Live From Ottawa, It’s Said The Whale – S05E10

Said The Whale at LiVE Lounge on October 15, 2009
I know the title almost refers to Saturday Night Live’s famous line. It’s because of the venue I went and it’s sort of fitting in reminding of me SNL. I got to check out Said The Whale at LiVE Lounge and the opening acts were The Red Jets and Hannah Georgas. Said The Whale is on their Canadian tour to mark their release of their new album, Islands Disappear. It was an awesome night because I had the opportunity to do an audio interview with two of the member of Said The Whale. It will be airing on my debut radio show at CKCU on Monday. I think I will be taking over from Kristal’s Method. I hope I did a good job doing the audio interview. The venue was at LiVE Lounge and it’s like the first time to be there and I rarely listen to the station (LiVE 88.5). I wasn’t sure what to expect but the place is pretty nice and they have couches, chairs and tables. It’s a small venue to say the least.
The concert started off with a rocking Ottawa band, The Red Jets. I am not too familiar with this local band since I have gone to concerts in downtown Ottawa infrequently during the Summer and for September. There were good to starting off their set and the show.

Hannah Georgas was amazing with her performance. Her band were members of Said The Whale (minus Ben and Tyler). She played songs like The National (not the Peter Mansbridge one) and The Beat Stuff (her titled album). I got to pick up her CD for $5, which was pretty good. I’ll apologize if I don’t have much words to say about Hannah Georgas.

Onto Said The Whale’s performance. As usual, they brought up an excellent performance. They sang their materials from their new album, Islands Disappear and their previous, Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia. I was surprised to hear some of the crowd sing and danced along to some of their songs. Hannah Georgas joined the band for B.C. Orienteering (from Islands Disappear). One of the songs they performed near the end, confetti was popped in the air. It’s nice that LiVE 88.5 is supporting Said The Whale and Hannah Georgas. Overall, it was a great night and the fans were energetic toward Said The Whale.
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The Final Method – S05E09

On-Air Studio Control Board
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.

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The Final Regular Show of Kristal’s Method – S05E08

On-Air Studio Control Board
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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A Dreary, Gloomy and Rainy Monday – S05E06

On-Air Studio Control Board
It was totally unexpected but I got to fill in on-air again. It’s funny how I was on-air for Friday, the end of the week and now hosting at the beginning of the new week. I was hoping to be co-hosting with Kristal on her show and weigh in my thoughts on F**ked Up winning the Polaris Music Prize for their album, The Chemistry of Common Life.
On the show, I got to mention in short detail that I will be going to Basia Bulat at The Black Sheep Inn on October 3, 2009. I’m trying to not write as much but listen to the show for anyone who missed it, as you will be surprised with the songs I played and as usual, the playlist is posted up.

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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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Guest Hosted on Kristal’s Method at CKCU-FM and Shoes [Summer Entry]

Note: Off-season entry.

Shoe Collection for 2009
Again, I got to do another fill-in slot on-air at CKCU-FM 93.1. This time, it was for Kristal’s Method because Kristal (the host) could not make it back to Ottawa from Toronto. Plus, it was a Civic Holiday in Canada. It was the second time to host a radio show. I dunno if the one from CBC Radio 3 with Craig Norris counts because I talked through the phone and I didn’t use any equipments. I did co-host on Kristal’s Method on the day that the Polaris Music Prize unveiled their Long List. I would say that I have been on-air 4 times.
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A Hot Night For a Whale & Ocean – S04E23

Amanda Putz Introducing Said The Whale
Another back to back entry which wasn’t planned because the Sci-Fi Spectacular and George Takei from Friday night was unexpected. Originally, I planned the Said The Ocean and Hey Ocean! concert as my returning blog entry from my so-called April hiatus. All I can say that I totally enjoyed Said The Whale and Hey Ocean! concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox as part of BC Scene. It’s my third time to see Said The Whale live and the first time to see Hey Ocean!. The crowd was red hot for both bands but it was fully packed for Hey Ocean! Said The Whale also had a good amount of crowd as well. The more I keep seeing Said The Whale, the more they keep turning up a notch for their performances. As you see on the photo, Amanda Putz was introducing to Said The Whale. The funny thing when I encountered her was that her CBC Radio 3 sweater (I think) was drenched because earlier tonight, it was raining. I stayed indoors the whole time. I was lucky to avoid the rain. I did not get to take a lot of photos for Hey Ocean! because the crowd was packed like crazy and tried to take some good shots. Overall, it was an excellent show and the Ottawa crowd loves British Columbia music bands.
Photos from the concert is at this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157617341504906/.

Sunday Talk
I still like “Zero” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Finally, Brian Leung played the song on his Go West radio show on RTHK Radio 2. During his show (spoken in Cantonese), he mentioned the passing of Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy Zbornak, in The Golden Girls. I am still fond of the show because I grew up watching this sitcom and mentioned on his chatroom that the show was the Sex and the City at that time.
To round out my exciting week, I had a lion dance performance. It was at a church in Gatineau, QC. It was great to see the lion dance buddies but it was pretty chilly outside and I thought it would be warm for Sunday.
That was my Sunday.

2 Weeks of Being Kind of Hectic – S04E02


Of all the craziness happening throughout October, I could not get a chance to write an entry for what I did and what gigs I checked out. I didn’t have the time to do so. As you see from the new photo on top, that’s all of the members of Said The Whale and myself. I went to the Said The Whale and Sylvie concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 17, 2008. Overall, it was an excellent concert and for some reason, I smiled the whole time because the gang of Said The Whale remembered me from the last concert at The Mercury Lounge. I also saw Amanda Putz and Adam Saikaley which were a great surprise because I had been on a slump being at concerts lately. I couldn’t be happier being surprised and enjoying a nice concert.

Past events, there was the federal election on October 14th and I had to work as a registration officer at a church in the Barrhaven area. Was it fun and entertaining? Not really. Prior the election from a few days back, I had to go to this concert with a political message. It was Sadie Hell and Brasstronaut. The concert was alright and it had a nice lead-in to voting day, which in turn had the lowest turnout in Canada’s election history. What a shame.

October 7-8, I had two lion dance performances for Taiwan’s Double Ten Celebration, the photos are on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157607975424528/.

As usual, I have been volunteering at CKCU FM at Carleton University. I’ve been doing the production side of radio. For the life of me, I had to do some voiceovers and I feel embarrassed over it because my voice sounds awful.

Well, that’s all for now. Last thing, all my entries from previous seasons have been moved to here. There’s no need to go to the other link to read it.

Said The Whale and Dan Mangan at Mercury Lounge – S3E23


Last night, I went to the Mercury Lounge for the Dan Mangan with Said The Whale concert. It was an excellent concert because I usually listen to them on CBC Radio 3 and getting to talk to members of Said The Whale were nice and cool. If it wasn’t for Amanda Putz appearing, she wouldn’t reveal that I am one of the blog posters on R3’s website.
There were some funny moments during Said The Whale’s performance, as the lead singer’s glass water was spilled and then his beer “exploded.” Later on, the keyboardist’s glockenspiel fell. My own funny moment, towards the end of Dan Mangan’s performance, there was a standing ovation and I was trying to stand up but fell back on the couch but got back up. The photo on top is with three members of Said The Whale.
Here’s the link of photos from Flick, [Link]