Daily Archives: December 13, 2016




Hi friends,
Ian Svenonious (above, !!!) played a set here as Escapism over the weekend and it was one of the best things I’ve seen in ages – a perfect reminder that 2016 hasn’t been a complete disaster. Here’s hoping we ride out the last of this tough year as smoothly as possible and keep our chins up for 2017.

I know we rave a lot about our If You Got Ears residency program, but trust me – December is a real doozy. Buckle up and prep yr ears for sound art meets club bangers (seriously) courtesy of the one and only Tristan Giardini, aka Triz aka Lux Pogo aka Rollrgrrl aka Thurible aka Champagne Pogo aka 1/2 Rivalled Envy aka 1/4 Ursula and Ugly Cry and 1/5 Cheap Wig and Grosser. Tristan is a local musician extraordinaire who wears many hats to cover up their ugly haircuts. They are a Virgo enthusiast that involves themselves in too many projects, and who loves rare sounds in familiar contexts. “Luxury Pogo” will explore the eclectic range of noises that attracts them to sound art and song, as well as the grit and warmth of different mediums that these sounds are recorded into. From crisp and clean pieces to crust and camp tracks, this show will explore a variety of both unpopular and popular music. Tune in every Wednesday in December noon-2pm, or catch it on the archives here

ckut top 30 – december 13, 2016

1. ylangylang – life without structure – self-released CC *
2. tanya tagaq – retribution – six shooter CC
3. loscil – monument builders – kranky CC
4. best fern – s/t ep – oh hi CC *
5. okkyung lee & christian marclay – amalgam – northern spy Continue reading

photo taken by Aaron Bentley

Concert Review: Kaytranada @ L’Olympia

photo taken by Aaron Bentley

photo taken by Aaron Bentley

Final exams didn’t faze dedicated fans from attending a sold out show at L’Olympia from local electronic producer Kaytranada. Taking the stage at 11:20pm, the venue was packed to the brim with people eagerly anticipating the eccentric young artist to perform his latest mixes for everyone. Fellow local artists Planet Giza and Lou Phelps opened the show earlier on that night with their own sets to warm up the crowd. However, if you planned on catching just the main act then you would’ve had to bear waiting outside in line for over half an hour before stepping foot into the venue.

Once inside L’Olympia, security pushed their efforts in patting down every single person before letting anyone onto the dancefloor. The crowd was immense, nothing but a sea of bodies could be seen in every direction and by the time my friends and I made our way inside, Kaytranada had already took to the stage with performing his mixes.

We made our way up towards the front of the stage, the energy in the room was unparalleled to the show that Kaytranada performed back in May for the release of his debut LP 99.9%. By this time around people knew what to expect from the young producer, his debut album garnered widespread attention and has been making appearances on end of the year lists for the hottest albums of 2016.

He performed fan favorites from 99.9%. The tracks “Glowed Up” and “Lite Spots” had the audience going ballistic and vibing hard off of the hottest two singles on the album. During another point of the show “Cranes In The Sky” off of Solange’s latest record A Seat At The Table had people grooving hard to the funky remix that Kaytranada was able to provide on the track. The liveliness of the venue was constant, everyone in the building was able to lose themselves to Kaytranada’s crisp production that has become distinct to the artist’s production style.

After over an hour of material the show finally concluded around 12:35am, roars of excitement and cheer filled the venue of L’Olympia as Kaytranada thanked everyone for coming to the show. While it’s only been a couple of months since 99.9% dropped, the amount of playability that album holds is always refreshing when listening to his debut efforts. On a live stage all his songs translate exceptionally well to the dancefloor, which makes total sense. His music is meant to be danced to, meant to be played at parties, and most importantly is meant to showcase that Kaytranada is no one-trick pony when it comes to making music.

-review by Michael Eidelson