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25
Apr 2016

You’re Floating Along, It’s Hardly Worth Trying: Transmission 271, 2016 April 13

designer_four_tet_mothers_actual.jpg Once Again we have some catching up to do. How did this month disappear? (Maybe I am wrong to assume they don't all disappear in the same way.) Whatever--we'll begin with this episode, featuring a new single by whatever Keiran Hebden is calling himself and his crew. It is quality, but also dare I say directionless and maybe even implacable (not bad things!), a nice metaphor for this little radio adventure I have going.

It has been awhile since I listened to this, so I hope you can forgive the lack of specific recollections and the haziness of those that do exist. I remember feeling that the show went well, execution-wise, though I don't think Johnny Moped quite "fit," not that they would care. I remember "Fat" reminding me (in a good way) of Trisomie 21 and thinking that I need more T21 in my life. As always, there is no money or time. I remember thinking I needed to pronounce "Oblic" as "oblique" but that this was totally instinctive and without rational basis. Am I a snob for doing this and a slightly smaller snob for admitting it? Finally, there is not knowing what a "footjob" is and knowing I don't want to go that far. I am sadly basic.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 April 13, 2100-2300:

  1. "Pink Sun" | The Field | The Follower | Kompakt
  2. "Lost Plane" | Blackie & The Oohoos | Lacuna | Unday
  3. "Kryzane" | Fat | Citron | Cat Dog Mouse
  4. "Solo 2" | Nicklas Sorensen | Solo | El Paraiso
  5. "Not Sensitive" | Moby | Hotel : Ambient | Mute
  6. "Behave Yourself" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  7. "Drifting" | Breathless | Blue Moon [reissue] | Tenor Vossa
  8. "Out" | Gary Bromley | Outside | Assembly Field
  9. "No Time" | Witch | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again
  10. "Kids Don't Follow" | The Replacements | Stink | Twin / Tone
  11. "Dogs" | Whore Paint | Ultra Sound | Translation Loss
  12. "Mothers" | Designer + Four Tet | Mothers / Dark | Text | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Lost Count" | Daniel Jacques | Discovery Change (Part 3) | Jadac
  14. "Call on Anyone" | Brian Harris | Impossible Songs | self-released
  15. "Oblic" | Cosmin TRG | Oblic | Fizic
  16. "Coral(4)[F0B]" | Idle potentiate | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  17. "Real Cool Baby" | Johnny Moped | Real Cool Baby | Damaged Goods
  18. "Conclusion" | Olof Melander | The Path | Project Mooncircle
  19. "Monsoon" | Anchorsong | Ceremonial | Tru Thoughts
  20. "Airotic" | Pallaspeople | Airotic | Footjob
  21. "Dyed Black Hair" | Loom | European Heartache | Gobstopper
  22. "What We Came To Be" | Dawn Mok | Eternal Love | Dial
  23. "Ahlan wa Sahlan" | Demidron | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  24. "Temperate" | Dieter Moebius | Blotch | Bureau B
  25. "Soaring High" | Flying Saucer Attack | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  26. "Dark" | Designer + Four Tet | Mothers / Dark | Text | "Physical Evidence"
  27. "A Voz do Dono II" | Ondness | Quase Driven | Seagrave

my Cadillac is running

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14
Apr 2016

U_D_M Detour 19, 2015 October 26

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Guy here. I did a couple of programs at the end of October. This is one. A captive of dead time might have said, "my schedule allowed me" to do a couple of programs; a poseur might have called it a "gentlemanly, cosmopolitan schedule." But I "keep it real." I do what I want, when I want. My schedule dictates not a thing.

It was nevertheless convenient that I was thrown off a middle-school bus chartered for a middle-school field trip to Quebec, on which I had tried to stow away. But these things will happen. You don't sulk. You make the best of it. I have already "been a lot of places, seen a lot of faces" anyway. It's those kids who are missing out.

U_D_M playlist, 2015 October 26, 2300-0000:

  1. "Vertigo" | Tin Man | ODE | Acid Test
  2. "Isabel" | Youandewan | Spiral Arms | Aus Music
  3. "Blame the World" | Mumbai Science | Deja Vu | Lektroluv
  4. "Storm" | Dodi Palese | Chemtrails | What Ever Not
  5. "He and She" | Woo York | The Valley of Songs | Life and Death
  6. "Volca Polka - Frank Muller Remix" | Beroshima | The Oppression EP | Acid Orange
  7. "C.A.V.O.K." | Oleg Poliakov | C.A.V.O.K. (Nosig) | Circus Company
  8. "One - Lake People Remix" | Lee Burton | Busy Day for Fools | Klik
  9. "Been a Lot of Places, Seen a Lot of Faces" | Gerry Read | Been a Lot of Places, Seen a Lot of Faces | No Label
  10. "Blue Suite - Bird of Paradise Mix" | Man Power | Trans EP | Throne of Blood

I say yes to tomorrow.

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11
Apr 2016

Be Careful Where You Walk, And Don’t Stare at the Stars: Transmission 270, 2016 April 6

can_t_you_hear_me_flush.png It is a new month, with new energy and new freedom and new prospects. A certain Onion story is tempting me to link to it, but I still struggle with just how real I want this ongoing diary to be, in the end. At any rate, I do attach here a fine program featuring a fine record, even though the segues don't always live up to my expectations. That's okay. I AM LEARNING TO LOVE MYSELF.

I have an on-again / off-again semi-secret life as an amateur electrical engineer / hobbyist / noodler. There's a saying in those circles that within 10% of the desired value of anything is fine unless you're on the edge of a cliff. We've arrived at that point, with this episode, #270. "300" is the number of programs I would pretty much bet my life on having done at my old station; differences in program length notwithstanding that is the point at which it will start feeling as though this program, here, is the Real one. THERE IS NO NEED TO FEEL THIS WAY but I do nevertheless, and it is daunting. I am already comfortable saying this is the better one although it lacks the naivete and pure instinct that drove the old one. Still, it is my light and it produces happiness, I will not hide it, it will not always be my only light and it will not be a light of mine forever. But it is here, now, and I thank you for joining me on this ride.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 April 6, 2100-2300:

  1. "Pot Hole" | Hol | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  2. "The Eye Dance" | The Comsat Angels | Sleep No More | Edsel
  3. "Skid Row" | Merle Haggard | The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 | Bear Family | "Listening Parlour"
  4. "Gorgeous Blue Flower in My Garden" | Th' Faith Healers | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  5. "Wind on the Reeds" | I-lodica and Dogdub | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  6. "Can't You Hear Me" | Paul Ngozi | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Ring" | Fabrizio Rat | La Machina | Optimo Trax
  8. "Fwe Bena Zambia" | 5 Revolutions | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Primer" | The KVB | ...Of Desire | Metropolis
  10. "In Other Worlds" | Barry Adamson | Know Where To Run | Central Control International
  11. "N1" | Kapote | Fuck Music | Toy Tonics
  12. "A Constant Temptation" | PaPERHOUsE | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  13. "Black Power" | Peace | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "You Sold Me Out #2" | Love 666 | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
  15. "The Bad Will Die" | Keith Mlevhu | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Reflective Orange" | Blood Sport | Axe to the Root | Blast First Petite
  17. "Popol Vuh III" | Flying Saucer Attack | Chorus [reissue] | Drag City
  18. "Mad Man" | Born Free | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "Return to Mechanics" | COH | MUSIC VOL. | Editions Mego
  20. "No Time (Palooski Edit)" | Witch | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Ode to Citrus Heights" | CTMF | A Glimpse of Another Time | Damaged Goods
  22. "Hi Gloss (Manicure)" | No Zu | Afterlife | Chapter Music
  23. "Chinese Takeaway" | Spider King | Shot to Pieces | Finders Keepers
  24. "Arc-Lite (Sonar)" | Loop | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  25. "Hardwax Flashback (Powell 'Cov Megamix')" | Russell Haswell | As Sure As Night Follows Day (Remixes) | Diagonal
  26. "No Answered Prayers" | Breathless | Blue Moon [reissue] | Tenor Vossa
  27. "Don't Take Me For A Ride" | Founders 15 | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again | "Physical Evidence"
  28. "Path 5 - Clark Remix / Edit" | Max Richter | Sleep (Remixes) | Deutsche Grammophon

how can I go when the wheels won't roll

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6
Apr 2016

Cruising Altitude Departure 18, 2015 September 20

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Captain Halcyon, checking in. Programs like the one in this post are what "Cruising Altitude" is all about: summery / autumnal late-afternoon sunshine and love. Press "play" and you will find satisfaction. If it is not already within you, your search is over.

There are not many more of these recordings, I daresay. I don't think there will be many more. This program has mostly been, and currently is, an impromptu adventure happening only when it can, and "when it can" is increasingly infrequent.

There's always The Slow Drift.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2015 September 20, 1600-1700:

  1. "La Piste Chinoise" | Bon Voyage Organization | Xingye | Bon Voyage
  2. "Coma" | Loop | Array 1 | ATP
  3. "Skov I" | Jannick Schou | Fabrik | Experimedia
  4. "The Subliminal Sense of Absorption" | At Vilander | Void Transcripts | Parachute
  5. "Dreamtape" | Will Samson & Heimer | Animal Hands | Karaoke Kalk
  6. "Codex" | Ghost Harmonic | Codex | Metamatic
  7. "Prisms" | Shuttle 358 | Can You Prove I Was Born | 12k
  8. "A Ghost Lovestory" | Lucy and Klock | War Lullaby | Stroboscopic Artefacts
  9. "Dulcitone Grasses - Benoit Pioulard Remix" | Graveyard Tapes | I'm On Fire (White Rooms Remixes) | Lost Tribe Sound
  10. "Resurrection" | Leafcutter John | Resurrection | Desire Path
  11. "The Lonely People (Are Getting Lonelier)" | Stars of the Lid | The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid | kranky
  12. "Silver" | Lifted | 1 | PAN

catalogue your loops

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5
Apr 2016

We Know This Is a Moment Lost in Normal Time: Transmission 269, 2016 March 30

immersion_always_the_sea.jpg With this program we say goodbye to a horrible March. It was a month full of psychotic weather and pathological behavior. I don't excuse myself from that (who is to say I don't control the weather?). Maybe once in five tries I got it together to have "Physical Evidence" and "The Listening Parlour." Things can only get better--that's what I have heard, anyway.

Personal notes: I recently got hold of a copy of Today by Galaxie 500--keeping up with the times, don't you know--and I don't think an album has "expressed me," lyrically, as much as this one does since, maybe, Hatful of Hollow. True story! Also, hey, I am learning to create "bubbles of relief" for myself in therapy, which is a good thing as long as you don't over-apply them. I have learned that the hard way. But may you find your own bubble of relief if you have not already done so!

BOMBAST playlist 2016 March 30, 2100-2300:

  1. "Pop Song" | The Jesus Lizard | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
  2. "44 Blue" | Ling | Attachment | Codes
  3. "Onaneus" | Mike Cooper | New Kiribati | Discrepant
  4. "First Leap" | Bremen | Eclipsed | Blackest Ever Black
  5. "I've Got Your Heart Beat" | Sky High Diamonds | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  6. "Light in the Evening" | Flying Saucer Attack | Chorus [reissue] | Drag City
  7. "Thaler" | Irmler & FM Einheit | Bestandteil | Klangbad
  8. "Deranging good night" | Ashtray Navigations | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  9. "Syringe Dub" | Skin, Flesh & Bones | Dub in Blood | Pressure Sounds
  10. "Riding with Death (feat. Go As Death)" | Volkanos | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  11. "Beast Infection" | Grimes | Geidi Primes | Arbutus
  12. "The Script" | Bludgeon Club Sound | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  13. "Sheven" | John Tejada | The End of It All 2015 Mix | Palette
  14. "Frost" | BASS DRUM | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  15. "Waiting for the Angels" | The Darkside | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  16. "The Ville" | Epoch | Tempa Allstars, Vol. 8 | Tempa
  17. "Duration Point" | Liza Nicklin | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  18. "Always the Sea | Immersion | Analogue Creatures | swim
  19. "One Who Really Loves You" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  20. "Massani Cice" | Orchestre Laye Thiam | Senegal 70 (Sonic Gems from the 70s) | Analog Africa
  21. "Gift to Gift" | Bunny & The Invalid Singers | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  22. "Evil Kind" | Barry Adamson | Know Where To Run | Central Control International
  23. "Echoes Remain Forever" | Anne Clark | Changing Places | Red Flame
  24. "Tugboat" | Galaxie 500 | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  25. "Sixteen Blue" | The Replacements | Let It Be | Twin/Tone
  26. "Volcano" | The Smokin Coconuts | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  27. "Somersault Sunrise" | BLOW-UP | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  28. "Needles" | Franklin de Costa | Tentacles | Curle
  29. "Demain est une autre nuit" | Essaie Pas | Demain est une autre nuit | DFA LLC
  30. "Viva" | Breathless | Blue Moon [reissue] | Tenor Vossa

furious approval

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4
Apr 2016

In the Absence of Better Explanations: Transmission 268, 2016 March 23

not_waving_animals.jpg Supposedly, I have an opportunity to become wistful about "the way things used to be." Just a few years ago, it seems, I could juggle several responsibilities at once--"multitask," as the kids say. This program provides evidence that I can't do that, or at least that I couldn't on this night. My real job intruded on my pastime, my plans for the evening changed, phone calls needed making, and we would up with the awful result of two Flying Saucer Attack songs being played.

However, I am not going to take advantage of this opportunity. Perhaps not for the best of reasons--my back catalogue is full of mistake-riddled programs. But I have listened back to this one, and it was time well spent, not nearly as atrocious as I thought.

Forgiveness, though, as my counselor tells me, is a process requiring changed behavior over time, so I still need to work on being better, and on pardoning myself.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 March 23, 2100-2300:

  1. "True Love Will Find You in the End" | Spectrum | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  2. "They Cannot Be Replaced" | Not Waving | Animals | Diagonal
  3. "In Spirals" | Benoit Gagnon & Massimiliano Pagliara | In Spirals | Correspondant
  4. "All My Gods (feat. Tik Tu)" | Omodada | All My Gods - Ummagma Remix | Moon Sounds
  5. "Prediction - Brainwave Version" | Opfer der Hingabe | Domestic Landscape, Vol. 2: Underrated Synth Classics 1982-1990 | Domestica
  6. "Ministers Say It Could Take Two Years To Destroy Isis" | Band of Holy Joy | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  7. "A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  8. "tardive dyskinesia" | ugly separation | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  9. "One of Our Girls Has Gone Missing" | A. C. Marias | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  10. "Earth" | Fontan | Babylon EP | Hoga Nord
  11. "Ballroom" | Breathless | Blue Moon [reissue] | Tenor Vossa
  12. "The Howl" | Mary Ocher + Your Government | Mary Ocher + Your Government | Klangbad
  13. "Marie Galante" | Aquarius Heaven | Bato charge | Circus Company
  14. "Tired" | Fret! | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  15. "Crystal Eyes" | The Nightblooms | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  16. "Stoned Crocodiles" | Praed | The Fabrication of Silver Dreams | Annihaya
  17. "Feedback Song Demo" | Flying Saucer Attack | Chorus [reissue] | Drag City
  18. "Mechanika" | Effeto Joule | Domestic Landscape, Vol. 2: Underrated Synth Classics 1982-1990 | Domestica
  19. "Second Hour (accidental detail)" | Flying Saucer Attack | Chorus [reissue] | Drag City
  20. "Before I Kill Again" | Gas Huffer | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
  21. "Uriel Wavv" | Dagir Du | Uriel Wavv | Seagrave
  22. "My Deranged Heart" | Smashing Orange | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  23. "Tangeh-ye-Hormoz" | Pina | Transit | Lapsus
  24. "Red Planet" | DUBCON | Martian Dub Beacon | Metropolis
  25. "DMX 15-80 S" | Automat | Plusminus | Bureau B
  26. "Moonbuilding 2073 AD - Teebs - Moon Grotto Mix" | The Orb | Moonbuilding 2073 AD Remixes / Sin in Space, Pt. 1 | Kompakt
  27. "Park the Car by the Side of the Road" | Swirlies | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  28. "Texas Crash" | Barry Adamson | Know Where To Run | Central Control International
  29. "Sara e Tristana" | The Durutti Column | Amigos Em Portugal | Durutti

I don't want to vote for your president.

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1
Apr 2016

Me, A Machine, And My Obsession: Transmission 267, 2016 March 16

durutti_column_bataclan.jpg Live albums seem to polarize people, for reasons I don't understand. "I don't like listening to people clap for things that happened when I wasn't there," I seem to recall a friend writing. Friend: if you're reading this, rest assured that the clapping on "Live At The Venue" is not very audible! Still, I love this recording, bootleggy though it may be.

In a previous life, I "did" live performance and I had/have some hangups about the recording of it. Not the paranoid hangups--I don't mind there being documentary evidence that I did a thing in a place at a time--but simply the aversion to watching / hearing myself do / say things in the past. The laws of space / time suggest that there are places where the past is always happening, but I don't have to visit those places! HOWEVER, I have no philosophical issues with recordings of OTHER people. Is this hypocritical, or just blithe? I'm going with the latter.

For damn sure I don't have any serious feelings about the ontology of live tapes. I'm fine with their being whatever the performers want them to be.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 March 16, 2100-2300:

  1. "Gremlin Stomp" | Hammerhead | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
  2. "Self Portrait" | The Durutti Column | Live at the Venue | Durutti | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Chase" | Go March | Go March | Unday
  4. "Jacqueline" | The Durutti Column | Live at the Venue | Durutti | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "Uthers Dub" | Glove of Bones | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  6. "Farver / Filmrer" | Skatebard | CDIII | Balsa Wood
  7. "Kobane Iraq" | Abu AMA | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  8. "I Got a Woman" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  9. "The Beggar" | The Durutti Column | Live at the Venue | Durutti | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "ONE CHORD" | David Ramos | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  11. "Gettin' to Business" | Morgan | Gettin' to Business / Cooker | Funk 45
  12. "Ham and Fish Pasty" | Heads of State | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  13. "Party" | The Durutti Column | Live at the Venue | Durutti | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "I Get Excited" | The Comsat Angels | Waiting for a Miracle | Edsel
  15. "All the Reasons Slide" | Breathless | Blue Moon [reissue] | Tenor Vossa
  16. "In" | Gary Bromley | Outside | Assembly Field
  17. "Winter Tale" | Ummagma | Frequency | Moon Sounds
  18. "Sigh Becomes a Scream" | The Durutti Column | Live at the Venue | Durutti | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "The Things You Crave" | The Astronauts | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  20. "Creature of Habit" | Starclash | Rhodes Inspirational: From East to West | Klik
  21. "Black Diamond" | The Replacements | Let It Be | Twin/Tone
  22. "Running" | ASYMMETROI FAROI | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  23. "Work Is a Four-Letter Word" | The Smiths | Girlfriend In a Coma | Rough Trade | "Listening Parlour"
  24. "Shimmering Dawn" | Finglebone | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  25. "Croupier" | Adam Johnson | Chigliak | Merck
  26. "boom boom chac REMIX" | Rapoon | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  27. "Christine" | The House of Love | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  28. "Never Known" | The Durutti Column | Live at the Venue | Durutti | "Physical Evidence"
  29. "Bobo on the Corner" | Beastie Boys | The In Sound from Way Out! | Grand Royal - Capitol

accidental detail

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