Best rock band in Kitchener, best sunsets in the world. Enjoy.
It’s a long weekend in Canada and I chose to spend my Saturday going through video footage on my hard drive. Every Sausagefest I take a lot of video and most of it never gets used. What I discovered was that I had a lot of fun footage that just needed to find a home.
At the same time, I have been making videos for Max the Axe songs, so I can use them on the LeBrain Train. I like having music videos to play so we can take breaks, and I need things that won’t set off copyright strikes. All of this footage I’m discovering is helping me kill two birds with one stone. Or, as Ricky might say, get two birds stoned at once.
“Gods On the Radio” is the first one I made, for the Friday May 14th show. It’s Max’s favourite. It doesn’t have any previously unseen footage in it; it is just a video I made to play that night. All the footage was simply edited down from the Sausagestfest 2019 video. Dave Haslam approved of the editing and that inspired me to make more.
I didn’t want to keep recycling old footage that everybody has seen, so I started exploring the hard drive for “Next Plane to Vegas”, which was debuted on the Friday May 21 episode of the LeBrain Train.
One of my favourite Max songs is “Overload” from the EP of the same name. Problem is: it’s short. Too short for me to play on the show and still get enough of a break to make a coffee. So I had to extend it. I found some cool footage of Uncle Meat singing and drumming “New Orleans Is Sinking” in 2014, accompanied by Max on backing vocals. This served as a good intro to extend the video. Bonus: rare footage of Max playing bass. 60-70% of the footage has never been seen before.
Another goodie but shortie is “I Don’t Advocate Drugs” from Trillion Dollar Threats. Mickey Straight sang this one with Max at the Boat House, so although Ted Moore is credited on the album, I used a little bit of Mickey footage that I had a few times in this clip. The video is about 60-70% previously unseen video.
I took the most footage at Sausagefest 2015, where this video was performed. We had multiple live bands jamming and I got video of a lot of it. Unfortunately, the audio on most of it was completely unusable due to a problem with the camera. Also, very few songs were captured in full, thanks to a rapidly draining battery. I did, however, capture this unique version of “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes, played improvisationally, on the fly. Though wobbly at times, the vocal is solid, the bass outstanding, and the take on it is unique. The soloing in the long outro is smokin’. I’m glad I recorded the whole thing. If you stay tuned to the end, you’ll hear Bucky complaining that he forgot the snare drum. That was true. “Seven Nation Army” and every other song that weekend was performed without a snare! (It sounds like they were about to go into “Iron Man” at the very end.)
I just felt like saying “thank you”. And a few other things. Enjoy this unofficial episode of the LeBrain Train.
RECORD STORE TALES #896: Plans
Plans. Gotta make ’em, but sometimes nothing goes according to them.
Winter is over. We made it through. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (appropriately acronymed as SAD), so winter is always a hard time. It feels good to be on the other side of it, and not have to put on layers of warmth just to take out the garbage.
Last fall I made some plans to make it through the winter. I completed some, and I left others unstarted. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles, and what was winter 2020/21 but a shitty stale crumbled up cookie?
As we hunkered in for the winter, I gave myself a couple projects to keep me occupied. One was continuing with the VHS Archives. I accomplished very little on this. I did not play any video tapes at all this year, and only uploaded videos I already had on my hard drive. This season I only posted six videos.
I also wanted to teach myself Photoshop this winter. I didn’t get anything done there. As it turns out, I didn’t really have to, thanks to the generosity of friends. Good ol’ T-Bone has donated his time and made plenty of great artwork for the LeBrain Train live show. Plus our artist friend Saige did some great work too. I’m so lucky that we have built such an amazing community of artists and writers together.
Speaking of the live show, I had one plan that I thought would be easy, but never came to be. As a proud Canadian boy, I wanted to show some of our American friends (especially the one in Hawaii!) what a Canadian winter looks like. I planned on doing a live show outdoors in a snow storm. I thought that would be an absolute hoot. The weather never really aligned with a good live stream day. It was kind of a mild winter compared to others.
Looking back at the goals from the fall, there are two I did accomplish. One was to make a dashcam video of a shitty winter drive, set to the music of Max the Axe. I did that with “Magnum P.I.” and it is a great example of a typical winter commute. The second mission accomplished was to keep on live streaming. I still haven’t missed a week — knock wood.
I couldn’t have done it without my friends. You know who you are. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re one of ’em.
We promised you tunes, and we brought the tunes! With a special interview with the guy himself, kinda a big deal, Max the Axe! It was not an uptite Thursday night at all. This loosey-goosey interview covers Max’s discography and history as an independent musician for over three decades. Find out about his origins, see rare photographs, and watch the band play live! We even get to look at the cover art and title of the new EP. (Added bonus: running commentary by drummer Dr. Dave.)
Straight outta lockdown, Max the Axe jammed together again for the first time in about a year. The lockdown session was filmed and tonight we played for you three tracks:
- “River Grand”
- “Pygmy Blowdart” (NEW SONG)
- “Scales of Justice”
For a band who hadn’t practised in a year, filmed on a crummy cell phone that apparently only does vertical video, these were some fine tracks. Enjoy the show! Rock on, Max the Axe!
Don’t forget – the Easter special streams April 2 at 7:00 PM E.S.T. It’s pure nostalgia as we pull from a grab bag of great memories. Don’t miss it!
*Two more unaired songs were played during the session – “Uptite Friday Night” and the new “Oktoberfest Cheer”.
The LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or More with Mike Ladano
Episodes 57 and 58 – Max the Axe & Easter Special weekend!
Happy Easter everyone — a weekend I have traditionally looked forward to ever since I was a kid. Spring is in the air! The last two Easters have been pretty weird, but I’m glad to spend some time with you during this global crisis. It’s only getting worse currently here in Ontario as the third wave threatens to undo all our progress. So, this weekend I’ll be doing two shorter shows instead of one long one. Here’s the plan:
Thursday April 1 – Max the Axe “Straight Outta Lockdown” session – 7:00 PM E.S.T.
For the first time in almost a year, Max the Axe reunited for a rehearsal. It was rough and ragged but lead vocalist Uncle Meat has given me the thumbs-up to play some songs from this session, including the brand new “Pygmy Blowdart”. Special guest: the one, the only Max himself!
Friday April 2 – Good Friday – Easter Memories – 7:00 PM E.S.T.
Similar to the “Christmas Memories” show from last year. I had a lot of good Easters. Join me on Good Friday for some happy memories, musical and otherwise. Such as:
- Easter ’85 – Condition Critical in Ottawa
- Easter ’86 – Quiet Riot air guitar weekend, Turbo, Crossbows & Catapults on the kitchen floor
- Easter ’87 – Digging trenches in the back yard for GI Joe.
- Easter ’88 – Skyscraper in Ottawa
- Easter ’91 – Welcome to My Nightmare?
- Easter ’92 – Pandora’s study regime
- Easter ’16 – Record Store shopping in Ottawa
Hope to see you this weekend on the LeBrain Train. NEXT WEEK: Andy Curran!
I haven’t stayed up til midnight on a New Year’s Eve in a dog’s age, but I did it tonight…for you!
Tonight’s drop-in special ran over three hours and we still failed to squeeze in Aaron from the KMA. Huge apologies to my buddy Aaron. Hopefully I’ll make it up to you next week for the ZZ Top show.
Special guests tonight were invited to drop in and read their Nigel Tufnel Top Ten lists, and each guest chose their own theme for their lists! Guests included:
- Dr. Kathryn Ladano – 0:17:45
- Deke – Special KISS report – 0:40:50
- Scotty P – 0:45:30
- Uncle Meat – 1:21:00
- Mike’s Mom – 2:16:25
- Michael, Max the Axe’s Stunt Double – 2:34:40
Once again sincere apologies to Aaron for not getting to him in time.
I also played some music tonight, five songs that make my skin vibrate (and don’t set off copyright strikes). Enjoy the show
Now I remember what I hated about winter in seasons past. It’s the goddamn traffic.
Please enjoy (?) this drive to and from work at 8x speed. Lots of flashing lights and obstructions but made it safe both ways. Could have been a lot worse. There was a fatality on the road yesterday due to the weather. For those of you who have never driven in the snow — you’re gonna love this.
Music is “Magnum P.I.” by Max the Axe from the album Max the Axe released 2004. The album contains other hits you may know from prior videos such as “I Don’t Advocate Drugs” and “My Daddy Was a Murderin’ Man”.
This no-disqualification episode was brought to you by Coffee!
First of all — Thank you to all the participants this time out, including Kevin (Buried on Mars) and Deke (Arena Rock). While these two gentleman did appear, they did not do the traditional Nigel Tufnel Top Ten lists and so they are not among the songs below. To access their “bonus tracks” you are going to have to watch the video!
Second — The MVP this week was Sarca Sim from Caught Me Gaming. Not to belittle the effort that anyone put into their lists (as you’ll see), but Sarca utilized an additional caveat: her list was 100% CanCon. A difficult, impressive and rewarding feat.
Third — You can decide for yourself if anyone deserved to be disqualified this week. Have Stavesacre or Wesley Willis ever had a legitimate hit? Is Toto a one hit wonder band? You decide.
Finally — Really, everyone was MVP this week. It was a marathon session. The feedback I have received so far has been excellent.
“I was howling for a lot of it. Michelle kept saying ‘what are you laughing about'” – Chris S
“It was like watching an SNL skit” – also Chris S
“Max is a one hit wonder on this stream lol” – also Chris S
“Love it!!!!!!!!” – My mom
Any songs that were repeated are highlighted below. There are not many. Enjoy these tracks!
Mike – LeBrain
11. Blue Cheer – “Summertime Blues”
10. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
9. Kik Tracee – “You’re So Strange”
8. Wesley Willis – “Alanis Morissette”
7. Marvelous 3 – “Freak of the Week”
6. Tal Bachman – “She’s So High”
5. The Kings – “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide”
4. Blotto – “Metal Head”
3. sandbox. – “Curious”
2. E-Z-O – “Flashback Heart Attack”
1. Loudness – “Crazy Night”
Rob – Visions in Sound and Gimli the Cat
11. Alien Ant Farm – “Smooth Criminal”
10. Arlo Guthrie – “City of New Orleans”
9. Frank Stallone – “Far From Over”
8. Prelude – “After the Gold Rush”
7. J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers – “Last Kiss”
6. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – “Fire”
5. Zager and Evans – “In the Year 2525”
4. Paul Hardcastle – “Nineteen”
3. Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”
2. Yello – “Oh Yeah”
1. MECO – “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
John – 2loud2oldmusic
11. Red Rider – “Lunatic Fringe”
10. Modern English – “I Melt With You”
9. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen”
8. Aldo Nova – “Fantasy”
7. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – “Relax”
6. Cutting Crew – “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight”
5. Kix – “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
4. Saigon Kick – “Love is on the Way”
3. The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”
2. Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
1. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
Eric – Uncle Meat
11. Bobby Pickett – “Monster Mash”
10. Nick Gilder – “Hot Child in the City”
9. Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
8. Deee-Lite – “Groove is in the Heart”
7. Ace – “How Long Has This Been Going On”
6. Haircut 100 – “Love Plus One”
5. Tracy Bonham – “Mother Mother”
4. Donnie Iris – “Ah Leah”
3. Modern English – “I Melt With You”
2. Martha and the Muffins – “Echo Beach”
1. Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
Max the Axe – kind of a big deal
11. Donnie Iris – “Ah Leah”
10. Toto – “Hold the Line”
9. Atlanta Rhythm Section – “Imaginary Love”
8. Holly McNarland – “Elmo”
7. Moist – “Push”
6. Youth Gone Mad – “Crime Rate ’88”
5. Stavesacre – “Shiv”
4. Demon – “Liar”
3. The Trojan Ponies – “Deny”
2. Cheech and Chong – “Earache My Eye”
1. Eddie Murphy – “Party All the Time”
Aaron – KeepsMeAlive
11. The Surfaris – “Wipe Out”
10. Rusted Root – “Send Me On My Way”
9. Dan Baird – “I Love You Period”
8. Billy Falcon – “Power Windows”
7. Coleman Wild – “It Doesn’t Matter”
6. Marc Cohn – “Walking in Memphis”
5. Us 3 – “Cantaloupe (Flip Fantasia)”
4. Blind Melon – “No Rain”
3. Sublime – “What I Got”
2. Timbuk 3 – “The Future’s So Bright”
1. Mountain – “Mississippi Queen”
Sarah – Caught Me Gaming – special all Canadian list
11. Alta Moda – “Julian”
10. Cats Can Fly – “Flippin to the A Side”
9. The Kings – “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide”
8. Eight Seconds – “Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous)”
7. Idle Eyes – “Tokyo Rose”
6. Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
5. Neo A4 – “Say This To Me”
4. Daniel Lanois – “Lotta Love to Give”
3. John Bottomley – “You Lose and You Gain”
2. Maestro Fresh Wes – “Let Your Backbone Slide”
1. The Northern Lights – “Tears Are Not Enough”
Additional resources – Todd in the Shadows – “One Hit Wonderland”
Nine participants. Epic lists. Utter chaos!
The theme for this week’s Nigel Tufnel Top Ten list was One Hit Wonders! This was a special “no disqualifications” matchup so anything went. Are Toto a one hit wonder band? Max the Axe thought so even if the majority disagreed.
You panel this week:
- LeBrain (me)
- Max the Axe (He’s kind of a big deal)
- Sarca Sim (Sarah)
- Burned On Mars (Kevin)
- Mr. Books (Aaron)
- Rob Daniels (Visions In Sound)
- 2loud2oldmusic (John T Snow)
- Uncle Meat (Eric Litwiller)
With special appearances by:
- Superdekes (Thunder Bay Arena Rock) & Vinnie Vincent (KISS)
I wrote down all the songs chosen, so when given some time I’ll post all the lists for you to examine in more detail. But after an almost three hour show, I need to go get something to eat.
Added bonus: A quick look at the new Thin Lizzy 6 CD rarities box set called Rock Legends.
It’s a long show, but fucking hilarious. Enjoy.