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Hi friends,

Had a pretty good week including hangs with pals from KSSU/CJLO/CMJ, catching Wrekmeister Harmonies live w/ members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and a station visit from one of the best dogs ever — he’s a bit notorious for being a dopey guy, but I still successfully taught him to shake a paw. Check it out!

Grouper tops the charts by a long shot this week, probably reflective of all the grey weather we’ve been having lately in Montreal…


ckut top 30 – november 25, 2014
grouper – ruins – kranky
saxsyndrum – sxd_ep – art not love CC
loscil – sea island – kranky CC
v/a – sounds from the workshop: live sessions from cjsw 90.9 fm – self-released CC
fire moss – mars//moon//earth – self-released CC
wtchs – it’s not a cross, it’s a curse – self-released CC
jjanice+ – pierrot couleur – passa musik CC
moss lime – july first – fixture CC
anjou – s/t – kranky
slight – spirit school b/w tasting – self-released CC
christine fellows – burning daylight – arp CC
dead obies – montreal $ud – bonsound CC
sam shalabi & stefan christoff – flying street – howl! arts CC
zeitkratzer & keiji haino – s/t – zeitkratzer
black givre – explosion therapy – beaver club records CC
dub rifles – no town no country – sundowning CC
wadada leo smith – the great lakes suite – tum
r u real – s/t – inyrdisk CC
whoop-szo – niizhwaaswo – out of sound CC
scott walker + sunnO))) – soused – 4AD
brazilian money – s/t – psychic handshake CC
wrekmeister harmonies – then it all came down – thrill jockey
old & weird – what i saw – self-released CC
mecca normal – empathy for the evil – m’lady’s CC
swampwolf – masked hands – self-released CC
emrys – s/t – haunted clockwork CC
moe clark – within – self-released CC
dead soft – s/t – kingfisher bluez CC
a winged victory for the sullen – atoms – cranky
les deuxluxes – traitement deuxluxe – kanpuano records CC

ckut jazz  – november 25, 2014
wadada leo smith – great lake suites – tum
tyshawn sorey – alloy – pi recordings
david virelles – mboko – ecm CC
wayne horvitz – at the reception – songlines
erik hove chamber ensemble – saturated colour – self-released CC
mostly other people do the killing- blue – hot cup
lacy/rudd/grimes/charles – school days – emanem
natsuki tamura / alexander frangenheim – nax – creative sources
matthew shipp trio – root of things – relative pitch
throttle elevator music – area j – wide hive

ckut global – november 25, 2014
ensemble polifonico vallenato/sexteto la constelacion de colombia – fiesta, que viva la – staubgold
pierre kwenders – le dernier empereur bantou – bonsound CC
budos band – burnt offering – daptone
khun narin – khun narin’s electric phin band – innovative leisure
bebel gilberto – tudo – sony
max capote – aperitivo de moda – contra pedal
abstrakto – s/t – purplehaus records
kasai allstars – beware the fetish – crammed discs
dexter johnson & le superstar de dakar – live a l’etoile – teranga beat
v/a – the afro sound of colombia vol. 2 – vampisoul

ckut rpm – november 25, 2014
andy stott – faith in strangers – modern love
the bug – angels and devils – ninja tune
aphex twin – syro – warp
objekt – flatland – pan
vladislav delay – visa – ripatti label
mesak – howto readme – ausland
caribou – our love – merge CC
various – compilation 2 – low noise productions CC
dark sky – imagin – monkeytown
ekoplekz – rock la bibliotek – WNCL recordings

ckut beatbox – november 25, 2014
dead obies – montreal $ud – bonsound CC
dragon fli empire – mission statement – makebelieve records CC
run the jewels – run the jewels 2 – mass appeal
busdriver – perfect hair – big dada
tricky – adrian thaws – false idols
dilated peoples – directors of photography – rhymesayers
sabo forte & fresh kils – shiners – self-released CC
souls of mischief – there is only now – linear labs
saukrates – amani – culvert music CC
buck 65 – neverlove – warner CC

ckut loud – november 25, 2014
scott walker & sunnO))) – soused – 4ad
pharmakon – bestial burden – sacred bones
opeth – pale communion – roadrunner
yob – clearing the path to ascend – neurot
cut hands – festival of the dead – blackest ever black
electric wizard – time to die – spinefarm
mayhem – esoteric warfare – seasons of mist
unwound – no energy – numero
godflesh – a world lit only by fire – avalanche
earth – primitive and deadly – southern lord

Skin Tone hosts The Montreal Sessions :: Nov 25

James Goddard wraps up a wicked radio residency today, having hosted The Montreal Sessions like a champ all November long.

In his final episode, we’ll hear interviews and performances from local pop, experimental and folk artists like April from Hooded Fang, Kaie Kellough, and Lucas Huang from Old Haunt. This, plus musical selections from non-white persuasions.

Tune in today, 3-5pm at 90.3 FM ~

Blonde Elvis + FET.NAT // Underground Sounds

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Is winter over already? It was tropically warm today! OK — here’s what’s up on the show…

Tonight on Underground Sounds, your host Nick Schofield keeps the 8 to 10 slot super local with previews of upcoming shows and albums launches from the 514 and 438. What else? Oh ya, just a coupla’ interviews with some visiting bands, Blonde Elvis from Toronto is up at 8:30pm and FET.NAT from Hull is on at 9pm. Have you heard of the Smokes trio

That’s it, but why not check us out on Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr (where a goldmine of interviews, performances and mixtapes reside)? Ya, you should check it out.

In Hock & Einar Jullum Live on New Shit

We’ve got a very special episode of New Shit in store today as local musicians In Hock and Einar Jullum join us in the studio for a chat and a few live tunes. Both songwriters have been floating around the Montreal scene for some time, doing everything from performing solo to engineering sound at countless live shows. Tune in at 3pm to catch up with these multitalented folks and get the lowdown on their upcoming Ontario tour. Plus, they’ll both be gracing the airwaves with in-studio performances. Your Monday just got way better — trust us.

Upcoming Shows This Weekend


operatorsThe Operators + Seoul + Moon King + CTZNSHP (M pour Montreal) @ La Sala Rossa       (Doors: 7:00pm; $13)

m4mtlSaxsyndrum + A L L I E + Holy Family (M pour Montreal) @ Casa Del Popolo (Doors: 8:30pm)

mundialGypsy Kumbia Orchestra & Lemon Bucket Orchestra (Mundial Montreal) @ Club Soda  (Doors: 8:00pm; $20-$30)


elephantstoneElephant Stone + Teenager Heat + Each Other + UUBUURRUU (M pour Montreal) @ La Vitrola (Doors: 8:00pm)

thee oh sees2Thee Oh Sees + Jack Name + The Blind Shake @ Le National (Doors: 7;00pm; $20)

lovely featherCountry + How Sad + The Lovely Feather + James Irwin + Eternal Husbands + Receivers + Michael Feuerstack + Slight (M pour Montreal) @ La Sala Rossa (Doors: 6:30pm)


greatdealofnoiseGreat Deal Of Noise + The Scroll + La Mecanique @ La Vitrola (Doors: 8:30pm; $10)

within the ruins posterWithin The Ruins + Texas In July + Dead Elegance + Rise of Elis + Sever The Voices @ Bar le “RITZ” P.D.B. (7:00pm; $20)

Concert Review: Bahamas @ Metropolis


Though the Barr Brothers were headlining at Metropolis, what brought me into this archetypical venue on November 6th was their opening act: Bahamas. Stage name for Toronto-born musician Afie Jurvanen, Bahamas in flesh is a slick no-bullshit mature indie folk/blues act with a very competent backing band.

Bahamas’ set focused on their latest album, Bahamas is Afie, with interspersed tracks from the 2012 Barchords LP. “Never Again” kicked off the night with a sensual and slow-building lo-fi feel and progressed into more breezy, symphonic and slightly melancholic beach day vibes with “Caught Me Thinkin” and “Can’t Take You With Me” from both albums. In the second half of the set, the band dropped coveted “Lost In The Light” track from Barchords. They were simply there to have a good time and have the audience hang loose with them.

To close perfectly their performance, the band finished off with “All The Time,” hit track from Bahamas is Afie. Dissonant riffs on a 1950s guitar and playful falsetto harmonies — a Bahamas trademark — got the crowd all riled up and groovin’ until the end.

In all honesty, it was one of the most legit indie pop acts I’ve seen; it didn’t make you question the experience beyond it being a feel-good concert meant for pure enjoyment. Jurvanen’s persona facilitates such an experience, with all the fantastic attributes of a fun kitschy Dad that is too lovable to come off as ostentatious or oppressively hip.

- Review and photo by Jess Newfield

Skin Tone hosts The Montreal Sessions :: Nov 18

skin toneSkin Tone is the solo performance project of James Goddard a local concert promoter (formerly of Loose Fit) and musician (Pop Talk, Public Transit). His Montreal Sessions will focus on exploring issues of identity and how music can both express or avoid them. Over the course of the month expect to hear interviews and live performances by some cool local musickers like Jef Barbara, April Aliermo, Kaie Kellough + like other ones too! Tune in Tuesdays 3-5pm at 90. 3 FM or 



After a relatively mild & beautiful autumn here in Montreal, our inevitable winter has begun…
Stay warm, friends!


ckut top 30 – november 18, 2014
mecca normal – empathy for the evil – m’lady’s CC
pierre kwenders – le dernier empereur bantou – bonsound CC
slight – spirit school b/w tasting – self-released CC
moss lime – july first – fixture CC
brazilian money – s/t – psychic handshake CC Continue reading

Nancy Pants + A Montreal Paul // Underground Sounds

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Hey radio buds, first major snowfall has arrived and the flakes are friggin’ huge. Considering it’s this gross outside, I’m sure you’re all taking it easy at home — aka, a perfect opportunity to tune in to Underground Sounds with your hosts Nick Schofield and Rachel Weldon spinning local Montreal music 8-10pm.

Our guests tonight include Nancy Pants and A Montreal Paul. Both bands have upcoming album releases and they’ll be playing some new material live on the radio, just for us. Catch Nancy Pants at 185 Van Horne on Thursday November 20 and A Montreal Paul at La Vitrola November 26. Enjoy the show, yo!

Upcoming Shows This Weekend


xarah2Xarah Dion – LP Launch + Automelodi + TBA @ La Vitrola (Doors: 8:30pm: $8)

popoloCrown Larks + Slight + JLK and The Bad Morning Breath + Year of Glad @ Casa Del Popolo (Doors: 9:00pm; $6)

deerhofDeerhoof + Priests + White Reaper @ Piccolo Rialto (8:00pm; $23)


maylene_V4-4Maylene and The Sons of Disaster + He Is Legend + Wounds @ Bar le “RITZ” P.D.B.      (7:00pm; $20)

fish'n'birdFish and Bird @ Casa Del Popolo (Doors: 8:30pm; $15)

afrotronixAfrotronix @ La SAT (9:30pm; $27,25)


TeamSpirit_2Team Spirit & Yellow Jacket Avenger @ Bar le “RITZ” P.D.B. (9:30pm; $13)

kalmunityKalmunity Jazz Project @ Resonance (9:45pm; $8)