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TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS JANUARY 16 2018

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CKUT TOP 30 FOR JANUARY 16th, 2018

 

 

1. ora cogan – crickets – hand drawn dracula CC *
2. mich cota – kija/care – egg paper factory CC *
3. long neck- will this do? – tiny engines
4. kelela – take me apart – warp
5. fever ray – plunge – mute
6. moses sumney – aromanticism – jagjaguwar
7. birthing hips – urge to merge – NNA
8. blue hawaii – tenderness – arbutus CC
9.  pro-v – michael 2 michael – pro knows productions CC *
10. buffy sainte-marie – medicine songs – true north CC
11. effrim menuck – pissing stars – constellation CC*
12. saicobab – sab se purani bab – thrill jockey
13. uncle meg – can’t stay the same – self-release
14. pierre kwenders – makanda at the end of space, the beginning of time – bonsound CC *
15. esmerine – mechanics of domination – constellation CC*s
16. valiska – on pause – trouble in utopia CC
17. tony allen – the source – blue note
18. circuit des yeux – reaching for indigo – drag city
19. tetrix – cassette romance – odin audio CC
20. mauno – tuning – idee fixe CC
21. vinu vinu – encounters – self-released CC *
22. laura baird – i wish i were a sparrow – ba da bing!
23.  M.E.S.H. – hesatix – pan
24. anthony braxton – solo (victoriaville) 2017 – victo
25. lhasa – live in reykjavic – audiogram CC *
26. krista muir – the tides – hypo records CC *
27. souljazz orchestra – under burning skies – strut CC
28. moth cock -1-100 at the speed of…. – hausu mountain
29.moon eyed – haleiwa – pleasance CC
30. charli xcx – pop 2 – asylum

 

ckut jazz – january 16, 2018

 

1. anthony braxton – solo (victoriaville) 2017 – victo
2. togetherness! – togetherness! – self cc
3. lina allemano’s titanium riot – squish it – lumo records cc
4. jen shyu – song of silver geese – pi recordings
5. tim berne’s snakeoil – incidentals – ecm
6.  the spontaneous music ens. – karyobin – emanem
7.  satoku fujii ork new york – fukushima – libra
8.  lina allemano four – sometimes y – lumo records cc
9.  hawkins / mitchener quartet – uproot – intakt
10.carrier / lambert – out of silence – fmr cc

 

 

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errorsmith – superlative fatigue – pan
fever ray – plunge – rabid records
norm talley – norm-a-lize – fxhe
boha – burning up – bohamusic.bandcamp.com CC=
gene tellem – who says no – S.O.B.O – CC
M.E.S.H. – hesatix – pan
david last – 88-99 – jacktone
mhysa – fantasii – halycon veil
damon wild – cosmic path – infrastructure new york
agf – solid ep – agk produktion

 

ckut global – january 16, 2018

1.pierre kwenders – makanda at the end of space, the beginning of time – bonsound CC *
2.les filles de illighadad – eghass malan – sahel sounds
3.tony allen – the source – blue note
4.souljazz orchestra – under burning skies – strut CC
5.brooklyn raga massive – terry riley in c – northern spy
6.leila gobi – 2017 – clermont music
7.lemon bucket orchestra – if i had the strength – indoor recess
8. la misa negra – s/t – nam entertainment
9. brenda navarrete – mi mundo – alma
10. benji kaplan – chorando – big apple batucada

 

ckut beatbox – january 16, 2018

1.jamila woods – heavn – jagjaguwar
2.uncle meg – can’t stay the same – self-release2
3. touch – journey to the west – handsolorecords CC
4. swamp thing + ghettosocks – the octagon – droppin science  CC
5.fredy v – #ittakesavillage – self-released CC *
6.grieves – running wild – rhymesayers
7.amp fiddler – amp dog knights – mahogani
8.v/a – cosmic melanin – 88 days of fortune CC
9.tshizimba – zero – self-released CC *
10.open mike eagle – brick body kids still daydream – mello music group

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TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: JANUARY 9, 2017

IMG-4919Hi friends,

Alright we are back in the building, having survived a most brutal cold snap. So bad in fact I got a frostbit nose going to a show on Friday night. Things are still slow and lot hasn’t changed on the charts since we had a lot of holiday programming. Some new faces on there though so have a peek. RIP FRANCE GALL. Here she is in full on Montreal Canadians kit!

xo
alex

ckut top 30, january 9, 2017

1.buffy sainte-marie – medicine songs – true north CC
2.esmerine – mechanics of domination – constellation CC*
3.ora cogan – crickets – hand drawn dracula CC *
4.pierre kwenders – makanda at the end of space, the beginning of time – bonsound CC *
5.long neck- will this do? – tiny engines
6.mlodrs – dvdul – jmmx CC *
7.circuit des yeux – reaching for indigo – drag city
8.mich cota – kija/care – egg paper factory CC *
9.moses sumney – aromanticism – jagjaguwar
10.kelela – take me apart – warp
11.birthing hips – urge to merge – NNA
12.blue hawaii – tenderness – arbutus CC
13.valiska – on pause – trouble in utopia CC
14.tetrix – cassette romance – odin audio CC
15.mauno – tuning – idee fixe CC
16.vinu vinu – encounters – self-released CC *
17.irreversible entanglements – s/t – don giovanni
18.lhasa – live in reykjavic – audiogram CC *
19.effrim menuck – pissing stars – constellation CC*
20.wadada leo smith – najwa – tum
21.krista muir – the tides – hypo records CC *
22.souljazz orchestra – under burning skies – strut CC
23.les filles de illighadad – eghass malan – sahel sounds
24.tough age – shame – mint records CC
25.saicobab – sab se purani bab – thrill jockey
26.laura baird – i wish i were a sparrow – ba da bing!
27.honey – new moody judy – wharf cat
28. tony allen – the source – blue note
29.moon eyed – haleiwa – pleasance CC
30.socalled – tales from odessa – dare to care CC *

ckut jazz – january 9, 2018

tim berne’s snakeoil – incidentals – ecm
anthony braxton – solo (victoriaville) 2017 – victo
satoku fujii ork new york – fukushima – libra
lina allemano four – sometimes y – lumo records cc
togetherness! – togetherness – self cc
the spontaneous music ens. – karyobin – emanem
borderlands trio – asteroidea – intakt
barry altschul & the 3dom factor – live in kraków – not two
lina allemano’s titanium riot – squish it – lumo records cc
jen shyu – song of silver geese – pi recordings

ckut  rpm – january 9, 2018

errorsmith – superlative fatigue – pan
fever ray – plunge – rabid records
norm talley – norm-a-lize – fxhe
boha – burning up – bohamusic.bandcamp.com CC=
gene tellem – who says no – S.O.B.O – CC
M.E.S.H. – hesatix – pan
david last – 88-99 – jacktone
mhysa – fantasii – halycon veil
damon wild – cosmic path – infrastructure new york
agf – solid ep – agk produktion

ckut global – january 9, 2018

2.richard gamble – mr. chill the iceman – self CC*
3.les filles de illighadad – eghass malan – sahel sounds
4.pierre kwenders – makanda at the end of space, the beginning of time – bonsound CC *
5.souljazz orchestra – under burning skies – strut CC
6.brooklyn raga massive – terry riley in c – northern spy
7.leila gobi – 2017 – clermont music
8.lemon bucket orchestra – if i had the strength – indoor recess
9.tony allen – the source – blue note
10. la misa negra – s/t – nam entertainment

ckut beatbox – january 9th, 2018

1.jamila woods – heavn – jagjaguwar
2.uncle meg – can’t stay the same – self-release
3.fredy v – #ittakesavillage – self-released CC *
4.pro-v – michael 2 michael – pro knows productions CC *
5.grieves – running wild – rhymesayers
6.amp fiddler – amp dog knights – mahogani
7.v/a – cosmic melanin – 88 days of fortune CC
8.tshizimba – zero – self-released CC *
9.open mike eagle – brick body kids still daydream – mello music group
10.young rj – blaq royalT – ne’astra music group

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CKUT’s Top 100 of 2017

Here it is, our last blog post of 2017. The list below recaps the most-played albums of the entire year at CKUT, carefully compiled from the logs documenting our freeform airplay over the past twelve months. Check it out, and be sure to dig into the titles that are unfamiliar – there are some true gems on this list, and those with open ears will find a lot to love.

Keep it locked!
xoxo
CKUT

1. le fruit vert – paon perdu – three:four CC *
2. saltland – a common truth – constellation CC *
3. arto lindsay – cuidado madame – northern spy
4. tonstartssbandht – sorcerer – mexican summer
5. markus floats – first album – self-released CC *
6. joni void – selfless – constellation CC *
7. deerhoof – mountain moves – joyful noise
8. jessica moss – pools of light – constellation CC *
9. she-devils – s/t – secretly canadian CC *
10. fiver – audible songs from rockwood – idée fixe CC Continue reading

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TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: DEC 19. 2017

nat-king-cole-1960-bw-billboard-650 Hi friends,

Here are our last charts before the holidays! We will be compiling charts again for the 9th of January, 2018, representing everything played on the station over the holidays. I will be back in the office, nose to the grindstone, on January 4th. Props to the great Buffy Sainte-Marie who holds both the number one position on our charts and in our hearts. This woman has been holding it down in the music business and knocking out solid records for over 50 years! Have great holidays, stay safe and all the best in the new year.

xo
alex

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ckut top 30 – december 19, 2017

1.buffy sainte-marie – medicine songs – true north CC
2.esmerine – mechanics of domination – constellation CC *
3. julie & the wrong guys – s/t – dine alone records CC
4.ida toninato & jennifer thiessen – the space between us – ambiences magnetiques CC *
5.ora cogan – crickets – hand drawn dracula CC * Continue reading

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CKUT’s Favourite Sounds of 2017

In a bit of an annual tradition here at CKUT, we’re excited to present a year-end recap of some of our favourite sounds from 2017. Here’s a peek into the things that have intrigued & entertained our ears, spanning all genres and styles. Dig in.

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 Alex Moskos, CKUT’s incoming music coordinator
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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: December 12, 2017

Hi friends,

These are my last CKUT charts! It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to leave this office, although it’s with great excitement that I introduce Alex Moskos as our new music coordinator. Some of you will be familiar with his excellent work in DrainolithDan’l BooneAIDS Wolf, and a zillion other projects; others, the real old-school folks, will also recall his stint as CKUT’s music resources coordinator back in the day. We’ll both be checking the music@ckut.ca email address until the holidays, and starting in the new year he’ll be taking over full-time. On a more personal note, thanks to everyone who’s sent us great music, supported CKUT, and generally been a kickass music pal during my stint here – I’ll miss you all!

xo
joni

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ckut top 30 – december 12, 2017

1. ida toninato & jennifer thiessen – the space between us – ambiences magnetiques CC *
2. mich cota – kija/care – egg paper factory CC *
3. neil campbell & richard young – six scores- shaking box music CC
4. esmerine – mechanics of domination – constellation CC *
5. valiska – on pause – trouble in utopia CC Continue reading

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Concert Review: Mal Devisa, Skin Tone, Joni Void @ Casa del Popolo

I went to Casa del Popolo this past week to catch the stacked bill consisting of Mal Devisa along with locals Skin Tone and Joni Void. People were a bit in short supply, it being a Sunday night, but high quality art was not!

Skin Tone’s set explored the outer limits of the saxophone on a bed of drone, and did not lose any steam for its duration. It started with a couple frozen notes, then dissonant wrinkles emerged and grew eerier as Skin Tone began to stomp onstage – a march away from his more melodic material. His horn was already saying a lot, but Skin Tone made the message of his set explicit: Do not be complacent in the continuous displacement of indigenous peoples and killing of black people. At this point, Skin Tone ceased marching and began free-form squealing his portrait of racism, capturing fear and sadness in a pure form. It is worth noting that this squealing is beyond where other sax heroes like Pharoah Sanders go. If you want to hear the place between overtones where a person’s soul lies, then see Skin Tone and watch him crack it wide open.

This set was one Joni Void had been looking forward to since supporting Mal Devisa years ago at a Brooklyn show, and being consequently inspired to continue developing his style. Playing at Casa del Popolo, as opposed to Art Lounge (where I previously saw him), allowed him to dial up the low end of his tracks. This gave the thick, patient thump of Joni Void’s kick drum a greater physical presence, making better friends with the freckled, high-end glass sounds. The opening and closing tracks of his set were particularly special, being composed not of found sounds, but of photos: the opener, a picture of himself, the closer, one of his father.

This was Mal Devisa’s first time playing in Montréal. She played a string of songs, and it feels more appropriate to talk about her style in general rather than the individual tracks. Together, her voice and bass put other forms of expression to shame. As a songwriter, each of her songs are a world of their own in a nutshell. She does not waste a single word in drawing emotional arcs complete and cathartic. The songs compel you to cry at the way things are, then instill a warm confidence in knowing things are that way. When she sings, it’s as though you are with her instead of with the audience, demonstrating a rare ability to command any space she decides to play in. It is exciting to watch where she will go from here, as she is already a master. Overall, I am super happy to have been able to catch three inspiring artists in one go – all are highly recommended!

– Review by Rian Adamian

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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: December 5, 2017

Greetings radio,

Not too much to report this week, as we’re busy prepping for holiday programming (which is a big job around here!) and hiring our incoming music coordinator. We’ll be introducing them either next week or the week after, so stay tuned for an update on that very soon.

xo
joni

:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
IF YOU GOT EARS/LOVE DANCING

Throughout the month of December, our illustrious If You Got Ears curator will be speaking with four Montrealers with remarkable dancefloor presence about what special ingredients can make or break a night out. Your host Zoe (aka DJ Frog) explores the relationship between person and party, experience and aesthetic, environment and sound with a keen sense of exploration during this special month-long residency. Tune in from 12-2pm every Wednesday to find out why we – and you – love dancing!

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ckut top 30 – december 5, 2017

1. mich cota – kija/care – egg paper factory CC *
2. julie & the wrong guys – s/t – dine alone records CC
3. neil campbell & richard young – six scores- shaking box music CC
4. mlodrs – dvdul – jmmx CC *
5. esmerine – mechanics of domination – constellation CC * Continue reading

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Album Review: On Pause – Valiska

With December and the final stretch of the semester upon us, finding time to relax can be hard. Exams, Christmas shopping, and work parties compete for our attention and fill every blank space of our agendas, leaving little time to sit back and enjoy some relaxing alone time. Luckily, Valiska’s new record, On Pause, offers us incentive to pause for the thirty minutes it takes to listen. It’s just enough time to sink into a blissful state of relaxation, guided by the soothing music of Valiska.

As a Calgary-based artist, Valiska’s music is perfectly suited to the Canadian Prairies; the melancholy of long winters and the solitude of space stretching in all directions are infused into the music. Combining ambient sounds, simple melodies and minimal instrumentation, Valiska weaves together an impressively introspective album. Listening to it with the lights out and a few candles burning comes close to a meditative experience, with the music inviting contemplation and reflection. It’s the only way to truly appreciate this album.

The album opens with the appropriately named “Heavy Riser,” in which an eerie and waltzing synth riff is slowly joined by a muted bass and a shimmering piano to create a melancholic atmosphere. This sets the tone for the entire album, which rises and falls in slow cadences as long periods of dark, ambient music are followed by short bursts of sound-energy. The album description mentions the use of the Moog Sub 37 synthesizer as the central instrument and various looping techniques to add textures and variety, which are processed through analogue tape to give unity and cohesiveness to the album. The result is the feeling of listening to one very long piece of music separated in small sections, while the whole acquires new meaning as a brilliant exercise in mood.

“Softness,” the second track of the album, includes mournful chants and heavily manipulated sounds reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Everything in its Right Place.” “Mornings” includes distant tearing sounds, a mournful melody, and the looping of the words “try again.” An organ-like sampled sound is present on “Fake strings for False Memories” and is joined by violins and choirs to give it a decidedly medieval air.

“Across a City, Across a Country,” runs just over 10 minutes, and it is the most dynamic and complex song on the album. It gives rise to the only prolonged moment of loudness. As manipulated sounds, melodies, piercing synths and heavy bass clash together, we find ourselves at the height of our musical journey, at the point where everything comes together to create a striking portrait of hope, longing, and desire. As the song fades out, “Interlude” comes on with a feeling of having made it to the other side. The electronically manipulated voice offers us a final word of wisdom. “Forever,” which closes the album, sounds like a religious procession exiting a church after a particularly intense ceremony.  

The last notes linger in the silence that follows, like a dream slowly disintegrating into one’s memory. When silence finally comes and we emerge from our trance, we feel relaxed and richer. My advice to you: pull up a cushion, light a few candles, turn off the lights and enjoy the music!

– Review by David Krushnisky