Fresh Canadian tunes from quarantine

Montreal’s NOBRO make their TGWN radio debut this week. Image: Bandcamp

We surveyed the Canadian indie landscape and found tons of music still being released despite the crazy state of the world right now, so what else could we do but bring it all to you? We’ve got another home-produced episode of This Great White North for you this week, and yes—we’re back to a full 90 minutes of great Canadian tunes!

We’ve got a slate of almost entirely new tracks from artists like Ace of Wands, Basia Bulat, Bruce Peninsula, Caribou, Carmanah, Dana Gavanski, Eliza Niemi, Gord Bamford, Harrow Fair, Hot Garbage, Jaunt, July Talk, Le Couleur, NOBRO, Peach Pit, Pottery, Real Sickies, Rich Aucoin, and Sarah Harmer! Plus, we return to tradition with our Neil Young Song of the Week, this week featuring Crazy Horse.

Quell those quarantine blues and join Justin the Canuck for 90 minutes of independent Canadian music, airing at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org!

Playlist: 2020-04-17

Justin the Canuck hosted the show, recorded in his home studio during the temporary closure of KOOP’s studios.

TimeTitleArtistAlbumLabel
4:32Feather, Fur & FinDanny MichelFeather, Fur & FinBurnt Bun
4:37That EmotionHannah GeorgasArts & Crafts
4:41Kinda Feels AlrightWild RiversSongs to Break Up ToNettwerk
4:45SunflowerDizzyRoyal Mountain
4:48Pringle CreekEllisBorn AgainFat Possum
4:52SliversBlackpaw SocietyBlackpaw SocietyThe Art of Splitting Atoms
4:55Learn from MistakesI Am Robot and ProudGrace DaysCatmobile
5:01Years In the MakingArkells
5:04Give UpThe Pack a.d.It Was Fun While It LastedFontana North
5:07Post-War BluesDan ManganOh FortuneArts & Crafts
5:12Colder & CloserTOPSI Feel AliveMusique TOPS
5:15StardewPurity RingWOMB4AD
5:20Dangerous TimesWildlifeOn the HeartWax
5:254 American DollarsU.S. GirlsHeavy Light4AD

The Canucks are back!

Album Cover by The Pack a.d.
The Pack a.d. shares some socially distant music, even if their PPE doesn’t look very effective. Image: Facebook

The KOOP studios have been closed for a month now and it’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to bring y’all your weekly serving of independent Canadian music. It’s been tough to be radio-silent while great new music continues to pile up. But, we are pleased to announce that the wait is over—the Canucks are back!

We’ll be running a special homemade—literally, produced at home!—episode of This Great White North, airing during our regularly scheduled time, this week!

We’re excited to bring y’all a selection of new and classic tracks by artists including Arkells, Blackpaw Society, Dan Mangan, Danny Michel, Dizzy, Ellis, Hannah Georgas, Purity Ring, The Pack a.d., TOPS, U.S. Girls, Wild Rivers, and Wildlife!

Join Justin the Canuck for 60 minutes of independent Canadian music, airing at 4:30 PM Central on KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and broadcasting to the world at KOOP.org!

Playlist: 2020-03-13

Justin, Joe, and John the Canucks hosted the show.

TimeTitleArtistAlbumLabel
4:33I Will Not Return as a TouristBonifaceBonifaceTransgressive
4:37Love AgainMelttSwim Slowly
4:41Good Place to Hide (At the Time)Partner
4:46Nothing ChangesKiwi Jr.Football MoneyPersona Non Grata
4:49Desert Moon PalacePort JuveeMotion ControlGarment District
4:52Are We Together NowThe Franklin ElectricIndica
4:55Road RegretsDan ManganNice, Nice, Very NiceArts & Crafts
5:02Fall ApartEllisBorn AgainFat Possum
5:06Be Apart / Break Apart (Give a Little)Thanya IyerDo You Dream?
5:10Weight of That WeekendLand of TalkIndistinct ConversationsSaddle Creek
5:16The Devil's Shelter (feat. Alex Maas)Elephant StoneShip of FoolsElephants on Parade
5:21Nothin' In the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'bout That GirlWHOOP-SzoWHOOP-Szo / Walrus SplitMadic
5:25Cigarette BuzzJane's PartyTunnel VisionsCadence
5:30TypicalGoodbye HonoluluMore HoneyFried
5:36ConcordeLe CouleurLisbon Lux
5:40Glu (Coule sur moi)Zen BambooGluSimone
5:46The LightBegoniaFearRex Baby
5:50Glory MeFRANKIIEForget You HeadPaper Bag
5:54Giving UpTalliesTalliesKanine
5:57ShipwreckJeremie AlbinoHard TimeSleepless

Playlist: 2020-03-06

Doug and Joe the Canucks hosted our final show of KOOP’s Spring Membership Drive, along with DJ AsuraSunil, co-host of Darkest Before Dawn.

TimeTitleArtistAlbumLabel
4:32Evil's SwayJapandroidsCelebration RockPolyvinyl
4:41FridaySimon OuthitEP 2019
4:45You'll Need a New Back Seat DriverThe New PornographersIn the Morse Code of Brake LightsConcord Music Group
4:53Remote ControlThe Age of ElectricMake a Pest a PetUniversal
4:56Glassy EyesOuttacontrolerSure ThingAlien Snatch!
5:02Powder Finger (Live)Neil Young & Crazy HorseRust Never SleepsReprise
5:11Ban MarriageThe Hidden CamerasThe Smell of Our OwnRough Trade
5:15Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)Arcade FireFuneralMerge
5:24You Owe Me an IOUHot Hot HeatElevatorSire
5:28Money City ManiacsSloanNavy BluesMurder
5:36Let Me Wear the MaskWOOLWORMAwe
5:40Small Foreign FactionHaley BlaisLet Yourself Go
5:4610 lbs.The Super FriendzSticktoitivenessMarch
5:50Over a MillionShotgun JimmieEverything EverythingYou've Changed
5:58Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961)The WeakerthansReconstruction SiteEpitaph