Friday, December 26, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008


This Christmas tune is unrivaled. I spent 4 years searching for the name of this track. Here it is:

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

Merry Christmas from Thom & Jon!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

THE BEST of 2008, Part One, SOFT


Destroyer - Foam Hands (from Trouble in Dreams)

Human Highway - Sleep Talking (from Human Highway)

Little Joy - Evaporar (from Little Joy)

The Bicycles - What A Fool (from Oh No It's Love)

Crystal Stilts - Crippled Croon (from Crystal Stilts)

Department of Eagles - No One Does It Like You (from In Ear Park)

Andrew Bird - Fitz & Dizzyspells (from Noble Beast)

The Dears - Crisis 1&2 (from Missiles)

Chad VanGaalen - Willow Tree (from Soft Airplane)

Graham Wright - Canmore Hotel (from self-titled internet released album)

Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron - You Swan, Go On (from Lost Wisdom)

Raphael Saadiq - Let's Take A Walk (from The Way I See It)

Bon Iver - For Emma (from For Emma, Forever Ago)

Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof (from Vampire Weekend)

Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (from Fleet Foxes)

Sigur Ros - Gobbledigook (from ghdghskjhvsdfkjvbiuvhekiuvhsdfjkvbduyv)

The Music Tapes - Manifest Destiny (from For Clouds and Tornados)

High Places - Shared Island (from 03/07 - 09/07)


Saturday, December 20, 2008



BEST OF 2008

This has been one of the best years for new music!
The independent music scene has grown strong and portly over the past 5 years.
This is an interesting moment in music history.

Now you're leaving your bed
with ideas in your head
but if they remain a
dream, you know
it's criminal

You're sleep talking
your feet face north
but your brains gone south

Monday, December 15, 2008

Best of 2008 quick shortlist

WOMEN - s/t

plants and animals - parc avenue

born ruffians - red yellow & blue

fleet foxes - s/t

high places - 03/07 - 09/07

ponytail - ice cream spiritual

vampire weekend - s/t

the walkmen - you & me

Sigur Rós - Inn Í Mér Syngur Vitleysingur

bon iver - for emma, forever ago


i don't know how jon does it... pulls off essays like expensive butter.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Today's Playlist.

artist song
Raphael Saddiq -Sure hope you mean it
I am Robot and Proud -Uphill City
Born Ruffians -Red Yellow And Blue (White Williams Mix)
Electric Six -We Were Witchy Witchy White Women
Cat Power -I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding)
Pontiak -White Hands
eels -Last Stop This Town
Wye Oak -Archaic Smile
Akron/Family -The Land
Dan Deacon -Crystal Cat
Golden Dogs -Lester
Human Highway -My Beach
First Aid Kit -Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
The Pogues -Fairytale of New York
Orillia Opry -I lie
Relief Maps -Hairplay
WOMEN -Cameras
The War on the Drugs -Needle in eye #16
Chad Van Gaalen -Echo Train
Final Fantasy -Crush-Love-Crush
Graham Wright -Canmore Hotel

Monday, December 1, 2008

Today's Playlist

artist song
Raphael Saadiq Never Give You Up
Shugo Tokumaru Parachutes
The Bicycles Leave the Women Alone
The Decemberists Valerie Plume
Julian Koster Silent Night
The Department of Eagles No One Does it Like you
Miriam Makeba Jol'Inkomo
Graham Wirght The Lakes of Alberta Pt. II
Hannah Georgas The National
Jenny Omnichord What Happens to Animals
Relief Maps Graveyard Smash
Bomb the Base Smog
Two Gallants Steady Rollin
T.Dekker/Great Lakes Swimmers Eyes on the Prize
White/Light Bree Daniels
Reefer May Baleen
David Byrne and Brian Eno Strange Overtones
Iron Ponies EP The Wasp and the Dragonfly

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tentative Title

Born Ruffians - Plinky-Plonky

Parts and Labour

Pretty Awesome despite spelling their name wrong.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Pictionary Sucks

Shapes and Sizes - Head Movin'

Today's Playlist

Today's Playlist....

Full of Goodies. About time for a best of 08 show.

artist song
Parts and Labour Solemn Show World
Sun Kil Moon Ocean Breathes Salty
The Decemberists O New England
Winter Gloves Let Me Drive
Voxtrot Firecracker
Tokyo Police Club Your English is Good
Graham Wright Canmore Hotel
The Microphones I want wind to blow
Mandibles Bears and Bees
Phonemes Pain Perdu
Born Ruffians Sole Brother
The War on Drugs Needle in Your Eye #16
Friendly Fires Paris
Releif Maps Sarah Polley
People for Audio Black Memory White Whale
The Bicycles Walk Away From a Good Thing

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Get your act together, please

If you went outside this fall to catch Born Ruffians on tour with Plants and Animals, you might recognize this tune. It appeared on the set list for the first time during their Hillside Festival appearance.

Born Ruffians - Sole Brother

Does anyone actually watch the CFL?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes - Oliver James

Have fun.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Today's Playlist

Lotsa Capt. Kirk

artist song
William Shatner Common People
Mason Jennings Your New Man
A Block of Yellow Do I DO
Margot and Nuclear So and SO's As Tall As Cliffs
The Cold War Kids Something is not right with me
Josh Reichmann Oracle Band Plant Words
The Mohawk Lodge Wildfires
Azeda Booth Landscapes
Julian Koster Silver Bells
Ron Sexsmith Cheap Hotel
T.Dekker Song Sung Blue
Hannah Georgas Let's Talk
Annuals wake
Crystal Stilts Departure
Royal City Called
Rock Plaza Central Mad
Brazin Over My Blues
Lee Wadlinger Frozen Indie Rockers
William Shatner You'll HaveTime

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I am coming to Chicago this weekend (Tokyo isn't really my favourite city)

I am driving to Chicago to see Deerhunter perform this Saturday night.

Atlas Sound - A Lullaby from the Netherlands

Atlas Sound = Deerhunter

Monday, November 10, 2008

Today's Playlist

artist song
Ex~Po Tasty Bites
Ex~Po By All Accounts
Mogwai The Sun Smells too loud
Arctic War of Ideas
Boxer the Horse Ohio!
Raphael Saadiq Keep Marchin'
of Montreal Wicked Wisdom
Japanese Moters Single Fins & Safety Pins
The Maynards Break up with You
I'm From Barcelona Music Killed Me
Parts and Labor The Ceasing Now
Contrived Eavesdropping
The High Dials Open up the Gates
Hannah Georgas The National
Jenny Omnichord The Old Prince
Deerhunter never stops

Hitting the books in my favourite city

I always post on here when I should be hitting the books.

The Books - Tokyo

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


R E A D _ A B O U T _ T H E _ O B A M A _ V I C T O R Y.

The Meligrove Band - T H E _ V I C T O R Y,

from their 2000 album Stars & Guitars.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Good Luck

Best wishes to our American counterparts heading to vote today. May all your dreams come true. Here is an oldie in the theme of totalitarianism. I need to watch Brazil tonight...

Tokyo Police Club - Be Good

Track 6 from A Lesson In Crime.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I am an engine

Exclusive unannounced performance by Leslie Feist at the Cameron House.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Tuesday, October 28, 2008


So I missed the Women / King Khan BBQ show last night at the Magic Stick. I was told it was tonight, Tuesday, when in fact it was last night.

Needless to say I am sad.

However, the Philadelphia Phillies are the 2008 World Series Champions. Not yet, but I am calling it. After the first ever suspended game in World Series history, the Phillies are going to come out strong tonight as they start the game in the 7th inning. It is fitting that today I was about to post Philadelphia's The War on Drugs (Myspace.)

From their album Wagonwheel Blues, this is "A Needle In Your Eye, Number 16" by The War on Drugs.

The game starts in 5 minutes!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


This just gave me goosebumps...

The Mountain Goats - No Children (live)


Monday, October 20, 2008

Todays Playlist

If you missed it we spoke about our nipples today. WHAZZZZ UPPP

artist song
The Mountain Goats The Best Ever Death Metal Band out of Denton
Abe Vigoda Dead City/Waste Wilderness
Brendan Canning Churches Under the Stairs
Jay Reatard Screaming Hand
I'm From Barcelona Paper Planes
Basia Bulat In the Night
A Northern Course Subjects and Matters
Miracle Fortress Have You Seen In Your Dreams
The Acorn Crooked Legs
Lioness You're My Heart
Crooked Fingers Phony Revolutions
Trevor James and the Perfect Gentlemen Mazer
The Organ Even in the Night
Holy Fuck Tone Bank Jungle
The Panics Get Us Home
Lambchop National Talk like a Pirate Day
Peter Katz These are the days

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Redemption || 0001

Abe Vigoda is playing at the Magic Stick in Detroit, MI this Wednesday evening. Please come to the show. It will be thrilling.

Abe Vigoda - Dead City/Waste Wilderness

I got an email...

I received an email asking if that's me in the banner. The answer is no, I am much better looking.

Even when I'm drunk...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


The lead off to the show this week, and I finally got a copy of the album. Seriously danceable stuff.

Passion Pit - Sleepyhead

Monday, October 13, 2008

Today's Playlist

WOOT. The Butless chaps sound like a sub-par National...

artist song

Passion Pit Sleepy Head
Bishop Allen Middle Management
Mother Mother Body of Years
Shugo Tokumaru La La Radio
Brasstronaut Insects
Christine Fellows Vertebrae
old Man Luedecke Sad as a Forest
Jennifer O'Connor Landmine
The Telepathic Butterflys Sign of the Times
The Secret Machines Atomic Heels
Fall Horsie Hornets and Bees
Artic Anything More
Wintermitts Schoolyard
Johnny West Perculiar Love
The Buttless Chaps Broken Transit, Broken Soil
Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains Meet New Friends

Friday, October 10, 2008

Post #392

Contemporary Canadian independent music is romantic.

Patrick Watson,
The Arcade Fire
Final Fantasy
Ron Sexsmith
Wolf Parade

These boys wear their hearts on their sleeves. Just wanted to let ya know.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Today's Playlist

artist song
Flaming Lip Free Radicals
Sloan I'm Not a Kid Anymore
Awkward Stage Your Heart Serves Only You
TV on the Radio Dancing Choose
Scott Thompson and Joe Sealy I'm Gay
They Might Be Giants Spiraling Shape
Mother Mother Sleep Awake
Noah and the Whale 5 Years Time
Conor Oberst Leaders in the Temple
Crystal Antlers A Thousand Eyes
Praire Cat Just Cuz
Man Man The Ballad of Butter Beans
Bend Sinister The News
Small Sins On The Line
Nick Cave Dig, Lazerus, Dig
Maybe Smith Second Best Death
Laura Bartlett consumption
Mogwai I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Steel Belted Radio

Today I was the host of Steel Belted Radio, a weekly 1 hour alt-country, folk, and bluegrass show. I had a blast and I hope I did the show justice.

Available here.
Thanks to Dr. Dale Jacobs for giving me this opportunity. It was a blast.


Yesterday's Playlist

Sorry about the delay, I was at the Tokyo Police Club/Weezer show.

Joel Plaskett Work Out Fine
Radiohead 2+2=5
Slim Twig White Fantasse
Call the City Don't You Wish
Mother Mother O My Heart
Okkervil River Lost Coastlines
Land of Talk Some are Lakes
Young Rival The Haunt
Tokyo Police Club Your English is Good
Talk Demonic March Movement
Shugo Tokumaru Parachutes
The Music Tapes Majesty
David Vandervelde Knowledge of Evil
The New Year Folios
The New Year The Company I can Keep
Kimya Dawson Happy Home
The Pica Beats Beating Back the Claws of the Cold
Ron Sexsmith This is How I know
Bonjour Brumaire Brooklyn

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yesterday's Playlist

Better Late than never.

Passion Pit Better Things
Woodpigeon Knock Knock
Mason Proper Fog
The Stolen Minks Bring it!
The Black Kids Hit the Heartbrakes
Poorfolk Demon
The Pack A.d. Wolves and Werewolves
The Dandy Warhols The Legend of the last of th eoutlaw truckers
CSS Jager Yoga
Brazilian Girls Strangeboy
Final Fantasy Ulrimatum
Au Revoir Borealis Bella Ballerina
Stars Maintance Hall, 4am
Bloc Party Mercury
Johnny Cash I walk the line (remix)
You Say Party, We Say Die! Teenage Hit Wonder
David Bowie Changes
Gonzales Let's Ride
Brendan Canning Secretary's Parties
Jason Collet Brother

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Baroque pop social quartet extraordinaire.

Afternoon Naps - A Clean Bill of Health

Might I add, I love afternoon naps.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Johnny West

Windsor is lucky enough to have this gentleman call it home. Johnny West is the prolific Windsor musician who creates music and than releases it for free. Not Radiohead-free like will let you download it which really doesn't cost us money. Like I will produce a physical cd and pass it out downtown free. Pretty cool if you ask me. I have yet to get my own copy of his cd, but I was able to copy it from the cjam library.

The stand out track from his newest "The Chicken Angel Woman With A Triangle" is "Blue Cheese Necklace".

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been over the last couple weeks.

Johnny West - Blue Cheese Necklace


Monday, September 15, 2008

Today's Playlist

Sorry for the delay...

Okkervil River Singer-Songwriter
Young Rival Your Island
Oxford Collapse The Birthday Wars
Brasstronaut Requiem for Scene
Snailhouse They Won't Believe You
Johnney West Condensed Journey of a Trees
Band of Annuals Ain't Looking Back
Passion Pit Sleepyhead<----- listen to this fucking song!
Fembots Good Days
Broadcast Radio Harbour
Pas/Cal The Truth Behind All The Vogues She Sold
Hexes and Ohs HHHighschool
Mandibles Mood Alarm
Sebastien Grainger Map of the World
Blitzen Trapper Sleepytime in the Western World
Wintergloves Factories
Azeda Booth Aislinn Bos. Y
Gunther He-Man

Saturday, September 13, 2008


I really want to move to Montreal so that I can experience Pop Montreal every year. I think a young festival full of young talent is a great way to celebrate October. Everyone's favourite band, Tokyo Police Club, signed to Paper Bag Records because of their Pop Montreal performance.

However we now direct our attention to Montreal pop-stars Winter Gloves, who are currently touring Canada - making their stop in WINDSOR at the PHOG LOUNGE on SEPTEMBER 24! They have an incredible track titled "Factories" and it deserves an honest listen.

Check them out on Myspace.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Celebration Spirit

Dear internet and its users:

This is a blog. May this post-2000 indie rock/internet culture blog go down in history as being victorious in the great freedom war! To celebrate our liberation, we honour/honor you, dearest brother/sister. Enjoy freedom music!

Afternoon Naps - The End Is Near (Cleveland, Ohio)
Link 1 | Link 2

Born Ruffians - Badonkadonkey (Midland/Toronto, Canada)
Link 1

Bonjour Brumaire - Brooklyn (Montreal, Canada)
Link 1

P.S. Enjoy version 2 of this website!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Today's Playlist

Today is Sept. 8th and here is the playlist...

I hope everyone enjoyed the show.

artist song
TV on the Radio Wolf Like Me
The Thermals An Ear For Baby
Violent Femmes American Music
Wintersleep Wighty Ghost
Bob Wiseman My Cousin Dave
Ron Sexsmith Cheap Hotel
Chad Van Gaalen Willow Tree
Born Ruffians Badonkadonkey
The Donkeys Walk through a Cloud
Junior Boys In The Morning (Alex Smoke Mix)
King Kahn and the Shrines Torture
The Weakerthans Our Retired Expolerer
Bon Iver Skinny Love
Ted Leo Since You've Been Gone
Johhny West Blue Cheese Necklace
Violet Archers Sunshine at Night
Okkervil River The Presidents Dead
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Dig Lazerus, Dig
The National You've Done it Again Virginia
MGMT Time to Pretend


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Goodbye! September 1 Playlist

Holla sneak preview @ tomorrow's playlist:

1. The Promise Ring - Why Did We Ever Meet
2. Modest Mouse - Interstate 8
3. Wolf Parade - Grounds for Divorce
4. Shapes and Sizes - Head Movin'
5. Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes
6. Think About Life - Serious Chords
7. Islands - Humans
8. Jim Guthrie - All Gone
9. Destroyer - Blue Flower/Blue Flame
10. The Walkmen - Subterranean Homesick Blues
11. Ra Ra Riot - Dying Is Fine
12. Ponytail - Beg Waves

# # # FREEDOM MP3 | Ponytail - Beg Waves | # # #

13. Miracle Fortress - Have You Seen In Your Dreams
14. Wintersleep - Drunk On Aluminum
15. Women - Lawncare
16. Snowden - Anti-Anti

We will both be at the Detroit Tigers game tomorrow to celebrate this special occasion. I had the chance to see Ponytail play the Crofoot in downtown Pontiac, Michigan on Friday. The were opening for Tough-and-Go stars Don Caballero, and my left ear is still suffering damage.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Today's Playlist

Today's awesome playlist...

artist song
The Music Tapes Tornado Longing for Freedom
Alejandro Escovedo Slow Down
The Pack A.D. Making Gestures
Silver Jews Suffering Jukebox
The Golden Hands Before God Conducts Incredible… One Fine Morning
The Stills Snakecharming the Masses
Chad VanGaalen Willow Tree
Javelins Out on the Sand
Okkervil River Singer Songwriter
The Awkward Stage Your Heart Serves Only You
Ra Ra Riot Dying is Fine
Adam and the Amethysis Stupid Ocean
Angela and the Mighty Ships Mighty Ship
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's My Baby (Shoots her Mouth off)
Alaska in the Winter 24 Hours in Lake of Ice
Calexico Two Silver Trees
The Helio Sequence Hallelujah
The Hold Steady Constructive Summer
The Mountain Goats Lovecraft in Brooklyn

Thursday, August 21, 2008

This Year's Gems

In my trials and tribulations of re-downloading my entire music collection, I have come across many specific and persistently brilliant Canadian albums, equally deserving are their American counterparts. Exposed are some of the albums below:

Detroyer - Trouble In Dreams

Melodic chambre pop extraordinaire Dan Bejar gives his contemporary interpretations of human historical relativity.

The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain

I'm getting tired of them with every listen, but it's just a seasonal thing.

Human Highway - Moody Motorcycle

Structuralist folk music from two contemporary pastel yuppie rockers.

Oxford Collapse - Remember The Night Parties

Frat sonic Sub Pop signees reminisce on mid-90's octave power chords.

***Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue

Best CD this decade, please sit down.

Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumbline

NYC Barsuk band are bouncy melodies with a responsive vocalist.

The Walkmen - Me & You

This band produces monumental music that gets better as you age.

Monday, August 18, 2008

August 18th Playlist

The Paperbacks - Gray Skies
Sam Champion - We Will Awaken
Twilight Hotel - Highway Prayer
Basia Bulat - December, Snakes and Ladders
The Dears - There Goes My Outfit
Chad VanGaalen - Flower Gardens
Sondre Lerche - All Luck Ran Out
Bonjour Brumaire - Brooklyn
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane
Mates of State - La'hov
Human Kind - Mess Of A Boy
Raising The Fawn - The North Sea
Voxtrot - The Future, Part 1
Codeine - Pickup Song
The Unicorns - Sea Ghost
Aveo - Hypochondria Is Spreading
American Analog Set - I Must Soon Quit The Scene
Broken Social Scene - Looks Just Like The Sun
Grandaddy - Nature Anthem
I Am Robot And Proud -1901
National Skyline - Metropolis

Dearest Listeners (and readers)

It is with the deepest regret I inform you today that mp3this is taking a temporary washroom break. The schedules and demanding lives of these two young bloggers have taken over their commitment to contemporary music for the time being, but not necessarily for eternity.

The first clause is our radio program. Since I will be unable to attend the show for the months of September through December, Jon will take over the show. This is heartbreaking for me (Thom) but it is an investment. I plan to buy out CJAM in 6 years and thus need to prioritize my education. My last show will be September 1, Labour Day. Afterwards, we will celebrate our final show by doing a live show recording at Comerica Park, as the Tigers take on the Yankees in a rescheduled rain-out game.

The second and final clause is Toronto band Human Kind. These guys are straight up new wave purists, whether or not that is good is up to you.

Human Kind (Myspace)

Their EP It Will All End In Tears is on rotation at CJAM.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Monday's Playlist

The Mountain Goats This Year
Black Kids Hurricane Jane`
Bonjour Brumaire Brooklyn
Javelins El Dorado
Human Highway Sleep Talking
The Paperback A Northern Allowance
Brendan Canning Churches Under the Stairs
The Flaming Lips Free Radicals
Jay Reatard Night of Broken Glass
The Pack A.D. I Don't Have To
Zoos of Berlin Speak Well of Manderlay
Kevin Drew Love 5
Abe Vigoda Hyacinth Grrls
Gonzales Slow Down
Azeda Booth In Red
Alaska In Winter Your Red Dress
Born Ruffians Red Elephant
Oxford Collapse Vernon-Jackson

Monday, August 4, 2008

Show Playlist - August 4th, 2008

Do Make Say Think - In Mind
Jose Gonzalaz - Teardrop
The Shins - Know Your Onion
Oxford Collapse - Lady Lawyers
5. Broken Social Scene - Market Fresh
Born Ruffians - Barnacle Goose
Caribou - A Final Warning
The National - Anna Freud
Grizzly Bear - Little Brother
10. Joanna Newsom - The Book of Right-On
Animal Collective - Winter Wonder Land
The Futureheads - Le Garage
Elliott Smith - Clementine
Beck - Nausea*
15. Plants and Animals - New Kind of Love
MGMT - Time to Pretend
Pavement - Cut Your Hair
Jason Collett - Out of Time

* For Jon

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Hillside Post 4

Can't stop, won't stop...

Born Ruffians?

The Amount of photos we have of these guys are a testament to how fucking cool they were.

Thom and Jon Interview the Born Ruffians



Friday, August 1, 2008

Hillside Post 3

Hillside post number 3, revolves around the Saturday night Headliners, Islands.

I know the pictures are kinda weak but it was the best we could get at that show.

Thom and Jon Interview Islands

till next time,


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hillside Post 2

WOOT we are now on post number 2. Last one focused on Plants and Animals, and this one is focused on Think About Life. I hope these photos convey the sheer amount of energy that was present at this show. It was the highlight of my Hillside adventure.

**excuse my huge gut.

Thom and Jon Interview Think About Life

More to come tomorrow,


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hillside Post 1

Thom and Jon were at Hillside 2008. This festival is unlike any other in the world and I highly implore others to make the journey out to Guelph, Ontario and enjoy this hell of a weekend.

The updates will be coming in different posts to space everything out. We have interviews and pictures so hopefully you find something you like.

First Up, Plants and Animals

Thom and Jon Interview Plants and Animals

Just a warning for future interviews, this one was as serious as they get.


Office Job


I'm feeling rough, I'm feeling raw, I'm in the prime of my life.
Let's make some music, make some money, find some models for wives.
I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin, and fuck with the stars.
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.

This is our decision, to live fast and die young.
We've got the vision, now let's have some fun.
Yeah, it's overwhelming, but what else can we do.
Get jobs in offices, and wake up for the morning commute.

Forget about our mothers and our friends
We're fated to pretend
To pretend

I'll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms
I'll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world
I'll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home
Yeah, I'll miss the boredem and the freedom and the time spent alone.

There's really nothing, nothing we can do
Love must be forgotten, life can always start up anew.
The models will have children, we'll get a divorce
We'll find some more models, everyting must run it's course.

We'll choke on our vomit and that will be the end
We were fated to pretend
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
To pretend

Monday, July 21, 2008

Today's Show

Like stated below this show revolved around the Hillside Music Festival in Guelph, Ontario.

You can listen to the show here:

10am-11am (Shows starts at 10:30am)

artist song
The Most Serene Republic Where Cedar Nouns and Adverbs Walk
Elliott Brood Garden River
The Acorn Crooked Legs
Land of Talk Street Wheels
Hayden Lullaby
Joseph Arthur In the Sun
Islands Creeper
Born Ruffians Piecing it together
Akron/Family No Space in this Realm
Jason Collet Tiny Ocean of Tears
Think About Life Paul Cries
Miracle Fortress This Thing About You
Bourbon Tabernacle Choir All Peace
Cowboy Junkies Sweet
Gonzales Working Together

Hope to see you all at hillside,


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Heck No Techno

I have just finished an argument with a friend this argument happens often), revolving around the merits of electronic music. This argument is especially disheartening because I always find myself defending electronic music, and its merits. One of the pillars of the oppositions argument revolves around electronic live shows, and the belief that they must suck. I hope these videos from last year's Pitchfork Music festival disprove that belief.

Dan Deacon - Crystal Cat

Girl Talk - Knife

Junior Boys - Under The Sun

Try not and shake your ass.


P.S. Tomorrows Show will revolve around the Hillside Festival.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Emergency Fill-In

Thom and Jon will air today from 1 - 2:30pm in an emergency fill-in situation for Braille Radio. T + J will step up to the plate for Angela Desjardins, a long-time CJAM volunteer absent this week. She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers.

1. Abe Vigoda - Animal Ghosts
2. Beck - We Dance Alone
3. Brendan Canning - Churches Under The Stairs
4. Born Ruffians - Piecing It Together
5. Destroyer - European Oils
6. Charlie Parker - Lover Man
7. Caribou - Brahminy Kite
8. Plants And Animals - New Kind Of Love * * * * * & ^ % $ @ ! * * * * *
9. Rogue Wave - Ghost
10. Sigur Ros - Gobblegook
11. Jens Lekman - Maple Leaves
12. A Tribe Called Quest - Butter
13. The Baseball Project - Fernando
14. Grizzly Bear - Graceland (Paul Simon)
15. Brian Borcherdt - Motel
16. Women - Black Rice
17. Do Make Say Think - A Tender History In Rust

* * * * * & ^ % $ @ ! * * * * * Projected winner of the 2008 Polaris Music Prize

Monday, July 14, 2008

Today's Show

Today's show was all about the Polaris Music Prize.

We had an excellant discussion regarding each nominee and give our picks at the end of the show.

10am-11am (Shows starts at 10:30am)

artist song
Two Hours Traffic Jezebel
Black Mountain Stormy High
The Weakerthans Utilities
Basia Bulat In the Night
Plants and Animals Fairie Dance
Holy Fuck Lovely Allen
Caribou Eli
Kathleen Edwards Goodbye, California
Stars Bitches in Tokyo
Shad The old prince stays at home

Holla Balla


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Choking on your fears
but does that make you unhappy?
well if it does than it does and i cant change that

I've got a feeling that they've go a feeling too
but I've got a feeling that they've got feelings too
i said I've got a feeling that they've got feelings too
well I've got a feeling they've got a feeling too

Head movin', Mormon head movin'

Monday, July 7, 2008

Todays Setlist

I think I have overcome my current bout of laziness.

Today's setlist, with Mp3's coming very very soon.

artist song
Malajube Montreal -40
Rock Plaza Central There are some things I like about you
Broken Social Scene Fire eye'd Boy
Apostle of Hustle Chances Are
Frightened Rabbit Keep Yourself Warm
The Mohawk Lodge Making Music
The Unsettlers Red to Black
Two Gallants Las Cruces Jail
Elliott Brood Without Again
WOMEN Black Rice
Calexico Convict Pool
American mars Better Angels
Azeda Booth Numberguts
Gonzales Working together
Bonjour Brumaire Brooklyn
Will Currie and the Country French Surprising Me
Matthew Barber Easily Brusied
"Bonnie ""Prince"" Billy" Lie Down in the light

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Too Lazy

This blog is slowly descending into an archive.

More later when we aren't lazy.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Robot Rock

Still a great deal better than most local bands.

2008 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

This is my favourite shortlist thus far, most likely because of my increased effort to scout new Canadian music for Jon & Thom in the morning. Jon, what's your pick?

* The Acorn, Glory Hope Mountain
* Attack in Black, Marriage
* Black Mountain, In the Future
* Born Ruffians, Red, Yellow and Blue
* Buck 65, Situation
* Basia Bulat, Oh, My Darling
* Cadence Weapon, Afterparty Babies
* Cancer Bats, Hail Destroyer
* Caribou, Andorra
* City and Colour, Bring Me Your Love
* Constantines, Kensington Heights
* Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles
* Destroyer, Trouble in Dreams
* Fred Eaglesmith, Tinderbox
* Kathleen Edwards, Asking for Flowers
* Christine Fellows, Nevertheless
* Gatineau, Gatineau
* Hayden, In Field & Town
* Veda Hille, This Riot Life
* Hilotrons, Happymatic
* Holy Fuck, LP
* Islands, Arm's Way
* Karkwa, Le volume du vent
* Corb Lund, Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
* The New Pornographers, Challengers
* Pas Chic Chic, Au Contraire
* Sandro Perri, Tiny Mirrors
* Plants and Animals, Parc Avenue
* Ghislain Poirier, No Ground Under
* Protest the Hero, Fortress
* Justin Rutledge, Man Descending
* The Sadies, New Seasons
* Shad, The Old Prince
* Socalled, Ghetto Blaster
* Stars, In Our Bedroom After the War
* Tegan and Sara, The Con
* Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band, 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
* Two Hours Traffic, Little Jabs
* The Weakerthans, Reunion Tour
* Wintersleep, Welcome to the Night Sky

Friday, June 13, 2008


nujabes - music is mine
yo la tengo - sugarcube
rogue wave - christians in black
guthrie - broken chair
5. sexsmith keep it in mind
dawn landes - young folks
matt pond pa - so much trouble
born ruffians - badonkadonkey
javelins - el dorado
10. neutral milk hotel - holland 1945
ryan adams - halloween
tom vek - c-c
casiotone - graceland
css - rat is dead
15. tom wiats - walking spanish
bicycles - lj and toques
by divine right - psychic radio
plants and animals - lola who?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

We Get Lazy When We're Bored

Summer is here.
Ring the bell.

It's official: Thom and Jon In The Morning is switching time slots! No longer must we/you endure the hardship of awaking at 6am on Thursday's to hear the sweet sounds of sonic bliss. We are moving to:

10:30 am - noon

For the first show at the time slot:
1. Grizzly Bear - Easier
2. Andre Ethier - Don't Let This Mean Old World Swallow You
3. Plants and Animals - Guru/Sinnerman
4. Jason Walker/Tom - Requiem
5. Born Ruffians - Red Elephant
6. Animal Collective - Derek
7. Destroyer - Rubies
8. Of Montreal - Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games
9. Fembots - Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
10. Feist - Secret Heart

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


national - ada
awkward stage - the circus ends in tears
rogue wave - lullaby
the thrills - restaurant
the mae shi - run to your grave
nich worby - all blind mice
nina nielson - cloudberry mountain
of montreal - forecast fascist future
islans - dont call me whitney, bobby
fiest - monarch
final fnatasy - thi slamb sells condos
radiohead - 2+2=5
pedro the lion - options
iron and wine - lions mane
the ghost is dancing - september 01
pascal - little red radio
tokyo police club - be good
tv on the radio - the wrong way

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Monday, May 26, 2008


Unlike Shutter Shades, I enjoy Irrelevantism. It's Post-Post-Modernism but dual posts is so passé. Mark my words, it is the next big thing.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shutter Shades.

I think all people who wear shutter shades should be sent to live on an ice flow, that way; 1) We don't have to see their stupid idea of retro-fashion assaulting our vulnerable eyes, 2) the light from the sun will bounce off the ice, rendering the shutters useless and 3) the newly endangered polar bears will have food to hopefully sustain them longer.

Black Kids not only have an extremely undescriptive name, but also a rockin sound. I have ignored them due to the nod they got from "Rolling Stone". It seems the stone has only picked up shit on its long slow decline to the bottom, but they are the exception to that rule.

Album out on July 7

Black Kids - Hurricane Jane

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Stay Positive

Brand new "Hold Steady" single was released today on itunes in the U.S of A, but we have it hear for you. It has group chanting, horns, and Craig Finns distinctively springsteen-esque voice (which by its very nature of being "springsteen-esque", is not at all distinctive."

It sounds like it could be an outtake from "Boys and Girls in America", which despite the lack of progress musically I am still very much looking forward to "Stay Positive" out July 15 on Vagrant.

The Hold Steady - Sequestered in Memphis

Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Am Laziest

Looking ahead to either the best or worst summer of my life.
Every summer I go to Queen, but now I want to see Dundas.
"I'll never smile again, I'll never change, I'll never grow, I'll never learn"
Laura Barrett is from Toronto, and plays folk-psych-minimalism-classical-jazz.
Here is her space, with her songs.
Please visit CBC Radio 3 for more songs.
It's hard to find a friend.

Friday, May 16, 2008

I am lazy

This summer vacation has turned me into a lazy slob. I don't have a job, I do nothing with my days, and contribute nothing to society or my bank account. I lay around the house all day listening to The National and reading. On the bright side I have made it through 4 novels since the end of school and countless other reading materials. I also got a copy of the Virginia EP by the National, you know, the one that comes bundled with the DVD. It is pretty awesome.

The National - You've Done it Again, Virginia


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Todays Playlist

This week's instalment of Blog Radio, or The Breakthrough (Thom and Jon in the Morning).

artist song
The Weakerthans -(Manifest)
The Weakerthans -The Reason
The Weakerthans -Reconstruction Site
What Made Milwaukee Famous -Blood, Sweat and fears
What Made Milwaukee Famous -Cheap Wine
What Made Milwaukee Famous -The Right Place
T.W. Walsh -Drunk and Poor
T.W. Walsh -The New North American Friction
T.W. Walsh -The Polite Way to Rob a Bank
rogue wave -chicago x 12
rogue wave -lake michigan
Fancey -Witches Night
Fancey -Lost in Twilight
Fancey -Karma's Out to Get Me
Crystal Castles -Untrust Us
Crystal Castles -Crimewave
Islands -Rough Gem
Islands -Volcanoes
Animal Collective -Peace Bone
Destroyer -Blue Flower/Blue Flame
Destroyer -Dark Leaves from a Thread
Hayden -Lonely Security Guard
Beach House -Turtle Island

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Real Tom Waits

A little while ago I spoke about my love for Tom Waits, and recently my disdain for Scarlet Johansson, and from that discussion arose my recent string of Tom Waits listening.

I am going to do a bunch of songs that Tom wrote and later were picked up by other acts (for better or worse).

Tom Waits - Anywhere I Lay My Head

Tom Waits - Downtown Train

Tom Waits - Time

Tom Waits - Martha

Tom Waits - Ol' 55

At least these are the ones I remember other artist covering, anymore to add and I will post them.

Tour Dates:

06-17 Phoenix, AZ
06-18 Phoenix, AZ
06-20 El Paso, TX
06-22 Houston, TX
06-23 Dallas, TX
06-25 Tulsa, OK
06-26 St. Louis, MO
06-28 Columbus, OH
06-29 Knoxville, TN
07-01 Jacksonville, FL
07-02 Mobile, AL
07-03 Birmingham, AL
07-05 Atlanta, GA

Press Conference:

Monday, May 5, 2008


Indeed it has been awhile since I have posted anything. I would plead for forgiveness but in all honesty I haven't been that busy, in fact I rather enjoyed my 2 weeks of nothingness. Moreover I believe that I am rested up enough to contribute a little more regularly, at least more regularly than Thom.

First order of Business is Brendan Canning's Broken Social Scene Presents.

The second of the series, and includes many of the things that Kevin Drew's did, including most of the members of Broken Social Scene, and a many of friends that cameo.

First Track is

Brendan Canning - Hit the Wall

Tour Dates:

05-09 Istanbul, Turkey
05-10 Istanbul, Turkey
05-12 Njimegen, Netherlands
05-13 Amsterdam, Netherlands
05-15 Paris, France
05-15 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
05-16 Vilagarcia de Arousa, Spain
05-18 Minehead, England
05-20 Dublin, Ireland
05-21 Sheffield, England
05-22 Oxford, England
05-23 London, England
05-25 Moscow, Russia
05-26 Helsinki, Finland
06-15 Manchester, TN
06-27 Calgary, Alberta
08-02 Chicago, IL
08-04 Montreal, Quebec
08-24 San Francisco, CA

Second order of business is the Bon Iver Album, self-released last year, picked up by jagjaguwar this year, and soon to be released in the UK (already release here in Canada) on the 12th. The album was recorded in a cabin in the wilderness, and as my friend Ewan described it, think of it as the lead singer from TV on the Radio alone in a room with a tape recorder. Fantastic Album, I cannot say enough good things about it.

Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago"

Bon Iver - Skinny Love

Tour Dates:

05-10 Rye, England
05-12 Glasgow, Scotland
05-13 Manchester, England
05-14 Sheffield, England
05-15 Brighton, England
05-16 London, England
05-17 Brighton, England
05-19 London, England
05-20 London, England
05-22 The Hague, Netherlands
05-23 Ottersum, Netherlands
05-24 Amsterdam, Netherlands
05-27 Paris, France
05-29 Ghent, Belgium
05-31 Barcelona, Spain
06-02 Dublin, Ireland
06-04 London, England
06-21 Minneapolis, MN
07-20 Chicago, IL
08-03 Columbus, OH
08-24 San Francisco, CA
08-25 Los Angeles, CA

Friday, May 2, 2008


I'm wondering: just how much does being a Canadian effect my taste in Canadian music? Am I biased to Canadian artists because they are from the same country I am? Do I have a particular pessimism toward American artists? British artists?

I really don't like British's just something about them. Maybe Jon can do a Brit-tribute post for me.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New this Thursday

The Bicycles - B-B-Bicycles
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - In This Home On Ice
Peter Bjorn and John - Detects On My Affection
Sarah Harmer - Escarpment Blues
(5) Spoon - They Never Got You
Sufjan Stevens - Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head!
Wilco - Handshake Drugs
The Unicorns - Ghost Mountain
Islands - Rough Gem
(10) Think About Life - Paul Cries
The Arcade Fire - Crown of Love
Final Fantasy - This Lamb Sells Condos
Barzin - Queen Jane
The D'Urbervilles - We Are The Hunters
(15) Forest City Lovers - Don't Go, Please
Nina Nielsen - Cloudberry Mountain
Water Colour - Hidden Sound
We're Marching On - Shithead Kids
Acorn - Brokered Heart

Sunday, April 27, 2008


There is life on this planet.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Why do actors think that they are entitled to foray into all aspects of the entertainment industry? I say, "keep your hands off of my Tom Waits, Miss Johansson!"