A fall of firsts! And our Sept. 5th show rundown

We’re back in our “second home” of Toronto, dear listeners — after an always-fun live show back in Ottawa at the end of August — and we’re thrilled to announce that the first of several NOW PLAYING RADIO Presents showcases kicks off next week! For our inaugural show, we’re featuring some terrific up-and-coming local talent, including Philip James, Carlo Meriano, Daniel Mager Band, and Michael Wexler (of great friends of the show Inlet Sound) playing a solo set. It all goes down at Rancho Relaxo next Wednesday, September 12th — doors are at 8:30pm and music starts at 9:20 — and only costs five bucks. Check out the Facebook event for more information, including links to tracks from each act (get a taste of what to expect, right?).

We also spun a couple of tracks from the above artists, plus new songs from some of our perennial faves:

Michael Rault – I Wanna Love You
Divine Fits – My Love Is Real
White Wires – Everywhere You Were
Jenn Grant – I Want You Back
John K. Samson – When I Write My Master’s Thesis
Hey Rosetta! – Yer Fall
Carlo Meriano – To Serve Man
Philip James – Mountain Limbs
Aidan Knight – A Mirror
Hooded Fang – Younger Days
Bahamas – Already Yours
Said the Whale – Curse of the Currents

Next week: more about our upcoming showcases and, as always, fresh tracks from some of your favourite Canadian artists. ‘Til then!

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July 11th show rundown, featuring Library Voices!

This week’s show was direct from Regina, Saskatchewan, where we got to meet up with Mike and Carl of Library Voices to chat about their prairie home base, how they think the world is going to end in 2012, and the place of politics in music. (Also be sure to listen for the multiple times we order more rounds of drinks and our extra-special spontaneous chat with Marshall of Rah Rah – it really is a small world.) And hey, don’t forget to catch Library Voices at the Black Sheep Inn on July 18th.

Mike (LV), Marshall (Rah Rah), and Carl (LV) at the Slow Food Pub in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Stream our chat below and check out the songs we spun, handpicked by the musicians themselves:

Part one of the show:

Part two of the show:

Library Voices – Regina, I Don’t Want To Fight
Rah Rah – Little Poems
Wintersleep – In Came The Flood
Apollo Ghosts – I’m In Love With The USA
JEFF The Brotherhood – Sixpack
Hooded Fang – Vacationation

We’ll be delivering you episodes from elsewhere on the prairies over the next few weeks, as we travel to Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton – stay tuned!

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!)

WOAH, it’s apparently been a while. At least for the blog.

Well hey there, folks. Apparently the hustle and bustle of Toronto city life has kept me from posting the most recent playlists up here — but have no fear, I’ve resolved to return to such regularity this week (and obviously provide alliteration where possible). To make up for this apparent drought, we’ve finally uploaded some of the last few live sessions from CHUO, which I’m happy to share with y’all here.

The guys from Hooded Fang stopped by for our last live show in Ottawa, which was a real treat. Mico Mazza, our pal from the Ivory Antenna, snapped some sweet photos of the set, too:

April and Dan from Hooded Fang at the CHUO studios in Ottawa.

D. Alex from Hooded Fang at the CHUO studios in Ottawa.

Lane, Lorna, and Nick of Hooded Fang at the CHUO studios in Ottawa.

Hooded Fang – (All I Have To Do Is) Dream (cover) – Live on air at the CHUO studios, July 2011

Hooded Fang – ESP – Live on air at the CHUO studios, July 2011

And of course, must plug the lovely local lads from hotshotcasino, who joined us for one of our last prerecorded sets at CHUO:

hotshotcasino – Kids – Live at CHUO

And as always, tune in this week for the latest and greatest in Canadian music! Wednesday, 1pm, chuo.fm.

Live session with Imaginary Cities + July 20 show rundown

Many thanks to Rusty and Marti, who dropped by the CHUO studios last week for a live chat and acoustic session — we weren’t able to post everything from the live session, but here’s one fabulous acoustic track:

Imaginary Cities – Hummingbird – Live at CHUO

And of course, all that was spun:

Dream Jefferson – Westminster Abbey
Handsome Furs – Damage
Socalled – Work With What You Got
Imaginary Cities – Where’d All The Living Go (Live at CHUO)
Imaginary Cities – Hummingbird (Live at CHUO)
Matthew Barber – Keep It Alive
Belgrave – Tokyo
The Elwins – Time to Kill Time
Hooded Fang – ESP

Don’t forget: Dream Jefferson plays Mavericks this Friday and Hooded Fang is in town next week to celebrate their album release! Snag all the info you need over at our Local Listings page. ‘Til next week!

Backlog #1! Our [overdue] June 22nd show rundown

Hey folks – long time, no… tunes? Have no fear, we kept the tunes spinnin’ as we were in and out of the live studio over the past few weeks (for anyone wondering, June 15th was a repeat of our June 8th show). Here’s what we

Timber Timbre – Woman
Jenn Grant – Baby’s Been Away
Braids – Lammicken
Snailhouse – Apple
Imaginary Cities – Say You
Northcote – Free Tonight
The Details – Voices Fall
Hooded Fang – Den of Love
Chad Van Gaalen – Do Not Fear
Dog is Blue – Dusty Bones

Many thanks again to Snailhouse and Jon from The Details for joining us over the phone for the show, too — we’ll get those interviews up as soon as the internet can find us a bit more space for hosting sound files.

Polaris season is very much upon us… June 8th show rundown.

We’re still riding the high that is having been on the air for just over a year now, folks! It’s super exciting. So exciting that, naturally, we had to play good music — some new tracks mixed in with some tracks from fabulous albums released over the last 12 months that I’m hoping have at least a shot at the Polaris Long List (out June 16th!):

Papermaps – Reunion
Braids – Plath Heart
Hooded Fang – Promise Land
The Olympic Symphonium – History
The Mountains and the Trees – Up and Down
Imaginary Cities – Hummingbird
Young Galaxy – Blown Minded
The Rural Alberta Advantage – The Breakup
Shuyler Jansen – Kill January
Okkervil River – We Need a Myth [WEEKLY IMPORT]
The Albertans – People Don’t Go
Sloan – Shadow of Love

Don’t forget — Shuyler Jansen is swingin’ through town soon, as are many other killer Canadian acts. Check out our Local Listings page for more info — and check out Westfest this weekend, too!

“Daniel can’t help it, he just sh*ts out music.” Live interview and set with Hooded Fang, aired March 2nd

Many thanks again to Daniel, April, and D. Alex from Toronto’s Hooded Fang for stopping by the CHUO studios last weekend. Here’s our chat with them:

And a new track, “Brahama,” live in studio:

And another new track, “Den of Love” — a new favourite, I think:

Don’t forget — they’ll be back in town May 1st opening for The Rural Alberta Advantage at Ritual! You can also find out more about these guys over here.

March 2nd show rundown [chats + sets to come]

What a totally awesome way to kick off the month. Today’s show features interviews and live sessions with Toronto’s Hooded Fang (who will be back in town May 1st, opening for The Rural Alberta Advantage at Ritual) and Ottawa’s own hotshotcasino (who are playing a FREE show at Cafe Nostalgica this Friday) — all of which will be posted online later today! (Be sure to check back, as we’ll included the full interviews + some live tracks that didn’t make it into the show.)

All in all, we played:

Land of Talk – Color Me Badd
Honheehonhee – Intro: My Lips, Your Voice [more about ’em]
Scott Orr – Dreaming in Red [pay-what-you-can for his new album here]
Hooded Fang – Den of Love (Live at CHUO)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart in Your Heartbreak
Yukon Blonde – Wind Blows
hotshotcasino – Astounding Science Fiction (Live at CHUO)
hotshotcasino – Monkey Suicide (Live at CHUO)

And don’t forget: Land of Talk, Yukon Blonde, and hotshotcasino are all playing this weekend — head over to our local listings page for more info! And check back here later for the live tracks. ‘Til then!

Feb. 2nd “Snowmageddon?” show rundown

The weather outside may be frightful, but the tunes spun today at CHUO were better than delightful — they were just rad. Proof:

Hooded Fang – Straight Up The Dial
The Lindbergh Line – Juggernaut
Ruby Coast – Whatever This Is
Wildlife – Stand in the Water
The Barettas – Touche
Julie Doiron – No More
Fire and Neon – Everybody’s Going
Church of the Very Bright Lights – Washes Over
Andy Shauf – Your Heart
Foxwarren – Defeated
Braids – Lammicken
Dinosaur Bones – Ice Hotels
Cut Copy – Need You Now [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Gramercy Riffs – Little One

Don’t forget: you can catch some of these acts, like Dinosaur Bones, Julie Doiron and Wildlife this weekend! Check out our local listings page for more info — and get ready to hit up some live shows once this weather settles down. ‘Til next week!