Show #202

Frank Zappa: December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993

Frank Zappa: December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993

Not much left in this year now, is there? Better make the best of it. Be good, be well, live and love like you’re dying, give when you can, treat everyone as someone from whom you can and will learn. The best gift you can give someone is time – you’ll never get that time back.

And during and in between all of this, listen to as much good music as you can. Life’s too short to waste time listening to shitty music.

Speaking of which, tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for two hours of great music! :-]

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Show #165 (I think) Playlist, etc.

The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, right? That’s a slightly ambiguous old phrase. It doesn’t mean that if you always be nice, you’ll always get a face full of fist in return. It means if you are kind towards others, others will be kind to you (and so on). This applies to everything. It’s that whole balance of the universe concept. To relate it to most of us in the West: you reap what you sow. It doesn’t mean, “Do good or you’ll be punished.” It means, “Do good and you’ll receive good.” There. Now it’s more ambiguous. Perfect! :S

Personally, I like to think What Planet Is This?! provides a source for non-stop good karma, 2 hours a week. Or, at least, that’s what I’m hoping for each week: a source of happiness and enjoyment for your day, something to pick you up when you feel like garbage and something to sustain that high when you’re already feeling great!

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and feel good.

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What Planet Is This?! Turns 100!!! Holy smokes!

You got me. The show isn’t actually 100 years old.

Tonight marks the 100th show (I think) since I first moved in, around late October, 2009. Kind of a big deal, if you ask me, so I thought I’d do something special to celebrate.

At first, I tried to get Prince to make a guest appearance, but that didn’t really work out. He actually figured out a way to sue me for asking him, directly, and is trying to have me imprisoned for 10 years or pay a fine of $20,000. His lawyers mentioned something about the price of looking Prince directly in the eye. So… no Prince in the studio. Sorry.

My second thought was to have someone local in the studio. That seems a lot more do-able. However, things have been a little hectic outside of the studio, so I really haven’t been able to dedicate that much time.

Finally, I realized that the best thing I could do is trust my instincts and have a good time.

Tonight’s show will not only have a pretty cool theme, but will be in a bit of a different format than usual. I don’t want to give anything away, just yet, but I’ll assure you that it will be all good – I dare say the best show yet.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and keep up with me on Tweeter for updates and cool treats like music videos, etc., during the show. Can’t wait for this one. It’s going to be lots of fun!
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Show #68 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Saskatchewan wheat field in spring

Saskatchewan wheat field in spring

THAT’S IT! I’ve had it! No more! Winter, you are formally dismissed, as your services are no longer needed for this year. Pack your things and get the hell out!


The season kind of does that to people, doesn’t it? The longer winter lasts, the crankier people get about it. Makes sense, though. It’s cold, dry, driving is less pleasant, taking the bus goes from irritating to enormous hassle, the wind never stops (especially in Regina) and it always makes things colder – no such thing as a chinook in these parts.

Well, if you’ve ever heard What Planet Is This?! before, you know I’m all about using music to make things better. It true; it may not actually solve all of your problems. It may still be cold outside, no matter how hot Mark O’Connor’s Swing Trio gets. You still have to get out there and shovle, slip around on the sidewalks and wear your tires out, spinning them hopelessly on the iced pavement. But when you reflect, I’d bet you’re glad you’re here and not, say, Libyia.

Things aren’t so bad. Slow down a little, pour yourself a cup of tea or some hot bourbon cider, light up that fireplace or just turn on the fireplace channel on the television, put on those old headphones, let go and let the music take you to warmer places.

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Show #39 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Hooray! It’s my favorite time of the week! My sweet sweet release from everyday life! Oh man, if only I could do this everyday…

Once a week, I get to head on down to Regina Community Radio headquarters (a well-kept secret base, close enough to Bushwakker you can almost smell that delicious cheesecake, yet far enough away that you couldn’t possible sneak off during a tune to get a piece and make it back in time to play the next tune), with coffee or tea in-hand and my big tacky orange bag of CDs, records, broken guitar strings and chipped saxophone reeds to play some of my favorite tunes to 91.3 FM’s loyal listening audience.

Thank you.


The list…
1. Ramsey McLean and the Survivors – Rocket Number Nine
2. Mr. Something Something – Make Your Mind
3. Jaco Pastorious – Chromatic Fantasy
4. Charles Mingus – Thrice Upon A Time
5. The Most Serene Republic – A Mix Of Sun And Cloud
6. Joni Mitchell – Judgement Of The Moon And The Stars (Ludwig’s Tune)
7. Sarah Slean – Duncan
8. Ella Fitzgerald – Reaching For The Moon
9. Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer
10. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – It’s All Right With Me
11. Kurt Elling – Time To Say Goodbye

Show #23 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Not long now, folks. Pretty soon, What Planet Is This?! will be back to its original one-hour format. I’ve enjoyed having two hours to play with, and I figure while I still have one or two left, I’d better make the best of my time by playing some of my all-time favorites and some of those jams that go into the realm of over 10 minutes! Ah yes!

Tonight’s possibilities include: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Bad Plus, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Parliament, Tower of Power, Charlie Haden, Sarah Slean, Buck 65, Joni Mitchell and way way more!

Damn it! Running late (as always), on my way to the station, when my car stalls at the intersection of Vic Ave and Arcola! Great! Fantastic! Just what I bloody need! After plenty of choice words, and about half an hour of directing traffic around me, as apparently very few people can see my hazard lights when they’re busy staring at the sky or whatever it is idiots do when they drive; my paperweight on wheels decides it’ll start again. Great! So I made it to the station a little more than half an hour late. Smoothly done.

What was left of the first hour:
1. Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Cissy Strut
2. Joshua Redman Elastic Band – Shut Your Mouth
3. Parliament – P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
4. Tower Of Power – So I Got To Groove

And the second hour:
5. Sarah Vaughan – Whatever Lola Wants
6. Sarah Slean – Pilgrim
7. Buck 65 – Roses and Bluejays
8. The Deep Dark Woods – Straight and Narrow
9. The Cracker Cats – Darkness
10. The Seatbelts
11. Jaco Pastorious – Blackbird
12. Joni Mitchell – The Circle Game
13. Charlie Haden – Single Girl, Married Girl
14. Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama – Satisfied Mind
15. Toto – Africa
16. Radiohead – Kid A

Tune in next week, when I will have either ponied up the last of my money to get the car fixed, or taken the city bus to be at the station on time! Yeesh!