Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 24 Feb 15 on CKUT FM

 

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First set

Matana Roberts: Clothed to the Land, Worn by the Sea / Dreamer of Dreams / Always Say Your Name / Nema, Nema, Nema / A Single Man-o-War / As Years Roll By

Second set, pt. 1 – Tectonics

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bad Moon Rising
Prince: Housequake
Carole King: I Feel The Earth Move
Stray Cats: Rock This Town
Robert Palmer: You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming
Siouxsie & the Banshees: Cities In Dust (12″ mix)
Leonard Cohen: Avalanche

Second set, pt. 2

Buddy Holly: That’ll Be The Day
Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance
Led Zeppelin: Ten Years Gone

Third set

Siskyou: Violent Motion Pictures
High Dials: Desert Tribe
Micachu & The Shapes: Lips
Eric Chenaux: The Pouget
Lower Dens: Brains
David Byrne & St. Vincent: Lazarus
Black Givre: Skyscraper
Xarah Dion: XXX
Drunken Forest: Lake Chad
Noveller: Entering (live 19 Apr 12)
Stefan Christoff & Nick Schofield: Generation II
Tara Jane O’Neil: This Morning Glory
Bob Dylan & The Band: Nothing Was Delivered, take 2

Last song

Michael Feuerstack: The Devil
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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 17 Feb 15 on CKUT FM

 

Matana portrait #3 by Brett Walker

Matana portrait #3 by Brett Walker

First set

Lol Coxhill & Michel Doneda: Last Duet 3

Second set

Rodan: Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto
M. Mucci: II
Lower Dens: Alphabet Song
Micachu & The Shapes: Vulture
St. Vincent: Rattlesnake
Siskyou: Bank Accounts and Dollar Bills (Give Peace a Chance)
Au Pairs: Diet
Julian Cope: Screaming Secrets
Black Givre: À brûle-pourpoint
Eric Chenaux: Have I Lost My Eyes
Stefan Christoff & Nick Schofield: Altitude

Third set

Manchilde: Baby Mother
Matana Roberts: The Good Book Says
FKA Twigs: Pendulum
Death Grips: This Is Violence Now (Don’t Get Me Wrong)
Thelma Houston: Midnight Mona
Nona Hendryx: To The Bone (12″ single)
Neneh Cherry & The Thing: Golden Heart (Nymph remix)
Bjork: Dark Matter (Lava Onto Remodel)
Robert Palmer: Best of Both Worlds
Xarah Dion: Asphalte Chaude

Last song

Loscil: Angle of List
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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 10 Feb 15 on CKUT FM

Kyra Shaughnessy in 2012.

Kyra Shaughnessy in 2012.

First set

Van Morrison: And The Healing Has Begun
Matana Roberts: All Is Written

Second set

Jethro Tull: Wond’ring Again
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Find The Cost of Freedom / Ohio (Fillmore East 5 Jun 70)
Michael Feuerstack: Receiver

Third set–Kyra Shaughnessy live in the studio

Interview pt. 1
Open Heart
Interview pt. 2
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Interview pt. 3
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Interview pt. 4
Waiting For The Light

Fourth set

Emily Triggs: Home
Bob Wiseman: City of Wood
This Mortal Coil: Caroline’s Song
Bob Dylan: Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood) (take 1)
Lottie Kimbrough: Rolling Log Blues
Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard: Working Girl Blues
Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt: Hobo’s Meditation
Janis Joplin: River Jordan
Dory Previn: Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign
Beck: Soul Sucking Jerk
St. Vincent: Huey Newton

Last song

Belle and Sebastian: Nobody’s Empire

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A new magazine for new music

The cover of Re•Press no. 1 (fall 1982).

The cover of Re•Press no. 1 (fall 1982).

A note of explanation: This is an article I wrote for Halifax Today, the newspaper organ of the King’s College University Journalism program. It was published on November 10, 1982. I’ve fixed up some of the typos but it is otherwise unchanged.

Re•Press number one has just hit the stands; it’s Halifax’s newest and most ambitious fanzine to date.

According to editor Gary P. LeBlanc, the magazine is meant to be a focus for alternative music in Halifax – “an alternative to the mainstream bands downtown who play top 40 hits.”

The magazine’s first edition has a striking cover (a picture of grimacing youths lifted from a 1959 Star Weekly magazine). Inside, the layout is a hodge-podge of reviews, articles and opinions about alternative music in Halifax and elsewhere.

The fanzine is the creation of co-editors LeBlanc and KimRilda van Feggelen. They both moved from Toronto to Halifax last year.

Although only van Feggelen is a native of Halifax, both saw a need for a fanzine for the city’s music scene. LeBlanc said the music scene of Halifax is much weaker than in other cities.

A Re•Press editorial blames this problem on “the tendency we all have of labelling things and joining tiny cliques … it makes life ‘safe’.”

Promotional poster for Re•Press (late 1982).

Promotional poster for Re•Press (late 1982).

LeBlanc said the music scene is so fragmented in Halifax that he and van Feggelen decided their fanzine would need a broader base than most. This policy lead to a format where an article about the skateboard lifestyle can be found on page 19, while a review of the heavy metal band Rapid Tears takes up the opposite page.

Audience enthusiasm is the only unifying element: “Headbangers show a tendency to get wasted at a concert, while the punks get into dancing,” said LeBlanc.

The skateboarding article stems from one of several rivalling sub-cultures in local high schools. The skateboarders have a whole scene of hardcore music, punk fashion and skateboarding techniques.

But high school student Wade Fleet, vocalist for the Suburban Rebels, has small regard for skateboards. In an interview in Re•Press he called their music “just like the Beach Boys with short haircuts and louder guitars.”

The high school aspect of the fanzine doesn’t stop there. LeBlanc admits a leaning towards younger bands like the Suburban Rebels because Halifax has very few experienced and established alternative bands.

The aim is to bring the new bands to light, and help them get established in the Halifax music scene.

LeBlanc said it was unfortunate that the powerful musicians’ union in Halifax made it difficult for the young bands to find a venue.

A concert by Suburban Rebels, Zeitgeist and Urban Attack was planned for the King’s College theatre on November 13, under Re•Press sponsorship, but fears that the musicians’ union might black-list both the bands and the hall caused the event to be quietly cancelled.

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 3 Feb 15 on CKUT FM

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First set

John Coltrane: Leo (live at Temple U. 11 Nov 66)

Second set, pt. 1

Gilda Radner: Let’s Talk Dirty To The Animals (live NYC)
Ann Magnuson: Miss Pussy Pants
Nile Rogers: Beet
FKA Twigs: Hours

Second set, pt. 2 – Spotlight on Martha Wash

Sylvester: I (Who Have Nothing)
The Weather Girls: It’s Raining Men
Black Box: Hold On

Third set

Anita Ward: Make Believe Lovers
English Beat: I Confess
Aaliyah, Vanessa L. Williams, Mary J. Blige, MC Lyte, Coko, En Vogue, SWV, TLC, and Monica, with vocal arrangements by Angie Stone and bass by Meshell Ndegeocello: Freedom (Panther theme) (The Black Bag Mix)
D-Sisive: The Great Mr. Nobody
Loscil: En Masse
Last Ditch On The Left: Not Even Near
James Irwin: Everything Passed Me By
The High Dials: Echoes and Empty Rooms
Julian Cope: Shot Down
Xarah Dion: Fait Divers

Last song

Siskyou: Wasted Genius

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 27 Jan 15 on CKUT FM

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First set

Tangerine Dream: Invisible Limits
Art Bears: Coda To Man and Boy

Second set

Beach House: Myth
Leanne Simpson & A Tribe Called Red: Jiibay or Aandizooke
M. Mucci: Dangerous Summer
Savages: I’m Here
Au Pairs: Diet (BBC Sessions)

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Jeff Miller

Interview with author / zinester Jeff Miller

Third set

Siskyou: Deserter
Loscil: Sturgeon Bank
Notta Comet: Colonial Authorities
Susan Musgrave: Two poems (live at the Atwater Poetry Project 10 Nov 11)
Death Grips: Two Heavens
Noveller: Ends (Glasslands 19 Apr 12)
Sagot: Couleur Jaune
Switches: Fifteen Beers

Last song

Fred Frith & John Butcher: Be Again, Be Again

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 20 Jan 15 on CKUT FM

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Ryan’s song

Bruce Cockburn: Peace March (instrumental)

First set

Anjou: Backsight
M. Mucci: Hand In Hand

Second set

Noveller: Cyanne (Glasslands 19 Apr 12)
Loscil: Angle of Lull
Nennen: Same Dream
FKA Twigs: Two Weeks
Death Grips: Anne Bonny
Sagot: Avion
Tuxedomoon: What Use
Amrys: Induction

Third set

Flamin’ Groovies: Shake Some Action
White Lung: In Your Home
Julian Cope: Nonalignment Pact
The Stranglers: Something Better Change
Rec Centre: Like I Care
Fazer Daze: Reel
Ernest Gibson: Group Work
The The: Heartland
Neneh Cherry & The Thing: What Reason Could I Give? (the Carmen Villain remix)
Art Bears: The Song of Investment Capital Overseas (Berlin 16 Feb 84 ‘Music and Politics Concert’)
This Mortal Coil: Nature’s Way
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Lazarus
Stefan Christoff & Nick Schofield: Ember

Last song

Swamp Wolf: Dr. Le Clout (feat. Nyx Evart)

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