Podcast: January 14, 2024

Episode #1022

After the holidays are all done, the new music starts to roll out again, and we’ve got a whole bunch of it today, as well as some exciting upcoming shows to preview and a few classics as well!

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Mayhemingways – 14th of January – Skip Land – CDN

Katie Pruitt – White Lies, White Jesus And You – Mantras
Waxahatchee – Right Back to It (feat. MJ Lenderman) – single
Carsie Blanton – My Good Friends – Hope
The Goddamsels – Better Than – single – CDN
The Secret Sisters – Same Water – Mind, Man, Medicine

MJ Lenderman – You Have Bought Yourself A Boat – Boat Songs
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Horror Of It All – Stellar Evolution
John Craigie – Viking Sex (feat. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings) – Pagan Church
Dylan Ault – Taken For A Fool – single
Alejandro Escovedo – Bury Me – Echo Dancing
Gurf Morlix – Switchblade Smile – Melt into You
Bruce Robison – Livin’ in the Woods in a Tree – Darlene

Drayton Farley & Western AF – Lucinda – Live AF Session
Joe Pug – Treasury of Prayers – Sketch of a Promised Departure
Forest Sun – Precious Days – single
Beta Radio – This One’s Going to Hurt – Waiting for the End to Come
Sam Barber – Straight and Narrow (Live) – Live EP 001
Martyn Joseph – Folding – This Is What I Want To Say

Matt Andersen – I’m Giving In – Honest Man – CDN
Kings Of The Moon – White Polar Bear – Kings Of The Moon – CDN – WPG
Bob Schneider – Tokyo – live recording
Doug Paisley – I Want to Be With You Always – Sad Old World – CDN
David Myles – Break Free – Devil Talking – CDN
David Myles – Cape Breton – On The Line – CDN

Belle Plaine – Squared Up – Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath – CDN
Belle Plaine – For All Those Who I Love – Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath – CDN
Belle Plaine & Blake Berglund – Town to Town – Town to Town / Saskatchewan – EP – CDN

Martin Sexton – Black Sheep – Black Sheep
Martin Sexton – The Way I Am – In The Journey

VVonder – Used To Be Happy (I’m So Sad) (Bonus Track) – Frame by Frame (Live) – CDN – WPG
The Telepathic Butterflies – Right Through It All – Plan B – CDN – WPG
The Telepathic Butterflies – The Girl Who Couldn’t Be Named – Plan B – CDN – WPG
Greg MacPherson – Slow Stroke – Good Times Coming Back Again – CDN – WPG
Greg MacPherson – Buy A Ticket – Balanced On A Pin – CDN – WPG
Del Barber – Everything Is Not Enough – Headwaters – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Nothing’s Gonna Harm You – Mannequin – CDN – WPG
The Weakerthans – Aside – Left and Leaving – CDN – WPG

Playlist: Episode #1022, Jan. 14, 2024

After the holidays are all done, the new music starts to roll out again, and we’ve got a whole bunch of it today, as well as some exciting upcoming shows to preview and a few classics as well!

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Mayhemingways – 14th of January – Skip Land – CDN

Katie Pruitt – White Lies, White Jesus And You – Mantras
Waxahatchee – Right Back to It (feat. MJ Lenderman) – single
Carsie Blanton – My Good Friends – Hope
The Goddamsels – Better Than – single – CDN
The Secret Sisters – Same Water – Mind, Man, Medicine

MJ Lenderman – You Have Bought Yourself A Boat – Boat Songs
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Horror Of It All – Stellar Evolution
John Craigie – Viking Sex (feat. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings) – Pagan Church
Dylan Ault – Taken For A Fool – single
Alejandro Escovedo – Bury Me – Echo Dancing
Gurf Morlix – Switchblade Smile – Melt into You
Bruce Robison – Livin’ in the Woods in a Tree – Darlene

Drayton Farley & Western AF – Lucinda – Live AF Session
Joe Pug – Treasury of Prayers – Sketch of a Promised Departure
Forest Sun – Precious Days – single
Beta Radio – This One’s Going to Hurt – Waiting for the End to Come
Sam Barber – Straight and Narrow (Live) – Live EP 001
Martyn Joseph – Folding – This Is What I Want To Say

Matt Andersen – I’m Giving In – Honest Man – CDN
Kings Of The Moon – White Polar Bear – Kings Of The Moon – CDN – WPG
Bob Schneider – Tokyo – live recording
Doug Paisley – I Want to Be With You Always – Sad Old World – CDN
David Myles – Break Free – Devil Talking – CDN
David Myles – Cape Breton – On The Line – CDN

Belle Plaine – Squared Up – Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath – CDN
Belle Plaine – For All Those Who I Love – Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath – CDN
Belle Plaine & Blake Berglund – Town to Town – Town to Town / Saskatchewan – EP – CDN

Martin Sexton – Black Sheep – Black Sheep
Martin Sexton – The Way I Am – In The Journey

VVonder – Used To Be Happy (I’m So Sad) (Bonus Track) – Frame by Frame (Live) – CDN – WPG
The Telepathic Butterflies – Right Through It All – Plan B – CDN – WPG
The Telepathic Butterflies – The Girl Who Couldn’t Be Named – Plan B – CDN – WPG
Greg MacPherson – Slow Stroke – Good Times Coming Back Again – CDN – WPG
Greg MacPherson – Buy A Ticket – Balanced On A Pin – CDN – WPG
Del Barber – Everything Is Not Enough – Headwaters – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Nothing’s Gonna Harm You – Mannequin – CDN – WPG
The Weakerthans – Aside – Left and Leaving – CDN – WPG

Podcast: January 7, 2024: The Best of 2023 (leftovers)

Episode #1021

On last week’s show and in a recent post on the website, I listed off some of my favourite music released in 2023, but in making the list, I realized that there were a LOT of releases, even by some of my favourite artists, that I just didn’t get to spend enough time with for one reason or another, so they didn’t make the main list. This episode aims to clean up some of the leftovers and check out some of the releases that somehow slipped past me in the past year.

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Suzie Ungerleider – The One (2003 Demo Version) – Bitch on Wheels (Demos from a Time Capsule) – CDN

Scott Nolan – Swing Low – Before Tonight – CDN – WPG
Scott Nolan – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – Before Tonight – CDN – WPG
Richard Inman – What Are You Waiting On? – Life Without Your Love – CDN – WPG
Richard Inman – New Years Blues – Faded Love Better Days – CDN – WPG
Jess Rae – Golden Days – single – CDN – WPG

Lana Del Rey – Margaret (feat. Bleachers) – Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd
boygenius – Afraid of Heights – the rest
boygenius – Revolution 0 – the record
Evangeline Gentle – Fall Again – Where The Diamonds Are – CDN
Evangeline Gentle – Bad Girls – Where The Diamonds Are – CDN

Jess Klein – Never Gonna Break Me – When We Rise
Allison Russell – Demons – The Returner – CDN

Drayton Farley – Stop the Clock – Twenty on High
Casper McWade – Rather Be Lonely – Something for the Pain
Jess Williamson – Time Ain’t Accidental – Time Ain’t Accidental
Dylan LeBlanc – Let It Rain – single
King Creosote – Please Come Back I Will Listen, I Will Behave, I Will Toe The Line (Edit) – single

Stephen Fearing & The Sentimentals – Gold On The River – Vejpoesi – CDN
Stephen Fearing – Finest Kind – Vejpoesi – CDN
Danny Michel – Bad Timing – Ghost Town – CDN
David Francey – Daughter – The Breath Between – CDN
Lynn Miles – Highway 105 – TumbleWeedyWorld – CDN

NQ Arbuckle – No Hands Bicycle – Love Songs for the Long Game – CDN
Jon Dee Graham – lost in the flood – Only Dead For A Little While
Jesse DeNatale – Sweet Arrival – The Hands of Time

Rodney Crowell – Loving You Is The Only Way To Fly – The Chicago Sessions
Slaid Cleaves – Through the Dark – Together Through the Dark
Shane Smith & The Saints & Hayes Carll – Pancho and Lefty – single
John R. Miller – Press On – Heat Comes Down
Margo Cilker – Lowland Trail – Valley Of Heart’s Delight
Kate Fenner – Quiet Rider – Dead Reckoning – CDN

Garrett T. Capps – A Better Place (feat. NASA Country) – People Are Beautiful
Susto – My Entire Life – My Entire Life
Hugh Trimble & the Atomic Ranch Band – A Trip – Hugh Trimble & the Atomic Ranch Band
Jeremie Albino – Dance with Me – Tears You Hide – CDN
Jeremie Albino – Angeline – Tears You Hide – CDN

Dori Freeman – Do You Recall – Do You Recall
Jenni Muldaur & Teddy Thompson – Just Someone I Used To Know – Once More: Jenni Muldaur & Teddy Thompson Sing The Great Country Duets
Teddy Thompson – A Picture of Me Without You – My Love of Country
Ags Connolly – Headed South for a While – Siempre
Brennen Leigh – Carole With An E – Ain’t Through Honky Tonkin’ Yet

Playlist: Episode #1021, Jan. 7, 2024: The Best of 2023 (leftovers)

On last week’s show and in a recent post on the website, I listed off some of my favourite music released in 2023, but in making the list, I realized that there were a LOT of releases, even by some of my favourite artists, that I just didn’t get to spend enough time with for one reason or another, so they didn’t make the main list. This episode aims to clean up some of the leftovers and check out some of the releases that somehow slipped past me in the past year.

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Suzie Ungerleider – The One (2003 Demo Version) – Bitch on Wheels (Demos from a Time Capsule) – CDN

Scott Nolan – Swing Low – Before Tonight – CDN – WPG
Scott Nolan – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – Before Tonight – CDN – WPG
Richard Inman – What Are You Waiting On? – Life Without Your Love – CDN – WPG
Richard Inman – New Years Blues – Faded Love Better Days – CDN – WPG
Jess Rae – Golden Days – single – CDN – WPG

Lana Del Rey – Margaret (feat. Bleachers) – Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd
boygenius – Afraid of Heights – the rest
boygenius – Revolution 0 – the record
Evangeline Gentle – Fall Again – Where The Diamonds Are – CDN
Evangeline Gentle – Bad Girls – Where The Diamonds Are – CDN

Jess Klein – Never Gonna Break Me – When We Rise
Allison Russell – Demons – The Returner – CDN

Drayton Farley – Stop the Clock – Twenty on High
Casper McWade – Rather Be Lonely – Something for the Pain
Jess Williamson – Time Ain’t Accidental – Time Ain’t Accidental
Dylan LeBlanc – Let It Rain – single
King Creosote – Please Come Back I Will Listen, I Will Behave, I Will Toe The Line (Edit) – single

Stephen Fearing & The Sentimentals – Gold On The River – Vejpoesi – CDN
Stephen Fearing – Finest Kind – Vejpoesi – CDN
Danny Michel – Bad Timing – Ghost Town – CDN
David Francey – Daughter – The Breath Between – CDN
Lynn Miles – Highway 105 – TumbleWeedyWorld – CDN

NQ Arbuckle – No Hands Bicycle – Love Songs for the Long Game – CDN
Jon Dee Graham – lost in the flood – Only Dead For A Little While
Jesse DeNatale – Sweet Arrival – The Hands of Time

Rodney Crowell – Loving You Is The Only Way To Fly – The Chicago Sessions
Slaid Cleaves – Through the Dark – Together Through the Dark
Shane Smith & The Saints & Hayes Carll – Pancho and Lefty – single
John R. Miller – Press On – Heat Comes Down
Margo Cilker – Lowland Trail – Valley Of Heart’s Delight
Kate Fenner – Quiet Rider – Dead Reckoning – CDN

Garrett T. Capps – A Better Place (feat. NASA Country) – People Are Beautiful
Susto – My Entire Life – My Entire Life
Hugh Trimble & the Atomic Ranch Band – A Trip – Hugh Trimble & the Atomic Ranch Band
Jeremie Albino – Dance with Me – Tears You Hide – CDN
Jeremie Albino – Angeline – Tears You Hide – CDN

Dori Freeman – Do You Recall – Do You Recall
Jenni Muldaur & Teddy Thompson – Just Someone I Used To Know – Once More: Jenni Muldaur & Teddy Thompson Sing The Great Country Duets
Teddy Thompson – A Picture of Me Without You – My Love of Country
Ags Connolly – Headed South for a While – Siempre
Brennen Leigh – Carole With An E – Ain’t Through Honky Tonkin’ Yet

2023 Favourites

This year, more than any in recent memory, I’ve noticed that there were a LOT of releases, many by artists that I love, that I just didn’t spend much time with. There was just way too much going on this year to pay enough attention to it all.

So, while I did hear a LOT of great music, I’m sure there are many worthy releases that I just didn’t get around to listening to nearly enough.

These are some of the great albums that I kept going back to this year. Of the albums that I did listen to, I’d call these my favourites.

In alphabetical order, because this is painful enough:

Amos the Kid, Enough as it Was (House of Wonders)

It turns out that this guy is from Winnipeg and has been making records and doing shows for a few years now, and I had no idea how great he was until recently. One of a few artists that I love that I was introduced to by my pal Connor at Dagwood Radio on UMFM. Amos is pretty hard to describe, just like most of the artists that I love. It’s clear that he’s listened to some classic country, some great rock ‘n’ roll, and some modern sounds. It’s also clear that he owns a genre blender, threw them all in, and turned it on high. I bought the new album and his previous two cassette releases the first chance I got. Now I just need to track him down and witness a live show.

Del Barber, Almanac (Acronym)

An obvious choice for the Best of list because Del has been making consistently great records for over a decade. He writes incredibly detailed, beautiful songs that captivate the joys and struggles of real people and real life. He cuts right to the heart, telling it like it is, and making stories come alive. He’s also got a top-notch band and puts on top-notch shows. He’s also a hell of a decent human being who selflessly saved a life last summer but won’t tell you about it or take any credit. Now, if only he could get some of the credit that he’s due for his great music. We may have to start by fixing his website and getting this amazing album up on Bandcamp…

Sean Burns, Lost Country (Department Store)

Like so many others, I cringe and brace myself whenever I hear someone described as “a country singer.” Real Country music has taken a beating for years by the big hat, bro country douchebag crowd. Sean Burns is the antidote and the opposite. Schooled on real country music, the way it was meant to be made, Sean came to his love of the good stuff honestly, taught by his father, a guy who gigged his way through small taverns, bars, and honky tonks alongside a list of great country music sinGers who for some reason never made it to household name status. This album is Sean’s love letter and historical monument to days gone by, as he says, “10 tracks of hardcore Honky-Tonk from the “lost” catalogues of local legends & regional stars of Canadian Country Music past.” He even recruited some of the hard-working, long-suffering, underappreciated musicians who lived and worked a scene that’s in danger of being forgotten, if not for this album and Sean’s amazing radio show (sadly, currently on hiatus), Boots & Saddle, and his podcast, The Northern Report. He’s preserving a Canadian music history that nobody else seems to even know about. If there were any justice in this world, those modern “country” singers would pay attention and learn something from this guy, and some Canadian funding body would be throwing grant money at him to keep these songs and stories alive.

Communism, Lovespeech (self)

Headed up by in-demand drummer Don Kerr, who can regularly be seen keeping the beat for big deal acts like Dan Mangan and Bahamas, and featuring some killer musicians, like renowned artist Kurt Swinghammer. Communism is pure positivity with a very danceable beat. Don says that the album is “Dedicated to you dancing with love in your heart,” and I dare you to keep still or feel any kind of negativity when this one is on. If you’re truly blessed, you might even get to see the incredible multi-media shows the band puts on when Don’s not on the road. Don is a beacon of positivity, healthy living, and love for one and all.

Ben de la Cour, Sweet Anhedonia (Jullian)

This guy is riding a string of strong albums that have deserved way more attention than they’ve received. He came to Winnipeg to record a really strong album with Scott Nolan a few years ago, then went to make this album with reclusive weirdo genius Jim White. I knew it was going to be amazing and challenging, and we got exactly what I expected, and more. Special guests, incredible songwriting, and magnificent, artistic musical accompaniment add up to a really powerful piece of art that’s bound to be somewhat outside of the realm of the masses. This is a magnificent work of art that more people need to hear.

Evangeline Gentle, Where the Diamonds Are (self)

This year seems to be the year of Boygenius as they appear on just about all of the big “Best of” lists. Every single one of the people who put that album on their list obviously missed out on this one, because it’s so much more interesting. Admittedly, it was way too easy to overlook this one, because there seems to be nowhere other than iTunes that you can buy it, there’s little to no social media presence, and Evangeline didn’t do very many shows since its release. What a shame! Once again recorded by and alongside Jim Bryson, the lyrics and sonic palette are vastly expanded from Evangeline’s impressive debut. This one is full of powerful, introspective, interesting songs that could be so inspiring to so many people if they could only be heard by the masses. This one flew critically under the radar. One can only hope that it’ll somehow find new ears in the future.

Terra Lightfoot, Healing Power (Sonic Unyon)

I’ve known and loved Terra for years. I’ve gone to see her play in 4 provinces and on 2 continents, so I’m a pretty easy mark for whatever she does. Even so, and without any history, this album would be right up my alley and one that I was bound to love. Over the past few albums, Terra has really impressed me with her strong songwriting, and the playing and melodies were always sharp. This time out, she’s upped the ear-worm memorable melody count and included just enough glossy pop production to ensure that these songs would be catchy and cool. Like me, she’s discovered a newfound loving relationship and joy in life, and the songs reflect her new, more joyful and optimistic outlook. And with an album this great, one of the best live shows in Canada, and a lot of exciting upcoming opportunities, why wouldn’t you be joyful and optimistic? I’m pretty sure I listened to this album more times than any other this year and it remains a consistent go-to.

Jeffrey Martin, Thank God We Left the Garden (Fluff and Gravy)

I’ve been a huge fan of Jeffrey’s partner Anna Tivel for years, so when the two of them came to Winnipeg in 2023, it was her set that I was most excited for, but I have to admit that it was his set that most people were talking about afterward, and for good reason. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan of his music for years too, but none of his albums really stuck with me the way that this one did this year. The writing is outstanding.

You really owe it to yourself to check out Anna Tivel while you’re at it: annativel.bandcamp.com

Dean Owens, Pictures (Songboy)

Dean Owens was a big hit at the 2022 Static Roots Festival, and the album he was promoting at the time, made with Calexico, was a favourite last year, so I never really expected him to come out with something that I like even more so soon. Although he’s from Scotland, he’s once again teamed up with American heavyweights, this time in Neilson Hubbard and Will Kimbrough (aka the Willie Nielson Band) and they’ve brought to life some of his catchiest, most amazing songs yet.

Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Paint Horse (Good People)

This guy has been around for years and has been on the radar for sure, but I am sad to say that I never really got around to paying much attention until this year, and what a revelation it was! He’s got one of those powerful voices that doesn’t really seem to fit the appearance, and with some great melodies and strong songs, you can’t help but take notice when you finally hear him. I’m really eager to see this guy when he comes to town in 2024 opening for Jeremie Albino!

Stephen Stanley Band, Before the Collapse of the Hive (Lightning Strikes)

A longtime friend and favourite of mine, Stephen finally hit his stride a few years ago after moving on from his role in The Lowest of the Low. His last album was a giant leap forward in terms of his songwriting and talented backing band, and this time he’s outdone even that high standard with a really powerful, compelling, well-crafted album.

Honourary Mentions:

Deer Tick, Emotional Contracts (ATO)

I was a huge Deer Tick fan years ago, but it’s been a long time since they made an album that really resonated with me. I admit that I didn’t expect to like this one so much or go back to it so many times. Surprisingly strong.

Ratboys, The Window (Topshelf)

Maybe my favourite Dagwood Radio discovery, I was hooked for life when Connor first played the sprawling jam, Black Earth, WI. I quickly discovered that this band has been around and has been pretty great for a while, but this is the album that really seems to be pushing them to wider recognition, and for good reason. Some seriously good stuff here, and as a bonus, probably the most gorgeous vinyl record I got all year, if not ever.

Vivat Virtute, Hold Music and June First

My favourite living songwriter has to be John K Samson Fellows, who has written some of the most vivid and powerful lines I’ve ever heard, first with The Weakerthans, then on his own. Lately, music has taken a bit of a back seat. He hasn’t released an album or done a show in years, but in 2023, along with his partner, Christine Fellows, he released some lovely instrumental music as Vivat Virtute, and stuck on two of the most powerful songs of the year. If you’re writing songs this incredible, the quantity doesn’t really matter.

New Discoveries: Beth//James, Ratboys, The Nude Party

 

Favourite radio shows:

Dagwood Radio, Wednesdays, 6-8 pm on UMFM: umfm.com/programming/shows/dagwood-radio

Like the sandwich, Dagwood Radio presents a whole bunch of flavours put together in one glorious, delicious, mess. Lately, I discover more of my new favourites from this show than any other source.

The Twang Trust, Wednesdays, 6-8 pm on CKUW: twangtrust.ca

Longstanding major influence on this show and many others I’m sure. Ol’ Pal Stu plays Roots, Country, and Big Dumb Rock ‘n’ Roll, as well as a bizarre amount of sad girl pop. Whatever. Always an education.

Cretin Radio, Fridays, 9-11 am on UMFM: umfm.com/programming/shows/cretin-radio

You’re not going to get any smarter listening to Cretin Rob play dirty, sweaty punk, metal, and garage rock, but you’re going to feel great and have a few laughs.

Dirty Windshields Radio Hour with Leeroy Stagger: ckua.com/programs/dirty-windshields-radio-hour

You never really know what you’re going to get on Leeroy’s show, but you know you’re going to love it. New music, old classics, interviews, and ruminations on what it’s like to live a life in music.

Northern Wish Radio with Stephen Stanley: muskokaradio.com/show/northernwishwithstephenstanley

Besides being one of my favourite musicians, Stephen Stanley hosts a hell of a great radio show. I don’t get to catch it nearly often enough, but I sure enjoy it whenever I do.

 

Podcasts I adore:

The Blindboy Podcast: play.acast.com/s/blindboy

One of the most brilliant pieces of art, delivered weekly. I think Blindboy is an absolute genius, and he never fails to make me laugh out loud. Sometimes it’s a thoughtful interview, sometimes he discusses art, he has brilliant and meaningful mental health episodes, and then there are the meticulously researched “Hot Take” episodes. This one’s definitely not for the easily offended (a strong language warning applies) but if you can put aside your own fears and limitations, I guarantee you’ll learn something, you’ll be moved, and you’ll laugh a lot.

Pod of Thunder: podofthunderpodcast.wordpress.com

They are the Recognized Symbol of Excellence in Rock ‘n’ Roll Podcasting for good reason. Andy, Nick, and the Gunslinger Chris L analyze a song a week in a hilarious, yet intelligent fashion. This is another can’t-miss, weekly ritual for me. Always a good time.

The Northern Report: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thenorthernreportpodcast

When he’s not busy on the sideways and upright bass with Corb Lund or fronting Lost Country, Sean Burns is digging through country music history and presenting the stories of musicians and music that runs the risk of being lost forever. He’s a thoughtful, intelligent interviewer, and has fascinating guests.

That’s How I Remember It: pod.link/CraigFinnPod

I’m a little obsessed with The Hold Steady these days, and especially lead singer Craig Finn. He’s definitely an intelligent, interesting guy, and on his new podcast, he presents some fascinating discussions with really interesting and intelligent guests.

The Other 22 Hours: theother22hours.com/episodes

The bio kind of says it best, “Singer-songwriter Michaela Anne & producer Aaron Shafer-Haiss host conversations with different Grammy winning, Platninum-selling, and long-haul career artists each week about the tools and routines they’ve found most helpful in maintaining their creativity, inspiration, and sanity while navigating a career around their art.” I’ve heard some really interesting and enlightening conversations on this show.

 

Podcast: December 31, 2023: (some of) The Best of 2023

Episode #1020

A look back at yet another strong year in music as we listen to a few of the many musical highlights of 2023!

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Sean Burns – Drinkin’ Me Six Foot Under – Lost Country – CDN – WPG

David Newbould – Jean – single
Hannah White – Right on Time – Sweet Revolution
Louien – Let Go – single

Jaime Wyatt – Feel Good – Feel Good
Scott Nolan – Before Tonight – Before Tonight – CDN – WPG
The Telepathic Butterflies – Twenty – Plan B – CDN – WPG
Bloc Parents – Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella – EP – CDN – WPG
Communism – Please Love Me – Lovespeech – CDN
Odds – 25 Words – Crash the Time Machine – CDN
Trans-Canada Highwaymen – Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy – Explosive Hits Vol.1 – CDN

Ratboys – Black Earth, WI – The Window
Petey – I’ll Wait – USA

Amos the Kid – What Did You Do – Enough as it Was – CDN – WPG
The Nude Party – Ride On – Rides On
Deer Tick – Forgiving Ties – Emotional Contracts
The Hold Steady – Sideways Skull – The Price of Progress
The Damnwells – Without a Heart – single

Terra Lightfoot – Anyone but You – Healing Power – CDN
Evangeline Gentle – Underdog – Where The Diamonds Are – CDN
Jim Bryson – Before When – single – CDN
Vivat Virtute – All My Ex-Boyfriends Are You – June First – CDN – WPG
Vivat Virtute – Do Not Worry – Hold Music – CDN – WPG

Ben de la Cour – American Mind – Sweet Anhedonia
Del Barber – Still Got You – Almanac – CDN – WPG

The Stephen Stanley Band – Here Comes That Rain – Before The Collapse Of The Hive – CDN
Ron Hawkins – Ambulance Chaser – Trash Talkin’ at the Speed of Sound – CDN
Lowest of the Low – Brave New World – Welcome to the Plunderdome – CDN
Lucero – Macon If We Make It – Should’ve Learned by Now
Lydia Loveless – Sex & Money – Nothing’s Gonna Stand in My Way Again

Buddy & Julie Miller – In The Throes – In The Throes
Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives – Country Star – Altitude
Sean Burns & Lost Country – Town Song – single – CDN – WPG

Christina Martin – Little Princess – Storm – CDN
Benjamin Dakota Rogers – John Came Home – Paint Horse – CDN
Jeffrey Martin – Quiet Man – Thank God We Left The Garden
Anna Tivel – The Bell – Outsiders (Live in a Living Room)
Dean Owens w/Neilson Hubbard & Will Kimbrough – Pictures – Pictures

Playlist: Episode #1020, Dec. 31, 2023: (some of) The Best of 2023

A look back at yet another strong year in music as we listen to a few of the many musical highlights of 2023!

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Sean Burns – Drinkin’ Me Six Foot Under – Lost Country – CDN – WPG

David Newbould – Jean – single
Hannah White – Right on Time – Sweet Revolution
Louien – Let Go – single

Jaime Wyatt – Feel Good – Feel Good
Scott Nolan – Before Tonight – Before Tonight – CDN – WPG
The Telepathic Butterflies – Twenty – Plan B – CDN – WPG
Bloc Parents – Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella – EP – CDN – WPG
Communism – Please Love Me – Lovespeech – CDN
Odds – 25 Words – Crash the Time Machine – CDN
Trans-Canada Highwaymen – Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy – Explosive Hits Vol.1 – CDN

Ratboys – Black Earth, WI – The Window
Petey – I’ll Wait – USA

Amos the Kid – What Did You Do – Enough as it Was – CDN – WPG
The Nude Party – Ride On – Rides On
Deer Tick – Forgiving Ties – Emotional Contracts
The Hold Steady – Sideways Skull – The Price of Progress
The Damnwells – Without a Heart – single

Terra Lightfoot – Anyone but You – Healing Power – CDN
Evangeline Gentle – Underdog – Where The Diamonds Are – CDN
Jim Bryson – Before When – single – CDN
Vivat Virtute – All My Ex-Boyfriends Are You – June First – CDN – WPG
Vivat Virtute – Do Not Worry – Hold Music – CDN – WPG

Ben de la Cour – American Mind – Sweet Anhedonia
Del Barber – Still Got You – Almanac – CDN – WPG

The Stephen Stanley Band – Here Comes That Rain – Before The Collapse Of The Hive – CDN
Ron Hawkins – Ambulance Chaser – Trash Talkin’ at the Speed of Sound – CDN
Lowest of the Low – Brave New World – Welcome to the Plunderdome – CDN
Lucero – Macon If We Make It – Should’ve Learned by Now
Lydia Loveless – Sex & Money – Nothing’s Gonna Stand in My Way Again

Buddy & Julie Miller – In The Throes – In The Throes
Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives – Country Star – Altitude
Sean Burns & Lost Country – Town Song – single – CDN – WPG

Christina Martin – Little Princess – Storm – CDN
Benjamin Dakota Rogers – John Came Home – Paint Horse – CDN
Jeffrey Martin – Quiet Man – Thank God We Left The Garden
Anna Tivel – The Bell – Outsiders (Live in a Living Room)
Dean Owens w/Neilson Hubbard & Will Kimbrough – Pictures – Pictures

Podcast: December 24, 2023: TTBTGH Christmas Spectacular

Episode #1019

It’s Christmas Eve, so time for 3 hours of Christmas music that doesn’t suck! Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas!

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy – recorded live on UMFM

Melissa Payne and Benj Rowland – Fairy Tale of NewYork – live recording – CDN
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas from the Family – No. 2 Live Dinner
David Myles – Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo – It’s Christmas – CDN
Oliver Schoer – Beneath The Ice, They Heard Bells – Stuck On A Cold Steel Pole – CDN

My Morning Jacket – Xmas Time Is Here Again – Does Xmas Fiasco Style
Jeb Loy Nichols & Ian Gomm – Going to the Pub (On Christmas Eve) – single
Jon Langford & The Men of Gwent – Christmas Carol Christmas Ray – single
Joshua Ray Walker – Christmas in Dallas – single
The Delines – Christmas In Atlantis – single
No. 1 Knife (Brian Wright and Sally Jaye) – Christmas Song for MeeMaw – single
John Blek – Alone At Christmas – single
Dave McEathron – Gilbert the Christmas Disco Weasel – 2023 Reid Family Christmas Spectacular – CDN

Hank Snow – Nester, the Long Eared Christmas Donkey – Christmas with Hank Snow – CDN
Merle Haggard – Goin’ Home for Christmas – Season’s Greetings from Nashville
George Strait – Merry Christmas Strait to You – Merry Christmas Strait to You
Fred Eaglesmith – Go Tell It on the Mountain – CMT Christmas – CDN
Oh Susanna/Suzie Ungerleider – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – CMT Christmas – CDN
Oh Susanna & Michael Johnston – My Christmas Dreams – Decemberly – CDN
Michael Johnston and The Gentlemen Collars – Dear Santa – Zunior Holiday Collection 2005 – CDN
Sarah Harmer – Country Christmas – Christmas Is for Boys & Girls – CDN

Dave Gunning – Merry Christmas Lonely Cowboy – Christmas Too – CDN
Dave Gunning – Daddy’s Beer – Christmas – CDN
Matt Andersen – Country Christmas Blues – Spirit of Christmas – CDN
The Sweetback Sisters – The Christmas Boogie – Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular
Good Lovelies – I’d Like You for Christmas – Under The Mistletoe – CDN
Darlene Love – Marshmallow World – A Christmas Gift for You

Kathleen Edwards – It’s Christmastime (Let’s Just Survive) – A Dualtone Christmas – CDN
Brennen Leigh – Merry Christmas Asshole – single
Chip Taylor – Merry F’n Christmas – The Little Prayers Trilogy
Teddy Thompson – Boycotting Christmas – unreleased
John McCauley III – Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant – Rollo & Grady Sessions
Butch Walker – Santa’Self (F*ck Your Christmas Party) – unreleased
NQ Arbuckle – Christmas in Hell – single – CDN

John Prine – Christmas in Prison – Sweet Revenge
Beards (featuring Erin Rae) – Incarcerated Christmas – Christmas
Ox – Xmas in the Jailhouse – Silent Night and other Cowboy Songs – CDN
Swank! – Santa Claus Is Out On Bail – Christmas Is Fun! – CDN

JP Hoe – O Holy Night – Brighten up the Night – CDN – WPG
Skydiggers – Good King Wenceslas – Still Restless The Lost Tapes – CDN
The Details – Strings and Ribbons (edit) – single – CDN – WPG
Paper Moon – String Of Blinking Lights – Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day – CDN – WPG
The Kelele Brothers – Father Christmas – Zunior Holiday Collection 2004 – CDN
Ray Charles – Christmas Time – The Spirit Of Christmas
Nat King Cole – The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot – The Magic Of Christmas With Children
Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December – If We Make It Through December

Playlist: Episode #1019, Dec. 24, 2023: TTBTGH Christmas Spectacular

It’s Christmas Eve, so time for 3 hours of Christmas music that doesn’t suck! Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas!

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy – recorded live on UMFM

Melissa Payne and Benj Rowland – Fairy Tale of NewYork – live recording – CDN
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas from the Family – No. 2 Live Dinner
David Myles – Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo – It’s Christmas – CDN
Oliver Schoer – Beneath The Ice, They Heard Bells – Stuck On A Cold Steel Pole – CDN

My Morning Jacket – Xmas Time Is Here Again – Does Xmas Fiasco Style
Jeb Loy Nichols & Ian Gomm – Going to the Pub (On Christmas Eve) – single
Jon Langford & The Men of Gwent – Christmas Carol Christmas Ray – single
Joshua Ray Walker – Christmas in Dallas – single
The Delines – Christmas In Atlantis – single
No. 1 Knife (Brian Wright and Sally Jaye) – Christmas Song for MeeMaw – single
John Blek – Alone At Christmas – single
Dave McEathron – Gilbert the Christmas Disco Weasel – 2023 Reid Family Christmas Spectacular – CDN

Hank Snow – Nester, the Long Eared Christmas Donkey – Christmas with Hank Snow – CDN
Merle Haggard – Goin’ Home for Christmas – Season’s Greetings from Nashville
George Strait – Merry Christmas Strait to You – Merry Christmas Strait to You
Fred Eaglesmith – Go Tell It on the Mountain – CMT Christmas – CDN
Oh Susanna/Suzie Ungerleider – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – CMT Christmas – CDN
Oh Susanna & Michael Johnston – My Christmas Dreams – Decemberly – CDN
Michael Johnston and The Gentlemen Collars – Dear Santa – Zunior Holiday Collection 2005 – CDN
Sarah Harmer – Country Christmas – Christmas Is for Boys & Girls – CDN

Dave Gunning – Merry Christmas Lonely Cowboy – Christmas Too – CDN
Dave Gunning – Daddy’s Beer – Christmas – CDN
Matt Andersen – Country Christmas Blues – Spirit of Christmas – CDN
The Sweetback Sisters – The Christmas Boogie – Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular
Good Lovelies – I’d Like You for Christmas – Under The Mistletoe – CDN
Darlene Love – Marshmallow World – A Christmas Gift for You

Kathleen Edwards – It’s Christmastime (Let’s Just Survive) – A Dualtone Christmas – CDN
Brennen Leigh – Merry Christmas Asshole – single
Chip Taylor – Merry F’n Christmas – The Little Prayers Trilogy
Teddy Thompson – Boycotting Christmas – unreleased
John McCauley III – Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant – Rollo & Grady Sessions
Butch Walker – Santa’Self (F*ck Your Christmas Party) – unreleased
NQ Arbuckle – Christmas in Hell – single – CDN

John Prine – Christmas in Prison – Sweet Revenge
Beards (featuring Erin Rae) – Incarcerated Christmas – Christmas
Ox – Xmas in the Jailhouse – Silent Night and other Cowboy Songs – CDN
Swank! – Santa Claus Is Out On Bail – Christmas Is Fun! – CDN

JP Hoe – O Holy Night – Brighten up the Night – CDN – WPG
Skydiggers – Good King Wenceslas – Still Restless The Lost Tapes – CDN
The Details – Strings and Ribbons (edit) – single – CDN – WPG
Paper Moon – String Of Blinking Lights – Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day – CDN – WPG
The Kelele Brothers – Father Christmas – Zunior Holiday Collection 2004 – CDN
Ray Charles – Christmas Time – The Spirit Of Christmas
Nat King Cole – The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot – The Magic Of Christmas With Children
Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December – If We Make It Through December

Podcast: December 17, 2023

Episode #1018

Concert news, new music, Christmas songs that aren’t really Christmas songs, cool classics, and some underappreciated local bands from days gone by that we’d LOVE to see again!

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Sean Burns – Destroy Me – Lost Country – CDN – WPG

Mia Sheard – Mexico Texaco – Reptilian – CDN
Veal – Cauchemar – Hot Loser – CDN
Veal – Spiderman – Tilt O’whirl – CDN

Amos the Kid – Jesus Cocaine Ketamine Christ – Mountain View – CDN – WPG
Amos the Kid – What Did You Do – Mountain View – CDN – WPG
Amos the Kid – World Burn – Enough as it was – CDN – WPG

Dan Reeder – Sex is a mess – EP X 500
Dan Reeder – This Guy I Knew Died – This Guy I Knew Died EP
Dan Reeder – Fuzzyfalafelosophy – EP X 500
Town Mountain – So Far Away – Devil In Disguise
Jon Langford – Over the Cliff – Gubbins
Brock Zeman – New Plan – live recording – CDN

Sean Burns – Before She Made Me Crawl – Lost Country – CDN – WPG
Sean Burns & Lost Country – Big Freightliner – Music for Taverns, Bars, And Honky Tonks – CDN – WPG
Sean Burns and Lost Country – Joseph Hill – Boots & Saddle and CKUW 95.9 fm Present A Night of Country Music – CDN – WPG

Joshua Ray Walker – Thank You For Listening – single
The Band of Heathens – Don’t Let the Darkness (Acoustic) – Simpler Things
Northcote – My Favourite Record – Wholeheart – CDN

Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy – A to Z Recordings
The Handsome Family – So Much Wine – Live At Schubas
Tom Waits – Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis – Blue Valentine
Joni Mitchell – River – Blue – CDN
James McMurtry – Holiday – Childish Things
Danny Michel – Snowglobe – In the Belly of a Whale – CDN

The Deep Dark Woods – 18th Of December – Jubilee – CDN
The Sadies – Idle Tomorrows – Darker Circles – CDN
The Sadies – More Alone – Colder Streams – CDN

Liz Longley – Camaro – Liz Longley
The Secret Sisters – Good Luck, Good Night, Goodbye – Put Your Needle Down
Alabama Shakes – Always Alright – single
Christina Martin – Falling For You – Sleeping With A Stranger – CDN
Imaginary Cities – Hummingbird – Temporary Resident – CDN – WPG

Novillero – Hypothesist – Aim Right for the Holes in Their Lives – CDN – WPG
The Paperbacks – If I Make It Through This Winter – An Episode of Sparrows – CDN – WPG
Paper Moon – Your attitude towards cuttlefish – Somebody Needs A Timeout – CDN – WPG
Nathan – Australia – Stranger – CDN – WPG
The Details – Always, Always, Always, Never. – Draw a Distance. Draw a Border. – CDN – WPG