CJSR is devastated by the loss of our friend and volunteer, David Finkelman.  

For over 8 years as the host of Big A, Little a (and Resistance before that) on Saturday afternoons from 12-2pm, Dave delivered an eclectic look at punk "from 1977 to the present day, and everything weird and wonderful in between".  The show considered punk not from a musical perspective, necessarily, focusing instead on the attitude behind the music, boiling punk down to its essential ethos and not its sonic trappings.  The show was well loved by our listeners and Dave's fellow volunteers, who voted it CJSR's best program for three years in a row.  Dave always encouraged his listeners to stick with him, even if they heard something they didn't like, guaranteeing that they would be exposed to other ideas or sounds they might like. 

Dave will also be remembered as his alter-ego Raven Connors on CJSR’s hilarious late-night goth show/radio serial The Darkness of My Soul, co-hosted by his close friend Lex McKie as Esper Banyon. Darkness of My Soul was a showcase for Dave’s sense of humour and his talents as a performer, and like Big A, little a, was an example to other DJs of what great radio could be.

As a member of the group Energetic Action, Dave also had a profound impact on the Edmonton music scene, as well CJSR’s playlists.  An amazing performer, David was unquestionably a massive talent brimming with new ideas for musical ventures.  Energetic Action's latest release, Becoming, topped the charts here at CJSR, but so did his free jazz project Filipino Doctor, as well as Dave's cassette release Songs for Wax Museum, droning electronic noise that was "available free to wax museums worldwide."  These high-concept projects were balanced by Dave's humility and complete lack of pretension.  He wanted to share music with others. 

We will remember Dave as an intelligent, talented, funny, and all around amazing human being. He taught us to be more adventurous listeners.  He challenged our boundaries and expanded them.  He was an incredible member of the CJSR family and the Edmonton music scene, and he will be deeply missed.

Our deepest condolences go out to Dave's family, his close friends, and to all of those lucky enough to know him.  


Jan 27, 2014

Jom Comyn - In the Dark on 99 - In the Dark
Shotgun Jimmie - Transistor Sister - Late Last Year
Is/Is - s/t - Hunter
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Take Me to the Land of Hell - Cheshire Cat Cry
Cibo Matto - Hotel Valentine - Déjà vu
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags - Lariat
Mode Moderne - Occult Delight - Strangle the Shadows
Wooden Sticks Wooden Sticks - Antler Lake Disaster - Staser
the Replacements - Let It Be - Unsatisfied

Connan Mockasin - Caramel - I'm the Man, That Will Find You
Guzo Lou - Old Roads - Tunnels (feat. Junia-T)
Dog Bite - Tranquilizers - We
Bruce McCulloch - Drunk Baby Project - Flying Dream
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - Savvy Show Stoppers - Our Weapons Are Useless
Twink - Happy Houses - Ostrich Hop
Ben Disaster - Close My Eyes EP - Close My Eyes

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen.


Jan 20, 2014

Friends of Foes - s/t - Ones You Love
Bravofunken - Tu t'es mise à crier - Le premier domino
Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want - Get Up and Get Out
Rebekah Higgs - Sha La La - Loneliness
Cud Eastbound - s/t - My Travel N Song
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags - The Janitor Revealed
Reverie Sound Revue - Reverie Sound Revue (2009) - An Anniversary Away
Jimmy Hunt - Maladie d'amour - Rêver Souvent
Dot Wiggin Band - Ready! Get! Go! - Love at First Sight
Steve Dawson - Rattlesnake Cage - Flophouse Oratory

Car School - Weakly - Twelve Forty-Five
John Ward's Electric Seance - Volume One - Conceal Yourself
Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu - Khattaba
Midcoast - Steps - This Moves Like Water
Mitten Claps - Tactics - Hinterland
Radical Face - The Family Tree: Braches - Holy Branches
Layne L'heureux - United Hotcake Preferred - Friends

You have a reputation for being straightforward and honest.


Jan 13, 2014

Brendan Benson - You Were Right - Rejuvinate Me
Robert Pollard - Blazing Gentlemen - Blazing Gentlemen
Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door - Don't Let It Bring You Down
Tough Age - s/t - Coffin Foam
Twin Library - They Were Marked As Targets - Hether Raceway
Greg Arcade & the Electrics - Transmissions from UMFM 2013 - My Baby Loves to Rock n' Roll
Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy EP - All I Want
Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis OST - Green, Green, Rocky Road
Robbie Fulks - Gone Away Backward - Sometimes the Grass is Really Greener

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Wig Out At Jagbags - Planetary Motion
Swearin' - Surfing Strange - Glare of the Sun
the Lad Mags - Trick EP - You Stole My Mind
Hag Face - s/t - Witch Stomp
the Gories - Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 1988 - To Find Out
Betrayers - Let the Good Times Die - Creep For Me
Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument - Shemonmuanay - Ambasel
SIRR - Prize - Hidey Hidey Ho
KLM - Chamber Music - Cheese
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want - Stranger to My Happiness
Elaquent - Green Apples & Oranges - The Official

Accept yourself.


Jan 6, 2014 - Happy New Year!

Dog Day - Fade Out - Get High
Destroyer - Five Spanish Songs - El Rito
Eamon McGrath - Exile Part 1 - Uninvited Guest
Dot Wiggin Band - Ready! Get! Go! - Banana Bike
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages - Dig Thy Savage Soul - Bread
Slow Leaves -  Second Chances - Life of a Better Man
Twin Library - They Were Marked As Targets - Construction Time Again
Layne L'heureux - United Hotcake Preferred - Misery
Mark Lanegan - Imitations - Pretty Colors
Nicky Bulldog - Dog Power Song - Chewing Gum Rock
Oxford Blue - Introducing Oxford Blue - Old Beater

Black Joe Lewis - Electric Slave - Dar Es Salaam
Polyrhythmics - Libra Stripes - Retrobotic
Keep Me Safe - All All Ever See - How to Land a Hot Air Balloon
Bardo Pond - Peace on Venus - Fir
Swearin' - Surfing Strange - Loretta's Flowers
Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy EP - All the Time
Tough Age - s/t - Sea of White
Kacy & Clayton - The Day Is Past & Gone - The Dalesman's Litany

Promise only what you can deliver.