Thursday, August 26, 2010

reviews/hav a nap bitters

i dont read reviews, or follow up on any records i put out. i dont read magazines or msg boards (except this one), or pitchfork or stereogum or fader music or whatever... what I'm trying to say is I stay away from it all because its pretty evil, and maybe you should reconsider how you spend your time!!!! (jk! do what you want! Also your reading THIS blog so DEFINITELY reconsider your use of time??)... Anyways, someone sent me some nice things that were said about a couple records this past summer and although I don't get any of the references because I don't really listen to music except for Tom Petty and Boyz 2 Men, i'll post it here where I post most things that make me feel good and boost my ego. Cheers!

From Terminal Boredom..

Young Governor "Call Me When The Cat Dies" 7"
For those of you not paying attention, Young Guv is Ben Cook's solo project, the guy who also plays like fifth guitar in Fucked Up, does The Bitters thing and once fronted moshcore superstars No Warning. Where the guy finds the time, I have no idea. Under the YG name he's released a slew of singles/EPs over the past year which gained some critical acclaim and which I've somehow managed to miss. Go figure. "Call Me..." is a pretty impressive frantic punker with a Sage-like anthemic downer quality and some neat sounding guitar whoosh-effect. Good stuff. B-Side is actually an Oasis cover ("Fade Away") given the lo-fi mod-boy treatment. In a further fit of Anglophilia, Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland is thanked on the sleeve. Not bad for one-man-bedroom-banding, at least he doesn't sound like a nutless Cure fan crying onto his four-track. Scum stats: 600 copies.(RK)
(Criminal IQ //

Young Governor “Bedtime Stories” 7”
"Bedtime Stories" is what happens when yer Blank Dogs awkward bedroom pop lies out in the sun too long and melts on top of some mid-period Replacements-style Westerbergedness…a long n’catchy track that kinda’caught me off guard. I actually think I dig it. A lot. No reverb’d or f/x damaged vocals…all the snot is up front; blown and fucked au natural. "The Cutter" on the flip punx it up quite a bit more. Faster and louder. Like a mechanically tight yet slop-twin to the Useless Eaters. The break in the chorus brings Adam Ants’ "Zerox Machine" to mind, and that’s a plus in my book. I’ve played it a dozen times this past week and I’m still feeling it. Now what? Do I have to go buy all the other releases? Damn…Unsolicited fun from the folks over at Southpaw. Thanks!(RSF)
(Southpaw Records //

ALSO!! HOLY SHIT! I almost forgot!

This came out! Click the cover to order! It's pretty fierce and quite different than the LP. Theres synths, strings, low male voices, weird drop guitar tunings like soundgarden that I will never remember and made up on the spot, so will never play any of these songs live because its actually impossible and... well, its a stoner record right down to the fact that I couldn't remember how to play any of these songs if you paid me (Aerin can probably though, and she can't even play guitar!). Check it if its your thing! (or download it for free somewhere, who cares).

Monday, August 23, 2010

pizza face weird canada streaming

A few months ago I laid down a mellow pop smash called "pizza face". The song is sung in the character of a douchy try-hard sexy rocker front man who cooks and eats his female fans. It has nothing to do with pizza.

If you were the one of 66 people who picked up the limited lathe, yay! If you didn't get one you can do two things:

You can listen to the stream of the song at Weird Canada by clicking HERE.


You can wait for the real 7" release on Scotch Tapes in the next couple of weeks.

Or Both...

P.s check out FUCKED UP/NO AGE in RUSSIA PHOTOS by our good russian friend, SAVIER.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

cat video

Call Me When The Cat Dies by Young Guv from Joseph Roth on Vimeo.

Here is a video that didn't take very long to make, and little to no thought was involved except for the hanging out with cats (and getting asthma) part and getting them really high on cat nip. Thanks Joe!

Also thanks: The Cats and their owners (ME, Amanda, Katie, Sandolph)
The hard ass dogs at the end belong to my friend Chris who is my personal trainer, long time friend, and UFC fighter. Thanks to him, Oscar and Jake (RIP).

Recommended to watch high on weed.

Next up will be a not so hokey, different vibed video for "Bedtime Stories" filmed on 8mm at Toronto's #1 hooker hotel, The Waverly. Dan Burke makes a cameo.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


hello YALL. So for 4 days i've been sitting in a 4th floor apartment ("FLAT") in London (TOWN) shitting my stomach out and barfing up the remnants of bacteria I accumulated from brushing my teeth with Russian water.. even though I really think it was a rancid smoothie I got when I landed back in the UK. Anyways. I've missed 3 FU shows in a row trying to get better, bouncing back today. Just ate a bacon sandwich ("SARNIE"). My entire family comes from this part of the world, and I used to live in Bristol but I can honestly say the quality of food in this country is the worst in the 1st world that I know of. It's embarrassing and I'll say it again "Fuck England". Thanks again for trying to kill me. I hate you. (love you nana, dee, justin, lindsay). I'd love to say I won't be back soon, but I'll be back in October on some whack as$ punk tour, but its short so I'll just hold my breath and eat my hair.
Anyways - Venting is over. Time for something positive (with a little smack talk and honesty on the side!)..

NUMERO 2 in the GUVNOR/SCOTCH lathe 7" series is out today. Tropics "WILD LIFE" 7". Very limited. The follow up to the babe stacked HBF "testing" 7" which has secured them a future 7" on Plastic Spoons from PARIS (and more).

Tropics is a band I've been fond of for a while especially once I started to record them. They are the best duo around, and the craziest thing - NO ONE KNOWS!!! Full respect to all the other hippie hipster duo types out there, but you don't ROCK. you SUCK. seriously.

Composed of two mates of mine Max (Slim Twig) & Simone TB (featured on Guvnor BEAT OF MY HEART 7" out soon). I've since recorded 2 super tight 7"s for tropics and am trying to get them out there, but since they are kind of unheard of outside of Toronto and are super original and cool sounding most labels are too pussy to touch it.. but we'll work it out. This band is one of the best in Toronto, and I'm happy to be a part of it in some capacity. Respect.