Monthly Archives: June 2014


Anna Leventhal Guests on the Kitchen Bang Bang Law

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On July 1st, The Kitchen Bang Bang Law welcomes Montreal author, editor and bon vivant Anna Leventhal into the studio. Vince will pick her brains about her brand new short story collection, Sweet Affliction, and there’ll be a world premiere of the audio version of ‘Moving Day’, Anna’s surreal take on the strange Montreal custom wherein everybody moves on July 1st. And as a former member of the Venus collective, Anna will be spinning some tunes too!

Catch it from noon till 2pm, streaming at

Rock Camp for Girls Hosts the Montreal Sessions

We are thrilled to be welcoming our local chapter of Rock Camp for Girls into the studio as the curators for July’s Montreal Sessions. Here’s a sneak peek at what they’ve got in store:

Rock Camp for Girls’ 6th annual week-long summer music camp for female identified youth kicks off on July 21st at La Sala Rosa. Leading up to the camp, every Tuesday in July Rock Camp, board members Erika and Sarah will host the Montreal Sessions to talk about feminism, youth cultural production, and the history of women in rock music. Other Rock Camp volunteers and campers will be invited in for interviews and live performances. You can also expect all the highlights from camp week – including the Camp Showcase performance on July 28th.

Sounds rad, yeah? Be sure to tune in every Tuesday in July from 3-5pm at, or catch it whenever your heart desires via CKUT’s audio archives.


Hi friends – we are winding down and catching our breath here in Montreal after another whirlwind edition of Suoni Per Il Popolo. In the past week I caught Omar Souleyman, d’eon, Pete Swanson, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, and more. . . It was a bit of a marathon, but geez do my ears feel great.


ckut top 30 – june 24, 2014
ought – more than any other day – constellation CC
v/a – total eclipse: live on CKUT 90.3 fm – self-released CC
swans – to be kind – young god
odonis odonis – hard boiled soft boiled – buzz CC
maica mia – des era – self-released CC Continue reading


Suoni hosts The Montreal Sessions with JS Truchy


Wrapping up Suoni Per Il Popolo’s month long residency hosting The Montreal Sessions, local artist JS Truchy is offering his retrospect on the experimental music festival.

CKUT’ers will likely recall JS from Constellation trance-pop rock group Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche as well one of the founders of local tape label Los Discos Enfantasmes.

Tune in today Tuesday 3-5pm at 90.3 FM or

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Young Magic

Concert Review: Fuck Buttons + Young Magic @ Sala Rossa (Suoni Per Il Popolo)

Young Magic

It is needless to say that Suoni Per Il Popolo breeds the perfect breadth of genres for music connoisseurs to seriously get out of their comfort zones. However, this can result in either happy or less-welcome surprises. Seeing the opening band, Brooklyn-based Young Magic (YM), at Sala Rossa was indubitably a happy one.

Far from your average dream-pop and too special to dump in the overemployed experimental electronic music category, YM’s sound translates into masterfully layered synth lines with textured soundscapes.

Their latest LP Breathing Statues, released on May 6th, dominated the first half of their set. YM describes it as “landscape of violence and grace”. The band quickly mesmerized its audience with projected images and clips from Sergei Parajanov’s 1968 Armenian film “The Color of Pomegranates”. These ethereal visuals proved a well-suited compliment to Melati Malay’s eerily raw and sensual vocals and distorted guitar solos.

The second half of the set featured material from their 2012 album Melt. Slightly more psychedelic with its dark modal melodies, YM left the crowd meditative yet energized, closing with two of my favorites: “Sparkly” and “Night In The Ocean”. Weaving this all together, their performance held up to their self-description as “gold dreamers, aspiring world wanderers, silk sounders”.

Fuck Buttons

Sadly, British headliners Fuck Buttons (FB) were less inspiring. Unmistakably drone music, bordering on noise rock, with hints of Mogwai-inspired post-rock progressions, the experience was dizzying and draining.  Their set included tracks from their critically acclaimed third album, Slow Focus, released in July 2013.

Despite scoring 80 on Metacritic, I found their downtempo style redundant. Their presentation fell flat. One song flowed from one to the next without distinction, sucking the crowd into a nonconsensual time warp that failed to deliver the expected payoff. I was only really able to get into a groove with their more trance-like material (e.g. “The Red Wing”). All in all, it was way too much reverb for my nervous system to handle.

When it comes to anything electronic, the Brits usually exceed expectations. But unfortunately for FB, their conceptual nature felt more like an art project than a music performance.

– Jessica Newfield




Hey friends – it’s Suoni Per Il Popolo here in Montreal, and things are pretty busy here at CKUT HQ these days. . . So many amazing gigs, so little time! Tonight, we will be broadcasting live from the Casa from 9-11pm as Circuit des Yeux, Le Fruit Vert, and Ancient Ocean work their sonic magic. Catch it streaming live at We’re also doing a bunch of Suoni ticket giveaways and show coverage on ye olde music blog ( — what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

Loud chart returns next week.


ckut top 30 – june 17, 2014
swans – to be kind – young god
ought – more than any other day – constellation CC
brave radar – message centre – fixture records CC
talk west – black coral sprig – preservation
steve jr – s/t ep – self-released CC Continue reading


Album Review: Brave Radar ‘Message Centre’


By: Rory Warnock

Brave Radar have returned, releasing their first album in 5 years. The eight song Message Centre EP will definitely not disappoint, drawing from classic 1960’s pop music elements while producing a sound that is distinct. The EP, which was recorded at home over a two-month period, takes a refreshing minimalist approach to pop music structures while incorporating other unique traits. Steady and compelling instrumentation accompany beautiful vocal harmonies that sing about a variety of topics including cars, nightmares and office life. Each track blends together in particular ways to offer something different while maintaining a light energy that is consistent through the entire album.

Message Centre is an EP that would be a welcome addition to anyones summer listening list because it captures the distinguishable essence of the season.

Released on Fixture Records, Brave Radar’s Message Centre can be streamed and purchased at


Suoni edition of The Montreal Sessions with Steve Guimond


Montreal’s experimental music festival is in full swing now and today their Artistic Director, Steve Guimond, hosts The Montreal Sessions alongside CKUT Music Director, Joni Sadler.

Long-time listeners may recall Steve Guimond also previously served as CKUT’s Music Director – don’t miss the past/present combo today 3-5pm to “liberate your ears”.


**Catch this hot potato at 90.3 FM and/or**