Archive for October 2009
Friday night, I went to LiVE Lounge to check out three music acts but I did not know there was a fourth act to the list. That was In-Flight Safety. It’s my second time to go to LiVE Lounge. I forgot to mention in my previous post when I first went to LiVE Lounge, I encountered a radio host from LiVE 88.5. At first, I didn’t who she was as I rarely listen to that station. She said I was from CKCU-FM, which surprised me but she was kind to have me stay there and wait until I got to interview Said The Whale. Her name is Chelsea Miller. She seems like an awesome radio host and it’s nice she’s getting to know Canadian indie acts like Said The Whale and Library Voices.
OK, onto the concert. It started off with Julie Fader. Her set was soft, mellow and filled with folk styled music. She was joined by members of In-Flight Safety for some parts of her performance. All I can say is that she’s very talented. If you didn’t know, she’s also with the Great Lake Swimmers. I got a chance to do an interview with Julie Fader which will be airing sometime in November.
After Julie Fader was Ottawa’s The Love Machine. As usual with them, they were always rocking and very energetic. They still had a good crowd for their set.
Lastly, on to Library Voices, they were totally amazing because they kept jumping around, breaking a tambourine, going to the crowds and etc. They were totally crazy and the crowd just loved it. It was awesome when Library Voice got Julie Fader and In-Flight Safety to sing their final song. Even the radio host was probably surprised by their performance. I had an opportunity to do an interview with two of the members and will be aired sometime in November.
The funny thing was that it’s the second time I went to a concert where the bands say that Ottawa is the final concert of their tour. It must be lucky to have bands end in the Nation’s Capital.
Lastly, one funny note before the concert at LiVE Lounge, I saw a couple of members from Library Voices using a MacBook Pro. It’s the one that I currently have, the 13″ model. It’s pretty funny that it’s almost like Apple central.
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Added another radio show for Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Today (Monday) was my 2nd and abbreviated edition of my radio show. It was suppose to be 30 minutes but it got extended a bit longer because the alternating Monday host was running late. My main important thing was airing the Spiral Beach interview.
I made so many blunders for the first funding drive show on CKCU-FM. I will be on for 90 minutes next Monday and if you want make a pledge during my show from 2.30-4pm (Eastern time), please do so! The number to call to make a donation is 613-5203920 and outside of Ottawa is 1-877-5203920. I had the opportunity to meet a few of the CKCU hosts and volunteers as they were taking their own time of the day to answering phone call pledges.
If you want to listen to my condensed show, just press play.
Here’s my interview with Spiral Beach.
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Playlist is already posted up.
Update for Wednesday, October 28, 2009.
I co-hosted on Audio Sensory Resuscitation with Mike for his Funding Drive Show.
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It was unexpected for me to go to Sounds Unlikely (a local music store) at noon to check out You Say Party! We Say Die! Oh boy, I almost got their name wrong because instead of the “We”, I still say the “You.”
It’s another B.C. band who I haven’t got a chance to see them live previously but I was lucky to see them live in an acoustic environment. It’s different when a band performs at a store as it brings an intimate atmosphere. They sang several songs from their previous and current album, XXXX. There was two song from the current album that I can remember from today, one was Make XXXX and the other was Laura Palmer’s Prom. It’s funny how the second song is pop culture related. Twin Peaks anyone?
The last song they sang was Monster from their previous album, Lose All Time. One cute moment was when the lead singer used someone’s mittens and sang during the set. I forgot the song name but it was funny seeing the singer improvise. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been awhile I have written an entry that doesn’t relate to music. I got to watch Where The Wild Things Are and the Surrogates on cheap Tuesday at South Keys Cineplex Odeon. The slight downer for cheap Tuesday was that it used to be $4.20 (very funny) and it is now $5.26. Supposedly, we were going to watch Where The Wild Things first but my friend was running late and decided to watch Surrogates first and then Where The Wild Things Are.
What did I think of Surrogates? I did not know it’s based on a graphic novel and being a comic reader, I wouldn’t have a clue about it. Overall, I was surprised with the movie since I rarely watch Bruce Willis flicks. What was surprising was that there was no swearing in the film and I usually think of Bruce Willis swearing a lot. Even though, it got mixed reviews, I found the plot gets interesting when Bruce Willis’s character beings an aspect and understanding of humanity.
Onto Where The Wild Things Are. It’s a nice movie for grown-ups who read the book when they were young. Since I heard the book version is short, the director sure made an ambitious way of expanding and introducing the main character. It was nice to see the beast in real form. The way they were shown had a Muppet feel and it was. It felt like it was magical seeing the beasts from book to film. The filming location looked amazing and the effects seemed to be kept to a minimum. There’s a slight criticism with the shakiness of the camera work. I was a bit dizzy having to deal with it.
Would I recommend to younger children? Well, there was one scary scene when the music became dark. It’s best when they are accompanied by parents. Overall, the movie is fun to watch, even though the story felt a bit limited in parts.
As for the music, it’s nice to listen to the music style of Karen O. (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) throughout the movie. It’s very cheerful having to hear it. I’m still disappointed that Wake Up by Arcade Fire is not on the soundtrack.
One of my regrets to Where The Wild Things Are was that there was the action figures made by McFarlane Toys. They were released in 2000 and I didn’t get to buy any due to the price at that time. They are now difficult to find and probably in high value.
Speaking of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Karen O. related, I’m surprised that CBC Radio 3 used my photo from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert at Ottawa Bluesfest. In a way, I am flattered by it. Thank you, CBC Radio 3. Here’s the link, http://r3.ca/00cP
It couldn’t happen at a bad time when I get a sore throat on my debut regular radio show on CKCU. That’s right, I am now on from 2.30 to 4pm on Mondays. I replace Horses Spilled Milk and Kristal’s Method as I am still saddened that the hosts aren’t around. I made shoutouts to you all, so you better listen. It’s a daunting task to play good songs. Well, to get excited over the debut show, I aired my interview with Said The Whale (photo above from the concert at LiVE Lounge from Thursday night). It’s my first interview to chatting up with a music band and I hope you will like it. I know I will have mistakes doing an interview and hope I can improve later on. I surprised myself with the audio quality because I used the iPod nano. I had a shakey start to the show because of my sore throat but I hope the songs and the interview were good enough.
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You can also listen to the debut show by pressing play.
Apologies for the sound quality of the broadcast. It wasn’t what I expected. You may have to raise the volume up.
The playlist is now shifted to this link at http://wildworks.wordpress.com/radio/.
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I know the title for this entry sounds weird and I’m being creative with it whenever I can. I’m trying to combine Spiral Beach and Two Hours Traffic together,
Saturday night was frigid at Zaphod Beeblebrox for the Two Hours Traffic and Spiral Beach with The Danks concert. I had the opportunity to get audio interviews with both bands. I am unsure when I will air it because CKCU will be starting their funding drive. Before the concert started, the place was getting smokey and I don’t know what was going on. It might of been the heater. This was when Spiral Beach was on their sound check. I did not know that this concert was the final show of their Canadian tour. It must be nice to finish the tour in the Nation’s Capital.
When The Danks started their set, the building was starting to warm up from the lack of heat. Overall, they played a rocking set and I totally forgot they are from P.E.I. and members are one-half of Two Hours Traffic. There were some people dancing along to their songs.
After The Danks was Toronto’s Spiral Beach. As usual, they brought the crowd to an energetic start. It was a packed crowd and they sure didn’t disappoint. They played their older and the newer songs like Made of Stone and Domino.
Finally, to Two Hours Traffic, they started off with two popular songs, first with Territory from their new album and the second being Nighthawks. They sure know how to keep the crowds happy because it was totally packed and I couldn’t take a lot of photos during their performance. The last song before their encore was Jezebel, another popular song of theirs. When they did their encore before the 11pm curfew, one of the songs I totally forgot was “Backseat Sweetheart.”
I totally enjoyed their concert because it has been awhile I have gone to Zaphods and seeing the packed crowds is just fun to see.
You can click here to view the photos from the Two Hours Traffic, Spiral Beach and The Danks concert.
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I know the title almost refers to Saturday Night Live’s famous line. It’s because of the venue I went and it’s sort of fitting in reminding of me SNL. I got to check out Said The Whale at LiVE Lounge and the opening acts were The Red Jets and Hannah Georgas. Said The Whale is on their Canadian tour to mark their release of their new album, Islands Disappear. It was an awesome night because I had the opportunity to do an audio interview with two of the member of Said The Whale. It will be airing on my debut radio show at CKCU on Monday. I think I will be taking over from Kristal’s Method. I hope I did a good job doing the audio interview. The venue was at LiVE Lounge and it’s like the first time to be there and I rarely listen to the station (LiVE 88.5). I wasn’t sure what to expect but the place is pretty nice and they have couches, chairs and tables. It’s a small venue to say the least.
The concert started off with a rocking Ottawa band, The Red Jets. I am not too familiar with this local band since I have gone to concerts in downtown Ottawa infrequently during the Summer and for September. There were good to starting off their set and the show.
Hannah Georgas was amazing with her performance. Her band were members of Said The Whale (minus Ben and Tyler). She played songs like The National (not the Peter Mansbridge one) and The Beat Stuff (her titled album). I got to pick up her CD for $5, which was pretty good. I’ll apologize if I don’t have much words to say about Hannah Georgas.
Onto Said The Whale’s performance. As usual, they brought up an excellent performance. They sang their materials from their new album, Islands Disappear and their previous, Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia. I was surprised to hear some of the crowd sing and danced along to some of their songs. Hannah Georgas joined the band for B.C. Orienteering (from Islands Disappear). One of the songs they performed near the end, confetti was popped in the air. It’s nice that LiVE 88.5 is supporting Said The Whale and Hannah Georgas. Overall, it was a great night and the fans were energetic toward Said The Whale.
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Happy Thanksgiving (in Canada). Due to an original plan of having a special 2 hour show for Kristal’s final radio show, things got confusing as there was a change in the schedule the day before. I was suppose to be the sole host for 90 minutes. Thanks to the host of The Remix Show, who was also hosting his final show on the Monday timeslot. I decided to give the host an extra half hour due to an error in communication. It gave him more time to wrap-up his show as he will be on a new schedule.
Supposedly, the original plan could of happened if there was not a mass confusion. I was feeling down that the hosts of Horses Spilled Milk decided to not come. Good thing Kristal made it for her final show and things were going well. I dubbed it Kristal’s Final Method. I am satisfied with what I played on her final show. I played two 1990s British songs, one was Boyzone and the other was Oasis. It’s sad hearing that one of the members of Boyzone, Stephen Gately, passed away, while Oasis is done as a band.
There’s two song that I played Kristal as a memory and dedication. The first song being Jarhand by Immaculate Machine. The second song is also for Corey & Erica too. I also forgot to mention my friend who’s still in Boston. What’s the second song? Find out and listen.
Without further ado, less writing and hope you enjoy the radio show.
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It’s not entirely her final show yet since there will be a 2 hour finale on Thanksgiving Monday (October 12). The host, Kristal will be working at a new job and it will be fitting to have a 2 hour show with the Horses Spilled Milk gang and myself to basically have fun playing songs and possibly talk about silly memories on her show.
Onto the October 5th edition of Kristal’s Method, I got to co-host with her for the last time on her show. We basically chatted up on NFL (ribbing on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings), Halloween (included in the discussion was He-Man & She-Ra), wrapping up on the Polaris Music Prize and the usual music chatter. Plus, there were some laughing from one of the host break. Two songs I picked were Said The Whale and Hey Ocean! Why I chose them? Because my brother got to meet them at Pop Montreal and was able to get the CDs autographed. Knowing Kristal, she was ecstatic and a bit jealous (not in a bad way) that my bro and myself (a bit) have been able to do fun things and play them on her show.
For the final show on Thanksgiving Monday, if plans go smoothly, I am going to try live blogging using ScribbleLive. I already created the Thanksgiving show but I just hope it works on my blog.
Without further ado, here’s Monday’s show.
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This is somewhat the 3rd and final time for going to The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec. I dubbed it the “Black Sheep Inn Fall Series” because the past two concerts I attended were Kyrie Kristmanson and The Balconies. It was in a span of a few weeks. This time, it was none other than Canadian indie darling, Basia Bulat. It was packed crowd because Basia Bulat is just popular within Canadian independent music. As often, Basia and her bandmates are usually happy to see me as I’ve been a great supporter of her music. Before I review her performance, Basia’s opening act was Patrick LePoidevin, he’s a singer residing in Sackville, New Brunswick. What’s unique about his music is that he uses a looper pedal where plays a tune and it will repeat as he will continue playing a different tune. His style of music blends from the acoustic and Alternative. The last song he performed where he got the audience to sing along a part with “la la…” and then he started going around the crowd. Not bad for an opening act. Read the rest of this entry »