What’s In Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.
On the grill
Who are you
I am a singer/songwriter of mom rock with dad vibes. I just released my new EP titled The Dragonfly and the Spider and I’m pretty excited because I managed to have all my friends sing and play on it. After the amount of time it took to get it together I’m really happy.
The first concert I ever went to was the Red Hot Chilli Peppers at the Coliseum in Feb or March of 1996. The Toadies opened. This was a seminal moment in my life because at the time I lived on Vancouver Island and it was the first time as a teen I’d left the nest, so to speak, to get into trouble with my pals. Although RHCP did not have their original line-up I was still pretty blown away by the show and the tailgating that went on. Needless to say I started a high school punk band shortly thereafter and the rest, as they say, is history
In 2003 I was thinking of moving to the Lower Mainland as I was then dating a Kitsilano girl. I had come over for a weekend between working a construction job and taking college classes and a group of friends met up for a few adult bevs at the local watering hole we used to go to at the time. Everyone knew I was a major Radiohead fan and they all surprised me with tickets to the show— a “then and there” type thing. This was on the Hail to the Thief tour at Thunderbird stadium. The weather was amazing. Sun and warm weather in late summer. All my pals were there. I saw musicians everywhere. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks opened. I had never seen a band perform on that many wide ranges of instruments and all switch around to serve the song. Everyone but Thom was playing drums at one point. I was enamored with the band and still remember the smell of the light rain on the grass near the end of the show.
Top three records
The Beatles With the Beatles When I was about 15 my sister was listening to the Beatles in her bedroom and I heard their cover of Chuck Berry’s "Rock and Roll Music" and couldn’t believe it was the same band that wrote “When I’m 64” and “Yellow Submarine”. It made me fall in love with their early raucous music. “It Won’t Be Long” sounded like Lennon was screaming for his life. I still can’t believe that you can hear the squeak of Ringo’s kick drum pedal on “All I’ve Got To Do”.
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds I recently took a nosedive into Brian Wilson after spending most of my life scratching the surface on the best of hits of this band. I saw Brian on his recent tour and dug deep on Pet sounds and Smile (solo) beforehand and the songwriting is so pure. In my opinion this album is what it sounds like to realize you’re an adult and look back with nostalgia at youth.
The Prayer Chain Mercury This is an obscure California band from the '90s who came out of the non-secular music scene and did not break through but should have. Instead of using their record label advance to record a bunch of accessible worship songs easy to listen to and loaded with repetition, they wrote and recorded a worldly tribute to all religion. It has African drums, Gregorian chants, and sitars and crazy delayed guitar. It’s an inspiring album where they are questioning not just their faith but also all faiths. I feel like you can hear the band breaking up (this was to be their last album) but between the lines they find melody and solace with each other and in god. The songs are dark, ethereal and deep and at times unlistenable due to experimentation. It’s amazing to me.
All-time favourite video
Radiohead "Just" It's simply stunning. it leaves you with an unanswered question. Sometimes the story is best served when the answer isn't provided. the question becomes the answer.
What’s in your fridge
Spinach. We are hard-core smoothie enthusiasts at our house and go through pounds of fresh baby spinach per week. Apparently it’s a super food.
Yogurt. By itself this is not weird. That being said, on any given day we might have five different types in our fridge. Greek plain, Greek Vanilla, strawberry, miniature packages for lunches, and little bottles of strawberry yogurt drink for kids. Our toddler loves these little bottles of what I used to call “Yop”. They're not called that anymore but I’m stuck in my ways and still refer to them that way. She picked up on the name and, in toddler fashion, renamed them Lop or Loppy.
Horseradish spread. I got it for Christmas. I loved it so much my family put it in my stocking. It’s a crazy sauce that I put on everything savory. I like a bit of heat with my chicken.
You can check out The Dragonfly and the Spider here.