No Need for You To Cry: Transmission 410, 2018 May 30

• June 11th, 2018
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zoe_mc_pherson_string_figures.jpg The previous week's cold still hung over me during this program, and you can tell by the frog that I can't seem to extract from my throat. But it also left behind a trace of its magic, for this is another excellent iteration of the Bombast thing, whatever that is. (Four hundred shows and I am still figuring it out.) The added bonus is that on this night, there is no Featured Artist that Lady Catharsis cannot stand! Or is that a subtracted bonus?

In non-musical news, my work life is coming into sharp focus. Too sharp, frankly. I am entering a seven-week period in which I have to be "on" all the time. I will wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts of tasks I have to complete. At the same time, little of it is truly within my control. Such is the life of a summer camp coordinator. Bringing it back home--what does this mean for the program? Chances are it will get really good or really bad, as psychologically much will depend on it. It's my anchor.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 May 30, 2100-2300:

  1. "Too Young To Rock'N'Roll" | Calamita | Calamita | Ruptured
  2. "On the Radio - Intro" | OOFT! | Intricacies of Modern Life | FOTO Recordings
  3. "Light Pours from the Hollow" | Kensington Gore | Hexagon | More than Human
  4. "Vague Memories 4" | Irrelevant | Vague Memories 2 | Fauxpas
  5. "Unsystematic Waves" | Potter Natalizia Zen | Shut Your Eyes On The Way Out | Ecstatic
  6. "Conversation Policy - Illum Sphere Remix" | Night Christ | Conversation Policy | All City Dublin
  7. "Put a Smile on Your Face" | Durand Jones & The Indications | You and Me b/w Put a Smile on Your Face | Colemine - Dead Oceans
  8. "Herdhya" | Gwenno | Le Kov | Heavenly
  9. "VIII" | Colin Fisher | V Le Pape | Geej
  10. "People Are Blind" | Sworr. | Sworr. | Fair Weather Friends
  11. "l8r h8r" | Terekke | Improvisational Loops | Music From Memory
  12. "Let That Sink In" | Ant Orange | Right There | Karaoke Kalk
  13. "Gazing Into Diamond Mirrors" | Weirding Module | A Newer Age | Joyful Noise Recordings
  14. "Red Cow" | Brian Harris | Red Cow | self-released
  15. "Main Sequence Phase" | MIS+RESS | S/T | Somewherecold
  16. "Laying in the Sun" | Anemone | Baby Only You & I | Fat Possum
  17. "Privacy" | XJ | FAMILY ALBUM 2018 | Boomarm Nation
  18. "Blissters" | Chris Carter | Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 | Mute
  19. "the catalyst of delusion" | Captain Wardrobe | Kronosphere | self-released
  20. "Proxima - 12" Mix" | Opal Sunn | II | Planet Sundae
  21. "Hardingfele (Release)" | Zoe Mc Pherson | String Figures | SVS
  22. "Oloddumare" | Silvio Astier | FAMILY ALBUM 2018 | Boomarm Nation
  23. "MetaGoth" | The Breeders | All Nerve | 4AD
  24. "Give Dem (Style)" | SKRS | Paradise Magic Traxx | Ancient Monarchy
  25. "The Illusion (End Credits)" | Phantoms Vs Fire | Swim | Hypersoma

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Got the Tools but Don’t Know the Rules: Transmission 409, 2018 May 23

• June 5th, 2018
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Coil_presents_Black_Light_District_-_A_Thousand_Lights_in_a_Darkened_Room.jpg Another week and another "industrial" record is the feature. I didn't plan it this way, but certainly none of my long-term acquaintances would be surprised. I just do what I do, I guess, circumstances notwithstanding. On this night, the circumstance was a fever (I am just getting over the accompanying cold). Am I really this dedicated? No, I had to visit the station in any case, and figured I might as well do my show, as scheduled. Someone told me once that the only reason to miss a show was on account of death--your own. I'm not that dedicated.

It certainly didn't feel like it on the night, but this is a masterful program, if I say so, and I do. I can see, listening to Black Light District, why Lady Catharsis hates Coil so much, and maybe it stems from this very album. It's not for everyone. But it goes with everything. This would seem to argue against its greatness, according to my oft-cited theory. But, let's be honest: I have no theory, only good taste.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 May 23, 2100-2300:

  1. "Tejo" | P. Adrix | Album Desconhecido | Principe
  2. "Clean Mind" | The Skull Defekts | The Skull Defekts | Thrill Jockey
  3. "Scratches and Dust" | Coil Presents Black Light District | A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "Stealth Technology" | Black Meteoric Star | No More White Presidents | Modern Obscure
  5. "The Green Plain, Pt. 2" | C. Diab | Exit Rumination | Injazero
  6. "Trapped in Atlanta" | Marco Wachs | Diversity EP | IWW
  7. "Blue Rats" | Coil Presents Black Light District | A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "Hunros" | Gwenno | Le Kov | Heavenly
  9. "Changes" | CHAPPO | DO IT | Votiv
  10. "Green Water" | Coil Presents Black Light District | A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "You and Me" | Durand Jones & The Indications | You and Me b/w Put a Smile on Your Face | Colemine - Dead Oceans
  12. "What - Interlude" | OOFT! | Intricacies of Modern Life | FOTO Recordings
  13. "Chalice" | Coil Presents Black Light District | A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "In My Garden" | K2 | Loss of Gravity | Vibraphone
  15. "Babe in the Egg of Blue" | Creta | Creta | Karl
  16. "Red Skeletons" | Coil Presents Black Light District | A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Wise Bird" | D.K. | Mystery Dub EP | Second Circle
  18. "Too Much Choice" | The Galileo 7 | Tear Your Minds Wide Open! | Damaged Goods
  19. "Sent" | Afriqua | Aleph EP | R & S
  20. "050315 A" | Rumore | Life in the Cloud | Hot Haus
  21. "Die Wolfe Kommen Zuruck" | Coil Presents Black Light District | A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Astral Trails" | Deep'a & Biri | Dominance | Black Crow
  23. "Laying in the Sun (Dnb Remix)" | Anemone | Baby Only You & I | Fat Possum
  24. "Cold Dream of an Earth Star" | Coil Presents Black Light District | A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Mangrove Dawn" | Joe Morris | Jacaranda Skies | Pleasure Unit

catalyst of delusion

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Circa Nineteen-Eighty-One: Transmission 408, 2018 May 16

• June 5th, 2018
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bourbonese_qualk.jpg This program finds us back in the usual Wednesday night slot, "our special time together." I was already somewhat tired from the night before--like I said, I am too old--but emotionally amped, at least, because I would be playing a cherished record, about which more below. The show begins, though, with an embarrassing gaffe as neither Andrea or I can force the second tune--which is playing--to make a sound. I should be better than this. Apologies to Ant Orange, whoever you are. Anyway, in the interest of full disclosure, I have edited some of that silence out.

But let's talk about what we do hear. Bourbonese Qualk is a rough listen, with skips and pops aplenty, but that record has been loved. Even a perfect copy would be decidedly "lo-fi" and have its dynamics all over the place, but I think that's what its creators wanted. Why is it so dear? I feel like the home recording puts it squarely in the category of "you too can do this," and indeed it sounds in places like things Mr. D and I were trying to do back in the day. I think that, too, is intentional. I remember listening to this record a lot during a six-week period one summer when I was unemployed (how quaint that it felt like an endless stretch at the time).

Anyway, regardless of those considerations, you could do a lot worse than "Pipe Dreams," and god knows many people have done worse.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 May 16, 2100-2300:

  1. "Smallbig" | The Micronaut | Contrast | Freude am Tanzen
  2. "A Frozen Lake" | Ant Orange | Right There | Karaoke Kalk
  3. "Critical Path" | Abyss X | Pleasures of the Bull | Danse Noire
  4. "Saturn" | A Certain Ratio | I'd Like To See You Again [reissue] | Mute
  5. "Stand Above the Streams, Pt. 2B" | Jason Sharp | Stand Above the Streams | Constellation
  6. "Play" | Fritz Kalkbrenner | Drown | Different Spring
  7. "Skin Walker" | Insect Ark | Marrow Hymns | Profound Lore
  8. "Translucent" | Ismo Laakso | Ofelia | Sahko
  9. "Mean Street" / "Always There" | Bourbonese Qualk | Bourbonese Qualk | New International Recordings | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "LOD" | Hrtl | Sugarlump EP | Wolfskuil Limited
  11. "Magma" | Inigo Kennedy | Magma / Mantle | Token
  12. "Hypeway 101" | Duccio | Late Night Swing | Greta Cottage Workshop
  13. "Shock Corridor" | Bourbonese Qualk | Bourbonese Qualk | New International Recordings | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Motorik" | Frank Bretschneider | Lunik | Shitkatapult
  15. "Prism" | C.A.R. | PINNED | Ransom Note
  16. "Dummy-Run" / "Unknown Trk" / "C2V" / "Obsession" | Bourbonese Qualk | Bourbonese Qualk | New International Recordings | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Glory" | Liz Phair | Girly-Sound to Guyville | Matador
  18. "Blues at the Acropolis" | The Breeders | All Nerve | 4AD
  19. "The Dance" | The Skull Defekts | The Skull Defekts | Thrill Jockey
  20. "Zlota Skala Dub" | JANKA | Krzyzacy | U Know Me
  21. "Mora" | Answer Code Request | Gens | Ostgut Ton
  22. "Untitled" / "Black and Blues" / "Pipe Dreams" | Bourbonese Qualk | Bourbonese Qualk | New International Recordings | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Kitsch Is the New Atonality" | Gosheven | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  24. "Colony" | Ian Boddy / Erik Wollo | Meridian | DiN
  25. "Mantodea vs. Furcifer Pardalis" | Sign Libra | Closer to the Equator | Antinote
  26. "Illusion" | Pure Confusion | Fuzzy Feelings Collection | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  27. "Mr. Bikinis" | MIS+RESS | S/T | Somewherecold
  28. "Nothing New to Trash Like You" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Don't Get Lost | A Records

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Every Fool Will See His Madness Crowned: Transmission 407, 2018 May 15

• June 4th, 2018
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GlitchBild_JAT.png Here is a rarity: an "unscheduled" appearance of the program. It is strange to think of it as an unusual thing (as we shall see), but "it is what it is." It was Andrew Eldritch's birthday, something I'd meant to observe three years ago (I think) but my chance was too late in the day: 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. I think of that as the day I decided I was "too old." (One could think of it as the day I officially became a flake, but that was a long time ago.) In 2018, we're probably past the point of anyone's caring, least of all Mr. Eldritch himself, but I don't like to leave business unfinished, so here we are. I may have been in a bit of a mood, but I think I was enjoying myself, and the segues aren't too bad. I had meant to play Spacemen 3 at the end of it all--I wasn't "giving up"--but I was bad at math on this night, so we get an excerpt.

This program's being the first time in five months that I had made a substitute appearance does not stop my past from being a burden. Back when I lived and breathed WRFI (almost literally!) I would jump at the chance, almost any chance, to do radio. We were desperate for programming in the old days, and the station always seemed on the brink of going off-air for whatever reason. If I remember correctly there was one year when I made 91 appearances! Ye gods. Anyway, between getting older, getting busier, learning my limitations, deciding on further limitations, and so on, I've been much better at limiting myself to my allotted airtime--except, I guess, for that brief, wonderful period last year when Catharsis Junior wanted to do radio with me on the regular. Anyway, people think I am still like my old self! At a meeting recently, when we were doing introductions, I said that I do radio on Wednesday nights, and a colleague added "and on demand, apparently." Shots fired! DJ Andrea, who is going on "indefinite hiatus" from the Free Pile, says that she will take sub shifts from time to time, "if you don't take them all." OUCH. I guess it is my destiny, in this and other ways, not to escape my past. But this night was worth it.

I wonder what I "live and breathe" now? That is a mystery.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 May 15, 2100-2300:

  1. "Curfew, Gaza" | Muslimgauze | Zul'm | Extreme
  2. "Jihad" | The Sisterhood | Gift | Merciful Release | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "A Newer Age" | Weirding Module | A Newer Age | Joyful Noise Recordings
  4. "7 Sweet Nation Army Dreams" | Brian Harris | 7 Sweet Nations | self-released
  5. "Paix/Paix" | Kaazi | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  6. "Colours" | The Sisterhood | Gift | Merciful Release | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Finality" | Harrison BDP | Confusion of Sound | Piff
  8. "20:02 [3] starts logging #public" | Jung an Tagen | Agent Im Objekt | Editions Mego
  9. "Wounds and Water" | Melentini | Zrsha; Fundus Uterus | United We Fly
  10. "Little Love" | Primitive Trust | Little Love | Aus
  11. "Giving Ground" | The Sisterhood | Gift | Merciful Release | "Physical Evidence"
  12. "The Truth Lies" | Suns of Arqa | Land of a Thousand Churches | Arqa Sound
  13. "Finland Red, Egypt White" / "Rain from Heaven" | The Sisterhood | Gift | Merciful Release | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music Pt. 1 [excerpt]" | Spacemen 3 | Dreamweapon | Superior Viaduct

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Sees the Stars at Lunchtime, Says He Has a Plan: Transmission 406, 2018 May 9

• June 1st, 2018
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exek_ahead_of_two_thoughts.jpg Last time out, I mentioned that I normally listen to these mixtapes at the gym. As I write this, I am calling that practice into question. My therapist, you see, has told me that she thinks that my exercise is "proxy relief from total self-hatred." ("Also," she says, "that would be a GREAT album title." I'm inclined to agree on both counts.)

Let's just assume for a moment that it's true. In that case, listening to a good mixtape serves the purpose and listening to a bad mixtape probably mitigates the effect. So either I need to improve to the point where I am only ever doing good shows--5 years in, it doesn't seem likely--or, just to be safe, I need to find some other exercise jams. OR maybe it is exercise itself that is now expendable, since maybe I should be looking for ACTUAL relief from total self-hatred. In these latter two scenarios, I don't know when I would actually listen back to my program, since I rarely have large chunks of unoccupied time. So get ready for even more sporadic posting--either that, or more "who the hell knows what happened on this night" type posts. You have been warned!

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 May 9, 2100-2300:

  1. "Showcase" | A Certain Ratio | I'd Like To See You Again [reissue] | Mute
  2. "Mr. Music" | Pete Astor | Spilt Milk | Slumberland
  3. "Bloom" | Akasha System | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  4. "Roman Litter" | Felt | The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories [reissue] | Cherry Red
  5. "Birds of America" | Lake Ruth | Birds of America | Feral Child
  6. "The Saddest Music In The World" | Soft Riot | The Outsider in the Mirrors | Possession
  7. "Pandora (For Cindy)" | Cocteau Twins | Treasure [reissue] | 4AD
  8. "Eligible Receiver" | MIS+RESS | S/T | Somewherecold
  9. "Not Sure What To Do (Variation Zoning 4)" | Octo Octa | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  10. "2.2" | Nicklas Sorensen | Solo 2 | El Paraiso
  11. "Just 15" | The Buff Medways | 1914 [reissue] | Damaged Goods
  12. "To Medicine (Biased Advice)" | EXEK | Ahead of Two Thoughts | W. 25th
  13. "Howl at the Summit" | The Breeders | All Nerve | 4AD
  14. "420" | Death Pedals | Death Pedals | Hominid Sounds
  15. "Psycho Killer" | Brian Harris | 7 Sweet Notions | self-released
  16. "Sharon & Vida" | Unknown Mobile | Sharon & Vida | Normals Welcome
  17. "Hotmachine" | Fast Times | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  18. "Fear of a Luminous Shadow" | Weirdest Dream | White Worms | Dopeness Galore
  19. "The Border Crossing" | Dirtmusic | Bu Bir Ruya | Glitterbeat
  20. "Kosmos 1680" | Harrison BDP | Confusion of Sound | Piff
  21. "Iginition" | Ripperton | Sight Seeing | ESP Institute
  22. "I Don't Think I Should Shout" | Jing | Adularescence | 6dimensions
  23. "A ta merci" | Fishbach | A ta merci | Blue Wrasse
  24. "Out of Control" | Blushing | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  25. "I Like the Way You Talk (A.R.Kane Mix)" | The Veldt | Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose | self-released
  26. "Brock Tune" | Natural Magic | FAMILY ALBUM 2018 | Boomarm Nation
  27. "Sky's Falling" | The Orb | Pop Ambient 2018 | Kompakt

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Undaunted I Will Be: Transmission 405, 2018 May 2

• May 28th, 2018
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beyond_serious.jpg We'll brush aside recollections and current-events commentary for this outing and just talk about the mixtape. I did not enjoy this program. Which is to say, I did not enjoy listening to this program after the fact, which I did twice. I thought it might improve on second listen, but as always I was wrong again, as someone once said. In case you didn't know, my listening venue is the gym; I've been having problems at the gym.

My new depression meds make me extremely restless, and I just can't see the point of running myself to death on the cardio machine every day. (What would I be doing instead, with my time? Good question.) "You're just fat and content now," my psychiatrist tells me. Or--counterpoint--I'm dismayed and out of control.

Maybe this is my way of talking myself out of thinking this was a bad program. It certainly didn't feel like it on the night, and it does get "good" in the last 15 minutes or so, if you want to scroll forward that far. June Tabor doesn't really "fit," after all, which is a sign of her greatness, and elsewhere it begins to dawn on me that I might just be into miserable music. It's good that I learned this before it was too late. I think.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 May 2, 2100-2300:

  1. "Tongue Control" | Body-San | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  2. "Last Kiss by the Volga" | Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte | Hiver Noir | Subsound
  3. "Bass Playa" | Meat Beat Manifesto | Impossible Star | Flexidisc
  4. "Desire Lines" | Vibrissae | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  5. "The Banks Of The Sweet Dundee" | June Tabor | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Capsule" | Strie | Perpetual Journey | Serein
  7. "Contained Within While" | Weirding Module | A Newer Age | Joyful Noise Recordings
  8. "If I See You Again (TBTCI Version)" | Early Morning Sky | Fuzzy Feelings Collection | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "Lord Bateman" | June Tabor | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "XX" | Nyma | XYXX | It's All In You
  11. "Mambo Fist Miasma" | Severed Heads | Brave New Waves Session | Artoffact
  12. "Drown the Witch" | Brian Harris | 7 Sweet Notions | self-released
  13. "Loss" | John Tejada | Dead Start Program | Kompakt
  14. "Donal Og" | June Tabor | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "300 HZ at Whitney Museum" | Simone Gatto | Heaven Inside Your Frequencies - Pt. 1 | Pregnant Void
  16. "Wakey Wakey" | B. Fleischmann | Stop Making Fans | Morr Music
  17. "Goodnight Children Everywhere" | The Times | This Is London [reissue] | Tapete
  18. "Shake Your Body" | Mike Umoh | Duomo Sounds LTD (Nigerian 80s Disco Music to Move Your Soul) | Odion
  19. "Tal" | Primer | Signals | Rarefied
  20. "Injury Time" | Pete Astor | One for the Ghost | Tapete
  21. "Buscando" | Dengue Dengue Dengue | Son de los Diablos | Enchufada
  22. "The Fiddle And The Drum" | June Tabor | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Bipolaire - Les Noirs" | Baloji | Bipolaire - Les Noirs | Bella Union
  24. "Raw Sun" | Ornette Hawkins | The Other Side of What | AGN7
  25. "Gimmick Sick" | Eric Random | Two Faced | Klanggalerie
  26. "Fix This Thang" | Bibio | Beyond Serious | WARP
  27. "Miracle Mind Program" | Mor Elian | Miracle Mind Program | Delft

oh dear, oh dear, oh no, oh no

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Tough Kids Love Sad Songs: Transmission 404, 2018 April 25

• May 18th, 2018
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leonardo_martelli.jpg Now that I've got my Morrissey rant out of the way, I can settle back into my routine. "This was a solid program," and so on. But sometimes the mundane is the truth. This was a solid program. Segue-wise, I probably lost my way somewhere in the middle, but Superpitcher seemed to settle me. 15-minute songs [or whatever] will do that.

But, you know, I can't escape The Smiths no matter what I do. As I've written elsewhere, they are the reason any of this matters to me. But for a time in the late 80s I must have thought that I'd outgrown them, or they embarrassed me, or I was grieving them, or something. At any rate I "moved on" and where did I go but to Felt and the Cocteau Twins, both represented here on this broadcast.

Cocteau Twins broke my heart, and I have chronicled that, sort of, but it wasn't political. I will never be able to quit them unless I discover that one of them hates black people, or something. [I hope I'm not inviting any revelations here.]

I brought Felt into my life at a crucial time. I had of course heard "Primitive Painters" on the radio plenty of times, and I played it plenty of times, as "trendy Sacramentans" [which I ultimately became] were apparently prone to do. But I bought Poem of the River after a harsh telling-off from someone I thought was a friend, and in that moment of vulnerability it was just right. Lawrence struck me, even then, as a more interesting, less problematic Morrissey. Please god don't let him be a Brexiteer or have a thing for Hitler.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 April 25, 2100-2300:

  1. "Der Konig 1-4" | Nackt | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  2. "Online Seance" | The Sprawl | EP 2 | The Death of Rave
  3. "Crystal Ball" | Felt | The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories [reissue] | Cherry Red
  4. "Ode: Springtime and Summer" | Marsmobil | Fairytales of the Supersurvivor | Compost
  5. "Four Faces" | Golden Teacher | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  6. "Taken" | Nyma | XYXX | It's All In You
  7. "Julia's Call" | Lake Ruth | Birds of America | Feral Child
  8. "The City Looks Beautiful from up Here" | Roche | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  9. "Liquid Lucite" | Johnny Jewel | Digital Rain | Italians Do It Better
  10. "Dial up to the Palace" | Gary Safe | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  11. "Skinhead #2" | The Breeders | All Nerve | 4AD
  12. "Listen in to the Heart" | Calendar Crowd | Perfect Hideaway | Dark Entries
  13. "The City Hangover" | The Cyclist | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  14. "Electric Town" | Benoit B | Japonaiserie | Berceuse Heroique
  15. "Happenings" | Weirdest Dream | White Worms | Dopeness Galore
  16. "First Day" | Peder Mannerfelt | The 3D Printed Songbook | Peder Mannerfelt Produktion
  17. "Micaela" | Leonardo Martelli | Menti Signole, Vol. 2 | Antinote
  18. "Worldwide Sunshine (In Yr Heart Not the Sky Dub)" | Coyote Clean Up | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  19. "Duvalierism (u)" | German Army | More Bitter Fruit | Discrepant
  20. "Kills v. Lies" | Efrim Manuel Menuck | Pissing Stars | Constellation
  21. "Earth Wart" | Sam de la Rosa | Earth Wart | Mannequin
  22. "Together" | Jupiter Jax | Silk to Dry the Tears | 100% Silk
  23. "Candy In Bed" | Fuzzy Feeling | Fuzzy Feelings Collection | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "Punky Reggae Party" | Superpitcher | The Golden Ravedays 12 | Hippie Dance
  25. "My Love Paramour" | Cocteau Twins | Head Over Heels [reissue] | 4AD
  26. "Wild Mountain Thyme" | Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band | Adios Señor Pussycat | Violette
  27. "The War Against Intelligence (Peel Session)" | The Fall | The Fontana Years | UMC / Fontana
  28. "Theta v3 (Repetir)" | Existente | Theta Series | Arctic Dub (Sursumcorda)

heaven inside your frequencies

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We’re Probably Not Going To Be This Ambient All Evening: Transmission 403, 2018 April 18

• May 18th, 2018
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morrissey_seated.jpg As I say during the broadcast, I was having a hard time deciding whether I wanted to play ambient music or disco. So I played both. I have trouble with decisiveness, with finality.

To force a segue here, I am confident that someone like Morrissey would have hated this program, and that doesn't bother me in the slightest. This was the night after the day we Found Out (I guess?) about Morrissey through that horrible softball interview on his own website. Finally freed from wilful misinterpretation and journalistic malfeasance, he reveals that he...is Douglas Pearce, basically? Truly uncanny. Being an aesthete, I used to think Death in June was ripping off the Smiths' visuals; I didn't realize it was an exchange.

Hero worship will enable and force you to do some mental gymnastics, and to cling to mere possibilities. Saying that reggae is vile might have been a reference to its patriarchy and homophobia. It's possible that the chorus of "Panic" wasn't about lynching black people. There's a chance that "We'll Let You Know" and "National Front Disco" are not endorsements. [In my defense, this is more of a probability. But there I go. Or do I? I can't tell anymore.] And so on. But that's my problem all along. Post-1976 we are not supposed to have heroes, I guess, but I do. I've never "gotten it."

I could write a paragraph about when I got "woke," because part of me had to know, but who cares? I've been wrong.

Was he ever anything but "devious, truculent, and unreliable?" I would like to think that the person who wrote "Well I Wonder" and "I Know It's Over" was a great chronicler of loneliness. Even fascists get lonely! It didn't occur to me at the time that perhaps he was lonely because he'd preemptively ruled out the possibility of companionship with most of humanity. I'm still struggling with this reckoning. Those Smiths songs must have been the work of a different person. Right?! Sigh.

I would have been better off seeing Morrissey from the start as many of my friends did, as a Ridiculous Person. [And I did, sort of, but I just loved him anyway.] Or just being on Team Robert Smith, though I never quite understood that beef. But things didn't happen that way. As I've written elsewhere, the Smiths came along when I needed something to come along.

What to do now? I wonder if, after a few more similar interviews, Smiths records will become like Death in June records, a kind of eBay contraband. [I'm thinking also of Spotify's new policies regarding hateful speech and hateful behavior.] Probably not, I guess. But they are a kind of emotional contraband. Will I jettison mine? I told you I have trouble with decisiveness and finality.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 April 18, 2100-2300:

  1. "White Worms Intro" | Weirdest Dream | White Worms | Dopeness Galore
  2. "Stray" | Degree Absolute | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  3. "Drums Please" | Saine | For The Dreamers | Omena
  4. "Black I.C.E." | The Sprawl | EP 2 | The Death of Rave
  5. "Poison Fang" | Vast Asteroid | Fuzzy Feelings Collection | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  6. "ONE" | Meat Beat Manifesto | Impossible Star | Flexidisc
  7. "Flying" | Superpitcher | The Golden Ravedays 9 | Hippie Dance
  8. "Bacchus Theme" | Mirt/Ter | Bacchus Where Are You? | Monotype
  9. "Shame" | Mikkel Metal | Pop Ambient 2018 | Kompakt
  10. "Disco Connection" | Bindiga | Duomo Sounds LTD (Nigerian 80s Disco Music to Move Your Soul) | Odion
  11. "2.4" | Nicklas Sorensen | Solo 2 | El Paraiso
  12. "Evidence" | Metro Area | Metro Area (15th Anniversary Edition) | Environ
  13. "Hurray For The People" | Pete International Airport | Safer With The Wolves... | A Recordings
  14. "Racist Cops On A Jog" | Sam de la Rosa | Earth Wart | Mannequin
  15. "When Mama Was Moth" | Cocteau Twins | Head Over Heels [reissue] | 4AD
  16. "NorthernLi" | Trinidadian Deep | Organic Frequencies | D3 Elements
  17. "All Is Not Lost" | Hodge | Beneath Two Moons | Berceuse Heroique
  18. "Improvisation #2 Part 2" | Ulrich Schnauss | Improvisation #2 | Scripted Realities

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Looking into the Void, You’re Reckoning with a Question: Transmission 402, 2018 April 11

• May 12th, 2018
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lake_ruth_birds_of_america.jpg Here is another fine program, perhaps even finer than the last. [Feeling like perhaps I should open every salvo with this sentiment, whether it is true or not.] I actually had that very long Ulrich Schnauss piece going during my workout. And it did not kill the vibe, whatever my workout vibe may be. So I heartily endorse this one.

Wonder of wonders, I even sound up for it on this outing. It must be my performer training kicking in, on some level. Though I have been "checking in" with myself and can assure you that I am still having fun, I am very tired in the moment, which comes from my being old and its being late and my inability to get proper sleep. I have also been battling the most wicked depression this winter [yes, it was still winter at this time], from what cause I do not even really know. So there's a lot going on, shallow affect notwithstanding. Does it get better? I think it must.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 April 11, 2100-2300:

  1. "Nervous Mary" | The Breeders | All Nerve | 4AD
  2. "Love Is a Foreign Country" | Dirtmusic | Bu Bir Ruya | Glitterbeat
  3. "Compassion and Release" | Benoit B | Japonaiserie | Berceuse Heroique
  4. "Monochrome" | Whimsical | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  5. "Besakih's Dragons' Clouds" | Raw M.T. | Trip To The Far East | Distant Hawaii
  6. "Improvisation #2 Part 1" | Ulrich Schnauss | Improvisation #2 | Scripted Realities
  7. "Dona Nobis Pacem" | Eindkrak | Brullend Staal | Unknown Precept
  8. "Virus" | Chafik Chennouf | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  9. "Capsize" | Carl Gari | Shipster | Permanent Vacation
  10. "Undertow" | Coloring Electric Like | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  11. "Heart 2 Tape" | Silvia Kastel | Air Lows | Blackest Ever Black
  12. "Sweetness And Light" | Vivienne Eastwood | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  13. "Walter and the Taxi" | Lake Ruth | Birds of America | Feral Child
  14. "Ocean" | Shoe Shine Six | Fuzzy Feelings Collection | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  15. "Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow" | Felt | The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories [reissue] | Cherry Red
  16. "XY" | Nyma | XYXX | It's All In You
  17. "Black Pyramid" | Johnny Jewel | Digital Rain | Italians Do It Better
  18. "Bird Element" | Etelin | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  19. "Blind Blue" | Masaki Uchida | Xenolinguistics | Loose Lips
  20. "You Had" | Peder Mannerfelt | The 3D Printed Songbook | Peder Mannerfelt Produktion
  21. "Djoukourou - Auntie Flo Remix" | Oumou Sangare | Djoukourou - Auntie Flo Remix | Highlife Edits
  22. "Love Is Like A Violence" | Ted Milton | Ruminant Violence | Optimo
  23. "Apokalypso 3" | Prins Thomas | Apokalypso | Rett | Fletta
  24. "Come Play the Trees Outro" | Snapped Ankles | Come Play the Trees | Leaf

organic frequencies

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All of Us Do It, Each Time Asleep: Transmission 401, 2018 April 4

• May 4th, 2018
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amadou_balake_bar_konon_moussou_bar.jpg We got close to the Platonic Ideal of a Bombast on this night. Here is a program that has a bit of everything: a bit of shoegaze, a bit of 4AD delicacy, a bit of Creation, some African music, some electro, and some of whatever my current aesthetic is. (I don't know how to classify it and don't care.) Why "close to," then? Because I didn't feel at the time, and don't feel on repeated listening, that this was "great." But don't pay attention to me. According to one listener, mediated through Felix, our GM, I was "killin' it" on this night. So there you have it, maybe.

Two things I have never mastered in this life are "aligning my perceptions and tastes with those of other people" and "absorbing affirmation." I am good at taking it in and decent at acknowledging it but I can't seem to let it flow through me and touch every part of my being, as I need it to. I'm thinking of the time in Hamlet when Rosencrantz says, "take you me for a sponge, my lord?" and I'm, like, "THAT IS MY HIGHEST ASPIRATION."

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 April 4, 2100-2300:

  1. "Woa" | Zazou / Bikaye / CY1 | Noir Et Blanc | Crammed Discs
  2. "Still Walking" | Throbbing Gristle | 20 Jazz Funk Greats [reissue] | Mute
  3. "Ad Hoc Principle" | Barreca | Leimer | Dual Mono | Palace of Lights
  4. "Inti" | The Cyclist | Sapa Inca Delirium | Hypercolour
  5. "So Quero Um Xodo" | Os Mulheres Negras | Outro Tempo | Music from Memory
  6. "Dounignamou" | Amadou Balake | Bar Konon Moussou Bar | Kindred Spirits | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Raincoat" | Flite | Sick Music 2018 | Hospital
  8. "Cellophane" | Johnny Jewel | Digital Rain | Italians Do It Better
  9. "No Hard Feelings" | The Times | Go! With The Times [reissue] | Tapete
  10. "Advise" | Christy Ogbah | Duomo Sounds LTD (Nigerian 80s Disco Music to Move Your Soul) | Odion
  11. "Fugazi (feat. Elif Dikec)" | Gantz | Dying on Acid | Deep Medi Musik
  12. "Les pays exterieurs" | Benoit B | Japonaiserie | Berceuse Heroique
  13. "Place for Me" | Red Rack'Em | Place for Me / Exhalt | Bergerac
  14. "Nabacouboury" | Amadou Balake | Bar Konon Moussou Bar | Kindred Spirits | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Opium" | Vicious Blossom | Fuzzy Feelings Collection | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  16. "Look at Me" | Mike Umoh | Duomo Sounds LTD (Nigerian 80s Disco Music to Move Your Soul) | Odion
  17. "Runs Reprise" | Klein | Tommy EP | Hyperdub
  18. "Tondibama" | Amadou Balake | Bar Konon Moussou Bar | Kindred Spirits | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "Drexel Street - Interlude" | Submorphics | Detroit Haze | The North Quarter
  20. "Hands Return" | Circuit Breaker | Hands Return to Shake | Harbinger Sound
  21. "Willow (Mehmet Aslan Remix)" | Yor Kultura | Lotus EP | The Magic Movement
  22. "Balake Ya Marlama" | Amadou Balake | Bar Konon Moussou Bar | Kindred Spirits | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Oil Drowning Portrait" | Basic House | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  24. "Fantasy" | Omega Vague feat. Dani Mari | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  25. "Strange Love" | Ghost Music | I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here | Arlen
  26. "Danse Macabre" | Dean McPhee | Four Stones | Hood Faire
  27. "Beatrix" | Cocteau Twins | Treasure [reissue] | 4AD
  28. "Nth" | Portal | Ion | Profound Lore
  29. "End" | JAGUWAR | Ringthing | Tapete

you end up fooling yourself

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