Interviews with Language Arts and FIRExFIRE / Chatting Hong Kong Films – S08E34

Language Arts FIRExFIRE Teal Grid

After several weeks of Candice writing on the blog, it’s nice to be back and writing. I decided to give her a break for this week.
On the April 10th edition of WildWorks on CKCU-FM, myself and Candice had the opportunity to interview with Toronto-based bands, Language Arts and FIRExFIRE. Both bands were in Ottawa last Friday as they were playing at venues. Language Arts was at Raw Sugar Cafe, opening up for Gianna Lauren. FIRExFIRE was playing at Cafe Dekcuf. It was definitely a busy Friday.
Overall, both were great and it was a privilege to see Kristen (of Language Arts) again and finally meet the members of FIRExFIRE. Thanks again to the two bands.

To listen to the interviews, the audio are posted below.
The interview with Language Arts has two versions. The one posted to Soundcloud is the entire version, while the one aired on CKCU-FM (and on their On-Demand) had a segment edited out.

On the Wild 10 Countdown, New Summer (Doldrums Remix) by Young Galaxy takes the top spot this week. The summary and playlist for the podcast can be seen here.

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New Device, Same Show Format and The Charlotte Cornfield Interview – S06E32

I couldn’t get a good picture or anything that’s creative for this entry. It’s an excuse to write about the iPad 2 as I finally got it on Monday. So far, it’s lighter, thinner and faster. The first generation iPad, I had some issues using djay during my radio show because the app takes up a lot of resource when playing the music. With the iPad 2, they upgraded the CPU and RAM and it’s been seamless playing the music. With the new iPad, I had to add the music from scratch and luckily was on live for the one hour and the countdown is on podcast only. Setting up for Wednesday’s show did not take too long as I was hosting solo as Lauren said her goodbye and the other two co-hosts got busy with other things.
Oh yes, the interview with Charlotte Cornfield was done on Friday night at The Raw Sugar Cafe. She’s getting some buzz in the Canadian music scene as she’s planning to release her album, Two Horses. She was at The Raw Sugar Cafe opening up for Daniel Romano. It was a good interview and for the first time, I didn’t goof up on the questions. It must be the luck of the Zoom H4n.
Also on the radio show was playing past Hong Kong movie songs as the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards is being presented this Sunday (April 17). Unfortunately, I did the same thing last year but I didn’t save the audio and this year’s edition is a make up as I played the prominent songs which won an award or was nominated in past years. It was nice to play some Cantopop tunes.
The playlist for the show is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary is at this link.
Last thing, I forgot to mention the nice weather from the past weekend. It was such a nice time.

Audio/Podcast/Video – Updated on April 17, 2011
The April 13th radio show – press play to listen.

From April 9th, The New Midnight Jamz, which included the pre-show podcast. Press play to listen.

From Ellie Davis‘s radio show on RTHK Radio 3 for April 16th. Here’s a song request I asked along with three shoutouts to my two co-hosts and another host. The song being Arcade Fire‘s Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). Press play to listen.

On April 16, The New Midnight Jamz and the pre-show podcast. The playlist is at this link.
Press play to listen.

The Charlotte Cornfield Interview

Here’s a scene from Chungking Express as I mentioned about the song (California Dreamin’) that kept playing over and over.

Where The Wild Things Are – S05E13

Where The Wild Things Are Poster at South Keys Cineplex Odeon
It’s been awhile I have written an entry that doesn’t relate to music. I got to watch Where The Wild Things Are and the Surrogates on cheap Tuesday at South Keys Cineplex Odeon. The slight downer for cheap Tuesday was that it used to be $4.20 (very funny) and it is now $5.26. Supposedly, we were going to watch Where The Wild Things first but my friend was running late and decided to watch Surrogates first and then Where The Wild Things Are.
What did I think of Surrogates? I did not know it’s based on a graphic novel and being a comic reader, I wouldn’t have a clue about it. Overall, I was surprised with the movie since I rarely watch Bruce Willis flicks. What was surprising was that there was no swearing in the film and I usually think of Bruce Willis swearing a lot. Even though, it got mixed reviews, I found the plot gets interesting when Bruce Willis’s character beings an aspect and understanding of humanity.

Onto Where The Wild Things Are. It’s a nice movie for grown-ups who read the book when they were young. Since I heard the book version is short, the director sure made an ambitious way of expanding and introducing the main character. It was nice to see the beast in real form. The way they were shown had a Muppet feel and it was. It felt like it was magical seeing the beasts from book to film. The filming location looked amazing and the effects seemed to be kept to a minimum. There’s a slight criticism with the shakiness of the camera work. I was a bit dizzy having to deal with it.
Would I recommend to younger children? Well, there was one scary scene when the music became dark. It’s best when they are accompanied by parents. Overall, the movie is fun to watch, even though the story felt a bit limited in parts.
As for the music, it’s nice to listen to the music style of Karen O. (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) throughout the movie. It’s very cheerful having to hear it. I’m still disappointed that Wake Up by Arcade Fire is not on the soundtrack.
One of my regrets to Where The Wild Things Are was that there was the action figures made by McFarlane Toys. They were released in 2000 and I didn’t get to buy any due to the price at that time. They are now difficult to find and probably in high value.

Speaking of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Karen O. related, I’m surprised that CBC Radio 3 used my photo from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert at Ottawa Bluesfest. In a way, I am flattered by it. Thank you, CBC Radio 3. Here’s the link, http://r3.ca/00cP
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Hanging Out at Fundamentally Sound – S04E24

CKCU's TurntablesI was thinking that this would be another lame or dubious entry being written. Well, I returned from a short “hiatus” in hanging out during CKCU-FM’s funktacular show, Fundamentally Sound. I decided to take some photos during the show. As usual, there were the hijinks and humour coming from Dennis Molnar and C.J. “Showtime”.
Here’s the link to the photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157617764311519/.
As I will explain, some of the shots were taken when C.J. “Showtime” was rapping as a Canadian politican. I won’t say who, but that will be the extent to it as I don’t want to put embarrassment to the fellow.
Sorry for the lame photo on top because I couldn’t pick a decent photo to go along for this entry.
Afterwards (well, a long one due to killing time), I went to Avant Garde Bar & Gift Shop for the Ennuie CD release party/concert. The irony to the CD release was one half of the duo will be away for five months, an odd time to release the new album and be away for several months. I couldn’t watch the whole concert as there were a lot of people standing but there was one notable cover song that the duo performed. It was Saturday Night by Whigfield. It sure brought up memories from junior high school. Oh boy!
Overall, it was an excellent show for Ennuie. Sorry, didn’t take photos for it.

The Start of the Summer Movie Blockbuster
I finally got to watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine. What did I think of it? It was ok but I am pretty disappointed at the Hollywood style to the comic characters. If I wasn’t a comic fan, then I would enjoy it but there were points that I felt nitpicky at the aspect of the film.
I was hoping to watch Star Trek on opening day but it might be uncertain when I will go watch it.
Why the “interest” for Star Trek? If you go back to my previous entry at #22. You will know why.

Last thing, I planning to do two more entries as I will follow the TV shows ending this month for the season. I will do Summer entries by using a new page and hopefully no humour coming from me. Continue reading