CKUT’s 2017 annual funding drive, celebrating 30 Resounding Years of kick-ass radio, starts on October 19. I hope that you might consider pledging a few dollars to my radio show, which airs on October 24 this year.
I’m proud to have been part of CKUT FM since its inception as an FM campus-community radio station 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, 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), and 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.
Over the years I’ve interviewed musicians like Jellyfish Babies, Danielle Dax, Colin Newman (of Wire) and Band of Susans (all in 1988), Rufus and Martha Wainwright (1995), G.W. Sok (of The Ex) and Mack Mackenzie (of Three O’Clock Train) (all in 1996), Sam Shalabi, Veda Hille, Annabelle Chvostek and Lisa Gamble (all in 1997), Mecca Normal (1998), Kathleen Yearwood (1999), Lori Freedman and Danielle P. Roger, Kid Koala (all in 2003), Old Time Relijun (2004), Harris Newman (2005), Maggie MacDonald of Republic of Safety, Stephen Bean of Pink Mountaintops (all in 2006), Gordon Krieger, Molly Sweeney (2008), Lady Katalyst (2009), Rainer Weins, Josh Zubot and Jean Derome, Emily (of gmackrr) and A.J. Cornell, Jason Selman (all in 2010), Jahsun of Kalmunity Vibe Collective, Malcolm Goldstein, Brahja Waldman, Xarah Dion (all in 2011), Nasir of Avec le Soleil Sortant de Sa Bouche (2012), Colin Bryce of Dub Rifles, Rebecca Foon (all in 2015) …
I’ve interviewed writers and poets like Jacob Wren, Anne Waldman, Gail Scott, nah-ee-lah, Wayde Compton, Catherine Kidd, Taqralik Partridge, Moe Clark, Trish Salah, Kaie Kellough, Carolyn Marie Souaid and Endre Farkas, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Anna Leventhal. I’ve also talked to a wide range of other artists, like Lorraine Oades, John Greyson, Lisa Vinebaum, Frieda Abtan and Colleen Wolstenholme.
This year’s special guest for the funding drive edition of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law is Victoria Stanton! Victoria Stanton is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher / curator / educator who works with live action, human interaction, video, film, photo, drawing, and writing. Continually exploring within such diverse media, while the outward results of her practice may manifest in a multiplicity of forms, performance is the unifying central focus and invariable core of her research. Her time-based work includes performance for stage, performance for the camera, actions in public spaces, and one-on-one encounters in intimate contexts. Investing a performative presence and consciousness within multiple spaces/times, she continuously underscores the complex aspects of “transaction” and the possibility for transformation.
Considered a pioneer of transactional practices in Quebec, Stanton has presented exhibitions, performances, infiltrating actions, and films/videos in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the U.K., Australia, Japan and Mexico. Her creative and critical writings have been published in Canadian and American anthologies and art/literary/lifestyle magazines, with one of her articles garnering a finalist position for the Prix de la SODEP in March 2013.
Her first book Impure, Reinventing the Word: The Theory, Practice and Oral History of Spoken Word in Montreal (conundrum press, 2001), co-authored with Vincent Tinguely, chronicles a vibrant artistic movement via interviews with over 75 artists. Her second book, The 7th Sense, co-authored with the TouVA collective (Sylvie Tourangeau, Anne Bérubé and Stanton), draws upon a profound exploration of “the performative” in performance art (SAGAMIE édition d’art, 2017).
Victoria Stanton was also the co-host of my previous radio show, Victorious and Invincible (1995-2008), so she’s the perfect guest for this celebration of CKUT FM’s 30th anniversary.
If you’ve ever enjoyed one of my shows, please consider pledging some cash during my funding drive radio show. It happens on October 24, 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.
SPECIAL GIFTS OFFERED ON THE KITCHEN BANG BANG LAW!
To mark the 30th anniversary of CKUT FM, I’m offering CDR copies of two episodes from This Show is History, the thematic series I put together back in that first year of CKUT’s broadcasting life. The first show, Economics (29 Mar 88), features musical selections by Big Black, Swans, Karen Finley, Three O’Clock Train, Midnight Oil and others. The second show, Mental Health (5 Apr 88), features tracks by The Rollins Band, Choeur RTB, Throwing Muses, Butthole Surfers, No Means No, Cowboy Junkies, Blue Cheer and others. Both CDRs include all vintage ads and announcements, and erudite commentary by yours truly.
Of course, there’s a lot of remarkable gifts available from CKUT for your pledges. Exclusively 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 sweet shape). Impossibly rare Canadian indie vinyl by The Dub Rifles, Three O’Clock Train and Courage of Lassie, Aphrodite’s Child still in the shrinkwrap, Tangerine Dream, Roxy Music, Joni Mitchell … 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, and a couple of really sweet CD box sets (by Tom Waits and John Oswald) just for you!
Vinyl Records (and some 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 ($15.00 pledge)
Yaz: ‘Situation’ / ‘Situation Dub’ 12″ single, Sire / Mute Records 1982 ($15.00 pledge)
Three O’Clock Train: Muscle In LP, Pipeline Records 1986 ($15.00 pledge)
Courage of Lassie: The Temptation to Exist LP, Amok Records 1986 ($15.00 pledge)
Aphrodite’s Child: Rain and Tears – The Best of Aphrodite’s Child LP sealed in shrinkwrap, Philips Records 1977 ($15.00 pledge)
Adam Ant: Friend or Foe LP, CBS Records 1982 ($15.00 pledge)
Tracy Chapman: 1st LP, Elektra / Asylum 1988 ($15.00 pledge)
Evangelista: In Animal Tongue LP, Constellation Records September 2011 ($15.00 pledge)
Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave soundtrack LP, Warner Bros. 1986 ($15.00 pledge)
Tangerine Dream: Thief soundtrack LP, Elektra Records American pressing 1981 ($15.00 pledge)
Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates LP, Warner Bros. 1981 ($15.00 pledge)
Human League: Crash gatefold LP sealed in shrinkwrap, Virgin 1986 ($15.00 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)
Various Artists (Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, John Zorn, Dagmar Krause, Tom Waits et al): Lost in the Stars LP, A&M Records 1983 ($15.00 pledge)
Roxy Music: Avalon LP, Warner Bros. / EG Records 1982 ($15.00 pledge)
Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark: Organisation LP, Polygram / Virgin / DinDisc Records 1980 ($15.00 pledge)
Gordon Lightfoot: Back Here on Earth, United Artists Records 1968 ($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)
Einstürzende Neubauten: ½ Mensch CD, Some Bizzare French pressing 1985/86 ($10.00 pledge)
John Oswald: 69 Plunderphonics 96 2xCD box set, Seeland 2001 ($30.00 pledge)
Tom Waits: Bad As Me 2xCD limited edition set, Anti 2011 ($30.00 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)