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

Orest SoltykevychWilliam Tritt, piano / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra / Erich Kunzel, “Scott Joplin (arr Gunther Schuller): Maple Leaf Rag”


Scott Joplin was an African-American composer and pianist, who travelled for years playing piano in saloons. Around 1894, he settled in the town of Sedalia, Missouri, where he played at the Maple Leaf Club, and published his Maple Leaf Rag. He got a penny royalty for each copy, and in 10 years, about 1/2 million copies had been sold.

Hayley MuirAnemone, “Bout De Toit”

Sun-drenched little French number from this Montreal band’s 2018 album, Baby Only You And I. With dreamy vocals from bandleader Chloe Soldevila, catchy synth lines and a disco pop influence, it’s the perfect antidote to cold, grey winter days. Oui, oui!

Matt MastersTownes Van Zandt, “All I Need”

A previously unreleased song by Townes Van Zandt! TVZ and Fat Possum records are teaming up to release “Sky Blue” which includes this song “All I Need” along with some fresh takes on other TVZ classics. The records drops in March, here’s the first look.

Lionel RaultBilly Joel, “The River of Dreams”

A Grammy award winning song from the 1993 album of the same name; hints at heretofore unguessed at depths of Billy Joel and his music.

BabaJeff Tweedy, “Let’s Go Rain”

The song references the great Biblical flood, and in the words of the artist, “A joyous plea for the sweet relief of death.”

Tony KingYutaka Hirasaka, “Anytime, Anywhere”

His bio pic portrays the musician’s form turned away from the camera, while tilting his gaze toward the viewer as he clutches a hollow-body jazz guitar. This perspective tells the story of Yutaka Hirasaka, a soft spoken producer/guitarist based in Tokyo whose warm textures are informed by downtempo and cool jazz. “Anytime, Anywhere” goes down like a delicately observed dry champagne and given that the album is available on limited edition turquoise cassette, it makes for a perfect way to kick off the New Year!

Dianne DonovanCarmen Lundy, “Seventh Heaven”

Don’t we all need something to look to, something to hope for? A deep, cool track from jazz singer, Carmen Lundy’s 2001 release, “This Is Carmen Lundy”…all her own tunes, great band, great feel…see what YOU hear!

Grant StovelSharon Van Etten, “No One’s Easy to Love”

Since her last record, Sharon Van Etten’s been broadening her horizons in all kinds of ways — she became a mother, studied psychology at college, acted in acclaimed Netflix series The OA, and scored music for films…
No wonder this new album sounds like a departure for her.
She says, “I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school, but yeah, I have a stain on my shirt, oatmeal in my hair and I feel like a mess, but I’m here. Doing it. This record is about pursuing your passions.”