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Aug 2015

A Dream So Pure I Cannot Find a Heart That Will Endure It: Transmission 228, 2015 August 12

lawrencehayward.jpgHere is some airtime I was supposed to be using, and I think I used it well. While I am kind of "finished" with themed programs, I will organize a show around an idea from time to time; this time, it was dead people, on account of the "Listening Parlour" selection, whose performers, ironically, are all still alive, as far as I know. That's just how it worked out. Anyway, happy birthday to Lawrence Hayward, aka "Lawrence"--I'm sure he is or was listening.

Do you ever find yourself repelled by music not because of the music itself, but because of the demographic that seems to enjoy it? I am guilty of this. But I have an anecdote to share, about someone else, and Felt. Somehow I didn't latch onto Felt's music until Poem of the River, but of course you could hardly turn on college radio in the mid-80s and avoid hearing "Primitive Painters." So of course the KDVS library contained this record, and of course the record cover featured sticker dialogue. "Only trendy Sacramentans like this music," or something like that, was the most prominent review. We had a DJ there, maybe he had Aspergers or something, or was just an ass (in either case I totally sympathize) who would frequently dismiss records in this way. Beware anything "trendy Sacramentans" were into, basically. Once Mr. D and I did a session "Live in Studio A," following this person's program, and he said on air that our band name made us sound like we were "from Sacramento."

Sacramento, for those who aren't familiar, is the state capital, about 20 minutes up the road from where I grew up (and did undergrad). If not for that, it would be Fresno North. It doesn't have much going for it. It is the home of Cake (the band) and Tesla (the band). The television program Eight Is Enough was set there. It was home to Rush Limbaugh before he "went national." So, a dismal place, then--a former colleague said, "you have these two rivers converging, and they collect all the bad energy from what happens in the Legislature." I can't argue. Anyway, I doubt there have ever been more than five "trendy" people in Sacramento at any one time. I never found them threatening, but clearly opinions differ.

Lady Catharsis and I moved "back" to Sacramento in the late 1990s. On my first full day there I rode my bicycle to the record store and bought a record by Denim. Was I (am I) a trendy Sacramentan? I've been called worse.

I don't know if Section 25 were ever accused of being a favorite of trendy Sacramentans, but I'll die with them in my record collection too, whatever that makes me.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 August 12, 2100-2300:

  1. "Beneath the Blade" / "Inspiration" | Section 25 | From the Hip | Factory
  2. "Quiet Life" | Japan | Exorcising Ghosts | Virgin
  3. "The Friend Catcher" | The Birthday Party | Hits | 4AD
  4. "Jenny Ondioline" | Stereolab | Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements | Duophonic - Elektra
  5. "Make It Funky, Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4" | James Brown | Make It Funky (The Big Payback: 1971-1975) | Polydor
  6. "I'm Comin' Down" | Primal Scream | Screamadelica | Creation - Sire
  7. "All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead" | Felt | Forever Breathes the Lonely Word | Creation | "Listening Parlour"
  8. "Endless, Nameless" | Nirvana | The Nevermind & In Utero Singles | Geffen
  9. "The Golden King" | Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins | Night of Desirable Objects | Ralph
  10. "Devious Woman" | Singers & Players | War of Words | On-U Sound
  11. "Herbert Harper's Free Press News" | Muddy Waters | Electric Mud | Chess
  12. "Joy" | Isaac Hayes | Joy | Stax - Enterprise
  13. "Further Back and Faster" | Coil | Love's Secret Domain | Threshold House
  14. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (A Capella Mix / Special Edit Radio Mix)" | Negativland | U2 | SST

I took a ride through the pretty music.

Aug 2015

He Asked No Questions, He Had Few Conversations: Transmission 227, 2015 August 11

jahwobblesnakecharmer.jpg"Don't tell me crime don't pay," as some guy said once. Here I am, snatching airtime that is not mine, to carry out the irrational, unconscious mission of this program. It was Jah Wobble's birthday, so there is a Jah Wobble record involved, but that is a long-ish story whose time has not yet come. Hopefully someday soon.

Technical and other notes: on this night I think I plugged the "AUX IN" cable into my digital recorder, instead of AUX OUT, so I had to take the digital file from the station's computer, which means that it is post-compression with a few artifacts. Sorry about that. I will try to be better. Elsewhere, I cut off the first however many seconds of Siouxsie's "Halloween." (The Dream Syndicate's "Halloween" is intact.) (I think this is the second time I've played two tracks called "Halloween" in the same program, and that neither of these programs happened to fall on October 31. I am taking a page out of Catharsis Junior's handbook. She has no sense of time, and it is wonderful in a way.)

Finally, Meat Beat Manifesto returns! You know, in a previous life, I interviewed Jack Dangers. I no longer have the cassette, but the transcription did make it into a zine. I don't think it's been reproduced on the web. If I can find it and I'm not too embarrassed by it, I'll post it here sometime.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 August 11, 2100-2300:

  1. "Can't Stand Losing You (Can't Stand Losing Dub)" | DubXanne | The Police in Dub | Echo Beach
  2. "Agelast" | Meat Beat Manifesto | Kasm02 | Kasm
  3. "El Bawaba" | EEK | Kahraba | Nashazphone
  4. "Snake Charmer" / "Hold on to Your Dreams" | Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay | Snake Charmer EP | Island | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "II" | Ah! Kosmos | Flesh | Denovali
  6. "Greenpoint" | Prurient | Frozen Niagara Falls | Profound Lore
  7. "It Was a Camel" | Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay | Snake Charmer EP | Island | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "Achtung" | Automat | Plusminus | Bureau B
  9. "I and I Survive" | Bad Brains | Rock for Light | PVC
  10. "Crime Don't Pay" | Joe Jackson Band | Beat Crazy | A & M | "Listening Parlour"
  11. "Anton II" | Robag Wruhme | Cybekks | Pampa
  12. "Auto Destruction" | Barry Adamson | Moss Side Story | Mute
  13. "Snake Charmer Reprise" | Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay | Snake Charmer EP | Island | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "In the Kingdom #19" | Sonic Youth | EVOL | Goofin'
  15. "Detroit Trickle Down" | Kinski | 7 (or 8) | Kill Rock Stars
  16. "Halloween" | Siouxsie And The Banshees | Voices On The Air (The Peel Sessions) | Polydor
  17. "Sleazy" | Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay | Snake Charmer EP | Island | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Refractions in the Plastic Pulse" | Stereolab | Dots and Loops | Elektra
  19. "Halloween" | The Dream Syndicate | The Days of Wine and Roses | Omnivore

But I wouldn't know where to begin.

Aug 2015

Trying Every Now and Then: Transmission 226, 2015 August 8

volumetwo.jpgLive on a hot August night we were (probably), and here is the audio to prove it. This program exceeds the usual two-hour timeframe because I followed roller derby (!), which ended before the hour. I tried to give the roller derby audience something gentle (albeit dark, it seems!) to suck them in before dropping the heavy stuff on them.

In retrospect, this seems to be one of those "arc" programs--rockist and the beginning, techist at the end--but it is good anyway. I am sure that on the night I was feeling triggered, as I have felt when doing radio for the last two months. When will that end?

Summers just are not what they were. I had a better title in mind for this episode, but it's gone now. Probably for the best.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 August 8, 2100-2300:

  1. "Signed D.C." | Love | Love | Elektra
  2. "Earthmover" | Blind Idiot God | Before Ever After | Indivisible
  3. "Mr. Green" | Whipped Cream | Volume Two | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "Child" | Valet | Nature | kranky
  5. "Buddha of Compassion" | Jah Wobble | Redux - Anthology 1978-2015 | Cherry Red
  6. "We Five" | Byron Lee & The Dragonaires | Uptown Top Ranking | VP
  7. "Divided Alien" | Brian Harris | On My Knees | self-released
  8. "Signed D.C. [acoustic version]" | Spirea X | Volume Two | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Kahraba" | EEK | Kahraba | Nashazphone
  10. "Clear Off!" | The Fall | The Wonderful and Frightening Escape Route To... | Beggars Banquet
  11. "Gold" | Celestial Tribes | Volume Two | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  12. "Aphelion" | Loop | Array 1 | ATP
  13. "Bubblegum" | Sonic Youth | EVOL | Goofin'
  14. "All Over My Face (Scam Mix)" | New Fast Automatic Daffodils | Volume Two | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Northern Lights" | Cobblestone Jazz | Northern Lights | Itiswhatitis
  16. "Liquid Metal [Remix]" | Bomb the Bass | Volume Two | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Casanova 70" | Air | Premiers Symptomes | Rhino
  18. "Looking at the Starz" | LOYOTO | Looking at the Starz | Upon You
  19. "Dirty Disco II - Premix" | Section 25 | From The Hip | Factory Benelux
  20. "When a Lion Awakens" | Definition of Sound | Volume Two | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Moonbuilding 2073 AD" | The Orb | Moonbuilding 2073 AD | Kompakt
  22. "Miracle" | System 7 | Volume Two | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Gelk" | Autechre | Peel Session 2 | Warp

yes, but you don't understand

Aug 2015

How Much Further Do I Need To Go: Transmission 225, 2015 August 5

heavenlybodiescelestial.jpgHere I am, back again to the world of posting. It seems very much the same, which is a relief; I'd hate to have to learn new things. Anyway, here is a very summery program, to me at least. Your sensibilities may differ.

Since I've got a backlog of programs, it is time, sadly, to play the guessing game with this one. I know I've listened to it, but I don't remember exactly what mood I was in (probably a melancholy one, that seems a safe bet) or any particular comedies of errors on this night. I can tell you that I think the Mucky Sailor single is great, and that while I cannot speak for partner in crime Mr. D, I would have killed to be Heavenly Bodies in the day. It saddens me that they didn't do more things.

This may have been the night I got my Germans mixed up, come to think of it, but you'll have to listen to find out.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 August 5, 2100-2300:

  1. "Taffy Come Home" | Nightingales | Mind Over Matter | Louder than War
  2. "Intro" | Heavenly Bodies | Celestial | C'est La Mort | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "289-5" | Conrad Schnitzler & Pyrolator | Con-Struct | Bureau B
  4. "Precession" | Loop | Array 1 | ATP
  5. "Partials" | Lurka | Partials / Mach | Black Acre
  6. "Albatross, Silly Albatross" | Mucky Sailor | Albatross, Silly Albatross | Care in the Community
  7. "The Icon" | Heavenly Bodies | Celestial | C'est La Mort | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "Down the Garden Path" | Felix Laband | Deaf Safari | Compost
  9. "Auto Chip 2014-2016" | The Fall | Sub-Lingual Tablet | Cherry Red
  10. "Wild at Heart" | High Wolf | Growing Wild | Leaving
  11. "Rains on Me" | Heavenly Bodies | Celestial | C'est La Mort | "Physical Evidence"
  12. "Standing By Your Side (45 Edit)" | Lee Fields & The Expressions | Standing By Your Side | Truth & Soul
  13. "Oh Sunday" | Thomalla | Imaginary Solutions | Riotvan
  14. "Sendero Luminoso" | Heavenly Bodies | Celestial | C'est La Mort | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "EMT 140" | Automat | Plusminus | Bureau B
  16. "The Saint Became a Lush" | Psyche | Unveiling the Secret | C'est La Mort
  17. "Fine Vibrations" | Weird Owl | Interstellar Skeletal | A Recordings
  18. "An Obsession" | Heavenly Bodies | Celestial | C'est La Mort | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "Heaven's Vape" | STL | Simply Positive | Smallville
  20. "Exit" | Heavenly Bodies | Celestial | C'est La Mort | "Physical Evidence"


Aug 2015

Dan-U, Dan-U, Goddamn You: Transmission 224, 2015 July 29

colourboxmad315.jpgWe closed out a very weird July (aren't they all) with an "FTS" program that was probably better than the shows that came before or after. Wouldn't you know it, my digital recorder ran out of batteries near the end, so I had to rely on the post-compression recording that the station computer does automatically. I suppose the machines and I were on the same wavelength on this night.

I'd remarked a few weeks ago that I wasn't on "any relevant forums or facebook fan groups." Well, that's changed. I did give in and join the 4AD group. It's what you would expect, for better and for worse. I can't help it, I am just very curious about how people create social identities and networks around music, which seems to be the point of it all, does it not?

Anyway, as it happens with randomly moving targets all the time, someone there derailed a post to diss Colourbox, to which I can only say (because my imagination is limited) GET YOURSELF BENT, SON.

I guess I won't be making any BFFs around those parts, I can already tell.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 July 29, 2100-2300:

  1. "Soul Soldier" | Throwing Muses | The Fat Skier | 4AD - Sire
  2. "Summer Eyes" | The Young Gods | T.V. Sky | Play It Again Sam
  3. "Radial" | Loop | Array1 | ATP
  4. "Nation" | Colourbox | Colourbox | 4AD
  5. "Sounds from the Big House" / "Suck on the Honey of Love" | Barry Adamson | Moss Side Story | Mute
  6. "Inner Guidance" | LTJ Bukem | Journey Inwards | Good Looking - Kinetic
  7. "J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau" | Air | Premiers Symptomes | Rhino
  8. "Mouled El Ghoul" | EEK | Kahraba | Nashazphone
  9. "Cheetah Guava" | Kutiman | Space Cassava | Siyal
  10. "Corona" | Gwei-Lo | Gwei-Lo | Bella Union - Instinct
  11. "BBF3" | Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada | Constellation

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