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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

DJ Rusty

Posted: February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
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So I have been acting as DJ for the Once Upon A Slam shows. That has been fun, but I’m not really a DJ. I don’t mix anything. I just put together some mix CDs out of my own collection and then ride the volume and pause buttons. πŸ™‚

Anyone, the last few shows I have had people coming up and asking me about tracks or just generally complimenting me on my playlists (including a DJ this week). One fellow was asking about a bunch of stuff and asked if I could post my playlist on the blog. So here it is!

(Oh, for that guy – the person mentioned but wasn’t playing was C.R. Avery.)

All the tracks I played tonight (some in little snippets):

Nobody feat. Ikey Owens – Girls Alone (Nobody Muzak Mix)
Nouvelle Vague – Marian
Panda Bear – Pony Tail
Pas/Cal – Dearest Bernard Living
Paul Quinchette – The Blues I Like To Hear
Phoenix – Rome
The Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
Radiohead – Reckoner
RJD2 – Small Plans
Robyn Hitchcock – Linctus House
Rodriguez – Inner City Blues
Santogold – Lights Out
Shane Koyczan – Pulse
Bobby McFerrin – Heaven’s Design
Bootsauce – Play With Me
Broken Social Scene – Fire Eye’d Boy
Chet Baker – Pro Defunctus
Dave Brubeck Quartet – Kathy’s Waltz
Desmond & the Tutus – Crazy Rebel
Dr. Dog – Weekend
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes – Home
Feral Bliss – Back and Forth
Flotilla – Written on Planes
Gil Evans – Boogie Stop Shuffle
Howard Alden – The Eel’s Nephew
Jonsi – Kolnidur
Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side

I will {ahem} be DJing next at the next Once Upon A Slam on March 25th (featuring Klyde Broox!)

So I have some ideas for poems that I want to write but I have been SWAMPED lately with other things… many of them AWESOME other things.

Two weeks back there was Chasing Boudicca at the NAC.


This show was EXCELLENT! Ruthanne Edward, Kate Hunt, Nathan Bishop and Marie Bilodeau performed in excellent blend of story, poetry, music and story (respectively).

Then there was Cipher Slam… where I did what I think was the best performance of Tricks that I have ever done.

This last Friday was Once Upon A Slam, featuring Brendan McLeod. Great show with their biggest crowd ever! We stretched the limits of the Mercury Underground. I was DJ and I got some specific compliments for my mix of ‘hipster’ music. πŸ™‚

A lot of great stuff, but I still haven’t written those poems…

Friday night the Copper Conundrum performed as part the Vernacular Spectacular show at the Ottawa Storytelling Festival. It went very well and we received a lot of very positive feedback. Danielle, Kevin and I had a great time and we really appreciate Caitlyn Paxson for inviting us to perform.

Speaking of the Storytelling Festival, if given the opportunity you NEED to go out and see Tim Tingle perform. The man is brilliant. It was as emotionally moving as any performance I have ever seen.

Saturday night was Capital Slam. The features were an amalgam of Urban Legends and Wild Card team members from CFSW. It was fun. There was a surprising dearth of performers… maybe because six of them were featuring. πŸ™‚
I wasn’t planning to sign up, but since we only had seven slammers I added my name to make it eight.

Because I hadn’t really prepared, I did a couple of poems I had been working on with the Copper Conundrum. It is fun to do older stuff sometimes. I did Library and The Stranger. They went over well and I ended up third (improving my season score a little and keeping me in first overall… until Chris Tse performs again. πŸ™‚

We had a first time winner… Sepideh! She wowed ’em at CFSW and now has a Capital Slam victory under her belt! Well done!

The final rankings were:

1. Sepideh
2. PrufRock (making his season debut)
3. Rusty Priske
4. Talia
5. Loh El
6. Ronsense (Ron Langton now has a stage name!)
7. Marco Lobo
8. Kheim Possible

On Sunday, Ruthanne Edward held a Story Slam at the Ottawa Storytelling Festival. It was a lot of fun. It was a more ‘pure’ storytelling lineup (as opposed to the Once Upon a Slam crowd which has a mix of storytellers and narrative poetry). There were a lot of time penalties (including two people who racked up 6 point penalties each), but in the end the top scorer wasn’t decided by the stop watch.

1. David Hickey (Montreal)
2. Kim Kilpatrick (Ottawa) – (two slams, two 2nds for Kim)
3. Phil Nagy (Ottawa)

One item of note was Kate Hunt of the Kymeras, who is a great poet, but had never slammed. She took Ruthanne’s workshop and made her slam AND storytelling debut! She ended up with a very good score, but picked up one of those 6 point time penalties. Nobody cared. It was awesome.

This Friday is the return of Once Upon A Slam at the Mercury Underground. Story Slam is rising fast and looks to be the Next Big Thing! Get in on the ground floor (pun intended…)