A little over a year ago, Duane Lavold, better known as Custom, passed away. This is Josh's story about Custom's final months. I'm sharing it here with Josh's permission. For some background: I was born in 2001 in Sherbrooke. My family and me lived there until I was 12. We
Mike talks about the passing of Custom, a.k.a. Duane Lavold, with music and clips from episodes with Rosie and Roz Weston. This episode is exactly 28:53. You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways: Subscribe via Apple PodcastsSubscribe via Google PodcastsSubscribe via SpotifySubscribe via
I've just received some terrible news. My friend Duane Lavold, better known as Custom, has passed away at the young age of 54. He died on December 18, 2021 from cardiac arrest. Custom is a fellow Canadian who had an alt-rock radio hit in 2002 with the song Hey Mister
I got an email from Scott asking me to update Custom's MySpace page with new unreleased tunes. I no longer control Custom's MySpace page, so I offered to share a couple of tracks here. This won't be the first time I've done this. I shared an unreleased Custom song a
I uploaded Custom's Hey Mister to my YouTube account back in 2006. Custom and I have been buds for the better part of the past decade, so I actually had his permission to upload the vid. It's his one hit and sort of notorious because it was banned by MTV.
Custom and I became fast friends back in 2004. At that time, he was only 18-months removed from charting with "Hey Mister". In the five years since, he's sent me dozens and dozens of unreleased tracks he puts together on his Mac in his Manhattan loft. Custom, a multi-talented Canadian
Years ago, Custom put out an album entitled "Fast". It was a great album, but it was on the experimental Artistdirect label and everything fell apart shortly thereafter. I came on board Team Custom in 2004, rescuing the teamcustom.com domain from Artistdirect and helping out with the web parts
Do you remember Custom? He had a rock radio hit back in 2002 with the single "Hey Mister" from his debut album Fast. Shortly thereafter, his label went under and that's where I came in. I got to come in and rescue his teamcustom.com domain from the defunct label
I used to have this feature where every Monday I'd shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. I'm not sure why I stopped. I think I'll start it up again. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story
I spoke with Custom today. Custom is a great guy who has had a few bad breaks over the past few years trying to get his music back on store shelves. His 2002 release Fast is solid. It sounds like I might be able to make a very cool Custom
I got the latest issue of Rolling Stone last week, but I'm only getting a chance to read it now. There's an interesting article about how January 2007 was the worst week for CD sales in SoundScan history. The Dreamgirls Soundtrack led the way by moving 66,355 units which
Unreleased Custom songs I believe would be hits WhateverBoth HandsLove LetterCatch MeBong Bubble
Only six days ago I went off on MySpace. I believe I called them facist bastards and worse. They cancelled my myspace.com/teamcustom account without indicating why or giving me a chance to appeal. I was pissed. Custom and I chatted about it that night and he, like many
Personally, I hate MySpace. The pages are ugly as sin, the users are perpetual pre-teens completely void of depth and the network is a cesspool of scams, abuse and danger. For these reasons, I don't have a MySpace page, but as the third most visited page on the web, you've
Ever since I started Custom's MySpace page we've stuck to sharing new, unreleased tunes. People seem to dig the new stuff, but requests for one older song have been flooding in ever since. Today, we decided to give the people what they want. Now streaming at http://www.myspace.com/
Over on Custom's MySpace page I've taken down "Fogg" and am now sharing "Beautiful". We've actually shared "Beautiful" before, but people seem to really dig it so it's back by popular demand. For more on Custom, check out the official site and register for the bulletin board. Give "Beautiful" a
It's been about a year since we re-launched Custom's official site and some felt there was a little too much white space. The clean layout with plenty of white space was actually there by design, web 2.0 and all, but after a year it was probably time to mix
When Custom first sent me fourteen new tracks he was working on, I was blown away. What I haven't been able to write about until today is that he also shared with me a bunch of tunes that he was producing, performing and attributing to a side project he called
I blabbed about RSS when I implemented a feed for this blog on September 17. If you want to know more about RSS, here's the Wikipedia page. It's evolution, baby. Earlier today, I launched an RSS feed for Custom's official web site blog. If want an alert when things start
"Custom" is a rather popular term on the world wide web. There's custom everything, from tee shirts to software, not to mention customs, which opens an entirely new realm of data. I recently spoke to the people who own the domain custom.com only to learn they wanted a small
I maintain the official Custom web site and by far the most popular piece of multimedia over there is Custom's "Hey Mister" video. The star of this video is a sweet girl named Caitlin and she was nice enough to agree to an interview. Here it is for your enjoyment.
I uploaded a bunch of really cool Custom videos so you all could watch them. Ok, I actually uploaded them for visitors to TeamCustom.com, but you can watch them too. In order to watch these videos, all you need to do is install the Google Video Viewer. Once that
Custom's video for his new song "USA" is a thought provoking, politically charged video that's garnered some controversy. You can download the .mov file or watch it in Google Videos. It's raw, it's effective and it's real. On the other side of the spectrum is Dennis Madalone's "America We Stand
One moment can change your life forever. One seemingly typical event on an otherwise normal night has the power to radically alter your life path and turn the world you thought you knew upside down. This is Madison's story. Raised by acadmemic parents in Miami, Madison focused on scholarly pursuits.
Last month I mentioned we were streaming four new Custom tracks from his upcoming album. Today, I took down those four and threw up four more. Now streaming on this Myspace page is "Field", "Television", "Beautiful" and "Truth". They're all awesome, so get over there and turn up your speakers.