Tuesday, 21 May 2013

KEEW back on the radio (May 22) and IASPM Canada comes to Hamilton (May 23-26)

If you've been following along, you know that Kill Eat Exploit the Weak started as a campus/community radio program but went off the air (after many years) when I moved away from Kitchener-Waterloo. You'd also know that I've been dabbling in campus radio again during the last couple of summers, co-hosting a fill-in show for McMaster's CFMU 93.3FM on Saturday nights: Hellbound Summer Metal Meltdown.

Well, this summer I'm back on CFMU with co-host Adam Wills, but this time we're on air Wednesday nights at midnight. And I decided to revive Kill Eat Exploit the Weak. Much like in the past, we'll be spinning a range of metal subgenres and a mix of newer and older material (expect to hear lots of doom). And, of course, some of the sociopolitical/ethical facets of KEEW are bound to show up as well. Plus we've added a new feature this year called "Simulated Meat" - a sampling of music that challenges the boundaries of metal: collaborations between metal and non-metal artists, bands that were once metal but aren't quite anymore, music that metal fans can and do appreciate but taps into the metal ethos in unconventional ways...

This week's show, our debut of sorts, focuses on Maryland Deathfest XI, tapping into the line-up of bands performing in Baltimore from Thursday to Sunday.

This year I don't have the pleasure of attending MDF myself (though Adam will be heading south to the fest a few hours after the show airs). I do, however, have the good fortune of being involved with a conference on popular music taking place in Hamilton from Thursday to Sunday: Music & Labour, IASPM Canada 2013. Conference keynotes are free and open to the public, as is the Saturday night party at Homegrown Hamilton from 10 p.m. on. Check it out if you're in town!

P.S. CFMU is available around the world - streaming live from the station's website or in podcast form. Recent podcasts can be accessed through the programming schedule.

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