Stranded podcast #125

August 31, 2012

* Featuring tracks by legendary Perth garage/power pop band The Stems and an interview with Aboriginal musician Shy-Anne Hovorka of Thunder Bay, ON *

The Stems, who hailed from Perth, Western Australia, were a stunningly catchy outfit with a fuzzed-out, 60s garage sound and a penchant for power-pop melodies.  They were only around for a few years during the mid to late 1980s, but that was long enough to leave behind a series of well-received singles that hold up well to this day.  I recently came across a singles compilation on The Stems called ‘Mushroom Soup: The Citadel Years’ and I feature some of these classic singles from this record on the show today.

And today it is an honour to present to you an interview I recorded with Shy-Anne Hovorka, a well-established, multi-award-winning singer and performer from Thunder Bay, Ontario.  As you can hear in the tracks I play from Shy-Anne’s ‘Interwoven Roots’ release, Shy-Anne is a compelling songwriter, with a strong connection to her First Nations roots.  Her talents and commitment have led to her nomination for the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.  Shy-Anne speaks today of her experiences mentoring Aboriginal children in the performing arts who otherwise have lacked encouragement for self-expression where they live in isolated northern communities.  

And as always, you can listen to some fresh tracks from some of the best new independent musicians from Australian and Canada, including Sydney band The Laurels and Vancouver (via Regina) singer-songwriter Jamison Troy.  Enjoy!  MG

The Stems – ‘Make You Mine’ [AU]
The Stems – ‘Tears Me In Two’ [AU]
The Stems – ‘She’s A Monster’ [AU]
The Stems – ‘Love Will Grow’ [AU]
The Stems – ‘Under Your Mushroom’ [AU]
The Stems – ‘On And On’ [AU]
The Laurels – ‘Changing The Timeline’ [AU]
Cub Scouts – ‘Do You Hear?’ [AU]
Zeebz v Miss Vitula – ‘Soothes My Soul’ [CA]
Shy-Anne Hovorka – ‘Birch, Cedar, Spruce’ [CA]
Interview with Shy-Anne Hovorka Pt 1
Shy-Anne Hovorka – ‘Waabakimi’ [CA]
Interview with Shy-Anne Hovorka Pt 2
Shy-Anne Hovorka – ‘Glue’ [CA]
The Cyrillic Typewriter -‘Boxing Arenas’ [CA]
Jamison Troy – ‘Wake Me up…’ [CA]
Mode Moderne – ‘Nightly Youths’ [CA]

Featured video: Shy-Anne Hovorka – ‘The Glue’ (2012)

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