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A couple recent adds to the “New Music Folder” here at the radio factory.

Leisure Cruise are the Brooklyn duo of Leah Siegal and Dave Hodge. Us proud indie rocking Canucks will know the name Dave Hodge from his work touring with Broken Social Scene .

Dave was saying the band concept for Leisure Cruise happened by accident. His original concept was writing the music and having a revolving door or co-performers and singers…but a chance meeting with Leah on a Brooklyn street had him inviting her in to write. After that first writing session they felt like they didn’t need other people.

Some blogs call Dave and Leah’s style apocalypse pop…but Leah says that is not entirely accurate in Interview Magazine; “In the news, one day I got a news alert that they found three planets that could support human life. So, at that point, I was coming over to Dave’s studio. Basically we were in the studio all the time. The idea is that leaving this planet for another one made me a lot less depressed. It was about being happy, and Dave felt the same way. Writing, we maintained that feeling. We just kept being inspired by this idea that we could leave, and it just made us feel better. It wasn’t this dark, apocalyptic emotion. The apocalypse is just positive change: change that comes out of nowhere, but change that is positive.”

The début record is out now… our radio feature cut is called “Sailing.”



The Barr Brothers are from Montreal. Right now… red hot. You’re hearing these guys on the CBC, touring nations with The War on Drugs (which makes a lot of sense), in the Montreal Gazette and even the Globe!

Their album, Sleeping Operator, is out today from Secret City Records. Our feature song on the Zone should be an easy one to slip into if you like the hazy chilled out folk style.

Go with yourself.

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I bought a new hat today.  As you can see.  Washington Nationals.  I used to love baseball as a kid, but for years now, I haven’t really followed it.  Growing up I loved the Expos and Cardinals and Mariners.  And if the Mariners are winning, I’ll pay a bit more attention.

I wanted to get a Cardinals hat, but the hat store is chronically out of my size… so today I went, “meh, I’ll get the new Expos’ team hat.”  So Nationals it is.  I looked up their stats on Wikipedia and they are terrible.  Like really dysfunctional.  Maybe this year will be their year?


I heard a really amazing song today on the TV show Hart of Dixie (don’t judge me, Coral watches it… sometimes I watch with her). At the end of today’s episode they played a song from Montreal’s Barr Brothers.  For some reason the song resonated with me and I had to look it up after the show.  The song is called “Beggar in the Morning” from their self-titled debut record.  A very perfect folky indie rock song.

The Barr Brothers – “Beggar in the Morning”

So pretty. I like the long intro the best…


Went to see Steph Macpherson on Saturday night.  Great show… Steph has just been signed by Cordova Bay Records and the party Saturday night was very jovial.  I saw my man Jason Cook drumming for Steph and it got me thinking about Jason’s old band Black Tie Social.  BTS were active in Victoria years and years ago.  I can’t really remember exactly but it was early-mid-ish 2000s.  Jason with Katie and Aidan Knight and…. hmmmm Chris?  They wrote and performed this great song call “Silver Screens” that I still fire up to this day.  I really love this song.

Black Tie Social – “Silver Screens”

Download MP3 >> 01 Silver Screens

I find the song very soothing and almost hypnotic.  I can always remember being at Lucky Bar, drunk, but a real happy drunk, and they played this song and it sounded so good.  I felt really good that night and hearing this song still makes me feel good.

Go with yourself.

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