Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Friday Afternoon Cartunes...

 Done Live on Facebook Live, 4-6 pm edt... then up on You Tube for your leisure!  Crack a few frosties and take the trip!  Warning :explicit content and not for children, parental guidance suggested, unless they are already little deviants! 👽💣😏  Here's last weeks show on the You tube....


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Finding my new sandbox...


I told myself when posting “Hasta La Vista CKCU-FM” on my blog that I was not going to say another word, including not responding to any of the public responses people might make, either positive or negative.  I have not nor am I going to do so. I truly want to focus on finding my new sandbox instead.

What I didn’t anticipate was that hundreds of people would reach out to me – via my FB page, private message, email, in person, by phone, by video chat, etc. This…I definitely want to respond to!

I am humbled by your messages of support, and am truly grateful to be part of a world-wide community of sensitive, caring people, artistic, passionate, intelligent and just all-round good peeps to have, especially now, especially in these weirdest of times.

First off: I am OK, physically and mentally. I really appreciate the folks who asked and who expressed their concern. I get it; it’s a big change-of-life time. It is really hard to let go of something after 35 years, and it is not the first major loss of this particular year either. Younger folks don’t necessarily “get” this (you will eventually…trust me). That said, I really am OK. In hindsight, I should have let go of the bricks and mortar a number of years ago, but stubbornly pressed on, thinking this kind of institution mattered. I don’t really think so now. I am still able to do what I love, and touch base with discerning ears to help them get the platters they are looking for. I have a super solid world-wide network of connections that sustain all of us music freaks through these strange times. Who knows what the future will bring but for now, “I feel fine” with this latest change in my life, another letting go of what was.

Secondly: I had not really considered how other people would perceive and grieve this particular change as a loss, another changing of the times, end of an era. That it is, for sure. Things pass, things change, new things grow. Carol and I have been “blessed” – and I use that term specifically – because we both lost our parents, and grieved those losses hard. Who knew it would be a blessing in these strange times now, to not have to worry, to miss, to miss out, to struggle with not seeing, not knowing, not being able to help our loved ones during such a difficult time. So strange to think that already being apart from our parents turned into a blessing. I guess that is why I think about that, about how we can’t ever know the positives that come out of a huge negative. How we just have to keep on keeping on sometimes, in order to eventually discover the hidden silver lining life offers. Sometimes it takes years to figure that out.

And finally, but not last and not least: what an amazing community of people I have known in my life! Some of you I haven’t heard from in a long time, and I truly appreciate you reaching out. Others have my back (and I have yours) on a more regular basis. But as I said above: what you have in common is that you are passionate, intelligent, artistic, caring peeps and I know you make my life and this world a better place. That for me has been a highlight of 2020.

This is not a typical Johnnie Feck kind of post; not normal circumstances (I hope!); likely not often, if ever, to be repeated. And yet totally worth sharing with you all today. I really appreciate your support, messages and friendship; thanks for being there. I hope that as 2020 draws to a close that you too are able to count the unusual blessings, the unlooked-for blessings, and celebrate life and the change it offers to us.


Friday, October 23, 2020

Incoming Wax From Cardinal Fuzz @ Birdman Sound

Mugstar...UK Space Rockers since 2003...never a dull moment!  Ltd. Edition.


Alien Mustangs...Space-Psych trippers from Greece with a solid 60's influence !  Ltd. Edition


The Janitors...brain melting heavy fuzzed out psych rock from Sweden !  Ltd. Edition


Tambourinen...Multi-Instrumentalist Grant Beyschau from Arizona Desert Psych moguls The Myrrors!  Ltd. Edition


The Left Outsides...latest from brilliant psych folk, husband and wife duo from the UK. Ltd. Edition.


Alison Cotton...UK chanteuse (1/2 of The Left Outsides) who purveys a deep, dark and haunting presence with both voice and instrumentation.  Previously a cassette release now 1st time wax.  Ltd. Edition 


Spiral Galaxy...Steven Krakow from Chicago's Plastic Crimewave Syndicate and musical accomplice Sara Gossett, with the help of a few friends, have made a record that fits in brilliantly with the sounds of the deepest early 70's Krautrock.  Ltd. Edition


Anthroprophh... UK purveyors of heavy brain bake psych and minimalist experimental flourishes !  Ltd. Edition


Hasta La Vista CKCU-FM

 It is with great sadness and a bit of shock that I announce I am no longer associated with CKCU-FM, after 35 years of being an on-air DJ. The station has chosen to go in a new direction where DJs download music to “record” shows in their homes for re-broadcast on the community airwaves.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about the vinyl, not downloads. Unfortunately I don’t have the money to make a large investment in ensuring that I can spin discs and record a professional quality show in my home for re-broadcast. Nor – to be honest – do I believe that I fit in with the new gang in charge of CKCU. To be sure, I am a “colourful” personality, but then again – a little respect for long-serving DJs would have been nice to have, and there doesn’t seem to be any understanding that “respect” is definitely a two-way street. Nice man Kwende, the new CKCU leader with his own particular vision of the future: he is intelligent and well-spoken, but clearly moving the station down a far more academic path, and IMO he is not really interested in hearing/having real discourse and tolerates no dissent. But purges of DJs are nothing new at CKCU, so I guess my time had simply arrived to feel the flagrant spin out the door, don’t let it hit your ass as it slams shut.

I will no longer be pulling in funding drive money through Friday Morning Cartunes; everyone else can make their own choice about whether or not YOU continue to support the new and definitely very different CKCU of the future.

For all the many music lovers out there who have listened to my shows over the years, and supported the former version of CKCU-FM through your seriously generous donations: thank you again from the bottom of my heart. It was a wild journey we were on, breaking boundaries in every decade. I was proud to associate myself with this venerable community institution. Times change indeed…nuff said on that closed door and smarting arse.

For the thousands of bands that I have spun, pushed and promoted – fear not: I will continue to spin, push and promote you through alternative venues. My whole world revolves around music and inspirational directions, past and present…nothing is going to change there!

And of course, I will continue to sell directly to the discerning ears out there; I have been surprised and pretty humbled with the level of support throughout all this COVID-shit, this world turned upside down-shit, and I am committed to keeping on sourcing and selling the best there is music-wise, past and present, via on-line and in-person encounters.

Everyone be safe out there, take care of yourselves and your family of loved ones, and basically…rock on!


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hot New Arrivals @ Birdman Sound


The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Berserkir II (colour wax/dlc/double sided insert) Comet Is Coming - Prophecy
Comet Is Coming, The - Death To The Planet Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings On Earth
Craven Faults - Erratics & Unconformities
Gunn-Truscinski Duo - Soundkeeper
Rother, Michael - Fernwarme
Czukay, Holger, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - Full Circle
Czukay, Holger - Radio Wave Surfer
Czukay, Holger - On The Way To The Peak Of Normal
Czukay, Holger - Movies
Ball - Like You Are…I Once Was…Like I Am – You Will Never Be
Various Artists - BLACK FIRE Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-19
Cradle - The History
Lothar And The Hand People - Machines: Amherst 1969
Fields, Lee - Let's Get A Groove On
Harmonia - Live 1974
Harmonia - Documents 1975
Heshoo Beshoo Band - Armitage Road The Budos Band - Long In The Tooth John Dwyer - Bent Arcana Blues Creation - S/T Toho Sara - S/T (Acid Mothers project on Black Editions) Musica Transonica - S/T (Acid Mothers project on Black Editions) Love - Love (Mono 50th anniv. edition) Love - Forever Changes (Mono edition) Douglas Fir - Hard Heartsingin' (hard driving 1970 psych rock) Don Gere - Werewolves On Wheels OST Heat Exchange-Reminiscence (Killer 1972 Canadian heavy psych/prog/funk) Groundhogs - Split (2xLP version on red wax) J Zunz - Hibiscus (killer Krautrock from mexico's Lorelle: From L & Obsolete) Thin Lizzy - S/T (1st LP essential) Thin Lizzy - Shades Of A Blue Orphanage (2nd essential LP) Wildwood - Plastic People (In yer face hard Calif. Psych '68-'70) Nani & Guru - Vovivizm Episode 2 (Kawabata and Satoshima from Acid Mothers) Pugsley Munion - Just Like You (wicked hard rock psych power trio USA 1970) Satisfaction - S/T (1971 UK Jazz Prog ex Artwoods, Unit 4+2 etc) Blind Ravage - S/T (1971 Fuzzed out Hard Rock from Montreal, Que.) Pete Brown & Piblokto - Thousands On A Raft (Killer UK hard rock/jazz and prog '69) Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balazs Pandi - Cuts Open (cutting edge outsider 2020) Paternoster - S/T (1972 Austrian prog-psych masterpiece) Randy Holden - Population II (Killer HEAVY psych rock- ex-Blue Cheer guitarist '70) L-Seven - S/T (Detroit post punk legends 1980 with pre Laughing Hyenas Larissa!) Blues Creation - S/T (Killer Japanese hard rockin' blues psych 1st LP 1969)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Friday Morning Cartunes...?

This picture represents the last program I hosted on March 13th, 2020.  Lucky 13 be damned eh?  28 weeks of pre-programmed swill (for the most part), has been playing during my time slot from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm. I  have had fuck all to do with the crap that has been airing during my absence!  I opted out from being involved in doing a show remotely and "phoning" it in so to say, as a number of show hosts are doing. I have neither the proper gear, nor any interest at all in throwing down a bunch of downloaded digital junk and spewing that out over the airwaves disguised as a radio program .  I'm pretty old school and that is not what or who I am with regard to programming, so fucking sue me!        

I have hosted programs on Community radio now for 40 years starting at CHSR FM in Fredericton NB and then in 1985 at CKCU-FM here in Ottawa plus 2 years simultaneously at the Algonquin College radio station (pre-FM).  At CKCU I have been Music Director, Program Director as well as Show Host for "No Future Now", Co-Host for both "Meltdown" and "New Revolutions" and several different general music programs.  Since 1988 when I took over Friday mornings and "Friday Morning Cartunes" was born.  In late March my friend Wayne Coulis asked if I'd be into doing FMC on Facebook and I said yes of course!  That has been so much fun despite constant warnings from FB regarding copyright infringement (go fuck yourself fb!).  Wayne and I turned it into a near daytime soap with KILLER visuals (thanks Wayne), live doggos (Hefe and Lebowski), on air drinking of local micro brews ever week with reviews, lots of foul language, political commentary and loads of great records spinning! The audience participation was AWESOME as well{:>))))  This too is coming to an end though, as FB, commencing October 1st, are enforcing very strict rules to curtail such "disrespectful and brash fun!💀  One may be banned for life from FB regarding the spinning of music and ignoring the copyright infringement shit.  Fun killers indeed!  I will figure out another way to program soon I hope, but for now, there will be "radio silence".  

There is NO word at present on when we will get back into the CKCU studios.  The CKCU annual funding drive is coming up at the end of October (seriously??)  Just for the record, FMC listeners in the previous 4 years donated over $ 22, 000. in pledges because of the music they got on the show, week in and week out for decades. Friday Morning Cartunes has also been the # 1 "On Demand" program 7 out of the last 8 years! I find it fucking pathetic that some of us have not been allowed to do our programs (a number of other DJ's feel the same as I do btw!) .  I would have had zero issues doing my program at the station since lockdown started the week after my last show!  Ironically the last 5 years it has been on a rare occasion that there has been anymore than 2-3 of us in the entire station while my show is on and in fact many weeks, I neither saw nor spoke to anyone in person for the duration of the show!  Hand sanitizer was installed in the place after SARS (remember that one)?  Anyway, thanks to Wayne Coulis and his family for hosting me and being a great co-host on Friday Morning Cartunes Facebook version and I'm being honest, way more fun than the conventional method! Will I ever return to the airwaves to physically spin records on Friday mornings ?  Who the fuck knows?  Am I concerned...fuck no...anyways... be well out there!  

Currently at this very moment I am listening to a ZOOM meeting from CKCU regarding funding drive and in my opinion, continuing to do my program, makes no sense any longer...there is NO underground or rebel spirit left...CKCU is now just conforming to fit the times and my skin crawls with the lack of historical perspective...👽


New Arrivals and Restock @ Birdman Sound

A small amount of what's in the shop at the moment...all titles ltd.  Getting lots of  new stuff every week!  Get in touch if something tickles your fancy! 

Elevator - August (expanded, dbl LP set, colour wax, ltd. edition)

CAN - Live 1970 (2xLP set and a top seller, 1st time official release 2020)

Zone Six - Any Noise Is Intended (2xLP) (Acid Test Records)

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Berserkir Vol. II (Cardinal Fuzz/colour vinyl 2020) 

Monoshock - Runnin' Ape-like From The Backwards Superman(1989-1995) (2xLP set) Cardinal                                               Fuzz/feeding Tube

Herbcraft - Trash Heap  (Cardinal Fuzz 2020)

The Heads - Reverberations Vol. 2 (Cardinal Fuzz 2020)

Rick Bain & The Genius Position - Keep It Glowing  LP (Little Cloud Records)

Nest Egg - Nothingness Is Not a Curse  LP  (Little Cloud Records)

The Heliocentrics - Telemetric Sounds  (Madlib Invazion Records 2020/top seller)

Randy California - Kapt. Kopter and the Fabulous Twirly Birds (1972) (Beauty repress on MOV)

Elkhorn - The Acoustic Storm Sessions (Cardinal Fuzz 2020)

The Left Outsides - A Place To Hide (Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube 2020)

Korb - Korb II (The Weird Beard 2020 UK Ltd. Edition)

Acid Roulette - Depopulation (Dirty Filthy Records Ltd. Edition 2020)

Ancient River - After The Dawn (2020 The Acid Test/Little Cloud Records)

Prana Crafter - Morphomystic (2020 Cardinal Fuzz.Feeding Tube)