Posts Tagged ‘Friday Special Blend’

I great week kind of… fell apart at the end. Is it a cosmic balance? If things go too well, we need to pay the price?

MONDAY – Monday night I joined three other members of the Capital Slam team on John Akpata‘s Monday Night Scribes show on CHUO. We discussed poetry and CFSW. John gave my book a big plug. It was just a lot of fun.

THURSDAY – I got advance copies of ‘Live at Capital Slam 2011’. This is going to be available this coming Saturday, Oct. 1st at Capital Slam. You WANT a copy of this. With a line-up that includes: Sense-Say, Loh El, Prufrock, Poetic Speed, Bruce Narbaitz, Sean O’Gorman, Mack Cannon, Elle P, Danielle K.L. Gregoire and MORE (including me). Excellent CD.

FRIDAY – In the morning I went on Friday Special Blend on CKCU. We plugged the CD, my book, and my show that night (more about that in a moment…)

During the day I found out that an on-line Q&A I had done with Rob McLennan was now up. I love this interview. So cool.

That evening I had to miss my first ever Once Upon A Slam so that I could feature at Urban Legends. What a great show! The Slam was excellent with the 2010 Capital Slam team (National Champions) throwing down a couple of team pieces. Just Jamaal took the win but there were also great showings by ArRay-of-WoRds, Loh El, Sean O’Gorman and more!

My feature set was a lot of fun. People seemed to really dig it and I had a great time!

My set list:
Why Art?
The Stranger
Moving to Arizona
The Four Horsemen (debut!)
Four-Colour World (debut!)

Lots of fun.

SATURDAY – More low key. I went to poker. I didn’t win, but it was a really fun game. I had a good time. Meanwhile Ruthanne went dancing with Nadine Thornhill and Natalie-Joy Quesnel at the Mercury Lounge (my home away from home). I swung by and picked her up (after a late meal at Zak’s… home away from home #3). Then home.

A good evening. A good night.

SUNDAY – Lunch at Sushi-Kan (home away from home #2). The Kymeras did a show with Brendan McLeod at the Merc (h-a-f-h #1). It didn’t go as well as we could have hoped. Doing a show on Sunday is always iffy so the crowd wasn’t as large as the last time Brendan was in town. Ruthanne asked me to do a couple of poems as an ‘opening act’. I did Why Art? and The Stranger, but the crowd wasn’t into it. In fact, they were pretty dead the whole show. They EVENTUALLY started laughing at Brendan’s stuff… but overall, not a stellar show. Too bad, but it happens.

Then home, and my back started to hurt. I guess I had been going pretty hard and was starting to pay for it. Eventually I decided I had better take a day off to rest my back.

MONDAY – If the lacklustre reception Sunday night followed by a sore back wasn’t enough… driving home Sunday night the brakes on the car started making a pretty bad grinding noise, so today the car went in to Midas.

The brake pads grinding MAY HAVE actually saved our lives. (That is me trying to put a positive spin on things) Our rear brake drum cylinder was leaking. Left alone, that would have been it. Suddenly no more brakes. Because the brake pads started to wear, we got it checked out.

Lucky… but I don’t feel lucky.

$1000 to fix it.

Holy crap.

I mean, we’ve got the money, but it REALLY hurts. That is money that should have been paying down our debts. Damn it.

I was on Friday Special Blend on CKCU this morning and despite a little problem with the track numbering (totally my fault), it went great!

We lived up to the show’s name as we covered a lot of material in the time allotted, from my start as a poet to my inspiration for poetry now. We listened to three tracks from ‘Live at Capital Slam 2011’, which will be released at the October 1st edition of Capital Slam. They were (in order):

Loh El – A Real Man
Rusty Priske – Angst
Sean O’Gorman – Forget the Cartoons

(Apparently we said fuck at least once in each poem… there is a reason we have started calling our team ‘The Capital Fucking Slam Team’.)

(As an aside, we recently had someone ask us to start performing ‘clean’ and stop swearing in our poems. Apparently we are responsible for corrupting him or something – his words, not mine. My kneejerk reaction was to say ‘Fuck you’ because I am juvenile and it would have been funny, but instead I gave him the real answer which is that we don’t censor our poets.)

We talked about my new book ‘Rusty Priske: Trapeze Artist’ and a whole slew of upcoming shows.

Here they are:

Urban Legends Season Opener, feat. ME! – Tonight, 6:30, Carleton University
Once Upon A Slam Season Opener, feat. Daniel Richer – Tonight, 6:30, Mercury Lounge
Brendan McLeod & the Kymeras – Sunday, 6:30, Mercury Lounge
CAPITAL SLAM, feat. Canadian Individual Slam Champion OpenSecret and the release of ‘Live at Capital Slam 2011’ – Oct. 1st, 6:30, Mercury Lounge

There was a little crossing of wires this morning. Susan Johnston of CKCU’s Special Blend had asked me for a track to play. I told her she could use any of the ‘Live at Capital Slam’ tracks and then we got talking about the 2011 version, not yet released so I asked Andrew Brittain at Mudshark if we could get a track to play on the radio. He said sure and I passed it on.

Somewhere in there Andrew and I were thinking ‘promote the CD’ while Susan was still thinking ‘a poem by Rusty’…

So, ‘Ransom Note’ by Poetic Speed was played, but I was billed. Sorry Komi. (Though I imagine anyone that has heard either of us would realize that was you and not me.) 🙂

Next Friday I will be on the show (at about 7:10 am) to promote my book (see above left), the forthcoming CD, and my appearance at Urban Legends.

The 23rd is a tough night because two shows I really want everyone to go to are both on the same night. When Sean O’Gorman and Sarah Musa asked me to feature at Urban Legends I was flattered, but it fell on the same night that Ruthanne’s show, Once Upon A Slam, is happening. Not only do I want to support Ruthanne, but I really love Once Upon A Slam. I have a lot of fun playing DJ and listening to the great stories.

In the end, after talking to Ruthanne, I decided to take the Urban Legends gig, but I want people to go to both.

So, your challenge over the next week is to perfect cloning technology so you can go to both shows.


Well, if not that, at least go to one of the shows. Both have doors at 6:30 or thereabouts.

So, here are your choices:

A: Go the the Mercury Lounge to see the season debut of Once Upon A Slam.

B: Go to Carleton University to see the season debut of Urban Legends (featuring me!)

C: Do neither and risk my everlasting enmity and disappointment. (Well, maybe just the latter.)