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Pouzza Fest, 7th Edition - May 19 to 21, 2017

The seventh edition of Pouzza Fest, Montreal’s punk music festival, took place over the Victoria Day weekend. With a ridiculous amount of bands (over 150 to be less than exact) spread over an outdoor stage and several local watering holes, like Foufounes Électriques, Théatre Sainte-Catherine and The Katacombes, there was hardly a calm moment to be had. Add to that—as if there wasn’t already enough to keep a person busy—some softball at Lafontaine Park, and for those who favour a comic Pouzza Fest first, Pouzza Laughs featured stand-up comics from both Canada and the United States. And of course, let’s not forget Punk Rock Yoga in the park.

Main picture: Mustard Plug performs at the outdoor stage.

1. Kelli Mayo of Skating Polly.

2. Stage dive during Red City Radio set at Foufounes.

3. Fans at the Jardins Des Bières

4. Acoustic show featuring (from left to right) Jon Snodgrass, Joey Cape, Chris Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom.

5. Glen Pine of The Slackers.

6. RVIVR’s Erica Freas on guitar and Kevin Rainsberry on drums.

7. Toronto punk band Pup with Stefan Babcock on vocals and Nestor Chumak on bass.

8.  Members of The Raygun Cowboys kicking it up.

9. Even punkers sing the blues; Brian Wahlstrom.

10.  San Fransisco’s Jawbreaker brought their unique blend of reggae and punk to the Foufounes stage.

11. One’s never too young to Pouzza.

12. Bad Cop / Bad Cop with Linh Lee, Jennie Cotterill, and Myra Gallarza on drums.

13.  What’s more punk than sticking out your tongue at a fellow Lagwagon bandmate? From left to right, Dave Raun, Chris Rest, Joe Raposo and Joey Cape.

14. Daryl Wilson of The Bollweevils.

15. The Real McKenzies inspire some extreme crowd surfing. 

16.  Looking for an Uber or checking Facebook? 

17. Mike drop time. Dave Kirchgessner of Mustard Plug.

 

NEWS FOR MONDAY, MAY 29TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Karl Knox, Michael Foldvari, and Allison O'Reilly

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Allison O’Reilly

A vehicle has been seized in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 2 year old boy in Montreal.

According to CBC News, local police have been working the Sûreté du Québec to find the driver who struck the boy on Saturday.

Technical units are currently analyzing the car and no arrests have been made.

 

NATIONAL
By Jeremiah Ho

The RCMP has recovered the body of Cache Creek, British Columbia, fire chief Clayton Cassidy from a creek on Saturday.

According to CTV News, Cassidy went missing on May 5th while checking water levels and was presumed to have been swept away.  

Cassidy received the province’s Medal of Good Citizenship in 2015 for helping victims of harsh flooding throughout the region.  

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Karl Knox

Heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have caused mudslides killing more than 164 people and forcing hundreds of thousands of citizens to flee from their homes on Friday.

According to BBC News, receding floodwaters allowed rescue workers to provide some much-needed disaster relief to citizens on Sunday.

However, with many of the villages still inundated with water and the immediate forecast calling for heavy rain, Sri Lanka is bracing for some of the most dangerous weather of this year’s monsoon season.

 

Next Music from Tokyo Volume 10 Electrifies Canada

Yubisaki Nohaku guitarist and stage dive queen Junko Kimura

Over the past week, on May 19 and 20 in Toronto, May 22 in Montreal, and May 24 in Vancouver, five amazingly talented Japanese bands set the Canadian cities ablaze with high energy performances during the Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT) volume 10 tour. DJ Lawrell, CJLO’s resident Japanese music nerd and host of Fukubukuro, shares his thoughts on the Toronto and Montreal shows.

 

The Taupe

The Taupe is a post-punk/psychedelic/shoegaze band with a penchant for very, very loud guitars.  Naturally, their guitarist Neil Patti Patti Patti had to have the right attitude to shatter some eardrums. This materialized as frenzied on-stage theatrics. Neil thrashed around so much that I had to step away from the front of the stage, out of fear of being hit by his beat-up guitar. On top of not caring for his audience’s safety and hearing, he periodically flipped everyone off.

The Taupe guitarist Neil Patti Patti Patti with his banged-up guitar and his favourite dance move

Even though their discography is mostly brooding, noise, and feedback (I mean that as a compliment), they also have more radio-friendly tracks that always ended up being the highlights of their performances.

During their performance of “HADO-KEN” at Lee’s Palace and Le Divan Orange, vocalist and guitarist Yuki Kawamoto literally walked on the audience, not unlike a Japanese rock star Jesus. He then continued crooning the “ooh-oohs” of the chorus, with the audience supporting him both physically and musically.

On the track “Tempsey Cola”, bassist Emi Onodera took over on lead vocals, wrapped in the Maple Leaf, charismatically fluttering and shuffling around the stage.

The Taupe bassist Emi Onodera charming Lee’s Palace

For a band hell-bent on crushing you with walls of sound, The Taupe sure were cool and aloof about it.

 

Yukueshirezutsurezure

Yukueshirezutsurezure (abbreviated YSTZ), also known as Not Secured, Loose Ends, is an idol group mixing neatly produced pop with hardcore/screamo, and they stand out as an oddity compared to the other bands in the lineup. Because they are an idol group, there is a heavy focus on elaborate dance choreographies and crowd interactions.

All their performances started with the members walking towards the center of the stage, staring into the horizon and reciting an eerie poem through the blue bandanas covering their faces. Each member then handed over a folded piece of paper with kanji written on it to the nearest person. I was lucky enough to be one of those people at The Rivoli, but unfortunately I was seriously confused about what I had to do with it and couldn’t read what was on it, either.

Fortunately, someone behind me gestured that I had to rip it up and throw it up in the air, which I did. That someone was part of the gunjou (Japanese for ultramarine, one of the group’s official colours)—YSTZ’s official fan club, who flew all the way from Japan to see them. Thanks to them, what was already an outstanding show turned into one of the most fun concert experiences I’ve ever had.

Idol culture requires the audience to participate, and sometimes specific interactions for particular songs. The gunjou, of course, answered each call. They knew all the moments when idol chants were needed; when to form a circle of synchronized headbanging in for the song “Roku Ochi Sakebi;” and when to run over to group leader Shidare when she crowd surfs during the climax of “Tsurezure Sanka.” The entire venue was shaking at the most intense moments. If that’s not a dedicated fan base, I don’t know what is.

Another notable thing in idol culture is cheki, cute little polaroid pictures that you take with and buy from idols. It’s an odd concept, but it does support idols the same way selling band merchandise does.

My friend and I posing for a cheki with YSTZ. Our faces are hidden by his request. Photo taken by the group’s manager

 

Yubisaki Nohaku

Yubisaki Nohaku is an all-female indie rock band with math and prog rock tendencies, but describing them as just that would be selling them short. If NMFT was like high school prom, then Yubisaki Nohaku would without a doubt win the “Most Likely to Succeed” award. Not only are their songs fresh and exciting, all their members have the talent to back it up, and their boundless enthusiasm make them a joy to both listen to and see live.

Their shows always start with guitarist Junko Kimura asking for a drink from the audience. We happily obliged, and cheered her on to chug as she took her first sip. This gave her enough confidence to stage dive at least a dozen times in a three-hour interval at Lee’s Palace, which made me think of her less as a virtuoso guitarist (which she still is) and more as the queen of stage dives.

Yubisaki Nohaku guitarist Junko Kimura chugging the crowd’s energy

Every single member deserves praise, however. From vocalist Kana Shimizu’s incredible control, range, and charm, to bassist Yuko Miyakoshi’s wild slap bass solos, to Yumiko Takeuchi’s über-precise drumming, all the girls deserve the acclaim Steven have given them: “Yubisaki Nohaku is one of the best female rock bands on the planet.” They even had a single dedicated superfan follow them from Japan, not unlike YSTZ's gunjou.

Their spectacular performance at Le Divan Orange was the best way to close the eastern leg of the tour. Somehow, for the songs “Nanigashi” and “Sou”, the audience knew all the lyrics and sang along to them, guided by vocalist Kana Shimizu’s call and response of “sukiyaki!” This deeply moved her, and she thanked the audience, saying that words could not describe her gratitude and astonishment at what just happened. This, in turn, gave them unbridled confidence in their own talent, and made them perform even better than they usually do, earning them non-stop cheering from the audience and two encores.

 

Bakyun the everyday

Yubisaki Nohaku was not the only band to have leveraged the audience’s cheers to their advantage. Bakyun the everyday, a two-member pop punk unit accompanied by their friends on the bass and drums, were not exactly the band I was most excited to see, after I compared their music to the other bands’, before the start of the tour.

Their first show at The Rivoli had a bit of a rocky start, but it proved to be a turning point for the band, especially their vocalist Nobumi Nanamure. She was so nervous that she was basically hyperventilating into the microphone, struggling to communicate her thoughts in a language she doesn’t understand.

And yet, instead of letting the nervousness get to her head, it got channeled into hands-down the most genuine and emotional performance of the entire tour. The fidgeting and heavy breathing didn’t go away, but that didn’t matter; Nobumi Nanamure and guitarist Yuji Ino shredded their doubts away at blistering speeds.

I’ll admit, Nobumi isn’t the greatest vocalist, but what she lacks in natural talent, she more than makes up in heart and soul. In their heartbreak song, titled “5”, Nobumi poured in all her anxieties, all her feelings, and all her frustrations into her performance, singing with such emotion that she looked like she was going to break down crying at any point. All I could do was stand and stare at her, mesmerized by how anyone could put so much of themselves into their music. I still get emotional every time I think of that song, even though I don’t understand the lyrics. Hell, I’m crying as I’m writing this sentence.

After that, Bakyun the everyday was noticeably more confident at each subsequent show. Seeing Nobumi go from a nervous wreck to a badass capable of getting hundreds to shout “BACCHIKOI!” (“bring it!”) in unison in merely four days was one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had as a concert-goer.

Bakyun the everyday vocalist and guitarist Nobumi Nanamure MCing at Lee’s Palace and generally being adorable.

 

Hyacca

You know you’re in for something good when a grey-haired Japanese man (guitarist Masaru Goshima) introduces himself and his companions on stage as “Bon Jovi from New Jersey.” Indeed, Hyacca stood out from the rest, both in appearances and sound. Their music is probably the hardest to describe among the five bands in this edition’s lineup, but their sound lies somewhere between noise rock, math rock, and post-hardcore.

Despite the members’ ages and the inherently unpredictable nature of their music, their show at Lee’s Palace was so intense that it was like having a full-body workout. Apart from vocalist and guitarist Hiromi Kajiwara’s intro on the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese flute, and one particularly long and dreamy shoegaze track during which I fell asleep on the edge of the stage due to exhaustion, Hyacca’s shows were a barrage of hard-hitting, lightning fast, and thunderously loud songs, designed to be the soundtracks to endless mosh pits and, without exaggerating, about 3-4 stage dives per minute. I was part of that statistic when they played their insanely catchy and exciting closer, “Hanazono.”

During their performance of that song at Lee’s Palace, Hiromi got carried away with the crowd’s energy while singing. Allowing her guitar to get some rest, she grabbed the mic, yelled the lyrics away, and disappeared into the horde of sweaty moshers. In the meantime, members of other bands took turns on her guitar. No rest for Mrs. Fender Supersonic. Hyacca’s ferociously energetic performances would earn them encores at both Lee’s Palace and Le Divan Orange, the latter of which was right before the closing band Yubisaki Nohaku’s killer set. They would have had a second encore at Lee’s Palace had the sound engineers not suddenly declared that fun was no longer allowed and shut down the mics.

The Taupe’s bassist Emi Onodera taking over for Hyacca’s vocalist and guitarist Hiromi Kajiwara

 

Conclusion

In case you couldn’t tell, the highlight of the entire tour for me was Bakyun the everyday playing “5” at The Rivoli. It encapsulated everything that is great about NMFT, in the sense that no words or language could possibly describe a jaw-dropping performance by a band whose audience most likely has little to no knowledge of them, their music, or how to communicate with them. Don’t you think it’s odd that a pop punk ballad can make a grown man cry, even when he doesn’t understand anything that’s said in it? I don’t quite understand it either.  

But that’s the beauty of NMFT—and help me God if I ever use this cliché ever again—it doesn’t matter if you understand or not, because music is transcendent. It’s highly likely that most of the audience didn’t know what they were getting into, but knew that Steven Tanaka would find a way to get them riled up, to get them teary-eyed, and most of all, to give them the time of their lives, as he always did, and will do for the next edition of Next Music from Tokyo, volume 11, in October.

 

Credit/special thanks

All photos (unless stated): Jimmy Wang (Twitter, Instagram)

Tour organization: Steven Tanaka (Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

 

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 26TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Allison O'Reilly and Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

The person who brutally attacked and buried a dog alive in Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford turned himself in to police on Tuesday.

According to CBC News, the suspect is a man in his 40's and is expected to be charged with animal cruelty.

The dog passed away while being treated for its injuries at a nearby clinic.

 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Former military medical technician James Wilks has been sentenced to 9 months in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

According to CTV News, the military officer assaulted and harassed female recruits during medical check ups for more than 25 years.

This will be the third time Wilks will be sent to prison.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Allison O’Reilly

The United States government has admitted to killing at least 105 Iraqi civilians in an airstrike on Mosul in March.

According to BBC News, the US Central Command claimed it had targeted 2 snipers from the so-called Islamic State and that the strike had detonated explosives inside of the building.

Civilians, including children, taking shelter in the building were killed as it collapsed.

 

FELP / CHIENVOLER - Live From The Oven

The Oven @ CJLO 1690AM has been running hot lately! Our audio engineer Patrick McDowall has been busy at work recording live sessions for a huge number of bands passing through the station.

Our latest session was with Felp & Chienvoler, a kind of "brother band" with the same members. You can check out the full session here.

If you want to see them live, they're doing a double launch this Friday at Eastern Bloc.

You can find all the details here.

Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

Having been the frontman of one of Seattle’s most well-known rock bands, frontman of the second band in history to perform live in Cuba, and named as one of the godfathers of the grunge genre, Chris Cornell was a rare, unique, and special act in the rock & roll/grunge scene. In 1984, Cornell had formed the band Soundgarden back in his hometown Seattle with his friend Kim Thayil, who took role as the guitarist, Hiro Yamamoto, who took role as the bassist (but was later replaced by current bassist Ben Shepherd), and Cornell himself taking the roles of drummer and vocalist. It was until 1985 however, that Cornell was replaced by Scott Sundquist on drums, giving Cornell space to focus on vocals. Sundquist was later replaced by the band’s current drummer Matt Cameron.

During the time of Soundgarden, Cornell had formed rock group Temple of the Dog in 1990, as a tribute to his late friend and roommate Andrew Wood, who had passed due to heroin overdose. The band consisted of Cornell (vocals), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar), Jeff Ament (bass guitar), Mike McCready (lead guitar), and Matt Cameron on drums. The group released only one studio album, the self titled Temple of the Dog on April 16th, 1991 and were active only until 1992.

After the dismemberment of the band, Cornell resumed working with Soundgarden. Under the label SST Records, Soundgarden managed release their first full-length album titled Ultramaga OK released October 31st, 1989. After the release, the band signed with A&M Records, becoming the first grunge band to be signed to a major record label. Under A&M, Soundgarden released Louder Than Love in 1989, along with Badmotorfinger (1991), Superunknown (1994), and Down On The Upside (1996).

In 1997, Soundgarden split—resulting in Cornell releasing his first solo album Euphoria Morning on September 21st, 1999. After the band’s split and Cornell’s initial solo album release, Cornell formed the band Audioslave alongside the former members of the group Rage Against The Machine, (Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, and Tom Morrello) in 2001. Audioslave released three studio albums in their short life span, the first being their self-titled debut album Audioslave, released November 19th, 2002. The album peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200, and was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) within its first month of release. The second album being Out Of Exile released internationally on May 23rd, 2005, and their final album Revelations released on September 4th, 2006 internationally.

Audioslave was also nominated for “Best Hard Rock Performance” at the 46th Grammy Awards for their song “Like A Stone” from their Audioslave album. The group also got their debut album to be nominated for “Best Rock Album” at the same Grammy Awards show. Audioslave was also the second rock band to perform in Cuba on May 6th, 2005. The band played for free in front of 70,000 people. The event was also recorded and placed a DVD titled Live in Cuba. Cornell, however, left Audioslave in 2007 and progressed as a solo artist for a number of years, releasing three more studio albums: Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), and Higher Truth (2015).

On May 17th, 2017, Chris Cornell was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit after performing with Soundgarden while on tour, at age 52. According to medical examiners, his passing was due to suicide by hanging. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page noted the following on Twitter: “RIP Chris Cornell, Incredibly Talented, Incredibly Young, Incredibly Missed.” Sir Elton John posted, ”Shocked and saddened by the death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.” His family members were both shocked and saddened by his sudden and unexpected death. Having been labelled as one of the godfathers of grunge, Chris Cornell made waves with his unique sound on the rock scene while competing with acts such as Alice in Chains, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam to name a few. Cornell with his group definitely made an impact which lasted for more than 20 years, and will never forgotten.

Christopher John Boyle (AKA Chris Cornell), aged 52

Birth - July 20th, 1964

Death - May 17th , 2017

 
Image credit: Paul Lorkowski.

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Allison O'Reilly and Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Allison O’Reilly

A comic book writer from Quebec has gone into hiding after she became the target of transphobic death threats.

According to CTV News, Sophie Labelle’s project, ‘Assigned Male’, is a webcomic about transgender experiences.

Labelle’s website was hacked, and her personal information, including her address, was shared online.

Labelle is working with Montreal police to locate the hackers, and to ensure she can work safely.

 

 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has found that teenage boys have been increasingly targeted for online sexual exploitation and extortion.

According to CBC News, thousands of boys around the ages of 13 and 15 have been tricked into sending nude images of themselves to sexual predators who then threaten to make their photos and videos public.

Reports of online sexual extortion for all teenagers have increased by 140% since 2015, but officials state that these types of crimes are greatly underreported.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Taiwan is on its way to becoming the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.

According to BBC News, Taiwan’s parliament will create new laws and amend existing legislation to benefit same-sex unions.

Taiwan is also the home of Asia’s biggest pride parade.

 

Mellevon @ Piranha Bar, May 17th, 2017

Wednesday, May 17 brought us the return of Mellevon to the stage. After a year of being absent from touring, Mellevon brought some newer elements to the table, with their stage and presence.

Upon arriving on stage, it was obvious they changed their image is as a band, went going a more industrial metal look for showmanship, with black vests and corpse paint on their faces. The most interesting thing to note is their new stage setup where they had old-school CRT televisions displaying visual counterparts with the lyrics on them, which was pretty sick to see.

Even though there was no bassist nor drummer, it was interesting to see how they would perform live with a drum machine. It was flawless and well executed with the style they had, and how everything was on stage. The backgrounds really enhanced the atmosphere of the performance itself, though what was missing was a crazy light show, like Meshuggah's; that would have been crazy synced up with the music!

Overall, Mellevon's performance was absolutely astounding and interesting, with their new unique setup and how they play their shows. It's a good thing that will keep them going for a while.

The newer song "Cyberia" had a very catchy chorus and heavy breakdowns, unlike I have heard before, and had a feel for different seasons in the lyrics. "Horizons" was also another new song they played, and also has a unique spin towards metal music. Never had I heard such a unique and different sound in a song before.

I find that Mellevon is always trying to break the boundaries of the metal genre with every new release. That being said, the new album title was also revealed that night, Covet, and what I can already gather from it is that it has different feel, and the theme feels like it could be different seasons for the songs of the album.

I am very happy I went to this show, and that I am looking forward to the new release that Mellevon is putting out hopefully soon.

LISTINGS FOR MAY 22ND 2017

CJLO presents your weekly show picks for the week of May 22nd.

On Tuesday May 23rd, The Orwells and the Walters play at Bar Le Ritz. Doors at 9pm. Entry is 21$ in advance or 26$ at the door. 1$ from ticket sales will go to Revolutions per Minute.
On Thursday May 25th, the Concordia Greenhouse will host the Botanist Vegan Picnic with music by Piith, CoCo Puffs MusoNi, Lucas Charlie Rose, and Machine Elf. Entry is pay what you can and the event kicks off at 5pm.

On Sunday May 28th,  HSY, FRIGS, and  yoo doo right will play at Bar l'Escogriffe. Tickets are 10$ in advance 13$ at the door. Doors at 9pm.

There you have it! Your weekly show picks for the week of May 22th, only on CJLO 1690am.

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 19TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Allison O'Reilly and Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Widespread flooding may lead to a population explosion of mosquitoes in Quebec.

According to CTV News, the higher levels of water in flooded rivers and lakes will allow for more mosquito eggs to hatch.

Warmer weather this summer will also encourage mosquitoes to lay more eggs around the province.

 

NATIONAL
By Allison O'Reilly

A pair of tragedies involving 2 First Nations teens in Thunder Bay, Ontario has ignited concerns about police practices in the area.

According to CBC News, 17-year-old Tammy Keeash of North Caribou Lake First Nation was found dead in a river in Thunder Bay on May 7th, while 14-year-old Josiah Begg was declared missing on May 6th when he visited the city for a medical appointment, 600 kilometers south of his remote First Nation.

5 indigenous students died in the rivers of Thunder Bay between 2000 and 2011 but their cause of death could not be determined because of various shortcomings in the Thunder Bay police investigations.

Members of the First Nations community are looking for funds to hire a private investigator to probe further in Keeash's death, while also conducting a search for Begg.

 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Dozens of gay men fleeing persecution in Chechnya are finding safety in other countries.

According to BBC News, at least 5 undisclosed countries have been working with the Russian LGBT Network to save gay men from being brutally tortured.

At least 43 people have been evacuated from Russia, while many others are still in hiding.

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