Strange Grooves was on location for Volume 8 with one of our most anticipated guests, one of Saint John’s biggest record enthusiasts, Jeff McLennan.
We were so honored to be invited to check out his personal collection which is the most beautiful collection we have actually seen with our own eyes. He has over 2000 records and very stunning ways of displaying them. Jeff’s wife and son also have vinyl of their own in the collection. The wide variety of tunes is astounding and we are certain you could spend days just combing through them all.
Only a small area of the 2000+ records in Jeff’s personal collection
In this episode, we chat about what Jeff has been listening to lately, top 5 albums we would bring to a deserted island, some of his favorite treasures and gems he has found over the past 20 years. We chat about some of our favorite artists to listen to and for what reasons, for example, Les Paiens, Miles Davis, Deerhoof, The Sheepdogs, Primus and much more.
Cherise and I have been members of Jeff’s Facebook Group for a little while now, and we find it so valuable for sharing our music and finding new stuff, check it out SJ Record Enthusiasts.
We will be spinning at HeartBreak Boutique as part of Uptown’s Sparkles event on December 1st from 5- 9 PM.
The date for our Pop up Record Expo is December 13th, 6-8 PM.
On this episode, we take a deep dive into some of Wayne’s fondest concert experiences, favorite records, his current playlists and a surprise Tom Petty appearance that happened in New York, his love for live music, how the music community has been a huge part of his life, and much much more.
Grab your headphones and turn it up!
Wayne is a wonderful dude to chat about music with. He has an abundance of knowledge and enthusiasm that really you can feel. He loves to play music live, loves to share experiences and last week he shared a post on Facebook about his first concert experience. There were over 200 comments and that really made me so happy that Strange Grooves is now a thing.We really want to engage with people, bring them out, listen to music together and really have a community of music lovers that love to share conversation, knowledge and much more about the music they love.
We were honored that Wayne was able to join us and we urge you to listen to the podcast above! There are some really fun and shocking stories he told us as the conversation unfolded.
On this episode, we dive into some of Ray’s favorite records and memories associated with them. We chat recent concert experiences, including his 40th birthday Guns and Roses surprise, Area 506, and much more…
Ray tells us about a very cool Headstones experience from about 15 years ago and a few Matt Mays memories. We chat The Strumbellas, Blue Quarter, Stars, all things Area 506 and the intimate experiences with the bands that go along with running a festival and how listening to them after can feel. We dig into some of our favorite vinyl recordings, and how incredible live music can be for everyone and all ages.
The first record Ray introduced us to is the second album by Canadian band, Ox, released in 2006. They are from Vancouver. Really incredible sound. This is the record you are hearing in the background of this episode.
We also chat about the first record that stands out to us or that we lived through and Ray brought his Loverboy album…If you are not listening yet… press play and turn it up to find out more.
Photos all By Ray Gracewood
The Strumbellas in Denver
Stars performing at Area 506
Guns and Roses New York October 2017
Check out the Area 506 Instagram and stay tuned for next year’s lineup!
Thanks for tuning in folks! Please let us know if you would like to join us for an episode or if you would like to write, or share anything with the vinyl community. We would love to hear from you and what you are enjoying and watching.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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👽 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 AgeGreta 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.🎶💀
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!
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!