This Saturday: The Goods w/ DJs Andy Williams & Scott C + Andy Smith (ex-Portishead)

We’re in day two of CKUT’s annual funding drive, and lemme tell you things are hopping around the station… we’re up to our eyeballs in special programming, wicked prizes, and insane events. Speaking of, here’s one going down this weekend that we’re particularly psyched about — the all-star crew behind The Goods is bring the one and only Andy Smith to town,  and it’s hands down the best weekend bet for groove-lovers around town.  For those not in the know…

Who is Andy Smith?

23 January 1967, Thornbury, Bristol, Avon, England. Smith made his name on the UK music scene in the mid-90s as the official tour DJ for the Bristol-based trip-hop act Portishead. The response to his opening sets for that band prompted Smith’s decision to release his own mix album in 1998. The highly praised The Document appeared on the Go! Beat Records label, and its popularity within the house and hip-hop fraternity helped give Smith a great profile boost. The list of records on the album seemed absolutely bizarre from Tom Jones to Jeru The Damaja, but with seamless mixing and top-drawer cutting and scratching Smith fashioned one of the year’s finest mix releases. Further work with Portishead was balanced with an increasingly hectic schedule as an international DJ, but in the new millennium Smith found the time to launch Dynamo Productions with Scott Hendy of the hip-hop outfit Boca 45. The duo issued a number of 12-inch singles before debuting with Analogue in early 2003. Shortly afterwards, Smith released his second mix set (inventively titled The Document II). The album continued in the eclectic vein of its predecessor, beginning with a Kate Bush track and moving through Serge Gainsbourg, the Ultramagnetic MC’s and Barbara Acklin. One of the least pretentious DJs on the UK music scene, Smith educates and rocks the party out at the same time.

Catch it this Saturday, October 25 at the Sala. Want more info? Check it out via Cult Mtl or Facebook.

 

**CKUT FUNDING DRIVE STARTS…NOW**

CKUT’s annual Funding Drive is back and we’re going the extra mile to raise $50, 000 this year by offering sweet prizes and on-air ear candy.

Why pledge? Because CKUT is people-powered, free form radio with no corporate funding, meaning we don’t conform to commercial interests. Also, we’re here for the communities of Montreal, supporting social equality by offering a voice to marginalised groups.

Lastly, progress comes from experimentation. CKUT is a place to learn, test new ideas and let your imagination run wild.

Call to pledge now: 514-907-9424 or donate online at www.CKUT.ca

Concert Review: Pond at Petit Campus, October 20/14

A less frequent crowd of hippies and hipsters flocked to Café Campus this Monday to see the Australian band, Pond. Taking place in the showroom ‘Petit Campus’, the venue took a break from its usual wild vibes to host the psychedelic group. The room was perfect for the show – allowing for the intimacy attainable in smaller venues, but leaving the audience with enough elbow room to dance their hearts out (or enthusiastically sway and head-bop as seemed to be more common).

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Which genre of music Pond falls under has been disputed since the group formed in 2008. With already 5 albums released, and a sixth due in January 2015, their sound ranges from rock n roll to bubblegum pop to groovy funk, all with distorted psychedelic effects thanks to their beloved old-school equipment. The band shares two members, Cam Avery (guitar) and Jay Watson (drums) with popular band Tame Impala, and until recently also Pond lead singer Nick Allbrook, who left Tame Impala in 2013 to pursue other projects. However, Tame Impala’s French drummer Julien Barbagallo replaced Avery for Pond’s Montreal show.

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Although the band has a decent amount of mellow tunes, Pond chose to play live a high energy, fast paced set, providing the audience with music they can dance to. Pond played a mix from their many albums, indulging in some fan favorites dating as far back to their first albums Frond and Psychedelic Mango, as well as some new stuff to be expected on their upcoming album Man, It Feels like Space Again.

The group also connected with the audience with some banter between songs. As if their Australian accents weren’t enough to please the crowd, singer Nick Allbrook dabbled in some French comments. From their constant joking and wild dancing, it was obvious that the band members were enjoying themselves onstage.

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After the show, the members of Pond hung around the merch table, giving fans a chance to chat and get autographs. Drummer Jay Watson even revealed his party trick to me: asking Barbagallo how to say, “where is the water or gold?” in French, torturing him pronounce an excessive amount of oh’s (as it translates to, “où est l’eau ou l’or?”). Pond excelled most at being completely down to earth, both on and off stage, bringing a genuinely enthusiastic energy to Petit Campus this Monday night.

Review and photos by Celia Robinovitch

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: October 21, 2014

Hey friends,

A lot of you are in NYC this week for CMJ but I’m sticking it out here in Montreal, prepping for our annual funding drive which kicks off this Thursday… We’ve got a ton of amazing prizes for donors, special events, and more amazing programming than yr ears can handle going down over the next two weeks. We broadcast live around the clock, seven days a week, bringing you the best music, news and culture from Montreal and beyond. Want more info on the drive and how you can support CKUT? Check out our website: http://www.ckut.ca/funding/node/1

Loud charts return next week.

Happy CMJ + funding drive, y’all!
xo
joni

ckut top 30 – october 21, 2014
mecca normal – empathy for the evil – m’lady’s CC
avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche – zubberdust! – constellation CC
a winged victory for the sullen – atomos – cranky
old and weird – what i saw – self-released CC
thurston moore – the best day – matador Continue reading

Island Frequencies hosts The Montreal Sessions :: October 21

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Now in its third week, Island Frequencies is back shaking up CKUT’s radio waves with courageous music from Montreal’s underground scene. On the show today Sebastian Trafalgar will be treating us to an in-studio performance and interview ~ that’s coming up at 3:30pm. To start off the show, at 3pm I/F will be airing recordings from a show that went down last night at Sala Rossa’s resto; you’ll hear excerpts from ONA, johnny_ripper, saxsyndrum and Le 4e discours. To cap things off Martin Simon Greizis will be stopping by to chat about his efforts to promote and propagate QC music via ListenLocal514.

 

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: October 14, 2014

Hi friends,

I’m feeling pretty accomplished today after cooking a full-on turkey dinner from scratch yesterday with my partner (and running down to the station to get a few hours’ work done in the midst of it all)… Is there such thing as a turkey hangover? If so, I think I feel that too.

CMJ starts next week and sadly I can’t make it this time around … However, for those of you who are going, have a terrific time! Please eat some NYC pizza for me and think of CKUT when you’re voting in those ol’ CMJ awards, if you’re so inclined.

RPM chart returns next week.

xo
Joni

ckut top 30 – october 14, 2014
caribou – our love – merge CC
kaie kellough – creole continuum – howl! arts CC
old and weird – what i saw – self-released CC
kyle bobby dunn – kyle bobby dunn and the infinite sadness – students of decay CC
anjou – s/t – kranky Continue reading

Concert Review: Slow Magic + Kodak to Graph @ Le Belmont

Belmont is always an interesting venue to go to for live shows. You never know what you’re going to get: a reggae, EDM, dubstep- grungy vibe (i.e. bassdrive nights) or nu disco, French deep house (i.e. Breakbot concert). Pick your poison.

On September 27th, my friend Anastasia and I checked out the scene. The opening gig was performed by one-man act Florida-based Kodak To Graph. At first impression, his set hinted at another generic and flat DJ show. However, as the set progressed, he surpassed my low expectations as this shy performer produced some eclectic electronic/ trip-hop infused remixes. With a hint of RNB and moonbahton elements at times, a cross between SBTRKT and DEAD HORSE BEATS- influenced tracks and bass drops got the crowd quickly head-bobbing and leg-shaking, each track flowing effortlessly from one to the next. In all, the experience felt similar to being at a “cool kids”’ loft party. He ended his set with a remix of headliner Slow Magic’s ‘Girls’, titillating the fans with a taste of what would come next.

 

“Slow Magic is the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend” is how the digitally lighted, wolf-mask wearing one-man act self-describes himself. His synth buildups and reworked vocal samples remind me of the excitement induced from listening to similar acts like M83 and Tycho. Moreover, Slow Magic is truly a drum master. What isn’t so noticed in his two recorded LPs ‘Triangle’ and ‘How to run away’ is made immediately crystal clear when he takes in the audience with his drum frenzy.  A great performer, he breaks the fourth wall and engages the crowd around him in the almost aboriginal-appropriated drum circle. Add in a couple synthesized chimes and jingles, and you got yourself a feel-good, though completely innocent, drum trance that is very hard to leave.

 

It’s easy to go into one-man shows like these and expect the overall show to lack flare and fun. Luckily with these two performers, especially in the case of Slow Magic, they were very successful at bringing the pulse with them to Belmont.

 

- Review by Jessica Newfield, photos by Anastasia Voitinskaia

Weird Canada hosts IF YOU GOT EARS_October 15

WC LogoIf You Got Ears :: Wednesday 12-2pm

Are you down to drone? Well then, get ready for a full 2-hour episode of If You Got Ears dedicated to National Drone Day. On May 10 2013 the first of its kind went down nationally and fingers crossed, it’ll be going on ad infinitum forever more. Your host Christina Bell will be chatting with Weird Canada co-founder Marie Leblanc Flanagan about how NDD came to be. There’ll be an interview and performance from Julie Matson, aka Echo Beach, who helped orchestrate Montreal’s drone day at The Plant and we’ll air segments from that jam and beyond QC’s borders. Time to get weird with CKUT!

Island Frequencies hosts The Montreal Sessions :: October 14

This week on The Montreal Sessions, your host Paula invites in some of the weirdest wonders of the city to CKUT’s studio with dreams to illicit insightful conversation from Stefan Christoff and Xarah Dion, both of whom have new albums at the ready, plus, a bucolic performance from Nick Keupfer — Montreal’s premier tape-loop maestro.

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Photos: CKUT’s Autumn 2014 Total Eclipse Concert Series

Missed last week’s awesome Total Eclipse series? Or just want to re-live the magic? Either way, here are some of our best visual memories from a weekend full of amazing music. The World Skip the Beat photos are from the talented lens of Manikmati Photography, and CKUT’s own Tamara F. took the photo (and drew the neck tattoo) of DJ Damnbrunettes.

Of course, y’all should keep your dials tuned to CKUT because we’ll have tons more exciting events coming up with this year’s Funding Drive… things kick off on October 23rd, so stay tuned for all the details coming shortly!