“This is therapy, right?” Feb. 15th show rundown with Spencer MacEachern and the Fabulous Yawn

We caught up with Spencer MacEachern of The Fabulous Yawn earlier this week to talk about — well, a whole slew of things. Finding inspiration on the street. Playing in a band with a bunch of your talented friends. The fact that, while there’ll always be Topanga (also the name of the band he’ll help open for next Friday), apparently Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt once upped the ante on ’90s primetime television. But perhaps most importantly, plenty of good music was spun:

The Fabulous Yawn – Compliments
Born Ruffians – Retard Canard II
The Elwins – Stuck in the Middle
Graham Wright – Heavens Just for Moviemakers
The Darcys – Shaking Down the Old Bones
The Meligrove Band – Racing to Shimmering Lights
Said the Whale – We Are 1980
The Fabulous Yawn – Summer Got Me Dirty

Check out the interview (and some Fabulous Yawn tracks) here:

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And don’t forget to check ’em out next Friday night at Sneaky Dee’s for the Topanga 7″ release party!

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Oct. 12 show rundown!

Thanks for tuning in today, lads and lassies. All that we spun:

We Are The City – Morning Song
Sound of Lions – Enders
Acres of Lions – Forgive and Forget
Ohbijou – Scalpel Blade
Graham Wright – Canadian Thanksgiving
Jenn Grant – Walk Away
Faraway Neighbours – Between Lakes
Matthew Barber – Blue Forever
The Glass Chain – Bad Teenagers
A.C. Newman – Take On Me (A-ha cover)
LOOM – Around Again (Island Mix)
Lykke Li – Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers cover) [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Library Voices – Book of Love

Don’t forget: Library Voices & Graham Wright are at the Black Sheep this weekend, and The Glass Chain and Faraway Neighbours have separate shows early next week. Get out there and support fantastic local and Canadian music.

“I think ‘yeah’ and ‘baby’ were the most common lyrics…” – Graham Wright phoner + July 13 show rundown

Today’s show was one of our most jam-packed yet, with new tracks from Ohbijou and Dan Mangan, spins from Polaris Prize shortlisters, a chat with our pal and Polaris juror Josh O’Kane about that very prize and the recently announced shortlist, and an interview with Tokyo Police Club’s Graham Wright, who just released his solo album “Shirts vs. Skins” at the end of last month.

Live phoner with Graham Wright on Now Playing, CHUO 89.1 FM

And of course, all that we played:

Ohbijou – Niagara
Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune
Hey Rosetta! – Bricks
Graham Wright – Leftovers
The Arcade Fire – Suburban War
Ron Sexsmith – Get in Line
The Weeknd – The Morning
Timber Timbre – Bad Ritual

Many thanks again to both gents for joining us, and don’t forget — you can catch Graham and Tokyo Police Club this weekend at the HOPE Volleyball Summerfest, alongside CHUO/Now Playing favourites the Balconies.

Backlog #2! “There’s a shoutout if I ever heard one” – our [also overdue] July 6th show rundown

As our June 29th show was yet another repeat show (but a good one, hey?), we were psyched to put together a lovely show for July 6th featuring fantastic Toronto folk-pop group Little City, who – you may remember – joined us live in studio last summer for an awesome live performance (you can relive that magic over on our “Live at CHUO” page). These guys were back with another fantastic track from their debut EP and took some time off from spending Canada Day in the capital to chat about Twitter, “Web 3.0” and what they’ve been up to over the last year.

Little City – Bright Glow

Interview with Little City

And of course, the tracks we spun:

Wildlife – Move to the City
The Deep Dark Woods – Westside Street
The Express – Nobody Knows
Belgrave – Six Minutes
The Details – Weightless in the Dark
Graham Wright – Leftovers
Little City – Bright Glow (Live at CHUO)
Matt Pond PA – Spring Fawn [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Rival Boys – No Selfish Love

Many thanks again to Little City – and if you happen to be in Toronto, make sure to check ’em out at the El Mocambo on July 22nd!

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!

April 20th show rundown

Just in time — before today’s show! Here’s what we spun last week:

Library Voices – The Prime Minister’s Daughter
The Details – Weightless in the Dark
Hands & Teeth – Until The Night
You Say Party – Laura Palmer’s Prom
Paso Mino – Canadian Skin
Chad VanGaalen – Sara
Evening Hymns – Broken Rifle
Rich Aucoin – Superman
Young Galaxy – Open Your Heart (Madonna cover)
Jamie Woon – Echoes [WEEKLY IMPORT]
The Balconies – Smells Like Secrets
Graham Wright – Crooked Moon
Digits – Desire
Northcote – Energy
Woodhands – Papa Don’t Preach (Madonna cover)

Don’t forget to tune in today at 1pm when we feature artists playing at some of this summer’s best music festivals in Ottawa: Bluesfest, Jazz Festival, and Westfest, baby. Stream it online at chuo.fm!