Thursday, December 27, 2012

Serious Black on JAZZ Euphorium CKUT 90.3FM


Right before the New Year - Serious takes over JAZZ Euphoruim on CKUT  to flex her JASS muscles alongside the Euphorium Collective. Surprise guest David Lion drops by to amaze us on the air waves....

(to listen click below)
Serious Black on Jazz Euphorium CKUT 90.3

  • Aging Young Rebel - DJ FOOD
  • Misunderstood - Nina Simone - The Best of Nina Simone
  • All that - Rayford Griffen - Rebirth of the Cool
  • Soul on Ice - Me'shell NdegeOcello - Plantation Lullabies
  • Peace - Courtney Pine - Journey to the Urge Within
  • Three to get Ready - Brubeck Quartet - Time Out  
  • Bad Brother - Ronny Jordan - Rebirth of Cool (a deeper shade of blues compilation) 
  • Jazz Potato - Mr Scruff - MRSCRUFF
  • Behaviour the sickness - B'Zar Behaviour - Street Jazz Where Hp Hop Meets Jazz
  • RA Monk - Eval Manigat - Monk Swing - Andy Williams
  • I be Blowing - De La Soul - Buhloone Mind State
  • Om - John Coltrane - OM (IMPULSE)
  • Green Dolphin Street - Eric Dolphy Quintet- EDQ  featuring Freddie Hubbard
  • HumAllah HumAllah Hum - Pharoh Sanders - Jewels of Thought ( Impulse)
  • Oiratan (Tales of a Courtesan) - Toshiko Akiyoshi- Le Tabackin Big Band
  • Blue Train - John coltrane - Blue Train
  • Thieves in Temple - Herbie Hancock - The New Standard  

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Suite Delight Sessions - December 22 2012

For those of you that didn't know on Saturday December 22 2012 , when the poles were aligned and cosmic goodness was being poured out to humanity...

Serious B had the divine and delightful opportunity to slang vinyl's next to the undisputed DJ Solespin...see below for the b-side crate gem battle royal ...all in the name of VINYL.

James LastAquarius
Professor LonghairBig Chief
Greenwood Rhythm CoalitionTabaco y Ron (TM Juke & The Jack Baker Trio Rework)
The Biddu OrchestraFunky Tropical
Earth, Wind & FireLet's Groove (Restless Soul Inspiration Information Mix)

Midnight StarNo Parking On The Dance Floor
Vanity 6Nasty Girl
Poysner, Riggins & JacksonFunky Butt, Pt. 1
Medeski, Martin & Wood Featuring GuruWhatever Happened To Gus (Word To The Drums Mix) (Guru Remix)
N'Dea DavenportWhatever You Want (Remix)
M.C. SolaarCaroline
VoiceFantasy Pt1 (Think Twice Rmx)
K-osHeaven Only Knows (Saukrates Remix)
Cut ChemistBunky'
Main SourceWatch Roger Do His Thing
Mood Ruff Rocketship (Remix)
Pete RockWe Good feat. Kardinal Offishall
Karma & LotusMonk's Swing
Conn-ShawneryB-Boy Academy

Saturday, December 22, 2012

THE SUITE DELIGHT: Serious Black (December 22, 2012)

THE SUITE DELIGHT: Serious Black (December 22, 2012):
Serious Black and Solespin go way back.

We knew each other long before either of us would don those names. I have to remember to ask her how she arrived at naming herself Serious Black.

Although we were at opposite radio stations, our dedication to the crafts of DJing and radio were common denominators.

Fate would have us face each other at Greenlight Gallery twice this year and I got to hear Serious Black spin for the very first time. 

Her hip hop heavy guest fill-in spot on The Goods preceded my finalizing The Suite Delight guest schedule for 2012 and naturally I invited her to join me. 

Tune in to CJLO 1690AM for a blissful episode of The Suite Delight on December 22 from 8-10pm EST.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Discoing Down the Autobahn: Next Stop Hastings, Detroit City

Who was the real Donna Summer?

High Kraut Priestess? Detroit Underground Diésse, Disco Royalty? Surprisingly, all three. Listen to this lost Bsides special featuring Donna Summer, her Krautrock and Detroit Techno connection on CKUT 90.3 FM.  


This Week's Playlist:

The show was aired in June and unfortunately I no longer have the complete playlist handy but you can expect to hear a selection from la Dusseldorf to Neu!, Donna Summer to Juan Atkins.  The second half of the show, my cohort Serious Black takes on the Wheels of Steel. Serious, feel free to add to this summary. Everyone else Listen Here 

Bell well!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


If you live in Montreal, Friday 5th of October SERIOUS BLACK turns up the VINYL at GREEN LIGHT GALLERY along side Spoon BEE....come and check out CHRIS DYER'S solo show at Green Light Gallery. Though he has had solo shows in places like Cali, Peru, Mexico, Belgium, etc, it's been a while since he's done one in MONTREAL, so I hope peeps come to enjoy the skates, canvases, drawings, its gonna get HELLAHIGH up in there!!!

check the link below for all the information....

Monday, May 14, 2012

Break-up Sex (aka the After-Party Crash)

When you just can't resist one more roll in the HEY!

The Men - Open Your Heart - Country Song
Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard - The Things We Do (cc)
The Pixies - Doolittle - Hey
Lee Ranaldo - Between the Times and the Tides - Waiting on a Dream
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light - Keep Your Heart
Jack White - Blunderbuss - On and On and On
Chromatics - Kill for Love - Into The Black
Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation - The Hunt
Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard - Adventures in your own Backyard (cc)
Bahamas - Barchords - Snow Plow (cc)
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It - Normal Song
Mark Lanegan - I'll Take Care of You - I'll Take Care of You
Booker T & the MGs - Green Onion
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread - Fine
Metronomy - The English Riviera - Everything Goes My Way
LCD Soundsystem - London Sessions - I Can Change
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory - Excursions
Willis Earl Beal - Acousmatic Sorcery - Take Me Away
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp - Magic Chords
Lambchop - Mr.M - Mr.Met
Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard -Lighthouse (cc)
Elbow & The BBC Orchestra - The Seldom Seen Kid - The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre - Demon Host (cc)
Siskiyou - Take Away The Dead - Twigs and Stones (cc)
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light - Too Late
Lou Reed - Transformer - Perfect Day
WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain - Heavy Pop
Harry Belafonte - Very Best Of - Cucurrucucu Paloma
Django Django - Django Django - Default
Cornershop - Urban Turban - What Did The Hippie Have In His Bag?
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust.... - Moonage Daydream
Iggy Pop - Lust For Life - Sixteen
Real Estate - Days - Easy
Ambulance LTD - Ambulance LTD - Heavy Lifting

Saturday, April 28, 2012

CKUT 90.3 FM Brings You:

New Orleans Bounce • Psychotic Felines • Dim Sum with the Dim Stars on this Week's Edition of the Bsides - Wee Hour Classics

Psychotic Felines and Carburetor Dung
When watching the Orbital video for "Wonky" I imagined that this might be the effect cat nip might have on cats through the perspective of a human. A paranoia freakout of the worse kind: a s**t load of cats invading your living room demanding to be fed. Pictures of talking cats on your favorite cat t-shirt (doesn't everyone have one?)  Argh! A horror movie of epic proportions! (Of course, all I need to do is walk down Beaudoin Street in Saint Henri, Montreal to experience this cat version of Planet of the Apes.) Good song, disturbingly great video invoking the Twilight Zone at its creepiest. Thanks for that Orbital! 

On New Orleans Bounce
There seems to be a non-exhaustive flow of emerging mini-docs on the Bounce scene, some student projects, some outsider projects (Check out DJ Diplo's mini-doc), and some homegrown. Check out this one featuring Big Freedia called Almost Famous. Queer bounce or what I rather more inclusively refer to as simply bounce is here to stay. It's hard to imagine a more eclectic mix assembled at a typical show feat. artists like Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby or Katey Red. It would seem that that the borders that previously isolated groups along the all-to-familiar binaries of black/white, gay/straight, queer/mainstream get stripped down to the raw essence: music. 

"When Freedia's on the mic respect is given from the drug dealers, to the ballers, to the punksit's not judgment down here, because we've been judged enough…"(Big Freedia Bounce Teaser), 

Unless you're completely sedated or physically tethered to the floor, there's just no way that you'll be able to resist getting up and shaking your ass to these electric beats.
More bounce titles:
Punks Under Pressure
Ya Heard Me

Dim Summmmmm
And to round out this edition a brief mention of the Dim Stars…I gotta say it's a treat kids. Go put this one in your time capsule. Richard Hell, Thurston Moore Steve Shelley, Rob Quine, Don Flemming. Special Mention: Stray Cat Generation; tribute to Hell's anthemic Blank Generation and his legacy. Hell put the punk in Punk rock. When Malcolm McLaren came to NYC to ruin the New York Dolls, before going back to the UK with his tail between his legs, he did manage to do a couple of things right. He copped the soon-to-become widespread "punk look" of ripped clothes and clothespins as well the provocative "Please Kill Me" style slogans and mixed-symbolism of Day-Glo swastikas from Mr. Richard Hell. You're the man Rich!

This Week's Playlist:

Big Freedia — Gin in My System
Diplo & Nicky da B — Express Yourself 
Sissy Nobby — Yippy
Orbital & Lady Leshurr — Wonky
The Cramps — Here We Go Magic
Pangea — River
Ice Age — White Rune
The Men — Open Your Heart
U2 — I Will Follow
Denim — Jane Suck Died in '77
Here We Go Magic — How do I Know
Dim Stars — All my Witches Come True
The Cramps — Zombie Dance
The Stranglers — Sverige
Hunx  — Let Me In 
The Magnetic Fields — Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
Taxi Girl — Chercher le garçon
Can — Oh Yeah
Liars — No. 1 Against the Rush
Wedding Present — You're Dead
Lee Ranaldo — Waiting in a Dream 
David Bowie — Warszawa 
Jah Wobble — What the Problem Is
Conrad Schnitzler — Ballet statique
School of Seven Bells — The Night
M83 - Midnight City
Lescop — La forêt
M. Ward — Primitive Girl
Nina Simone — Go Limp
Harry Belafonte — Will His Love Be Like His Rum?
Alabama Shakes — Hold On
The Platters — Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Dina Washington — What a Difference a Day Makes
Sara Vaughan — Broken-Hearted Melody
Jack Scott — Goodbye Baby

Monday, April 2, 2012

One Last Song For The Road.....

Here you go, World

The Men - Open Your Heart - Country Song
Django Django - Django Django - Firewater
Bahamas - Barchords - I Got You Babe (cc)
Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On - Lonesome Hunter (cc)
Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix - Your Eyes
Metronomy - The English Riviera - The Fix
Sika - Sika - You Are (cc)
Lambchop - Mr. M - Gone Tomorrow
Coeur de Pirate - Blonde - Place de la Replublique (cc)
Siskiyou - Keep Away The Dead - Where Does That Leave Me (cc)
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp - We are Fine
The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers - The Devil's Harp (cc)
Guided By Voices - Let's Go Eat The Factory - God Love's Us
The Wedding Present - Valentina - You're Dead
G'nee and Her Kings - Believe - Be My Daddy (cc)
Katie Moore - Montebello - When You Disappear (cc)
Bowerbirds - The Clearing - Tuck The Darkness In
Julia Holter - Ekstasis - Marienbad
The Sheepdogs - Five Easy Pieces EP - The Middle Road (cc)
The Men - Open Your Heart - Presence
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It - Sister Song
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar - Emmylou
Patrick Watson - Adventures in Your Own Backyard - Into Giants (cc)
Bahamas - Barchords - Never Again (cc)
Mike Wexler - Dispossession - Pariah
Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral - Bleeding Muddy Water
Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation - July
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas - Lullaby (cc)
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light - Killer Crane
Paul McCartney - Ram - Ram On
Elvis Perkins - Elvis Perkins in Dreamland - Send My Fond Regards to Loneleyville
Eddie Vedder - Ukulele - Goodbye
Lambchop - Mr. M - 2B2

And Here's The Show:

That's all, Folks!

I'll miss you, Justin James Ford

Artist - Album - Song (cc= Canadian content)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Best of 2011 on BSides (aka The Besties!)

Here's The Best Tracks of 2011 as chosen by BSides (bng & Justin James Ford):

B-Sides Radio on Best of 2011 Show Right Here!

Artist - Album - Song (cc = canadian content)

Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix - How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - Midnight City
King Krule - King Krule EP - The Noose of Jah City
James Blake - James Blake - To Care (Like You)
Feist - Metals - Undiscovered First (cc)
The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient - Baby Missiles
The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers - Beggar in the Morning (cc)
Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest - The Way It Goes
Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit - Can W Really Party Today
Wye Oak - Civilian - Civilian
Girls - Father, Son & Holy Ghost - My Ma
Real Estate - Days - It's Real
Kurt Vile - Smoke Rings For My Halo - Baby's Arms
Cass McCombs - Wit's End - The Lonely Doll
Siskiyou - Keep Away The Dead - Twigs & Stones (cc)
Radiohead - King of Limbs - Codex
Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On - Creep On Creepin' On (cc)
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake - The Words That Maketh Murder
WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain - We Bros
Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation - Montana
The Antlers - Burst Apart - Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys! - Lippy Kids
Chad VanGaalen - Diaper Island - Burning Photographs (cc)
The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence - Montreal (cc)
The Roots - undun - The Other Side
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l - Powa
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light - You
Tinariwen - Tassili - Ya Messinagh
Washed Out - Within and Without - Amor Fati
Cults - Cults - Most Wanted
The Black Keys - El Camino - Little Black Submarines
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far - Rider

That's the Year boiled down to Three Hours..... not an easy task, but we love what we do!

Justin James Ford & bng

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Is Letterman Trying to Steal the 'Best Late Night TV Music' Crown?

Ever since the show first aired in 2009, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has ruled the music department of late night television. Not only has Fallon regularly had a constant stream of great acts grace his stage (it could be considered a cream of the crop of indie elite), but he is also fortunate enough to have hip hop's greatest band, The Roots, be his in-house band. As if this is not enough, The Roots also regularly play with the guest musical acts!

Yet, since returning to the airwaves Jan. 2, the Late Show with David Letterman has been giving Fallon's show a run for their money. This week has seen Letterman host a who's-who of hipster darlings. Tuesday's show started the year off with a bang! Guided By Voices (Robert Pollard reunited with the classic mid-90's GBV line-up) performed 'The Unsinkable Fats Domino', the lead single off their new album 'Let's Go Eat The Factory' (released Jan.1, 2012 n their label, GBV inc.). While known for their chain-smoking, beer-guzzling and always raucous shows, Pollard and co. did not disappoint their fans by taming down their act. There might not have been any beer, and they did abide by New York's no smoking laws, but the band did give a enthusiastic performance, culminating in bassist Greg Demo falling flat on his ass in a spirited display of rock n roll acrobatics.

The following night, Jan. 3, WU LYF (which stands for World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation) a new band from Manchester, and my personal favorite new band of 2011, made their Late Show debut with 'Heavy Pop' from the album 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain' (self-released, 2011). And 'Heavy Pop' it was! With their combination of beautiful, reverb-washed guitars, heavy drums that mix military-march beats with good ol' fashion pop sensibility and indistinguishably-barked vocals, this band is geared to set the world on fire! They were the epitome of indie-chic, barely acknowledging Letterman's (surprisingly) enthusiastic post-song greetings, and then walking off stage before the show was able to cut to a commercial break.

On Jan. 4, Montreal's own Barr Brothers made their first appearance on American television. Andy and Brad Barr (along with Sarah Page and Andres Vial) have spent the year getting lots of attention for their self-titled debut record (released on Secret City Records, 2011). They have played with many of Montreal's biggest names and also had a headlining spot on the Trees Stage during Montreal's Osheaga Festival. They played the lead single off their album, 'Beggar in the Morning'. This is just another nod to Montreal's ever-burgeoning music scene, highlighting the city's love for dark indie-folk.

So what will 2012 hold for late night television music? In a day and age when music videos are no longer the staple of the MTVs and MuchMusics of the world, late night television is one of the last ways for new bands to get exposure to the "larger buying market" of North America. People in the know search Vimeo and YouTube for their favorite bands' videos, and for those who still pride themselves on knowing the up-and-comers of indie fame, i.e. those who only like bands before the late night tv audience knows their names, there will always be the Pitchforks (that is, until everyone else knows about the site).

And please don't get me wrong, in no way has Jimmy Fallon waned in his choice of musical guests (this week features Sharon Von Etten and Wild Flag). But it looks like Letterman gets that it might be the music that has helped Jimmy Fallon (and The Roots) garner so much attention so quickly. So I say, "Kudos to you, Dave!". Kudos for trying to stay current with the hip kids of today! The more great music that goes out to the masses the better! Music should not be about status ... all you kids with ironic mustaches and Buddy Holly glasses must accept that you own no music, that music is universal and one of the great unifiers left. So, it's about time Dave starts flexing his indie muscles (he has been a New York institution much longer than the trust-fund children of Brooklyn!).

My only suggestion to Dave... see if LCD Soundsystem will reform and become your house band (sorry, Paul Shaffer!).

Here's the links to watch the performances:

Guided By Voices (via the Audio Perv):

WU LYF (via


Barr Brothers (via YouTube):

Justin James Ford