Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Halifax Is Burning :: S02E13

Having a show on campus radio is awesome when you find things like Burnt Black's 1994 debut cassette. I've been rocking this tape a few times over the past week at the station. Also found the Christopher Robin Device "Waster" tape, which was exciting as well.

Fun show this week.

April 27, 2010
(right click, "save as," tape on a blank cassette)

Track List
The Stance - You Lost My Love
Bike Rodeo - Song 7
The Fat Stupids - Tragedy
Deerfield - Stay Here
The Stanfields - Don't Make Me Walk Away
The Heavy Blinkers - Try Telling That To My Baby
The Heavy Blinkers - The Night and I Are Still So Young
Cousins - Nan
Duzheknew - Dwindle Kindle
Jon McKiel - Yellow Raincoat
Old Man Ludecke - Lass Vicious
Sam Ryan - White Ceiling
Scribbler - My Old Lady
Owl - Morning Eyes
Big Game Hunt - The High Water Mark Has Risen
Burnt Black - Curious


Guess who I ran into in the studio right before my show?
Jean-Paul Joseph Marc Andre a Billy a Michel sur Armand was doing a quick fill in, playing some old school and new school metal including tracks from Metallica's "Kill 'Em All," Slayer's "World Painted Blood," and the new Slash record. If you're due for a metal fix, download that HERE

Friday, April 23, 2010

Miss The BA Johnston/Windom Earle/Quivers show Live at CKDU?

Did you miss the BA Johnston/Windom Earle/Quivers show live in the CKDU lobby yesterday? No worries, you can download the entire show HERE.

I am excited about having more shows live at CKDU. Go team!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Two Important Announcements!

FIRST: BA Johnston, Windom Earle, & Quivers are playing LIVE in the CKDU lobby this afternoon at 4:00pm. It's free, it's all-ages, and it's early! RSVP your attendance on FACEBOOK

SECOND: CKDU goes back to HIGH POWER today! Not only does that mean you'll be able to pick up CKDU on a regular basis on your clock radios, your home stereos, and in your automotive vehicles. Plus, you'll be able to catch the frequency in more areas and at a greater distance. Imagine, CKDU in Windsor, Musquodobit and Bedford! You'll never have to hit those pre-sets again.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Halifax Is Burning :: S02E12


Don Adams, the host of the Car Bomb To The Heart - which airs after Halifax is Burning on Tuesday Nights - was out this week, so Halifax Is Burning guest star Jean-Paul Joseph Marc Andre a Billy a Michel sur Armand came into the studio and filled in for him.

So, as a bonus to this week's episode of Halifax Is Burning, I've posted the link and the track list to the 90 minute show he hosted directly after mine.

Happy listening!

April 20, 2010
(Right click, "Save As" and send to your best fisherman buddy)

Track List:
Glory Glory Man United - Friends of the Seen
The Light Brights - I Won
Mary Stewart - Sweeter Than
Hot Yoga - Wasted Fine
The Numbered Head - Man Action
Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers - Capo 2nd
The Stanfields - The Dirtiest Drunk (In The History of Liquor)
BA Johnston - Jagermeister Train
BA Johnston - Humpty Dumpty
Windom Earle - Kitten VS Pegasus
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers - Stranger
Boxer The Horse - Mary Meets The Pilot
English Words - Rope
Sister Jack - Scary Movies
Broken Ohms - Choix
Sleepless Nights - Coup d'Etat
Owl - Roadtrip

Jean-Paul Joseph Marc Andre hosts the Boat Bomb to the Heart show

Track List:
Said The Whale - Emerald Lake, AB
Hannah Georgas - Lovesick
Richard Lann - Henry's House
Dance Movie - Me & You & Everyone We Know
Instruments - National Laboratory
Burnt Black - Novocaine
Conway Twitty - I Still See The Want To In Your Eyes
Andrew Watt & The Glory Glory - One Day At A Time
The Stance - You Lost My Love
Hawksley Workman - We'll Make Time (Even When There Ain't No Time)
Bad Vibrations - Good/Bad
Static In Action - Named
The Hextalls - My Dad VS Shania Twain
Dog Day - Dark Day
Oromocto Diamond - Le Choc du Futur
Postdata - The Coroner
Christopher Robin Device - I Can't Stop You Now (?)
Cursed Arrows - Run Forever
Dinosaur Bones - Royalty
A History Of - National Tectonic
Young Galaxy - Destroyer

Sunday, April 18, 2010

(Halifax Is) Burning Through The Ages

Halifax has been burning with a crazy music scene for years now. Back in the 1970s, kids in the HRM were learning how to play the ukulele in the public school systems. In 1975, the National Film Board and film maker J. Chalmers Doane gathered 1000 of these kids on the Halifax waterfront to play I Believe In Music. The result was a film called Ready When You Are.

What does this have to do with this mixtape I put together? Well, nothing really. Today, I went down to the Halifax Crafter's Fair to spin some records for an hour or so, and I decided to bring down a stack of my old 45s to play some pop hits from the 60s and 70s. I had a lot of fun, and I got to listen to some great tunes. So I figured, if you weren't able to make it down to hear the playlist I would put together for you to download.

Trust me, this is good Sunday listening.


Track List
Jackie deShannon - Put A Little Love In Your Heart
R.B. Greaves - Take A Letter Maria
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Daddy Dewdrop - Chick-A-Boom
The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You
Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People
Three Dog Night - An Old Fashioned Love Song
Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson and Clover
Andy Kim - Be My Baby
The Archies - Sugar Sugar
Tommy Roe - Dizzy
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Otis Redding - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down
Lobo - Me and You and A Dog Named Boo
The Fifth Dimension - Age of Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In
The Monkees - Daydream Believer
The Osmonds - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
The Temptations - Just My Imagination
Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop
Ocean - Put Your Hand In The Hand
Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her?
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CKDU Signal update!

As some of you may have noticed, over the past few months the CKDU signal has been weaker than ever if you're trying to catch it on your radio. That's because the transmitter moved locations back in January to try and test a broader range for the station (let's face it, listening to CKDU in Bedford would be rad, right?). Well after months of testing and technical stuff that - frankly - I just don't understand, I got this message in my inbox this morning:

We are taking the last steps towards going back to full power...We are tentatively scheduled to go back to high power on Thursday, April 22, starting with testing at 10am and continuing throughout the day. Cross your fingers, folks!

Woohoo! Good work team.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Controversy on the Commons

It’s not that people are upset that the provincial and local governments kicked in nearly a million dollars to bring Paul McCartney to the Commons to play for nearly 50,000 people, it’s that they funded a private company to bring him here and didn’t tell anyone they were doing it.

The provincial government threw $600,000 to Power Promotions – the company responsible for booking the biggest show in Halifax last year. $300,000 of that money was used for marketing the concert, the other $300,000 was a loan to Power Promotions promoter Harold MacKay to cover part of Macca’s $3.5 million fee. Add to that the $200,000 the municipal government threw into the pot and this is where things get sticky.

Other government-funded concerts and events throughout the country haven’t warranted this much negative response from taxpayers. The government of Quebec, for example, paid the entire bill for McCartney’s $3.5 million guarantee and provided the people of Quebec City with a free concert in 2008. Their only complaint was that he didn’t play enough French songs.

So what’s the issue here?

One word: transparency.

I’m sure lots of people would have been upset if the governments came out before the concert and said “Listen, we’re going to give this guy nearly a million dollars in order to provide you with one of the most memorable concerts in Halifax history,” but at least they would have known.

There may have been protests, political debates and lots of idiots on message boards and social network sites complaining until their tight jeans fell off, but the fact of the matter is once the concert was over and paid for, the average tax payer would have not been in the dark about the deal.

The other problem is that the government basically agreed to fund a private enterprise by special request. Do you think that if I walked into Province House tomorrow and asked them for $600,000 to start a record label or to invest in a community radio station they would fork over the cash? No. Then again, a record label and/or a radio station wouldn’t contribute millions of dollars to the local economy in the same way tourists would (the exact numbers on the McCartney concert are still unavailable, though the Rolling Stones show on the Commons back in 2006 pumped about $8 million into the local economy according to this CBC article.)

I’m not above telling you that I don’t care whether or not my tax dollars go to paying for a concert that draws 50,000 people to our city’s common space. Hell, only 20,000-30,000 people showed up for KISS the next weekend and I would have been OK with paying for that. Public or private enterprise, please – take my cash. But maybe you should think about telling me about it first.

Granted our tax money goes to a lot worse things than paying a former Beatle to play for three hours. Richard Hurlburt, the former MLA of my old hometown, spent a boatload of my tax money on buying generators for his home and swindling even more money out of us by renting his government-paid apartment out to someone who may or may not have been his mistress. Canadians contribute millions of dollars a year to fund the Palestinian genocide at the hands of the Israelis. The list goes on.

At the very least, the provincial government is going a long way to prove that they support the arts and see these concerts and a viable investment both for the community's leisure and for a potential economic return. Let's also not forget that the recent NDP budget didn't contain any arts cuts.

The big danger in all this, in my opinion, is that this back door decision may turn even more people off from concerts on the Commons.

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing everyone bitching and moaning about the downfalls of these huge shows that are putting Halifax on the concert destination map.

Other than the Rolling Stones show four years ago – which was admittedly executed and set-up poorly – the Commons have come out decently in tact after these shows. Even if there are minimal wounds, they are only inflicted on one corner of the Commons for a brief period of time. After learning from their mistakes, concert set-ups have become not only more efficient but also less damaging to the space.

Having a concert does not deter people from using the Commons. Yes, it is one of the only green spaces we share in this city but do the amount of people using the Commons in the run of an entire summer total the 80,000 that used the space over a one-week span to see McCartney and KISS?


Even if those numbers did happen to match up, I don’t play sports or walk my dog or play ultimate Frisbee. I’m a fat guy (although I am partial to a good game of “Tips” every now and then because it involves minimal movement). I want to see concerts in Halifax. Why should you be able to enjoy the Commons and not me?

And even if I’m not happy with the acts gracing the stage (seriously, nobody cares about Kevin Costner’s band except maybe my friend Mandy because she is the only person I know with a Costner obsession) or the price of tickets ($100 to see Weezer? Don’t think so), at least we’re proving that we’re a big enough city to host huge concerts.

We deserve some attention here in this corner of the world. Plus, it’s better than driving to Moncton (though their venue is better).

Halifax Is Burning :: S02E11

I get so excited by the little things. Today, I figured out the ins and outs of doing an on-air interview on the ol' telephone. To celebrate, I called Tyler Bancroft - singer and guitarist for Vancouver's Said The Whale. They'll be playing a show at The Seahorse this weekend with Montreal rock n roller's Hollerado, and Halifax hometown heroes Kestrels. We talk all about how awesome it will be on this week's episode. Check it out.

April 13, 2010
(right click, "save as" and email it to your best friend on the West Coast)

Track List
Wintersleep - Black Camera
Jenocide - 28 Mansions
Homo Duplex - Rough Dough
Broken Ohms - Choix
Metric - Stadium Love
The Arkells - Oh! The Boss Is Coming
Kestrels - Ridicule
Hollerado - Fake Drugs
Said The Whale feat. Shad, Holy Fuck, MGMT, & The Who - Gentleman (Remix)
Said The Whale - Camilo (The Magician)
The Numbered Head - Alligator Gallop
Sam Ryan - White Ceiling
Dance Movie - Fail

Sunday, April 11, 2010

What Were They Thinking? Vol. 1

From time to time, I'd like to post some things on here that just make you shake your head in disbelief and ask yourself why people do the things they do. Moreover, I would like you to assess and determine what possesses certain people to put this shit on the Internet.

Now I'm no rock star, but...

Dear Boojoo1234,

Seriously man. What were you thinking?

(For the Facebook readers:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Halifax is Burning mentioned on North By East West!

The kind folks at North by East West - a Canadian indie-focused blog - had some kind words to say about Halifax Is Burning this week:

"Halifax campus radio station CKDU has a wonderful online archive tool that allows you to download any and all of it's shows or just parts of them. The show Halifax is Burning is smart enough to blog the show and give you an easy download link for each program, so if you don't get to hear hear it live you can download it any time or stick it on your ipod and take it with you."

Read more here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Halifax Is Burning :: S02E10

With the amazing weather we've been having this week, I felt a strong desire to throw down some serious summertime jams. Take a listen.

April 6, 2010
(right click, "save as," and listen to with a glass of lemonade)

Track List
Two Hours Traffic - Noisemaker
English Words - Rope
Big Game Hunt - 14 Years
The Voice of Russia - Only Birch
Ruth Minnikin - Depend on This
Dinosaur Bones - N.Y.E.
The Grass - Lucky
The Peter Parkers - Makeout Party
Daniel, Fred & Julie - Runner
Frederick Squire - Old Times Past Times
Bloodhouse - Grave Mind
Bad Vibrations - Yesterday's Cult
Hawksley Workman - We'll Make Time
Hawksley Workman - We Will Still Need A Song
Cigarettes - Allyson Got Robbed
Old Man Ludecke - Lass Viscious

Monday, April 5, 2010

VIDEOS: $Rockin' 4 Dollar$ Fundraiser - "Bands Doin' Other Bands"

This weekend, five bands played a $Rockin' 4 Dollar$ fundraiser to help the only full band open-mic in town where you can win cash money every week fix up their shoddy drum kit.

Each band played covers by other bands playing that same night. My band, Sleepless Nights, played some Myles Deck and The Fuzz songs.

Here's the video proof:





The Bad Motels kicked the night off with a set of Sleepless Nights songs. Here's what they sounded like:




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TICKET GIVEAWAY on Tuesday's Show!

The amazing folk trio Daniel, Fred & Julie will be playing at the North Street Church this Friday, and I'll be giving away a pair of free tickets on tomorrow's episode of Halifax Is Burning.

Daniel, Fred & Julie is a very special collaboration between three much-loved musicians. Daniel Romano sings and plays guitar in Attack in Black. Calm Down It’s Monday’s Fred Squire sang and played guitar in legendary indie-rock group Shotgun and Jaybird, and is a jack-of-all-trades and master of some in the Julie Doiron band. Julie Doiron is the legendary songwriter, singer, guitar shredder, collaborator with Mount Eerie, Gord Downie, Herman Dune, Wooden Stars, and member of Eric’s Trip. This is a record unlike any previously heard from these fine and versatile musicians.

Here are what some people had to say about their awesome record:

"Through innocent circumstances, Attack in Black leader Daniel Romano has kindled a rather remarkable classic folk collaboration with Fred Squire and Julie Doiron." - Exclaim

"Daniel, Fred & Julie is folk music at its finest." - PopMatters

"A perfect album for winter introspection..." - Eye Weekly

"This record is one that might fly under the radar, but for the lucky people that make the effort to pick it up, the rewards are unbelievable." - Herohill

Check out the Facebook group for more information and tune in tomorrow night from 6:30pm to 7:30pm to win!