Thursday, December 17, 2009

Episode 47: Baby, It's Cold Outside

Since this episode is pretty self-explanatory, how about an anecdote? As a child, I always thought that the line "See the blazing Yule before us," from Deck the Halls, made reference to a tradition dating back to the pagan roots of this holiday; namely, the ritualistic burning of Yul Brynner, star of such films as The King and I, on a large pyre fuelled by yew-wood and holly. And since I never knew the lyrics to "Baby, It's Cold Outside," past the title phrase, I assumed the rest of the verse was, "So warm yourself next to Brynner, aglow." But I digress... Merry Christmas!


King's Singers - Deck The Halls
Vince Guaraldi - Christmas Is Coming
Vince Guaraldi - Christmas Time Is Here

The Drifters - White Christmas
Ertha Kit - Santa Baby
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan - Baby, It's Cold Outside
Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Bing Crosby - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters - Jingle Bells
Bing Crosby - White Christmas

Vince Guaraldi - O Tannenbaum
Vince Guaraldi - Skating
Vince Guaraldi - Linus and Lucy
John Denver and the Muppets -12 Days of Christmas
John Denver and the Muppets - We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings
Joni Mitchell - River
Celine Dion - O Holy Night
John Williams - Carol of the Bells
Brassroots - Sleigh Ride
Andy Williams - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow

John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Simon & Garfunkel - 7 O'clock News/Silent Night
Judy Garland - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Thurl Ravenscroft - You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Vince Guaraldi - Hark, The Harold Angels Sing


Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas - "Little Drummer Boy" by Bing Crosby and David Bowie (1977)
The Star Wars Holiday Special - "Happy Life Day" (1978)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Episode 46: New Old-Fashioned Way

Somewhere between the sacred and traditional Christmas carols and the chintzy slop we covered in Episode 45, there's the Christmas Song: It's pleasant, it's catchy, it's relatively recent yet seems destined to feature for many Christmases to come. So in our last "regular" episode of 2009, we're rocking out to our favourite Christmas songs. In a new old-fashioned way. Whatever that means.


Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Bobby Helms & The Anita Kerr Singers - Jingle Bell Rock
Burl Ives - Holly Jolly Christmas

Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run
Otis Redding - Merry Christmas Baby

Elvis - Blue Christmas
Bruce Springsteen - Merry Christmas Baby
U2 - Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

The Pogues & Kristy McColl - Fairytale of New York

Jackson 5 - Santa Claus is Coming to Town


Population Control the Key
Limousines at the Copenhagen Summit

Monday, December 7, 2009

Episode 45: Roasting Chestnuts

Many subscribe to the adage that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all. Sorry, folks, this is not the time for etiquette: Christmas is at stake! So this week, we take a look at the most horrendous Yuletide musical offerings over the years. Why would you subject yourself to this gauntlet of chintz? Well, we here at Awkward Silences are experts at making catty remarks. Also, it's considered "with it" to like things ironically. So here we go...

Gayla Peevey (not, as we thought, Shirley Temple) - All I Want for Christmas is a Hippopotamus
The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy vs. the Red Baron
Alvin and The Chipmunks - The Christmas Song

Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad
Cindy Lauper - Christmas Conga

The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
The Beach Boys - Santa's Beard

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time

Wham! - Last Christmas
NewSong - The Christmas Shoes (Patton Oswalt's raunchy take on it here)

Jackson 5 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas Time

(Patton Oswalt also has a great take on The Chipmunks)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Episode 44: It's Late

We're getting ever so close to the end: the end of the month, end of the year, end of the decade. But hopefully not at the end of your patience. Here it is, Episode 44, plump with sonorous delights. Plus, you know all those things you were thinking about lately? Yeah, we've thought about them too. Except we have microphones. And opinions. And delusions of greatness.


Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Blind Melon - Soup

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - You Are What You Love

Vampire Weekend - Walcott

Badly Drawn Boy - Epitaph


Broo-ha-ha in Honduras
Minarets banned in Switzerland
Neil Young as done by Jimmy Fallon

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hold on...

We here at the Awkward Silences Radio Show are committed to the highest in podcasting quality. Too much corporate-speak? Hmm, well, we've had a slight issue with the internet, so Episode 44 will appear tomorrow. In the mean time, why not check out an episode you missed?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Episode 43: What's Up With That?

Doesn't everyone love a parade? No? Ooo wee... What's up with that?

It's a veritable parade of hot topics this week, as we unleash a new rapid-fire segment. Plus, more Office talk than you could probably ever want. Oh, and, did you know we play music now? Enjoy!

(Toronto Santa Claus Parade, 1918)


Car Stereo Wars - Radio Edit
Winter Gloves - About a Girl

Tegan and Sara - Living Room
Born Ruffians - Hummingbird

The Strokes - Trying Your Luck
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Pin

The Pixies - Wave of Mutilation

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Episode 42: Better with Age

Remembrance Day, the fall of the Berlin Wall, a recent Royal visit and forty years of Sesame Street: yes, we can find a link between the four. Gloomy November has a knack for casting our focus on old things, anniversaries and institutions. So enjoy this week's episode, as we dust off the old memory album (and play a variety of unconnected, modern music, just because we can).


New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Techno
Broken Social Scene - Looks Just Like the Sun

Radiohead - Bangers & Mash
Blonde Redhead - Equus

The Slack Republic - Contrary To Popular Belief
Enon - World In A Jar

The Cure - Love Song
Jimmy Ruffin - Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got

Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Episode 41: Same Old Story

...same old song and dance, my friend.

That was an Aerosmith reference. Clever, eh?
This week, we discuss November, mass shootings, the conservation of our industrial heritage, and, of course, The Office. Oh, and, as usual, we talk about ourselves. Enjoy!


Santogold - L.E.S. artistes
Metric - Handshakes

Timber Timbre - Like a Mountain
Grizzly Bear - Deep Blue Sea
The Conservation Authority - Her Stirring Waves

The Clash - Rudie Can't Fail
Blondie - Rapture

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Home


The AV Club
The Conservation Authority

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Episode 40: Far & Away

No, you haven't stumbled onto a blog dedicated to Ron Howard's 1992 film (starring the former Hollywood power couple of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise). It's just, Far & Away is this week's musical theme. And, as it happens, Episode 40 is far and away our most awkward of late, so, umm, aren't you keen on it, now?


Rainer Maria - Life of Leisure
Tegan and Sara - Hop A Plane

Elton John - Rocket Man
Chantal Kreviazuk - Until We Die

Carole King - So Far Away

Simon and Garfunkel - Homeward Bound

(Photo Credit:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Episode 39: Stuck on You

Yes, we've had to delay for a few days to get our ducks in a row (in accordance with Bylaw 11.34(20), "Provisions for Fowl Alignment"), but what a show this week! Earworms: songs that are so catchy, you'll need a restraining order to distance yourself from this episode. Co-stanza...


Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head

Dion & The Belmonts - Runaround Sue
The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Archies - Sugar, Sugar

The Muppets - Mah Nà Mah Nà
Elton John - Bennie and the Jets
The Knacks - My Sherona

The Presidents of the United States of America - Peaches
The Cardigans - Love Fool
Coldplay - Yellow

Daft Punk - Around the World

Hot Chip - Over and Over

Sunday, October 18, 2009



Badly Drawn Boy - Camping Next to Water
Zeus - How Does it Feel

The Guess Who - Hand Me Down World
Sea Wolf - The Violet Hour

Traveling Wilburys - Handle with Care

Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard


Balloon Boy
Stroller platform incident in Melbourne, Australia
Woman struck by Via Train in Cornwall
Bunny biofuel

Saturday, October 10, 2009


This week, well, why not just listen?


Death Cab For Cutie - Information Travels Faster
She & Him - I Was Made For You

St. Vincent - Marrow
Land of Talk - A Series of Small Flames

Pick A Piper - Rooms

Monty Python - Drunken Philosophers' Song

For a worthwhile blog jam-packed with art and music, check out: Nocturnal Weeks

Sunday, September 27, 2009


The Awkward Silences production team has hidden a bonus song somewhere in this week's episode - the first listener to identify said song will WIN...............our love and admiration. Also, listen close for one of our most AWKWARD outros ever. ENJOY!

(Queen's Faux-Coming, 2009)


Babyshambles - Baddie's Boogie
Kings of Leon - Fans

Radiohead - Reckoner
Peter, Bjorn & John - The Chills

The Doves - Sea Song

Camera Obscura - If Looks Could Kill

(Photo Credit - Adrian Brett)

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Back to the usual mix of music and talk this week. Enjoy, and as always, feel free to comment (or send us larges sacks of money)!


The Klaxons - Forgotten Works
The Dears - Berlin Heart

Karkwa - Oublie Pas
Rogue Wave - Endless Shovel

Cold War Kids - Something is Not Right With Me
Band of Skulls - You Know What I Am

Amy Millan - Baby I

Moulin à Paroles: Le Devoir vs. The National Post (with a changed title, I'll point out)
MTV Video Awards 2009
Sue Hendler - "The End of the Ride"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


If you thought the early nineties were dope...


TLC - Waterfalls
Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy

Blink 182 - Dammit
Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way
Hanson - MMMBop

OutKast - Rosa Parks
The Roots (ft. Eryka Badu) - You Got Me
Eminem - Guilty Conscience

Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Beck - Devil's Haircut

Smash Mouth - Walking on the Sun
Sugar Ray - Fly
Everlast - What It's Like

Semisonic - Closing Time


Fred Armisen - Intervention Intervention
Hope Is Emo - Chapter One

Tyler Wood, Ladies Man (1996)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


To some, the early nineties were a horrible time for music. Well, actually, for many.
But some had the luck to be born such that tunes from this era would become indelibly etched on their souls. And some of them are pretty alright. Here, then, is our tribute to all that was big from 1990-95. Gnarly.

[And yes, if you're wondering, Tyler got the date wrong; it is the 8th. We have not switched to the Julian calendar.]


Smashing Pumpkins - Today
Pearl Jam - Daughter
Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Madonna - Vogue
Janet Jackson - If
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It

Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.
Beastie Boys (ft. Q-Tip) - Get It Together

R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
Dave Mathews Band - Ants Marching
Green Day - Longview

No Doubt - Just A Girl

(Alissa - Aged 9 to 10 years)


Bixi Website

(Bixi station in Montreal)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


For some, this episode is a welcome celebration of one of the most recognizable indie-rock bands to come out of the nineties. For others (Tyler), it is a lesson in all things Modest Mouse.




Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
Paper Thin Walls

Float On
Satin in a Coffin
One Chance

Baby Blue Sedan

Parting of the Sensory

(Photo Credit:

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Folks, don't listen to this episode if you're stuck in traffic. Unless your exasperation would melt away at the sound of track after track of some of the most wince-inducing music we can't help but love. It's Guilty Pleasure week here at Awkward Silences. Enjoy!

Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me

Chantal Kreviazuk - Before You

Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
Alanis Morissette - So Pure

Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Third Eye Blind - Semi-charmed Kind of Life
Bryan Adams & Mel C - Baby When You're Gone

Eric Prydz - Call On Me

Dido - Honestly OK

Stuff White People Like
Hillary Clinton - Open to interpretation
So You Think You Can Dance Finale - Jeanine and Jason (Choreographed by Travis Wall)

(Photo credit:

Sunday, August 9, 2009


There are days when you wake up feeling like rubbish, and things only get worse from then on. For those of you who haven't experienced that in awhile... you're in luck! In Episode 29 we discuss some of the more depressing topics at present. Don't worry, though, as this week's music theme involves the most glee-inducing songs we could think of. Enjoy!


Gunman killed 3, himself at US health club lamented his inability to find a girlfriend

Middle East - Gay Israelis rally after shooting at Gay Youth Centre
Canal deaths - honour killings?

My Happiness - Powderfinger
Hold On - Razorlight

Murdoch signals end of free news - News Corp set to start charging online customers for news content across all its websites
Clinton's high drama Korean mission
U.S. Journalists 'home' and 'free'

There She Goes - The La's
Take On Me - A Ha

John Hughes dead at 59.
Ridley Scott and Dicaprio to pair up for film adaptation of Aldous Huxley's 1931 novel - Brave New World
Funny People

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Island in the Sun - Weezer

Wolfe Island Music Fest
Lykke Li Concert in Toronto at Sound Academy
So You Think You Can Dance Finale

Let My Love Open the Door [E.Cola Mix] - Pete Townsend

Thursday, July 30, 2009


We're back to the music marathon this week with more American classics, moving on to a time I like to call "within living memory". For better or worse, that period involves synthesizers. Enjoy!


Aerosmith - Janies Got a Gun
Lyndard Skynard - Simple Man
Boston - More Than a Feeling

Blondie - Call Me
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime

The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
Iggy and the Stooges - Passenger
Pixies - Gigantic

Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Prince - Purple Rain

B-52s - Love Shack
Cindy Lauper - Time after Time

Madonna - Like a Prayer


Prince playing basketball, as recalled by Charlie Murphy (on Chappelle's Show)
Prince being kooky, as related by Kevin Smith

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Entertainment Weekly has called Episode 27, "a stunning return to form for our favourite Podcasting duo". Not our Episode 27, mind you, but still...

The Bravery - Swollen Summer
Modest Mouse - The Good Times Are Killing Me

Metric - Satalite Mind
Detroit Cobras - Putty

MGMT - Indie Rockers
Animal Collective - Guys Eyes

Coldplay - Help Is Round The Corner


LEED-ND Up to vote
Lottery Winner Arrested
When Kelly Hildebrandt met Kelly Hildebrandt
Right-wing "comedian" Steven Crowder
Obama's inauguration captured by cell phones
Bixi success

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Once a generation, a group of artists appears to define the spirit of their time. With regards to American popular music, there was one group that stood out from the pack, able to deliver songs both catchy and deep, and one that created a whole new sound. But until the lawsuit is settled, our Limp Bizkit retrospective will have to wait. In the meantime, here's Episode 26, dedicated to some forgettable band from California.


California Girls

I Get Around
Surfin' U.S.A.
Fun, Fun Fun
Surfer Girl

Don't Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
Help Me, Rhonda

Be True To Your School
When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
In My Room

Sloop John B
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Barbara Ann

Heroes and Villains
Good Vibrations

God Only Knows

Saturday, July 11, 2009


We're back, with a vengeance - bringing you over two hours of American music and conversation in honour of our neighbours to the south and a little holiday we like to call Fireworks Day. So sit back, relax, and enjoy what we've debated as some of the greatest American music from the early 20th century to the late 1960s.


Ella Fitzgerald - It's Too Darn Hot
Duke Ellington - Take the A Train
Judy Garland - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love
Buddy Holly - That'll Be the Day
Patsy Cline - I Fall To Pieces

Aretha Franklin - Respect
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
James Brown - Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine

Carole King - I Feel the Earth Move
Don McLean - American Pie
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Fleetwood Mac - Second Hand News
Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
The Doors - Love Her Madly

Heart - Crazy On You
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side

Simon and Garfunkel - America


Michael Jackson memorial; Jennifer Hudson tribute; Brooke Shields speech
Metro (formerly A&P) parking lot

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

EPISODE 24, kinda


While we strive to provide you with high-quality drivel here at ASR, there are moments where our synapses forget to fire. Whilst we rid ourselves of some mental gremlins and gear up for an exciting, fresh episode twenty-five, we present what we've dubbed our "Emergency Episode". This was done awhile ago, and consists mainly of Tyler trying to sound cool in the absence of a co-host, but hopefully it will keep at bay those of you desperate for your dose of weekly radio podcast. Cheers.


Frankie Lymon - Goody, Goody
The Roots - The Seed
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - I Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In
Irma Thomas - Breakaway
Barenaked Ladies - Lovers in Dangerous Times
The King's Singers - Can't Buy Me Love
Aaron Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Feist - One Evening
Yann Tiersen - Comptine d'un autre été: L'après midi
Patsy Cline - Crazy
Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me
Nelly Furtado (feat. Timbaland) - Say It Right
The Canadian Brass - Rondeau
Kermit the Frog - It's Not That Easy Being Green

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Episode 23 (yes, it's getting too long to spell out the number, so we'll be lazy, thank you) is so packed with Montreal musical goodness that we surpassed the one-hour mark. That's right; take a hike, time management skills!

The Jackson 5 -I Want You Back

Arcade Fire - Wake Up
The Stars - Bitches in Tokyo

The Dears - The Second Part
The Stills - Lola Stars and Stripes

Malajube - Porté Disparu
Land of Talk - Sea Foam

Wolf Parade - An Animal in Your Care

Jon Lajoie's take on the media's handling of MJ's death (Strong Language, mind you)
Oh, yeah... Iran

Sunday, June 21, 2009



Metric - Too Little Too Late
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On
Badly Drawn Boy - Once Around the Block
Justice - DVNO
Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart
Sarah Harmer - Everytime


Iran Election Protests
The Molson Canadiens
Being Erica

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fame Becomes Her

Folks, long-time listeners know that we tend to post new episodes and not much else. However, I'm going to make an exception here. Alissa's presentation must have gone well, because she got mentioned in The Hamilton Spectator!
I think that deserves a post all on its own. Congrats Alissa!

Sunday, June 7, 2009


The extra ten minutes of Episode Twenty? Our gift to you (just pay separate shipping & handling).

Tegan & Sara - Like O, Like H
Sleater Kinney - One Beat
Le Tigre - Sixteen
Deerhunter - Fluorescent Grey
Pet Shop Boys - Go West
Blur - Boys and Girls
Erasure - A Little Respect
Kinks - Lola
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Interesting Article - Bi design: Is playing gay the latest trend in pop music?
David Bowie and bisexuality
North Korea
Day care fire in Mexico
Bixi vs. the world

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Enjoy the first in our Summer Sunday Series!

Broken Social Scene - Stars and Sons
The Bees - Got To Let Go
Vampire Weekend - Boston
Animal Collective - Fireworks
Dntel - Roll On
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Am I Only

Nuclear Holocaust
Susan Boyle
Jay Leno
Heritage Conference

Friday, May 29, 2009

Just a few more days...

For those of you who haven't listened to last week's episode, we've been toying with the idea of changing when new episodes get posted. This week, we'll put out Episode Nineteen on Sunday. Hope you can hold on until then!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Recorded on location in Montreal (and Kingston).

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Reflections
Marvin Gay & Tammi Terrell - Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
Lissy Trullie - Boy Boy
Those Dancing Days - Home Sweet Home
Tegan and Sara - Monday Monday Monday
Peter, Bjorn & John - Objects of My Affection

Mother Lover
Hamilton's Fuller House History...& Demolition

Friday, May 8, 2009


With Special Guest Michael (#1 Fan) Szilagyi. Enjoy.

Lykke Li - Breaking It Up
Enon - Monsoon
Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk To Fuck
Nouvelle Vague - Too Drunk To Fuck
Kevin Drew - Safety Bricks
Billy Bragg - A New England

Facial Hair - Beard Chart
KFC Potholes - Montreal Article
The Agenda - Sharing the Road; (Steve Paikin's early work...)
Sesame Street - Down Below the Street
How Potholes Form...
Historic Places Initiative; Register of Canada's Historic Places
History Detectives
Kingston Sustainability Centre

Friday, May 1, 2009


Nina Simone - Feelin' Good
The Bees - I Love You
Rogue Wave - Everyday
The Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone

Links? Why would you want to spend time on any website other than

Friday, April 24, 2009


Remember, folks, we want to hear from you! What do you think about S&R? Are there other businesses downtown that you'd hate to see close?

Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
LCD Soundsystem - Watch the Tapes
Feist - When I Was a Young Girl
Lykke Li - Little Bit
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent and singing Cry Me A River

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Baker's Dozen!

Elbow - Grounds for Divorce
The Bees - Go Karts
The Dears - Warm and Sunny Days
The Beta Band - Dry the Rain
Fleetwood Mac - Sunny Side of Heaven
The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer in the City

S&R Discount
Segway & GM
Afghan Law Update
Wendy & Lucy
The 902

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


There is something comforting about reaching the number twelve. So easily factored...


The Black Lips - It Feels Alright
The Animals - Little Red Riding Hood
Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen
Sleater Kinney - Jumpers
Alkaline Trio - Blue in the Face
Micheal Jackson - Ain't No Sunshine

Calgary Park&Ride Fees
LEED & Location
$3.5B Gambler Lawsuit against OLG
MTA Rape Case
Intellectual Property Interview with James Boyle - Spark (CBC)
Jon Stewart on CNN/Obama
Billy Bob Thornton on Q

Friday, March 27, 2009


Big number ten! Thanks to all those who have listened so far. Hope you enjoy this latest instalment.

The Grates - Silence is Golden
Los Campesinos! - It All Started with a Mixx
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Soft Shock
Metric - Sick Muse
Metric - Gold Guns Girls
Friends of Distinction - Grazing in the Grass

Natasha Richardson
Tyler's Plains of Abraham discussion
Kingston Transit
Taser Death
Man Tracker

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Please note that this week's episode was recorded on Wednesday, before Natasha Richardson's death was confirmed.

Prints - Easy Magic
Stereo Total - Liebe zu Dritt
Radiohead - Nice Dream
Camera Obscura - I Don't Do Crowds
The Beach Boys - When I Grow Up To Be A Man

Natasha Richardson
Unfortunate Deaths in Muskoka
The Pope and condoms
Gary Goodyear and evolution
Conservative Party's hand in student politics
Creationist Museum
The Office article
Being Erica
Pretty White Kids With Problems

Friday, March 13, 2009


Friday the 13th...of March that is. Can you believe we're already up to episode eight?
Keep your comments and requests coming!

The Crystals - Da Doo Run Run
Del Shannon - Runaway
The Beach Boys - Help Me Rhonda
MGMT - Electric Feel
Florence and the Machine - Kiss With A Fist

Daily Show - John Stewart vs. Jim Cramer
Jesus Sightings
Grilled Cheese Virgin Mary Tattoo
This Hour Has 22 Minutes & Dalton McGuinty Article; Video Clip
'For The Love of Vinyl': The Album Art of Hipgnosis - Photo gallery

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Click here (if you haven't already realised you can just click the title to download this week's episode). Enjoy!
Special Guest - Emily Gaus


Broken Social Scene - Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)
Wolf Parade - Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
Portugal The Man - Shade
The Walkmen - The Rat
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Gravenhurst - Trust
Razorlight - Up All Night


Kingston Whig Standard Article on "Hate Crime"
Gil Penalosa: Walk & Bike for Life and Project for Public Spaces;
Presentation at Simon Fraser University
Cameron Sinclair: Architecture for Humanity and at TED
He's Just Not That Into You reviewed at Rotten Tomatoes
Amy Ryan
Google SketchUP

Friday, February 27, 2009


A longer show... just because. Click the above title to download.

Morningwood - Jetsetter
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
RJD2 - Ghostwriter
Jenny Lewis - The Next Messiah
Electric Six (with Jack Black) - Danger! High Voltage
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life
The Doves - Cedar Room

Copenhagen Finger Plan
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Elliott Smith
Community Design - Whig Standard Article
Dave Chappelle - Wrap it up box

Sunday, February 22, 2009

What? A bonus! Yay!

Howdy Gang...

Here's a little something to nibble on while waiting for Friday. Cheers...

Song list:
  1. Caribou - Hello Hammerheads
  2. Elbow - The Bones of You
  3. The Andrews Sisters - Rum and Coca-Cola
  4. Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords - Your Last Chance
  5. Pink Martini - Let's Never Stop Falling In Love
  6. Harmony Trowbridge - Flat-bottomed Boat
  7. Hot Chip - Boy From School
  8. Jean Leloup - I Lost My Baby
  9. Vashti Bunyan - Rainbow River
  10. Daniel Bélanger - Rêver Mieux
  11. The Kossoy Sisters - I'll Fly Away
  12. The Free Design - Love You
  13. Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner

Friday, February 20, 2009

This week

Alright, well, I'd love to have a new episode today, but another computer problem has meant that it will have to wait. But don't worry. It's coming...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Episode 5 (Finally!)

Well, we've finally got the wires uncrossed, and are back with a new show this week. Hope your ready for our (Anti-) Valentine's Day Music Episode. It's so long that we've had to break it up into Parts:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Here's the full list of songs:

1. The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
2. Arcade Fire - Crown of Love
3. Coldplay - Shiver
4. Badly Drawn Boy - Everybody's Stalking
5. Postal Service - Nothing Better
6. The Kooks - You Don't Love Me
7. The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love?
8. Grizzly Bear - He Hit Me
9. Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have To Love
10. The Stars - What I'm Trying To Say Pt. 2 (The Dears)
11. The Dears - 22 - The Death Of All The Romance
12. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Happy
13. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
14. Morningwood - One Track Mind
15. CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above
16. The Blow - Hey Boy
17. Bloc Party - This Modern Love
18. Alkaline Trio - Blue Carolina
19. Wolf Parade - This Heart's on Fire
20. Coldplay - Green Eyes
21. Jose Gonzales - Love Will Tear Us Apart
22. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
23. Rilo Kiley - Breakin' Up
24. New Order - Temptation
25. The Blow - Come on Petunia
26. The Concretes - Can't Hurry Love
27. Broken Social Scene - I'm Still Your Fag
28. Feist - Lonely Lonely
29. Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
30. Carole King - It's Too Late
31. Elliott Smith - Sweet Adaline
32. The Stars - One More Night
33. Tegan and Sara - Call It Off
34. The Detroit Cobras - It's Raining
35. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Underwater (You and Me)
36. The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
37. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Modern Romance
38. Simon and Garfunkle - I Am A Rock

An article about Alberta's Tar Sands
And one on the Premier of Ontario's Green Initiative
A little background on the cancellation of the Plains of Abraham re-enactment.
Have you enjoyed this departure from the usual Awkward Silences Radio Show? Let us know!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Week 5 Hiatus

Hello avid listeners! You might be wondering why Episode Five isn't posted yet. Well, due to uncontrollable circumstances there won't be podcast this week, but look forward to a two hour v-day extravaganza next week.

In the meantime, if you have any music requests or suggestions for our (Anti-) Valentine's Day special next week, please let us know!

Monday, January 26, 2009


Hello regular listeners. Some of you may have wondered: "Hey, this show is great and all, but wouldn't it be radiotastic if Awkward Silences was live?" I hope that, in some small way, this week's episode answers that question for you. Enjoy (anyway)!

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Jimmy Mack
Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood
Portishead - Magic Doors
Wolf Parade - Kissing the Beehive

CAPS Conference
Wikipedia's article on the Quiet Revolution
Mad Lib
Fleet Foxes' SNL Video
Rotten Tomatoes - Reviews of Revolutionary Road

Friday, January 23, 2009


Our third episode, and our first guest...enjoy!

GUEST: Ian Semple


French Kicks - Said So What
Stevie Wonder - For Once In My Life
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Someday We'll Be Together
Land of Talk - BreaxxBaxx
The Specials - Rudi, A Message To You


Arnold Schwarzenegger
Christopher Walken - Cowbell

Jon Stewart on the rhetoric

The Obama-Canadian Connection:

Rick Mercer Report - "Politics is no place for grownups":

Barack Obama Inauguration Photos

Land of Talk


Friday, January 16, 2009


As always, we appreciate your comments. Enjoy!


French Kicks - Said So What
Peter, Bjorn & John - Amsterdam
Animal Collective - My Girls
The Walkmen - Wake Up
The Von Bondies - C'mon C'mon
Petula Clark - Downtown (German Version)


For the article on Vaughn's city council and developers:

For our friend Ryan's radio show over at Western:
(and not "two guys, one blog", as Tyler erroneously called it)

If you're interested in reading the F Scott Fitzgerald short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:

Friday, January 9, 2009


Here's our first episode. Please let us know what you think. Enjoy!
For those that can't get it directly from here, try:
Episode 1 - January 9th, 2009

French Kicks - Said So What
The Clash - Hateful
Justin Timberlake ft. T.I. - My Love
Booker T & the M.G's - Green Onions

Here are some links to media we discussed during our discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

Palestinians dressed in concentration camp uniforms:

King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein (1882-1951)

"As the Arabs see the Jews"
His Majesty King Abdullah,
The American Magazine

November, 1947