Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Concert Review: Chance The Rapper

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There have been a lot of issues with Spotify, streaming, and many other aspects of the digital music age lately.  Big name artists have become more outspoken about music corporations and their ability to make money off of someone else’s art without paying them back for it and a lot of people seem to be left in a state of “how do I make money?”  U2’s response was to forcibly download their album onto every iPhone on the planet, which supposedly proved that they were not in it for the money, but left no one particularly happy.  A certain country/pop artist who is not exactly in desperate need of any more publicity had her world famous remarks about Spotify, but in the midst of all this controversy, there’s one particular genre that has truly embraced the mentality that artists do not make music so that “people can pay for it;” hip hop.  From Run The Jewels’ crowdfunded, for-charity remix album to Big K.R.I.T.’s insane datpiff collection (a free mixtape downloading website), many a hip hop artist has taken it upon themselves to put their audience and art in front of their chart placement and moneymaking.  Perhaps at the forefront of this mentality, is the collective Social Experiment ensemble headed by Donnie Trumpet and the one and only Chance the Rapper.  I had a chance to see this group play last week and the amazing results of their live set are rooted in their grassroots, “not in it for the money” mentality. Continue reading

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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: October 27, 2015

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Hey folks,

It’s our funding drive! Things are crazy busy around here, so I’m gonna keep this short today — gotta run and take a shift in the phone room pretty shortly…

Wanna show CKUT some love? Donate online here, and be sure to check out some of the events we’ve got happening this week. Go team go!

xo
joni

:::CHARTS:::
ckut top 30 – october 27, 2015
1. ought – sun coming down – constellation CC *
2. drainolith – hysteria – nna tapes CC *
3. darius jones 4tet – le bébé de bridgite – aum fidelity
4. jerusalem in my heart – if he dies, if if if if if if – constellation CC *
5. u.s. girls – half free – 4AD CC Continue reading

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Friday 30th 2015: Howl! + CKUT Benefit Concert

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What are you doing this Friday? Oh you’re going to the Howl Arts Benefit Concert? Us too!

In conjunction with our annual funding drive, CKUT is teaming up with Howl! to bring you an amazing night full of great music and great humans. With a line up including dArk mAAt’r, Marika Tirolien, Rhythm and Hues, and All Da Way Live Radio, it’s a good thing you’re coming! But seriously, it’s going to be nuts, so swing by and bring your friends for a guaranteed good time.

CKUT needs loving too so do bring monetary hugs aka donations if you can (recommended amount is $8-$15). The gates to our sweet party open at 9pm, and everyone is invited. Check out our Facebook event for more info!

See you all there <321

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FUNDING DRIVE KICK OFF PARTY

a4052255328_10CKUT’s annual funding drive is under way! This year, we present to you Radio Unleashed: from October 22nd to November 1st, our airwaves will be filled with special programming from all your favourite shows and hosts. To kick it all off, tonight at 8pm we are hosting a party at Bar Le Ritz PDB, featuring a variety of Montreal artists, from music to dance and even spoken word!

Music will be provided by local bands Cheap Wig, a highly energetic feminist punk-rock group, Show of Bedlam, a dark experimental death rock group and Smileswithteeth, a feel-good electronic pop group. DJ Jef Barbara will also be spinning throughout the night so be ready to dance!

Beyond music, Ill Groove Garden Hip Hop Dance Crew will perform, as well as spoken word artist Kym Dominique-Ferguson. We’ve got something for everyone’s tastes! 

Please bring a small donation ($10 suggested) to help keep our station running to its full ability!

If all those reasons weren’t enough to get you out tonight, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jndopa39j8

We hope you’ll join us in supporting our station!

-Céleste Pagniello

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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: October 20, 2015

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Hey folks,
Sorry these are coming in a day late! I got the cold that’s currently sweeping Montreal, and it knocked me out of commission yesterday. Cough and sniffles aside, I had a wicked time at CMJ last week — it was so great hanging with all you lovely radio peeps. Saw lots of familiar faces and met some amazing new people too. Y’all rule!

Lastly, our annual funding drive starts tomorrow (!) so I won’t be in the office much next week for tracking. I’m also not making any promises about charts — we have a ton of events going down next week, so if they don’t get compiled then just sit tight and wait for a big ol’ mega chart the following week.

xo
joni

:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
Funding Drive is upon us! We’ve got tons of rad programming lined up to hustle some dollars while giving ears the royal treatment they’re used to from the ol’ CKUT. Perennial favourite Venus Radioke is back in full force, we’ve got a killer kickoff party going down Friday night, and we’ll be broadcasting live from a whole bunch of different spaces over the next week and a half. See the full list here, and take our personal inside tip to swing by Casa del Popolo for a free gig on Monday afternoon featuring Old Haunt, YlangYlang, and more — we’ll be hosting the music department’s show, New Shit, live on location from 3-5pm and it would be swell to see your pretty face there. Come hang out and share some good fundraising vibes with us!

:::CHARTS:::
ckut top 30 – october 20, 2015
1. jerusalem in my heart – if he dies, if if if if if if – constellation CC *
2. souljazz orchestra – resistance – do right! music CC
3. u.s. girls – half free – 4AD CC
4. l’appel du vide – mergin’ spaces – self-released CC *
5. ought – sun coming down – constellation CC * Continue reading

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The Montreal Sessions with Yellow Noise: October 20th 2015

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On Tuesday, October 20th, Sam Lu (SierraLima) and Mel Palapuz (DJ Mango Juiiice) from Yellow Noise Magazine hosted the third episode of their Montreal sessions residency. To find out more about Yellow Noise and their mission, you can check out their bio here.

This show included Japanese future funk, experimental tracks (featuring Chinese, Tagalog, Japanese, Korean), and an electronic performance by Yao Guai Cave followed by an acoustic set. Originally Yàocavé, (aka yay-o-kah-vay), Yao Guai Cave (yao-gooey-cave) is a Montréal based electro-experimental artist. For a taste, listen to his sweet February 2015 release Fanta-C Plus. 

After a fresh mix from SierraLima with plenty of dance, electronica, and hip hop tracks, DJ Mango Juiiice played a Japanese vaporwave set before welcoming Yàocavé into the studio.

While Yàocavé was his strictly electronic musician identity, Yao Guai Cave described his current music as a mix of everything– pop, house, techno, as well as music from short film he worked on that was accepted by MIX NYC (a queer film festival).

The set opened with a vast electronic soundscape of twinkling synths and distorted cosmic sounds before dropping into a sugary pop groove with bass, beats, and vocals. The electronic music was poignant; as different vocalists sang their individual stories Yao Guai Cave crafted worlds around them, using 8bit and kalimba-esque ornaments, chimes, bass synths, and percussive grooves. Before moving into his acoustic set, the hosts discussed vaporwave aesthetics and artists with Yao Guai Cave, as well as the effects of the internet on gender and ethnic identity. Finally, the show closed with an original, intimate song performed on acoustic guitar.

Tune into CKUT 90.3 FM next Tuesday from 3-5 pm for the final instalment in The Montreal Sessions hosted by Yellow Noise!

-Cyrenah Smith

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Album Review: The Paper Kites – twelvefour

mm2298158It’s not hard to believe that every song on The Paper Kites’ sophomore album was penned between the hours of 12 and 4 a.m. The concept album, for which lead singer Sam Bentley reversed his sleep schedule for two months, is introspective and intimate, reflecting us in our most vulnerable state. The Australian band worked closely with Phil Ek (the legendary Grammy-nominated producer who has worked with countless other successful alternative/indie bands) to expand their sound, incorporating synth and electric guitar into their folk-centered melodies. twelvefour marks The Paper Kites’ second full-length album, though they have been at the forefront of the Australian folk scene since 2011, when their EP Woodland garnered public attention and critical praise.

The album opens with “Electric Indigo,” blossoming straightaway into an ’80s influenced atmosphere replete with layered synth and an electric guitar growl. Clearly, The Paper Kites are not shy about proving to listeners that they are willing to expand and revise their sound. The album progresses with alternating classic acoustic folk (“A Silent Cause”), late-night slow ballads (“Bleed Confusion,” “Turns Within Me, Turns Without Me”), and country-folk songs (“I’m Lying to You Cause I’m Lost,” “Woke Up From a Dream”). “Neon Crimson,” purportedly Bentley’s favorite track, is a slow and confidential acoustic number with Bentley crooning in your ear, supported at crucial moments by harmonies from Christina Lacy and David Powys. The final track, “Too Late,” is a six-minute synth-filled slow jam, closing the circle opened by “Electric Indigo” and finalizing the band’s departure from solely folk tracks.

Throughout the album, there is no sense of hurry or urgency in Bentley’s vocals; he is simply singing his thoughts aloud, and we as the listeners are sitting with him in a kind of predawn light. Half-awake and yet at your most lucid and creative is where The Paper Kites aims to put listeners with twelvefour, and I would say they succeed at this. When the final notes of the album trail off, you are left with a sense of nostalgia, as if returning from a long personal journey. The Paper Kites leave an impression with twelvefour that clearly states: this is where we came from, this is the road we’ve taken, and here is where we are now. I’ll be interested to hear where they decide to go next.

review by Juliana Van Amsterdam

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If You Got Ears with Jen Reimer and Max Stein: October 14th 2015

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Last Wednesday, Jen Reimer and Max Stein returned to If You Got Ears for a show focussing on the links between sound and architecture.

Last week’s guest, Dr. Gascia Ouzounian, a professor of musicology at Queen’s University Belfast and a graduate of violin performance and music technology at McGill University, first discussed an interesting genre of contemporary music called sleep music. Compositions that fall under this category are meant to be listened to as you are falling asleep, all the way until you wake up. When this music is performed, audiences are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, bring blankets and pillows, etc. The music itself is generated by the brainwaves of “performers” who are attached to sensors as they sleep. The changes in their brainwaves create a drone that is continuously evolving, depending on their states of consciousness, and it is then projected as an 8 channel electroacoustic composition coupled with a visual projection similar to EEG signals. Listeners are essentially submersed into the “performer’s” dreams.

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The Montreal Sessions with Yellow Noise: October 13th 2015

 

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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: October 13, 2015

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Hey folks,

Sending out a real quick chart blast before I hop on a bus and head down to NYC. Hope all you Canadians enjoyed your long weekend — mine consisted of a really nice wedding (congrats to Omar & Katie from CJLO!), post-wedding bowling in formal wear, hanging with Justin from Dale Speaking/ex-CFUV and a bunch of other rad music folks, and eating insane amounts of good food… feel like I have a lot to give thanks for in this past week alone!

xo
joni

:::CHARTS:::
ckut top 30 – october 13, 2015
1. jerusalem in my heart – if he dies, if if if if if if – constellation CC *
2. william parker – for those who are, still – aum fidelity
3. bob moses – days gone by – domino
4. ought – sun coming down – constellation CC *
5. katie moore – fooled by the fun – club roll CC * Continue reading