Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 17 Jul 18 on CKUT FM

berniceFirst set

Godspeed You ! Black Emperor: Anthem For No State

Second set

Johnny Cash: Always Alone
Slim Willet: The Red Rose
George Pegram & Walter ‘Red’ Parham: Old Rattler
Hank Locklin: Pinball Millionaire
Hank Williams & The Drifting Cowboys: (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
Skeeter Davis: I Can’t Stay Mad At You
Buddy Holly: Rock-A-Bye Rock
Hank Snow: Ninety Miles an Hour (Down a Dead End Street)
Ian & Sylvia: Old Blue
Joan Baez: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (live)
Violeta Parra: El Guillatun
Judy Collins: Masters of War
Eric Andersen: Today is the Highway
Mahalia Jackson: I’m Going To Live the Life I Sing About in My Song
Josephine Foster: She sweeps with many-colored Brooms –
No Museums: In A Camper Van
Maude Audet: Dépeuplée
Luluc: Fly

Third set

Bernice: Glue
Mecca Normal: Medieval Man
Bob Dylan: It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 8, alt. take)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Lee Shore (28 Dec 69)
Roscoe Holcomb: Boat’s Up The River
The Beatles: The Inner Light
Robyn Hitchcock: Judas Sings (Jesus & Me)
Beatrice Deer: Atungak
The Raincoats: Honey Mad Woman (live)
Xiu Xiu: Clowne Towne
Arthur Russell: All-Boy, All-Girl
Jean Grae: Bubblin’ (skit)
Laurie Anderson: Sh (1978)

Last song

Everett Bird: Slithering (feat. Antony Carle)

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 10 Jul 18 on CKUT FM

Alanis Obamsawin

First set

Dogfaced Hermans: El Doggo Speaks
Cheer-Accident: Language Is

Second set

Helen: Dying All The Time
Grouper: Parking Lot
Jackson Browne: Sing My Songs To Me / For Everyman
Maude Audet: Leo
Land of Talk: The Hate I Won’t Commit
Summering: Detaching Hands
Manassas: So Many Times
Kyra Shaughnessy: I May Not
Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman and The Ravens (BBC September 1971)
Emmylou Harris: One of These Days

Third set

St. Vincent: Sugar Boy
The Tom Tom Club: On, On, On, On (remix)
Petra Glynt: This You Need
Singers & Players: World of Dispensation
George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars: If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It’s Gonna Be You) (Colin Wolfe Mix)
Obuxum: He(R)story
Mos Def: Napoleon Dynamite
K.D. Lang: So In Love
Björk: Claim Staker
Jenny Hval & Susanna: A Sudden Swing
Yoko Ono: A Thousand Times Yes
Alanis Obomsawin: Theo (pt. 1 & 2)

Last song

Ben LaMar Gay: Muhal



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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 3 Jul 18 on CKUT FM


First set

Godspeed You ! Black Emperor: Undoing a Luciferian Towers
Bach / Glenn Gould: French Suite no. 1 in D Minor

Second set

James White & The Blacks: (Tropical) Heat Wave
Monty Python: Argument (Drury Lane)
Jale: Liberated Woman
The Clash: Janie Jones (Polydor demo November 1976)
Bikini Kill: Blood One
The Bopcats: Wild Jungle Rock
Hole: Violet (19 Nov 91)
Propagandhi: Failed Imagineer
PJ Harvey: Man-Sized (Holland November 1992)
The Fall: Living Too Late
Dogfaced Hermans: Bella Ciao
Grimskunk: The Right to Bear Harm
Mecca Normal: Medieval Man
DOA: Killer Cops

Third set

The Flood: Jealousy
Hector Guerra: La Cumbia Callejera (feat. Alberto Pedraza)
Run The Jewels: Job Well Done (feat. Until the Ribbon Breaks)
Come: Wrong Side
Annette Peacock: Seven Days
Towanda: Another Bridge Burned
Eyeless in Gaza: No Perfect Stranger
Cheer-Accident: Hymn
BEF w. Glenn Gregory: Perfect Day
Jean Grae: Block Party (feat. Apani B)
Dolly Mixture: Dilly Dolly Dally

Last song

Beatrice Deer: Atungak



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hue sweater painting fall 85

Hugh, studying an art book (at a guess) in the ‘lab room’ of the Halifax Youth Hostel, which we shared during the fall of 1985. He’s wearing a sweater with one of his oil paintings sewn onto the front. Big Icelandic mug full of coffee near at hand, various guitars, his bed lifted up and nestled near one of the big tall windows. My writing desk behind him, electric typewriter for ‘mailing copies’ (my old manual typewriter down in the parking lot booth where I worked), current reading on top is Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion. Velvet Underground book on the shelf. Hugh left Halifax early in ’86, I left in 1992. Hugh died in 1996. The Halifax Youth Hostel was torn down. Nothing left now but the recordings.

Our conversation to start with is on the topic of paying the rent on the room.

Hugh: Yeah, that’s … yeah, I knew that.

Me: (holding in a toke) And then … after that I pay the next one, and by then you should have some shit sold or something.

Hugh: (holding in a toke) Yeah, maybe …

Me: Go drum up some sales …

I start strumming acoustic guitar.

Hugh: We’ll see what happens.

Me: Hm?

Hugh: We’ll see what happens, don’t worry about it.

Me: No, I mean, I’m not … it’s just like … like my horoscope said today: “A temporary setback will turn into a greater opportunity.” (Rustle of newspaper page.) I took that to mean my short story.

We both chuckle. We’re clearly very stoned, both talking sotto voce.

Hugh: Those horoscopes. Harsh-scopes. (He chuckles some more.) Getting your short story back, pretty harsh.

Apparently I’d sent ‘Bird Dancer’ somewhere and it had come back forthwith.

Me: No, it didn’t bother me. I didn’t really expect to get it – to get anything from them. I just thought it would be nice. Sort of … the way it goes. I’d like to hear back from my pals at New Quarterly.

Hugh: They probably lost your story. That’s why they haven’t written back, they’re too embarassed.

Me: What about those fuck-ups at Poetry Montreal? They never, ever wrote back. (Hugh chuckles.) Not even after I sent them a letter from here. Saying, “What the fuck have you done with my poems?” (Hugh chuckles gleefully.)

Hugh: Hilarium, eh? It probably no longer exists.

Me: That’s what I think. You know, it’s one of those really – but they were doing, like, one a month, eh? Like, they were pretty hot while they were around. They didn’t stink, either, compared to most of those things. Like Xero. (I laugh.) Harsh-O.

Hugh: Yeah, really.

Me: We should get an ad for our show in the next one of those Republicovers.

Hugh: Yeah, you’re right. The end of submissions is like November twenty-fifth, or something like that. For the next issue. It’ll be good to get something in.

We’re talking about advertising our CKDU FM radio show in a NSCAD student publication. This never happened.

Me: You looked at any of the little things I’ve been writing lately? They’re just on little scraps of paper here.

Hugh: Little poems and stuff?

Me: Yeah.

Hugh: I read a couple of poems. They were pretty good.

Me: Any that struck you as worth … collaborating with?

Hugh: Oh!

Me: There’s two over here, I think.

Hugh: (hunting around amidst the crazy morass of stuff on our counter) Yeah I saw those two …

Me: There’s another weird little one that has to be revised a bit. (Laughing) This one’s weird ‘cause it’s ah – it’s not actually written by me. All I did was uh – you know … it’s all album covers, right? Album titles? And I noticed a few, how they … transpositioned with each other or whatever?

Hugh: Mm-hmm. (I hand him some sort of confection.) Oh, thanks.

Me: Rum and butter flavoured. I ate a whole bag of them.

Hugh: Oh, wow. (He’s working on the confection, his mouth full.) Mmmm. Hard not to.

Me: Well, you know. Sitting in the booth is the only really harsh thing to deal with, not smoking.

Hugh: Mm-hmm.

Me: You’ve gotta be – I’ve gotta do something (chuckle).

Hugh is schmecking on the confection and rummaging around his pottery pieces.

Hugh: Yeah, I like how boxy these things are.

Me: (groaning) Oh, the Rog would be so upset.

I’m not sure what Rodger, the Youth Hostel ‘houseparent’, would’ve been upset about – maybe Hugh was firing his clay creations in the hostel’s oven.

Me: ‘Kay, you want me to read you this one? It’s called ‘Record Sale Poem’.

Hugh: Okay.

Me: ‘The dream of the blue turtles’. No, no. Sorry. Start again.

I’m having a little difficulty because I want to recite the lines in an order quite different from the way I have them written down.

Me: ‘The Record Sale Poem.’ (I laugh.) By Vince Tinguely. (Hugh laughs.)

Once upon a time
The dream of the blue turtles
Greatest hits

Black cars
Alien shores
Here’s to future days
Dancing in the street

Brothers in arms
Live after death

Me: (laughing) It’s all just titles.

Hugh: Yeah. That’s good.

Me: Quite amusing (I clear my throat). Well, I’m stoned.

Hugh: I’m still fooling around with these weird blobs (chuckling). Just clay, man. Clay and glazes.

Me: (laughing) You’re having a good time are you?

Hugh: We’re talking – The Universe, right? With this stuff.

Me: (in vigourous agreement) Oh yeah, oh yeah!

Hugh: The Uni – or, it’s like being God.

We fall silent. For a while, I’m just trying to tune the guitar.


hues pottery fall 85 edit

Some of Hugh’s pottery work on display on the ‘lab counter’ of our room in the Halifax Youth Hostel, fall 1985.

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 26 Jun 18 on CKUT FM


First set

Cabaret Voltaire: Kino (12″ mix)
Soft Cell: Tainted Dub (12″ version)

Second set

Iskwe: Healers
Josephine Foster: How happy is the little Stone
Japan: Visions of China
Versa: Number Language
Annette Peacock: I’m The One
The Tubes: What Do You Want From Life?
The Teardrop Explodes: Kwalo Klobinsky’s Lullaby
Grimskunk: Gimme Some Revolution
The Nils: If Heaven Lies (BNW 5 Mar 88)
The Raincoats: No-one’s Little Girl
Billy Bragg: The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions
Mecca Normal: Ribbon

Third set

Allen Ginsberg: Wales Visitation
Nico: Das Lied vom einsamen Mädchen (Rotterdam 9 Oct 85)
Jo Passed: Left
Grouper: The Races
Dolly Mixture: Baby, It’s You (single 1980)
Jale: 4-Track (from second demo)
The Pretenders: Don’t Get Me Wrong
Robyn Hitchcock: I Wish I Was Like You
Loïc: Fleur de Violence
George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars: Get Your Funk On
Neneh Cherry: Money Love

Last song

Alanis Obomsawin: Bush Lady pt. 1



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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 19 Jun 18 on CKUT FM


First set

Kathleen Yearwood: The End, The Beginning at Last
US Girls: Traviata / Time

Second set

Godspeed You ! Black Emperor: Fam / Famine
Stefan Christoff: untitled / interview (live in studio)
Yoko Ono: Run, Run, Run
George Thorogood: Who Do You Love?
Pretenders: Tattooed Love Boys (live)
The Minutemen: Joy
Dogfaced Hermans: The Rain it Raineth
The Mekons: Fall Asleep

Third set

The Style Council: A Stone’s Throw Away
The Fall: L.A.
Robert Gordon & Link Wray: Red Hot
Neutral Milk Hotel: Three Peaches
The Communards: Piece of Saxophone
Tom Tom Club: Elephant (single version)
Casino: The Beat Goes On
Proctor & Bergman: Police Lineup
Hexray: Shifting Sands
Cabaret Voltaire: I Want You
Run the Jewels: Sea Legs
Mos Def: Dollar Day
Cub: Pretty Pictures (19 May 93)

Last song

Beatrice Deer: My All To You



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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 12 Jun 18 on CKUT FM


First set

Shikisha: Pretty Vacant (Pierre J. Deepcore Mix)
Eugene Chadbourne w/ Lol Coxhill: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Second set

The Waterboys: Lost Highway (12″ B-side)
Hank Williams & The Drifting Cowboys: Alone and Forsaken
Sandy Shaw: You Don’t Love Me No More
Sandy Shaw w/ British Electrical Foundation: Anyone Who Ever Had A Heart
Ian & Sylvia: Rambler Gambler
Josephine Foster: Trust In The Unexpected –
Giant Sand w/ PJ Harvey: Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
Beck & Emmylou Harris: Sin City
Eric Chenaux: Slowly Paradise
Jale: Loser (demo)
Propagandhi: Lower Order (A Good Laugh)
Bikini Kill: This Is Not A Test
Mecca Normal: Man Thinks Woman
PJ Harvey: Highway 61 Revisited (Netherlands tour November 1992)
Maude Audet: Dans le Ruisseau

Third set

Sheep Look Up: Falasha
SPK: Machine Age Voodoo (Junk Funk) (12″ Special Crash Mix)
Cyndi Lauper: She Bop (12″ Special Dance Mix)
Thomas Dolby: Flying North (12″ high altitude extended play)
Andrea Parker: Some Other Level
Carole Pope: I’m Not Blind (acoustic mix)
Top of the Pops Band: Chant no. 1
Carla Bozulich: One Hard Man

Last song

Yamantaka / Sonic Titan: Out of Time



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