The new semester is upon us and we’re gearing up for a whole new wave of undergrad babies to invade campus. Nothing like frosh week to make ya feel old, right?
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Pop Montreal hosts the Montreal Sessions for the month of September: your audio guide to the hordes of shows, symposiums, films, art exhibits, fairs, activities that are packed into the festival. Every Tuesday in September, a different member of the POP all-star crew will hop into the studio to guide you through their top picks of the fest. Stream it live from 3-5pm each Tuesday or download the audio from ckut.ca and get yourself in the know.
ckut top 30 – september 6, 2016
1. angel olsen – my woman – jagjaguwar
2. brave radar – lion head – fixture records CC *
3. v/a – no. 2 – oh hi CC *
4. eric copeland – black bubblegum – dfa
5. un blonde – good will come to you – egg paper factory CC * Continue reading
Yesterday was (sadly) Pop Montreal’s last day of their Montreal Sessions residency here at CKUT, and it was another reminder that they totally killed the game this month. The show started off with some quality indie and electronic music, and at the end of the first hour featured a live performance from Johnny de Courcey. With numerous musical guests featuring Forever, Vesuvio, Year of Glad, Noko, MagicPerm, Heartstreets, Ohara and more, there was an overload of talent in our studios over the past few weeks that was hard to keep up with. All episodes are available on our archives for any unfortunate souls who missed them, and of course anyone that wants to re-listen to the hilarious banter.
Next month we’ve got Yellow Noise, a Canadian media platform of Asian self-representation focusing on intersectionality and solidarity with other marginalized groups, taking the reigns. Tune in on Tuesdays, 3-5pm to catch the show~~
Hey friends! Sorry these are a day late… still catching up post-Pop Montreal. It was a whirlwind weekend, most of which I spent over at my beloved haunt Brasserie Beaubien. I did manage to sneak out and catch Stars of the Lid though, which was as brain-meltingly good as I had hoped. They’d been on my live band bucket list for almost a decade and it totally lived up to my expectations.
Since my hours were all out of sorts last week, I’m still catching up on emails and tracking. Please be patient, I haven’t forgotten about you!
ckut top 30 – september 22, 2015
1. joyfultalk – muuixx – drip audio CC
2. katie moore – fooled by the fun – club roll CC *3.
3. the pink noise – decay – not unlike CC *
4. souljazz orchestra – resistance – do right music CC
5. drainolith – hysteria – nna tapes CC * Continue reading
Ought could have been in trouble with Sun Coming Down. It may sound a bit ridiculous, however, it is very hard to create a great second album when your first is as brilliant as More than Any Other Day. Bands work on their first album from day one. They begin playing together, they play some shows, commit to a certain aesthetic, and create their first work. Sometimes it’s good sometimes it is a bit immature. Generally it’s not perfect and there’s a logical growth that the band can see and attempt to execute. More Than Any Other Day is incredible, but somehow Ought found a way to grow without losing their heart. Continue reading
Yesterday we had Pop Montreal back in our studios for The Montreal Sessions, with Roxanne Lemieux and Patric Gregoire driving the show. For those that are (somehow) unfamiliar, Pop Montreal is an annual music festival that features more the 400 artists from all around the globe and attracts more than 50 000 party people every year. We got lucky and managed to charm them into hosting The Montreal Sessions this month, during which they’ve delivered exceptional talent. Music acts Forever and Vesuvio Solo were in the house yesterday with some wicked performances, which you can catch on our archives.
Keep it locked for next weeks final episode from Pop MTL, airing on Tuesday from 3-5pm~~
Ought is built for the live performance. Their songs are completely built around energy. The droning, repetitive licks build and build into these massive moments of courageous punk glory. Their Pop Montreal performance was a homecoming of sorts and they truly delivered in every way. Continue reading
Feeling overwhelmed by the choices at this year’s Pop Montreal festival? It’s totally understandable, and you’re definitely not the only one. But fear not — CKUT music programmer Mike B. has mapped out a plan to guide you through the highlights of this year’s programming. Here’s the lowdown on the essential shows of Pop 2015:
Cheap Wig is set to go on at 12:30am at Brasserie Beaubien. They’re a mega cool queer glam punk act with rad cassette art and wonderfully noisey sounds.
The Letouts + Caymans + Towanda + JLK + In Hock at Brasserie Beaubien
Local punk superstars, Towanda, go on at 10:30. And if you haven’t seen the sludgey, all girl trio live yet, you need to.
The Orb + Mateo Murphy + Vosper at SAT
The Orb goes on at midnight. The Orb as in the ambient house duo that’s been kicking since 1988. They released Moonbuilding 2703 AD in June, so they’ll probably be mostly playing things from that, but just in case they play their more classic pieces you should probably study their last 12 studio albums so you can have all of your choreography prepared.
Hag Face + Brazilian Money + Babysitter + No.Negative
Calgary’s Hag Face plays at midnight. Obviously you should try to see as many female punk bands this weekend as possible, but if you can only see one then make it Hag Face.
Heathers + Psychic Lie + Sigh Down One + Jilted X + Loosestrife at Brasserie Beaubien
Riot Grrrl-inspired Heathers goes on at 12:30 with their brand of “femme punk” and “sequin grunge.” They should definitely be loud enough for you to remember the ecstasy of ringing ears and sweaty bliss until Pop comes back next year.
– M. Baek
Pop Montreal, who are in charge of programming The Montreal Sessions this month, featured performances by Year Of Glad and NOKO and an interview with MagicPerm on their episode yesterday. If you missed it, you can catch the madness on our archives.
The idea behind The Montreal Sessions is to give the community access to the air waves, and every month a different entity provides programming on Tuesdays from 3-5pm. Stay tuned for next weeks session, brought to you again by Pop Montreal!
Holy smokes, the busy season is upon us here in Montreal… I am still reeling a bit from a great show on the weekend in which one of my projects got to open for the amazing local trio Big|Brave — seriously, you should check out their new LP on Southern Lord cuz it’s a real gem. And see them if they play your town, too!
And speaking of shows, Pop Montreal starts tomorrow (!!!). Maybe you’ll be in our fine city for the festivities? If so, check out some of our CKUT presentations (including the highly-anticipated Ought album release and Pathways to Paris ft. Thurston Moore) or swing by ye olde Brasserie Beaubien where I will be venue managing for the whole fest. I’ll also be repping CKUT on a panel about collectives & co-ops as part of the Pop Symposium. All that said, please be patient with me if I’m slow on tracking or other email follow-up this week as my hours are kinda zany this week…
ckut top 30 – september 15, 2015
1. babysitter – s/t – psychic handshake CC *
2. drainolith – hysteria – nna tapes CC *
3. old haunt – refuge – self-released CC *
4. the pink noise – decay – not unlike CC *
5. katie moore – fooled by the fun – club roll CC * Continue reading
Pop Montreal is back for their second week here at CKUT on The Montreal Sessions! If you were lucky enough to hear last weeks episode, you would have caught this little gem taking place in our studios. Aside from talented kids singing R. Kelly and spontaneous songs about pooping from Commander Clark, Pop Montreal’s Daniel Seligman brought us an episode with great tunes and informative talks about this years festival. If you liked what you heard, make sure to tune in today from 3-5pm to catch more folks from Pop MTL and a live performance from Heartstreets, who are a local electronic/hip-hop/R&B duo.
You can read more about Pop Montreal on their website, and catch all episodes (if you happen to accidentally miss them) on our archives~~