>> Saturday, 27 December 2014
Thought I'd pop in for a quick hello and provide my definitive and inarguable list of the top ten records of 2014.
....most of you have deduced by now that this blog is on an indefinite hiatus.
Painting over Silence has wildly exceeded all expectations. It started as a fun medium for me to keep track of upcoming concerts, conduct interviews with bands, review some albums, etc and quickly spiraled out of control. The inquiries from publicists, artists, and local venues was impossible to keep up with and I was spending 20-25 hours a week blogging during the peak of this site on top of working a full-time job and attending school part-time.
I never expected this site to lead to some employment with CBC. Or to place in the top 30 "best music blogs in Canada" contest. Or even secure me a spot on the Polaris Music Prize jury. For the better part of five years, my inbox was a daily source of awe and wonderment.
Unfortunately, this exhausting pace has caught up with me over the past few years, and I found myself having less and less free time for blogging. And presently that spare time is almost nil.
So, for now, this site is on an indefinite hiatus.
If you want to hear about upcoming concerts in real time (at least as quickly as I can manage), please check my Twitter feed.
Thank you for reading over the years.
Buck 65 returns to town for a date at the Pyramid on Saturday, November 15th.
Hamilton-based duo Ash & Bloom is at West Broadway Community Ministry on Friday, August 15th.
Dave Quanbury & His Band play ACU Hall at the WECC on Tuesday, August 5th.
The Mowgli's drop by the Pyramid on Wednesday, August 27th.
Joey Cape (of Lagwagon), Chris Cresswell (of The Flatliners), and Brian Wahlstrom (of Scorpios) will be at the WECC on Wednesday, October 1st.
Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Pat Maloney will be at the Park Theatre on Sunday, July 6th.
Secret Chiefs 3 (lead by an ex-member of Faith No More) materialized on stage at the WECC on Sunday, October 5th.
Local act autumn still just released its debut EP, and it's available for download here.
Add Reuben and the Dark to the Boy & Bear show going down at the Garrick on Thursday, October 23rd.
Add Dan Deacon and Tune-Yards to the Arcade Fire MTS Centre extravaganza happening on Thursday, August 14th.
Serena Ryder is at the Burt on Wednesday, August 6th.
And finally, after a voting error was discovered, Greg MacPherson's Fireball has been longlisted for the Polaris Prize! Congrats to the local talent.