Nov 13 2015

WRPK in New Albertastan, ep. 2

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WRPK in New Albertastan

A pair of lovable know-nothing zealots engage in hilarious hijinks as they battle creeping socialism and corporate welfare in the prairie heartland.

Episode 2: Jaws of Life/Jaws of Debt

Scene: Vehicle interior at night

Brian: (Driving. Thumps the wheel angrily) This is taking forever! Damn Notley and her highway improvements!

Derek: Easy boss, I just bought this baby.

Brian: Sorry Derek, wouldn’t want to hurt your Hummer. But you know why I hate highways? It’s big government telling ya this is the way ya gotta go. Ya wanna get from Bonnyville to Cold Lake? Big government says ya gotta take the 28.

Derek: We could’a taken the 41 through LaCorey…

Brian: (glares) Do you mind, Derek? I’m philosophizing. See, when we settled this land, covered wagons crossing the prairie could go anyway they wanted. Sure you could follow the trail, but an enterprising guy could just blaze his own trail if he wanted, maybe even find a better one.

Derek: Totally agreed, boss. Off-road capability is essential to entrepreneurial spirit. It’s like you always say, boss…

Brian and Derek: Never trust a guy who doesn’t own a Ski-doo.

Brian: Hey, this new baby of yours got off-road capability?

Derek: You betcha! And a power winch.

Brian: Tighten yer belt, Derek, we’re blazing our own trail all the way to Cold Lake!

Derek: (Out the window) So long, suckers. Enjoy your little Notley-jam!

Thump, thump, bang.

State-mandated airbags deploy.

A professional and efficient EMT team, funded by Alberta Healthcare arrives and extricates our heroes.

No WRP officials were harmed in the writing of this sketch.

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Nov 13 2015

WRPK in New Albertastan, ep. 1

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WRPK in New Albertastan

A pair of lovable know-nothing zealots engage in hilarious hijinks as they battle creeping socialism and corporate welfare in the prairie heartland.

Episode 1: A Pair of Ducks

Scene: WRP HQ

Derek: (sitting at a computer station) I hate this.

Brian: (walking by) This what?

Derek: This Twitter thing, these people keep yelling at me.

Brian: (looks over Derek’s shoulder) Wow, that’s a lotta frowny faces.

Derek: Yeah, frowny face, frowny face, frowny face. And this guy keeps posting the same thing over and over, and look at all the retweets! “WRP bad for economy. They don’t get the paradox of thrift.”

Brian: (puzzled) The pair of docks… …thrift?

Derek: Yeah, apparently we don’t got it, and it’s a big deal, says Mr Smarty Pants on Twitter.

Brian: (grabbing his coat) Tighten yer belt Derek, were going to the Value Village.

Derek: You think they have one there?

Brian: Let’s hope they have two. I don’t wanna be driving around all day. (As they exit) Do you know how to get frowny faces? We gotta start using those.

Derek: I’ll get the tech guy on it, boss.

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Nov 13 2015

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rhinoThe transformation of waste is perhaps the oldest preoccupation of man.

Pro tip: when snaking a sewage line, close your eyes from time to time; it almost smells like the seaside.

This week’s show marks an excremental improvement in our broadcast standards. I’d spent the better part of the day up to my elbows in human waste and that fact informed most of my music selections. I’ll dedicate this hour of rocking poopie tunes to friends in Montreal. Enjoy!


Motorhead ~ Motorhead
(RIP Animal Taylor)

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Oct 15 2015

Ipso Pre-Election 2015

rhinoWhy can’t you be more like our esteemed Satanic guest?

Hey, all you lying pieces of shit, vote, and thereafter stay angry. Here are my pre-election 2015 thoughts, encoded in musical selections.

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Let us huff and puff and blow…

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Aug 25 2015

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rhinoYou know evil is an exact science. Being carefully, correctly, wrong.

This week’s show turned into a 3-hour tour of the stations of the Crass. It was more draining than I remembered. The last time I did 3 hours of radio would have been around 1993 on WHPK 88.5 FM out of the University of Chicago. I’d been a DJ at CJSR for about six years already, and so when I arrived at Chicago, I applied for a time slot and was rejected at first. I had to submit a 40 song playlist so that they could scrutinize my cool, and they found my cool lacking and turned me down. Part of the problem in that year may have been that I thought Superchunk sucked; I also thought that Pavement sucked. History, I think, has borne me out. I was also made the object of ridicule over Canadian content restrictions. “30 percent Canadian, really? Whaddaya do, play BTO and Bryan Adams over and over?” I always answered these jibes with a middle finger and the words “No Means No,” that tended to shut them up. Also, at a social event I earned a hail of laughter and derisive spittle from the WHPK manager, Tom Frank, now better known to the world as Thomas Frank. He sprayed beer rain into my face when I suggested that Randy Newman had subversive value and that Tom Waits was a genius. Again, history has borne me out.

Eventually I was offered a time spot, three hours, from 3 AM to 6 AM on Saturday mornings. I took it, learned to craft a 3-hour broadcast that slowly developed its themes like flavours in a stew. After the first year, I was migrated to better and shorter time slots and remained an odd Canadian fixture at WHPK until 1996 when I migrated back to Edmonton and CJSR.

So, this is my first three-hour show since those times and many of my selections harken back to the campus radio scene in Chicago in the early 90’s. Please listen and enjoy.


James T Kirks
(Canadian content)

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Aug 23 2015

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rhinoFind yourself another country to be part of.

So it’s been a long time since I posted a show, and since then I’ve changed time slots and now only have an hour to play with. Thee Ipso Factory is now on Thursday evenings from 9 to 10 on the mighty FM 88.

Below is my latest video effort. I tried several times to pair songs with images from Sorcerer, but they never really worked. Here is a song by Bluebeard, a band out of Calgary, from about twenty years ago. I think it serves nicely. If you haven’t seen Sorcerer (1977) by William Friedkin (same director as The Exorcist), do so immediately. If you have seen Sorcerer, see also its source material The Wages of Fear (1953) by Henri-Georges Clouzot.


Bluebeard ~ Theory of Natural Selection

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Aug 10 2015

It is the people you meat, at the Cannibal Cafe

Junior Gone Wild serve up an SNFU chili bowl at the Cannibal Cafe. Fortunately, shutterbug Marc Chalifoux was on hand to record the event.

Innocent diners eat a strange form of meat that transforms them, while music lures them to an isolated barn where they face an unknown fate. Edmonton legends Jr.Gone Wild put their own spin on S.N.F.U.’s quirky 1985 classic Cannibal Café.

Enjoy the video, and then, please, cast a vote for it at Storyhive.

Junior Gone Wild ~ Cannibal Cafe

Spoiler alter: Contrary to local legend, she is, in fact, on the menu.

SNFU ~ She’s Not On The Menu


Sep 25 2014

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rhinoLaurence Miall has produced his first novel, Blind Spot which came out on Newest Press last month. In town to launch the book, he stopped by the radio station for a chat. The interview begins at the 1:02 mark and we talked for just shy of half an hour. If you do jump ahead, I recommend starting at 0:56 and letting Robbie Fulks’ Night Accident provide the introduction. The song hits the right mood and, like Blind Spot, it turns on infidelity and a train crash.

Blindspot

Song selections for the balance of the show are peppered with bookish themes and even more smartass literary references than usual. Enjoy the show, then curl up with a copy of Blind Spot and a big glass of Writer’s Tears.

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Sep 19 2014

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rhinoI never wanted you to be a trucker’s wife

Ukrainian ethno chaos, rude Siberian punk, and a boy and his tuba make for a lively and varied program this week – that and you can enjoy hearing me flub Funnel/Tunnel of Love, which I played on account of having thoroughly enjoyed Only Lovers Left Alive the night before.

Wanda Jackson ~ Funnel of Love (real slow version)

Don’t worry about the smokey Jazz that starts the broadcast, I extinguished that immediately.

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Sep 18 2014

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rhinoPeople keep calling me Dropdead Fred

Every year the Edmonton Folk Music Festival showcases at least one real gem; this year it was Kiev’s DakhaBrakha who stole the show. That a band this talented, unique and innovative was denied any time on the main stage was simply disgraceful. DakhaBrakha roughly translates a ‘Give and Take’ and the name also refers to the Dakh Theater, a hive of Kievan cultural life since the mid-90’s. The four-piece practice what they call ethno chaos to intense and beautiful effect. Their most recent album Light, downloadable here, is brooding and sumptuous, growing in haunting power with each listening. I recommend it very highly.

Dakha Brakha ~ Carpathian Rap

Also progeny of the Dakh Theater are the Dakh Daughters, a cabaret show trading in Da Da and psychodrama.

Sam Beckett, a cockroach and Nestor Makhno walk into a bar cabaret…

Enjoy.

Dakh Daughters ~ Rosie Donbas

And now enjoy the rest of the show.

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