Monthly Archives: April 2012

RSD

Record Store Day preview on NEW SHIT today!

Tune into NEW SHIT today from 3-5pm to find out all about the the different events and deals happening around town at your local independent record stores this Record Store Day (Saturday the 21st). We’ll be talking to the fine folks at Phonopolis as well as having the dudes from Death of Vinyl in to talk about why it’s important to support your local record store and to help spin some LPs.

UPDATE: Check out these fine establishments this Saturday, make a day of it, make the rounds! Check out the archive from the Record Store Day radio show if you missed it.

countryclassix

((Total Eclipse)) Country Classics Showcase: A Night to Folkin’ Remember

Last night we kicked off our Total Eclipse music series with an intimate showcase of country and folk acts at The Plant. Big thanks to Li’l Andy of CKUT’s Country Classics hour for curating an amazing line-up, including Max Kelly and Jared Rosenbaum, Mike O’Brien and Michelle Tompkins, Sarah Jane Scouten and her Brilliant Stringband, and ol’ Li’l Andy himself. Convenient that the space happened to be located near some train tracks, partly because the train is a staple image of country and folk song, but mostly because the talent of these musicians was off the f-ing rails.
Bataille Solaire

((Total Eclipse)) Q&A with Bataille Solaire

Bataille Solaire

Mark your robo calendars! Tell your immediate and not so immediate social relations! Our annual three day music series TOTAL ECLIPSE (Apr. 12th -14th) starts tonight! Time to get to know some of the artists on the bill with these intimate but not too intimate BUT JUST INTIMATE ENOUGH Q&A’s.
What is your name?
BATAILLE SOLAIRE

What is the story behind your name?

It’s an anagram with my name. I think it suits well my music too.

Hometown:
I have three: Quebec city, Magdalen Islands and Montréal

Home base:
Montréal

Latest recording/release:
Baal Shamash et son char céleste on Los Discos Enfantasmes, march 2012

Describe the vibe/feel of this album in five words:
symphonic, epic, mystical, lyrical, cosmic

What have you been listening to lately?
Popol Vuh’s Letzte Tage – Letzte Nachte, Vangelis‘ Earth and Antartica, lots of 80’s funk, especially U.K. boogie (Paul Hardcastle, David Grant, Freeez…), Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Alain Chamfort, music of my friends and bandmates, especially Femminielli, Jef Barbara and Ramzi, Donkey Kong Country soundtrack, french pop music, Ersen, Area, Yes, Renaissance, Fripp and Summer’s I Advanced Masked, Danna & Clement, Live Skull’s Cloud One, some old Xpressway sampler, Slayer, Panabrite, Françoise Hardy………………………………….

What is your craziest/most memorable/favourite tour story?
The whole SXSW thing was a crazy and memorable experience.

What’s your pre-show routine?
Wanting to die while drinking a bit.
…And post-show?
Feeling alive and drinking a bit more.

Who would you love to share a bill with?
as much people as I can.

Who are your dream collaborators (living or dead)?
Some of the people who I am already playing with.
Most crucial equipment for your music making:
computer
When and where are your upcoming shows/performances?
spring and summer: Casa del Popolo, La Brique, Sala Rossa, Théâtre Plaza, maybe a Europe tour (not sure yet)

Bataille Solaire will be performing during Total Eclipse as part of the Cabelli Presente showcase on Saturday, April 14th at La Tour Prisme (550 Beaubien, #516)

BOOMA

((Total Eclipse)) Q&A with Oren Ratowsky

BOOMA

Mark your robo calendars! Tell your immediate and not so immediate social relations! Our annual three day music series TOTAL ECLIPSE (Apr. 12th -14th) is comin’ up fast! Time to get to know some of the artists on the bill with these intimate but not too intimate BUT JUST INTIMATE ENOUGH Q&A’s. Next up is electronic artist, DJ and member of MTL’s international Booma collective, Oren Ratowsky.

What is your name?
>>>>>> Oren Ratowsky.
>>>>>>>>   What is the story behind your name?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I tossed around a few "alias" type names when I was younger which
>>>>>> were
>>>>>> all
>>>>>> pretty stupid. Eventually I had to tell promoters my name for shows
>>>>>> and,
>>>>>> for lack of a better name, gave them my real name.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Hometown:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> San Francisco.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Home base:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>> Montreal.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Latest recording/release:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>> "Raccoon". I'm working on another track which will be out soon, it's
>>>>>> pretty ambitious, very intricate and production-heavy. it's not
>>>>>> really
>>>>>> something I've done before stylistically so I'm curious as to how it
>>>>>> will
>>>>>> be received.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Describe the vibe/feel of this album in five words:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>> slow, hip-hop-inspired, synthesizers, pianos.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> What have you been listening to lately?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> joel zimmerman's pre-deadmau5 tunes, they're amazing. a guy called
>>>>>> Stimming is making some amazing, melodic, dynamic house music.
>>>>>> Talking
>>>>>> Heads.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> What is your craziest/most memorable/favourite tour story?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> probably playing at this warehouse party a couple years ago in St
>>>>>> Henri.
>>>>>> there were all these high energy raver types and the vibes were just
>>>>>> insane and not something I was really used to playing to. I ended up
>>>>>> playing all this super up front, aggressive music and they loved it.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> What's your pre-show routine?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> usually pace around nervously trying to look important.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> ...And post-show?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Go outside the venue, get fresh air, get a drink.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Who would you love to share a bill with?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Who are your dream collaborators (living or dead)?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Bach, Dr. Dre, and David Byrne.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> If you could see your music, what would it look like?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Most crucial equipment for your music making:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> definitely a computer, aside from that I end up spending a lot of
>>>>>> time
>>>>>> in
>>>>>> front of my Moog and a lot of time messing around on keyboards.
>>>>>> recently
>>>>>> I've been trying to get my eyes off the screen and use more hardware
>>>>>> stuff, pedals and doing more recording.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> When and where are your upcoming shows/performances?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Booma is doing a loft party on the 7th, and we'll also be playing at
>>>>>> Blizzarts. There's another big show were planning the beginning of
>>>>>> May
>>>>>> which we don't have all the details for. We're also probably going to
>>>>>> do a
>>>>>> smaller party at the end of the month as well.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Whose songs should be playing on the oldies station 50 years from
>>>>>>>>> now?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Aphex Twin. Mother Mother. Outkast.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
BOOMA will be performing during Total Eclipse as part of the William Shatner's 
Whiskey Tears showcase on Friday, April 13th at Bella Muse. Super secret address announced 48hrs 
before the event!

Vostok 1

((Total Eclipse)) Q&A with Vostok 1

Vostok 1

Mark your robo calendars! Tell your immediate and not so immediate social relations! Our annual three day music series TOTAL ECLIPSE (Apr. 12th -14th) is comin’ up fast! Time to get to know some of the artists on the bill with these intimate but not too intimate BUT JUST INTIMATE ENOUGH Q&A’s. Next up are the swirling psychedelic vibrations of Vostok 1.

What is your name? Vostok 1

What is the story behind your name? April 12, 1961:

Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario; Chicago, Illinois; Rockland, Maine.

Home base: Montreal

Latest recording/release: Silver Space Probe USB

Describe the vibe/feel of this album in five words:Everything modulating, all the time.

What have you been listening to lately? The Free Design, Karlheinz Stockhausen, The Soundcarriers, The Cure

What’s your pre-show routine? Arranging the light cubes.

…And post-show? Late night droning.

Who would you love to share a bill with? Bear in Heaven

Who are your dream collaborators (living or dead)? Hildegard von Bingen, Brian Eno

If you could see your music, what would it look like? To borrow from Aldous Huxley, “a slow dance of golden lights…sumptuous red surfaces swelling and expanding from bright nodes of energy that vibrate with a continuously changing, patterned life…a complex of gray structures, within which pale bluish spheres keep emerging.”

We’ve attempted to approximate this in some videos:

Most crucial equipment for your music making: Amps. And various time- and frequency-domain modulators.

When and where are your upcoming shows/performances? The Plant’s Birthday, April 27th!

Whose songs should be playing on the oldies station 50 years from now?
In the future Sun Ra will broadcast directly from Saturn. It will be a “cosmix” of Björk, Stereolab, and ambient stellar vibrations.

Vostok 1 will be performing during Total Eclipse as part of the William Shatner’s Whiskey Tears showcase on Friday April 13th at Bella Muse. Super secret address announced 48hrs before the show!

Li'l Andy

((TOTAL ECLIPSE)) Q&A with Li’l Andy

Li'l Andy

Mark your robo calendars! Tell your immediate and not so immediate social relations! Our annual three day music series TOTAL ECLIPSE (Apr. 12th -14th) is comin’ up fast! Time to get to know some of the artists on the bill with these intimate but not too intimate BUT JUST INTIMATE ENOUGH Q&A’s. Third up is Montreal’s not so li’l church cowboy, Li’l Andy.

What is your name?

My name’s Li’l Andy

What is the story behind your name?

My brother’s name is Will. My mom, like many parents, often gets her children’s names mixed up. (That’s okay, we know she loves us.) Anyway, when I was a kid she would often start off by calling me “Will”, then realize her mistake, catch herself in the middle of the word, and change it to “Andy.” So it would sound like “Wi–ittle Andy!” And that became “Li’l Andy”. Then, sometime when I was around age 22, I reached my full height of 6-foot-4 heaping loads of irony upon my already-silly name.
Hometown:

Cantley, Quebec. Slogan on the town sign: “A community where your six-year-old can legally drive an ATV.”

Home base:

Montreal.

Latest recording/release:

All Who Thirst Come to the Waters. 2010.

Describe the vibe/feel of this album in five words:

Pedal-steel in an empty cathedral. (Pedal-steel is a compound word, so I say that only counts as one).

What have you been listening to lately?

Geoff Berner’s song, “The Rich Are Gonna Move to the High Ground”

Anything by the Golden Gate Gospel Quartet, particularly their really terrifying “Jezebel”

What is your craziest/most memorable/favourite tour story?

Stealing a pontoon boat from a summer camp in Rouyn-Noranda was fun. It was less fun when we realised they wisely kept about one-minute’s worth of gas in the tank and we had to row the thing back with our hands.

Most crucial equipment for your music making:

My amp. A Silvertone Twin Twelve that was made by Sears in 1963. I worry about it because Jack White is being a total dork and buying up every last one in North America. And I guess I also need my guitar, which is a nice old Gretsch “Country Club” from 1959. And Randy Bachman is also being a dork and has horded a lot of those in some weird Winnipeg compound for decades.

Whose songs should be playing on the oldies station 50 years from now?

Gillian Welch’s. But they already sound so old. What’ll it be like when they’re old old?

Li’l Andy will be performing during Total Eclipse as part of the Country Classics showcase at The Plant on April 12th. Super secret address announced 48hrs before the show!

A look by Jean Paul Gaultier photographed by Bianca Pilet for i-D Magazine, December 2004

(((TOTAL ECLIPSE))) VOLUNTEER CALL OUT

A look by Jean Paul Gaultier photographed by Bianca Pilet for i-D Magazine, December 2004

Total Eclipse is approaching fast like a wild steed crazed with rock ‘n’ roll fever!

CKUT’s music department is looking for volunteers to help plaster the city up and down with posters, to stand guard at the doors and accept peoples’ cash money, and to help out with clean up at the end of the night (more fun than you might think!). Anyone interested in enjoying a night (or three!) of amazing music in exchange for a lil’ ol help should contact Kaitlin at totaleclipseckut@gmail.com .

HOT. SAUCE.  See you there, Chickens!