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.
Orest Soltykevych— Marco Ceccato, cello / Accademia Ottoboni, “Antonio Vivaldi: Cello Sonata in F RV41”
Among his many other works, the great Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi wrote some 10 sonatas for the cello. Six of them were published in 1740 in Paris. However, these sonatas were actually pirated, and Vivaldi wasn’t even aware that these works of his were being published.
Cathy Ennis— Jason Collett, “Sensitive Man”
Part of a benefit project inspired by Canadian poet Al Purdy, with proceeds from the album going to support the Al Purdy A-Frame Association which will restore Al’s historic home in Ontario’s Prince Edward County as a writers’ residency.
So much to choose from on this record but this beauty get’s my vote this week – Jason Collett’s Sensitive Man.
Terry David Mulligan— Adam Ambrose, “Relax”
Relax comes from Calgary singer songwriter Adam Ambrose. His EP is called Little Green Cabins. Adam is just getting his career started. However in this computer age you really can write and sing songs in a neighbours studio and release your music to a site like Spotify and have 100,000 listeners all over the World. Is this the start of a wonderful story? You bet!
Lisa Wilton— Brendan Benson, “Tiny Spark”
A member of The Raconteurs with Jack White, Brendan Benson is also a talented solo artist in his own right. Tiny Spark is off of Brendan’s second album, Lapalco, and is a perfect example of his gift for writing catchy, melodic songs that are far more textured than your average pop tune.
Meg Wilcox— Jain, “Come”
Jain is a French artist who started her music-making while living in the Congo Republic — and you can hear that inspiration in this tune off her first album. Warm, sunny, happy — a catchy bit of brightness for a cold January day!
Hayley Muir— Jenny Lewis, “Red Bull & Hennessey”
At long last! Jenny Lewis, former frontwoman of Rilo Kiley, has been teasing new material for a while and dropped this single in anticipation of a full-length coming in March. It’s big and bold, as Lewis is, with an incredibly powerful vocal performance. The song and album also feature Beck, Ryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Don Was, Benmont Tench, and Jim Keltner.
Lark Clark— Oliver Mtukudzi, “Ziva Nguva (Remember Time)”
This week we lost a great musician and a voice of wisdom: Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi. Over the decades he gave us beautiful songs to dance to, with ideas to contemplate, like this one: Remember, time passes. Use your time well.
Celeigh Cardinal— Jeff Buckley, “Lover, you Should Have Come Over”
Jeff Buckley’s voice is heart wrenching and full of longing but of all his catalogue, I hear it most in this song. It has a long slow crescendo and erupts at the end. Lyrically, this song expresses so much desire and loneliness. I would love this song completely for this line alone: “She is the tear that hangs inside my soul forever”
Amy van Keeken— Cochemea, “All My Relations”
Cochemea Gastelum, touring saxophonist of nearly 15 years for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings has a solo album All My Relations coming out Feb. 22. Many of the tracks are a product of collaborative writing sessions and improvisation. The title track All My Relations pulses and sways, a thoughtful exploration and meditation on Gastelum’s Yaqui and Mescalero Apache ancestry.
Grant Stovel— Better Oblivion Community Center, “Sleepwalkin'”
A pair of beloved contemporary singers/songwriters, Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, announced their new collaborative project last week — by launching the band’s debut record!
Building on their strong respective solo discographies, Conor’s work with Bright Eyes & Monsters of Folk, and Phoebe’s recent supergroup boygenius — Better Oblivion Community Center finds them revelling in each other’s company, as they both stretch out in exciting, dynamic new ways.