A Picturesque Venus Transit (aka Danji Buck-Moore, mem. Slight and Anabasine) will take control of the CKUT’s mighty airwaves for all five of November’s freaky Wednesdays from the noon hour till 2pm, bringing through an array of funny friends and extreme experimentalists from the deepest darkest corners of Montreal’s strangest scenes. On top of that he’ll take deep dives through some of his favourite obscure and famous recordings, be it on microchip or dusty wax, culling brain-bending and mind-dripping sonics from each and every corner of our weird and wonderful lily pad known as spaceship Earth. Please do call in, wherever you are, we really do want to talk to you.
It’s funding drive o’clock! Tune in today at 3pm to 90.3 CKUT for an extra awesome edition of New Shit: we’ll have LIVE performances by Un Blonde and Clear Spot as well as an interview and guest DJ set from Drainolith.
You know what might even be better than New Shit?
For the first few lucky donors of $25 and up, we have packs featuring a cornucopia of releases from independent Montreal label Fixture Records, cassettes from Egg Paper Factory, and a bunch a vinyl goodies from Constellation Records. Those who call early can take their pick of the packs below.
The Submissives – Do You Really Love Me? cassette
Brave Radar – Lion Head LP
Jef Elise Barbara – Sexe Machin / Sex Machine 7″
Lantern – Black Highways and Green Garden Roads cassette
Fixture Records compilation #4 CD
Whitney K – Pony
Inland Island – Zsa Zsa’s Window Opens Slowly
The Painters – Specks of Dust
We’re gearing up for our annual funding drive! You know that means: we’re running around like crazy organizing events, hustling up sweet prizes, and making sure the whole world knows how truly kickass CKUT is. Wanna learn more about the funding drive or show us some love? Hit up our funding website for all the details.
:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
FUNDING DRIVE! That’s what’s up, of course. We’re reaching out to our listeners and asking for support to help us continue broadcasting the most boundary-pushing, trailblazing content in Montreal and beyond. From our award-winning spoken word and news coverage to our die-hard support of local music, we’re not afraid to take risks and we wanna keep this trend going for many years to come. We’ve helped launch the careers of countless Montreal artists (shoutout to our buddies Grimes andOught, who think CKUT is “the best place on earth“) and we’re consistently voted asthe city’s #1 radio station. Need another reason to help keep CKUT alive? Check out our amazing merch goodies. It all kicks off this Thursday at noon and we want you on board for the ride — LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!
ckut top 30 – october 18, 2016
1. weyes blood – front row seat to earth – mexican summer
2. v/a – no. 2 – oh hi CC *
3. a tribe called red – we are the halluci nation – radicalized records CC
4. the luyas – says you – paper bag CC *
5. bon iver – 22, a million – jagjaguwar Continue reading
This summer, I became acquainted with the music of Porches in a big way. Their most recent album, Pool, came into my life at a time when I really needed some new stuff to listen to, and ever since, I’ve had Porches’ music on pretty much constant repeat. On Monday, October 3rd, I got the chance to see them play alongside Rivergazer and Japanese Breakfast at Bar Le Ritz PDB, a show that sold out early on in the night and did not disappoint.
Rivergazer kicked the show off at 9:30 – though usually a trio, they performed as a duo with synth and bass fronted by Kevin Farrant, the guitarist from Porches. Rivergazer’s music is mostly synth-heavy love ballads accented with extreme auto-tuned vocals, with the members trading off as lead vocalist accompanied by tight backing harmonies from the other. As someone in the crowd described, they sound “kind of like a sad Porches”, in terms of the kind of heavy emotional stuff found in their lyrics, especially in songs like “Only 4 U”. They were a great opener in terms of setting the mood as a fun-but-not-over-the-top night.
The next group, Japanese Breakfast, is a four-piece rock group from Philadelphia fronted by high-energy vocalist/guitarist, Michelle Zauner. Their vibe was a lot different than the two other bands, playing more straight-up fun rock with an non-self-conscious attitude towards enjoying themselves on stage. I found their music to be a little one-dimensional, and the mixing of the band made it so everything blended together into a muddled wall of sound. Zauner, though, was a powerful presence, driving the show forward despite poor sound quality.
Finally, Porches took the stage around 11:15, and played a tighter set than I’ve seen in a long time. Admittedly, the songs weren’t new to the band – their latest release, Pool (not including the EP, Water), came out in February, so they’ve had plenty of time to get the material down to a science. However, the performance still felt fresh, and the whole crowd seemed to get swept up in the clean grooves they were laying down. Aaron Maine, the band’s frontman, interacted with the audience a little between numbers, mostly to deadpan sarcastically or comment on how much he liked the venue. He seemed to really like Bar Le Ritz. A lot.
Towards the end of the set, the band had to drastically lower their volume due to police complaints, but the turn of events played almost to Porches’ favour. The set ended with two solo numbers by Maine, one being the classic “Xanny Bar”, a melancholy tune he often ends shows with. The other was a new song, which he introduced by saying he’d never played it live before and he was pretty nervous about it. By the end of the tune, the whole audience was singing along.
Loitering outside the venue after the show, the general sentiment was the same: Wow. Porches put on a show that was, on the one hand, entertaining and quirky, with quips from Maine in between songs and coordinated dance moves within the band. On the other hand, some moments were incredibly emotive, particularly in those quiet moments with just Aaron Maine on stage and a whole crowd of fans eating it all up. Overall, an amazing show from a band that came into my life far, far too recently.
– Review by Nora Duffy
Every Wednesday in October from 12-2pm tune into If You Got Ears for a very special residency curated by local audio/visual artist Estraven Lupino-Smith. Using a variety of angles to explore the intersections between nature and technology, they’ll be crafting soundscapes from long form drones, field recordings, and everything in between. In Lupino-Smith’s own words:
This residency will focus on drone/doom/experimental work and feature samples from animals that I have recorded or that are part of the Macauley Library. Expect some guests and live performances, where we will be drawing from this public archive for inspiration. The sound work I present will engage with the ideas of nature and technology, the way our interactions with the so-called “natural world” are technologically mediated, and that there are many amazing, wonderful and awe inspiring sounds made in nature.
If you haven’t heard of Montreal’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop, you’re in for a treat this month. HHYDS is a powerful initiative that provides positive alternatives for at-risk and underprivileged youth in Côte-des-Neiges and NDG. The project allows people to participate in various activities such as dance, music, writing, and visual art, in the aims to help channel energies into constructive and creative purposes. The organizers of this project have been doing their magic since 2005, and now in 2016 they have agreed to host If You Got Ears for the month of September! You can expect a whole lot of great music, talks, and positive spirits. We’ll be bringing more information on the specific details of the show in the near future. But for now, trust us, it’s going to be amazing~~
Tune in to the Montreal Sessions, every Tuesday from 3-5pm EST
This September, we’re welcoming back POP Montreal for yet another Montreal Sessions residency. They’ve been championing independent artists for well over a decade now and we are extremely excited to have them take to the airwaves once again here at CKUT.
POP is a 5 day celebration of creatives, from the 21st to 25th of September the city will be treated to a stellar line-up of emerging and established artists including the likes of Angel Olsen, Kode9 and HEALTH. It doesn’t just stop there as festivaliers can pack their day with events ranging from music conferences and workshops, to craft and record fairs. You’re never too young to enjoy quality music, and through Kids POP the young ones get a festival experience tailored especially for them too. We’re still a month away but some extremely exciting details have been announced over at the POP facebook, including a Secret City Records 10th anniversary party, a Foxtrott mixtape and even a custom coffee drink made for the festival!
POP Montreal (Montreal Sessions) / Tuesdays 3 – 5 PM / September 2016
This month’s Montreal Sessions, hosted by Alex Pelchat, will kick off today with a live session featuring rock duo Mother Tongue. Hailing from Rhode Island, Mother Tongue will be gracing our studio with sludgy tunes equipped with abrasive vocals, steady guitar, and chaotic drum beats. Alex will be holding a Q & A with the duo, so be sure to tune in for some rad music and convos!
Mother Tongue will be playing tonight at La Plante, kicking off their tour with Montreal trio Lungbutter. They will be touring the east coast for the month of August, so be sure to check out their facebook page to see when they’ll be in your area! Tune into CKUT 90.3 FM’s Montreal Session today from 3-5pm for some great live jams, or catch it on the archives if you miss it live.
For the entire month of July, Slut Island will be the host of Montréal sessions here at CKUT 90.3fm! Every Tuesday starting tomorrow July 5th from 3-5pm Slut Island will provide programming that will be focused from the perspective of those who see themselves as queer, female identifying/gender fluid people. They aim to change the music industry that is typical dominated by cisgendered white males and introduce a safer space for marginalized people that look for an outlet to showcase their talents on.
For the first two weeks on Montréal sessions the emphasis of the show will solely focus on Slut Island’s Festival activities! You can expect to hear more information about the festival which will be taking place at venues all over Montréal such as Casa Del Popolo, Bar le Ritz and 820 Plaza. Along with what you can expect to hear about Slut Island Festival, you can tune in tomorrow July 5th from 3-5pm for a live performance from local pop-punk band Chipped Nails! Keep it locked for tomorrows programming, brought to you by Ethel Eugene and Frankie Teardrop, to hear some wicked tunes and information on what to look forward to at the festival!
Nate Wooley has never been afraid of bold choices. His playing style is a constant testament to individuality and originality, earning him a position of playing the trumpet like no one else on the planet. Wooley’s previous albums range from abstract renditions of Wynton Marsalis tunes to particularly harsh versions of free jazz with obscure multi-phonic trumpet chops juxtaposed against distorted extended techniques. On his new album Argonautica, Wooley brings together musicians from the free jazz community and the fusion jazz scene making for a wide-ranging work encompassing valleys of space and cities of noise. Continue reading