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

     [itunes]
    [amazon]

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.

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