Indefinite Hiatus


For the last three years, I’ve been making podcasts for a living. I’m really lucky to get paid to do what I love. But because I’m so busy, it makes it hard to keep music blogging and curating a weekly radio show, especially as music blogs are dying around me. Blog culture is over. Streaming seems to be in a perilous state. I’m not sure what comes next for the Canadian music industry, but it doesn’t seem like blogs are going to make a comeback anytime soon.

In 2011, I began podcasting because I wanted to keep doing my CFMU weekly music show remotely. I’ve been doing that show since 2009 – it was the longest relationship of my adult life.

Two weeks ago, I decided to take a 4-month hiatus so I can focus on my work podcast projects.

Podcasts I’m working on:

  1. The Secret Life of Canada (currently ranking #2 in the country!) a brand new history podcast about the undertold stories of Canadian history
  2. Polaris Music Prize which explores the artists & stories behind Canada’s most interesting music prize
  3. Safe Space with journalists Vicky Mochama (Toronto Star, Metro) & Ishmael Daro (Buzzfeed), starting season 2, which debuts next week

I’m not sure when (if) I’ll be back. In the meantime, you can listen to past episodes of Indie-licious (there are something like 300 of them out there) here on the blog, or on iTunes.

But what about fun stuff?

After 8 years, I’m exploring new musical projects. My band Baby Cages will be releasing a new album soon. You can keep updated on Facebook. I’m really excited for this release because I get to play a ton of different instruments on it and flex my krautrock and psychedelic sensibilities.

My bi-monthly food/music/art series Feast In The East will continue to showcase amazing DIY musicians, artists, and up-and-coming chefs. Feast In The East #64 will feature Petra Glynt, Zacht Automaat, FET.NAT, and Joanne Pollock with art by Vanessa Rieger and food by Brendan Lehman and Josiah Tsang. Here’s the Facebook event. You can check out our Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram for news & updates.

Last year, we put out a huge cookbook/art book/cassette compilation. You can buy or stream it and help support our work. It was a huge labour of love – we made the cookbook bindings by hand with the help of a few friends. Here’s a sampler:

Sometimes it can be hard to part with projects you’ve been working on for so long. But for now, I’m really excited to be given the chance to do all this wonderful work. I’m grateful for everything.

Long live DIY.

Long live Canadian music.

Keep in touch on Twitter @katiejensen

your pal in music,




recommendations from the 1983 issues of MIT’s Computer Music Journal

1. Carnival – Joel Chadabe
2. Three Bursts Set Out – Electronic Art Ensemble
3. Wave Edge – Barry Truax
4. Section V (Humanity) – David Rosenboom & Donald Buchla
5. Six Dark Questions – Dexter Morrill


cheap air jordans


1. Electric to Me Turn – Bruce Haack
2. Fly Like an Eagle – The Space Lady
3. The Feeling When You Walk Away – Yves Tumor
4. Black Venom – The Budos Band
5. Sweet Salvation – The Stepkids
6. River People (Live) – Weather Report
7. The Other Song – Spirit
8. Madagascar – Lake
9. This Strange Effect – The Shacks
10. Hold On – John Lennon
11. Admitting the Endorphin Addiction – Open Mike Eagle, Paul White
12. Satan – D.D Dumbo
13. High Pressure Days – The Units
14. Cable Dazed – Invisible Conga People
15. Father Stretch My Hands – Pastor T.L. Barrett
16. Inspiration Information – Shuggie Otis


peach fuzz


dissonant, dissident, distant pop

1. Plastic Coated Dancers – Freak Heat Waves*
2. Liquid Honey – Freak Heat Waves*
3. Maze – William Alexander
4. Mr. Noah – Panda Bear
5. Jungle Swingers – Macula Dog
6. Bridge of Ignorance Returns – Cloud Becomes Your Hand
7. Doll Face on the Calico Highway [Giant Claw Remix] – Guerilla Toss
9. Disney – Kara-Lis Coverdale*
10. Tears – Giant Claw
11. Plants In Combination – Hippies Wearing Muzzles
12. Parallax Border – Giant Claw
13. Chats With Lucy – Nick Klein



err apparent

1. It’s Raining Today – Scott Walker
2. That’s Us / Wild Combination – Arthur Russell
3. Hey Moon – John Maus
4. Strange – Patsy Cline
5. Too Late To Turn Back Now – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
6. Green Blood – Sonny & the Sunsets
7. Lonely Lover – Xenia Rubinos
8. In a Phantom Mood – Shintaro Sakamoto
9. The Past Tense – infinite bisous
10. Forever Dolphin Love – Connan Mockasin
11. Jealous Lies – Soft Hair
12. Thick Paste – Fake Buildings*
13. Nanonana – Luge*
14. A Pot Of Golden Rainbows – sean + ur not*
15. Speaking Gently – BadBadNotGood*