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TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS JANUARY 16 2018

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CKUT TOP 30 FOR JANUARY 16th, 2018

 

 

1. ora cogan – crickets – hand drawn dracula CC *
2. mich cota – kija/care – egg paper factory CC *
3. long neck- will this do? – tiny engines
4. kelela – take me apart – warp
5. fever ray – plunge – mute
6. moses sumney – aromanticism – jagjaguwar
7. birthing hips – urge to merge – NNA
8. blue hawaii – tenderness – arbutus CC
9.  pro-v – michael 2 michael – pro knows productions CC *
10. buffy sainte-marie – medicine songs – true north CC
11. effrim menuck – pissing stars – constellation CC*
12. saicobab – sab se purani bab – thrill jockey
13. uncle meg – can’t stay the same – self-release
14. pierre kwenders – makanda at the end of space, the beginning of time – bonsound CC *
15. esmerine – mechanics of domination – constellation CC*s
16. valiska – on pause – trouble in utopia CC
17. tony allen – the source – blue note
18. circuit des yeux – reaching for indigo – drag city
19. tetrix – cassette romance – odin audio CC
20. mauno – tuning – idee fixe CC
21. vinu vinu – encounters – self-released CC *
22. laura baird – i wish i were a sparrow – ba da bing!
23.  M.E.S.H. – hesatix – pan
24. anthony braxton – solo (victoriaville) 2017 – victo
25. lhasa – live in reykjavic – audiogram CC *
26. krista muir – the tides – hypo records CC *
27. souljazz orchestra – under burning skies – strut CC
28. moth cock -1-100 at the speed of…. – hausu mountain
29.moon eyed – haleiwa – pleasance CC
30. charli xcx – pop 2 – asylum

 

ckut jazz – january 16, 2018

 

1. anthony braxton – solo (victoriaville) 2017 – victo
2. togetherness! – togetherness! – self cc
3. lina allemano’s titanium riot – squish it – lumo records cc
4. jen shyu – song of silver geese – pi recordings
5. tim berne’s snakeoil – incidentals – ecm
6.  the spontaneous music ens. – karyobin – emanem
7.  satoku fujii ork new york – fukushima – libra
8.  lina allemano four – sometimes y – lumo records cc
9.  hawkins / mitchener quartet – uproot – intakt
10.carrier / lambert – out of silence – fmr cc

 

 

ckut  rpm – january 16, 2018

errorsmith – superlative fatigue – pan
fever ray – plunge – rabid records
norm talley – norm-a-lize – fxhe
boha – burning up – bohamusic.bandcamp.com CC=
gene tellem – who says no – S.O.B.O – CC
M.E.S.H. – hesatix – pan
david last – 88-99 – jacktone
mhysa – fantasii – halycon veil
damon wild – cosmic path – infrastructure new york
agf – solid ep – agk produktion

 

ckut global – january 16, 2018

1.pierre kwenders – makanda at the end of space, the beginning of time – bonsound CC *
2.les filles de illighadad – eghass malan – sahel sounds
3.tony allen – the source – blue note
4.souljazz orchestra – under burning skies – strut CC
5.brooklyn raga massive – terry riley in c – northern spy
6.leila gobi – 2017 – clermont music
7.lemon bucket orchestra – if i had the strength – indoor recess
8. la misa negra – s/t – nam entertainment
9. brenda navarrete – mi mundo – alma
10. benji kaplan – chorando – big apple batucada

 

ckut beatbox – january 16, 2018

1.jamila woods – heavn – jagjaguwar
2.uncle meg – can’t stay the same – self-release2
3. touch – journey to the west – handsolorecords CC
4. swamp thing + ghettosocks – the octagon – droppin science  CC
5.fredy v – #ittakesavillage – self-released CC *
6.grieves – running wild – rhymesayers
7.amp fiddler – amp dog knights – mahogani
8.v/a – cosmic melanin – 88 days of fortune CC
9.tshizimba – zero – self-released CC *
10.open mike eagle – brick body kids still daydream – mello music group

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TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: JANUARY 9, 2017

IMG-4919Hi friends,

Alright we are back in the building, having survived a most brutal cold snap. So bad in fact I got a frostbit nose going to a show on Friday night. Things are still slow and lot hasn’t changed on the charts since we had a lot of holiday programming. Some new faces on there though so have a peek. RIP FRANCE GALL. Here she is in full on Montreal Canadians kit!

xo
alex

ckut top 30, january 9, 2017

1.buffy sainte-marie – medicine songs – true north CC
2.esmerine – mechanics of domination – constellation CC*
3.ora cogan – crickets – hand drawn dracula CC *
4.pierre kwenders – makanda at the end of space, the beginning of time – bonsound CC *
5.long neck- will this do? – tiny engines
6.mlodrs – dvdul – jmmx CC *
7.circuit des yeux – reaching for indigo – drag city
8.mich cota – kija/care – egg paper factory CC *
9.moses sumney – aromanticism – jagjaguwar
10.kelela – take me apart – warp
11.birthing hips – urge to merge – NNA
12.blue hawaii – tenderness – arbutus CC
13.valiska – on pause – trouble in utopia CC
14.tetrix – cassette romance – odin audio CC
15.mauno – tuning – idee fixe CC
16.vinu vinu – encounters – self-released CC *
17.irreversible entanglements – s/t – don giovanni
18.lhasa – live in reykjavic – audiogram CC *
19.effrim menuck – pissing stars – constellation CC*
20.wadada leo smith – najwa – tum
21.krista muir – the tides – hypo records CC *
22.souljazz orchestra – under burning skies – strut CC
23.les filles de illighadad – eghass malan – sahel sounds
24.tough age – shame – mint records CC
25.saicobab – sab se purani bab – thrill jockey
26.laura baird – i wish i were a sparrow – ba da bing!
27.honey – new moody judy – wharf cat
28. tony allen – the source – blue note
29.moon eyed – haleiwa – pleasance CC
30.socalled – tales from odessa – dare to care CC *

ckut jazz – january 9, 2018

tim berne’s snakeoil – incidentals – ecm
anthony braxton – solo (victoriaville) 2017 – victo
satoku fujii ork new york – fukushima – libra
lina allemano four – sometimes y – lumo records cc
togetherness! – togetherness – self cc
the spontaneous music ens. – karyobin – emanem
borderlands trio – asteroidea – intakt
barry altschul & the 3dom factor – live in kraków – not two
lina allemano’s titanium riot – squish it – lumo records cc
jen shyu – song of silver geese – pi recordings

ckut  rpm – january 9, 2018

errorsmith – superlative fatigue – pan
fever ray – plunge – rabid records
norm talley – norm-a-lize – fxhe
boha – burning up – bohamusic.bandcamp.com CC=
gene tellem – who says no – S.O.B.O – CC
M.E.S.H. – hesatix – pan
david last – 88-99 – jacktone
mhysa – fantasii – halycon veil
damon wild – cosmic path – infrastructure new york
agf – solid ep – agk produktion

ckut global – january 9, 2018

2.richard gamble – mr. chill the iceman – self CC*
3.les filles de illighadad – eghass malan – sahel sounds
4.pierre kwenders – makanda at the end of space, the beginning of time – bonsound CC *
5.souljazz orchestra – under burning skies – strut CC
6.brooklyn raga massive – terry riley in c – northern spy
7.leila gobi – 2017 – clermont music
8.lemon bucket orchestra – if i had the strength – indoor recess
9.tony allen – the source – blue note
10. la misa negra – s/t – nam entertainment

ckut beatbox – january 9th, 2018

1.jamila woods – heavn – jagjaguwar
2.uncle meg – can’t stay the same – self-release
3.fredy v – #ittakesavillage – self-released CC *
4.pro-v – michael 2 michael – pro knows productions CC *
5.grieves – running wild – rhymesayers
6.amp fiddler – amp dog knights – mahogani
7.v/a – cosmic melanin – 88 days of fortune CC
8.tshizimba – zero – self-released CC *
9.open mike eagle – brick body kids still daydream – mello music group
10.young rj – blaq royalT – ne’astra music group

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TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: DEC 19. 2017

nat-king-cole-1960-bw-billboard-650 Hi friends,

Here are our last charts before the holidays! We will be compiling charts again for the 9th of January, 2018, representing everything played on the station over the holidays. I will be back in the office, nose to the grindstone, on January 4th. Props to the great Buffy Sainte-Marie who holds both the number one position on our charts and in our hearts. This woman has been holding it down in the music business and knocking out solid records for over 50 years! Have great holidays, stay safe and all the best in the new year.

xo
alex

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ckut top 30 – december 19, 2017

1.buffy sainte-marie – medicine songs – true north CC
2.esmerine – mechanics of domination – constellation CC *
3. julie & the wrong guys – s/t – dine alone records CC
4.ida toninato & jennifer thiessen – the space between us – ambiences magnetiques CC *
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CKUT’s Favourite Sounds of 2017

In a bit of an annual tradition here at CKUT, we’re excited to present a year-end recap of some of our favourite sounds from 2017. Here’s a peek into the things that have intrigued & entertained our ears, spanning all genres and styles. Dig in.

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Concert Review: DF EP Launch @ Art Lounge

Montreal-based audiovisual duo DF released their new EP abcdf this past week, marking the occasion with an evening of stellar local music at Art Lounge that featured sets from Justin Lazarus (Look Vibrant) and Joni Void, as well as DF themselves.

I was fifteen minutes late to the soirée; by the time I arrived the huddled audience was already seeped in the wooze of Lazarus’s characteristically idiosyncratic, adventurous songwriting. Lazarus and his two accompanists had a stripped down set up of vocals, sampler, bass and keys that glowed with analog warmth. He took the crowd to chord school, teaching us to celebrate mixing disparate colours in the same song. Whatever emotional arc Lazarus’s songs demanded, he always chose the sounds that were right for them. His set coupled this free-spirited vision with earnestness and vocal abilities bent to his will, making for an unfailingly exciting live experience.

Following Lazarus was Joni Void, who performed found-sound electronic music, backed by projections. For the most part, he kept a filter over the projector’s lens, lightly distorting the visuals so the audience had to recall them from memory. Void began his set with a dusky lullaby of a rarity from his side project, Boy With a Red Cap. Its serene sine blips were spare but not reaching for anything more, twinkling enough that the crowd could lock into Void’s vision. The set’s highlight was a song based on an ambulance siren that flashed before the audience, running to and from opposite ends of the stereo image. During this song, Void showed us video clips of city life, but never the ambulance itself. The siren passed again and again, suspending me in a daily moment I rarely otherwise think about. Off-kilter harmonies formed around the visuals and a discernable beat took me into a bizarre trance, where the sound and visuals of daytime were bent to rhythms typical of nightlife. Joni Void uses an impressively sparse set of sounds to command of the listener’s mind, and in this set he had me captivated.

Headliners DF performed next in front of their own massive light fixture, an array of panels that visual artist Dan Freder puppeteers in pulses and patterns, responding to Dustin Finer’s saxophone. Throughout the set, Freder hopped from dimension to dimension, switching between altering the patterns on the light fixture and projecting various visual mapping schemes against the venue walls. Prior to this show, I had only seen the duo’s music video for “She’s Great and All…,” which superimposes 3D animations against real life footage. When the two played the song live, Freder opted for alternate imagery, casting ripples on a set of delighted dots. Through innovations such as this, DF made sure the night didn’t feel like a playthrough of the EP, and Freder demonstrated versatile imaginations that paired well with his partner’s music.

On the music end of the set, Finer ditched the potential baggage of the solo-instrument-loop-pedal performance by making sure to get the most out of his tenor sax. Digging deep in the sax’s sound, he reached Hammond-organ-like bass tones and created mechanical glitchy percussion by tapping his horn’s keys. Finer had a family of hearty, triumphant tunes ready for the communal vibe, but he also made time to rip freeform solos through a yummy stacked-4ths harmonizer.

My personal favorite piece of the night was the manic “Hobgoblin,” where Finer squealed through his horn as Freder shook a piece of foil against a beam of light. The fact that “Hobgoblin” lasts only one second is further testament to its reckless creativity, and the duo’s broad, promising conception of art. The nature of AV shows demands they be experienced live, so DF are a group you should see for yourselves – and there will definitely be many more opportunities, as this duo’s future has plenty in store.

– review by Rian Adamian

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POP Past The Poster: What To See This Week

POP Montreal is finally here, folks. Montreal’s most massive music festival (say that five times fast) has descended upon the city, promising a week of stellar shows, panels, films and more. But POP’s best feature is also its most intimidating: there’s just so much good stuff. The festival has literally hundreds of amazing artists worth seeing this week, which is both very exciting and very overwhelming. With so many bands, the smaller shows at POP can sometimes be easily overlooked. That’s why we’ve put together a schedule of the less-publicized POP shows – none of the artists below are featured on the POP poster. So, in between Austra and Weyes Blood, maybe I’ll see you at one of these sweet gems this week:

Wednesday Evening:
Naomi Punk // Phern // Mundy’s Bay @ La Vitrola

Start your POP off right with the experimental art rock of Naomi Punk, whose new album Yellow is a jerky, jolting masterclass in breaking down your expectations of punk. Opening up are locals Mundy’s Bay and Phern, whose gazey post-punk and off-kilter smart pop definitely warrant arriving early.

Thursday Afternoon:
Joni Void // Sea Oleena // Desert Bloom // Best Fern // Ohara @ Phonopolis

This lineup (curated by CKUT’s own Underground Sounds) brings together some of the best ambient and electronic artists in the city for what is sure to be an entirely enveloping afternoon. From the calming ethereal pop of Best Fern to the eerie experimental music of Joni Void, this is a lineup to immerse in and drift away on.

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CKUT x MUTEK: An interview with Beatrice Dillon

As part of our ongoing MUTEK coverage, CKUT’s own Cyan (of Modular Systems) chatted with the London-based artist, producer, and NTS resident Beatrice Dillon. Read the full transcript below and get to know this prolific, boundary-pushing sound wiz.

C: Does your work as a DJ / radio host influence your own music production?

BD: It’s usually the other way round, I approach DJing as a musician so I search for music that connects with my own in some way – through production, attitude etc. Being on NTS gives me the chance to showcase all sorts of music and hopefully highlight some of the more unknown weirder stuff.

C: Are there any common musical themes/connections/processes that you draw on?

BD: I try to look beyond the 4/4 as that is covered really well by other DJs across NTS. I’m more interested in reduced ideas, unfamiliar time structures etc, I also like to balance newer and older music but to be honest it’s up to the listener..  I actually just play things I like!

C: What do you personally find interesting in a dj set as a listener?

BD: I’m always excited by twists and turns in DJ sets, moments where it could go wrong. I love watching DJs that enjoy the full capacity of a sound system – highs/lows etc..so the set becomes quite sculptural.

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C: One of the aims of Mutek is to showcase digital creativity. I was wondering how you would see your work in that context, or not?

BD: Well I use a computer and digital instruments all the time so it’s a huge part of what I do. Like a lot of people, I slightly obsess over technology and what might be possible for me but there’s always an interest in combining approaches. I’ve just produced a commission for a German artist, Jorinde Voigt, who makes beautiful large-format drawings which connect ideas across pattern language, diagramatic expression, algorithmic impulses, colour theory etc and I invited classically-trained cellist, Lucy Railton and Japanese percussionist, Kenichi Iwasa to perform with me as a contrast to the digital.

C: I wanted to know what motivates your collaborations – are you looking for particular types of collaborators, projects or ideas or does this just happen through personal friendships for example? How do your collaborative experiences influence your individual working practice?

BD: Usually through friendships. There’s always something to be gained from listening to someone else.

C: What are some of your upcoming artistic projects post-Mutek?

BD: I have a 12” on Hessle Audio which is a more club focused collaboration with Call Super and a remix for Ploy on the great Bristol label, Timedance. Then I’m focusing on a commission for a sound piece installed in a large cave in the north of England this autumn. Finishing a new solo record, a remix and continuing with some some new solo visual work. Plus, there are live and DJ sets booked too, so it’s a busy few months ahead, looking forward to it!

To learn more about Modular Systems and Traktion, check out Cyan’s website

 

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Free Samples Playlist

With last week’s article on DJ Khaled marking the end of Free Samples, here’s a playlist featuring some of the best tracks from the series. Thanks to everyone who followed this project throughout the summer!
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Spirit in the Dark” by Aretha Franklin
School Spirit” by Kanye West
Gold Digger” by Kanye West
I Got a Woman” by Ray Charles
Hotline Bling” by Drake
Cha Cha” by D.R.A.M.
Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz Remix)” by Kyla
Glow” by Drake feat. Kanye West
Devotion (Live)” by Earth, Wind & Fire
i” by Kendrick Lamar
That Lady” by The Isley Brothers
Loyalty” by Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna
24 Karat Magic” by Bruno Mars
Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” by Jay-Z
I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
Maria Maria” by Carlos Santana feat. Wyclef Jean
Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

– Matthew Martino

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CKUT x MUTEK Present buffalo MRI’s Montreal Sessions

As part of our ongoing Montreal Sessions residency, CKUT and MUTEK are thrilled to be welcoming one of our favourite local sound-benders, Dominique Alexander, back into the studio. Familiarize yourself with her excellent work below and catch her live on the air from 3-5pm, streaming from your faithful source ckut.ca.

buffalo MRI is the solo project of Montréal-based experimental musician Dominique Alexander. Since 2013, Alexander has developed an approach focused on prepared tape, field recordings, sampler performance, and fluctuation between structure and improvisation. Her creative process employs a wide range of techniques and sound sources, from voyeuristic moments and spontaneous background noises caught on tape to plunderphonics-style sample work and everywhere in between. From a given handful of recordings, Alexander manages to extract minute details and reconfigure them, weaving unrelated sounds into new images in performance.

As well as having made solo appearances at numerous one-off events and festivals in Montreal, including POP and Suoni Per Il Popolo, Alexander has performed elsewhere in Québec, Ontario, and the United States, with further touring slated for this fall. Her work has also taken the form of collaboration both within music and across disciplines. She is currently one half of experimental duo Urlapse with Joshua Bastien, and in 2016 she worked with visual artists Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau and choreographer Sarah Wendt to compose and perform a live score for their work The Rules, debuted at Montréal’s OFFTA Festival.

Outside of music performance, Alexander has worked in curatorial and academic capacities, giving guest lectures at Concordia University on the history of musique concrète and tape music as well as on the representation and visibility of women in electronic and experimental music. For a one-month residency at McGill University’s CKUT radio station, she hosted the weekly experimental music program If You Got Ears and will continue to appear as a regular guest on the show for future editions. While working to prepare her MUTEK debut, Alexander is also crafting a future release that functions as a reimagining of the “DJ tools” format, her first released work as buffalo MRI in over two years.

You can hear her hosting CKUT’s MUTEK x Montreal Sessions on Tuesday, August 22nd from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Photo: Thomas Boucher