Oct. 26th show rundown (that re-aired this past week!)

While round two of an unfortunate cold took away any remaining voice I had to record a new show, re-airing the Oct. 26th show at least allowed us to re-air some more awesome music again. And if nothing else? We’ve got some sweet, sweet shows coming up over the next few weeks… read on for more info!

What we (double-)spun:

The Coppertone – Last Goodbyes
Belgrave – Distance
Paper Lions – Lost The War
Dan Mangan – Starts With Them, Ends With Us
Grey Kingdom – Haunted
Inlet Sound – The Peculiar Disappearance of Marion Bojangles
Right By Midnight – Hey Rialto (don’t forget: you can help these guys fundraise for their new album here)
Kathryn Calder – Who Are You?
The Darcys – Shaking Down The Old Bones
Dave Norris and Local Ivan – Alma Mater
Arkells – Bloodlines
Hey Rosetta! – Seventeen

Coming up this week: great friends of the show hotshotcasino were in town this weekend and graciously gave me a hand in co-hosting the show. No, really – they picked out songs and everything. Tune in this Wednesday at 1pm, CHUO 89.1 FM in Ottawa or online at chuo.fm. And keep your eyes peeled for yet another exciting announcement, about next week’s show…

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Our contest winner + exciting news!

Many thanks to everyone who entered our Right By Midnight ticket giveaway — the lucky winner was Ryan, who got to check out the show last Saturday at Zaphod’s. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled here and on our Twitter feed — @nowplayingradio — for more contests and giveaways coming up soon!

And now for some EXCITING NEWS: I’m thrilled to announce we’ll be having some fantastic artists visit the CHUO studios soon for both an interview and a live studio performance, and we’ll be kicking this off with The Mountains and the Trees from St. John’s, Nfld.! Jon Janes + co. will be performing at the Black Sheep Inn this weekend and will be swinging by the CHUO studios beforehand — you guys can look forward to hearing a chat + stripped-down performance airing Wednesday, December 8th.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we near the end of 2010… and be sure to tune into CHUO 89.1 FM this Wednesday at 1pm for some more killer spins!

Nov. 24 show rundown [Right By Midnight interview to come!]

Many thanks to Kris and Charles from Right By Midnight for not only visiting the CHUO studios and sittin’ down for a chat, but also for giving us two tickets to their show at Zaphod’s this Saturday night that we’re able to give to one lucky listener/reader! Click here for more info.

As for tracks this week, we spun:

Radio Radio – Dekshoo
Jesse & The Dandelions – Where the Wild Things Are
Jenn Grant – Dreamer
Hooded Fang – Younger Days
Dave Norris & Local Ivan – I Met Yer Ghost
Andy Swan – Come to the Island
Right By Midnight – Ocean (in like the waves)
Ketch Harbour Wolves – Bonfire of the Vanities
The High Dials – Uruguay
Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds – Float Away
Dinosaur Bones – Ice Hotels

No Weekly Import this week, but it’ll return next week — and boy oh boy, will there be exciting news next week… stay tuned!

Ticket giveaway!

I’m really excited to announce that Now Playing is holding its first ticket giveaway! Thanks to the great guys of Right By Midnight, we’ve got two tickets to their show this Saturday, November 27, at Zaphod’s. All you need to do is post a comment below that mentions the best show you’ve ever seen at Zaphod’s (or, hey, if you haven’t been to Zaphod’s yet, talk about the best show you’ve ever been to).  I’ll randomly choose a winner by Friday! Please leave your email address so I can contact you. Good luck!

July 14th show recap

This week, I got the chance to knock back some Pepsi and nachos and chat with the four great guys from Ottawa’s on Right By Midnight, fresh off their first-ever tour. Listen to Charles, Kris, Alex, and Joey explain their love for strobe lights, among other things:

Charles, Kris, Alex, and Joey from Right By Midnight (click to listen, right-click to save file)

Some fantastic tracks were also spun, largely influenced by certain acts I’ve checked out at this year’s Bluesfest (DAN MANGAN) and certain records I’ve been playing on repeat on my iPod (FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE):

Dan Mangan – Basket
The Balconies – 300 Pages
Forest City Lovers – Phodilus + Tyto
Right By Midnight – Along The Way
Michou – Growing Younger
Young Galaxy – Firestruck
Florence and the Machine – Cosmic Love
Brasstronaut – Slow Knots
Sound of Lions – Passive Attack
Crystal Castles – Violent Dreams

Speaking of Florence and the Machine: she’s awesome. No, but actually, as much as I love to expose CHUO listeners to new local and Canadian music, I’d love to take the opportunity to play some artists who may not be from our home and native land. Now Playing will now feature a “Weekly Import,” a track from artists hailing from countries around the world.

I’m pretty excited. You should be excited, too. Mostly because the show now has a legit domain name (nowplayingradio.com) and it looks like we’ll be checking in with the incredible local duo Sound of Lions soon. Seriously: give them a spin here http://soundoflions.com/?p=music.

‘Til next week, fellow music fanatics.

June 9th show recap (now with audio links!)

Our second show boasted two hours of delicious local and Canadian music. The playlist:

Dinosaur Bones – Point of Pride
The Anybody – San Francisco
Born Ruffians – What To Say
Dukes of Burgundy – Talking Backwards
The Balconies – Serious Bedtime
Sloan – Believe in Me
Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
Forest City Lovers – Minneapolis
The Acorn – Crossed Wires
The Tanuki Project – Playground
Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed
Apollo Ghosts – Brown to Grey
The Anybody – Basement Blues
Loon Choir – New Forewarnings
Rah Rah – Arrows
Right By Midnight – Best Way Home
Loon Choir – Vis a Vis

We also had some great interviews with Connor Mercury from The Anybody (complete with an in-studio performance of “My Heart Beating”) and Derek, Nikki, and Jamie from Loon Choir which you can check out below:

Connor Mercury from The Anybody (click to listen, right-click to save file)

Derek, Nikki, and Jamie from Loon Choir (click to listen, right-click to save file)

And don’t forget: you can see Connor’s live acoustic set tonight at the Cajun Attic. Doors are at 8:30 and it’s pay-what-you-can to help the guy out (on his birthday!) as most of his recording equipment and instruments were lost in the Sunnyside fire a few weeks ago. On Thursday, Loon Choir hits the stage at Cafe Dekcuf on Rideau alongside Rah Rah (from Regina, SK) and The Sonic Defense (also from Ottawa).

If you’re looking for more to check out this weekend, you can catch some great acts like The Balconies, Dala, The White Wires, Monkeyjunk, and Sloan all for free at Westfest this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and you can find Tokyo Sex Whale, Holy Cobras, Mother’s Children, and more at Gaga Weekend this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Get out there and support local music, kids. ‘Til next week!