April 1

Viva La Pranks: A Jackass Prank List Show with Chris Thuss

A night of hilarity, pranks and Jackass appreciation!  Thank you to long time pal Chris Thuss for joining tonight, and to Michael Morwood as well for your list!

Tonight’s show had three main phases:

  1. Stories and reminiscing pranks
  2. The original 2020 prank calls made to the show, and Michael’s role in them
  3. The Jackass lists and appreciation!

As an added bonus, we received prank calls live on the show from some naughty viewer!  And we even had a special drop-in from a certain Meat Man.

 

Next week I’m taking a break but we will definitely be back by April 23 for a special interview with Polychuck!

Top Five Pranks: The April Fool’s Day LeBrain Train featuring Chris Thuss

The LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or More with Mike Ladano and Chris Thuss

Episode 104 – The April Fool’s Day Episode

It’s April Fool’s Day and I already got in my morning prank!  Tonight, in tribute to the new Jackass movie, Jackass Forever, long time pal Chris and I are counting down our Top Five Jackass Pranks.  You know those guys did some legendary pranks over the years and they made us laugh, hard.  We will be joined by a pre-recorded Michael Morwood with his own list of pranks.

This will not be just a simple Cinco de Listo show, however!  Michael, Chris and I will also be reminiscing about different pranks we did to each other over the years.  I’ll be running clips of the first prank calls phoned into the show back in March and April of 2020 and getting the inside scoop from one of the parties responsible.

Please join Chris and I tonight as we count down our favourite pranks.

Friday April 1, 7:00 PM E.S.T. on YouTubeFacebook and also Facebook!

Canadian supergroup SNOWSHOE reunite for “F*** C***d” tour – exclusive interview

SNOWSHOE ARE BACK AND WE HAVE THE EXCLUSIVE!

 

The Snowshoe saga continues!  The Canadian punk supergroup that suddenly formed, imploded, and bizarrely settled their differences in the wrestling ring, have reunited!  They call it the “Fuck Covid Tour”, or for tamer markets, simply the “We Really Mean It This Time Tour”.  We had the opportunity to chat with all three members of the band:

  • Billy Sol Hurok (formerly of Dirty Slush) – guitar, vocals
  • Irving Cohen (formerly of Dead Bird on a Wire) – bass, vocals
  • John Y. Schmenge (formerly of the Schmenge Brothers’ Sons) – drums


LeBrain:  You guys had a pretty serious fallout in 2018, leading to the infamous 2019 wrestling match in the parking lot of Deke’s Palace.  Why reunite at all?

BILLY SOL HUROK – Simple answer to that.  We need the money.

IRVING COHEN – That’s pretty much it.  Covid wiped us out financially.  Of course that was the “plandemic” all along wasn’t it?  Make us all broke, living on credit from the banks.  Slaves!

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – Would you fucking stop it Irv?

BILLY SOL HUROK – This tour is going to be a lot of fun…not.  Me, I don’t give a shit about vaccines and conspiracies.  Irv on the other hand…

IRVING COHEN – Don’t you dare call me a conspiracy theorist or I’ll knock you the fuck out in this interview, I don’t care!

BILLY SOL HUROK – Irv’s not even the worst.  Sure he’s antivaxx, but on the other hand Schmenge over there is so pro-vaxx that he got shot 10 times.

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – 11 times.  I got boosted again for the tour.  I’m gonna be Superman on that fucking stage.

IRVING COHEN – You see?

LeBrain:  You guys must really need the money.  Back to the music, Eternal Winter is an album you recorded but never released. We’ve received the tracklist and it looks awesome!  [see bottom]  Any chance of it coming out for real this year?

BILLY SOL HUROK – Simple answer to that too.  We need the money.

IRVING COHEN – That would be a yes.

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – CD, vinyl, cassette, and 8-track.  I’ve been on the internet a lot and 8-track is coming back.  I insisted we release on 8-track, limited numbers.  I’m having my car stereo guy put an 8-track deck in my Tesla so I can hear it as it was intended:  with a break in the middle of every third song.

LeBrain:  Wait…you guys are broke, but John drives a Tesla?

BILLY SOL HUROK – Irv and I are broke.  John made a killing painting houses during the winters in Churchill Manitoba.  He figured out a formulation for the paint not to freeze.  His painting business runs 12 months a year.  He was on Dragon’s Den and everything.

IRVING COHEN – Arlene even hit on him after the show.

BILLY SOL HUROK – After giving him a cool million for 50%.

LeBrain:  So, John, obviously money isn’t a motivation for you.  Are you doing it for the love of music?

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – No.  I love music but I hate these two assholes even more.  I’m doing it for the Guinness’ Book of World Records.

LeBrain:  Cool!  What record are you going for?  Loudest band?  I hear that record was set by your former tourmates Inushuk in Thunder Bay at Deke’s Palace.

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – No, no, no.  I’m going for the vaccine record.  Not only am I going to collect as many shots as I can, but I want to be the first Canadian to get one in every province.

IRVING COHEN – I’m not even going to comment.  Keeping my fucking mouth shut as long as it gets us back on the road.

BILLY SOL HUROK – Right, so let’s talk about that.  We start where we left off:  Deke’s Palace in Thunder Bay, then we work our way west, then back east through Thunder Bay playing the Palace again, all the way to the east coast…

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – There’s a place in New Brunswick called Tim’s 8-Track Heaven that I can’t wait to check out!

BILLY SOL HUROK – (Grumbles) …and then we actually go back through Ontario to Thunder Bay once more, playing the tour closer at Deke’s Palace for our third stop there.

LeBrain:  Why three stops at Deke’s Palace?

BILLY SOL HUROK – Well you know the old saying, right?  The only thing cheaper than the beer at the Palace is the women!  Also the owner, Deke Williams, owes us.  Three gigs is the least he could do for us after what happened last time.

LeBrain:  What happened last time?

IRVING COHEN – Food poisoning.  That’s the real reason I lost that wrestling match to Bill, was food poisoning.  Bill ate McDonalds, I had salad bar.  I have a really grainy video on my phone.  There was some shady activist looking guy hanging around the salad bar.  They cheated and Deke set it up.  I rest my case.

BILLY SOL HUROK – You lying fucking conspiracy theorist piece of shit!

LeBrain:  Woah, woah, woah!  Take it easy guys, or you’ll never make it on the road!  Let’s end it here and…

IRVING COHEN – (To LeBrain) Fuck you too, media! (Punches LeBrain in jaw)

 

 

ETERNAL WINTER – Final Track List (8-track tape version)

The entire original 2018 recordings, newly remixed, with one new song recorded in 2022!

 

Program 1

    1. Lock Up Your Sheep / Irving Had A Little Lamb
    2. Rolling Through the Hay River, NWT
    3. Eat My Poutine, Putin (beginning)

Program 2

    1. Eat My Poutine, Putin (end)
    2. I Love Hating Your Guts
    3. Snoeshow
    4. Thunder From the Tundra (beginning)

Program 3

    1. Thunder From the Tundra (end)
    2. Blowed Up Real Good
    3. The Smell of 1977
    4. Yellow Popsicle (beginning)

Program 4

    1. Yellow Popsicle (end)
    2. Touch My Dink in the Ditch (The Legendary Klopeks cover)
    3. Current River Blues
    4. Three Bloodthirsty Women From the Land of Always Winter
    5. We Cairn A Lot (Inukshuk cover)

 

REVIEW: Jan Terri – “Losing You” (1993 music video)

JAN TERRI – “Losing You” (1993 JT Records music video)

While Jan Terri and her immense talent are the stuff of legends, you just don’t hear her songs on the radio. You don’t gaze upon her limousine riding skills on music video shows. Are there music video shows anymore? There should be, because Jan Terri and video go together like peanut butter and meatballs.

“Losing You” is a melodic symphony; Jan’s dulcet tones not at all harsh to the ear. Plus she knows how to rock a leather jacket. She likes her dudes with mullets n’ ‘staches. And motorcycles. That’s all she needs. A leather jacket, a song, and a dude with a ‘stache. She doesn’t even need the cameraman to stay focused. Jan Terri doesn’t need anyone to carry her bags either!

If you think you know a smash hit when you hear it, then you were wrong all this time.  “Losing You” is the proof.

100/5 stars

DEKE’S PALACE – THE MOVIE – Trailer (2020)

Deke’s Palace – The Movie official trailer!

A new “deke”-umentary film coming in 2020.

 

 

 

More on Deke’s Palace:

NEWS: Iron Mike Sharpe Abdicates Title of Canada’s Greatest Athlete From Beyond the Grave

HAMILTON:  Word has been received from the netherworld that former WWF superstar Iron Mike Sharpe has abdicated his title as Canada’s Greatest Athlete.

Sharpe died in 2016.  The word was received during an unsanctioned seance at the Hamilton Victoria Curling Club in Sharpe’s home town of Hamilton Ontario.

According to witnesses, curling champ Kevin Koe was visiting the area when a Ouija board was found under a pile of brooms.  Koe suggested using the board to contact Canada’s Greatest Athlete, reportedly a great inspiration for the curler.  Within minutes they had Sharpe on the line.

“I am no longer Canada’s Greatest Athlete,” spelled Sharpe from the grave.  “There is another.  Her name is Bonnie Ladano.  She curls like Rachel Homan and Jennifer Jones in one. Her double-raise take out, and tap backs are unrivaled in sport today.  She must be known as Canada’s Greatest Athlete.”

May her sweep always hurry hard.  Bonnie Ladano is Canada’s Greatest Athlete!

NEWS: Canadian Supergroup SNOWSHOE Reunite in the Ring at Deke’s Palace

Previous Snowshoe articles:

NEWS: Canadian Supergroup SHOWSHOE Announce Tour
PRESS RELEASE: Canadian Supergroup SNOWSHOE Call it a Day

PRESS RELEASE: Canadian supergroup SNOWSHOE call it a day

They said it was too good to last and they were right!  A mere year after announcing their formation, SNOWSHOE are announcing their dissolution.

Personality conflicts erupted on 2017’s Eternal Winter tour, and rifts could not be mended.

“The problem,” says singer/guitarist BILLY SOL HUROK, “is that IRVING COHEN is impossible to tour with.  He eats the most foul shit, and then farts unrepentantly all over the tour bus.  He doesn’t even care.  He thinks it’s funny.  JOHN (Y. SCHMENGE, drums) and I said ‘enough is enough’.  We can no longer work with Irv,” said Hurok.

“It’s not like we didn’t try,” continues the guitarist.  “When you’re on a bus driving from Puvirnituq, Quebec all the way to Thunder Bay and some guy is dropping toxic shitclouds everywhere, something’s gonna give.

“We stopped at some shitty convenience store in the middle of nowhere Ontario to buy the guy some fuckin’ Beano.  At first he refused to take it.  He actually said to my face, and I quote, ‘You’re just trying to take away my super power.’  Yes he referred to his farts as his ‘super power’.  Eventually John got him in a headlock and we made him take the whole fuckin’ bottle of Beano.  And it did nothing!

“Touring is hard,” concludes Billy Sol.  “You’re living on top of each other in a bus, usually with broken heat or broken A/C depending on the season.  Then some jackass decides to unload his colon in your bunk.  By the time we hit Thunder Bay I knew this band wasn’t gonna survive.  Amazingly, we finished the tour.  All eight gigs.  We came to blows in Thunder Bay.  We were at soundcheck at the venue, Deke’s Palace.  Well the fuckin’ owner of the place, Deke Williams, comes out of his office and says, ‘Who the fuck just farted in here?’  He said he wasn’t gonna pay us if Irv didn’t cut it out and that’s when I threw the first punch.  Irv folded like a napkin.  Then the opening band INUKSHUK jumped in just because they’re crazy.  The cops had to come out to that one.”

Though the trio recorded an album Eternal Winter, it has been shelved indefinitely with no plans for release.

“I have no desire to revisit that record,” says Billy.  “I wouldn’t be surprised if the farts soaked into the tape and dissolved it completely, and I don’t care.”

What is next for the three musicians?

“Well Irv can go fuck himself, that’s #1,” Billy chuckled.  “Me and John might get into house painting next.  He had a good business going up there in Churchill Manitoba and we’re looking into that.  Fuck touring!”

 

NEWS: Canadian supergroup SHOWSHOE announce tour

BREAKING NEWS


Canadian supergroup SNOWSHOE is ready to rock the tundra this summer on the “ETERNAL WINTER” tour.

SNOWSHOE consist of the following legendary Canadian rock musicians:

BILLY SOL HUROK – Lead vocals, guitars
After two decades touring with what is considered the greatest Canadian grunge band of all time DIRTY SLUSH, Billy Sol is looking for new roads to plow. Expect Billy to perform lead vocals in his trademark style, often described as “a polar bear making sweet love to a caribou”.

IRVING COHEN – Lead vocals, bass
Controversial bassist known for his claims of being the illegitimate son of Leonard Cohen. Famous for his punk band DEAD BIRD ON A WIRE. Irv has spent the last decade and a half working for the Canadian post office in Alert, Nunavut. Pleading boredom, Irv is ready to put on his bass once more and heat up the Great White North with his bandmates in SNOWSHOE.

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – Drums, vocals
Son of polka musicians, John was born in Churchill, Manitoba and learned to play drums by hitting rocks with sticks. This will be his first major tour after working as a starving drummer/house painter for over a decade. The critics rave: “Nobody can do a garage door like John can, in -10 degree weather plus wind chill.”

SNOWSHOE will be playing the following Canadian cities:

June 16 – Iqualuit, Nunavut – The Outhouse (limited seating available)
June 20 – Pond Inlet, Nunavut – The field across from the school (subject to change)
June 27 – Puvirnituq, Quebec – Puvirnituq Airport lounge
June 29 – Thunder Bay, Ontario ** ONLY ONTARIO DATE ** – Deke’s Palace (featuring opening act  INUKSHUK)
July 1 – Port Nelson, Manitoba – Special Canada Day celebration featuring jugglers and a puppet show – Downtown square
July 4 – Hines Creek, Alberta – Bob Neilson’s back yard (bring your own lawn chairs)
July 5 – High Prairie, Alberta – Big Jim’s Bar

Additional dates to be added per demand.

Be sure to catch SNOWSHOE as they prepare to release their debut album ETERNAL WINTER this fall. The thaw has begun!

 

REVIEW: Robert Pollard with Doug Gillard – Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department (1999)

ATTENTION ALL PLANETS OF THE SOLAR FEDERATION! ATTENTION ALL PLANETS OF THE SOLAR FEDERATION! ATTENTION ALL PLANETS OF THE SOLAR FEDERATION! We have assumed control. We have assumed control. We have assumed control….

SATCHMO

 Welcome to an April Fools Day switcheroo!! Mike and I have told each other what to listen to for today’s post.  Fun times!! Initially, we were even gonna try to write in each others’ styles, and really try to fool you guys. But, as you’ll see from the album choices, it might have been a nigh on impossible task!

For Mike, I chose Robert Pollard & Doug Gillard’s ‘Speak Kindly Of Your Volunteer Fire Department,’ largely because Mike awesomely found it and bought it for me in Ottawa, but I already had it, so I said he should rock it himself! But it’s awesome that he’ll get to hear a bit of the MAJESTY of Bob Pollard! I can’t wait to read what he says about it…

And for me, Mike has chosen Deep Purple’s In Rock (for which I thank him profusely). And here is where I really worried about trying to write like Mike for a post. That man KNOWS his Deep Purple, and there’s no way I could bring perspective to an album he’s heard for years and probably has coded directly into his DNA by now. It just wouldn’t work. You’d all know it wasn’t Mike!

Anyway, we hope you enjoy this April Fools site switcheroo! Let’s get in there and GIVE ‘ER!!

A

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Scan_20160325 (3)ROBERT POLLARD with DOUG GILLARD – Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department (1999 Luna)

Guided By Voices have always eluded me.  Aaron says they’re brilliant but not for everybody.  This Robert Pollard “duo” album with Doug Gillard looks really interesting.  Let’s see if I’m everybody or not!

“Frequent Weaver Who Burns” is instantly likeable.  The lo-fi but genuine recording sounds right out of 1969, and the song recalls some of the best hippie rock bands from that era.  I hear a hint of 54-40’s “I Go Blind” in the guitar, but this is far more ambitious, as it descends into dance music madness.  “Soul Train College Policeman” (how the hell do they come up with these titles?) is different and indescribable, but “Pop Zeus” is brilliant.  Simple guitar melodies weave together with layers of rhythm guitars creating a power-pop rock track without embellishment.

Most of these songs are short bursts of ideas; in and out and no nonsense.  The longest track at 4:20 is “Slick as Snails”, a slow and enticing exercise in mixing sweet notes with sour notes and making a delectable concoction regardless.  Regal guitar chords keep the ship from running aground.  Power pop returns on “Do Something Real”, a simple guitar riff melded with an unorthodox melody.  In fact the album in general is built from these ingredients.  The guitars retain catchy rhythms, often classic sounding in nature.  Meanwhile the vocals are not constrained to sing anything simple or straightforward.  The lo-fi tape hiss and nature of the recordings do not detract; they enhance.  “Life is Beautiful” sounds as if recorded in the can.  Mix in a smidgen of psychedelia.  There is also a contrasting bombast on the album, a power just bursting at the seams.  Drama is often the companion of the arrangements, “Port Authority” being a fine example of this.  The short tunes meld influences varied far and wide.  Aaron hears the Who, and it’s there, and I think I even picked up on some Ace Frehley in the ring of the guitars.

Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department comes highly recommended for the musically fearless.

4.5/5 stars