Friday, March 17, 2006

Full Album Friday 8: Wolf Parade on CBC Radio 3

Casey Dorrell

I'm not dead. Geoff didn't beat me to death in a jealous rage when I proclaimed him absent and implied him lazy in my last post. No, instead, I've been dealing with an absurdly persistent sickness which, although now relenting, is merely making room for a weekend of frantic school catch-up. Hooraw, St. Patty's?

And so we come to this week's full album, Wolf Parade's short set for CBC Radio 3. Which, I suppose, is neither an album nor full. But it could make a nice EP, so I'm going to let it slide.

Now, I'm not actually a fan of Wolf Parade, nor do I claim to be. I find the singing to be more often aggravating than pleasant. Still, it seemed fitting to have given that it's recorded the year prior to their 2005 debut and that one of our most recent posts, by Jonathan, concerned the Wolf Parade side-project, Sunset Rubdown. Besides, while I don't care for Wolf Parade, I do enjoy CBC Radio.

If you're a regular visitor here, you probably have fairly defined musical taste that leans toward independent acts. And that means you should probably be listening to CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), more specifically CBC Radio 3. Although severely out of date, the latest playlist shows that a "recent" set list from the show included acts such as Final Fantasy, Hot Hot Heat, Destroyer, We Are Wolves, Chad VanGaalen, and P:ano, among others. And the others are actually what makes the station more interesting; you'll hear a lot of great Canadian indie bands that have yet to get any attention.

This is nicely complimented by regular features such as one where bands get called out for aping other bands' songs. A recent one admonished the band Pilate, I believe, for mimicking a Mogwai song. Also interspersed in the show are exclusive live studio performances (like the Wolf Parade set here) and live concerts. Host Grant Lawrence employs a god mix of sarcasm and enthusiasm, while members of the Canadian band, Sloan, host later on in the night with mixed results.

Of course, Americans can't get it on FM, but it's also available on Sirius satellite. What you should be looking for is CBC Radio 3, which is on channel 94. If, like myself, you have no intention of ever paying for your radio, you can hear CBC radio 3 on Saturday nights here, by clicking on CBC radio 2 (don't ask). There's also a podcast available here.

And now, on with the show.

Wolf Parade - Lousy Pictures (Live CBC Radio 3, 2004)
Wolf Parade - I'll Believe in Anything . . . (Same)
Wolf Parade - Same Ghost Every Night (Same)
Wolf Parade - I am my Father's Son (Same)
Wolf Parade - Shine a Light (Same)

Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Full Album Friday 7: Catholic Gaydar
Full Album Friday 6 (Sunday Edition): Hole Unglued, Unbootlegged
Full Album Friday 5 (Monday Edition): Illegal Art
Full Album Friday 4 (Sunday Edition): American Edit
Full Album Friday 3 (Saturday Edition): Thrush Hermit - Nobody Famous
Full Album Friday 2 (Saturday Edition): The 8Bits of Christmas
Full Album Friday 1 (Saturday Edition): Sufjan Christmas

Comments on "Full Album Friday 8: Wolf Parade on CBC Radio 3"


Blogger Jonathan Migneault said ... (17/3/06 1:35 pm) : 

It's great that you're giving props to CBC Radio 3. I've been listening to their podcasts on a fairly regular basis since they started.

If you have iTunes you can easily find the podcast and download it for free.

For those of you, like myself, who don't have Sirius Radio, you can listen to the CBC Radio 3's programing on CBC Radio 2 (the station) Saturday from 7:30PM - 4AM or Sunday from Midnight - 4AM.

The live broadcast is not the same as the podcast. The podcast's material constitutes about an hour of the live program.

Again, if you live in Canada check your local radio listings to find CBC Radio 2. Otherwise, you can listen to an online radio feed from the link Casey posted.


Anonymous Tyler said ... (17/3/06 3:07 pm) : 

Great quality sound. If you don't mind me asking, what did you use to record the set? Or is this from iTunes?


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (17/3/06 3:36 pm) : 

Actually, the set is recorded off a stream on which, weirdly enough, stopped existing as a separate last night AS I typed this up.

They've now put the streams up as part of the Radio 3 website. It's not nearly as nicely set up as the separate site, but there's a shit load of good streaming sets there.

B(oot)log blog has recorded some of them onto mp3 too.


Anonymous Tyler said ... (17/3/06 11:13 pm) : 

Thanks, but I'm still curious, how do you convert/record the audio stream into mp3 format? I've come across a few programs but most of them usually sacrifice sound volume and quality.


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (18/3/06 1:23 pm) : 

Total Recorder. Then you need an mp3 converter because it only records in wav. imT00 works pretty well.


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