June 27th show rundown

We’re back in the blog-updating saddle again, lovely listeners. Today’s show featured a slew of terrific new tracks from some of our favourite artists here on Now Playing:

Bravestation – Tides of the Summit
Silkken Laumann – House of Common Problems
The Elwins – Time to Kill Time
Stars – The Theory of Relativity
Diamond Rings – I’m Just Me
Rah Rah – I Could Tell You I’m Sorry
Dream Jefferson – Hannah
Teenage Kicks – Jemima Surrender
Evening Hymns – Arrows
ev ree wuhn – Control

We’ve also updated our local show listings – and don’t forget to check out our last post, where you’ve got the opportunity to get your hands on a mixtape we just can’t wait to share with you. ‘Til next week!

Reunited with live radio, and it feels so good. May 25th show rundown.

Lovely listeners, it was such a thrill to return to live radio today. And boy oh boy did we celebrate this return with some pretty excellent spins:

Austra – Lose It (Diamond Rings remix)
Winchester Warm – Surf’s Up
White Wires – Summer Girl
The Guilty Minds – Sand and Glass
Graham Wright – Soviet Race
David Myles – Gone for Long
Handsome Furs – What About Us
Handsome Furs – Repatriated
Zachary Lucky – Coming Back Home
Purple Ghosts – Can’t Dance
Sarah Hallman – Electricity
Cornwall – Snow Weather
Kathryn Calder – Slip Away

Don’t forget, folks: many of these fabulous acts are making their way through town soon — be sure to check out the Local Listings section so you don’t miss ’em! Join us next Wednesday at 1pm when we’ll continue our live radio rollercoaster of awesome — and keep your eyes peeled to this space to see when we’ll be bringing some more terrific live music to live radio!

Last show of 2010! Dec. 29th show rundown

Many thanks to the awesome Jon Cohen of The Jon Cohen Experimental for phoning in for a chat on today’s show — we should hopefully get the audio from that soon and post ‘er here. Don’t forget, you can check him out when he comes to Ottawa early in the new year — he’s hitting up the Avant Garde Bar on Thursday, January 6th, only $6 cover. Check out his site for more info. Update: Jon also tells me the first 20 people in the door will also get a free copy of their sophomore album, Behold. Definitely another awesome reason to go check out the show.

But yes, today’s show was also dedicated to some of my own favourite + top tracks of 2010 — but with a twist. My list focuses more on Canadian artists who may have been neglected from other best-of-2010 lists, and also spotlights some fantastic local acts who released some killer full-length albums and EPs this year. You can’t deny it: 2010 has been the best year yet for Ottawa’s music scene.

Here’s what we spun on the show:

Olenka & The Autumn Lovers – Odessa
Meligrove Band – Really Want It
Little City – Lincoln Learning French
Tokyo Police Club – Favourite Colour
The Acorn – Misplaced
Diamond Rings – Something Else
The Jon Cohen Experimental – Hold the Fire
Broken Social Scene – All to All
Great Bloomers – Small Town Love
The Love Machine – Love is On Your Side
Old Crowns – Shaky Hands
Sound of Lions – Passive Attack
Gramercy Riffs – Dreaming

And man. Here’s my “had I more time, I would have also played” list:
Land of Talk – Quarry Hymns
Loon Choir – New Forewarnings
Basia Bulat – Heart of My Own
Promise Land – Hooded Fang
Rah Rah – Breaking Hearts
Kathryn Calder – If You Only Knew

Alas. An hour can be so restrictive.

And while I didn’t get a chance to mention it on-air, we’ll be extending the EP giveaway! Still the same set-up: tell me what your favourite Canadian album of 2010 is and you could win a copy of The Details’ The Original Mark EP. Comment below or shoot me an email at emma [at] nowplayingradio.com.

‘Til… the new year!

Acoustic lovin’. Or just general awesomeness lovin’. – Nov. 10 show recap

The killer beats from today’s show, ladies and gents:

Meligrove Band – Bones Attack!!!
Rich Aucoin – PUSH
Random Recipe – Without You
Kathryn Calder – A Day Long Past Its Prime
Gianna Lauren – Nightmares
The Mountains & The Trees – More & More & More
Two Door Cinema Club – Kids [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Diamond Rings – All Yr Songs
Feed The Birds – Bees
Winter Gloves – Glow in the Dark
Owen Pallett – A Man With No Ankles
Whale Tooth – Sleepwalking
Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few – Tailored to Fit
Shelley O’Brien – Generous Waters
Siskiyou – Never Ever Ever Ever Again
Elvyn – The Decline

Don’t forget — you can check out the Meligrove Band TONIGHT at Mavericks, playing with Ruby Coast and The Gallop (hometown love!). Ten bucks in advance, 8pm doors. Facebook event is here.

We’ve also got some exciting stuff in the works… but more on that later. ‘Til next week, fellow music lovers!

Nov. 3 show recap

Tons of fab new electro-alt-pop-rock in this week’s show:

Politique – Meet Me Afterdark
Shapes and Sizes – I Need an Outlet
The Modern Men – Lipstick Kiss
Hot Panda – Start Making Sense
Diamond Rings – You and Me
Luke Doucet and the White Falcon – Monkeys
Dragonette – Easy (Fabian Remix) [MIX/MASH OF THE MONTH]
Chromeo – Hot Mess
Black Mountain – Old Fangs
First Aid Kit – When I Grow Up (Fever Ray cover) [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans – Constellation
Olenka and the Autumn Lovers – Go
The Acorn – Brokered Heart

Look for more exciting stuff this week — Wednesdau, Nov. 10 — as I gush about some MORE superexciting shows coming up next month (hint: it’s a very vague hint, but there is some east coast awesomeness coming our way. That, and TOKYO POLICE CLUB is returning in January, SCORE.)

See you next week!