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, June 29, 2007

June 29, 2007

Theme: Halifax a go-go
On Air: Frank

This was my first show in over a month so of course I had lots of music to play and not enough time. As such, it wasn't just a top song to start the show but more of a top set as any song in the first set could have been the top song of the week. If you are an Amy Whinehouse fan do yourself and favour and check out the first song, Amy Whinehouse covering the song "Valerie" originally by the Zutons, hear it once and it will be in your head all day.

I was out east at the beginning of June, and as this was the first show since then, I finally got to play all of the music that I collected out there. Only two of the artists were actually from Eastern Canada, the rest I just happened to buy out there. I was very surprised to see the "I'm From Barcelona" CD in a used record store in Halifax (well actually Michelle found it) also surprising is how much I like the songs on the album that I had not already heard. The Smokey Robinson CD was a from a bargin bin in Wolfville just to have something to listen to in the car, and I'm surprised with how many of the songs I recognize and enjoy.

My usual routine is to play 5 songs in each set (maybe something to do with my engineering mind always wanting order in the world) but for this show the sets just worked out better having 6 songs. There was also a weird coincidence in that there was a streak of about 10 songs between Brideshead and The Stolen Minks of songs that featured female lead singers.


TALK - Theme

Mark Ronson featuring Amy Whinehouse - Valerie
Amida - Class of 2000
The April Skies - Rise and Rise Again
Brideshead - Love Makes The Sun Shine Bright
The Ethnobabes - Make Some Sound
The Fiery Furnaces - Benton Harbor Blues
TALK
Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars - Dance Music (C)
Frida Hyvonen - You Never Got Me Right
The Pipettes - Guess Who Ran Off With The Milkman?
The Russian Futurists - The First Five Times (from Do You Trust Your Friends by the Stars) (C)
Au Revoir Simone - Stars **Suggested by Milosz
Taken by Trees featuring Victoria Bersman - Lost and Found

TALK (Maritime set)
The Gentle Waves - Sister Woman (Dave's Records - Newfoundland)
The Stolen Minks - Rip It Up (C) (CD Plus - Halifax)
The Superfantastics - Glitter (C) (Taz Records - Halifax)
I'm From Barcelona - Over Sleeping (CD Plus - Halifax)
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (Dave's Records - Newfoundland)
Smokey Robinson - Just To See Her (Bargin Bin - Wolfville)
TALK
Volcanoes In Canada - She Moves (C)
Wax Mannequin - Animals Jump (C)
Immaculate Machine - Jarhand (C)
Pinto - This Picture Needs A Frame
They Might Be Giants - Upside Down Frown
The Bravery - Fistful Of Sound (C)
TALK
I Walk The Line - When I'm Gone
Robert Forster - 121
The Postmarks - Goodbye
Los Campesinos - Don't Tell Me To Do The Math(s)
TALK
Knock, Knock, Ginger - Virginia Black (C) **See Note 1



Note 1: KKG played the north campus of the University after the fireworks on Canada Day


(C) Denotes Canadian Content