I’m excited about Hey Rosetta! — are you?! Feb. 16 show rundown

I’m so excited, I had to spin a track off their new album, Seeds, which was just released this past Tuesday — and I had to mention this Saturday’s concert again. Yes, folks, it’s sold out — but you never know what happens if you pay close enough attention to Twitter or Kijiji — you never know where you can find tickets! And hey, if you can’t go this Saturday, well there are a slew of awesome shows coming up for which tickets are still available — click on “Local Listings” up on the right-hand side, there, and go have some fun.

Speaking of fun, we played a whole lotta fun tracks today:

Hey Rosetta! – Welcome
The Liptonians – Hey! Hey! Help Is On Its Way Now!
Spring Breakup – It’s Not Me, It’s You
Meligrove Band – Make Believe It
Jenn Grant – Oh My Heart
Cowboy Junkies – Wrong Piano
The Peptides – For Those Who Hate Each Other
New Grammar – Calling Card
Shotgun Jimmie – Late Last Year
Noah and the Whale – Wild Thing [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Mother’s Children – Shaky Sue
Wildlife – Drunken Heart
Harlan Pepper – Little Miss Sunshine
Kit Wilson-Yang – Why Go Out A Killin?
My Dad Vs Yours – Hip to Hip

If anyone out there is hitting up the Rich Aucoin show on Friday or the Hey Rosetta! show on Saturday, leave a comment — maybe I’ll see you there! Happy live-music-ing this weekend, folks.

Last show of 2010! Dec. 29th show rundown

Many thanks to the awesome Jon Cohen of The Jon Cohen Experimental for phoning in for a chat on today’s show — we should hopefully get the audio from that soon and post ‘er here. Don’t forget, you can check him out when he comes to Ottawa early in the new year — he’s hitting up the Avant Garde Bar on Thursday, January 6th, only $6 cover. Check out his site for more info. Update: Jon also tells me the first 20 people in the door will also get a free copy of their sophomore album, Behold. Definitely another awesome reason to go check out the show.

But yes, today’s show was also dedicated to some of my own favourite + top tracks of 2010 — but with a twist. My list focuses more on Canadian artists who may have been neglected from other best-of-2010 lists, and also spotlights some fantastic local acts who released some killer full-length albums and EPs this year. You can’t deny it: 2010 has been the best year yet for Ottawa’s music scene.

Here’s what we spun on the show:

Olenka & The Autumn Lovers – Odessa
Meligrove Band – Really Want It
Little City – Lincoln Learning French
Tokyo Police Club – Favourite Colour
The Acorn – Misplaced
Diamond Rings – Something Else
The Jon Cohen Experimental – Hold the Fire
Broken Social Scene – All to All
Great Bloomers – Small Town Love
The Love Machine – Love is On Your Side
Old Crowns – Shaky Hands
Sound of Lions – Passive Attack
Gramercy Riffs – Dreaming

And man. Here’s my “had I more time, I would have also played” list:
Land of Talk – Quarry Hymns
Loon Choir – New Forewarnings
Basia Bulat – Heart of My Own
Promise Land – Hooded Fang
Rah Rah – Breaking Hearts
Kathryn Calder – If You Only Knew

Alas. An hour can be so restrictive.

And while I didn’t get a chance to mention it on-air, we’ll be extending the EP giveaway! Still the same set-up: tell me what your favourite Canadian album of 2010 is and you could win a copy of The Details’ The Original Mark EP. Comment below or shoot me an email at emma [at] nowplayingradio.com.

‘Til… the new year!

December 1st show playlist

It’s all about the Toronto indie rock today. And the new Iron & Wine. God, I can’t get over it.

Falklands – It’s Good To See You
The Love Machine – Lioness
Mother Mother – Body of Years
The Russian Futurists – Golden Years
Born Ruffians – I Need a Life
Bankrobber – The End
Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans – Wild Folk
Shapes & Sizes – Time Has Practically Stopped
Meligrove Band – Really Want It
The Salteens – Last Train From London
The Stormalongs – Pain Coaster
Ruth Moody – The Garden

And don’t forget — don’t miss next week’s show when Jon Janes from The Mountains & The Trees stops by the studio for a chat & performance! Should be one hell of a show, kids.

Acoustic lovin’. Or just general awesomeness lovin’. – Nov. 10 show recap

The killer beats from today’s show, ladies and gents:

Meligrove Band – Bones Attack!!!
Rich Aucoin – PUSH
Random Recipe – Without You
Kathryn Calder – A Day Long Past Its Prime
Gianna Lauren – Nightmares
The Mountains & The Trees – More & More & More
Two Door Cinema Club – Kids [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Diamond Rings – All Yr Songs
Feed The Birds – Bees
Winter Gloves – Glow in the Dark
Owen Pallett – A Man With No Ankles
Whale Tooth – Sleepwalking
Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few – Tailored to Fit
Shelley O’Brien – Generous Waters
Siskiyou – Never Ever Ever Ever Again
Elvyn – The Decline

Don’t forget — you can check out the Meligrove Band TONIGHT at Mavericks, playing with Ruby Coast and The Gallop (hometown love!). Ten bucks in advance, 8pm doors. Facebook event is here.

We’ve also got some exciting stuff in the works… but more on that later. ‘Til next week, fellow music lovers!