A Playlist Blog for Thursday's 6 to 8 am edition of Green Eggs and Ham,
CFCR's 90.5 FM's Morning Show

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pre-Christmas Wonder

My most show was a bit of a mixed bag. It was my last show of 2012. Kinda crazy how fast the year has gone by.

Here is my playlist for December 17/2012.

The red and green highlighted songs below are Christmas/Winter-oriented. Holiday music is played ad nauseum at this time of year, so I wanted to pick a few cool renditions. I really love Hilary Grist's holiday compilation that she keeps adding to every year. It's called It's Officially Winter Now and you can download it here (and name your price!) There's just something about a beautiful holiday song.

Oil Sands - Carbon Dating Service*
Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley
Bathtubs - Royal Canoe
In The Belly Of A Dragon - Jenn Grant
When The Storm Clears - The Karpinka Brothers*
Furr - Blitzen Trapper
Tosta Mista - Hooded Fang
Cause For Alarm - The Heavy
City With No Children - Arcade Fire
Fairytale Of New York - In-Flight Safety
Flash - Olenka and The Autumn Lovers
Dance If You Want To - Rose Cousins
Go Back - Cannon Bros
Southern Drawl  - Bahamas
A Losing Song - Daniel Romano
The First Noel - Hilary Grist
Le Blizzard - Malajube
The Winter Hours - The Deep Dark Woods*
Bottom of the Sea - Redgy Blackout
Niagara - Ohbijou
Cover Your Tracks - Young Galaxy
Islands - We Were Lovers*

If I don't post before the end of the year, I wish you a safe and happy duration 2012 and an amazing 2013!

*Denotes Saskatchewan-based artists.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Double the pleasure, double the fun

This week, I've hosted twice! Lucky me, draggin' me arse outta bed at 5-something in the AM. Actually, aside from the whole leaving-my-comfy-warm-bed-and-being-ripped-out-of-a-lovely-slumber bit, I really enjoy the morning show circuit.

I had a bit of a hiatus, so it was great to be back. I hosted in my regular bi-weekly slot, then filled in today (November 21) for an ailing Crystal who is currently feeling under the weather.

When I build my playlists, I try to have kind of a loose theme in mind. Sometimes, my theme is just.. random music! Monday, I had couple of sets dedicated to regions. The first was an ode to my homeland, the Maritimes, and more specifically Prince Edward Island, which will always be embedded in my heart. The second was to my current home, the lovely prairies that I've become enchanted with since moving here seven years (!!!) ago.

Today, I just attempted to have series of pretty high energy songs, followed by some chill time. I also held a mini-homage to Canadian rock legends Leonard Cohen (who was in Saskatoon November 20) and Neil Young (who stopped by Saskatoon last Wednesday, November 14.)

Anydoodle, here's my playlists.

Monday, November 19

Montréal -40°C - Malajube
Out of Here - Cannon Bros
I Knew - Lightning Dust
Heart's the Target - Milks and Rectangles
Little Liar - Paper Lions
Tricky Fellows - Molly Rankin
Light (Economics Remix) Slow Down, Molasses*
Duet for Emmylou and the Grievous Angel - Rah Rah*
Reluctant Readers - Library Voices*
Back In Town - Hilary Grist
ALIVE - Rich Aucoin
Stamp - The Rural Alberta Advantage
Romantic Rights - Death From Above 1979
Silent Seven - Controller.Controller
Set Me Free - The Heavy
A Thousand Suns - Hey Rosetta!
Young & Lazy - The Matinee
In Perfect Time - Jill Barber
Sweet Tart - Belle Plaine*
Wheat Kings - The Tragically Hip

Wednesday, November 21 (Fill-in for Crystal...get well soon!)

The End of That - Plants And Animals
Love & Light - Sandro Perri
Eyesore - Women
Love Is A Dirty Word - Jason Collett
On the Run - Sam Roberts
Out Here (Cannonball) - Shad
Good & Bad - No Gold
In the End It's Your Friends - Shout Out Out Out Out
Sick Muse - Metric
Radio - Yukon Blonde
Amour Than Amis - Two Hours Traffic
Crash Landing - Rae Spoon
Elephant - Hannah Georgas
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
He Brings Out the Whiskey in Me - Amy Millan
A Soft Place To Land - Kathleen Edwards
Two Time Loser - The Deep Dark Woods*
Aside - The Weakerthans
Starts With Them, Ends With Us - Dan Mangan

*Denotes Saskatchewan-based artists

See you Monday, December 3!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dan is the Man...gan.

Dan Mangan has become one of my favourite artists over the past couple of years. I was opened up to his music in 2010 thanks to CBC Radio 3, and have fallen in love with the brilliant lyricism, the intense musicality, and the depth of this artist.

You know how you meet people and you are certain that they are genuine? Though I have met Dan Mangan, after one of his shows here, it's not like I know him personally. But he seems so real, down to earth, and wise beyond his years. His ambition is as seemingly boundless as his talent.

He was recently featured in a short documentary by a fantastic filmmaker Brent Hodge and his fellow producer and director Jon Siddall, and a crew of very talented people.

It is called 'What Happens Next' and it is an intimate look at a show that took place last year. A performance at an opera house venue called the Orpheom was a paramount goal of Dan's, and this film takes a look at the reflections surrounding Dan's success thus far in life. This film also features his incredibly talented bandmates and his loving (and lucky!) then-fiancee, now wife.

I felt compelled to share, so here you go. If you've never heard of Dan Mangan, I hope that his music and ambidextrous words reach you the way they have me.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Music Therapy

Today was a bit of a mixed bag of music, some mellow, but a rockin' start.

My show today felt wonderful, after a long break from hosting, a bit of an emotional roller-coaster weekend, and some reflecting on life itself. I am thankful for the amazing people in my life.

So hear she is, my playlist for Monday, October 22. This is the early Green Eggs and Ham show that runs from 6-8 am on CFCR.

Seven Seas Blues - Monster Truck
Money City Maniacs - Sloan
300 Pages - The Balconies
Jasper - Aidan Knight
Lost In The Light - Bahamas
Safe and Sound - Hawksley Workman
Across a Crowded Room - Karpinka Brothers*
I Want You Back - Jenn Grant
Mint - Kathleen Edwards
Quarter Sticks - Long Weekends
O My Heart - Mother Mother
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Fifty Fifty - The Luyas
Peace On the Rise - Chad Van Gaalen
For The Love Of Love - Butterfly Boucher
I Get The Feeling, We've Hit The Ceiling - Scatterheart
Loveless - Said the Whale
The Poet's Dead - Rah Rah*
Long Time Ago - Current Swell
Too Late - Foam Lake*
Enemies - Hannah Georgas

*Denotes Saskatchewan-based artists. 

Til November 5!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Delayed gratification

Wow, where does time go these days!?

I have had this playlist in my drafts folder since September 24, when I last hosted. Thanks to traveling, I also had to forgo my show this past week, so will be back on October 22.

How do I Maintain - Shout Out Out Out Out
One Shot - Bend Sinister
Fall in Love with Every Girl I See - Michael Rault
It aint over - shad
I Wanna Rob a Bank - Jason Collett
Giants - Economics*
Hold on when you get love, Let go when you get it - Stars
When the City Lights Dim - Cold Specks
Radio - Yukon Blonde
Youth Without Youth - Metric
Mean Sun - Brasstronaut
Dusty Road - Seahags*
Light Show - Plants and Animals
Count on Me - Cuff the Duke
In came the Flood - Wintersleep
Little Liar - Paper Lions

Also, FM-Phasis is over for another year, but you can still donate, it's not too late!

*Denotes Saskatchewan-based artists.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Back to life, back to the radio show!

Well, I was on vacation for a little while there, which couldn't have come at a more perfect time. But then again, when is vacation NOT convenient. As such, I took a teensy bit of a hiatus from the radio show; in actuality only skipping one of my weeks.

It felt like a really long time!

Anyhow, we at CFCR are gearing up for our yearly FM-Phasis Funding Drive. Hosts and various volunteers alike politely patrol listeners, fans, family and friends alike for support. You can read more about it here, and I guarantee I will be talking about it on my show if you happen to tune in! If you feel like donating, there's some sweet prizes available to be won and fun to be had at some rad shows that are coming up!

 At long last, here is my tracklist for my September 10 show. Catch you on the 24th!

Hoshi Neko - Yamantaka//Sonic Titan 
Prairie Girl  - Rah Rah*
Spring Romance - Bend Sinister
The Things That People Make, Part 2 - The Burning Hell  
Oil Sands - Carbon Dating Service*
Walk On - The Hidden Cameras
Ghosts - Castle River*
Ava - Cœur de pirate
Fellow Workers - Cyrillic Typewriter 
Firecracker - Frazey Ford 
A Little Blues - The Be Good Tanyas
North East South West - Aidan Knight
Goodbye Little Town - The Mountains & the Trees
Flicker - Paper Beat Scissors
Your Hands (Together) - The New Pornographers
Good & Bad - No Gold
ESP - Hooded Fang 
Permanent Record - Golden Dogs
The House That Heaven Built - Japandroids
Subdivisions PS I Love You
Halflight - The Meligrove Band
Sirens - The Pack A.D.
Thinking People - Luke Doucet And The White Falcon

Till next time, kiddies!

*Denotes Saskatchewan-based artists.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fill-in fun

Fillin' in for my friend and fellow host Brendan Flaherty today! He will be doing my Monday, August 27 show. Good ol' swappin'!

My playlist for August 16:

Help I'm Alive - Metric
Radiologie - Malajube
Bodies Of Fiction - Library Voices
Drop Names Not Bombs - Louise Burns
If I've Been Fooled - The Weather Station
The Heart Of A Lonely Storm - Kestrels
Skin and Bones  - Julie Fader
Model Homes - In-Flight Safety
A Thousand Suns - Hey Rosetta!
Tokyo Bicycle - Hawksley Workman
Some Party - Constantines
House Built Around Your Voice - The Darcys
Jump In The Pool - Friendly Fires
Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin - Elephant Stone
All Night, All Night, All Night - David Vertesi
Diamond Sea (Sonic Youth Cover) -  Cuff The Duke
The Girl - City and Colour
One Shot - Bend Sinister
Big Time Sensuality - Björk
You Can Dance - Rae Spoon
Lose It (Austra) - Young Galaxy
night shift - economics*

*Denotes Saskatchewan-based artist.

I have stories about some of these songs that I find fascinating... but alas, I will have to edit later! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Playlists, sickness, and sleep

I freaking love summer colds. And by love I mean hate.

Last week I started to feel like this cold was approaching, so I started pumping the vitamin C et al. Though later that day, I started to feel something I have never felt while having a cold: dizzy. Full-on, room spinning, can't stand up without falling over dizzy. So dang strange.

It turns out the next day after about 10 hours of sleep that the sensation did not go away, so I headed to the clinic. They checked everything out (ECG and sugars, blood pressure) and everything seemed normal. The doc said it seemed that my cold was effecting my inner ears first... so I had severe vertigo. Hm..

Anyway, though I feel a tad bit better, this cold not quite done running its course...It's moved from sore throat to dizzy, to stuffed up and sinus pain, and now coughing... with the dizziness being the only thing that has subsided, thanks to a prescription.

Anyway, now that I'm done telling this sob story, I'm hosting my radio show this morning and am quickly realizing that hosting the radio with a cold DOES NOT SOUND GOOD. haha.

Regardless, I didn't feel like dying too much this morning so I got out of bed.

Here she is, the August 13 playlist:

Dusty Road - The Seahags*
Go Ego - Eight and a Half
Subdivisions - PS I love you
All Boats Don't Rise - Loon Choir
You Silly Git - Dan Mangan
Tosta Mista - Hooded Fang
Give it Away - Dehli 2 Dublin
Blood - The Dears
Ghost Fever - The Balconies
Sulk - TRUST
Closer - Chic Gamine
Victoria - Andy Shauf*
Moon Base - Jeans Boots*
Black and White Mountains - Snowblink
Baby Don't Dance - Mother Mother
Miss K - Deer Tick
Beverly Terrace - Sloan
Beautiful - Ben Caplan
The Grand Optimist - City and Colour
Uninvited - Foam Lake*
Oh My Heart - Jenn Grant
Lay Right Down and Die - Michael Rault
Gimme Mercury - North Lakes
Don't Touch that Dial - Paper Lions
Lucky - Said the Whale
Looking for Someone - Sarah Slean

*Denotes Saskatchewan-based artists. 

Have a lovely week!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Oh, hai blerg. Playlists!

I am a lackadaisical blogger. Forgive me?

I think that I am going to start posting playlists from my radio show here on this ol' blog. I am a volunteer radio host at a fantastic community radio station. It's something I find both fascinating and challenging. I am doing my best to refine my shows, have fun, and be more expressive. The written word has always been a little bit easier for me to tackle, as I have time to edit myself and hit backspace. Broadcasting doesn't allow for that, so it takes planning and thought. I often find myself repeating the same key phrases, which is okay to an extent. "Fantastic local talent" has been creeping up in my on-air vocab waaay more than I like it to. Just need to find new ways of expressing my love for local music, because I do in fact, think it's pretty fantastic!

Moving on..

Here is my playlist for July 30!

Shotta - Bonjay
Romantic Rights - Death From Above 1979
Are You Dead? - Castle River*
In your Light - Bruce Peninsula
Melted Mixtape - Carbon Dating Service*
Validation - Apollo Ghosts
In your body - Ariane Moffatt
Keep me High - Adaline
Loin d'ici - Coeur de pirate
Hang me up to dry - Cold War Kids
Mary Meets the Pilot - Boxer the Horse
Die Young - The Danks
You Got Me - Mobadass (The Steadies)*
Parkade - Rah Rah (NGHTBLND Remix)*
What are they doing in heaven today - The Be Good Tanyas
The Hair Song - Black Mountain
Hang me, oh hang me - The Deep Dark Woods*
When the seasons drown - Grey Kingdom
Michigan Left - Arkells
Burnout - Ox
Lightshow - Plants and Animals
Mistake Lover - Chains of Love
Enemies - Hannah Georgas
Something More - The Great Bloomers
Northern Air - Elliott BROOD

*Denotes Saskatchewan-based artists.