Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Halifax Is Burning :: S03E08

It's not often I deviate from music on the show, but this week something got me so riled up, I couldn't help but talk about it.

Over the weekend in a community close to where I grew up, during a hockey game between rival French and English teams, someone set an Acadian flag on fire.

As a proud Acadian and co-founder of the record label Acadian Embassy, I took this as a direct attack on our culture, heritage and history. Unfortunately, the police didn't see it the same way. Cpl. Chris Thibedeau of Meteghan RCMP called the person who burned the flag "an imebecile" but did not agree that the action constituted a hate crime.

I disagree.

In a community already bubbling with decades of French/English conflict, this incident not only further serves to incite hatred of "the other" in each community, it also is indicative of the kind of attitudes that lead moronic kids to think that attacking a community based solely on their heritage, language, culture, is acceptable. Moreover, by not taking any action whatsoever, the authorities only condone these behaviours, the actions and these discriminating attitudes.

Anyways, in support of our culture, I played some great Acadian music to kick off the show this week.

Have a listen:

February 22, 2011

Radio Radio - Enfant Speciale
Bette & Wallet - OGM
Rain Over St. Ambrose - Headstone Lights
Cousins - Nans
Duzheknew - Home Caste
Dog Day - Scratches
Jon McKiel - Motion Pictures
Jon McKiel - Songs At Night
Fred Squire - We Are All The Middle Child
Kuato - Schindler's Lisp
Union Of The Snake - Decades
INSTRUMENTS - Data Processing (Graematter Remix)
Oh No, Theodore - Theodore The Monster
Joel Plaskett - Spinning For You
A/V - Ask Your Wife

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Halifax Is Burning :: S03E07

The 2011 Canada Games hit Halifax full force this week, and they brought along a series of free outdoor concerts happening in Celebration Square (Parade Square). Including performances from Joel Plaskett, Buck 65, Sloan, and Radio Radio, these concerts celebrate not only some of Canada's best talents, but also puts a strong focus on some of the best musicians in the Maritimes. In the second half of the program this week, I preview some of the great free shows you can expect to see downtown. [For a full list of shows, click HERE].

Have a listen.

February 15, 2011

Molly Rankin - Who Broke Your Heart?
Shotgun Jimmie - Late Last Year
Spinoza - Transmission
Rob Moir - This Is The Lie
Off The International Radar - Deploy The Plot Ending Device
Cop Shades - North Korean Arts Degree
Sloan - The Rest Of My Life
Matt Mays & El Torpedo - Rock Ranger Record
Hawksley Workman - We'll Make Time (Even When There Ain't No Time)
Buck 65 feat. Jenn Grant - Paper Airplanes
Rich Aucoin - Undead
Radio Radio - Dekshoo
Three Sheet - At The End of the Day
Old Man Ludecke - Lass Vicious
Sloan - Underwhelmed

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Halifax Is Burning :: S03E06

In case you haven't heard, Kuato is one of the best bands in Halifax and they've just released their second free album - Winter EP - available via Acadian Embassy. Go grab it.

Devin Peck, the elusive bass player for Kuato, stopped by the studio to co-host this week's episode of Halifax Is Burning. We talked about the new Kuato record, the band's upcoming tour with INSTRUMENTS, and sibling not-so-rivalries. It's true!

Take a listen.

February 8, 2011

Rain Over St. Ambrose - DG Gold Paint
Kuato - Schindler's Lisp
Medium Mood - There's Nothing To See Here
Kestrels - What Happens
Bloodsport - Photos From My Last Trip To Salem
The Lodge - World In Me
Bad Vibrations - We're Dead
Molly Rankin - Who Broke Your Heart?
Craig Mercer & The Willbegones - Bumps In The Road
No Flyers Please - Dan Clahane

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Halifax Is Burning :: S03E05

Gather round radio listeners - I've got some fun stuff for you!

On February 1 (Tuesday), CKDU turned 26 years old! Halifax Is Burning celebrated the station's silver anniversary+1 by playing some classic Halifax indie rock and taking a look back at some past programmers who have gone on to be Halifamous.

One such individual is Jay Ferguson, from the seminal Halifax rock institution Sloan. Between 1986 and 1989, Jay hosted a show on CKDU called Brian Wilson's Deluxe Sandbox. I caught up with him on the phone to reminisce about his good ol' days on community radio.

PS - I realize there's lots of classic Halifax tracks I didn't play, namely some stuff by bands like Hardship Post, The Flashing Lights, The Heavy Blinkers, Burnt Black, etc etc - but the show's only an hour long! Hopefully in the future I can piece together another retrospective.

For now though, have a listen to this week's episode!

February 1, 2011

Spinoza - Transmission (Joy Division Cover)
Jale - Nine Years Now
Thursh Hermit - Cookie Rosebody
State Champs - Crowd Life
North of America - Let's On
The Plan - Lit Like A Monument
Plumtree - Sex FM Jingle
Sloan - Underwhelmed
Phone Interview with Sloan's Jay Ferguson
Kearney Lake Road - Glassy Stones
Sloan - The Lines You Amend
The Superfriendz - Come Clean
Buck 65 - Lipstick
The Inbreds - North Window
Cool Blue Halo - Super Cindy