The Kitchen Bang Bang Law Funding Drive Edition is coming!

October 19, 2014

Waves of Glory - Ondes de Gloire

CKUT‘s annual funding drive kicks off on October 23. I’m posting this in the hope that you might consider pledging a few dollars to my radio show.

CKUT won its FM license and went on the air in November 1987. When CKUT launched in 1987, I was doing a show called In From The Cold, and in 1988 I had a theme program called This Show Is History. I have been on-air at CKUT every Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. since 1995, (once upon a time with co-host Victoria on Victorious and Invincible, and more recently solo on The Kitchen Bang Bang Law), spinning tunes and interviewing guests from the cultural communities of Montreal and beyond.

I’ve always been proud to be part of a community that isn’t about making a profit. Instead, CKUT FM is about consciousness-raising, 24/7, 365 days a year, playing the music you love, carrying news and information you won’t hear anywhere else – on the topic of social justice, human rights, environmental activism, gender equality, you name it. We do it all on a shoestring budget, so when we come calling for your help during our funding drive, you know we really need it.

My radio show, The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, is about cutting-edge culture. It’s about dreaming beyond the barriers of cynical ‘common sense’ through radical sonic art forms, be they the working blues of the 20s or the avante garde drone of today. I program thematic segments that span all genres and styles of music, breaking down boundaries and (hopefully) opening minds.


On October 28, starting at noon, this year’s funding drive edition of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law will feature a very special guest, Jean Smith. Jean Smith is the author of two published novels: I Can Hear Me Fine (Get To The Point Editions, 1993) and The Ghost of Understanding (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1998). Recent publications include the chapbook Two Stories, a regular series of posts on the Magnet blog, and a ten page fiction excerpt published in 2012 in West Coast Line. She’s also a practicing musician, film-maker and painter.

Jean Smith and David Lester formed Mecca Normal in 1984 with the express purpose of changing the world. Smith turned her zine Smarten UP! – A How to Change the World Publication into a record label to release the first Mecca Normal LP in 1986.

Mecca Normal is known as a fore-runner and inspiration to the riot grrrl movement in the 90s. As part of the regional D-I-Y scene at that time, Mecca Normal co-founded the Black Wedge – anti-authoritarian poets and minimalist musicians – setting wild hearts free, spreading the damn difficult word of how to combine poetry with activist resistance culture. At the Black Wedge show in Olympia (1986) Jean and Calvin Johnson met and traded LPs, Mecca Normal’s first album (re-issued by K Records) for the first Beat Happening record.

Through the 90s and into the oughts, Mecca Normal albums were released by K Records, Matador and Kill Rock Stars in the United States.

In April 2009, Mecca Normal celebrated its 25th anniversary with 25 shows in 25 days, including university and high school presentations of “How Art & Music Can Change the World”, a lecture intending to inspire audiences to consider adding political content to their creative self-expression.

In 2010 Smith and Lester launched The Black Dot Museum of Political Art with a four-person exhibit in Olympia. In the fall of 2010, K Records released the 7″ single Malachi.

Empathy for the Evil, Mecca Normal’s 13th album, was released in September 2014. During a barnstorming tour, they were featured in an interview on Democracy Now, where they performed ‘Malachi’ and a new and highly topical song, ‘Misogyny’.

During the funding drive edition of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, Jean Smith and I will talk about her recent and current artistic activities.

Please consider pledging some cash during my funding drive radio show. It happens on October 28, from 12 to 2 p.m. Call the PLEDGE LINE during my show, 514-907-9424, and talk to the friendly people at CKUT.

OR consider pledging on-line. To make a pre-pledge, go to and click on ‘make a pledge.’


A copy of Creole Continuum, the deluxe new LP by Kaie Kellough, with grateful thanks to the Howl Arts label for contributing it to my show. Released in September 2014, it features Kellough’s sound poetry, free jazz, and lettrism-inflected performances, backed by Jason Sharp, Brahja Waldman, Martin Heslop, Ted Strauss, Kim Zombik, Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Tanya Davis, and Luis ‘El Pana’ Tovar. ($25.00 pledge)

Besides all the remarkable gifts available from CKUT for your pledge (which you can see here), for listeners of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, I’m offering a special selection of vinyl LPs from this year’s crate-digging (all in good condition). Adam Ant, Evangelista, Rough Trade, Enos Slaughter, Dead Kennedys, Odetta, Sonic Youth … something for everyone! (None of the LPs are current reissues, they’re all original pressings from back in the day.)

Vinyl LPs (and two CDs) crate-dug by the hands of Vince:

Adam Ant: Friend or Foe LP ($10.00 pledge)
Laurie Anderson: Big Science LP ($20.00 pledge)
Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave LP ($20.00 pledge)
David Bowie: Scarey Monsters LP ($10.00 pledge)
Kate Bush: The Kick Inside LP ($20.00 pledge)
Kate Bush: Lionheart LP ($20.00 pledge)
Dead Kennedys: Frankenchrist EP ($15.00 pledge)
Dead Kennedys: In God We Trust, Inc. EP ($15.00 pledge)
Enos Slaughter: Beisbol 2xLP ($25.00 pledge)
Evangelista: In Animal Tongue LP ($25.00 pledge)
Human League: Crash gatefold LP still in sealed shrinkwrap ($20.00 pledge)
Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates LP ($10.00 pledge)
Joni Mitchell: Hejira gatefold LP ($15.00 pledge)
New Order: Technique LP ($15.00 pledge)
Klaus Nomi LP ($10.00 pledge)
The Essential Odetta 2xLP ($20.00 pledge)
Public Image Ltd: This Is Not A Love Song EP ($15.00 pledge)
Rough Trade: Avoid Freud LP ($10.00 pledge)
Sonic Youth: Bad Moon Rising CD ($20.00 pledge)
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue Columbia Legacy CD ($10.00 pledge)

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 14 Oct 14 on CKUT FM

October 15, 2014


First set

Anne-F Jacques: Continuous Sliding

Second set – Robert Fripp between King Crimsons

Matching Mole: Starting In The Middle of the Day We Can Drink
Brian Eno: Baby’s On Fire
Fripp & Eno: Evensong
Brian Eno: Golden Hours
Peter Gabriel: Modern Love
David Bowie: “Heroes”
Peter Gabriel: Exposure
Robert Fripp: Exposure (vocals by Terri Roche)
The Roches: Hammond Song
Fripp & Eno: Tarazed
The Talking Heads: I Zimbra
David Bowie: Up The Hill Backwards
Robert Fripp: Under Heavy Manners
Robert Fripp & The League of Gentlemen: Cognitive Dissonance
Robert Fripp: 1987
Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: Guide

Third set

Mecca Normal: What’s Your Name
The Dub Rifles: Café of the For
Christine Fellows: Burning Daylight
Metal Kites: Almighty

Last song

Quique Escamilla: 500 Years of Night

Find it here.

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 7 Oct 14 on CKUT FM

October 8, 2014
mecca-normal – photo by sean raggett.

mecca-normal – photo by sean raggett.

First set

OOiOO: Don Ah
Mecca Normal: Between Livermore and Tracy

Second set

Antony & Current 93: You Stand Above Me (live at Saint Olav’s Church)
The Wailers: Mr. Brown
Guadalcanal Diary: Michael Rockefeller
Johny ‘Guitar’ Watson: I Need It
Sonic Youth: Secret Girl
Caribou: Silver
Fur Trade: Our Life Starts Now
The Modern Lovers: Government Center
Ian Hunter: Life After Death
Graham Parker: Nobody Hurts You
The Pink Noise: Masquerade

Third set

The Emotions: We Go Through Changes
Julian Cope: Reynard The Fox (BBC Session)
Nanette Workman: Lâche Moi
The Rolling Stones: Melody
The Dub Rifles: Mine (live)
Dennis Coffey: Scorpio
Adam & The Ants: Stand and Deliver
Kraftwerk: The Voice of Energy / Antenna
Broadcast & The Focus Group: You Must Wake / One Million Years Ago / A Seancing Song
Héléne Prévost: Plage 9

Last song

Anne-F Jacques: Stiction

Find it here.

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 30 Sep 14 on CKUT FM

October 2, 2014

First set

Zeitkratzer: Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music, pt. 3

Second set

Interview with poet Cameron Anstee of Apt. 9 Press, about the ‘5’ tour
Caribou: Can’t Do Without You
Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong: Pale Tone Wifi
OOiOO: Gamel Ninna Yama
Trentmoller: nada
Merchandise: Corridor
Lydia Ainsworth: Malachite
Lido Pimienta: La Rata
Neneh Cherry: 422
Broadcast & The Focus Group: “I See, So I See So”

Third set

The Mynah Birds: It’s My Time
Crosby, Still, Nash and Young: Feel Your Love
Paul Kantner & Grace Slick: Diana / Sunfighter
Van Morrison: Streets of Arklow
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Moonshot
Steely Dan: Black Friday
The Dub Rifles: Face Up! (live)
Mecca Normal: Art Was The Great Leveler
Hag Face: Bendy Wendy
Sonic Youth: Webb of Mud 1, 2, & 3
Art Bears: (Armed) Peace
The Teardrop Explodes: The Culture Bunker (Peel Session)

Last song

Héléne Prévost: Plage 8

Find it here.

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 23 Sep 14 on CKUT FM

September 24, 2014
Sue Ann Harkey

Sue Ann Harkey

First set

Tarahumara Matachin Music: Side B, track 2 (recorded January 6, 1979 in the Upper Tarahumara of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Chihuahua, Mexico)

Second set

Sue Ann Harkey: There Is No Such Thing As The Masses
John Fogerty: Mr. Greed
Neil Young: Who’s Gonna Stand Up (download)
M.I.A.: Y.A.L.A.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan: Crystal Fortress Over The Sea Of Trees
FKA Twigs: Lights On
Rustle: Workship
Héléne Prévost: Plage 7
Anne-F. Jacques: No Load
Echo & The Bunnymen: Bedbugs and Ballyhoo

Third set

Shearing Pinx: Innocent If
Art Bears: Freedom
The Teardrop Explodes: Like Poppies In The Field (Peel Session)
Neutral Milk Hotel: Two-Headed Boy pt. 2
Eugene Ripper: Hang Man
Jefferson Airplane: The War Is Over
Townes Van Zandt: Standin’
Diane Cluck: Sara
Ray Charles: A Fool For You
Shriekback: Faded Flowers
Wish: Retro Grade

Last song

Norm Howard & Johannes Welsch: Voodoo Supreme

Find it here.

An interview with Danielle Dax

September 21, 2014
image courtesy of

image courtesy of

Foufounes Électrique, April 21, 1988

Danielle Dax came to Montreal in the spring of 1988, almost on a whim. She had a showcase gig set up in Boston, and decided to come up to Canada to play a couple of shows. She told me, “I just wanted to see what it’s like. Just curious.”

She’d picked an inauspicious time to play Foufounes, as the management was in the process of renovating the place. When I approached Dax for an interview after the band’s soundcheck (which she described as “the second-worst, most horrendous soundcheck I’ve done for the last year”), we couldn’t find a quiet place to chat. The dancefloor sound system was blasting away as usual, and the dressing room had had the wall that separated it from the performance space entirely removed. There wasn’t anywhere to sit in what was left of the space, so we found a couple of broken-down pub chairs and sat knee-to-knee. “the whole place is totally shattered,” she said.

It didn’t help that I was incredibly intimidated by Dax. I was a fan of her music, and had been playing it on various campus-community radio stations (CKDU, CITR, CRSG, CKUT) for the past couple of years. But her music hadn’t prepared me for her intense physical presence — she was wearing an ultra-glam black satin dress, loads of make-up, an explosion of teased-out blonde tresses, and spike-heeled mules she’d picked up at a London S&M shop. I was almost completely tongue-tied by her presence, and too shy to shove the microphone near her face, where it needed to be if I was going to pick up her voice over all the racket of the club. Sensing that I wasn’t doing my job, she kept pointing at the tape recorder and asking, “Is that on ?” She was also concerned that I was going to fall through the hole in the seat of my ramshackle chair.

I began by asking if her backing musicians were the same ones she’d toured with before in Japan and Europe.

Danielle Dax : No, it’s the first time that we’ve all played together.
V : You’re an independent recording artist, how long have you been recording independently ?
DD : I’ve been working independently since 1983.
V : 1983. And did you start out playing your own music ? Like, when you compose – ?
DD : Yeah, I started off completely from scratch. … I started by buying 4-track tape recorders. And collecting loads of instruments from second-hand shops like violins and saxophones and guitars and stuff, to use the tape recorders to write the songs.
V : You taught yourself completely ?
DD : Yeah, on the first album … first album I played everything on, and the second one as well, more-or-less.
V : Where were you living then ?
DD : London. … The South End.
V : Are you using musicians, other musicians now on your albums ?
DD : No, I tend to use a few people. On my last album I used three or four extra people. I do tend to limit it because I can do a lot of things myself, so I don’t really need to use – I generally use people to play things I want in a style I can’t necessarily do. Because I can do, especially song-things, I can do most of it myself.
V : What are some of your musical influences ?
DD : I have a very wide record collection … African, Indian, Eskimo music … I collect rock music and classical , blues … Inuit …
V : You ever hear Inuit throat singing ?
DD : Yeah ! That’s my favourite, that’s great !
V : How do you write your music ?
DD : Write it ?
V : Well, when you’re making a song, do you sit down and write lyrics first, or do you make the music first and then the lyrics come … ?
DD : Oh, no, I keep a lot of notebooks and I write two diaries as well, a normal diary and a dream diary, so I have lots of ideas all over the place. Usually what I do now is I get the music first and then I go to my books and choose something in them and enlarge upon what the music suggests.
V : How long have you been keeping a dream diary ?
DD : About four and a half years.
V : Do you find you dream more now, or you’re remembering them more now …?
DD : No, I remember my dreams. I mean of course if you try to remember things, you remember them. And so I can remember dreams, wake up, and sort of continue them, and then wake up again, and you can control things that way, to a certain extent.
V : Because we’ve been keeping a dream diary for nine months or so …

Heather, my then-girlfriend, had come to the concert with me to take pictures. She was interested in dreams, and asked Dax a question about them.

H : Do you find after you do it for a while, writing them down … it’s like you’re conscious in your dream ?
DD : Um, the only conscious thing that comes into it is when I wake up and I don’t want to. But I don’t actually argue with myself, I tend to follow things. I’m quite interested in not really creating what happens in dreams. I quite like to be a passive observer and see where they lead, play with it.

Krak, the short-lived music magazine that had given me this assignment, went belly-up shortly thereafter, so my planned article was never written. This is the first ever publication of the interview.

Later that same year, Danielle Dax signed a deal with Sire Records and was able to release her work in North America for the first time.

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 16 Sep 14 on CKUT FM

September 17, 2014


Ryan’s song

Mozart’s Sister: Lone Wolf

First set

The Giuseppi Logan Quartet: Bleecker Partita

Second set

Juliette Greco: Ça Va ‘Le Diable’
Art Bears: Truth
Fur Trade: In Between Dreams
Scritti Politti: Hypnotize (7″ mix)
Okkervil River: Lido Pier Suicide Car
Pink Floyd: Absolutely Curtains
Julian Cope: London Underground
Neutral Milk Hotel: untitled (instrumental)
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan: A Star Over Pureland
No Means No: The Day Everything Became Nothing / Dead Souls

Third set

The Chipmunks: Let’s Go
PS I Love You: In My Mind At Least
Lydia Ainsworth: White Shadows
Shearing Pinx: Tour Kiss
Velvet Underground: Run Run Run (live at the Gymnasium April 1967)
Terrence Simien & The Mallet Playboys: Oh Yeh Ya!
M.I.A.: Double Bubble Trouble
Spoek Mathambo: Father Creeper featuring Xander Ferreira
Lesley Duncan: If You Won’t Be Mine
Waylon Jennings: Down Came The World
Myriam Gendron / Dorothy Parker: Song Of Perfect Propriety
Sandy Denny: John The Gun (BBC concert March 1972)

Last song

Kyle Bobby Dunn & The Infinite Sadness: Confessions of the Mildly Miserable

Find it here.


Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 9 Sep 14 on CKUT FM

September 11, 2014


First set

Héléne Prévost: Plage 4
Klara Lewis: Altered

Second set

Grails: Ice Station Zebra
Sharon Van Etten: Taking Chances
Diane Cluck: Heartloose
Myriam Gendron / Dorothy Parker: The Last Question
Neutral Milk Hotel: Ghost
Art Bears: The Song Of Investment Capital Overseas
Excerpt from an interview with John Lydon (BBC ‘Rock On’ 28 Oct 78)
Public Image Ltd.: Religion II
Jellyfishbabies: Blue Eyes
Nomind: Worlds Apart
Fail-Safe: Your Reality
Shearing Pinx: French Kiss
Cousins: Body

Third set

The Chad Mitchell Trio: The Hip Song (It Does Not Pay To Be Hip)
Jose Menese: Estoy Como Un Alma En Pena
Eugene Chadbourne with Camper Van Beethoven: They Can Make It Rain Bombs, But They Can’t Make It Rain
Lesley Duncan: Sunshine (Send Them Away)
Shriekback: The Only Thing That Shines
Neneh Cherry: Cynical
M.I.A.: Boom Skit
Spoek Mathambo: Skorokoro (Walking Away) featuring Okmalumkoolkat
Chicks On Speed: God
Amon Düül: Kanaan

Last song

Neil Young: Early Morning Rain
Find it here.

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 2 Sep 14 on CKUT FM

September 4, 2014


THEME: All Drugs All The Time

First set

The Velvet Underground: Sister Ray (Gymnasium 30 Apr 67)
Star Trek: Mr. Sulu gets a shot

Second set

Mulder & Scully: Excerpt from ‘Field Trip’
Peter Tosh: Buk-In-Ham Palace (12″ mix) + 1976 NORML ad
George Carlin: Grass Swept The Neighborhood
Black Sabbath: Sweet Leaf
Black Mountain: Druganaut
Cypress Hill & Sonic Youth: I Love You Mary Jane
Grimskunk: Loaded Gun
Cheech & Chong: Let’s Make A Dope Deal
The Good Bros.: Hot Knife Boogie (live)
Steve Martin: Let’s Get Small (live)
Neil Young: Roll Another Number (For The Road)
Star Trek: A Klingon nerve gas

Third set

Psychic TV: Tune In (Turn On The Acid House)
The Beatles: Within You Without You (instrumental version)
Excerpt from the PBS documentary The Man Who Shot John Lennon
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: The Devil Does Drugs
Joni Mitchell: Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
Allen Ginsberg: CIA Dope Calypso
John Stockwell: Interview excerpt
John Lennon: Give Peace A Chance / Cold Turkey

Fourth set

Ian & Sylvia: Moonshine Can
Anna Domino: Drunk
Lou Reed: Underneath The Bottle

Find it here.

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 26 Aug 14 on CKUT FM

August 27, 2014


First set

Curtis Mayfield: (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Gonna Go
Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel: Descent Into The Inferno

Second set

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Something Wrong in Paradise (Larry Levan mix)
The Stranglers: Paradise
OOiOO: Pebarongan
Ninos du Brasil: Olhar Das Folhas / Sombra Da Lua
Chicks On Speed: The Neverending Pursuit of Happiness
Lydia Ainsworth: Candle
Jodie Holland: On and On
Blind Horses: Veils
Danielle Dax: Sleep Has No Property
Tune-Yards: Manchild

Third set

The Chipmunks: Refugee
PJ Harvey: Happy and Bleeding (1991 demo)
Cousins: Death Man
Shearing Pinx: Swamp Backlash Blues
Hagface: Worst Nightmare
Stefana Fratila: Red
Myriam Gendron / Dorothy Parker: Red Dress
Jonathan Richman: You Can Have A Cell Phone, That’s OK, But Not Me
Neil Young: Needle of Death
Townes Van Zandt: Old Paint
Poco: Honky Tonk Downstairs
Sandy Denny: Next Time Around (BBC live March 1972)
Shriekback: Faded Flowers

Last song

Héléne Prévost: Plage 5

Find it here.


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