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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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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.

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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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Chiddy Bang serves Breakfast

12 Mar

Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, the brain trust behind Chiddy Bang. 

  Chiddy Bang – Breakfast


Chiddy Bang is one of the many groups that has profited from the rise of the Internet music community. It’s hard to believe that in a world before the ease of access provided by youtube, twitter, torrenting clients, etc. two young men from Philadelphia could have become international sensations before they had even released an album. These two have made the Internet work for them. By saturating the market with mixtapes, remixes and videos, they became a sensation before anyone had really even seen what they could do.

The difficult distinction is whether or not their early success is legitimate, or if they — like so many other contemporary artists — had simply built up undeserved hype for themselves only to completely Del Ray the whole thing.

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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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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.