Remember how our lovely pals over at Constellation Records stopped in a few times over the month of March to host the Montréal Sessions on CKUT? For their final broadcast, the brought local sound-smith Nick Kuepfer along to finish off their residency in the utmost style!
The performance was something truly special, and now we’ve got it preserved in the digital amber of the Free Music Archive for all eternity – or at least until the oncoming digital dark age.
In the decade that he has called Montreal home, Nick Kuepfer has ventured through a wide range of sonic territory: from playing with infamous noise rockers AIDS Wolf to layering minimal guitar compositions with ambient drones, his contributions to the city’s musical community are stunning in both their quality and diversity of sound. Continue reading →
We had a great time last weekend teaming up once again with TVM to make another awesome live performance video, this time featuring local rock troupe Trade Secrets! We were lucky enough to be able to film in the pseudo-legendary Douglas Hall Cafeteria, the most Hogwartz-esq locale on McGill Campus.
Back in town after a quick little trip out west, playing gigs in Kingston and Toronto (how are both those cities full of so many amazing folks? seriously!) and enjoying the long-awaited springlike weather here in Montreal. Of course, I’m playing mad catch-up around the office now, so keeping this short for today – charts below.
ckut top 30 – march 26, 2013
grouper – the man who died in his boat – kranky
saltland – i thought it was us but it was all of us – constellation CC
fluorescent grey – ambiente I, II, III – record label records Continue reading →
We’ve started yet another weekly series here on CKUT’s music blog. Every week we’ll be digging up an old release from our library! There’s a lot of focus on contemporary music these days, and given CKUT’s history and crazy diverse library we want to keep in touch with where it all comes from.
This week our feature is Burning Spear‘s 1978 album Social Living (AKA Marcus’ Children). I came across this album while searching through our vinyl reggae section. Burning Spear has been putting out music since 1969, starting off at the famous Studio One in Jamaica. This album picks up where his previous 3rd LP, Marcus Garvey, left off. It is filled with haunting bass-heavy grooves, traditional reggae rhythms, nyahbinghi percussion, and distant, dream-like horns that seem to float above it all. Lyrically the album is quite dark, focussing on slavery, repatriation, and the great Marcus Garvey, for whom four tracks are named. Definitely worth tracking down though copies are hard to find these days. Give a listen to the opening track I’ve attached below entitled ‘Marcus Children Suffer’. With the weather warming up I have a feeling this album will be on heavy rotation through the summer.
Yep, you read it: Montreal’s very own Nick Kuepfer will be joining us in the studio for today’s Montreal Sessions, armed with a guitar and tape machine to summon his beautiful and otherworldly sounds. This special live performance will mark the end of the Constellation Records-curated month of the Montreal Sessions, and we couldn’t think up a more stunning way to wrap up the series.
From the Constellation website: Nick Kuepfer is a guitar player who weaves nylon string and electric guitar pieces with live-sampled tape loops, recordings of animals, and drones from various sources. His predominantly wordless music ranges from subtle and static to frantic and abrasive, with a methodical, vigilant sense of experimentation guided by the search for consonance and dissonance with the sounds of “nature”. He began performing solo, under his own name, in 2009 and occasionally invites guest players to join him.
Hear it live today from 3-5pm on yr radio dial, or streaming/from the archives at the CKUT site.
Rising up from the underbelly of Montreal’s weirdo rock scene, Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche and Panopticon Eyelids are joining forces to celebrate the 13th anniversary of L’escogriffe on Friday night, and to help spread the good word we’re inviting both bands to join us in the studio for today’s New Shit. Psych vets Panopticon Eyelids will likely be a familiar name to many after a near-decade run jamming out in Montreal, while Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche is a collective of local noise luminaries that has drawn plenty of attention in the year it’s been together. Having both bands live in the CKUT studio is gonna make for some pretty killer radio, and you can catch it all this afternoon at 4pm this afternoon.
Tune in today to CKUT from 12-2pm for Venus to hear an interview with Ghanan/Canadian synth-soul songstress A K U A !
Born to an immigrant father from Ghana and a Canadian mother, Akua Carson was raised in a relatively uneventful suburb of London, Ontario. As a biracial child in a culturally homogenous community, Akua’s childhood would bear a certain uneasiness surrounding identity and categorization; a theme that has persisted its way into her music and undoubtedly influenced the diversity and ambiguity one hears in her sound today.
It may come as no surprise to you all that we at CKUT really love radio. Spoken, weird, musical or otherwise, we’re big fans of stuff that comes from a stereo and a dial. That spirit might have changed a bit with the whole internet thing, but it’s also given us the opportunity to hear shows from programmers around the world.