Best of the Strombo Show: International Women’s Day Special

This week’s episode of The Strombo Show is our annual celebration of International Women’s Day.

We ring in the fifteenth anniversary of their mega album “Fallen” and their recent collection (“Synthesis“) with an intimate Evanesence session. As one of the architects of this last decade of pop-rock, Amy Lee is a powerhouse. She brings her bravado, stories and song to the House Of Strombo and talks all things motherhood, anxiety and shares memories behind that undeniably influential album.

Land Of Talk returned from seven years of mental and geographic scramble with “Life After Youth” and its lead single “This Time” ranked high on this year’s Strombo Hundo. She delivers those goods through her new songs, a Safia Nolin cover and an exploration of modern feminism, the importance of redefinitions and when you recognize mortality.

Maylee Todd’s most recent art piece “Acts Of Love” proposed the question: “What is your act of love and how does it bring you therapeutic value?” In conversation with George, the inimitable artist digs into that tale of one woman’s metamorphosis, the relationship between music and human nature, the meaning of happiness and more. All while performing new music and offering an exclusive cover of beat smith, Mndsgn.

We’ll share a moment with CHVRCHES ahead of next week’s thorough conversation about their recently announced album, “Love Is Dead.”

Some of the most badass House Of Strombo performances from this season are revisited, including The Beaches covering Linda Ronstadt, Belle Game covering Joan Baez, Black Mountain, Ellevator covering Kate Bush, Jessie Reyez, Weyes Blood covering Kate Bush and Zaki Ibrahim covering Mary J. Blige.

Song requests from some friends of the show including Buffy SainteMarie, Cassie Dasilva, Charlotte Day Wilson, LIGHTS, Margo Price, Milk And Bone, The Weather Station and George premieres new music from Skye Wallace.


The Strombo Show’s “Canada” Special

Powerful voices dominate this week’s gathering on The Strombo Show. These artists are the power behind the cultural movement that this country needs.

Les Stroud + Mary Gauthier

Les Stroud – environmentalist, filmmaker, and Survivorman, brings his passion for the earth and music together to create acclaimed and powerful records. His fifth full length studio album titled “Bittern Lake” came out this year and addresses environmental preservation with a collection of originals and classic covers. He comes to the House Of Strombo with guitar slung to share stories, originals, and cover of a Joni Mitchell classic

Mary Gauthier has received tons of praise over the past decade for her 7 studio albums and her heartfelt and cathartic approach to songwriting. Earlier this year she released “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” an album she wrote alongside veterans and their families. The songs tell the untold stories and struggles that only the veterans understand, but her goal is for the album to touch others, and help the soldiers take a step towards healing. She brings this passion and way with words to the House Of Strombo

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including premieres of new music from NEEDS, Alexandra Stréliski, Janes Party, Chilly Gonzales + The Darcys

Billy Talent, Coeur de pirate + Robert Plant

Arena anthems. Defiant decibels. Monstrous riffs. Billy Talent bring the power to the House Of Strombo with a set of their biggest songs featuring the return of original drummer Aaron Solowoniuk and an exclusive Rage Against The Machine cover.

Coeur de pirate has been Beatrice Martin’s alias of heartache and transformation for the past decade. She recently delivered to us a fully Francophone album, ‘En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé’ and in her return to the House Of Strombo, she performs a few cuts and an exclusive cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”

Robert Plant is the eternal Golden God. He continues to forge a path as an itinerant troubadour, staggering forth after realizing that at 32-years-old, Led Zeppelin was over. On his latest album, ‘Carry Fire’ he digs into “new worlds” as he described, “I rejoice in my previous work but must continue the journey to new worlds, after all there are so many songs that are yet to be written.” In a conversation at the House Of Strombo, they run the gamut of his storied life and career from the impact that traveling to Morocco had at 22-years-old to the spark Radiohead shifted in his musical approach to turning down a role in Game Of Thrones and beyond.

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including premieres of new music from FRONTPERSON and Thomas Stajcer.

John Prine + Power Trip

John Prine is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters of his generation. He’s known as a master storyteller, using heartfelt words and witty remarks to take on his Midwestern roots. He visits George in Topanga with guitar slung to share stories, wisdom, and song to celebrate “The Tree Of Forgiveness,” his first collection of original material in 13 years!

Power Trip are masters of channeling raw energy from every reference they pull from. Celebrating 10 years as a band, they released “Opening Fire: 2008-2014,” a complete collection of Power Trip’s earliest non-LP output, which they continue to tour. They hone in on their trash metal roots with perfect song structure, rich tones, fierce riffs, a killer attitude, and overall intense musical proficiency. They blast all their biggest songs to a head-banging crowd in the House Of Strombo

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including song requests from Margo Price and The Charlatans

Andrew W.K., Jennifer Castle + The Melvins

Andrew W.K. likes to party and expresses the passion and benefits of partying through his work as a songwriter, producer, motivational speaker, writer, radio host and beyond. He’s returned to the stage with “The Party Never Dies Tour” to defend his first album of music in a decade, diving into it with George.

Jennifer Castle has released her self-described “meditation on mortality and memory” entitled “Angels Of Death” and in one of our most powerful sessions, she delivers new cuts and an exclusive Janis Joplin cover in the House.

The Melvins brought their biggest songs into the House Of Strombo with dual bassists, including Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers. They’re marching forth with their “Pinkus Abortion Technician” record and they’ll all that keeps them pushing and reinventing.

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including premieres of new music from Ben Kunder, CATLOW and LA Force.

Allan Rayman, Dan Aykroyd + Lissie

Allan Rayman is an enigmatic man whose career has thrived off the “mysterious” with a minimalist approach to media, social interaction and counter to most norms of today’s industry conventions. In a rare conversation, he sits down for an acoustic moment with George to reveal his story, his origins and cover The Wallflowers.
Dan Aykroyd is a Blues Brothers, a Ghostbuster, an OG member of Saturday Night Live, and his current life chapter revolves around his entrepreneurial spirits. He sits down with George to explore the power of luck, the beginnings, his motorcycle adventures, the art of political satire, the war on drugs, the potential of a ‘Trading Places‘ remake, the supernatural and seances in his family farmhouse.
Lissie, from the blue-collar Midwestern riverside and the granddaughter of an international barbershop quartet champion, went west and established her name through cafes, festivals and melodies over the past decade. She recently released a stripped-back sound with ‘Castles‘ and visits the House Of Strombo to deliver those songs and the stories behind.
We celebrate the life and song of Saint Bruce Cockburn on his 73rd birthday through covers of his work, recorded in the House Of Strombo, performed by friends of the show, Barenaked Ladies and Hawksley Workman.

Daniel Lanois & Venetian Snares, Keith Urban + Milk & Bone

Daniel Lanois and Aaron Funk of Venetian Snares are a dream team with a shared “appetite for the unknown.” With Lanois on pedal steal and Funk on the drum machines, the two illustrate different corners of the musical landscape. What started as mutual respect between the two Canadian artists led to many years of creative germination, resulting in an eight-track full-length self titled exploration released May 4th of this year. They bring their “melange of gospel and electronica” to the House Of Strombo to play for a small audience and talk to George about their friendship, their creative process and inspirations, and that’s not all. They only made the power go out twice!

Keith Urban, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, is unstoppable. With his ninth studio record, Graffiti U, Urban continues to follow his curiosity. He meets with George at a Live Nation session celebrating Graffiti U to discuss where the passion behind the songs come from, the many collaborators featured on the album, and where his head’s at.

Milk & Bone is made up of two best pals from Montreal, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin. After taking Jazz in school, they decided to take a different path together and create their own music, which can be described as electro-pop. Their melodies are both dreamy and harrowing and are backed up by electronic textures and layered synths. Their mesmerizing melodies explore the darker aspects of love, friendship, and lust. Their debut album “Little Mourning” had been a major success. They stop by the House Of Strombo in midst of a tour to share their beautiful music.

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers with exclusive song premieres from Megan Nash and Ralph.

Paul Shaffer + Sunflower Bean

Paul Shaffer is perhaps best known as Letterman’s right-hand musical force, but it doesn’t end there – he dedicates his time to countless charities, wrote “It’s Raining Men”, turned down the offer to be George Constanza on Seinfeld, and is the man responsible for the Blues Brothers band. The list goes on. Shaffer visits the House Of Strombo to sit at the piano and chat with George. They dig into his musical upbringing, spirituality, finding “soul” for Ray Charles, Gilda Radner, his relationship with Dan Aykroyd, recruiting the Blues Brothers players, being temporarily dismembered from the Blues Brothers by John Belushi and it doesn’t end there.

Sunflower Bean brand their music as “rock music for the digital age” and they’ve earned it through playing more shows in New York City than anyone else, this past year. With their sophomore release, Twentytwo in Blue, they embrace agism on their sleeves, which they explore in conversation with George, alongside a few choice cuts from the record, endeavours into the DIY spirit of political integration and if that weren’t enough, they’ll unleash their cover of The Runaways.

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including premieres of new music from For Esmé and Jenesia.