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30
May 2014

The Horizon Leans Forward: Transmission 127, 2014 May 28

1958051_664298910291755_7111459103025607447_n.pngA regular weekly "alpha" program gives us the chance to observe Prince Buster's birthday with the surprisingly obscure She Was A Rough Rider album as our "Physical Evidence." It seems odd, in a good way, that we are "merely" doing this on a program that is "killing time" prior to the big one next week. But that's how things go.

"Let's welcome Mars back!" says Lady Catharsis, in reference to astrology, in which she believes and with which I struggle. I'm confused: Mars isn't meant to make me feel belligerent, although I often do these days when I'm not actually doing the program. It is supposed to make things "more available." Which, strangely, they are.

Most of the segues in this program do make a lot of sense, though there's no excuse for trying to play "Rocket Man" twice, except that maybe it's a nice song. Again, the mistakes are your guarantee that this thing is real.

It is indeed true, though I can hardly believe it, that next week's program will feature a new interview with Ivo Watts-Russell. He is someone who has been mentioned in many a Hall of Legends conversation, though not in connection with his own records, which are dead great, and which we'll be discussing. Tune in, won't you?

BOMBAST playlist, 2014 May 28, 2100-2300:

  1. "Hard Times" | Baby Huey | The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend | Curtom
  2. "Walk With Love" | Prince Buster | Judge Dread Rock Steady / She Was A Rough Rider | DOJO | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "On Repeat" | Fenster | The Pink Caves | Morr
  4. "Trapdoor" | Loops Haunt | Exits | Black Acre
  5. "Hunters in the Snow" | Paresse | Correspondant Compilation 02 | Correspondant
  6. "I Don't Care" | Thor's Hammer | If You Knew: Icelandic Punk & Beat '65-'67! | Ugly Pop
  7. "Tenderness" | Prince Buster | Judge Dread Rock Steady / She Was A Rough Rider | DOJO | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "(d)ou(b)tsider" | Fontarrian | VLV | Antime
  9. "Ville Morose" | Nadine Shah | Ville Morose | Apollo
  10. "Closer Together" | Prince Buster | Judge Dread Rock Steady / She Was A Rough Rider | DOJO | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Jealousy" | Tony Allen & Africa 70 | Jealousy | Kindred Spirits
  12. "Under Cover" | Deadbeat and Paul St. Hilaire | The Infinity Dub Sessions | BLKRTZ
  13. "Rocket Man" | Pearls Before Swine | The Use of Ashes | Reprise
  14. "The Frame" | Valina | Container | Trost
  15. "Satellite Rock" | Joe Tate (with the Hi-Fives) | Music From Planet Earth | Stag-O-Lee
  16. "The Panther" | Manu Dibango | Africadelic | Aurora
  17. "Dreams To Remember" | Prince Buster | Judge Dread Rock Steady / She Was A Rough Rider | DOJO | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "The Martian Band" | The Wildtones | Music From Planet Earth | Stag-O-Lee
  19. "The Inexorable Sadness of Pencils" | Silo | Work | Novennial Paralysis
  20. "Galactic" | Wen | Signals | Keysound
  21. "UR" | Colo | UR | KI
  22. "The Process" | Section 25 | From The Hip | Factory Benelux
  23. "Going To The River" | Prince Buster | Judge Dread Rock Steady / She Was A Rough Rider | DOJO | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "Temporary Haven" | Islaja | S U U | Monika Enterprise
  25. "Rastafari On Wall Street" | Lee "Scratch" Perry | Back On The Controls | Rolling Lion - Upsetter
  26. "Horizons" | LTJ Bukem | The Rebirth of Cool Four | Island
  27. "Waterscape" | Kiar | Our World Is Crying (Demo Tape) | Bandcamp self-release

next time: the horizon bleeds and sucks its thumb.

23
May 2014

Losing Yourself Is Part Of The Game: Transmission 126, 2014 May 21

Palace-In-The-Sun.jpgThe "regular thing that we do" resumes. Here is another mixtape, this one featuring some rarities from A Palace In The Sun [how I love those old Creation comps, and how they remind me of Spring / Summer] as well as some new stuff I like and some other journeys into memory. Oh, yes, and the typical "radio magic" as I call it, in a couple of places.

Anyway--earlier in the day a new acquaintance of mine--I don't want to presume--made a reference to that Ithaca record near the end of the setlist. And, on account of my correspondence with this person, I believe I have finally made a breakthrough. I keep alluding to the unspoken, indefinable "mission" of this program, or more generally, my involvement with WRFI. I will now take a stab at articulating it. IT IS TO CONNECT WITH MY UNBROKEN YOUNGER SELF. Not to "be" that person or to relive anything, but to exist as if that person hadn't disappeared somewhere. That's it, basically. It explains so much.

Seriously, I actually teared up when I figured this out this morning. I called Lady Catharsis to share my discovery, only to have her say that she knew it already. "And you didn't tell me?" I asked. Spouses: they will baffle you.

ANYWAY. I have my new "friend" [alright, I will presume] to thank for catalyzing this. And more soon. I have said it before, but it bears repeating: the best part of this venture--better than accumulating mixtape after mixtape--has been the human contact. Who would ever have thought?

BOMBAST playlist, 2014 May 21, 2100-2300:

  1. "Unbelievable Things" | Superchunk | Indoor Living | Merge
  2. "Euporie" | Causa Sui | Live at Freak Valley | El Paraiso
  3. "Room" | Family Fodder | Schizophrenia Party (The Director's Cut) | Staubgold
  4. "Monkey Beat" | Manu Dibango | Africadelic | Aurora
  5. "Beneath the Blade" / "Inspiration" | Section 25 | From the Hip | Factory Benelux
  6. "Lovers" | The Love Corporation | A Palace In The Sun | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Blast Off!" | The Jimmie Haskell Orchestra | Music From Planet Earth | Stag-O-Lee
  8. "Pow Dub" | Lee "Scratch" Perry | Back On The Controls | Rolling Lion - Upsetter
  9. "Don't Ask Why" | My Bloody Valentine | Glider | Creation - Sire
  10. "Director Of (A Capella)" | Ron Morelli | Periscope Blues | Hospital Productions
  11. "Infophysix" | Dopplereffekt | Elaste Volume 4 | Compost
  12. "You Sexy Thing" | Hot Chocolate | You Sexy Thing | Big Tree | "Listening Parlour"
  13. "Howl" | Loops Haunt | Exits | Black Acre
  14. "Dreambeam" | Hypnotone | A Palace In The Sun | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Good Things End" | The Field | From Here We Go Sublime | Kompakt
  16. "Freefall" | Something Pretty Beautiful | A Palace In The Sun | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Mechanics" | Silo | Work | Novennial Paralysis
  18. "Strange Train" | Dog Chocolate | Ravioli Me Away / Or | Upset The Rhythm
  19. "Whatever It Is" | Sven Weisemann | Whatever It Is | JAB
  20. "You Sexy Thing" | Cud | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit
  21. "Knocked Out Joint On Mars" | Buck Trail | Music From Planet Earth | Stag-O-Lee
  22. "All My Life" | Ithaca | A Game For All Who Know | Acme
  23. "Dark Melt" | Simon Turner | A Palace In The Sun | Creation | "Physical Evidence"

next time: FFS. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

22
May 2014

Full Interview: Michael Allen of The Wolfgang Press

twpqueermichaelallen.jpgHere is the interview I conducted with Michael Allen of The Wolfgang Press, as well as Rema-Rema, Mass, Geniuser, and an as-yet unnamed current group. Portions of this conversation appeared in the Hall of Legends special featuring the band's music.

This conversation took place on May 3, 2014, via Skype. I was at my place and Michael was at his. Extra karma points to him--it was after midnight, London time.

I would love to describe this as the "full recording," with everything in a clear, linear context. BUT. I very nearly had another software disaster, as with my first attempt at interviewing Andrew Gray; to be "safe," I was recording on two different platforms at once. One crashed and one didn't. Audacity, the one that didn't, retained all of Michael's input channel, but not mine. It could have been worse.

So what we have are 33 responses, or soundbites, or whatever you'd like to call them. I've done my best to figure out what the questions must have been! At any rate, it's a nice discussion, and we cover a lot of ground--youth, becoming a musician, the bass guitar, Rema-Rema, Mass, The Wolfgang Press, the mysterious Alberto Ricci, working with Tom Jones, and the new band. Yes, it's a disjointed experience, but at least you pretty much know what you're getting with each click, and the responses are listed in the order in which they were given.

References: "Ivo" is of course Ivo Watts-Russell. "Robin" is Robin Guthrie. "Gary and Danny" are Gary Asquith and Danny Briottet, of Mass and Renegade Soundwave (and other things). "Wobble" is...come on now, reallly?

As this completes the set of interviews, I wanted to say how happy I am to have had the opportunity to speak to these guys. This experience reinforces for me what I've always enjoyed about TWP's music: its sense of identity and refusal to compromise.

For audio, click any of the hyperlinks below. Enjoy!

Growing up in Harrow, and early exposure to music
Early gigs, meeting Marco Pirroni
Art college
Why become a musician?
Why bass guitar?
Favorite bass players
More McCartney
The beginning of Rema-Rema
Did Rema-Rema's "drummer wanted" ad really say "no hi-hats?"
How Mass began
Why was Mass so dark?
How people reacted to Mass
Birth of The Wolfgang Press; The Burden of Mules
Scarecrow; Water; Sweatbox EPs
Not intellectualizing
Was there a plan to do a series of EPs, or did it just happen?
How do the songs originate?
Abstraction and atmosphere
Alberto Ricci, whose paintings grace the record covers in 1984 and 1985
Having an art background and negotiating with 23 Envelope / v23
Bird Wood Cage, part 1
Is BWC a personal favorite?
What did Flood contribute to BWC? Note: there's a moment in here when Michael asks if someone's coming into the room where I'm sitting; I must have been waving, and he must have seen this on Skype. Someone is entering. It's Junior, wearing a pair of wings that she'd made herself. This moment was too good to edit out.
The Everything Is Beautiful retrospective
Standing apart from "the 4ad sound," if there was ever such a thing
Working with a different producer on each album
Remixes
What is it like to listen to Wolfgang Press records after all this time?
Music and "timelessness"
What do your children think of The Wolfgang Press?
Working with Tom Jones
The new band, with Gary Asquith, Andrew Gray, and Steve Gray
Will the new band perform live? Note: Michael's final words are in response to my assurance that I'd be interested to see this happen!

20
May 2014

Full Interview: Andrew Gray of The Wolfgang Press

TWP-queer-gray.jpegHere is the full interview I conducted with Andrew Gray of The Wolfgang Press, as well as In Camera, Limehouse Outlaw, and an as-yet unnamed current group. Portions of this conversation appeared in the Hall of Legends special featuring the band's music. This is the "full" recording, with everything in its proper context.

We discuss a number of things: early musical influences; the In Camera period, his joining, then leaving, then re-joining The Wolfgang Press; record covers and music videos; working with different producers; touring the United States in the 1990s; the current group he has going with his brother, Steve, as well as Gary Asquith of Rema-Rema, Mass, Renegade Soundwave, and the Lavender Pill Mob, and Michael Allen, his Wolfgang Press bandmate.

This interview was conducted on March 19, 2014, via Skype-to-phone. I was at my place and Andrew was at his. But that is only half the story. We had actually done a full interview, a week earlier--hence all the references to "last time" and "before"--but those files had been destroyed when Skype and its attendant recording software didn't shut down properly. That was a BAD day. Anyway, Andrew is a champion among humans and deserves some kind of medal for agreeing to talk to me again.

References: "Dave" has to be David Steiner [Scinto] of In Camera, and Ivo is of course Ivo Watts-Russell.

You'll have to watch this space, or this one, to find out when I've received some .mp3s of the new group. I will indeed feature them on the ongoing program.

Interview audio is below. Enjoy!

19
May 2014

Full Interview: Mark Cox of The Wolfgang Press

Wolfgang-Press-Queer-Cox.jpegHere is the full interview I conducted with Mark Cox of The Wolfgang Press. Portions of this conversation appeared in the Hall of Legends special featuring the band's music. Here's the "full" recording, with everything in its proper context.

By his own admission, Mark would be a shoe-in for Team GB if there were an Olympics of Talking. So this discussion is long and rich with detail; people and place names abound. There are many stories here, from the time "before 'punk'" up through the end of TWP, and a bit beyond.

This interview was conducted on March 7, 2014. I was in the studios of WRFI, and Mark called via landline from his flat in London. The conversation was recorded digitally, as WAV, on a flash drive, and for reasons of storage capacity is rendered here as a 128kbps .mp3. There was a point in the middle of the conversation--somewhere during the discussion of Queer and Drostan John Madden--where we had to disconnect & reconnect. I edited that as "subtly" as I could. Hopefully it doesn't bother you. If it does, write me for a full refund.

* References: I think everything is pretty well explained here; of course "Ivo," in case you miss the first mention, is Ivo-Watts Russell, co-founder and head honcho at 4AD for most of the first 19 years of that label.

"Richie," as in "Richie has a house in the Adriatic"--that is Richie Thomas of Dif Juz. And indeed he doesn't look old enough to have "met anyone in 1980." But doubtless he was.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLAIMER: even though we at WRFI are a rag-tag bunch of amateurs (in the best possible way, most of the time), we do have standards. One of these relates to "inappropriate benefits." We're not allowed to derive any sort of gain, or "special consideration," on account of our programs.

This includes things like 7-inch singles. Mark says at one point that "there's a way" the "new" Rema-Rema 7-inch, "International Scale / Short Stories," and its accompanying fanzine, "might come to" me--which is very nice of him to offer, but I would have been unable to accept. In actuality I bought a copy myself. TWICE. Scandal averted. Sorry, I realize this sort of thing is really only fit for in-house discussion, and sounds very paranoid, but you can't be too careful.

Anyway, enjoy the discussion.

16
May 2014

The Hall Of Legends - The Wolfgang Press: Transmission 125, 2014 May 14

TWP-legendary.jpegWe herewith induct The Wolfgang Press into the BOMBAST Hall of Legends, where they join The Dub Syndicate, A.R.Kane, Little Annie, Dif Juz, Prince Far I, Coil [part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4], Billy Childish, Stereolab [charter members], and The Fall [charter members].

Some of you, no doubt, are visiting for the first time, having been lured here by The Wolfgang Press. A special welcome to you. Maybe this post is the only one you would care about here, but I invite you to do as much poking around as you like. The hyperlink above will take you to a loose description of the Hall of Legends, and this page describes the "idea" of the show, such as it is. The prose you find everywhere on the site is mostly for my own entertainment, since this is my outlet; if you enjoy it, that's a nice bonus. Audio's at the bottom of the post if this is all TMI.

TWP-sucker.jpegBombast listener "Paul" wrote to me sometime in late 2013 and more or less "nominated" The Wolfgang Press for the Hall of Legends. I found this daunting and hilarious all at once. In the grand scheme of things this entire program is a deadly serious joke. But a listener nomination is a momentous thing, and would have to be addressed, at least. Fortunately, and embarrassingly, I actually do keep a list of "Hall of Legends" candidates somewhere, and TWP were already on it. But this was certainly a catalyst.

One determining factor in these specials is that I have to feel like interviewing the band members will actually fill some information vacuum. Hopefully this will explain to anyone who cares (and I'm not sure anyone does) why the Hall of Legends includes this person but not that one, why certain artists have gotten "the nod" (whatever that's worth) and not others (yet, anyway). Some people have already bared all through interviews, blog entries, and social media. And then other people go and publish books. I can't exactly figure out, or at least it will take me longer to figure out, how to contribute any kind of value to the existing discourse in some cases.

TWP-my-life.jpegAnd yet--isn't this all terribly patronizing, or self-aggrandizing, or both? I'd find it awkward, presuming to do anyone a favor by featuring their music or "helping them tell their story" on this little radio show that airs in the middle of nowhere. This would be the "deadly serious" part. As I've said elsewhere, I was never really "punk" and have never fully internalized the world free of boundaries that said movement was meant to promote. Try as I might to dispel the notion, in my mind there are still "rock stars," it is still surreal that I occasionally talk to the people who have made some of my favorite records, and as I have no journalistic pretensions to objectivity or gatekeeping I just feel fortunate that they give me the time of day.

TWP-big-sex.jpegAnyway, for me it all began with Big Sex. [Isn't that true for all of us? --Ed.] That was the formative experience, mid-stream though it was. I was 18 years old. I was just starting a band, sort of. I was just beginning a stint at a college radio station. I was not knowledgeable enough to make associations, through discography or label affiliation or whatever. I just had a sense of what sounded good and what didn't. This did. God I miss that time.

Thankfully, though, I did read every word that anybody bothered to print on a record. So I made connections. And through that I found out about Rema-Rema, and Mass, and In Camera. There are no Holy Grails in music of this kind, but there are rich, Historical veins, and this was certainly one. And at the expense of telling you something the music already makes clear, it's an a-historical vein as well. This music is outside of time in the sense that it never sounds like its era, so it could just as easily be 1979, or 1989, or last week, or next.

TWP-sus.jpegEnough of that. I also remember Bird Wood Cage getting me through a difficult time, and Queer getting me through another difficult time. What is music good for if it doesn't do this? ASIDE: Why must there be so many difficult times?

Anyway, the actual interviews with Michael Allen, Mark Cox, and Andrew Gray yielded much more material than would fit in this broadcast. So those interviews will be posted in full early next week, either on Soundcloud, or Mixcloud, or here. I'll let you know. Those three deserve my thanks, and yours, for giving up time and being patient with me. (You have no idea.)

Also, there are a bunch of other people who helped make this possible, either in an immediate sense or a long time ago. They include an aforementioned ex, "Friends of Bombast" Mr. D and Jeremy, Steve Webbon at 4AD, Hall inductee Richie Thomas of Dif Juz, Kel and Craig of The Wolfgang Press Facebook group, and finally Lady Catharsis for giving me time and space to do these interviews at odd hours.

BOMBAST playlist, 2014 May 14, 2100-2300:

  1. "Cut the Tree" | The Wolfgang Press | Lonely Is An Eyesore | 4AD
  2. "Rema-Rema" |     Rema-Rema | Wheel In The Roses | 4AD
  3. "Fond Affections" | Rema-Rema | Wheel In The Roses | 4AD
  4. "Co-ordinates" | In Camera | Fin | 4AD
  5. "You and I" | Mass | You and I / Cabbage | 4AD
  6. "Prostitute" | The Wolfgang Press | The Burden of Mules | 4AD
  7. "Deserve" | The Wolfgang Press | The Legendary Wolfgang Press and Other Tall Stories | 4AD
  8. "My Way" | The Wolfgang Press | Water | 4AD
  9. "Heart of Stone" | The Wolfgang Press | Sweatbox | 4AD
  10. "My Life" | The Wolfgang Press | Standing Up Straight | 4AD
  11. "The Wedding" | The Wolfgang Press | Big Sex | 4AD
  12. "Bottom Drawer (live at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, 1989)" | The Wolfgang Press | not on album | unreleased
  13. "Shut That Door" | The Wolfgang Press | Bird Wood Cage | 4AD
  14. "Birmingham" | The Wolfgang Press | Queer | 4AD | "Listening Parlour"
  15. "Sucker" | The Wolfgang Press | Queer - bonus 12" | 4AD
  16. "Executioner (Adamson Mix)" | The Wolfgang Press | Everything Is Beautiful (A Retrospective 1983-1995) | 4AD
  17. "People Say (live)" | The Wolfgang Press | Everything Is Beautiful (A Retrospective 1983-1995) | 4AD

next time: an inevitable letdown. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

13
May 2014

Mellow Out And Be A Nice Kind Of Chap: Transmission 124, 2014 May 7

Creepers-Rock-N-Roll-Liquorice-Flavour-rear.jpegThe most recent "alpha" program (how's that?) features a departure from the recent "look what just arrived in the mail" / "look what I just bought at the record shop" thing that I have been doing. The Creepers have been "lurking" on my list of great records that I've owned for a long time, and whose awesomeness / obscurity (or is it obscure awesomeness?) have stood the test of time. Would you believe I picked up "Rock 'N' Roll Liquorice Flavour" for $1.95 at Amoeba? The things people leave sitting around.

It's been a long march of ineptitude, and I don't even mean the program in general. I mean the recent "lagging behind by multiple broadcasts" thing that this podcast site has been doing. Many things have contributed to it; I don't know if I've written about them in a way that isn't coy, but hopefully they are clearing up. And at any rate we need to be ready for what's about to happen. Thanks for sticking with us.

BOMBAST playlist, 2014 May 7, 2100-2300:

  1. "Let Me Introduce Him" | UNER | Tune 432 | DIYNamic
  2. "Fillet Face" | The Creepers | Rock 'N' Roll Liquorice Flavour | Red Rhino | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Out_Kutsk" | Dalglish | Niaiw Ot Vile | PAN
  4. "Oriental Sunset" | Manu Dibango | Africadelic | Aurora
  5. "Rosalyn" | David Bowie | Pin-Ups | Parlophone | "Listening Parlour"
  6. "Silver Snail" | Pixies | Indie Cindy | self-released
  7. "A Change of Attitude" | Dalhous | Visibility Is A Trap | Blackest Ever Black
  8. "Bastard Hat" | The Creepers | Rock 'N' Roll Liquorice Flavour | Red Rhino | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Hex" | Loops Haunt | Exits | Black Acre
  10. "Looking From a Hilltop" | Section 25 | From the Hip | Factory Benelux
  11. "Rote Schuhe" | Die Partei | La Freiheit des Geistes | Bureau B
  12. "A Memory" | Thor's Hammer | If You Knew: Icelandic Punk & Beat '65-'67! | Ugly Pop
  13. "Power Points (feat. Maria Hamer-Jensen)" | Silo | Work | Novennial Paralysis
  14. "Fan Club" | The Creepers | Rock 'N' Roll Liquorice Flavour | Red Rhino | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Bright Lights, Big City" | Master Plan Inc. | Heartbreaker | Funk45
  16. "Tiger" | Fabian | Beat From Badsville, Vol. 3 | Stag-O-Lee
  17. "Cept For You" | The Creepers | Rock 'N' Roll Liquorice Flavour | Red Rhino | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Araucaria Fire" | Jakob Skott | Amor Fati | El Paraiso
  19. "Rosalyn" | The Pretty Things | The Pretty Things | Snapper Classics
  20. "Curl Up And Dye" | The Creepers | Rock 'N' Roll Liquorice Flavour | Red Rhino | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Space Cats" | STL | At Disconnected Moments | Smallville
  22. "My Slobbering Decline" | Peter Buck | I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again | Mississippi
  23. "Symbols" | Family Fodder | Monkey Banana Kitchen | Staubgold
  24. "Rosalyn" | The Creepers | Rock 'N' Roll Liquorice Flavour | Red Rhino | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Closely Closely (Enough's Enough)" | The Art of Noise | Close-Up | ZTT
  26. "Planet Funk" | Vince Watson | Planet Funk | Poker Flat
  27. "Signal Jam" | Ron Morelli | Periscope Blues | Hospital Productions

next time: at long last, it hasn't happened yet. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

13
May 2014

Mashed Potatoes and a Boogaloo: Transmission 123, 2014 May 2

Rema-Rema-International-Scale.jpegThis was a late-Friday-night program that opened up, and I took it for selfish reasons because (a) playing the hero gets tiresome, for everyone, and (b) TWO HOURS OF SAFE HARBOR YO, and (c) there's a new Rema-Rema single that needed playing. We live in Historical Times. I was thoroughly exhausted, and I'm not sure anyone heard this, but it was one of the best. STRAIGHT TO THE VAULT with this one.

It was indeed a night "of many observances" as well; I kind of find the birthday things "interesting assignments" in the same way that "Listening Parlour" selections are, especially when a given program straddles midnight. E.g., a Link Wray song must be played (twist my arm), at this time, and connections must be found. That's probably something that's of interest only to me, but as this is my diary, you will take it as you find it.

BOMBAST playlist, 2014 May 2 2300 - 0100 2014 May 3:

  1. "Run Young" | Loops Haunt | Exits | Black Acre
  2. "The Juice" | Causa Sui | Live at Freak Valley | El Paraiso
  3. "The Swag" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Little By Little | Media Burn
  4. "International Scale" | Rema-Rema | International Scale | Inflammable Material | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "Flying Saucer Attack" | The Rezillos | Can't Stand the Rezillos - The (Almost) Complete Rezillos | Sire
  6. "Sight of Hirta" | Dalhous | Visibility Is A Trap | Blackest Ever Black
  7. "Africadelic" | Manu Dibango | Africadelic | Aurora
  8. "Alone On The Beach (Beach Mix)" | Ron Morelli | Periscope Blues | Hospital Productions
  9. "Beach Red Lullaby" | Flying Saucer Attack | Chorus | Drag City
  10. "Speak Silence - Brian Sanhaji Remix" | Drumcell | Speak Silence | CLR
  11. "Ariya" | Tony Allen & Afrika 70 | No Discrimination | Kindred Spirits
  12. "B.Y.O." | Detroit Swindle | Boxed Out | Dirt Crew
  13. "Ancient Youth" | Neo Boys | Sooner or Later | K
  14. "Rewind Ioseliani" | Vtgnike | Dubna | Other People
  15. "Bass Adds Bass" | Family Fodder | Monkey Banana Kitchen | Staubgold
  16. "Money Won't Change You" | James Brown | Star Time | Polydor
  17. "Frustration" | Soft Cell | Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret | Sire | "Listening Parlour"
  18. "Ballade de Ben Zabo (feat. Ben Zabo)" | Dirtmusic | Lion City | Glitterbeat
  19. "Security Idiots" | Psychotik Tanks | Presage(s) | 4AD
  20. "Synthemesc" | Jakob Skott | Amor Fati | El Paraiso
  21. "Short Stories" | Rema-Rema | International Scale | Inflammable Material | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Blown Away" | Danny Benedettini | Correspondant Compilation 02 | Correspondant
  23. "Work (Out)" | Silo | Work | Novennial Paralysis
  24. "Greenlander" | Pavement | Volume Four | Volume
  25. "S.A.E." | Boozoo Bajou | 4 | Apollo

next time: heads around here will roll. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

12
May 2014

Germanic (K)night: Transmission 122, 2014 April 30

gallon-drunk-draggin-along-clawfist.jpgThis program brings April to a close, and thank god. Bombast aired eleven times in that fateful month. All the while my brain was being addled by other things, some professional, some recreational, all of them amounting to very little. Here's to endings. At least we draw a line under it with a very good program, cueing issues (my Achilles' heel, I guess; you are what you are) notwithstanding.

I am beginning (?!) to think that maybe this means a bit too much to me. I would like to say that I was perfectly "fine" before I started doing this. But that wouldn't be true. Whether that is correlation or causation I don't know. So, as always, I "keep on pushing."

Normal people with voluntary programs at community radio stations don't have existential crises about their programs every couple months or so, right? I actually had a thought, a week or two ago, about cancelling the weekly program and "just" doing fill-in slots. Think about it--under such circumstances, I would have done six programs last month, one more than the number of Wednesdays therein. Not bad, eh? I was talked down from the ledge on this one. "You'd get angry," my co-program director said. "There'd be those months when no one gets sick or leaves town, and you'd be pissed." There is that.

On the other hand, I think about programs like this one in Poland (I think that's right, anyway) that only airs on the night of the full moon. How cool is that? I'm not that cool. It saddens me.

Don't even get me started on stuff that happens on the internet, or social media. John Walsh is correct; that stuff is just pathological. But if not for the web, how would anyone know about me?

BOMBAST playlist, 2014 April 30, 2100-2300:

  1. "That's What You Get Girl" | The Nightingales | not on album | Bandcamp self-release
  2. "Ruby" | Gallon Drunk | Clawfist - The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "You, Me, Here, Now" | Detroit Swindle | Boxed Out | Dirt Crew
  4. "Black Beauty" | Manu Dibango | Africadelic | Aurora
  5. "Active Discovering" | Dalhous | Visibility Is A Trap | Blackest Ever Black
  6. "This Song (Breakbot Remix)" | Busy P | Reworking Is Not A Crime | Because Music
  7. "Lonesome Traveller" / "Santa Sangre" / "Garden of Forking Paths" | Causa Sui | Live at Freak Valley | El Paraiso
  8. "Float On" | The Close Lobsters | Alvin Lives (In Leeds) | Midnight
  9. "Austauchprogramm" | Die Partei | La Freiheit des Geistes | Bureau B
  10. "Helfen Im Sitzen" | Farben & James DIN A4 | Farben Presents James DIN A4 | Faitiche
  11. "Human 1.3" | 50 Foot Wave | not on album | self-released
  12. "Drag '91" | Gallon Drunk | Clawfist - The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Ooba Gooba" | The Charts | Beat From Badsville, Vol. 3 | Stag-O-Lee
  14. "Progress" | Tony Allen & Afrika 70 | Progress | Kindred Spirits
  15. "Two Wings Mambo" | Gallon Drunk | Clawfist - The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Untitled 2" | Silo | Work | Novennial Paralysis
  17. "Regards sur l'enfance - I et II" | Valentin Stip | Sigh | Other People
  18. "Taurus" | Gregor Tresher / Petar Dundov | Taurus | Break New Soil
  19. "I Wanna Give Birth" | Dog Chocolate | Ravioli Me Away / Or | Upset The Rhythm
  20. "Organ Grinder" | Family Fodder | Monkey Banana Kitchen | Staubgold
  21. "Hollowed" | Loops Haunt | Exits | Black Acre
  22. "Some Fool's Mess" | Gallon Drunk | Clawfist - The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Mantis In Lace" | Jakob Skott | Amor Fati | El Paraiso
  24. "Darkest Dreams" | His Name Is Alive | Livonia | 4AD

next time: an opening salvo. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

9
May 2014

Like A Petrol Rainbow On The Water: Transmission 121, 2014 April 28

clawfistpeelsessions.jpeg"I am hearing some shows," my co-program director tells me, "more often than I need to." You know what? I am doing some shows more often than I need to. If only that "volunteer-driven" thing we like to say about ourselves were more reality and less fantasy, BOMBAST would be more rare, more precious. You might even miss it, because it might actually go away from time to time.

I haven't forgotten that at this time last year someone was stalking my internet musings and snitching on me. In a weird way I kind of miss it. At any rate, I'm posting this with full cognizance.

In the real world, this program began 29 hours after the last one ended. It was not actually supposed to happen, but then accidents intervened. Several weeks prior I had claimed a couple of time slots that DJ Andrea had given up, thinking that one of them--no idea which--could be Dub Night. Then The Izzy Awards appeared on our radar, and of course I withdrew from this particular time slot so that we could broadcast them live. And of course we couldn't broadcast them live, because the host institution--the one Committed to Excellence, mind you--has WiFi capabilities not seen since the previous decade, and did not respond to our emails asking for (a) a decent connection or (b) confirmation that they had upgraded.

Knowing that the Threshold of Excellence is within everyone's reach is a comfort.

So we recorded that event for later broadcast--and good thing, because who knew that award-winning scribes cursed like sailors?--and, as they often do, the "live" hosting opportunity for this time slot went un-claimed. What is to be done?

The airwaves are to be filled until I flame out or get hit by a bus. That is what. Don't thank me. Hero's work is its own reward.

BOMBAST playlist, 2014 April 28, 1900-2100:

  1. "Nenekri - Mickey Moonlight Remix" | Crowdpleaser | Nenekri (Remixes) | Multi Culti
  2. "He Was Human and Belonged With Humans - Regis Version" | Dalhous | Visibility Is A Trap | Blackest Ever Black
  3. "Concor" | Tale of Us & Vaal | Concor | Life and Death
  4. "Tunnelling" | Loops Haunt | Exits | Black Acre
  5. "Taurus (Chord Mix)" | Gregor Tresher / Petar Dundov | Taurus | Break New Soil
  6. "Splinter" | Breed | Clawfist - The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Soledad" | Causa Sui | Live at Freak Valley | El Paraiso
  8. "Samson" | Solomun | Samson EP | DIYNamic
  9. "Starpower" | Sonic Youth | EVOL | Geffen
  10. "Upstairs Downstairs" | Michael A Grammar | Random Vision | Melodic
  11. "One Day" | STL | At Disconnected Moments | Smallville
  12. "Pendulum" | Breed | Clawfist - The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Ride That Road" | Peter Buck | I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again | Mississippi
  14. "Seventeen Eels" | Andy Fairley | Fishfood vs The Birth of Sharon | Bristol Archive
  15. "Monkey Song (You Made a Monkey Out of Me)" | Jape Richards and the Echoes | Beat From Badsville, Vol. 3 | Stag-O-Lee
  16. "Cabinn Fever (feat. High Priest and M. Sayyid)" | Silo | Work | Novennial Paralysis
  17. "Perfect Hangover" | Breed | Clawfist - The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Das Chinesenschwert" | Farben & James DIN A4 | Farben Presents James DIN A4 | Faitiche
  19. "Hard Cash" | Breed | Clawfist - The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "Living Up" | Mark du Mosch | Bay 25 | Dekmantal
  21. "Narha (feat. Aminata Wassidje Traore)" | Dirtmusic | Lion City | Glitterbeat
  22. "co2o - 6mins" | Lord of the Isles | 301C Symphony | Permanent Vacation

next time: keeping a promise, for once. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis