Law school is not as bad as you may have been lead to believe, except for early December and the month of April. At those times, law school is the worst thing in the world. That’s why there was no Entertainment Inter Alia.
That said, I couldn’t avoid talking about entertainment law*, specifically the notion of social norms as a way of enforcing IP rights, the efficacy of which has found demonstration in the jamband community. Like TVOTR, which had a large presence on the show this week, the Grateful Dead and their ilk have shown an incredibly generosity to their fans. This generosity has encouraged those fans to respect the copyrights that the band seeks to enforce, even to the extent of becoming voluntary IP police for the bands. Mark M. Schultz has documented in detail how this works in his Fear and Norms and Rock and Roll: What Jambands Can Teach Us About Persuading People to Obey Copyright Law.
1. Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy** 2. Girl Talk - On and On 3. Beans (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) - Mellow You Out 4. TV on the Radio - Keep Your Heart 5. Lee Scratch Perry (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) - Higher Level 6. Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin’ On 7. The Albertans - Mila 8. Chad VanGaalen - Inside the Molecules 9. The Rheostatics - Saskatchewan 10. Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings 11. Hey Predator! - No Stars, Just Coins 12. Foals - Electric Bloom 13. Ringo Death Starr - Chloe 14. Chikita Violenta - The Pause 15. Cage the Elephant - Japanese Buffalo 16. The Rural Alberta Advantage - The Dethbridge in Lethbridge 17. Quiet Parade - End of Day
* It’s a compulsion.
** For the fine gentlemen of Island Greek, purveyors of quality poutines.
I have more or less been living in the library for the past two weeks. Eating microwaved dinners in the Student Union Building, drinking copious amounts of coffee of varying qualities (from Horton’s to Java Blend), and listening to a lot of music. It drowns out the sound of the air ducts, fluorescent lights, and chatty undergrads.
Today, in reverse order: Lykke Li, Joy Division, Jonathan Richman, TV on the Radio, New Order, Neutral Milk Hotel (x2), Velvet Underground, the XX, TV on the Radio (because Nine Types of Light is awesome and you should probably be getting it right now or at the very least watching this), and the Mountain Goats.
Now I don’t know what I’m going to listen to, but I have 6 hours until the library closes and another month’s worth of Evidence to learn.
"Every writer of sufficient intelligence to appreciate the difficulties of the subject-matter has approached the topic of presumptions with a sense of hopelessness and has left it with a feeling of despair."
"… Federal Paramountcy renders the provincial law inoperative (which means that if the federal law is repealed, then the provincial law, inoperative, may spring back into life like a motherfucking gazelle).”
I have limited simile-making capabilities. There are only two ways something can spring, according to this guy:
Another stellar double-header: Entertainment Inter Alia and CKDU Surprise!
Entertainment Inter Alia:
This week a lot of talk about Google, that glorious behemoth - the rejection (yay!) of the proposed Google Book Search Settlement, and Google’s response to Viacom’s mulligan on YouTube copyright infringement. I so enjoy a court battle between gigantic and gigantically shady corporate entities. But the highlight of the show was, of course, hearing “Doctorin’ the Tardis” in it’s entirety. I could do an entire show on the KLF, and perhaps some day I will.
1. Belle and Sebastian - Wrapped Up in Books 2. Roky Erikson with Okkervil River - John Lawman 3. The Flag - Doctorin’ The Tardis 4. The Clash - I Fought the Law
I have overcome my fear of the radio station telephone and tried my darnedest to fulfill requests, with mixed success.
1. Scissor Sisters - I Can’t Decide 2. Tomboyfriend - Skank 3. Architecture in Helsinki - Wishbone 4. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Bright Lit Blue Skies 5. Grinderman - Love Bomb 6. Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire 7. The Wilderness of Manitoba 8. Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Love Comes to Me 9. Hayden - This Summer 10. Quiet Parade - Running With The Wolves 11. Elliott Smith - Twilight 12. The Decemberists - January Hymn 13. Jay-Z - 99 Problems
I will be back on the air on the 16th for another go-round. It might be two hours of me editing my copyright paper on the air. 120 minutes of pen scrawling noises and me muttering under my breath and sobbing.
“The lost cannot be recovered; but let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use, in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.”—Thomas Jefferson, being totally awesome.
1. Les Savy Fav - No Sleeves 2. Beastie Boys - Rhymin’ and Stealin’ 3. Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
CKDU Surprise! - 11 p.m.
All gold except one. One of the songs sucked. See if you guess which one it was!
1. Kisses - Kisses 2. Jens Lekman - Sippin’ On the Sweet Nectar 3. Sean Nicholas Savage - Only You 4. Rich Aucoin - Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E. 5. The Go! Team - Secretary Song 6. Silly Kissers - Sweet Adrian 7. Los Campesinos - You! Me! Dancing! 8. The Paint Movement - Fortune’s Window 9. R.E.M. - Mine Smell Like Honey 10. Small Sins - Deja Vu 11. Tiga - Shoes 12. Of Montreal - Godly Intersex 13. Bobby Conn - White Bread 14. Serge Gainsbourg - Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde
If it’s wednesday morning and you’re reading about the untimely passing of a B-list musician, chances are it was my fault. At least last week I had the decency to mention the dearly departed on the air. Sorry Nate Dogg.
1. Yukon Blonde - Rather Be With You 2. Rural Alberta Advantage - The Breakup 3. Les Jupes - Myth 3 4. The Music Box - Sight of the Desert 5. Revolvers - Break It Loose 6. Friendly Neighbour - Ghetto Lung 7. Open Fields - Son You Better Wake Up 8. Owen Pallett - A Man With No Ankles
Also, re: Mike Starr’s untimely passing: mea culpa. Before I went to bed on Tuesday night, fearing that a slow news week would mean not much for spoken-word material, I remarked to my lady-friend: “I hope someone famous dies tonight.”
1. Cut Copy - Take Me Over 2. Tomboyfriend - Hotel Supermart* 3. The Dears - Omega Dog 4. Hawksley Workman - Who Do They Kiss 5. Lykke Li - I Know Places 6. Mystery Jets - It’s Too Late To Talk 7. My Little Cheap Dictaphone - Piano Waltz 8. Kurt Vile - Jesus Fever 9. Stan Rogers - Tiny Fish For Japan
Another split show - Entertainment Inter Alia for the first hour, CKDU Surprise for the second. Because that’s how it goes.
Entertainment Inter Alia:
If tonight had a theme, it would be defamation v. free speech. First up we had Courtney Love going off on her clothing designer via twitter and getting dinged $400k for it. Scott and Melinda Tamkin getting SLAPP’d down in the California Court of Appeal, who ruled that CSI counts as a matter of public interest, and free speech is king. And north of the border, where we tend to give shorter shrift to freedom of expression, an SCC majority finds that André Arthur can talk smack about Haitian and Arab cab drivers, and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it.
Also some slightly recycled news about the CRTC. I had more material on the CRTC, but time went by pretty quick. But how ‘bout CKLN getting a reprieve? Why did no one tell me about that? I like hearing good news.
1. Faith No More - Evidence 2. The Elmer Bernstein Orchestra - Taxi Driver* 3. Elvis Costello - Radio Radio 4. The Jam - News of the World 5. Le Tigre - Get Off the Internet
1. The Besnard Lakes - Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent: The Ocean 2. The Besnard Lakes - Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent: The Innocent 3. The Darcys - Endless Water 4. Blonde Redhead - Spring and By Summer Fall 5. Ringo Death Starr - Two Girls 6. Broken Records - A Modern Worksong 7. The Dudes - Do The Right Thing 8. Wounded Lion - Friendly? 9. Cage the Elephant - Sell Yourself 10. Sonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It 11. Jonathan Richman - The Neighbors 12. Diamond Rings - You and Me 13. Delorean - Real Love 14. Galaxie - Camouflar 15. Fresh and Onlys - Do You Believe in Destiny?
* Tried to get the original soundtrack, but couldn’t buy the individual tracks, and I only have $11 in my bank account to see me through until May, so we’ll just have to deal with 99¢ cover versions of the songs I really want to play.
Another early morning show, this time with happy news about the CRTC, sad news about owls, and happy news about dogs and literacy. A sad news sandwich on happy news bread.
The order of the songs might be slightly off. I’ll try to listen to the archive and fix any mistakes later. I’m not perfect.
1. Rich Aucoin - Superman 2. Spoon - The Ghost of You Lingers 3. B.A. Johnston - Hot Nerd 4. Old Man Luedecke - Big Group Breakfast 5. Dinosaur Bones - Sharks in the Sand 6. Black Angels - Yellow Elevator 7. The Town Heroes - Safety With Ducks 8. Chikita Violenta - All I Need’s A Little More 9. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round 10. Hey Rosetta! - Seeds
Filling in for the regular host of Thursday’s Operation Wake Up. A little thin on news content, but I did say “Assange” half a dozen times.
1. Belle and Sebastian - Your Cover’s Blown 2. Chikita Violenta - Roni 3. Cage the Elephant - Always Something 4. Cage the Elephant - 2024 5. Woodpigeon - My Denial in Argyle 6. The Winks - Wildlife of the Desert 7. Diamond Rings - Wait and See 8. Sean Nicholas Savage - I Love You Goodbye 9. Iron and Wine - The Tree by the River 10. Sufjan Stevens - I Walked 11. Fond of Tigers - Soheb
So I’m on operation wake-up on wednesdays now, which means early days for me. Getting my day on. Really earning my coffee. I get more done before 10 a.m. than most people get done all day.
1. The Mountain Goats - Wild Sage 2. Old Man Luedecke - I Quit My Job 3. The Decemberists - Rise to Me 4. The Weakerthans - Wellington’s Wednesdays 5. Joel Plaskett Emergency - Fashionable People 6. The Golden Dogs - Yeah 7. LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean 8. Jens Lekman - The Cold Swedish Winter
Special Show! Combined Pilot for “Entertainment Inter Alia,” my proposed biweekly look at entertainment and the law, and CKDU Surprise! because I can’t just sit and talk about law for two hours straight.
Entertainment Inter Alia: 1. The Heavy - How You Like Me Now (excerpt) 2. Dyke and the Blazers - Let a Woman be a Woman, Let a Man be a Man (excerpt) 3. Chet Baker - Isn’t It Romantic? 4. The Horrorpops - Drama Queen 5. Vampire Weekend - Horchata 6. Glenn Gould - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone Alla Quinta. 7. Tom Waits - Step Right Up 8. Vampire Weekend - Cousins
CKDU Surprise! 1. Black Mountain - Bright Lights 2. Bardo Pond - Tantric Porno 3. Braids - Native Speaker 4. Crystal Stilts - Prismatic Room 5. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Fright Night 6. Women - China Steps. 7. Arab Strap - Scenery
The holidays have been a blur of airplanes, television, and seeing relatives for the first time in years. On Christmas Eve I introduced myself to a cousin who I didn’t recognize because of his beard. Last time I was in Calgary, none of my cousins had beards. I hadn’t even attempted a beard at that point. It was embarrassing, but I’ll probably do the same thing next time I do the holidays back home, in another three years.
Staying in my folks’ house in Calgary afforded me the opportunity to bask in the light of the widescreen television and discover shows I had previously only heard of in ephemeral whispers, carried on the winter wind (also twitter and the avclub).
I particularly enjoyed the hour or so of Spartacus: Blood and Sand that I caught.
I blame this show on all that drinking I did last night. I blame all the drinking I did last night on my enrollment in law school and also my upbringing.
I’m glad I dug up that A.C. Newman album, though, and “Break Out the Makeout”? Halifax is the greatest.
1. Windom Earle Allstars – “Jesus (Why Did You Kill My Brother?)” 2. The Fall – Protein Protection 3. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Edmonton. 4. AC Newman – The Town Halo. 5. Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous 6. The Maynards – Break Out the Makeout 7. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – That Christmas song 8. Julie Doiron – Dance All Night 9. Avi Buffalo – Summer Cum 10. Okkervil River – So Come Back I am Waiting 11. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife 1 and 2 12. Grizzly Bear – He Hit Me 13. Yeasayer – I Remember 14. Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart 15. Land of Talk – Cloak and Cipher 16. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II 17. Jonathan Richman – Somebody to Hold Me 18. TheMountain Goats – No, I Can’t 19. The Walkmen – Juveniles 20. TV On the Radio – Halfway Home 21. Belle and Sebastian – The Ghost of Rock School. 22. Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely
I spent nearly 12 hours in libraries today. That is entirely too much time spent in libraries.
Today was a day for “A” and “B” artists. This time any correspondence between choice of music when studying and my performance on friday morning’s labour law exam is purely wishful thinking, but the music was good: Adam Ant, Against Me, Andrew W.K., Arab Strap, Architecture in Helsinki, Ariel Pink, Art Brut, Atlas Sound, Avi Buffalo, Bare Wires, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys.
Also: the Dean of my school wandered walked with purpose through the library at 9:30 handing out chocolate*. So, not an entirely bad day. Now I’m at home eating homemade chili (“cause outside it’s chilly” sung in a Jens Lekman voice) and soon some bourbon. So, a pretty goddamn good day.
* Which is totally against the library rules. She is a generous outlaw.
Pretty happy about how that went! Talked about the Bradford Cox/Sony Music debacle, Jack White’s new business model, and the social benefits of Girl Talk! Back on the air in 2 weeks, folks, for my last show of 2010.
Also, I totally quit my job last night! Austerity measures begin now. How many cups of tea can I get out of one teabag?
The Besnard Lakes - For Agent 13
Sonic Youth - Pattern Recognition
Women - Heat Distraction
Interpol - Memory Serves
Sparklehorse - See the Light
Gianna Lauren - Cardigan
Deerhunter - Memory Boy
Atlas Sound - Yards of Silk
The Wet Secrets - Hot Roller
Spoon - Sister Jack
Black Mold - Metal Spider Webs
Owen Pallett - A Man With No Ankles
The Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother
Black Mountain - Wucan
Destroyer (with Frog Eyes) - The Music Lovers
Hayden - Carried Away
Apostle of Hustle - Eazy Speaks
Golden Dogs - Old Hat
Girl Talk - Oh No
Golden Dogs - Dear Francis (accidental, but I don’t regret it at all!)
The saving grace of exam season - besides actually getting around to learning a few interesting facts* - is setting itunes to continuous and listening to my whole damn library. I hope today’s study soundtrack doesn’t correspond to my eventual performance in this term’s upcoming exams, because I’ve been listening solely to “D” bands tonight.
So far: Deerhunter, Department of Eagles, Destroyer, Devo, Dirty Projectors.
Up next: Dog Day, and if I can stay awake — I am balancing the Propeller Honey White/Labour Law with chocolate-covered espresso beans — I might just make it through Dolly Parton**, Donovan, and the Dudes before bed.
Why are there so many great artists with “D” names? And why is labour law so hard?
* Example: labour boards prefer “all-employee” bargaining units, and don’t like “balkanizing” an employer’s workforce.
** On the one hand, I wish itunes was smart enough to file artists by their surnames. On the other hand, I welcome any and every excuse to listen to Dolly.
Evening shows involve a trade off. In return for enduring the terror of being the only person in the student union building past midnight, when all the lights are off and all the doors are closed and alarmed, you get a wider discretion over the content of the music you play. Hence, Spencer Krug saying “fuck” a lot and Nick Cave being a filthy old man.
Also: I saw a mouse in the hallway, and answered the phone for the first time. Someone wanted me to play Stevie Ray Vaughn. I did not, but I think I was pretty diplomatic about it.
The Darcys - New Jr.
Midlake - Roscoe
Owen Pallett - Honour the Dead, or Else
The Walkmen - Juveniles
Dance Movie - Fort Needham
Wilderness of Manitoba - November
Silly Kissers - You Could Even Like Me
Sean Nicholas Savage - Disco Dancing
Belle and Sebastian - Come On Sister
Of Montreal - Feel Ya Strutter
Golden Dogs - Permanent Record
Grinderman - Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man
Eric’s Trip - Girlfriend
Deerhunter - Basement Scene
Sunset Rubdown - The Men Are Called Horsemen There
The Pop Explosion, poorly though out road-trips, and Constitutional law assignments kept me off the air for most of the last month. But my unintentional hiatus will be coming to an end this Friday night, when I host my first-ever EVENING show!
Yiss yiss, y’all: tune in to CKDU 88.1 FM on Friday, November 12th, from 10:30 to midnight Halifax Time. It’s after-hours, so that means I can play songs with bad words! Watch out!
Expect the usual declicate mix of twee-pop harmonizing and sludgy stoner rock.
I was too tired and bogged down with a goddamn Constitutional assignment to hit up any shows on Friday, but made up for on Saturday night with Silly Kissers, Handsome Furs, another Cousins show for some reason, and Rockets Red Glare. Too sleepy to close the festival with North of America, but I am confident they will be playing again some time when I am not falling asleep on my feet. Not very rock and roll. I’m closer to thirty than to twenty, and it’s beginning to show.
Silly Kissers: So good. If there were awards associated with this festival, then these fine folk would win for best awkward dance moves. Are silly kissers an eighties revival band? I got a definite Flock of Seagulls vibe off them. Am i allowed to love this band while maintaining my (perhaps irrational) hatred of Blondie?
Handsome Furs: This show would have been so much better in a venue that is not also a church. Some brave souls risked damnation and danced in the aisles, much to the apparent chagrin of HPX volunteers, but most stayed in their seats. Handsome furs make DANCE MUSIC. It is inappropriate to schedule them in a place that, while it has amazing acoustics and is unbelievably beautiful, is hard to dance properly in. Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry are the weirdest couple in show business. Also, have you seen Dan Boeckner’s arms?
Cousins: I have realized that, for the most part, the bands I like most can be divvied up into two categories: bands with (at least one) keyboard, and bands with two members, one on drums, one on guitar. That covers almost everything I listen to. Cousins fall into the second category. I cannot decide if I like them because of their qualities or in spite of their qualities. Bought a t-shirt a couple sizes too small, must stop drinking so many beers and lattes.
Rockets Red Glare: Are crowds at math-rock shows always so tall and so male? Also, pretty rocking way to end my short and not entirely full week of the explosion.
Finally made it to a couple of Halifax Pop Explosion shows last night. It was day three of the festival, but day one of MY festival, because of stupid work commitments earlier in the week.
The CKDU Lobby Show was great, but crowded and sweaty. I should not have bought a hot cup of coffee right before the show started. Forest City Lovers delivered a great set of “songs that sound like winter,” and faced persistent technical difficulties with uncommon grace. Cousins, as always, were loud and abrasive and fun. Dog Day were good, but I don’t recall them sounding so much like Joy Division on their albums. I wonder if there was something up with the microphones, because I know that the Forest City Lovers asked for lots of reverb. Still, good times.
Despite tiredness and headaches and rain and my neighbor fucking with my laundry, I managed to get to the Seahorse for the Darcys, unfortunately missing Boats, who I was very excited for seeing. Whisky and beer and the Darcys cheered me right up with their bearded rock and roll. [notes from the show: “this band sounds like Midlake. Wait, maybe it’s just the beards. Do Midlake have beards? They sound like they have beards… This Band Sounds Like Beards!]
Rebekah Higgs was okay. I like what she has going on with the two microphones and doing her own backup vocals, which is a neat trick, but overall I think her music would be better suited to a Starbucks. I can see sipping a hot beverage to this music, I thought to myself.
Golden Dogs were just plain amazing. You take the word “Dogs” which is good, you add the adjective “Golden,” and you’ve got something that is uncommonly good. They lived up to their name. They tore the roof off the sucker and I left with a lighter wallet and more vinyl.
TONIGHT: Stuck in the library reading about… Aboriginal Treaty Rights?
Fun show this time around! Lots of exciting HPX bands on the lineup, and a bit of talk about how darn good the music industry is doing right now, despite what the record companies might claim. Shut up, record companies.
Handsome Furs - Nyet Spasiba
North of America - Soft Geometry
The Darcys - I am a Ship
The Superfantastics - As the Lights Go Down
Hot Panda - I Tried Very Hard
Los Campesinos - The Sea Is A Good Place To Think About the Future
Thanks to everyone who called in or pre-pledged for my Funding Drive show on the 6th. I would put up a playlist, but I went way off-script and didn’t write down the revised order of songs. Also, there was a problem with the plumtree CD, so that happened.
Today featured some talk about the state of the Norwegian music industry, a very brief and superficial look at the Vampire Weekend publicity rights lawsuit, and an awfully insensitive joke about the Hungarian toxic red sludge disaster.
Also, some really wimpy songs followed by some really rockin’ songs. The duality of man, sir.
1. Grizzly Bear - Southern Point
2. Olenka and the Autumn Lovers - Flash in the Pan
3. Gypsophilia - Agricola and Sarah*
4. The Decemberisits - The Chimbley Sweep
5. Sondre Lerche - Track You Down
6. Lykke Li - Little Bit
7. Land of Talk - Quarry Hymns
8. The Arcade Fire - Rococo
9. Spoon - My Mathematical Mind
10. Chad Vangaalen - Bones of Man
11. Midlake - In This Camp
12. Vampire Weekend - One (Blake’s Got a New Face)
13. Foals - Electric Bloom
14. Les Savy Fav - We’ll Make a Lover Of You
15. Frog Eyes - Caravan Breakers, They Prey on the Weak and the Old**
*I briefly considered living at that intersection.
**Question: was it insensitive to play a song with “the weak and the old” in the title almost immediately after a PSA about Alzheimer’s Disease?
I’m hosting an extra special show on Wednesday, October 6th, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Halifax time. Why so special? It’s CKDU’s annual funding drive! So you’ll be able to call in and pledge some dollars to keep people like me on the air - and win great prizes.
Friday, October 8th, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., I will be hosting another episode of CKDU Surprise! for your listening pleasure. You can expect some of that good Swedish pop that I promised and then failed to deliver on last time around.
Apologies for the long delay in posting this week’s playist - I’ve been busy trying to impress law firm recruiters, catch up on sleep, and chip away at the ever growing mountain of required readings.
1. Dirty Projectors - No More
2. Fond of Tigers - Vitamin Meathawk
3. Blitzen Trapper - Love Leave Me Drowning
4. Jens Lekman - It Was a Strange Time In My Life
5. Great Lake Swimmers - Palmistry
6. Land of Talk - Swift Coin
7. Camera Obscura - I Don’t Do Crowds
8. Dog Day - Gayhorse
9. Plumtree - Racing Gloves
10. The Organ - Brother
11. Grinderman - Bellringer Blues
12. The Pack A.D. - Don’t Have to Like You
13. Black Mountain - Don’t Run Our Hearts Around
14. The Black Angels - Bad Vibrations
15. TV On the Radio - Dancing Choose
16. Wolf Parade - Palm Road
17. Cat Power - The Greatest
18. Interpol* - Obstacle #1
19. Cocorosie - K Hole
20. Los Campesinos - Don’t Tell Me To Do the Math
21. Stars - Take Me To the Riot
22. Chilly Gonzales - Smothered Mate
Okay, I think that’s what I played. After the first hour and a half things got a little sketchy and I ran around the studio desperately searching for the next thing to play, and forging ahead without a script.
* I really wanted to play “Evil” from Antics, but there was something going on with poorly filed/catalogued CDs. I also really wanted to play some Suburban Kids with Biblical Names and Lykke Li and the Knife, but technical difficulties proved insurmountable. Next time, I promise.
Kind of a music-heavy show this week, especially in the back nine (that’s a golf metaphor). The next host didn’t appear - I certainly hope he’s okay - so I filled in for an extra hour. Just grabbing things off the new release shelf turned out pretty great. The take away lesson from this show is: if you’re in a band, pick a name like “The Birthday Cakes,” and you will get air-time. It is also helpful if you sound like “The Birthday Cakes.”
1. Hot Panda - It’s Worth Eight Dollars
2. Of Montreal - The Party’s Crashing Us
3. The Arcade Fire - Empty Room
4. It Kills - Sinners
5. It Kills - Sailors
6. Young and Sexy - Saucerful of Fire
7. Neutral Milk Hotel - Ghost
8. The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight
9. The Decemberists - The Rake’s Song
10. Handsome Furs - Handsome Furs Hate This City
11. Scissor Sisters - Night Work
12. The Rural Alberta Advantage - The Ballad of the RAA
13. Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Strange Form of Life
14. Caribou - Leave House
15. Wilco - Spiders (Kidsmoke)
16. Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
17. The Birthday Cakes - Poltergeist
18. Tokyo Police Club - Breakneck Speed
19. Sister - Orion
20. Sikiyou - Hold It In
21. Siskiyou - Pull It Away
22. The New Pornographers - Crash Years
23. Hot Yoga - Dirty Apartment World
24. Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void
25. The Besnard Lakes - And This is What We Call Progress
This is the kind of show that happens when I haven’t adjusted to my fall school schedule, before I realize that somewhere in between school, homework, my awful job, and volunteer commitments, I need to fit in a few hours of sleep. Also, my longest show to date, a full 90 minutes of me! That’s longer than some dates you’ve been on.
1. Gonzales - Working Together
2. Serge Gainsbourg - La Javanaise
3. Architecture in Helsinki - The Cemetery
4. Bis - Statement of Intent
5. The Smiths - This Charming Man
6. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
7. Gerling - Windmills and Birdbaths
8. The XX - VCR
9. Bobby Conn - Rise Up!
10. Jonathan Richman - This Kind of Music
11. The Minus Five - Retrieval of You
12. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
13. Julie Doiron - Spill Yr Lungs
14. The Mountain Goats - See America Right
15. Les Savy Fav - The Sweat Descends
16. Plumtree - Scott Pilgrim
17. Broken Social Scene - Chase Scene
18. Death From Above 1979 - Blood On Our Hands
19. Magnetic Fields - I Though You Were My Boyfriend
* Featuring an amazing sample from Beat Happening’s “Gravedigger Blues,” from the album “Black Candy.” I met Jens Lekman in Vancouver a while back, and apologized for putting his songs on mix CDs for my girlfriend. He didn’t seem to mind, and then I felt kind of silly about it.
My second CKDU Surprise show. Started off kind of sad and dreary, then progressed towards - but never quite achieved - cheerful. With lots of talk about Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, and how piracy has the potential to enrich our culture.
1. Arab Strap - Last Orders
2. TV On the Radio - DLZ
3. Grinderman - Electric Alice
4. The Walkmen - The Rat
5. Danger Mouse and Sparklhorse (with Julian Casablancas) - Little Girl
6. The Besnard Lakes - And This Is What They Call Progress
7. Black Mountain - Tyrants
8. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (with the Flaming Lips) - Revenge