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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: August 4, 2015

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Hi friends,
Not too much to report this week, although I did catch a really lovely show last night with local buddies Old Haunt, Nennen, The Past, and Hazy Montagne Mystique. I also got a BBQ over the weekend! I’m looking forward to maximum summer vibes at my casa for the next several weeks. Send me your favourite grilling recipes…
xo
joni

:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
Osheaga went down this past weekend and a few intrepid CKUT-ers braved the crowds to bring you (yes, you) firsthand accounts of the movers & shakers who stole the festival. We recommend you start here with Amanda Z’s review of Young Fathers, and keep your eyes on CKUT’s music department blog for more reviews coming soon. Festival season is nuts!

:::CHARTS:::
ckut top 30 – august 4, 2015
1. narcy – world war free now – the medium CC *
2. drainolith – hysteria – nna tapes CC *
3. valet – nature – kranky
4. buffy sainte-marie – power in the bolo d – true north CC
5. socalled – peoplewatching – dare to care CC * Continue reading

Young Fathers perform during the first day of the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal on Friday, July 31st, 2015.
CREDIT MANDATORY PHOTO BY TIM SNOW/evenko

Concert Review: Young Fathers – Osheaga 2015

Osheaga Music & Arts Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend, and if you were one of the estimated 135,000 music fans to descend on Parc Jean Drapeau for even one of those three days your ears are probably still ringing. Since about 120 different bands played it was impossible to see everything at Osheaga, but one of the great things about music festivals is not only catching the bands you know and love, but making new musical discoveries as well.

I knew very little about Young Fathers before deciding to catch their set at Osheaga Friday night, but their upbeat, danceable track “Shame” (think: Outkast), from their latest album White Men Are Black Men Too had been in my head all week.

Young Fathers perform during the first day of the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal on Friday, July 31st, 2015. CREDIT MANDATORY PHOTO BY TIM SNOW/evenko

Young Fathers perform during the first day of the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal on Friday, July 31st, 2015. PHOTO BY TIM SNOW/evenko

Moments after FKA Twigs finished her last song on the opposing stage, drummer Steven Morrison, AKA soonbe, caught the whole crowd off guard with one resounding drum beat. When the opening of “Queen is Dead” began, the crowd cheered, and we were off. This first song was not exactly the straight up pop & hip-hop mix I was expecting, and for a moment I wondered if I was at the right stage after all. The song blends old school hip-hop elements with vocals that could be mistaken for Tricky, and… something else I couldn’t quite put my finger on. (Turns out their bio counts dancehall, krautrock, and post-punk as some of their influences, as well as hip-hop, R&B and pop.) Honestly though, what does genre even matter when you’re dancing?

For the next 50 minutes the crowd swelled as the sounds varied between the almost-beatbox vocals of “Old Rock n Roll”, to tinges of gospel and soul in “Just Another Bullet” and “Dare Me”, to the epic, Teenage Wasteland, arena rock vibe of “Low”. It didn’t take very long for it to become clear to me that Young Fathers are the rare kind of act who can jam all kinds of elements, influences and sounds into one song. The result is a pretty amazing musical mashup that appeals to someone like me, who generally finds genres just plain silly anyway. Breaking out of boxes and blurring the boundaries between different types of music is where great stuff happens, and Young Fathers sounded pretty great from where I was standing.

Young Fathers perform during the first day of the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal on Friday, July 31st, 2015. CREDIT MANDATORY PHOTO BY TIM SNOW/evenko

Young Fathers perform during the first day of the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal on Friday, July 31st, 2015.
PHOTO BY TIM SNOW/evenko

To describe their stage presence as merely intense would be an understatement. Frontmen Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and ‘G’ Hastings stared intently at the crowd between songs, their faces blank. No jovial stage banter here, no smiles or encouragements of crowd participation like one has come to expect at festival shows, no matter what genre the music happens to fall under. The festival game can be a predictable one when each act competes with the next to make the most noise. It’s obviously not always easy to establish a real connection in a short amount of time with an audience who may never have even heard of you. However, before finally coming to a close with the danceable poppiness of “Shame”, Young Fathers put the competition to bed when ‘G’ Hastings addressed the crowd to say: “I’m not going to tell you to put your hands in the air, I’m not going to tell you to bounce, I’m not going to tell you to do anything. You do whatever it is you want to do.” The crowd wholeheartedly, and shamelessly, obliged.

– Amanda Z

osheaga 2014

Festival review: Osheaga 2014

osheaga 2014

By: Armitage Shanks, Drastic Plastic (@ArmitageShanks1)

Once again, I had the privilege to cover Osheaga for CKUT; here are some of the highlights of 2014. Friday’s pleasant afternoon featuring diverse acts kicked into high gear once London Grammar hit the Green Stage. Vocalist Hannah Reid‘s talents stupefied the sizable crowd from the first track; her clarity and power engaged the audience for London Grammar’s hour-long set of releases from their debut album (selected as Armitage Shanks’ 2nd best of 2013 on Drastic Plastic) that ran the gamut from trance to exuberant rapturous emotion.

 Immediately afterward, I strolled by the Tree Stage and was lured into a giddily dancing crowd going ballistic for Bear Mountain. Never having heard this Vancouver band before, I was won over by their sound which I subsequently described to my mates as Phoenix being fronted by Roland Gift (of Fine Young Cannibals).

 As Friday evening fell, I caught a nearly two-hour set of Skrillex on the main stage, which any music fan has to experience at least once. Sonny John Moore‘s powerful and clever amalgamation of EDM, hip-hop, R&B, bro-step, etc. truly becomes apparent live, as Skrillex took the festival participants through a musical maelstrom.

 I closed Friday night off with Chase & Status at the Piknic Electronik; this London-based trio has put together some of the best dubstep and house tracks appearing in the UK during the past several years (their album No More Idols was selected as Armitage Shanks’ best album of 2012 on Drastic Plastic). Chase & Status‘ 90 minute show fully met my admittedly lofty expectations; I heartily recommend attending their next performance, whether in the sonic-scapes of an outdoor festival or a comparatively intimate club setting.

 Saturday first treated me with another new discovery on the Green Stage: St. Lucia. This collective, hailing from South Africa and Brooklyn, created the perfect vibe for a hot, sunny and groovy Saturday afternoon; based on St. Lucia‘s sound, they could well have been the love children from a debauched affair between Duran Duran and MGMT.

 The subsequent several hours of pleasant downtime were necessary for Saturday night’s fierce highlight on the main stage: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. While I had twice before witnessed Nick’s Caverne (as featured on the original Osheaga 2014 poster), he was never so frenetically demonic as at Osheaga 2014. Mr. Cave and his cohorts (particularly Warren Ellis) had entered another profane, diabolical dimension Saturday night that took the unsuspecting audience of 40,000 along for the ride. Woe to any small children and grandmothers who were caught up in the infernal torrent of Stagger Lee!

 Sunday at Osheaga was the pre-eminent day of the festival. The plethora of quality acts certainly made for some heart-wrenching choices on my part. My afternoon started with The Kooks, who have been a successful act for the past decade in the UK, a long-time favourite band during my featured spots on Drastic Plastic, and doubtlessly a fond new discovery for the enthusiastic crowd that caught their show on the main stage.

 One of the aforementioned difficult choices was alleviated by the good fortunate of coming across Kodaline performing a brief acoustic set on a wee stage in the middle of the lush treed section of the festival on my way to see Kate Nash. Ms. Nash’s live set on the Tree Stage was astonishing, as she abandoned her customary clever folk musings for a cracking all-female band, reminiscent of Blondie, that impelled a mosh pit to form.

 The quality at the Tree Stage increased further, as cracking new UK band Temples (whom I have been faithfully playing during my segments of Drastic Plastic in 2014) took the crowd back into a psychedelic era that segued perfectly into my other fave new band of 2014, Royal Blood, who performed the next set on the adjacent Valley Stage. The duo from Brighton (who are guaranteed to be massive in 2015) blasted the audience with a torrid assault of intense guitar riffs and melodic hooks that riveted listeners and swelled the crowd to more than double its original size by the time their all-too short set had concluded.

 How can one possibly follow up the adrenaline rush of Royal Blood? The only conceivable remedy was to head directly over to the Green Stage to catch Gogol Bordello‘s gypsy punk escapades. Bearing in mind that their previous show several years ago at Osheaga was one of the top-five sets I have witnessed during my 8 years of covering the festival, I was delighted to experience the equally energetic 2014 version of the performance by Eugene Hutz and his debauched band of troubadours.

 As Gogol Bordello convinced the assembled masses to start wearing purple, the sun fell and I ran back to the Tree Stage to catch Jagwar Ma. This outstanding band turned in one of the top performances of the festival, breathing new life and nuance into their debut album that was one of my most consistently listened-to treasures of 2013. Overall, this year’s festival (and particularly the Sunday lineup) was such an exhilarating experience that, watching Arctic Monkeys, the night’s closing headliner on the main stage (and one of my fave bands of the past decade), could be best described as providing the perfect anthemic farewell to tide festivalgoers over until Osheaga 2015 welcomes us all back.

Photo by Emily Kai Bock

Concert Listings: July 28th-August 3rd

Written and compiled by Karen R.

The main focus in concerts this week is Osheaga, so in true CKUT fashion we thought we’d bring some of the smaller, local acts on the bill that we think are worth checking out to your attention. And don’t think we’ve forgotten about the before and after. You’re going to need some pre and post festival music to transition you in and out of the big weekend in style, right? Well, we’ve got that covered too. No need to thank us, it’s just what we do.
Thursday July 28

Photo by Emily Kai Bock

Why not start off your long weekend of music with Grimes @ The Sala Rossa (4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)
If haunting vocals, loop pedals and drum machines are your thing then let Claire Boucher aka Grimes, ghost-child songstress of Mile End and Arbutus Records fame spook and entertain you tonight with fellow hipster darlings Gobble Gobble (Edmonton, AB) and Pat Jordache (Montreal). Tickets $8. Doors 8:30pm.

OSHEAGA PICKS:
Friday July 29

Photo by Greg Abramowitz

The Barr Brothers (Scene des Arbres) 9:10 – 9:55 pm
Recently signed to Secret City Records, the Barr Brothers are joining the ranks of Montreal independent music scene royalty (Patrick Watson, Miracle Fortress) with a self titled album of their deliciously raw and raspy blues meets experimental folk rock set to release on September 27th. But don’t worry if you can’t catch them at Osheaga, because they’ll be touring Québec with Polaris Prize shortlisters Timber Timbre (Toronto) throughout the month of October. Or, if you just can’t wait, you can see them BOTH THIS WEEKEND, as Timber Timbre are also hitting up Osheaga this Friday at the Scene Verte at 8:45pm.

Saturday July 30

Jesuslesfilles. Photo courtesy of the artist

Sex drugs and rock n’ roll en francais  s’il vous plait. Montreal’s Jesuslesfilles will be serving up their co-ed style rock n’ roll in all of its jangly and raucous  goodness at one hour and ten minutes past high noon, get it? Seam ripping and teeth knashing likely. Get ready to sweat. Scene des Arbres 1:10-1:40

BRAIDS. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Braids are annoyingly cool. The kind of annoying that makes you hate them because you secretly want in the band and so you can’t hate them, because their perfectly layered rhythms, glittering textures  and   alternatingly ambient / anxious  get –under- your- skin- melodies are impossible to resist.  So get your love-hate on while you dance (and resist the urge to dance out of jealous spite) at the Scene Verte 3:10 – 3:50

SUUNS. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Pitchfork likes to call what Suuns do a marriage of space prog and krautrock and NME hailed them as the #1 Best New Band New Band of 2011. Journalistic labels and critical acclaim aside, word on the street is these locals puts on one hell of a live show.  If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a nervous alien sing quietly in your ear over a hearty dose of sub bass, hand claps, distortion and glitch, head over to the Scene des Arbres at 5:20-5:55 and check them out.

Sunday July 31

ELEPHANT STONE. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Elephant Stone is psyche pop at its purest.  Feel good melodies? Check.  Sunshine harmonies? Check.  Compelling basslines and crystal clear guitar riffs? Check and check. Oh yeah, and infectious sitar runs feature prominently. That’s right, I said sitar. Need I say more?  They’re the perfect outdoor festival band. Positive vibes and flashbacks to eras you never lived through guaranteed. Scene des Arbres 1:10-1:30

THE LUYAS. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Luyas are former/current members of Torngat, Miracle Fortress, Bell Orchestre, Arcade Fire, and SS Cardiacs aka a veritable arsenal of Montreal indie music heavyweights.  But that’s no reason to be intimated.  Check out their quirky, multi-instrumental folk rock at the Scene des Arbres  4:00 – 4:30

Monday August 1

GARDENS AND VILLA

Ease the Osheaga comedown with Gardens and Villa Monday night @ Casa del Popolo (4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent).   Their self-titled debut is anchored in heavy synths, drums machines and electronic beats as these Santa Barbara natives offer up a solid take on 80’s synth pop, 90’s Britpop and R&B, with a liberal injection of the wooden flute. Sound good? Sounds gooooood.

Tuesday August 2

KALMUNITY. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Improv  Tuesday! Your Tuesdays are about to get a lot cooler and a lot more spontaneous. Check out Mardi Spaghetti Jazz Improv, at Le Cagibi 9pm. FREE Or head over to Les Bobards for Kalmunity Live Organic Improv Tuedays, 8pm, $8

Wednesday August 3

All Star Tour with Emmure and guests

Wednesday looks like it’s going to be a day for metal, screamo and hardcore fans at the Theatre Olympia, courtesy of the All Star Tour with Emmure and guests.  After perusing many a terrifying myspace page, it is safe to say that this extensive lineup will rot your soul and make your grandmother cry. A lot. So I’m pretty sure that means it’s going to be good. $37.18 1:00 pm. (Guess Satan likes to get an early start).

Concert Listings

The main focus in concerts this week is Osheaga, so in true CKUT fashion we thought we’d bring some of the smaller, local acts on the bill that we think are worth checking out to your attention. And don’t think we’ve forgotten about the before and after. You’re going to need some pre and post festival music to transition you in and out of the big weekend in style, right? Well, we’ve got that covered too. No need to thank us, it’s just what we do.

Thursday July 28

Photo by Emily Kai Bock

Why not start off your long weekend of music with Grimes @ The Sala Rossa (4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)

If haunting vocals, loop pedals and drum machines are your thing then let Claire Boucher aka Grimes, ghost-child songstress of Mile End and Arbutus Records fame spook and entertain you tonight with fellow hipster darlings Gobble Gobble (Edmonton, AB) and Pat Jordache (Montreal). Tickets $8. Doors 8:30pm.

http://www.myspace.com/boucherville

http://www.myspace.com/leatherjowels

http://www.myspace.com/mountainmanpatjordache

OSHEAGA PICKS:

Friday July 29

Photo by Greg Abramowitz

The Barr Brothers (Scene des Arbres) 9:10 – 9:55 pm

Recently signed to Secret City Records, the Barr Brothers are joining the ranks of Montreal independent music scene royalty (Patrick Watson, Miracle Fortress) with a self titled album of their deliciously raw and raspy blues meets experimental folk rock featuring the stylings of local harpist extraordinaire Sara Page, set to release on September 27th. But don’t worry if you can’t catch them at Osheaga, because they’ll be touring Québec with Polaris Prize shortlisters Timber Timbre (Toronto) throughout the month of October. Or, if you just can’t wait, you can see them BOTH THIS WEEKEND, as Timber Timbre are also hitting up Osheaga this Friday at the Scene Verte at 8:45pm.

http://www.youtube.com/barrbrother

Saturday July 30

Photo courtesy of the artist

Jesuslesfilles

Sex drugs and rock n’ roll en francais s’il vous plait. Montreal’s Jesuslesfilles will be serving up their co-ed style rock n’ roll in all of its jangly and raucous goodness at one hour and ten minutes past high noon, get it? Seam ripping and teeth knashing likely. Get ready to sweat. Scene des Arbres 1:10-1:40

http://www.myspace.com/jesuslesfilles

Photo courtesy of the artist

Braids

Braids are annoyingly cool. The kind of annoying that makes you hate them because you secretly want in the band and so you can’t hate them, because their perfectly layered rhythms, glittering textures and alternatingly ambient / anxious get –under- your- skin- melodies are impossible to resist. So get your love-hate on while you dance (and resist the urge to dance out of jealous spite) at the Scene Verte 3:10 – 3:50

http://www.myspace.com/braidsmusic

Photo courtesy of the artist

Suuns

Pitchfork likes to call what Suuns do a marriage of space prog and krautrock and NME hailed them as the #1 Best New Band New Band of 2011. Journalistic labels and critical acclaim aside, word on the street is these locals puts on one hell of a live show. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a nervous alien sing quietly in your ear over a hearty dose of sub bass, hand claps, distortion and glitch, head over to the Scene des Arbres at 5:20-5:55 and check them out.

http://www.myspace.com/suuns_

Sunday July 31

Photo courtesy of the artist

Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone is psyche pop at its purest. Feel good melodies? Check. Sunshine harmonies? Check. Compelling basslines and crystal clear guitar riffs? Check and check. Oh yeah, and infectious sitar runs feature prominently. That’s right, I said sitar. Need I say more? They’re the perfect outdoor festival band. Positive vibes and flashbacks to eras you never lived through guaranteed. Scene des Arbres 1:10-1:30

http://www.myspace.com/elephantstoneonline

Photo courtesy of the artist

The Luyas

The Luyas are former/current members of Torngat, Miracle Fortress, Bell Orchestre, Arcade Fire, and SS Cardiacs aka a veritable arsenal of Montreal indie music heavyweights. But that’s no reason to be intimated. Check out their quirky, multi-instrumental folk rock at the Scene des Arbres 4:00 – 4:30

http://www.myspace.com/theluyas

Monday August 1

Ease the Osheaga comedown with Gardens and Villa Monday night @ Casa del Popolo (4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent). Their self-titled debut is anchored in heavy synths, drums machines and electronic beats as these Santa Barbara natives offer up a solid take on 80’s synth pop, 90’s Britpop and R&B, with a liberal injection of the wooden flute. Sound good? Sounds gooooood.

http://www.myspace.com/gardensandvilla

Tuesday August 2

Kalmunity Collective Photo courtesy of artist

Improv Tuesday! Your Tuesdays are about to get a lot cooler and a lot more spontaneous. Check out Mardi Spaghetti Jazz Improv, at Le Cagibi 9pm. FREE Or head over to Les Bobards for Kalmunity Live Organic Improv Tuedays, 8pm, $8

http://www.myspace.com/mardispaghetti

http://www.myspace.com/kalmunity

Wednesday August 3

Wednesday looks like it’s going to be a day for metal, screamo and hardcore fans at the Theatre Olympia, courtesy of the All Star Tour with Emmure and guests. After perusing many a terrifying myspace page, it is safe to say that this extensive lineup will rot your soul and make your grandmother cry. A lot. So I’m pretty sure that means it’s going to be good. $37.18 1:00 pm. (Guess Satan likes to get an early start).

http://www.myspace.com/emmure

http://www.olympiademontreal.com/en/