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getting away with it since 1971

Last Build Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:08:43 PDT


Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:16:39 PDT

Been thinking about it for a while and after two+ years, I think I'm done with this blog! I've left everything up for the time being. Thanks to those who came around, 'twas lovely.

Mon, 05 Feb 2007 05:23:04 PST

An interview with Patti Schmidt in yesterday's Hour (the Montreal weekly), official word on the show's fate revised / erased here (caught in the act by these adorable BNW geeks; see 22/01/07 update) and, in case you didn't catch it in the comments section, a link to a recording of the unofficial last broadcast of Brave New Waves propa.It's in ogg vorbis format; splendidly helpful tech notes here.

Career Day With The Arcade Fire

Wed, 24 Jan 2007 06:20:07 PST

[video] From the moment we walked up to Canterbury High School in Ottawa last night, things were wonderfully surreal: the stage visible through the cafeteria windows, the anxious buzz of student volunteers pacing the lobby, a coat check improvised from labelled garbage bags, teachers with laminates smiling nervously, visibly starstruck. The line for the full-length mirror in the girls' bathroom

Young Lions

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 20:34:21 PST

The only proper way to end such a wildly emotional day: The Constantines.The kickoff to an intense weekend, the first night of a nonstop three-day schedule for me (which will include the following elements: trains, snow, shows, Ottawa, Arcade Fire, Montreal and "secret"). I skid along Neeve St. and cross the tracks to downtown Guelph. The Constantines are playing CFRU's 27th birthday party

so long, Brave New Waves

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 06:44:46 PST

This morning brings official word from the CBC that, after almost exactly 23 years changing the lives of teenagers in backwater towns everywhere, Brave New Waves on late night radio is no more. There were some ambiguous mumblings that the show will continue as a podcast, and on CBC's Sirius satellite channels, but no further details are forthcoming.update: follow the discussion as it evolves on

I'm writing you from Montreal. Bye bye.

Sat, 30 Dec 2006 12:56:51 PST

Another year shudders to a close like a VIA train being decommissioned, and I wave bye-bye to 2006 with a great sense of relief. I think some of what I love about this work got killed off this year by the sheer oversaturation of music and music coverage - it's just NOT that important, people - but at the same time, the impulse to get away from the endless beige blather yielded a lot of new

Sat, 03 Feb 2007 12:21:26 PST

photo by Christian MorinI didn't know just how very ready I was for Howe Gelb and Ottawa's Voices of Praise choir here on Friday night. It unfolded perfectly: we walked in to a candle-lit room and the last two available chairs; the lights dimmed as we took our seats and Jim Bryson took the stage. He played the best set I've ever seen him play and left the crowd swooning - somewhat to his surprise

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 09:41:31 PST

Sure, you could sit there all night with your neck aching downloading new music from blogs, or you could listen in bed to the radio. I almost never give you advance warning, but today I must because tonight's show is KILLER.I had so much fun programming it, my grin is going right 'round back of my head.Okay, that sounds gruesome. but really, you will be sad if you're just up late aimlessly

Thu, 14 Dec 2006 05:35:48 PST

[post]cardTrike - Bring The Shit Back - The New Album (indie) +Winning - This Is An Ad For Cigarettes - This Is An Ad For Cigarettes (ache) +Subtle - Return Of The Vein - For Hero: For Fool (astralwerks)Califone - Pink & Sour - Roots & Crowns (thrill jockey)OOIOO - UMO – Taiga (thrill jockey)Choir And Marching Band - Enemy Alien - Until Never (indie) +David Macleod - Sweatin' It Out - Strange

Thu, 14 Dec 2006 05:38:50 PST

In case you're wondering, oh I dunno, just what became of my pithy observations here on life and music and such, and my podcast, and my other writing, well darlings, I'm working 14 hours a day, programming this show + writing + scouring music + doing it mostly by myself. so send me something lovely to play already. two weeks left![MP3] De Kift - The Millerisn't North Carolina beautiful in

Mon, 11 Dec 2006 21:16:46 PST

[post]scriptEvan Gordon - Deadstock - Classical Gas Mask (indie) +Lonesome Organist - The Moped - Forms and FolliesFrida Hyvonen - N.Y. - Until Death ComesMúm - Now There Is That Fear Again - The Peel Session (fatcat)Jeremy Nischuk - I Swallow Sheets - Copies of Copies (indie) +East River Pipe - Arrival Pad #19 - Garbageheads On Endless Stun (merge)Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People - Lacrymosa

Sun, 10 Dec 2006 13:15:33 PST

though our bones they may break and our souls separate, why the long face?Mads Mouritz + Bleeding Hearts - the Office - unreleased (produced by chris brown at the cathouse) The Raincoats - Don't Be Mean - Extended PlayThe Operators - Citizens BandMagda - duoteque -> She's A Dancing Machine (m_nus)Bonobo - On Your Marks - Days To Come (ninja)Quintron - Miniature Breakdown - Are You Ready For An

Wed, 13 Dec 2006 21:15:47 PST

A Taste Of Ra - Final Embrace - A Taste Of Ra (Hapna)Múm - Scratched Bicycle / Smell Memory - The Peel Session (fatcat)Tamsen And Elliott - Apartment No. 8 - Tamsen And Elliott (burnt oak) +Johnny And The Moon - Kid Heaven - Johnny And The Moon (indie) +Derrick Denholm - Bastard Out Of Nowhere - New Old Folklör (indie) +DSD - Kapuskasing Wishbone - Norsk Drag (indie) +DSD - The Colour Of

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 21:35:40 PST

The best discoveries are the stumbling, inadvertent kind. In the ladies' today, I was speaking with a producer from Ideas; she'd ended up using a track from Nico Muhly's lovely new CD for a talk by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. The Muhly had found its way to her desk via another producer I'd given it to, a fellow working on a classical show; the record made its way into my life when I

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 04:57:04 PST

is there anything in the world better than scotch whisky?[post]script:Shipwrecked (from The End) - The Gothic Archies - The Tragic Treasury: Songs From A Series Of Unfortunate Events (nonesuch)Silas Stingy - Petra Haden Sings: - The Who Sell Out (I love her)The Freedom - Swan Lake - Beast Moans (jagjaguwar) +Turkish Delights - Mixel Pixel - Music For Plants (kanine. woof).Friendly Fire - Friendly

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 23:09:55 PST

where letters land in 100 year old the Bynum General Store.[post]scriptA No No! - Danielson Famil(y)e - Tell Another Joke At The Ol' Choppin Block (tooth & nail)Poor Ellen Smith – Neko Case - Canadian Amp (lady pilot)Maplebees - The Acorn - Tin FistGeese - Jordan McKenzie (Elfin Saddle) - Far And Few (indie) +[recent history of Bynum, by jay]Wild Sage - Mountain Goats - Get Lonely

Mon, 04 Dec 2006 22:40:41 PST

photo par izzy (lebonmulticolore)[post]scriptThe Slits - Kill Them With Love - Revenge Of The Killer SlitsThe Blow - Pile of Gold - Paper Television (k)Delta 5 - Mind Your Own Business - Singles & Sessions (5RC)The Decemberists - Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Soon) - The Crane Wife (capitol)Love Is All - Ageing Had Never Been His Friend - Nine Times That Same SongBritt Daniel & Brian Reitzell

"I do not unconditionally love Bob Dylan"

Mon, 04 Dec 2006 06:18:59 PST

headphone photo by janI knew there was good reason to unconditionally love Robyn Hitchcock.

Sun, 03 Dec 2006 17:15:42 PST

it figures. 13 hours too late, I come across this link on a random blog.

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 12:56:25 PST

are you sitting comfortably? arms should be bent at a 45 degree angle, wrists should be relaxed.[post]script:DSD (derrick denholm) - I resort to Books - Norsk Drag (indie) +Chris Yang - - - - - - - - - - - Devil In The clock (burnt oak) +Hanne Hukkelberg - The Northwind - Rykestrasse 68 (leaf)Broadcast - Tears In The Typing Pool - Tender Buttons (warp)Bell Orchestre - (Typewriter Duet) -

Thu, 30 Nov 2006 22:11:02 PST

One of the nicest things about programming for a national (albeit sleepy) audience is the thrill of discovery; coming across an unexpected little bit of loveliness and being able to share it with anyone who chances upon the frequency. That element of chance, that synchronicity in time and space is still, I feel, something unique to radio. The shared space, shared time and place. Radio was the

Mon, 27 Nov 2006 20:24:11 PST

we are typing, quietly.

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 07:55:21 PST

The Blow – Babay - PDX Pop Now (pdx)Dogbowl – Hello Helen - Live on WFMU (lithium)Asha Bhosle & R.D. Burman – Duniya Mein (from Apna Desh) Dengue Fever – Tip My Canoe - Escape From Dragon HouseKocani Orkestar – siki Siki Baba - Borat Soundtrack (atlantic)Tipsy/Seksu Roba – wig out Dialogue from Borat Swan Lake – bluebird - Beast Moans (jagjaguwar)+Madvillain (four tet) – money folder - Four

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 22:19:18 PST

Copy – Closet Face – PDX Pop Now 2006 (pdx)The Remote – Pretty Girls Make Mothers – Too Low To Miss (global und)Junior Boys – In The Morning – So This Is Goodbye (domino) +Squarepusher – Rotate Electrolyte – Hello Everything (warp)Senor Coconut: my name is Coco / Yellow Magic /Coco Agogo - Yellow Fever (essay)Tipsy remix by World Standard - Papaya Freeway – Remix Party (aspho)Spank Rock –

Mon, 13 Nov 2006 22:06:47 PST

Menomena – Shirt – PDX Pop Now 2006 (pdx) Swan Lake – Are you Swimming In Her Pools – Beast Moans (jagjaguwar) + Svarte Greiner – The Boat Was My Friend – Knive Indian Jewellry – Partying With Jandek – Invasive Exotics (monitor) DSD – Kapuskasing Wishbone - Norsk Drag (indie) +Sandro Perri – Requiem For A Fox – Sings Polmo Polpo (constellation) +Plaid & Bob Jaroc – Launching of Big Face –