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June 11, 2014

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UnderThePink.ca is LIVE!

May 21, 2014

Roo in the Roodio

Dayum! It took a year or two, but I have Under The Pink live!

If you head to UnderThePink.ca you’ll see:

  • All my music in one place!
  • Every podcast I’ve produced or guested on in one place!
  • New blogs posted regularly with music, thoughts, kangaroos, b-movies…everything!
  • Pictures of me in compromising positions!

One of those things WON’T be there…but there’s only one way to find out, isn’t there…

Heh…heh…

Go Under The Pink!

I’m Moving!

May 21, 2013

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Under The Pink will be moving to a new home pretty soon!

I want to bring this blog back after getting all inspired by writing blogs at work, producing two podcasts, and generally missing writing for you guys!

The new home will be at http://underthepink.ca!  Book mark it, or whatever people do now ;)

You can also sign up for the Under The Pink Letter.  It’ll keep you up to date (once a week, maybe twice if exciting things are happening) on the haps of the new site, and after it launches you’ll receive some favourite links, snippets from blogs, and giveaways when they come along!

Hope to see you at my new home soon!

A compilation of Roo’s blogs written elsewhere!

April 15, 2013

Hey all!  I’ve been a busy beaver…Roo…but unfortunately it’s in another part of the world.

We’ve started writing weekly blogs at my place of work, so my writing time has been going there.  If you’d like, I’ll link you to some there…I’ll assume that’s a yes!

“‘Save It For Later’ or ‘Be There Now’?” about filming at live events.

“Three Mistakes All Artists Do in Social Media” about…yah, that!

“Wake and Make” about taking the time in the morning to get work done!

“Canadian Digital Music Week” about digital discoveries at CMW!

“Content Marketing: Musicians Have It All!” about making interesting stuff for online!

“Future Fan Clubs NOW!” about how the ‘Fan Club’ lives online right in front of our noses.

I feel weird kinda dumping these here on you, but I figure some folks still check out my blog and may not know about the other one!  I write alongside my co-workers and we release a new blog every weekday.  If you’d like to receive the blogs right to your inbox it’s easy!  Sign up below:

http://tinyletter.com/DaleSpeaking

We promise the only emails you’ll get are our thoughtful, creative blogs and not our ‘artist promotional’ news items!

So yah!  That’s where you can find me more often, also on Twitter @Potoroo.  I have some plans for ‘Under The Pink’ but have learned that making promises leads to me feeling bad and you feeling cheated, so until next time…thanks for stickin’ with me!

LEGAL! SAGAZ!

February 27, 2013
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Me posing horribly in an amazing shirt that shows just how far we’ve come in Canada-Brazil relations…since I went to Brazil.

Hey all!

Soooo…I was totally out of the loop for a month and a half or so there due to finding myself in South America.  I kinda wish I had something exciting to say…like I was kidnapped and flown down as collateral in some kind of crazy gang turf war, but instead I was attending a furry convention in a rain forest.

…oh, shit, that does sound pretty exciting!  Here’s a snail I saw.

Broken record time: I want to get back into the swing of things here, you know, the whole ‘music’ blog thing.  I am thinking of making it a two to three times a week thing, even if I’m writing about random shit on my mond…that’s cool, right?

Musically I have quite a bit coming up: I’m recording my first live podcast and helping run an open mic in early March, and hitting up Canadian Music Week at the end of March, so I should have SOMETHING to talk about.

I may try to do the whole album review thing as well, though I worry I’m FAR too positive.  I mean, I love listening to the Shaggs…who the hell am I?

So…yah…down the pipe, stuff comes…says Yoda Roo.

New Song: Tilley and Porne (for No-Budget Nightmares)

January 10, 2013

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Hey all!

I wrote a song for the amazingly awesome no- and low-budget movie podcast No-Budget Nightmares to celebrate their 30th Episode, and now that the episode is released I can release the song to you too!  Check the show, with it’s two charismatic and chattastic co-hosts Doug Tilley and Moe Porne (hence the title of the song!).

Be warned…I say some pretty…weird shit in this song, all relating to movies they have reviewed in the past 29 episodes.   What was supposed to be a silly song ended up a pretty homage, and I’d love to hear what you think!  

And while you’re at it, check Doug and Moe on Twitter, they’re worth the follow:

Moe: @DrunkonVHS

Doug: @Doug_Tilley

New Years Songs

December 31, 2012

Some songs to get you through New Years!

What Are You Doing New Years Eve – performed by Zooey Deschannel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I <3 JGL, and didn’t know he had such a nice voice!

New Years Song – Josh Pyke

I also <3 Josh Pyke and consider him one of the best songwriters in the world today.  I covered this in the most recent episode of ‘Fuzzy Notes,’ click here if you wanna check it out, it’s Track #3 starting at 9:27!

What Are You Doing New Years Eve – the Rufus Wainwright Gap Commercial

It put Rufus on the map, and is an awesome track…30 seconds…bite sized!

What is your favourite New Years song?  Let me know in the comments or by contacting me on twitter @Potoroo!

My Favourite Podcasts 2012

December 12, 2012

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I love podcasts.  I spend most of my free time listening to them, and now the rest of that time is spent making podcasts…yup!

I’m going to start with a caveat: I am not including This American Life, RadioLab, Planet Money or On The Media in this list…because they collectively would hold the #1 spot, and many people regularly include them in their own lists…so recognize that I like these shows. Freakonomics and The Moth also sit at a close tie for 1.5…again…you know these…so…

In no specific order:

No-Budget Nightmares

On Podomatic and iTunes.  Consistently the show I most look forward to.  I LOVE low-budget flicks, and so do these guys.  Even if the movie is awful, the episode ABOUT the movie is amazing (Hip-Hop Locos and Barely Legal Lesbian Vampires is still among my favourites).  Moe and Doug have a great rapport, reminding me a bit of the chemistry between Hometown Tales’ Gene and Bryan.

Here’s The Thing

On iTunes and WNYC.  Alec Baldwin…talking to interesting people.  How could you NOT love them.  The Fred Armisen, Billy Joel and David Letterman episodes are especially amazing.

Lexicon Valley

On iTunes and Slate.  Bob Garfield from On The Media joins Mike Vuolo of Slate to discuss words, grammar and the english language.  Bob gets to let his hair down MUCH lower than he can on OTM, and Mike is a perfect foil for Bob’s oft-times cynical repartee.  You are entertained, and learn.  What I like most is that there is often an attempt to bring the subject matter some history, which many of us forget language has!

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old

On Smodcast and iTunes.  OK…I admit it…I’m a Kevin Smith fan.  I was obsessed with Clerks when it first came out.  I have a Clerks hockey jersey from the original video release promo (the local video store knew I was obsessed).  This is an intervention podcast, where Kevin helps keep Jason Mewes on the straight and narrow…by telling dirty sex stories, cautionary tales, and going on hilariously filthy tangents.  NOT for the weak of heart, or spirit.  Definitely for the Gen-X and Why’ers who grew up loving the foul mouthed Jay and silently-wise Silent Bob.

99% Invisible

Web and iTunes.  Genius.  Seriously.  This show has the capacity to change not just podcasts but radio as we know it.  Roman Mars talks design and architecture.  If I describe episode by episode you will probably think I’m crazy (the rules of flag design, giving names to all the areas in an urban space that have none, a big purple building) but I’ve never been so hypnotized by a show before.  RadioLab meets University Lecture after taking gentle hallucinogens.

Honorary Mention: Hometown Tales

Website and iTunes.  I love this podcast, but they’ve updated two or three times in the last year.  I’m SO glad I chose to write in when I did…one of the last ‘proper’ episodes they did (#350, possibly that last ‘proper’ episode actually) they read my hometown tales and I had a mention on the show.  I listened to this show backwards, from newest to oldest, which was an amazing experience I should write about in another blog.  If there were two guys I would want to have a beer with and talk about ‘everything’ it would be Gene and Bryan.  I’m not sure if the show is dead or just ‘temporarily inactive’ so I include it here…a show I would listen to as often as they post…so hopefully they post again!

I guess here I’ll drop in a quick note about the podcasts I do myself!  I in NO way compare mine with these, but the shows above are partly the reason I got into podcasting (and in the case of No-Budget Nightmares, the door I used to get in!)

FUZZY NOTES: My most popular show, about the music made by furries.  If you don’t know what furries are, they’re the lovable oft-misunderstood fandom of people who associate themselves with animals.  Some like to dress in costumes (most people do not, despite what the media likes to say!) and some draw art…and some do music!  I felt that there was a need for a hub for furry music, so I made one!  Over 500 downloads a week and growing, it seems to be working!

SOMETHING WEIRD THIS WAY COMES: It’s irregularly updated at this point, but I’d like to change that in the new year.  Originally a podcast about low-budget films…now about the music of low-budget films.  Here’s a link to the inaugural episode of the ‘music’ format where I play songs from the various films Moe and I had discussed in the first eight episodes of the original ‘series.’

DALE SPEAKING PODCAST: My work podcast, a show about music, musicians and the music industry from what we hope is a unique perspective!  We talk about the music industry and artists in Canada and try to identify tips, tricks and trends!

What do you think?  Any opinions on these shows?  Hate my shows and blog?  Talk to me!  Either here or in Twitter @Potoroo.

The Ghosts That Haunt Me

December 4, 2012

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In 1991, I spent a lot of time listening to the Crash Test Dummies album ‘The Ghosts That Haunt Me.’  I know this because it’s probably been at least 18 years since I last listened to the album, but I know all the lyrics to the title track (despite forgetting it existed until it started playing).

I also know I spent a lot of time listening to it because I have a nearly perfect Brad Roberts impression down when I sing along.  Perhaps because I honed it during those years in the early 90s, trying to impress my friends while imitating the unique voice of CTD’s lead vocalist.

Something that came to mind upon rediscovering this album: they were pretty ahead of their time.  At a point in my life when I was just passing my NKOTB and Tiffany phase (…don’t mock me…) and was listening to Public Enemy and the emerging hip hop scene, I became obsessed with what would today be called an alt-folk or alt-country.  There were banjos, mandolins, catchy tunes…essentially, what you hear sneaking onto rock radio today.

In fact, some of these tracks would sound quite at home sandwiched between Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men.

Most people remember Superman’s Song, but the title track and Comin’ Back Soon really grabbed me more.  And who can forget that they released a single called Androgynous about…well, Androgyny…originally by The Replacements, an American punk band, on what is essentially a country album…and it got played on pop radio…

While discussing ‘Canadiana’ yesterday with recent BCCMA winning group The Matinee we went through a list of bands and artists we consider to be Canadiana – from Neil Young to Elliot Brood.  The Dummies passed through my mind for a second, but I didn’t bring them up.  Listening to ‘The Ghosts That Haunt Me’…I don’t know why I did that.  This album is the epitome of Canadiana.  And was widely successful.

Why is it that a band so huge in the early 90s doesn’t even get mentioned today in a conversation about the genre they really helped to develop for the modern times?

Maybe this blog will help change that!

Jeffery Straker Live at Revival, November 27th 2012

December 3, 2012

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I have seen Jeffery Straker before.  And I can show you what I saw, because I also filmed that show and made two little ‘tour vlogs’ out of the performance and backstage antics. (Part One, Part Two)  Needless to say, I love this guy as a performer and a songwriter, so the Toronto CD release party at Revival last week was a priority.

Here I must note that you can distinguish Jeffery now with the addition of a middle name: classic ‘Jeffery Straker’ and the new ‘Jeffery Michael Straker.’  Or JS and JMS for short.  The former, a piano-cabaret riot.  The latter, well…he’s still a riot, but there’s an alternative twist to his sound.  And you could see the difference in the performance when we switched between JS and JMS.

Both were amazing to watch.  I shouldn’t let what I just said confuse you.  Just it was like the difference between…and I’m sure he’ll kill me for this…’Mmmm Bop’ Hanson and the alt-rock trio Hanson which emerged a couple of years later.  Both are awesome…one is fun, the other is fun and refined.

Actually, better…the difference between Til Tuesday and Aimee Mann.

Starting off with the track Rosetta Stone from his new Danny Michel produced album ‘Vagabond‘ set the tone that this wasn’t going to be like last year’s Revival show, which came complete with Burlesque dancers.  Following this up with his first single from the album, Birchbark Canoe was only outshone by the fact that beloved children’s entertainer Fred Penner joined him on stage to play harmonica (his mimed performance of Jeffery choking him on the streets of Toronto brought me straight back to Fred Penner’s Place…for some reason…I don’t know why, Fred never got choked on that show!)

Slings and Arrows and Gone, two tracks from ‘Under the Soles of my Shoes‘ were spot on and showed the similarities between JS and JMS: the songwriting is still there though the underlying mood has changed.  You could tell this performance was honed from years of shows and this recent tour supporting ‘Vagabond.’

I must admit that the two songs that hit me the most were Burn the Boats with some extra help from some very talented vocalists, and the only cover of the night, Shiver Me Timbers originally by Tom Waits.  Really…the Tom Waits track was the one that settled JMS into my mind.  The sombre and pained tones of Waits’ piano from the album ‘The Heart of Saturday Night‘ (during his early blues piano days, like Ol’ 55 and Grapefruit Moon, not the Swordfishtrombonesiness of ‘Rain Dogs’…) was an interesting choice that would not have worked during the ‘…Soles of my Shoes‘ shows.  It would have been like Lady Gaga breaking into Cats in the Cradle.

But it worked last Tuesday at Revival.  Because I wasn’t watching JS…I was watching JMS…and it wasn’t jarring, or strange.  It was actually quiet awesome, and I can’t wait to see more.

You can find Jeffery Straker tweeting away @jefferystraker and on Facebook too.  For all things informative and musical, head to his website!

The Set List:

Rosetta Stone
Birchbark Canoe (feat. Fred Penner)
Slings & Arrows (from 2011 album)
Fallin (from earlier repertoire)
Gone (2011 album)
Burn the Boats (guest vocalists)
Botanic Gardens
Shiver me Timbers (Tom Waits)
Raven
Myopia
Somewhere Between (earlier repertoire)
Sans Souci


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