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, November 26, 2010

November 26, 2010

I never really know when to consider that an album has actually been released? Maybe I'm old school but I like to see the physical copies before I think of an album as being released. So although the new Knock, Knock, Ginger album "We're headed for a fall" is available from the
Dadmobile website: http://www.dadmobile.com/kkg/fall/ the physical CDs won't be available until sometime next year, thus in my mind it is a 2011 release.

But that doesn't take away from the fact that everybody should go to the site and download the
album for free and of course a little bit of monetary support to the band would also be cool (which can be done right on the website above).

I had my favourite song from the album narrowed down to two songs, in the end I picked "Safety in Letters", I'll leave the other one for another show. The rest of the first set was some newer indie pop followed by the second set where I went a bit retro with songs from The Magic Numbers, Sloan, and the Go-Betweens. The next two sets went from electo-pop to some funky old soul.


Websites I mentioned during the show

The Muffs video for Really Really Happy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-95YiV82YA&feature=channel

See all of Wild Nothing's 50 favorite songs of the 80s:

http://best.complex.com/lists/wild-nothings-50-favorite-songs-of-the-80s


First song of the show (best song I heard since the last show):
Knock Knock Ginger - Safety In Letters (Download not just this song but the whole thing : http://www.dadmobile.com/kkg/fall/ )

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://71.18.55.208/2010-11-26_final.mp3


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Fireball XL5 Setlist - November 26, 2010
TALK - Theme
Knock Knock Ginger - Safety In Letters (C)
Pipas - Basements
Starry Eyes - Veronica Falls
Snog 6 - Sainsburys
The Muffs - Really Really Happy
TALK
Magic Numbers - Love Me Like You
Sloan - Everything You've Done Wrong (C)
Rorschach - Gabriel
June Brides - In The Rain
The Go-Betweens - Right Here
TALK
Eels - Spectacular Girl
LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum
Sally Seltmann - Harmony To My Heartbeat
The Wake - O Pamela
TALK
Daft Punk - High Life
Dancehall Free For All - Something Collective (C)
Confunktion - Time
Kool Blues - I'm Going To Keep On Loving You
Faithless - Miss U Less, See U More
TALK
Calvin Johnson And The Sons Of The Soil - Can We Kiss

(C) - Canadian Content


Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: www.fireballxl5.ca

Podcast link: 71.18.55.208/fireballxl5.rss

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Friday, November 5, 2010

November 5, 2010

It would be strange for a Belle and Sebastian album to come out and it not be my top song of the week. Although after the first few listens, I do have to admit, I just wasn't getting into "Write About Love", but since then it has grown on me and I had a hard decision to pick which track to play on the show. Then there was the added bonus of seeing them at Massey Hall last month, a perfect place to see one of my all time favourite bands.

In fact all the songs first set were from albums that I had recently bought (B&S, Antarctica Takes It! and The Drums) while the other two were songs from albums that haven't even been released yet (Acid House Kings, and Lykke Li). The Acid House Kings album should be out early next year while there is no time line that I have seen for Lykke Li. I love that the Acid House Kings have shared a spreadsheet on Google Docs where you can follow the progress of the album all the way from writing the melody and chorus, to recording the vocals, to final mastering. See the link below to follow along yourself.

The rest of sets went from female pop, to indie rock, ending with a slower set to take us out. I ended with a song by the late great Solomon Burke. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing him perform while attending a conference in Italy, he was a true showman who obviously greatly enjoyed what he was doing. Thus it is not surprising that he died while travelling to do a concert.


Websites I mentioned during the show

See the current progress of the latest Acid House Kings album:
http://bit.ly/musicsoundsbetterwithyou


First song of the show (best song I heard since the last show):
Belle and Sebastian - Come On Sister (Listen to the the song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg8hemLRFr0 )

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://71.18.55.208/2010-11-05_final.mp3


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Fireball XL5 Setlist - November 5, 2010
TALK - Theme
Belle and Sebastian - Come On Sister
Acid House Kings - Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends?
Antarctica Takes It! - C&F
Lykke Li - Get Some
The Drums - Forever And Ever Amen
TALK
Juliana Hatfield three - My Sister
Very Truly Yours - I'd Write You A Song
Pop Romantique! - Monday
The Gay - Critics (C)
Lucky Soul - Whoa Billy!
TALK
Rattail - Gas Mask (C)
The Doers - Moment Noticed (C)
The Ruth Ellis Swing Band - Still Blank
The Craft Economy - The Lives Of Captured Scientists
Unnatural Helpers - Vox Humana
TALK
Lake Holiday - Don't Stay Forever
Memphis - In The Cinema Alone (C)
Erik de Vahl - Running
Magic Castles - 10,100
The Very Sexuals - Carla
TALK
Solomon Burke - Got To Get You Off My Mind

(C) - Canadian Content


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