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.

Friday, January 30, 2009

January 30, 2009

Theme: Lots of new music
On Air: Frank

Between my Best of 2008 and the Christmas show, it has been a while since my last show of new music. And of course you have to remember that most of the music I play is stuff that I've been introduced to in the past month or so as well as some familiar songs sprinkled in.

So it was nice to get back to playing some of my recent finds along with one set of music from CDs that I picked up from other people during the holidays. So thanks to Derek, Sari, and Michelle for their contribution to the show.

In that set I also played a song that I found out from the resurrection of a great show that used to be on CKMS called "The Brown Couch of Liesure". Karim, the host of that show, finally got his act together and is now putting out a weekly podcast from his website ( ). He is always listening to great music and I recommend that everybody listen to his podcast and of course I'm sure I'll be stealing lots of stuff from his playlists in the future.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - January 30, 2009

Damn! - I'm Not Going To Live A Day Without You
Beau Jocque And The Zydeco Hi-Rollers - Tighten Up
Second Hand Rumours - Summer Night Tune
The Endless Bummer - Rio Grand Sandbar, 2001 (C)
My Darling You - Everything Alright
The Lucksmiths - California In Popular Song
The Servants - Present
Kevin McGrothers - Summer Starts On Sunday
Let's Say We Did - Straight Back To You
TALK (songs from other people's CDs or podcasts)
Vivian Girls - Where Do You Run To **Michelle
Paul Weller - Cold Moments **Derek
Datarock - The Most Beautiful Girl **Sari
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Little Boys In The Ghetto **Karim
Longwave - No Direction
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Something New
The Lodger - The Good Old Days
Islands - Creeper (C)
TALK (Female Indie Pop)
Strip Squad - Pervert/Expert
One Happy Island - Temporary Tattoo
Celestial - Crystal Heights
Faded Paper Figures - North By North
TALK (Electro Pop)
Little Boots - Mathematics
The Bridal Shop - Ideal State
MFMB - Control
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars
Foals - Olympic Airways
The New Deal - Don't Blame Yourself (C)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, January 2, 2009

Januray 2, 2009

Theme: Best of 2008
On Air: Frank

As usual not much to say about this show, simply my best singles and albums from the past year. It shouldn't be much of surprise that my number one album from the past year was Lykke Li's Youth Novels, a great album from top to bottom that I never get sick of listening to. I was also happy to have seen her twice during the year, once in Seattle and then in Toronto for my birthday.

It is also not surprising that just like Lykke Li, Black Kids (my second favourite album from 2008) also had a single on my list from 2007. I had to put Black Kids on as number two as every time I was listening to my MP3 player on shuffle and a song came up that I didn't recognize that I liked when I looked it up it was often by the Black Kids.

You can listen to my reasoning for my other picks from the show.

On the setlist I have tried my best to remember how I found about the bands on the setlist.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - January 2, 2009

Armand Mirpour - Curly Boys Law **Swedesplease
Erik Hallden - If I Ever Get Married **Swedesplease
Kings Have Long Arms F. - Big Umbrella **Popcasting
Montt Mardie - Set Sail Tomorrow **Swedesplease
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You *Indie MP3
Sunny Summer Day - So Much Fun
Lyrics Born - Like It, I Love It **KEXP
Voldis - Flashlight **The Wedge
She & Him - Sentimental Heart **Mary
Moby - Live For Tomorrow
Los Campesinos! - Ways To Make It Through The Wall
The Stolen Minks - Bring It
The Bicycles - Once Was Not Enough
Masonic - Every Time This Happens **Derek
Gonzales - Working Together
The Gresham Flyers - Student Nurse **Indiepopradio
Herman Dune - On A Saturday
Herman Dune - When The Sun Rose Up This Morning
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane
Black Kids - Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)
Lykke Li - Breaking It Up
Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone

(C) Denotes Canadian Content