episode #267

Getting ready for the long goodbye, we play bunch of new music on this week’s show, including Beach House, Sweden’s jj, and Sun Kil Moon. And, of course, new music is always well complemented by old favourites by The Cure, Le Tigre, and Broken Social Scene.

The music probably says more than the words can, so give us a listen while you can: there are only a few episodes of myboytheriotgirl left before we go on a nice long summer hiatus following our ninth season on air.

And after that, who knows! Due to the time constraints of life, we’re thinking of taking a break from the weekly show format.  Because indie-pop is a young person’s game, it’ll be good to clear the way for some new blood on the airwaves at CFMU 93.3FM in the autumn, but we’re considering the possibility of a less-frequent (bi-weekly? monthly?) podcast available here on our website, along with our annual Christmas and Best-of-the-Year shows.

So. What do you think, oh dear listeners?

  1. Beach House – Myth (Bloom)
  2. Daniel Rossen – Silent Song (Silent Hour / Golden Mile – EP)
  3. The Cure – Just Like Heaven (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me)
  4. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Man on Fire (Here)
  5. Broken Social Scene – Almost Crimes (You Forgot It In People)
  6. Heyward Howkins – The Raucous Calls of Morning (Hale & Hearty)
  7. The Ettes – Teeth (Wicked Will)
  8. Sun Kil Moon – UK Blues (Among The Leaves)
  9. Demetra Penner – I Am Written (Lone Migration)
  10. jj – Beautiful Life (jj nº 4)
  11. Simian Mobile Disco – Seraphim (Seraphim)
  12. Le Tigre – Deceptacon (Le Tigre)
  13. Band of Skulls – You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Goin’ On (Sweet Sour)
  14. Cuff The Duke – Always Looking (In Our Time EP)
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episode #266

Your weekly dose of indie pop and rock is in, and it’s a satisfying melange of new and classic tracks, with a healthy helping of Canadian artists.  We start things off with a set dedicated to a long-time fan, hearing from a couple of Vancouver electronic artists (Teen Daze & Little Chords) that she’s in love with.

We also get to a cute little track from buzz-band Hospitality, and an old favourite by Sparklehorse that should bring back memories.  Things wind down with some material of Andrew Bird’s latest, a track from a Guelph duo called Memoryhouse, and another timeless-sounding nod back to the 90s courtesy of Boards of Canada.

After Rae Spoon destroys London, we let Dan Bejar’s Destroyer play us out with the lead-track off his wonderful 2006 release, Destroyer’s Rubies.  We’ll be back next week, so send us your requests, recommendations and hit-lists, and tune back in next Wednesday!

  1. Teen Daze – Treten (All Of Us, Together)
  2. The Radio Dept. – The Worst Taste In Music (Pet Grief)
  3. Sloan – Coax Me (Twice Removed)
  4. Chairlift – Guilty As Charged (Something)
  5. Little Chords – New Town (Afterlife)
  6. Hospitality – Betty Wang (Hospitality)
  7. Bahamas – I Got You Babe (Barchords)
  8. Sparklehorse – Someday I Will Treat You Good (Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot)
  9. Forest City Lovers – Tell Me, Cancer
  10. Andrew Bird – Lusitania (Break It Yourself)
  11. Memoryhouse – Little Expressionless Animals (The Slideshow Effect)
  12. Boards of Canada – Roygbiv (Music Has The Right To Children)
  13. Rae Spoon – London Destroyer (I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets)
  14. Destroyer – Rubies (Destroyer’s Rubies)
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episode #265

Hamilton Place’s Studio Theatre is quickly becoming one of our favourite concert venues in Hamilton, and last night’s Sandro Perri show only reinforced that belief. The show started at a reasonable time, and for a bucks more than you’d pay at one of our city’s great club venues, the (seated & intimate) audience was treated to almost two hours of music from a fantastic songwriter and very talented bandmates.

So in tribute to Sandro’s quiet, unspoken style, let’s get straight to this week’s music, featuring a great new tracks from upcoming releases by Dirty Projectors, and M. Ward; plus Juno-winner Feist, Toronto’s The Wooden Sky, and a neat John Maus track created for Record Store Day (on April 21st).

So without any further ado, here’s this week’s show. Thanks for listening!

  1. Hospitality – Friends of Friends (Hospitality)
  2. Hooded Fang – Almost Done (Album)
  3. Years – The Major Lift (Years)
  4. Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger (Swing Lo Magellan)
  5. Feist – The Undiscovered First (Metals)
  6. John Maus – No Title (Molly) (Smuggler’s Way)
  7. Air – Seven Stars (Le Voyage Dans La Lune)
  8. Sleigh Bells – Crush (Reign Of Terror)
  9. Charli XCX – I’ll Never Know (TBA)
  10. M. Ward – Primative Girl (A Wasteland Companion)
  11. John K. Samson – Taps Reversed (Provincial)
  12. Pulp – Dishes (This Is Hardcore)
  13. Mogwai – Killing All The Flies (Happy Songs For Happy People)
  14. The Wooden Sky – Child of the Valley (Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun)
  15. Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent) (Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks)
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Odds and Ends

So now that twitter has stopped buzzing about South by Southwest (SXSW), it’s time for us late-to-the-party music lovers to share some of the goodies that surfaced from the festival.

Brooklyn NY’s Hospitality is a lovely indie pop crew with the same infectious hooks that the New Pornographers do so well.    The group made a number of ‘best of SXSW’ lists, and the video (below) for the catchy Friends of Friends features the hilarious Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development fame.

Sticking with the Strong Female Lead, Charli XCX is a “British goth-pop upstart” rumoured to be releasing both a debut EP and LP in the coming months.  Here’s a taste of what to expect, her third and latest released track, I’ll Never Know:

Back here in the great white (?) north, artists from across the country gathered in Toronto for Canadian Music week.  We’re going to refer you to this entry, where Torontoist offers their retrospective along with some pictures and reviews.

One of the most highly reviewed performances at Canadian Music Week was John K. Samson & The Provincial Band.  Samson released his first (and only?) solo album earlier this year.  We couldn’t find a video of the CMW performance, so here’s a live version of “When I Write My Master’s Thesis” recorded for Exclaim tv.

In other news, one of our favourite artists, M. Ward, has a new album coming out in April (his first solo since 2009 – although he’s been keeping busy with She & Him).  Here’s the first video from A Wasteland Companion:


Watch for these and other new tracks on the next episode of myboytheriotgirl.

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episode #264 – Port of Nowhere

We’re back following  a post-fundraising break (you can still DONATE to CFMU 93.3FM, and we encourage you to do so if you haven’t yet!), and begin by flexing our late-night-radio muscles.  Since we can do pretty much whatever we want at 2am on our ad-free, 95% music podcast, Mike and I decided to sample from two newly released albums that piqued our interest.

The first, Sounds From Nowheresville by English do The Ting Tings, has received mixed reviews, but we’d been lured by their bouncy pop sounds in the past, and think it’s worth a casual listen.  And we end the show with the first three tracks of indie stalwarts The Shins’ latest release Port of Morrow. Still mixed reviews, but considerably better than the ones the poor Ting Tings received.

And as always, myboytheriotgirl packs in a mix of independent pop and rock that you’re unlikely to hear anywhere else on the radio dial, including Futureheads spinoff Field Music, and Toronto-based chanteuse Emma-Lee who is touring in support of her 2012 disc Backseat Heroine (and playing this Friday at The Drake in Toronto). We also use the way-back machine to hear some Blondie from 1976 (I think that Pipettes’ “Call Me” summoned her, despite not being a cover of the classic 1980 song).

So press play, sit back, read a book, maybe get some work done, and thanks for supporting community radio in Hamilton!

  1. Emma-Lee – Not Coming By (Backseat Heroine)
  2. The Rural Alberta Advantage – The Deadroads (Hometowns)
  3. The Ruffled Feathers – Our Beautiful Hearts (Oracles )
  4. Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For? (Avi Buffalo)
  5. Field Music – Sorry Again, Mate (Plumb)
  6. The Ting Tings – Silence (Sounds From Nowheresville)
  7. The Ting Tings – Soul Killing (Sounds From Nowheresville)
  8. The Ting Tings – Day To Day (Sounds From Nowheresville)
  9. TV On The Radio – New Cannonball Run (Nine Types Of Light)
  10. Nite Jewel – One Second of Love (One Second of Love)
  11. The Pipettes – Call Me (Young Galaxy Remix) (Young Galaxy Versus)
  12. Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds (Blondie)
  13. The Shins – The Rifle’s Spiral (Port Of Morrow)
  14. The Shins – Simple Song (Port Of Morrow)
  15. The Shins – It’s Only Life (Port Of Morrow)
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