A Very Merry Christmas & The Top 50 of 2013, Part 2 – S09E16

WW Vinyl December 23

It was an epic day as I was on the airwaves from 7-10am and then the regular show at 11am on CKCU-FM. First, it was the Monday Special Blend and I was joined by Canadian Spaces host, Chris White as we had Shannon Rose & The Thorns. Rose has a new song which is fitting for Christmas and it’s called North Star. She performed three songs live on the airwaves. First was North Star, the second was Phoenix and lastly, a Bing Crosby cover song, I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Luckily, Ottawa didn’t bear brunt of the ice storm which hit Toronto on the weekend. Overall, it was a great morning to have guests like Chris White and Shannon Rose. From the image above, it was shot on a Polaroid.
The next show to help out was The Filibuster and we basically played Christmas songs ranging from the popular one to Metal to Canadian indie music. It was a nice mix of tunes to play as I was joined host, Ben James for the Filibuster.
To my own show, I played the favourites from Jill Barber, Basia Bulat and Nat Jay. It’s become a yearly tradition to play those wonderful festive songs. There were a few new tracks from Mounties, The Mountain and the Trees and a new Said The Whale.
You can check the playlist over at the this link. You can listen to the audio below. It will be a lengthy listen. Happy Holidays!
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The Lonely End of the Rink with Grant Lawrence – S09E11

With Grant Lawrence Polaroid Vinyl

Grant Lawrence was in Ottawa on Friday, November 29, 2013. He was there to promote his new book, The Lonely End of the Rink – Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie. The event was held at Pressed, which is a great place for sandwiches and other food.
I had the chance to interview with Lawrence and talked about the details on his second book, which is on the hockey side. You can listen to the interview below.
It was great to see the venerable radio host on CBC Radio 3 come to the Nation’s Capital and say positive things about Ottawa. His second book has connections to Ottawa, be sure to look for it at bookstores.

December 2nd Radio Show
Aside from the interview, there were new music from the like of The Balconies and MORI. MORI released a music video to this song, I Know It’s Over. If you watch the music video, a certain appearance from Cadence Weapon and Miracle Fortress are in it. Keep an eye on it.
The Balconies will be releasing their new album, Fast Motions in the new year, keep a look out on it.

As usual, Lauren joined me for the second half of the show and talked about HAIM as we approach the end of the year and have our yearly best of 2013 countdown coming up.

Performing this week in Ottawa is Kashka at Raw Sugar Cafe for December 6, 2013.
To check out the playlist from the radio show, click here. You can listen to the audio below.
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The Hannah Georgas Interview – S09E08

WW Nov 11 Vinyl Blog

It’s November 11th and it’s the day where everyone observes and pay their respects to the soldiers and veterans who fought in wars. Wars are still continuing throughout parts of the continent and we still reflect the sacrifices that soldiers face in combat and defending peace. Remembrance Day this year marked the 95th anniversary of the end of WWI. Lest We Forget.

Radio Show
On the this week’s radio show, Lauren returned to the program after a month’s absence. It was a good timing as I aired the interview with Hannah Georgas. Georgas was in Ottawa last week for two shows at the NAC for NAC Presents. It’s the first time to finally interview her as she’s been busy touring and it was a nice opportunity to do so. It’s been awhile I have seen her live and in the interview, I got to ask about the emotional process that she brought in her 2012 self titled album. Played on the show was her cover rendition of Rihanna’s Stay. Myself and Lauren have found her version to be raw and powerful. It almost put me in tears when I listen to the song. Her song is available on iTunes. Played on the show this week are new tracks from Rebekah Higgs, Kashka and the usual artists and bands like Basia Bulat and Arcade Fire.
I got a message on my Facebook page and played Jess Hart.
You can listen to the interview and the radio show below.
The playlist for the radio show can be seen at this link.
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Season Nine – Interview with Leif Vollebekk, The Return of Lauren and Shooting Polaroids (S09E01)

WildWorks Vinyl New Season-1

It’s a brand new season of WildWorks. Nine seasons, I can’t believe it’s going on for pretty long. The radio show is now onto its fifth season. I know it’s confusing to track what season is what for the blog and radio show.
To start off the ninth season, I had the opportunity to check out the 2013 edition of Ottawa Folk Festival. It was a privilege to see some of the musicians and bands again. Just great to see The Belle Game and Leif Vollebekk.
In kicking off the new season of WildWorks on CKCU-FM, I aired the interview with Vollebekk as he came out with a new album in early 2013. It’s been awhile I have seen him in Ottawa as he’s mostly residing in Montreal and touring around. You can listen to the interview below the entry.

Also returning was Lauren as she was away for over nine months and due to a change in the co-hosting positioning earlier this year and the change in the scheduling for this season.
It was awesome to have her back as the new Arcade Fire song was unexpectedly leaked prior to the 9/9/9pm release date. All I have to say that the new song, Reflektor is a catchy and funky track. I mentioned on-air that it feels like “Sprawl II” all over again.
It was a good show as new music from The Darcys, Stars, Basia Bulat and Jenn Grant were played. There are new albums being released next week (September 17th) and onto October. It’s an exciting time for any music fans around.
You can check the September 9th show’s playlist over at this link. The audio is posted below.
Programming note, as with the schedule change, The Wild 10 Countdown will now be separate. Expect a split on the audio. The expected return for the Wild 10 will be around next week.

Since the Summer, I have been shooting photos through instant film. It’s becoming a fun way to shoot photos and in a way, I feel like it’s becoming a bucket list on who to take photos with. You’ve been seeing the photos over the Facebook Page, Instagram, Flickr and the blog. You’ll be seeing more photos from the Instax and Polaroids. I can’t say that I’m being a trendsetter with shooting instant film photos. Although, people are astounded seeing the cameras as everyone is used to shooting on digital camera. Instant films and Polaroids have been making a slow comeback because of its quality and feel of the photo.

Lastly, I had a great time on Sunday night as an old friend was in Ottawa for a wedding. We met over at El Camino as it’s a popular spot for good tacos in the Nation’s Caption. It was a privilege to meet his wife and baby son. I already posted the photos on Instagram.  All in all, what a great way to start the new season.

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It’s 2013! Concluding the Best of 2012 Music – S08E17

January 2nd Post Show

Hello 2013, it’s a new year and what a nice way to have the radio show on the day after January 1st, new year’s day. On this edition, I brought in a guest on the show because the regular co-host’s away on her holiday break. The guest is Brianna Harris and she’s a student at Carleton University. She is also an indie music fan but more on the folk genre. It was a privilege to give her a listen to various Canadian indie music from 2012. I left several Canadian artists and bands out from my top 50 of 2012 as it was a difficult choice to put them as there were so many good album and EP releases in 2012. Overall, she enjoyed the radio show and liked the music that were played.

Also on the January 2nd show was the conclusion to the year-end countdown. This time, it’s the top 12 non-Canadian indie music of 2012. The segment was pre-recorded as I wanted my co-host (Lauren) to experience the excitement in counting down the tunes of 2012. The top pick from the list of 2012 was Beach House because Bloom was basically our favourite album. Their music makes me happy, dreamy and putting me into tears. I’m reminded from a former co-host from Italy who got me to like the band and a former host from RTHK Radio 3 (now living in England) who had Teen Dream as one of her picks from 2010. Without those two, I wouldn’t have fallen in awe with Beach House.
The list for the top 12 is posted below.

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Ending The 2012 Interview Segment with Diamond Rings and Holiday Tunes – S08E15

With Diamond Rings (2012)

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.

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It’s Support Local Month in Ottawa – S08E09

November is Support Local Month. For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s presented by the excellent Ottawa arts and culture blog, Apt613. Aside the fact that I didn’t have an interesting entry to write this week, I might as well write about this because I had the opportunity to go to the launch party at the Raw Sugar Cafe on November 1st. Another reason is that it’s mentioned in the video (below) for the trending topics. It’s good to give a local event some support.

The November 7th Radio Show
There was no interviews on this edition but good Canadian music being played. There’s a couple of bands and musicians who will be performing in Ottawa this week. The Darcys, The Luyas and Orit Shimoni  (Little Birdie) were played because they got shows for Friday night. There’s a lot of great acts coming to Ottawa in the next couple of weeks. Lauren came on the show for the live portion as she and other people are having trouble waking up due to the time chang.
On the Wild 10 Countdown, Diamond Rings is still number one for the second week. Apologies on not getting the entries posted up sooner.
The playlist for the show is over at this link.

WildWorks TV is back after a week’s absence. The filming was done after the radio show as it’s filmed at a different location and using a different camera. Trending topics for this week’s edition are Obama being re-elected for another 4 years, the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Movember and Support Local Month.
Hope you enjoy the audio and the video.

Audio/Radio Show
The November 7, 2012 Radio Show – Press play to listen.
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The Interviews with Data Romance and Robyn Dell’Unto – S08E07

As you know right now that CKCU-FM is having their annual funding drive and the goal for this year is $120,000. Please give support to excellent programming on community radio by pledging online at this link. CKCU provides various programming from general music to ethnic programs. It’s the heart to the communities in the Ottawa area.
This week’s edition of the show had interviews from Data Romance and Robyn Dell’Unto. Both of them were in Ottawa on the weekend and at separate events. Data Romance had a show at Babylon Nightclub as they opened up for Young Empires and Dragonette. Dell’Unto was one of the performers who took part at the Babes4Breasts event. It was a great event to attend Babes4Breasts as it’s a group of female artists coming together to raise money for the fight again breast cancer.
Even though the radio station is having the funding drive, I had to air both interviews as they were current. As usual, my co-host, Lauren joined me for the radio show and enjoyed the interviews that were aired and assisting me for the funding drive edition. Don’t forget to listen to the audio or watch the videos as it’s new feature for the blog.
The second episode of WildWorks TV is still a work in progress. Lauren and I discuss about trending topics from the news, social media & popular culture.
The Wild 10 Countdown has a new number one song this week and it’s Dan Mangan. The top 10 recap is posted at this link.
Keep on supporting community radio and donate if you can.
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It Was Mostly Music Played This Week & A New Addition – S08E06

This week was just music being played on the radio show. There were no music interviews due to the post Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. There was an event I attended last Friday and it was the Herd Magazine launch party at Fall Down Gallery. Aside from it, that was it.
This was planned out of the blue and I decided to add a new segment to the blog. Prior to recording part of the radio show, I decided to come up with a video segment and it called WildWorks TV. It’s mainly talking about topics trending on social media. It will be less on the music and more on pop culture.
Apologies for the first episode due to the bad angling from the DSLR camera. It’s a work in progress. Hope you will enjoy the video segments. It’s a bit influenced from Nat & Marie as they talk about online culture. I’m waiting for their return on the interwebs. You can watch the video below.
This week’s top 10 countdown has a new countdown. To view the top 10 countdown, go to this link.
As for the radio show, Lauren and I played a bunch of new Canadian indie music and an Ellie Goulding track as she’s fallen in love with the new album, Halcyon.
Have a good week.

Audio/Radio Show
The October 17th playlist is at this link.
Press play to listen.
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The Olenka and the Autumn Lovers Interview – S08E05

This week’s radio show had the interview with the indie folk band, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers. I had the opportunity to chat with Olenka Krakus, the lead member of the band at Raw Sugar Cafe last Friday night. We chatted about the new EP, Hard Times, touring throughout Canada and being in Ottawa. The audio will be posted below if you want to listen.
The first part of the show had Lauren joining me for the top 10 countdown and Digory for the second part of the show, which was aired live on CKCU-FM.
As usual, there were new Canadian indie tracks played from the likes of Lindi Ortega, Inlet Sound and The Luyas. It was nice to have Lindi Ortega send a tweet for the thanks in playing her song from the new album, Cigarettes & Truckstops.
Speaking of thanks, there was a bit of a post-Thanksgiving discussion since there was a holiday in Canada. Good ol’ turkey.
There was a tribute on the live radio show and it was celebrating Anita Mui’s birthday on this day, October 10th. It’s been close to nine years as Mui is no longer around as her music is still cherished from old and young fans alike.
This week’s Wild 10 Countdown entry will be posted up later.
Hope you will enjoy this week’s show and the interview.

Audio/Interview
The playlist for the October 10th show is at this link. Press play to listen.

The Olenka and the Autumn Lovers Interview

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