Matthew de Zoete & Finally Aired The Hey Ocean! Interview – S05E34


Matthew de Zoete at Bands Undone

On a nice Wednesday afternoon, Matthew de Zoete dropped by at The Canteen Art Shop + Gallery for a intimidate set for Bands Undone. His music based on his MySpace page blends Pop, Rock and Folk. The Hamilton musician was in Ottawa for a performance at The National Arts Centre. He kindly came to the gallery and performed four songs. The last song was unique and experimental because of the lighting. Overall, he’s a great guy prior to and after the session. The interview with Kara was a hoot because of the sunglasses.
Videos and Review from Bands Undone are at this link.

Wednesday’s 2 Hour Radio Show

I finally aired the Hey Ocean! interview on a special 2 hour show because the 2 other program hosts at CKCU-FM were away and I had the opportunity to air the long interview into two parts. In my slight opinion, I didn’t do a good job on the host breaks because of the distraction in the on-air studio. Due to the fact that the station was installing the Media Touch system. What I wanted to say on-air was somewhat goofed up.
It’s too bad the other host I join with at 10am wasn’t there because I had planned to chat more on Jackie Chan films. Unfortunately, I will try again next week as this other radio show on CKCU called The Drunken Master Review, talks about movies and Hong Kong films in general. I might have a little rivalry of sorts, in a joking manner.
You can check the playlist at this link. New songs from the likes of Basia Bulat, Kate Maki (from her Two Song Wedding album), Caribou and local favorites from Sadie Hell and The Balconies were played. Played several bands and musicians that will be performing during the Olympics. I am still not sick of You Say Party! We Say Die! yet. Even Strombo still plays them on his Sunday night radio show on CBC Radio 2. Even though, I didn’t play Glory, they just released the music video for it. It’s over at Vimeo. Check it out, it’s the same setting as Dark Days.
Ended the show with one song from Help for Haiti Now and a classic song with a newly updated version, soon to be released.

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The Hey Ocean! Interview
Part 1: Press play to listen or download it.

Part 2: Press play to listen or download it.

Feb. 23, 2010 Semi-Update: Talk about irony but CBC Radio 3‘s R3TV released a new episode on Hey Ocean! I sort of beat them to the punch on asking Ashleigh Ball on her other job. It’s voice acting for cartoons. Here’s the link to check it out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY0n8i9oQKw Mind you that my audio interview was conducted back in November 2009.

The Wooden Sky Interview and The Radio Show – S05E33


On Sunday January 24, I had the opportunity to check out The Wooden Sky at Bands Undone and did a very silly interview with three of the members. The band was in Ottawa for the Ottawa Folk Festival’s Acoustic Wave series. I did not take any photos for this session as I other things on mind during the weekend. Their set was great as they did performed four songs. Great band and they’re embarking on their tour at this moment.
Video performance is up on Vimeo at this link.
Review including videos from Bands Undone is at this link.

The Radio Show for January 27, 2010

As promised, I played some new Canadian indie tunes and a new segment (including Audio Sensory Resuscitation) counting down the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
I decided to air The Wooden Sky interview this week because of one question as I did not want to make this particular song old if it’s aired at a later month. The interviews from November and December will be aired soon. Prior to airing the interview, I had to rant about another CKCU show because they talked about Hong Kong movies. That show was The Drunken Master Review. It was sort of ranting what I thought about Jackie Chan’s New Police Story.
It was unexpected to get an extra half hour because the incoming host was busy with something.
Here’s the playlist for Audio Sensory Resuscitation – link
Here’s the playlist for my show – link.
Press play to listen to the entire show or you can listen to the audio stream through iTunes.

Another option is listening to my show if you want to know about my rant on Jackie Chan, The Drunken Master Review and the songs I played.

The Wooden Sky interview, press play to listen or download it. You can now stream it through iTunes or any other media players.

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The Most Serene Republic Interview Added With a Snowstorm – S05E28

What a way to start Wednesday morning with a blast of snow. Even though my blog is snowing (until January 4, 2010), it’s not as intense and cold compared to outside in Ottawa. I was able to make it to CKCU through blizzard conditions. The bus ride took me over an hour. Yep, Winter has arrived. During the show, I had to endure Lady GaGa by surprise, thanks to the host. Go ahead as you laugh it off. Today’s show included some several Christmas tunes and the interview with one of the members of The Most Serene Republic.
I still can’t stop playing You Say Party! We Say Die! Enjoy listening to the show.
Can’t wait to check out Bands Undone for Friday as it will be Mother Mother and Laurent Bourque at different times.
Here’s Wednesday edition of Audio Sensory Resuscitation and my show combine. Press play to listen.

Here’s my show. Press play to listen.

Due to the sound quality from the radio show being not so great, you can listen to the interview with Emma of The Most Serene Republic separately. Press play to listen or download it.

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The Ohbijou Interview and What’s Ahead for December – S05E26


I had to fill-in for the host of Audio Sensory Resuscitation on CKCU-FM for Wednesday. Luckily, I was prepared to play whatever songs and I started off with What’s Going On?, a cover from the classic Marvin Gaye song. Done by the All Star Tribute, it was for the fight against AIDS Worldwide in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. It was the day after World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1. It’s fitting that I played “What’s Going On” and the new song by Alicia Keys because I’ve been a supporter of the (Red) campaign. From the Hallmark cards to the iPod nano, it’s all for a good cause. What’s unique this year was having to participate via Twitter by using red texts and watching the Alicia Keys live concert through YouTube as part of World AIDS Day.
Aside from that, I finally aired the interview with two members of Ohbijou. Mind you, there were funny moments that I didn’t edit out in the interview. My segments throughout the show was a coast to coast starting from Joel Plaskett of Halifax all the way to British Columbia from bands like Said The Whale, You Say Party! We Say Die! and etc. Then I played this connecting theme from Silver Starling to Stars and Arcade Fire. There were some shoutouts to people I called out during the B.C. set.
You can listen to Wednesday’s show by pressing play. Slight apologies on the sound because it seems like it’s back to the mono-like sound quality.

The Ohibjou interview. Press play to listen or download it.

Don’t forget to check the playlist.
I can’t wait for the return of Corey & Erica on the airwaves because their presence has been missed. They will be on sometime next week. We also need Kristal of Kristal’s Method to return on the radio too. I also can’t wait to play some Christmas tunes.

What’s happening in December? I’m starting off by participating in the YouTube Battle at Babylon Nightclub this Friday. Presented by Artengine, Canteen and Disorganized.

As usual, I will be attending Bands Undone with Caledonia, Mother Mother and Laurent Bourque.

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Wrapping Up November With Hey Ocean!, Leif Vollebekk and The Radio Show – S05E25


It’s a November to remember because I had been going to a lot of shows and on Monday’s radio show, I played the ones that I attended. Before I get to that, I will review the shows I attended on the final weekend of November. First, it was Hey Ocean! at Bands Undone. To my own amazement, they played a great acoustic and intimate set. Of all the previous Band Undones I have attended, this was so unique because they were missing their members and the setup was very simple. It was David Beckingham with his guitar and Ashleigh Ball on her voice. Overall, I was pleased to see Hey Ocean! as they are down to earth and nice performers. Again, thanks to Kara for always organizing a great show for the bloggers, photographers and media for this unique session.
You can check the photos by going to this link.
The review on Bands Undone is now available on this link.
Here’s the video taken by Brian. YouTube version also available.

My radio show for Monday, November 30, 2009. I didn’t expect to go on half an hour early. Played some fillers like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric and Said The Whale. I aired the Immaculate Machine interview and then I played the bands and artists that I attended at their concerts throughout November. They were Elliott Brood, Silver Starling, Ohbijou, The Most Serene Republic, Think About Life, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Bravestation and Jill Zmud.
Without further ado, here’s Monday’s show. Press play to listen.

The interview with Brooke Gallupe of Immaculate Machine.
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From The Most Serene To You Say Party! – S05E21

You Say Party! We Say Die! at Babylon [B&W]
Saturday night was totally great and insane because of going to two concerts at two venues. It started at Zaphod Beeblebrox for The Most Serene Republic concert and heading over for Babylon Nightclub for Think About Life and You Say Party! We Say Die!
Let’s start with The Most Serene Republic first, their opening act was not Meligrove Band because one of their members contracted H1N1 and had to cancel. Their replacement was The Windup Radio Sessions, they are an indie pop/folk rock trio. One of the member is from the UK while the other two are from Montreal and Toronto (Ottawa mixed in). Their style of music has a bit of Britpop, folk and Rock in it.
Onto The Most Serene Republic, it’s my third time to see them live and over a year since they returned to Ottawa. The performance was brought with a lot of energy to the packed crowd and as usual, Adrian Jewett, the vocalist of the band was up to usual quirky antics. Overall, they performed well with the new songs from their current album (… The Ever Expanding Universe) and my favorite, Why So Looking Back. Good thing, I had some friends over for company and were thankful for being lucky. I had a chance to interview one of the members of MSR for a future airing. I won’t say who but I surprised myself.

After that concert, my friends and I took the taxi to Babylon Nightclub for Montreal’s Think About Life and Abbotsford, B.C.’s You Say Party! We Say Die! Luckily, I got there in time to see Think About Life as they were performing a bit late. It’s my first time to see them live as they’ve been the buzz in Canadian indie music circles. The crowd was red hot for Think About Life. The crowds were jumping and dancing like crazy over some of the tunes. It was nice to hear Sweet Sixteen and singing along to it.
My response to You Say Party! We Say Die! and their performance, they were absolutely fabulous live and it was nice to see a good crowd out for a late show. It was continuing from Think About Life’s performance because people were still dancing and jumping like crazy. It was awesome to hear There Is XXXX (Within My Heart), Laura Palmer’s Prom, and Like I Give A Care LIVE because I kept singing along to them. Overall, they were amazing and the crowd was still energetic. Becky Ninkovic, lead vocalist of YSP!WSD! just has a gorgeous voice. What’s cool about her is that she loves Ottawa and she must of loved the crowd.
It was nice to see the Apt613 gang at Babylon for the show. I was uncertain if I missed any people that I know that was at the concert.
Both venues were packed and I would say the best would be at Babylon because the crowds was just into it and even though, I was breaking sweat a lot from holding the camera and dancing to some of the songs, it was totally fun and it had a party-like atmosphere. What’s not to say that Ottawa is a boring city?

Photos from the concerts.
The Most Serene Republic – Click here.
You Say Party! We Say Die! – Click here.

Here’s the video for There Is XXXX (Within My Heart) [on YouTube] and Like I Give a Care (on Vimeo) by YSP!WSD! at Babylon, enjoy!

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The Elliott Brood Interview on Remembrance Day – S05E20

The Elliott Brood Banner at Mavericks
In all sheer excitement, I decided to air the Elliott Brood interview in 2 parts because I had to endear three late concerts in 3 nights last weekend. Plus, the interview was the longest I have done as it went 16 minutes. The Elliott Brood concert last Thursday was crazy, hot, packed and rowdy. It was great to interview Casey and Steve because they were easy-going and funny. Highlights from the interview were food in Ottawa, their music, and mentioning Said The Whale from the previous interview.
Other mentions throughout the show were missing out on some good shows from the week before and prepping up for the You Say Party! We Say Die! and The Most Serene Republic concerts coming this weekend. I can’t stop playing any of the songs from the XXXX album by You Say Party! We Say Die!
Oh yeah, I played Ghosts by Silver Starling because I went to Bands Undone on Saturday, prior to the Ohbijou concert. On-air, I gave a nice shoutout to the two Brian’s (one being the photographer, who gave a shoutout back) and the awesome host, Kara Strang. She updated her entry with the video from the session. As I said previously, they sound like Arcade Fire and Young Galaxy. I even told my friend in Boston about the band to give them a try.
On the radio show, I started off with One by U2 because it was an historical week because of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and then Wednesday being Remembrance Day. It was fitting enough to start a somber but powerful song.

You can listen to the full Elliott Brood interview in its entirety. I hope you will like it.
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You can listen to the November 11th edition of the show as it will be up later. Press Play.

The playlist is always on http://wildworks.wordpress.com/radio/.
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