Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz

November 23rd, 2008

One of my favorite bands to see live, Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz, were back in town this Thursday to rock our socks off. I can never understand why so many guys there would rather mosh (ie, slam their bodies into other men) when there are women burlesque dancing right in front of them they could be watching instead. What's the deal with that??

I also got some props after :)
From their blog:

Our Lethbridge show last night was a hoot, so they’re keeping the bar pretty consistent for us. We had a rockabilly-feeling band open the show with a fun swinging set, I saw the tallest man in town, Johnny Smalls (that’s his really-real name… no lie) and didn’t see if the talented photographer Tanya was there. Hopefully she was, and I just missed saying hello to her and her camera.”


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“The whole damn lot of us”

November 23rd, 2008

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking photos of Dawn and Brett and their four children. (The subject of this entry is a quote from Dawn when she was first inquiring about photos :P ) Although we had some cranky kids (they took turns fussing), we made it work! There was a lot of chasing the runaways, but in the end we discovered all it took was a piece of gum to make everyone happy, shown in the second photo in Dawn’s hands (notice all the kids’ attention on it!).

Also… last week, Mardell and Bob (you will see them soon when I make a big post of my favorite Litwin photos from the year) came in to the studio and brought me a Christmas gift…


…of chocolates! The key to my heart :)

I have big news coming soon ;)

Turncoats New Years Show

November 11th, 2008

I’m terribly sorry if you also watch Andrew’s blog and the LJ Lethbridge community, in which case this will be your third time seeing this!




Andrew will be back from Japan for a bit, and the guys are getting together for what will be an awesome show! It was really fun to combine the western and Japanese together for this :)

Credit for the Kanji goes to my friend Emiko Shibano, who went through the trouble of writing all the characters out by hand and then mailing them to me! It translates to Long Time No See (Hisashiburi desu ne), if you are wondering.

And also a bit of credit to a certain director… do you know who?

Cassandra

November 3rd, 2008

I am seriously bad for posting these because I am supposed to be working on other things and be in bed, but I couldn’t wait! Back when I did zombie pinups of Cassandra I noticed she is an awesome model (willing to climb all over and create her own poses) so today I finally did some “normal” photos of her, returning to the same location where we had done her zombie photos!

Suburban Legends!

November 2nd, 2008

When I picked up Disney’s weekend schedule my first weekend there, I literally shrieked when I read who would be playing in Tomorrowland, because after all these years I am still a huge fan girl, no matter how much I tried to deny it…

I first saw Suburban Legends in 2002, and again in 2003, so it’s been a loooong five years for me (they never tour in Canada). As soon as I saw them they became one of my favorite bands. Since then the lineup has gone through HUGE changes. First trombone player Dallas was killed in a hit and run, then old band members flocked out. Vince returned as their singer (he was formerly one of their trumpet players), and when I checked them out on MySpace I was disappointed; the ska was gone, and now they were silly funk. I understood ska is just not a big thing right now, but oh it broke my heart. I wasn’t happy with the new music I was hearing on MySpace.

After seeing them live, I have totally changed my mind, and they are still one of my favorite bands. They are the most energetic, entertaining live band I have ever seen. Their music has gotten so much tighter since I last saw them, and every new band member is a huge asset (there are only 4/8 of the members from when I saw them). And they still have dance choreography! They get the crowd involved through the entire thing (singing and dancing competitions) and when the crowd’s energy starts to wane at the end of the night, they work their butts off to bring it back up (which most bands don’t bother with).

I couldn’t pull myself away from their engaging show and went all three nights to all five sets, phew! (Even enduring a lady who thinks Canada is communist?! -She thinks we are a terrifying socialist country, but by socialist really meant communist, and no we aren’t even socialist, haha!)

They played nearly every song they have ever written. This meant they still do all the ska songs! I was wondering what it would be like with Tim no longer on vocals, but Vince totally nailed it and then some. Sadly there were only several of us there skanking, but my heart was content.

I want mooooooore. They are touring with the Aquabats (!!!) but not here. We DO like ska here, guys :(

Check them out on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/suburbanlegends

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Cicala

November 2nd, 2008

Back in September, Dino’s band Cicala played an awesome show on top of the old firehall, with his friend Evan joining in on piano, as well as opening the show. It was a beautiful night and a great atmosphere. I wish I could listen to more music while gazing over the city lights!

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