Acts of Volition Radio Christmas: Session 17

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Seventeen While I’m a confessed scrooge about most things Christmas and I do hate most Christmas music, there is some truly great Christmas music. I share some of it in the seventeenth session of Acts of Volition Radio.

Christmas music that doesn’t suck. Recorded Saturday, December 11, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 32 min.

Session Seventeen Playlist:

  1. Crash Test Dummies – The First Noel
  2. Smashing Pumpkins – Christmastime
  3. Low – Long Way Around the Sea
  4. Barenaked Ladies (with Sarah McLauchlan) – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  5. Wintersleep – We Three Kings

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.

 

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 16

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Sixteen This, the sixteenth session of Acts of Volition Radio is a collection of hidden gems. These are great songs that you have likely never heard before (most of them, at least). This session features a super-duper-quadruple-pack of a band you’ve almost certainly never heard of before, Chagall Guevera. Thanks to Dennis for rekindling my love for the band.

More good music. Recorded Thursday, October 28, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 1hr 6min.

Session Sixteen Playlist:

  1. The Watchmen – All Uncovered
  2. Sandbox – Curious
  3. The Northern Pikes – She Ain’t Pretty
  4. Toad the Wet Sprocket – Before You Were Born
  5. Newsboys – Lost the Plot
  6. Chagall Guevara – Escher’s World
  7. Chagall Guevara – Violent Blue
  8. Chagall Guevara – I Need Somebody
  9. Chagall Guevara – If It All Comes True

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.

Special geek-recording note: This was my first session recorded under Linux. I had previously been rebooting into Windows to use n-Track to record the sessions. This session was recorded in the open-source and cross-platform audio editor, Audacity, on my Fedora Core laptop. It worked well.

 

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 15

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Fifteen I had already accumulated a great list of songs to share, so session 15 of Acts of Volition Radio comes out hot of the heels of theprevious session. No musical theme this time, but all great songs.

More good music. Recorded Wednesday, September 29, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 42min.

Session Fifteen Playlist:

  1. Gordie Sampson – Sunburn
  2. Gandharvas – First Day of Spring
  3. Green Day – Holiday
  4. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
  5. U2 – Vertigo
  6. Aunt Bettys – Jesus
  7. Fleming & John – Love Songs

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.

 

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 14

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Fourteen The fourteenth session of Acts of Volition Radio searches the barren wasteland of “adult contemporary” radio music and comes back with a few worthwhile songs by artists that deserve a second listen. The speech recording is a little weak on this one, so I boosted the signal between songs – the songs sound fine, but the speech is a bit rough. It’ll be better next time.

Adult contemporary music that doesn’s suck. Recorded Sunday, September 26, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 32min.

Session Fourteen Playlist:

  1. Joan Osbourne – St. Theresa
  2. Counting Crows – Angels of the Silences
  3. Travis – Last Laugh of the Laughter
  4. The Wallflowers – I’ve Been Delivered
  5. The Cranberries – Go Your Own Way
  6. Smashing Pumpkins – Landslide

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.

 

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 13

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Thirteen This, the thirtheenth session of Acts of Volition Radio includes several tracks from the Future Soundtrack for America compilation CD I mentioned last week. There are also a couple of other tracks that warmed my heart in recent weeks.

Songs for the future of America (and Canada). Recorded Wednesday, September 8, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 30min.

Session Thirteen Playlist:

  1. They Might Be Giants – Tippycanoe and Tyler Too
  2. Mike Doughty – Move On
  3. Clem Snide – The Ballad of David Icke
  4. Nada Surf – Your Legs Grow
  5. Joseph Arthur – In the Sun
  6. The Trews – Tired of Waiting

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.

 

Behind the Scene(s) at Acts of Volition Radio

A kindly office-mate commented that with the twelfth session of Acts of Volition Radio, it has crossed the threshold of novelty. It is now all about the music and commentary, not so self-conscious about being a new medium. Perhaps like when webloggers stop talking about weblogs and just start talking to each other. Nice.

Here then, keeping the novelty alive, is not so much a behind-the-scenes look as a photo of my kitchen table where I sometimes record Acts of Volition Radio. Also, here is what an almost-finished session looks like in my audio editing program.

For an actually behind-the-scenes kind of look, see the Acts of Volition Radio Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 12

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Twelve In the twelveth installement of Acts of Volition Radio, I draw heavily on a mix by my friend Dennis Arsenault. Also, thanks to Timothy Chaisson for permission to include his track.

Songs recommended by my friends. Recorded Sunday, August 22, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 34min.

Session Twelve Playlist:

  1. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Coma Girl
  2. Idlewild – Out of Routine
  3. Steve Burns – Mighty Little Man
  4. Tim Chaisson – Stay
  5. Aaron Sprinkle – Sweeter than You
  6. Clem Snide – I’ll Be Your Mirror
  7. The Odds – Someone Who’s Cool

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.

 

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Eleven

Acts of Volition Radio: Session ElevenThis session of Acts of Volition Radio is a loose collection of story-songs and miscellany. It is punctuated by my reporting on the amusing musical selection of my sun-bathing and boom-box weilding neighbours.

Story songs and miscellany. Recorded Sunday, June 27, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 35min.

Session Eleven Playlist:

  1. Stephen Malkmus – The Hook
  2. Crash Test Dummies – The Superman Song
  3. Crash Test Dummies – The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
  4. Pedro The Lion – Bands With Managers
  5. Sloan – Underwhealmed
  6. Bad Religion – Stranger Than Fiction
  7. MxPx – Play It Loud

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.

 

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Ten

Acts of Volition Radio: Session TenBack in February, Matt Haughey kindly referred to me as “a tastemaker for Canadian indie rock”. I blushed, and ever since, I’ve noticed that there has been some pretty heavy Can-Con in my shows. Session ten of Acts of Volition Radio ended up, unintentionally, as another all-Canadian extravaganza.

More Canadian content. Recorded Thursday, May 27, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 30min.

Session Ten Playlist:

  1. Joel Plaskett Emergency – Work Out Fine
  2. Thrush Hermit – North Dakota
  3. Inbreds – Any Sense of Time
  4. Sam Roberts – The Canadian Dream
  5. The Weekend – Perfect World
  6. Moxy Früvous – The Gulf War Song

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.

 

Acts of Volition Radio: Session Nine

Acts of Volition Radio: Session NineAfter a short hiatus (the beauty of never promising deadlines), Acts of Volition Radio is back. This session is mostly comprised of Canadian indie rock and pop – but some Pedro the Lion got in there too (maybe they’re Canadian in temperment).

Canadian content (mostly). Recorded Thursday, April 29, 2004 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 34min.

Session Nine Playlist:

  1. Pedro the Lion – Backwoods Nation
  2. The Weakerthans – Pamphleteer
  3. Weeping Tile – Westray
  4. Sarah Harmer – Always
  5. Hawksley Workman – Autumn’s Here
  6. Hawksley Workman – We Will Still Need a Song
  7. Buck 65 – Driftwood

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions.