Kreative Kontrol

Kreative Kontrol
Thoughtful, funny, heartfelt interviews and in-depth documentaries about musicians, authors, comedians, and other cultural creators.
#375: Cadence Weapon
Jan 16 • 110 min
Cadence Weapon discusses his return and hot new, self-titled album, which is out via eOne. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#374: Fiver
Jan 10 • 66 min
Fiver, a.k.a. Simone Schmidt, discusses her excellent idée fixe records album, Audible Songs From Rockwood. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#373: Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich and Steve West
Jan 4 • 114 min
Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reflect upon the making of and content within their monumental 1997 album, Brighten the Corners. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh…
#372: Denise Donlon, Sandy Miranda, April Aliermo on Long Night
Dec 26, 2017 • 40 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. Our topic was ‘do women thrive in the music industry’ and our guests were…
#371: Faith Healer
Dec 20, 2017 • 97 min
Faith Healer masterminds Jessica Jalbert and Renny Wilson discuss their grand new record, Try ;-), which is out now via Mint Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#370: Cadence Weapon, Aliya Pabani, Emma Hunter, and Miguel Rivas on Long Night
Dec 13, 2017 • 59 min
Long Night guest panellists Cadence Weapon, The Beaverton’s Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, and The Imposter’s Aliya Pabani review 2017! With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean…
#369: Andrew Cohen & Light Coma
Dec 6, 2017 • 96 min
Andrew Cohen talks Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Co., Michael Dahlquist of Silkworm, and his new Comedy Minus One release with Light Coma, Unreality. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and…
#368: Destroyer
Nov 29, 2017 • 101 min
Destroyer’s Dan Bejar discusses Suede, Shakespeare, Pavement, Silver Jews, and his new Merge Records release, ken. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#367: Lido Pimienta, Sara Hennessey, Friendly Rich, and James Keast on Long Night
Nov 21, 2017 • 54 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Tranzac in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on Friday November 17, 2017 with guests Lido Pimienta, Sara Hennessey, and Friendly Rich. With sidekick James…
#366: Gabriel Roth of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Nov 16, 2017 • 89 min
Gabriel Roth of the Dap-Kings remembers the late Sharon Jones and discusses the new Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings record, Soul of a Woman. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#365: Judah Friedlander
Nov 14, 2017 • 40 min
Judah Friedlander discusses the state of the world and his new Netflix stand-up film, America is the Greatest Country in the United States. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh…
#364: Walter Shreifels of Dead Heavens, Quicksand
Nov 9, 2017 • 72 min
Walter Shreifels discusses his bands Dead Heavens and Quicksand and their new, respective albums, Whatever Witch You Are, out on Dine Alone, and Interiors, out via Epitaph. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts,…
#363: Darlene Shrugg
Nov 7, 2017 • 91 min
Darlene Shrugg representatives Simone TB and Max Turnbull discuss their band’s new, self-titled debut record, which is out now via Upset the Rhythm. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello…
#361: The Beaverton’s Luke Gordon Field, Emma Hunter, and Miguel Rivas
Oct 31, 2017 • 82 min
The Beaverton’s creator/show runner Luke Gordon Field and news anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas discuss their show and its second season. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh…
#360: Tough Age
Oct 26, 2017 • 44 min
Tough Age play songs from their new Mint Records release, Shame, and talk to Vish for a live session at CFRU 93.3 FM. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#359: Jay Arner Live at CFRU
Oct 24, 2017 • 68 min
Mint Records artist Jay Arner and his band play songs and talk to Vish for a live session at CFRU 93.3 FM. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#358: Wu-Tang’s Mathematics
Oct 18, 2017 • 33 min
Wu-Tang Clan producer/designer Mathematics discusses the new Wu record, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, which is out now via eOne. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#357: Protomartyr’s Joe Casey
Oct 17, 2017 • 112 min
Protomartyr’s Joe Casey discusses every song on Relatives in Descent, which is available everywhere via Domino Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#356: Damian Abraham, Casey Mecija, Tim Falconer, Micah Barnes on Long Night
Oct 12, 2017 • 43 min
Damian Abraham of Turned Out a Punk and Fucked Up, Casey Mecija, Tim Falconer, author of Bad Singer, and vocal coach and singer Micah Barnes talk ‘good’ and ‘bad singing’ on Long Night with Vish Khanna.
#355: Off World
Oct 10, 2017 • 89 min
Off World’s Sandro Perri and Craig Dunsmuir discuss every song on 2, which is available everywhere via Constellation Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#354: Lee Ranaldo
Oct 4, 2017 • 116 min
Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth discusses each and every song on his excellent new solo rock record, Electric Trim, which is available now via Mute Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, and Hello Fresh…
#353: Partner
Sep 29, 2017 • 87 min
Partner discuss each and every song on their glorious rock ‘n’ roll album, In Search of Lost Time, which is available now via You’ve Changed Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.
#352: Amy Goodman
Sep 26, 2017 • 50 min
Renowned American journalist, author, and Democracy Now! host/executive producer Amy Goodman discusses events of the day, her work, her country, and her upcoming Canadian speaking tour. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee,…
#351: METZ
Sep 21, 2017 • 105 min
Toronto’s METZ join Vish to discuss each and every song on their 2017 record, Strange Peace, which is available in Canada via Royal Mountain Records and everywhere else via Sub Pop. Featuring a special guest appearance by recording engineer Steve Albini.…
#350: Lido Pimienta
Sep 19, 2017 • 59 min
Toronto’s Lido Pimienta joins Vish to discuss each and every song on her 2017 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, La Papessa, which is available everywhere via Lido herself. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Grandad’s Donuts,…
#349: 2017 Polaris Music Prize Grand Jury Members
Sep 15, 2017 • 64 min
Vish welcomes fellow Polaris Music Prize grand jury members Laura Stanley, Erik Leijon, Tara McCarthy, Brian Cleveland, Francella Fiallos, and Nick Krewen to discuss their favourite and most surprising records from the 2017 Polaris Music Prize shortlist,…
#348: Matthew Shipp
Sep 13, 2017 • 108 min
New York jazz great Matthew Shipp joins Vish to discuss each and every song on the 2017, Matthew Shipp Trio record, Piano Song, which is available everywhere via Thirsty Ear Recordings. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee,…
#347: A Tribe Called Red
Sep 11, 2017 • 113 min
Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red join Vish to discuss each and every song on their Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, We Are the Halluci Nation, which is available everywhere via Radicalized Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean…
Sep 8, 2017 • 124 min
Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD join Vish to discuss each and every song on their Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, IV, which is available everywhere via Arts & Crafts. With commentary from collaborators Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands, Colin Stetson, and…
#345: Michael Chaves on making Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want it Darker’
Aug 31, 2017 • 58 min
Los Angeles-based musician, engineer, and producer Michael Chaves joins Vish to discuss each and every song that he mixed and/or played on on Leonard Cohen’s Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, You Want it Darker, which is available everywhere via…
#344: Leif Vollebekk
Aug 29, 2017 • 115 min
Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk joins Vish to discuss each and every song from his stirring, Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, Twin Solitude, which is available everywhere via Secret City Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean…
#343: Lisa LeBlanc
Aug 25, 2017 • 78 min
Lisa LeBlanc joins Vish to discuss each and every song from her powerful, Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, available in Canada via Bonsound. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and…
#342: Pete Holmes and Artie Lange
Aug 15, 2017 • 26 min
Pete Holmes and Artie Lange are both respected and beloved stand-up comedians who appear on the HBO show Crashing. Created by Holmes and co-produced and often directed by Judd Apatow, Crashing is a semi-autobiographical sitcom about an aspiring…
#341: Weaves
Aug 11, 2017 • 96 min
Weaves is a fantastic, noisy, and infectious rock band based in Toronto, Ontario. In 2016, Buzz Records released Weaves’ self-titled debut album and it went on to be regarded as one of the finest records to ever come out of Toronto and was recently…
#340: Anne T. Donahue
Aug 8, 2017 • 82 min
Anne T. Donahue is an esteemed journalist, columnist, and comedy writer based in Cambridge, Ontario. A bona fide social media superstar, Donahue covers music, television, fashion, film, feminism, and other topics, which she frames from her own…
#339: Why are indie-rock and indie gaming in love? Long Night with Mare Sheppard, Raigan Burns and Shaun Hatton
Aug 3, 2017 • 37 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. Our guests were game designers Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns of Metanet…
#338: Harrison
Aug 1, 2017 • 71 min
Harrison is a young music producer based in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario. Now in his early 20s, Harrison first turned heads when he began uploading sample-based songs to Soundcloud in his teens. He has evolved into one of Toronto’s most prolific…
#337: Jonny Sun
Jul 28, 2017 • 43 min
Jonny Sun is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright, and comedy writer who originally calls Toronto home. Sun is currently a doctoral student at MIT, a fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard, and a…
#336: New Swears
Jul 25, 2017 • 54 min
New Swears is a dynamic, infectious, punk-infused power-pop band from Ottawa, Ontario. This conversation was pure, joyous chaos so be prepared for a whole lotta nothing.
#335: The Sadies on Long Night
Jul 20, 2017 • 35 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. Our guests were the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band, The Sadies, who…
#334: Change of Heart
Jul 18, 2017 • 44 min
Change of Heart is an iconic, underground Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band based in Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 1982, Change of Heart initially consisted of singer/guitarist Ian Blurton, bassist Rob Taylor, keyboardist Bernard Maiezza, and drummer Ron…
#333: Kevin McDonald
Jul 13, 2017 • 53 min
Kevin McDonald is an ingenious comedic performer and writer currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Originally from Toronto, McDonald is best known as a member of the hugely influential Canadian sketch troupe, the Kids in the Hall. This August marks…
#332: Billy Bragg
Jul 11, 2017 • 55 min
Billy Bragg is an iconic musician, songwriter, singer, and activist who lives in and hails from the United Kingdom. An active and outspoken artist for 40 years, Bragg has pledged his life and livelihood to making a positive change in this world and…
#331: Kliph Nesteroff
Jul 7, 2017 • 69 min
Kliph Nesteroff is a comedy historian and expert who currently calls Hollywood, California home. Originally from South Slocan, British Columbia, Nesteroff made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian and then a journalistic writer. In 2015, Grove…
#330: Do Make Say Think
Jul 4, 2017 • 71 min
Do Make Say Think is an instrumental band whose members all call Toronto, Ontario home. A functioning outfit for more than 20 years, Do Make Say Think’s core configuration consists of Justin Small, Charles Spearin, Ohad Benchetrit, David Mitchell,…
#329: Is social media making us desperate for fame? Long Night with Anne T. Donahue and Nirvanna the Band the Show
Jun 29, 2017 • 43 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. The central theme and discussion point of the program was “Is social…
#328: Jessy Lanza
Jun 27, 2017 • 62 min
Jessy Lanza is an acclaimed and alluring electronic pop songwriter based in Hamilton, Ontario. Along with her frequent collaborator Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, Lanza has released two stunning records: 2013’s Pull My Hair Back and 2016’s Oh…
#327: Mac McCaughan
Jun 22, 2017 • 60 min
Mac McCaughan is a talented and influential songwriter, musician, and singer based in North Carolina. Renowned for his prolific output in bands like Superchunk and Portastatic, McCaughan also co-founded Merge Records, one of the world’s most…
#326: Alanna Gurr
Jun 20, 2017 • 61 min
Alanna Gurr is a musician, singer, and songwriter who is based in her hometown of Guelph, ON. She and her band, the Greatest State, have just released a new EP on Missed Connection Records. It’s called Stand Still and it has prompted Gurr to…
#325: Is rock music dead? Long Night with Carl Wilson, Shad, and Weaves’ Jasmyn Burke
Jun 16, 2017 • 41 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. The central theme and discussion point of the program was “Is rock…
#324: Daniel Romano
Jun 14, 2017 • 76 min
Daniel Romano is a multi-talented musician, producer, songwriter, and label co-owner, who currently calls Fenwick, Ontario home. Over the past 15 years, he’s made a name for himself in bands like Attack in Black and Daniel, Fred, and Julie, and…
#323: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Jun 6, 2017 • 56 min
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are two of the world’s most iconic, influential, and inspiring musicians working today. Originally from Australia, Nick Cave has altered the course of rock ‘n’ roll and invented a new kind of leading man in bands like the…
#322: John Mulaney
May 30, 2017 • 63 min
John Mulaney is a comedian who originally hails from Chicago but currently calls Los Angeles home. One of the most gifted comedic voices of his generation and a brilliant standup, Mulaney wrote for Saturday Night Live between 2008 and 2014,…
#321: OUT
May 24, 2017 • 66 min
OUT is a remarkable rock band based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Comprised of close friends Chafe Hensley, TJ Larmee, Mark Larmee, and Ike Turner, OUT have just released a new record called Swim Buddies, which is out now via Comedy Minus One Records,…
#320: Long Night at Lawnya Vawnya with Chippy Nonstop, Jim Bryson, and Renee Sharpe
May 19, 2017 • 70 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Rocket Room in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as part of the seventh annual Lawnya Vawnya festival on Saturday May 13, 2017. Our guests were community advocate, rapper, and dance…
#319: Bruce McDonald & Nick Craine on Hard Core Logo
May 16, 2017 • 74 min
Bruce McDonald is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and director based in Toronto and Nick Craine is an acclaimed graphic artist who calls Guelph, Ontario home. McDonald’s fifth film was an adaptation of Michael Turner’s novel, Hard Core Logo,…
#318: Jessica Moss
May 9, 2017 • 54 min
Jessica Moss is a well-respected and talented musician currently based in Montreal, Quebec. Perhaps best known for her membership in Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Moss is a violinist who has also played prominent roles in Black Ox Orkestar,…
#317: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
May 4, 2017 • 83 min
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is a moniker employed by Will Oldham, a truly gifted and idiosyncratic songwriter, singer, musician, producer, and actor based in Louisville, Kentucky. Throughout his illustrious run, as one of the world’s most prolific and…
#316: Jesse Ruddock
May 2, 2017 • 66 min
Jesse Ruddock is a talented writer, photographer, and musician currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Ruddock graduated from Harvard cum laude, after attending the university on an ice hockey scholarship. She was a…
#315: Maz Jobrani
Apr 28, 2017 • 22 min
Maz Jobrani is an outspoken standup comedian and actor based in Los Angeles, California. A proud Iranian-American, Jobrani has made appearances on late night tv shows, taped comedy specials for Netflix, wrote the bestselling book, I’m not a…
#314: Saltland
Apr 26, 2017 • 59 min
Saltland is the moniker of composer and cellist Rebecca Foon who calls Montreal, Quebec home. A former member of A Silver Mt. Zion and currently in Esmerine, Foon has just released, A Common Truth, her second album as Saltland, and a lovely, stirring…
#313: Tim Darcy
Apr 18, 2017 • 66 min
Tim Darcy is an exciting and provocative American poet, singer, songwriter, musician, and performer currently based in Montreal, Quebec. Well-respected for his work as a dynamic vocalist and intricate lyricist in the band Ought, Darcy recently stepped…
#312: Elliott BROOD
Apr 12, 2017 • 60 min
Elliott BROOD is a well-established Canadian band whose unique form of enigmatic folk-rock has been captivating audiences for 15 years. Consisting of childhood friends Casey Laforet and Mark Sasso, and early adopter Steve Pitkin, the trio of…
#311: Robbie Fulks
Apr 4, 2017 • 78 min
Robbie Fulks is a brilliant singer and songwriter who is based just outside of Chicago, Illinois. His latest album is Upland Stories, which was nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 2017 ceremony, and was released by Bloodshot Records where it earned…
#310: Century Egg
Mar 30, 2017 • 65 min
Century Egg is an artful young pop-rock band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Featuring lyrics in Mandarin and English sung by a young woman named Shane Keyu Song, Century Egg are an animated quartet in more ways then one. They’ve just released a new…
#309: Long Night with Pat Thornton, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and a Toronto Music Venue Panel
Mar 28, 2017 • 47 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday March 24, 2017. Our guests included a Toronto music venue discussion panel featuring…
#308: Bonnie Trash
Mar 22, 2017 • 60 min
Bonnie Trash is a cool, arresting new rock duo consisting of twin sisters Emma and Sara BV. Based in their hometown of Guelph, Ontario, the BV sisters also play in a psych rock band called the Folk, which is currently on hiatus so that the pair can…
#307: Derm Kean and An Incredible Woman
Mar 17, 2017 • 65 min
Derm Kean and an Incredible Woman is a rock band that originally hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Fronted by the wild, crazed, and compelling Derm Kean, the band recently released a new album called Incredible. They were touring Southern…
#306: Jon Mckiel
Mar 9, 2017 • 77 min
Jon Mckiel is an excellent musician based in Sackville, New Brunswick. A masterful underground rock music maker, Mckiel and his killer band are about to tour behind his fourth album. It’s called Memorial Ten Count,
#305: Richard Laviolette
Mar 1, 2017 • 58 min
Richard Laviolette is a very talented singer, songwriter, and musician from Guelph, Ontario. Originally from Tara, Ontario in Bruce County, Laviolette has been making some of the most affecting, outspoken, and catchy folk and rock music to emerge in th…
#304: Tommy Stinson
Feb 24, 2017 • 48 min
Tommy Stinson is a legendary musician who currently resides in upstate New York. Originally from Minneapolis, Stinson is a founding member of the Replacements and went on to form bands like Bash & Pop and Perfect,
#303: David Pajo
Feb 22, 2017 • 82 min
David Pajo is an esteemed musician who lives in Los Angeles, California. A truly great and distinctive guitarist, Pajo originally hails from Louisville, Kentucky where he played in Slint and with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy among others.
#302: Tim Kingsbury of Sam Patch
Feb 14, 2017 • 60 min
Tim Kingsbury is a musician based in Montreal, Quebec. His new band Sam Patch is about to release their debut record, a cool one called Yeah You, and I. It’s out February 17 via Tim’s own imprint, Dep Records,
#301: Long Night with Walied Khogali, L CON, Ali Hassan, Tina Hassannia & Mallory Andrews
Feb 7, 2017 • 64 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday February 4, 2017. Our guests were Toronto consultant, activist, and organizer Walied Khogali,
#300: Todd Glass
Jan 27, 2017 • 59 min
Todd Glass is a gifted comedian who originally hails from Philadelphia. Now based in Los Angeles, Glass is the host of the award-winning podcast, The Todd Glass Show, the author of the best-selling memoir, The Todd Glass Situation,
#299: Jay Ryan
Jan 20, 2017 • 67 min
Jay Ryan is a respected and prolific screenprint poster artist who is based in Chicago, Illinois. He has been making screenprinted concert posters for some of the world’s greatest bands and musicians and festivals for over 20 years and runs his own pri.
#298: TIP ‘T.I.’ Harris
Jan 12, 2017 • 21 min
T.I. is an American hip-hop artist and actor who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia. A popular rapper who also goes by TIP Harris, he’s known for being one of the earliest artists to bring trap music to the masses. T.I.
#297: Long Night with The Magic, Jhanelle Dennis, & Mitch Fillion
Jan 10, 2017 • 67 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday January 6, 2017. Our guests were Evan and Geordie Gordon of The Magic, comedian Jhanelle Dennis,
#296: Christopher Ward
Dec 20, 2016 • 64 min
Christopher Ward is a songwriter and author who currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Toronto. Renowned for writing the hit single “Black Velvet” by Allanah Myles, Ward bears the distinction of being one of the first ever Canadian on-air
#295: Lido Pimienta
Dec 15, 2016 • 59 min
Lido Pimienta is a gifted, outspoken musician and artist who originally hails from Barranquilla, Colombia but has lived in Canada for a decade now. Based in Toronto, Pimienta was featured on the cover of NOW Magazine earlier this year,
#294: Don Kerr of Communism
Dec 13, 2016 • 55 min
Communism is a remarkable three-piece pop-rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Featuring Paul Linklater and Kevin Lacroix, the band’s the brainchild of well-respected producer, drummer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Don Kerr,
#293: Marisa Anderson
Dec 9, 2016 • 63 min
Marisa Anderson is a gifted musician who hails from Sonoma, California but currently calls Portland, Oregon home. Though somewhat under the radar, Anderson is renowned as one of the finest guitarists in the world.
#292: Nick Flanagan
Dec 7, 2016 • 64 min
Nick Flanagan is a very funny comedian, writer, and actor who hails from Toronto, Ontario but currently calls California home. Known for his endearingly dark stand-up and for fronting bands like Brutal Knights and Wrong Hole,
#291: Long Night Reviews 2016 with Aliya Pabani, Freddie Rivas, Jill Krajewski, John Semley, & Laura Hermiston
Dec 5, 2016 • 57 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Polish Combatants Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday December 2, 2016. It was a thoughtful, funny, and fascinating year in review discussion about 2016.
#290: John Semley on The Kids in the Hall
Dec 1, 2016 • 62 min
John Semley is a prolific journalist and cultural critic based in Toronto who regularly contributes to the Globe and Mail and Macleans magazine. His obsession with comedy led him to fall in love with true originals in the innovative Canadian troupe,
#289: Lonely Parade
Nov 29, 2016 • 69 min
Lonely Parade is a fantastic band from Peterborough, Ontario consisting of Augusta Veno on guitar, Anwyn Climenhage on drums, and Charlotte Dempsey on bass. Formed around five years ago, Lonely Parade are childhood friends and excellent musicians who h…
#288: DIANA
Nov 22, 2016 • 75 min
DIANA is an electronically inclined pop band from Toronto whose primary members are Kieran Adams, Carmen Elle, and Joseph Shabason. After their 2013 album Perpetual Surrender earned them accolades from the likes of the New York Times, the Guardian,
#287: Fake Limbs
Nov 16, 2016 • 92 min
Fake Limbs are a noisy rock band who hail from the west side of Chicago, Illinois. Known for creating a kind of “social justice street rock” that’s exhilarating and outspoken, the band formed in 2011 and have released three acclaimed full-length alb
#286: Voivod
Nov 8, 2016 • 60 min
Voivod is a pioneering rock ‘n’ roll band who originally hail from Jonquière, Quebec. Formed in 1982, Voivod have never been afraid to challenge expectations with their work, exploring aspects of speed metal, thrash, hardcore punk,
#285: Chicago Underground Duo
Oct 26, 2016 • 69 min
Chicago Underground Duo consists of two very notable musicians: Rob Mazurek (also of Exploding Star Orchestra, Starlicker, Pulsar Quartet, Rob Mazurek Octet, São Paulo Underground) and Chad Taylor (also of Marc Ribot Trio, Side A, Digital Primitives),
#284: Vic Berger
Oct 19, 2016 • 68 min
Vic Berger is a talented video editor and satirist based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Currently employed by the online video and production company Super Deluxe, Berger has made a name for himself with his surreal video creations,
#283: Dylan Moran
Oct 11, 2016 • 25 min
Dylan Moran is a highly esteemed and award-winning Irish comedian, writer, author, actor, and filmmaker whose work has been compared to that of William Shakespear and Oscar Wilde. In a four-star review, The Guardian once said,
#282: The Rutabega
Oct 6, 2016 • 61 min
The Rutabega is a two-piece pop-infused rock band consisting of Joshua Wayne Hensley and Garth Mason. Based in South Bend, Indiana, the Rutabega began some 15 years ago, as a solo outlet for Hensley’s fragile yet strong songwriting. In 2011,
#281: Fake Palms
Sep 28, 2016 • 55 min
Michael le Riche is a musician, singer, and songwriter based in Toronto, Ontario. Formerly a member of the band the Darcys, le Riche struck out on his own to find an outlet for his own darker rock and punk leanings,
#280: Hasan Minhaj
Sep 20, 2016 • 51 min
Hasan Minhaj is a talented comedian and writer currently based in New York City. Having gained acclaim for his web series The Truth with Hasan Minhaj, and his work as a stand-up comedian and actor, Minhaj earned a spot as a senior correspondent on The …
#279: U.S. Girls
Sep 15, 2016 • 70 min
U.S. Girls is the moniker of Meghan Remy who currently calls Toronto, Ontario home. Since moving there from Chicago in 2010, Remy has become a vital part of the city’s music scene and, along with her husband Slim Twig,
#278: Jane Bunnett
Sep 13, 2016 • 74 min
Jane Bunnett is a world-renowned jazz musician and composer who lives in Toronto, Ontario. A Juno award winner and Grammy award nominee, Bunnett is a highly accomplished saxophonist and piano player well known for her incorporation of Cuban music and c…
#277: Rob Benvie of Bankruptcy
Sep 6, 2016 • 88 min
Rob Benvie is a novelist, writer, musician, songwriter, and singer currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Benvie has published two acclaimed novels, 2004’s Safety of War, and 2011’s Maintenance,
#276: Katie Monks of Dilly Dally
Aug 17, 2016 • 56 min
Katie Monks and Liz Ball are members of an explosive Toronto-based rock band called Dilly Dally. High school friends, Monks and Ball grew up loving Nirvana, Pixies, Sonic Youth, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs among others,
#275: Incredible Love – Alan Vega & Suicide Remembered by Steve Albini, Jehnny Beth, Brendan Canty, Kid Millions, Robyn Phillips, Priya Thomas, & Mike Watt
Aug 10, 2016 • 66 min
On July 16, 2016, Alan Vega died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 78. In a statement, Vega’s family said, “With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force
#274: Hari Kondabolu
Jul 28, 2016 • 54 min
Hari Kondabolu is a very funny and incisive stand-up comedian who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has written for shows like Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, he’s appeared on the many late night talk shows,
#273: Mary Lynn Rajskub
Jul 26, 2016 • 28 min
Mary Lynn Rajskub is a talented comedien and actress who originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. Though she’s likely best known for her portrayal of data analyst Chloe O’Brian on the hit Fox drama 24, for comedy fans she’s well-regarded for her wor
#272: Gord Downie [Archival; May 2010]
Jul 22, 2016 • 38 min
Gord Downie is a genuine hero of mine who has redefined rock ‘n’ roll music in Canada. Over the past 30 years, he’s led Kingston, Ontario’s the Tragically Hip, who write and perform songs that are uncommonly challenging and great,
#271: Andy Shauf
Jul 21, 2016 • 66 min
Andy Shauf is a talented songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who originally hails from Saskatchewan. Over the past four years, Shauf has released critically acclaimed and vibrant pop records whose dark textures contain clever lyrics and infec…
#270: TUNS
Jul 19, 2016 • 60 min
TUNS is the mighty new Halifax/Toronto supergroup featuring Chris Murphy, Matt Murphy, and Mike O’Neill. Chris Murphy has ushered some excellent music into this world, both as the co-curator/co-founder of the murderecords label and as a quarter of one .
#269: Baroness von Sketch Show
Jul 14, 2016 • 64 min
Baroness von Sketch Show is a very funny sketch comedy TV program that airs on CBC. This edgy yet grounded show is written by and stars four very talented and hilarious human beings: Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne,
#268: PUP
Jul 12, 2016 • 67 min
PUP is a young, hard rock band based in Toronto, Ontario. Known for touring hard and putting on riotous shows, PUP recently released their second album, The Dream is Over, via Side One Dummy and Royal Mountain Records and they will soon be touring the …
#267: Adrian Teacher
Jul 7, 2016 • 53 min
Adrian Teacher is a talented and award-winning musician who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Best known for his work in Apollo Ghosts and COOL TV, Teacher is also an accomplished solo musician who has just released another excellent,
#266: William Tyler
Jul 5, 2016 • 72 min
William Tyler is a talented musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for his work in the bands Lambchop and Silver Jews, Tyler is also an accomplished solo artist and has released four critically-acclaimed albums. His latest is a gorgeous,
#265: David Cross
Jun 30, 2016 • 38 min
David Cross is a gifted comedian, actor, author, and writer who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia. For almost 30 years now, he’s been at the vanguard of comedy, writing and/or performing on influential and hilarious TV programs such as The Ben Sti.
#264: Choir! Choir! Choir!
Jun 21, 2016 • 56 min
Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based community music project spearheaded by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! features a committed group of gifted and amateur singers who meet twice a week,
#263: Jay Arner (& Jessica Delisle)
Jun 16, 2016 • 58 min
Jay Arner is a gifted rock and pop songwriter and musician based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past five years or so, Arner has garnered critical acclaim for his solo records, which tend to feature synthesized instruments and cloudy vocals b…
#262: Mare Sheppard, Jim Guthrie, & Shaw-Han Liem
Jun 14, 2016 • 67 min
The overlap between independent gaming and independent music is one of the most fascinating cultural intersections I’ve come across in recent years. Both reflect somewhat subversive interests and have garnered large, loyal, fervent,
#261: Hooded Fang
Jun 9, 2016 • 76 min
Hooded Fang is an excellent and adventurous rock ‘n’ roll band from Toronto. Over the past decade, the band has toured the world and released a number of daring records that chart a unique, ever-changing sound steeped in underground rock idioms and ex
#260: Long Night with BRAIDS, Dan Meades, Freyja & Zamudio, and Eastern Owl
Jun 2, 2016 • 63 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Rocket Room in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as part of the Lawnya Vawnya Arts Festival on Friday May 6, 2016. My guests were multi-instrumentalist Austin Tufts of BRAIDS,
#259: Savak’s Sohrab Habibion
May 27, 2016 • 61 min
Sohrab Habibion is a talented guitarist, singer, graphic designer, and engineer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has played in wonderful punk rock bands in the past, including Edsel and the Obits. His new band is called Savak and features members of Hol…
#258: Shotgun Jimmie
May 25, 2016 • 65 min
Shotgun Jimmie is a prolific and talented singer, songwriter, and musician who currently lives in Brandon, Manitoba. Over the past 10 years, Shotgun Jimmie has emerged as one of the most beloved figures in indie-rock and has been touring a bunch in sup…
#257: Piya Chattopadhyay & MINOTAURS’ Nathan Lawr
May 19, 2016 • 57 min
Piya Chattopadhyay is a respected broadcaster and journalist currently based in Toronto. She has appeared as a guest host on TVO’s The Agenda and has contributed to BBC, PRI, and once served as the Middle East correspondent for Fox News Radio.
#256: Daniel Romano
May 17, 2016 • 65 min
Daniel Romano is a multi-talented musician, producer, label co-owner, and fashion entrepreneur who lives in Fenwick, Ontario. Over the past 15 years, he’s made a name for himself in bands like Attack in Black and Daniel, Fred,
#255: Shehzaad Jiwani of Greys
May 11, 2016 • 75 min
Shehzaad Jiwani is the lead singer and lyricist in the Toronto punk rock band Greys. Formed in 2011, they’ve released a handful of singles and two LPs, including 2016’s acclaimed Outer Heaven, which is out now via both Buzz Records and Carpark Records
#254: Scott Aukerman
May 5, 2016 • 28 min
Scott Aukerman is a very talented comedy writer, producer, director, and actor who’s currently based in California. Aukerman is a key figure behind the Earwolf and Howl podcast networks and he’s been a writer/performer on Mr.
#253: Several Futures
May 5, 2016 • 78 min
Several Futures is a post-punk band from Toronto consisting of Jonny Dovercourt, Matt Nish-Lapidus, and Evan Davies. Dovercourt is the driving force behind Toronto’s celebrated Wavelength concert series and he and Davies once played together in a band .
#252: Bob Mehr on The Replacements
May 3, 2016 • 80 min
Bob Mehr is an award-winning music critic who currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee. He’s the chief music critic for The Commercial Appeal and has written for MOJO and the Chicago Reader among others and he has composed essays and liner notes for sev
#251: The Burning Hell
Apr 28, 2016 • 79 min
The Burning Hell is one of the best and smartest pop, rock, folk bands in the world. Led by founder Mathias Kom and his partner Ariel Sharratt, the Burning Hell consist of people from Peterborough, Ontario, St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Charlottetown,
#250: Long Night with Dr. Carys Massarella, Hadani Ditmars, and Omar Musa
Apr 21, 2016 • 78 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the TRANZAC in Toronto, as part of the Spur Festival on Friday April 8, 2016. My guests were Emergency Physician and a leading expert on transgender care, Dr. Carys Massarella,
#249: Puff Pieces
Apr 19, 2016 • 54 min
Amanda Huron and Mike Andre are two-thirds of a wonderfully sharp band called Puff Pieces. Based in Washington, D.C., Puff Pieces write very catchy, somewhat minimal punk songs that are pointed and clever. Their new album is called Bland in D.C.
#248: Ray Robertson
Apr 13, 2016 • 91 min
Ray Robertson is a noted author and novelist based in Toronto. Originally from Chatham, Ontario, Robertson has written 10 acclaimed books, including his engaging and excellent new collection of biographical music essays,
#247: Cupcake Ductape
Apr 7, 2016 • 63 min
Cupcake Ductape is a very cool noise-infused pop band consisting of Steph Yates of the band Esther Grey and a folk-oriented singer and songwriter named Alanna Gurr. Based in Guelph, Cupcake Ductape have become local favourites on the strength of their …
#246: Mauno
Apr 5, 2016 • 45 min
Mauno is a wonderfully inventive pop band that hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Founded by singer/guitarist Nicholas Everett and singer/bassist Eliza Niemi, Mauno have toured the country but have yet to release their second record,
#245: Joe Casey of Protomartyr
Mar 30, 2016 • 72 min
Joe Casey is the lead singer and songwriter in an acclaimed American rock band called Protomartyr. Formed in Detroit in 2008, Protomartyr have released three full-length albums, including their well-received breakthrough, The Agent Intellect,
#244: Long Night with Shad, Sloan’s Jay Ferguson & Patrick Pentland, Caitlin Durlak, So Long Seven, & Bobby Ruin
Mar 24, 2016 • 62 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday March 19, 2016. My guests were, security expert Bobby Ruin, filmmaker Caitlin Durlak, a band called So Long Seven,
#243: Toronto Blue Jays Panel with Stacey May Fowles, Desmond Cole, Drew Fairservice, & Josh Zucker
Mar 22, 2016 • 57 min
This episode was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday March 18, 2016. I moderated a panel about the Toronto Blue Jays featuring experts such as Baseball Life Advice writer Stacey May Fowles,
#242: Josh Gondelman
Mar 17, 2016 • 51 min
Josh Gondelman is a Peabody winning and Emmy nominated comedy writer, author, and stand-up comedian who currently lives in New York City, where he works as a writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Raised in Boston,
#241: Rangda
Mar 15, 2016 • 73 min
Rangda is a powerful, American instrumental trio featuring guitarists Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny and drummer Chris Corsano. Their new album is called The Heretic’s Bargain, it’s out now via Drag City,
#240: A Way That’s Clear – Tortoise & The Making of ‘The Catastrophist’
Mar 8, 2016 • 57 min
Over the past 20 years, Tortoise has honed a distinctive sound, spurred on by strange, synthetic tones, stunning guitar interplay, and an utterly unique and highly influential approach to playing and recording drums. Citizens of Chicago,
#239: Long Night with Jordan Ferguson, STACEY, Sam Sutherland, and Carol Zoccoli
Mar 2, 2016 • 65 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday February 19, 2016. My guests were writer Jordan Ferguson who discussed his 33 1/3 book about Donuts by J Dilla,
#238: Stuck in Your Head – Idée Fixe is 5!
Feb 24, 2016 • 47 min
The excellent Toronto record label Idée Fixe celebrates its fifth anniversary this week with two hometown shows. On Thursday February 25, established and gifted artists like Jennifer Castle, Bry Webb, Alex Lukashevsky, and Schmidt’s solo outlet,
#237: Geoff Berner
Feb 11, 2016 • 76 min
Geoff Berner is a tremendously gifted songwriter and musician known for his outspoken work and 100% belief in the klezmer tradition. Based in Vancouver, he received a scholarship for being the top student in the University of British Columbia’s Creativ.
#236: Junior Boys
Feb 2, 2016 • 65 min
Junior Boys is the long-standing electronic pop moniker for the work of Jeremy Greenspan, a talented musician based in Hamilton, Ontario. Over the past 17 years, he has written some very sophisticated music,
#235: Long Night with Tom Power, Deadpan Powerpoint, TUNS, & Michelle McAdorey
Jan 21, 2016 • 56 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday January 16, 2016. My guests were CBC Radio’s Tom Power, life gurus Deadpan Powerpoint, Chris Murphy (Sloan),
#234: Michelle McAdorey
Jan 15, 2016 • 62 min
Michelle McAdorey is a gifted and iconic Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto. Well known for her role as the lead vocalist of Crash Vegas, McAdorey has cultivated an intriguing solo discography.
#233: Steven Lambke
Jan 12, 2016 • 62 min
Steven Lambke is a gifted musician, songwriter, and singer based in Toronto, Ontario. A member of the Constantines, over the past decade, Lambke has also released a wondrous solo discography under the moniker Baby Eagle.
#232: Long Night with Casey Mecija, Denise Benson & Matt O’Brien
Dec 17, 2015 • 72 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday December 12, 2015. My guests were Casey Mecija, the host of the CBC Radio show The Doc Project,
#231: Evan Gordon
Dec 15, 2015 • 82 min
Evan Gordon is a gifted musician from Guelph who is a member of Islands and the band formerly known as the Magic. He’s also the leader of the Sad Clowns, a crazed rock ‘n’ roll band that is playing their first show in many years at the Stay Out of t
#230: Peter Demakos of Blimp Rock
Dec 10, 2015 • 78 min
Peter Demakos is the songwriter and spokesman for Blimp Rock Enterprises. Ostensibly a clever indie-rock band based in Toronto, Blimp Rock is also a business entity whose objective is to hold a music festival in a blimp over Lake Ontario.
#229: Willie Thrasher
Dec 8, 2015 • 46 min
Willie Thrasher is a gifted Inuk singer and songwriter who lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia. In 2014, three of Thrasher’s earliest songs, appeared on the wondrous and revelatory Light in the Attic Records compilation, Native North America (Vol.
#228: Long Night with Desmond Cole, Matt Collins, & Elaquent
Dec 2, 2015 • 48 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday November 13, 2015. My guests were Toronto journalist/broadcaster Desmond Cole, stand-up comedian Matt Collins,
#227: John Wright & Frank Barnes of Compressorhead
Nov 26, 2015 • 38 min
John Wright is a founding member, singer, songwriter and drummer in British Columbia’s Nomeansno, one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the history of great rock and roll bands. Frank Barnes is an artist who specializes in robotics and is the mind.
#226: Scharpling & Wurster
Nov 24, 2015 • 40 min
Scharpling & Wurster is a beloved and very funny comedy duo consisting of Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster. While they mainly work together on The Best Show radio program and podcast, which airs every Tuesday from 9 pm to midnight ET at,
#225: Tony Levin of King Crimson
Nov 19, 2015 • 44 min
Tony Levin is an accomplished musician who originally hails from Massachusetts. A noted bassist and master of a polyphonic chordal guitar called the Chapman Stick, Levin has appeared on over 500 albums by people like John Lennon, Alice Cooper,
#224: Ian MacKaye & Steve Albini (Part II)
Nov 17, 2015 • 79 min
Ian MacKaye is known for being in bands like Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi, and the Evens and he co-founded the Washington D.C. based label, Dischord Records. Steve Albini has sung and played guitar in bands like Big Black and Shellac of North America …
#223: Ian MacKaye & Steve Albini (Part I)
Nov 12, 2015 • 85 min
Ian MacKaye was once in bands like Minor Threat and Embrace and is currently in the bands Fugazi and the Evens. He also co-founded and continues to oversee the excellent label Dischord Records, which is based in his hometown of Washington D.C.
#222: Peter Guralnick
Nov 10, 2015 • 73 min
Peter Guralnick is a music writer of the highest order who splits his time living between Tennessee and Massachusetts. Over the past 40 years, he has written definitive books about American music, including Dream Boogie, a biography of Sam Cooke,
#221: Ryan Nelson of Soccer Team
Nov 5, 2015 • 73 min
Ryan Nelson is a musician and visual artist who resides in the Washington D.C. area. Formerly in the bands the Most Secret Method and Beauty Pill, Nelson currently plays in Michigan’s Minutes and the D.C. group Soccer Team,
#220: Esmerine
Oct 28, 2015 • 48 min
Rebecca Foon and Bruce Cawdron are the founding members of a superb chamber rock ensemble from Montreal called Esmerine. Founded in 2001, Esmerine was an exploratory outlet for Cawdron, a marimba player and percussionist who once played drums in Godspe…
#219: Eugene Mirman
Oct 21, 2015 • 39 min
Eugene Mirman is a very brilliant person, actor, author, festival organizer, husband, and stand-up comedian who lives in the United States of America. He’s a star of the hit animated Fox Television show Bob’s Burgers,
#218: I am Robot and Proud
Oct 15, 2015 • 64 min
I am Robot and Proud is the moniker of Shaw-Han Liem, a gifted musician and computer scientist who calls Toronto home. Liem co-designed and composed the music for the award-winning 2012 Playstation game Sound Shapes,
#217: Do You Compute – The Story of Drive Like Jehu
Oct 8, 2015 • 122 min
Drive Like Jehu is a rock ‘n’ roll band from San Diego, California consisting of guitarist and vocalist John Reis, drummer Mark Trombino, bassist Mike Kennedy, and vocalist and guitarist Rick Froberg. On August 31, 2014,
#216: Russell Mael & Alex Kapranos of FFS
Sep 30, 2015 • 62 min
Russell Mael and Alex Kapranos are talented musicians who are part of a new band called FFS. Mael originally hails from Culver City, California. Along with his brother Ron, he formed the pioneering electro-pop and prototypical new wave band Sparks in t…
#215: Destroyer
Sep 23, 2015 • 57 min
Destroyer is the music-making moniker of Dan Bejar, a very gifted lyricist and musician who originally hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been creating an idiosyncratic kind of pop music as Destroyer for almost 20 years and can also claim m…
#214: Ani DiFranco
Sep 10, 2015 • 41 min
Ani DiFranco is an iconic singer, songwriter, musician, poet, activist, and entrepreneur who currently calls New Orleans home. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, DiFranco started her own record label, Righteous Babe, when she was 18 and,
#213: Cameron Esposito
Sep 8, 2015 • 56 min
Cameron Esposito is a gifted and hilarious comedian and actress who originally hails from Chicago, Illinois. She’s a beloved figure who reveals much about her personal life in her stand-up, often discussing the fact that she’s a lesbian and covering v
#212: Ike Turner of MINUTES & Brown Company
Sep 3, 2015 • 73 min
Ike Turner is a musician and professor based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Primarily a drummer, Turner is best known for playing in amazing bands like MINUTES, Brown Company, and the Book-Burners. He recently went on a very long bike ride across some of the …
#211: Julie Fader & Graham Walsh of Etiquette
Aug 26, 2015 • 72 min
Etiquette is a wonderfully haunting, groove and ambient-rich pop band started by real-life couple Julie Fader and Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh in their homebase of Toronto, ON. This past March, they released Reminisce, their debut album,
#210: Mick Jenkins
Aug 20, 2015 • 48 min
Mick Jenkins is a powerful, uncompromising young hip-hop artist who has spent most of his life as a citizen of Chicago, Illinois. Born in Alabama in 1991, Jenkins first received widespread attention for his 2013 mixtape Trees and Truths and followed it…
#209: Justin Small of Do Make Say Think
Aug 18, 2015 • 72 min
Justin Small is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Small is well-known for playing in bands like Lullabye Arkestra and he’s won awards for his film scoring work with Ohad Benchetrit.
#208: Gary Taxali
Aug 13, 2015 • 79 min
Gary Taxali is a gifted and renowned visual artist, author, and illustrator who lives in Toronto. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world and his images have appeared in many major magazines and advertising campaigns.
#207: Slim Twig
Aug 6, 2015 • 51 min
Slim Twig is the moniker for a young man from Toronto named Max Turnbull who’s a noted actor and musician. Over the past 10 years, he has released a lot of challenging, artful pop music in projects like Tropics, Archaic Women, Plastic Factory, U.S.
#206: Faith No More’s Billy Gould
Aug 4, 2015 • 37 min
Billy Gould is a musician, songwriter, and producer who originally hails from the state of California. Throughout his life, Gould has played in bands like Brujeria, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Fear and the Nervous System,
#205: Nick Ferrio
Jul 24, 2015 • 59 min
Nick Ferrio is a heartfelt singer and songwriter based in Peterborough, Ontario. A member of the humourous and wise folk-rock band the Burning Hell, Ferrio has emerged as an artistic force in his own right,
#204: Michael Franti
Jul 23, 2015 • 29 min
Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian currently based in California. Emerging as a founding member of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy more than 20 years ago, Franti has cultivated a loyal and large following for his nuanced and posi…
#203: Elaquent
Jul 23, 2015 • 58 min
Elaquent is a hip-hop artist and producer based in Guelph, Ontario. An underground hero among beatmakers and rabid fans, Elaquent is renowned for his infectious, soulful but off-kilter compositions that recall aspects of Dilla and DJ Premier but are st…
#202: Doldrums
Jul 22, 2015 • 48 min
Doldrums is the electro-punk moniker of Airick Woodhead who currently lives in Montreal. Woodhead has been making music publicly since he was 13 years old and was a founding member of the inventive, well-respected Toronto band, Spiral Beach.
#201: LIDS
Jul 21, 2015 • 71 min
LIDS is a Toronto-based trio consisting of Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck, Dusted), Doug MacGregor (Constantines, City and Colour), and Alex Edkins (METZ). This past March, the band released a single for “Sarsfest” b/w “Blank Flag” via Telephone Explo
#200: Daniel Lanois
Jul 20, 2015 • 48 min
Daniel Lanois is a world-renowned musician, songwriter, and producer who splits his time living between Ontario and California. A multi-Grammy winning producer who has had a vital influence on key records by Bob Dylan, U2, Emmylou Harris,
#199: Rhys Darby
Jul 17, 2015 • 26 min
Rhys Darby is a talented stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and ex-soldier in the New Zealand Army who currently lives in Los Angeles. Best known for playing the well-meaning but inept band manager Murray Hewitt on the HBO show Flight of the Conchords,
#198: Nigel Chapman of Nap Eyes
Jul 14, 2015 • 69 min
Nigel Chapman is the visionary singer and songwriter for a Halifax band called Nap Eyes. Featuring members of the neato band Monomyth, Nap Eyes released their debut album this past March and it was recently reissued in Canada on You’ve Changed Records .
#197: Nels Cline
Jul 7, 2015 • 62 min
Nels Cline is an American multi-instrumentalist and one of the world’s most renowned and inventive guitar players. Best known these days as a member of the popular Chicago band Wilco, Cline has collaborated with hundreds of musicians,
#196: José Miguel Contreras of By Divine Right
Jun 30, 2015 • 62 min
José Miguel Contreras is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, film composer, and amazing songwriter currently based in Toronto. Contreras is best known as the only consistent member of By Divine Right,
#195: Terra Lightfoot
Jun 25, 2015 • 68 min
Terra Lightfoot is a mighty singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Hamilton, Ontario. Somewhere between soulful folk and catchy rock ‘n’ roll, Lightfoot’s music is acclaimed and earning her a reputation, as a rising star in Canada.
#194: Will Currie & The Country French
Jun 18, 2015 • 57 min
Will Currie & The Country French are a well-respected pop band from Waterloo, Ontario. Together since 2008, their latest album is a relatively sombre one called They Killed Us, which is available via File Under: Music and they’re playing Toronto’s M
#193: Angel Olsen
Jun 16, 2015 • 65 min
Angel Olsen is an evocative and true singer and songwriter who originally hails from Missouri but now calls North Carolina home. A frequent collaborator of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, as well as the Cairo Gang, Olsen emerged as a solo force with her 2010 d
#192: Marker Starling
Jun 11, 2015 • 67 min
Marker Starling is the moniker of Chris A. Cummings, an ambitious and gifted pop songwriter based in Toronto. Previously working under the name Mantler, Cummings has created a distinct body of work that treads the line between thoughtful melancholy and…
#191: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Jun 9, 2015 • 44 min
Buffy Sainte-Marie is an iconic multi-faceted artist and socio-political force of nature who originally hails from Piapot Cree First Nations Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan. Over six decades,
#190: Lee Reed
Jun 2, 2015 • 55 min
Lee Reed is a riveting and uncompromising hip-hop artist from Hamilton, Ontario. Once a member of the powerful group Warsawpack, Reed has released three politically-charged solo albums, including his latest, The Butcher, The Banker,
#189: Raekwon
May 26, 2015 • 28 min
Raekwon the Chef is one of the fiercest MCs and hip-hop storytellers of all time. The Staten Island-bred artist is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan and has released classic albums on his own. His latest is Fly International Luxurious Art and is out now via..
#: 188: Chad VanGaalen on doing Stupid Human Tricks on David Letterman
May 20, 2015 • 56 min
Chad VanGaalen is a talented musician and award-winning filmmaker/visual artist based in Calgary Alberta whose latest album Shrink Dust, was released in 2014 via both Flemish Eye and Sub Pop Records. He is playing Massey Hall in Toronto with the Consta…
#187: Mike Sacks on David Letterman
May 18, 2015 • 45 min
Mike Sacks is a respected journalist and humour writer whose work has appeared in many of America’s top periodicals. He’s a member of the editorial staff at Vanity Fair and has written three books including two acclaimed and mind-blowing interview col
#186: Socalled
May 12, 2015 • 57 min
Socalled is the moniker of a talented musical mastermind named Josh Dolgin who calls Montreal home. As someone who truly embraces the open-ended and multi-faceted aspects of hip-hop culture, Socalled’s music reflects virtually every kind of noise and g.
#185: Steven Kado of Blocks Recording Club
May 7, 2015 • 59 min
Steven Kado is a Toronto-based musician and a co-founder of the Blocks Recording Club label in Toronto. Founded in 2003, the Blocks slogan “Don’t try, do!” led them to put out 70 releases by then-fledgling artists like Owen Pallett,
#184: METZ
May 5, 2015 • 50 min
METZ is one of the best hard rock bands in the whole wide world and their members, singer/guitarist Alex Edkins, bassist/singer Chris Slorach, and drummer Hayden Menzies all currently reside in Toronto. Their new album is called II and is out now via S
#183: Long Night with the Burning Hell, Amery Sandford, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Eva Ísleifs, Rakel McMahon, Erin Turcke, & Suds
May 1, 2015 • 64 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s Newfoundland during the Lawnya Vawnya festival on Friday April 24, 2015. For this edition of Long Night, my sidekick was my bandleader,
#182: Scott Thompson answers Exclaim!’s Questionnaire
Apr 28, 2015 • 61 min
Scott Thompson is an Emmy-nominated actor, writer and comedian who appears on the NBC crime show, Hannibal, and was also a featured performer on the groundbreaking HBO sitcom The Larry Sanders Show. Though he’s venturing into stand-up and working on a
#181: Andrea Warner
Apr 21, 2015 • 77 min
Andrea Warner is a talented and well-respected music writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her new book is called We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the ’90s and Changed Canadian Music, which explores the unprecedented rise of Celine Dion,
#180: Phosphorescent
Apr 17, 2015 • 52 min
Phosphorescent is the moniker of Matthew Houck, a prolific and well-loved singer and songwriter who calls Nashville, Tennessee home. Initially based in Athens, Georgia, Houck began releasing music as Fillup Shack before working under Phosphorescent and..
#179: Long Night with Rachel Giese, Sabrina Ramnanan, Daniel Schulman, Lee Reed
Apr 14, 2015 • 71 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Tranzac in Toronto during the Spur Festival, Canada’s first national festival of politics, art, and ideas, on Friday April 10, 2015. Aside from Long Night sidekick James Keast and hous
#178: Shary Boyle
Apr 9, 2015 • 77 min
Shary Boyle is a tremendously gifted and world-renowned Canadian visual artist who calls Toronto home. While it isn’t easy to describe the full breadth of her work, it’s fair to say she has spent a great deal of time exploring the figure,
#177: Sohrab Habibion on Obits calling it quits
Apr 2, 2015 • 22 min
Yesterday, the great American rock ‘n’ roll band Obits announced that they were breaking up after 10 years together. Today, I spoke to guitarist/vocalist Sohrab Habibion about why this happened and what it means for life on this planet.
#176: Rob Lind of The Sonics
Mar 31, 2015 • 64 min
Rob Lind is a well-regarded saxophone player currently based in the state of North Carolina. In the 1960s, Lind co-founded the Tacoma, Washington-based band the Sonics, and rock ‘n’ roll was never the same again. Their first two albums,
#175: Sir Richard Bishop
Mar 26, 2015 • 49 min
Sir Richard Bishop is a tremendous and well-respected guitarist based in the state of Oregon. For close to 30 years, Bishop was a member of the renowned rock band Sun City Girls but in 1998, John Fahey’s Revenant Records released Salvador Kali,
#174: Andy Kindler
Mar 24, 2015 • 52 min
Andy Kindler is a stand-up comedian from New York City who is currently based in Los Angeles. Best known for frequent appearances as himself on the Late Show with David Letterman and recurring acting roles on Everybody Loves Raymond, Maron,
#173: Will Butler
Mar 19, 2015 • 26 min
Will Butler is an American musician whom many people assume is Canadian because he’s a member of the Montreal band Arcade Fire. On his first solo album, the multi-instrumentalist delves deep into American songwriting traditions,
#172: Long Night with Scott Thompson, Damian Rogers, Don Pyle, and Overnight
Mar 17, 2015 • 72 min
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto during the Long Winter multi-disciplinary arts festival on Friday March 13, 2015. Aside from Long Night sidekick James Keast and house band the Bicycles,
#171: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
Mar 11, 2015 • 72 min
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith is a Vancouver-based band whose latest album, the acclaimed Club Meds, is available now via Arts & Crafts, and has prompted them to tour all over the world. At their recent Guelph stop,
#170: Andy Gill of Gang of Four
Mar 5, 2015 • 44 min
Andy Gill is a legendary musician, songwriter, and producer who lives in the United Kingdom. Towards the end of the 1970s, Gill co-founded the remarkable post-punk band Gang of Four whose jagged, dance-able,
#169: Matt Braunger
Mar 3, 2015 • 45 min
Matt Braunger is a gifted stand-up comedian and performer who spent a good chunk of his life living in Portland, Oregon but now calls Los Angeles home. He was a cast member on MADtv during that show’s final season,
#168: Dan Boeckner of Operators
Feb 26, 2015 • 81 min
Dan Boeckner is a multi-talented musician and singer who originally hails from British Columbia. After forming a short-lived band called Atlas Strategic on the west coast, Boeckner eventually moved to Montreal where he co-founded the esteemed and popul…
#167: THEESatisfaction
Feb 23, 2015 • 30 min
THEESatisfaction is a remarkable multi-genre duo based in Seattle, Washington. Cat and Stas are two fearless and visionary young women steeped in hip-hop and R&B whose 2012 Sub Pop debut, awE naturalE, made several lists,
#166: Tom McCaffrey
Feb 19, 2015 • 64 min
Tom McCaffrey is a renowned comedian, writer, director, and performer based in New York City. Over the last two decades, McCaffrey’s work has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, Funny or Die and he’s written for the Onion and Huffington Post among others
#165: Bob Nastanovich of Silver Jews
Feb 18, 2015 • 74 min
Bob Nastanovich is an American musician who currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa. Though best known for playing keyboards, auxiliary drums, and shouting in the hugely significant and influential rock band Pavement,
#164: Long Night with Jesse Brown, David Heti, and L CON
Feb 17, 2015 • 70 min
Here’s another live episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna recorded before an audience at the Great Hall on Friday February 13, 2015, as part of Long Winter in Toronto. Listen to hear the talk show band stylings of the Bicycles,
#163: Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington
Feb 16, 2015 • 52 min
Tim Heidecker is the host of the highly esteemed film criticism web series, On Cinema at the Cinema, and also the star of the action show Decker, both of which air on Adult Swim. After a dramatic exit at the end of season five and missing the first epi…
#162: Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney
Feb 11, 2015 • 24 min
Janet Weiss is a tremendously powerful drummer based in Portland, Oregon. Weiss is originally from California and, over the past 20 years, has played in notable bands like Quasi, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Wild Flag,
#161: Siskiyou
Feb 4, 2015 • 61 min
Siskiyou is the musical moniker of Colin Huebert, a gifted and evocative songwriter who lives in British Columbia. With his previous two albums, Huebert emerged as a strikingly emotive voice in subversive folk music,
#160: PS I Love You
Jan 29, 2015 • 67 min
PS I Love You are a tremendous, melodic noise-rock two-piece band originally from Kingston, Ontario. This past October, Benjamin Nelson and Paul Saulnier were at the Halifax Pop Explosion touring behind their latest PS I Love You album,
#159: Carl Newman of the New Pornographers
Jan 25, 2015 • 58 min
Carl Newman is a well-respected and gifted pop songwriter who originally hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past 20 years, he has spearheaded bands like Superconductor and Zumpano, and released highly acclaimed solo records under the name…
#158: Bruce McCulloch
Jan 20, 2015 • 41 min
Bruce McCulloch is a tremendously influential and iconic comedic writer, performer, and director from Alberta who currently lives in the Hollywood Hills. He has written for Saturday Night Live, directed films like Stealing Harvard and Superstar,
#157: Long Night with Me, Aisha Alfa, Freddie Rivas, Anne Kingston, and the Weather Station
Jan 15, 2015 • 50 min
As some of you know I host a live talk show called Long Night with Vish Khanna every month (between November and March) at the Great Hall, as part of Long Winter in Toronto. The most recent episode on January 9,
#156: Owen Pallett
Jan 9, 2015 • 56 min
Owen Pallett is a tremendously gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer who currently lives in Montreal. Pallett was initially acclaimed for his string arrangements for artists like Jim Guthrie, Arcade Fire, Fucked Up, and many others and,
#155: The Weather Station
Jan 7, 2015 • 66 min
Tamara Lindeman is a captivating singer and vivid lyricist who operates under the moniker the Weather Station. Currently based in Toronto, Lindeman has been a member of notable bands like Entire Cities, Bruce Peninsula,
#154: Tom Scharpling
Dec 11, 2014 • 58 min
Tom Scharpling is a comedic writer, performer, and personality who hails from the state of New Jersey. He founded a fanzine and record label called 18 Wheeler in the early 1990s, he was a writer and executive producer on the TV show Monk during its eig…
#153: Jasmyn Burke of Weaves
Dec 9, 2014 • 54 min
Jasmyn Burke is the lead singer and co-founder of a great young band from Toronto called Weaves. If electronic, synthesizer-driven bands might be called computer music, Weaves make Internet rock—an open-minded,
#152: Kevin “Sipreano” Howes & Duke Redbird
Dec 4, 2014 • 76 min
Kevin “Sipreano” Howes and Duke Redbird are both involved in a lovely and vital new compilation called Native North America (Vol. 1) – Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985, which is out now via Light in the Attic Records.
#151: Hari Kondabolu
Dec 2, 2014 • 77 min
Hari Kondabolu is a very funny and incisive stand-up comedian who hails from Queens, New York. He has written for shows like Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan,
#150: Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche
Nov 27, 2014 • 73 min
Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche is a really cool, mostly instrumental band from Montreal who formed in 2011. The brainchild of Fly Pan Am’s Jean-Sebastien Truchy, the quartet includes guitarist Sebastien Fournier, drummer Samuel Beaubonie,
#149: Run the Jewels
Nov 25, 2014 • 34 min
Run the Jewels is a tremendous hip-hop duo consisting of inventive New York MC and producer El-P and one of the world’s wisest and best rappers, Killer Mike from Atlanta, Georgia. After collaborating on each other’s solo albums,
#148: Slim Twig
Nov 20, 2014 • 50 min
Slim Twig is the moniker for a young man from Toronto named Max Turnbull who is a noted actor and musician. Over the past 10 years, he has released a lot of challenging, artful pop music in projects like Tropics, Archaic Women, Plastic Factory, U.S.
#147: TEEN Live at the Halifax Pop Explosion
Nov 18, 2014 • 77 min
TEEN is an inventive pop band from Brooklyn, New York consisting of sisters Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine Lieberson and Boshra AlSaadi. Their latest album is called The Way and Color , which is out now via Carpark Records,
#146: Lee Paradise
Nov 13, 2014 • 57 min
Lee Paradise is the stage name of an endlessly creative young man from Toronto named Daniel Lee. Over the past few years he’s been a key figure in unique bands like Hooded Fang and Phèdre and he co-founded the Daps Records label. This past April,
#145: Cousins
Nov 11, 2014 • 57 min
Cousins is an excellent two-piece band from Halifax, Nova Scotia featuring Leigh Dotey and Aaron Mangle. They make an impassioned, fun kind of indie-rock and their latest album, The Halls of Wickwire, is rad and out now via Hand Drawn Dracula Records.
#144: Man Forever
Nov 6, 2014 • 74 min
John Colpitts is a prolific and skilled percussionist based in New York City. Also known as Kid Millions, he’s a founding member of the Brooklyn-based band Oneida who are acclaimed for their euphoric, propulsive, and open-ended rock sound.
#143: Cold Specks
Nov 4, 2014 • 47 min
Cold Specks is Al Spx, a talented and fearless singer, musician, and songwriter who calls Montreal home. Originally from a Toronto suburb called Etobicoke, Spx has garnered international attention for her powerful voice, dark-hued lyrics,
#142: Ryan Hemsworth & BADBADNOTGOOD Live at the Halifax Pop Explosion
Oct 30, 2014 • 91 min
Ryan Hemsworth and BADBADNOTGOOD each appeared at the 2014 Halifax Pop Explosion last week and we took part in a live, panel interview together at the Museum of Natural History. Ryan’s a talented electronic artist who originally hails from Halifax and .
#141: Lights
Oct 28, 2014 • 33 min
Lights is a pop artist from Toronto with legions of fans around the world. Born in Timmins, Ontario, Lights was discovered by Jian Ghomeshi when she was 15 years old and is now one of Canada’s most internationally recognized artists.
#140: John Darnielle
Oct 23, 2014 • 57 min
John Darnielle is one of the most esteemed songwriters working today. Currently based in Durham, North Carolina, he is the founder and leader of a beloved contemporary folk and rock band called the Mountain Goats who have been prolific over the past 25…
#139: Greg Cartwright of the Reigning Sound
Oct 21, 2014 • 56 min
Greg Cartwright is a prolific and influential musician who originally hails from Memphis, Tennessee. Over the past 20 years, Cartwright has established himself as a key and talented figure in the realms of garage rock, punk, and soul music.
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Oct 20, 2014 • 14 min
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#138: Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces
Oct 16, 2014 • 39 min
Palaceer Lazaro is the founder and frontman of the excellent and inventive Seattle hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces. Once known as Butterfly, one of three MCs in the pioneering group Digable Planets, Lazaro was born Ishmael Butler and his actions suggest …
#137: Xylouris White
Oct 14, 2014 • 75 min
Xylouris White is an extraordinary music pairing featuring George Xylouris, a renowned lute player in the Cretan folk tradition, and Jim White, a tremendous drummer known for his work in the Dirty Three and with Will Oldham, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave,
#136: Absolutely Free
Oct 9, 2014 • 64 min
Absolutely Free is a powerful and ambitious three-piece band from Toronto, Ontario. For years, Matt King, Moshe Rozenberg, and Mike Claxton used to play together in a fantastic post-punk outfit called DD/MM/YYYY that put on one of the best live shows i…
#135: The Wilderness of Manitoba
Oct 7, 2014 • 66 min
The Wilderness of Manitoba is a band from Toronto and were in Guelph last week touring in support of their new album Between Colours, which is out now. Founded by Will Whitwham, the quartet includes Amanda Balsys, Wes McClintock,
#134: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Oct 2, 2014 • 121 min
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is the long-held moniker of the esteemed and uncompromising songwriter, singer, actor, producer, and musician Will Oldham who hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past twenty years,
#133: John Southworth
Sep 30, 2014 • 54 min
John Southworth is a remarkable songwriter, musician, filmmaker, theatrical performer, and author who splits his time between Toronto and Montreal. Over the past 20 years, Southworth has established himself as one of the world’s most fascinating and in.
#132: Christine Fellows
Sep 25, 2014 • 71 min
Christine Fellows lives in Winnipeg, MB and is one of the world’s best songwriters. She is an adventurous and compelling storyteller and a gifted musician who brings her work into other disciplines for really cool collaborations.
#131: Ronnie Spector
Sep 16, 2014 • 32 min
Ronnie Spector is one of the most influential vocalists and performers in all of pop music. Her work with the Ronettes in the 1960s was legendary, altering the course of rock ‘n’ roll with its style, attitude,
#130: Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Sep 11, 2014 • 57 min
Elisabeth de Mariaffi is a gifted writer and poet who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her 2012 short story collection How to Get Along with Women is extraordinarily moving, emotionally jarring, texturally precise,
#129: Scott Merritt
Sep 9, 2014 • 78 min
Scott Merritt is a very talented songwriter, musician, singer, and producer who lives in Guelph, Ontario. He has been creating and occasionally releasing inventive pop music for close to 35 years and has collaborated with people like Daniel Lanois,
#128: Nicholas Ruddock
Sep 4, 2014 • 59 min
Nicholas Ruddock is a Guelph-based doctor and a critically acclaimed poet and author whose 2010 novel, The Parabolist, was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. His latest work is the compelling, funny How Loveta Got Her Baby,
#127: “Weird Al” Yankovic
Sep 2, 2014 • 39 min
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the most successful, astute, and wickedly funny song parodist of our time. On his latest album Mandatory Fun, Yankovic performs his usual balance of style parodies and send ups of big singles, which,
#126: Carrie Snyder
Aug 29, 2014 • 60 min
Carrie Snyder lives in Waterloo, Ontario and is the author of two story collections, including The Juliet Stories, which was a finalist for Canada’s 2012 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Her debut novel,
#125: John Reis of Drive Like Jehu
Aug 22, 2014 • 49 min
John Reis is a fantastic guitarist and songwriter based in San Diego California. Over the past 25 years he has played in remarkable and influential bands like Pitchfork, Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes, Sultans, and the Night Marchers among others,
#124: Claire Cameron
Aug 21, 2014 • 47 min
Claire Cameron is an acclaimed writer from Toronto whose first novel, The Line Painter, won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for ‘best first novel.
#123: Bahamas
Aug 19, 2014 • 69 min
Afie Jurvanen is a gifted musician and songwriter who works under the tropical moniker Bahamas. Jurvanen has been an in-demand guitarist who has worked with Feist, the Weather Station, and Zeus among others.
#122: Heather O’Neill
Aug 14, 2014 • 52 min
Heather O’Neill is a talented and provocative novelist based in Montreal. Her first book was the celebrated Lullabies for Little Criminals, which won Canada Reads in 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.
#121: Dave Ullrich of Zunior & The Inbreds
Aug 12, 2014 • 81 min
Dave Ullrich is the founder of, one of the world’s first digital distribution services for independent music, which celebrates its tenth anniversary with various enterprises, including a new tribute album by Tony Dekker and a big festival at.
#120: Steve Albini
Jul 31, 2014 • 87 min
Steve Albini is a world-renowned recording engineer and the owner and one operator of the stellar Electrical Audio recording facility in Chicago, Illinois. He is also one of three singers and one of one electric guitarists in Shellac,
#119: Constantines
Jul 29, 2014 • 100 min
Constantines are a powerful and influential band who originally formed in Guelph, Ontario in 1999. After releasing four acclaimed and inspiring post-punk/rock ‘n’ roll albums, Constantines went on indefinite hiatus in 2010.
#118: Steve Sladkowski of PUP
Jul 24, 2014 • 74 min
Steve Sladkowski plays guitar and sings in a Toronto punk-infused pop band called PUP. Originally called Topanga, PUP changed their name ahead of releasing their first, self-titled debut album, which is out now via Royal Mountain Records.
#117: Charles Austin of the Super Friendz
Jul 22, 2014 • 64 min
Charles Austin lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is one of the best musicians, producers, and people that I know. Austin has played in bands and projects like Neuseiland, the Lodge, Lost Wax Guild, Aqua Alta,
#116: Matt Andersen
Jul 17, 2014 • 46 min
Matt Andersen has earned a reputation for being one of the most powerful live soul and rock performers of his generation. The New Brunswick native has released seven albums and toured the world over, quietly gaining an army of loyal fans who gravitate …
#115: Jeremy Gara & Samir Khan of Kepler
Jul 15, 2014 • 93 min
Jeremy Gara and Samir Khan are accomplished musicians who once played together in an Ottawa-based band called Kepler. For a good chunk of their time together, they were associated with a kind of slow-building atmospheric music that made them a nice fit…
#114: Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors
Jul 8, 2014 • 76 min
Nat Baldwin is a talented double-bassist, singer, and songwriter who originally hails from the state of New Hampshire but lives in Maine. Baldwin is a skilled musician who studied with jazz and improvised music giant Anthony Braxton and,
#113: Julie Doiron
Jul 3, 2014 • 65 min
Julie Doiron is a talented and prolific singer, musician, and songwriter based in Sackville, New Brunswick. She first gained attention in the world-renowned band Eric’s Trip before going solo for a successful and busy trajectory of her own.
#112: Britt Walford of Slint and Watter
Jul 1, 2014 • 69 min
Britt Walford is a world-renowned drummer who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. In the 1980s he played in notable bands like Squirrel Bait, Maurice, and, for a spell, in the Breeders. Walford is best-known though as a founding member of Slint who initiall…
#111: Hamilton Leithauser
Jun 24, 2014 • 45 min
Hamilton Leithauser is a very talented singer and songwriter who is best known for fronting the acclaimed New York City band, the Walkmen. Last year, the Walkmen announced they’d be taking an extended hiatus after releasing a string of wonderful albums.
#110: Josh Salter & Matt Peters of Monomyth
Jun 17, 2014 • 48 min
Monomyth is a really cool band from Halifax that make a hazy, gritty kind of pop music. Their washed out, psych-rock-tinged new album is called Saturnalia Regalia! and it’s out July 22 via Mint Records. They’re touring through Ontario and Quebec now,
#109: Jello Biafra
Jun 13, 2014 • 72 min
Jello Biafra was the lead singer of the influential punk band Dead Kennedys and has since gone on to do significant work as an actor, spoken word artist, and vocalist, as well as being the head honcho at the still busy and prolific record label,
#108: Born Ruffians
Jun 12, 2014 • 54 min
Born Ruffians are a terrifically sharp indie-rock band whose latest album is called Birthmarks. Released in 2013 via Paper Bag Records, it’s the band’s third record and found them exploring more polished pop production. On Sunday July 27,
#107: Friendly Rich
Jun 10, 2014 • 70 min
Friendly Rich is a strange but great man who originally hails from Brampton just outside of Toronto, Ontario. He is a singer, songwriter, educator, impresario, and instigator who has released 10 albums to date, including his latest, Bountiful,
#106: Brad McInerney & Mike Deane of Kazoo!
Jun 5, 2014 • 65 min
Brad McInerney is a founding member of the Kazoo! concert series in Guelph. which is celebrating its eighth anniversary with two shows in town this week. On Thursday June 5, the Salt Lick Kids are reuniting to play the Jimmy Jazz with Sackville’s Kappa.
#105: Zaki Ibrahim
Jun 3, 2014 • 40 min
Zaki Ibrahim is a very creative singer and songwriter who splits her time between Toronto and Johannesburg. Over the past decade, she has established herself as one of the most daring and fascinating R&B/electro-pop artists in North America and her hea…
#104: Fucked Up
May 29, 2014 • 84 min
Fucked Up are a really awesome and prolific band from Toronto who make great, smart rock records and do remarkable, community-minded things for people less fortunate than themselves. On June 3, Matador Records is releasing the band’s fourth proper albu.
#103: Culture Reject
May 27, 2014 • 36 min
Culture Reject is the moniker of Michael O’Connell, a talented singer, songwriter, and musician who calls Toronto home. After years in the Guelph band Black Cabbage, O’Connell eventually went solo and has released two full-length albums as Culture Rej
#102: Alison Wearing
May 22, 2014 • 59 min
Alison Wearing is an author, musician, and theatrical actress based in Stratford Ontario whose first book was the internationally acclaimed travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey. Her latest book is another compelling memoir called Confe…
#101: Steven Lambke
May 20, 2014 • 77 min
Steven Lambke is a very talented songwriter, singer, and guitar player who often performs under the name Baby Eagle. A founding member of Constantines, Lambke was raised in Cambridge, Ontario and currently lives in Toronto where he manages the You’ve C.
#100: Andrew Nathan Hood Interviews Me about Jim Guthrie
May 15, 2014 • 124 min
Andrew Nathan Hood is a published author who lives in Guelph. He wanted to interview me because he’s working on a book about Jim Guthrie for Invisible Publishing’s Bibliophonic series and so I said “sure.” For this 100th episode of the show,
#99: Brian McMahan of Slint
May 13, 2014 • 50 min
Brian McMahan is a singer and guitarist from Louisville, Kentucky who has played with Squirrel Bait, Palace Brothers, the For Carnation, and perhaps most notably in Slint. This past April, Touch and Go Records reissued Slint’s second album,
#98: Owen Pallett
May 8, 2014 • 36 min
Owen Pallett is a tremendously gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer who currently lives in Montreal. Pallett was initially acclaimed for his string arrangements for artists like Jim Guthrie, Arcade Fire, Fucked Up, and many others and,
#97: Braids
May 6, 2014 • 66 min
Braids is an excellent, art-y rock band from Montreal featuring Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith. Originally from Calgary, Braids is a close-knit group whose first album, Native Speaker,
#96: Nathan Lawr
May 1, 2014 • 62 min
Nathan Lawr is a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Guelph. Over the past 20 years, Lawr has been a go-to drummer for people like Jim Guthrie, King Cobb Steelie, Royal City, FemBots, Bry Webb, and more.
#95: São Paulo Underground
Apr 29, 2014 • 56 min
São Paulo Underground is a cultural and stylistic collision between electronica, tropicalia, avant garde jazz, and punk, featuring Chicago Underground Duo’s Rob Mazurek on cornet, harmonium and various effects,
#94: David Heti
Apr 24, 2014 • 66 min
David Heti is a very funny comedian who once lived in Toronto and New York City and has just released his very first stand-up special, the intellectually stimulating and wickedly dark, It was ok, which is available now via
#93: Ought
Apr 22, 2014 • 51 min
Ought is a young punk band based in Montreal that consists of keyboardist Matt May, bassist Ben Stidworthy, drummer and violinist Tim Keen, and vocalist and guitarist Tim Beeler. The band formed in 2012 but have already honed a distinctive and explosiv…
#92: The Jesus Lizard Week with David Wm. Sims
Apr 18, 2014 • 30 min
The Jesus Lizard Week celebrating the release of Akashic Books’ BOOK concludes with the band’s ace bassist and principal archivist David Wm. Sims. Here, David and I discuss how BOOK was Johnny Temple of Akashic Books’ idea,
#91: The Jesus Lizard Week with Duane Denison
Apr 17, 2014 • 36 min
The Jesus Lizard Week celebrating the release of Akashic Books’ BOOK continues with graceful, eclectic, and powerful guitarist Duane Denison. Here, Duane and I chat about where BOOK came from and why he hoped they could do better than an average rock
#90: The Jesus Lizard Week with Mac McNeilly
Apr 16, 2014 • 51 min
The Jesus Lizard Week celebrating the release of BOOK continues with drummer Mac McNeilly. Here, Mac and I discuss some background on how BOOK came together, how it taught him more about his bandmates, the bond forged within the band through years of w.
#89: The Jesus Lizard Week with David Yow
Apr 15, 2014 • 65 min
It’s a very special week on this show because I’m dedicating four episodes to interviews with every founding member of one of the world’s greatest rock and roll bands, the Jesus Lizard. David Yow, Mac McNeilly, Duane Denison and David Wm.
#88: Vanessa Dunn of Vag Halen
Apr 11, 2014 • 32 min
Vanessa Dunn is the lead singer of Vag Halen, one of Toronto’s most exciting and confrontational rock bands. On Facebook, they describe themselves as “Toronto’s feminist art rock band that brings the bad with a dash of ass!
#87: Bry Webb
Apr 10, 2014 • 64 min
Bry Webb is one of Canada’s most distinctive singers, songwriters, and musicians. Based in Guelph, Webb emerged from London, Ontario’s post-hardcore punk scene, fronting an excellent band called Shoulder. In the late 1990s,
#86: Destroyer
Apr 9, 2014 • 63 min
Destroyer is the music-making moniker of Dan Bejar, a very gifted lyricist and musician who originally hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been creating an idiosyncratic kind of pop music as Destroyer for almost 20 years and can also claim m…
#85: Carl Wilson + Sean Michaels
Apr 8, 2014 • 59 min
Carl Wilson and Sean Michaels are two of Canada’s most esteemed music writers. Based in Toronto, Carl Wilson is the music critic at Slate and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, and many other publications.
#84: Charles R. Cross
Apr 3, 2014 • 29 min
Charles R. Cross is a Seattle-based music writer and author who has written nine books, including the award-winning and definitive Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain. He was the editor-in-chief of the Seattle music magazine The Rocket,
#83: Keith Morris of OFF!
Apr 2, 2014 • 38 min
Keith Morris is the lead singer and songwriter in the Los Angeles-based supergroup, OFF! An original member of influential punk bands Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Morris started OFF! with guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald,
#82: Peter Elkas
Apr 1, 2014 • 51 min
Peter Elkas is a talented rock and soul singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto. In the early 90s, he was in an inventive Montreal band called Local Rabbits and when they stopped playing together,
#81: Doug Paisley
Mar 28, 2014 • 67 min
Doug Paisley is a very gifted singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto and specializing in country and western tunes. His latest album is called Strong Feelings and beyond containing some lovely love songs, it features a glorious guest list,
#80: Mac DeMarco
Mar 25, 2014 • 40 min
Mac DeMarco is a Brooklyn-based musician, songwriter, and multimedia artist who is quite popular among people who enjoy cool songs that sound awesome. Originally from Duncan, British Columbia, DeMarco also spent time in Edmonton and used to present his…
#79: Nick Sewell of Biblical
Mar 20, 2014 • 41 min
Nick Sewell sings and plays bass in a mighty rock band from Toronto called Biblical. Formed in 2010, Biblical features members of the Illuminati, the Bicycles, and the Old Soul and are hailed for their heavy, swirling take on psych rock.
#78: John Carter Cash
Mar 18, 2014 • 19 min
John Carter Cash is an accomplished American record producer, novelist, children’s author, and musician. He is the only child of the late, legendary couple June Carter and Johnny Cash, whom he often worked with both in the studio and out on the road,
#77: Maica Mia
Mar 6, 2014 • 36 min
Maica Mia is a three-piece band from Montreal featuring Maica Armata, Jonny Paradise, and, most recently, bassist, Mauro Pezzente who is also a member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Together they create a compelling,
#76: Jessy Bell Smith
Mar 4, 2014 • 68 min
Jessy Bell Smith is a Guelph-based musician with one of the most remarkable singing voices I’ve ever heard. She’s been playing her own songs live for a long time, was a member of a band called Beautiful Senseless, and is currently in the Skydiggers.
#75: Michael Feuerstack
Feb 25, 2014 • 62 min
Michael Feuerstack is a well-respected, sophisticated and possibly underrated singer, songwriter, and musician who is based in Montreal. For many years he played in a Ottawa band called Wooden Stars and also nurtured his own project, Snailhouse.
#74: Stephen Malkmus
Feb 20, 2014 • 37 min
Stephen Malkmus is the lead singer and songwriter in a great band from Portland, Oregon called the Jicks. Since he dissolved his highly influential and respected band Pavement, Malkmus has led a prolific artistic life,
#73: Ame Henderson + Jennifer Castle
Feb 18, 2014 • 53 min
Ame Henderson is a world-renowned Toronto-based dance artist and Jennifer Castle is a very compelling, gifted singer, songwriter, and musician who also calls Toronto home. Together they’ve created a new work for the Toronto Dance Theatre called Henders
#72: Marie LeBlanc Flanagan of Weird Canada
Feb 13, 2014 • 45 min
Marie LeBlanc Flanagan is the executive director of Weird Canada, a music site, whose mission statement is “to encourage, connect, and document creative expression across Canada.” It has earned renown for its curatorial acumen in promoting obscure,
#71: Alden Penner
Feb 12, 2014 • 76 min
Alden Penner is a respected and idiosyncratic singer, songwriter, and musician based in Montreal. Penner was a key figure in the influential bands the Unicorns and Clues and went on to make heartfelt, enigmatic,
#70: Joel RL Phelps
Feb 11, 2014 • 55 min
Joel RL Phelps is an American musician and songwriter who once played in the now-defunct band Silkworm. Upon leaving Silkworm, Phelps began collaborating with new musicians, most notably William Herzog and Robert Mercer,
#69: Katie Ewald
Feb 6, 2014 • 55 min
Katie Ewald is a powerful contemporary dancer based in Guelph, Ontario. She’s performing at Hillside Inside’s Fab 5 Cabaret on Friday Feb. 7 as part of the Portal Dance Project. Here, Katie and I discuss cat years,
#68: Bear Witness from A Tribe Called Red
Feb 4, 2014 • 42 min
Bear Witness is a co-founder of the inventive Ottawa-based trio A Tribe Called Red. Renowned for making a sophisticated kind of dance music dubbed “Electric Pow Wow,” A Tribe Called Red’s live show is a sensory overload,
#67: Lido Pimienta
Jan 30, 2014 • 41 min
Lido Pimienta is a remarkable musician who hails from Barranquilla, Colombia but currently resides in Toronto. Known for making challenging electronic music with outspoken Spanish lyrics, Pimienta is putting the finishing touches on her new album La Pa.
#66: Wes Marskell + Jason Couse of the Darcys
Jan 28, 2014 • 56 min
Wes Marskell and Jason Couse are childhood friends who play together in a Toronto band called the Darcys. Known for an enigmatic kind of powerful pop music, the Darcys’ latest album is 2013’s Warring (out via Arts & Crafts) and they’re playing a s
#65: Tanya Tagaq
Jan 23, 2014 • 61 min
Tanya Tagaq is a truly singular artist who hails from the Nunavut territory in northern Canada. Though renowned as an Inuit throat singer who has collaborated closely with Björk and Kronos Quartet, Tagaq makes music that absorbs and reflects many genre
#64: Sharon Jones
Jan 22, 2014 • 37 min
Sharon Jones is a powerful, distinctive, and compelling American singer and performer who fronts one of the world’s greatest bands, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Their new album is Give the People What They Want and was released this month via Dapton.
#63: Pat Sansone + John Stirratt of The Autumn Defense + Wilco
Jan 21, 2014 • 34 min
Pat Sansone and John Stirratt play together in the bands Wilco and the Autumn Defense. The pair met in New Orleans and began working together in 1999, when the Autumn Defense was formed. Sansone eventually joined Wilco in 2004 and that band has kept bo…
#62: Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra + Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Jan 15, 2014 • 62 min
Efrim Menuck is a founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and the esteemed Hotel2Tango recording studio in Montreal. Menuck has led a very prolific artistic life; this past fall GYBE won the Polaris Musi…
#61: Tony Dekker
Jan 14, 2014 • 61 min
Tony Dekker is the well-respected singer, songwriter, and founder of the celebrated Canadian band Great Lake Swimmers. This past fall, Dekker released Prayer of the Woods, his first solo album, and on Feb. 7 he plays the Hillside Inside festival in Gue..
#60: Joel Gibb of the Hidden Cameras
Jan 9, 2014 • 31 min
Joel Gibb is the founder and visionary behind the Hidden Cameras, one of the most provocative and significant bands to ever emerge from Canada. For the last few years, Gibb has been bouncing between Berlin and Toronto but seems to be back in Ontario fo…
#59: Ben Johnson
Dec 18, 2013 • 28 min
Ben Johnson is a former sprinter and Olympic champion who lives in Toronto, Ontario. 25 years ago at the summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Johnson became the world’s fastest man, running the 100-metre dash in a record time of 9.79 seconds.
#58: Charles Bradley
Dec 10, 2013 • 27 min
Charles Bradley is a powerful American singer and performer steeped in the traditions of funk, soul, and R&B. After a hard knock life spent in Florida, New York, and California, Bradley took up cooking while also working as a James Brown impersonator,
#57: Steph Yates of Esther Grey
Dec 5, 2013 • 50 min
Steph Yates is a talented singer, guitarist, and songwriter who plays in a Guelph-based band called Esther Grey. The scrappy, artful rock band has been together a few years now and earlier this fall they released a new single called Buttermilk.
#56: Dallas Good
Dec 4, 2013 • 53 min
Dallas Good is a tremendously gifted multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Ontario who is best known for singing and playing guitar in the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band, the Sadies. The hardest working, most prolific band I know,
#55: Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes
Nov 28, 2013 • 38 min
Jace Lasek is the co-founder and primary instrumentalist in the mighty Montreal rock band, the Besnard Lakes. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Lasek made his way to Montreal some time ago and now co-owns the state of the art Breakglass recording s…
#54: Brendan Canning
Nov 25, 2013 • 33 min
Brendan Canning is a founding member of Broken Social Scene and has been a prominent and prolific figure in Canada’s underground music community for over two decades. Since Broken Social Scene went on their most recent hiatus, Canning has kept busy,
#53: Casey Mecija on #ProjectLiftPH + Jonathan Goldsbie on Mayor Rob Ford
Nov 20, 2013 • 63 min
Casey Mecija is a musician and artist originally from Brantford, Ontario but currently based in Toronto, where she gained renown as the lead vocalist in a band called Ohbijou. Mecija is also of Filipino descent and has been raising awareness about the …
#52: Tim Midyett of Bottomless Pit
Nov 14, 2013 • 64 min
Tim Midyett is a man and musician currently based in Chicago, Illinois. For 18 years he played in a beloved and prolific rock band called Silkworm. He and Andy Cohen of Silkworm formed a new quartet called Bottomless Pit in 2005 and they have released …
#51: Tim Heidecker
Nov 12, 2013 • 48 min
Tim Heidecker is a talented musician and singer who is one-half of the rock and roll songwriting duo Heidecker and Wood. Along with Davin Wood, Heidecker released a record called Starting From Nowhere in 2011 after the pair had established a rapport wo…
#50: Edward Keenan + Karen Houle + Geoff Berner
Nov 6, 2013 • 69 min
Edward Keenan is a senior editor at the Grid, a columnist at Spacing, and a lifelong resident of Toronto, Ontario. He has been writing about the city’s political and cultural landscape for over 10 years and has been nominated for prestigious writing aw.
#49: Howe Gelb
Nov 5, 2013 • 56 min
Howe Gelb is an immensely prolific and well-respected musician, singer, songwriter, and producer based in Tucson, Arizona. In the mid-1980s, Gelb founded a music collective called Giant Sand, which began a vast slew of collaborations that he continues …
#48: Ben Blackwell of Third Man Records
Oct 31, 2013 • 62 min
Ben Blackwell works at Third Man Records, a multi-platform label, record store, venue, and studio in Nashville, Tennessee and he once claimed his business card listed his position as “psychedelic stooge.” Blackwell has also played drums in the Dirtbom
#47: AroarA
Oct 29, 2013 • 48 min
AroarA is a unique two-piece band that hails from Montreal and consists of married musical couple, Ariel Engle and Andrew Whiteman. You might recognize Whiteman’s name from his work in Broken Social Scene, Apostle of Hustle,
#46: Al Tuck
Oct 24, 2013 • 56 min
Al Tuck hails from Charlottetown on beautiful Prince Edward Island in Canada. Over the past 20 years, Tuck has established himself as one of the world’s great songwriters and musicians, quietly releasing one stellar album after the next and earning the.
#45: Nick Thorburn of Islands
Oct 22, 2013 • 36 min
Nick Thorburn is a gifted musician, singer, and songwriter who fronts an American-based Canadian band called Islands. The new Islands record is called Ski Mask and it was released Sept. 17 via the band’s own Manqué label.
#44: Shad
Oct 18, 2013 • 43 min
Shad is one of North America’s most thoughtful and skilled hip-hop artists and we here in Canada are proud to call him one of our own. The gifted MC has won a Juno and been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize twice,
#43: Del the Funky Homosapien + Kid Koala + Dan the Automator of Deltron 3030
Oct 16, 2013 • 63 min
Dan the Automator Nakamura, Kid Koala, and Del the Funky Homsapien make up the legendary hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 who just released their long-awaited second album, Deltron 3030: Event II. After making landmark records with Kool Keith and formin..
#42: Basia Bulat
Oct 10, 2013 • 36 min
Basia Bulat is a distinctive singer and musician based in Toronto, ON. Over the past decade, she’s released three acclaimed albums and won praise for her impassioned voice and emotive songwriting. Her latest record is a lovely and intricate one called .
#41: Mike O’Neill
Oct 8, 2013 • 82 min
Mike O’Neill is a very talented singer, songwriter, and musician who currently lives in Halifax, NS. He first came to prominence in the esteemed two-piece indie-rock band the Inbreds and has gone on to make some really remarkable solo albums,
#40: Sarah Harmer + Graham White of Enbridge
Oct 3, 2013 • 50 min
Sarah Harmer is a very gifted Canadian singer-songwriter who originally hails from Burlington, Ontario and is one of this country’s most successful and respected artists. Each of her five studio albums have been critically acclaimed and her latest,
#39: Anne T. Donahue on Breaking Bad
Sep 30, 2013 • 62 min
Anne T. Donahue is a comedic writer and journalist who hails from Cambridge, ON. She once interviewed me for a music blog and is a regular contributor to The Guardian and Yahoo! TV, and she’s very funny and observant on twitter.
#38: Krist Novoselic
Sep 24, 2013 • 25 min
Krist Novoselic is an American musician. filmmaker, author, columnist, and political advocate who has played in bands like Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift, Flipper, and, on occasion Foo Fighters. He is best known for playing bass in the Washington State-based ro…
#37: Doug Tielli
Sep 19, 2013 • 46 min
Doug Tielli is one of the most captivating and talented musicians in Toronto’s underground music community. His work is both innocent and searching yet completely deliberate and confident in its uncertainty.
#36: Lou Barlow
Sep 17, 2013 • 52 min
Lou Barlow is one of the most influential and inspiring figures in American underground rock music. A co-founder of the ever-vital Dinosaur Jr., Barlow went on to front the raw and powerful Sebadoh and its various offshoots,
#35: Thurston Moore
Sep 13, 2013 • 67 min
Thurston Moore is one of America’s most influential and notable musicians, best known for playing guitar, writing songs, and singing in New York City’s Sonic Youth. Since that band formed in 1981, Moore has taken on countless other musical projects,
#34: Joseph Boyden, Sarah Elton, Thomas King
Sep 12, 2013 • 69 min
Joseph Boyden, Sarah Elton, and Thomas King are three of Canada’s most acclaimed authors. Boyden splits his time between Ontario and New Orleans and his first novel, 2005’s Three Day Road, about a pair of Cree soldiers fighting in World War I,
#33: Dirty Beaches
Sep 11, 2013 • 51 min
Dirty Beaches is the alter-ego of a gifted and prolific artist named Alex Zhang Hungtai. Originally from Taiwan, Hungtai has spent some time living in Montreal among other places and he’s earned a reputation for making some of the most challenging,
#32: Joel Plaskett
Sep 10, 2013 • 63 min
Joel Plaskett is one of the most accomplished, prolific musicians, songwriters, and producers to ever call Halifax home. 20 years ago he made his first great in-roads as an artist in the hugely influential underground rock band Thrush Hermit and,
#31: Jesse Stewart and Hamid Drake
Sep 5, 2013 • 53 min
Jesse Stewart and Hamid Drake are world-renowned percussionists and no strangers to the Guelph Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary from Sept. 4-8. Stewart is a Juno Award winner who once called Guelph home and now works as a professor ..
#30: Superhumanoids
Sep 4, 2013 • 22 min
Superhumanoids are a trio from Los Angeles who make dreamy, R&B infused, electronic pop songs that are deceptively airy. With their hazy vocals and melodies, the band are definitely working within a mysterious aesthetic but they’ve also got a penchant .
#29: Sohrab Habibion of Obits
Sep 3, 2013 • 71 min
Sohrab Habibion is a multi-talented musician, graphic artist, recording engineer, and generally great person who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. For close to a decade, he played in the Washington D.C.-based band Edsel before they broke up in the late …
#28: Mark Arm of Mudhoney
Aug 29, 2013 • 35 min
Mark Arm is a singer and guitarist based in Seattle, Washington. 25 years ago he co-founded Mudhoney, one of America’s best and most influential underground rock bands. They were profiled in a great documentary called I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney,
#27: Greil Marcus
Aug 27, 2013 • 63 min
Greil Marcus is one of the most revered writers and cultural historians in the world. Since the late 60s, the California-based Marcus has demonstrated an uncanny ability to examine the broader social implications of musical movements,
#26: James Williamson of Iggy and the Stooges
Aug 23, 2013 • 39 min
James Williamson is a legendary guitarist, best known for his role in the hugely influential proto-punk band, Iggy and the Stooges from Detroit, Michigan. 1973 saw the release of the band’s classic album, Raw Power,
#25: Jon Wurster
Aug 20, 2013 • 60 min
Jon Wurster is one of the best drummers in rock music and he has proven this to be true by filling that role for people like Bob Mould, Rocket From the Crypt, R.E.M., A.C. Newman, Katy Perry, and many more. He’s also a comedic writer and performer,
#24: Steve Albini
Aug 16, 2013 • 77 min
Steve Albini is a man who lives in Chicago, Illinois and owns and operates the really remarkable Electrical Audio Recording facility. He is the guitar player and primary singer in the band Shellac and he makes a mean cup of fluffy coffee.
#23: Glenn Jones
Aug 13, 2013 • 37 min
Glenn Jones is a respected figure in the world of guitars and American Primitivism. He lives in Boston and became a friend and collaborated with his mentor, the legendary guitarist, John Fahey. Some might say Glenn is both following and enhancing a tra…
#22: Kumail Nanjiani
Aug 8, 2013 • 65 min
Kumail Nanjiani is a very funny person who hails from Karachi, Pakistan, but currently lives somewhere in the vicinity of Los Angeles, California. He has worked on numerous television shows as a writer and/or actor,
#21: The Blow + Jonny Dovercourt & Ryan McLaren
Aug 6, 2013 • 55 min
Acclaimed, artful electro-pop duo the Blow moved to Brooklyn and are about to release their new, self-titled LP this October, which is their first album in seven years. Band founder Khaela Maricich and I have a chat about it, jury duty,
#20: Chad VanGaalen + Slim Cessna
Aug 1, 2013 • 63 min
Chad VanGaalen is a very talented and strange musician, visual artist, animator, filmmaker, father and resident of the good city of Calgary, Alberta. Though ostensibly a homebody, he will occasionally leave the house to tour behind records like 2011’s .
#19: Ian F. Svenonius
Jul 30, 2013 • 62 min
Ian F. Svenonius is one of underground culture’s most provocative singers and thinkers. From leading impassioned Washington D.C. bands like Nation of Ulysses and the Make-Up, writing books like The Psychic Soviet,
#18: Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld
Jul 25, 2013 • 74 min
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld are partners in life and some times play music together in bands like Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre. They also conjure amazing sounds on their own and are remarkable solo artists; Colin’s latest LP,
#17: Lee Ranaldo
Jul 23, 2013 • 41 min
New York City’s Lee Ranaldo is a founding member of Sonic Youth and, as such, is one of the most gifted and revered guitarists, singers, and songwriters in the history of rock music. When Sonic Youth began a hiatus in the fall of 2011,
#16: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Jul 18, 2013 • 58 min
I always love speaking to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy a.k.a. Will Oldham. This past February, Dawn McCarthy and Bonny Billy released an LP called What the Brothers Sang, a collection of songs originally recorded by the Everly Brothers.
#15: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion + catl.
Jul 15, 2013 • 70 min
A chat with Judah Bauer, Jon Spencer, and Russell Simins at Call the Office in London, ON about the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion‘s adventures in the high water of Calgary and how the media can manipulate their message. Also, Toronto’s catl.
#14: Tiësto
Jul 11, 2013 • 23 min
International electronic music superstar Tiësto and I have a frank, open chat about why EDM has exploded over the last few years, his new release, Club Life: Volume 3 Stockholm, drinking with Giorgio Moroder, why people don’t really like Daft Punk,
#13: Sloan’s Jay Ferguson & Chris Murphy & Photographer Catherine Stockhausen
Jul 10, 2013 • 65 min
In celebration of the new murderecords 7″ singles 1993-1998 photo/music book, Sloan’s Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson and photographer Catherine Stockhausen discuss murderecords and Halifax music history. For more info about this episode,
#12: WondaGurl + Simone Schmidt of the Highest Order
Jul 5, 2013 • 37 min
16 year-old Brampton, Ontario producer WondaGurl talks about being on Jay-Z’s new album and the Highest Order’s Simone Schmidt discusses music festival culture (they played the Toronto Urban Roots Festival last night) and leaving Facebook.
#11: Maestro Fresh Wes + Diamond Rings
Jul 3, 2013 • 44 min
Canada’s king of hip-hop (sorry Drake), Maestro Fresh Wes and I have a chat about the 25th anniversary of his colossal hit single, “Let Your Backbone Slide ,” how to keep Canadian audiences engaged with rap music, and his great,
#10: Sled Island & Calgary’s flood + Houndmouth + Derek Christoff on James Gandolfini + Mike Belitsky of the Sadies
Jun 27, 2013 • 66 min
Weird tone to this one. Drew Marshall of the Sled Island music festival gives a firsthand account of the flooding that has devastated Calgary and forced Sled Island to cancel its plans, Matt Myers of the U.S.
#9: David Yow
Jun 25, 2013 • 48 min
Today you can hear my conversation with David Yow about his new solo LP, Tonight You Look Like a Spider. David is an amazing man who used to sing in bands like Scratch Acid, the Jesus Lizard, and Qui among others.
#8: Joshua Kloke on the Tragically Hip and ‘Escape is at Hand’
Jun 23, 2013 • 29 min
Ah, the Sunday evening podcast launch. Social media suicide! It’ll be worth it though. On this episode, I head down to the Speed River in Guelph to speak to Tragically Hip superfan, Joshua Kloke, who is celebrating the release of his memoir about the b.
#7: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Jun 19, 2013 • 34 min
One of my favourite bands ever is the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and they’ve got a few Canadian tour dates coming up soon (including Sled Island this week and Ontario shows next month). I called up Jon Spencer for a chat about what things have been li.
#6: Mark Andersen on the Clash + Kid Koala on Space Cadet
Jun 14, 2013 • 59 min
On this episode, I take a closer look at the final years of one of the best rock band of all time, the Clash. While some fans and critics dismiss them, a new book called We Are the Clash: The Last Stand of The Only Band That Mattered is in progress tha…
#5: Exclaim! Editor James Keast at a Blue Jays game
Jun 11, 2013 • 60 min
My friend and colleague James Keast invited me to a Jays game on Sunday and it seemed like a great place for us to talk about jocks vs. music nerds, his work at Exclaim!, his role at the Polaris Music Prize and tips for jurors,
#4: Jim Guthrie band D.C. road trip featuring NPR’s Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton
Jun 5, 2013 • 61 min
I drove down to Washington D.C. with Jim Guthrie and his band (Samir Khan, Jordan Howard, Randy Lee, Marshall Bureau, and J. J. Ipsen) so they could record a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR for All Songs Considered . We almost got sent home at the borde
#3: Graham Wright of Tokyo Police Club
May 30, 2013 • 24 min
Surprise surprise, another podcast this week. Even I’m surprised, surprised. I speak to Graham Wright about Tokyo Police Club playing the Red Bull Tour Bus (it’s a robot stage/bus hybrid!) for a free show in Toronto on June 2,
Ep #2: Dave Bidini on Rob Ford, Bruce and Travis Good of the Good Family, Carly Lewis on summer fests, Sam Baijal on the Rolling Stones
May 29, 2013 • 53 min
This week: Is Mayor Rob Ford beyond sympathy? Have these allegations of substance abuse humanized him in some way? Musician, author, and Toronto citizen Dave Bidini says no and pretty much no. A new supergroup called the Good Family crosses
Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna Podcast #1: John Cook, Tyler Francks
May 22, 2013 • 44 min
On the first episode of the Kreative Kontrol podcast, Gawker‘s John Cook joins me to discuss breaking the ‘Rob Ford smokes crack cocaine on video‘ story, plus Tyler Francks stops by to discuss the Eden Mills Arts Festival, which takes place this wee