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 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

This year, The Pastels released their first album since 1997, this band was there during the start of the C86-twee movement back in the mid-80s.  Apart from the great song that I played from the album, I also have a link below to the great video that really has a great feel to it.  The rest of the show consisted of me trying to clear out a lot of music before the end of the year.



Best song I heard since the last show - The Pastels - Check My Heart - Here the song here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjxYLFWxR6E

Websites I mentioned during the show:

About the Kickstarter campaign for WeePop:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/565311216/help-weepop-go-out-with-a-bang

The cover for the One Happy Island single "The secret party that the other party doesn't know about":

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Party-Other-Doesnt-About/dp/B001AUOG72

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-11-22_final.mp3


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Fireball XL5 Setlist - November 22, 2013
TALK - Theme
The Pastels - Check My HeartSaturday Looks Good To Me - Invisible Friend
Let's Whisper - Paperclip Chains
Colin Clary - Come Back From The Wilderness
Math And Physics Club - Long Drag
TALK
Smallpools - Dreaming
Foals - My Number
The Blow - From The Future
Red Buckets - Jane September
The ACBS - Television
TALK
Jim Ruiz Set - Mine Your Own Business
One Happy Island - Lark And Owl
Monnone Alone - The Business World
Bubblegum Lemonade - Have You Seen Faith
Emmy The Great - The Catch
TALKShe and Him - I Thought I Saw Your Face Today

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18, 2013


It seems that I got a lot of ideas for this show my new favourite twitter feed from Indie Pop Saved My Life ( @indiepopSML  and see the link to their facebook page below).  They are always posting about great up and coming as well as established indie pop artists.  Those songs made up a lot of the first two sets and then I ended off the show with some funky songs that I've had around for along time

Best song I heard since the last show - The Short Stories - Are You Listening Now? - Here the song here http://theshortstories.bandcamp.com/album/are-you-listening-now-ep

Websites I mentioned during the show:

All about the TURF festival:
http://torontourbanrootsfest.com/

Facebook page of Indie Pop Saved My Life:
https://www.facebook.com/indiepopsavedmylife

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-10-18_final.mp3


For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - October 18, 2013
TALK - Theme
The Short Stories - Are You Listening Now?
The Wee Cherubs - Dreaming
Red Sleeping Beauty - Sick And Tired
Cassolette - Ricki Lake
Males - So High
TALK
She and Him - Together
The Fontaines - Bernadette
Red Buckets - Jane September
Let's Whisper - Paperclip Chains
Au Revoir Simone - Crazy
TALK
The Whispers - I Can Make It Better
Skyy - Start Of A Romance
The O'Jays - 992 Arguments
Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Louis Armstrong - We Have All The Time In The World
TALK
Jonathan Richman - Our Swinging Pad


Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20, 2013

In a rare move I started out with an electro/funky set which started with my top song of the week, a band that played Osheaga that I didn't know about at the time I went to the festival.  I also got to play a song by a band with one of the best names out there "Throw That Beat In The Garbagecan!" , the song is also pretty good.
Best song I heard since the last show - Disclosure - When A Fire Starts To Burn - See the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nsKDJlpUbA



Websites I mentioned during the show:

The Swedesplease music blog:
http://www.swedesplease.net/

Find out about Books of Love:
http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/05/vivian-girls-katy-goodman-forms-books-of-love-listen-to-space-time/

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-09-20_final.mp3


For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - September 20, 2013
TALK - Theme
Disclosure - When A Fire Starts To Burn
Still Corners - Berlin Lovers
Black Box - Strike It Up
Florrie- Give Me Your Love
Jeffrey Osborne - I Really Don't Need No Light
TALK
Lisa Bouvier - Every Year Until We Die
Books Of Love - Space Time
Alvvays - Adult Diversion
Wolf Alice - Bros
Santogold - I'm A Lady
TALK
Throw That Beat In The Garbagecan! - Lotsi Gogo
Beatmark - Breezing!
Veronica Falls - Nobody There
Madeline - Hurray Up Pronto
Dent May And His Magnficent Ukulele - Oh Paris!
TALK
Daniel Johnston - Honey I Sure Miss You



Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, August 16, 2013

August 16, 2013


For the first time this year I went to the Osheaga festival in Montreal, I had heard about it for many years and it was great, I would recommend it to anyone.  I did a lot of talking during the show to recap all my impressions of the festival.  I couldn't play all the bands that played, but touched on most of the ones that I saw which impressed me.

Best song I heard since the last show - The Heavy - What Makes A Good Man - See the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08h0IVs4RKQ

Websites I mentioned during the show:

Oseheaga website:
http://www.osheaga.com/

See the great video by Grouplove:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x1wjGKHjBI


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-08-16_final.mp3


For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - August 16, 2013
TALK - Theme
The Heavy - What Makes A Good Man
Tricky f. Nneka - Nothing Matters
Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love
New Order - Regret
The Cure - Pictures Of You
TALK
Xavier Cafeine - La Fin Du Monde
Poctuation - Belvdere
We Are Wolves - Magique
Sugar - Hoover Dam
Beck - Girl
TALK
Capital Cities - Kangaroo Court
Grouplove - Tongue Tied
Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
Holy Ghost! - It Gets Dark
Atlas Genius - Trojans
TALK
Icona Pop - We Got The World

(C) - Canadian Content

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, July 19, 2013

July 19, 2013


After the last show on the NYCPopfest I had lots of great indie pop that I had to get through.  In particular The Projections were a great find when I was doing some research on former members of The Pipettes.  The start of the second set were a couple of songs that easily could have been my top song and then I ended with more of an electro pop set.

Best song I heard since the last show - Persian Rugs - Always All http://vimeo.com/27772149

Websites I mentioned during the show:

Get the Mini Skips and Robberie EP here:
http://mylittleowlrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-mini-skips-robberie-double-pack-7

Find out about The Projectionists:
https://myspace.com/projectionistsuk


Check out Indie Pop Saved My Life on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/indiepopSML

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-07-19_final.mp3


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Fireball XL5 Setlist - July 19, 2013
TALK - Theme
Persian Rugs - Always All (C)
The Motifs - Backwards
The Saturday People - Conditional Tense (Now It's Gone)
Dream Diary - Something Tells Her
The Projectionists - Lonely
TALK
The Mini Skips - Evil/Shy
Robberie - Four Seasons
La Sintesis - Shouting Out
Boyracer - Passionflower
Days - Downhill
TALK
Mounties - Headphones (C)
Katsen - Where Nobody Can Find Us
Sound Of Arrows - Into The Clouds
Freelance Whales - Hannah
Dntel - Still
TALK
RL Burnside - Shuck Dub

(C) - Canadian Content

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, June 14, 2013

June 14, 2013


This show was all about the 2013 edition of the New York Popfest which I attended this year after missing it for a few years.  As always it was a great event with lots of great music from bands both that I hard heard of before and ones that were new.  Just a warning that I did lots of talking during this show.

Best song I heard since the last show - Alpaca Sports - Just For Fun - See the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkNHDfgpevs

Websites I mentioned during the show:

See everything about New York Popfest 2013:
http://www.nycpopfest.org/

Information on the band Flowers as is it hard to find them on the web:
https://www.facebook.com/flowersdomusic

Link to K Records documentary:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shield_Around_the_K:_The_Story_of_K_Records

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-06-14_final.mp3


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Fireball XL5 Setlist - June 14, 2013
TALK - Theme
Alpaca Sports - Just For Fun
The School - Is He Really Coming Home?
Thee Ahs - Ooooh (They're Inside Me) (C)
The Smittens - First Bus
Math and Physics Club - April Showers
The Proctors - Perfect World
TALK
Azure Blue - The Catcher In The Rye
StarTropics - Into The Night
The Ballet - Chinatown
Zipper - Mirror
The Hobbes Fanclub - Your Doubting Heart
TALK
The Wolfhounds - Anti-Midas Touch
The Bats - North By North
Close Lobsters - Just Too Bloody Stupid
French Films - When People Like You Filled The Heavens
Flowers - Stuck
TALK
Beat Happening - T.V. Girl

(C) - Canadian Content

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

The first set stuck to the indie pop while the second was a bit on the more rocking end of the spectrum, starting with a great song by a band with a great name "The All Girl Summer Fun Band" and their song Car Trouble (see the link to video below).  The last set got some electro-pop out my system. 

Best song I heard since the last show - Slow Club - Giving Up On Love - See the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qzOOg4pxw8

Websites I mentioned during the show:

See the video for Car Trouble by The All Girl Summer Fun Band:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWeCWv-TZsc

Find out more about Lily's Allen's cover of Straight to Hell and War Child here:
http://www.warchild.org.uk/music/discography/heroes-album

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-05-17_final.mp3


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Fireball XL5 Setlist - May 17, 2013
TALK - Theme
Slow Club - Giving Up On Love
Mates of State - Palomino
Howling Bells - Low Happening
Widowspeak - Puritan
Arc In Round - One Sided
TALK
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Car Trouble
Puzzle People - Frank and I
Dolly Mixture - Dead Rainbow
Dum Dum Girls - Always Looking
Cloud Nothings - Can't Stay Awake
TALK
Silver Swans - On The Quiet
Metronomy - She Wants
The Black Ghosts - Even In The Darkness
Small Black - Photojournalist
Lily Allen Featuring Mick Jones - Straight To Hell
TALK (random ending)
Flin Flon - Odessa


(C) - Canadian Content

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

After the first indie-pop set, I did a spotlight on local KW band Bocce and some of the side-projects of the band members.  A couple of them have recently released some great material that you can download from the links below.  I then ended with a funky set.


Best song I heard since the last show - Wide Sea - Marianna - See the video here https://soundcloud.com/widesea/marianna

Websites I mentioned during the show:

Download the Liver Transplants album here:
http://www.dadmobile.com/?section=album&id=31

Listen to Mike Bond's album here:
https://soundcloud.com/mike-bond-soundcloud

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-04-19_final.mp3


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Fireball XL5 Setlist - April 19, 2013
TALK - Theme
Wide Sea - Marianna
California Wives - Marianne
Lightships - Sweetness In Her Spark
Army Navy - Dark As Days
Pants Yell - Kids Are The Same
TALK
Bocce - X-Ray Specs (C)
The Liver Transplants - Troublemaker (C)
Mike Bond - Source 01 (C)
Grandmother Willow - Pinko Bingo (C)
The Haunches - Vampirella (C)
TALK
Johnny Harris - Odyssey Pt 1
The Bolton Brothers - Native Rhythm
The Barrino Brothers - The Bad Things (You Said To Me)
Bill Garner Band - Brand New Girl
The Flirtations - How Can You Tell Me?
TALK (random ending)
Champagne Socialists - Blue Genes

(C) - Canadian Content

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013


A bit of electro-pop, a bit of funk, and then a few older songs in the last set.  A special note for a song in that set, I don't know much about Freshwater Drum, but I got a cassette way back when when I was working on the University of Waterloo newspaper The Imprint.  The rest of the album is just OK, but man the song "Part of your Painting" is just one of the best songs out there.  Also in the last set I played Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who I saw in Toronto recently in a show that truly rocked.


Best song I heard since the last show - Capital Cities - Safe and Sound - See the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWZr2F0qohA

Websites I mentioned during the show:

More about the Parquet Courts:
http://parquetcourts.wordpress.com/


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-03-22_final.mp3


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Fireball XL5 Setlist - March 22, 2013
TALK - Theme
Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
Kisses - A Weekend in Brooklyn
Mathematiques Modernes - Disco Rough (Long Version)
Warm Morning - I'll Be Fine
School Of Seven Bells - Windstorm
TALK
The Tokays - Clap Your Hands
Harmonettes - Shame, Shame, Shame
Johnny Harris - Odyssey Pt 1
James Taylor - This Girl
Orange Juice - Flesh Of My Flesh
TALK
Parquet Courts -Borrowed Time
Freshwater Drum - Part Of Your Painting (C)
The Proctors - Black Tattoos
Safe - Twenty Years On
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - We No Who U R
TALK (random ending)
Groove Armada - Superstylin'

(C) - Canadian Content

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013

For me it was a good year for music in 2012, there were even a few that I couldn't put on the list. 

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-02-22_final.mp3


You can get links to all of the songs from here: http://fireballxl5podcast.blogspot.ca/2012/12/fireball-xl5-best-albums-of-2012.html




For information on how to sign up for the podcast or join the Facebook group, see the bottom of this message.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - February 22, 2013
TALK - Theme
The Magnetic Fields - Andrew In DragJens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
TOPS - Turn Your Love Around
The Hive Dwellers - Somebody's Phone Is Ringing
TALK
The School - Stop That Boy!
Amanda Mair - Doubt
Dent May - Fun
The Smittens - Dream World
TALK 
Chairlift - I Belong In Your Arms
Chairlift - Guilty As Charged 
TALK
Hospitality - Liberal Arts
Hospitality - Friends Of Friends
TALK
The Magic - Mr. Hollywood (C)
The Magic - Night School (C)
TALK
Diamond Rings - Runaway Love (C)
Diamond Rings - Day And Night (C)

(C) - Canadian Content

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fireball XL5 Setlist - January 25, 2013

Not much to say about this show, just my favourite singles of 2012 played in order from 1 to 15, plus a bonus. 

Best song I heard since the last best of singles show - Haim - Forever - See the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEwM6ERq0gc


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2013-01-25_final.mp3


You can get links to all of the songs from here: http://fireballxl5podcast.blogspot.ca/2012/12/best-singles-of-2012.html




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Fireball XL5 Setlist - January 25, 2013
TALK - Theme
Haim - Forever
Hospitality - Betty Wang
TOPS - Diamond LookThe Smittens - Burning Streets Of Rome
Chromatics - Kill For Love
TALK
Yuna - Live Your Life
Lee Fields And The Expressions - You're The Kind Of Girl
The Magic - Magic Love
Jens Lekman - The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love
The Hive Dwellers - A Woman Named Trudy
TALK
Frankie Rose - Know Me
Jessie Ware - 110%
La Sera - Break My Heart
Standard Fare - Crystal Palatial
Eternal Summers -Millions
TALK (random ending)
Chairlift - Amanaemonesia
 



(C) - Canadian Content

Fireball XL5 Podcast Homepage: http://www.fireballxl5.ca/

Podcast link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19384881/fireballxl5.rss

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireball-XL5-Podcast/225528710795185