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Ep. #288: DIANA

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, and NPR, DIANA toured a lot and then got back to work on new songs. The result is an excellent, emotionally raw yet playfully fun and infectious record called Familiar Touch, which is out now via Culvert Music. DIANA are gearing up to tour with a giant version of their band and are playing select Canadian and American cities in November and December. They were just in Guelph to play a show so we met up at CFRU for a conversation about studios with carpeting and linoleum, parquet and Parkay and margarine, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, nothing but margarine, a culture of butter in Newfoundland, hardcore butter people, Counting Cows, swimming lessons at a dairy farm, Nutella and honey, peanut butter and butter, Triumphant Schmeer, sweets, throwing out our lunches, ruining my parenthood, all-day cans of soda pop, five Pepsi’s a day, DIANA Googles Stuff On-Air, Caledon and Toronto and St. John’s and Cambridge, union stories, coffee vs. cola, Carmen growing up with all of the things in the Annex in Toronto, sushi, Trinity St. Paul’s Church, Gowan, the ROM and Raffi, decanning, children’s musicians and entertainers, Fred Penner’s indie-rock festival circuit, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, a four year-old and AC/DC, band merch for kids, Joseph growing up in Caledon with past guest Mike Deane, punk and emo bands like Sinclair, the Irish Centre in Brampton, small town bring downs, Bluetip in a basement, the Pete Best of southern Ontario post-hardcore, Who’s Emma in Kensington Market, when Carmen drove me around St. John’s, Kieran and Joseph end up going to the University of Toronto for music at the same time, percussion profs, living in St. John’s, fact-checking the DIANA bio, Carmen tells it like it is, synthesizer patron-saint and producer Roger Leavens, Kieran and Joseph singing, tweaking together, lyric editing for singing, Carmen’s passion, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, Carmen’s a great vocal interpreter, what’s eating Kieran, a keyword, the song “Confession,” synthesized pop and comparisons to 1980s sounds, touring in President-elect Donald Trump’s America, the great political divide, smugness and hatred, Make America Great Again is now a hate crime, no surprising but life-altering, red and blue states, sadness, white folks should recognize their role in this new reality, Culvert Music in Toronto, the web is worldwide, the song “Cry,” and then it was like butter baby.

Related links: dianatheband.com culvertmusic.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #260: Long Night with BRAIDS, Dan Meades, Freyja & Zamudio, and Eastern Owl

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, social policy expert/anti-poverty advocate/Third Place Tonic co-founder Dan Meades, independent design studio proprietors Anjela Freyja and Teo Zamudio of Freyja & Zamudio, and local First Nations women’s drum group, Eastern Owl. My sidekick is Elling Lien and the Long Night house band is Blimp Rock. Recorded by Chris Meyers. Photos by Noah Bender. Produced by Lawnya Vawnya, Christina Dicks, Mary Beth Waldram, and Vish Khanna.

Related links: lawnyavawnya.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #258: Shotgun Jimmie

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 support of his latest record, Field of Trampolines, which is out now via You’ve Changed Records. He’s crossing Canada and Europe over the next few months, including a May 28 Toronto show at the Monarch Tavern and a June 3 Guelph show at the Ebar over the next while. Jimmie and I caught up on the last day of the Lawnya Vawnya festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland a few weeks ago (in a windy spot by the harbour) where we discussed taking photos of me in St. John’s, enjoying Lawnya Vawnya, loving the Ship and its smell, embarrassing stage banter, the one-man band version of Shotgun Jimmie, novelty act concerns, name changes, Steven Lambke, Michael Feuerstack, Bill Callahan, big pun, his unexpected relationship with stand-up comedy, Yuk Yuk’s, Shaun Majumder on the come-up, visible minorities in Newfoundland, some of this traffic-stopping for pedestrians might not be safe, growing up a creative prankster in Ajax, Oshawa and the Baird Brothers, living in Toronto and then Sackville and the band Drummer, Frederick Squire, Shotgun & Jaybird, calling Shotgun, Paul Henderson and Julie Doiron, Eric’s Trip and Moonsocket, Stephen Malkmus and boosting, socializing with heroes, camaraderie, the wind and Signal Hill, how we dress almost exactly the same right down to the brand name and specific clothing item, the end of Shotgun & Jaybird, two rounds of f&c at the Duke of Duckworth, when he became Shotgun Jimmie, the song “Bedhead,” celebrity impressions, Kermit and Yoda, sleeping bags and stagecraft, a beach ball globe, love songs about Eric’s Trip, Constantines, Attack in Black, and Project 9, dorky namechecks, “Unseen Power of the Picket Fence,” Malkmus and calling rock bands out by name, meta cultural commentary, Steve Earle, befriending Steven Lambke and Daniel Romano and repping You’ve Changed Records, YC Video and new releases, Nap Eyes and Partner, optimism and sincerity in the face of hipster indifference, no back-up, studying fine art, no one emails anymore because they text, an artist’s residency in Sackville via Sappyfest, playing Sled Island again, maybe playing Sappyfest, stand-up comedy confidence, prepared banter, the song “Field of Trampolines,” and then the wind picked up.

Related links: shotgunjimmie.net youvechangedrecords.com vishkhanna.com

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