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Music talk radio. Interviews and live shows with local independent artists since 2012. Selected as Winnipeg's "favourite local radio show or podcast" by readers of The Uniter for the third consecutive year. Nominated for a 2019 Canadian Podcast Award. Archival episodes are broadcast on 101.5 FM (and http://www.umfm.com) in Winnipeg on Sundays at midnight. Most of the songs in the podcast's current format are provided (or performed live) by the guests themselves and used with permission.
 
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Guest Culted Canadian/Swedish collaboration of sound twitter.com Culted - Home | Facebook The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on artists’ abilities to record in person, play shows, and tour — but for blackened doom/industrial project Culted, it’s kind of business as usual. I talked to drummer Kevin about the band’s unique setup (three members i…
 
Guests CyphLife Soundtrack To Your Lifestyle. twitter.com Before you continue to YouTube DJ Kutdown ASR10/MPC4000/SP808 @DJKutdown | Linktree twitter.com It’s a hangout with Winnipeg hip-hop veterans DJ Kutdown and Cypha Diaz, where we talk all about their grimy new Dim Mak project. We talked about making hip-hop with “movement”, creating during th…
 
This is the second “Quick Hits” episode – a compilation of micro-interviews with four artists. It’s a fun way for the podcast to expand its scope a bit and talk to a wider range of guests. This episode features: Experimental musician (and hot sauce maker) Patrick Michalishyn Singer-songwriter Cohen Sieg Indie-folk artist Trista Shay Noise/drone cre…
 
Guest Grant Partridge Music maker, programmer. blue t-shirt: double extra large. G (@bluetshirt) on Twitter Really great conversation with synthesizer enthusiast Grant Partridge, all about a topic that has admittedly been a blind spot for me. Grant — known for his solo work as Blue T-Shirt as well as his roles in various local bands — talked about …
 
Guest Caid Jones Music and Community Outreach Pay Attention twitter.com This episode is a really great conversation with up-and-coming local rapper Caid Jones about navigating the business of art, the community aspects of the local scene, the importance of being vulnerable, and much more. We had a bit of a connection problem near the end of the con…
 
Guest El Leon Winnipeg based band that plays Latin rock and reggae. El Leon - Home | Facebook Members of Latin rock fusion group El Leon and The Strangers are back on the show! The group is set to release its debut full-length (via a streaming video collaboration with The Village Idiots and Manitoba Film and Music) on March 27! We talked about the …
 
Guest Kitz Willman hip-hop/jazz/experimental artist Kitz Willman twitter.com Kitz Willman’s new record, Royal Visit to Uranium City, is a wild ride through hip-hop, jazz and experimental sounds. We talked about his impressions of the city as a new Winnipegger, embracing the saxophone, bringing a hardcore punk background to hip-hop, babushkas, and s…
 
Guest Two Crows For Comfort Folk-roots duo spinning stories into songs and songs into stories. Two Crows For Comfort - Home | Facebook TWO CROWS FOR COMFORT Here’s a great conversation with one of my local favourites, Stonewall roots/folk (among other things) duo Two Crows for Comfort! We talked about pandemic writer’s block, about working with a l…
 
Guest Intergalactic Sauces Serving up hot sauces that have out of this world flavours. twitter.com www.instagram.com Talkin’ tacos and tunes with the local musicians turned hot sauce slingers behind Intergalactic Sauces. We went over their origins selling tacos at venues and festivals, the collaborative work behind their sauces and the way it compa…
 
Guest Fuller Hull A bona fide farmer-philosopher. twitter.com fuller hull “Bona fide farmer-philosopher” Jeffrey Cottes, a/k/a singer-songwriter Fuller Hull, is on the show. We talked about his upcoming folk-roots record, about taking decades off from music before launching a solo project, about living in rural Manitoba vs the city, and much more. …
 
Guest Blunderspublik computer // guitar // synth // voice // bells Blunderspublik Official twitter.com It’s an interview with longtime “computer music” artist Blunderspublik! We talked about his new record and its emotional swings, his love for Winnipeg (despite now living in Guelph, Ont.), and a whole heckuva lot more! (Apologies for the extraordi…
 
Guest Virgo Rising Three sad girls making songs in Winnipeg. House of Wonders Virgo Rising All three members of indie/alt/bedroom pop outfit Virgo Rising sat down for an interview on this episode We talked about their upcoming debut tape, Sixteenth Sapphire, plus working with House of Wonders Records, navigating the pandemic, and much more. This ep…
 
Guest GMH Rocks Teen musician and podcaster. @gmhrocks | Linktree When I was in junior high, I was playing (poorly) in a basement grunge band and photocopying zines… but things are a little different these days. Local wunderkind GMH Rocks already has an album under his belt — with more on the way — and hosts the Talk and Rock Podcast, a show that i…
 
Guests Lana Winterhalt Songwriter from the Canadian prairies. Lana Winterhalt - Home | Facebook Lana Winterhalt Moonbell Alternative-electronic artist. MoonBell - Home | Facebook Married musicians Lana Winterhalt and MoonBell are on the show, talking about their newly-released collaborative instrumental record called ‘Still’. We get into that recor…
 
Guest Don Amero Roots/country singer-songwriter. Home - Don Amero twitter.com Here’s a great conversation with Juno-nominated country/roots/folk (and beyond) singer-songwriter Don Amero! We talk about his upcoming Valentine’s Day livestream – today, if you’re listening the day the episode comes out – his long career, his songwriting process and muc…
 
Guest The Naked Midgets Portage la Prairie punk band, 1999-2005. The Naked Midgets If you were around Portage la Prairie (or various Winnipeg basement shows) in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s, you might remember a punk band called the Naked Midgets. Don’t worry, they’re not back… but we did have a great conversation reminiscing about the all-ages scene, …
 
Guest Roy Mexted Singer-songwriter capturing the stories of the north. Home | It’s weird to think of Churchill, Man., as a hot spot for anything but polar bears, but I had a great interview with Roy Mexted — the second musician from Down Under (shoutout to Rob Knaggs) to fall in love with northern Manitoba I’ve had on the podcast. It’s an interesti…
 
Guest Raine Hamilton Prairie Songstress Raine Hamilton Raine Hamilton (@rainesongs) on Twitter Chamber-folk singer-songwriter Raine Hamilton, along with the other members of her string trio, Quintin Bart and Natanielle Felicitas, is set to release a unique project called Brave Land. We talked about the unique release plans for the LP, an upcoming l…
 
Guest Lugosi The indie black sheep of the central prairies. The Desert Scorpion | Lugosi Chris and Jordan of self-described “indie black sheep of the central prairies,” Lugosi, are on the podcast! It’s a fun chat about being a new band trying to make a name for themselves during a pandemic, their debut album, ‘The Desert Scorpion’, the value of a b…
 
Guest Cowbo Morsche Experimental art-pop hip-hop, etc. Cowbo Morsche twitter.com Adam from bizarro experimental weirdos Cowbo Morsche is on the podcast to talk about the ’Sick Nap Idiot’ record… and beyond. It’s a fun conversation about that project’s psychedelic art-pop/hip-hop vibe, finding sounds that don’t exist yet, music that rewards deep lis…
 
Guest Laura Lucas Folk singer-songwriter. @llauralucas | Linktree twitter.com Meet singer-songwriter Laura Lucas! She may be new to you now, but it won’t be long until her lyric-driven folk tunes start to generate some serious buzz. We talked about her musical inspirations while living abroad in Australia, the distinctions between writing poetry an…
 
Guest Rickson Makwe Pop, reggae, African rumba and funk singer-songwriter/keyboardist. Singer Songwriter - Pop Reggae and Funk - Winnipeg Canada - Rickson Makwe Rickson Makwe is a singer, songwriter and keyboard player, who blends pop, reggae, rumba and funk to create a sound uniquely his own. We talked about his background as a refugee and his eve…
 
Guest Humous Indie lo-fi alternative rock. Humous - Home | Facebook Here’s an interview with all three members of local Filipino-Canadian lo-fi rockers Humous! It’s a fun conversation about their excellent new record, the origins of the trio’s current lineup, frontman Julius’ Raw x Rare Podcast, and much more. This episode brought to you by Devine …
 
Guest AJ Ongenae Singer-songwriter www.instagram.com Singer-songwriter AJ Ongenae is on the podcast! We talked about going from playing punk and metal bands to performing solo, his hilarious (and seasonal) ‘Christmas in the Suburbs’ single, the documentary he made about the lone recording by his mostly-unknown ‘00s hardcore band, and much more. Thi…
 
Guest Providence Progressive rock trio. The Demon Haunted World | Providence Ben Rusch (drums) from long-running local prog trio Providence is on the show! It’s a fun conversation about the band’s Carl Sagan-inspired debut album, The Demon-Haunted World (decades in the making), falling in love with Rush, getting kicked in the balls by the pandemic …
 
Guest 2 Baked Girls Video podcasters Rae Rae and Cupcake. twitter.com 2 Baked Girls Potcast - YouTube We’ll be back to your regularly-scheduled music interviews next week! For now, enjoy a panel I moderated at this year’s Manitoba Podcast Festival, which was held virtually due to the pandemic. It’s a conversation with Cupcake and Rae Rae of the 2 B…
 
Guests Ryan McMahon Comedian. Writer. Podcaster. That guy that made Thunder Bay. Ryan McMahon (@RMComedy) | Twitter Ryan McMahon Comedy Unscripted Moments: A Podcast About Propagandhi Two teachers who discuss interpretations of Propagandhi songs. @UnscriptedMomentst | Linktree twitter.com We’re almost at the end (mercifully) of 2020, so here’s some…
 
Guest Pip Skid Rap firebrand. Tweets with replies by patrick skene (@pipskid) on Twitter Free Music Download from Label Marathon of Dope Winnipeg rap veteran Pip Skid is back on the podcast for the first time in years! We talked about his multitude of in-the-works projects with the likes of mcenroe, Rob Crooks, and Crabskull… as well as his drawing…
 
Guest Tresor Ezoman Artiste musicien, auteur-compositeur et interprète, Signup | Bandcamp twitter.com Fantastic conversation with Trésor Ezoman about his roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo, coming to Manitoba and embracing the francophone music community, his powerful new single, “Love Hate”… and much more. Fascinating guy with some valuable…
 
Guest Dane Bjornson Singer • Songwriter • Performer Dane Bjornson twitter.com Pop-rock singer-songwriter Dane Bjornson started his music career at age 9, put out his first EP at 12… and now at 20, he has released ‘Wondering’, a more mature full-length with genuine, heartfelt songs. We talked about all of that and more on the line from Edmonton, whe…
 
Guest Julien's Daughter Alt-rock via Winnipeg via Kijiji.ca. The Static That Carries Over | Julien's Daughter Emma (vocals) and Chelly (bass) of basement indie rockers Julien’s Daughter are on the show! We talked about their origins as a Kijiji band (and the somewhat creepy but also hilarious story behind their name), their upcoming tape on Hou…
 
Guest JR Charron Singer-songwriter. twitter.com Here’s your introduction to Niverville-based country rocker JR Charron! It’s a fun conversation about his debut EP, Impression, (on which he’s backed by some local heavy hitters), rural Manitoba’s hidden musical gems, soft shredding, music lessons from a nun, and much more! This episode brought to you…
 
Guest Alex Kozub Songwriter funk. Evenings and Weekends | Alex Kozub Bassist, singer, songwriter, etc., Alex Kozub recently released his debut solo record, ‘Evenings & Weekends’. We talked about his unique “songwriter funk” style, comparing his solo sound with his main gig as a member of Colour By Numbers, releasing music in our weird, dystopian fu…
 
Guest Charlie Fettah RAP twitter.com Great conversation with a veteran presence in Winnipeg’s rap scene, Charlie Fettah! We talked about the upcoming vinyl release by his ‘Steven Tyler’ project with BBS Steve, his deep catalogue, working with producers like Crabskull and DJ Kutdown, listening to Winnipeg’s Most material years after the fact, and mu…
 
Guest Black-Eyed Suzie Cutting their teeth as a full family band out of northern Manitoba, mom-daughter duo, black-eyed SUZIE, delivers a bitter-sweet taste of dark folk rock prairie sound with inspirational songs of hardship and transformation that feed the soul. black-eyedsuzie.com “Dark folk” (but also sometimes alt-rock and kinda metal but not …
 
Guest Badd Mannaz Hear “Champion” now! BADD MANNAZ - CHAMPION ft. LINDO P, BIGGS & LEN BOWEN - YouTube Lots of laughs in an interview with Badd Mannaz, best known as 1/3 of Winnipeg rap legends Shadez, but breaking out on his own with an upcoming solo EP anchored by BIG CHUNE “Champion”, out now! We talked about the new single and its classic d…
 
Guest Erick Casselman Park Theatre owner. The Park Theatre – Winnipeg's Premier Event Venue Here’s a very interesting chat with Park Theatre owner Erick Casselman about the venue’s challenges due to the pandemic, the importance of live music to Winnipeg and what a return to “normal” could look like, and much more. The Park has been one o…
 
Guest Gillian Hayek STREAM MY DEBUT SINGLE “TURN AROUND” Gillian Hayek - Home twitter.com Singer-songwriter Gillian Hayek, from the teeming metropolis of Cooks Creek, Manitoba, is on the show! We talked about her new single — the first formal release despite years of performing live — about embracing pop-punk, getting comfortable at Winnipeg open m…
 
Guest Vagina Witchcraft 4-piece doom metal/hardcore band Vagina Witchcraft - Home | Facebook The mighty Vagina Witchcraft are back on the show (all four of them this time)! We talked all about their deadly debut album of hardcore-tinged doom metal – which absolutely belongs in the ‘record of the year’ conversation – some of the feedback they’ve rec…
 
Guest Heidi Korte @heidikorte_ | Linktree twitter.com Singer, songwriter, composer and educator Heidi Korte is on the podcast, talking all about being taught to sing opera over the phone, the exciting things she’s doing with her students, developing her own style as an artist, Finnish reggae (!), and much more. PLUS she performed two live songs exc…
 
Guest Rooftop Static Groove-rock recording artists from the Canadian Prairies. Rooftop Static twitter.com This episode is an interview with Russ (guitar) and Scott (vocals) from Winnipeg five-piece Rooftop Static! Stay tuned for a conversation about their upcoming second album, ‘Liminal Spaces’, adding a jazz-influenced groove to their alt-rock roo…
 
Guest Ava Glendinning Guitarist. Bicycle Face. A La Mode. Guitarist and author Ava Glendinning is back on the show for the first time in a while. Ava is perhaps best known as one half of the mighty Bicycle Face, but also a member of Robojom, À La Mode, and The Lockdown Project (among others)! We talked about her various musical endeavours, as well …
 
Guests Chenoa McKelvey I believe in art, freedom, and the inevitable failure of the North American Empire Chenoa McKelvey (@ziggystarburns) | Twitter Smith's Onion Popular tunes of the 20’s and 30’s, paired with anachronistic arrangements of contemporary songs and jazz standards. Smith's Onion - Home | Facebook Login • Instagram Smith's Onion …
 
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