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May 2015

Cheap Trucker Speed: Transmission 200, 2015 April 21

SubPop200.jpgHere is a milestone episode, if you are into that sort of thing. Unlike #100, IIRC, this one happened in the "alpha" [i.e. regular] timeslot. The US Postal Service made things really "dramatic" by waiting until the last possible moment to deliver this night's "Physical Evidence," but sure enough they "came through" and we got to hear a selection from Sub Pop 200, an understated & underrated compilation whose best tracks don't seem to come from the usual suspects.

Those who "know me well" may actually recall that I owned this back in the day and may wonder why I had to procure it by mail order. Do you ever make mistakes with your music collection, e.g. think that you are "finished" with something, and sell it, and then later miss it, and decide that you need it again? If you appreciate this program I know that you do this. That's why, and enough said.

Anyway the fortuitous timing spared me from having to roll with Plan B, which was some Physical Evidence by the Cure, this being Robert Smith's birthday. And I probably would have been forced to include this tune, which I kind of didn't think I should do, and Lady C told me there was no way I could do. And I think I was prepared not to. Is this cowardice? It's purely academic, because I'm fine with cowardice as cowards have a way of surviving. But whose fault is it if people don't read Camus? Are there any other songs like this? Meaning: songs whose meaning used to be understood clearly and universally, but are now deliberately misunderstood, by people who know better, as part of the social contract? If I get a long enough list of these I'll make a whole show out of them. I need some kind of bang with which to go out, besides this one tune, which I know will be part of my final program (whenever that is).

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 April 21, 2100-2300:

  1. "Waken to the Night" | Mugstar & Damo Suzuki | Start from Zero | Important
  2. "Arterial" | Lusine | Arterial Reworks | Ghostly International
  3. "I Was Fooling Around with These Tapes in Hotels, Pt. 2" | William S. Burroughs | William S. Burroughs - In Dub (Selected by Dub Spencer & Trance Hill) | Echo Beach
  4. "The Message" | Stiff Little Fingers | The Message | Rhino
  5. "The Outback" | Blood Circus | Sub Pop 200 | Sub Pop - Tupelo | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "To Compensate, While The Average Lifespan Of A Male Will Be About 70 Years, Medical Advancements Will Make The Average Lifespan Of A Woman To Be About 750 Years" | Exploring Jezebel | On a Business Trip to London | Blackest Ever Black
  7. "Careless Love" | Our Gang | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt
  8. "Big Cigar" | Cat Butt | Sub Pop 200 | Sub Pop - Tupelo | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "I Need Your Lovin'" | Ronnie D with the Casuals | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt
  10. "No Fun" | The Stooges | The Stooges | Elektra
  11. "Crocodile Rock" | The Tea Jennies | With Mike But No Mic | self-released
  12. "A Swift One" / "Refreshment Break" / "Night Touch" / "Racing Poodles" | Martin Chambers / Bob Cobbing & Henri Chopin / Dave Vanian / Metabolist | Miniatures 1 | Megaphone / Knock 'Em Dead
  13. "Swallow" | Wire | Wire | pinkflag
  14. "Gonna Find a Cave" | Girl Trouble | Sub Pop 200 | Sub Pop - Tupelo | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Fragments" | The Cannanes and Steward | Communicating at An Unknown Rate | Chapter
  16. "Love or Confusion" | Screaming Trees | Sub Pop 200 | Sub Pop - Tupelo | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "The Second House from the Corner" | Yeah Yeah Noh | Anatomically Saturday | Cherry Red
  18. "Walk On By" | The Stranglers | Walk On By | Rhino - Parlophone
  19. "Love or Confusion" | Jimi Hendrix Experience | BBC Sessions | MCA
  20. "Infantry" | Siouxsie and the Banshees | Join Hands | Polydor - Universal
  21. "Kule Kule Reprise" | Konono No. 1 | Congotronics | Crammed Discs
  22. "Dead Is Dead" | Terry Lee Hale | Sub Pop 200 | Sub Pop - Tupelo | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Witch Doctor" | Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces | Dedication of Love | Jazzman
  24. "I Love You So" | Bo Diddley | Have Guitar Will Travel | Checker
  25. "I Love U" | Maestro | Mountains of Madness | Tigersushi
  26. "Swallow My Pride" | Fastbacks | Sub Pop 200 | Sub Pop - Tupelo | "Physical Evidence"
  27. "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" | Husker Du | Sheena Is A Punk Rocker | Rhino - Sire - Warner
  28. "I Am Damo Suzuki" | The Fall | This Nation's Saving Grace | Beggars Banquet
  29. "You Lost It" | Thrown Ups | Sub Pop 200 | Sub Pop - Tupelo | "Physical Evidence"
  30. "A Forest" | The Cure | Concert: The Cure Live | Fiction
  31. "hat 2b 2012b" | Aphex Twin | Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP | Warp
  32. "Siren" | Edanticonf | Highway of Thoughts EP | Cinematic

next time: Tim Cook reminds me that he exists. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

May 2015

Windows All Open, Chaos in My Hair: Transmission 199, 2015 April 14

lastofthegaragepunkunknownsvolume2.jpgHere is a show that will make you wonder if it's past time I stopped playing vinyl records. I think I curate the show pretty well--Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Volume 2 (which helps give the lie to Volume 1's title) is a great collection, but whether I can remember to fade down the turntable channel before the next track begins to play is basically a coin flip. That's not even a passing grade. Also, I was off by a week on Michael Franti's birthday, which will teach me not to look ahead.

Pre- and post-milestone episode I've been thinking about the big picture. (1) Are things different now than in the beginning? Yes--listening to some programs from 2 years ago or so, as I did recently, I got all wistful. Those shows were very nocturnal, and I don't know how well I'm achieving that right now. I found myself missing some bands that seem to have gone inactive, wondering whether they've been replaced by bands as good. I'm not sure about the host of those earlier programs, though. I think "bed music" turned out to be a good idea after all, and less pedantry is always welcome. Isn't it? (2) If the answer to (1) is "yes," and it is, when did things change? It would have to be around the time I became "management," which was never the goal. A graceful retreat, however it might be achieved, has been on my mind a lot lately. This is a human experiment with wild unpredictable swings between success and failure. I have taken to cc-ing someone on all my radio emails just to keep my worst tendencies in check. (3) How about that search for the "unbroken younger self"--how is that going? I begin to think that it was always misguided. I was never unbroken. Maybe it is "always now," as Section 25 would say. Lots of work still to do, I guess.

You know who else I have been listening to, though, and who raises no doubts whatsoever? Cap'n Halcyon. That guy is really good.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 April 14, 2100-2300:

  1. "Private Armies Dub" | Vivien Goldman | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  2. "INS Greencard A-19 191 500 / Socio-Genetic Experiment" | The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy | Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury | 4th & Broadway
  3. "Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of My Heart | Tender Prey | Don't Take My Soul / Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of My Heart | Bird
  4. "Heidi" | Infinitives | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "X-Tacy Symphony (Alternate Mix)" | Spacemen 3 | Losing Touch with Your Mind | Munster
  6. "Strange Clues" | Gardening by Moonlight | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  7. "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" | The Smiths | Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now | Rough Trade
  8. "Escape Velocity" | Lake People | Purposely Uncertain Field | Permanent Vacation
  9. "Let It Take You There" | Maximum Joy | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  10. "Strange Days" | Mind Against | Strange Days | Life and Death
  11. "Injected" | Robert Leiner | Duff 80 / Injected | Hoga Nord
  12. "Llove" | End Result | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Reaching the Bad Man" | Singers and Players | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  14. "Loving on Borrowed Time" | Half Pint and the Fifths | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Ubersprung - Mano Le Tough Remix" | Vermont | The Other Versions | Kompakt
  16. "The Easiest Way" | BELP | BELP feat. Becky Reynolds Band | Schamoni
  17. "Do What You Wanta Do" | The Merchants | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Someday My Caliph Will Come" | Nadjma | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  19. "Drive Blind" | Ride | OX4 | Sire
  20. "Your Love Will Die" | Vandals | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Tarhanam (Remix)" | Hama | Torodi | Sahelsounds
  22. "Just Can't Wait" | The Prophets of Old | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Otras Dimensiones" | Pfirter | Message 1 | Mindtrip
  24. "Got Love If You Want It" | Unknown Group | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Jekyll & Hyde" | Jim Burgett | Chug-A-Lug - Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 8 | Stag-O-Lee |
  26. "Leipniz" | Gomila Park | Ununoctium | Raster-Noton

next time: gonna find a cave for me and you. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

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