August 12, 2014
I am fresh back from SappyFest where I played a truly unforgettable show with my awesome Sentimental Gentleman band. I had such a great time on stage. We were joined on vocals for a couple of songs by Misha Bower (wonderful writer, and member of Eons and Bruce Peninsula) and then we did a couple more with Julie Doiron singing along. Here’s a review of the show.
Julie Doiron & the Wooden Stars
This brings me to my next point: I have been getting ready to hit the road with Julie and my long-lost band the Wooden Stars to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the record we made together. An interesting fun-fact is that we never really toured this release. The recording was the result of a couple years of pretty extensive touring – we played so well together that we felt we should make a document. However, circumstances conspired against us and we never really properly delivered the album to the world in a live format. Even as we won a Juno award (which was utterly unthinkable to us) and the world seemed to perk up to what we were doing, the moment slipped away. Now, for the first time ever, we are going to perform the record as well as some other JD songs from the era. I hope you can make it if we are near you. Here are the dates.
August 20, Arboretum Festival, Ottawa w/ Evening Hymns and Bosveld
August 21, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto w/ Evening Hymns and Jose Contreras
August 22, La Sala Rossa , Montreal w/ Maica Mia
August 23, Peterborough Folk Fest , Peterborough w/ Evening Hymns
MF and Devon Sproule live in Montreal
On Aug 29 at The Plant, I’ll be playing with one of my great pals, of whom I am one of the biggest fans. Devon’s records have meant a lot to me, and our friendship has only made them more special. We’ve joined each other on stage more than a few times now. We’ll each be doing our own sets, but I think it’s safe to assume there’ll be lots of collaboration too… see you there?
Here is Devon singing on my Singer Songer record:
July 17, 2014 Respond
Just a quick note to share with you a fun cover I did two summers ago here in Montreal.
Myself, Peter X and Loel Campbell got together at Matt Lederman’s one sweltering night during the peak of the student protests and knocked out one of my favourite Bob Dylan songs. Matt recorded the whole thing and mixed it much later. Thought I’d share it with you all. Enjoy!
July 9, 2014 Respond
A little bit of news for you all.
There are a few shows coming up for the summer, and more to be added throughout the fall and beyond, but you already knew that.
In other news, I have posted a new version of the Mind Parade podcast. Thus Owls chatted with me about their new record and their process of making the music they do. Check it out!
Julie Doiron & the Wooden Stars shows:
Also, aside from the MF shows, there is something else quite special brewing. It turns out that this year is the 15th anniversary of the album we made as Julie Doiron & the Wooden Stars. It’s a great album, and we never toured it as such – most of the mass of touring that we did was done before this record was made. Anyhow, we are doing a small string of shows in August, and we’ll be very happy to see you if you can make it to any of them.
See you soon. Also check out the MF shows.
June 24, 2014 Respond
I’ve just wrapped up production of a new full-length, which won’t see the light of day until at least a year or so from now. I’m excited for people to hear it, but in the meantime there’s lots of work still to do in bringing Tambourine Death Bed and Singer Songer to the world. I can’t help but feel these records haven’t reached all the people that want to hear them. So, watch for shows throughout the summer and beyond.
Singer Songer sees Feuerstack and his “associates” take his wry storytelling and sonic picture-making in new directions, with a fresh vocalist on each track. The result is enjoyably cohesive, even as your ears shift from Devon Sproule’s dreamy reverie to a wistful shuffle from Constantines’ Bry Webb, and the Weakerthans’ John K. Samson is instantly recognizable on the character piece Friday Night Guard. But Feuerstack lingers on, providing guitar and backing vocals, likely smiling from ear to ear as his friends shine new light into his lyrical corners. – Stephen Cooke, The Chronical Herald
The intimacy of Feuerstack’s keen observations, whether in the flowers that grow in a city or the striking fact that “you’re too young to be so old,” hits listeners square between the eyes without any overcomplicated arrangements clouding the powerful significance of his lyrics. – Melody Lau, Exclaim.
Things have slowed down a little, and that’s a good thing. I’ve got a new skateboard and a bit of free time. Happy summer.
May 8, 2014 Respond
SINGER SONGER IS OUT NOW EVERYWHERE AND EVERYHOW
Don’t be fooled! Although the beautiful limited edition blue vinyl version of Songer Songer came out on Record Store Day, it is now also available on CD and digital formats. Of course LPs are also still available. Track it down from Whitehorse YK’s Headless Owl Records and/or Halifax’s Forward Music. I am really proud if this project, and very happy it’s now available to anyone who wants it. Read about it and hear tracks in the previous blog posts.
SAPPY FOREVER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR
I’ll be playing a few shows this month, on the Sappy Forever launch tour. Sappy Forever is a coffee table book celebrating the first 8 years of Sappy Fest, which is a music festival that happens each year in Sackville NB. See the dates page. Also more information here: http://ymlp.com/zzlbFl
I’ve just returned from Whitehorse, where Headless Owl were awesome enough to invite me to do a show to celebrate the release of Singer Songer. Beautiful show, beautiful people. I left there feeling pretty lucky and grateful.
Besides that, I have been working away a new recording. Tracking is completed and I am deep in mix world, learning as I go. The record will be done by the end of June, but I suppose it will likely be a long time before I get a chance to share it. After all, Singer Songer just hit the streets.
Other than all that, keep an ear out for shows peppered throughout the summer – and bigger plans crystallizing for the autumn… I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for reading.
April 17, 2014 Respond
I am a little late getting this one up, but here you go. Laurel ‘Little Scream‘ Sprengelmeyer tears up your heart and patches it back up with her take on this number. Enjoy. This is the last one to be posted before the record comes out for real on Saturday!
Record Store Day is imminent. I’ll be celebrating by spending a lot of money on records. I’ll also do a little performance at 6pm at my neighbourhood store Phonopolis. Come out if you are in the Montreal area.
Incidentally, you can hear me sing a couple songs from ‘Singer Songer’ (as well as a very old song from the very first Snailhouse record). Check out the session!
April 6, 2014 Respond
Here is the latest “Singer Songer” track to be made public. It features my friend and yours, the basin voiced Mathias Kom (AKA The Burning Hell). I wrote this song knowing exactly how it would sound on him, but it didn’t make it any less magic when I finally heard the man himself sing it. I hope you enjoy it too…
If you want to know more about the project, just read down the previous posts. It comes out really soon on LP and you’ll be able to either buy or order it.
March 27, 2014 Respond
This time we’ve got “Stories”, featuring The Luyas‘ Jessie Stein. There are also some sweet background vocals in there courtesy of Wren Kitz and yours truly. Enjoy!
Singer Songer is a collaborative record of songs I wrote and recorded for other people to sing. It comes out on limited edition blue vinyl on Record Store Day 2014 through Headless Owl and Forward Music. It also features a few other great musicians: Peter X, Jeremy Gara, Pietro Amato, Mathieu Charbonneau.
Check back soon,
March 20, 2014 Respond
April 19th is coming – Singer Songer will finally be available…
For now, we’re just teasing them out one at a time.
Here’s “Did I?”, which features Bry Webb on vocals. I alwasy think of this stylistically as a tiny bit of a nod to JJ Cale who we lost last year. Bry delivered it exactly as I’d hoped he would. Enjoy!
For those of you just tuning in, Singer Songer is an album I made – a collection of songs that I wrote and produced for other people to sing. The album is chock-full of guests who rule.
It comes out on limited edition blue vinyl on Record Store Day 2014 through Headless Owl and Forward Music.
March 13, 2014 Respond
Another song from Singer Songer has been made available to listen to in advance of the record’s release in April through Forward Music and Headless Owl.
Singer Songer is an album I made of songs for other singers to sing. The newest posting features Devon Sproule.
PS – You can also hear Devon as the guest on episode 2 of my Mind Parade podcast.