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Chatting and Hanging With Grand Analog Again – S06E35

It was a tough first week of May as I was sick with a cold from the events. Friday night was certain the end of the craziness as I got to see Grand Analog return to Ottawa as part of Prairie Scene. If you’re wondering why there’s a Hip-Hop band in the Prairies? The frontman, Odario Williams was originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba but he’s now based in Toronto.
Overall, I had a great time at their show at Ritual Nightclub. I also brought along someone to help me interview the band. I got to thank Tiffany for assisting in the interview. The funny part was airing the long interview on Wednesday’s radio show. I apologize if it was very lengthy.
Another message to bring up. I haven’t been able to update the top 10 entries from the Wild 10 Countdown on the blog as I mentioned that I have been sick and I just forget to update. Please bear with the delays as the top tens will eventually be posted up. You can check out the playlist at this link.

Audio/Podcast
The May 11th Radio Show – Press play to listen



The Grand Analog Interview


Written by Lenny

May 11, 2011 at 15:32

The Rural Alberta Advantage Interview V2 & Mother’s Day – S06E34

I would never expect to start May 2011 on an awesome level because I had the opportunity to see The Rural Alberta Advantage again. This was a unique one because I had my co-host, Erica go to the show and it couldn’t have made me happier to finally have a radio co-host join me at a concert. Prior to their performance, Erica and I had the opportunity to chat with Amy and Paul of The RAA and it was the usual funny interview and the first for my co-host in interviewing a band. Overall, it was a great show at Ritual Nightclub and the opener, Hooded Fang really surprised me with their set and I literally enjoyed it. Even though it was on a Sunday night, there was a good turnout for The RAA.

Mother’s Day – Cantopop Songs
It’s the second year that I decided to do a Mother’s Day theme segment as I chose Cantopop tracks that are linked to Mother’s Day. Hope you will like it and a Happy Mother’s Day!
Don’t forget to listen to the interview and the show on the bottom.

Audio/Podcast
The May 4th show – press play to listen



The May 4th live broadcast at CKCU-FM – press play to listen and the playlist is at this link.



The Rural Alberta Advantage Interview (2011 Edition)

It Could Be a Cold or Warm Wednesday Mornings – S06E33

A Slight Update for April 27, 2011 – Added is the April 27th radio show.

Even though it was a wet and gloomy day, Wednesday’s radio show did not dampen spirits as I played several new tracks and 1980s Cantopop songs. There was no interview segment and the Easter weekend is coming up as it was best to relax and take a break. What was played on the show were the usual top 10 countdown and several songs from a compilation by Paper Bag Records. It’s a cover to a Madonna album called True Blue as that album celebrates 25 years. The artists that took part in the compilation were Young Galaxy, The Acorn, Winter Gloves, The Rural Alberta Advantage and etc.

One the bands in the compilation whom announced their indefinite hiatus. You Say Party does a rendition of Love Makes The World Go Round and is considered to be the band’s final new song. Listening to the track felt bittersweet as the band won’t be together for the foreseeable future. The band will be greatly missed.
There was a shoutout to RTHK’s Ellie Davis as I decided to play a brand new song by Emmy The Great. Reason for it was listening to her New Year’s Day show and she interviewed the London-based folk singer. It’s nice to get in touch with other radio hosts elsewhere in the world.

R.I.P. – Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) of Doctor Who
On a sombre note, it was sad to hear that Elisabeth Sladen, known to Doctor Who fans as Sarah Jane Smith has passed away and it’s days before the return of Doctor Who (Series 6). It was quite a shock and surprise because her passing away was unexpected. Hopeful to do The New Midnight Jamz preshow podcast as myself & show host, DJ Daddy Rich will chat about the unexpected passing of a wonderful and excellent actress.

Just added for April 24, 2011. The New Midnight Jamz on CKCU-FM. The preshow podcast is added as myself and Daddy Rich talked about the passing of Elisabeth Sladen. The songs chosen were played on the tribute which followed the season premiere of Doctor Who in the UK. They were Someone Like You by Adele and She by Elvis Costello.

Final Mention
I forgot to bring up that this blog is nominated in a couple of categories (in Arts & Culture, Music, and Pop Culture & Entertainment) for the 2011 edition of the Canadian Weblog Awards. It should be a fun experience.

Without further ado, you can check the playlist at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary is at this link.

April 27th Entry
It looks like I will be hosting solo for the foreseeable future. I’m starting to sound like Doctor Who as companions leave and move on. Enough of the sadness, Wednesday’s show had to do with Sandy Lam because April 26 was her birthday and I realize that last season’s show on the same topic had bad sound quality. It’s great to re-do it again with clearer sound.
I forgot to mention it on the show but on Twitter, Nat and Marie (whomever it was) wanted me to take a photo of what I’m wearing at the radio station. The photo is at this link. It was used on Incredibooth for the iPad 2.
The audio for the April 27th show is in the audio/podcast section. Enjoy!

Audio/Podcast
There’s two versions to listen.
The full 2 hour April 20th show  - press play to listen



The April 20th live show – press play to listen.



The April 24 edition of The New Midnight Jamz – press play to listen.



The April 27 edition of WildWorks – press play to listen. The playlist is at this link.


New Device, Same Show Format and The Charlotte Cornfield Interview – S06E32

I couldn’t get a good picture or anything that’s creative for this entry. It’s an excuse to write about the iPad 2 as I finally got it on Monday. So far, it’s lighter, thinner and faster. The first generation iPad, I had some issues using djay during my radio show because the app takes up a lot of resource when playing the music. With the iPad 2, they upgraded the CPU and RAM and it’s been seamless playing the music. With the new iPad, I had to add the music from scratch and luckily was on live for the one hour and the countdown is on podcast only. Setting up for Wednesday’s show did not take too long as I was hosting solo as Lauren said her goodbye and the other two co-hosts got busy with other things.
Oh yes, the interview with Charlotte Cornfield was done on Friday night at The Raw Sugar Cafe. She’s getting some buzz in the Canadian music scene as she’s planning to release her album, Two Horses. She was at The Raw Sugar Cafe opening up for Daniel Romano. It was a good interview and for the first time, I didn’t goof up on the questions. It must be the luck of the Zoom H4n.
Also on the radio show was playing past Hong Kong movie songs as the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards is being presented this Sunday (April 17). Unfortunately, I did the same thing last year but I didn’t save the audio and this year’s edition is a make up as I played the prominent songs which won an award or was nominated in past years. It was nice to play some Cantopop tunes.
The playlist for the show is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary is at this link.
Last thing, I forgot to mention the nice weather from the past weekend. It was such a nice time.

Audio/Podcast/Video – Updated on April 17, 2011
The April 13th radio show – press play to listen.



From April 9th, The New Midnight Jamz, which included the pre-show podcast. Press play to listen.



From Ellie Davis‘s radio show on RTHK Radio 3 for April 16th. Here’s a song request I asked along with three shoutouts to my two co-hosts and another host. The song being Arcade Fire‘s Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). Press play to listen.



On April 16, The New Midnight Jamz and the pre-show podcast. The playlist is at this link.
Press play to listen.



The Charlotte Cornfield Interview


Here’s a scene from Chungking Express as I mentioned about the song (California Dreamin’) that kept playing over and over.

The SOCAN Masia One Do It – S06E31

This week’s radio show brought up a couple of unexpected surprises. First, I had to deal with filling out the SOCAN music survey, the second being that I went on-air for 2 hours, live. There’s no pre-recorded edition for what used to be the first hour of the show. Third reason being that due to two factors, I decided to air the Masia One interview in its full form. As shown from the photo above, I had the opportunity to finally chat with Masia One as I have been following her music career for several years and before I started shifting into Canadian independent music. The interview was very lengthy as I asked some unique questions ranging from Chinese culture to the usual topic in music.
On the radio show, it was 100% Canadian music and I had planned to play different music. It also was my co-host, Lauren’s final show as she is finishing up her exams and then going back to her hometown of Toronto for the Summer.
Without further ado, you can listen to radio show from below or the Masia One interview.
The playlist can be viewed by clicking here. It’s a SOCAN week edition as myself & other radio shows at CKCU-FM have to fill out the grueling music survey.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary is at this link.
Overall, it was great to chat up with Masia. You were awesome!

Audio/Podcast
The April 6 Radio Show – press play to listen.



The Masia One Interview

Written by Lenny

April 6, 2011 at 14:45

Eight Years On Without Leslie Cheung – S06E30

It’s this time again for another tribute entry and it’s before April 1st. It’s been 8 years since Leslie Cheung has left its fans and admirers. It’s always been an opportunity to blog about him and even play his music on the radio. The things I left out on the radio show were the accolades of awards he’s won from his music and from the movies and how much of an impact he’s had in Hong Kong.

Aside from the tribute, I played the some of the winners of the Juno Awards. Arcade Fire is definitely on a roll for 2011 as it’s won awards from the Grammys, Brit Awards and Canada’s own Juno Awards for their album, The Suburbs. As it seemed like Drake was snubbed, the big surprise would have to be London Ontario’s Shad as he won a Juno Award for Best rap recording. Shad is another artist on a roll since last year when he released TSOL. All I can say is congrats to both of them.
Without further ado, there’s two options to listen to my radio show, there’s the entire show and there’s one for the Leslie Cheung tribute.

The music playlist via CKCU-FM’s website is at this link. The Wild 10 Countdown entry is at this link.

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Written by Lenny

March 30, 2011 at 16:48

Attended Ottawa Fashion Week 2011 and Radio Show – S06E29

If you think Ottawa does not have a fashion scene, think again! It does and this past weekend was no exception as Ottawa Fashion Week rolled on at The National Gallery of Canada. It is my second time to attend the event as I went for one night for the 2010 edition. This time, I brought along my co-host, Lauren to the event. Hopefully we will chat about the event for Wednesday’s radio show on CKCU-FM.
The showing from local designers were pretty good. Pretty stylish and unique. I do forget that the designers are based in Ottawa and some of their designs are very creative and engaging. I’m not considered a fashion expert, I’m trying to enjoy the events happening in Ottawa. Saturday’s event was the most important because there’s been a lot of talk about Rachel Sin, as she’s been doing pretty well in the Ottawa fashion scene.
Oh yes, it was nice to meet some bloggers at the event. Kudos to you. The bloggers I saw around were Pop Champagne, Dernier Cri, The Fashion Keeper, and Your Sweet Bippy.
The funny thing for Saturday’s event was grooving and head-bopping to certain songs. In a way, I got distracted with the music than watching the models on the runway.
Speaking of music, I got to see some of the usual Ottawa musicians perform before the start or during the fashion show. They were Scary Bear Soundtrack, Adam Saikaley (formerly on CBC Radio’s Bandwidth) and May-Jun.
Here are some photos from Friday and Saturday. I don’t have the designer’s names by memory. Hopefully some of the fashion bloggers will know it. I apologize with the image quality because I haven’t used a D-SLR camera in awhile.

Wednesday’s Radio Show – March 23, 2011
I had the opportunity to talk about attending Ottawa Fashion Week in the second hour of WildWorks. It was good to have my co-host, Lauren, join me at the fashion show and experience events in Ottawa. I forgot to mention the name of the designers on the podcast edition. I did mention some of the Ottawa-based designers on the live show. As usual, I was joined Erica and Digory as they provided their small jokes about having to wear “nice” clothing. I gave a shoutout to the bloggers (entry above) whom I saw at OFW. That’s my thanks to you. I should not forget about the songs I played throughout the show, as I am still hooked on The Naked and Famous, Lykke Li and Radiohead.
Also on the radio show, I gave a shoutout to RTHK’s Ellie Davis as she will be interviewing MGMT for Saturday. The band will be performing in Hong Kong on March 30. I am slightly jealous that she will have an opportunity to see the band.
You can listen to the radio show at the bottom of the entry.
The playlist is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary is at this link.
March 24 update – I guest hosted for Fundamentally Sound on Thursday from 12-2pm. The playlist is at this link.

Audio – Radio Shows
March 23, 2011 Regular show – Press play to listen



Guest Host on Fundamentally Sound for March 24, 2011. WildWorks Extra
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The George Stroumboulopoulos & Young Galaxy Interviews – S06E28

That’s right, I tried to make it a bit secretive on who I was going to air for the interview segment for the March 16th radio show at CKCU-FM. I did Twitter and Facebook a few people that I got to interview George Stroumboulopoulos. As written from the last entry on the Genie Awards, there’s no need to summarize my experience.
Today’s radio show was not too bad but the recording for the podcast version was held in a different location and you will notice a bit of difference in the sound. Radio Camp is happening at the station because of March Break for elementary and high school students in the Ottawa area.
Also on the show was another interview with Montreal’s Young Galaxy as they were in town on the weekend embarking on their tour. The band is back with a new album, Shapeshifting and they have new members. So far, they are sounding amazing and it was privilege to see them live again.
Album pick for week of March 16. It finally came out and it could be considered a release for 2011 but originally released in September 2010. It’s none other than Passive Me Aggressive You by the New Zealand band, The Naked and Famous. I have been playing them a lot. Expect to hear other tracks aside from Punching In a Dream and Young Blood.
Without further ado, you can check the playlist at this link. The Wild 10 Countdown summary is at this link.
Don’t forget to listen to the show or the interviews.

Audio – Radio Show & Interviews
March 16 – Radio Show/Podcast - Press play to listen


Interview – George Stroumboulopoulos

Interview – Young Galaxy

Photo
With Young Galaxy

The Genie Awards & Interviews With We Are The City and Aidan Knight – S06E27

Apologies on combining Wednesday’s radio show and The Genie Awards all in one entry. I did not want to do back to back blog entries.
March 11 update – Another apology for posting the photos late because I only had the iPad with me and the WordPress app for iOS was not keen on the formatting.

Sort of live blogging over on the iPad but it is slightly failing on me. Using Safari on the iPad to get started. It is 3:35pm and hanging at the blogger zone at The 31 Genie Awards red carpet.

Live Blogging at the Red Carpet for the 31 Genie Awards.

Almost 3:45pm and there’s not much activity happening.
4:08pm. The red carpet has started. Strombo is here.
4:13pm. I finally got to meet George Stroumboulopoulos and had a short chat with him.
4:16pm. Just saw Remy Girard of InSecurity and Alan Hawco from the CBC’s Wednesday show, Republic of Doyle. Here’s the photo with Alan Hawco.

4:30pm. Got to see Shannon Tweed, Brett Wilson (from Dragons’ Den) and Kristin Kreuk. Pictured with Wilson.


4:33pm. Gordon Pinsent just went to the Blogger Zone and said hi.

4:38pm. Gilles Ducceppe and the director of Incendie walked to the red carpet.
4:42pm. It was great to see Elliott Brood on the red carpet (photo shown).

4:50pm. The CBC head brass arrive on the red carpet.
4:54pm. Got to see the 2010 Polaris Music Prize winner, Karkwa and kindly approached us at the Blogger Zone table. Pictured with Karkwa.

4:56pm. Ottawa mayor, Jim Watson is here.
5:03pm. Just saw Roger Cross, from 24. He went through the red carpet.
5:05pm. William Shatner is now here.

5:11pm. Laureen Harper has made it to the red carpet along with the Minister of Heritage.
5:13pm. Actor, Bruce Greenwood arrived to the red carpet.
5:27pm. Looks like the celebrities have all arrived to the red carpet.
5:35pm. Don McKellar has arrived.
Done with the red carpet festivities.

Made my way to the press room (around 6pm).
Got to see winners from the team of Incendies. William Shatner made his way in the press room, post awards show.

In closing, I had some nerves before going to the Genie Awards but I had great fun being at the Blogger Zone table and some of the celebrities were surprised and astounded with myself and two other people. It brought a unique element as the audience is catering to a tech crowd. The press room was pretty good with Wi-Fi but there were big time glitches with the audio from the awards ceremony, but it was eventually fixed up. The afterparty was a nice setting to see as celebs mingle around and trying out foods. It was a nice experience to attend a film award.
I forgot to put a link of the Genie Award winners from any news source. Feeling a bit clumsy in leaving it out.

Audio from March 9 – Radio Show & Interviews
The playlist is at this link. The Wild 10 Countdown entry is at this link.
The March 9 radio show – press play to listen.


We Are The City Interview
Press play to listen or download it.


The Aidan Knight Interview
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It’s March & The Great Bloomers Interview – S06E26


I cannot believe February went by quickly and I know I did not mention about my birthday on the blog as I forgot about it. We’re already onto March and there’s several events coming up in terms of concerts and various activities in Ottawa.
I’ve recovered from the cold, fever and sore throat as it seems like people have been sick during the final week of February.
The photo shown on top was the Great Bloomers show which happened last Friday at Cafe Dekcuf. I had the opportunity to chat with the frontman of the band. The interview aired on the March 2nd radio show. Luckily, the co-hosts returned to the show after being absent for 2 weeks.
I’m enjoying the Blue Microphones Yeti as the voiceover for Wild 10 Countdown was recorded on the mic. Hope you will like the minor change in quality.
During the live part of the show, there were new tracks by Snailhouse and Kool Krys as they just released new songs and both are excellent! Both of them have ties to Ottawa. Finally played Montreal’s Domestic Crisis Group after the silliness in February from Chinese New Year to Chinese love songs and the change in a shortened program.
The playlist for the radio show is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown entry is at this link.

2011 Music Favourites So Far
I should keep track on what albums or singles that have caught my attention for remembering come year-end reviews and picks. I was late in the game in 2010 with the positive response to Beach House’s Teen Dream.
Here’s what caught my attention so far;

International

The Naked & Famous – songs are Punching In A Dream and Young Blood. The album, Passive Me, Aggressive You has not been released in North America yet. The album is considered a 2010 release in their homeland of New Zealand. It’s still new for North American listeners.
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes is the first time I picked up her album. I did not listen much from her first album. So far, I Follow Rivers has been my favourite track.
British Sea Power – Their album, Valhalla Dancehall has caught my interest. Their sound ranges from the likes of Arcade Fire to Kings of Leon. So far, they’re getting good buzz.
Tennis! – With the release of Marathon, their sounds bring up a 50s Pop feel and so far, the co-hosts have been enjoying them.

Canada
Young Galaxy
Jenn Grant
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Hey Rosetta!
Braids

Audio & Interview
The March 2nd radio show – press play to listen.



Interview – Great Bloomers

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