Operation Manatee #16: My Canadian Bits Are Tingling

Canada: it’s fuckin cool. This week Chris and Cory demonstrate why, in musical form.

Canada Guitar
Well, it was Canada Day yesterday. Not a big deal for some, a really big deal for others. Here at OpMan, we mostly just look at it as a good excuse to play a bunch of great Canadian music.

And why not? There’s no shortage of great Canadian music. CRTC requires that at least 33% of what we hear on Canadian radios is Canadian Content. Because of this, we often get lost in a sea of of perpetual aural sludge as stations quickly find out what sells and just play it on repeat because it’s easier than digging to find better music or more variety that isn’t as popular.

Thank everyone’s various gods for Community Radio! We’re lucky in Regina (like most major centers) to have an option that is far less guided by the pop charts and based much more on programmer’s eagerness to show off cool music that you may not have heard before.

Tune in tonight from 11:00 to midnight for a selection of Canadian music that you could not possibly hear anywhere else in Regina. We promise.

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Operation Manatee #9: Moving Forward, Looking Backward

Cory and Chris visit some favourites from the ’90s and from today and find a surprising amount of time to badmouth Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.

The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins

It’s Tuesday again, and naturally, that means you are wet (salivating, you dog) with excitement at this week’s show! Well, we’re excited too! Or… at least, Chris is. Chris assumes Cory is as well. Chris is excited because he thinks he can pull off a mix of old and new favourites for tonight.

Writing about myself in 3rd person is weird. Hell with it.

I found myself listening to some old favourites since last week and really really want to play some of them. I don’t want to get stuck in ’90s rock hell, though, so I dug out some of my recent favs as well. I’ve gathered an alarming amount of great new music in downloaded form (legally, because ripping off musicians is f’d up) over the past couple of years, and it’s about time I started getting serious about playing it on OpMan. Cory has mentioned too that he’d like to dive more into newer stuff.

With that in mind and with the rest of the day to think about it, we’ll see what we can come up with. In the end, you can be sure that at least you’ll be able to listen to some really good stuff!

Stay up with us from 11:00 to midnight tonight. We’re looking forward to it.

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