Better Late than Never… Right?

Cory has been a bad, bad boy… well, mostly a lazy boy. 

I’ve been recording and updating the recorded shows, but I just haven’t uploaded them to our hosting site or link them here…

BUT… I have now!! Check out our Recorded Episodes page (up at the top of the home page) to listen to episodes 12 and 13. Tune in tonight for another new episode!

Operation Manatee #14: The Summer Solstice Episode

Team #OpMan goes crazy and plays a bunch of neat stuff. Also, Cory enters a moment of blind rage as Chris plays Kanye West. It’s kind of fun!

Fritz Helder and the Phantoms
Fritz Helder and the Phantoms

This Friday is the longest day (most daylight) of the year. Kind of makes me sad, actually. I won’t use this time to complain about the weather, though. Rather, let’s take advantage of the time of year and all spend more time outside, with a portable radio, of course, and if anything isn’t going quite right for you, tell it to fuck right off and leave you alone!

Tonight is about playing good music, having a good time and not worrying about a thing. I have a feeling Cory just may bring some of the small goldmine he found at the CJTR Garage Sale, and I’m going to be bringing a shwakk of new music.

If sleep isn’t really your thing, stay up and keep it loud with us from 11:00 to midnight tonight.

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Operation Manatee #13: The One Where Chris Keeps His Pants On

With Cory away, Chris goes insane with power, playing non rock things like KNOWER and PDF Format. It’s actually pretty cool.

Knower
KNOWER

Join Chris tonight as he talks and types about himself in third-person, making for a generally really annoying experience.

Naw, just kidding. I’m going to be flying solo tonight as Cory is out of the studio, possibly doing/selling/making drugs.*

With Cory out of the way, be prepared for the most horrifying episode of OpMan, yet. Maybe dubstep, maybe hip hop, maybe heavy-rock-meets-free-jazz, maybe even pop/rock. Maybe. Only one way to find out. Stay up late with me and tune in from 11:00 to midnight. As always, follow @OpManatee for updates.

*Please note that neither Chris nor CJTR or Radius Communications or any of its programmers, affiliates or listeners advocate the use of illicit substances. Cory does though. He’s a fiend for that stuff.

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Nine Inch Nails And Why I Hereby Declare Him Great

Nine Inch Nails has been around for a while now and he just gets better. This is Chris’ really brief look at what makes NIN/Trent Reznor pretty fucking cool.

Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor

Before I dig into this, I want to make clear that I virtually always refer to Nine Inch Nails as “he”, “him”, etc. Almost never do I use “they”. This is because Trent Reznor is the band creator, the main creative force and the only constant member. Nine Inch Nails as a band is really just Trent Reznor plus whomever he can get. Without Trent, there is no Nine Inch Nails. So, when I start using subjective and objective personal pronouns like “he” and “his”, don’t freak out. Also, I’ll just use “NIN” a lot of the time.

Back in the early ’90s, when Nine Inch Nails was first getting big and popular, I was still lost in a horrible sea of dance mix and radio pop rock. It wasn’t until I was in grade 7-8 that I first heard NIN. I would have been about 13-14 years old. Continue reading “Nine Inch Nails And Why I Hereby Declare Him Great”

Operation Manatee #12: All of the noise noise noise noise NOISE N-O-I-S-E!

Cory and Chris take things a little more laid-back this week, laying off the ultra-heavy stuff – and the acid.

Kraftwerk - The Man Machine
Kraftwerk – The Man Machine

If we’d thought this out a little better, we could have had a theme prepared for you tonight, but as it turns out, that’s hard to do once, let alone back-to-back. In case you missed last week’s Mosaic special, be sure to check out the podcast.

It’s better live though.

Tonight we’ll be giving you some of our favourite tracks. From cool new music to some long-time goodies. We assure you that pants will be worn throughout the duration of the program this time. Tune in from 11:00 to midnight.
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Operation Manatee #11: Operation Man-saic 2013

A two-hour special on #OpMan taking you around the world in time for #Mosaic2013 in #yqr. Everything from German dancehall/ska to Korean black metal and even Pow Wow dubstep! Fuck, we’re cool!

Mo Riding Manatee

Ladies and Gentlemanatees… Boys and Girls… We present… a super special episode of Operation Manatee tonight!

As mentioned last week, tonight Chris and Cory are going to pay homage to the annual Mosaic festival in Regina with music from around the world. We’ve spent the week scouring for music associated with the pavilions on display as part of Mosaic 2013 and will serve up a tasting of how the world rocks, rolls or just makes noise depending on your point of view. In fact, it’s SOOOO special that we’re even starting early this week and going for TWO FULL HOURS!!

That’s right! Tune in tonight at 10:00 PM and listen along as we present Man-saic!

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Exciting Show Announcement!

Regina Mosaic
It’s that time of year again! Mosaic 2013 is about to kick off in Regina in JUST OVER A WEEK!

And to celebrate the Mosaic tradition, Operation Manatee is going to go ALL WORLD ON YOUR ASSES!!! And ears… mostly your ears… The idea, if successful, is to play a band or two from as many pavilions that will be showcased as part of the Mosaic festival. There are 21 pavilions, so we might have to extend it over two shows but we’re going to give you a cultural taste of music from around the world. Scottish metal? First nations dance music? Yep… things you’ll hear by tuning into the Operation Manatee Mosaic special!

For more information about Mosaic in the city, check out http://www.reginamulticulturalcouncil.ca/info/mosaic-a-festival-of-cultures.html

Operation Manatee #10: So… That Means It’s Now Summer, Right?

Chris pines for summer and the music that tends to accompany it while Cory whips out some cook new tracks.

Is it summer yet?
Is it summer yet?

Like everyone else in the Regina area, I lept towards the barbecue at the first sign of warmth (-15 counts as warm, you know) this season. Now that it’s more or less perpetually warm enough to be standing out by the grill, and one decent explosion and new barbecue purchase later, I’ve been spending a lot of time by the grill – homemade margarita or whatever in-hand. I don’t know about you, but barbecuing just begs for music. Personally, I (Chris) will barbecue to anything from reggae or afrobeat to dubstep or hip hop, but I think most people in our neck of the woods would generally agree that barbecuing is best done with a little bit of heavy rock nearby. Something about meat and distorted guitars. I don’t know. It’s just great.

Even though we’re not on the air until 11:00 PM, don’t let that disuade you from firing up that grill and turning on some tunes. Time of day has little bearing on delicious grilled food or when you choose to listen to your favourite program on CJTR. Warm up that grill at 10:45 and start cooking with Operation Manatee from 11:00 to midnight.

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Magneta Lane’s New Video

Earlier this year I blogged about albums I was looking forward to and Magneta Lane was on my list, albeit only plans for an EP. Well, it’s been out for a while, it’s TOTALLY FANTASTIC and something everyone should buy and enjoy multiple times. But here’s their new video for the lead single “Burn”. Again, the track is really good but the video has such a positive message for young girls. Enjoy and comment below on your feelings.

Operation Manatee #9: Moving Forward, Looking Backward

Cory and Chris visit some favourites from the ’90s and from today and find a surprising amount of time to badmouth Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.

The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins

It’s Tuesday again, and naturally, that means you are wet (salivating, you dog) with excitement at this week’s show! Well, we’re excited too! Or… at least, Chris is. Chris assumes Cory is as well. Chris is excited because he thinks he can pull off a mix of old and new favourites for tonight.

Writing about myself in 3rd person is weird. Hell with it.

I found myself listening to some old favourites since last week and really really want to play some of them. I don’t want to get stuck in ’90s rock hell, though, so I dug out some of my recent favs as well. I’ve gathered an alarming amount of great new music in downloaded form (legally, because ripping off musicians is f’d up) over the past couple of years, and it’s about time I started getting serious about playing it on OpMan. Cory has mentioned too that he’d like to dive more into newer stuff.

With that in mind and with the rest of the day to think about it, we’ll see what we can come up with. In the end, you can be sure that at least you’ll be able to listen to some really good stuff!

Stay up with us from 11:00 to midnight tonight. We’re looking forward to it.

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