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!

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!

“This is therapy, right?” Feb. 15th show rundown with Spencer MacEachern and the Fabulous Yawn

We caught up with Spencer MacEachern of The Fabulous Yawn earlier this week to talk about — well, a whole slew of things. Finding inspiration on the street. Playing in a band with a bunch of your talented friends. The fact that, while there’ll always be Topanga (also the name of the band he’ll help open for next Friday), apparently Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt once upped the ante on ’90s primetime television. But perhaps most importantly, plenty of good music was spun:

The Fabulous Yawn – Compliments
Born Ruffians – Retard Canard II
The Elwins – Stuck in the Middle
Graham Wright – Heavens Just for Moviemakers
The Darcys – Shaking Down the Old Bones
The Meligrove Band – Racing to Shimmering Lights
Said the Whale – We Are 1980
The Fabulous Yawn – Summer Got Me Dirty

Check out the interview (and some Fabulous Yawn tracks) here:

(Right click to download)

And don’t forget to check ’em out next Friday night at Sneaky Dee’s for the Topanga 7″ release party!

Dec. 7 + 14 show rundowns… with Inlet Sound and Dave Norris & Local Ivan

Finally! And actually, this is the perfect time to be talking about our Dec. 7 show with Michael Wexler from Inlet Sound — they just premiered their new music video for “Mademoiselle” on AUX.TV this week! You can check out the video — which was also directed by Wexler — online here. And as for the tracks we played on Dec. 7:

Inlet Sound – Mademoiselle
Bon Iver – Holocene
Himalayan Bear – Only Dreams Let Me Hold You
Inlet Sound – The Peculiar Disappearance of Marion Bojangles
Hollerado – Got To Lose
Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies

And for our briefly-back-in-Ottawa show on Dec. 14 (well, sort of!) with Dave Norris of Dave Norris & Local Ivan:

Fevers – My Heart Is In The Basket On The Front Of Your Bicycle
Doldrums – I’m Homesick Sitting Up Here In My Satellite
The Darcys – 100 Mile House
Dave Norris & Local Ivan – Song For an Ad
Dave Norris & Local Ivan – Alma Mater
Dan Mangan – Rows of Houses
Said the Whale – Heavy Ceiling
Behind Sapphire – Tahera
We Are The City – Dark/Warm Air
Acres of Lions – Reaction
Kathryn Calder – Five More Years

Be sure to check out Inlet Sound’s Dream Awake EP on Bandcamp here and Dave Norris & Local Ivan’s debut full-length, Alma Mater, on Bandcamp here. Both are pretty darn cheap ($5 and pay-what-you-can, respectively!), which is pretty darn sweet.

In more exciting news: be sure to tune in on Wednesday, December 28th for our end-of-year, best-of-2011, four-hour mega-blowout show! From noon to 4pm EST, we’ll be broadcasting live from the CHUO studios in downtown Ottawa, inviting you to call in/tweet/Facebook/comment with YOUR best-of-the-year picks — and we’ll have guest appearances and giveaways, too! We’ll also be unveiling our fabulous new look, just in time for the new year.

Get excited — and be sure to start thinking of your best-of-2011 picks now! If you have favourite tracks released this year that you’d like to hear on air, comment below, tweet at us @nowplayingradio or send your picks in an email to emma [at] nowplayingradio [dot] com and be sure to tune in at CHUO.fm on the 28th!

“Woop woop.” Live acoustic set w/The Mountains and the Trees, Woodpigeon, and The Phonemes + April 13th show rundown

This week’s show was incredible — many thanks, again, to Jon, Mark, and Magali for swinging by the CHUO studios on a rainy Sunday night and sharing some lovely stripped-down tunes with us. You can listen to a sampling of the songs below:

The Phonemes – Nothing in this World – Live at CHUO 89.1 FM

Woodpigeon – Songbook/The Sound of Us Playing Together – Live at CHUO 89.1 FM

The Mountains and the Trees – Winter Song – Live at CHUO 89.1 FM

And of course, everything we spun:

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt – Ride Friendship
The White Wires – Be True To Your School (‘Til You Get Kicked Out)
Said the Whale – B.C. Orienteering
Woodpigeon (Mark Hamilton – Live at CHUO) – An Entanglement of Weeds
The Phonemes (Magali Meagher – Live at CHUO) – Nothing in this World
The Mountains and the Trees (Jon Janes – Live at CHUO) – Carry On
Mark Hamilton (Woodpigeon) and Magali Meagher (The Phonemes) (Live at CHUO) – Le Mer (Charles Trenet cover)
The Mountains and the Trees (Jon Janes – Live at CHUO) – Up and Down
Woodpigeon (Mark Hamilton – Live at CHUO) – Songbook/The Sound of Us Playing Together
The Phonemes (Magali Meagher – Live at CHUO) – April, Let’s Send His Colleagues an Email
Amos The Transparent (feat. Amy Millan) – After All That, It’s Come to This
Spring Breakup – Puppy Dogs & Rainbows
Armistice – Neon Love
The Phonemes (Magali Meagher – Live at CHUO) – Payerne
The Mountains and the Trees (Jon Janes – Live at CHUO) – Winter Blues

Some killer shows happening tonight, folks — get out there and tune back in next week for some more great times.

Radio Radio is playing at Barrymore’s this weekend, you guys. March 30th show rundown

Seriously. And I’m excited, if I haven’t made that clear yet. For more info about this Friday’s sure-to-be-killer show, head on over here. Barrymore’s on Bank, doors at 10pm, tickets $17 in advance.

And yes we kicked off the show with some Radio Radio — but spun some more goodies, too:

Radio Radio – 9 Piece Luggage Set
Born Ruffians – Higher & Higher
Library Voices – Drinking Games
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Under The Knife
Katie Moore – Honey on Juice
Gobble Gobble – Lawn Knives
The Albertans – The Wake
Said the Whale – Out On The Shield
Timber Timbre – Black Water
The Withering Pines – Until the Morning Comes
Young Rival – Just Can’t Stay Here
Memphis – I Want the Lights On After Dark
Scott Orr – In The Belly of A Whale

Don’t forget — for all of your local listings needs, check out our dedicated page. See you at Barrymore’s Friday night!