Thursday, September 7, 2017

NHL Preview 2017-18: Washington Capitals

GM: Brian MacLellan (since 2014). 8/10
Coach: Barry Trotz (since 2014). 8.5/10

2016-17 record: 55-19-8, 118 points, 1st overall, lost in second round.

Departures: Karl Alzner (D), Kevin Shattenkirk (D) (and the players traded for him, namely centers Zach Sanford and Bradley Malone), Justin Williams (RW), Marcus Johansson (LW), Nate Schmidt (D), Paul Carey (C).

Arrivals: Devante Smith-Pelly (RW), Tyler Graovac (C), Wayne Simpson (RW), John Albert (F), Anthony Peluso (RW).

Top forwards: Alex Ovechkin (captain, 70-85 points, look for him to flirt with the 50-goal mark again), Nicklas Backstrom (75-85 points), Evgeny Kuznetsov (65-80 points), T.J. Oshie (30 goals), André Bukarovsky (45-65 points), Jakub Vrana (30-40 points), Lars Eller (25-30 points), Tom Wilson (may breakout with some 15 goals and 30 points).

Must-improve forwards: Ovechkin scored his second-worse career goals total with 33, tying Oshie for 13th in the NHL. It was considered "great" for Oshie, but "disappointing" for Ovie; here's the caveat: Ovechkin was concentrating on being a leader, playing "the right way" and becoming a better two-way player. He's got that down now, and the Caps will need him to make up for losing Johansson's production, so he will likely be given free reign to go on offense a bit more, and might not be punished with third-line duties as often. That, or one of him or Trotz will have to go.

Top defensemen: John Carlsson (40-45 points), Matt Niskanen (30-40 points), Dmitry Orlov (35-45 points), Brooks Orpik (10-15 points), Taylor Chorney (20-25 points).

Goalies: Braden Holtby (97/100), Phillip Grubauer (85/100).

Top rookies: Vrana (21 years old, LW, 2014 first-rounder), Madison Bowey (22, D), Christian Djoos (23, D), Chandler Stephenson (23, C), Riley Barber (23, RW), Jonas Siegenthaler (20, D).

Analysis:
The Caps took major hits this summer, losing Williams and Alzner to free agency, Schmidt to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft and Johansson to the cap crunch due to huge raises to Kuznetsov and Orlov.

They are no longer in contentioon for first-overall and the Presidents Trophy - but seeing as how things usually go for them when they do win it (three second-round exits come to mind), perhaps that's for the best. I do not believe they have regressed enough to fall out of playoff contention altogether, however; as a matter of fact, I believe the Metro will remain strong this year, sending no less than five teams to the post-season, and the Caps won't even be one of the Wild Cad teams. Kuznetsov will bounce back - as will Ovie - and the defense will remain as stingy as ever with Trotz' system and the best goalie in the world.

Also, perhaps his production isn't what hockey poolers are looking for, but do not sleep on Orlov, who is becoming one of the most underrated #1 defensemen in the game.

Washington has regressed and their long-term prospect pool is shallow, but 50 wins in 2017-18 are still not out the question.

Prediction: 3rd in the Metropolitan Division.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

NHL Preview 2017-18: Calgary Flames

GM: Brad Treliving (since 2014). 4/10
Coach: Glen Gulutzan (since 2016). 6/10

2016-17 record: 45-33-4, 94 points, 15th overall, Wild Card. Eliminated in first round.

Departures: Brian Elliott (G), Chad Johnson (G), Deryk Engelland (D), Lance Bouma (LW), Linden Vey (RW).

Arrivals: Mike Smith (G), Travis Hamonic (D), Spencer Foo (RW), Eddie Lack (G), Luke Gazdic (LW), Marek Hrivik (LW).

Top forwards: Johnny Gaudreau (60-85 points), Sean Monahan (60-85 points), Mikael Backlund (50-65 points), Kris Versteeg (40 points), Michael Frolik (35-40 points), Foo (Hobey Baker candidate, Calder candidate), Sam Bennett (4th-overall draft pick, 2014), Micheal Ferland (15-20 goals).

Must-improve forwards: Troy Brouwer, Curtis Lazar. The former is declining, the latter still has "highly-rated prospect" pedigree. Both need to step it up.

Top defensemen: Mark Giordano (40 points, captain), Dougie Hamilton (40-55 points), T.J. Brodie (35-45 points), Hamonic (30 points).

Goalies: Smith (83/100), Lack (75/100).

Top rookies: Foo, Oliver Kylington (20 years old, D), Mark Jankowski (23, C, 21st overall pick in 2012), Rasmus Andersson (21, D).

Analysis:
Is Mike Smith an improvement over Brian Elliott? Possibly, as his highs and ceiling are higher, but his lows are also much deeper. That February slump will look awful and might deflate the entire team's bubble, possibly leading to Gulutzan's firing. Is Lack a better backup than Johnson? Somehow, I doubt it.

Hamonic solidifies the defense, giving the Flames one of the best top-4s in the league, although no one is on the Nashville Predators' level. Still, Calgary's defensive depth should help Smith get his save percentage above the .910 mark.

The offense is what drives this team, though, enough so that the Flames could make the playoffs in a division where only three teams make it, joining the Cup-contending Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers. Gaudreau and Monahan are elite-level talent, and the rest of the top-9 consists of a terrific supporting cast - on paper. Whether Frolik and Versteeg can continue to provide bang-for-the-buck while Backlund and Bennett provide solid going-forward play remains to be seen, but the odds of that happening are pretty good; that Brouwer regains the form that had Calgary thinking he could be a mid-to-long-term solution on the right wing, however, is a long shot.

Prediction: 3rd in the Pacific Division.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

NHL Preview 2017-18: Anaheim Ducks

GM: Bob Murray (since 2008). 8/10
Coach: Randy Carlyle (second stint, since 2016). 8/10

2016-17 record: 46-23-13, 105 points, 6th overall, Conference Finals.

Departures: Jonathan Bernier (G), Shea Theodore (D), Nate Thompson (C), Emerson Etem (RW), Clayton Stoner (D), Simon Després (D).

Arrivals: Ryan Miller (G), François Beauchemin (D), Dennis Rasmussen (D), Derek Grant (C), Steve Oleksy (D), Reto Berra (G).

Top forwards: Ryan Getzlaf (captain, 65-80 points), Corey Perry (50-55 points), Ryan Kesler (usually good for some 50-60 points, but will start the year injured), Rickard Rakell (55-65 points), Jakob Silfverberg (50-60 points), Patrick Eaves (often injured and may not score 20 goals ever again, but 15 is a fair expectation), Nick Ritchie (30-40 points), Andrew Cogliano (30-40 points), Antoine Vermette (there's no reason for someone in his talent range to not get 40-45 points, except he just no longer does).

Must-improve forwards: Perry scored 50 goals in 2010-11 and 43 more in 2013-14, followed by two seasons in the 30s. He scored 19 last year and took until mid-winter to get going; he hindered Getzlaf's production and cost his team between 5 and 7 wins by not producing enough. He's paid way too much ($8.625M per year) to be such an anchor when he should be in the league's top-15 instead. His and Kesler's contracts will haunt this Ducks team for a while.

Top defensemen: Cam Fowler (40-45 points), Sami Vatanen (30-40 points), Hampus Lindholm (25-35 points), Brandon Montour (25-30 points), Josh Manson (15-20 points and over 100 penalty minutes), Beauchemin (15 points), Rasmussen (eating up minutes for 50-65 games).

Goalies: John Gibson (91/100), Miller (83/100).

Top rookies: Jacob Larsson (20 years old, D, 2015 first-rounder), Marcus Pettersson (21, D), Max Jones (19, LW, 2016 first-rounder), Sam Steel (19, C, 2016 first-rounder), Troy Terry (20, C).

Analysis:
Before news came out of just how banged-up these players were coming into the season, I had them pegged for first in their division by a 10-point margin. But because Kesler's going to miss months, because Manson will get suspended at least once, because Perry seems to be on a down slope yet still plays dirty, and because Eaves and Silfverberg are fragile, I had them fall to second place.

They lost a lot on defense (Theodore in particular), but they could afford to; their top-4 remains among the best in the West (behind perhaps only those of the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames), and trading Bernier for Miller to back up Gibson is a huge improvement that will just add to how difficult it'll be to score on these guys. They also have kids in the minors who'll soon be ready to step up.

They're a team that I hope will not advance past their division final, but they also have good leadership and coaching, and no glaring weakness and must therefore be counted upon as a Stanley Cup contender.

Prediction: 2nd in the Pacific Division.

Monday, September 4, 2017

NHL Preview 2017-18: Los Angeles Kings

GM: Rob Blake (since 2017). 6/10
Coach: John Stevens (since 2017). 5.5/10

2016-17 record: 39-35-8, 86 points, 22nd overall, out of playoffs.

Departures: Ben Bishop (G), Jarome Iginla (RW), Dean Lombardi (GM), Darryl Sutter (HC), Brayden McNabb (D), Matt Greene (D).

Arrivals: Michael Cammelleri (LW), Darcy Kuemper (G), Christian Folin (D).

Top forwards: Jeff Carter (65-85 points), Anze Kopitar (captain, 60-85 points), Tanner Pearson (50-65 points), Tyler Toffoli (40 points), Cammalleri (should be scoring a goal per two games, hopefully he dresses for over 60, not closer to 40), Marian Gaborik (a three-time 40-goal man who now struggles to score 10 and plays 50-some games per season), Trevor Lewis (25-30 points).

Must-improve forwards: Dustin Brown, the shell of a 24-28-goal scorer who last reached the 15-goal mark in 2013-14 and lost his captaincy along the way; Kopitar, who took on the "C", then signed a deal with a $10M cap hit and buckled under the pressure, going from being one of the best two-way forwards in the game to a checking forward in a single summer - a fate shared around the league by the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron and Tomas Plekanec the very same year.

Top defensemen: Drew Doughty (35-45 points), Alec Martinez (40-45 points), Jake Muzzin (30-40 points).

Goalies: Jonathan Quick (91/100), Kuemper (79/100).

Top rookies: Adrian Kempe (21 years old, LW), Paul LaDue (25, D), Michael Mersch (25, LW), Gabriel Vilardi (18, 11th overall pick in 2017, C), Kale Clague (19, D).

Analysis:
One thing I am not known for is hopeless optimism. I believe in patience and struggle, in working hard to get to where you want to go and striking out many times trying out the same thing more than once until the world catches up with my way - the right way - of thinking.

In essence, I should be the GM of an NHL team.

The Kings barely qualify as such. I believe the shake-up will have some positive effects, and I believe all of last season's under-achievers (chief among them Kopitar) will bounce back. Not enough to make the playoffs, mind you, but enough to contend for a spot until the last month of play, until they run out of gas for lack of depth on offense.

John Stevens will not be able to pull this off. As a matter of fact, the Kings' structure looks like it underwent a putsch, what with the assistant-GM taking over the GM's job and the associate coach - someone he was probably in constant contact with - taking over as head coach. Backstabbers don't make it for long in hockey - sports aren't politics.

Prediction: 5th in the Pacific Division.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

NHL Preview 2017-18: Boston Bruins

GM: Don Sweeney (since 2015). 6/10
Coach: Bruce Cassidy (since 2017). 7/10

2016-17 record: 44-31-7, 95 points, 13th overall, third in the Atlantic. Eliminated in first round.

Departures: Jimmy Hayes (RW), Dominic Moore (C), Colin Miller (D), Joe Morrow (D), Brian Ferlin (RW).

Arrivals: Paul Postma (D).

Top forwards: David Pastrnak (65-80 points), Brad Marchand (60-75 points, 30 goals), Patrice Bergeron (55-65 points, amazing face-off numbers), David Krejci (55-65 points), Ryan Spooner (30-40 points), Frank Vatrano (20-30 points).

Must-improve forward: David Backes. We knew he was overpaid and would not produce according to his salary - ever - and, as both a Team USA and St. Louis Blues alumni, we knew he was unable to win important games and would choke whenever possible; however, 17 goals and 38 total points is a far cry from what would be reasonable numbers for him. He needs to pot 25 goals in and come near the 50-point mark to not be the single most important reason why this team doesn't make the playoffs (instead of, say, shoddy defensive depth).

Top defensemen: Torey Krug (40-50 points), Charlie McAvoy (rookie, 30-40 points), Zdeno Chara (20-30 points), Brandon Carlo (20-35 points), Kevan Miller (15-22 points).

Goalies: Tuuka Rask (90/100), Anton Khudobin (65/100), Malcolm Subban (rookie, 70/100), Zane McIntyre (rookie, 72/100).

Top rookies: Subban (23 years old, G), McIntyre (25, G), McAvoy (19, 14th overall pick in 2016, D), Anders Bjork (21, LW), Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (21, C), Zachary Senyshyn (20, 15th overall pick in 2015, RW), Jakob Sboril (20, 13th overall pick in 2015, D).

Analysis:
I'll start by saying the Atlantic is the tighest division in the NHL; sure, the Metro has more elite teams (three- or five-to-one, depending how you feel about the teams based in NYC), but the Atlantic has the most balanced group of teams in the league; all of them except perhaps the Detroit Red Wings have a legitimate shot at being in the playoff picture on the last week of action, and three Original 6 teams - Montréal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston - will battle it out for the final Wild Card spot with the teams from New York and the Philadelphia Flyers; all of them could very well fail to make it to the postseason, too.

McAvoy is two years away from being the team's #1 defenseman, which will likely relegate Krug to second pair and powerplay time, making the team better overall. But as Chara becomes more suited to take on the #6 spot on D, the team needs to add three guys who are better than Miller and Adam McQuaid to have a respectable corps on the back end.

Rask is an elite goaltender. Sure, he gets fatigued when playing ten straight games, and sure he'll be exhausted come playoff time if he plays more than 65 games in the regular season. And, yes, he'll suck against the Habs and in extremely tight games, probably at the worst time. But the rest of the time, he's one of the five best in the world at stopping pucks, which means he's a top-10 guy on average in any given year. He just needs help.


The top-6 up front is well-balanced. I'm not sure Marchand can legitimately claim he belongs in the league's top-10 point producers, but it's a safe bet to count on him for around 30 goals (and one dumb suspension) per season. Bergeron's still a terrific two-way center, though he had a terrible year in 2016-17 and probably didn't deserve to even be nominated for the Selke; his steady play will remain valuable for a few more years, as will Krejci's - if he can manage to stay out of the infirmary. The real gem, however, is Pastrnak - provided he doesn't miss time due to a contract dispute. He will be counted on to carry the offense for the next decade or so.


Boston desperately needs to add depth both on their third and fourth lines and in their bottom-pairings to make a dent in the playoff picture. As it stands now, their best shot within the next few years is if the Ottawa Senators cannot find a suitable replacement for Craig Anderson between the pipes when he retires and Habs GM Marc Bergevin keeps his job and continues to dismantle his team's future and chances; those are two pretty big ifs.

Prediction: 6th in the Atlantic Division.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

NHL Preview 2017-18: Buffalo Sabres

GM: Jason Botterill (since 2017). 7/10
Coach: Phil Housley (since 2017). 8/10

2016-17 record: 33-37-12, 78 points, 26th overall, out of the playoffs.

Departures: Marcus Foligno (LW), Dmitry Kulikov (D), William Carrier (LW), Tyler Ennis (LW), Derek Grant (C), Cal O'Reilly (C), Anders Nilsson (G).

Arrivals: Nathan Beaulieu (D), former captain Jason Pominville (RW), Marco Scandella (D), Benoît Pouliot (D), Jacob Josefson (C), Chad Johnson (G), Matt Tennyson (D), Seth Griffith (C).

Top forwards: Jack Eichel (70-85 points), Ryan O'Reilly (55-60 points), Sam Reinhart (50-55 points), Kyle Okposo (40-55 points), Evander Kane (enigmatic, but should be good for 20-30 goals), Pominville (40-some points, in the twilight of his career), Matt Moulson (30 points, no longer the point producer he was on a line with John Tavares), Alexander Nylander (30-40 points in his rookie year would be nice).

Must-improve forward: Zemgus Girgensons needs to find his All-Star form again. Whether or not he was the best on an awful team does not matter; he needs to step up to show he belongs in this rebuild or will need to look for a home elsewhere.

Top defensemen: Rasmus Ristolainen (40-50 points), Beaulieu (look for 30-35 points in his Sabres debut), Scandella (20-30 points), Jake McCabe (20-25 points).

Goalies: Robin Lehner (88/100) cementing his position as a #1 goalie in the NHL, Johnson (78/100), one of the good, reliable backups.

Top rookies: Nylander (19 years old, RW), Hudson Fasching (22, RW), Sean Malone (22, C), Brendan Guhle (20, D), Rasmus Asplund (19, C).

Analysis:
The Sabres still carry too much dead top-9 wood (Moulson, Okposo) that couldn't find a place on true contending teams to take over a playoff-bound team, but they will battle for a spot until March on the strength of good goaltending and a head coach who is formidable with his defensemen, having coached Team USA at the World Juniors back in the Seth Jones day and having been the D's go-to with the Nashville Predators for years. Scandella and Beaulieu make the back end 40% better than it was last year.

The offense has improved a bit as well, but Eichel is the only elite-level player there; the rest consists of decent middle-six depth forwards, some of whom do not have a reputation of being fine team players (ROR, Kane).

The Sabres are one big summer - or two full years of steady development - away from being serious playoff contenders, particularly in a division with the surging Toronto Maple Leafs and the stable Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prediction: 7th in the Atlantic Division

Friday, September 1, 2017

NHL Preview 2017-18: New Jersey Devils

GM: Ray Shero (since 2015). 7.5/10
Coach: John Hynes (since 2015). 5/10

2016-17 record: 28-40-14, 94 points, 28th overall, out of playoff picture.

Departures: Michael Cammalleri (LW), Jon Merrill (D), Jacob Josefson (C), Beau Bennett (RW), Devante Smith-Pelly (RW), Karl Stollery (D), Luke Gazdic (LW), Yohann Auvitu (D), Seth Helgeson (D), P.-A. Parenteau (RW).

Arrivals: Marcus Johansson (LW), Brian Boyle (C), Brian Strait (D), Mirco Mueller (D).

Top forwards: Taylor Hall (50-75 points), Adam Henrique (60-85 points), Travis Zajac (usually good for 45 points, but starts the year on the injured list), first-overall pick Nico Hischier (40 points), Pavel Zacha (35-40 points), Johansson (40-60 points, it's unsure how he can produce away from the Washington Capitals' big guns, but I have faith).

Must-improve forwards: John Quenneville (21 years old, C). The rookie suited up for 12 games last season and put 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) on the board; he needs to collect at least 25 points this year to show some decent progression or he might get bumped down the depth chart by the likes of Blake Speers or Michael McLeod.

Top defensemen: Damon Severson (25-30 points), John Moore (20 points), Strait (15-20 points), Mueller (10-20 points). Will Butcher figures to have an impact right away as a rookie (20-25 points).


Goalies: Corey Schneider (85/100), Keith Kincaid (81/100).

Top rookies: Hischier (18 years old, C), Speers (20, C), McLeod (19, C, 12th overall pick in 2016), Butcher (22, D), Nathan Bastian (19, RW).

Analysis:
Rejoice, Devils fans! Your team will not finish last in the NHL!

The offense is much improved, but it was 28th to begin with, so maybe it climbs three positions to 25th overall...

The defense - long a Jersey staple - is among the weakest corps in the league, however. Some teams (Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild) even have a better roster on D in their AHL affiliates...

Last season showed Kincaid could do better than the over-rated Schneider; if he falters again this year, we can start viewing Schneider as a "never-was" and compare him to the likes of other failed goaltending prospects like Rick DiPietro and Les Kuntar...

Oh, and the Devils do not have good enough coaching either. There's worse - Philly comes to mind - but Hynes is clearly a temporary stop-gap figurehead taking up time until the team is good enough to contend for a playoff spot, at which point a Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock, Michel Therrien or Alain Vigneault might be available to take over.

Prediction: 8th in the Metropolitan Division

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

No Fandango: Anthony Scaramucci Fired After Just 10 Days

Seth Meyers had a few killer jokes about Anthony Scaramucci's firing ten days into his job as White House Communications Director last night:

As a matter of fact, Stephen Colbert had a few choice one-liners himself:

President Donald Trump, for his part, tweeted this:
This is insane.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chester Bennington Suicide

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington committed suicide by hanging a few hours ago... on his idol Chris Cornell's birthday, making his death go from "sad" to "tragic".

I was never a fan of his art, and mostly snubbed those who were. LP's collaboration with Jay-Z is probably the only recordings of the rap mogul's that I never listen to.

Still, may he Rest In Peace.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Playlist

Howdy!

As you may or may not know, June 24th is the Québécois National Holiday. Now, Québec's History is a tad complicated, born by treaties between the Aboriginals and French allowing for French settling, the French-Canadian forces helping the Americans first fight off the Brits to get their own country then assisting with some tribes in the "discovery" of the West, then modified by a losing battle against the British forces that resulted in the nullifying of the Settlers Pact, and subsequent attempt by the newly-formed English-Canadian political elite to assimilate and exterminate both French and Aboriginals on the Canadian territory, yet with all minority nations showing a sense of resiliency to remain alive - sometimes in name more than in fact - to this day.

Worth celebrating? I honestly don't know. Again, there are too many points to ponder and explain, with the word "nationalism" itself bearing a very different meaning in French (existence of a nation) than in English with the current undertones (superiority of or focus on one nation more than others), but I thought it'd be cool to concoct a hopefully-not-too-cheesy playlist for the 24 hours that will encompass June 24th.

Midnight - 1 AM:

ARCADE FIRE: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
ROBERT CHARLEBOIS: Lindbergh
SERGE FIORI & RICHARD SÉGUIN: Deux Cent Nuits À L'Heure
ME MOM & MORGENTALER: Héloïse
HARMONIUM: Pour Un Instant
BRAN VAN 3000: Forest (French and English versions)
DANIEL BOUCHER: Chez Nous
COEUR DE PIRATE: Tu Oublieras Mon Nom
DEAD MESSENGER: Fat Black Heart
LES PARFAITS SALAUDS: 200 Jours
LEONARD COHEN: First We Take Manhattan
JEAN LELOUP: Balade À Toronto

1 AM - 2 AM:

ARCADE FIRE (with DAVID BOWIE): Reflektor
OCTOBRE: La Maudite Machine
VULGAIRES MACHINS: Compter Les Corps
TSPC: Connaître La Suite
DEAD MESSENGER: Toothcomb
GHETTONUNS: Invitation To Love
GROOVY AARDVARK: Dérangeant
HOT SPRINGS: Cellophane
PLUME LATRAVERSE: Bobépine
HOLE: Gold Dust Woman
GRIMSKUNK: Gros Tas d'Marde
B.A.R.F.: Wô Wô Tabarnak
ANONYMUS: Décrisse
PRIESTESS: I Am The Night, Colour Me Black

2 AM - 3 AM:

OFFENBACH: Deux Autres Bières
ROCK ET BELLES OREILLES: Bonjour La Police
VILAIN PINGOUIN: Délinquance
MEN WITHOUT HATS: Sideways
SCARLET BEAST: Our City
CANAILLES: Titanic
BRAN VAN 3000: Drinking In L.A.
FRENCH B: Je Me Souviens
LOCO LOCASS: Libérez-Nous Des Libéraux
RAY CONDO AND HIS HARDROCK GONERS: All Night Long
ROBERT CHARLEBOIS: Entre Deux Joints
OFFENBACH: Chu Un Rocker
LES FURYS: Aide-Moi
LA RÉVOLUTION FRANÇAISE: Québécois

3 AM - 4 AM:

RENÉE CLAUDE: Le Début D'Un Temps Nouveau
JACQUES MICHEL: Un Nouveau Jour Va Se Lever
ROBERT CHARLEBOIS: The Frog Song
LOCO LOCASS: Le But
GRIMSKUNK: Looking For Gabbio
ME MOM & MORGENTALER: Your Friend
ORKESTAR KRIMINAL: Der Schmayzer
ARCADE FIRE: Abraham's Daughter
SAMIAN & KASHTIN: Tshinanu
JEAN-PIERRE FERLAND: Un Peu Plus Haut
RICHARD DESJARDINS: Tu M'Aimes-Tu?

4 AM - 5 AM:

NUANCE: Vivre Dans La Nuit
DEAD MESSENGER: The Glass Hotel
GERRY BOULET: Un Beau Grand Bateau
DANIEL BÉLANGER: Respirer Dans L'Eau
PAUL PICHÉ: Mon Joe
VINCENT VALLIÈRES: On Va S'Aimer Encore
MITSOU: Lettre À Un Cowboy
LUC DE LA ROCHELIÈRE: Ma Génération
JEAN LELOUP: Je Suis Parti
LES COLOCS: Dehors Novembre
LEONARD COHEN: Closing Time

5 AM - 6 AM:

ALACLAIR ENSEMBLE: St-Roch
GEORGES DOR: La Manic
MARTIN STEVENS: Love Is In The Air
LOCO LOCASS: Le Mémoire De Loco Locass
LUC DE LA ROCHELIÈRE: Sauvez Mon Âme
LEONARD COHEN: Hallelujah
LEONARD COHEN: In My Secret Life
ALEX NEVSKY: J'Aurai Les Mains
COEUR DE PIRATE: Comme Des Enfants
MALAJUBE: Étienne D'Août
LES COLOCS: Pis Si Ô Moins
PHILÉMON (CIMON) CHANTE: Dors Poupée Dors

6 AM - 7 AM:

KEVIN PARENT: Fréquenter L'Oubli
GILLES VIGNEAULT: Mon Pays
RICHARD DESJARDINS: Les Yankees
LUC DE LA ROCHELIÈRE: Amère America
FÉLIX LECLERC: Le Petit Bonheur
PAUL PICHÉ: L'Escalier
COEUR DE PIRATE: Des Maisons
LUC DE LA ROCHELIÈRE: Si J'Te Disais Reviens
FRENCH B.: Quitter Son Pays
LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS: Mon Pays
LES COLOCS:  Tout Seul
KNLO: Justeçayinque

7 AM - 8 AM:

BAD NYLON: Jingle Dead
ME MOM & MORGENTALER: Everybody's Got AIDS
MELISSA AUF DER MAUR: Meet Me On The Dark Side
LOCO LOCASS: M'Accrocher?
GRIMSKUNK: Head Games
MOZART'S SISTER: Mozart's Sister
GROENLAND: The Things I've Done
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT: Four Black Sheep
ALEXANDRE POULIN: Couleurs Primaires
RICHARD SÉGUIN: Sous Les Cheminées
JEAN LELOUP: Zone Zéro
BEAU DOMMAGE: Le Blues De La Métropole
VANESSA LAVOIE: Down By The Bonfire

8 AM - 9 AM:

LEONARD COHEN: The Partisan/Le Partisan
THE HOT SPRINGS: The Fog And The Horn
DEJA VOODOO: Down In Mexico
PRIESTESS: Run Home
NO JOY: Califone
DOUGHBOYS: Shine
THE DEARS: Lost In The Plot
FRED FORTIN: Mélane
SAFIA NOLIN: Va-T'En Pas
JIM CORCORAN: J'Vais Changer Le Monde
WD-40: Je Reviens De L'Est
ARIANE MOFFATT: Je Rentre À Montréal

9 AM - 10 AM:

DANIEL BÉLANGER: Dans Un Spoutnik
LYDIA KÉPINSKY: Andromaque
ARIANE MOFFATT: Jeudi 17 Mai
HARMONIUM: Comme Un Fou
FRED FORTIN: Gratte
SALOMÉ LECLERC: Tourne Encore
STARS: What The Snowman Learned About Love
THE BARR BROTHERS: Half Crazy
WD-40: D'Aussi Loin
RAID: Capitaine Vodka
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR: Storm

10 AM - 11 AM:

LUC DE LA ROCHELIÈRE: Cash City
JEAN LELOUP: Le Dôme
LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS: Les Étoiles Filantes
TRICOT MACHINE: L'Ours
ROBERT CHARLEBOIS: Les Ailes d'Un Ange
GILLES VIGNEAULT: Les Gens De Mon Pays
PLUME LATRAVERSE: Les Pauvres
FRED FORTIN: Moisi Moé'ssi
RICHARD DESJARDINS: ... Et J'ai Couché Dans Mon Char
OFFENBACH: Seulement Qu'Une Aventure

11 AM - noon:

MARC DÉRY: Ostie Qu'y S'Lève Tard
ZÉBULON: R'viens Pas Trop Tard
JEAN LELOUP: Feuille Au Vent
LES COLOCS: Le Répondeur
MY EMPTY SCREEN: Deux Et Demi
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT: Leave Behind
RICHARD SÉGUIN: Journée D'Amérique
KANDLE: Not Up To Me
THE LINDBERGH LINE: Alissar
BRIE NIELSEN AND HER OTHER MEN: Be Alone
VILAIN PINGOUIN: Le Train
JEAN LELOUP: Printemps Été
MALAJUBE: Pâte Filo

Noon - 1 PM:

MARA TREMBLAY: Le Printemps Des Amants
GHETTONUNS: Blue Checks
LES ANTICIPATEURS: Sapoud
GHETTONUNS: Out On The Horse
LES DEUXLUXES: Springtime Devil
SÉBASTIAN HELL: Bitter End
KNLO: Mai (Ayayaye) (feat. Jam)
MANU MILITARI: Je Me Souviens 
SANS PRESSION: Vagabond Ma Religion
MUZION: La Vie Ti-Neg
YVON KREVÉ: Dans Nos Rues
KORIASS: Montréal-Nord
MANU MILITARI: La Traversée Du Lac Nasser
NOMADIC MASSIVE: Konba

1 PM - 2 PM:

LES ANTICIPATEURS: Findsemaine
MC LA SAUCE: Fuck You Estie
MANU MILITARI: Pour Chaque Goutte De Pétrole
BLACK TABOO: Police Plein De Pisse
SANS PRESSION & YVON KREVÉ: Pète La Coche
SANS PRESSION & AKHENATON: La Tendance Se Maintient
KORIASS: Nulle Part
ALACLAIR ENSEMBLE: Sauce Pois
BEAST: Out Of Control
VINCENT VALLIÈRES: Asbestos
JEAN LELOUP: Les Flamants Roses
PLUME LATRAVERSE: Les Humains
QUÉBEC REDNECK BLUEGRASS PROJECT: Tsé Quand Ça Va Ben 

2 PM - 3 PM:

LES COLOCS: Passe-Moé La Puck
BERNARD ADAMUS: La Question À 100 Piasses
WD-40: Ma Dépendance
FRED FORTIN: Tu M'Aimes-Tu?
LYDIA KÉPINSKY: Apprendre À Mentir
JASON BAJADA & JOANNE LABELLE: Tu Peux Dormir
WOLF PARADE: You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's Son
BEAST: Mr. Hurricane
PANOPTICON EYELIDS: Solar Mind
P/DO P/DRO: Jouïr
PONCTUATION: Obéïr À Ses Instincts Dans La Mesure Du Possible
MY DOG POPPER: We're Old, We're Fat And We're Slow

3 PM - 4 PM:

THE LINDBERGH LINE: Juggernaut
ARCADE FIRE: Ready To Start
OFFENBACK: Ayoye
MALAJUBE: Montréal -40
LES COLOCS: Le Pouding À L'Arsenic
BERNARD ADAMUS: En Voiture, Mais Pas D'Char
ZÉBULON: Job Steady
PLUME LATRAVERSE: La Pompe À Stime
WD-40: Gramme De Mort
LES MARMOTTES APLATIES: Détruire
BANLIEUE ROUGE: Sous Un Ciel Écarlate
BIONIC: Learn To Love The Goverment
LES HANDCLAPS: Pastiche

4 PM- 5 PM:

MITSOU: Mademoiselle Anne
JEAN LELOUP: 1990 (Original Rock Version)
MADAME: Propriétaire
THE BOX: L'Affaire Dumouthier
KANDLE: Control Me
ARIANE MOFFATT: Réverbère
DAVID USHER & MARIE-MAI: Je Repars
AVEC PAS D'CASQUE: En Attendant Que Ça Paie
DANIEL BÉLANGER: Rêver Mieux
SOUPIR: Les Larmes De Métal
NANETTE WORKMAN: Call Girl
THE BESNARD LAKES: Albatross

5PM - 6 PM:

LES SINNERS: Ne Reste Pas Sous La Pluie
LES CLASSELS: Si J'Étais Millionnaire
LES SULTANS: La Poupée Qui Fait Non
MITSOU: Le Ya-Ya
LES SKYLINERS: Wabash Blues
THE GRUESOMES: Don't Waste My Time
CÉSAR ET LES ROMAINS: Splish Splash Tout En Prenant Mon Bain
THE KINGPINS: Manon, Viens Danser Le Ska
LES DENIS DROLET: Dans Le Poulailler
RAFFY: Le Temps Des Vacances
PHILÉMON (CIMON) CHANTE: Vaincre L'Automne
LHASA DE SELA: Rising
MILK & BONE: New York
DUCHESS SAYS: Gainsbourg
JEAN LELOUP: Sang D'Encre

6 PM - 7 PM:

ROBERT CHARLEBOIS: Je Reviendrai À Montréal
LEONARD COHEN: Everybody Knows
LEONARD COHEN: I'm Your Man
LEONARD COHEN: Suzanne
LEONARD COHEN: So Long, Marianne
LEONARD COHEN: The Future
LEONARD COHEN: Waiting For The Miracle
LEONARD COHEN: Bird On A Wire
LEONARD COHEN: Dance Me To The End Of Love
ROBERT CHARLEBOIS: Ordinaire

7 PM - 8 PM:

ADAM & THE AMETHYSTS: Dreaming
LYDIA KÉPINSKY: Pie-IX
PONY UP!: Only Feelgood
THE STILLS: Still In Love
SALOMÉ LECLERC: Le Vent Nous Portera
JEAN LELOUP: Faire Des Enfants
LES HANDCLAPS: Cliché
WOLF PARADE: Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts
RAID (W/ I-RONEE): Wise Up
DUCHESS SAYS: Negative Thoughts
THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA: Fuck Off Get Free

8 PM - 9 PM:

RAID: Prendre Le Champs
THE KINGPINS: Watch Your Back
THE CARDBOARD CROWNS: Hats Off
THE BEATDOWN: The Other Side
SHALABI EFFECT: Mr. Titz (The Revelator)
NUTSAK: Innuendo Schminuendo
RIPCORDZ: Your Mother Wears Army Boots
CAPITAINE RÉVOLTE: J'Ai Oublié
ÉMILE BILODEAU: J'En Ai Plein Mon Cass
GROOVY AARDVARK & YVES LAMBERT: Boisson D'Avril
KERMESS: Y'A Pas Grand Chose Dans L'Ciel À Soir
B.A.R.F.: Le Petit Poisson

9 PM - 10 PM:

PLUME LATRAVERSE: Lisa Belle
JASON BAJADA: Loveshit
VULGAIRES MACHINS: Légaliser L'Héroïne
HOT SPRINGS: Headrush
VILAIN PINGOUIN: Salut, Salaud
MELISSA AUF DERMAUR: Out Of Our Minds
OFFENBACH: Câline De Blues
THE GRUESOMES: Hey!
THE AMERICAN DEVICES: You Wouldn't Understand
JEAN LELOUP: Voilà

10 PM - 11 PM:

ROBERT CHARLEBOIS: Indépendantriste
HARMONIUM: Un Musicien Parmi Tant D'Autres
ALACLAIR ENSEMBLE: Ça Que C'tait
JEAN LELOUP: Le Roi Se Meurt
CLAUDE DUBOIS: Si Dieu Existe
MES AÏEUX: Dégénération
LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS: En Berne
SÉBASTIAN HELL: J'Ai La Vie Qui M'Pique Les Yeux
ME MOM & MORGENTALER: Oh Well
ARCADE FIRE: Wake Up
SAMIAN & LOCO LOCASS: La Paix Des Braves
JEAN LELOUP: Paradis City
CÉLINE DION: L'Amour Existe Encore

11 PM - Midnight:

COEUR DE PIRATE: Adieu
ME MOM & MORGENTALER: Anarchie
SÉBASTIAN HELL: Selfish
DEAD MESSENGER: Master Plan
LES DEUXLUXES: My Baby & Me 
ALEX NEVSKY: On Leur A Fait Croire
HOLE: Celebrity Skin
LES TROIS ACCORDS: Dans Mon Corps
LOCO LOCASS: Sheila Ch'us Là
VULGAIRES MACHINS: Anéantir Le Dogme
JEAN LELOUP: Isabelle
ME MOM & MORGENTALER: Pepita La Pistolera
GHETTONUNS: Ten Years Down

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