Another day, another "Test Pattern" in the style of Bombast. As is common with these "extra" episodes, the "Listening Parlour" is closed--Lady Catharsis is tough to wrangle--but there is some "Physical Evidence" to share, a nice piece of it too. Also, we officially enter "retro August" during this program, for better or worse.
When an episode languishes on the shelf for a long time, as this one has, I have trouble recalling the specific circumstances of the program, unless they were extra special. I know that I'd picked up the habit of following DJ Helen's "Hip Hop Don't Stop" program because she didn't enjoy closing down the building by herself. I tried, regularly, to get someone else to do a shift at this time; surprisingly, there was little interest in a Saturday 11pm slot. Since I wasn't going to show up at that hour just to be an escort, I went ahead and did some full programs.
The Clinton House, for those of you who haven't visited, can be somewhat creepy at that hour. It's a big building--it used to be a hotel--and we're typically its only occupant who is active late at night. The exterior doors do lock automatically at a certain hour, but there are lots of places for people to hide. I was alone in the building one night when the power went out--that was fun! And DJ Helen swears that she has seen a ghost walk through one of the building's walls. I have not witnessed such a thing, which I guess proves that I'm not cool enough to hang with ghosts.
Speaking of--man, does that Doing It For The Kids record bring me back. It should come with a trigger warning!
Also--if you don't own the Buick album, you need to get it, yesterday if not sooner. It's even on iTunes, for god's sake, so no excuses.
BOMBAST playlist, 2013 August 17-18, 2300-0100:
- "Bubblecloud" | Scarper! | Unfurl | Plexus
- "Life Ain't Enough for You" | Asia Argento with The Legendary Tigerman | Total Entropy | Nuun
- "Slowdive (live)" | Siouxsie and the Banshees | Nocturne | Polydor
- "Drugs" | This Mortal Coil | Come Here My Love | 4AD
- "Defcon 3" | Man or Astro-Man? | Defcon 5...4...3...2...1 | Communicating Vessels
- "How Ghosts Affect Relationships" | His Name Is Alive | Livonia | 4AD
- "Cut Me Deep" | The Jasmine Minks | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
- "Child Bride" / "Cheganca" | 17 Pygmies | Jedda By the Sea + Captured In Ice | Les Temps Modernes
- "A Beautiful Thought (pt. 2)" | The Durutti Column | Treatise on the Steppenwolf | Factory Benelux
- "S950" | Gold Panda | Half of Where You Live | Ghostly International
- "High Test" | Chance | In Search | Paradise of Bachelors
- "Sweet Retreat" | The Creepers | Rock 'n' Roll Liquorice Flavour | Red Rhino
- "Super Falling Star" | Stereolab | Volume Four | Volume
- "Cigarette in Your Bed" | My Bloody Valentine | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
- "White Tornado" | R.E.M. | Dead Letter Office | I.R.S.
- Kan Kill! | Stockholm Monsters | All At Once | Les Temps Modernes
- "Godevil" | The Times | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
- "Pandora's Box" | Anne Clark | Changing Places | Red Flame
- "Stealth Dub" | Blind Idiot God | Blind Idiot God | SST
- "Lot 49" | The Jazz Butcher | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
- "Time Zones" | Negativland | Escape from Noise | SST
- "Homage to Lucien Freud" | Buick | Sweatertongue | Lather
- "OSCAR" | Will Saul Presents CLOSE | Closer | Studio K7
- "Ne Me Fatigue Pas" | Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni Ba | Jama Ko | Out Here
- "She Paints" | Biff Bang Pow! | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
- "Drugs" | Talking Heads | Fear of Music | Sire - Rhino
next time: moar dub for the people. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis
A dark and stormy night produces a chill set of tunes, with occasional explosiveness courtesy of Adrian Sherwood and the On-U Sound crew. WRFI was enduring a rough phase with its new transmitter, wherein every patch of rough weather was knocking 88.1 off the air. This particular BOMBAST may always have been a web exclusive, but at least it is now archived.
Listening back through this program, I am well pleased and a bit saddened all at once. Pleased: the selection is tight and makes sense, even for an "overflow" program; good to know that what doesn't "make the cut" for a regular show still passes the quality test. Saddened: it's getting to the point where these "unofficial" programs are actually more fun than the regular show. The regular show is pressure, you guys. I don't know how I managed to do that to myself, but here we are.
Erratum: I was mistaken about Jah Wobble's contribution to the Dub Syndicate track, in that he didn't make one. In my defense, he did play bass on "Overboard," which sits next to it on this record. What's new?
BOMBAST playlist, 2013 August 8-9, 2300-0100:
- "Connection" | King Tuff | Was Dead | Burger
- "36 Years Later" | Wild Billy Chyldish and the Chatham Forts | All Our Forts Are With You | Damaged Goods
- "Stronsay" | Boozoo Bajou | Jan Mayen | R & S - Apollo
- "Jahovia (E.M.M.A & Will LV Dub Mix)" | EM.MA | Jahovia | Keysound
- "Swan Lake" | Madness | One Step Beyond | Let Them Eat Vinyl
- "The Big Dig" | Family Fodder | It's a Crammed, Crammed, Crammed World! | Crammed Discs
- "Hallelujah" | Maffia | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Must Be Dreaming" | The Dub Syndicate | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Loudspeaker" | Loudspeaker | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Jerusalem" | Mark Stewart & Maffia | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Beachcombing" | Peter Gordon & Factory Floor | Beachcombing / C Side | Optimo
- "Divided" | The Durutti Column | Treatise on the Steppenwolf | Factory Benelux
- "Interstices I (Seiya)" | Illuha | Interstices | 12K
- "Coal Baron" | People of the Lake | Sub Contra | Thrill Jockey
- "Detector" | UNER | Nagual | Cadenza
- "The Slow Fade" | Future Bible Heroes | Memories of Love, Eternal Youth, and Partygoing | Merge
- "From One Cell (feat. Urzula Amen)" | Stimming | Stimming | DIYNamic
- "Fuh Fuh" | Voice of Authority | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Ace of Wands" | Missing Brazilians | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Akabu Theme" | Akabu | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Koan 1" | Peals | Walking Field | Thrill Jockey
next time: really depends on when this posts, but probably not a dreaded "regular" BOMBAST. enjoy the music!--kid catharsis
Fresh off the digital recorder, here is last night's episode. The features are plentiful: a side's worth of The Revolutionaries' "Revival Dub" as "Physical Evidence"; two granola-flavored visits to the "Listening Parlour"; and a choice cut from my techno [but not techno] kid. It was a full, satisfying evening.
Notes: it is true, what I say about my history with Mac Davis; I had the computer turned up, to disastrous effect, because of my new fetish for cramming my program into the designated "timekeeper" slots [that's WRFI jargon]; I found that extended set in the second hour a bit jarring--Brian Eno segueing into The Dub Club segueing into Julia Holter sounded much better in the planning stages than in the actual moment. Ah well.
BOMBAST playlist, 2013 September 25, 2100-2300:
- "Gatsy" | rRoxymore | Precarious / Precious | Human Level
- "Duck in a Tree" | Vic Chesnutt | Is the Actor Happy? | New West | "Listening Parlour"
- "Andro Queen" | Pixies | EP1 | self-released
- ".357 Magnum" | The Revolutionaries | Revival Dub (Roots Now) | Well Charge | "Physical Evidence"
- "Vapourware 04" | Donato Dozzy | Plays Bee Mask | Spectrum Spools
- "Disconnect to Connect" | Steven Tang | Disconnect to Connect | Smallville | "Junior Selector"
- "Lime Tree" | The Cannanes | Howling at All Hours | Chapter
- "No. 41 Magnum" | The Revolutionaries | Revival Dub (Roots Now) | Well Charge | "Physical Evidence"
- "I See It - San Soda Remix" | Sauce81 | All in Line | Catune
- "Mr. Custer Stomp" | The Scouts | Mr. Custer Stomp | TT Shaker
- "Browning 9m/m Auto" | The Revolutionaries | Revival Dub (Roots Now) | Well Charge | "Physical Evidence"
- "Nowhere" | Ride | Original Album Series | Rhino UK
- "Arms MK III Carbine" | The Revolutionaries | Revival Dub (Roots Now) | Well Charge | "Physical Evidence"
- "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" | Mac Davis | Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me | CBS | "Listening Parlour"
- "A Little Ticker Tape Never Hurt Anyone" | Kinski | Cosy Moments | Kill Rock Stars
- "NWYRK" | Kuhn | Kings | Civil Music
- "Through Hollow Lands" | Brian Eno | Before and After Science | Virgin Japan
- "Chant Down Babylon" | The Dub Club | Foundation Come Again | Stones Throw
- "Hello Stranger" | Julia Holter | Loud City Song | Domino
- "AR - 47 Auto" | The Revolutionaries | Revival Dub (Roots Now) | Well Charge | "Physical Evidence"
- "Climatic Phase No. 3" | Seefeel | Quique | Modern Classics
- "Sometimes Things Are Exactly As They Seem" | Shortcircles | Between Waves | Plug Research
next time: another blast from the past of Bombast. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis
This program happened late at night, on a day that followed another late night. I think it was a pretty "on" show, nevertheless. No "Listening Parlour" but a very good "Physical Evidence"--if you had known me in, say, 1988, you might well have guessed that 25 years later I would be spinning a London Underground record after midnight on a radio station in the middle of nowhere, with about 3 people listening. Nothing sad about that.
[Aside: it seems to me--am I alone in thinking this?--that The London Underground, at least on this record, sound like what would happen if you took the "nutty" sound out of Madness and replaced Langer & Winstanley with Martin Hannett. I mean that in the best possible way. I love that first Madness record.]
Also, hey! This is program 50. I'd explained elsewhere--here, I think--that I am superstitious, in a bad way, about programs that end in "zero." So I celebrate quietly--very quietly, once the day rolls over. The program gets weirder and weirder, especially after I find myself with extra time and have to toss in a few unplanned tracks.
Radio is kind of addictive. You are grateful at first for whatever airtime you get, and then you begin...having needs. I had all this extra material sitting around, and "only" the regular Wednesday night program on which to play it. And we have these empty "Test Pattern" time slots just sitting there, and it's August to boot, so people are going on vacation...it's here that I begin to travel down a dark path.
But enough. It's still "good times" for now.
BOMBAST playlist, 2013 August 3-4, 2300-0100:
- "My Secret Romance" | College | Teenage Color | Invada
- "Great Expectations" | The London Underground | At Home with the London Underground | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Yanga (Okungwu)" | Semi-Colon | Ndia Egbuo Ndia (Afro-Jigida) | Comb & Razor
- "Mata Mata" | Halo Halo | Halo Halo | Upset the Rhythm
- "Codebreaker Seventy-Eight" | Man or Astro-Man? | Defcon 5...4...3...2...1 | Communicating Vessels
- "A Life of Crime" | The Weirdos | Destroy All Music | Bomp
- "In die Zukunft" | Asmus Tietchens | Biotop | Bureau B
- "You Don't Know" | The London Underground | At Home with the London Underground | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Take It" | 14 Iced Bears | Hold On Inside | Cherry Red
- "Mello (live)" | The Durutti Column | Treatise on the Steppenwolf | Factory Benelux
- "Lychee" | Dub Spencer & Trance Hill | Live in Dub | Echo Beach
- "Colerain" | Way Yes | Tog Pebbles | self-released
- "Ridley Road" | The London Underground | At Home with the London Underground | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Dankou (featuring Zoumana Tereta)" | Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni Ba | Jama Ko | Out Here
- "Under the Lake" | Ezechiel Pailhes | Divine | Circus Company
- "The Dispossessed" | Kawabata Makoto's Mainliner | Revelation Space | Riot Season
- "Suspicious" | Co La | Moody Coup | Software
- "Westview" | Ike Release | Dream Sequencer | M>O>S
- "Next Time You Fall - Jim Sclavunos Remix" | Breathless | Please Be Happy | Tenor Vossa
- "Sipian Organ" | Jan St. Werner | Blaze Colour Burn | Thrill Jockey
- "Watch Your Step" | The London Underground | At Home with the London Underground | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
- "Stone Gods of Bimini" | Ixtahuele | Pagan Rites | Subliminal Sounds
- "Vodka Diet" | Natasha Kmeto | Crisis | Dropping Gems
- "Goldaire" | Memotone | Koma | Black Acre
next time: you've probably already heard it, unless I'm super-industrious and get through the latest program, which hasn't yet aired as of this writing. Enjoy the music! --kid Catharsis
We herewith complete the induction of the mighty Coil into the BOMBAST Hall of Legends. Lady Catharsis even informs me that she enjoyed one of their songs tonight. I told you this was the most beautiful single of the bunch, did I not? As we steadily approach normalcy, we also throw in a host of new tunes and take care of some long-unfinished business.
It seems like we just talked, and I guess we did. There's a sizable backlog of BOMBAST programs, and I'm working my way through them as best I can. I believe this post gets you caught up on the "regularly scheduled" episodes, with the "impromptu" or "fill-in" episodes to come--Cthulu willing, we'll have them all posted by the end of the month.
This episode is a weird, dynamic set. I wouldn't necessarily say it's one of the "best," but it does contain many textures, moods, and energies, which was the original "dream." It's always a strange night when Coil is playing--what would life be without strange nights?
BOMBAST playlist, 2013 September 18, 2100-2300:
- "Arabesque" | Scarper! | Unfurl | Plexus
- "All Systems to Go" | Man or Astro-Man? | Defcon 5...4...3...2...1 | Communicating Vessels
- "Downing Street Rock" | Winston Edwards & Blackbeard | Dub Conference | Studio 16
- "The Auto-Asphyxiating Hierophant" | Coil | Autumn Equinox - Amethyst Deceivers | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
- "Rise Before Zod - Acid Pauli's 'Things That Fly' Remix" | Zod | Rebel Rave 3 | Crosstown Rebels
- "Oh Come On" | The Julie Ruin | Run Fast | The Julie Ruin
- "D.R.I.N.K." | The Jazz Butcher | Draining the Glass | Nectar | "Listening Parlour"
- "Regel" | Coil | Autumn Equinox - Amethyst Deceivers | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
- "Wicked Dem Drop" | The Dub Club | Foundation Come Again | Stones Throw
- "Sonny's Burning" | The Birthday Party | The Bad Seed / Mutiny! | Drastic Plastic
- "Renata" | Holden | The Inheritors | Border Community
- "Jhonn Balance" | Wooden Wand | Blood Oaths of the New Blues | Fire
- "Rosa Decidua" | Coil | Autumn Equinox - Amethyst Deceivers | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
- "Sweet Jane" | The Velvet Underground | The Best of the Velvet Underground | Verve | "Listening Parlour"
- "Heaven Star" | 14 Iced Bears | Hold On Inside | Cherry Red
- "Slow Poisons" | Dead Confederate | In the Marrow | Spiderbomb
- "All Our Forts Are With You" | Wild Billy Chyldish & The Chatham Forts | All Our Forts Are With You | Damaged Goods
- "Two Night Stand" | Arkist | Two Night Stand | Inhale
- "Amethyst Deceivers" | Coil | Autumn Equinox - Amethyst Deceivers | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
- "Stirling" | Der Dritte Raum | Morgenland | Der Dritte Raum
- "Can't Stop the Prophet" | faltyDL | Atlantis | Ninja Tune
- "Switches" | Coil | Autumn Equinox - Amethyst Deceivers | Eskaton | "Physical Evidence"
next time: depends on what we're talking about. If it's a podcast, it's overflow night. If it's a live show, it's a dub revival and a record Pitchfork doesn't like, as if that's not a merit badge. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis
We inaugurate the new season at WRFI with a fully-loaded program of features and regular stuff. It's mostly rock and techno tonight. The reggae and Afro-pop will come, in time.
Did you miss me? I certainly missed you. Retro August was just crazy. Did you know? I did eight Bombast programs in July, and nine in August. That is entirely too much radio for me, and too much me for radio. I went so far down the rabbit hole that I found myself doing these extracurricular excursions, to be discussed at some other time. At any rate, it is good to be back on the horse, and down to one horse. For now. I think.
Somewhere in the middle of this program, if you listen closely to one of the voice-overs, you can hear raised voices in the background. Radio people: we argue with great frequency! For once, I was not involved. Good times.
BOMBAST playlist, 2013 September 11, 2100-2300:
- "Sugarblast" | Dr. Phibes & The House of Wax Equations | Volume One | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
- "Schneeland" | Der Dritte Raum | Morgenland | Der Dritte Raum
- "The Scarlett Empress" | College | Teenage Color | Invada
- "Don't Send Me No Flowers" | The Blue and the Gray | Don't Send Me No Flowers | Get Hip
- "Spitfire" | Public Service Broadcasting | Inform - Educate - Entertain | Test Card
- "Flying to Vegas" | Papa Sprain | Volume One | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
- "Homage" | Causa Sui | Euporie Tide | El Paraiso
- "King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O" | Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | B-Sides & Rarities | Mute | "Listening Parlour"
- "Year of the Glad" | Marnie Stern | The Chronicles of Marnia | Kill Rock Stars
- "Falling" | Nico Purman | Rebel Rave 3 | Crosstown Rebels
- "Rain of Colour" | Tom Demac | Little Bits That Matter | Pets
- "Florence" | 14 Iced Bears | Hold On Inside | Cherry Red
- "Mind" | Talking Heads | Fear of Music | Sire - Rhino
- "Night Drive" | Part Time | PDA | Mexican Summer
- "Nasty Dan" | Johnny Cash | The Johnny Cash Children's Album | Columbia | "Listening Parlour"
- "Loner" | Burial | Kindred | Hyperdub
- "Upmanship Down" | Daisy Chainsaw | Volume One | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
- "Guitar Voodoo" | The Darkside | Volume One | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
- "Leftovers" | Siriusmo | Enthusiast | Monkeytown
- "Drips//Auntie's Harp" | Flying Lotus | Cosmogramma | Warp
- "Wit[z]" | Valentin Stip | Angst | Clown & Sunset
- "Love Mad" | Meat Beat Manifesto | Volume One | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
- "Porno Bass" | 23 Skidoo | Seven Songs | Ronin
Next time: Coil enshrinement Part Four. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis
The final regularly scheduled BOMBAST of the WRFI summer season is a return to the usual BOMBAST thing, whatever that is--circa January. No "Physical Evidence," not on account of a shortage but instead because I simply couldn't make it work this time around. The "Listening Parlour," however, is open, although Lady Catharsis is not in a talking mood. This show felt good and is good, even if it was a wobbly first step on the road to normalcy.
"Retro August" has taken a toll, physically and mentally. Still, some things remain. I continue to say ridiculous stuff like "a movie ticket giving-away." Perhaps these gaffes will always be with us. I'm beginning to think so.
BOMBAST playlist, 2013 September 4, 2100-2300:
format = "Song Title" | Artist | Release Title | Label
- "Black Steel" | Tricky | Maxinquaye | Island
- "Making Love in Dub" | The Orb featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry| More Tales from the Orbservatory | Cooking Vinyl
- "Polar" | Solyst | Lead | Bureau B
- "Footprints in the Snow" / "Nothing Is Not Done | Flux | Uncarved Block | One Little Indian
- "Our Lips Are Sealed" | Fun Boy Three | Our Lips Are Sealed | Chrysalis | "Listening Parlour"
- "Crowds" | Cold Showers | Still Life | Dais
- "Bania" | Hassan Hakmoun and Zahar | Trance | Realworld
- "Jammin'" | Show-B | Compost Black #93 | Compost Black
- "Time Fades" | Will Saul Presents CLOSE | Closer | Studio K7
- "Fly on the Wall" | The Jesus Lizard | Down | Touch & Go
- "Peter Gunn" | The Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy | Peter Gunn | China - Chrysalis | "Listening Parlour"
- "When the Night - Breakbot Remix" | Para One | When the Night | Because
- "Interstice" | Steven Tang | Disconnect to Connect | Smallville
- "My Father in Hong Kong 1961" | Gold Panda | Half of Where You Live | Ghostly International
- "Between Waves" | Shortcircles | Between Waves | Plug Research
- "Swallowed" | Jessica Bailiff | Kompilation | Kranky
- "Falling - II" | Lace Curtain | Falling/Running EP | Mexican Summer
- "Misbehave" | Chumbawamba | (Someone's Always Telling You How To) Behave | Agit Prop
- "Melting Moments" | The Cannanes | Howling at All Hours | Chapter
- "The Musical Rogues" | Wild Billy Chyldish & The Chatham Forts | All Our Forts Are With You | Damaged Goods
Next time: all the regular features, and fish. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis
Here is the second part of an interview I conducted with Rudy Tambala of A.R.Kane. Portions of this conversation appeared in the Hall of Legends special featuring A.R.Kane's music. This is the "full" recording, with everything in its proper context. Part One is available here.
This chat happened via Skype on August 26, 2013, about two weeks after we'd talked the first time. I had some "big picture" questions in mind, some of them perhaps misguided, but that's the sort of thing that happens when you've only read about a thing rather than having experienced it firsthand. As I've written elsewhere, the Bombast program is somehow about making things difficult for myself, and one aspect of that is "looking for sense where possibly there is none."
Still, I think the answers we get in this portion of the interview are worth it. "Long live difficult."
Thanks again to Rudy Tambala for being so generous with his time.
Here is the first part of an interview I conducted with Rudy Tambala of A.R.Kane. Portions of this conversation appeared in the Hall of Legends special featuring A.R.Kane's music. Here's the "full" recording, with everything in its proper context.
This is the basic "music interview" material--how the band formed, label intrigue, recording processes, and so forth. However, it does reveal the importance of Janet Jackson and Jellybean Benitez as "influences" (don't take my word for it, just listen) and Rudy shares with us a humorous incident brought on by the band's move to 4AD.
Just so you know, listeners--I passed up a trip to look at eagles, for goodness' sake, and eat delicious local ice cream, so this conversation could happen. Do you see what sacrifices I make in order to bring you this stuff? Rudy, for his part, was late for dinner, which is why we had to cut this off and agree to speak another time--he too deserves your special thanks, for this and of course for the music. Part Two
coming soon is available here.
Yes I know I can look at eagles whenever, but still.
This is the recording of an interview I conducted with Little Annie on August 20, 2013. I was in the control room of WRFI and she was...somewhere else. I wish the phone connection had been better, but it was good enough.
Portions of this interview aired on the Hall of Legends special featuring Little Annie's music. Actually, that's a bit understated--most of it appears there. But here's the whole thing, in order, with everything in its proper context.
It was quite an honor to speak to Little Annie, whose music I have followed for a long time. I hope the conversation is as fun for you as it was for me.