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here, there, and everywhere with the SRB

hey lovelies!

happy sunday in the summer! are you on summer vacation? or better yet, a sam-cation? is there a patio and cold drinks? maybe some live music? i hope so, ’cause that’s what i want for you. 

this post is a hot mess – kinda here, there, and everywhere – just like weekends in the summer always seem to be. we haven’t talked in forever, and there is much to talk about, so let’s do this! 

#tbt! it’s a two #tbt week! #tbtx2 the first is right here – sam and justin timberlake (god bless you, internet) at SARSstock. here’s a second throwback, ’cause why the heck not?!  let’s throwback to sam’s 2004 trip to mexico with muchmusic to film a documentary on sweatshops. here’s a random screen grab of sam from director liz mars’ website. click here to stream the documentary and read more about his trip.


lemme tell ya, there’s a whole lotta SRB awesome on the ol’ internet. i made us this list of links. they’re fun and i like them. when i find more, you’ll be the first to know. 

so! folk fest in regina next week! then tumbler ridge! thank god, because i haven’t seen the SRB live in FOREVER, and i’m starting to get the shakes. if you see me, say hi! just look for the girl wearing the SRB shirt having THE best time ever, ’cause that’ll be me.


ps: this is what hometown heroes see when they play osheaga, courtesy of josh’s twitter. it’s getting lots of love right now. also, the SRB just hit fify thousand likes on facebook. congrats, the SRB!


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#tbt: inside your threads with sam in mexico

if the sam roberts band wore a uniform, it’d be a canadian tuxedo. obviously. this is a no-brainer.

if you watch this borderline related, kinda relevant (stay with me, folks) clip of sam and dave’s visit to toronto’s indie 88, sam declares their devotion to denim near the end, and dave is appropriately head-to-toe. 

let’s throwback to 2004, when sam went to mexico with muchmusic to film the documentary ‘inside your threads’ to help raise awareness about the conditions in sweatshops, and the lives of people who work endless hours making jeans for north american consumers.

if i wore a uniform, it would be an SRB t-shirt. exactly one-half of my closet is SRB t-shirts. (the other half, non-SRB band t-shirts). an SRB t-shirt paired with a cardigan is office wear, and don’ t let anyone tell you otherwise.

if you were wondering . . .  the last SRB t-shirt i added to my collection is american apparel. this is cool because a) american apparel brand t’s are easily the most awesome of all the band t’s, and b) no sweatshops.

‘inside your threads’ also features jully black and hawksley workman. the soundtrack features ‘no sleep’ and ‘the canadian dream,’ and you can stream the whole documentary right here.

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#tbt: sr and jt at SARSstock

it’s the eleventh anniversary of SARSstock (aka molson canadian rocks for toronto) this month. to celebrate one of the SRB’s most important performances ever- their late-morning, fifteen-minute set at the biggest concert in canadian history – let’s throwback to 2003 and this lovely photo of sam (aka sr) and justin timberlake (aka jt) i found online t’other day, courtesy of fanpix

sr and jt

sadly, the internet let us all down, ’cause there appears to be NO footage of the SRB’s actual performance anywhere and believe me, I looked.

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#tbt: sunny lemon tina

We are throwing wa-hey back this Thursday, all the way back to Northstar and Sunny Lemon Tina.

It’s we, rather than me, ’cause i’m not doing much today. The man himself is throwing back Thursday for us. I’m gonna add a You Tube link and hit publish. Sam will take care of everything else.

If you reach the last page of the internet (aka page nine million and three of google search results), you’ll find a now-defunct Sam Roberts Band fan blog. Despite the heartbreaking amount of dead links (why must you hurt me so, internet? why!??!), the blog is an oldie and a goodie, and includes a few entries from SRB’s old myspace page – the stories of Northstar rarities from Sam himself.

obviously, because you’re here right now and we’re friends, you know northstar (formerly william) is the almost-srb before the srb, and included sam, jimmy, and eric. northstar broke up in 1999. they released one ep. this ep is crazy rare, collectible, and almost impossible to find. note i said ALMOST. that was a hint, ’cause there’s good things brewing at the bootleg saint these days. you should come back again, and we’ll talk more.

until then! take it away, sam . . .

The story of Sunny Lemon Tina is a tumultuous one, winding its way through the past twelve years, a song looking for both a home and an identity. In fact, I’ve never written a song that has had a tougher time establishing exactly what it wants to be. Even the ill-fated “Sweet Love” (see episode 3) was more assertive, despite its devastatingly soporific effect on the crowd. It was back in 1995… Ivan had been reading a “Toilet Seat Classics” book, based on commonly misheard song lyrics and suggested that “Sunny Lemon Tina” would become the Feminine Anti-Hero/Muse who would lead our band to great heights. But first, she needed a song, which seemed simple enough at the time. The words were the same as those you are listening to now, however, the melody, chords, everything else were different.

According to our friend Dave, this first incarnation, now forgotten, sounded like a band we were into, called The Boo Radleys. He liked it so much that he offered to manage our band. We agreed, although we were suspicious of Dave’s motives and therefore decided that we would completely change the song. If he stayed, despite the subversion, he must mean business. We kept the same words and set them to an entirely new tune. Dave stayed, but after a few months we decided the song had still not reached its fullest potential and scrapped it again.

And so on… over the course of the next few years, this process was applied to poor Tina more times than was decent. You might be asking “Why not just start a new song? Why not just leave Tina be?” “Valid imaginary questions,” I’d answer, “and ones to which I do not have a reasonable reply.” The North Star EP version (the one your hearing today), is the form which has had the most staying power, although we recorded versions for both the Brother Down LP and We Were Born In A Flame (didn’t make the cut).

In 2002, we opened almost every show with Sunny Lemon Tina on our first tour with the Tragically Hip and we still pull it out of the bag once in a while. In a way, Ivan’s prediction was right, she has been both a guide and a muse, her refusal to be defined a constant thorn in our side, but also a reason to keep looking for new ways. Talks are under way for another version. THE VERSION….

ladies and gentlemen, may i present to you . . . sunny lemon tina. enjoy!

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