Monthly Archives: January 2014





Hey all,

We here at CKUT are getting real psyched for this year’s edition of Art’s Birthday — we’re gonna be throwing a huge party on Friday at Brasserie Beaubien (73 Beaubien est) with installation art, cake, and more music than yr ears can handle. Local superstars Nouveau Zodiaque, Aim Low, Freelove Fenner, Fakes, Moonhag, and the CKUT Circuit Workshop will be taking the stage to celebrate ART in all its wild sonic glory. Dig it, Montreal.

Art’s Birthday on facebook:


ckut top 30 – january 14, 2014
thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra – fuck off get free we pour light on everything – constellation CC
freelove fenner – do not affect a breezy manner – fixture CC
land of kush – the big mango – constellation CC
thee oh sees – singles collection vol. 3 – castleface
tim hecker – virgins – paper bag CC Continue reading

US Girls Interview

This week on New Shit, we had a chance to catch up with Meg Remy, the artist behind the deceptively-pluralized project US Girls.  The American ex-pat turned Toronto-resident caught a lot of airplay here with her newest release (out now on Last Gang Records), the Free Advice Column EP.  Check the interview below to hear Meg talk about not listening to contemporary music, growing comfortable with your voice, touring on a greyhound, feeding touring artists, and some exciting new projects/collaborations she has store…

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“28 Days” video for good measure:

You can catch New Shit live Mondays from 15-17h at 90.3fm in Montreal, streaming at, or on the archives.


FAKES bring the noise on today’s Montreal Sessions


Week two of Little Italy promotion and booking collective LOOSE FIT’s curation of The Montreal Sessions sees the group turning towards private and communal recall of moments passed under the Grosse Tremblay glow of Brasserie Beaubien. In particular, we shall hear selections from some of the dozens of heart-shattering, terrifying, hilarious, joyful artists who teetered around on the old wood pallets that is the Brasserie stage. The new joins the old as the snotty psychic dancehall of young guns FAKES set up in-studio for max pissed-offery. 349 Facebook fans can’t be wrong! Tune in today from 3-5pm for all this noise and more.

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Daniel Isaiah // Underground Sounds

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From 8-10pm tonight, tune in to Underground Sounds for two hours of local Montreal music. We’re on the dial at 90.3 FM and online at

Our in-studio guest is none other than Daniel Isaiah, a genuinely talented Montreal singer-songwriter and award-winning filmmaker. He will be airing some of his favourite local tunes and playing a few of his own for us live. His debut album ‘High Twilight’ was released on Secret City records in 2010 and you can catch his band in concert at Cagabi this Friday, January 17th.

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Funk & Wagnalls’ Best of 2013

Funk & Wagnalls’ Best of 2013

World Skip the Beat host Parker Mah presents his Best of 2013 with a spread of his favourite global music offerings of the past 12 months. 2013 saw a continuing trend towards EPs and singles with no physical release, which is why these are listed in a separate category this year. All lists are displayed in no particular order.

Albums were selected, like last year, based on originality, production value, consistency, and overall booty-shakingness.


Fimber Bravo (Trinidad) – Con-Fusion – Moshi Moshi Records
A dark and groundbreaking album from Trinidadian master Fimber Bravo, tastefully layering the bright timbre of the steel pan over evocative beats.
Sample track: Life After Doomsday

Oy (Ghana/Switzerland) – Kokokyinaka – Creaked Records
Joy Frempong follows her debut album First Box Then Walk with an even more audacious stew of samples, stories and song.
Sample track: Market Place

Son Palenque (Colombia) – Leyendas de la Música Afro-Colombiana, Kamajanes de la Música Palenquera – Palenque Records
Hat-tip to label head Lucas Silva who has outdone himself with the first new recording from Afro-Colombian legends Son Palenque in 20 years, bolstered by excellent bass work from musical director Edgar Gutiérrez.
Sample track: Agua’ta

Débruit & Alsarah (France/Sudan) – Aljawal – Soundway Records
From out of left field, this unlikely combination of French producer Débruit and Sudanese-born singer Alsarah floats on ethereal hymns and pure originality.
Sample track: Jibal Alnuba

Owiny Sigoma Band (Kenya/UK) – Power Punch – Brownswood Recordings
The sophomore release from Owiny Sigoma band delivers a one-two knockout of infectious bass-driven rhythms and sweet harmonies.
Sample track: Owiny Techno

Astrid Engberg (Denmark) – Poetry is Gone – Phonosaurus Records
This surprise favourite from Danish singer Astrid Engberg blends afro vibes with future hip-hop. The production quality is top-notch.
Sample track: Ouaga Noma

Jupiter & Okwess International (DRC) – Hotel Univers – Out Here Records
An album of raw afro-funk that was over 20 years in the making from Kinshasa-based musician Jupiter Bokondji, he of the documentary Jupiter’s Dance.
Sample track: Congo

Art Melody (Burkina Faso) – Wogdog Blues – Akwaaba Music
Akwaaba brought us a number of gems this year, including this fantastic follow-up release from Burkinabé rapper Melo. Intense flow paired with minimalist beats from the likes of Redrum, DJ Form and others.
Sample track: Yam Sabaab

Mop Mop (Italy/Germany) – Isle of Magic – Agogo Records
A stunning record that is Mop Mop’s most percussive to date. Brimming with afro influences and driving marimbas, I couldn’t help but strut while listening.
Sample track: Kamakumba

Siba (Brazil) – Avante – Mais Um Discos
Manguebeat master Siba, of Siba e a Fuloresta, blesses us with a varied yet tempered album, his first solo outing, full of delicate arrangements and fantastic guitar work.
Sample track: Preparando O Salto

Mama Julia y Los Sonidos Ambulantes (Colombia) – Pa’ que se lo goce – Independent
Their late autumn show at Mikasa Bar in Cali blew me away. Their seamless blend of jazz, hip-hop and other urban styles with afro-colombian rhythms, gaita flutes and marimba, polished by several solid months of touring, is electrifying. See our exclusive (Spanish-language) interview with them here.
Sample track: Distrito


Daora: Underground Sounds of Urban Brazil: Hip-Hop, Beats, Afro and Dub – Mais Um Discos
Props to Lewis Robinson & curator Rodrigo Brandão for one of the most genre-bending modern Brazilian music compilations to date (and that’s saying a lot!). If you want to know what’s really going on in Brazilian music today, look no further.

Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s –Soundway Records
Funky, soulful gems from beginning to end, this two-volume set proves these tracks are no worse for wear. Pick one and try it on.

Dur-Dur Band (Somalia) – Volume 5 – Awesome Tapes from Africa
Brian Shimkovitz spent years trying to track down members of this band for permission to re-release their music. Now we understand why – searing funk served up Mogadishu-style.

Uproot Andy – Worldwide Ting Vol. 1 & 2 – Que Bajo
Brooklyn’s own secretly Canadian producer / DJ darling, Uproot Andy, riding the wave of his hugely popular Que Bajo nights, puts out all of his bangers on two compilations. For free. Need we say more?

Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distorsions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978 – Analog Africa
Just look at the title and tell me it isn’t badass. I dare you.

Wanna check out the rest of Parker’s year-end favourites? Head over to the World Skip the Beat tumblr, where you can find the rest of the list. And if global sounds are your jam, be sure to check out the accompanying playlist that will act as the perfect soundtrack to recap the highlights of 2013.





Hi radio,

Hope you had a good holiday season & that the new year is treating you well so far – I was back in rural British Columbia visiting family for most of the break, taking advantage of small-town life and trying to chill out as much as possible. Read a bunch, drank nice wine, hung out in ranching country, saw coyotes and wild horses hangin out by the side of the road: very different from Montreal. Flying back east, I was welcomed home with -42 celsius (that’s -44 fahrenheit for the Americans) windchill in Montreal and so far the new year has just been about trying to keep warm…

Loud charts return next week.

happy 2014 friends

ckut top 30 – january 7, 2014
v/a – howl live – howl! arts CC
solids – blame confusion – bonsound CC
freelove fenner – do not affect a breezy manner – fixture CC
dog day – fade out – fundog CC
thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra – fuck off get free we pour light on everything – constellation CC Continue reading

From The Vault: Los Microwaves

Digging through an odd cranny of the music office (where, seemingly, an old music director/volunteer had set aside some records for VENUS [Thurs 12-14h])we found this gem of a record.  Formed in San Francisco in 1979, new-wave/post-punk/synth-pop band Los Microwaves released only a few singles/EPs and one full length: Life After Breakfast.  Shooting the gap somewhere between Devo/Gang of Four/XTC and teeming with that particular brand of cheeky erratic humour that defines so many of those artists.  Singer/synth + bass player Meg Brazill’s vocals are upbeat and break the monotony of male-fronted… dance punk???

Closing track here:

Life After Breakfast can be purchased as a re-issued LP/DVD from Dark Entries Recordings


If You Got Ears for January



Every Wednesday in January, local improv man-about-town Alex Pelchat will be taking the reigns to give listeners a taste of wild sounds from Montreal and beyond. Joane Hétu, Jean Derome, Farley Miller and more sonic luminaries will be making guest appearances in the studio over the course of the residency, so be sure to tune in for a special dose of out-sounds.

Today, things are gonna get loud as Alex delves into the world of experimental METAL — trust us, this is worth the all-caps emphasis. Turn up your radios and open your ears today from noon til 2pm, streaming live on or after the fact via the CKUT archives.


January Montreal Sessions: Loose-Fit


Tune in every Tuesday this month to hear members of local collective Loose-Fit talk about their experiences booking and promoting shows at (mostly) the Brasserie Beaubien in Montreal.  They, along with a host of special guests, will discuss issues surrounding community, accessibility,  and sustainability in what is rapidly becoming the centre of a burgeoning scene in Montreal.  But, the Brasserie Beaubien has also been the centre of much push-and-pull:  What are the economics of PWYC shows?  How can collectives avoid burnout?  How can a relationship with an established local bar be maintained?

They’ll also ‘pull the lid off’ the ‘scene’ by bringing in guest musicians for live in-studio performances and playing some of their local favourites.  Demos galore.

The Montreal Sessions is curated by a different group/artist/label/project every month and airs Tuesdays from 3-5pm EST at 90.3fm, streaming live, or on the archives.




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Silkken Laumann // Underground Sounds

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As per usual, Underground Sounds is hitting CKUT’s frequency tonight from 8-10pm. Tune in for a dose of fresh local Montreal jams, with a special focus on upcoming concerts this month.

To ring in the new year with style, our over-the-phone interview is with Ottawa’s upbeat electronic outfit Silkken Laumann. They have a new album out, which can be streamed here from Exclaim!, and we’ll be digging into the details to find out what into the making of this highly anticipated album.

Stay tuned at 90.3 FM or online at

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