April 18th show rundown, plus our chat with Darrelle London!

Continuing in our quest to catch up with interviews and playlists, here’s what we spun on last week’s show:

The Apache Relay – Home Is Not Places
Hooded Fang – Wanning
Tokyo Police Club – Strictly Game
Destroyer – Chinatown
The Barr Brothers – Beggar in the Morning
Cold Specks – Winter Solstice
Darrelle London – First Date
Darrelle London – RV Song
Amos the Transparent – Says the Spark
Silkken Laumann – On The Mend
Grey Kingdom – When The Seasons Drown

And of course, we had the pleasure of chatting with Toronto native Darrelle London about her new album “Eat a Peach” – you can stream the interview (and the song “First Date”) below: (or right-click here to download)

Be sure to catch tomorrow’s show as we gush about tonight’s Bluesfest lineup announcements! (Handsome Furs! Grimes! Hey Rosetta! The Arkells! The Weeknd! And many more!)


March 14th show rundown, CHUO funding drive update, and SONG OF THE WEEK: Amos the Transparent, “Sure As The Weather”

On last week’s show, we were all too thrilled to share with you the JUNOfest lineup, which had just been announced the night before! In celebration, we spun (some very fresh) tracks from artists both local and from elsewhere who’ll be taking over the city the weekend after next:
Fevers – The Rapture
Camp Radio – Turn Up The Radio
Loon Choir – Spiral
Kalle Mattson – Water Falls
The Rural Alberta Advantage – North Star
Hollerado – Got To Lose
Amos the Transparent – Sure As The Weather
The Deep Dark Woods – All The Money I Had Is Gone
The Love Machine – Love Is On Your Side
The Balconies – Kill Count
The Glass Chain – La Ville
Phantom Shores – Walking in the Night

Some of these bands also happen to be playing CMW this week in Toronto — but more on that in an upcoming post and on tomorrow’s show!

I was thrilled to finally play that Amos the Transparent track, as I’ve personally been enjoying it for the last few weeks. Their adorable one-take music video for the track actually came out a while ago, but has been enjoying more recent buzz and I’ve been pleased to hear the song featured often on CBC Radio 3. So it’s about time that we featured these local heroes here.

Amos the Transparent – Sure As The Weather

Listen if you like: alt-rock with taste of folk; deep yet radio-friendly tunes smothered in layers of banjo, lap steel, violin and plenty of swelling guitars; supporting Ottawa acts; the way kids draw butterflies and rainbows in just that perfect way that makes you smile.

Check out the video for “Sure As The Weather” below, and you can snag the track for yourself on iTunes.

And in more great local news — it’s CHUO FUNDING DRIVE time again! We’re doing a DONATE-AND-DRAW, and here’s how it works: donate to the station’s funding drive through Now Playing Radio and you’ll be entered in a draw to win some terrific swag. But the best part about this draw? EVERYONE walks away with something. Some of our prizes so far include:

  • a copy of Kathryn Calder’s latest album, “Bright and Vivid”
  • a copy of “Awake, You Sleepers!” from Will Currie + The Country French
  • a copy of HONHEEHONHEE’s debut, “Shouts”
  • a signed copy of Graham Wright’s “Shirts vs Skins”
  • a copy of The Elwins’ “And I Thank You”
  • some sweet t-shirts from our friends at File Under: Music
  • and PLENTY more!

If you’d like to make a donation to support campus/community radio and enter your name to win one of these great prizes, please email emma@nowplayingradio.com with your name, mailing address, and your pledge. (And if you’re a band who’d like to donate to the draw, we’d love your support!)

Be sure to tune into tomorrow’s show at 1pm on CHUO.fm when we chat with Dean from terrific Toronto band Papermaps, who’ll be playing at Zaphod’s with Fire + Neon and Ornaments on Friday, March 30th, PLUS we’ll be talking more about the CHUO funding drive AND we’ll be previewing some of the hip-happenings planned here in Toronto for Canadian Music Week!


“Woop woop.” Live acoustic set w/The Mountains and the Trees, Woodpigeon, and The Phonemes + April 13th show rundown

This week’s show was incredible — many thanks, again, to Jon, Mark, and Magali for swinging by the CHUO studios on a rainy Sunday night and sharing some lovely stripped-down tunes with us. You can listen to a sampling of the songs below:

The Phonemes – Nothing in this World – Live at CHUO 89.1 FM

Woodpigeon – Songbook/The Sound of Us Playing Together – Live at CHUO 89.1 FM

The Mountains and the Trees – Winter Song – Live at CHUO 89.1 FM

And of course, everything we spun:

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt – Ride Friendship
The White Wires – Be True To Your School (‘Til You Get Kicked Out)
Said the Whale – B.C. Orienteering
Woodpigeon (Mark Hamilton – Live at CHUO) – An Entanglement of Weeds
The Phonemes (Magali Meagher – Live at CHUO) – Nothing in this World
The Mountains and the Trees (Jon Janes – Live at CHUO) – Carry On
Mark Hamilton (Woodpigeon) and Magali Meagher (The Phonemes) (Live at CHUO) – Le Mer (Charles Trenet cover)
The Mountains and the Trees (Jon Janes – Live at CHUO) – Up and Down
Woodpigeon (Mark Hamilton – Live at CHUO) – Songbook/The Sound of Us Playing Together
The Phonemes (Magali Meagher – Live at CHUO) – April, Let’s Send His Colleagues an Email
Amos The Transparent (feat. Amy Millan) – After All That, It’s Come to This
Spring Breakup – Puppy Dogs & Rainbows
Armistice – Neon Love
The Phonemes (Magali Meagher – Live at CHUO) – Payerne
The Mountains and the Trees (Jon Janes – Live at CHUO) – Winter Blues

Some killer shows happening tonight, folks — get out there and tune back in next week for some more great times.