Album Review: "Phases" by Angel Olsen

A year after her breathtaking album My Woman, North-Carolina based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen releases her rarities album Phases. This treat gives listeners insight into how Olsen’s diverse genre palette came to be, reflecting all the different directions her musical abilities can take—from quiet lo-fi folk to sprawling psych-rock.

Phases is a multifarious album, B-sides that didn’t fit the flow of pop-oriented My Woman or the alt-rock Burn Your Fire for No Witness: raw and heartfelt demos of love and loss, and covers by artists that have influenced her musical and writing process.


CJLO TOP 30 (Nov 28th - Dec 4th)

FRIDAYS = CHART DAYS!!

Above is CJLO's weekly TOP 30 from November 28th to Dec 4th. Our charts are compiled from actual airplay on our airwaves, broadcasted on 1690 AM in Montreal and its surrounding areas, as well as live via our website at CJLO.com

Montreal Locals: Ritual Master, Common Holly, Technial Kidman

Canadian: Casper Skulls, Odonis Odonis, METZ, Cardinals Pride, Biblical, Beliefs, Mauno, Chad VanGaalen, Alvvays, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, Julie and The Wrong Guys, Destroyer, and Terra Lightfoot 


Concert Review: Daniel Caesar @ Corona, Nov. 25

Daniel Caesar took the stage at Corona Theatre on Saturday, November 25, and the crowd knew that they were about to witness something precious. The Toronto native is touring off of his gospel-founded, relentlessly nostalgic R&B tape, Freudian. With a rise in the press and a bump from features like Kali Uchis, H.E.R., and Syd, Caesar has established himself as an up-and-coming icon on the R&B radar, and he proved himself at the Corona.


Concert Review: Bella Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Corona, Nov. 17

Bella Fleck and Abigail Washburn brought their banjos to Montreal on Tuesday, November 14th. First scheduled at the Corona Theatre but after a last minute venue change, the concert was moved to the L’Astral. The move proved itself to be quite fortunate as it provided a more intimate setting. 

The duo opened the concert with a few songs from their new album, Echo In The Valley, starting with a three song medley, “Sally In The Garden/Big Country/Molly Put The Kettle On”. Next up was “Railroad”, and then a question many of us may wonder at one time or another, “If I Could Talk To A Younger Me”.


The Neighbourhood's Best of Montreal Countdown

On December 6th, our Promo Director and host of The Neighbourhood (Wednesdays at 5pm), Josh Spencer, laid down his Top 30 songs of 2017 from Montreal Artists!

Listen to the full broadcast of the countdown and all the tracks on SoundCloud, here. Otherwise, you can listen to all of the 30 songs in succession on Spotify, here.

 

Here's the complete list:

#1. What You’re Looking For by Raveen

#2. Rattlesnake by Fog Lake


Elevation MTL Contest!

This looks absolutely insane... Want to go?

We're sending 5 lucky people (and a friend each) to Elevation 2018 on March 17th with Borgore, DATSIK, Space Jesus, Riot Ten, Carbin and more! Thanks to our friends over at evenko you'll be getting a pair before tickets just as they go on sale on Dec 9th

To win, just tag a friend below and send us an e-mail at promo@cjlo.com with the subject title "Elevation

 

Here's a little recap from years previous!


#GeektastiqCypha - Last Episode!

#GeektastiqCypha is doing their end of year episode, which also (sadly) happens to be the last one at CJLO :( 


Ramona Córdova - Jan 16th

CJLO and The Rest of Us (Tuesdays at 8pm) are very pleased to present Ramona Córdova, Why Try (new project from Ryan White and Karyn Bailey) and Sarah M live at Casa del Popolo on Tuesday, January 16th!

Full event details can be found on Facebook, HERE. The show's only $7 (or pay-what-you-can)!


Having troubles finding new music?

CJLO recently launched our own Spotify Account (@CJLO1690am) with tons of amazing playlists and ways to discover new and underground music!

Most notably, we have created a playlist called "New Montreal || Sounds from the Ground", which is updated on a weekly basis with music released by Montreal based artists in the past 3 months. If you see anything missing, shoot us an e-mail at promo@cjlo.com. As long as it's new, local and on spotify, we want it to be on there. Right now, there's over 8 hours of new/local music!


Film Review : Ladybird

At this year’s New York Film Festival, Greta Gerwig, writer/director of Ladybird, asked the crowd, “What is Boyhood, but for a girl? What is The 400 Blows, but for a girl? What is personhood for young women?” Ladybird fits somewhere in between both of those films, while remaining singularly unique. Saoirse Ronan’s Christine, or Ladybird as she prefers to be called (prefers is a generous word, more like demands), is in her senior year at an all-girls Catholic School in Sacramento. It would be a mistake to call her a troublemaker or a ‘bad girl’. Gerwig is far too nuanced in her writing to create a female character that could categorized as such.


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