Aaron Ricker And The Stickers | Ha Ha Cemetery

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Ha Ha Cemetery

by Aaron Ricker And The Stickers

DIY urban folk, sometimes teasing music out of everyday objects and/or the odd field recording.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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Aaron Ricker and the Stickers live between Moncton and Montreal, making music in the cracks. When listing the related genres for this CD, they should be 1) DIY, 2) DIY, and 3) DIY (in that order)...

The HA Ha Cemetery actually exists. It\'s in New Horton, NB. Aaron was struck by the name. In the summer of 2007, he camped at the Ha Ha Cemetery in New Horton, NB, and worked on funny songs about the people buried there. He recorded them that winter, in McGill\'s Birks Chapel in the middle of the night.

New Horton is Maritime Gothic. Weatherbeaten signs haunt the rough winding roads, heavy with quiet and time. Tiny old-fashioned graveyards grow free, like mushroom circles.

New Horton’s Ha Ha Cemetery is, like every cemetery, a book of knock-knock jokes. First, a ritual signal, a somebody on the other side.

We play along. Who’s there? A laconic answer comes, a name. Lavinia Reed.

Now we can’t stop. We ask the whole scene to help co-write the punch line. Lavinia Reed who? Why, Lavinia Reed the daughter of William and Eliza Reed right over there. Lavinia Reed who was sweet like the clover honeysuckle we pick by her stone, shy like the horsefly dive-bombing us as we bend to read her dates and her little poem. Lavinia who pronounced her name to rhyme with \"gardenia\" - not \"Abyssinia\" - because she thought it sounded more continental. Lavinia Reed who found these loud flies and these quiet roads rather annoying. That’s who!

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songwriting excellence
Aaron Ricker and his (quite literal) stickers is a prolific do-it-yourself artist who, for me, is the one artist who proves more than any other that the best ones aren't famous; it just doesn't work like that. Ricker is, in my opinion, the best songwriter alive. His lyrics stand alone as poetry, and yet fit naturally and playfully into the music to which they are set (which in itself is a showcase of incredible guitar-playing). Each song works on more than one level, and each album is a unified concept (to the point of being almost anal) - and a real work of visual and lyrical art. There are always treasures enough in an Aaron Ricker and the Stickers album to keep you discovering for years! It might take 10 or 20 listens before you realize that the song about the ocean uses water glasses as the percussion, or that those are NOT drums ... but BOOKS in the song about the nerd -- that the song about coffee lasts exactly as long as the coffee pot ever-so-madly perking in the background. The concept of this particular album revolves around the creepy-yet-quaint Ha-Ha Cemetery - a real-life New-Brunswick spot. Aaron decided that a graveyard with a name like Ha-Ha needed a funny album. During the writing of the album, he actually went and camped there, among the ghouls, and imagined for each of them a humourous demise. The lyrics are hilarious and - true to Aaron's songwriting style - packed with literary prowess: internal rhyme, allusion, playful assonance, and just plain wit. Yet while remaining funny until the umpteenth listen, these songs are also lovely. The album is a poignant meditation on death and a powerful affirmation of life, in all its sad and fleeting splendour. Although Ricker never masters his albums, causing them to play a bit quieter on iTunes, and they are all mixed totally low-fi, they are well, well worth it. Despite Ricker's stubborn do-it-yourself aesthetic, his stuff has craftsmanship and talent. This is songwriting excellence.