Show #71 (I think) Playlist, etc. + LONG-PLAY WEDNESDAY!

Piles of 45s

Piles of 45s on the floor.

Long-play Wednesday, you say? Holy smokes!

For those of you who have been listening to this show for a while, you already know that the last Tuesday of the month has always been Long-Play Day. Let me assure you that the transition to Wednesday will see tradition continue.

Tonight, I’ll be bringing a selection of gems from my vinyl record collection to help you end the day right. There’s a usual mix of upbeat popp-ie stuff, electronic fun, jazz galore, folk and more – all with warm crackling goodness.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and don’t forget to check back on this website for a full playlist (eventually).
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2011 Regina Folk Festival Line-up Announced!

Taj Mahal with guitar

Taj Mahal with guitar (1968)

Wow! The Regina Folk Fest line-up was announced this morning and I already can’t wait to get a ticket!

I was excited when I heard Andrew Bird is coming. I was surprised and impressed when I heard k.d. lang is coming. I was proud to find out that Regina’s own Jeffery Straker is performing. I was delighted to hear that we’re getting Fred Penner, Hawksley Workman, Coeur de Pirate and Dan Mangan. Finally, my jaw hit the floor when I heard we’re getting blues and folk legend Taj Mahal! What?

And those are just some of the highlights that piqued my personal interest! The list goes on from there to include: KT Tunstall, Shakura S’Aida, The Sojourners, Marco Calliari and on and on!

The Folk Fest is never dull, but I think they may have reached a new height this year! I can’t wait to get tickets!

Show #70 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Smokey old recording studio.
Music is an ephemeral thing. Even if The Guess Who plays American Woman a total of 13,000 times, each of those times is special. It’s a moment in time that can never be replicated exactly. Even if James Brown famously shrieked “Whaaaao” over 80,000 times during his career, every one of those hollers was frozen in time for anyone lucky enough to be in attendance.

The same goes for a recording. Even if you play the same familiar tracks over and over, the recording itself is unique and unreproducible (ie, that artist could go back into the same studio with the same musicians using the same gear and the same setup to record the same song, yet it would still be unique). Even if the recording you own is played over and over, the experience is never completely the same as the last time. You may be interrupted by noise. You may be focusing more intently on something other than the music one day, and focusing entirely on the music the next day.

That’s exactly what makes music enjoyable for me. I love finding and hearing new music all the time. I rarely go a day without hearing at least one tune I’ve never heard before. But just like most people, I have my favourites and my mood affects what I want to hear.

Well, with all of that in mind, I invite you to tune into 91.3 FM from 4:00 to 6:00 PM to enjoy some good music with me. While you listen, try to think, for a moment, about anyone else that might be listening at the time. Maybe you’re just heading home from work, but maybe someone else has the day off. Maybe you’ve been sick at home for weeks, but maybe someone else is going for a brisk jog with their earbuds in. Musical experience is a vital part of life experience and it’s something that connects us all, even when we don’t realize it.

You are never alone.
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Show #69 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Spike (Cowboy Bebop)
Your faithful host Chris here.

I’ve always said that change is a good thing.

Since I’ve started at Regina Community Radio, What Planet Is This?! has been nestled nicely into Tuesday evenings – usually at 8:00 PM, sometimes 7:00 PM. I take my freshly steeped tea (usually something of the oolong variety), put my headphones on, push play and let my day end with what I love to do – play great music into the night! I’ve always liked to think that you, the listener, are doing just the same: you get into your favourite chair, slip on those headphones, flick on the radio and let the day melt away.

Well now, things have changed. It’s all different now, man.

Actually, for me, it’s not much different at all. I just have to duck out of work while the boss isn’t looking, so I can make it to the station a little earlier. For you now, instead of chilling you out at the end of your night, I’ll be taking you home and making sure you start your evening with a healthy dose of great music.

Be sure to tune in tonight from 4:00 to 6:00 for the first ever drive-time edition of What Planet, and, as always, check back at this page for a detailed playlist after the show.

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A Reminder About Tonight

Don’t forget, as I mentioned last week; What Planet Is This?! has moved to Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

Keep listening tonight for some great Mouth Radio at the usual time (7:00 PM) and a special surprise coming in at my old time (8:00 PM), followed by a strong dose of hard rock at 9:00.

Don’t forget to come back here tomorrow to see what’s in store for the first drive-time edition of What Planet Is This?!.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Hit Toon Town!

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Life just gets better and better!

To call Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “soul revivalists” would be missing the point, as the hard-working crew, fronted by the lovable Sharon Jones, wouldn’t have you believe the genre ever died. Still reeling from the release of their excellent 2010 effort, I Learned the Hard Way, the group have announced another monstrous tour throughout North America.

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What Planet Is Wednesday?!

Last night was the last Tuesday night edition of What Planet Is This?!. Fear not, however. This is not the end. As we know, energy cannot be destroyed, it can only take on other forms.

Starting next week (Wednesday, 16, March, 2011), What Planet Is This?! will be on the air from 4:00 – 6:00 PM CST, every Wednesday!

I’ll miss that nice cushy Tuesday night spot, but I look forward to taking you home on hump-day. Keep it tuned to 91.3 FM and turn it up next Wednesday!