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SOUND SEEKERS: Michael Feuerstack drops the Snailhouse handle, hits Raw Sugar for CD release show

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Mike Feuerstack Drops a Name, Kicks Up the Rhythm

Michael Feuerstack has changed his stage name. He now performs music under his given and family names, having outgrown the Snailhouse handle, which he used over eight albums.

“I was afraid to be branded as a singer-songwriter in the media or by other musicians,” Feuerstack explains. “I wanted to work with collaborators and not be stuck with just guitar and voice and so I used that name, but artistically Snailhouse wasn’t speaking for me anymore.”

Aside from the name change, much will be familiar to fans of Feuerstack’s work, which dates back to the early ‘90s when he played guitar for the Wooden Stars.

The Ottawa band earned national acclaim with their 1999 Juno win for their album collaboration with Julie Doiron. Their music — reflective, with an almost meditative quality —  launched dozens of other bands on the same musical ilk. It was practically the soundtrack of Centretown and is often cited as a definitive mark in the evolution of an Ottawa sound.

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SOUND SEEKERS: Fame! Fortune! Creativity! Revealing the secret desires of Rock Lottery participants

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The Ottawa Rock Lottery is a big ol’ love-in for the local music scene. It’s the community cup of spontaneous music-making that happens annually with proceeds going to charity. The fifth edition takes place this weekend with 25 musicians participating.

Daniel Spence, centre, of The Pelts will participate in the fifth annual Rock Lottery.

It works like this: on Friday night, organizers put the names of individual musicians into a hat. They draw out five names at a time and put those people together to form an insta-band. Over the next 24 hours, those five new bands create a half-hour set of original music to be performed on Saturday night for all to see.

The hilarity, camaraderie, rivalry, shining moments, and flubs are what make the show interesting, particularly to those who see live music often and are familiar with the city’s band-folk. The Ottawa Rock Lottery deck-shuffling allows those people to display talents that may be hidden in their other bands — or perhaps the deadline pressures will be evident. As organizers promise on their Facebook page: “It could be great. It could be awful.”

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SOUND SEEKERS: Have You Done the Pee Dance? Hey Buster releases second CD of kids’ music

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Three years ago, singer-songwriter Sherwood Lumsden rounded up the dads in his Preston Street neighbourhood to form a band. He knew Matt Young and Geoff Paisley for years before that — but he never knew their vocal talents until they started writing songs for their kids as the band Hey Buster.

The new album features cover art by Sherwood Lumsden’s son, Thomas Slaughter, 7.

Between the three dads — plus newest recruit Tom Stewart (Furnaceface, Slo’ Tom) — the band members have nine kids from the ages of two to 9. They write tunes for little ones without the preachy educational elements common to kids’ music. Their style hits somewhere between Junkyard Symphony and Robert Munsch with lyrics about family life that are observational and funny. Hey Buster’s first album called Bing Bang Bong was released in 2010 and includes songs about poo, pee, pink eye, and getting lice.

The song “Lice Twice” is about an experience familiar to parents of grade-schoolers. It rhymes hats with gnats. The chorus of “Pee Dance” describes the contorted moves kids make when they clearly have to go. “Oh no, I don’t have to go. No siree, I don’t have to pee!” goes the chorus.         

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SOUND SEEKERS: Dropping Drawers and Rhymes — MC Jesse Dangerously does Strip-Hop

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How does “strip-hop” work anyway? Is it like a drinking game where you chug at the appointed cue? Hear a three-syllable word and everyone peels?

Jesse Dangerously, Pillar of Nerd Rap and Frequent De-Clother. Photo by James Dechert

“It’s not that integrated—I wish,” laughs Jesse McDonald, the Ottawa MC who goes by Jesse Dangerously.

Strip-hop isn’t about dropping your drawers for a choice rhyme; rather, it’s a night of performances by members of the city’s burlesque scene interspersed with music by electro pop team Billz & Woo and MC Dangerously.

“People are accustomed to me taking my shirt off at shows,” Dangerously says of his on-stage showmanship. Off-stage, on gig posters and websites, he subtitles his handle with the words “Genuine Independent Rap Legend,” in keeping with the genre’s boast-and-hype conventions.

Dangerously figures the burlesque organizers approached him for his messages about feminism and being body positive. Some of his rhymes push for loving pudginess:

“Although jerks have mocked that I’m fat since age ten / I work it, I rock it; ask your girl or a gay friend!”

“Half-stepping cats packing weapons ask for rap lessons / while I slap bad physicians on behalf of vengeance for Fat Acceptance.”

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SOUND SEEKERS: Shannon Rose riffs off Jon Bon, dancefloor fire at the Merc, plus Stompin’ Tom saluts, dub reggae and more

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Of all places to pull from.
Director Steve Matylewicz is taking inspiration from the Bon Jovi song “Wanted Dead or Alive” for Shannon Rose’s next music video for her song, “If We Come True.”

Photos: Shannon Rose: She’s not a cowboy on a steel horse ride. Photo credit: Mauricio Ortiz

It’s a bit of a head scratcher, because the musicians’ styles couldn’t be further apart. Rose is an Ottawa pop songwriter concerned with all life’s little moments, while the pride of New Jersey wants to blow stadiums apart with eardrum blasting rock songs.

To clarify, Matylewicz — part of Rose’s band The Thorns and her spouse — says he likes the video’s context. (If you haven’t seen it in a while, “Wanted Dead or Alive” takes highlights from a day in the life of the band).

He’s not so inspired by the video’s style of painted-on pants, teased hair, and dudes making cheesy guitar sex face. Rather, he’ll apply the concept to a day in the life of Canadian indie artist Shannon Rose. The video will show Rose doing musician things including a sound check, being interviewed by a music writer (I’ll be making a cameo) and playing a show.

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SOUND SEEKERS: Fevers, Zoo Legacy, and more earn a spot on our Ottawa Magazine mix tape — a present just for you!

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In time for the gifting season, Sound Seekers shares this mix celebrating the work of a handful of top-drawer capital city musicians and bands that released new music in 2012. (Listen to the tunes here.) The list is bookended by two banger tracks with plenty of chill wave mid-mix and a nice nod to the city’s singer-songwriter roots too. Stream and get set to dance around the Christmas tree.

XOXO
Ottawa Magazine

TRACK LISTING

Sarah Bradley singing the verse of "Passion is Dead (Long Live Fashion)" for the song's music video. Photo by Mélanie Broguet.

1.       “Passion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)” by Fevers
Ottawa five-piece creates a sing-a-long tune that’s dance floor gold. Pull out the hairbrush mic and say yeah! The song is actually a lament of sorts, but you wouldn’t know it upon first listen.

2.       “House of Common Problems” by Silkken Laumann (with guest vocals by Lidija Rozitis)
Songwriter Rolf Klausener says the title for this track came to him when he was cycling past Parliament Hill and was reminded of a cheating ex-lover. The band’s full-length debut, Not Forever Enough, will be released in 2013.

3.       “Braves” (Remix) by A Tribe Called Red
A hot track from the new five-song EP called Trap Line. The dance music producing trio of DJ Shub, NDN, and Bear Witness made headlines earlier this year when NDN (Ian Campeau) led a push to change the name of the football team The Nepean Redskins. (Download the entire EP here.)

4.       “Echo” by Zoo Legacy
Rhymes flow out just above a whisper in this indie-rap tune about home, place, and change. The four-piece released the song as part of their summer release called City Light Glow.

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SOUND SEEKERS: An indie-insider hard to find event, a rare gig, and more in this roundup of weekend parties

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Keeping with the spirit of the times, where publications (including Ottawa Magazine) produce lists upon lists of what to buy (for him! For her!), we have categorized your weekend parties for you for maximum enjoyment. You’re welcome.

Tom Stewart — also known as Slo' Tom — stops traffic on Gladstone Avenue in a don’t-try-this-at-home-kids move. Further antics will ensue this weekend.

THE TWO-NIGHT DEBAUCHERY FEST
Country tune-slinger Slo’ Tom Stewart (Furnaceface, Manpower), hosts two nights of “country-fied rock ‘n’ roll cheer” at Irene’s Pub this weekend. He’s calling it The Slo’ Tom Christmas Rodeo. Think of it as the Vinyl Café gone badass with Stewart doing a rawk version of the fireside chat while a turnstile of musical guests takes the stage to outwit and outrock one another. On Friday, comedian Josh Grace — better known by his stage name Remi Royale — kicks off the evening with crude humour, followed by performances from Ball & Chain and headliner Slo’ Tom and his band The Handsome Devils (listen for their seasonal tune “Bytown New Year’s Eve.”). On Saturday, Royale will again hype the crowd before Mercy Buckets and headliners Ukrainia hit the stage.

The Slo’ Tom Christmas Rodeo takes place Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St., 9 p.m., cover is $10 each night.

THE INDIE-INSIDER HARD TO FIND EVENT
For folks of a certain vintage, finding their way to Porter Hall to catch the concert of a lifetime involved towing along with a friend who knew the halls and trails of Carleton University quite well, or relying on a hand-scrawled map. The place was a stopover point for touring bands in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and many a beer was drunk during sets by the Pixies, Billy Bragg, and the Ramones.

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SOUND SEEKERS: New band alert — Saturday night is your chance to check out the Ottawa trio Glorious MoonRockets

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Glorious MoonRockets (looking kind of mysterious in this photo) open for Finderskeepers at the Plaster Babies CD release party on Saturday.

Glorious MoonRockets are a new trio kicking out sludgy jams with a psychedelic bent. Their debut self-titled EP — released last month — was recorded in a Manotick shack to amplify that worn in sound. It was mastered by Paul “Yogi” Granger at Meatlocker Records, his studio that specializes in making metal and rawk bands sound their rawest.

The EP kicks off with a noise track — a big blast of feedback — to set the tone, before flowing into tracks called “Sharp Ends,” “Bus Stop,” and “They Can Really Shake (Ya Know).”

“We play fast and loud and we make a lot of noise — good noise,” says Chris Landry, 34, chief longhair and songwriter for the band. Landry used to write roots rock tunes in the band Harvey Kartel, before moving into rock ‘n’ roll with Glorious MoonRockets. (The band name comes from a Dave Norris lyric). Landry plays with Jamie Gordon (also of Golden Bulldozer) on bass and David DiMaria on drums.

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SOUND SEEKERS: Megan Jerome brings the candid, living room vibe to her CD release concert at the NAC this Friday

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Megan Jerome tries out some of her songs on writer Fateema Sayani's old Heintzman piano.

Megan Jerome is in my living room playing my upright piano. It’s an old made-in-Canada Heintzman, bequeathed to me by a family member and it hasn’t been tuned in ages.

“That’s part of the charm,” Jerome, 38, says. Sitting on the claw-foot stool, her corkscrew curls piled atop her head, she works with the slightly warped sound and broken keys. Getting a feel for this particular piano, she tears into selections from her new self-titled album to an audience of one and a housecat.

The songs are sparse in their composition, but are made warm by a sensuous voice and sultry delivery. The song “Mike,” written about her husband (musician-composer Mike Essoudry), is a tender re-telling of warm exchanges in their long-blooming relationship. The song “Want” is more obscure on details, but is clear in its intention. Of the nine songs on the album, it’s the horndoggiest.

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SOUND SEEKERS: Elephant Stone is set to rock Zaphod’s — plus your weekend best bets for music lovers

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Elephant Stone, with frontman Rishi Dhir (left) play Zaphod's on Nov. 28. Photo by Bowen Stead

Rishi Dhir can do a wild number on the sitar. He’s the main man behind the Montreal band Elephant Stone, which spins out tunes both dirgey and Desi and brings to mind Brit bands such as Kula Shaker and The Stone Roses.

Elephant Stone dispatches hippie wisdom in tunes with names like “Heavy Moon” and “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin,” while showing a raucous appreciation for their mod-rock roots. Dhir’s previous bands included The High Dials and The Datsons and he’s recorded with Soundtrack of Our Lives. Elephant Stone recently signed to Hidden Pony Records (Danko Jones, Rah Rah, Said the Whale), who will release their forthcoming second full-length album. The band’s debut, Seven Seas, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize.

Elephant Stone plays Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St., Wednesday, November 28, 8 p.m., $8.

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