I’m back in the office after a short trip back to Ottawa for Megaphono — it was real nice getting to catch up with the CHUO & Ottawa Explosion crews and meet some rad new folks. Saw Un Blonde, Lido Pimienta, She-Devils, H de Heutz, Best Fern (above), and more great acts that I am forgetting… I also caught Priests back home in Montreal last night, and it was well worth the frigid trek down to the Casa — would definitely recommend seeing them live if they roll through your town.
:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
Local sound aficionado Owen G. is taking over If You Got Ears for the month of February, and he promises to dig deep into the hidden corners of the internet to unearth the rarest of outsider sounds. In his own words:
hi friends. my name is owen and i am hosting this radio program. i will play the best music youtube vids with sub 2k views recordings of people yelling stuff not made by humans the remains of the old internet empire songs made specifically to wreck computers and all your favourite hits.
Intrigued? You should be. Dive into the rabbit hole every Wednesday in February,12-2pm EST or download the archives at ckut.ca.
ckut top 30 – february 7, 2017
1. sam shalabi & alan bishop – mother of all sinners: puppet on a string – unrock CC *
2. cop car bonfire – deep forest – self-released CC *
3. austra – future politics – domino CC
4. tasseomancy – do easy – hand drawn dracula CC
5. her harbour – winter’s ghost – e-tron records CC Continue reading →
Kyle Jukka, from the local Montreal avant-pop duo She-Devils will be hosting If You’ve Got Ears this April. Get ready for two hours of “music that [Jukka] feels has a strong transportive affect, impressionistic intention and sense of inventiveness. Music from different places and time periods that points towards the building of our relationship with our senses. From the mysteriously hypnotic rhythms of indigenous Tanzania to the sparkling flavors of Latin America to the popular music of the USA and UK, the focus will be on music that paints pictures of worlds and transports you into them.”
Having a distinct sound is possibly the most important aspect of any musical project. Falling into the monotony of guitar-punk bands across the internet can be avoided through the addition of more modern, electronic elements, however, this too can bring about issues in authenticity. It would be counterproductive to classify any sound not made directly by a human playing an instrument as inauthentic or cheap, but at the same time some balance must be achieved between the futuristic synthesizer/turntable sounds and the in-the-moment, human quality of music. Another important aspect of a band’s individuality is its influences. Contemporary bands oftentimes fall into the trap of borrowing from each other too much, which can lead to an overabundance of bands with the same set-up and sound. Montreal’s own She-Devils seem to have fixed this problem by combining a relatively predictable modern set-up with an unusual pallet of influence. By fusing the modern, sample-based DJ sound with a vintage songwriting approach, the She-Devils have created a fresh, new sound that pushes forward into the realm of electronic music while also hearkening back to the psychedelic feel of the 1960s.
Airick Woodhead of Doldrums wraps up his radio-residency this afternoon on CKUT’s innately experimental program, If You Got Ears. Tune in noon – 2pm for the end of an era + in-studio performance by She-Devils leading up to their August 28 La Vitrola jam!