Michael Freurstack is a Montreal-based musician. He plays in Kepler, the brilliant Wooden Stars, who won a Juno Award (sort of like the Grammys, but Canadian, and with dignity) for their 1999 collaboration with Julie Doiron, formerly of Eric’s Trip. Anyway, this Freurstack fellow’s best stuff, I think, is done in Snailhouse. Posted on the site is “Birds and Bees” from the as-of-yet unreleased new album, and it is great.
Also, The Constantines have a new album out on Sub Pop. I haven’t heard it yet, but they are wonderful — sort of like a weird hybrid of Bruce Springsteen and Fugazi.
And, finally, Toronto’s Broken Social Scene may have released the album of the year. “You Forgot it in People” is awesome. I sing along, despite some blue language.