Monthly Archives: November 2011


A Letter to Kiss

Have you dropped by yet? Made a mix? You should! There’s lots of cool stuff up there right now, including this piece called A Letter to Kiss by our own Louise Burns, and which originally aired on our If You Got Ears radio show a few years ago. This mix is more of a radio-ready letter punctuated with music to help fully reveal the contents of the 12 page note to the rock band Kiss within!


Without Sinking

A gorgeous record came in the mail today, perfect for Montreal’s first real snowfall, Hildur Gudnadottir’s Without Sinking. It’s a double LP format, three songs longer than the CD released on the label Touch. From Hildur’s website:

The first solo recording from Hildur Guðnadóttir (who is a member of the Nix Noltes band and has performed regularly with múm and Pan Sonic). In her dreamy soundworld she plays the cello, gamba, zither, khuur and the gamelan so this cd sounds like nothing else. This is exciting, tranquil, and melancholic stuff and at times it makes you think of a lost place and times gone by – and the music has the power to take you there. Recording sessions took place both in New York and in a house in Hólar, Iceland, specifically chosen for its good cello acoustics. It is strictly a solo album, Hildur has attempted to “involve other people as little as I could.” Like the cover art, it is personal and intimate.


Get your Podcast Fix: This is Not a Lecture ep. 6

Cochleas rejoice! Episode 6 of This is Not a Lecture, our twice monthly music podcast for is up and ready to romance your ears.  Have a look at the tracklist and what the nice peeps over at Leacock’s have to say about it below:

“On your way to class, when you do the dishes, or when you have friends over, you always face one problem. You look at your iTunes and realize, that between, Beck, Chromeo, and Neon Indian, there’s really not that much going on in the realm of the exciting. Do you think music just took a turn for the worse? Actually, you did, because, you stopped keeping up. But it’s all good; that’s what CKUT and Leacock’s are here for. Let Karen’s soothingly attractive voice play an hour of the flyest music since the last time you burned a mix CD. And don’t forget the weekly ‘Leacock’s picks’, a calculated selection of that which has seduced our music writers.”

1. Los Admiradores – Tenderly Bongos  2. J-Doe – Passenger  3. Jimmy Soul – If You Wanna Be Happy  4. Kodak To Graph – Express/Cause  5. Asap Rocky – Bass 6. Robot Koch – Tapedeck  7. Lil B – I Got Aids  8. Seekae – Blood Bank 9. STRFKR  – Peachy // Lil Wayne -Lollipop 10. Sit Down Beside Me – Patrick Watson 11. Beta Band – Squares 12. CocoRosie – Fairy Paradise 13. Mogwai  -Does This Always Happen? // “[“Mother” and “Father” trying to get Billy out of bed, followed by whistling solo]”  – performers unknown


Concert Listings: Nov. 18-24


Friday 11.18


  • M pour Montreal: Thus Owls, Doldrums @ Casa del Popolo
  • M pour Montreal: Parlovr, Uncle Bad Touch, Hollerado, Tonstartssbandht @ La Sala Rossa

Saturday 11.19

Joe Grass

Joe Grass+ DJ Erik Electrik @ Le Divan Orange

M pour Montreal: Karkwa, Galaxie, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Random Recipe @ Metropolis

Sunday 11.20

Ledges, Blast

Hidden Words + Harp of the North @ Cagibi

Couples + Ledges, Blast @ Divan Orange

David Francey@Petit Campus

Words & Music @ Casa del Popolo

Monday 11.21


Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays + DJ Andy Williams @ Les Bobards

Hanged Up @ Sala Rossa

Cotton Mouth + Citizenship @ Casa Del Popolo

Tuesday 11.22

Hexes & Ohs

We are Stay 69 + Hexes & Ohs @ Sala Rossa

The Kooks @ Metropolis

Ganglians, Friends, Michael Farsky Worldwide Family Band @ Casa del Popolo

Wednesay 11.23

Nick Kuepfer

Nick Storring, Khora, Frieda Abtan, Nick Kuepfer @ Casa del Popolo

Monogrenade @ La Tulipe

Thursday 11.24

Julia Kent

Howl: Julia Kent + Jen Reimer + Les Momies De Palerme @ la Sala Rossa

Propofol + Our book & The Authors + Amour a jeun @ Divan Orange

Black Skies, Vaz@ Casa Del Popolo


Crib these notes, check this list: November highlights!

Noveeeemmmbbbeerrrraaaaiiiiiiin*! There’s markéd a difference between listening to the radio or downloaded radio programs in late fall than, say, mid-summer while sailing along on your bike (a bad idea anyway, illegal even) or while soaking in the sunshine on your balcony (hopefully with sunscreen on). November listening is at once a cosier thing (sweaters, blankets on couches, laptop sessions in bed) as well as sterner stuff (traveling in inclement weather, sharper menswear-inspired style, sharper corners revealed all over the city by the fainting leaves). With this is mind, here are some recent highlights from CKUT’s music programming this past month, click on the dates to download or stream the archived broadcast…in no particular order:

  • Nov. 16th, 12-2am: Robyn’s solo-hosted DJ set on DUCK TRUCK RADIO featured “(her subconscious which was) heavy on the organ: old gospel, horror & sci fi heaven! also some sweeeeet soul music to top things off because there is nothing in this world better.”
  • Nov. 9th, 9-11am: WHERES’ THE BEAT an interview with Matt Haimovitz and a live performance by Matt Haimovitz and Dominic Painchaud who is part of Haimovitz’ Uccello Ensemble.
  • Nov. 9th, 9-1opm: Live broadcast of the Cheap Thrills 40th Anniversary concert at Casa del Popolo. More info here!
  • Every Tuesday this November: The Montreal Sessions (an artist-in-residence program) hosted by Natasha Pickowicz featuring amazing guests, more info here!
  • Nov. 11th, 3-5pm: Special edition of Aack! guest-hosted by Amber featuring mixes from Campus Mixtapes and the Free Music Archive.
  • Nov. 4th + 11th 1-4am: “Nightime Funtime”, for now, cuz this is an open slot.  These two shows were hosted by AJ and featured free form sonic explorations! Do e-mail us if you’re interested in this newly opened weekly spot, the former an even keel slot has been left to the devices of those interested in using the broadcast studio as a center for experimentation and sonic research. Expect the unexpected, 3 hours of unhindered improvisation with what ever objects and instruments can be found in the station. Anyone who is interested in participating should email music AT ckut DOT ca
  • Nov 16th 8-10pm: Listen to the Father of Origin: Juma Sultan Aboriginal Music Society Box Set thatwas released on the 15th of November 2011 on Michael Ehlers’ Eremite Label on Jazz Euphorium. The Aboriginal Music Society was established as a radical arts presenting organization and music ensemble by percussionist/bassist Juma Sultan and Percussionist Ali Abwuli in Woodstock in 1968. They produced independent music concerts, owned and operated a a recording studio and collaborated with the artist run New York loft space Studio We on performances and educational programs. More here

* This contentious (in the music office) G’n’R’ ref’ will soon be sweetened with a remix of the tune of a similar name by a musical man about town. Check back soon! Officially sweetened!

Wu Lyf

Concert Listings: Nov 11 – 17

Check out who’s filling the city with sweet sounds this week…

Friday Nov. 11

Wu Lyf

Wu Lyf w/ Crystal Antlers @ Il Motore. 8:30 pm. $12 advance $14 door.

Saturday Nov. 12

Mother Mother

Mother Mother @ Cabaret Mile End.  $ 17.50 advance $ 25 door

Sunday Nov. 13

Joe Lally

Joe Lally (of Fugazi) w/ Alden Penner + Helen Money @ Casa del Popolo. 8:30 pm. $ 8 advance $ door.

Monday Nov. 14

AM & Shawn Lee

AM & Shawn Lee w/ Peggy Sue @ La Sala Rossa. 7 pm. $ 13.50

Tuesday Nov. 15

High Places

High Places w/ D’EON + Solar Year @ Il Motore. 8:30 pm. $ 10 advance $ 13 door.

Wednesday Nov. 16

L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus

L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus + Sharcut @ La Sala Rossa. 10 pm. $13

Thursday Nov. 17

Young Empires

Young Empires w/ Cadence Weapon + Absolutely Free + Daniel Isaiah @ La Sala Rossa. 7:30 pm. $11