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, November 24, 2006

November 24, 2006

Theme: Knock, Knock, Ginger Interview
On Air: Frank and Knock, Knock, Ginger

This was a very special show as I was joined by most of the members of local band Knock, Knock, Ginger to preview their upcoming EP release show at the Starlight on Thursday, December 7th. The topics of conversation included: the origins of the band, their experiences traveling to and performing at this year's Halifax Pop Festival, the songwriting process, and of course their new EP.

One cool thing we also got to do was to play a few songs that came from a contest the band held in conjunction with the Starlight. As part of the contest people could suggest up to 3 songs that the band should cover during their show at the Starlight, the band got an anonymous list of the songs and the person who suggested the song they pick will get a prize pack. So for the show we played some of the suggested songs (which may or may not have been the songs that I suggested), I have marked the songs appropriately below.

Once more I would like to thank Milosz, Matt, Lisa, and Owen for coming out to the show and doing such a great job. See more info about the band here: http://www.myspace.com/knockknockginger

TALK - Theme

Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You
The Diskettes - Art (C)
The Pipettes - It Hurts To See You Dance So Well
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone **See Note 1
TALK (mostly a Milosz set)
Acid House Kings - This Heart Is A Stone
** Decemberists - Yankee Bayonet
Henry Faberge and the Adorables - Out Of Your League (C) **See Note 2
The Bicycles - Australia (C)
Catatonia - Dead From The Waist Down (C)
TALK (Matt's set)
Ratatat - Wildcat **See Note 3
The Sourkeys - Gossip (C)
Two Hours Traffic - Stuck For The Summer (C)
Hot Chip - The Warning
TALK
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Virginia Black (C)
** New Order - Fine Time
** Diana Ross and the Supremes - Love Child
** The Lemonheads - If I Could Talk I'd Tell You
TALK
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Love Renee (C)
TALK
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Tragic Love Affair Of Kasey and Jaime (C)


**Song that was suggested as part of the contest

Note 1: Even after almost 30 years this song really holds up well

Note 2: Both of these bands played a show with Knock, Knock, Ginger at the Grad House a few months ago, unforunately they didn't have as good a time as when the other bands played Vancouver: http://radio3.cbc.ca/blogs/2006/11/Take-Your-Shirt-Off

Note 3: Matt likes this song so much he has it has the ringtone on his phone, which we proved on the air.


(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, November 10, 2006

November 10, 2006

Theme: Money and Gambling
On Air: Frank and Deep Space Wayne

For this show Deep Space Wayne was my guest and he was celebrating his poker victory the night before by playing a few songs about money or gambling (I can't believe he beat me not once but twice when I had a straight). Before he got there I played some of the songs that I had built up over the last little while since I had theme for the last few shows.

The second set started with Lloyd Cole whom I recently saw in Toronto at the Mod Club. It was a great show where he concentrated on a lot of his earlier solo material and songs that he did with the Commotions, not being a fan of his most recent album "Antidepressant", this was quite alright with me. However, the song I played during the show is the best from Antidepressant.

I ended the show with The Jolly Llamas who were playing that night at the the inaugural Sonic Boom Awards. These were CKMS sponsored awards for both programmers and local artists, just like those track and field events in public school where everybody got a ribbon, I tied for Most Memorable Voice (not best or coolest, but most memorable, I don't know if that is a compliment or not).


TALK - Theme

Irene - Into the Sun
Little Name - How To Swim And Live
Cats On Fire - Draw In The Reins
Shade Tree - Where Do We Go From Here

Lovejoy - In The Rain
TALK
Lloyd Cole - NYC Sunshine
Great Aunt Ida - Little Voice (C)
Stuart Staples - There Is A Path **Note 1
Young and Sexy - Satellite (C)
Carolyn Mark - Chumpville (C)
TALK
Ohbijou - St. Francis (C)
De Novo Dahl - Shout
El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)
The Lovely Feathers - Photocorners (C)
Howe Gelb - But I Did Not
TALK
Bocce - Bicycle Cop Bears (C) **See Note 2
Shout Out Out Out - Self Loathing Rulz (C)
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor (DSW)
The Rapture - Get Myself Into It
The Beta Band - Outside (DSW)
TALK
Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment (C) (DSW)
The Thermals - A Pillar of Salt
Jesus and Mary Chain - Far Gone And Out (DSW)
The Cliks - Start Leading Me On (C)
Sonic Youth - Reena (DSW)
The O'Jays - For The Love Of Money (DSW)
TALK

The Jolly Llamas - Jenna's Vegan Docs (C)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

(DSW) Denotes song picked by Deep Space Wayne

Note 1: This song features the former lead singer from Lambchop who has one of the most distinct voices in music.

Note 2: The second last set started out with a couple of bands that I caught at the Starlight a few days before the show, Bocce and Shout Out Out Out. Although their website says that SOOO has 4 bass players; I only saw 2 of them along with 2 keyboardists, 2 drummers, and a singer. They were almost as high energy as the local opener Bocce.