There’s already been a lot of great new music this year, but one of my favorite records has been Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath 1972 album, on Chicago’s Kranky record label.  All of Hecker’s records are equally beautiful and sinister, perhaps appropriately, his new album was recorded in a church in Reykjavik using the church pipe organ as the only source material (and also notable for contributions from fellow dark ambient sound sculptor Ben Frost).

Hecker lives in Montreal and recently performed this live set at a place called La Sala Rossa.  I’m not sure who made this recording so I don’t know who exactly to give props to (…but I grabbed it from the great blog Ghostcapital): [wpaudio url=” Tim Hecker Live At Sala Rossa, Montreal, Feb 10th 2011.mp3” text=”Tim Hecker - Live At La Sala Rossa, Montreal, February 10th, 2011” dl=””]

Last summer, I had a quick academic meeting in Montreal and was able to take my girl for a few days with me.  We had both been to Montreal a few times, but this particular whirl-wind visit was great and one of the highlights was having a (very generous) tapas dinner at La Sala Rosa, in the public house part which is located downstairs from the venue where the above performance was recorded.

We had an equally delicious meal at the Casa Del Popolo vegetarian café and music venue across the street from La Sala Rosa/La Sala Rossa.

All the restaurants and venues are run by the awesome Suoni Per Il Popolo collective who also put out great music on their record label and sponsored the show where this live recording was made.