About the Beer: A Rabble Rouser is defined as “a person who speaks with the intention of inflaming the emotions of a crowd of people, typically for political reasons.”
This is one of my new favorite IPA’s in the region. It’s well balanced and not overdone on the bitterness. At 6.8%, it drinks like a crisp Pale Ale. After two, I could tell it would be a great night. Quantity and Quality! Three more and I might have to get on my soap box!!
I decided to make a playlist to get you in the mood to Rabble Rouse with me. Go buy yourself 6 Rabble Rousers, listen to the music, and inflame the emotions of your Facebook friends. (A typical Tuesday for me)
Rabble Rouser Playlist
Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit”
A most haunting song about lynched black men. I know I’m starting off strong with your emotions. But that’s my intention.
TV On the Radio “Dry Drunk Emperor”
“Did you buy the bull they sold you / That the bullets and the bombs / And all the strong arms / Would bring home security?” The George Bush era angst.
Bright Eyes “Road To Joy”
“What history gave modern man / A telephone to talk to strangers / Machine guns and a camera lens / So when you’re asked to fight a war that’s over nothing / It’s best to join the side that’s gonna win … No one’s sure how all of this got started / But we’re gonna make them goddamn certain how its gonna end.”
Neil Young “Revolution Blues”
Bit of a serial killer vibe but love the song.
T.REX “Children of the Revolution”
I hope my children will be children of a revolution.
The Wicked Mercy “Out of Your Head”
#OttBand The Wicket Mercy rock it out with Out of Your Head from their latest record Sundown.
Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name”
Want to stir up a crowd? Anything by Rage Against the Machine will do.
Dead Weights “Don’t Talk To Me About Morrissey”
Morrissey is known as a Rabble Rouser but Dead Ends don’t want to hear about it. #OttBand
The Adicts “Viva La Revolution”
Need I say more? VIVA LA REVOLITION!!!
Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.”
How could I not finish with the Sex Pistols? Arguably the biggest Rabble Rousers in this list.
Ottawa Folk Festival is upon us once again, and that means that the summer festival season is drawing to a close. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hold onto every last bit of what’s left of summer… even if it’s a little nippley out. You may have heard people complain about Folkfest not being “folk” enough – much like how Bluesfest isn’t “blues.” Well, they need to get over it. This year the festival has offered up a stellar lineup of music of all kinds – from a local DJ crew TIMEKODE to soulman Lee Fields. Kudos to the programmers for getting some great talent on board!
I only caught a couple acts on day one, as the first day didn’t have too many bands playing. A new addition to this year’s fest was the Craft Beer House, which was a large tent located just outside the actual grounds that are fenced-off. Not only are there plenty of craft beer options to indulge in, but also because there is free programming happening throughout the festival there. I treated myself to a beer from the Whitewater Brewing Company, another small Ottawa Valley craft beer company delivering some of the finest quality liquid in the country. I tried their Class-V IPA, a hoppy 5.5% beer that goes down smooth and has a hell of a bite to it. I highly recommend the Class-V to anyone who can appreciate full-flavoured, bitter beer. I think I fell in love that night, forever.
Our little group skipped on Blues Traveller, because, well… none of us really know them that well. However, I did hear that they played a cover of Sublime’s “What I Got,” which would have been a good one to sing along to. In any case, Ottawa DJ crew TIMEKODE were playing in the Craft Beer House and they are always a hell of a good time. Earlier this year, TK lost their home base at Eri Cafe but are still carrying on strong. They made their new home at Folkfest this night, and had a nice little crowd up dancing on the wood floors.
I love TK because they play whatever they feel like, and it’s always good. Really good. DJ’s Zattar and Memetic were representing, as Eric Roberts wasn’t around for the set. The two held down the fort and played a wide range of material, including some samples from producer David Axelrod’s “The Edge,” popularized by Dr. Dre’s song “The Next Episode“. From there they played a little remix of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On,” as well as my absolute favourite of the night – a medley of two different versions of “Guns of Brixton.” The first was a really funky dub/reggae version that took the baseline and lyrics of the original and made everything a little easier for people to get their groove on to. Then Memetic came on the mic and told us that he was going to play the best version, which of course was the original by The Clash off of London Calling (composed & sung by bassist Paul Simonon). It’s as if they could read my mind, because I totally fan-girled it when the song came on (but I kept it mostly inside, so as to not completely embarrass myself). TK stayed on the decks until about midnight, keeping people sheltered from the rain with some great tracks.
We then headed to the main stage area to catch Foster The People from Los Angeles, CA. Around 10,000 people showed up to witness the final event of the night, which was headlined by Mark Foster and his band of talented freshmen. We braved the rain and got there just in time for “Helena Beat,” one of the many catchy songs off their 2011 album Torches. Their anthemic, dance-inspiring tracks are along the same lines as bands like Passion Pit or Cut Copy – synth-laden songs with relatively simple arrangements but structured with layers of captivating instrumentation and textures. Foster’s falsetto vocal parts were right on, and the band sounded extra good with a few new supporting bodies on stage for the tour. One of the band members even joined drummer Mark Pontius for a little extra beat. A few others from Torches, such as “Houdini,” “Call it What You Want,” “Don’t Stop,” and “Pumped Up Kicks,” made the rain-soaked crowd forget about their current state of discomfort in the name of music. Although the radio played most of their 2011 singles to death, the positive response from the audience was proof enough that their songs were not simply fleeting hits on the airwaves. Hands raised in the air, and smiles were seen all across the crowd as these foundational songs for the band kept the crowd singing along.
They also played a lot of songs off their newest album Supermodel, released in March. Although I was not as familiar with the album, I did enjoy their live performance of the new songs such as “Coming of Age” and “Are You What You Want Be?” It has to be said that none of their newer songs have the same power as the singles from their first album, except for one (and for a different reason). A new song that really caught my attention was “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon.” It’s robust, distorted baseline, heavy percussion, and Foster’s relaxed vocals differentiated it from the rest. I liked it because it had some grimy elements in it, and diverged significantly from the lighter, electro-pop band they’re known to be. Even the lyrics are darker than we normally hear from Foster The People:
“Now I’m staring at the moon wondering why the bottom fell out I’ve been searching for answers and there’s questions I’ve found Open your eyes and share this burden somehow Are you ready to drink Or are you waiting to drown?”
Still, the majority of the songs played were from Torches, to which they owe their fame and fortune. A good mix of new and old never hurt anyone, as everyone left the show pleased. The rain pelted down hard, and noise complaints were made to the City by crotchety assholes miles away complaining about strange sounds coming from somewhere, but damn them both. People of all ages came and danced in the rain until late at night, which is what this city needs.