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, December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016

Again burning through some songs I've had around for a while, that's why the last set is a bit disjointed.


Best song I heard since the last show: Zipper Club - Going The Distance, see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp0z15cRfUQ

Links from the show:

See the super funky video for Narada Michael Walden's I Shoulda Loved Ya here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1szrrDo4VLc

Here is a video with the english translation for Jacques Dutronc's Les cactus:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMjtEYl7QE8


You can download the latest show directly here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bwzw8gnpefh0ssn/2016-12-23_final.mp3?dl=0

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

Fireball XL5 Setlist - December 23, 2016
TALK - Theme
Zipper Club - Going The Distance
Secret Meadow - Water In The Flowing River
Floor Cry - Strawberry Milkshake
Dungeons and Dragons - Hi Pierrot
The bv's - A Ray
TALK
D Train - You're The One For Me
The Galleria - Calling Card
Shades of Love - Keep In Touch (Body To Body)
Narada Michael Walden - I Shoulda Loved Ya\
The Charmaines - I Idolize You
TALK
The Bayonets - Sucker For Love
Bearcats - New Friends\
Ash - Shining Lights
Joe Bataan - Chick-A-Boom
Jacques Dutronc - Les Cactus 67's
TALK - Random Ending
Bleached - Lovespells


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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Best albums of 2016

Fireball XL5 Best albums of 2016

Listen to each song using the links below:

1. Red Sleeping Beauty - Kristina



2. Chairlift - Moth



3. Starry Eyed Cadet - Places We Don't Belong



4. The Goon Sax - Up To Anything



5. Flowers - Everybody's Dying To Meet You




6. Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing



7. The Magic - NightFalling



8. Sea Pinks - Soft Days



9. The Radio Dept.- Running out of Love



10. The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset



11. Ice Choir - Designs in Rhythm



12. Cristina Queseda - You Are The One



13. Jessy Lanza - Oh No



14. Scenic World - Synths & Sensibilities



15. Bleached - Welcome The Words @HelloBleached



Friday, December 9, 2016

Best singles of 2016

Fireball XL5 Best singles of 2016

Listen to each song using the links below:

1. Golden Age of Reason - Summer Days



2. Youngr - Out Of My System 



3. Fluir & Jesse Marantz - I've Gotta Have You



4. Yumi Yumi Hip Hop - Enamorats



5. Chairlift - Romeo



6. Starry Eyed Cadet - Worlds Collide



7. Kero Kero Bonito - Break



8. Nice As Fuck - Door




9. Kristin Kontrol - X-Communicate



10. Bleached-Keep On Keepin' On




11. Sea Pinks - Ordinary Daze

https://seapinks.bandcamp.com/track/ordinary-daze



12. Scenic World - Star Stuff





13. Tacocat - I Hate the Weekend



14. Mass Gothic - Every Night You've Got To Save Me



15. Frankie Cosmos - Floated In



16. The Magic - Gotta Keep Moving



17. Cristina Quesada-When I'm an Aeroplane


18. Niki & The Dove - You Want The Sun



19. Ice Choir - Designs In Rhythm


20. Sunflower Bean - Easier



Friday, November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016

Trying to get through a lot of releases from this year that I'm considering for my best of lists for 2016, some of them will likely make, some will not.


Best song I heard since the last show: Flowers - Pull My Arm, see the fun video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OWTNCJ5npU


Links from the show:

Listen to and buy music from Sleepwalk:
https://sleepwalkchicago.bandcamp.com/album/shimmer

You can download the latest show directly here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jh5pinu6gyich3v/2016-11-25_final.mp3?dl=0

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

Fireball XL5 Setlist - November 25, 2016
TALK - Theme
Flowers - Pull My Arm
The Siddeleys - Sunshine Thuggery
The Belafontes - Saturday
Zimt - Du Kannst So Leben Wie Du Willst
The Goon Sax - Susan
TALK
The Radio Dept. - Committed To The Cause
The Orchids - A Kind Of Eden
Many Voices Speak - Staying
Ice Choir - Designs in Rhythm
Sleepwalk - Shimmer
TALK
Chairlift - Romeo
Royksopp ft. Susanne Sundfor - Never Ever
Teleman - Brilliant Sanity
The New Division - Starfield
Games ft. Laurel Halo - Stawberry Skies
TALK - Random Ending
Maze ft. Frankie Beverly - Joy And Pain



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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

I can't stress enough that everyone should watch the video for the Shamir song linked below, I know it is an ad for Ray-Bans but it is still great.

Best song I heard since the last show: Shamir - Tryna Survive, see the fun video here: http://pitchfork.com/news/68404-shamir-shares-new-song-tryna-survive-stars-in-short-film-watch/


Links from the show:

Hear more from the Age of Reason:
https://soundcloud.com/the-golden-age-of-reason

Find out about Lion's Den:
http://www.clashmusic.com/news/premiere-lions-den-scars

Listen to and buy music from Scenic World:
https://scenicworld.bandcamp.com/


You can download the latest show directly here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/afjxtu9rdaheqbu/2016-10-21_final.mp3?dl=0


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 21, 2016
TALK - Theme
Shamir - Tryna Survive
Pale Spectres - D(r)iving
Lion's Den - Scars
The Golden Age of Reason - Summer Days
Plumtree - Sodium Chloride
TALK
Frankie Cosmos - Floated In
Wireheads - Bananafish
Sushi Backpack - Happy
Starry Eyed Cadet - Take A Ride
Brunch Club - Not Dead Yet
TALK
The Magic - Gotta Keep Moving
Exit Someone - Sydney The List Go On
Pure Moods - Blurb
Scenic World - Star Stuff
Consequences - Bobbypin
TALK
Yo La Tengo - Simpson's Theme



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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

As much as I tried to keep within Indie Pop I have to admit it got back to electo pop pretty quickly.

Best song I heard since the last show: Nice As Fuck - Door, see the fun video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMnUPy4dp4k

Links from the show:

See the great video from Yumi Yumi Hip Hop:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvMml_1_S60

Find out more about Imperial Teen:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Teen

You can download the latest show directly here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zojttz1g5635vm2/2016-09-20_final.mp3?dl=0


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, 2016
TALK - Theme
Nice As Fuck - Door
Yumi Yumi Hip Hop - Enamorals (Snap! Clap! 2016)
Language Of Flowers - If Its Not You
Triunvirato - Atras Tigre
Imperial Teen - You're One
TALK
West Nile - Lucifer Baby
Videopark Station - Comes To You
Hibou - Above Us
Top Sound - Hemani
Wild Meadows - Nowhere
TALK
Dripping Wet - Everything Grows
Seazoo - Teeth
Corners - Love Letters
Motorama - Tell Me
Plums - Near Sleeper
TALK
Lykke Li - Jerome


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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016

This may have ended up being the longest podcast I have done in a while as those funk songs in the last set really are a lot longer than the typical indie pop song.

Best song I heard since the last show: Niki and the Dove - You Want The Sun, hear the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM2WyQwocMs

Links from the show:

Watch the fun video for Skylar Spence's Fall Harder:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aed4G0cQCNQ

I couldn't find any of my Gap Band Cassettes, but here is what the album covers looked like:
http://thebest-music.com/2014/12/the-gap-band-gap-band-v-jammin-1983-320-kbps/


You can download the latest show directly here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qaf1lhdiei05wlc/2016-08-26_final.mp3?dl=0


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 26, 2016
TALK - Theme
Niki and the Dove - You Want The Sun
Skylar Spence - Fall Harder
Bob Moses - Tearing Me Up (A-Trak Remix)
Brett - On Account of Your Love
School of Seven Bells - Open Your Eyes
TALK
Space Daze - Close The Curtains (Watoo Watoo)
The Keep Left Signs - You're The Only One
Bodyheat - Sleep On It
Public Access TV - Sudden Emotion
Geowulf - Saltwater
TALK
The Gap Band - I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops)
Rick James - You And I
Fatback - Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money)
Newcleus - Jam On It
Rene and Angel - I Love You Move
TALK
The Smiths - Frankly, Mr. Shankly


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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

Back to the indie pop after last show's summer-like feel, starting with Christmas in July with my top song by Red Sleeping Beauty (although the song was released on an album this year that particular song is a few years old).

Best song I heard since the last show: Red Sleeping Beauty - Merry Christmas, Marie, hear the song here (I couldn't find an official video): https://soundcloud.com/redsleepingbeautymusic/merry-christmas-marie

Links from the show:

Watch the fun video for Kero Kero Bonito's Break:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEmqJBcQ2lg

See and sign up for the Just Shows weekly mailout (Toronto version, but you can get to the others from this link):
http://justshows.com/toronto/


You can download the latest show directly here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/t316yzu8fz0ut98/2016-07-22_final.mp3?dl=0


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

Fireball XL5 Setlist - July 22, 2016
TALK - Theme
Red Sleeping Beauty - Merry Christmas, Marie
Sea Pinks - Ordinary Daze
The Kickstand Band - Summer Fun
High Highs - How Could You Know
Dropbox - Ocean Blue
TALK
The Wendy Darlings - Tell Me Why
Diet Cig - Harvard
Laura Stevenson - Torch Song
Mise en Scene - When I Met You
Kero Kero Bonito - Break
TALK
We Were Lovers - Islands
Yumi Zouma - Riquelme (Essa-y remix)
Chain Wallet - Muted Colours
Drug Train - All My Friends
TOPS - Outside
TALK
Belle and Sebastian - String Bean Jean

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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016

After the heavily indie pop focused based last podcast, this one has a summer feel that as a lot of the songs came from the summer song list that is linked below.

Best song I heard since the last show: Fluir and Jesse Marantz - I've Gotta Have You, hear the song here (I couldn't find an official video): https://soundcloud.com/fluirmusic/ive-gotta-have-you

Links from the show:

See the full 100 indiepop summer songs from Indie Popups here:
https://soundcloud.com/indiepopups/sets/top-100-indie-summer-pop-ups-2016


You can download the latest show directly here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xohnk876bnya5iq/2016-06-24_final.mp3?dl=0


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

Fireball XL5 Setlist - June 24, 2016
TALK - Theme
Fluir and Jesse Marantz - I've Gotta Have You
Saffari - Following the Sun
Girl Friend - Waste My Time
Tigertown - Lonely Cities
The Little Indians - Good Love
TALK
Youngr - Out Of My System
Wylder - Bayhouse
Balue - Summer Lovin'
Luna Shadows - Hallelujah California
Cat Princess - The Sun Also Rises
TALK
Smoove and Turrel - Will You Be Mine
S-Express - Theme from S-Express
Heatwave - The Groove Line
One Way - Mr. Groove
Pigmeat Markham - Here Comes The Judge
TALK
The Futureheads - Skip To The End


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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

My recap of this year's NYC Popfest ( http://www.nycpopfest.org/ ) which, as always, was great.  As usual it was a mix of great band starting out as well as ones from the 80s who got together and played the Popfest.  Also continuing the pattern of band from far away (Sweden, UK, Australia, New Zealand) and an indie-pop related movie.  I hope that I will have the opportunity to go again next year.

Best song I heard since the last show: Cristina Quesada - When I'm An Aeroplane, see a live version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVtcbrF5ADA

Links from the show:

See the fun video for The Spook School's "Speak When You're Spoken To":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxnGUUgNlhc

Find out about the movie "Big Gold Dream" here;
http://louderthanwar.com/film-preview-big-gold-dream-scottish-post-punk-infiltrating-mainstream-1977-82/

Video of Young Romance and their stand up drummer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5IksuMmQ9s


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2016-05-27_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 - May 27, 2016
TALK - Theme
Cristina Quesada - When I'm An Aeroplane
Free Cake for Every Creature - First Summer In A City
Chorusgirl - No Mon
The Hermit Crabs - Stuart Murray
The Snow Fairies - The Life Of A Total Square
TALK
The Spook School - Speak When You're Spoken To
Young Romance - Wasting Time
Witching Waves - Red Light
Bent Shapes - 86'd in '03
The Hairs - Beef
TALK
The Chills - Heavenly Pop Hit
The Chesterfields - Ask Johnny Dee
The Railway Children - Brighter
Even As We Speak - Falling Down The Stairs
The Primitives - Rattle My Cage
TALK
Scars - All About You


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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016

Just like the last show, there were 2 indie pop sets followed by an electo pop one, although the first one was mostly more rocking bands with female lead singers (or entire bands).  And you will have to listen to the show to find out why I have a link on how to make Knife Pleats in the links.

Best song I heard since the last show: Bleached - Keep On Keepin' On, see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmgBdqsOwLo

Links from the show:

Information about the band Knife Pleats:
https://knifepleats.bandcamp.com/

Information on the fashion element of Knife Pleats:
http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/how-make-knife-pleats

Find out about the Bjorn Borg Collective here:
http://bjornborgcollective.bandcamp.com/


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2016-04-22_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 - April 22, 2016
TALK - Theme
Bleached - Keep On Keepin' On
Tacocat - I Hate The Weekend
Wild Balbina - Eat Tacos
Hinds - Bamboo
Kim and Grim - You Don't Love Me
TALK
Makeout Vertigo - Parking Lot Snots
Knife Pleats - One Step Too Far
Bad Family - Off To Bed
Radiator Hospital - Dead As Dreams
Glass Arcades - Feel Like Folding In Hatred
TALK
Bjorn Borg Collective - Singularitease
DJDS - You Don't Have To Be Alone
Grimes - Kill vs. Maim
TEEN - All About Us
Allie E - Never Enough
TALK - Random Ending
The Motifs - Backwards


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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016

After 2 shows looking back to 2015, this was finally show with some newer music consisting of a couple of indie pop sets followed by some elctropop.

Best song I heard since the last show Edine avec Lisle Mitnik et son orchestre - The West Coast, see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFJyINNn_00

Links from the show:

Listen to Sunflower Bean:
https://sunflowerbean.bandcamp.com/

Find out about Bobbie Gentry:


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2016-03-18_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 - March 18, 2016
TALK - Theme
Edine avec Lisle Mitnik et son orchestre - The West Coast
Mass Gothic - Every Night You've Got to Save Me
The Lemons - My Candy Girl
Sunflower Bean - Easier Said
The Sun Days - Don't Need To Be Them
TALK
Love Signs - Not Used To Losing
The Arctic Flow - Ready For The Rain
Beverly - Crooked Cop
The Haywains - Bobbie Gentry's Tears
Jaded Juice Riders - Zelena Homes
TALK
Kristin Kontrol - X-Communicate
Cellars - Nighttime Girl
Haruomi Hosono - Sportsmen
Lia Pamina - How Come I
Cannons - Down On Love
TALK - Random Ending
Irene - Always On My Mind

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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016

All my best albums from 2015 counted down in reverse order.

You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2016-02-19_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 - February 19, 2016
TALK - Theme
Blimp Rock - Let's All Stay In Tonight
Yo La Tengo - All Your Secrets
Roman à clef - The Prisoner
New Order - Superheated
TALK
Seoul - Silencer
Starry Eyed Cadet - Sugar
Wallflower - You'll Be There
TALK
The School - Till You Belong To Me
The School - My Arms, They Feel Like Nothing
TALK
Alpaca Sports - Where'd You Go?
Alpace Sports - I Love You
TALK
Belle and Sebastian - Perfect Couples
Belle and Sebastian - Nobody's Empire

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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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

Friday, January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016

What more to say than my best songs from 2015.

Best song I heard since the last best of show Alpaca Sports - Need Me The Most, see the video here (this is a live version just to be different):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIo1MXhvDlk


You can download the latest show directly here:
http://76.163.12.179/2016-01-22_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 - January 22, 2016
TALK - Theme
Alpaca Sports - Need Me The Most
The Orchids - Hey! Sometimes
Roman à clef - PSBTV
Frankie Cosmos - Young
TALK
Wallflower - Butterfly Kisses
The School - Love Is Anywhere You Find It
Hinds - Chili Town
Tanlines - Slipping Away
Springtime Carnivore - Name On A Matchbook
TALK
Starry Eyed Cadet - Baby Please Come Home
SPORTS - The Washing Machine
Belle and Sebastian - Allie
Class Actress - GFE
Kita Alexander - My Own Way
TALK
Lorna - London's Leaving Me

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

Podcast link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcfrkn1ii687w5s/fireballxl5.rss?dl=0

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