Monday, June 4, 2012

How It Went Down: May 18, May 25 and June 1

Man, I am completely slack on updating this blog and posting about what's going on on TGIFR. To catch up, here's the scoop on the last three weeks:

MAY 18, 2012

I was joined by Thunder Bay act Alaska Army Band for a live session and interview and then aired a mammoth interview with NPR correspondent & author Michelle Mercer about her book on Joni Mitchell's Blue period, Will You Take Me As I Am.

Set One: 6:30 PM - 7 PM

Trio Bembe - "Drume Negrita" [Live at UMFM]

Joni Mitchell - "Help Me" [Reprise]
Interview with Michelle Mercer

Set Two: 7 PM - 7:30 PM

Interview with Michelle Mercer (continued)
Joni Mitchell - "Free Man In Paris" [Reprise]
Joni Mitchell - "California" [Reprise]
Joni Mitchell - "Hejira"  [Reprise]

Set Three: 7:30 PM - 8 PM

Alaska Army Band - "You Can't Smell Love Without OV" [Live at UMFM]
Alaska Army Band - "Slowed Down To A Crawl" [Live at UMFM]
Alaska Army Band - "At The Bridge" [Live at UMFM]
Interview with Alaska Army Band
Alaska Army Band - "Nine To Five" [Independent]


MAY 25, 2012

A special interview and live session with Haligonian Jon Bryant, a talk with Cinematheque's Dave Barber about Music v. Filmmakers II, and a feature length talk with Will Ferguson about his latest book, 419.

Set One: 6:30 PM - 7 PM

The Sugarman Three - "Your Friendly Neighborhood Sugarman" [Daptone]
The Skydiggers - "Fire Engine (Red Explosion)" [Latent Recordings]
Bruce Springsteen - "Shackled and Drawn" [Sony]
SitDownTracy - "Lesser, Manitoba" [Independent]
Bahamas - "Lost In The Light" [Barchords Inc. / Universal]
Rufus Wainwright - "Montauk" [Decca Records]

Set Two: 7 PM - 7:30 PM

Interview with Will Ferguson

Set Three: 7:30 PM - 8 PM

Jon Bryant - "Take Me If You Must" [Live at UMFM]
Jon Bryant - "Ontario" [Live at UMFM]
Jon Bryant - "Evening Sun" [Live at UMFM]
Interview with Jon Bryant
Jon Bryant - "Souls of Manhattan" [Independent]


JUNE 1, 2012

Live session and interview with The Strumbellas, who came to town to open for Sweet Alibi on Wednesday before heading west. Speaking of Sweet Alibi, they played the Back 40 Festival in Morden on Sunday June 3 and I spoke to the communications coordinator, Jocelyn Unrau about the fest.

Set One: 6:30 PM - 7 PM

Shawn Lee - "Galactica" [ESL Music]
PS I Love You - "Don't Go" [Paper Bag Records]
Kestrels - "Drowning Girl" [Sonic Unyon]
Jack White - "Sixteen Saltines" [Third Man Records/Sony]
Interview with Jocelyn Unrau
Sweet Alibi - "The Trial" [Live at UMFM]

The Tallest Man On Earth - "1904" [Dead Oceans]

Set Two: 7 PM - 7:30 PM

The Strumbellas - "Lakes" [Live at UMFM]
The Strumbellas - "The Bird That Follows Me" [Live at UMFM]
The Strumbellas - "The Sheriff" [Live at UMFM]
Interview with The Strumbellas
The Strumbellas - "Rhinestone" [Independent]

Set Three: 7:30 PM - 8 PM

Chris Forsyth - "East Kensington Run Down" [Northern Spy]
Mike Scheidt - "When Time Forgets Time" [Thrill Jockey]
Illusive Mind - "Untitled 3" [Independent]
Eliot Lipp - "The Sunset" [Pretty Lights Music]


This week I'll be talking to author / economist Jeff Rubin about his latest book, The End of Growth. I interviewed him several years ago when he wrote his first book, Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller and this latest book certainly picks up on some of the same themes about expensive oil and the dramatic impact it will have on the world economy. I'll also be talking Bike Fest and doing some giveaways. Speaking of giveaways, I have a copy of Parlovr's Kook Soul album that I'll be giving out on June 15th to coincide with an interview with the band in advance of their show at the LO Pub.

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