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.

Monday, December 17, 2007

December 17, 2007

Theme: Christmas Time
On Air: Frank

I played a few new Christmas songs and a few old Fireball XL5 standards, but when all is said and done the best holiday song is still Elisa Gabbai's Winter In Kanada.

Not much else to say about the show, but I just wanted to mention that most of the new songs I played I stole from this podcast:

Lucky Lucky Pigeons - Red Santa
Amelia Fletcher and Hit Parade - Christmas Tears
The Fireflys - Xmas Song
Shumai - California Christmas
David Carswell and Megan Barnes - I Wanna Kiss You This Christmas (C)
Irene - Christmas On The Beach
Shadetree - Christmas Peace
Hello Saferide - Ipod Xmas
Higher Elevations - All These Summer Nights
Buck - Christmas In My Heart (C)
Belle and Sebastian - Santa, Bring My Baby Back
Dada - My Baby Fell For Ol' St Nick
Louis Armstrong - Zat You, Santa Claus?
New Birth Brass Band - Santa's Second Line
Jaymz Bee And The Royal Jelly Orchestra - Jingle Bells (C)
The Gems - Love For Christmas
The Diskettes - Noel (C)
Young and Sexy - Santa Claus Likes Rich Kids Better (C)
Bobby Baby - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Montt Mardie - I Wish Everyday Could Be Christmas
Rose Melberg and Gregory Webs - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
Lucky Soul - Lonely This Christmas
Eux Autres - Another Christmas At Home
Oh! Sweet Music - Oh! Sweet Christmas
Parker Lewis - Xmas Carols NYC
Stars - Fairytale Of New York (C)
Carolyn Mark - The Christmas Song (C)
Relient K - I Ain't Getting Nuttin For Christmas
Yo La Tengo - Rock'N'Roll Santa
Arcade Fire - Jingle Bell Rock (C)
The Decemberists - Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk Tonight)
El Perro Del Mar - Oh What A Christmas
Darryl Reimer - Merry Big Ole Christmas (C)
Elisa Gabbai - Winter In Kanada
The Knife - Christmas Reindeer

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, December 7, 2007

December 7, 2007

Theme: Spotlight on HHBTM
On Air: Frank

I got through a lot of great music this show that I had stored up the weeks and months before. I also did two sets highlighting a great record label with a great name: Happy Happy Birthday to Me. I came upon them reading a blog that described bands as having that "HHBTM" sound, I like the band so I did some research and found out what HHBTM stood for and found the record label's website. Most of the bands have the Indie-Twee sound that I'm into so it was a fortuitous find.

You can find out more about the label and listen to many of bands here:

Just one other note that the song my Murray Dear sounded to me so much like the Magnetic Fields that I had to play them immediately after. In other Magnetic Fields news their new album is due out in January something that I'm very much looking forward to hearing.

Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining
The Sadies - Higher Power (C)
Bughouse 5 - Ten Lost Years (C)
Hot Kid - Ties That Bind (C)
Andrew Vincent and the Pirates - Martha (C)
The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight (C)
The Evaporators - Grassy Jack (C)
Cut Off Your Hands - Expectations
The Purrs - She's Got Chemicals
TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me
We All Have Hooks For Hands - The Man Is Trying To Outfox Us All
Murray Dear - Deserter
The Magnetic Fields - I Thought You Were My Boyfriend
Tellus About The Moon - Hate
Postal Blue - Weather Sensitive
The Assistants - Stop Dead (C)
Keith John Adams - Never Look Down
Patience Please - I'll Have What She's Having
The Smittens - Stop The Bombs
Casper and the Cookies - Eux Autres
James Ausfahrt - Lucy Ferocious
Slumber Party - Sooner Or Later
Spring Factory - Get Out Of Bed
The Dreamers - A Place I Know
Lykke Li - Little Bit
B'Ehl - Jammers Like Me (C)
Paint By Numbers - Deep In The Snow
The Lovely Feathers - The Only Appalachian Cornfield (C)
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - I Never Thought I Could Feel That Way For A Boy
DJ Champion - No Heaven (C)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content