The Wild 10 Countdown for January 12, 2011 and The Rebekah Higgs Interview

No regular entry from my main blog for the time being. It’s the 2nd week of 2011 and so far, there were a lot of 2011 songs on the Wild 10 Countdown. This week’s countdown seemed to have a lot of bands from or now residing in Montreal. Of the bands from Montreals, they are The Luyas, Braids, Arcade Fire, Chromeo and Young Galaxy.
The remaining 2010 songs still on the countdown were Arcade Fire, Rebekah Higgs, and Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans.
For the time being, I am not going to list the top 10 as it’s already posted on the CKCU-FM playlist from the website. To check the playlist, the link is here.

Aside from the new number one for the January 12th edition, the interview with Rebekah Higgs was also aired on the radio show. It’s basically the “first” interview segment for 2011. She’s been getting some buzz on the music website as one of the songs from her Little Voice EP is available as free download. If you like her music, check her Bandcamp site at http://rebekahhiggs.bandcamp.com/.
As usual, I was joined by new co-host, Lauren. She’s still making a great effort at enjoying the new Canadian songs on the countdown and throughout the show.

Audio – Radio Show & Interview
The radio show – press play to listen.

The Rebekah Higgs interview – press play to listen or download it.

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The Wild 10 Countdown Along With Interviews From The Mountains & The Trees and Allie Hughes. Radio Show for September 15, 2010

I am still unable to write a good entry on my main blog. The radio show was jam packed as I aired two audio interviews. They were The Mountains & The Trees and Allie Hughes. My interview with Hughes is new for the second season of the show and hope you will like the interview as she is gaining some buzz and interest in Canadian music. Also on the radio show were some of the Polaris Music Prize Short List nominees being played. I apologize for skipping Karkwa as I did not have time on the show.
As for the countdown, there wasn’t any new debuts but there were several movers and shakers. Here’s the top 10;

1. Quarry Hymns – Land of Talk (2nd week at #1)

2. White Wolves – Bravestation (Going back up a spot as I got to see them on Friday night and they liked the interview)

3. More & More & More – The Mountains & The Trees (Down a spot and don’t forget to listen to the interview)

4. The Hair Song – Black Mountain (Jumping from #7 last week and Wilderness Heart is now released)

5. A Good Name – Shad (He’s on the Polaris Music Prize Short List as the Gala is drawing closer)

6. Be A Path – The Love Machine (They performed at Glebe’s Got Flavour last weekend)

7. Hand To Hold – Adaline (Falling down from #4)

8. This City – hotshotcasino (Falling from #5.)

9. Plastic Slides – Winter Gloves (They will be in Ottawa next week for a show at Mavericks)

10. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire (Was supposed to be gone last week. I thought the guest would come in)

Don’t forget to check the playlist by clicking here.
You can listen to the radio show by pressing play.


Audio Interviews – Allie Hughes and The Mountain & The Trees

Even though I haven’t started my regular blog yet, this week’s audio interviews will be placed here. In case you want to skip the radio show and listen to the interviews. That’s the photo of Allie Hughes.
Allie Hughes – Press play to listen or download it.

The Mountain & The Trees – Press play to listen or download it.

The Wild 10 Countdown & Radio Show (Season Premiere) on September 8, 2010

Supposedly, I haven’t got to write a new entry to start the sixth season on my main blog, but it will be slightly delayed. This sub-blog will do for now.
I started off the second season of the radio show and the top 10 countdown is now permanent. We got a new number song to start off the second season.
In the final half-hour of the show, I played some Cantopop tunes and then some Leslie Cheung songs as his birthday would be on September 12th, if he was still around.
Here’s the top 10 countdown;

1. Quarry Hymns – Land of Talk (New at #1, jumped from #4 last week)

2. More & More & More – The Mountain & The Trees (fallen from the #1 spot)

3. White Wolves – Bravestation (Steady and don’t forget to listen to the interview)

4. Hand To Hold – Adaline (Falling down from #2)

5. This City – hotshotcasino (Steady from last week)

6. A Good Name – Shad (Going up a few spots)

7. The Hair SongBlack Mountain (New entry)

8. Be A Path – The Love Machine (Up two spots)

9. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire (Down a spot, it’s maybe the final time on the countdown)

10. Plastic Slides – Winter Gloves (Going down)

Don’t forget to check the playlist on what was played at this link.
The Bravestation interview – press play to listen or download it.

You can listen to the radio show by pressing play.
http://www.archive.org/download/WildworksOnCkcu-fmForSeptember82010/wildworkssept8.mp3″

The Wild 5 Countdown Plus 5 Again Along with Interviews From Ottawa Folk Festival

I should call this the Ottawa Folk Festival edition as the majority of the radio show was pre-taped. The first time my show was barely live until after the number two song was played.
On the show, there were several interviews from Ottawa Folk Festival consisting of Rolf Klausener of The Acorn, Aidan Knight, Jill Zmud, & Jim Bryson. All four interviews were great and light-hearted, hope you will enjoy it. The funny part with the Aidan Knight interview was Rolf joining a bit of the conversation.
As for the countdown, one of the new song entry, it is getting some buzz due to releasing a song via Twitter. Plus, there’s still more Arcade Fire songs that I played.
There’s one segment that’s podcasted but the sound quality is not great. I played some J-POP songs from the year 2000 as way of feeling nostalgic.

Here’s the countdown for August 18th;

1. The SuburbsArcade Fire (12 weeks! Most likely the final time it’s at #1)

2. Hand To HoldAdaline (Steady for 3 weeks so far. I read something about an announcement. Must be some hype)

3. More & More & MoreThe Mountains & The Trees (Steady for the 2nd week.)

4. Carve A Path Like A Valley Through The LandNightwood (Up a spot. If you listened, I quietly unveiled a new countdown jingle)

5. White WolvesBravestation (Down a spot but still on the important top 5 countdown)

6. Quarry HymnsLand of Talk (Steady for the 2nd week. Cloak and Cipher will be released soon)

7. Plastic SlidesWinter Gloves (Climbing up 2 spots. Somehow, the new album is available at CKCU-FM)

8. Rose GardenShad (Climbing up 2 spots as it seems like the song is getting some resurgence elsewhere)

9. This Cityhotshotcasino (New entry. It’s creating some headlines as these four uOttawa alums are using Twitter to promote their music.)

10. Old FangsBlack Mountain (Down two spots.)
You can listen to the show by pressing play and don’t forget to check the playlist at this link. I didn’t explain on-air why the songs are at that number.

WildWorks Extra for August 18: Press play to listen.

The Wild 5 Countdown and Radio Show for August 4, 2010

It’s a new month and the top 5 for this week was somewhat of a lazy one because I am wanting support for the band and singer-songwriter from the listeners whether it’s from social media sites or from the radio elsewhere. Aside that The Suburbs by Arcade Fire is still #1, the album, also called The Suburbs is finally released on digital and physical versions.
Here’s the Wild 5 Countdown for August 4, 2010;

1. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire (11 weeks and the highly anticipated album is out now. So far, there’s been good responses on the album)

2. Hand To Hold – Adaline (Up a spot. Please bring support or make request for her)

3. White Wolves – Bravestation (Up a spot. Same reason from #2)

4. Swift Coin – Land of Talk (Down 2 spots)

5. All It Is – Kathryn Calder (New entry and is August’s X3 Artist of the Month)

Also in this entry is the entire radio and it can be listened in different parts. You can listen to the whole 2 hours, hour 1 or hour 2.
Since it’s still the Summer, the interview that was re-aired was the You Say Party! We Say Die! interview. Reason for re-airing it was that they are back as You Say Party since the passing of their drummer in April. I played a couple of tracks from Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, one song that I played caught my interest, it’s Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). This song brings an 80s new wave style and it’s different than the usual style of Arcade Fire songs.
The second hour was mainly on Faye Wong as her birthday’s on August 8 and it was fitting to play her greatest hits. It also included playing the love song to Final Fantasy VIII, Eyes On Me.
The playlist for this week’s radio show at this link.

You can listen to the the entire show by pressing play.

Hour 1 : The Wild 5 Countdown, You Say Party Interview and a Few Arcade Fire Tracks

Hour 2: Mainly on Faye Wong

The Wild 5 Countdown and Audio Interviews for July 7, 2010

For this entry only, I will be including the audio interviews from Canada Day. All 3 interviews from Canada Day were great. I hope you will enjoy the interviews from Amelia Curran, Shad and Elliott Brood. Since I won’t be able to podcast the entire radio show due to Summer break and there’s Radio Camp happening at CKCU-FM. The playlist for the July 7th radio show is at this link. A reminder again that the main blog is on a Summer break but the countdown blog will continue for the Summer months.
This week’s countdown got a returning song for the second time and not much movement. Here’s the Top 5.

1. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire (6 Weeks at #1)

2. Constellation – Forest City Lovers (New entry)

3. Rose Garden – Shad (Falling down a spot and the audio interview is provided below)

4. Ghost Pressure – Wolf Parade (Re-entry again as they are the X3 Artist of the Month for July)

5. Younger Us – Japandroid (New entry as it’s getting some airplay)

Canada Day Interviews from the Radio Show

Amelia Curran – Press play to listen or download it.

Shad – Press play to listen or download it.

Elliott Brood (2nd time) – Press play to listen or download it.