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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year! Radiohead Stylee

The lads from Oxford are at it again. This time another webcast to commemorate the physical release of In Rainbows on New Years Day in the UK. The album will apparently be played in its entirety. Check in around midnight GMT on December 31st; I'm sure you've got nothing better to do at that hour.

Not my favourite cd of the year but very close, the band certainly captured my heart for innovative marketing and pure creative genius.

This information from Thom Yorke himself as captured below from


Dear Reader

Hope you are having a peaceful christmas.

As you may now have heard we will be broadcasting a pre-recording of some songs and other bits on New Years Eve..
you will be able to view it online from here at midnight new years eve, uk time that is...
as well as other places that i am not sure about.this is a wee celebration of the release of the physical manifestation of 'in rainbows'.

yours hopefully


Friday, December 21, 2007

Best Music of 2007 - The Seasonal Sixty - Installation Three

Best Music of 2007 - The Seasonal Sixty

Installation Three - At last I've worked my way to number one. I reviewed the Lightning Bug Situation cd earlier this year and its impact its still resonating with me; for that reason I have chosen it to be my favourite music of 2007. I would urge you to seek out finding this disc as it is a captivating listen from start to finish.
Be sure to check out this link for information on how to get one. Their Myspace page features several preview tracks.

20. Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up

19. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
18. The Acorn – Glory Hope Mountain
17. Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals
16. Caribou – Melody Day

15. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
14. Pop Levi – The Return to Form Black Majick Party
13. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna: Are You the Destroyer?
12. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
11. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
10. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
09. Future of the Left - Curses
08. Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement Of The Decline
07. Burial - Untrue
06. Radiohead - In Rainbows
05. LCD Soundsystem – The Sound of Silver
04. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
03. Okkervil River – The Stage Names
02. The National - Boxer
01. The Lightning Bug Situation - A Leaf; A Stream

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Madonna, Leonard Cohen Inducted Into Rock Hall of Fame

The results are in and another crop of music legends will soon join the membership of the venerable Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This time Madonna, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, Dave Clark Five, and the Ventures make up the 2008 class. According to the Associated Press, Little Walter will also be honored for his work as a sideman, and Gamble & Huff will be honored for their production work.

Many of these artists and others will no doubt be in attendance at the March 10, 2008 induction ceremony at New York City's Waldorf Hotel.

The dubious hall of fame distinction was arrived at by an "international voting body of more than 500 rock experts". I guess that that explains why Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Chic, and Afrika Bambaataa didn’t make the cut this year? (Insert sighing sound here) Maybe I’ll start my Replacements petition tonight.

London Ontario's Local Album of the Year

Congratulations Miss Basia Bulat for capturing the first 94.9 CHRW FM Local Album of the Year Prize!! An Everything is Pop favourite Oh, My Darling has proven its greatness yet again.

Congratulations also to the following local bands who made the shortlist:

Cailen DyeOBLQ
Catherine McInnesExposed
Shad – The Old Prince
Sonja GustafsonSonja Gustafson
Square Root of MargaretTeragram Photeur
The English PremiershipP and Not P
The Riderless Hand Carving Hand
The RizdalesRadio Country
Two Minute MiraclesVolume IV: Lions of Love

**LOCAL ALBUM OF 2007 - Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling**

Background: A group of London music journalists and broadcasters have voted based on a short list of 10 exceptional London albums from dozens submitted to UWO radio station 94.9 CHRW. The jury voted again on that shortlist and the winning album (Basia Bulat's Oh, My Darling) was announced on Dec. 10, on
Clang Boom Steam (3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.), hosted by 94.9 CHRW's program director, Michael Brown. In addition, Basia will be awarded $500 and a live-in-studio performance on 94.9 CHRW.

For details, check

Best Music of 2007 - The Seasonal Sixty Installation Two

Best Music of 2007 - The Seasonal Sixty

Installation Two

40. Low – Drums and Guns
39. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
38. Menomena – Friend and Foe
37. Grizzly Bear – Friends EP

36. Marissa Nadler - Songs III: Bird on the Water
35. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
34. Feist – The Reminder
33. Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew – Spirit If
32. The Besnard Lakes – Are the Dark Horse
31. The New Pornographers - Challengers

30. Field Music – Tones of Town
29. The Broken West - I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On

28. Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul
27. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin

26. The Sadies – New Seasons
25. Basia Bulat – Oh, My Darling
24. Two-Minute Miracles – Volume IV: The Lions of Love
23. Jim Bryson – Where the Bungalows Roam
22. Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
21. Sunset Rubdown – Random Spirit Lover

Installation three coming soon.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Seasonal Sixty - Best Music of 2007

The Seasonal Sixty - Best Music of 2007

For nearly fifteen years now I have compiled my list of the best music of the year. This year is no exception, the audience only slightly more broad now. Presented in three installations, I give you my Seasonal Sixty for 2007. (Thank you John Peel for the inspiration.) The picks are the result of my completely biased listening opinion and I welcome your counter opinions.

Without further adieu…

Installation One

60. Battles - Mirrored
59. Deerhunter - Cryptograms, Fluorescent Grey
58. Boris With Michio Kurihara - Rainbow
57. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
56. Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity
55. Marnie Stern – In Advance of the Broken Arm
54. Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy

53. Various Artists - I’m Not There Original Soundtrack
52. Vic Chesnutt – North Star Deserter
51. Mirah and Spectratone International – Share This Place: Stories and Observations
50. The Hylozoists - La Fin Du Monde

49. Matthew Dear – Asa Breed
48. M.I.A. - Kala
47. Amon Tobin – The Foley Room
46. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
45. Beirut - The Flying Cup Club
44. St. Vincent – Marry Me
43. Nina Nastasia and Jim White – You Follow Me
42. Grinderman - Grinderman
41. The Dirty Projectors – Rise Above

Installation Two coming soon.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Feist - Centennial Hall, London - December 5, 2007

This week marked the end of this leg of Leslie Feist's The Reminder tour. If you were fortunate enough to attend this closing show at London's Centennial Hall you will probably be still smiling as you read this. Truly one of the best shows in London this year, the cold December night was warmed considerably by Ms. Feist's amazing presence and singular artistry. The evening's highlight, and last minute addition to the setlist was a wonderful cover of Ron Sexsmith's Secret Heart. The playful Brandy Alexander a close second. (See the setlist below for the many others.)

Another highlight was the sublimely beauftiful visual projections that accompanied the music.
Simple and so effective, they'd beat those solar powered laser beam guitars any day.

The mighty Great Lake Swimmers warmed up the crowd with their unique brand of countryfolkpopamericanada.

I can't think of a better way to spend a cold, nearly winter night. Leslie Feist is a national treasure.