Category: Sessions

Vancouver based The Matinee rolled into the studio on a lovely summer afternoon. The band were laid back, professional and into it. At the time we didn’t know they’d be our50th session posted, but I for one am pleased to mark this milestone with their music. The Matinee’s music is simply really good, roots-based, rock and roll. Play this session through really good speakers or excellent headphones and I dare you not to dance! The five band members ooze contentment and a relaxed state and this translates to their music as well. Its comprehensive. Remember – Pinball Sessions are almost always one take, live off the floor. Granted, Dan Beeson sets things up based on his extensive experience to get the best possible sounds. Once recorded, small adjustments are made – but what you hear is what happened live in the studio in the 3 – 4 minutes that it was recorded.
The Matinee recorded three tracks. Young and Lazy sounds like the song of a generation, but possibly one that graduated high school in the 80′s. That is said in no way as a negative – if Young and Lazy was out in 1983 it probably would have rivalled Tom Petty for some radio play. Lofty statement I know, but the song rings original, familiar, classic.On Our Own – a beautiful ballad that sounds of an instant classic includes; delightful harmonies, sparse and tasteful instrumentation, a lovely piano solo and good solid writing. December Slumber is a lazier, pedal steel driven track, full of vivid imagery, it has soundtrack written all over it. Try to get to one of their live shows.…

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Feuerstack’s rhythmic tunes are completely consuming. His voice and style captivate one into thinking – no, believing – wholly in what he is singing. There is something undefinably charismatic about Feuerstack’s music. He, and his songwriting, are so relatable while constructing these beauteous pieces of art, rooted in the human condition. Feuerstack has that relatable voice you want to hear, in his singing and songwriting. He’s the pal you want to help you through hard times, he’s the voice you want to hear when you’re making a hard decision and the the person you want beside you when you’re taking that first, integral step. Feuerstack has played on some of the most fantastic independent Canadian records in the last ten years. He’s put himself out there and has made amazing music. He has been a part of some incredible and, hopefully, important pieces of art. We were lucky enough to enjoy Michael and Tim (Paper Beat Scissors) company when we had them during their duo tour in September, 2013. We were able to get them together to play on this and the previous session. They played on each other’s tracks and created a beautiful, creative environment to share their music with us and together. We’re proud to present this session to you and hope you may be able to catch these two together, or separate, at some point in the future.…

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Tim Crabtree is Paper Beat Scissors. He is an artist. He is understated. He is a surprising musical presence; creating beautiful art, in what appears to be an effortless manner.

I recall when studying the philosophy of art, that my preferred definition of art and beauty involved an elusive quality, something indescribable, that evaded definition, thus art and beauty were defined by evading definition. Writing this editorial is challenging, trying to capture in words the art of Paper Beat Scissors music is evasive.

The studio visit from Tim Crabtree had an effortless and light feel to it. Michael Feuerstack and Paper Beat Scissors came into the studio together. They were prepared to play on each others songs, they were at ease and generous of spirit. It felt like a comfy Sunday afternoon (which it may have been).

A transplant to the East Coast of Canada by way of Burnley, England, Tim has become an incredible addition to the landscape of Canadian songwriters. His minimal yet stunning guitar playing is accompanied by Michael Feuerstack on pedal steel on this session. You can hear the hints and nods to Elliot Smith, an obvious influence on Crabtree’s song writing and style.

Not only is this session a combo of Paper Beat Scissors and Michael Feuerstack, it also includes a version of a yet unreleased The Weather Station song. So think of this one as a gift. A beautiful piece of art, wrapped in brown craft paper, enjoy the unwrapping of it – listen to the session and we think you’ll agree that there is a sense of wonder and gratitude that it evokes. Share it generously.…

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Dave Clark’s Woodshed Orchestra is really something to behold. From start to finish the band weaves you through sonic journeys based on Clark’s musical knowledge. From funk to Balkan infused dance to New Orleans jazz The Woodshed Orchestra waltz’s through them all tirelessly.

You may know Dave Clark from one of his many projects, including Rheostatics & Gord Downie’s band, but in The Woodshed Orchestra he takes on a manic, shaman-like persona. Running through the songs and the crowd with a palpable energy that electrifies any performance. His immense catalogue of original songs is what the band revolves around, but with a revolving door of players they have learned to improvise in a jazz manner.…

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Khari McClelland has got real, genuine soul. It’s obvious from the minute he opens his mouth to sing or just have a laugh. His joie de vivre is infectious and exhilarating. He channels a raw spirituality that is more terrestrial than heavenly, it’s human and very real. This isn’t present better anywhere than in Khari’s music.

Khari came into the studio alongside Samantha Martin, Stacie Tabb and Sherie Marshall to lay down some of his uniquely beautiful gospel-influenced tracks. We were lucky enough to have these amazing musicians in one room to collaborate so effectively on these sessions. The results are enchanting and delightful.

The emotional response from such visceral songwriting combined with the sparse, almost minimalist, instrumentation tied together by their combined vocal prowess is stunning. Sometimes when you get the right artists in a room together you can make something magical and we feel that this may have happened. You can make your mind up for yourself by listening to the two tracks below. keep an eye out for more collaborations between these artists in the future, we sure will be.…

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The fist single from San Francisco’s Emotional is a wavy cosmic track as much psychedelia as 80s electronic kitsch. Death Record’s founder Brian Wakefield has cobbled together a catchy earworm. It’s coming out on a combination of over a dozen labels including Empty Cellar Records, Burger Records, Danger Collective, Death Records, Gnar Tapes, Grabbing Clouds, Little L, and Plastic Response February 19th.

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