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WR342: Satanic Rights

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...


WR341: Mitten Claps

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.


WR340: Rob Knaggs

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.


WR339: Bryan Sveinson (UMFM's The Pity Party)

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.


WR338: Softswitch

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.


WR337: El Leon

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!


WR336: Connor Biggs

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.


WR335: Nice Cops

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.


WR334: Romi Mayes

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.


WR333: Plain as Ghosts

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!


WR332: Jesse Matas

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.


WR331: Greg Arcade

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.


WR330: Two Crows For Comfort

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.


WR329: JD and the Sunshine Band

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!


WR328: Keith Price

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...


WR327: Drinkbleachh

'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...


WR326: Sebastian Owl

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...


WR325: Podcasts vs. Radio panel at MBPodFest 2018

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...


WR324: Lana Winterhalt

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...


WR323: Mobina Galore

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.