The languid drama of rain changes …

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This is a page from a notebook hand-made by Kaytee. It was given to me for my birthday the year before I wrote this. A finished draft of this prose poem appeared in my 2004 chapbook Sex.

Most of my poems found their start in notebooks – notebooks bought at the Metropolitan on Gottingen Street, Halifax; beautifully bound Chinese notebooks bought at Warshaws on the Main, Montreal; notebooks from art college supply stores and your local Dollarama. The poem above is written in pencil – because once I’d complained to a girlfriend that writing seemed so Jehovah and Patriarchal like Laws Written In Stone and she’d replied, “Why don’t you try writing in pencil? Then, if you don’t like it, you can always erase it.” So I wrote in my notebooks in pencil for the next twelve years.

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 12 Feb 19 on CKUT FM

magali michaut violin

First set

Bob Dylan: Visions of Johanna (take 5, rehearsal)
Joanna Newsom: Good Intentions Paving Company (Austin City Limits 2011)

Magali Michaut set

Interview pt. 1
Magali Michaut: Ma petit chanson Parisienne (live in studio)
Interview pt. 2
Magali Michaut: Partir Loin (live in studio)
Interview pt. 3
Magali Michaut: Background Pain

Third set

Kyra Shaughnessy: When I Rise
Myriam Gendron: The Small Hours
Juliette Greco: Je Suis Comme Je Suis
Jacques Brel: Rosa
Josephine Foster: Like Mighty Foot Lights – burned the Red
Sandy Denny: Listen, Listen (Manor demo)
Mecca Normal: Kingdom Without Weather
Oh Pep!: Asking For

Fourth set

Michael Feuerstack: Love Is All Around
Bert Jansch: It Don’t Bother Me
Exene Cervenka: Gravel
Cat Power: In Your Face
Helena Deland: Lean On You
Orkestar Kriminal: Dos Ganevl
Ivana Popovic: 45th Parallel
Fred Frith Trio: Bones To Pick With Graveyards
Thalia Zedek Band: War Not Won
Sharon Van Etten: I Told You Everything

Last song

The High Dials: Fortune Cookie

 

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 5 Feb 19 on CKUT FM

anybodys

First set

Vibracathedral Orchestra: Girls With Rocks In Their Hands
The Clash: Justice Tonight / Kick It Over

Second set

That Petrol Emotion: Belly Bugs
David Lindley: El Rayo X
Orkestar Kriminal: Odesskogo Kichmana
Anybodys: Stolen Diaries
Not Of: Barb Dwyer Esq.
Melt Banana: untitled (Peel Session 3 Oct 01)
Annette Peacock: Love Me Tender
The Fall: Hot Aftershave Bop
Cozy: Ladystough
Xarah Dion: MTL KO
Debbie Harry: Oasis
Fishbone: Love and Bullshit

Third set

Neneh Cherry: Somedays
Mos Def: Lifetime
Dagmar Krause: Surabaya Johnny
Timbuk 3: I Love You In The Strangest Way
Joe Jackson: Man In The Street
Helena Deland: A Stone Is A Stone
Jerusalem In My Heart: Kol El ‘Aalam O’youn
Jenny Hval: White Underground
David Bowie: In The Heat of The Morning (single version)
Crosby, Stills & Nash: Taking It All (1 Apr 76)
The Mekons: Secrets
Van Morrison: I Shall Sing (take 7)

Last song

Kinnie Starr: The Cold Sea

 

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TYPEWRITERS I HAVE KNOWN

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This manuscript was written in August 1992. I had just moved into my own bachelor apartment, a single room with an attached bathroom. A new typewriter was essential, and I was fortunate to have  a friend who could give me one. Here’s a picture I found on the internet of a Remington Quite-Riter, like the one I used for about a year.

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 29 Jan 19 on CKUT FM

jerusalem in my heart

First set

Vibracathedral Orchestra: Stole Some Sentimental Jewelry
Jerusalem in My Heart: Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam, Pt. I & II

Second set

Elf Power: Tired Army
The Mekons: Authority
Gustavo Santaolalla: Iguazu
Leslie Winer: 5
2 Foot Flame: Mr. H
Slapp Happy / Henry Cow: Europa
David Bowie: Social Kind of Girl
Josef & Erika: There’s No Running Without Leaving
Deerhoof: Heart Failure
Bikini Kill: Jet Ski
Orkestar Kriminal: Na Moldavanke Musyka Igrayet

Third set

Roger Manning: The # 17 Blues
Robyn Hitchcock: Let Me Roll It
Billy Bragg: Love Gets Dangerous (alternate version)
Mohawk Lodge: Calm Down
Anybodys: Not Scared
Scott Matthews: When The Day Is Done
P.J. Harvey: Lying In The Sun
Elisapie: Ton Vieux Nom
Yoko Ono w/ Blow Up: Everyman Everywoman
Jenny Hval: Take Care of Yourself
Jimmy Somerville: From This Moment On

Last song

Devon Welsh: I’ll Be Your Ladder

 

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 22 Jan 19 on CKUT FM

9+henry+cow

First set

The Teardrop Explodes: Sleeping Gas (Club Zoo 22 Dec 81)
The Velvet Underground: White Light, White Heat (Matrix Nov 69 version 1)

Second set

Orkestar Kriminal: Avreyml der Marvikher
Emmylou Harris: C’Est La Vie
Belle Plain: Golden Ring
Kate & Anna McGarrigle: On My Way To Town
Carla Bozulich: Deeper Than The Well
Linda Ronstadt: Guess It Doesn’t Matter Any More
Kaia Kater: Heavenly Track
Dory Previn: The Comedian
Elisapie: Darkness Bring The Light
Yvonne Elliman: Bad Weather
Jenny Hval: Kingsize
Cozy: Ain’t Where Ya From

Third set

Bert Jansch: For All Those Who I Love
Van Morrison: Into The Mystic (takes 12-13)
Bob Dylan: She Belongs To Me (take 1, remake)
Neil Young: Walk On (Roxy Sep 73)
Exene Cervenka: He’s Got A She
Slapp Happy / Henry Cow: A Worm Is At Work
Tom Tom Club: Lorelei (remix)
Jean Grae: Hater’s Anthem
The Lytics: Friction
Arthur Russell: Tower of Meaning / Rabbit’s Ear / Home Away From Home
Nirvana: Blandest (6 Jun 88)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz: You Keep Saying In Your Heart

Last song

Helena Deland: Lean On You

 

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 15 Jan 19 on CKUT FM

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Ryan’s Song

A Tribe Called Red: Stadium Powwow (Unist’ot’en Camp)

First set

Glenn Gould: Bach – French Suite no. 3 in B Minor
Bronski Beat: Why? (Extended Mix)

Second set

Josephine Foster: This – Is the land – the Sunset washes –
Emily Faryna: I’ve Got A Steel Bar In My Head
Joanna Newsom: Goose Eggs
Not Of: The Goat
Luluc & Lisa Hannigan: Saturday Sun
Butthole Surfers: Hurdy Gurdy Man (Cameo Club 21 Sep 85)
Oh Pep: 25
Mos Def: Perfect Timing
The Flaming Lips: In A Dream
Stephen Stills: My Love Is A Gentle Thing (18 Apr 75)
The Clash: I Fought The Law
Yoko Ono: O’Oh (with Shitake Monkey)

Third set

Belle Plain: For All Those Who I Love
Test Dept.: Comrade Enver Hoxha
Annette Peacock: One Way
Neil Young: Tonight’s The Night pt. 2 (Roxy Sep 73)
Slapp Happy: Drum
Laurie Anderson: Ethics Is The Aesthetics of the Few-Ture (Lenin) / Song For Juanita (St. Mark’s Church NYC 18 May 77)
Hole: Over The Edge
The Lytics: Sunshine
Flying Saucer Attack: Space (1999)
Tom Waits: Shore Leave

Last song

Efrim Manuel Menick: The Beauty of Children and The War Against the Poor

 

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