June 23rd show (pre-earthquake)

As I mentioned in the last post, last week’s show was cut short thanks to moving tectonic plates — but thankfully, we were able to complete a wonderful interview with Amanda Zelina from Toronto’s The Coppertone before any earthquake could intervene. To kick off the show, Kara Strang from the incredible Canteen Gallery-based project Bands Undone joined me in the studio to chat a little about why she loves what she does:

Kara Strang guest co-hosts Now Playing (click to listen, right-click to save file)

…and then hooked us up with an incredible interview with Amanda:

Amanda Zelina from The Coppertone on Now Playing (click to listen, right-click to save file)

Many thanks to Kara and Amanda. Oh, and the earthquake that cut our show short.

We were, however, lucky to squeeze some tracks in:

Wolf Parade – Palm Road
Hannah Georgas – Lovers Breakdown
Loon Choir – Bricks
The Coppertone – Hidden Dreams
Sally Seltmann – Harmony to My Heartbeat

Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 1pm when we spin some more awesome tracks!

June 23rd show, featuring EARTHQUAKE

No, seriously: I was on-air with the lovely Kara Strang from Bands Undone, chatting about the Polaris Long List, when, lo and behold, the earth starts a-movin’ under our feet. I just had to jump on the “omg-twitter-photo-video-audio” bandwagon and post that clip from today’s show here. (More actual content from today’s show — cut short! — to come.)

Listen closely and you can actually hear the rumbling in the studio, in the first 20 seconds or so. The noise at the end is the fire alarm going off in the sub-basement of Morisset Library, where the CHUO studios are on the U of O campus.

Now Playing, featuring The Earthquake (click to listen, right-click to save file)

More from today’s show (including a fantastic interview with Amanda Zelina from Toronto’s The Coppertone) up soon.

June 16th show recap

It may have been overcast outside, but the sun was shining in the CHUO studios. Corny? Perhaps. But some great music and one of the greatest interviews ever was played over our community radio airwaves:

Rah Rah – Lightning
Dance Movie – Structurally Unsound
The Pining – She’s Gone
Hollerado – Got To Lose
Youth Crime – Stone Age Romance
Old Crowns – Weathered
Architects and Builders – My Song is Your Keyboard Breaking
Band of Horses – Evening Kitchen

I got the chance to sit down with Steve, Joel, Sam, and Alex from Ottawa’s own Old Crowns earlier this week (before they gallivant off to Toronto this weekend for a NXNE gig at the Drake Hotel) to chat about their vinyl release, get their take on the Ottawa music scene, and knock back a few Jack and Cokes (I’m not kidding — you can hear Joel ask the waitress for another drink at one point. I cut out the part when all five of us ordered more in the middle of the interview. This is how awesome these guys are).

Steve, Joel, Sam, and Alex from Old Crowns (click to listen, right-click to save file)

I also chatted about the Polaris Music Prize, and offered a few of my predictions for who’ll make the long list (announced tomorrow at 1:30pm at the Drake Hotel — will be “twittercasted” via @polarisprize). Fingers crossed we’ll see some local acts like The Balconies or Hollerado on there.

And, of course, what to do this weekend? Some listings for you:

  • Library Voices + more at Mavericks, Thursday, June 17th, (ten bucks, 8pm)
  • Sadie Hell, Ghostkeeper + more at the Elmdale Tavern, Friday, June 18th (ten bucks, 9pm)
  • Old Crowns + Johnathan Chandler from Amos the Transparent at Canteen Sunday, June 20th (free admission, though donations are accepted, 3pm)

Look for more great music coming your way next week: same time, same place, CHUO 89.1FM next Wednesday at 1pm.

June 9th show recap (now with audio links!)

Our second show boasted two hours of delicious local and Canadian music. The playlist:

Dinosaur Bones – Point of Pride
The Anybody – San Francisco
Born Ruffians – What To Say
Dukes of Burgundy – Talking Backwards
The Balconies – Serious Bedtime
Sloan – Believe in Me
Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
Forest City Lovers – Minneapolis
The Acorn – Crossed Wires
The Tanuki Project – Playground
Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed
Apollo Ghosts – Brown to Grey
The Anybody – Basement Blues
Loon Choir – New Forewarnings
Rah Rah – Arrows
Right By Midnight – Best Way Home
Loon Choir – Vis a Vis

We also had some great interviews with Connor Mercury from The Anybody (complete with an in-studio performance of “My Heart Beating”) and Derek, Nikki, and Jamie from Loon Choir which you can check out below:

Connor Mercury from The Anybody (click to listen, right-click to save file)

Derek, Nikki, and Jamie from Loon Choir (click to listen, right-click to save file)

And don’t forget: you can see Connor’s live acoustic set tonight at the Cajun Attic. Doors are at 8:30 and it’s pay-what-you-can to help the guy out (on his birthday!) as most of his recording equipment and instruments were lost in the Sunnyside fire a few weeks ago. On Thursday, Loon Choir hits the stage at Cafe Dekcuf on Rideau alongside Rah Rah (from Regina, SK) and The Sonic Defense (also from Ottawa).

If you’re looking for more to check out this weekend, you can catch some great acts like The Balconies, Dala, The White Wires, Monkeyjunk, and Sloan all for free at Westfest this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and you can find Tokyo Sex Whale, Holy Cobras, Mother’s Children, and more at Gaga Weekend this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Get out there and support local music, kids. ‘Til next week!

June 2nd show recap

First episode of Now Playing? Total success. The badass tracks we spun:

The Acorn – Restoration
The Black Keys – Everlasting Light
Wintersleep – Baltic
Great Bloomers – Find My Way
Broken Social Scene – Romance to the Grave
Dala – Dream a Little Dream of Me
Lisa Bozikovic – The Letting Go
Born Ruffians – Sole Brother
The National – Sorrow
Young Rival – Got What You Need
The Acorn – Misplaced

And, okay. You may be wondering why you don’t see a podcast. Well, considering that the majority of this show was music (as may be the case with some future shows), it’s kinda sticky to be posting podcasts of those puppies. I’ll be posting the complete playlist from every show in its place…. and yes, audio of all the interviews! Oh yeah, did you hear who was going to be on next week? Connor Mercury from The Anybody will stop by to play a few songs in-studio from his recent self-released album Let It Damn Well Hurt before he heads to the Cajun Attic for his pay-what-you-can, 9pm show, and we’ll also be talking to Ottawa sextet Loon Choir in anticipation of their Thursday, June 10th show at Cafe Deckuf.

Gonna be a sweet one — so sweet, we’re setting aside two hours for it. Tune in online via chuo.fm or spin that old-time dial to 89.1 FM next Wednesday at 1pm.

‘Til then!