CKUT’s 2016 annual funding drive, Radio Without Borders, kicks off on October 20. I’m hoping that you might consider pledging a few dollars to my radio show, which airs on October 25 this year.
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, spinning tunes and interviewing guests from the cultural communities of Montreal and beyond. I also devoted a year of my life to the CKUT library (back in the 1990s), put in a couple of years on the Steering Committee (2009-2011), digitized a bunch of CKUT archival recordings (last year), pitched in with volunteer library work (this year) ….
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.
In the past 12 months I interviewed writer / musician / performer Jesse Chase; poet and musician Jason Selman; internationally renowned multi-media artist Colleen Wolstenholme; Karissa LaRoque, Colin Fulton, and Oren Lefkowitz, co-organizers of the Off The Page literary festival; folk musician Kyra Shaughnessy; audio artist Kathy Kennedy; graphic novelist David Lester (who also happens to be guitarist for Mecca Normal!); Fabrice Koffy and MC June of Kalmunity Vibe Collective; and author, performance artist and musician Jacob Wren.
This year’s special guest for the funding drive edition of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law is the wildy-talented roots-musician Bobby Dove. Bobby Dove is winning the hearts of music lovers across genres and generations with her sincere lyrics and powerful, uninhibited voice. Born in Montreal, Dove planted her country roots at the legendary Wheel Club, where she found a musical soulmate and mentor in the resident lap-steel player Bobby (Robert) Hill – singer-songwriter, musician, teacher, historian, and one of Canada’s first country music radio DJ’s in the 50’s.
In 2013, Bobby released her first EP, Dovetales, heralded by CBC’s Brendan Kelly as “a stunner, repping the debut of an important new voice on our roots scene…” Bobby has since shared stages with Justin Townes Earle, JD McPhereson, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, who invited Dove to perform at her showcase during the Americana Music Festival 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prepare yourself for THUNDERCHILD, Montreal singer-songwriter Bobby Dove’s debut full-length album, set for release October 25th (same day as the KBBL funding drive show!). The ten original tracks were produced and engineered in Peterborough, Ontario, at the studio of James McKenty, who has recorded legendary artists such as Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Hawkins and Blue Rodeo.
Bobby is thrilled to be bringing a full band on the road to tour this release, with an album launch party set for Tuesday, October 25th at Bar le Ritz PDB in Montreal with Johnny Griffin (of John Jacob Magistery) opening, and additional album release shows taking place throughout Ontario and Quebec, dates and times listed below. In November, Bobby is taking off to Alberta and BC, where she will be accompanied by vetted musician Lance Loree (Ian Tyson, Fred Eaglesmith) on pedal-steel and guitar.
If you’ve ever enjoyed one of my shows, please consider pledging some cash during my funding drive radio show. It happens on October 25, 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 to my show any time, on-line. Go to http://funding.ckut.ca!
SPECIAL GIFTS OFFERED ON THE KITCHEN BANG BANG LAW!
Besides all the remarkable gifts available from CKUT for your pledge, there are plenty of exclusive treats for listeners of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law. For the first person to call in a pledge of $25, I’ll be offering two tickets to see Pussy Riot live at Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts, Montreal (Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM).
Special guest Bobby Dove has contributed a signed copy of her new album Thunderchild!!
I’m also offering a special selection of vinyl LPs from this year’s crate-digging (all in sweet shape). Impossibly rare Canadian indie vinyl by The Dub Rifles, Three O’Clock Train and Courage of Lassie, rare pre-Velvet Underground Lou Reed recordings, Aphrodite’s Child still in the shrinkwrap, Tangerine Dream, Public Image Ltd. … something for everyone! (None of the vinyl records are current reissues, they’re all from back in the day.) And for the first time ever I’m offering a clutch of vintage cassettes, just for you!
Vinyl Records (and two CDs) crate-dug by the hands of Vince:
The Dub Rifles: Boom! EP, 3 tracks, 7″, Winnipeg: Notown Records 1983 ($25.00 pledge)
Joolz: Love Is Sweet Romance 12″ single, Capitol / EMI Records 1985 ($25.00 pledge)
Yaz: ‘Situation’ / ‘Situation Dub’ 12″ single, Sire / Mute Records 1982 ($25.00 pledge)
Three O’Clock Train: Muscle In LP, Pipeline Records 1986 ($25.00 pledge)
Courage of Lassie: The Temptation to Exist LP, Amok Records 1986 ($25.00 pledge)
Aphrodite’s Child: Rain and Tears – The Best of Aphrodite’s Child LP sealed in shrinkwrap, Philips Records 1977 ($25.00 pledge)
Adam Ant: Friend or Foe LP, CBS Records 1982 ($25.00 pledge)
Tracy Chapman: 1st LP, Elektra / Asylum 1988 ($25.00 pledge)
Evangelista: In Animal Tongue LP, Constellation Records September 2011 ($25.00 pledge)
Various Artists: Out of Sight! LP, Design Records Canadian pressing, 1967 – pre-Velvets Lou Reed performances / compositions ($25.00 pledge)
Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave soundtrack LP, Warner Bros. 1986 ($25.00 pledge)
Tangerine Dream: Thief soundtrack LP, Elektra Records American pressing 1981 ($25.00 pledge)
Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates LP, Warner Bros. 1981 ($25.00 pledge)
Human League: Crash gatefold LP sealed in shrinkwrap, Virgin 1986 ($25.00 pledge)
Rough Trade: Avoid Freud LP, True North / Columbia 1980 ($25.00 pledge)
Los Lobos: How Will The Wolf Survive LP, Warner Bros. / Slash 1984 ($10.00 pledge)
Public Image Ltd: This Is Not A Love Song 4-track EP, Virgin UK pressing 1983 ($10.00 pledge)
Joni Mitchell: Hejira gatefold LP, Asylum Records 1976 ($10.00 pledge)
Kate Bush: Lionheart gatefold LP, Harvest / EMI 1978 ($10.00 pledge)
Klaus Schulze: Irrlicht CD, Thunderbolt / Magnum Music Group British pressing 1991 ($10.00 pledge)
Monade (Latetia Sadier, ex-Stereolab): a few steps more CD, Too Pure Records British pressing 2005 ($10.00 pledge)
Vintage Cassettes crate-dug by the hands of Vince:
Julian Cope: Saint Julian cassette, Island Records 1987 ($10.00 pledge)
Paul McCartney & Wings: Band On The Run cassette, Apple / EMI Records UK pressing 1973 ($10.00 pledge)
Iron Butterfly: In A Gadda Da Vida cassette, Atco / Warner Bros. Records 1968 ($10.00 pledge)
Nirvana: Unplugged In New York cassette, David Geffen Company 1994 ($10.00 pledge)
Violent Femmes 1st album cassette, Warner Bros. / Slash 1983 ($10.00 pledge)
Laurie Anderson: Strange Angels cassette, Warner Bros. Records American pressing 1989 ($10.00 pledge)
Stray Cats: Built For Speed cassette, EMI America Records 1982 ($10.00 pledge)
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols cassette, Warner Bros. Records 1977 ($10.00 pledge)
Prince: 1999 cassette, Warner Bros. Records 1982 ($10.00 pledge)
The Name of This Band is Talking Heads cassette, Sire Records 1982 ($10.00 pledge)
Vintage Indie Cassettes
Male Bonding: Daytrotter limited edition cassette (no. 109 of 300), Sub Pop Records 2010 ($10.00 pledge)
various artists: Cassette – last canadian mixtape cassette, Out Of Sound Records 2008 ($10.00 pledge)
Fifth Column: 36C cassette, K Records / Denon Canada 1994 ($10.00 pledge) various artists: State of the Union – a DC Benefit Compilation cassette, Dischord Records 1989 ($10.00 pledge)
Wooden Wives / Lee Harvey Oswalds: Together We Make Sense of Life limited edition (100) split cassette, Hamburger Tapes June 16, 2011 ($10.00 pledge)