Every week, CKUA’s hosts submit their songs for our weekly House Blend Playlist: 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.
Celeigh Cardinal: King of Foxes, “Laundry List”
King of Foxes has always been one of my favourite, YEG bands. Their music is reminiscent of the female rock-punk bands I adore. “Laundry List” is currently on repeat in my house, but the whole new album, Salt & Honey, is quite delicious.
Amy van Keeken: J.J. Cale, “Chasing You”
J.J. Cale penned some iconic tunes in his time: “Call Me the Breeze”, “After Midnight”, “Cocaine”, He passed away in July 2013 at 74 years old. Lucky for us, there is a new collection of previously unreleased material coming out this April 26th. It’s called Stay Around and the first single is “Chasing You”. Classic Cale with a warm roll and tumble, gentle harmonies — full of the human spirit and timelessness.
Orest Soltykevych: Lubomyr Melnyk, “Solitude #1”
Lubomyr Melnyk was born in Munich into a Ukrainian refugee family after World War II. He settled in Winnipeg and later lived in Paris, where he began to create what he calls ‘continuous music’ for piano. In 1985, Melnyk set two world records; playing over 19.5 notes per second in each hand, and nearly 14 notes per second for one hour.
Lisa Wilton: Hayes Carll, “Times Like These”
Hayes Carll is back with a smokin’ new album called What It Is. “Times Like These”, the lead track, has a driving rhythm similar to The Flying Burrito Brothers’ version of “Six Days On the Road”. It’s full of spirit and Carll’s trademark wry humour.
Meg Wilcox: Snail Mail, “Pristine”
Lindsey Jordan is only 19, but her honest and unfiltered lyrics are reminiscent of Liz Phair. Her sound channels Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Cat Power. No surprise, then, that she’s signed to Matador Records, the label that launched her musical heroes!
Hayley Muir: Weyes Blood, “Everyday”
Weyes Blood has a new album, Titanic Rising, due in April. She’s released this single as a teaser. She refers to it as “the Kinks meet WWII or Bob Seger meets Enya.” As much of an odd combo as that description is, it’s incredibly apt and works!
Lionel Rault: The Revivalists, “All My Friends”
The Revivalists’ last outing, Men Amongst Mountains, raised the profile of the New Orleans-based group exponentially. They are hoping for even more of the same from this latest release, Take Good Care.