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, ‘Anguish / 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.
SPECIAL GIFTS OFFERED ON THE KITCHEN BANG BANG LAW!
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)