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Podcast title Witchpolice Radio
Website URL http://www.witchpolice.com
Description Music talk radio. Interviews and live shows with local independent artists since 2012. Selected as Winnipeg's "favourite local radio show or podcast" by readers of The Uniter for the third consecutive year. Nominated for a 2019 Canadian Podcast Award. Archival episodes are broadcast on 101.5 FM (and http://www.umfm.com) in Winnipeg on Sundays at midnight. Most of the songs in the podcast's current format are provided (or performed live) by the guests themselves and used with permission.
Updated Sun, 15 Sep 2019 16:15:17 +0000
Category Arts
Performing Arts

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1. WR418: Del Barber
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Description: Prairie singer-songwriter Del Barber is about to release a fantastic new album, Easy Keeper, which is the culmination of a rollercoaster few years that saw him forced to kickstart his career from scratch after a decade of building it up. We talk about his descriptive, sincere storytelling, his new perspective on the music business, finding peace with his place in the world, and much, much more. This is only Del’s second appearance on the podcast, but he’s already one of my favourite guests in the podcast’s long history.

2. WR417: Parts Project
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Description: Winnipeg expat Allan Hanley, perhaps best known locally in his DJ guise as Turtilian, is back with Parts Project, a new creative outlet that puts him in the driver’s seat playing live electronic music. Parts Project is in town Saturday, Sept. 14 for a live show with a number of familiar faces from his old Winnipeg crew, as well an electronic music workshop the following weekend. It’s a fun conversation about finding primal, emotional sounds in electronics, and much more!

3. WR416: Screaming at Traffic
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Description: One-half of hard-touring emo punks Screaming at Traffic are back on the podcast for the first time in a couple of years. We talked about their new, Jordan Voth-produced LP, ‘I Don’t Like Sports’, some unusual merch, their dual-frontman style, how ‘emo’ isn’t a dirty word anymore, and much more! This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Park Theatre, who are hosting the second annual Manitoba Podcast Festival Sept. 29. It’s also brought to you by Trevor Fisher of Way2Wealth Management, a local Certified Financial Planner who can help you start planning your financial independence. Call him at 204-471-3011 or email him at trevor@way2wealth.ca to get your finances on the right track today! Also, check out the brand new single, “Ole Hoe Down” by country rocker (and past Witchpolice guest) Chris Micheal!

4. WR415: Adrien Sala
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Description: It’s a conversation about music and politics with singer-songwriter turned electoral candidate Adrien Sala, NDP Candidate for St. James, who is running for the MLA gig in my neck of the woods. We talk about his transition from the Times Change(d) scene to the campaign trail, the changing demographics of Manitoba politics, Winnipeg’s obsession with roots music and a lot more. The episode features some excellent songs from the two albums by Adrien’s old roots group Jackpine.

5. WR414: Endless Chaos
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Description: This episode is an interview with Mike and Trevor from Winnipeg death/thrash metal outfit Endless Chaos. It’s a fun conversation about making metal catchy, sticking with it through multiple lineup changes, and much more!

6. WR413: Aaron Bacon
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Description: Bassist, music teacher, and YouTuber Aaron Bacon isn’t new to the podcast – he’s been on Witchpolice Radio before as a member of both Dizzy Mystics and Aphelion – but we’ve never talked about this project before. Bacon’s Bass Place is Aaron’s all-purpose online presence for teaching bass techniques, vlogging, podcasting, and a lot more. We have a conversation in the food court about the project, where it’s going, how it got started, and a lot more. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear an example of one of Aaron’s bass lessons!

7. WR412: Yer Mum
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Description: Local punks Yer Mum reminded me of just how much fun punk rock can be, and how much I miss playing in a band with this amount of energy and ridiculousness. It’s a really fun conversation about skateboarding, drinking, touring, dogs and more, recorded at “The Whorehouse”… plus some live performances!

8. WR411: Luciano
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Description: I spent some time with an absolute legend for this episode. Iconic reggae artist Luciano was in town, live and direct from Jamaica, for a performance Aug. 23 at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. Although I had interviewed Luciano four or five years ago, that was over the phone, and this was my first time meeting The Messenger in person. He’s an artist with an unbelievably deep catalogue and international acclaim, but he’s down-to-earth enough to hang out in a coffee shop for a podcast interview – and to get into some deep thoughts as well.

9. WR410: The Famous Sandhogs
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Description: Ever since I discovered the weird world of the Famous Sandhogs a few years back, I’ve been curious about its anonymous creator’s identity and motives behind the project. We come a little closer on this episode (but no spoilers, I still don’t know who he actually is).It’s an interview over the phone, in which we talk about his vast catalogue, the deep levels of research and mythology, his recent (masked, of course) live show, and more. If you’re looking for an entry point to the Sandhogs universe, it’s hard to find something better than Paris Green, a full-fledged, choose-your-own-adventure style board game in album form.

10. WR409: FreakingSnap
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Description: FreakingSnap is an extremely prolific local electronic/experimental artist. He’s released over 400 albums (and counting), and as we discuss on this episode, it’s all building to an eventual goal. We talk about how/where to delve into such an epic catalogue, about the differences between live on-stage recordings and basement jams, being nervous performing improvised pieces, and much more.

11. WR408: Rob Knaggs Live in the Back Yard
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Description: As many of you know, I like to host intimate little house shows in my back yard each summer. This episode of the podcast is the recording of one of the sets from our most recent back yard gig. This is a set by the show’s headliner, Australian avant-cellist Rob Knaggs. Rob was back in Manitoba for the first time in quite a while (hear him talk about going home to Oz on a previous interview podcast), and he played a deadly set in the light of day – just Rob on the deck with the cello and no visuals. As mentioned in the intro, Rob’s set was considerably louder than the others I recorded that afternoon, so there’s a bit of clipping at times, but it doesn’t take away from the Arctic-inspired beauty of his compositions.

12. WR407: Slattern (From The Archives)
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Description: When I transferred the huge Witchpolice archive over to the current hosting site, about 50 episodes from 2013-2014 got missed. Although they've always been available, buried on the old Witchpolice site, they've never been formally discoverable on podcast platforms like Spotify or Apple Podcasts. I recently asked listeners which of these lost episode(s) they'd like to hear re-released, this one – with Julia Ryckman, a/k/a Slattern – was easily the most-requested. At the time this episode (WR084) originally came out in July 2014, Witchpolice Radio had a very different format. We (I wasn't the only host!) weren't only interviewing local musicians, but were asking them to select songs from their own record collections based on randomly-generated theme words. Due to the sketchy legality of broadcasting other people's songs without permission, the selections are edited out of this episode, but it's still a great conversation, and was one of my favourites of the early years of the podcast. This episode is brought to you by Osborne Village’s new pop-up record store, Old Gold Vintage Vinyl, and by our friends at The Park Theatre.

13. WR406: Sarau Carioca Live in the Back Yard
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Description: As many of you know, I like to host intimate little house shows in my back yard each summer. This episode of the podcast is the recording of one of the sets from our most recent back yard gig. This set is by Brazilian-Canadian samba/bossa nova duo Sarau Carioca, who I was really excited to have on the bill. They’re doing something very different from anything we’d had at a house show before, and their mellow, gorgeous melodies are a must-listen… even if you don’t speak Portuguese.

14. WR405: One of Us
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Description: One of Us is relatively new to the Winnipeg music scene as a band, but the band members are longtime veterans of the local punk rock community, having played in punk bands for decades. We talk about their sound, the undying appeal of melodic hardcore, their upcoming gigs – including a Jarvis fire benefit and dream gigs opening for the likes of Propagandhi and Good Riddance – and a lot more. There’s also a killer live acoustic performance, as well as a sneak peek at some new material. This episode is brought to you by Osborne Village’s new pop-up record store, Old Gold Vintage Vinyl, and by our pals at The Park Theatre.

15. WR404: Two Crows for Comfort Live in the Back Yard
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Description: As many of you know, I like to host intimate little house shows in my back yard each summer. This episode of the podcast is the recording of one of the sets from our most recent back yard gig. Folk duo Two Crows for Comfort played a fantastic set of songs, primarily from their highly-recommended debut album, 17 Feet’. I’ve seen them a few times in a few different contexts now, and they seem like one of those versatile groups that could probably play a show anywhere and still fit in – but they seemed particularly at home at a cozy little back yard show.

16. WR403: Heartsleeve
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Description: The fellas in Heartsleeve may be relatively new to the local scene, but they have their banjos n’ mandos n’ more sound well honed. I hung out with them in a terrifying (yet lovely) porch in the middle of nowhere for a conversation about their folk-with-a-twist sound, covering the Mars Volta with a banjo, playing as a full band vs. basic acoustic duos or trios, and much more. Plus, they performed four songs live, and since they don’t have any formal recordings out yet… this may be one of the only places you can hear them. For now, anyway.

17. WR402: Lana Winterhalt Live From the Back Yard
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Description: As many of you know, I like to host intimate little house shows in my back yard each summer. This episode of the podcast is the recording of one of the sets from our most recent back yard gig, which happened this past Saturday. Singer-songwriter Lana Winterhalt released one of my favourite albums of 2018, and in this live set, she shows that her songs are equally as powerful when stripped down to just an acoustic guitar and a vocal FX pedal.

18. WR401: Holy Void
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Description: Holy Void, a self-described "nightmare-inducing psychedelic quartet" is set to release a new full-length album on Transistor 66, so bassist Danny Hacking is on the show to talk spooky vibes, that elusive Winnipeg sound, and much more! Transistor 66 is the city's undisputed champion of record labels, and with the release of the 'Naught LP', Holy Void adds to their deep, wonderful catalogue of records from Winnipeg and beyond. Hear some new tracks from the upcoming record on the podcast! This episode is brought to you by Howl at the Moon, Manitoba’s newest and most exciting country music festival, July 25-27, and by our pals at The Park Theatre. Don’t forget to support our friends at Dub Ditch Picnic, who are trying to clear out as much stock as possible to cover some medical costs.

19. WR400: Joe Boy Rock of Machina II
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Description: It's the 400th episode of Witchpolice Radio, which means it's OF COURSE the one where I've lost my voice and am wheezing out my questions. Thankfully, the guest on this episode, Joe Boy Rock of local hip-hop duo Machina II, has a lot of insightful things to say about the local music scene, rap, DIY, and a lot more. This episode is brought to you by Howl at the Moon, Manitoba’s newest and most exciting country music festival, July 25-27, and by our pals at The Park Theatre. Don’t forget to support our friends at Dub Ditch Picnic, who are trying to clear out as much stock as possible to cover some medical costs.

20. WR399: Cory Falvo
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Description: It’s an interview with Winnipeg comedian Cory Falvo about the upcoming Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival production, Commando: The Radio Play. I don’t usually cover the Fringe Festival, because it’s kind of out of my wheelhouse, but this project has a classic Arnold Schwarzenegger flick turned into a radio play, AND Cory will be performing all the sound effects live with a pile of props.

21. WR398: Henry Beckwith
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Description: It’s a phoner with former Winnipegger Henry Beckwith, currently based in Toronto and touring Canada and the world as a front-of-house audio guy and tour manager for an impressive list of nationally-known artists (his clients include Basia Bulat, Dan Mangan, Wintersleep, Terra Lightfoot, American Football, and more). Henry and I played in a short-lived reggae band together about 15 years ago, and it has been cool to watch his progress over the years (from afar) as he went from a touring musician to a sound guy at clubs to the guy who runs tings on the road for well-known acts.

22. WR397: Thick n' Sweaty
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Description: If this is your first time listening to Witchpolice Radio, turn back now! This isn’t a regular interview with a local musician. It’s a crossover episode with my friends Stefan and Shena of the brand-new Thick n’ Sweaty podcast, so the regular format is pretty much thrown out the window. We talk podcasting, Stefan’s history as a wrestler, as host of the now-defunct Ever Sick Podcast and current gig in country music radio… …plus how Thick n’ Sweaty got started, how Shena became interested in podcasting, their dynamic as a couple who host a show together, etc.

23. WR396: Quinton Blair
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Description: Quinton Blair is an award-winning country/folk singer-songwriter, but he's also a fantastic conversationalist – something that is reflected in his personal, localized, storytelling songs. Q hung out on the porch for some live performances and a great chat about songwriting, DIY, his new songs, appealing to a variety of audiences, and much more. This episode is brought to you by Howl at the Moon, Manitoba’s newest and most exciting country music festival, July 25-27, and by our pals at The Park Theatre. Don’t forget to support our friends at Dub Ditch Picnic, who are trying to clear out as much stock as possible to cover some medical costs.

24. WR395: Dustin Harder
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Description: Dustin Harder is a local singer-songwriter, best known for his Prairie Soul project, but he’s also – as he puts it – the energy behind two upcoming festivals at Hilltop Resort: Heart of the Nation Music Festival (July 5-7) and Festival 59 Blues (Aug. 9-11). We talk about the work that goes into both festivals, how Dustin got involved with the venue, his own music, the artists on the bill – at Heart of the Nation, 22 local bands for $44 tickets – and a lot more.

25. WR394: Brian Jacobs
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Description: It’s a doughnut shop hangout with Morden country singer Brian Jacobs! Fun conversation about authenticity, trying to break into the Winnipeg music scene as an outsider, being the “old guy” among a bunch of younger artists, his newly-released album… and much more!

26. WR393: Greenhouse
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Description: It’s a conversation about drone, guitar, experimental music, cassette culture and more, with Curran Faris, a/k/a Greenhouse. We talk about his long-running solo project, upcoming tape, unexpected influences, and a lot more!

27. WR392: The Lovers
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Description: Guitarist Colin Jesson of local outfit The Lovers is on the podcast to talk about his band's upcoming record, the way their sound has changed from their initial rockabilly/cowpunk days (while retaining those elements). We also delve into his experience in the cover band scene, why he's still committed to playing music decades after first getting involved in Winnipeg's music community and much more. This is my first attempt at recording a phone conversation with the new gear, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. There's a bit of a hum in the background, which is mainly due to me using a really shitty cable to connect the phone to the recorder (my bad), but overall it's a marked improvement from my old recorder-between-me-and-a-speakerphone-and-hope-for-the-best method. This episode brought to you by our pals at The Park Theatre. Don’t forget to support our friends at Dub Ditch Picnic, who are trying to clear out as much stock as possible to cover some medical costs.

28. WR391: Gym Tonic
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Description: Synth-punks Gym Tonic may be based in Berlin(!) but they have a very strong local connections - two former Winnipeggers and a record out on Transistor 66! They’re in town for a show tomorrow night at The Handsome Daughter with The Sorels and our pals in Agapito,so check ‘em out before they head back overseas!

29. WR390: Michael Falk
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Description: Michael Falk is the artistic director at Jazz Winnipeg, as well as the man behind Head in the Sand Records and the former frontman of Les Jupes… among many other roles in the Winnipeg music scene. We talk about all of that, this year’s Jazz Fest lineup, and much more on this episode.

30. WR389: WHY
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Description: It’s a donut shop sit-down with all three members of long-running alt-rockers (or are they?) WHY! We talked about defining “alternative” in 2019, what success really means, the group’s long history and ‘90s roots, the new(ish), definitive lineup… and much more!

31. WR388: Chris Micheal
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Description: Singer-songwriter Chris Micheal may be new to country music, but he’s definitely not new to the Winnipeg music scene. Chris has spent years fronting rockers Jekyll & the Hydes, and is now splitting his time between that band and his new, solo country project. We talk about being authentic to his own sound, and how he’s going to be that 80-year-old still performing at the bar whether anyone is showing up to listen or not!

32. WR387: Humous
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Description: It’s an interview with 2/3 of local alt-rock trio Humous! Great conversation about their deliberately low-fi sound, the joys of DIY, handmade CD-Rs, spreading their sounds beyond Winnipeg’s Filipino community, and much more!

33. WR386: Forest Pilots
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Description: It’s a conversation with two members of local progressive-rock power trio Forest Pilots about their sound, their plans for the future, the way “prog” is a loaded term… and just what is a ‘Forest Pilot’, anyway? Fun chat with a new(ish) local band that has been generating a lot of buzz. These guys were recommended to me by a number of past guests and social media followers.

34. WR385: Better Homes for Meaner People
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Description: Sean Lewis is a former Winnipegger and the longtime brains behind heavy electronic outfit Better Homes for Meaner People. He was back in town for a local show recently, so we took the opportunity to catch up. We talked about the essential Winnipeg-ness of Winnipeg, BHFMP’s sonic progression over the years, their new 12” EP, and mellowing with age (or not), and a lot more!

35. WR384: Railroad Tye
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Description: If you look up ‘authenticity’ in the dictionary, you might find Railroad Tye’s photo. The hard-living, road-weary singer-songwriter literally lives in a van and plays heartfelt, honest folk songs that he considers to be a form of therapy. Railroad Tie has a big album release show at the end of the month, and it’s the only way you can get his recordings, so get yerself down there!

36. WR383: Jess Mann
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Description: Music photographer Jess Mann (of Jess Mann Photography, naturally) is on the show to talk about a new magazine project, the ins and outs of photographing live bands, and a lot more. On Witchpolice Radio, we like to recognize the music scene-adjacent creators – like podcasters, music writers, poster designers, and, of course, photographers – as well as the musicians themselves.

37. WR382: Tony Beaudoin
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Description: It’s Tony’s Last Stand. Union Stockyards frontman Tony Beaudoin is officially hanging up the mic and retiring from punk rock next month. His last show with the band is June 7, but he sat down for an interview first to talk about the reasons behind his calling it quits, and a lot more. Plenty of ’old man yells at clouds’ on this one.

38. WR381: Franklin Fernando
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Description: Although he may be best-known in 2019 as an acclaimed visual artist, Franklin Fernando has a long history of carrying the torch for reggae music in Winnipeg as the frontman of RasTamils and as a solo artist. We talk about his musical history, his work as a painter, and about the new musical project – Studio Tabu – he has on the horizon.

39. WR380: Merin
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Description: Melancholy power-pop foursome Merin are on the show to talk about their excellent new EP, their first tour – which runs until May 24 – and a lot more. It’s a fun conversation with a band set to do big things in Winnipeg and beyond.

40. WR379: Acoustically Inclined
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Description: It’s been 25+ years since the heyday of Winnipeg folk/jazz/roots outfit Acoustically Inclined, but they’re back for a one-night-only reunion show. Vocalist Mira Black (a past Witchpolice guest in her own right) and mandolin player Kerry Krishna sat down to reminisce about the old days, talk about the challenges in getting the band back together, and much more!

41. WR378: Nick Friesen
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Description: You may know bassist, songwriter, journalist, animator, etc. Nick Friesen from his role in Futurekids or from his Jaded & Elated radio show, but his latest project is something altogether different. Nick is the creator and driving force behind Olivia Sea – a fictional, animated indie-pop artist with a new EP (think Prozaak or Gorillaz) out now, and a lot more content on the way! We talk about the character, who has been a constant in his creative life since the Futurekids days and beyond, as well as how, exactly, one puts together a record by a fictional artist with a fictional band.

42. WR377: The Rainy Day Apparel
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Description: We go live and direct to the teeming metropolis of Carman, Man., to talk to indie-folk singer-songwriter Nathan Strange, a/k/a The Rainy Day Apparel. It’s a fun (remote) conversation about his personal, storytelling songwriting style, about juggling music with a family and a career as a teacher, as well as being an outside to the Winnipeg music scene, but still finding ways to break through.

43. WR376: Paige Drobot
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Description: Pop/psychedelic/progressive… Paige Drobot’s sound is hard to define, but it draws from a number of (coincidentally alliterative) genres – all of which are on display on her upcoming solo EP, Zero Thought. We talk about the record, teaching guitar, being weird, gravitating toward the avant-garde, and much more. There also may have been a drug deal going down while we recorded this in a parking lot. Oh, and you can also hear Paige’s cover of a Johnny Sizzle (!) tune on this episode.

44. WR375: Apollo Suns
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Description: Psychedelic jazz fusion outfit Apollo Suns are back – not that they ever went away. The Winnipeg instrumental act, now ballooned to a 10-piece, has been hustling like crazy since releasing its debut two years ago, and is set to release a deadly new EP, Dawn Offerings with a pair of release shows at the end of the month. This episode brought to you by our pals at The Park Theatre! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

45. WR374: Tim Hoover
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Description: It's been eight years since Tim Hoover released the 'More Napkins' tape, and he's set to host a 're-listening' party at an immersive, 360-degree audio/visual experience April 20 at the Planetarium. We talk about what inspired the tape in the first place, why he's putting it out there again, the difference between 'Tim Hoover' and 'DJ Co-op', what he's worked on over the past eight years, and more. This episode brought to you by our pals at The Park Theatre! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

46. WR373: Trio Antipodes
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Description: Trio Antipodes is a new jazz trio with some old familiar faces. Frequent Witchpolice guest Keith Price has teamed up with his Double Quartet bandmate Jeff Presslaff, along with drummer Graydon Cramer. I caught them on the road from Edmonton where they were in the middle of a short tour to promote their new Upside Downwards record. Their (excellent) music aside, it's an interesting group in the sense that Keith recently moved to New Zealand, where he's teaching at a university. We talk about the difficulties of being a cross-continental band, the experimental nature of the album, and much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at The Park Theatre! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

47. WR372: space)doxa
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Description: space)doxa is a monthly series of experimental shows at the Graffiti Gallery, highlighting some of the city's finest avant-garde artists. On this episode, space)doxa curator and performer Greg Hanec talks about the appeal of avant-garde music, taking full advantage of the space at the gallery to combine musical and visual experiments, and much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at The Park Theatre! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

48. WR371: Jacob Brodovsky
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Description: This episode is my conversation with singer-songwriter Jacob Brodovsky, one of my favourites in the local scene – both in terms of lyrics and vocals – ever since I first heard his old band's EP last year. The former Kakagi frontman is on the show to talk about his solo work, his new side project with Sierra Noble (Bad Neighbour), summer camp, touring, staying authentic, and a lot more. This episode brought to you by our pals at The Park Theatre! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

49. WR370: Tim Haverluck
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Description: Tim Haverluck is an old friend and a semi-frequent guest on the podcast. He was one of our first-ever guests back in 2013, and has been very busy since. His band The Tims recently came off their first tour, and are still taking advantage of the buzz surrounding their debut full-length, Ruff Custy. I interviewed Tim via Skype, which is something I've been wanting to try with the (current era) of the podcast for quite some time, and I think it worked decently. Recording phoners gives me the opportunity to record even more content than I'm already doing, so stay tuned for more conversations like this (on top of all the in-person ones I do). This episode brought to you by our pals at The Park Theatre! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

50. WR369: Proper Operation
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Description: I recorded an interview with Winnipeg (via Portage la Prairie) alt-rock/punk outfit Proper Operation last summer, but for various reasons, it was never formally released. They're back on the show (and this one is actually out now in podcast form) and we talk about their demo EP, the continued appeal of '90s grunge, playing without a bassist, and much more. Note: I wish the O.G. episode HAD worked out, because while the content of the conversation is just fine on this one, the recording isn't the greatest. They're all soft-spoken guys, and at times it can be difficult to hear what they're saying. This episode brought to you by our pals at The Park Theatre! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

51. WR368: In 2 Months
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Description: An interview with long-running skate punks In 2 Months, in which we talk about maintaining punk energy into your late 30s, getting recognized in Ukraine, the enduring influence of ‘Survival of the Fattest’, and more! This episode was brought to you by our friends at the SUNWOLF label, who are releasing the debut by Katie & the Wolves March. 22, as well as by Winnipeg’s finest venue, the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

52. WR367: Scott Nolan
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Description: Singer-songwriter Scott Nolan is set to release his debut book of poetry, Moon Was a Feather, with a launch event April 5 at McNally Robinson. We talk about the inspiration behind the book, the differences between writing poems and writing songs, how he found a place of peace with his creativity after years of struggling with the music industry, and much more. This episode was brought to you by our friends at the SUNWOLF label, who are releasing the debut by Katie & the Wolves March. 22, as well as by Winnipeg’s finest venue, the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

53. WR366: ADiethylamide
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Description: It's an interview with experimental electronic artist ADiethylamide! Fun conversation about being an introvert playing aggressive music, pairing his songs with 3D video, releasing music on obsolete formats (a floppy disk!) and much more. This episode was brought to you by our friends at the SUNWOLF label, who are releasing the debut by Katie & the Wolves March. 22, as well as by Winnipeg’s finest venue, the Park Theatre.. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

54. WR365: Broose Tulloch
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Description: Broose Tulloch is a Winnipeg radio legend. In addition to his years of service with UMFM 101.5’s Beer for Breakfast show, he’s the longtime presenter of the annual Brewno Awards – an egalitarian way to recognize Winnipeg’s musical community. The Brewnos take place April 6 at Shannon’s Irish Pub, and feature live performances by past Witchpolice guests Lana Winterhalt, Ronnie Ladobruk, Northern Royals, and House Handshake, as well as Dan Deeds and Jamboree.

55. WR364: Katie and the Wolves
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Description: Blues-driven garage rock outfit Katie and the Wolves are set to release their debut album in a few weeks, and they sat down for a conversation about playing the blues with grit, living room recordings, and much, much more. This episode was brought to you by our friends at the SUNWOLF label, who are releasing the debut by Katie & the Wolves March. 22, as well as by Winnipeg’s finest venue, the Park Theatre. If you’re listening to this episode the day it comes out, be sure to watch a set by Katie and the Wolves live at the Roslyn with our pals the Village Idiots on Wednesday night! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

56. WR363: Flat Land Soul Band
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Description: I may have spoken too soon a few weeks back when I suggested Winnipeg didn’t have enough of a soul scene. Aaron Bartel, leader of the Flat Land Soul Band, heard that episode and is on the show to talk about his group’s upcoming EP (some of which you can hear on this episode), which is a collection of original material – a bold move for a group well-known as a covers act.

57. WR362: Sister Grimace
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Description: Talkin' lyricism in hip-hop at the food court with rapper/producer Sister Grimace! I tend to crap on a lot of new hip-hop coming out these days, so it's rare for me to find an artist – especially locally – whose work grabs me the same way the '90s/early '00s stuff did. When I heard Sister Grimace, however, I was pleasantly surprised. We have a really fun conversation about the importance of lyrics, about finding confidence as an artist, and much more. This epsiode was brought to you by our friends at the SUNWOLF label, who are releasing the debut by Katie & the Wolves March. 22, as well as by Winnipeg’s finest venue, the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

58. WR361: Lost as Found
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Description: I’ve been doing this show for a long time, but there’s always room for something new on Witchpolice Radio. This episode’s guest, Lost as Found, is an acoustic indie-folk project helmed by singer-songwriter Danna Pond and her bandmate, a stuffed cat named “Purt”. We talk about her emotional, revealing songwriting, “spiritual vomit”, her unorthodox approach to recording and live performances, and much more!

59. WR360: Lounge FM
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Description: Welcome to a weird experiment! This isn’t a typical episode of Witchpolice Radio. For this one, we hosted a secret show, featuring a live interview and performance with local Friday night bath music quartet Lounge FM. The whole thing played out in front of an audience of about 10 people in an intimate little room (shoutout Giant Skellies!) and it was a blast. As noted in the intro, the interview portion of this episode is pretty lo-fi, but it gave us some good ideas on how to improve it if we do more secret shows in the future. The music, of course, sounds great.

60. WR359: Last Chance Gang
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Description: Soul is back in Winnipeg! Three members of the city’s newest soul merchants, Last Chance Gang, are on the podcast to talk about their new group, breathing new life into an old sound, and adding a Winnipeg flavour to get-on-yer-feet R&B! They don’t have any official releases yet, nor have they played many shows, but the band – which includes veterans of the local music scene – have made a few excellent live demo recordings, which you can hear on the podcast.

61. WR358: Housepanther and Wrecker
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Description: Individually, Bailee Woods and Jory Strachan perform under the names Housepanther and Wrecker. On their new collaborative EP, however, they form like Voltron and become… HOMEWRECKER. Coming out, fittingly, on Valentine’s Day, the EP release is the kickoff to an eastern Canadian tour. These are two of my favourite guests on the podcast and they make beautiful music together!

62. WR357: Jaime Carrasco
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Description: Jaime Carrasco is a local drummer who has been an important member of the Winnipeg music scene dating back to the ‘90s. I first became aware of Jaime because of his work with the Keith Price Double Quartet – whose album was my favourite local release of 2017. Carrasco’s music, however, expands well beyond the jazz realm, as his current gig with the Leftists demonstrates (haha). We talk about all of it and more!

63. WR356: Project: Constellation
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Description: My friends in North Dakota folk duo Project: Constellation aren't technically a local band, but they have a very strong Winnipeg connection in singer-guitarist Santiago Silva, a veteran of the local music scene. Now operating out of the States, Santiago and bandmate Christina Rosebrough (violin/vocals) were in town for a gig at New Club St. B, and we sat down before their set for a quick chat. We talk about their hectic touring schedule, the differences between music scenes in Winnipeg and Grand Forks, their debut EP, Our Oasis, and much more. Project: Constellation will be back for a few more local shows in the near future, so keep your ears glued to this podcast and their social media for more info! This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre and by Demedash Effects, a local company that makes hand-made guitar effect pedals like the glorious T-120 Videotape Echo. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

64. WR355: Shadez
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Description: It's a sit-down in a bar with the three MCs behind one of the city's iconic rap groups. The legendary Shadez are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 'Comprehension' album, and they talked about the good old days of their '90s heyday, the way the scene has changed, re-visiting these songs two decades later, and a lot more. Note: Since this was recorded in a bar, there's some shitty background noise that means the sound quality isn't amazing. It improves somewhat after the first few minutes (mainly due to moving the recorder), so please bear with it. One of the hazards of the have-mic-will-travel gig. Definitely a crucial interview despite that, though. This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre and by Demedash Effects, a local company that makes hand-made guitar effect pedals like the glorious T-120 Videotape Echo. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

65. WR354: Waster
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Description: If you haven’t heard the name Waster in a while, you’re not alone. The local groove-metal five-piece went on an unofficial hiatus for a number of years without releasing any music or playing many shows, but they’re back with a new, self-titled record, dropping March 15. Two members of the group sat down to talk about the new record, about the hiatus and what they’ve been doing in the meantime, about taking an ill-advised turn toward thrash, and a lot more.

66. WR353: The Rules
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Description: Power trio The Rules are battle-scarred veterans of the local punk scene who still go hard… but in the friendliest possible way. Blending punk energy and aggression with sweet, earworm-ready melodies, their debut EP is eight minutes of pure fun. We hung out at a donut shop to talk about the record, about their take on the current, Albert-less punk scene, on whether they’re even a punk band at all, the hilarious story behind their band name, and much more!

67. WR352: Kelly Fraser
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Description: Kelly Fraser is a Winnipeg singer-songwriter, by way of Sanikiluaq, Nunavut. She's a Juno-nominated artist and a genuine star in her home territory. With her upcoming record, "Decolonize", Kelly is set to bring her unique blend of English and Inuktitut vocals, socially and politically conscious lyrics, and infectious pop- and hip-hop-inspired sound to take over the rest of Canada as well. This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre and by Demedash Effects, a local company that makes hand-made guitar effect pedals like the glorious T-120 Videotape Echo. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a $1 month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

68. WR351: Velodrome
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Description: They don't play a ton of shows, and they keep a relatively low profile on the local music scene, but progressive instrumental trio Velodrome is a force to be reckoned with. We talk about their long history, their dedication to dense, structured musical chaos, their past high-profile projects in the local scene, and much more. If you're listening to this podcast on the day it comes out, Velodrome is playing a rare show TONIGHT, opening up (along with the Leftists) at the Agassiz LP release show!

69. WR350: Panicland
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Description: It's an update on Winnipeg pop outfit Panicland, who were last on the podcast around this time last year. We talk about their new single, 'The Edge', their future recording plans, how they deal with the 'boy band' label, and much, much more!

70. WR349: Sarau Carioca
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Description: Sarau Carioca is a Brazilian-Canadian duo that performs gorgeous acoustic samba and bossa nova songs. This episode, for me, was a crash course in Brazilian music, punctuated by the excellent live performances they recorded for the podcast.

71. WR348: Kieran West
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Description: Alt-country singer-songwriter Kieran West is on the show! We hang out in the food court and talk the Buffalo Band, the new Kieran West Band, working with the likes of Micah Erenberg, the "country" label, punk rock, sincerity in songwriting and much more! This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

72. WR347: Country Steve
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Description: Country Steve is alive and well and living in Garson! This episode was recorded at Steve's rural Manitoba house on New Year's Eve, and it's an interesting catch-up for people who may not have heard his name(s) over the past few years. Steve is a singer-songwriter with a deep love for country music, and although he rarely plays shows and keeps a fairly low profile, he's always writing new songs – a few of which he plays on the podcast! This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

73. REDUX: An update to episode #287
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Description: Here's a final episode for 2018: Back in the summer, I interviewed frequent guest/occasional co-host Nestor Wynrush. He had a very unique project happening at the time, but as Ness is wont to do, he considered what he had said during the interview (after the episode had been released), and decided he wanted to add some more information/clarifications/and a new song. I was supposed to release this updated version shortly afterwards, but that was right around the time the show shifted to two episodes a week, and it just got lost in the shuffle. ...so here's the updated episode #287, with a new intro and Ness' new outro. Thanks to all of the Witchpolice listeners in 2018, as well as those who have been listening since the beginning, in 2012. I love you all. If you want one more fresh episode of the podcast for this year, there's a bonus episode available only to Patreon supporters. You can get that now by signing up at http://www.patreon.com/witchpolice and supporting the show with whatever $ amount you want. If you give $1 a month, that evens out to about 12 cents an episode. Cheap! Of course, becoming a patron is completely voluntarily, and if you wanna listen to the show for free, that's totally fine! See you in 2019 with a fresh episode! (Also note that there will be no break between 2018 and 2019 episodes. Schedule stays the same.)

74. WR346: Bazooka Joe and Rob Crooks
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Description: Bazooka Joe (f/k/a John Smith) and Rob Crooks have worked together in various capacities over their decades of service to the local hip-hop scene, but Schadenfreude is their first collaborative record. The album, which drops Dec. 29 on Eat 'Em Up Records, features beats by Crooks and rhymes by Joe, and Saturday's release show at the Garrick Hotel includes guests like Gruf and Lonnie Ce (both past Witchpolice guests as well).

75. WR345: Boss Logan
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Description: Meat n' potatoes rock n' roll, New York Rangers legend Ron Duguay's chest hair, and much more: it's an interview with two members (including the Boss himself) of local rockers Boss Logan! We talk about their new record, Loves Lived, Lessons Learned, about performing in character, surprising audiences with their sound, and much more. This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

76. WR344: Wittenberg
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Description: A few weeks back, I asked listeners which local bands they'd like to hear on the show. One of the names that came up was Wittenberg, a new-on-the-scene duo I'd never heard of before. This episode is my conversation with both members of Wittenberg. We talk about their debut album, Perennial, about how the songs went from a bedroom solo project to a full-fledged band, incorporating backing tracks into their live shows, and much more.

77. WR343: The Inflatable Band
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Description: The Inflatable Band plays exactly the type of music I like – loose, chaotic, and unexpectedly moving. After hearing their excellent album earlier this year, I got the chance to see the noise-pop madness live and direct when we recorded this interview. Hear three extended live performances (one of which was improvised on the spot) on this episode!

78. WR342: Satanic Rights
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Description: After what seems like years of bantering back and forth on Twitter, Satanic Rights – well, two of 'em, anyway – are on the podcast! We talk about their interesting history, combating the (mis)perception that they're a metal band, the glory days of the Royal Albert, and the ridiculous origins of the name 'Blues Druid'. This episode is brought to you by Transistor 66 Record Company, a label with a deep catalogue of local and international music, including the debut album by this episode's guests, Satanic Rights. This episode is also brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

79. WR341: Mitten Claps
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Description: Indie-pop duo Mitten Claps took a few years off, but are back with a new record, 'Can't Not'. We talk about coming back to the local scene after a long hiatus, the trials and tribulations of playing in two-piece band, and much more.

80. WR340: Rob Knaggs
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Description: Cellist and honourary Manitoban Rob Knaggs – last heard on episode #284 – is shipping back out to Australia in a few weeks, but not before releasing another EP of Arctic-inspired post-rock. The record drops Dec. 8 at a two-set farewell extravaganza, alongside fellow past Witchpolice guests, Stonewall folk duo Two Crows For Comfort.

81. WR339: Bryan Sveinson (UMFM's The Pity Party)
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Description: UMFM's Bryan Sveinson, host of The Pity Party, is on the podcast to talk punk, emo, and the upcoming Nothing Under the Tree project – a collection of local punk bands performing Christmas songs recorded at UMFM's studio. The Xmas album drops Dec. 5th on Bandcamp (and elsewhere), and proceeds from the sale of downloads goes directly to the Winnipeg Humane Society.

82. WR338: Softswitch
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Description: Softswitch is a Winnipeg post-punk band with a new tape – mixed by the legendary Steve Albini – about to be released Nov. 30. We talk about their experience working with Albini, the role of the synthesizer in their sound, defining post-punk, being in their 30s playing in a music scene that skews young, and much more.

83. WR337: El Leon
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Description: Four members of Latin fusion band El Leon are on the show talking about their unique sound, which incorporates genres like reggae, ska and punk rock into a pan-South American vibe. They also perform a couple of live acoustic songs exclusively for the podcast, talk about their upcoming recordings, their experiences in the Winnipeg scene as a band that performs en espanol, and much more!

84. WR336: Connor Biggs
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Description: This episode features soul/folk solo artist Connor Biggs, who is on the verge of releasing his debut EP. Connor describes his music as a cross between Marvin Gaye and Ed Sheeran, and he has a voice like BUTTTAAAAH. You can get an advance listen to two of the tracks from the EP on this podcast. We talk about death metal vs. folk music, his backward way of getting into music, his love of Sublime and much more.

85. WR335: Nice Cops
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Description: It's a hangout in an elementary school music room with three members of emo-punk supergroup Nice Cops, which includes members of local punk outfits like Elder Abuse, Boys' Club and many, many more.

86. WR334: Romi Mayes
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Description: On this episode, we're ridin' with the queen! Singer-songwriter and rock n' fuckin' roller Romi Mayes is an integral part of Winnipeg's independent music scene, and we finally have her on the podcast.

87. WR333: Plain as Ghosts
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Description: It's a sit-down at a restaurant with Niverville-based alt-rockers Plain as Ghosts (well, two of 'em, anyway). We talk about their remix project, emotionally-driven songs, their Spinal Tap-esque difficulty finding a permanent bass player, and a lot more!

88. WR332: Jesse Matas
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Description: Singer-songwriter Jesse Matas is best known as one-third of roots sensations the Crooked Brothers, but he's also one of my oldest pals. Having heard his music in all of its various forms for over two decades, I can safely say his new solo LP "Tamarock" (which comes out this Friday with a Winnipeg release show at the WECC) is the definitive Jesse Matas record.

89. WR331: Greg Arcade
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Description: Country singer Greg Arcade is a very opinionated fella, so it’s always a fun conversation when he’s in the podcast — even if (maybe because?) we fundamentally disagree with each other on a lot of issues. I like that we are still pals after all these years despite that, and as always, Greg has big things going on as far as music.

90. WR330: Two Crows For Comfort
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Description: Stonewall folk duo Two Crows For Comfort have only been performing for a year and a half, but they've made a lot of progress, from a full-length album (officially dropping in December), to a show in New York, to MCMA nominations.

91. WR329: JD and the Sunshine Band
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Description: Community group JD and the Sunshine Band are about to head out on their first-ever tour! The band – which describes itself as 'a creative collaboration between musicians and street-involved people looking to create the chorus for the exotic streets of downtown Winnipeg' – talks about the upcoming shows, its roots, its ambitious new project, and much more!

92. WR328: Keith Price
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Description: Jazz guitarist Keith Price and a murderer’s row of local musicians (including Erin Propp, Ismaila Alfa, Kevin Waters, Jared Beckstead-Craan and Dallas Nedotiafko) are covering Cinematic Orchestra’s 2002 record ‘Every Day’ in its entirety Friday at The Knndy. I had a really quick lunchtime conversation with Keith, which you can hear in podcast form in a day or two. We also chatted about Keith’s role as producer on the upcoming Apollo Suns album! Stay tuned! This episode brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as $1 a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

93. WR327: Drinkbleachh
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Description: 'Post-emo' artist Drinkbleachh blends hip-hop, R&B, and melodic, Autotuned vocals with a self-deprecating punk rock aesthetic. We talk about how he fits in with the new crop of rap artists coming up in Winnipeg, about his cease and desist letter from Sub Pop records, and much more. Hear a brand new Drinkbleachh track on this episode as well as songs from the two mixtapes he dropped earlier this year. This episode brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as $1 a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

94. WR326: Sebastian Owl
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Description: After eight years and six albums, '70s pop-inspired folk-rockers Sebastian Owl are packing it in... but not before one last hurrah. The band is releasing 'The Ties That Bind', its final album at a pair of farewell shows Nov. 2-3 at Times Change(d). We talk about everything from the band's folk roots in Brandon to the upcoming end of an era and beyond. This episode brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as $1 a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

95. WR325: Podcasts vs. Radio panel at MBPodFest 2018
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Description: On Sept. 30, we held the first annual Manitoba Podcast Festival at the Park Theatre. This is the audio from one of the panels (which I moderated), entitled "Podcasts vs. Radio". The panelists included Jared McKetiak (UMFM 101.5), Kent Davies (CKUW 95.9, Manitoba Food History Project), Adeline Bird (Soul Unexpected Podcast, NCI FM), and Stefan Richard (Ever Sick Podcast, NCI FM). Stay tuned for more MBPodFest events throughout the year. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the event and to all of our panelists and moderators.

96. WR324: Lana Winterhalt
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Description: Singer-songwriter Lana Winterhalt just released an EP in the summer, but she's on the verge of releasing a full-length as well. Her excellent 'If and When' drops Oct. 12, with a release show at the Park Theatre Oct. 14. We talk about Lana's indie-pop sound, her 'mom rock' appeal, finding emotion in lyrics, and much more. This episode brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as $1 a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on!

97. WR323: Mobina Galore
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Description: Occasional co-host Ryan is back for this episode, taking over the main hosting duties alongside Tony Beaudoin of Union Stockyards. Together, they interviewed punk rock power duo Mobina Galore a few months back, presented here in podcast form.

98. WR322: House Handshake
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Description: It's a conversation about soul, folk, boisterous lyrics and much more with three core members of musical collective House Handshake.

99. WR321: The Boy + The Sea
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Description: Steinbach indie rockers The Boy + The Sea hang out on a coffee shop patio to talk about the music scene in Steinbach (and its appetite for rock despite its reputation), making inroads into the Winnipeg scene, their new album, Common Ghosts, guilty pleasures, and much more!

100. WR320: Harley James Flett
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Description: Singer-songwriter Harley James Flett may have packed up and moved to Toronto, but he maintains his Winnipeg DIY sensibilities. Best known as a folk-punk artist, he's working on new material for a November release that leans more toward alt-country territory. We talk hockey (a lot), starting fresh in a new city, an entire album of songs Harley scrapped and has never released, and much more. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as $1 a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on! This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who have a whole calendar of great upcoming shows. Check it out on their website for more details! ...and speaking of the Park, be sure to check out the inaugural Manitoba Podcast Festival, happening there Sept. 30!

101. WR319: Ceilings
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Description: It's a trip to a terrifying murder warehouse with 'consumer math rock' trio Ceilings. We talk about their punk rock influences, juggling being in close to a dozen bands between them, working with a European label, and much more! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as $1 a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on! This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who have a whole calendar of great upcoming shows. Check it out on their website for more details! ...and speaking of the Park, be sure to check out the inaugural Manitoba Podcast Festival, happening there Sept. 30!

102. WR318: Silence Kit
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Description: Silence Kit is (are?) back! The local grungy foursome are about to release a powerhouse new record, "Kitty Kitty" (seriously, it's great, I've heard it), on Oct. 5. We sat down to talk about the new music, about what's changed for the band since their previous release, appealing to drunk "bros", and much more! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as $1 a month (less than 12 cents an episode), you can help keep the lights on! This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who have a whole calendar of great upcoming shows. Check it out on their website for more details! ...and speaking of the Park, be sure to check out the inaugural Manitoba Podcast Festival, happening there Sept. 30!

103. WR317: A Rebel Named Riel
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Description: It's a quick lunch-hour chat with singer-songwriter Daniel Emerson, frontman of A Rebel Named Riel. We talk about his artistic roots in the Thompson, MB, hip-hop community, the way his Metis cultural background influences his music, that big-ass Louis Riel hand tattoo, and much more! We also discuss the new material he's working on, but since that's still being created, the songs on this episode are A Rebel Named Riel demos from a few years back.

104. WR316: Podcasts for Artists (live panel)
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Description: On Sept. 7, I moderated a panel discussion for Creative Manitoba about podcasting for artists. The event, presented in conjunction with the Manitoba Podcast Festival (Sept. 30, Park Theatre) featured hosts and/or producers Stefan Richard (Ever Sick!, Digital Drum podcast), Stephanie Cram (CBC Radio's Unreserved), Kammer Kinnarath (Gay Lunch Podcast), and Adeline Bird (Soul Unexpected). We talked about the podcast biz for an hour to a packed house and fielded some great questions from the audience. This may seem a little too 'inside baseball' when you read the description, but one of the goals of this event (and the upcoming festival) was to demystify podcasting and help new people get interested in the field and starting their own shows.

105. WR315: Big Foot Yeti
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Description: This episode was actually scheduled to be released much later, but all the stars aligned (or something) and you're getting it now! ...but rejoice, friends! It's an interview with up-and-coming alt/indie-rock trio Big Foot Yeti (the space is intentional)! We talk about the band's origins (in the demise of indie-pop outfit Futurekids), cryptozoology, finding bassists on the Internet, their upcoming debut EP (Oct. 20) and much, much more!

106. WR314: Kakagi
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Description: Folk-rockers Kakagi (well, half of them, anyway) sit down for a conversation about fitting in with the local scene, touring anxiety, their fantastic new EP, and much more!

107. WR313: Joe Curtis
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Description: It seems strange that singer-songwriter Joe Curtis hasn't formally been on the podcast until now. I interviewed him for an episode of 'Mom's House', plus he performed an acoustic set at a recent show in my backyard, but this marks his first sit-down Witchpolice interview. We talk about his long career as a sideman, his inspirations as a solo artist, some of the new music he's working on, and much more. Joe is a fantastic local talent and a guy with a lot to say, so make sure you check this one out.

108. WR312: Aphelion
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Description: Creative exploration, space cats and more, with instrumental tech-metal trio Aphelion! We talk about their new (but also kind of old) EP, the challenges of playing such complex music with such a small lineup, and their upcoming gig at Chadstock, which happens TODAY (assuming you're listening to the episode the day of its release).

109. WR311: Ex Omerta
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Description: A patio hangout with two members of alt-rock power trio Ex Omerta! We talk about blending in (or not) with the rock mainstream, releasing singles vs. albums, and of course, those trademark suspenders! Watch for their new single "Sink In", which drops this coming Friday!

110. WR310: Vic Ruggiero live!
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Description: This isn't a normal episode of the podcast. There's no interview, no format... it's almost two unedited hours of live music recorded in my backyard. New York singer-songwriter (and frontman of the legendary Slackers) Vic Ruggiero earlier this month, and he stopped by the house for an intimate solo set on my deck. This 'episode' is a relatively lo-fi recording of the full show.

111. WR309: Ticketmomster
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Description: This episode's guest is a bit of mystery. The writer known as Ticketmomster has been penning anonymous, fly-on-the-wall style pieces about a wide range of Winnipeg concerts for some time now, and she's thus far managed to hold on to her secret identity. We don't drop any big hints during this interview, but we do discuss Ticketmomster's choice of remaining anonymous, her unique -- and untrained -- writing style, her favourite local artists, and much more!

112. WR308: JayWood
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Description: Last time Jeremy Haywood-Smith was on the podcast, he was covering songs by other local artists at a live event we were hosting. Now we're sitting down (in the food court) to talk about his own music and the part-band/part-solo project/all-encompassing moniker JayWood. Having returned from Sled Island and unexpectedly finding himself bandless, Jeremy has refocused his efforts on the experimental, dreamy indie-pop of his solo work, with a full-length LP on the way in the not-so-distant future.

113. WR307: Crabskull
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Description: Local superproducer Crabskull is someone I've wanted to talk to on the podcast for a long time. Between his work with Winnipeg hip-hop luminaries like 3Peat and Charlie Fettah, his cassette label (Fab Itch Tapes), and his psychedelic, sci-fi solo productions, he's behind some of the most original music the city has heard in years.

114. WR306: Northern Royals
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Description: Post-grunge...from Arborg? Alt-rock five-piece Northern Royals hang out for a backyard chat about (some of the members') rural roots, their newly refined lineup, the direction their music has taken since their previous incarnation (The Autopilots), and much more!

115. WR305: Chenoa McKelvey and Jacob Letkeman at Mom's House
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Description: As many of you are likely aware, I've been guest-hosting a (video) show about local musicians from time to time. It's called 'Mom's House', and it's the brainchild of a group of up-and-coming Manitoba filmmakers called Young Media. We decided to use the interview portions of the episodes I host and release them in audio form as bonus podcasts! This first Witchpolice at Mom's House episode features a great conversation with local gypsy/Hot Club jazz duo Chenoa McKelvey and Jacob Letkeman.

116. WR304: Sophie Stevens
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Description: I had the chance to interview relentlessly positive singer-songwriter Sophie Stevens earlier this year. It was during an episode of Mom's House I hosted, where she was backing up Micah Erenberg on guitar and vocals. Unfortunately, at the time I didn't know anything about her own music, so I felt it was important we reconnect and do an exclusive Sophie episode (Sophiesclusive?) of the podcast. We hung out at a Robin's Donuts (of course) and talked about her work with Micah, developing her own sound and stepping into the scene as a solo artist, her weekly YouTube performances (an uplifting experience unto itself) and much, much more.

117. WR303: Giant Skellies
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Description: ... in which Giant Skellies lure me into their underground lair to talk about their experimental indie sound, the band's origins as a recording project between two brothers-in-law, and much more! Come for the secret subterranean jamspace, stay for an interesting backstory that includes an American ex-pat, a jazz player, and nailing down the perfect lineup via online help-wanted ads.

118. WR302: Scoped Exposure
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Description: You may have seen a few of them recently -- stylized online videos of punk and hardcore bands throughout western Canada. They're the work of underground videographers Scoped Exposure. We sat down with Scoped Exposure's Spencer Pries (a Winnipeg ex-pat) to talk about the process of documenting heavy music, playing in Winnipeg hardcore bands, and much more!

119. WR301: The Love Tongues
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Description: It's time to talk about filling holes with rock n' roll, as Winnipeg's finest purveyors of sleaze-rock, The Love Tongues, sit down for a conversation about finding band members on Kijiji, their upcoming EP (hear three songs here!) and much more.

120. WR300: Del Barber
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Description: It's our milestone 300th episode, and who better to have as a guest than alt-country/folk singer-songwriter Del Barber? Del has easily been the most-requested guest over the past few years, by local musicians and listeners alike, and he didn't disappoint.

121. WR299: Lounge FM
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Description: Lounge FM's Love Will Let You Down is one of the coolest local records of the year -- a slow-burning, psychedelic blend of R&B, jazz, soul and more. We sat down with three members of the group to talk about their rural roots, finding a place in Winnipeg's scene for their "Friday night bath music", and much more.

122. WR298: Sounds Escaping
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Description: It's a conversation about Winnipeg's music scene, classic Canadian punk rock, reissuing old albums... and hot sauce. Patrick Michalishyn of record label Sounds Escaping (and 1882 Fruit-Based Hot Sauce) hangs out to discuss all of these things and more!

123. WR297: The Sturgeons
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Description: Folk/roots brother act The Sturgeons are no strangers to Witchpolice Radio -- they appeared a few years back as members of Rory Verbrugge and the Ruckus -- but this time they're on the show to talk about their own project and their excellent new album, Black and White.

124. WR296: Ryan Stanley Shodine
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Description: Singer-songwriter Ryan Stanley Shodine sits down for a chat about his upcoming debut record (you can hear some songs on the podcast too!), his punk and indie rock leanings, and much more.

125. WR295: Thatcher Robinson
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Description: "Punk-rap" artist Thatcher Robinson hangs out in an unusually loud food court, talks about his new music, and attempts to explain the appeal of Soundcloud rap and emo rap to my old, out-of-touch brain. It's an interesting discussion, because I have absolutely no frame of reference for those subgenres.

126. WR294: Northern Touch Music Festival
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Description: Rapper/singer/producer and now festival impresario Shea (fka Abstract Artform) is on the show to talk about the 2018 edition of the Northern Touch Music Festival, a hip-hop-focused festival and conference showcasing over 70 artists from Winnipeg and beyond from June 29-July 1!

127. WR293: Vampires
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Description: They're back! Noisy local duo Vampires are set to make their triumphant return to the stage on June 23. They're releasing of their new full-length, 'Nature Laughs', after a long time out of the spotlight.

128. WR292: Project: Constellation
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Description: We've gone international for this episode... kind of. The guests, Santiago and Christina of folk duo Project: Constellation, are based in North Dakota but have strong Winnipeg connections. They're joined by Chanelle, one of their collaborators when they perform and record on this side of the border. They talk about touring, finding their sound, Santiago's former gig as a Winnipeg-based Buddy Holly impersonator (for real!), plus they perform three songs live!

129. WR291: Ragdolls
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Description: Third-wave ska is back, and it's found an unexpected home in Winnipeg's large, vibrant Filipino community! Ragdolls are inspired by the genre's '90s heyday and lay claim to being the city's first and only all-Filipino ska group. We talk about their musical and cultural roots, the ongoing appeal of ska music, and navigating Winnipeg's wider music community as relative newcomers.

130. WR290: Joe Curtis at Mom's House
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Description: As many of you are likely aware, I've been guest-hosting a (video) show about local musicians from time to time. It's called 'Mom's House', and it's the brainchild of a group of up-and-coming Manitoba filmmakers called Young Media. We decided to use the interview portions of the episodes I host and release them in audio form as bonus podcasts! This first Witchpolice at Mom's House episode features a great conversation with local singer-songwriter Joe Curtis. The audio you're about to hear is just my interview with Joe. To see the full Mom's House episode, which includes live performances, head down to Young Media's website or their YouTube channel to check it out. It should be available on Sunday.

131. WR289: Slow//Steady
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Description: Regular co-host Ryan Sanders hops in the driver's seat for this episode, bringing frequent guest Tony Beaudoin (of Union Stockyards) along for the ride. Together, they interview one-half of local punk rock supergroup Slow//Steady! This episode was recorded a few months back, so since then, Slow//Steady has emerged from its cocoon and is back on the scene, having played a big show at the Good Will this past weekend.

132. WR288: Confuschia
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Description: Originally recorded back in March, we held on to this episode to coincide with the release of Confuschia's debut EP, taking place June 2 at the Cavern. Confuschia blends the angst of '90s grunge with the upbeat vibes of funk and psychedelia. We talked about the origins of their sound, the recording process and much more!

133. WR287: Nestor Wynrush
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Description: On this week's episode, we catch up with longtime friend of the show Nestor Wynrush at the food court to talk about his upcoming live mixtape creation and performance, taking place June 1 at the Tallest Poppy. Since the project deals with themes of 'home', we dig into that subject, while talking about Winnipeg, being genuine in one's artistic expression, and much more.

134. WR286: The Moonlit Road
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Description: It's Christmas in the springtime with country trio The Moonlit Road. The band talks about melding its country influences with alt-rock sounds, about the way anxiety and depression have affected their songwriting, and they perform two songs live!

135. WR285: Rob Crooks
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Description: Musician, songwriter, performance artist and original Witchpolice co-host (2012-14) Rob Crooks is back on the show to talk about his fantastic new release, The Nothing From Which Nothing Comes, which drops on Disintegration Records May 26. Rob is also the star of the upcoming Mike Maryniuk film, The Goose, which has taken him to European film festivals and beyond.

136. WR284: Rob Knaggs
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Description: Cellist and composer Rob Knaggs may hail from Brisbane, Australia, but his real home is on the icy shores of northern Manitoba. Rob is a frequent visitor to Churchill, where his lifelong dream of performing his cinematic post-rock compositions for Arctic wildlife like belugas and polar bears can be fulfilled.

137. WR283: Housepanther
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Description: When her Spacebutt bandmates went their separate ways earlier this year, Bailee Woods didn't miss a beat, and shifted her focus to a solo power-pop project. As Housepanther (the person/the band/the legend), she released last month's excellent 'Club Soda Lows', an album that marries anxiety and dread with massive pop hooks. We met up in a mall food court for a ridiculous conversation about all of that and more.

138. WR282: 3Peat
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Description: For the first time since our milestone 200th episode, we're back in the West End for a chaotic discussion with Winnipeg's best rap outfit, 3Peat! The group -- frequent guest E.GG, plus Steve, Dill the Giant, and manager Anthony Carvalho -- talks about its upcoming European tour, the way the 3Peat sound has progressed since their debut EP, and their acceptance within music scenes of all stripes. Hear a new 3Peat song on the podcast, too!

139. WR281: Hay Fever
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Description: Roots/folk/bluegrass ensemble Hay Fever may have come to their genre of choice via a different route than most bands. While their excellent debut album is steeped in roots tradition, vocalist Zoreh Gervais and multi-instrumentalist Greg Hay sat down to talk about the five-piece's deep classical background (Greg, for example, is a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), and the way that has impacted their sound.

140. WR280: Toba Rock Fest
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Description: We talk to first-time festival impresarios CJ Loane (The Bloodshots) and Ryan Sorensen (Disraeli Dreamers) about their ambitious new event launching this August: Toba Rock Fest! The new festival features the cream of Winnipeg's current rock talent, as well the reunion of 2000s local-rock-icons-gone-international Jet Set Satellite, playing their first show in a decade!

141. WR279: Skylar Bouchard
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Description: Folk singer-songwriter Skylar Bouchard is back on the show (in the semi-civilized setting of Robin's Donuts this time) to talk about the unexpected success of his single "Montreal", his upcoming tour of western Canada and much more!

142. WR278: Ridley Bent
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Description: Country storyteller Ridley Bent is back with his first new record in four years, and he sits down to talk about the new album, his band the Killer Tumbleweeds, his impressions on Winnipeg's music scene as an outsider (albeit one who has been living here for about a decade already), and much more!

143. WR277: Sorrier
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Description: Way back over the Xmas holidays, Winnipeg expat Zac Houston, a/k/a Sorrier, was back in town (briefly) to do the family thing and sneak in a recording session with superproducer Jordan Voth for his second album. We had a chance to meet up and talk about the new songs, playing acoustically vs. loud punk rock, his previous role fronting emo outfit Boys' Club, and much more!

144. WR276: Broose Tulloch
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Description: Broose Tulloch is the man behind the annual "Brewno" awards -- an egalitarian way to recognize Winnipeg's musical talent that another, similarly-named national award tends to pass over. This year's Brewnos will be held March 31 at Shannon's Irish Pub, and include six fantastic local artists live on stage!

145. WR275: Raine Hamilton
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Description: It's a quick conversation in a mall food court this week with singer-songwriter Raine Hamilton, right on time for this weekend's release of "Night Sky", her fantastic new record of lush, ethereal chamber-folk ballads with cosmic overtones.

146. WR274: Girls With Guitars
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Description: March 31 marks the premiere of the film Girls With Guitars, a documentary that focuses on the women who make up a vital part of Winnipeg's music scene, specifically its punk community. On this episode, we hang out at a Robin's Donuts with first-time filmmakers (and musicians in their own right) Kalyn Hanuschuk, Cindy Fouillard and Jennifer Norris Wuckert!

147. WR273: Ronnie Ladobruk
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Description: Manitoba's very own guitar virtuoso, Ronnie Ladobruk, joins us for an interview over coffee and doughnuts on the latest episode of the podcast. Ronnie talks about his dedication to his craft, his surreal experience competing on reality TV, and the new band he's fronting, Ronnie Ladobruk and the Electric. Ronnie has a number of shows coming up, both as a member of Southern rock outfit Wreckin' So and as leader of the Electric, including a headlining St. Patrick's Day gig as part of the spring concert series at The Dramatic Arts Centre. This episode is brought to you by Manitoba Metalfest at the Park Theatre and by our newest partner, Low Cloud -- a local, legal online distributor of CBD products. Use our code "CBDWITCH" on their lowcloud.ca website for 15% off your first order!

148. WR272: Gerrit Delaquis
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Description: Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Gerrit Delaquis may seem like a new face in the local music scene, but he's spent the past four years quietly perfecting his debut album, 'Calm Cloud', which will be released March 10 at Le Garage. Gerrit talks about his obsession with stringed instruments, the development of the record, the punk aesthetic (or not) of his DIY music, and much more! This episode is brought to you by 2018's Manitoba Metalfest, March 16 and 17 at the Park Theatre, feat. artists like Cancer Bats, Demolition Hammer, and a one-time only reunion of Damascus!

149. WR271: Young Media
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Description: Although I'm usually heard in audio-only form on this podcast, I've had a couple of opportunities to appear on-camera as part of the Mom's House YouTube show, which combines interviews with local musicians with exclusive live performances. For this episode of Witchpolice Radio, I returned the favour and interviewed the filmmakers and music fans behind Mom's House: Young Media. Throughout this episode, you'll hear live performances from past (and future) Mom's House guests, including Northern Lights Drive, Chenoa McKelvey, Velveteen and Micah Erenberg with Sophie Stevens. This episode is brought to you by Cabin Fever Burlesque, a presentation of the Winnipeg International Burlesque Festival, at the Park Theatre, Feb. 23.

150. WR270: Chuck Copenace
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Description: A conversation with jazz trumpeter Chuck Copenace in a busy mall food court (so forgive some of the background sounds). Chuck has been making a name for himself in the local community for his groove-heavy instrumental sounds as well as his outreach to indigenous youth in Manitoba. He's also headed to a jazz festival in Guatemala to bring his music to an entirely new audience, but before he goes, he's playing a set this Friday at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery. This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who are presenting An Evening of Jazz Song featuring Amber Epp and Heitha Forsyth on Sunday, March 4; and by Record Sundaze, Feb. 18 at PEG Beer Co., featuring Dub Ditch Records, Eye and Ear Control, Eat 'Em Up Records, and Electric Heat Records.

151. WR269: 15th Anniversary Tribute to Joe Strummer and The Clash
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Description: Public service announcement (with guitar): today is International Clash Day, so I can't think of a better time to release this week's episode, which focuses on Saturday's 15th Anniversary Tribute to Joe Strummer and The Clash! We hung out at a doughnut shop with event organizers Ian Lodewyks and Ben Rodecker, both of whom have long been involved with the Strummer tribute events -- Ian as a member of Sub City and Ben as a member of The Crackdown. They're both performing at the tribute this year as well. Ian's part of an all-Clash tribute act called Guns of Wolseley, and Ben's back with a newly-reunited Crackdown, almost a decade after their initial breakup. The show also features Selkirk's finest, The Farrell Bros., as well as The Murder Birds. This episode is brought to you by a special Valentine's Day screening of Birdemic: Shock and Terror, presented by our friends at the Park Theatre alongside CINEFILE and hosted by comedian Tyler Penner.

152. WR268: Stacey James
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Description: We dive into the R&B/funk/soul/blues/rock/pop amalgam that is local singer-songwriter Stacey James! Stacey talks about her roots in Winnipeg's hip-hop scene, her involvement with the annual Women Helping Women fundraiser, her upcoming album, and much more! This week's episode brought to you by Romes at the Park Theatre with the Wild Homes and Robojom, Feb. 11. If you like this podcast, please support it at patreon.com/witchpolice. Thanks to all of our patrons so far, including our most recent supporter, Gerrit Delaquis!

153. WR267: Quoth the Sun
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Description: This week's a heavy episode, as we sit down with all five members of groove-metal act Quoth the Sun. We dig into their take on the local metal scene, plus their origins (including the name), their upcoming album, and the slow-burn in between. This week's episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who are hosting the second and final fundraiser for Manitoba Metalfest 2018 on Friday, Jan. 26. The show features acts like Serrated Scalpel, Flash Out, Exuvium, Inhumed and Scythra, and all proceeds go toward keeping the festival alive. Please note: we lost about 10-15 minutes of this interview during the recording process due to a problem with the recorder, so if anything is confusing, it's probably a reference to something said during the part that didn't get captured. (Sorry!)

154. WR266: Panicland
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Description: They may be one of the youngest acts we've ever had on the podcast, but they're already one of the most popular. Up-and-coming pop foursome Panicland have leveraged an innate understanding of 21st century music consumption, a busy social media regimen, and sweet, sweet hooks into huge success so far... and they're only getting started. The fellas talk about their punk rock roots (and you can hear some early tracks on this episode, along with recent hits), their take on DIY, the new album they have in the works, and much, much more! Brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who are hosting Desi Sub Culture on Jan. 20, presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Tickets for this global dance show are $25 at Ticketmaster and at the Winnipeg Folk Festival office. This episode also brought to you by the first Record Sundaze of 2018, taking place Jan. 21 at PEG Beer Co. and featuring Eye and Ear Control, Dub Ditch Picnic, Eat 'Em Up Records and Electric Heat Records! Spend that holiday money on NEW SOUNDZ!

155. WR265: Possessed Records
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Description: We delve into the world of DIY tape labels with Sean Kaye of hardcore imprint Possessed Records and its softer off-shoot Little Cowboy Records. Sean talks about being in 15,000 bands at once while running a label on his own, venturing into vinyl, and much more! Plus, hear songs by Possessed bands Nice Cops, Occvlt Hand, Locked In... plus an unreleased track by Ceilings! This episode brought to you by the first Record Sundaze of 2018, taking place Jan. 21 at PEG Beer Co. and featuring Eye and Ear Control, Dub Ditch Picnic, Eat 'Em Up Records and Electric Heat Records! Spend that holiday money on NEW SOUNDZ!

156. WR264: Gold Mountain
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Description: After a long hiatus, folk-rockers Gold Mountain (a/k/a your mom's favourite band) are back with a new-and-improved lineup. This sprawling interview with Kris (vocals/guitar), Tabitha (keyboard) and Lindsey (guitar)covers the changes in their look and sound since their last (2014) appearance on the show, as well as much, much more. Since the new Gold Mountain has yet to record, the songs on this episode are from their previous EP and frontman Kris Rendina's solo work. This episode brought to you by the Park Theatre's Stranger Things '80s Party, taking place Jan. 19 . Doors at 10 p.m., tickets starting at $5 in advance!

157. WR263: Gentleman Ghost
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Description: Our final episode to be released in 2017 features folk singer Troy S. Rayner, a/k/a/ *Gentleman Ghost * (although he hadn't yet officially moved to the stage name when this was recorded. Troy performed a number of exclusive live songs, talked about his ambitious future tour plans, and a lot more. This episode also features longtime friend of the show Shena filling in as co-host! Brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who are hosting Desi Sub Culture on Jan. 20, presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Tickets for this global dance show are $25 at Ticketmaster and at the Winnipeg Folk Festival office. Thanks to everyone who listened in 2017! Big things coming in 2018!

158. WR262: Dizzy Mystics
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Description: We get psychedelic this week with an interview featuring three members of local psych/prog/metal/folk/jazz/funk/soul outfit Dizzy Mystics. They've been hard at work on an upcoming release, and we're excited to premiere THREE previously unheard tracks from the album! (Note: one of the songs ended up on there twice, so stay tuned for an alternate version). This episode is brought to you by The Park Theatre 's Dec. 30 presentation of Brooke Palsson with Keith Macpherson, in partnership with Cancer Crossing, a volunteer-run, non-profit that works to provide financial relief to Manitoban cancer patients.

159. WR261: FreakingSnap
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Description: This week's episode finds us in a basement laboratory with electronic experimentalist FreakingSnap, a/k/a Chris Friesen. Chris talks about his spontaneous writing and recording process, his truly prolific output (a catalogue which has ballooned even further since this interview was recorded over a month ago), and some musings on the local music scene past and present. This episode brought to you by two upcoming film screenings at the Park Theatre. On Jan. 4, they're hosting a special screening of 'best worst' cult classic The Room , and Jan. 10-11 features a sing-along edition of 1986 David Bowie/Jim Henson masterpiece Labyrinth. It's also brought to you by the Solstice Edition of Record Sundaze, which is happening Dec. 17 at PEG Beer Co. Dub Ditch Picnic, Eat 'Em Up Records, Eye and Ear Control, and Electric Heat Records will all be there with records, tapes and CDs from 12-5 p.m.

160. WR260: Exquisite Ghost
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Description: A deep conversation in a parked car with young Indigenous electronic artist and sonic experimenter Exquisite Ghost. We get into the roots of his "cyborg soul", his enduring love for jazz fusion, his killer new single, "The Heart" (RPM Records), and much more! This episode brought to you by local punks Dangercat's last-ever show, presented by our friends at the Park Theatre on Dec. 8. Tickets for the show, which also features the Ripperz, are $10 at the Park, Into the Music, or online at Ticketfly. It's also brought to you by the Solstice Edition of Record Sundaze, which is happening Dec. 17 at PEG Beer Co. Dub Ditch Picnic, Eat 'Em Up Records, Eye and Ear Control, and Electric Heat Records will all be there with records, tapes and CDs from 12-5 p.m.

161. WR259: E.GG and Rayny
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Description: 3Peat rapper E.GG is back again, seemingly out of nowhere, with the release of his masterful new record, Est. 1873. We talk with E.GG and producer Rayny about the making of the record, its heavy Winnipeg focus, and the album's 'winter' vibe when contrasted with E.GG's Alverstone. Est. 1873 is seeing an official release Dec. 8 at X-Cues Cafe and Lounge. This episode is brought to you by an upcoming event presented by FanQuest. Come out to Dinos and Drinks with Nyco Rudolph, Dec. 4 at PEG Beer Co.! Join Winnipeg artist and dinosaur enthusiast Nyco Rudolph for an evening of painting Thunder Lizards in a holiday- or fandom-themed setting. Tickets are $35 each, available at http://www.fanquestcon.com. Also stay tuned for an episode of Young Media's "Mom's House" this weekend, guest-hosted by Witchpolice's own Sam Thompson!

162. WR258: Trulli Early Music Ensemble
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Description: We go back in time and _waaay _outside the usual Witchpolice wheelhouse this week with the Trulli Early Music Ensemble , a local trio that focuses on classical/baroque/renaissance music for recorder, violin and harpsichord. We talk about their interest in this type of music, the trials and tribulations of being an early music group in a town full of more... contemporary artists, and much more! Plus they perform four pieces exclusively for the podcast: J.J. Quantz - Trio Sonata in G Minor, Vivace; _C.W. Gluck - _Trio Sonata in C, Largo; _Antonio Vivaldi - _La Follia, assorted movements; _G.P. Telemann - _Trio Sonata in D Minor, Allegro *This episode is brought to you by an upcoming event presented by FanQuest. Come out to Dinos and Drinks with Nyco Rudolph, Dec. 4 at PEG Beer Co.! Join Winnipeg artist and dinosaur enthusiast Nyco Rudolph for an evening of painting Thunder Lizards in a holiday- or fandom-themed setting. Tickets are $35 each, available at http://www.fanquestcon.com. *

163. WR257: Twitchitt
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Description: A doughnut shop is probably the last place you'd expect to find dark synthpop artist Twitchitt, but that's where we met up for an on-the-fly interview on the latest episode of the podcast. Twitchitt just released her second full-length, #AlchemicalWarfare, so we talk about the new record and much, much more! This episode brought to you by the return of Record Sundaze, featuring Dub Ditch Picnic, Eat Em Up Records, Electric Heat Records, and Eye and Ear Control. Nov. 19 at PEG Beer Co.

164. WR256: Krazy Madness
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Description: It's Krazy Madness! The local hair metal enthusiasts talk about the band's roots as a family project, their undying love for the genre, their 10 years in the trenches and much more! This episode brought to you by the return of Record Sundaze, featuring Dub Ditch Picnic, Eat Em Up Records, Electric Heat Records, and Eye and Ear Control. Nov. 19 at PEG Beer Co.

165. WR255: Live at Torque Brewing with Laura Artus, Nic Dyson and JayWood
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Description: On Oct. 1, Witchpolice Radio took to the stage at *Torque Brewing * for our first live podcast in almost a year. This episode was called Mutual Appreciation Society , and the premise was that we had three local musicians on the show to talk about songwriting and (more importantly) cover each other's songs! Because the sound equipment for this event was kind of MacGyvered together (huge thanks to UMFM for the mics!), the audio quality is, to be honest, not great, but that kind of goes with the territory on a live podcast. The songs -- by Laura Artus , Nic Dyson and *JayWood * -- sound awesome, though. Thanks to our awesome guests for stepping out of their comfort zones and covering songs by artists they'd never heard before. Thanks to everyone who came out, and a huge thanks to Adam at Torque for letting us use such a fantastic venue for the show! ...and if you like Torque, be sure to check out their Brew Ha Ha comedy event at the brewery on Nov. 7, plus the release of their Rabbit Punch black IPA on Nov. 14! If you like this podcast, please support it. At our Patreon page, you can help us keep pumping out quality podcasts about the Winnipeg music scene for as little as $1 a month. Huge thanks to all of our patrons!

166. WR254: Minus 40
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Description: Reports of ska's death have been greatly exaggerated. New-on-the-scene Winnipeg act Minus 40 are proudly waving the third-wave flag in 2017! We talked to them about the upcoming Fear the Skanking Dead show (Oct. 27 at the Windsor), how they got into the genre in the first place, and much more. Since Minus 40 doesn't have any official recordings yet, you'll hear a bunch of live stuff (from one of their previous gigs) throughout this recording. If you like this podcast, please support it. At patreon.com/witchpolice, you can help us keep pumping out quality podcasts about the Winnipeg music scene for as little as $1 a month. Huge thanks to all of our patrons, including the latest contributor, Mike K. Pascucci!

167. WR253: Jordan Voth
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Description: We're hanging out on the rooftop of a parking garage with producer Jordan Voth, best-known for his work on albums and singles by some of the leading lights in Winnipeg's punk scene. He's also a member of (recently-resurrected) melodic punk outfit Bleed American. This episode features songs Jordan has produced, including tracks by Bleed American, The Honour, Nice Cops and Occvlt Hand! ...and don't forget, there are still a few days left to support UMFM's Pledge-O-Rama fund drive! Call 204-474-6610 or visit umfm.com before Oct. 20 to help support Winnipeg's best resource for local musicians.

168. WR252: Odd Outfit
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Description: This week's guests are experimental psychedelic jazz-fusion instrumental (that's already a mouthful, plus they throw 'shoegaze' in there somewhere) group Odd Outfit. We talk about their excellent debut release, Up/Down (Aug. 2017), their experiences as a jazz-rooted band with little connection to the local jazz scene, and much more! This episode is brought to you by the first-annual Winnipeg Weekender; two nights of live music, DJs and comedy presented by (among others) our friend, UMFM DJ Aaron "The Invisible Man" Young. The show happens Oct. 21 and 22 at the Pyramid Cabaret and the Yellow Dog Tavern.

169. WR251: Odder than the Otters
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Description: We're in a pool room* this week with folk-rock foursome Odder Than the Otters, who have a debut EP, 'The Port of Lopez' slated for release in early 2018. We talk about the band's roots, the concept that loosely connects the songs on the upcoming EP, and more! This episode brought to you by the new line of beer soap by local punks The Uglies and Little Tree Hugger Soap! *A garage with a pool table in it.

170. WR250: Skylar Bouchard
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Description: We avoided being murdered when we met up with singer-songwriter Skylar Bouchard in a terrifying, pitch-black park to record this episode. Skylar is on the verge of releasing his debut EP (Thursday, Sept. 28), so he talks about the recording process, his work as a member of Two Socks, and much more. Hear a few advance cuts from the EP throughout the episode!

171. WR249: Solhounds
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Description: "Heavy metal grunge" rockers Solhounds (well, half of them, anyway) are back on the podcast for the first time since 2015. In that time, they've made some significant changes to their sound and their lineup, and they talk about how everything is falling into place for the new, improved version of the band. Solhounds performs live for the first time since taking a summer hiatus on Sept. 22 at the Good Will in Winnipeg.

172. WR248: Fawnchopper
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Description: We're in the back of a van this week with progressive metal outfit Fawnchopper. The three-piece, which has a new album in the works, talks about its origins as a solo "being a spaz in an apartment" project, its current solidified lineup, and much more. You can catch Fawnchopper live Sept. 15 at the Merch in Selkirk and Sept. 17 at the Good Will here in Winnipeg.

173. WR247: Mira Black
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Description: This week's episode features Winnipeg expat Mira Black , back in town to present her epic 'Fearless' show Sept. 10 at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. Mira talks about the story behind the ambitious project, her history in the local music scene (as frontwoman for '90s roots outfit Acoustically Inclined ), her collaborations with some of Winnipeg's finest jazz artists and much, much more!

174. WR246: field////
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Description: On this episode, experimental/improvisational art collective field//// invited us to the Graffiti Gallery to witness their creation first-hand. While rotating through a pile of instruments -- from horns to found objects to feedback -- field//// works on a timed grid system rather than any traditional songwriting structure.

175. WR245: p o u t
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Description: This week, we hang out with Brandon, Brandan and Ariana of experimental 'soft trap' outfit p o u t! The trio recently released the excellent 'Nylon Tears', and we talk about the album, the group's origins, their distinctive DIY visual style and more!

176. WR244: Agapito
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Description: They're back! Our friends in Winnipeg supergroup Agapito have been busy since their last appearance on the show (Dec. 2016). Most notably, they hit the studio and released a three-song, self-titled demo. We talk about all kinds of nonsense, but on-topic, we get into the recording and songwriting processes, the future of the band, and the difficulties that arise with a band made up (mostly) of people who play in other bands. Hunk rock!

177. WR243: Screaming at Traffic
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Description: Arising like a phoenix (or whatever stupid analogy you want to use) from the ashes of Greek Riots comes Screaming at Traffic, a punk band with a unique take on the style. We sat down (outside, in Wolseley) with Paul (bass) and Duncan (one of S.A.T.'s two frontmen/guitarists) to talk about their new EP, their place in the Winnipeg music scene, and a whole bunch of crazy tangents. Click, click.

178. WR242: Spacebutt
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Description: We talk cats, music videos, impossible-to-define genres and more with local "grunge funk" (perhaps not a real genre, just sayin') weirdos Spacebutt. They're about to release their debut album -- the amazingly-titled All The Deer Speak Portuguese -- on Last Ditch Records Aug. 26 at the Cavern!

179. WR241: Ogimaa
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Description: The podcast hasn't been this heavy in quite a while. This week's guests are new-on-the-scene doom trio Ogimaa, who have been generating buzz thanks to their excellent debut EP Desolation. The surprisingly (based on their music) soft-spoken band members talk about the origins of the band (and their unique name), the EP, how receptive Winnipeg is to such a punishing style, and more!

180. WR240: The Bloodshots
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Description: This week, we're joined by all four members of Selkirk, MB's The Bloodshots! They blend elements of punk and blues into a blast of straight-ahead rock n' roll. Coming off a recent nomination at 2017's Indigenous Music Awards, the Bloodshots have been making a name for themselves as an opening act for high-profile rock acts. Check 'em out July 20 (that's tomorrow) on a bill with Buckcherry at Club Regent Casino!

181. WR239: Disraeli Dreamers
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Description: Local indie rock gang Disraeli Dreamers are on the show this week. The five-piece band (which rose from the ashes of the on-hiatus Tin Can Bandits) performs live, talks about its members' varied musical backgrounds, their debut EP, The Lucid, and more!

182. WR238: Keith Price Double Quartet
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Description: This week's guests are jazz guitarist Keith Price and pianist Jeff Presslaff, both members of the Keith Price Double Quartet, whose new self-titled album is one of the best local releases of the year so far. Tackling jazz on this show is always interesting, and Keith and Jeff cover a lot of the bases when it comes to improvising with a group of this size, the recording process and more!

183. WR237: FF1
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Description: This week, our guests are Omar Kinnarath and Ryan Nash of Fascist-Free Treaty 1 (or FF1). They're veterans of the local punk/hardcore scene (Ryan is a regular guest on the show with his band Union Stockyards) who are leading the fight against racism on the streets of Winnipeg. We talk about how coming up in the local punk scene helped solidify their political views and values, and how the inclusive attitude of Winnipeg's DIY punk rock continues to inform what they do.

184. Re-release: Dead Ranch (2014)
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Description: On June 8, the Winnipeg music scene lost a friend. Chad Alsop, guitarist/vocalist of sludge/metal/hardcore/whatever-core act Dead Ranch passed a few days after sustaining serious injuries. He appeared on the podcast with Dead Ranch twice (most recently back in April) and was a key member of our first-ever Big Mix-Up band at the Park Theatre in 2016. When Chad first appeared on the podcast in spring 2014, Witchpolice was still starting to get off the ground, so a lot of newer listeners likely haven't heard it.

185. WR236: Mmars
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Description: This week, we sat down -- in a room festooned with hilarious black light posters -- with Mac and Mark of 90s-influenced noisemaking duo Mmars. They're releasing their debut Fuzzstronaut album July 22 at the Good Will, so we talk about the new tape (which is fantastic, by the way) and a lot more!

186. WR235: Badpants
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Description: Coming off last month's successful release of their second EP, Genre Fluid, Winnipeg punks Badpants are making a name for themselves in the local scene. We talk about their diverse influences (hence the title of the record), the eternal appeal of '90s punk, navigating the world of promoting their music online... and much more!

187. WR234: Greg Arcade / Rattlesnake Music Festival
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Description: Country rocker and longtime friend of the show Greg Arcade is back for his fifth appearance on the podcast (eighth if you include two Mix-Up live shows and a video minisode) to talk about this weekend's Rattlesnake Music Festival, a new country/blues/rock n' roll-focused event he's organizing through his Golden Oak Record Company label. We hung out by a fire with Greg and his dog Jake to talk about the festival's origins, the artists involved and more! It's a deadly lineup, including past Witchpolice guests Steven Pauls (fka Country Steve), Rory Verbrugge and the Ruckus as well as a who's who of similar artists from Manitoba and beyond. Episode includes some songs from Rattlesnake performers including the Ruckus, the Honeysliders, Katie Lynn and Greg himself!

188. WR233: Black Cloud
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Description: One of our favourite local acts, instrumental post-rockers Black Cloud, are back on the show to promote their new record and talk about a number of absolutely ridiculous things. The new disc (on Transistor 66!) Void, drops May 26 with a release show at The Handsome Daughter.

189. WR232: Rick Philip
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Description: Ryan takes on main hosting duties this week, alongside his creepy Uncle Tony (from Union Stockyards) as co-host. They sit down with the almighty Rick Philip, Winnipeg punk rock pioneer and frontman of Crown of Thorns. They talk shop about Rick's long history throughout the country and his upcoming show opening for the legendary Cro-Mags! This episode (which was actually recorded a couple of months back) acts as an unofficial preview of a Witchpolice spin-off podcast Ryan and Tony are going to host on a semi-regular basis, so stay tuned for more! The songs on this episode might be slightly out-of-order because they gave me a USB with some songs, with no indication of where in the podcast those songs should be placed. I guessed. Sorry.

190. WR231: Fred Penner
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Description: I'm still excited about this one. Beloved children's entertainer (and straight-up Canadian music legend) Fred Penner was at the top of my unofficial 'dream' list of potential guests, and I finally got the chance to sit down with him. Fred is currently promoting his (excellent) 13th LP, Hear the Music, and we talked about the record, his remarkable 45+-year career, and more! Stay tuned 'til the end to hear a couple of live performances! Big thanks to UMFM 101.5 (which broadcasts this show) for giving me access to one of their studios for this episode. Unfortunately, we had a mic issue, so although Fred came through loud and clear, the audio for some of my questions had to be tweaked and/or re-recorded in the editing process.

191. WR230: TUSK
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Description: This week's episode features an interview and live performances by Winnipeg alt-rock outfit and 'wall of sound' TUSK. We talk about their (excellent) new disc, Headroom , plus their roots in rural Manitoba, the origins of their sound and more!

192. WR229: Elder Abuse
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Description: Winnipeg punks Elder Abuse are on the verge of releasing their new LP, Burnt, so Witchpolice sat down with frontman Alex Guidry to talk about the record, crazy Asia tour stories, the continuing appeal of pop-punk, and the logistics of having a band with members in different cities. The Burnt album release show takes place this Friday at The Good Will. If you like this podcast, please support it on Patreon. For as little as $1 a month, you can help us improve all aspects of the show going forward, from equipment to a new website...and you'll get access to bonus material! Thanks to everyone who has supported the show so far, including our newest patron, Myles Erickson!

193. WR228: Silence Kit
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Description: We're always suckers for '90s nostalgia here at Witchpolice Radio, so Winnipeg's Silence Kit -- with their resurrected grunge sound -- were an obvious choice as guests. The band is releasing its excellent debut album, Started As A Whisper, this Friday at The Handsome Daughter. They talked about their origins in two separate projects that joined forces, their high-energy stage shows and a lot more... plus hear an exclusive live acoustic performance and get an advance listen to some tracks from the new record!

194. WR227: Dead Ranch
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Description: If you've listened to this podcast for any length of time, you'll know there are two distinct types of episodes: serious, earnest one-on-one interviews, and chaotic conversations with a large group of people. This episode -- with Winnipeg noise/punk/metal/whatever heroes Dead Ranch -- is definitely the latter. Dead Ranch is about to release its long-awaited Brumation full-length (April 14 at the Good Will with friends of the show Black Cloud and Thronetorcher, plus Endless Chaos). We talk about the recording process, their upcoming European tour, the way their sound has evolved, tapes vs. vinyl vs. streaming... and cheese pizza. Apologies for the interview's less-than-perfect audio quality, which had a lot to do with the window being open and some kind of gathering happening in the next room. The quality of conversation, though....PHOAAOWWW!

195. WR226: Apollo Suns
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Description: Things get psychedelic this week as we talk to Ed Durocher and Dave Guenette of instrumental space warriors Apollo Suns. We talk about their debut EP, Each Day a Different Sun, which is being released April 8 at The Good Will, plus their work on the short film An Impossible Bond. We also go deep into the band's songwriting, arranging for a seven-piece group, and their influences, which include the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Dune.

196. WR225: Stickaround
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Description: We didn't forget about this one! Our interview with 3/4 of skate-punk revivalists Stickaround was actually recorded back in February, but kept getting bumped due to more time-sensitive episodes jumping the queue. Here it is, finally, in all its glory: an episode chock-full of punk rock, Winnipeg nostalgia, and way too much smoking indoors!

197. WR224: Hearing Trees
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Description: ...so for whatever reason, everyone is releasing new albums in April and May. In order to accommodate all of the great local bands who have been getting in touch to talk about their new releases, we've had to do some unconventional interviews, including this one, with Hearing Trees bassist Seamus Hamilton-Pattison. It's a conversation from a coffee shop inside a bookstore. Hearing Trees will be releasing their new three-song EP, Puppets, on April 12 at The Park Theatre. We talk about the EP (recorded live off the floor in a Winnipeg cocktail bar), Seamus' other band (Greek Riots, who announced their pending break-up shortly after we recorded the interview), punk rock, and a lot more.

198. WR223: Marisolle Negash
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Description: Witchpolice is coming at you once again with a live-performance-heavy episode, this time featuring R&B/soul/jazz singer-songwriter Marisolle Negash. Inspired as much by '90s hip-hop soul as classic R&B (and beyond), Marisolle has one of the most unique voices in the local scene and is gearing up to release her debut single, "Spaceship", March 17 at Forth.

199. WR222: Roger's Arsenal
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Description: A guest on the podcast twice before (as a member of Autumn Still), Roger Arsenault sat down with a ukulele to talk about his Roger's Arsenal project -- a longtime side gig that he's finally bringing to the forefront. In a wide-ranging episode, we talk about Roger's upcoming album, transitioning from being part of a group to performing solo, his own (currently dormant) podcast and a lot more. Plus, he performs live, including some never-before-heard material!

200. WR221: Manitobandits
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Description: Returning guests Smoky Tiger and JD Ormond sat down to talk about the upcoming three-way Smoky Tiger / Ultra Mega / Blond(e) Goth album release and the Manitobandits supergroup that will be performing songs from all three on Friday at The Good Will. Smoky and JD also gave us some wonderful stripped-down live versions of a few Manitobandits songs.

201. WR220: The Big Mix-Up Allstars
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Description: On Jan. 29, we took our ongoing series of improvised Big Mix-Up live shows to the logical next step and presented an allstar edition, featuring some of our favourite performers (along with a couple of ringers) from the previous shows. This installment of the Mix-Up featured Jill Alexander, Greg Arcade, Tim Haverluck, Harley James Flett, Kumaran Reddy, Sam Little, Ashley Bieniarz, Jon Askholm, Grant Partridge, Paul Durrant, Darryl Reilly, Aaron Young,Rob Busch and Josh Ayers. As usual with these things, there was so much going on onstage that we didn't have a convenient way to record off the board, so we just set up our recorders in the room. Quality is a little spotty, but you absolutely get the feel for how chaotic and fun these things are. Huge thanks to the Park Theatre and especially sound guy Matt Mayor for putting up with this live craziness time and again. We really appreciate it.

202. WR219: Jesse Matas
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Description: Jesse Matas of critically-acclaimed local folk/roots touring machines The Crooked Brothers has a long history with Witchpolice. His first-ever band (circa 1995) featured current Witchpolice Radio host Sam on guitar and past co-host/longtime collaborator Rob Crooks on vocals. He has also released a number of recordings on the site itself and in connection with various pre-Witchpolice attempts at starting record labels. While the Crooked Bros. are on a brief hiatus from their hectic road life, Jesse sat down to talk about solo work, songwriting, his experiences as a working musician inside and outside of the band, and more. He also performed a number of live acoustic songs (including a cover tune and a Crooked Bros. classic), which you'll hear throughout the episode.

203. WR218: Greg Rekus
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Description: Folk-punk troubadour Greg Rekus is one of those guys we've always wanted to have back on the show. His first appearance was at the beginning of 2014, but has a long history with us that pre-dates the podcast. Greg's old bands (Lacking Intelligence, later High Five Drive) played plenty of shows with our shitty bands as far back as the late '90s. Since 2011 or so, Greg has gone the solo acoustic route and he has engaged in non-stop touring. When we arrived at his house to do the interview, he had literally just come off the road minutes earlier after a 30-hour drive back to Winnipeg from Las Vegas! On this episode, Greg talks about his reputation as a road warrior, about his solid new record, Sibling Cities (which will be released at The Handsome Daughter this Friday if you're in Winnipeg) and about what the future holds for an old punk in a young man's game. If you notice an additional voice chiming in here and there, that's Paul, who was hanging out during the interview.

204. WR217: Julie and the Wrong Guys
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Description: Before they skipped town to continue on their western Canada tour, we hopped in a van with pan-Canadian supergroup Julie and the Wrong Guys to talk about the logistics of touring with a side project, their new 7" and upcoming full-length, and much more! The group consists of solo artists Julie Doiron (yes, that Julie Doiron) and Eamon McGrath, plus the rhythm section of Toronto heavy-hitters Cancer Bats: Jaye R. Schwarzer and Winnipegger Mike Peters.

205. WR216: The Little Mix-Up live at The Roslyn
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Description: On Jan. 22, we hung out at historic Osborne Village apartment block The Roslyn with our new friends The Village Idiots to try a really fun live experiment. The show, which we're calling "The Little Mix-Up" was a livestreamed preview of this Sunday's Big Mix-Up Allstars show. It followed the usual Mix-Up "Whose Line is it Anyway? but for music" format, but instead of audience members yelling out genres of music and song topics, they made their requests online via Facebook Live. For the show, we enlisted Tim Haverluck (of The Tims) on guitar and vocals, Darryl Reilly (of Guerrillas of Soul) on sax, and Kumaran Reddy of Cilly Cyb Fung High on bass. They deftly tackled suggestions from "reggae/McDonald's menu" to "bluegrass/narcolepsy" and a lot more. This is a collab we'd absolutely like to do again, and incorporating video (of some kind) into our future projects is starting to seem like a must-do in 2017.

206. WR215: E.GG
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Description: This week's guest, rapper E.GG, was involved in two of 2016's best local albums -- 3Peat's debut EP and the more personal, contemplative Alverstone, a solo joint that snuck in at the end of the year and gets better with every listen. We hung out after-hours in a barbershop to chat with E.GG about how his upbringing in Winnipeg's West End neighbourhood shaped him as an artist, his goals for both 3Peat and his burgeoning solo career, and his desire to introduce Alverstone and his unique storytelling style to listeners outside of the local rap scene... beginning with a solo show Feb. 10!

207. WR214: Dwayne's Punk Phoners
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Description: Music photographer/blogger Dwayne Larson was all over Witchpolice in 2016. Starting with an appearance on the show as a guest in the spring, he returned as part of our photography panel show at the Handsome Daughter in the fall. He wasn't only a guest, though. Dwayne conducted interviews with a number of out-of-town and touring acts (Chixdiggit, Limblifter, Safe to Say, Son of Dave) for his It's A Music Thing website throughout the year, and he was kind enough to share the audio of those interviews for use on the podcast as well . Some of those interviews, due to episodes that were more time-sensitive, etc., didn't see the light of day on Witchpolice Radio... until now. Here's a compilation of short conversations Dwayne had with members of iconic '90s punks Face to Face, Canadian psychobillies the Creepshow, and up-and-coming New Orleans hardcore band Pears. All three were in Winnipeg at various times during the latter part of the year.

208. WR213: Thieveswpg
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Description: We didn't forget about this episode! Back in the summer, co-host Ryan moved over to the guest chair (along with collaborator Tina) to talk about his Thieveswpg art collective. Due to other episodes being more time-sensitive, this episode continually got bumped until now. If you're a recent listener, this one is a little different than what you've been used to over the latter part of 2016. Because it was recorded earlier in the year, it follows the old random song selection format rather than being an in-depth feature on a particular artist. We talk to Ryan and Tina about the inception and growth of Thieves, as well as the trials and tribulations of being DIY, independent visual artists in Winnipeg today. I haven't listened to this episode since it was originally recorded, so I guess it's a bit of a surprise for everyone!

209. WR212: The Village Idiots
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Description: We're not the only game in town. A group of Osborne Village residents going by the name The Village Idiots have also been exploring Winnipeg's vibrant music scene.. but instead of a podcast, they're focused on live-streaming. The Idiots' Wednesday night program, Live at the Roslyn, offers local artists the chance to perform in an intimate setting for an ever-growing audience tuning in via Facebook Live. We sat down with the Live at the Roslyn braintrust to talk about their project, about embracing social technology to promote local music, and more.

210. WR211: Union Stockyards / Agapito
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Description: ...so when we told Union Stockyards they were welcome back on the show any time they wanted, we didn't think it was going to be so soon! Our favourite local punks (last heard on episode #199) jumped at the chance to promote their upcoming show with brand-new locals Agapito (featuring current or former members of Cancer Bats, The Duhks and Stockyards themselves) on Dec. 29 at The Handsome Daughter. We packed most of Stockyards and Agapito into a jamspace and recorded a pretty out-of-control gong-show of an episode... with a twist. This one was filmed as well!

211. WR210: Kevin Roy
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Description: Folk/country/roots troubadour Kevin Roy is back on the show for his third appearance since 2014! He's currently promoting his fantastic new record Heartworn Highways. We talk about the album, the trials and tribulations of being a full-time musician, his recording and songwriting process and much more!

212. WR209: iansucks
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Description: Just a warning on this one: the audio is pretty rough. It was recorded above a venue while a metal band rehearsed in the next room. It is what it is… a really fun, strange conversation with ¾ of very, very sad art-pop (glamour pop?) act iansucks, while some other band bashes away in the background. We talk (at length) about which audiobooks to listen to on tour, the band’s excellent new album (Don't Give in to the Bad Feelings), and a lot more.

213. WR208: Jill Alexander
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Description: When we released our most recent Big Mix-Up episode (#3 in the series so far!), a lot of listeners had the same question: who was the girl with the huge voice? It's not unreasonable to ask. The owner of that voice, soul/R&B/hip-hop/gospel powerhouse Jill Alexander, is a relative newcomer to the local music scene, which she's hoping to take over by storm. We sat down with Jill to talk about her musical background, the new releases she has in the works with Thunder Bay-based BME Studios Canada, the use of her music to reach out to people suffering from PTSD, and much more.

214. WR207: Len Bowen
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Description: This week's guest, Len Bowen, is a familiar face (and voice) in the Winnipeg rap scene. Best-known for his membership in local pioneers Shadez, Len is celebrating the recent release of his new EP, Goin Away Party. We talk about Len's career since Shadez ran its course, the motivation behind his resurgent rap career, keeping integrity in a genre of music obsessed with moving on to the next big thing, the upcoming vinyl reissue of the Winnipeg classic Next School Pioneers and much more!

215. WR206: The Big MIx-Up 3 live at The Park Theatre
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Description: We're back with another edition of our ridiculous live improvised music show, the Big Mix-Up! The third installment took place Oct. 30 at Winnipeg's historic Park Theatre. The premise of the show remains the same: Winnipeg musicians from across a wide spectrum of genres come together and form randomized 'bands' to perform improvised music on stage. The genres and themes of their songs are based on audience suggestions. Mix-Up 3 may not have had a massive turnout (due to it being the tail-end of the Halloween weekend), but it did feature a powerhouse performance from musicians Harley James Flett, Joel Klaverkamp, Jesse Bercier, Trevor Graumann, Jill Alexander, Seamus Hamilton-Pattison, Drew Diduke, Alexis Flower, Paul Durrant, Maclean Thiessen and Lasha Mowchun.

216. WR205: Chixdiggit
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Description: Sometimes dreams do come true on Witchpolice Radio! Contributor Dwayne Larson got the chance to interview an artist he's been listening to for over two decades when he spoke with iconic Chixdiggit frontman KJ Jansen. They talked about the pop-punk band's 25-year career, their new magnum opus 2012, and more! Catch Chixdiggit when they come through town on their anniversary tour this Friday (Nov. 11) at the Windsor!

217. WR204: Glen Murray
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Description: If you're a longtime listener to the podcast, you're probably familiar with the name Jon Askholm. Jon is a founding co-host of Witchpolice Radio, who appeared on approximately 90 episodes, mainly from 2012-15. He's also 1/3 of experimental pop act Glen Murray. We joined Jon and bandmates Sam Koulack (also a past guest on the show) and David Warkentin in a basement that looks alarmingly like the old Blanket Fort jamspace where we recorded a hefty chunk of Witchpolice Radio's back catalogue (but in a different house). The fellas talked about their hard-to-define sound, their slow pace of recording and releasing music, the hilarious band name (if you're from Winnipeg, anyway) and more. Plus they played four live songs!

218. WR203: Shoot First, Ask Questions Later
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Description: Earlier this month, we returned to The Handsome Daughter for a live Q&A panel on concert photography featuring some of Winnipeg's finest behind the camera: Dwayne Larson, Joey Senft, Jenny Ramone and Travis Ross. The well-attended show included a photo display in the venue, questions from the audience and some real insight into what the show-photo gig entails. Huge thanks to the Daughter, our panelists and the great audience.

219. WR202: UMFM Pledge-O-Rama Mixtape
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Description: Every year around this time, we head down to UMFM's studio to record a live on-air episode in support of the station's Pledge-O-Rama fundraiser. We've done it every year since 2013, but this year we ran into a conflict. Our scheduled live episode was the same night as our live Shoot First, Ask Questions Later event onstage at the Handsome Daughter ...so instead of a live episode, we aired (last Sunday) a clip show, essentially. We're calling it a "mixtape" because -- similar to last year's "mixtape" episode -- it's basically a compilation of some of the live performances we've had on the show over the past year. This certainly isn't a full document of the 2016 performances, though. There are a number of excellent live tunes that didn't fit due to time restrictions (and you can check those out here).

220. WR201: Keith Price
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Description: We continue to venture into new (to us) territory this week with jazz guitarist, composer, producer and educator Keith Price! Keith talks about how his interest in jazz developed, the difficulties around defining such a wide-ranging genre in the 21st Century, Winnipeg's jazz scene and more. Tune in for an in-depth interview plus some recordings from throughout Keith's catalogue, including a cut from his excellent reimagined soundtrack to the spaghetti western classic The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

221. WR200: 3Peat
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Description: For our milestone 200th episode, we sat down with Egg, Steve and Dill the Giant -- all three members of 3Peat,Winnipeg's hottest hip-hop group. We talked about their outstanding new EP, the local rap scene, the connections between rap and punk rock, the experience of being from immigrant families, the competitive nature of their chosen genre, and a lot more. Most importantly, we listen to a number of songs from the EP and the whole show closes out with a live performance!

222. WR199: Union Stockyards
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Description: Marking their third appearance on the podcast in as many years, grizzled Winnipeg punks Union Stockyards (three-quarters of them, anyway) are back! We talk about their about-to-be-released cassette, a healthy amount of Winnipeg '90s nostalgia, and about their Sept. 28 gig opening for the legendary SNFU!

223. WR198: Safe to Say
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Description: Dwayne Larson is back in the hosting chair this week with an episode he recorded with Brad (vocals/guitar) and Cory (guitar) of Ontario emo/alt-rockers Safe to Say when they were in town last month. They talk about their new record, being part of the Warped Tour, the rigours of touring, using their influence to stand up for their values and much more. As with some of our other 'recorded wherever we can' episodes, the audio on this one isn't exactly studio-quality (literally recorded on the band's bus while it was running), but it's a solid conversation and a good listen.

224. WR197: UnklElephant
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Description: Experimental alt-rock outfit UnklElephant have been on the show before…kind of. Frontman Mac Thiessen appeared on a video minisode about the band’s DIY visual effects unit and on an early 2016 episode about the Polish Music Exchange. This, however, is the first episode devoted to his band itself, with drummer Aaron joining Mac for the ride. UnklElephant is prepping for a CD release party this Friday, Sept. 16, at the Knndy. It’s in support of their new EP, recorded in Teulon, MB and at UMFM.

225. WR196: The Big Mix-Up 2
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Description: The Big Mix-Up is back! Our second instalment of the popular (in our own minds) local musical improv event was held Aug. 29 at Winnipeg's historic Park Theatre. We wiped the slate clean after the first Mix-Up and started with a completely fresh group of musicians. The premise of the show is that musicians' names are drawn out of a hat and made to form randomized 'bands'. The bands then perform improvised songs onstage based on audience suggestions of genre and topic. Like the first version of the show, this one starts a little rough, but once the musicians get a feel for the show, we ended up with some outstanding performances. Stay tuned for details on our next Big Mix-Up coming soon! This edition of the show featured the following musicians: Casimir Gruwel (tenor sax), Daniel "Bartley Knives" Guezen (guitar, vocals, drums), Kumaran Reddy (bass, vocals), Brett Ticzon (bass, guitar), Brian Gluck (drums), Peter Vander Hout (baritone sax, vocals), J Riley Hill (drums, guitar), Kaeleigh Ayre (Moog, vocals), Paul Pilgrim (guitar), Ashley Bieniarz (keyboard, vocals), KittyKittie (vocals), Tim Haverluck (guitar, vocals), and Darin Rudd (guitar, bass, vocals).

226. WR195: Live at Shine On Festival
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Description: Our original plan may have fallen through, but we still came out of Kerry, MB, with a solid podcast from Shine On Festival of Music and Art. Initially, we were supposed to be presenting a live podcast on the side stage -- similar to what we've done at the Handsome Daughter in the past -- on Saturday morning at the festival. For a variety of reasons -- everything from guests still being asleep to hornets besieging the stage -- that didn't quite work out. Instead, we got some excellent field recording-style interviews (literally in a field) with Shine On performers such as None the Wiser's Eli Matas, Micah Erenberg, and Roger Roger ...not to mention a backstage interview and rehearsal recording of Raine Hamilton and her string quartet.

227. WR194: Son of Dave
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Description: This week features an interview Dwayne Larson conducted with former Winnipegger Benjamin Darvill -- an ex-member of the Crash Test Dummies who has spent the past couple of decades as a solo act under the name Son of Dave. He brought his one-man harmonica/beatbox jams back to Winnipeg for the BBQ and Blues Festival a few days prior to the release of this podcast, which also ran in an edited form on UMFM last week.

228. WR193: The Human Rights
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Description: Toronto's finest reggae act is hitting a Winnipeg stage for the first time in four years this weekend. The Human Rights, a group with a deep roots (no pun intended) in Canada's reggae scene, are playing the West End Cultural Centre on Aug. 21 as part of their #ReggaeForRefugees tour. We talked to frontman Friendlyness (who you may also know from groups like Big Sugar... and if you go back far enough, Culture Shock) about the tour, the group's lineup changes -- including the addition of vocalist Treson as a full-fledged member -- their brand new record and more!

229. WR192: Hana Lu Lu
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Description: Things get semi-cosmic this week with guest Kevin Desjarlais of Winnipeg synth-wizards Hana Lu Lu. We talk "comet" songs, synths, new wave, Hana Lu Lu's long-in-the-works album and much, much more!

230. WR191: Limblifter
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Description: If you're a regular listener to this podcast, you may have heard an episode we did earlier this year with Dwayne Larson, a Winnipeg concert photographer who also blogs about music on It's A Music Thing. Dwayne does a lot of great interviews with touring bands, so we're teaming up with him to present some of those on our podcast, and hopefully Dwayne will be involved in some regular episodes and other Witchpolice projects in future. To kick off his contributions to the podcast, here's an interview he did with Ryan Dahle of Limblifter when they were in town for a show at the Handsome Daughter last month. They talk about Limblifter's new album, the band's longevity, Ryan's other projects, like Age of Electric and Mounties ...and a lot more.

231. WR190: Sara Stasiuk / Leonard Sumner
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Description: We're recording outdoors this week, sitting behind the mainstage at Winnipeg's iconic meeting place, The Forks. For three days in August (the 12th through the 14th), that stage will play host to some of North America's finest roots acts at the second annual Interstellar Rodeo. Sara Stasiuk of Six Shooter Records is on hand to talk about the Rodeo's roots and some of the exciting artists on this year's bill, including Wilco, case/lang/veirs, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Serena Ryder and many more. She's joined by Leonard Sumner, an Anishinaabe MC/singer/songwriter, representing the many talented local acts who are part of the 2016 event.

232. WR189: Rob Crooks
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Description: He's back... but not for long. Local rapper/songwriter/producer/man-about-town Rob Crooks -- an original co-host of this very podcast and occasional contributor -- is heading east to further his education. Before relocating to Ontario, he made a last appearance on the show (for now) and talked about his long-in-the-works full-length with Disintegration Records, his recent series of EPs for Marathon of Dope, the trials and tribulations of arts funding and a lot more.

233. WR188: Fauxpasfunk
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Description: On a summer break from his studies in New York City, local saxman Niall Bakkestad-Legare guests on this week's episode to talk about his experimental jazz/funk/soul/R&B project Fauxpasfunk, who are on the verge of releasing their debut album. We talk "host" songs, trying to get into the vast universe of jazz and a lot more!

234. WR187: Boys' Club
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Description: The three longest-running members of local emo outfit Boys' Club (their newest member is a past Witchpolice guest in his own right) invited us to an elementary school music room (seriously) for our latest episode. We talk 'cobra' songs, defining their genre, their unorthodox recording/performing schedule and more! Stay tuned 'til the end for an exclusive acoustic performance of a new Boys' Club song from their upcoming album!

235. WR186: KittyKittie
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Description: Spoken-word poet, interdisciplinary artist, bass player and all-around ball of creative energy KittyKittie hung out with the fellas this week in her front yard to talk about "victory" songs, sucking the pretentiousness out of poetry, avant-garde performances, and the fictional straight-edge hardcore band Globthorn on a really fun episode of the podcast.

236. WR185: Abstract Artform
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Description: Rapper/producer Abstract Artform is on the show to talk about "wolf" songs, live bands vs. backing tracks, breaking into the local rap scene and more. We also discuss the Living Proof project, which is a collaboration between Abstract and Doodlebug of '90s rap icons Digable Planets.

237. WR184: A La Mode
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Description: This week, we sit down with three members of local 'heart-pop' noodlers À La Mode -- outgoing (as in 'about to leave the band') guitarist Andy Cole, frontwoman/mastermind Dominique Lemoine and latest addition Ava Glendinning. (You may recognize Dominique and Ava from our recent Big Mix-Up show). We talk about 'robot' songs (and just robots in general), hear a stripped-down acoustic performance, and discuss the members' other overlapping projects, including the recently defunct Eagle Lake Owls and Witchpolice guests from this spring, Bicycle Face.

238. WR183: Suburban Hypocrites
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Description: This week, we're in an apartment with really nice floors hanging out with young punks Suburban Hypocrites! We talk about the growing punk scene centred around the King's Hotel, "plaid" songs, the impossible task of defining "punk" and a lot more!

239. WR182: The Big Mix-Up
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Description: Live from Winnipeg's Park Theatre, it's Witchpolice Radio's Big Mix-Up! Volume one (oh yes, there will be more) of our randomized jam-band crapshoot improv extravaganza was a smashing success, with unrehearsed, on-the-spot creations like "Skanald Trump" and "Disco Banana". The premise of the show was that 15+ local musicians -- of all genres and styles -- were gathered together and drawn randomly into "bands" who were forced to create songs based on audience suggestions with no preparation whatsoever.

240. WR181: Transistor 66
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Description: If you've paid attention to the local music scene at any point over the past decade-plus, you likely have a number of albums from Winnipeg's Transistor 66 Record Company in your collection. We sat down with label owner Art MacIntyre for a one-on-one conversation about Transistor 66's history (and 100-release deep catalogue), the ins and outs of running an indie label and a lot more!

241. WR180: Harley James Flett
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Description: Although it snowed a week or so after this episode (of course it did, it's Winnipeg), we took advantage of the nice weather for an outdoor episode recorded on a picnic table at Assiniboine Park(!) with up-and-coming folk-punk artist Harley James Flett. In a conversation that goes in all kinds of directions, we talked folk music, Bad Brains, the ins and outs (but mostly outs) of attending music festivals, "chin" songs, the cassette renaissance, Harley's already-prolific Bandcamp catalogue and a lot more.

242. WR179: Lost Love
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Description: This week's episode features a surprise visit from Montreal punks Lost Love, who stopped by as they were passing through Winnipeg on a Canadian tour. They're currently on the road in support of their new Stomp Records release, Comfortable Scars. If you're a fan (and you fuckin' should be), they're back in town this Friday, May 13, for a gig at the Handsome Daughter with our pals Clipwing.

243. WR178: The Enemy Magazine
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Description: This week, Sam makes a visit to the downtown office of The Enemy Magazine to talk DIY, hip-hop, Winnipeg youth culture, "predator" songs and a lot more with the magazine's mysterious braintrust. The Enemy is making a name for itself by being "honest and unmerciful" when reporting on the good, the bad and the ugly of Winnipeg arts, culture and politics (and by the way, they're looking for contributors!)

244. WR177: The Heights
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Description: We talk soul music, Winnipeg neighbourhoods, 'neck' songs and a whole bunch more with local funk/pop/rock/R&B gang The Heights, who are new on the scene despite having played together (in various combinations and projects) for over a decade. With a debut EP being released June 11 and -- if you can't wait that long -- a show at the Garrick this Friday with past Witchpolice guest Casimir Gruwel -- plus upcoming tour plans and more, The Heights are going all-in for 2016. They played a couple of excellent stripped-down tracks from the record on the show as well, so stay tuned 'til the end!

245. WR176: 1971
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Description: This week features a long conversation with 2/3 (or 2/4, depending how you look at it) of the hard-to-define Winnipeg (via Kenora) rock band 1971. The fellas have a new tape -- Burning Bridges Before They're Crossed -- coming out today with a house show at their own Sad Boys' Club (assuming you're listening the day this episode gets released). Stay tuned until the end of the episode for an excellent live, acoustic take on one of the tracks from the upcoming EP.

246. WR175: Bartley Knives
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Description: This week, we talk to the hilariously-named Bartley Knives about his solo project, "volcanic" songs, a sense of place in song lyrics, campus radio and a lot more. A past guest on this show in early 2015, "Bartley" is best known as a member of local acts like The New Wild and Sibyl. Under his current guise, he's exploring songs that were too strange for his other bands.

247. WR174: Jeremie and the Delicious Hounds
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Description: All five members of rising St. Boniface combo Jeremie and the Delicious Hounds are on this week's episode to talk about their upcoming debut, "futuristic" songs, Winnipeg's francophone music scene... and to play some sweet soul music live on the show.

248. WR173: Mulligrub
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Description: There's a weird contrast this week: plenty of ridiculous conversation about various Muppets (the theme of the week is "puppet" after all) alongside discussion of really serious issues, like the subject matter of guests Mulligrub's new single, "Europe". The Winnipeg alt/punk/twee(?) trio are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length, Soft Grudge , on April 23. They talk about the new record, defining their sound, opening for Propagandhi and a lot more!

249. WR172: Duotang
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Description: Fifteen years after the release of their last album, iconic Winnipeg two-piece Duotang -- best-known for their late-90s Mint Records output -- are back with a new release coming in 2016! Rod Slaughter (bass/vocals) and Sean Allum (drums) talk about gettin' the band back together, their new record, a bit of history and that pesky "mod" label that critics have always used to describe their sound. Mixed in with the interview are rough versions of some new Duotang songs, some old classics, and a live performance at the end!

250. WR171: It's A Music Thing
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Description: This week we explore another element of the local music scene: photography. Sam is joined by camera-wielding photographer and blogger Dwayne Larson of It's A Music Thing, who talks punk rock, "hill" songs, DIY, the ins and outs of photographing bands and much more!

251. WR170: Now You Know Podcast
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Description: It's a crossover episode! This week, Sam hangs out with Anthony and Steve of local hip-hop roundtable podcast If You Don't Know Now You Know! The episode is split between our format and theirs. "Question" songs, lots of rap talk and much more!

252. WR169: Bicycle Face
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Description: Winnipeg indie-pop duo Bicycle Face not only have a phenomenal band name (and logo, holy shit), but they have a fantastically unique keyboard-and-guitar sound. They hang out on this week's episode to talk about the group's background, select "queen" songs and perform a few live ditties (so stay tuned until the end)!

253. WR168: Rory Verbrugge and the Ruckus
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Description: Rootsy, harmony-slingin' folk-rockers Rory Verbrugge and the Ruckus sit down to talk about their forthcoming debut album, "pearl" songs and much more on the latest episode! This one also features some glorious live performances, so stay tuned until the end of the show.

254. WR167: Super Duty Tough Work / Keisha Booker
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Description: Dilla Day 2016 at The Good Will in Winnipeg: an interview with Brendan Kinley of Super Duty Tough Work and R&B chanteuse Keisha Booker. It's the second time Super Duty have organized Dilla Day Winnipeg, which is to honour the late great hip hop producer's life and works. The night had guest performances by 3Peat, Fenom, Bazooka Joe, Chris Bvnnvtt and Keisha Booker. Together since 2014, Super Duty Tough Work is the brainchild of Brendan Kinley. He's an accomplished drummer and MC that has been in the Winnipeg music scene for a decade. They're an ensemble of musicians from the University of Manitoba's School of Jazz. SDTW plays 40 Dilla beats as they weave between them with the meticulousness of a DJ. The players at the 2016 performance: B.Grey (vox), Keisha Booker (vox), Shannon Kristjanson (alto sax), Anthony Bryson (trombone), Alec Meen (keys), Sam Little (bass), Kevin Water (drums), Jocelyn Gould (guitar).

255. WR166: Black History Month
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Description: This week we have a special episode dedicated to Winnipeg's 35th annual Black History Month celebrations. Big thanks to past guest Kumaran Reddy, who provided the interview recordings with members of the Black History Month committee, performers at the upcoming musical celebration and others involved with the events throughout February. The Black History Month Celebration of Music Showcase takes place Feb. 12 at Jekyll and Hyde's Freehouse, and includes (among others) an all-star band performing a variety of music with a heavy reggae influence. As a preview, the music you'll hear on this episode is taken from rehearsals for that show!

256. WR165: Casimir Gruwel
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Description: After a long history in the local music scene as a sideman, backing up some of Winnipeg's finest on saxophone onstage and on record, Casimir Gruwel is going solo. With his debut single, "Winter," generating some buzz and a debut album in the works, Gruwel is stepping to the front of the stage for the first time.

257. WR164: Tin Can Bandits
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Description: This week's live performance-heavy episode features four members of pop/rock/alt/folk gang Tin Can Bandits. Ian (guitar/vocals), Ryan (guitar), Peter (keys, vocals, trumpet) and vocalist Sabrina -- who has since parted ways with the group -- sat down to discuss the upcoming Rushing River EP, "dad" songs and much more.

258. WR163: Polish Music Exchange
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Description: This week, we're talking about the fourth edition of the Polish Music Exchange, a semi-annual 'celebration of popular and contemporary music with an Eastern European twist'! To promote the event, we hung out once again with Arturo of Polish-Canadian dub wizards Hypernashion alongside Unkl Elephant's Maclean, who represented the non-Polish (or "exchange") part of the upcoming gig.

259. WR162: Holiday Hangover live at The Handsome Daughter
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Description: We kicked off 2016 with a bang at Winnipeg's Handsome Daughter with our second (of what will hopefully be many) live podcast in front of an audience. For our "Holiday Hangover" show Jan. 3, we hung out with ukulele-slinger Erin Shorten, country singer's country singer Quinton Blair and psychedelic organ magician Smoky Tiger. Each of our guests performed three songs and sat down for a conversation! Thanks to the Daughter for having us (again) at their venue, thanks to Garbage Hill Media for making the show happen, and special thanks to Rob and Ted of Loose Fit DJs, who entertained before and after the show proper.

260. WR161: Cilly Cyb Fung High
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Description: Things get a little cosmic this week as we sit down with Kumaran Reddy of psychedelic jam collective Cilly Cyb Fung High and the LSD25 Records label. We talk "attention" songs, reggae, Kumaran's YouTube strategy (it's the only place his music is available), overdubs and a lot more!

261. WR160: Micah Visser
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Description: Building on the success of this spring's fantastic OK Night cassette, rising Winnipeg indie rocker Micah Visser has been generating a lot of buzz lately, especially around his new single "I Will Not Return As A Tourist". We hung out with Micah to talk about his first-ever tour, his formats of choice, his new material, "fence" songs, and much more!

262. WR159: Bearfight
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Description: We sat down with most of the gang from Bearfight for this week's episode to talk about "bush" songs, the trials and tribulations of playing heavy music in Winnipeg in 2015, the future of music consumption and much more. These guys are working on a new record and playing a can't miss show Jan. 8 at the Park Theatre!

263. WR158: Ashley Bieniarz
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Description: When we first stumbled upon the Winnipeg Music Project, there was something very recognizable about it. A blog/radio show that features interviews with local musicians? Sounds like something we might be into ...so we sat down with its creator, Ashley Bieniarz (also a musician in her own right) and compared notes about the ins and outs of interviewing local artists, discussed her reasons for starting the project, "rain songs," classical music, and a whole lot more.

264. WR157: Amnesiac
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Description: We cover new territory on this week's episode in a sit-down with four members of Amnesiac, Winnipeg's finest Radiohead tribute band. Far from just a cover band, the Amnesiac boys talk about the business behind tribute acts, taking on such a challenging songbook, and their upcoming gig at the Pyramid on Dec. 18.

265. WR156: Tom De Geeter / Pip Skid
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Description: Occasional co-host Rob Crooks is back for an outernational conversation with his Sugar Pill Gang cohorts Pip Skid (Winnipeg) and Tom De Geeter (Kortrijk, Belgium). They talk European tours, Tom's local connections with the Marathon of Dope label, and most importantly, the new album by Tom's Zucchini Drive project.

266. WR155: Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner / Michael Elves
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Description: Once a year, we help out our pals at UMFM 101.5 during their Pledge-O-Rama fund drive and head down to the UMFM studios to record a live on-air episode. We've done it in 2013, 2014 and now 2015 as well. This episode was recorded about a month ago, on election night, just minutes after we watched Stephen Harper's concession speech on live TV. Our guests were Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner of excellent roots/folk trio Red Moon Road and UMFM's own program director Michael Elves

267. WR154: Futurekids
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Description: This week's guests, Futurekids, were on the podcast in late 2014. They're back again about a year later with a drastically different lineup, a new sound and a new album coming out Nov. 21 (CD release party at the Windsor!) We talked to 3/4 of the new-look Futurekids about 'mixing' songs, working on the forthcoming This is Everything, going shoeless and a whole lot more. Check it out!

268. WR153: French Press
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Description: On this week's episode, Sam and Ryan hang out with Chantel Emond, better-known as chanteuse-in-chief behind Winnipeg alt-pop act French Press. We talked "riot" songs, Chantel's jazz education, her love of backing vocals, the new album she's finishing up, and her current tour (happening as you read this!) with fellow local artist Micah Visser.

269. WR152: Autumn Still
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Description: Gearing up for the Nov. 6 release of their debut full-length, When it Was (10 pm at the Good Will in Winnipeg), the hard-to-define alternative pop/rock/folk/whatever foursome in Autumn Still sat down for a return appearance on the podcast. We talked "dictator" songs, synthesizers, nostalgia and more. Also, gourds were involved in one way or another. Check it out.

270. WR151: Terrorist
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Description: For the triumphant return of powerviolence ("Euro-violence"?) maniacs Terrorist, we bounced around quite a bit. This podcast started off being recorded in Ryan's living room, then moved to a van -- sorry, a Toyota 4Runner full of Canadian Tire money -- then to the parking lot of the vendor at Winnipeg's notorious Sherbrook Inn. We talked to the fellas about "lung" songs, the new full-length they're currently recording, how shitty they are at marketing themselves and a lot more. Like their previous appearance on the show, things got weird pretty much immediately.

271. WR150: Live at the Handsome Daughter
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Description: On Sept. 27, we pulled out all the stops for our first-ever (and hopefully first of many) live onstage podcast. The show, celebrating our milestone 150th episode, featured interviews and live performances with old friends and collaborators Rob Crooks, Nestor Wynrush, Country Steve and first-time guest Mona Mousa. Although the turnout wasn't record-breaking, the crowd more than made up for it in volume and enthusiasm. We certainly hustled to get the word out about this event, with coverage from local newspapers The Metro, The Uniter and a number of campus radio interviews leading up to the big night. Huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported. It was a blast. We can't wait to do more live and direct events in future!

272. WR149: Sheldon Birnie
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Description: Sheldon Birnie -- Winnipeg writer, journalist and frontman for cow-punks Cheering for the Bad Guy -- guests on this week's episode to talk about his upcoming new book, Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock 1990-2001, which hits stores and the Internet Oct. 24.

273. WR148: Greg Arcade / Aaron Starr
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Description: For this week's episode, we caught our old friend (and frequent guest) Greg Arcade at a rehearsal with fellow made-in-Manitoba country singer Aaron Starr and rhythm section Josh Ayers and Nathan Kehler (both of whom chime in here and there throughout the show). Because there were other people rehearsing in the same building, to get some quiet, we decided to record in the back of a van. It kind of worked. There's some weird humming at the beginning and a train going by at one point, but otherwise it's all good! We talk country and "upset" songs.

274. WR147: Union Stockyards
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Description: Our pals in 'Peg-centric punks Union Stockyards are back on the show for their first appearance since episode #79! The fellas are old(er), wise(r) and working on a new record. They joined Ryan and Sam to talk "mask" songs, the state of the local punk rock scene and the Winnipeg accent (among other topics).

275. WR146: Triggers
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Description: On this week's episode, Ryan sits in the host chair all by his lonesome for the first time ever! He delivers a loose, profane chat about "speed" songs, prairie resilience and more with Winnipeg pop-punkers Triggers!

276. WR145: Dark Forest
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Description: It's a change of scenery this week! Instead of talking to musicians, Sam hung out with some of the minds behind Zell-Koj Studio's excellent made-in-Manitoba horror flick Dark Forest. Producer/writer/director Roger Boyer, producer/camera/editor Craig Guiboche and actor Dennis Scullard (who plays the bloodthirsty maniac) sat down to talk about the indie movie biz, the process of getting a project from an idea to the big screen (Dark Forest played at Winnipeg's Towne 8 cinema) and much more!

277. WR144: Iskwé
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Description: Toronto (via Winnipeg) vocalist Iswké has been the subject of a lot of buzz in the Canadian music biz lately -- as much for her uniquely soulful, jazz-inflected, trip-hop-inspired sound as her willingness to speak out on modern-day protest songs like "Nobody Knows," which addresses the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. This was sort of a last-minute 'hey, you're in town and our schedules work!' sort of deal, so we skipped the usual Witchpolice theme word setup, but you'll hear Iskwé's own music throughout. There's a really good discussion on this episode about music with a message, the problems (and great things) about our hometown and much more.

278. WR143: Legion of Liquor
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Description: Grand opening, grand closing. Winnipeg's formidable (and foremost) drunk metal choir act The Legion of Liquor is releasing its debut album the very day the band calls it quits. (That CD release/band death show, by the way, is being presented by our good pals at Team Steve Radio and takes place Sept. 4 at the Park Theatre!)

279. WR142: Solhounds
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Description: For this week's episode, Sam and Ryan talked "sweater" songs, '90s throwbacks, vocal warmups (brrrrrrruuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrpppptttttthhhh) and more with the self-described tone perfectionists in Winnipeg foursome Solhounds.

280. WR141: Oddblock Comedy Festival
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Description: This week, Sam and Ryan are joined by comedians John B. Duff and Chantel Marostica, along with Erick Casselman (owner of the Park Theatre), to talk about the upcoming Oddblock Comedy Festival, Aug. 27-30 in Winnipeg's South Osborne neighbourhood.

281. WR140: Canadol
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Description: This week Sam and Ryan hang out on a rooftop (literally a rooftop) in the Exchange District with Canadol, a singer/guitarist with a strong taste for Soviet folk music and punk rock D.I.Y. attitude. Despite being interrupted by police helicopters, random teenagers, etc. Canadol performs a number of songs live and we all select "blanket" songs, smoke and have a real solid conversation

282. WR139: Hawksley Workman
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Description: We’re doing something a little differently this week and bringing you a conversation Luke Jacob Thiessen had with iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman about his new album and the upcoming Interstellar Rodeo festival at the Forks.

283. WR138: The Reverend Rambler
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Description: Fresh off a big gig at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, blues/country/gospel/punk one-man-band Matt Colpitts, a/k/a The Reverend Rambler continues to ride a wave of local attention and recognition in 2015. He may not be sure where this crazy ride is going, but he definitely knows about his past, and he gets into the history behind the Rambler persona, which includes a band -- the Red River Ramblers -- who were featured on Witchpolice years ago

284. WR137: Black Cloud
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Description: The three (!) guitarists in post-rock, instrumental Winnipeg quintet Black Cloud -- Adrian, Brett and Darin -- are on this week's episode. They joined Sam and first-time host Ryan (who previously appeared twice as a guest) to talk "saint" songs, the differences between playing instrumental music and being in a more traditional band, their punk rock roots and more.

285. WR136: Luciano
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Description: It's a late-week bonus episode... and this is a big one. The Messenjah himself, legendary Jamaican singer/songwriter Luciano, had an in-depth phone conversation with Sam about his lengthy career, his conscious message, being a righteous man in a world of tribulation and much more!

286. WR135: Dead Dog Drums
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Description: This week Sam sat down with Lexi Brodeur, owner of independent Winnipeg drum-making biz Dead Dog Drums, to talk about an aspect of the local music scene that doesn't get talked about much on this show.

287. WR134: Sugarsick
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Description: This week's guests, 2/3 of Winnipeg pop-punk power trio Sugarsick, are on the show to promote the group's debut album (which comes out July 17), the difference between rye and bourbon and a lot more. Jared Weiss (guitar/vocals, ex-Port Amoral) and Shea-K 47 (drums, a/k/a Employee of the Month) helped select "marker" songs, reminisce about the good old days of CD compilations and talk about why the pop-punk sound still feels good decades after its heyday.

288. WR132: Greek Riots
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Description: Jacques and Breandan of local indie rockers Greek Riots are back on the show to promote the band’s new record, Middle Children, get nostalgic about some not-so-guilty pop-punk and emo pleasures and to talk “fairground” songs. Middle Children is being released June 26 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg.

289. WR131: Vampires
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Description: Big things have been happening for fuzzed-out Winnipeg duo Vampires since their last appearance on the show, including critical acclaim for their EP and some high-profile gigs. Messrs. Dobbs and Powers hung out in the living room of a cavernous mansion to talk “wrench” songs, guilty pleasures, a weird tangent on third-wave ska, the Midnight Review Presents project and more!

290. WR130: Carey J. Buss
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Description: This episode marks the triumphant return of folk singer/guitar wizard Carey J. Buss, who last appeared around these parts way back on episode #69. Carey sat down with Sam on the eve of his Answer the Bell album release to talk about "what" songs, classic rock, his new gig as a member of Hearing Trees and a lot more. There's even a random interruption by someone looking for a jacket!

291. WR129: Hypernashion
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Description: We venture into uncharted territory on this episode in conversation with Artur Winogrodzki of Polish-Canadian dub/reggae/electronic act Hypernashion. Despite the wide range of genres we've featured on this podcast, electronic music has always been kind of a blind spot, and despite host Sam's obsession with reggae, he hasn't previously been introduced to any from Poland. We go deep on reggae's connection to punk rock, on political and spiritual themes in music and on cross-cultural appeal. Hypernashion's recently-released In Dub album is out now on Artur's own Hyper Recordz label.

292. WR128: The Tims
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Description: We ditched the theme word this week to devote 20 minutes at the end of the show to a three-song live performance by this week’s guests, Winnipeg blues-rawk trio The Tims. Blending blues, country, soul, rock, punk and more, The Tims are working on a debut album for a summer release and have been tearing up bars, house shows and more along the way.

293. WR127: Quinton Blair / Country Steve
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Description: Quinton Blair sings convincing country songs because he legitimately lives the life in rural Manitoba. Quinton talks about performing on the rodeo circuit, western songs vs. mainstream country and more. He’s joined by a returning guest (WR093 and WR015), urban cowboy Country Steve. Both fellers perform live and help select “shack” songs.

294. WR126: The Mixtape
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Description: We had a regular interview episode lined up for this week, but technical difficulties meant the file couldn't be accessed right away, so we put something special together for you in its place. The Witchpolice Mixtape is a collection of all of the live performances on the show dating back to January 2014, in a handy podcast format. It's well over an hour of great, primarily local music!

295. WR125: Nyco Rudolph / Tiff Bartel / Allan Lorde
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Description: We talk to a lot of musicians on this show, but there are aspects of the music biz that go beyond just the performance on stage. For this episode, Sam talked show posters with graphic designers/illustrators Nyco Rudolph, Tiff Bartel and returning guest Allan Lorde (whose previous appearance was our most popular episode of 2013).

296. WR124: Frek Sho pt. II
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Description: Frek Sho was one of the definitive Canadian rap groups of the 1990s. In this special two-part episode, Rob and Elliott caught up with Frek Sho rappers Ismaila and Micill Shazzam Write to discuss the group's origins, its recorded catalogue and more. Part two covers the time frame from Frek Sho's first national exposure and the iconic "Patience" video until the group's eventual dissolution.

297. WR123: Frek Sho pt. I
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Description: Frek Sho was one of the definitive Canadian rap groups of the 1990s. In this special two-part episode, Rob and Elliott caught up with Frek Sho rappers Ismaila and Micill Shazzam Write to discuss the group's origins, its recorded catalogue and more. Part one covers the early days of Frek Sho and Twisted Spirits, Ismaila and Shazzam's recollections of the nascent Winnipeg rap scene, Frek Sho's first national exposure and the iconic "Patience" video.

298. WR122: Clipwing
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Description: Sam hung out with all four members of globe-trotting alternative punk band Clipwing in their basement jamspace to talk "zamboni" songs, European tours and more! The fellas are about to release their new Ashford EP, produced by Propagandhi frontman (and past Witchpolice Radio guest) Chris Hannah.

299. WR121: Idrissa and the PeaceMakers
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Description: Idrissa Turay (a/k/a Alaska) is a singer originally from Sierra Leone, currently living in Winnipeg. With his band, the PeaceMakers, he plays a unique combination of reggae, calypso and the sounds of his African home country. Idrissa and PeaceMakers drummer Gary Asselin were the guests on this week’s performance-heavy episode.

300. WR120: Gruf the Druid and The Gumshoe Strut
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Description: If you don’t think Gruf the Druid is Winnipeg’s best rapper, you probably have him on your shortlist. Between Frek Sho, Fermented Reptile, Sound Barriers and his acclaimed solo records, Gruf is an iconic figure on the local rap scene. He has also released a new album, Surface Area, produced by his Winnipeg rap contemporary The Gumshoe Strut (Your Brother in my Backpack, Turn the Gun). They both join Sam on the podcast to talk about the new record and, appropriately, “pagan” songs.

301. WR119: Chivas & Kream, Matt Redd, KayR, Billy Mys & Kris Cadence (RhymeLabb)
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Description: Chivas & Kream return to the podcast to promote their upcoming CD release show (April 4, Park Theatre, Winnipeg) alongside most of the other artists on the bill. Rappers Matt Redd, KayR and RhymeLabb members Billy Mys and Kris Cadence talk "clothing songs" and the realities of being a rapper in the age of YouTube.

302. WR118: Occvlt Hand
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Description: This week we're talking "nutrition" songs with Terrance Williams and Josh Bedry of doom/sludge/hardcore band Occvlt Hand, who recently released their debut cassette, Devils Work. If you like metal and/or food, this is the podcast episode for you! The fellas talk about eating healthy, occult imagery, tapes vs. CD-Rs and more. Regular listeners may recognize Terrance from his previous appearance on the show back in Oct. 2013 or from his other gig as co-host of the Couch Surfin' podcast, our pals on the Garbage Hill Podcast Network.

303. WR117: RasTamils
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Description: East meets west on this week’s episode, featuring the two founding members of innovative local reggae outfit RasTamils. Franklin Fernando and Martin Valach mine their cultural backgrounds to create a unique roots sound as influenced by Sri Lanka as it is by Jamaica. They’re currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign for their debut full-length, “A Dream,” which is slated to come out in summer 2015. You can hear a track from the upcoming record in this episode's intro.

304. WR116: None the Wiser
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Description: This week, Sam drops in on None the Wiser singer/guitarist Eli Matas to drink non-alcoholic beers, talk “intensity” songs and more! None the Wiser is a folk/funk/psychedelic/rock/party machine with well over a decade of history and a new release called Smoke and Mirrors (which has glorious cover art, by the way).

305. WR115: The Brat Attack
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Description: Note: Dave has been accused of some pretty heinous acts of a sexual nature. This episode was recorded and released prior to the recent outpouring of accusations against him. As such, it's a discussion about music only, like the previous 114 episodes (and the dozens of episodes we've done since) and his personal life is not discussed.

306. WR114: The Thrashers
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Description: Surf-punks The Thrashers are about to release their sci-fi opus, Robot Invaders From the Death Galaxy, but first they sat down to talk about “dust” songs, skateboarding, space robots and more! Recorded on location with the portable doohickey.

307. WR113: JFK and the Conspirators
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Description: For this double-length episode, Sam sat down with JFK and the Invisible Man of iconic Winnipeg ska/reggae/dancehall group JFK and the Conspirators. In this overview of the band’s career and catalogue, JFK talks about how he became interested in reggae music, the ups and downs of his career — including a stint as the frontman of Montreal’s Kingpins — and his uniquely Canadian deejay style.

308. WR112: The New Wild
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Description: The Guezen brothers of blues-rock weirdos The New Wild join us in the Blanket Fort to talk “biker” songs, performing as a duo, the timeless appeal of the blues and more. They recently released a debut EP, and they’re generating a lot of buzz in Winnipeg with their fuzzed-out, instrument-switching sound.

309. WR111: METZ/Subsistench
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Description: This week's episode is a little unusual, in that it's made up of two interviews with out-of-town musicians. The first half of the show is an interview Sam did with Alex Edkins of Toronto noise-rock band METZ for Stylus Magazine. METZ are currently touring Western Canada with a couple of dates in Winnipeg (happening right around the time of this episode's release). They also have a new LP coming out this spring. The second half of the episode is conversation with the big homie Doug Feaver of Montreal sewer rockers Subsistench (not to mention Dead Future, Corona Ferox and more). Subsistench has a new cassette out and they have an interesting connection with this podcast. A year or so ago, Doug was going to host some of his own Witchpolice Radio episodes out east, but when he sat down to record the first one, he ended up starting a band with the guest instead.

310. WR110: Smoky Tiger
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Description: Psychedelic drugs! Tarot cards! Spirit animals! It's our episode with the one and only Smoky Tiger talking "accident" songs, performing live and more!

311. WR109: Last Panel Podcast / National Music Centre
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Description: It's a packed house in the Blanket Fort as hosts Sam, Jon and Rob are together again to talk "brain" songs with guest Julijana Capone and Jamie Cote. A former Winnipegger, Julijana is now with the National Music Centre, a fantastic museum (and much more) based in Calgary. The NMC is working toward a massive project launch in 2016, so Julijana fills us in on some of details. Jamie may be known to some of you as a member of late-90s/early-00s Winnipeg ska bands Grandpa's Army and the early incarnation of The Barrymores -- both with Witchpolice co-host Sam -- but that's not why he's here. He's co-hosting a new podcast about comics called The Last Panel.

312. WR108: Marcin Cienski
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Description: Happy new year! We're kicking off the third calendar year of this show's existence (kind of... it started in late 2012) with an episode hosted by Jon and special guest host Dominika Dratwa. They talk "sphere" songs with Marcin Cienski, a realist painter from the Philadelphia by way of Poland.

313. WR107: Ziggy Marley
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Description: Here's your last episode of 2014! It's a bonus episode that doesn't fall into the usual Witchpolice Radio format because it wasn't originally recorded as a podcast. Back in the fall, WR host Sam had the opportunity to interview reggae icon Ziggy Marley for a piece in Metro Winnipeg. He recorded the conversation, of course, and it's presented here along with a number of Ziggy's songs interspersed throughout. The chat itself is fairly short (as Sam was only given a short window of time with Marley), but the songs flesh it out to a reasonable length.

314. WR106: Pop Crimes
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Description: Happy holidays! This week's episode features Kevin Strang, drummer for Winnipeg post-punkers Pop Crimes. Kevin also owns/operates the Bonzer Records label. In a rare (for us) one-host/one-guest podcast, Sam hung out in Kevin's apartment to talk about the randomly-generated "banana" theme, touring, releasing vinyl, Cuban rap and more.

315. WR105: John Smith / Lonnie Ce / Nestor Wynrush
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Description: This week's episode started as a preview for tomorrow's Holiday Rap Convention (at which all three of our guests and one of the hosts will be performing), but the randomly-generated "breathless" theme took things in a more serious direction due to current events in the United States. This episode features rapper John Smith, DJ Lonnie Ce and Witchpolice Radio's unofficial Fifth Beatle* Elliott Walsh (a/k/a Nestor Wynrush).

316. WR104: Gold Mountain
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Description: It's another timely episode! This week's guests, Gold Mountain, are releasing their debut EP this Friday at the Handsome Daughter (presented by our Garbage Hill pals Team Steve). We had three-quarters of the band in the Blanket Fort to talk about the randomly-generated "buzz" theme, which is fitting, considering the attention this band is (deservedly) getting lately for their keyboard-heavy, punk and folk-informed rock sound.

317. WR103: Autumn Still
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Description: Just ahead of their EP release show (seriously, if you're listening to this right when it comes out, the show is tomorrow), we hung out with understated pop trio Autumn Still and talked about songs that relate to the randomly-generated "mountain" theme. They brought some instruments, too, for a live performance in the Blanket Fort!

318. WR102: Matt Foster of The Crooked Brothers
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Description: Things get mega-weird on this guest appearance by our pal Matt Foster, 1/3 of Winnipeg roots wizards The Crooked Brothers. Matt joins us to select songs about the randomly-generated "panic" theme, talk about the Bros.' busy touring schedule, their new record and more! He also performs a semi-improvised song live.

319. WR101: Shadez
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Description: Co-host Rob Crooks is back, joined by frequent guest Elliott Walsh for a special episode with the members of Winnipeg rap icons Shadez. With choice cuts from the group's catalogue (dating back to the early '90s) throughout, they discuss the early days of the Winnipeg hip-hop scene, their experience trying to grow their audience across Canada, and the culture shifts they've encountered along the way.

320. WR100: Propagandhi
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Description: For our 100th episode (bet you never thought we'd make it this far, did you?), we invite Propagandhi frontman, Escape Velocity Radio co-host and hockey-loving activist Chris Hannah to the blanket fort. Chris talks about the history of his band, staying true to his values and being a banger, as well as the randomly-generated "murder" theme

321. WR099: Greek Riots
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Description: For this week's episode, Sam wandered into the wilds of Westwood to record Winnipeg indie rockers Greek Riots on location from their jamspace. The fellers discussed the band's new EP, Cavalier, being released Nov. 8 at the Cavern, and songs that relate to the randomly-generated "pool" theme.

322. WR098: Jared McKetiak / Grant Partridge
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Description: For our second annual live on UMFM episode, we were joined in the UMFM studio on Oct. 20 by station manager Jared McKetiak and board game designer (Vulture Culture) Grant Partridge. This episode’s randomly-generated theme word was “gargantuan”. Congratulations to UMFM for another successful Pledge-O-Rama event!

323. WR097: Michael Elves
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Description: We’re in the middle of UMFM’s annual Pledge-O-Rama week, so we talked to the station’s program director (and host of multiple shows), Michael Elves, about the importance of community radio, writing about music, defining ‘dad-rock’, and the randomly-generated “khaki” theme.

324. WR096: Futurekids
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Description: Just in time for the Oct. 18 release of their Say Goodnight to the Machines CD, we have all four members of local indie rockers Futurekids on the show. They perform live and help us select “Kelvin” songs. (Soon come: video and MP3 of the live stuff!)

325. WR095: Terrorist
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Description: This week’s episode was recorded on-location in a ridiculously smoke-filled downtown apartment with the sometimes unemployed, sometimes homeless members of Terrorist. If you haven’t heard Terrorist, they’re a glorious “avant-garde powerviolence” (or grindcore or crust or “scourviolence” or whatever the latest show poster describes them as) trio with a new digital EP and a 7” on the way.

326. WR094: Royal Canoe
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Description: Coming off a 2014 Juno nomination for their critically-acclaimed Today We’re Believers record and a jam-packed, festival-heavy summer of touring, Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe are headed back out on the road before hunkering down and working on a follow-up. The group’s rhythm section — our pals Brendan Berg and Derek Allard — stopped by the basement to reminisce about old times, share road stories, and get passionate about their hometown.

327. WR093: Country Steve
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Description: We go full-on spaghetti western this week with our good friend Country Steve, who is about to release his first full-length album (for new local roots label Golden Oak Record Company) after over a decade (on and off) in the Winnipeg music scene. Steve performed live and helped us select songs based on the randomly-generated “Noose” theme.

328. WR092: Team Steve
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Description: Podcast-o-rama! We welcome Steve and...Steve from Team Steve to the basement for the "obsession" episode. These guys host a local punk show on punkrockradio.net, a streaming online radio station based in Australia (where one of the Steves is from). Both Steves play in the band Bearfight and one of them -- the Canadian one -- is currently in a number of other bands, including Clipwing.

329. WR091: Dave Hillyard of The Slackers
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Description: New York ska/reggae/soul legends The Slackers are coming to Winnipeg for the first time in over a decade, so we had a conversation with sax player Dave Hillyard! Dave talked about life on the road, reissuing classic Slackers material on vinyl ("vinyl" being the randomly-generated theme this week), his influences as a musician and more.

330. WR090: Mobina Galore
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Description: Things get spooooky this week with the mighty Mobina Galore and the randomly-generated "ghost" theme! Jenna (guitar/vocals) and Marcia (drums/vocals) have been busy -- they're preparing a new album to be released this December, have been touring relentlessly, and recently released the awesome "Bad Love Song" video... but they also made time to hang out in the Witchpolice basement!

331. WR040: Darryl Reilly
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Description: 40 episodes! This week, the fellas talk to Darryl Reilly of CKUW's venerable Peg City Groove and excellent band the Guerrillas of Soul about the "Agitator" theme (easily confused with "Alligator").

332. WR039: Mike Maryniuk / Pip Skid
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Description: If you've been listening to this show for a while, you may remember our guest from episode #26, Pip Skid. He's back again, as a fill-in host this time, and he forms like Voltron with our own Rob Crooks to talk with this week's guest, filmmaker Mike Maryniuk, about the "soldier" theme. This trio has worked together before, kind of, on Pip's "I Never Knew" video, but Mike's best-known work is probably his involvement with the excellent (seriously, watch it) Winnipeg Jets/psychedelia documentary "Death by Popcorn," which he talks about at length on the show.

333. WR038: Sam Koulack
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Description: This week, Rob and Jon talk about the "bumpy" theme with local musician Sam Koulack of the Wet Bananas and Bronze Kneecap. Sam (not to be confused with Witchpolice Radio's co-host Sam, who is wasn't there for this episode) happens to be Jon's roommate, so this one was probably a little easier to schedule.

334. WR037: Aaron Zeghers / Rhayne Vermette
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Description: This week's li'l slice o' Witchpolice magic features Rob and Jon talking about the "alley" theme with Winnipeg filmmakers Aaron Zeghers and Rhayne Vermette. Lots of discussion about poorly-attended shows, sunglasses, etc. Jon makes an ill-advised decision to read some poetry. You know. The usual. Aaron may be familiar to some of you as 1/5 of Sit Down Tracy, but films are the name of his game these days, and you can check out his handiwork on his website, the Cineflyer blog, his Vimeo page or the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival's site. Rhayne's work can be found at her Vimeo page and at the MB Cold Storage Tumblr.

335. WR036: Nestor Wynrush / JD Ormond
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Description: If there's such thing as a "very special episode" of Witchpolice Radio, this is it. When we realized #36 was coming around, we temporarily scrapped the regular format of a randomly-generated theme word and decided to make a one-off (for now, anyway) episode specifically about one group: the Wu-Tang Clan. To help us nerd out about the Wu, we invited past guests Elliott Walsh, a/k/a Nestor Wynrush, (who first appeared on episode #19) and Ultra Mega frontman JD Ormond (episode #13) along for the ride. What you get here is about two-and-a-half hours of Wu-Tang love, plus some awesome song choices from throughout the career of the group and its many, many offshoots. Despite the length of the thing, the Wu mythology (and discography) is so deep that we barely scratched the surface.

336. WR035: Jesse Matas
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Description: It's the long-awaited Jesse Matas episode! Jesse, whose music is on Witchpolice as a solo artist, as a member of The Pookies and as a member of his current group, The Crooked Brothers, was at the top of our must-have guests list when we started this show. We've all known him (and played music with him) since at least 1995, so this episode went extra-long. As a result, we had to split it into two parts. (You can also check out an interview with Jesse about his classic "Rollin' in the Juicebox") Here's part one, which includes a live performance by Jesse as one of his song choices inside the show proper (first time that's ever happened) as well as some very interesting discussion about that week's theme, "train."

337. WR034: Microdot
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Description: We're back to full strength this week, with all three hosts and guest Rob Nay of the excellent Winnipeg garage rawkers Microdot (who just put out the also excellent Middle Age Dating on Dub Ditch Picnic)! Rob talks tape labels, Saturday morning cartoons and the mid-90s with us as we get "groovy" with our randomly-generated theme!

338. WR033: Kvik
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Description: Jon's back as co-host this week for the first episode in a while. For #33, we talk "tapes" with Simon Thibaudeau, a/k/a Winnipeg-by-way-of-Montreal noise artist Kvik. This episode marks the first major technical difficulties we've had in the show's history (not bad for 33 episodes), where the memory card on the recording unit conked out partway through a key part of the show. As a result, an entire section is missing, and it happens to be the part where we discussed, at length, one of my all-time favourite bands, Alien Hybrid. Thankfully, I enlisted Rob Crooks to record the intro with me even though he wasn't present for this episode, and we talked Alien Hybrid tapes awhile at the beginning of the show. Tragedy averted? Maybe? Anyway, Simon was a very interesting guest, coming from a very DIY/tape-heavy scene himself, and this is probably the most "out" of any of our shows thus far in terms of content...which is great!

339. WR032: Steve Jowsey / Drew Diduke
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Description: Our pals at DEAFWISH are represented on Witchpolice Radio for the third consecutive week, this time in the person of Drew Diduke, a member of Deafwish band Up n' Atom. He joined hosts Sam, Rob and fellow guest Steve Jowsey -- ex-Up n' Atom drummer and current member of Clipwing and Prophet) to talk about the "hostage" theme. The result is a totally gnarly high-five pop-punk fest, dudes. Check it out.

340. WR031: Rock Trembath / Natalie Haines-Wallace
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Description: Here's the second Deafwish episode in a row! This week featured Deafwish CVO (Central Victory Officer) Rock Trembath (a/k/a DJ Found Dead) as a last-minute guest when one of our scheduled people had to cancel. He joined guest Natalie Haines-Wallace to talk about the "tomb" theme... something that worked out pretty well, considering the rushed circumstances. It's also the third episode in a row with one host and two guests, as Rob and Jon were still in Montreal when we recorded this.

341. WR030: Kent Davies / White Dawg
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Description: We managed to (unintentionally) arrange things so we have three weeks in a row of guests connected to Winnipeg's Deafwish record label, kicking off with episode #30 and Michael "White Dawg" Johnson, a/k/a Durrt Dawg a/k/a Dirt Swan, hypeman for Deafwish artist Employee of the Month, spelling bee champ and all-around good guy. He's joined by Kent Davies, who is very familiar to most of Witchpolice's readers thanks to the Tales From CKUW section on this website and the countless times he's allowed Dynamo, The Mouth-Boat, Galactus, Rob Crooks and other combinations of this program's three hosts to appear on his Peg City Groove CKUW program (he also hosts Amateur Hour).

342. WR029: Indicator Indicator / Jenny Henkelman
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Description: Our guests: Sandy Taronno, a/k/a indie-pop wizard Indicator Indicator and frontman of the on-hiatus Quinzy. He was also in the mighty Del Paxton and many other projects, dating back to the mid-90s or so. Jenny Henkelman is a CKUW radio host ("The Book of Right-On," Thursday afternoons), a podcaster ("Fatties on Ice"), a Polaris Prize jurist and a past editor of Stylus Magazine. This week's theme was "hospital" and Sandy played a song at the end. We talked about science fiction, French Immersion, being a teenager in the 90s, and more! Very little discussion about the actual medical profession, now that I think of it.

343. WR028: Damien Ferland
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Description: For episode #28, Winnipeg filmmaker, music video director and DJ Damien Ferland stopped by the basement to talk about the "tooth" theme. This was another four-person episode, and it was a pretty animated discussion. Lots of talk about Bjork. Damien, apparently, loves Bjork. We talk about other things too, of course, including a whole lotta tooth songs.

344. WR027: Greg Milka Crowe
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Description: I've been a fan of Greg Milka Crowe's music since way back in the 1990s when he was the frontman of Winnipeg ska legends Whole Lotta Milka, so we were really excited to have him on the podcast -- especially since he did a live performance at the end of the show. Greg's currently a member of The Scarlet Union, but he's been involved in a ton of other local ska bands, including The Wedgewoods and The Racketeers (briefly). He's also worked as a producer and co-wrote a ska musical that actually hit the stage here in Winnipeg. We talk about that, about meeting Jamaican legends, about the early days of Stomp Records, and more.

345. WR026: Pip Skid
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Description: This week, Pip Skid chatted with the fellas about "faith." Not to be confused with episode #2's theme of "spiritual," this one runs the gamut from atheism to childhood church experiences to philosophical musings on love and life. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to be a part of this episode, so it's the first Rob + Jon + guest show. They acquit themselves quite well without me. Hopefully we can get this guest back for another show in the future, because as mentioned in the intro, I've enjoyed his records for a very long time (I think I saw Farm Fresh live around '97).

346. WR025: Allan Lorde
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Description: This week: we talk with graphic designer extraordinaire Allan Lorde about paranoia. This is probably the most rap-heavy episode we've done so far, but Al provided solid bookends at the beginning and end of the show with some filthy garage mayhem. It's a rambler of an episode, though. Right from the get-go, we start talking completely off-topic and eventually meander our way back on point. Although most of our guests are local musicians, Mr. Lorde's longtime involvement with the local scene from the visual art side of things definitely fits in with Witchpolice's unofficial "we promote cool shit cool people are doing" mode. If you live in Winnipeg, you've seen this man's art. Seriously. It's been on a pole or a bulletin board near you at one point or another.

347. WR024: Garrett Everett
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Description: This week on Witchpolice Radio, we tackled songs about lawyers with our guest host Garrett Everett. Garrett is familiar to regular Witchpolice readers as one of the people behind the Orange House shows, all of which he's performed at, including the recent Dish Aid. I also played a bunch of loud music with him last summer that never resulted in any serious recordings or shows, but it was good times nonetheless. There's a clip of some garage recordings tacked onto the end of the intro, and although we were ostensibly a doom metal band (or at least that's what we were inspired by), the sample you'll hear isn't that representative of the genre. Garrett also does his own singer-songwriter thing, and he performed a tune at the end of this program.

348. WR023: Jessika Ellement
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Description: This week's guest, Jessika Ellement, was the drummer in Filtered Reality way back in 1995 -- the first real band co-host Rob Crooks and I were ever members of. I've known her even longer, though, since way back in kindergarten, so it was awesome to have her on the show to talk about the (randomly-generated) "bleeds" theme. Jessika doesn't play drums anymore, but she's still muscially inclined, backing up other local artists, and she performed a song at the end of the show as part of our Live Exclusives series.

349. WR022: Johnny Perrin
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Description: This week, the fellas were joined by the one and only John Draper Perrin IV, who stopped by the basement to discuss the "thief" topic. You may know Johnny from his involvement in such local bands as Grandpa's Army, the Brat Attack, TBA, Den of Iniquity, and most recently, Up 'n Atom. Despite being a last-minute guest, Johnny's appearance was actually one of our better episodes, with some legitimately interesting discussion about the recording process (who knew?) We also watched "Hockey's Hardest Hitters" on VHS from 1992 (on mute) while recording the show, which becomes obvious partway through the program. Lots of fun this week.

350. WR021: Allan Koehler
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Description: Our old pal Allan Koehler stopped by the basement to talk about "prostitution" (randomly generated word of the week) songs, eat some "pink goo" and generally hang out. If you don't know Al, he was the dancing robot for the Mouth-Boat, pretty much the fourth member of the band. He sheds a bit of light on this program about the "Sebastian the Robot" silliness -- basically saying he knows nothing about it, but that the costume is still intact and in his possession -- and I tacked part of the ransom note to the beginning of the intro.

351. WR020: John Kendle
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Description: This week's episode features guest host John Kendle, former editor of Uptown magazine. It's a really good listen -- pretty heavy on old war stories about the Royal Albert and Winnipeg's scene back in the mid-1980s. Of course, all of this ties in (somehow) with this week's randomly-generated theme, "Chicago." Despite Uptown's format change, John's still involved in the music journalism thing and occasionally interviews touring acts at the WFP News Cafe these days. Also, if you listen to this week's intro, there's a clip from an episode of Australia's Reaction Podcast (a podcast that reviews other podcasts) discussing our episode #15. Pretty cool.

352. WR019: Nestor Wynrush
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Description: This week's guest is Nestor Wynrush (aka Elliott Walsh), a familiar face (and voice) in the local music scene. Elliott helped us -- in another four-host show -- talk about the "Paperback" theme. This episode is a little more sprawling and off-topic than usual, but it's pretty great, and is one of my personal favourites of the year so far. Get literary with Witchpolice Radio. If you're unfamiliar with Elliott's music, which he kind of downplayed on the show, you should definitely check it out, especially his excellent free live album on Marathon of Dope.

353. WR018: Ryan Simmons
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Description: As we inch ever-closer to 20 episodes, Winnipeg filmmaker Ryan Simmons stopped by the basement to discuss the "Cannibal" theme. This is another three-hosts-n'-a-guest format, and I'm really liking the way these ones are sounding. Ryan has been working on a new video for Witchpolice Radio co-host Rob Crooks, but he's also done videos for local bands like KEN Mode and This Hisses that we all know and love

354. WR017: Birdapres
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Description: Behold! The Witchpolice Radio train continues a-chuggin' down the tracks (and a day ahead of schedule, too!) with our 17th majestic episode, this week featuring a live performance by our guest host, local rap impresario Birdapres. Perhaps you are familiar with some of the multitude of releases Bird (government name Dane Goulet) has appeared on, dating back to the mid-90s (seriously, the man's credits -- per Discogs -- are insane). If you're not, perhaps you should look into that. Immediately.

355. WR015: Mas Steve
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Description: Witchpolice Radio continues in guest mode with this week's instalment, featuring none other than Mas Steve in Jon's usual spot. Rob Crooks is back from Europe, too, and the three of us put our heads together to create a pretty grim episode of the show. When the theme is "traumatic," it's not like there's much of a choice. Steve played a new original song at the end of the show, "Lowdown Manitoba Blues."

356. WR016: Damian Purdy
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Description: Our guest this week was Damian Purdy, whose excellent album as Ripping Hammer has been consistently popular here on Witchpolice and is one of my personal favourite recordings on the entire site. Download it. Seriously. It's great. This week also marked the first four-host episode, with the original three (me, Rob and Jon) back together again alongside our guest. Expect more of this, as we're moving from a "guests sometimes" format to a "guests every episode" format.

357. WR014: Ryan Sanders
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Description: While last week's excellent episode -- the most-downloaded Witchpolice Radio show to date -- focused mainly on old-school country, this one, featuring the inimitable Ryan Sanders (Knifeinmyback, the Brat Attack, a bunch of other cool bands), is somewhat... louder. Aside from Jon's opening selection, everything here is fairly heavy n' distorted. It's a really awesome playlist, coupled with one of the better discussions we've had on the show. Give it a listen. You'll learn a lot about coffee, ill-advised drug rampages, and how Ryan is just a regular criminal, not a hate criminal as one might interpret from one of his early remarks. Oh yeah, and the theme this week is "Fuel." In keeping with our live guest performances, Ryan did a brief spoken-word piece at the end of the show:

358. WR013: JD Ormond
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Description: As Rob Crooks finishes off his European tour, Witchpolice Radio soldiers on with yet another guest host. This time, it's JD Ormond of the redoubtable Ultra Mega. JD joined us for a chat about "Failure," which resulted in a lot of old-timey country stuff getting played, and he capped off the show with an excellent solo performance of Ultra Mega's "Hamburglar Blues."

359. WR012: Shauna Alcorn
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Description: This week's episode is all about being "Dependent." Along with guest host Shauna Alcorn , Witchpolice Radio regulars Sam and Jon discussed synth music, record collection, Jon's innate ability to encourage others to drink to excess, and more. Oh, and we played some great songs, too, based on the randomly-generated theme.

360. WR011: Tim Haverluck
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Description: Since Rob Crooks is still in Europe, we brought in another guest host this week -- Tim Haverluck of local bands The Stabs, the Smash Brothers, the Red River Ramblers, and awesome back-in-the-day punk bands like Kirby and Gherkin. In a first for this program, Tim performed a live song at the end of the show. It was meant to illustrate a particular guitar style he was talking about, but I really like how it turned out, and I'm going to encourage all of our future guests (assuming they're muscial) to do the same. This show, somehow, also marks the first time we've ever played a local band on-air, as KEN mode's "The Hammer Party" fit the theme. And yes, Tim, that's "KEN mode," not "Keb Mo'."

361. WR010: Science
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Description: This week's episode of Witchpolice Radio features special guest host Greg Arcade (filling in for Rob). All kinds of madness ensues. The theme for episode #9 is "Ruined," which seems weird until you realize it can from a random word generator. We try our best to associate songs with the theme and ended up playing some really good stuff. Lots of reminiscing about the good old days on this one

362. WR009: Greg Arcade
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Description: This week's episode of Witchpolice Radio features special guest host Greg Arcade (filling in for Rob). All kinds of madness ensues. The theme for episode #9 is "Ruined," which seems weird until you realize it can from a random word generator. We try our best to associate songs with the theme and ended up playing some really good stuff. Lots of reminiscing about the good old days on this one

363. WR008: Dave Halcrow
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Description: Jon couldn't make it to the recording session, so he was temporarily replaced by Mr. Dave Halcrow, of local bands like The Brat Attack and Talk City (who had one song on the Be Our Friend compilation, but I'm hoping to get more of their music on here.) Dave was a good substitute, and played stuff that neither Rob nor I would have otherwise listened to, so it was cool. Expect more guest hosts in future, as our schedules are such that getting all three of us in a room at the same time isn't always a given. Rob is going to Europe soon, so we'll have some fill-in hosts while he's gone as well.

364. WR007: Fire
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Description: The fellas and I took a break from Witchpolice Radio over the holidays, so our loyal listeners (all 10 of them) had to go without the dulcet tones of our voices for two whole weeks. I imagine the withdrawal must have been terrible. Anyway, we return with episode 7, themed around fire. If it sounds like we're just getting these themes from a random word generator... well, we kind of are. As usual on the show, we all pick songs that are loosely based on the one-word theme, and this week turned out to be a pretty awesome selection. We did get a little sidetracked by a series of long rants about neck tattoos, mind you.

365. WR006: Police
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Description: This is the police episode. It's a little long, rambly and off-topic, but I think it's actually a pretty solid program. The song selection is great, and although we tend to go way off-topic on this one, there's some pretty interesting stuff, including a rant about third-wave ska, a critique of Paul McCartney's "Nirvana" performance and some discussion about the local rap scene. This'll (likely) be the last episode for 2012, as the holidays mean we're going to be hard-pressed to record and post anything until the new year (although who knows, maybe it'll happen).

366. WR005: New York
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Description: This week the theme is New York, a city none of us have ever visited. There's a massive range of songs about NY, so we had a lot to choose from, but the show ended up being one of the most aggressive we've done to date, with a lot of short, loud n' fast numbers.

367. WR004: Drugs
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Description: Here's the latest episode of the Witchpolice Radio podcast. This week's theme was "Drugs," which proved to be a little difficult, since it's such a prevalent topic in music. It wasn't hard to find songs, it was hard to choose the best ones to play. As usual, there's a short (one-hour) version as well as a longer, more rambling version, but the extended one gives you more discussion about straight-edge, hating the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the ethics of eating meat, television and other off-topic turns. I think this is one of our better podcasts to date, just in the music selection alone, but you can be the judge of that.

368. WR003: Diseases
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Description: In this, the third weekly episode of Witchpolice Radio, Rob, Jon and Sam tackle the latest theme: Diseases. As with episode #2, there's a full-length version coming in at just over an hour and half, plus the concise, edited one-hour version. This time, my editing wizardry has improved, so both include all nine songs.

369. WR002: Spiritual
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Description: Episode #2's theme is "spiritual music," which, like the other themes we're going to do, is totally up to the interpretation of the show's three hosts/selectors. Since the first episode ended up being well over two hours in length, we tried to keep things a little more concise this time around, but it still wound up being over an hour and a half. If you want to hear the full version, you get two extra songs and a lot more discussion, but if you'd prefer a tight one-hour podcast, there's an edited version available as well.

370. WR001: First Show
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Description: So we finally got around to doing a podcast. I've been talking about this idea for years, and it came to fruition a few days ago when I sat down with Jon Askholm and Rob Crooks * * and recording a rambling, over-long 'radio show'. The format, if you want to call it that, was that we would each play records and discuss them, and despite a slow start, it actually started working out. We'll be ironing out the kinks in subsequent weeks (it's going to be a weekly show), cutting the show down to an hour and having a weekly theme... but here's the raw, unpolished debut episode of Witchpolice Radio.