• April 06, 2013 – Dusseldorf – DE – Kassette

  • Binoculers

    Greetings from the road

    I am presently en route from Hamburg to Cologne with my trusty side-kick Témy. You’ve heard of Batman, yes? Témy is like my Robin. He’s been invaluable as a driver, roadie, lackey, and general yes-man. I mean, the guy just bought 4 cartons of chocolate milk – it’s like he thinks of everything.

    Now I am three shows into my own tour, and we sadly just parted ways with Nadja (Binoculers) who organized the concerts (and shared the stage as well) in Hamburg, Göttingen and Kiel. All 3 shows were small and great. Our musics went together well, and the crowds were warm and quite patient with my stream-of-consciousness-mind-parade banter. We will miss Nadja greatly – her hospitality and music and her general heart and soul. We played a few songs together as well, and I do believe we have planted the seed for more future collaboration. If you ever get a chance to see Binoculers, do yourself the favour of checking it out.

    Let’s rewind a bit: this whole adventure started over 2 weeks ago when The Luyas (in which I play lap steel) began their tour of France, as part of the festival Les Femmes s’en Mêlent. I felt free of blogging duties through that portion of the journey, satisfying myself with the rationalization that it might confuse people if I blog about touring with another band. Suffice to say that it was amazing. France showed us its cold weather and warm food; its old churches and its new sound systems. It was easy and fun, due in no small part to our tour manager/sound tech/driver/soul-guide, Remco. Remco is a superhero with his own side-kick built in; a bon-vivant authoritarian with the full spectrum of skills to babysit a bunch of Canadian wankers while letting them still feel they are in charge. We were blessed by great shows and great company.

    Anyhow, since my own tour started a few days ago, the blog-pressure has been building to get in touch with you all.

    It feels really good to be singing and playing my songs again. This new record has not been preformed very much (it’s not even out yet), and so everything is feeling very fresh and new on the stage. It’s a whole new challenge. I am approaching a new level of presence and interpretation with the songs. When the show is done right, I get an exhausted satisfaction of a good day of hard work. Something new has developed and worked it’s way into the experience, and I’m into it.

    In a few hours, I’ll be playing in the early evening in a vintage clothing store in Cologne. I’d better get back to making mixed CDs to keep Témy happy (no iPod hook-up). Santo and Johnny to calm us down, and Betty Davis to shake us up.
    Adios duders, chat soon.
    xo MF

  • April 04, 2013 – Cologne – DE – Vintage Emde

  • April 03, 2013 – Kiel – DE – Hansa 48

  • April 02, 2013 – Gӧttingen – DE – Hostel 37

  • April 01, 2013 – Hamburg – DE – Nord

  • New record details, EU tour and beyond.

    Hello hello hello!

    As you may or may not have heard, my new record is officially slated for release on May 7, through my friends at Forward Music. We have already made a song available for you all. It’s been circulating, but if you haven’t heard it yet, please check it out!

    The record is called Tambourine Death Bed, and I recorded it mostly at home, with contributions from some very special friends. I’m very proud to deliver it – it’s been along wait.

    I am writing you now from gorgeous and noisy Paris, where we have just kicked off a little France tour with The Luyas (I’m playing lap steel with them). I’ve just arrived and had a day to recover. Immediately following this tour, I will do two weeks of my own solo MF shows in Germany, Belgium and ending in Paris (dates below). I couldn’t be more thrilled to be playing all this new material on stage finally. If we are all lucky, I may even have a limited number of CDs to sell – even in advance of the official release date. Shhhh.

    Furthermore, in advance of the album release, we’ll do a limited edition 7″ of two songs more from the same sessions, Wolves (which some of you May know from the Snailhouse demos) and Shadow. My lovely and talented pal Nick Kuepfer is working on a silkscreened cover. If all goes as planned, this treat will be available for Record Store Day (Saturday, April 20).

    I sincerely apologize for the ‘all business’ tone of this note. However, the absence of whimsical musing and mildly humorous self-deprecation is due only to the fact that there is so much exciting news to share. I want to keep it short so you can go out and play – it’s almost spring after all.
    I’ll try ot keep the blog posts coming.

    Lots of love,
    MF.

    PS – We’ve already gotten some pretty kind words for “Bones in the River”:

    “There’s strength in his subtlety, a fortitude developed over the years. Feuerstack doesn’t sport a breastplate built to withstand musket volleys or parry bayonet thrusts. No, Feuerstack wears nothing more than the confidence of knowing he can withstand whatever attack life launches. He walks with his chest ripped open and his heart exposed, breaking and beating in public view.” – Herohill

  • March 15, 2013 – Trois Rivières, Qc – TBA

  • March 14, 2013 – Montreal, QC – Canada – Cagibi

  • Hello and welcome to the new Site

    Thanks for stopping by. This is the new site – new look, and a tonne of new information. I have Scott Da Ros to thank for making it look and work as well as it does. Scott works with me pretty closely on many aspects of what I do, and so I’ll express one zillionth of my gratitude here and now: thanks, Scott.

    If you look around, you will see that the tone of the site is informal. I’m actually writing about all this stuff, and I’ve decided that it’s cool for you to know how I feel about my work and what I’m up to (but of course no statement makes it on here without full approval of my entire legal team). I’ll make you a deal: you stop by once in a while, and I’ll try to keep it interesting and somewhat interactive. You can write me with questions or comments  or you can just lurk. Do what you feel.

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    Of course the biggest news is that Tambourine Death Bed (my new record) is coming out in May through my good friends at Forward Music. The cover image is a pinhole photo taken by Caro Desilets.

    OK – lots of info still to come, but for now I just want to say hi and welcome.

    xo MF