Monday, January 26, 2009

"Is This Thing On" feat. Dan Griffin (Or "JB & DG got a case of the Mondays")

It's been almost an entire YEAR since my last podcast. A year!? How that happened, I just dont know. However, I had the pleasure of collaborating on the first episode of Is This Thing On 2009 with my buddy Dan Griffin. Dan came into my office yesterday morning only a short time after waking up and I was in my office working away / fighting to stay focused as I was out much too late (yes, on a sunday, but it was worth it), and I was exhausted. A great way to start a monday for both of us. However, putting this little episode together over lunch was a nice addition to the otherwise not very awesome day. So, I'd like to thank Dan for chosing the artists and most of the songs, and for taking care of the introduction (again, we're sorry for the mic sound)...

As stated, the theme of this podcast is 'Monday'. ..From waking up on Monday morning to going to sleep on Monday night. We hope you enjoy it.


1) Yo La Tengo - Little Eyes
2) Nick Rose - Light At Dawn*
3) Bon Iver - Beach Baby
4) Magnolia Electric co. - Hard To Love A Man
5) The Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait (Acoustic outtake)+
6) Arkells - I'm Not The Sun**
7) Paul Westerberg - Dirty Diesel+
8) Loose Fur - Answers to your Questions+
9) Fleet Foxes - Quiet Houses
10)Constantines - St. You

*A big thank you to Nick Rose for sending me "light at dawn" for this podcast. To all of you in Toronto on Jan. 30th, head down to the Riv for his cd release show w/ guest...Dan Griffin :)
**Dan plays in Arkells. See these guys live. so great.
+Really love Paul Westerberg. And Jim O'Rourke.

Friday, January 23, 2009

THIS Sunday - Dan Griffin & Ryan Cook solo show

Dan Griffin is in town playing with Arkells at The Marquee with Matty Mays, and while he's here, he'll also be performing a solo show at The Carlton on Argyle st. 9 pm sharp, with Ryan Cook. What a great way to end the weekend. I definitely told you all about Danny G, already. you know this is special...

Dan live solo - "She's A Drug":

And the wonderful Ryan Cook, covering Hank Williams' "Ramblin Man":

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Luke Temple - Daytrotter Session

" that a weight, my dear?"

What a lovely lazy Sunday find. I currently have "Thankful Survivor" on repeat. Listen or download here.


The catchy song - aired on Grey's Anatomy and in the short film Fortune Hunters (which I just watched - rent it on itunes). This is some type of fan made video: "Make Right With You"

LIVE: "Medicine"

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Appreciation Post: Bruce Peninsula

Matt Charlton sent me a message that said "hey JB, have you heard Bruce Peninsula? i think you'd really like it". God love Matt. I DO really like it. It's quickly become my winter record. If you like gospel-folk-indie-rock-choral stuff or something that sounds like fleet foxes meets tom waits with a little bit of wooden stars thrown in on "Steamroller"( I know that's a lot to take in...), then you should like it too. I'm not usually that great at giving the perfect description, but I am pretty good at recommending stuff that i like. and i like this. more and more with each listen, actually.

Let's put it this way: I walked to work this morning bundled up as if i lived in Alaska in the Winter. it was -20 or something with the windchill. Now, I HATE, nay, DESPISE the cold. So for the walk, I knew I had to choose an album on my ipod that i'd not feel the need to change half way through my trek (because the thought of taking off my mitts was terrifying), so I chose A Mountain is a Mouth. 2 minutes and 55 seconds in to the first song, "inside outside", I was walking gleefully along as if it was +20 degrees. When I arrived at my desk, my feet were frozen... but my ears were pleased.