April 11 show rundown

Almost a month has passed and yet it only just feels as if we’re getting out of our CMW coma. That’s what plenty of live music does to you. Have no fear, listeners: we’re still in action as always, and we’ll be posting some of our most recent interviews — including those with Toronto acts Paint and Adaline, plus our CMW chats with Kalle Mattson, Samantha Savage Smith, and Poor Young Things — as the week goes on, and we’ll be getting back into that lovely Song of the Week groove (pun intended!) too.

For now, a recap of what we spun last week:

Said the Whale – Loveless
J.J. Ipsen and the Paper Crown – DaDaDa
Eight and a Half – Scissors
Octoberman – Dressed Up
Library Voices – Regina I Don’t Want To Fight
Gold and Youth – Time To Kill
Great Bloomers – Something More
The Wooden Sky – Take Me Out
Kalle Mattson – The Shore
Wintersleep – Resuscitate
Sarah Hallman – Electricity
GSJF – Messages
Bahamas – Lost in the Light

And be sure to tune into tomorrow’s show — 1pm on CHUO.fm or 89.1 on the FM dial for those listening in Ottawa — for our chat with Toronto songstress Darrelle London, who will be hitting up the Centrepointe Theatre in the nation’s capital this Friday, April 20!

‘Til then!

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!

 

March 7th show rundown and SONG OF THE WEEK: Bravestation, “Signs of the Civilized”

Our latest show was a rather simple one, folks, as I took the opportunity to spin some tracks I’ve personally been lovin’ for the last few weeks. These included:

Phedre – In Decay
Plants & Animals – Why & Why
Kalle Mattson – Covered It All
Sound of Lions – Enders (Fevers Evil Mix)
John K. Samson – When I Write My Master’s Thesis
Little City – Arms Around A Picture
Grimes – Be a Body
The Glass Chain – Still Lives
Erin Passmore – Downtown
Bravestation – Signs of the Civilized
The Abbreviations – The Waiting Game
The Wooden Sky – Child of the Valley
ALX – I Will Love You More
Moon King – Theme From Moon King
Folly and the Hunter – Leaving Town

The next couple of weeks are going to be jam-packed with awesomeness as the CHUO funding drive is coming up, there are a couple of terrific Toronto bands playing Ottawa soon, and of course Canadian Music Week and JunoFest are just around the corner. And all of this is happening before April 1st! Madness. Sheer madness.

And to help get you excited about all of this madness, our latest song of the week is a sleek track from Toronto’s Bravestation, who we actually had on Now Playing Radio for a live session around this time last year. The indie-rock/pop quartet explores a terrific new tribal-pop sound that even harkens back to the ’80s with “Signs of the Civilized,” which they recently released in advance of their upcoming debut LP, expected later this year. Highly recommended for those who like to listen to Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” every so often but won’t ever admit to it.

Bravestation – Signs of the Civilized

Listen if you like: smooth tribal pop; the idea of far-from-outdated, fresh ’80s soft rock; Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” but updated, generally more cool, and with more electric guitar.

If you’re in Toronto, you can catch them next during Canadian Music Week on March 24th at the Horseshoe Tavern with Two Hours Traffic, Wintersleep, and more. You can also help support their efforts to create a music video for Signs of the Civilized here (and damn does it sound like they have a rad idea for it).

Don’t remind them that their names rhyme… Nov. 30 show rundown, featuring The Details!

You’re always guaranteed a fun time with The Details. Whether it’s their penchant for finding innovative ways to share their music (bathroom sessions, anyone?) or their undying love for their hometown Winnipeg Jets, there is no shortage of things to talk about with Sean, Shaun, Jon and Keli. I mean, they even kept talking to me after I jokingly smushed all their names together. Their sarcastic laughs are one of my favourite parts of our chat, which you can listen to below (or download by right-clicking here):

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They also chose some really great songs to play (well, the first song was my pick):

The Details – Vulture Mechanics
Kalle Mattson – Thick as Thieves
Royal Canoe – Nightcrawlin’
Adaline – Rebels of Love
Feist – Get It Wrong, Get It Right
Bry Webb – Rivers of Gold
Wilco – Open Mind [WEEKLY IMPORT]

Thanks again to The Details for joining me as they passed through Toronto — we hope to see those guys make their way back through Ontario again very soon. (Oh, and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter.)

And hey, speaking of Toronto, Ontario, Inlet Sound (or, more specifically, Michael Wexler from the band) will be joining us on today’s show. Be sure to tune in at 1pm on CHUO.FM (or stream ‘er live right here).

Rundown: Nov. 9 show, featuring hotshotcasino!

I was thrilled to have the boys from hotshotcathedral hotshotcasino join me in the good ol’ four-one-six the weekend before last. I feel like they brought little pieces of the capital city with them: stories about the U of O campus, updates on great shows happening in the market… all of that jazz. Toss in some deep discussions about the looming end of the world, “doctors of love,” and a documentary appearance, and you’ve got the episode of Now Playing Radio that aired Nov. 9. In the hours leading up to their first Toronto show in months, Pascal, Gregg, Julien and Seb each picked a couple of songs to play and I tossed in a few more recent tracks for good measure:

Kalle Mattson – The Shore
Hotshotcasino – Ghosts
James and Blackburn – Loose Leaf
Newkid – Thunderbirds
We Are The City – Astronomers
Brasstronaut – Slow Knot
The Fast Romantics – Cool Kid

And to celebrate this fabulous new show format — more interviews with bands that aren’t just run-of-the-mill interviews, folks! — I’m posting a podcasted, slightly shortened version of the show RIGHT HERE for your listening pleasure. This episode features one full-length song as well — download and enjoy our conversations mixed in among the sweet sounds of Toronto-by-way-of-Ottawa’s James and Blackburn, or stream ‘er right here:

And in more super-thrilling news: on this week’s show, Toronto’s THE ELWINS join me to not only spin some sweet tunes lovingly picked out by Matt, Feurd, Travis and Chris, but we also chat about how they spent their summer (playing summer camps!) and I press them on which dessert is best. Be sure to tune in this Wednesday at 1pm EST to find out the result of our heated cake versus pie debate (if you’re in Ottawa, you can tune in to 89.1 on the FM dial; livestream anywhere in the world via CHUO.FM by clicking right here). ‘Til then!

So many awesome upcoming June releases. May 18th show rundown.

Was thrilled, as always, to spin some sweet new tunes on the airwaves this week, including:

Junior Boys – Banana Ripple
Raleigh – Tunnel Vision
Dog is Blue – Southern Ontario
All of The Above – Feather
Austra – Darken Her Horse
Snailhouse – I Never Woke Up
The Balconies – Kill Count
City and Colour – Fragile Bird
Kalle Mattson – Covered It All
Bon Iver – Calgary
My Dad vs Yours – En Plein Soleil

And hey — a bunch of these acts are making their way through the nation’s capital soon, so be sure to check out our Local Listings page to find out when and where you can catch some of this sweet, sweet Canadian music.

AND ALSO: we’re still selling our fabulous digital compilation, the SUB-BASEMENT SESSIONS, over at Bandcamp to raise money for CHUO — help us out and make a donation today!

AND LASTLY — and I’m super excited about this — we’ll return to live radio next Wednesday, May 25th, folks! Be sure to tune in as I have no doubt there will be live shenanigans to be had… or at the very least, more fantastic music.

‘Til then!

The mysterious show rundown that never appeared – flashback to March 23rd

I knew something was missing here. Just in case you tuned into the show from two weeks ago and was like, wait, hey, what did they play that day? (Rhyme completely intentional.) We also had an interview with Kalle from Kalle Mattson on that show, too — we’ll try to get that online sooner than later, too!

Dream Jefferson – Vampyroteuthis
Chikita Violenta – All I Need’s A Little More
Geoff Burner – The Victory Party
Phantom Shores – Walking in the Night
Hey Rosetta! – Bricks
Crimes in Paris – Tonight
Kalle Mattson – A Deepened End
Kalle Mattson – Singing Knives
The Wilderness – Triste
Austra – Lose It
Friends Electric – Big City Nights
Little Scream – Cannons

Also, you can look forward to a live session with Ottawa’s Phantom Shores this week! Heading into the studio today to record ’em — be sure to tune in this Wednesday at 1pm to catch it!

March 9th show rundown [HONHEEHONHEE interview to come!]

As always, we had a slew of great tracks on tap today, including:

No Gold – Weird Week
Snailhouse – Sentimental Gentleman
We Are The City – That’s It, That’s All
Dream Jefferson – Bedtime Ballet
Dinosaur Bones – Royalty
Jenn Grant – Let’s Get Started
HONHEEHONHEE – We Only Go
Snowblink – The Tired Bees
The Good Natured – Your Body Is A Machine [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Kalle Mattson – Good Morning Goodnight
The Gallop – Get Me To Sleep
Young Galaxy – Cover Your Tracks (Freedom or Death Remix) [MIX/MASH OF THE MONTH]

Stay tuned, we’ll be getting the interview with Matt, Stefan, and Greg from HONHEEHONHEE up online soon — until then, go check out their Bandcamp page where you can download their first single, A. is for Animal, for free! Check ’em out tomorrow night at the Elmdale, too — more info about that show and more excellent shows can be found on our local listings page.

Dec. 22 show playlist – and The Details EP giveaway!

Hey folks – thanks for tuning in this week, our SECOND LAST show of 2010, when we featured some fab holiday tracks and more:

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Stamp
Sarah Hallman – Electricity
Evening Hymns – Just Like Christmas
Olenka and the Autumn Lovers – Sparrow
The Details – Strings and Ribbons
Laurent Bourque – What We Talk About
Glasser – Home [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Great Lake Swimmers – Gonna Make It Through The Year
Basia Bulat – You Are A Gift
Kalle Mattson – Thick As Thieves
Rebekah Higgs – Miserably Together
Leif Vollebekk – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
The White Wires – I Remember How
Andrew Vincent – Keep It That Way
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Little Drummer Boy

And of course, we finally got around to launching our latest giveaway — Winnipeg’s The Details graciously sent us a couple of copies of their Original Mark EP, and I’d like to give ’em to some of you guys. Send me an email (emma [at] nowplayingradio [dot] com) or comment below with your favourite Canadian album of 2010. I’ll be doing a live “Best of 2010” show next Wednesday the 29th and I want you guys to tell me what I should be spinning! Contest closes at Tuesday the 28th at midnight and I’ll happily announce the winners on our next show.

Put those thinking caps on and tell me what record you loved most from this past year! ‘Til next week!

Kalle Mattson interview + tracks from live set [updated!]

Many thanks again to Kalle, Rory, and Thean from Sault Ste. Marie/Ottawa folk-rock quartet Kalle Mattson for dropping by the CHUO studios last weekend to chat and play some songs for us. Be sure to check ’em out at the super incredible show that will be at Ritual this Saturday (seriously, the lineup is killer: The Rural Alberta Advantage, Rebekah Higgs, Laurent Bourque, and Kalle Mattson. Might as well call it the We-Love-All-These-Acts-Here-On-Now-Playing Show).

Kalle Mattson – Singing Knives

Kalle Mattson – Shattered Minds

Interview with Kalle, Rory, and Thean

Don’t forget, stay tuned to hear about our Details EP giveaway… ’til next time!