Every week, CKUA hosts submit their songs for our weekly House Blend playlist. Take a look at this week’s picks: an exciting new release, a beloved classic or just an old personal favourite. We mix it all together to create a sonic concoction that’ll help kick off your week. Check out what’s on this week’s playlist.
Bob Chelmick: Hank Williams, “Move It On Over ”
This was Hank’s break-through hit from his first session in Nashville for MGM in 1947. Yes, it’s country, but it swings. What’s more, the first rock ‘n’ roll hit: 1954’s “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley, is suspiciously similar to “Move It on Over”, minus the humour. This song brought Hank his first serious money.
Baba: Harry Belafonte, “Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma”
It’s like “Lovesick Blues” but in Spanish, i.e., Mexican. I love Mexico — and what’s not to like about Harry Belafonte in 1959! CuCuRuCuCu!!
Orest Soltykevych: BBC Philharmonic, “Aubade” by Francis Poulenc
Francis Poulenc was one of the most important French composers of the 20th century. One of his most unique works is this composition from 1929. It is written like a small-scale piano concerto, but used as music for a ballet. It’s called a “concerto chorégraphique,” and it’s scored for piano and 18 instruments.
Cathy Ennis: Elisapie, “Wolves Don’t Live By The Rules”
Inuk-Montrealer Elisapie, pronounced “ellis-APPY”, is shortlisted for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize for her album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl. This song, “Wolves Don’t Live By The Rules” was written by Inuk folk singer Willie Thrasher. It is “a tribute to survival, to nomadism and to the free spirit of the Inuit people.” The saxophone work is courtesy of Jason Sharp.
Amy van Keeken: Jom Comyn, “Chapel of Chimes”
Alberta tunesmith Jim Cuming, who goes by Jom Comyn in his music life, releases a new record on September 6th via Alberta label Double Lunch Records. The first single “Chapel of Chimes” showcases chimey guitars and that trademark warm-as-honey voice. A true Alberta collaboration with Jom taking the bus from Edmonton to Calgary over weekends over the course of a year to work on recording the record with Lab Coast member Chris Dadge. Other contributors to the record include Samantha Savage Smith and Chad Van Gaalen. Check out the video for “Chapel of Chimes”, directed by Don Zimmerman. Jom and his band learned and played every take backwards!
Grant Stovel: Alex Cuba, “Yo No Se”
The title of this groovy little track from Alex Cuba’s brand-new album translates to “I don’t know”. And, well, it’s got a lot of “je ne sais quoi”!
Kodi Hutchinson: Count Basie & Duke Ellington , “To You”
The iconic title song for the The Old Disc Jockey show on CKUA. It’s a musical memory we can hold dear for one of the station’s true pioneers: John Worthington Hagerman who passed away last Thursday at 92 years of age.