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 shaky 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.
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.
You can press play to listen to the extended special.
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.
Without further ado, here’s Monday’s show.
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The “Fly Me To Polaris” name is based on a 1999 Hong Kong movie. Ok, Monday is the day we’re waiting for and it’s the 2009 edition of the Polaris Music Prize Gala. The photo from above, let’s say that I am missing two of the nominees. It’s K’Naan and F**ked Up. That’s right, one of the short nominees will be chosen to win the $20,000 prize. Here’s the 10 nominees listed;
1. Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows
2. F**ked Up – The Chemistry of Common Life
3. Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
4. Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs
5. K’Naan – Troubadour
6. Malajube – Labyrithes
7. Metric – Fantasies
8. Joel Plaskett – Three
9. Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane
10. Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
There has been some criticism over the short list because it seemed like the jury has been lazy in choosing the top Canadian album of 2008-2009. Basically, returning nominees like Patrick Watson, Chad VanGaalen, and Joel Plaskett are back at it. Also, there’s no female artists (that’s if you include Emily Haines in Metric) in this year’s list.
As much as I like several songs from Metric’s Fantasies, I felt that it’s too mainstream to be on the short list. Although, how could I forget about “In Our Bedroom After The War” by Stars being on the short list for the 2008 edition of the Polaris Music Prize.
The 2009 edition of the Polaris Music Prize still have diverse genres in the running. There’s hardcore punk to Hip-Hop to the standard Pop/Rock and Folk. Aside from the criticism, it will be still exciting to finding out who will win.
I had the opportunity to co-host again on Kristal’s Method at CKCU-FM because we were playing the short list nominees for the Polaris Music Prize. We discussed about what we liked or not liked on the short list. I mentioned on-air my pick to win The Polaris Music Prize. I won’t write it on here because I would want you to listen to it. It seems more like keeping in suspense but I could be wrong on my predicted pick. To whoever wins, congratulations on being the 2009 Polaris winner.
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Note: A Joel Plaskett song was ended abruptly and Metric’s Collect Call was skipped.
It was totally an awesome Monday because I got to co-host not only Horses Spilled Milk, but also Kristal’s Method on CKCU 93.1 FM. I won’t try to write a lot as I provided the audio from both shows, which you can only listen and not download. I hope I don’t get in trouble for it. It’s for my friends who missed out listening to me live.
A summary of Horses Spilled Milk were discussing about The Beatles, The Balconies (read the previous blog entry), a bit on TV Shows (vampire related shows) and the Kanye West–Taylor Swift incident at the 2009 MTV VMAs. It was nice to talk about pop culture. The lovely and main co-host, Erica, had to leave for class after the intro. I had to fill-in for this crazy edition of Horses Spilled Milk.
For Kristal’s show, it was relaxed as we briefly discussed a bit of the Polaris Music Prize Gala for next week, ticket prices at concerts, and some Metric talk. If you are wondering about the second last song being played, here’s the music video provided at the bottom of this entry. I saw the music video on The Wedge on MuchMusic not too long ago. Trust me, you will find the music video hilarious. Think About Life is an electronic-indie rock band from Montreal.
Hope you will enjoy listening to it. Apologies on the sound quality as I don’t know what happened when using Adobe Audition.
Horses Spilled Milk – Part 1
Kristal’s Method – Part 2
I know the photo is not really linked to this particular entry but I mentioned at the start of Horses Spilled Milk that I went to Perth, Ontario on Saturday for 2 lion dance performances. Check the 2009 Summer page for the short entry. I had to sub in for co-host for the beginning of the show because he was running late. I was basically a lifesaver for Horses Spilled Milk and Kristal’s Method.
Halfway through Horses Spilled Milk, there was a classic 80s song played and the hint; The Breakfast Club, directed by the late John Hughes.
Afterwards, I unexpectedly decided to guest host Kristal’s Method because Kristal wasn’t around. I had to scramble and figure out what songs to play. I had help from Armen of Thematics at CKCU-FM at the first host break. This time, I totally played 100% Canadian independent music.
Note: Audio for both shows are no longer available to listen.