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Resonating Reconciliation Broadcast: July 1st, 2020

In honour of tomorrow’s Canada Day 153 celebration, CJLO will be airing documentaries from the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s Resonating Reconciliation, a project that engages community radio to help reconcile all Canadians with the history of Indian Residential Schools.


Night Lovell: The King of Canadian Underground Rap

 
This feature was brought to you in part of CJLO's "Hip Hop For Life" series - highlighting Canadian hip hop between June 7th - 14th.
 

Causal Chain : Bringing bass music and magic to Montreal

Nela Paki, a young Montreal DJ and producer who goes by the name Laced, has recently launched Causal Chain, an online platform for original emerging talent of our city’s underground electronic music scene.
 


Lea's Late Nite Quarantine Jams

If you’re looking for a playlist to listen to late at night, look no further than Lea’s Late Nite Quarantine playlist. If you’re not to sure about the playlist, check out this track-by-track breakdown.


"COME THRU" - Joji


Safe and Warm with the Wurli - A Playlist for the Soul

For those of us able to isolate, we may feel like it’s day in and day out  of scary stats on social media and the news. Sometimes, all we need to do is take a step away, maybe even relax and get in touch with the things that resonate with us. Personally, the electric piano is the musical equivalent of butter—  adding not just extra flavor to any mix, but a rich “hush child, everything is ok” assurance to any track. 


Heavy Fantasies: CJLO DJs Program Their Dream Metal Festival

Long before a pandemic shut down this city's many cultural events, it was announced that Heavy Montreal, the two day outdoor metal festival, would take a break in 2020. This had us thinking... what if we could program our fantasy lineup for an imaginary edition of Heavy Montreal? Check out what some of our metal DJs would love to see at Heavy MUnTreal, illustrated by Angelica of BVST!


Lineup by Andrew of Grade A Explosives — Sundays 4-6pm ET


Western Canadian Fuzz: A Primer on Everything Stoner from Vancouver

 

Beachside skateparks, laidback attitudes, astronomical rent prices, and year round red sun. If I asked you to name one city in the world where all of the aforementioned apply, I’d bet you a handful of nickels that California crawls its way into your head first. You normally wouldn’t be wrong, but in this specific case, we’re talking about our Sunshine State: Vancouver, British Columbia.


A Dive into Metalcore

Photo Credit: Chris Romano

As you may or may not know, I’m the Metalcore enthusiast at CJLO. Go ahead, call me a “poser” all you want. There is nothing better then a good Metalcore song during these quarantine times, where the only moshpit you might see is a hole in you wall with mushrooms growing out of it.


Why Beach Boys’ Party! is the Ultimate Soundtrack for Self-Isolation

I’ve been thinking about Brian Wilson a lot these days.    
He enjoyed working from home. In fact, at the height of his creative prowess, he held meetings in a tent in his bedroom, and wrote songs in a sandpit where his piano stood. 
In this era, he would go on to create the 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds before completely atrophying through the creation of the infamously never-released Smile
But instead of listening to those albums, I have instead been listening to Beach Boys’ Party! as I try to make sense of life under self-isolation and social distancing. 

Sunday's Best - 4th Edition of Gala Dynastie

Photo Credit: Akeem Johnson

March 1st marked the 4th edition of Gala Dynastie, an event which honors achievements and efforts from the best and brightest of the Montreal Black Community.This year’s Gala took place at Place Des Arts, a symbol of growth for the event.


The Medical Science of Death Metal

As you may already know, a lot of metal bands are obsessed with violent imagery. Look no further than the album covers of bands like Cannibal Corpse and Exhumed for the most gruesome depictions of gore and violence. The subgenre of death metal takes inspiration from horror and slasher films, and its lyrics tend to describe scenarios of murder and torture. However, the music sparked a fascination with what’s inside the human body. This has led to an interest in medical science, with bands singing about biology and pathology, some taking the themes more seriously than others. So how did this happen?


The Limelight: Celebrating 17 Years On Air at CJLO 1690 AM

CJLO 1690 AM’s longest-running hip-hop show, The Limelight, is now celebrating its 17-year anniversary of being on air this February. 

Hosts Amrew Weekes, aka DJ Lady Oracle, and Jason Farrell aka J-Nice created The Limelight back in 2003. “I’m not too sure at the time that we started how many other underground hip-hop shows were happening in Montreal,” said J-Nice. “So it was just like, ‘Okay, nobody’s doing this, let’s have fun with it.” 


Hayley Williams "Simmer" Review

“Simmer”, the first solo song from Paramore’s Hayley Williams’ solo project “Petals for Armor”, was just released on January 22nd, following a world premiere radio airplay on BBC Radio One. During a follow-up interview on the station, Williams stated that a full-length album will be released on May 8th, 2020, along with news of a tour.

The project was revealed through a series of cryptic hints taking place over the course of six months. Phrases like “I can’t breathe” and references to covering yourself in flowers were popping up on social media accounts of those close to the singer. 


The CJLO Top 100 of the Decade

We have only just dipped our toes into the opaque open waters of the 2020's. If you'd prefer to mellow in the backyard pool of the recent past for a while, here is your haven. Come, wade with us through these 100 decade-defining releases; ground yourself before taking the plunge into the fraught future.


CJLO's Best of the Decade

As the decade comes to a close, we at CJLO, have taken the time to look back at the past 10 years to document our favourite albums, artists and movies. Join us on this blast from the past and see if you agree with our choices!

See you in the New Year! 


Alex hosts Ashes to Ashes every Tuesday from 8 p.m.


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