Arkells, Jay Carson, Matt Bai, Neko Case + Shad

The Strombo Show’s four-hours of algorithm free musical exploration is here for you this Sunday evening. More Music. More Community. More Love. More Fight.

Arkells have declared that they’re playing for keeps. Following their success of “Knocking at the Door” and a banner year, the Hamilton boys Max Kerman and Mike Deangelis make another appearance in the House to explore the making of their fifth studio album, RALLY CRY. From listening to Joe Strummer‘s “Johnny Appleseed” on repeat in London to the Trump administration to depression, they unravel the stories behind the inception of their new anthems.

Neko Case had to build it all again, once her home burned down. The process behind her latest project Hell-On is a well-documented destruction and in conversation with Strombo, she recalls the return to the dust and the perspective that moment brought to her life. She’ll dig into the process of returning, the state of #MeToo in the music industry, her collaborations with case/lang/veirs, The New Pornographers and whole lot more.

Shad cooks up his new sounds from A Short Story About War in our kitchen with DJ TLO. The Old Prince, like the Arkells, has evolved with us throughout the years from the television show to the broom closet to the House and time after time, delivers thought provoking conversation and gripping performance. He’ll dial into his creative intentions, making the second season of the Peabody-winning series Hip Hop Evolution and the transition back to music after his hosting stint on q. And after it all, Shad toasts one of his pillars De La Soul with a rare cover and reworking of their song, “Stakes Is High.”

We’ll also premiere a song from our friend, Mister Nobu, one of the creative minds behind Choir! Choir! Choir! and Jay Carson and Matt Bai, the writers behind Jason Reitman‘s upcoming biopic of U.S. Senator Gary Hart, The Front Runner, visit in the fourth hour.

Matt Bai is a veteran political reporter whose 2014 book All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, The Front Runner was the inspiration for the film, while Jay Carson is the former press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, has worked with Clinton’s on their Foundation and is the real life inspiration for Gosling’s character in The Ides Of March.

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

Magnificent 7

  • 7Cartel Mandras, “Pork And Leek”
  • 6Graham Van Pelt, “New Friends”
  • 5Mister Nobu, “Best Of Me”
  • 4Ancient Shapes, “Wabash Wrecking Ball”
  • 3Arkells, “Hand Me Downs”
  • 2Mark Schlosser, “In Palliative”
  • 1Safia Nolin, “Lesbian Break-Up Song (Ft. La Force)”


  • Curtis Mayfield, “Little Child Runnin’ Wild”
  • Curtis Mayfield, “Superfly”
  • Beastie Boys, “Egg Man”
  • Shad, “Yaa I Get It”
  • Cartel Madras, “Pork And Leek”
  • Graham Van Pelt, “New Friends”
  • New Order, “Your Silent Face”
  • Shad, “The Fool, Part 3 (Frame Of Mind) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Shad, “The Stone Throwers (Gone In A Blink) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Shad, “Stakes Is High (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Lynn Anderson, “Rose Garden”
  • Mister Nobu, “Best Of Me”
  • Dennis Wilson, “Forever”
  • Donny Hathaway, “You’ve Got A Friend”
  • Daniel Romano, “Wabash Wrecking Ball”
  • Ancient Shapes, “Wabash Wrecking Ball”
  • El Guincho, “Bombay”
  • M.I.A., “Come Walk With Me”
  • Neko Case, “Oracle Of The Maritimes”
  • Neko Case, “Bad Luck”
  • Neko Case, “Hell-On”
  • Neko Case, “Last Lion Of Albion”
  • 13th Floor Elevators, “May the Circle Remain Unbroken”
  • Dorothy Masuka, “ngihamba Ngedwa”
  • Tom Waits, “Hell Broke Luce“
  • Madisen Ward + The Mama Bear, “New Year’s Eve (Tom Waits Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Arkells, “Rock the Casbah (The Clash Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Arkells, “Hand Me Downs”
  • Arkells, “Relentless”
  • Arkells, “Eyes On The Prize”
  • Arkells, “Only For A Moment”
  • Marina, “Mais Uma Vez”
  • Sakhile, “Sakhile”
  • Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”
  • Mark Schlosser, “In Palliative”
  • Gord Downie, “The Lake”
  • Gord Downie, “Far Away And Blurred”
  • Ethel Merman, “Show Tunes Medley (Ft. The Muppets)”
  • Bad Religion, “You Are (The Government)”
  • Fugazi, “Waiting Room”
  • Patti Smith, “Power To The People”
  • Bob Dylan, “The Time They Are A-Changin’”
  • Arcade Fire, “I Give You Power (Ft. Mavis Staples)”
  • Safia Nolin, “Lesbian Break-Up Song (Ft. La Force)”
  • Alfred Hitchcock, “I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You”
  • Manfred Hübler & Siegfried Schwab, “Necromania”