A-OK Mixcasts

Music is a huge part of us and what we do. We genuinely believe that life has a soundtrack, and if you’re having trouble finding yours, don’t worry we are more than willing to share ours! These are tracks we love, events we were at, artists playing the region and other things Canadian that define our culture.

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A-OK Mixcast Twenty-One

A-OK Mixcast 21

A-OK Mixcast 21 - Albums

Guys. I’m still coming down off the high from the We Are The City/Nuuka/Belle Game/Hannah Epperson show at the KCT on Thursday. What a beautiful night. What a beautiful temperature. What beautiful people. It was a perfect start to the long-weekend. Now, here we all are, back at work. Bummer.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m ready to live out the remainder of my life — a good 60 or 70 years if my family’s genes are to be believed — laying on a beach with a good BJ. Butler DJ. Y’know, someone to make you food, drinks and pick all the best music for you while you sit there and love life.

But you know what, I love life today because THURSDAY IS THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE HOT AND DRY CANADIAN SUMMER KICK-OFF! Do you have your tickets yet? You can grab them from bands at about $10 (I hear some have a couple left) and at the door before 10pm. $15 after 10, or get a whole weekend pass for $30 now! Some of those artists are even featured this Mixcast, including:

  1. The Sunshine, Girl (Radio Edit) by Van Damsel
  2. Fjords by Nuuka
  3. Legs Give Out by We Are the City
  4. Shadowless by Hannah Epperson
  5. Threads of Light by Oceans Apart
  6. Stolen Boat by My Kind of Karma
  7. Things Fall Apart by Windmills

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

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A-OK Mixtape: The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Mixtape

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Mixtape - Front

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Mixtape - Back

Happy First Day of May tomorrow! You may very well remember our last summer Mixtape, The Big Wet Canadian Summer Mixtape, and if you’re anything like us you crave that perfect collection of songs to pair with a flawless summer day. We’ve made this mix 30 minutes longer and added a third side this time around, our longest mix to date! So what if it’s barely May, it’s been spring for 6 weeks. We’re all wearing shorts and sandals already even if it’s only in our minds.

This summer we’re excited to work with Cariboo to present the The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off, think of this Mixtape as a companion piece to the upcoming local showcase. After the event, we should have some great media to share with you of the local bands performing, maybe even a completely local Mixcast after-the-fact! As is the case with all our Mixtapes, the main difference from our Mixcasts is there is exactly none of my incessant pontification. All music baby! And you may notice there’s a lot of Young Galaxy on here, one original song and two remixes. Well, why not. I like them and I’m making the mix. The good news is, we aren’t using any music from their brand new album that came out a couple weeks ago, so there’s something thrilling for you to discover.

Side A: The morning is just starting. It’s maybe 11am and you’ve been awake for about an hour. The sun is shinning, maybe you work later, maybe you don’t. Either way, you’re looking to get into the right mood today and this is the mix for it.

Side A: Sun

  1. Shoreless Kid by Young Galaxy
  2. White Doves by Young Empires
  3. You’ll Improve Me (Young Galaxy Remix) by Junior Boys
  4. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It by Stars
  5. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire
  6. Call Me Your Friend (feat. Sandie Black) by The Slakadeliqs
  7. Girls by Kids & Explosions
  8. Drinking In L.A. (JPOD & The Funk Hunters Remix) by Bran Van 3000
  9. Millions by Hannah Georgas
  10. Danse Et Danse by Cœur de Pirate
  11. Be My Baby by Hey Ocean!

Side B: Turns out you have the day off, let’s hit the boat or the beach! Water not your thing? This mix works just as well for a longboard or beer on the patio. You’ve already got positive vibes, now you’ve got attitude to pair with it. You may follow up that first beer of the day with a shot of tequila or jack. This mix is rough around the edges, but aren’t we all?

Side B: Surf

  1. Concentrate On Me by ROCOCODE
  2. Youth Without Youth by Metric
  3. Younger Us by Japandroids
  4. What to Do by Dead Ghosts
  5. Rainbow Road (Little Jungles Garage Mix) by Kingdom Cloud
  6. Royalty by Dinosaur Bones
  7. White Night by Little Girls
  8. Black Hearts by Chains of Love
  9. Firecracker by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

Side C: You’ve got to pace yourself in the heat, and this is where the third side of our mixtape comes in. We’re not talking bedtime here, just slowing the day down enough to collect yourself without losing any of the excitement we built through the day. This mix will take you past sunset and help you figure out your plans for the evening. It would never let you go home alone.

Side C: Shade

  1. Snake Charmer (Young Galaxy Remix) by CFCF
  2. Raw Spectacle by Miracle Fortress
  3. All Her Colours by Pick a Piper
  4. M4 (Part II) (The Paronomasiac Remix) by Faunts
  5. Amenamy by Purity Ring
  6. Blue Gowns by Blue Hawaii
  7. The Choke by Austra
  8. Oblivion by Grimes
  9. Even Though (feat. XXYYXX) (Teen Daze Remix) by Giraffage
  10. Maximalist by Av_
  11. Sulk (8 and a Half Remix) by TRUST
  12. Real Goths by Mode Moderne

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

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A-OK Mixcast Nineteen

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A-OK Mixcast 19 - Albums

Real quick! Pay attention if you live in or near Kelowna or Kamloops today! Two of the artists featured on this Mixcast perform tonight and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on JP Maurice or Trust w/ Eraas + Little Jungles (the last three we are co-presenting!) Alright, now that the business is out of the way, a proper hello is in order. Welcome back. How awesome has this weather been? I dunno about you guys but I’ve been getting lots of fresh air and sun and wow, my attitude completely changes. With this shift in attitude I often find a natural inclination to create an analogous playlist. Pair good vibes with good tunes. Artists featured this Mixcast are:

  1. Rusted Heart by Mike Edel and The Fugitives
  2. Set It Free by Sarah Slean
  3. Spoons by JP Maurice
  4. Wake Up by The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer and Portage and Main
  5. Cultured Man by The Zolas
  6. Backlines (Eight and a Half Remix) by Stars
  7. Shoom by Trust

Don’t forget to catch all these great shows between today and April!

  • The Fugitives – March 14th at the Osoyoos Mini Theatre (5800 115th St, Osoyoos)
  • Sarah Slean – March 5th at the Kelowna Community Theatre (1435 Water St, Kelowna)
  • JP Maurice – March 6th at Heroes Pub (Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops)
  • Portage and Main – March 8th at Fernandos (279 Bernard Ave, Kelowna)
  • The Dudes w/ The Zolas – April 17th at Habitat (248 Leon Ave, Kelowna)
  • Stars w/ Said the Whale – April 3rd at the Kelowna Community Theatre
  • Trust w/ Eraas + Little Jungles – March 6th at Habitat

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

Photography by Flickr user melbaczuk.

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A-OK Mixcast Eighteen: 10 Best Shows of 2012

Wow, what another great year (maybe the best?). There’s definitely been a shift lately, as some local bands left town to pursue success in a bigger market like Vancouver and to tour Canada, many other new bands have formed and scattered themselves across the landscape. It’s not unusual to see 8-10 shows every Friday and Saturday night in Kelowna alone these days and people are really making a name for themselves. With so many events we clearly couldn’t make it to all of them, but here’s a selection of shows we saw that remained memorable for a number of reasons!

  1. About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help at All by Dan Mangan
    • November 8 - Dan Mangan with Rural Alberta Advantage at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
  2. Call and Answer by Jordan Klassen
  3. The Sinking of the Greenhill Park by The Matinée (Download this track for Free!)
    • June 23 – The Matinée at Habitat
  4. Time Flies by Joel Plaskett
    • September 25 – Joel Plaskett with Mo Kenney at Habitat
  5. I Am a Heart by Hey Ocean!
    • July 8 - Hey Ocean! at Keloha Music Festival
  6. The Do Nothings by Fields of Green
  7. Average Sunday by Calum Hughes Collective
  8. He’s Leaving with Me by Chains of Love
    • April 28 & 29 – Said the Whale with Chains of Love & Oh No! Yoko at Habitat
  9. Before the Sun Sets by Tough Lovers
    • November 7 – Tough Lovers with Bestie & Little Jungles at Fernando’s Taqueria
  10. Out of the Scenery by Dominique Fricot
    • May 19 – Dominique Fricot with Ciseaux at Fernando’s Taqueria

Honorable mention this year to The Winter Provincial, Windmills, Devon Coyote for playing a bunch of solid shows all over the A-OK! Don’t agree with the list? What shows would you select as the 10 Best in the region? Let me know through email or the comments!

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

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A-OK Mixcast Seventeen

I miss you.  It’s been a crazy, amazing summer and from what I can tell we were all pretty busy just being in the midst of it all so we’re definitely long overdue for another A-OK Mixcast. It was the last day of Summer the other day and it seems like only last week I was lounging by a pool. With colder evenings and Saturday night’s toasts to #sweaterweather2012 we can ignore the fact Sunday was another warm pool day sense Autumn coming. With September nearly over we see a great Fall shaping for live music all over and we can’t wait! Artists featured this Mixcast are:

  1. Boredom and Joy by Jets Overhead
  2. Mistake by Maurice
  3. You’re Mine by Joel Plaskett Emergency
  4. Go to Me by Jordan Klassen
  5. Midnight City (M83 Cover) by Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  6. A Mirror by Aidan Knight
  7. The Fire Did Go by Royal Wood
  8. Pieces by Ali Milner

Don’t forget to catch all these great shows and more from now until November!

  • Joel Plaskett w/ Mo Kenney – September 25th at Habitat (248 Leon Ave, Kelowna)
  • Michael Bernard Fitzgerald w/ Ali Milner – September 27th at Streaming Cafe (596 Leon Ave, Kelowna)
  • Cuff the Duke w/ Jenn Grant – October 17th at Sapphire (238 Leon Ave, Kelowna)
  • Aidan Knight w/ Windmills – October 18th at Habitat
  • Royal Wood w/ Elisapie Isaac – October 22nd at the Minstrel Cafe and Bar (4638 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna)
  • Mike Edel & Jordan Klassen – October 25th at Habitat
  • Maurice w/ Matthew de Zoete – October 27th at Streaming Cafe
  • Benjamin Francis Leftwich – November 17th at Habitat

Here’s Joel’s redemption version of “Love This Town”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KjXoyno35A

Download the Benjamin Francis Leftwich covers from his website (but hurry, don’t know how long they’ll be available)

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

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A-OK DJ Mixtape: 30 Minute DubTrub Mix

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DubTrub has sent us a bit of a promo mix consisting of songs from their album and a few remixes.

  1. DubTrub – City Lights (feat. Rose)
  2. DubTrub – Electrik Dawn
  3. DubTrub – Kickstart The Heart
  4. Steve Aoki – Ladi Dadi feat Wynter Gordon (DubTrub Remix)
  5. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar (DubTrub Remix)
  6. Continuum – Heal (DubTrub Remix)
  7. DubTrub – The Dark Passenger
  8. DubTrub – Artificial Toxin (feat. stickupKID)

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A-OK Mixcast Sixteen

“Spring is in full swing,” is the same lame rhyme I make every year. Yet unlike my bland lack of creative writing, these bands maintain perfect creative composure through our 16th A-OK Mixcast! Get ready for the weather with these incredible performers, 2 of these shows have already happened, but the other 5 are all for your taking in this month in the A-OK. Artists featured this Mixcast are:

  1. Corona by Windmills
    • Performed April 7th at The Grateful Fed with Thomas Kjorven + DJ Rythmia
  2. Go Outside by The Oh Wells
    • Performs April 11th at Habitat with Nuuka
  3. Dick & Jane by Sidney York
    • Performs April 14th at Streaming Cafe
  4. Whitewater by Zaac Pick
    • Performed March 15th at Minstrel Cafe
  5. Travelling by Andrew and Zachari Smith
    • Performs April 13th at Minstrel Cafe
  6. Take Me Back (To the Place) by beekeeper
    • Performs April 25th at Habitat with Oceans Apart + Free City Collective
  7. Heavy Ceiling by Said the Whale (Listen to the original version, Last Night)
    • Performs April 28th (19+)/April 29th (All Ages) at Habitat with Chains of Love + Oh No! Yoko

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!
Photography by Flickr user pictiurfear.

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A-OK Mixcast Fifteen

Hi hi hi! I’m pleased to have just enough time to bring us a new A-OK Mixcast. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my ish together for January but no worries, February’s Mixcast will make up for it. In the fifteenth A-OK Mixcast we get to share a bunch of new singles from some of our favourite bands. We continue our love affair with ROCOCODE as they finally released their full-length album and await with baited breath the new Little Jungles and Yukon Blonde albums!

  1. As Time Flies By by Wintercoast
  2. Nothing Will Grow by Little Jungles
    • Performs February 18, 2012 at Fernando’s Taqueria
  3. Sure Sign by Jets Overhead
  4. Through & Through & Through by Joel Plaskett
  5. Stairway by Yukon Blonde
  6. Today We’re Believers by Royal Canoe
    • Performs February 27, 2012 at Habitat
  7. Sincerely Me by Thomas Kjorven with Jaclyn Gee
    • Performs February 16, 2012 at Habitat
  8. Blood by ROCOCODE
    • Performs February 25, 2012 at The Laurel Packinghouse
  9. Catfish 2 Boogaloo by The Sheepdogs
  10. You Got It by Chains of Love
    • Performs April 28/29 2012 at Habitat

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

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