Monday, November 30, 2009

November 29th, 2009

I was feeling around alot of things of this day. Trying out new songs, albums I haven't been able to sample before. Got the feel of some bands I've always heard of, but never heard.

Charlie's not around. Watching Sunday Night Football or some nonsense. Let freedom ring!

The Crooked Brothers -Sunday Dress
Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed
Os Mutantes - O Careca
The Unwanted - Last Chance
Westbound Train - Salvation
Little Girls - Imaginary Friends
Quagmire - Astro Family Blues
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - The Clap
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Cool Yourself
Quagmire - Devil In Disguise
Thrice - All The World Is Mad
Flight of the Conchords - Hurt Feelings
You say Party! We Say Die! - There Is xxxx (within my heart)
The Cat Empire - The Darkness
Alex Cuba - Que Pasa Lola
Blue King Brown - Water
Still Life Still - Kid
The Sidewalks - Ready Set Go!
Feral Children - Dance Machine
Rick White Album - Icicles
Tinariwen - Kel Tamashek
LCD Soundsystem - Track 7

One hour and one half per week doesn't seem sufficient. I always want to touch on every genre. I seem to have to the case of trying to please everyone but never appeasing anyone. At least, I think so.

During the show I mentioned this website Live Fix ( that "Exerimenting with our addiction to live music culture." That is something I am very interested in, and I roll around social deconstruction every time I go to a show, or am persuaded not to go to a show. I've only starting skimming the top of this site. It's worth a look!

Monday, November 23, 2009

November 22nd, 2009

Round 2: Charlie's New against My Old.

Being Old is decieving, because you can't play any of the bands you instantaneously fell in love with this year, so you're tricked into thinking you have nothing to choose from. And you beat around the bush not bringing up great artists you hope will fly uner the radar till next week.

Nothing to choose from?! I made a point of throwing down the best of the best. I play to win. No mercy!

This week we had a completely unbias third party moderator: my boyfriend Ty! Hahaha. It was his birthday, and we need someone to draw the line in the sand somewhere. He was also our moral code, and we almost threw him out the window.

Nestor Wynrush - Ole Mine Town (new - Ch)
Record of the Week Club - Walkman (old - J)
winner: Jostlen

CKY - Karmonics (new - Ch)
Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come (old - J)
winner: Refused are fucking dead! Jocelyn

Haunter - Turn In For Night (new - Ch)
Elliott Brood - Without Again (old - J)
winner: Ty favours Haunter. Charlie wins. Traitor!

Spinnerette - Bapitized By Fire (new - Ch)
The Cat Empire - Fishies (old - J)
winner: Jocelyn. Hell yes! Let's dance!

Astronautalis - The Wondersmith and his Sons (old - J)
Mos Def - Supermagic (new - Ch)
winner: Charlie. Nothing beats Mos Def. Gotta hand it to her.

At The Drive In - Sleepwalk Capsules (old - J)
The Gorgon - Creatures For A While (new - Ch)
winner: Jocelyn! We rock paper scissored this one out. Both unreal selections.

The Hold Steady - Ask Her For Adderall (old - J)
Camera Obscura - James (new - Ch)
winner: Jawslyn. The Hold Steady walks

Fugazi - Waiting Room (old - J)
Reverend Horton Heat - Please Don't Take The Baby To The Liquor Store (new - Ch)
winner: Jocelyn

Chic Gamine - Shake Off Your Worries (old - J)
Digits - You're Going to Age (new - Ch)
winner: Joscillin

Did I just win 7-2?

My victory lap!:
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - The Clap
The Cat Empire - Radio Song

Charlie needs to write more of these. I slant them too much in my favour! I'm so so so excited to see The Cat Empire play tomorrow!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

November 15th, 2009

I was excited for this show. Less funnelling, more channelling. There were some things I wanted to talk with Charlie about, and planning to work with time constraints & dice up my selections, but that didn't happen. I had tons of time to play everything I wanted! Awesome.

Fake Problems - Alligator Assassinator
Westbound Train - Don't Belong Here
Brand New - Sink
Ted Leo -Dirty Old Town
Murder By Death - Brother
Murder By Death - The Desert Is On Fire
The Crooked Brothers - Buried Alive
The Crooked Brothers - Sweet Lemons
The Crooked Brothers - Sunday Dress
Frank Turner - Live Fast Die Old
Record Of The Week Club - Walkman
Street Sweeper Social Club - Fight! Smash! Win!
fun. - Walking The Dog
The Mahones - Drunken Lazy Bastard
The National Parcs - Awestruck
P-Butta - Overseas
Mad Caddies - Weird Beard
Lebeato - BBR
Subcity - Too Loud For This City
Mason Rack Band - Seen Her B4
The AKA's - Everybody Make Some Noise

Rad. Some of this is reactionary. Next week we've got at least two weeks left of battling Old vs New, so this was alot of stuff I've been listening to I won't be able to play during those weeks (aka The Crooked Brothers). That album rules. I tend to say it alot, but it's one of those ones that reignites your faith. In what? You decide.

The Mahones are opening for Dropkick Murphys tomorrow at the Burt. Should be a stellar show!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pass the Mic

It was my first year on pass the mic. So I decided to invite along my best friend Erin. I really had fun doing the show with her. As Jocelyn said we've split the show in half. So me and Erin did the first 45, and her and Mason Rack took over the 2nd half. I had a fun time. So here's Erin's playlist.

Band of Skulls - Friends
Goldfrapp - Lovely
Pascal Picard - Wish You Were Here
Kidney Thieves - Crazy
Jem - It's Amazing
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
Portishead - Machine Gun
Dj Champion - Sergio's Trio
Butterfly Bouche - Life is Short
The Strokes - NYC Cops

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Nov 8th

Every once & awhile I get these ideas that always start with "Wouldn't that be cool if..." Then I decide if I have the balls to go through with it. If I can make it possible. More often lately, I've been doing it, and it's been awesome.

This is Charlie's first year on Pass The Mic, so I asked if she wanted to have anyone on. Good-friend-Erin-that-Jocelyn's-still-never-met is the first person that came to mind.

Then on a whim I decided it'd be sweet to have Mason Rack, a musician who's in town from Australia, on Pass The Mic 2009. He's been touring across Canada for the past 4 months, & finally gets to go home next week. However, 4 people in the studio is a crazy thing to imagine. So we did 45 minutes each, starting with Charlie. Mason was pretty stoked, but had to get ready.

Mason's setlist:
Violent Femmes - Country Death Song
Violent Femmes - Black Girls
Muse - Hysteria
Muse - Feelin Good
Tom Waits - Puttin On The Dog
Mason Rack Band - Seen It Before
Gomez - Hangover
Pink Floyd - The Great Gig In The Sky
Jeff Buckley - Everybody Here Wants You
Mason Rack Band - Dead Of Night

I thought it went so well! Relaxed, chatted up a storm. Can't wait to have my next guest on.

Go see Mason play on Tuesday at the Ellice Theatre & Cafe on Tuesday! It'll be your last chance in a while. The show starts at 7 & it's 10$ at the door.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This week (while riddled with errors, my fault I'm afraid!) was another edge-of-your-seat thrillride as Charlie & I faced off new versus old for the 2nd week. I had New this week & probably have enough material for 2 more shows. I still had some fierce competition.

Brand New - Vices (new - J)
The Subways - Rock N Roll Queen (old - Ch)
Winner: Jocelyn

Fake Problems - Diamond Rings (new - J)
Tv On The Radio - Red Dress (old - Ch)
Winner: Charles

The Crooked Brothers - Windor Beer (new - J)
Magnificent 7's - Today's Empires Tomorrow's Ashes (old - Ch)
Winner: Jocelyn

Buck 65 - Way Back When (old - Ch)
Hilltop Hoods - Still Standing (new - J)
Winner: Charles

The Distillers - City of Angels (old - Ch)
A Wilhelm Scream - Australias (new - J)
Winner: Charlez

The Cramps - Bikini Girls With Machine Guns (old - Ch)
Subcity - Gastown (new - J)
Winner: Jocelyn

Hawksley Workman - The City Is A Drag (old - Ch)
Blue King Brown - Water (new - J)
Winner: Jocelyn

The Real Mackenzies - Chip (old - Ch)
White Cowbell Oklahoma - Piece of the Action (new - J)
Winner: Charles

John K Samson - Heart of the Continent (new - J)
The Gaslight Anthem - Old White Lincoln (old - Ch)
Winner: Charlie

Mad Caddies - Weird Beard

This week's tally was 4 to 5, with Charlie coming out on top! Darn. However 3 of these were results of rock-paper-scissors, cause I am so stubborn. She won all 3. Crap. I remain certain that John K Samson should have prevailed (the album is so timely!) especially because of the poor song choice (in my opinion) from TGA. However, Charles has sailor tattoos, so she sided with her pick. If it were High & Lonesome or Even Cowgirls Sing The Blues, I would have had to give it to her.

Damnit. I lost. We might have to make up humiliations for the loser - except that Charlie is embarrassed so easily & I am shameless.

Go see The Crooked Brothers & Mag 7's this Thursday at the WECC!!!
Go see Mad Caddies rock the Pyramid next Monday Nov 9th!!!
(Is it Nov already?)