Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone.
It’s that festive time of the year where Christmas music is being played on the radio and television. The 2012 edition is a bit different as I try avoiding to play the usual Christmas pop tunes on the airwaves.
I shifted the modern and mainstream Christmas tunes for the blog part for the show (stay tuned for the update). I have noticed that a couple of CKCU shows have been playing tracks from the likes of Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC and countless versions of Fairytale of New York.
On the live radio show, what was played were more on the Canadian indie Christmas music and luckily got to play some of the tunes from the newly released Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 4. There was also an extended edition as I tried to not play a lot of Christmas tunes but used more on the Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 4 compilation as they were new. The local band, The Acorn are on the new holiday compilation.
The photo shown has the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, a Santa hat and a present as a prop.
As usual on Christmas day, the only thing I anticipate is the Doctor Who Christmas special. This year was pretty good and all I can say about the new companion just makes me melt my heart.
To cap off another year with great Canadian indie music. Ending the interview segment for 2012 happened to be Diamond Rings. It was quite the last minute as I encountered a problem from last week’s radio show. It was the second time to interview John O. aka Diamond Rings as he’s currently touring to promote his second album, Free Dimensional. I forgot how laid back and easy-going when I chatted with Diamond Rings. He was in Ottawa on Friday, December 7th and heard the show at Ritual Nightclub was sold out. Aside from the funny photo shown on top, I got a lot of “likes” when I posted the photo.
The audio of the interview will be posted below.
Updated on December 31, 2011
It’s the yearly festive time as I play a lot of Christmas songs on my radio show at CKCU-FM. Aside from the tunes, I decided to get these unique holiday flavoured sodas by Jones Soda. The flavours were Candy Cane, Gingerbread, Pear Tree and Sugar Plum.
One of the CKCU shows I hung out, we tried the Candy Cane Soda. The host’s verdict was that it tasted like something out of the dentist. It’s not in a bad way but he didn’t mind the taste of it.
This will be the 2011 edition holiday guide to the shows I hosted at CKCU-FM.
I was on the air for Christmas Eve and just played a bunch of Christmas songs and then a few past Christmas #1 UK songs. It was great to play the Christmas tunes everytime. There were a few requests through Twitter and hopefully some were pleased.
Finishing Up The Top 50 of 2011 for December 28, 2011
The third part of my Top 50 of 2011 is completed. Instead of playing the top 10, I’ve decided to play the top 11 as it’s fitting that 2011 is ending. This week’s show is slightly different as the first hour would usually be podcasted on this blog. It’s a bit of a flip-flop as the first hour was live and the second hour is for the blog. Both are splitter up for your listening convenience.
The playlist for December 28th’s show is at this link.
A New Year’s Eve Update
I had the opportunity to do a fill in for a Friday night radio show. I wasn’t expecting to have another final show of 2011. Thanks to the guys from Friday Night Derailment for the last minute fill in.
The playlist from the December 30th show is at this link.
Happy New Year!
The December 14th Radio Show – Press play to listen.
The December 21st Radio Show – Press play to listen.
From Both Kinds of Music’s Both Kind of Xmas Show – press play to listen.
The December 24th (Christmas Eve) Radio Show. The playlist is at this link. Press play to listen.
The December 28th radio show.
Hour 1 - press play to listen.
Hour 2 – press play to listen.
The December 30th radio show. Press play to listen.
Merry Christmas to all!
In case you can’t check all of the four entries, I have decided to post up the four Christmas editions from my radio show. Plus, the guest co-host from Christmas Eve.
Audio from December’s Radio Show
December 1st – press play to listen. View playlist.
December 8th – press play to listen. View playlist.
December 15th with guests, Digory, Hilary and Tiffany – press play to listen from the two parts. View playlist.
Part 1 – Christmas songs and past Christmas number one songs in the UK.
Part 2 – The final Wild 10 Countdown of 2010
December 22nd with guests, Erica and Marzia – press play to listen. View playlist.
December 24th – Guest co-host on The Friday Special Blend, Christmas Eve edition. Press play to listen. View playlist.
The Year End Show – My Top 50 Canadian Songs of 2010
As we end 2010, I had a special extended show for my radio show on CKCU-FM. It was 3 in a half hour as I counted down my year end countdown in Canadian music for 2010. Even though, I didn’t play the whole 50 songs as I played forty out of the fifty Canadian songs. It was due to time but saving it for January 5th, 2011. Saving the best for last.
To check out the forty Canadian songs of 2010, go to this link. Also included on the playlist and the audio were my non-Canadian music picks of 2010. Various radio shows have been playing Beach House and Vampire Weekend for their year end picks.
Near the end of the radio show, it’s this time of year to play Anita Mui songs as December 30, 2003 was when she passed away.
Audio/Radio Show – The Year End Countdown Aired on December 29, 2010
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Happy New Year! See you in 2011
Updated – December 24, 2010 (Christmas Eve)
The Christmas edition, show #4 for 2010 was a bittersweet one because I had enough time to play all kinds of Christmas songs. Started the show with the 2010 UK Christmas #1 song as it’s now become a tradition for my radio show to find out what’s happening elsewhere in music. I was supposed to play part of my year-end countdown but it’s been pushed back. Unlike the last radio show, I didn’t have too many guests on, but my co-host who joined my radio show for the 2nd season (current) made her farewell appearance because she’s going back to her country. I like to say to Marzia (pictured with me) that she’s been a great co-host and making my radio show interesting and also broadening some non-Canadian music as I got hooked on it. The example being The Temper Trap, Delphic and Hundred In The Hands, which I got to see at Pop Montreal. The best part for her joining my show at a unique time was playing Arcade Fire a lot. I forgot to mention that I have an American listener usually listening to my show and she enjoyed hearing my co-host and having a cute voice.
It’s going to be tough without you as I will be back to hosting alone which is sometimes tough when no one is around the on-air studio.
How can I not forget another guest and former host of Horses Spilled Milk, Erica, as she dropped by to help me play some Christmas tunes. I got to play Coldplay’s Christmas song, which I have been hooked until Christmas ends and then playing various versions of Fairytale of New York.
Another shout-out goes to AJ “Oh So Nice” Thompson of The New Midnight Jamz because I kept mentioning him on-air as he was listening in as I played a few R&B and Hip-Hop Christmas tunes for the humour and enjoyment.
For all the Christmas songs I played, you can check the playlist out at this link.
Thanks to Marzia for enjoying my music selection and even your music recommendations. Farewell to you.
Last, but not least, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Christmas Eve update, I decided to go on as a guest co-host for the Friday morning show on CKCU-FM. I kind of had some loose ends in playing some Christmas songs. You can listen from it here if you missed out.
Audio – Radio Shows on December 22nd and 24th
December 22, 2010: The Very Merry Christmas Edition – WildWorks on CKCU-FM
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December 24, 2010: Fill-in on The Friday Morning Special Blend – The Christmas Eve Show.
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December 15th Radio Show
What an awesome day for my radio show because I had guests helping me and enjoying their time with the songs I played to get into the festive spirit with some 80s flashback and charting history from the United Kingdom. I had DJ Digs, Hilary Duff (not the celebrity) & Tiffany Yam come in to guest co-host the radio show. Out of the three, only the two made their first time to be on live radio. DJ Digs already has a radio show on CKCU-FM but he’s on during for one of the overnight shows and he’s on bi-weekly. What was also crazy was that I had an extended edition for my radio show because the other show that’s on from noon is on a Christmas hiatus. It was totally hectic for the 3.5 hours worth of music and hilarious talk.
You can check the playlist by clicking on this link.
The second half of the show was the final Wild 10 Countdown for 2010 and the entry for the top ten is at this link.
Thanks to Tiffany for helping out and get excited for the top 10 songs.
Pies Pies Pies
After my show, I decided to stick around for Both Kinds of Music as they had a 2nd annual pie baking contest and a 3rd annual all-vinyl show. I was added as a last minute to being a pie tasting judge. The pies they had were cherry pies. It was marvelous trying out the pies as it wasn’t very sweet and tangy. Although, I got stuffed after the second pie.
Props goes out to Dick Altavista, Martha Walsh, Patricia Lever, Ron Steeds, Steve Stacey, and Steph Clementine for all the great fun.
To end things, I posted photos on the bottom of this entry. It was great to be with the people who enjoy music and food close to the holidays.
Audio to Listen
There are two parts for the December 15th show. The first part was from the regular timeslot of WildWorks on CKCU-FM.
The second part was the final Wild 10 Countdown for 2010. Apologies on the quality of the audio as I had to switch computers to record.
Part 1 (Xmas tunes and past Christmas #1s in UK) – Press play to listen.
Part 2 (The Wild 10 Countdown) – Press play to listen. Note: quality during the host break may not be great.
The WildWorks radio show on CKCU-FM continues on with the Christmas edition as I had been playing a lot of various holiday tunes from Canadiana to the mainstream ones. I know it’s a bit early but I got loads of Christmas songs to choose for the next couple of shows leading to Christmas. As mentioned from the previous blog entry, I had the opportunity to see The Mountains & The Trees again in Ottawa. The photo shown above has me with a new fashion wear and with a sense of fashion almost similar to Jon Janes (The Mountains & The Trees). I’m going for the holiday spirit with the cardigan. It was taken outside of the CHUO studios.
Speaking of CHUO-FM, here’s the link provided, Now Playing with The Mountains & The Trees. It’s not on my blog but I provided Emma Godmere (host of Now Playing), the recording of The Mountains & The Trees playing a cover of Already Yours by Bahamas.
I was fortunate to record a segment with The Mountains & The Trees after his session at CHUO. My segment with him had to do with a song on my countdown. What I also didn’t realize from last year that I got a Christmas song from Janes because I did not know he had a track in 2009 and I knew about music in 2010. It’s been great to support his musical endeavor as he’s had an exciting year from the touring and releasing his full length album, I Made This For You.
Onto what I played on the show, the first was the Wild 10 Countdown and in the second hour, I played a bunch of new Christmas tracks from one album called Light Organ Records: Our First Christmas. It’s a compilation of musicians and bands from Vancouver playing their favourite Christmas songs. One song that caught my interest was Nat Jay’s Green Trees Red Hearts. When I was commenting on someone’s Facebook not too long ago, I did not check the profile of Nat Jay until I found out it’s a she. I was left speechless with her beauty and looks when I added her on Facebook. I mentioned on-air that she looks like Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I got tweet reply that it was sweet of me to say it. I also played a Christmas song from adaline. There was another compilation Christmas album by The Line of Best Fit. It’s their second year to release Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada, this time it’s Deux. I quickly had to download from the station’s computer and played new Christmas songs by Leif Vollebekk and Basia Bulat.
Here’s the music video to Green Trees Red Heart by Nat Jay.
Lastly, I decided to give a shoutout to another CKCU-FM show as I played them, Christmas In Hollis by Run-DMC.
Without further ado, you can check the playlist at this link. The Wild 10 Countdown for December 8th entry is posted up.
Audio – Radio Show for December 8, 2010
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What a way to kick off the first of December with a bunch of awesome music and holiday tunes. I will be using tunes from A Charlie Christmas for the next couple of Wednesdays leading to Christmas. I still love The Peanuts and the classic cartoon. The worse part was using the 2006 remaster version. Next week, I should use the pre-2006 version of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
December 1st happened to be World AIDS Day. I started off with the famous Marvin Gaye cover of What’s Going On by the Artists Against AIDS Worldwide. Even though the song came out in 2001, I decided to play it in tribute of the people who’ve lost their lives to AIDS.
I won’t explain much on the Wild 10 Countdown as it will be on the other blog.
The second hour of the show had The Balconies taking over for the first half hour. It was pre-recorded and during the time when they competed for the finals of The Big Money Shot. Even though it had some interview elements, I had the trio request their favourite songs. This is considered the final music interview of 2010.
The final half hour of the show was the start of the Christmas show as I played Christmas tunes by Canadian indie artists & bands as well as the usual Christmas pop tunes. For this set, I included two Christmas songs that are not in English. One was in Japanese (Utada Hikaru) and the other in Mandarin (Mavis Fan). I played a new Utada Hikaru song because she recently released her 2nd Single Collection compilation album. This is considered her last for the time being as she will be going on an indefinite hiatus starting in 2011.
Without further ado, you can check the playlist at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown for December 1st is at this link.
Audio & Extras – Radio Show for December 1st and The Balconies Takeover Show (Segment)
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The Balconies Takeover Show
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Since I had mentioned Utada Hikaru, here’s the music video to Goodbye Happiness. The new song from Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2.
We’re inching closer towards the end of 2009 and ringing in 2010. It’s also the end of the decade called the noughties. I won’t be resuming my Series 5 entries until after the new year as this is another special entry for the Christmas holidays.
January 1, 2010 update: Happy New Year to everyone!
The best of 2009 edition for Wednesday morning’s radio show at CKCU is now posted and you can listen to it.
Here’s a previous audio which is moved to this entry since it’s a wrap up to 2009. Here’s the embedded player to listen.
From the December 16, 2009 radio show, my top 10 Canadian albums of 2009. Press play to listen.
Here’s the December 30, 2009 edition of ASR and my radio show. Press play to listen to the entire show.
Press play to listen to my Best of 2009 edition. At the end of the show, I played a famous Chinese song by the late Anita Mui. It was December 30, 2003 when she passed away.
Playlist is at http://wildworks.wordpress.com/radio/
Yeah Yeah Yeahs -My Favorite of 2009
I picked the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as my favorite for 2009 and since I explained a bit on-air, I forgot to mention on-air that there’s this clip from NME’s YouTube site had the Yeah Yeah Yeahs talk about It’s Blitz track by track. It’s funny how they explained the first 2 tracks as “party, party, party!” Here’s the YouTube clip.
Remembering Anita Mui
At the end of the radio show, I played an Anita Mui song in a way of remembering her. Here’s a YouTube from her final concert in 2003 and she was ill but continued to perform under pain. The ending when she leaves the stage will put you into tears.
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This is the return of the so-called holiday specials as it will not be linked to my usual entries. This time, these entries will be connected to the radio shows I have been doing. So far, I have played the usual Christmas songs by U2, The Pogues, Mariah Carey, Band Aid and Wham! There’s been a heavy dose of Fairytale of New York being played from the radio show.
Don’t forget the playlist is at http://wildworks.wordpress.com/radio/
December 24-25, 2009 - Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope you take your time reading and listening through this blog entry. I should thank North by East West for providing the new Christmas songs by Canadian independent bands and musicians. Without them, I would not be able to play good Christmas music on my radio show at CKCU-FM.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 wrapped up the Christmas edition of the radio shows. Played several new Christmas songs by Said The Whale, In-Flight Safety with Jenn Grant and Library Voices. Surprised that I have played Fairytale of New York four times but the other 3 are cover versions. Also on the radio show was The Balconies Christmas interview that I did on a cold Friday, December 18, 2009, prior to their concert at Cafe Dekcuf.
Here’s the full radio show from 10-11.30am. Press play to listen.
Here’s my radio show from 11-11.30am. Press play to listen.
The Balconies Christmas Interview
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Due to sound quality issues, if you couldn’t listen to In-Flight Safety & Jenn Grant’s version of Fairytale of New York clearly, you can download the song for free at this site via NxEW, http://www.nxew.ca/2009/12/free-download-in-flight-safety-and-jenn.html
The same goes for Said The Whale, here’s the link to download the free Christmas songs, http://www.saidthewhale.com/christmas.html
Monday, December 21, 2009 was my final Monday afternoon show. I started the final show by playing the Christmas #1 song in the UK for 2009. That’s right, it’s Rage Against The Machine. The song that trumped the 2009 X-Factor winner was Killing In The Name.
I had a special guest on the show. It was Ben Welland of Sadie Hell. We played our favorite Christmas songs and I did live interview (first time) with Welland as he is promoting his debut album and the gig on January 2, 2010.
Without further ado, you can press play to listen to Monday’s show.
Saturday, December 19, 2009 was not Christmas related as I got to be a guest on Midnight Jamz, alternating on Saturdays from 8-10pm on CKCU. Actually, there was talk of Christmas in one of the host break. This radio show mainly plays Hip-Hop, R&B, Dance and Reggae. Near the end of the show, we were all singing along to It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday by Boyz II Men off-air. I had no clue why I was singing along to it with no mistakes.
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Wednesday, December 16 continued with several Christmas songs being played. Past Christmas #1 songs in the UK were also played and my top 10 Canadian indie albums of 2009. Joel Plaskett and Metric were battling for the 1-2 punch.
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Monday, December 14 kicked off the Christmas themed show. It was the return of the duo of Horses Spilled Milk and we basically played the Christmas tunes by the mainstream artists and bands.
You can listen to the Dec. 14th Christmas edition radio show by pressing play.
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