Eric Stach wailing at Studio 105 (presumably) with what looks to be a Catherine Morrisey masterpiece in the background … courtesy of londoner.ca … but JBNBlog would love to add the photographer credit
Poster for the last Indie Underground show at Call the Office (Oct. 29, 2014) . . . courtesy of facebook.com/IndieUG
This Halloween, JBNBlog has mixed emotions as he salutes two long-running #ldnont music events bidding adieu . . . free music icon & sax hero Eric Stach says 2nite (Friday, Oct. 31, 2014) session at Studio 105 (105 Clarence St. in SoHo) will be his last public performance in #ldnont. Eric has been playing here for decades & the Friday night sessions have been a great drop-in attractions in recent years.
Meanwhile, DJ Aaron McMillan has said Wednesday night’s Indie Underground was the last at Call the Office . . . in both cases, whatever regrets felt here about inspiring #ldnont things coming to an end is overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude to Aaron & Eric for being leaders & heroes & creating a space & place for art & fun. Thank you both.
Best wishes … & hope to see you all at Studio 105 for sonic treats 2nite.
Here’s some of what Aaron has on Facebook:
It’s with great sadness that I have to announce that last night’s Indie Underground (October 29th) was the last at Call The Office.
Indie Underground started on Saturday, October 6th, 2012 and since its inception there’s been over 100+ nights over the 2+ years that people have sought out and found refuge in the indie / alternative dance music and activities that have always been associated with the night. From retro video gaming, jenga, video projections, live liquid light overhead projections and beyond. Besides the standard Wednesday nights, there have been some very special / memorable events, from as recent as last night’s CHRW 33rd Anniversary party to this past New Years Eve Party, The Devil’s Night Costume Party, The Red Party Valentines Day London Food Bank Fundraiser, St. Patricks Day and a handful of weekend and patio parties that were always incredible! There were also a short number of “Indie Underground Presents” nights where I was able to bring in Local and out of town bands / talent to play before I DJ’ed.
First and foremost, I need to thank all the regulars who have supported the event every week for the last two years. It’s because of you that this night has lasted as long as it has. Each and every one of you are special to London’s Indie / Alternative Scene. Please, If we aren’t already friends are Facebook yet, add me.
I want thank the Wednesday night bar staff (Matty) and security (Nav and Sean “Killer” O’May) for sticking with me and supporting me from the start. I will truly miss our Wednesday nights together.
. . . . (as for the future) . . . .
I am open to Hosting / DJing / Scene Building at other venues / special events it the future if there is a good fit. If you’re sad and really want me to DJ a a regular basis, don’t lose hope, as it could happen, it would just need to be 1) Monthly, 2) On a weekend and 3) At a venue that would work with me to grow the night. If there is a venue / pop-up venue or bar that you think would be a good fit, let’s talk.
In the meantime, there’s still a way to get your new indie / alternative music fix, and that’s by visiting www.IndieUnderground.ca, daily. Almost every song that I have played over the last 2+ years has been blogged about on that site, plus so many more!
Indie Underground at Call The Office really was a labour of love, true grit and determination (especially with waking up and being at work every Thursday morning at 8:30am). Thanks to many of you who also stayed up late and went to work / school early the next day!
Again, thank you for everything!
Your friend, Aaron McMillan