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Concert Review: Thurston Moore Group and Jessica Moss @ La Sala Rossa

On Tuesday, July 18 Montrealers lined up eagerly outside La Sala Rossa for the long awaited Thurston Moore Group and Jessica Moss show. For those who don’t know, Thurston Moore is a singer, songwriter and guitarist for Sonic Youth, one of the most influential rock bands of our time, thanks to their unconventional guitar tunings and experimental use of objects like screwdrivers and drum sticks to alter tone quality. The audience that night was full of Sonic Youth lovers who had come to see a living legend.

Starting the night off was Jessica Moss, a local violinist who also plays in Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Black Ox Orkestar. Moss played a single 25 minute piece which told the story of a refugee traveling from danger to safety, her presence majestic as she manipulated an array of pedals with her bare feet and hands. Stacks of echoing loops and distortion on her violin and voice created an intensely entrancing experience for the ears, while Moss’ melancholic repetitions of the words “entire populations” served as a stark and heart-wrenching reminder of the piece’s subject matter. As the layers and signal-bending folded and unfolded, I felt a sense of relief, like one may feel when they finally see land after a long time at sea. With one piece, Moss took the audience on a beautifully haunting sonic and emotional journey.

Thurston Moore Group took the stage next. Seeing Moore live for the first time was an experience I will never forget. I knew he had a unique way of playing guitar, but watching it in real time was breathtaking. Moore used his guitar fully, from the output jack to the bridge and all the way up to the headstock, gently and rhythmically tapping it with his fingers to further distort the timbre of the sound. He wasn’t the only living legend on stage that night, though – My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe was shredding and delivering heavy bass lines in sync with part-time Sonic Youth and current Sun Kil Moon drummer Steve Shelley.

The group played tracks off their new album Rock N Roll Consciousness, a record that very pleasantly sounds like something Sonic Youth could have released. Beyond his astonishing guitar-work, Moore was also as political as ever. On “Cease Fire,” a song off the new album, he denounced guns and empowered love to rule. While introducing the song, Moore revealed that he first played Sala Rossa years ago for an anti-Bush show. “Is there a difference between a corporate take-over and a political take-over?” he wondered aloud. “I don’t think so. Well, we’re here for a free love take-over.”

At the end of the show, the merch table was surrounded by a large mass of fans while Moore signed records. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the last albums and exchanged a few words with Moore about the rise of extremist right wing groups and the need for organized actions, offering him one of my ‘FCK NZS’ stickers. “Yeah I’ll take that!” he responded, “I’ve seen the t-shirts around!” I would be lying if I said I’m not hoping he puts it on one of his guitars. I left the venue that night sonically satisfied, feeling an after-buzz that stuck with me for several days – a free-love takeover, indeed.

– Review by Nadège Zaghdoudi-Allan

Suoni per il Popolo 2013 ticket giveaways on CKUT!!!

Happy summer, Montreal! The weather is nice (except for all these rainstorms), the trees are green, and Montreal’s soundscape is about to be filled with jazzy, cool, and weird music. That’s right, Suoni per il Popolo 2013 is almost here! This is one of the city’s best festivals, featuring the big names of music actuelle and jazz alongside local up-and-comers. Because CKUT is awesome, we’re giving away a bunch of pairs of tickets for the next TWO WEEKS. Tune into the show listed next to artist you want to see to hear how you can win tickets and have an awesome June.

Tune into CKUT to go see awesome music for freeeeee!

Suoni per il Popolo 2013 Tickets

date to win the tickets – artist – venue – # of pairs – CKUT program giving u da tix

june 5 – grouper – sala rossa – 2 pairs – AACK, New Shit

june 5 – glenn jones – casa del popolo – 1 pair – Montreal Sessions

june 6 – lee ranaldo – sala rossa – 1 pair – Mtl Sessions

june 6 – jason lescaleet – casa del popolo – 2 pairs – AACK, Underground Sounds

june 7 – spectre folk – casa del popolo – 1 pair – Kitchen Bang Bang Law

june 8 – mv & ee – casa del popolo – 1 pair – New Shit

june 8 –  kevin drumm – sala rossa – 2 pairs – TBA

june 9 – oso blanco – casa del popolo – 1 pair – If You Got Ears

june 10 – brotzmann mcphee – sala rossa – 1 pair – Jazz Amuck

june 11 – pacha / josh abrams – sala rossa – 3 pairs – Jazz Amuck

june 12 – orcutt / corsano – sala rossa – 1 pair – If You Got Ears

june 12 – ratchet orchestra – sala rossa – 2 pairs – Jazz Amuck

june 13 – black tiw pickers – casa del popolo – 2 pairs – TBA

june 13 – french-american peace ensemble – sala rossa – 1 pair – Jazz Amuck

june 14 – pelt – casa del popolo – 2 pairs – AACK

june 14 – saltland – sala rossa – 2 pairs – Venus

june 15 – nu sensae – sala rossa – 5 pairs – If You Got Ears

 

Phew! That’s a lot of tickets! Check out everything you’d ever need to know about Suoni per il Popolo festival here.

Femme Maggots

May 7th, 2013: CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS:

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Hey friends,

Still shaking off the last bit of sleepiness after an early morning remote broadcast from a cafe/laundromat featuring a live performance from local CKUT pals the Femme Maggots (above) — no time for sleep, too much going on around Montreal these days. Over the weekend I caught two nights of good noise at the Cool Fest, celebrated the birthday of beloved local performance space the Plant at a big fete its residents put together, hung out in the sun, jammed a whole bunch, plotted new collaborative projects∑ precursors of a good summer to come.

For those of you in Montreal, we hope to see you at our 25th anniversary celebration going down this Saturday at Sala: live performances, DJ sets from the CKUT crew, cake, and more rad stuff that can only be experienced in person. Full details here: http://ckut.ca/c/en/node/349

till next week
xo
joni

ckut top 30 – may 7, 2013
colin stetson – new history warfare volume 3: to see more light – constellation CC
iva bittova – iva bittova – ecm
saltland – i thought it was us but it was all of us – constellation CC
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FIMAV Interview on New Shit 5/6

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Had a fascinating chat with Michel Levasseur, the artistic director of Victoriaville, Quebec’s most notable avant garde music festival, FIMAV (which will be happening from May 16-19th).

We also touched briefly on the CKUT 25th Anniversary party happening this Saturday over at La Sala Rossa (more info here), definitely not to be missed if you feel like cake and good tunes.

New Shit Playlist 5/6
band/song/album

Savages – Waiting For A Sign – Silence Yourself
Cold Water – Wolf Willow – Wolf Willow
Deerhunter – Dream Captain – Monomania
The Mandates – Is She Comin Back – The Mandates
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AKUA

TONIGHT on Venus Radio, A K U A

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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.

http://howlarts.net/post/43701591888/howl-invincible-a-k-u-a