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Stranded podcast #131

October 20, 2012

*Featuring tracks from Midnight Oil and Part 1 of an interview with First Nations singer-songwriter Dom Amero from Winnipeg *

Iconic British folk singer and activist Billy Bragg, will soon be joining the panel discussion on the ABC TV Q&A program, along with some Australian politicians, including Peter Garret, former lead singer of Midnight Oil and Senator for the Labor Patty.  Bragg and Garrett are both known for their outspoken views on progressive political issues, so this show is sure to provide a thought-provoking exchange.  Today we air some Midnight Oil tracks spanning from the self-titled record of 1978 through to 1998′s ‘Redneck Wonderland’ record.  Following this is Billy Bragg, performing a live version of a rare song by Weddings Parties Anything.

Don Amero is a fine example of the new generation of hard-working independent Canadian First Nations singer-songwriters who are building solidarity through quality record releases and widespread touring.  This week I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of Amero’s most recent album ‘Heart On My Sleeve’, which contains a set of subtle acoustic tunes that sprung from a burst of inspiration following the birth of his child. Today on show I speak with Amero about his journey from a difficult upbringing in Winnipeg to his life-altering decision to purse music full time, and the growing movement of Aboriginal artists to connecting internationally.

Midnight Oil – ‘Powderworks’ [AU]
Midnight Oil – ‘I Don’t Wanna Be The One’ [AU]
Midnight Oil – ‘Kosciusko'[AU]
Midnight Oil – ‘My Country’ [AU]
Midnight Oil – ‘Truganini’ [AU]
Midnight Oil – ‘Redneck Wonderland’ [AU]
Billy Bragg – ‘Ship In My Harbour’ (live) [UK]
Don Amero – ‘Can I Be Made New’ [CA]
Interview with Don Amero Pt 1
Don Amero – ‘Sound Of Us Going Down’ [CA]

Featured video:  Don Amero – ‘What Do You Wanna Do?’ [2012]

Stranded podcast #130

October 13, 2012

* Featuring tracks from Geelong’s Magic Dirt and an interview with Vancouver poet Weldon Gardner Hunter, reading from his latest anthology ‘The Stella and Pony Years‘ *

We periodically revisit Magic Dirt on the show because this seminal band from the industrial city of Geelong, fronted by the gorgeous and explosive Adalita Srsen, is just so damn rockin’!   You can enjoy two tracks today from their brooding and heavily distorted debut full-length from 1996, ‘Friends In Danger.’

Weldon Gardner Hunter is a rare breed of poet.   While embedded in the academe, where he is completing a PhD, Weldon maintains a practice of composing poetry from the heart, which documents his life in the city of Vancouver.  These poems have been compiled into the delightful anthology ‘The Stella and Pony Years’ (2012).  Above all else, Weldon desires these poems be shared with friends (my copy of ‘…Pony Years’ is currently my go-to reading for lthe long 99 bus ride).

And Weldon has many friends in the independent music scene of Vancouver, which makes him an extra-stimulating guest for this show.  Today, Weldon reads selections from ‘The Stella and Pony Years’ which is available online and locally at Pulp Fiction Books.  Weldon also spins tunes from local acts Menopause and Family video, who feature the musical contributions of prominent indie locals Nicole Caron and Jeff Johnson respectively.

Magic Dirt – ‘Sparrow ‘ [AU]
Magic Dirt – ‘I Was Cruel’ [AU]
Lowlakes – ‘Cold Company’ [AU]
The Valery Trails – ‘Feline’ [AU]
Interview with Weldon Hunter Pt 1
Rainyard – ‘1000 years’ [AU]
Interview with Weldon Hunter Pt 2
Menopause – ‘Mixtape’ [CA]
Menopause – ‘No Hymen’ [CA]
Menopause – ‘Marion’s Birthday Sermon’ [CA]
Interview with Weldon Hunter Part 3
Family video – ‘Paradise’ [CA]
Interview with Weldon Hunter Part 4
Myths – ‘ The Labyrinth’ [CA]

Featured video: Magic Dirt – ‘I Was Cruel’ live [1996]

Stranded podcast #129

October 6, 2012

* Featuring tracks from two different records by The Living End –  ‘It’s For Your Own Good’ (1996) and White Noise (2008) – and an interview with Vancouver folk musician Jenny Ritter *

The Living End is a seminal three-piece rockabilly/punk band from Melbourne, who features the pounding upright double-bass of Scott Owen and the blistering axe-work of singer Chris Cheney. The band formed in 1994 and shot to prominence after scoring the support slot for the 1995 Green Day tour, on the strength of a demo that was sent directly to Billie Joe Armstrong.  Today you can hear three tracks from the band’s debut recording ‘For Your Own Good’, before we leap ahead to the three singles from 2008’s  well-received ‘White Noise’ LP.

Jenny Ritter may be familiar to listeners as one of the sweet voices from seminal West Coast folk act The Gruff, who toured Canada frequently for a decade to much acclaim.  On today’s show I speak with Jenny down the line from her hometown of Victoria, BC, where she played the night previously at the launch of her debut full-length release, ‘Bright Mainland’.  Jenny speaks of her experiences playing music in Scandinavia and encouraging the flowering of local voices in the ever-popular Kingsgate Chorus.

The Living End – ‘From Here On In’ [AU]
The Living End – ‘English Army’ [AU]
The Living End – ‘One More Cell’ [AU]
The Living End – ‘Raise The Alarm’ [AU]
The Living End – ‘White Noise’ [AU]
The Living End – ‘Moment In The Sun’ [AU]
The Gruff – ‘Commercial Drive’ [CA]
Interview with Jenny Ritter Pt I
Jenny Ritter – ‘They Can’t Tell’
Interview with Jenny Ritter Pt II
Old Man Luedecke – ‘I’m Fine’ (I Am, I Am) [CA]
Interview with Jenny Ritter Pt III
Jenny Ritter – ‘We Must Sing’ [CA]

Featured video: Jenny Ritter – ‘You Missed The Boat’ [2012]

Stranded podcast #128

September 29, 2012

* Featuring the classic 1993 ‘Coprolalia’ EP from You Am I, the debut single from Vancouver-based Melbourne ex-pat Ma Petite and an interview with Vancouver (via Korea) indie electro rock band We Need Surgery *

The 1993 EP ‘Coprolalia’ EP from You Am I is a fine time capsule of an emerging rock band powered by the steadfast self-belief and song-writing smarts of Tim Rogers. Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth was taken to the band and offered to master this powerful release and then produce the classic follow-up full-length ‘Hi Fi Way’.

Vancouver-based folk songstress Indiana Avent (Ma Petite) relocated from Melbourne to Canada to record her first solo album, after a decade already in the music industry, primarily as a violinist for acts including Dan Mangan and Gotye. Her debut single ‘Man About Moon’ is launched tonight at the Media Club  and you can hear this fine tune on the show!

This week I had a chance to connect with Brandon and Valentino, drummer and guitarist respectively, of We Need Surgery, a highly-danceble and cutting-edge indie electro rock band that formed in 2007 as a collective of ex-pat English teacher musicians in South Korea. On today’s interview you can hear the fascinating story behind the band’s movements between Korea, Japan and now Vancouver, their new home, where they’ve been the subject of a bidding war between labels to release their self-titled debut.

You Am I – ‘Cool Hand Luke’ [AU]
You Am I – ‘Last Thing You Can Depend On’ [AU]
You Am I – ‘Can’t Get Started’ [AU]
You Am I – ‘In Case You’re Wondering’ [AU]
You Am I – ‘Embarrassed’ [AU]
Ma Petite – ‘Man About Moon’ [AU]
Mammoth, Mammoth – ‘Hell’s Likely’ [AU]
Tame Impala – ‘Elephant’ [AU]
Dirty Three – ‘Rising Below’ [AU]
We Need Surgery – ‘Simon Says’ [CA]
Interview with We Need Surgery Pt 1
We Need Surgery – ‘Cocoon’ [CA]
Interview with We Need Surgery Pt II
We Need Surgery – Go! Go! Go! [CA]
Interview with We Need Surgery Pt III
Good For Grapes – ‘Skipping Stone’ [CA]
Rae Spoon – ‘I Can’t Keep All Our Secrets’ [CA]

Featured video – We Need Surgery -‘Go! Go! Go!’ [2012]

Stranded podcast #127

September 22, 2012

* Featuring an interview with Francesca Mountfort, cellist from Nervous Doll Dancing [NZ] and Pt III of Sara Lapsley’s interview with Pete and Donal of Vancouver glam/punk band Scratch Bastard *

This week the third CD release from Franscesca Mountfort, a classically-trained cellist from Wellington New Zealand, landed in my mail box at CiTR radio.  Francesca, who performs under the name Nervous Doll Dancing, is presenting her highly original show, Eidolon, this Friday and Saturday night at Havana Restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver (get there early for dinner!).  Nervous Doll Dancing is currently a duo, featuring the mesmerizing musicality of Mountfort on cello, accompanied by an innovative visual projection of puppetry and illustration by Tom Hume. Today you can hear my interview with Francesca, in which she speaks about her relationship with her instrument and describes the hypnotic cinematic soundscape that is Nervous Doll Dancing.

In last week’s show, Sara Lapsley shared the first two parts of her interview with Pete and Donal from legendary Vancouver glam punk band Flash Bastard. Their debut record ‘Rock n Roll Must Be Destroyed’, was recorded in 2000 for Nikki Sixx’s label Americoma, but never saw a release as they were dropped from the label. Flash Bastard re-recorded the album and it is finally seeing a 2012 release. Part III of Sara’s interview with these affable rockers airs today, along with some more tunes to help get you in the groove for the album’s UK release and, hopefully, future touring.

Today I’m playing some tracks from indie-pop stalwarts Jebediah – two singles from their 2011 release, ‘Kosciuszko’ – their
fifth full-length since forming in Perth, WA in 1994.  You can also hear a track from Melbourne grunge-rockers Arcane Saints who are playing the British Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Vancouver on 22 Sept, as well as three bands from the Safe Amp Society Compilation 2012.

Nervous Doll Dancing – ‘Sneaky’ [NZ]
Interview with Francesca from Nervous Doll Dancing (Pt 1)
Nervous Doll Dancing – ‘You Are My Eidolon’ [NZ]
Interview with Francesca from Nervous Doll Dancing (Pt 1)
Nervous Doll Dancing – ‘Meditation For Coco’ [NZ]
Jebediah – ‘Lost My Nerve’ [AU
Jebediah – ‘She’s a Comet’ [AU]
Aleks and the Ramps – ‘Finish’ [AU]
Arcane Saints – ‘Nervous Breakdown’ [AU]
Flash Bastard – ‘Printed ‘n Cuffed’ [CA]
Interview with Flash Bastard Pt III
Flash Bastard – ‘Bastard’ [CA]
Flash Bastard – ‘Rock n Roll Must Be Destroyed’ [CA]
Apollo Ghosts – ‘What They Do, They Do’ [CA]
Aunts & Uncles – ‘Fictional’ [CA]
Bleating Hearts – ‘Solid Hearts’ [CA]

Featured video:  Nervous Doll Dancing – ‘Melbourne Fringe Festival’ (Live) [2010]