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Spring vibes on New Shit 4/15

Mont Royal

Wow! Spring! Feel like paying $10 to get your poem turned into a song by the master of 50s bubblegum otherwise known as Expwy? You can do that! Go to that there link! Tune in next week for another round of New Shit!

Shows This Week

Marnie Stern @ Casa Del Popolo 4/15
Pissed Jeans @ Il Motore 4/15
Acid Mothers Temple @ Sala Rossa 4/15
Akron/Family @ Il Motore 4/20

New Shit Playlist 4/15

Slight – Edison – Melodion
ArtsyChix – Negro – CKUT FM: Total Eclipse Compilation
Expwy – Tumble to the grass below – Expwy in the Sky
Mouthbreathers – Every Day is Not Kids Day – Stone Soup
Fidlar – Cheap Beer – Fidlar
Pissed Jeans – Bathroom Laughter – Honeys
Marnie Stern – Year of the Glad – The Chronicles of Marnia
Group Sound – Romantic Notions
Akron/Family – No-Room – Subverses
Mount Kimbie – Blood + Form – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
James Blake – Every Day I Ran – Overgrown
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Total Eclipse Concert Series 2013


Total Eclipse Concert Series 2013

Hi friends,
A former Radio 1190 pal was in town for a visit over the weekend and we had some good adventures traversing around the city by foot, catching a sweet Drainolith/Andy Boay gig and eating plenty of Montreal’s famous bagels. Having houseguests visit always makes me remember how great the city can be — sometimes I need that kick in the ass to go out and do some local exploring.

Here in the music department, we’re real excited about our upcoming Total Eclipse Concert Series. Running Thursday till Saturday, we have three nights of killer jams lined up each curated by a different CKUT music program. If you’re in Montreal, you’re gonna want to be there. All the deets:

Free Kick presents Ylang Ylang, Artsychix, and Pyongyang @ Barfly

New Shit & Passovah present Slight, Nick Kuepfer, Sea Oleena, Year of Glad, and DJ Noah Bick @ the Plant

Beyond the Horizon & Rock n’ Roll Time Machine present EXPWY, Grupo Skip Jensen, and Porn Persons @ La Brique

Want more info? Check out our website, or take a peek at this amazing video put together by CKUT’s own Lou-ease Burns: [youtube]

Shows are $7 each at the door or a three-night pass is $15, available at CKUT. We hope to see you there!


ckut top 30 – april 9, 2013
grouper – the man who died in his boat – kranky
jerusalem in my heart – mo7it al-mo7it – constellation C
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porn persons

Interview w/ Porn Persons + Expwy on New Shit 4/8

porn persons

We had a wild time interviewing Rodna Howard and her legal scientist from the band Porn Persons. Look out for a transcription wherein we discuss the legal ramifications of a falling ton of bricks vs. the feather of an illegal pelican. Plus, we interviewed the 50s prog, bubblegum pop, AM-radio-Tommy-aspiring, (often) one man band, Expressway. Both bands will be playing our Total Eclipse Festival Series. Check our playlist below, plus a fan-made video for Expwy, and take a listen to the show over at the archives!

New Shit Playlist 4/8

Borbetomagus – Pink Pants – Zurich
Nick Kuepfer – Ladybugs on Window, Spraypaint on Deer Carcass – CKUT: Total Eclipse 2013
Bombino – Amidinine – Nomad
Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni Ba – Kensogni – Jama Ko
Porn Persons – Burning in My Brain – CKUT: Total Eclipse 2013
Expwy – Foppish Gallant + Scarecrow Thin – CKUT: Total Eclipse 2013
Mouthbreathers – Standards – Stone Song
Isengrind – The Snowbringer Cult – Resurrect Dead on Planet Six
Expwy – I lost a million narrow steps to a hard-luck cockeye
Expwy – Split a hair above the summer sky
Dam Ships – Find A Place, Anywhere
Grupo Skip Jensen – Building Down – CKUT: Total Eclipse 2013

Suuns, Pick a Piper, and Pat Jordache on New Shit 4/1

Peep the video for our upcoming concert series and check out our playlist. We talked about the Suuns, Pick a Piper and Andy Boay shows and had fun playing a really dancy set towards the middle. Take a listen on the archives and tune in next week on Monday from 3-5pm!

This Week’s Shows

Ital w/ Container @ Il Motore 4/3
Suuns w/ Technical Kidman @ Sala Rossa 4/4
Pick A Piper w/Dam Ships @ Quai Des Brumes 4/5

New Shit Playlist 3/25

Black Pus – Marauder – All My Relations
The Snowbringer Cult – Amantsokan – Natural Snow Buildings
Wolf Eyes – Confession of the Informer – No Answer-Lower Floors
Pick a Piper – South to Polynesian – S/T
Pat Jordache – Fields Laying Fallow – Fields Laying Fallow (Single)
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panopticon eyelids interview on new shit 3/25

Many thanks to Eric, Michel and Sebastian of Panopticon Eyelids + Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche (both of whom are playing this Friday at L’Escogriffe) for joining us in studio for an interview. You can check it on the archives and head over to L’Escogriffe on Friday to celebrate the venue’s 13th anniversary.

Shows This Week

Sigur Ros w/Tim Hecker @ Bell Centre 3/27
Boats @ Cagibi 3/29
Zammuto @ Il Motore 3/31

New Shit Playlist 3/25

War Baby – Horseless Headmen – Jesus Horse
Foals – Inhaler – Holy Fire
Sigur Ros – Brennisteinn – Kveikur
Fluorescent Grey – Smearing Tones – Ambiente
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TONIGHT on Venus Radio, A K U A


Tune in today to CKUT from 12-2pm for Venus to hear an interview with Ghanan/Canadian synth-soul songstress A K U A !

Born to an immigrant father from Ghana and a Canadian mother, Akua Carson was raised in a relatively uneventful suburb of London, Ontario. As a biracial child in a culturally homogenous community, Akua’s childhood would bear a certain uneasiness surrounding identity and categorization; a theme that has persisted its way into her music and undoubtedly influenced the diversity and ambiguity one hears in her sound today.

She’ll be playing a show presented by the Howl Arts Collective tonight at La Sala Rossa alongside Detroit MC Invincible. Definitely don’t miss it if you’re into good vibes, soul or hip hop.



CKUT in Good Company


It may come as no surprise to you all that we at CKUT really love radio. Spoken, weird, musical or otherwise, we’re big fans of stuff that comes from a stereo and a dial. That spirit might have changed a bit with the whole internet thing, but it’s also given us the opportunity to hear shows from programmers around the world.

Lexis over at Music is My Sanctuary is definitely a proponent of this kind of intercontinental radio listening, and he’s put CKUT’s WeFunk andThe Goods in the company of shows like Gilles Peterson Worldwide and Beats in Space. Needless to say, we’re in good company.

Check the post here

and check out those shows if ya didn’t know!

WeFunk – CKUT on Fridays 24:00 – 2:00AM
The Goods – CKUT on Sundays 14:00 – 16:00

mardi spaghetti


mardi spaghetti

Hey friends,

Charts are hitting you late because my day was mostly spent teching a super rad remote broadcast of the excellent Mardi Spaghetti series’ fifth anniversary show — so many amazing local musicians participating in a 12-hour free improv marathon, whewwww. If you dig wild jazz and avant-garde sounds, you owe it to yrself to check things out.

Quick note for those in Kingston and Toronto, I’ll be in your cities over the weekend playing a couple gigs — get in touch if you’ll be around!

This long day plus hauling gear through an intense snowstorm has done me in for now..
A bientot till next week,


ckut top 30 – march 19, 2013
colin stetson – new history warfare volume 3: to see more light – constellation CC
choeur maha – songs from silence – self-released CC
jerusalem in my heart – mo7it al-mo7it – constellation CC
grouper – the man who died in his boat – kranky
iceage – you’re nothing – matador
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Mardi Spaghetti

Mardi Spaghetti Marathon CKUT Remote

Mardi Spaghetti

Hey! Everybody’s a fan of improvised music, yeah?

Say, for example, Ellwood Epps (who we interviewed on this very blog) or Malcom Goldstein (who sometimes plays live on CKUT). Now add on about fifteen more extremely talented performers and you’ve got a marathon of improvised music hosted and curated by the Tuesday Montreal institution, Mardi Spaghetti.

Since we’re such fans of these sorts of sounds, we’re gonna be there from 12-2pm today doing a remote broadcast from this very special event.

Check the lineup after the jump and on Mardi Spaghetti’s site and tune into CKUT from 12-2pm to help celebrate this wonderful improvisational happening’s 5th year of existence!

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things we said on new shit 3/18

Sad news today with the loss of Secretly Canadian’s Jason Molina. We had a heavy first hour with tunes from the likes of Ken Mode and then tried our shot at the sun with bossa nova from Vinicius Cantuária. Lots of shows to look out for this week and be sure to tune in next week from 3-5pm. Or check out our archives.

Shows This Week

Mardi Spaghetti Marathon @ Caigibi 3/19
Ponctuation album launch @ Divan Orange 3/20
Nick Cave @ Metropolis 3/22
Leif Vollebekk @ Cabaret Du Mile End 3/23
Mac DeMarco @ Sala Rossa 3/24

New Shit Playlist 3/18

Suuns – Minor Work – Images du Futur
Shugo Tokumaru – Katachi – In Focus?
Pere Ubu – Feuksley Ma’am, The Hearing
Foot Village – This Song is a Drug Deal – Make Memories
Pat Jordache – Hunger – Hunger
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