Monthly Archives: April 2014




CKUT 90.3FM is releasing its first-ever live compilation, Total Eclipse: Live on CKUT 90.3 FM. The comp features and array of artists (full tracklisting below) who have performed on CKUT’s airwaves over the past five years.

The cover art has been lovingly designed and screenprinted by Montreal’s own Todd Stewart (also know as breeree). The compliation will be released both as a double CD and limited-run double cassette.


Alcrete “II”
¡FLIST! “Dents de Fer”
Nick Kuepfer “Ladybugs on Window, Spraypaint on Deer Carcass”
Maica Mia “Johnny-O”
Sam Shalabi “Live on CKUT”
Shining Wizard “CKUT”
Ed Askew “Baby Come Home”
Jean-Sébastien Truchy “Neither (Radio Edit)”
White Cube “White Cube Theory”
Andy Boay “Don’t Desert Me/Black Sea”
Rebecca Foon “White Throated Sparrow”
Zs “Wolf Government”
Babysitter “Talkin’ bout the New Generation”
Andrea-Jane Cornell “Vertige Suspendu”
Tom Carter “Live”
Lantern “America Is My Zoo”


Join us for our release party! Thursday, May 8th at Casa del Popolo 4848 St Laurent. This release is a limited run so don’t miss out on this piece of CKUT history and come get yours early!

8pm/20h Doors $7-10 sliding scale, no one turned away

Nick Kuepfer /

Andrea-Jane Cornell /

Babysitter /


Shining Wizard /

White Cube /

Alcrete /

Full event info here facebook


For more information, feel free to contact Tim at library [at]



Beyond the Montreal Sessions: Howl! Arts Festival

Remember March? It was sub-zero, there was still plenty of snow, and the Howl! Arts crew was curating the Montreal Sessions. They tipped us off to a pretty rad festival they were planning, and it’s finally upon us. Those with hungry ears and an interest in local activism can find full festival details here. Wanna check out what’s going on tonight? Here’s a sneak peek at what to catch:

20h30 Regards sur le 7ème feu ensemble / Choeur Maha
La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent, $8 (facebook event)

22h Saxsyndrum / Dam Ships / Stefan Schneider percussion ensemble
Casa del Popolo, 4873 St. Laurent, $7 (facebook event)

And tomorrow:

Saturday 20h30 transcending audio borders
Spectacle Bénéfice pour les arrêté(e)s de P-6 (facebook event)
A Sacred Cloud / Amir Amiri / Jean-Sébastien Truchy
Café Résonance, 5175 Avenue du Parc

Our pals over at Cult MTL also had some nice things to say, in case you need any more encouragement.

Ian Mackaye

Ian Mackaye Interview on Radio Is Dead

Ian Mackaye

In case you missed it, here is a stream of CKUT’s interview with Ian Mackaye (of Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens and proprietor of legandary punk label Dischord Records).

Hear MacKaye talk about how All-Ages, DIY, and Straight-Edge culture aren’t necessarily about alcohol, but are about empowering people (regardless of age) and de-powering industries (such as the alcohol industry) that have co-opted music performance, about the ethics of playing ‘real’ venues, different ways of thinking about accessibility, the difference between “reacting” and “responding”, his own ethics in making music, how Punk is a ‘self-cleaning oven’, how ‘music is lifesaver’, and milk.




The Planet Smashers Celebrate 20 Years of Ska on Roots Rock Rebel April 23

This Wednesday, April 23, CKUT’s Aaron Maiden and Roots Rock Rebel will be hosting a little bit of history in our studios up on the mountain. Montreal’s very own party ska kings, The Planet Smashers, will be invading the studio from 10pm-12am to celebrate their 20th anniversary of making off-beat, off-kilter, and highly danceable music about drinking, surfing, the 80 bus, hockey, fighting aliens, and more drinking. Not only that, they’re fresh off a cross-Canada tour to launch their brand new album “Mixed Messages” on the label they started in a little garage in St-Lambert, Stomp Records. Both the Planet Smashers and Stomp Records would go on to pave the way for the rise of the Canadian ska scene, giving notable bands like The Kingpins, Bedouin Soundclash, and The Beatdown their start.

The Planet Smashers will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a big blow-out show on April 26 at Theatre Corona, alongside their labelmates The Creepshow, The Hunters, and The Skinny. We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky listener who calls in, so you don’t wanna miss this!

Again, that’s this Wednesday, April 23 from 10pm-12am right here on the mothership, CKUT!

A little bit about the Planet Smashers from

FLASHBACK!: The year was 1994 and the world was a very different place….A happy-go-lucky Bill Clinton presided over the free world; Ace of Base topped the music charts with their insipid reggae-inspired hit The Sign; cats had yet to take over the internet, men and women wore acidwashed overalls slung from one shoulder à la Joey from Friends; and a young band of ragtag miscreants released their first full-length to an unsuspecting public. In case you haven’t been paying attention, that band was (and still is) The Planet Smashers.

Fast forward two decades, seven albums, one million records sold worldwide, six gazillion beers consumed, countless tours and one extremely blurry never-ending party to this futuristic and confusing present day. Who will save us from this current clusterfuck filled with beliebers, honey-booboos and bathroom selfies? Who will stand boldly in the face of the autotuned, deep-vee wearing douche chills crapping in the earholes of the world? Who will dare to play their own instruments while blasting out ska hooks so catchy you wish you could scoop them up and eat them like ice-cream?….You’re goddamned right it’s The Planet Smashers.

Mixed Messages is the 8th and arguably best long-player from our stalwart musical heroes. Combining their trademark concoction of two-tone ska, new wave, punkrock and pop sensibilities, The Smashers showcase their classic knack for writing immediately lovable tunes straight from the gut, all the while keeping their collective tongues planted firmly in their respective cheeks. These thirteen prolific tracks run the thematic gamut of party-punk anthems, dancefloor bangers, lovesongy crooners, geeky highsteppers to pissed-off melodic fistpumpers and back again, leaving the listener pleasantly spent and basking in an eargasmic afterglow. Mixed Messages is definitely a definitive, must-have album for new and old fans alike….or maybe it’s not, but it probably is…I think…or whatever. (see what I did there?).


Hey y’all,
Hope you had a relaxing long weekend. I spent a good part of it with the windows open, painting out my apartment, and taking breaks to enjoy the first porch-beers of the year cuz it was just that nice outside. Saw Julianna Barwick (above) play a pretty spellbinding set on Thursday night, and spent a bunch of time prepping for some shows this week, including a slot opening for Perfect Pussy and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan which has me excited and nervous at the same time. . .

Locals Maica Mia and Ought top the charts this week — both are great new Montreal offerings that will please any thirsty ears out there.

till next week,

ckut top 30 – april 22, 2014
maica mia – des era – self-released CC
ought – more than any other day – constellation CC
nap eyes – whine of the mystic – plastic factory CC
black lips – underneath the rainbow – vice
old haunt – empty heart – self-released CC Continue reading

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Marie Davidson + Holy Data // Underground Sounds

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This week on Underground Sounds, Marie Davidson is in studio for an interview and performance – you can listen to her music here. Also, tune in for a chat with Jordan from Holy Data about the bands upcoming show at L’escogriffe on April 23.

As always, Underground Sounds airs nothing but local Montreal music Mondays 8-10pm so tune in live at 90.3 FM or visit the archives for past episodes.

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Black Lips Interview on NEW SHIT

This monday is either easter monday for you, or it’s not.

Whatever monday is to you: We’ll be talking with the Black Lips from Atlanta, GA before their show at the Corona Theater with Natural Child and Red Mass (we’ll also be giving away some tickets to that during the show). Plus all the newly-release’d tunes you could ever want. 3-5pm EST / 90.3 / archives

Hear “Funny” from their new album Underneath the Rainbow.




There’s been a thaw in Montreal, the first real sunny day of spring that appeared and then ducked away fast into a string of grey humid days. Good weather for staying in, listening to folk music and drinking homemade wine. Tell me: what’s your favourite spring-time record?

Locals Maica Mia topping the charts again this week with their latest dreamy album — check it out if you aren’t familiar, it’s a good one.

RPM chart returns next week.


ckut top 30 – april 15, 2014
maica mia – des era – self-released CC
nap eyes – whine of the mystic – plastic factory CC
old haunt – empty heart – self-released CC
myriam gendron – not so deep as a well – feeding tube/mama bird CC
perfect pussy – say yes to love – captured tracks Continue reading