Posts Tagged ‘Bands Undone’
There were two awesome live show this past weekend to marking the end of April and the beginning of May. The show on the end of April was The Balconies returning to Ottawa after their cross Canada tour. It was at Zaphod Beeblebrox, opening up for The Balconies were Sandman Viper Command and The Belle Game. It was great to see The Belle Game but it was three out of the eight members. Overall, they performed a good set and one part of their was when front man, Adam Nanji gave me a shoutout for being supportive. Even though I was slightly embarrassed, I had to use my hat to cover my face in a funny way.
Here’s a video that I shot of The Belle Game.
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Wednesday’s radio show had an airing the lovely band from Vancouver, BC, Language-Arts. The interview was recorded back in March and here’s a video that I helped filmed for Bands Undone at Canteen Art Shop + Gallery.
Since it’s another week that retrieving the audio for my radio show has been difficult due to issues surrounding the software. In short summary if you missed it, after the Language-Arts interview, I played Coughdrop and mentioned that I had been sick for a week and took some coughdrops. Let’s say that I briefly sang, “Ricola.”
The recap of the Wild 5 Countdown has 2 new entries and 3 songs slipping down a notch.
The Wild 5 Countdown for April 21, 2010
5. Search for Sarah Jane – Hawksley Workman
4. Fake It – Plants and Animals
3. Fixed – Stars
2. Odessa – Caribou
1. Laura Palmer’s Prom – You Say Party! We Say Die!
The reason for choosing Laura Palmer’s Prom was because of drummer, Devon Clifford, who passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2010. It’s been sad for Canadian music fans and the Canadian music industry because it was a sudden shock. As previously written on the last post, it was a privilege to see the band back on April 3, during the Easter holiday. Devon was the last person we chatted before heading back for a long walk to the hotel. Devon, Becky, Stephen, Krista and Derek of YSP! WSD! are the nicest people I have met. Without Devon’s humourous presence during their performance, it wouldn’t be same. I’m still pleased to see them several weeks and giving them their full support.
Also on show were brief mentions for Ottawa Bluesfest’s lineup (only played Metric and Basia Bulat), played 3 versions of Wavin’ Flag by K’Naan (one was a Chinese version) and Sandy Lam songs (her birthday is on April 26th)
Here is the show for April 21st, but the audio quality is not the best. You can check the playlist at this link. There’s a possibly of replaying some songs again in a few weeks when the host returns from his vacation in England and Europe.
Interview with Language-Arts – press play to listen or download it.
It’s every year that I always write about Leslie Cheung on his passing. It’s the 7th year since Leslie Cheung left his fans, followers and the Cantopop music industry in Hong Kong. This time is unique because I got to express it on my radio show. After several yearly entries of expressing by words, I got to express it by voice and music. As I explained on-air my reaction on the morning of April 1st in Canada, night time in Hong Kong, it still saddens me on April Fool’s Day because it was a total shock. Leslie Cheung is still missed but his legacy of his songs still continue on. I hope you will enjoy the March 31st edition of the radio show. I split it in 2 parts, one for the whole 2 hours and the other for the Leslie Cheung tribute.
Another thing, I aired the interview with Ottawa’s Musk Ox. They are a Neo-Folk and Classical trio based in Ottawa. It was recorded back on Feb. 28 at Bands Undone and it was after Team Canada won gold in Men’s Hockey at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
I also mentioned about Doctor Who returning to the airwaves (England first and then North America on April 17th) and “retiring” the theme to Series 4. The 11th Doctor brings on the new look, new theme and new series. Totally can’t wait for it. Another event was this past weekend happenings as I enjoyed the Said The Whale/In-Flight Safety/Graham Wright concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox. The following day was the Snailhouse concert at Raw Sugar Cafe. Expect those interviews to be aired around April.
Here’s the playlist for hour 1 and hour 2. Hour 2 will be problematic if you have a Chinese text encoder on Windows.
Click on hour 1 to view the playlist.
Click on hour 2 to view the playlist, if you can read Chinese.
The entire show – Press play to listen.
The Leslie Cheung tribute from the 2nd hour – Press play to listen or go to this link to listen.
Musk Ox Interview – Press play to listen or download it.
On YouTube, I found this Mandarin version of “Missing You.” Here’s the live clip.
Thursday night was pretty exciting as I went to Zaphod Beeblebrox for the 3rd week as I checked out Girl Party featuring Jas Nasty, Kool Krys and Jenocide. I decided to do an audio interview with Kool Krys because she’s been heard on other radio shows lately. There’s something unique about her music because Ottawa hasn’t really got a big hip-hop presence (my opinion, I don’t check out the 613 hip-hop scene very much). It seems like she’s my first “official” Ottawa artist to be interviewed for my radio show. The Balconies don’t really count because it was more of a Christmas theme when I interviewed them.
The show was great because Kool Krys brought excitement to her hip-hop music. She sang some classic tunes like Salt ‘N’ Pepa and Destiny’s Child as it reminded me of my teenage years when I listened to those songs on the radio. She brought the old school mentality and it certainly gave me a smile because I felt like it was the 1990s all over again.
Prior to Kool Krys performing, Jas Nasty was spinning tunes and she also played old school tunes from the 80s. The final act was Jenocide, from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her music was more on the electronic and thrash (as her MySpace page says it). I didn’t realize her style of music reminded me of Ruby Jean and The Thoughtful Bees, also from Halifax.
Overall, it was a good night even though I missed out on other events happening.
From cartoons to comic book heroes, we will go from Jem & The Holograms to Wonder Woman.
Played the Superfriends theme on the March 24th radio show because of Wonder Woman being in the cartoon. The Superfriends theme is played around the 17 minute mark.
Here’s the radio show and interview with Kool Krys in 2 parts. Playlists for hour 1 and hour 2 are available if you want to check what was played.
Radio show – Press play to listen. You can now listen to the show through iTunes as an audio stream.
WildWorks Extra – The new slot from 11.30am-12pm. Press play to listen.
This is not the end of Series 5 yet, as I didn’t expect to go over with the number of entries. Series 5 will continue with a new number, 5.2.
5.2 will possibly start with the Said The Whale/In-Flight Safety/Graham Wright concert or a yearly tribute to Leslie Cheung and the first time to dedicate it on radio after writing up for a couple of years since his death.
Other Loose Ends Before Ending 5.1
I did some video shooting for Bands Undone. I shot for Ottawa bands, Dave Norris & Local Ivan and Old Crowns on separate days. What made me excited was that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II got a new firmware update and I shot on 24p (24 frames per second, which they say is cinema look). A new method I tried was using the microphone and monopod as a boom mic. Instead of having Kara using a microphone, it was nice to have her not use a mic and have her chat freely. The one with Dave Norris was shaky because it was a first time but the one with Old Crowns turned out well.
Check the links provided from the Bands Undone site as it will include the videos I shot, Dave Norris & Local Ivan and Old Crowns. Both local bands were great and enjoyable.
Continuing the East coast theme for my radio show as it was on a different day due to various happenings going on. Mentioned Joel Plaskett (played his short song) winning 6 ECMAs, played a new Hannah Georgas song (album to be released on April 27) and three Chinese songs for May-Jun. Yeah, Cantopop goodness as it was my first time to play a classic Jacky Cheung song. Photo above is Tim Crabtree, of the one man band, Paper Beat Scissors.
Press play to listen to the Monday special. The playlist is at this link.
Here’s the interview with Tanya Davis. You can download it or listen by pressing play.
Here’s the interview with Paper Beat Scissors including the song, Flicker as I cut part of the song due to time.
You can download it or listen by pressing play.
This should be it for the East coast theme as I will be airing an interview with Billy the Kid for the March 17th show.
I will be checking out Shayna Zaid & The Catch on Wednesday at Zaphod Beeblebrox. My first non-Canadian band interview and it should be a good one.
Two Bands Undone I Filmed
I had the opportunity to film Language-Arts on Sunday and Pawnshop Diamond on Monday as they were unique bands from British Columbia. Expect the video to be up on the Bands Undone site soon. I didn’t take photos as I was filming, expect my videos to be front and centre.
Note: This is about the Canadian singer-songwriter, not some American person.
I had the opportunity to meet and interview with Billy the Kid at Zaphod Beeblebrox on Monday (March 1st). At the venue, it was their 8th Anniversary of free concerts for Zaphod’s Showcase Mondays. What got me interested to interviewing Billy the Kid was that she got to work with Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace. It was a bit nostalgic going through the OLP way and there’s something unique about her grabbed my interest in her talents. Expect the interview to aired in the next few weeks on the radio. I stayed at Zaphods for very long and when saw her on sound check, I didn’t expect her to be laid back and bubbly going through the instrument and sound settings. Her performance was amazing, I didn’t expect to have her bring a Neil Young or Bob Dylan vibe to some of her songs. Mind you, this was the day after the Vancouver Olympics finished and didn’t expect Young to close the games. It’s just the harmonica she played reminded me of the Young song he played at the Closing Ceremony. Overall, she wowed me with her set and here’s a clip that I took where she got the crowd to sing along. The song is “Just Trying to Get By.” YouTube version now available at this link.
Wednesday’s Radio Show – March 3, 2010 Edition
A new month and a theme to start off the show, I call it east coast month because of the ECMAs on March 4-7, 2010. I did an interview by the Nova Scotia band, Caledonia at Bands Undone back on November 2009. It was pushed backed because I noticed the ECMAs were happening in March and it’s fitting to air it as I asked their response to their nomination.
Due to a technical error on the live broadcast, the file for the Caledonia interview has been fixed up.
It’s another week that I get an extra half hour. It’s the return of Mike on ASR as well. Luckily with the extra half hour, I got to play the songs that I didn’t get to play from earlier. It’s a good thing I got to play Billy the Kid’s song. With the extra half hour, I call it WildWorks Extra. As usual, I decided to use the Tread Lightly theme.
You can listen to the entire show by pressing play. There’s also the separate ones from my show if you don’t want to listen to two hours.
The entire 2 hour show
WildWorks Show – Check the playlist at this link.
WildWorks Extra – Check the playlist at this link.
The Caledonia interview (edited). Press play or download it to listen.
I Forgot About Musk Ox @ Bands Undone
As I was skimming around, I didn’t know Kara updated the Bands Undone site with the Musk Ox review. Their session happened when the Team Canada Men’s Hockey (well, the NHL’ers) won Gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Here’s the clip where I filmed and she edited it. To my own surprise, I didn’t expect the closeups to look that good. Take a look at the video. The trio blends a mix of classical and neo-folk music. I’ve seen the band a couple of times and it’s a joy to listen to them.
I interviewed Musk Ox which will be aired in the future.
It’s an opportunity to try something a bit different on my radio show. I know it’s pulling a bit like CBC Radio One’s Bandwidth and the other CKCU Special Blend shows in airing two different audio interviews. It was also a unique show this week because I had a special guest co-host helping me, it’s Kara from Bands Undone. Originally, she wanted to come by to the station but was busy and got injured. Finally, her time to co-host on the radio happened!
I have been on-air for two hours for basically a month, it’s all in fun time.
On the show, I aired two interviews, one was The Belle Game, which was recorded this past Monday (Feb. 22) night at Canteen. The other interview by Nightwood (of Montreal) was done in January.
The Belle Game was at Canteen for Bands Undone and they literally played a great set.
Video and Reviews from the Bands Undone site is at this link. Check it out as I did the filming for their live in-session, minus the editing as Kara took care of that.
The location for this band is pretty bi-coastal as some are from Vancouver, some from Montreal and one from Maine. As for the interview, it’s a hoot to listen as it was funny. There were mentions of bands like Ottawa’s The Acorn, Toronto’s Ohbijou, and Vancouver’s Said The Whale.
The funny thing during the show was one of the members of The Belle Game was listening to the show LIVE while using Twitter.
During the show, we discussed on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and what’s shows are coming up in Ottawa. Played new songs from Broken Social Scene and Jason Collett. Trying to be fresh in playing new tracks from Canadian indie artists.
As usual, I decided to be silly and play a theme from a CKCU show called Tread Lightly.
The video above is a video I shot and it’s a separate interview from The Belle Game.
Without further ado, you can listen to the show by pressing play.
The full show
Extra (Chatted more about the 2010 Vancouver Olympics before what would be “Wonderful Wednesday”)
Check out the playlist at this link.
The New Midnight Jamz on CKCU for February 27, 2010
I had the opportunity to hang out with the gang from that show. You can listen to the 2 hour show by pressing play.
I did not expect my Friday (February 6, 2010) to be connected from one end to another. It started off with not one but two Bands Undone event. First up was Tanya Davis, originally from PEI and now residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her music is a blend of Pop and Folk, more in the same like Jenn Grant.
Next was Paper Beat Scissors, who is just one man, Tim Crabtree. What was unique with Crabtree is that he’s not Canadian. He’s from England and fell in love with Canada. His music brings an style of Pop, Folk and Alternative.
I had an opportunity to interview both artists. It will be aired sometime in March as I will consider that month to be an East Month theme.
Review for Tanya Davis is at this link.
Review for Paper Beat Scissors is at this link.
Here are a few images provided.
Later in the night, I went to The Black Sheep Inn for Kyrie Kristmanson, Catherine McLellan and The Abramson Singers for In the Dead of Winter Music Festival. Who I didn’t expect to see was Tanya Davis there because I didn’t know she’s the organizer of IDOW music festival. Overall, all three performers were excellent. At the end of Kryie’s performance, she got the other two acts to come on stage to sing Hallelujah. The cover to the famous Leonard Cohen cover. Just ironic that I played Hallelujah by Justin Timberlake from the Help for Haiti Now charity album.
What was cute to see at The Black Sheep, aside from Lucy the Pug were two kittens. It was ironic that I aired the Hey Ocean! on my radio and they mentioned a cat.
Here are several photos provided.
The Abramson Singers
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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.
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.