Paul "Monk" Muncaster shares words on music

Finding new culture. Odds and ends. LP's that are artifacts. Philosophical books and indie movies. Misrepresented artists. New music. All in one record store. Hiding and waiting to be found. It's allowing ourselves to connect to something elsewhere, beyond the North. 

The Rad Zone, a multimedia store located off the highway as you enter Sault Ste. Marie. It's the only record store in town. If you don't count HMV. 

Chris Shoust,

Chris Shoust,

An artist you think is under appreciated?
Floyd Lee Band. Once you hear 'em, you'll be hooked. "Empty Well" will haunt you with the slide guitar. 

A song that will always put you in a good mood?
Lust for Life by Iggy Pop. 

Three artists that shaped you personally?
The Stooges, Alien Sex Fiend, Fad Gadget.

After 30 years, what's a favourite music scene memory?
The Plasmatics blowing up their stage.

What do you think the Soo scene needs?
The scene needs to change, by having more touring bands here. Local bands can play with them and get better exposure that way. 

How do you think Napster changed the business?
On the positive side, you would hear bands that you normally wouldn't buy. Then you like them and purchase the CD or LP for your collection. Same said for YouTube.

What's the Rad Zone looking forward this year?
Record Store Day. Love the buzz of the collectors. It's pure fun.  

Vinyl Listening Party Setlist - March 26th

Shane Erickson

Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XX - NY Is Killing Me


Jasmin Sky

Run-DMC - Run’s House

Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang


Shane Erickson

Todd Rundgren - International Feel

Cool Calm Pete - Two A.M.


Ivan St. Jules

The Guess Who - These Eyes

Tom Jones - Delilah

Barry Manilow - Copacabana


Jasmin Sky

Will Smith ft. Biz Markie and Slick Rick - So Fresh

Adam Hayward

Gypsy Music As Played by Gabor Radics - Vienna Serenade

Negro Songs Of Protest - Cold Iron Shackle

Raffi - Baby Beluga

Dr. Seuss - The Zax

Lee Perry - Where You Gonna Run To

Steven McMillan

BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Mono

BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul

BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Six Degrees

BadBadNotGood - Since You Asked Kindly

BadBadNotGood - Velvet

Shane Erickson

J Rawls Presents The Liquid Crystal Project - A Tribute To Dilla

Beastie Boys - Body Movin’ (Fatboy Slim Remix)

Jackson - TV Dogs

Local Artist Series: Annie King

In February, Annie King sat down with guest blogger, Sam Decter, to discuss her installation piece SEED (on display at 180 Projects), SEED's previous showing as part of her BEARINGS exhibition, ads, art, insects, and pedagogy. 

Sam Decter: I have stood with SEED, while an ominous buzzing plays, and some effect of simultaneous repulsion and softness is there. Did this effect manifest differently in the last installation? How does the effect differ in this installation from your previous exhibition?

Annie King: There was a little more subtlety to the last installation, the noise level was able to be more controlled the result was more calming and reflective. I am really interested to see how the space can change and modify a piece. With this piece I aim for a balance between seduction and irritation, and in Shifters, Seed, is more irritating, nagging. I am happy I get to reflect on the differences.

Decter: How does the crook of the wall itself alter the experience of the piece? In the context of SHIFTERS, how does the sonic aspect of SEED interact with the other elements of the exhibition?

King: I am pleased with the crook in the wall. It offers some sound reverb back. It holds the seeds, it almost looks like the seeds blew into that crook by a breeze and were stuck there by natural forces.

Decter: What other ways have you used sound in your work?

King: I have used sound as a counterpart to other sculpture installations, as an extra layer, another attempt to know a little more.

In another piece titled Moth, the audio component is of a lecture on Quantum mechanics, inviting the viewer to interact, it starts with “please please come in” and is followed by things such as “if X were equal to the probability of Y then…”

I took the lecture and spliced it up, and rearranged it, (to a laymen) it still sounds seamless, as a lecture droning on however an expert would instantly recognize that it is nearly completely nonsensical.

Decter: Other than insects, what kind of natural sounds are an influence on your work?

King: Every natural sound I have experienced is an option. Wind, Rain, bird call. Crashing Superior wave. Nature has a huge influence on me and she has a large vocabulary.

Decter: How do you feel about contemporary commercial arts and the aesthetics of marketing?

King: To put it bluntly it freaks me out. I struggle with commercial arts. On one hand I am really uncomfortable (cringe-worthy) with the notion that those ideas would influence the creation of a piece of artwork. And if I ever noticed myself being influenced by it I would be disappointed in myself. It doesn’t align well with my values. I mostly try not to think about it. But on the other hand...  I don’t think artworks should be valued less monetarily.

Decter: What other projects are you planning with 360 and/or your work? What's in your studio these days?

King: So many ideas!

I am currently on the hunt for dead bird specimens. I would really like to find (and freeze) some starlings that have met their untimely demise naturally, so that I can work from them as reference to create a kinetic sculpture. It will be an installation that again blends sculpture, audio and perhaps video into one piece. I have been talking to other SMACers who have experience in robotics and electronic sensing techniques to perhaps have the work interact with the viewer based off of their location in the space. 

Decter: How would you describe your experience of the SMAC fest and SHIFTERS exhibition?

King: Bees humming, buzzing. Projectors, old, and new. Shifting, turning, There is a collective sound, Soft words. The noise accumulates. I get a headache. I am pleased. I was really pleased to see the wide variety of selections within the exhibition and in the film fest. There is such a wide range of talent in the Algoma District.

Decter: What does it mean to you to be a part of the 360SMAC collective?

King: I like to think that 360SMAC is gently nudging the Sault to expand what their idea of art is.

Decter: How do your teaching and artwork influence each other?

King: I haven’t been teaching long enough to really understand how it will affect my studio practice, except that I am still learning how to manage my time to be able to get into the studio while I am teaching.

But my studio practice has influenced my teaching. I received my MFA in Intermedia (inter meaning between) so I often find myself seamlessly jumping between media, (jumping is not the right word... it feels like a continuous and fluid practice ...when I have shifted from one media to the next). It is this flexibility that I try to introduce to my students. I feel it has served me well to treat every aspect of the work process with as much respect as the last. 

For more on Annie, visit her page. For more on Sam, dine at Gore Street Cafe

Vinyl Listening Party Setlist - January 30th


Brown Dust - Autumn

Herbie Hancock - Rockit (Short Mix)

Babe Ruth - Mexican


Chicago - 25 Or 6 To 4



The Police - Man In A Suitcase

Madness - Our House

The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Space Project - Mission To Lyra



Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower

The Doors - Soul Kitchen

Miles Davis - So What



Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley

Ozzy Osbourne - Goodbye To Romance

Ozzy Osbourne - Children Of Grave



Mogwai - Batcat

Mogwai - Stupid Prick Gets Chased By The Police And Loses His Slut Girlfriend

Mogwai - Devil Rides



Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union

Japandroids - Sway

Summer Of ‘79 - Spider Bags

From The Basement

Cafe Natura was packed on Tuesday December 30th, 2014 at 7:15PM. Patrons were conversing over hot drinks and pastries as the staff were busy taking orders with love and care.  Then something happened.  As if a switch was thrown, everyone was gone and the cafe seats were empty.  A quick trip down a flight of stairs to the basement revealed a station where hot coffee was brewing and cold drinks were on ice, and through an archway you could find people gathered around to take in the sound of live music.  

Starting off the night were The Frasiers, a four-piece indie rock band with a dash of soul who had reconvened after breaking up back in August for a one-time reunion show over the holidays.  “We hadn’t had much time to rehearse due to members of the band being out of town until recently,” says Brenden Fitzgerald, bass player for the band, “so we decided to go from the closing act to the opening act, especially after last night when all the bands got together and ran through the night.  They all sounded much better than we did!”  Despite having little to no practice behind them, Brenden and the band (comprised of Devin Williamson on drums and Anthony Marcello and Charlie Derrer both sharing guitar and vocals) still managed to put on a decent show, going through some of their original material peppered with covers of classic rock tunes by the Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

Gnaeus took the stage around 8:30 with an energy and openness that endeared them to the crowd almost immediately.  Comprised of band members Aaron Alessandrini on lead vocals and guitar, Matt Fronzi on bass and vocals, Brendan Garlick on drums and Brad Irwin on the synth and guitar with backing vocals, Gnaeus brought a hard-charging alternative rock sound to the basement of Cafe Natura, evoking a raw energy that is rooted in distrust of one’s surroundings and frustration at the social systems that work unseen.  “Don’t believe what you hear / And only half of what you see” seemed to be the mantra of this young band as they greeted the crowd with a full-bodied set, punctuated by the song “When You’re Gone” which tackled the feelings of a love not fully realized, and a second chance that never came.

Michael Mikus, lead guitarist and frontman of The Pixo Control, is out of control.  When he takes the stage with the fantastic Keeghan Rosso on drums and incomparable Steve Edwards on bass, their grunge-rock melodies and brooding songs go from zero to sixty at the blink of an eye.  Their stage presence is truly felt by the crowd as Mikus can go from humbly singing and playing - his hair hiding his face - to thrashing around the stage and pouring his heart out as if the music has taken him, with Rosso expertly pounding out complex rhythms and Edwards keeping the groove.  Revealing a new song to the crowd, “Alphabetical Order” starts off with a simple bass line and drums at a medium pace, steadily plodding along as the first verse is sung with a detached engagement that is intriguing.  When the guitars come in the song truly sprouts legs, and then progresses into interesting melodic directions, never settling into one groove.  The crowd got very excited when the band started in on their cover of “Twist And Shout”, building up steam as the audience sang along and ending with a chaotic fervor and fire.

Michael Mikus of The Pixo Control 

Great Chamberlain was the closing band, and frontman Chris West was joined by Nick Luck and Chloe Moore on keys, Michael Mikus on guitar, and Mitch Harris on drums.  Chris’ unique brand of experimental folk music was a pleasant balm to end off the night, and for many, the year.  He has worked with many artists as his backing band in the past, at times forgoing certain elements of his compositions (my first time seeing him was sans-percussion), however his music has a certain polymorphic quality that affords him the fluidity to entertain and provoke regardless.  Such was not the case tonight however, as the crowd was treated to an ethereal wall of warm sounds and crooning that seemed to lift spirits and bring everyone closer together.  Themes of love and connection were prevalent in his lyrics, and the closing number started out earnestly and built its way to an anthemic height that caused the room to twinkle and travel.  A show that attendees would not soon forget, to be sure.

by Shane Erickson

Shane Erickson is a supporter of urban arts in his community, and a vinyl disc jockey/collector.  As DJ Seith he acts as backing DJ for local hip-hop artists, and is head of the Soo York City Urban Arts Collective, which is a group of like-minded Northern Ontarians committed to furthering the positive tenets of hip-hop culture. Click for Soo York City 

Vinyl Listening Party Setlist - November 27th

Another solid turnout this November for E&E's Vinyl Listening party at Cafe Natura. Freeze frame high-five to Shane aka DJ Seith for hosting once again.

We have one last taste for the year and we're going out with some flavour. Join us on the 18th of December to kick off winter with Vinyl Listening Party: The Holiday Edition. Bring a friend and bring some food donations; we are collecting for the Soup Kitchen Christmas Food Drive. Visit the event page for more details.

Without further adieu, the November setlist:

Shruti...... Bob Seiger - Turn the Page; Funkadelic - Good to Your Earhole

Lish...... Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good; Heart - Crazy on You; Boston - More than a Feeling

Shane....... Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy; Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles - Prologue / Big Bang Reincarnation; Arthur Brown - Fire; Edan - Beauty

Ivan....... Men at Work - Helpless Automation; LCD Soundsystem - All my Friends; Naked and Famous - Eyes; Radiohead - Reckoner

Allie....... Arcade Fire - Sprawl II; Radiohead - 15 Step; M83 - Reunion

Jimmy....... Rascalz ft. Choclair, Checkmate, Kardinall Official and Thrust - Northern Touch; Kanye West - Gone, All Falls Down, Spaceships

Vinyl Listening Party Setlist - October 23rd

Last Thursday Ears and Eyes held its second Vinyl Listening Party at Cafe Natura. With help from Shane, Lisa and Bill, these are becoming a thing. Maybe a monthly thing.

Here is the setlist for the night:


Scientist - Jah Army

King Tubby - New Style

Thievery Corporation - Until The Morning


NehruvianDOOM - Caskets

A Tribe Called Quest - Sucka Nigga

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay


M83 - Reunion (Mylo Remix)

Jonsi - Around Us

Sigur Ros - Inni Mer Syugur Vitleysingur


Temptations - I Can’t Get Next To You

Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems

Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize


Ripcordz - Fight The Religious Right

Random Killing - Foreign Soil

Trigger Happy - Meathook/Judas


David Bowie - Heroes (from Perks of Being A Wallflower Soundtrack)

City And Colour - Thirst

Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans


Gal Costa - Namarinho De Portão

George Benson - White Rabbit

Be sure to check out our event page for pictures of the evening and give us some 'Like' on FB.

E&E Presents: Gunner & Smith

Sault Ste. Marie based culture collective, Ears and Eyes, are excited to announce that Saskatoon folk music outfit Gunner & Smith will take the stage at Cafe Natura on Tuesday, November 18th for an intimate concert while they make their way across Canada in support of their full length release, He Once Was A Good Man. The band kicked off the tour with a string of Western Canadian dates on October 8th in Saskatoon, taking the band to Alberta and BC and back, before heading out to as far east as Montreal in November. 

A press release states that "there have been so many high lights for the band in 2014 that lead singer Geoff Smith had a hard time coming up with just one". "Playing Folk Alliance International in Kansas City was amazing… playing the Great Heart Festival in Bellwoods Park unplugged during NXNE would have to be one of the most fun shows we have gotten to play this year." 

Tickets for the concert are priced at $10.00 and can be purchased at the door the night of the show. 

Doors open at 7:00 pm , show at 7:30 pm.

As well as Gunner & Smith, local up and coming artists Jesse Merineau and ALDOUS (Nick Luck) will be sharing opening sets. 

Ears and Eyes have been giving opportunity to young Sault Ste. Marie artists to play beside touring acts at Cafe Natura (and other venues) for over a year now. As well as booking and organizing concerts, Ears and Eyes serves as resource for the underground culture community in Sault Ste. Marie. Their website features articles on events, artists, news as well as links to local organizations and people in the Sault.