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Alternative Airwaves

Stephen Gower

There are a lot of really great artists that go unnoticed, and their music is freely and legally available online. Alternative Airwaves discovers those artists.
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47:36 | Oct 20th, 2017

Brand new episode! Featuring many Canadians, a few new tracks, and I forgot what episode I was recording. It's definitely 109. The songs picked in today's show were picked somewhat with Tragically Hip music in mind, in honour of Gord Downie's pass...Show More

47:25 | Aug 15th, 2017

A new episode filled with fantastic new tracks! From email-submitted tracks to some curated from Jamendo, there is a lot to be happy about in this episode. Download and enjoy!Track Listing:Deer Stone - Bright LightsRubber Clown Car - Assault & Flatte...Show More
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05:11 | Apr 12th

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: My Sweet and Sour...Show More

04:04 | Apr 5th

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: You Could've Been M...Show More

04:23 | Mar 29th

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: Problems by The DLX...Show More

05:33 | Mar 22nd

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: Wild by The Rabbits...Show More

40:11 | Mar 15th

Welcome back to another full length episode! This time around there are two listener submissions, plus many cool tracks recently featured on Full playlist is below! The Halt - Kind of Right Pure Mids - Don't Quit Banana Cream - We'll...Show More

04:11 | Mar 8th

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: Don't Wait by The ...Show More

04:18 | Mar 1st

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: All I need is You b...Show More

03:28 | Feb 22nd

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: Boomerang by HoneyC...Show More

04:14 | Feb 15th

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: Games by Tony Peter...Show More

04:21 | Feb 8th

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: Undercover by Neon ...Show More

03:28 | Feb 1st

Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. This week's track: By Your Side by Car...Show More

05:45 | Jan 25th Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the arti...Show More

03:15 | Jan 18th Script Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the art...Show More

00:36 | Jan 18th

A brief bit of audio to tease an upcoming 12-week (minimally) series - the return of the Weekly Airwave! Support Alternative Airwaves by donating to the tip jar:

1:03:18 | Oct 19th, 2018

After an 8 month hiatus, Alternative Airwaves is back with some primarily folk music and a neat half cover song at the end. Playlist available at Jamendo Playlist Support Alternative Airwaves by donating to the tip jar: https://tips...Show More

45:49 | Jan 30th, 2018

New episode to start your day. The tracks in this episode are almost exclusively from Jamendo's Best of December 2017 Playlist. Recorded a bit differently this time - you'll have to use the playlist below to follow along as the songs and artists ar...Show More

04:43 | Dec 12th, 2017

This is a short episode today - one that comes to you on "Break The Internet Day". There's only one song in the show - the rest is me talking very briefly about protecting Net Neutrality. As a Canadian I don't have a direct voice in this fight, bu...Show More

1:09:00 | Jun 6th, 2017

Another "different" set this month - country music!  Plus a deep dive of The Spin Wires' self-titled EP album.  All that and plenty more.<iframe frameborder="0" height="55px" scrolling="no" seamless="" src=" More

54:32 | May 9th, 2017

I decided to throw in some classical music in this episode - including a piece by Gershwin!  Everything comes from Jamendo and is a good range of genres.  Enjoy!The Artisans Beats - Wonderland HypeMichael Ellis - Beth Takes a PictureBobby, White and ...Show More

51:10 | Apr 20th, 2017

A short episode today, and the first in a couple of months Due To Life.  But there are some great tracks here - including some new songs featured on blocSonic!  Check out the playlist below and enjoy!VITNE - Make BelieveNicolas Falcon - Reliable Sour...Show More

51:43 | Feb 11th, 2017

Every now and then I like to just throw a podcast together without putting a ton of work into it.  I already had the playlist, but I decided I didn't want to do the research today.  So here you go!  A very eclectic mix of tracks, grouped in no partic...Show More

53:28 | Jan 10th, 2017

Back to the "grind" - I've had a long time off from the podcast and work, but settling back into routine.  As per usual, this is the yearly look back at the tracks I overlooked from the previous year.  Some good stuff to be found!  Additional links b...Show More

1:07:31 | Dec 13th, 2016

This month's episode featured songs shamelessly plucked from FrostWire's Creative Commons Mixtape.  What can I say?  I liked the songs they put onto the mixtape.  This year's edition is volume 5, only about 3 years late after volume 4.  Plus a few ot...Show More

1:12:03 | Nov 29th, 2016

Welcome to another episode of Alternative Airwaves!  In today's show, a sort-of tribute to Sharon Jones (who passed away November 18th 2016), and a couple of cover songs of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (he passed away November 7th 2016).  Also - I got ...Show More

1:08:28 | Nov 8th, 2016

I finally made it to the 100th episode!  I would have been there sooner, had I stuck with a bi-weekly schedule.  Nonetheless, we're finally here.  In this episode, I listened back to some old favourite tracks, and added some new favourites.  Also fea...Show More

51:43 | Oct 25th, 2016

Since joining the schedule over at, I decided I wanted to release an extra podcast.  That means one more til 100!  Let me know if you have any suggestions for that show, which should be in a couple of weeks. Playlist is ...Show More

43:49 | Oct 12th, 2016

A new episode featuring mostly brand new songs!  Including one released just this week from  Check out the playlist below! Great Awakening - Death BedFinal Round - Carry OnModern Pitch - Boys, Girls, Toys & WordsSeastock - Modern Garag...Show More

54:51 | Sep 13th, 2016

Happy September!  The August podcast is notoriously missing, so instead of 10 episodes - you get 13!  Some great tracks (and a really powerful monster of a song at the end) this episode, so download, share, and enjoy! Friday Playlist tagDJ Dzverbass ...Show More

47:20 | Jul 19th, 2016

Today's episode features songs from Jamendo's Top 10 as well as hand-picked highlights from Netlabel Day 2016.  Playlist is below - enjoy! If you want to check out some good podcasts, try Make Dad Read Comics or Almost Educational! Support the podcas...Show More

51:58 | Jun 14th, 2016

This is a repeat airing of a podcast that originally aired in June of 2009, episode 3.  The original post is here: the podcast!  Use codeword AIRWAVE at http:/...Show More

44:18 | May 17th, 2016

Welcome to another edition of Alternative Airwaves!  Some new tracks from blocSonic and a couple of external submissions.  Plenty of great stuff packed into ten tracks!  Download, enjoy, and share!Support the podcast!  Use codeword AIRWAVE at http://...Show More

41:10 | Apr 19th, 2016

A slightly late podcast due to a bad cold; I wish I had recorded my voice when I lost it for a day and a half. Quite the experience. Nevertheless, enjoy this new episode with new tracks from Steady Hustle, Heifervescent, and Mercury & The Architects....Show More

59:21 | Mar 29th, 2016

This year's birthday podcast includes a loose link between some of the songs, as well as a brand new track from Nick Tann.  Stay tuned also for a brief explanation of the Tim Horton's Brier, hosted this year by Ottawa, ON.  Support the podcast!  Use ...Show More

1:08:17 | Feb 9th, 2016

In this episode, I've put together a creative commons tribute to David Bowie and found a pretty awesome cover track from Bengale.The podcast can be found here. Interested in starting your own website? Get your first domain from! Visit http:...Show More

52:44 | Jan 5th, 2016

The first episode of 2016 features a song by local Ottawa band The Split, as well as other tracks featured on blocSonic's netBlocs 48 & 49. Rookin - Streets of OldAaron and Andrew - Chase The SunRobin Mitchell - alesBengale - Jetaimemonamourlvieestbe...Show More

1:00:17 | Dec 15th, 2015

Patrick from Make Dad Read Comics (Blogspot/iTunes/Stitcher)and Almost Educational (iTunes/Stitcher/Podcast Garden) guest hosts this edition of Alternative Airwaves and brings his blend of comic books and history to the show.Direct Download (zencast....Show More

52:18 | Sep 15th, 2015

This episode's unifying theme is Netlabel Day 2015.  Also Ottawa group leMeow allowed their track "Evening Blues" to be played on the podcast.Back with a post-Labour Day podcast!  This episode's unifying theme is Netlabel Day 2015 - I'm finally doing...Show More

20:05 | Jul 29th, 2015

Here's a quick podcast to tide you over!  I don't talk about very much - it's mostly about the music.I was able to push my way through the humidity and record a half episode today - no full episode for a while because SUMMER.  I've been busy between ...Show More

55:46 | Jun 28th, 2015

This episode is jam-packed with music, and information about the upcoming Netlabel Day, Dragon Boat racing, and other fun stuff.Welcome to another episode of Alternative Airwaves!  This episode is jam-packed with music, and fascinating information ab...Show More

1:10:32 | Jun 13th, 2015

Inspired by another beautiful, sunny day and a 10th straight Blue Jays win (and a few hefeweizens), enjoy another episode full of great music and some baseball facts.  Unfortunately, there is still a general lack of songs about baseball in the Creati...Show More

1:01:59 | May 8th, 2015

In today's episode of Alternative Airwaves, we get TWO brand new tracks - from I Am Not Lefthanded and the Urban Canals!  Plus plenty of other eclectic music that (mostly) fits together.  Ottawa Comic Con is discussed briefly, and I also complain abo...Show More

46:35 | Mar 15th, 2015

A short episode today, fueled by an Amsterdam Brewery 9% Imperial Stout and 3 out of 4 wins in Curling this week.  Featured songs include a recommendation from a fellow Redditor, an Ottawa band I just discovered this weekend, and a new tune from Grea...Show More

1:10:11 | Feb 24th, 2015

Back with a vengeance!  Enjoy this 60+ minute podcast in lieu of two 30-minute podcasts this month.  Some great tracks from the likes of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, David Rovics, and Brad Sucks - including new stuff from The Dada Weatherman.  Also some podcast...Show More

33:40 | Jan 25th, 2015

Time for another (short) podcast!  Most the songs on this list are new releases, plus I have the latest official single from I Am Not Lefthanded.  I talk about Serial Podcast again, the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, and Project 52. Check out I Am Not L...Show More

47:02 | Jan 7th, 2015

Kicking off 2015 with a somewhat lazy look at 2014; most of these tracks were taken from Jamendo’s Best of 2014 playlist, with a few exceptions.  I’m going to try to keep up with the podcast on a more regular basis in 2015 as well.  In today’s episod...Show More

1:07:49 | Dec 6th, 2014

It's Saturday afternoon, and now's as good a time as any to release a podcast!  I had no central theme today - just thought I'd find some cool Creative Commons music and string together a show.  Still, I seem to have gravitated to a mostly Punk-theme...Show More

1:01:17 | Nov 7th, 2014

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the delay between shows.  Hopefully the AWESOME music I've included in today's podcast will more than make up for it.  Enjoy! Download from <center> <img alt="Listen to Stitcher" height="31" src="http://cloudfr...Show More

58:24 | Jul 12th, 2014

Not to be confused with the CBC Radio 3 Podcast Road Trip special, I've done this a couple of times in homage (read: rip off) of my favourite Canadian music podcast.  While this podcast does not feature 100% Canadian music (in fact, I think it's 0% t...Show More

55:58 | May 31st, 2014

It's only been a few time for another podcast, right?  A lot of European artists in this week episode as I take a look at some of the top Jamendo artists in the EuroMusic contest.  Links are below! Download from | Listen on S...Show More

1:23:11 | Mar 15th, 2014

Drawing direct inspiration from CBC Radio 3's Sweatin' To the Indies, I present to you The Workout Podcast - Creative Commons version!  I think I've attempted this before, but this time around the music is a lot better and I did my best to edit the m...Show More

1:05:05 | Feb 22nd, 2014

I made it to episode 75!  Joining me on today's podcast is special guest Mike Mersereau, who hosts the CKCU program Audio Sensory Resuscitation (currently on hiatus...will be back soon!).  Mike secured an interview with the one and only Kellee Maize!...Show More

56:24 | Jan 25th, 2014

Technically it's still January, so it's not TOO late for a look back at last year in music.  I specifically took music from Jamendo's Best of 2013 playlist, and FrostWire's Creative Commons Mixtape Vol. 4.  Some great music on both, plus a quick look...Show More

56:06 | Nov 17th, 2013

Welcome to an another Autumn edition of Alternative Airwaves!  In today's episode, hear from artists such as Singleton, Sunwill, and La Nueva Guardia.  A good mix between folk, pop, and rock this time around - it should go well with your next workout...Show More

1:04:27 | Nov 2nd, 2013

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour this weekend!  That is, if you're currently in Daylight Savings Time. Some new tracks from and Blocsonic this time around - lots of different tracks to enjoy.  Download via iTunes, Stitcher, or...Show More

55:15 | Aug 17th, 2013

I've finally recorded another podcast!  It took me a while to put together, because I was trying to cherry pick the best music from blocSonic's netBloc series, while at the same time making it all flow together.  Plus I've been quite busy (it's summe...Show More

46:47 | Jun 4th, 2013

Summer seems to have suddenly switched on!  At least, that's the case in Ottawa.  In today's slightly shorter episode, I've picked some "classic" songs and some newer songs, and also was completely unaware of the technical glitches at the start of th...Show More

1:00:25 | Apr 27th, 2013

Welcome to the first podcast of Spring!  I'm talking about the real Spring weather, none of this snow storm business.  In today's podcast I talk about the newest contest over at Jamendo (closes June 9th), congratulate Rathole Radio on 100 episodes, a...Show More

58:31 | Mar 23rd, 2013

I'm back after a month-long absence with a new 60-minute format!  Plenty of new music this week, as well as a couple of older tracks.  No unifying theme, just some great music and (hopefully) great conversation.  Topics covered include Ottawa's Home ...Show More

30:46 | Feb 10th, 2013

I didn't have anything prepared, so I went and downloaded a bunch of remixes from  Actually, I used the new "dig.ccmixter" tool that they just launched.  Check it out here. I couldn't find exact links to the tracks that I found, b...Show More

38:27 | Jan 27th, 2013

Back with a new show this week!  I scoured the Internet for new releases, and had to stretch a bit for what I considered to be "2013" new releases.  What I found were some pretty great tracks, and if it wasn't technically a new release, it's a bit of...Show More

39:31 | Jan 12th, 2013

What better way to welcome the new year, 2013, then by looking back at some music from 2012?  I can't think of any other way.  So join me for some great tracks that I missed in 2012 (shame on me).  There are some great songs and artists here - hopefu...Show More

25:48 | Dec 22nd, 2012

I'm phoning it in a little, so to speak, with this podcast; very quick, I just wanted to get one last episode out before the end of 2012.  It's not very info-heavy on the artists - just thought you'd enjoy the music. Download from! Here...Show More

39:37 | Nov 25th, 2012

This week's podcast is loosely themed around colours!  All artists or tracks played in today's podcast feature at least one colour - except in the case of PhaZer, which was actually found in a search for bands that sound like the Red Hot Chili Pepper...Show More

32:08 | Nov 11th, 2012

The "unofficial" theme of today's show is "music I liked this week", but I didn't like that as a title.  So we've got "Indie Alternative Show".  Lots of great stuff, pulled mostly from a USA Elections Playlist on, plus a new track from Br...Show More

31:07 | Oct 26th, 2012

I'm trying something different with today's podcast - an audio magazine of sorts!  I'd like to be a little more informative, or at least different, instead of being just a podcast that plays a bunch of music.  So my idea with this is to draw back on ...Show More

32:44 | Oct 13th, 2012

It's episode #60!  It's much delayed due to some technical issues, but is finally here.  In this week's episode, I've gathered up some of the newest releases from various netlabels, including brand new label Rhinosaur Records! Creative Commons recom...Show More

26:02 | Sep 22nd, 2012

Welcome to the first episode under the (latest) format change!  The theme for today's show is SOUL.  Specifically, soul music.  In the show, I ask the question - if Soul Music comes from the black American experience, can international artists captur...Show More

34:15 | Sep 14th, 2012

A week late, and short on "new" content...but what are you going to do?  This show showcases the last three Weekly Airwaves aired on Audio Sensory Resuscitation (, as well as three tracks from the Free Music Archive (http://www....Show More

37:11 | Aug 24th, 2012

Can you believe it?  We're already at the end of August!  The next podcast won't be until September!  Nothing special in the podcast today - nothing beyond great music, that is.  I also mention a few news updates about the podcast, so be sure to list...Show More

25:15 | Aug 11th, 2012

I'm back with a new podcast!  Featuring music from Beat Six, Sekshun 8, and Staggered Crossing.  I don't have anything witty to say, so just go on to the playlist! Download from We Are FM - Press Record (Season One, 2012) Beat Six - Li...Show More

24:28 | Aug 2nd, 2012

It's been a long time since I've had a podcast with new music, but I'm back despite a crummy summer cold (I was popping back Fisherman's Friends the whole time) with music from the AFMusic netlabel, as well as another track from the latest I Am Not L...Show More

23:55 | Jul 14th, 2012

It's been a long time since I've had a podcast with new music, but I'm back despite a crummy summer cold (I was popping back Fisherman's Friends the whole time) with music from the AFMusic netlabel, as well as another track from the latest I Am Not L...Show More

33:54 | Jun 28th, 2012

It's the Canada Day Long Weekend!  Well, almost.  This is from July 2010, and is 100% Canadian Music.  The original playlist can be found here:   The podcast will be back in tw...Show More

27:58 | Jun 16th, 2012

Due to time restrictions and a short holiday, I didn't have time to put together a full podcast.  Instead, I've selected an older podcast that is currently unavailable on iTunes.  Here is Episode 5 from April 2010 - The Notes and Scratches. Download...Show More

29:29 | Jun 2nd, 2012

In episode 51 of Alternative Airwave, I've got some new tracks from I Am Not Lefthanded and The Black Atlantic, and I also discuss some changes implemented by the Copyright Board of Canada, plus a show announcement for Streets of Hastings.  That plus...Show More

28:29 | May 19th, 2012

I finally made it to #50!  I didn't get the chance to plan anything special - we'll leave that for number 100.  In the show today: songs pulled from Mike's last ASR show; new tracks from Swedish pop bands; a demo from Brad Sucks; and a really cool co...Show More

32:30 | May 5th, 2012

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!  It's everybody's favourite Mexican holiday, because it's fun to pronounce.  Today's podcast is actually NOT themed around this holiday, but it was too convenient to pass up for a name.  Plenty of great stuff in this we...Show More

30:04 | Apr 21st, 2012

Time for another podcast!  It feels like it's been a long time since I've released anything, and in a way, it has.  While I was pretty pleased with the interview with Streets of Hastings, I haven't been very impressed with the quality of the podcasts...Show More

28:21 | Apr 8th, 2012

A bit of a laid-back podcast, I decided to talk a little bit about unicycles.  I don't have much of an intro either - enjoy the podcast! Download here Justin Townes Earle - What I Meant To You (Midnight at the Movies, 2009) Kurt Vile - Freway (Con...Show More

40:58 | Mar 26th, 2012

The bulk of this podcast is devoted to an interview I did with Rockland band Streets of Hastings (, so I didn't put a lot of effort into picking the rest of the music.  They have a CD Release party tonight (March 23rd...Show More

32:25 | Mar 11th, 2012

A short podcast to follow-up the ridiculously long 'cast from two weeks ago.  I had some issues with Jamendo when it came time to put the podcast together, so a couple of artists had repeat songs.  If you want to check out the artists I would have pl...Show More

1:03:06 | Feb 26th, 2012

Warning! This podcast is an hour in length - in other words, double the usual length.  You may want to set aside some time to listen to the podcast.  But don't worry, the music is excellent.  It's full of stuff I've neglected to listen to over the la...Show More

35:12 | Feb 11th, 2012

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I picked out a few tracks that had that loving sort of feeling.  Also some disco songs.  PLUS I have some things to say about Hockey Day in Canada, which is today (February 11, 2012), starting at 2PM EST....Show More

39:53 | Jan 28th, 2012

It's the NHL All-Star weekend here in Ottawa, and I am excited!  I don't normally worry very much about things like making sure I record the skills competition if I'm going to be out for the night (like tonight), or getting HD for this very occasion,...Show More

28:31 | Jan 14th, 2012

The first podcast of 2012! I switched things up a bit from the last regular podcast, and I think things will continue this way for a while. I mention in the podcast that I'm going to try to throw a few more features from time to time; but more on tha...Show More

23:28 | Dec 31st, 2011

Unfortunately, no special podcast planned - just a list of songs I haven't played in a long time. It's also a short podcast, clocking in at under 25 minutes! Rock Creek Ramblers - Anchortown The Dead Rocks - Sonic Stars Singleton - Before the Rain W...Show More

32:08 | Dec 17th, 2011

Penultimate in the sense that this is the second-last podcast for 2011!  I have some new tracks from 2011 (plus one FROM THE FUTURE aka January 2012 release from AF Music), and some more favourites from 2011 podcasts.  I'm still undecided re: what to...Show More

31:12 | Dec 4th, 2011

Welcome to the first of the last two podcasts for 2011!  Lots of great stuff this week, with new releases in the first segment and the last segment filled with some of my old favourites from 2011.  Plus, a special timely cover to end off the podcast....Show More

37:26 | Nov 19th, 2011

Welcome to another podcast!  I was afraid I might not be able to talk as much for this episode because of a cold, but luckily it subsided long enough so that I wasn't interrupted every few seconds by coughing.  The new release section is a bit light ...Show More

37:23 | Nov 5th, 2011

Podcast 36 features lots of new hip hop, plus a new feature debuting!  It's called "Five Minutes On" and this week is reviewing His Girl Friday (1940).  Plus there's a new theme (based on TenPenny Joke's song "Sense"), and a few new elements thrown i...Show More

43:50 | Oct 22nd, 2011

No fancy title today, my mind was a little blanked.  A couple of notes for this episode before you listen: one, I was trying a new method of recording (that ended up being much less convoluted), so there are going to be a couple of hiccups here and t...Show More

32:22 | Oct 6th, 2011

Well, the debut of a new podcast format did not come without its stumbles. It's still very much a work in progress, and I can only improve from here. I apologize for the poor mic quality - that's also something I need to fix again.  Some great music ...Show More

36:55 | Sep 26th, 2011

It's been two weeks, so that means it's time for a new podcast! I normally get these up on the same Saturday that I record them, but events this weekend that may or may not have had something to do with watching Moneyball and baking an apple crumble ...Show More

36:25 | Sep 10th, 2011

I'm finally back with a new podcast!  It's been since the end of July since I released a new episode, and for that I am deeply sorry.  But the move is complete, and I have some brand new stuff for you.  Today I was just winging it a little, but I pla...Show More

46:02 | Jul 27th, 2011

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38:30 | Jul 9th, 2011

Alternative Airwaves is now hosted on!  Eventually I'll be porting all the older podcasts over there so they can all be found in one spot.  Here's the original post for the podcast. Hopefully the fan I had on to cool down the "studio" di...Show More

35:30 | Jun 25th, 2011

I hope everyone is having a wonderful St. Jean Baptiste weekend!  I had a fun time finding tracks for this podcast, and there's a little bit of every genre in the show this week.  I hope you enjoy it.  In the meantime, please enjoy some reading mater...Show More

32:23 | Jun 11th, 2011

Thanks for joining me for another fun-filled show.  Some great tracks, ranging from the 1970s (Single Bullet Theory) to a new track from 2011 (Josh Woodward).  I started the show a little differently today thanks to a fun song by Hot Fiction; I also ...Show More

38:40 | May 28th, 2011

Today's podcast is a little mailed-in, mostly a result of being on vacation for five days over the Victoria Day long weekend.  But that doesn't mean I haven't selected some sweet tracks - on the contrary!  I consulted the Jamendo Top 100, and picked ...Show More

31:32 | May 14th, 2011

Another two weeks gone, another podcast episode in.  In today's episode, new tracks from Brad Sucks and I Am Not Lefthanded, plus the very first Label Gazing segment featuring Ostrich Tuning from Toronto!  All this plus some other great tracks for yo...Show More

32:07 | Apr 30th, 2011

It's been 4 weeks since I last did a "regular" podcast - what with last episode being a themed podcast (which was a lot of fun to do) - so it feels good to be back in the groove picking out new music.  Some great stuff in today's episode, including -...Show More

27:28 | Apr 6th, 2011

The podcast this week is a little different than what most might be expecting - as I mentioned in the last episode, I've been planning a couple of theme podcasts.  Welcome to Themecast #1!  All the music in today's show is swing music.  This has resu...Show More

33:46 | Apr 2nd, 2011

Welcome to April!  Spring is definitely here - it's true, because a bird thought it was in my best interests to deficate on my passenger-side mirror on my car.  Anyway, new podcast for this week, with not so many new tracks but some great sounding mu...Show More

31:13 | Mar 9th, 2011

Episode 22 is officially available!  The show started off a little rocky but I recovered - I blame either the beautiful afternoon sun beaming into my "studio", or the advent of the gigantic full moon later tonight.  Take your pick.  A couple of new t...Show More

34:00 | Mar 5th, 2011

This week's podcast happens to land on my birthday!  How cool is that?  Plenty of awesome new tracks from artists all over the world this week, including the latest from the always excellent Kellee Maize.  Enjoy! Playlist: Matt Dorgan Project -...Show More

35:45 | Feb 9th, 2011

I did it - I made it to 20 episodes!  In this week's episode, you'll hear quite a bit of hip hop (some of it not so conventional) plus some bluegrass mixed in between.  All this and episode 20 of Alternative Airwaves! Unfortunately the iTu...Show More

31:45 | Feb 4th, 2011

Back to the swing of things with episode 19!  This week's episode features some brand new tracks that stretch from spunky pop to hip hop.  PLUS a new demo from Brad Sucks!  All this and more...see below for the playlist.NOTE I am currently having som...Show More

30:54 | Jan 22nd, 2011

The first new podcast of 2011 is finally done!  I thought I picked some really awesome music to kick the year off on a great note.  The standard playlist with links to artists' websites is below, but first a couple of links I mentioned during the sho...Show More

37:26 | Dec 21st, 2010

Last Saturday night I made myself a nice cup of coffee with eggnog (I swear, there was no rum involved) and settled in to do what looks to be my last podcast of 2010.  Things are just going to be too busy in the next couple of weeks, though I MAY end...Show More

27:40 | Dec 1st, 2010

I recorded episode 16 of the podcast last night, but only got around to uploading it this morning.  So, that's also why the blog post is late.  Anyway, the title thankfully does not refer to "I'm never again doing this podcast" but more so "I'm never...Show More

30:21 | Nov 9th, 2010

Finally, another episode of Alternative Airwaves!  I've been pretty busy with NaNoWriMo this month, but I found time this evening to get a podcast recorded.  I even did some writing while I was putting the show together!  All in all, a successful eve...Show More

29:52 | Oct 20th, 2010

My apologies for the very delayed Blog post for the latest podcast.  You see, I've been quite busy at work, and there was a wedding I went to, and...well I was busy.  But it's been up on iTunes for just under a week now, so maybe you might like some ...Show More

34:38 | Sep 18th, 2010

I finally did a podcast on time!  It's been a while since I've done that.  Note that by "on time" I mean "I announced publicly I was going it Friday night, and I completed it."  So here it is!  The theme this time around was "Canadians" - all artists...Show More

35:41 | Sep 5th, 2010

I probably could have come up with a more clever name, but I didn't.  Here's the track listing along with links to applicable download pages. Just Plain Ant ft. Braintrust - Scream Out Just Plain Ant ft. Chuck D - Way Back When Kellee Maize - Futur...Show More

34:17 | Aug 3rd, 2010

Episode 11 has a funky soul groove going for it - thanks to the featured artist, SOULED OUT and their No Name Funk EP.  It is currently available on iTunes but you can also download it directly here if you don't use that particular program. Track Li...Show More

51:50 | Jul 15th, 2010

#10?? Really?  That's really good!  Well, this is the promised Part 2 of the Creative Commons Sampler.  There are a few rough edges in the show this time around, because I was distracted while reading about ASCAP vs Free Culture.  Yeah I think I've s...Show More

35:31 | Jul 1st, 2010

Good morning everyone, and Happy Canada Day!  So far mine's been pretty great - I went to bed sick and woke up feeling fine this morning, and to discover I have some juice in the fridge that I didn't remember making. I've had this podcast waiting i...Show More

38:52 | Jun 14th, 2010

I finally got to do the podcast this weekend!  Life has been very busy: sudden funeral 8 hours away, a softball tourney this afternoon (B Pool Champs!!), hockey tonight...well there was a lot.  I finally finished the final mix tonight, which required...Show More

37:42 | May 7th, 2010

Here it is, episode #6!  Unfortunately, it is not the "South American Banjo Ska" genre my brother wanted, but instead is Celtic Hip Hop - coming from Oakland, California, no less!  Here are the show notes: The opening theme is as always a modificat...Show More

26:58 | Apr 23rd, 2010

Episode 5 is here!  Late due to last night's marathon Sens game, but it is here!  Some abbreviated show notes: Check out The Notes and Scratches at I was having a tiny bit of mic trouble, so my apologies for that -...Show More

28:57 | Apr 9th, 2010

Episode 4 is here!  Albeit late!  But I sat through a thunderstorm while recording this, risking losing all my work in the process.  Today's podcast features Paper Navy, and their album All Grown Up.  Here are some notes: The opening track was call...Show More

12:29 | Apr 1st, 2010

I wanted to test out an audio set up on my computer before going on vacation, so I put together this little half-podcast.  Here are the artists I played on the most ridiculous set up ever: Wilson Noble - So Let's Dance Steven Dunston - Move a Littl...Show More

32:16 | Mar 11th, 2010

Welcome to Episode 3 of Alternative Airwaves!  This week's episode features the album Continuous Error by Loudspeaker Alliance!  Some notes for the show: This podcast also features my dog chewing away at a plastic bottle in some breaks The podcast ...Show More

26:33 | Feb 23rd, 2010

Episode 2 is here (and on time)!  Here are today's show notes: If you have any feedback send it to What the heck?  I released this two days early! ** Check out iTunes to subscribe to the podcast directly Today's opening track ...Show More

22:54 | Feb 11th, 2010

It's finally here!!  I recorded it last night and produced it at the same time.  As I mentioned before in an earlier post, the format is a bit different. There is just one feature artist / album, and the podcast will likely be in the range of 20-30 m...Show More