The videos we made of Three Metre Day live in the
studio will start to appear this week, linked from the
The newrecord, called Coasting Notes, is finished and
will be mastered this month, manufactured in the
summer and released in October. Our gigs in
California will be at the same time as the American CD
release. We'll be in the San Francisco, Santa Cruz
The Three Metre Day website is functional, if not quite
a feast of info yet. Here it is.
There are samples of a few of our new songs, a few
photos in a weirdly shaky little slide show program, and
a bit of info. We have a few gigs on the horizon, and
continue to put the finishing touches on our recording.
Very soon we'll have an alt website, just for the new
configuration and the new recording, with samples from
the record. We hope to have the new CD out in May or
At the end of next week we'll spend a couple of days
mixing our new recording (to be released under the
band name Three Metre Day), with another several
days of mixing near the end of March. We're trying for a
May release. There will be a listening post at the 3MD
website soon, deets to follow.
We're re-branding! The offshoot Henrys project will
soon have a name, a recording and some gigs. Details
January 1, 2011
Happy New Year from The Henrys! We wish you all a
This year we'll be releasing a new CD of music, not by
The Henrys per se, but by members of the band. The
(soon to be named) trio of Don, Hugh and Michelle
have lots of new material that we've been performing,
along with Henrys songs, at our monthly gigs at The
Sixth. (The next show is Jan 22.)
Most of the new songs feature vocals by Michelle, who
also plays pump organ. Plus Hugh on violin and Don on
slide and acoustic guitar. Our guests on the record are
David Piltch (bass) and Davide Direnzo (drums). We
still have a bit of recording left to do, then organizing it
all and mixing with Nik Tjelios, mastering, artwork etc.,
and we're hoping to have it done and out in about May,
in time to do some playing in the summer.
November 26: Gig tomorrow, at The Sixth in Parkdale.
We'll be performing some new songs from the next
disc - not a "Henrys" CD, but with Michelle, Don and
Hugh. Special guest Mack Longpre (drums).
We're winding down the recording process, with a few
things left to do, and will be mixing in January or Feb.
October 12, 2010, from http://blog.napster.com/
Q&A with James Williamson, New Kill City Edition with
Iggy Pop Out Next Tuesday
James Williamson & Iggy Pop
Originally released in 1977, Kill City was an album
created by legendary Stooges members James
Williamson and Iggy Pop. Due to loss of original
master tapes and a lack of funding, the album never
reached its full potential according to those involved.
Next week, much to the delight of Williamson and
Stooges fans everywhere, a new remastered version
will be released. In anticipation, Williamson was kind
enough to answer a few of our questions.
Please tell us about the new Kill City—what did you
most want to achieve in revisiting this album?
We wanted to bring forth the sound that we knew was
always there, but for a number of reasons had not been
accomplished with the previous mixes or mastering. I
got Ed Cherney (Monster Engineer and Mixer) to help
me re-mix this, and he did an incredible job—this
album has finally reached its full potential.
At this point, what would you say is your fondest
memory of The Stooges?
Honestly, there are too many to list, but certainly the
day I joined was one of them. There was also the time
that Scott Asheton got on the ground at some airport
terminal and started spinning around like Curly from
The Three Stooges while yelling,"boob, boob, boob,
boo!" I could go on forever.
It might surprise some you were the VP of
Technology Standards at Sony Electronics. What was
the most enriching aspect of your tenure?
Well, I got to travel all over the world and work with
many brilliant people from almost all countries in the
world. I also got to work in a very multidiscipinary
environment that not only required your technical
expertise, but also diplomacy, psychology, and
Aliens land in your back yard—what's the first album
you play for them?
"The Purple People Eater." (not an album, but probably
came from one)
What was your favorite album from 2009? Any
favorites from ’10 so far?
The only one that comes to mind in 2009 is The Henrys'
Is This Tomorrow. This year so far I like The Black
Any additional projects/plans in the works?
We're working on new material, and we'll see where
that goes. I'm writing many new rifs and seeing if I can
find a few that stick with Iggy enough to continue
working on them. We're very conscious of the need to
really like what we put out now, as the bar has been set
very high from our past efforts. We'll see what 2011
New show October 6, Hugh, Don, Yvette Tollar and
Jonathan Goldsmith play music to the wonderful
photography and film of Larry Towell, at the Drake
Hotel on Queen W in Toronto. Info and links on gigs
page, and more details 'emerging', as they say.
Link to live show broadcast:
We've lost a great friend. She came to SO MANY of
our gigs over the years - our best friend and fan. She
fed us in her restaurant. She catered our recording
sessions. (Once at Metalworks the entire pool table
was covered with food.) She made food for the bus
when we went to play in NYC, including one of those
beautiful, deep, deep homemade apple pies.
The restaurant, on Bathurst Street, a hole in the wall
beside the Oak Mount Steam Baths, was a musicians'
haven. Apart from locals, Lyle Lovett, Rickie Lee Jones
and so many others enjoyed her generosity. (But never,
to our knowledge, Bob Dylan, her absolute favourite.
She was fanatical about Bob.)
The food was so good!! Her hours were so random!
But worth it, for the the chili, or the rancheros, or
waffles, or blintzes... fresh basil in the BLT...How many
musicians did Mimi feed, generously, and wave off the
bill? How much did she smoke, openly, illegally, in the
open kitchen right behind the counter? And sometimes
she would get reviewed in the newspaper, and then the
'tourists,' as she called them, would come. And that's
when New York MImi came out. One time she told us
she saw a family with little kids waiting in line outside,
and she took a yellow post-it and wrote NO KIDS on it
and slapped it on the window. And the next day she
could be knocking on your door with a home-made
strawberry-rhubarb pie. God love her.
We had a house gig in Little Italy for - it must have been
a year - every Sunday night. Rare was the Sunday that
Mimi wasn't there, full of joy, support, and love.
She'd become an expert poker player since closing the
restaurant. She liked to go to casinos early in the
morning, when the guys who had been up playing all
night long were starting to lose their edge. If she won a
couple of early rounds, she told us, she was 'gambling
with other people's money.' Once we sent her an article
from the New Yorker about a former math whiz, the
child of professors, now a cowboy-hat wearing poker
star who also started the most successful online poker
site on the internet. We cut it out and sent it in the mail.
But she knew about him already. She must have read a
lot, she always seemed on top of everything.
She ended up suffering terribly from arthritis, but it was
a heart attack that killed her, alone in her apartment
down by the lake in "Mimi-co".
She was an angel with a beautiful, generous spirit, and
we will miss her.
So sad to hear of the beauty Mimi.
Your sweet words about her bring back
memories of her lovely smiling face.
Heartbreaking now, but forever she'll stay, loved by
the musicians and friends who loved her back.
Hope there's a celebration of her life with lots of music
and a big 'pot'-luck in this world and the next.
The first broadcast of the CBC recording of our show
at Hugh's Room will be, we're told, on June 24th. Watch
for info here and here (especially if you wait til the 24th,
or maybe a day or two before that date, and you click
on 'Expand' and go to the last show on the list, The
Signal, which starts at 10 pm.)
You can stream it live, and from a variety of North
American time zones, via this link. It should (?) be on a
Meanwhile, Michelle Willis, Hugh Marsh and Don
Rooke are hard at work on a new recording. Lots of
music, but no name yet, band or disc.
We* played on Friday night in Toronto at Hugh's Room.
It was a fun night, recorded by CBC Radio's show The
Signal. They'll broadcast parts of it over the next year,
as will the show Canada Live, (where you can also
access a backlog of streamed live shows from some
very cool artists.) We'll let you know when The Henrys
will be on the air, but you can also sign up for our
mailing list if you want to be notified by email.
*Michelle Willis, Mark Mariash, Hugh Marsh, Russ
Boswell and Don Rooke.
Spent a couple of days this week working with the
photographer Larry Towell towards a show in the fall
combining his remarkable photographs and video from
Mexico, Afghanistan, New Orleans, 9/11, Canada,
South Africa... with live music by some Henrys (Don,
Hugh and Michelle). Date and venue to follow.
We had a great time playing at Folkway in Guelph, and
appreciated the very nice audience that came out. Ben
Grossman joined us to play some beautiful hurdy-gurdy
on a few tunes.
Toronto-based Henrys set to play Friday gig at
The Henrys are in concert at Folkway Music Friday
night. The Toronto-based nearly-instrumental group
takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 each
to reserve seating. The band describes itself as
composing, recording and performing original music
that has no obvious genre, but draws on a variety of
styles in an original, identifiable way. Folkway music is
located at 163 Suffolk Street West.
Looking forward to our 3 upcoming shows, the first of
which is next Friday in Guelph. For that and Hugh's
Room, we're a quintet, with special guest Hugh Marsh
on violin as well as some beautiful electronic
Feb 22 '10
Got some snow today, almost the first bit of shoveling
of the whole winter. Washington, Toronto ain't... And
now, thanks to the nice people at Ode Magazine, we
have a better link to the Ton Maas review.
That Memphis Folk Alliance whose standards we did
not meet? Suddenly highly regrettable: Aubrey Ghent
is doing a sacred steel concert. Check out his version
of Amazing Grace on the CD (yes, this is the title)
"Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus." It'd be worth the
trek to Memphis just to hear that.
Couple of new reviews of Is This Tomorrow came out,
one in the Dutch/US magazine Ode, another at Good
"Top Pick" review in babysue.com
Dec 31, 2009
We're putting out a new disc!
OK, on a couple of fronts that's not precisely accurate.
Like, there isn't a disc. And the music isn't,
chronologically, new. (Nor any other way. But it would
be new to people who don't already own it.)
What we did, in a make-work frame of mind, was
compile tracks from our first three CDs for 'release' as
a digital album, available from itunes, Amazon, etc. It's
called The Yearly Ears. It should be ready to go in
mid-January, but if you're interested, the songlist is
Dec 21/09. Just leafing through some music mags at
the rack today and...hello! Spotted a nice review of our
new disc in fRoots, the British bible of musics rootsy
Find it here.
Dec '09: Our new CD Is This Tomorrow is in the Top
Ten for 2009 on CBC Radio's hip national show The
Dec 9/09: On the advice of someone who knows, we
made an application to the Memphis Folk Alliance, a
pilgrimage artists make to strut their stuff for
presenters. Not exactly our thing, but this is the new,
proactive, "Let's do this thing!" Hanks. So we
submitted via Sonicbids, an online service that
does....well, kinda the same thing as the Folk Alliance,
now that we think about it. But digitally, which suits us to
a tee. (BTW, we paid for the privilege of making this
application, but nothing like the cost of actually
Well, today we got an automated email! It said, [sic]:
"Your The Henrys’s submission to 22nd Annual
International Folk Alliance Conference has been
updated to Not Selected."
That's so awesome!!! Thanks for the update!!
Nov '09: Review in current Penguin Eggs -
Nov '09: Rehearsing for our show in Greenbank are
Michelle Willis, Mark Mariash, Andrew Downing and
Aug 09: Featured hour about new disc on Australia's
national radio show The Planet
Aug 09: Featured full-length show about new disc on
Holland's Concertzender Radi
Got a couple of gigs, diary, and working towards more.
Perhaps Australia would have us? Based on the radio
show feature they're preparing for August 23, which
can be heard then and in the weeks following (on
demand) somehow via this link.
Other than working down there, our first gig, as of now,
is Nov 7 in Greenbank ON at a great little hall.
That's it for now.
As promised, we are delivering the CD package. I'd
like to say 'right on schedule', but anybody who reads
these entries would be slamming down their beers,
jumping out of their chairs and shouting 'What the hell is
that Henry on about?? That is utter NONSENSE!"
And to be honest, they'd have a point.
At one time this new disc was our sweet little baby.
Just a tiny demo formation. Then it started growing up,
got a bit ornery, needed attention, refused attention,
got in trouble with the cops a few times... pretty soon
what we had was the proverbial teenager that would
not move out of the basement. We had to leave it
Seasons passed. Winter turned to summer, and back
to winter. Slowly, there was a maturation process. Then
one fine day, it up and moved out! Just like that.
Hence the product, Is This Tomorrow, which could
arguably represent those many hand-wringing
conversations in hushed tones in rooms over the
basement, talks that often ended with a supplicant,
"Maybe it will move out t-t-tomorrow???"
April 2007. Again, indefatigable. Updates to the
myspace page (see link from Index) and the Movie
page here - lots o clips!
Work on the new CD continues apace! ha ha. It's done,
but unmixed. No deadline=no need. No market
demand tantamount to early retirement. What hurry?
Sept 23 - ever vigilant. working on the link from Movie
page to, we hope, the movie.
Also the Henrys myspace
(http://www.myspace.com/thehenrys1) page now has a
September 12 - new dr external pix pg:
September 9 - recording on the new disc continues
apace (which in Italian might be pronounced Apache,
July 14, like a lemming:
July 13 - Now it can even be procured.
May 3 '06
That duo recording is now available for listening at
Rootsworld, link above.
Got a bunch of videos here, from a variety of venues
and our performances over the last few years, and the
other day we had one of our "ideas:" The Henrys DVD.
Now THAT would move units! Especially in the
home-burned, one-at-a-time, photocopied-artwork,
illegal-use of a couple-of TV-broadcasts manufacturing
run this history would dictate. What a grey market
collectible, and under $20? Unheard of! Not mono
either (and not 5.1), but back to the good old stereo
So all we have to do is overcome the inertia, ask the
various musicians if they like the idea, get past a
couple of hundred technical hurdles, and get 'er done.
Let's call it a stocking stuffer, '06.
Well, we did a duo recording, live(ish), for our friend
Cliff at www.cdroots.com. He asked for it 2 years ago;
did 'er 2 weeks back. DR and Jeremy Bellaviti playing
Cliff might have it up on his site in May and we'll link to
it then, but interested guitfans can also contact us
Don will be sitting in with Kevin Breit and his band Folk
Alarm on May 3 at Hugh's Room.
Then there's the new recording that we've been
working on, a soundtrack. The release should include a
bonus disc of extras: music written for scenes that were
deleted, out-takes, stuff that didn't get used or that's too
whacked for the main disc. It's all pretty well in place,
but we're not finished the buffing and sanding, probably
because, for this portion of the exercise, we're not
facing a deadline. Which is bittersweet.
Guest singers are plenty: Becca Stevens (NYC, nee
NC), Martina Sorbara (UK via TO), Jessie Coutts (NZ -
south island) and M2O'H (unknown origin). All fabulous.
Finally, and readily apparent to any return visitor, the
website has had a facelift, a tummy tuck, brow lift,
botox, liposuction, fat grafting and a few hits of
To get the most out of Joyous Porous (or any other cd),
listen to it on a stereo - a good old-fashioned stereo
with speakers and an amp.
If you want to hear the top end, feel the bass and
experience what's really going on in between, forget
the computer speakers, the discman jogging
headphones, the mini-boombox with no low end;
reserve the "Compact Shelf Stereo System with 3-CD
changer" Promo System from Visa for another time.
Crank it up loud on a solid, maybe even tube, stereo
We're glad we got that off our (group) chest.
Did we suggest you turn it up good and loud?
"A subtle, organic thing of beauty." Ottawa XPress