Break Every Chain and Relieve All Your Pain: Transmission 334, 2017 April 5

• May 22nd, 2017
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december_bright_red.jpg I've been feeling existential about the program for the last couple of months. It's been longer than most such phases, or so it seems to me. Aging probably has much to do with it--increased consciousness, sadness, and anger about the passing of time, and questioning which uses of time are really worthwhile, whatever that means. THE age probably has a bit of influence here--wondering whether I am accomplishing anything with these weekly hullabaloos, or if the escape-ism is enough, or if any escape could be. Nevertheless, I press on.

"The Killing of America": it me, I'm helping to do it.

Serendipitously, I find myself playing a tune called "empty rituals." "It hasn't been for me," I say, perhaps thinking wishfully? I can't imagine not doing this week after week. It must mean something.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 April 5, 2100-2300:

  1. "InterOuterNational" | Seekers International | Presents the RaggaPreservation Society EP | Diskotopia
  2. "Must Be A Dream / Dreaming (Dub)" | Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U. Black | In A Rub-A-Dub Style | Original Music | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "DRY" | Robert G Rough | WET|DRY | digitalDIZZY
  4. "Bright Red" | December | Bright Red | Mannequin
  5. "Lamb of Judah / Judah (Dub)" | Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U. Black | In A Rub-A-Dub Style | Original Music | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Double Edge Sword Dub" | Jay Glass Dubs | New Teeth for an Old Country | Bokeh Versions
  7. "Off Your Face" | Power Pyramid | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  8. "Sailor Moon" | Gudrun Gut | Instrumentals for Sirens | Moabit
  9. "Unruh" | Vermont | II | Kompakt
  10. "Dread Pan Some / Dread (Dub)" | Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U. Black | In A Rub-A-Dub Style | Original Music | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "The Killing of America" | Uniform | Wake in Fright | Sacred Bones
  12. "Waiting For The Fun" | Annie Anxiety | Soul Possession [reissue] | Dais
  13. "In The Park" | The Ludvico Treatment | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "TT" | Jaws | Object Dom | Hundebiss
  15. "Power Chant / Chant (Dub)" | Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U. Black | In A Rub-A-Dub Style | Original Music | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Eseme Ikpong" | Chief Inyang Henshaw & His Top Ten Aces | Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) | Comb & Razor Sound
  17. "Mogador Moon" | Eric Random & The Bedlamites | Ishmael | Klanggalerie
  18. "Take A Chance On Me" | Abba | The Definitive Collection | Polar / UTV | "Listening Parlour"
  19. "The Burning Fields" | Meatbodies | Alice | In The Red
  20. "In The Darkest Night" | Plasticstatic | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  21. "Excerptz" | Snad | Psychic Advisor | Smallville
  22. "If I Can Make It / Make It (Dub)" | Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U. Black | In A Rub-A-Dub Style | Original Music | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Empty Rituals" | Naaahhh | Themes | Blackest Ever Black

hazey daze and thoughts familiar

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U_D_M Detour 23, 2016 November 6

• May 10th, 2017
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moby_go.jpg[GUEST POST]

Guy LeBatard here, after a long absence, about which I can say I hope we didn't miss each other too much. In the fall, I somehow drifted once again into a semblance of "commitment" to a radio program at a certain time. So here I present the first such excursion. It certainly has the feel of a different time, one might say a "lost time," but nothing compared to the current "lost time." If that means anything.

Things are difficult south of the border, I know--you should (always) already know that you are welcome in my squat up north any time, that is, if you can find it. Or you can stay put and listen to this "podcast." Or you can listen while traveling. On this date I was obsessed, seemingly, with "Deep Love." It was a question in a bygone time: how deep is my love? As shallow or as deep as you like. It's not for me to say.

U_D_M playlist, 2016 November 6, 1700-1800:

  1. "Go (Loco Dice Mo' Strings Remix)" | Moby | Go (Loco Dice Remix) | Desolat
  2. "Act 2 / Dominas" | Carl Craig | More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art | SSR
  3. "Tori Karaage" | Detroit Swindle | Deep Love 100 | Dirt Crew
  4. "Boiling" | good guy mikesh | Deep Love 100 | Dirt Crew
  5. "Heaven & Earth - Part 1" | Paul Woolford | Heaven & Earth | Aus
  6. "Chemicality" | La Fleur | Cocoon Compilation P | Cocoon
  7. "Casino - Trev'dub" | Trevino | Casino | Aus
  8. "Ice Fractions 1B - Remix" | Silvershower | Ice Fractions 1 Remixes | Montage
  9. "Blvd." | Huerta | Deep Love 100 | Dirt Crew

Psycho Hub is right

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What He Knows You Ain’t Had Time To Learn: Transmission 333, 2017 March 29

• May 9th, 2017
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audio_visual.jpg Unlike the previous program, I do remember why I did this one. It was my regular time slot. <I'll show myself out.> No, but really, I quivered with anticip-p-pation for this program, because I was featuring one of my favorite records, the Audio-Visual compilation on the mighty Sweatbox label. Why the record is so special is something of a mystery, but I will endeavor to unravel it (WARNING: in the unravelling, there might come learning, which I promise is unintentional).

This is going to seem like a backhanded compliment but Audio-Visual didn't draw me in too far, unlike a Compilation To Be Named Later which I hope to feature soon. Maybe because I'd already been lured down the rabbit hole by that other compilation, I could appreciate what is absolutely terrific about this record: awesome tunes, that sounded like various permutations of What I Wanted To Be; cool graphics; inspirational reading [the Blurt and A Certain Ratio interviews in the accompanying zine still entertain, three decades later]. I say "absolutely" because I am sure that this comp was good enough to lead some poor souls, god help them, down the aforementioned rabbit hole, where a Label becomes an aspiration or Way of Life. Is it simply a matter of being not quite great enough or not early enough to be formative? Is there some kind of Compilation Laffer Curve whereon a line of Diminishing Return indicates declining lifetime enjoyment of a given collection? There could be a dissertation in this. Is this possibility to be embraced or feared?

Ah, it is probably just baggage.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 29, 2100-2300:

  1. "Dizzyspells" | Tangible Rays | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  2. "Tearz" | El Michels Affair | Tearz / Verbal Intercourse | Big Crown
  3. "They're Biting" | A Primay Industry | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "Viewpoint" | Multicast Dynamics | Continental Ruins | Denovali
  5. "Sea of Lost Hopes" | Cindytalk | The Labyrinth of the Straight Line | Editions Mego
  6. "Mma Ama Mbo" | Mari Afi Usuah & The South Eastern State Cultural Band | Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) | Comb & Razor Sound
  7. "They Played in the Harvest Fields At Dusk" | July Skies | The English Cold [reissue] | Caroline True
  8. "Come In Alone" | Citrus Clouds | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" | Mrs. Miller | Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits | Capitol | "Listening Parlour"
  10. "Bzw" | Ettinger | Sammlung (Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989) | Bureau B
  11. "Slow" | Coloring Electric Like | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  12. "Umbwalwa Ne Chamba" | Peace | Black Power | Now-Again
  13. "Alison" | Fawns of Love | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Motor City Nightmare" | Hula | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Don't" | Dyr Faser | Trio | Bandcamp self-release
  16. "Catch the Breeze" | The City Gates ft. Krissy Vanderwoude | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Ha (Original Mix)" | The Anti Group | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Old No 7" | Hey Colossus | Dedicated To Uri Klangers (2003-2013) | Mie
  19. "Healing Feeling" | Tornado Wallace | Lonely Planet | Running Back
  20. "Lost Gems" | Silence In The Snow | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  21. "Gravespit" | Blurt | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Side Of Golden You" | AMyn | Best Heard In Shadows EP | Apollo
  23. "Digital Botanics" | Odeko | Digital Botanics / Construct Conduct | Gobstopper
  24. "Intensidade" | Abrao | Abrao | Garzen
  25. "Xanthippe" | Ice Eyes | New Frame | Seagrave
  26. "Bearing and Writhe" | Oto Hiax | Oto Hiax | Editions Mego
  27. "Sounds Like Something Dirty" | A Certain Ratio | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  28. "500 Models (Demo Mix)" | Joris Voorn | The Transformation | Indigo Aera
  29. "Hatsunori" | Marconi Union | Tokyo+ | Just Music
  30. "118 / 2" | Cummi Flu / Raz Ohara | Y | Album Label

dubious prominence

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Arrive from Nowhere and Go Straight Back There: Transmission 332, 2017 March 28

• May 9th, 2017
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soft_error_mechanism.jpg Confession time: I often play the "I don't recall" game with these mixtapes if enough time has passed, and I'm often exaggerating. The memories are there; either I lack the will or energy to retrieve them, or I deem them too dull to recount here. Which, given the average quality of my posts, is saying QUITE A BIT. This broadcast, though, is a more profound and truer case. Not only do I not know why I did this program, I didn't know why I was doing it when I did it!

Hope you find it enjoyable!

Anyway--in "seriousness"--there is some stuff here that should be spread more widely than I can spread it, and which I've kind of neglected. Which "might" be stretched into an excuse for this weird, early-evening excursion. So big ups and apologies to G.S. Schray, Whore Paint, Blown Out, Ben Frost, and July Skies. "The rest shall keep as they are."

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 28, 1900-2100:

  1. "Boredom" | Jack Ketch and the Crowmen | Brimfull of Hate | M'Lady's
  2. "The Zion Terrorist" | Muslimgauze | Jerusalaam | Staalplaat
  3. "Muhajirun" | Alter Echo & E3 | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  4. "I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)" | The Age of Colored Lizards | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  5. "Phase II" | Blown Out | New Cruiser | Riot Season
  6. "Hey Joe" | Azna de L'Ader | Agrim Agadez: Musique Guitare De La Republique Du Niger | Sahel Sounds
  7. "Bring On The Dancing Horses" | The Electric Lazarus | Gods Will Be Gods - A Reverence To The Bunnymen | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  8. "My Boyfriend Went To New York And He Didn't Invite Me" | Milk Toast | CD16 | Impermeable
  9. "The Unused Detail" | G.S. Schray | Gabriel | Last Resort
  10. "Atak Mfat Eyen" | Sunny Risky & The Vitamin Explosion | Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) | Comb & Razor Sound
  11. "Emergence" | Noveller | A Pink Sunset For No One | Fire
  12. "I See You've Washed Your Hands Again" | Ben Frost | The Wasp Factory | Bedroom Community
  13. "Mossadegh's revenge for 52" | Saint Abdullah | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  14. "Avant-Garde" | Beate Bartel | Instrumentals for Sirens | Moabit
  15. "Hibernation" | Pipe's Not Dead | Colors Compilations - Violet "Dreampop" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  16. "Waste" | Whore Paint | Ultra Sound | Translation Loss
  17. "Motorbath" | Soft Error | Mechanism | Village Green
  18. "Fallen to Earth, Pt. II" | Paul H. Williams | Fallen to Earth | The Wormhole
  19. "Seventh Sun" | Camu | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  20. "Toree Bahrstad" | Ryan James Ford | Realm of Consciousness | Afterlife
  21. "Wish I Was Dead" | Spationauts | Colors Compilations - Orange "Psychedelic" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  22. "Breach" | A Projection | Framework | Tapete
  23. "Trans-pop express II" | Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche | Pas pire pop (I Love You So Much) | Constellation
  24. "Quirly Stu" | Leroy | Bambadea | Schamoni
  25. "Holidays to Wales" | July Skies | The Weather Clock | Caught By the River
  26. "Venus" | This Blinding Light | Colors Compilations - Orange "Psychedelic" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  27. "Paradise Syndrom" | Savas Pascalidis | Breakaway | I/Y

It was my own brainwave

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This Is The Day Someone Remembers What You Said: Transmission 331, 2017 March 22

• May 5th, 2017
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radio_wah.jpg One of the functions of this program, I have learned, is to teach me to appreciate what I have. Long ago I bought the "Peel Sessions" EP by The Mighty Wah!--because I will buy just about any Peel Session--and was, how shall we say this, underwhelmed. BUT that was a previous life--during graduate school, or the tenure chase, I am sure--and I am 100% certain I was out of my mind and unable to listen properly. Currently, I am still out of my mind, but a better listener. And wouldn't you know it--I find myself enjoying these tunes.

So, since this airdate was Pete Wylie's birthday, according to my long list of birthdays, why not give this a spin? As the kids are wont to say, #YOLO. Looking back, I realize I started some station beef on this day by cracking wise about a conspiracy theorist who fancied himself qualified to be our news director. Life is about stupid risks! Increasingly so, as it is getting shorter and shorter, now that our healthcare system is a smoldering ruin. Look for me to play whatever I want and start hella beef in the near future!

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 22, 2100-2300:

  1. "Won't Forget to Die" | Aquarian Blood | Last Nite in Paradise | Goner
  2. "Altogether" | Basic Nature ft. Adrian (Black Cloud) | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  3. "Yuh Learn" | The Mighty Wah! | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "Tehilim" | Yotam Avni | Tehilim | Stroboscopic Artefacts
  5. "Landfill" | E.Bias | Emmanuel Bias | Kick & Clap
  6. "Is This Music" | Waitress | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  7. "Art School Confidential" | Punctuation Club | CD16 | Impermeable
  8. "Better Scream" | The Mighty Wah! | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "The Prophet Sequence" | Shackleton / Vengeance Tenfold | Sferic Ghost Transmits | Honest Jon's
  10. "Organ Loops" | Specimens | Sculptures | First Terrace
  11. "Planet" | Current 93 | Honeysuckle Aeons [reissue] | Coptic Cat
  12. "Empty Morning" | Lake Ruth | Colors Compilations - Violet "Dreampop" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  13. "Luger" | Sonic Deception | Ghost Army | Radio Bongo
  14. "Weekends" | The Mighty Wah! | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Herzog on a Bus" | Soft Grid | Corolla | Antime
  16. "Dagger" | Scarlina | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Prelude" | Hecker | A Script for Machine Synthesis | Editions Mego
  18. "Foul Play" | Lillet Blanc | CD16 | Impermeable
  19. "Let's Go" | Tristesse Contemporaine | Stop and Start | Record Makers
  20. "Basement Blues; The Story Of The Blues" | The Mighty Wah! | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Paco" | Claude Rodap | Beletronic | Rush Hour
  22. "Go Again" | Jawbones | High And Low And Low And High | 8MM
  23. "Shine" | Plant Cell | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "Red Chevrolet" | Butch Hancock | Split & Slide II | Rainlight | "Listening Parlour"
  25. "Dance" | Chi | The Original Recordings | Astral Industries
  26. "Oiseaux de proie" | Alcest | Kodama | Prophecy
  27. "No Id - Slamboree Remix" | Zion Train | Versions | Universal Egg
  28. "Room 69" | Kian T | Room 69 | Toy Tonics

I can feel it but I can't see it

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Recognize Your Perfection: Transmission 330, 2017 March 15

• April 27th, 2017
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caesars_remains.jpg Seems like "we" just (relatively speaking) "spoke." But here we are again, with another mixtape and another series of things that don't quite rise to the level of "thoughts." It was fun, listening back to this program on a warm day--at the time of broadcast it was rather cold, as we had just endured a blizzard of semi-historic proportions. Our local Ivy League institution, which--you will never be this macho--"never" closes, actually cancelled classes, events, and staff work for 28 hours. And not a moment too soon--they made the announcement in the middle of the workday, after people had already risked their safety getting to campus. Anyway.

More pertinent to us, and our shared love of tunes, it was the Ides of March. I am too lazy to look this up at the moment, but I am not sure I have done a WRFI program on this calendar date before. And what better to feature than a Thee Mighty Caesars record? I am nothing if not groaningly obvious. Thankfully, Lady Catharsis is also part of our crew, and her selection gives us a break from the inevitability of everything.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 15, 2100-2300:

  1. "Modern Day Virgin Sacrifice" | Alice Bag | Alice Bag | Don Giovanni
  2. "Ten Bears of the Comanches" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Cut Me Loose" | Lady Wray | Queen Alone | Big Crown
  4. "In a Hole" | Mordecai | Abstract Recipe | Richie Records / Testostertunes
  5. "Los dias" | Eva & John | CD16 | Impermeable
  6. "I'm the unknown" | Cavern of Anti-Matter | I'm the unknown | Duophonic
  7. "Da Capo Al Coda" | Taso | New Start | Teklife
  8. "Death of a Mighty Caesar" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Ily" | Mythologen | Mythologen | Hoga Nord
  10. "Melody's Actual Echo Chamber" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Open Minds Now Close | A Records
  11. "I Just Wanna Make Love To You" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  12. "Shrine" | Ian Boddy | As Above So Below | DiN
  13. "AmenBreadren (feat. Sipreano)" | Seekers International | Presents the RaggaPreservation Society EP | Diskotopia
  14. "Expressway" | Simic | COROT-7b | Acid Camp
  15. "Cadalina" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Intervention Sol" | Ulrich Schnauss / Jonas Munk | Passage | Azure Vista
  17. "I Will Get Numb" | The Us | Colors Compilations - Violet "Dreampop" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  18. "Defect" | Benoit Pioulard | The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter | kranky
  19. "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "The Colorful Dreams of the Cross Dressing Killer" | The Bunny Tylers | Glitches and Drones 2013-2016 | Ruptured
  21. "Dreams Burn Down" | Ten Million Lights | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  22. "Budget Dancehall (SKRS Dub I-Wah)" | Elite Beat | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  23. "The Swag" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "On Thin Ice" | Eric Random & The Bedlamites | Ishmael | Klanggalerie
  25. "Two Whoops And a Holler" | Jean Shepard | Hillbilly Music... Thank God! Vol. 1 | Bug / Capitol | "Listening Parlour"
  26. "Turquoise Days" | Melampus | Gods Will Be Gods - A Reverence To The Bunnymen | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  27. "Better Off Dead" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  28. "Anderes Osterlied" | Fragile | That's Desire / Here We Are EP | Fragile
  29. "Keep Your Hands Off My Child" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  30. "New Cruiser" | Blown Out | New Cruiser | Riot Season
  31. "Aerug" | Pharmakustik | Pulsed Lavage | No.

mixed with the legends of stars

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Can Your Mind Travel Dimensions That Far: Transmission 329, 2017 March 10

• April 24th, 2017
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the-naked-city-1000.jpeg It has been a while. It has always been a while; it will always be a while. But we return, with exactly what you demand from the internet: content. This program came a couple of days after a "regularly scheduled" one, which either excuses more sloppiness or unleashes an unusual degree of competence. Listening to this again, I think it is the latter. That is what feels like the truth, anyway.

Things "hung together" more than usual on this night, in both "content and technique." I remember receiving an in-show phone call from our general manager to discuss some unrelated things. He relayed some kudos, and we never look sideways at praise from Caesar. He was also concerned about some foul language in the program, but then remembered it was after 10pm, so all was "good." Whew!

I really did not want to talk much on this Friday night--basically life in microcosm these days. It means either something very good or very bad.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 10, 2100-2300:

  1. "Glossolina" | Jaws | Object Dom | Hundebiss
  2. "Sawara" | Le Motel | The Gold Play | Tangram
  3. "Zombie Stomp" | OvO | Creatura | Dio Drone
  4. "Yelen" | Luka Productions | Fasokan | Sahelsounds
  5. "Lose My Breath" | Astral Lite | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  6. "Baptism of Fire" | Zos Kia | Transparent | Cold Spring
  7. "As One" | Mustard Gas And Roses | Becoming | The Mylene Sheath
  8. "Das Haus" | Clemens K. | Reverie | Moody
  9. "The Village" | Leroy | Bambadea | Schamoni
  10. "Punctual Sleepy Soft Power" | Sendai | Ground and Figure | Editions Mego
  11. "Articles of Secession" | Ithaca Psychogeographic Liberation Front | Articles of Secession | Bandcamp self-release
  12. "Festus" | Camera | Phantom of Liberty | Bureau B
  13. "Motto" | Francois Virot | Marginal Spots | Born Bad
  14. "Sankt" | Vit Fana | Irrgang | Northern Electronics
  15. "Cloudless Climes and Starry Skies" | July Skies | The English Cold [reissue] | Caroline True
  16. "Sometimes" | Tonemirror | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Koudedazamin" | Tinariwen | Live in Paris | Wedge
  18. "Dronz 2 - End" | Richard Pinhas | Reverse | Bureau B
  19. "Salamanders" | frank Hurricane | Mountain Brew Light | Feeding Tube
  20. "The State I'm In" | Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation | The State (I'm In) | Rocket
  21. "Bags" | Public Image Ltd | Album | Universal
  22. "Runaway" | Brian Harris | The Macaw In The Park | self-released
  23. "Gellow Mold" | The Prefab Messiahs | Colors Compilations - Orange "Psychedelic" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "No More Dreams VII" | 1991 | No More Dreams | No More Dreams
  25. "Prologue" | Mirco Magnani + Ernesto Tomasini | Madame E. | Undogmatisch
  26. "Wyatt's Inspection" | Anthony Child | Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle, Vol. 2 | Editions Mego
  27. "40 Days" | The Cigarettes | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  28. "Observatorio" | Toilettes | CD16 | Impermeable
  29. "Turkey Girl" | Annie Anxiety | Soul Possession [reissue] | Dais
  30. "Two Voices" | K. Leimer | Land of Look Behind | Palace of Lights
  31. "Silicon Chip" | Basil Kirchin | Silicon Chip | Trunk
  32. "Broken and Bad" | Coldharbourstores | Wilderness | Enraptured
  33. "Dreaming of You" | Ivy's Void | Ivy's Void | Oraculo
  34. "The Sign (feat Halibab Matador)" | LoneBlue | The Gold Play | Tangram
  35. "Canopy Days" | You Still Have Friends | The Never Years | M.I.S.T.
  36. "Lost in Progress" | Simonn | Lost Journey EP | Night Tide

just when the thought occurs, the panic will pass

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I’m Barely Moving, I’m Steady Motion: Transmission -7, 1989 June 30

• April 10th, 2017
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kdvs2W-1024x681.jpg Dear friends,

About a month ago it struck me that I was approaching the 30th anniversary of my first solo program on college radio. After consulting the college catalog and ye olde internet, I deduced that I must have debuted on April 10, 1987. So here we are.

I'll have more to say about that when I post the sound file of the program I'm doing tonight, but because I enjoy punishment, I went up to the attic this past weekend and found an old show tape. It isn't the debut program, or even one from that academic term, or EVEN one from that calendar year, but it seems to capture some of the spirit of "young me" and that time. At least it will have to, because it's the oldest show tape I have!

It's summer, 1989, and I am 20 years old. I sound it! (Though I think maybe the cassette is playing a tiny bit faster than normal speed.) I also sound nervous and out of breath every time I speak, and self-critical without the self-effacing humor which is my trademark. What was happening to me? I almost never had any kind of plan back then; I would usually bring a small handful of my own records (and it was all records--we didn't bring CD players on board until about 1991, I think)--always including a few compilations--and then make decisions on the fly, running back and forth between the library (a small, small part of it pictured here) and the console. It could have been that. Let's go with that explanation.

Musically, it seems to me that this program is just chestnuts, wall to wall. I am probably biased, but I do remember repeating myself a lot, which makes it a greater shame that I don't have an earlier tape, from a time when it wasn't repetition. I seem to have been much more interested in the past then (albeit the recent past, although a year or two felt like a lifetime back then) than I am now. I certainly wasn't adhering to the station's "currency" rules, at least not during the part of the program captured by these 84 minutes. Music "added" at the station within the prior 3 months was supposed to comprise 30% of our playlists, but the only "current" I know of for sure on this tape is "Into the White," which Discogs tells me was a mere 11 days old at the time of this broadcast (then-GF and I would see the Pixies in San Francisco 3 and a half weeks later; I walked up to Joey Santiago in the bar and strangely he was not delighted to speak to me!) It's possible that Pay It All Back Volume 2 was fairly new to us down in the basement of Freeborn Hall, but I doubt it.

tl;dr this tape finds me doing pretty much exactly what I'd expect me to do. TWO This Mortal Coil songs?! FIVE On-U Sound tracks in the first 45 minutes? Whatever. I am surprised we don't hear from Cocteau Twins, Durutti Column, or Section 25, but I guess even I knew when I was going over the line (or, more likely, I had played them in the first 90 minutes of the program, not captured here).

Other notes: I left in the promo and underwriting spots. We used to have some legendary ads. I miss Sharon MacKenzie (am I spelling that correctly?) and her program. If I recall, she was music director for a while (and never dragged me about my playlists!). She also cracked everyone up in a station meeting this one time when she said, "everyone knows how much I love 7-inches." Maybe you had to be there. Also: Woodstock's Pizza is still a thing! They had better be, as I and everyone I knew gave them so much of our money over the years. I would love to tell you that my program had a high profile sponsor that had chosen me specifically, but our underwriting arrangements did not work that way and everyone was subject to the "luck" of the draw (you're welcome, Woodstock's).

I almost forgot: who is this "Q-TIP" fellow? Why, it's me, of course, with an ill-chosen DJ handle dating from 1987 (TWO YEARS BEFORE A TRIBE CALLED QUEST BECAME FAMOUS, I WILL HAVE YOU KNOW). The name was based on some haircut I must have been sporting at the time, or recently. There was a DJ at the station named "Ridgewood Ray," a slightly older fellow (probably early 30s, which of course meant old to me) who objected to the name. We were a non-commercial radio station, you see, so he insisted that I should call myself "Cotton Swab." I didn't take his advice. Ray was great--he had been at Tower Records in New York City on the day in 1980 when they were giving out free copies of Joy Division's "Komakino" flexidisc. He gifted me his copy because he could think of no one else at the station who'd appreciate it more than I would. He was right about this--and still is!

"Ernst and Deborah" were a couple, these two classical DJs who hated--HATED--following my program, but the program directors, seemingly, would always arrange the schedule so that they did (hmm). They--or one of them, anyway--lived next door to my then-GF's place as well. They got to hear every fight we had, and every other sort of episode. What they would have given to hear Tackhead instead, at any of those times!

Almost certainly I headed out of this program for a sweltering 200-yard walk to my afternoon shift at the Cafe of Regret, which, no doubt, will be the setting of a future tale. Just trying to set the scene for you.

Listening to this yesterday afternoon was a somewhat therapeutic experience for me, good and bad. I hope you get something out of it!

playlist, 1989 June 30, 1330-1500:

  1. "Dju Ya Feza" | Zazou / Bikaye / CY1 | It's A Crammed, Crammed, Crammed World! | Crammed Discs
  2. "Bedward the Flying Preacher" | Singers and Players | Staggering Heights | On-U Sound
  3. "Dateline Miami" | Judy Nylon | Pal Judy | On-U Sound
  4. "Turn the Heater On" | New Order | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit
  5. "Throw It Away" | African Head Charge | Pay It All Back Volume 2 | On-U Sound
  6. "Reality" | Tackhead | Reality | On-U Sound
  7. "Pressure" | 400 Blows | The Good Clean English Fist | Dojo
  8. "Circular Motion" | Forehead Bros | Pay It All Back Volume 2 | On-U Sound
  9. "Ha (Original Mix)" | The Anti-Group | Audio-Visual | Sweatbox
  10. "Social Studies" | David Byrne | Music for the Knee Plays | ECM
  11. "Drugs" | Talking Heads | Fear of Music | Sire
  12. "Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust" | This Mortal Coil | Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust | 4AD
  13. "Kangaroo" | Big Star | Third / Sister Lovers | PVC
  14. "Kangaroo" | This Mortal Coil | It'll End In Tears | 4AD
  15. "Bangkok" | Alex Chilton | The Lost Decade | Fan Club
  16. "Into the White" | Pixies | Here Comes Your Man | 4AD
  17. "Youthful Immortal" | Flux | Uncarved Block | One Little Indian
  18. "When You're Sad" | A.R.Kane | When You're Sad | One Little Indian

emerging from a long dark tunnel

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Have I Hurt You, I Have No Choice: Transmission 328, 2017 March 8

• March 17th, 2017
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do_you_believe_in_love.jpg This one went a little more smoothly, probably because I was in less of a mood to talk. Attached is a sound file from a "playlist reporting" period-show, during which I was doing more multi-tasking than usual. But surely you are here for the tunes, and not the chatter, and what tunes there are. This is the fourth in our series of Creation Compilation programs--admittedly an unfocused and sporadic series, like all of our series. In previous installments, I have tended either to Feel Things or Figure Things Out. Let's examine what happened on this night.

Apparently I am a big Ed Ball fan, because I played two of his tunes on this program. I feel like I have gotten a ton of mileage out of "Palatial," and I doubt that I am finished. "Vintage 1990," indeed. I have been marked from the start as That Kind of Guy. Maybe one day I will embrace it. "Snow": there's a graininess to the sound that brings to mind our beloved four-track recordings from that time--I did see a film about Creation at one point referencing the "cheap studios" that they preferred (namely Alaska) and I felt back in the day that this sound was accessible, reachable. "We could do this." (Ron Howard voiceover: "they could not.") The over-the-top vocal delay seems like exactly the sort of thing we would do on our recordings.

It also pleases me that I finally got around to featuring one of these records in its proper season (in my mind), indomitable winter notwithstanding. It is the sound of things coming to life.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 8, 2100-2300:

  1. "Centigrade Duckfucker" | Zach Christ | Sonic Doucheclap | Husoptagelser
  2. "Palatial II" | Love Corporation | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Floats Like Empty" | Zavala | Fantasmas | Fake Four
  4. "Intro 1994" | Behind The Name | Confession | Fauxpas
  5. "V.E.P.N." | Egyptrixx | Pure, Beyond Reproach | Halocline Trance
  6. "Acariciando tu Alma" | Quazares | Colors Compilations - Violet "Dreampop" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  7. "Gotta See My Baby Every Day" | Sandie Shaw | Sandie Shaw | Reprise | "Listening Parlour"
  8. "Saturns Return" | Swindle | Purple Walls | Butterz
  9. "Sunny Sundae Smile" | High Sunn | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  10. "Ghost From The Coast" | Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards | Wreck His Days | Blackest Ever Black
  11. "Bad Habits" | Soft Error | Mechanism | Village Green
  12. "You're Just Dead Skin to Me" | Primal Scream | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Dizzy" | I Tpame I Tvrame | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Freak Outburst" | Something Pretty Beautiful | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Ground" | Emptyset | Borders | Thrill Jockey
  16. "Pokkit Pokitt!! (Dub) [feat. Ayakamay]" | In Flagranti | Kachi Kachi EP | Codek
  17. "Monkeys On My Roof" | L'Amour Fou | Psychic Advisor | Smallville
  18. "L'inconnu" | Kurzschluss | Sammlung (Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989) | Bureau B
  19. "Shrift" | Pacific | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "Cigarette In Your Bed" | Li(f)e | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  21. "Turn Your Head" | Stephen's Shore | CD16 | Impermeable
  22. "Little Drones" | The Cobra Lamps | The Cobra Lamps EP | A Records
  23. "Girl Go" | The Jazz Butcher | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "Elegy, Part I" | Gidge | LNLNN | Atomnation
  25. "Snow" | The Times | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  26. "Scarllet" | Apartamentos Acapulco | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  27. "Sacred Fire" | Kurl | Sacred Fire | Haunt
  28. "Bellow Organs Spine" | Ashtray Navigations | To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First | Blackest Ever Black
  29. "Outpour" | Dead Light | Dead Light | Village Green

seceding from entropy

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No Thoughts, No Dreams, No Wishes, and No Fear: Transmission 327, 2017 March 5

• March 13th, 2017
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foxtrot.jpg We return to sloppiness and errancy with this fill-in broadcast. It is fitting, given the evening's material, and probably what I deserve. This Sunday night timeslot came open, and I seized it because it provided an opportunity for a birthday observance--David Tibet this time. (More on this momentarily.) The cold had returned, sort of, and I was featuring a record (cd, actually) that I'd been meaning to use as "Physical Evidence" for a while, so I should have been in my element. When I anticipate quality, though, it abandons me.

At some point in the program I mention the fact that the Foxtrot compilation was intended as a benefit, with the proceeds apparently funding Jhonn Balance's rehab. This always makes me sad--that he is gone, and that he suffered. I stopped drinking a couple of years ago because I was tired of being "past the point of discussion," as Peter Christopherson said of Balance on one particular night. I was tired of not feeling things--and now I'm in therapy trying to manage the feelings. I don't know, on "balance," how things are working out with me, but if online Harry Potter sorting quizzes are any indication, I have actually stopped being a Ravenclaw and have moved more firmly into Gryffindor / Hufflepuff territory. Like Dr. Johnny Fever, I am more quick-witted when on the hooch!

Related: on this night my mouth was doing weird things. At one point, when I wished David Tibet a happy birthday, I found myself sounding a bit like DJ Danelectro, which is...weird, and let's leave it at that. Also, when I mean to say "sexual assault," I instead blurt out, "sexual accounts." It is hilarious in a way, but I am clearly embarrassed by this. I go all quiet! I am an odd duck.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 5, 2100-2300:

  1. "Too Far" | Whalo | CD16 | Impermeable
  2. "Heartworms" | Coil | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Thorn" | SeeTheEye | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  4. "A Quiet Time with Spaceman Sputz" | Pavo Pavo | Young Narrator In The Breakers | Bella Union
  5. "Blue Bird" | Manon Meurt | Manon Meurt | Label Obscura
  6. "Morning Birds" | Kristin Hersh | Crooked Beginnings EP | Yes Dear | "Listening Parlour"
  7. "Molasses" | Lazy Legs | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  8. "Resplash" | Camberwell Now | The EP Collection | Modern Classics
  9. "African Spacecraft (2092AD - Lift-Off, Journey and Landing)" | The Lay Llamas | Lay Llamas | Backwards
  10. "Crazy For You" | Space Waves | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  11. "Den of Sables" | Dyr Faser | Trio | Bandcamp self-release
  12. "Bone Frequency" | Inflatable Sideshow | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "The River" | Alpha Steppa Meets High Public Sound | The River (feat. I-Sarana) | Steppas
  14. "Performance (B Remix)" | Whispering Sons | Performance (B Remix) | Weyrd Son
  15. "Spooky Loop" | Nurse With Wound | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "To Here Knows When" | Celestial | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Bonus Beat [feat. Ayakamay]" | Das Komplex | Kachi Kachi EP | Codek
  18. "In My Head a Crystal Sphere Of Heavy Fluid" | Peter Christopherson | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "The Wasp Factory" | Ben Frost | The Wasp Factory | Bedroom Community
  20. "Girlfriend" | I Saw You Yesterday | CD16 | Impermeable
  21. "Rescue" | Sonder | Gods Will Be Gods - A Reverence To The Bunnymen | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  22. "Breathe Again - Bonus 2" | Eraldo Bernocchi & Prakash Sontakke | Invisible Strings | RareNoise
  23. "A Dream of The Inmost Light (for Christoph Heemann)" | Current 93 | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"

what I love, I bite

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