Sessions

Lots of awesome bands have recorded live sessions at CJLO over the years! Check out our latest featured sessions here or view the complete list.


Thighs Live @ CJLO

Toronto's Thighs entered our studios on Saturday afternoon armed with a giant wall of cabs and amps that they ran their whole set up through. This made my job of recording it quite simple, when they were so in control of their sound. After setting up a few mics they proceeded to immediately rip into 3 songs off their new self-titled album. Showing as much control and power in their playing as they do with their massive sound set-up.

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Solids Live @ CJLO

Since seeing them play an amazing set at the first Pouzza Fest in 2011, I had become a fast fan of local noise pop duo Solids.  We invited them in to the CJLO studios to play live on the Hooked on Sonics show where they played a set of three songs to promote their then recently released 7" for "Fog Friends" b/w "Blown Out".  Both songs from the 7" were performed, including a brand spanking new song that will eventually be on their forthcoming f

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Rah Rah Live @ CJLO

Regina, SK's Rah Rah have been through Montreal numerous times but unfortunately scheduling or other things have always kept us from getting them in to do a session.  Finally, during Pop Montreal 2012, we made it happen.  While a couple of the band's members are no strangers to CJLO's studios (having recorded a session here with their other band Sylvie), the whole band felt right at home and cooked up four delicious session tracks

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METZ Live @ CJLO

Following a blistering show at Pop Montreal 2012 opening for Hot Snakes (where Hot Snakes bassist Gar Wood borrowed their bass to play a cover of Drive Like Jehu's "Bullet Train to Vegas"), longtime Hooked on Sonics favourites METZ paid their first visit to the CJLO studios to record two songs from their amazing 2012 self-titled full length (that has since spent numerous weeks on top of the CJLO Top 30), and a song from a bonus 7" released with the album.

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North America Live @ CJLO

On June 15th 2012, the dynamic twin duo known as North America blew our minds on With Gay Abandon, when they played live, in studio. Hailing from New York, via the experimental music community of Albuquerque, NM, and then back to New York, Josh and Jesse Hasko have mastered a unique, hard-to-pin-down blend of post dance, post rock, psych rave noise, to Desert-Psych-Disco-Punk.They took twin-speak to a new level, and communicated, instrumentally, through their music in a way that brought chills to our spines.

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Wintermitts Live @ CJLO

On June 1st, 2012, With Gay Abandon and Let Them Eat Cake teamed up to co-present Vancouver's Wintermitts, live, in studio.

They did a special acoustic set for us, from their 2012 release Océans, revealing that their charm and charisma was still up to snuff, even as their Canadian tour drew to a close in our fair city of Montreal.

Check out their website for a detailed blog from the tour, accompanied with amazing pictures!

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An Horse Live @ CJLO

Brisbane, Australia's An Horse stopped by CJLO's studios to record a stripped down acoustic session for Hooked on Sonics.  The band was on tour supporting their debut full length record Rearrange Beds and were making their first visit to Montreal. Oddly enough, singer/guitarist Kate Cooper now resides in Montreal. Maybe it was the charm of CJLO that convinced her to move? Maaaaybe...

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Thrust N Thrive Live @ CJLO

August 21st , 2011, Thrust N’ Thrive enthusiastically showed up to CJLO for a lovely night of metal and for a session on my show Break It Down. This is the second time that Thrust N’ Thrive has been on my radio show (they had been on my show a few months earlier for an interview). In order for Thrust N’ Thrive to properly document the night for their fans, they brought their own cameraman and lights. This made the load in and out a little difficult but brought a unique energy to their live session.

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Chuck Ragan & Dave Hause Live @ CJLO

One of my personal highlights of working at CJLO was when we welcomed modern punk legends Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) and Dave Hause (Loved Ones, Paint it Black) into the CJLO studios to record a session for Hooked on Sonics.  

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Title Fight Live @ CJLO

Pennsylvania's Title Fight have been making waves across the world for eight years, all without an LP to their name until recently. They have toured relentlessly and released numerous seven inches and EPs which has given them a large fan base across the globe. On May 3rd, 2011, Title fight released their debut studio album Shed, to widespread acclaim, and have been on the road supporting it since.

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