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A new week means a fresh new Weekly Playist. This time around, our hosts have chosen some great tracks from everyone from Elvin Bishop to Calypso Rose to the father-son team of Plasketts. Have a listen!

The Playlist:

The Picks:

Cam Hayden

Elvin Bishop--

Elvin’s new CD on Alligator sees him working in a trio format, pretty unusual for him. On this track special guest Charlie Musselwhite sits in…blues gold!

*This track is not available on Spotify


Carmen Braden--

As a composer/performer creatively harvesting the sounds of the north, Carmen writes and performs music tied to the sub-Arctic soundscape and beyond. Her instrumental, vocal, choral, and electroacoustic music delves into ravens, lake ice, rock, sundogs… Her jazz-influenced song-style tells of life in the north through clever story and cheeky song.

Elliott Garnier

Ween --

It’s hard to believe ‘The Mullosk’ turns 20 this year. ‘Mutilated Lips’ in particular is like a jolt of caffeine for the imagination. Case in point: Cartoonist and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob Squarepants, called ‘The Mullosk’ a “huge creative reference point.” Is that Mr. Krabs singing “The Blarney Stone”?

Lionel Rault

Lera Lynn--

Cool track, up-beat, strong lyric

Terry David Mulligan

Bill and Joel Plaskett --

I love the calliope. (Kidding)
A mix of Zep 111 and downtown Dartmouth. Written as a miserable US election unfolded. Loudly.
Great lyrics
“You can’t get any higher
Than the climate change denier
Who Will sip his gin and tonic
While the World goes microphonic”
*This track is not available on Spotify

Lisa Wilton

The Youngest--

This is a standout track from the Texas band’s sophomore album, See It Through, released a few months ago. While the rest of the album is steeped in Americana, Built to Last is a faster-paced, incredibly melodic track with great harmonies that leans a bit more on indie rock side of things. But it still fits comfortably within the roots sphere.
Plus, the energy of the song makes me want to drive fast anytime I hear it in the car.

Brian Golightly

Mark Eitzel --

This velvet-voiced romantic pessimist has returned full force with soaring melodies and poetic insights set like jewels. “An Answer” is a perfect example of a song and a voice getting the treatment they richly deserve.

Mark Antonelli

Grupo Experimental de Musica (GEM) /Ruben Feffer and Gustavo Kurlat

Another piece from this amazing soundtrack. I haven’t been able to get the music out of my head. The flute melody is on permanent replay in my mind and I find myself suddenly whistling it a number of times every day. It’s a great “problem” to have! Even without the images and emotions from the film, the piece is captivating and a little sad.

*This track is not available on Spotify.

Monica Miller

a) There aren’t a lot of calypso legends who are also women. Now 76 years old, Calypso Rose (Linda McCartha Monica Sandy-Lewis) has beaten the odds in many ways. 2016’s “Far From Home” brings her out of retirement. Manu Chao joins her on this track.
b) After deep immersion in the Caribbean with KoboTown’s Mixtape, I find myself still swimming in those waters.
c) Is winter over yet?

*This track is not available on Spotify. Hear it here:

Tony King

Will Johnson--

It’s a reminder that, with enough creative moonshine coursing through one’s veins, feral impulses still exist in smoke filled barrooms on moonlit nights.

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Grant Stovel

Tinariwen’s entrancing brand of Sahara Desert root-rock is more powerful than ever on their new album, due out on Friday.

Orest Soltykevich

Piano Caméléons--

A duo of Montreal-based classically trained pianists who recently got together and decided to record some well-known classics, but with a distinct jazz flavour.

David Ward


From London, Ontario, a successful blend of soul and rock with a strong lead singer (Chantel Rivard) and a tight band.

Allison Brock

Gurf Morlix--

“Right Now” is track 5 off Gurf’s new album “The Soul And The Heal” and it stands out for me as Gurf is singing over a slow Reggae-style backbeat with tasty organ riffs along the way.
Gurf isn’t exactly known as an “eternal optimist”, but has always preached that you should TELL those you love & cherish that you DO love & cherish them – before it’s too late to do so.
This song is about living in the moment and (as Warren Zevon put it) “enjoy every sandwich”, as you never know when it’ll be your last slice of life.
Gurf has lost several close friends over the last couple of years and he also came all-too-close himself a year or so ago when he suffered a heart attack.
I for one am sure glad that Gurf is still with us. I love this song AND …I LOVE YOU GURF!

Amy Van Keeken

Not You--

I am a huge Dog Day fan and last summer when I saw that Nancy Urich (of Dog Day) had a new band I immediately listened to their first single on repeat for days. Of course, it is just as catchy and perfect as every Dog Day song. This time Nancy’s on guitar and vocals with Rebecca Young on bass and vocals, Meg Youshida on drums and Stephanie Johns on guitar and vocals.

*This track is not available on Spotify. Hear it here:

Lark Clark

Andino Suns--

Love this group’s multi-layered strings (cuatro, guitar) and layered harmonies (to me they sound like a Spanish language Crosby Stills Nash)

Hayley Muir

Oh boy! Who knew The Sadies and Kurt Vile would make *such* a great songwriting team. I’m really excited about the direction on the new Sadies record given they’re working with Vile. I wouldn’t have expected these two to mash up so well but it’s got the sleepy laziness of Vile and the pluck and cheekiness of The Sadies. Good combo!

Oskar Zybart

Doug Hoyer--

Just picked up Doug Hoyer’s new album, and this song is particularly timely. Not that any excuse is needed beyond “Hey, new Doug Hoyer!”

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