Fireball XL5 is the name of an indie-pop show hosted by Frank Seglenieks that for 18 years was on CKMS 100.3 FM Radio Waterloo. However, as a result of a format change in mid-2008, Fireball XL5 is now heard only as a podcast.

Of course I stole the name of the show from the 60s British Supermarionation program, which featured puppets kind of like the movie Team America.

I play alternative music that usually classified as indie-pop with the occasional feature on a particular artist or theme as well as discussions on pop culture topics of the day. I start off each show with the best song that I have heard since the last
show.

Note that the links to shows older than 6 months might not be working, if you really want those shows please send me an email and I can get them to you.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Best albums of 2017

Fireball XL5 Best albums of 2017


Listen to a song from each album using the links below:

1. Anna of the North - Lovers



2. Alvvays - Antisocialites



3. The Perfect Kiss - Disconnect



4. Yumi Zouma - Willowbank



5. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Echo Of Pleasure



6. Nite Jewel - Real High



7. Molly Nilsson - Imaginations



8. TOPS - Sugar At The Gate



9. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now



10. Blue Hawaii - Tenderness



11. She-Devils - S/T



12. The Drums - Abysmal Thoughts ‏





Best singles of 2017

Fireball XL5 Best singles of 2017

Listen to each song using the links below:

1. Forever - Falling



2. Nite Jewel - 2 Good 2 Be True



3 (tie). Anna of the North - Someone



3 (tie). Rex Orange Country - Loving Is Easy



4. Yumi Zouma - Depths (Pt. I) @YumiZouma



5. Starry Eyed Cadet - Kind





6. The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart - When I Dance With You



7. Molly Nilsson - About Somebody



8. Alvvays - Dreams Tonight



9. Morly - Sleeping In My Bed



10. TOPS - Petals




11. The Perfect Kiss - Disconnect



12. Aldous Harding - Imagining My Man




13. Blue Hawaii - No One Like You




14. The Drums - Blood Under My Belt



15. Wazonek - Christine



16. Jens Lekman - How we met, the long version



17. Friend Request - Outside



18. Men I Trust - Tailwhip



19. Alex Lahey - Lets Go Out



20. Charmpit - Vacation



Friday, December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017


Trying to get through some songs from 2017 during this the last show of the year.  Starting off with yet another great song that I found out from the great website/SIRIUS XMU show Gorilla vs Bear (see his list of the best songs of 2017 linked below) and ending with a funky set.


Best song I heard since the last show: Men I Trust - Tailwhip see the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IZKcb3LndA

Links from the show:

See Gorilla vs. Bear's list of top singles of 2017:
http://www.gorillavsbear.net/gorilla-vs-bears-songs-of-2017/

See the video of "Imaging My Man" by Aldous Harding:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE-A0cNSLmc


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://trepid.org/TCTAL/2017-12-22_final.mp3


For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - December 22, 2017
TALK - Theme
Men I Trust - Tailwhip
You'll Never Get To Heaven - Beyond The Clouds
Van She - Kelly
Patience - White Of An Eye
Rococode - Panic Attack
TALK
Aldous Harding - Imagining My Man
Desire - Under Your Spell
Sheer Mag - Need To Feel Your Love
Worries - Voice
Swimming Tapes - Souvenirs
TALK
Footnotes - The Entertainer
Entertainers  - I Wanna Be Your Everything
Indeep - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder
Alfa Anderson - Perfectly Chic
TALK - Random Ending
Husker Du - I Don't Know For Sure

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

The first song of the show by Morly is a great down-beat, haunting tune that started a set that went together well.  The next set featured a song by Molly Nilsson that could have also been my top song, see the link for the video below.  I ended with a set of funk for the first time in a while

Fun fact about this show: It wasn't until after that I realized that I played both a song called "Un-American Woman" and one titled "All American Girls".


Best song I heard since the last show: Morly - Sleeping In My Own Bed, hear the song here: https://morly.bandcamp.com/track/sleeping-in-my-own-bed

Links from the show:

See the fun video for Molly Nilsson's song "About Somebody":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjbMXHfEZ24

See the awesome video for "All American Girls" by Sister Sledge:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hv6WwaIx5g

The original "Running Away" by Sly and the Family Stone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7bvIIgQIJU


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://trepid.org/TCTAL/2017-11-17_final.mp3

For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - November 17, 2017
TALK - Theme
Morly - Sleeping In My Own Bed
Chromatics - Back From The Grave
Mellah - Nada
Dinner - Un-American Woman
Sunshine Faces - More Than Science
TALK
Ruby Haunt - Whatever
Molly Nilsson - About Somebody
Petite League - Shin Bruise
The Clientele - Everyone You Meet
The Raincoats - Running Away
TALK
Sister Sledge - All American Girls
Womack And Womack - Teardrops
Archie Bell And The Drells- Strategy
Harari - Give
Dwight Sykes And Jahari - Walk With Me
TALK - Random Ending
The Cure - Close To Me

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

I started out with a dreamy song by Yumi Zouma and continued down the indie pop path for the first 2 sets.  I ended with a set inspired by the recent Satellite Radio channel called Carolina Shag.

Best song I heard since the last show: Yumi Zouma - Depths (Pt. 1), hear the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJOn241bGxE

Links from the show:

See what you think of the Wazonek album:
https://wazonek.bandcamp.com/album/whichever-way-the-winds-are-blowing

Listen to and download the track from Hello, I'm Sorry:
https://helloimsorry.bandcamp.com/track/all-my-friends-are-romantics

Find out about Carolina Shag:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_shag


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://trepid.org/TCTAL/2017-10-27_final.mp3

For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - October 27, 2017
TALK - Theme
Yumi Zouma - Depths (Pt. 1)
Miami Horror - Sometimes
Hello, I'm Sorry - All My Friends Are Romantics
Tei Shi - How Far
Wazonek - Christine
TALK
White Town - She's A Lot Like You
The Stroppies - Go Ahead
Blushh - It's Fine
The Electric Pop Group - Postcard
Dim Vanilla - The Sun That Day
TALK
Georgia Prophets and Billy Scott - I've Got The Fever
Jackie Wilson - This Love Is Real
Eldridge Holmes - Lovely Woman
Joe Tex - Under Your Powerful Love
Wild Cherry - 1 2 3 Kind Of Love
TALK - Random Ending
When Nalda Became Punk - Summer, You And Me


Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017

I finally got around to spotlighting the great festival called Indietracks which takes place each year in a historical train station in England.  I have never been to the festival but if there is no NYCpopfest again next year I will have to look into it.  As well they always put out a compilation of the bands that are playing each year, from that I got my first set and my Top Song.


Best song I heard since the last show: Evripidis and his Tragedies - Fifteen Again, see the video for the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL_hxlEW4pU


Links from the show:

Information on the Indietracks Festival:
http://www.indietracks.co.uk/

Where you can buy the annual Indietracks Festival compilation:
https://indietracks.bandcamp.com/

Read about the strange story of superorganism:
https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/ypazdb/superorganism-its-all-good-something-for-your-mind


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://trepid.org/TCTAL/2017-09-22_final.mp3


For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - September 22, 2017
TALK - Theme
Evripidis and his Tragedies - Fifteen Again
The Orchids - Bemused, Confused, and Bedraggled
Charmpit - Vacation
Milky Wimpshake - Putting Things Right
Luby Sparks - Pop. 1979
TALK
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - When I Dance With You
No Vacation - Mind Fields
Alvvays - In Undertow
Nap Eyes - Don't Be Right
Superorganism - Something For Your m.i.n.d
TALK
The Homie - Too Late
Computer Magic - Been Waiting
Giraffage - All That Matters
Mall Grab - Cant
Freeez - I.O.U.
TALK - Random Ending
Boomdaddy - Big Life


Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

Three sets of differing music, I stole a lot of the music for the first electro set from from the great Satellite radio show/music blog Gorilla vs. Bear, then was a bit more an indie pop set, which was followed by a pure funk set.  All in all I think it was a good show.


Best song I heard since the last show: Forever - Falling, see the video for the song here: http://www.gorillavsbear.net/video-premiere-forever-falling/


Links from the show:

Get more information about Gorilla vs. Bear here:
http://www.gorillavsbear.net/

And from Gorilla vs. Bear find out more about Blue Hawaii:
http://www.gorillavsbear.net/jacques-greene-x-gorilla-vs-bear-takeover-blue-hawaii-interview/


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://trepid.org/TCTAL/2017-08-25_final.mp3

For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - August 25, 2017
TALK - Theme
Forever - Falling
Games - Stawberry Skies
Blue Hawaii - No One Like You
Rosemary Fairweather - Moonlight
Austin White - East 2 Please
TALK
Popinjays - Monster Mouth
Sugarcube - Bleach
Pastel Coast - Northern Beach
Adults Mom - Full Screen
Hoops - Sun's Out
TALK
Curtis Hairston - I Want You (All Tonight)
First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder
Fat Larry's Band - Looking For Love
The Galleria - Mezzanine
Archie Bell and the Drells - Strategy
TALK - Random Ending
Bent Shapes - Samantha West


Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185