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John Prine, Dizzy + Jean-Michel Blais

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo.

John Prine is one of the world’s most integral word slingers. He’s king of the songwriter’s songwriters, one that Bob Dylan described as: “pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree.” In one of our most warm and intimate sessions, Prine shares his stories while strumming his hymns of yesterday, Merle Haggard and of his Grammy-nominated album, The Tree Of Forgiveness. His inimitable impact was identified through the cavalcade of musical legends that walked in the door to the House Of Strombo, lead by Gordon Lightfoot himself and followed by those that included Basia Bulat, Blue Rodeo, The Dirty Nil, Hollerado, Jim Bryson, Matt Mays, Sam Cash, The Strumbellas, Terra Lightfoot and The Weather Station.

Dizzy are three brothers and a close friend since 9th grade math class, Katie Munshaw, from Oshawa. They make music “to combat the anxieties of this provincial ennui” that we first heard covering The Last Time I Saw Richard on our Joni Mitchell 75 Special earlier this season. With their debut album Baby Teeth unleashed, they meditate on the feeling with George and strip-back their day-dream arrangements at the piano.

Also on the ivories tonight is our friend, Jean-Michel Blais. He was evicted from his Montreal apartment earlier this year, a space that hosted pop-up concerts and was immortalized on the cover of his debut album. He’s documented one final session in that room on his recent Eviction Sessions EP, the follow-up to his Polaris Prize-nominated, dans ma mains. With wit and presence, Blais brings us into his world by transforming George’s piano, discussing the therapeutic power of music for his Tourette symptoms, why he quit the conservatory and his work within South American orphanages.

George brings four hours of commercial-free, algorithm musical exploration to you, including an appearance from our friend Dallas Green and a tip of the hat of the two mighty Kathleen’s – Hanna and Brennan.

Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.


Playlist

  • Lou Reed, “How Do You Think It Feels”
  • Gord Downie, “Christmastime In Toronto”
  • Gord Downie, “How Do You Think It Feels (Lou Reed Cover)”
  • Sharon Van Etten, “Jupiter 4”
  • GRIMES, “We Appreciate Power (Ft. HANA)”
  • M.I.A., “Reload”
  • 10cc, “I’m Not In Love”
  • DIZZY, “The Last Time I Saw Richard (Joni Mitchell Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • DIZZY, “Backstroke (Strombo Sessions)”
  • DIZZY, “Bleachers (Strombo Sessions)”
  • DIZZY, “Happy New Year (ABBA Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Joni Mitchell, “Jungle Line”
  • Beastie Boys, “59 Christie Street”
  • Beastie Boys, “The New Style”
  • Travis Scott, “Carousel (Ft. Frank Ocean)”
  • Travis Scott, “Sicko Mode (Ft. Drake, Swae Lee and Big Hawk)”
  • Travis Scott, “Stop Trying To Be God”
  • Stevie Wonder, “Living For The City”
  • Stevie Wonder & Bruce Springsteen, “We Are The World”
  • Kathleen Hanna + Tomm Buck, “Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen Cover)”
  • Future Wife + Kathleen Hanna, “Emily And Jenny”
  • Le Tigre, “Deceptacon”
  • Jean-Michel Blais, “Day After Day (Joni Mitchell Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Jean-Michel Blais, “Roses (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Jean-Michel Blais, “Dans ma main (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Cameron Reed, “Oregon”
  • Tom Waits, “Another Sucker On The Vine”
  • TWT: Tom Waits, “Johnsburg, Illinois”
  • Tom Waits, “Hang Down Your Head”
  • Margo Price, “Wallflower (Bob Dylan Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Sturgill Simpson, “Brace For Impact (Live A Little)”
  • Hollerado, “Christmas in Prison (John Prine Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • John Prine, “Crazy Bone (Strombo Sessions)”
  • John Prine, “Far From Me (Strombo Sessions)”
  • John Prine, “Speed Of Sound And Loneliness (Strombo Sessions)”
  • John Prine, “Sam Stone (Strombo Sessions)”
  • John Prine, “Summer’s End (Strombo Sessions)”
  • John Prine, “Ramblin Fever (Merle Haggard Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • John Prine, “Christmas In Prison (Strombo Sessions)”
  • John Prine, “When I Get To Heaven (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Witch Prophet, “Time Traveler (Ft. Lido Pimienta)”
  • Fanny Bloom, “Petit Bois”
  • Digawolf, “Yellowstone”
  • Alle, “Una”
  • Sade, “The Big Unknown”
  • Dead Kennedys, “Moon Over Marin”
  • The Donnas, “Hook It Up”
  • NOFX, “The Separation Of Church And Skate”
  • Iron Maiden, “The Number of The Beast”
  • Frank Sinatra, “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning”
  • Broken Social Scene, “Major Label Debut”
  • Broken Social Scene, “Major Label Debut (Fast)”
  • Sublime, “Pool Shark”
  • Catherine Wheel, “Black Metallic”