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Edgefest 2009 Recap

EdgefestI just spent 9 hours on my feet in the mud bowl better known as Downsview Park taking in Edgefest 2009. It was a whole lot of fun. Here are some brief thoughts on the bands I saw.

The Arkells
Hamilton's Arkells were playing when we arrived, so I missed the first couple of songs. They closed out with their two radio hits, and showed a great deal of promise. I'll be keeping my good eye on these guys.

The Stills
Although they didn't play "Still in Love Song", a personal favourite, the set was solid and I dug 'em, even though it rained throughout. This Montreal band recently won the Juno for Best Alternative Album of the Year.

k-os
The rain stopped for k-os, and the sun almost shone. He added some much appreciated hip-hop flavour to Edgefest, and killed with hits "Sunday Morning" and "Man I Used to Be." This was my 3rd favourite set of the night.

Metric
Emily Haines is a rock goddess. The set was tight, full of hits and future hits, and a couple of strong and smart monologues from Haines. My buddy, previously lukewarm on this band, is now converted. It was my 2nd favourite set of the night.

Alexisonfire
I enjoyed Alexisonfire live more than I thought I would. They're a wall of noise with lots of screaming, but there's often melody in there somewhere and they've got three guys with three different rock scream styles. It was a fun set, but I was distracted a little by the massive mud slide to my left.

AFI
AFI was the only American act on the big stage, and if we were going to import an act, as they did last year with Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park, why AFI? Seriously, I tried guys... but they're Matchbox 20 to my ears, without the sing-along numbers. Maybe it's the guy's voice I don't like. Admittedly, Miss Murder is a decent song, but everything else bored me.

Billy Talent
I've always liked Billy Talent, but I'd never seen them live. They blew me away. Hit laden, adrenaline charged and frenetic. They played every radio hit in their repertoire and crowd-pleased the shit out of us. They were fantastic, and worthy of a headlining spot.

Tomorrow I'll write about the mud slide. I've got photos and videos from Edgefest 2009 here. Here's my Edgefest 2008 recap and my Edgefest 2003 recap, if you're interested.

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Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Underground

cdI rarely do this, but I'm in love with a 4-disc compilation I just borrowed entitled "Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Underground". It's all the best stuff we heard on CFNY in the 80s. Seriously, if you find yourself missing the spirit of radio, you have to hear this.

How awesome is the song selection? Check this out and tell me it's not the coolest.

Disc 1

1. R.E.M. - "Radio Free Europe" - 4:06
2. The Jam - "Going Underground" - 2:56
3. The Cure - "A Forest" - 4:55
4. Dead Kennedys - "Holiday in Cambodia" - 4:39
5. The Passions - "I'm in Love With a German Film Star" - 4:01
6. The Replacements - "I Will Dare" - 3:19
7. Mission of Burma - "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" - 3:53
8. X - "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene" - 2:50
9. The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Just Like Honey" - 3:02
10. Depeche Mode - "Black Celebration" - 4:53
11. Dream Syndicate - "Tell Me When It's Over" - 3:33
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Hollywood (Africa)" - 5:03
13. New Order - "Temptation" - 5:44
14. Japan - "Ghosts" - 4:32
15. Magazine - "A Song From Under the Floorboards" - 4:11
16. Aztec Camera - "Oblivious" - 3:12
17. Hüsker Dü - "Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely" - 3:32
18. Black Flag - "Rise Above" - 2:26
19. Wall of Voodoo - "Back in Flesh" - 3:43
20. The Go-Betweens - "Cattle and Cane" - 4:01

Disc 2

1. The Pretenders - "Message of Love" - 3:26
2. Ultravox - "Vienna" - 4:40
3. Dinosaur Jr. - "Freak Scene" - 3:37
4. The Smiths - "This Charming Man" - 2:44
5. Ministry - "Stigmata" - 5:45
6. Lone Justice - "Ways to Be Wicked" - 3:26
7. Killing Joke - "Wardance" - 3:47
8. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - "Enola Gay" - 3:32
9. The English Beat - "Mirror in the Bathroom" - 3:08
10. The Raincoats - "Fairytale in the Supermarket" - 3:00
11. The Smithereens - "Behind the Wall of Sleep" - 3:24
12. Minutemen - "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" - 1:32
13. Dead Milkmen - "Punk Rock Girl" - 2:39
14. Concrete Blonde - "Still In Hollywood" - 3:45
15. Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart" - 3:27
16. Violent Femmes - "Blister in the Sun" - 2:26
17. Meat Puppets - "Lake of Fire" - 2:00
18. The DB's - "Amplifier" - 3:08
19. Prefab Sprout - "When Love Breaks Down" - 3:46
20. The Cramps - "Goo Goo Muck" - 3:07
21. The Sisters of Mercy - "This Corrosion" - 8:59
22. XTC - "Senses Working Overtime" - 4:36

Disc 3

1. Echo & the Bunnymen - "The Cutter" - 3:55
2. Bad Brains - "Pay to Cum!" - 1:28
3. The Sugarcubes - "Birthday" - 3:59
4. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - "Madonna of the Wasps" - 3:07
5. Faith No More - "We Care a Lot" - 4:05
6. Sonic Youth - "Teen Age Riot" - 6:58
7. Gang of Four - "To Hell With Poverty" - 3:28
8. The Feelies - "Fa Cé-La" - 2:03
9. They Might Be Giants - "Ana Ng" - 3:21
10. The Chameleons UK - "Swamp Thing" - 6:00
11. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - "The Mercy Seat" - 5:12
12. Rain Parade - "I Look Around" - 3:07
13. The Psychedelic Furs - "All That Money Wants" - 3:52
14. The Church - "Under the Milky Way" - 4:59
15. Public Image Ltd. - "Rise" - 6:08
16. Love and Rockets - "Kundalini Express" - 5:51
17. Green on Red - "Gravity Talks" - 2:34
18. Throbbing Gristle - "Adrenalin" - 3:58
19. The Stone Roses - "She Bangs the Drums" - 3:45

Disc 4

1. Pixies - "Monkey Gone to Heaven" - 2:56
2. The The - "Uncertain Smile" - 4:54
3. Bauhaus - "Bela Lugosi's Dead" - 9:34
4. Siouxsie & the Banshees - "Christine" - 2:59
5. Minor Threat - "Straight Edge" - 0:46
6. Lyres - "I Want to Help You Ann" - 2:30
7. Beat Happening - "Our Secret" - 2:48
8. Jane's Addiction - "Jane Says" - 4:53
9. Julian Cope - "World Shut Your Mouth" - 3:34
10. Kate Bush - "Running Up That Hill" - 5:00
11. The Gun Club - "Sex Beat" - 2:48
12. Camper Van Beethoven - "Take the Skinheads Bowling" - 2:30
13. Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized" - 3:49
14. Cocteau Twins - "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" - 4:11
15. Happy Mondays - "24 Hour Party People" - 4:38
16. Hoodoo Gurus - "I Want You Back" - 3:11
17. Descendents - "Surburban Home" - 1:42
18. The Pogues - "A Pair of Brown Eyes" - 4:53
19. The Three O'Clock - "Jet Fighter" - 3:27
20. Butthole Surfers - "Moving to Florida" - 4:31
21. Billy Bragg - "A New England" - 2:13

I'm playing all 82 tracks like crazy. Buy this now for someone you truly care about.

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Edge 102 Bands / Artists Played in the Past 7 Hours

musicIt seems the most popular entries around these parts lately have been about Toronto radio. It started when Martin Streek and Barry Taylor were fired at Edge 102, continued when I wrote about the problem with Jack FM and culminated in the birth of Kiss 92 where Jack once broadcast. All three entries seemed to bring out the commenters.

I've mentioned I actually liked the music mix at Jack. I also really like the music mix at Edge 102. I listened to a lot of Edge 102 today, in the shower, in the car running a few errands and even on the ol' home stereo. I was digging the playlist, pleased with just about every tune I heard during this Double Shot weekend.

For the heck of it, here are the artists played on 102.1 the Edge between noon and 7pm today. Beside each band / artist, I'm putting a YES to indicate I really like the choice, a NO to indicate I really don't like the selection and an OK if I can take them or leave them.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS YES
ALEXISONFIRE OK
NINE INCH NAILS YES
BILLY TALENT YES
RADIOHEAD YES
PEARL JAM YES
FRANZ FERDINAND YES
LINKIN PARK YES
KINGS OF LEON YES
FOO FIGHTERS YES
METRIC YES
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS YES
EMINEM YES
GREEN DAY YES
NIRVANA YES
MGMT YES
SILVERSUN PICKUPS YES
SUBLIME YES
BILLY TALENT YES
COLDPLAY YES
SLOAN YES
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS YES
GREEN DAY YES
FRANZ FERDINAND YES
WEEZER YES
LINKIN PARK YES
KILLERS YES
THE TRAGICALLY HIP YES
GREEN DAY YES
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS YES
COLDPLAY YES
FOO FIGHTERS YES
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL YES
OUR LADY PEACE YES
YEAH YEAH YEAHS YES
BEASTIE BOYS YES
BILLY TALENT YES
WEEZER YES
CITY AND COLOUR YES
FRANZ FERDINAND YES
PEARL JAM YES
METRIC YES
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS YES
NIRVANA YES
NICKELBACK NO

I gave a YES to a resounding 95.5% of the bands I heard. Only 2% of the bands got a NO. That's pretty awesome, so what's the problem? The problem, according to this 7 hour snapshot, is repetition.

Only 30 of these bands are unique, or 66.7%. In fact, Billy Talent, Franz Ferdinand and Red Hot Chili Peppers each appeared in three different sets during this seven hour span. Considering every band is played back-to-back during Double Shot weekend, that's six songs from each band, which seems highly unnecessary.

102.1 the Edge is playing songs I want to hear, they're just repeating themselves more often than I'd like. But considering the current state of radio in this city, I'm just glad they haven't gone country... yet.

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Humble and Fred's 20th Anniversary Podcast of Memories

PodcastBack on May 2, 2009, a bunch of us old time Humble and Fred fans got together at a Toronto pub to witness the recording of the 20th Anniversary Podcast of Memories.

And lo and behold, here it is! It's a couple of hours long, and over 100MB, so be gentle. The home page for this podcast, should you want to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or stream the MP3, is https://www.torontomike.com/humbleandfred/.

Enjoy!

Thanks to Acme Pictures for donating the web space and Dan Duran for producing the audio. Oh yeah, and thanks to Humble and Fred for two hours of great radio audio.

If you have any questions or issues playing this audio, leave a comment below and I'll get on it.

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Martin Streek Out At Edge 102.1 / CFNY

radioI listened to CFNY (Edge 102) throughout the 90s. It was my favourite radio station, not just for the tunes but for the personalities. I can't remember a time at 102 before Martin Streek.

Martin Streek always seemed to be there, hosting the Thursday 30 and live-to-air broadcasts from various Toronto clubs. Now I've learnt from @scroll on Twitter that he's been fired.

The first thing I did when I heard the news was visit his profile page on EDGE.ca. It's been removed. Here's the cached version from Google.

Streek

I then shot over to the Wikipedia write-up about Streek, and there's no word there on the firing. Here's what I did find:

Martin Streek is another of the three remaining personalities from the "Spirit of Radio" era. He currently hosts the Thursday 30, a four hour long show that counts down the top 30 songs of the past week (collected via record sales and listener voting), as well as introduces new music (a segment called the "Groundbreakers"), and flashes back to a previous year's countdown, as Streek recalls the top five songs of that week in a certain previous year.

Streek also hosts two live-to-air broadcasts from nightclubs: Saturday nights at the Phoenix and Sunday nights at Velvet Underground, both in downtown Toronto. Both shows run from 9:00 PM until 2:00 AM, and are broadcast without interruption (i.e., commercial-free), except for live ads imploring people to visit the club, after about 10:00 p.m.. Martin is also a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Depeche Mode and The Clash.

Martin has been voted DJ of the year a few times in Now Magazine's year-end public ballot.

Just recently he had to have his appendix removed surgically; he has recovered and is doing well.

Martin Streek, if you're out there, let us know where you're at. You've been a familiar voice over Toronto airwaves for about 20 years and you'll be missed.

Update: I see another name missing from the personalities line-up. Barry Taylor is also missing and his page at Edge.ca has been removed. Can someone shed some light on the disappearance of Barry Taylor and lifelong CFNYer Martin Streek?

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Edgefest 2009 Lineup Unveiled

Edgefest 2009Last summer, I attended Edgefest for the first time in five years. Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Sam Roberts and others offered the motivation. As you'll read in my recap, I had a blast at Downsview Park that July afternoon.

This morning, the gang at Edge 102 unveiled the lineup for this year's Edgefest. Here are the bands performing at Downsview Park on June 20, 2009.

  • Billy Talent
  • AFI
  • Alexisonfire
  • Metric
  • K-OS
  • The Stills
  • Arkells
  • Beast
  • Clothes Make the Man
  • Dean Lickyer
  • Dinosaur Bones
  • Flash Lightnin'
  • La Casa Muerte
  • The Midway State
  • Moneen
  • Still Life Still
  • The Waking Eyes

It's not bad... I'd attend for the right price.

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Exploring Explore Music

CorusCorus Radio is heavily promoting ExploreMusic, "a new web and radio service dedicated exclusively to music discovery." From the ExploreMusic About page.

By leveraging the success of Canada's top two music documentary radio features - The Ongoing History of New Music and The Legends of Classic Rock - ExploreMusic features the latest music news and opinion, interviews with established and emerging artists, behind-the-scenes information, technology and a host of other music-related topics. We combine the power and reach of radio with the unlimited potential of the internet, connecting rock fans with music and each other.

The host is Alan Cross, former PD at CFNY and longtime host of The Ongoing History of New Music. What I liked about Alan Cross when he was program director for Edge 102 is how responsive he was to my questions and even when I'd call him out on for selling out. The new PD doesn't reply to my emails....

Because I like Alan, and because I like exploring new music, today I decided to explore ExploreMusic. There are good things and things that are less than thrilling.

On the positive side, I like the convergence of radio the web here. You can listen to the show in the Corus Radio Network and hit up the web for additional show notes and to hear the tunes Alan Cross talks about. Radio has to tap into the web in order to survive.

I also like the spirit. There are indie tracks, mainstream tracks, new tracks and old tracks. It's just a bunch of music, interesting facts about the industry and tid-bits any music fan would be interested in.

On the negative side, it seems unfinished. With Corus behind the project, you'd expect more. Instead of a financed branch of a major media company, it feels more like something I'd throw together in a weekend. The blog isn't really a blog, as there's no permalinks, comments or RSS feed, and hearing the tunes requires you click through to MySpace, YouTube or whatever. It just seems awfully home made.

Hey Alan, add an RSS feed so I can follow your notes and lists in Google Reader. The "5 Songs Ya Gotta Hear Today" is a cool idea, I just want you to push them to me. And tell CFNY's new PD to reply to my emails!

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Revisiting the 102.1 The Edge Playlist

Radio Last June, I took a closer look at the Edge 102.1 playlist. I was curious how many different songs were in rotation at CFNY. While I was crunching the numbers, I assigned each song a label: New, Recent or Classic Alternative.

A comment from egerton on my 102.1 The Edge's top 102 songs of 2008 entry piqued my interest. Egerton said they "put a whack of '80s and '90s songs back in rotation." A visit to the 102.1 the Edge playlist page did reveal a lot of 90s music, so I took every song they played today and did a little analysis.

New: I labelled a song new if it was new to the playlist in 2008. Yes, I was pretty generous with this label.

Recent: I created this category to cover songs that aren't exactly Classic Alternative but also aren't new. Songs less than five years old were labelled as "recent".

Classic Alternative: This covers the "golden oldies" CFNY likes to play. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, U2, Beastie Boys, STP, etc. Songs older than five years, essentially.

Here are the songs with their assigned labels. After the chart, I'll hit you up with some stats.

2:38 PM "YELLOW" - COLDPLAY CLASSIC ALT
2:35 PM "LOST!" - COLDPLAY NEW
2:31 PM "TURN YOUR BACK" - BILLY TALENT FEAT. ANTI-FLAG NEW
2:27 PM "TRY HONESTY" - BILLY TALENT RECENT
2:22 PM "MAN IN THE BOX" - ALICE IN CHAINS CLASSIC ALT
2:19 PM "WOULD" - ALICE IN CHAINS CLASSIC ALT
2:11 PM "LITTLE BONES" - THE TRAGICALLY HIP CLASSIC ALT
2:07 PM "BLOW AT HIGH DOUGH" - THE TRAGICALLY HIP CLASSIC ALT
2:03 PM "COME OUT AND PLAY (KEEP 'EM SEPARATED)" - OFFSPRING CLASSIC ALT
2:00 PM "YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING NEW
1:56 PM "LOSER" - BECK CLASSIC ALT
1:53 PM "ABOVE" - FINGER ELEVEN CLASSIC ALT
1:48 PM "SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT" - AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT NEW
1:43 PM "SWEET CHILD O' MINE" - GUNS N' ROSES CLASSIC ALT
1:36 PM "THE KILLER" - MOBILE NEW
1:30 PM "ALIVE" - PEARL JAM CLASSIC ALT
1:27 PM "NOT READY TO GO" - TREWS CLASSIC ALT
1:24 PM "SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON NEW
1:21 PM "STILL WAITING" - SUM 41 CLASSIC ALT
1:18 PM "RE-EDUCATION (THROUGH LABOR)" - RISE AGAINST NEW
1:11 PM "GUERRILLA RADIO" - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE CLASSIC ALT
1:08 PM "CIVIL TWILIGHT" - WEAKERTHANS NEW
1:03 PM "EVERLONG" - FOO FIGHTERS CLASSIC ALT
1:01 PM "WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL NEW
12:58 PM "SANTERIA" - SUBLIME CLASSIC ALT
12:54 PM "BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS" - SMASHING PUMPKINS CLASSIC ALT
12:47 PM "SHEEP GO TO HEAVEN" - CAKE CLASSIC ALT
12:42 PM "BREATHE" - MOIST CLASSIC ALT
12:38 PM "NO RAIN" - BLIND MELON CLASSIC ALT
12:35 PM "BRAIN STEW" - GREEN DAY CLASSIC ALT
12:30 PM "VASOLINE" - STONE TEMPLE PILOTS CLASSIC ALT
12:26 PM "WAKE ME" - RUSTY CLASSIC ALT
12:22 PM "ASKING FOR IT" - HOLE CLASSIC ALT
12:18 PM "LITHIUM" - NIRVANA CLASSIC ALT
12:11 PM "THE IMPRESSION THAT I GET" - MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES CLASSIC ALT
12:05 PM "YELLOW LEDBETTER" - PEARL JAM CLASSIC ALT
12:00 PM "HANG TEN" - EDWIN CLASSIC ALT
11:56 AM "THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING" - OASIS NEW
11:53 AM "GIRLS" - BEASTIE BOYS CLASSIC ALT
11:49 AM "SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR NEW
11:44 AM "JEREMY" - PEARL JAM CLASSIC ALT
11:41 AM "CATH..." - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE NEW
11:34 AM "SO FAR SO GOOD" - THORNLEY RECENT
11:31 AM "TROUBLEMAKER" - WEEZER NEW
11:26 AM "700 FT. CEILING" - THE TRAGICALLY HIP CLASSIC ALT
11:23 AM "YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING NEW
11:20 AM "OH, THE BOSS IS COMING!" - ARKELLS NEW
11:17 AM "THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE" - RISE AGAINST NEW
11:11 AM "WALLS FALL DOWN" - BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH RECENT
11:07 AM "IN THE END" - LINKIN PARK CLASSIC ALT
11:03 AM "AMERICAN WOMAN" - LENNY KRAVITZ CLASSIC ALT
10:59 AM "SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON NEW
10:56 AM "ABOUT A GIRL" - NIRVANA CLASSIC ALT
10:53 AM "PAPER PLANES" - M.I.A. NEW
10:49 AM "LEARN TO FLY" - FOO FIGHTERS CLASSIC ALT
10:44 AM "STARSEED" - OUR LADY PEACE CLASSIC ALT
10:40 AM "HUMAN" - KILLERS NEW
10:32 AM "ULYSSES" - FRANZ FERDINAND NEW
10:29 AM "ARIEL VS. LOTUS" - LIMBLIFTER CLASSIC ALT
10:26 AM "WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL NEW (R)
10:23 AM "HOLLOWPOINT SNIPER HYPERBOLE" - USS NEW
10:19 AM "INTERGALACTIC" - BEASTIE BOYS CLASSIC ALT
10:14 AM "BEING HERE" - STILLS NEW
10:09 AM "GIVE IT AWAY" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS CLASSIC ALT
10:05 AM "WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE GONE" - SAM ROBERTS RECENT
10:00 AM "KIDS" - MGMT NEW
9:46 AM "IN TOO DEEP" - SUM 41 CLASSIC ALT
9:42 AM "SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR NEW (R)
9:25 AM "EVERYTHING IS AUTOMATIC" - MATTHEW GOOD BAND CLASSIC ALT
9:21 AM "VIVA LA VIDA" - COLDPLAY NEW
9:15 AM "ONE MORE ASTRONAUT" - I.M.E. CLASSIC ALT
9:03 AM "YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING NEW (R)
8:45 AM "SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON NEW (R)
8:36 AM "ANIMAL I HAVE BECOME" - THREE DAYS GRACE RECENT
8:23 AM "JUDITH" - A PERFECT CIRCLE CLASSIC ALT
8:19 AM "BETTER MAN" - PEARL JAM CLASSIC ALT
8:03 AM "WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL NEW (R)
7:46 AM "KIDS" - MGMT NEW (R)
7:36 AM "BROTHER DOWN" - SAM ROBERTS CLASSIC ALT
7:19 AM "BLEED IT OUT" - LINKIN PARK RECENT
7:15 AM "DAUGHTER" - PEARL JAM CLASSIC ALT
6:59 AM "SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR NEW (R)
6:54 AM "KILLING IN THE NAME" - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE CLASSIC ALT
6:37 AM "SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON NEW (R)
6:28 AM "FAT LIP" - SUM 41 CLASSIC ALT
6:16 AM "RIVER BELOW" - BILLY TALENT RECENT
6:12 AM "RE-EDUCATION (THROUGH LABOR)" - RISE AGAINST NEW (R)
6:00 AM "YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING NEW (R)
5:57 AM "DISCIPLINE" - NINE INCH NAILS NEW
5:35 AM "NOTHING ELSE MATTERS" - METALLICA CLASSIC ALT
5:33 AM "WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL NEW (R)
5:26 AM "SONG 2" - BLUR CLASSIC ALT
5:22 AM "HOLIDAY" - GREEN DAY CLASSIC ALT
5:19 AM "ALL EMPIRES FALL" - WAKING EYES NEW
5:14 AM "SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY" - U2 CLASSIC ALT
5:08 AM "CATH..." - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE NEW
5:06 AM "FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL" - WHITE STRIPES CLASSIC ALT
5:00 AM "KIDS" - MGMT NEW (R)
4:57 AM "BLEED IT OUT" - LINKIN PARK RECENT (R)
4:54 AM "LAST KISS" - PEARL JAM CLASSIC ALT
4:50 AM "THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING" - OASIS NEW (R)
4:46 AM "BELIEVE IN ME" - SLOAN NEW
4:42 AM "LOSE YOURSELF" - EMINEM CLASSIC ALT
4:36 AM "SUNDAY MORNING" - K-OS RECENT
4:33 AM "TROUBLEMAKER" - WEEZER NEW
4:29 AM "SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR NEW (R)
4:22 AM "PARADISE CITY" - GUNS N' ROSES CLASSIC ALT
4:18 AM "SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT" - AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT NEW (R)
4:14 AM "TONIGHT, TONIGHT" - SMASHING PUMPKINS CLASSIC ALT
4:08 AM "YOUR ENGLISH IS GOOD" - TOKYO POLICE CLUB NEW
4:04 AM "UNDER THE BRIDGE" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS CLASSIC ALT
4:01 AM "SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON NEW (R)
3:56 AM "HEAD LIKE A HOLE" - NINE INCH NAILS CLASSIC ALT
3:51 AM "HUMAN" - KILLERS NEW (R)
3:46 AM "SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT!" - NIRVANA CLASSIC ALT
3:43 AM "LOST!" - COLDPLAY NEW (R)
3:39 AM "INNOCENT" - OUR LADY PEACE CLASSIC ALT
3:36 AM "PAPER PLANES" - M.I.A. NEW (R)
3:30 AM "ALL THE SMALL THINGS" - BLINK-182 CLASSIC ALT
3:26 AM "AUDIENCE OF ONE" - RISE AGAINST NEW
3:23 AM "YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING NEW (R)
3:20 AM "ISLAND IN THE SUN" - WEEZER CLASSIC ALT
3:17 AM "HELP I'M ALIVE" - METRIC NEW
3:13 AM "LEARN TO FLY" - FOO FIGHTERS CLASSIC ALT (R)
3:07 AM "DO IT OR DIE" - DIE MANNEQUIN NEW
3:05 AM "WRONG WAY" - SUBLIME CLASSIC ALT
3:02 AM "NUMB" - LINKIN PARK CLASSIC ALT
3:00 AM "WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL NEW (R)
2:56 AM "VIOLET HILL" - COLDPLAY NEW
2:50 AM "FORTY SIX AND 2" - TOOL CLASSIC ALT
2:46 AM "EPIC" - FAITH NO MORE CLASSIC ALT
2:42 AM "AROUND THE WORLD" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS CLASSIC ALT
2:36 AM "SLEEP NOW IN THE FIRE" - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE CLASSIC ALT
2:31 AM "SEMI-CHARMED LIFE" - THIRD EYE BLIND CLASSIC ALT
2:27 AM "KIDS" - MGMT NEW (R)
2:23 AM "STOP!" - JANE'S ADDICTION CLASSIC ALT
2:18 AM "BLOWN WIDE OPEN" - BIG WRECK CLASSIC ALT
2:14 AM "MR. BRIGHTSIDE" - KILLERS CLASSIC ALT
2:08 AM "NO RAIN" - BLIND MELON CLASSIC ALT
2:05 AM "TEMPTATION" - TEA PARTY CLASSIC ALT
2:01 AM "SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR NEW (R)
1:58 AM "WALLS FALL DOWN" - BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH RECENT (R)
1:55 AM "WHEN I COME AROUND" - GREEN DAY CLASSIC ALT
1:52 AM "ULYSSES" - FRANZ FERDINAND NEW (R)
1:46 AM "REBELLION (LIES)" - ARCADE FIRE CLASSIC ALT
1:40 AM "THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES" - METALLICA NEW
1:33 AM "DISSIDENT" - PEARL JAM CLASSIC ALT
1:29 AM "THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING" - OASIS NEW (R)
1:25 AM "SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON NEW (R)
1:21 AM "LAZY EYE" - SILVERSUN PICKUPS RECENT
1:18 AM "THE KILLER" - MOBILE NEW (R)
1:15 AM "DISARM" - SMASHING PUMPKINS CLASSIC ALT
1:08 AM "DISCIPLINE" - NINE INCH NAILS NEW (R)
1:07 AM "NATURE OF THE EXPERIMENT" - TOKYO POLICE CLUB RECENT
1:03 AM "TRIPPIN' ON A HOLE IN A PAPER HEART" - STONE TEMPLE PILOTS CLASSIC ALT
12:59 AM "YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING NEW (R)
12:56 AM "TROUBLEMAKER" - WEEZER NEW (R)
12:53 AM "COME AS YOU ARE" - NIRVANA CLASSIC ALT
12:49 AM "SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT" - AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT NEW (R)
12:45 AM "CIVIL TWILIGHT" - WEAKERTHANS NEW (R)
12:42 AM "HITCHIN' A RIDE" - GREEN DAY CLASSIC ALT
12:36 AM "HELL SONG" - SUM 41 CLASSIC ALT
12:33 AM "BLEED IT OUT" - LINKIN PARK NEW (R)
12:31 AM "WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL NEW (R)
12:26 AM "DANI CALIFORNIA" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS RECENT
12:22 AM "HUMAN" - KILLERS NEW (R)
12:18 AM "KARMA POLICE" - RADIOHEAD CLASSIC ALT
12:11 AM "LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE" - CULT CLASSIC ALT
12:08 AM "OH, THE BOSS IS COMING!" - ARKELLS NEW (R)
12:03 AM "JEREMY" - PEARL JAM CLASSIC ALT (R)

Here's what we learn from this random spot check of Edge 102's playlist.

  • # of songs played: 170
  • # of different songs played: 130 / 76.47%
  • # of "new" songs: 71 / 41.76%
  • # of unique "new" songs: 35 / 20.58%
  • # of "recent" songs: 13 / 7.64%
  • # of unique "recent" songs: 11 / 6.47%
  • # of "classic alternative" songs: 87 / 51.17%
  • # of unique "classic alternative" songs: 85 / 50%

Without a doubt, 102.1 the Edge is playing more classic alternative than ever before. Over 51% of songs played thus far today were older than five years, and if we look at the number of unique classic alternative songs (85) compared to the 130 different songs played, we're looking at a whopping 65.38%.

That's a definite increase since six months ago when that figure was 40.25%. In layman's terms, in case you're having trouble following, if we remove the repeats (they played Eagle's of Death Metal's "Wanna Be In LA" six freakin' times), almost exactly two-thirds of the music played today was older than five years and of the "classic alternative" genre. There's lots of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains and the songs you know and love, mainly from the 1990s.

I first wrote about the Classic Alternative radio format five years ago and asked aloud if a truer form of "classic alternative" was in 102.1's future. It might be closer than we realize. It might already be here.

Update: I've written the new program director at CFNY, Ross Winters, to see if he'll comment. If he does, I'll post what I learn.

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102.1 The Edge's Top 102 Songs of 2008

radioBelow are the top 102 songs of 2008, according to 102.1 The Edge.

I threw down my personal top 10 right here. My tunes ranked 72, 62, 25, 10, 19, 67, 40, 36, n/a and 22 respectively. That n/a is for "Inside the Cinema" by Culture Reject which, unfortunately, never got a sniff from CFNY. I'm not sure why as it's an awesome, addictive tune by a Torontonian, and would have been a great add.

Here's the Edge's list...

1. Weezer - Pork And Beans
2. Foo Fighters - Let It Die
3. Queens Of The Stone Age - Make It Wit Chu
4. Nine Inch Nails - Discipline
5. Foo Fighters - Long Road To Ruin
6. Sam Roberts - Them Kids
7. The Bravery - Believe
8. Rise Against - The Good Left Undone
9. Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
10. USS - Hollow Point Sniper Hyperbole
11. Linkin Park - Given Up
12. Coldplay - Violet Hill
13. Against Me! - Stop!
14. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
15. Bedouin Soundclash - St. Andrews
16. The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far Kid
17. Tokyo Police Club - Tessellate
18. The Offspring - Hammerhead
19. The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution
20. Oasis - The Shock Of The Lightning
21. Weezer - Troublemaker
22. City And Colour - Sleeping Sickness
23. Rise Against - Re-Education (Through Labor)
24. The Flatliners - This Respirator
25. Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
26. Billy Talent - This Suffering
27. Alexisonfire - To A Friend
28. Serj Tankian - Empty Walls
29. Die Mannequin - Do It Or Die
30. Sloan - Believe in Me
31. Metallica - The Day That Never Comes
32. Neverending White Lights - Always
33. Stars - Take Me To The Riot
34. Disturbed - Inside the Fire
35. Bedouin Soundclash - Until We Burn In The Sun (The Kids Just Want A Love Song)
36. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
37. The Flatliners - Eulogy
38. City And Colour - Waiting
39. Apocalytica ft. Adam Gontier - I Don't Care
40. MGMT - Time To Pretend
41. Jimmy Eat World - Big Casino
42. Linkin Park - Shadow Of The Day
43. The Stills - Being Here
44. Spiral Beach - Made Of Stone
45. Chevelle - I Get It
46. Against Me! - Thrash Unreal
47. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Posess Your Heart
48. The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight
49. The Verve - Love Is Noise
50. Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
51. Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place
52. Mobile - The Killer
53. Rides Again - Infected
54. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
55. Social Distortion - Far Behind
56. Silversun Pickups - Well Thought Out Twinkles
57. Finger 11 - Talking to the Walls
58. The Killers - Human
59. Serj Tankian - Sky Is Over
60. Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost
61. The Weakerthans - Tournament Of Hearts
62. One Day As A Lion - Wild International
63. Billy Talent - Turn Your Back
64. Die Mannequin - Saved By Strangers
65. Yoav - Club Thing
66. Gob - Underground
67. The Black Keys - Strange Times
68. USS - 2 and 15/16ths
69. The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)
70. Tokyo Police Club - Graves
71. Jack Johnson - If I Had Eyes
72. Wintersleep - Oblivion
73. Hot Hot Heat - Harmonicas And Tambourines
74. Ashes Divide - The Stone
75. Foxboro Hot Tubs - Mother Mary
76. Beck - Gamma Ray
77. Death Cab For Cutie - Cath...
78. Attack In Black - Hunger Of Young
79. Staind - Believe
80. Matthew Good - I'm A Window
81. Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun
82. The Kooks - Always Where I Need to Be
83. Stars - Bitches in Tokyo
84. Three Days Grace - Never Too Late
85. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
86. The Arkells - Oh, The Boss Is Coming
87. Puscifer - Queen B
88. The Waking Eyes - All Empires Fall
89. Sam Roberts - Detroit '67
90. R.E.M. - Supernatural Superserious
91. Beast - Mr. Hurricane
92. Silverchair - Straight Lines
93. Nine Inch Nails - 1,000,000
94. Oasis - Falling Down
95. Three Days Grace - Riot
96. Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
97. Band Of Horses - Is There A Ghost
98. The Constantines - Hard Feelings
99. MGMT - Kids
100. Black Lungs - Hold Fast (Sink Or Swim)
101. Coldplay - Lost!
102. Goldfinger - One More Time

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CASBY 2008 Recap

MusicThe Kool Haus provided an intimate setting where I could get super close to the acts without fearing for my life. This is a good thing as I'm no longer the young man I once was. In fact, it's fair to say on this night I was one of the few people over the age of 30.

The set-up was great, with two stages going so there was minimal wait. It was one band after another with a few awards handed out and some video montages from the Edge personalities, most of whom hit the stage at one point or another. And yes, there was an appearance by Strombo.

I saw seven bands, and here's a bit about each performance.

Die Mannequin

Die Mannequin got to play their big radio hit and then their next radio hit and they did so while mired by technical problems. As the ballsy lead singer chick said, "help us out here, we're string-less". I know it was only two songs, but it was a fun two songs.

USS

I really like these guys. I'm a sucker for the wheels of steel in rock, or the 1's and 2's as I've been told the kids now call them. They cleaned up tonight, winning a couple of awards. Here's a little USS I stole with my dusty old Olympus.

Tokyo Police Club

I dig these guys, too. They actually played three songs, including their smash hit from last year. I grabbed a little video of that.

Neverending White Lights

This guy reminds me way too much of George Michael. I don't know if it's the beard or the hair or the earrings or the voice or all of the above. Without their guest vocalists, this ensemble does nothing for me.

Bedouin Soundclash

I was hard on these guys when they first hit a couple of years ago, but I'm starting to think I had them all wrong. I mean, what's not to like? They played three big radio hits and had me singing along. Here's a little BS for ya.

City and Colour

Yes, I spin the two City and Colour albums constantly. Yes, they are rather melancholy and slow, but I think they're sweet. Here's Dallas Green singing my favourite song from 2008, sans Gord.

Sloan

Sloan are now grandfathers of new Canadian rock. They actually got to perform four songs, and closed with Money city Maniacs, a true Cancon classic. Unfortunately, the battery died on my digicam.

It was a great night of music.

Tokyo Police Club

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