Every week, CKUA’s 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: Josh Ritter, “All Some Kind of Dream”
This world needs a good protest song or two: three chords and the truth. This one comes with a fine whistler’s hook. Dylan-esque for the 21st Century. You tell’em Josh.
Erin Ross: The Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Unsquare Dance”
It gets my toes tapping! I like the interplay between the bass and the rhythm parts, clapping hands drums and then the piano comes in!
Lisa Wilton: The California Honeydrops, “Bubble Gum”
The California Honeydrops return with an upbeat New Orleans jazz-style number that will make you want to drink a little bourbon and dance around the streets of the French Quarter — not that I’ve done that or anything.
Baba: Wilco, “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)”
A song for the times: a love song with the added value of social commentary.
Cathy Ennis: Mercedes Sosa, “Gracias A La Vida”
“Thanks to life, which has given me so much…”
Amy van Keeken: Tinariwen, “Zawal”
“Zawal” is the latest single in advance of Tinariwen’s upcoming release Amadjar. Seeing them play live at Edmonton Folk Fest last year was a total dream come true. I was so excited I was giddy as I waited side-stage for them to begin. Our dear Monica Miller and her husband Ken were there too and we shared some special moments watching and feeling Tinariwen’s music. I took some adorable and funny photos of Monica and Ken (including a video of them thinking that it was a photo I was taking, classic). Later that evening we all took the shuttle back to the Westin and Ken and Monica insisted on driving me home even though it was in the opposite direction from their house. We had a such a lovely time that evening, thank you Monica for your kindness, fun and humour! I’ll never forget our special time together watching this incredible band.
Kodi Hutchinson: Kent Sangster’s Obsession Octet, “Reverence”
“Reverence” is the title track of Edmonton’s award winning Obsessions Octet led by saxophonist Kent Sangster. It’s a unique fusion of jazz and classical!