Thursday, 8 November 2018

Make CIUT Great Again!

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Yes it's CIUT's Fall Membership Funding Drive again. You know; that time of year when we go to you our faithful listeners to ask for your support for another year. It's been a hectic one as we had to do extensive renovations after U of T took over some of our office space, library and a studio, but you may not have noticed as listeners because we managed to say one air through the whole thing. But there's always more improvements we need to do. Thus the money we raise all goes right back into the station, and there's always something that needs fixing or replacing. So it's back to work. CIUT 89.5fm is Toronto's listener supported community radio station. We have a unique blend of music, news, talk and arts programming not to be found any where else on the dial. All brought by volunteers with very few paid ads for more rock less talk.

My show;"Moondog's Ballroom" Tuesdays at 5pm brings the Punk, Rockabilly,Surf, Garage, Psyche, Blues, Honky Tonk, Swing, Gospel, Ska and various combinations thereof from the 1940's, 50's, 60's to today. Including some stuff rarely if ever played on the radio. I've also done live sessions with The Vibrators, Robyn Hitchcock, BB Guns, Split Lip Rayfield, CATL, Speaking Tongues, Fruitbats, Bela Clava, Three Blue Teardrops, Blue Demons, Maximum RnR, B-17 and more for unique recordings, with more planned for the future.


That's where you, our faithful listeners come in.
Just cuz CIUT has very few paid ads doesn't mean we have no costs. We have to pay for the equipment, a small paid staff and our transmitter, and we are hoping to buy a new one to improve our signal. But we need you to become members of CIUT and show your support.

Here's the drill;
1. Listen in to "Moondog's Ballroom" Tuesday Nov.13 at 5pm
2. Phone 416-946-7800 or go online to our secure server at
3. Make a pledge of $50 to my show and become a member of CIUT
4. Become one of the Cool Kids!


It's just that easy!
And as an added incentive all those who become make a pledge and become a member are added to our grand prize draw which this year includes a trip for two to Iceland! And who doesn't like Iceland?
Speaking of prize goodies I also have a collection of ticket giveaways unique to my show
If you can't tune in for Tuesday June 5 no worries, you can always go to our website at and sign up online, or contact me.
And speaking of Cool Kids; For a pledge of $60 to my show, You, yes You, can host "Moondog's Ballroom" for an entire hour! You can choose the music, invite a guest and be DJ for a day. If you have a band you can even play your own stuff, or even do a live acoustic set. You bring the tunes and we'll bring the 15,000 watts of power.
This Tuesday Nov.13 at 5pm; Tune in, Listen in, Phone in and Join up.

Besides our onair broadcast you can still hear us @;
online at
iTunes Radio
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Rogers Digital Cable - Channel 946
Bell Fibe - Channel 970
Star Choice Satellite Channel - Channel 826


Thanks Again as always!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Pres; Black Sabbath & Monster Magnet

This week on my Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project; Black Sabbath and Monster Magnet.

You wouldn't normally think of Sabbath as subject for some artsy film mashups but there's a couple.


This one uses one of the earliest short clips from Edison Studios circa 1894.


For this little effects noodle I used some Edison Studios footage taken from the 1901 Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo which was incidentally where President Willaim McKinley was shot.


This cover of the Sabbath song was from a Black Sabbath cover album and I used some more Edison Studios footage, this time of the aftermath of the San Fransisco earthquake and fire of 1904.


This epic cover came from yet another Sabbath tribute. Uses a Polish film based on the Gogol story "The Portrait".


With their 1995 album "Dopes To Infinity" album Monster Magnet produced the greatest album Black Sabbath never made. More footage from the Edison Studios footage of the San Francisco Earthquake for this instrumental.


For this track I used a short art film made by Yoko Ono as part of Flux Films, a Dada art Collective in 1967.


This video used another art film, by Robert Breer from 1970

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Pres; Ramleh

Ramleh were one of the bands to emerge from the early Dada-Industrial scene of Northern England led by the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire (who also made a series of vids for to be scene here and here) and Clock DVA (ditto here). Starting in 1982 they have continued (with an ever shifting lineup) to today releasing records on various small indie labels. Ramleh differ from the other bands mentioned in that while these bands would embrace electronic and even dance music, Ramleh have continued to work within the original Noise-Rock framework of traditional guitar, bass and drums drenched in screeching feedback, distortion, droning echo, shouted vocals (if any) and long, apparently free-form jams.


For this track off the 1994 "Homeless" I used an early silent animated film by Winsor McCay, the father of animation, who incidentally I've also written about here. Note that the "Fag" in the title probably refers to the British slang term for cigarettes but I can't be 100% sure since the vocals are completely indecipherable.


This track from "Homeless" uses a weird early sci-fi film from the great French director Abel Gance ("Napoleon") which includes some hallucinogenic camera tricks.


This track uses another early French film, this time from George Melies which includes some early hand-tinted colour.


This track uses a short art film made by Yoko Ono for the Fluxus Film art collective in New York in about 1967

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Pres; Monoton

More from my Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project. This week; Monoton.
German electro group Monoton was actually Konrad Becker who released a debut album in 1982 of dark atmospheric drones called "Monotonprodukt 07". The album was quite obscure at the time but it has since been cited as an influence on later electro-minimilists and was re-released in 2003.


This video uses an early 1908 DW Griffith film "The Lonely Vila", about a home invasion. I also used this film for a Cabaret Voltaire video but couldn't decide which I liked better so I kept both.


This video uses one of the early Edison Studios shorts from 1898.


This one uses another Edison Film, "Uncle Josh In A Haunted Hotel" from 1900. Uncle Josh was a recuring character of a rural rube who has adventures in the big city as the subject of a series of Edison shorts. This one is notable in having a supernatural theme.


This video uses an ealy french film "Arab Sorcerie".


This video uses a short art film by Joe Jones made for the Flux Films collective in 1966.


Another art film from the Flux Collective, "Exit" by George Brecht.


For this one instead of using a vintage silent film I used a modern silent short "Locked In" by Mathew Zellner that I thought needed a soundtrack.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Presents; Jass

The Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project presents, Jass;

I don't actually know very much about this band but their music is perfect for soundtracks. Jass were apparently a Shefield based band from the early to mid 1980's and part of the same scene as Cabaret Voltaire and Clock DVA and they tread similar ground to the Cab's circa "Three Mantras" and "Red Meca" era. Albeit in a more minimalistic and trance-like way. One of their tracks ("Trap Drip Drop") also shows some influences from Steve Reich's tape-loop works "Come Out" and "It's Gonna Rain". Their entire recorded output seems to consist of an album of demos recorded in 1985-86 and a live album from 1987 and that's it. Needless to say the videos I made are the only ones for this band. Incidentally the group's name comes from the original 1900's spelling of the of the word "jazz".


For this video I used an early French Pathe film "Sculptures Moderne" which features some crude stop-action animation.


This one uses another Pathe stop-action film.


For this track I used a 1960's silent op-art short made for the Fluxus Art Collective by George Maciunas.


This track uses another art film made in the 1960's for Fluxus, this one a series of performance art films made by Frenchman Ben Vautier


This track off the live album uses another film by Ben Vautier although this one is essentially a home movie

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Presents; Japan

The Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Presents; Japan:

Japan is another one of those bands like Simple Minds and, to a lesser extent Ultravox, who went from being a guitar-oriented Post-Punk band to a atmospheric sound using keyboard washes, guitar arpegios and funky basslines to make atmospheric and occasionally danceable music that seemed perfect for film soundtracks.


After two ablums of forgettable glam funk Japan introduced some electro-dance (via producer Georgio Moroder) as well as thier first flirtation with Asian music although at this point it's basically limited to J-Pop. Accordingly for this video I used a Segundo De Chomon film "Hombres Chinoises".


For this song off of the 1981 album "Tin Drum" I used a 1908 French silent film


For this song off of the 1980 album "Methods Of Dance" I used a 1962 French performance art film by Ben Vautier which basically consists of him sitting on a jetty holding a sign that says "Look At Me" while the camera records their reactions. It actually kinda works out with the "dance" theme.


For this track off the same album album I used a 1965 Dada German film short by Wolf Vostell, "Sun In Your Head". I also used this film for a Cabaret Voltaire track which I liked better but I thought this one still works.


This insturmental track is off the "Oil On Canvas" live album and uses a short film made by John Cale in 1967 as part of the Fluxus Film Dada art collective.


This is another insturmental track off of "Oil On Canvas" using another Fluxus Films short, this one "OPUS 2" by Eric Anderson.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Pres; Killing Joke

This week on my Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project; Killing joke.

Killing Joke's 1980 first album practically invented Industrial Rock. There had been Industrial bands since the mid seventies with groups like Throbbing Gristel, Cabaret Voltaire and Destroy All Monsters. But these groups largely rejected traditional rock & roll lineups, riffs and song structures, aside from a few exceptions like Cabaret Voltaire's "Nag Nag Nag" or their cover of the Seeds' "No Escape'. Killing Joke however were clearly a rock and roll band with punishing riffs and pounding drums.


For this song off the second 1981 album I used footage from the end of the 1916 German Expressionist Horror film "Homunculus". Although little known now this film was one of the influences on later horror films like "Frankenstein".


This insturmental off the first album uses an early American film "Fire".

KILLING JOKE ~ "$0.36";

This one, also off the first album, uses an earlier fireman film, Edwin S Porter's "Life Of An American Fireman from 1903. I also used this film for a Siouxsie & The Banshess film but decided to keep both versions.


Another song off the first album, this time using a short art film "Bad Burns" by Paul Sharits from 1982 made of spliced together strips of over-developed film. Note I had some sound problems on this one. Note also this is not a cover of the Black Sabbath song.


This song off the second album uses a French Pathe film


This one is off of the fourth album, "Fire Dances", and uses a British film that features some early claymation