Monday, November 14, 2005

Maybe this is why they locked you out.

CBC, what's happening to you?

First you give Jian Ghomeshi another chance to prove his lack of relevant musical knowledge by letting him host yet another 50 Tracks-style show - and could someone please tell me how Percy Sledge and Antony and the Johnsons were beat out by...shudder...Nickelback?

And also, could someone let these people know that, yes, the Arcade Fire are great - in fact, they're amazing, one of my favourite bands - but they maybe don't need to get CBC airtime since they're playing on half the top-40 radio stations in North America (and have been for months)!? Oh, I know, let's get some Broken Social Scene on the list - you haven't played anything from You Forgot it in People for at least 20 minutes.

Then, while I'm still reeling from the senseless morning programming, you sneak up on me in the middle of the Ontario Today call-in and, just as Ed Lawrence's soothing voice is about to bring me back from the edge of the ledge, you slap me in the face with Freestyle. What's Freestyle, you ask? They describe it as "Water Cooler its Finest". I don't even know what that's supposed to mean - isn't water cooler fodder usually uninteresting conversation with people you wouldn't talk to if you didn't work together?

What it actually amounts to in reality it's just random irrelevant bursts of pop music (Bonnie Rait? Sarah McLaughlan?) separated by inane banter (on such clever topics as "what movies make men cry" and "how the omnisexual is replacing the metrosexual").

For real, why do these jackasses think that I care what they have to say? This is AM radio programming that you're forcing onto us, people. AM RADIO!

You know, I didn't think that it would be possible, but it's true:

I actually miss Tetsuro.


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