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Strange Grooves Volume 6 with Ray Gracewood

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Ray Gracewood joins us for Volume 6.

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. 

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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

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,

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.

https://soundcloud.com/user-868578508/volume-3

 

Keep it Strange…

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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Serious sit down with a “Sweet City Woman”

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Cherise Letson and I were destined to meet one way or another, and we found each other in two capacities. We were both incredibly integrated into the business community in NB and kept on hearing about each other and finally, we got to meet by strapping on roller skates and hitting the rink to roller skate. Since that day, We have listened to many records, in particular, The Stampeder’s greatest hits, and spent countless hours skating, and having deep talks about business and the start up scene here. Finding someone who is sincerely interested in our community and is a super amazing person is really cool.


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Cherise works for Huddle. Huddle essentially elevates and shows the stories of interesting entrepreneurs and businesses throughout the region. They are passionate about making a difference by illustrating that business is creative, and a powerful force for positive social change.

We believe in this philosophy as well. We know how important, the brand, the story and every component of the business is.

I wanted to sit down and chat about what keeps her energized and give you some context about her feelings on the city currently.

Grab your headphones:)

1) What is your favorite record?
2) Tell the audience something random
3) As a professional, who is deeply integrated into whats happening in the city, business-wise and amongst the community what do you most like to write or report on?
4)Because you cover and help provide context and keep people in the loop, as well as elevate their business efforts, what do you personally feel about all the momentum our city has right now as a young professional and as a resident?
5)What advice would you give to a young person?
6)What do you find most rewarding about what you do?
Insert the other question once I hear the audio)
7)If you could predict the next few years for Saint John, what would you say that looks like?
8)Do you feel more motivated because of all the energy in the city currently and how do you see that effecting you?
9) What do you want for your city?
You can learn more and read Cherise’s articles by checking out Huddle.
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