Musicologist: April 28–May 4
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Musicologist: April 28–May 4

2008_04_28_snailhouse.jpgOn a dim fall evening last September, Neil Haverty (guitarist/vocalist of local alt-gospel collective Bruce Peninsula) peered thankfully ahead at the Tranzac’s seated crowd. With utter honesty he acknowledged how honoured he felt to be opening that evening for headliner Mike Feuerstack of Snailhouse, as he recalled an important time in his life when he incessantly listened to the Wooden Stars. This sort of admirable sentiment is often associated with Mike Feuerstack, for whom Sappy Records released a tribute album last winter. Titled Do You Want to Talk All Night, the album joins such musicians as Rick White and Shotgun Jimmie, who cover classic Snailhouse tracks, to celebrate over a decade of brilliant musicianship and the workings of long-lasting songwriting.
Mike Feuerstack is the primary songwriter of Snailhouse, a Montreal-based offshoot of Ottawa favourites the Wooden Stars. Since the band’s inception in 1994, Feuerstack has been musically accompanied by Julie Doiron, Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire), Pietro Amato (Belle Orchestre), and Samir Khan (Tusks), to name just a few. In fact, Snailhouse’s album and live show repertoire tallies roughly 50 musicians from all across Canada who have contributed to the health of the band, which is to say that they are far better described as a community project than a solo one.
Feuerstack writes beautiful, heartwarming ballads and soulful, uplifting anthems of loneliness, friendship, and self-actualization. His songs have a sheer pop sensibility to them, but their strength is the delicate, textured arrangements that unwind after multiple listens. Lyrically, the songs are quite poetic—always poignant and cleverly catchy. This June will see the follow-up to the band’s last full-length release, Silence Show, with Lies on the Prize, which was recorded by Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara and in true Snailhouse fashion includes contributions from a handful of musicians, including members of The Acorn, Belle Orchestre, and Angela Desveaux.
To precede the album’s release, the praised musician will be in Toronto this Wednesday, April 30 to play alongside Sandro Perri and Dan Goldman at the Tranzac as part of Wombat Wednesdays, a Tranzac show series hosted by Samir Khan.
Full listings after the jump.

This Week

Monday, April 28
Owl Eyes and $100 @ Tranzac
Kate Nash @ Phoenix, SOLD OUT
Newton Faulkner @ Phoenix, $10
Horses, The Details, and Malcolm Bauld @ The Boat, $5

Tuesday, April 29

First Person Shooter, Left of Zero, and Les Parallelions @ The Boat, $5
Animosity @ Reverb, $15
Eisley @ Lee’s Palace, $13.50
Reverend Horton Heat @ Mod Club, $25
Wednesday, April 30
Snailhouse, Dan Goldman, and Sandro Perri @ Tranzac (Main Hall), $6
Muskox and Feuermusik @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge)
Apocalyptica @ Phoenix, SOLD OUT
Cave Singers @ Horseshoe, $10
Erol Alkan @ The Social, $15
Reverend Horton Heat @ Mod Club, $25
Yelle, Tepr, and Grand Marnier @ Great Hall, $17.50
Intransit, Vacuity, and Jordan Fine @ The Boat, $5
Halleluyah, Secret Japanese Girlfriend, and Justin Chee @ Rancho Relaxo, PWYC
Layah Jane @ Hugh’s Room, $13.50
Thursday, May 1
Inside A Mind (Vinyl Release), MURR, Circle Research, Colin Fisher, John Kameel Farah @ The Boat, $5
The Constantines @ Phoenix, $20
Fall of Troy @ Mod Club, $14.50
OTT: Rock Plaza Central and Peter Walker @ St. Stephen’s Church, $12
OTT: Silver Apples and Barzin @ Music Gallery, $25
OTT: Woodhands and Bobby Birdman @ Sneaky Dee’s, $10
OTT: The D’Urbervilles, Oh No Forest Fires, and So Many Dynamos @ Ukula, $10
The Teenagers @ Lee’s Palace, $16.50
The Verve @ Richoh Coliseum, $58.50
Megan Hamilton and The Volunteer Canola, Deromantic, Little Foot Long Foot, and Dave Borins @ Supermarket
Friday, May 2
OTT: DD/MM/YYYY, Revolution Love, and Shpilberg @ Whippersnapper Gallery, $6
OTT: The Wooden Sky, Rebekkah Higgs, and Major Grey @ St. Stephen’s, $7
OTT: The Beginners, Will Currie and the Country Fresh, Laura Peek and The Winning Hearts @ St. Stephen’s, $10
OTT: Ten Kens, Singer, Cloudland Caynon and Wye Oak @ Sneaky Dee’s, $10
The Foals @ Lee’s Palace, $13.50
Tiga @ Circa, $15
Tokyo Police Club @ Opera House, SOLD OUT
The Job, Invasions, Leonids, and Diamond Teeth @ Rancho Relaxo, $6
La Morocha, Juan Dino Toledo, and Lady Son @ Lula Lounge, $15
Saturday, May 3
OTT: An Albatross, Aa, Metz and Creeping Nobodies @ Sneaky Dee’s, $10
OTT: High Places, Huckleberry Friends, and Our Brother the Native @ St. Stephen’s (West Hall), $10
OTT: Simply Saucer and Battleship Ethel @ St. Stephen’s, $16.50
OTT: Foxfire, Ruby Coast, Pas Chic Chic, and Elfin Saddle @ Whippersnapper Gallery, $8
The Flatliners @ Kathedral, $13
Midnight Juggernauts @ Mod Club, $12.50
Tokyo Police Club @ Opera House, SOLD OUT
The Trews @ Kool Haus, $26.50
Jason Collett @ Music Hall, $20-$25
Jeff Healey: A Celebration feat. Jerome Godboo, Chuck Jackson, and David Wilcox @ Sound Academy, $45
Sunday, May 4
Ministry @ Kool Haus, $43.75
Kevin Barnes (of Of Montreal) and Peter and the Wolf @ Mod Club, $16
Nadja, Peter and the Wolf, Our Brother The Native @ Sneaky Dee’s, PWYC
Absent Sound and Hamilton Trading Company @ The Boat, PWYC

Just Announced

June 11: Centro-Matic @ Horseshoe, $9
June 16: My Morning Jacket @ Kool Haus, $31
June 20: Elliot Brood @ Horseshoe, $12.50
June 26: Powerhouse Sound @ Horseshoe, $15
June 28: Mindless Self Indulgence @ Kool Haus, $25
June 30: Mogwai @ Phoenix, $25.50
July 2: Brooke Fraser @ El Mocambo, $12.50
*OTT is Over the Top Festival
Photo of Mike Feuerstack of Snailhouse by Dan Culberson