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, August 29, 2008

August 29, 2008

Theme: My Sentimental Heart
On Air: Frank

I have to thank Mary for my best song of the week, she asked me if I had heard "Sentimental Heart" by She & him, at the time I had not heard of the song but really enjoyed it when I heard it. So much so that I picked up the CD entitled "Volume One" when I saw it in a record store the past weekend. The band consists of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel but you can listen to the show to find out more about She & him.

When playing the "Let's Ride Mega Mix" by Gonzales I started thinking about what is this year's song of the summer. Although I didn't particularly listen to the song this summer it has the elements of a good summer song with the funky beats and summer vibe.

The last set ended with the band the Stolen Minks (friends of the show) who came on my show last year. This year they are doing a mega 10 week tour across Canada and the US and if you are reading this anywhere in North America the chances are they are going to be playing in your town. Check out their tour schedule here http://www.myspace.com/stolenminks and read their tour blog here: http://thestolenminks.exclaim.ca/

And I ended with a request that I finally played for Paul that he made way back before my last show on CKMS, sorry about being so late.



TALK-Theme
She & Him - Sentimental Heart
Therea Andersson - Birds Fly Away
Firefox AK with Tiger Lou - Winter Rose
Yo La Tengo - Our Little Corner Of The World
Hello Saferide - San Francisco **For Karen
TALK
Marching Band - Makeup Artist
Peace In Our Time - Desperate for something to say
The Second Band - No Song
Speedmarket Avenue - I Can Tell By Here Eyes
The Gresham Flyers - Shiftwork
TALK
salut!machaut - Train Song
Billie the Vision and The Dancers - Lily From The Middleway Street
I'm From Barcelona - Music Killed Me
The Polyphonic Spree - Running Away
TALK
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Love Will
Pop Levi - Never Never Love
Sad Day For Puppets - Hush
Crystal Castles - Courtship Dating
TALK
Natalia Clavier - Dormida
Air France - No Excuses
The Virgins - Rich Girls
Monte Marde - Highschool Drama
Gonzales - Let's Ride Mega Mix (C)
TALK
New Radiant Storm Kings - Undignified
Born Ruffians - Hummingbird (C)
Okkervill River - Lost Coastlines
Hawaii Mud Bombers - Chewy - Lovie
The Stolen Minks - Peppy Twist (C)
TALK
Holiday Flyer - I'm Here, You're Gone



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Friday, August 15, 2008

August 15, 2008

Theme: Baseball and blip.fm
On Air: Frank

I was happy with my first non-CKMS podcast, however I am still working out some of the bugs in my system. Thus I apologize for any uneven levels, blowing into the microphone, and songs playing on while I was talking.

As for the show, Derek sent me a song by The baseball project, an album of songs about baseball put together by Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey. The song I played, "The Yankee Flipper", chronicles the time that Jack McDowell gave the finger to the New York fans and the events that lead up to that moment. Read more about the baseball project here http://www.yeproc.com/artist_info.php?artistId=12539 .

I also did a set of songs that I found out about through the website blip.fm , where people recommend songs (or "'blip" them) along with short comments on the songs. I played a few songs from two of my favourite DJs on blip, Seeshell and VanillaJ, unfortunately you have to sign up as a DJ in order to see their picks, but it is free and quick.

One of reasons that I have to go on with the show is my reaction when I heard about the passing of Isaac Hayes, the first thing I thought was "I should play an Isaac Hayes song on my next show".



TALK-Theme
The Baskervilles - A Little More Time
Sunny Summer Day - Something In Your Eyes
The Pipettes - I Like A Boy In Uniform (School Uniform)
Montt Mardie - Set Sail Tomorrow
TALK (Baseball Set)
The Baseball Project - The Yankee Flipper
Belle and Sebastian - Piazza, New York Catcher
Courtney Love - Baseball Bat
The Bookmen - Huggin' At My Pillow (C)
TALK (blip.fm set)
Noah And The Whale - 2 Atoms In A Molecule
Preston School Of Industry - Caught In The Rain
The Dodos - Walking
Land Of Talk - All My Friends
TALK (laid back set)
Rilo Kiley - Science Vs. Romance
Neal Halstead - Queen Bee
Miracle Fortress - Have You See In Your Dreams
Hello Saferide - Anna
TALK (bit more of a rock set)
The Ackermans - Song In Your Street
The Blows - Two Minutes
Telekinesis! - All Of A Sudden
Good Shoes - Small Town Girl
TALK (back to pop)
The Gresham Flyers - Foolscap
The Helio Sequence - Can't Say No
The Greencoats - Honey
The Shermans - Falling Out Of Love
TALK (funky set)
Juvelen - Don't Mess
Michael Franti and Spearhead - Say Hey (I Love You)
PPP (Platinum Pied Pipers) - On A Cloud
The Greyboy Allstars - Still Waiting
TALK
Isaac Hayes - Never Can Say Goodbye


(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, August 1, 2008

August 1, 2008

Theme: Last Show On CKMS
On Air: Frank, Derek, Sari, Dave, Jen, Tony, Milosz, Karen, Eric, Wayne, and Graham.

Well my final show went down exactly as I had hoped; lots of people at the station, lots of people playing songs, lots of people sharing stories about CKMS. Thanks to everybody who came the studio that night and everybody who was listening from near and far.

There were sets of music from Dave, Jen, Peter, Sari, Wayne, Karen, Eric, and Derek. I also managed to sneak in a few sets including ones about the Hillside Festival, musicians who had appeared on my show, a set for Charlene, and songs dedicated to friends of the show who were far away.

It was also great to have local artists from Knock, Knock, Ginger and Bocce who talked about their upcoming albums and the great race to see which one will be released first.

And although we bid a fitting farewell to CKMS that night do remember that Fireball XL5 will continue in podcast form for as long as I am able. I picked up some new equipment last week and I think I am ready to go to start recording at home.


TALK-Theme
Gonzales - Working Together (C)
Capetown - Let It Go
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane
The Hold Steady - Constructive Summer
TALK (Dave's Set)
Neutral Milk Hotel - Aeroplane Over The Sea
Diodes - Tired Of Waking Up Tired (C)
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Royksopp - Remind Me
Dandy Warhols - Talk Radio
TALK (long distance dedications)
Spirit Of The West - Political (C) **For John and Rob
Lloyd Cole - No Blue Sky **For Stephen P
Jolly Llamas - 51st State (C) **For Steven F
Husker Du - Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely **For Steven F
TALK (Peter's Set)
Boston Spaceship - Go For The Exit
Eric Bachman - Carrborro Woman
The Wedding Present - I Lost The Monkey
TALK (Jen's Set)
Rafter - ZZZperchant
Fuckbuttons - Bright Tomorrow
Dodos - Walking
TALK (Hillside Set)
Hawksley Workman - Tarantulove (C)
Black Cabbage - Cdn (C)
The Burning Hell - Municipal Monarchs (C)
The Magic - No Sound (C)
Michael Jackson - Gotta Be Starting Something
TALK (People who have been on Fireball XL5)
The Stolen Minks - Rip It Up (C)
Jerry Jerry And The Sons Of Rhythm Orchestra - Upstairs Thinking (C)
The Diskettes - Jump Up (C)
Knock Knock Ginger - Love Renee (C)
TALK (Sari's set)
Barry Adamson - Swinging Detective
Giant Sand - Is That All There Is
The Headcoats - Reindeers Are Wild
TALK
Jens Lekman - I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You
Betrand Burgalat and Robert Wyatt - This Summer Night
Hercules And Love Affair - Blind
The Social Services - The Final Countdown
TALK (Wayne's Set)
King Khan And The Shrines - Took My Lady Out To Dinner
Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
The Kills - Cheap And Cheerful
Black Mountain - Stormy High
TALK (Set for Charlene)
Firefly - Made Me Glad (C)
Bob Wiseman - Separated (C)
Weird Paul - I Got Drunk At Chuck E Cheese
War Wagon - Dead Soldier (C)
TALK (Eric and Karen's Set)
Goldmund - Du Und Ich
Klee - Zwei Herzen
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
Van She - Kelly
Marc Almond - Tears Run Rings
TALK (Derek's Set)
Yo La Tengo - Little Honda
Patti Smith - Kimberly
World Party - Way Down Now
Erika Bhadu - The Healer
Jonathan Richman - That Summer Feeling
TALK
BB King - I'm Moving On



(C) Denotes Canadian Content