I’m finally coming up for air post Pop Montreal 2014. It was a brilliant 5-days starting with attending the Steve Albini Sound Recording Workshop Sept 17th at Hotel 2 Tango (Howard Bilerman) – learned some mic’ing tricks for future live-off-the-floor sessions. Such a rare treat. Took in the Sun Kil Moon show that eve at Ukrainian Federation.
Sept 18th:Headed down for lunch at the SAT Foodlab (Michelle Marek) with culinary tips and stories by Steve Albini. He cooked a three dish meal (typical of what he cooks for his wife Heather) – complex greens, broccoli farroto (risotto but with a different grain) and anglet steak.
Sept 19th: Ronnie Spektor at The Rialto was the highlight of the festival for me. She told her life story through songs, stories, images and archival footage. It was beautiful, terrifying, inspiring…ultimately cathartic. What a strong and amazing woman.
Sept 20th: Lederhosen Lucil rocked KidsPop during the day and I caught A Montreal Paul outside “Death Of Vinyl” shop.
Much later on I caught JJFad at 2am with DJ Kid Koala in tow. I remember having the cassette tape “JJFad – Not Just a Fad” with “We In Tha Haus” on it. Only had to wait 24 years to see them in person! Their smiles lit up the night.
Sept 21th: Was part of the ELAN “Montreal Formula” panel at Pop Symposium. Pow wow’ed about the Montreal synergy, poutine, hustle, making art, making a living etc. along with Albert Nerenberg, Murray Lightburn, and JC Little. That night I finally got to see “The Adam Brown” at Metropolis and they were SO GOOOOD! Jetted off to catch “Shonen Knife” at Divan Orange and danced until I nearly gave myself whiplash. My all girl band “Wild Girl Soup” used to do a cover of “Flying Jelly Attack” and when they started it up the bass line pretty much brought tears of joy to my eyes. Only had to wait 20 years to see them play!
It has been a truly bittersweet summer for us here at hypo records. Due to the endo’dimitriosis monster I was only able to perform two Gemini shows in June before having to cancel the remaining dates for the summer. It was a difficult pill to swallow as “we” have yet to fully tour our latest album “Guten Tag Gemini.”
In July we lost a dear friend, fan and fellow arts advocate/journalist Ange-Aimee Woods to heart failure. Krista performed one of her favorites at the memorial “No Matter How Far” – echoing Tshala Muana’s words “We sing everything. We have nothing else.” A memorial bursary for journalism students has been created in her honor. If you would like to read more about Ange-Aimee’s work or to contribute you can do so here. She rocked every Lederhosen Lucil show she came to and was consulting on our upcoming tv series that we will be shooting a “sizzle reel” for in October.
In August I graduated from Level 1 JHUI (James Hill Ukulele Institute!) and am pursuing the second level in music pedagogy using ukulele as a teaching tool. Music is a brilliant way to connect people and I’ll be incorporating that into the upcoming tv series as well as in-person workshops. And happily, Lederhosen Lucil is coming out of the pantry to entertain KidsPop this fall! She will be rocking PopMontreal (Free outdoors KidsPop stage!) on September 20th in Montreal.
See you soon!
Private ukulelclasses have just wrapped up for the season and I’m getting ready for a creative sabbatical that includes researching and writing a bizarre new tv series. More about that later…for now, Lederhosen Lucil is getting ready to host the EXPOZINE AWARDS in montreal Thursday, April 24th at Divan Orange. Later on in the summer I’ll be traveling to Europe to perform at the PRAGUE UKULELE FESTIVAL and will be booking some other special Euro tour dates. Paris – Berlin – Hamburg – Liege – who knows where my travels will take me?! Well, when I do they will be posted here and at Lederhosen Lucil’s site.
Montreal photographer Chloe Laetitia captured a great moment during Krista’s performance at Club Balattou February 6th. She had a wunderbar night performing along with André Daneau and Xania & The Potholes. Click on the photo to hear her recent “Chanson-O-Gramme” project.
We couldn’t resist! After the success of last years custom written songs en francais et in english that were digitally delivered world-wide to beloved partners, friends, husbands, girlfriends, and wives “Chanson-O-Gramme’s” are back. Simply email Krista at the address provided and she will give you the instructions on how to order yours today!
In other news Krista & Lucil released a new album in November 2013 called “Guten Tag Gemini” (check out bandcamp to stream) as well as the official “Chicken On Clark” music video shot and edited in October 2013 in Montreal. We are hoping to see it in some upcoming bicycle film festivals…JA!
CBC Song of the Summer!
It’s time to vote for the CBC Song of the Summer! My song “Between Atoms Le Pierre Crube Remix” is long-listed for the prize so please scroll down and vote for me!
In other news I’ve been hermitting away at the Haunted Hallways studio in Montreal as “Guten Tag, Gemini!” is taking shape and will be released in October 2013. This now 15-track album spans garage, pop, hip hop and a few suprises and includes a duet Lederhosen Lucil and I sing about women’s hockey called “Skate For Their Lives.” We can’t WAIT to release it!!!
We are also seeking out a director/producer for a video for “Chicken On Clark.” It is an epic bicycle concept so a cyclist director would be ideal! Email us with your suggestions and links to their work.
Upcoming events in August: August 20th Krista and her Terrific Tenor appear at the Cameron House. August 22nd “The Pet Shop Girls” DJ night at The Unloveble (Krista and Mar Sellars’ tribute night to the PSB).
It’s our month! The perfect one during which to work on Lederhosen Lucil and my first ‘collaboration’ entitled “Guten tag, Gemini!” – ha ha! Surreal, silly and beautiful it shall be. We are busy writing, re-writing, recording, deliberating…all those things that go into making a DIY album. At the same time I’ve been going through dusty old boxes and sleeves of unmarked CDRs and came across this vintage Lucil live at Clyde’s (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) video. Friend and local legend Bloodshot Bill shared the night and you can see him rocking out in the video – such FUN was had!
And there’s more to come…till then, I leave you with this:
You can pre-order your copy of “Guten tag, Gemini!” here.