Friday 28 December 2012

Ruby Slippers for Dec. 28 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Hope your Christmas was a gas, and that your are revving up for a rockin' New Year's eve.
I know I am, with some vino, a warm puppy and movies on demand.

Ah, bliss!

Anyhow, here it is, the playlist for today.  Had to delay posting it, as I was sincerely hoping to surprise you all with a show by Chris and Dan Berube, legendary around CIUT, but it was not to be :(
Maybe later in the month.  Timing is everything in this life....

Worst Song Medley---Garfunkel and Oates
The New Year---Death Cab for Cutie
Everthing Must Go---The Weakerthans (from the album Live at Burton Cummings Theatre)
Sexx Laws---Beck
Take You On---The Features
Primary---The Cure
The Hissing Of Summer Lawns---Funky Bummer featuring Anne Beadle
Eyeoneye---Andrew Bird
Not Be Alright---Mary Margaret O'Hara  (yes, it's Catherine's sister)
Born Under Punches---Talking Heads
Tessellate---Tokyo Police Club
Primary Colours---Immaculate Machine
Crash Years---The New Pornographers
New Year---The Breeders
Sound of Hamiklton---Hands and Teeth
Horshoe Fortune---The Russian Futurists

and if time permits.. given that I messed up last week...


That's it, that's all.  See ya next week and thanks for listening.

Saturday 22 December 2012

Holiday Addendum to the Dec. 21 Show

Hey everybody,


I cannot for the life of me explain how COLDPLAY sidelined Tokyo Police Club and my beloved Chipmunks!!  I suspect it occurred while modeling the new CIUT t shirts for the website, and well, you know how photoshoots can distract you during a live broadcast.

Yes, we are a station of multi taskers.

Anyhow, I am leaving the playlist as it stands, although it isn't really how it finished, only because to me that would have been a more fitting way to finish the Christmas edition of Ruby Slippers.

If you have not had your seasonal dosage of Alvin and the gang, perhaps you will now be motivated to find the recording at your local library, sit back and sing along!

Cheers to all, and thanks for listening!

Thursday 20 December 2012

Ruby Slippers for Dec 21 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

(Flash, I suddenly realized that this salutation is how Chris Berube greeted his audience for years on Electric Boogaloo.What a great show that was.... however I digress)

It's that magical time when we are perhaps more harried than we should be and definitely more in need of a little lighthearted fun.  Given that today the world is supposed to end, (trust me to do a show as the global Titanic goes down)  I have tried to combine seasonal fare with straight up great music. Let me know what you think!

Present Face---Garfunkel and Oates
First Snow Of The Year---Hawksley Workman  (GET THIS SONG OUT OF MY HEAD!!!!!!)
No A**holes on Christmas---Stephanie Coplan and friends
One Good Reason---Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers
D****bag---Robots Wearing Sunglasses  ( a Christmas share for CIUT from RWS themselves)
Caught---Anna Domino  (had to have a quiet moment or two)
Empty Room---Arcade Fire
Trailblazer---The Barmitzvah Brothers
The Ring Song---The Bravery
say-so-long---Fiction 20 Down
Make You Mine---Cannoneers
The Noise---Austra
Them Kids---Sam Roberts (did you know he collected Royal Family Commemorative tins?)
Stray Dog---The Anthemeers
Locked Out---Freelance Whales
Tessellate---Tokyo Police Club
The Chipmunk Song-----Alvin, Theodore, Simon and Dave

Hope your hols are a blast, and as always, thanks for listening!
Back next week with the year end wrap up!

Oh, and the music bio that was considered the guiltiest pleasure from last week's question is "Girls Like Us", a combined career profile of Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.

In loving memory of Roger, December 20, 1958- July 16 2010

Thursday 13 December 2012

Ruby Slippers Question of the Week

Hey everybody!

Here's this week's question....I am giving you a heads up before the show.

What music biography have you enjoyed the most of late and why?
Was it heart wrenching, scandalous, insane, inspiring?

Weigh in on this by posting here or phone in during the show at 416-946-7000.

Our operators will be standing by (me, that is)

Cheers and thanks for listening.

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Ruby Slippers Playlist for Dec 14 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!!

It's that time of year when so much is going on that it's almost impossible to remember what day it is.
Making stuff, eating stuff, going out, coming in, watching holiday movies, paying bills (groan) and trying to deposit enough bread to cover them.  Thank Goodness for music, right?

Well, the spirit moved me about three days ago to assemble this Friday's playlist, and as I came up for air today, I thought, "Why not post early and entice the happily frantic among us to sit and listen on Friday night?"

So here it is.  Note that the winner from last week's question has the first selection from his fav Cat Woman.

Santa Baby---Eartha Kitt
I Will Survive---Cake
Cherish The One You Got---Harrison Hudson
Fix Me Now---Garbage
Scabby Knees---Hexes and Ohs
Shithead Kids---We Are Marching On
Watch the World Go (Young Galaxy Remix)---Johan Agebjorn
Fire In The Lobby---Immaculate Machine
Seven Stars Remix (Rheostatics)---King Cobb Steelie
Judy In Disguise(With Glasses)---John Fred and his Playboy Band
beautiful and light---Tunng
hidden Sound---Water Colour
Dancin' In The Wind---Jenn Grant
Cha Cha Cha Heels---Eartha Kitt and the Bronski Beat

Remember, keep calm and put the kettle on.

Cheers! and thanks for listening.

Friday 7 December 2012

Ruby Slippers Dec. 7 Contest Winner

AH HA!!!!!

The question on the show today was....who is your favorite Cat woman (discounting DJ Catwoman on CIUT who is of course a fan favorite all the time) ???

And the winner is Roy McDonald whose fav rave is none other than Eartha Kitt.

For weighing in on this burning questions (inquiring minds just HAD to know) he wins a copy of today's playlist on disc, as well as having his pick of Eartha tunes on next week's show.

How much fun is that?

Stay tuned for more contests in upcoming shows, and as always, thanks for listening!

Ruby Slippers Playlist for Dec.7 7-8 pm

OK, so I lied a bit.

Decided to post the playlist while waiting for the show at the station.
BUT it just may change a bit, so follow along...and corrections will follow after the fact.

I Know, I Know, I Know---Tegan and Sara
We Walk---Ting Tings
How Does It Feel---Zeus
Bad time To Be Poor---The Weakerthans
Dragon Queen---Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Concrete Wall  (RAC Remix)---Zee Avi
Guitar Swing---Winks
Pinball Wizard---The Who
St. Petersburg---Wilderness of Manitoba
Anyway Rattlesnake---Haley Bonar
Shanty Song---Bruce Peninsula

Beat's So Lonely---Charlie Sexton
Put Me On---Diamond Rings
XXXX/Loyalty---You Say Party!.
BONUS TRACK   A Venture---Yes 

This playlist is like comfort food, in a new place at a new time.
Thanks for listening and be safe.

Ruby Slippers for Dec. 7, 2012 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

I am going to post the playlist for the new timeslot after the show today, just 'cause.
There will be a large smattering of old favorites and a few really old favorites, plus a little contest of my very own.    To enter the contest, you will have to enter your opinion on a burning question  (posed during the show) at:

Back in a few hours to spin the tunes and post the list!!

See ya soon!

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Ruby Slippers Playlist for Dec 1 5-6 pm

Hey everybody,

This list is going up really early as the rest of the week is insanely busy.  The show will air on Saturday Dec 1 from 5-6 pm for the last time, and then it's off to the next frontier of Friday from 7-8 pm.

To help close this chapter our good friend Laura Lawton, Voice for Hire, has returned with her rockin' best, and all things being equal, will be contributing a periodic feature entitled "In Profile" to the show. She is working hard to get interviews with notable musicians from all over, but with a particular love for those in the Canadian music scene.
Anyhow, here is the playlist.  I hope you will follow along with us on Saturday, and in absense of a farewell fruit basket, I offer an amazing and varied show for our listeners in this slot.
Hope you will make the switch with us, but remember, the show is posted at under the title "Ruby Slippers" for a week after it airs in case you miss it.

Here goes....

Blue Monday---Buke and Gase  (another fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy from this duo)
The Weather---Butterfly Boucher
Six Barrel Shotgun---Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (perfect music for running FAST)
Waiting In The Hall---Gord Prior  ( a Laura pick and first interview)
Leave Home---Chemical Brothers
Zombies---Buffalo Brothers (another Laura pick)
Magic---Walk Off the Earth
Only One---Tyson and His Gameboy
Price Paid---Wax Mannequin
Bad Stone---Crystal Method
Dear Can---!!!   (pronounced in my house at least as "Chck, chck, chck")
Cloud of Evil---Blackout Beach
Star---Cuff the Duke
The Only One---One Tribe Nation (the final Laura pick)  (apparently there are two only ones)
Hot Kitty---Tricky Woo  (let's hope time permits)

Well, that's it.  Thanks for following along with me through the first timeslot, and please come by on Fridays.  There's always a surprise or two waiting for you.

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday 24 November 2012

Ruby Slippers for Nov. 24 5-6 pm

Hey everybody!

Here it is, a very cold day in the city, perfect for sitting by the radio and enjoying some great music!
Some of these are old favs, and I hope you agree they really stand up! ( My brain is frozen..sorry for the short intro...)

Torch Song---Todd Rungren   (for Roger)
Walking In The Woods---The Pursuit of Happiness
Paranoimia---The Art of Noise
The Main Thing----Roxy Music
This is Now----The Knife
My Arms----Bloodgroup
Happiness Is A Warm Gun----Bend Sinister (You KNOW this one!)
Fragile Bird----City and Colour
You Get What You Give----The New Radicals (dance, damn it!)
Instant Karma  (John Lennon Cover)----Cuff The Duke
I Knew I Shouldn't Have Held My Breath----Amos The Transparent
Who's In Control----Filter Free Radio
Always----Army Girls
Roland----The Bicycles
This Crowded Room (Young Galaxy Remix)----Freedom or Death

So there it is.  Don't forget the countdown begins for our move to Friday 7-8 starting December 7th.
See you on Saturday next week...

Thanks for listening.

Friday 16 November 2012

Ruby Slippers Playlist for Nov. 17 5-6 pm

Hey everybody!

Time's a-wasting and in anticipation of tomorrow's special show, I wanted to share the playlist a little early.  Notice anything different?  If you guessed "There's more RAWK than usual" you would be right!!!  There is a special guest this week, the lovely and talented Laura Lawton, who has taken time from her frantic schedule to be part of this week's show.

So without further ado, here it is.

Follow along with the broadcast at CIUT 89.5 FM or by going to the website for a week after the original broadcast, click on Ruby Slippers and voila! The show is there!

30 Rock (Alec Baldwin)---Robots Wearing Sunglasses
Easy---Deer Tick
Won't Go Quietly---Bobnoxious
Mystery to Me---Headstones
Avocadoes---Hot Tea
3 Angels---Headstones  (can never get enough of these CD out in the spring)
Colour of A Man---Hidden Cameras  (don't judge this pairing until you hear it )
I Am Freedom---Monster Truck
Pale Horses---Moby
Cheap Music---Handsome Furs  (this is anything but cheap!)
Wolf Like Me---TV On The Radio   (classic TOTR)
Springs---oOoOO  (witch house/chillwave project from Chris Dexter of San Francisco, check this out on Soundcloud)                                                     

Well kids, that's it for this week.

BIG NEWS!!  Ruby Slippers will be packing its bags and moving in the weeks ahead so stay tuned for all the details.

Thanks for listening!

Friday 9 November 2012

Ruby Slippers Playlist for Nov. 10 5-6 pm

Hey everybody!

Another show another spirited collection of awesome tunes!

Just a heads the next few weeks, the Fates permitting, I will be joined by the lovely and talented Laura Lawton, who will be helping to programme music and include some surprises along the way! If you have yet to meet her, you are in for a real treat!

So without further ado, here is this week's show.

How Long Must I Wait---Dr. Dog (new!)
Caught Me Thinkin'---Bahamas 
Jimmy Jimmy---Born Ruffians
Laser Beams---Wintersleep  (also brand new)
Obedear---Purity Ring  (just can't get enough of this album)
Heat Lightening  (Ghost Loft Remix)---Icky Blossoms  (band is back by popular request)
Papa Don't Preach---Woodhands  (you have never heard this song like THIS!)
Love Makes The World Go Round---You Say Party We Say Die
How Should I Have Known---From East to Exit  (didn't get to this last week...a keeper)
Hard Times---Buke and Gase  (buy this!  It's a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief from Bandcamp)
This Way Home---Chris Smith
Black July---Joshua James
It Ain't Easy---Slim Twig
Death By Snakebite---Minnesota
Mad World--- Gary Jules  (I love love love this version)

Well, folks, that's it for now.
If you are in Canada, wear your poppy proudly on Nov. 11, and remember those who paid the ultimate price for the peace we now enjoy.

See you next week, same time same station...CIUT 89.5 FM

Thanks for listening!

PS I notice that the entire playlist is in minor keys.  Suitably sombre for the grey day and Nov. 11, I guess.  More sun and cheer next week, promise!

Friday 2 November 2012

Ruby Slippers Playlist for Nov. 3 5-6 pm.

Hey, everybody!!!

A post Halloween playlist to shiver your timbers, or at least shake you up a bit!!!

So without further it is.....

Ukelele Anthem---Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra
    (tell me this doesn't just inspire you to buy a ukelele.  I DARE you!!!)
Blonde and Blue---Headstones
Running With Insanity---Alcoholic Faith Mission
Cry Like A Ghost---Passion Pit  (do you know what the band name means? Too funny)
Ship Going Down (Let's Go! Let's Go!)---Hexes and Ohs
Body Movin'---Lo-Fi   (cool cover)
Enemy Among Us---Paper Route
Un Estado---All Of Your Friends
Spitting Image---Freelance Whales   ( I'm more of a freelance raccoon, actually)
Son Of Volare---Green Palm Radiation  (from Guelph.  Didn't get to this last week so here it is)
She's Disaster---Lovedrug
Door To Door---The Magic
How Should I (Of Known)---From East To Exit
Your Final Setting Sun--- Jason Lytle (from the band Granddaddy)

and finally, a showdown, dependent on listener feedback and time

A Tell Tale Heart---Alan Parsons Project  (ah, Edgar Allan Poe)
I Feel Free---Cream

Hope your All Hallows Eve was a blast!
Thanks for listening and see you next week!

Saturday 27 October 2012

Ruby Slippers Oct. 27 Halloween Show!

Hey everybody!!!!

Here we are, the weekend before the spookiest night of the year, when the veil is the thinnest between the worlds!   Lots of ghosts, monsters, spirits, spells and of course the afterlife!


Drunk Love---Rebekah Higgs  ( also know as Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees)
Smells Like Teen Spirit--- Winter Gloves  (Nirvana cover)
Spellwork---Austra (Young Galaxy Remix)
Strange Vacation---Quest for Fire  (Canadian psych/prog)
Run and Don't Stop---The Rocket Summer
Ain't That Cute---Moonglasses  (Guelph natives)
Criminals---The Blue Stones
When I Get Back---Handsome Furs
Museum in the Woods (demo version)---Wool and Howl (more from Guelph)
Holding You---Katie Herzig
The Afterlife---YACHT
Ropes That Way---Dirty Ghosts
Son of Volare---Green Palm Radiation
Oisin, My Bastard Brother---The High Dials
Heroes and Villians---Brian Wilson
Monster Mash---Bobby "Boris Pickett and the Crypt Kickers

Be safe out there and thanks for listening.

Saturday 20 October 2012

Membership Drive Playlist Oct. 20 5-6 pm

Hey everybody!

It's the FALL MEMBERSHIP drive, and today you can make a difference to the station!
During the show you can call in and make a donation to CIUT, tax deductible, by the way, which will go toward keeping this show and the station on the air.

For donation information please go to and please show us some love!

As for the music this week....

Here goes!

Immigrant Song    Dread Zepplin  (from the album Un-Led-ed, get it? Hmmm?)
Theophile   Tape Deck Bros.   (Torontonians)
Movement and Location     Punch Brothers
Bag O' Miracles    Eagles of Death Metal
The Kids Were Wrong    Memoryhouse
Gimme Sympathy    Metric   (you'll know this one from the commercials)
Live Forever     Run With The Kittens
Don't Touch That Dial    Paper Lions
Tripping Horses    The Russian Futurists
Ungirthed    Purity Ring  (I have played this before, but what's not to love?)

And to close our show...

Over the Rainbow    Isreal  Kamakawiwo'ole

Many thanks to DJ Nico, Alex, Talia the phone volunteers, and of course you the listener.

See you next week!

Friday 12 October 2012

Playlist for Oct. 13 5-6 pm

Hey everybody,

I know this is WAY in advance, but given that I am dashing out of the studio to make an appointment tomorrow, I thought I would post for tomorrow.  There may be some minor deviations, and I will correct them if needs be, but at the moment, this is how the show will line up.

Stillness Is The Move   Dirty Projectors
Smoke and Mirror Show   Young Galaxy
My Favorite Year   Destroyer
Vanessa Vacillating   Slow Children  (didn't actually get to this last week...)
Put Your Arms Around Me   The Hawk In Paris   (rather athemnic, but really pretty)
Say It Ain't So  Sarah Blackwood   (Weezer cover)
He Poos Clouds   Final Fantasy  (now known as Owen Pallet)
Beijing   Patrick Watson
Prophesy   Adam and the Amethysts
Weightless   City and Colour   (out of Alexisonfire)
Moonage Daydream    The Dirty Nil   (good Bowie cover)
Tough Love   Joel Plaskett Emergency
No Envy  Humble Wolf

Please remember to donate if you can to CIUT on behalf of this and other shows.
Just go to the website and click on DONATE and the rest is easy.

Thanks for listening, see you next week for the Membership Drive Show Extravaganza!

Saturday 6 October 2012

Playlist for Oct. 6 5-6 pm

Hey everyone,

It's Thanksgiving weekend and we can feel the fall in the air.  Sadly today saw the passing of one of my dearest friends and companions, and it is to his memory that I dedicate this show.
I love you Murph.

Be kind to one another.  Be thankful for those around you, and never lose sight of life's little blessings.

The Sheriff    The Strumbellas
Against The wall   Young Empires
Outlaw Blues   Queens of the Stone Age
White Days    The Lighthouse and the Whale
Too Cold   Current Swell
Big Time Sensuality  (The Fluke Remix)  Bjork
Filthy/Gorgeous   Scissor Sisters
Dude You Feel Electrical  Shout Out Out Out
The Evening Redness in the West  Deer Park
Star  Cuff The Duke
12 John/I'm Only Dancing  YT/ST
Five Years   Born Ruffians
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue   Bad Religion
Cosmic Wheels   Donovan

Thanks for listening.

Saturday 29 September 2012

Ruby Slippers Playlist for Sept. 29

Hey everybody!

It's a spectacular day in the city and I have to admit, this playlist is the bomb, just the thing to get you all juiced up for Nuit Blanche!  So...while you get your zombie on, or fuel up with dinner and a nice glass of something in preparation for the all night party, enjoy the tunes!
As always, any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Someone Keeps Moving My Chair    They Might Be Giants   (played the hell out of this tape in the car)
We like To Rock    Bidiniband
Overbiter    Say Anything
Suffragette City   The Acorn    (if you haven't yet, download the covers album at Paperbag Records)
Hunting Season   Hands and Teeth
Cold & Alcohol   Army Girls
Do Not Feed The Radio   Fiction 20 Down
Snowflakes   Ivory Drive  (Lord, I hope not yet...)
This Is The Dream of Win and Regine   Cadence Weapon and Final Fantasy
Lindsay  Elliott Brood
Crash Years   The New Pornographers
Arrows   Rah Rah   (brand spankin' new)
We Were Born the Mutants....   Of Montreal  (and oddly, this band is NOT of Montreal)
There Goes Your Corpse Again   Deadly Snakes   (so sad, they are no more)

That's it, that's all.  Thanks for listening and be safe out there tonight!

Thursday 27 September 2012

Ruby Slippers Deal of the Week

Hey everybody,
I am busy getting the show ready for Saturday, but had to share this with you.
The Canadian record company, Paperbag records, has a special FREE download to commemorate the 30th anniversary of David Bowie's iconic album "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars".

The link to this amazing and very fun offer is here:

See you Saturday, and thanks for listening to CIUT 89.5 FM!

Saturday 22 September 2012

Playlist for September 22 5-6 pm

Hey everybody,

Thank you for listening to the first official episode of the show.  As promised here is the playlist, and although it's kind of all over the place, I guarantee you will find something that will stick with you.

Summersweat   Royal Canoe  ( off of their new EP)
She's The One    Caribou
Lie Awake    Angel Snow    (a singer to watch)
Young Mothers    Sebastian Grainger
Trailblazer    The Barmitzvah Brothers
Fwoooooooosh!   Starship Experience    (sadly, now defunct)
Grey Skies    Paperback  (Not to be confused with The Paperbacks from Canada)
Anirog D9   Squarepusher
Computer      Fun 100
How Do You Ruin Me?   Black Prairie   (from their new album)
The Killing Type      Amanda Palmer and company
How Fast Is Too Fast    Orange Glass
Small Stakes    Spoon
Something I Want To Tell You    Small Faces
Television Set    Joel Plaskett Emergency
I Love My Leather Jacket    The Chills
Lil' Devil    The Cult
Firebomb    Chrome

Join me again next week, same time, same station, CIUT 89.5 FM !

Today's The Day!!! Here Comes Ruby Slippers!

Hey everybody

This is the official launch of the show, between 5-6 pm on CIUT 89.5 FM.

The website is still down, :( , but that won't stop me!

Playlist to be posted this afternoon before the start of the show.

Thanks so much for listening, and your support with the Carol B fill ins over the summer.

We can look forward to some interesting, fun, and out and out weird times ahead, so sit back, get a good drink and some snacks, and let's begin.

See you in a couple of hours!

Carol B

Monday 17 September 2012

Only Five More Sleeps

Hey everybody!

First official episode of Ruby Slippers is coming this weekend, but to keep you entertained, while the CIUT website is down  :(   here is the link to the Electric Boogaloo podcast feed.  This fun and interesting show was a mainstay on CIUT for 5 years, and despite the fact that it is no longer on the air, the music and interviews are amazing and hold up.  Never mind that my son was the host....but that's another story.

So here it is...enjoy!


See you this weekend!

Sunday 16 September 2012

Welcome to Ruby Slippers

Welcome one and all to Ruby Slippers.  Between 5 and 6pm every Saturday, we will embark together on an adventure in music spanning everything from the familiar to the unknown.  I am your host, Carol B, and invite you to send suggestions for future shows as well as comments.  You can reach me by email at, or by leaving messages on the blog after each week's playlist.
So without further ado, tap your heels three times and remember, no peaking behind the curtain!
See you soon!