Bjorkish

Feeling quite moody and eccentric this week on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour! Having no apologies about the selections and settling into an artsy smugness about it. The sound starts off slowish and moves into a jumble of pulsing rhythms and cold vocals. If I were ordering a drink at Mo’s Tavern, I might ask for it served in a mans hat. The final fifteen minutes is a clip from Bjork’s new podcast, where each episode describes how she made each of her albums. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t completely effected. Can you hear it?

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The songs

  • Vansire, From the Subway Train
  • Ana Roxane, I’m Every Sparkly Woman
  • Stereolab, Come and Play in the Milky Night
  • Oklou, Galore
  • Broadcast, I Found the F
  • Cocteau Twins, Know Who You Are At Every Age
  • Cocteau Twins/Harold Budd, Sea Swallow Me
  • Chloe Frances, Grand & Stately
  • Kate Bush, Suspended in Gaffa
  • Frances Forever, Space Girl
  • Daisy the Great/AJR, Record Player
  • Sista Prod/Subvrbs, Eyes Blue Like the Atlantic
  • Mazie, Sippy Cup
  • Mazie, Dumb Dumb
  • Okay Kaya, Mother Nature’s Bitch
  • Polo & Pan, Nana
  • Grimes, Zoal Face Dancer
  • Bjork, Sonic Symbolism

It’s Corn

This week on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, the single greatest audio achievement I’ve ever created; a montage of my favourite renditions of the Corn Kid (young man named Tariq) that blew up on TikTok. What a beautiful world it is when we can collectively marvel at the cuteness of one child enjoying his corn. That’s at the very end of the hour. Broadcasting to over 40 coastal communities on 101.7fm CHLY on Wednesday August 31st, 2022.

It has the juice.

The List:

  • Spirit, The Other Song
  • The Mermen, The Goodbye
  • Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, Clipo Clipo
  • Etran de L’Air, Agrim Agadez
  • Daniel Lanois, Frozen
  • Jr Thomas & The Volcanos, Burning Fire
  • Extra Golden, It’s Not Easy
  • Osees & Thee Oh Sees, Said the Shovel
  • Philip Glass/Kronos Quartet/Michael Riesman, Osamu’s Theme
  • The Petch Phin Thong Band, Soul Lam Plearn
  • Thundercat, Walkin’
  • KAYTRANADA, At All
  • TikTok on the Radio (details to come)
  • It’s CORN montage (with young Tariq, @Schmoyoho and others)

Ween Week

I’m dedicating the entire hour to the iconic band WEEN!

Ween has been releasing music since before I was born, and has maintained a cult following since the early nineties. Their sound (over sixteen album releases) ranges from heavy metal to twangy country, to experimental drone, to cheesy love ballad to full-on screamo – sometimes all on the same album. Ween is mistakenly categorized as a spoof band, but I really think they’re a dynamic musical force that transcends all genres. They’ve successfully retained such a huge fan base that even today in 2022, they regularly sell out huge multi-night stadium events. ANYWAY! One of the many dedicated Ween tribute bands will be playing this Friday, August 26th at the Nanaimo Bar. They’re called Captain Fantasy  and pre-sale tickets are on sale now here: tinyurl.com/fridayween

Here is the file

Here is the songlist

  • Ween, Did You See Me?
  • Ween, A Tear for Eddie
  • Ween, She’s Your Baby
  • Ween, The Argus
  • Ween, The Mollusk
  • Ween, Exactly Where I’m At
  • Ween, Even if you Don’t
  • Ween, Tried and True
  • Ween, Ocean Man
  • Ween, Gabrielle
  • Ween, Transdermal Celebration
  • Ween, Stay Forever
  • Ween, Flutes of Chi
  • Ween, Mutilated Lips
  • Ween, The Grobe
  • Ween, Oh My Dear

Favourite Weirdo

Sweet and Sour Variety Hour gets kind of funky (in a good way). This hour develops into a up-tempo celebration of nutjob tunes. Get over it!

Here’s the file

  • JHAS, Pain au Chocolat
  • Connor, Marseille
  • Brockbeats, Tic Tac
  • Remi Wolf/Polo and Pan, Hello Hello Hello Remix
  • Sylvan Esso/Robert Glasper/Terrace Martin, Ferris Wheel
  • King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizard, Shanghai
  • Future Islands, King of Sweden
  • Off the Meds, Voice of Meds
  • Sleep Sound, The Heal Tow Bounce
  • Pinc Louds, Hopscotch
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers, Got My Own Thing Now
  • Thumpasaurus, Struttin’
  • Thumpasaurus, I’m Pissed
  • The BPA/David Byrne/Dizzee Rascal, Toe Jam
  • Kiltro, The Hustle
  • @naomibrockwell on phone privacy
  • @hasanjuma on BC Housing
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva on food sovereignty
  • @RussellBrand on the incompetence of US president Biden
  • @jimchuong on how money is not real
  • @mental_wealth_press on how inflation is bullshit
  • Nitro X Meme Remixes/Bill Wurtz, Still a Piece of Garbage

Brainsters

This week on The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, I’ve compiled an hour of music that every 35 year-old could sing along to. How fun!

The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour is a radio program airing live to 40 coastal communities via CHLY 101.7FM from Nanaimo, BC. You can keep this independent media endeavor healthy and strong by setting up an automatic monthly contribution at chly.ca/donate

Here is the file, airing live on 101.7 CHLY Wednesday August 10th at 8am

  • Beck, Devils Haircut
  • The Black Keys, The Only One
  • The Flaming Lips, Do You Realize??
  • Pixies, Monkey Gone to Heaven
  • Pixies, Hey
  • Pixies, Where is my Mind?
  • Radiohead, Just
  • The Smashing Pumpkins, Tonight, Tonight
  • The Smashing Pumpkins, 1979
  • The Strokes, Someday
  • The Strokes, Last Night
  • The Vines, Get Free
  • Weezer, Buddy Holly
  • Weezer, Say it Aint So
  • The White Stripes, The Hardest Button to Button
  • The White Stripes, Fell in Love with a Girl

@Ashta