Creepy tracks and DFA 1979 tickets!

Tune in today to win tickets to Death from Above 1979! Image: Last Gang Records
Tune in today to win tickets to Death from Above 1979! Image: Last Gang Records

Today on the show, we’ve got an assortment of spooky Canadian songs to get you in the Halloween mood, plus coveted guest list spots to see Death from Above 1979. They’ll be playing at Stubb’s on Wednesday night, and we’ll be giving those guest list spots to two lucky listeners.

As always, we’ll have our Neil Young Song of the Week (which, this week, is “Opera Star” from Re-ac-tor) and we’ll also feature a brand new track from John K. Samson’s latest solo album, Winter Wheat, released last Friday.

Tune in today at 4:30 PM on KOOP Radio—broadcasting live from 91.7 FM in Austin and streaming online, worldwide, at!

Playlist: 2016-10-21

Justin the Canuck hosted the show.

4:33I Need a LifeBorn RuffiansSingleWarp
4:36Small Town GirlsBoys Who Say NoBoys Who Say No EP
4:39Big ShotThe Pack A.D.Do Not EngageNettwerk
4:49New DarkCTZNSHPAll Things to the Sea
4:52TST DroneKill the LightsFog Area
4:57Psychic Guys With Plastic BagsWizaardFilthy Haanz EP
5:00You Don’t Have to Leave to Be FreeWizaardStarfish Buffet
5:07Borrowed TuneNeil YoungTonight’s the NightReprise
5:11Nostalgia’s a ViceDuotangNew OccupationStomp
5:14Chinese LaundryThe Michael ParksTry Try Again
5:17Postdoc BluesJohn K. SamsonWinter WheatAnti-
5:28Until You’re MineRococodeDon’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon
5:32Against the OddsGrøenlandA Wider SpaceBonsound
5:36Wasted AgainReversing FallsReversing Falls 2
5:41Camilo (The Magician)Said the WhaleIslands DisappearHidden Pony
5:44WavesThe JunctionGrievances
5:48Vintage Ocean LinerBalacadeMalaise Era
5:50GhostsRah RahBreaking HeartsYoung Soul
5:56Small Town Murder SceneFemBotsSmall Town Murder ScenePaper Bag

Playlist: 2016-10-14

Doug the Canuck hosted the show.

4:32Friends In the SkyThe Dirty NilHigher PowerDine Alone
4:35Name and Address WithheldPropagandhiPotemkin City LimitsFat Wreck Chords
4:38Fresh HellGreysWarm ShadowCarpark
4:43Styx and B.T.O. (Tease Me)Romi MayesThe Living Room Sessions, Vol. 1
4:50Sensory DeprivationSloanBetween the BridgesMurderecords
4:57All By OurselvesSloanBetween the BridgesMurderecords
5:02HarvestNeil YoungHarvestReprise
5:07Grace, TooThe Tragically HipYer FavouritesUniversal
5:13Can't Stand ItSlam DunkWelcome to MiamiFile Under: Music
5:29Continental ShelfViet CongViet CongFlemish Eye
5:32Venice LockjawWomenPublic StrainJagjaguwar
5:38Dark AngelWhitehorseThe Road to Massey HallSix Shooter
5:44Lost TogetherBlue RodeoLost TogetherWEA
5:49BulletsHawksley WorkmanFor Him and the GirlsIsadora
5:53Stealing SatisfactionThe TubuloidsGetting WeirdBeer City
5:55Trace DecayWintersleepNew InheritorsTom Kotter

Win Preoccupations tickets!

Tickets to Preoccupations could be yours! Source: Alessio Boni via Billboard
Tickets to Preoccupations could be yours! Source: Alessio Boni via Billboard

Join Doug the Canuck today for your chance to win tickets to Preoccupations, playing next Friday at Mohawk!

We’ll also feature music by Neil Young, Wintersleep, Blue Rodeo, Whitehorse, Sloan, Slam Dunk, The Dirty Nil, The Tragically Hip, Viet Cong, WOMEN, Propagandhi, The Tubuloids, Solids, Greys, and Romi Mayes!

All that and more, coming up today at 4:30 on KOOP Radio—91.7 FM in Austin and online at!


Playlist: 2016-10-07

Justin the Canuck hosted the show, with a special focus on Nick Thorburn of Islands, among others.

4:33Ghost MountainThe UnicornsWho Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?Alien8
4:36The ArmIslandsArm’s WayAnti-
4:41The SoundHuman HighwayMoody MotorcycleSecret City
4:44Switched OnIslandsVapoursAnti-
4:50May BaleenReeferReeferAlpha Pup
4:55Pineapple GirlMister HeavenlyOut of LoveSub Pop
4:57Bronx SniperMister HeavenlyOut of LoveSub Pop
5:04Look Out for My LoveNeil YoungComes a TimeReprise
5:10BodaciousSweet AlibiWalking In the Dark
5:13Let Loose the DogsCold SpecksNeuroplasticityMute
5:18Miso RamenChixdiggit!Safeways Here We ComeFat Wreck Chords
5:22Not a Lot Goin’ OnNorthey ValenzuelaNorthey ValenzuelaFuel 2000
5:24My Happy PlaceOddsCheerleaderPheromone
5:28Repeat Last SummerThe NeckersLove & Infection
5:33SamsamNavet ConfitLP2La Confiserie
5:40Descent of Their Last EndKestrelsKestrelsSonic Unyon
5:43ManipulatorElephant StoneShip of FoolsElephants On Parade
5:48Until You’re MineRococodeDon’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon
5:57Mass Graves / Dance CavesFresh SnowOneHand Drawn Dracula
6:05Bohemian GrooveNick DiamondsCity of QuartzManqué

Win tickets to see Islands!

Tickets to Islands could be yours by tuning in Friday. Source: Briand Guzman
Tickets to Islands could be yours by tuning in this Friday. Source: Briand Guzman

Join us this Friday as we give away two pairs of tickets to see Islands, playing at Sidewinder on Oct. 14! We’ll focus a big portion of the show on the band and other groups that frontman Nick Thorburn (a.k.a. Nick Diamonds) has been in over the years—including Human Highway, Mister Heavenly, Reefer, and—of course—The Unicorns.

Along with our spotlight on Islands, we’ll also bring you listener requests for Odds and Northey Valenzuela, plus a special Chixdiggit! song for listener Jeff. Rounding out our 90 minutes of independent Canadian music will be new music by Brasstronaut, Elephant Stone, Fresh Snow, Kestrels, and Rococode. Plus, favorites by Cold Specks, Navet Confit, The Neckers, and Sweet Alibi. And don’t forget about our Neil Young Song of the Week, every week at five o’clock.

Tune in to KOOP Radio on Friday at 4:30 PM and join Justin the Canuck for great tunes and your chance to win those Islands tickets! We’ll be broadcasting live on 91.7 FM in Austin and streaming online, worldwide, at

Playlist: 2016-09-30

Justin the Canuck played Canadian breakup songs and gave away tickets for The Dirty Nil.

4:30The Beginning After the EndStarsIn Our Bedroom After the WarArts & Crafts
4:34AshesAdam Hanney & Co.12/12
4:38HeartbreakGramercy RiffsDesire Trails
4:43I Don't Love YouTangiersNever Bring You PleasureSonic Unyon
4:48BlanketsThe AcornBlankets!Kelp
4:53Isn't It a PityBalacadeMalaise Era
4:59Farewell, God Bless You, GoodbyeDel BarberPrairieographyTrue North
5:04Roll Another Number (For the Road)Neil YoungTonight's the NightReprise
5:09Won't Be PrettyImmaculate MachineSingleMint
5:12Sun In an Empty RoomThe WeakerthansReunion TourANTI-
5:19No WeaknessesThe Dirty NilHigher PowerDine Alone
5:23Change the SheetsKathleen EdwardsVoyageurZoë
5:28Our Hearts Don't Match UpRah RahGoing SteadyYoung Soul
5:35What About Us?Handsome FursSound KapitalSub Pop
5:40Not In LoveCrystal Castles(II)Last Gang
5:43Knot In My HeartThe ZolasAncient MarsLight Organ
5:48Let's Break UpHaydenThe Place Where We LivedHardwood
5:50It Hurts So Much to Fall In LoveThe Michael ParksTry Try Again
5:53It Doesn't LastThe Ruffled FeathersBottom of the Blue EP
5:57Say GoodbyeDigitsSingle

Breakup songs and The Dirty Nil tix

Source: Dine Alone Records
Tickets to see The Dirty Nil? We’ve got ’em. Source: Dine Alone Records

Justin the Canuck will be back in the studio after a few weeks away with 90 minutes of Canadian breakup songs–love, loss, and rebuilding. Don’t worry, it’s not all sad! Especially because tucked into all those breakup tunes, we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to see punk-ish rockers The Dirty Nil play at Sidewinder on Oct. 6.

Our playlist this week will feature breakup tunes by artists including The Acorn, Adam Hanney, Balacade, Crystal Castles, Del Barber, Digits, Gramercy Riffs, and Handsome Furs. Plus, more music by Hayden, Immaculate Machine, Kathleen Edwards, The Michael Parks, Rah Rah, The Ruffled Feathers, Stars, Tangiers, The Weakerthans, and The Zolas. And don’t think our theme will rule out Neil—your weekly routine is intact, as we’ll be playing #54 on the list of the Top 100 Neil Young songs of all time, as judged by Rolling Stone.

Tune in at 4:30 PM Central on 91.7 FM KOOP Radio in Austin, or stream the show live, online, from anywhere in the world, at Can’t make it to the radio at 4:30? Listen to us on your own schedule, streaming on-demand at Radio Free America, available as soon as the show’s over.

Playlist: 2016-09-23

Doug the Canuck hosted the show.

4:31Mole PeopleBoidsSuperbafrangoStomp
4:35Your Big Brown Eyes and My Big Broke HeartThe Russian FuturistsThe Method of Modern LoveUpper Class
4:56Spring Comes InPhono d'enfantThe Wild Rose That Is
5:04ThrasherNeil Young & Crazy HorseRust Never SleepsReprise
5:10What Are We Gonna Do Come the Month of September?Matt Mays & El TorpedoMatt Mays & El TorpedoSonic
5:17Ballad of HumankindnessThe DearsGang of LosersMapleMusic
5:26Love as a WeaponLittle ScreamCult FollowingMerge
5:31To a BondIslandsArm's WayANTI-
5:39The Place Where We LivedHaydenThe Place Where We LivedHardwood
5:45We're Here for a Good TimeThe Besnard LakesYou Lived In the City EPJagjaguwar
5:53Disgusting MotivesDead FibresDisgusting People With Disgusting MotivesSometimes Music
5:58Not My GirlTokyo Police ClubMelon Collie and the Infinite Radness, Pt. 1Dine Alone

Playlist: 2016-09-16

Doug the Canuck hosted the show.

4:32Rev It UpThe Hi-Strung DownersCan't Feel Good All the Time
4:35Pen to the PaperParlovrParlovr
4:41Darkness On the Edge of GastownJapandroidsLullaby Death Jams
4:48Defending Your LifePre NupPre NupKingfisher Bluez
4:51Ghost BluesLadyhawkShotsJagjaguwar
5:05CampaignerNeil YoungDecadeReprise
5:08Barnes' YardThe Rural Alberta AdvantageDepartingSaddle Creek
5:11On the RocksThe Rural Alberta AdvantageMended With GoldSaddle Creek
5:14July 2005HaunterBig Hits and Bong RipsDisintegration
5:23Counting the DaysSam Roberts BandCounting the Days EPPaper Bag
5:27Eliminate the ToxinsMark DavisEliminate the ToxinsSaved By Radio
5:34Take My SideWill ButlerPolicyMerge
5:38Wake UpArcade FireFuneralMerge
5:47BelowWhite LungParadiseDomino
5:51Our HellEmily Haines & The Soft SkeletonKnives Don't Have Your BackLast Gang
5:55Good GirlJadea KellyLove & LustDarth Jadea