Witchpolice Radio

Interviews

Acclaimed Manitoba-centric music interview podcast. Hosted by Winnipeg journalist and massive record nerd Sam Thompson. Music talk radio, broadcasting from 2012 'til forever. DIY or die.

Location:

Winnipeg, Canada

Description:

Acclaimed Manitoba-centric music interview podcast. Hosted by Winnipeg journalist and massive record nerd Sam Thompson. Music talk radio, broadcasting from 2012 'til forever. DIY or die.

Language:

English


Episodes

From the Vault: The Watchmen (2014)

2/2/2023
Here's a throwback episode -- it's a re-release of one of the "lost" podcasts from 2014 -- an early Witchpolice interview that didn't get added to the current podcast feed. This one was originally released as episode #77 (the show wasn't even into triple-digits yet!) and featured a phone interview with Sammy Kohn, drummer of iconic Winnipeg rockers The Watchmen. I hope you dig it. It's in the show's old format, so if you're new to Witchpolice Radio, you're better off listening to a 2023...

Duration:00:48:47

WR763: Velvet Blitz

1/30/2023
This episode features two members of Velvet Blitz talking about releasing music at the height of the pandemic (and the evolution of their songs since they’ve been able to rehearse in person), coming from Winnipeg’s vibrant Filipino music community, blending funk, blues and punk influences with straight-ahead rock n’ roll, and more. (We also talked about the really PURPLE-heavy graphic design on their records) This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand...

Duration:00:40:26

WR762: Yelverton Undertow

1/27/2023
Rob Rodgers is the Winnipeg half of interprovincial indie rock duo Yelverton Undertow! We talked about the two-decades-in-the-making collaboration with a former bandmate in Newfoundland, leaving tapes in the wild, the upcoming Yelverton Undertow EP and its almost-release on vinyl, and much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon....

Duration:00:45:14

WR761: Fox Lake

1/23/2023
Here's a conversation with members of Fox Lake about releasing an LP during the pandemic, struggling to explain what kind of music they play (is it math rock? Is it Midwest emo? Is it “punk-adjacent”?), remote songwriting with one member living out of province, and much more! This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for...

Duration:00:48:08

WR760: Lifte

1/19/2023
Solo artist Andrew Floyd's latest project, Lifte, is a very personal one. His raw new cover album, 'Disconnected' — as well as his previous releases of original music — act as an emotional outlet for the experience of being caregiver for his wife, who has primary progressive multiple sclerosis. We talked about creativity as catharsis, responses to the record from friends and family, sleeping on hospital chairs, connecting with other caregivers and loved ones of MS patients, and much...

Duration:00:43:39

WR759: D.B. and the Deadbeats

1/16/2023
I sat down with two members of long-running local “blues on steroids” outfit D.B. and the Deadbeats for a conversation about the band’s dozen years in the scene, trading their amped-up sound for stripped-down acoustic duo gigs during the pandemic, respecting the blues OGs, and much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon.You can...

Duration:00:39:08

WR758: Patrick Michalishyn

1/12/2023
Synth experimentalist Patrick Michalishyn is back on the podcast! Great conversation about his new soundtrack-without-a-movie (Klont), reviving the Sounds Escaping label, performing live, and much more! This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Want more Michalishyn? Hear him on episode #298 (July 2019) and Quick Hits II (April 2021) Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on...

Duration:00:55:19

WR757: Car 287

1/9/2023
They call themselves the oldest band that can be thought of as "emerging artists" — I sat down with four members of Car 287 for a wide-ranging conversation about transitioning from being a cover band to playing original music, finding a place in the local music scene, getting creative during the pandemic, and much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who supports...

Duration:00:38:14

WR756: Twintwa

1/5/2023
I sat down with Twintwa's David Fort to talk about returning to Winnipeg for a wild show this Sunday (Jan. 8 at Bevvy Teyems Studio), nostalgic feelings for the Winnipeg airport, performing Twintwa's "deep Earth folk" as a solo act on this trip, and much more. There's also a very brief chat partway through with Jo Wolfclan (who was nearby when we did the interview). Jo is performing at Sunday's event alongside Twintwa, Eagle Lake Owls, Velveteen, and Kaiti Rieder Three of the four songs on...

Duration:00:35:09

WR755: Mooki

1/2/2023
On this first episode of the new year, I caught up with local rapper, singer and breakdancer Mooki and talked about the new ‘City Hunter’ album (with Ali Wan Kenobi), contributing to the culture, developing a sound and style he wants to hear, and much more. Need more Mooki? You can also hear him on episode #481 (April 2020). This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who...

Duration:00:29:26

WR754: Humous

12/29/2022
Local lo-fi power trio Humous just released a new EP — their first entirely in Tagalog after a series of excellent English-language releases. I sat down with Julius (vocals/bass) and JC (drums) to talk about the EP, their upcoming 10-year anniversary as a band, experimenting with heavier sounds, and much more! Need more Humous? Check out episode #387 (May 2019) and #555 (Jan. 2021)! This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in...

Duration:00:45:37

WR753: Favourite local albums of 2022 part two

12/27/2022
It's (almost) the end of the year, so I decided to turn my annual year-end "favourite local albums" list into a podcast! Here's part two -- the top five of my overall top 15 -- in an overstuffed episode that includes clips from interviews with a number of artists who made the list, and much more. Part one, numbers 6 through 15, can be heard here. Part two includes releases by KEN mode, Christine Fellows, Age of Self, Jacob Brodovsky, and Scott Nolan. As mentioned in the intro, I'm sure...

Duration:01:06:30

WR752: Favourite local albums of 2022 part one

12/22/2022
It's (almost) the end of the year, so I decided to turn my annual year-end "favourite local albums" list into a podcast! Here's part one -- numbers six through 15 of my overall top 15 -- in an overstuffed episode that includes clips from interviews with a number of artists who made the list, and much more. Part two, my top five, will be out next episode. Part one includes releases by artists like Turn the Gun, Well Sister, Ultra Mega, Jocelyn Gould, The Secret Beach, JayWood, Death Trip,...

Duration:01:31:18

WR751: Manther

12/19/2022
It was a crowded (virtual) house when I sat down with the members of the excellently-named crossover band Manther! We talked about their new EP, wearing a cat-gimp costume while performing live, the other Manthers (shhhh), D&D-inspired artwork and so much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon! You can help out for as little as...

Duration:00:30:21

WR750: Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra

12/16/2022
The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra recently released Voices: A Musical Heritage — a collection of pieces by local composers with cultural backgrounds ranging from Nigeria to Ukraine to Brazil and beyond. Here's a conversation with WJO conductor Richard Gillis, about the new disc, bringing international sounds to a big band setting, the orchestra’s long history, and much more! This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch...

Duration:00:48:02

WR749: Claire Thérèse

12/12/2022
Enjoy this fun conversation with Claire from Claire Thérèse and the Lockdown, who recently released the excellent Villainy! LP. We talked about the “folk-grunge” project’s long-running roots, its changing and expanding lineup of players, self-releasing vinyl and doing things DIY in this digital dystopia, and much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who supports...

Duration:00:50:29

WR748: Age of Self

12/8/2022
Great conversation on this one with Cam Scott, frontman of Age of Self, about hardcore’s ‘complex musical ecology’, sprinting out of the gate as a new band that is already touring, the welcome physicality of playing in a loud band, and much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon! You can help out for as little as $1 a month if...

Duration:00:38:49

WR747: Nick Friesen

12/5/2022
Winnipeg’s Nick Friesen is a busy guy these days. Nick is the artist, animator and songwriter behind cartoon band Olivia Sea, which has expanded to a comic book series, an upcoming graphic novel, and a recent cassette release. He also recently published a collection of short stories and — via his Jaded & Elated and Inservice Records projects — is putting together a tribute album to ‘90s indie rockers Transistor Sound & Lighting Co. We talked about all of this and then some. Check it...

Duration:00:42:36

WR746: Warped and Creased

12/1/2022
I’ve been doing this a while, but I’m not the only long-running music podcaster in this sordid little burg. The hosts of Warped and Creased have been talking about (and reviewing) extreme metal since 2014! We had a conversation about podcasting as a lifeline during the pandemic, the ongoing appeal of physical media in this streaming dystopia, an upcoming show they’re presenting (alongside Eye and Ear Control Records) at the Park Theatre, and much more! This episode brought to you by our...

Duration:00:31:59

WR745: KNG JMZ

11/28/2022
This episode features an interesting interview with ‘new’ — but not new to the culture — local hip-hop artist KNG JMZ! Check out our conversation about navigating the administrative side of music, the way rap has changed, the importance of lyrics, and much more! Note: as I mention in the intro, I had to use the backup audio for this episode because of a file problem, but it's still absolutely listenable. This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand...

Duration:00:41:12