This week, on prairie dog‘s most podcasty audio entertainment, we take a tour of Harbour Landing and wonder, what does this town have against pedestrians?
Also, we look at Shane and ask, why is he looking so haggard? Does it have anything to do with DC Comic’s reboot?
Then, another installment of Shit We Haven’t Seen. Did you know sci-fi superstar Orson Scott Card rewrote Hamlet for a modern audience? Did you know Hamlet is all about the evil gay agenda? Well, that’s what Card says. Aidan responds.
Also, we announce the winners of last episode’s big contest and get another update on Capital Pointe.
This week, Aidan was waylaid by zombies and Shane was busy astral projecting, so joining me in the Ultrasonic Alarm Call’s ultraswank podcasting module was Cookie Madill and, on guest hosting duties, Stephen Whitworth.
On the agenda: Does Regina hate renters? We go to city hall to find out. Does Regina hate pop music and joy? We listen to a couple tracks off the new Library Voices’ CD, Summer of Lust, then wonder how that could be possible.
Then, does Regina hate Superman’s new costume? And, is Whitworth weirdly obsessed with that question? I’m guessing yes on both counts.
That’s a lot of hate for one podcast. Fortunately, Ultrasonic Alarm Call is all about love and we balance all that hate with two installments of Cooking With Cookie! What does roller derby’s culinary terror have in store for us this week? Listen to find out.
Plus, we have another giveaway which we’re calling New Contest, Old Prize! This time, we have an audio riddle for you to solve! Listen close and win some swag!
Oh sure, by now everybody’s probably sick to death of reading about the 13th Avenue Safeway expansion. But what about hearing about it?
Because that’s where episode seven of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call kicks off. Do we like the new design? Do bears shit in toilets? Listen to find out the answer to at least one of those questions.
From there, we look at the province’s proud, new housing policy. Does it stink? Like bear shit in a toilet? And what about that public art that’s straddling the airport road? What is it exactly and why isn’t it bigger?
And speaking of airports, did you hear ours will soon have an endless carwash? It will but you can’t use it. Tune in to find out who can. And to find out what we think about Superman’s new costume — the one appearing in that Zack Snyder turd to follow Sucker Punch film.
All that plus the very first Ultrasonic Alarm Call giveaway!! Listen to the end to find out how you can win some keen rock’n’roll swag.
This week, a series of city hall updates including some reassuring news about the city square plaza and a look at the waste plan flier the city is distributing around the city. Also, prairie dog is planning to rock the Official Community Plan consultation now that we’ve received our citizen circle package. And you can be involved too. Find out what that’s all about.
And, Shane reviews the new James Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver, Carte Blanche. Does he love it or does he think it’s a pile of crap like nine tenths of the movies he reviews in the p-dog listings? Listen in to find out.
Plus, Aiden has a review of Some Shit He Hasn’t Seen.
We recorded close to two hours of material for episode five of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call (prairie dog’s best podcast). And to edit that down in a reasonable time I had to blast through a lot of it at one-and-a-half times speed.
Thanks to our guests (Kaeli and Cassie of the True Knit Art Show) that podcast was pretty crazy to begin with. Listening to the episode as though it had been done by actual, engagement-chicken obsessed prairie dogs was completely unhinged.
Below, some clips from episode five as I would have heard them. It’s the essence of the podcast distilled down to six and a half minutes….
This week on prairie dog’s most hearted podcast, we open with a quick story about Regina’s Freemasons and schemes gone by. What were the Masons up to back in 1996 when they decided to do battle with the Victoria Park Heritage Conservation District? You’ll have to listen to find out.
After that, Cookie and Cassie from the True Knit Art Show — fresh from roller derby practice (although it might be more accurate to call them “ripe”) — invade the UAC’s ultra-swank podcasting studio and take over the place (in a good way). We discuss their upcoming art/craft show on July 9 at St Paul’s Cathedral (that’s this Saturday, people), roller derby in Regina and local rockers SheKillsMe. They also become obsessed with “engagement chicken” and from there madness rapidly ensues. (Lucky for you, the Admiral Ackbar impressions all wound up on the editing room floor.)
Later, we call up errant dogcaster, Vanda Schmockel, and get her impressions of New York, the Novia Cafe closure and heritage preservation in Regina.
Also, don’t miss a preview of the track “Pirate Ship” off SheKillsMe’s album, As Strong As Legends.
Turning it off and turning it back on again. It’s the cure-all for our time. And this week, instead of starting from scratch ourselves, we’re looking at two reboots the respective rebooters hope will solve all the world’s problems.
First up, the continuing saga of Regina Public Library’s downtown branch. We were just supposed to be getting a revamped central library but the RPL board secretly toggled the on/off switch on that plan and now we’re getting something much bigger and much grander.
Why the change? Why all the secrecy? Who made the Masons cross? Plus! Are animatronics really better than books? We think so and you’ll just have to listen to the podcast to find out why.
In the second half: DC Comics plans to reboot their entire line of funny books. Will the new DC be superpowered or superdumb-as-turds? Plus, what does all this mean for digital publishing and summer movies? And! Are there any parallels between the DC Comics and RPL situations?
As it turns out, yes. And you might call that alarming.
What were ought-to-have-been-our-MP Noah Evanchuck and dogcaster Paul Dechene scraping off the street at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival street fair? Did it contribute to Lars Von Triers being declared persona non grata at Cannes? Did it kill Melancholia‘s chances at the Palm D’Or? Did it win Kirsten Dunst a best actress nod?
The theme for this installment of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call, the prairie dog‘s best loved podcast, is Unfortunate Emissions.
Also in this episode, city hall wants you to help design the Regina of the Future and we want to help you hijack the process. Plus, host Aidan Morgan reviews Some Shit We Haven’t Seen: this week’s subject: X-Men: First Class.
If you haven’t listened to any prairie dog podcast before, this is the place to start. It contains twice as much pep and hilarity as our other podcasts but now with 50% less phlegm.
As always, music is provided by the Lazy MKs. They have no gigs coming up I’m aware of but they do have a new album out, Where We Bin. You can pick up a copy at all the finer local record shops and Hi-Fi outlets.
Yeah. I don’t know either. I was the one pushing for “Ultrasonic Alarm Call” as the title and now that we’ve gone and used it I have all this naming remorse.
By way of explanation, an ultrasonic alarm call is the noise a prairie dog makes when it’s in distress. See? It kind of makes sense. Especially considering we have an election wrap up in this week’s installment. (But if we change the name again, don’t be surprised.)
Anyway, in this episode, we take a look at the election results and how Saskatchewan’s wonky riding layout skewed things in the Conservative’s favour. We also look at the long form census, the opening of the Creative City Centre project in the downtown, and we examine Regina’s heavy metal scene in some detail. And we have another review of some shit we haven’t seen.
This episode comes with a mature content warning. Moreso than usual, that is. The discussion of heavy metal veers into some dark territory. There’s a lot of nervous laughter and we try to keep it from going off the rails, but, yeesh, Norwegian metal….. it’s just all badness.
Music is once again provided by the Lazy MKs. They’re awesome. Be sure to check out their myspace page and go to their shows. I hear they’re playing the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.
Here it is! Episode one of the Still Unnamed Audio Portion Of The prairie dog Website.
This episode, we’ve tossed the Artie Shaw theme in favour of some fantastic intro and outro music provided by the Lazy MKs. They’re letting us use two tracks off their upcoming album “Where We Bin.” And they’re very awesome — both the tracks and the guys in the Lazy MKs. (Be sure to go to their CD release party on May 7 at Artesian.)
Theme for this week: Plans. We talk about the election and how Ignatieff’s plans to rule Canada are falling to pieces. (If you’re listening to this on Monday before polls close, note that we recorded on April 27… so everything we said is already out of date. If you’re listening after the election is over, don’t we sound naive and clueless?) We also talk about the mysterious plans for the RPL main branch that appeared on the web, the vague plans to redevelop the downtown that Mayor Fiacco announced, and the dumb-as-hammers plans by Hollywood to hand a classic pulp franchise to Jason Statham. Also, a new segment: Reviews Of Shit We Haven’t Seen. And did we mention the music is by the Lazy MKs and it’s awesome?
Dogcast Episode One — Plans:At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Elan Morgan, Shane Hnetka, Vanda Schmockel and Paul Dechene. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime 52 min.
To download click on the title link above. (Sorry we’ve taken down the Soundcloud player to make room in my account for episode two.)
Here it is, finally. The premiere episode of the prairie dog podcast. We’ve been calling it “The Dogcast” but honestly, nobody likes that name. If you have a better idea — better than “NippleCast” or “The Nipple Killers”… seriously, those are the best alternatives we’ve come up with so far — please send it along. Maybe we will gift you with some Tiger Blood and Royal Wedding condoms.
This episode of the Presently Titled The Dogcast podcast deals with the theme of “nerdery.” Election nerdery. Dr Who nerdery. Pulp magazine nerdery. And royal wedding nerdery.
You can download the mp3 by clicking in some fashion the link provided below. And if you just want to play it and not download it, odds are, if you just do a normal ol’ click of the link, it’ll play in your browser. We’ll work on getting one of those fancy player widgets for the blog soon, promise.
Dogcast Episode Zero – Nerdery: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Elan Morgan, Shane Hnetka, Vanda Schmockel and Paul Dechene. Theme music is “Mucho de Nada” by Artie Shaw and his Orchestra (1936ish). Runtime: 35 min.
After many weeks of toil, we’re ready to show off a preview of the latest prairie dog project. A group of us at th’dog have been working on putting together a podcast. We’re calling it The Dogcast. It’s your basic round table of prairie dog regulars discussing events and issues we find interesting. It’s kind of like one of our writers meetings only with slightly less swearing.