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#85 - Growing Old Sucks

In today's episode of Alternative Airwaves, we get TWO brand new tracks - from I Am Not Lefthanded and the Urban Canals!  Plus plenty of...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#101 - Sharon Jones Tribute + Leonard Cohen Covers

Welcome to another episode of Alternative Airwaves!  In today's show, a sort-of tribute to Sharon Jones (who passed away November 18th 2016), and a couple of cover songs of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (he passed away November 7th 2016).  Also - I got the name of a song wrong during the show.  The track by Reole ft. Sophie Mendoza is actually titled "It's A New Day".

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  1. Toussaint Morrison - A 2nd Devil
  2. Devon Elizabeth - All I Ever Wanted
  3. Nikki J. Crawford - Played
  4. Nicolas Falcon - Big Big Boss
  5. Jasmine Jordan (ft. Blanchard De Wave) - Time Travel
  6. Reole (ft. Sophie Mendoza) - It's A New Day
  7. Tickle - My Wee Tribe
  8. The Nuri - Hunger For Life
  9. Moon & Sun - Salt & Indigo
  10. Count To Four - Lavender Town
  11. Dorine Levy - Alice
  12. Dan Bryk - Discount Store
  13. Yavor (ft. Mey) - Illuminate
  14. Danielle Helena - From Here
  15. David Krystal - One More Dance
  16. The Broken - Hallelujah
  17. Ezra Kachi - Hallelujah

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Playlist - Best of October 2016

Hope you all had a good week!  Coming down from recording the 100th episode, and looking forward to #101.  Got a simple post for you today; here's a playlist from www.jamendo.com featuring the best tracks of October 2016.

The playlist is a pretty good representation of the great music you can always find on Jamendo!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Playlist: Night Drive

The Friday Playlist makes a triumphant return!  At least, a return.  Sorry for missing out on a few weeks folks.  Sometimes I just don't get inspired to write something for the playlist, or get too busy to find a playlist in the first place.  I didn't want to skip anything this week, so I went searching through Jamendo's Playlist page.

At first I was tempted to go with the 'Best of September' playlist - but I think I pilfered from that list a little two podcasts ago.  (In other news, I can't wait for a Best of October 2016 podcast!)  The next playlist I saw caught my attention: the Night Commute playlist.

Here's the description:
You workday is over, now the night is all yours! Whatever plans you have, get pumped on the way with this catchy playlist filled with #electronic, #hiphop and #funk!  
I thought for a weekend, this might be a fitting playlist to act as a soundtrack to your shenanigans.  It's pretty strong, and features artists such as Rag and Bones, The Madpix Project, Boogie Belgique (a favourite discovery of mine for 2016), The Funkastic Grooves (great name!), and AJC & The Envelope Pushers.  Countries from all over the world are represented here, as well as various music styles.  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Playlist: The College Mix CD

I found this CD in a box in the basement, full of other CDs.  It stands out to me only because of one track - a remix that my brother introduced me to.  I don't even know how he found it, or how I subsequently downloaded it.  Or whether I still have it.  It's definitely not on Spotify.

In any case, here's the original track listing as I wrote it - who knows when?  Probably sometime between 2004 and 2008.  There are some heavy influences from EA Sports video games, as well as what I was listening to at the time.

As you can see, it's a bit of a mash of everything.  I've taken the liberty of revising the playlist and honing it into something - well, something better.

  1. Beck - Hot Wax
  2. Treble Charger - Brand New Low
  3. Gob - I Hear You Calling
  4. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
  5. The Guess Who - American Woman
  6. The Darkness - Is It Just Me
  7. CCR - Fortunate One
  8. To My Surprise - Get It To Go
  9. Our Lady Peace - Not Afraid
  10. Sarah Harmer - Silver Road
  11. Maroon 5 - This Love (Kanye West Remix)
  12. Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man
I cut a bunch of the tracks, and re-ordered a few of them.  I've got a better playlist coming next week.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Playlist - Podcast Edition

Rather than come up with another playlist with music, I thought I'd share some podcasts that I enjoy.  This specific list is a recommendation for a road trip - I've tried to time it out to about 4 hours, but episode lengths are never exact.  I've also unintentionally tied the shows together with a bit of a theme, but that wasn't the plan from the start.

We'll start our road trip with something light.  We don't want to get on the road with heavy discussion, or something too long.  We're going to ease into this trip by starting with an episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (iTunes).

Most episodes clock in around 25-30 minutes, so the length is perfect.  HPST (acronym in progress) is a podcast that takes a deep dive into the text of Harry Potter and analyzes it using various techniques used when studying religious texts.  But don't worry - the hosts Vanessa and Casper have light banter and great chemistry, and relate Harry Potter to every day struggles.  No bible-thumpers here.

NExt, we stay with the light theme and move to Good Job Brain (iTunes).  This is a trivia podcast that explores strange and often bizarre but interesting facts in a number of different ways.  These shows are usually an hour and change - so you'll have learned something new by the time you get to your first rest stop.

Moving on, we come to Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast (iTunes).  A little deepr than the last two, but more similar to Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Ken and John watch every iteration of Trek and examine its messages, morals and meanings.  They approach it earnestly, but they know how to make a joke too.

Paired with Mission Log is Transporter Room 3 (iTunes) - another Trek podcast, but made by two true fans.  They're not afraid to take the piss out of Trek.  Oh, and this one is most definitely NSFW.

I think we're just about at the end of our trip.  I think we'll keep things light and finish with an episode of Make Dad Read Comics (iTunes).  Patrick makes his Dad read a different ocmic every week - with mixed results.  This also ends up being a very touching show when you hear father and son connecting every week.

Happy Friday!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Playlist: The Tragically Hip

Just before I started writing this, I hadn't yet put together or found a playlist.  I was going through my head trying to think of what kind of special list I could throw together from Jamendo, or if I could find one.  But then I read this review of the final Ottawa concert for The Tragically Hip.  I did not attend the concert, nor will I be attending the concert in Kingston tomorrow (but will attempt to watch or listen, if I can).  But I've seen pictures of the event last night, and paired with this review...I think those fans witnessed a once in a lifetime musical event.

Now, I haven't had the chance to put together a playlist on Spotify.  But this is what my playlist will be for most of the weekend, I think.

This is the set list for the Ottawa concert last night.  Can't wait to see what's in store tomorrow.