The first edition of the Total Eclipse music series has come and gone and it was a nutty and lovely way to kick off the CKUT Annual Funding Drive! Just in case you hadn’t heard about this happening, the concert series involved three consecutive nights of music at three different Montreal venues which were curated by three different CKUT radio shows and featured righteous local arteests…and this is what it looked like! Thanks to all the volunteers, CKUT staff, venue staff and local media who helped make this first crack at the series a successful fundraising venture for the station!! (All photos by Amber, Karen R. and a bunch of different music department volunteers! More photos to come!)
DAY 1 /// Thursday Oct. 20th /// Hosted by Underground Sounds at Casa del Popolo! Keywords: Gorgeous introspection + shimmering wall of effects/voice/rhythms + hilarious and disconcertingly intense stage relations complete with hip gyrations + epic-ly husky-vocal-ed rock music complete with harmonized guitar and honeyed bass lines + good buds everywhere.
Stranger a.k.a. Jordan Robson Cramer
Sean "Nicholas" Savage
DAY 2 /// Friday Oct. 21st /// Hosted by the Venus Collective at Divan Orange! Keywords: Black-masked post punk with big pre-recorded drums + lovely, primal poncho-draped dance party times + dark punk lighting the room with heraldic melodies.
***Word to the wise: get in contact with the funding dept. at CKUT to find out about nabbing a limited edition, silkscreened Venus radio tank top!
DAY 3 /// Saturday Oct. 22nd /// Hosted by DUCK TRUCK at Thee Olde Hotel2Tango! Keywords: traditionally debaucherous Montreal overnight loft party complete with wicked DJs and noisy performances + lots of bodies + lots of hotness + queer/political/punk/Mile End hipsters all mixing together like a not-quite-congealed high-alcool-content jello shot: strong and just right for an eight hour (or so) dance partay.
Me (Amber) resting before the third and final (over)night(er)
Jeremy + Amanda- thanks to all of our volunteers!
DUCK TRUCK! Aaron models some headgear.
DJ Julie D!
Pyscho-strong jello shot
DJ Aaron Maiden
After this amazing-ness, Zimo played an amazing set…those photos are not yet available, but will be soon!
Total Eclipse (Oct. 20th-22nd) is coming, three shows in a row to herald CKUT’s annual funding drive. Hurrah! The brightness will be blacked out from our days and memories will be forged from stage light and shadow. Did you know that passes for the series are now available? They’re $20 for all three nights versus paying $8 at the door per show. You can pick up your pass at CKUT (3647 University St.), Phonopolis (207 Bernard Ouest) or Cheap Thrills (2044 Metcalfe st. 2nd floor).
In order to welcome this mystical/mythical event into our collective consciousness, we’ve invited Total Eclipse performers to answer a Q&A. Our second interview subject is none other than the completely rad Dirtyboots. Without any further ado…
What is your name?
dirtyboots What is the story behind your name? I spent a significant amount of my formative years listening to sonic youth and having an insane crush on kim gordon. This all still applies now, in fact. Hometown: Winnipeg! The land of great music and total babes. Home base: Montreal Latest recording/release: I just put out a demo (self-titled) that was recorded by the lovely Markus Lake. I was in a crazy rush to finish it because I was going on tour in the U.S. and knew that it was unlikely I’d be making mad cash, so had to at least have some fucking merch! I screenprinted it myself, and I think it turned out pretty cool! Describe the vibe/feel of this album in five words: dark. grimy. soul. noise. synthy. What have you been listening to lately? I just re-organized my record collection, which becomes unmanageable at least once a month – it made me remember (again) that can is a fucking awesome band. Also a few great compilations of cambodian psych music are making a pretty heavy rotation right now. What is your craziest/most memorable/favourite tour story? This summer I went on a mini tour with 2600.1, and we last minute decided for the hell of it to max out the fun and bring two artist buddies of mine, which meant that we had not one but TWO people to do visuals for us. It was fucking hilarious because we were playing super skid venues and punk houses half the time, but damn did every show have mad style because of the sweet projections. What’s your pre-show routine? Nothing in particular? Milling anxiously around my house. …And post-show? Generally a night of revelry and fun-having ensues after a show. Who would you love to share a bill with? In a true dream world? Alan Vega. And Billie Holiday. Who are your dream collaborators (living or dead)? The amazing crew of DUCK TRUCK RADIO have have always been my favorite people to organize and perform at events with, be it some weird outdoor show in the middle of nowhere or a tiny noise event at a used clothing store. Always fun, always all night. Most crucial equipment for your music making: My synth! It’s a Roland SH 2000 and it provides a really warm and lush sound. What did you do last Wednesday? Played with my adorable new puppy Bruce! Who do you cherish most in your life? That same Bruce. Of course. What movie makes you laugh after a long day? I will always have a soft spot for empire records, I think. What’s your back up plan? I always have so many different things on the go at the same time, besides music – I’m a bit manic when it comes to having projects. I guess because of that I don’t really have a need for a ‘backup’. I’m not especially concerned about ‘making it’ in terms of fame or labels or what have you…My ‘goals’, truly, are just to able to play interesting and weird events with musicians that I consider innovative, and for people who’s musical tastes I respect to dig the music that I write. Have you found love? I have been in love. Love is one of the most beautiful and terrible things that can happen to a person. But I’m also an earnest fan of sweet bachelor living.
When and where are your upcoming shows/performances?
The CKUT fundraiser TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS that my radio crew and I (duck truck radio) are hosting. I’m also organizing a crazy gay noise show this december as a follow up to last years LADYNOISEFEST. Whose songs will be playing on the oldies station 50 years from now? I guess this bullshit that’s on the radio right now? Katy Perrey or whatever? Though hopefully it’ll be Dead Prez. Ya never know.
Robyn a.k.a. Dirtyboots is playing the third night of the Total Eclipse series (presented by DUCK TRUCK RADIO) which will be happening at thee old Hotel2Tango (173-A Van Horne) along with LimbsWanderedAlone, Zimo, DJ Fiberglasspants, DJ Aaron Maiden, DJ Julie D, DJ Backdoor, DJ otherpeoplesmusic.