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Playlist Archive

Click on each date to see a playlist of that show as well as a commentary about special guests or themes (you can also search this page as all the setlists are below)

Setlists for 2010 

January 1 February 5 March 5 March 19

See the picks for the best of the 2000s

Setlists for 2009 

See the picks for the best of 2009
January 2 January 30  April 6 May 8
June 11 June 26 July 10 August 9
September 5 September 25 October 29 November 27
December 10

Setlists for 2008 

See the picks for the best of 2008
January 4 January 18 February 1 February 15
February 29 March 14 March 28 April 11
April 25 May 9 May 23  June 6
June 20 July 4 August 1  August 15
August 29 September 12 September 26 October 10
October 25 November 21 December 5 December 19

Setlists for 2007 

See the picks for the best of 2007
January 5 January 19 February 2 February 16
March 2 March 16 March 30 April 13
April 27 May 11 May 25 June 29
July 6 July 20 August 3 August 17
August 31 September 14 September 28 October 12
October 26 November 9 November 23 December 7
December 21

Setlists for 2006 

See the picks for the best of 2006
January 6 January 20 February 17 March 3
March 10 March 17 March 31 April 14
April 21 May 12 May 26 June 23
July 7 July 20 August 18 September 1
September 15 September 29 October 13 October 27
November 10 November 24 December 8 December 22

Setlists for 2005 

See the picks for the best of 2005
January 7 January 21 February 4 February 18
March 4 March 18 April 1 April 15
April 29 May 13 May 27 June 24
July 8 July 22 Aug 12 Aug 26
September 16 September 30 October 14 October 28
November 11 December 9 December 23

Setlists for 2004 

See our picks for the best of 2004
January 9 January 23 February 6 February 20
March 5 March 19 April 2 April 16
April 30 May 14 May 28 June 11
June 25 July 9 July 23 August 6
August 20 September 3 September 17 October 1
October 15 October 29 November 12 November 26
December 10

Setlists for 2003 

See our picks for the best of 2003
January 10 January 24 February 7 February 21
March 7 March 21 April 4 April 18
May 2 May 16 May 30 June 13
June 27 July 11 July 25 August 8
August 22 August 29 September 19 October 3
October 17 October 31 November 14 November 28
December 12 December 19

Setlists for 2002 

See our picks for the best of 2002
January 4 January 18 February 1 February 15
March 1 March 15 April 5 April 19
May 3 May 10 May 31 June 14
June 28 July 12 August 9 August 30
September 6 September 20 October 4 October 18
November 1 November 15 November 29 December 13

Setlists for 2001 

See our picks for the best of 2001

January 5 January 19 February 2 February 16
March 2 March 16 March 30 April 13
April 27 May 11 June 8 June 22
July 6 July 20 August 3 August 17
August 31 September 14 September 28 October 12
October 26 November 9 November 23 December 7
December 21

Setlists for 2000 

See our picks for the best of 2000

January 14 January 28 February 11 February 25
March 10 March 24 April 7 April 22
May 5 May 12 May 19 June 9
June 23 July 7 July 14 August 4
August 11 August 25 September 1 September 15
September 29 October 13 October 27 November 10
November 24 (10th anniver) December 8 December 22

See our picks for the best of the 1990s

Setlists for 1999 

See our picks for the best of 1999

January 1 January 8 January 15 February 5
February 19 March 5 March 22 April 16
April 22 May 11 May 21 June 21
June 25 July 9 July 23 August 6
August 14 August 20 September 3 September 10
September 24 October 15 October 29 November 12
December 3 December 10 December 31


Setlists for 1998 

July 3 July 17 August 28 September 11
September 18 September 25 October 16 October 30
November 20 November 27 December 5 December 18

Date: March 19, 2010
Theme: Going Undercover
On Air: Frank

I got into a dancey/electropoppy mood with my top song of the week and it just continued from there for most of the show.

The second set started with Ted Leo and the Phamacists covering "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" originally by Tears For Fears. This was the first song from The Onion's musical arm: the AV club and their project called Undercover. As they describe it: 25 bands, 25 cover sosngs, 1 small round room. It looks like some interesting covers are coming up, everything from Hall and Oats, to M.I.A. to Neutral Milk Hotel to The Replacements. See details of the Undercover project here (,38869/ )

I also stole a set idea from the podcast of Paul the Advanced Warning Guy ( ) who played the Pipettes and some other bands with the same kind of style, so I went with it and played a single from the upcoming CD from the Pipettes. Now I would be very excited by this if these were the same Pipettes as before, but unfortunately 2 of the members have left the band and it is now down to Gwenno and her sister. I unfortunately don't hold out much hope, however in the set I also played something from Electric Blue a band led by Rebecca Stephens who was one of the woman that left the Pipettes. I don't know much about Electric Blue, but I really like all the songs on their myspace page: .

Fireball XL5 Setlist - March 19, 2010
TALK - theme
Groove Armada - Paper Romance
The Clientele - I Wonder Who We Are
Papas Fritas - Way You Walk
Acid House Kings - The Boy Still Dreams
Still Flyin' - Good Thing It's A Ghost Town Around Here
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Spaghetti Anywhere - Girlfriends With Boyfriends
Wave Machines - Keep The Lights On
Headlights - Secrets
Jonna Lee - My High
Miss Li - Bourgeois Shangri-La
The Atlantics - Baby I Need You
C.O.D.'s - Coming Back Girl
TALK (Stolen from Paul set)
Lucky soul - Whoa Billy
Gigi - No, My Heart Will Go On (C)
Maxine Darren - How Can I Hide It From My Heart
The Pipettes - Our Love Was Saved By A Spaceman
Electric Blue - Somebody's Help
The Lightning Seeds - Sense
Washed Out - Phone Call
Delorean - Deli
Port-Royal - The Photoshopped Prince
Nilof - Be Kind Rewind
Big Star - Don't Lie To Me

(C) - Canadian Content

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Date: March 5, 2010
Theme: I believe
On Air: Frank

Finally a chance to play some new music after many themed shows, this of course created a log jam for my top song of the week as I had lots to choose from. So any of the first three songs could have been the one, but I went with the one I listened to the most over the last few weeks. As it turns out all three are from the labrador record label and are availabe either from the record label website ( ) or here ( ).

Although I would like to keep the podcast coming out every 2 weeks it seems like I can't do more than one a month. This time I blame the Olympics as I went to Vancouver and that kind of took me off my schedule. However, I did manage to see quite a few bands while I was out there and used that as a theme for a set.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - March 5, 2010
The Mary Onettes - Dave
The Radio Dept. - Heaven't On Fire
Sambassadeur - Stranded
The Ogdens - Rachel Put Your Arms About Me
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
Very Truly Yours - Every Little Word
Strawberry Whiplash - Picture Perfect
The Close-ups - 20,000 Groups
Je Suis Animal - Painted My Face
Leaving Mornington Crescent - April Song
TALk (Vancouver 2010 set)
Devo - Secret Agent Man
couer De Pirate - Printemps (C)
Hawksley Workman - No Sissies (C)
Great Lake Swimmers - Pulling On A Line (C)
Library Voices - Kundera On The Dance Floor (C)
The Ravonettes - Last Dance
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
Bye Bye Bicycle - Westside
Best Coast - Sun Was High (So Was I)
The Lightning Seeds - Sense
The Fall - Hit The North
Sisty Wish - Float
CC Baxter - Ry Cooder
Metro - Girls In Love
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars
Sweedish Shoes - Sleep and Eat
Vetiver - Everyday
Pants Yell! - Cold Hands
Javelins - Nosebleeders On The Track
Moustache Of Insanity - 16,000 Kilometres
EJ Brule - Killer Whale Attack (C)

(C) - Canadian Content

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Date: February 5, 2010
Theme: Best of 2000s
On Air: Frank

Wow, has it been 10 years already, yes I remember doing my best of the 1990s radio show way back when. Who would have thought then that my next best of the decade recap would be on an internet only podcast distributed on something called the internet created on a magical box called a laptop.

I decided to be uninspired in the order of the show as all I did was play my top singles of the decade from 1 to 15 and then my top albums of the decade from 15 to 1. If you want to see the complete list of my top 50 singles and top 23 albums at the Fireball XL5 Facebook page. (which I think is accessible even if you aren't on Facebook)

See a graphical representation of my 20 of the decade here:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - February 5, 2010
TALK - Theme (Singles 1-5)
The Pipettes - Pull Shapes (2006) (L)
Bran Van 3000 - Astounded (2001) (C) (1)
Peter, Bjorn, and John - Young Folks (2006) (L) (1)
Hard-Fi - Hard to Beat (2006)
Lykke Li - Little Bit (2007) (L)
TALK (Singles 6-10)
Black Kids - I'm not going to teach your boyfriend to dance (2007) (L) (1)
I'm From Barcelona - Treehouse (2007)
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Loop Duplicate My Heart (2005) (L)
Roisin Murphy - Let Me Know (2007)
Los Campesinos! - You!Me!Dancing! (2007) (L)
TALK (Singles 11-15)
Junior Senior - Move Your Feet (2003) (1)
The Drums - Let's Go Surfing (2009) (L) (1)
Tim Armstrong - Into action (2007)
My Teenage Stride - Ears Like Golden Bats (2007) (L)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Everything With you (2008) (L)
TALK (Albums 15-11)
The Icicles - Crazy - Arrivals and Departures (2007) (L)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday - S/T (2009) (L)
The Diskettes - ABCs of Love - S/T (2003) (C) (L)
My Teenage Stride - To Live And Die In The Airport Lounge - Ears Like Golden Bats (2007) (L)
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane - Partie Traumatic (2008) (L)
TALK (Albums 10-6)
The Pocketbooks - Every Good Time We Ever Had - Flightpaths (2009) (1)
Acid House Kings - This Heart Is A Stone - Sing along with ... (2005)
Yo La Tengo - Our Way To Fall - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (2000) (L)
Belle and Sebastian - I'm A Cuckoo - Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003) (L) (1)
Stars - Set Yourself On Fire (2004) (C) (L)
TALK (Albums (5-1)
Irene - Waterfront - Apple Bay (2006)
Jens Lekman - Your Arms Around Me - Night Falls Over Kortedala (2007) (L) (1)
Lykke Li - Tonight - Youth Novels (2008) (L) (1)
The Pipettes - You're Kisses Are Wasted On Me - We are the Pipettes (2006) (L)
Belle and Sebastian - Funny Little Frog (live) - The Life Pursuit (2006) (L) (1)

(C) - Canadian Content
(L) - Song I have seen performed live
(1) - Songs or albums that were number 1 during their release year

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Date: January 1, 2010
Theme: Best of 2009
On Air: Frank

My annual best of show highlighting my picks for 2009. I started off with the singles and worked up to the albums ending with double shots of the top 4.

You can listen to the comments about the songs on the podcast, but I just want to say that I might be crazy by putting a CD I just got in the beginning of December as my top pick however I'm just loving it that much.

It is the best pure twee pop songs together in one place for many years. Catchy songs, references to public transit, waiting in line for concert tickets, and the boy/girl vocals just hits all my buttons.

See a graphical representation of both my album and single Best of 2009 picks here:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - January 1, 2010
The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - 1999
The Sound Of Arrows - M.A.G.I.C.
Sandstream - Teenage Love
Town Bike - Hey Hey Ho
Juni Jarvi - Looking At You Is Like Looking At The Sun
Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele - Meet Me In The Garden
Tesco Chainstore Mascara - You Lost Me At Hello
The Legends - Always The Same
Library Voices - Step Off The Map & Float
The XX - VCR
Camera Obscura - French Navy
Yo La Tengo - Nothing To Hide
Yo La Tengo - If It's True
God Help The Girl - Come Monday Night
God Help The Girl - Hiding Neath My Umbrella
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Come Saturday
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction
The Pocketbooks - Fleeting Moments
The Pocketbooks - Footsteps

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Date: December 10, 2009
Theme: The call it Twee-mas
On Air: Frank

I decided not to talk much during this show, just a whole lot of Christmas music, look for my best of 2009 and best of the decade show in January.

Happy Holiday's everyone!

Fireball XL5 Setlist - December 10, 2009
Fucked Up - Do They Know Its Christmas
David Carswell and Megan Barnes - I Wanna Kiss You This Christmas (C)
Irene - Christmas On The Beach
Jens Lekman - Run Away With Me
Lucky Lucky Pigeons - Red Santa
Pointed Sticks - Power Pop Santa
Shumai - California Christmas
The Chills - Christmas Chimes
The dB's - Christmas Time
The Eels - Everythings Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
The Headcoatees - Santa Clause
The Wedding Present - Holly Jolly Hollywood
Belle and Sebastian - Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me
Elisa Gabbai Winter In Canada
Metro Jets - Jingle Jangle Christmas
Darryl Reimer - Merry Big Old Christmas (C)
Hello Saferide- I pod X-mas
Shadetree - Christmas Peace
Stufan Stevens - Get Thee Behind Me Santa
Trekky Yuletide Orchestra - All I Want For Xmax
Yukon and You - Marxist Christmas
B-Lines - I'm Watching TV On Christmas Day (C)
Boyracer - I Wish it Could be Xmas Everyday
Buzz of Delight - Christmas
Eux Autres-Another Christmas At Home
Fireflies - X-mas song
Le Sport Montt Mardie Mr Suitcase - Last Christmas
Red Sleeping Beauty - Christmas 
The Awkward Stage - Christmas Time Is Here (C)
Rose Melberg and Gregory Webster - Merry Christmas (I don't want to fight tonight) (C)
The Diskettes - Noel (C)
The Morissettes - Canadian Christmas
Young and Sexy - Santa Claus Likes Rich Kids Better (C)
Annika Norlin David Sandstr Fairytale of New York
Darren Hanlon - Spend Christmas Day With Me
Jill Barber - The Christmas Song (C)
Flyaway Minon - Sleigh in the Snow
Julie London-Id Like You for Christmas
Kate and After - Snow Angel
The Gems - Love for Christmas  

(C) - Canadian Content

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Date: November 27, 2009
Theme: I thought she talked about Mark E Smith
On Air: Frank

As this was my last new music show for a while (Christmas show next, then best of shows) I tried to get rid of a lot of leftover songs that I have collected over the last year. Some of them seem very old to me as I have been listening to them for a while on my MP3 player, but I was surprised when I checked my archive and had never played them on the show. Nobody should be shocked that most of the show was in the indie pop/twee side of the musical spectrum.

The third set was loosly related to the Jens Lekman song "Maple Leaves" which came up during a shuffle play while a bunch of us were at Erik's place. The song is a story about a guy who misinterprets his girlfriend saying that thier love was "make believe" but he thinks they she said "Maple leaves". Similarly there is confusion between the fall of their relationship and the band with Mark E. Smith, so that's why I played the Fall and the other two songs are just related to people where were also there.

Things I referenced on the show:

Various blogs I read:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - November 27, 2009
Boa Constrictor - Out of Nothing
Butcher Boy - Carve A Pattern
Red Sleeping Beauty - Summer Tells Stories
Cars Can Be Blue - Do You Remember?
The Servants - Present
Northern Portrait - Crazy
Laura Walting - Let's go
The Hidden Cameras - In The NA (C)
TALK (Jens and related set)
Jens Lekman - Maple Leaves
The Fall - Totally Wired
Sambassadeur - Days
Woods - Born To Lose
Summer Cats - Super
Xylos - In The Bedroom
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - World Music
The Micropops - Telephonebaby!
TALK (female pop set)
Leaving Mornington Crescent - Seventeen **See Note 1
Liechtenstein - This Must Be Heaven
Hari And Aino - A Considerate Kind Of Home
Sexy Kids - Sisters Are Forever
Fireflies - Winter
Brown Recluse - Night Train
The Late Call - Linnea
The Blind King - Driving In America
David Cassidy - How Can I Be Sure

Note 1: Dedicated to two of my nieces who are both seventeen

(C) - Canadian Content

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Date: October 29, 2009
Theme: What I stole from Cental Services
On Air: Frank

A lot of this show, especially the first set was stolen from the show Central Services, a great radio show that was formerly on CKMS but can now be found on CFRU ( Corey and I have very similar tastes in music as you can see from the description of his show:

Host Corey W. Schmidt delves into his massive record collection and shares with you some independent pop music delights from around the globe. Side trips are also taken into the worlds of 60s sugar, 70s prog noodling, disco thunder and hot buttered soul, 80s synthesized glam, 90s shoegazing as well as other strangeness that lurks in thrift shop dollar bins. All in all, the best pop music you'll hear all week.

You can download the last few Central Services shows from the CFRU website, I highly recommend them.

Back to this current show which started out with a funky set that followed along from my top song and then an electro pop set because it seemed to fit there, it was only after these that I got back to my bread and butter indie pop sets.

And my big ending that was over 10 years in the making didn't happen. Here is the story, back when I was doing my Masters I remember playing a song with the lyrics "going for my Masters, calling bullshit on my PhD". At the time I thought I would never do a PhD, but then I did do one and I thought that I should really play that song when I was done. Well fast forward to the present and a few weeks ago I had my convocation for my PhD so I thought I should play the song. I had it in my mind that it was by a guy named Wierd Paul (who was popular at CKMS as the time), I went so far as to borrow the album from a friend, but when I listened to the album I couldn't find the song. My search continues for that song I was looking for, but in the meantime I ended with a song by Wierd Paul song anyway.

Things I referenced on the show:

Weird Paul's website

Fireball XL5 Setlist - October 29, 2009
Pizzicato Five - Happy Sad (CS)
Gila - Why Don't We Do It (CS)
Gino Soccio - Turn It Around (CS)
Brandi Disterheft - Twilight Curtain
Sandy Edmonds - Daylight Saving Time **See Note 1
Lioness - You're My Heart
Fritz Helder and the Phantoms - Lagerfeld Lady
Mr. Suitcase - You Don't Smile Anymore
Nakatomi Towers - Cut Me Out
Lusine - Two Dots
Afternoon Naps - Postcard (CS)
Dylan Mondegreen - Girl In Grass
The Gladeyes - Monika
Wildwood lights - Town and Country
Milky Way - In Love (CS)
Red Sleeping Beauty - Season's Change
My Teenage Stride - We'll Meet At Emily's
Marching Band - Make No Plans
Hari and Aino - Maple
Dent May And His Magnificent Ukulele - You Can't Force A Dance Party
TALK (sort of kinda the British set)
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - One Night Stand
Town Bike - Hey Hey Ho
The Apple Moths - Miserable Town
Golden Glow - Streetligher ** See Note 2
Joy Division - Transmission
Wierd Paul - Whalin' the Shit Out Of Guys

(CS) - Song stolen from Central Services

Note 1: The show was recorded the weekend before the clocks changed for daylight saving time

Note 2: This song sounded so much like Joy Division I had to play them after.

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Date: September 25, 2009
Theme: I heart Cloudberry Records
On Air: Frank

This show started with two sets dedicated to the record label Cloudberry records ( ). Their website describes themselves as "an indiepop label purveying the sound of jangly guitars based in sunny Miami, Florida", how could I not love them. They look to specialize in shorter products such as 7 inch vinyl, split CD singles, and mini-CDs. The other cool think is that for pretty much all their releases they have at least one song that you can download for free.

I also put in an ectro-pop and funky set, something I haven't done in a while, so that was nice.

Things I referenced on the show:

Maia Hirasawa - The Wrong Way Live:

link to soul sides blog:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - September 25, 2009
TALK (Cloudberry Records 1)
The Parellelograms - Dream On Daisy
The Shandy Express - Surfing On Love's Wave
Girl Alliance - Frances And The Dancing Fairies
Pale Man Made - In Your Bed
Play People - Goes Out
TALK (Cloudberry Records 2)
Twig - Ciao Ciao Bomb
Kevin McGrother - A Week Of Wednesdays
The Tartans - My Baby Doesn't Care For You
The Westfield Mining Disaster - Hank Williams Saved My Life
The Cavalcade - Meet You In The Rain
So Many Dynamos - New Bones
Golden Glow - Adore Me
Voxtrot - Trepanation Party
Astrid Swan - Unrelated
Bad Hands featuring Nina Kinert - Badn Hands
Jenny Wilson - Only Here For The Fight
The Bandwagon - Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache
Lydia Marcell - The Girl He Needs
The Impossibles - Easy To Be Heard
Melvin Bliss - Synthetic Substitution
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Higher Than The Stars
Horse Shoes - The Imperial School
Rubik - No Escape
Afternoon Naps - Beach Bums
Maia Hirasawa - The Wrong Way
Free Energy - Free Energy
The singles - can you go out tonight

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Date: September 5, 2009
Theme: I Wanna Go Surfin'
On Air: Frank

This was a 4 song set kind of show, just kind of worked out that way. My top song for the show was a song that I heard a while back at the NYC popfest this spring. But I was reminded of the great performance by Karim and his Brown Coach of Leisure podcast ( ). I just can't get the song out of my head. They are also releasing their first EP soon that I'm very much looking forward to.

I tried not to talk a lot during this show as I felt there was a lot of talking during the Hillside review show. Keeping with the same sentiment I won't write a lot about the show except to say that I was happy with how it came together. Even got a slow set in which is relatively rare for me.

And do listen to the end of the show as the last song by the band Death By Chocolate was fighting to be my top song, but I still can't describe it, you just have to listen.

Things I referenced on the show:

See video of the performance by The Drums at the NYC Popfest:

Download the Celestial song here:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - September 5, 2009
TALK (Theme)
The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
Dylan Mondegreen - Wishing Well
Girl Alliance - Straight To My Heart
The Champagne Socialists - Blue Genes
Papermoon - What are you going to do with me? (c)
The San Marinos - On Our Way
The School - And Suddenly
The Darling Buds - Burst
Downdime - Lessons
The Charade - A tough Decision
Cut Off Your Hands - Happy As Can Be
The Mugs - Could It Be
The Faintest Ideas - Procrastination Of Every Day Tasks
Knight School - Pregnent Again
Candy Panic Attack - Heartbreaker
Casa Murilo - 19th Floor
Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
Horse Shoes - Changing Winds
Voxtrot - Berlin, Without Return
The Radio Dept. - David
Margo & The Nuclear So and So's - As Tall As Cliffs
Landon Pigg - Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop
Tiny Microphone - Home
Celestial - Hope, You Know
Phantogram - When I'm Small
Glass Cake - We'll Work It Out
Jenny Wilson - Like A Fading Rainbow
The Understudies - Flickknives
Death By Chocolate - Magpie

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Date: August 9, 2009
Theme: Hillside review
On Air: Frank

A lot of this show was dedicated to my review of the Hillside Festival that took place in Guelph in late July. Apart from the artists that I previously knew about, it is always cool to find out about bands that I didn't know existed. My favourite find this year were the Library Voices, as I said in the show, if Los Campesinos! grew up in Regina instead of Wales, they would have been the Library Voices. Another band I quite enjoyed was FRED, apologies to Bernard for not seeing them at the Starlight for St. Patrick's Day.

The first song of the show I first heard on a patio overlooking Niagara Falls, thanks to S for helping to find out the name of the song. The last song was from the movie "500 Days of Summer", a movie I liked on its own but the peppering of indie music throughout made it all the better, thanks to M for getting the song for me. The rest of the show was my usual indie mix.

Things I referenced on the show:

link to lightning strike at Hillside:

link to Final Fantasy at Hillside:

Acid House Kings twitter:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - August 9, 2009
TALK (Theme)
Lavender Diamond - Open Your Heart
Ivy - Get Enough
Basil Pieron - Don't Ever Go Away Again
Stars In Coma - Invisibility Trick
Pop Art Toasters - Go Ahead
TALK (Hillside Review 1)
Library Voices - Love In The Age Of Absurdity (C)
Winter Gloves - Hillside (C)
Gentlemen Reg - We're In A Thunderstorm (C)
Coeur De Pirate - Ensemble (C)
Dancehall Free For All - Kelsey (C)
TALK (Hillside Review 2)
FRED - Skyscrapers
Sunparlour Players - If the Creeks Don't Rise (C)
Great Lake Swimmers - Concrete Heart (C)
Clues - Crows (C)
Final Fantasy - The Butcher (C)
The Acid House Kings - Boyish Holiday
The Legends - Always The Same
Love Is All - Wishing Well
The Fizzbombs - The Words That
The Pooh Sticks - Girl Who Made Me Smile
The Mockingbirds - That's How It's Gonna Stay
Francis - Beat, Beat, Beat
Hey Marseilles - Rio
The Mayfair Set - Desert Fun
The Paper Merchants - I Don't Care
Mumm-Ra - She's Got You High

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Date: July 10, 2009
Theme: Give me the green light
On Air: Frank

Uncharacteristically I started this show with a funky set as it went well with my pick for my top song of the week. A few of the songs in that set are a bit long so I hope you can make your way through them. The rest of the show was back to the indie pop sound.

As well as a leftover set from last show's spotlight on the blog Heaven Is Above Your Head, I also played the song "Heaven Is Above My Head" by Louis Philippe that I assume the blog was named after. As coincidence would have it I heard the Philippe song on another podcast last week.

I ended with the song Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by They Might Be Giants in honour of the Toronto Raptors signing free agent Hedo Turkoglu (I stole this idea from Peter).

Also, a note to anybody looking for something to do on the evening of Saturday, July 18th that I'll be DJing live at the Jane Bond Cafe in Waterloo starting at 10 pm. So if you can make it that would be great and as I wanted to have a more "indie-pop" name I'm calling the DJ nights "The coolest thing about love" after the song by the Smittens.

Things I referenced on the show:

The One and Other art project -

Fireball XL5 Setlist - July 10, 2009
TALK (Theme)
Johnny Legend - Green Light
Cut Glass - Without Your Love
All Because Of You - Dramatics
Greyboy featuring Jeremy Ellis - Colour In Between The Lines
Johnny Burnette Trio - Honey Hush
TALK (leftover HIAYH set)
Ann Perry - That's The Way He Is
Lois Lane - Turn Me Loose
Jackie Deshannon - Find Me Love
Bobble Smith And The Dreamgirls - Now He's Gone
Patti And The Emblems - It's The Little Things
TALK (Female indie pop)
Pocketbooks - Fleeting Moments
Comet Gain - A Kind Of Loving
Steso Songs - The Worse
The Popguns - Where Do You Go?
God Help The Girl - God Help The Girl
My Teenage Stride - To Live And Die In The Airport Lounge
The Mary Onettes - Dave
Fireflies - Butterscotch
Hotels - Kite Flight
Louis Philippe - Heaven Is Above My Head
Little Big Adventure - Happiest Time
The Paper Merchants - I Don't Care
Loney Dear - Airport Surroundings
Ketch Harbour Wolves - So Long To The Ground
The Blind King - Driving In America
AA-Awesome - I Wish I Were A Belgium                  **From Karim
Harlem Shakes - Sunlight                                           **From Sari or Michelle
Candy Panic Attack - What's He Got That I Haven't
Love Is All - Wishing Well
Project A-Ko - Molten Hearts
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)              **Stolen from an idea by Peter

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Date: June 26, 2009
Theme: Heaven is above your head
On Air: Frank

As often happens, as soon as I find a new source of music I go crazy and get obsessed about getting all the music from that source ignoring my regular go-to sources. For this show it was my discovery of the great MP3 blog/podcast called "Heaven is above your head", the blog is based in New Zealand but it appears that it started out in Sweden. The blog seems to have been going a few years and this past February they started a podcast that unfortunately seems to have ended this past week. Although the blog mostly plays the same sort of indie pop that I love, the podcast also has a heavy focus on 60s and 70s soul songs which is very cool. It just kind of worked out that about half of the songs from this show are from HIAYH as well as a set specifically focused on those cool soul songs.

Even with the focus on HIAYH the show was back to the normal sets divided by different musical types and of course I had to end off with a song by the recently departed Michael Jackson. I know that I haven't really been into anything he has put out in the past 20 years, but when I was growing up Thriller was certainly an album that I (like the rest of world) was in love with. I went with P.Y.T. (Pretty young thing) instead of one of the more famous songs as I remember particularly liking that song back in the day.

Also, a note to anybody looking for something to do on the evening of Saturday, July 18th that I'll be DJing live at the Jane Bond Cafe in Waterloo starting at 10 pm. So if you can make it that would be great and as I wanted to have a more "indie-pop" name I'm calling the DJ nights "The coolest thing about love" after last show's top song by the Smittens.

Things I referenced on the show:
Video for the Biker Boy songs:

video for Juni Jarvi:

Video for Little Boots:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - June 26, 2009
TALK (Theme)
Sandstream - Teenage Love
Biker Boy - Where Do You Go To?
Juni Jarvi - Looking At You Is Like Looking At The Sun
Baby Doll Lounge - Paisley Shirt (HIAYH)
Bunnygrunt - We Suspect He Was Trying To Spell Monkey (HIAYH)
Baby Daylinger - You Push, I'll Go
Little Big Adventure - The Hateful Eye
Mike Snow - Animal
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Little Boots - New In Town
God Help The Girl - Come Monday Night
Au Revoir Simone - All Or Nothing
Asobi Seksu - Transparence
Helen Love - We Love You (HIAYH)
Stolen Hearts - Fire (HIAYH)
Even As We Speak - I Won't Have To Think About You (HIAYH)
Fireflies - Sledding
Godsmania - All Gone Wrong Today
The Seven Inches - Open-ness And Honesty (HIAYH)
The New Breed - Summers Coming (HIAYH)
TALK (HIAYH spotlight)
Paul Sindab - You Dropped Your Candy In The Sand (HIAYH)
Ty Karim - You Just Don't Know (HIAYH)
Ann Perry - That's The Way He Is (HIAYH)
Mickey And Silvia - Love Is Strange (HIAYH)
The Moments - You Said (HIAYH)
California Gold - Love Is All You Need (HIAYH)
World Atlas - Inner city Kids (HIAYH)
Matt & Kim - Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare
Moustache Of Insanity - The Cat Chicken Song
The Windmills - Beach Girls
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

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Date: June 11, 2009
Theme: The New York City Popfest
On Air: Frank

This show highlighted my experience at the New York Popfest back in May, in fact the first two sets were from CDs that I bought at the festival. The next set was a combination of other bands that played the festival and songs that were covered during the shows.

Overall, it was a great time and of course being in New York City is always cool, especially walking around Harlem at 2 in the morning. The best conversation I overheard on the subway was one teenage girl telling her friend that she was bummed that she didn't have her iPod, the cops took it when she got busted and she hasn't had the time to get up to the Bronx and get it back, but she only has a month to do it.

I won't go into a detailed description of the festival here as you can see the daily summary of my impressions of the New York Popfest on the Wall the Fireball XL5 radio show facebook group:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - June 11, 2009
Smittens - 11:11
My Teenage Stide - Grim Wind
Cats On Fire - Steady Pace
Eux Autres - When I'm Up
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Loop Duplicate My Heart
Burning Hearts - Iris
Pants Yell! - Tried To Be Good
A Faulty Chromosome - Bad Things
The Radio Dept. - Freddie And The Trojan Horse
The Drums - Me And The Moon
Very Truly Yours - Homesick
The Sixths - Falling Out Of Love (With You)
Matt Pond PA - In The Aeroplanes Over The Sea
The Go-Betweens - People Say
The Lucksmiths - Good Light
Spent - Excuse Me While I Drink Myself To Death
Surf City - Dickshakers Union
Pretend You're Happy - The Other Side Of The Earth
Matt & Kim - Daylight
Threatmatics - Big Man
The Interiors - My Little Pony
Ribbons - Plain
The Fizzbombs - Sign On The Line
Nouvelle Cuisine - Comunicacion no verbal

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Date: May 8, 2009
Theme: Derek Weiler (1968-2009)
On Air: Frank

This was at the same time the easiest show to do and the hardest. As most of you probably heard my very good friend Derek Weiler passed away in April. I felt that just playing a set or two in a regular show wasn't enough thus this entire show is about Derek.

It contains songs that had special connections between me and Derek from the first day we met to the last time I saw him. His influence on my musical tastes (and those of countless others) will be evident in the music I listen to for the rest of my days.

If Derek thought that you had even a hint of interest in music you were sure to receive a mixed CD or back in the day a mixed tape. And it wasn't just about the music, but it was about the handwritten linear notes, with special notations for the songs he thought you would really like.

Since meeting Derek at a Johnny Cash concert back in the fall of 1991, I can't count the number of bands that I first heard of from him, be it from a mixed tape, mixed CD, in a car, or being dragged to a concert by a band I had never heard of but ended up loving. Apart from going to countless concerts together we also co-hosted a weekly radio show for a little over a year (Jan 1993 to April 1994) called Wackyland, this was the real start of my musical education. This education never stopped as I played a song he recommended on my last podcast and finally got to another recommendation on this show.

Every once in a while in the past month I've heard a tidbit about a band and I think "I should really e-mail that to Derek", but then I realized that I can't do that anymore, and that's something I'm going to miss every single day.

Again most of you probably know about this, but if not you can see all the things that people have written about Derek on the Facebook page:

Fireball XL5 Setlist - May 8, 2009
Jian Ghomeshi tribute to Derek Weiler
TALK (First meeting)
Johnny Cash - Sunday Morning Coming Down
Smashing Pumpkins - Today
TALK (First recommendation)
Magnetic Fields - 100 000 Fireflies
The Sixths - Heaven in a Black Leather Jacket
TALK (More recommendations)
Belle and Sebastian - Dirty Dream No. 2
Yo la Tengo - Autumn Sweater
TALK (Wackyland memories)
Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra - Beautiful Loser (C)
Kids in the Hall - Dave's I know (C)
Sam-n-the-swing - Sweetforu (when I'm with you)
TALK (mixed tapes and CDs)
The Beginnerz - Reckless Girl
Flamin' Groovies - Shake some Action
TALK (memories of Phil's)
The Farm - Groovy Train
Joy Division - Transmission
TALK (road trips in particular Montreal Pop)
Stars - Elevator Love Letter (C)
The Dears - Heartless Romantic (C)
TALK - (unfinished business)
Moondog - Paris
Jonathan Richman - Velvet Underground
TALK - (Day 12)
SF Seals - Day 12
Lykke Li-Dance Dance Dance
TALK (Recent recommendations)
Murder Mystery - What My Baby Said
Hooded Fang - Land of Giants (C)
TALK (Last concert)
Junior Boys - So This is Goodbye (C)
Clip from my last radio show on CKMS

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Date: April 6, 2009
Theme: Back in action
On Air: Frank

Yes it has been a while since the last show, sorry about that. The good news is that I managed to submit my PhD thesis this week, the downside was that I wasn't able to put out a show for over 2 months. Hopefully I should be able to keep a regular schedule from now on.

The thing is that I never stopped accumulating music over the past 2 months so I really have enough material for about 4 shows, but I didn't think that putting out a 6 hour show was a good idea. So I kept it down to its usual 2 hours and just took a small dent of the backlog.

Apart from playing all the pent up songs from the last 2 months I also did a spotlight on Wee Pop records ( ). This is a record label out of England that specializes in TWee pop on the format of mini-CDs so each one can only hold about 20 minutes of music. Each release has a very limited edition and the liner notes are all handmade, this combined with the size just makes each release really cute. But they do pose a storage problem as they don't fit well with regular CDs. I got a delivery of 5 releases from Wee Pop just after the last show.

Hopefully it won't be such a long break before the next show.

 Fireball XL5 Setlist - April 6, 2009
My Teenage Stride - Ears Like Golden Bats
Young Rival - Your Island
Hooded Fang - Land Of Giants (C)
Cuddle-pop - You
Moustache of Insanity - I Need MORE!!!
Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele - Meet Me In The Garden
Nickel Eye - Brandy Of The Damned
The Very Most - April Is The Kindest Month
FemBots - My Hands Are A City (C)
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - Take Off Your Sunglasses
TALK (Wee pop records spotlight)
One Happy Island - Temporary Tattoo
Horowitz - Drop The Hat
Megamoog - Icicle
Little My - Sellotape My Hands
The Endless Bummer - Boring But Beautiful (C)
The Dodos - Winter **See Note 1
The Magnetic Fields - I Don't Really Love You Anymore
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
Red Sleeping Beauty - Don't Say You Love Me
The Killers - Spaceman
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - 1999
The Sound Of Arrows - M.A.G.I.C.
Lowood - Crash
Niels Nielsen - It's All In My Head
Architechture In Helsinki - That Beep
Black Kids - Listen To Your Body Tonight **See Note 2
Mates Of State - My Only Offer

Note 1: The banjo and voice on the song by the Dodos reminded me a lot of Stephin Merrit, thus the reason for playing the Magnetic Fields right after

Note 2: I went to see The Black Kids and Mates of State in Toronto just after the show

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Date: January 30, 2009
Theme: Lots of new music
On Air: Frank

Between my Best of 2008 and the Christmas show, it has been a while since my last show of new music. And of course you have to remember that most of the music I play is stuff that I've been introduced to in the past month or so as well as some familiar songs sprinkled in.

So it was nice to get back to playing some of my recent finds along with one set of music from CDs that I picked up from other people during the holidays. So thanks to Derek, Sari, and Michelle for their contribution to the show.

In that set I also played a song that I found out from the resurrection of a great show that used to be on CKMS called "The Brown Couch of Liesure". Karim, the host of that show, finally got his act together and is now putting out a weekly podcast from his website ( ). He is always listening to great music and I recommend that everybody listen to his podcast and of course I'm sure I'll be stealing lots of stuff from his playlists in the future.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - January 30, 2009

Damn! - I'm Not Going To Live A Day Without You
Beau Jocque And The Zydeco Hi-Rollers - Tighten Up
Second Hand Rumours - Summer Night Tune
The Endless Bummer - Rio Grand Sandbar, 2001 (C)
My Darling You - Everything Alright
The Lucksmiths - California In Popular Song
The Servants - Present
Kevin McGrothers - Summer Starts On Sunday
Let's Say We Did - Straight Back To You
TALK (songs from other people's CDs or podcasts)
Vivian Girls - Where Do You Run To **Michelle
Paul Weller - Cold Moments **Derek
Datarock - The Most Beautiful Girl **Sari
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Little Boys In The Ghetto **Karim
Longwave - No Direction
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Something New
The Lodger - The Good Old Days
Islands - Creeper (C)
TALK (Female Indie Pop)
Strip Squad - Pervert/Expert
One Happy Island - Temporary Tattoo
Celestial - Crystal Heights
Faded Paper Figures - North By North
TALK (Electro Pop)
Little Boots - Mathematics
The Bridal Shop - Ideal State
MFMB - Control
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars
Foals - Olympic Airways
The New Deal - Don't Blame Yourself (C)

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Date: January 2, 2009
Theme: Best of 2008
On Air: Frank

As usual not much to say about this show, simply my best singles and albums from the past year. It shouldn't be much of surprise that my number one album from the past year was Lykke Li's Youth Novels, a great album from top to bottom that I never get sick of listening to. I was also happy to have seen her twice during the year, once in Seattle and then in Toronto for my birthday.

It is also not surprising that just like Lykke Li, Black Kids (my second favourite album from 2008) also had a single on my list from 2007. I had to put Black Kids on as number two as every time I was listening to my MP3 player on shuffle and a song came up that I didn't recognize that I liked when I looked it up it was often by the Black Kids.

You can listen to my reasoning for my other picks from the show.

On the setlist I have tried my best to remember how I found about the bands on the setlist.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - January 2, 2009

Armand Mirpour - Curly Boys Law **Swedesplease
Erik Hallden - If I Ever Get Married **Swedesplease
Kings Have Long Arms F. - Big Umbrella **Popcasting
Montt Mardie - Set Sail Tomorrow **Swedesplease
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You *Indie MP3
Sunny Summer Day - So Much Fun
Lyrics Born - Like It, I Love It **KEXP
Voldis - Flashlight **The Wedge
She & Him - Sentimental Heart **Mary
Moby - Live For Tomorrow
Los Campesinos! - Ways To Make It Through The Wall
The Stolen Minks - Bring It
The Bicycles - Once Was Not Enough
Masonic - Every Time This Happens **Derek
Gonzales - Working Together
The Gresham Flyers - Student Nurse **Indiepopradio
Herman Dune - On A Saturday
Herman Dune - When The Sun Rose Up This Morning
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane
Black Kids - Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)
Lykke Li - Breaking It Up
Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone

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Date: 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

Link to "I'll Stay Till After Christmas":;jsessionid=0A03E8F47C3453CB7FEB5DED47747C1D

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

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Date: 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.

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Date: 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)

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Date: 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)

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Date: 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

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Date: 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?".

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Date: 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 ( ) but are also playing a great festival in London Ontario this weekend ( ).

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: . 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: and the song from Architecture in Helsinki was from the following video: .

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"

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Date: 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 and read their tour blog here:

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

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Date: August 15, 2008
Theme: Baseball and
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 .

I also did a set of songs that I found out about through the website , 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 ( 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

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Date: 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

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Date: 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: and the other one is from a blog called eardrum music, a bit less official, but good nonetheless .

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.

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Date: 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 ( ).

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

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Date: 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:  .

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.

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Date: 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 ( ), a cool fountain( and look at the Encircled Stream), and a cool library ( ) . 

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 ( ), 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

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Date: 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)

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Date: 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

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Date: 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 ( 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 :

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

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Date: 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

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Date: 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 ( ) 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

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Date: 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 ( ).

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)


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Date: 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

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Date: 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 ( ), 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

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Date: 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

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Date: 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 ( )
Swedesplease -
Bury Me Not -
Poppolar -
Indie Pop Radio -
The Wedge -

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Date: December 21, 2007
Theme: Christmas Time
On Air: Frank

I played a few new Christmas songs and a few old Fireball XL5 standards, but when all is said and done the best holiday song is still Elisa Gabbai's Winter In Kanada.

Not much else to say about the show, but I just wanted to mention that most of the new songs I played I stole from this podcast:

Lucky Lucky Pigeons - Red Santa
Amelia Fletcher and Hit Parade - Christmas Tears
The Fireflys - Xmas Song
Shumai - California Christmas
David Carswell and Megan Barnes - I Wanna Kiss You This Christmas (C)
Irene - Christmas On The Beach
Shadetree - Christmas Peace
Hello Saferide - Ipod Xmas
Higher Elevations - All These Summer Nights
Buck - Christmas In My Heart (C)
Belle and Sebastian - Santa, Bring My Baby Back
Dada - My Baby Fell For Ol' St Nick
Louis Armstrong - Zat You, Santa Claus?
New Birth Brass Band - Santa's Second Line
Jaymz Bee And The Royal Jelly Orchestra - Jingle Bells (C)
The Gems - Love For Christmas
The Diskettes - Noel (C)
Young and Sexy - Santa Claus Likes Rich Kids Better (C)
Bobby Baby - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Montt Mardie - I Wish Everyday Could Be Christmas
Rose Melberg and Gregory Webs - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
Lucky Soul - Lonely This Christmas
Eux Autres - Another Christmas At Home
Oh! Sweet Music - Oh! Sweet Christmas
Parker Lewis - Xmas Carols NYC
Stars - Fairytale Of New York (C)
Carolyn Mark - The Christmas Song (C)
Relient K - I Ain't Getting Nuttin For Christmas
Yo La Tengo - Rock'N'Roll Santa
Arcade Fire - Jingle Bell Rock (C)
The Decemberists - Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk Tonight)
El Perro Del Mar - Oh What A Christmas
Darryl Reimer - Merry Big Ole Christmas (C)
Elisa Gabbai - Winter In Kanada
The Knife - Christmas Reindeer

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Date: December 7, 2007
Theme: Spotlight on HHBTM
On Air: Frank

I got through a lot of great music this show that I had stored up the weeks and months before.  I also did two sets highlighting a great record label with a great name: Happy Happy Birthday to Me.  I came upon them reading a blog that described bands as having that "HHBTM" sound, I like the band so I did some research and found out what HHBTM stood for and found the record label's website.  Most of the bands have the Indie-Twee sound that I'm into so it was a fortuitous find.

You can find out more about the label and listen to many of bands here:

Just one other note that the song my Murray Dear sounded to me so much like the Magnetic Fields that I had to play them immediately after.  In other Magnetic Fields news their new album is due out in January something that I'm very much looking forward to hearing.

Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining
The Sadies - Higher Power (C)
Bughouse 5 - Ten Lost Years (C)
Hot Kid - Ties That Bind (C)
Andrew Vincent and the Pirates - Martha (C)
The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight (C)
The Evaporators - Grassy Jack (C)
Cut Off Your Hands - Expectations
The Purrs - She's Got Chemicals
TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me
We All Have Hooks For Hands - The Man Is Trying To Outfox Us All
Murray Dear - Deserter
The Magnetic Fields - I Thought You Were My Boyfriend
Tellus About The Moon - Hate
Postal Blue - Weather Sensitive
The Assistants - Stop Dead (C)
Keith John Adams - Never Look Down
Patience Please - I'll Have What She's Having
The Smittens - Stop The Bombs
Casper and the Cookies - Eux Autres
James Ausfahrt - Lucy Ferocious
Slumber Party - Sooner Or Later
Spring Factory - Get Out Of Bed
The Dreamers - A Place I Know
Lykke Li - Little Bit
B'Ehl - Jammers Like Me (C)
Paint By Numbers - Deep In The Snow
The Lovely Feathers - The Only Appalachian Cornfield (C)
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - I Never Thought I Could Feel That Way For A Boy
DJ Champion - No Heaven (C)

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Date: November 23, 2007
Theme: Fun with Bruce
On Air: Frank

My top song this week was by a band from Florida called the "Black Kids" and their great tune called "I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend To Dance".  As opposed to the Shout Out Louds songs (see the August 17 setlist) that sounded like it was a cover of a song by The Cure that I had not heard about before, this song sounds like a song the The Cure might write in the future.

By the way it came from a great podcast that highly recommend, it is the KEXP song of the day ( ) every weekday you get a new song, it is hit and miss but when I love a song I really love it like this one.

Yes, I promise this was the last time I will do a direct comparison between Jens Lekman and Jonathan Richman, but if you listen to the two songs the "Bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum" part is identical.  I'm not alone in thinking this as I managed to find 2 other references to this similarity:

Congratulations to Dave and Michael who won the tickets to "Control", the movie about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis.

Black Kids - I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend To Dance
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Girl #3
Postal Blue - Puzzle
Edson - Sunday, Lovely Sunday
Masonic - Way Gone By                  **See Note 1
Neverending White Lights - Always (C)
Shock Hop Arousal - Rhythm Thief (C)
The Hives - Won't Be Long
Joy Division - Ice Age            **Suggested by Dave F.
Joy Division - Decades          **Suggested by Michael T.
New Order - Waiting For The Siren's Call
Small Sins - It Keeps Me On My Toes (C)
Hidden Cameras - Smells Like Happiness (C)
Ostrich - Ice Cold Killers
TIAC - Catalogue of Failures
The Evaporators - Do The Eggbeater (C)
Jonathan Richman - Walter Johnson
Jens Lekman - Sweet Summers Night on Hammer Hill
Jens Lekman - You Can Call Me Al
The Pipettes - Judy
The Brunettes - If You Were Alien
Basia Bulat - Before I Knew
Chicklet - Whitewashed
Lykke Li - Tonight       **See Note 2
Belle and Sebastian - A Century of Fakers       **Thanks to Karen
The Golden Dogs - 1985

Note 1: I got this song from Derek's Bury Me Not MP3 Blog -
Note 2: She is supposed to be the next Robyn.

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Date: November 9, 2007
Theme: Fun with Bruce
On Air: Frank and Bruce

I was lucky enough to have a guest on this week's show in the form of Bruce who came all the way from Saskatoon just to be there (well actually he might have had a meeting in town or something like that as well).  As a result of having a guest you might notice from the length of the setlist that we talked a lot and didn't play nearly as many songs as a usual week.

For the first time in a while I played a funky/jazzy/dancy kind of set, I know it has been a while as some of the songs came from the CDs I made a few months ago.  The rest of the show was a mish-mash of whatever Bruce and I felt like playing, but overall we mixed up picking out most of the music so I didn't note who picked what on the list.

One thing we didn't really talk much about till nearly the end of my show was recent trip to Chicago, but I did manage to get in my two stories that came from riding on the Chicago subway (you will have to listen to podcast to find out more).  But I didn't have the time to properly talk about the main reason that I went to Chicago was to see Jens Lekman, so I'll try and do a better recap on the next show.

The Sonics - Stychnine
Immaculate Machine - Broken Ship (C)
Chuck Prophet - Doubter of Jesus (All Over You)
The Fiery Furnaces - The Old Hag Is Sleeping
The Voom Booms - Nine Ships
TALK  (funky/jazzy/dancy  set 1)
Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema
The Trinidad Steel Band - Sissy Strut
Ruby And The Romantics - Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
Time Box - Beggin'
Roisin Murphy - Let Me Know          **See Note 1
TALK (funky/jazzy/dancy  set 2)
Gorillaz - Rock The House
Buck 65 - Dang (C)
David Bowie with The Pet Shop Boys - Hallo Spaceboy
Small Sins - I Need A Friend (C)
Thievery Corporation - Vivid
Eugene Ripper - Banks Of Newfoundland (C)    **See Notes 2 and 3
Dog Day - Oh Dead Life (C)
Neverending White Lights - The World Is Darker (C)
The Weakerthans - Sun In An Empty Room (C)
Jens Lekman - Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
Feist - I Feel It All (C)

Note 1: Out of all the songs I played this week this is the one I have listened to the most since the show.

Note 2: The last time Bruce and I had seen each other was at a conference in St. John's, Newfoundland at a conference, thus this song seemed appropriate.

Note 3: Another note about this song was that it came from a CD that was sent to me by Eugene Ripper.

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Date: October 26, 2007
Theme: Party rock to Twee
On Air: Frank

Once again I had to make a comparison between Jens Lekman and Jonathan Richman (and I know I promised that this would be the last time during the show but I might have to do it just one more time).  In both of these songs they narrate a little story about their past that goes along with the song, they even have some of the same articulation.  In the case of Lekman, this version of the song is 7 minutes long from the digital-only EP that was released before the album and it gives a lot more background on the story than the 4 minute version that is on the CD. 

Not much else to say about the rest of the show: a set about upcoming shows, a party rock set, and a few random sets of great songs.  A few notes about a few of the songs are shown below.

The Brunettes - Baby
Strawberry Whiplash - Falling Through
Heavenly - Three Star Component
The San Marinos - Guess How Much I Love You
TALK (Upcoming show set)
Bella - None Will Ever Know (C)
Knock, Knock Ginger - Syllables (C)
Square Root of Margaret - Time Bomb (C)
The  Pipettes - Dance & Boogie                       **See Note 1
TALK (very Twee)
Jens Lekman - Postcard For Nina
Jonathan Richman - Monologue About Bermuda
Oh! Sweet Music - Four Long Years
Tullycraft - The Punks Are Writing Love Songs
TALK (party rock)
Shout Out Out Out Out - Chicken Soup For The F*** You (C)           **See Note 2
The Russian Futurists - These Seven Notes (C)
Bocce - Again Again Again Again (C)
The Go! Team - Doing It Right
Tokyo Police Squad - Box (C)
The Sequins - Lost Art Of Friendship
Chuck Prophet - Doubter Out Of Jesus
Simply Saucer - Bullet Proof Nothing (C)
Small Sins - On The Line (C)
Juni Jarvi - Asleep

Note 1: I don't like that the Pipettes put a couple of extra songs on the US release of album after I bought the import version last year.

Note 2: Saw them at the Starlight the night before the show, crazy crowd, great show.

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Date: October 12, 2007
Theme: Some old time garage rock
On Air: Frank

I've been listening to the first set of this show over and over again, it was just a really, really good set.
Anchored by the incredible new release by Swedish pop sensation Jens Lekman (he actually did have the number 1 album
in Sweden for a week). The album is called "Night Falls Over Kortedala" and it reminds me a lot of the great songs
that Jonathan Richman was recording in his prime, so of course I had to play Richman in the set. Interestingly,
Lekman's sound is not for everybody and I can see how he might not be eveybody's cup of tea, but for those who are
into him they are usually really into him and so you should give him a shot as he might just become one of your
favourite artists.

The second set ended with Shout Out Out Out Out. Interesting fact I found out about the band while I was listening
to a session they did on CBC radio was that their lead singer is the son of a guy who used to be in band called
Wilfrid N and the Grown Men. I might be wrong on this but I think that I used to listen the them back in the day.
In this case "the day" was back in the late 1980s when I used to listen to a bunch of "garage" bands and I think
they were one of them.

Not only was it kind of cool that he was able to cover a song by his dad it also gave me a great idea for set of
music by garage bands (with the added bonus of making me feel old). Many of the songs I played are available as
free downloads from the London music archive provided by CHRW, the UWO campus radio station where I used to be a DJ.
Many of the songs from the set I played were from cassette compilations that came as part of homemade music "zine"
called What Wave. You can see the archive that contains the What Wave compilations here:

Jens Lekman - Friday Night At The Drive-in Bingo
Jonathan Richman - Our Swingin' Pad
Juni Jarvi - If We Just Want To
Irene - End Of The Line
Murder Mystery - What My Baby Said
Small Sins - Drunk e-mails (C)
Stars - Midnight Coward (C)
The Go! Team - Grip Like A Vice
You Say Party! We Say Die! - What's The Hold Up? Where's The Fire? (C)
Shout Out Out Out Out - For Ever Indebted (C)
Wilfrid N And The Grown Men - Sad New Day (C)
Misc S - Real World (C)
Colour Me Psycho - October God (C)
The Gruesomes - You're Not The Boss Of Me (C)
The Empty Hours - Same Time, Same Place (C)
Those Dancing Days - Hitten                               **See Note 1
Novillero - Lost Possibilities (C)
Stuffy And The Fuses - Joe C (is an idiot)
Sun Parlour Players - The Detroit River Is Alive (C)
The Zoobombs - Highway A Go-Go                     **See Note 2
Sunny Intervals - Sixty Seconds To Fall In Love
Everyday Sensations - Things We Never Had
Little Name - Picked Out The Line
Amida - Virtue Was Your Downfall
The Saturday People - Man Without Qualities
Pipas - Sorry Love
The Doers - Just Saying (C)
Mission Of Burma - That's When I Reach For My Revolver     **See Note 3

Note 1: I really got excited when I first heard about this all girl band from Sweden

Note 2: I saw the Zoobombs at the Starlight the week before the show

Note 3: There was a description of the recent UN humanitarian envoy to Mynamar (formerly Burma) as a "Mission from Burma", so of course I had to play this song

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Date: September 28, 2007
Theme: Another set
On Air: Frank

As a carry over from the last show, there were still lots of new releases at the station that I played for this show. I also got in a set of new CDs that came in the mail from , the best place to get Indie pop in Canada. Erico had the new album by Irene on his website a week after it was released in Sweden.

And I had to wait some 30 odd years, but I finally got to play the Shadowy Men From A Shadowy Planet song "5 American, 6 Canadian" and say "They will have to rename the song 5 American, 5 Canadian". However, it was difficult to plan it out so that my show would come on the first day since 1976 that the Canadian dollar finished the day worth more than the American one, but it was worth it for the joke in the end.

Murder Mystery - Love Astronaut
Theoretical Girl - It's All Too Much
Taken By Trees - Julia **See Note 1
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Grass Skirt
Stars - The Ghost Of Genova Heights (c)
Square Root Of Margaret - Things People Do (c)
Pender - Laundry In London (c)
Hot Little Rocket - Like Killers (C)
TALK (poppolar set)
Irene - Last Forever
The Saturday People - Conditonal Tense (Now It's Gone)
California Snow Story - Brook Line
The Go! Team - The Wrath Of Marcie
Junior Senior - Like Music
Galactic - Bounc Baby
Russian Futurists - Why You Gotta Do That Thing? (c)
DD/MM/YYYY - Twin Star (c)
Little Name - I Always See The Sunrise
Honey Bunch - Mine Your Own Business
Emma Pollock - Paper and Glue
Rocketship - Your New Boyfriend
Bella - Give It A Night (c)
Sylvie - Rise And Fall (c)
Neighbourhood Noise - Another Face In The Crowd (c)
The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight (c)
Arthur and Lu - The Ghost Of Old Bull Lee
Shadowy Men From A Shadowy Planet - 5 American 6 Canadian (c)
Tin Bangs - The Skinny (c)

Note 1: This is the newest project from Victoria Bergsman, the former lead singer of the Concretes, but of course most people know her when she joined Peter, Bjorn, and John for the song "Young Folks"


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Date: September 14, 2007
Theme: New releases and catch up
On Air: Frank

I didn't have an overall theme for this show, but between the leftover songs from past shows and the loads of new releases there was lots to play during the show. Notable new albums in the new release section were from: Junior, Senoir, The Go! Team, Stars, and The Weakerthans. Not in the new release section, but I had a pre-release MP3 from one of my favourite bands from last year, the Swedish band Irene.

My top song of week was dedicated to my friend Wayne who can't stop talking about the New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. It is a very funny song and you should also check out the video on Youtube.

I ended the show with a song from the movie Once, a very good movie about a couple that meets on the streets of Ireland and starts to create music together. As it turns out I saw the movie with Wayne the week before the show and although the music isn't usually my thing, some of the songs really stuck in my mind. 

Flight of the Conchords - Business Time
Galactic - Got It (What You Need)
Junior, Senior - Hip Hop A Lulu
The Go! Team - Titanic Vandalism
The Chemical Brothers - Battle Scars
Simian Mobile Disco - Love
DD/MM/YYYY - Subjects (C)
DD/MM/YYYY - Fort Drippy (C)
Orchester Frank Pleuer - Sunday Love Affair
Stars - My Favourite Book (C)
Square Root Of Margaret - Memories Of Things To Come (C)
The Weakerthans - Tournament Of Hearts (C)
Wax Mannequin - You And All Of Our Friends (C)
The Sadies - The Trail (C)
Farewell - Start It Up
Running With The Kittens - You're My Dog
Thee Tall Dwarfs - Nothings Gonna Happen
Irene - By Your Side
S'ambassadeur - Subtle Changes
Elias And The Wizards - The Dance
Henry Faberge And The Adorables - Crawl Back (C)
The Field Mice - Emma's House
Jonna Lee - Dried Out Eyes
New Buffalo - Cheer Me Up Thank You
Airliner - Everything That's You
Peace In Our Time - Some Nice And Decent Thoughts
Loney, Dear - The City, The Airport
Glen Hansard - Falling

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Date: August 31, 2007
Theme: Pop songs your new boyfriend is too stupid to know about
On Air: Frank and Milosz

Another week, another guest on the show, this time it was Milosz from the band Knock, Knock, Ginger who came on without his band so we could talk about music.  It was also good that Milosz brought his music enabled phone as one of the CD players at the station was broken so it was difficult for me to play consecutive MP3s.  His influence can be seen in the second half of the show where we pretty much swapped songs and we also had some good conversations including an interesting one about the importance of editing in music.

Milosz supplied me with my top song of the week, The Ladybug Transistor song "Like A Summer Rain" which to me sounded a lot like the Magnetic Fields so I had to play them right after.

As it happens, in the two weeks before the show I was made aware of a Tullycraft song from two different people, strange as the song is a couple of years old.  The name of the song is "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend Is Too Stupid To Know About" and in it he mentions other bands that he likes to listen to, so the rest of the set contains some of those bands.

I ended with a song from the movie "24 Hour Party People" which is a movie about the Manchester music scene and in particular about Tony Wilson the found of Factory Records (Factory Records released such legendary Manchester bands Joy Division, New Order, and the Happy Mondays).  The reason I played the song was that Tony Wilson passed away a few weeks before the show, and here is an interesting tidbit from his Wikipedia entry (of course this means it might not be true): As with everything else in the Factory empire, Tony Wilson's coffin was also given a Factory catalogue number - FAC 501. This will be the last Factory catalogue number.

The Ladybug Transistor - Like A Summer Rain
The Magnetic Fields - Busby Berkeley Dreams
Page France - The Ruby Ring Man
Bellevue - Carry On (C)
Griffin and the True Believers - Tivoli (C)
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Later Operator
TALK (Funky set)
Calvin Harris - Merry Making At My Place
The Grey Boy Allstars - Still Waiting
Champion - The Plow (C)
Azure Ray - New Resolution
Wild Magnolias - Somebody's Got (Soul Soul  Soul)
The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache
Belle and Sebastian - For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea
Crowded House - Even A Child
Acid House Kings - Say Yes If You Want Me
Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof (Live at KEXP)       **See Note 1
TALK (Tullycraft set)
Tullycraft - Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend Is Too Stupid To Know About
The Pastels - Mandarin
Alan Clap and His Orchestra - Something Strange Happens
Cub - New York City (C)
Heavenly - Hearts and Crosses
Stars - Take Me To The Riot (C)
Miracle Fortress - Maybe Lately (C)
Ohbijou - The Woods (C)
The Beautiful South - You Keep It All In
Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People

Note 1: Saw them at Sneeky Dees in Toronto the week before the show.

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Date: August 17, 2007
Theme: The Stolen Minks Interview
On Air: Frank, Tiina, and Erica

I was very excited before this show as for the first time in a while I was going to have a band come and visit me.  I first had the idea when I saw that the Stolen Minks were playing Waterloo the same night as my show, so I e-mailed them and they agreed to come to CKMS before their gig.  Unfortunately on the day of the show, they called a little after 6 saying they were just leaving London and didn't know if they would make it to the station time and suggested perhaps making it a phone interview.  That's why I might seem a little frazzled in the first half of the show as I was running around looking at the logistics of doing a phone interview.

Luckily, they managed to make it to the station around 7:15 pm and drop of   two members of the band, Erica and Tiina (yes that is how she spells it) who came on the show for a couple of great interview segments.  They talked about touring across Canada in a van, their albums, day jobs, and there was even a reference to Henry Rollins.  It was a lot of fun and they put on a great show that night that I had the pleasure of witnessing.

Before the Ladies came to the show I got in a ska set that stemmed from my top song of the week: a great, great song by Tim Armstrong (former lead singer of Rancid) called "Into Action" that is guaranteed to get you moving.  I also played an Elvis set as the show was a day after the 30th anniversary of his death.  In looking around the web for songs to play I found the Belle and Sebastian song "Century of Elvis" from an EP back in 1997.  As it was back in the days when Stuart David was part of the band he does one of his telling a story over the music type songs, it is funny and definitely worth a listen.

TALK-Theme (Ska Set)
Tim Armstrong - Into Action
The Planet Smashers - Explosive (C)
The Planet Smashers - Raise Your Glass (C)
Chris Murray - Dangerous Hearts (C)
Dappled Cities - Beach Song
TALK (Elvis Set)
Deja Voodoo - Elvis Is Dead (C)
Belle and Sebastian - Century of Elvis
New Pornographers - Graceland (C)
Chris Houston - Baby Jesus Looked Like Elvis (C)
Elvis Presley - Hard Headed Woman
Lucknow Pact - A Few Drinks, A Few Laughs
The Rosebuds - Get Up, Get Out
The Brilliant Corners - Trudy Is A Squeel
The Bartlets - You Are Still Beautiful
Two Hours Traffic - When We Finish (C)
Karen Dalton - Something On Your Mind                       **See Note 1
Jens Lekman - Black Cab
Katie Stelmanis - Hittem (C)
The Guest Bedroom - We Need Trips (C)
The Stolen Minks - Stop Talking (C)
TALK (Stolen Minks Interview Part 1)
The Stolen Minks - Peppy Twist (C)
The Maynards - Kustom 250 (C)
TALK (Stolen Minks Interview Part 2)
Ray Condo and His Hard Rock Goners - Sunset Blues (C)
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Later Operator
Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have To Leave It                 **See Note 2
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - Cleanhead Blues                    **See Note 3

Note 1: One more Hillside throwback, I heard cover versions of both this song and the next while at Hillside.

Note 2: As Derek wrote to me, the song sounds so much like the Cure that it should have been called "In Between Fridays I'm in Love Just Like Heaven"

Note 3: I played this song as it was from the first CD I every purchased, a blues compilation that I picked up the same day as I bought my first CD player in 1989 in Edmonton.

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Date: August 3, 2007
Theme: Hillside Review
On Air: Frank

This was the first show since the Hillside Festival so I played a couple of the bands that made an impression on me during the festival.  My biggest surprise was a band that was probably the youngest band to play the festival as they were the winner of the Guelph high school band contest.  They are called "Dance Hall Free For All" (just say that out loud a couple of times, it makes you feel good) and have a great funky sound that really impressed me.  Other highlights of the festival were Mother Mother, Immaculate Machine, Two Hours Traffic, and in their first North American show Los Campensions.  I won't go into detail as you can read my full review here: (near the bottom of the page as Steve Zodiac of course).

The rest of the show was a mix between a slow set, a funky set, and a set of a few leftovers from the last couple of shows.  The funky set started with a song going out to Mary who likes the Red Hot Chili Peppers cover the Sly and the Family Stone song "If You Want Me To Stay".  If you remember I saw Sly in concert during my recent trip to Italy and he was actually on stage during this song.

I ended with The Zombies "Time of the Season" because The Immaculate Machines covered it as their last song when I went to see them at the Jane Bond the week before the show.  Then I was watching a documentary on the 60s a few days later and sure enough I heard the songs once again.

Saturday Looks Good To Me - The Girl's Distracted
Lucky Soul - Get Outta Town!
The Envelopes - It's The Law
The Electric Pop Group - Don't Bring Me Out
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Dreamy You
TALK (Hillside Review)
Dance Hall Free For All - Tomorrow In Thailand (C)
Mother Mother - Dirty Town (C)
Immaculate Machine - Nothing Ever Happens (C)
Two Hours Traffic - Jezebel (C)
Los Campensinos - It Started With A Mix
TALK (slow set)
Keren Ann - In Your Back
Griffin and the True Believers - The Cat (C)
Paul MacLeod - Tomorrow (C)
The Bird And The Bee - Because
TALK (funky set)
Sly And The Family Stone - If You Want Me To Stay             **For Mary
John Legend - Slowdance
Clarence Carter - Too Weak To Fight
Otis Redding - Mr. Pittiful
Broadcast - Before We Begin
Ghost House - Mail Lady (C)
Hallelujah The Hills - Wave Backwards To Massachusetts
The Planet Smashers - Raise Your Glass (C)
Sea Wolf - You're A Wolf
The Geraldine Fibbers - California Tuffy
They Might Be Giants - Bee And The Bird Of The Moth
California Snow Story - Out Of Time
The Sweet Homewreckers - Nineties On Your Side (C)
Boy Omega - By Midnight We'll Give It A Go
Liechtenstein - Stalking Skills
Zombies - Time Of The Season

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Date: July 20, 2007
Theme: Italy review and Hillside Preview
On Air: Frank

If I sound a bit tired during this show, it is because I woke up that morning in Rome, got on a plane to Toronto, got back to Waterloo, had half an hour at home, and then had to get on my bike for the radio show.  So when the show ended it was the equivalent of 2 am for me.

I didn't pick up any CDs during my recent trip to Italy and Poland however I did see a very unique show as the conference I was attending was happening in the same city as Umbria Jazz festival.  It turns out this is a pretty major jazz festival in Europe and it made certain aspects of the conference pretty cool in that there was live jazz music on one of the free stages from noon to midnight.  On the bad side it made finding a place to stay difficult, I ended up finding a place way out of town that required a bus ride and then calling the B&B owner to pick me up.

The last day I was there, I noticed that both Solomon Burke and Sly and the Family Stone were playing as part of the jazz festival so I had to get a ticket (even though it meant getting back to my B&B at 12:30 am and having to wake up the owner).

Burke is so large that he has a large throne from which he does most of his songs, he was wearing a three piece suit and part way through the concert he took of his jacket to show of his very tight vest and very large man boobs. Unfortunately he stuck with the classics, if he had done "None of us are free" I would have lost it.

Sly was probably on stage for about 15 minutes, his band played for about 25 minutes, then he came out, sang a few songs hunched over the microphone and played a few chords on his keyboards (to be fair to him there were some technical difficulties with his keyboards). Then he stood up, gave the double peace sign and walked off. I don't think he was coming back but I had to leave.

Nothing like a couple of Hillside preview sets to boost up that Canadian Content.  For those who don't know, Hillside is an annual festival in Guelph that features great music, great food, and just a great vibe.  For this show I previewed some of the bands that were playing Hillside and next week I'll have my Hillside review

There was also a set of CDs that I got in the mail from , my favourite place to order music on-line.

The Juju Orchestra featuring Carolyn Leonheart and Terry Callier - What Is Hip?
Supreme Beings Of Leisure - What's The Deal?
The Toasters - Nighttrain To Moscow
Justice - Valentine
TALK (Poppolar set)
Pele Carlberg - Pamploma
Amida - It Started In Naples
The Electric Pop Group - Don't Bring Me Out
Lucky Soul - Lips Are Unhappy
TALK (Hillside Preview I)
Chumbawamba - Big Mouth Strikes Again
Golden Dogs - Construction Worker (C)
Immaculate Machines - Roman Statues (C)
The Dears - Ballad Of Human Kindness (C)
Shout Out Out Out Out - Procrastinator's Fight Song (C)
TALK (Hillside Preview II)
Los Campesinos - Frontwards
Two Hours Traffic - Stuck For The Summer (C)
Memphis - Into The Wild (C)
Ron Sexsmith - For A Moment (C)
Ohbijou - Misty Eyes (C)
TALK (a couple of Italian related songs)
Sly And The Family Stone - I Want To Take You Higher
Solomon Burke - None Of Us Are Free
Keren Ann - In Your Back
Lionheart Brothers - Hero Anthem
Most Serene Republic - Ageless Beauty   **See Note 1
Hall and Oates - Maneater (Podcast only bonus)  **See Note 2

Note 1: Venice was referred to as the "Most Serene Republic"

Note 2: Heard this on the radio in Poland, I had to turn it up, much to the chagrin of Erin.

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Date: July 6, 2007
Theme: More Calvin Johnson than you can stand
On Air: Frank

Another week another show.  Between the Denver set (where I purchased the latest Calvin Johnson album) and the set of music highlighting his recent shows, there was a definite Calvin Johnson bent to a lot of the show.  After seeing him at the Music Gallery last Saturday with Julie Doiron I found out that he was playing a backyard show in Guelph on Wednesday.  I liked him so much the first time I had to see him the second time.

It is a good time for the new release section at CKMS with lots of good stuff to play including a couple of surprises such as Code Pie and the Immaculate Machines.  There was also a new album by Carolyn Mark, there used to be a time when I would have been very excited by this, but I don't know if I have been all that excited by her recent stuff.  However, she and Geoff Berrner are playing the Jane Bond in September and I'll probably go and see them.

The second last set had a mish-mash of ideas:

- the Rubinoos song (thanks Dan) that is the centre of the controversy with Avril Lavigne ( )

- the original of the song that was my top song last week

- and a small feature on a recent great commercial song for Maynard's candy, the one with the girl in the red polka dot dress walking along a street and then splits into different versions of herself. ( )  After much research I think I am correct that the band is a Canadian band called Major Maker and the song was written for the commercial and there are no plans to create a full version of the song.  However, one of the members of Major Maker is Lindy, so perhaps I will one day be able to ask him as he plays the Jane Bond every once in a while.

The Ethnobabes - My Favourite Fool
Los Campensions - We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
La Buenavida - En Bicicleta
Code Pie - Conway Killjoy (C)
Superfantastics - As The Lights Go Down (C)
TALK (New Releases)
The Pipettes - Guess Who Ran Off With The Milkman?
Shapes And Sizes - Diggy (C)
Grant McLennan - Lighting Fires
Immaculate Machines - Small Talk (C)
Carolyn Mark - Pictures At 5 (C)
TALK (Calvin Johnson and related set)
Griffin And The True Believers - Carnival (C)
Matias - Tea (C)
Beat Happening - Indian Summer
Calvin Johnson - Your Eyes
TALK (CDs from Denver)
Calvin Johnson And The Sons Of The Soil - Banana Meltdown
Sea and Cake - Too Strong
Electronic - Tighten Up
VHS or Beta - Heaven
Rubinoos - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
The Zutons - Valerie
The Maynards - Pauline's Jeans (C)
Major Maker - Over It (C)
Major Maker - Candy Song (C)
Rah Rah - Winter Sun
Brown Recluse Sings - Lazy Bones
The Diskettes - Art (C)

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Date: June 29, 2007
Theme: Halifax a go-go
On Air: Frank

This was my first show in over a month so of course I had lots of music to play and not enough time.  As such, it wasn't just a top song to start the show but more of a top set as any song in the first set could have been the top song of the week.  If you are an Amy Whinehouse fan do yourself and favour and check out the first song, Amy Whinehouse covering the song "Valerie" originally by the Zutons, hear it once and it will be in your head all day.

I was out east at the beginning of June, and as this was the first show since then, I finally got to play all of the music that I collected out there.  Only two of the artists were actually from Eastern Canada, the rest I just happened to buy out there.  I was very surprised to see the "I'm From Barcelona" CD in a used record store in Halifax (well actually Michelle found it) also surprising is how much I like the songs on the album that I had not already heard.  The Smokey Robinson CD was a from a bargin bin in Wolfville just to have something to listen to in the car, and I'm surprised with how many of the songs I recognize and enjoy.

My usual routine is to play 5 songs in each set (maybe something to do with my engineering mind always wanting order in the world) but for this show the sets just worked out better having 6 songs.  There was also a weird coincidence in that there was a streak of about 10 songs between Brideshead and The Stolen Minks of songs that featured female lead singers.

TALK - Theme

Mark Ronson featuring Amy Whinehouse - Valerie
Amida - Class of 2000
The April Skies - Rise and Rise Again
Brideshead - Love Makes The Sun Shine Bright
The Ethnobabes - Make Some Sound
The Fiery Furnaces - Benton Harbor Blues
Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars - Dance Music (C)
Frida Hyvonen - You Never Got Me Right
The Pipettes - Guess Who Ran Off With The Milkman?
The Russian Futurists - The First Five Times (from Do You Trust Your Friends by the Stars) (C)
Au Revoir Simone - Stars                                    **Suggested by Milosz
Taken by Trees featuring Victoria Bersman - Lost and Found

TALK (Maritime set)
The Gentle Waves - Sister Woman  (Dave's Records - Newfoundland)
The Stolen Minks - Rip It Up (C)  (CD Plus - Halifax)
The Superfantastics - Glitter (C)  (Taz Records - Halifax)
I'm From Barcelona - Over Sleeping  (CD Plus  - Halifax)
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends  (Dave's Records - Newfoundland)
Smokey Robinson - Just To See Her (Bargin Bin - Wolfville)
Volcanoes In Canada - She Moves (C)
Wax Mannequin - Animals Jump (C)
Immaculate Machine - Jarhand (C)
Pinto - This Picture Needs A Frame
They Might Be Giants - Upside Down Frown
The Bravery - Fistful Of Sound (C)
I Walk The Line - When I'm Gone
Robert Forster - 121
The Postmarks - Goodbye
Los Campesinos - Don't Tell Me To Do The Math(s)
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Virginia Black (C)                 **See Note 1

Note 1: KKG played the north campus of the University after the fireworks on Canada Day

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Date: May 25, 2007
Theme: Clever Girls and Cleverer Boys
On Air: Frank

I had three songs that were neck and neck for my top song this week, in the end  "Summer 2005" by Seymore Saves The World was the one that won by a nose.  I first heard it on CHRW, the campus radio station in London, which by the way this was the station that gave me my start in radio during high school so many years ago.  The second contender was a song by Pelle Carlberg that has the best (and longest) title of any song I know: Clever Girls Like Cleverer Boys Much More than Clever Boys Like Cleverer Girls.  Unfortunately I was away when he played Toronto recently, but I heard it was a great show.  The third song was a cover of a Kaiser Chiefs song done by Mark Ronson featuring Lilly Allen, but I'll say more about him on the next show.

During my previous show, I ran out off time before playing another set of "strange" music so I finally got to it this show.  The reason for the set was that I found an off-beat song by Robert Forster (formerly of the Go-Betweens) on a children's album and I needed somewhere to play it.  The album looks cool, it is called "Songs for the Young at Heart" and also has songs from Bonnie Prince Billy, Jarvis Cocker, and Stuart Murdoch.  The set ended with a great cover of "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" by Kids on  TV.

A few days before this show, I went to see the Joel Plaskett Emergency and Peter Elkas at the Starlight, it was a great show albeit very uncomfortable with the hot temperature that day and the sold out energetic audience.  I followed their songs with a set of music of bands from the Maritimes.  This was timely as right after the show I went to both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for a couple of conferences.  This was also the reason that I ended the show with Rawlins Cross, the only band from St. John's that I know.

TALK - Theme

Seymore Saves The World - Summer 2005
Pelle Carlberg - Clever Girls Like Cleverer Boys Much More Than  Clever Boys Like Cleverer Girls
Mark Ronson (Featuring Lily Allen) - Oh My God
The Bird and the Bee - Again and Again
Young Galaxy - Calendar Girl (C)

Joel Plaskett Emergency - True Patriot Love (C)

Joel Plaskett Emergency - Snowed In/Crusin' (C)
Eric's Trip - Girlfriend (C)
Jale - Nine Years Now (C)
Plumtree - I'm Not Moving (C)
Peter Elkas - Party Of One (C)
The Earaches - Not The Kinda Man I Am
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Unwanted Things
Lonnie James - Piano In The Sand (C)
Los Campsinos! - You! Me! Dancing!                    ** See Note 1
Robert Forster - Uncle Sigmund's Clockwork Story
Sage Francis - Broccilude
Eleni Mandell - Girls
Kids On TV - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Don Lennon - My Resume
Pistepirkko - I Know
The Album Leaf - Always For You
Electrelane - At Sea
The Bravery - Bad Sun (C)
The Faintest Ideas - You're Beautiful
The Sea and Cake - Lightning
Rawlins Cross - Open Road (C)

Note 1: I swear that during the past week I've heard this song a couple of times a day on CKMS.

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Date: May 11, 2007
Theme: Arrivals and Departures
On Air: Frank

My favourite album for the year so far is one that came as a direct result of the show I did a few weeks back on commercial music, when I got reacquainted with The Icicles and ordered their new album called "Arrivals and Departures". I also went to see them in concert the week before the show and keeping with the title of their album, the women in the band dressed like stewardesses and the male member was a pilot, they also covered the song "Leaving on a Jet Plane". Needless to say I loved it.

Thanks to everybody who sent in suggestions for the "Arrivals and Departures" set, even if for some of them I only sort of got the request correct.  Doing research for the set I found out that there are tons of covers of "Getting on Jet Plane", in fact even the most famous version by Peter, Paul, and Mary is a cover of the original by Bob Denver.  I ended up playing a version by Lisa Loeb.

There were four songs that could have been by top song for this show, in the end I made it two weeks in a row for a Canadian artist with the band Young Galaxy.  Another side project by a member of the Stars, is also makes for a lot of story about the band with headlines that are a variation of "Young Galaxy made of Stars".

And I know I'm late on the bus, but I finally saw the movie "The Forty Year Old Virgin" the week before the show.  Apart from being scared of the number of parallels between myself and the Steve Carrel character, the movie also featured some great musical moments.  Playing the Asia song "Heat of the Moment" when he was going after the girl at the end of the movie was a brilliant reference to the Asia poster in his apartment.  (Of course you had to be of a certain age to recognize the joke)  The song "Got Lucky Last Night" that was played over the ending credits is also a great song that I knew I had to play on the show the moment I heard it.

TALK - Theme

Young Galaxy - Outside The City (C)
The Cinematics - Keep Forgetting
Ghost Story - The Upper Ten/The Lower Five
The Two Koreas - Cloth Coat Revolution (C)
The Golden Dogs - Yeah! (C)
TALK  ( set)   **See Note 1
Annemarie - Bubble Gum I See
Cats On Fire - End Of Straight Street
Lovedance - It Sometime Brings Me Down
++The Airborne Toxic Event - Does This Mean You're Moving On
Monster Baby - The Burning Ambition Of Early Diuretics
++Lucky Soul - Add Your Light To Mine, Baby
Tracey Thorn - Its All True                      **See Note 2
Everything But The Girl - Wrong
Run DMC - RockBox
Wally Jericho - Fleamarket (C)
TALK  (Airplane Set)
The Icicles - Regret
The Archers of Loaf - All The Nations Airports   (Suggested by Garth)
Robert Pollard - Supernatural Car Lover   (Suggested by Peter)
Paul Weller - Arrival Time    (Kind of suggested by Stephen P)
Bob Wiseman - Airplane On The Highway (C)   (Suggested by Derek)
Lisa Loeb - Leaving On A Jet Plane
Rock Plaza Central - When We Go How We Go (C)
The Wooden Stars - Orphans (C)
Local Rabbits - Play On (C)
Elbow Beach Surf Club - Wonder Worry Wart (C)
Bellevue - Smile (C)
TALK  (40 year old version ending set)
++Joboxers - Lucky Last Night
**Special Bonus**
Asia - Heat Of The Moment

++  song competing for best song of the week

Note 1: The first three songs her are from my latest purchases from

Note 2: Tracy Thorn is the lead singer from Everything But The Girl, I also found out that the name Everything But The Girl comes from a slogan used by a small furniture company where they used that slogan to say that everything was on sale in the store but the sales girls.

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Date: April 27, 2007
Theme: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
On Air: Frank

No overall theme to this show, just a lot of random ideas strung together:

- I had to play the band "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin" after Boris Yeltsin passed away last week.  I also played The Russian Futurists for the same reason.

- The Stephin Merrit songs comes from a release called "Plague Songs" that has "10 Songs - 10 Plagues - 10 Artists".

 - When I found a song called "Sideways" by American band Let's Go Sailing I had to play the song by Men Without Hats with the same name (but it wasn't a cover song like I had hoped).

- Both Peter Elkas and Joel Plaskett are playing the Starlight on May 24th.

- Memphis is one of the bands playing this year's Hillside Festival, more on this later

TALK - Theme

The Sweet Homewreckers - Wild America (C)
The Salteens - Time You Have Been Wasting (C)
The Yokocasinos - Loose Cannon
Hera - Don't Play This
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Oregon Girl
Skeeter Davis - Let Me Get Close To You
Francoise Hardy - On Dit De Lui
Lucky Soul - One Kiss Don't Make A Summer
Belle and Sebastian - Legal Man
Stephin Merrit - The Meaning of Lice
The Russian Futurists - The Science Of The Seasons (C)
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
B. Fleischman - Le Desir
Wally Jericho - Kuryakin (C)
Ladybug Transistor - Her Words Hang In The Air
Leopold - Work
You/Me - To Live
Morning Bride - Time Delay
Thomas Dybdahl - A Love Story
Let's Go Sailing - Sideways
Men Without Hats - Sideways (C)
Lapko - All The Best Girls
Peter Elkas - Fall Apart Again (C)
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Nothing More To Say (C)
The Sea and Cake - Too Strong
Sondre Lerche - Airport Taxi Reception
Elbow Beach Surf Club - Our Hood (C)
The Icicles - Crazy
Memphis - A Little Place In The Wilderness (C)

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Date: April 13, 2007
Theme: Commercial Music
On Air: Frank

It seemed like I did a lot of talking this show, but I was happy with how it went, as I think I had pretty interesting things to say.  Thanks for the suggestions on the commercial music set and as always the site was an invaluable resource.  I have tried to put in links to web versions of the commercials the best one is for Axe that uses the Israel Kamamawin'ole version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".  IZ as he was known, was a very large Hawaiian man who looked very strange playing this tiny ukulele, unfortunately he passed away in 1997 of health related problems.

Another band that I was happy to find out about doing research for the set was the song "Suger Sweet" by the Icicles, not only is it a great song but I also realized that I have played them before doing their song "Snowman".  I have now ordered both of their CDs, going to prove that getting a song played on a commercial can pay dividends.

After the show I couldn't get the song "Do the Freddie" out of my head, it was a novelty song back in the 60s by a British band called "Freddie and the Dreamers".  It reportedly did start a bit of dance craze, but the Wikipedia description of the dance itself seems pretty boring "stand in place, then in rhythm with the music first extend the left leg and left arm, then the right leg and right arm.  Repeat until the song's conclusion".  Apparently there was a reference to the dance in the movie "Troop Beverly Hills" that I'm intrigued to see now.

TALK - Theme

I'm From Barcelona - Treehouse
The Legends - Lucky Star
Bermuda Triangle - It Feels Good
Sissy Wish - DWTS
Midlake - Young Bride
Hot Hot Heat - 5 Times Out Of 100 (C)               **Request for Laura
Firefly - Unsinkable (C)
The Wooden Stars - Microphone (C)
Elbow Beach Surf Club - Surf Theme (C)
Elbow Beach Surf Club - The Letter (C)
Freddy and the Dreamers - Do The Freddie
Caribou - Handelschnapp (C)
Bullfrog - Ya-Ya (C)
Quadra - Grey Something (C)
Reality Sandwich - Blue (C)
TALK (commercial music set)
Israel Kamamawin'ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World (Rice Krispies) link to ad
Nouvelle Vague - I Melt With You (GMC)  **Suggested by Garth link to ad
Beck with The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize (Mitsubishi)  **Suggested by Stephen P
Royksopp - Remind Me (Geico) link to ad
The Jam - Start (Cadillac) can be seen on this site
The Salteens - Nice Day (C)  (Zellers)   **Sort of suggested by Derek link to ad  **See Note 1
Icicles - Sugar Sweet (Motorola) link to ad
The Besties - Rod'n'Reel
California Snow Story - Suddenly Everthing Happens
Sonic Youth - The Diamond Sea
Marit Larsen - Under The Surface
Marmoset - Sky Phenomenon           **See Note 2

Note 1: I love the fact that this song has the lyric "I know you think that I'm gay", of course that part isn't used in the commercial.

Note 2: This is from a compilation out of the American record label Secretly Canadian, to celebrate their 100th release they had their artists cover each other's songs.  This is a cover of a song originally by Jens Lekman.

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Date: March 30, 2007
Theme: Equations and Johnny Marr
On Air: Frank

There were two themed sets this show:

The Johnny Marr set - highlighting the various bands that he has played in since his start in the Smiths and ending with his current membership in Modest Mouse

The Equation set - it was hard to even find 4 songs to fill out this set, but I managed to do it with some help from Derek.

As I mention in the setlist below, watch out for the very high cheese factor in the second set.

The opening song was "Runaway Lane" by Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra, I played this because I heard it on the last broadcast of CBC Radio 3 on terrestrial radio (it is now satellite only).  I have always loved this song and it was great to hear somebody apart from me playing considering it is now over 20 years old (I have it on cassette).

I ended with the great piece by Bruce McCulloch (formerly of Kids in the Hall) about being a Doors fan, the reason was that I have see advertisements recently about a recent "Very Best of the Doors" compilation and in the McCulloch's song he specifically says that Best of albums are for "housewives and little girls".

TALK - Theme

Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra - Runaway Lane (C)
The Stooges - Trollin'
The Eels - Hey Man Now You Are Really Living
The Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais
The Fall - Victoria
TALK (watch out for the cheese)
The Crash - Pony Ride
Orbit - Electric
Rubik - City and the Streets
Lio - Comix Discomix
Kristoffer Ragnastram - Breakfast By The Mattress
You Say Party! We Say Die! - Opportunity (C)
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (C)
Collapsing Opposites - Will (C)
Cub - Way To Go (C)
TALK (Johnny Marr set)
The Smiths - Panic
The The - Dogs of Lust
Electronic - One Day
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
TALK (equations set)
The Kissaway Trail - Smother + Evil = Hurt
Sekiden - 1 + 1 = Heartache
Ivana Santilli = Sun + Moon = Tomorrow
Haircut 100 - Love + One                  **Suggested by Derek
Loney Dear - I Am John
Sally Shapiro - I'll Be By Your Side
You/Me - Through Four Kinds
The Bicycles - I Know We Have To Be Apart (C)          **See Note 1
Hilotrons - Stuck In The Sound (C)
Bruce McCulloch - Doors (C)

Note 1:  I went to see both The Bicycles and the Hilotrons in Ottawa at a place called Zaphod Beeblebrox, it is the legendary place to see a band in Ottawa.  The show was great and as an added bonus as it was Easter weekend the bar was decorated by Kinder Surprise eggs.  There is no better way to kill time waiting for a band then putting together Kinder Surprise toys.  By the way for anybody who doesn't know how the bar was names see this Wikipedia entry:

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Date: March 16, 2007
Theme: In the Hall of Fame
On Air: Frank

Thanks for all the suggestions about the Hall of Fame set, as you can see below I tried to stay away from the most popular songs by the artists and used a Van Halen cover instead of the real thing.  I got a lot of suggestions for an REM song, but I had to defer to Derek on that one as he is the biggest REM fan I know.  I thought that "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was a bit to obvious, so I went with "White Lines".  There is also some controversy about the song as to whether or not Grandmaster Flash (

I have complained in the past few months about not finding a lot to play from the CKMS new release section, however this has really turned around lately.  Combined with the many different websites I have found highlighting the Scandanavian bands playing the recent South by Southwest music festival in Texas it meant that I had lots of songs to play for the show (and lots of songs leftover).  Here are some of those sites about SXSW:

I got an e-mail from a band from the United Kingdom call the Hit and Runs, they had seen my setlists and thought their music would fit into my show.  So I checked them out and liked them, you should check them out at

TALK - Theme

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Don't Forget To Forget Me
Ane Brun - To Let Myself Go
Leopold - Johnny
Air - Once Upon A Time
Moi Caprice - For Once In Your Life Fight For Something You Believe In           **See Note 1
Marit Bergman - No Party
You Say Party! We Say Die! - Downtown Mayors Goodnight, Alley Kids Rule (C)
Annemarie - The Living Model
Deacon Blue - A Is For Astronaught                       **See Note 2
The Saturday People - Slipping Through Your Fingers           **See Note 2
The Hit and Runs - Low Tops and Make-up                **See Note above
Jeremy Fisher - Remind Me (C)
Nich Worby - Oh, Little Bonez (C)
Sondre Lerche - Well Well Well
Sean Clarke - No Phone Before Regina (C)
Geoff Berner - Good Luck Now (C)
TALK (Hall Of Fame Set)
Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five - White Lines (Don't Do It)
Patti Smith - Kimberly                           **Suggested by Dan
REM - Harborcoat                                **Suggested by Derek
Aztec Camera - Jump   (of course a Van Halen cover)
The Ronettes - Do I Love You?
Adaptor 45 - Keep on Groovin' (C)
Steady, Garcia - Pretend Girlfriend (C)              **See Note 3
Peter Elkas - Sweet Nancy (C)
The Gruesomes - Out Of Our Tree (C)
Arcade Fire - Ocean Of Noise (C)

Note 1: I thought this song was an unknown song by the Flaming Lips the first time I heard it.

Note 2: Stolen from the podcast The Great Leap Forward

Note 3:  I loved the title of the album this song is from: "Bring me the head of Steady, Garcia", this reminds me of one of my favourite sketches written by my friend Cat Sullivan called "Bring me the head of Poncho Garcia".  This was back in another life when we used to co-host a radio comedy show called The Frank, Frank, and Frank show.  Of course they both were taken from the Sam Peckinpah movie "Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia".

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Date: March 2, 2007
Theme: Hard to listen to songs
On Air: Frank

I started out in a funky groove beginning with the top song by Ruth Brown.  The set also included a song from the Light in the Attic release "From Jamaica to Toronto", it is a compilation that was released last year featuring acts that came from the West Indies and settled in Toronto.  The morning of the show I saw a performance by some of the acts from the CD on Breakfast Television publicising a show that they were doing that night in Toronto, I couldn't make it but that would have been cool to see.  Another Light in the Attic release I'm looking forward to is their collection of music from Bollywood movies of the 60s and 70s.  

I ended up playing more songs that I had planned in the "hard to listen to" set, see if you are able get through the 7 song endurance test.  After that set the rest of show was pretty laid back, I promise more happy, poppy stuff for the next show.

I know it is buried near the end, but the song by Keren Ann "Lay Your Head Down" is a really great song that has really grown on me since the show.  It was fighting for the top song spot but didn't quite make it, however do yourself a favour and make sure you give it a listen.

TALK - Theme

Ruth Brown - 5,10,15 Hours
B'Ham Rhythmn Section - I've Been Lonely For So Long
Howard Tate - She's a Burglar
Wayne McGhie and the Sounds of Joy - Fire (She Need Water) (C)
Professor Longhair - Go To The Mardi Gras
Bellevue - KC Thugs (C)
The Gruesomes - You Were Not Using Your Head (C)
The Fussy Part - Dog Food Thumb
Jim Ried - I'm Stranded
The Organ - Memorize The City (C)
TALK (The hard to listen to set)
Karen Dalton - Something On Your Mind
The Sixth with Odetta - Waltzing Me All The Way Home
Geoff Berner - Can't Stay Dry (C)
Daniel Johnston - Mind Contorted
Calvin Johnson - When You Are Mine
Tom Waits - Filipino Box Spring Hog
The Comedian Harmonists - Wenn ich vergnugt bin, muss ich singen              **Suggested by Derek
Ron Sexsmith with Bob Wiseman - Trains (C)
Steven McKay - The Other Bums (C)
Friday Morning's Regret - When Lost at Sea (C)
Jeremy Fisher - American Girls (C)
Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down - Say It All
Dean and Britta - Teen Angel
Airport Girl - Show Me The Way
Keren Ann - Lay Your Head Down                        **Almost the top song of the week
Holden - Ce Que Je Suis
Ukjent - My New Hang Up
The Pipettes - A Winter's Sky    **See Note 1
Jarvis Cocker - Don't Let Him Waste Your Time

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Note 1: I saw the Pipettes at their first ever North American show at the Rivoli in Toronto on March 9.  They were totally awesome, they only allowed 100 people into the venue because of a violation the night before.  So although the show was "sold-out" the venue was only about half full.  See another review with pictures here.  You can also see many different videos from the show on

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Date: February 16, 2007
Theme: Labrador Records spotlight
On Air: Frank

I started the show with one of the few vinyl albums I have acquired in the last few years.  I got it at a showing of the Canadian movie Monkey Warfare ( ) at the Princess Cinema, the director, Reginald Harkema, was at the showing and answered questions after the movie.  A few of the questions were about the music in the movie and in particular how much is costs to use a song in a movie (answer: about $500 to the person who performed the song and another $500 for the rights owner of the song).  He also mentioned that the bands agreed to have the songs part of a limited edition 1000 vinyl pressing and that he had some copies of it with him.  So after the questions were over I was second in line to get a copy.  The first two songs were from the soundtrack along with some bonus dialogue from the movie.

Most of show ended up being a spotlight on the Labrador Records label ( ).  This idea came to me after using a quote from the band Suburban Kids With Biblical Names for my UW weather Station contest ( ).  So I thought that I should play at least that song, but when I was looking at the band's record label and saw the rest of the great bands they have put out I started downloading all the songs I could from the record label's website.  The label also has just came out with their 100th release, and to celebrate they have released a four CD set featuring a song from each one of their releases, it has the very humble title of "The Complete History of Popular Music".

I ended the show with two songs (a rarity as I usually end with a single song) featuring a couple of people that I saw a few days after the show playing at the Jane Bond.  Bob Wiseman did a multimedia show playing various videos from his laptop, playing along with some while others were just funny videos, while Geoff Berner was his usual comical self. 

TALK - Theme

The Fugs - Kill For Peace
Wierd War - Girls Like That
The Gruesomes - Wat Dat? (C)
The Gruesomes - Three Men One Coffin (C)
Books On Books - One Page At A Time (C)
Saturday Looks Good To Me - Since You Stole Me Heart
Of Montreal - Cato As A Pun
The Fiery Furnaces - Single Girl
Spirathon - Cherry Girl (C)
Elvis - I Need Your Love Tonight
TALK (Labrador records set 1)
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Funeral Face
S'Ambassadeur - New Moon
Lasse Lindh - The Stuff
Pelle Carlberg - Riverbank
Starlet - When The Sun Falls On My Feet
TALK (Labrador records set 2)
Henry Morgan Solokarriar - One Day, Any Day
Laurel Music - No One Want's Forever
Corduroy UTD - Daddy's Boy
South Ambulance - Hanging In A tie
Leslies - Collins
Knock, Knock, Ginger - The Makeout Song (C)
The Poison Dart - Occupations (C)
Friday Morning's Regret - Poor Caroline (C)
The Postage Stamps - Turning Off (C)
Lindy - Beautifully Done (C)
The Fembots - Countdown Our Days (C)
The Bicycles - Australia (C)
Geoff Berner - Would It Kill You (C)
Bob Wiseman - You Don't Love Me (C)

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Date: February 2, 2007
Theme: Not Groundhog Day
On Air: Frank

I didn't have anything to play for Groundhog Day so I decided not to force the issue as a result there was no set on that theme.

Yet another song from the website was the top song of the week.

The second set was based on bands that I had either seen just before the show (Camera Obscura and Essex Green) or just after the show (Knock, Knock, Ginger, the Sourkeys, and Bocce): 

You can hear my review of the Camera Obscura/Essex Green show on the podcast.  And no The Clash didn't somehow reform (and resurrect Joe Stummer), the reason I played the Clash was that it was their "Super Black Market Clash" CD that was played between the bands at the Opera House that night.

The other concert highlighted in that set occurred right after the show at a small art gallery in Kitchener that featured a great bill of local bands, an giant inflatable alien being thrown around the crowd and local band Bocce blurring the line between the band and the audience (see evidence here, only the guy in the red toque is in the band ).

I ended the show with a couple of sets that were a bit more rockin' than most of the music I have played in quite a while (a break from playing all that twee), and I had some initial positive feedback during the show.

TALK - Theme

The Sanmarinos - Super Sexy TV Girl
The Positions - Summer Nights
Hot Shot Robot - Kiss My Chernobyl (C)
Oh! Custer - Spoiler

Bellevue - Special Skills (C)
Bellevue - Those Blues (C)
Camera Obscura - If Looks Could Kill
Essex Green - Cardinal Points
The Clash - City Of The Dead
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Upsala (C)
The Sourkeys - Anywhere But Here (C)
Bocce - Disco Juan (C)
Don Lennon - Dance Music
HelloGoodbye - Here (In Your Arms)
Henry Morgans Solokarriar - An Attempt To Tip The Scales
Math and Physics Club - April Showers
Dean and Britta - Singer Song                      **See Note 1
The Hands - So Sweet
Kooks - Naive
Deerhoof - +81
The Trucks - 3 AM
Robyn Hitchcock - The Authority Box
Heavens - Patent Pending
Novillero - Abbey (C)
The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy
The Acorn - Dents (C)
Jerry Jerry and the Sons Of Rhythm Orchestra - Miller's Cave (C)
Shiela E - Holly Rock (from the Krush Groove soundtrack)

Note 1:  Apparently Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (former members of Luna) are now going by just Dean and Britta

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Date: January 19, 2007
Theme: Best of 2006 Leftovers
On Air: Frank

In past years I often tried to play only songs from the new release section of CKMS during the first real (ie. non-specialty) show of the new year.  But now I find that most of the new music I play comes from podcasts and blogs and the new release section doesn't really intrigue me as it once did.  So most of the stuff I played on this show was new along with some of your suggestions for the Best of 2006.

A few random notes on some of the other songs from the show:

I played the The Cardigans' Lovefool as it was part of an episode of The Office, when Jim was trying to annoy an office mate by singing the lyrics.  At first I couldn't place the lyrics but a web search revealed the name of the song.

And for anybody in need of their Indian pop music fix be sure to check out Pretty, Pretty, Priya (which I found out is common female Hindu name also from the web).

I ended with the George Krantz song Din Daa Daa which was used in one of the commercial's in the Cannes Best of 2006 commercial movie that I saw the week before the show.  I thought the song sounded familiar and when I did some research I saw that it was on the Breakin' 2 Electric Boogaloo soundtrack ( ) , I actually thought I might own the vinyl of this soundtrack but I was getting it confused with the soundtrack to Krush Groove ( ).  Krush Groove was obviously cooler starring the likes of: Sheila E., the Beastie Boys, The Gap Band, Run DMC, and the Fat Boys.

TALK - Theme

Math and Physics Club - Last Dance
Knock, Knock, Ginger - The Great Escape (C)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - I Am Warm And Powerful
S'Ambassadeur - The Only Living Girl
The The - Slow Emotional Replay
TALK (Other people's Best of 2006)
Barmitzvah Brothers - Hollow Time Of The Night (C)     **Suggested by Milosz
Beirut - Postcards From Italy                   ** Kind of suggested by Sari
Glissandro 70 - Portugal Rua Rua (C)     **Suggested by Derek
Destroyer - European Oils (C)             **Suggested by Michelle and Derek
TV On The Radio - Hours                **Suggested by Michael T.
Amy Whinehouse - Rehab
Gems - I Can't Help Myself             **Also suggested by Derek
James Brown - Get On The Good  Foot
Jenny Wilson - Summertime (The Roughest Time)
Todd Rundgren - I Saw The  Light
The Cardigans - Lovefool
Dressy Bessy - All The Right Reasons
Jale - All Ready (C)
Plumtree - Sodium Chloride (C)
The Awkward Stage - We're Going For A Ride (C)
Anand Prayag and Chorus - Pretty, Pretty, Priya
Niza - El Much Acho De Los Otos Tristes
The Pursuit of Happiness - Hard To Launch (C)
Dave Rave - Everybody Needs Somebody (C)
Statues - Quality Assurance (C)
Swan Lake - The Partisan But He's Got To Know (C)
George Krantz - Din Daa Daa

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Date: January 5, 2007
Theme: Best of 2006
On Air: Frank

Nothing much to say about this one, the first half were my top singles of the year while the second half were my top albums.  By definition my best show of the year. 

You can see all of my top choices listed in order here :

The astute among you may notice that I didn't play The Math and Physics Club on this show but they appear on the Best of 2006 page.  In my own defense, I did mention during the show that I had not heard the album and they might make the top 10.  

Behind the songs I have done my best to list where I first heard about the song, see the legend below the setlist. 

TALK - Theme

Peter, Bjorn and John - Young Folks  (popcasting)
The Concretes - Chosen One  (The Wedge)
Essex Green - Don't Know Why (You Stay)      (bury me not)
Cats On Fire - Higher Ground (poppolar)
The Tidy Ups - Dizzy Heights  (indiepopradio)
The Stolen Minks - Peppy Twist (C)   (CKMS)
The Doers - We're Open (C)   (CKMS)
Henry Faberge and the Adorables - Out Of Your League (C)  (Live - Grad House)
Lake Holiday - Press Record Then Play (C)   (poppolar)
Lovely Feathers - Right Where You Are (C)   (Live - Hillside)
Amp Fiddler - Right Where You Are (The Wedge)
Herb Alpert - Whipped Cream   (Zulu Records)
Blaze presents UDA featuring Barbra Tucker - Most Precious Love  (The Wedge)
Hard Fi - Hard To Beat    (The Wedge)
Bocce - Bicycle Cops (C)   (Live - Starlight)
Good On Paper - The Message   (indiepopradio)
El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (You Gotta Give What You Get)  (KCRW Song of the Day)
Regina Spektor - Fidelity       (myboytheriotgirl)
Psapp - Hi  (KCRW Song of the Day)
The Gresham Flyers - Shiftwork  (indiepopradio)
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Love Renee (C)
The Bicycles - Paris Be Mine (C)  

Memphis - In The Cinema Alone (C)
Junior Boys - In The Morning (C)   (myboytheriotgirl)
Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken    (myboytheriotgirl)
Yo La Tengo - Mr. Tough  (bury me not)
The Pipettes - Pull Shapes (poppolar)
Irene - Little Things That Tear Us Apart   (poppolar)

Belle and Sebastian - Sukie In The Graveyard

popcasting -
indiepopradio -
bury me not -
poppolar -
Hillside -
Zulu Records -
The Wedge -
KCRW Song of the Day -
My Boy the Riot Girl -

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Date: December 22, 2006
Theme: Playing Christmas of course
On Air: Frank

I think I did pretty good job of playing mostly new (ie. songs I have never played before) for this year's Christmas show. The highlights were the first and last songs, do yourself a favour and listen to both of them. The starting song was a great 60s German tune extolling the glories of winter in Canada while the last song was recorded and sent to me by my friend Darryl Reimer from Vancouver. Both are sure to return to future Christmas shows.

My favourite discovery during the show was a new album by the Bell Rays that included the song "All I wanna Do Is Shag For Christmas" that went well with a Fireball XL5 Christmas favourite "Back Door Santa".

TALK - Theme
Elisa Gabbai - Winter in Canada
Stufan Stevens - Get Behind Me, Santa
Aztec Camera - Walk Out To Winter
Badly Drawn Boy - Donna and Blitzen
Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas (C)
David Carswell and Megan Barnes - I Wanna Kiss You This Christmas (C)
The Naked and the Dead - Ornament (C)
The dbs - Christmastime
Yo La Tengo - Rock'N'Roll Santa
The Ramones - Merry Christmas
The Lickity Splits - You Set My Christmas Tree On Fire
Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa
The Bell Rays - All I Wanna Do Is Shag For Christmas
Solomon Burke - Presents For Christmas
The Sonics - Don't Believe In Christmas
Shuffle Demons - Jingle Bells (C)
The Stars - Fairytale of New York (C)
The Diskettes - Noel (C)
Buck - Santa Baby (C)
The Pipettes - In The Bleak Mid-Winter
Young and Sexy - Santa Claus Likes Rich Kids Better (C)
The Morrisettes - Canadian Christmas
Elvis - Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
The Gems - Love For Christmas
Mojo Nixon - Christmas Christmas
Eels - Everything's Going To Be Cool This Christmas
Fountains of Wayne - Man In The Santa Suit
Montreal Jubilation Choir - Go Tell It On The Mountain (C)
Julie London - I'd Like You For Christmas
Eisley - The Winter Song
Claudine Longet - Snow
The Pretenders - 2000 Miles
Darryl Reimer - Merry Big Ole Christmas (C)

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Date: December 08, 2006
Theme: Playing Catch-up
On Air: Frank

After the last few shows I had a whole lot of leftover songs that didn't get to play and with the Christmas show up next and the Best of show after that I figured I should start out the new year with a clean slate.  Thus there wasn't an overall theme to the show but I still think the show went together very well.

The only set that had a theme was one inspired by an article I saw in the Globe and Mail by Russel Smith, in it he discusses the fine division of Indie Pop music called Twee Pop.  A lot of music I have been listening to and playing on the show lately could be classified as twee.  Most of the article is pretty factual discussing the major bands in twee and describing the sound, he calls the Smiths the proto-twee band and that Belle and Sebastian are the current most famous twee band (I think this might have been true with a lot of their early stuff but no so much lately).  But, the parts of the article that I really had problems with were his assertions that somehow the music is part of an organized movement striving to be anti-establishment, in my opinion its just happy music that sounds good.  He ends the article by saying that the people who like twee are "uniformly women" (based on my gender I disagree) and you outgrow this type of music as you get older (again based on my advanced age I disagree).   However, an upside of the article is that I found out about a great band called "I'm from Barcelona" which is how I started out that set.

See the original article here:

Find out more about Twee here:

TALK - Theme

The Positions - Back To Me
Starflower - Dance Till Morning Light
Los Abandoned - Van Nuys (Es Very Nice)
Psapp - Hi
The Exteriors - The Hates
Knock, Knock, Ginger - You Could've Been My Johnny Marr (C)
D'Ubervilles - We're Blowing Up (C)
Kelly and the Kelly Girls - Ferris Wheel (C)
Duke Spirit - House Is Not A Motel
The Pants Situation - Fifty Fifty (C)                 **I love the name of this band!
Los Straightjackets - Peppermint Twist
Moses Mayes - Tell Me (C)
Sasha Dobson - Without You
Evy - Quel Genre De Fille
El Perro Del Mar - Here Comes That Feeling
Dion - I Was Born To Cry
Robyn - Be Mine
Goldstoned - Always On My Mind
Peter, Bjorn, and John - Let's Call it Off
Kings of Convenience - Misread
From Barcelona - We're From Barcelona
Shade Tree - Stupidest Thing
The Broken Hearts Club - Abbotsford and Flemington (C)
The Diskettes - Jump Up (C)
Henry Faberge and the Adorables - Lonely Postcards (C)
Lake Holiday - In Whisper (C)
Tom Waits - Lie To Me
Blow Monkeys - It Doesn't Have To Be That Way

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Date: November 24, 2006
Theme: Knock, Knock, Ginger Interview
On Air: Frank and Knock, Knock, Ginger

This was a very special show as I was joined by most of the members of local band Knock, Knock, Ginger to preview their upcoming EP release show at the Starlight on Thursday, December 7th.  The topics of conversation included: the origins of the band, their experiences traveling to and performing at this year's Halifax Pop Festival, the songwriting process, and of course their new EP.

One cool thing we also got to do was to play a few songs that came from a contest the band held in conjunction with the Starlight.  As part of the contest people could suggest up to 3 songs that the band should cover during their show at the Starlight, the band got an anonymous list of the songs and the person who suggested the song they pick will get a prize pack.  So for the show we played some of the suggested songs (which may or may not have been the songs that I suggested), I have marked the songs appropriately below.

Once more I would like to thank Milosz, Matt, Lisa, and Owen for coming out to the show and doing such a great job.  See more info about the band here:

TALK - Theme

Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You
The Diskettes - Art (C)
The Pipettes - It Hurts To See You Dance So Well
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone        **See Note 1
TALK  (mostly a Milosz set)
Acid House Kings - This Heart Is A Stone
** Decemberists - Yankee Bayonet
Henry Faberge and the Adorables - Out Of Your League (C)      **See Note 2
The Bicycles - Australia (C)
Catatonia - Dead From The Waist Down (C)
TALK  (Matt's set)
Ratatat - Wildcat                **See Note 3
The Sourkeys - Gossip (C)
Two Hours Traffic - Stuck For The Summer (C)
Hot Chip - The Warning
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Virginia Black (C)
** New Order - Fine Time
** Diana Ross and the Supremes - Love Child
** The Lemonheads - If I Could Talk I'd Tell You
Knock,  Knock, Ginger - Love Renee (C)
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Tragic Love Affair Of Kasey and Jaime (C)

**Song that was suggested as part of the contest

Note 1:  Even after almost 30 years this song really holds up well

Note 2: Both of these bands played a show with Knock, Knock, Ginger at the Grad House a few months ago, unforunately they didn't have as good a time as when the other bands played Vancouver:

Note 3: Matt likes this song so much he has it has the ringtone on his phone, which we proved on the air.

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Date: November 10, 2006
Theme: Money and Gambling
On Air: Frank and Deep Space Wayne

For this show Deep Space Wayne was my guest and he was celebrating his poker victory the night before by playing a few songs about money or gambling (I can't believe he beat me not once but twice when I had a straight).  Before he got there I played some of the songs that I had built up over the last little while since I had theme for the last few shows.

The second set started with Lloyd Cole whom I recently saw in Toronto at the Mod Club.  It was a great show where he concentrated on a lot of his earlier solo material and songs that he did with the Commotions, not being a fan of his most recent album "Antidepressant", this was quite alright with me.  However, the song I played during the show is the best from Antidepressant.

I ended the show with The Jolly Llamas who were playing that night at the the inaugural Sonic Boom Awards.  These were CKMS sponsored awards for both programmers and local artists, just like those track and field events in public school where everybody got a ribbon, I tied for Most Memorable Voice (not best or coolest, but most memorable, I don't know if that is a compliment or not).

TALK - Theme

Irene - Into the Sun
Little Name - How To Swim And Live
Cats On Fire - Draw In The Reins
Shade Tree - Where Do We Go From Here

Lovejoy - In The Rain
Lloyd Cole - NYC Sunshine
Great Aunt Ida - Little Voice (C)
Stuart Staples - There Is A Path                 **Note 1
Young and Sexy - Satellite (C)
Carolyn Mark - Chumpville (C)
Ohbijou - St. Francis (C)
De Novo Dahl - Shout
El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)
The Lovely Feathers - Photocorners (C)
Howe Gelb - But I Did Not
Bocce - Bicycle Cop Bears (C)                             **See Note 2
Shout Out Out Out - Self Loathing Rulz (C)
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor (DSW)
The Rapture - Get Myself Into It
The Beta Band - Outside (DSW)
Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment (C) (DSW)
The Thermals - A Pillar of Salt
Jesus and Mary Chain - Far Gone And Out (DSW)
The Cliks - Start Leading Me On (C)
Sonic Youth - Reena (DSW)
The O'Jays - For The Love Of Money (DSW)

The Jolly Llamas - Jenna's Vegan Docs (C)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

(DSW) Denotes song picked by Deep Space Wayne

Note 1:  This song features the former lead singer from Lambchop who has one of the most distinct voices in music.

Note 2: The second last set started out with a couple of bands that I caught at the Starlight a few days before the show, Bocce and Shout Out Out Out.  Although their website says that SOOO has 4 bass players;  I only saw 2 of them along with 2 keyboardists, 2 drummers,  and a singer.  They were almost as high energy as the local opener Bocce.

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Date: October 27, 2006
Theme: Big and tall and short
On Air: Frank

The theme for this show was Big and Tall and Short (after a sign I saw for a store in Hamilton) so all the songs I played were either over 6 minutes or under 2 minutes long.  I think it went OK, but it was difficult to mix the two different song lengths, as in general the shorter songs were happy indie pop while the longer ones were more groovy laid back songs.

I made sure to note the lengths of each of the songs in the setlist.  I got a couple of suggestions of songs to play, but I couldn't justify playing Onita's suggestion of Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant, as at 18 minutes it would have taken up too much of the show.

The last song (Abe Vigoda's dead) was 15 seconds short of 6 minutes but I let it go as it was my tribute to Halloween.  However do note that Abe Vigoda is indeed alive, this is confirmed by the website where the current state of Mr. Vigoda is displayed (you can also get this as an add-on to Firefox).  I still remember the Letterman episode where they quelled the original Abe Vigoda is dead rumour by having him in the show's control room.  Does anybody still watch Letterman anymore or has everybody moved to Stewart/Colbert?

And although I had to play a first song I'm not considering it my top song of the week.  It was a busy time for me before the show with being in Saskatchewan for a week and a couple of birthdays so I couldn't find a song that had that something something that it needs to be my top song.

TALK - Theme

Nicole Willis and the Sound Investigators - No One's Gonna Love You (6:05)
Bran Van 3000 - Astounded (C) (5:56)
Ivana Santilli - Sun + Moon = Tomorrow (C) (6:01)
The Pipettes - I Love You (1:38)
The Diskettes - Art (C)  (1:42)
The Bicycles - Sure Was Great (C) (1:35)
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go (C) (6:02)
The Doers - We're Open (C) (1:55)
Yo La Tengo - Heard You Looking (7:01)                               **Suggested by Chris D
Chixdiggit - Getting Air (C) (1:33)                                         **Suggested by Chris D
Dengue Fever - 1000 Years Of A Tarantula (6:43)
Cassius - The Sound Of Violence (7:13)
Junior Boys - Like A Child (C) (6:07)
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Butterball (6:18)
CUB - Your Bed (C) (1:32)
The Sin-Tones - Trailer Park Sadie (C) (1:43)
Unrest - Cath Carroll (10 cc mix) (7:13)
King Curtis - Memphis Soul Stew (7:36)
The Pipas - Riff Raff (1:51)
TALK - Abe Vigoda's Dead (Premorteum mix) (5:45)

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Date: October 13, 2006
Theme: Accordion Fever
On Air: Frank

The accordion themed show went very well, and again before I scare anybody off from listening to the show, I only started off each set with a song that contained some accordion.  As well during each talking break I read some selections from the Geoff Berner booklet: How to be an Accordion Player, get more information about it here:

Note that unlike the Corrine Bailey Rae song, I am aware that the Lilly Allen song "Smile" is a popular song, but I played it anyway.  The third set came from music that I had recently purchased from the great indie pop website:

After the side projects set I was made aware that I had done a great injustice by not playing the band Dump after playing Yo La Tengo (Dump is a side project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew), I corrected this great injustice during this show.

TALK - Theme

The Rascals - Groovin'
Amp Fiddler - Right Where You Are
Lily Allen - Smile
Bic Runga - Say After Me
Hawksley Workman - You Me And The Weather (C)
Wet Spots - Blitzkrieg Polka (C)                                      **See Note 1
The Snow Fairies - The Life Of A Total Square
The Besties - Prison Song
Sandro Perri - Circles
Axel Yngvell - The Great Big Saturday
Nils Folke Valdemar - The Taking Off Of Pants
TALK ( set)
The Cajun Ramblers - Venez A Louisianne (C)                   **Digital Tape
The Pipettes - One Night Stand
Cats on Fire - The Smell of An Artist
The Tidy-ups - Death To The Tidy-ups
Pipas - Basements
Lake Holiday - Don't Stay Forever (C)
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul Not Constantinople
Wax Tailor - Que Sera
Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye (C)
Memphis - In The Cinema Alone (C)
Two Hours Traffic - Jezebel (C)
Jens Lekman - Julie (Remix)
Square Root of Margaret - The 3-D Breeze (C)
Yo La Tengo - Point and Shoot
Dump - Erotic City
The Reverb Society - Shake Don't Stir (C)
Geoff Berner - We All Gotta Be A Prostitute Sometime (C)

Note 1:  The show was during the annual Oktoberfest festival in Kitchener-Waterloo and this song mentions the festival.

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Date: September 29, 2006
Theme: Side Projects
On Air: Frank

The side projects theme really got people thinking so I got lots of suggestions for bands to play.  A great suggestion was made by Chris F. who remembered that I had told him about seeing NoMeansNo before the show and came up with the Hanson Brothers a side project of NoMeansNo.  Also topical as hockey season started the week after the show.

Deep Space Wayne suggested that I could have just done the whole show based on Broken Social Scene which is pretty much a band that is a side project of people from other bands.

I made an impulse buy the night before the show and picked up the acclaimed and influential album "Colossal Youth" by the Young Marble Giants.  I first heard of Stuart Moxham of the band because of his involvement with the Stephin Merrit project The 6ths as well I have heard lots of people praise him so I decided to go for it.  So far I'm really liking it.  I also played songs from few other CDs I picked up right before the show.

TALK - Theme

Peter Bjorn and John featuring Victoria Bergsman - Young Folks Cats On Fire - Higher Ground
^^ Jim Noir - Key of C
Dyrdin - Popp & Co
** Young Marble Giants - Salad Days
## The Stars - Reunion (C)
++ Amy Milan - He Brings Out The Whiskey In Me (C)
++ ** Memphis - Incredibly Drunk on Whiskey (C)
Violet Lyal - To You Leaving (C)
## NoMeansNo - I Need You (C)                    **Suggested by Chris F.
++ The Hanson Brothers - 100 + 10% (C)
## New York Dolls - Personality Crisis            **Suggested by Karen M.
++ Buster Poindexter - All Night Party
## Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Chicken Dog       **Suggested by Chris D.
++ 20 Miles - Mend Your Heart
Ladyhawk - The Dugout (C)                **Suggested by Rick W.
^^ Sound Team - Your Eyes Are Liars

Yo La Tengo - Watch Out For Me Ronnie
## Metric - Combat Baby (C)                 **Sort of suggested by Chris D.
++ Emily Haines - The Lottery (C)
Those Transatlantics - The Other Cheek
Great Aunt Ida - We Say No (C)
^^ The Icicles - Snowman
## New Order - Regret
++ Electronic - Late At Night
** Junior Boys - In The Morning (C)
Jonathan Richman - Since She Started To Ride           **See Note 1
Harvee - No One Here       **See Note 2

## Original band
++ Side Project

** Bought the day before the show at Soundscapes
^^ Doesn't mean anything but I just really wanted to make the setlist really, really, confusing

Note 1: Dedicated to Mike and Jackie, I decided to play the song because of a conversation I had with them and Jackie talking about spending a lot time at the barn looking after horses

Note 2: Bonus song because the person on after me was a few minutes late.

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Date: September 15, 2006
Theme: No Theme
On Air: Frank

Not a lot to say about this show, I think I played lots of great songs, but not much of an overall theme even within individual sets.  There were a couple of notable new releases by both Yo La Tengo and Memphis, I was really excited by both of them so I played a set of double shots so I could hear more of each album.  I talked about Yo La Tengo in the last mailout while Memphis is a side project of Torquil Campbell of the Stars.  From this initial listen it sounds much more developed than the first Memphis album and more my style than Amy Milan's solo effort.

Another song of note was by the Shakers, a band that featured Dave Rave, formerly of Teenage Head and many other bands.  He has just released a great Anthology featuring songs from his long career.  Find more about him here: .

For the rest of the show I played lots of other great songs, a few from some CDs in the new release section that I had never heard of before the show: the aforementioned Violet Lyal, The Golden Dogs, and The Balling Jacks.

TALK - Theme
The Gresham Flyers - Shiftwork
Irene - Little Things (That Tear Us Apart)
The Ballet - In My Head
Peace In Our Time - Everyone or Anyone
Serenade - The Sweetest
TALK (Double Shot Set)
Yo La Tengo - I Feel Like Going Home
Yo La Tengo - Mr. Tough
Memphis - I Dreamed We Fell Apart (C)
Memphis - In The Cinema Alone (C)
Violet Lyal - Camera (C)
Violet Lyal - Ready To Go (C)
Those Transatlantics - In Your Neighbourhood
The San Marios - Half A Million
The Tidy Ups - Dizzy Hieghts
Acid House Kings - That's Because You Drive Me
The Shakers - Let's Face It (C)
Pointed Sticks - Marching Song (C)
The Skatomatics - Pop Song (C)
The Balling Jacks - Going Insane (C)
Wax Mannequin - The Price (C)
Annemarie - Apple (Suicide On Your Stereo)
Klavey Y Kongo - Ay Candela!
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Dream I Had (I) (C)
Regina Spektor - Hotel Song
The Dears - Whites On Party (C)               **See Note 1
The Golden Dogs - Construction Worker (C)     **See Note 2
The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Disco (C)
Elliot Brood - Second Son (C)

Note 1: This song was dedicated to the new edition of Survivor where the initial split of contestants is along racial lines.

Note 2: The Golden Dogs reminded me a lot of The New Pornographers, so I had to play them next.

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Date: September 1, 2006
Theme: No Theme
On Air: Frank

I just loved both of the first songs I played, I could have just put them on repeat for the rest of the show.  I still don't know why I like Regina Spektor so much, on paper I shouldn't, she is a solo piano player who does a lot of vocal gymnastics which is generally not my thing, also I have never been a big fan of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, or Ani DiFranco all of whom she has been compared to, yet something about her songs make them catchy and beautiful.  The second song was by New Buffalo and featured Jens Lekman and thus was a no-brainer as far as me liking it.

In the first set I also played a song by a band called The Repomen, so I had to play a song off of the soundtrack to the cult classic Repo Man.  That album has so many great songs, but I decided to play the Burning Sensations version of the Jonathan Richman song Pablo Picasso.

The Yo La Tengo song is from their new album "I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass", related to this is the website where you can see many different people saying the line, you can even submit a video of you saying it and maybe it will be added to the video wall.

The Circus Room set featured songs by some of the great bands I saw at the Circus Room the Sunday before the show, not only were the headlining Mega-Haunches great (with their Bizarro twins from Knock Knock Ginger and go-go dancers) but the opening acts were also quite good.  The Reverb Society lead singer (like me) obviously watched a lot of TV in the late 70s and 80s as they have song titles like "I Am The New Number 2" and "Zis is KOAS!" they also played the theme to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." during the set.  So during the show I played song from a vinyl EP I bought many years ago solely because of the title "Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me", as the two agents from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. were Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

Got to love the Magic Numbers doing a cover of the Beyonce song "Crazy in Love", the only reason I know the song is that they used it as the Raptor intro song this past season.

I ended the show with a song by trumpet player Maynard Ferguson who passed away before this show.  He is best known for playing the trumpet part in the Rocky theme "Gonna Fly Now", find out more about him here:

TALK - Theme
Regina Spektor - Fidelity
New Buffalo featuring Jens Lekman - Inside (the Corrections)
Modern Boys Modern Girls - Oleander (C)
Mica - Stitch
Repomen - Lights Out
Burning Sensations - Pablo Picasso
Yo La Tengo - I Should Have Known Better
Subhumans - Celebrity (C)
Forbidden Dimension - Tonight I Paint In Flesh Colour (C)          **See note 1
The Grates - 192020
The Clash - Police On My Back          **See note 2
The Skatomatics - Burning Bush (C)
Planet Smashers - Mighty (C)
Hidden Cameras - Lollipop (C)
Little Name - For The Attention Of
April Fools Day - My Avenue
TALK (Circus Room Set)
The Haunches - Crush On Friend Ends In Tragedy (C)
Hexes And Ohs - Whaddya Know? (C)
The Reverb Society - I Am The New Number 2 (C)
Cleaners From Venus - Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me    **Digital Vinyl
The Dears - You And I Are A Gang Of Losers (C)
Dirty On Purpose - No Radio
The Southern Alps - Tuesday Morning
The Mountain Goats - Half Dead
Tobias Froberg - When The Night Turns Cold
Good On Paper - The Message
The Magic Numbers - Crazy In Love
Maynard Ferguson - I Love You

Note 1: The Forbidden Dimension features the former lead singer of one of the greatest Canadian Bands ever - Colour Me Psycho

Note 2: I played the Clash song because it was briefly played on the Emmy's as Conan O'Brien was running on to the stage after his gag opening.

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Date: August 18, 2006
Theme: Advertising Music
On Air: Frank

The advertising music set didn't go that well, of course I should realize by now that if I want to make sure that
I will be able to play a song I have to bring it myself. I wanted to play some more songs in the set but I didn't
have them. I also should have remembered that the song by Joel Plaskett I was looking for is only available as a
mini-CD included in his DVD.

I did manage to find a good website that lists music used in commercials ( The best part of the site
is the searchable forum section, so you can look up a song, artist, or product you want to know about and usually
somebody has started a thread about it.

As I missed doing the previous show, there were 4 weeks of songs vying for the top song of the week, you can see
the winner and other contenders in the setlist below. A few songs from the first set (and the top song) came from
a great new podcast I found this week called indiepopradio ( ), there are only
5 of them on the site but they are all very good. He also has a live365 site that plays a new set of 50 songs
every week.

And I swear I had not heard of Corinne Bailey Rae before I played the song during the show, but a few days after
the show, I was driving to Montreal and flipping around stations when I heard the song on America's Top 20 with
Kasey Kasem (yes he is still doing the show and it is 20 now instead of 40). I have also seen stories on Bailey
Rae in various newspapers and on-line. That is the danger of not listening to commercial radio, I can hear a song
on somebody's podcast and I think that nobody else knows about it but it turns out to be a popular song.

There was also the "bands that sound like Franz Ferdinand" set, especially the song by Cribs which could have been
a Franz Ferdinand cover, some people don't agree with me about the concept of the set, but listen to it and decide
for yourself. Speaking of sound-a-like songs, I ended with a song by the band "Boys" that sounds exactly like
Morrissey, check below to see to whom the song was dedicated.

TALK - Theme
The Mayfields - Deeper Than The Ocean
Hidden Cameras - Awoo (C)
Little Name - You Tear My Love Apart
The Bicycles - I Know We Have To Part (C)
Smoosh - Find A Way
TALK (bands that sound like Franz Ferdinand)
Hard-Fi - Hard To Beat           **Also a strong contender for top song
HelloGoodbye - All Of Your Love
Cribs - Martell
Controller, Controller - PF (C)
Shout Out Out Out Out - Self Loathing Rulz (C)
Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On            **Also a strong contender for top song
Nouvelle Vague - Blue Monday
The Souljazz Orchestra - The Blind Leading The Blind (C)
Someday Baby - Running To The Judgment
TALK (Advertising Music Set)
Telepopmusik - Breathe - Mitsuibishi
Deeds Plus Thoughts - The World's Made Up Of This And That (Fatboy Slim Remix) - Toyota
I Am The World Trade Center - Me To Be - Five Alive
The Magnetic Fields - I Think I Need A New Heart - Ceasar's Dog Food
Geoff Berner - The Way That Girl Drinks Beer (C)              **Appearing at the Ebar Aug 24
The Barmitzvah Brothers - Hollow Time Of The Night (C)              **Appearing at the Ebar Aug 24
Andre Ether - The Best We Ever Had (C)
The Diskettes - Museum (C)
Wood Pigeon - Hymn For Two Walks (C)
The Firey Funaces - Waiting
The Marble Index - All That I Know (C)
The Anit-Qs - Little Jesus
Spencer Dickinson - The Man Who Lives For Love
Matt Pond PA - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Boys - A New Girl Born             **Dedicated to Keira Innes who turned 1 year old the day after the show

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Date: July 21, 2006
Theme: Hillside Preview
On Air: Frank

I got the party started with the first set of danceable music, starting off with my top song by the Pipettes who released their debut album in England this week, unfortunately I haven't seen a North American release date. 

The second set featured some of the acts that are going to play the Grad House the Thursday night following the show.  Along with great local act Knock, Knock, Ginger the evening features Henry Faberge and the Adorables as well as the Bicycles.  I remember the Bicycles from when I saw them with Derek open for I am the World Trade Centre a few years back in Toronto.  Even back then I thought the Bicycles were something special and now they have come out with a great debut album.

The Hillside preview highlighted a few of acts that I was looking forward to seeing in Guelph at the Hillside Festival the next weekend.  As well as the musical acts I also tried to touch on the various workshops and other things that make the Hillside Festival so enjoyable. 

On the festival theme, Michael T e-mailed me that him and Garth were going to see Sonic Youth and the Go! Team in August.  Also in that set, the song by the Submarines sounded so much like the Stars that I had to play them next.

I ended the show with a song from the movie Clerks II that I saw at a free preview the night before the show, the Talking Heads song played over the opening credits.  I enjoyed the movie, it wasn't as good as Chasing Amy or the original Clerks, but it was a good return to form. 

TALK - Theme
The Pipettes - Pull Shapes
Blaze presents UDA featuring Barbar Tucker - Most Precious Love
Men Women & Children - Dance in my Blood
MSTRKRFT - She's Good For Business (C)
Jackie Mittoo - Grank Funk (C)
The Bicycles - B-B-B-Bicycles (C)
The Bicycles - Paris Be Mine (C)
Henry Faberge and the Adorables - Out of Your League (C)
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Virgina Black (C)
I am the World Trade Centre - Metro
The Futureheads - Skip To The End
TALK (Hillside Set 1)
Great Lake Swimmers - When It Flows (C)
Final Fantasy - I'm Afraid of Japan (C)
Corb Lund - Always Keep An Edge On Your Knife (C)
Carolyn Mark and her Roomates - After Bar Party (C)
TALK (Hillside Set 2)
Fiest - Mushaboom (C)
Amy Millan - He Brings Out The Whiskey In Me (C)
The Stills - Helicopters (C)
The Hidden Cameras - The Animals of Prey (C)
Sonic Youth - Jams Run Free                                   **Suggested by Michael T
The Go! Team - Feel Good By Numbers                    **Suggested by Michael T
The Submarines - Peace & Hate                                    
The Stars - What I'm Trying To Say (C)
Imogen Heap - Goodnight & Go
Bob Wiseman - What the Astonaut noticed and then said (C)
The Rakes - 22 Grand Job
The Rogers Sisters - The Clock
Talking Heads - Nothing But Flowers

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Date: July 7, 2006
Theme: Art, Daniel Johnson, and the Bikini
On Air: Frank

In the week before this show, I went to see the movie about quirky alternative singer Daniel Johnston ( called "The Devil and Daniel Johnston", it was quite good and I recommend it to people familiar with him, however I don't know how the movie would be for people who aren't.

During the movie, they interview the lead singer of the band the Butthole Surfers while he was getting a tooth filled at the dentist, I didn't like that scene. Anyway, I played the song Sweat Loaf as it was featured in the movie and it reminds of my days at CHRW where Dave, Brian, and I used to play that song and mix in wacky sound bites during the quiet parts, the original mash up. I tried it here with the only spoken word record I could find in the station - George Carlin, but no matter who it was, I think that it needs to be about 4 in the morning before the process makes sense.

I played the Diskettes song "Art" as Michelle was part of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition going on that weekend in Toronto. I ended the show honouring the 60th anniversary of the bikini, it was introduced on July 6, 1956 although it was already being worn by French women for many years, that style of swimsuit got its name that day. Plus I never need an excuse to play "Wild Bikini" by Tullycraft.

TALK - Theme
Melba Moore - The Magic Touch
Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
Saffire - Wild Women Don't Get The Blues
Candi Station - His Hands
Dimitiri From Paris - Nothing to Lose
TALK (mostly chick rock set)
Vancouger - Naughty (C)                          **Second favourite song of the show
The Stolen Minks - Black Widow (C)
The Pipettes - Hurts To See You Dance So Well
J.A.L.E. - Jesus Loves Me (C)
The Diskettes - Art
Butthole Surfers - Sweat Loaf
Daniel Johnson - Mind Contorted
Irene - Stardust
The Summerlad - The Balled of El Communicado (C)              **Dedicated to Iain
The Get Sets - One Sneaker (C)
Harvey Danger - Sad Sweatheart of the Rodeo              **video features Ione Skye
Donovan - The Way                        **Biological father of Ione Skye
Belle and Sebastian - Dress Up In You
Camera Obscura - Tears For Affairs
Math and Physics Club - Movie Ending Romance
MSTRKRFT - Easy Love (C)
Deep Dish featuring Lindsay Buckingham - Dreams
Chris Joss - Drink Me Hot
RAM - Love Is The Answer (C)
Ted Moses Quintet - Hidden Strength (C)
 - The Leather Uppers (C)
Cousin - The Girl I Know
Tullycraft - Wild Bikini

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Date: June 23, 2006
Theme: A Night in Paris
On Air: Frank

I was really happy with how this show came together, probably something to do with the fact that I missed a show because of my knee surgery and had not been on the air in a month.

A special song I played was called "A Night in Paris", it is a song about Paris Hilton (the lyric goes "I want to spend a night in Paris").  Even better was that the version I got off the band's website was updated from the original with a new boyfriend (now gone) and new dog.  The song was also topical as Paris was in the news for making out with Jose Theodore after the MuchMusic Video awards.  In the same vain I played the Mojo Nixon song "Stuffin' Martha's Muffin" and the Show Business Giants "I've Got A Crush on Wendy Mesley".  Unfortunately I couldn't find another song - "Winona Ryder, I want to rider her" but the song might only exist in my imagination.

I got to play another song by the Swedish band "Irene", I've only heard 3 songs but I love each one of them, I'm really looking forward to hearing their first album this summer.

I ended the show on a World Cup note (Go Argentina! - I have them in a pool), unfortunately the station no longer has the New Order song "World in Motion" that they did for the 1990 World Cup.  I ended with Jens Lekman because I was under the mistaken impression that he was playing goal for the German World Cup team, it turns out the goalie's name is actually Jens Lehman, sorry my bad.

It was too easy but I had to follow up the Camera Obscura song (Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken) with the song it refers to - Lloyd Cole's "Art you ready to be heartbroken".

If you are in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for Canada Day and you are going to check out the fireworks on the University of Waterloo campus, be sure to stick around after the fireworks and on the main stage you will see Knock, Knock, Ginger, in my opinion they are the best local band around today.

TALK - Theme
Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?
S'ambassadeur - Kate
Venus & Fergus - Song For My Head (C)
Tasty Treats & Smelly Feet - Jet Ski Accidents (C)               **Love this band name
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Looks & Books (C)                 
The Hylozoists - Smiley Smiley (C)
Figurines - Rivalry
Math and Physics Club - Graduation Day
Irene - To Be With You
TALK (Funky set)
Professor Longhair - Big Chief
Catherine and the Firebirds - He's Sure To Remember Me
Jo-Jo and the Fugitives - Chips, Chicken, Banana Split           **Love this song title
Lil'Ed and the Blues Imperials - Pride and Joy
Herb Albert - Green Peppers
Nous Non Plus - A Night in Paris
Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - Stuffin' Martha's Muffin
Show Business Giants - I've Got A Crush On Wendy Mesley (C)
Peter Mansbridge and the CBCs - Back Where You Came From (C)
The Leather Uppers - Break My Leg (C)
Starbeam - No Earthly Means of Transportation (C)
The Girls - My Baby
Air Miami - World Cup Fever
Jens Lekman - A Higher Power

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Date: May 26, 2006
Theme: Vancouver Special
On Air: Frank

I didn't have an overall theme to this show, however I did start off each set with one of the albums I had purchased on my trip to Vancouver. And as I explained during the show I don't know the artist or title or my first song, I heard it on a Spanish language podcast and although the host says in English "Alan Clapp and his orchestra - Something strange happens" right before playing the song, I listed to an online version of that song and it isn't the same. Also the song doesn't contain those lyrics, the chorus is "leave all your old lives in the past". I have searched for songs with that lyric and haven't found anything. If you happen to know the song please tell me what it is, this is also a good incentive to listen to the podcast (remember you don't need an IPOD or even an MP3 player to listen, you can listen on any computer).

If you are thinking that it has been a longer than normal time between shows you are correct. After debating for a while, I finally decided to put a permanent fix on the ACL in my right knee that I tore a few years back. The surgery involved taking part of my hamstring and using that to replace the ACL. My last radio show would have been the day after my surgery, I was feeling pretty good that day but getting around the station would have been difficult, so it was probably a good thing I got a replacement for the show. By the way, the knee is feeling great, 10 days after the surgery and I'm walking without crutches, unfortunately I didn't come off the anesthetic very well and the pain drugs actually gave me headaches, nausea, and caused me to spend Sunday curled in the fetal position praying for death. As I said I'm much better now.

TALK - Theme
Mystery Song - Unknown
Alan Clapp and His Orchestra - Whenver We're Together
Beach Boys - Break Away
Salteens - You Stood Out From the Crowd (C)
James Kirk - Houston, Texax
The Doers - We're Open (C)
The Paper Cranes - I'll Love You Until My Veins Explode (C)
The Leather Uppers - On The Mic (C)
The Matadors - Rock'N'Roll Freakshow (C)
The Sin-Tones - Knot of Wood (C)
Colour Me Psycho - Mother's Worry (C)
The Goodies - Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
Kathly Lynn & The Playboys - I Got A Guy
Language of Flowers - It's Not You
Cub - Way to Go (C)
The Besties - Space Song
Herb Albert (Thievery Corporation remix) - Lemon Tree
Thievery Corporation with Astrud Gilberto - Who Needs Forever
Champion - The Plow (C)
Judee Sill - Soldier of our Heart
Cab Calloway - Everybody Eats When The Come To My House
The Concretes - Sunbeams
Eugene Ripper - Pulverizer Revealed (C)
Amy Millan - He Brings Out The Whiskey In Me (C)
Sarah Harmer - Uniform Grey (C)
Tokyo Police Club - Citizens Of Tomorrow
Destroyer - Water Colours Into The Ocean (C)
The White Stripes - Walking With The Ghost
Magnetic Fields - All The Umbrellas In London

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Date: May 12, 2006
Theme: Grand McClennan spotlight
On Air: Frank and Michelle

I had a few nice tidy sets for this show. The call and response set just kind of happened putting together a few of the new releases at the station with a song off of Derek's music blog (, I think the Cab Calloway song is the most well known song of this type.

The Grant McLennan set is pretty self explanatory, the reason for playing the Church is that Jack Frost consisted of McLennan and Steve Kilbey of the Church. In one of the articles I read about his passing it said that the Australian senate passed a motion recognizing his contribution to the country, that's cool.

There was also a set of music by some of the people who have been confirmed at the Hillside festival.

TALK - Theme
Irene - Baby I Love Your Way
The Doers - The Next Level (C)
Marianne Mendt - Wie Glockn
Koop - Summer Sun
Small Sins - Big Within (C)
Danielson - Did I Step On Your Trumpet
Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moucher
The Stolen Minks - Peppy Twist (C)
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers - Double Chocolate Malted
The Go-Between - That Way
Jack Frost - Over You
GW McClennan - Easy Come, Easy Go
GW McClennan - Lighting Fires
The Church - Metropolis
Peter Mansbridge and the CBCs - Tilsonburg (C)
The Fembots - Demolition Waltz (C)
Grievous Angels - Gordie and My Old Man (C)
Irma Thomas - Flowers
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas - Time To Do My Thing
Great Lake Swimmers - Various Stages (C)
Matt Mays and El Torpedo - Ain't So Heavy (C)
Final Fantasy - He Pos Clouds (C)
Hidden Cameras - Fear Is On (C)
Feist - Mushaboo (Postal Service Mix) (C)
Clexico/Iron and Wine - A History of Lovers
Destroyer - European Oils (C)
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah - Over and Over Again
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers - This Love Of Mine

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Date: April 21, 2006
Theme: Playing Catch Up
On Air: Frank

On this show I managed to take care of a lot of songs that I had been bringing to the station for a few months but never playing, that might be why some of the sets are a bit disjointed.

I also found some various CDs in the CKMS delete pile that brought back some memories (and made me feel old) so I had to play them:

Ian Knope - Solar, Man of the Atom (from an Edmonton compilation that I remember from way back)

Altogether Morris - Eaten Alive (I remember that when Dave and I first played this song many years ago, he guessed that the band name came from an episode of Tales of the Riverbank (starring Hammy Hamster), but this has never been confirmed, unfortunately the CD is showing its age and didn't play very well in the CKMS CD players)

The Vinaigrettes - PS I Hate You (I never played this album when it first came out, but this was Carolyn Mark's first band)

Maxine Brown - Oh No Not My Baby
The Shangri-las - Out In The Streets
Massive Attack - Live With Me
Ivy - Four In The Morning
The Clientele - I Can't Seem To Make You Mine
Tiga - You Gonna Want Me
Prodigy - Voodoo People
Russian Futurists - Still Life (C)
Hot Chip - Over and Over
Scarboro Aquarium Club - Black Swan Days (C)
The Clash - City Of The Dead
NOFX - The Man I Killed
The Sainte Catherines - Burn Guelph Burn (C)
Stolen Minks - Boys On The Floor (C)
Hawksley Workman - No Sissies (C)
James Kirk - Felicity
The Concretes - On The Radio
Jens Leckman - A Man Walks Into A Bar
Sondre Lerche - The Curse Of Being In Love
Final Fantasy - Arctic Circle (C)
The Diskettes - 1 2 3 4 5 (C)
The Diskettes - Jump Up (C)
The Doers - Step To The Left, Step To The Right (C)
The Doers - Moment Noticed (C)
Ian Knope - Solar, Man Of The Atom (C)
Altogether Morris - Eaten Alive (C)
The Vinaigrettes - PS I Hate You (C)
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Rent A Wreck
Shapes And Sizes - Wilderness (C)
The Lovely Feathers - In The Valley (C)

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Date: April 14, 2006
Theme: New CDs
On Air: Frank

This past week I got to play songs from the six new CDs that I had received in the mail before the last show, in fact I got them the day before the last show so some of them I didn't even get to listen to before I played them on the air. The rest of the sets were a mis-mash of new stuff and the usual upcoming shows at the Starlight set.

Knock, Knock, Ginger - Virginia Black (C)
The D'Ubervilles - War on the Poor (C)
The Doers - Wicked World (C)
Daniel Johnson - Crazy Love
The Miniatures - Any Day Now (C)
The Stolen Minks - Chug A Lug (C)
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Parakit
The Honest Johns - Judas In Me Singing
Lovejoy - Everybody Hates Us And We Don't Care
James Kirk - Rehab
The Silent Boys - Wishing Well Eyes
Of Montreal - Requim for O.M.M.
Acid House Kings - 7 Days
S'Ambassadeur - Between The Lines
Morrissey - You Have Killed Me
The Charade - Monday Morning
Carolyn Mark - 2 Days Smug and Sober (C)
Luther Wright and Wrongs - Celia (C)
Oh Susanna - King's Road (C)
Young and Sexy - Conventional Lullabies (C)
Gentleman Reg - Plan On Including Me (C)
Jonathan Richman - Roadrunner #1      **Digital Vinyl
Pretty Girls Make Graves - Parade
We Are Scientists - Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt
Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs - Fancy
Look People - Stop Making Cheese (C)        **Digital Vinyl
Scarbora Aquarium Club - Queen of the Beach (C)
Massive Attack - Be Thankful For What You've Got

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Date: March 31, 2006
Theme: 80s music
On Air: Frank and bit of Barry

The first half of the show was the usual mix while the last half melded into Barry's all 80s show that followed mine.

In the second set I played a song by Meryn Cadell, most people remember her song "The Sweater" from the mid 1990s, well in a strange turn Meryn came out as transgendered in 2004 (on the CBC) and he is now a professor at UBC. The reason I know this is that Karen mentioned that he pitched a song on the former CBC show The National Playlist and his voice is as deep as mine. And speaking of The National Playlist, does anybody know why the CBC took it off the air? It seemed like a very popular show that was aimed at the demographic the CBC is looking for.

By the way you can read about Cadell here:

James Kirk - Get On Board
Belle and Sebastian - Sukie In The Graveyard
Baskervilles - It Can Happen To You
Lovedance - You Should Know Where I'm Standing
The Doers - No Right Now (C)
The Doers - Everyman (C)
Meryn Cadell - The Sweather (C)
P:ano - When You Garden In Your Garden (C)
Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On (C)
Silverhearts - New Pilgrim (C)
Buttless Chaps - Migratory Birds (C)
Whale - Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Phenomena
The Creeping Nobody's - 2nd Occupation (C)
Barmitzvah Brothers - Somewhat Conceivable's Evil Twin (C)
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers - It's You
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Grace
Spirit of the West - John Goodman (C)
The Go-Betweens - Bye Bye Pride
They Might Be Giants - Don't Lets Start
Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
The Cure - Close To Me
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies!
The The - Infected
The Smiths - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Kon Kan - Harry Houdini (C)
New Order - Age of Consent

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Date: March 17, 2006
Theme: Short songs and a bit o' green
On Air: Frank

As my top song this week was only one minute and 3 seconds long, I decided to play an entire set of short songs, this resulted in 14 songs in 24 minutes, perhaps the most I have every played in a row without talking. I had to follow this fast set with a mellow one to recuperate. The show also featured the return of Digital Vinyl, because of some rearranging of my office at home it has been difficult for the past few months to do it, but now that I have a new laptop I am back in the digitizing business.

The Pipettes - It Hurst Me To See You Dance So Well -1:03-
Air Miami - You Sweet Little Heartbreaker -1:48-
Electric 6 - Nuclear War On The Dance Floor -1:16-
Swearing at Motorists - Slave To The Kettle -1:48-
Pink Mountaintops - New Drug Queens -1:47-
Young And Sexy - The Night Wears A Sombrero (C) -1:58-
Pipas - Wells Street -1:53-
Adventures in Stereo - Down In The Traffic -1:28-
Le Mans - Astronauts A.S. -1:27-
DD/MM/YYYY - So Cold (C) -1:02-
The Gruesomes - Wish You Were Her (C) -1:34-
Les Sequelles - La Machine (C) -1:50-
Les Breastfeeders - Mini Jupe Et Watusi (C) -1:57-
Deja Voodoo - Bound For Glory (C) -1:16-

Finnigan's Tongue - Abilgail Becker (C)
Honest Johns - Hollywood Affair
Sondre Lerche - Minor Details
Ben & Nathan - Geeky But Hot (C)
Jens Lekman - Cold Sweedish Winter
The Concretes - Choosen One
Essex Green - Don't Know Why You Stay
Acid House Kings - That's Because You Drive Me
I Love You But I Have Chosen Darkness - The Ghost
Math and Physics Club - You're So Good To Me
Magneta Lane - Wild Gardens (C)
Ashley MacIssac - Bitch (C)
Editors - All Sparks
Interpol - Slow Hands
MC 900 Ft Jesus - If I Only Had A Brain
Dik Van Dykes - Curling (C)
Supreme Bagg Team - 20th Century Dog Faced Boy (C)
Robocop Kraus - I Picture You
Hot Chip - The Beach Party
The Smitherines - Only A Memory
The Pogues - London Girl

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Date: March 10, 2006
Theme: Nothing
On Air: Frank and Wayne

It was great to have Deep Space Wayne on the show last week, even though the theme to his set was "CDs from Wayne's car". As we had to play some music during the show, we weren't able to have all the conversations we wanted, but we did our best to keep up with the "more talk, less rock" credo of the station. He was also gracious enough to offer to share his "roll up the rim to win" cup with a caller which he opened live on air at the end of the show, unfortunately it didn't win. Of course if it did win we might have had a court case like those two little girls in Quebec.

Essex Green - This Isn't Farm Life
Belle and Sebastian - Another Sunny Day
Acid House Kings - This Heart Is A Stone
Papermoon - Better Days (C)
Mike Erb Band - Tracked Me Down (C)
Issac Hayes - Theme From Shaft
Mundo Livre - Meu Esquema
Bombay Dub Orchestra - Compassion
Astrid - Running Home (C)
Richard Underhill - 3 AM (C)
The Chills - Heavenly Pop Hit
Young and Sexy - The Curious Organ (C)
Pink Mountaintops - Plastic Man, You're The Devil
The Robocops Kraus - After Laughter come Tears
White Stripes - My Doorbell
Elliot Brood - Only At Home (C)
Buttless Chaps - Migratory Birds (C)
Leeroy Stagger - Let Her Down (C)
Ben & Nathan - When Water Chokes (C)
Red Snapper - 3 Strikes You're Out
Beta Band - Liquid Bird
The Organ - Memorize The City (C)
New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (C)
The Fembots - So Long (C)
Powderfinger - These Days

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Date: March 3, 2006
Theme: Nothing
On Air: Frank

Yes, it was only last week that I was on, but I'm filling for Charlene this week so it will be three weeks in a row for Fireball XL5 (Lord help us all). If you want to play a game with set number 2 on the podcast try and guess the second song in each of the 3 sets of songs: In each case the first song has been compared to a well known act, the second song was by the well known act. For those you that don't want to play along, the full listing of the second set is at the very bottom of the mailout.

Acid House Kings - Do What You Want
My Morning Jacket - Off The Record
Calvin Johnson - Your Eyes
Barmitzvah Brothers - Hollow Time Of Night (C)
Belle and Sebastian - The Wrong Girl
The Radio Department - Deliverance
Jesus & Mary Chain - Between Us
The Robocop Kraus - You Don't Have To Shout
The Fall - Couldn't Get Ahead
Egger - Pixels (C)
The Inbreds - Matterhorn (C)
Elliot Brood - Oh, Alberta (C)
Clothes Make The Man - Singles Only (C)
DD/MM/YYYY - Death & Taxes (C)
DD/MM/YYYY - Culture Industry (C)
Final Fantasy - This Is The Dream Of Win & Regine (C)
Boy - French Diplomacy (C)
Skye - Love Show
Morcheeba - Otherwise
Astrid - Turn Me Loose (C)
Ivanna Santilli - Breath Inn (Moonstar Remix) (C)
Dois Irmaos f/ Mariana De Moraes - Como Vou Fazer
Ladies & Gentlemen - STAY (C)
I Am The World Trade Centre - Soiree
Cibo Matto - Sugar Water
They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng (Live)

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Date: February 17, 2006
Theme: Newer music
On Air: Frank

I had to start out with the Belle and Sebastian spotlight as of course the first single from their latest albums was the best song I had heard in the previous four weeks (Coupled with the fact that I was going to see them the next week in Toronto).

Unfortunately, the venue for the Belle and Sebastian show was the Docks, and it sucks royally. Never ever see a band there, I command you. First off, parking is $15 and you still have to walk a good piece, then for a large place not many people have a good sight lines to the stage, I got a bit closer for B&S, but once I moved up I couldn't move again and although I could see the band, anybody under 6 foot 5 would have had trouble.

However, the band itself was actually quite good, apart from the obligatory healthy number of songs from the new release, the rest of the setlist went really far back into their 10 year history, and unfortunately for me only one song from their previous release "Dear Catastrophe Waitress".

See another review of the concert (by listmember Derek) here:

The Juno award set went well (congrats to Joel Plaskett for picking up the songwriter award at the East Coast Music Awards) as did the set of songs from the Poppolar podcast (available at And if you like the last song by Jens Lekman, you can download it and many others at:

Belle and Sebastian - Funny Little Frog
Belle and Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue
Belle and Sebastian - Stay Lose
Belle and Sebastian - I'm Waking Up To Us
Belle and Sebastian - Dirty Dream No. 2
Belle and Sebastian - The Fox In The Snow
Isobel Campbell - Johnny Come Home
TALK (Juno awards set)
Joel Plaskett - Happen Now (C)
Feist - Inside and Out (C)
New Pornographers - Broken Breads (C)
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies) (C)
Metric - Patriarch On A Vespa (C) **See Note 1
 TALK (Songs from poppolar podcast)
The Primary 5 - Mail Man
Math and Physics Club - Move Ending Romance
Instant Cafe Records - Call My Name
Nice Man - Cayo
Ashby - Getting Started
Pinstripe Mystery - NOTLD (C) **Telephone Request
DD/MM/YYYY - Blue Screen of Death (C)
Young and Sexy - Your Enemy is Asleep (C)
Barmitzvah Brothers - Little Jack (C)
The Buttless Chaps - Caboose (C)
Arctic Monkeys - Riot Van
Smokekiller - Standing In Line (C)
Burnt Oak - Oh Kiki (C)
Swearing at Motorcyclists - Still Life With Bottle Rockets
Jens Lekman - I Don't Know If She Is Worth 900 Kr.

Note 1: Dedicated to Mary and Chris, as when I was visiting them in Regina I picked up a cool red Vespa T-shirt

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Date: January 20, 2006
Theme: Newer music
On Air: Frank

I was planning on doing a show with lots of new releases, but in looking at the new release section at the station there wasn't a whole lot of CDs that caught me eye. Good thing I brought a lot of new music myself.

At the end of the first set I played a song by local band the Haunches. On their website they invite you to remix their songs and send them your results. See details here:

I ended with a song by the Stars whom I saw with Mary and Chris in Regina a couple of Fridays ago (that is why I missed the last radio show in case anybody noticed or cared).

The Ordinary Boys - Life Will Be The Death Of Me
Knock Knock Ginger - You Could've Been My Johnny Marr (C)
The Smiths - You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby
Electronic - Getting Away With It
The Haunches - Vampirella (C)
Geoff Berner - Maginot Line (C)
The Sadies - Little Sadie (C)
Neko Case - Mood To Burn Bridges (C)
OK GO - You're So Damn Hot
Controller.Controller - Poison/Safe
Youth Gone Mad - The Streets Of Southern California
The Duke Spirit - Love Is An Unfamiliar Name
The Polytones - King of Siam (C)
EFarm - Used To Know (C)
The Dropouts - Sucker Punch (C)
Magneta Lane - The Constant Lover         **Telephone Request
The Lovekevins - Soviet.Se
The Honest Johns - Perfect Girl
Port City - Meanwhile The Months Go By (C)
Fun100 - Hygiene Boy (C)
Ninja High School - By Purpose Not By Plan (C)
The Hummers - Au Feu (C)
Scott Free & Nicola Torriero featuring Joseph Watson - Get It Together (C)
Sucking Chest Wound - Who Shot The Pope? (C)

Stars - Soft Revolution (C)

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Date: January 6, 2006
Theme: Best of 2005
On Air: Frank

I didn't really have an overall strategy on how I played the songs on the Best of 2005 show, however I did leave my picks for the top 3 albums of the year until close to the end.

I had a tough time picking the top album from my top three. But in the end, I chose the CD that I most consistently wanted to be in my player, New Order's "Waiting For The Siren's Call". I know it is old school but even after all these years they still managed to put out a solid album. I put the Diskettes down as number two with their album "Weeknights at Island View Beach", their low-fi sound is about as far from New Order's as you can get. The Magic Numbers self-titled CD was number three, the album is filled with lots of incredibly catchy songs.

You can see all my picks for the best of 2005 here:

One of the hardest things I had to do was to make sure that the albums and singles were actually released in 2005. I was good with most of the albums, but I was surprised at how many of my picks for singles were actually from 2004. Then there is also the difficulty in deciding what to do about albums that were released in their native countries in 2004 but not in Canada till 2005. That is why my number one single is "Heartbeat" by Annie, although it was released in Europe in 2004, it only came out here in 2005.

Le Sport - Tell No One About Tonight
The Futureheads - Decent Days and Nights
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
SS Cardiacs - Noo Noo (C)
Russian Futurists - Paul Simon (C)
Dandy Warhols - Smoke It!
Elefant - Misfit
Magneta Lane - The Constant Lover (C)
The Cloud Room - Hey Now, Now
Novillero - The Hypothesist (C)
Elliot Brood - President (C)
Carolyn Mark & Corb Lund - Sweet Thing (C)
Kathleen Edwards - In State (C)
Clap Your Hands And Sey Yeah! - The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth
Sharon Jones & The Dapkings - How Do I Let A Good Man Down
Oneself - Bluebird
Ivy - Thinking Of You
Lemon Jelly - Make Things Right
Antony and the Johnsons - Fistful Of Love
Calvin Johnson - When Hearts Turn Blue
Firefly - Made Me Glad (C)
Crooked Fingers - Call To Love
Portastatic - I Wanna Know Girls 
The Mountain Goats - This Year
Jens Lekman - Julie (Remix)
Magic Numbers - Forever Lost
The Diskettes - Get Together (C)
New Order - Krafty
Black Mountain - Modern Music

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