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Waterloo solo show went pretty good I think. Compared to Ottawa bars it was pretty surreal playing for people who were already pretty into my songs. All the laptop stuff went ok. Some show notes:

  • WatelrooI needed to run 6 1/4" outs into the soundboard. The soundboard was unfortunately at the back of the giant room and the sound fellow only had two DI boxes on stage and was running an XLR snake to the back. Luckily I brought along my Behringer UB1204 mixing board (just in case) that I was using for practice. So I wound up doing the sound from the stage, which was an interesting challenge when you’re playing guitar. The word is it sounded OK so I guess like… I’m a sound genius.
  • It is weird to mess up your own lyrics in front of people who know them and are singing along.
  • In rehearsals my song switching method (via a Nostromo n50 I found in a box) worked flawlessly. On stage however as soon as I finished a song I completely forgot what song I had just played and where I was and what was happening. So there were some false starts which nearly blew my whole ruse.
  • I need to edit the songs so they cut the vocal delay effect off when they’re over. Too many times I was like "thank you! thank you! thank you! .. thank you! … thank you! what the- thank you! what the- .. what the- thank you! … what the-"

Those are all pretty minor things it seems judging by the people who came up to get CDs signed or whatever afterwards. So I feel pretty good about it. Waterloo U. students are very smart, friendly and attractive and I was given a Waterloo hoodie by the residence council so now I can pretend that I’m one of them.

And as for travel notes:

  • The Super 8 should legally be forbidden from using the word "super" to describe their hotel services.

Thanks to the folks at Waterloo for having me out, everyone in the audience and anyone I met that I of course have immediately forgotten the name of. Fun!

Posted on - November 24, 2007 [at] 9:38 pm by Brad
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Welp, I’m off to the Waterloo show tonight. I have shown due diligence in making sure there are limited glitches in my laptop live show so now it’s all up to my lord and saviour Jesus Christ who I have always believed in without wavering, amen, am I right guys.

And I guess maybe I’ll visit City 7 on the way.

Posted on - November 23, 2007 [at] 2:15 pm by Brad
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Been getting some confused emails from Waterloo University students. But I’ve double-checked: the show is still on: 10pm this Friday at the Student Life Centre. See you there!

Posted on - November 21, 2007 [at] 6:33 pm by Brad
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Bought a 37" LCD TV to make my Xbox 360 feel better, it’s pretty sweet. Also had my first Xbox Live Halo experience tonight and it lived up to my expectations: I got brutally destroyed by some kid yelling racist stuff at everyone. Ah, the future.

Posted on - November 18, 2007 [at] 9:35 pm by Brad
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My gamertag on Xbox Live is chillbaron (it’s the opposite of chillbilly) if you would like to add me to your friends thing and destroy.

I started playing Halo 3 solo but god Halo is boring. Please, no more boring cutscenes! Maybe it’ll pick up once I try playing co-op as the others did.

Posted on - November 16, 2007 [at] 8:30 pm by Brad
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I was having a discussion with a friend of mine last night about whether the song Phantom by Justice could be played on the electric guitar. I thought it could be (but it would sound stupid) and he wasn’t sure (but thought it would sound stupid). So here it is, me playing along with Justice’s song Phantom:

Justice – Phantom (Brad Sucks at Guitar mix)

Yep. Stupid.

Posted on - November 16, 2007 [at] 1:28 pm by Brad
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I turned 31 yesterday. I’m old as hell! My girlfriend gave me an Xbox 360 though so I’ve got a lot of game-playing to do. I’ve got Halo 3 and I believe I shall be subscribing to Xbox Live — anyone out there playing? What are the good online games?

Posted on - November 15, 2007 [at] 9:52 am by Brad
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It’s been confirmed: Friday November 23rd I’ll be doing my first solo show at the University of Waterloo. That’s nearly a seven hour drive from my home and will be my first time playing outside of the Ottawa area.

It’ll also be my first hardcore test of the laptop + guitar + vocals setup. I’m hoping it goes totally awesome as that would mean I could travel with this sucker when there’s no budget to lug a full band around and I could start fulfilling some of those Eventful demands.

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Posted on - November 13, 2007 [at] 8:59 pm by Brad
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Thanks to everyone who submitted vocals for Out of It. We got 54 entries and that’s pretty awesome. Quite a weird sensation to hear so many people singing my song.

Now comes trying to mix the track, woo woo! While I’ll only be using a handful of the vocals on the record (I think) I’ll definitely put together some other mixes with more/all of the vocals.

Posted on - November 13, 2007 [at] 4:40 pm by Brad
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Scott gives the lowdown on his pre-orders. Very awesome and open of him to give the numbers out. Looks like it was a pretty great success and huge congratulations to him.

I’ve been thinking about taking pre-orders for the next Brad Sucks album but I don’t think I have the energy or time or talent to set up a sweet system like Scott’s so I doubt I’ll bother. It’s hard enough getting the record out the door.

Posted on - November 13, 2007 [at] 3:43 pm by Brad
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