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, June 26, 2009

June 26, 2009

Theme: Heaven is above your head
On Air: Frank

As often happens, as soon as I find a new source of music I go crazy and get obsessed about getting all the music from that source ignoring my regular go-to sources. For this show it was my discovery of the great MP3 blog/podcast called "Heaven is above your head", the blog is based in New Zealand but it appears that it started out in Sweden. The blog seems to have been going a few years and this past February they started a podcast that unfortunately seems to have ended this past week. Although the blog mostly plays the same sort of indie pop that I love, the podcast also has a heavy focus on 60s and 70s soul songs which is very cool. It just kind of worked out that about half of the songs from this show are from HIAYH as well as a set specifically focused on those cool soul songs.

http://heavenisabove.blogspot.com/

Even with the focus on HIAYH the show was back to the normal sets divided by different musical types and of course I had to end off with a song by the recently departed Michael Jackson. I know that I haven't really been into anything he has put out in the past 20 years, but when I was growing up Thriller was certainly an album that I (like the rest of world) was in love with. I went with P.Y.T. (Pretty young thing) instead of one of the more famous songs as I remember particularly liking that song back in the day.

Also, a note to anybody looking for something to do on the evening of Saturday, July 18th that I'll be DJing live at the Jane Bond Cafe in Waterloo starting at 10 pm. So if you can make it that would be great and as I wanted to have a more "indie-pop" name I'm calling the DJ nights "The coolest thing about love" after last show's top song by the Smittens.

Things I referenced on the show:
Video for the Biker Boy songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocBZUaFG7C8

video for Juni Jarvi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7SaJr58qHw

Video for Little Boots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUs9YzY7t-8


Fireball XL5 Setlist - June 26, 2009
TALK (Theme)
Sandstream - Teenage Love
Biker Boy - Where Do You Go To?
Juni Jarvi - Looking At You Is Like Looking At The Sun
Baby Doll Lounge - Paisley Shirt (HIAYH)
Bunnygrunt - We Suspect He Was Trying To Spell Monkey (HIAYH)
TALK
Baby Daylinger - You Push, I'll Go
Little Big Adventure - The Hateful Eye
Mike Snow - Animal
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Little Boots - New In Town
TALK
God Help The Girl - Come Monday Night
Au Revoir Simone - All Or Nothing
Asobi Seksu - Transparence
Helen Love - We Love You (HIAYH)
Stolen Hearts - Fire (HIAYH)
TALK
Even As We Speak - I Won't Have To Think About You (HIAYH)
Fireflies - Sledding
Godsmania - All Gone Wrong Today
The Seven Inches - Open-ness And Honesty (HIAYH)
The New Breed - Summers Coming (HIAYH)
TALK (HIAYH spotlight)
Paul Sindab - You Dropped Your Candy In The Sand (HIAYH)
Ty Karim - You Just Don't Know (HIAYH)
Ann Perry - That's The Way He Is (HIAYH)
Mickey And Silvia - Love Is Strange (HIAYH)
The Moments - You Said (HIAYH)
TALK
California Gold - Love Is All You Need (HIAYH)
World Atlas - Inner city Kids (HIAYH)
Matt & Kim - Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare
Moustache Of Insanity - The Cat Chicken Song
The Windmills - Beach Girls
TALK
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)


(C) Denotes Canadian Content
(HIAYH) Denotes song from Heaven is above your head

Thursday, June 11, 2009

June 11, 2009

Theme: The New York City Popfest
On Air: Frank

This show highlighted my experience at the New York Popfest back in May, in fact the first two sets were from CDs that I bought at the festival. The next set was a combination of other bands that played the festival and songs that were covered during the shows.

Overall, it was a great time and of course being in New York City is always cool, especially walking around Harlem at 2 in the morning. The best conversation I overheard on the subway was one teenage girl telling her friend that she was bummed that she didn't have her iPod, the cops took it when she got busted and she hasn't had the time to get up to the Bronx and get it back, but she only has a month to do it.

I won't go into a detailed description of the festival here as you can see the daily summary of my impressions of the New York Popfest on the Wall the Fireball XL5 radio show facebook group:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=2437232020

Fireball XL5 Setlist - June 11, 2009
Smittens - 11:11
My Teenage Stide - Grim Wind
Cats On Fire - Steady Pace
Eux Autres - When I'm Up
TALK
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Loop Duplicate My Heart
Burning Hearts - Iris
Pants Yell! - Tried To Be Good
A Faulty Chromosome - Bad Things
TALK
The Radio Dept. - Freddie And The Trojan Horse
The Drums - Me And The Moon
Very Truly Yours - Homesick
The Sixths - Falling Out Of Love (With You)
Matt Pond PA - In The Aeroplanes Over The Sea
The Go-Betweens - People Say
TALK
The Lucksmiths - Good Light
Spent - Excuse Me While I Drink Myself To Death
Surf City - Dickshakers Union
Pretend You're Happy - The Other Side Of The Earth
Matt & Kim - Daylight
TALK
Threatmatics - Big Man
The Interiors - My Little Pony
Ribbons - Plain
The Fizzbombs - Sign On The Line
TALK
Nouvelle Cuisine - Comunicacion no verbal


(C) Denotes Canadian Content