This weekend, the giant blue marble that we call Earth will be the setting for a very rare celestial event when a supermoon, solar eclipse, and the spring equinox all fall on the same day—Friday, March 20th. While we will not be able to see this phenomenon in Montreal, we will surely feel it, as these cosmic happenings have a much greater meaning than our little human brains can begin to comprehend. Prince Palu was thinking it might be the universe commemorating the 25th anniversary of the passing of Andrew Wood. Then this morning at breakfast his lovely wife Jenny told him that last night she dreamt that Richard Gere had two lines of designer blue jean shirts, one exclusively available at The Bay. Is any of it connected? "No, but maybe yes," says Palu. "In an infinite universe, does everything that's possible have to happen sometime?" He does not know this either, however he does recommend that you buy a lottery ticket Friday night and wish upon the moon. Here are his music recommendations for the weekend.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The inaugural Hip Hop Week Montreal will already be in full effect by the time you read this. Tonight the party keeps rollin' at Le Bleury Bar à Vinyle (2109 Bleury) when HHWMTL, Hip Hop Heads Concordia, and CJLO 1690AM present Le Cypher jam session, hosted by Urban Science, Montreal's premier hip hop and soul jam purveyors. Doors open at 8:00 with DJ Puggy spinning some hot beats to get the night started while you get yourself ready to throw down or just chill and watch the action from the sidelines. There will be mouthwatering Jamaican food from Boom J's Cuisine, and some fresh gear from Pure Luck X "for those MC's that come correct and deliver!" CJLO's Phantastiq Cypha will be broadcasting live from the event from 10:00-midnight. Tickets are $4 at the door.
Also happening tonight up at Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B. (179 Jean Talon W.) is the second installment of Yes All Girls!, a cross-genre celebration of women in music. For this special Girls In The Garage edition, you can expect to hear some yé-yé, kraut rock, post-punk, mutant rock, no-wave, bad ass '60s girl bands, and much more. Featuring DJ Annie Q and DJ Romanne Blouin of CISM's Nous Sommes les Rockers. Doors open at 10:00, the dance party begins at 10:01, and it is free!
Now if the return of the frigid cold temperature has got your head all twisted out of sorts and the only cure for it is a live band, then thank your lucky stars that on this night to kick off the supermoon weekend, the good people at Analogue Addiction care about your good health. For the paltry sum of $8 they will present three bands covering so many different genres that there is no way to describe what kind of night this will end up being. From the beatnik revival, conga revolution groove of Toronto's The Holy Gasp, through the bizarro-world Quebecois free jazz pop songs of Hull, QC's Fet.Nat, to the psychedelic confetti pop of Montreal's Adam Strangler, there is no way that you will not find something that'll be good for what ails ya.
Friday, March 20, 2015
The Friday night presentation from Hip Hop Week Montreal gets going early over at Alumni Auditorium at Concordia University (Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve W.) with a lecture from New York City hip hop artist Jean Grae, before the party moves over to Le Belmont (4483 St-Laurent) for a concert of Ms. Grae with critically-acclaimed hip hop producer Freddie Joachim and rapper Bambu. Opening the show at Le Belmont will be Illa J and DJ Gayance. The ticket prices break down like this: lecture: $10, concert: $30, combo (lecture + concert): $35, student combo: $30 - using promo code: STUDENTJEAN. Buy your tickets online from Hip Hop Week Montreal. Lecture doors open at 6:00, talk starts at 7:00. Concert doors open at 9:30.
Another new music festival that is getting started this week is the Montreal Funk & Soul Festival over at La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent) featuring the jivin' disco swing of Static Gold, the hip hop soul-jazz of Clay and Friends, and the funky jazz-fusion of The Liquor Store. After the bands, Boogie Chillen will keep the funky vibes flowin' and the dance floor jumpin' until closing. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Doors open at 9:00 and the show starts at 9:30 sharp.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
For the Hip Hop Week Montreal finale, the organizers have decided to give your weekend a touch of divine intervention when they present the hip hop legend Rakim Allah, aka "The God MC". Like the Friday night presentation, Saturday begins with a lecture, this time in the Leacock Building at McGill University, room 132, where Rakim will speak and take questions from the audience. Following the conversation, the party will once again move over to Le Belmont for a concert with Rakim and openers Nomadic Massive and Gabe 'Nandez. Tickets break down the same as the Jean Grae event, with the student promo code STUDENTRAKIM, and can be purchased online from Hip Hop Week Montreal. Lecture doors at 4:00, talk starts at 5:00. Concert doors at 10:00, show starts at 11:00.
If you can't get into or afford Rakim, but are in the mood for a night of sweaty hip hop vibes, fear not for it is the third Saturday of the month, which means it is time for another Cousins Party Fam Jam at La Vitrola (4602 St-Laurent). This month they present their supermoon inspired "Equinox Eclipse: Black & White Party" with DJs Sammy Royale, Nino Brown, and Tamika spinning the hottest hip hop, R&B, and dancehall tracks to get the room movin' and sweaty. And remember, Cousins Party is a place for open mindedness and one love, and has no time for homophobia or haters. "Come correct, come positive and come to have fun!"
If there is any show this weekend that is perfect for the supermoon celestial trifecta, it has to be the one taking place at L'Escogriffe (4467 St-Denis) on Saturday night when Red Mass returns to the stage. With a band this steeped in Pagan ritual lore, and the guitar of Roy Vucino sounding as if being channeled from another planet, it is only fitting for them to launch their new 7" record, "White Nights", on legendary Quebec label Zaxxon Records, when the planets have aligned thusly. Also in for the fun will be garage-punks Primitive Hands and one of Montreal's greatest new bands, Auks. Only $10, but there are no advanced tickets, so get there early and remember that Saturday is for lovers.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
For the second Sunday in a row there is a great 5 à 7 happening over at Quai des Brumes (4481 St-Denis) with the über talented Giselle Webber presenting her chanteuse française personality Gigi French and a killer band featuring Danny Marks on drums, Damian Nisenson on saxophone, Sam Minevich on vibraphone, Eddy Blake Eaton on double bass, and Sian Teuse with backing vocals. What better way to say goodbye to the weekend and hello to spring than with a cozy setting and some beautiful jazzy French music?
Monday, March 23, 2015
There is a show on Monday night that I thought I should tell you about just in case the supermoon hit you harder than expected and really did a number on your equilibrium. Don't worry too much! Just like the tides, everything will begin to settle back into its regular routine, but you might need to reboot your system a little, and that is what you'll be able to do at Le Cagibi (5490 St-Laurent) with a night of swooning orchestral pop rock with Seattle's Heatwarmer and Montreal's Archery Guild. Opening the night, and pressing your reset button with her ambient soundscapes, will be Toronto's Blunt Chunks. It is PWYC with a suggested donation of $5, and with two of the bands from out of town that is a fair asking price. You know how much it costs to get to Seattle from here? Doors are at 9:00.
--Prince Palu hosts The Go-Go Radio Magic Show, every Friday night from 6 to 8pm. Tune in. Turn on. Freak OUT! Only on CJLO.