Monday, November 30, 2009

An open call for LOCAL Christmas recordings

I'm putting together a Christmas playlist for Halifax is Burning that will air near Christmas time later this month.

If you're in a Haligonian/Maritime band, and have any Christmas recordings, please send them my way.

Alternatively, if you have any local recordings of Christmas songs you think I could use that you'd be willing to share - that would be awesome too!

You can send any/all recordings to the show's email account:

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Halifax Is Burning :: S01E09

Seriously, come to these shows.

November 24, 2009
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Track List
Ghettosocks - Rock The Discotech
Shotgun Jimmie - You've Changed
Mardeen - New Fashioned
Jon McKiel - Yellow Raincoat
Klarka Weinwurm - Wood Stove Fires
Myles Deck & The Fuzz - Lights Out! Electric Co.
Myles Deck & The Fuzz - Healing Touch
The Cuban Assassins - I Want My Money
The Cuban Assassins - Dead Dead Dead
Kestrels - Ridicule
Glory Glory Man United - Hey You!
Gloryhound - Best I Can
Dog Day - Ritual
The Lodge - Forget The Silence
Gianna Lauren - The War of Love And Numbers
The Establishment - The Consumer

Halifax Is Burning GIVEAWAY tonight - Myles Deck & The Fuzz/Cuban Assassins scorching red 7"

Tonight, live in studio I'll be talking to members of Myles Deck & The Fuzz and The Cuban Assassins. We'll be talking about their new split 7" release, and GIVING ONE AWAY!
Call in to win. It's easy.

CKDU 88.1FM streaming live.

Friday, November 20, 2009

...more like Yarmouth is Burning.

In the span of just one day, the Internet has been deluged with the most excellent of news and downloads from two of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia's most successful musical exports.

Brian Borcherdt (currently of Holy Fuck, previously of Burnt Black, Trephines, etc) has just released two records of old songs and demos on his newest label, Hand Drawn Dracula. The records are called Torches & The Ward Colorado Demos:

Recorded in Toronto, coastal Yarmouth of Nova Scotia, and in the mountains near Ward, Colorado, Torches includes home demos and unfinished album attempts from 2004-2006.

Hand Drawn Dracula is pleased to bring you 'Torches (& the Ward Colorado demos)', an intimate collection of songs, almost never released, by one of Canada's most devoted cultural navigators. They are finally out of his hands so that they may find their way into yours.

Download both records HERE.

Hand Drawn Dracula also posted news of Brian's latest video, While I Was Asleep, from his last record Coyotes.

Not without coincidence, Brian B is on tour right now here on the East Coast with label-mate, Julie Fader. They'll both be playing at The Paragon Theatre tomorrow night (Saturday) with Wax Mannequin and Rae Spoon.


Today, the world wide web found out that Wintersleep frontman, Paul Murphy, will be releasing a new record with his brother Mike at the end of January 2010 under the moniker Postdata.

You can download one free song from the record, and stream another two over on their new, almost-ready website.

These two announcements coming off an amazing Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth makes me feel like I'm 15 and living in my parent's house on Surette's Island again.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Halifax Is Burning Presents:

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Halifax Is Burning :: S01E08

November 17, 2009
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Track List
Radarfame - Parallax Error
The Hemingways - How To Make A Molotov Cocktail
Tongan Death Grip - Werewolf
Wax Mannequin - End of Me
Julie Fader - Flights
Brian Borcherdt - Scout Leader
Trephines - Coma
The Fat Stupids - Sixteen
Shotgun Jimmie - Mind Crumb
BA Johnston - Your Roomate's A Couchetard
Gianna Lauren - Bird's Eye View
Sam Ryan - White Ceiling
Kestrels - Houdini
Myles Deck & The Fuzz - Ayatollah

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Halifax Is Burning :: S01E07


This picture of me, from the Sleepless Nights set on Friday at the Red Knight during NSMW, actually makes me look fatter than I am (honest!).

November 10, 2009
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Track List
The Stanfields - Ship To Shore
Matt Mays - Digital Eyes
Gloryhound - Best I Can
A History Of Interview Segment!
A History Of - Action In The North Atlantic
A History Of - Strike It From The Lexicon
A History Of - National Tectonics
York Redoubt - I Said Slightly
A History Of - Munition Ships
Kestrels - Sailed On
Cousins - Out On Town
Cursed Arrows - Here In Time
Coco Love Alcorn - I Got A Bicycle

A Special Treat.

Don Adams, the guy who does the Car Bomb From The Heart show after Halifax Is Burning was sick this week, so I stuck around for an extra hour and played some tunes. I called the segment "Canada Is Burning" because I played some hot new Can-Con. If you're interested, you can download that hour of programming HERE.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Win tickets to the A History Of CD Release show and a copy of their new disc!

Tune into Halifax is Burning tonight from 6:30pm - 7:30pm and call in to win two tickets to A History Of's CD Release show which is happening this Saturday at Club 1668. Sharing the bill for this special occasion will be York Redoubt, Bad Vibrations and Cold Warps.

Plus, if you're the lucky winner, you'll also get a copy of A History Of's brand new CD, "Action In The North Atlantic."

Tune in tonight to win.

Halifax Is Burning
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halifax Is Burning :: S01E06

Heading to Yarmouth for 6 days - Nova Scotia Music Week, here I come!

November 3, 2009
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Track List
Milks & Rectangles - Slander Debunked
The Superfantastics - Lullabye Punches
Heavy Meadows - Sweet Traverse
The Lodge - Forget The Silence
Instruments - Data Processing
Jean-Paul Joseph Marc Andre's "Catch of the Day:"
Deerfield - Stay Here
The Grass - Down At The Station
Three Sheet - At The End of the Day
Acres and Acres - Polar Bear Song
Jon McKiel - Walking With The Dead
Priestess - I Am The Night, Colour Me Black
The Motorleague - You Wear Me Down
Octoberman - Thirty Reasons
First Aid Kit - New York City
Emm Gryner - Waiting Room (Fugazi Cover)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Superfantastics Recording Session!

Sunday I was lucky enough to participate in a Superfantastics recording session!
The fantastically fun-filled duo were recording their version of "Do They Know It's Christmas (Feed The World)" for their upcoming Christmas album.

Much like the original 1984 version, the Superfans gathered a bunch of Halifax's best and brightest talent to lend their vocal abilities to the tune.
The session included Jenocide's Jen Clarke, The Lodge/The Beginners' Mike O'Neil, Myles Deck & The Fuzz's Myles Deck & Jordan Oakie, and Heavy Meadows' Virgil Muir and his wife Natalie. Oh, and me. Much UNlike the original 1984 Bob Geldof-produced version, there was no animosity between George Michael & Boy George, nor was there mountains of coke and gallons of vodka. There was Party Mix & apples though. Yum.

Here are some pictures:

The Superfans hard at work:

Jenocide's Jen Clarke:

The Lodge/The Beginner's Gemini-Award-Winning Mike O'Neil:

The awesome Choir:

The album is due out in December, and in typical Superfantastics style they're putting together a sweet video, and once the it's done they'll be putting it on the ol' Internet coupled with a link to donate funds to Feed Nova Scotia.

I also have it on good authority that the band will debut the track on Halifax Is Burning before the holiday season is upon. Stay tuned!