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 23, 2007

November 23, 2007

Theme: Fun with Bruce
On Air: Frank

My top song this week was by a band from Florida called the "Black Kids" and their great tune called "I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend To Dance". As opposed to the Shout Out Louds songs (see the August 17 setlist) that sounded like it was a cover of a song by The Cure that I had not heard about before, this song sounds like a song the The Cure might write in the future.

By the way it came from a great podcast that highly recommend, it is the KEXP song of the day ( http://kexp.org/podcasting/podcasting.asp ) every weekday you get a new song, it is hit and miss but when I love a song I really love it like this one.

Yes, I promise this was the last time I will do a direct comparison between Jens Lekman and Jonathan Richman, but if you listen to the two songs the "Bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum" part is identical. I'm not alone in thinking this as I managed to find 2 other references to this similarity:
http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviewcomment.php?ID=3596
http://users.livejournal.com/_shmoo/

Congratulations to Dave and Michael who won the tickets to "Control", the movie about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis.

TALK-Theme
Black Kids - I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend To Dance
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Girl #3
Postal Blue - Puzzle
Edson - Sunday, Lovely Sunday
TALK
Masonic - Way Gone By **See Note 1
Neverending White Lights - Always (C)
Shock Hop Arousal - Rhythm Thief (C)
The Hives - Won't Be Long
TALK
Joy Division - Ice Age **Suggested by Dave F.
Joy Division - Decades **Suggested by Michael T.
New Order - Waiting For The Siren's Call
Small Sins - It Keeps Me On My Toes (C)
TALK
Hidden Cameras - Smells Like Happiness (C)
Ostrich - Ice Cold Killers
TIAC - Catalogue of Failures
The Evaporators - Do The Eggbeater (C)
TALK
Jonathan Richman - Walter Johnson
Jens Lekman - Sweet Summers Night on Hammer Hill
Jens Lekman - You Can Call Me Al
The Pipettes - Judy
TALK
The Brunettes - If You Were Alien
Basia Bulat - Before I Knew
Chicklet - Whitewashed
Lykke Li - Tonight **See Note 2
Belle and Sebastian - A Century of Fakers **Thanks to Karen
TALK
The Golden Dogs - 1985

Note 1: I got this song from Derek's Bury Me Not MP3 Blog - www.burymenot.com

Note 2: She is supposed to be the next Robyn.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

November 9, 2007

Theme: Fun with Bruce
On Air: Frank and Bruce

I was lucky enough to have a guest on this week's show in the form of Bruce who came all the way from Saskatoon just to be there (well actually he might have had a meeting in town or something like that as well). As a result of having a guest you might notice from the length of the setlist that we talked a lot and didn't play nearly as many songs as a usual week.

For the first time in a while I played a funky/jazzy/dancy kind of set, I know it has been a while as some of the songs came from the CDs I made a few months ago. The rest of the show was a mish-mash of whatever Bruce and I felt like playing, but overall we mixed up picking out most of the music so I didn't note who picked what on the list.

One thing we didn't really talk much about till nearly the end of my show was recent trip to Chicago, but I did manage to get in my two stories that came from riding on the Chicago subway (you will have to listen to podcast to find out more). But I didn't have the time to properly talk about the main reason that I went to Chicago was to see Jens Lekman, so I'll try and do a better recap on the next show.


TALK-Theme
The Sonics - Stychnine
Immaculate Machine - Broken Ship (C)
Chuck Prophet - Doubter of Jesus (All Over You)
The Fiery Furnaces - The Old Hag Is Sleeping
The Voom Booms - Nine Ships
TALK (funky/jazzy/dancy set 1)
Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema
The Trinidad Steel Band - Sissy Strut
Ruby And The Romantics - Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
Time Box - Beggin'
Roisin Murphy - Let Me Know **See Note 1
TALK (funky/jazzy/dancy set 2)
Gorillaz - Rock The House
Buck 65 - Dang (C)
David Bowie with The Pet Shop Boys - Hallo Spaceboy
Small Sins - I Need A Friend (C)
Thievery Corporation - Vivid
TALK
Eugene Ripper - Banks Of Newfoundland (C) **See Notes 2 and 3
Dog Day - Oh Dead Life (C)
Neverending White Lights - The World Is Darker (C)
The Weakerthans - Sun In An Empty Room (C)
Jens Lekman - Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
TALK
Feist - I Feel It All (C)

Note 1: Out of all the songs I played this week this is the one I have listened to the most since the show.

Note 2: The last time Bruce and I had seen each other was at a conference in St. John's, Newfoundland at a conference, thus this song seemed appropriate.

Note 3: Another note about this song was that it came from a CD that was sent to me by Eugene Ripper.

(C) Denotes Canadian Content