Wednesday, 3 May 2017

It's Time To Show The Love For CIUT!

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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. 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 May 9 at 5pm
2. Phone 416-946-7800 or go online to our secure server at
3. Make a pledge of $25 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;
CIUT Membership now has other privileges since we now have a membership card which entitles cardholders to discounts at some local businesses including;
Carlton Cinemas – 2 for 1 Admission for Carlton Cinemas (includes general admission, students, and seniors)
Geary Guitar Works – 15% off at The Guitar Building School
Alma Natural Spa – 10% off all products and services
Steve’s Music – $10 off purchases of $100+ and $20 off purchases of $200+ (in store only @415 Queen Street West)
Vital Planet – 10% off any purchase (sale items excluded)
Village Vinyl – 10% off any purchase (sales items excluded)
Play De Record – 5% off on all purchases
Rapunzel Hair – 10% off services
Ital Vital – 15% off
The Cavern – $1 off pints and bar rail mixed drinks + 10% off everything else, including food
Career Cycles – 10% off on professional career counselling and transition coaching

There is also a grand prize draw into which all pledges are entered and this year the grand prize TBA as soon I know what it is. Check back.

I also have some ticket giveaways unique to my show including;
The 2017 Great Lakes Surf Battle Friday & Saturday June 2 & 3rd at the Cadillac Lounge;
Friday June 2nd;
8pm- The Thing From Outer Space
9pm- The Cliff Divers
10pm- Luau or Die
11pm- Mark Malibu & the Wasagas
12am-The Champions of Justice
1am- King Beez
Saturday June 3rd;
8pm- The Calrizians
9pm- The Surfrajettes
10pm- The Men In Gray Suits
11pm- The Hang-Ten Hangmen
12am- The Blue Demons
1am- Ninth Wave

And tickets for other shows TBA soon;

And speaking of Cool Kids; For a pledge of $50 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.


For you law abiding types CIUT is a registered charity.
This Tuesday May 9 at 5pm; Tune in, Listen in, Phone in and Join up. With Guests The Blue Demon and more TBA.

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

Thanks Again as always!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Donald Trump's Book Reports Revealed

In the aftermath of Wednesday's Presidential debate and yet another stumbling, blustering, rambling, incoherent performance by Cheeto Mussolini some pundit described Trump's willfully ignorant attempts to bluff his way through answers to questions he had clearly given little thought to as akin to a high-school student trying to deliver a "book report". That's the sort of thing that is regularly said but this time it led to an immediate response on Twitter as thousands of people gleefully converted that throwaway line to a performance art tweet-storm. After seeing this I went on my first official Twitter tear myself with almost twenty "Trump Book Report" Tweets. OK; that's a tad excessive, I was clearly in the zone. I need to take a break. Read a book. Take a walk or something.
But first; In tribute to David Letterman (come back Dave we really need you, along with Jon Stewart) here are my personal top ten Trump Book Reports;

I stared out fairly conventionally;

Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20
Frodo was really low energy. I'd build a wall and make make Mordor pay for it. Bigly. Make Middle Earth Great Again! #TrumpBookReport #Trump


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 "Edgar Allan Poe was weak, stop all Raven immigration until we can figure out what the Hell is going on. Not good" #TrumpBookReport #Trump


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 Robin Hood robs the rich to pay the poor? Thanks Obama. Not Good. Sad. #TrumpBookReport #Trumpland


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 #TrumpBookReport "1984"; "Big Brother is a strong leader. Stronger than Obama. He's laughing at us. Not Good"


#TrumpBookReports; "Zorro"; We have to get rid of these bad Mexican hombres. Build A Wall" #Trumpland #groperinchief #Debates2016 #Trump


#Trumpbookreports; "Killing a Mockingbird is for losers. Eric & Don jr are real big game trophy hunters. Big time" #Trumpland #groperinchief


#Trumpbookreports; "Aslan the Lion brought peace & love. So Eric & Don jr shot him. Make Narnia great again!" #Trumpland #groperinchief #GOP


Then started to get more obscure;

Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 #TrumpBookReport "Heart Of Darkness";"Kurtz is really low energy. I was opposed to the jungle trip from the beginning Ask Sean Hannity" #GOP


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 #TrumpBookReport Josef Conrad's "Secret Agent";"There's no proof there's a Russian agent. Probably some 400 lb guy in parents basement. Sad"


#Trumpbookreports;"All The Kings Men: Demagogue gets elected. Big Time. Then he gets shot. I blame Crooked Hillary. Not Good" #Trumpland


#TrumpBookReport; "Raisin In The Sun"; The Blacks are living in Hell and it's Obama's fault.Sad" #Trumpland #groperinchief #Debates2016 #GOP


#TrumpBookReports; "1001 Arabian Nights"; Very dark. Something's wrong here. We need to get to the bottom of this. Not good" #debate #Trump


#trumpbookreports "The Art Of War"; I'm smarter than the generals. Really smart. I deserve a medal for not getting VD. So far." #Trumpland


#Trumpbookreports "The Good Earth; Chiina is laughing at us. I'll hit em with 35% tarrifs. Except for my ties. I make the best ties" #Trump


And darker. Way darker;

Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Moby Dick "Ahab was really low energy, I would have bombed the shit out of that whale. Also sounds like a Muslim. Not good." #TrumpBookReport


#Trumpbookreports "Lair Of The White Worm; Probably about Lyin Ted Cruz. His dad killed JFK. I read that. His wife a 4 Not good!" #Trumpland


#TrumpBookReport "Mordor isn't sending us their best Orcs. They're killers, they're rapists and some I assume are good Orcs" #Trumpland #GOP


#trumpbookreports;"Oedipus Rex grabbed his mother's pussy because his daughter was only a three at best. Look at that face." #TrumpLand #GOP


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 #TrumpBookReport "Tale Of Two Cities"; "It was the best of times. Then black people moved into my building. I had casinos in those cities. #Trump


#TrumpBookReport "Diary Of Anne Frank"; "She's a four right now but in a few years I'll be dating her. Where are my TicTacs?" #GroperInChief


And big finish, drum-roll please;

#TrumpBookReports;"Mein Kampf";My second favorite book. Almost as good as "Art of The Deal".Everybody says so" #Trump #groperinchief #debate


OK that's actually 17 not 10. Apparently I have slightly more self control than the Tweeter-In-Chief. I'm guessing he's probably not actually read any of those books though. Except "Mein Kampf" of course. Bigly.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Some Jaw-Droppingly Awful Album Covers

Kids these days. What with their MP3 downloads and wave files they are missing out on one of the great pleasures of actually buying an album; the cover art. Remember the fun of opening up a gatefold sleeve? Remember avant garde covers like the Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers" with it's zipper, or the Velvet Underground's with it's peel-off banana (both by Andy Warhol)? Public Image Ltd's "Metal Box"? Savage Republic's exquisite silk screened covers? The Famine's multi-page books of photo-copier art? Fingerprintz second album which was done as a series of punch-out postcards of pulp fiction art? (BTW once you had punched out those cards what were you supposed to put the album in?) Sigh. But of course not ever cover can be a gem. Here are a few classics of cosmically wrong-headed cover art the likes of which we may never see again.

worst album covers paddy roberts

I think this illegal in several Republican states.

worst album covers richard willie

OK; this definitely is.

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It's like a lineup on Law & Order SVU Senior Citizen's Edition.


Get your mind out of the gutter.

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I didn't even know Paula Deen did a calypso album.

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The Bay City Rollers did not age well.

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Did you know Borat did a polka album? Well now you do.

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Soon to be providing musical entertainment for the Republican Convention.

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I don't know if the fact that John Buft was actually Julie's father makes this more creepy. Actually yes. Yes It does.

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You try and tell Tex to put out those cigarettes. I dare you. (BTW Tex ended up dying from complications from smoking).

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Most of these (except for Tex Williams) are hopelessly obscure with micro-budgets but this guy was the singer for Dexy's Midnight Runners and on a major label so WTF?


This is the sort of thing that Max Webster could once pull off. But not these guys. Or Kevin Rowland.

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If this isn't the soundtrack to a bad horror film I shall be very disappointed.


Never mind that horror movie, this will haunt my dreams.


They seem perfectly nice but these three are personally responsible for creating their own hole in the ozone layer. Incidentally since they're Christians I have to point out that Leviticus (the book in the Bible that bans homosexuality) also bans wearing "garments woven from different types of thread" which would certainly cover polyester, yet this was once the evangelical uniform.


OK now that is entirely way too much hairspray.


Look kids; it's the Definitely Not Mod Squad

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And on that farm they had some sweater-vests E-I-E-I-O


Wait; are Superman and Jesus going to fight? Hard to know who to root for here. Also is it just me or does Superman look black?

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Would you like fries with that?


For those who thought Richard Simmons was too macho.


Roy Orbison's little known "Ice Cream Gospel" album.

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I'm going to assume this was a language barrier thing, probably sounded less dirty in Russian

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Yeah you made fun of Flavor Flav's gold teeth but here's the alternative. Happy now?

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"I hate each and every member of my audience"

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So is that a rusty french horn?


I know this is technically not an album cover but now I actually wish they did record an album.

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The phrase "Phoning It In" comes to mind.