Saturday, December 22, 2012

#64 - Christmas 2012

I'm phoning it in a little, so to speak, with this podcast; very quick, I just wanted to get one last episode out before the end of 2012.  It's not very info-heavy on the artists - just thought you'd enjoy the music.



Here's where I got the albums from: http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/FMA/blog/12_Free_Holiday_Albums_to_Curb_Apocalypse_Blues

Playlist:

  1. The 8bitpeoples - Up on the Housetop [The 8bits of Christmas]
  2. Laura Vane & The Vipertones - Christmas Day With Me [Christmas Candy From the Netherlands]
  3. Gasoline Bros - Hungover Boxing Day [Christmas Candy From the Netherlands]
  4. Leah Morrow - Winter Wonderland [Thee Christmas Mixtape]
  5. Ben DeVries - I Saw Three Ships [Thee Christmas Mixtape]
  6. Travis Taylor (ft. Emily Vella) - The Christmas Song [Thee Christmas Mixtape]
  7. Rue Royale - Snow On Snow (In The Bleak Midwinter) [Christmas EP]

Sunday, November 25, 2012

#63 - Roy G. Biv

This week's podcast is loosely themed around colours!  All artists or tracks played in today's podcast feature at least one colour - except in the case of PhaZer, which was actually found in a search for bands that sound like the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Jamendo.com.  I forgot to mention that in the podcast.  Enjoy!


Creative Commons Recommendation: The Machine of Death
"A collection of stories about people who know how they will die."
http://www.machineofdeath.net
The sequel, "This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death" will be released July 2013.


  1. Coloured Sweat - In the Garden
  2. Sleeping Sky - Rainbow
  3. Anitek - Counting Colors
  4. PhaZer - Revelations
  5. King Fungus - Red House
  6. Lame Drivers - Color Me Dead
  7. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - The Red, Red Dint of Home
  8. Green Like July - Crippled Inside (John Lennon cover)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

#62 - Indie Alternative Show

The "unofficial" theme of today's show is "music I liked this week", but I didn't like that as a title.  So we've got "Indie Alternative Show".  Lots of great stuff, pulled mostly from a USA Elections Playlist on Jamendo.com, plus a new track from Brad Sucks.  Enjoy!



Creative Commons Recommendation: Freemusicarchive.org for their amazing "Similar Artist" search

  1. The Sway - When Worlds Collide
  2. Can't Stop the Daggers - No More Looking for Escapes
  3. Asaf Productions - My Desire
  4. Cartel - On My Mind
  5. Basement Skylights - Strings
  6. Respect Your Mom - Adore
  7. Brad Sucks - Guess Who's a Mess

Friday, October 26, 2012

#61 - Audio Magazine

I'm trying something different with today's podcast - an audio magazine of sorts!  I'd like to be a little more informative, or at least different, instead of being just a podcast that plays a bunch of music.  So my idea with this is to draw back on the music a little and focus on other things...which right now is not much.  But one step at a time!  In today's episode, a look at the short film Blinky and Hot Fiction's latest album, Apply Within.



Blinky - Available on Vimeo.com.  See more of Ruairi Robinson's videos (including some awesome TIFF/Cadillac ads!) here: http://vimeo.com/ruairirobinson/videos

Track Listing
Enjoy!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

#60 - Netlabel Fall Release Showcase

It's episode #60!  It's much delayed due to some technical issues, but is finally here.  In this week's episode, I've gathered up some of the newest releases from various netlabels, including brand new label Rhinosaur Records!

Creative Commons recommendation: Unglue.it



  • I Am Not Lefthanded - Falls to Me (Rhinosaur Records)
  • Fat Baby Panda - Butterflies (Rhinosaur Records)
  • The Crayon Set - I Wanted You (Rhinosaur Records)
  • C-Doc ft. DJ Def Chad - Far Gone (Blocsonic)
  • Frenic - The Tumen Horsemen (Dusted Wax Kingdom)
  • Chuck Morgan - Yearbook (Aaahh Records)
  • Tiny Boys - Persian Punk (afmusic)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

#59 - September Soul

Welcome to the first episode under the (latest) format change!  The theme for today's show is SOUL.  Specifically, soul music.  In the show, I ask the question - if Soul Music comes from the black American experience, can international artists capture that same vibe?  Find out on today's show!  Oh, also - I plan on making the shows better.  Trust me.



Playlist:

Creative Commons recommendation: Wil Wheaton's Tabletop / Bully Pulpit Games' Fiasco + Saturday Night '78 Playset + Cards Against Humanity

Friday, September 14, 2012

#58 - The Weekly Airwaves Show

A week late, and short on "new" content...but what are you going to do?  This show showcases the last three Weekly Airwaves aired on Audio Sensory Resuscitation (http://www.ckcufm.com), as well as three tracks from the Free Music Archive (http://www.freemusicarchive.org).  The show only goes slightly over 30 minutes, but that's okay - who's counting, right?



Friday, August 24, 2012

#57 - Last One For Summer

Can you believe it?  We're already at the end of August!  The next podcast won't be until September!  Nothing special in the podcast today - nothing beyond great music, that is.  I also mention a few news updates about the podcast, so be sure to listen in.



  1. In Isolation - The Wrong Girl
  2. Chris Merritt - Wire
  3. JP Corwyn - That Sensation
  4. Soundstatues - Give It Up
  5. AMPM - Seven Months
  6. The Windy City - Games
  7. I Am Not Lefthanded - Persuade Yourself
  8. Make You A Believer - Artist Unknown; orig. Sass Jordan

Saturday, August 11, 2012

#56 - Beat Six, Sekshun 8, & Staggered Crossing

I'm back with a new podcast!  Featuring music from Beat Six, Sekshun 8, and Staggered Crossing.  I don't have anything witty to say, so just go on to the playlist!



Thursday, August 2, 2012

#55 - Best of Alternative Airwaves - #1 - Featuring SINKHOLE

It's been a long time since I've had a podcast with new music, but I'm back despite a crummy summer cold (I was popping back Fisherman's Friends the whole time) with music from the AFMusic netlabel, as well as another track from the latest I Am Not Lefthanded album.  Check out the playlist below!






Saturday, July 14, 2012

#54 - Music from the AFMusic Label, I Am Not Lefthanded

It's been a long time since I've had a podcast with new music, but I'm back despite a crummy summer cold (I was popping back Fisherman's Friends the whole time) with music from the AFMusic netlabel, as well as another track from the latest I Am Not Lefthanded album.  

Thursday, June 28, 2012

#53 - Best of Alternative Airwaves: The Canada Day Podcast

It's the Canada Day Long Weekend!  Well, almost.  This is from July 2010, and is 100% Canadian Music.  The original playlist can be found here: http://alternativeairwaves.blogspot.ca/2010/07/9-canada-day-podcast.html.   The podcast will be back in two weeks with new tracks!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

#52 - The Best of Alternative Airwaves - The Notes & Scratches

Due to time restrictions and a short holiday, I didn't have time to put together a full podcast.  Instead, I've selected an older podcast that is currently unavailable on iTunes.  Here is Episode 5 from April 2010 - The Notes and Scratches.



Playlist

Sunday, June 10, 2012

This Week in Music Blogs - Week 24/2012

I haven't really kept up with the happenings in the music sphere this week, because I've been bogged down at work and organizing a team for a media softball tournament.  That's all behind me now, and I still have some links saved up for you!

Just a note about the podcast though: Episode 53, set to air June 30th, 2012, will be a "best of" podcast.  I've selected an older podcast (it's from two years ago) and will put it back online.  It's one of the episodes that is no longer available on iTunes, and I know I won't have time that week to get an episode done.  So, why not re-introduce some people to older episodes?  I will have a few more during the summer no doubt, and I will give a head's up when it happens.

Enough of that - here are some links!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

This Week in Music Blogs: Week 23/2012

Pretty interesting week, musically.  There were a ton of "blogworthy" releases, as The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown put it.  But more interestingly for me - mostly because I'm a copyright freak - was a decision by the Copyright Board of Canada to start collecting tariffs for using recorded music at live events.  Most everyone that reported on this news item this week highlighted that it means paying royalties for playing songs at a wedding, but this tariff also includes conventions, karaoke bars, ice shows, and fairs.  Oh, and parades will also be hit with a $4.39 fee for each float that plays recorded music.

Pretty messed up, eh?  More reason to embrace artists who release their tunes under a creative commons license.  Here are some blog articles for you to read from this week:


Saturday, June 2, 2012

#51 - I Am Not Lefthanded, The Black Atlantic, Mouth's Cradle

In episode 51 of Alternative Airwave, I've got some new tracks from I Am Not Lefthanded and The Black Atlantic, and I also discuss some changes implemented by the Copyright Board of Canada, plus a show announcement for Streets of Hastings.  That plus some other great music by folks such as Mouth's Cradle and The Monster Brothers.  Enjoy!




  1. This Public Life - Smile (The Banquet, 2011)
  2. Mouth's Cradle - Demon (The Next Big Thing, 2010)
  3. Praverb the Wyse - The Critic (Smimooz Remix) (Professional Hobbyist, 2011)
  4. I Am Not Lefthanded - Brace Brace (The Fire and The Sigh, 2012)
  5. The Black Atlantic - Darkling, I Listen (Darkling, I Listen, 2012)
  6. The Monster Brothers - UNOIMRITE (Colossus, 2011)
  7. Marina and the Diamonds - Girlfriend (Boyfriend cover) (2012)

** NOTE ** Last year I took a summer hiatus from the podcast; I don't plan on doing that this year, but there may be a few weeks here and there that get missed. I'll try to put up something in place of a new episode if that happens.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

This Week in Music Blogs: Week 22/2012

There have been so many things to talk about in the music industry in the last two weeks - Donna Summer died, Adam Yauch died...and for the weeks that it would have been relevant for me to write something about them, I dropped the ball big time.  So of course I don't really have anything momentous to talk about.  Well, I do have a few things.

First, being a big fan of I Am Not Lefthanded, I'm really happy to see that they've been invited to North by Northeast this year - and they're going to be the only Irish band performing.  Unfortunately they spent all of their funds putting their new album - The Fire and the Sigh - together for release (and it's finally coming out as a digital release, June 3rd).  I've been lucky enough to receive a 6-track preview, and you're in for a treat.  Anyway, they've launched a Kickstarter to fund a tour of Canada!  I'm really excited about this, because it means a potential stop in Ottawa if they get what they need.  You can check out their Kickstarter page to get all the details on what kind of goodies you can get by pledging.  They're really close to their goal of $2,000, so help out if you can.

Speaking of shows in Ottawa, another band I like to throw my support behind, Streets of Hastings, is having a show at the Elmdale Tavern.  It's Saturday, June 16th, $8 in advance, and they have a pretty cool deal - it's called Bring Yer Buds for Suds.  Basically, for every two friends you bring to the show (who haven't seen the band), the band will buy you a beer!  That's pretty sweet, I think.

Well, that's more than I've written in the last 4 weeks, so might as well stop there.

Time for links!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

This Week in Music Blogs: Weeks 20 & 21/2012

I said I would do two posts, but decided it would be best to combine into one.  Also, I don't really have a lengthy write-up today, because I've been busying myself around the house getting stuff done and NOT enjoying the beautiful weather.  So here are the best reviews, articles, and free music links for the last two weeks in music blogs.

Week 20


Week 21
  • Handsome Furs call it a day (Chromewaves)
  • CONTEST - Mayer Hawthorne @ The Hoxton - May 25, 2012 (Chromewaves)
  • Allo Darlin' cover Bruce Springsteen (Chromewaves)
  • Happy Culture Freedom Day (Catching the Waves)
  • Spring Cleaning 4: Going Out on a Limb (Catching the Waves)
  • Mother's Day Coverfolk (On learning to love the self in the other) (Cover Lay Down)
  • Song obsession Friday! (for the middle of may) (ipickmynose)
  • Manther: Manther featured on FrostWire #free (FrostClick)
  • Polaris Possibilities for 2012:: Part 2 Polaris Harder (Hero Hill)
  • Polaris Possibilities for 2012:: Part 3 Polaris of Darkness (Hero Hill)


Saturday, May 19, 2012

#50 - Just Another Milestone

I finally made it to #50!  I didn't get the chance to plan anything special - we'll leave that for number 100.  In the show today: songs pulled from Mike's last ASR show; new tracks from Swedish pop bands; a demo from Brad Sucks; and a really cool cover of a Robert Palmer track.  Plus I instituted a new rule for the show - a 30-minute hard time limit.  I hope it makes for a tighter podcast.  Hope you enjoy it!  The playlist is below.  As always, links are provided.




  1. Radio Star - A Common Tale (A Common Tale, 2011)
  2. The Ease Down - Heavy Hopes (Shapeshifter, 2007)
  3. Carsie Blanton - Idiot Heart (Idiot Heart, 2012)
  4. Chasing Eidolon - Sunset (Chasing Eidolon, 2010)
  5. Emerald Park - Things (Absolute Zero, 2012)
  6. The Search - Diving Into Another Person (Survivors of An Industrialized World, 2012)
  7. Brad Sucks - Waste of TV (Demo) (Guess Who's a Mess, TBD)
  8. Ellen & The Escapades and Hope & Social - Addicted to Love (orig. Robert Palmer) (Covermesongs)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Last week in music

Kinda dropped the ball but I will have an extra post up to summarize last week, and then this week too.  Weekly Airwave coming tomorrow!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

This Week in Music Blogs - Week 19/2012

The structure of these posts is still a work in progress.  I decided this week to post the links on Sunday, at the end of the week, to make sure I get all of this week's posts in.  And, to do a little write-up of what you'll find below.

This week most of the music I found (and actually, most of the music I find every week) is dominated by roots/Americana/blues/however you want to call it; there's one tribute to MCA; and two places where you'll find some more "indie"-sounding music (Herohill and Chromewaves).  Not too much in the way of free music this week, but there are a lot of reviews and write-ups to check out (most of which include streaming music).

I hope you enjoyed your weekend - now you can get some sweet music to keep you entertained throughout the week.


Free Music

  • (Re)Covered, vol XXV: New coverage from Rose Cousins, Ryan Adams, the Stringdusters, Rani Arbo & more! (Cover Lay Down)
  • Montes Rook: Patience - beautiful acoustic indie folk #free (FrostClick)
  • Favorites-of '12: CFCF Exercises (Herohill)
  • RIP MCA (Adam Yauch) 1964 - 2012 (Versions Galore)
  • Update: New EP Released Today - Bird Dog - 'Cabin' (Popa's Tunes)


Reviews/Articles

Saturday, May 5, 2012

#49 - Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!  It's everybody's favourite Mexican holiday, because it's fun to pronounce.  Today's podcast is actually NOT themed around this holiday, but it was too convenient to pass up for a name.  Plenty of great stuff in this week's podcast, with songs coming from Jamendo, the Free Music Archive, and Wired.

  1. In Isolation > Film Noir Scandal (Matt Pop Scandalous Mix) (Jamendo)
  2. Armando Lagozza > Los mariachi (Los mariachi single, Jamendo)
  3. Michael Stasis > Brown Cow (Chainsaw, Free Music Archive)
  4. CEBE > Honey Cotton (Honey Cotton, Jamendo)
  5. Ed Schrader's Music Beat > I Can't Stop Eating Sugar (Live at WFMU's Talk Cheap Aug 25 2011, Free Music Archive)
  6. Beastie Boys > Now Get Busy (The WIRED CD(I paraphrased from this Canada.com article)
  7. Montes Rook > Reason To Do (Patience, Bandcamp)
  8. Hello Future > Paparazzi (Lady Gaga Cover) (Acoustic, Jamendo)

Friday, April 27, 2012

This Week In Music Blogs - Week 18/2012

I mentioned on Facebook that I'm trying to simplify things so that I can offer more consistent updates (my Achilles Heel, if you will).  With that, I bring you "This Week in Music Blogs"!  Basically at the end of each week I will round up some blogs offering free music (either full albums or one-track samples) or reviews in handy list form.  Simple, and it helps me empty out Google Reader.  The only thing here is that I'm not telling you what genre each link is - it's a musical discovery.

So, here is my list of recommendations for Week 18/2012!

That's all for this week.  I'll have more next Friday!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

#48 - Larisa & The Raindoggs, Sean T. Wright, and Streets of Hastings

Time for another podcast!  It feels like it's been a long time since I've released anything, and in a way, it has.  While I was pretty pleased with the interview with Streets of Hastings, I haven't been very impressed with the quality of the podcasts I've released since then.  I've got a more positive outlook now, so upwards and onwards as they say.  Great music selection today, featuring new releases from Jamendo.com plus an awesome cover track to cap things off.  Download and enjoy!



#ARTISTTRACKALBUM

1Sam Sinister & The Plastic Sinister BandTil the Walls Come DownOi! Used to be a Friend of Mine

2Ska and PipesAlong With YouThat Ain't Ska!

3SkankshotBraineating Zombies From Area 51One of the Millions of Robots

4Larisa & The RaindoggsDon't Wanna Be GoodOne Armed Bandits

5Sean T. WrightDirty Ole LadyDrinkers & Demons

6BANDRAUSCHenYour Perfect DayGood Life EP

7Neon NiteClubBeauty & The BeatsBeauty & The Beats

8Streets of HastingsHouse of the Rising SunThree Streets to the Wind


Sean T. Wright - Collabs with David L Graham

Streets of Hastings on Facebook
(PS, I'm trying something new with the formatting. 
Chances are it won't work, but please leave a comment if it looks really ugly to you).

Sunday, April 8, 2012

#47 - Unicycles

A bit of a laid-back podcast, I decided to talk a little bit about unicycles.  I don't have much of an intro either - enjoy the podcast!

  1. Justin Townes Earle - What I Meant To You (Midnight at the Movies, 2009)
  2. Kurt Vile - Freway (Constant Hitmaker, 2008)
  3. Ryan Adams - Shakedown on 9th Street (Heartbreaker, 2000)
  4. The Bottle Rockets - Hard Times (Live at KEXP, 10/02/2009)
  5. The Jayhawks - Two Hearts (Live at KEXP, Jan 2011)
  6. Barricades Rise - Down Under (Reptertoire II, 2012)
  7. Mayer Hawthorne - Don't Turn the Lights On

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Streets of Hastings @ Avant Garde Bar, March 23 2012

On Friday March 23, 2012, Streets of Hastings held their official release party at the Avant Garde bar in Ottawa, ON.  I went there to do a show review (and to take in the show for personal enjoyment as well).  If you've never been to the Avant Garde bar, let me paint you a little picture.

This is a small bar - definitely part of its charm as a venue for artists to perform.  The stage / bar area is at the front, and is a very narrow area.  It opens up at the back, beyond the washrooms, where there is a fairly large seating area with a couple of couches.  There is Russian Communist-era art hanging all over the place, featuring some funny looking posters advising "No Foul Language", or for movie buffs, a movie poster for Battleship Potemkin.  The one thing you should take away from this though, is that it is small.  This is important to my review, but I'll get to that shortly.

I decided to drive downtown, thinking that with a show starting at 8pm, if I got downtown by 7:45 I'd be able to quickly find a parking spot and get a nice table for my friends who were showing up later after 9:30.  Not so much.  It took me the better part of 15 minutes to find a spot, and another ten minutes (which felt like five, I swear!) to walk back to the bar.  I ended up snagging some seating at the back, which unfortunately resulted in not being able to see the stage.

Still, I could get glimpses of the stage when I went up to order a $3.75 can of Diet Coke, so I was not completely oblivious the entire night.  Because the venue is so small, you could pretty much see all of the stage when you got up (even if the area in front of the stage was super crowded).  Remember how I said that it was important that the bar was small?  The band's guitarist Phil likened the place to a house party, and I have to say that's exactly the vibe I got while they were playing.

When I got to the bar, I was immediately able to find the band and talk to them, and even got into a conversation with a couple (whom I assume are related to one of the band members) about the terrible score of the Sens-Habs game (let's just not talk about it here.  It was an ugly game).  Throughout the show, people were gathered into little groups and chatting away, while occasionally mingling through the crowd to check out another part of the place.  Hands were clapping as the show progressed, and in general, the small-venue atmosphere was great.

The opener was Mark Kenny, a singer/songwriter also based in Ottawa.  I didn't get a good look at his stage presence, but from what I could tell it was Mark and a guitar on stage.  He had a great mix of genres, playing everything from alternative, to folk, to celtic, and also some blues mixed in there.  He did a few covers, and I think my favourite was his City and Colour cover - you could swear you were listening to Dallas Green if you didn't know better.  I had a couple of live tweets about him while I was waiting for my friends to show up.

As for Streets of Hastings, these guys were excellent - especially when you consider Phil told me later he was downing spoonfuls of honey and throat lozenges.  They thought they weren't the greatest, but hey - you're always your own worst critic, right? (Aside: I thought that the interview didn't sound technically as good as it could have, but everybody who's heard it says otherwise)  The live show is definitely an experience to take in - the songs are a bit looser than on the album, and the crowd really got into it.  Like I said, I didn't get too many chances to get up to the stage because of the density of the crowd in a tiny area, but they seemed to be in their element and having a blast.

And really, if you've heard my interview with them (check out Podcast 46!), that's what they're in this for: to have fun.  And above all, that's what the band was saying after the show, that they were just having some fun up there.  What more could you ask for?

All three guys - Peyts, Phil, and Trucker - are great guys and as much as they're looking for exposure for their band, they've really helped me out as well.  I really appreciate their work ethic and their music, so I hope to get out to some more of their shows in the future.  Sláinte!

Friday, March 23, 2012

#46 - Streets of Hastings Interview

The bulk of this podcast is devoted to an interview I did with Rockland band Streets of Hastings (http://www.streetsofhastings.com), so I didn't put a lot of effort into picking the rest of the music.  They have a CD Release party tonight (March 23rd, 2012) at 8pm at Avant Garde (http://www.avantgardebar.ca), so if you're in the Ottawa area be sure to check them out.  It's only $10 at the door.



Playlist:
  1. Crete Boom - Evil Brother | Website
  2. Justin Townes Earl - Mama's Eyes | Website
  3. Gringo Star - You Want It | Website
  4. Streets of Hastings Interview | Website
  5. Great Lake Swimmers - Everything is Moving So Fast | Website

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weekly Airwave #32 :: Streets of Hastings Interview

This isn't a traditional Weekly Airwave this week; instead it's a preview of their full-length interview that I did with them last Saturday.  The full-length version will be up on the podcast this week (fingers crossed, some time before Friday), but in the meantime, enjoy this 6-minute nugget before checking out their show on Friday March 23rd.

Go to http://www.streetsofhastings.com to buy their album, Three Streets to the Wind, or buy tickets to their CD Release party.

Download the Weekly Airwave

Sunday, March 11, 2012

#45 - The United93, Barreracudas

A short podcast to follow-up the ridiculously long 'cast from two weeks ago.  I had some issues with Jamendo when it came time to put the podcast together, so a couple of artists had repeat songs.  If you want to check out the artists I would have played, links will follow the playlist.


  1. The United93 - Plastic Heart (EP of The United93, March 2010) | Bandcamp | Facebook Twitter
  2. Barreracudas - Diet Coke (Live at WFMU on Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic, Nov 12, 2011) | Douchemaster Records
  3. Shark? - Down Low (Live on Beastin' the Airwaves with Keili on WFMU, Oct 23 2011) | Bandcamp
  4. The United93 - Kung-Fu Fighters (See above)
  5. Jackie & the Cedrics - Red River (Live at WFMU on Three Chord Monte with Joe Black, Nov 10 2011)
  6. Stray Dogg - Break (Almost, May 30 2011) | Last.fm
  7. Peter Case - House Rent Party (Live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T on WFMU, Oct 8 2011) | Website
  8. Barreracudas - Promises, Promises (See above)
  9. The United93 - Over the Rainbow (See above)
To buy a copy of the Barreracudas' new album, Nocturnal Missions, head to their record label Douchemaster Records (link above).

To purchase The United93's latest album, Yellow Fever, you can do so from their Bandcamp webpage (link also above).

Check out these bands on Jamendo: Cinemon57jackbraves.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Review: Streets of Hastings - Three Streets to the Wind

Streets of Hastings bills themselves as "just a drinkin' band with a little rock n' roll problem".  As a result, I was ridiculously drunk when I reviewed their debut album, Three Streets to the Wind.  Actually, I was 100% sober while I listened to the album, but I can tell you, I very much enjoyed their 11-track album.

Streets of Hastings is a three-man band, with Phil Alexander on lead vocals and guitar, Jason "Trucker" Bedard on bass, and Larry "Peyts" Peyton on the drums, bodhran, and rubboard.  Yes, I had to look those last two things up; basically, they're Irish percussion instruments.  Their music is mainly a fusion of rock and Celtic punk, but fortunately that doesn't tell you all you need to know about the sound of their music.

Yes, they do have a few songs that sound like your "traditional" Celtic punk outfit, but I think that it's the songs that don't conform to that standard formula that are their best.  I also find that with any Celtic punk band, a lot of what makes any particular song good is what the band members bring to their craft.  Streets of Hastings are definitely excellent musicians, and you can hear some awesome guitar solos throughout the album.

I also really liked the drums throughout each track, so kudos Peyts for keeping a steady beat to keep the other guys in line. 

I was searching around their website, and they make mention that they're a band best seen live - and I completely agree.  While listening to Three Streets to the Wind, I couldn't help but feel I was listening to a live set.  They seem to have unbelievable energy, and I could just picture them drenched in sweat as they move from song to song (insert joke about me imagining three sweaty men here).

Speaking of seeing them at a live show, the band will be playing in home town Ottawa at the Avant-Garde bar on March 23rd, 2012.  I will be checking it out and doing a show review - and from the sounds of things, it will be a very energetic night.

In the meantime, you can pick up Three Streets to the Wind on March 17th - St. Patrick's Day!  Details are at their website.  They're currently offering a free preview of their track "Sea Bag (La, La, La)" on their audio page.

Streets of Hastings Official Website
Streets of Hastings on Twitter
Streets of Hastings on Facebook

Sunday, February 26, 2012

#44 - Cleaning Out the Inbox

Warning! This podcast is an hour in length - in other words, double the usual length.  You may want to set aside some time to listen to the podcast.  But don't worry, the music is excellent.  It's full of stuff I've neglected to listen to over the last little while, and I've put together a pretty sweet mix.  Enjoy!
Twitter | Facebook
- Made mention of the Netblocs at Blocsonic
- Don't forget to check out CKCU for Audio Sensory Resuscitation with Mike, Tuesdays at 1pm EST!


  1. Professor Kliq - Plastic and Flashing Lights | 366 Days of Music | Website*
  2. The Transisters - Confuse-A-Cat (Join the Darkside, We Have The Music!, 2012) | Bandcamp
  3. We Came From Waters - Android (Unfamous Quotes, 2012) | Soundcloud | Website
  4. (((S))) - Hole in My Heart (Join the Darkside, We Have The Music!, 2012)
  5. Republic of Lights - Go Rococo (Go Rococo, 2010) | Twitter | Bandcamp
  6. Republic of Letters - Lost Chord (Stories,2011) | Website | Bandcamp
  7. Kursed - Perfect Mean (Like a Coffee, 2012) | Website | Jamendo
  8. California Condors - All Night Drive (Calm Carnivore, 2011) | Bandcamp | Facebook
  9. Trick Seventeen - We Own the Night (We Own the Night, 2012) | Myspace | Jamendo
  10. The Willow and The Builder - What's Next (The Willow and The Builder, 2011) | Facebook | Bandcamp
  11. The Dimes - Ballad of Winslow Homer (The King Can Drink the Harbour Dry, 2011) | Bandcamp
  12. The Juliets - Fashion (Perfect Season, 2011) | Bandcamp
  13. I the Mighty - Modern Medicine (Hearts and Spades, 2010) | Bandcamp | Twitter
  14. Born Without Bones - Say Hello (Say Hello, 2010) | Bandcamp | Twitter
  15. The Miracals - California Girls (Hermosa, 2010) | Bandcamp | Twitter
  16. Dolphins - Wasted (Galaxy Train, 2011) | Bandcamp | Facebook
  17. Billy the Kid - Perfect Situation (Weezer Cover, 2012) | 31 Covers in 31 Days (YouTube)
* - Be sure to check out his awesome arrangement of Street Spirit!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

#43 - Valentine's Day / Hockey Day in Canada

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I picked out a few tracks that had that loving sort of feeling.  Also some disco songs.  PLUS I have some things to say about Hockey Day in Canada, which is today (February 11, 2012), starting at 2PM EST.  And finally, a return to the “cover song at the end of the podcast”.


Playlist & Artist Info

  1. The Classic Cluster - Again (Unkown album, from Mindblasting “Pop is Dead” mixtape) | Reverbnation
  2. Soporifics - April (Love, 2004)
  3. Crazy Quilt Bouquet - She Says (Love Letters & Medication by And My Imaginary Friends, 2012) | Website
  4. Drop Zone - My First Love by Passion (Be My Valentine The E.P., 2012) | Jamendo
  5. KeroDean - Your Smile (Day By Day,2010)
  6. The DJs - Nano Flowers (Nano Flowers, 2008)
  7. FOXAPET - Never Stop the Beat (PFM v2, 2007)
  8. Disco Inferno - Boogie Oogie Oogie (Unkown album, 2010)
  9. Alphabot! - Rabbit Ears (Eep!, 2012) | Website | Bandcamp | CD Release party Feb 16 at The Drake Hotel’s Underground in Toronto

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

#42 - NHL All-Star Weekend

It's the NHL All-Star weekend here in Ottawa, and I am excited!  I don't normally worry very much about things like making sure I record the skills competition if I'm going to be out for the night (like tonight), or getting HD for this very occasion, but it's in my home town and I have been waiting for this for a long time.  Too long.  Lots of great music today, plus some All-Star trivia!  (Trivia courtesy Liam McGuire/Slam Sports)

  1. Brad Sucks - Making Me Nervous (I Don't Know What I'm Doing, 2003) - Website
  2. Emerald Park - Things (Single, 2012) - Bandcamp
  3. Terrace - Love Dub (Pollen, 2011) - Bandcamp
  4. Frostwire Feature: The Please & Thank-Yous - Dear Allie (Mind Yr P's & Q's, 2010) - Bandcamp
  5. Emily Baker - House of Cards (House of Cards, 2011) - Bandcamp
  6. Phoenix Imago - Someone I Can Be Alone With (Respect, 2012) - Website
  7. Martina Matwiejczuk - Give Me A Reason (Extended Play, 2011) - Bandcamp
  8. Marvin Gaye - Got to Give It Up, Part 1 (Gigamesh Edit) [2011] - Bandcamp
  9. MUTE - Cry (10 A.M., 2012) - Blocsonic | Facebook | Tha Silent Partner | Formula

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review: Kellee Maize - Integration (2011)

Two years ago, Kellee Maize released her album Aligned Archetype, which has been downloaded over 400,000 times according to her website.  That album also received several accolades, but more importantly, was well-received by fans of the music: Maize was the #1 most downloaded artist on amazon.com, frostwire.com, and the #1 Google search result for "female rapper".

Her follow-up album, 2011's Integration, is no different: it is definitely a success.  I can't find any download numbers, but suffice it to say, it's insanely popular.  And from what I've heard, that's no surprise - Integration is, by all accounts, a fantastic hip hop album.

Maize leads off the album with what I believe is its strongest track: "Mad Humans".  The corresponding video is a treat to watch - I believe it is an homage to the TV show Mad Men, from what I remember.  I don't want to try to analyze the lyrics, because I'd do a horrible job, but I believe "Mad Humans" talks about the oppression of women in society.  Don't quote me on that, please.

While that is what I consider to be the "strongest" track, it speaks volumes about the quality of the album when I don't even deem it my favourite.  That honour goes to "The Fact Is", a neat little track 5 songs in.  The rest of the album is energetic and a treat to listen to.  I wish I was a better music reviewer, so that I could actually say even nicer things about it.  I guess what you need to take from this is that I really liked the album, and I'd give it a 5 out of 5 stars.  Definitely download it!

It's a wonder that Maize continues to release her albums for free - I am positive she would make a killing because her fans definitely would buy her music.  I know I would!  It just goes to show - she's doing this for the love of the music.

Oh, and I mentioned that Maize has a cool video for "Mad Humans"; in fact, she has a lot of videos for several songs from Integration.  The production is always high quality stuff, and worth checking out.  Here's the "Mad Humans" video:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weekly Airwave #23 :: Silver Rocket : Failure and Disaster

ARTIST: Silver Rocket (http://www.silverrocket.net)
TRACK: Failure and Disaster
ALBUM: Old Fashioned

Saturday, January 14, 2012

#41 - Big Wilson River, We Used to Exist, MUTE

The first podcast of 2012! I switched things up a bit from the last regular podcast, and I think things will continue this way for a while. I mention in the podcast that I'm going to try to throw a few more features from time to time; but more on that another time.  Enjoy for now!

  1. Big Wilson River - Dandelion - Bandcamp | Facebook page
  2. Keep Tidy - Goochie Main - Website | Facebook | Twitter
  3. Keep Tidy - Simpsons Quotes
  4. City of Glass - Sticks and Stones - Website | Bandcamp | Twitter | Facebook | iTunes
  5. We Used to Exist - Someone is Calling Me - Website | Bandcamp | Facebook
  6. MUTE - When the Chips Are Down - Blocsonic | Facebook | Tha Silent Partner | Formula
  7. Brad Sucks & The HipCola - SOS - Brad Sucks | The HipCola

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Feature (sort of) (not really)

I made a vague mention of this on Twitter today: all of a sudden, I felt overcome with a feeling of excitement and enthusiasm for the blog/podcast for 2012.  Basically, as per my resolution, I want to try some new things in an effort to bring some more unique content, instead of offering up a bland "Here are some songs I liked" mixtape.

So I bring you a (sort of) new(ish) feature: Songs I Like From the FMA.  Here's why I'm doing it: I find that most songs available at the FMA are - while enjoyable - live recordings, which I don't tend to throw in my listening loop very often.  You see, the songs I pick for the podcast are generally songs that I will be happy to have show up when I put my iPod on shuffle.

Plus, sometimes I get confused by the wording of the FMA licenses - particularly with the stuff curated by CBC Radio 3.  While I highly doubt that the CBC is going to come after me for playing one of their uploaded songs in a podcast, I usually try to stay on the legal side of things.  So I will be making random posts throughout 2012 highlighting some of the songs I've found on the FMA that I enjoyed, but did not see fit to include them in a podcast (although some of these might wind up in a podcast).

We'll start with an offering from Hey Rosetta, and a live performance of their most excellent song, "Yer Spring" from Seeds (2011).  I'd love to give you some more information on the performance itself, such as where and when this took place, but the page is unusually bare.


Hey Rosetta is one of those bands where I have to really be in the mood to listen to them, or else I only enjoy blasting one or two of their songs while driving in the car.  I'm very choosey, but "Yer Spring" is one of those few songs that sticks with me.

"Yer Spring" is available for free download over at the Free Music Archive.  Please note, there may be some strong language in this song so if you have sensitive ears nearby, please plug them at your discretion.