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!

 

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Dec. 7 + 14 show rundowns… with Inlet Sound and Dave Norris & Local Ivan

Finally! And actually, this is the perfect time to be talking about our Dec. 7 show with Michael Wexler from Inlet Sound — they just premiered their new music video for “Mademoiselle” on AUX.TV this week! You can check out the video — which was also directed by Wexler — online here. And as for the tracks we played on Dec. 7:

Inlet Sound – Mademoiselle
Bon Iver – Holocene
Himalayan Bear – Only Dreams Let Me Hold You
Inlet Sound – The Peculiar Disappearance of Marion Bojangles
Hollerado – Got To Lose
Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies

And for our briefly-back-in-Ottawa show on Dec. 14 (well, sort of!) with Dave Norris of Dave Norris & Local Ivan:

Fevers – My Heart Is In The Basket On The Front Of Your Bicycle
Doldrums – I’m Homesick Sitting Up Here In My Satellite
The Darcys – 100 Mile House
Dave Norris & Local Ivan – Song For an Ad
Dave Norris & Local Ivan – Alma Mater
Dan Mangan – Rows of Houses
Said the Whale – Heavy Ceiling
Behind Sapphire – Tahera
We Are The City – Dark/Warm Air
Acres of Lions – Reaction
Kathryn Calder – Five More Years

Be sure to check out Inlet Sound’s Dream Awake EP on Bandcamp here and Dave Norris & Local Ivan’s debut full-length, Alma Mater, on Bandcamp here. Both are pretty darn cheap ($5 and pay-what-you-can, respectively!), which is pretty darn sweet.

In more exciting news: be sure to tune in on Wednesday, December 28th for our end-of-year, best-of-2011, four-hour mega-blowout show! From noon to 4pm EST, we’ll be broadcasting live from the CHUO studios in downtown Ottawa, inviting you to call in/tweet/Facebook/comment with YOUR best-of-the-year picks — and we’ll have guest appearances and giveaways, too! We’ll also be unveiling our fabulous new look, just in time for the new year.

Get excited — and be sure to start thinking of your best-of-2011 picks now! If you have favourite tracks released this year that you’d like to hear on air, comment below, tweet at us @nowplayingradio or send your picks in an email to emma [at] nowplayingradio [dot] com and be sure to tune in at CHUO.fm on the 28th!

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.