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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.


CJLO BEST OF 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, it's time to look back at our favourite content of the year! Each of our DJs have sent in their own curated list of "Best of" content for the year. Do you agree with their picks?


Francella is CJLOs Station Manager and hosts Superconnected every Monday at 11 a.m.


Into the Wild with Laurence-Anne

Photo Credit: Geneviève Grenier

Album titles can be a tricky thing to finalize. Along with its cover, an album’s title will ideally evoke some sense of what to expect when you listen to it. With Première apparition, Montreal singer-songwriter Laurence-Anne picked the most vividly descriptive title that I’ve heard in quite some time. Released in February 2019, her debut album title suggests the existence of an otherworldly nature to the artist’s particular set of alternative pop songs.


Heavy Montreal Wrap-up 2019

Once again, the CJLO metal crew took to Parc Jean Drapeau for another incredible edition of Heavy Montreal. Here's a recap of the team's highlights.

 

Chris The Frog from Sewer Spewer - Mondays 12:00 to 1:00 PM


Vendou Finds His Voice on Latest EP

Montreal rapper Vendou may be releasing his third EP in a year and a half, but Trèdou, the artist’s latest EP, might be the one where he found his voice.


CJLO @ JFL: HUMANS WHO MAKE GAMES

On Saturday, July 27th hillarious comedians Adam Conover and Ron Funches interviewed Ubisoft’s creative director Jean Guesdon about his work on the Assassin’s Creed franchise as part of Conover’s Humans Who Makes Games podcast. This hour of video game comedy was an absolutely informative delight!


CJLO @ JFL: SHE THE PEOPLE

Second City Toronto’s She The People is an outstanding, intersectionally feminist sketch comedy show you absolutely need to see! She The People ran until July 27th at the Centaur Theatre, featuring powerful performances from award winning, multi-talented artists Ann Pornel, Ashley Comeau, Kirsten Ramussen, Paloma Nuñez, Tricia Black and Karen Parker. She The People will make you laugh, cry and reflect on the challenges women and gender non-conforming individuals are still facing in 2019.


'77 Montreal 2019: What To Expect

This Friday, I will be returning to the third edition of ‘77 Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year’s lineup is catered to punk rockers with all tastes, whether it’s pop-punk, hardcore or ska. There will be newcomers and legends, local and international. And if you ever need to kill time between bands, you can check out the punk rock flea market, the vintage poster and record fair, and for the punk parents, there’s the Kids Zone


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