Every week, CKUA’s hosts submit their song for our weekly House Blend playlist – an exciting new release, a beloved classic or just an old personal favourite. We mix it all together to create a sonic concoction that’ll help kick off your week. Check out what’s on this week’s playlist.

The Playlist

Tom CoxworthNatalie Merchant, “San Andreas Fault”

it is one of the most emotive and unique voices in roots music. I could listen to any story by her. Her departure from 10,000 Maniacs left the group without an identity

Lisa WiltonThe Coral, “Reaching Out for Friend”

This is my second pick for a Coral track in the past few months. As much as I love Eyes Like Pearls – the first single off of the Liverpool band’s latest album, Move Through the Dawn – Reaching Out For a Friend has such an addictive quality to it. The catchy, clap-and-sing-along chorus will be stuck in your head all day after hearing it.

TDMulliganTim Curry, “I do the Rock”

Why? Show me ANY singer/artist who sold a song better than this song and this singer.

The star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is well over-the-top glorious.

And like the best of rock’s leading men – dangerous. The flaming red lipstick helped too.

And the dude can SING!

Kodi HutchinsonErnesto Cervini’s Turboprop, “Tadd’s Delight”

Ernesto Cervini is one of Canada’s most prolific drummers and bandleaders. His Toronto based group Turboprop is a JUNO-nominated ensemble and their recent album Abundance is likely to continue that trend. Turboprop is in Alberta Nov 23 – Yardbird Suite (Edmonton and Dec 1 – King Eddy (Calgary)

BabaOneness of Juju, “Funky Wood”

Lately, I am very appreciative of brevity. “Less talk, more rawk” kind of thing. This track at 1:18 encapsulates that, “get to the point, already” direction…..

And interesting music that won’t try to test your cool.

Orest Soltykevych Yolanda Kondonassis, harp / Jason Vieaux, guitar, “Maximo Diego Pujol: Suite Magica”

Maximo Diego Pujol is an Argentine arranger and composer. And his style is inspired by the dances and rhythms of his native Argentina. Pujol studied at the Buenos Aires Conservatory, and he worked his way through school as a tango player in nightclubs.
This is a piece that he wrote in 2008, and the four movements are based on Argentine dance forms.

Lark ClarkNatalia Lafourcade, “Luz de Luna (Moonlight)”

Natalia Lafourcade set out to discover and honour her Latin musical roots. The results are fantastic. 10 months after the success of her album Musas (Muses), comes Musas, volume 2. A pure voice and immaculate, classic guitar duo accompaniment.

Amy van KeekenFoxwarren, “Everything Apart”

Andy Shauf and Saskatchewan buds Dallas Bryson and Darryl and Avery Kissick have a project called Foxwarren. Everything Apart is their first single. Andy’s signature vocals hover atop a driving beat, synth drone, omnichord (?) strums and beautiful 80s harmonies. Can’t wait for more from this super group.