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Concert Review: Alan Licht at Suoni Per Il Popolo

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Alan Licht is one of those extremely prolific avant-garde musicians who keeps re-emerging in different musical contexts. Since the beginning of his career, Licht has explored large tracts of musical territory with endless collaborators and a consistently refined yet elusive style, one that resists description – ephemeral might be the best word for it. Whether he’s atonally plucking a subdued guitar with Loren Connors on Two Nights, or diverging into drone remixes of disco anthems on Plays Well, all of his output is confident and fascinating. Given this diverse discography, I was quite curious to see what Licht would play when I arrived at La Vitrola on June 3rd for his Suoni Per Il Popolo show.

The evening began with two strong performances from two very different guitarists. The first was local solo guitarist Vicky Mettler, who I’d never seen before. Mettler got the crowd’s attention with her loud, distorted acoustic guitar; any other sound in the audience was barely audible amidst the heavy tones she produced. Playing an assortment of atonal chords, Mettler sung and wailed alongside the creeping tones of her instrument, harmonizing in a foreboding and ominous way – a promising start for the night.

The second opener was an Icelandic guitarist by the name of Kristin Haraldsdottir. Her music, in direct contrast with Mettler’s, was hushed and lingering; Haraldsdottir let her instrument breathe in between notes, the guitar exhaling over empty air or a backing track of oceans, rivers, and various other hydrologic manifestations. Unfortunately, some of the effect was lost due to (in Licht’s words) a particularly noisy ‘polka-disco’ party underway downstairs. But despite the potential distractions, Haraldsdottir’s performance was captivating, and I hope she makes her way back to North America sometime soon.

By the time Licht went on, the room was quiet, the music from downstairs finally having subsided. Licht entered the stage quite unceremoniously, acoustic guitar in hand, and without skipping a beat he sat down on a chair centre-stage and began playing.

Licht’s guitar tone was clean and bright; you could hear each note reverberate as if it was a bell chime. He strummed his guitar, up and down, in a straightforward rhythm, and kept fingerpicking techniques to a minimum. There was no dissonance, no distortion – Licht was simply playing his guitar in the same way someone might play in their room at home, strumming chord after chord, thinking that maybe this progression would hypothetically sound good in a band someday.

Despite these rudimentary tools and straight ahead style, Licht did not fail to deeply impress. Throughout the show, he continuously convinced me that he knew exactly what he was doing, and that he was doing it well. Early on in the set Licht confided that, after reading Keith Richards’ biography, he was inspired to write a lot of these songs in open G. The tuning allowed him to hit all six strings of his guitar with every stroke of his hand, creating a real fullness and depth to the sound.

The songs themselves were like hurried meditations on hypothetical childhood memories, not nostalgic, but rather invoking in me the same sense of solipsistic optimism that I used to feel when I was a kid. Rather than leaving me with the chills, Licht’s gave me a warm feeling, like the one you get in your stomach when seeing a friend after many months apart. In a way, it felt as if Licht had turned La Vitrola into his own living room, and the audience members were his welcomed guests as we sat there and watched him play.

Licht didn’t linger on stage once he finished, instead hurrying over to the merch table, leaving his audience to find our way back to reality. The concert had been an exclusive peek into another world, Licht’s performances like bedroom renditions of the best rock songs never written. Eventually, I begrudgingly got on my feet to leave, feeling as though I was arriving home from a vacation, the sound of Licht’s guitar still repeating over and over in my head.

– Review by Rudy Quinn

Corbin Ordel

Corbin Ordel hosts ‘If You Got Ears’ all June!

Corbin OrdelFor all of June, If You Got Ears is curated by local sweetheart, Corbin Ordel. Tune in Wednesdays 12-2 for Corbin’s experimental sessions. Here’s how he puts its…

I am Corbin Ordel (one 1/2 of Steve Jr.) and I will be playing music coming from 
all corners and sections of the rainbow. Everything that has planted a flag in my brain will be presented on the show. I will be playing tracks from my extensive 
catalogue of 74-minute minidisk mixes (tracks can range from early millennium nu 
metal <my preferred music for walking around the mall in Bellingham, Washington> 
to my all time favourite bands from Washington, D.C. <perfect for summer cruising>) and other life-affirming albums (a lot of these are made by my friends). DJ 
Spencer Gilley will be performing live in studio on June 11th and in anticipation of the Suoni Per Il Popolo show on June 7th (feat Tonstartssbandht, Cousins of Reggae, and Steve Jr.) I will be playing selected tracks from each band.







Come out to a very special party!  Showcasing some serious DJ talent from Montreal’s #1 radio station, CKUT 90.3 FM!

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Inspecteur Épingle, 4051 St-Hubert (corner of Duluth)




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**All proceeds go to support CKUT radio’s delegation to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit!

On the musical menu: Beats, Breaks, Bass, Punk (Post, Pre, and Present), Funk, Soul, Community

On the 1’s and 2’s:

-DJ Damn Brunette (The Witching Hour)
-DJ Rhythm & Hues (World Skip the Beat)
-The Venus Collective (Venus Radio)
-Andy Williams (The Goods)

This summer, we are organizing to send a delegation of CKUT radio members to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit!

While in there, we will be hosting a live broadcast of Off the Hour from the AMC, giving workshops on radical radio, networking, and getting CKUT’s good name out there in the world!


An evening with some of CKUT’s best DJs.  Don’t miss out!

Molly Drake

NEW SHIT :: June 2 2014

Molly Drake

Today on the music departments weekly program we began by previewing some upcoming Suoni Per Il Popolo concerts, including Le Fruit Vert, Omar Souleyman, Alden Penner, Richard Buckner, Ought, Lydia Ainsworth and Ramzi.

Rounding out the end of the show, we bid a fond farewell to Tim Beeler, host of NEW SHIT for the past 10 months. He expertly curated a masterful playlist of his top picks from his tenure. Tim’s set included Tal National, Molly Drake (pictured), Cirquit des Yeux, Undone and David Rosenboom.

Tune in Mondays 3-5pm for new selections from the CKUT music department.


Brave Radar on NEW SHIT


Tune in today from 3-5pm for another edition of NEW SHIT, your weekly source for new music.

PLUS, we’ll be talking with Tessa Smith of Brave Radar (co-founder of Fixture Records) about their first album in five years, Message Centre.

Don’t miss out! 90.3 FM / CKUT.CA / ARCHIVES

Total Eclipse Live Compilation: Now Streaming!

Hey all,

you can now stream our new compilation Total Eclipse: Live on CKUT in it’s entirety on bandcamp.

Also check the purchasing links to grab your limited-edition CD/Cassette!


The Past on NEW SHIT


This week on New Shit we’ll be previewing the amazing and totally weather-appropriate new release from The Past (formerly Ollie North), Airless.  We’ll be doing a live phone interview with Jack Deming to talk about the tape around 4pm EST.



CKUT Live Compilations now available online


The internet lets out a big “hoo-ray”

Yes, you can now get your hands on our coveted CD/Cassette compilation via the interways! Head this way:

If you are lucky enough to be in Montreal, you can also pick up a copy at Phonopolis, Atom Heart, Cheap Thrills, L’Oblique, or our offices starting this Thursday.

Don’t sleep on it!  Both are limited runs of 100/200.

For questions or bulk-ordering information contact Tim at library at




Teebs Interview on NEW SHIT


Tune in today at 4pm/16h EST to catch an interview with West Coast artist/beat-maker/producer Teebs.

Plus your usual smattering of New Releases (including tracks from our newly-minted compilation Total Eclipse).