AKA my last Saturday Afternoon at Madhouse Records...
So never judge a building by the confusing construction going on around it.
Mary from Locals Radio (@locals4141 on Instagram) invited me over to Madhouse Records in Burnaby to perform for a segment of her show; I have been to Burnaby countless times (a byproduct of living in the Delta where you're gonna have to drive 15-25 minutes - in any direction - to do anything resembling fun).
I drove to where the address was - and it was mostly construction barriers, a driveway to an apartment building to the right and what looked like a plain old roundabout.
I pulled over and checked the address again.
No. I was right. Was Google wrong?
So I slowly pulled the car around this roundabout & it turns out there was a sort of driveway thing staring right at me the whole time but my brain didn't let me see it because I couldn't see behind the construction barrier towards the building looming in front of me and the sign was about a foot wide directing traffic to the mall.
I go into the record store and hang out with Rob for a bit. I left him three of our CD's to sell in his store and he buys one from me and we chat about music for while.
He's a pretty sweet dude and is very supportive of the Vancouver/Canadian music scene so maybe you'll see us working with him next year to produce a show!
He also does a lot of music in and around his shop at that mall on the weekends so if you wanna catch some new local tunes check out his facebook to see when it's going on. He's running a Food Drive on December 11th with some of the artists he's working with so if you wanna start off some holiday cheer by giving some to others - then take the afternoon and stop by Madhouse - even with the adventure to get in - it's a worthy trip!
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Locals 41 Radio Interview Here < Click me
P.S - There is a front entrance which is far easier to get in. I managed to find the more difficult back entrance. Oops.
I wander back and forth a few times and finally find some form of entrance that may or may not actually be an entrance to the apartment complex that sits above the mall or the GYM 2000 or whatever that all the signage says is there...
And as I step into the entrance I right away feel like I'm in the wrong place. It looks like my elementary school hallway - with these crazy low ceilings and brick details - even some linoleum flooring!
I tip toe around - really quiet in case I'm in the wrong place - pass the Gym 2000 entrance and a few other almost classroom-looking doors to the end of the hallway. An elevator - I think... I can't tell because it has no elevator signage. I must be in the wrong place. I turn around to leave and call Mary and then I see it- a staircase!
So I trudge up three flights of stairs and see a sign that says 'Upper Mall' and a directory saying Madhouse Records' room. So I AM on the right path!
With new found confidence I BURST through the door to the Upper Mall, about the breathe out a triumphant breath - but I pause for a moment.
The mall doesn't look like my interpretation of a mall. Actually... it looks like a historical exhibit I visited one time in San Francisco. It's all brick walls and low ceilings (though not as low as the first level I was one)- ideas for filming music videos just overflowing in my head.
But I'm late!
So I gander & walk at once. It looks like an indoor version of an outdoor village scene. As I search for Madhouse I come across a convenience store with a super cool 4 pane window and some kind of medical office with an incredibly long glass wall at the front.
I'm still hopelessly lost as all of the hallways twist and turn almost as if it's three or four figure eights intwined with one another at random points. There are signs directing me to offices and the convenience shop but not the record store.
My minutes are counting down - I'm out of leeway time... AND THERE IT IS.
Madhouse Records. This one reminds me more of CiTR's internal office (UBC's radio station) with it's glass front and covered back with posters sandwiched between it's layers.
I smile when I realize it's a super cool WITH ACTUAL RECORDS store - I make a mental note to come back to by some for my parents - and walk in to a smiling group of people - Mary, her filming assistance and Rob - the owner of Madhouse.
They invite me to snack on chips and Pepsi while Mary downloads some software and I set up outside the store just a few feet away in the front foyer. It has a really old well marked bench and what looks to be some kind of historical well hookup displayed.
Mary follows me out and we have a nice chat. I set up my iPhone on this cool new stand I bought (for $3!) and her filming assistant Neddy helps me pop into place so I haven't cut my head off.
Then we start our interview (to be found @ www.locals41.com very soon!) and Mary asks if I can do 3 songs for her. Neddy catches some good footage of me singing Never Love Again so I'll post it below for you here...