Heat Wave in September Open Mike

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Mississauga Phil


Is anyone else in an inexplicable good mood today??

I guess I just woke up on the right side of the bed or something, but today feels like it's gonna be a good one!

September 10, 2013 @ 9:24 AM

Al The Royal Pain

My band's summer of shows has come to an and what a summer it's been. Now we're taking a brief break while I await the birth of my daughter. I'm 38 years old, my one and only son is 6 and I'm about to start it all over again with a newborn...not sure what I was thinking there.

September 10, 2013 @ 9:43 AM

Ryan G

I'm generally digging the music on Indie 88, but I find they're repeating some songs a bit much, notably that song that sounds like a Buddy Holly single, and the guy that sounds like Cookie Monster ("pa-pa-pa-paper girl!")

I also find the morning show is trying a bit too hard, and they're repeating the same bits a little much - i realize there's a dearth of advertisers and they need to fill time, but stop telling me to call them for silly reasons. I'm not twelve and don't need to hear my voice on the radio. Plus, I would think the average Indie listener is unlike the average CHFI/Boom listener - probably a little more cynical and less likely to get excited by calling a radio station.

I'd also like them to throw the net a little wider with the so-called classic alternative. There were other good bands back then other than Clash, REM and the Cure.

I'd say the strongest announcer I've heard is Raina. Special mention must go to old CFNY'r Don Berns who guested on their something something of Thrones or whatever it's called, where he intro'd the station as "Indie 108". Classic!

September 10, 2013 @ 9:46 AM


I have a question: Does anyone still use a club (the anti-theft device for your car)?

There's a guy on my street who still uses one - and here's the best part, its for his 1999(?) Chevy Sunfire. I want to ask him "are you effing kidding me? Who the hell would steal that piece of shite?"

September 10, 2013 @ 9:53 AM

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@Ryan G

We had a lengthy conversation about Indie88 during yesterday's podcast: http://www.torontomike.com/2013/09/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_50.html

My buddy Andrew agrees with you about the repetition... and that cookie monster song is July Talk, but I always think he's trying to do a Tom Waits impression. It's a good tune, though.

I haven't heard the morning show yet... I did hear Raina and she sounds pretty solid.

September 10, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

Ryan G

@Toronto Mike.

ah yea july talk. Also, The "Buddy Holly" song is called Lighting Bolt by Jake Bugg, and there's also a song called High School Lover that seems to have been recorded by Beck's doppelganger.

So overall, i know they're still working on their sound, but I prefer Indie 88 head over tails over the Edge. At least i'm not hearing screaming shite like Monster Truck - man I hate that sound. Fortunately i haven't heard Nirvana's SLTS (not to say it hasn't been played..i just haven't heard it) or a single U2 track, which is fine since they've just been simply overplayed over the years on every radio station on the planet.

September 10, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

Jason C

Ouch, The Hip never miss the mark like this...

September 10, 2013 @ 10:17 AM

Blind Dave

Nice, cool autumn day here so far. Should be early 20s as a max later on.

And for whatever reason, I'm in an inexplicably cranky mood today. Very unusual for me. Maybe I'm coming down with something.

September 10, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Blind Dave - Sorry man, maybe I stole your good vibes today or something.

On the indie 88 front. Half the time all i get is static when i turn it on. I work out in Oakville...is anyone else in the western 'burbs having this problem?

September 10, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Jason - Every Band that has longevity like the Hip do eventually reach a point where the fans don't want new music out of them, Especially at the live shows. When you have an iconic catalog like the Hip do, fans don't shell out $50-$60+ to hear the new stuff, they want to hear the songs they love. So put out albums for the hard liners who will buy everything you make, but keep the hits coming at the shows

I remember in the early 90s when the Stones came out with the Bridges to Babylon album. My uncle (who saw the stones in their heyday) shelled out $1000 for he and my Aunt to sit front row at Maple Leaf Gardens, and they played the entire new album, with a bunch of mash-ups of their hits.


....My uncle walked out in disgust before the show was over....

September 10, 2013 @ 10:35 AM


I believe today to be of some sort of significance to followers of the Cult of Apple.

I actually find the obsession people have for those products to be completely creepy. But I guess it really isn't anything new. I vaguely recall idiot parents lining up to buy shoes for their kids in the 90s.

September 10, 2013 @ 10:53 AM

Jason from Sudburuy

So looks like Jim Lang has moved on from the morning show at the fan. Brady addressed it this morning just before the end of the show.

As for Monster Truck I don't mind them. Almost went to see them live here at Summerfest a few weeks ago till something else came up.

I also think I'm coming down with something. Not much of a cough though just congested. I'm actually wondering if it's not just alergies although I don't have any to my knowledge.

September 10, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

4x4 Time

I got a flat tire in Nashville last week, and got it fixed at Walmart at 11:00 at night. The guy hands me the bill and I say "You have to be kidding me!"...He starts apologizing telling me everything they had to do, thinking I was complaining. The bill came to $10.28!...Insane.

September 10, 2013 @ 12:44 PM


Apart from not feeling well enough to go in to the office and possibly infect my co-workers with whatever hit me overnight, today's a pretty good day. A walk with my dog, Buster, certainly did not hurt. I live down by the lake in Ajax. The sky ran the spectrum of colour from blue in the south to an almost ominous dark gray-blue in the north earlier. It was actually rather nice to look at.

Indie88 - I'm on the "I like it" side. They are still looking for their sound, but it's absolutely my first choice on FM. Picking up on the living by the lake in Ajax, when I walk the handful of blocks to the lake, I can see the CN Tower and First Canadian Place, where nearly all of Toronto's FM stations broadcast from. Indie88 is on FCP with 532 watts. Obviously it's the latter that is the root of reception issues for radio listeners. CIND applied for, and got, the exact same power and height parameters that CKLN had. Getting more power will solve a lot, but CHES in Erin is there now, having moved in 2010 from 101.5. 250 watts at 63m height above average terrain isn't going to get out much, but any power increase for CIND is going to cause issues for Erin. I suspect that Central Ontario Radio will have to pay for Erin to move to another frequency if CIND is going to get any more power. Take into account Penetanguishene on 88.1, as well as a station in the Rochester area, and it might be a while before CIND gets a power increase. Until that power increase happens, I like having Indie88 as the "alternative" to listen to in Toronto.

People who are not within even the old city of Toronto have reported hearing both the French from Penetanguishene and the religious programming from Rochester on 88.1. It's not just 88.1 - I can be in the lakefront park of my subdivision, looking at downtown Toronto, and receive WBEE Rochester instead of CKIS on 92.5. CKIS "only" has 4,700 watts. I had to chuckle a couple of summers ago when I overheard my neighbour's teenage daughter complain to her father that her radio was broken - because she was hearing country music instead of Kiss (not the group).

September 10, 2013 @ 12:55 PM

Dawn Keibals

I really miss the GOODYEAR time & temperature board being dark at Kipling & Horner. I think it has been there my entire life. When they gassed the Shell (It will never be the boliva tower to me) tower at the EX that was one thing but now the GOODYEAR sign. Things just ain't right anymore !!

September 10, 2013 @ 1:04 PM


I love sports but I hate when the regular season bleeds into each other.
The pennant races in baseball are heating up just as training camp opens for hockey, the NFL is starting, and the CFL is getting interesting.
It doesn't matter the sport the regular season for each of them are waaaay too long. I doubt we'd miss 20 baseball basketball, or hockey games.

September 10, 2013 @ 1:29 PM


@Douglas 12:55
I started to miss fm 88.3, a Buffalo area Family Life music station. It was clearly not anyone's grandmother's gospel rock. Great modern rock sounds, Jesus for every Lyric however. It would be nice if today's Christian rock had a Sunday morning home in the Toronto market.

@ Dawn Keibals 13:04
I really miss the Dominion Tower at the 427 highway and Dundas. Metro (and its replacement tower) just isn't the same. I must have passed that big swirlly letter D 40 times a year (away and return) as a kid travelling to a seasonal trailer park.

September 10, 2013 @ 1:32 PM

Jason from Sudbury

For the longest time you used to be able to pick up HTZ FM in Barrie depending on where you were till Wasaga Beach got their own station at 97.7.

September 10, 2013 @ 1:38 PM

Jason from Sudbury

For the longest time you used to be able to pick up HTZ FM in Barrie depending on where you were till Wasaga Beach got their own station at 97.7.

September 10, 2013 @ 1:39 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Sorry for the double post...

September 10, 2013 @ 1:40 PM


The only post worth reading today is Argie's.
Can we all not get over this 88.1 thing, they are going to do and play whatever they want, let's move on.
And Argie, I don't know anyone who uses those stupid club things.

September 10, 2013 @ 1:59 PM


Thanks, Speyside!

I have to agree, all of this 88.1 talk is a bit much. Either listen or don't. Do I have to post something confrontational to change the focus here???

September 10, 2013 @ 2:14 PM

Sam in Pickering

I still don't care about TIFF. Julia Roberts could bump into me at Starbucks and I wouldn't give a rat's ass.

September 10, 2013 @ 2:16 PM

Al Reda

I disagree with Speyside. The comments today are pretty interesting, and not just about 88.1.

September 10, 2013 @ 2:20 PM


Double thumb's up to Argie's first post.

September 10, 2013 @ 2:31 PM

Lyle Lanley

I haven't posted in a while, but I've been reading.

Toronto Mike, thank you for hosting the best independent blog in the city.

That's it!

September 10, 2013 @ 2:51 PM

4x4 Time

Since when was “Captain John’s” an “Icon of the city”? The place has been mothballed, and is a rusting eyesore. The dude that owns it apparently owes a ton in back taxes, water bills, harbor fees, and who knows what else, and is claiming to chain himself to his boat and will not leave. He says “I’d like to walk off the ship after ... 43 years with dignity not like a dog.”…Jeez…..

September 10, 2013 @ 3:22 PM


@Argie - one of the guys I work with and carpool with has three Clubs for his three cars - all of which are over 10 years old.

Some people really like their cars I guess!


September 10, 2013 @ 3:35 PM


I was at Cat. johns a couple times in the 80's and it was a lotta fun, good food , drinks etc.
The times just out grew it, and the owner couldn't accept that.
Love is blind.

September 10, 2013 @ 3:38 PM


Well, it is hot. I don't mind it except I can't work out outside very much anyway if it's hot like this. Oh well, otherwise heat is okay. Better than snow, that's for sure.

Well, I'm ready for hockey, more than ready for hockey. I don't care about baseball playoffs. It's boring. Bring on hockey. Good thing curling started. I just hope my trainer will do better next time.

September 10, 2013 @ 4:49 PM



I very surprised you didn't mention your friend Smitherman's husband is missing.

September 10, 2013 @ 5:39 PM


I'm just curious, if he is the husband of Smitherman, does that make George the wife, or are they both husbands.
Again, just wondering .

September 10, 2013 @ 6:05 PM

twins from bolton

Tomorrow is the 12th anniversary for 9/11.

I'm sure Mike will reflect with a post as a difficult day for everyone & especially my kids at school in grade 6 at elementary school. 1 of my sons asked me when I got home from work was "why".
Dad & Mom didn't have an answer as was something that happened "why" again. Now we know.


September 10, 2013 @ 7:45 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I'm enjoying the Indie 88 buzz/talk. Beats talking about Justin Trudeau or Rob Ford for the moment.
@4x4 Time, you caught a good break, at least it wasn't in Atlanta you were looking at 11PM for a tire repair.
@Argie. Most petty thieves and repo guys know how to defeat the Club, it isn't even piece of mid insurance to have. Most guys i know with any type of high performance car worth stealing have fuel pump disablers etc. that only a pro could possibly bypass. If they really want it, they will tow it.

September 10, 2013 @ 8:01 PM


@Argie...because they're easy to steal, inconspicuous to police for joy riding or just using the car for a while...no professional car thief is going steal this car, and put it in a shipping container for Dubai or chop it up for parts...its just an easy target for amateurs. Its not a great theft deterrent, but it helps. If your a senior on a fixed income, you are probably not investing in a high end paging alarm system, this is the next best thing.

September 10, 2013 @ 8:47 PM


Another Indie 88 post....I was excited about this station but it seems that they program themselves the same way as every other station. Their playlist may be better, but the patterns of repetition are exactly the same. I'm guessing that there is a computer program that spews out a playlist of songs that are fed into it.

Too bad...I was trying really hard to like this station, but it is too repetitive. (not to mention the horrible radio edits)

September 11, 2013 @ 8:13 AM


@Digger I was thinking that as well. trying to stop the joy riders.
@ Al the royal pain. Congrats on the new baby and on being in a band! i'm jamming with some friends now after finally learning or should i say starting to learn to play guitar at 47 and we hope to do some gigs sometime in the non specific future :)
@Ryan I quite like Monster Truck although in moderate doses. Maybe because I'm so old and they remind me of good hard rock bands from the 70's I grew up with?

I barely listen to the radio so I have no idea just what indie 88 is all about. Maybe I'll give it a try..

September 11, 2013 @ 9:34 AM


I had to chuckle listening to Obama's speech last night. he went on at length how evil the current regime in Syria is. Ok, no argument there - but the funny part was when he described the opposition as "moderate". He's either grossly misinformed or a complete idiot.

If Obie is so keen on bombing someone, he should start with the said "moderate" opposition.

September 11, 2013 @ 11:26 AM


Ugh more Humble 9/11 conspiracy talk.

September 11, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

Jason from Sudbury

I commented yesterday about Jim Lang moving on from the Fan's morning show. Looks like he may have gotten canned from what I found on Google. Wonder what the hell happened there. Brady should've been the one fired imo.

September 11, 2013 @ 12:32 PM


@markosaar - I'm starting to worry about Humble's state of mind. The other day he seemed to be seriously entertaining the "story" about a research scientist finding a microchip inside Napoleon Bonaparte's skull. I'd have to believe the ramifications of discovering alien technology in a 200 year old skull would generate a lot more attention across scientific and religious communities, instead of appearing in the Weekly World News.

September 11, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

Al The Royal Pain


Thanks man and good luck with your band and kudos for not letting something like age stop you from starting something new! It's the best thing I've done for myself in a long while (starting a band). I can't believe I went so long without playing any music. It's a great stress reliever and a ton of fun.

September 11, 2013 @ 1:25 PM


@Corey holy shit I forgot about that. I think at the time I just dismissed it as idle amusement, but yeah, something about the way he talked about it was troublesome.

The whole building 7 collapsing conspiracy is so ridiculous too. "HOW DID IT SUDDENLY COLLAPSE EIGHT HOURS LATER??" The building had been on fire all fucking day long, after one of the twin towers damaged it. It's not hard to figure out. At least, it's a much larger leap to ... CONSPIRACY! It even visibly started bulging as supports gave way, which is why firefighters were evacuated from it.

September 11, 2013 @ 1:25 PM


Mark and Corey. I said the Bonapart thing was probs fake but I wanted it to be true. As for building 7 a lot of people believe there was something strange tings taking place.

September 11, 2013 @ 3:53 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Read 9/11 Conspiracy Theories - Debunking the Myths from Popular Mechanics and you'll stop questioning what happened to building 7.

It's here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/architecture/911-myths

September 11, 2013 @ 5:31 PM


Well, that's not good that George Smitherman's husband is missing. I wonder why he left him anyway. Well, 911 was a bad time for me. Nobody told me anything. The office was talking in whispers. I had no idea what went on until I got home. then I heard all about it. I was still going out to work then. At least I don't have to go out to work anymore as I work at home.

September 11, 2013 @ 5:48 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


George Smitherman's husband has been found alive.

September 11, 2013 @ 5:53 PM


@Howard -
You've mentioned before that you tend to get drawn in to the 9/11 stuff. I get it, even though I disagree. But honestly, about the Napoleon thing, I was expecting you to say,"How bat-shit crazy would you have to be to believe this?"

September 11, 2013 @ 6:00 PM


None of the 9/11 conspiracy kooks have ever explained how the FIRST World Trade Center bombings in 1993 figure into their narrative.

Was that an inside job too?


September 11, 2013 @ 6:15 PM


@Jason from Sudbury

I am not a Brady fan at all. He tries to be funny but he isn't (ends up just sounding mean spirited), and he just doesn't do sarcasm very well. I think he'd be fine with his own show talking serious sports during the day or at night, but he just doesn't have the personality for what he's trying to be. Lang seemed a bit of an easy target for Brady, and he took advantage of it, which also came across as mean spirited.

590 just can't seem to solve the morning show thing.

September 11, 2013 @ 7:01 PM


@Anon&on and Jason

I always liked Landry and Stellick in the morning on The Fan. Brady sounds like he still wishes he was in Michigan and he really is not that funny at all.

September 11, 2013 @ 9:26 PM


That's funny, I deleted a part of my comment before posting about Brady wishing he was in the US.

September 11, 2013 @ 9:34 PM


Cory i agree. What I did say is it's probably not true but I'd like to believe it. I also believe that "bat shit crazy" is one of my favourite types of crazy:)

September 12, 2013 @ 6:17 AM


I remember a few years ago Freddie going on and on about how the Royal family were responsible for Princess Di's crash and death.

I'm no fan of that family but I can't see it.

September 12, 2013 @ 9:31 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: Yeah you can throw the planned death of Di by the royal family in with the people who think Elvis is still running around eating Banana and peanut butter sandwhiches.

September 12, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Ben - But...didn't your know..Elvis, Kurt Cobain, Biggie & Tupac are all on the same Cayman Island laughing at the rest of us and recording post-humus albums...

Jeez..I thought everyone knew that :)

September 12, 2013 @ 10:35 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Just like Cliff Burton and Jeff Hanneman are recording a wicked album.

lol I wish. It would probably kick ass though.

September 12, 2013 @ 10:41 AM


that's good George Smitherman's husband is still alive. Anyway, Friday the 13th tomorrow. Let's hope nothing bad happens. Well, Detroit is at my Cardinals on Sunday. Hopefully my Cardinals can win. That would be really good. they better not blow it again.

September 12, 2013 @ 5:56 PM

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