Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 6, 2017

https://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20171106

This week's episode of BTT was hosted by Linda Cunningham, who played some great stuff, a very varied (always wanted to say that!) setlist.  Many thanks to Linda for filling in!  I'll be back for the next program, on Monday, November 13, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 fm, www.cjsw.com.  Please join me!

Andrew

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October 30, 2017

https://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20171030/

First show after the annual CJSW funding drive (more on the FD below).  This was a particularly good one, I think.  Great music, mostly recent, in a variety of styles, with a few trips into the past.  And I managed to play 10 pieces of music in one hour (mostly; I only got to play about half of the last track in the show, "Call of the wild" by Lonnie Smith).

I will talk a bit about one track, the live BBC version of "Slightly all the time" by Soft Machine.  I play Soft Machine a bit too much, I know (I last played them about a month ago, I believe) but I wanted to fit in this song in because I put it on one of the funding drive CDs.  I had announced that all the tracks on the FD CDs had been played on Breaking The Tethers; however, I realized that the Soft Machine tune had not been played yet.  So, I amended that on the Oct. 30 show :-)

Turning to the 2017 CJSW Funding Drive, overall, the FD was a great success.  While the stretch goal of $250,000 was not reached, the main goal of $200,000 was met and more, hitting $210,000.  Looking at the Breaking The Tethers FD show, on Monday, October 23, frequent BTT guest host Linda Cunningham joined me for the hour and we had a great time; we chatted, we asked for money, and played some tunes (off the BTT mix CDs).  I'm not sure how much was pledged to BTT but I do know that there were at least a few folks who donated; I'll have more on this in the weeks to come.  Many thanks to everyone who pledged to Breaking The Tethers and to other CJSW programs!

I'll be away all of next week, in Charleston, SC, for a conference.  Linda will be filling in on the Monday, November 6 edition of BTT (many thanks as always, Linda!).  I'll be back for the Monday, November 13 edition.  Both shows, of course, will be on CJSW, 90.9 fm, www.cjsw.com

Thanks!

Andrew

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

https://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20171023

This was the annual funding drive show for Breaking The Tethers. As with the past two years, I was joined by usual BTT guest host Linda Cunningham.  We did what we said we were going to; we talked, we laughed, we played some tunes.  I hope everyone enjoyed listening. 

On the donation side, there were at least two pledges made while we were on air.  Many thanks to Devin and Colleen (and any others) for their pledges!  I won't know the final amount for the show until the after the drive ends; pledges can be made anytime for any show at fundingdrive.ca.  Pledges can also be made by calling 403-220-5000, 24 hours a day until Friday, October 27, 6 pm.  The total for the station as of about 10:30 am was $72,000 (it hit the $72,000 mark during Breaking The Tethers!).

I'll be back on air next week, Monday, October 30, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM, www.cjsw.com. It'll be a regular kinda show though I may end up doing an all-new release program.  As I'll be away in Charleston, SC for the week, Linda will be behind the board for the Monday, November 6 show.


Andrew

Thursday, October 19, 2017

CJSW Funding Drive 2017 and Breaking The Tethers

Greetings.

The annual CJSW (www.cjsw.com) funding drive (FD) begins tomorrow, Friday, October 20, at 9:00 am.  The FD is the week in the year when CJSW, Calgary's campus and community radio station, calls upon its great listeners for their support.  For 2017, the main goal is $250,000; all of this money will go to capital expenditures, including technical equipment and special projects.  There is also a "stretch" goal of $250,000 this year, which would allow for the purchase of a mobile recording kit.
The funding drive will end on Friday, October 27, at 6:00 pm.

For anyone who would like to pledge, you can call 403-220-5000 once the drive begins or go to fundingdrive.ca.  There are some fine incentives at various pledge levels; check them out at fundingdrive.ca.

The Breaking The Tethers 2017 FD show will take place on Monday, October 23, 10:00-11:00 am, 90.9 FM, www.cjsw.com.  I will be joined by frequent Breaking The Tethers guest host, Linda Cunningham.  We'll chat and play some tracks off the mix CDs that will be available during the program (and all week, actually).

On that note, in addition to the station-level incentives, there will be three Breaking The Tethers mix CDs, each featuring music that has been featured on the show (I believe pretty much all in the last year, since the last funding drive).  These CDs will be available at the $100 pledge level and higher.  Here's what's on each one:

Breaking The Tethers CD 1

1. Steve Coleman and Five Elements – “The 42 Assessors”
2. Seamus Blake – “Transitions”
3. Chick Corea – “Captain Marvel”
4. Braxton Cook – “Mathis’ Tune (Interlude)”
5. Frode Gjerstad & Paal Nilssen-Love – “Flying Circus”
6. Mike Downes – “Root Structure”
7. Jaimie Branch – “The Storm”
8. Richard Thompson – “No Place For Hypocrites”
9. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – “I Want That Sound!”
10. royceBIRTH – “JOHN”
11. David S. Ware/Apogee – “Prayer”
12. The Microscopic Quartet – secret track

Breaking The Tethers CD 2

1. Florian Hoefner – “Iceberg 1”
2. J@K@L + Michaël Attias – “Oblivion And Always Forgetting In The End”
3. Alien Ensemble – “Skeleton Dance”
4. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – “Discoveries”
5. 1. Florian Hoefner – “Iceberg 2”
6. The Great Harry Hillman – “How To Dice An Onion”
7. Andy Adamson Quintet – “First Light”
8. Can Can Heads – “Feeding Of The 5”
9. Quincy Bullen – “Polar Dip”
10. Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emile Lesbros – “ Le bebe de Brigitte”
11. Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – “The Watcher”

Breaking The Tethers CD 3

1. Sao Paulo Underground – “Lost Corners Boogie”
2. Sao Paulo Underground – “Desisto II”
3. Nick Fraser with Tony Malaby and Kris Davis – “I Needed It Yesterday”
4. Soft Machine – “Slightly All The Time” (live)
5. Opaluna – “Mahjong”
6. Lisa Hilton – “Caffeinated Culture”
7. Bobby Kapp & Matthew Shipp – “Snow Storm Coming”
8. Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda – “Om Rama”
9. Miriodor – “Déboires à Munich”
10. Lovebrain and Diskotäschchen – “10. Dezember 2006”

11. William Parker/Raining On The Moon – “Bowl Of Stone Around The Sun”

Please tune in during the CJSW funding drive this year.  It'll be a great time and I'd love for everyone to join in the fun!  Pledging is also strongly welcomed! :-)

Many thanks.

Andrew

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 16, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20171016

This week's edition of BTT was hosted by Linda Cunningham, who did a great job, as always.  It's good show to listen to, with some nifty music played.  Many thanks to Linda!

Linda will be back next week, joining me for the annual CJSW funding drive show for Breaking The Tethers. I'll have more on this soon but I can tell you that the FD program will be on Monday, October 23, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM, www.cjsw.com.  In the meantime, have a look at fundingdrive.ca/.

Andrew

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20171009

This was possibly the most straight-ahead edition of Breaking The Tethers that I've ever done.  Well, it wasn't that straight plus I've been doing the show for 11 years and I've likely done a straighter one. :-)  That being said, it was a bit more "normal" than usual.  Nothing wrong with that, though.  It was all good music, mostly new, and much of it Canadian.

Next week's program will feature Linda Cunningham as guest host.  I'm away that day.  Linda will do her usual great job so be sure to tune in, Monday, October 16, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM, www.cjsw.com.

Two weeks from now, on Monday, October 23, it'll be the annual 2017 CJSW Funding Drive show for Breaking The Tethers.  I'll have more on both the show and the Drive soon but I will say that Linda will be joining me for this year's FD show once again!  Also, check out fundingdrive.ca.

Andrew

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20171002

A solid show with some interesting music, I thought.  The "bookend" for this program was two tracks from trumpeter Eddie Gale's first and second albums; "The rain" from Ghetto music in 1968 and "Look at Teyonda" from Black rhythm happening in 1969 (he didn't put out another record until 1992).  Great, spacey stuff with groove.

On another note, I found out today that the CJSW Funding Drive 2017 page is up and running.  Check out fundingdrive.ca.  More on FD CJSW soon!

Andrew