Happy Birthday, Ella

Born April 25, 1917 (d. June 15, 1996).

Happy birthday Ella.

Show #124 (I think) Playlist, etc. + Long-Play Wednesday

Finally, it’s vinyl time!

It’s my favourite show of the month. As you know, the last Wednesday of every month, I bring out the big guns, packing up a few of my favourite vinyl records just for you.

I’ve got around 40 records lined up for tonight including some classic jazz recordings, some new funk and soul, some new Canadian pop and a few oddities in between.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for a laid-back, good feeling time with headphones on.

As always, check this page during the show for a full playlist.
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Chris Carlier & The Scarletts, Live at The Club (Exchange) – Saturday, April 28th

Chris Carlier

This show is in the small side of The Exchange – otherwise known as “The Club”.

Mellow, melty creative pop/folk music that goes well with wine.

Doors open at 8 PM, show starts at 8:30 PM.
$13 – Tickets at the door

Mandy McArthur on euphonium
Zach Appleton on piano
Rob D on electric bass, awesome beard
Jen Yim on vibraphone & djembe
Chris Carlier on bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, guitar and vocals

Chris Carlier takes the little that he knows about his favourite artists and, inspired by them, splashes blotches of ink onto paper using magic and a pencil. He then hires as many great musicians as he can to back him up in a weird little thrown-together chamber-sort-of setting and shouts at them, forcing them to run around the room screaming like insane persons until music comes out!

For anyone who likes Beirut, Caribou, Owen Pallett, Kaada, Beck, Björk, Rheostatics, The Flaming Lips or Gustav Holst. 🙂

Show #123 (I think) Playlist, etc.


Can’t do want if but have the nine dogs caveman bat clip hair fave rabbit jones back today.

Whew! Glad I got that out of the way.

First order of business: Thanks to everyone who came out to this show because you heard about it on the radio. It was a great night.

Secondly: If you missed that show, be sure to check out the next one – Saturday the 28th of April at The Club (Exchange).

Finally (and most importantly), it’s Wednesday and you get two whole hours of music from my archives. I pulled out a few old favourites that I haven’t heard/played in a while, a few favourites that I play frequently and even a few randoms – really – I just ran my finger up and down the CDs and stopped randomly, pulling out whatever I landed on. Admittedly, I did filter a bit, so I’m sorry to inform that we will not be hearing any Coal Chamber this evening.

Join me from 4:00 to 6:00 tonight for…….. something.
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Show #122 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Imogen Heap

Sometimes stress gets the better of you. It’s a weird thing, but sometimes we all feel like we just can’t help but worry about something. When you look at the root of every problem, there is usually no reason to get worked up.

Think of it this way:

– There is something causing me stress.
– I can do something about it. / I can’t do anything about it.
– There is no reason to worry.

This is not to be confused with substitution. We all ought to know that giving up and having another drink isn’t helpful. If something is out of your control, it doesn’t mean defeat, self-loathing, etc. It means all you can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

On the other hand, that doesn’t make it wrong to have a drink, but I’m not going to lecture you on limits.

The bottom line is: we need to realize that stress is okay. Acknowledge it. Even thank it, since it serves as a type of warning to your system that you are reaching a limit. Without that warning, things could get a lot worse. Once you’ve thanked your warning system, move on. There is no need to make things worse by realizing you’re stressed out only to be more stressed out about being stressed out.

Sit back. Relax. If you can do something about it, calmly get to work knowing that you are in control. If you can’t do anything about it, sit back. Relax.

Personally, I prescribe music for whatever ails you. The right music will help you work when you need to work. It will also help you calm down when you need that.

Hopefully your week is going well already and music will only make it better. But if your week isn’t going as smoothly as you would like, make sure you have the right music in your life to make things better. Not only feel better (although it is that, too), but make better.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and relax. :-]
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Show #121 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Leningrad Cowboys

You know what? It’s spring. I think it’s been officially spring for a few weeks now, but it’s starting to really feel like it. Barbecues are working on high flame, people are walking around in shorts and t-shirts (still too early for that, if you ask me), kids are running around outside my apartment, being noisy…

People are feeling good and I’m no exception. As we all know, my number-one feel-good thing to do is listen to/play music. Nothing soothes or heals as well as music, and with people in already high spirits, life soars about as high as it will go when a little bit of good music is added to the good life.

So, that’s what tonight’s show is about. No, I’m not going to play 2 hours of feel-good drivel music. Only great music that’s bound to make you feel even better.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and take it slow. As always, check this page during the show for a playlist.
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