Kreative Kontrol

By Vish Khanna/ Entertainment One (eOne)

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Thoughtful, funny, heartfelt interviews and in-depth documentaries about musicians, authors, comedians, and other cultural creators.

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Ep. #510: Ice Cream
01:08:54

Carlyn and Amanda of Toronto's Ice Cream discuss their music origin stories, their long friendship, the lyrical intent and sound of their excellent new album, Fed Up, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey

Dec 04, 2019
Ep. #509: Owen Pallett, Zalika Reid-Benta, Michael Balazo, James Hartnett on Long Night
56:58

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 22, 2019. Our guests were author Zalika Reid-Benta, comedians/Landlord and Tenant Podmess hosts Michael Balazo and James Hartnett, and Oscar-nominated musician Owen Pallett. With announcer/sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 27, 2019
Ep. #508: LAL
53:57

Nic and Rose of LAL make time for a chat at the 2019 edition of Sappyfest about their history together, the significance of empowering underrepresented communities, campus radio, their new Coax Records release, Dark Beings, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey

Nov 20, 2019
Ep. #507: Robbie Robertson
34:26

Rock 'n' roll legend Robbie Robertson discusses his working relationship with Martin Scorsese and scoring The Irishman, the 50th anniversary reissue of The Band and the recent doc, Once Were Brothers, his new solo album Sinematic, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey

Nov 13, 2019
Ep. #506: Rob Benvie and Peter Elkas
01:31:12

Good pals Rob Benvie (of Bankruptcy) and Peter Elkas discuss their long friendship, their old bands Thrush Hermit and Local Rabbits, the new Bankruptcy album Computers Make the Drinks, their November 7 show at the Dakota Tavern, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey

Nov 05, 2019
Ep. #505: Bill MacKay
01:01:05
Esteemed guitarist and songwriter Bill MacKay talks about his two new Drag City releases, Fountain Fire and, in collaboration with Katinka Kleijn, Stir, his musical history, the state of the world, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Oct 30, 2019
Ep. #504: Sandro Perri
01:06:19
Songwriter, musician, producer, and singer Sandro Perri talks about his new Constellation Records release, Soft Landing, his exploration of record engineering and guitar, temporality, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Oct 23, 2019
Ep. #503: André Ethier
01:03:05
Musician, visual artist, songwriter, and singer André Ethier talks about his life in Toronto, the history of the Deadly Snakes, his new Telephone Explosion Records release, Croak in the Weeds, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Oct 16, 2019
Ep. #502: Shotgun Jimmie! Thrush Hermit!
01:25:30
One episode, two separate guests who happen to be touring together! During downtime at Sappyfest 2019, Shotgun Jimmie discusses his new LP, Transistor Sister 2 and, whilst on a reunion tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Clayton Park, Thrush Hermit talk about those things! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Oct 09, 2019
Ep. #501: Gregg Turkington and Eric Notarnicola
45:01
Gregg Turkington and Eric Notarnicola discuss their wonderful new On Cinema at the Cinema venture, Mister America, a feature film in theatres October 9! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Oct 07, 2019
Ep. #500: Rick White
01:11:18
The prolific, influential, and reclusive Rick White talks Eric's Trip, Elevator to Hell, the Unintended, The Opening with Eiyn Sof, RC trucking, future plans, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Oct 02, 2019
Ep. #499: Fly Pan Am
01:03:43
Fly Pan Am's Roger Tellier-Craig and J.S. Truchy discuss the band's new album, C'est ça, Montreal and Constellation Records, why Fly Pan Am went away for almost 15 years and why they came back, future plans, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Sep 25, 2019
Ep. #498: Lauren Lapkus! Jon Dore!
01:01:46
Another episode with two different guests! Comedy Bang! Bang! and Threedom person Lauren Lapkus discusses the new Between Two Ferns: The Movie movie, and, ahead of his appearances at JFL42 in Toronto between September 25 and 28, Jon Dore talks about Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip, his particular brand of comedy, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Sep 23, 2019
Ep. #497: Andy Kindler! Nicole Byer!
01:02:05
Two comedians, two separate interviews, one episode. Ahead of appearances at JFL42 in Toronto between September 19 and 29, Andy Kindler and Nicole Byer each discuss the state of comedy, cancel and callout culture, Dave Chappelle, Shane Gillis, pole dancing, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Sep 19, 2019
Ep. #496: Iggy Pop
41:58
Music icon Iggy Pop discusses his beautiful new album Free, working with Leron Thomas and Noveller, feeling free as 'Iggy Pop,' his forthcoming book 'Til Wrong Feels Right, future plans, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Sep 11, 2019
Ep. #495: Emma Donoghue
47:22
Academy Award-nominated author Emma Donoghue discusses her new novel, Akin, the lost art of photography, her writing trajectory, the success of Room, what's next, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Sep 04, 2019
Ep. #494: FET.NAT
49:43
Quebec's FET.NAT discuss their 2019 Polaris Music Prize nomination for Le Mal, the stories behind each of the album's songs, how the band formed and vocalist JFNO’s unique poetic contributions and fascinating mascotting background, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey
Aug 28, 2019
Ep. #493: Cartel Madras
42:27
Eboshi and Contra of Cartel Madras talk about their South Indian heritage, coming up in Calgary, empowering marginalized voices, becoming great rappers, their forthcoming Sub Pop Records debut, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Aug 21, 2019
Ep. #492: I Remember Me and David Berman
01:55:03
Mourning and remembering poet/musician David Berman of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, as a fan, a journalist, and a friend. Featuring an archival CFRU radio interview with David and previously captured anecdotes by Stephen Malkmus, Will Oldham, Bob Nastanovich, and Dan Bejar. Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Aug 14, 2019
Ep. #491: Young Guv
58:02
Ben Cook talks about Young Guv and his new album GUV I, working as a young actor, his love of hip-hop and power-pop, future plans for Fucked Up and No Warning, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Aug 07, 2019
Ep. #490: Terry Fallis
46:36
Award-winning Canadian novelist Terry Fallis on his new, fantastical, funny golf tale, Albatross, his life and career, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jul 31, 2019
Ep. #489: Ronny Chieng
17:48
The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng talks about Canada, comedy, weirdo lawyers and comedians, rhetoric and the media, his personal rage issues, Just for Laughs, more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jul 23, 2019
Ep. #488: Yves Jarvis
57:54
Montreal's Yves Jarvis on his musical impulses and influences, the all-ages music scene in Calgary and life on the road, his new album The Same But by Different Means, future plans, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jul 17, 2019
Ep. #487: Ian Blurton
54:14
Underground Canadian music icon Ian Blurton discusses his new band, Ian Blurton's Future Now, and their killer new album, Signals Through the Flames. Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jul 10, 2019
Ep. #486: Alix Ohlin
38:17
Acclaimed author Alix Ohlin discusses her latest novel, Dual Citizens. Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jul 04, 2019
Ep. #485: Richard Reed Parry
56:55
Multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry discusses Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2: That Side of the River, which is out now via Secret City/Anti-, his work with Dallas Good of the Sadies, the Hillside Festival, future plans for him, Bell Orchestre, and Arcade Fire, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jul 02, 2019
Ep. #484: Bruce Cockburn
50:44
Folk icon Bruce Cockburn talks about his life and times in music, his wanderlust, thoughts on the current political climate and ecological collapse, his new album Crowing Ignites, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jun 26, 2019
Ep. #483: American Football
01:06:38
Steve, Mike, Steve, and Nate of American Football talk about their history together and musical influences, why they went away for 15 years and then came back, their new Polyvinyl album, LP3, and much, more! Photo by Paige Medor. Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jun 20, 2019
Ep. #482: Jenn Grant
43:32
Jenn Grant talks about her new album Love, Inevitable, working with Tucker Martine, balancing being a musician with being a new mom, navigating social media, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jun 18, 2019
Ep. #481: David Berman
58:53
David Berman talks about the end of Silver Jews, the rise of Purple Mountains, every song on their self-titled debut, which is out via Drag City on July 12, 2019 and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jun 12, 2019
Ep. #480: Bill Callahan
51:15
American songwriter, singer, and musician Bill Callahan discusses his new record, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, his move to Austin, becoming a husband and father and joining a community of parents, the Incredible Hulk, his entry into social media, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
Jun 05, 2019
Ep. #479: Toronto Raptors DJ 4KORNERS
36:22
Toronto Raptors DJ 4KORNERS on being the team's first and only DJ, how he interacts with players and fans with the music he plays, his perspectives on this historic season for the Raptors, his prediction for their NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
May 30, 2019
Ep. #478: Tanika Charles
01:03:10
Tanika Charles on her time living in Edmonton and Vancouver, close encounters with J Dilla and Slum Village, her struggles with imposter syndrome, her rise, as an artist in control of her own fate, her new album The Gumption, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.
May 29, 2019
Ep. #477: Queer Songbook Orchestra at Kazoo! Fest
50:13

This episode was recorded before a live studio audience at Kazoo! HQ in Guelph, Ontario during Kazoo! Fest on Saturday April 13, 2019, and features an interview with Queer Songbook Orchestra's Shaun Brodie, Thom Gill, and Stephen Jackman-Torkoff. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Produced by Vish Khanna and Kazoo! Photos by Nicolette Hoang. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, CFRU 93.3 FM, and Grandad's Donuts.

May 22, 2019
Ep. #476: Ford Pier live at CFRU!
59:32

Ford Pier performs songs and talks about his life and times with D.O.A., Nomeansno, Rheostatics, Jr. Gone Wild, the Ford Pier Vengeance Trio, and more, all live at CFRU! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

May 15, 2019
Ep. #475: Haviah Mighty
01:24:03

Haviah Mighty talks Brampton and Toronto life, her musical family and hip-hop influences, sexism, racism, and her new album 13th Floor, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

May 08, 2019
Ep. #474: Snotty Nose Rez Kids
57:47

Snotty Nose Rez Kids and DJ Kookum discuss their origins, hip-hop, indigenous culture and the matriarchy, their new album Trapline, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

May 01, 2019
Ep. #473: Kiwi Jr.
57:57

Kiwi Jr. talk Charlottetown, Toronto, and the New Ho King restaurant, their new Mint Records LP. Football Money, Pavement, Alvvays, and Kanye West, making guitar rock in 2019, what's next, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Apr 24, 2019
Ep. #472: Kevin Nealon
45:01

Kevin Nealon talks about a hike with actor Matthew Modine, which launched the idea for his Hiking with Kevin series, his time on and after Saturday Night Live, communicating with Norm Macdonald, his friendship with the late great Garry Shandling, his current stand-up tour, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Apr 17, 2019
Ep. #471: Steven Lambke
01:11:24

Steven Lambke has Vish over to his house to talk about his amazing new album Dark Blue, his work for Sappyfest, You've Changed Records turning ten years old and collaborating with Daniel Romano, what's up next for him and Constantines, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Apr 11, 2019
Ep. #470: John Southworth
52:56

John Southworth invites Vish to Toronto's Skyline Restaurant for a chat about old times, the experimental work he did with electronic pop music tones on his last record, Small Town Water Tower, the recent death of our mutual friend and his bandmate, Justin Haynes, his new album Miracle in the Night, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Apr 09, 2019
Ep. #469: Baroness Von Sketch Show's Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, Vintage Tech Hunters' Shaun Hatton on Long Night!
01:02:29

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Workman Arts in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on Friday March 29, 2019. Our guests were Vintage Tech Hunters co-host Shaun Hatton and Baroness Von Sketch Show's Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen. With announcer/sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Apr 03, 2019
Ep. #468: Sean Ono Lennon
01:14:05

Sean Ono Lennon answers the Exclaim! Questionnaire, talks the Claypool Lennon Delirium's new album, South of Reality, cool stories about his parents John Lennon and Yoko Ono, wanting to produce Bob Dylan, touring with Beck, hanging out at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Mar 27, 2019
Ep. #467: Susan Rogers
01:20:35

Esteemed music producer and Prince collaborator Susan Rogers discusses her pioneering work as a music engineer/producer, her research in the field of music cognition and psychoacoustics, Prince vs. Michael Jackson, hitting it big with Barenaked Ladies, and much more. This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Dominion Chalmers Centre in Ottawa, Ontario during MEGAPHONO on Friday February 8, 2019. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, CFRU 93.3 FM, and Grandad's Donuts.

Mar 20, 2019
Ep. #466: Gregg Turkington
01:06:26

Gregg Turkington on his Australian origins, sentimental and sincere comedy, Neil Hamburger and Neil's new album for Drag City, Still Dwelling, his appreciation for KC and the Sunshine Band, his upcoming film with Tim Heidecker, why he never does podcasts, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FMPizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Mar 13, 2019
Ep. #465: Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux
56:40

Jennifer Herrema recalls seeing Bad Brains when she was 12 years old, American racism and sexism, the return of Royal Trux, collaborating with Kool Keith, leaving Drag City, the new Royal Trux LP for Fat Possum, White Stuff, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FMPizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Mar 06, 2019
Ep. #464: City Fidelia, Erin Lowers, Jonathon Shamar on hip-hop at MEGAPHONO!
01:09:52

This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Knot Project Space at SAW Video in Ottawa, Ontario during MEGAPHONO on Thursday February 7, 2019 Entitled Northern Touch: The Canadian Hip-Hop Landscape & Ottawa's Potential, this panel featured rapper City Fidelia, journalist Erin Lowers, and artist manager Jonathon Shamar. Produced by Vish Khanna and MEGAPHONO. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, CFRU 93.3 FM, and Grandad's Donuts.

Feb 28, 2019
Ep. #463: Esi Edugyan
50:36

Distinguished author Esi Edugyan discusses her life, work, and Giller Prize-winning books, 2011's Half-Blood Blues and 2018's Washington Black! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FMPizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Feb 21, 2019
Ep. #462: Syrus Marcus Ware, Robyn Maynard, Desmond Cole on Long Night
01:01:05

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Workman Arts in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on Saturday February 9, 2019. Our guests were visual artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware, scholar and activist Robyn Maynard, and journalist and activist Desmond Cole. With announcer/sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Feb 19, 2019
Ep. #461: Shad
01:38:39

Shad talks about hosting Hip-Hop Evolution and every single song on A Short Story About a War, which is out now via Secret City Records! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FMPizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Feb 13, 2019
Ep. #460: Dulcé Sloan
01:00:10

Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Dulcé Sloan on her stand-up ascent, racism, social media trolls, white people, Canadian cities and Drake, performing in Vancouver at Just for Laughs NorthWest on February 23, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FMPizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Feb 06, 2019
Ep. #459: Not Of's John Crossingham
01:05:02

John Crossingham of Toronto's Not Of talks about his time in bands like Raising the Fawn and Broken Social Scene, making louder music in an uncertain time, Not Of and their latest album Hypocritic Oath, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FMPizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Jan 31, 2019
Ep. #458: Paul F. Tompkins
27:33

Paul F. Tompkins discusses the joy of improv, working with Marc Evan Jackson on their production, Mr. Jackson & Mr. Tompkins: A Two-Gentleman Improv Show, which will be staged at JFL Northwest in Vancouver on February 17, the end of his Spontanaenation podcast, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FMPizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Jan 29, 2019
Ep. #457: Arkells' Max Kerman
01:06:52

Arkells' singer/guitarist Max Kerman on the origins of the band, repping a changing Hamilton, learning from heroes, social activism, standing in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Camp and Wet’suwet’en land defenders, the band's new album Rally Cry, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FMPizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Jan 28, 2019
Ep. #456: Lee Reed Live at CFRU!
01:04:37

Live at CFRU 93.3 FM, Lee Reed talks ecological collapse, indigenous resistance, conscious and mumble rap, the cons and possible pros of voting, Sage Francis, cities like Hamilton, Ontario, and performs songs from his new album Before & Aftermath! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Jan 23, 2019
Ep. #455: FIDLAR
54:53

FIDLAR talk about their band, addiction and sobriety, TSOL, Patti Smith and soundcloud rap, music journalism, the sound and intent of their new album Almost Free, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Jan 16, 2019
Ep. #454: John Orpheus, Chanty Marostica, Joyful Joyful on Long Night
57:51

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on Friday January 4, 2019. Our guests were musician John Orpheus, comedian Chanty Marostica, and musical guest, Joyful Joyful. With announcer/sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.  

Jan 08, 2019
Ep. #453: Steve Albini
01:31:21

Steve Albini on his busy 2018, guitar playing by St. Vincent and Malcolm Young, his big win at the World Series of Poker, the Democratic 'blue wave,' Heather Whinna's Poverty Alleviation Chicago and Letters to Santa program, the 20th anniversary of Terraform, recording Kurt Cobain singing on Nirvana's In Utero, forthcoming music and archival releases by Shellac and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Dec 20, 2018
Ep. #452: Vivek Shraya
01:01:08

Vivek Shraya discusses her life, work, her band Too Attached, and her powerful new book, I'm Afraid of Men, which is out now via Penguin Random House! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Dec 18, 2018
Ep. #451: Anupa Mistry, Jeremy Dutcher, Lee Reed on Long Night!
01:02:34

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Polish Combatants Hall in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on Saturday December 8, 2018. Our guests were journalist Anupa Mistry, musician Jeremy Dutcher, and musician Lee Reed. With announcer/sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.  

Dec 13, 2018
Ep. #450: Jeff Tweedy
45:10

Jeff Tweedy answers the Exclaim! Questionnaire, talks Wilco, Bob Dylan, his new album WARM, his new memoir Let's Go (So We Can Get Back), and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Dec 11, 2018
Ep. #449: Steven Lambke, Construction & Destruction, WHOOP-Szo's Adam Sturgeon
01:06:51

Steven Lambke, Construction & Destruction, and WHOOP-Szo's Adam Sturgeon talk about communities and the new EP, Revolution C, which is out now via Out of Sound! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Dec 06, 2018
Ep. #448: Joseph Shabason
01:06:23

Joseph Shabason talks about Diana, Destroyer, wanting to make it, making his moving new album Anne and interviewing his mom about having Parkinson's, and more. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Dec 04, 2018
Ep. #447: Emily Heller
01:06:04

Emmy-nominated writer and comedian Emily Heller talks about her 2018 stand-up album Pasta, why therapy is for everyone, working with Bill Hader on Barry, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 29, 2018
Ep. #446: Chippy Nonstop and Harrison on Long Night
58:39

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 16, 2018. Our guests were DJ/rapper Chippy Nonstop and music producer Harrison. With announcer/sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.  

Nov 27, 2018
Ep. #445: Christine Fellows
01:05:43

Christine Fellows on Roses on the Vine, Winnipeg, Guelph, budgies, dogs, John K. Samson, Vivat Virtute, future plans, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 22, 2018
Ep. #444: Erica Rhodes
48:46

Comedian Erica Rhodes on stand-up, working on A Prairie Home Companion, growing up with her father who has multiple sclerosis and a great sense of humour, the comedy of Maria Bamford and Jerry Seinfeld, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 20, 2018
Ep. #443: Great Lake Swimmers
01:04:38

Great Lake Swimmers' Tony Dekker on the new album, The Waves, The Wake, upping musical antes, touring as a family man, his band's unique trajectory, future plans, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 15, 2018
Ep. #442: Sam Prekop of the Sea and Cake
56:37

The Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop on the band's shifting lineup, what inspired the gorgeous music and enigmatic lyrics on their new Thrill Jockey LP, Any Day, what's coming up next for him and the band, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 13, 2018
Ep. #441: JOYFULTALK
45:37

JOYFULTALK's Jay Crocker and Shawn Dicey talk the South Shore, Calgary, musical freedom, lobster zones, Plurality Trip out via Constellation Records, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 08, 2018
Ep. #440: Ryan Hemsworth
47:12

Ryan Hemsworth on making his excellent new album, Elsewhere, his days growing up and listening to music in Halifax, collaborating with others as a producer, future plans, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 06, 2018
Ep. #439: Bruce McCulloch and Paul Myers
35:19

Kids in the Hall's Bruce McCulloch and author Paul Myers discuss the new book, The Kids in the Hall - One Dumb Guy, which is out now via House of Anansi Press! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Nov 01, 2018
Ep. #438: Wax Mannequin
01:10:30

Wax Mannequin on his new Coax Records album, Have a New Name, his origin story, Hamilton, Grandad's Donuts, basketball, the 2010 Hear Some Evil Tour, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Oct 30, 2018
Ep. #437: Isla Craig
01:00:38

Isla Craig talks about lending her voice to Jennifer Castle and Fucked Up, her beautiful, introspective, outspoken, 'psych soul' album, The Becoming, which is out now via Pleasence Records, loving Tori Amos and Special Costello, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Oct 23, 2018
Ep. #436: Michael Azerrad
45:31

Michael Azerrad talks about his new book for Harper Collins, Rock Critic Law: 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly About Music, laziness and boredom within rock music criticism, what critics could learn from his satiric book, upcoming plans for his previous books, Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana and Our Band Could be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991, plus more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Oct 18, 2018
Ep. #435: Hubert Lenoir and Noémie D. Leclerc
01:03:40

Hubert Lenoir and Noémie D. Leclerc discuss their respective work on the album and novelDarlène, which are each out via Simone Records and Québec Amérique books, their creative partnership and relationship, gender fluidity, modern rock music, separatism, the 2018 Polaris Music Prize gala, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Oct 16, 2018
Ep, #434: Simon Rich
39:15

Brilliant American humourist Simon Rich talks about his new short story book, Hits & Misses, missing Toronto, Adolf Hitler, the Kinks and the Magnetic Fields, his penchant for shortform writing and sketches, show business, his future plans, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Oct 11, 2018
Ep. #433: Obuxum
53:50

Inventive music producer Obuxum talks about her mother who fled war-torn Somalia for Canada, the racialized misperceptions of the Jane and Finch neighbourhood in Toronto, making non-rock music and working with soundpeople who are used to mixing rock bands, the H.E.R. EP, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Oct 09, 2018
Ep. #432: Jo Firestone
49:26

Comedian Jo Firestone talks about crowd work, working with Arcade Fire's Will Butler, her new stand-up album, The Hits, which is out via Comedy Central, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Oct 04, 2018
Ep. #431: Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up
01:13:31

Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up talks about the band's incroyable new album, Dose Your Dreams, which is out via Merge Records, what inspired this multi-layered record, the many contributors to it, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Oct 02, 2018
Ep. #430: Sam Jay
56:15

Comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay on her life, her late mother’s guiding influence, hip-hop and Jay-Z, finding her lane in comedy, her new album Donna's Daughter, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Planet of Sound, and Grandad's Donuts.

Sep 27, 2018
Ep. #429: Mark Arm of Mudhoney
47:02

Mudhoney's Mark Arm talks about the band's furious, super-charged new Sub Pop album, Digital Garbage, protest music, news media, social media, anxiety, conspiracy theories, religious indoctrination, mass extinction, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Planet of Sound, and Grandad's Donuts.

Sep 25, 2018
Ep. #428: Hannibal Buress
42:38

Prolific comedian Hannibal Buress talks comedy journalism, not drinking, his Handsome Rambler podcast, his love of music and thoughts on hip-hop, the work he’s doing to build the Melvina Masterminds Community Centre in Chicago, performing at JFL42, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Planet of Sound, and Grandad's Donuts.

Sep 20, 2018
Ep. #427: Maria Bamford
28:06

Comedic force Maria Bamford tells Vish about ants, wedding DJs, hotdog suits at weddings, comedian solidarity and equality, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, Planet of Sound, and Grandad's Donuts.

Sep 18, 2018
Ep. #426: Sandro Perri
01:00:18

Toronto musician Sandro Perri on his new Constellation Records release, In Another Life, working with Destroyer and Andre Ethier, the city of Paris, infinite songwriting, hip-hop, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Sep 13, 2018
Ep. #425: Michael Hurley
47:26

American folk legend Michael Hurley tells Vish about his life, his music, his love for CBC Radio, his artwork, his garden, his old cars, Monsanto, tour life, new releases, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Sep 11, 2018
Ep. #424: Dave Bidini
52:35

Dave Bidini discusses his compelling new book Midnight Light - A Personal Journey to the North, his respect for and interest in local reporting, what he discovered on this monumental trip through Canada’s Northwest Territories, a forthcoming album by Rheostatics, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Sep 06, 2018
Ep. #423: Claudia Dey
37:17

Author Claudia Dey talks about her haunting new novel Heartbreaker, which is out now via Harper Collins, her interest in music and fashion design, how her own role as a mother and wife may have inspired her work, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Sep 04, 2018
Ep. #422: Sara Hennessey
54:30

Comedian Sara Hennessey on her move to Brooklyn, the Kids in the Hall and how homegrown comedy is treated in Canada, her new album They Know Too Much, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 30, 2018
Ep. #421: Joe Gross on Fugazi's 'In on the Kill Taker'
01:19:53

Reporter Joe Gross discusses Fugazi and his revelatory new 33-1/3 book about their 1993 album, In on the Kill Taker! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 28, 2018
Ep. #420: Brad Wenzel
50:21

Comedian Brad Wenzel tells Vish about his new Third Man Records stand-up album, Sweet Nothings, growing up in Michigan, the art of the one-liner, respecting Bob Seger, emails from Amy Schumer, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 23, 2018
Ep. #419: Kim Fu
54:05

Author Kim Fu tells Vish about her ambitious and chilling new Harper Collins novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, her writing and science background, survivalism, writers' festivals, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 21, 2018
Ep. #418: Carla Bozulich
01:17:38

Carla Bozulich discusses this precarious moment in history, the Divided States of America, her new Constellation Records collection, Quieter, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 16, 2018
Ep. #417: Nick Reynoldson
01:03:50

Comedian Nick Reynoldson tells Vish about life in Scarborough with interracial parents and a parrot, the Talking Raptors podcast, the votes he needs to win Sirius XM's Top Comic contest, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 14, 2018
Ep. #416: Iain Reid
01:03:23

Author Iain Reid tells Vish about his startlingly great new novel Foe (out via Simon & Schuster), coupling and confinement, farm life and isolation, suspense and science fiction, Charlie Kaufman, the Toronto rock band METZ, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 09, 2018
Ep. #415: Eric Bachmann
01:01:38

Eric Bachmann tells Vish about fear, expectations, and parenthood, his changing singing voice and modes of expression, his perspective on Archers of Loaf, his wondrous new Merge Records release, No Recover, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 07, 2018
Ep. #414: Nap Eyes
01:13:35

Nap Eyes' Nigel Chapman talks about science and the arts, self-love and hate, external affirmation, the new Nap Eyes album I'm Bad Now, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Aug 02, 2018
Ep. #413: John Orpheus
01:01:47

John Orpheus, Sarah Jane Riegler and Chaenel Mattise, discuss the new John Orpheus EP, Goatlife, the African diaspora, Toronto's music community, and more. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Jul 31, 2018
Ep. #412: Alanis Obomsawin
51:57

Esteemed documentary filmmaker and indigenous musician Alanis Obomsawin discusses the reissue of her 1988 album, Bush Lady, which is out now on Constellation Records, her work with the NFB, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Jul 26, 2018
Ep. #411: Chastity
57:04

Brandon Williams talks about the new Chastity album, Death Lust, stigmas surrounding mental health and addiction, punk rock, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Planet of Sound

Jul 24, 2018
Ep. #410: Chad VanGaalen
01:04:40

Chad VanGaalen, Chris Dadge, and Ryan Bourne talk about Calgary, the Hillside Festival, R.E.M., David Letterman, Preoccupations, the future and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Planet of Sound

Jul 19, 2018
Ep. #409: David Cross
36:51

David Cross talks about Canada, performing uncompromising comedy at a sensitive time, living with the fact that he was accused of racism, his Oh Come On tour, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Planet of Sound

Jul 17, 2018
Ep. #408: Jeremy Dutcher
57:25

Jeremy Dutcher discusses their working history, the past and current state of indigenous communities across Canada, their new album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Planet of Sound

Jul 12, 2018
Ep. #407: U.S. Girls
01:10:49

Meg Remy discusses her magnificent new U.S. Girls album, In a Poem Unlimited, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Planet of Sound

Jul 10, 2018
Ep. #406: Courtney Barnett
27:52

Courtney Barnett discusses missing Australia, dealing with success, singing as pure communication, Toronto's Silver Dollar, her new album tell me how you really feel, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Planet of Sound

Jul 05, 2018
Ep. #405: Marisa Anderson
37:46

American guitarist Marisa Anderson returns to discuss their new album, Cloud Corner, which is out now via Thrill Jockey, and more. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, and Planet of Sound

Jul 03, 2018
Ep. #404: Jennifer Castle
01:12:16
Jun 27, 2018
Ep. #403: L CON Live at CFRU!
01:02:16

Grey County's L CON discusses and plays songs from their new album, Insecurities in Being, live on CFRU 93.3 FM! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, and Planet of Sound

Jun 21, 2018
Ep. #402: Dave Itzkoff
51:19

New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff discusses Robin, his revelatory new biography about the late Robin Williams! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, and Planet of Sound

Jun 19, 2018
Ep. #401: Dave Shumka
43:39

Comedian Dave Shumka discusses his podcasts, the true crime parody, This Sounds Serious, and the conversational, Stop Podcasting Yourself, from his home in Vancouver! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

Jun 14, 2018
Ep. #400: Guy Picciotto & Xylouris White
01:26:12

Guy Picciotto and Xylouris White discuss their fruitful musical collaborations and Mother, the third record they've made together, which is out via Bella Union! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

Jun 12, 2018
Ep. #399: Suuns
01:03:34

Joe Yarmush and Liam O'Neill of Suuns discuss Montreal, mixtapes, their band, their new Secret City/Secretly Canadian album, Felt, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

May 29, 2018
Ep. #398: Bonjay
01:09:55

Toronto's Bonjay discuss their trajectory, loving Feist, actual diversity, city stories, and their new album Lush Life! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

May 22, 2018
Ep. #397: Witch Prophet Live at CFRU!
01:01:19
May 17, 2018
Ep. #396: Parquet Courts
55:27

Parquet Courts guitarists, singers, and lyricists Andrew Savage and Austin Brown discuss their new album, Wide Awake!, which is out via Rough Trade. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

May 15, 2018
Ep. #395: Robert Hilburn
46:17

Esteemed American music writer Robert Hilburn discusses time spent with Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and his new, authorized biography, Paul Simon - The Life, which was published by Simon & Schuster in May 2018. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

May 10, 2018
Ep. #394: Damon Stoudamire & Ryan Sidhoo on 'True North'
51:29

Former Toronto Raptor Damon Stoudamire and filmmaker Ryan Sidhoo discuss the Toronto basketball docu-series, True North, which debuts on Red Bull TV and YouTube on May 9. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

May 08, 2018
Ep. #393: Captain Sensible of The Damned
01:09:14

Captain Sensible of the Damned talks about his disdain for most music, cleaning bogs, touring with T. Rex, helping start British punk rock, Hans Zimmer's music, the Damned's eleventh album, Evil Spirits, and much more. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

May 03, 2018
Ep. #392: Stephen Malkmus
01:14:20

Stephen Malkmus discusses the 2018 NBA playoffs, working with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Pavement reunion rumours, the Jicks' new album Sparkle Hard, which is out via Matador Records, and more. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

May 01, 2018
Ep. #391: Kathy Griffin
26:24

Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin discusses her infamous Donald Trump photo, the change in Roseanne Barr, and her Laugh Your Head Off World Tour. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

Apr 25, 2018
Ep. #390: Beverly Glenn- Copeland
01:09:33

Recorded before a live audience in Guelph, Ontario during Kazoo! Fest on Saturday April 14, 2018, acclaimed musician, singer, and composer Beverly Glenn-Copeland in conversation! Mixed and recorded by nobody; repaired by A. David MacKinnon. Photos by Colin Medley. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Planet of Sound, Hello Fresh, and Humber College's online Music Composition course

 

Apr 19, 2018
Ep. #389: Eric Chenaux
01:07:52

Eric Chenaux discusses life in France, missing Toronto friends, love songs, his old band Phleg Camp, and his new album, Slowly Paradise, which is out now on Constellation Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

Apr 17, 2018
Ep. #388: Clairmont the Second
01:02:25

Clairmont the Second discusses his life, the state of hip-hop in Toronto, why he's moving out of town, his independently released album Lil Mont from the Ave, and more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's DonutsHumber College’s online Music Composition course, Hello Fresh, and Planet of Sound

Apr 11, 2018
Ep. #387: The Dears' Natalie Yanchak
47:17
Apr 05, 2018
Ep. #386: Podcast Summit with Katie Jensen, James Hartnett, Michael Balazo, Michelle Parise, and Tyler Allen on Long Night
58:12

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 March 23, 2018. Our guest panellists were podcast hosts/producers, Katie Jensen from The Secret Life of Canada, James Hartnett and Michael Balazo of The Landlord and Tenant Podmess, Michelle Parise of Alone: A Love Story, and Tyler Allen of The Minds of Madness. With announcer/applause wrangler Linda J. Paolucci and our house band, the Bicycles. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Photos by Spring Morris. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Planet of Sound, and Humber College's online Music Composition course

 

Mar 28, 2018
Ep. #385: The Messthetics
47:57

The Messthetics, featuring Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Joe Lally, and Anthony Pirog of Janel & Anthony, discuss their excellent, self-titled debut album, which is available via Dischord Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Hello Fresh Canada, and Planet of Sound

Mar 21, 2018
Ep. #384: The Weather Station
01:47:11

Tamara Lindeman discusses the latest and critically-acclaimed self-titled album by the Weather Station, which is available via Paradise of Bachelors and Outside Music. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Hello Fresh Canada, and Planet of Sound

Mar 15, 2018
Ep. #383: Hot Snakes' Rick Froberg
01:07:04

Rick Froberg discusses the return of Hot Snakes and the songs on their ripping new album, Jericho Sirens, which is available via Sub Pop Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Hello Fresh Canada, and Planet of Sound

Mar 12, 2018
Ep. #382: Esmerine
01:58:23

Esmerine's Bruce Cawdron and Brian Sanderson discuss the making and intent of their latest album, Mechanics of Dominion, which is available via Constellation Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Mar 07, 2018
Ep. #381: Anti-Black Racism, Anxiety, & the Arts Panel with Sydanie, Sajae Elder, Dr. Keith Cunningham, Sharine Taylor & Coko Galore on Long Night
53:25

This episode was recorded before a live studio audience at Workman Arts in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on Saturday February 24, 2018. Our discussion delved into how anti-Black racism impacts stress and anxiety levels among artists and creators, and our guest panellists were Sydanie, Sajae Elder, Keith Cunningham, Sharine Taylor, and Coko Galore. Produced by Long Winter and Vish Khanna. Live mix by Aleda Deroche. Recorded by A. David McKinnon. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Feb 28, 2018
Ep. #380: Anti-Black Racism in Canadian Music MEGAPHONO Panel with Melissa Vincent, Rita Carter, Seiiizmikk, and Ali "Captain" Misana
01:14:03

This episode was recorded before a live studio audience at The Origin Arts & Community Centre in Ottawa, Ontario during MEGAPHONO on Saturday February 10, 2018. Our topic was Black-Canadian music history and anti-Black racism in this country's music culture and our guest panellists were Melissa Vincent, Rita Carter, Seiiizmikk, and Ali "Captain" Misana. Produced by Elsa Mirzaei, MEGAPHONO, and Vish Khanna. Live mix by Maxime Brunet. Photos by Irene Jansen. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Feb 21, 2018
Ep. #379: Robyn Maynard
51:57
Feb 14, 2018
Ep. #378: Erin Ashley, DTS, Tia Gordon, Just John, Jwyze, James Keast on Long Night
01:00:30

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on Friday January 5, 2018. Our topic was the state of Canadian hip-hop and our guest panellists were Erin Ashley, DTS, Tia Gordon, Just John, and Jwyze. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Recorded by Matthew Lederman. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Feb 07, 2018
Ep. #377: Land of Talk
49:23

Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell talks about her upbringing, rebelliousness, artistic influences, and latest album, Life After Youth, which is available via Saddle Creek and Dine Alone. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Jan 25, 2018
Ep. #376: Another Period's Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome
35:16

Another Period co-creators/stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome discuss the third season of their hilarious show on Comedy Central. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Jan 22, 2018
Ep. #375: Cadence Weapon
01:50:26

Cadence Weapon discusses his return and hot new, self-titled album, which is out via eOne. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Jan 16, 2018
Ep. #374: Fiver
01:06:18
Jan 10, 2018
Ep. #373: Pavement's Bob Nastanovich and Steve West
01:54:10

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Jan 04, 2018
Ep. #372: Denise Donlon, Sandy Miranda, April Aliermo on Long Night
40:44

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 broadcasting icon Denise Donlon, Fucked Up's Sandy Miranda, and Hooded Fang's April Aliermo. Produced by Ian Daffern, Vish Khanna, and FibeTV1. Photos by Colin Medley. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Sponsored by Freshbooks, Hello FreshLong and McQuade, Encore Records, and SappyFest. Watch the Long Night tv show on its YouTube channel

 

Dec 26, 2017
Ep. #371: Faith Healer
01:37:21

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Dec 20, 2017
Ep. #370: Cadence Weapon, Aliya Pabani, Emma Hunter, and Miguel Rivas on Long Night
59:28

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Polish Combatants Hall in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on Saturday December 9, 2017. Our guest panellists were Cadence Weapon, The Beaverton's Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, and The Imposter's Aliya Pabani. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Recorded by A. David McKinnon. Photos by Shane Parent. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Dec 13, 2017
Ep. #369: Andrew Cohen & Light Coma
01:36:22

Andrew Cohen discusses 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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Dec 06, 2017
Ep. #368: Destroyer
01:41:06

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Nov 29, 2017
Ep. #367: Lido Pimienta, Sara Hennessey, Friendly Rich, and James Keast on Long Night
54:40

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. Our guest panellists were 2017 Polaris Music Prize winner Lido Pimienta, comedian Sara Hennessey, and music composer Friendly Rich. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Produced by Vish Khanna and Long Winter. Photos by Roy Cohen. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

  

Nov 21, 2017
Ep. #366: Gabriel Roth of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
01:29:42

Gabriel Roth of the Dap-Kings remembers the late Sharon Jones and discusses the final Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings studio album, Soul of a Woman. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Nov 16, 2017
Ep. #365: Judah Friedlander
40:47
Nov 14, 2017
Ep. #364: Walter Shreifels of Dead Heavens, Quicksand
01:12:57

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Nov 09, 2017
Ep. #363: Darlene Shrugg
01:31:18

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Nov 07, 2017
Ep. #362: T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller talks headlining Just for Laughs' cross-Canada Alternative Comedy Tour, leaving Silicon Valley, the state of pop art, and more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Nov 02, 2017
Ep. #361: The Beaverton's Luke Gordon Field, Emma Hunter, and Miguel Rivas
01:22:07

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Oct 31, 2017
Ep. #360: Tough Age
44:45

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Oct 26, 2017
Ep. #359: Jay Arner Live at CFRU
01:08:26

 

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Oct 24, 2017
Ep. #358: Wu-Tang's Mathematics
33:02

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Oct 18, 2017
Ep. #357: Protomartyr's Joe Casey
01:52:58

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Oct 17, 2017
Ep. #356: Damian Abraham, Casey Mecija, Tim Falconer, Micah Barnes on Long Night
43:28

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 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. Produced by Ian Daffern, Vish Khanna, and FibeTV1. Photos by Amy Wilson. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Sponsored by Freshbooks, Hello FreshLong and McQuade, Long Winter, and Planet Bean Coffee. Watch the Long Night tv show on its YouTube channel

 

Oct 12, 2017
Ep. #355: Off World
01:29:57

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, Freshbooks, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Oct 10, 2017
Ep. #354: Lee Ranaldo
01:56:40

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Oct 04, 2017
Ep. #353: Partner
01:27:47

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Sep 29, 2017
Ep. #352: Amy Goodman
50:03

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Sep 26, 2017
Ep. #351: METZ
01:45:29

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. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Sep 21, 2017
Ep. #350: Lido Pimienta
59:02

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Sep 19, 2017
Ep. #349: 2017 Polaris Music Prize Grand Jury Members
01:04:10

Vish welcomes six 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, ahead of the gala award ceremony on September 18. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Sep 15, 2017
Ep. #348: Matthew Shipp
01:48:20

New York City's 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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Sep 13, 2017
Ep. #347: A Tribe Called Red
01:53:25

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 CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Sep 11, 2017
Ep. #346: BADBADNOTGOOD
02:04:59

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 Charlotte Day Wilson. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts, and Hello Fresh Canada.

Sep 08, 2017
Ep. #345: Michael Chaves on making Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want it Darker’
58:00

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 Columbia Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Aug 31, 2017
Ep. #344: Leif Vollebekk
01:55:02

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 Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Aug 29, 2017
Ep. #343: Lisa LeBlanc
01:18:09

Lisa LeBlanc joins Vish to discuss each and every song from her powerful, Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, which is available in Canada via Bonsound. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Aug 25, 2017
Ep. #342: Pete Holmes and Artie Lange
26:23

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 comedian named Pete, who is so obsessed with making it as a stand-up, he neglects his put upon wife who cheats on him, leaving him homeless, pitiful, and at the mercy of more established comedians like T.J. Miller, Sarah Silverman, and Artie Lange. The cast and crew are currently shooting the second season of Crashing and the first season is now available on Blu-ray and DVD for your home viewing pleasure. I recently had the chance to travel to Brooklyn, New York for an event to promote Crashing while also benefitting REALgirl, a program that aims to “help end gender inequality by fostering the ability of girls to discover their truest selves and develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and courage they need to consistently make informed life-choices from a place of self-knowledge, self-love and strength.” So yes, there was a night of stand-up at the Bell House in Brooklyn featuring amazing sets by Pete Holmes, Artie Lange, Dov Davidoff, and Beth Stelling. Earlier that day, I caught up with Pete and Artie for a chat about Crashing. They were on a press junket so I was told I’d only have nine minutes with them. But I think because I flew down from Canada and also because we had a nice rapport, Pete bought me a bit more time. It probably helped that Pete and Artie seemed to like my long, salt and pepper hair. At least Artie liked it; Pete found it sucpicious. You’ll see. I’m a big fan of Pete and Artie’s work, both alone and together, so this was fun. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Aug 15, 2017
Ep. #341: Weaves
01:36:04

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 shortlisted for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize. The other day I drove down to the Greater Good Bar in Toronto to meet with singer and songwriter Jasmyn Burke, guitarist Morgan Waters, and drummer Spencer Cole to discuss their band and delve into their self-titled record with track-by-track commentary. You’ll hear snippets of each song as we go along. We also got into breaking news, as the band just announced that their follow-up record, Wide Open, will be out October 6, and so we talked about what the new album is like and also the first single, “#53,” which you can hear in its entirety on this show. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Related Playlist: Tick | Birds & Bees | Candy | Shithole | Eagle | Two Oceans | Human | Coo Coo | Sentence | One More | Stress

 

Aug 11, 2017
Ep. #340: Anne T. Donahue
01:22:28

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 compelling and witty perspective. She has worked for MTV and contributed pieces to the Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, and the Globe and Mail and you might have seen her on E! Celebrity Style Story or heard her on the CBC Radio show, q. Anne first appeared on this show in 2013 and was recently featured on a Long Night episode discussing social media and fame. She’s currently writing a book for ECW Press called Nobody Cares so, since we’re both Cambridge people, she and I met at the 50s Grill & Deli recently and had a deeply personal conversation that reveals a lot about her, a lot about me, and a lot about what she thinks of me and you and all of us. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Aug 08, 2017
Ep. #339: Why are indie-rock and indie gaming in love? Long Night with Mare Sheppard, Raigan Burns and Shaun Hatton
37:52

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 Software and musician Shaun Hatton of Laser Destroyer Team. Produced by Ian Daffern, Vish Khanna, and FibeTV1. Photos by Amy Wilson. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Sponsored by Long and McQuade, Encore Records, and SappyFest. Watch the Long Night tv show on its YouTube channel

 

 

Aug 03, 2017
Ep. #338: Harrison
01:11:11

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 producers, crafting his own original electronic, hip-hop, R&B, and pop sound that has won him legions of fans and peers. In 2016, Last Gang released his debut LP, Checkpoint Titanium, which Harrison continues to tour behind when not working hard on a follow-up. I was invited into his Toronto home recently where we discussed his hometown and musical awakening, his love for Netflix and video games, why he doesn’t sing or rap over his music, his special guest vocalists and whom he’d love to work with, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Aug 01, 2017
Ep. #337: Jonny Sun
43:17

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 creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, where he studies social media and online community. He’s a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture where he was awarded many prizes and fellowships and is an honours graduate of the Infrastructure program in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. As impressive as all of those credentials are, for almost 500,000 of his followers on twitter, Jonny Sun mans a clever account and is at the forefront of new forms of sparse, effective communication, language, and terminology. His new, bestselling graphic novel is something of a meditation on the social media landscape. It’s called everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and is available now via Harper Perennial. Jonny and I met in a streetside park in downtown Toronto to discuss his relationship with the city he once called home, the importance of Second City and improv and sketch comedy to his outlook on life and his academic pursuits, his comedic influences, the state of social media and communication, his book, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Jul 28, 2017
Ep. #336: New Swears
54:29

New Swears is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Ottawa, Ontario. Formed in 2012, the band consists of four men who claim their names are Scru Bar, Sammy J Scorpion, Beej Eh, and Nick Nofun. In the summer of 2017, Dine Alone Records released their dynamic, infectious, punk-infused power-pop album, And the Magic of Horses, and New Swears have been touring wherever possible since. They recently joined me at a studio inside of CFRU 93.3 FM in Guelph for an extensive chat about pretty much nothing at all. Literally, nothing. We discussed nothing. Usually on the show, there’s something. This is absolutely nothing. Was it fun? Sure. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Jul 25, 2017
Ep. #335: The Sadies on Long Night
35:23

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 performed five songs and stuck around for conversations about their 2007 record, New Seasons, and their 2017 album, Northern Passages. Produced by Ian Daffern, Vish Khanna, and FibeTV1. Photos by Amy Wilson. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Sponsored by Long and McQuade, Long Winter, and Planet Bean Coffee. Watch the Long Night tv show on its YouTube channel

 

Jul 20, 2017
Ep. #334: Change of Heart
44:12

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 Duffy. By the time Change of Heart disbanded in 1997, Blurton and Maiezza were the sole original members left. A rather different, 13-person version of Change of Heart entered Reaction Studio in early January of 1992 to record the album Smile, which would come to be regarded as a landmark effort in Toronto music history. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the record’s release, Label Obscura is reissuing a remastered, double-vinyl limited edition of Smile, which has prompted Change of Heart to re-convene for shows, including one in Toronto at the Horseshoe on July 22, 2017, dates in Waterloo, London, Kingston, and Ottawa in September, and shows in Calgary and Edmonton in October. I recently travelled to Change of Heart’s practice space in Toronto to meet with Michael Armstrong, Glenn Milchem, Rob Taylor, Bernard Maiezza, and Ian Blurton to discuss the history of their band, the album Smile, what Toronto was really like in the early 1990s, and other stuff too. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Jul 18, 2017
Ep. #333: Kevin McDonald
53:13

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 the first anniversary of McDonald’s inventive variety show podcast, Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show, a mix of sketch comedy and conversations and musical performances, which has featured guest turns from Mike Myers, Wallace Shawn, Rachel Dratch, Ted Leo, Michael Showalter, Craig Finn, Susanna Hoffs, Rob Corddry, and his fellow Kids, Scott Thompson and Dave Foley, among many others. McDonald and I had a chat recently about living in Winnipeg, his idiosyncratic approach to comedy podcasts, John Lennon’s perfect rock ‘n’ roll life, the new wave of sketch comedy, news about the Kids in the Hall and their upcoming appearance at a benefit show featuring Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, and many members of the original SCTV cast, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

 

Jul 13, 2017
Ep. #332: Billy Bragg
55:43

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 urging others, particularly younger generations, to hold authority figures and politicians to account for their decisions. He speaks of empathy and political engagement and he has been speaking of such things long before the likes of Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump. On July 7, 2017, Bragg released a new song called “The Sleep of Reason” and he and his collaborator, Joe Henry, are appearing at the Hillside Festival in Guelph the weekend of July 14 to perform songs from their acclaimed 2016 album, Shine a Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad. They’ll be playing some other songs too, I’m sure. Billy and I caught up this week to extensively discuss “The Sleep of Reason” and its lyrics, the current political landscape, travelling in trains on the American railway system with Joe Henry and cutting their record along the way, Gordon Lightfoot, his future plans, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

 

 

Jul 11, 2017
Ep. #331: Kliph Nesteroff
01:09:20

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 Press published Nesteroff’s remarkably comprehensive book, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy, which was lauded by critics, readers, and comedians themselves. Nesteroff’s latest project is a tv series for VICELAND called Funny How?, which examines aspects of comedy like bombing, breaking in, comedy classes, and niche comedy from the LGBTQ community and Christian comics. Funny How? is utterly fascinating and runs on VICELAND from July 10th to July 14th at 11:30 PM. Kliph and I had a chat recently about life in Slocan and loving MAD Magazine, the book he wrote about the secret, salacious oral history of Hockey Night in Canada that was ultimately blocked from being published, the importance of The Kids in the Hall to Canadian comedy, why and how he wrote The Comedians, why there might be so much general interest in how comedy works these days, the drug LSD, Funny How?, and more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

 

Jul 07, 2017
Ep. #330: Do Make Say Think
01:11:01

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, and James Payment, and together they’ve toured the world and released some hugely influential records. Their latest album is called Stubborn Persistent Illusions, it’s out now via Constellation Records, and will bring the band to a city, likely near you, later this year. A couple of days after their triumphant album release show at the Danforth Music Hall on June 10, 2017, I went to Charlie’s house where I met with him, Justin, and Ohad for a conversation about cinematic music and film scoring awards, the influence of the musical suite, Pictures at an Exhibition by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, generic signifiers like ‘post-rock,’ how drummer Jimmy Payment almost had his foot amputated in the weeks leading up to the aforementioned Danforth Music Hall show, how Charles must balance his duties in Broken Social Scene with those in Do Make Say Think, and much, much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

Jul 04, 2017
Ep. #329: Is social media making us desperate for fame? Long Night with Anne T. Donahue and Nirvanna the Band the Show
43:48

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 media making us desperate for fame?" and our guests were culture columnist and comedy writer Anne T. Donahue and Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol of Nirvanna the Band the Show. Produced by Ian Daffern, Vish Khanna, and FibeTV1. Photos by Colin Medley. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Sponsored by Long and McQuade, Long Winter, and Planet Bean Coffee. Watch the Long Night tv show on its YouTube channel

Jun 29, 2017
Ep. #328: Jessy Lanza
01:02:03

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 No, which were both shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize and are each available via the Hyperdub label. Lanza was in Guelph for the underground arts and music extravaganza known as Kazoo! Fest recently and we caught up in a reverb-rich church basement to discuss things like studying jazz, Jill Scott and Patrice Rushen, stress and anxiety, European spas and Canada's place in the world, Grandad's Donuts in Hamilton, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

Jun 27, 2017
Ep. #327: Mac McCaughan
01:00:31

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 resilient and tastemaking independent labels. In the face of Republican cuts to programs that cruelly impact women and other disenfranchised people, McCaughan and his bandmates in Superchunk just released a limited edition single called I Got Cut with all proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood. They also worked with local visual artists who custom made artwork for a handful of singles that are up for auction until June 28 on the site, Paddle8.com. Again, all proceeds from the auction benefit Planned Parenthood. Mac and I recently had a conversation about what motivated this new single, the political landscape in North Carolina and how it relates to the rest of U.S., the state of progressivism, his early exposure to political punk and seeing Van Halen in the early 1980s, how his Merge Records partner and fellow Superchunk member Laura Ballance has been doing since leaving the road behind in 2013, Arcade Fire’s departure from Merge for Columbia Records, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

 

Jun 22, 2017
Ep. #326: Alanna Gurr
01:01:18

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 play a few shows over the coming months. Alanna and I met at the CFRU studios in Guelph recently where we discussed things like her band Cupcake Ductape and Steph Yates but not the band Esther Grey, her role as a piano tuner and technician and what it’s like dealing with people who want their pianos tuned, the lure of St. John’s, Newfoundland, misogyny in music scenes, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

Jun 21, 2017
Ep. #325: Is rock music dead? Long Night with Carl Wilson, Shad, and Weaves' Jasmyn Burke
41:21

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 music dead?" and our guests were music writer Carl Wilson, hip-hop artist and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Shad, and singer and songwriter Jasmyn Burke of the band Weaves. Produced by Ian Daffern, Vish Khanna, and FibeTV1. Photos by Colin Medley. With sidekick James Keast and our house band, the Bicycles. Sponsored by Long and McQuade, Long Winter, and Planet Bean Coffee. Watch the Long Night tv show on its YouTube channel

Jun 16, 2017
Ep. #324: Daniel Romano
01:16:53

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 also as a solo artist exploring the far reaches of folk, country, rock, and punk music. His sixth solo album is called Modern Pressure, which was just long-listed for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize in Canada and is otherwise being lauded as Romano’s finest and most mystifying album yet. It’s out courtesy of You’ve Changed Records in Canada and New West Records elsewhere and it prompted Dan to return to this show to discuss turning off the refrigerator in his compound apartment, music appreciation and consumption, Jennifer Castle, diss tracks and his new song about the Ramones and U2, the new tape by his band Ancient Shapes, Bob Dylan’s recent speech accepting his Nobel Prize for Literature, the future of his old band Attack in Black, Modern Pressure, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

Jun 14, 2017
Ep. #323: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
56:37

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 Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His countryman Warren Ellis is a gifted and daring multi-instrumentalist, renowned for his work in Dirty Three and he joined Cave, as a member of the Bad Seeds, in the mid-1990s. The pair have become close collaborators in the Bad Seeds, they worked together in a a now defunct band called Grinderman, and together they've also composed riveting and acclaimed scores and soundtracks for theatrical productions and films like The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Road, Hell or High Water, and most recently, the feature films War Machine and Django. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds dispatched a well-received album called Skeleton Tree in the fall of 2016 and in May of 2017, Mute Records released a comprehensive retrospective called Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1984-2014), and they’ve been touring behind these efforts lately. Captured in a hotel restaurant on the afternoon of their second sold out show at Massey Hall in Toronto, here Warren and Nick discuss their history as friends and colleagues, how Warren wound up in the Bad Seeds, how they work together and their relationships to melody and noise, Nick’s unique relationship with his audience and why he needs them now, recording Skeleton Tree, upcoming plans, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

 

Jun 06, 2017
Ep. #322: John Mulaney
01:03:38

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, co-creating memorable characters like Bill Hader’s Stefon. Recently he and Nick Kroll conceived of a pair of elder, opinionated New Yorkers in a stage show called Oh, Hello on Broadway, which they took to Broadway and filmed for a new Netflix special, which debuts June 13. His own 2015 standup special for Netflix, The Comeback Kid, is coming to vinyl, CD, and mp3 in June as well, courtesy of Drag City Records, and he's touring his new show, Kid Gorgeous, across North America, including stops in western Canadian cities and a stand at Just for Laughs in Montreal in July. John and I caught up recently to discuss most of the aforementioned projects and people, as well as Donald Trump, Hasan Minhaj's remarks at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump, the Obamas, comedy's role in the current political climate, Seth Meyers, meeting Bill Clinton in 1992, another new show he's making with Nick Kroll, music, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

May 30, 2017
Ep. #321: OUT
01:06:02

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, and has prompted the band to play select shows in America over the next while. I connected with everyone in OUT recently for a chat about a band called Minutes, which some of them were in, what goes on in Kalamazoo, how they’re dealing with our heavy times, their record Swim Buddies, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

 

 

 

May 24, 2017
Ep. #320: Long Night at Lawnya Vawnya with Chippy Nonstop, Jim Bryson, and Renee Sharpe
01:10:17

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 music enthusiast Chippy Nonstop, singer songer Jim Bryson, and punk rocker and women's defence activist Renee Sharpe. Recorded by Chris Meyers. Photos by Tom Cochrane. House band is Hooded Fang. Produced by Lawnya Vawnya and Vish Khanna. Special thanks to Jud Haynes and Krista Power. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee

 

May 19, 2017
Ep. #319: Bruce McDonald & Nick Craine on Hard Core Logo
01:14:44

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, and chronicled a first wave punk rock band’s disastrous reunion tour across Canada. The influential 1996 film was an underground hit; even Quentin Tarantino became smitten with it, securing its U.S. distribution rights. The next year, Craine’s graphic novel adaptation of McDonald’s film was published and, to commemorate its 20th anniversary, House of Anansi has issued an expanded edition of Craine’s Hard Core Logo: Portrait of a Thousand Punks, and the occasion is being marked with book launch events and screenings of the film. I met with Bruce and Nick at Bruce’s Toronto office recently and we discussed how they first met some 25 years ago, the work of comic artist Chester Brown and other underground comic artists, making road movies and graphic novels, Canadian content and hockey, the weird but cool resonance of Hard Core Logo 20 years later, the rise of mockumentaries in a world obsessed with fake news, the Bucky Haight song “Never Done,” and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

 

 

May 16, 2017
Ep. #318: Jessica Moss
54:30

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, Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista, and collaborated with Vic Chesnutt in the last years of his life. Though accustomed to working with others, Moss recently made her first solo record; it’s a compelling one called Pools of Lightnow available via Constellation Records, prompting her to tour across England and Ireland after upcoming shows in Montreal and Brooklyn respectively. Jessica and I caught up for a conversation, in which we discussed meeting Leonard Cohen during a Silver Mt. Zion recording session at the Hotel2Tango studio, being abroad when Trump was chosen to turn the United States of America into a failed casino, parenting in a weird world, working with Kevin Doria and receiving encouragement to write her own music, global warming, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

 

May 09, 2017
Ep. #317: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
01:23:13

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 singular artistic forces to have emerged in the past 25 years, Oldham has spent some of his time performing songs that were composed by others, often delving into their inner workings to make them his own. His latest release is Best Troubadour, a tribute to the works and work ethic of the legendary country star, Merle Haggard, who passed away in 2016. Best Troubador is out via Drag City Records and Will and I caught up recently to discuss why he doesn’t see the point in telling people that you miss them once they’ve died, how he hoped to start a dialogue with Merle Haggard, how a record like this one might push back against a thoughtless music industry and the way some of us are conditioned to consume art, the strange ritual of music streaming and telephones, unattainable goals and journalistic strategies, and much, much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

May 04, 2017
Ep. #316: Jesse Ruddock
01:06:22

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 hotshot goalie who got into hip-hop and underground rock thanks to Jim Guthrie and pals like Noah23 and Livestock. She’s made her own music under monikers like Koko Bonaparte and Koko Blue and her writing and photography has appeared in The New Yorker, BOMB Magazine, and Vice. In February 2017, Coach House Books published her debut novel; it’s called Shot-Blue and has received raves from the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews among others. Jesse and I caught up at the CFRU studios recently when she was home in Guelph and she surprised me with stories about her past life as a hockey goalie, her writing influences, the power of her peers in Guelph, her remarkably talented family, and where her novel Shot-Blue may have come from. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee

May 02, 2017
Ep. #315: Maz Jobrani
22:51

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 terrorist, but I’ve played one on TV, starred in films like Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, and he currently appears as a character named Fawz on the CBS sitcom, Superior Donuts. Jobrani will be in Montreal July 12-27, 2017 to host 19 performances of The Ethnic Show, a beloved segment at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. He was in Toronto recently for a show of his own and I caught up with him for a brief chat about Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, domestic racism and racist immigrants, the Ethnic Show, and much more. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

Apr 28, 2017
Ep. #314: Saltland
59:05

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 album released by Constellation Records on March 31, 2017. Rebecca and I recently had a chat about her yoga practice and perceptions of mental health, climate change and the actions of people who acknowledge and deny its impact on Earth, her role in co-organizing the successful and star-studded Pathway to Paris concerts for climate justice, Flea and Warren Ellis, her own music, and much more. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

 

 

Apr 26, 2017
Ep. #313: Tim Darcy
01:06:28

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 out for a record and tour under his own name. The record is a great one called Saturday Night, which was released by JagJaguwar Records in February 2017, and Darcy and his band have already crossed parts of Canada, the United States, and Europe to spread the word about it and play some shows. With some more concerts ahead of him, Tim and I caught up for a chat a few weeks ago where we discussed his experience at this year’s controversial SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, which faced backlash over performance limits they imposed on travelling musicians, the political climate and consciousness in America and Canada, how writing with and playing in Ought has influenced him as a solo artist, what’s up with the new Ought record and his own musical plans, and much more. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

 

Apr 18, 2017
Ep. #312: Elliott BROOD
01:00:21

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 multi-instrumentalists in Elliott BROOD have won awards and toured the world hard, releasing five acclaimed albums along the way, including their most recent LP, 2014’s Work and Love. Assigned to write an Exclaim! Magazine piece, I recently travelled to their new HQ in Hamilton, Ontario to check out their workspace, talk about Grandad’s Doughnuts, the time Mark and Casey saw Nirvana in Detroit, what they make of Hamilton, their work contributing songs to the new Anna Paquin show Bellevue, what their new album might be like, and more. All that, plus you can hear a yet-to-be-released song called “The Fall” from their next record, Ghost Gardens, at the end of our talk. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

Apr 12, 2017
Ep. #311: Robbie Fulks
01:18:33

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 its spot on ‘best of 2016’ album lists compiled by Rolling Stone, NPR, the Guardian, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and more. Upland Stories is certainly a favourite around my house so I made an effort to connect with Robbie recently and he and I discussed things like the way people listen to music and each other these days, his interest in the Second City and teaching Tina Fey how to play guitar, talking with Trump people, working with Steve Albini for almost 20 years, seeing Bruno Mars and Beyoncé live at the Grammys ceremony, what the word ‘schmoz” means, and much, more. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

Apr 04, 2017
Ep. #310: Century Egg
01:05:32

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 EP called River God, and are set to play select shows across Canada, including stops at the Ebar in Guelph on April 7 for Kazoo! Fest. Song, Robert Drisdelle, Tri Le, and Nick Dourado make up Century Egg and all of them recently joined me for an in-depth conversation about what life is like in Halifax, Calgary, and China, Shane’s upbringing in China and her background as a graphic artist and animator, oppression and liberation, racialized and underrepresented musicians in Canada, playing cool music, and much more. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

Mar 30, 2017
Ep. #309: Long Night with Pat Thornton, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and a Toronto Music Venue Panel
47:53

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 April Aliermo (Hooded Fang, Phèdre), Brian Wong (It's Not U It's Me), Greg Benedetto (Not Dead Yet Fest), and Kevin Ritchie (NOW Magazine), actor and comedian Pat Thornton (Filth City, Cousins, Different Times), and award-winning Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Photos by Rick Clifford. House band is The Bicycles. Produced by Long Winter and Vish Khanna. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee

Mar 28, 2017
Ep. #308: Bonnie Trash
01:00:11

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 concentrate on the darker pop of Bonnie Trash. Featuring distorted guitars, synthetic percussion, and impassioned vocals, Bonnie Trash is a compelling live band about to release their first EP, Ezzelini's Dead. At the end of this interview, which is really fascinating if you're into Nirvana's In Utero, Steve Albini's record engineering, Black Sabbath's final lap, cannibalism, the long, shared history between Guelph and Italy, and more, we actually premiere a song from the EP called "Sleepless Sheep." Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee

Mar 22, 2017
Ep. #307: Derm Kean and An Incredible Woman
01:05:25

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 Ontario towards the end of 2016 and so met with me at CFRU in Guelph for a chat about their history, what it's like growing up in Newfoundland and the political climate in the province these days, the Lawnya Vawnya festival, making a new record with Steve Albini, and much more. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee. Listen, subscribe, rate/review to Kreative Kontrol on iTunesaudioBoom, Google play, Stitcher, and tunein.  

Mar 17, 2017
Ep. #306: Jon Mckiel
01:17:22
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, it’s out via You’ve Changed Records and also Headless Owl Records, and it prompted Jon and I to have a chat […]
Mar 09, 2017
Ep. #305: Richard Laviolette
58:39
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 this century. His new album is a lovely and reflective one called Taking the Long Way Home, […]
Mar 01, 2017
Ep. #304: Tommy Stinson
48:40
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, as well as joining Soul Asylum and Guns N’ Roses. Though Bash & Pop broke up in 1994 after […]
Feb 24, 2017
Ep. #303: David Pajo
01:22:17
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. He went on to join bands or collaborate with the likes of Royal Trux, Tortoise, Stereolab, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, […]
Feb 22, 2017
Ep. #302: Tim Kingsbury of Sam Patch
01:00:09
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, and the band will be touring in select cities throughout March. I’ve known Tim a while now and […]
Feb 14, 2017
Ep. #301: Long Night with Walied Khogali, L CON, Ali Hassan, Tina Hassannia & Mallory Andrews
01:04:21
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, Lisa Conway and Andrew Collins of L CON, comedian Ali Hassan, and film critics and Everything But Sports podcast hosts Tina Hassannia […]
Feb 07, 2017
Ep. #300: Todd Glass
59:11
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, and one of the most acclaimed stand-ups working today. He’s planning to release a new special soon, […]
Jan 27, 2017
Ep. #299: Jay Ryan
01:07:44
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 print shop called the Bird Machine. He has served as vice-president of the […]
Jan 20, 2017
Ep. #298: TIP ‘T.I.’ Harris
21:50
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. has appeared in numerous films, including ATL, Roots, Ant-Man, Takers, and American Gangster among others and […]
Jan 12, 2017
Ep. #297: Long Night with The Magic, Jhanelle Dennis, & Mitch Fillion
01:07:13
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, and Who is This Now? filmmaker/Southern Souls curator, Mitch Fillion. Live mix by Patrick Rory McKenna. Recorded by […]
Jan 10, 2017
Ep. #296: Christopher Ward
01:04:36
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 video jockeys (VJ) when MuchMusic launched on August 31, 1984. The network went on to alter […]
Dec 20, 2016
Ep. #295: Lido Pimienta
59:21
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, discussing racism in Toronto’s music community and she’s a key vocalist on A Tribe Called Red’s […]
Dec 15, 2016
Ep. #294: Don Kerr of Communism
55:24
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, who has worked with Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics, Gord Downie, Leslie Feist, and many, many other people. Communism’s new record, Get Down Get Together came out this past […]
Dec 13, 2016
Ep. #293: Marisa Anderson
01:03:49
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. Emerging as a lively interpreter of Delta blues and Appalachian folk music, Anderson has been embraced by free and improvised music aficionados […]
Dec 09, 2016
Ep. #292: Nick Flanagan
01:04:11
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, Flanagan’s first comedy album, I’m Here All Weak, was released six years ago. This month Comedy Dynamics puts out […]
Dec 07, 2016
Ep. #291: Long Night Reviews 2016 with Aliya Pabani, Freddie Rivas, Jill Krajewski, John Semley, & Laura Hermiston
57:56
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, featuring some very wise panelists. Aliya Pabani is the host of The Imposter, Canadaland’s arts […]
Dec 05, 2016
Ep. #290: John Semley on The Kids in the Hall
01:02:41
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, the Kids in the Hall. ECW Press has just published This is a Book About […]
Dec 01, 2016
Ep. #289: Lonely Parade
01:09:27
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 have toured throughout most of eastern Canada three times already, even though Augusta is 21 and Anwyn […]
Nov 29, 2016
Ep. #288: DIANA
01:15:58
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 […]
Nov 22, 2016
Ep. #287: Fake Limbs
01:32:43
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 albums, including 2016’s Matronly, which is out now via Don Giovanni Records. Fake Limbs […]
Nov 16, 2016
Ep. #286: Voivod
01:00:09
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, and progressive rock, over the course of more than a dozen full-length albums and several EPs. Though they’ve endured […]
Nov 08, 2016
Ep. #285: Chicago Underground Duo
01:09:56
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), who formed the group in 1997. When asked to describe their work together, they suggested their music is “an […]
Oct 26, 2016
Ep. #284: Vic Berger
01:08:09
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, in which he re-edits existing news and pop culture footage to highlight their most odd and socially awkward moments. […]
Oct 19, 2016
Ep. #283: Dylan Moran
25:38
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, “His comedy takes on an existential dimension, as tubby, nicotine-starved, emasculated Moran comes to represent the struggles we all […]
Oct 11, 2016
Ep. #282: The Rutabega
01:01:28
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, he connected with Mason, a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer, who has bolstered the Rutabega to […]
Oct 06, 2016
Ep. #281: Fake Palms
55:14
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, which he now has with the acclaimed band Fake Palms. Following up on their well-received […]
Sep 28, 2016
Ep. #280: Hasan Minhaj
51:31
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 Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he continues to appear […]
Sep 20, 2016
Ep. #279: U.S. Girls
01:10:45
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, plays in the excellent band Darlene Shrugg and runs the Calico Corp. label. She is likely […]
Sep 15, 2016
Ep. #278: Jane Bunnett
01:14:19
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 collaborations with Cuban musicians; her 1991 album, Spirits of Havana, is considered one of the […]
Sep 13, 2016
Ep. #277: Rob Benvie of Bankruptcy
01:28:34
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, both of which are available via Coach House Books. He is also well known for playing in bands like Thrush Hermit, The […]
Sep 06, 2016
Ep. #276: Katie Monks of Dilly Dally
56:43
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, eventually honing their own chops as guitarists and songwriters and forming Dilly Dally. In the fall of 2015, the band […]
Aug 17, 2016
Ep. #275: Incredible Love – Alan Vega & Suicide Remembered by Steve Albini, Jehnny Beth, Brendan Canty, Kid Millions, Robyn Phillips, Priya Thomas, & Mike Watt
01:06:56
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, Alan Vega has passed away. Alan was not only relentlessly […]
Aug 10, 2016
Ep. #274: Hari Kondabolu
54:16
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, and he co-hosts the Politically Re-Active podcast with Bell. In 2014, Kill Rock Stars released his highly acclaimed and hilarious […]
Jul 28, 2016
Ep. #273: Mary Lynn Rajskub
28:16
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 work on groundbreaking efforts like Mr. Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and as a […]
Jul 26, 2016
Ep. #272: Gord Downie [Archival; May 2010]
38:38
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, improbably becoming one of Canada’s most popular and influential bands as a result. The band […]
Jul 22, 2016
Ep. #271: Andy Shauf
01:06:44
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 infectious melodies. He made quite a statement with 2015’s The Bearer of Bad News and has possibly even topped that […]
Jul 21, 2016
Ep. #270: TUNS
01:00:48
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 of the world’s finest and most successful rock bands, Sloan. Matt Murphy is an accomplished journalist […]
Jul 19, 2016
Ep. #269: Baroness von Sketch Show
01:04:16
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, and Jennifer Whalen. They’re just wrapping up their first season on CBC with the finale airing […]
Jul 14, 2016
Ep. #268: PUP
01:07:11
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 entire planet for months and months. Ahead of their return […]
Jul 12, 2016
Ep. #267: Adrian Teacher
53:51
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, contemplative yet upbeat album with his backing band, the Subs. The record is called Terminal City, it’s […]
Jul 07, 2016
Ep. #266: William Tyler
01:12:43
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, instrumental record called Modern Country, which is steeped in familiar folk and rock structures but is […]
Jul 05, 2016
Ep. #265: David Cross
38:29
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 Stiller Show, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, W/Bob […]
Jun 30, 2016
Ep. #264: Choir! Choir! Choir!
56:46
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, in a no pressure environment, and attempt to learn and interpret pop songs by artists like Prince, David Bowie, […]
Jun 21, 2016
Ep. #263: Jay Arner (& Jessica Delisle)
58:02
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 but are ultimately infectious and thoroughly satisfying. His new album is an excellent, endlessly […]
Jun 16, 2016
Ep. #262: Mare Sheppard, Jim Guthrie, & Shaw-Han Liem
01:07:30
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, and outspoken followings and are more often than not, spearheaded by some of the most inventive and clever minds of our time. […]
Jun 14, 2016
Ep. #261: Hooded Fang
01:16:15
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 exciting ideas. Their latest album is called Venus on Edge, it’s out now […]
Jun 09, 2016
Ep. #260: Long Night with BRAIDS, Dan Meades, Freyja & Zamudio, and Eastern Owl
01:03:37
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 […]
Jun 02, 2016
Ep. #259: Savak’s Sohrab Habibion
01:01:11
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 Holy Fuck, Nation of Ulysses, The Cops, and his fellow Obit, Greg Simpson. […]
May 27, 2016
Ep. #258: Shotgun Jimmie
01:05:02
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 […]
May 25, 2016
Ep. #257: Piya Chattopadhyay & MINOTAURS’ Nathan Lawr
57:40
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. She is likely best known as a dynamic voice on CBC Radio, where she […]
May 19, 2016
Ep. #256: Daniel Romano
01:05:49
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, and Julie and as a solo artist exploring the far reaches of folk and country music. His fifth […]
May 17, 2016
Ep. #255: Shehzaad Jiwani of Greys
01:15:14
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 ahead of tour dates throughout Canada and U.S. this summer. Back in April, […]
May 11, 2016
Ep. #254: Scott Aukerman
28:41
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. Show with Bob and David (and its recent Netflix reboot) and gets called in to craft jokes for special presentations like […]
May 05, 2016
Ep. #253: Several Futures
01:18:15
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 called Republic of Safety, who I rather liked a lot. Together with Nish-Lapidus, they’ve formed Several Futures […]
May 05, 2016
Ep. #252: Bob Mehr on The Replacements
01:20:14
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 several album reissues, including the Grammy Award-winning Big Star box set, Keep An Eye […]
May 03, 2016
Ep. #251: The Burning Hell
01:19:39
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, Prince Edward Island. Their latest witty, outspoken, and reflective album is called Public Library, […]
Apr 28, 2016
Ep. #250: Long Night with Dr. Carys Massarella, Hadani Ditmars, and Omar Musa
01:18:53
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, acclaimed journalist, author, and Middle East expert, Hadani Ditmars, and Malaysian-Australian author, rapper, and poet Omar Musa. My […]
Apr 21, 2016
Ep. #249: Puff Pieces
54:29
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. and is out now via Lovitt Records. Here, Amanda and Mike discuss chopping down cherry blossom […]
Apr 19, 2016
Ep. #248: Ray Robertson
01:31:55
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, Lives of the Poets (With Guitars) – Thirteen Outsiders Who Changed Modern Music, which is out now via Biblioasis. During a chat in his […]
Apr 13, 2016
Ep. #247: Cupcake Ductape
01:03:05
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 live show and their 2015 EP, Get Over It. They’re playing a show at […]
Apr 07, 2016
Ep. #246: Mauno
45:51
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, which they’re currently working on and will eventually be dispatched by the Idée Fixe label in Toronto. Mauno are playing some shows […]
Apr 05, 2016
Ep. #245: Joe Casey of Protomartyr
01:12:48
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, which came out via Hardly Art Records in October, 2015. The band has been touring almost non-stop since then, including upcoming […]
Mar 30, 2016
Ep. #244: Long Night with Shad, Sloan’s Jay Ferguson & Patrick Pentland, Caitlin Durlak, So Long Seven, & Bobby Ruin
01:02:53
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, Jay Ferguson and Patrick Pentland of Sloan, hip-hop artist and the host of CBC […]
Mar 24, 2016
Ep. #243: Toronto Blue Jays Panel with Stacey May Fowles, Desmond Cole, Drew Fairservice, & Josh Zucker
57:21
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, Toronto Star columnist and Newstalk 1010 host Desmond Cole, Birds All Day podcast host Drew Fairservice, and […]
Mar 22, 2016
Ep. #242: Josh Gondelman
51:17
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, Gondelman has also written for Billy on the Street and is the co-author of the Shorty […]
Mar 17, 2016
Ep. #241: Rangda
01:13:21
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, and they’re on the road right now with forthcoming shows in Bloomington, IN, Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Philadelphia, PA. […]
Mar 15, 2016
Ep. #240: A Way That’s Clear – Tortoise & The Making of ‘The Catastrophist’
57:36
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, they’ve absorbed that town’s rich history of noise and musical innovation, touching upon every genre in their abstract work, […]
Mar 08, 2016
Ep. #239: Long Night with Jordan Ferguson, STACEY, Sam Sutherland, and Carol Zoccoli
01:05:09
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, musician and Toronto Women in Music founder STACEY, Sam Sutherland who’s the host and […]
Mar 02, 2016
Ep. #238: Stuck in Your Head – Idée Fixe is 5!
47:43
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, Fiver, play the Horseshoe Tavern. The next night, Friday February 26, newer additions to the label like Bart, Doc Dunn & Co., […]
Feb 24, 2016
Ep. #237: Geoff Berner
01:16:11
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 Creative Writing program and has gone on to pen scripts for Sesame Street, make several acclaimed […]
Feb 11, 2016
Ep. #236: Junior Boys
01:05:12
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, most notably and consistently with a collaborator named Matt Didemus. The latest effort by Junior Boys is a slyly romantic one called […]
Feb 02, 2016
Ep. #235: Long Night with Tom Power, Deadpan Powerpoint, TUNS, & Michelle McAdorey
56:31
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), Mike O’Neill (The Inbreds), and Matt Murphy (The Super Friendz) of the new supergroup […]
Jan 21, 2016
Ep. #234: Michelle McAdorey
01:02:44
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. Her latest record is a lovely collection of folk-oriented rock called Into Her Future, it’s out now via the DWR label, […]
Jan 15, 2016
Ep. #233: Steven Lambke
01:02:03
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. He recently retired Baby Eagle to work under his own name for the stunning album, Days of Heaven, which was […]
Jan 12, 2016
Ep. #232: Long Night with Casey Mecija, Denise Benson & Matt O’Brien
01:12:12
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, Then and Now – Toronto Nightlife History author and DJ Denise Benson, and comedian Matt […]
Dec 17, 2015
Ep. #231: Evan Gordon
01:22:14
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 the Mall XIV benefit show […]
Dec 15, 2015
Ep. #230: Peter Demakos of Blimp Rock
01:18:52
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. They talk about this in their music sometimes, which you can hear on their latest […]
Dec 10, 2015
Ep. #229: Willie Thrasher
46:48
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. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985, renewing interest in his and other Aboriginal artists’ work. On […]
Dec 08, 2015
Ep. #228: Long Night with Desmond Cole, Matt Collins, & Elaquent
48:00
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, and hip-hop artist Elaquent. My sidekick is James Keast and the Long Night house band is the […]
Dec 02, 2015
Ep. #227: John Wright & Frank Barnes of Compressorhead
38:33
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 behind innovative projects like Robocross and Drummer. Barnes is part of […]
Nov 26, 2015
Ep. #226: Scharpling & Wurster
40:11
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 thebestshow.net, they’ve been making rare live appearances around North America since the Numero Group […]
Nov 24, 2015
Ep. #225: Tony Levin of King Crimson
44:39
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, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Sarah McLachlan, and Lou Reed among others. In recent years, […]
Nov 19, 2015
Ep. #224: Ian MacKaye & Steve Albini (Part II)
01:19:31
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 and he owns and operates the renowned recording facility, Electrical Audio, in […]
Nov 17, 2015
Ep. #223: Ian MacKaye & Steve Albini (Part I)
01:25:32
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. Steve Albini has been in bands like Big Black and Rapeman and is currently […]
Nov 12, 2015
Ep. #222: Peter Guralnick
01:13:27
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, and Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, his monumental twin biographies about the rise and […]
Nov 10, 2015
Ep. #221: Ryan Nelson of Soccer Team
01:13:56
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, which he co-founded 10 years ago with Melissa Quinley. Nine years since their debut, Soccer Team just […]
Nov 05, 2015
Ep. #220: Esmerine
48:59
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 Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Foon, a cellist who once played in A Silver Mt. Zion. […]
Oct 28, 2015
Ep. #219: Eugene Mirman
39:06
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, where he voices the character Gene, the only son of the Belcher Family. He is also a beloved, surreal, and […]
Oct 21, 2015
Ep. #218: I am Robot and Proud
01:04:57
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, and he continues to work as a video game music composer. Since the beginning of this century, he has been […]
Oct 15, 2015
Ep. #217: Do You Compute – The Story of Drive Like Jehu
02:02:48
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, they played a free show in San Diego’s Balboa Park, which was their first public performance in 19 years and has […]
Oct 08, 2015
Ep. #216: Russell Mael & Alex Kapranos of FFS
01:02:29
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 the early 1970s, which went on to achieve chart success and develop a loyal […]
Sep 30, 2015
Ep. #215: Destroyer
57:50
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 membership in bands like the New Pornographers, Swan Lake, and Hello, Blue Roses among […]
Sep 23, 2015
Ep. #214: Ani DiFranco
41:13
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, one year later, released her self-titled debut record in 1990. That auspicious start has led Righteous Babe […]
Sep 10, 2015
Ep. #213: Cameron Esposito
56:01
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 various aspects and concerns pertaining to the LGBTQ community. In fact, her 2014 stand-up record […]
Sep 08, 2015
Ep. #212: Ike Turner of MINUTES & Brown Company
01:13:42
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 United States of America and so it seemed like a good time […]
Sep 03, 2015
Ep. #211: Julie Fader & Graham Walsh of Etiquette
01:12:18
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, which is out via Hand Drawn Dracula and they’re playing Camp Wavelength on Toronto Island this Saturday August 29 at […]
Aug 26, 2015
Ep. #210: Mick Jenkins
48:59
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 its success up with the gritty, politically-charged masterstroke, The Water[s], which many regarded as […]
Aug 20, 2015
Ep. #209: Justin Small of Do Make Say Think
01:12:42
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. The two also play together in the critically acclaimed and mostly instrumental band Do Make Say Think, one of the most […]
Aug 18, 2015
Ep. #208: Gary Taxali
01:19:12
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. He also owns his own toy company, Chump Toys, is a teacher at OCAD University, and is […]
Aug 13, 2015
Ep. #207: Slim Twig
51:56
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. Girls, Darlene Shrugg, and of course, Slim Twig. His most recent […]
Aug 06, 2015
Ep. #206: Faith No More’s Billy Gould
37:05
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, and more, and he also started his own label, Koolarrow Records. But Gould’s most impactful work […]
Aug 04, 2015
Ep. #205: Nick Ferrio
59:11
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, releasing two seven-inch singles and now two full-length albums that have each been acclaimed by critics, as vibrant contributions to […]
Jul 24, 2015
Ep. #204: Michael Franti
29:59
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 positive solo work, fronting his own band, Spearhead. His latest album is 2013’s All People, but […]
Jul 23, 2015
Ep. #203: Elaquent
58:47
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 still wholly unique. Endlessly prolific, Elaquent’s brand new album is called Good Karma, it’s out now […]
Jul 23, 2015
Ep. #202: Doldrums
48:14
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. Since Spiral Beach disbanded, Woodhead has been exploring other kinds of music and the melodic, jarring, hazy […]
Jul 22, 2015
Ep. #201: LIDS
01:11:30
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 Explosion and have played select shows when their busy schedules permitted them to do so. This Sunday July […]
Jul 21, 2015
Ep. #200: Daniel Lanois
48:53
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, Peter Gabriel, and Neil Young, Lanois is also a pioneer of ambient music and one of the finest […]
Jul 20, 2015
Ep. #199: Rhys Darby
26:07
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, Darby has shown remarkable range as a vocally and physically dynamic film and […]
Jul 18, 2015
Ep. #198: Nigel Chapman of Nap Eyes
01:09:42
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 and elsewhere via Paradise of Bachelors. The record is called Whine of the […]
Jul 14, 2015
Ep. #197: Nels Cline
01:02:57
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, most often within the realm of jazz or improvised music, but also touching upon almost every music genre […]
Jul 07, 2015
Ep. #196: José Miguel Contreras of By Divine Right
01:02:50
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, a tremendously significant band whose past contributors include Feist and musicians who went on to form Broken Social Scene, Holy Fuck, and Sheezer among many […]
Jun 30, 2015
Ep. #195: Terra Lightfoot
01:08:50
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. Her latest album is Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, it’s out now via Sonic Unyon Records, and she’s […]
Jun 25, 2015
Ep. #194: Will Currie & The Country French
57:03
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 Music Gallery on June 18 and Montreal’s Monument National on June 20. On assignment to write a […]
Jun 18, 2015
Ep. #193: Angel Olsen
01:05:34
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 debut EP, Strange Cacti and its 2012 full-length follow-up, Half Way Home. […]
Jun 16, 2015
Ep. #192: Marker Starling
01:07:37
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 infectious joy. His new album as Marker Starling just came out this past March. It’s […]
Jun 11, 2015
Ep. #191: Buffy Sainte-Marie
44:55
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, her music has been interpreted by everyone from Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin to A Tribe Called Red and Courtney Love, and her composition, “Up Where We Belong” […]
Jun 09, 2015
Ep. #190: Lee Reed
55:43
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, The Bitumen Tanker, which is available now via leereedrevolt.com. He’s playing the Hillside Festival in Guelph during the weekend of July […]
Jun 02, 2015
Ep. #189: Raekwon
28:05
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 his own Ice H2O imprint. I sat down with Rae […]
May 26, 2015
Ep. #: 188: Chad VanGaalen on doing Stupid Human Tricks on David Letterman
56:13
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 Constantines on May 27 and will appear at the WayHome festival in Oro-Medente on July […]
May 20, 2015
Ep. #187: Mike Sacks on David Letterman
45:46
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 collections, 2009’s And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft and […]
May 18, 2015
Ep. #186: Socalled
57:45
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 genre touchstone that world has yielded to date. His fifth album is a joyous and star-studded but […]
May 13, 2015
Ep. #185: Steven Kado of Blocks Recording Club
59:07
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, the Barcelona Pavillion, Katie Stelmanis, Ninja High School, Matias, Bob Wiseman, the Phonemes, Les Mouches, Hank, […]
May 08, 2015
Ep. #184: METZ
50:44
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 Sub Pop, prompting them to tour the world over for the foreseeable future. On May […]
May 05, 2015
Ep. #183: Long Night with the Burning Hell, Amery Sandford, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Eva Ísleifs, Rakel McMahon, Erin Turcke, & Suds
01:04:55
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, Mathias Kom of the Burning Hell and my guests were visual artist Amery Sandford, novelist […]
May 01, 2015
Ep. #182: Scott Thompson answers Exclaim!’s Questionnaire
01:01:08
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 graphic novel trilogy/animated series called The Hollow Planet, Thompson remains an active member of the […]
Apr 29, 2015
Ep. #181: Andrea Warner
01:17:46
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, Shania Twain, Alanis Morrissette, and Sarah McLachlan, as some of the best-selling artists of all […]
Apr 21, 2015
Ep. #180: Phosphorescent
52:22
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 releasing seven acclaimed albums with different collaborators. In December 2013, after eight months of touring behind their album Muchacho, Phosphorescent […]
Apr 17, 2015
Ep. #179: Long Night with Rachel Giese, Sabrina Ramnanan, Daniel Schulman, Lee Reed
01:11:47
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 house band the Bicycles, Vish’s guests were Rachel Giese, Sabrina Ramnanan, Daniel Schulman, and Lee Reed. Rachel Giese is a National […]
Apr 15, 2015
Ep. #178: Shary Boyle
01:17:10
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, inspired by her concerns about and interest in class and gender injustice. She has […]
Apr 09, 2015
Ep. #177: Sohrab Habibion on Obits calling it quits
22:24
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. All kidding aside, this is a bummer. Obits ruled. Related links: obitsurl.com vishkhanna.com  Listen, subscribe, rate/review on iTunes. Now […]
Apr 02, 2015
Ep. #176: Rob Lind of The Sonics
01:04:06
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, 1965’s Here are the Sonics and 1967’s Boom are considered classics that represent the birth of […]
Mar 31, 2015
Ep. #175: Sir Richard Bishop
49:52
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, Bishop’s first solo album. By now, various labels have gotten behind 11 Sir […]
Mar 27, 2015
Ep. #174: Andy Kindler
52:19
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, and Bob’s Burgers, Kindler is a hard-working road comic who fearlessly assesses and critiques the […]
Mar 24, 2015
Ep. #173: Will Butler
26:45
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, crafting these rousing pop and rock blasts that are incisive and more revealing with each listen. They are joyous and […]
Mar 19, 2015
Ep. #172: Long Night with Scott Thompson, Damian Rogers, Don Pyle, and Overnight
01:12:20
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, Vish’s guests were Don Pyle, Damian Rogers, Scott Thompson, and Overnight. Don Pyle is a punk rock historian […]
Mar 17, 2015
Ep. #171: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
01:12:56
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, Dan and John Walsh spoke with me at length about a 1965 Höfner bass on ebay, it’s all about that bass, […]
Mar 11, 2015
Ep. #170: Andy Gill of Gang of Four
44:42
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, politically outspoken songs influenced one million musicians and earned them a loyal fanbase. Though the band has gone through many members over […]
Mar 06, 2015
Ep. #169: Matt Braunger
45:16
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, he has starred in Comedy Central stand-up specials and acted on sitcoms, and he has appeared […]
Mar 03, 2015
Ep. #168: Dan Boeckner of Operators
01:21:29
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 popular bands, Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, both of which garnered loyal audiences before ceasing to exist. Boeckner […]
Feb 26, 2015
Ep. #167: THEESatisfaction
30:22
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, as one of the most noteworthy albums of the year. Their new album is EarthEE, it’s dizzying, remarkable, and romantic, […]
Feb 24, 2015
Ep. #166: Tom McCaffrey
01:04:22
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. He’s acted in and directed films as well and his latest venture is […]
Feb 19, 2015
Ep. #165: Bob Nastanovich of Silver Jews
01:14:05
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, Nastanovich also co-founded another immensely important band called the Silver Jews. Highlighting the inimitable songwriting and singing of the American poet David Berman, […]
Feb 18, 2015
Ep. #164: Long Night with Jesse Brown, David Heti, and L CON
01:10:01
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, the talk show sidekick stylings of James Keast, basically my first ever attempt at a stand-up set, the debut […]
Feb 17, 2015
Ep. #163: Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington
52:11
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 episode of season six recently, Heidecker has […]
Feb 16, 2015
Ep. #162: Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney
24:18
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, and Drumgasm among others and she has an administrative, behind-the-scenes position on the IFC show, Portlandia. She is most […]
Feb 12, 2015
Ep. #161: Siskiyou
01:01:41
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, unafraid to house pretty melodies and hopeful lyrical notions in somewhat surreal and unusual musical packages. The new Siskiyou album is […]
Feb 04, 2015
Ep. #160: PS I Love You
01:07:58
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, For Those Who Stay, which is out now via Paper Bag Records. Over the next two weeks, […]
Jan 29, 2015
Ep. #159: Carl Newman of the New Pornographers
58:55
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 A.C. Newman. While long-respected by peers and critics for his sense of melody and powerful hooks, Newman’s […]
Jan 25, 2015
Ep. #158: Bruce McCulloch
41:53
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, and released two excellent comedy records, Shame-Based Man and Drunk Baby Project. McCulloch is best known as a member […]
Jan 20, 2015
Ep. #157: Long Night with Me, Aisha Alfa, Freddie Rivas, Anne Kingston, and the Weather Station
50:16
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, 2015 was actually recorded and so I’m presenting most of it to you here. […]
Jan 15, 2015
Ep. #156: Owen Pallett
56:34
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, particularly when he lived there, he was viewed as a true leader and champion of Toronto’s underground arts community. […]
Jan 09, 2015
Ep. #155: The Weather Station
01:06:05
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, and Marine Dreams and she has collaborated with Baby Eagle, Bahamas, Doug Paisley, Siskiyou, and more. She recently released a beautiful […]
Jan 07, 2015
Ep. #154: Tom Scharpling
58:34
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 eight year run on the USA network, he made contributions […]
Dec 11, 2014
Ep. #153: Jasmyn Burke of Weaves
54:43
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, all-encompassing pop music that’s infused with all of the sounds and information that is currently available. They have received accolades from Canadian and U.S. media […]
Dec 09, 2014
Ep. #152: Kevin “Sipreano” Howes & Duke Redbird
01:16:28
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. Exhaustively researched curated by Howes, the triple LP/double CD features rare and scarce music made by […]
Dec 04, 2014
Ep. #151: Hari Kondabolu
01:17:03
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, and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show among others. Earlier this year, Kill Rock Stars released his […]
Dec 02, 2014
Ep. #150: Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche
01:13:18
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, and guitarist Eric Gingras. This past September the band issued Zubberdust!, their wonderful debut album featuring hypnotic, interlocking […]
Nov 27, 2014
Ep. #149: Run the Jewels
34:44
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, Run the Jewels released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2013, as a free download. This past […]
Nov 25, 2014
Ep. #148: Slim Twig
50:36
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. Girls, and of course, Slim Twig. In 2010 he made […]
Nov 20, 2014
Ep. #147: TEEN Live at the Halifax Pop Explosion
01:17:11
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, and it prompted them to visit the Halifax Pop Explosion this past October to play some shows. We ended […]
Nov 18, 2014
Ep. #146: Lee Paradise
57:55
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, Pleasence Records and not unlike released the excellent Lee Paradise album Water […]
Nov 13, 2014
Ep. #145: Cousins
57:06
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. A few weeks ago at the Halifax Pop Explosion, Aaron took me for a […]
Nov 11, 2014
Ep. #144: Man Forever
01:14:00
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. Over the past four years, Colpitts has been exploring the outer limits of drums under the moniker […]
Nov 07, 2014
Ep. #143: Cold Specks
47:24
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, and post-punk aesthetic, which is all the more unique given the rather folk-oriented feel of her 2012 debut album, I […]
Nov 04, 2014
Ep. #142: Ryan Hemsworth & BADBADNOTGOOD Live at the Halifax Pop Explosion
01:31:48
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 whose new record, Alone for the First Time, is out November 4 via Last […]
Oct 30, 2014
Ep. #141: Lights
33:48
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. Her latest album is Little Machines and it was released this past September, prompting her to […]
Oct 28, 2014
Ep. #140: John Darnielle
57:35
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 years and praised for their infectious, impassioned, and vivid songs. In 2008, […]
Oct 23, 2014
Ep. #139: Greg Cartwright of the Reigning Sound
56:37
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. He has founded inspiring bands like the Compulsive Gamblers, the Oblivians, Greg Oblivian and the Tip […]
Oct 21, 2014
Please Support Kreative Kontrol on Patreon
14:22
I’m wading into crowdfunding to keep my own show sustainable. If you enjoy the Kreative Kontrol podcast and want to support it with a monthly pledge, please visit patreon.com/kreativekontrol. You can pledge $1 a month, or $4, $10, $30, $50, $100 a month—whatever you like. There are gifts and incentives to pledge but more than […]
Oct 20, 2014
Ep. #138: Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces
39:27
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 that he was brought here to make a difference. The critically acclaimed new Shabazz Palaces […]
Oct 16, 2014
Ep. #137: Xylouris White
01:15:04
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, and more. The duo have just released a stirring new album called Goats that […]
Oct 14, 2014
Ep. #136: Absolutely Free
01:04:23
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 in the world. After they broke up, King, Rozenberg, and Claxton eventually reconvened to […]
Oct 09, 2014
Ep. #135: The Wilderness of Manitoba
01:06:13
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, and Marito Marques and together they make a hazy kind of pop music. While they were in […]
Oct 08, 2014
Ep. #134: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
02:01:24
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, he has been remarkably prolific and displayed an astonishing dedication to the quality of his craft, which is ostensibly folk, rock, or country music of […]
Oct 02, 2014
Ep. #133: John Southworth
54:36
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 intriguing artists, with upwards of 13 music releases to his name, including a stunning new double album called […]
Sep 30, 2014
Ep. #132: Christine Fellows
01:11:15
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. Her sixth album also includes her first book of poetry; both are called Burning Daylight and were released by ARP Books on […]
Sep 25, 2014
Ep. #131: Ronnie Spector
32:19
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, and gigantic international hits like “Be My Baby,’ “Walking in the Rain,” and “Baby, I Love You.” Spector […]
Sep 16, 2014
Ep. #130: Elisabeth de Mariaffi
57:59
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, and it was longlisted for the 2013 Giller Prize with good reason. Of her work, author Michael Winter once astutely said, “She’s […]
Sep 11, 2014
Ep. #129: Scott Merritt
01:18:15
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, Adrian Belew, Willie P. Bennett, and Fred Eaglesmith among others. He also keeps himself busy on […]
Sep 09, 2014
Ep. #128: Nicholas Ruddock
59:02
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, a linked story collection that was published by Breakwater Books this past March. Ruddock will be reading at […]
Sep 04, 2014
Ep. #127: “Weird Al” Yankovic
39:26
“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, in this case includes songs by Robin Thicke, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons and Pharrell Williams, replacing their […]
Sep 02, 2014
Ep. #126: Carrie Snyder
01:00:04
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, Girl Runner will be published in Canada by House of Anansi on September 6 and in the United States via HarperCollins and […]
Aug 29, 2014
Ep. #125: John Reis of Drive Like Jehu
49:46
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, and he also started a cool label called Swami Records. One of his most […]
Aug 22, 2014
Ep. #124: Claire Cameron
47:22
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.’ Her latest book is a harrowingly devastating one called The Bear, which is told from the perspective of […]
Aug 21, 2014
Ep. #123: Bahamas
01:09:36
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. He has released three records of his signature folk-tinged rock over the past five years, earning a broad fanbase and award nominations […]
Aug 19, 2014
Ep. #122: Heather O’Neill
52:08
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. Her latest novel is The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, which was published by HarperCollins Canada this past April and tells […]
Aug 14, 2014
Ep. #121: Dave Ullrich of Zunior & The Inbreds
01:21:22
Dave Ullrich is the founder of Zunior.com, 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 Sandbanks Provincial Park on Sept. 13. He was also a founding member of the excellent indie-rock […]
Aug 12, 2014
Ep. #120: Steve Albini
01:27:50
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, one of the most significant and influential underground rock bands of the past 25 years. On September […]
Jul 31, 2014
Ep. #119: Constantines
01:40:02
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. The band have reconvened in recent months and Sub Pop reissued their classic 2003 album Shine a Light this past June. Constantines are […]
Jul 29, 2014
Ep. #118: Steve Sladkowski of PUP
01:14:26
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. PUP plays Guelph’s Hillside Festival on Saturday July 25. Here, Steve and I discuss staining fences in Toronto, […]
Jul 24, 2014
Ep. #117: Charles Austin of the Super Friendz
01:04:04
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, and Psychic Fair and has also collaborated with Buck 65 and Al Tuck among others. He first gained prominence […]
Jul 22, 2014
Ep. #116: Matt Andersen
46:15
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 to his rumbling voice, accomplished guitar playing, and vivid lyricism. Though he’s […]
Jul 17, 2014
Ep. #115: Jeremy Gara & Samir Khan of Kepler
01:33:14
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 to open for Godspeed You! Black Emperor for example. Their final album felt […]
Jul 15, 2014
Ep. #114: Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors
01:16:24
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, for the past decade, he has been a member of the Brooklyn, NY band, Dirty Projectors. In […]
Jul 08, 2014
Ep. #113: Julie Doiron
01:05:06
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. Over the years she’s worked with many people and contributed to records by Daniel Romano, Mt. Eerie, […]
Jul 03, 2014
Ep. #112: Britt Walford of Slint and Watter
01:09:15
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 initially had a short lifespan but whose second LP, 1991’s “Spiderland,” is easily one […]
Jul 01, 2014
Ep. #111: Hamilton Leithauser
45:53
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. Before long, members of the band began releasing solo material, including Leithauser. His new […]
Jun 24, 2014
Ep. #110: Josh Salter & Matt Peters of Monomyth
48:01
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, with NXNE shows in Toronto on June 18 at the Drake and Handlebar, […]
Jun 17, 2014
Ep. #109: Jello Biafra
01:12:44
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, Alternative Tentacles. His first band since he left Dead Kennedys […]
Jun 13, 2014
Ep. #108: Born Ruffians
54:30
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, Born Ruffians are playing the penultimate Main Stage set at the 2014 Hillside Festival so I tracked […]
Jun 12, 2014
Ep. #107: Friendly Rich
01:10:37
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, which is out on June 24 via the Pumpkin Pie Corporation. Friendly Rich and his band will […]
Jun 10, 2014
Ep. #106: Brad McInerney & Mike Deane of Kazoo!
01:05:52
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 Chow, while on Friday June 6, Esther Grey, my Shadowy Men […]
Jun 05, 2014
Ep. #105: Zaki Ibrahim
40:41
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 heady, sci-fi-infused debut album, Every Opposite, was shortlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. This […]
Jun 03, 2014
Ep. #104: Fucked Up
01:24:59
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 album outside of the thousands of singles and EPs they’ve released over the past 13 years. […]
May 29, 2014
Ep. #103: Culture Reject
36:47
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 Reject, including last year’s Forces. He and his band are playing the Hillside Festival in Guelph this […]
May 27, 2014
Ep. #102: Alison Wearing
59:37
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 Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter – Growing Up with a Gay Dad, which she has adapted into an award-winning […]
May 22, 2014
Ep. #101: Steven Lambke
01:17:18
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 Changed Records label, which has released music by the likes of Baby Eagle, Attack in […]
May 20, 2014
Ep. #100: Andrew Nathan Hood Interviews Me about Jim Guthrie
02:04:47
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, I present Andrew prying into my life by asking me about why we’re doing […]
May 15, 2014
Ep. #99: Brian McMahan of Slint
50:04
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, the masterful 1991 release, “Spiderland.” The new limited edition is a massive box set and includes: a […]
May 13, 2014
Ep. #98: Owen Pallett
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