X Marks The Spot on Arts & Crafts – S08E42

A&C - X

On this week’s radio show, there were several new music being played and one album got released this week happens to be Arts & Crafts: X. The album consists of collaborations from bands and artists from the Arts & Crafts lineup. In a way, I decided to play some of the tracks before Ryan’s show, Whatever’s Cool With Me (also on CKCU-FM).
Played on the show were Anamanaguchi, Camera Obscura, Braids and Geneva. A mix of 8-bit/electronic to alternative to soul/R&B to indie rock. It’s a variety mix of great music for this week.
Sad news in the Ottawa music scene. The drummer of The Love Machine‘s father passed away on May 25th. I was searching on Facebook for info as I don’t have any of the members on Facebook. I decided to play Love Is On Your Side from their 2010 album, Sweater Weather.

On The Wild 10 Countdown, Said The Whale takes the top spot to end off May. You can check the top 10 summary over at this link.
For the podcast, there were new songs from Scary Bear Soundtrack, CHVRCHES and the usual from The National, She & Him, and Daft Punk.
The playlist for the podcast can viewed below. As usual, you can listen to the entire show below.

The playlist from the live show is over at this link.
It’s a pretty short blog entry to end May.
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The Rich Aucoin Interview and Enjoying The New Co-Host – S06E07

On the (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, I had an opportunity to check out Rich Aucoin and Hey Rosetta! over at Capital Music Hall. Hot Hot Heat was the headlining band but decided to leave because bus service on Sunday night in Ottawa is not the best. I had the opportunity to interview Rich Aucoin as he was available to interviews and I was totally fine with it. Aucoin is one of those up and coming musicians who’s making interesting sounds to the Canadian music scene. You can say he blends a mix of Daft Punk and other techno bands from his music. For the live shows, it is very interactive as I got to experience the confetti, balloons, 3-D glasses and a parachute. His set was the most energetic. I hope you will enjoy the interview.

Wednesday’s radio show continues to be fun as I am very comfortable with the new co-host, Marzia. She is giving me more of a perspective on the alternative bands that she likes and the ones not getting a lot of airplay on mainstream stations. This week, we talked about OK Go as they are coming to Ottawa later this week. Overall, she is getting comfortable being on-air in Ottawa, Canada and she told me it was chaotic at the radio station in her hometown of Italy.
I began a new opening music as CKCU-FM will be celebrating their 35th anniversary and it’s fitting to use Anniversaries by The Love Machine as they are one of the bands that will be performing for CKCU’s 35th anniversary.
I also aired the 2nd part to the Grand Analog interview from Montreal. What was dealt in the second part were mentioning the Winnipeg music scene (in a humourous fashion), being friends with Shad, the Polaris Music Prize and the use of social media/network site.
I started the show with something nostalgic from the 1990s. Got to love music from England at that time period. Here’s the music video.

Don’t forget to check the playlist by clicking on the link. The top 10 countdown is at this link.

Audio: Radio Show and Interviews
The October 13 edition of the radio show. Press play to listen.

The Rich Aucoin Interview – Press play to listen or download it.

The 2nd Part of the Grand Analog Interview – Press play to listen or download it.

Got Featured
I participated in this website project about everyday people in Ottawa. Thanks to Hello Ottawa, you can read about myself at this link.

Starting 2010 With Doctor Who and Sadie Hell – S05E30


It’s now 2010 and I started off the new year by watching Doctor Who. It was part 2 of The End of Time and also the end of David Tennant’s stint as the Time Lord and the show’s head writer, Russell T. Davies. Ever since Doctor Who returned to the airwaves in 2005, they have been coming out with the Christmas specials. The Christmas specials have become a tradition for myself because there’s not much happening on Christmas day. This one is very important because in 2009, there was no full series of Doctor Who because Tennant was off acting on stage. There were the four specials and the final two were David Tennant’s final adventure and swan song. Here’s an image I put up and it’s from the ending where he regenerates. It’s a sad scene watching the Doctor go into regeneration. Doctor Who fans like myself have been fond of Tennant, it’s just hard to see him leave the role. I’m going to miss the brown pinstripe suit (there’s also the blue pinstripe suit), the Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers (I will continue to wear them no matter what), the glasses he occasionally wore and the sonic screwdriver.

Overall, the 2nd part of The End of Time was excellent. As non-spoiler as I can be, the acting among the cast was superb. Seeing the emotions of Tennant as The Doctor clings to his death was just strong and emotional. It was touching to watch the companions of previous seasons mark their farewell as they won’t be coming back for future episodes. The words, I don’t want to go will probably linger on for awhile because it’s so heartbreaking and us fans will have to move on that Tennant is no longer the Doctor.
I can’t wait for the Spring when Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor) takes over for Doctor Who.
How could I not forget to mention that it’s wonderful to see another “iconic” British character (well, actor) appear in the show. I know Timothy Dalton did two James Bond movies. It was nice to see two famous British character sort of meet face to face. I know it’s silly of me to imagine James Bond meeting Doctor Who.
Since I wanted to embed the YouTube clip, here’s the link to the preview of Doctor Who Series 5.
It looked like the finale scored 10.4 million viewers in the UK. Thus ends the David Tennant years on Doctor Who.

The First Radio Show of 2010 – Another Themed Show to Wrapup the Holidays

Here is the first radio show of 2010 (on January 6). Started with Sadie Hell, played a new Basia Bulat song (album to be released on January 26, 2010), and almost ending with Doctor Who (again). I played the best of the 2000s. It was basically my picks throughout 2000 and I had to change my song choices due to the mainstream music that I’m not supposed to play regularly. In irony, I played several British hits from the 2000s and it seems like a few people are starting to remember S Club 7. I will resume the interviews for next Wednesday.
Playlist is up on CKCU’s website at this link.
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A Library Fades Into The Loving Machine – S05E16

Library Voices at LiVE Lounge on October 30, 2009
Happy Halloween!
Friday night, I went to LiVE Lounge to check out three music acts but I did not know there was a fourth act to the list. That was In-Flight Safety. It’s my second time to go to LiVE Lounge. I forgot to mention in my previous post when I first went to LiVE Lounge, I encountered a radio host from LiVE 88.5. At first, I didn’t who she was as I rarely listen to that station. She said I was from CKCU-FM, which surprised me but she was kind to have me stay there and wait until I got to interview Said The Whale. Her name is Chelsea Miller. She seems like an awesome radio host and it’s nice she’s getting to know Canadian indie acts like Said The Whale and Library Voices.
OK, onto the concert. It started off with Julie Fader. Her set was soft, mellow and filled with folk styled music. She was joined by members of In-Flight Safety for some parts of her performance. All I can say is that she’s very talented. If you didn’t know, she’s also with the Great Lake Swimmers. I got a chance to do an interview with Julie Fader which will be airing sometime in November.
After Julie Fader was Ottawa’s The Love Machine. As usual with them, they were always rocking and very energetic. They still had a good crowd for their set.
Lastly, on to Library Voices, they were totally amazing because they kept jumping around, breaking a tambourine, going to the crowds and etc. They were totally crazy and the crowd just loved it. It was awesome when Library Voice got Julie Fader and In-Flight Safety to sing their final song. Even the radio host was probably surprised by their performance. I had an opportunity to do an interview with two of the members and will be aired sometime in November.
The funny thing was that it’s the second time I went to a concert where the bands say that Ottawa is the final concert of their tour. It must be lucky to have bands end in the Nation’s Capital.
Lastly, one funny note before the concert at LiVE Lounge, I saw a couple of members from Library Voices using a MacBook Pro. It’s the one that I currently have, the 13″ model. It’s pretty funny that it’s almost like Apple central.
Check out the photo by clicking here.

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).

Veggies, The Cold and The Love Machine (Season Finale) – S04E26

The Love Machine on accoustic set
On Sunday, being the last day of May, I got to check out the NCVA’s First Annual Ottawa Veg Fest 2009. Knowing me, I am interested with events dealing with food. Vegetables and organic food has become somewhat of a hot topic issue because of the changing enviroment and pesticides being put in manufactured foods. The event gave me a good and already known perpective to buying organic food. One of the guest speakers I checked out caught my attention to the change in the Earth and how we should change our diets. It was Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow, from Montreal who gave a good but unprepared speech on the changes and causes in Earth’s changing climate in terms of food and growth. She’s also a yoga instructor and an enviromental activist. At least she winged it and got through with the presentation. There were some free samples I took like Cocoa Camino fair trade chocolate, this One Million Acts of Green card which you can plant and Vega drink mix.
What was unfortunate on Sunday was the cold weather. Silly me, I was wearing my new adidas sandals and didn’t bring an extra sweater or jacket because I was about to freeze like crazy. Out of my own silliness, I decided to buy new shoes again, but I got it at Roots, it’s a Converse Jack Purcell (silly Twitpic link) leather shoes. It was on sale as I had been worried about my bro’s Chuck Taylor All Star Converse shoes because there’s a small gap in the left shoe and needs a shoe glue.
After the shoe shopping, I went to Confederation Park for the free outdoor accoustic concert for Skate4Cancer/The Cure Is Knowledge. The event was great because it also brings an awareness to cancer and people who have been close had lost to cancer. From the photo on top, that’s The Love Machine performing an accoustic song. At that time, I was totally freezing because I didn’t wear shoes and not dress warmly. I know that sometime in May and June, it should be warm but due to unsual weather, it was just cold. All in all, The Love Machine were excellent in their acoustic set.
Well, it’s now June and time for a season ending entry to start Summer. I will be putting some Summer special entries with no witty comments.
Seeya until the Fall. I will be on Facebook and Twitter the whole time, so you will catch updates from there during the Summer.