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Barnhart Blog 6 - 2010 The Year End Review

Joel Barnhart
January 08, 2011



So 2010 is over now, and I figured that, since I really have nothing else to write about, I'd go over some of the highlights of the year.

I've heard a lot of people bitching and moaning about 2010, but I really don't have many complaints. I've made new friends, and partied with the old ones. I finished writing my first feature length screen play (which was actually my resolution last January), I began writing a novel, I hitchhiked for the first time, and I contributed guitar and bass to an album, Max Axiom's Ordo Ab Chao.

It's been a big year for Gameplan, too. This summer we filmed most of Don't Call Me Bambino, the directorial debut of Gameplan's own Dan Langevin. The film is very near completion, and will be the first of many productions coming from the Gameplanpros team. Bambino is a comedy film, starring Dan Langevin, Ryan Ammerman and Grady Kelly, as two tough as nails police officers and the evil villain, respectively. I myself had a role in the movie, as the villain's right hand man, Goon. You can check out the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOyT9369CN8

I've also discovered a fair amount of new music over the past year, which is fortunate, because I'm writing a music blog right now, and haven't actually mentioned music yet.

I've become a huge fan of the Woodchopper's Association, from Toronto, who plays the Merchant Ale House periodically. The first time I heard them, they were playing in support of an album they made with Jah Youssouf. The show was mind blowing, a combination of African music and beats mixed with a more western jazz/big band element.

As I mentioned in an earlier article, I finally got around to seeing Terrorist and Cuntscumb as well. Both bands feature friends of mine. Terrorist is, regrettably no longer active, but Cuntscumb is playing Mikado on the 9th with Live Animal Sex and Rudy Quazar.

I missed S.C.E.N.E 2010 like a sucker, as I was working that day, but it was nonetheless a great event, featuring such artists as The Cancerbats and Shad.

Albums dropped last year include The Booze Sessions, by The Lucky Ones (featuring Steve Stumble of Stumble Records), Max Axiom released Ordo Ab Chao, and The Most Serene Republic released Fantasick Impossibliss, just to name a few.

All in all, it's been a pretty solid year, and I have high hopes for 2011. Dinosaur Bones is releasing an album soon, Don't Call Me Bambino is rapidly reaching completion and should be released later in this year, and I'm hoping to at least start preproduction for my own film this year.

We've also got some good shows coming up this year, including The Johnstones at L3 this Thursday, the aforementioned Cuntscumb/Live Animal Sex show at Mikado on the 9th, and Bedouin Soundclash at Barracuda Pretty on the 27th. You can check out what other shows are coming up at Niagaramusicscene.com

Well, 2010, it's been fun and all, but I got a date with 2011. Let's see if she puts out.