Posts Tagged ‘Tough Age’

Stranded podcast #258

August 4, 2015

* Singer-songwriter Janaya Salmond LIVE in the CiTR studio *

This week’s extra special guest is a fresh face to Vancouver’s singer-songwriter scene – Janaya Salmond. Janaya comes from a musical family and has been surrounded by great songwriting all her life, as her father is a music producer. Janaya is a talented multi-instrumentalist and she chose to accompany herself on the show with an uncommon instrument known as a strum-stick. Tune in to hear Janaya soulfully execute two of her original compositions that will no doubt be on her forthcoming debut album!

Featured video: Janaya Salmond – ‘For Joni’ (live) [2015]

Stranded podcast #254

July 4, 2015

* First show in the brand new CiTR studio *

Today marks the very first show in the brand new CiTR Radio studio!  I was skeptical at first but I can firmly say the new building is fantastically ultra modern, spacious and certainly conducive to hosting live acts on air.  That said, I had some teething problems getting my head around the new system so apologies if the podcast contains some technical mishaps.  Another wild card was a fire alarm going off requiring me to put on a CD and vacate the building!  It’s certainly a show I’ll remember…

Featured video: Sun God Replica – ‘Werewolves In Love’ [2014]

 

Stranded podcast #236

February 13, 2015

* Featuring tracks by Cub, Feedtime, The Church and more *

I had a chance meeting at CiTR radio today with Robynn Iwata, vox and guitar with the band Cub who were one of the early flagship bands of Vancouver’s venerable Mint Records label (thanks for the introduction Nardwuar!). Cub helped pioneer the jangle-guitar pop punk that became known as ‘cuddlecore’. You can hear a couple of Cub songs at the start of the show as well as tracks from their one of their contemporaries, Maow, featuring a young Neko Case.

A highlight of the second half of the show is the debut single from Vancouver’s Ashley Shadow. Ashley has been a part of many projects in the past, most notably as bassist for The Organ. This stunning song showcases her remarkable voice prowess.

Featured video:  Cub – ‘My Chinchilla’ [1993]

Stranded podcast #214

August 29, 2014

* RIP Jay Curley of Tumbleweed *

This week the sad news broke of the passing of Jay Curley, bassist of legendary Woolongong-based stoner band Tumbleweed.   Jay and his brother Lenny were two of the founding members of the band which became a much-loved and influential stalwart on the Australian music scene of the 1990s.  Tumbleweed were renowned for their  fuzzed out Sabbath-inspired and wah-wah guitar riffs combined with the Beatles-esq melodies of singer Richie Lewis, played at mammoth volume to legions of fans.   Today we offer a tribute to Jay’s contributions to the early years of the band.

Featured video: Tumbleweed – ‘Acid Rain’ [1992]

Stranded podcast #187

February 15, 2014

* Happy Valentines Day! *

Marty Willson-Piper was one half of the superb dual guitar attack of legendary band The Church, from 1980 until just last year, before the shock announcement that he was being replaced by ex-Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug, for the recording of The Church’s next LP. I discovered Marty’s 1988 solo release at a second hand shop in Victoria, BC recently. Today you can hear two lush tracks from this album, as well as a sampling from two of Marty’s other collaborations – Noctorum and MOAT. And don’t forget, you can dig deep at the website of Marty’s impressive In Deep Music Archive.

Our Valentine’s Day pick for today is the sublime and tender power-pop hit ‘Alone With You’ by The Sunnyboys.  The Sunnyboys sprang from nowhere to national prominence in Australian in 1981 with this single and subsequent album.  Tragically though, frontman and songwriter Jeremy Oxley was afflicted by schizophrenia, and the band derailed due to his erratic behaviour and substance use.  Amazingly though, they reformed for last year’s Dig It Up Festival hosted by The Hoodoo Gurus and all reports indicate Jeremy and the band were in blistering form.  Maybe there is time for them to reclaim their rightful place alongside the nation’s other great rock bands.

Featured video: The Sunnyboys – ‘Alone With You’ [1981]