to help Santos and the restaurant @Taco Pica overcome the noise complaint fine they have gotten.

#TacoPicaForever

#LiveLifeLoudUptown

Listen Here:

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The Joel and Bill Plaskett Experience

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The Joel and Bill Plaskett Experience….

Find this Photo by Lindsay Duncan in The Maritime Edit

Article and magazine can be purchased here.

Live At the Imperial Theatre, October 25th, 2017, was an experience I will never forget.
Living in New Brunswick my entire life, Joel Plaskett is a very familiar name amongst the folks here and all over Canada for that matter.
Joel is one of the most incredible singer-songwriters I have come to have the honor of seeing live. There is something so humbling about last night’s show I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.
The show itself started at 7:30 and any show at the Imperial Theatre is a good one in my opinion. The audience was full of energy and the first band, ” Villages” From Dartmouth was absolutely incredible. They are a folk group from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Their sound is very traditional and stage present completely wonderful.
Around 8 PM the main act opened and wow, what a night. They played a mix of new and old material and had the crowd laughing, learning, reflecting and truly having a great time. I have had the opportunity to see a lot of bands and even some of my favorites, but I have to say this overall was one of the most special and humbling performances I felt really honored to attend.
One thing I really enjoyed was the ultimate experience of attending. The poetry portion of the show he dedicated to Gord Downie was an honor to be present at that. A proceed of sales of the track on the album that includes that piece will go to Gord’s charity. I think that is so fucking rad!
Speaking of Gord, I own the movie One Week, which features an appearance by Joel and Gord. The lead character is played by Joshua Jackson and features some of the most beautiful imagery, Canada.
I definitely urge you to check that film out.
They also closed with ” The Waiting” by Tom Petty, which I have included below because it’s a damn good song.

I urge you to check out more from Joel on Spotify and his facebook page can be found here.
New album info here.
Find out more from the show by listening to a podcast, Strange Grooves podcast where Cherise Letson and myself and Pam Wheaton from Heartbreak Boutique chat about all things tunes. Tom Petty, Chick bands, The movie One week and much much more.
Listen to that here: 
Cheers,

Moosehead Breweries 150th Party!!!

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Saint John is a very amazing place to live. There is a lot of history and tradition here. New Brunswick is proud to have Moosehead Breweries call this place home. For 150 years they have been thriving here and brewing delicious beer.

On the night of their big 150 party, I got an invite from my friend Cherise Letson, at Huddle and I went as her guest and it was super fun and I was honored to attend.

We arrived at Harbour Station, at promptly 6:45 for our shuttle and City Transit transported us to the Brewery. We showed up, and while in line, and obtaining our bracelets we got glow sticks, pretzel necklaces, beer cozies and a whole bunch of other fun stuff.

We got on the bus and heard lots about the history and about the evening ahead of us. We arrived at the Brewery, and the warehouse had been prepared for one hell of a party. Holy Macaroni! 

The lights, from Duncan Electrical, were incredible as you can guess. Rows and rows of lights, disco ball, and band lights were spectacular. the whole place was electric.

The beer and cider options were plentiful. The snacks were abundant. There was no shortage of food or drink for anyone there. The food trucks outside also offered a vast array of options for folks to choose from. While on the topic of food, they supplied more Dominos pizzas than I could ever dream of eating in 10 years, this is not an over exaggeration.

The photo booth experience was the coolest thing. Being able to immediately have a photo of the experience as well as digitally on Ipads to share in the moment to your specific social media profile. We used the Hashtag #Moosehead150Party and we saw everyone’s photos up n the screen. Smoothest most fun, completely seamless photo booth I have ever used! So Cool! Check out this company via Huddle Article.

Check out the Instagram feed from that evening.

Their website:

http://www.memories2go.ca/

Cherise and I had such a fun time and I am so pumped she got me to go with her. The band and dancing was just the most enjoyable time.

The band WTFunk was splendid!

Seeing friends, clients, co-workers all dancing and celebrating this rich history was amazing, to say the least. I was honored to be a guest there.

We got on the bus near midnight, and headed back uptown and again, so thrilled to have been part of that celebration.

What a great party!

Check out the other photos I was able to grab and can show 😉 haha.

Cheers 🍻

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Myself and MP Wayne Long

Above: Friends @BrockJorgy and @StephanieMacdonald

Cheers 🍻

Coffee with a friend

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Coffee, and adventures, yes, please. Station 33 is the perfect combo of the 2 things.

Sunday, my friend Andalia and I went out for a cruise after breakfast. We made our way eventually to Station 33 out in Hampton. ☕️✨ 

We both were so pumped when we went in. The cafe was calm, the coffee smelled incredible, the layout was pretty and immediately made you feel at home. That is essentially what it was. A home. There were a kitchen and a big dining room area. Everything was homemade, from the protein bars, sandwiches and more. The contents, for example, books, menu boards, writing on the wall, it was truly amazing. I cannot wait to go back.

I am still thinking about it. From the Americano to the homemade sea salt scrub in the bathroom, I urge you to head out there and check it out. Here are a few photos I took while we were there.

Love this mug which was only 10$ and is a camper style mug. I love the feel of it and the price was rad too! 

Let me know your thoughts and what you got when you visited Station 33.

Cheers ☕️

-Cait

 

Fully and completely

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☾ Hello!

👽 VOLUME 3 is now live!

Yesterday, Canada celebrated the life of Gord Downie, and the Music The Tragically Hip gave us to enjoy and continue to make memories and experiences with.

Strange Grooves had their first live listening party, and we were joined by Tara Keeley and Abigail Smith. Although it was under sad circumstances, this is the exact reason we created this group and project. To bring people together to the music they love, even when tragedy happens. it is more important than ever before that we connect and have conversations, especially about music, something we all enjoy in some capacity. Having friends over, and discussing what The Hip means to us was very nice, and really comforting. We urge everyone who wants to join our group, write for our page, YOU are more than welcome.

Our listening nights are very chill. Genuine conversations and hanging out. We would love to hear from you.

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Keep it Strange…

Volume 2

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Hello Everyone!

👽 VOLUME 2 is now Live!

Thank you so much for joining us on our last podcast. We really really appreciate all the support and interest we have got so far with this project. We are so excited that it is getting some reach and really helping people bring their love of music to life by communicating and chatting to each other about it.

If this is your first time here, you will find:  

🔮 Blogs, podcasts, live listening parties and event times, show reviews, album reviews and much more.  Please our Facebook page as it will give everyone who shares this interest a place to contribute an idea of when and where we can all get together.

In this episode, we chat about the late Tom Petty, Influence music has on us and our memories, RUMOURS, The ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute show we attended, upcoming events and much more.

Last week, when we heard the news of Tom Petty, that was just really awful. It was just something the world did not need at this moment. Tom Petty is a sincere and very well respected man and to lose him, just plain sucks. I personally am a big @Juliette Lewis fan and I follow her on Instagram and saw in the last couple weeks she attended one of his shows, and did some live broadcasts, and it was incredible. hearing the news of his passing was surreal. Oddly enough, I thought of her when I heard the news. Someone who could relate to how much this sucks was comforting. It made think about how important plays an influence in our lives. All of our moods etc.

My dad and my grandfather always taught me mostly what I know about music to date, and one thing that always stuck out was how much they respected Tom Petty as a singer-songwriter. They would always say he seemed like a really good guy, the type of guy everyone in any band would want around or collaborate with. That to me was something to respect and to think about when listening to music, for me anyways.

https://soundcloud.com/user-868578508/volume-2

We discussed how music and memories, experiences go hand and hand and really bring back vivid memories, whether celebratory or tragic, Music is emotional and it touches us and helps us cope in incredible ways. we use it to workout, celebrate, get through tough times, communicate with people among many other ways and capacities.

My grandfather was a huge music lover and always would talk about classic rock and he would let me dig through his collections. When I listen to music today, I think back to those times. Good times.

Speaking of good times, This past weekend, Cherise and I attended the RUMOURS, Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience at the Imperial Theatre.  WHAT A SHOW!!!!!

First off, this was different than any other tribute show I have ever attended.

  1. They were in full character for every era
  2. Their costumes and stage presence was surreal, to say the least
  3. Their energy and how they engaged with the crowd was so much fun
  4. Effort they put into the details and vibe of their show is profound
  5. Very humble folks and very talented. 100% recommend checking them out in a city near you.

This photo was taken from the band, not myself.

Thanks everyone for checking out Volume 2! We sincerely appreciate it! Please Stay Tuned, and let us know your thoughts and reach out to us!💀

Cheers
Cait & Cherise

Great Expectations…

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Last week, a friend and I attended a show Apryll Aileen was playing, to show our support to her, our friends who run the comedy club and the venue itself.  After a long day of work, the atmosphere was really quite enjoyable. The venue was packed, the crowd was excited.  We had a really fun time!

The seasons have started to change and a night out means something a little different to everyone. Have you ever watched a show or performer but felt like maybe you were reflecting the entire time? If you have, me too…

We all go out to support local artists, our friends, someone a friend told us we would enjoy seeing perform, many other reasons, but often sometimes the expectation of why we went and the reason we attended changes, sometimes we surprise ourselves.

Apryll Aileen, This year has been in the minds and ears of everyone, and every place she tours and performs. She just finished touring across North America and is one of New Brunswick’s top singer-songwriters. She has worked very hard and has performed at a variety of events and shows. It was really exciting to see her play YukYuks Comedy club, which was hosted by her good friend Fran Menton.

The show was opened with a spoken word poetry piece by Mikayla Hanlon and had quite a few fun surprises throughout including a fellow friend David Kirkpatrick’s daughter Payton Kirkpatrick joining Apryll on stage to sing ” Hey Sugar” for the finale. That was mega cool!

When you see Apryll play music and have fun with the crowd, the distraction is quite wonderful. Life can be quite intense for us all at times, but when we step out and enjoy music, the experience and music can be even more wonderful and more enjoyed.

Check her out on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to her youtube here!

Photo –Al Gagnon

Photo- Al Gagnon

YukYuks Comedy club is such an incredible venue. I personally have held my own private birthday party there with almost 200 people in March. Steven Barnes and his team are the most wonderful folks to work with. They work really hard to ensure talent, like Apryll and famous comedians, and musicians from all over the world continue to come to Saint John!

Get your tickets to your next performance here

Photo- Al Gagnon

Joined by Adam Gerrior and Aaron Gunn.

It really is a great thing that we can all come together and watch our friends celebrate their passions and successes, and together at that.

Cheers

 

Strange Grooves… Episode 1 now live

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☾ Hello!

Welcome to Strange Grooves…

🎶  We love all things records and music. We wanted to create a community to share our music blogs and podcast content with you and other folks.

🔮 Blogs, podcasts, live listening parties, show reviews, album reviews and much more. Our Facebook page will give everyone who shares this interest a place to contribute, and find new tunes, which we thought was pretty rad!

👽 VOLUME 1 is now live!

🎶We discuss the new Primus album dropping TOMORROW!! The VIP Primus experience with Claypool Cellars. We talk about the last few shows we attended, including seeing and meeting Canadian classic rock heroes, The Stampeders. You will hear a bit about what we are currently listening to, Queens of the Stone Age Greta Van Fleet and some documentaries you should check out including “Danny Says” and another we’re excited about” five foot two” which is the new Lady Gaga film on Netflix, and lastly, what you can expect coming up including events, who will be joining us as guests….

Stay Tuned, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.🎶💀

Cheers
Cait & Cherise

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“Pretty little ice cube”

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15 years ago, I heard my first Primus cd. I asked a friend to borrow the cd for a few days, as I didn’t have the cash to buy it.

Listening to Pork Soda, a fondness of Primus developed. A big one.

Let’s fast forward 15 years and I’ve had the opportunity to see the band a few times and fuck each time my mind has been blown and I’ve sung louder and smiled harder than I’ve ever before. I have Obtained a few setlists,  just recently experienced my first meet and greet and man, I love them even more. If that intrigues you I urge you to read on. They have a new album coming out so I think it is important to showcase the phenomenal experience they gave to fans, and how awesome this new album is so far. #PrimusSucks

This is me seeing Primus for the very first time. 

Over the years, I have gotten to know the band in a neat way before ever getting to meet them. Trying to comprehend their dynamics and talent, I attached myself to their music. I have read the books, followed side projects, collected most of their records, tried to support them how and when I could. As I grew up, Primus has stayed a focal point musically for me, and it was only a few years ago I finally got to see them at Rockfest, in Montebello, Quebec. That was rad. I then 3 days later traveled to Portland, Maine to see them at the State Theatre and was front row and had one of the best times of my life.

When I found out they were touring this past July in Portland, I was thrilled. I found out in January and myself and another good friend of mine, we just knew we had to go. The venue was outdoors, and Primus was offering a VIP experience for the first time.

We got the tickets, which included special merch, signed poster, meet and greet experience, Q &A with the band, opportunity to taste Claypool Cellers variety of wine and Les Claypool’s Seapop Soda, and this package also offered early access to the show.

One thing I want to really state is that every time we would correspond with the band, they would engage. That was really cool. We were stoked to make the drive in July and would reach out showing us driving listening to the albums, or the ocean, our Province, etc. They would always take notice, reach out and reply and that really meant a lot.

The time came when we made the drive to Portland, and from the moment we started the trip, we started storytelling. We were driving to see our favorite band. It’s been a crazy year and sometimes, a good concert can help.

                                                                 Me and Andalia getting our VIP Passes

We got to the Pier, after renting a cool little house with Air B&B, and mentally preparing for the show. We were greeted by incredible staff, who fixed us up with our passes, bracelets and got us to where we needed to be to chill and taste some drinks while we waited for the Q & A to start. When it did, Everyone was super excited.

Each one of them were fantastic and humble to be there. They answered questions and joked and really made the crowd, in my opinion, feel even more stoked for the show. There was an opportunity previously to submit questions online, we both submitted questions but it was not guaranteed they would answer all of them. They did ask me my question, in which I asked basically, now that they are so engaged with their brand, audiences, does it add any energy to their shows? Maybe now that I mentioned it. I wanted to them to know as well as Chaney, Les Claypool’s Wife, who manages Claypool Celler’s brand, that it is the constant engagement lately that makes this experience even cooler for fans. We are actively watching live feeds, and driving all over the world to these shows and its freaking awesome. Not many other bands are doing that because they dismiss not having time as an excuse. We the fans thank you for not skipping that component on us.

They answered and it made me even more stoked about them, and their music. The wine then started, and the photo opportunity with the band begun. This was definitely a majorly neat moment for me. I always wondered what they would be like, and it turns out even more humble and amazing. I really respect them as people, and as business owners on a whole different level. I honestly can’t wait for the new album. From what I have heard, I’m Pumped. The first single Seven, I really liked and then I heard The scheme. This song, I super dig. I personally think it sounds like they are having fun making tunes, and that they are going back to Pork Soda times hard. In that song, I hear a lot of Mr. Krinkle, and My name is Mudd and I really dig where this is going. I love seeing them tour with their families and generally good people I admire do what they love.

The new album comes out September 29th, 2017 and can be preordered on Itunes. Make sure to check it out, folks.

Me and Andalia meeting Tim Alexander aka HERB, whom My dog is named after.

Wine Tasting with Claypool Cellars finally after years of waiting! SO YUMMY!

Get A bottle here!

Below: Me and Chaney Claypool. The woman behind the brand. This was a major moment for me. She is touring with the band, managing a wine company, and keeping an entire fanbase engaged with Primus, just to name a few things. So neat!

I Always Enjoy watching Larry play guitar! I remember watching DVDs and videos and thinking man this dude knows what’s up.

Seeing the show, front row, with my bud, and meeting them, now just makes me even more happy to listen to the music. Stay tuned for part 2 of this blog where I share video from Portland and my thoughts on the new album.

Check out a quick recap video I put together below!

 

Cheers 🙂