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Back at Once Upon A Slam as always. I was also the sacrificial ‘teller’ this time out, after winning in March. That was fun.

Here is what I was spinning…

Foreign Born – Wait in this Chair
Frightened Rabbit – Living in Colour
The Fugitives – Microphone
Hunx & his Punx – Blow Me Away
The Identicals – Akwa Kiva Ji Bia Nuwa
Interpol – The New
J.Period, K’naan & Bob Marley – My Country / Small Axe
Jack Johnson – Mudfootball
Jamiroquai – Travelling Without Moving
Jay Dee – Bullshittin’
Jerry Dammers – Riot City
John Coltrane – Cousin Mary
John Lee Hooker – I Got Eyes For You
The Johnnys – Slip Slap Fishin’
Jonathan Coulton – The Future Soon
Luciano, K’Salaam & Beatnick – What Are We Fighting For?
The Killers – Midnight Show
Laika – Squeaky
Lead Belly – The Boll Weevil
The Strokes – Last Night
Sufjan Stevens – Vesuvius
They Might Be Giants – Another First Kiss
Three Sheet – Blood Whale
Tokyo Police Club – Nursery Academy
Tom Waits – Lullaby
Tony Bennett – Shall We Dance
The UnSettlers – The Committee Sounds the Alarm
Vampire Weekend – Campus
Emmanuel Jal – Gua
Yo La Tengo – Sometimes I Don’t Get You
24 Carat Black – Synopsis Two
Animal Collective – Lion in a Coma
Aphex Twin – We Are The Music Makers
Arcade Fire – Haiti
The Be Good Tanyas – For the Turnstiles

Spinning next at Once Upon A Slam on May 25th, featuring Claire Cooney!

I know I haven’t been posting much in the way of my poetry lately… that is because I haven’t been writing much. This is something I hope to remedy… and soon.

Here is my playlist from Once Upon A Slam last night.

Escape Mechanism – Oh Well
Etran Finatawa – Lledeman
Feral Bliss – Infectious Sketches
Free Will w. Diezz – Thirst
The Funkees – Akula Owu Onyeara
Jamiroquai – Butterfly
Laika – Uneasy
The New Mastersounds – Hey Fela!
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain
The Walkmen – Woe is Me
Wavves – Convertible Balloon
We Were Lovers – Partners in Crime
White Williams – I Want Candy
Wilco – Hate It Here
William Britelle – Rio Rio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Dragon Queen
Andre 3000 & Norah Jones – Take Off Your Cool
Andy Sheppard – Leaves of Natanagro
Animal Collective – Taste
Arcade Fire – (Antichrist Television Blues)
Army Navy – Pocket Boys
Arrested Development – Fishin’ 4 Religion
Atlas Sound – My Halo
The Be Good Tanyas – House of the Rising Sun
Billy Bragg – A Lover Sings
Bob Dylan – I Don’t Believe You
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Buffalo Soldier
Bon Iver – For Emma
Bobby McFerrin – Heaven’s Design
Bootsauce – Play With Me

Another Once Upon A Slam means another chance for me to spin some tunes… which I LOVE doing!

Here is January’s Play list!

Phoenix – Lisztomania
The Pixies – Levitate Me
Plants and Animals – Bye Bye Bye
PrufRock – The Game
Radiohead – 15 Step
Readnex – Calles
The Replacements – Nightclub Jitters
RJD2 – Let There Be Horns
Robyn Hitchcock – The Philosopher’s Stone
Rodriguez – Sugar Man
Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes
The Shins – Phantom Limb
Pavement – Gold Soundz
Peter, Bjorn and John – Teen Love
Prince – Uptown
Rae Spoon – Off the Grid, Underground
River City Extension – Elephant
Sebadoh – Skull
The Semi Colon – Nekwaha Semi Colon
Spoon – The Underdog
Sugar Minott – Ghetto-ology
The Tallest Man in the World – Love Is All
Teenage Fanclub – Cells
They Might Be Giants – With the Dark
Tokyo Police Club – The Harrowing Adventures Of…
Tom Waits – Knife Chase
Tori Amos – Caught A Lite Sneeze
Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk
The UnSettlers – Heavey Handed
Vampire Weekend – Cousins
Van Morrison – Sweet Thing
Terry Hall & Salad – Dream A Little Dream
The Go! Team – Phantom Broadcast
The Vaselines – Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam
C.R. Avery – Bigger Fish To Fry
Dan Satch – Alabeke
Dave Brubeck Quartet – Pick Up Sticks
David Byrne – Don’t Fence Me In
David Wilcox – Cheap Beer Joint
Dele Ojo – Ojo Omoba
Desmond & the Tutus – Pictures
Dr. Dog – 100 Years

See you in February!

Here is the playlist from Once Upon A Slam tonight:

Spoon – The Way We Gt By
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd – Samba Dees Days
Stars – Soft Revolution
Stereolab – Kyberneticka Babicka Part 2
Sufjan Stevens – Black Hawk Down
Sugar Minott – The People Got to Dub
The Tallest Man On Earth – Burden of Tomorrow
Tame Impala – Desire Be Desire Go
They Might Be Giants – Feign Amnesia
Three Sheet – Three Dollar Billz
Throwing Muses – Cry Baby Cry
Tiny Masters of Today – Tooty Frooty Clarke’s Dream Song
Tokyo Police Club – In A Cave
Tom Waits – Straight To The Top (Vegas)
Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Tori Amos – Talula (The Tornado Mix)
Underworld – Always Loved a Film
The UnSettlers – He’s Out of Nails
Lead Belly – Big Fat Woman
Lee & Jimmy – Rasta Train
Lia Ices – (Un)Chosen One
The Libertines – Radio America
Lissie – Stranger
Lloyd Miller & the Heliocentrics – Fantasia Part 1
Love Tractor – Electric Chair
Madlib – The Struggle to Unite (One Africa)
Maps + Atlases – Israeli Caves
MF Doom & DJ Spinna – Coriander
Miles Davis – Blues for Pablo
Mos Def – Casa Bey
Muddy Waters – Black Night
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland, 1945

I was on Friday Special Blend on CKCU this morning and despite a little problem with the track numbering (totally my fault), it went great!

We lived up to the show’s name as we covered a lot of material in the time allotted, from my start as a poet to my inspiration for poetry now. We listened to three tracks from ‘Live at Capital Slam 2011’, which will be released at the October 1st edition of Capital Slam. They were (in order):

Loh El – A Real Man
Rusty Priske – Angst
Sean O’Gorman – Forget the Cartoons

(Apparently we said fuck at least once in each poem… there is a reason we have started calling our team ‘The Capital Fucking Slam Team’.)

(As an aside, we recently had someone ask us to start performing ‘clean’ and stop swearing in our poems. Apparently we are responsible for corrupting him or something – his words, not mine. My kneejerk reaction was to say ‘Fuck you’ because I am juvenile and it would have been funny, but instead I gave him the real answer which is that we don’t censor our poets.)

We talked about my new book ‘Rusty Priske: Trapeze Artist’ and a whole slew of upcoming shows.

Here they are:

Urban Legends Season Opener, feat. ME! – Tonight, 6:30, Carleton University
Once Upon A Slam Season Opener, feat. Daniel Richer – Tonight, 6:30, Mercury Lounge
Brendan McLeod & the Kymeras – Sunday, 6:30, Mercury Lounge
CAPITAL SLAM, feat. Canadian Individual Slam Champion OpenSecret and the release of ‘Live at Capital Slam 2011’ – Oct. 1st, 6:30, Mercury Lounge

There was a little crossing of wires this morning. Susan Johnston of CKCU’s Special Blend had asked me for a track to play. I told her she could use any of the ‘Live at Capital Slam’ tracks and then we got talking about the 2011 version, not yet released so I asked Andrew Brittain at Mudshark if we could get a track to play on the radio. He said sure and I passed it on.

Somewhere in there Andrew and I were thinking ‘promote the CD’ while Susan was still thinking ‘a poem by Rusty’…

So, ‘Ransom Note’ by Poetic Speed was played, but I was billed. Sorry Komi. (Though I imagine anyone that has heard either of us would realize that was you and not me.) 🙂

Next Friday I will be on the show (at about 7:10 am) to promote my book (see above left), the forthcoming CD, and my appearance at Urban Legends.

The 23rd is a tough night because two shows I really want everyone to go to are both on the same night. When Sean O’Gorman and Sarah Musa asked me to feature at Urban Legends I was flattered, but it fell on the same night that Ruthanne’s show, Once Upon A Slam, is happening. Not only do I want to support Ruthanne, but I really love Once Upon A Slam. I have a lot of fun playing DJ and listening to the great stories.

In the end, after talking to Ruthanne, I decided to take the Urban Legends gig, but I want people to go to both.

So, your challenge over the next week is to perfect cloning technology so you can go to both shows.

No?

Well, if not that, at least go to one of the shows. Both have doors at 6:30 or thereabouts.

So, here are your choices:

A: Go the the Mercury Lounge to see the season debut of Once Upon A Slam.

B: Go to Carleton University to see the season debut of Urban Legends (featuring me!)

C: Do neither and risk my everlasting enmity and disappointment. (Well, maybe just the latter.)

You may have heard the name ‘Red Words’ around here and there recently so let me make it official!

Recently a new promotion was founded and it is called RED WORDS!

Red Words is a new production company made up of Ruthanne Edward and myself.

Red Words will be our umbrella organization that we use for any of our various artistic endeavours. This will have no bearing on the Capital Slam shows which are still put on by the Capital Poetry Collective. (I am the Slam Master for Capital Slam and Ruthanne is the Volunteer Coordinator.)

The first official Red Words production is the Once Upon A Slam series, that just had its first Grand Champion(s) crowned!

Once Upon A Slam is Ottawa’s first Story Slam that started as a Ruthanne Edward production (with support from Ottawa Story Tellers) and is now a full Red Words Production! Ruthanne is the Slam Master, booker, show co-ordinator, sometime host and generally the brains behind the operation. I help her out where needed and provide the ambiance as I pretend to be an actual DJ, while also operating as scorekeeper.

Expect to see more Red Words projects in the coming months… including a foray into publishing!

So I was quite sick but I dragged my butt to the Mercury Lounge to provide the music and was I ever glad I did!

It was great to see my good friend and Copper Conundrum compatriot, Danielle K.L. Gregoire share the first ever Once Upon A Slam Grand Champion honours with David ‘Hobbes’ Hickey. They tied!

The final results were (and remember that finishing anywhere on this list is a big achievement because there were 35 competitors this season!)

1T. Danielle K.L. Gregoire 56.3
1T. David ‘Hobbes’ Hickey 56.3
3. Ron Langton 54.7
4. Kim Kilpatrick 54.6
5. Robin LeWilliam-North 52.8
6. Phil Nagy 52.5
7. David Merleau 51.3
8. Kathryn Hunt 50.3

All great!

Because I was not feeling 100%, Jessica Ruano handled scorekeeping duties which actually freed me up to play with the music a little bit. A few more times than normal, the music was chosen based on the story performed just ahead of it.

Sonny Terry – My Baby Done Gone
Soul Coughing – I Miss The Girl
Spoon – The Way We Get By
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd – Samba Dees Days
Stars – Soft Revolution
Stereolab – Kyberneticka Babicka Part 2
Sufjan Stevens – Black Hawk War
Sugar Minott – The People Got To Dub
The Tallest Man On Earth – Burden of Tomorrow
Tame Impala – Desire Be Desire Go
They Might Be Giants – Feign Amnesia
Three Sheet – Three Dollar Billz
Throwing Muses – Cry Baby Cry
Tiny Masters of Today – Tooty Frooty Clarke’s Dream Song
Tokyo Police Club – In A Cave
Tom Waits – Straight To The Top (Vegas)
Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Tori Amos – Talula (The Tornado Mix)
Underworld – Always Loved A Film
The UnSettlers – He’s Out of Nails
Big Star – Back of a Car
Billy Bragg – Accident Waiting To Happen
Bobby McFerrin – Mere Words
The Butternuts – The Great Escape
Buddy Guy – One Room Country Shack
C.R.Avery & the Boomchasers – Redeeming Feature
The Charlatans UK – Flower
The Clash – Train in Vain (Stand By Me)
Dan Mangan – Some People
Darkstar – Dear Heartbeat
David Bowie – Helden
The Delgados – Knowing When To Run
Dr.Dog – Worst Trip
Desmond & The Tutus – High Fives
Dinosaur Jr. – I Got Lost
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Come In Please
Feral Bliss – Can’t Shake My Dreams
They Might Be Giants – Another First Kiss
Florence + The Machine – Swimming
Foreign Born – See Us Home
The Strokes – Last Night
Sufjan Stevens – Vesuvius
They Might Be Giants – Another First Kiss (yes, again. You had to be there, I think…)
Three Sheet – Blood Whale
Tokyo Police Club – Nursery Academy
Tom Waits – Lullaby
Tony Bennett – Shall We Dance

I repeated artists more than usual… it was just the sort of night. I’m sorry I wasn’t packing any Jimi Hendrix for RC Weslowski. That would have been sweet.

Here is the playlist from the May edition of Once Upon A Slam.

I am enjoying that so many people seem to be digging my selections. I love music and getting to share it is a real treat.

Mumford & Sons – Awake My Soul
The National – Conversation 16
Neutral Milk Hotel – The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
The New Mastersounds – 102%
The New Pornographers – Electric Version
Nick Drake – Cello Song
Nouvelle Vague – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Pas/Cal – The Truth Behind All The Vogues She Sold
Phoenix – Lisztomania
The Pixies – Levitate Me
Plants and Animals – Bye Bye Bye
PrufRock – The Game
Radiohead – 15 Step
Readnex – Calles
The Replacements – Nightclub Jitters
RJD2 – Let There Be Horns
Robyn Hitchcock – The Philosopher’s Stone
Rodriguez – Sugar Man
Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes
The Shins – Phantom Limb
C.R. Avery – Bigger Fish To Fry
Dan Satch – Alabeke
Dave Brubeck Quartet – Pick Up Sticks
David Bowie – I Feel Free
David Byrne – Don’t Fence Me In
David Wilcox – Cheap Beer Joint
Dele Ojo – Oja Omoba
Desmond & the Tutus – Pictures
Dr. Dog – 100 Years
Escape Mechanism – Oh Well
Etran Finatawa – Lledeman
Feral Bliss – Infectious Sketches
Free Will w. Diezz – Thirst
The Funkees – Akula Owu Onyeara
Jamiroquai – Butterfly
Laika – Uneasy
The New Mastersounds – Hey Fela!
Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain
Nobody f. Ikey Owens – Girls Alone (Nobody Muzak Mix)
Nouvelle Vague – Marian

Next time I will spin is at the Once Upon A Slam Finals on Saturday, June 25th at the Mercury Lounge!

I have fun DJing at Once Upon A Slam… and you are going to see some of the fun I have right here…

Playlist for April 29th

Tony Bennett – Shall We Dance
The UnSettlers – The Committee Sounds the Alarm
Vampire Weekend – Campus
Emmanuel Jal – Gua
Yo La Tengo – Sometimes I Don’t Get You
24-Carat Black – Synopsis Two
Animal Collective – Lion in a Coma
Aphex Twin – We Are the Music Makers
Arcade Fire – Haiti
The Be Good Tanyas – For the Turnstiles
Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
Beck – Bottle of Blues
Belle and Sebastian – Song for Sunshine
Frank Sinatra – Theme From New York, New York (cuz that’s how I roll, yo)
The Fugitives – Funeral
The Go-Go’s – Get Up and Go
Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
The Hold Steady – Killer Parties
Husker Du – Visionary
Jack Johnson – Staple It Together
John Coltrane – My Shining Hour
John Lee Hooker – Playin’ the Races
K-Os – Uptown Girl
Laika – Lower Then Stars
The Liberteens – What Katie Did
Lou Reed & John Cale – Trouble With Classicists
Melissa Laveaux – Nothing To Lose
Miles Davis – I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed
The Mountain Goats – Magpie
Muddy Waters – Good Looking Woman

Next show is May 27th, Once Upon A Slam – Mercury Lounge