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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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!

Sound of Lions interview and Sept. 15th show recap

It feels good to be back in action. Well, half back in action — yes, today’s show was prerecorded. But that didn’t make it any less kickass. This week’s tracks:

Winter Gloves – Plastic Slides
The Balconies – Elephant Lamp
Caribou – Leave House
Rich Aucoin – Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.
Parlovr – Pen to the Paper
The Gallop – Evenings Over the Hills
Sound of Lions – Enders
Land of Talk – Cloak and Cipher
Free Energy – Dream City
Two Hours Traffic – Noisemaker
Tokyo Police Club – Not Sick

A couple weeks ago, I got to chat with Whitney and Christian (and their adorable kitty Mixtape) about their incredible project, Sound of Lions. A little trip-hop, a little lounge, and a whole lot of awesome, Sound of Lions has been in the works for over a year, but this Friday, the 17th, marks their first live show with a full band. Whitney and Christian have been recording a bunch of tracks themselves, in their ecclectic Centretown apartment, but have also been working on expanding their sound with some fantastic fellow local musicians. We talked about working on this new sound, the hip-hop scene in Ottawa, and where they came up with their majestic name:

Be sure to catch Sound of Lions this Friday, Sept. 17th, as they open for Skratch Bastid at Ritual Nightclub on Besserer St. More deets in our Local Listings section.

Speaking of listings… go check that shizz out. Let alone the next few weeks and months, there are actually some incredible shows happening TONIGHT, if you happen to read this in time. Get out of the house and check out at least one of the following:

– Caribou and the Russian Futurists at Babylon on Bank St. (though I hear tickets at the door are limited)

– The Anybody at the Cajun Attic on Dalhousie St. (1opm)

– The Golden Isles at the Avant Garde Bar on Besserer (I just interviewed these guys — they’re great — and will be airing the chat next week)

That should keep you occupied — ’til next week!

“Take your shirts off when you play. It feels good.” Interview with Miaou Miaou – PART ONE of August 25th show recap

I know I say this often, but really — today was an incredible show.

What we spun (apparently “ou”-heavy, it seems):

Caribou – Sun
Siskiyou – Hold It In
Miaou Miaou – North Memphis
Michou – Eavesdropping
Little City – Rise Up
Land of Talk – Swift Coin

Vancouver two-piece Miaou Miaou — composed of hilarious guys Raph and Sean — were in town playing at the Elmdale Tavern last week and I got the chance to sit down with them and talk west coast music, touring Canada, and, uh, taking your shirt off while playing the drums.

They’re playing at Rancho Relaxo tonight in Toronto — if you happen to be there, you should check ’em out! Why not sidle over to their myspace, too — they’ve got a great, self-described “grunge-pop” sound.

And just wait for our next post: Toronto’s Little City also joined us in the studio today to chat and perform…