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31
Jan 2017

You Want It, You Buy It, You Forget It: Transmission 314, 2016 December 26

boom_bip_sun_choke.jpg It is amazing to think that the xmas holidays were a mere five weeks ago. Seems more like five lifetimes. We should be grateful to have survived them all! Anyway, enough romance and nostalgia still attach themselves to the yuletide that I jump at the chance to do radio around this time, so here I am, "sitting in," as usual. I still have not managed to do a program on the 24th, and probably won't, ever, but I guess having Lady C in my life is a decent trade-off.

Funnily enough, I don't really manage to make the "festive" thing happen on this night. It would come soon enough--as I said earlier, I am just behind with a lot of things this year. (And not to say that Thee Headcoats and Ramleh aren't festive in their own ways). I seem happy enough to do what I am doing, but who is to say? It was generations ago.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 December 26, 2100-2300:

  1. "New Brain" | Off World | 1 | Constellation
  2. "Ballad of S. Starling" | Faten Kanaan | The Botanist & The Archaeologist | Polytechnic Youth
  3. "Inside the Wheel" | Atiq | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick
  4. "The Life I Ruin" | Flowers for Bodysnatchers | Love Like Blood | Cryochamber
  5. "Refugee Dub" | Alpha & Omega / Ras Tinny | No Beginning No End | Steppas
  6. "We Suck TV Shows Online" | Dubblestandart | Dub Realistic | Echo Beach
  7. "noR3gRts" | Ziur | Deeform | Objects Limited
  8. "Born To Love You" | The Sensations | First Class Rock Steady | VP
  9. "Element Unknown" | Camberwell Now | The EP Collection | Modern Classics
  10. "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Drinker" | Portable | Alan Abrahams | K7
  11. "Samara" | Magic Castles | Starflower | A Recordings
  12. "Empty Words" | Bowery Electric | Beat: 20th Anniversary Edition | kranky
  13. "Proem" | XAM Duo | XAM Duo | Sonic Cathedral
  14. "Lump Sum Slum Lord (Dabrye Dirt Drum Remix)" | Mophono | Lump Sum Slum Lord | CB
  15. "Arpeggiator" | Petal Head | Steady Gaze of Nothing - A Reverence to Fugazi | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  16. "Demby Surround" | The Travel | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick
  17. "Newtons Cradle - FaltyDL Remix" | Grandbrothers | Dilation Remixes | Film
  18. "Nameless Lake" | Roman Flugel | All The Right Noises | Dial
  19. "(Another) Hour of the Grubber" | Ashtray Navigations | To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First | Blackest Ever Black
  20. "What's My Name" | Thee Headcoats | Brother Is Dead...But Fly Is Gone! | M'Lady's
  21. "Wonder When" | Sofie Letitre | Take To Heels | Division
  22. "In the Cut" | Eusebia | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick
  23. "Forever One" | Phaeleh | Illusion of the Tale | Undertow
  24. "Siemens Und Halske" | Carre | Grey Scale | Alter
  25. "Every Time You Knock Me Down" | Kiki Hitomi | Karma No Kusari | Jahtari
  26. "Monotron" | Emanuele Rizzuto | Hand Made Illusions | Kapvt Mvndi
  27. "Enter" | Kutmah | BLK/SMR | Hit & Run
  28. "Slow Love" | Lahun | Slow Love EP | Apollo
  29. "Coal and Dust" | Paradox Obscur | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  30. "Cleansed" | Boom Bip | Sun Choke | Lex
  31. "American Womanhood" | Ramleh | Circular Time | Crucial Blast
  32. "Living in a French Movie" | Hante | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself

no one could break me like you

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30
Jan 2017

Consensus Or Confession, I Don’t Recognize Depression: Transmission 313, 2016 December 21

karma_no_kusari.jpg 40 days in the past, there were two hours on a Wednesday evening that we shared together. Or maybe we didn't, and now's your chance--except I'm probably doing something else at the moment, so find a friend and share this with them. This Solstice program was capably executed, technically, anyway, though maybe not in terms of content. James Brown made it into the mix with one of the most dreary (although, this year, strangely appropriate) xmas tunes you're likely to hear. And there was a chestnut, the Pixies in this case, dealing with some non-specific holiday or other.

Now, I had meant to don a sonic hair-shirt on this night and channel the memory of past transgressions through the medium of A Certain Ratio. But that didn't happen, because, as James says, "I waited a little too long" to get things together. This is where all my troubles seem to begin! So instead we get this strange roller-coaster of a show that seems to make sense for about the first hour and then again at the very end, but loses its shape in the middle--another metaphor for just about everything I do. The best that can be said is that I took the Chameleons' advice. So should you.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 December 21, 2100-2300:

  1. "Intro" | Tiger & Woods | On The Green Again | Tiger & Woods
  2. "Blot (Remix)" | Tabor Radosti | Egregor | Klanggalerie
  3. "A Thing Or Two (Grapefruit Remix)" | Copy | Chosen Atmospheric Remixes | Gold Robot
  4. "Antilogue" | Hiroshimabend | Dddirzzz | Klanggalerie
  5. "Ponakin {White Thorn}" | Belarisk | Moments in Shapeshifting | Type
  6. "Aham / Realm of the Wild Woman" | Medicine Voice | I and Thou | Provenance
  7. "Santa Claus, Santa Claus" | James Brown | Funky Christmas | Polydor
  8. "Tabidaichi (Departure)" | Kiki Hitomi | Karma No Kusari | Jahtari
  9. "Shorobun / Funayurei" | Dakota Suite / Vampillia | The Sea Is Never Full | Karaoke Kalk
  10. "Don't Fall" | The Chameleons | Script of the Bridge [reissue] | Blue Apple
  11. "Trolley of Thought" | Delete (RU) | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick
  12. "Broken Bow" | The Wedding Present | Going, Going... | Scopitones
  13. "Oblivious (feat. Beaver Sheppard)" | Brandt Brauer Frick | Joy | Because Music
  14. "These Windows Are Pistons, Pt. 2" | Sonna | Keep It Together | Temporary Residence Limited
  15. "Safari Strut" | Whitefield Brothers | Beyond Addis Vol.2 (Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired by Swinging Addis) | Trikont
  16. "Clampdown" | The Clash | London Calling [reissue] | Columbia - Sony
  17. "Binary" | Douglas Dare | Aforger | Erased Tapes
  18. "The Letter" | Sybarite | Waver the Absolute | Temporary Residence Limited
  19. "Natalia" | Bitori | Bitori (Legend of Funana, the Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands) | Analog Africa
  20. "Life Awaits You" | Damon Bell | Stand By Me EP | Burek
  21. "Abismo" | Balvanera | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  22. "All Cats Are Grey" | Echodrone | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  23. "Tomato Song" | Patrick Cowley / Candida Royalle | Candida Cosmica | Dark Entries
  24. "Un Etrange Baiser" | Kriistal Ann | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  25. "Nec Mergitur" | Oiseaux-Tempete | Unworks & Rarities 2012-2015 | Sub Rosa
  26. "Bath White" | 50footwave | Bath White | HHBTM
  27. "The Holiday Song" | Pixies | Come On Pilgrim | 4AD - Rough Trade
  28. "Terrorize My Heart (Disco Dub)" | 79.5 | Terrorize My Heart Pt 1 & 2 | Big Crown
  29. "Leaves" | Nicolas Jaar | Sirens | Other People
  30. "Peel Me" | Kim Myhr | Bloom | Hubro
  31. "Diazepam Dreams" | Franz Kirmann | Elysian Park | Denovali

hand made illusions

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27
Jan 2017

Franchises of the Mind: Transmission 312, 2016 December 17

dukla_prague.jpg Sometimes I cannot explain why or how I do this, except to suggest that maybe it is either a way of staying tethered to reality or as a performance of normativity and calm. There is probably a little of both in this program. I don't know what it is about the "ides" of December or thereabouts, but it has a way of ushering me into some new, toxic phase of life. This year did not disappoint. Maybe, on this particular night, I decided that instead of being too upset to do radio, I was too upset not to do radio.

Or maybe it was a holiday-related chance to play Half Man Half Biscuit. That too seems to make sense, in hindsight. What a crazy time this must have been. I have already repressed most of it, though the body seems to remember. For extra difficulty I crammed three dozen tracks into this broadcast. Guilt and shame, my therapist tells me, are major forces in my life.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 December 17, 2100-2300:

  1. "The Dawn Breaking Crystals" | Resonance | Light Continuum | El Hombre Bala
  2. "No More Dreams II" | 1991 | No More Dreams | No More Dreams
  3. "Young Narrator In The Breakers" | Pavo Pavo | Young Narrator In The Breakers | Bella Union
  4. "Destination Highrise" | Dubkasm meets Iration Steppas | CM4400 EP | Dubkasm
  5. "Musicawi Silt" | The Daktaris | Beyond Addis Vol.2 (Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired by Swinging Addis) | Trikont
  6. "Arthur's Farm / All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit" | Half Man Half Biscuit | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Out There In The Dark" | Riyeh1 | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick
  8. "What You Do To Me" | Daydreams | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "In the Jungle - Vocal Version" | The Hygrades | Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, Vol. 2 (1972-1977) | Now-Again
  10. "These Sounds" | Keith Leblanc | Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985-1990 | On-U Sound
  11. "Corolla" | Soft Grid | Corolla | Antime
  12. "El Casino Royale" | Lynn Tait & The Jets | First Class Rock Steady | VP
  13. "Old Tige" | Half Man Half Biscuit | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Splash" | Camberwell Now | The EP Collection | Modern Classics
  15. "The One" | Magic Castles | Starflower | A Recordings
  16. "PR Theme" | Cowtown | Paranormal Romance | Hot Salvation
  17. "The Stage Says No" | Matt Christensen | Honeymoons | Miasmah
  18. "Can't Feel My Soul" | Churrus | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  19. "Helicat" | Second Storey | Bismuth | Houndstooth
  20. "D'y Ken Ted Moult?" | Half Man Half Biscuit | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "3415" | Waterhouse | Empty Gallery EP | Decisions
  22. "Rock a Tone Dub" | Errol Brown | Orthodox Dub | Dub Store
  23. "El Salvador" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright
  24. "The Trumpton Riots" | Half Man Half Biscuit | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Untitled" | The Fashion Focus | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  26. "Fake Health" | Katie Dey | Flood Network | Joy Void
  27. "SaturdayNiteDrive" | Seekers International | LoversDedicationStation | Bokeh Versions
  28. "Subconscious" | SB-SIX | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick
  29. "Tiutiunnyk - Live in Manchester" | The Ukrainians | Evolutsiya | Eastblok
  30. "Push" | The Dead Suns | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  31. "Portuguese Dream" | Fatso Jetson | Idle Hands | Heavy Psych Sounds
  32. "Leonardo's Formula" | Isan | Glass Bird Movement | Morr Music
  33. "Celebrated Summer" | Echodrone | These Important Years, Husker Du Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  34. "The Weedy Burton" | The Cure | Three Imaginary Boys | Rhino
  35. "Sold" | HE3Dless | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick
  36. "Holdgaze - Legiac Remix" | Funckarma | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick

You Drift Until You Brutalize

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26
Jan 2017

Memory Serves Us To Serve You: Transmission 311, 2016 December 14

videodrones_mondo_ferox.jpg "What is good for the future, what was good for the past?" Here is a program that happened 43 days ago [or whenever, depending upon when you read this!]. And it is a GREAT one, I say, with complete objectivity. Not even too many downer tracks to be found here, unless we count Dead Can Dance, and I guess we must. There is a really funny story about John Peel playing a session version of that track, but I don't have the reference in front of me, so you'll just have to do that homework.

Also, fittingly, given the quality and the mood, this is another "last program from a dead universe." And you thought I was finished with themes! This universe--for there are many--was/is a personal one, and dear god is the new one bleak. Thank goodness for mixtapes--among other things, they remind us of what we were, and what we might still be.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 December 14, 2100-2300:

  1. "Jewelries" | Tross | The Walrus EP | Hoga Nord
  2. "Eden" | Jurgen Paape | Kompakt: Total 16 | Kompakt
  3. "Kingdom of D'mt" | Karl Hector & The Malcouns | Beyond Addis Vol.2 (Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired by Swinging Addis) | Trikont
  4. "Harmonie Als Ziel der Welt" | Dubblestandart | Dub Realistic | Echo Beach
  5. "Seriously No" | Voiski | I'll Be Your Maple Pecan Tonight | Dekmantel
  6. "I Have Got No Money" | Peace | Black Power | Now-Again
  7. "Heaven & Earth - Part 2" | Paul Woolford | Heaven & Earth | Aus
  8. "Suggestion" | Coaches | Steady Gaze of Nothing - A Reverence to Fugazi | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "Decide" | Lifetones | For a Reason | Light in the Attic
  10. "Squad Up (feat. The Soft Pink Truth)" | True Neutral Crew | Soft Rules | Deathbomb Arc
  11. "Day 1" | Roger23 | Extended Play | Ilian Tape
  12. "Collapse" | Vaghe Stelle | The Full Steam Ahead: The Prologue | Other People
  13. "Sadness Pale" | Has a Shadow | Anticipating Nowhere, A Homage To The Telescopes | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Machines" | Anenon | Petrol | Friends of Friends
  15. "94" | Manon Meurt | Manon Meurt | Label Obscura
  16. "For Those In Peril" | Camberwell Now | The EP Collection | Modern Classics
  17. "Stalker State" | Videodrones | Mondo Ferox | El Paraiso
  18. "Smallpox Champion" | Rei Clone | Steady Gaze of Nothing - A Reverence to Fugazi | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  19. "Disturbed Minds" | Reiner Zonneveld | Megacity Servant | Stil Vor Talent
  20. "Illusion" | Miyagi | Hamburg Elektronisch 3 | hafendisko
  21. "Soleil levant" | Sin | Bass Tension | Antipod
  22. "High" | The Spiracles | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  23. "Ocean" | Dead Can Dance | Dead Can Dance [reissue] | 4AD
  24. "Stuzzicadenti" | Cosmic Analog Ensemble | Beyond Addis Vol.2 (Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired by Swinging Addis) | Trikont
  25. "First - Consider the Lilies" | The Orb | COW / Chill Out, World! | Kompakt
  26. "Trending" | The Legendary Pink Dots | Pages of Aquarius | Metropolis
  27. "Akasha" | CVN | Exposure | Where To Now?

four legs good, no legs best

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25
Jan 2017

Cruising Altitude Departure 19, 2016 March 13

cruising_altitude_20160313.jpg[GUEST POST]

Dear Bombasticons, I am back! Momentarily, at least. Here, as my colleague "kid catharsis" would say, a program from a universe that has now closed down. I need hardly point out that I don't remember the exact background circumstances, be they political or cultural or emotional. Clearly, though, this was a springtime broadcast, and it is unnaturally warm right now, as it probably always will be, "going forward," so it seems appropriate enough.

All that said, it sounds to me like this was an almost playful program, and I especially enjoyed the shortness of the playlist and the duration of the tunes. One of these days we will do a program that is just one hour-long tune--at least if I am permitted on the air in the future. There have been other broadcasts since this one, but I don't have a regular airtime at the moment.

Personal note: in real and virtual life the past few days (and indeed our entire new epoch) have been characterized by panic and disc(h)ord. It is important that we hang on to the friends we have, and forgive our trespasses while there is still time.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 March 13, 1500-1600 EDT:

  1. "Buddha Machine 5 loop 02" | FM3 | Buddha Machine 5 | CVMK
  2. "Watertowers" | Steve Hauschildt | Air Texture Vol. IV | Air Texture
  3. "Mahler Remix 2" | Fennesz | Mahler Remix | Touch
  4. "The Byte of Spring Parts 1-4" | Edward Ka-Spel | The Byte of Spring | Bandcamp self-release

use flash cards if necessary

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24
Jan 2017

You Don’t Change, Or I Don’t Notice Your Changing: Transmission 310, 2016 December 7

death_in_vegas_transmission.jpg We are now 48 days behind the times (at least I am; I should not presume to speak for you). I sound tired in the introduction, which is not a good omen, but it is probably the truth. "Tell me, when is it better?" asks the first song--when, indeed. There is also a weird kind of survivor's guilt, as I had just read about five would-be radio colleagues perishing in the recent Ghost Ship fire. "In my little way," I say, what I do is for them. Sadly, my ways are always little. I lack even the energy to "oscillate wildly" (or otherwise) and half-heartedly encourage you, gentle listener(s), to do that on your own.

So perhaps I didn't offer a strong alternative to the live-television performance of Hairspray, with which I was directly "competing." SORRY. In this time I am trying hard to cling to what I can--maybe even to believe what I can, such as my therapist's observation (on this day) that I am "an adorable geek." Words to live up to, if one must keep living.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 December 7, 2100-2300:

  1. "When Is It Better" | Brutalist Architecture In The Sun | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  2. "Cutty Sark - Trade Winds - Pearl Divers" | Camberwell Now | The EP Collection | Modern Classics
  3. "Guiding Star" | Lobby Boys | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  4. "Jupiter Sunrise" | Kollektiv Turmstrasse | 10 Years Diynamic | DIYnamic
  5. "The Style Is Death" | Forever Grey | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  6. "Midnight Orchestra" | Petar Dundov | At The Turn of Equilibrium | Music Man
  7. "Raw Beat" | Bernard Fevre | Black Devil Disco Club Presents: Orbit Ceremony 77 | Medical
  8. "Life in Cannan" | Ceejebs | Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, Vol. 2 (1972-1977) | Now-Again
  9. "Mulanje" | Ulterior Motive | Beating Heart - Malawi | Beating Heart
  10. "Anymore" | Shield Patterns | Mirror Breathing | Gizeh
  11. "traces" | Cavern of Anti-Matter | I'm the unknown | Duophonic
  12. "Everything Flows" | Car Crash Sisters | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  13. "Fishes Bones" | Wire | Nocturnal Koreans | Pinkflag
  14. "Oscillate Wildly" | The Smiths | The World Won't Listen [reissue] | Sire
  15. "Pasties And A G-String (At The Two O'Clock Club)" | Tom Waits | Small Change | Asylum | "Listening Parlour"
  16. "- What Did You Know, What Did You Care?" | Penny Rimbaud's L'Academie des Vanites | Yes Sir, The Truth of Revolution | Cold Spring
  17. "I Can Tell" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright
  18. "I Am Lonely" | The Heptones | First Class Rock Steady | VP
  19. "Dub 100" | MM Studio | Good Star Dubs | Album Label
  20. "She Saw Me" | The Fire Dept. | L'Oeuf D'Or | M'Lady's
  21. "Loathsome And Wild" | Thee Headcoats | Brother Is Dead...But Fly Is Gone! | M'Lady's
  22. "Stone the Flower" | The Hykkers | Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, Vol. 1 (1972-1977) | Now-Again
  23. "Turn Your Illness Into A Weapon" | SPR | Mental Health | Hoga Nord
  24. "Sea of Tranquility" | Lone | Levitate | R & S
  25. "A Strange Day" | Soviet X-Ray Record Club | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  26. "Song To The Cynic" | Veil | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  27. "Friday, I'm In Love" | Twinpine(s) | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  28. "Flak" | Death in Vegas | Transmission | Drone

pockets full of sadness

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23
Jan 2017

Unaware, Certainly, of Some Imminent Disaster: Transmission 309, 2016 November 30

voodoo_doll.jpg Here begins my current run of not flaking out on airdates, and also not being pre-empted. From this vantage point, so far, so good. Perhaps the general zeitgeist is furnishing me with enough anger to broadcast with competence--or maybe the inconsistency of my schedule has rendered me unfamiliar enough with the control booth for me to be immune to complacency. Whichever it is, I can testify that you are in good hands with this program. Maybe a bit too much from the Blog That Celebrates Itself, about which I can only say that I'm not receiving any kickbacks.

I don't know why or how we wound up with Siouxsie as a featured performer on this night, but again, maybe the zeitgeist has something to do with that. Speaking of which--30 years ago Friend of Bombast Mr. D and I shared a dorm room, and he had a cassette of Nocturne, which was on Heavy Rotation [if I recall correctly I also had Tinderbox and Once Upon a Time]. This should probably have made my recent "Teen Top Ten" list (that thing on Facebook that everyone was doing a week or so ago) but I didn't want to "backload" my list with cool stuff I was listening to in my late teens. Honesty is our policy. Nevertheless I remember Siouxsie annoying the hell out of our neighbors, but what were we going to do--sit on our hands and listen to the Van Halen* and Eddie Money enjoyed by the other residents of Gilmore Hall?

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 November 30, 2100-2300:

  1. "Intro" | Weval | Weval | Kompakt
  2. "Hong Kong Garden" | Siouxsie And The Banshees | Voices On The Air (The Peel Sessions) | Polydor | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Waiting Room" | Soft Wounds | Steady Gaze of Nothing - A Reverence to Fugazi | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  4. "Known to All" | The Cobra Lamps | The Cobra Lamps EP | A Records
  5. "Nowhere" | Choreography | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  6. "Metal Baby" | The Skating Party | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  7. "Cannons" | Siouxsie And The Banshees | Voices On The Air (The Peel Sessions) | Polydor | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "1048" | NHK yx Koyxen | Doom Steppy Reverb | Diagonal
  9. "The Unknown" | Dillon | Live at Haus der Berliner Festspiele | BPitch Control
  10. "Metal Postcard" | Siouxsie And The Banshees | Voices On The Air (The Peel Sessions) | Polydor | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Edgeland Industries" | Hoofus | The Blow, Vol. 1 | Front & Follow
  12. "Slipping into Darkness" | The Funkees | Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, Vol. 2 (1972-1977) | Now-Again
  13. "Lucid Dream" | Benedikt Frey | Permanent Vacation 4 | Permanent Vacation
  14. "A.F.Y." | Dinner | Psychic Lovers | Captured Tracks
  15. "You Fill Me" | Jacob Korn | Cocoon Compilation P | Cocoon
  16. "Voodoo Dolly" | Siouxsie And The Banshees | Voices On The Air (The Peel Sessions) | Polydor | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "What You Do To Me / Satan" | Bi-Latheral | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  18. "Trytosphere" | Sebastien Leger | Oracle EP | Loveland
  19. "Our Westchester Pizzeria Is a Huge Success" | Radionics Radio | An Album of Musical Radionic Thought-Frequencies | Sub Rosa
  20. "Soldiers of Love" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright
  21. "Placebo Effect" | Siouxsie And The Banshees | Voices On The Air (The Peel Sessions) | Polydor | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "2X202-ST5" | Aphex Twin | Cheetah EP | WARP
  23. "Powerline" | Sciflyer | These Important Years, Husker Du Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "Hope and Ramati" | Stimming | 10 Years Diynamic | DIYnamic
  25. "Three Hills" | Daniel Lanois | Goodbye to Language | Red Floor - ANTI-
  26. "Your Interruption" | C. Diab | No Perfect Wave | Injazero
  27. "Float" | Tirogo | Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, Vol. 1 (1972-1977) | Now-Again
  28. "Playground Twist" | Siouxsie And The Banshees | Voices On The Air (The Peel Sessions) | Polydor | "Physical Evidence"
  29. "Perennial Comforts" | Benoit Pioulard | The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter | kranky
  30. "December" | Klam | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  31. "Helter Skelter" | Siouxsie And The Banshees | Voices On The Air (The Peel Sessions) | Polydor | "Physical Evidence"

the band was awful, and so were the tunes

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20
Jan 2017

Derange and Disengage Everything: Transmission 308, 2016 November 16

cure_pornography.jpg As I write this, we are about four hours into the Trump era. And we're still here! This is a victory, no matter what anyone thinks. Ages ago, on the night of the program I attach here, I could not have anticipated such euphoria. But life takes you to some funny places.

This is a solid program, well-executed. Depending on your perspective, it is a stunningly eclectic mix or emotionally all over the place. Is there a space for both to co-exist? Sure! But, on re-listening, I am quite pleased. I was making good radio at this time. I think the real "key" to the program is the last 20 minutes, though--not so much "giving up" as feeling like we are about to make it out of this thing alive and wanting to do just one big, basic thing.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 November 16, 2100-2300:

  1. "Starsign" | Tonemirror | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  2. "Allo Rechte" | Vox Populi! | Aither | Emotional Rescue
  3. "No Id - Fleck Remix" | Zion Train | Versions | Universal Egg
  4. "Heavy Metal II" | Celestial | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  5. "Heart Divided" | Psychic Twin | Strange Diary | Polyvinyl
  6. "The Drumpet Show" | H.O.S.H. | 10 Years Diynamic | DIYnamic
  7. "Where You Are" | Twwth | Dislocation | Signal Life
  8. "What You Should Know About Me" | Jan Jelinek & Masayoshi Fujita | Schaum | Faitiche
  9. "Ordine Pubblico" | Starfuckers | Sinistri | Parachute
  10. "Come Back" | Theodore Nemy | Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, Vol. 2 (1972-1977) | Now-Again
  11. "In The Field With Brian" | Datach'i | System | Time Signal
  12. "The Concept" | Fir Cone Children | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  13. "Diddy Wah Diddy" | Thee Headcoats | Brother Is Dead...But Fly Is Gone! | M'Lady's
  14. "A Short Term Effect" | The Cure | Pornography | Rhino
  15. "Echo Party" | Pussy Mothers | The Number 1 | Optimo
  16. "Flying" | JAGUWAR | Anticipating Nowhere, A Homage To The Telescopes | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Statue With Eyes" | The Cyrillic Typewriter | Your True Emblem | Jaz
  18. "...and why not?" | Higher Authorities | Neptune | Domino
  19. "Brimfull of Hate" | Jack Ketch and the Crowmen | Brimfull of Hate | M'Lady's
  20. "The Concept" | Champanes | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  21. "Know How" | Camberwell Now | The EP Collection | Modern Classics
  22. "I Beat As I Sleep As I Dream" | Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards | Wreck His Days | Blackest Ever Black
  23. "Forjados no Sistema" | Wonder Dark | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "Pass and Go (Demo Version)" | Colder | The Rain | Bataille
  25. "Born Under A Good Sign" | Day Trip | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  26. "German Trained Unit 4" | N.M.O. | Nordic Mediterranean Organization / Numerous Miscommunications Occur | Diagonal
  27. "Close To Me" | Novanta | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  28. "Tendre goeland" | Youkounkoun | Tendres Tenebres | Crudites Tapes
  29. "Clouds Into Midnight" | Matt Carlson / Michael Stirling / Doug Theriault | Aakash | Root Strata

my time is water down the drain

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17
Jan 2017

Just You and Me and Our Conspiracies: Transmission 307, 2016 November 9

emperor_kermit.jpg The Wednesday prior to this program, something had happened that set me off--not being an actual diarist, I don't even remember anymore what it was. Having reached what I feel is Old Age for Radio, and no longer feeling I *have* to seize every moment of available airtime, I recused myself from the scheduled Bombastic extravaganza. "No way I'll feel this badly a week from now," I thought. The universe is hilarious in its cruelty sometimes.

Is it all my fault, then, the end of democracy? Might things have gone differently in the Rust Belt had listeners heard Alt-Right Frog in time for it to influence their choices? Surely, in at least one multiverse, this must be what happened. I wonder what it's like there. Here, at least on this night, things seem mostly "normal," perhaps with a bit more humor mixed into the darkness than usual. There is a Milkshakes reissue, because daddy likes the Milkshakes and we're going to hear what daddy wants to play, and like it.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 November 9, 2100-2300:

  1. "Dormir" | Nicolalala | Tendres Tenebres | Crudites Tapes
  2. "Mauser" | Sonic Deception | Ghost Army | Radio Bongo
  3. "Goodbye Girl" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "Cave of Brahma" | The Sorcerers | Beyond Addis Vol.2 (Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired by Swinging Addis) | Trikont
  5. "Let's Stomp" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Section 1 - Our Generation" | Penny Rimbaud's L'Academie des Vanites | Yes Sir, The Truth of Revolution | Cold Spring
  7. "Ten Sleep" | The Wedding Present | Going, Going... | Scopitones
  8. "Three Imaginary Boys" | Lautmusik | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "You Can Only Lose" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "Shot By Both Sides" | Swayzak | In Flanders Field EP | Curle
  11. "Falling Forward" | John Chantler | Which Way to Leave? | Room 40
  12. "It's Not Funny Anymore" | Corrosive Water | These Important Years, Husker Du Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  13. "Cadillac" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Seraphin" | Portable | Alan Abrahams | K7
  15. "OverGirlX" | Seekers International | LoversDedicationStation | Bokeh Versions
  16. "Consequences of Love - Chris and Cosey Remix" | Death in Vegas | Consequences of Love | Drone
  17. "Shimmy Shake" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "40 Bears" | Thom Sonny Green | High Anxiety | Infectious
  19. "I Think I Am" | Sky H1 | Motion | Codes
  20. "Alt-Right Frog: Act One" | Vinny's Vipers | Alt-Right Frog: A Rock Operetta | Bandcamp self-release
  21. "Fantome" | Ray Yours & The F | Tendres Tenebres | Crudites Tapes
  22. "Hunted" | Vortex | Moloch | Cyclic Law
  23. "Keep On Moving" | The Hygrades | Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, Vol. 1 (1972-1977) | Now-Again
  24. "Harvest" | IX Tab | The Blow, Vol. 1 | Front & Follow
  25. "Tell Me Child" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright | "Physical Evidence"
  26. "Dreader Than Dread" | Honey Boy Martin | First Class Rock Steady | VP
  27. "Little Minnie" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Upright | "Physical Evidence"
  28. "Lullaby" | LUR LUR | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  29. "I Need a Horse" | Roger Damawuzan & Les As Du Benin | Wait For Me | Hot Casa
  30. "Alt-Right Frog: Act Two" | Vinny's Vipers | Alt-Right Frog: A Rock Operetta | Bandcamp self-release

sweet darkness of sleep

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12
Jan 2017

As We Push Back the Frontiers of Science: Transmission 306, 2016 October 26

tale_of_us_realm_of_consciousness.jpg No one outside Russia could have foreseen this at the time, but here is my final program from another universe that is now closed down. On air, I chuckle to myself (and whoever else is listening) about the final presidential debate, which had pre-empted me on the prior Wednesday night (more on this momentarily). What an innocent time that was. The mood of the show seems to reflect it--all over the place but not caring, and happy, if you squint your ears really hard. At least it lands this way on me.

I have been pre-empted somewhat often, you know--at least relative to other WRFI personalities. It's also true that I have done a LOT of radio here, which I guess increases the odds. But Wednesday seems to be either the night on which a lot of special things happen (like my show, usually) or a night the Universe does not want me to occupy. I do feel targeted by the universe sometimes. Most of the time. All the time.

BOMBAST playlist, 2016 October 26, 2100-2300:

  1. "Linger a While" | Mystic Eyes | Mysterious | Burning Sounds
  2. "Mystery of the Fence" | Camberwell Now | The EP Collection | Modern Classics
  3. "What's Going On" | L.A. Drones! feat. Bruce Moreland (Wall of Voodoo) | These Important Years, Husker Du Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  4. "- They Can Be Stopped" | Penny Rimbaud's L'Academie des Vanites | Yes Sir, The Truth of Revolution | Cold Spring
  5. "Nana Chan" | Lahun | Slow Love EP | Apollo
  6. "Lies" | Tale of Us | Realm of Consciousness | Afterlife
  7. "Subterranean Homesick Alien (feat. Junior Jazz)" | Easy Star All-Stars | Radiodread | Easy Star
  8. "The Deer Song" | Sweet Williams | Please Let Me Sleep On Your Tonight | Gringo
  9. "Topiary" | Xeno & Oaklander | Topiary | Ghostly International
  10. "The Ploughs & Machines" | Hoofus & IX Tab | The Blow, Vol. 1 | Front & Follow
  11. "Lonely Heartaches" | The Claendonians | First Class Rock Steady | VP
  12. "Ridge B ~76(degrees) S ~94.75(degrees) E ~3750m" | Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist | Wandering Eye | Glacial Movements
  13. "Terms of Psychic Warfare" | Sonder | These Important Years, Husker Du Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "E Go Betta - Dub" | Dele Sosimi meets Prince Fatty / Nostalgia 77 | You No Fit To Touch Am In Dub | Wah Wah 45s
  15. "Want" | Pipe's Not Dead ! feat. Krissy Vanderwoude (Whimsical) | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  16. "Sacrifice" | Thisquietarmy | The New Testament | Discolexique
  17. "Advent" | Dead Can Dance | Spleen and Ideal [reissue] | 4AD
  18. "Fast Moving Cars" | Carla dal Forno | Fast Moving Cars | Blackest Ever Black
  19. "Mwana Wa" | Afriquoi | Beating Heart - Malawi | Beating Heart
  20. "Karma No Kusari" | Kiki Hitomi | Karma No Kusari | Jahtari
  21. "Over My Dreams" | Doric | Sleep of Reason | Peripheral Minimal
  22. "DinnerScene" | Seekers International | LoversDedicationStation | Bokeh Versions
  23. "Early Mafia" | The Dub Syndicate | Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985-1990 | On-U Sound
  24. "Fallen to Earth, Pt. 1" | Paul H. Williams | Fallen to Earth | The Wormhole
  25. "Four Guitars" | Ex-Easter Island Head | Twenty-Two Strings | Low Point
  26. "That Day" | Fany Havest | Space Echo (The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed) | Now-Again
  27. "Moon Dust" | Magic Castles | Starflower | A Recordings
  28. "Spinner" | Flanger | Spinner | Nonplace
  29. "New Pastoral Life" | Minami Deutsch | Tunnel / New Pastoral Life | Hoga Nord
  30. "Africable" | Luke Vibert | Beating Heart - Malawi | Beating Heart

every day I gather flies

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