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.


Monday, April 6, 2009

April 6, 2009

Theme: Back in action
On Air: Frank

Yes it has been a while since the last show, sorry about that. The good news is that I managed to submit my PhD thesis this week, the downside was that I wasn't able to put out a show for over 2 months. Hopefully I should be able to keep a regular schedule from now on.

The thing is that I never stopped accumulating music over the past 2 months so I really have enough material for about 4 shows, but I didn't think that putting out a 6 hour show was a good idea. So I kept it down to its usual 2 hours and just took a small dent of the backlog.

Apart from playing all the pent up songs from the last 2 months I also did a spotlight on Wee Pop records ( www.weepop.net ). This is a record label out of England that specializes in TWee pop on the format of mini-CDs so each one can only hold about 20 minutes of music. Each release has a very limited edition and the liner notes are all handmade, this combined with the size just makes each release really cute. But they do pose a storage problem as they don't fit well with regular CDs. I got a delivery of 5 releases from Wee Pop just after the last show.

Hopefully it won't be such a long break before the next show.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - April 6, 2009
TALK-Theme
My Teenage Stride - Ears Like Golden Bats
Young Rival - Your Island
Hooded Fang - Land Of Giants (C)
Cuddle-pop - You
Moustache of Insanity - I Need MORE!!!
TALK
Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele - Meet Me In The Garden
Nickel Eye - Brandy Of The Damned
The Very Most - April Is The Kindest Month
FemBots - My Hands Are A City (C)
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - Take Off Your Sunglasses
TALK (Wee pop records spotlight)
One Happy Island - Temporary Tattoo
Horowitz - Drop The Hat
Megamoog - Icicle
Little My - Sellotape My Hands
The Endless Bummer - Boring But Beautiful (C)
TALK
The Dodos - Winter **See Note 1
The Magnetic Fields - I Don't Really Love You Anymore
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
Red Sleeping Beauty - Don't Say You Love Me
The Killers - Spaceman
TALK
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - 1999
The Sound Of Arrows - M.A.G.I.C.
Lowood - Crash
Niels Nielsen - It's All In My Head
Architechture In Helsinki - That Beep
TALK
Black Kids - Listen To Your Body Tonight **See Note 2
Mates Of State - My Only Offer

Note 1: The banjo and voice on the song by the Dodos reminded me a lot of Stephin Merrit, thus the reason for playing the Magnetic Fields right after

Note 2: I went to see The Black Kids and Mates of State in Toronto just after the show


(C) Denotes Canadian Content