Sept. 21st (and repeated on the 28th!) show rundown

Hey folks — as we get ready to spin new tunes this week, here’s a rundown of those that were played over the last two weeks (because, yes, we did indeed pull a good ol’ show-repeat):

Dan Mangan – About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help at All

Bruce Peninsula – In Your Light

Northcote – Mechanical Hearts

Ra Ra Riot – Too Dramatic [WEEKLY IMPORT]

Coeur de Pirate – Adieu

Rich Aucoin – 10,342 Cuts for the US

Braids – Same Mum

Land of Talk – Ghosts (Wintersleep cover – “Weighty Ghost”)

Arcade Fire – We Used to Wait

Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out [WEEKLY IMPORT]

Stay tuned this week for more fresh tracks from some of your favourite Canadian artists, folks.

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“Proof that amazing music can come from the prairies.” August 4th show recap

I’m pretty sure this may be the most excited I’ve been for a show — at least as far as playlists go. The pure gold we spun this week (thanks, in part, to figuring out how to connect my laptop to the console and an amazing selection of albums in the CHUO new release library):

Hot Hot Heat – Goddess on the Prairie
hotshotcasino – This City
Gramercy Riffs – Silent Walls and Siren Calls
Polymaths – Home Again
Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got the Love (The XX remix)
Crush Buildings – Blueteeth
Apollo Ghosts – Land of the Morning Calm
Best Coast – Boyfriend
Bent By Elephants – Can’t Have You
Royal Canoe – Fabulous Mess
Wolf Parade – Two Men in Tuxedos

And yessir, we added a new feature this week, too: the Mix/Mash of the Month. Every month, we’ll spin a great remix or mashup of an already fantastic song — definite ear candy. This week’s was The XX remix of the Florence and the Machine cover of You’ve Got the Love. Weekly Import this time around was LA’s Best Coast.

I’ll also be posting today’s interview with Pascal and Julien from Ottawa’s own hotshotcasino shortly — in the meantime, go support these guys and snag their new single, “This City,” released today.

July 14th show recap

This week, I got the chance to knock back some Pepsi and nachos and chat with the four great guys from Ottawa’s on Right By Midnight, fresh off their first-ever tour. Listen to Charles, Kris, Alex, and Joey explain their love for strobe lights, among other things:

Charles, Kris, Alex, and Joey from Right By Midnight (click to listen, right-click to save file)

Some fantastic tracks were also spun, largely influenced by certain acts I’ve checked out at this year’s Bluesfest (DAN MANGAN) and certain records I’ve been playing on repeat on my iPod (FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE):

Dan Mangan – Basket
The Balconies – 300 Pages
Forest City Lovers – Phodilus + Tyto
Right By Midnight – Along The Way
Michou – Growing Younger
Young Galaxy – Firestruck
Florence and the Machine – Cosmic Love
Brasstronaut – Slow Knots
Sound of Lions – Passive Attack
Crystal Castles – Violent Dreams

Speaking of Florence and the Machine: she’s awesome. No, but actually, as much as I love to expose CHUO listeners to new local and Canadian music, I’d love to take the opportunity to play some artists who may not be from our home and native land. Now Playing will now feature a “Weekly Import,” a track from artists hailing from countries around the world.

I’m pretty excited. You should be excited, too. Mostly because the show now has a legit domain name (nowplayingradio.com) and it looks like we’ll be checking in with the incredible local duo Sound of Lions soon. Seriously: give them a spin here http://soundoflions.com/?p=music.

‘Til next week, fellow music fanatics.