The Toronto Independent Music Awards (T.I.M.A.’s) occurred in late June, and Beth Moore was one of the acts playing that night, and an article was supposed to be written at the time. In typical independent writing/blogging fashion, it didn’t quite get done, however, it lead me to her next show on August 11th, 2009 at Mitzi’s Sister in Toronto.
First of all, who is Beth Moore? We surely aren’t talking about the pop/punk mega-star “Pink” whom we all know Beth Moore is her non stage name. Well, Canadian local, Beth Moore is an indie/folk singer/songwriter who mixes many styles most notably indie rock, folk, Americana, Blues, etc. About two years ago, was when I first heard Beth’s music and I could tell right then, she had a unique sound and a strong voice. Over the past couple years we’ve kept in touch on Facebook and from time to time I’ve heard her new songs posted online, and am impressed by her developing musical style.
Remembering that night at the T.I.M.A.’s was special as Beth Moore played live with a full backing band, which was unusual to see (she plays solo acoustic most nights). So, I grabbed my note pad (not taking my laptop into a bar/club) and scribbled a bunch of notes throughout the night.
I came a little early to ensure I wouldn’t miss her performance and happened to see a great rock band Japhy that was getting the energy of the intimate crowd quite high. At about 10:50pm Beth Moore took to the stage, and I was excited to hear her perform live.
They were introduced as, “The Beth Moore Band.” They brought a mix of sounds and styles, but one thing was unmistakable, Beth’s fiery power vocals. Again, after hearing her mostly singing soft acoustic lullaby guitar numbers, it was quite jarring and impressive to hear her let loose on a song. The band was solid and definitely filled out the sound. She has a unique vocal style and voice that would be comparable to: Sarah McLachlan, Sinead O’Connor, and a healthy dose of Ben Harper. The keyboards in this group really add another element to their sound. The real emphasis is on Beth’s vocal talents mixed with the interesting songwriting and lyrics of their music. Anyway, in their half hour set they showed a lot versatility with their band and the music.
To show support, Beth Moore was having another show on August 11th, 2009 at Mitzi’s Sister in Toronto, which i went to. Also, on the bill was the Peter James project. Beth played first, and again she played solo acoustic, but what missing from the bigger band experience was the funny performer side of Beth Moore. Her jokes and stories made great interludes between songs and kept it memorable and interesting. It’s doubtful anyone one there will forget her “Mandarin 10 hr gig” story. She debuted some her new songs live and they were all well crafted songs, but sometimes wondered what the song would sound like with the backing band. Anyhow check out the video links below to see Beth Moore play live at Mitzi’s Sister.
The Peter James Project is an Irish/New Zealand/Toronto mix band that plays a pop/rock/ska sound with influences like: Crowded House, The Smiths, and the Dave Matthews Band. As luck would have it, though traffic caused me to be late by half an hour, I missed none of the shows. The HD camera was brought for some filming, but it was uncharged, however, some footage was still captured of Beth Moore and the Peter James Project. The Peter James project was technically crisp and band had their chops down. Peter James vocals were crystal clear and the lyrics were easy to follow. Take a look and listen.
By: Jason Chu
What’s it worth…
Shine of recognition, flair of notoriety,
the desire of fame, brings the ever glow of warmth and flame.
Climbing to the peak of the Hailmewood stars, Is it even worth it?
Toiling in the underbelly of sticky notes of forget me nots,
Working longer and harder, one for favour they say,
than the money will come. Who need’s sleep, not me sir, I’m your man!
Impervious mantra burning the most creative fires,
Output, output, content is all they want from you,
Once gotten their backs turn again.
It’ll pay off in the end, a drunk voice in your head blabbers,
but who’s end will be paid…my end?
Digital dominator yearns for assembly line articulation,
Borg, borg, borg!
Earning those teabags under your eyes,
through numerous re-edits and back checks.
Do people we write about have any clue,
how much work it takes to make them look good?
Back from the battlefield with scars,
brains over easy, carpal tunnel mouse index finger,
twitchy eye’s syndrome days from staring at that screen.
No more food for thought, only food or thought please,
I can only focus on one of the other.
It’s only worth however much your willing sacrifice of yourself,
how far your willing to go to make it.
Or just stop and get a regular job.
~ Jason Chu
My first article with Examiner.com! I’m pretty excited because it has taken a long time to get to this point. I can’t wait to cover music exclusively, and I will continue to write my blogs (thoughts & stuff I can’t put down for Examiner – here). It’s a busy next few months, seeing shows, networking, doing interviews, and staying ahead the tech/social media game so that I can be effective at what I’m trying to do. And that is to be a respected writer online or otherwise, writing great articles with cool pictures, and links!
Here my 1st article with Examiner.com
It’s about a Canadian Indie Music Festival called Bridgestock 09′. Check it out! http://lnk.ms/1bGdT
~ Jason Chu
Halifax, Nova Scotia
~ Jason Chu
There is a saying that goes, “You can talk about everything except, religion, money, and politics.” Of course, this statement is in regards to avoiding confrontation, arguments, and emotionally charged conversations. Therefore, if these topics are avoided, and you err on the safe side, everybody goes home happy.
As usual, Hollywood, and more specifically reality stars don’t play by those rules. In this case, Heidi Montag, star of MTV’s the Hills, has been tweeting about her personal faith in Jesus. She is a born again Christian, and there’s even talk of her releasing a Christian album, however, that’s not the point.
The funny thing is that online media articles related to Heidi’s faith question her being a born-again Christian because of her provocative dress in music videos and television. Now let me share that I am a born-again Christian, have been for over 11 years, and I believe very strongly that Heidi’s recent tweets show that she IS a Christian beyond doubt through her words. Yet, the online media is also correct in that it is by one’s actions that you can tell if someone is a Christian through his/her lifestyle and choices.
Media is too quick to judge and label people based on their past. I believe that change is possible, and that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt can grow and change like anyone else. Interestingly though, it seems Perez Hilton felt he needed to jump into Heidi’s and Spencer’s tweets and diss them about their faith. So Heidi and Spencer are Christians, they like to tweet about it, do they need approval from Perez Hilton for how to tweet their faith on Twitter?
Sometimes I wonder, if Perez will ever stay out of the fray, and just leave some celebrities alone. He either loves or hates a celebrity, nothing in between. For crying out loud, Perez Hilton was invited to and went to Heidi and Spencer’s wedding on April 25th, 2009. Now, barely 2 months later, he is insulting both of them, their faith, and unfollowing Heidi on Twitter over her profession of faith! Perez Hilton, that is shameful and classless, but I guess you’re just being you?
The funny thing is I do have a small measure of respect (decreasing daily though) for Perez because I think he is actually being true to himself by dissing celebrities and having the guts to be confrontational with them through his speech and writing. If he were faking nice it would be worse because he be acting dishonest and not himself. I’ve thought to myself, “What is the appeal of Perez Hilton?” The best answer I could think of was that some people out there, who dislike celebrities and their status, enjoy seeing someone who has celebrity clout (Perez), lash out and put the celebrities in their places.
The thing is he is clearly abusing his power and celebrity influence by believing “whatever he says/thinks…is right!” I know for a fact that there was a “Unfollow Perez Hilton” campaign that was spreading on Twitter after his shameful insult of MJ at the time of his death, but it actually hasn’t changed anything with his twitter account. Checking tonight, I saw that he’s actually gone and added over 10,000 viewers in the past week! Sad that there isn’t any consequences for his behaviour!
In today’s internet online world, people seem to forgive and forget quite fast. In the past, individual celebrities were never bigger than the Entertainment industry itself, and there always seemed to be a class to Hollywood, even if it was an “old boys club”. Now, anything goes, with the advent of reality shows like punk’d, Jackass, Wildboyz, etc., braking down that notion of class. It’s no longer necessary for celebrities to have class or decency to become a celebrity or star. On the other hand, it’s the opposite with things like scandal, sex tapes, paparazzi moments as sufficient to rubber stamp celebrity status. It’s no wonder that I like covering musicians more…because they at least need to know how to sing (not a fan of autotune singers), play an instrument, dance, and write/compose music before anyone in the industry will take them seriously. I digressed, sorry.
Being a Christian does not mean you are perfect, as Perez is trying to fry Heidi and Spencer for not being, but at least I found a picture with Spencer and Heidi serving pizza to the homeless at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown L.A. (May 20th, 2009). I looked for pictures with Perez serving the community and only found pictures with him hanging out with celebrities…that’s it.
Jesus already won!!!!!!! Eternal life is what we need to worry about! not this life!!! I pray Jesus will protect you all!!!!!1:22 PM Jun 28th from web
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one7:23 PM Jun 28th from mobile web
Jesus loves you and was sent from heaven to die on the cross for you sins so that you may have eternal life!!2:21 PM Jun 29th from web
He answered, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.9:06 PM Jun 29th from web
And love your neighbor as you love yourself.'” Matthew 22: 379:10 PM Jun 29th from web
You can make a difference! Follow your dreams, with God all things are possible!!9:27 PM Jun 29th from web
Im going to start a woman’s biblestudy!9:30 PM Jun 29th from mobile web
good morning! im so excited to be alive today! Praise the Lord!!12:55 PM Jun 30th from web
Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”2:07 PM Jun 30th from web
the churches are being taken over! Christians speak out!! spread the news about Jesus before its too late!3:23 PM Jun 30th from mobile web
praise Jesus! life is such a blessing!9:20 AM Jul 1st from mobile web
Jesus loves you!about 4 hours ago from mobile web
eres no king but King Jesus!about 4 hours ago from mobile web
A few tweets from Spencer Pratt: @spencerpratt
i’m on fire for the Lord! It hit me like a bunker buster how much evil this planet is up against and i am no longer standing in the dark9:18 PM Jun 28th from web
i want the peace of Christ in my life overflowing to others! so if it bothers you on all my tweets i just said a prayer for you!9:29 PM Jun 28th from web
Seek God’s will in every decision. Pray. Turn to the scriptures. Seek the advice of godly friends. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.9:33 PM Jun 28th from web
starting today i am living my life 180 degrees different then i have for the last 25 years!1:52 PM Jun 29th from web
i deleted any bookmarks on my computer and iphone that take my focus in life away from what matters!1:53 PM Jun 29th from web
i have wasted so much time and energy on fame and pop culture with nothing but millions of haters to show for it!1:54 PM Jun 29th from web
i hope i can inspire anyone to realize that at any time in your life its not to late to change your direction and purpose1:56 PM Jun 29th from web
i hope all my followers can forgive me for all the negative energy i put in the media with all my evil quotes and statements1:58 PM Jun 29th from web
my life from here on out is the LORD, my wife, and my country!!!!! For me these are the only things worth living and dying for!2:00 PM Jun 29th from web
~ Jason Chu (@Chodidees)
This will just be a quick recap of the songs I chose in my weekly Top 10 Countdown article at Tweeple Magazine (http://www.tweeplemagazine.com). There is one difference, this recap will include embedded links of videos, so you will see visually the bands/artists before you click on the video. Enjoy! ~ Jason
Jason’s Top 12 Underground/Indie/Unsigned Songs of the Week
1. “Hello Goodbye” – Jonathan Clay @iamjonathanclay (Acoustic/Indie/Folk Rock) ~ Austin, Texas http://www.myspace.com/jonathanclay
2. “Stand on Me” – Anna Gilbert @AnnaGilbert (Indie/Pop/Ambient) ~ Eugene/Nashville, Oregon http://www.myspace.com/annagilbert
3. “Krumbsnatcha Do It For You” – Tone Spliff (Hip Hop/Rap/Turntablism) ~ Utica, New York http://www.myspace.com/tonespliff
4. “How Sweet You Saved Me” – Jennifer June (Electroacoustic/Indie/Folk) ~ Montreal, Quebec, Canada. http://www.myspace.com/jenniferjune
5. “Born and Raised” – Alexisonfire @aof_official (Hardcore/Rock/Indie) ~ St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada http://www.myspace.com/alexisonfire
6. “Love Is All” – mr.j.medeiros @mrjmedeiros feat. Tara Ellis (Hip Hop) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/mrjmedeiros
7. “Bitten Off” – Jessy Moss (Electro/Punk/Pop Funk) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/jessymosscom
An older song, but new to me, so I included it!
8. “Motor Music” – Finale prod. Black Milk (Hip Hop/Visual/Soul) ~ Detroit, Michigan http://www.myspace.com/finale
9. “O.C.D. (Obsessive Compulsive Dancing)” – Ultraviolet Sound @UVS, @sarahhudson (Electro/Pop/Hip Hop/Dance) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/ultravioletsound
10. “Young Lady” – N’dambi @Ndambi (R&B/Alternative/Funk) ~ Dallas/Los Angeles, Texas http://www.myspace.com/ndambi
11. “Remove the Blindfold” – Kill The Mockingbird @ktmwire (Metal Core) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/killthemockingbird
12. “Celebrated (Radio Edit)” – 4TrakZ (Electro/Experimental/Pop) ~ Lyon, France http://www.myspace.com/4trakz
A short 4TrakZ clip from “Inauguration – Nuit Sonores 2009″ performance in Lyon, France.