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.


Friday, September 29, 2006

September 29, 2006

Theme: Side Projects
On Air: Frank

The side projects theme really got people thinking so I got lots of suggestions for bands to play. A great suggestion was made by Chris F. who remembered that I had told him about seeing NoMeansNo before the show and came up with the Hanson Brothers a side project of NoMeansNo. Also topical as hockey season started the week after the show.

Deep Space Wayne suggested that I could have just done the whole show based on Broken Social Scene which is pretty much a band that is a side project of people from other bands.


I made an impulse buy the night before the show and picked up the acclaimed and influential album "Colossal Youth" by the Young Marble Giants. I first heard of Stuart Moxham of the band because of his involvement with the Stephin Merrit project The 6ths as well I have heard lots of people praise him so I decided to go for it. So far I'm really liking it. I also played songs from few other CDs I picked up right before the show.


TALK - Theme

Peter Bjorn and John featuring Victoria Bergsman - Young Folks Cats On Fire - Higher Ground
^^ Jim Noir - Key of C
Dyrdin - Popp & Co
** Young Marble Giants - Salad Days
TALK
## The Stars - Reunion (C)
++ Amy Milan - He Brings Out The Whiskey In Me (C)
++ ** Memphis - Incredibly Drunk on Whiskey (C)
Violet Lyal - To You Leaving (C)
TALK
## NoMeansNo - I Need You (C) **Suggested by Chris F.
++ The Hanson Brothers - 100 + 10% (C)
## New York Dolls - Personality Crisis **Suggested by Karen M.
++ Buster Poindexter - All Night Party
TALK
## Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Chicken Dog **Suggested by Chris D.
++ 20 Miles - Mend Your Heart
Ladyhawk - The Dugout (C) **Suggested by Rick W.
^^ Sound Team - Your Eyes Are Liars

Yo La Tengo - Watch Out For Me Ronnie
TALK
## Metric - Combat Baby (C) **Sort of suggested by Chris D.
++ Emily Haines - The Lottery (C)
Those Transatlantics - The Other Cheek
Great Aunt Ida - We Say No (C)
^^ The Icicles - Snowman
TALK
## New Order - Regret
++ Electronic - Late At Night
** Junior Boys - In The Morning (C)
TALK
Jonathan Richman - Since She Started To Ride **See Note 1
Harvee - No One Here **See Note 2


## Original band
++ Side Project

** Bought the day before the show at Soundscapes
^^ Doesn't mean anything but I just really wanted to make the setlist really, really, confusing

Note 1: Dedicated to Mike and Jackie, I decided to play the song because of a conversation I had with them and Jackie talking about spending a lot time at the barn looking after horses

Note 2: Bonus song because the person on after me was a few minutes late.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

September 15, 2006

Theme: No Theme
On Air: Frank

Not a lot to say about this show, I think I played lots of great songs, but not much of an overall theme even within individual sets. There were a couple of notable new releases by both Yo La Tengo and Memphis, I was really excited by both of them so I played a set of double shots so I could hear more of each album. I talked about Yo La Tengo in the last mailout while Memphis is a side project of Torquil Campbell of the Stars. From this initial listen it sounds much more developed than the first Memphis album and more my style than Amy Milan's solo effort.

Another song of note was by the Shakers, a band that featured Dave Rave, formerly of Teenage Head and many other bands. He has just released a great Anthology featuring songs from his long career. Find more about him here: www.dave-rave.com .

For the rest of the show I played lots of other great songs, a few from some CDs in the new release section that I had never heard of before the show: the aforementioned Violet Lyal, The Golden Dogs, and The Balling Jacks.


TALK - Theme
The Gresham Flyers - Shiftwork
Irene - Little Things (That Tear Us Apart)
The Ballet - In My Head
Peace In Our Time - Everyone or Anyone
Serenade - The Sweetest
TALK (Double Shot Set)
Yo La Tengo - I Feel Like Going Home
Yo La Tengo - Mr. Tough
Memphis - I Dreamed We Fell Apart (C)
Memphis - In The Cinema Alone (C)
Violet Lyal - Camera (C)
Violet Lyal - Ready To Go (C)
TALK
Those Transatlantics - In Your Neighbourhood
The San Marios - Half A Million
The Tidy Ups - Dizzy Hieghts
Acid House Kings - That's Because You Drive Me
TALK
The Shakers - Let's Face It (C)
Pointed Sticks - Marching Song (C)
The Skatomatics - Pop Song (C)
The Balling Jacks - Going Insane (C)
Wax Mannequin - The Price (C)
TALK
Annemarie - Apple (Suicide On Your Stereo)
Klavey Y Kongo - Ay Candela!
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Dream I Had (I) (C)
Regina Spektor - Hotel Song
The Dears - Whites On Party (C) **See Note 1
The Golden Dogs - Construction Worker (C) **See Note 2
The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Disco (C)
TALK
Elliot Brood - Second Son (C)

Note 1: This song was dedicated to the new edition of Survivor where the initial split of contestants is along racial lines.

Note 2: The Golden Dogs reminded me a lot of The New Pornographers, so I had to play them next.



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Friday, September 1, 2006

September 1, 2006

Theme: No Theme
On Air: Frank

I just loved both of the first songs I played, I could have just put them on repeat for the rest of the show. I still don't know why I like Regina Spektor so much, on paper I shouldn't, she is a solo piano player who does a lot of vocal gymnastics which is generally not my thing, also I have never been a big fan of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, or Ani DiFranco all of whom she has been compared to, yet something about her songs make them catchy and beautiful. The second song was by New Buffalo and featured Jens Lekman and thus was a no-brainer as far as me liking it.

In the first set I also played a song by a band called The Repomen, so I had to play a song off of the soundtrack to the cult classic Repo Man. That album has so many great songs, but I decided to play the Burning Sensations version of the Jonathan Richman song Pablo Picasso.

The Yo La Tengo song is from their new album "I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass", related to this is the website http://www.iamnotafraidofyouandiwillbeatyourass.com/ where you can see many different people saying the line, you can even submit a video of you saying it and maybe it will be added to the video wall.

The Circus Room set featured songs by some of the great bands I saw at the Circus Room the Sunday before the show, not only were the headlining Mega-Haunches great (with their Bizarro twins from Knock Knock Ginger and go-go dancers) but the opening acts were also quite good. The Reverb Society lead singer (like me) obviously watched a lot of TV in the late 70s and 80s as they have song titles like "I Am The New Number 2" and "Zis is KOAS!" they also played the theme to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." during the set. So during the show I played song from a vinyl EP I bought many years ago solely because of the title "Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me", as the two agents from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. were Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

Got to love the Magic Numbers doing a cover of the Beyonce song "Crazy in Love", the only reason I know the song is that they used it as the Raptor intro song this past season.

I ended the show with a song by trumpet player Maynard Ferguson who passed away before this show. He is best known for playing the trumpet part in the Rocky theme "Gonna Fly Now", find out more about him here: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=2352609

TALK - Theme
Regina Spektor - Fidelity
New Buffalo featuring Jens Lekman - Inside (the Corrections)
Modern Boys Modern Girls - Oleander (C)
Mica - Stitch
Repomen - Lights Out
Burning Sensations - Pablo Picasso
TALK
Yo La Tengo - I Should Have Known Better
Subhumans - Celebrity (C)
Forbidden Dimension - Tonight I Paint In Flesh Colour (C) **See note 1
The Grates - 192020
The Clash - Police On My Back **See note 2
TALK
The Skatomatics - Burning Bush (C)
Planet Smashers - Mighty (C)
Hidden Cameras - Lollipop (C)
Little Name - For The Attention Of
April Fools Day - My Avenue
TALK (Circus Room Set)
The Haunches - Crush On Friend Ends In Tragedy (C)
Hexes And Ohs - Whaddya Know? (C)
The Reverb Society - I Am The New Number 2 (C)
Cleaners From Venus - Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me **Digital Vinyl
TALK
The Dears - You And I Are A Gang Of Losers (C)
Dirty On Purpose - No Radio
The Southern Alps - Tuesday Morning
The Mountain Goats - Half Dead
Tobias Froberg - When The Night Turns Cold
Good On Paper - The Message
TALK
The Magic Numbers - Crazy In Love
Maynard Ferguson - I Love You

Note 1: The Forbidden Dimension features the former lead singer of one of the greatest Canadian Bands ever - Colour Me Psycho

Note 2: I played the Clash song because it was briefly played on the Emmy's as Conan O'Brien was running on to the stage after his gag opening.



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