Ian Mackaye Interview on Radio Is Dead

Ian Mackaye

In case you missed it, here is a stream of CKUT’s interview with Ian Mackaye (of Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens and proprietor of legandary punk label Dischord Records).

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Hear MacKaye talk about how All-Ages, DIY, and Straight-Edge culture aren’t necessarily about alcohol, but are about empowering people (regardless of age) and de-powering industries (such as the alcohol industry) that have co-opted music performance, about the ethics of playing ‘real’ venues, different ways of thinking about accessibility, the difference between “reacting” and “responding”, his own ethics in making music, how Punk is a ‘self-cleaning oven’, how ‘music is lifesaver’, and milk.




The Planet Smashers Celebrate 20 Years of Ska on Roots Rock Rebel April 23

This Wednesday, April 23, CKUT’s Aaron Maiden and Roots Rock Rebel will be hosting a little bit of history in our studios up on the mountain. Montreal’s very own party ska kings, The Planet Smashers, will be invading the studio from 10pm-12am to celebrate their 20th anniversary of making off-beat, off-kilter, and highly danceable music about drinking, surfing, the 80 bus, hockey, fighting aliens, and more drinking. Not only that, they’re fresh off a cross-Canada tour to launch their brand new album “Mixed Messages” on the label they started in a little garage in St-Lambert, Stomp Records. Both the Planet Smashers and Stomp Records would go on to pave the way for the rise of the Canadian ska scene, giving notable bands like The Kingpins, Bedouin Soundclash, and The Beatdown their start.

The Planet Smashers will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a big blow-out show on April 26 at Theatre Corona, alongside their labelmates The Creepshow, The Hunters, and The Skinny. We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky listener who calls in, so you don’t wanna miss this!

Again, that’s this Wednesday, April 23 from 10pm-12am right here on the mothership, CKUT!

A little bit about the Planet Smashers from Stomprecords.com:

FLASHBACK!: The year was 1994 and the world was a very different place….A happy-go-lucky Bill Clinton presided over the free world; Ace of Base topped the music charts with their insipid reggae-inspired hit The Sign; cats had yet to take over the internet, men and women wore acidwashed overalls slung from one shoulder à la Joey from Friends; and a young band of ragtag miscreants released their first full-length to an unsuspecting public. In case you haven’t been paying attention, that band was (and still is) The Planet Smashers.

Fast forward two decades, seven albums, one million records sold worldwide, six gazillion beers consumed, countless tours and one extremely blurry never-ending party to this futuristic and confusing present day. Who will save us from this current clusterfuck filled with beliebers, honey-booboos and bathroom selfies? Who will stand boldly in the face of the autotuned, deep-vee wearing douche chills crapping in the earholes of the world? Who will dare to play their own instruments while blasting out ska hooks so catchy you wish you could scoop them up and eat them like ice-cream?….You’re goddamned right it’s The Planet Smashers.

Mixed Messages is the 8th and arguably best long-player from our stalwart musical heroes. Combining their trademark concoction of two-tone ska, new wave, punkrock and pop sensibilities, The Smashers showcase their classic knack for writing immediately lovable tunes straight from the gut, all the while keeping their collective tongues planted firmly in their respective cheeks. These thirteen prolific tracks run the thematic gamut of party-punk anthems, dancefloor bangers, lovesongy crooners, geeky highsteppers to pissed-off melodic fistpumpers and back again, leaving the listener pleasantly spent and basking in an eargasmic afterglow. Mixed Messages is definitely a definitive, must-have album for new and old fans alike….or maybe it’s not, but it probably is…I think…or whatever. (see what I did there?).


Hey y’all,
Hope you had a relaxing long weekend. I spent a good part of it with the windows open, painting out my apartment, and taking breaks to enjoy the first porch-beers of the year cuz it was just that nice outside. Saw Julianna Barwick (above) play a pretty spellbinding set on Thursday night, and spent a bunch of time prepping for some shows this week, including a slot opening for Perfect Pussy and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan which has me excited and nervous at the same time. . .

Locals Maica Mia and Ought top the charts this week — both are great new Montreal offerings that will please any thirsty ears out there.

till next week,

ckut top 30 – april 22, 2014
maica mia – des era – self-released CC
ought – more than any other day – constellation CC
nap eyes – whine of the mystic – plastic factory CC
black lips – underneath the rainbow – vice
old haunt – empty heart – self-released CC Continue reading

Marie Davidson + Holy Data // Underground Sounds

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This week on Underground Sounds, Marie Davidson is in studio for an interview and performance – you can listen to her music here. Also, tune in for a chat with Jordan from Holy Data about the bands upcoming show at L’escogriffe on April 23.

As always, Underground Sounds airs nothing but local Montreal music Mondays 8-10pm so tune in live at 90.3 FM or visit the archives for past episodes.

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Black Lips Interview on NEW SHIT

This monday is either easter monday for you, or it’s not.

Whatever monday is to you: We’ll be talking with the Black Lips from Atlanta, GA before their show at the Corona Theater with Natural Child and Red Mass (we’ll also be giving away some tickets to that during the show). Plus all the newly-release’d tunes you could ever want. 3-5pm EST ckut.ca / 90.3 / archives

Hear “Funny” from their new album Underneath the Rainbow.



There’s been a thaw in Montreal, the first real sunny day of spring that appeared and then ducked away fast into a string of grey humid days. Good weather for staying in, listening to folk music and drinking homemade wine. Tell me: what’s your favourite spring-time record?

Locals Maica Mia topping the charts again this week with their latest dreamy album — check it out if you aren’t familiar, it’s a good one.

RPM chart returns next week.


ckut top 30 – april 15, 2014
maica mia – des era – self-released CC
nap eyes – whine of the mystic – plastic factory CC
old haunt – empty heart – self-released CC
myriam gendron – not so deep as a well – feeding tube/mama bird CC
perfect pussy – say yes to love – captured tracks Continue reading

One Man Band Montreal Sessions: Dustin Finer In-Studio Performance


Tune into the Montreal Sessions this afternoon for the third chapter of the One Man Band’s April CKUT residency. Today host Jon C. will be diving into the world of contemporary European and North American solo performers, including those busting out some true punk jams. Local artist Dustin Finer will be performing in-studio as well, working magic with sax, a loop pedal, and vocals. Hear it live from 3-5pm, or stream/download the audio via the CKUT archives





Mathematique // Underground Sounds

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Hitting CKUT’s airwaves tonight 8-10pm, Underground Sounds is set to broadcast another two hours of local Montreal music with a focus on upcoming shows and new releases from independent artists.

Excitingly, Pascale Mercier is in studio to discuss and perform material from her electronic project Mathematique. You can already listen to the ‘Feel’ EP  on No Fear of Pop’s blog here. Tune in for for this and a radio premiere of two new tunes from Montreal duo Year of Glad.

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Lots going on around town these days: election mania, a killer lecture by the GZA, a tape label launch, and more. . . Plus, we seem to have shaken the endless sub-zero spell, hopefully for good this time — it’s been a long winter here on the island of Montreal.

back to work-

ckut top 30 – april 8, 2014
koudede – guitars from agadez vol. 7 – sublime frequencies
maica mia – des era – self-released CC
old haunt – empty heart – self-released CC
picastro – you – static clang CC
terrarbor – felt moreso – self-released CC Continue reading

Today on the Montreal Sessions: Fanfare Performers & André Daneau In-Studio

Today’s episode of the Montreal Sessions will find us digging deeper into the world of solo performers from a historical perspective: if you tuned into last week’s episode, you heard host Jon C. (the brain behind the local One Man Band Festival) guide listeners through the beginnings of documented solo performance. Now we’re picking up where things left off with a glimpse into the past century of one-person acts, including traveling artists and fanfare/circus-style performers. Plus, there will be a live in-studio performance by André Daneau. Catch it all this afternoon from 3-5pm EST, streaming live on CKUT.