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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: April 11, 2017

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Hi folks,
Over the weekend I managed to score a very nice little record player/cassette deck combo which I promptly set up in my kitchen in place of a much-hated, rarely-used microwave — it was definitely a good (and overdue) improvement. Highly recommended!
xo
joni

:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
We’ve got a ton of amazing content up on the ol’ music dept blog these days — check out recent reviews of Mozart’s Sister, Dinosaur Jr., SunnO))), and plenty more. CKUT’s kickass content ain’t just for the airwaves!

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ckut top 30 – april 11, 2017

1. saltland – a common truth – constellation CC *
2. tim darcy – saturday night – jagjaguwar CC
3. tonstartssbandht – sorcerer – mexican summer
4. jon mckiel – memorial ten count – you’ve changed CC
5. second woman – s/w – spectrum spools Continue reading

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Album Review: Field of Love – Mozart’s Sister

a4008694957_10Montreal has produced many a talented musician in its time, and an equally talented number have come seeking inspiration within the 514. Mozart’s Sister, the solo project of Caila Thompson-Hannant, is no exception. Thompson-Hannant has been on the Montreal music scene for quite a few years at this point, featuring in notable bands such as Shapes & Sizes, Miracle Fortress, and Think About Life before embarking on Mozart’s Sister with her 2011 Dear Fear release. Originally from British Columbia, Thompson-Hannant attributes the love for her musical style to her uncle, who by all accounts sounds like the coolest guy ever: her tutelage included the likes of Bjork, Air, and rave pop legends Vengaboys.

Field of Love is a vibrant jungle of synth and vocal harmonies with an overarching theme of wide-eyed, pleasurable love; the album comes just in time to usher in Montreal’s great thaw. The production is high quality, but don’t let the “pop” label deter you: Thompson-Hannant’s arrangements are saturated with an exploratory quality that drips with saccharine ingenuity. While the instrumentals pop and sizzle with an energy akin to rebirth, the real treasure lies in Thompson-Hannant’s voice. Whether a track simmers or soars, her voice rises above the melée with clarity and confidence.

Field of Love opens with “Eternally Girl,” which crackles with energy right from the beginning; it’s an easy, bright introduction to the album that delivers bold dance beats and stratospheric falsetto. “Angel” proves to be the most complex track on the album, mostly due to Thompson-Hannant’s chameleonic vocals; her voice is a swirling mix of whine, whisper, croon, and moan. The track begins with an a cappella seraphic chorus  before bare, syncopated synth trickles in, as if Thompson-Hannant is floating down on a giant musical soap bubble. Her use of crescendo and silence is captivating, drawing the listener in to the push-pull rhythm of the synth beats.

“Bump” follows next, a subtle rollercoaster of a track. Dissonant vocals add a lovely, funky fuzz to the dance-club beats, and the whole experience is at the very least guaranteed to get your feet tapping and your head bopping. “My Heart is Wild” is nicely layered, with handclaps interspersed with an almost tropical-house beat and looped vocals; the track literally unfolds around the listener and is certainly a journey worth undertaking.

Album released February 21, 2017

review by Juliana Van Amsterdam 

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FUNDING DRIVE // Underground Sounds

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Tune in to Underground Sounds’ once-a-year Funding Drive episode tonight from 8-10pm for emerging, independent music and wicked prizes. Your host Nick Schofield will be covering why it’s important to support CKUT, how you can help and what’s in store for every pledger. On top of all the prizes CKUT is offering, by donating to Underground Sounds you will go home with hand-printed, screen-printed poster by GRIMES and a mixtape CD of live performances from artists who played lived on the show in the last year, like Mozart’s Sister and Hobo Cubes.

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This is what Cheap Thrills sounds like at 40: super fresh.

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Missed the live broadcast from Casa del Popolo Wednesday night? No worries, listen to it here! The broadcast actually started at 8pm, but we’ve linked 9pm-12am here for ya; you can catch part of the Cheap Thrills DJ set as well as performances by openers Pigeon Phat, the ever awesome Mozart’s Sister and most of the set by The Hidden Words.

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AJ trained a few of us on how to broadcast live from afar (i.e. not the radio station) and she looked thusly in her Cheap Thrills 40th anniversary party hat:

Cute! It's not my party, I'll cry if I wanna?

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CHEAP THRILLS 40th Anniversary (Live Broadcast!)

This is a real good reason to party, y’all. Cheap Thrills is a Montreal institution, a heart friend/bosom buddy/spirit twin to CKUT and a gem right snug up next to McGill campus. Plus it’s a pretty darn good record store too! We’ll be broadcasting the show live from Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent) from 8pm to midnight next Wednesday, November 9th. Come on out or tune in! Super great bands will be there, check it:

10$ in advance at Cheap Thrills (2044 Metcalfe) & Casa del Popolo
12$ a la porte s’il y en reste

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Cadence Weapon’s last MTL Sessions show

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Today is Rollie/Cadence Weapon‘s last show as part of the monthly artist-in-residency series The Montreal Sessions. He’s done such an excellent job and this afternoon will surely be no different. Rollie has invited his friend Caila (a.k.a. Mozart’s Sister) to perform live in studio this afternoon, so do be sure to tune in from 3-5pm on-line or by tuning into CKUT 90.3FM on the dial here in Montreal.

Be sure to check out September’s Montreal Sessions, hosted by none other than Pop Montreal, every Tuesday from 3-5pm.