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WR309: Ticketmomster

8/15/2018
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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!

Duration:00:28:52

WR308: JayWood

8/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:50

WR307: Crabskull

8/8/2018
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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.

Duration:01:07:05

WR306: Northern Royals

8/4/2018
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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!

Duration:01:02:00

WR305: Chenoa McKelvey and Jacob Letkeman at Mom's House

8/1/2018
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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.

Duration:00:15:40

WR304: Sophie Stevens

7/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:48:00

WR303: Giant Skellies

7/25/2018
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... 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.

Duration:00:41:58

WR302: Scoped Exposure

7/21/2018
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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!

Duration:00:42:08

WR301: The Love Tongues

7/18/2018
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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.

Duration:00:54:16

WR300: Del Barber

7/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:56:37

WR299: Lounge FM

7/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:52:51

WR298: Sounds Escaping

7/7/2018
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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!

Duration:00:44:34

WR297: The Sturgeons

7/3/2018
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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.

Duration:00:46:02

WR296: Ryan Stanley Shodine

6/30/2018
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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.

Duration:00:44:23

WR295: Thatcher Robinson

6/27/2018
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"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.

Duration:00:53:35

WR294: Northern Touch Music Festival

6/23/2018
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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!

Duration:00:27:39

WR293: Vampires

6/20/2018
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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.

Duration:01:14:19

WR292: Project: Constellation

6/16/2018
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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!

Duration:00:46:42

WR291: Ragdolls

6/12/2018
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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.

Duration:00:51:58

WR290: Joe Curtis at Mom's House

6/9/2018
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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...

Duration:00:17:08