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.
Baba: Capital Punishment, “Cosmos”
First, it is actor Ben Stiller in his high school band. The irony of the band being called Capital Punishment is not lost knowing that another member of the band, Peter Swann, is now a judge with the Supreme Court of Arizona.
Cathy Ennis: Adrianne Lenker, “Terminal Paradise”
Adrianne Lenker is the lead singer for Big Thief. In a voice so pure and intimate, she delivers this beauty of a song, “Terminal Paradise”, where she contemplates her death and transformation. Heavy? Sort of, but really gorgeous, too. It can be found on her just-released second solo album, Abysskiss.
Lionel Rault: Amos Lee, “Louisville”
The Philadelphia-based songwriter leans into his rockier side on a cool track from his very recent release, My New Moon.
Kodi Hutchinson: Barbra Lica, “The Birds and the Bees”
Barbra Lica, still in her 20’s has made a name for herself as a jazz cross-over artist with a multitude of albums and a recent JUNO-nomination. She will be performing in Edmonton at the Yardbird Suite on November 10th and November 11th at the Ironwood in Calgary.
Mark Antonelli: Dead Can Dance, “Sea Borne” from the album, Dionysus
What do you mean, “Why?” It’s Dead Can Dance for goodness sake! I’ve been a huge fan of the duo since their first album in 1984. Whenever they have a new recording, it’s a cause for celebration! “Sea Borne” is a sonic adventure that takes us to a place, either mythic or real, that might exist during the middle ages or perhaps in the middle east centuries ago. And is there a more amazing voice in music than Lisa Gerrard’s?
Roy Forbes: Tony Joe White, “Polk Salad Annie”
We lost Tony Joe White back in late October. Let’s celebrate his swampy sound by giving the genre-defining “Polk Salad Annie” a spin. Chomp, chomp.
Hayley Muir: Marisolle Negash, “Fade Out”
Spectacular single from Manitoba’s Marisolle Negash. This emerging jazz musician takes on some very smooth, intricate and introspective soul-influenced grooves. Marisolle is in Alberta November 17 playing a brunch event at the King Eddy in Calgary, alongside Samantha Savage Smith, Madeleine Rogers and Karimah.
Grant Stovel: Novalima, “Ch’usay”
Years ago, the four core members of Novalima were high school friends from Peru who’d scattered to the four corners of the globe — split between Hong Kong, London, Barcelona, and Lima. In those early days of Internet file-sharing, they painstaking cobbled their music together while across the world from one another. Their subsequent adventures show that same spirit of adventure and borderless, irrepressible creativity. The new album, pulling together a whole bunch of new collaborators from Peru and beyond, is named for the word the ancient Incans had for “voyage”.