Monthly Archives: April 2013

Total Eclipse 4/30


Total Eclipse 4/30

Montreal is gorgeous these days and now that everyone is finally shaking off the last traces of winter hibernation, the city is abuzz with shows and other happenings∑ In the past week, I caught Baltimore stoner/psych wizards Needle Gun, local pals the Femmaggots and Ought, Colleen Green, acoustic singer-songwriter Swampwolf, and more that I’m forgetting — this mini-heatwave plus an ongoing bout of insomnia has got my brain fuzzier than usual.

get outside if it’s sunny where you are.

ckut top 30 – april 30, 2013
colin stetson – new history warfare volume 3: to see more light – constellation CC
chrissy zebby tembo & the ngozi family – my ancestors – normal
zs – grain – northern spy
saltland – i thought it was us but it was all of us – constellation CC
various artists – psych pop from toronto – optical sounds CC
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This Week’s Montreal Sessions



This is Malcolm Fraser’s last week hosting his Spring Fever edition of our monthly radio series, the Montreal Sessions! Don’t miss out as he’ll be spinning some tunes and conversing with a few guests, including Michael Feuerstack formerly of Snailhouse and Wooden Stars, comedian Daniel Bitton, and blogger Dick Hatenberg.  There may even be a performance of songs from Feuerstack’s awesome new album “Tambourine Death Bed”. Listen in today 3-5PM on CKUT 90.3!

Young Galaxy

Young Galaxy + Valleys + Cyrus // Underground Sounds

Young Galaxy

<<april 29 2013 archive>>

Another Monday, and another two hours of local independent music on CKUT. Tonight, Underground Sounds host Nick Schofield premieres a new track by beat-maker/sax-man Cyrus and airs interviews with Young Galaxy and Valleys. Fresh tracks from Braids, Bataille Solaire, and Austra. Live on air as of 20h, archives c’est ici.

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Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol 3

Colin Stetson Appreciation on New Shit 4/29

Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol 3

Warm weather and a certain upcoming show had us buzzing at the station today. To be more clear, Colin Stetson is playing this Saturday at Sala Rossa and it was 20 degrees today. Not bad.

New Shit Playlist 4/29

Chrissy Zebby Tembo – My Ancestors – My Ancestors
California X – Sucker – California X
Implodes – Sleepyheads – Cyclops Reap
Foxygen – No Destruction – We Are The 21st Century
Tera Melos – Frozen Zoo – Patagonian Rats
Gulfer – Shoreline – Transcendals
Notta Comet – Jawbreaker (Data Viz) – Alliums
Cold Warps – Don’t Haunt Me Okay
Four Tet – Pyramid (Atoms for Peace Remix)
Braids – Amends
Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal – Immunity
Zs – Part 1 – Grain
Colin Stetson – Among the Sef – New History Warfares Vol 3
Saltland – Hearts Mend – I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us
Bad News From Houston – Make It Fall – In The Valley of the Cloudbuilder
Chance The Rapper – NaNa – Acid Rap
Quasimoto – Planned Attack – Yessir, Whatever
MF DOOM – Bookfiend
Pusha T – Numbers on the Boards
Pink Noise – North Star

Shows This Week

Tera Melos + Gulfer @ Il Motore 4/29
Pink Noise @ CoolFest 5/3
Colin Stetson + Saltland @ Sala Rossa 5/4


From the Vault: Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um (1959)


This week’s pick quickly jumped out at me as I perused the Super Lock-Up section of our library. Mingus Ah Um was released in 1959, while the virtuoso bass player was based in New York. An immensely fruitful year for evolution of jazz music, other albums include Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Bill Evans’ Portrait in Jazz, and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come. Mingus Ah Um stands up to all of these, a major achievement, and features many songs now considered classics of the genre.

The music itself is extremely colourful and vibrant, perfect for the recent arrival of warm weather. Openner “Better Git It In Your Soul” hits hard and fast right away with a steamin’ rhythm section and a heat wave of horns. The rest of the album is consistently engaging yet diverse, with a few slower songs among the cacophony. This is a formative album, people. A must-have.


total eclipse of the charts


total eclipse of the charts

Spring is finally sprung in Montreal – hopefully for real this time – and I’ve been doing the usual seasonal overhaul of scissoring all my jeans into cutoffs and recklessly cutting my own hair. I also caught a super rad show on the weekend w/ TO pals Get Out, Einar Jullum, and Loosestrife: all totally killer and worthy of your ears if you are searching for some new summery jams. If you have fave local summertime tunes from your city, send ’em my way – I’m on the hunt..

till next week,

ckut top 30 – april16, 2013
saltland – i thought it was us but it was all of us – constellation CC
blue hawaii – untogether – arbutus CC
ruff talons – ruff stuff – self-released CC
suuns – images du futur – secret city CC
tonitix – bm-mf – red arc CC
mouthbreathers – stone soup – killer haze CC
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Today’s Montreal Sessions: dancehall, film chat, and the Vice take on Mtl

The SPRING FEVER edition of the Montreal Sessions, curated by Malcolm of the World Provider, keeps rolling this afternoon with a doozy of a show. Today’s guests include DJ Tamika (Royal Phoneix and NDQ resident, spinning some dancehall and lady rap), filmmaker Kara Blake (whose new film Derby & Groma is premiering at Hot Docs at the end of the week), and comedian/writer/VICE prankster Kara Crabb, who’ll be phoning in from her hometown of Windsor to speak authoritatively as an ex-Montrealer. Wanna hear all this + more? Tune in from 3-5pm or catch it after the fact on CKUT’s archives.

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Swampwolf Live + Four Tet Interview on New Shit 4/22


Awesome live set by Swampwolf on the show today. Check out his Bandcamp for some raw and wonderful singer songwriter business. And definitely don’t miss his album launch show this Saturday at Caigibi.

We also aired an interview with Kieran Hebden of Four Tet! So check the archives if that strikes your fancy.

New Shit Playlist 4/22

Valleys – Micromoving – Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night (click for an album stream!)
Dam Ships – Islets – S/T
Get Out – What A Relief – Culture of Defeat
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