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REVIEW: SNAIL MAIL LIVE AT CLUB SODA

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By Eva Lynch

The opener for the night was Joy Again, an indie-rock band from Phillidelphia who has been on tour with Snail Mail for part of their North American leg of the tour, before they plan on splitting off and heading to the West Coast for their own tour. 

In person, their tracks are a lot more raw and rock-fueled than the gentle quality of their indie pop recordings, bringing new life to their discography. Members of the band alternated vocals between two frontmen, Sachi DiSerafino and Arthur Shea who took turns leading each song, their voices reminiscent of a young Neutral Milk Hotel.  

The songs were interspersed with personal anecdotes that inspired the songs. They also took this moment between songs to play some jazz, which transformed into the intro of some of their songs showing the real instrumental control possessed by the band. They played several songs from their earlier EPs such as “Looking Out For You” and “Winter Snakes”, which have gained popularity again with its use on popular social media platforms such as Tik Tok. For their final song, they played “Winter Snakes”, which they extended the final section of as they built it up by having every member play as hard as possible in front of the strobing lights, and then taking it back to almost a soft lullaby as they faded out of their set and the lights turned off one by one until only one spotlight was left, illuminating the band from behind the drum kit. 

After Joy Again was Snail Mail from Maryland, which is a solo project of guitarist and lead-singer, Lindsay Jordan. Fun fact, Jordan started the band when she was only 15! Snail Mail adorned the stage with a large red backdrop and several white cherub statues scattered across the stage, with vines that descend the cherub’s pillars and wound up the microphone stand. 

One of the greatest pleasures of being a long time Snail Mail fan is getting to witness the growth and evolution of not just the band, but the vocals, and transparency of Snail Mail as an artist. Lead singer Lindsay Jordan’s voice has maintained that same raspy quality that she’s known for, in a classically queer indie-pop way which sounds a little similar to King Princess, but her voice has only gotten richer as she’s unlocked more range and control over time. She performed songs off her first EP from 2016, such as Thinning, and more than any other song, it showed how strong her voice has become as she’s developed it over the past 6 years compared to the young voice that first recorded it. The music itself also showcases growing vulnerability and openness in both the lyrics and entire musical production, discussing everything that Jordan has navigated growing up in the indie spotlight after being discovered at such a formative age. 

On stage she jokes that apparently she wasn’t naturally meant to have a smoker’s voice at the age of 14, and reveals that she’s in recovery from a vocal surgery after waking up one day no longer able to speak. Despite still being in speech therapy and recently undergoing such an intensive operation, her voice was mostly unwavering. As a side effect of the surgery however, Jordan has unlocked a whole new range and experimented doing a few songs in a higher key which both gave them some new life and rearranged them to still fit her voice. It was great to see a new take on the songs, and her vocal range was particularly showcased by the songs she performed acoustically, including her hit ballad Mia. 

Especially since she’s been touring non-stop since being signed, Jordan has incredible stage presence, and immediately comes across as charismatic and confident, seemingly really enjoying being able to share her music with the crowd. For one of the last songs of the night, they pulled out a cover of Tonight Tonight by the Smashing Pumpkins and really let loose — Jordan hopping on the floor with guitarist Ben Kaunitz as they played the guitar riffs to each other. While there are really three main guitarists/bassists in the band, everyone is constantly playing and switching guitars — even keyboardist Madeline McCormack kept switching between guitars and keys, and they had a member of their team running in every few songs to swap them out for everyone. It showed what a production their music is and how specifically crafted the sound is for each song, particularly within the string section, when changing out so many guitars to produce just the right sound and the effort it takes to develop and experiment with one’s sound.

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: MAY 24, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, May 24, 2022

1. cola – deep in view – firetalk

2. maryze – 8 – hot tramp CC*

3. maylee todd – maloo – stones throw CC

4. tanya tagaq – tongues – six shooter CC

5. brave radar – under the net/dynamos – self cc*

6. les louanges – crash – bonsound – CC*

7. pierre kwenders – jose louis and the paradox of love – arts and crafts CC*

8. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

9. mares of thrace – the exile – sonic unyon CC

10. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

11. meshuggah – immutable – atomic fire

12. ibibio sound machine – electricity – merge

13. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain

14. decerebration – follow the scars – self CC

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. t. gowdy – miracles – constellation CC*

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. julie doiron – i thought of you – you’ve changed CC

19. joyfultalk – familiar science – constellation CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

23. blood incantation – timewave zero – century

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subteranea – motherland CC

26. june thrasher – viper creek – self CC

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. health – disco 4 pt ii – loma vista

29. various – chandra mix tape vol 2 – we are time CC*

30. kee avil – crease – constellation CC*

CKUT JAZZ TOP 10, MAY 24, 2022

ches smith – interpret it well – pyroclastic
elwood epps & togetherness – live at résonance – mr. e cc
michael bisio 4tet – mbefore – tao forms
miles okazaki – thisness – pi recordings
whit dickey 4tet – astral long form: staircase in space – tao forms
daniel carter, matthew shipp, william parker, gerald cleaver – welcome adventure! vol. 2
tomas fujiwara’s triple double – march – firehouse 12
lisa ulén , elsa bergman, anna lund – space – relative pitch
ava mendoza – new spells – astral sprits/relative pitch
gordon grdina’s haram – night’s quietest hour – ataboygirl cc

CKUT TOP 30, MAY 17, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, May 17, 2022:

1. destroyer – labrynthitis – merge CC

2. maryze – 8 – hot tramp CC*

3. maylee todd – maloo – stones throw CC

4. tanya tagaq – tongues – six shooter CC

5. brave radar – under the net/dynamos – self cc*

6. les louanges – crash – bonsound – CC*

7. pierre kwenders – jose louis and the paradox of love – arts and crafts CC*

8. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

9. mares of thrace – the exile – sonic unyon CC

10. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

11. meshuggah – immutable – atomic fire

12. ibibio sound machine – electricity – merge

13. guerilla toss – famously alive – sub pop

14. decerebration – follow the scars – self CC

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. michelle – after dinner we talk dreams – canvasback

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. julie doiron – i thought of you – you’ve changed CC

19. joyfultalk – familiar science – constellation CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21.elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

23. blood incantation – timewave zero – century

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subteranea – motherland CC

26. june thrasher – viper creek – self CC

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. health – disco 4 pt ii – loma vista

29. various – chandra mix tape vol 2 – we are time CC*

30. kee avil – crease – constellation CC*

CKUT JAZZ TOP 10, MAY 17, 2022
1. ches smith – interpret it well – pyroclastic

2. michael bisio 4tet – mbefore – tao forms

3. lisa ulén , elsa bergman, anna lund – space – relative pitch

4. tomas fujiwara’s triple double – march – firehouse 12

5. charles mingus – the lost album from ronnie scott’s – resonance

6. gordon grdina’s haram – night’s quietest hour – ataboygirl ©

7. matthew bourne / emil karlsen – the embalmer – relative pitch

8. luke stewart silt trio – the bottom – cuneiform

9. brodie west 5tet – meadow of my dreams – astral spirits ©

10. ava mendoza – new spells – astral sprits/relative pitch

SUONI PER IL POPOLO HOST THE MONTREAL SESSIONS

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Happy Deuce Deuce to our sister org and favourite festival, Suoni Per Il Popolo. The Suoni crew will host The Montreal Sessions on May 24th May 31 June 7 and June 14th from 3-5PM. We couldn’t be happier for them as the festival returns IRL and the lineup is as amazing is it ever was. Check out the full lineup here: https://suoniperilpopolo.org/program

 

 

REVIEW: YVES TUMOR @ CLUB SODA APRIL 22

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By Eva Lynch

Yves Tumor, whose real name is Sean Bowie, is an experimental musician from Miami, Florida, known for creating and producing soulful glam-rock music that works to break both genres and boundaries in the alternative music scene. Yves themself is non binary, and this fluidity is incorporated into their performance, fashion, and their genre defying discography.

Yves Tumor had two openers for the night. First was an experimental rap artist by the name of Izzy Spears. Spears is a member of the experimental and underground punk collective Anonymous Club —produced by Yves Tumor— that aims to remake pop-culture through fine art, installation and performance. Spears performed several songs from the Anonymous Club, warming up the crowd with his high energy tracks that, similar to Yves, challenged the traditional sounds of electronic music. Next to the stage was Doss, an American DJ who has gathered a cult-like following since dropping her first EP 7 years ago. Doss played experimental dance music with trance-inducing beats and rhythms that was full of escalations and intense beat drops and got the crowd jumping and energy flowing, ready for Yves Tumor. 

At 10 pm on the dot, a spiky haired silhouette emerged through a thick layer of illuminated smoke. Yves revealed themself as the smoke dissipated and they launched into their latest single “Jackie”, wearing studded leather gloves, a studded leather jacket and studded crotch harness over a pair of moto pants. Halfway through the set, they removed their leather jacket to reveal a separate leather vest underneath which spelt out 69 in studs on the back, in almost a BDSM leather-cowboy look. Along with Yves’white spiky hair which matched the white triangle painted on their face and cabaret-esque make up, the entire band evoked glam rock style with what seemed like inspiration from other famously boundary pushing artists like David Bowie.

Yves Tumor’s recording might be energy-packed, but doesn’t hold a light to their live show. It embodies all the elements of glam rock and roll with experimental and  electronic or cyberpunk twists, maximizing the  experience in all senses for an incredibly captivating show you could get lost in. They deliver a dark and enticing show, emphasizing the grunge and playing with the pleasure and the pain you can hear in their music, pushing the mics and amps to their limit and showcasing Yves’ talent beyond what can be captured in a studio. Despite the off-the-charts energy, Yves maintained an air of grace about them as they held the mic with poise, making the rich and emotional vocals seem effortless. One of the greatest gems of the show, however, were the added guitar solos that brought even more rock and roll spirit to the show. Yves’ energetic interactions with their lead guitarist, Chris Greatti, was electric, and you couldn’t look away as they battled for the dominant role on stage, Yves at one point even grabbing the back of Greatti’s hair and pushing them onto their knees as he played the guitar. The crowd ate up every minute of the show, yelling along to the lyrics, starting a mosh pit for beloved hits such as Kerosene and even initiating their own crowd surfing. 

Yves Tumor isn’t a show to miss as they are constantly paving their own path, and not only is the music beautifully executed but the performance they put on and relationship they kindle with the crowd is incredibly engaging, and it’s clear they have fun on stage sharing their vision with the audience.

 

CKUT TOP 30, May 10, 2022:

1. destroyer – labrynthitis – merge CC

2. maryze – 8 – hot tramp CC*

3. various – chandra mix tape vol 2 – we are time CC*

4. tanya tagaq – tongues – six shooter CC

5. brave radar – under the net/dynamos – self cc*

6. les louanges – crash – bonsound – CC*

7. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

8. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

9. mares of thrace – the exile – sonic unyon CC

10. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

11. meshuggah – immutable – atomic fire

12. ibibio sound machine – electricity – merge

13. guerilla toss – famously alive – sub pop

14. decerebration – follow the scars – self CC

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. michelle – after dinner we talk dreams – canvasback

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. julie doiron – i thought of you – you’ve changed CC

19. joyfull talk – familiar science – constellation CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21. beatrice deer – shifting – musique nomad – CC

22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

23. blood incantation – timewave zero – century

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subteranea – motherland CC

26. june thrasher – viper creek – self CC

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. health – disco 4 pt ii – loma vista

29. haviah mighty – stock exchange – mighty gang CC

30. kee avil – crease – constellation CC*

CKUT TOP 10 JAZZ, MAY 10, 2022

1.ches smith – interpret it well – pyroclastic

2.michael bisio 4tet – mbefore – tao forms

3.lisa ulén , elsa bergman, anna lund – space – relative pitch

4.tomas fujiwara’s triple double – march – firehouse 12

5.charles mingus – the lost album from ronnie scott’s – resonance

6.gordon grdina’s haram – night’s quietest hour – ataboygirl ©

7.matthew bourne / emil karlsen – the embalmer – relative pitch

8.luke stewart silt trio – the bottom – cuneiform

9.brodie west 5tet – meadow of my dreams – astral spirits ©

10. ava mendoza – new spells – astral sprits/relative pitch

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: MAY 3, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, May 3, 2022:

1. destroyer – labrynthitis – merge CC

2. tanya tagaq – tongues – six shooter CC

3. various – chandra mix tape vol 2 – we are time CC*

4. mauvey – the florist – 604 CC*

5. brave radar – under the net/dynamos – self cc*

6. les louanges – crash – bonsound – CC*

7. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

8. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

9. mares of thrace – the exile – sonic unyon CC

10. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

11. meshuggah – immutable – atomic fire

12. boris – w – sacred bones

13. guerilla toss – famously alive – sub pop

14. decerebration – follow the scars – self CC

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. michelle – after dinner we talk dreams – canvasback

17. survival unit iii – the art of flight for alvin fielder – astral spirits

18. julie doiron – i thought of you – you’ve changed CC

19. den mother – frantic ram  – self CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21. beatrice deer – shifting – musique nomad – CC

22. slaughter – live in 85 – cursed blessings CC

23. blood incantation – timewave zero – century

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. beach house – once twice melody – sub pop CC

26. june thrasher – viper creek – self CC

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. health – disco 4 pt ii – loma vista

29. haviah mighty – stock exchange – mighty gang CC

30. kee avil – crease – constellation CC*

ckut top 10 jazz, may 3 2022

 1. ches smith – interpret it well – pyroclastic

2. michael bisio 4tet – mbefore – tao forms

3. lisa ulén , elsa bergman, anna lund – space – relative pitch

4. tomas fujiwara’s triple double – march – firehouse 12

5. charles mingus – the lost album from ronnie scott’s – resonance

6. gordon grdina’s haram – night’s quietest hour – ataboygirl ©

7. matthew bourne / emil karlsen – the embalmer – relative pitch

8. luke stewart silt trio – the bottom – cuneiform

9. brodie west 5tet – meadow of my dreams – astral spirits ©

10. ava mendoza – new spells – astral sprits/relative pitch

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: APRIL 26, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, April 26, 2022:

1. tanya tagaq – tongues – six shooter CC
2. kee avil – crease – constellation CC*
3. various – chandra mix tape vol 2 – we are time CC*
4. mauvey – the florist – 604 CC*
5. brave radar – under the net/dynamos – self cc*
6. les louanges – crash – bonsound – CC*
7. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*
8. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista
9. mares of thrace – the exile – sonic unyon CC
10. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone
11. meshuggah – immutable – atomic fire
12. boris – w – sacred bones
13. guerilla toss – famously alive – sub pop
14. decerebration – follow the scars – self CC
15. anarchist mountains – a balkan spacewalk – self CC*
16. michelle – after dinner we talk dreams – canvasback
17. survival unit iii – the art of flight for alvin fielder – astral spirits
18. julie doiron – i thought of you – you’ve changed CC
19. den mother – frantic ram  – self CC
20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds
21. beatrice deer – shifting – musique nomad – CC
22. slaughter – live in 85 – cursed blessings CC
23. blood incantation – timewave zero – century
24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self
25. beach house – once twice melody – sub pop CC
26. june thrasher – viper creek – self CC
27. earl sweatshirt – sick! – tan cressida
28. health – disco 4 pt ii – loma vista
29. haviah mighty – stock exchange – mighty gang CC
30. eric chenaux – say laura – constellation CC

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: APRIL 20, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, April 20, 2022:

1. tanya tagaq – tongues – six shooter CC
2. kee avil – crease – constellation CC*
3. various – chandra mix tape vol 2 – we are time CC*
4. mauvey – the florist – 604 CC*
5. brave radar – under the net/dynamos – self cc*
6. les louanges – crash – bonsound – CC*
7. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*
8. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista
9. mares of thrace – the exile – sonic unyon CC
10. voivod – synchro anarchy – century media CC*
11. new chance – real time remixed – we are time CC
12. boris – w – sacred bones
13. guerilla toss – famously alive – sub pop
14. decerebration – follow the scars – self CC
15. anarchist mountains – a balkan spacewalk – self CC*
16. michelle – after dinner we talk dreams – canvasback
17. survival unit iii – the art of flight for alvin fielder – astral spirits
18. julie doiron – i thought of you – you’ve changed CC
19. den mother – frantic ram  – self CC
20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds
21. beatrice deer – shifting – musique nomad – CC
22. slaughter – live in 85 – cursed blessings CC
23. blood incantation – timewave zero – century
24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self
25. d’eon – rhododendron – hausu mountain CC*
26. june thrasher – viper creek – self CC
27. earl sweatshirt – sick! – tan cressida
28. health – disco 4 pt ii – loma vista
29. haviah mighty – stock exchange – mighty gang CC
30. eric chenaux – say laura – constellation CC

CKUT JAZZ TOP 10, April 20 2022

1. tomas fujiwara’s triple double – march – firehouse 12
2. lisa ulén , elsa bergman, anna lund – space – relative pitch
3. luke stewart silt trio – the bottom – cuneiform
4. charles rumback – seven bridges – astral spirits
5. gordon grdina’s haram – night’s quietest hour – ataboygirl CC
6. ava mendoza – new spells – astral sprits/relative pitch
7. mostly other people do the killing – disasters vol. 1 – hot cup
8. matthew bourne / emil karlsen – the embalmer – relative pitch
9. broadie west 5tet – meadow of my dreams – astral spirits CC
10. satoko fujii / joe fonda – thread of light – fsr

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: APRIL 12, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, April 12, 2022:

1. tanya tagaq – tongues – six shooter CC
2. kee avil – crease – constellation CC*
3. various – chandra mix tape vol 2 – we are time CC*
4. mauvey – the florist – 604 CC*
5. brave radar – under the net/dynamos – self cc*
6. les louanges – crash – bonsound – CC*
7. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*
8. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista
9. mares of thrace – the exile – sonic unyon CC
10. voivod – synchro anarchy – century media CC*
11. new chance – real time remixed – we are time CC
12. boris – w – sacred bones
13. guerilla toss – famously alive – sub pop
14. decerebration – follow the scars – self CC
15. anarchist mountains – a balkan spacewalk – self CC*
16. michelle – after dinner we talk dreams – canvasback
17. survival unit iii – the art of flight for alvin fielder – astral spirits
18. julie doiron – i thought of you – you’ve changed CC
19. den mother – frantic ram  – self CC
20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds
21. beatrice deer – shifting – musique nomad – CC
22. slaughter – live in 85 – cursed blessings CC
23. blood incantation – timewave zero – century
24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self
25. d’eon – rhododendron – hausu mountain CC*
26. june thrasher – viper creek – self CC
27. earl sweatshirt – sick! – tan cressida
28. health – disco 4 pt ii – loma vista
29. haviah mighty – stock exchange – mighty gang CC
30. eric chenaux – say laura – constellation CC