By Ross Currie
With a name like Everything Is Weird, you might assume the words off-kilter, bizarre, out-there, unconventional and puzzling to be thrown around to describe this unique radio show.
It comes to you straight out of left field every Saturday morning from 8:00-9:30AM, with host Mark McIntyre’s husky voice guiding the listeners on a journey into the landscape of contemporary pop music. While, it’s not quite pop music, it might just be the farthest thing from it. You’re probably wondering if anything is too weird for the show. The answer is quite simple. “Contemporary pop music,” says McIntyre, “it’s probably the strangest thing out there,” he adds.
“Everything Is Weird is a mix of outsider folk music and psychedelia, noise, rock n’ roll, 60’s garage punk, rock and folk music from different parts of the world and often music that’s made in the bedroom,” says McIntyre. With such a diverse mix of genres and styles, the show really is an exercise in music education for listeners wanted something a little different from their radio programming. “Sometimes the music is really challenging and other times it’s not very challenging at all,” says McIntyre. In other words you get what you put in, the show allows for listeners to experience the exteriors of conventional music and lets the listeners decide what is normal or weird for their own ears. “Ultimately the listeners are in control, they can turn you off at any moments,” adds McIntyre. But turning it off is not recommended, cause you never know what McIntyre has up his sleeve next.
The show recently changed timeslots from 2:00-3:30PM on Wednesdays to the aforementioned Saturday morning slot. “I think it has changed the listenership, generally young people are not awake at 8:00 AM on a Saturday morning. Now you can wake up and get your mind fucked for an hour and a half and expand your horizons,” says McIntyre with a smile. The show is always cutting edge and gives the audience a glimpse into his quirky personality.
“I don’t really go on the radio week to week to play music for myself,” says McKintyre. “I’m presenting it as what I think you should be listening to right now, or not,” he adds. Leaving the presentation open for interpretation. The show favours those with open minds and attuned ears; there’s something for everyone amidst the bewilderment, noise, chaos, distortion and silence that makes up the hour and a half timeslot.