Of course I named the show after the great album by the Smittens and I pay homage to the band by using a clip of their song 11:11 for my theme. I hope the band doesn't mind, but when I have talked to various members of the band after shows they seem like nice people whom I think would be good with it.

I also use this name for my DJ night happening occasionally at the Jane Bond in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Note that the links to shows older than 6 months might not be working, if you really want those shows please send me an email and I can get them to you. (Note that prior to 2018 I called my podcast FireballXL5, so don't be confused if you look at an old setlist)

Special thanks to Jeff Woods for finding my a place to host my mp3s!

December 19, 2008

Theme: Christmas show 2008
On Air: Frank

This was my annual Christmas show and as usual I didn't play your typical holiday songs. I kept the show short to reflect the amount of really good new Christmas songs I found this year, but still had time to add a few Fireball XL5 Christmas classics.

The best new holiday song I heard this year was by The Wedding Present featuring Simone White with Holly Jolly Hollywood. I've had to listen to it a few times every day because it is that good. The video is also incredibly fun and insanely cute (well at least Simone is insanely cute), do yourself a favour and watch it from the link below.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Links to some of the things I mentioned during the show

Fireball XL5 Setlist - December 5, 2008

The Wedding Present featuring Simone White - Holly Jolly Hollywood
Hello Saferide - Ipod X-mas
The Chills - Christmas Chimes
David Carswell and Megan Barnes - I Wanna Kiss You This Christmas (C)
The Diskettes - Noel (C)
Belle and Sebastian - Are You Coming Over For Christmas
Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas (C)
Soda Fountain Rag - Jullaten 2007
The Ravonettes - Come On Santa
Velocity Girl - Merry Christmas, I Love You
Au Revoir Simone - Christmas Time Is Here
Figurine - The Holiday Behind Us
Sally Shapiro - Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix)
Glo-Worm - Holiday
Le Sport, Montt Mardie and Mr. Suitcase - Last Christmas
Lucky, Lucky, Pigeons - Red Santa
The Headcoatees - Santa Claus
Irene - Christmas On The Beach
Darryl Reimer - Merry Big Ole Christmas
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Faster Santa Claus Ho, Ho, Ho (C)
Elisa Gabbai - Winter In Kanada

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Remember the Fireball XL5 Homepage is at www.fireballxl5.ca

December 5, 2008

Theme: Back to the indie pop with lots of new stuff
On Air: Frank

It was good to finally get back to a regular show that wasn't all about me. As I had not done a show like this
in a while I had a large backlog of new music to play, as evidenced by the fact that this show clocks in at a little over 2 hours and even then I cut out two entire sets that I was originally going to play.

I'll just highlight one of the things I talked about on the show: Every year the BBC asks a list of music
critics and broadcasters to find out which bands will they think will make it big in the next year. They did
pretty good last year as the 2008 list included The Ting Tings, Adele, Vampire Weekend, The Black Kids, and
MGMT. You can check out the BBC Sound of 2009 site using the link below.

In the third set I played a couple of songs to commemorate those who recently passed away: Odetta and
Levi Stubbs (see links below for more information)

Links to some of the things I mentioned during the show:

Link to BBC Sound of 2009:

Link to Pitchfork review of Black Kids

Link to Wee Pop records

Link to Heaven's Just A Kiss Away

Link to information about Odetta:

Link to information about levi Stubbs:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - December 5, 2008

TALK (Theme)
The Ting Tings - Be The One
Masonic - Lifetime of Deception
Marching Band - Gorgeous Behaviour
Detektifbryån - Neonland
TALK (recent CD set)
Black Kids - Look at me (When I Rock Wichoo)
Vancouger - unmanned (C)
Los Campesinos! - Ways To Make It Through The Wall
Don Lennon - Really Dave Matthews
Herman Dune - On A Saturday
TALK (lo-fi)
The Endless Bummer - Baseball in China (C)
Kevin Ayers - Girl On A Swing
Tvärvägen - September
Charles Douglas - Where Did I Go
The 6ths (with Odetta) - Waltzing Me All The Way Home
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears
TALK (Female voices)
Firefox AK - City To City
Santa Maria - Lalalalalaaa
Point Junction WA - Melon Bird
Minisnap - Leave It To You
The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Film Star
BlueJuice - Vitriol (Pious Edit) **See Note 1
Japanese Motors - Better Trends
Salut!machaut - Tom and Joanna
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You
Lizards From Afar - Just A Girl **See Note 1
+/- - Snowblind
We and Lisa - Ana
The Lovekevins - Private Life Of A Cat
Firefly - Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) **See Note 2

Note 1: Both of these songs were sent to me.

Note 2: This is not the Waterloo band Firefly but one from a compilation CD of Italian Disco songs.

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

November 21, 2008

Theme: Soundtrack of my life, Part 2
On Air: Frank

This was the second part of the soundtrack to my life that I started last time, this show goes from my University days to the present. I won't say much about the show here as I have a pretty long explanation for each song both here and on the actual podcast.

Although it might not have been that interesting for most people, I quite enjoyed putting these last two shows together and I would recommend it to everyone.

Thanks for putting up with my indulgence and I promise to get back to the indie pop goodness for the next show that will hopefully be out soon.


Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right (To Party) (Had the album cover in my residence room)
Jay McShann - Smooth Sailing (From the first CD purchased)
The Clash - Train in Vain (Best of 80s)
Sprit of the West - Labour Day (great show at Bombshelter, saw them many times)
Stompin Tom - Bud the Spud (show on UNB radio station CHSR)


Dave Claerhout - Wackyland Theme (show on CHRW and CKMS)
War Wagon - Dead Soldier (first band than I knew the members of and on album thank yous)
Magnetic Fields - 100,000 Fireflies (Derek put this on a mixed tape and I became a big fan of the band)
The Cure - Friday I'm in Love (Radio Show in Whitehorse)
Barry Gray - Fireball XL5 Theme (do I have to say why?)

After CKMS

Electronic - One Day (best CD of 90s)
Belle and Sebastian - Dirty Dream No. 2 (bad 30th birthday and probably best of 00s)
Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater (Went to see them the evening after getting married)
Acid House Kings - A lover's weekend (first real twee song)
Jens Lekman - Sky Phenomenon (best concert ever)
Jonathan Richman - Dignified and Old (probably seen more times than anybody else)
Armand Mirpour - Curly Boys Law (latest top song, one for the future)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

October 25, 2008

Theme: Soundtrack of my life, Part 1
On Air: Frank

As this show coincided with my 40th birthday I thought it was allowable to have a show (or a couple of shows) that are self indulgent. A few years ago I heard about someone doing "the soundtrack of their life" for a school project on the CBC and I thought this sounded like a cool idea and this seemed like a good time to try it.

As I explain in the intro to the show it isn't just a list of my 25 favourite songs of all time, rather they are songs that have for various reasons been significant in my life.

As each song was special there is unfortunately a lot of talking during this show, but I felt each one needed its own introduction.

I decided to split the entire concept into two shows (I figure nobody is actually going to listen to a show about me, but even less than that would listen to a 3 hour show about me). So part one goes from my early years up till my time on my first radio station of CHRW. I will leave my time at university and CKMS for part two.

Here is a link to the video I mentioned during the show:

(as it happens I own the exact same outfit that Bobby Sherman is wearing during this video)

Fireball XL5 Setlist - October 25, 2008

Bobby Sherman - Easy Come, Early Go (Source of middle name)


Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman (First single bought with my own money)
Mendelssohn 4th symphony (High school music project)
Not The Nine Oclock News - Confrontation Song (album from London Public Library)
Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio (First alternative song I listen to)
Earth, Wind, and Fire - Let's Groove (best of 70s)

High school/CHRW

Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force- Renegades of Funk (first song played on radio)
Helen Reddy - I am Woman (Theme to Frank, Frank, and Frank show)
Lloyd Cole - Lost Weekend (Song played often on CHRW simply because it was short)
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue (First Concert)
Run DMC - Rock Box (first Toronto concert, first mixed tape given by someone else)
The Pogues - Dirty Old Town (Memories of Pat and Dave)
Altogether Morris - Eaten Alive (Dave and I played this song a lot) (C)
Butthole Surfers - Sweat Loaf (More fun from CHRW)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

October 10, 2008

Theme: Cue the Zombies
On Air: Frank

All the sets had 5 songs this show, don't know just worked out that way. Also interesting is that even without the time restriction of being on the radio, my shows are still about 2 hours long, guess that just the natural way they should be.

I haven't done it in a while but this show I did play a set of people who either just had or were just going to play the area. The highlight was the Awkward Stage whom I saw in Waterloo last week, they put on a great show and they are playing across Canada so look for them in your town. Also in the set were Shout Out Out Out Out coming to the Starlight and The Bicycles coming to Trepid House.

Anybody in the Waterloo area on Saturday, October 18th should check out the annual Zombie Walk starting at Waterloo Park at 2 pm. In honour of the event I played "Walk Like A Zombie" from the classic WhatWave music series (see link below).

Here are some of the links I mentioned during the show:

WhatWave site:

Zombie Walk website:

Download the New Faces song here:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - October 10, 2008

Armand Mirpour - Curly Boys Law
Erik Hallden - Do The Right Thing
New Faces - My Alarm
Robert Churh and The Holy Community - Train to Asia
Lisa Bouvoir - Chambermaid
Marshmallow Coast - Sail Around The World
Salut! Marchaut - The Fastest Boy In School
The Pico Beats - 700 Shrinking Violets
Pets - You Bring It All Together
The Little Ones - Morning Tide
TALK (upcoming or past local shows set)
Akward Stage - Sad Girl Radio (C)
Hot Panda - Cold Hands Chapped Lips (C)
Buttless Chaps - Fresh Horses (C)
Shout Out Out Out Out - Dude you Feel Electric (C)
The Bicycles - I Will Appear For You (C)
The Transmissionary Six - Zero Gravity
Juni Jarvi - The Stars Above Indian Lake
Kristoffer Ragnstram - Swing That Tambourine
Nina Kinert - Through Your Eyes
Le Future Pompiste - Seeds
Hank and Frank - Walk Like A Zombie (C)
The Manhattan Love Suicides - Johnny boy
Pablo - Hey Luci
The Jacks - Out Of Your Head
The Undertones - Wednesday Week
Karin Storm - Silent Night Pacific! Remake
The Honeydrips - (Lack Of) Love Will Tear Us Apart
Pet Politics - In The Twinkle Of An Eye
Air France - June Evenings
Sad Day For Puppets - Big Waves
Detektivbryån - Om Du Moter Varg

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

September 26, 2008

Theme: More leftovers
On Air: Frank

Not much to say about this show, still working on lots of leftover song list that just seems to get bigger each week.

One of the cool things about CKMS was the new release section, although a lot of time it didn't have much I was interested in, every once in a while it was nice to flip through a CD from somebody I had heard about. One such CD would have been the new release from Montreal's Hexes and Ohs that I happen to know is at CKMS. But I was able to find a place to stream the new album so with a bit of work anything is possible.

Here are some of the links I mentioned during the show:

Ed Greene Download
I said during the show that you could download this song by Ed Greene
from his record label, but their website is now under construction.

Airborne Toxic Event Letter to Pitchfork

Link to the very silly and slightly pornographic video for Erik Hallden

Erik Hallden - If I Ever Get Married
Montt Mardie - Names Not Forgotten **See Note 1
Voxtrot - The Start Of Something
Esther - I Can't Promise
The Second Band - The Future
Alfred Daniels Midland - Oceanside
Speedmarket Avenue - Accident
Pinto - Restless Heart
Churchbuilder - Microdancer
Tada Tata - Sticky Dumb Gum
B'Ehl - Happening Again (C)
Bonnie and clyde - Guess There's No One
Maia Hirasawa - Crackers
Ed Greene - When The Sky Is About To Fall
Damien Jurado - Gillian Was A Horse
The Social Services - The Baltic Sea
Tom Levin - I Miss Her Missing Me
The Airborne Toxic Event - Wishing Well **See Note 2
The Little Ones - Forgive Yourself
Northern Portrait - I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me
The Virgins - Private Affair
Ironville - Don't You Wish
Hexes and Ohs - We Remain (C)
Everything All The Time - Take Stock
Biker Boy - You Got Me Wrong
Action Biker - Ica Lappis
Melodies In Mono - Malmo Forsta utkast
Looptroop Rockers - The Building
Armand Mirpour - Lucky Lady Hotshot
Cocoanut Groove - Midsummer's Dream
DoublePark - I Don't Want To Party **Thanks to Derek
Spanky & Our Gang + Sebo K - Like To Get To Know You + Moved (Tennishero Edit)

Note 1: I have played a song by Montt Mardie the last 3 shows, he is my
favourite discovery so far this year.

Note 2: The Airborne Toxic Event has finally released an album after
last year's great single "Does This Mean You're Moving On?".

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

September 12, 2008

Theme: Holy F*%$ Mr. Sulu
On Air: Frank

I started out with the Stolen Minks from their new album "High Kicks" that I got when I saw them in Guelph. It was a great show, but I have a beef with the venue as although there were 4 bands the first one didn't go on till 11:30 pm. Once again a reminder that The Minks are doing 10 week tour that will probably be coming to a city near you.

I also played the band Holy Fuck (which I'm sure is setting off all kinds of alarms in your e-mail program) who were not only in the news lately for their name ( http://www.hour.ca/news/news.aspx?iIDArticle=15362 ) but are also playing a great festival in London Ontario this weekend ( http://www.lolafest.com/ ).

I got to play the song "The Other Side Of Mr. Sulu" by the Show Business Giants as once again George Takei got in the news: http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=13075 . The song features great samples from Star Trek including my favourite "It fires lead pellets propelled by expanding gases from a chemical explosion".

During the show I also mentioned that the new Pelle Carlberg album can be heard here: http://www.labrador.se/index_lab115.php3 and the song from Architecture in Helsinki was from the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3ZqjufDWBY .

Also note that as I no longer have to worry about CRTC regulations, there are some songs on this particular show that contain some very dirty words, well at least one word that is repeated more than a few times in some of these songs.

The Stolen Minks - Bring It (C)
Strip Squad - If You Don't Take Me Right Away You Might As Well Fuck Off
Anne Backeley - Underground Summer Love Song
California Snow Story - The Only One That Matters
Eskobar - Flat Earth
Pets - Rollercoaster
Heart-sick Groans - The Season For Us
Bye Bye Bicycle - Eastside
Sea Urchins - Pristine Christine
Those Dancing Days - Run Run
Architecture in Helsinki - Like It Or Not
Sunny Summer Day - So Much Fun
The National - Mistaken For Strangers
Tindersticks - The Flicker Of A Little Girl
Pelle Carlberg - Animal Lovers
Parker Lewis - Weird Turns Pro
Pale Fountains - Just A Girl
TALK (The all connected set)
She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
The do - Stay Just A Little Bit More **See Note 1
Ben Folds (featuring Regina Spektor) - You Don't Know Me **Again suggested by Mary
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Upsala (C)
Of Montreal - Gallery Piece
Sunday Forever - Barely
Cloetta Paris - Secret Eyes
Kitty and the K - By The Way (Euro Remix)
Holy Fuck - Safari (C)
Sprial Beach - Made Of Stone (C)
Muslims - Bright Side
Bound Stems - Happens To Us All Otherwise
The Hep Stars - Bald Headed Woman
The Fugs - CIA Man **See Note 2
Show Business Giants - The Other Side Of Mr. Sulu (C)

Note 1: The name is actually The do with a line through the o, but I couldn't get that to print.

Note 2: The song over the end credits of the movie "Burn Before Reading"

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

August 29, 2008

Theme: My Sentimental Heart
On Air: Frank

I have to thank Mary for my best song of the week, she asked me if I had heard "Sentimental Heart" by She & him, at the time I had not heard of the song but really enjoyed it when I heard it. So much so that I picked up the CD entitled "Volume One" when I saw it in a record store the past weekend. The band consists of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel but you can listen to the show to find out more about She & him.

When playing the "Let's Ride Mega Mix" by Gonzales I started thinking about what is this year's song of the summer. Although I didn't particularly listen to the song this summer it has the elements of a good summer song with the funky beats and summer vibe.

The last set ended with the band the Stolen Minks (friends of the show) who came on my show last year. This year they are doing a mega 10 week tour across Canada and the US and if you are reading this anywhere in North America the chances are they are going to be playing in your town. Check out their tour schedule here http://www.myspace.com/stolenminks and read their tour blog here: http://thestolenminks.exclaim.ca/

And I ended with a request that I finally played for Paul that he made way back before my last show on CKMS, sorry about being so late.

She & Him - Sentimental Heart
Therea Andersson - Birds Fly Away
Firefox AK with Tiger Lou - Winter Rose
Yo La Tengo - Our Little Corner Of The World
Hello Saferide - San Francisco **For Karen
Marching Band - Makeup Artist
Peace In Our Time - Desperate for something to say
The Second Band - No Song
Speedmarket Avenue - I Can Tell By Here Eyes
The Gresham Flyers - Shiftwork
salut!machaut - Train Song
Billie the Vision and The Dancers - Lily From The Middleway Street
I'm From Barcelona - Music Killed Me
The Polyphonic Spree - Running Away
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Love Will
Pop Levi - Never Never Love
Sad Day For Puppets - Hush
Crystal Castles - Courtship Dating
Natalia Clavier - Dormida
Air France - No Excuses
The Virgins - Rich Girls
Monte Marde - Highschool Drama
Gonzales - Let's Ride Mega Mix (C)
New Radiant Storm Kings - Undignified
Born Ruffians - Hummingbird (C)
Okkervill River - Lost Coastlines
Hawaii Mud Bombers - Chewy - Lovie
The Stolen Minks - Peppy Twist (C)
Holiday Flyer - I'm Here, You're Gone

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

August 15, 2008

Theme: Baseball and blip.fm
On Air: Frank

I was happy with my first non-CKMS podcast, however I am still working out some of the bugs in my system. Thus I apologize for any uneven levels, blowing into the microphone, and songs playing on while I was talking.

As for the show, Derek sent me a song by The baseball project, an album of songs about baseball put together by Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey. The song I played, "The Yankee Flipper", chronicles the time that Jack McDowell gave the finger to the New York fans and the events that lead up to that moment. Read more about the baseball project here http://www.yeproc.com/artist_info.php?artistId=12539 .

I also did a set of songs that I found out about through the website blip.fm , where people recommend songs (or "'blip" them) along with short comments on the songs. I played a few songs from two of my favourite DJs on blip, Seeshell and VanillaJ, unfortunately you have to sign up as a DJ in order to see their picks, but it is free and quick.

One of reasons that I have to go on with the show is my reaction when I heard about the passing of Isaac Hayes, the first thing I thought was "I should play an Isaac Hayes song on my next show".

The Baskervilles - A Little More Time
Sunny Summer Day - Something In Your Eyes
The Pipettes - I Like A Boy In Uniform (School Uniform)
Montt Mardie - Set Sail Tomorrow
TALK (Baseball Set)
The Baseball Project - The Yankee Flipper
Belle and Sebastian - Piazza, New York Catcher
Courtney Love - Baseball Bat
The Bookmen - Huggin' At My Pillow (C)
TALK (blip.fm set)
Noah And The Whale - 2 Atoms In A Molecule
Preston School Of Industry - Caught In The Rain
The Dodos - Walking
Land Of Talk - All My Friends
TALK (laid back set)
Rilo Kiley - Science Vs. Romance
Neal Halstead - Queen Bee
Miracle Fortress - Have You See In Your Dreams
Hello Saferide - Anna
TALK (bit more of a rock set)
The Ackermans - Song In Your Street
The Blows - Two Minutes
Telekinesis! - All Of A Sudden
Good Shoes - Small Town Girl
TALK (back to pop)
The Gresham Flyers - Foolscap
The Helio Sequence - Can't Say No
The Greencoats - Honey
The Shermans - Falling Out Of Love
TALK (funky set)
Juvelen - Don't Mess
Michael Franti and Spearhead - Say Hey (I Love You)
PPP (Platinum Pied Pipers) - On A Cloud
The Greyboy Allstars - Still Waiting
Isaac Hayes - Never Can Say Goodbye

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

August 1, 2008

Theme: Last Show On CKMS
On Air: Frank, Derek, Sari, Dave, Jen, Tony, Milosz, Karen, Eric, Wayne, and Graham.

Well my final show went down exactly as I had hoped; lots of people at the station, lots of people playing songs, lots of people sharing stories about CKMS. Thanks to everybody who came the studio that night and everybody who was listening from near and far.

There were sets of music from Dave, Jen, Peter, Sari, Wayne, Karen, Eric, and Derek. I also managed to sneak in a few sets including ones about the Hillside Festival, musicians who had appeared on my show, a set for Charlene, and songs dedicated to friends of the show who were far away.

It was also great to have local artists from Knock, Knock, Ginger and Bocce who talked about their upcoming albums and the great race to see which one will be released first.

And although we bid a fitting farewell to CKMS that night do remember that Fireball XL5 will continue in podcast form for as long as I am able. I picked up some new equipment last week and I think I am ready to go to start recording at home.

Gonzales - Working Together (C)
Capetown - Let It Go
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane
The Hold Steady - Constructive Summer
TALK (Dave's Set)
Neutral Milk Hotel - Aeroplane Over The Sea
Diodes - Tired Of Waking Up Tired (C)
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Royksopp - Remind Me
Dandy Warhols - Talk Radio
TALK (long distance dedications)
Spirit Of The West - Political (C) **For John and Rob
Lloyd Cole - No Blue Sky **For Stephen P
Jolly Llamas - 51st State (C) **For Steven F
Husker Du - Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely **For Steven F
TALK (Peter's Set)
Boston Spaceship - Go For The Exit
Eric Bachman - Carrborro Woman
The Wedding Present - I Lost The Monkey
TALK (Jen's Set)
Rafter - ZZZperchant
Fuckbuttons - Bright Tomorrow
Dodos - Walking
TALK (Hillside Set)
Hawksley Workman - Tarantulove (C)
Black Cabbage - Cdn (C)
The Burning Hell - Municipal Monarchs (C)
The Magic - No Sound (C)
Michael Jackson - Gotta Be Starting Something
TALK (People who have been on Fireball XL5)
The Stolen Minks - Rip It Up (C)
Jerry Jerry And The Sons Of Rhythm Orchestra - Upstairs Thinking (C)
The Diskettes - Jump Up (C)
Knock Knock Ginger - Love Renee (C)
TALK (Sari's set)
Barry Adamson - Swinging Detective
Giant Sand - Is That All There Is
The Headcoats - Reindeers Are Wild
Jens Lekman - I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You
Betrand Burgalat and Robert Wyatt - This Summer Night
Hercules And Love Affair - Blind
The Social Services - The Final Countdown
TALK (Wayne's Set)
King Khan And The Shrines - Took My Lady Out To Dinner
Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
The Kills - Cheap And Cheerful
Black Mountain - Stormy High
TALK (Set for Charlene)
Firefly - Made Me Glad (C)
Bob Wiseman - Separated (C)
Weird Paul - I Got Drunk At Chuck E Cheese
War Wagon - Dead Soldier (C)
TALK (Eric and Karen's Set)
Goldmund - Du Und Ich
Klee - Zwei Herzen
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
Van She - Kelly
Marc Almond - Tears Run Rings
TALK (Derek's Set)
Yo La Tengo - Little Honda
Patti Smith - Kimberly
World Party - Way Down Now
Erika Bhadu - The Healer
Jonathan Richman - That Summer Feeling
BB King - I'm Moving On

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

July 4, 2008

Theme: Couples and wacky male singers
On Air: Frank

OK I shouldn't really do this, but I'm changing the top song from this show after the fact. Although at the time I said it was The Leslies "Take A Look", since that show I have really grown to love the Hello Saferide song "The Quiz". It is so good, it describes the questions that a girl would ask a prospective boyfriend, questions like:

Is your IQ higher than your neighbour’s? And is it very much higher than mine?

Can you sleep when I grind my teeth? Do you look away if I slob when I eat?

Do you talk in the middle of Seinfeld? Do you get racist or sexist when you’ve had a few?

But if like the songs in the first set you can get your own copy of all of them as they all came from a couple of great and freely available summer samplers that have recently come out: The first one is legitimate as it comes from the great Labrador record label, pick it up here: http://www.labrador.se/news.php3?lab=080702.035034 and the other one is from a blog called eardrum music, a bit less official, but good nonetheless http://eardrumsmusic.com/the-label/summershere_vol1/ .

I had just picked up the new album by Mates of State which I am liking very much and that got me thinking about bands where members are romantically involved (no I didn't play Abba). This led to playing I am the World Trade Center, Arcade Fire, and Immaculate Machine, unfortunately after the show I found out that Holiday Flyer are actually a brother/sister duo.

I ended off with the song "Free Nelson Mandela" by the Special AKAs as they had just had the 90th birthday celebration for Nelson Mandela. To show how long I've been on the radio I remember playing that song when Mandela was actually still in prison.

TALK-Theme (Summer sampler set)
The Leslies - Take A Look
The Budgies - Summer Gone Back
The Legends - Darlings
The School - Summer's Here
Hello Saferide - The Quiz
TALK (My couples set)
Mates of State - My Only Offer
I Am The World Trade Center - No Expectations
Immaculate Machine - Small Talk (C)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up (C)
Holiday Flyer - Every Once In A While **Request by Paul
TALK (Wacky male singer set)
Ossian Ekenger - Sunset Shell
Jens Lekman - Maple Leaves
Jonathan Richman - You're The Only For Me
Magnetic Fields - Busby Berkeley Dream
Herman Dune - 1-2-3 Apple Tree
TALK (Rockin' Set)
Vancouger - Obvious (C)
Two Minute Miracles - Conjoined (C)
The Bughouse 5 - Death Of Me (C)
The Gruesomes - Unchain My Heart (C)
Universal Honey - Just Before Mary Goes (C) **See Note 1
The The - Helpline Operator
Firefox AK (w/ Tiger Lou) - Winter Rose
Motoboy - Young Love
Kleerup (w/ Lykke Li) - Until We Bleed **See Note 2
The LK - Tamoagotchi Freestyle
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head - Me + Yr Daughter
The Rigas - What Are You Dreaming Of
Pretty Good Dance Moves - PGDM
Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down
The Special AKAs - Free Nelson Mandela

Note 1: This song dedicated to Mary and Chris who were just leaving to go to Europe.

Note 2: As it has Lykke Li it has to be good.

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

June 20, 2008

Theme: Venus and Honey
On Air: Frank and Michelle

Michelle joined me for this show so the talking bits are lot more interesting then when I do the show solo. After my initial set I managed to squeeze in a set by artists who are going to be playing in the area and a set about honey. I got the idea for the honey set while looking for the song "Shade And Honey" by Sparklehouse and I came upon an MP3 blog entry of songs about honey, so I stole the idea. Of course Michelle rhymed off about 5 more songs about honey during the set but I only had time to play the ones I did.
Here is Michelle's description of her sets:
My first set started off with a song that was played in the final scene of the movie "Young People Fucking", a great little indie Canadian film for which the title does little justice other than publicity as it is quirky, and humorous, with absolutely no, per say, below-the-belt shots (unfortunately -- this comment added by Frank).
The rest of the set included songs I find particularly "summery" including a track from The Cloud Cult who have been releasing their albums on the Earthology Record label, a not-for-profit environmental record label (which includes 100% recycled jewel cases and paper, soy based inks, and the recycling of CD cut scraps into milk cartons). I can't get enough of "I Woke Up Today", I've been listening to it for months and my ears haven't tired in the slightest. Check out a youtube video by Throw Me The Statue - most were shot on the deck of a very windy Seattle ferry ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BacCAXDLz10 ).
Thao Nguyen put on one of the best live shows I've seen yet this year at Sneaky Dee's back in March, a tireless guitar player she whipped her hair about like the wild Vietnamese Virginian she is. At first listen to her cd "We Brave Bee Stings And All" I wasn't sure if it was a girl or a guy singing, at least at times it sounded at lot like The Flaming Lips. The album is certainly one of my favourites so far this year.
I followed my second set up with a number of British bands I've recently discovered (Life Without Buildings, Hefner, Nina Nastasia). Life Without Buildings are from Glasgow, and broke up in 2002, but that girls completely unique vocal style is mind blowing. Also, I had tickets to see Nina at The Drake the night of the radio show but sadly she cancelled. The late John Peel was a huge fan of Nina Nastasia, and he also gave enormous props to Hefner, so I have also recently looked into their back catalogue.
The final song I played was my favourite single from 2007: The Cave Singers - Seeds Of Night. That song is so beautiful it makes me ache.

Herman Dune - I Wish I Could See You Soon
Adam Green - Morning After Midnight
Bjorn Kleinhenz - The Quest For Your Heart
Joel Alme - The Queen's Corner
Fembots - Countdown Our Days (C)
Cloud Cult - Journey Of The Featherless
Port O'Brien - I Woke Up Today
Throw Me The Statue - Lolita
Thao And The Get Down Stay Down - Swimming Pools
Life Without Buildings - The Leanover
Hefner - Hello Kitten
The Replacements - Unsatisfied
Nina Nastasia - A Dog's Life
Bonnie Prince Billy - So Everyone
The Milwaukee's Best Band - The Way She Goes (C)
Parlour Steps - The Garden (C)
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Love Renee (C)
Rebekah Higgs - Parables (C)
Born Ruffians - I Need A Life (C)
TALK (Honey Set)
Sparklehouse - Shade And Honey
Jesus And Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
Daniel Johnston - Honey, I Sure Miss You
Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass - A Taste Of Honey
Jim White - Crash Into The Sun
Judd And Maggie - Sleep Interrupted
The Cave Singers - Seeds Of Night
Mystery Jets - Half In Love With Elizabeth

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

June 6, 2008

Theme: Trepid House and Shelflife records
On Air: Frank

Sometimes a show just seems to go together well and this was one of those times. A few themed sets along with some random sets and it all comes out well.

The second set focused on the bands that were playing that night in the Trepid House, a private house where small bands play in a great intimate environment. One of them were my current favourite band from Guelph "The Magic" who finally had some recorded material that I was able to buy, Torcus was also really good, but unfortunately although I liked the song by Rockenspiel that I played on the show I wasn't able to stay long enough to see them that night.

I found out about the Swedish band Kuryakin from the great Swedesplease blog and while checking out the band's record label Shelflife I checked out some of their other recent releases. One of the new bands from the label were described as "modern psychedelic pop songs influenced by the heyday of '90s Madchester." So that allowed me to also play bands from those days including The Charlatans who just happened to have a CD in the new release section of the library. You can download the first three songs in the set from: www.shelflife.com .

Of course I had to play a song to mark the passing of Bo Diddley, I thought the song might be a cover of the Jonathan Richman song, it wasn't, but it was still really good.

Acid House Kings - Say Yes If You Love Me
The Shermans - Summer In Your Heart
Lisa Bouvoir - Belgium
Those Dancing Days - Tasty Boy
First Aid Kit - Cross Oceans
TALK (Trepid House Set)
The Magic - Night School (C)
Rockenspiel - When You Were Born (C)
Torcus - I've Been Down (C)
Dearly Beloved - When You Were Born (C)
The Johnstones - Last Chance (C)
The Gruesomes - What's Your Problem? (C)
Mates Of State - My Only Offer
Merrymakers - Spinning My Mind Away
Ms. John Soda - Go Check
New Radiant Storm Kings - Scuttled
TALK (Shelflife Records Set)
Days - A Part Of The World
Kuryakin - Peace Of Mind
Ruling Class - Flowers
The Charlatans - Oh! Vanity
Happy Mondays - Lazyitis
Boomdaddy - No Stranger Now (C) **See Note 1
Ivana Santilli - Always Better (C)
MG Blues - Shake The Boogie (C)
Bo Diddley - Roadrunner
Robert Forster - Did She Overtake You
Lloyd Cole - Chelsea Hotel (C) **See Note 2
A Popular History Of Signs - Justice Not Vengeance

Note 1: The first time I can remember playing a song by someone actually related to me as my cousin Linda sang backup vocals on this song.

Note 2: Played in honour of many people I know who were going to see Leonard Cohen in concert.

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

May 23, 2008

Theme: TweePop, Seattle, and little bit of Finland
On Air: Frank

On this show I had a set where I highlighted the CDs that I picked up while I was out west in the week before the show. My first musical stop was Seattle where I saw Lykke Li, El Perro Del Mar, and Anna Ternheim, the show was excellent, the venue was excellent, you can hear my review on the podcast (although I did go to Calgary and Banff as well there wasn't much of a musical part to that part of the trip).

Also in Seattle I visited Easy Street Records ( http://www.buymusichere.net/stores/easystreet/ ), a cool fountain( http://nedkahn.com/water.html# and look at the Encircled Stream), and a cool library ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:SCL9.JPG ) .

The most amazing thing about Seattle? I walked around for about 4 hours and I only saw 3 Starbucks. The next stop was Vancouver where I didn't see any shows but I picked up some CDs at the great record store Zulu Records and probably could have seen at least 3 Starbucks from almost every street corner.

Before I left for my trip I got a few CDs in the mail from WeePop records ( http://www.weepop.net/ ), the packaging is just so darn cute that it fits perfectly with the music. And there was a Finnish influence to the show as Hannu managed to visit me at the show before he left the country, although he didn't want to speak on air, I noted the Finnish songs that we played.

Hello, Blue Roses - Shadow Falls (C)
Destroyer - Dark Leaves From A Thread (C)
Ironville - Roses
The Lucksmiths - Adolescent Song Of Mindless Devotion
The Sweaters - The Pop Thing (C)
Robert Church And The Holy Community - Train To Asia
TALK (WeePOP Records Set)
Sunny Intervals - Let The City Run Away With Us
Wonder For All - Can't Say It
The Deirdres - Spring Forward, Fall Over
Colin Clary - Backseat Man
Rambling James Heron - As If I Didn't Know It
The Coy Hunt - Banana Cream Pie (C)
The Bet - Evileah (C)
Bare Knees - Wine Stains
Ben Sures - Drunk In My Kitchen (C)
22 Pistepirkko - Taxi 74 (Fin)
Pet Politics - In The Twinkle Of An Eye
The Lowest Of The Low - Salesmen, Cheats, And Liars (C)
Von Hertzen Brothers - Kiss A Wish (Fin)
TALK (Seattle and Vancouver Set)
Lykke Li - Everybody But Me
Tullycraft - Misgiving
Stephin Merrit - Shall We Sing A Duet?
Moby - Live For Tomorrow
Lights - I Owe You One (C)
The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Go
Afternoons In Stereo - How Does It Feel? (C)
Annie - I Know UR GF Hates Me (Get Shakes Remix)
Los Campensinos - Death To Los Campensions

(C) Denotes Canadian Content
(Fin) Denotes Finnish Content

May 9, 2008

Theme: Very Random
On Air: Frank

This was pretty much a random show with a poppy set, rockin' set, laid back set, funky set, and even a failed set.

I'll just talk about the failed set, ahh the magic of live radio. I played the song Twee by Tullycraft and then had the idea to play songs by the bands that are mentioned in the song. Of course I didn't do any pre-show planning so I was hoping to grab the songs while I was there, but nothing worked out, I couldn't find any of the music either at the station or even on the web. So instead of my usually 5 or 6 song set I only managed to find 2 of the artists mentioned in the song and I just decided to quit the set rather than struggle on.

On a side note, one of the bands I did play was the Posies who happened to be playing their 20th anniversary show when I was in Seattle last week, I didn't go, but I saw it listed.

Dag for Dag - Racing To Racine
Those Dancing Days - Disc-Hoe
Club 8 - Whatever You Want **From Eric
Robert Church And The Holy Community - Sunday Love
Viva Revolucion - That Means I Love You
TALK (Failed set)
Tullycraft - Twee
Lucksmiths - Beer Nut
Posies - Golden Blunders
Violent Archers - Insecure (C)
The Liptonians - Write Your Name In The Sand (C)
Kurt Swinghammer - All Roads Lead To Rome (C)
Andrew Vincent And The Pirates - Gary Hache (C)
Thomas Denver Jonsson - The Border
Simply Saucer - Almost Ready Betty (C)
Rough Bunnies - Modern Love
Young Knives - Up All Knight
Strip Squad - Unreliable Narrator
The Woodmen - Bring My Baby Back (C)
Moby - Disco Lies
Formula Z - Trouble
Charles Wright And The 10th Street Rhythm Band - 65 Bars And A Taste Of Soul
Flight Of The Choncords - Ladies Of The World
The Supreme Beings Of Leisure - The World
Rigas - Born Not To Run
Datarock - Fa-Fa-Fa
The Radio Department - Freddie And The Trojan Horse
The Cancecos - Raised By Wolves (C)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

April 25, 2008

Theme: Carl!! and Wesley Willis
On Air: Frank

My top song this week was most definitely the oldest top song I have ever had, the reason I heard it was that I watching a documentary on the rise of British music in the 60s and they discussed the Yardbirds who originally featured Eric Clampton on guitar. But this particular song "For Your Love" is the song that drove him out of the band as he considered himself a serious musician and didn't want to do the kind of light fare that the band was doing. Of course the song fits pretty well into the type of pop that I play on my show.

Before this show I went to see a couple of music related documentaries at the HotDocs festival in Toronto, you can hear my reviews on the podcast. There was also a set of music about the CARL! festival that went on the weekend after the show at the fantastic Trepid House, a private house in Waterloo that puts on a lot of great shows.

And on a sad note, I ended the show with the Frank Sinatra song "I'll be seeing you" as a tribute to Mr. Jeffery Millar who unfortunately passed away a few weeks before the show. Jeffery was a friend from Waterloo back in my IMPRINT days, he was a fantastic person who will be missed.

The Yardbirds - For Your Love
Under the Pines - My Architechs
Data Rock - I Will Always Remember You
Doug Hoyer - Emma (C)
Must Be Tuesday - My Boyfriend's Girlfriend (Isn't Me) (C)
Bellevue - I've Been Meaning To Get Thearapy (C)
The Wet Secrets - Get Your Own Apartment (C)
Minus The Bear - Throwin' Shapes
The Sound Of Arrows - Danger!
Wesley Willis - Jello Biafra
Dead Kennedys - Viva Las Vegas
The Johnnys - I'm Hot (I Get What I Want) (C)
Cassius - Rock Number One
TALK (Carl!! Festival Set)
The Liptonians - Charlie's Back (C)
Mixylodian - Free For All (C)
Sunparlor Players - If The Creeks (C)
Horses - 14 Years (C)
Lake Of Stew - Water Bill (C)
Katie Stelmanis - Join Us (C)
Rick White - Birds And Bees (C)
Los Campesinos - Knee Deep At ATP
The Heavy - Coleen
Lyrics Born - Like It, I Love It
Little Dragon - No Love
Frank Sinatra - I'll Be Seeing You

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

April 11, 2008

On Air: Frank

For this show I spent the first set lamenting the loss of a great podcast that after about a year of putting out great indie-twee called it quits. The podcast was called Not Quite Rocket Science and each show had a theme like boy/girl vocals, cover songs, and one titled "Pa pa pa pa ra pa pa pa pas!". And if you remember back a few months, most of the my last Christmas was stolen from them. It looks like the main website is no longer working, but you can get see some of the shows here:


There was also a set based on a link that Derek sent to me (http://www.saidthegramophone.com/archives/2008_04_07.php) that mentioned David Barclay who was a member of show favourite The Diskettes, along with many other musical projects. As well as music that David actually made, I also got a few ideas for the set from the mp3 blog that he contributes to : http://www.popsheep.com/

I also went through a lot of my backlog of leftover songs but I was glad to get suggestions from Michelle, Milosz, and Stephen P.

TALK-Theme (Not Quite Rocket Science set)
The Maybellines - On And On
Boy Crazy - Stark Street
Breezy Porticos - Ramona, Just The Other Day
The Lil'Hospital - Big Sister In Hollywood
Pocketbooks - Every Good Time We Ever Had
B'ehl - My Everydays (C)
Urban Surf Kings - And The Horse You Rode In On (C)
Moofish Catfish - Lightbulbs
Fishboy - Taqueria Girl
Henry Faberge and the Adorables - Favourite Kisses
Lacrosse - Sunshiner
TALK (David Barclay set)
The Endless Bummer - Ride On (C)
Hedgehog - I Am On Your Own
Lady Bird - Forgot How I Roar
Terry Jacks - It's Been There From The Start (C)
The Diskettes - Close Friends Go (C)
TALK (Rockin' set)
The Constantines - Hard Feelings (C)
Scratching Post - Blood Flame (C)
Merry Makers - Monument To Me
Throw Me The Statue - About To Walk
Light Speed Champion - Dry Lips
Simply Saucer - Almost Ready Betty (C)
TacocaT - Peeps **Thanks to Michelle
Strip Squad - You Cream My Pants
High Water Marks - The Leaves
S'Ambassadeur - That Town **Thanks to Milosz
TALK (Dancing set)
Los Campesinos - Drop It Doe Eyes
The Ting Ting - Great DJ
Kim Kio - Kapali Kapali Kapali
Parker Lewis - Disappear Here
Electronic - For You **Thanks to Stephen P
Crystal Castles - Vanished

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

March 28, 2008

Theme: The best thing about New York City is you and me
On Air: Frank

This show seemed like it was over before it started, it just went by in flash. Unfortunately for the people who were actually listening (or about to listen on the podcast) I did a lot of talking, mostly about my trip to New York City the weekend before the show. I won't go into the stories here, but if you do check out the podcast you can hear about why we went, the flights from hell, and a first hand account of NYC's Bowery Ballroom.

The top song this week was from a very unknown artist from Winnipeg whom I saw on Muchmusic's The Wedge (yes it is still on Wayne), the song just grabbed me with its funky feel and cool vocals.

Voldis - Flashlight (C)
The Lions - Jungle Struttin
The Heavy - That Kind of Man
Little Dragon - Forever
Daddy Long Legs - Drives the Girls Crazy (C)
Los Campensinos - Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
Woodhands - I Wasn't Made For Fighting (C)
Bocce - Disco Juan (C)
Hilotrons - Lights Off (C)
The Magic - Door To Door (C)
TALK (New York City Set)
Vampire Weekend - Campus
Saturday Looks Good To Me - Make A Plan
The Crash - Reasons To Sing
Sons And Daughters - Johnny Cash
The Brunettes - Obligatory Road Song
We Are Scientists - After Hours
The B-52s - Hot Corner
The Teenagers - Feeling Better
White Town - Taste Of A Girl
These United States - First Sight
Girlfriendo - Make Up
Fitness Forever - Bachrach
Kimkio - Dogru
Hawksley Workman - Piano Blank (C)
Matthew Barber - I'm Gonna Settle My Accounts With You
Billy Bragg - I Almost Killed You
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We Call On The Author

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

March 14, 2008

Theme: Pi Day
On Air: Frank

It was only during the show that I was reminded that March 14 is also known as Pi Day (03 14). That person also hooked me up with the song by Kate Bush. By the way, the actual title of the song by Kate Bush is the mathematical symbol for pi, but it is difficult to get that symbol to print in these text files. A quick search of Hype Machine found another "Pie" song by Ben Hibbard and Ted Leo that was not only a Neil Diamond cover but also described here ( http://www.friendsoftom.com/fotpedia/index.php?title=Porcupine_Pie ) as "the worst song in the history of mankind".

I started off with some artists that I hope to be seeing in a few months: all of Lykke Li, El Perro Del Mar, and Anna Ternheim are touring together this spring. And although I am missing the Toronto show, as it happens I will be on the west coast when they are playing Seattle so I'm going to see them there.

There were also a lot of CDs in the CKMS new release section that were interesting, including the entire album from Adele that contains last week's top song. I scanned through the rest of the CD and the rest of it sounds really good as well.

Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone
El Perro Del Mar - How Did We Forget
Anna Ternheim - To Be Gone
Anna Jorvinen - Gotgatan
Hawksley Workman - Alone Here (C)
Luther Wright - Goodtime (C)
Vampire Hands - Paradise Knife Fights
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Gold Son
TALK (Pi set)
Kate Bush - Pi
Ben Hibbard and Ted Leo - Porcupine Pie
Friday Bridge - Love and Nostalgia
Oh No Miriam - Girls at School
The Teenagers - Starlett Johansson
Grand Theft Bus - Don't Go Say That (C)
D'Ubervilles - Hot Tips (C)
The Lovely Feathers - Rod Stewart (C)
The Sugarettes - Ready Steady
Dog Day - The Uptown Train
Joe Jackson - The Uptown Train
Adele - Tired
Under Electric Lights - Your Rainy Days (C)
Russian Futurists - Sentiments and Syllables (C)
Supreme Beings Of Leisure - The Light
Francis and the Lights - Striking
Maynard Ferguson - My Sister (C)
Moses Mayes - Jungle Plums Part 2
(C) Denotes Canadian Content

February 29, 2008

Theme: Bisextile Day
On Air: Frank

I started a new Leap Day tradition with this show as I had two songs that I couldn't decide between for my top song of the week, so this week there are officially two top songs of the week. Both of the these (along with the third song) all came from the excellent Popcasting podcast ( www.geocities.com/popcastingpop ).

There were also two sets of music from bands that had either just played or were about to play locally. I managed to see most of them, including a short but very fun set by Catriona Sturton, it was only afterward that I found out that she was once a member of the great Halifax indie-pop band from the the 90s called Plumtree. However, as it turns out she hadn't joined the band when the song by Plumtree was recorded.

And can I tell you how much I am lovin' the way that I can now play songs live off the internet using the Wi-Fi capabilities at CKMS. For example on my European Capitals (well almost) set I remembered during the show that I have been meaning to play a song by Jens Lekman that I found on a blog once. I managed to find it again thanks to technorati and play it on the show.

I ended with the only "Leap" song I could think of: a live (and updated) version of his song "Waiting For The Great Leap Forward".

Kings Have Long Arms F. - Big Umbrella
Adele - Chasing Pavement
The Duke Spririt - The Step and the Walk
The Higher Elevations - Breaking The News
The Heavenly States - Lost In The Light
TALK (Owen's Birthday Party)
Burning Hell - Grave Situation Part 1 (C)
Wax Mannequin - The Price (C)
Catriona Sturton - Digger (C)
Plum Tree - Sodium Chloride (C)
TALK (Playing Waterloo this week)
D'Ubervilles - This Is The Life (C)
Superfantastics - Lullaby Punches (C)
Laura Barrett - Deception Island Optimists Club (C)
Elbow Beach Surf Club - Its Not Working (C)
Immaculate Machine - Secret Affliction (C)
TALK (European Capitals Set - sort of)
The Arcade Fire - All The Umbrellas In London
The Last Party - Come Back To Stockholm
Billie the Unison and the Dancers - A Beautiful Night In Oslo
The Blue Seeds - Barcelona (C)
Jens Lekman and The Silver Ages - Paris
Pinto - Iron and Rust
Indurain - The Moment
Le Futur Pompists - It's Not You
My Darling You! - We Break Up On Friday
Miss T-Bones - Voodoo Doll
Strip Squad - Damn You
Foals - Balloon
Santa Maria - Dogs
Paper - To Her
Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma
Billy Bragg - Waiting For The Great Leap Forward (live at Barbicon)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

February 15, 2008

Theme: That's What She Said
On Air: Frank

Hercules & Love Affair (f. Antony Hegarty) - Blind
Hot 8 Brass Band - Sexual Healing
One Self - Cupid Smiling The Smile
Chris Joss - I Want Freedom
New Order - Guilt Is A Useless Emotion
Tindersticks - Don't Ever Get Tired *TWSS*
The National - Fake Empire
Emma Hasselband - Fall
Velcro Stars - Brand New
Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do?
Firefly - Made Me Glad (C) *TWSS*
The Doers - No Right Now (C) *TWSS*
Henry Faberge & The Adorables - Out Of Your League (C) *TWSS*
The Bicycles - Sure Was Great (C) *TWSS*
Acid House Kings - That's Because You Drive Me *TWSS*
Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On (C)
Kate Nash - We Get On
Saturday Looks Good To Me - Hands In The Snow
Celestial - Dream On
The Tom Fun Orchestra - When You Were Mine (C)
The Superfantastics - Turn On Me (C) *TWSS*
The Honeydrips - I Wouldn't Know What To Do *TWSS*
The Roadside Poppies - Just Another Love Song
Pants Yell! - Tried To Be Good
Le Futur Pompists - The Air That Surrounds US
Lightspeed Champion - Dry Lips
MGMT - Kids

*TWSS* - Songs that go well followed by "That's What She Said

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

February 1, 2008

Theme: I also heart Labrador Records
On Air: Frank

As I never pass up a chance to play bands from the great label Labrador Records, I couldn't resist playing a set of music by bands from the label when I heard the song "I heart Labrador Records" by the band Jam on Toast. All the bands I played in the set are mentioned in the song which contains the great line "All Swedish kids are born with little indie pop hands".

I have to admit that the reason I first listened to the band Parker Lewis (my top song of the show) was because I was a big fan of the TV show Paker Lewis Can't Lose ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Lewis ), although looking at some clips on youtube I don't know if the show stands the test of time.

And although the song by Parker Lewis was the top song I had heard in the two before the show, the best new song during the show was by "Foundations" by Kate Nash, do yourself a favour and check it out.

I also want to mention that the band The Summerlad that started out the third set are from Calgary and one of the members is the brother of setlist member Iain G. The song has also been on the CBC Radio 3 Top 30 for the past few weeks.

Parker Lewis - Dirty Dancing
The Royal We - All The Rage
Postal Blue - The World Doesn't Need You
Tellus About The Moon - Wwwm
Springfactory - No More
TALK (Female Indie Pop)
Au Revoir Simone - Fallen Snow
The Icicles - Snowbird
B'Ehl - Hey! I've Got A New Friend (C)
Sakert - Allt Som Ar Ditt
The Summerlad - City Of Noise (C)
The Dick Ends - Living The Good Life (C)
Echo Beach Surf Club - Same Side (C)
Scratching Post - Don't Sweat It (C)
The Evaporators - Suharto Stomp (C)
Milk Bag Brother - Swim Naked (C)
Stephen Trothen - Shoe Song (C)
Kate Nash - Foundations
Belle and Sebastian - Expectations
TALK (Dance set)
Chris Joss - Luna Rides Back
Roisin Murphy - Movie Star
Velella Lelella - Alex Boom Selector
Muscles - Hey Muscles I Love You
TALK (Labrador Records Set)
Jam on Bread - I Heart Labrador Records
Irene - Seaside
Pelle Carlberg - I Touched You At Sound Check
Acid House Kings - I Write Summer Songs For A Reason
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Marry Me
Magnetic Fields - Please Stop Dancing
First Fall - Bonnie and Clyde

White Williams - New Violence

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

January 18, 2008

Theme: The Gig Theatre, Au Revoir Simone, Best of 2007, and Juno
On Air: Frank

There was a set of music that was bookended by a couple of bands that were playing The Gig Theatre that night and now that CKMS has wireless internet I was able to play songs directly from the Myspace pages of the local bands, that was pretty cool.

There was a set of music inspired by the band "Au Revoir Simone" whom I saw the week before this show in Toronto (Do you know where that name came from? Answer is after the setlist). I started this set with a cover they did for their encore by David Bowie, with the average age of the audience I'm sure that only about 3 people there recognized the song. Luckily, I was standing beside one of them (Derek). After playing Au Revoir Simone the rest of the set was just kind of low-fi stuff that reminded me of the show.

There was a set of music inspired by the movie Juno mostly stolen from this website:

There was a set of music inspired by the Best of 2007 lists that I got from everybody, Thanks to Mary, Derek, and Michael T.

The Magnetic Fields - Too Drunk To Dream
Those Dancing Days - Those Dancing Days
Plastic Operator - Folder
Second Hand Furniture - Nice Try, Sunshine
Sakert - Vikommer Att Posamtigt
TALK (The Gig inspired set)
Spy Machine 16 - Disappointed Tourist (C)
The Assistants - Fiction (C)
Gaye Rage - Nothin' (C)
Pet Politics - Taken Away By Aliens
Battlecreek - The Lion's Tale (C)
TALK (Au Revoir Simone inspired set)
David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things
Au Revoir Simone - Sad Song
Remote Kid - Casual Day At The Carnegie Endowment (C)
The Little Penguins - Say It Once
The Consonant C - Distance (C)
TALK (Juno inspired set)
The Moldy Peaches - Anyone Else But You
Adam Green - Jessica
The Awkward Stage - Heaven Is For Easy Girls (C)
The Replacements - Bastards Of Young
TALK (Other people's best of 2007 inspired set)
Flight of the Chonchords - The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room
Page France - Here's A Telephone
Feist - I Feel It All
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
Blood Music - Eagles In The Water
Lolligags - Wired Up
Stars - Bitches In Tokyo (C)
Echo Beach Surf Club - Turf Dream (C)
The Go! Team - Keys To The City

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

The name Au Revoir Simone comes from the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure:

January 4, 2008

Theme: Best of 2007
On Air: Frank

I was actually giddy with excitement as I was putting together the music for this show, I was excited about being able to play a selection of the great songs that I played over the year. The first part of the show featured my favourite singles of 2007 and the final 10 songs were from my top albums.

You can see all of my picks here:

I did my best to indicate on the setlist where I first heard about each song.

Black Kids - I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend To Dance **KEXP**
Tim Armstrong - Into Action **KEXP**
The Airborne Toxic Event - Does This Mean Your Moving On **KEXP**
Sweet Homewreckers - Wild America (C) **The Wedge**
Major Maker - Rollercoaster (C) **Maynard's commercial**
Dance Hall Free For All - Something Collective (C) **Hillside**
Roisin Murphy - Let Me Know **Popcasting**
The Flight Of The Chonchords - Business Time **Wayne**
Small Sins - We Will Beak Our Own Hearts (C) **CKMS**
Lykke Li - Little Bit **Swedesplease**
Juni Jarvi - If We Just Want To **Swedesplease**
Young Galaxy - Outside The City (C) **The Wedge**
Keren Ann - Lay Your Head Down **Popcasting**
The Weakerthans - Tournament of Hearts (C) **CKMS**
The Superfantastics - Oh! How You Used To Know Me Well (Back Then) (C) **Halifax**
The Doers - We're Open (C) **CKMS**
Murder Mystery - What My Baby Said **Bury Me Not**
Amida - Class of 2000 **Poppolar**
Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have To Leave It **KEXP**
California Snow Story - Suddenly Everything Happens **Poppolar**
Los Campensinos - You Throw Parties, We Throw Knives **KEXP**
Immaculate Machine - Jarhand (C) **CBC**
Little Name - For The Attention Of **Indie Pop Radio**
Annemarie - The Living Model **Popcasting**
Pelle Carlberg - I Love You, You Imbecile **Swedesplease**
Lucky Soul - Get Outta Town **Poppolar**
The Icicles - Snowbird **Motorola commercial**
Irene - Always On My Mind **Poppolar**
I'm From Barcelona - We're From Barcelona **Globe and Mail**
Jens Lekman - Sipping On The Sweet Nectar **Me**

KEXP - KEXP song of the day ( www.kexp.org )
Swedesplease - www.swedesplease.net
Bury Me Not - www.burymenot.com
Poppolar - www.poppolar.com
Indie Pop Radio - www.indiepopradio.co.uk
The Wedge - www.muchmusic.com/tv/thewedge/

(C) Denotes Canadian Content