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31
Jul 2015

Relying Only on Perplexing Intangibilities: Transmission 223, 2015 July 24

negativlandescapefromnoise.jpgThis is a fill-in show that I did in place of "Conference of the Birds." I made it a Medway Night because I felt like it--as I have previously noted, this was bound to result in some awkward segues, because the Greats do not Play Nice. Mind you, that does not explain every botched transition in the program, but it does explain some.

Whimsy must have put The Birthday Party and The House of Love in the mix, but Death put Negativland there. I was indeed lucky to see them perform in the late 1980s--I think it was 1987 [the year of Escape from Noise], but I may be off by a year. At any rate I hope to god that I handled myself with a bit of maturity back then--apparently there was some reporter from the student paper who covered the show and was "freaked out." I remember it being weird and wild but I do not recall this reaction as mine, much less any written account thereof. Perhaps I'd quit that gig already. Anyway, thank goodness for the pre-internet era! Because, you see, I was not at all above pearl-clutching or collapsing onto the fainting couch. I strongly endorse that whole "right to be forgotten" thing the Euros are into.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 July 24, 2100-2300:

  1. "Announcement / Quiet Please" | Negativland | Escape From Noise | SST
  2. "1983" | Kolsch | 1983 | Kompakt
  3. "Dalis Car" | Dalis Car | The Waking Hour | Paradox
  4. "Powder" | Kinski | 7 (or 8) | Kill Rock Stars
  5. "Cassandra" | Thee Milkshakes | Thee Knights of Trashe | Hangman's Daughter | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Suleika" | Gunter Schickert | Kollektion 04 - Bureau B (Compiled by Richard Fearless) | Bureau B
  7. "Life in the Gladhouse" | Modern English | After the Snow | 4AD - Sire
  8. "Promising" | Man Power | Correspondant Compilation 03 | Correspondant
  9. "Apache" | Byron Lee & The Dragonaires | Uptown Top Ranking | VP
  10. "You're Asking Too Much" | Thee Milkshakes | Thee Knights of Trashe | Hangman's Daughter | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Getting Old" | Felix Laband | Deaf Safari | Compost
  12. "Junkyard" | The Birthday Party | Hits | 4AD
  13. "Elephant Rifle" | Buzz Rodeo | Sports | Bandcamp self-release
  14. "Amanaz" | Amanaz | Africa | Now-Again
  15. "Girl, It No Good" | Thee Milkshakes | Thee Knights of Trashe | Hangman's Daughter | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "I Don't Know Why I Love You" | The House of Love | Live At the Lexington | Cherry Red
  17. "SST 282" | Automat | Plusminus | Bureau B
  18. "Signs" | Valet | Nature | kranky
  19. "Repent And Dub" | Lee "Scratch" Perry | Back On The Controls | Rolling Lion - Upsetter
  20. "I Dreamt Last Night (That I Lay Dead)" | Thee Milkshakes | Thee Knights of Trashe | Hangman's Daughter | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Writing Poetry on Your Forehead with the Tip of a Hunting Knife" | Shit and Shine | 54 Synth-Brass, 38 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral | Rocket
  22. "Fetes" | Johannes Brecht | Trois Nocturnes | Poker Flat
  23. "Indigo Birds" | Pyramids | A Northern Meadow | Profound Lore
  24. "I'm Out of Control" | Thee Milkshakes | Thee Knights of Trashe | Hangman's Daughter | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Find a Way (Live on Northey Island)" | Ultramarine | not on album | Soundcloud self-release

but I just can't see reflection

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28
Jul 2015

Drawing a Crowd and Threatening Everything: Transmission 222, 2015 July 22

blindidiotgod.jpgA week or two ago I made a "generational" comment to our GM. He and I were born at around the same time and share a learned distaste for self-promotion. I remarked how differently people just a decade younger seem to behave: "They don't hide their light under a bushel," I said, "however dim it may be."

In my never-ending struggle not to grow up, I'm going to try that on for a minute. This was a good show. I have been on a run of them. You should be listening. You probably won't regret it.

Now, back to acting my age: I was young, for real, when Blind Idiot God was released. The SST affiliation does not carry the same prestige as, say, 4AD or Factory Records [though there is an SST Facebook group, god help me] but we certainly added everything that label put out, and it all wound up in "heavy rotation" though we were too cool to call it that. It was a long time ago, so my memory might be scrambled, but I think it was late 1987, sophomore year; the novelty of college was wearing off, I was ready for fall term to end, being in California I would fantasize about winter weather I had never experienced and try to will our "cold" 60-degree days into being something that looked like the photos on the back cover of this record. I think of this, randomly, as wintry music.

But enough from me. There are just too many words written about music, this website being a prime example. Another age reference--back in the pre-internet era, it was hard to find anything written about bands or records you liked, unless you were into some real dinosaur-ish acts. The Trouser Press Record Guide was something I treasured. I have three editions of that thing. Here's what they have to say about the Blind Idiot God record: "Simultaneously leaning towards heavy metal (with less ego) and reggae (with more voltage), these demonic decibel gluttons are having the time of their lives in hammer-of-the-gods territory." Sounds like fun, although "hammer of the gods territory" seems like a phrase that would make an older artist wince and one that a younger band would write about itself. So it goes.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 July 22, 2100-2300:

  1. "Dino" | Harmonia | Musik von Harmonia | Universal
  2. "Deep Field" | Rob Clouth | Deep Field | Leisure System
  3. "German Haircut" | Flying Lotus | Cosmogramma | Warp
  4. "A Safe Haven from the Problems of the Real World" | House ov Leaves | Void Transcripts | Parachute
  5. "Speed Display - Richard Fearless Metal Box Mix" | Moebius, Plank, Neumeier | Speed Display | Bureau B
  6. "Dark & Bright" | Blind Idiot God | Blind Idiot God | SST | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Dedication" | The Dead Heat | Void Transcripts | Parachute
  8. "Swim" | Nicolas Jaar | Nymphs III | Other People
  9. "CD Girl" | La Casa al Mare | This Astro | Bandcamp self-release
  10. "Wide Open Spaces" | Blind Idiot God | Blind Idiot God | SST | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "River of Longing" | Blank Realm | River of Longing | Fire
  12. "Take One" | Front 242 | Back Catalogue | Wax Trax!
  13. "Landscape" | Satoshi Tomiie | New Day | Abstract Architecture
  14. "Subterranean Flight" | Blind Idiot God | Blind Idiot God | SST | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "The Days of Wine and Roses" | The Dream Syndicate | The Days of Wine and Roses | Omnivore
  16. "Draygo's Guilt" | The Fall | The Wonderful and Frightening Escape Route To... | Beggars Banquet
  17. "Kerosene" | Big Black | Atomizer | Touch & Go
  18. "He Has Plans for You" | Blue Mountain Club | Void Transcripts | Parachute
  19. "The Savage Bush Hotel" | Felix Laband | Deaf Safari | Compost
  20. "Picasso" | John Beltran | Safardic EP | Silhouette Noir
  21. "Shifting Sand -> Tired Blood" | Blind Idiot God | Blind Idiot God | SST | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow" | Funkadelic | Motor City Madness | Westbound

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"Savage Bush Garden," oof. I regret it, truly, madly, deeply

27
Jul 2015

Lose Some Sleep and Say You Tried: Transmission 221, 2015 July 15

INF019.jpgThis was a fun program, albeit (or because it was?) overdetermined. I had a plan going in, and then I had another plan, which was sort of not to have a plan, so I brought in way too much stuff and this is what happened. Window Window, "Physical Evidence" on the night, was always part of the plan and not-plan and therefore aired as planned or not-planned.

For a little while I had an in-studio guest, Alex Reed of Seeming and of this tome. He is an aspiring WRFI personality and contributed the Rhythm & Noise track to the evening's set. Making his acquaintance, and digging through the book, have got me thinking about the past, to which I am prone anyway.

I was really into Wax Trax! in the mid-80s and remember playing a lot of that stuff on the radio back then. I recently took another look at their Black Box collection, which I once owned (the metal / fishnet edition, with coasters & loose audiotape and everything), but wound up selling. Almost none of it interests me. I wonder why and how that happened, as I tend to hang onto things, emotionally if not literally. It takes quite a lot to provoke a "that's no longer me" response. You'd think I would remember such a catalyst, but apparently my drift into "shoegaze" / "dreampop" / "afrofuturism" is part of that "lost time" that my (as yet unretained) therapist and I need to unlock.

I suspect that my fascination with that music had a lot to do with my search for something that sounded like the washing machine mentioned in this interview (what a different time that was), and that at one point there was (or seemed from a distance to be) such a small set of that music that nearly all of it sufficed. I didn't like it when the music turned functional and/or got names. I didn't like it when things went showbiz (e.g. the antics of Trent Reznor). I didn't like it when it became de rigeur to sample evangelicals (Cabaret Voltaire owned that gesture from the get-go). I really didn't like it when blackness was incorporated appropriated as kitsch (h/t to Alex for articulating that one).

Maybe I don't need a therapist after all, but I still don't know when/how the cumulative effect of all this hit me.

What is ok: Coil, of course, and Chris & Cosey; the subjects of this book; Legendary Pink Dots (though they'd never be considered "industrial" by 2015 standards); Test Dept.; Bourbonese Qualk; just about everyone in the Industrial Culture Handbook (although Boyd Rice* and Genesis P-Orridge are thoroughly insufferable for various reasons). Oh, and Suicide, to whom just about everyone owes a debt.**

Almost forgot: With Sympathy by Ministry. That is ok too, fake accent and all.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 July 15, 2100-2300:

  1. "Red Skeletons" | Coil Presents Black Light District | A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room | Eskaton
  2. "Auto-Suggestion" | Joy Division | Substance | Factory
  3. "Desert - Danton Eeprom Protofunk Rework" | Mahk & Morpheus | Desert | Souvenir
  4. "Window Window" | Cassegrain & Tin Man | Window Window | Infrastructure New York | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "Next Door" | Deru | Trying to Remember | Merck
  6. "Without Your Eye" | Rhythm & Noise | Chasms Accord | Asphodel
  7. "Moon Scapes 2703 BC" | The Orb | Moonbuilding 2073 AD | Kompakt
  8. "Breathe Deep" | Cabaret Voltaire | 2 x 45 | Rough Trade
  9. "Ether Ether" | Cassegrain & Tin Man | Window Window | Infrastructure New York | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "Il Collo et la Collana 06" | Rayon | Il Collo et la Collana | Alien Transistor
  11. "Flying Fortress" | Weird Owl | Interstellar Skeletal | A Recordings
  12. "Chinese Rocks" | Johnny Thunders | I ♥ NY Punk | Mojo Magazine
  13. "Anneannemin Koah'si" | Ah! Kosmos | Flesh | Denovali
  14. "Seduct Seduct" | Cassegrain & Tin Man | Window Window | Infrastructure New York | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Afghani Dub" | The Mothmen | Pay Attention! | On-U Sound
  16. "Central Control" / "Round Up the Usual Suspects" | Barry Adamson | Moss Side Story | Mute
  17. "Crucial Tony Tries to Rescue the Space Invaders" | The Dub Syndicate | An On-U Journey Through Time & Space | On-U Sound
  18. "Subliminal" | WhoMadeWho | Ember EP | Get Physical
  19. "No. 29 Pareto 20/80" | Terron | Whities 003 | Whities
  20. "Modulor Mix" | Air | Premiers Symptomes | Rhino
  21. "Dings" | Tiefschwarz | Left | Watergate
  22. "Faint Faint" | Cassegrain & Tin Man | Window Window | Infrastructure New York | "Physical Evidence"

just wondering where i fit in

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* ugh, though, still have some Boyd Rice in the collection.

**also the Cabs. And 23 Skidoo. and Zoviet:France. I'm probably finished now.

16
Jul 2015

Fiscal Evidence: Transmission 220, 2015 July 8

acrgreetiingsfour.jpgThe chronological mess that is "podcasting" enables me to draw connections between these programs that happen "in the moment" and things that transpire later. As I write this, the transmission contained herein is 8 days old, but a funny thing happened just last night, when I was doing a program that will appear here...sometime soon. Miss Andrea asked, "What is 'Physical Evidence?' Is it a label or something?"

It ought to be, shouldn't it? I feel there's at least one original thing that's happened on this program that would work really well as a record, but it's not for me to decide. But I don't think I'd be such a good label boss. I would probably have to do the Guernica thing, but it's already been done; I don't like thinking about money & am therefore terrible with it, so some Factory-esque boondoggles and a farcical collapse would be inevitable.

Also I wouldn't live up to the feature, that is to say it wouldn't bother me if the artists wanted their work on iTunes or Spotify or Tidal or whatever. But a better name hasn't occurred to me.

Life's a bit empty since I shed some responsibilities about a month ago. I seem to be looking for adventure in whatever comes my way. Fortunately there seems to be a Hall of Legends event on the horizon; I'm hoping that keeps me out of trouble.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 July 8, 2100-2300:

  1. "Colored Hearts" | Birdstriking | Birdstriking | A Recordings
  2. "Cosm" | ASC | Imagine the Future | Samurai
  3. "Me And My Girl" | The Zounds | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vol. 4 | Crypt
  4. "Cygne" | Turzi | C | Record Makers
  5. "Bootsy" | A Certain Ratio | Greetings Four | Materiali Sonori | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Olympic Mess" | Helm | Olympic Mess | PAN
  7. "Decoy Point (Live on Northey Island)" | Ultramarine | not on album | Soundcloud self-release
  8. "Regatta De Blanc (Regatta De Dub)" | DubXanne | The Police in Dub | Echo Beach
  9. "Adrenalin lasst der Blut kochen" | Der Plan | Kollektion 04 - Bureau B (Compiled by Richard Fearless) | Bureau B
  10. "Inside" | A Certain Ratio | Greetings Four | Materiali Sonori | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Dream Memory" | Ken Camden | Dream Memory | Kranky
  12. "Starship Africa Pt. 1" | Creation Rebel | An On-U Journey Through Time & Space | On-U Sound
  13. "Call Me Your Lover" | Mary Afi Usuah | Ekpenyong Abasi | Voodoo Funk
  14. "Artemis Rise" | Dalis Car | InGladAloneness | Kscope
  15. "Lamaj" | Brame & Hamo | Lamaj's Secret | Dirt Crew
  16. "Fever 103°" | A Certain Ratio | Greetings Four | Materiali Sonori | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Drawn from the Scene of Crime" | Cobblestone Jazz | Northern Lights | Itiswhatitis
  18. "Mental Jazz" | Eduardo de la Calle | Analog Grooves #4 | Mental Groove
  19. "The Runner" | A Certain Ratio | Greetings Four | Materiali Sonori | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "15" | Gregor Schnitzler | Kollektion 04 - Bureau B (Compiled by Richard Fearless) | Bureau B
  21. "Goldfinger" | Byron Lee & The Dragonaires | Uptown Top Ranking | VP

exploiting the hell out of the back catalogue.

14
Jul 2015

I Used To Think in Complicated Ways: Transmission 219, 2015 July 6

littleannieindread.jpgThis was a Monday night time slot I should not have claimed. I say that in retrospect because things were..."technically compromised." Sometimes I feel the radio gods punish me for taking too much airtime, but feeling also that this show could be terminated any day now, I don't know what else I ought to do.

Anyway, yeah, there are some segue difficulties at the beginning, and some equipment malfunctions at the end. I am resolved to be grateful that these things happened on an "off" night and not during the regularly-scheduled program. I can assure you that THAT program, two nights later, was great.

But this one does have Little Annie in the mix, which is ample compensation.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 July 6, 1900-2100:

  1. "Snax Variation" | Gulls | Patterns Is Life | Boomarm Nation
  2. "Bellevue Baby" | The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion | Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015 | Mom + Pop
  3. "10 Killer Hurtz More" | Little Annie | In Dread with Little Annie (Four Pieces of Heart at 33RPM) | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "Not A Sign You've Left That I Could've Found In Your Scrapbooks" | Fontarrian | VLV | Antime
  5. "Pep's" | The Fabulous Three | The Best of the Fabulous Three | Truth & Soul
  6. "God's Mirrorball" | The Orb | Moonbuilding 2073 AD | Kompakt
  7. "Le Manger Hereux" | Little Annie | In Dread with Little Annie (Four Pieces of Heart at 33RPM) | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "Expansion Naranja" | Ford Proco / Coil | Expansion Naranja | Mannequin
  9. "Tonight Or Never" | La Casa al Mare | This Astro | Bandcamp self-release
  10. "Small Talk" | Wetdog | Divine Times | Upset the Rhythm
  11. "Untitled" | Pere Ubu | Elitism for the People 1975-1978 | Fire
  12. "This Town" | Little Annie | In Dread with Little Annie (Four Pieces of Heart at 33RPM) | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "The Swell" | Sølyst | Kollektion 04 - Bureau B (Compiled by Richard Fearless) | Bureau B
  14. "E45" | Kolsch | 1983 | Kompakt
  15. "War Dub" | Lee "Scratch" Perry | Back On The Controls | Rolling Lion - Upsetter
  16. "Spoilpark" | Ulli Bomans | Riven | Shitkatapult
  17. "Voluta" | Walls | Urals | Ecstatic
  18. "Heartbreak Kids" | Roman Flugel | Correspondant Compilation 03 | Correspondant
  19. "Miss the Light" | Little Annie | In Dread with Little Annie (Four Pieces of Heart at 33RPM) | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "Lion" | Valet | Nature | kranky
  21. "Gravity" | Phantom Band | Kollektion 04 - Bureau B (Compiled by Richard Fearless) | Bureau B
  22. "Mint" | Lifted | 1 | PAN

mental jazz, not the other kind.

13
Jul 2015

Misdemeanors Against Music: Transmission 218, 2015 July 5

robinguthriecrushed.jpg"Do you think it's a bad idea," asked Miss Andrea, "to play the same artists every week?" We were having this chat as her show was ending and mine was beginning, you see. Disclosure: she plays Dolly Parton every week, and I feel sad when I miss it. THIS NEGRO LOVES HIS DOLLY PARTON.

You know how sometimes you can't answer a question honestly without revealing something about the past that is so deep it affects the present? This was one of those times. "It's fine for you," I said. "It wouldn't be fine for me, because that was a thing I used to do when I was young, and I think it was a shortcoming of those shows, and I try to use BOMBAST to correct those mistakes, but that's my personal hangup which I'm sure no one else shares."

Let's rewind. It must be 1984ish, and this girl with whom I'm trading mixtapes [it didn't work out, of course] gives me one with "The Spangle Maker" and "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" on it. I can't recall anything else from the tape, despite having an amazing memory for the numbingly trivial. The songs' lyrics I could take or leave: "It's the chocolate on my tooth-ah"; "Penny bicycles in tulip sauce," and so on. But the music sounded great. I remember liking the band's drummer.

Fast-forward: It's October 1986. I am a college freshman and I am doing my first on-air training at KDVS. The very first record I cue up to play is Love's Easy Tears, which, as you can see on the other end of the hyperlink, was brand new then. [Currency! My albatross.] I remember noticing how loud the pressing was, crushingly loud, as all of those Cocteau EPs seem to be.

Fast-forward a bit more: it is Spring 1987, and "Friend of Bombast" Mr. D and I have decided that we are a band, for some reason. We have a keyboard and a guitar and a bass and a drum machine and a borrowed four-track. We are listening to a lot of post-punk: Joy Division, Cure, Banshees, Sisters of Mercy--stuff that is easy to play, because I am not very good! But especially Garlands and Head Over Heels and It'll End in Tears [NOT A COCTEAU TWINS RECORD, I AM AWARE OF THIS, NO NEED TO "CORRECT" ME, THANKS]. "Do you guys, like, take a lot of drugs to listen to this music?" asked an aspiring pop star who lived in our dormitory (seemingly, it was crawling with them--this one was all about "getting hits first," and then working on "artistic integrity" later, but who am I to judge?). I felt that the music obviated drug use, which was handy--more money to buy effects boxes, of which I could not get my fill. String enough of them together, you see, and you can hear your technical shortcomings disappear in an ocean of fuzz and modulation and echo, as "shoegazers" the world over have discovered. We also needed to get a digital reverb processor to make our sad drumbox go Boom, so it was all for the good that the music sufficed, without chemical enhancement. There were other people I wanted to be, other ways I wanted to sound--A Certain Ratio, A.R.Kane, Dif Juz, Dub Syndicate, etc.--I could never rise above dilettante status. But I didn't study anyone's music as closely as I did the Cocteau Twins records of that time.

Summer 1987 was the summer of Lonely Is An Eyesore, so "the 4AD thing" was becoming a full-blown, unhealthy obsession. I was living with mixtape girl and yet another "ex" (this Catholic enjoys his punishment, that is all), who, between them, seemingly had ALL the Cocteau Twins records. I got lost in them. They were drugs.

My memory of those radio programs of the time--I only have about a half-dozen tapes--is that I would play the Cocteau Twins every week. This went on for a long time. I didn't just go through the catalog once. I would keep coming back to things. Other people remarked on it. I don't think they meant to criticize. They were just making observations, and why not? It was perfectly cool; Cocteau Twins were perfectly cool. When your records have no barcodes, no one questions your indie cred. Still, I found a way to take it badly--I find ways to take everything badly. I was not realizing my full potential as a deejay, I told myself, yet I didn't care. It was great to hear the music on those big studio monitors, absolute thundering bliss.

Fall 1988: there's a new Cocteau Twins record, Blue Bell Knoll. There's also a new "smooth jazz" radio station in Sacramento, calling itself "The Point." Blue Bell Knoll is in the airplay rotation, god knows why. A Cocteau Twins song segueing into a Kenny G song is something one can't really un-hear. It seems arbitrary and stupid now, but to finish with this lazy "drug" metaphor, I was "cured." Sort of. The spell was broken, let's say that! [And let's trot out another terrible metaphor!] I still can't really listen to that record. I have problems.

I'm not the only one who believes that the music you embrace as an adolescent does different things for you and to you than the music you adopt later. And you can't really have a Damascene episode more than once. I tell myself I've moved on. I'm not on any relevant forums or Facebook fan groups, have never been to "Cocteaufest" and wouldn't relish the chance, am kind of glad they didn't reunite, and don't care if Liz Fraser's record ever materializes. But I haven't moved on. I will never love any body of work more than I love the Cocteau Twins' records from Garlands through The Moon and the Melodies [AGAIN, I KNOW THIS IS NOT TECHNICALLY A COCTEAU TWINS RECORD, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR CONCERN].

So I see that "4AD"--one can't discuss the present label without irony--will reissue The Pink Opaque and two EPs from 1985 later this month. And because I obsess over currency, another one of my hangups, and because I treat reissues as "current," yet another uncorrected personality trait, I'm faced with a choice. Do I play a Cocteau Twins song every week for the next four months, like the old days, or do I get it all out of my system in one go? Keep scrolling.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 July 5, 1700-1900:

  1. "The Spangle Maker" | Cocteau Twins | The Pink Opaque | 4AD
  2. "Great Spangled Fritillary" | Cocteau Twins | Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a Shallow Bay | 4AD
  3. "Five Ten Fiftyfold" | Cocteau Twins | Head Over Heels | 4AD
  4. "From the Flagstones" | Cocteau Twins | The Pink Opaque | 4AD
  5. "Pink Orange Red" | Cocteau Twins | Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a Shallow Bay | 4AD
  6. "Ooze Out and Away, Onehow" | Budd / Fraser / Guthrie / Raymonde | The Moon and the Melodies | 4AD
  7. "Wax and Wane (remix)" | Cocteau Twins | The Pink Opaque | 4AD
  8. "Donimo" | Cocteau Twins | Treasure | 4AD
  9. "Eggs and Their Shells" | Cocteau Twins | Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a Shallow Bay | 4AD
  10. "Aikea-Guinea" | Cocteau Twins | The Pink Opaque | 4AD
  11. "Shallow Then Halo" | Cocteau Twins | Garlands | 4AD
  12. "Sultitan Itan" | Cocteau Twins | Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a Shallow Bay | 4AD
  13. "Hitherto" | Cocteau Twins | The Pink Opaque | 4AD
  14. "Lazy Calm" | Cocteau Twins | Victorialand | 4AD
  15. "Millimillenary" | Cocteau Twins | The Pink Opaque | 4AD
  16. "She Will Destroy You" | Budd / Fraser / Guthrie / Raymonde | The Moon and the Melodies | 4AD
  17. "Pale Clouded White" | Cocteau Twins | Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a Shallow Bay | 4AD
  18. "Plain Tiger" | Cocteau Twins | Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a Shallow Bay | 4AD
  19. "In the Gold Dust Rush" | Cocteau Twins | Head Over Heels | 4AD
  20. "Feathers-Oar-Blades" | Cocteau Twins | Lullabies | 4AD
  21. "Ivo" | Cocteau Twins | Treasure | 4AD
  22. "Love's Easy Tears" | Cocteau Twins | Love's Easy Tears | 4AD
  23. "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" | Cocteau Twins | The Pink Opaque | 4AD
  24. "Kookaburra" | Cocteau Twins | Aikea-Guinea | 4AD
  25. "Laugh Lines" / "Hazel" | Cocteau Twins | Peppermint Pig | 4AD
  26. "Memory Gongs" | Budd / Fraser / Guthrie / Raymonde | The Moon and the Melodies | 4AD
  27. "Pepper-Tree" / "Musette and Drums" | Cocteau Twins | The Pink Opaque | 4AD

not the ultimate playlist, just my playlist. Get your own show and do better.

also: "Ivo" is Ivo, the guy. I lose my mind in the control room sometimes.

10
Jul 2015

At the End of My Tether, I Destroy Years of Hippie Craft: Transmission 217, 2015 July 1

wonderfulandfrighteningescaperoute.jpgI daresay this program was near-perfect, so "straight to the vault" it goes. And in my regularly-scheduled time slot to boot--so often the best shows happen when I'm not trying. It almost feels like the universe was smiling on me in this time.

Sunshine and lollipops are not the order of the day, however. Software troubles in the home studio prevented me from recording proper "Physical Evidence" spots with Junior--sorry, EEK, it was your turn this time. "Physical Evidence," by the way, is nothing without Junior. I think it will have to end when she quits. (I also have a feeling that this program ought to end when "Physical Evidence" ends. As always, it seems I am at the mercy of a child.)

But--back to the Nashazphone crew, if you're reading this: seriously, put Islam Chipsy on a plane and send him to Ithaca.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 July 1, 2100-2300:

  1. "Walking on the Moon (Walking on the Dub)" | DubXanne | The Police in Dub | Echo Beach
  2. "Feel So Good" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Tepid Peppermint Wonderland Volume 2 | A Recordings
  3. "Kevlar" | Band of Colors | not on album | Soundcloud self-release
  4. "No Bulbs" | The Fall | The Wonderful and Frightening Escape Route To... | Beggars Banquet
  5. "Clouds" | Valet | Nature | kranky
  6. "Freedom of Speech" | Phantom Band | Kollektion 04 - Bureau B (Compiled by Richard Fearless) | Bureau B
  7. "Crossbones Bodies" | Buzz Rodeo | Sports | Bandcamp self-release
  8. "Exotic" | The Sentinals | Big Surf! | Rumble
  9. "He's a Whore" | Big Black | It's Toasted | Touch and Go
  10. "Small Cell" | Dat Politics | No Void | Shitkatapult
  11. "Overtaken" | Evan Caminiti | Meridian | Thrill Jockey
  12. "The Attic" | In Camera | Era | 4AD
  13. "Melatonin Chamber" | Ken Camden | Dream Memory | Kranky
  14. "Program For Light - 1984 Vocal Mix" | Section 25 | From The Hip | Factory Benelux
  15. "I'm So High, I Swear I Could..." | Felix Laband | Deaf Safari | Compost
  16. "Agneya" | God is an Astronaut | Helios / Erebus | Revive
  17. "Sunflowers" | La Casa al Mare | This Astro | Bandcamp self-release
  18. "Ecuacion de las Estrellas" | Ford Proco / Coil | Expansion Naranja | Mannequin
  19. "Trinity" | EEK | Kahraba | Nashazphone
  20. "Savage Beasts Be Wise" | High Wolf | Growing Wild | Leaving
  21. "Go Back (feat. Damon Albarn)" | [Fort Romeau Absolut Remix] | Tony Allen | Film of Life Remixes | Jazz Village / The Pusher
  22. "Deep Range" | You | Kollektion 04 - Bureau B (Compiled by Richard Fearless) | Bureau B
  23. "Untitled 512" | Birdstriking | Birdstriking | A Recordings
  24. "God" | Weird Owl | Interstellar Skeletal | A Recordings
  25. "Fire Escape" | Vision Heat | The Chosen Themes - Program I | Root Strata
  26. "MARCHROMT38 fast" | Aphex Twin | MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96 | Warp
  27. "Total Care Zero" | Lifted | 1 | PAN

next time: ooze out and away, onehow. stay sweet.

9
Jul 2015

Situations Arise, Irrational and Cruel: Transmission 216, 2015 June 28

currentaffairs.jpgThis is the first of about five programs I wound up doing in the span of eleven days. It is never a good idea to over-extend myself in this way, but ask anyone--I am not an Ideas Person. Anyway, on this transmission I sit in for Dusty Visions on a Sunday evening, and dive into an overlooked gem from the On-U Sound catalog, one that missed out on Spotification--Current Affairs Session by The London Underground. Has it really been two years since I gave the London Underground a spin on my program? Good grief, I am continually surprised at how long I have managed to ride this horse.

I somehow failed to play "Motivation," which was a staple of mine in the olden days. Maybe at the next "Festival of Evidence" I can redress this. It looks as though I managed for once not to play The Orb in this time slot; and of course they have a new record out, so I am burnishing my programming credentials at every turn. As it happens, Dusty had to miss the following Sunday night as well, but insisted on one of his own pre-recorded episodes instead of a live replacement. You need not ask whether I take this as a performance assessment. But I am not here to please people. I have a different mission altogether.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 June 28, 2100-2300:

  1. "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" | Pere Ubu | Elitism for the People 1975-1978 | Fire
  2. "I Don't Want To" | The Mystics | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vol. 4 | Crypt
  3. "Copped It" | The Fall | The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall [reissue] | Beggars Banquet
  4. "Rotary Ten" | R.E.M. | 7in-83-88 | I.R.S.
  5. "Rise and Fall" | The London Underground | Current Affairs Session | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Sweetback" | The Fabulous Three | The Best of the Fabulous Three | Truth & Soul
  7. "You & I" | The Lucid Dream | The Lucid Dream | Holy Are You
  8. "(I Ain't Gonna Give Up) My Way Of Life" | Fugitive Five | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vol. 4 | Crypt
  9. "1-3" | The London Underground | Current Affairs Session | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "Real" | Aerosol | Leave | n5MD
  11. "Peak" | James Welburn | Hold | Miasmah
  12. "Higher Electronic States" | Richard Fearless | Higher Electronic States | Drone
  13. "Bleach It" | The London Underground | Current Affairs Session | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Altai" | Walls | Urals | Ecstatic
  15. "Mass Confusion" | The Impalas | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vol. 3 | Crypt
  16. "Orb" | Lake People | Purposely Uncertain Field | Permanent Vacation
  17. "Hallraum" | Camera | Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide | Bureau B
  18. "Vital Connection" | Double Knots | Double Vision EP | International Feel
  19. "Dreams" | Sound Carnival | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vol. 4 | Crypt
  20. "Step Up Fi Come Up" | Seekers International | Her Imperial Majesty | Boomarm Nation
  21. "Kolor, Pt. 1 - C2 Remix" | Mirko Loko | Kolor | Cadenza
  22. "Between the Lines" | The London Underground | Current Affairs Session | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "High and Mighty" | Blind Idiot God | Before Ever After | Indivisible
  24. "Rat Race" | Gary Clail & On-U Sound System | End of the Century Party | On-U Sound

next time: what can't be cured must be endured.

6
Jul 2015

U_D_M Detour 13, 2014 October 17

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Guy LeBatard reporting from dead time. Here is a program that appeared with dreadful regularity, right on schedule--two weeks after the previous one, "just like we'd planned it." I must have had no other adventures to live.

Here, the title of the program was "true" regarding both content and concept. I strung together a bunch of things I had laying around, that I had meant to play at some time or other. An "island of misfit toys," as I like to think of it, which is a much better name for it than kid catharsis's dreary "overflow program." I can do better for my listeners than a malfunctioning toilet, for goodness' sake.

U_D_M playlist, 2014 October 17, 1900-2000:

  1. "Malibu" | Raucherecke | Malibu | 200
  2. "F6" | Detroit Swindle | Boxed Out | Dirt Crew
  3. "Tage Wie Dieser" | Interelektrika | Strings and Boxers / Tage Wie Dieser | Fenou
  4. "Paradiso" | Loco Dice | Harissa | Cadenza
  5. "Woolloomooloo" | Dave DK | Perfect Like You / Woolloomooloo | Pampa
  6. "Love Inc - Booka's Deep Inc Remix" | Booka Shade | Love Inc | Embassy One
  7. "Mermaid Song - Tiger Stripes Remix" | Korablove | Mermaid Song | Highway
  8. "Saltare - Parts 1 & 2" | Throwing Snow | Mosaic | Houndstooth
  9. "Return" | Future 3 | With and Without | Morr

in your system

1
Jul 2015

Cruising Altitude Departure 12, 2014 October 25

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Greetings, friends, Captain Halcyon checking in. It is now summer, the prime season, in my reckoning. Interminable daytime, nights without relief, inescapable drones--that's what it's all about. This "recurring" program, such as it is, would be nothing without it.

I have been working on "branding," and am wondering how this catchphrase strikes you: "music for breathing deeply and pretending the bad things aren't happening." The truth, I have always believed, is what people want to hear. Anyway, I am open to other suggestions.

This sound file is an autumnal program, literally; it seems the bad things were happening, as I seem to have had World War I on the brain. Mud and dead leaves will do that to me. There are some nice passages in here, though, and I'm not even talking about the "aesthetic beauty of death," whatever that might be.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2014 October 25, 1400-1500:

  1. "Eclipse" | Egokind & Ozean | Transition | Traum
  2. "Hanging On The Wire" | PJ Harvey | Let England Shake | Vagrant
  3. "Coney Storm Drain" | Call Super | Suzi Ecto | Houndstooth
  4. "Guelles cassees" | Tindersticks | Ypres | Lucky Dog
  5. "City Of Light" | Fennesz | Venice (10th Anniversary Edition) | Touch
  6. "Ozymandias" | Camera | Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide | Bureau B
  7. "Benares Crescent" | Cedric Stevens | Hanging In the Wires | Discrepant
  8. "Teil 2" | Monoton | Monotonprodukt 02 | Desire
  9. "Ostbanhof, Spatzen" | Maxim Wolzyn | Intercity Express | SVS
  10. "Alter LFO (Interlude IV)" | Chogori | Chogori | Modularfield
  11. "Meet Your Creator" | Oneohtrix Point Never | Commissions I | Warp
  12. "Lamptest" | Anjou | Anjou | Kranky

pure ego

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