billy and the lost boys

New Billy and the Lost Boys Tunes

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New Billy and the Lost Boys stuff is now up on iTunes.

For those that don’t know, Billy and the Lost Boys were the rock band I fronted for many moons that took me all over the country playing my arse off. It was my years with the Lost Boys that started my love for touring, playing live, throwing out the map and finding our own way/staying up all night trying to figure out this crazy world/making fun number one/living like our lives were a long weekend/getting lost just to wind up someplace new AKA THE LOST CAUSE!!! 🙂

I decided to do an online only release this time around. That said, if you’d like a physical copy or want me to email you the songs, I will set it up so that you can do so on our online store. For now though, check out

http://www.itunes.com/billyandthelostboys and pick up your copy of Off The Map 🙂

Time

Oh mah gaaaaaad.

Soooo busy.

New music video. Coming out this week. Woohoo!

Mixing new Billy and the Lost Boys songs. Woohoo!

Learning to read MUSIC. I know, right 😉

Show plans: up coming. Just getting out the map and remembering how to drive.

Couple gigs in Vancouver, one with the singer of the Loved Ones doing an acoustic set. Check out the show page for deets.

Time.

Where does it go?

I do not know.

Win A Prize, Get A Thing, See A Show

Hey Gang.

Couple things…playing some shows, including Tomorrow at the Hotel Cafe and July 28th with Our Lady Peace at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Details attached, please let me know if you’re able to make it.

So, I got this new website, and I had an idea (stop me if you’ve heard this): If you put a link to the new site http://www.BillytheKidOnline.com on your Facebook, Myspace, Blog, Website etc., I will send you a signed promo photo and/or thank thank you letter. Just let me know where you’ve put the link and where to send you your mail.

Lots of new merch including hats, bags, aprons, key chains, mugs, beer steins and dog shirts at http://www.zazzle.com/billythekidlost

I’m in the studio working on some new Billy and the Lost Boys tunes as well as some new Billy the Kid material. If you want to keep up to date on the struggles of producing, engineering, writing and recording your own album (a first for me!) follow my blog at http://www.BillytheKidBlog.com

Last but not least: I’m thinking of starting a Video Blog. Anything you’d like to know or any questions you might have for me?

Thank you so much for your support…love you to bits.

-Billy the Kid
http://www.reverbnation.com/bilythekid
http://www.twitter.com/billypettinger
http://www.myspace.com/billythekid

Stan, Anvil, Tofu Scramble


The other day I went to Venice Beach for the first time.

I went to Venice to hang out with a living legend by the name of Stan “The Baron” Behrens. I met Stan (like many of my favourite people on this planet) because of a certain producer named Raine Maida. Raine had already called Randy Cooke and Joe Karnes in to do the session and while recording, we started talking about getting a harmonica player for a couple tracks. Joe recommended Stan, and the rest is history.

Stan grew up in New York and has played with the likes of Willie Dixon, Canned Heat, Ruth Brown…he’s even on a Four Tops record! You can also hear him in the T.V. show “My Name Is Earl” (among others). Stan is a supremely talented multi-instrumentalist and we had a blast walking around (and over) the canals of Venice while catching up (the guy has a million amazing stories…and such a sweet man).

Yesterday I wrapped up the last of the electric guitars for the firs batch of Billy and the Lost Boys tunes. I finally owned up to the fact that, left to my own devices, I will take all day to get ONE guitar sound. So, we asked a friend to come in and help for a few hours. Being on the clock and having a little input turned out to be exactly what I needed. I finished everything in about 6 hours and then it was off to see Anvil: The Movie followed by a very special performance by Anvil: The Band! (followed by Tofu Scramble at Swinger’s Restaurant. Yum.)

Little Known Fact Day 12: I have been listening to nothing but Ryan Adams records for two months straight

Gearing Up

Guy from Five For Fighting is recording in the studio right now. He just came out and said hi…nice guy.

I’m sitting in the backyard contemplating arrangements and lyrics for upcoming tunes. These upcoming tunes are actually old tunes that I’ve put on hold for the last year as I focused on creating and releasing my first solo album The Lost Cause. I’ll always have rock in my blood…and I’ll always have those folk-y slow songs comin’ out of me too. I like doing both things. Actually, I like doing lots of things. My mind wanders easily and the more I have on my plate the less time I have to be distracted.

Tomorrow I start finishing the new Billy and the Lost Boys album. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a long way away for even being CLOSE to done, but at least I’ll begin the last of the vocals and guitar of the first batch of tunes. Then we’ll start drums etc. for the next batch. I’m planning to spend most of my summer doing this (or at least whenever the studio is free) and I’m hoping that by the time I go back to Canada I’ll have something to consider releasing.

I also have to start working on an exclusive track for the Swim Drink Fish Music people who so kindly asked to include me in their next compilation CD (past/present contributors include Broken Social Scene, Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie, Pete Seeger, Stars, Sarah Harmer, Great Lake Swimmers and Wintersleep).

Then it’s off to Raine’s to finish mixing the rest of the songs on his had drive from the last time I was in town. I cannot begin to express how much I am looking forward to doing something, ANYThing even closely related to music. After I got back from that tour in March I’ve barely played a single note let alone a show. Anyway…here’s to the future 🙂

It Is Highly Unlikely That Anyone Knows The Following Day 10: When I was a kid I was in Tae Kwon Do and was the only person to ever “skip” a whole belt. I went from green right to red. Did that make me any more of a superb ninja? No.