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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: November 3, 2015

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Hey friends,
Whew, we just wrapped our annual funding drive and despite some computer/database bugs (*shakes fist at technology*), it was pretty stellar. The pledges keep rolling in and we are inching our way up to our $50,000 goal. It was also totally inspiring to hear so much amazing, innovative programming happen over the span of the drive — our hosts really stepped up their game and did some amazingly creative things, and I couldn’t be prouder of how we’re sounding these days.

And hey, Halloween happened too I guess. Did you dress up? I was lazy and ended up staying in and marathoning through a bunch of horror movies. But in honour of the spooky holiday, I’ll include a Halloween pic of the CKUT crew from a couple years back dressed as Funding Drive Witches. Casting donation spells on your listeners works, try it!

xo
joni

:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
Every Tuesday from 3-5pm, hear local trumpet player and experimental musician Craig Pedersen perform live on-air, play recordings and chat music with some of his favourite artists as he hosts our Montreal Sessions residency for November. Craig Pedersen is trumpet player and improvisor based out of Montréal. An active freelance musician specializing in jazz and free music, he actively leads his own band, the Craig Pedersen Quartet/Quintet, is a member of Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra and Quartet, and has recorded and performed with Ensemble Supermusique. His amplified trumpet and clarinet duo The Sound of the Mountain with clarinettist Elizabeth Millar, has played concerts in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, and he recently has returned from a 10-day eastern Canadian tour with Brooklyn-based upright bassist, Shayna Dulberger. Want more details on the programming he has in store? Check out his website for the full scoop.

:::CHARTS:::
ckut top 30 – november 3, 2015
1. majical cloudz – are you alone? – arts & crafts CC *
2. esmerine – lost voices – constellation 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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Album Review: U.S. Girls – Half Free

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The music video for Window Shades carries its viewer into a world of Twilight Zone looking classic film samples looping and skipping, culminating in a dark, demented world of cool eeriness perfectly resembling the music of the project.  Through the use of unpredictable samples, unique beats, and haunting vocals, U.S. Girls venture into a chilling, desolate soundscape in a fresh, subtle way.  The music of Half Free is quite different from that of Meg Remy’s both distant and recent past, however, she has not lost track of her roots and the end result is a risky yet logical album pleasing to the ears of new and old fans of the band. Continue reading