The Wild 10 Countdown for January 5, 2011

The return of the Wild 10 Countdown to kick off 2011. After a 2 week hiatus from Christmas, the countdown resumes as there were a few new track as bands and musicians gear up for their 2011 releases. That’s right, Young Galaxy, Jenn Grant and The Rural Alberta Advantage are coming out with their albums for 2011. The only surprise for the return of the countdown happens to be a returning #1 song. That’s right, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire rebound back to the #1 spot due to the fact that the song was played on various radio shows as it was considered the best song from the 3rd studio album, The Suburbs. Without further ado, here’s the top 10 list for the first week of 2011.

1. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire (6 weeks at #1)

2. Stamp – The Rural Alberta Advantage (New entry as their upcoming album, Departing comes out on March 1st)

3. Wild Folk – Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans (Fallen down from the #1 spot. The countdown was on a two week break)

4. Little Voice – Rebekah Higgs

5. Peripheral Visionaires – Young Galaxy (New entry as their upcoming album, Shapeshifting comes out in February)

6. Minimum Wage Lovers – The Mountains & The Trees (From the 2010 leftovers. His Ottawa got rescheduled)

7. Not In Love (featuring Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles (From the 2010 leftovers. It’s getting plays from elsewhere.)

8. Something Else – Diamond Rings (From the 2010 leftovers)

9. Hot Mess (featuring Elly Jackson of La Roux) – Chromeo (New entry as this version is coming out as a single. The music video minus Elly Jackson’s vocal is getting some rotation.)

10. How I Met You – Jenn Grant (New entry to start off the countdown for 2011. Honeymoon Punch comes out next week and she’s the X3 Artist of the Month for January)

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The Wild 10 Countdown for December 15, 2010 – Final Edition for 2010

Let me clarify, it is not the end of the countdown. It’s just the last for 2010 and it will be on a two week break. The final edition was just the same 10 songs for the past few weeks. Except for the #1 song, the 9 songs were randomly mixed around in different charting position.

Here’s the final top 10 for twenty-ten.

1. Wild Folk – Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans (Number one for the third week as it’s the final #1 for 2010)

2. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire (I had a guest host on and she really likes the song)

3. Minimum Wage Lovers – The Mountains & The Trees

4. Not The Stars – Allie Hughes

5. Something Else – Diamond Rings

6. Not In Love (featuring Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles

7. PUSH – Rich Aucoin

8. Little Voice – Rebekah Higgs

9. Stumble – Bonjay

10. Please Bless – Tanya Davis

Happy holidays and see you back in 2011.

The Wild 10 Countdown for December 8, 2010

Supposedly, the December 8th edition of the Wild 10 Countdown was the final countdown of 2010, but I found out I got lots of time for the extended for the couple of Wednesdays. It means that next Wednesday will be the final countdown of 2010 and it will be a random kind as the current 10 songs will be mixed around in the positions.
This week’s countdown had no new entries as the Christmas holiday nears. There were a few gainers, a few non-movers and a few droppers. As mentioned from my blog, I had The Mountains & The Trees as a surprise guest during the countdown. Here’s the list.

1. Wild Folk – Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans (2nd week at the number one spot)

2. Not In Love (featuring Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles (Steady at #2)

3. Something Else – Diamond Rings (Also steady at #3 since last week)

4. PUSH – Rich Aucoin (Going up from #5 last week)

5.  Minimum Wage Lovers – The Mountains & The Trees (Going up to #5. He was in Ottawa recently and had a sold out show at The Black Sheep Inn)

6. Not The Stars – Allie Hughes (Down from #4 last week. She’s doing a Christmas show)

7. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire (Even though they earned a Grammy Award nomination, the song is dropping)

8. Little Voice – Rebekah Higgs (Going up a spot. She will be in Ottawa next weekend)

9. Please Bless – Tanya Davis (Going up a spot. She had a good show and turnout at The Black Sheep Inn last Friday)

10. Stumble – Bonjay (Slightly going down)

The Wild 10 Countdown for December 1, 2010

We’re almost to the end of 2010 and this may be the second last countdown for 2010 as the radio show will be going for the Christmas fare in the music category. Finally, Jim Bryson makes to the number one spot as he’s been in total rotation on various CKCU shows and even on CBC Radio 3. He bumps off Diamond Rings as he conclude his run as November’s X3 Artist of the Month. There are two new entries on the countdown and they are Halifax’s Rebekah Higgs and Tanya Davis. Here’s the top 10;

1. Wild Folk – Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans (On top spot at #1. Last week was at #5.)

2. Not In Love (featuring Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles (Steady at #2. The single comes out soon.)

3. Something Else – Diamond Rings (Fallen off the number one spot)

4. Not The Stars – Allie Hughes (Fallen from #3)

5. PUSH – Rich Aucoin (Now in the top 5. Getting some plays on CBC Radio 3.)

6. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire (Fallen off the top 5)

7. Minimum Wage Lovers – The Mountain & The Trees (Going up a few spots. He’s getting plays on various shows plus he will be in Ottawa, well in Chelsea, QC this weekend)

8. Stumble – Bonjay (Going up a spot. Still getting plays on various CKCU shows)

9. Little Voices – Rebekah Higgs (New entry. Little Voices EP came out last week)

10. Please Bless – Tanya Davis (New entry. She will be at Raw Sugar Cafe as she’s currently on tour to promote her new album)

The Wild 10 Countdown for November 24, 2010

Ending off the week of November with glitches and a brand new number one. That’s right, Something Else by Diamond Rings bumped off Arcade Fire, who’s been on top for 5 weeks with Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). It’s fitting that John O of Diamond Rings ends with a November as he’s the X3 Artist of the Month. The countdown itself is still filled some tunes from Electronica musicians. Only one new entry enters the countdown, that’s The Mountains & The Trees as he’s getting plays on various shows on CKCU and CHUO. As December arrives, there’s a chance that next week’s Wild 10 Countdown will be the last of 2010 as I will be playing Christmas tunes and a year end countdown.
Here’s the top 10 for the final week of November.

1. Something Else – Diamond Rings (Bumping off Arcade Fire for the top spot)

2. Not In Love (featuring Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles (Jumping up a couple of spots as the single nears in a few weeks)

3. Not The Stars – Allie Hughes

4. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire (Going down from #1 to #4. It’s still a great track from The Suburbs)

5. Wild Folk – Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans (It’s a replacement to Constellation)

6. Lonely’s Lunch – You Say Party

7. PUSH – Rich Aucoin

8. Minimum Wage Lovers – The Mountains & The Trees (New entry as mentioned above. He will having a concert in the new year)

9. Stumble – Bonjay

10. We, Myself, And I – Shad (Falling four spots)

The Wild 10 Countdown for September 29, 2010

This week’s edition of the countdown was all over the place, there were droppers and climbers on certain songs. Here’s the top 10 list.

1. Quarry Hymns – Land of Talk (4 weeks at #1. Got an email newsletter from the band and they’re still doing well on campus radio charts)

2. The Hair Song – Black Mountain (The song is still popular and getting plays on radio)

3. We, Myself, And I – Shad (Post-Polaris loss ain’t breaking Shad as TSOL will be released in the States soon)

4. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire (Jumping up 4 spots)

5. Le Chemins De Verres – Karkwa (New entry. The Polaris Music Prize win had various radio shows playing them)

6. Plastic Slides – Winter Gloves (Steady at #6 and aired the interview with the lead member of the band)

7. White Wolves – Bravestation (Falling down several spots. They’re still touring parts of Ontario)

8. Up In The Belfry – Winchester Warm (Going up one spot)

9. More & More & More – The Mountains & The Trees (Going down several spots. Still on European tour)

10. Not The StarsAllie Hughes (New entry as CKCU has the EP in the music library)

The Wild 10 Countdown for September 22, 2010

There were a couple of new entries joining the countdown. The Hair Song by Black Mountain is getting popular ever since Wilderness Heart was released. The Suburbs (song) is off the countdown but replaced with another Arcade Fire song. Land of Talk is still going strong as Quarry Hymns is the free single of the week on iTunes Store.

As the main blog is back up for a new season, there will be times where the entries won’t be long here.

1. Quarry Hymns – Land of Talk (3rd week at #1)

2. The Hair Song – Black Mountain (Going up a couple of spots as it is getting plays)

3. White Wolves – Bravestation (Down a spot. They will be back in Ottawa again)

4. More & More & More – The Mountains & The Trees (Down  a spot and is currently on a European tour)

5. Be A Path – The Love Machine (Up a spot)

6. Plastic Slides – Winter Gloves (Up a couple spots as they will be in Ottawa for Thursday night at Mavericks)

7. We, Myself, And I – Shad (New entry as the music video has released)

8. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire (New entry and replacing The Suburbs)

9. Up In The Belfry – Winchester Warm (New entry and they’ve been performing lately)

10. This City – hotshotcasino (Down several spots to #10)

In case you want to listen to the entire show on this entry, just play to play to listen.

As an extra bonus, here’s the video where I shot Winchester Warm at CKCU-FM last Wednesday.

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 10 Countdown for September 1, 2010: Summer Wrap-Up

New month and it’s still scorching hot outside. It’s now permanent that the countdown is expanded to top 10. It was previously mentioned that the top 5 is too small to cover the popular tracks. Also on the show was Summer music wrap as I played the artists and bands that I got see live and interview at festivals and shows. Without further ado, here’s the top 10 list for September 1st. A new number song to start off the new month.

1. More & More & More – The Mountain & The Trees. (1st week. Let’s just say that the song was played on Degrassi)

2. Hand To Hold – Adaline (Falling down from the number one spot.)

3. White Wolves – Bravestation (Steady but they’re getting lot of reviews from their 2010 EP)

4. Quarry Hymns – Land of Talk (They are September’s X3 Artist of the Month and the music video just release.)

5. This City – hotshotcasino (Making the top 5 spot.)

6. Plastic Slides – Winter Gloves (Album just released on iTunes and various music stores.)

7. A Good Name – Shad (Going up two spots from #9.)

8. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire (Falling down from #5. It’s considered my Summer song of 2010.)

9. Winchester Warm – Winchester Warm (Going up a spot from #10.)

10. Be A PathThe Love Machine (New entry as they recently did a CD release show on Saturday night.)

Don’t forget to check the playlist by going to this link for all your Summer wrap up needs.

You can listen to the show by pressing play (below).

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