Through the Static Episode 37 – 17/07/24

Once again reaching all across the spectrum of genres, music, and time to bring you a swell line-up of tunes. From bluegrass country, to driving rock, to bits and pieces rearranged to make something new, check out another episode of Through the Static below!

  • The Recap – The Dead South
  • You Outta Know – Alannis Morissette
  • Everything Hits At Once – Spoon
  • I.B.M. – Throbbing Gristle
  • Friends of Mr. Cairo – Jon & Vangelis
  • Le Risque – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
  • Frontier Psychiatrist – The Avalanches

Also, I released an album this past weekend! It’s called Prairie Stairs, out now on all streaming platforms, so check it out (might play something off of it next week :). And if you like the album and like Through the Static and are just generally feeling generous, you can also find the album on Bandcamp and purchase it for a small donation!

Check out Bandcamp here!

Check out the podcast!

Merkaba Radio

Brandon Szabo presents show logoMerkaba Radio.

Brandon has traveled the world training and performing professionally in an array of artistic mediums such as dance, acting, singing, and music production. He created Merkaba Radio to showcase Rising Talent in the EDM and House Music Genres as well as feature some new releases from larger DJs.

Merkaba Radio is your source of EDM/House Music & News for the KWC and beyond.

Tune in and activate your Merkaba..

Merkaba Radio is hosted by Brandon Szabo and airs on CKMS-FM on Saturday from 8:00pm to 9:00pm.

CKMS News -2024-10-14- Tenant organizer says residents being priced out as landlords continue to increase rents.

CKMS News -2024-10-14- Tenant organizer says residents being priced out as landlords continue to increase rents

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Kitchener, ON – The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently told CKMS News that their “balanced approach” to the rental market is working, as purpose built-housing rental construction has hit “record-high” numbers. However, renters in Waterloo Region are facing their own record highs. According to, landlords are now charging 1,935$ a month for a 1-bedroom in Kitchener, and more than 2,327$ for a 2-bedroom. Prices are higher in Waterloo.

Organizations advocating for stronger protections for renters have maintained their focus on landlords and the various levels of government.  One such organization is the Social Development Council of Waterloo Region, who primarily focus on “Housing & Homelessness, Grassroots Infrastructure, and Lived Expertise.”

This show features an interview with Megan Walker, a tenant organizer in the Eviction Prevention program at the Social Development Council. Walker discusses her work and responds to statements the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing made to CKMS News. 

Radio Nowhere Episode 71 Summer, 7/13/24

Download:, 57m35s, 80.0 MBytes

Country Honk The Rolling Stones
Summertime Blues Eddie Cochrane
House of the Rising Sun The Animals
California Sun The Rivieras
Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds
Shakin’ All Over Chad Allen & the Expressions
Get Off of My Cloud The Rolling Stones
My Generation The Who
She’s Not There The Zombies
For What it’s Worth Buffalo Springfield
Summer in the City Lovin’ Spoonful
CC Ryder Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
Gimme Some Lovin Spencer Davis Group
Woodstock Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Get Ready Rare Earth
Something’s in the Air Thunderclap Newman
Rock And Roll The Velvet Underground
Laydown (Candles in the Rain) Melanie
Mercy Mercy Me Marvin Gaye

Episode VII of Readers Delight

Readers Delight with cup of coffee

Download: audiolog-start-2024-07-14T13_00_28.mp3 55 MB, 1h00m02s

Episode VII of Readers Delight – features authors:  Carolyn Mills & Heather Warren

Carolyn Mills  read from her books, “Sins of the Daughter & The Good Son”. Carolyn’s books are available on Amazon.
Heather Warren read from,  “Being Wyrd”. You can find Heather’s book on Amazon.

So Old It’s New set for Monday, July 15, 2024

My track-by-track tales follow the bare-bones list. Audio log of the show unavailable, alas, this week.

1. Montrose, Space Station #5
2. Atomic Rooster, Head In The Sky
3. Camel, Never Let Go
4. J.J. Cale, Stay Around
5. Steely Dan, I Got The News
6. The Rolling Stones, Terrifying
7. Boz Scaggs, Runnin’ Blue
8. Paris, Black Book
9. Fleetwood Mac, Born Enchanter
10. Joe Cocker, Hitchcock Railway
11. Jimi Hendrix, Ezy Ryder
12. Bill Withers, Harlem
13. Peter Gabriel, The Rhythm Of The Heat
14. Pink Floyd, Cymbaline
15. Ten Years After, Convention Prevention
16. Steve Earle, I’m Looking Through You (Beatles cover)
17. Traffic, Many A Mile To Freedom
18. Frank Zappa/The Mothers Of Invention (credited as The Mothers), Fifty-Fifty
19. Rare Earth, Ma

My track-by-track tales:

1. Montrose, Space Station #5 . . . Montrose has been top of mind because I watched a documentary on Sammy Hagar last week, so here you go. Cool ‘space’ intro and then into a propulsive hard rock tune from Montrose’s self-titled debut album, released in 1973 with Hagar of course on lead vocals. It’s where the eventual connections between Hagar and Van Halen arguably began. Eddie Van Halen was a fan of Montrose guitarist Ronnie Montrose and the Montrose album was produced by Ted Templeman, five years before Van Halen’s debut which was produced by Templeman among many Van Halen albums he was involved with, although just one, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, with the Van Hagar version of the band. Templeman, well-known for his production work with The Doobie Brothers and Van Morrison, also worked on solo albums by both Hagar and David Lee Roth.

2. Atomic Rooster, Head In The Sky . . . Driving rocker from a progressive British band whose roots are traced to The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (known for the single Fire) which featured the late keyboardist Vincent Crane and drummer Carl Palmer, before he left in 1970 after one album with Rooster to join Emerson, Lake and Palmer. This is from the band’s third album, In Hearing Of, released in 1971.

3. Camel, Never Let Go . . . From the English progressive rock band’s self-titled debut album in 1973, melding acoustic and harder rock flourishes.

4. J.J. Cale, Stay Around . . . Typical bluesy, relaxed groove from J.J., an artist I often say did essentially the same thing for countless albums yet was always different enough to never be boring or repetitive. This is the title cut from a 2019 posthumous release of to that point unreleased material. It was put together by Cale’s widow Christine Lakeland, who was a member of his band and appeared on many albums, and his longtime friend and manager, Mike Kappus, who also worked extensively with John Lee Hooker and Robert Cray, among others.

5. Steely Dan, I Got The News . . . Funky, jazzy track from an often funky, jazzy band, from 1977’s Aja album.

6. The Rolling Stones, Terrifying . . . A swinging tune from the 1989 album Steel Wheels. It was the fourth single released from the album, did reasonably well yet isn’t among the band’s well-known tracks in terms of widespread recognition. So, I’m happy to use it as a relative deep cut.

7. Boz Scaggs, Runnin’ Blue . . . Many people I think remember Boz Scaggs for hits like Lido Shuffle and Lowdown but, long before those hits he was a member of the pre-commercial hits Steve Miller Band during that group’s early, psychedelic and blues period, then a fine solo artist in his own right as evidenced by this rhythm and blues tune from his 1971 album Boz Scaggs & Band.

8. Paris, Black Book . . . Hard rocking tune by a hard rocking, Led Zeppelin-ish band put together by mid-period Fleetwood Mac member and, later, solo artist Bob Welch, after he left Fleetwood Mac following 1974’s Heroes Are Hard To Find album. Also in the band, which released two albums in 1976, was former/original Jethro Tull bass player Glenn Cornick.

9. Fleetwood Mac, Born Enchanter . . . And here’s Welch in a different light, on this jazzy, er, enchanting tune he wrote and sang for the aforementioned 1974 Fleetwood Mac album Heroes Are Hard To Find. It was Welch’s last of five albums with the Mac, which recruited Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham and went on to massive commercial success. The band was essentially three different groups: the early, blues-oriented outfit led by Peter Green, the Welch period and the Nicks-Buckingham lineup, all excellent in their own ways.

10. Joe Cocker, Hitchcock Railway . . . Bouncy, jaunty track from Cocker’s second album, the 1969 release Joe Cocker! Cocker is joined by a host of session players including The Grease Band. That group, which backed Cocker at Woodstock, included such luminaries as keyboardist/bassist Chris Stainton, whose long list of credits include albums with Eric Clapton, Leon Russell (who also plays on the Cocker album), Spooky Tooth, Pete Townshend and Ian Hunter, and guitarist Henry McCullough, later of Paul McCartney and Wings.

11. Jimi Hendrix, Ezy Ryder . . . From the first of countless posthumous Hendrix releases, the Cry Of Love which came out in March, 1971. I remember my older brother having it, him being a big Hendrix fan who introduced me to Jimi’s music. The album was comprised of material Hendrix was working on for a planned fourth studio album, which he never completed before his death. Ezy Ryder, a funk-driven rocker, is one of the few available studio recordings by the Band of Gypsys – Hendrix, bass player Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. The trio is well-known for the album Band of Gypsys, recorded at New York City’s Fillmore East venue as the calendar flipped from 1969 to 1970.

12. Bill Withers, Harlem . . . Ever-escalating soul track from Withers’ 1971 album Just As I Am. It’s the one featuring his biggest hit, Ain’t No Sunshine and is notable for the who’s who of musicians backing Withers, including Stephen Stills, Booker T. Jones and Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn of of Booker T. and The M.G.’s fame, and session drummer to the stars Jim Keltner.

13. Peter Gabriel, The Rhythm Of The Heat . . . Haunting track from Gabriel’s 1982 album, his fourth. It was called Security in North America and featured the hit Shock The Monkey, although Gabriel reluctantly went along with the ‘Security’ nomenclature the record company wanted in order to differentiate the album from what preceded it. The first four Gabriel albums are officially called, simply, Peter Gabriel but the first three are also unofficially known and identifiable as, in order, Car, Scratch and Melt based on their cover art.

14. Pink Floyd, Cymbaline . . . Early Floyd, a pastoral-type track whose sound is at odds with the dark lyrics. It’s from the More movie soundtrack, released in 1969. The movie, about drug addiction, is currently available on YouTube but, regardless, the album hangs together well as a stand-alone statement.

15. Ten Years After, Convention Prevention . . . Typically fine boogie rock from TYA, from 1972’s Rock & Roll Music To The World album.

16. Steve Earle, I’m Looking Through You (Beatles cover) . . . Earle gives the Rubber Soul song the country/bluegrass treatment; from his 1995 album Train a Comin’.

17. Traffic, Many A Mile To Freedom . . . Beautiful track from The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys album, released in 1971. Jethro Tull, and I love that band, isn’t the only group employing fabulous flute playing – here courtesy Chris Wood.

18. Frank Zappa/The Mothers Of Invention (credited as simply The Mothers), Fifty-Fifty . . . Typically great guitar by Zappa on this one from 1973’s Over-Nite Sensation, coupled with the renowned Jean-Luc Ponty on violin. Vocals by Ricky Lancelotti, lost to the world to a drug overdose in 1980, age 35.

19. Rare Earth, Ma . . . Epic, 17-minutes and change title track from the band’s 1973 album. Written by Motown ace songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield, who often teamed with Barrett Strong to write such classics as Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, to which Ma is considered to be something of a companion piece. Among their other collaborations: I Heard It Through The Grapevine, War and Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me).

New Music Added to Libretime + Horizon Broadening Hour #35

What’s up, y’all? First things first, here is what I’ve added to Libretime in the past week:

Bobby Henson LA Freeway – Single Country No
Dana Powell Your Love Is Enough Country CanCon
Flo Olavarria Broke For You – Single Pop CanCon
Scott M Simmons No Matter Where I Go – Single Country No
Josh Tepper Guide Me Meron (Hot and Sweaty Remix) – Single Pop No
Monster Fever Monster Sized Problems Rock Indeterminable
Michael Quinn Waking Giant – Single Rock Indeterminable
Hannah Georgas Hannah Georgas Indie Rock CanCon
NZONDI & Fredo Starr Nothin Left – Single Rock NSFR No
Alex Rex Otterburn Country & Folk No
Justine Tyrell Ghost Town (feat. K. Forrest) – Single R&B Clean and Explicit versions available CanCon
Paul Irvine Faux Pop – Vol. 1 Pop CanCon
David Bach About Last Night Jazz No
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop And Still Rock No
Meredith Moon Constellations Folk CanCon
Alex Southey Entertainers Bring May Flowers Singer-Songwriter CanCon
Holland Phillips A Sense of Distance New Age No
Raphael Groten & Rebecca Kordis Unity New Age No
Houston Rydell Letting Go – Single Pop CanCon
Famina Green With Envy – Single Rock No
Madeline Doornaert Broken Harbour Alternative CanCon
Komodo Rat King – Single Rock No
Keenan Mundane JOLLY ROGER 7″ Hip Hop NSFR No
The Lad Classic Automatic Rock CanCon
Ari Shiller Story Untold – Single Rock No
Ari Shiller Vexed – Single Rock No
Gary Myrick The Sum of All My Sins Blues No
Lone Pines Fake Plastic Trees – Single Rock CanCon
Kuda Kwashe Ms. Café – Single R&B Indeterminable
The Thinkers Come to Me (Single) Rock No
The Thinkers Let’s Go! (Single) Rock No
Natali Dizdar Dobre Je Sve (Ana Marija Sir Remix) – Single Electronic No
Papermaps Darker Lights Rock CanCon
Current Swell Long Time Ago Rock CanCon
Francois Carrier Trio All’ Alba Jazz CanCon
Braithwaite & Whiteley Wellington County – Single Pop CanCon
Nathan Shubert’s Pirate Ship Moorage, Captain, Port & Chambers Classical CAnCon
Ayla Brook & the Sound Men (I Don’t Want to Hear Your) Break Up Songs Rock Indeterminable
Erik Knear Votive Sound Jazz No
Erik Knear MELODIA ch.5-6 Jazz No
Nige B U R What U R Vol. 2 Hip Hop NSFR CanCon

Here is tonight’s Horizon Broadening Hour:


Laura Sea – Certified Anti-Depressant
Michael Quinn – Waking Giant
Komodo – Rat King
Houston Rydell – Letting Go
Ari Shiller – Story Untold
The Lad Classic – New Emotion
The Thinkers – Let’s Go!
Gary Myrick – Death Letter
Lone Pines – Fake Plastic Trees
Alex Southey – Waterloo, Where the Vampires Hang Out
Meredith Moon – I Loved That Town
Dana Powell – That’s How it Goes
Bobby Henson – LA Freeway
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – Used Record Store
Flo Olavarria – Broke For You
Justine Tyrell – Ghost Town (feat. K. Forest)
Kuda Kwashe – Ms. Café
Josh Tepper – Guide Me Meron (Hot and Sweaty Remix)
Natali Dizdar – Dobro Je Sve (Ana Marija Sir Remix)
Charlie P – Overthinking
NIGE B – Remarkable (feat. Artifice, the Visionary & Txreek)
Keenan Mundane – T. Burbank (Ratchet & Clank)
Leland Philpot – We Movin
FSQ – This is Caribbean Disco
David Bach – City Lights
Holland Phillips – On Whistlers Ridge
Raphael Groten & Rebecca Kordis – Eternal Blossom
Erik Knear – Wonder of Mine
Erik Knear – Beautiful Tonight
Sunan Nabinacaboo – When Peace Like a River Attended My Way

See y’all next time!

CKMS News -2024-07-11- By-laws, phone zaps, and a day-of-action, ACORN continues push for protections for renters

CKMS News -2024-07-11- By-laws, phone zaps, and a Day of Action, ACORN continues push for protections for renters.

dan kellar
Kitchener, ON –
As rent prices
continue to increase province-wide, ACORN has continued to demand action from all levels of government. At the municipal level, ACORN chapters were part of campaigns that won new renter protection by-laws in Kitchener and Hamilton in June, and province-wide Phone Zaps have targeted MPPs and demanded action.  

On July 11th, ACORN has organised a Day of Action with protests in Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, London, Hamilton demanding “the Ontario Government protect affordable housing, and stop placating for-profit corporate developers and their desire for maximum profits.”

This show features Acer Bonapart, the chair of Waterloo Region ACORN. Bonapart told CKMS that while there isn’t an action planned locally on the 11th, the group will be active through the summer.

CKMS News contacted local PC MPPs for comment on ACORN’s demands but were told they were “not available for comment”. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing did not respond.

**shortly after first publishing this piece CKMS News received a short statement from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. We will address the statement in an upcoming CKMS News publication.**

So Old It’s New set list for Saturday, July 13, 2024

I’m featuring late 1970s-early 1980s punk/new wave and ska songs, stuff I got into during my college days, plus a segment, near the end of the set, of one-hit wonder type material of the kind one used to find on compilations from record labels like K-tel. I’ve done full shows of one-hit wonder stuff in the past, likely will do so again at some point.

This show includes Reunion’s Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me), which famously name-checks myriad artists, songs and record companies, and Blue Swede’s Hooked On A Feeling, aka the Ooga-Chaka song (Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga Ooga-Chaka …). The Blue Swede song returned to prominence via its presence in the first Guardians Of The Galaxy movie and as lead cut on the soundtrack, in 2014.

Sugarloaf, meantime, was at least a two-hit wonder. Besides what I’m playing, Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You, the group’s Green-Eyed Lady was an even bigger hit. And Hot Chocolate, represented in the set by the song Emma (you may recall the lyric Emma, Emmalene…a sad song, actually) had many hits in the UK and North America, including You Sexy Thing, Every 1’s A Winner, You Could Have Been A Lady (a North American hit single for April Wine) and Brother Louie, which American band Stories turned into the North American chart-topping version I’m playing on the show.

I’ve got a double dip of Flash and The Pan because I think those two, similar songs, Walking In The Rain from the first album and the title cut from the second release, Lights In the Night, are something of a piece, to my ears anyway.

1. Madness, One Step Beyond
2. The Selecter, On My Radio
3. The Clash, Revolution Rock
4. Dead Kennedys, Too Drunk To Fuck
5. Devo, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
6. Blondie, I Know But I Don’t Know
7. Ramones, I Just Want To Have Something To Do
8. The Specials, Rat Race
9. Flash and The Pan, Walking In The Rain
10. Flash and The Pan, Lights In The Night
11. Elvis Costello, Waiting For The End Of The World
12. Joe Jackson, Throw It Away
13. Teenage Head, Brand New Cadillac
14. Graham Parker and The Rumour, The Heat In Harlem
15. Talking Heads, The Overload
16. The Police, Deathwish
17. Nick Lowe, Big Kick, Plain Scrap!
18. Split Enz, What’s The Matter With You
19. Ian Dury, There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards
20. Pretenders, Private Life
21. The Boomtown Rats, Up All Night
22. The Cars, You Can’t Hold On Too Long
23. The Motels, Take The L
24. XTC, Ten Feet Tall
25. Reunion, Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)
26. Stories, Brother Louie
27. Sammy Johns, Chevy Van
28. Redbone, Come And Get Your Love
29. Sugarloaf, Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You
30. Hot Chocolate, Emma
31. Blue Swede, Hooked On A Feeling
32. Billy Swan, I Can Help
33. Hot Butter, Popcorn

The Clean Up Hour, Mix 274

What’s up, y’all? Here’s tonight’s Clean Up Hour — mainly just jump straight into the music, as I’ll be talking a bunch next week!


Wale, Rick Ross, & Kevin Cossom – Best Night Ever
WC and the Mad Gangstas, Ice Cube, & Mack 10 – West Up!
Dom Kennedy & Bonic – Fried Lobster
Ice-T – Mind Over Matter
2Pac & Snoop Dogg – Wanted Dead or Alive
Tinashe & Iamsu – Worth It
Mariah Carey & Jay-Z – Heartbreaker
Niko B – trespass coat
Vic Mensa – Lovely Day
Claz – Can’t Go Back
Goldlink – Ay Ay!
Cupcakke – Dementia
Drake – Flight’s Booked
Cyhi – End of the Night
Terrace Martin – With You
Majid Jordan – Body Talk
Buddy – Move On
Brockhampton – STAINS
Curren$y – Sorry for the Wraith
Devin the Dude – Acoustic Levitation
Wiz Khalifa, The Game, & Stat Quo – Far From Coach
Apathy – Summer at the Shore
Atmosphere – (‘Cashier in a Convenience Store’)
Travis Thompson, Nima Skeemz, & Kota the Friend – Insomnia
Lupe Fiasco – Bigfoot
Michael Christmas, Domo Genesis, & WARA – Jugglin
Jay Worthy, Larry June, & Jim Jones – Late Nights
Camila Cabello – B.O.A.T
NxWorries – Daydreaming

See y’all next time!

episode 307 agriculture show july 9 2024 with Steve Todd

Steve Todd is our guest today. Steve has a post on Youtube at  We talk about his agricultural story. Our Playlist:

  • Short Native Grasses  by  Corb Lund
  • Fathers Son  by  Montgomery Gentry
  • Harvest Time  by  Luke Bryan
  • 770 Acres  by  Steve Todd
  • John Deere Green  by  Joe Diffie


CKMS News -2024-07-08- “A gross way to intimidate” – Independent Jewish Voices WR decries sky-banner

CKMS News -2024-07-08- “A gross way to intimidate” – Independent Jewish Voices WR decries sky-banner

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Kitchener, ON – On Friday July 5th, a plane departed from the Region of Waterloo airport (YKF), trailing a sky-banner with religious messaging as it looped around KW for nearly two hours.  According to online flight data, the plane looped directly above the Gaza House encampment at UW several times along its route, before heading back to the airport.

CKMS News interviewed Lauren Weinberg of Independent Jewish Voices – Waterloo Region. Weinberg spoke about the “intimidating” messaging, and how she and others felt when reading the words on the banner.

CKMS News contacted YKF about the banner and was told that “The Region of Waterloo International Airport does not offer sky banner advertising and has no oversight over advertising banners.”

Contacted by CKMS News, the plane’s operator, Flite Line Charters for comment, however, the company would not divulge their client, and said that “no one is available to comment on this” situation.

Pro-Palestinian encampment ends but fight continues at University of Waterloo

MP Holmes
Kitchener, ON

After 56 days, the pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Waterloo has been peacefully dismantled. The university agreed to drop a legal claim and injunction proceeding in exchange for the voluntary decamping.

Throughout its existence, the encampment received significant support from the university community and succeeded in pushing the university to disclose its Israeli-related investments and relationships.

The encampment members criticized what they called the university’s anti-free speech strategies, including surveillance and intimidation, and emphasized their resolve to keep fighting for divestment from Israel.


Artist – Song Title
Mason Tikl – Klausterfokken Opener
Nothing More – Blame It On The Drugs
TesseracT – Luminary
Ghost – The Future Is A Foreign Land
Alcest – Amethyste
Striatum – Humanity
Jinjer – Wallflower
Nothing More – Existential Dread
Pain – Fair Game
Toehider – We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Metamorphose String Orchestra Pavel Lyubomudrov – Oblivion
deadmau5 – Quezacotl
Sikth – The Aura
The Contortionist – Absolve
Nothing More – Run For Your Life
Mac Quayle – 2.3_1-steel-v4lley
Caligula’s Horse – Dream the Dead
Taking Balfour – Nautical Sun (Reimagined)
Nothing More – Stuck (feat. Sinizter)
Sikth – Wishbones
Robert Rich and Luca Formentini – Tidal Precession

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 8, 2024

My track-by-track tales follow the bare-bones list.

1. New Barbarians (Ron Wood, Keith Richards and friends), Am I Grooving You (live)
2. John Mayall, Gimme Some Of That Gumbo
3. Robin Trower, Victims Of The Fury
4. UFO, Queen Of The Deep
5. Pat Benatar, My Clone Sleeps Alone
6. Budgie, Parents
7. Dio, Don’t Talk To Strangers
8. Black Sabbath, End Of The Beginning
9. Bad Company, Evil Wind
10. Jeff Beck, Let Me Love You
11. ZZ Top, Snappy Kakkie
12. Stevie Wonder, Another Star
13. Joe Jackson, Blaze Of Glory
14. Jethro Tull, Occasional Demons
15. Little Feat, I Do What The Telephone Tells Me To Do
16. Santana, Every Step Of The Way (live, from Lotus)

My track-by-track tales:

1. New Barbarians (Ron Wood, Keith Richards and famous musician friends), Am I Grooving You (live) . . . A song I first heard on Wood’s debut solo record, 1974’s I’ve Got My Own Album To Do, first recorded in 1967 by American soul singer Freddie Scott. The New Barbarians were comprised of Wood, Richards, saxophonist and Rolling Stones session player/touring member Bobby Keys, renowned bassist Stanley Clarke, keyboardist Ian McLagan of Faces fame, who also played with the Stones on their 1978 tour of the United States, and drummer Joseph (Ziggy/Zigaboo) Modeliste of funk band The Meters. They toured the US in 1979 in support of Wood’s then new album Gimme Some Neck. They also stopped in Oshawa, Ontario for the Keith Richards/New Barbarians/Rolling Stones show I still can barely believe I somehow managed to get tickets to, proceeds to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). It was Richards’ sentence for his 1978 conviction on drug charges resulting from an arrest in Toronto in 1977 around the time the Stones were in the city leading up to their famous club shows at the El Mocambo. That resulted in one vinyl side of the live album Love You Live and, more recently, a full-blown (and mind-blowing) 2-CD release of the shows, El Mocambo 1977, issued in 2022.

This live version is from New Barbarians: Live In Maryland – Buried Alive, a document of the tour that was released in a 2-CD package in 2006. Am I Grooving You was c0-written by Bert Berns (aka Bert Russell; he was born Bert Russell Berns) and Jeff Barry, hitmakers extraordinaire with a long list they either wrote or co-wrote with others. From Berns: Twist and Shout, Piece Of My Heart, Here Comes The Night, Hang On Sloopy, Cry To Me and Everybody Needs Somebody To Love. From Barry: Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Da Doo Ron Ron, River Deep-Mountain High, Leader Of The Pack, Sugar Sugar and I Honestly Love You. Berns wasn’t with us long. He had a history of cardiac trouble after his heart was damaged by a childhood bout with rheumatic fever and died of heart failure in 1967, age 38. He was the subject of the 2016 film Bang! The Bert Berns Story.

2. John Mayall, Gimme Some Of That Gumbo . . . Now age 90, the blues legend announced his retirement from touring in 2021, but left open the possibility of doing shows close to his California home. He’s released new studio albums, consistently, every two or three years, the most recent being The Sun Is Shining Down in 2022. This funky, bluesy number, featuring some fine lead guitar work from Rocky Athas, no longer in the band but who was with Mayall when I saw him at the 2011 Kitchener Blues Festival, is from the 2016 album Talk About That.

3. Robin Trower, Victims Of The Fury . . . Spooky title track from Trower’s 1980 album, the last to feature the guitarist’s classic trio of himself, bassist/soulful singer James Dewar and drummer Bill Lordan.

4. UFO, Queen Of The Deep . . . From 1974’s Phenomenon album, the third UFO album and first to feature guitarist Michael Schenker as the band moved to a more straightforward hard rock sound from their earlier space rock, psychedelic approach.

5. Pat Benatar, My Clone Sleeps Alone . . . From her first, and still for my money best album, the 1979 debut release In The Heat Of The Night. Benatar hit it really big a year later with the Hit Me With Your Best Shot single from the Crimes Of Passion album, a good record, but I still prefer the first one.

6. Budgie, Parents . . . And we enter the hard rock/metal portion of the show with this 10-minute piece from the Welsh band that never achieved widespread commercial success but was influential. Among Budgie’s disciples are Iron Maiden and Metallica, who covered Breadfan, a hellacious riff rocker I’ve played before on the show, on the Garage, Inc. covers album.

7. Dio, Don’t Talk To Strangers . . . The late Ronnie James Dio was a fantastic singer and while I like his work with his namesake band, I prefer his stuff fronting Rainbow and Black Sabbath during the time he was with those groups. Perhaps it’s because, while Dio the band had lots of fine guitarists, in Rainbow and Sabbath, Dio the singer was working with all-time great guitarist/songwriters Ritchie Blackmore and Tony Iommi. Still, as mentioned I do like Dio the band and this is a good song if you’re into hard rock/metal, from a solid record, Dio’s debut release, 1983’s Holy Diver.

8. Black Sabbath, End Of The Beginning . . . Speaking of Sabbath, a doom metal track from 13, the final studio album by the group, released in 2013 which, according to bassist Geezer Butler, is part of the reason for the album title, apparently suggested by singer Ozzy Osbourne. Also according to Butler, the band was being pressured by the record company for a 13-song album but in the end just eight songs made the standard edition although my deluxe 2-CD version has 11 tracks. The original lineup – Ozzy, Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward – had previously reunited for a concert that resulted in the 1998 live album Reuion, which featured two new studio songs including the hit single Psycho Man. But 13 wasn’t a full reunion as Ward did not participate, citing contractual issues. Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave fame handled the drumsticks in Ward’s place.

The song title reminds me of Winston Churchill’s famous line, one of my favorites of his many, after the British victory over the Germans at El Alamein in North Africa in November, 1942 as the tide of World War II turned in favor of the Allies: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” What an orator Churchill was.

9. Bad Company, Evil Wind . . . Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy was the big hit on the 1979 album Desolation Angels, and it’s a good one along with the other single, Gone Gone Gone, but the release is full of great songs, this being one of them. “That was full of Paul’s (singer Rodgers) tumbleweed across the plains imagery,” drummer Simon Kirke is quoted as saying in the liner notes booklet to The “Original” Bad Company Anthology. “I think Paul was a cowboy or one of those bounty hunters in another life.”

10. Jeff Beck, Let Me Love You . . . The Truth is, the album from which this comes is ridiculously good.

11. ZZ Top, Snappy Kakkie . . . If you played this funky groove tune to casual, hits-oriented listeners and asked them to identify the band, I wonder whether they could. And it’s OK if they couldn’t. We’re all into what we’re into, as deeply as we want to be. But that’s what of course makes great bands and albums and shows the value of listening to deep cuts. From the Tejas album, 1976.

12. Stevie Wonder, Another Star . . . I was spinning Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life the other day and was ‘oh yeah’ on this one, remembering it, having not heard it in a while. I’m playing the full 8:28 album version, which was cut down to five minutes and change for single release. The Latin-influenced exercise in rhythm was the fourth of five singles released from the album. I Wish, Isn’t She Lovely, Sir Duke and As were the others. Another Star made No. 32 on the US Billboard chart, No. 29 in the UK, No. 51 in Canada and No. 2 on Billboard’s dance/disco list.

13. Joe Jackson, Blaze Of Glory . . . Title track to JJ’s 1989 album. Despite being full of good songs, like this one, it had just one single that charted to any great degree. That was Nineteen Forever, which made the top 20 in the USA. Another good one, Down To London, managed to make, wait for it, No. 126 in Australia, despite much critical acclaim both for the song and album. No wonder Jackson was disappointed; he thought the record represented some of his finest work and I agree, but then I’m a huge fan.

14. Jethro Tull, Occasional Demons . . . Good rocker from the 1993 release Catfish Rising, one of my favorite later period (30 years ago now!) Tull albums.

15. Little Feat, I Do What The Telephone Tells Me To Do . . . Prescient, perhaps, given the ubiquity of people and their (smart)phones although this song, from 2003’s latter-day Kickin’ It At The Barn album, is more about actually calling on a phone or waiting for it to ring than, say, walking, head down and oblivious, texting or scrolling and risking bumping into people or something worse, say at a crosswalk. “Head’s up!” I have been known to say, sometimes to a ‘thank you’ response, other times drawing a dirty look. Anyway . . . Little Feat is still around, with original member and keyboard player Bill Payne still in the band as are longtime stalwarts Sam Clayton (congas, percussion, vocals) and bassist Kenny Gradney, both of whom have been in the lineup since 1972. And they’ve just released a new album. It’s called Sam’s Place, Clayton does most of the singing and is well-suited to the mostly blues covers like Got My Mojo Working and Long Distance Call, which features Bonnie Raitt on co-lead vocals with Clayton.

16. Santana, Every Step Of The Way (live, from Lotus) . . . Intoxicating instrumental that saw studio release as a nine-minute cut on 1972’s Caravanserai, whose 10 tracks included seven instrumentals as Santana moved in a jazz fusion direction. The Lotus version runs 11 minutes, 30 seconds featuring typically fiery fretwork from Carlos Santana along with the usual Santana band brew of bongos, congas and maracas.

Radio Nowhere Episode 70KBF, 7/6/24

Download:, 57m47s, 80.0 MBytes

Belt Line Blues Danny Marks
I Don’t Live Here Anymore Dawn Tyler Watson
Cookie Jar Grady Champion
Easy Come Easy Go Great Lake Swimmers
Get Out The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
I’m Not Here Jenni
Make It Right Joel Johnson
Whiskey Flavored Tears Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
That Man Was Me Murray Porter
Doing It Right Powder Blues Band
Don’t Do It Rick Estrin
Wash My Hands Too Slim & The Taildraggers
Your Old Lady Andre Williams & The Sadies
Sastanàqqàm Tinariwen

New Music Added to Libretime + Horizon Broadening Hour #34

What’s up, y’all? You know the routine! Here is what I’ve added to Libretime since last week:

Brianna Nita Nothing Better – Single Pop CanCon
Toronto Tabla Ensemble Toronto Tambla Ensemble World CanCon
King Sunny Ade  and the New African Beats Live at the Hollywood Palace Pop No
Straight Faced Pulling Teeth Punk No
keep me safe ALL ALL EVER SEE Alternative CanCon
The Pooh Sticks The Great White Wonder Indie Rock No
CeDell Davis Feel Like Doin’ Something Wrong Blues CanCon
Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra LIVE LAUGH DECOLONISE – SINGLE Pop/Hip Hop Explicit and Clean Versions Available No
Benny Millman; Benson White Out Damned Spot – Single Rock CanCon
Caroline Parke The Hills are Alive Once More – Single Singer-Songwriter CanCon
Doug Wilde The Sixth Dimension Jazz CanCon
justjonas 222 – Single Rock CanCon
Jyotsna Srikanth Carnatic Nomad Classical/World No
Jordyn Rayne Lady Rock Tracks 4, 11, and 12 are explicit CanCon
IKO A Lil’ Country – Single Hip Hop NSFR No
Roots Round Up Up Rooted Rock CanCon
Eekwol Apprentice to the Mystery Hip Hop CanCon
Jon Brooks Ours and the Shepherds Folk CanCon
Amanda Palmer There Will Be No Intermission Indie Rock No
Lou-Adriane Cassidy C’est La Fin Du Monde a Tous Les Jours Pop CanCon
Ghulam Mustafa Khan Ragas Traditional No
Joe Lapinski The Beauty Beyond Soundtrack CanCon
Jorge Martinez Hasta Siempre/Playa Blanca Latin Indeterminable
Matthew Carter From South Furby Folk CanCon
Lucas O’Connell Wet Moccasin Moondance Folk CanCon
Emerald Falls Out of Sight – Single Country No
Leland Philpot We Movin – Single Hip Hop/Religious No
Laura Rae Sad Songs (Singles) Folk Full album later this year CanCon
Alanna Matty Restless – Single Folk CanCon
Amber Elara Heart – Single Rock No
Elizabeth Sheppard So Long Gone – Single Folk CanCon
Dr. Sepi Burning Down Oslo in ’94 – Single Electronic No
Sophie van Hasselt Focus on the Good – Single Pop No
Iris Jean Got an Idea – Single Pop No
VanWyck Desert Bride – Single Folk No
The Commoners Restless Rock CanCon
The Green Kingdom Horizons Ambient No
Alise Ashby Stardust Classical No
Courtney Wolfe Hide & Seek – Single Pop CanCon/KwCon
The Whythouse Full Tank of Gas – Single Country CanCon/KwCon
Teenage Art Scene Minor Leagues Rock CanCon
Various Artists Balearic Headspace Vol 7 (Sampler) Pop No
Viktrola Viktrola Pop No
Cc Trubiak Tiny Army: the D. Holmes Sessions Pop CanCon
Les Poules a Colin Morose Folk CanCon
Claire Coupland On the Other Side Pop CanCon
The Sweet Lowdown The Sweet Lowdown Country CanCon
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin God Fodder Alternative No
Dadawa Sister-Drum New Age No
Steve Turre Sanctified Shells Jazz No
Lake of the Woods Singers Songs of Thunder Traditional CanCon
Penner MacKay Rhythm Dust Traditional CanCon
Joe Lington Move Your Body – Single R&B No
Francis Dance Push – Single Pop No
Sexy Mathematics Especially You – Single Rock CanCon
Sha’Kayla No Deal – Single R&B CanCon/KwCon

Here is tonight’s Horizon Broadening Hour:


Courtney Wolfe – Hide & Seek
The Whythouse – Full Tank of Gas
Alanna Matty – Restless
VanWyck – Desert Bride
Laura Rae – Lightspeed
Iris Jean – Got an Idea
Sophie Van Hasselt – Focus on the Good
Brianna Nita – Nothing Better
Caroline Parke – The Hills are Alive Once More
Benny Millman and Benson White – Out Damned Spot
BD Gottfried – You, Me, and this Half-Dead Dog
Justjonas – 222
Jordyn Rayne – 1-800-Cyber-Bully
The Commoners – Too Soon to Know You
Sexy Mathematics – Especially You
Emerald Falls – Out of Sight
Jyotsna Srikanth – Ninnuvina
Doug Wilde – Water Music
Alise Ashby – Mariposa
The Green Kingdom – New Constellations
Dr. Sepi – Burning Down Oslo in ‘94
Impedance of Free Space – upload
Odario – Sunset Flicks
Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra – LIVE LAUGH DECOLONISE
IKO – A Lil Country
Joe Lington, Lady Fi & Otaku Black – Move Your Body
Lizzen & Keith Sweat – Right and Wrong (Remix)
Francis Dance – Push
Sha’Kayla – No Deal

See y’all next time!


After a couple of weeks of theme shows packed with classic tracks, I told ya ill bring you back up to speed on some new music that has come out over the last little while. You won’t be disappointed!

Today I’ve got the first single off of Pete Rock & Common’s new album coming out in a couple of weeks. An speaking of the future, Rakim is also coming out with a new album later this month. Of course, I’ve got the first single off that too. Plus new music from Memphis Bleek, Sean Kingston, and a lot more!

But first we are gonna start off with some classics….

All R.E.M. So Old It’s New set list for Saturday, July 6, 2024

An all R.E.M. set list, inspired by one of my show’s followers who had posted to Facebook R.E.M.’s song Low, a hypnotic favorite of mine from the band’s Out Of Time album. As a result, we got discussing the band and, since I’ve of late been doing themed shows for my Saturday programmed sets, live albums for the last four weeks, he suggested that at some point I might do an R.E.M. playlist.

So, here it is, mostly deeper cuts from throughout the band’s career as they went from an alternative ‘college radio’ band to worldwide mainstream success to, in their later days as a trio after the retirement of drummer Bill Berry 1997, declining sales and chart success in North America but solid sales and high chart placings for both albums and singles in the UK.

Berry, incidentally, became a farmer in the band’s home state of Georgia and did some sporadic music work before returning to the industry in 2022 as part of the Georgia band The Bad Ends, who released an album in 2023. I was always aware of R.E.M. but didn’t get into them until they hit the mainstream with the single The One I Love from 1987’s Document album. As tends to happen if one likes what one is hearing, I went back, and forward with them on each subsequent release. The band amicably called it a day in 2011 but not before assembling the terrific 2-CD compilation Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011.

Here’s the set list, with source album information.

1. Begin The Begin . . . From Lifes Rich Pageant album, 1986
2. The Wake-Up Bomb . . . New Adventures in Hi-Fi, 1996
3. A Month Of Saturdays . . . unreleased until issued on Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011, 2011.
4. Living Well Is The Best Revenge . . . Accelerate, 2008
5. Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter . . . Collapse Into Now, 2011
6. Low . . . Out Of Time, 1991
7. Bad Day . . . first issued in 2003 as a single from In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003, later also on the Part Lies . . . compilation, 2011.
8. Talk About The Passion . . . Murmur, 1983
9. Gardening At Night . . . Chronic Town EP, 1982
10. Supernatural Superserious . . . Accelerate, 2008
11. We All Go Back To Where We Belong . . . unreleased until issued on Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011, 2011.
12. The Great Beyond . . . Man On The Moon movie soundtrack, 1999
13. New Test Leper . . . New Adventures In Hi-Fi, 1996
14. Country Feedback . . . Out Of Time, 1991
15. Finest Worksong . . . Document, 1987
16. Driver 8 . . . Fables Of The Reconstruction, 1985
17. Lotus . . . Up, 1998
18. How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us . . . New Adventures In Hi-Fi, 1996
19. I Took Your Name . . . Monster, 1994
20. Tongue . . . Monster, 1994
21. Fall On Me . . . Lifes Rich Pageant, 1986
22. Sitting Still . . . Murmur, 1983
23. Imitation Of Life . . . Reveal, 2001
24. King Of Comedy . . . Monster, 1994
25. Uberlin . . . Collapse Into Now, 2011
26. Star 69 . . . Monster, 1994
27. Hallelujah . . . unreleased until issued on Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011, 2011.
28. Radio Song . . . Out Of Time, 1991
29. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville . . . Reckoning, 1984

Citizen’s Committee asks the city of Kitchener to declare a loneliness epidemic

Reporting to the last City Council meeting before the summer break, Compass Kitchener, a citizen committee tasked with assessing the City’s strategic plan, emphasized that this is the City’s opportunity to lead the nation in addressing this public health issue.

The committee’s 2024 report reviewed major projects like the Bike Share Program and the Downtown Vision project, commending the City on several initiatives while suggesting improvements for others. The discussion also focused on post-COVID challenges in arts and culture, affordable housing solutions, and sustainability strategies.

The rise in loneliness and the polarization in society were noted as critical issues. Several councillors noted their concern and discussed the implications of loneliness for the community.

The Clean Up Hour Mix 273.

What’s up, y’all? Here is tonight’s Clean Up Hour — I talk a bit about the great debate.


The Game – Bompton
Slim 400 – Dum B***y
Drakeo the Ruler – Punk Rock *****
Tha Alkaholiks – Mary Jane
Wiz Khalifa, Smoke DZA, Big KRIT, & Girl Talk – No Singles
Snoop Dogg, Redman, Nate Dogg, & Warren G – From Long Beach 2 Brick City
Anderson .Paak – Parking Lot
Classified – Slippin
Camila Cabello & Drake – HOT UPTOWN
Jay-Z – Can’t Knock the Hustle (Fool’s Paradise Mix)
LNDN DRGS & K-Dee – The Fee is Mine
DJ Quik, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Hi-C, AMG, 2nd II Noe, & El Debarge – Medley for a “V” (The ***** Song)
Brassmunk, Moka Only, & Chris Rouse – How Bouts
Ice Cube – What Can I Do? (Westside Remix)
Xzibit, Defari, Goldie Loc, & Kokane – Rimz & Tirez
Dom Kennedy – Ice Cream Truck
Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, & Curren$y – Super High (S**iva Remix)
Michael Christmas & Kipp Stone – P*** Juice
Larry June – Feeling Good Today
Yelawolf – Beer Buzz
Sheek Louch & Jeremih – Party After 2
Drake – Uuugly
Boldy James & Conductor Williams – Flying Trapeze Act
Lupe Fiasco – Palaces
Previous Industries – Braids
Felt – Morris Day
Your Old Drogg – Mantra
Terrace Martin, Uncle Chucc, & The Emotions – Patiently Waiting
Eight Mile Road & 2Pac – Life is a Traffic Jam
NxWorries, Earl Sweatshirt, & Rae Khalil – WalkOnBy

See y’all next time!

Through the Static Episode 36 – 03/07/24

Yes I am once again able to do regular broadcasts, yay! Despite a couple technical difficulties early in the show I’m still able to bring you a great lineup of songs! From Canadian classics to synthy funky tracks, and everything in between sit down and enjoy another installment of Through the Static!

  • The Things I Do For Money – The Northern Pikes
  • Simple Dude – Tokyo Police Club
  • Ukiuq – The Jerry Cans
  • 17 18 19 – Ibibio Sound Machine
  • Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
  • She’s In Parties – Bauhaus
  • Not Ready To Make Nice – The Chicks
  • The Line – Vera Sola

Check out the podcast!

episode 306 agriculture show july 2 with Maggie Van Camp

Maggie Van Camp is the guest today on The Agriculture Show.  Maggie is busy with her project via Loft 32 called Farmers Bridge . Our playlist “Get Stuff Done”:

  • Fight  Song  by  Rachel Platten
  • Truck Got Stuck  by  Corb Lund
  • Celebration  by  Kool and the Gang
  • Buy Dirt  by  Jordan Davis
  • Lizzo  by  About Damn Time


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