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31
May 2016

Don’t You Roll So Slow: Transmission 277, 2016 May 11

secret_boyfriend.jpg a propos of nothing, I have a thought I'd like to share, since I can't remember anything about this particular program except that the tunes were good and that Lady Catharsis chose one. My thought is about elitism as it pertains to music. Maybe it is about wilful obscurity, and maybe it is about both things, and maybe it is halfway coherent. We try.

This past week the Senior Catharses were in town, and one of them asked us about the local music scene, about which I suggested that it is kind of nice that we have a thriving underground without anyone being "too big" [though we could maybe do with someone who was Thin White Rope-sized, but that's just a personal preference.] Then Lady Catharsis brought up that somewhat local band, X Ambassadors--they of the "Renegades" song that has aired so many times in a Jeep commercial that I never want to hear it again--not that I would have found it enjoyable in the first place, but you get "the picture." (I suggested that they don't count but LC insists that they do).

Anyway, THIS IS HOW WE GOT HERE: it really is about my never wanting to hear your song again. I don't care that you've made money from a commercial. Congratulations. Whether you are successful enough at art to quit your day job is not my business; I wish you the best. I would not recommend poverty to anyone or wish it upon anyone so harmless as an artist. (Except Billy Joel, but then he is not harmless, so my point stands.) So: knock yourself out with underscoring deals, that's part of your freedom. I may have to move on from fandom, but that's part of my freedom too. Universal balance restored.

But that other part of success--growing an audience--gave me some thinks too. I don't think, pace occasional friend of the program Alex, that social snobbery informs one's decision to move on when a favorite band "breaks." To me it is more like a response to gentrification--the cool kids are moving in, and I need to find a more reasonable neighborhood until the next cultural shift happens. Some of us like things cheap, low-key, and not crowded. No personal judgement involved.

If you would like to exercise personal judgement here, like perhaps thinking--even commenting--that it's a dire rhetorical move to liken, say, hurt feelings over a band's major-label contract to losing one's house, that's part of YOUR freedom. Yay, freedom.

More grandparent updates next time!

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 May 11, 2100-2300:

  1. "Mad Dog" | Spider King | Shot to Pieces | Finders Keepers
  2. "You Can't Sit Down" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  3. "Temp" | Trux | Trux | Office Recordings
  4. "Stripping at the Nail" | Secret Boyfriend | Memory Care Unit | Blackest Ever Black
  5. "Mob Hand" | The Fire Dept. | L'Oeuf D'Or | M'Lady's
  6. "Circle IX (Treachery)" | Pact Infernal | The Descent Chapter II | Samurai Hero
  7. "Alpine Evening" | The Orb | Alpine | Kompakt
  8. "Nine Regal" | The Dandelion Set | The Delaware Road | Buried Treasure
  9. "Leger Leger" | Julien Gasc, Forever Pavot & Chassol | Moonshine, Vol. 1 | Born Bad
  10. "Building a bridge to you from the roof of a disused supermarket in Budapest" | Jumble Hole Clough | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  11. "Generique debut" | Pierre Vassiliu | Ils (Bande originale du film de Jean-Daniel Simon) | Born Bad
  12. "Slow" | Olof Melander | The Path | Project Mooncircle
  13. "4'32"" | Inventing Masks | Inventing Masks | Error Broadcast
  14. "Souvenir" | Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | Dazzle Ships (Live at the Museum of Liverpool) | White Noise
  15. "Standing Stone" | Flying Saucer Attack | Distance | Domino
  16. "All Leave Cancelled (X)" | The Fall | Wise Ol' Man EP | Cherry Red
  17. "Solo 3" | Nicklas Sorensen | Solo | El Paraiso
  18. "Young Mountain" | Gain Stage | Elevated Noise | Portals Editions
  19. "Camino" | H.O.S.H. | Cilanthropy | DIYnamic
  20. "Hate Week (vox dub Dark Outside)" | Security | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  21. "Hi Fu" | Tiefschwarz | Left | Watergate
  22. "EYES (Feat EazyLee RIP)" | Trinity Lo Fi | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  23. "Nom" | Benny Boeldt | 8 of Cups | Carpark
  24. "Poor Magic" | Brandt Brauer Frick | Holy Night & Pure Magic | K7 / Because Music
  25. "The Other Me" | Laila | Laila | DEEWEE
  26. "Nine Pound Hammer" | Merle Travis | Hillbilly Music... Thank God! Vol. 1 | Bug / Capitol | "Listening Parlour"
  27. "Poor Connection" | Blackfoot | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again
  28. "Exoplanet" | ASC | The Farthest Reaches | Auxiliary

I Wore Lilacs In My Hair

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26
May 2016

Gangster Whitewalls, TV Antenna In The Back: Transmission 276, 2016 May 04

Cavern_of_Anti-Matter_-_Void_Versions.jpg It was good timing that William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful" had been reissued, because I was feeling thankful on this night. I was feeling so much thankfulness, I guess, that I needed to play three versions of it. Or maybe that is just my craving for repetition. Anyway, that happened, and somewhere in the mess Cavern of Anti-Matter manifested itself as well A special evening!

I've taken on new work, you see, that at least part of the time allows me to exist in this century, and not some far-off time. It's quite refreshing! This century is actually pretty decent.

As I write this the Senior Catharses are in town. Grandpa Catharsis was trying to remember the other night which WRFI personalities he'd met. He remembered Jim Murphy, which is a good memory to retain, and somehow blocked out our accidental encounter with tinfoil-hat-wearing, rabbit-hole dwelling "outside the box" thinker Joey Dugan when he slept through half of his show this one time. I'm jealous. I remember all of that, and meanwhile I've got whole chunks of years that I can't remember. It's not fair. I'm withholding some of my gratitude--sorry, Oprah--until I get the obliviousness I deserve.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 May 4, 2100-2300:

  1. "Mind Sweep" | Dan Curtin | Galaxies Merging EP | EPM
  2. "Spirit Beat" | No Zu | Afterlife | Chapter Music
  3. "In Fear of Fear" | Bauhaus | Mask [reissue] | Beggars Banquet - Hostess
  4. "Hi-Hats Bring The Hiss (Hieroglyphic Being Remix)" | Cavern of Anti-Matter | Void Versions | Duophonic | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "A2" | Prins Thomas | Principe Del Norte | Smalltown Supersound
  6. "Doin' A Little Time" | Jealousy | Paid For It | Moniker
  7. "Be Thankful For What You Got" | Massive Attack | Blue Lines | Wild Bunch / Virgin
  8. "Intro (Walking Unobserved)" | Hunter / Game | Adaptation | Kompakt Extra
  9. "Heisenberg (The Sight Below Remix)" | Port-Royal | You Ware Nowhere | N5MD
  10. "Breeding Space" | African Head Charge | Environmental Studies | On-U Sound
  11. "Be Thankful for What You Got" | William DeVaughn | Be Thankful for What You Got | Fever Dream
  12. "Celestrial Voyage" | Dennis Young | Wave (Electronic Music 1984-1988) | Bureau B
  13. "All Night Party" | Anne Clark | Changing Places | Red Flame
  14. "Life" | Karl Bartos | Life | Trocadero
  15. "Bajeer" | Pampered Fists | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  16. "Void Beat (Karen Gwyer Remix)" | Cavern of Anti-Matter | Void Versions | Duophonic | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Twit" | Monoslapper | The Delaware Road | Buried Treasure
  18. "Answering Machine" | The Replacements | Let It Be | Twin/Tone
  19. "February 8th" | Flying Saucer Attack | Chorus [reissue] | Drag City
  20. "Saudade" | The Durutti Column | Amigos Em Portugal | Durutti
  21. "Green Onions" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  22. "Tomb Song (variant)" | Fossil Aerosol Mining Project | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  23. "Names and Numbers" | Express Rising | Fixed Rope | Numero Group
  24. "Conscious Dub (Instrumental Version)" | Illbilly Hitec | Reggae Not Dead | Echo Beach
  25. "Nocturne" | Molecule | 981mb | Because Music
  26. "OooRr (inside)" | nobodisoundz | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  27. "Be Thankful" | Bunny Clarke | Shocks of Mighty | Attack
  28. "Dubbing In The Back Seat" | The Upsetters | Shocks of Mighty | Attack
  29. "Que" | Asterion | The Delaware Road | Buried Treasure

it's my direction

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19
May 2016

It’s Going To Be The Usual Wild Ride, Mrs. Toad: Transmission 275, 2016 April 27

ling_attachment.jpg Here we find ourselves broadcasting on schedule, or at least according to our "obligation" [NB I am still a volunteer and very grateful to have airtime--thank you, mgmt!]. Sure enough, our focus game was on fleek this evening. This does not stop mediocrity from crashing the party.

For once this appears in the form of other people, specifically someone we'll call "the substitute" [you'll have to listen to the sound file for "clues," yo]. This person had filled in for DJ Andrea--thinking they'd left a cd in one of the decks, they pressed "eject" and interrupted my first track--sorry, Essaie Pas!--and forced a restart. DON'T PRESS MY BUTTONS. ONLY I PRESS THE BUTTONS. People don't learn. I have dealt with this person's technical incompetence many a time. God give me the confidence and complacency of an underqualified white man.

Anyway, as I said, *I* did pretty well, all things considered. Drummer John called in and had a bunch of requests, which I did my best to oblige. You have him to thank for "Bela Lugosi's Dead" [or blame, if you happen to be my Program or Music Director from three decades ago].

[Yes, I still get the feeling I'm being supervised.]

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 April 27, 2100-2300:

  1. "Retox" | Essaie Pas | Demain est une autre nuit | DFA LLC
  2. "Face Peradam" | Jakob Skott | All the Colours of the Dust | El Paraiso
  3. "Strange" | Post Industrial Boys | Unintended | Karaoke Kalk
  4. "Roach Race" | Alex Barnett | Chew from the Mind | Midwich Productions
  5. "Body Deh (feat. Shokryme)" | Okzharp & Samrai | Gated EP | Keysound
  6. "Immaculata" | The Devil and the Universe | Benedicere | Rustblade
  7. "liquid gate" | Cavern of Anti-Matter | void beats / invocation trex | Duophonic
  8. "Super Echo" | Egoless | Like a Nuclear Bomb | Scotch Bonnet
  9. "NOV20152[Edit1]A]" | Warrior Squares | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  10. "Other Dub - Mix II" | MM Studio | Good Star Dubs | Album Label
  11. "Peaceful Man" | Peace | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again
  12. "Cities of the Red Night" | Dave Harrington Group | Become Alive | Other People
  13. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" | Bauhaus | Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape | Beggars Banquet - Hostess
  14. "All My Gods (feat. Tik Tu) (Ummagma Remix)" | Omodada | All My Gods - Ummagma Remix | Moon Sounds
  15. "In a Quiet Room" | The Veldt | The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur - The Drake Equation | Leonard Skully
  16. "Tomorrow We Will Kill You" | Not Waving | Animals | Diagonal
  17. "Nairobi Cowboy" | Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society | Earned Dreams | Knit Classics
  18. "Path 5 - Mogwai Remix / Edit" | Max Richter | Sleep (Remixes) | Deutsche Grammophon
  19. "Morning Dew" | Einsturzende Neubauten | Fuenf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala | Some Bizarre
  20. "Wheels Turning" | The Durutti Column | Amigos Em Portugal | Durutti
  21. "Feel the Spirit" | Foster Jackson Group | Feel the Spirit | Lonnie
  22. "Canthem" | Ling | Attachment | Codes
  23. "You Shouldn't Do That" | Jack Ketch and the Crowmen | Brimfull of Hate | M'Lady's
  24. "Rollercoaster" | The Jesus and Mary Chain | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  25. "Numbed Out" | Hey Colossus | Radio Static High | Rocket
  26. "Hinoki" | Anenon | Petrol | Friends of Friends
  27. "The White Sea" | :zoviet*france: | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY

hieroglaughic.

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17
May 2016

Uniquely, Completely, Imperially Alone: Transmission 274, 2016 April 23

neb2_mini.jpg Another fill-in opportunity, this time for "Exterior Realms" and DJ Penelope, another program without features, another scoop of unregulated trail mix, and another recording with notes. I hope you appreciated the previous one. Here's what I have:

"More vocal numbers in this program. It's going well even though I am in a desperate mood." [I WAS. Personal issues.]

"I don't understand how this works." [I DON'T. This is why I'm not a professional.]

"The segue into "Like a Chicken" shouldn't have worked but did." [Happy accidents!]

"So many words." [I don't remember whether I was referring to some vocalist or myself. I hope this has been edifying!]

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 April 23, 2100-2300:

  1. "Keep Moving On" | Satin Jackets | Panorama Pacifico | Eskimo
  2. "Human Mystery" | Celt Islam | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  3. "Britain's Got Talon" | eMMplekz | Rook to TN34 | Mordant
  4. "We're Comin' Out" | The Replacements | Let It Be | Twin/Tone
  5. "Organic Cities" | Immersion | Analogue Creatures | swim
  6. "Passenger" | Post Industrial Boys | Unintended | Karaoke Kalk
  7. "Run" | Spiritualized | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  8. "Mo' Onions" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  9. "Sanctified" | The Veldt | The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur - The Drake Equation | Leonard Skully
  10. "Into Night (Brush My Hair, While I Cry)" | Purple Pilgrims | Eternal Delight | Not Not Fun
  11. "Profoundamental" | Candy L | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  12. "Nord" | Julian Wasserman & HBC | 10 Years Stil Vor Talent Presented By Oliver Koletzki | Stil Vor Talent
  13. "Like a Chicken" | Witch | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again
  14. "Outsider" | ^L_ | The Outsider | Antime
  15. "Inescapable" | Cranes | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  16. "Stayin' Strong Hand" | Gary Gritness | The Sugar Cane Chronicles Vol. 1 | Hypercolour
  17. "Solid Gold Telephone" | Commodo | Set It Straight | Black Acre
  18. "Of Roots Hardly Known" | 12z | Trembling Air | Other People
  19. "Tentacles" | Franklin de Costa | Tentacles | Curle
  20. "Small Girl By a Pool" | The Durutti Column | Amigos Em Portugal | Durutti
  21. "No. 1 Fan" | Majesty Crush | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  22. "To My Love" | July Skies | The Weather Clock | Caught By the River
  23. "Saturn and Co." | Bill Pritchard | Mother Town Hall | Tapete
  24. "Bogota" | Jimi Jules | Bogota EP | Watergate
  25. "Damascus Spy" | Abu AMA | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  26. "I'm Not Made of Iron" | Chrissy Zebby Tembo | Can't You Hear Me? | Now-Again
  27. "E" | Jealousy | Paid For It | Moniker
  28. "Expo" | Anchorsong | Ceremonial | Tru Thoughts
  29. "Untitled 1985" | Muslimgauze | Split | Optimo Trax
  30. "63 1st Movement Home" | 3bc | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  31. "Bijie Dream" | Tim Hecker | Love Streams | 4AD

strewn with time's dead flowers

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13
May 2016

A Determination Will Be Made As To Why That Occurred: Transmission 273, 2016 April 20

Cucurbita_pepo_02_ies.jpg Normal Wednesday Night Service resumes! And, in my pursuit of Excellence in Content and Technique, I took notes on this broadcast. I thought I would share them with you. Here goes:

"I am sighing, eating dinner during the show, choking on phlegm, it's ugly and sloppy." [It's all true--I am overcoming something in the phlegm department; as I have said in the past I work out before my program, and sometimes buy a sandwich, and this was one of those nights, and it is ALWAYS UGLY AND SLOPPY, I don't even know why I bothered writing that down.]

"I don't talk enough, not like Roger Smith. He is a teacher. I have nothing to teach anymore." [Haha, also true! You should listen to Roger Smith and "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune," Monday nights at 7pm. I have promised that no one will learn anything from my program, so at least I am keeping my word.]

"That is a long story." [Yes, yes it is.]

"I don't feel like talking, it is all very tired sounding. almost the entire show is instrumental. is this the sound of old age?" [Probably, but did you not wonder what the sound of old age was? OH NO HAVE I ACTUALLY TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING]

More notes to come, with the next program! I feel more excellent already!

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 April 20, 2100-2300:

  1. "Cosmic Traveler" | DUBCON | Martian Dub Beacon | Metropolis
  2. "Moonbuilding 2073 AD - Wassermann - PsychoSchaffelClusterMix" | The Orb | Moonbuilding 2073 AD Remixes / Sin in Space, Pt. 1 | Kompakt
  3. "50 Trees" | Modeselektor | Trees / 50 Trees | 50 Weapons
  4. "She Moves Like a Machine" | Rob Lawrence | Domestic Landscape, Vol. 2: Underrated Synth Classics 1982-1990 | Domestica
  5. "The Wrong Person Spec" | Demons | The Wrong Person Spec | District Six
  6. "Realigned Dub" | African Head Charge | Super Mystic Brakes | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Flashbacks - Franck Vigroux Remix" | Emika | Flashbacks | Emika
  8. "Bato charge" | Aquarius Heaven | Bato charge | Circus Company
  9. "Shut Down" | Chakk | Clocks and Babies | Klanggalerie
  10. "13 crowsdub" | Dogdub | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  11. "Good Vibrations" | The Echologist | Good Vibrations | Echocord Colour
  12. "Invierno - John Tejada Remix" | Ricardo Tobar | Ricardo Tobar - Collection Remixes Pt. 1 | Cocoon
  13. "Beri Version" | African Head Charge | Super Mystic Brakes | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Call of Deliverance" | Rapoon | Song from the End of the World | Glacial Movements
  15. "Stranger on the Shore" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  16. "People I Know - Cesar P" | David Ramos | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  17. "Estoril a noite" | The Durutti Column | Amigos Em Portugal | Durutti
  18. "Where" | Baumann / Koek | Baumann / Koek | Bureau B
  19. "The Invention Mother" | Nonkeen | The Gamble | R & S
  20. "Clean Slate" | Joachim Pastor | 10 Years Stil Vor Talent Presented By Oliver Koletzki | Stil Vor Talent
  21. "Street Field" | Assembled Minds | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  22. "The Race (Part 2)" | African Head Charge | Super Mystic Brakes | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "June Keys (fragment)" | Ishmael Cormack | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY

modern life is auto-tuned

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6
May 2016

You Can’t Tell If It’s Your Birthday Or You’re Getting Fired: Transmission 272, 2016 April 17

fatima_al_qadiri_brute.jpg Today I hate everyone and everything, so I thought I might lighten my mood by posting something. YOU'RE WELCOME. The "something" is a program I did on pretty short notice (was it an emergency? probably an emotional one, knowing me). I wanted to hear some A Certain Ratio, I know this, and there wasn't much more to it.

What happened in this program? You probably already know--carefully curated segues that nevertheless went awry, some scrambling toward the end, a general clusterfuffle of an evening. At least we got to hear a different version of "Flight" than the standard, which for reasons I'm not ready to discuss I have always associated with a bad personal decision. Oh, and I managed to call our friend Mr. D something I don't think he's ever been called, though he should have.

I'm feeling better now, but only just.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 April 17, 2100-2300:

  1. "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out" | The Replacements | Let It Be | Twin/Tone
  2. "Flight (John Peel Session, 1979)" | A Certain Ratio | B-Sides, Sessions & Rarities | Soul Jazz | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "The Orchard (feat. Violinbwoy)" | Dub Dynasty | Holy Cow | Steppas
  4. "To Modify" | Dan Curtin | Galaxies Merging EP | EPM
  5. "III" | Aluk Todolo | Voix | Ajna Offensive
  6. "Welcome to the Foyer" | Blood Sport | Axe to the Root | Blast First Petite
  7. '4'22"' | Inventing Masks | Inventing Masks | Error Broadcast
  8. "Money" | One Eyed God | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  9. "Choir (John Peel Session, 1979)" | A Certain Ratio | B-Sides, Sessions & Rarities | Soul Jazz | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "Plainsong" | Seefeel | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  11. "Big Tuna" | Bulbs | Color Attic | Shelter Press
  12. "Terminal New York" | The (Hypothetical) Prophets | Around the World With | Infine
  13. "Jiffy hoof out" | MWSTARD! | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  14. "All Night Party (John Peel Session, 1979)" | A Certain Ratio | B-Sides, Sessions & Rarities | Soul Jazz | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Johnny Sunshine" | Liz Phair | Exile in Guyville | Matador
  16. "Endzone" | Fatima Al Qadiri | Brute | Hyperdub
  17. "One Day Out of Life" | The Veldt | The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation | Leonard Skully
  18. "Unreal" | Tricky | Skilled Mechanics | K7
  19. "Envy" | HVOB | 10 Years Stil Vor Talent Presented By Oliver Koletzki | Stil Vor Talent
  20. "Another Reality" | Karl Bartos | Communication | Trocadero
  21. "Karma Control on Patrol" | Ste Rozza | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  22. "Afterlife Lifestyle" | No Zu | Afterlife | Chapter Music
  23. "Laughter in Moscow" | The Toy Shop | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  24. "Do the Du (John Peel Session, 1979)" | A Certain Ratio | B-Sides, Sessions & Rarities | Soul Jazz | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Don't Be Afraid (12" Mix)" | George Faith | Mr. Perry I Presume | Pressure Sounds
  26. "Violently Still" | How Hot Is Your Cloud | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  27. "Call to the Shining Man" | The Assembled Minds | Creaking Haze and Other Rave-Ghosts | Patterned Air
  28. "7 Directions" | Luciano feat. Jaw | 7direction(s) | Cadenza
  29. "Breathless" | Waterhouse | Empty Gallery EP | Decisions

money making, money money making, super mystic mystic breaking

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