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House Blend Playlist: June 26, 2018

House Blend Playlist

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.

The Playlist

The Picks

Derina Harvey: Kellie Loder, “Telescope”

Supporting the single for her new album, Benefit of the Doubt, with a release date of June 22, 2018.

Note: The Music NL Award Winner of Video of the Year for her single “Boxes.”


Cathy Ennis: Nickaru and Western Scooches, “Park Song”

This is just a perfect light and breezy summer tune by an eclectic collective out of New York. Nickaru & Western Scooches released their Get Us Out of Fearland album on June 15th. While the record has a little of everything, ‘including the kitchen sink’, according to band leader Nick Russo, “Park Song” grabs me and takes me there — to the park, not the kitchen sink! Oh, and if anyone asks, “I’ll be there all summer with my friends.”

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here or check it out on CKUA this week!


Grant Stovel: Elisapie, “Wolves Don’t Live By the Rules”

One great Indigenous musician from Canada’s north, covering another! Elisapie is a very talented young singer who’s originally from northern Quebec, based in Montreal these days. This is her 2018 interpretation of a tune by the legendary Willie Thrasher, who grew up in the Inuvik region of the Northwest Territories. Both versions are soulful and brilliant, each in its own very personal way.


Lark Clark: Emmanual Jal & Xavier Rudd, “Be The Love”

Timeless message, great messengers.

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here or check it out on CKUA this week!


Matt Masters: The Fearless Flyers, “Introducing the Fearless Flyers”

Holy smokes! If this is an introduction, I imagine hanging out with this gang for the weekend would be like a riding on a high speed rollercoaster, with a leopard-print plush interior. A wild ride with super fast twists and turns, all expertly maneuvered in style!!


Lisa Wilton: Eric Donaldson, “Cherry Oh Baby”

Now that we’re officially into the summer months, I wanted to find a song that would be the perfect soundtrack to a laid-back, sunny Sunday morning, driving down the open highway, a late-afternoon barbecue, or a late-night campfire under the stars. Eric Donaldson’s 1971 reggae single, “Cherry Oh Baby”, checks all those boxes. Such a great groove and melody, a true classic of the genre.


Elliott Garnier: Harry Nilsson, “Gotta Get Up”

Harry Nilsson’s 1971 album, Nilsson Schmilsson, is a masterpiece. It’s hard to pick just one cut, but this is a great one to start your day.


Orest Soltykevych: Westminster Kantorei, Amanda Quist, Josef Rheinberger, “Abendlied”

A choir from Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, sings a famous choral work by Josef Rheinberger. It’s set to text from Bible book of Luke: “Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.”


David Ward: Bettye LaVette, “What Was It You Wanted”

A slow and slinky jam from Bettye LaVette’s new album of Bob Dylan covers wherein she evokes the hazy confusion and mystery in Dylan’s lyrics.


Tom Coxworth: Joshua Burnell, “The Dowie Dens of Yarrow”

A song of English tradition capture by a young person with old soul, a rival to fifty years ago to the trad rock of Fairport Convention.


Andy Donnelly: Genesis, “Cinema Show”

Long, hot, sleepless, summer nights keep me up and digging into my LP collection. This wee beauty, in my opinion, is a classic with Peter Gabriel at his very best . As someone once said, ” Music, Story, Connection.” Go on and try it!
I know that you will love it .


Roy Forbes: Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, “Who Do You Love”

It’s a finger-fulla 45s this coming July 1st, Sunday on RRR. Here’s a sneak preview: Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks doing “Who Do You Love”, featuring a young Robbie Robertson on electric guitar. Robbie’s out for blood on this thrilling 1963 track, transferred here from my Roulette 45. Enjoy!


Bob Chelmick: Joni Mitchell, “Night Ride Home”

My kind of summer night anthem. Once in a while, in a big blue moon, there comes a night like this.


Tony King: Dirty Projectors, “That’s a Lifestyle”

“That’s a Lifestyle” is the second taste from Dirty Projectors’ forthcoming album, Lamp Lit Prose, scheduled to be released on July 13. Enlisting the talents of Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Haim, Empress Of, Amber Mark, and many others, Lamp Lit Prose finds David Longstreth at his most charmingly elusive, pushing dystopian buttons with the lyrical content, all the while seducing listeners to move their bodies into the abyss.

For an extra kick, check out the music video, directed and animated by Kitty Faingold. If you’re a real Dirty Projectors nut, watch the interview with the filmmaker and Dave Longstreth at the band’s website to glean insight into the creative process.


Amy van Keeken: Alanis Obomsawin, “Odana”

Filmmaker, activist, songwriter, singer, artist Alanis Obomsawin released an album called Bush Lady in 1988 featuring songs of her people, the Abenaki, and original compositions. Recently re-released on Constellation Records, the songs and liner notes are lush, detailed and very moving. Obomsawin is a prolific documentary filmmaker and has just finished her 50th film, Our People Will Be Healed. A truly inspiring artist!


Baba: Tricontinental, “Stackerlee”

Good song about a not-so- good man from the trio that fuses and weaves blues, world, folk and roots effortlessly and joyously.

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here or check it our on CKUA this week!


Hayley Muir: Layten Kramer, “Glory”

Another great release from Kathryn Calder’s new record company, Oscar St. Records. Layten Kramer recruits Calder and fellow Albertans, Jen Severtson and Mitchmatic, on this Glory EP that’s got a golden western tinge throughout. The title track has a beautiful brass crescendo and deep sense of longing.


Terry David Mulligan: Joe Cocker, “Cry me a River”

Why? Because no one had ever sung this jazz standard like it was a gospel song. Who better than Leon Russell on piano and leading Mad Dogs and Englishmen with Cocker’s rasp riding high over the shuffle and backing choir?
Plus, it was all live at the Filllmore East in NYC in early 1970. The first time any of us had seen Joe in person, even Dylan was there. The opening act? Canada’s Crowbar! How do I know? I was there — soaking it up through my skin.