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25
Jul 2016

Gun For Hire, No Business Attire: Transmission 286, 2016 June 29

Prince_Buster_-_I_Feel_The_Spirit.jpg This was an odd(er than usual) program, but a good one. The Senior Catharses gave this one their hearty approval, for reasons which are not clear. But after the summer I have had, I am not one to look sideways at any kind remarks. What is it about summer?

I heard Captain Halcyon over the weekend. He did a tremendous program. Why can't that happen to me? It's been nothing but sloppiness, wall to wall, for about two months now. We haven't scratched the surface.

For some reason I decided that I would play 31 songs on this night, which seems way too many, although "Trace" and "Among Wolves" are worth the price of admission. (Admission is free, but you know what I mean.)

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 June 29, 2100-2300:

  1. "Ocean Girl" | Ummagma | Frequency | Moon Sounds
  2. "Shine" | Bailter Space | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  3. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" | The Smiths | The World Won't Listen [reissue] | Sire
  4. "Ex Cop" | The Rattler Proxy | Follow | Lurid Music
  5. "All Alone" | Prince Buster | I Feel The Spirit | Dynamite! | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Re-Entry" | Ramleh | Circular Time | Crucial Blast
  7. "Among Wolves" | Tim Green | Among Wolves | Cocoon
  8. "Rinky-Dink" | Booker T. & The M.G.'s | Green Onions | Rumble
  9. "Soul of Africa" | Prince Buster | I Feel The Spirit | Dynamite! | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "Mazda - Killing Sound Version (feat. Rider Shafique & Bogues)" | Aisha Devi | Of Matter and Spirit (Remixes) | Houndstooth
  11. "Trace" | Little Annie | Trace | Tin Angel
  12. "We Shall Overcome" | Prince Buster | I Feel The Spirit | Dynamite! | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Dancing" | Bauhaus | Mask [reissue] | Beggars Banquet - Hostess
  14. "Scarlet" | Lush | Origami | 4AD
  15. "Funky Cowboy" | Goober & The Peas | The Complete Works of Goober & The Peas | Kinetic | "Listening Parlour"
  16. "Wash All Your Troubles Away" | Prince Buster | I Feel The Spirit | Dynamite! | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "No Doubt" | Grand Pianoramax | Soundwave | Mental Groove
  18. "The Miry Verge" | Garry Bradbury | Yakovlevian Torque | No.
  19. "Satellite 581" | CB-R | DRSL | Cut Mistake
  20. "Last Train to London" | Prince Buster | I Feel The Spirit | Dynamite! | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Outlands" | The Orb | The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld [reissue] | WAU! Mr. Modo - Island
  22. "Naadiis Orbit" | Dagir Du | Uriel Wavv | Seagrave
  23. "Hold Them" | Prince Buster | I Feel The Spirit | Dynamite! | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "Hiraeth" | Lone | Levitate | R & S
  25. "The Ryan Factor" | Jack Ketch and the Crowmen | Brimfull of Hate | M'Lady's
  26. "I Feel the Spirit" | Prince Buster | I Feel The Spirit | Dynamite! | "Physical Evidence"
  27. "Self Portrait" | The Durutti Column | LC [reissue] | Factory Benelux
  28. "E.T. Special" | Impact All-Stars | Java Java Java Java - Instrumentals Dubwise Versions | Get On Down
  29. "Statistical Order" | Dalhous | The Composite Moods Collection, Vol. 1: House Number 44 | Blackest Ever Black
  30. "In the Courtyard" | CFCF | On Vacation | International Feel
  31. "A Bluish Shadow" | Kowton | Utility | Livity Sound

over the hills and valleys

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20
Jul 2016

Feel Like A Soldier, Look Like A Thief: Transmission 285, 2016 June 22

express_rising_-_fixed_rope.jpg Wow wow wow, you guys, I was getting nostalgic for a minute, as I am prone to do when the heat scrambles my brain, and I came across this post. It is sort of an anniversary--anniversaries, for me, are big things--and I thought I'd just, you know, check in with the past. ALMOST NEVER A GOOD IDEA.

What a strange mix of anger and naivete was there! And if only calm and wisdom had taken their place! But, for real, things are much better now that I can observe things at the station from afar. I do almost feel like a sage at times, though cynicism and self-concept will not permit it fully. I have also taken to calling myself "emeritus."

Re. the endgame of the program: nope, not happening any time soon. it's fine. Everything's fine.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 June 22, 2100-2300:

  1. "Freeway" | K-X-P | III, Pt. 2 | Svart
  2. "Story" | Dieter Moebius | Nurton | Bureau B
  3. "Slimer Smile" | Sequoyah Tiger | Ta-Ta-Ta-Time | Morr Music
  4. "Locked-in Syndrome" | ^L_ | The Outsider | Antime
  5. "Copper Wire" | The Range | Potential | Domino
  6. "Hyper Martino" | Michele Mininni | Hyper Martino | Les Temps Perdu
  7. "Jimmy Jazz" | The Clash | London Calling [reissue] | Columbia - Sony
  8. "Bell Blender" | Phon.o | Afterglow | Tectonic
  9. "Cold World / Dear John" | Little Annie | Trace | Tin Angel
  10. "This Purgatory (Stuart Braithwaite - Mogwai Remix)" | Spectres | This Purgatory (Stuart Braithwaite - Mogwai Remix) | Sonic Cathedral
  11. "Evacuate" | Dextro | Into the Crossing | 16k
  12. "Untitled" | Youngsta & DJ Distance | Tempa Allstars, Vol. 8 | Tempa
  13. "Backtail Was Heavy" | Lone | Levitate | R & S
  14. "Rendezvous" | Princess Century | Rendezvous | Paper Bag
  15. "Fixed Rope" | Express Rising | Fixed Rope | Numero Group
  16. "Young Freedom" | Francis Lai | Cosmic Machine: The Sequel (Remixes) EP | Because Music
  17. "Switchblade Smile" | Whipping Boy | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  18. "Imidiwan Ahi Sigidam" | Tinariwen | Live in Paris | Wedge
  19. "Naab Dub" | Konrad Wehrmeister | Cosmos #1 | SVS
  20. "No Handle" | Visuals | The State of Things | Thesongsays
  21. "Hair of the Dog" | Bauhaus | Mask [reissue] | Beggars Banquet - Hostess
  22. "Ain't No Rock 'n' Roll Rookie" | Johnny Moped | It's A Real Cool Baby | Damaged Goods
  23. "The Earl of Suave" | Thee Headcoats | Elementary Headcoats [reissue] | Damaged Goods
  24. "Candyman" | Siouxsie & The Banshees | Classic Album Selection Volume Two | Polydor
  25. "Things Will Never Be The Same" | The Fire Dept. | L'Oeuf D'Or | M'Lady's
  26. "Inchworm" | Battles | Gloss Drop | WARP
  27. "Op De Laatste Rij, Daar Zwijgt Ge Niet" | Daghraven | #1 | Consouling Sounds

without a doubt

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20
Jul 2016

Breakfast At Eric’s: Transmission 284, 2016 June 18

breakfast_at_eric_s.jpg This episode is another instance of life giving me just about what I deserve. I was filling in for "Exterior Realms" (as I do way too often these days) and DJ Midwife, whose show preceded mine, took it upon herself to spin my first record. This is standard operating procedure at the station by the way, and applies to everyone's program but mine, this exception being a source of confusion and bemusement to all. Launched into the the world without asking to be, I had no choice but to improvise my way forward. It WAS midwifery.

It was mostly going pretty well until I miscued a Smiths record, and after that I kind of didn't want to know. I'm not sure how many mistakes I made--after the first one it more or less doesn't matter. That is a DEEP PERSONAL ISSUE and I should get it examined.

A historical note: that Tinderbox album by Siouxsie and the Banshees is just really, really great. I remember this one falling through the cracks, as it were--the hardcore Siouxsie fans thinking it was too "pop," pop enthusiasts finding it too weird and depressing ("she doesn't even sing in tune," etc). Punk Rockers! Squares! You were all wrong about this! I am doing it right! Be more like me!

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 June 18, 2100-2300:

  1. "Bitter" | Lush | Origami | 4AD
  2. "Weya" | Manu Dibango | Africafunk: The Original Sound Of 1970s Funky Africa | Harmless | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Grey Melody" | Microworld | Orange Sun | Curle
  4. "The Sweetest Chill" / "This Unrest" / "Cities in Dust" | Siouxsie & The Banshees | Classic Album Selection Volume Two | Polydor
  5. "Alpha Wheel" | Lone | Levitate | R & S
  6. "Hail the King" | Walli & The Afro Caravan | Africafunk: The Original Sound Of 1970s Funky Africa | Harmless | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Circle VIII (Fraud)" | Pact Infernal | The Descent Chapter II | Samurai Horo
  8. "One Dub - Mix II" | MM Studio | Good Star Dubs | Album Label
  9. "Skype" | Suzanne Kraft | DJ-Safety | Kitjen
  10. "The Camera" | Karl Bartos | Communication | Trocadero
  11. "Larry" | Kevin Hewick | All Was Numbered | Hacienda
  12. "Fresh" | Alex Gopher | Back to Basics EP | Go 4 Music
  13. "XTC" | DJ Koze | Hamburg Elektronisch 3 | hafendisko
  14. "Phase Out" | MMOTHS | Luneworks | Because Music
  15. "Don't Go" | Yaz | Upstairs At Eric's | Mute - Sire | "Listening Parlour"
  16. "Aruca" | Medicine | Still In a Dream - A Story of Shoegaze | Cherry Red
  17. "235" | Pearl River Sound | Somed Tapes, Vol. 1 | Seagrave
  18. "Shakespeare's Sister" | The Smiths | The World Won't Listen [reissue] | Sire
  19. "Megaton" | Vecchio | Africafunk: The Original Sound Of 1970s Funky Africa | Harmless | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "She Has A Way" | Little Annie | Trace | Tin Angel
  21. "Easy Window" | Lust For Youth | Compassion | Sacred Bones
  22. "Saturday Night" | HQFU | HQFU Mini Album | Instinctive Racoon
  23. "Ajo" | Peter King | Africafunk: The Original Sound Of 1970s Funky Africa | Harmless | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "Body" | Anenon | Petrol | Friends of Friends
  25. "Somebody Up There Likes You" | Simple Minds | New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) | Virgin
  26. "Charly stories" | Whizz Kid | A Warmer Welcome | digitalDIZZY
  27. "Splendid Nausea" | Extrawelt | Hamburg Elektronisch 3 | hafendisko

this is all we do

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18
Jul 2016

Come Inside And Be All You’ve Dreamed Of: Transmission 283, 2016 June 15

dazzle_ships.jpg It seems a lifetime ago, but at some point in early-mid June I was scheduled to do a show on a Saturday evening, but I was meant not to. I don't mean to alarm anyone, but ever since then my programs have been a bit...erratic. This was the first such program.

Retreating into the familiar territory of the Volume series felt good; honestly, though, I never thought I would inhabit this place. I felt things took a downward turn at around issue 6, but it's probably 1993's fault and not the publication's.

"The Mirror" is probably my soundtrack for the summer and beyond, in case you were wondering. No? Well, you're welcome, regardless.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 June 15, 2100-2300:

  1. "Working Hard Or Hardly Working" | Killdozer | Volume Six | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  2. "No-one Driving" | The Soft Moon | He's a Liquid | Metamatic
  3. "Ova Nova" | Underworld | Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future | Astralwerks
  4. "92 Degrees" / "Land's End" | Siouxsie & The Banshees | Classic Album Selection Volume Two | Polydor
  5. "The Mirror" | Gnod | Mirror | Rocket
  6. "One Tribe" | The Drum Club | Volume Six | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Such Great Heights" | Vincenzo | Hamburg Elektronisch 3 | hafendisko
  8. "Break It You Buy It" | Little Annie | Trace | Tin Angel
  9. "Ultraviolet Love Scene" | Loom | European Heartache | Gobstopper
  10. "Also With You" | Unmen | Volume Six | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Saturn Inc." | Drab Majesty | Completely Careless: 2012-2015 | Dais
  12. "Closing Distance" | Robin Lee | The Delaware Road | Buried Treasure
  13. "Downer" | Lush | Origami | 4AD
  14. "Keepsake" | Senseless Things | Volume Six | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "International" | Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | Dazzle Ships (Live at the Museum of Liverpool) | White Noise
  16. "My Machines (featuring Gary Numan)" | Battles | Gloss Drop | WARP
  17. "The Protectors" | Mikael Seifu | Zelalem | Rvng Int'l
  18. "Cut Throat (Remix)" | Ultra Vivid Scene | Volume Six | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "Star 6 & 7 8 9" | The Orb | The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld [reissue] | WAU! Mr. Modo - Island
  20. "Why Not" | good guy mikesh | Cookies EP | Spiel
  21. "Keep Moving On" | Gallon Drunk | Volume Six | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Ardent" | Kangding Ray | Ardent / Swallows | Stroboscopic Artefacts

discordant limbs watch unimpressed

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7
Jul 2016

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Till You’ve Seen the Invisible: Transmission 282, 2016 June 9

the_KLF.jpg Time was, I would be D.T.B. ("Down To Broadcast"--yes, I know, my life is sad) at any time. Midnight, 7am, mid-afternoon, you name it. Now it seems I'm only comfortable in my "regular" time, late but not too late, nearly full darkness, one foot dangling off the edge of the pier at Safe Harbor. So it feels increasingly adventurous do shake things up and do radio at even a slightly different time, as I did for this dinnertime program.

Also, I used not to care for whom or what I was substituting. Can indifference be tiring? What a shock to my system that would be. Anyway, in some cases I have come to respect given programs and feel the gravity of replacing a certain host, or at least understand that a certain audience expecting a certain thing doesn't necessarily want my thing, and therefore stay away.

"I'm not clever like Joe," I say at one point during this program. If I recall correctly I used to think I was, but the world has taught me otherwise. At least I know good after-dinner dance music when I hear it. So there is some of that here.

Still, I doubt I picked up any new listeners with this program. I can't really be more than what I am.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 June 9, 1900-2100:

  1. "Moonbuilding 2073 AD (Wolfgang Voigt Antiretroambientpsycholkamix)" | The Orb | Moonbuilding 2073 AD Remixes / Sin in Space, Pt. 1 | Kompakt
  2. "Echolana" | Dorian Pimpernel & Forever Pavot | Moonshine, Vol. 1 | Born Bad
  3. "How To Never Wake Up" | Guido Mobius | Batagur Baska | Shitkatapult
  4. "Midlife Lazarus" | Little Annie | Trace | Tin Angel
  5. "Mask" | Bauhaus | Mask [reissue] | Beggars Banquet - Hostess
  6. "Money Changes Everything" | The Smiths | The World Won't Listen [reissue] | Sire
  7. "Cycle 6 - Nigel Wiesehan Remix" | Matt Dunkley | Cycles EP | Village Green
  8. "A1" | Prins Thomas | Principe Del Norte | Smalltown Supersound
  9. "B-1' - live at Unit, 18 April 2015" | Nisennenmondai | #N/A | On-U Sound
  10. "Guetta Life" | eMMplekz | Rook to TN34 | Mordant
  11. "Cooker" | Morgan | Gettin' to Business / Cooker | Funk 45
  12. "What Time Is Love? (LP Mix)" | The KLF | The White Room | Arista | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Make It Rain" | The KLF | The White Room | Arista | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "3 A.M. Eternal (Live at the S.S.L.)" | The KLF | The White Room | Arista | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Church of the KLF" | The KLF | The White Room | Arista | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Last Train to Trancentral (Live From The Lost Continent)" | The KLF | The White Room | Arista | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "9 Movements" | The Julia Sound | Post-Creation | self-released
  18. "Future Imperfect" | Detroit Swindle | In Reverse EP | Heist
  19. "Pink Tones" | Laila | Laila | DEEWEE
  20. "Then Is Now" | Kevin Hewick | All Was Numbered | Hacienda
  21. "Good Touch (feat. Egle Sirvydyte) [Matthew Herbert Remix]" | Catz 'n Dogz | Basic Colour Theory Remixed | Pets
  22. "Danny" | The Durutti Column | LC [reissue] | Factory Benelux

no one driving

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5
Jul 2016

While Your Charm Is Considered Disarming: Transmission 281, 2016 June 8

https://radiobombast.podbean.com/mf/web/tj2c98/fela-kuti.jpg This one time, I was in the same room as Tony Allen. He was part of a panel at our local Africana Center, and he was giving a "tutorial" on the drums. His kit was set up in the room and everything. It--he--had a massive sound and that is as much as I can say about that. I'm really here to share some quotes.

Having invited members of the audience to come up and play the drums so that he could explain his technique, he gave a listen to this one hipster for about 30 seconds. "You play drums?" he asked, as the dude nodded sheepishly. "For real? In a band?"

Other pearls of wisdom:

"The first time I heard Art Blakey, I asked, 'is someone playing the cymbal for him?'"
"When I said, 'I don't like to play solos,' I didn't mean 'I don't play solos.'"
"It sounds simple. It's not so fucking simple."
"When you play with me, you don't riff. I don't riff. I keep you down there. You sit."

I actually had tickets to see him play that night, albeit with a Local Wannabe Afrobeat Ensemble who shall remain nameless, but my taste for that was soured when members of said Local Wannabe Afrobeat Ensemble, during the talk, put Mr. Allen in the impossible position of having to say complimentary things about Local White Guys Who Appropriate Afrobeat. I didn't want to support that, but then again my ticket was already purchased, so I suppose I did. I am not so smart! At any rate I hope Tony took most of the money.

That's as close as I get to a Fela story, except to say that listening to his music convinced me to change my home listening habits, and in my home studio noodling, my production habits. Keep the EQ flat, let the speakers do the work, things sound best when they sound like themselves. Thank you, Fela.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 June 8, 2100-2300:

  1. "La Facon Dont La Machine Vers L'Arriere - Al Lover Remix" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | La Facon Dont La Machine Vers L'Arriere | A Records
  2. "Hurricane Malcolm" | Connie Price & The Keystones | Wildflowers (The Expanded Version) | Now-Again
  3. "St. Vitus Dance" | Bauhaus | 5 Albums | Beggars Banquet - Hostess
  4. "I Go Shout Plenty" | Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika 70 | I Go Shout Plenty!!! | Kalakuta Sunrise - Knitting Factory | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "Red Sun in June" | Causa Sui | Summer Sessions, Vol. 1 | El Paraiso
  6. "Eidfjord" | Dessin Bizarre | Air Frais | Fluttery
  7. "You Better Run" | Little Annie | Trace | Tin Angel
  8. "Tide" | La Boum Fatale | Hamburg Elektronisch 3 | hafendisko
  9. "Russian Glass" | Commodo | How What Time | Black Acre
  10. "Nano" | The Comet Is Coming | Channel The Spirits | Leaf
  11. "Night Games" | The KVB | ...Of Desire | Metropolis
  12. "Some Velvet Morning" | Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood | Fairy Tales & Fantasies: The Best of Nancy Sinatra And Lee Hazelwood | Rhino | "Listening Parlour"
  13. "Golden Lights" | The Smiths | The World Won't Listen [reissue] | Sire
  14. "Panes" | Anenon | Petrol | Friends of Friends
  15. "Raccoon Society" | Maxim Wolzyn & Bartellow | Cosmos #1 | SVS
  16. "Some Velvet Morning" | Thin White Rope | When Worlds Collide | Munster
  17. "Hullo" | Kettel | Wingtip | DUB
  18. "If This Is" | Revbjelde | The Delaware Road | Buried Treasure
  19. "Partys Fall" | Siouxsie & The Banshees | Classic Album Selection Volume Two | Polydor
  20. "Cryin' Shames" | The Blue Angel Lounge | In Times 2006-2010 | 8MM Musik
  21. "Frustration" | Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika 70 | I Go Shout Plenty!!! | Kalakuta Sunrise - Knitting Factory | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld: Live Mix Mk 10" | The Orb | The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld [reissue] | WAU! Mr. Modo - Island

when I'm done, this calls for anaesthetic

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