Monthly Archives: October 2012



Here’s one for the surfers and skaters. With tracks such as “Where the Sharks Swim” and “Ride the Island Baby,” Brews Willis’s Nerped By A Zircon is a perfect mix of vintage surf rock and skater punk straight from the beach. While a ’60s influence is evident throughout the album’s sound, the lyrics reflect the band’s punk attitude with themes of summer and girls. The album cover is the ultimate cherry on top — a zombied-out Bruce Willis smoking and drinking Pabst. After listening to the album, you’ll only regret that you’re not laying on a beach on a beautiful summer day.

– Luz De La Garma


Horse Bladder and Farewell My Concubine In Studio Sets

Perhaps it’s best you stay in Thursday night, the 18th of October.
Granted, it’s too soon to turn on the heat in your drafty apartment
and it’s best to keep warm on someone else’s dime, but take our
advice and stay home, make your self a hot toddy, swaddle yourself
in layers of blanket, and turn on your radio for the live sounds
of discomfort from the not so distant southern parts of the
frontière – Northampton, Massachussets.

Grazing 90.3 during the Cabelli Présente, Sans Cabelli hours:
11PM to 1AM will be Horsebladder and Farewell My Concubine who are on a fall tworl.
We are very excited that these wordmusicsmiths, folk of CKUT
past  are making an expressed détournement on their
fall twourl
for the pleasure of your listening ears.
They’ll also gracing the open space and booming PA of
La Brique on Friday night.



Last Friday Flying Lotus sold out the S.A.T. on Saint-Catherine street in Montreal leaving a lineup of disappointed fans out in the cold.

Psychedelic two-layered visual projections enhanced the music tenfold, though at the end of the night cheers for an encore had no avail after a notably short FlyLo set clocking in at 70 minutes.

Steven Ellison meandered through a good chunk of his new material from ‘Until The Quiet Comes’ while dropping in a few older tracks and pop references of Beastie Boys and Radiohead. He also dished out a bajillion high-fives to eager fans and hyped up gamers in the audience with an out-of-left-field Mortal Combat sample (“GET OVER HERE!”). Understandably, FlyLo’s more sensitive songs were left off the set list to keep folks feet moving.

However, opener Teebs impressed me and clearly many more. With an array of dynamic shifts, the artist less commonly known as Mtendere Mandowa expertly swept filters and tweaked beats on a sampler not so different from the one used by J Dilla on 2006’s ‘Donuts’.

Both artists are on Brainfeeder records, you can find them and their music right here.

– Nick Schofield



Hi friends,
Had a super busy weekend here which involved moving all my stuff from my temporary abode to a permanent apartment on the metro — whew, ’twas a process… things keep on rolling as I’m leaving for NYC on the overnight bus tonight after work, bound for the city by sunrise. Looking forward to seeing lots of radio pals — if you’re around for the week, get in touch! And I will be speaking on a panel called DIY for All Sizes on Thursday should you feel like checking that out…
CKUT’s annual Funding Drive is also coming up next week, so we’re all real psyched for that too. Check out that amazing poster! Woweee.

Missing a couple genre charts this week because there’s so much other activity buzzing around the station right now — they will be back next Tuesday.






Get ready. We’ve got:

It all starts at 8pm this Monday 10/15 on Underground Sounds.

Cheap Girls play Casa Del Popolo this Wednesday

This Week’s Shows (October 11-18)

Cheap Girls play Casa Del Popolo this Wednesday

A beautiful and brisk day it was in Montreal. The night brings a host of shows, some of which you might like to attend. Read on!


Howl! Arts Collective is doing a “theater, song and dub poetry” show at Sala Rossa as part of the feminist festival of media arts + digital culture being put on right now by Studio XX. Check the event page for more deets.

Free-jazz-pop-cover trio Bean will be playing right across the street as part of L’Off Festival should that strike your fancy.


While Flying Lotus DJs at SAT, you get to choose between the garage pop of Kurvi Tasch (at Casa Del Popolo) or the polkabilly grindcore of Bad Uncle (at Divan Orange).


King Tuff

Consider going alone and stoned (or, you know, with friends) to hear Vermont guitar hero King Tuff lift your spirits with top-notch garage pop at Il Motore.


You need some folk in your life. Fill that quota at Upstairs with Del Barber‘s stripped down storytelling, or hone in on those stories and bring your ears to Popolo’s spoken word night.


Staff Benda Bilili

Start your week off the only right way: with the music of paraplegic Congolese street musicians Staff Benda Bilili. Even if you can’t make it to the Rialto, reading their Wikipedia will leave you radiating positive vibes.


Recently downsized, but still one of the best rock bands working, Menomena will play Sala Rossa. Meanwhile, things get improvisatory at Mile End hang Le Caigibi  for the weekly Mardi Spaghetti.


A night of rawk with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion playing Theatre Corona and Michigan punks Cheap Girls doing their thing at Casa Del Popolo.

Have fun!



Hi all,
I spent the weekend back in Ottawa, feasting on turkey & other amazing food at an orphan Thanksgiving dinner that one of my roommates organized. It was perfect fall weather all weekend long so I also went on a few little bike trips, including one along the rideau canal where the above photo was snapped. Total beauty.

We’re gearing up for our annual funding drive here at CKUT, but first I’m making a quick trip down to New York for CMJ — I’ll be speaking on a panel about DIY events & other good stuff on the 18th, so check it out if you’re around!



Sara Krieg leads a tea party/interview with the Electro Swing Collective!

INTERVIEW with Speakeasy Electro Swing Collective

Sara Krieg leads a tea party/interview with the Electro Swing Collective! (left to right: Don Mescal, Khalil, Oscar Maria, Vincent Simboli, Sara)

As you may well know, there’s an Electro Swing party happening this Saturday at Sala Rossa. In light of this, CKUT volunteer extraordinaire Sara Krieg conducted an interview with the people behind the event (Don Mescal, Khalil, Oscar Maria and Vincent Simboli) to help shine some light on the burgeoning sub-genre and on the event itself.

Listen to the interview here:

And the tracklist is as follows:

G-Swing feat.The Cotton Kids – I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby (And My Baby’s Crazy ‘Bout me)
Caravan Palace – Jolie Coquine
Mr. Scruff – Get A Move On
Smokey Joe & The Kid – The Arrival feat. Waahli & Tali (of Nomadic Massive)


Some quick info about the organizers and the event(s):

The party is tomorrow, Saturday Oct 6, at the Sala Rossa. It starts at 9:30pm with a free one hour swing dance lesson from Studio 88-Swing.

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance online or from Vincent Simboli himself.

There’s also a 10% discount available at vintage clothing hub Eva B for anyone using the password “Speakeasy.”

Visit their soundcloud pages to check out their music mixes! Here’s a first taste:

Don Mescal:


Oscar Maria:


If you want to dig a little deeper, visit the Sunday Swing blog and!


This Week’s Shows (October 4-11)

Craig Fahner @ Eastern Bloc

Everyone doing well? Good! We’ve got big decisions to make this Friday, plus a jazz festival to contend with, so unless you’re going out of town this weekend (which I am…), it’s time to get thinking about dem shows.

Thursday (ce soir)

Cool things abound in the early eve as Calgary artist Craig Fahner kicks off his first solo exhibition at Eastern Bloc entitled “Import/Export.” What to expect? From the gallery’s site:

His work reimagines the ways that technology, sound and musical instruments are experienced. The four works exhibited in Import / Export speak to our individual perception of sensory stimulation. Together, the works presented reveal the quantifiable aspects of emotional exchange and the commodification of human-machine interaction.

That opens tonight at 6pm

Then continue the multimedia extravaganza with Montreal’s Les Momies de Palerme over at Casa Del Popolo at 8:30pm



Jens Lekman

This is a tricky one folks. It just so happens that there are 5 (!) potential choices you could make this night, so I’ll try and help guide you with a list of criteria.



Jazz festival L’Off has a thing happening at Popolo or you could check Perfume Genius at Il Motore.


The day of rest brings us music actuelle and improvisation at Casa Del Popolo courtesy of Klaxon Gueule, Alexandre St Onge, and Bernard Falaise.


Noise and punk and free jazz is going down at Death Church where the excellently named No Babies, Dagger Eyes, and Loud Bag will conspire to make you flail your limbs wildly.


Groove on The Octopus Project‘s frequency at Il Motore or catch the aforementioned music actuelle crew of Klaxon Gueule, Alexandre St Onge, and Bernard Falaise again at Popolo.


How about rounding things out nicely with a free (like $0) jazz show by way of L’Off Festival at Sala Rossa?


Sounds good to me. Enjoy the holidays and upcoming week!