• Thanks for the hoots

    Thanks for the hoots

    Holy mackerel. All I really need to say here and now is thanks. Last week’s shows were some of the most satisfying ones I’ve done in all my years. I want to thank all you for coming and listening, and send thanks and love to everyone who played with me: Jeremy, Stef, Nathan, Laurel, and Colin.

    There is always a better performance you could have done, or a better sound you could have gotten, or better song you could have written. In the end, what really matters is that in the moment of documentation you were truly there to receive and interpret the spirit of the thing. There is a kind of perfection in that. That’s how I felt about the record, and these shows embodied that feeling in real time.

    It was a real pleasure to perform the album somewhat faithfully to the recorded versions of the songs. Since the album was made in fits and starts, most of those songs had never been performed in that way. It was really great to re-assemble the music live. The fact that so many folks showed up to listen just made it all the better. I’m still a-buzz from the whole thing.

    I also have to thank Neil Haverty (who opened all the shows) for his beautiful, generous music, as well as for his beautiful, generous contribution to the logistics of making the shows happen. Yes.

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    IN OTHER NEWS:

    Other MF shows will happen later in the summer. For now, I will be off on tour for much of June as a member of The Luyas. If we are in your town, come and say hi. Get the dates here. We are travelling with Julian Lynch all over the north-east of Canada and the US. We will act as Julian’s band for the shows, and he’ll sit in with us as well.

    The week before last was spent in the studio with Montreal’s Bent By Elephants. I am collaborating with them on their new recordings in the role of co-producer. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and the basic tracks are sounding amazing. I’ll keep you posted on the developments as we move along. I think you can probably expect this recording to materialize before the year is up.

    Also – I took part in a great tribute to the band Share, brought to you by our friends at The Acadian Embassy. The band’s songwriter, Andrew Sisk, has made stacks and stacks of great records. A whole bunch of great artists took part in the tribute. My contribution is a duet which I recorded with my friend Nadja (Binoculers) on a tour off-day in her hometown of Hamburg. We loved doing it, and we can only hope it has made Andrew and the other b0ys from Share happy, flattered or at least neutral . You can hear/buy the digital release below:

    OK – you are up to date with goings on for now. Please check back often, because I am sure I forgot a whole bunch of stuff. It’s my way.

    xo MF

  • Upcoming shows, new performance video

    Hello everyone…

    Just a quick note. I am gearing up for shows next week, and I’ll finally bring Tambourine Death Bed to you in person. I have assembled an amazing band for the tour: Jeremy Gara, Stef Schneider, and Nathan Gage. Montreal and Ottawa will also get to see Laurel Sprengelmeyer join on us on vocals. It’s an absolute pleasure to play with these people, and I can assure you they are lifting the songs to new heights. I hope to see you.

    Also – I took time out a couple of weeks ago to shoot a live performance video with my pals Clark Ferguson and Tod Van Dyk. Check it out here.

    I’ll try to update you more regularly. For now, back to work…
    xo
    MF

  • Tambourine Death Bed is out today!

    Hi Everyone

    I am immensely proud to say that ‘Tambourine Death Bed’ is out, as of today, through the helping hands of my friends at Forward Music. If you can’t find it in your local store, ask for it and they’ll get it for you.

    So far, the response and encouragement have been staggering. Thanks so much for your kind words and generous ears. Check the ‘events’ page to see where we’ll be playing launch shows this month. More shows will be coming together as time marches on.

    In the meantime, the best way I can deal with the anxiety and/or excitement is by strapping on the headphones and getting down to work on some new sounds. Well, that and taking in some sun on my bike. I think there’s time for both. Happy spring everyone, and I hope you enjoy the record as much as I enjoyed making it.

    If you are that way inclined, you can also track down the album at iTunes.

    xo MF

  • Greetings, thanks, news, and new record info.

    Hi Everyone

    Greetings from Paris. This solo tour is coming to an end. I am gearing up for my last show, which is tonight at Le Motel.

    Once again, I want to send a huge thank you to all the people who made this tour happen. I rely on a big network of amazing, passionate music lovers, and I feel very grateful to have been able to call on them to turn two weeks on the calendar into a proper tour. You know who you are! I thank you with all my heart.

    In other news, I will be coming home a little early, as The Luyas have had to cancel the second leg of our European tour for health reasons. We appreciate all the good vibes, and we’ll be back to see you soon.

    AND FINALLY…

    The release date for Tambourine Death Bed is coming up fast!
    In the meantime, you can save time and a bit of cash by pre-ordering from Forward Music.

    Pre-Order LP

    Pre-Order CD

    Orders will ship at the end of April to arrive before the release date of May 7.

    We also have a very limited-edition 7″ on the way for Record Store Day, which you can order from your local record store. Please do!

    Have a listen to Shadow from said 7″

    xo MF

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • NEW VIDEO and SALE on SNAILHOUSE back-catalogue

    Hi

    I just wanted to announce the newly released video for “I Never Woke Up” from the last Snailhouse record, Sentimental Gentleman. Check it out below… The record is of course available from White Whale and Forward Music.

    Snailhouse – I Never Woke Up – Official

    This is the official video for ‘I Never Woke Up’ from Snailhouse’s Sentimental Gentleman.
    Directed by Jared Raab and Lindsay MacKay

    Remember! Tambourine Death Bed, the new Michael Feuerstack record, is coming out in May through Forward Music. All of the elements are being assembled now, and I am stoked to be able to deliver it to you then.

    In the meantime, here’s a chance to get up to date with the considerable Snailhouse back-catalogue: all titles (mail order and download) are on mega-sale this winter through snailhouse.bandcamp.com. Stop by and browse! Downloads are pay-what-you-wish and CDs and LPs are cheap. Cheap.

    MF.