Monthly Archives: December 2012


Hey folks, as we near the end of 2012 we here in the music department have compiled a big ol’ list of the top hundred albums played by our programmers over the past year. Check out all the details below, and have a great holiday season from everyone at CKUT. The department will be back in action for 2013 with lots of new ideas and projects, so keep yr ears to the ground (err… the dial?) for new forays into uncharted audio territory.
CKUT Music Department, December 2012

1. yamantaka // sonic titan – yt //st – psychic handshake CC
2. grimes – visions – arbutus records CC
3. maica mia – sparcity blues – self-released CC
4. solar year – waverly – arbutus records CC
5. throbbing gristle – heathen earth: the live sound of throbbing gristle – industrial records
6. picastro + nadja – fool, redeemer – alien8 CC
7. the famines – the complete collected singles – mammoth cave recording co CC
8. elfin saddle – devastates – constellation CC
9. tim hecker – dropped pianos – kranky CC
10. sharon van etten – tramp – jagjaguwar
11. eric chenaux – guitar & voice – constellation records CC
12. aun – phantom ghosts – denovali records CC
13. aids wolf – ma vie banal avante garde – lovepump united CC
14. mozart’s sister – dear fear – self-released CC
15. nihilist spasm band – nothing is forever – wintage records and tapes CC
16. tindersticks – that something rain – constellation records
17. voivod – to the death 1984 – alternative tentacles CC
18. les momies de palerme – brulez le coeur – constellation CC
19. plants and animals – the end of that – secret city CC
20. parlovr – kook soul – dine alone CC
21. tasseomancy – ulalume – out of this spark CC
22. tops – tender opposites – arbutus records CC
23. godspeed you! black emporer – ‘allelujah! don’t bend! ascend! CC
24. sex church – somnambulist – instant pleasure/psychic handshake CC
25. daphne oram – the oram tapes volume one – young americans
26. the ketamines – spaced out – south paw CC
27. s + kk – glyphs of erebus sublime – io sound CC
28. amir elsaffar two rivers ens. – inana – pi recordings
29. freelove fenner – pineapple hair – fixture CC
30. grouper – aia – kranky
31. drainolith – fighting! – editions mego CC
32. hidden words – free thyself from the fetters of this world – self-released CC
33. un – begun – dub ditch picnic CC
34. isle of pine – farther away – self-released CC
35. cadence weapon – hope in dirt city – upper class CC
36. shearing pinx – storm majorities & magnetic tremors – dub ditch picnic CC
37. various artists – saigon rock and soul – sublime frequencies
38. sheer agony – sheer agony – fixture records CC
39. beaver sheppard – you can only control instincts when they come – ehse records CC
40. z’ev + chris watson – east african nocturne – atavistic
41. id m theft able – le sixieme doigt de dwane – mang CC
42. cousins – the palm at the end of the mind – saved by vinyl CC
43. purity ring – shrines – last gang records CC
44. radar eyes – radar eyes – hozac records
45. the thirteenth assembly – station direct – important
46. dva – pretty ugly – hyperdub
47. kathryn calder – bright and vivid – fu:m CC
48. caymans – spring demo – self-released CC
49. shalabi effect – feign to delight gaiety of gods – annihaya records CC
50. ondatropica – ondatropica – soundway
51. aiden baker – the spectrum of distraction – robotic empire CC
52. souljazz orchestra – solidarity – strut CC
53. bad vibrations – black train -brotherhood cassettes CC
54. puffy areolas – 1982: dishonorable discharge – hozac
55. psychic pollution – deconstructed architecture – eat glass CC
56. steve hauschildt – tragedy and geometry – kranky
57. six heads – cardboard oracle – wintage records and tapes CC
58. mirroring – foreign body – kranky
59. rayon beach – this looks serious – hozac records
60. jason urick – i love you – thrill jockey
61. rae spoon – i can’t keep all of our secrets – saved by radio CC
62. odd future – the of tape vol. 2 – of
63. cfcf – exercises – paperbag records CC
64. andy boay – evil masters – does are CC
65. ratchet orchestra – hemlock – drip audio CC
66. mary halvorson quintet – bending bridges – firehouse 12
67. kid koala – 12 bit blues – ninja tune CC
68. josephine foster – blood rushing – fire
69. psychic ills – hazed dreams – sacred bones
70. buildings & mountains – underwater (a&b) – bloodirt CC
71. annabelle chvostek ensemble – rise – borealis CC
72. slug guts – playin’ with the deadbeat – sacred bones
73. u.s. girls – gem – fatcat
74. the lijadu sisters – mother africa – knitting factory
75. king tuff – king tuff – sub pop
76. taylor ho bynum 6tet – apparent distance – firehouse 12
77. white hills – frying on this rock – thrill jockey
78. chris watson – el tren fantasma – touch
79. sick friend – the draft dodger – bird & flag CC
80. hildur gudnadottir – without sinking – touch
81. sarah jane scouten – magpie waltz CC
82. d-sisive – run with the creeps – urbnet records CC
84. beach house – bloom – sub pop
85. zaimph – imagine yourself here – yew
86. ry cooder – pull up some dust and sit down – nonesuch
87. gudrun gut – wildlife – monika enterprises
88. tuurd – i wish my wife was this dirty – carbon records
89. various artists – duets for abdelrazik – self-released CC
90. andrea-jane cornell/s – 1981/1999 – io: so und CC
91. various – rat king – killer haze CC
92. doldrums – she is the wave 7″ – arbutus CC
93. nu sensae – sundowning – suicide squeze CC
94. matthew shipp trio – elastic aspects – thirsty ear
95. dinosaur jr – i bet on sky – jagjaguwar
96. the cinematic orchestra – in motion #1 – ninja tune
97. dicks – these people – alternative tentacles
98. you’ll never get to heaven – you’ll never get to heaven – divorce CC
99. wadada leo smith – ten freedom summers – cuneiform
100. rivulets – we’re fucked – important





Hello friends,

Here are thee final CKUT charts of 2012! Stay tuned for a mega year-end top-100 chart coming your way by the end of the week — we sure did play a lot of music here over the past twelve months. I’m in the office for a few more days, then taking off to the wilds of rural BC to spend Christmas with family. CKUT offices will be back in business on January 3, and until then I wish you all the best for the winter break and the new year too.

happy holidaze,

ckut top 30 – december 18, 2012
mac demarco – 2 – captured tracks CC
various artsits – diablos del ritmo: the colombian melting pot: 1960-1985 – analog africa
godspeed you! black emperor – ‘allelujah! don’t bend! ascend! – constellation CC
ollie north – bringer EP – self-released CC
various artists – man chest hair – b-music
tim maia – the existential soul of tim maia – luaka bop
loren conners & suzanne langille – i wish i didn’t dream – northern spy
uv race – racism – in the red
loscil – sketches from new brighton – kranky
un – un – self-released CC
freelove fenner – pineapple hair – fixture CC
nadja – dagdrom – broken spine CC
u.s. girls – gem – fatcat
ratchet orchestra – hemlock – drip audio CC
lamps – under the water under the ground – in the red
oren ambarchi & robin fox – connected – kranky
the luyas – animator – paper bag CC
gudrun gut – wildlife – monika enterprises
chairs – the droning of an insect wing – self-released
snowblink – inner classics – arts & crafts CC
causa sui – pewt’r sessions 1-2 – el paraiso
toy love – live at the gluepot 1980 – goner
barnaby bennett – shadows and reflections – umor rex CC
les momies de palerme – les momies dans les pins – los discos enfantasmes CC
dear suzy – die holle orchestra – hive CC
various artists – dub ditch picnic: a year of haircuts 2011-2012 – dub ditch picnic CC
crabe – 1982 – cuchabata CC
sex church – somnambulist – instant pleasure/psychic handshake CC
eternal tapestry – a world out of time – thrill jockey
zs – the complete sextet works 2002-2007 – northern spy

ckut jazz  – december 18, 2012
ratchet orchestra – hemlock – drip audio CC
jon irabagon‚s outright! – unhinged – irabbagast
colin stetson & mats gustafsson – stones – rune grammofon
josh abrams – represencing – eremite
thomas chapin quartet – never let me go – playscape
lina allemano four – live at the tranzac – lumo CC
david virelles – continuum – pi CC
ernest dawkins – afro straight – delmark
jason robinson – tiresian symmetry – cuneiform
john stevens  – one four and two twos ˆ emanem

ckut global – december 18, 2012
various artists – diablos del ritmo: the colombian melting pot: 1960-1985 – analog africa
tim maia – the existential soul of tim maia – luaka bop
color violeta – gracias – self-released CC
tunji oyelana – a nigerian retrospective 1966-1979 – soundway
domenico – cine prive – plug research
souljazz orchestra – solidarity – strut CC
orchid ensemble – life death tears dream – self-released CC
egyptian project – ya amar – six degrees
rommel ribeiro – egologico recycle – musique multi-montreal CC
beautiful nubia & the roots renaissance band – oriojori – eniobanke

ckut rpm – december 18, 2012
andy stott – luxury problems – modern love
mouse on mars – wow – monkeytown
laurie spiegel – the expanding universe – unseen worlds
flying lotus – until the quiet comes – warp
matmos – the ganzfeld ep – thrill jockey
legowelt – the paranormal soul – clone jack for daze
bee mask – when we were eating unripe pears – spectrum spools
daphni – jiaolong – jiaolong CC
barbara morgenstern – sweet silence – monika
seekersinternational – the call from below – digitalis

ckut beatbox – december 18, 2012
millimetrik – read between the lines – abuzive muzik CC
jj doom – key to the kuffs – lex
cobna – la magie – silence d’or CC
p.o.s. – never better – rhymesayers
muneshine – there is only today – droppin’ science CC
lupe fiasco – food & liquor II – atlantic
abdominal & the obliques – sitting music – pinwheel CC
kid koala – 12 bit blues – ninja tune CC
moka only – airport 6 – urbnet CC
the herbaliser – there were seven – department h

ckut loud – december 18, 2012
marching church – throughout the borders – posh isolation
verglas – satanisme juvenile – tour de garde CC
kevin drumm – relief – editions mego
anaal nathrakh – vanitas – candlelight
enslaved – riitiir – nuclear blast
glaciation – 1994 – no contact –
deftones – kopi no yokan – reprise
neurosis – honor found in decay – neurot
trash talk – 119 – of
nadja – dagdrom – broken spine CC

Tomorrow’s Montreal Sessions: Earplugs Required

So it’s official: Peter Edwards, guitarist and one of the founding members of Grim Skunk and Indica Records will be co-hosting tomorrow’s episode of the Montreal Sessions, 3-5pm.  Tune in for a thorough discussion of the music biz, the ups and downs of playing in a touring band, and lots more. Local “renovation core” grind masters PowerCup will also shred ears with their guitar & drums assault, plus they’ll recount some tales from their recent European tour. Finally, stick around for a quick year-end round-up of some of the best sellers and staff faves from Sound Central. It’s gonna be a jammed show, and you’re going to want to be there to hear it all go down.



Underground Sounds Appreciation

You guys probably already know that the best way to hear new Montreal music is by tuning into Underground Sounds from 8-10pm every Monday night.

What you might not know is that Underground Sounds posts a lot of highlights, interviews and info about their shows on their facebook. Check it out, give it a like and keep your ears peeled for more local gems this Monday!



Hello friends,

Montreal is looking almost as wintery as the above photo in the wake of a recent snowstorm. I’ve started hibernating, doing lots of knitting and holiday cooking and making gifts for faraway friends — and doing lots of prep for the holidays here at CKUT. ‘Tis the season!

Check out the charts and have a great week, everyone.

snowy charts are here


This Week’s Shows (December 7 – 14)

String lights! Bad music! Festive drinks! The holiday season approaches, and with it comes a whole host of fond memories.

In a similar fashion, we’re bringing back fond memories from last week-that is to say, an all image show listing. And because this is time #2, all images feature doubling. So make your best guesses and click on whatever looks intriguing!


Om @ Il Motore


Once upon a time, man was blind. He saw not the walls that threatened to enclose him, and Montréalers were not immune to this malaise. And then, with one swift strike that lifted this veil of mediocrity, OM came to town. Now, foolish mortal as you are, you might ask: who is OM? Or what is OM? OM is a centrality. OM is the omniscient voice. OM is the tangential gem of one of the best stoner metal bands ever.

Al Cisneros first came together with fellow Sleep member Chris Hakius to form OM back in 2003. The project quickly established itself, and in 2009 Emil Amos replaced Hakius on drums and Robert Lowe joined on guitar last year. Focusing on spirituality and religious mysteries, the band has grown better with every album; their fifth, Advaitic Songs, was released last July to great critical success.

Montreal’s show was begun by local duo Maica Mia, a part post-rock, part experimental pop band that I had caught a few times before. The combination of Maica’s strong vocals and Johnny’s unique drum beats resulted in an enjoyable set overall. They were followed by Daniel Higgs, a folk banjoist/ancestral preacher from Baltimore. I’d be lying if I say I knew how many songs he performed, since he kept playing each round as long as he could without having to pause for water or tuning. He was relaxed, improvising and possibly composing songs all night long, occasionally nodding at his brother that he introduced a few times to us. In his own way, he was quite enjoyable  — Higgs Boson joke and all.

Lucky that I was, I was standing right next to the speakers when OM took the stage and as soon as Cisneros struck his bass, I was literally pushed back by the resulting wall of sound. Two minutes into the set and the crowd witnessed him playing in a trance-like state with eyes closed, and we could only stand in awe of the great rhythm he and the rest of the band exhibited. Lowe was another noteworthy performer, moving tirelessly with each song and changing instruments regularly. They played mostly from their most recent album, but also included a few older songs alongside a smattering of unreleased material. The whole set flowed so smoothly that at one point, when the two vocalists were in a duet, everyone’s head went from one side of the stage to another until we were all in a “State of No return”.

All in all, it was a brilliant show and the band members were so immersed in what they were playing that I found myself asking Lowe later how challenging it must be to do this each day on tour. All he did was smile and say, “Well, I sometimes ask myself”. With that in memory, I was returned to the land of petty men, with assignments and tests, to await until next week, when another tangential from Sleep, High on Fire, would be in town.

– Bimo Niraula



December, geez – how did that happen? The past week’s been a blur between playing two shows, helping put on a mixtape swap, hanging out with Canada from Pirate and Lindsey from Merge during their quick Mtl visit, and witnessing some serious audio decimation last night courtesy of Zs (pictured above, playing live in the CKUT studios yesterday afternoon). Whew, this city is non-stop…

stay cool,


December MTL Sessions

As we near the end of 2012, we’re launching into our final chapter of this year’s Montreal Sessions. December’s curator is Sound Central, and you can catch their first show today from 3-5pm. They’ve got a wide variety of local music in store as well as interviews with local movers & shakers and maybe even a performance or two over the course of the month. Don’t miss it!