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, October 27, 2006

October 27, 2006

Theme: Big and tall and short
On Air: Frank

The theme for this show was Big and Tall and Short (after a sign I saw for a store in Hamilton) so all the songs I played were either over 6 minutes or under 2 minutes long. I think it went OK, but it was difficult to mix the two different song lengths, as in general the shorter songs were happy indie pop while the longer ones were more groovy laid back songs.

I made sure to note the lengths of each of the songs in the setlist. I got a couple of suggestions of songs to play, but I couldn't justify playing Onita's suggestion of Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant, as at 18 minutes it would have taken up too much of the show.

The last song (Abe Vigoda's dead) was 15 seconds short of 6 minutes but I let it go as it was my tribute to Halloween. However do note that Abe Vigoda is indeed alive, this is confirmed by the website www.abevigoda.com where the current state of Mr. Vigoda is displayed (you can also get this as an add-on to Firefox). I still remember the Letterman episode where they quelled the original Abe Vigoda is dead rumour by having him in the show's control room. Does anybody still watch Letterman anymore or has everybody moved to Stewart/Colbert?


And although I had to play a first song I'm not considering it my top song of the week. It was a busy time for me before the show with being in Saskatchewan for a week and a couple of birthdays so I couldn't find a song that had that something something that it needs to be my top song.

TALK - Theme

Nicole Willis and the Sound Investigators - No One's Gonna Love You (6:05)
Bran Van 3000 - Astounded (C) (5:56)
Ivana Santilli - Sun + Moon = Tomorrow (C) (6:01)
The Pipettes - I Love You (1:38)
The Diskettes - Art (C) (1:42)
TALK
The Bicycles - Sure Was Great (C) (1:35)
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go (C) (6:02)
The Doers - We're Open (C) (1:55)
Yo La Tengo - Heard You Looking (7:01) **Suggested by Chris D
Chixdiggit - Getting Air (C) (1:33) **Suggested by Chris D
TALK
Dengue Fever - 1000 Years Of A Tarantula (6:43)
Cassius - The Sound Of Violence (7:13)
Junior Boys - Like A Child (C) (6:07)
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Butterball (6:18)
TALK
CUB - Your Bed (C) (1:32)
The Sin-Tones - Trailer Park Sadie (C) (1:43)
Unrest - Cath Carroll (10 cc mix) (7:13)
King Curtis - Memphis Soul Stew (7:36)
The Pipas - Riff Raff (1:51)
TALK
spinnwebe.com - Abe Vigoda's Dead (Premorteum mix) (5:45)



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Friday, October 13, 2006

October 13, 2006

Theme: Accordion Fever
On Air: Frank


The accordion themed show went very well, and again before I scare anybody off from listening to the show, I only started off each set with a song that contained some accordion. As well during each talking break I read some selections from the Geoff Berner booklet: How to be an Accordion Player, get more information about it here: http://www.geoffberner.com/introduction.htm

Note that unlike the Corrine Bailey Rae song, I am aware that the Lilly Allen song "Smile" is a popular song, but I played it anyway. The third set came from music that I had recently purchased from the great indie pop website: www.poppolar.com

After the side projects set I was made aware that I had done a great injustice by not playing the band Dump after playing Yo La Tengo (Dump is a side project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew), I corrected this great injustice during this show.


TALK - Theme

The Rascals - Groovin'
Amp Fiddler - Right Where You Are
Lily Allen - Smile
Bic Runga - Say After Me
Hawksley Workman - You Me And The Weather (C)
TALK
Wet Spots - Blitzkrieg Polka (C) **See Note 1
The Snow Fairies - The Life Of A Total Square
The Besties - Prison Song
Sandro Perri - Circles
Axel Yngvell - The Great Big Saturday
Nils Folke Valdemar - The Taking Off Of Pants
TALK (poppolar.com set)
The Cajun Ramblers - Venez A Louisianne (C) **Digital Tape
The Pipettes - One Night Stand
Cats on Fire - The Smell of An Artist
The Tidy-ups - Death To The Tidy-ups
Pipas - Basements
Lake Holiday - Don't Stay Forever (C)
TALK
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul Not Constantinople
Wax Tailor - Que Sera
Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye (C)
Memphis - In The Cinema Alone (C)
Two Hours Traffic - Jezebel (C)
TALK
Jens Lekman - Julie (Remix)
Square Root of Margaret - The 3-D Breeze (C)
Yo La Tengo - Point and Shoot
Dump - Erotic City
The Reverb Society - Shake Don't Stir (C)
TALK
Geoff Berner - We All Gotta Be A Prostitute Sometime (C)


Note 1: The show was during the annual Oktoberfest festival in Kitchener-Waterloo and this song mentions the festival.


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