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House Blend Playlist – Sept 18, 2017

House Blend Wildflower Blues

The Playlist:   Amy Van Keekend– Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton – “Wildflower Blues” Sweet groove and warm dreamy vocals on this title track from Be Good Tanyas co-founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton.  Kathryn Calder— Duke Ellington and Count Basie – “Battle Royale”

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House Blend Playlist – Aug. 28, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lionel Rault— Bob Marley, “Could You Be Loved” Spiritually, lyrically, rhythmically classic Marley! Amy Van Keeken— Sheer Mag, “Just Can’t Get Enough” New Fav band. A perfect rock n roll track with sass, swagger, KILLER guitar

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House Blend Playlist – Aug. 21, 2017

The  Playlist: The Picks: Orest Soltykevich— Voces8 / Ola Gjeilo, piano, “Ubi caritas” A choral work by the Norwegian-born New York-based composer Ola Gjeilo. It begins “Where charity and love are, God is there.” And the composer himself improvises on

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House Blend Playlist – Aug. 14, 2017

The Playlist  The Picks Lionel Rault— Rodney Crowell, “Storm Warning” Rodney Crowell returns to form…powerful lyric, great delivery from a major legacy artist…a song with (possibly) personal and geopolitical implications…did I mention it rocks? Hayley Muir— Le Plaisir, “Never Gonna

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House Blend Playlist – Aug. 7, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lark Clark— Mokoomba, “Kumukanda” This band is now the strongest voice out of Zimbabwe. They do so many things, and do them well. Great lead singer, terrific harmonies, and the guitarists translate traditional mbira music into

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House Blend Playlist -July 31, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks:   Lionel Rault— Jonatha Brooke, “There’s More True Lovers Than One” An inspired collaboration, albeit 40 years apart, between Woodie Guthrie, who wrote the lyrics, and Jonatha Brooke who wrote the music and supplied the vocals!

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CKUA House Blend Playlist, July 24 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: David Ward— Goldtop, “You Possess Me” Like so many other effective love songs, Goldtop’s relatively simple ingredients (two voices, an insistent beat, a tambourine, a lightly tremoloed electric guitar) help to emphasize the message: “you possess

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House Blend Playlist – July 17, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lionel Rault— Santana (with Ziggy Marley), “Iron Lion Zion” Nobody presents his Dad’s music as well as Ziggy Marley…here with the added zing of Carlos and the rest of the Santana band is an inspired re-working

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House Blend Playlist – July 1, 2017

The Playlist The Picks Bob Chelmick— Joni Mitchell, “Night Ride Home” This ‘Canadian’ 4th of July song summons the gods of summer. Baba— David Wilcox, “Bend A Little” Meaningful poetry, performed with respect and gentleness (this coming from a man

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House Blend Playlist – June 26, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lionel Rault— Aimee Mann, “Save Me” Top drawer singing and songwriting from Aimee Mann…my introduction to her music…memorable! Baba— Bob Snider, “How to Build a Fence” Its simplicity is profound. It is just so, IT. And

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House Blend Playlist – June 19, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lionel Rault— Rosanne Cash, “A Feather’s Not A Bird” Well written song, great vocal performance, superior production! Terry David Mulligan— The Beatles , “A Day in the Life” Why? Long after most of their songs have

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House Blend Playlist – June 12, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Amy Van Keeken— Desmond Dekker, “Intensified Festival 68” One of my favourite summer jams. With best backing vocals by The Aces this track rates up there with many of Dekker’s other hits like “007 (Shanty Town)”

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House Blend Playlist – June 6, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks:   Lionel Rault— Tom Petty, “Square One” The insightful, poignant side of Tom Petty Kodi Hutchinson— PJ Perry, “Dig” Energetic music from Canadian Jazz legend PJ Perry featuring one of the jazz world’s most celebrated pianists;

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House Blend Playlist – May 28, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lionel Rault— Tom Waits, “Hold On” Rough and real, poignant and, if that’s not enough, catchy! Baba— The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (take 9)” Land mark album in the history of pop music

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House Blend Playlist – May 22, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Bob Chelmick— Rhiannon Giddens, “We Could Fly” This story about a family’s mystical ‘old ways’ tradition makes a good case for human levitation. I’m a sucker for a good story song – and well-grounded mysticism. Mark

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House Blend Playlist – May 15

The Playlist: The Picks: Amy Van Keeken— Willie Nelson, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone Eighty Four year old Willie Nelson has a new album out, “God’s Problem Child” and this track is on it. The tears will flow as you

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House Blend Playlist – April 18, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Baba— Seasick Steve, “Started Out With Nothin” ” This song is about nothing” says the man himself, Seasick Steve is a late bloomer but has a lifetime of experiences to bring forward in his songs. Unusual

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House Blend Playlist – April 10, 2017

It’s time for another round of House Blend – a whole bundle of fantastic songs, lovingly picked and curated by out CKUA music experts. So turn up the volume and enjoy  this week’s picks. The Playlist The Picks: Lionel Rault—

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House Blend Playlist – April 3, 2017

We’re on our big Touch the Transmitter road trip this week. An awesome playlist is what separates a real roadtrip from just driving around, so we’ve pulled together an amazing bunch of tunes. Whether you’re on the road or at

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House Blend Playlist – March 27, 2017

Welcome to this week’s House Blend Playlist! This week, our hosts have some old favourites and some fantastics new picks for you. Have a listen.     Orest Soltykevich— Steve Maddock, soloist / Chor Leoni / Diane Loomer (conductor), “Springtime

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House Blend Playlist- March 20, 2017

This week’s playlist is a bit of a celebration. Twenty years ago today, CKUA went off the air. What better way to celebrate the fact that we came back and are still here than with some amazing tunes? Here are

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