Monthly Archives: July 2011

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Show Review: THE GLITCH MOB

By Lili La Stagiaire

My friends and I arrived at SAT at 11pm on Wednesday the 27th of July, just about when Phantogram was finishing up their act before the Glitch Mob. What was initially most striking about this venue was the stage setup: each group member camouflaged in smoke, lit up by these crooked blue LED displays, giving the place a futuristic feel. In fact, it was only once the Los Angeles trio came on stage that I remembered that the Glitch Mob had remixed a Daft Punk song from the Tron Legacy soundtrack: hence the edgy décor.

Equipped with drum pads, touch screen machines and mixers, the EDM group started off with some hard dubstep, mashing in beats from hip-hop and rap songs. My friend had told me once that if you like bass, go and see the Glitch Mob. I could not deny that my core was responding to the pulse of these intense low frequencies. The warehouse was packed, and heating up as every track built up seamlessly to the next. It was exciting because of the musical progression – by the time their newest single “Warrior Concerto” started, frantic violins over a 8 bit synth bassline, most of us were just standing there in awe, just to focus and listen.

I went to see the Glitch Mob expecting a more typical EDM venue with a lot of dancing and the occasional climactic point in the mix. But the Glitch Mob really blew me away with their singular style and perspective of dubstep, electro, industrial, hip-hop, even implementing classical forms! They gave an intense performance complete with constant engulfing and piercing electro sounds, so it makes sense that the show lasted an hour. I hope to see these stylish musicians with their hats and ties return to Montreal. Their new EP “We Can Make The World Stop” can be ordered online, the vinyl artwork is pretty interesting!

Photo by Emily Kai Bock

Concert Listings: July 28th-August 3rd

Written and compiled by Karen R.

The main focus in concerts this week is Osheaga, so in true CKUT fashion we thought we’d bring some of the smaller, local acts on the bill that we think are worth checking out to your attention. And don’t think we’ve forgotten about the before and after. You’re going to need some pre and post festival music to transition you in and out of the big weekend in style, right? Well, we’ve got that covered too. No need to thank us, it’s just what we do.
Thursday July 28

Photo by Emily Kai Bock

Why not start off your long weekend of music with Grimes @ The Sala Rossa (4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)
If haunting vocals, loop pedals and drum machines are your thing then let Claire Boucher aka Grimes, ghost-child songstress of Mile End and Arbutus Records fame spook and entertain you tonight with fellow hipster darlings Gobble Gobble (Edmonton, AB) and Pat Jordache (Montreal). Tickets $8. Doors 8:30pm.

OSHEAGA PICKS:
Friday July 29

Photo by Greg Abramowitz

The Barr Brothers (Scene des Arbres) 9:10 – 9:55 pm
Recently signed to Secret City Records, the Barr Brothers are joining the ranks of Montreal independent music scene royalty (Patrick Watson, Miracle Fortress) with a self titled album of their deliciously raw and raspy blues meets experimental folk rock set to release on September 27th. But don’t worry if you can’t catch them at Osheaga, because they’ll be touring Québec with Polaris Prize shortlisters Timber Timbre (Toronto) throughout the month of October. Or, if you just can’t wait, you can see them BOTH THIS WEEKEND, as Timber Timbre are also hitting up Osheaga this Friday at the Scene Verte at 8:45pm.

Saturday July 30

Jesuslesfilles. Photo courtesy of the artist

Sex drugs and rock n’ roll en francais  s’il vous plait. Montreal’s Jesuslesfilles will be serving up their co-ed style rock n’ roll in all of its jangly and raucous  goodness at one hour and ten minutes past high noon, get it? Seam ripping and teeth knashing likely. Get ready to sweat. Scene des Arbres 1:10-1:40

BRAIDS. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Braids are annoyingly cool. The kind of annoying that makes you hate them because you secretly want in the band and so you can’t hate them, because their perfectly layered rhythms, glittering textures  and   alternatingly ambient / anxious  get –under- your- skin- melodies are impossible to resist.  So get your love-hate on while you dance (and resist the urge to dance out of jealous spite) at the Scene Verte 3:10 – 3:50

SUUNS. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Pitchfork likes to call what Suuns do a marriage of space prog and krautrock and NME hailed them as the #1 Best New Band New Band of 2011. Journalistic labels and critical acclaim aside, word on the street is these locals puts on one hell of a live show.  If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a nervous alien sing quietly in your ear over a hearty dose of sub bass, hand claps, distortion and glitch, head over to the Scene des Arbres at 5:20-5:55 and check them out.

Sunday July 31

ELEPHANT STONE. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Elephant Stone is psyche pop at its purest.  Feel good melodies? Check.  Sunshine harmonies? Check.  Compelling basslines and crystal clear guitar riffs? Check and check. Oh yeah, and infectious sitar runs feature prominently. That’s right, I said sitar. Need I say more?  They’re the perfect outdoor festival band. Positive vibes and flashbacks to eras you never lived through guaranteed. Scene des Arbres 1:10-1:30

THE LUYAS. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Luyas are former/current members of Torngat, Miracle Fortress, Bell Orchestre, Arcade Fire, and SS Cardiacs aka a veritable arsenal of Montreal indie music heavyweights.  But that’s no reason to be intimated.  Check out their quirky, multi-instrumental folk rock at the Scene des Arbres  4:00 – 4:30

Monday August 1

GARDENS AND VILLA

Ease the Osheaga comedown with Gardens and Villa Monday night @ Casa del Popolo (4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent).   Their self-titled debut is anchored in heavy synths, drums machines and electronic beats as these Santa Barbara natives offer up a solid take on 80’s synth pop, 90’s Britpop and R&B, with a liberal injection of the wooden flute. Sound good? Sounds gooooood.

Tuesday August 2

KALMUNITY. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Improv  Tuesday! Your Tuesdays are about to get a lot cooler and a lot more spontaneous. Check out Mardi Spaghetti Jazz Improv, at Le Cagibi 9pm. FREE Or head over to Les Bobards for Kalmunity Live Organic Improv Tuedays, 8pm, $8

Wednesday August 3

All Star Tour with Emmure and guests

Wednesday looks like it’s going to be a day for metal, screamo and hardcore fans at the Theatre Olympia, courtesy of the All Star Tour with Emmure and guests.  After perusing many a terrifying myspace page, it is safe to say that this extensive lineup will rot your soul and make your grandmother cry. A lot. So I’m pretty sure that means it’s going to be good. $37.18 1:00 pm. (Guess Satan likes to get an early start).

Concert Listings

The main focus in concerts this week is Osheaga, so in true CKUT fashion we thought we’d bring some of the smaller, local acts on the bill that we think are worth checking out to your attention. And don’t think we’ve forgotten about the before and after. You’re going to need some pre and post festival music to transition you in and out of the big weekend in style, right? Well, we’ve got that covered too. No need to thank us, it’s just what we do.

Thursday July 28

Photo by Emily Kai Bock

Why not start off your long weekend of music with Grimes @ The Sala Rossa (4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)

If haunting vocals, loop pedals and drum machines are your thing then let Claire Boucher aka Grimes, ghost-child songstress of Mile End and Arbutus Records fame spook and entertain you tonight with fellow hipster darlings Gobble Gobble (Edmonton, AB) and Pat Jordache (Montreal). Tickets $8. Doors 8:30pm.

http://www.myspace.com/boucherville

http://www.myspace.com/leatherjowels

http://www.myspace.com/mountainmanpatjordache

OSHEAGA PICKS:

Friday July 29

Photo by Greg Abramowitz

The Barr Brothers (Scene des Arbres) 9:10 – 9:55 pm

Recently signed to Secret City Records, the Barr Brothers are joining the ranks of Montreal independent music scene royalty (Patrick Watson, Miracle Fortress) with a self titled album of their deliciously raw and raspy blues meets experimental folk rock featuring the stylings of local harpist extraordinaire Sara Page, set to release on September 27th. But don’t worry if you can’t catch them at Osheaga, because they’ll be touring Québec with Polaris Prize shortlisters Timber Timbre (Toronto) throughout the month of October. Or, if you just can’t wait, you can see them BOTH THIS WEEKEND, as Timber Timbre are also hitting up Osheaga this Friday at the Scene Verte at 8:45pm.

http://www.youtube.com/barrbrother

Saturday July 30

Photo courtesy of the artist

Jesuslesfilles

Sex drugs and rock n’ roll en francais s’il vous plait. Montreal’s Jesuslesfilles will be serving up their co-ed style rock n’ roll in all of its jangly and raucous goodness at one hour and ten minutes past high noon, get it? Seam ripping and teeth knashing likely. Get ready to sweat. Scene des Arbres 1:10-1:40

http://www.myspace.com/jesuslesfilles

Photo courtesy of the artist

Braids

Braids are annoyingly cool. The kind of annoying that makes you hate them because you secretly want in the band and so you can’t hate them, because their perfectly layered rhythms, glittering textures and alternatingly ambient / anxious get –under- your- skin- melodies are impossible to resist. So get your love-hate on while you dance (and resist the urge to dance out of jealous spite) at the Scene Verte 3:10 – 3:50

http://www.myspace.com/braidsmusic

Photo courtesy of the artist

Suuns

Pitchfork likes to call what Suuns do a marriage of space prog and krautrock and NME hailed them as the #1 Best New Band New Band of 2011. Journalistic labels and critical acclaim aside, word on the street is these locals puts on one hell of a live show. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a nervous alien sing quietly in your ear over a hearty dose of sub bass, hand claps, distortion and glitch, head over to the Scene des Arbres at 5:20-5:55 and check them out.

http://www.myspace.com/suuns_

Sunday July 31

Photo courtesy of the artist

Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone is psyche pop at its purest. Feel good melodies? Check. Sunshine harmonies? Check. Compelling basslines and crystal clear guitar riffs? Check and check. Oh yeah, and infectious sitar runs feature prominently. That’s right, I said sitar. Need I say more? They’re the perfect outdoor festival band. Positive vibes and flashbacks to eras you never lived through guaranteed. Scene des Arbres 1:10-1:30

http://www.myspace.com/elephantstoneonline

Photo courtesy of the artist

The Luyas

The Luyas are former/current members of Torngat, Miracle Fortress, Bell Orchestre, Arcade Fire, and SS Cardiacs aka a veritable arsenal of Montreal indie music heavyweights. But that’s no reason to be intimated. Check out their quirky, multi-instrumental folk rock at the Scene des Arbres 4:00 – 4:30

http://www.myspace.com/theluyas

Monday August 1

Ease the Osheaga comedown with Gardens and Villa Monday night @ Casa del Popolo (4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent). Their self-titled debut is anchored in heavy synths, drums machines and electronic beats as these Santa Barbara natives offer up a solid take on 80’s synth pop, 90’s Britpop and R&B, with a liberal injection of the wooden flute. Sound good? Sounds gooooood.

http://www.myspace.com/gardensandvilla

Tuesday August 2

Kalmunity Collective Photo courtesy of artist

Improv Tuesday! Your Tuesdays are about to get a lot cooler and a lot more spontaneous. Check out Mardi Spaghetti Jazz Improv, at Le Cagibi 9pm. FREE Or head over to Les Bobards for Kalmunity Live Organic Improv Tuedays, 8pm, $8

http://www.myspace.com/mardispaghetti

http://www.myspace.com/kalmunity

Wednesday August 3

Wednesday looks like it’s going to be a day for metal, screamo and hardcore fans at the Theatre Olympia, courtesy of the All Star Tour with Emmure and guests. After perusing many a terrifying myspace page, it is safe to say that this extensive lineup will rot your soul and make your grandmother cry. A lot. So I’m pretty sure that means it’s going to be good. $37.18 1:00 pm. (Guess Satan likes to get an early start).

http://www.myspace.com/emmure

http://www.olympiademontreal.com/en/

Music Library Goes On Tour

Behold, our music library! The library has over 70’000 releases on a variety of formats including 7″ & 12″ vinyl, CDs and cassettes. We receive music in a variety of ways: friends drop off their new recordings, bands and musicians mail us their albums and we also get mail from record labels, distribution companies. We don’t have a budget to buy music so people send us music in exchange for airplay, however, we don’t guarantee spins as it’s up to our volunteer music programmers to decide what gets played.

Often our music programmers broadcast music that is hard or impossible to find anywhere else, such as live performances, underground artists, and that sort of thing. We are mandated by the CRTC to play less than 10% of top 40 (“hit”) songs, so you can always expect emerging music and unrepresented sounds from CKUT.

To check out what’s currently charting, check out AJ’s chart news here. Head on over here to find out more about becoming a volunteer or here to submit your music.

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Busy Hands Trimble

LP repair for records that have received alot of heavy petting/handling!

The music office is a busy place this summer: we have four rad and music-lovin’ interns (Andrew, Lili, Karen & Norma) alongside AJ and myself and the usual slew of volunteer music programmers. This week we’re working on the usual (processing all the music we receive) along with repairing LPs in our music library.

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WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK: we’re listening to our copies of Bobb Trimble‘s first two LPs Iron Curtain Innocence (1980) and Harvest of Dreams (1982) cuz of this article on FreeMusicArchive.org about his lost album that’s recently been found. Bobb Trimble is an underground psych-folk cult figure who produced work mainly in the 80s. He’s taken to the stage again, so do read the article, listen to the lost sounds and visit his website.

TUNE IN: Today is the last show of the July edition of the Montreal Sessions. Tune into the radio program today between 3-5pm for some sound art, y’all. Missed the wonderful Magic Sound Mountain performances this past Saturday? We’ll be broadcasting some of those pieces on the Monday afternoon Radio is Dead program among other shows so do keep an ear open for that in the next coupla weeks.

GET INVOLVED: CKUT is hiring a Homelessness Marathon Outreach and Production Coordinator. For more details, do visit ckut.ca.

Happy Tuesday,

Amber

A detail of the awesome Magic Sound Mountain installation.

New Shit: July 25, 2011

Portugal. The Man

(For this edition of New Shit, the music dept interns Andrew and Lili were in charge)

Hey guys, we hope you enjoyed today’s show of New Shit. In case you wanted to find the artists and bands that you enjoyed, here is a complete playlist below divided into hours 1 and 2…READ THE WHOLE POST HERE.

Image by GRIMES

LISTEN: Underground Sounds

Check out Underground Sounds, on tonight from 8-10pm! Featuring:
  • CLAASS, electro-rock trio from Montreal are playing July 28th at Corona Theatre, phone interview with Alex Ortiz will be on at 8:30pm. 
  • HOODED FANG, from Toronto made it on to the Polaris Long List and are about to release Tosta Mista on July 26, phone interview at 9:30pm.

    Image by GRIMES

andrewcorpusse

Show Review: CORPUSSE!

By Andrew the Intern

On Friday July 15th I attended my first Corpusse show. The night started with a documentary film about Corpusse about his development over the years. After the screening, Corpusse took the stage and started his performance.

The show seemed like a dream to me. There was this strange man, like a distorted version of Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper. He spoke like a pro wrestler turned opera singer. His actions and words seemed unrelated to one another, mostly unexplainable. His emotions would spike and subside more frequently than a toddler. This was Corpusse. Standing behind him in the shadows, was another man playing melodic and sometimes discordant synthlines.

Dreams, with what little sense they seem to make, can impart great wisdom. Carl Jung, the famous dream psychologist, believed that a nightmare was your subconscious confronting you about your suppressed thoughts to teach you. The same could be said of Corpusse. There was something confrontational in his performance; some message he was wrestling to convey. Based on how the documentary displayed Corpusse in his “civilian” life, on stage he seemed like his own nightmare form; confronting the world in a distorted dreaming way. In the same way our dreams are as much a part of us as our waking thoughts, Corpusse is as true a part of the artist as his everyday self. This wasn’t just an act.

Superficially, Corpusse’s act seems to be a ploy for attention; a grown man who dresses up and screams on stage. In reality there was something much deeper about his performance. He felt truly genuine; his expressions raw and real. Corpusse managed to separate himself from the ordinary methods of performance art to create a unique, surreal and thought provoking experience. 

WORLD LISTENING DAY:: NEW SHIT

WORLD LISTENING DAY – JULY 18

(Image: Peter Foldes)
Monday July 18th 3-5pm Tune into New Shift
for a special World Listening Day edition.

It’s R-Murray Schafer‘s Birthday –
So the Mid West Association for Acoustic Ecology decided to
Celebrate the act of listening to our soundscapes on this day
and invites anyone to join in by hosting a soundwalk, or doing something
that will promote listening awareness. Having dedicated 4 arduous years
of my life to researching writing about and creating a soundscape project
I figured new shit should get in on this World Listening Day

Hour One::::::::
Hosted by the Youth of CKUT’s Youth Radio Camp
Music by Walter ruttman, Chantal Dumas and Christian Calon,
Aki Onda, Luc Ferrari, Claude Schryer and more

We are gonna see what we can make these kids do when we put a
microphone and headphones out the window and go make
them host outside

HOUR TWO::::::::::::::::
TBDetermined – some live stuff with AJ & Emilie
field recordings – radio transmissions.

Spread the word!

Art for music, por favor!

Spread the word!

We’re looking for an artist to volunteer their mad skills for a couple of special projects the music department will be launching late this summer and fall. Graphic design experience an asset. If you or someone you know is interested, please get in contact with Amber by e-mailing library@ckut.ca with a sample of your work (a web-friendly image or on-line portfolio) by Friday July 22nd. More details available upon request. Thanks!