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.