Captain Halcyon reporting. This is an April Fools' program that caught everyone by surprise. Listeners were meant to hear a local program about making "abundance," or something like that, but were treated to another kind of vacuity altogether. I did what I could--I was working on short notice.
It pleases me to listen back to this program, nearly a year later, in another sunlit time. The "dream" of this program, as it were, is herein realized--this is not the only instance, just the most recent one. Kid Catharsis, my gracious host at this podcast site, tells me that he thinks my show is better than his. From him it's a rare compliment--he never seems to have nice things to say about anyone.
A guest graced the studio during this broadcast--I don't think you can hear the extra person, but through some kind of magic an extra presence should nevertheless influence this outing.
CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2015 April 1, 1200-1300:
- "Absorb" | Jonas Munk | Absorb / Fabric / Cascade | El Paraiso
- "66 and Fading" | OMD | Dazzle Ships | Virgin - Telegraph
- "Just Like Everybody" | 23 Skidoo | Tearing Up the Plans | Pineapple - Fetish
- "Sendme" | Brighton | Air Texture Volume IV | Air Texture
- "Candy Bullets and Moon" | Meredith Monk | Better an Old Demon Than a New God | Giorno Poetry Systems
- "Invocation" | Cabaret Voltaire | Eight Crepuscule Tracks | Giant
- "Vanished in Tromso" | Legowelt | Air Texture Volume IV | Air Texture
- "19 Headaches" | Autechre | Peel Session 2 | Warp
Guy here. I'm feeling angry these days and would like to get to a post-angry state. But I am stuck taking my anger for reality because I believe in the reality of my anger.
It was probably this way when this program aired, but I was not articulating it to myself or anyone else. There is a relentlessness in what I do that can be taken as hedonism or sadism. Weighing in is not a thing I will do; it is part of your freedom, in case you didn't already know, to make your own decision.
I do think that I rendered all the artist names correctly this time out, so we can strike that from the list of things to be upset about.
U_D_M playlist, 2015 March 27, 1900-2000:
- "Bechno - Liquid Phonk Hardboogie" | Shahrokh Dini, Liquid Phonk | Compost Black Label #123 - Bechno EP | Compost Black
- "Another Hit" | Ron Morelli | Backpages | Hospital Productions
- "Ubersprung - Marcus Worgull Edit" | Vermont | The Other Versions | Kompakt
- "Sun Shape" | L/F/D/M | M Is A Shape | Ecstatic
- "Harsh Times - Happa Remix" | Chevel | Air Is Freedom Remixes | Non Series
- "Come Easy (feat. Sarah Palin)" | High Heels Breaker | High Heels Breaker | Drumpoet Community
- "For Francis" | Skinnerbox | Love Songs for the Broken Hearted Arpeggiator | Treat Your DJ Right
- "Glass Body - Factory Floor Gabe Gurnsey Remix" | Soft As Snow | Glass Body Remixed | Houndstooth
- "RM-1776" | Afriqua | RM-1776 | Release Sustain
where have you been? what have you seen?
Guy here. A space had opened on this Valentine's Day, what with everyone seemingly busy--representing affection through acts of compulsory consumption, subjecting themselves to forced entertainment, and so on. You know--the usual.
On this outing I don't know what I was trying to do--perhaps combining the familiar with the novel. It's useful enough, if we allow for different values of "useful." I have done better, and I have done worse.
Finally, on this program I was headed for a desirable state of non-symmetry, when DJ Danelectro got trapped on the highway. In an act of laziness and cowardice I embraced my entrapment and played an extra tune. Can we only go where the traffic goes?
U_D_M playlist 2015 February 14, 1800-1900:
- "Lovers" | Love Corporation | Give Me Some Love | Creation
- "Driving Blind [Moist Sexy Mix]" | Chris & Cosey | Twist | T & B Vinyl
- "Riviera" | Odd Numbers | Break Even | No Label
- "Dirty Epic" | Underworld | Dubnobasswithmyheadman | Universal [Japan]
- "Inside of This" | Sub Sub | Full Fathom Five | Robs Records
- "Faux - Four Tet Remix" | John Beltran | Faux | Text
- "Shift F1 (Inland Edit)" | Function | Synewave Reissues Part I: 1995-97 | Infrastructure New York
- "No Government" | Nicolette | No Government | Talkin' Loud
- "Pinnacles" | Four Tet | Pinnacles / Ye Ye | Text
- "Lush (Euro-Tunnel Disaster)" | Orbital | The Peel Session | Internal
Guy here. I go wherever instinct leads me. On this broadcast it led me back to familiar territory, but whenever I drift, I drift differently. Circular beats, not circular time.
Speaking of which--it was sometime around the airing of this program that it was established, once and for all, that this program had pop-up status, as opposed to being a regular fixture. Predictability is alright for some. But surprise is a key element of my assault on boredom, and anything that repeats on a calendar feels like work. I never work.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine my being on the air--or not on the air--you never know--forever.
U_D_M playlist, 2015 January 30, 2000-2100:
- "Be Dark" | Youandewan | Times | secretsundaze
- "Ich See" | Patrick Zigon | Ich See | Biotop
- "First Impression" | Conforce | Machine Conspiracy | Delsin
- "Mad Half Hour" | Mark Henning | Four Jacks, Pt. 3 - 15 Years of Poker Flat | Poker Flat
- "No Matter What" | Sek | Everybody E.P. | Danse Club
- "Lunes" | Tuccillo | Lunes | Ovum
- "Hopeless" | Patrick Vano | Gravity Drive | Mo's Ferry
- "Williamsburg" | DJ Tennis | Local | Life and Death
- "Slow" | Zohdy & Senna | Slow EP | Colourful
the free street is for lovers
Guy here. I "mixed it up" on this program, playing some things from the "catalogue" and veering off my usual course. In theory I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. In reality it requires permission, because I have standards.
I wonder whatever became of jungling and junglism. Apparently people still do these things, though I shudder to think it--already there are retrospectives. I can't deal with people living in the past. (That is what cassettes are for, why they are so dangerous, and why they come in convenient containers.) Anyway, it seemed for a while like an interesting escape. albeit an introverted one. Is it possible that when an escape route is deemed useless and dormant that it becomes interesting? Maybe this program answers that, but it's for someone else to decide.
What this program does answer is whether I can distinguish Boards of Canada from Mogwai. The answer is no. I cannot tell one Scottish entity from another. They all look the same to me. Except Kid Catharsis's wife--she is hot.
U_D_M playlist, 2015 January 9, 1600-1700:
- "Ye Ye" | Daphni | Pinnacles / Ye Ye | Text
- "Horrid" | Zomby | With Love | 4AD
- "Kiss of Def" | The Durutti Column | Obey the Time | Factory Once
- "Moonrise" | Peaking Lights | Lucifer | Mexican Summer
- "Ballet Dance" | Roni Size | The Rebirth of Cool Seven | Island
- "Whitelabel Unity" | Shitmat | One Foot in the Rave | Planet Mu
- "Raindance" | Lone | Galaxy Garden | R & S
- "Aeiou" | Afriqua | Concomitance / Aeiou | 2nd Drop
- "Glory Gongs" | Forest Swords | Dagger Paths | Olde English Spelling Bee
- "C-Beams" | Pariah | Safehouses | R & S
- "SeeSea" | Machinedrum | Vapor City | Ninjatume
- "Amo Bishop Roden" | Boards of Canada | In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country | Warp
the unbearable lightness
It's Captain Halcyon again. This is a yuletide program from another time, one we might call the olden days, when I was on the air semi-regularly. This hour of music seems more grounded than many of my other broadcasts. I was going through a phase--at least that's how I remember it.
The phrase going through my head as I listen to this episode is "strong element of the haphazard." Not that you have to think about that while listening of course--I am just sharing. In that sense, anyway, this is a successful program. Part of my rehabilitation is the embrace of safe risks. There isn't much that's safer than appearing by surprise on a small radio station in the middle of nowhere and then re-posting through the internet. (But who knows where this may lead. Future manifestations may be more robust.) Still, breaking out of my self-imposed aesthetic boundaries is a baby step, and the world is not baby-proofed.
CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2014 December 20, 1400-1500:
- "Fractal Liaison" | System 7 | System 7 | Ten
- "Jane 16 (for Pale Saints)" | Harold Budd | Sampler (et Sans Reproche) | Factory Benelux
- "Apollyan in D" | Michael Tanner | Nightingale Variations | Kooky
- "Malice / Freak Flag" | The Legendary Pink Dots | 10 to the Power of 9 | Rustblade
- "Iris" | Dream Police | Hypnotized | Sacred Bones
- "Silva Pslamus" | Laurie Laptop | Nightingale Variations | Kooky
- "The Lord Is Out of Control - Nils Frahm Remix" | Mogwai | Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. | Rock Action
- "Bloody and Blunt" | Budd - Fraser - Guthrie - Raymonde | The Moon and the Melodies | 4AD - Relativity
- "Deja Vu - Ambient" | Vince Watson | Deja Vu | Ovum
- "Sonar Conversation" | Conforce | Machine Conspiracy | Delsin
- "Awakening to A..." | Prefuse 73 | Security Screenings | WARP
- "Migration" | Micronormous | Nightingale Variations | Kooky
- "Rain in Coffee" | Bee Mask | When We Were Eating Unripe Pears | Editions Mego
special silent guest
I have been watching too many TED talk videos of late. Granted, often "too many" can mean "one," but I have been on a sort of kick. Trying to make oneself feel better through video is not a thing I have found to work, in any situation. So I thought I would maybe share a few tunes, you know, do something halfway outgoing, and see how that turned out.
This program dates from a long, long, long time ago, but as Kid Catharsis has tried to explain to me in his secondhand way, there is no universal "now." To fast-forward through the argument, I am relieved of guilt related to negligence. There is no way in this particular universe that this program could post at another time.
On the other hand, I suppose I should not take encouragement from the compliments I received when this program first aired, one from a teacher of experimental music. These listeners had no choice in the matter either.
CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2014 November 22, 1400-1500:
- "The Friend I've Lost" | Ernesto Ferreyra | Some Kind of Sign | Cadenza
- "4" | Conrad Schnitzler | Gelb | Bureau B
- "IX" | Raspberry Bulbs | Privacy | Blackest Ever Black
- "HTH020 - The Haxan Cloak's Cloud of Witness" | Akkord | HTH030 | Houndstooth
- "Warm Bodies" | Herva | Instant Broadcast | Delsin
- "Berth" | BNJMN | Coil | Delsin
- "Stara Rzeka" | Stara Rzeka | Stara Rzeka | Infinite Greyscale
- "Diploid" | Nurse With Wound & Graham Bowers | Diploid (Parade Epilogue) | Red Wharf
- "En Masse" | Locsil | Sea Island | kranky
heavy dose of HB
I don't know myself anymore. I don't recognize this person whose podcast site is up to date, and who experiences only the most negligible temporal displacement from the content he posts. It is always some first-world problem or other, and that is what this week offers.
Lately I have been pondering the "semiotics" of effects in music, and aspiring to / fantasizing about writing something about them. I'm sure it has been done, generally, but perhaps not about the specific things I'd like to discuss in my "what everyone gets wrong about" thinkpiece(s)-to-be. The fear, which I must overcome (especially since, as I say, others have done it, so why not), is that all this talk is peripheral to, parasitical upon what is important.
So I won't say much about Dennis Bovell, or his new record, or dub music in general, here. In the end it is about the erasure of words and the bodily experience. So click on the triangle and get into that stuff.
BOMBAST playlist, 2016 February 10, 2100-2300:
- "Sowiesoso" | Cluster | Kollektion 4 - Bureau B (compiled by Richard Fearless) | Bureau B
- "Sea" | Gary Bromley | Outside | Assembly Field
- "Dub Mood (Dubplate Mix)" | Alter Echo & E3 | Family Album 2016 | Boomarm Nation
- "Tell Me" | God Bullies | Dope, Guns & Fucking in the Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
- "Zaion Dubb" | Dennis Bovell | Dub 4 Daze | Glitterbeat | "Physical Evidence"
- "Quicksand Beach Party" | The Missing Brazilians | Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics | On-U Sound
- "Dude Can Dance" | Natural Magic | Family Album 2016 | Boomarm Nation
- "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule" | Kitchens of Distinction | Still In a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
- "Dark Parade" | The Comsat Angels | Sleep No More | Edsel
- "Captain Rondo" | Za! | Loloismo | Audacious
- "Top Level Dub" | Dennis Bovell | Dub 4 Daze | Glitterbeat | "Physical Evidence"
- "I Exhale" | Underworld | I Exhale | Universal
- "Dub Affair" | Dennis Bovell | Dub 4 Daze | Glitterbeat | "Physical Evidence"
- "Orthogonal" | Natan H | Erklingen EP | Taped Artifact
- "Bronx Cheer" | Mercury Rev | Still In a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
- "Aged Dub" | Dennis Bovell | Dub 4 Daze | Glitterbeat | "Physical Evidence"
- "Spooky Vibes" | Blind Mr. Jones | Still In a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
- "1977" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
- "By Tomorrow" | Black Tambourine | Still In a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
- "Vulnerability" | OKADA | Impermanence | n5MD
- "Tuned Dub" | Dennis Bovell | Dub 4 Daze | Glitterbeat | "Physical Evidence"
- "It Might Drizzle Until September" | Daniel Stefanik | Aftermath | Dissonant
- "Loveblind" | Secret Shine | Still In a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
- "Dub Guide" | Dennis Bovell | Dub 4 Daze | Glitterbeat | "Physical Evidence"
- "Leaving" | Express Rising | Fixed Rope | Numero Group
what little I know (of Montreal)
Enjoy it while it lasts, Bombasticons: the website is now up to date! [Well, my part of it, anyway.] The backlog is exhausted, the tapes canned, the archive archived. Feels good--until the morning after the next one, anyway.
And what a good show this is! [Content-wise, at any rate.] Admittedly I had to "grow" into some of the things on A Factory Quartet, Kevin Hewick's sets among them. Young Me didn't want to know, but then young me was a [bigger] idiot. Is this a record I'm glad I kept around? Of course not. I wasn't wise enough not to sell it and then have to find it again. So there is no lesson here, just good tunes with attitude.
As for the verbiage, it sounds like I am having fun, which is reassuring. I've done a lot of these, you know. 5 years' worth of "weekly" programs in just over 3 years, and without chemical enhancements--it is mind-boggling to an easily-boggled mind. Never knowing what to say when I turn on the mic is just part of the adventure.
BOMBAST playlist, 2016 February 3, 2100-2300:
- "This Is a Dance Hit" | Mr. T.C. | Soundtrack for Strangers | Optimo Trax
- "Effigy (I'm Not An)" | Ministry | With Sympathy | Music on Vinyl
- "Ma Penda" | Orchestre Bawobab | Senegal 70 (Sonic Gems from the 70s) | Analog Africa
- "PianomanX" | SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL | Family Album 2016 | Boomarm Nation
- "Independence Day" | The Comsat Angels | Waiting for a Miracle | Edsel
- "Low Strung" | Jawbox | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
- "Radio Waves" | Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | Dazzle Ships (Live at the Museum of Liverpool) | White Noise
- "Hunting Tigers out in India" | The Tea Jennies | Unicorns, Monsters and Goats | self-released
- "Lots 'O Life" | The Lonely Moans | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
- "If Everybody Had a Notion" | Earth Jerks | The West Is a Mess | Ba Da Bing!
- "Hog-Tied Over You" | Tennessee Ernie Ford And Ella Mae Morse With Cliffie Stone & Orchestra | Hillbilly Music... Thank God! Vol. 1 | Bug / Capitol | "Listening Parlour"
- "Africa" | Orchestre G.M.I. | Senegal 70 (Sonic Gems from the 70s) | Analog Africa
- "Falling for You" | Martyn | Falling for You | Ostgut Ton
- "Moving Coil" | Sergie Rezza | Sergie Rezza | desire
- "On My Mind" | King Midas Sound / Fennesz | Edition 1 | NInja Tune
- "World 2UR - (Prod. by Skelli Skel)" | Old Grape God | Family Album 2016 | Boomarm Nation
- "Mermaids" | Wonderfulsound | Sea Organ | Wonderfulsound
- "Rollin Ruffs" | Gulls | Family Album 2016 | Boomarm Nation
- "Flipcam" | Okokon | Turkson Side | Other People
- "Matrix of Perfection" | Servotron | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
- "Sugar Your Mind" | Swallow | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
- "The Confuser (Dub Mix)" | Elite Beat | Family Album 2016 | Boomarm Nation
- "Rubble" / "1940" / "A Little Feeling" / "Forget" / "Morphia" / "The Enchanted Kiss" / "Haystack" | Kevin Hewick | A Factory Quartet | Factory | "Physical Evidence"
- "Man Sees the Face, God Sees the Heart" | Roman Flugel | Monday Brain | Hypercolour
you're on the never never
In what is now a statutorily rare gesture, I fill in for "The Griot Hour" on that stupidest of holidays, Groundhog Day. I won't develop or improve old theories here, but merely reiterate one: that a given music's inability to sit alongside other musics is directly proportional to its greatness. So here we have the much-plagiarized, little-appreciated Curve in the "Physical Evidence" feature. None of this is to say that all the other segues in the program, or even most of them, make sense. The fault is not in our records, but in our selves.
At this time of writing we are pouring one out for Skeptical Sunday, one of the few WRFI programs that pre-dated the launch of this one. I'm feeling aware of my own mortality in this moment. I don't know why this came on so suddenly, this realization that I do have "seniority" and have definitely logged more hours on air at this station than any other music host. What's it all for, I wonder.
I do try to launch into personal and political rants only when the issues directly involve me, so I'll simply note here that free-form radio stations "are" little more than the people who comprise them. That is the point, the upside and the downside. Personally I've been feeling the "downside" more often than not lately, as one beloved host after another closes up shop. I only feel the losses and I don't know what we're getting from the newbies, because I simply don't know. I've chosen not to know, so the responsibility is mine in a way, which is part of what hurts about this.
Anyway, that's quite enough, especially since I might be sufficiently crazy to try another post today. Happy Tuesday, everybody!
BOMBAST playlist, 2016 February 2, 2100-2300:
- "Die Like a Dog" | Curve | Radio Sessions | Anxious | "Physical Evidence"
- "Secondo Percorso" | Pietro Riparbelli | Vacuum | Dirter
- "Mama Words" | Brain Damage | Walk the Walk | Jarring Effects
- "The Magical Party" | The Silent Ones | The Magical Party | Kompakt
- "Ten Little Girls" | Curve | Radio Sessions | Anxious | "Physical Evidence"
- "Action Candy" | Surgery | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
- "Firestarter" | Brian Harris | Behind the Mask | self-released
- "Woodland Rock" | Ty Segall | Ty Rex | Goner
- "Split Into Fractions" | Curve | Radio Sessions | Anxious | "Physical Evidence"
- "Excalibur" | Fracture | Tempa Allstars, Vol. 8 | Tempa
- "Love" | Acre | Better Strangers | Tectonic
- "Arms Out" | Curve | Radio Sessions | Anxious | "Physical Evidence"
- "Ariyo" | Dieuf-Dieul de Thies | Senegal 70 (Sonic Gems from the 70s) | Analog Africa
- "Take Me Beyond" | Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation | Take Me Beyond | Rocket
- "Coast Is Clear" | Curve | Radio Sessions | Anxious | "Physical Evidence"
- "If We Amplify Everything, We Hear Nothing" | Demons | The Wrong Person Spec | District Six
- "PGL - Pretty Good Looking" | Lonely Walk | Teen | Born Bad
- "Bad Times" | Lubricated Goat | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
- "Free Jazz" | Strategy | Family Album 2016 | Boomarm Nation
- "Free HiFi Internet" | Emmanuelle | Emmanuelle | DEEWEE
- "Horror Head" | Curve | Radio Sessions | Anxious | "Physical Evidence"
- "Restless in Thought" | Basic Soul Unit | Under the Same Sky | Dekmantel
- "Belle Ile En Mer Dub Night - The Humble Bee 'The Noises in Andrew's Head' Mix" | A New Line (Related) | Our Lady of Perpetual Fucking Succour | Home Assembly
- "A Washed Out Monkey Star Halo" | Steel Pole Bath Tub | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
- "The Subdubba Beat - Stockholmia Glue Mix - Prins Thomas Edit" | Ü | Paradise Goulash Versions | Eskimo
didn't get out of the building in time