Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Galaxius Mons // Underground Sounds

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It’s Monday, it’s dark, it’s cold – I hope for your sake you’re at home this evening listening to thee mighty CKUT with some hot cocoa in hand.

In true form, host Nick Schofield will be spinning nothing but Canadian independent tunes with a special focus on Montreal music. You’ll be hearing from the likes of R U REAL, James Irwin and Bataille Solaire – PLUS – a live set from the otherworldly dudes of Galaxius Mons. Their new album features a tonne of local talent, go listen now! And tune in tonight, 8-10pm, for all this biz.

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NEW SHIT — 01/19

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After a blistering cold weekend, it’s time to settle in to a new week with slightly moderate temperatures and VERY hot new tunes.

New Shit is airing nothing but fresh tracks today from 3-5pm with your host Natalie Abemayor behind the mic.

In advance of his upcoming album release for Unreal, Montreal heart-throb James Irwin is stopping by the studio for an interview an performance.

You can listen live at 90.3 FM or — and check out our past episodes on the archives.


Art’s Birthday 2015

The time has come: we are on the eve of another edition of Art’s Birthday, and once again we’re taking over the legendary Brasserie Beaubien for a night of wild music, art, cake, and partying. Seriously folks, check out this lineup:

+++CKUT Circuit Workshop

… and then we’ll have the unforgettable styles of DJ Rehtse Ttelps taking us to the end of the night.

Doors open at 9pm, bands start at 10pm sharp. But you should be on time because, y’know, CAKE. Sweet treats wait for no one. $7-10 sliding scale, and don’t forget — it’s a fundraiser for CKUT!

Need more convincing? Listen to the good folks over at Cult Mtl and Voir, they know what’s up.
Tomorrow night. We’ll see you there.

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Album Review: Ariel Pink ‘Pom Pom’

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Ariel Pink – Pom Pom

By: Emmett McCleary

Ariel Pink is a difficult artist to love. Even disregarding his well-publicized penchant for generally offensive statements, his creative output has been frustratingly inconsistent – of his dozens of releases over the past twenty years, many contain flashes of brilliance, but few work as full, cohesive LPs. In 2010 Pink released his finest project to date, Before Today, an album that neatly synthesized many of his musical tendencies (lo-fi production, constant references to AM pop, catchy but unusual hooks) into an easily digestible 12-track package. The record was a success, and it seemed for a moment as if Ariel had finally found the perfect balance of craft and spontaneity, but his follow-up disc, Mature Themes, saw Pink ditching a lot of his unpredictability in favour of competent but comparatively straightforward compositions.

Pom Pom, however, can safely be called bizarre – it’s full of unexpected twists and turns. It is sometimes disturbing, nearly always tuneful (“Dinosaur Carebears” being the notable exception), and endlessly entertaining. Clocking in at seventeen tracks, it is longer and less focused than the two albums that precede it, but it never loses steam or gets old. Pink keeps the listener’s attention by ping-ponging from genre to genre, deftly navigating sunshine pop (“Plastic Raincoats in the Pig Parade”), surf rock (“Nude Beach A Go-Go”), garage (“Goth Bomb”), disco (“Black Ballerina”), and 80s balladry (“Picture Me Gone”). Each track feels noticeably different from the one that precedes it, but the album still works as a singular statement. In this way, it reminds me a bit of Prince’s masterpiece Sign ‘O’ The Times, or the Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out!.

A few of the album’s highlights: “Lipstick” is an expertly realized synth pop jam. It has the feeling of a monster movie – it’s slightly creepy, but campy and fun at the same time. Lead single “Put Your Number in My Phone” is flawless jangle pop; it is breezy and effortlessly pretty, and it will likely be a mainstay on mixtapes in 2015. My personal favorite, though, is album closer “Dayzed Inn Daydreams,” with its lightly strummed guitar and odd, yet fluid chord changes.

If you took a sexually frustrated Frank Zappa and forced him to watch nothing but late night television for a month, this is the album that I imagine he would make. Pom Pom is postmodern pop at its finest.  It is fascinating to enter Ariel Pink’s mind, if only for an hour, and it is a journey I recommend taking. I guarantee you won’t be bored.



Hey folks,

This past week was a little rough because I had the luck of catching the Montreal Winter Plague and having the hot water tank in my apartment break. Winning combo! Thank goodness for awesome friends who delivered soup, cold meds, and whiskey to my house… having a solid crew is important!

This is a pretty exciting week for a couple reasons: first off, we’re thrilled to be welcoming The 27th Hour back to CKUT airwaves. This is THE show for fans of Montreal punk, garage rock, psych, hardcore, and other noise from the loud side of the spectrum… They killed it in a late night slot for many-a-year, took a hiatus, and now they’re back to stir up the airwaves every Monday night from 11pm – midnight. Stream it online or hear past episodes here.

Secondly, we’re celebrating Art’s Birthday with a big shindig on Friday night at local watering hole Brasserie Beaubien. There will be plenty of weird & wonderful live music (everything from circuit-bent electronics to free jazz to punk, f’real), installation art, cake, and much more. It’s a fundraiser for CKUT, and if past years’ birthdays are anything to go by this one’s gonna be a doozy. Bring your dancing shoes. More info here.

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ckut top 30 – january 13, 2015
1. r u real – s/t – inyrdisk CC *
2. moss lime – july first – fixture CC *
3. last ex – s/t – constellation CC *
4. v/a – misery loves company complete discography vol. 2 – misery loves co. CC *
5. slight – spirit school b/w tasting – self-released CC * Continue reading

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Black Givre hosts If You Got Ears_Jan 14

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Sam Bobony, aka Black Givre, started his radio residency on IYGE last week featuring music from local label Jeunnese Cosmique and we were treated to a performance by Catherine and Chi from Pacifique Bleu. This week Same dives into the world of Los Discos Enfantasmes, guided by label head and sound artist JS Truchy. Tune in for experimental tunes and another in-studio jam from noon to 2pm at 90.3 FM or online. Ciao!


Nomadic Massive host The Montreal Sessions :: Jan 12


Montreal’s best kept secret is back in the studio today – none other than than Nomadic Massive is hosting The Montreal Sessions from 3 to 5pm with Lou Piensa behind the mic, our host with the most. You don’t want to miss today’s show, ’cause get this – DJ Mad is spinning strictly ’90s era hip hop…only from cassette tapes! Also in the show, you’ll also hear from Nomadic Massive guest hosts Meryem Saci and Whaali, both of whom are active musicians in their own right around the city. Trust us, this is gonna be 2 hours of classic radio. Tune in!


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Bataille Solaire // Underground Sounds

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Kickin’ 2k15 off with blazing bang/band, let’s welcome Asaël Robitaille to the studio. This dude rips it up around town with Jef Barbara and properly bends minds with his solo project, Bataille Solaire. In addition to a live performance, we’ll be chatting about Asaël’s latest release, current experiments and a notable upcoming ‘gig’. The ‘gig’ in question is going down at Drones club on January 23, also featuring artists Tallesenundt.h and BABI AUDI.

Tune in tonight 8-10pm for some B.S. + a whole lotta’ new Canadian music curated by your host (me) Nick Schofield. If you’ve read this far, then hey, why not check out the blog where all the in-studio magic is consolidated >>

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Album Review: Ought ‘More Than Any Other Day’

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Ought – ‘More Than Any Other Day’

By: Michael Chung

Ought is making waves. Huge waves. Since its first heartbeat in 2011, when members Tim Beeler (singer/guitarist), Ben Stidworthy (bassist), Matt May (keyboardist) and Tim Keen (drummer/violinist) first convened in an apartment loft, this post-punk quartet has seen plenty of action about their communal living space… and the Montreal music scene at large. 

Gritty and visceral, Ought reflects the tumultuousness of the city’s current sociopolitical landscape, initially ignited by the student-led anti-tuition-hike protests of 2012 and the worldwide Occupy Movement of the same year. Following the release of their massively successful debut album More Than Any Other Day in the spring of 2014, the denizens of Ought are still riding their apex of critical acclaim, one they reached in the second half of last year at a meteoric rate, perhaps unwittingly, in the midst of a world tour. 

More Than Any Other Day is a watershed in post-punk. It’s intended to be art-rock in its most genuine form… and it is. The album is imbued with brutal honesty, tinged with the angst of a twenty-something, and politically charged enough to raise the hairs off one’s neck into tiny fists. Tim Beeler’s swashbuckling wordplay and the jagged rhythmic phrases hashed out by his band are incentives powerful enough to leave listeners ready to empathize, if not deeply sympathize, with the practical and existential struggles of an entire generation of youth. 

The melodic and tonal passages of the vocals are fresh and captivating – oscillating transitions of singing and spoken-word often in aperiodic schemes. In combination with the interspersing of various instrumental tracts cement the album’s pervasive, sprawling and yes, epic, quality. 

It’s difficult, and perhaps unfair in this case, to decide which songs in the album are the strongest. Although all share a common arc, each track has a different reason for existing. Some are on celebrations of everyday life, others are marginally introspective, some are laden with complex allegories, and still others are the cathartic decrying of the excessive lifestyle and social stratifications. Though, Today More Than Any Other Day is an obvious lightning rod – it’s a fun and quirky song, with some seriously catchy hooks, that happens to boast a truly profound message.

More Than Any Other Day comes in with a collective mission. And More Than Any Other Day comes out swinging.

Stream Habit and The Weather Song off Constellation Records right here: 

Farewell, Rock ‘n’ Roll Time Machine

Like so many good things in life, programs at CKUT come to an end. Last week we bid adieu to Monday night staple (and staff favourite) Rock ‘n’ Roll Time Machine, as host Belle Indifference left Montreal for the west coast. While we’ll miss our impeccably-compiled weekly rock history lesson, we’re real excited to welcome back the 27th Hour to CKUT’s airwaves. These dudes held it down solid with all sorts of punk, garage rock, and hardcore jams late on Wednesday nights for many a year and now we’re psyched to have them back in action.

Starting this week, you can stream the 27th Hour every Monday from 11pm – midnight, and don’t forget to grab archived Rock ‘n’ Roll Time Machine episodes while you can.