ESB PLAYLIST 3/25/05
sometimes, no matter how much you prepare, being on the radio just doesn't go over smoothly. for instance, i was hitting the home stretch on yesterday's show and was just about to drop some shit like this Nintendo Entertainment System MIDI demo song but then i pressed the "random" button on the cd deck and my whole system of downloading a week's worth of material onto one cd for broadcast fell apart. i hate it when that happens.
in any case...
we did a profile for the first half hour of the show on 20JazzFunkGreats, which i have permanently bookmarked on my browser. i play at least one of their selections every week or so, and i fgured it was time to give them some further exposure. as i mentioned on the show, you'll have plenty of material for weeks with the stuff that's on the site now, and they update every few days. you'll find all kinds of sweet, boppin tunes and comprehensive info on everything they upload.
so here we go...
MARK MOTHERSBAUGH - Blue Star Cadets / Ned's Theme from the Life Aquatic soundtrack
THE PLOT TO BLOW UP THE EIFFEL TOWER - Drake the Fake
* these guys will be in Toronto on May 18th opening for the Blood Brothers at the Mod Club. Vice gave them a shitty review, but that magazine has become drunk with power.
TEN BENSON - Rock Cottage
* this will be a summer anthem at my own rock cottage.
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 - Blood On Our Hands (Justice Remix)
BLACK MOUNTAIN - No Hits
BLACK MOUNTAIN - Bicycle Man
* Jazzfunkgreats describes them as a kind of "organic electroclash", while back in January, Glodkixx hailed them as the forerunners of the Vancouver music revolution that is sure to knock out the rest of Canada through 2005. despite my love of this band, i'm still adament that Toronto will destroy Vancouver this year for new music. We lost 2004 to Montreal, but we're a dynasty team intent on taking the 2000's to the trophy chest.
MIDLAKE - Kingfish Pies
* from Said the Grammophone.
CARIBOU - Yeti
JUNIOR BOYS - Birthday (Manitoba Mix)
HOT HOT HEAT - Island of the Honest Man
* The Big Ticket is celebrating its anniversary as an mp3 blog and have left us some sweet downloads this month, including the above can-con selections. Caribou and the Junior Boys will be hitting North American with a tour alongside The Russian Futurists which will be starting out on April 26th in my old haunt of Kingston, where our little CFRC Radio Dance to the Underground night has taken Kingston to new heights thanks to my successor Mike Sallot. I will most certainly try to make it to the show. If not, I'll do my best to check them out on April 28th here in Toronto at the Horseshoe.
PETRA HADEN - Armenia City in the Sky
* played in place of the MIDI NES samples while i fixed my aforementioned technical error. anyway, she's done an acappella version of The Who Sell Out and it sounds fantastic. listen to samples here and go buy the album.
Y PANTS - Off the Hook
Y PANTS - That's What Boys Are Like
* also courtesy of 20JazzFunkGreats. i'm nominating these selections for "mp3 blog find of the year". the downloads are no longer available on the site, but please read the writeup on the band, as it's a really thoughtful and personalized review of the what the listener feels when he or she experiences the Y Pants. i've made these songs available here, but they'll only be up for a week, so please take advantage of that time.
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