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by Bill Pearis

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Our friends at M for Montreal will be down for CMJ again for their showcase which, as in years past, happens at Arlene's Grocery on October 18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, TOPS, Pat Jordache, CAMP, Kandle, A K U A and Foxtrott. Tickets are $10 at the door, or you can get in with a CMJ badge or Evening Showcase Pass (based on capacity, of course).

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, who formed in Montreal but now reside in Toronto, are probably the best-known band on the bill, and will release their new album, UZU, on October 29. The multi-hyphenate band are better known for their theatrical live shows which you should witness if you can. They're on late at 1 AM. UPDATE: YT//ST are now playing at 10 PM. They play 285 Kent at 1 AM later that night (see below).

YT//ST are also playing at least two other shows during CMJ: the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on October 16 with Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, U.S. GIrls, Slim Twig, and Arp (tickets); and the unofficial Pitchfork show with Speedy Ortiz, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett (tickets). (Currently both P4K and M have Y//ST's settimes as 1 AM, some shifting will likely happen at Arlene's.) After CMJ, they'll play Basilica Hudson on Halloween, which sounds like a pretty good time, too.

TOPS played CMJ last year and are working on the follow-up to 2012's Tender Opposites which came out on Arbutus Records (Grimes, Doldrums, Blue Hawaii). You can stream that, in all it's lite R&B indiepop splendour, below.

It's been almost two years since Pat Jordache last played NYC and they've undergone a somewhat radical reinvention since then into dark postpunk territory, though not your average influences, pulling from Jah Wobble style dub, and mid-'80s 4AD (to my ears at least). You can stream their three digital singles from this year below ("O.M.O." is excellent). You can also catch Pat Jordache at Silent Barn on October 17 with CAMP (who also play the M showcase) and Chicago's J Fernandez. More info on that show here.

Pat also plays in CAMP, who share a similar vibe, with some slinky funk -- complete with '80s-style watery bass, -- on their track "Little Boy Blue," which reminds me of, um, Kajagoogoo. (In a good way? Maybe Japan is a more palatable comparison.) You can stream it below.

Kandle is Kandle Osborne whose father, Ben, is the singer of long-running extremely popular (in Canada) Canadian band 54-40. Sam Golberg of Broken Social Scene produced her debut EP (streamable below) and plays in her live band.

A K U A spent time recently as one of Solange's backup singers and, recently, has been collaborating with Twin Shadow drummer Andy Bauer, the results of which can be heard on this year's One's Company EP, which you can stream some of below.

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As for Foxtrott, that is the name Marie-Hélène L. Delorme records under. Her music is definitely dance pop but don't look to compare her to other one-named Montreal singers -- it draws from a variety of global influences and is pretty good. Judge for yourself: a few tracks are streamable below.

As M for Montreal has done every year, the night starts off with a "poutine party" that is free and open to the public. During that time (5 - 7 PM) there are a couple Francophone acts playing, Quebec city rapper Webster and VioleTT Pi.

Song streams, videos, and the M for Montreal showcase schedule below...

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by Bill Pearis

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The seventh annual M for Montreal festival happens next week (November 14 - 17) in its namesake Canadian city. Previous years, M4M has featured mainly Montreal (and other parts of Canada) artists, being showcased to a group of "international delgates" (talent buyers, journalists, music supervisors, tour agenents and other industry types) in a tightly controlled set of shows, this year's fest expands its scope with nearly 100 performer at 16 venues, giving it more of an actual festival feel than an industry conference that has music showcases the public could by tickets to.

The line-up is much more global this year as well, with musicians from France, Iceland and, for the first time, the United States playing alongside bands from all over Canada. Artists playing the 2012 edition include Death Grips, Of Monsters and Men, Mac DeMarco, Suuns, Mykki Blanco, Sun Airway, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cadence Weapon, Memoryhouse, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Bleeding Rainbow and Blue Hawaii. Full list of performers is below and daily schedule is here and advance tickets to shows and panel discussions are available.

Like in years past (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008), I'll be heading up for the M fest, and will be reporting the goings-on.

If you want a taste of Montreal this week in NYC, beyond the snow we're currently experiencing, Montreal rapper Cadence Weapon plays Glasslands on Friday (11/9) with Fat Tony. Tickets are still available. Cadence Weapon tour dates are listed below.

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The Las

Sadly, the March 12th La's show is, not that surprisingly, cancelled. Official reason: "due to health reasons" (hope it's not too serious!). It's is unclear if the rest of "New York Sound City" is still happening, though its website makes it appear to still be on.

by Bill Pearis

Fanfarlo return to NYC in a couple months for a show at Webster Hall on March 6th. Tickets are on sale today (Jan. 6) at noon. The band are also playing the Canadian Music Fest in Toronto on March 24 but otherwise have no other North American dates scheduled -- though SXSW just happens to occur conveniently in between those dates. The band were last in NYC back in October.

Fanfarlo's sophomore album, Rooms Filled of Light, is released February 28 which gives everyone about a week to get familiar with the new songs for the show. You can check out the album artwork and tracklisting at the bottom of this post. Like they did with Resevoir , Fanfarlo are also releasing a limited edition box set version of the new album:

We are very pleased to announce that we have just put together a limited edition boxset version of our second album, Rooms Filled With Light, which apart from the album itself includes things like additional songs and original artwork by Allison Diaz, not to mention a compass (should your sense of direction be as poor as mine).

This beauty is available to pre-order NOW. And as a thanks we'll send you a couple of additional exclusive tracks straight away. They are two songs off Reservoir that we, true to our habit of reworking songs, re-jigged and recorded live on a cold afternoon in Manhattan a few weeks ago. This will give you a little flavour of things to come when we go back on the road next year! See you then...
Simon/Fanfarlo

The boxset includes:

Ltd Edition clamshell box
Double sided poster
5 band portrait postcards
12 page illustrated booklet
A compass
Standard album
Bonus disc featuring 4 extra tracks
2 x exclusive MP3's delivered instantly

And one last bit of Fanfarlo news, bassist Justin Finch has a solo project called The Castle which he explained on the band's website:
Maybe it was the excitement of writing and recording the new Fanfarlo record that inspired me to finally try and produce some of the triumphant, science fiction inspired synthesizer sounds battling it out in my head. I've decided I don't want to be too precious about it so I'm putting it online in it's semi-finished state. Presenting The Castle. Here is a link to 5 downloadable songs. I hope you enjoy them.
You can stream and download those songs -- "I think it sounds something like the soundtrack to Flight of The Navigator or The Terminator" says Justin -- at the bottom of this post. Also below is, as mentioned, cover art and tracklisting for Rooms Filled With Light, and an interview with the band conducted at last month's Mexefest in Lisbon, Portugal...

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