It’s all about the groove. The Golden Isles interview + Sept. 22 show recap

Montreal’s The Golden Isles were in town last week to play the awesome Avant Garde Bar (so awesome, in fact, that one of the two fellas I interviewed, Adam, was inspired to make a wonderfully descriptive monologue during the interview) and I got a chance to sit down with one third of the band (make that two members, Adam and Richard) to chat about what brought them together, what the Montreal scene is like, and their first time bringing their tour to Ottawa.

As always, we spun some sweet tracks this week, too:

Wintersleep – Preservation
Bend Sinister – Jimmy Brown
Library Voices – Party Like it’s 2012
Karkwa – Les Chemins de Verre
Owen Pallett – Midnight Directives
Tim Gilbertson – Holga 120’s
The xx – Night Time (Weekly Import – ’cause since we played 2010 Polaris winners Karwka, we had to play the 2010 UK Mercury Prize winners, too)
Noah – Mannequin
The Acorn – Kindling to Cremation (Megafun remix)
The Golden Isles –  Don’t Tell Me
The Eatons – One More Night
Dan Mangan – Tina’s Glorious Comeback

Be sure, sure, sure to check out our Local Listings page as some badass shows are just around the corner (Winter Gloves, anyone?) — in fact, a bunch of the artists we spun today are making their way to Ottawa soon. Just whom, you ask? Well you’ll just have to head on over to the listings page. Do it.

Get out and see some shows, folks — support local and Canadian music. ‘Til next week!

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“Ottawa: keeping everyone grounded since…forever”: Rolf Klausener interview + August 11th show recap

Was — as always, yet again, etc. — super-psyched for the show today, as a) Rolf Klausener from The Acorn was dropping by in the second half and b) the Weekly Import, Pennsylvania’s Punchline, tweeted that we’d be spinning one of their tracks from their new album, “Delightfully Pleased” just before the show. Oh, and I stumbled upon even more amazing show listings.

And obviously snagged some great tracks to play:

Arcade Fire – Modern Man
Krista Muir – The Ride
Winchester Warm – Pardon
Punchline – Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
Keek – It’s Love
Winter Gloves – I Can’t Tell You
The Wooden Sky – An Evening Hymn
Late July – Rewind
Tim Gilbertson – Beauty Queen
The Acorn – Kindling to Cremation
Royal Canoe – Dear June

Make sure to check out the listings page to find out when bands like Winter Gloves and The Wooden Sky are hitting up good ol’ O-town pretty darn soon (plus Stars, Young Galaxy, Yukon Blonde, The Besnard Lakes, Jason Collett, Basia Bulat… the list goes on!).

But back to business. Hometowns, friends, and excitement on the horizon with The Acorn’s frontman…

Rolf Klausener from The Acorn:

And oh yes, that indeed is a lovely new music player. Thanks to Nick (via Travis) for telling me about SoundCloud.

Many thanks to Cheryl at Ottawa Tonite for hooking up the Rolf bit — and hey, you should really check out the coverage over there of this weekend’s Folk Festival (yours truly just may be pitching in).

“He can’t see over the steering wheel” – July 21st show recap + updated show listings

This week’s show (our eighth one! Wow, “eighth” is a really weird word) featured a quick over-the-phone-at-a-McDonald’s-from-somewhere-between-Toronto-and-Windsor conversation with Steve St. Pierre from local alt-country foursome Old Crowns, who have recently embarked on their first-ever tour:

Steve St. Pierre from Old Crowns – phone-in (click to listen, right-click to save file)

They’ll be back in the nation’s capital this Friday the 23rd with tour mate Brett Caswell and Sudbury’s Life Blown Open at the Elmdale Tavern — doors are at 9:30pm and it’s only five bucks.

This week’s playlist:

Boxer The Horse – Mind Eraser
Tim Gilbertson – Second Opinions
Old Crowns – Two Birds
Loon Choir – Bricks
The Gallop – Been Spoiled Ripe
Sandman Viper Command – Strawberry Quick
Eastborough – Shuffle and Slide
Local Natives – Wide Eyes
Bloomistry – The All About A Girl
Mother’s Children – What’ll Happen To All The Girls
Dance Movie – Light Bright Tonight

As I briefly mentioned last week, we’ll be continuing with our “Weekly Import” feature — ’twas Silver Lake/LA’s Local Natives this week (think Vampire Weekend, but a little more mature and streamlined… definitely worth checking out). Also, there are some listings that I definitely need to fix/update/add to. Here’s whatch’ya better be checking out this weekend (and for weeks to come):

  • Shapes and Sizes (Montreal) and Braids (also from Montreal, but originally Calgary) at Zaphod’s on Wednesday, July 21st (eight bucks, 8pm) — that’s tonight!
  • Royal Canoe (Winnipeg), Giant Hand (Ottawa), and The Amalgamation (also Ottawa) at Zaphod’s on Thursday, July 22nd (eight bucks, 8pm)
  • Bravestation (Toronto), Loon Choir (Ottawa!), and Trevor James and the Perfect Gentlemen (Montreal) at Cafe Dekcuf, on Friday, July 23rd (I got the wrong date earlier, oops — eight bucks, 9pm)
  • Old Crowns (Ottawa!), Brett Caswell (Barrie), and Life Blown Open (Sudbury) at the Elmdale Tavern on Friday, July 23rd (five bucks, 9:30pm)
  • Sandman Viper Command (Toronto/Burlington), The Panama (Ottawa), Ornaments (Ottawa) at Cafe Dekcuf on Saturday, July 24th (six bucks, 8pm)
  • In-Flight Safety (Halifax), Right By Midnight (Ottawa), and The Gallop (Ottawa) at Zaphod’s on Monday, July 26th (ten bucks in advance, 8pm)
  • Kele (of Bloc Party, from the UK) and Jessica 6 (Brooklyn) at the Capital Music Hall on Friday, July 30th has been cancelled — PunkOttawa.com says refunds are available at point of sale
  • Dog Day (Halifax) and Apollo Ghosts (Vancouver) at Raw Sugar Cafe on Thursday, August 5th (ten bucks, 8:30pm)
  • New Teeth (Ottawa), Cotton Mouth (Montreal), Nightwood (Montreal), The Gallop (Ottawa) at Cafe Dekcuf on Friday, August 6th (six bucks, 8pm)
  • Forest City Lovers (Toronto) at Raw Sugar on Friday, September 17th (ticket price tba, 8:30pm)

I also talked about i(heart)music‘s 5th annual festival — check out the incredible lineup (including Ottawa faves Old Crowns, Loon Choir, Giant Hand, Paramedics, and The Love Machine… and awesome Arts & Crafts-ers Still Life Still and The Most Serene Republic) and get more info about the three-night Rideau Street party August 26th to 28th over here.

Enjoy the weekend! No, seriously; go check some of that stuff out.