Tuesday 29 July 2014

Ruby Slippers for August 1 7-8 pm

Hey everybody

New month, new playlist. It's been an interesting summer musically so far, and it doesn't look as if it's going to stop any time soon!
Starting with a little progressive, then into a metal cover of an old favorite, some 60's psychedelia and on and on it goes.
Come along for the ride...

The Cheese Stand Alone ... Echolyn
Man in The Mirror ... Danny Worsnop etc.
Demon Host ... Timber Timbre *
Close My Eyes ft. Esther Cote ... Exist Strategy *
Bad Co. ... The Band Apollo (new)
Omid (Hope) ... Thievery Corporation
Season Of The Witch ... Donovan
Afterlife Blues ... Fast Romantics *
Baltic ... Wintersleep *
Wipe Out! ... The Ventures
Whole Lotta Love ... Dread Zeppelin
Dead Butterflies ... Drugs In Japan *
And ... Headstones *

Ambitious? You bet. Let's see where it takes us...

And as always, thanks for listening.


Friday 25 July 2014

Ruby Slippers Addendum for tonight July 25th 7-8 pm

Hey hey, everybody...

Thought you might like to see what this Hillside thing is all about.

Check it out here... http://www.hillsidefestival.ca/

Because it takes place in a small space on a lake there is a definite limit to the number of folks who can be on the site. And because the population is limited, there is a feeling of community from the time you walk the long and winding path from the fields where you can park your car or disembark from the bus that shuttles back and forth from the centre of Guelph. There is honestly nothing to compare to the feeling of making that trek first thing in the morning with loads of other bleary eyed music lovers who have yet to sip their first organic coffees of the day. It's as if you checked your stress at the turnoff to the conservation area.
With four stages going at the same time, the biggest decisions of the weekend are what to see when, and what to eat for dinner. The food is healthy, the coffee and beer are local and organic, the dishes are rewashed and the water is brought in by truck so that there are no plastic water bottles used throughout the festival. There are drumming circles, craft workshops, a few select vendors, and change huts in case you want to have a swim during the day. Everything ends at 11 pm sharp. This little jewel of an area is surrounded by residential not far off, and good neighbours are important. Folks share sunscreen, conversation and save your place in line when you have to use the portajohns while waiting for your beer. You rarely see a cop because they are never needed. Volunteers run the thing for the most part. Artists collaborate on the fly, and it's not unusual to bump into and chat with whoever was on stage only minutes before.
Some years the weather has been brutal. Like the year it rained torrentially, and Owen Pallett refused to leave the stage until he finished (THEN they cut the power), or the year it was so hot everyone seemed to pick a stage and not leave for the day. I have seen performances that will stay with me for the rest of my life.  Make African Peanut Stew and Green Lentil Vindaloo as part of my culinary repertoire, just because it makes you feel so good inside.

Hillside is as close to perfect as a festival can be.

Hope you can make it if not this year, then in the times ahead. It's worth the trip.

Thursday 24 July 2014

Ruby Slippers Hillside Festival July 25 7-8 pm

Hey hey, everybody!

This weekend is the Hillside Festival at the Gueplh Conservation Area, considered for many to be the tiny perfect festival. Sadly, that also means many of us who would love to be there, eating vegetarian food while being surrounded by three days of non stop music, can't go because it's completely sold out.

Therefore, I have put together a playlist for the show touching on a bunch of the artists who will be there. Have left some of the more recognized bands out, but you will no doubt find new favorites as the show progresses.

So...Grab yourself some African Peanut Stew, an organic beer or two, and relax. 

Dependent (ft. Owen Pallett) ... Light Fires *
Save Charlie ... Rubblebucket
Good Day At The Races ... Hollerado *
Tokyo Summer ... Mounties *
Show Me Your Eyes ... Royal Canoe *
Donna ... Stelle Ella Ola *
New Calm Pt. 2 ... Ought *
Wait up for You (Andy Dixon remix) ... Lift x Zerbin *
Dream World (ft. Grimes0 ... majical Cloudz *
Disposable Times ... Young Galaxy *
Demons ... Red Moon Road *
Jimmy Jimmy ... Born Ruffians *
Honest Work ... Hinindar *
Bricks ... Hey Rosetta! *

Thanks for listening!


Wednesday 16 July 2014

Ruby Slippers July 18 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

As July rolls along, it's full steam ahead for drinks on the patio, lazy days and good music.
Starting off this week with a couple of throwbacks (the first one with a twist) and some tunes from folks who are currently gigging around town. Something for everyone!

What A Fool Believes (Doobie Bros cover)... Rubblebucket
F.M. ... Steely Dan
Is It A Star ... Hall & Oates
Struck By Lightening ... Tamara Williamson *
Lullaby Love ... Justin Timberlake x The Cure
Dance The Mutation ... Simply Saucer *
Avoid Obligation ... PANIC *
Rebel Force Radio ... The Soles *
Penny Water (live demo) ... Black Lady Soul *
Sleep ... Allen Stone (I know I've played this once or twice, but it's just so good)
Money Can't Buy It ... Annie Lennox
Michigan Left (Young Galaxy remix) ... The Arkells *
Devil Woman ... The Beans
Sweet Sour ... Band of Skulls

Next week, some of the line up from the Tiny Perfect Festival...Hillside in Guelph

Have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for listening.


PS bonus! Weird Al does a send up of "Happy" (with permission and love from Pharrell of course)


Wednesday 9 July 2014

Ruby Slippers Radio July 11/14

Hey everybody,

It's right and truly summer now. High humidity alternating with lovely rain (ha) and sunshine that would fry an egg. The music however is always cool, and to that end here is the playlist. Somewhat more lighthearted than some lists.
Also of note, there is a band showcase coming up next Friday and some of the artists here will be playing there (Mod Club July 19) I have marked them with an LM and will play more up and coming participants in the shows ahead this week. (Saturday fill-in 5-6 pm, next Friday July 18)

So listen up...

Through Hidden Eyes ... Guided By Senses    LM
Ready To Start (the Taylor Report theme song!) ...Arcade Fire *
Television Man ... Naomi Punk
Intertwined ... Ivory Drive
I Do A Very Fine Line In Communion Wine ... Secondhand Coffin (finally got it in) *
Ring The Bell .. Yacht (another orphan from last week)
Copying ... The Rest *
Run River Run ... Kirty *
Thank God I'm Not In Highschool ... Stephie Coplan and the Pedestrians
Ghosts ... Andrei Eremin x Fractures
Dont Lose Control ... Material
Emergency ... The Soles *
I'm Alright ... Running Violet *  LM
Lunar Express ... Outliars *  LM
Lullaby Love (mashup) ... Justin Timberlake x The Cure

PLUS perhaps a few surprises. You'll have to listen to find out.

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Ruby Slippers for July 4 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Happy July 4th for our neighbours to the south! Hope your weekend is beautiful, the fireworks spectacular and your travels safe!

Here is the playlist for the show. Listen on, MacDuff...

Chain My Name ... Polica
Seven (The Twelves remix) ... Fever Ray (disco for the those who dance)
For Those Who Stay (Young Galaxy Remix) ... PS I Love You *
Did You Forget My Name ... White Wires *
No One Knows ... Queens Of The Stone Age
Secret March ... The Wet secrets *
And I Walk ... The 6ixty8ights *
Hey Bulldog ... The Beatles
Sky (In The Name Of You) ... The Soles *
You To Believe in ... Paradise Feasrs
Death By Proxy ... Rare Monk
Chemical ... New order
Paper Girl ... July Talk *
Giant Hands ... You Say party! We Say Die! *
Twin Mirror ... Zoo Owl *
Ring The Bell ... Yacht

Ambitious list, and not all will make it to air this week. But worry not, those left behind will reappear next week!

Have tons of fun wherever you are.

And as always, thanks for listening!

* Cancon to the max