It’s Basically The Whole Month of May Entry – S05.2E08

Updated on May 26, 2010
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with Leif Vollebekk at the 1st May Whee Festival at Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Wednesday’s radio show will be fully updated later but for now, the Leif Vollebekk audio interview is posted up. You should enjoy the interview as it became a hilarious interview. I even made some goof-ups on the interview. I apologize for messing up on the question about The Balconies. He didn’t form the band, he helped gave Jacquie, Stephen and Liam the name.
Also on the radio show was an expanded edition of the countdown. For this week only, my Wild 5 Countdown became the W10 Countdown.

The W10 Countdown for Week of May 5, 2010.
1. Fixed – Stars
2. Forced to Love – Broken Social Scene (new entry)
3. Your Hands (Together) – The New Pornographers (new entry)
4. The Right Time (feat. Tyler Bancroft) – Hannah Georgas
5. Laura Palmer’s Prom – You Say Party! We Say Die! (was #1 last week)
6. No Ghost – The Acorn (new)
7. Celestica – Crystal Castles (new)
8. Breakneck Speed – Tokyo Police Club (new)
9. Authentic – Young Rival (new)
10. Ghost Pressure – Wolf Parade (new)

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August Extra #3 – i(heart)music festival With Oh No Forest Fires, Modernboys Moderngirls, The Love Machine and The Balconies

The Balconies at i(heart)music festival
I decided to blog another Summer entry and it’s nearing a fifth series/season because this person lit a fire under me because this person enjoys reading my live music entries. The hint is this person works for the Ceeb #2 (in Radio). That’s all I will get into, but thanks! (Hope you read it). With the fifth season looming may come a name change for the blog due to the fact that I am not really traveling around the world.
On Friday night, I checked out the i(heart)music festival at Cafe Dekcuf for The Love Machine and The Balconies. I am familiar with those two Ottawa bands because my brother is good friends with them. What’s nice is that both bands are great friends with each other. It’s good to see connections from one another.
For anyone who doesn’t know about i(heart)music, it is by an Ottawa-based music blogger who writes and promotes up and coming Canadian indie singers and bands. It’s more like giving them exposure and bringing good music to the Nation’s Capital and throughout Canada.

The First Two Bands – Oh No Forest Fires and Modernboys Moderngirls

There were two other bands I got to check out who were on the bill. First up was Oh No Forest Fires, they started off with a wild and rocking set and during their performance, the lead singer of Oh No Forest Fires made jokes about Jerry Seinfeld in Ottawa. What was even funny during their performance was their mic stand kept falling off and one almost hit my head. That was a close call and would of knocked myself silly. What’s also surprising is the lead singer is the brother to one of the members of Hey Rosetta.
You can check the photos here via Flickr.

Onto Modernboys Moderngirls, I missed the first part due to interviewing the members of Oh No Forest Fire. They’re a new band and they performed to a great rocking set.
You check the photos here via Flickr.

The Beloved Two Ottawa Bands
How could I not say about returning Bandwidth host, Amanda Putz’s favorite Ottawa band, The Love Machine. They totally rocked and energized the crowd for their performance. At one point of their set, Jacquie and a friend were doing the robo dance and it was funny part to their performance. They announced that they will be doing their first music videos and needing females to be part of it and there were some jokes included, which I won’t say.
You check The Love Machine photos here via Flickr.

Last, but not least, The Balconies. Prior to arriving early, I decided to hang out with Jacquie and Liam for some food. Went to a Thai restaurant and I only ordered shrimp spring rolls. The worse part was that I didn’t stay for all of their performance because of a lousy bus service in Ottawa. I only stayed for about 10 minutes to hear their usual rockin’ songs. They still rocked out pretty late and even a good turnout. There were worries about the turnout due to Jerry Seinfeld at the NAC, Ottawa Folk Festival and Britney Spears at Scotiabank Place. Overall, things were pretty good for a Friday night at Cafe Deckuf.
You check the The Balconies photos here via Flickr.

That was my Friday and now onto Joel Plaskett at Ottawa Folk Festival for Sunday (Aug. 23).

August Extra #2 – Horses Spilled Milk and Guest Hosting for Kristal’s Method

View From The Tay River in Perth, Ontario
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.
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August Extra: Fundamentally Sound on August 6, 2009 and Still With Summer


You can listen and download.

I was able to be a guest co-host on Fundamentally Sound with Dennis Molnar on Thursday. Fundamentally Sound is a Hip-Hop, Rap, Funk, Soul radio show that airs from 12-2pm at CKCU-FM.
Warning, there are several songs that have swearing and this blog being PG-friendly, I just want to give an advance warning. Overall, I was very comfortable being on-air because at least there someone in the on-air studio. I was calm, cool and collective and not as nervous when hosting your own radio show. Although, my loyalty still lies with Canadian indie music radio shows but my roots still lie with enjoying various forms of musical genres.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Bluesfest and Filling-In On Air at CKCU-FM [Summer Entry]

Note: Off-season blog entry.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Ottawa Bluesfest
The day after Ottawa Bluesfest, I had the opportunity to fill in on-air at CKCU-FM from 5-6pm. I somewhat stumbled speaking on-air and hopefully it wasn’t a problem. I called it the WildWorks Show and I failed to mention my support of Canadian indie music. I know I played two non-Canadian tracks but I just love Zero by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Here’s the player to listen for anyone who missed it:

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A Reminder to Check My Summer Page and a Bluesfest Entry [Summer Entry]

Note: Off-season entry.

With Casey of Elliott Brood

I want to remind people that this blog on a Summer hiatus, I created a Summer page for what I have done lately. Here’s the link again, http://wildworks.wordpress.com/summer2009.
I was able to renew my Flickr account to Pro as I am able to keep providing photos for future entries.

Canada Day – July 1

On Canada Day, I was where the “smaller musical acts preforming at Major’s Hill” for the first part of the afternoon. Quote taken from Apt613.
In case if anyone doesn’t know about the Summer page, I posted a link to my Canada Day photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157620834245226/.


Ottawa Bluesfest Time (for Week 1)

Several Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest photos are up.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157621219759012/ (Bluesfest in the Byward for July 9, 2009), http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157621256447478/ (Arrested Development). Photo from above was after Elliott Brood’s late night concert at Pier 21. It was a rowdy, romp and sweaty performance. The crowd danced and jumped like crazy and I decided to join in the fun later on. Overall, an excellent performance from Elliott Brood and the opening act, The Soiree (I forgot to mention the band opening up). I was surprised to see people I met from other concerts in Ottawa.
Before checking Arrested Development, I did check out the end of The Proclaimers at Bluesfest in the Byward and yes, I did hear I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). Yes, I remember the word, “I would walk 500 miles”.
Loads of photos from Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest consisting of The Balconies, Sunparlour Players, Land of Talk, Jenn Grant and Thunderheist. Taken on July 12, 2009. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157621240992777/. In a way, the only band repping from the 613 that I checked out were The Balconies (not covered on Apt613). I missed out on other Ottawa bands playing at Bluesfest.
There’s Ohbijou at Zaphod Beeblebrox as part of Bluesfest in the Byward. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157621384834754/
Basia Bulat at Mavericks on July 13, 2009 (Last day of Bluesfest in the Byward): http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157621437296332/.

Happy Summer to all.

Hot Weather at The Black Sheep Inn – S3E22


Oh my goodness, Summer has arrived and it couldn’t come at a better time. Except the heat and sweat, I got a chance to go The Black Sheep Inn for the third time. As you see from the photo, I wanted to show the scenic background to Wakefield, Quebec. I couldn’t do it last time because of the weather. It looks like I am basking in the glory being in Wakefield. It was not as hot there due to the shade and the lake/river.
Why was I there? It was a radio taping for CBC Radio 2’s Canada Live program. The singers were Kyrie Kristmanson and Nathan Lawr & The Minotaurs. It was an enjoyable and funny performance.
Prior to the taping, I decided to try out poutine at the restaurant beside The Black Sheep Inn. It was one big poutine I got and it was fulfilling. Another memorable moment was seeing Rolf Klausener of The Acorn in Wakefield. My reaction was pretty funny as I kind of jumped up on my seat with a shocked look saying “What the!” in my head. Good thing he said hi and so on. In a way, it was an exciting Saturday night at Wakefield.
Here’s the link to the photos via Flickr, [Link]
Coming up this week; Westfest. I can’t wait to check out the musical performances as well as our lion dance troupe performing.
Last thing, I did not know this is post #100. I am surprised I got to a hundred entries for my blog.