Leeroy Stagger took the train (or tour van, West Jet, pack mule?) from Lethbridge to Vancouver to film the music video for his new song “I Want It All.”
Leeroy writes in an email,
My new album Love Versus is my closest to a fully realized record to date. It’s also a milestone for me being the first recording made at my home studio in Alberta. It was an amazing experience being totally immersed in what I was doing and it allowed me to set a new standard for my music and return re-energized. I was fortunate to have Pete Thomas from The Attractions play on the album and Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Dan Mangan), produce it.
There is a lot of darkness and maybe a bit of cynicism on this album, but there is also more hope and joy on it than anything I’ve done in the past. This is exemplified in the first single “I Want It All” which I just released a video for.
His new record is called Love Versus and comes out on April 7th from True North Records.
Jeeze, I must have 3 or 4 Leeroy Stagger records on my laptop at home. I was weirdly listening to a few select cuts last week….maybe the gremlins that hunt my psychometrics sent the results to Facebook, because there’s Leeroy in my feed amped that he has signed to a new label and has a brand new song to share!
Stagger’s 11th record is called Love Versus and is out in April on new label True North.
The new song is called “I Want It All.” Sounds like a celebration of the indie rocker life.
The new one is on Spotify and I am not sure how to embed those songs on this blog….and I don’t think the music aggregators that follow this blog recognize those streams? Like Hype Machine? Maybe it does… I dunno. I like Soundcloud or Bandcamp for this blog. He has older music on Bandcamp so you get “Little Black Book” from 2004’s Dear Love.
What I wanted to share was “Just in Case” or “Slowly Sinking!” Vintage Victoria era Leeroy Stagger.
03/17 Panorama, BC – Panorama Ski Resort
03/18 Panorama, BC – Panorama Ski Resort
03/24 Edmonton, AB – St. Basil’s Cultural Centre
03/25 Camrose, AB – The Bailey Theatre
03/26 Canmore, AB – Tavern 1883
04/19 Nanaimo, BC – The Queens
04/20 Cumberland, BC – The Waverly Hotel
04/21 Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
04/22 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Dave, Christi and Me somewhere in Nevada. photo: chrstwzrd
While driving around the deserts of Nevada, the HIGH desert, where it is fucking cold as fuck. Fuck. We saw lots of a gas stations that we fondly called Dinosaur Gas. We started looking for them and only filling up there. When we’d roll through some town that had a population far lower than its elevation, Christi Wizard would point and shout, “Dinosaur Gas!” And we’d look at the gas gage of the Chevy Cruze and stop or not. Sometimes we would just stop and take a picture!
Maybe it was the lack of sleep, or lack of food… or both, but we came up with a pretty hilarious cartoon for Dinosaur Gas (narrated by actor Paul Walker). I think the Wizard has it on her “to do list.”
Ian White is rumoured to be heading to Vancity to become a Canuck? hmmm.
In other news…
I got a great message the other night from Dustin McLean. This Victoria artist is in the band The Wicks.
Their song “Geese” has a superbly pleasant alt-country vibe going on. I almost think about Leeroy Stagger a bit when I hear it… and then wonder, Leeroy was a bit ahead of the curve with his brand of music. Its so hot right now and I remember seeing Leeroy Stagger at Steamers in like 2003?
I think The Wicks will be your new favourite band if you like a serving of fibre with your rock & roll.
Capital Rock City #48 goes back in time to 2005/2006 to play some of my old faves from the first season of Capital Rock City. Have a listen: Capital Rock City 48
and remember kids when you subscribe to Capital Rock City n the podcasting section of the iTunes store of punch up the RSS feed, a baby Orca is born!
01) Black Tie Social – “Silver Screens”
02) Jets Overhead – “Addiction”
03) Maurice – “Hold On”
04) Heart Carried Heavy – “Courage”
05) Leeroy Stagger – “Just in Case”
06) Open Parachute – “Art and Credit Cards”
Just feeling nostalgic for some of the old tunes from the first run of CRC back in the winter of 2005 and spring/summer of 2006. It was very hard to cut this show down to just six tracks. I hope there is something there in that set that you’ll love.
Next week will be #49 and it’ll be new music once again. I have a great song from Adam at Sonic 102.9 in the chute and I think Lindsey in Winnipeg is toying with the idea of sending a dispatch from the Fly Ridden City.
For episode #50 I am not sure what to do to celebrate? Maybe a best of ’09 (so far) or listener picks? I don’t know if I have enough listeners for a listeners pick, but maybe I’ll try that and if I don’t get enough requests, I’ll flesh it out.
Then #51 will be a project as I attempt to uncover some old audio from the original “Morning After Show.” I *had* some old cassettes floating around from sporadic shows. I didn’t do a very good job of archiving anything back then because honestly, I didn’t think I’d be on the radio for 10 years… but it is the 10 year anniversary of my first radio show, and I want to find some old clips to share and maybe play some of the old indie rock from the time (Dead Model Shoot anyone?). I do know that one of my original mini-discs of “imaging” went missing pretty soon after I moved to Victoria and the other one I think has also wandered by now. That is kinda sad.
Whatever, I’d use what I got and see if any of it is still funny and make it a special CRC #51.
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