Thursday, May 18, 2006

I Swear I Am Not Making This Up
But you are not going to believe this.
Today I got an email from the lovely and talented John Spittal at CBC Radio Calgary. He has a weekly radio feature called Eccentricity! which profiles members of the community who are ... well, eccentrics, I guess, people who are involved in rather unique endeavours.
Are you sitting down?
He wants to do a profile on me. All because of my weird little blog here.
Is that not the most amazing thing you have ever heard? And you know how much I love the CBC! Well, now I have decided I shall name my first grandchild John CBC Badtemperedzombie. I think that would only be right and fair. I hope Eva's okay with that.
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And my other OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! news is that the Calgary Folk Festival announced this year's lineup today. NEKO CASE!!!!! MATT GOOD!!!!! I have officially died and gone to heaven. And BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE!!!! KATHLEEN EDWARDS!!!! Along with Feist, Ani DiFranco, Bedouin Soundclash, Elliot Brood, Kris Kristofferson (not of the IRS - sorry could not resist South Park reference), Kris Demeanor, Dar Williams ... oh there's too much goodness to list.

I have been thinking ever since the release of In a Coma, that Matt would be a natural for the folk festival, and I think he will enjoy it so much more than playing at some drunken punchup on campus. He's getting too old for that shit (his words, not mine).

And I am so so glad that Neko is making up for snubbing Calgary on the New Pornographers tour earlier this year. Neko, my darling, you are forgiven.

I have to go buy folk festival tickets right now.

38 comments:

kelly said...

haaaa haaa haaa you sound like a giddy school girl that got asked out by a popular boy....

kelly said...

and you realzize that the interview thing means that you are eccentric don't you

Alana said...

OH EM EFF GEE, Barbara, seriously. Matt Good AND Feist? I would pay a ridiculous sum of money for a show like that. Broken Social Scene too, I would be SO down for that!! LUCKY YOU MAN!!! Now it's MY turn to be jealous!

Siddharth Razdan said...

"He wants to do a profile on me. All because of my weird little blog here."

Interesting, very interesting.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I AM a giddy school girl who got asked out by a popular boy, Kelly. It's the CBC!!! I worship at the Church of the CBC.
And as for the eccentric thing, well, at least I now have an explanation for myself.

A ridiculous sum of money, Alana? Like ridiculous enough to come to Calgary for the Folk Fest (hint, hint)? Because you could, you know.

Isn't that odd, Siddharth?

Allison said...
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Allison said...

OMG that's awesome Barbara, congrats. Eccentric...eclectic, embrace it :) Keep us updated.

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

Barbara,

Don't you see that you are falling into the trap of the evil ones at the CBC? Run! The CBC have powers beyond your wildest fears!! Good lord, surely you must realize that the CBC is plotting to take over all of North America by warping the minds of Ah’merkins with Curling and unbiased news reporting. Soon the CBC will control everything from the Aleutians to the Panamanian Isthmus. (…and a merry isthmus to you all!)

The brains behind this plan? The only man who could have thought up such a Machiavellian plan? Two Words…

Rex Murphy

**shudder**

GOB

Alana said...

Going to Calgary would be STELLAR and totally worth a ridiculous sum of cash...except that the end of July is when my sister and niece come in from Ontario for a week, which I wouldn't miss for the world. I haven't seen them since last July when a buddy and I drove out to Ontario for Live 8 and we crashed at her place for the weekend. I adore Mr.Good, Leslie Feist kicks so much ass, and it would be awesome to meet up with you at the festival and enjoy the tunes, but it can't be done. Unless you can use your eccentricity to influence the Folk Fest people to change the date to the following week...do it! :P

Teddy said...

The lineup for FFests is so good that for the first time in many many years (well, I was travelling for most of those sumemrs) I've gotten myself a four day pass. BSS, Feist, MG (but of course) and Kris baby - many it's going to be a great weekend.

Since I'm solo, mind if I grab a square metre on your tarp for main stage? (the girl's in Ontariariario)?

Jas Bhambra said...

I told you, Barb, that you ARE a celebrity. I am going to get your autograph on tuesday! :)

michelle said...

OMGOMGMOGOFOGOFUCKOHLOLOMG wow!

You are the rock in all that rocks, girl! Right on, Ms. Barbara!!!!!

And I have your autograph from your xmas card, god I better put that in the safe deposit box.

Congratulations my friend, I am drooling happy for you!

Siddharth Razdan said...

Odd! According to me, it's not. Why that was speculated?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Allison, but I have a feeling you are going to regret those words, once you can't get me to STFU already!

Oh GOB, you are becoming such a Canuckophile! Or possibly a Canuckophobe. Or both.
This actually fits nicely into my own plans of world domination, riding on the coattails of the mother corp. I tell you though, that Rex Murphy? I do not want to ever have to play Scrabble against him.

You went to Live 8, Alana? That would have been a wild experience! *cough* blog material *cough*
I'm sure the Folk Fest organizers will be more than happy to change the dates if they know that you want to attend and if I ask them really nicely.

This will be the first time we'll be getting passes as well, Teddy. Although I understand that the workshops will be continuing through the mainstage this year, so we'll be picking and choosing where we'll be.
I'm not sure how much time we'll actually be spending at mainstage as we do move around a fair bit and usually spend some time in the beer gardens, but sure you're welcome to park with us if you like.

Oh you kill me Jas! Maybe I can get Mrs Anderson and Mrs Jefferson to be my entourage, you know like Gwen Stephani has.

Well, it's a mutual autograph society, Michelle! I've got yours spirited away for when you get that first in a string of Nobels, and I can pull it out and wave it in people's faces, going "she's MY friend".
Thanks for the drool, honey. Any chance you folks will come up and see Matt Good at the Folk Fest?

Well, I found it odd, Siddharth, because I am such a huge fan of CBC (which is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in case you are not familiar with it in India), that it is amazing that they want to speak to someone like me.

Barbara said...

Wow! Good on you Barbara B. Eccentric cool. I hope you get a copy and play it on your blog somehow. Today the CBC tomorrow the world?
Don't forget to ask him for a mug.
Get some more of those CBC pens while your there so you can sign all those autographs...
I am so glad you get to go see Neko Case and Matt Good, are they scheduled for Montreal at all?
I would not mind seeing those shows.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Barbara W! I'm afraid I'm too much of a techno-weenie to be able to figure out how to host anything audio (otherwise I would have done it months ago!)

And because I love ya, I checked into Neko and Matt's schedules - Neko's only listed to early July, but no Montreal listed, and Matt only to early Aug - also no Montreal. But things could easily change. Keep checking would be my advice.

debbie said...

Wow, that sounds exciting. (Oh, they both do actually). You better run out and buy a lottery ticket today because I think you're "on a roll". Enjoy your day because the good news you receive is probably all part of your "karma" and you're just receiving back some of what you put in.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks for that, Debbie. I think I'll pass on the lottery ticket, though, as I don't think that even the recent luck I've been having can surpass those odds. I've always considered lotteries to be a tax on the mathematically challenged.

Alana said...

Live 8 = Blog Material...

But LAST year. :P I wrote plenty of entries about it last summer on my old blog, I think it might be a little weird/redundant to write about it all over again. I suppose I could be talked into it, but I don't know how interesting anyone would be in hearing it, lol...

Anyhoo, have a good weekend Barbara! I'll be back on Monday!

Alana said...

*interested, not interesting.

kelly said...

so when is this interview maybe we can listen online of something?...i wonder if cbc does that

Barbara said...

I am sure you can ask the tech at CBC and she/he can show you how to put it on your blog.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Alana, I'D be interested to hear about your Live 8 experience, but you should write about what interests you, and if you've already covered it and don't feel like writing about it all over again, don't.
Go swimming in the lake for me.

You will be able to listen online, Kelly:

http://www.cbc.ca/listen/index.html

You'd have to click on to the Calary link because it's a local show. The program airs Tuesdays at 4:15pm MT. We doing the taping on May 31, so I'll find out when it will be aired and let you know. And then everybody will be able to her my angelic voice.

John is actually coming to my house to do the taping, Barbara W, so I won't be able to harrass the tech crews at CBC. But I'll for sure let you know when it airs and how to listen.

John Mutford said...

Geez what an amazing line-up. I need to get off this rock. So far this summer I've only heard of Rex Goudie and Haywire playing in Newfoundland. If people didn't pity us after the loss of the cod fishery, they should at least pity us now.

But seriously, Feist and Hawksley Workman have played here in the past 6 months, so it's not all bad.

And the CBC? That's pretty cool- I'm supposed to be part of a noontime book discussion on Newfoundland's CBC sometime in June as well. At least that's what the host said about a month ago- but I haven't heard anything since so I'm not sure if it's fallen through or not.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Wow, a CBC book panel, John? OMG you are the next John K Samson!

Can you let us know when the discussion will air, when you find out, and we can listen online? That would be so great.

Did you get to see Feist and Hawksley Workman? I've never seen Feist, but plan to at the Folk Fest of course, and Hawksley I've seen twice - he's an amazing performer.
But you do get ripped off on the east coast. That's why you produce so many good musicians - neccessity.

Maureen said...

That is so great! CBC and we can listen in!! Amazing line up at your jazz fest too - so far on June 30 we have Sam Roberts, Matt Mays and Tragically Hip. Still waiting to see who plays on July 2nd :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Is June 30 - July 2 all one festival, Maureen? Sounds like a good one - Sam Roberts is a pretty popular boy these days.

~Jen~ said...

this interview means yer cooler and weirder than i thought!! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha Jen, I'm still not as cool or as weird as you, though!

Will said...

Oh my .... absolute congratulations on the radio show - that is so, so cool. I am so happy to hear that. I hope that there is a broadcast online or maybe you could send us a copy since we would love to hear it - given how such big fans we are of your blog. That is so very awesome. And the folk festival lineup - my, oh my. I would love to see Broken Social Scene.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Will! It's a mutual admiration society, then, as I am huge fan of your blog too.

You will be able to hear the broadcast on-line and I'll see if I can somehow get a copy or something as well.

Isn't that an amazing line-up for the folk fest? Hey, if you guys should find yourslelves in this area the third week of July... the offer's open.

John Mutford said...

No, regrettably I didn't get to see either Feist or Hawksley Workman. For now (seeing as I'm begging crumbs from church mice) I have to live vicariously through friends.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

aww that's a shame John. But I completely understand. If you want me to send you a sample of Hawksley's new stuff, send me an email.

John Mutford said...

Thanks for the Workman offer. I do have his latest though. I'm really enjoying "A Moth Is Not A Butterfly" and "Ice Age". If I may make a recommendation, check out the free mp3 from Newfoundland's own Hey Rosetta! entitled "The Simplest Thing".

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hey thanks, John! I'm listening to Lions for Scotty right now and it is sounding fine! I'll definitely check these folks out.

I really like Hawksley's new cd as well. My favourites right now are You and the Candles, When the Mountains .... , and Rain.

phlegmfatale said...

wow, now that was a blog post chock-full of the coolest shit! Congrats on the interview radio feature on your bad self - you so deserve it! Oh, and Neko's coming to your town? I wanna come too!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Phlegmmy, you pack your bags and get yourself up here for the folk fest! We'll share some granola bars with Neko.

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