Archive | February, 2012

Buzz, Feb 23rd, 2012

23 Feb

Reading week is upon us once again. Here are the things I’ve done with my free time:

  • Cleaned 7 months worth of party recycling out of my basement.
  • Drew a picture of Boo from Mario Bros. as a wrinkly old mess.
  • Forgotten about my radio show.

That’s right, everyone, this weeks theme is “Slapdashed in a panic.” But despite the fact that I don’t know what day it is, I’ve still managed to cobble together a pretty good show for you.

Today I’m joined in studio by Christian Kongawi, the drummer for Saskatoon’s own The Rebellion, who is hosting a fundraiser tonight at Sushiro. Proceeds of the event go towards development programs in Christian’s home country of the Congo. Check out the event’s Facebook page here.

In the second half of the show, I’ll be talking with the Karpinka Bros. and Shakey Wilson who are going to tell us all about a fundraiser that they’re throwing to support the EGADZ youth centre. That’s happening on Saturday at Amigos. Facebook page.

Playlist and links after the jump.

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Buzz, Thurs, Feb 16th

16 Feb

Hey folks. We’re back again, this week we’ve got two very exciting interviews lined up.

In the first half of the show, local musician Sarah Farthing will be popping by to play us some tunes and talk about her music. She’ll be playing at the Refinery on Feb 17th with Sam Flynn.

Our second half guest is Kurtis Wiebe, a local artist whose comic Peter Panzerfaust is going to be released tonight. Wiebe will be at Unreal City doing a signing of issue #1 tonight from 7-9 pm. What’s the comic about? If I were to tell you that Peter Pan leads the Lost Boys in a resistance against the Nazi’s in WWII era France, would you swoon or perhaps even faint outright? Well I’ll just keep quiet then.

Playlist after the jump, (it’s got videos!):

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New video for Wildlife’s “Sea Dreamer”

14 Feb

In the new video for the Toronto 5-piece’s song “Sea Dreamer,” the band is accosted by a crowd of dapperly dressed, and ironically facial-haired gang of toughs. Is this the move that alienates them from their fans? Is this the equivalent of Kid Rock coming out in favour of Gay Marriage? You be the judge.

Buzz, Thurs Feb 9th, 2012

9 Feb

Hey folks. Today on the show I’ll be talking with fellow Buzz host Chad Reynolds, who is going to tell us about the launch party for sparepartslife.com, which will be held this Friday at Scratch.

We’ll also be speaking with Saskatoon’s own Shuyler Jansen, who is playing at the Bassment this Saturday. He’ll be playing a live set in studio and, just between you and me, we might have some tickets to give away.

The Playlist

Timber Timbre – “Do I Have Power”

Canada’s masters of spooky folk music. Timbre Timbre have always been a solid act, but with the recent surge of attention being paid to them they’ve gained a bit of notoriety that they lacked on previous albums.

They’ve also paired with some wonderful creative talent to bring us the video for “Do I Have Power” which you can see below.

Feist – “The Bad In Each Other”

When Metals came out, I was underwhelmed to say the least. A good album, well written and well performed but a bit more CBC Radio 1 than her previous.

Of course it’s a beautiful album, and “The Bad In Each Other” is exactly the mix of lovely vocals and heartfelt lyrics that you would expect from Feist.

John K. Samson – “Stop Error” [bandstore]

Provincial is shaping up to be one hell of an album. Having heard only the first two songs to hit the web, I’m already prepared to declare it a rousing success. What I’m most excited about, for when I finally get my hands on the full album, is to see if he carries through on the themes in “Stop Error” and “When I Write My Masters Thesis”; namely, academia, video games and unrequited love.

These two songs share a common story line, a man who is pre-occupied by video games seeks to explain his relationships through metaphors based on his field of study. Samson can write a love song about anything, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what other fields he can pack into the album. This one is about computer programming, and it’s delightful.

Silver Jews – “Smith and Jones Forever” [tsuru]

The Silver Jews. That’s really all I have to say.

We Fled Cairo – “Stealing Stolen Bikes” [i(heart)music]

They are a group of young men who play angry music on their guitars. It’s universally accessible.

Allo Darlin’ – “Kiss Your Lips” [tsuru]

Cute, brit-pop sounding duo. Nice little song about kissing at the fairgrounds.

Things I didn’t remember existed that this song reminded me of: Nice songs, fairgrounds, candy floss.

Hard Drugs – “Aline and Lloyd” [tsuru]

Another cute love song. Maybe it’s getting closer to Valentine’s Day and that’s why my iTunes has picked up so many love songs lately? Maybe I’m just a romantic with a heart of gold and a pair of blue eyes so deep you could fall into them? I guess we’ll never know.

Octoberman – “Dressed Up” [herohill]

Octoberman is back again with a new album and a new sound. Gone are the days of frontman Mark Morrissette’s sparsely accompanied solo recordings. His previous record featured far less in the way of background and accompaniment, but on this album you can expect some unfamiliar instruments, a lot more in the department of harmonies and much more in terms of production.

A change for the better? We’ll see.

The Shins – “Simple Song” [tsuru]

THE SHINS ARE BACK! Five years after the release of Wincing the Night Away, the ABQ, New Mexico group will release their long awaited follow-up titled Port of Morrow.

The first single, “Simple Song,” delivers much what you would expect from a Shins song. It will be familiar and warm, allowing you to slip right back into that Shins niche that you’ve escaped over the last 5 years.

M.I.A – “Bad Girls”

I already covered this song in depth on a previous blog post, so go there to see the video and read my commentary.

The Pipettes – “I Love You” [tsuru]

Brit-pop trio The Pipettes are three attractive women that make music. This might sound like a chauvinistic or at the very least simplistic synopsis of the group, but honestly it’s a feeling they’ve cultivated over years of recording and performing. They dress up on stage like a bunch of 50’s pin-ups. They sing in the manner of the Marvelettes. They are a group that is almost entirely defined by their image. And it’s not a bad thing. They make fun music. And, presumably, they write it themselves.

Fun Fill-In show, Tuesday GE+H

7 Feb

I pulled an extra shift this week. You can hear me from 8-10 am on the Tuesday edition of Green Eggs and Ham on CFCR.

This is not my customary time of day for any sort of activity (sleeping or other bed style activities not included) so we’ll see just how energetic and excitable I am, but at any rate, It’s going to be super fun.

The playlist

The Rural Alberta Advantage – “Two Lovers”
Iron & Wine  – “Tree By The River”
Hard Drugs –  “Aline and Lloyd”
Allo Darlin’ – “Kiss Your Lips”
Silver Jews – “Smith and Jones Forever”
Mouse – “A Public Execution”
Yukon Blonde – “Stairway”
Boxer the Horse – “Rattle Your Cage”
John K. Samson – “Stop Error”
Grant Lee Buffalo – “Mockingbirds”
Margot & the Nuclear So And So’s – “Fingertips”
Pat JORDACHE – “Radio Generation”
Destroyer – “Chinatown”
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – “Without a Trace”
The Shins – “Simple Song”
A Place To Bury Strangers – “So Far Away”
Feist – The Bad in Each Other

M.I.A. flips bird, distracts from interesting stuff

7 Feb

If you watched the halftime show of this year’s Super Bowl, you saw an overly muscled monster Madonna traipse about the stage and sing 8-year-old songs. You also saw M.I.A.’s middle finger, although you most likely didn’t care.

I suppose it could be seen as a reaction to the censorship practised by the network (the finger appears just as NBC cuts the word ‘shit’ from her vocals) but mostly it’s just childish. Still awesome television, but I think we would have all preferred a nipple.

In interesting news, M.I.A. has released a new video. “Bad Girls” is visually very similar to her previous “Born Free”, though, true to the song for which it was made, the video is definitely less frantic and more laid back. Romain Gavras, the director behind “Born Free” returns to direct this video as well.

Both videos after the jump.

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Thursday Buzz, Feb 2, 2012

2 Feb

Back on the block.

The Playlist

B.A. Johnston – “Truffle Shuffle” [herohill]

Seeing as how Saskatoon is the one place in Canada that B.A. can play to a sold out show, I figure we might as well get excited when he releases a new single. Oh, and Laura Marling does a guest vocal. ‘Nuff said.

Mouse – “A Public Execution” [aquariumdrunkard]

Found this song while reading a great post over at theaquariumdrunkard.com that discussed all of the great ripoffs of Bob dylan’s sound. Read the full post here.

Sandie Black – “Gotta Get Free” [herohill]

Canadian electro-rock group. Dont’ know what else to say about these guys, other than they are a fun, and upbeat group. Maybe a tad unfocused, but I can’t say that because I got distracted three times while writing this sentence. Once by a dust mote.

Young Liars – “Colours (Teen Daze remix)” [herohill] 

Young Liars is one of those groups that I have never actually gotten familiar with, despite having a large amount of their catalogue in my library. They make good music, and it’s always enjoyable to listen to, but there’s just nothing challenging about their songs; nothing that really grabs you and forces you to pay attention.
Anyway, this Teen Daze remix features a lot of interesting moments and is an enjoyable listen.

The Weather Station – “Trying” [i(heart)music]

Lady vocalist sings well, is a good songwriter. That might sound flippant, but I have nothing else to say. The song is just beautiful.

Henry Svec – “Winter Is Cold and Good”  [herohill]

This one benefited from my once a show weather report, as it’s a perfect segway! But it is a very good song, and the live recording gives it a very rich tone.

Ox – “Out On The Weekend” [i(heart)music]

Ox is a group that plays excellent music, promotes themselve swell and continually fails to draw a crowd in Saskatoon. Last time they were here, I believe it was in November, they played with Forest City Lovers at The Fez (another group with an attendance problem) and boy was it lonely.
Go check out their catalogue and for god’s sake, next time they’re in town, shell out the 8 bucks to see them play it live.

Said the Whale – “Heavy Ceiling” [herohill]

Once my favourite band, now, not so much. The frustrating thing about this new album is its reception on the blogs as the group’s first original sounding record. Their first full-lenght Taking Abalonia/Howe Sounds was a beautiful record, full of a wide rage of sounds and wonderful songwriting. Islands Disappear, less so. This new one honestly just sounds like another Vancouver pop band that has found a market for this sound. And good for them I guess.
I just wish they were releasing something that had the same sincerity as “Curse of the Currents.”

Boxer the Horse – “Rattle Your Cage” [herohill]

PEI outfit Boxer The Horse, aside from having one of my favourite band names, is a great group. They’ve strayed in recent year from the more east coast inspired sound that they started with, getting a bit heavier and a lot less ceili-ish.

Yukon Blonde – “Stairway” [herohill]

Just the other day I was talking with Ishmael — the intrepid host of Wednesday’s Buzz — about how Yukon Blonde had been releasing the same single for over a year now. Shortly after that, I declared that I was done with these monsters, these carrot danglers. And the week after they finally release a new single from the album that has been “coming out” for over a year and a half.
And I, being the spineless dope that I am, jumped all over it and lovingly took every inch of it to the radio. What a bitch.

Behind Sapphire – “Vancouver, Baby” [i(heart)music]

Apparaently these guys used to be a breezy, island-y jam-band-y sort of group. I’m glad they changed.

A Place To Bury Strangers – “So Far Away” [aquarium drunkard] 

I hate groove rock more than anything else. I regularly listen to klezmer punk, and though I recognize its faults, I dislike it so much less than most groove rock. This group, however, has my number. They keep the solos down to a managable time. They do amazing things with an effects pedal and a vocal filter. They are excellent.