Friday, 14 December 2012

Photoshoots, Movies and Music

This week has been a CRAZY week for us Pull the Plug kids! We started the week with a killer photo-shoot with Dave Levitt Photography based out of Cambridge. You can see samples of his work on his site, on Facebook and you can check out the shots he took at The Sound Distillery. See how things work? We all know each other. Finally fitting in to this city life. As soon as we get those shots back from Dave, we'll secretly use them for our own pleasure, then post them on our Facebook, Flickr, Blog and of course the Website!

Last night, Justin G. and I stayed up way past our bedtime to catch the midnight premiere of The Hobbit. Justin was geeking hard, so I'll let him tell you all about the flick in his own post and on this weeks PTP Podcast. My quick review? Holy fuck. WOW.

This week's featured Track of the Week is the amazing new single Reaching Back from Mike Vial, available for name your price on his Bandcamp. This Michigan man puts so much of his soul into his songs, leaving you gripping to every word. We loved it SO much, we even put aside our all-acoustic format to include it in this week's Podcast. Please check it out.

The Vid of the Week, Bright Glow by Toronto's Little City, is a live track recorded at the former PTP Studios. Shaun, Frances and Trevor have done nothing short of blow us away with every performance they've done for us including their live set at our PTP Presents... event in May. They are coming out of a brief hiatus to play a Christmas show benefiting Second Harvest and the Toronto Food Bank. Check them out at the Rivoli in Toronto on Dec.22nd.

That's all for now kids, until next time - Stay interesting!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Music this Week & PTP Giveaway

Lots of new music to discuss this week!

Last night was a show that I had been looking forward to for months and had been gifted by my insanely awesome man, Hey Ocean! They are a West Coast band that have exploded onto the scene since I saw them for the first time live about a year ago. Since that show, they have released their new album IS which has some seriously killer tracks including my new favourite Jolene.

Last night's show was an energy-filled set that had the crowd jumping, dancing and singing along, with some minor bumps along the road ie: sound issues and an over-done reverb on the vocals.

Speaking of bumps, the openers, Alvarez Kings a progressive pop outfit from Sheffield England, were losing their minds on stage, when they stopped the track dead in order to attend to a fan who passed out. I can only assume she found their accents just as attractive as I did. I dug these guys so much, we purchased both of their albums before leaving the show and strongly encourage you to do the same.

Also yesterday, an exciting announcement came from Justin Briner about the release of his album that has been 4 years in the making! Silent Imagery is a 9-track work of art featuring some of my favourites Scatterbrain and Mr.Spider. Show this talented musician some love and download this album and if you REALLY love it and have some dollars to spare, send a few bucks his way- he deserves it.

New Album Downloads this Week:
Bat For Lashes- The Haunted Man
Joel Plaskett Emergency- Scrappy Happiness

HIGHLY recommend both of these albums!

Finally, the new Pull the Plug Podcast for this week is now available! Listen and subscribe to it at our website Links to iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all that jazz is available on there.


Head to our Facebook and Twitter for your chance to WIN an exclusive PTP-Blacktop Bundle, courtesy of Blacktop Records, in celebration of their 6 Year Anniversary. Congrats!! 

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Podcast and PFed

As I'm sure you've noticed (actually you probably haven't) but I have been M.I.A. this past little while... yes, by that I mean stumbling around the stage and giving the middle finger to the cameras.

We have been been hard at work getting the new Pull the Plug Podcast up and running, which was somehow accomplished in a few short weeks. We have begun working out the kinks and we sound as shitty as ever! But at least it's shit that is fun to laugh at.
Since parting ways with our commercial radio counter-part, we have found new love in being able to express ourselves without worrying about who we happen to offend that week or why people care if someone says fuck in the 21st century. Needless to say, we are in love and are here to stay.

So if you're a fan of funny shit, a little banter and some killer indie acoustic talents be sure to Listen and Subscribe to Pull the Plug Podcast on iTunes.

SPOONFULS OF NEWS: The legendary Timmie's Cup and the man behind the crotch holding the cup, Paul Federici will be back in the studio in 2 short weeks! We will have a few new PFed tracks and a bit of talk from us chatty-fucks.

Special guest, Mike Vial will also be gracing the Pull the Plug studios with his presence and the 2 of them will be doing a short Canadian tour together, hitting Toronto, Kitchener, St.Catherine's and Thorold Ontario.

Don't miss them in Thorold, Saturday October 13th for the Paul Federici Fundraiser in support of new music from this talented fuck. Making an album isn't cheap so let's support all of the non-Bieber's out there and give ourselves something decent to listen to! Buy tickets HERE. As an added bonus, the PTP Crew will all be there signing babies and making fool's of ourselves.

Follow Paul Federici on Twitter and Facebook and support Mike Vial on Twitter and Facebook.

-Stay Interesting

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Guest Post: Pulling the Plug

Hello Pull the Plug listeners! To those of you who are saying "who the hell is this chick?", let me tell you a little tale to introduce myself. 
Shannon and I got smashed one night, which happened many nights, and we made sweet, sweet broadcasting love (which also happened many nights...and days...and afternoons). And this one time in particular we created a radio baby. We were a little scared at first, but we talked, decided to keep it, and named it "Pull the Plug". We spent tons of time compiling lists of our favourite acoustic songs (along with the uber rad Justin Godelie) and then presented our ideas to CJIQ. PTP ain't gonna have no rejection, so off we were to bring the best acoustic tunes and our sexiest radio voices to the K-W listeners. Let me tell you, it was like magical audio lovemaking with your ears and we were delighted to be ear-boning you once a week. 

Unfortunately, I ran out of the end of my OSAP, couldn't get a decent paying job, and became a broke college grad. This meant I had to move away from my beloved Shannon, Justin, PTP, and all it's listeners. I have missed all the good times, and because car ownership in Toronto is so bloody expensive, it's been hard to visit and guest host. 

With PTP essentially "growing up", it's like now is the time for it to go "off to college" and explore. The CJIQ nest has been nice, but it's time to move on to bigger and better things! Obviously this last show can't be the best, 'cause PTP is always orgasmically good, but I know it'll go out with a bang. To all the listeners, guest hosts, and musical guests, thanks a million for your support. Keep listening, tweeting, and spreading the word about the new podcast, 'cause it's only the beginning, baby! 

Acoustically yours, 
Carolyn Roberts

HUGE thanks to Carolyn, with out whom Pull the Plug would have never been born. We truly wish you could have joined us on our final Radio Broadcast, but know it won't be the last we hear our C-Rock on PTP. Follow Carolyn on Twitter.

Friday, 10 August 2012

PTP Podcast

Hello all,

First, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support of Pull the Plug over the last five (yes, five) years. It's been quite the experience! So many talented musicians have come through the studio, many have remained as friends. As our fans, you couldn't have been more supportive and many of you are the epitome of the word, putting "fan" back into "fanatic".  We have even welcomed a few fans into the studio! Parents, friends, Chad from Elmira, Elish Lisha, Munchixo, Currie and Trista Rochelle and of course we will always remember our late night chats with The Patio Party and the Subway Guys. 

The day of conventional radio has come to an end for PTP. As of the end of August, we are having our Plug Pulled, if you will. However...most of you, I would assume, know that we don't go down that easy. We have been busy at work getting things in place to have a Podcast go live.

We will be recording a weekly show, available for download, featuring the same banter you love, the raunchy sex stories, the crazy drug incidents and of course a ton of great music chat. Each show will feature music from our favourite Pull the Plug artists and friends and we will continue to bring acoustic guests into the studio. 
We have made our new home at The Sound Distillery in downtown Kitchener with Will & Dave being the coolest guys on the planet, stepping in within the first 24hours of our cancellation, picking up the ball and running with it. Here's some kind words from Will about the new project;

"Recently Dave and I had the opportunity to venture into a day of planning with the city of Kitchener and other music minded folk about building Waterloo region's music scene. 

Not ones to wait around for things to happen when Conestoga College's radio station decided to cancel all specialty programming we saw an opportunity for something pretty damn cool. 

We will be welcoming Shannon Bryan, Justin Godelie, and Justin Briner and their program Pull the Plug into our studios to record their show each week. The idea is to go big. Real big. So expect some really awesome music, and good videos. "

We are all super excited about our transition into the booming world of online podcasting, where fucks, dick jokes and donkey sex are fully supported.

Lastly, I'd like to thank my PTP Crew, Justin G, Justin Briner & Michael "Angry" Hawkins. You boys are the fucking raddest kids I know. Here's to new adventures. 

We are now found on Twitter @PTPPodcast, and have a new website coming soon


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Trouble and Daughter

Recently, an artist that we have had in constant rotation on our radio program contacted us (gotta love it when that happens) asking to perform a live acoustic set.

I had been a huge fan of CondoKrew (a name since set aside) since first hearing news of (illScarlett's) John Doherty being a part of the project. When I stumbled across their YouTube, I fell in love with their catchy, acoustic style and the melodies that Jenni Pleau and James Mascola bring to the table. 

Since the name change, Trouble & Daughter have released their first EP, including some favourite tracks (The Lucky Ones, Gimmie All Your Money) and some new favourites (What's Good is Gone). It's a fantastic follow up to YouTube successes and brings forward a quality to their music that we the listener didn't even realize we cared about, until buying this self-titled EP.

Catch the LIVE acoustic set by Trouble & Daughter tonight at 10pm on Pull the Plug and be sure to pick up their EP! If you can't get enough of them, like me, hunt them down and find them on Facebook and on Twitter.


Friday, 29 June 2012

Justin Briner: The Man Behind The Legend

Not only is the man the "other Justin" in my life as the co-host to our dynamic trio on Pull the Plug, but he is also the shows true talent. He's the only one of us music-lovin' geeks that actually sings and plays the guitar, and boy can he ever.
Last week, Briner graced us with his melodic tunes and his dreamy hair *cough* playing original tracks off of his new EP Under the Moon. He also played some very new tunes, debuting his latest The Girl (Colours of Spring), a song that would make any gal swoon, but was meant for someone very special. His boyish charm and grungy good looks mixes a unique musical style which I called "Grungy Plain White T's" during last weeks show. Not sure how he liked that, but I'd say it's comparable to listening to a Curt Cobain cover of Hey There Delilah- I'd be on board. If you're looking for heart-felt originals, rock-ballad covers, or a night of laughs on the radio, Justin Briner is your man! But as I said, he can't be your man, from what we can tell, he's taken. Sorry ladies.

Follow Justin on Twitter, check him out on Soundcloud, and see his live sets on YouTube.

For more Justin Briner, listen to Pull the Plug Wednesday nights 10pm-1am