Thursday, November 29, 2012

S04 E20: Lumbricus Auris

Now that we're back to our regularly scheduled podcast, what better way to celebrate than with another earworm episode? (That's not a rhetorical question; if you've got a better idea, let us know; we're running out! (Not really.)) Enjoy!

Brought to you by Sunny-D and Lockheed Martin!

Queen - We Will Rock You
The Chordettes - Lollipop
Herman's Hermits - I'm Henry The Eighth

The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire

Third Eye Blind - Never Let You Go
Tegan and Sara - Back In Your Head

Abba - Take a Chance on Me
Anita Ward - Ring My Bell
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Duck Sauce - Barbara Streisand


Cool Drones on SNL
Skyfall and "why it should trouble us"
The Oak Ridge Boys' Elvira

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

S04 E19: Backup

This episode's title in no way reflects our view on the recent American election, or about the stepping down of Montreal's mayor last week. It's actually not related to any hot-button topic we'd normally discuss. Nope, it's simply our backup episode, because technical difficulties prevented up from recording a regular show. Enjoy!
Music-themed backup episodes are cooler than they appear


The Diamonds - Little Darlin'

Anthony Rooley & The Consort Of Musicke - As Vesta Was from Latmos Hill Descending
Délibes - Viens, Mallika (The Flower Duet)

Les Charbonniers de l'enfer - Petite galiote
The Rankin Family - I'll Tell My Ma
Chor Leoni - Loch Lomond
The King's Singers - Greensleves

Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir - Over My Head I Hear Music in the Air
The cast of Sister Act - Oh Maria

Bluegrass Student Union - Mills Brothers Medley
Allison Krauss & Gillian Welch - I'll Fly Away
The Kossoy Sisters - Poor Ellen Smith

The Boswell Sisters - St. Louis Blues
The Andrews Sisters - The Jumpin' Jive

The Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream
The Earls - Remember Then

The Kingston Trio - Across the Wide Missouri
Peter, Paul & Mary - Early in the Morning

The Beach Boys - In My Room
Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson

America - Horse with No Name
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

The King's Singers - Lullaby (Goodnight my Angel)

Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
Erato - Call Your Girlfriend
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Please Read the Letter

The Wailin' Jennys - The Parting Glass

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

S04 E18: Going Long

Well, it's becoming commonplace for us to "go long" when we record our episodes. This is probably good news for you, as you get more talk and more music for the same low, low price of free. But it's hard on the person who's trying to write a wry little paragraph summing it all up under one theme. So instead, here's the list of labels (tags) that we've made for this episode: Hurricane Sandy, Bounty, Corruption, Montreal, Burlington, Streetcars, Cultural Property Act, Census, Language, Halloween costumes. If you can find a common thread in there, let us know. Enjoy!

Reasons for using this picture: 1) Subtle pun, and 2) After all these years, this still freaks us out.


Harry Belafonte - Jump in the Line

Feist - Graveyard
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
The Ventures - Love Potion No. 9
The Misfits - Monster Mash
The Ramones - Pet Semetary
RJD2 - The Horror
Death In Vegas - Aisha
Justice - Stress
Warren Zevon - Werewolves In London

Sunday, October 14, 2012

S04 E17: Rise and Shine

 It's early, so I'll be brief: hope you enjoy this new episode. (Warning: may contain pretzels.)

...and, presumably, kick some ass.

Feist - When I Was a Young Girl
Incubus - 11am
Babyshambles - Carry Up on the Morning
Arctic Monkeys - Scummy

Red Hot Chilli Pepers - My Friends
Weezer - Velouria
Nouvelle Vague - Friday Night, Saturday Morning
DJ's Choice - Chicken Dance


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

S04 E16: Wa$te

Is it possible that the episodes in which our form is finest happen to be when we're the angriest? Because we don't do much other than gripe this week, but never has negativity borne such sweet fruit. Enjoy!

It's comforting to realize that while corruption and waste exist in spades in Canada, all the stock images you can find on the subject still involve the American greenback. Sometimes it's nice not to be #1.


DJ Shadow - You Can't Go Home Again
Jason Lytle - Rollin' Home Alone
Arcade Fire - Rococo
Fleet Foxes - Montezuma
The Walkman - The Rat
TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
Alkaline Trio - San Francisco

Sunday, September 16, 2012

S04 E15: Separations

It's always a challenge to find an episode's title. It's not as if we work from a theme each week; we talk about whatever holds our interest and look for links afterwards. If there's anything consistent about the disparate topics this time around, it's the idea of divides: in politics, culture, age, and appearance. And yet there is a thread linking much of the discussion, and he happens to co-host the show. Go figure, and enjoy!

Tyler Wood's new official publicity photo

Let's all play the new game: Six degrees of Tyler Wood


Pheonix - 1901
Minus the Bear - The Fix
Death Cab for Cutie - We Looked Like Giants
Spoon - I Summon You
Lisa Loeb - Stay
Barenaked Ladies - Lovers in Dangerous Times

The Subways - With You
Nada Surf - Sleep
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

S04 E14: Lost in Translation?

From what I can tell, this is scrumptious-looking menu

The Olympics, "legitimate" rape, gay marriage, the Quebec election and poutine. Yep, there's a sentence never penned previously. But we assure you these topics make for an interesting episode all about different cultures trying to live side-by-side. Enjoy!


Blondie - Sunday Girl
Nouvelle Vague (Camille) - Too Drunk To Fuck

Feist - Tout Doucement
Land of Talk - Trouble

Metric - Poster of a Girl
The Blow - Bonjour Jeune Fille

Bridgitte Bardot - Moi je joue

Sarah Silverman's rape joke
George Carlin's rape joke
Louis CK's rape joke

Monday, July 30, 2012

S04 E13: Blowin'

After yet more technical delays, we're happy to present our whistling-themed episode. I'm sure you'll agree it blows. Enjoy!

Nothing makes you look cooler than pursed lips...


Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks

Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
Andy Griffith - The Fishin' Hole

The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
Flo Rida - Whistle
Juelz Santana - There It Go (The Whistle Song)

Guns & Roses - Patience
Scorpions - Wind of Change

Billy Joel - The Stranger
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers

Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks
The Black Keys - Tighten Up

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Home
John Lennon - Jealous Guy

An Illegal Front-Yard Kitchen Garden via TYWKIWDBI
Aurora shooting victim had narrowly missed a Toronto shooting

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

S04 E12: Incessant Vaginas

I'm not even going to try to give you the context of the title of this week's episode; you'll just have to listen to find out. I can promise, however, that it's a memorable one for at least a couple reasons, as you might imagine. Enjoy!

Meta, man... very meta.

Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Charles Winston - In Your Hands
Cold War Kids - Relief
Eight and a Half - Two Points Meet
Beach House - Myth
Washed Out - Eyes Be Closed
Crystal Castles (feat. Robert Smith) - Not In Love
Daniel Rossen - Silent Song

Monday, June 25, 2012

S04 E11: Coda-pendant

If you've ended up here, you're in for a treat, as, in the end, we've got another musical theme episode for you. The theme: well, songs that feature great parts at the beginning or end and that leave us wanting more. Hopefully you'll find our show a hoot from end to end... enjoy!

Pictured above: What, can't you read? It's the word coda.


Weezer - Island in the Sun

Neko Case - At Last

The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy)

The Hollies - Hey Carrie-Anne
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

Portishead - We Carry On
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Feist - Lonely Lonely

Derek and the Dominos - Layla

Sigur Ros - Festival


Nicki Minaj's Starships, the Gay Anthem du jour.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

S04 E10: Together

Well, it's a special episode this week, in at least three ways:
  1. We recorded in the same physical location for the first time in two years;
  2. In honour of fellow SURPer Mike Wong's wedding, there's an appropriate musical theme;
  3. And, for reasons I can't explain, it's also the shortest episode on record. (Many listeners probably see this as a relief...) Enjoy!
Yeah, we clean up nice.

Darlene Love - (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry
Martha & the Vandellas - Third Finger, Left Hand
The Dixie Cups - Chapel of Love
Gary Lewis and the Playboys - This Diamond Ring
Jimmy Soul - If You Wanna Be Happy For the Rest of Your Life
Adam Sandler - I Wanna Grow Old With You
The Detroit Cobras - The Real Thing
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous

Here's a rather unique way to propose.

(Correction: Our dear friend Mike Wong married the lovely Lorraine Lee, not Lorraine Wang as we referenced in the podcast.  Our sincere apologies!)

Monday, May 28, 2012

S04 E09: Questionable Tastes

We've been slowly making our way down our list of musical theme episodes, having quite a blast along the way. This week, we're tackling songs that ask questions. Why? Why not?

 Listen, toots, we ask the questions around here.


Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice?
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
Diane Warwick - Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On?
David Bowie - Life On Mars?
The Who - Who Are You?
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him?
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?

Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way?
Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?
Bat for Lashes - What's a Girl to Do?

Carole King and James Taylor - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Live medly)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

S04 E08: Moving & Grooving

If there's an upside about being too busy to record an episode, it's that once the smoke clears and we put the headsets back on, we've got plenty of stories to tell (and the music to accompany them). So here's hoping you'll enjoy our catching up after a month's absence more than the absence itself.

(Please note that Blogger has updated itself, so one cannot click the title to hear the podcast. Instead
Click here for Episode 8.)

I'm pretty sure this is the photo of Philly that Alissa asked me to post.

Electric Guest -Under the Gun
Electric Guest - Troubleman
Electric Guest - Waves
PS I Love You - Princess Towers
Eight And A Half - Go Ego
Electric Guest - This Head I Hold

William Whyte's The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces - The Street Corner
"When Obama Endorsed Marriage Equality"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

S04 E07: We're On Fire

Want to know the pertinence of this week's episode's title? Best listen!

Making anything look artistic, even "grease fires" (domestic disputes)


Goyte - I Feel Better
Fleet Foxes - Lorelai
Florence and the Machine - Heavy in Your Arms

Kate Nash - Pumpkin Soup
Fanfarlo - Atlas
Electric Guest - American Daydream

Vampire Weekend - Jonathan Low
Metric - Eclipse (All Yours)
UNKLE feat. The Black Angels - With You In My Head

Bombay Bicycle Club - How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep

Goyte - Making Making Mirrors: A Short Documentary
Bombay Bicycle Club - Lights Out, Words Gone (Video)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

S04 E06: Renewal

Appropriately enough, our first episode this spring abounds with novelty. We discuss the new budget, a new movie, new(-ly discovered) TV shows, and possible new vocations for a Kingston movie theatre. Oh, and you'll feel "born again" with our religious-themed musical selections. Enjoy!

...and a new common interest for Alissa and Tyler.


Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Big Guns
The Dandy Warhols - Nietzsche

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - White Palms
Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Born Secular

The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Madonna - Like a Prayer

Monday, March 19, 2012

S04 E05: March!

Seriously, though, let's try that whole brevity thing out. Enjoy!
The anti-police-brutality march was anything but brief.


U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Cranberries - Salvation

Glen Hansard - Lies
Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter

Snow Patrol - Hands Open

Van Morrision - Days Like This

The Burbs
Hunger Games ads coyly don't show hunger games
Rapscallion Rogue Eatery

Sunday, March 4, 2012

S04 E04: Winds of Change

To go along with the title to this week's episode, we're going to try something different here: We're going lean. This little introductory paragraph that has accompanied every episode since we started the show is a shadow of its former self. That's right--none of that rambling that you have become accustomed to. It's all about concision! We're going to cut to the quick. Get right down to business. Beat the bush itself, and with large bats with nails on the end. Brevity has never seen better days. How's this for restraint, eh? Can you handle it?

Hmmm... never mind. Enjoy!

Yes, thank you, Google. That's exactly what I was looking for...


Of Montreal - Requiem For O.M.M.2

Gotye, feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know

Rilo Kiley - A Man/Me/Then Jim
Tegan and Sara - Where Does The Good Go

Handsome Furs - What We Had
Kate Nash - Merry Happy

She & Him - Sweet Darlin'


A map of the ridings from which robocall accusations have sprung.

The before mentioned image from Caldwell's presentation: The Planner, Food Systems and Food Policy: An Ontario Perspective. Dr. Wayne J. Caldwell, Unviersity of Guelph. Ontario Professional Planners Institute. October 2010. (Retrieved from:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

S04 E03: Wouldstalk

This week, we wanted to create another fabulous musical theme episode. This usually means less work for us and more music for you. But you may have noticed that despite intentions we, well, like to chat. And so with all the songs about "stalking" and our conversations on the subject, the episode clocks in at nearly two hours. I guess it's enough for the dedicated fan to really get to know us with. Enjoy!

A meeting of the Awkward Silences Radio Show Fan Club


The Police - Every Breath You Take
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me
Lionel Ritchie - Hello

Kate Nash - We Get On
Blondie - One Way or Another
Tegan and Sara - Living Room

Sarah McLachlan - Possession
Badly Drawn Boy - Everybody's Stalking
Eminem - Stan

Radiohead - Creep
Coldplay - Shiver

Garbage - #1 Crush


Facebook, apparently, is using you.

SNL's Digital Short, "Do the Creep"

Monday, January 30, 2012

S04 E02: Meaty

This week on Awkward Silences, Tyler and I discuss heritage policy and procedure at the municipal level, new ammunition illustrating the environmental value of building reuse, manufacturing plants in China, and, last but not least, Ryan Gosling memes. If only there were a meme combining our (my) love of Ryan and heritage preservation...

And while we're at it...


The Black Keys - Howlin' for You
Whitehorse - Killing Time is Murder
TV on the Radio - You
Lykee Li - Rich Kid Blues
Enya - Sail Away

Hamilton Ryan Gosling Meme
Preservationist Ryan Gosling Meme
A lesson in heritage neglect at Church and Wellesley
The Environmental Value of Building Reuse, a report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Green Lab
Apple and Manufacturing Plants in China:
The report featured on This American Life (NPR)
New York Times' article on the plants and another on why jobs are heading to China
And finally, will China collapse anyhow?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

S04 E01: What's New?

Welcome to season four! As for what's new with your hosts, you'll just have to listen to find out, won't you? Enjoy!

Since we couldn't find a relevant image for this episode,
we went with "cute".


No Doubt - Sunday Morning
Glee Cast - Rumor Has It/Someone Like You (Adele Mash-up)
Whitehorse - I'm On Fire
Feist - Caught a Long Wind
Foster the People - Houdini
Robyn - Hang With Me
Trent Reznor & Karen O. - Immigrant Song (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack)