Wet Hot Canadian Summer

Summer has kicked into high gear in Austin and it shows no sign of letting up—so, neither will we!

Join Justin the Canuck this week for the latest independent music from Canada, with a focus on tunes guaranteed to put you in a sunny, summery mood. We’ve got new and yet-to-be-released tracks by dozens of artists, including several never heard before on the show!

Our playlist this week includes brand new tracks by Alvvays, Arcade Fire, The Bathmats, BBQT, Beachglass, Blimp Rock, Broken Social Scene, and Debate Club. But wait, there’s more! We’ve also got Diamond Bones (now Caveboy), The Garrys, HIGHS, New Swears, Partner, and Silverstein! And we’ll even bring you tracks by Single Mothers, Sportsfan, Stars, Surf Dads, Taylor Knox, and Whitehorse.

We’ll round it all out with our Neil Young Song of the Week (we’re up to #84) and a recap of the dozens of Canadian events happening in town through the autumn—check out our handy Austin Shows calendar for a sneak peak.

This all goes down Friday at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio: on the radio dial at 91.7 FM in Austin, TX and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org!

The latest and greatest in Canadian indie

We’ve got new releases by artists like Do Make Say Think. Image: Amit Dahan via Constellation

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve brought you up-to-date on the latest releases from Canada, so this Friday, join Justin the Canuck as we share some of our greatest finds from the last few weeks and months. We’ll range from psych rock to emo, alt-folk to elaborate instrumental rock, and more!

We’ll be featuring the latest tunes by Basement Revolver, Betrayers, Cat Clyde, Current Swell, and Daniel Romano. Hear tracks from the new release by Do Make Say Think, plus TGWN newcomers Fleece and HotKid. We’ll also bring you more tunes from Land of Talk‘s new album, plus brand new music by Mac DeMarco, The Matinee, Mise en Scene, Not You, Said the Whale, Scott Helman, She-Devils, and Wept.

As always, we’ll bring you your weekly helping of Neil Young—this week, featuring #81 on the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Neil songs of all time.

Tune in Friday at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and streaming live at KOOP.org!

Today: New Pornographers giveaway!

We’re giving away tickets to see The New Pornographers! Image: NPR

Join Justin the Canuck for today’s episode of This Great White North, on which we’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to see The New Pornographers, playing next Saturday night with Waxahatchee at Stubb’s. To celebrate these icons of the Canadian music scene, we’ll have two sets featuring The New Pornos and some of the other acts associated with them, such as A.C. Newman, Destroyer, Fancey, and Zumpano (to name just a few).

Want more? We’ve got brand new tracks by Brunch Club, Dany Laj & The Looks, The Dirty Nil, Fast Romantics, Hollerado, The Jins, Mediumship, and You’ll Never Get to Heaven. Plus, we’ll even throw in some classics by Dave Monks, Young and Sexy, and Young Galaxy.

Tune in today at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and streaming live at KOOP.org!

New emo, new releases, and old favorites

The latest by Canadian band Laureate rounds out a special double set of emo this week.

Justin the Canuck takes to the mic this week to bring you a bevy of new releases with some classics sprinkled in. We’ll be spinning the latest Canadian releases by The Besnard Lakes, Broken Social Scene, Calvin Love, The Courtneys, Fast Romantics, The Franklin Electric, Mise en Scene, Odd Years, Said the Whale, and TOPS. Plus, we’ve got a killer two-set emo spotlight with new releases by The Fullblast, Incendies, Laureate, and Sum 41—along with classic emo from .moneen. and their more recent incarnation, Seas.

We’ll even throw in some of our favorites by The Got to Get Got, The Liptonians, The Long Distance Runners, North Atlantic Explorers, and Slow Leaves. And, at 5 o’clock, we’ve got our Neil Young Song of the Week. This week, we’ve got “Drive Back” from Zuma, Neil’s 1975 release with Crazy Horse.

It’s 90 minutes of the finest independent Canadian music this side of the border—and it all goes down Friday at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and available live, worldwide, at KOOP.org. Tune in!

Overdue SXSW recap and new tunes

Elizabeth Powell’s Land of Talk drops a new album May 19. Image: Lani Warsh

The Canucks have been out of the studio for a few weeks, wrapped up in South By Southwest and various illnesses. But, Justin the Canuck returns this week for a long-overdue SXSW recap show that’ll also feature a ton of brand new music. Tune in to hear songs from some of our favorite SXSW experiences, by artists including Close Talker, Duotang, I.D.A.L.G., Mise en Scene, Royal Tusk, We Are Wolves, and Wild Rivers!

Mixed in with these never-before-played SXSW songs, we’ve got the worldwide radio premiere of Super Pyramid‘s new single, “Living Spaces”. As well, we’ll have new tracks by The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Land of Talk, Like Pacific, Mobina Galore, The New Pornographers, Partner, Peach Pit, Said the Whale, and Sam Patch! Most of these bands have recently released, or will soon be releasing, new albums—and we’ve got the latest for you. Plus, we’ll continue the Neil Young tradition with #73 on Rolling Stone’s countdown of his top songs of all time.

Join Justin the Canuck at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org.