If you listened in today from 12-2pm, you would have heard the soothing sounds of Benoit Chaput (with the behind the scenes help from Myriam Gendron) streaming from our studios. The pair delivered a myriad of folk and underground music, perfect for a cloudy and calm afternoon. Unfortunately, it was their last day hosting If You Got Ears here at CKUT, but you can always catch the previous episodes from this month on our archives.
Next month’s residency is with Jen Reimer and Max Stein, who will be dedicating their residency to incorporating many different musical textures with the sounds of the city~~
Yesterday was (sadly) Pop Montreal’s last day of their Montreal Sessions residency here at CKUT, and it was another reminder that they totally killed the game this month. The show started off with some quality indie and electronic music, and at the end of the first hour featured a live performance from Johnny de Courcey. With numerous musical guests featuring Forever, Vesuvio, Year of Glad, Noko, MagicPerm, Heartstreets, Ohara and more, there was an overload of talent in our studios over the past few weeks that was hard to keep up with. All episodes are available on our archives for any unfortunate souls who missed them, and of course anyone that wants to re-listen to the hilarious banter.
Next month we’ve got Yellow Noise, a Canadian media platform of Asian self-representation focusing on intersectionality and solidarity with other marginalized groups, taking the reigns. Tune in on Tuesdays, 3-5pm to catch the show~~
I’m gonna keep this short today since we have a zillion things going on, including an upcoming AGM, funding drive, and student fee levy referendum. Fall is the busy season! Time for more coffee…
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CKUT is thrilled to be teaming up with the Student Society of McGill University to present a live federal election debate tomorrow at 5pm. It’s happening on campus and is open to the public, and we’ll be broadcasting remotely from the event from 5-6pm. We highly encourage people to tune in, or better yet — join us there in person and have your voice be a part of the discussion. Check out the full details here: http://ckut.ca/en/node/1624
ckut top 30 – september 29, 2015
1. u.s. girls – half free – 4AD
2. ought – sun coming down – constellation CC *
3. babysitter – s/t – psychic handshake CC *
4. katie moore – fooled by the fun – club roll CC *
5. empress of – me – terrible records Continue reading
Hey friends! Sorry these are a day late… still catching up post-Pop Montreal. It was a whirlwind weekend, most of which I spent over at my beloved haunt Brasserie Beaubien. I did manage to sneak out and catch Stars of the Lid though, which was as brain-meltingly good as I had hoped. They’d been on my live band bucket list for almost a decade and it totally lived up to my expectations.
Since my hours were all out of sorts last week, I’m still catching up on emails and tracking. Please be patient, I haven’t forgotten about you!
ckut top 30 – september 22, 2015
1. joyfultalk – muuixx – drip audio CC
2. katie moore – fooled by the fun – club roll CC *3.
3. the pink noise – decay – not unlike CC *
4. souljazz orchestra – resistance – do right music CC
5. drainolith – hysteria – nna tapes CC * Continue reading
Ought could have been in trouble with Sun Coming Down. It may sound a bit ridiculous, however, it is very hard to create a great second album when your first is as brilliant as More than Any Other Day. Bands work on their first album from day one. They begin playing together, they play some shows, commit to a certain aesthetic, and create their first work. Sometimes it’s good sometimes it is a bit immature. Generally it’s not perfect and there’s a logical growth that the band can see and attempt to execute. More Than Any Other Day is incredible, but somehow Ought found a way to grow without losing their heart. Continue reading
Today was a good day here at CKUT, beautiful weather and great programming combined to create an awesome vibe. Benoit Chaput hosted If You Got Ears (which airs every Wednesday from 12-2pm) and presented us with some quality folk tunes and other selections. Benoit is hosting If You Got Ears this month with Myriam Gendron, a talented musician, who although unfortunately can’t make it into the studio live is a driving force in the show. September is coming to a close though, so don’t miss their last episode next Wednesday or you’ll be full of regret~~
Yesterday we had Pop Montreal back in our studios for The Montreal Sessions, with Roxanne Lemieux and Patric Gregoire driving the show. For those that are (somehow) unfamiliar, Pop Montreal is an annual music festival that features more the 400 artists from all around the globe and attracts more than 50 000 party people every year. We got lucky and managed to charm them into hosting The Montreal Sessions this month, during which they’ve delivered exceptional talent. Music acts Forever and Vesuvio Solo were in the house yesterday with some wicked performances, which you can catch on our archives.
Keep it locked for next weeks final episode from Pop MTL, airing on Tuesday from 3-5pm~~
Ought is built for the live performance. Their songs are completely built around energy. The droning, repetitive licks build and build into these massive moments of courageous punk glory. Their Pop Montreal performance was a homecoming of sorts and they truly delivered in every way. Continue reading
Early this month, Montrealers filled Metropolis to see Brooklyn-based rocktronica duo Ratatat. I had never seen Metropolis so crowded. Seriously, in terms of mosh pit density, Ratatat outnumbered previous shows that I had seen there courtesy of Cat Power, the Barr Brothers, Xavier Rudd, and Tame Impala.
The first half of their set provided an enjoyable build up of a whole array of hits from their 10-year discography, climaxing with their crowdpleaser “Loud Pipes” from their 2006 LP Classics, immediately recognizable for its unique use of rudimentary drums and clean synth lines. Playing this track before the end of the set was a smart move on their part for the crowd to quickly experience that music high you get from hearing a song you’ve heard before and love.
Meanwhile, an intense light show of colored lasers and beams fixated the crowd even more on their mastery of live percussions and keyboards.
The second half of the set had a more “can’t stop moving your feet” kinda feel, leveraged by playing another Classics favorite, “Wildcat,” irresistibly playful with its repeated “roar” sounds, double tempo and high-pitched guitar riffs. “Seventeen Years” and “Gettysburg” were also fun throw backs.
Their show came full circle with tracks from their latest 2015 LP Magnifique, bringing forward some funk-influenced, addictive bass grooves with “Cream on Crome” and “Nightclub Amnesia,” ending the night with the crowd still craving for more.
– Review and photos by Jess Newfield
The brilliance of Darius Jones’ 4tet on their new release Le bébé de Brigitte cannot be explained, written down, or repeated. The piece is not intended to be the most complicated collection of notes ever written on paper, nor does it wish to be presented in meters or scales that are not accessible to the listener, and it certainly does not serve as another huge display of a bunch of musicians and their impeccable playing techniques. Instead, Jones has created a compilation album of the most perfectly selected nuanced sound effects resulting in an eclectic blend of jazz greatness. Continue reading