Monthly Archives: November 2012

Melvins tour van

Today’s Montreal Sessions: Touring Roundtable

Today on the MTL Sessions, we’ve got an Independent Touring Roundtable discussion with Mikey Heppner (of UBT and Priestess), David Mitchell (of Back from Outer Space booking and Gulfer) and Raymond Biesinger (of the Famines).

We’ll be talking about all aspects of the touring process: from booking to van maintenance, PR to partying. Guaranteed to be insightful for musicians and music-lovers alike!

This Week’s Shows (November 15 – 22)

M For Montreal has a heckuva lineup this year, so try to catch a few of their shows!


The monthly campus bar takeover that is Thursdays {a}Live is happening RIGHT NOW, is well worth your time and is FREE.

CKUT bud Ollie North is also doing a set at Caigibi.

And PS I Love You and Mac De Marco are playing a packed show at Sala Rossa.



SUUNS, Memoryhouse, Sun Airway and D’Eon at Sala Rossa sounds good to me.


Loud: Yamantaka//Sonic Titan + A Place To Bury Strangers at Sala Rossa.

Crazy, fun hip hop: Death Grips + Mykki Blanco at Corona Theatre

Montreal homies: Mozart’s Sister + Cadence Weapon at Il Motore.


The feminine folk of Evenings Hymns at Il Motore or Casa’s spoken word night. YOU decide!


Everyone’s favorite dive bar, Brasserie Beaubien, will be making a quiet ruckus with performances from Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Ollie North and Year of Glad.


Catch country folk songstress, Jenn Grant, do her thing at Petit Campus!



Hi radio,

Life is slowly getting back to normal these days as we catch up from funding drive and a (successful!) student fee increase referendum. Montreal is currently basking in some unusually warm autumn temperatures, and it feels nice to ditch the extra layers and enjoy one final burst of sweater weather before winter sets in for real. With a Californian friend in town for a visit, new collaborations in the works, and lots of rad shows coming up it’s shaping up to be a pretty good week.

Till next time…




Francesco De Gallo x IYGE

If you spend any time in Montreal’s avant-subterranean scene you’ll likely come across Francesco De Gallo. Perhaps you’ll meet him in his capacity as head honcho of Hobo Cult Records, a specialty tape label that consistently, ceaselessly gurgles out cassettes from an international roster of weirdo experimentalists. Maybe you’ll see Frank at one of his sideman gigs playing with the likes of Dirty Beaches, Velvet Chrome, the tragically short-lived Shaker Hymns, or whichever outfit has begged his services that week. It’s possible that you might recognize him as the mad genius behind Moduli TV.

If You’ve Got Ears is stoked to have Frank join us for an intimate in-studio performance by his solo synth sorcery project Hobo Cubes. This will of course be preceded or succeeded by some discussion of all things out-there and musical. Tune in!

And if ya missed it, you can always find it in the archives.


CKUT’s Total Eclipse of the Mix

Heads up: we’re having a party and you guys should all come.

Here’s the deal. We’re going to be relaunching the music blog (this blog!) on the 30th, and to commemorate the occasion, we thought we’d do what the music department does best: make awesome mixes to share with our friends/family/the world. But we didn’t want it to be just us doing the mixes, so we thought we’d inviteeveryone to make a mix and to bring it to the party to swap and share with all the other people who’ll be doing the same.

The deets:

Where? Espace Pop 5587 Avenue du Parc, H2V 4H2

When? November 30th at 7:30pm

Who? The CKUT muisc blog, plus you, your friends, and everyone you know

What (to bring) A mixtape in any format (cassette, CD, USB drive)
– creative artwork encouraged!
– any genre, any length


if you’re either a McGill student or a CKUT member, you can upload playlists onto our campus mixtapes website

Why (attend)? There will be mixtapes, live dj sets from CKUT programmers and a raffle for 2 pairs of Skullcandy headphones plus a record bag.

 AND MANY THANKS to our sponsors at McAuslan, Rubiks and Chez Boris!!

So start planning your mixes! We’ll be posting a few of our own too…

Leverage Models

Leverage Models play live TODAY on the Kitchen Bang Bang Law!

Tune in for an extra-special live studio session and interview with Brooklyn’s Leverage Models during today’s episode of the Kitchen Bang Bang Law, 12:00-2:00pm. Fans can also catch them later tonight when they play at Casa with Yellow Ostrich and Strand of Oaks. Get your ears to the dial and your feet to the venue, this is gonna be a good one.


Montreal Sessions Today

A lot to look forward to on the Sessions today.

We’ve got an interview with Michael C. Duguay, formerly of the Burning Hell, Evening Hymns (and about a bazillion others). He’s just released his debut full length, several years in the making, which you can find here:

We’ve also got a live in-studio performance and interview with local psych-heads Vostok-1.


Don’t sleep. Don’t even siesta. Bring your ears at 3pm.


Dopethrone @ L’Absynthe

Dopethrone played in Montreal on October 20th

So you’ve got an exam on Friday evening. Another on Monday morning. Shut up, I know YOU didn’t, I did. Physics hard up. The two days that some call weekend, I call catching up time. Not with friends! With my papers. Except, this Saturday, Montreal had Dopethrone.

Dopethrone is a great band from Montreal that has come out with some great music in the past few years. They’re a leading force in the sludge industry that roll some tight …CDs, along other things. Their latest album, III, contains some of the heaviest doom riffs and stoner jams out there and was received very well by many critics, including yours truly. It was officially launched at the show Saturday, although digital sale was begun about a month back from Bandcamp.

When I reached L’absynthe, Teethmarks were just starting their set. Teethmarks is a hardcore band from Toronto that wasn’t afraid to get the show going. The vocalist got off the stage and into the crowd, something I always admire. After them was Collider, a sludge band from Ottawa. Despite having not heard much of them previously, I absolutely loved their music. It was heavy with reverb and the songs were tightly unique. They did a wonderful job and set the stage very well for the night’s headliners.

Dopethrone took hold of the room from the moment they began with a set that was tight, heavy and deep. The whole room was enveloped in smoke with the vocalist’s eyes staring at us from the band’s perch atop the stage. At the onset of every song, he morphed into an empowered Sadhu from the Hindu temples and turned human only at the end. Despite a few glitches, the bassist and drummer had killer rhythms and held things together enough to result in an amazing set. I’d know – my ears are still ringing.

Everyone had a blast: the bands were great, the people were great, and the guest vocals from Julie were terrific. Yes, the death-grind conditioned fan within me was longing for a moshpit — but for that, there is next week. Until then, live on with your ordinary lives, as I will with mine and if you dare, listen to Dopethrone at

– Bimo Chann