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

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.

Friday, July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

Theme: More Calvin Johnson than you can stand
On Air: Frank

Another week another show. Between the Denver set (where I purchased the latest Calvin Johnson album) and the set of music highlighting his recent shows, there was a definite Calvin Johnson bent to a lot of the show. After seeing him at the Music Gallery last Saturday with Julie Doiron I found out that he was playing a backyard show in Guelph on Wednesday. I liked him so much the first time I had to see him the second time.

It is a good time for the new release section at CKMS with lots of good stuff to play including a couple of surprises such as Code Pie and the Immaculate Machines. There was also a new album by Carolyn Mark, there used to be a time when I would have been very excited by this, but I don't know if I have been all that excited by her recent stuff. However, she and Geoff Berrner are playing the Jane Bond in September and I'll probably go and see them.

The second last set had a mish-mash of ideas:

- the Rubinoos song (thanks Dan) that is the centre of the controversy with Avril Lavigne ( )

- the original of the song that was my top song last week

- and a small feature on a recent great commercial song for Maynard's candy, the one with the girl in the red polka dot dress walking along a street and then splits into different versions of herself. ( ) After much research I think I am correct that the band is a Canadian band called Major Maker and the song was written for the commercial and there are no plans to create a full version of the song. However, one of the members of Major Maker is Lindy, so perhaps I will one day be able to ask him as he plays the Jane Bond every once in a while.

The Ethnobabes - My Favourite Fool
Los Campensions - We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
La Buenavida - En Bicicleta
Code Pie - Conway Killjoy (C)
Superfantastics - As The Lights Go Down (C)
TALK (New Releases)
The Pipettes - Guess Who Ran Off With The Milkman?
Shapes And Sizes - Diggy (C)
Grant McLennan - Lighting Fires
Immaculate Machines - Small Talk (C)
Carolyn Mark - Pictures At 5 (C)
TALK (Calvin Johnson and related set)
Griffin And The True Believers - Carnival (C)
Matias - Tea (C)
Beat Happening - Indian Summer
Calvin Johnson - Your Eyes
TALK (CDs from Denver)
Calvin Johnson And The Sons Of The Soil - Banana Meltdown
Sea and Cake - Too Strong
Electronic - Tighten Up
VHS or Beta - Heaven
Rubinoos - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
The Zutons - Valerie
The Maynards - Pauline's Jeans (C)
Major Maker - Over It (C)
Major Maker - Candy Song (C)
Rah Rah - Winter Sun
Brown Recluse Sings - Lazy Bones
The Diskettes - Art (C)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

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