Left on the dial

A little more than a year ago, the CBC geoblocked the Internet stream of our faded but still beloved Radio 3 and the blog ceased to be. The determined folks over at ourbasement.ca have been doing a fine job of keeping us informed about Canadian indie, but what about a radio replacement?

No surprise, it's taken more than one radio station to replace Radio 3. "Replace" is the wrong word, because nothing will replace it. But S2W has assembled a listening roster that gets him through the work day. In the car-- after canceling Sirius XM because of their horrendous business practices-- N2D has been mostly tuned in to Windsor's CJAM (99.1 FM). Favourite shows? Indie Guitar Swing and Steel Belted Radio.

S2W's recommendations:

Although we've listed frequencies where available, all stations are available via digitally.

CFCR 90.5 FM - Saskatoon Community Radio (shout out to former host Kathy Gallant, an R3 pal)

CFRU 93.3 FM - Campus and Community Radio in Guelph
  • Favourite show: Weird Waves
  • Tune in to former CBC Radio 3 host Vish Khanna's Kreative Kontrol on Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. ET.
CiTR 101.9 FM - University of British Columbia

CKCU 93.1 FM - Ottawa

  • Favorite shows: Friday Morning Cartunes, Dylan Hunter's Music for Pinheads, Auditory Hallucinations, Candyshop

CKUA Radio Network (different frequencies throughout Alberta) - Edmonton
  • Fact: CKUA has been around longer than CBC
  • Favourite show: Mid-Morning Mojo with Baba (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET)
We got to meet Baba on a trip to Edmonton in March
 to see The Wheat Pool five-year reunion show.

CKXU 88.3 FM - University of Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Where you can hear the syndicated !earshot Top 20

KEXP 90.3 FM - Seattle

Inside CKUA, Edmonton

RIP, Bob the Budgie

The N2DS2W mascot, Bob the Budgie, was in loving hands when he passed away the morning of Oct. 15.

We're not sure how old he was when he was plucked from the budgie bin at a local pet store a little more than five years ago, but his vet noted he was not a young bird.

Bob's favourite Canadian indie songs were Caribou's "Odessa" and Molly Rankin's "Way Home." Both never failed to make him chirp, often right in time with the music. Although he never learned to talk, he had plenty to say. He could mimic the microwave beeps, and loved the sound of running water, the birds outside and the hair dryer. His favourite treat was dandelion.

He is survived by his fellow pets Mulder the cat and Lucid the hedgehog.

A brief service was held in the backyard.

The house definitely won't be the same without you, Bob. You will be greatly missed.

It's Phate that it's eight

On Sat., Sep. 17 Phog Phest moves back indoors for round 8 at the Phog Lounge and owner Tom Lucier's newest venture and venue, The Rondo. We're excited to finally see it after an epic tunnel backup foiled our attempt to attend the opening.

Lucier's doing a slow reveal of bands. So far in addition to local talent, out-of-towners include The Pack A.D. We know of another but won't spoil the surprise. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

(This year's Phog Phest poster is by Alain Rocha)