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Playlist, May 24, 2012

24 May

I’ve got only two weeks left on the Buzz, after which you will all be left in the capable hands of some other host. It’s been cool.

This week on the show we’ve got a phoner with Apocolyptica. I don’t know what that is, but  there are some whispers around the studio that there may be a prize giveaway to follow. Ssh, don’t tell anyone, okay Internet?

Also we’ll be visiting with Shauna from the Children’s Festival. Should be whimsical.

No write-ups! Do your own god damn research.

The Playlist

The Tallest Man on Earth –  “1904”     [via chromewaves]

The Wilderness of Manitoba – “Hermit”     [via Herohill]

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Playlist, May 17, 2012

17 May

I’ve got very little planned for today’s show, so we’ll all be getting some surprises, but I do have a tight group of great new songs for everyone to enjoy. Also, two guests, talking about stuff. Uganda and a group called Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folks will be on the menu.

Full playlist after the jump.

The Playlist

Jeans Boots – “money”       [via Bandcamp]


Catle River – “mind time”     [via Bandcamp]

CFCR Showcase at Sled Island will feature these boys as well as some other Saskatoon notables.

Mark Davis – “Eliminate the Toxins”     [via Herohill]

If the guys from Herohill are to be trusted at all (which, considering the sheer volume of music I get from them to fill the show, they damn well better be) then Mark Davis has a shot at the Polaris Prize this year.

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Free Music: Foxygen – Take the Kids Off Broadway EP

10 May

New York group Foxygen released this EP for free. It’s an interesting collection of space rock and Yogi-era Beatles sounds.


Free Music: Santigold – Big Mouth

9 May

Santigold is giving away a track from her new album called “Big Mouth”. Go to her website for the link.

Free Music: Kalle Mattson – Lives in Between EP

4 May

Kalle Mattson, the genius behind “Thick as Thieves” has released his Lives in Between EP as a free download. It’s completely exemplary indie rock from an artist that knows what he’s doing.

Got to his website for the download.

From the Stacks – The Famines – The Complete Collection

26 Apr

From the Stacks is a weekly feature where I grab something out of the library and go more in depth than I’m usually able to. It doesn’t matter if the album is brand new or a re-release of some bygone classic, all that matters is that it be new to me.

The Famines

The Complete Collected Singles


Mammoth Cave Recording Co.

Punk music is not my area of expertise. As a self declared pussy kid I’m more Lily Allan than GG. What little of the genre I do comprehend and enjoy, probably half of it doesn’t classify as punk (The Stolen Minks, The Distillers, etc.). I suppose my tastes would fall more in the realm of garage rock than punk; more distortion less dysfunction. The intricacies of classification aside, there’s something to a poorly played guitar and a screamed lyric that just feels like home. The Famines feel like home to me.

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Buzz, Thurs, April 5, 2012

5 Apr

Hey folks. We’ve got a show full of tunes by acts that will be visiting our fair city in the near future. Expect some quality tunes by the likes of Kathleen Edwards, Shane Koyczan and UK artist Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

In the 5:00 block of the show, we’ll be speaking with local bon vivant Rich Taylor, who’s going to let us all know some big news about the upcoming MoSo festival. Maybe some bands will be discussed, maybe not. We’ll see.

We’ll also be speaking with Montreal based songrwiter Charlotte Cornfield in the 5:30 block of the show. She’s just come off of a writer’s workshop in Nashville, a stint touring with the play Hadestown — in the role that was formerly occupied by Ani “Matthew doesn’t really like my music” Difranco — and is now touring her way back east. We’re going to have a bunch to talk about.

Playlist after the jump.

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Buzz, Thurs, Mar 29, 2012

29 Mar

Hey folks.

This week on the show we’ll be talking to PEI artist Rose Cousins who is playing tonight at the Lydia’s Loft. Cousins’ music is very much akin to the songwriting of a Neko Case, or a Kathleen Edwards. A heavy focus on her powerful vocals and sharp lyrics make Cousins’ songs a very moving experience. Tickets are $15 at the door. Showtime is 8 pm.

In the second half of the show we will (hopefully) be talking to Winnipeg group Les Jupes. They’re playing tonight at Vangellis. Les Jupes make strong anthemic rock tunes, with the insistent vocals of Mike Petcau leading the arrangements. Songs like “Myth #3 (The Mountain)” bring to mind The National in the Alligator era.

Read on for the playlist:

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Buzz, Thurs Mar 15, 2012

15 Mar

Hey folks. Getting busier all the time around here. Schools winding up and the hunt for summer jobs begins, anyone? Little help?

Anyway, I still managed to put together a fine show for you. Complete with all manner of Canadian jams and some other fun shit. Enough of this.

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Buzz, Thurs, Mar 8, 2012

8 Mar

Hey everybody, after noticing a sharp decline in page views, I’ve decided to not be so god damned lazy and actually post a playlist this week. You might even get some quality commentary on the music I picked, but more likely you will get my gut-reactions to music people have spent years perfecting. I don’t get paid for this.

It’s a big week around the old Buzz headquarters, we’re going to be talking to one of the organizers of this year’s ASSU Talent Show at Louis’ Pub (Fri. Mar 9.) We may also have a drop-in live performance by Vancouver band The Oh Wells!, who promise to be upbeat and charming. They’re playing Lydia’s tonight, so go check them out.

What else is new? I did school work this week. That’s a big deal for me.

Playlist after the jump.

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