Only Wanna Screw recordings
(Dec 26, 2005)
Only Wanna Screw
(Dec 19, 2005)
(Nov 28, 2005)
Sound with Laura & Kevin
(Nov 21, 2004)
Albert Anyone Updates
(Nov 6, 2004)
Amy Callowhill Sound
(October 18, 2004)
Albert Anyone Show
(October 15, 2004)
(July 8, 2004)
Oasis and gig
(May 11, 2004)
(February 29, 2004)
(January 26, 2004)
Oasis on holiday
(December 19, 2003)
Hosting Oasis Next week
(December 11, 2003)
(November 26, 2003)
(November 14, 2003)
End of an open stage
(October 30 2003)
Honing my crap
(October 26, 2003)
(October 24, 2003)
If you can read this. . .
(October 23, 2003)
More On Oasis
(October 21 2003)
The Ember and Oasis
(October 4, 2003)
"A" is for Albatross
(September 21, 2003)
(August 24, 2003)
The lights went out...
(August 16, 2003)
(July 07, 2003)
Pickup Battery Holder
(June 25, 2003)
Hardware that doesn't suck
(June 22, 2003)
(June 15, 2003)
(June 14, 2003)
Chord Charts for The Asshole Song
(April 29, 2003)
(April 27, 2003)
(April 15, 2003)
(April 3, 2003)
All done (I hope)
(March 29, 2003)
1 down, 1 to go
(March 22, 2003)
(March 19, 2003)
Mmmm. . . Abstraction
(March 15, 2003)
(March 6, 2003)
A little more stable
(March 1, 2003)
Recording & more links
(February 25, 2003)
(February 18, 2003)
(February 13, 2003)
(November 13, 2002)
Okay, I've put an entry for my silly sex song "Only Wanna Screw" up in the Songs section. I'll have a recording up in a bit. Hope my folks aren't reading this...
I've uploaded the lyrics, music and story of Dracula's Cat for your enjoyment.
I've sorted out the other acts for the Albert Anyone show. Marcus Walker's Liveshow will kick off the night, and Floxology will cap it. Marcus will also be playing bass in Albert Anyone. Once again, that's:
Also, the Albert Anyone web site has finally got some stuff on it. It's a wiki, which means anyone can edit it. Just don't go nuts, okay?
Just a quick note, I'm doing the unthinkable-- doing sound at Oasis on a Wednesday this week. Laura Fernandez and Kevin Stock are opening for Amy Callowhill, and I'll be doing "sound reinforcement", as the hip cats say.
Almost a year after we first formed, Albert Anyone will be playing our very first gig on November 18. I haven't sorted out who the other acts will be yet, but I'm sure you'll like 'em.
I'm all excited about this. I've played gigs before, but never a full-band gig. I'll have more details sooner to the time.
Yes, the Albert Anyone web site is pretty much a placeholder, but I'm working on that.
I'm hosting the Oasis Open Stage until the middle June. Jason Lapidus has summer school. So I've been putting on a bit of a promotion. Made up flyers, and for the flyers, I wanted a URL, so I made a web site. I'll be tweaking it a bit further, with some tips from Rich Lowenberg.
I've got an upcoming gig, but it's way in the future: June 24. It's a four-way birthday gig with me, Signe Miranda, Sarah Greene, and Jeff Stone. Should be fun. I think we should each do one of the other's songs.
Happy leap day!
So I've got a new song, called "Comfortable Things".
Another thing interest: my brother Andrew, who's a law student, has started up a web site about sharing music and Canadian copyright law. It's called CanFLI.
It seems that in Canada, there's an exemption for private copying of music. That's balanced by a tarrif on CDs and MP3 players that goes back to SOCAN. So it would seem that in Canada, downloading is legal, but uploading is not. None of this has been tested in court, but it looks like it soon will be.
I'll be doing my first-ever sound gig this Friday, Jan 30. Sarah Taheri asked me to do sound for her. She's being accompanied by Arch, who once played drums with me in my ludicrously short-lived band, The Easily Amused. That name has now been taken by impostors. Arch is also a great singer/ songwriter.
My upcoming sound gig:
Of course, I didn't get into this for the sound gigs. I was offered some sound gigs at Oasis, but declined. But if they're friends or people I'd go to see anyway, I'm happy to do sound. I think I've even gotten good at it this past year.
In other news, we picked a band name: we're "Albert Anyone". And we're hoping to soon do that critical third full-band rehearsal, that will mean have a set's worth of songs. But unfortunately, not this week.
I've finished recording all the tracks for my CD, but I haven't finished mixing. I've gotten a bit distracted by being involved in an open-source project called "Arch", not to be confused with Sarah's guitarist. Who is also an excellent solo act.
The Oasis Open Stage is taking the rest of 2003 off. Just didn't seem prudent to run it on Dec 23 and Dec 30. But we'll be back in action January 6.
Just a quick note that I'll be hosting the Oasis open stage on Tues, Dec 16. I'm looking forward to it.
It was a small list, but a quality one. Honestly, just leaving the room to get beer or go pee was a sacrifice. Sure we're not packing the room these days, but we've got great regulars, and that can only be good.
Special thanks to Olivia Duck for covering for me on sound, and for putting up with numerous puns.
Speaking of Kevin, I saw his play Tequila Vampire Matinee last week, and had a good time. If you know Kevin's music, there's a lot of darkness in it, and that was what I went in expecting. But I've already mentioned the comedy in Kevin's performances, and that's something I'd left out of my calculations. Comedy plays a big role in this work.
I was also surprised as hell to see Jack Nicholsen from The Leslie Spit Treeo in one of the major roles. It's an odd thing seeing other people performing Kevin's songs, but the cast did a good job with 'em.
It runs to December 7, so catch it while you can.
We're working on
- "Bring on the Rain"
- "Masochist at Heart"
- "The Ember"
- "Wish I Were an Asshole"
- "Pennies to the Pound"
- "Feeling Fine"
Once we have those sorted out, we'll probably add a final few, and start looking for gigs.
It's really nice to play with your own band. Having time to rehearse and discuss the songs and the best way to approach them is great. Jason and Animal and Dominic and Sarah do a great job of playing along with songs they've never heard. but there's no substitute for rehearsal to really get it right.
Technically, this is not my first band. But my first band only lasted for one rehearsal. I think this one's far more likely to take off.
Last night, I was at Erika Werry's last open stage. I wanted to be there to give it that final send-off. I've clocked a lot of time there, had a lot of fun. It's true that I haven't been there as often recently, but it's still sad knowing I can't ever go again.
Seems like a bad time for open stages. The other Graffiti's open stage, The Mad Bastard Cabaret isn't doing too well either, so Steve wanted to try and combine the audiences. Personally, I'm not sure how well that'll work. People who want to go out on a Monday have the option of The Free Times or Groovy Mondays, and that's just the ones I go to. There are others.
The aforementioned Groovy Mondays got cut down to one night a month, but they're moving up to two nights, which I guess is an improvement.
Oasis on the other hand, seems to be rebounding nicely after hibernating through the summer. We had 14 acts this past Tuesday, and went to around midnight. I had fun, and I didn't have to fight the gear to get it working. I'm not gonna be complacent though. We've got decent numbers now, but if we're not moving forward it's easy to slide backward. So I'm promoting it when I hit other open stages.
I've been doing some mixing on my stuff. "What Do You Tell Yourself?" had some annoying bleed from the click track at the end. "Bring on the Rain" had farty-sounding bass buzz at the very end. In both cases, the solution was simple: use an alternate take-- the guitar pickup for "What Do You Tell Yourself?" and another bass take for the last bit of "Bring on the Rain".
I make no promises about when this CD's done. But this is progress.
. . . you're not dead. However, dyndns.org, the service that helps turn "www.aaronbentley.com" into my actual internet address, is currently undergoing disruptive upgrades. If you can't see me in the next few days, that's why.
I dunno about posting Oasis news. I mean, sure it's something I do a lot of, and it's music-related. But I'm doing sound most of the time.
The first Oasis was pretty cool. Not a full list, but a good list. Lots of old stalwarts were out. The second started out really empty, so we just jammed at first, but as people kept turning up, it got more open-stagey.
Both nights, we left at or after midnight.
Tonight (i.e. in about 19 hours), we'll have drums for the first time. Animal's not available right now-- he's in school. But the incomparable Rich Lowenberg voluteered to fill in. Should be fun. I hope a bunch of people take advantage. It's one of the special things about the Oasis open stage. But even if no one else uses the house band, I will, dammit. Probably "Masochist at Heart" or "Thick-Fingered", and definitely "The Ember".
The Laura Fernandez Band is taking the pre-show slot this time. They're getting ready for big gigs in NYC. I've sat in on their rehearsals before, and enjoyed them a lot. It'll be a pleasure to get their sound just right too.
I've written a new song called "The Ember", and you can find stuff about it at the link. It's a dark love song, about being consumed by a love that just won't die.
Just before Halloween, my first song involving vampires. I'm sure Kevin Quain would be proud.
I'll probably start playing it this week at open stages.
Speaking of Open Stages, the Oasis Open Stage has started up again. Tuesday, October 7 is the first day, and it should continue on Tuesdays after that.
Every performer has "A" material and "B" material. But which is which? Is it the performer or the audience that gets to choose? People like "Wish I Were an Asshole", and so do I, but I wouldn't call it my best song of that period.
I've taken to thinking of these as albatross songs. And while "Wish I Were an Asshole" is one of mine, "Worst Apartment" is one of Jeff's. But I like it, and I cover it. The version here is utterly unlike my normal covers, though. Usually, it's an upbeat rock song, not a quiet, moody piece like this one.
"Worst Apartment in the City" is © Copyright Jeff Stone, All Rights Reserved. It appears by special arrangement. Very special.
From time to time I record a song just for the hell of it. On impulse. I've never really made those quick and dirty recordings available, 'cause they're a bit rough, and I didn't want people thinking this was all I could do. But it seems a waste that no one but me ever hears them. So let's just agree that they're "ImpulseSongs", and not my totally polished output. Okay?
I've already said the blackout was a kind of neat experience for me. Forced me to break old patterns, and live deliberately for three days. It's important to not just let time go by. It's important to stop and stroke the kitties. Or smell the roses. Or taste the pizza. Whatever.
So I've recorded "Stop and Stroke the Kitties", an unabashed ripoff of "Stop and Smell the Roses", a song I loved as a child and cannot tolerate now.
This one goes out to Jamie Tanner, the feline-pleaser on the night in question. And an actual Christian to boot.
Finally, things are back online. When the big blackout hit Toronto, the site went down. Perversely, my area was one of the last to get power back. Jamie and Rich live just a few blocks away, but they got their power back in 8 hours. I got mine back in 36 or so.
It was kinda fun. Like camping in the city. The first night, I grabbed my guitar, candles, and flashlight and Jamie and I headed down to Signe's place. We jammed with Jeff, Signe and her neighbours Ananda and Kevin, and a buncha people just jumped out of a car and joined the party.
Barring further power trouble, I'll be helping out on the new Signe Miranda's Veranda CD today, doing the sound tech monkey work so Jamie can just play drums. It's total guerilla recording. The "studio" is Jamie & Rich's place, the sound gear includes a 350MHz Compaq with 4 sound cards, and space is very, very tight. . .
Oh, Oz wants me to link to her site, but until she gets some actual content, this cryptic link is all she's gonna get.
Yes, I finally have a 'real' URL. Something relatively easy to remember that even looks kinda professional. It was my mom's birthday gift to me. I also have to thank Mike Audet for letting me use his server to make it all work. Thanks also to Noah Zacharin, who took one look at "http://abentley.dyndns.org" and said, "You chose this?".
I've just put up the page for my new song "Pickup Battery Holder". It's about the ordeal I went through trying to get back a small piece of plastic that I never realized was vital to my performances.
I'm pleased to announce that I've finally gotten my web site running on hardware that doesn't suck. That is, it's old, instead of ancient. For you, this means faster-loading pages. For me, it means faster server in general.
I know lots of people think the CPU is the heart of a computer, but I'm starting to think it's the hard disk that really deserves the honour. The web site's hard disk has lived in three machines since March, and each one has basically the same identity, because the hard disk (and therefore the software) is the same.
My upcoming gig:
In other news, I've just got back my Sanyo reel-to-reel, which was my very first multitrack (dual-track) recording device. It belonged to my grandfather. I recorded a version of Lonely Streets on it way back when. It's been on loan to Andrew Woolner for several years, because I didn't want it back. Now that Woolner's off to Japan, I'm stuck with this behemoth.
Sloth pays off again. Lately, I've been thinking I should play another gig, but I hadn't gotten around to actually seeking one out. Tonight I was talking with Signe, and she offered me a gig for July 15.
Details to follow. Friends are good to have.
And here are the chords to "WishI Were an Asshole".
I could muster some halfhearted argument that a table really is appropriate-- that it's called a chord chart because the chords are on the top row and the words are on the bottom row, but I'd rather sleep.
Anyhow, it's something that's only worth doing if you're using a programming language-- I'd hate to hand-craft this kind of HTML, but it sure looks nicer than the plain text chord charts that you see everywhere.
Looks like I do private parties now. Well, my Dad's 60th birthday, that is. It was a fun time, and people seemed to really like Feelin' Fine and The Mess. I wasn't the only performer; Pat Archer played some songs too, and George Ceasar's wife, who's a pro magician, put on a magic show.
I've been to pretty busy lately, and it's not ending this week; I'm off to Oasis this evening for the open stage, and we'll be taking pix for a web page.
Jeff Oussoren's new CD is out. This is a guy I hadn't seen hide or hair of for a year or so, but I caught up with him last night thanks to Noah's tip. I haven't heard the whole thing, but what I have heard sounds really good, and it's great to hear those songs again. Jeff made the CD with Kevin Quain and Jocelyne Lanois, and a whole mess of others.
Oh, and I've posted lyrics and notes for Masochist at Heart
"Prolific" isn't a way I usually describe myself. I'm lucky to produce one song a month. But in the last two days, I wrote 3 songs: "Dog-Man", "Over and over", and "Masochist at Heart". Each is about a completely different subject, and I think they're all good enough to add to the repetoire, so they're coming soon to an open stage near me. Man, at this rate, I could have a song in every section of the dewey decimal system!
Well, I've recorded bass tracks for all the songs I meant to, and the bass is all ready to be returned to its rightful owner. It's a good thing, too-- the Ovation was getting jealous that the bass always got the guitar stand. So now I'm back to recording vocals and guitar, things I actually know about!
So there's still a bunch to do on the CD, but I feel a lot more momentum than I did before I borrowed the bass, and the songs feel much fuller with bass.
Shout out to Jamie Tanner for his cries of "More bass! More bass!" :-)
Already, this week, I've returned one instrument-- my sister's guitar. It's now my nephew's guitar, and no, I'm not changing the name of the tape! Trisha lent it to me back when I was just getting started on guitar, and it served me well. But Trish got it from Nili, and now Nili's son is starting out on guitar with it. Before giving it back, I tuned it up and played "Play Me a Song" (which was one of my early songs) one last time.
Got my computer back in shape. Probably spent more time thinking about it than it actually took to fix it. And after about 20 attempts, I've got a bass track I can live with for "Play Me a Song". Maybe I can get these bass tracks done this weekend.
It's looking a lot like I'll have to reinstall Windows before I can get back to work. Yes, I know how to do that. No, I'm not looking forward to it.
For those interested, I now have an RSS feed. This is basically a case of doing something because I can, not because I should.
Nothing feels better to a programmer than a decent level of abstraction. I've put all the recent news posts one file, and their appearance is handled completely separately using PHP and CSS. But I'm still a musician, honest!
A lot of this site is old and crusty, but upgrading it will be a major pain. So I only want to do it once in the rest of my life.
PHP seems to be a broadly accepted form of automatic page production, but until yesterday, I had no idea how it worked. So I've been learning PHP today, making the site eventually more customizeable.
The Fishmonger Song is my current bass song. I've got the part basically worked out, now I've just got to play it right.
I didn't make Signe's band. Would you believe they found someone who was more skilled on bass than me? Apparently, he's a nice guy, too. Seriously, it's a bit disappointing, but I knew it was a long shot.
If you've been by recently, you may have noticed the website was up and down a lot. I think that's fixed. All I had to do was give up on my old computer and move the hard disk into an even older, slower machine. Don't worry-- it's still way overqualified to be a web server.
I've got a good bass track laid down for "Bring on the Rain". I guess I'll be moving on to the next one soon. . .
I've linked up some live recordings that you may not have heard before under Songs.
Btw, Rich Lowenberg's new CD is great.
I've gotten some more recording done: bass tracks! On the cassette, you'll notice some of the songs have "fake bass"-- that was done on a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard, using my (regular) guitar's A string as a sample.
Now that I'm playing bass, I can do real bass. It sounds more authentic, and I'm not afraid to make it loud enough that people can actually hear it.
The only problem is that I'm getting ambitious-- last night, I started doing a quick bass part for "Blue Skies", and it took all night! I kept coming up with interesting things to do, and even when I'd stopped inventing, I still had to make a good recording of it.
I've put up even more links to folks I know from the music scene on the Links page. Enjoy.
After only four years with a web site, I've finally got a links page. You know, it's a good thing I'm not a music journalist, because when it comes to describing music, I'm utterly ineffectual.
The fact is, there's not a person on that page whose music I don't enjoy, whose gigs I have not attended. In fact, that's not all of them, and I can think of at least five things to add at the moment ...
Signe's band needs a new bass player now that Dietrich's moving to Ottawa, so I'm going to try out. That means I actually need to learn bass first, so Sarah was kind enough to lend me her spare. It's been fun learning it. Not completely foreign to a guitar player, but the ukulele player in me keeps saying, "Sure it's four strings, but they're the wrong four strings!"
My only problem is I keep going over to the dark side-- playing from my ears and memory instead of reading the charts. I don't need to improve my ears and memory, but my reading-- that could stand some improvement. It's just so tempting to just put on any old song and start trying to play along ...
I've now posted lyrics and a description for my new song, "The Mess".
The return of the last-tuesday-of-the-month-at-the-free-times-gig! That's right, my cancelled October 29 gig has been rescheduled for November 26. You have Signe Miranda to thank for this gig too.
Here's my classic gig summary:
November 26, 2002
The Free Times Cafe
320 College St.
Show at 8:00
Pay what you can
As we planned for the last gig, Dominic von Riedemann will be accompanying me on electric guitar. The other folks performing are Signe Miranda, Jay17, and the not-yet-confirmed Kat Goldman . . .
It's be a real treat to play on the same bill as Jay17, who's an old friend back from Kevin Quain's Mad Bastard Cabaret. He's got a fantastic voice and great songs. Even though he's been kinda scarce lately, I can still sing some of his songs. Not as well as him, of course.
In other news, I've significantly updated the web site layout. No, really! I'm using CSS positioning and stuff. If you're using Netscape 6+ or Mozilla, you'll see that the navigation buttons stay in the same place. More importantly, this new design should be much easier to update and modify.
Wouldn't you know it? I came down with a cold that I just couldn't shake. So singing tonight doesn't look doable. And after all that effort I put into promotion, too!
Of course, Signe Miranda's Veranda and Adam Cotton will still be playing, it's just that I won't.
Update: The Kindly Ones will be taking may place tonight.
I'll be playing The Free Times next month. The very day I cancelled on Signe, she offered me another spot. Ain't she sweet?
Yessiree, it's time for another show.
October 29, 2002
The Free Times Cafe
320 College St.
Show at 8:00
Pay what you can
This time, it was Signe Miranda who invited me to come play The Free Times. The other acts on the bill are Signe Miranda's Veranda and Adam Cotton. Signe's band just released their new CD, "Solar Eclipse", which I've been enjoying. I haven't seen Adam Cotton in any context for about a year, so it will be nice to catch him again.
So come on out. There'll be plenty of music to go 'round. We'll all have a good time.
Another gig, another wrap-up. Thanks again to Dad for taking the pictures.
Well, my gig's over. It was a good night, and I had a great time, and the audience definitely got their money's worth. If you missed it, or you just want to re-live the experience, check out this Gig Journal Entry . It's got pictures and music files, and my little story of how the night went.
|Gig time!||April 23, 2002|
Okay, so I haven't gigged for ages, but here we go again!
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
At The Free Times
320 College St.
Show starts at 8:00
Jeff Stone, the witty and talented, is organizing that Tuesday night. I'll be playing, Jeff will be playing, a fellow named Adam Kositsky will be playing, and an all-girl band called Wilma will be playing.
I've got to thank Jeff for actually inviting me to play. I've been a terribly lazy musician lately. Haven't been out promoting, and I haven't done that much recording. So thanks Jeff, for getting me off my ass.
This is also the first time I've played a gig at The Free Times, unless you count that time I crashed one of Kevin Quain's gigs. Many years ago, Tony said I should try to get into The Free Times-- they'd probably did what I do there, he figured. Well, after years of sloth and probably hundreds of open stages, that's finally happened.
What will I play? Well, too early to lock it down, but here are some of the songs I'm thinking of:
- The Superficial Song
- The "Asshole Song", Wish I Were an Asshole
- The Alligator Song
- Blue Skies
- If You Don't Play
- Bring On the Rain
- The Rainbow Connection
- The Fishmonger Song
- Feeling Fine
- Waiting for the Gap
If you've got any suggestions (preferably stuff that I wrote :-)) or if you'd like me to email you about my gigs, just drop me a note.
Catch you later
|Killing the 3D||June 30, 2001|
I love me!
Well, I hated me for a while, and that's because I made a bad call on the reverb I used in the slower songs like "In the Sighs". It was 3-D, which was really cool, but hardly anyone's listening to my songs on headphones, and the 3d stuff just sounds mushy on speakers.
I thought I was just going to have to chalk it up to experience, but I cracked open the data files for "Lonely Streets" I found that I'd kept a version that had no reverb. And now I check "In the Sighs", and find that it, too, has a reverb-free edition. So I can fix them! I love me!
I've also thrown up a new bio that's a little more serious and music-focused.
Here's where my own CD is at. . .
|The Asshole Song||Recorded, ready for mastering|
|Pennies To the Pound||Sounds great, needs finishing touches|
|Overtired||Re-recorded, needs finishing touches|
|Play Me a Song||Imported to Sonar, tweaked, needs a bit more|
|Feelin' Fine||Sounds great, waiting for guest vocals|
|The Fishmonger Song||Remixed and tweaked, waiting for guest guitar|
|The Alligator Song||Remixed, ready for mastering|
|In the Sighs||Imported to Sonar, tweaked and remixed with normal reverb|
|Lonely Streets||Imported to Sonar, tweaked and remixed for normal reverb|
|What do you tell yourself?||Barely started (very new)|
|The Night We Never Kissed||Starting fresh|
|Swim Like an Otter||Not started|
|Waiting for the Gap||Not started|
|Juice Me Up||Not started|
Not scheduled for inclusion: "Beam me up", "Cut to the Quick", "Fade Away", "Stuck in a Rut", "Time to Sleep", "Saga Tonite", "Chameleons" "Fast Forward", or "The Superficial Song".
|Kids' Songs||June 28, 2001|
Longtime readers of the site (i.e. me) will recall that my very first paying gig was a performance at a U of T event called The Kindergarten Lounge. Well, I guess you could say I'm going back to my roots, as I'm presently working on a CD of kids' songs.
No, I haven't given up on my (somewhat more) adult music. I have put it aside temorarily, though, in the interest of completing this thing in time for my nephew's birthday. Me and my dad and step-mom worked on some of the pieces together, and I recorded some by myself. Here's "(I am a man with) Four Fingers", a Negativland song. You may wish to turn it up, since I haven't obliterated the dynamic range.
"Puff, the Magic Dragon" and "I love Trash" are also in various stages of completion.
|Gig||Feb 14 2000|
Bet you never thought you'd see me play another gig. Me neither. Been two stinkin' years since the last one. But I've been playing open stages religiously, honing my craft or something, in the intervening time.
|Time & Date||Wednesday, Feb 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m.|
The performance is part of "Naked and Alone", a showcase run by my friend Andrew Woolner. I'll be playing new and old material, starting the night off with a bang. There will be more performers, too. Another musican and a poet, most likely. Details as I get 'em.
So that's my gig. Hope I see you there.
Oh, and welcome to my new web server.
|Not Much Music||Jan 29 2000|
I admit it. I haven't updated in ages. I've got the sound clips working again, but there's not any new content. Maybe soon. I've been quite busy with work lately, so I haven't done much music. No new songs, no upcoming gigs.
|It's three times the fun!||Aug 18, 1999|
|Quiet spell||Aug 11, 1999|
|I've got gigs!||July 28/30, 1999|
The shows are in September and October, so I can't offer you instant gratification. But join my mailing list, and I'll remind you when it's coming up.
Update: The Cameron date has been moved to October 19. I was uneasy about having my shows so close together. So when Cindy from the Cameron said they had booking problems, I suggested mid-October. That should give you time to recover.
If you like, dig out your datebook and make an entry for Sunday, Sept 19 at 9:00 at Grafitti's. You can make another entry for Tuesday, Oct 19, 9:30 at The Cameron.
|Tape Update||July 14, 1999|
|MP3 available||July 25, 1999|
|Why Tape not CD?||July 21/28, 1999|
I'm proud of the tape. The performance and especially the recording stack up compare favourably to most demo tapes out there. But it's not a full album--it doesn't have enough songs, the production isn't as professional as a real CD. I don't want people being disappointed.
There's also the cost issue. CDs have similar duplication costs, BUT the minimum run is ten times as big. I haven't nearly sold all 50 of my tapes. Don't know what I'd do with 500 CDs!
In other news, I've been tweaking the web site. Small stuff that I hope doesn't even get noticed.
|Hosting An Open Stage||July 14, 1999|
|Performance report||June 30, 1999|
- The Alligator Song
- Waiting for the Gap
- Hanged Men Dance
|Upcoming performance||June 19/23, 1999|
My performance: Friday, June 25
Sometime between 6:30-8:30
408 Queen Street West
(Just west of Spadina)
Pay what you can
|Site update||June 23/24, 1999|
So sign up today! Everybody's doing it, you know.
Don't you want to be cool?
|Cover art||May 28, 1999|
|Site fix||May 21, 1999|
|New song||May 12, 1999|
|New song||May 5, 1999|
|Pictures!||April 28, 1999|
|ADSL rocks!||April 25, 1999|
Right now, I've got TOND running. TOND is a SHOUTcast radio station for Toronto's independent music that I'm running. Right now things are strictly in testing mode, but you can hear TOND at 126.96.36.199:8000 when it's playing.
|Tapewarming?||April 14, 1999|
I was just at Kevin Quain's CD release last night, and that was a great time. The Cameron House was packed to the gills, and I saw a lot of old friends. The CD's called "Hangover Honeymoon", and I'm liking it a lot.
|Too Many Buttons||April 10, 1999|
|Site Update||March 31, 1999|
|Site Update||March 27, 1999|
|Site Update||March 19, 1999|
|Site Update||March 10, 1999|
My Ovation is in the shop, because when I took in in for maintenance, the problems turned out to be worse than I thought. But it's ready now, so I be glad to pick it up this week.
|Site Update||March 3, 1999|
I've also added a description of "Stuck in a Rut". This completes my set of descriptions for every song care to admit having written. I may have to write new songs or something. Rest assured, there will be weekly updates. Just don't know what yet.
However, I don't expect to do a lot of work on the tape before next month. That's when I move into my new place. There may be some disruption in the coming weeks, as I may be moving to ADSL, hence, a new Internet Provider, hence, a new web page address.
|Site Update||February 24, 1999|
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|Site Update||February 10, 1999|
|Site Update||February 3, 1999|
Also, my computer problems are solved. Yay!
P.S. www.aaronbentley.cx no longer works. Nice while it lasted...
|Site Update||January 27, 1999|
|Site Update||January 20, 1999|
I'm slowly getting the computers back on track. The BIOS voltage was okay. The chip was incorrectly reprogrammed. On the other hand, my new Celeron screams at 450 MHz, if it will just work with my video card. . .
|Site Update||January 13, 1999|
Disaster struck my computer in the form of a BIOS upgrade gone wrong. Sigh. No permanent damage, I'm sure, but it's out of service.
|Site Update||January 1, 1999|
The site is mapped here to Interlog (for free) via the Capibara Freedomain project. Takes some effort, and it doesn't work on WebTV, but you can't beat the price!
I've also added a description of my newest song, Feeling Fine.
|Site Update||December 16, 1998|
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|Site Update||November 14/15, 1998|
Filled in the Online Music section. Now you can listen to any of five songs in RealAudio or 28.8 MP3. Enjoy!
Now I've got lyrics online for virtually every song I've ever written.
|Site Update||November 12, 1998|
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|Site update||October 15, 1998|
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|Tape Update||October 4, 1998|
|Site update||October 4, 1998|
|Tape Progress||October 2, 1998|
|Gig||Oct 2/15/31 Nov 12, 1998|
I originally anticipated this performance for October 22, but it has been moved to November 19 because I'm not a jazz musician, and they wanted to have a jazz show first. But this Nov 19 date is solid. I will be the only musician, and the evening starts at 9:00 (I start at 10).
It's the "Kindergarten Lounge", where university students get to play with fingerpaints and playdough. If you've never mixed fingerpaints and beer before, this is your chance.
|Site is up||October 2, 1998|
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