Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CFCR community radio has a new website!

It's with great pride that I present all the internetters out there with a great website to check out on a daily basis, the new and improved! will feature station news as well as record recommendations, videos, audio, interviews, charts and much, much more.

Check out the Program Schedule for information on all your favourite shows and hosts. And don't forget, you can tune in live on the internet just by clicking the "Listen Live Now" link.

I'll be getting back into the groove of posting my playlists very soon, so please check back often.

Until then, keep it tuned in to CFCR 90.5FM in Saskatoon.

- The Jay of Spades

Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!
Thursdays, 10-11pm CST (no daylight savings)
CFCR 90.5 FM, Saskatoon, SK
Channel 820 SaskTel Max

Thursday, February 4, 2010

In December of 2009, I was consumed with best-of lists, celebrating my favourite music and bands from the last year and last decade. I just realized I forgot to post the playlist from my "Best Canadian Albums of 2009" show, which aired on CFCR on December 17, 2009. I started the show off with a song from my top album of 2008, and then blazed through this year's 10 best.

Here's the playlist:

1. Mercy - Plants & Animals
2. More Blood Than Sleep (After B.C.) - Maybe Smith*
3. Steamroller - Bruce Peninsula
4. Perception - Rick White
5. Demon Host - Timber Timbre
6. Holiday - Pink Mountaintops
7. Big River - Eamon McGrath
8. Winter Hours - Deep Dark Woods*
9. I Never Sleep - Peace
10. Lost Rings - Black Feelings
11. Young Hearts Spark Fire - Japandroids
*Local Saskatoon Artist

Here's a recap of the 2009 Top 10 list, with album details:

10. Maybe Smith - Another Murder in the Morning (2009 - Sir, Handsome)*
9. Bruce Peninsula - A Mountain is a Mouth (2009 - Outside)
8. Rick White - 1-3-7 (2009 - Bluefog)
7. Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre (2009 - Arts & Crafts)
6. Pink Mountaintops - Outside Love (2009 - Jagjaguwar)
5. Eamon McGrath - 13 Songs of Whiskey & Light (2009 - White Whale)
4. Deep Dark Woods - Winter Hours (2009 - Black Hen)*
3. Peace - Slow Children (2009 - Reluctant Recordings)
2. Black Feelings - Black Feelings (2009 - Alien8 Recordings)
1. Japandroids - Post-Nothing (2009 - Unfamiliar)
*Local Saskatoon artist

It was another great year in Canadian music and there were many albums that deserve credit. Here's a list of the Honourable Mentions:

Leonard Cohen – Live in London (2009 – Columbia)
Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer (2009 – Jagjaguwar)
Feral Children – Currents (2009 – Self-Released)*
Pale Air Singers – S/T (2009 – Flemish Eye)
Octoberman – Fortresses (2009 – White Whale)
The Famines – Free Love 7” (2009 – Reluctant Recordings)
Neil Young – Fork in the Road (2009 – Reprise)
Dog Day – Concentration (2009 – Outside)
King Khan & BBQ Show – Invisible Girl (2009 – In The Red)
These Hands – Home is Everywhere (2009 – Self-Released)*
*Local Saskatoon Artist

Thanks for having a look at the Faster, Leonard list-o-rama. It's been great looking back at all this great music over the last month. Stay tuned for more new episodes of the program in the New Year.

Happy Holidays! Support your local and Canadian musicians!

- the Jay of Spades.
Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!
Thursdays, 10-11pm CST
CFCR 90.5 FM Saskatoon, SK

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December is a month full of lists and "Best of"s on Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!. As it turned out, I had trouble putting things in specific order, but it gave me a chance to look back on the last decade in Canadian music.

On the December 10th episode, I took a look at the best releases of the last decade from my home town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Whether you're from Saskatoon or not, I highly recommend checking out all of these great artists. Here's the playlist from the show (in no particular order):

1. It Don't Bother Me - The Fjords (The Fjords, 2003)
2. Street Rain - Ride Til Dawn (Hearts of Worlds Forgotten, 2009)
3. Favours for Favours - Maybe Smith (Second Best Death, 2006)
4. It Goes - soso (Birthday Songs, 2002)
5. Come Down - Vicious Crystals (Vicious Crystals, 2007)
6. Class Action Lawsuit - Junior Pantherz (Death by Life, 2005)
7. Disappear - Golden Smoke (Golden Smoke, 2007)
8. It's Fine - Feral Children (Currents, 2009)
9. Terraform Mars - Carbon Dating Service (Reliquae, 2009)
10. Nancy - Deep Dark Woods (Winter Hours, 2009)

This is not a comprehensive list by any means. There were many albums I didn't have time to play on the show.

Last week's episode was a two-hour special edition of Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!, featuring a bunch of great songs from what I consider the best Canadian albums of the year 2000s. Though I counted down the top 10, the other 40 were played in no particular order. I was having too many fights with myself trying to number everything. Who needs stupid lists anyways? PS: on next week's show, I've got another list! It's the top 10 Canadian albums of 2009!

First, here's the playlist from the two-hour special:

1. Montreal -40C - Malajube
2. Tuff Ghost - Unicorns
3. Nature of the Experiment - Tokyo Police Club
4. Clinically Dead - Chad VanGaalen
5. Little Black Heart - Atlas Strategic
6. Cadillac Rosetowne - Eamon McGrath
7. Wear 'Em Out - Mohawk Lodge
8. Sissy Blues - Deadly Snakes
9. Beautiful Girl - Mark Sultan
10. Disaster - Besnard Lakes
11. Good to See You - Neil Young
12. Sorry We Missed You - Rick White
13. Shaking Hand - Women
14. Electro Rock - Simply Saucer
15. At Least You Got the Cake - Local Rabbits
16. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - Arcade Fire
Top 10 Countdown
17. Hearts Like Bears - Maybe Smith
18. The Boys are Leaving Town - Japandroids
19. Archaeologist - Wintersleep
20. All the Money I Had is Gone - Deep Dark Woods
21. Evil Ways - Black Mountain
22. S.T.H.D. - Ladyhawk
23. Feedback in the Field - Plants & Animals
24. You Are a Runner and I am My Father's Son - Wolf Parade
25. Maybe We Should Just Go Home - Joel Plaskett

Now here's my full Top 50 list. Again, the top 10 are in rough order, but the rest are just there alphabetically. I may have cheated a bit on a few of them. Check it:

Top 10
10. Maybe Smith – Animals & Architects (2007 – Sir, Handsome)*
9. Japandroids – Post-Nothing (2009 - Unfamiliar)
8. Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky (2007 – Labwork)
7. Deep Dark Woods – Winter Hours (2009 – Black Hen)*
6. Black Mountain – In the Future (2008 – Jagjaguwar)
5. Ladyhawk – Shots (2008 – Jagjaguwar)
4. Plants & Animals – Parc Avenue (2008 – Secret City)
3. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005 – Sub Pop)
2. The Constantines – Shine a Light (2003 – Three Gut)
1. Joel Plaskett Emergency – Down at the Khyber (2001 – Brobdingnagian)

The Other 40
Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004 – Merge)
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (2007 – Merge)
Atlas Strategic – Rapture, Ye Minions! (2000 – Global Symphonic)
The Besnard Lakes – …Are The Dark Horse (2007 – Jagjaguwar/Outside)
Black Mountain – S/T (2005 – Jagjaguwar)
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot it in People (2002 – Paper Bag/Arts & Crafts)
Cadence Weapon – Breaking Kayfabe (2005 - Upper Class Recordings)
Leonard Cohen – Live in London (2009 – Columbia)
The Constantines – Tournament of Hearts (2005 – Three Gut)
Deadly Snakes – Ode to Joy (2003 – In the Red)
Deadly Snakes – Porcella (2005 – Paper Bag)
The Dears – No Cities Left (2003 – Maple Music)
Death From Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine (2004 – Vice/Last Gang)
Despistado – The People and Their Verses (2005 – Jade Tree)
Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up (2007 – Jagjaguwar/Endearing)
Fucked Up – Chemistry of Common Life (2008 – Matador)
Geronimo – Enlightenment in a Small Town (2006 – Self-Released)
Handsome Furs – Plague Park (2007 – Sub Pop)
Islands – Return to the Sea (2006 - Equator)
King Khan & BBQ Show – What’s For Dinner? (2006 – In the Red)
Local Rabbits – This Is It Here We Go (2001 - Brobdingnagian)
Malajube – Trompe L’Oeil (2006 – Dare to Care)
Eamon McGrath – 13 Songs of Whiskey & Light (2009 – White Whale)
MSTRKRFT – The Looks (2006 – Universal)
New Pornographers – Mass Romantic (2000 – Mint)
Mohawk Lodge – Wildfires (2007 – White Whale)
The Sadies – Favourite Colours (2004 – Outside)
Shad – The Old Prince (2007 – Black Box Recordings)
Simply Saucer – Cyborgs Revisited (r. 2003 – Sonic Unyon)
Stars – Heart (2003 – Paper Bag/Arts & Crafts)
Mark Sultan – Sultanic Verses (2007 – In the Red)
Telefauna – Their First EP (2005 – Self-Released)
Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson in Crime (2006 - Paper Bag)
Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? (2003 – Alien8 Recordings)
Chad VanGaalen – Infiniheart (2004 – Sub Pop/Flemish Eye)
Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane (2008 – Flemish Eye/Sub Pop)
Various Artists – Jamaica to Toronto (2006 – Light in the Attic)
Rick White – Memoreaper (2007 – Bluefog)
Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer (2008 – Sub Pop)
Women – Women (2008 – Flemish Eye/Jagjaguwar)
Neil Young – Silver & Gold (2000 – Reprise)
*Local Saskatoon Artist

Thanks for having a look at what I think is great, though I'm still mentally adding more albums to the list. Remember to tune in next Thursday to hear my Top 10 Canadian Albums of 2009! Thanks for listening, and don't take my lists as anything but my own personal opinion on music. There's just so much great Canadian music out there, it's impossible to listen to it all, especially to include on a Best-of or Favourite list like this. Enjoy!

- The Jay of Spades
Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!
Thursdays, 10-11pm CST
CFCR 90.5 FM Saskatoon, SK

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Faster Leonard is back in the blogosphere!

After a blogging hiatus, I am back with some info on upcoming episodes of Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!.

In the month of December, I will be counting down a variety of year-end lists, including my top Canadian picks of 2009, top local Saskatoon, SK picks of the past decade, and a big list of the top 50 Canadian albums of the 2000s!

I'll also be featuring picks from notable local and Canadian musicians & music critics. More info on that to come!

As I sift through the many great Canadian albums, I find myself with a renewed sense of pride towards our homegrown musical talent. Many of these albums will surely appear on best-of-the-decade lists all over the world, not just at home.

Feel free to post your own Canadian best-of lists here at the Faster Leonard blog.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you come back soon.

The Jay of Spades

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Episodes 34 & 35

Check out two weeks worth of playlists from Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!

April 30, 2009
Episode 34 - Leonard, Lightfoot & Other Legends

I was lucky enough to attend the Leonard Cohen show this past week in Saskatoon, so I thought I’d solidify the fact that I, indeed, do not hate Mr. Cohen by starting the show off with an all-Leonard set. I continued the episode with a selection of other legends of Canadian music.

Here’s the playlist:

1. First We Take Manhattan - Leonard Cohen
2. So Long, Marian - Leonard Cohen
3. Who by Fire - Leonard Cohen
4. When I was a Cowboy - Ian & Sylvia
5. Tribute to Wilf Carter - Stompin’ Tom Connors
6. All Nite Cafe - Hank Snow
7. Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
8. Get Up Jake - The Band
9. Who do you Love? - Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks
10. Shakin’ All Over - Chad Allan & the Expressions (the Guess Who)
11. Like a Hurricane (Live) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

May 7, 2009
Episode 35 - Heavy as a Fairly Heavy Thing

With the release of a documentary on Canadian metal monsters Anvil and the reissue of classic canuck album "Keep the Dogs Away" by Thor, I decided to play some bangin' heavy Canadian music this week. Though it might not have been as heavy as the show that follows mine (Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing) on CFCR, it was pretty meaty, if I do say so myself.

Here's the playlist:

1. Rock & Roll - Cripple Creek Fairies
2. Turn you out - Bionic
3. Lay Down - Priestess
4. Psychotic Retraction - C’mon
5. White Witch Woman Blues - Pride Tiger
6. Wucan - Black Mountain
7. The Switch - The New Jacobin Club*
8. Big Sleep - Golden Smoke*
9. I don’t need it - The Warbrides*
10. Bison Eyes - Quest for Fire
11. School Love - Anvil
12. Keep the Dogs Away - Thor
*Local Saskatoon Artist

To listen to the show live each week, see the info below. Also, be sure to check out our selection of world wide webbery:, and Facebook Group: Faster Leonard.

- the Jay of Spades
Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!
Thursdays, 10-11pm CST
CFCR Radio 90.5FM Saskatoon
Sasktel Max Channel 820

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Episode 33 - Best of (Your town here)

April 23, 2009
Episode 33 - Best of (Your town here)

Saskatoon’s weekly arts & entertainment magazine Planet S released their reader’s poll “Best of Saskatoon” this week, so I looked at many of the great Canadian weeklies and some of their past “Best Bands” lists:

1. All the money I had is gone - Deep Dark Woods* (Saskatoon)
2. Lorelei - United Steel Workers of Montreal (Montreal)
3. Mendoza Line (Oh Caroline) - The Dudes (Calgary)
4. Mutiny, I promise you - New Pornographers (Vancouver)
5. Relative Surplus Value - The Weakerthans (Winnipeg)
6. Betrayal Pt. 1 - Rah Rah (Regina)
7. Actors - In Flight Safety (Halifax)
8. Ontario Plates - Do Make Say Think (Toronto)
9. Oh Dead Life - Dog Day (Halifax)
10. Let it all show - The Sheepdogs* (Saskatoon)
11. Son the Father - Fucked Up (Toronto)
*Local Saskatoon Artist

Thanks for stopping by. To listen to the show live each week, see the info below. Also, be sure to check out: and Facebook Group: Faster Leonard.

- the Jay of Spades
Faster, Leonard Cohen, Die! Die!
Thursdays, 10-11pm CST
CFCR Radio 90.5FM Saskatoon
Sasktel Max Channel 820

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Billy Bob can have his gravy. And stuff it too.

Most of you will be aware of Billy Bob Thornton's ridiculously childish tirade on live CBC radio last week (if you haven't seen it, click here).

BBT didn't want to talk about movies. Fine. However, there is almost no way anyone would have heard/heard of/give a rat's ass about this band if it didn't contain a certain jackass that people know from movies. If he doesn't realise that, or has somehow convinced himself that such is the case, it just furthers the idea that he is not quite right in his thinking parts. And really, (CBC host) Jian Ghomeshi, who, by the way, handled himself like a pro, didn't really ASK him much about being an actor. He merely put into context the sole reason for this band to be on his show.

The suggestion that The Boxmasters are registering some sort of exciting new sound to the rabid masses is a complete farce, what with it having been done for decades. And sure, there's something to be said for revivalism in music, but who does (enter prefix here)billy music better than The Sadies? They have been doing this for over a decade. Now, where do those boys come from? Hmmmm.. Oh right. Canada.

How's that for gravy, Billy Bob?

That's all the ranting I have for now. Tune in next time, when I tear into Fox News for dissing Canada's military. Actually, making fun of Fox News might be redundant in itself. But you wait, I'll find something incendiary that someone said about Canada.. somewhere.

- the Jay of Spades