Tuesday, October 27, 2020

October 19, 2020

Catching up here, this was just an all-round good show, I thought. Some new stuff, some old stuff, a nice variety of styles. Can't ask for more. Give it a listen here.



October 26, 2020 - Funding Drive Show!

This was the annual funding drive show for Breaking The Tethers and a fantastic show it was. Musically, I played a nifty selection of music from the BTT digital mix. Money-wise, $940 was pledged on the program, which is the highest amount in several years! Many thanks to everyone who pledged: Kat, Lisa, Dave, Patrick, Robin, Dan, Andy, and Steven! Many thanks also to CJSW music director, Hayley Muir, who joined me on air for part of the show.

Listen to the BTT funding drive show here: https://bit.ly/3e1NRGl

I should note that the drive does continue, until Friday, October 30 at 4 pm. You can still pledge, on Breaking The Tethers or any other CJSW program, by going to cjsw.com/donate or by calling 403-220-5555. 

Next week, it's back to a regular kinda show for Breaking The Tethers. Tune in with me on Monday, November 2, from 10-11 am MT, at cjsw.com or 90.9 FM.



Sunday, October 18, 2020

Breaking The Tethers and the 2020 CJSW Funding Drive

Once again, the annual CJSW Funding Drive (FD) is almost here!  This is the most important week for CJSW, Calgary’s campus and community radio station, where we call upon our fine listeners to pledge support to CJSW to help the station grow and develop for the next year.  Here’s the basics about the Drive for 2020:

The Drive will run from Friday, October 23 at 9 am through Friday, October 30 at 6 pm (all times MT).

  • The Breaking The Tethers (BTT) Funding Drive show will take place on Monday, October 26, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM or cjsw.com. 
  • The theme this year is Beacon Radio (which is what CJSW is!).
  • The website for the FD is cjsw.com/donate
  • There will be incentives given as thanks for pledging, at various levels. Check these out at cjsw.com/donate. As always, there’s some cool stuff available!
  • There will also be some show-specific incentives.  During the Breaking The Tethers FD program, there will be a few jazz CDs up for grabs (get ‘em early!)  In addition, there will be a special digital-only mix available.  Here’s what’s in the mix:

1. Tony Allen + Hugh Masekela – “We’ve landed” (Rejoice) 

2. Junius Paul – “You are free to choose” (Ism)

3. Dave Brubeck Quartet? – “Golden brown”

4. John Coltrane – “Blue world” (Blue world)

5. Jazz Sabbath – “Fairies wear boots” (Jazz Sabbath)

6. Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad – “Apocaliptico”

(Jazz is dead 001)

7. Mestizo Beat  - “Osvaldo’s rebellion” (Canoga madness)

8. John Beasley – “Intermission” (MONK’estra plays John Beasley)

9. Stirrup+6 – “Song for Salim” (The Avondale addition)

10. Soft Machine Legacy – “Grapehound” (Live adventures)

11. Junius Paul – “Baker’s dozen” (Ism)

12. Azar Lawrence – “Summer solstice” (Summer solstice)

13. ephemerals – “origin” (the third eye)

14. Mahogany Frog – “Springtime for Canadian youths” (Mahogany Frog on blue)

These are all fantastic tunes.  Each one has been played on Breaking The Tethers in the past year.

  • You can donate online already at cjsw.com/donate. One the Funding Drive officially begins, you can pledge via the website or by calling 403-220-5000. You can also talk with me anytime about the Drive; my email is wallersmooth@gmail.com and my Twitter handle is @01Waller.

That’s it for now! More later!

Many thanks!


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October 12, 2020

The music played in this BTT show was mostly new (including some things right out of the box, so to speak) with a few items plucked from the past. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this week is that there was alternating styles; I played an avant jazz tune then another type of jazz, then back to avant jazz, then to a different type, etc. I think it worked well! Give it a listen at bit.ly/33Sj9w6.

The annual CJSW Funding Drive is coming up soon. The event kicks off on Friday, October 23 and keeps going until 6 pm on Friday, October 30. The Breaking The Tethers F. D. edition will be on Monday, October 26, usual time, usual place. Loads of fun will had by all! I'll have more information in the coming days but, to start with, please check out fundingdrive.ca/

There'll be one episode of Breaking The Tethers before the Drive. Please join me on Monday, October 19, from 10-11 am MT, at 90.9 FM or cjsw.com.



Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October 5, 2020

Howdy. We were musically all over the map this week. Let’s do a bit of recap. There was free jazz (“Nun zero” by Telepathic Band) , a version of my favourite Bill Evans tune (“Time remembered” by Kurt Rosenwinkel), some rediscovered hard bop (“Just coolin’” by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers), and some southern jazz fusion (“Grand larceny” by Sea Level). Perhaps the most interesting track was “Amplifier fire” by Attila; Attila was an occasionally jazzy organ-and-drums heavy metal band that included Billy Joel!

Want to listen to all of this (again)? Go here.

Next week’s show will be on Monday, October 12, from 10-11 am MT, at 90.9 FM or cjsw.com. Join me if you can!



PS Coming up soon, from October 23-30, is CJSW’s annual funding drive. I’ll have more information about the drive and what will be happening on Breaking The Tethers later but, in the meantime, check out https://cjsw.com/donate/.

Monday, September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

What can I say about the music on this week's episode of Breaking The Tethers? Maybe a little mellower than usual? Perhaps a little more straight-ahead than normal? Yeah, could be but it was still good stuff nonetheless.  I will point out one song, "American undefined" by Pat Metheny; this was a follow-up on a promise from a few weeks back to play something from Pat's new record. I'll spin another track from this record a few weeks from now. Take it all in here.

We'll be in October (already!) for the next show. Join me on Monday, October 5, from 10 to 11 am MT, at 90.9 FM or cjsw.com.



Tuesday, September 22, 2020

September 21, 2020

There was a nice mix of old and new this week as well as a good jumble of musical styles. Just a nice show overall, I thought. My fave track this week was probably "Springtime for Canadian youths" by Winnipeg's Mahogany Frog; there's some nifty work on this tune, especially towards the end. Go here to listen to a recording of the show.

There's one BTT show left in September 2020 (yes, September is zipping by!). Tune in on Monday, September 28, from 10-11 am MT at 90.9 FM or cjsw.com.