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