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, May 23, 2008

May 23, 2008

Theme: TweePop, Seattle, and little bit of Finland
On Air: Frank

On this show I had a set where I highlighted the CDs that I picked up while I was out west in the week before the show. My first musical stop was Seattle where I saw Lykke Li, El Perro Del Mar, and Anna Ternheim, the show was excellent, the venue was excellent, you can hear my review on the podcast (although I did go to Calgary and Banff as well there wasn't much of a musical part to that part of the trip).

Also in Seattle I visited Easy Street Records ( http://www.buymusichere.net/stores/easystreet/ ), a cool fountain( http://nedkahn.com/water.html# and look at the Encircled Stream), and a cool library ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:SCL9.JPG ) .

The most amazing thing about Seattle? I walked around for about 4 hours and I only saw 3 Starbucks. The next stop was Vancouver where I didn't see any shows but I picked up some CDs at the great record store Zulu Records and probably could have seen at least 3 Starbucks from almost every street corner.

Before I left for my trip I got a few CDs in the mail from WeePop records ( http://www.weepop.net/ ), the packaging is just so darn cute that it fits perfectly with the music. And there was a Finnish influence to the show as Hannu managed to visit me at the show before he left the country, although he didn't want to speak on air, I noted the Finnish songs that we played.

TALK-Theme
Hello, Blue Roses - Shadow Falls (C)
Destroyer - Dark Leaves From A Thread (C)
Ironville - Roses
The Lucksmiths - Adolescent Song Of Mindless Devotion
The Sweaters - The Pop Thing (C)
Robert Church And The Holy Community - Train To Asia
TALK (WeePOP Records Set)
Sunny Intervals - Let The City Run Away With Us
Wonder For All - Can't Say It
The Deirdres - Spring Forward, Fall Over
Colin Clary - Backseat Man
TALK
Rambling James Heron - As If I Didn't Know It
The Coy Hunt - Banana Cream Pie (C)
The Bet - Evileah (C)
Bare Knees - Wine Stains
Ben Sures - Drunk In My Kitchen (C)
TALK
22 Pistepirkko - Taxi 74 (Fin)
Pet Politics - In The Twinkle Of An Eye
The Lowest Of The Low - Salesmen, Cheats, And Liars (C)
Von Hertzen Brothers - Kiss A Wish (Fin)
TALK (Seattle and Vancouver Set)
Lykke Li - Everybody But Me
Tullycraft - Misgiving
Stephin Merrit - Shall We Sing A Duet?
Moby - Live For Tomorrow
TALK
Lights - I Owe You One (C)
The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Go
Afternoons In Stereo - How Does It Feel? (C)
Annie - I Know UR GF Hates Me (Get Shakes Remix)
TALK
Los Campensinos - Death To Los Campensions



(C) Denotes Canadian Content
(Fin) Denotes Finnish Content

Friday, May 9, 2008

May 9, 2008

Theme: Very Random
On Air: Frank

This was pretty much a random show with a poppy set, rockin' set, laid back set, funky set, and even a failed set.

I'll just talk about the failed set, ahh the magic of live radio. I played the song Twee by Tullycraft and then had the idea to play songs by the bands that are mentioned in the song. Of course I didn't do any pre-show planning so I was hoping to grab the songs while I was there, but nothing worked out, I couldn't find any of the music either at the station or even on the web. So instead of my usually 5 or 6 song set I only managed to find 2 of the artists mentioned in the song and I just decided to quit the set rather than struggle on.

On a side note, one of the bands I did play was the Posies who happened to be playing their 20th anniversary show when I was in Seattle last week, I didn't go, but I saw it listed.

TALK-Theme
Dag for Dag - Racing To Racine
Those Dancing Days - Disc-Hoe
Club 8 - Whatever You Want **From Eric
Robert Church And The Holy Community - Sunday Love
Viva Revolucion - That Means I Love You
TALK (Failed set)
Tullycraft - Twee
Lucksmiths - Beer Nut
Posies - Golden Blunders
TALK
Violent Archers - Insecure (C)
The Liptonians - Write Your Name In The Sand (C)
Kurt Swinghammer - All Roads Lead To Rome (C)
Andrew Vincent And The Pirates - Gary Hache (C)
Thomas Denver Jonsson - The Border
TALK
Simply Saucer - Almost Ready Betty (C)
Rough Bunnies - Modern Love
Young Knives - Up All Knight
Strip Squad - Unreliable Narrator
The Woodmen - Bring My Baby Back (C)
TALK
Moby - Disco Lies
Formula Z - Trouble
Charles Wright And The 10th Street Rhythm Band - 65 Bars And A Taste Of Soul
Flight Of The Choncords - Ladies Of The World
The Supreme Beings Of Leisure - The World
TALK
Rigas - Born Not To Run
Datarock - Fa-Fa-Fa
The Radio Department - Freddie And The Trojan Horse
TALK
The Cancecos - Raised By Wolves (C)



(C) Denotes Canadian Content