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Trying to remember to blog things when I go out in to the really real world:

On May 17th I was on a panel at the Toronto Audio Engineering Society. I’m never sure about these things – I always feel like I’m just a mouthy imposter on panels but it was fun regardless. I tried to go to a ‘taco bar’ and it was closed. :( The panel was recorded and is up on somewhere. Oh and I met Phil who was on the panel with me and now we hang out all the time and are buds. Here he is dancing:

On May 27th I was on a phone-in panel for the Open Your World forum talking about Creative Commons. One thing I like about panels is that when they go well there’s a lot of interaction. On the phone that does not really happen. I wanted to debate with Daniel James as he seemed to be saying making easier to use music tools is a bad thing, but the phone made it weird. But I got to be on there with Curt Smith from Tears for Fears and am now lying to everyone and saying him and I hang out all the time and are buds.

On May 28th I was a (special!) guest at Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm‘s concert in Ottawa. We played SOS by ABBA (my and TheHipCola‘s cover of which can be found here). Paul and Storm particularly took it to another level with their accompaniment — and the melodica/acoustic guitar/kaossilator/tamborine solo we came up with moments before the show got big laughs. The audience was so polite it made me nervous I would disappoint them with my life choices.

Wow, @Bradsucks takes the stage with @jonathancoulton and @paulandstorm covering an Abba song by WTL-Ottawa.

(Photo credit: WTL)

Then. on May 29th I did the first Brad Sucks show with the new band (Ben on acoustic & electric guitar, Justin on drums, myself on electric and two computers and keys) at the Dandelion Festival/VegStock. Here’s me and a bit of Justin (drummer) and also the laptop (laptop) in the paper:


With only a 15 minute turbo setup/sound check I’ve come to believe it was a success even though there were some hiccups. I feel decent about the sound and will have some shows to announce soon. But I would like to have longer sound checks from here on out, please god please.

On May 30th I purchased Red Dead Redemption and spent the next few days drinking and completing it. It was very fun but Jesus Christ, lay off the cutscenes there Rock Star Games. I mean I have to watch a poorly paced ten minute cutscene and then I have to ride my horse next to a guy for another ten minutes while I listen to dialog? NO. YOUR SIMPLE PLOT DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT.

And this week it’s all been trying to book shows and working on music.

On Saturday (June 12th) I’ll be backstage at WestFest trying to resist annoying Sloan.

Posted on - June 8, 2010 [at] 9:49 pm by Brad
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IMG_0375Despite some shows coming up in the next few weeks we decided to try and add some lead synth to the set at the last minute. I had been playing solos on guitar but it doesn’t have the same feel.

So the past week and a half has involved me trying to put together a stable PC running Windows XP, Reaper and various VSTis that can reliably run headless (no monitor, no keyboard, no mouse). ASIO drivers are provided by an Edirol UA-1EX as the ASIO4ALL drivers were too clicky and laggy.

The plan is then to cram all that into a 2U rackmount server case and then stuff that into a gig case for an instant on, portable, minimal worries synth machine. It would be great to get a solid state hard drive to minimize the moving parts, but my budget for this is low as balls.

As you can see from the photo on the right and my torn-up bloody hands (not pictured) it’s been a struggle to find a combination of working spare parts. I thought I had solved it all a week ago but the motherboard I was using was only USB 1.0 and would intermittently flake out with the M-Audio Axiom 25 I’ve drafted into service.

Of course I’m currently running the show off a laptop but I felt having it do synth duties as well was too risky. At least this way if the laptop fails we can still put on an OK show. And if the synth machine fails I can still shred out some crappy guitar solos. If both fail, I will just run away from the venue as fast as I can.

Posted on - May 11, 2010 [at] 2:13 pm by Brad
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I’m coming out of hibernation soon. So here are some places I’ll be:

  • May 17 – Toronto, ON – Toronto Audio Engineering Society: I’ll be speaking on a panel on May 17 from 2pm-4pm. It’s called “How You Are Delivering to Your Market“, a topic on which I am clearly an expert since I have not delivered anything to my market lately. More info:
  • May 28 – Ottawa, ON – Jonathan Coulton: My pal Jonathan Coulton will be in town and I will be there. There was some talk about doing a song together but I’m not sure what’s happening there. We’re doing a song together, who knows what it could be!
  • May 29 – Kemptville, ON – VegStock: This is an outdoor music festival that happens right around the corner from my house. It’ll be the first show with the new band and will be kind of a disaster test.
  • June 10 – Montreal, QC: There’s a potential show in Montreal for this date but it’s not 100% yet.
  • June 11 – Ottawa, ON – The Cajun Attic: This will be a show.
  • June 12 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion: This will be another show.

I’d like to get to Toronto and maybe a few other places this summer but I am not the greatest booker. If you have any hook-ups let me know.

If you happen to be any of those places, please say hi.

Update: June 10th, 11th and 12th shows are no longer happening!

Update #2: Updated the Jonathan Coulton show to confirm my participation.

Posted on - May 8, 2010 [at] 3:59 pm by Brad
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So Brad Sucks should be coming out of live show retirement this year. There’s an interesting show I’ve been offered but I need to gauge interest + probably sell tickets in advance to make it happen. Here are the potential details:

Anyway, please let me know if it’s something you’d attend. Thanks!

Posted on - February 1, 2010 [at] 8:34 pm by Brad
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Tonight’s my first show since the crappy Denver one in November and my first since breaking up the previous live band. As I’ve mentioned, the last band setup was super fun and a great learning experience, but I got a lot of comments/complaints that it didn’t sound much like my albums (it was a harder rock sound) and I wasn’t sure what to do about that.

After taking a break, I decided to simplify and hooked up with a local guitar wizard named Ben and I’ve been pretty happy with the sound in rehearsals. It’s the laptop doing bass/drums/noise, Ben on acoustic/electric guitar and background vocals and myself on electric guitar and vocals.

I’ve been pretty bummed out about a lot of the sound and technical issues at the last batch of shows I did, so I’m hopeful doing a show in my little hometown will be a nice baby step. We will see!

Update: It all went well technically, was a bit awkward. I’m trying not to be too demoralized.

Posted on - July 4, 2009 [at] 11:23 am by Brad
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There are some upcoming Brad Sucks shows:

November 7th & 8th: Playing two nights at Kelly’s Welcome in Manotick, ON. Full band.

November 20th: The Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado. Solo.

There’s a pretty good possibility I’ll be doing some touring in the new year, so be sure to put yourself down on the map on my live page.

Posted on - November 3, 2008 [at] 1:58 pm by Brad
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Bunch of things coming up:

  • February 11th – Harvard University [Cambridge, MA] – Q&A and a few songs.
  • February 12th – The Middle East [Cambridge, MA] – Full show
  • March 7th – Canadian Music Week [Toronto, ON] – Speaking.

Hope to see you there.

Posted on - January 10, 2008 [at] 11:01 am by Brad
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