“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.


“I just love Ontario, I truly enjoy this province.” – The Mountains & The Trees LIVE at CHUO + Dec. 8th show rundown

On his last day of touring, the afternoon before his last show of the year at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, Jon Janes — aka The Mountains & The Trees — hung out with some of us at the CHUO studios, chatted, performed a couple songs, chatted some more… he even played an impromptu cover of Bahamas’ “Already Yours” (also posted below, thanks to Lenny for the recording). Point is, Janes is a great guy and we were thrilled to host him in the studio for a few hours. (And many thanks to Ming, too, for snapping some photos.)

Check out the interview, plus some of the live songs below:

The Mountains & The Trees – interview

The Mountains & The Trees – More & More & More

The Mountains & The Trees – Goodbye Little Town

BONUS – The Mountains & The Trees – Already Yours (Bahamas cover. Yes, that’s me gushing a few seconds in — thanks again to Lenny for recording it in the hallway outside the CHUO studios!)

If you want to purchase the latest full-length release from The Mountains and the Trees, “I Made This For You” — named one of Exclaim’s top 10 folk albums of 2010 — check out the digital release on Bandcamp, where Jon is selling the album on a pay-what-you-can basis and will be donating all proceeds to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Awesome stuff.

And, of course, can’t forget all the tracks we played:

Modern Superstitions – Go-Between
Mathias Mental – Heart Attack
Winter Gloves – Invisible
Azure Ray – Make Your Heart [WEEKLY IMPORT]
The Record Holder – Perfect Drunk
Extra Happy Ghost!!! – Sympathy for the Moron
The Mountains and the Trees – Goodbye Little Town (Live at CHUO)
The Mountains and the Trees – More & More & More (Live at CHUO)
Little City – Hard to See
Jane Vain and the Dark Matter – That Night
The Golden Dogs – Underwater Goldmine
Flora Poste – In the Open
Jenocide – 2 Hot 2 Hold

Thanks again to Jon, Ming and Lenny, and especially Tom and the team at CHUO for helping to make this all happen. Stay tuned for some more awesomeness coming up next week!

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!

So I really like The Mountains & The Trees and The Details, okay? Nov. 17 show rundown

I can’t help it. I just got my hands on the St. John’s, NL singer’s latest album “I Made This For You” and the Winnpeg group’s The Original Mark EP, which was just released yesterday. So, naturally, I had to play ’em again. Along with some other great acts:

Bravestation – Colour Us With Youth
Jenocide – Street Rhythm
The Coast – Heartbreak City
Bahamas – Already Yours
The Mountains & The Trees – The Times
Steven McKay – Restore Me
Belle & Sebastian – I Want The World To Stop [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Chris Artonik – Roll With It
Christina Maria – Carolina
The Details – Surface Breaks
Sarah Harmer – The Thief
David Vertesi – All Night, All Night, All Night
F&M – Bell’s Own Desire
The Wilderness of Manitoba – Golden Beets
Old Crowns – Hems

So, this week — if you’re looking for awesome upbeat electronic pop, definitely check out Jenocide. And as for more acoustic lovin’, head on over to our Local Listings page to find more details about this weekend’s Bahamas show.

‘Til next week!

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!