CKUT and Lo Signal are proud to present five in-studio performances from some of Montréal’s most sophisticated electronic music selectors and performers.
Starting May 26th, five guests will enter the CKUT studios over the span of six weeks to deliver their own unique performances. We’ll also get a chance to chat with the artists and gain some insight into the local electronic scene.
Turn your dial to 90.3FM or stream via www.ckut.ca every Monday night from midnight until 1:00am for CKUT’s Canadian electronic programme, Lo Signal, and tap into the pulse of Montréal underground electronic community.
**Lo Signal is an experimental and electronic music programme on CKUT 90.3FM, hosted every Monday at midnight by Wiklow (http://www.wiklowmusic.com). The show focuses on Canadian and Montréal-based artists and collectives.
We had a long weekend up here in Canada so I took full advantage of the chance to get the heck outta the city and catch up with some friends in middle-of-nowhere, Ontario. The weather was pretty beautiful for the most part, and I got to hang out with a lot of nice folks and cute animals — including the awesome pup pictured above. I also got to pet a domestic raccoon, almost hit a wild turkey with our car, and got plenty of mosquito bites. Ahhh, rural living!
IMPORTANT: I am on vacation from May 25th – June 4th, so there will be no charts or tracking during those dates. And hey, tell me your favourite things to do in Barcelona! I will be hitting up Primavera as well so if anyone from your station is gonna be there, let me know so I can say hi.
:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT::: We’re really psyched to be partnering up with the rad folks at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair this coming weekend for the Autonomous Media Room, a space to sharpen your DIY media skills in a whole range of areas. We’re offering workshops on street reporting, encryption & hacking, building transmitters, and more! Plus, we’ll be doing a live remote broadcast from the bookfair from 2:00-4:00pm so if you’re around be sure to check it out and see firsthand how the CKUT crew makes kickass radio.
:::CHARTS::: ckut top 30 – may 19, 2015 1. colleen – captain of none – thrill jockey
2. loc-nar – hotter water – don’t fall CC *
3. circuit des yeux – in plain speech – thrill jockey
4. socalled – peoplewatching – dare to care CC * 5. bill fay – who is the sender? – dead oceans Continue reading →
We are riding high on a celebratory wave after CKUT took a triple-header win in local publication Cult Montreal’s annual city-wide Best Of poll: best station, best show, and best host. Montreal is truly a great creative environment, and it feels so good to make kickass risk-taking radio and have it embraced by the community. Thanks to all who have shown us support and who keep us inspired to keep coaxing brave sounds out over the airwaves.
:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT::: You guys know how much we love dogs at CKUT, right? Well, we were extra excited to have local man-about-town Socalled visit the studio last week along with his canine sidekick, Poopsie. They joined hip hop whiz The Narcicyst in the studio during If You Got Ears (which airs every Wednesday, 12-2pm) and it was a pretty memorable time. In case you missed it, hear the episode on our archives — and don’t forget to dig the remainder of Narcy’s CKUT residency, every Wednesday in May.
:::CHARTS::: ckut top 30 – may 12, 2015 1. adam basanta – memory is the residue of thought – kohlenstoff CC * 2. socalled – peoplewatching – dare to care CC * 3. bombolesse – vice & versa – self-released CC * 4. colin stetson & sarah neufeld – never were the way she was – constellation CC * 5. buffy sainte-marie – power in the blood – true north CC Continue reading →
Spring (or perhaps summer?!) is upon us: students are free, the sun is out, and half our staff is a sneezy mess of allergies (including yours truly). Got any tips on how to fight the hayfever? We’re all ears over here…
This weekend we threw an amazing three-day concert series called Total Eclipse, and it was great times all around — but my personal highlight was an outdoor gig on a very hot, gorgeous Sunday afternoon full of weird & wonderful performances. Plus there were dogs! Getting to hang out with cute pups at a rad show in the sun is basically my dream come true.
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A new month is here, and that means it’s time to welcome a new host for our award-winning Montreal Sessions radio residency program. For the month of May, we’re excited to welcome local (yet global) sound pioneer Pierre Kwenders into the studio. The Juno nominee will be exploring the intersection of traditional Congolese music with modern electronics, digging deep into afro-futurism and beyond. Hear him live on CKUT every Tuesday in May from 3-5pm — and if you miss it in the moment, download it after the fact from our trusty audio archives.
:::CHARTS::: ckut top 30 – may 5, 2015
1. suuns & jerusalem in my heart – s/t – secret city CC * 2. moon – s/t – bruised tongue CC 3. benoit pioulard – sonnet – kranky
4. a sacred cloud/anarchist mountains – split – howl!/jeunesse cosmique CC * 5. lightning bolt – fantasy empire – thrill jockey Continue reading →
It’s finally sunny and warmish in Montreal, the semester is wrapping up, and we’re celebrating it all with another edition of CKUT’s legendary Total Eclipse concert series… see below for more info, it’s gonna be a doozy.
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We’re real excited to be throwing a triple whammy of killer gigs this coming weekend, each curated by a specific CKUT show. We’ve got something for everyone, whether you dig political hip hip or enjoy thrashing to lo-fi punk jams. Here are the full deets:
Friday May 1st @ Poisson Noir, Superwax presents:
Blanka Sam Shalabi
Sunday May 3rd (afternoon, 3pm) @ Van Horne & St. Urbain (outside), If You Got Ears presents:
Enfant Magique Effet Werther Pierre-Luc Simon DJ Markus Floats
All three of these shows are gonna be pretty special, and we’d love to see you there if you find yourself in Montreal with thirsty ears this weekend.
:::CHARTS::: ckut top 30 – april 28, 2015
1. suuns & jerusalem in my heart – s/t – secret city CC * 2. lightning bolt – fantasy empire – thrill jockey 3. adam basanta – memory is the residue of thought – kohlenstoff CC * 4. quatuor d’occasion – musica in camera – & records CC *
5. benoit pioulard – sonnet – kranky Continue reading →
It’s a Monday night and it’s been generally grey all day, so let’s simmer into the dark night with some Montreal-based ambient, down-tempo and super chill tracks. Tune in live 8-10pm or listen to the archive. Our guest tonight is Echo Beach, aka Julie Matson, and your host (me) Nick Schofield will be chatting with her about the new album Fortune and airing a live performance right at 9pm. If you like what you hear, check out the Underground Sounds blog.
CKUT’s Music Department has finally thawed out from the Montreal Winter, just in time to present another Total Eclipse Concert Spring Series. Some of the station’s awesomest radio shows have come together to bring you three shows over three days of amazing live local music. So tell your friends, and come out and bask in the warmth and cool sounds with us.
Michael Chung is a Brossard-based multi-instrumentalist with a knack for crafting unconventional pop. His new EP, We Are Constellations, boasts diverse instrumentation, heartfelt lyrics, and carefully thought-out melodies, and proves to be an enjoyable and easy listen from front to back.
Chung is direct in his songwriting, especially lyrically – many of his songs seek to inspire and uplift, and are full of motivational statements. None are ironic, though – combined with Chung’s eager vocal deliveries, they come across as genuine and are often moving. Occasionally, these deliveries lose their rhythm, making for some awkward phrasing (as on “Emocentrica”), but on dreamier tracks like “Platitude Magnitude,” such phrasing isn’t noticeable. In the end, it’s just an eccentricity – it distinguishes Chung from the pack of quantization-obsessed electro-poppers out there now, without bringing down the overall quality of the work.
I look forward to hearing where Chung goes on his next project. This one is currently available on a pay-what-you-want basis on his Bandcamp: go give it a listen!
Keeping things short cuz things are super busy ‘round the office, but I do wanna give props to Silk Statue (above) and Ylang Ylang, both of whom played really stellar sets on CKUT’s The Montreal Sessions last week… they are two of my favourite local projects and come highly recommended by the ears of the music department. Check ‘em out if you’re looking for some new sounds.
:::WHAT’S NEW AT CKUT::: We’re hiring a new music librarian. Come work with us! Full job description and application info are available here. Obviously I’m biased, but working here is pretty great. You’d dig it, just sayin’.
:::CHARTS::: ckut top 30 – april 21, 2015 1. suuns & jerusalem in my heart – s/t – secret city CC * 2. adam basanta – memory is the residue of thought – kohlenstoff CC * 3. white hills – walks for motorists – thrill jockey 4. moon – s/t – bruised tongue CC 5. the key-lites – s/t – self-released CC * Continue reading →