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, December 19, 2008

December 19, 2008

Theme: Christmas show 2008
On Air: Frank

This was my annual Christmas show and as usual I didn't play your typical holiday songs. I kept the show short to reflect the amount of really good new Christmas songs I found this year, but still had time to add a few Fireball XL5 Christmas classics.

The best new holiday song I heard this year was by The Wedding Present featuring Simone White with Holly Jolly Hollywood. I've had to listen to it a few times every day because it is that good. The video is also incredibly fun and insanely cute (well at least Simone is insanely cute), do yourself a favour and watch it from the link below.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Links to some of the things I mentioned during the show

Fireball XL5 Setlist - December 5, 2008

TALK-Theme
The Wedding Present featuring Simone White - Holly Jolly Hollywood
Hello Saferide - Ipod X-mas
The Chills - Christmas Chimes
David Carswell and Megan Barnes - I Wanna Kiss You This Christmas (C)
The Diskettes - Noel (C)
TALK
Belle and Sebastian - Are You Coming Over For Christmas
Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas (C)
Soda Fountain Rag - Jullaten 2007
The Ravonettes - Come On Santa
Velocity Girl - Merry Christmas, I Love You
TALK
Au Revoir Simone - Christmas Time Is Here
Figurine - The Holiday Behind Us
Sally Shapiro - Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix)
Glo-Worm - Holiday
Le Sport, Montt Mardie and Mr. Suitcase - Last Christmas
TALK
Lucky, Lucky, Pigeons - Red Santa
The Headcoatees - Santa Claus
Irene - Christmas On The Beach
Darryl Reimer - Merry Big Ole Christmas
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Faster Santa Claus Ho, Ho, Ho (C)
TALK
Elisa Gabbai - Winter In Kanada


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Remember the Fireball XL5 Homepage is at www.fireballxl5.ca

Friday, December 5, 2008

December 5, 2008

Theme: Back to the indie pop with lots of new stuff
On Air: Frank

It was good to finally get back to a regular show that wasn't all about me. As I had not done a show like this
in a while I had a large backlog of new music to play, as evidenced by the fact that this show clocks in at a little over 2 hours and even then I cut out two entire sets that I was originally going to play.

I'll just highlight one of the things I talked about on the show: Every year the BBC asks a list of music
critics and broadcasters to find out which bands will they think will make it big in the next year. They did
pretty good last year as the 2008 list included The Ting Tings, Adele, Vampire Weekend, The Black Kids, and
MGMT. You can check out the BBC Sound of 2009 site using the link below.

In the third set I played a couple of songs to commemorate those who recently passed away: Odetta and
Levi Stubbs (see links below for more information)

Links to some of the things I mentioned during the show:

Link to BBC Sound of 2009:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7758169.stm

Link to Pitchfork review of Black Kids
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/51246-black-kids-partie-traumatic

Link to Wee Pop records
http://www.weepop.net/releases.php

Link to Heaven's Just A Kiss Away
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=235058564

Link to information about Odetta:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odetta

Link to information about levi Stubbs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Stubbs


Fireball XL5 Setlist - December 5, 2008

TALK (Theme)
The Ting Tings - Be The One
Masonic - Lifetime of Deception
Marching Band - Gorgeous Behaviour
Detektifbryån - Neonland
TALK (recent CD set)
Black Kids - Look at me (When I Rock Wichoo)
Vancouger - unmanned (C)
Los Campesinos! - Ways To Make It Through The Wall
Don Lennon - Really Dave Matthews
Herman Dune - On A Saturday
TALK (lo-fi)
The Endless Bummer - Baseball in China (C)
Kevin Ayers - Girl On A Swing
Tvärvägen - September
Charles Douglas - Where Did I Go
The 6ths (with Odetta) - Waltzing Me All The Way Home
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears
TALK (Female voices)
Firefox AK - City To City
Santa Maria - Lalalalalaaa
Point Junction WA - Melon Bird
Minisnap - Leave It To You
The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Film Star
TALK
BlueJuice - Vitriol (Pious Edit) **See Note 1
Japanese Motors - Better Trends
Salut!machaut - Tom and Joanna
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You
TALK
Lizards From Afar - Just A Girl **See Note 1
+/- - Snowblind
We and Lisa - Ana
The Lovekevins - Private Life Of A Cat
TALK
Firefly - Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) **See Note 2


Note 1: Both of these songs were sent to me.

Note 2: This is not the Waterloo band Firefly but one from a compilation CD of Italian Disco songs.


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