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17
Mar 2017

Have I Hurt You, I Have No Choice: Transmission 328, 2017 March 8

do_you_believe_in_love.jpg This one went a little more smoothly, probably because I was in less of a mood to talk. Attached is a sound file from a "playlist reporting" period-show, during which I was doing more multi-tasking than usual. But surely you are here for the tunes, and not the chatter, and what tunes there are. This is the fourth in our series of Creation Compilation programs--admittedly an unfocused and sporadic series, like all of our series. In previous installments, I have tended either to Feel Things or Figure Things Out. Let's examine what happened on this night.

Apparently I am a big Ed Ball fan, because I played two of his tunes on this program. I feel like I have gotten a ton of mileage out of "Palatial," and I doubt that I am finished. "Vintage 1990," indeed. I have been marked from the start as That Kind of Guy. Maybe one day I will embrace it. "Snow": there's a graininess to the sound that brings to mind our beloved four-track recordings from that time--I did see a film about Creation at one point referencing the "cheap studios" that they preferred (namely Alaska) and I felt back in the day that this sound was accessible, reachable. "We could do this." (Ron Howard voiceover: "they could not.") The over-the-top vocal delay seems like exactly the sort of thing we would do on our recordings.

It also pleases me that I finally got around to featuring one of these records in its proper season (in my mind), indomitable winter notwithstanding. It is the sound of things coming to life.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 8, 2100-2300:

  1. "Centigrade Duckfucker" | Zach Christ | Sonic Doucheclap | Husoptagelser
  2. "Palatial II" | Love Corporation | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Floats Like Empty" | Zavala | Fantasmas | Fake Four
  4. "Intro 1994" | Behind The Name | Confession | Fauxpas
  5. "V.E.P.N." | Egyptrixx | Pure, Beyond Reproach | Halocline Trance
  6. "Acariciando tu Alma" | Quazares | Colors Compilations - Violet "Dreampop" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  7. "Gotta See My Baby Every Day" | Sandie Shaw | Sandie Shaw | Reprise | "Listening Parlour"
  8. "Saturns Return" | Swindle | Purple Walls | Butterz
  9. "Sunny Sundae Smile" | High Sunn | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  10. "Ghost From The Coast" | Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards | Wreck His Days | Blackest Ever Black
  11. "Bad Habits" | Soft Error | Mechanism | Village Green
  12. "You're Just Dead Skin to Me" | Primal Scream | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Dizzy" | I Tpame I Tvrame | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Freak Outburst" | Something Pretty Beautiful | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Ground" | Emptyset | Borders | Thrill Jockey
  16. "Pokkit Pokitt!! (Dub) [feat. Ayakamay]" | In Flagranti | Kachi Kachi EP | Codek
  17. "Monkeys On My Roof" | L'Amour Fou | Psychic Advisor | Smallville
  18. "L'inconnu" | Kurzschluss | Sammlung (Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989) | Bureau B
  19. "Shrift" | Pacific | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "Cigarette In Your Bed" | Li(f)e | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  21. "Turn Your Head" | Stephen's Shore | CD16 | Impermeable
  22. "Little Drones" | The Cobra Lamps | The Cobra Lamps EP | A Records
  23. "Girl Go" | The Jazz Butcher | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "Elegy, Part I" | Gidge | LNLNN | Atomnation
  25. "Snow" | The Times | Do You Believe In Love? - A Creation Compilation | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  26. "Scarllet" | Apartamentos Acapulco | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  27. "Sacred Fire" | Kurl | Sacred Fire | Haunt
  28. "Bellow Organs Spine" | Ashtray Navigations | To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First | Blackest Ever Black
  29. "Outpour" | Dead Light | Dead Light | Village Green

seceding from entropy

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13
Mar 2017

No Thoughts, No Dreams, No Wishes, and No Fear: Transmission 327, 2017 March 5

foxtrot.jpg We return to sloppiness and errancy with this fill-in broadcast. It is fitting, given the evening's material, and probably what I deserve. This Sunday night timeslot came open, and I seized it because it provided an opportunity for a birthday observance--David Tibet this time. (More on this momentarily.) The cold had returned, sort of, and I was featuring a record (cd, actually) that I'd been meaning to use as "Physical Evidence" for a while, so I should have been in my element. When I anticipate quality, though, it abandons me.

At some point in the program I mention the fact that the Foxtrot compilation was intended as a benefit, with the proceeds apparently funding Jhonn Balance's rehab. This always makes me sad--that he is gone, and that he suffered. I stopped drinking a couple of years ago because I was tired of being "past the point of discussion," as Peter Christopherson said of Balance on one particular night. I was tired of not feeling things--and now I'm in therapy trying to manage the feelings. I don't know, on "balance," how things are working out with me, but if online Harry Potter sorting quizzes are any indication, I have actually stopped being a Ravenclaw and have moved more firmly into Gryffindor / Hufflepuff territory. Like Dr. Johnny Fever, I am more quick-witted when on the hooch!

Related: on this night my mouth was doing weird things. At one point, when I wished David Tibet a happy birthday, I found myself sounding a bit like DJ Danelectro, which is...weird, and let's leave it at that. Also, when I mean to say "sexual assault," I instead blurt out, "sexual accounts." It is hilarious in a way, but I am clearly embarrassed by this. I go all quiet! I am an odd duck.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 5, 2100-2300:

  1. "Too Far" | Whalo | CD16 | Impermeable
  2. "Heartworms" | Coil | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Thorn" | SeeTheEye | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  4. "A Quiet Time with Spaceman Sputz" | Pavo Pavo | Young Narrator In The Breakers | Bella Union
  5. "Blue Bird" | Manon Meurt | Manon Meurt | Label Obscura
  6. "Morning Birds" | Kristin Hersh | Crooked Beginnings EP | Yes Dear | "Listening Parlour"
  7. "Molasses" | Lazy Legs | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  8. "Resplash" | Camberwell Now | The EP Collection | Modern Classics
  9. "African Spacecraft (2092AD - Lift-Off, Journey and Landing)" | The Lay Llamas | Lay Llamas | Backwards
  10. "Crazy For You" | Space Waves | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  11. "Den of Sables" | Dyr Faser | Trio | Bandcamp self-release
  12. "Bone Frequency" | Inflatable Sideshow | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "The River" | Alpha Steppa Meets High Public Sound | The River (feat. I-Sarana) | Steppas
  14. "Performance (B Remix)" | Whispering Sons | Performance (B Remix) | Weyrd Son
  15. "Spooky Loop" | Nurse With Wound | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "To Here Knows When" | Celestial | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Bonus Beat [feat. Ayakamay]" | Das Komplex | Kachi Kachi EP | Codek
  18. "In My Head a Crystal Sphere Of Heavy Fluid" | Peter Christopherson | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "The Wasp Factory" | Ben Frost | The Wasp Factory | Bedroom Community
  20. "Girlfriend" | I Saw You Yesterday | CD16 | Impermeable
  21. "Rescue" | Sonder | Gods Will Be Gods - A Reverence To The Bunnymen | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  22. "Breathe Again - Bonus 2" | Eraldo Bernocchi & Prakash Sontakke | Invisible Strings | RareNoise
  23. "A Dream of The Inmost Light (for Christoph Heemann)" | Current 93 | Foxtrot | Chalice | "Physical Evidence"

what I love, I bite

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9
Mar 2017

Your Septic Heart, Your Deadly Hand: Transmission 326, 2017 March 1

l_orch.jpg This is more like it. I attach here a pantheon candidate among my broadcasts--at least that is how I feel at the moment, and I am going with it. For a couple of years I've been meaning to feature the L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes record, which 1) tells you how good it is and 2) gives you an idea of the alacrity with which I move, generally. As was not the case with the previous week's record, I have no ambivalence about this one whatsoever. Mono recording--as I am pretty sure this is--is kind of fascinating, and this is a clinic, and "tone lawyers" (or even tone paralegals such as myself) will love the guitar sound.

It's also terrific when there are no glaring errors in technique. The quest for excellence never ends! On some days it is hard to focus--this day was unusually warm, somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 degrees F (mid-May weather only a few short years ago) and people around here have a way of going crazy when it gets above 40. A brief moment of horror, it was quickly overpowered by cold and snow, as if winter were a Monty Python character reminding us that she is "not dead yet." One of the reasons for this show's existence is to keep horror at bay at least once a week.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 1, 2100-2300:

  1. "Sidi Yassa" | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | Kindred Spirits | "Physical Evidence"
  2. "Love" | Question Mark | Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, Vol. 2 (1972-1977) | Now-Again
  3. "Glo Day" | Beattie Cobell | Treatment Works | More than Human
  4. "No More Sorry" | Kosuke Oshima (The Earth Earth) | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  5. "Werewerenci" | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Shangri La" | Seashine | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  7. "Life Tends To Come And Go" | Roman Flugel | All The Right Noises | Dial
  8. "Dolphin" | Milkmustache | CD16 | Impermeable
  9. "Sebe Te Moyola" | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | Kindred Spirits | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "Remember the Chain" | The Skating Party | Colors Compilations - Violet "Dreampop" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  11. "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" | Thee Headcoats | Brother Is Dead...But Fly Is Gone! | M'Lady's
  12. "Can't Uncorrupt" | The Cobra Lamps | The Cobra Lamps EP | A Records
  13. "Hide and Scatter" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Damaged Goods
  14. "Her Vowel No" | Burning House | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  15. "Laminas" | Teleseen | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  16. "Lali" | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | Kindred Spirits | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Fishing" | Public Image Ltd | Album | Universal
  18. "Sad Shadows" | Annie Anxiety | Soul Possession [reissue] | Dais
  19. "Penda (Jean Bitar)" | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes | Kindred Spirits | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "TellURudeBwoy (feat. wzrdryAV)" | Seekers International | Presents the RaggaPreservation Society EP | Diskotopia
  21. "Soft Gloss" | Kane Ikin | Sensory Memory | Echovolt
  22. "Blooz" | Naaahhh | Themes | Blackest Ever Black
  23. "Cielo" | Pure Morning | Colors Compilations - Violet "Dreampop" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself

If I said I'd lost my way

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6
Mar 2017

Do What You Dare: Transmission 325, 2017 February 22

https://radiobombast.podbean.com/mf/web/vrhkj6/psychic_tv_magickal_mystery.jpg I don't want to start a too-specific discussion of how the sausage is made around here, but as I write this I have listened to about a half-dozen terrible albums in a row. (No, I did not know beforehand that they were terrible! I am a pretty basic gentleman with pretty basic methods of self-flagellation.) I am writing this in a bad mood, you guys. Now: will this bad mood somehow embed itself in your experience of the attached mixtape? Do I impart any of my momentary energy into this act of sharing? If I understand a second-hand account of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge that a friend passed on to me, GBP's answer would be "yes." Apologies in advance!

You see, we were discussing--how shall I say it--the work of a certain musician who is a Dodgy Person (not Genesis!). And I wondered whether, shorn of any known background or context, did an instrumental piece "do the work" of said person's belief system? Apparently, the answer went, there is an energy, present in the time and space of the recording, that comes through. I like to tell myself that I'm not a person who believes in "woo," as the hip young rationalists call it, but then I do find more comfort in thinking the universe bears a specific antipathy toward me than in chalking my long trail of misfortunes up to random chance. So all of this seems plausible enough!

Truth: while I like the "Magickal Mystery D Tour" EP quite a lot, I am not a huge fan and have always enjoyed the other post-Throbbing Gristle bands a good deal more. But here I am, record in hand--NEVER SELL--and a birthday observance falls on my night of the week. I tried, really I did, but maybe some of this ambivalence transmitted, because this is a HOT MESS of a show for reasons that (on the surface) have nothing to do with Genesis. Sorry!

Then again, I may just misunderstand the magick altogether and be prone to sloppy nights on occasion.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 February 22, 2100-2300:

  1. "Followed Path" | Karl Hector & the Malcouns | Beyond Addis Vol.2 (Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired by Swinging Addis) | Trikont
  2. "Feed Me With Your Kiss" | Chilindrina | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  3. "The Light Is Clear In My Eyes" | Moby & The Void Pacific Choir | These Systems Are Failing | Little Idiot - Mute
  4. "Roman P. (Fireball Mix)" | Psychic TV | The Magickal Mystery D Tour EP | Temple | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "Checkpoint Charlie" | The City Gates | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  6. "Sports" | Mark Feehan | M.F. II | Richie Records / Testostertunes
  7. "Isis and Osiris" | Brian Harris | Cyclops | self-released
  8. "All My Colours" | The Sensualists | Gods Will Be Gods - A Reverence To The Bunnymen | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "When You Sleep" | Spirit System | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  10. "Hex-Sex (Voodoo Mix)" | Psychic TV | The Magickal Mystery D Tour EP | Temple | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Home" | Public Image Ltd | Album | Universal
  12. "Had Enough Of Love" | Yumi Yumi Hip Hop | CD16 | Impermeable
  13. "Raw and Unbleached" | Simonn | Lost Journey EP | Night Tide
  14. "Spor Tranquil" | Mulan Serrico | Tendres Tenebres | Crudites Tapes
  15. "Come Back" | Emeterians | The Journey | VP
  16. "Good Vibrations (Kundalini Mix)" | Psychic TV | The Magickal Mystery D Tour EP | Temple | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Am I asleep and dreaming" | Space Blue | Tendres Tenebres | Crudites Tapes
  18. "Tune the System / Start Slow (Dry drums Motivation Vrsn)" | Gulls Rhythm Force | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  19. "No Means No" | Alice Bag | Alice Bag | Don Giovanni
  20. "Currency Transfer" | Gross Net | Quantitative Easing | Touch Sensitive
  21. "Interzone" | Psychic TV | The Magickal Mystery D Tour EP | Temple | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Trial of The Century" | Strategy | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  23. "A Ultima Fonte" | Cubus | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "Seed" | Max Cooper | Emergence | Mesh
  25. "Lost In Neon" | Marconi Union | Tokyo+ | Just Music

sweet subservience

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3
Mar 2017

Cruising Altitude Departure 28, 2016 October 30

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Dear friends, it's me again, Captain Halcyon, sharing a recording for one last time--"last," for now, anyway. There was some mumbling by Guy a few weeks ago about asking me to take over his time slot, as the darkness recedes; I considered it and for a while I thought I might jump back into the business of being a "broadcast personality." But life is full and I have things to do. What things, you ask? "Secret things." Now is not the time for full disclosure.

Anyway: this is a good mix, and--dare I say it--not a sad one. So I hope, if you're listening, you are not sad. I have a feeling we will see each other again. Nothing is forever.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 October 30, 1700-1800 EDT:

  1. "Shadow" | Jessica Bailiff | Brain in the Wire | Brainwashed
  2. "Mahler Remix 4" | Fennesz | Mahler Remix | Touch
  3. "Hall" | Automat & Max Loderbauer | Selekt 01 | Bureau B
  4. "I'm On Fire - Western Skies Motel Remix" | Graveyard Tapes | I'm on Fire (White Rooms Remixes) | Lost Tribe
  5. "Seagull's Flyway" | Rhucle | A Water Letter From You | Assembly Field
  6. "Changer Demain" | Adam Johnson | Chigliac | Merck
  7. "There Dub" | Flying Saucer Attack | Chorus | Drag City
  8. "Gulps" | Leafcutter John | Resurrection | Desire Path
  9. "Down 3" | Stars of the Lid | The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid | kranky
  10. "Whales Tails" | Cocteau Twins | Victorialand | 4AD
  11. "Les Preger's Tune" | The Durutti Column | Vini Reilly | Factory Once
  12. "The Cave" | Daniel Lanois | Goodbye to Language | Red Floor - ANTI-

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