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Apr 2017

Recognize Your Perfection: Transmission 330, 2017 March 15

caesars_remains.jpg Seems like "we" just (relatively speaking) "spoke." But here we are again, with another mixtape and another series of things that don't quite rise to the level of "thoughts." It was fun, listening back to this program on a warm day--at the time of broadcast it was rather cold, as we had just endured a blizzard of semi-historic proportions. Our local Ivy League institution, which--you will never be this macho--"never" closes, actually cancelled classes, events, and staff work for 28 hours. And not a moment too soon--they made the announcement in the middle of the workday, after people had already risked their safety getting to campus. Anyway.

More pertinent to us, and our shared love of tunes, it was the Ides of March. I am too lazy to look this up at the moment, but I am not sure I have done a WRFI program on this calendar date before. And what better to feature than a Thee Mighty Caesars record? I am nothing if not groaningly obvious. Thankfully, Lady Catharsis is also part of our crew, and her selection gives us a break from the inevitability of everything.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 15, 2100-2300:

  1. "Modern Day Virgin Sacrifice" | Alice Bag | Alice Bag | Don Giovanni
  2. "Ten Bears of the Comanches" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Cut Me Loose" | Lady Wray | Queen Alone | Big Crown
  4. "In a Hole" | Mordecai | Abstract Recipe | Richie Records / Testostertunes
  5. "Los dias" | Eva & John | CD16 | Impermeable
  6. "I'm the unknown" | Cavern of Anti-Matter | I'm the unknown | Duophonic
  7. "Da Capo Al Coda" | Taso | New Start | Teklife
  8. "Death of a Mighty Caesar" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Ily" | Mythologen | Mythologen | Hoga Nord
  10. "Melody's Actual Echo Chamber" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Open Minds Now Close | A Records
  11. "I Just Wanna Make Love To You" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  12. "Shrine" | Ian Boddy | As Above So Below | DiN
  13. "AmenBreadren (feat. Sipreano)" | Seekers International | Presents the RaggaPreservation Society EP | Diskotopia
  14. "Expressway" | Simic | COROT-7b | Acid Camp
  15. "Cadalina" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Intervention Sol" | Ulrich Schnauss / Jonas Munk | Passage | Azure Vista
  17. "I Will Get Numb" | The Us | Colors Compilations - Violet "Dreampop" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  18. "Defect" | Benoit Pioulard | The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter | kranky
  19. "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "The Colorful Dreams of the Cross Dressing Killer" | The Bunny Tylers | Glitches and Drones 2013-2016 | Ruptured
  21. "Dreams Burn Down" | Ten Million Lights | Colors Compilations - Red "Shoegaze" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  22. "Budget Dancehall (SKRS Dub I-Wah)" | Elite Beat | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  23. "The Swag" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "On Thin Ice" | Eric Random & The Bedlamites | Ishmael | Klanggalerie
  25. "Two Whoops And a Holler" | Jean Shepard | Hillbilly Music... Thank God! Vol. 1 | Bug / Capitol | "Listening Parlour"
  26. "Turquoise Days" | Melampus | Gods Will Be Gods - A Reverence To The Bunnymen | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  27. "Better Off Dead" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  28. "Anderes Osterlied" | Fragile | That's Desire / Here We Are EP | Fragile
  29. "Keep Your Hands Off My Child" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesars Remains | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  30. "New Cruiser" | Blown Out | New Cruiser | Riot Season
  31. "Aerug" | Pharmakustik | Pulsed Lavage | No.

mixed with the legends of stars

Apr 2017

Can Your Mind Travel Dimensions That Far: Transmission 329, 2017 March 10

the-naked-city-1000.jpeg It has been a while. It has always been a while; it will always be a while. But we return, with exactly what you demand from the internet: content. This program came a couple of days after a "regularly scheduled" one, which either excuses more sloppiness or unleashes an unusual degree of competence. Listening to this again, I think it is the latter. That is what feels like the truth, anyway.

Things "hung together" more than usual on this night, in both "content and technique." I remember receiving an in-show phone call from our general manager to discuss some unrelated things. He relayed some kudos, and we never look sideways at praise from Caesar. He was also concerned about some foul language in the program, but then remembered it was after 10pm, so all was "good." Whew!

I really did not want to talk much on this Friday night--basically life in microcosm these days. It means either something very good or very bad.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 10, 2100-2300:

  1. "Glossolina" | Jaws | Object Dom | Hundebiss
  2. "Sawara" | Le Motel | The Gold Play | Tangram
  3. "Zombie Stomp" | OvO | Creatura | Dio Drone
  4. "Yelen" | Luka Productions | Fasokan | Sahelsounds
  5. "Lose My Breath" | Astral Lite | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  6. "Baptism of Fire" | Zos Kia | Transparent | Cold Spring
  7. "As One" | Mustard Gas And Roses | Becoming | The Mylene Sheath
  8. "Das Haus" | Clemens K. | Reverie | Moody
  9. "The Village" | Leroy | Bambadea | Schamoni
  10. "Punctual Sleepy Soft Power" | Sendai | Ground and Figure | Editions Mego
  11. "Articles of Secession" | Ithaca Psychogeographic Liberation Front | Articles of Secession | Bandcamp self-release
  12. "Festus" | Camera | Phantom of Liberty | Bureau B
  13. "Motto" | Francois Virot | Marginal Spots | Born Bad
  14. "Sankt" | Vit Fana | Irrgang | Northern Electronics
  15. "Cloudless Climes and Starry Skies" | July Skies | The English Cold [reissue] | Caroline True
  16. "Sometimes" | Tonemirror | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Koudedazamin" | Tinariwen | Live in Paris | Wedge
  18. "Dronz 2 - End" | Richard Pinhas | Reverse | Bureau B
  19. "Salamanders" | frank Hurricane | Mountain Brew Light | Feeding Tube
  20. "The State I'm In" | Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation | The State (I'm In) | Rocket
  21. "Bags" | Public Image Ltd | Album | Universal
  22. "Runaway" | Brian Harris | The Macaw In The Park | self-released
  23. "Gellow Mold" | The Prefab Messiahs | Colors Compilations - Orange "Psychedelic" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "No More Dreams VII" | 1991 | No More Dreams | No More Dreams
  25. "Prologue" | Mirco Magnani + Ernesto Tomasini | Madame E. | Undogmatisch
  26. "Wyatt's Inspection" | Anthony Child | Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle, Vol. 2 | Editions Mego
  27. "40 Days" | The Cigarettes | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  28. "Observatorio" | Toilettes | CD16 | Impermeable
  29. "Turkey Girl" | Annie Anxiety | Soul Possession [reissue] | Dais
  30. "Two Voices" | K. Leimer | Land of Look Behind | Palace of Lights
  31. "Silicon Chip" | Basil Kirchin | Silicon Chip | Trunk
  32. "Broken and Bad" | Coldharbourstores | Wilderness | Enraptured
  33. "Dreaming of You" | Ivy's Void | Ivy's Void | Oraculo
  34. "The Sign (feat Halibab Matador)" | LoneBlue | The Gold Play | Tangram
  35. "Canopy Days" | You Still Have Friends | The Never Years | M.I.S.T.
  36. "Lost in Progress" | Simonn | Lost Journey EP | Night Tide

just when the thought occurs, the panic will pass

Apr 2017

I’m Barely Moving, I’m Steady Motion: Transmission -7, 1989 June 30

kdvs2W-1024x681.jpg Dear friends,

About a month ago it struck me that I was approaching the 30th anniversary of my first solo program on college radio. After consulting the college catalog and ye olde internet, I deduced that I must have debuted on April 10, 1987. So here we are.

I'll have more to say about that when I post the sound file of the program I'm doing tonight, but because I enjoy punishment, I went up to the attic this past weekend and found an old show tape. It isn't the debut program, or even one from that academic term, or EVEN one from that calendar year, but it seems to capture some of the spirit of "young me" and that time. At least it will have to, because it's the oldest show tape I have!

It's summer, 1989, and I am 20 years old. I sound it! (Though I think maybe the cassette is playing a tiny bit faster than normal speed.) I also sound nervous and out of breath every time I speak, and self-critical without the self-effacing humor which is my trademark. What was happening to me? I almost never had any kind of plan back then; I would usually bring a small handful of my own records (and it was all records--we didn't bring CD players on board until about 1991, I think)--always including a few compilations--and then make decisions on the fly, running back and forth between the library (a small, small part of it pictured here) and the console. It could have been that. Let's go with that explanation.

Musically, it seems to me that this program is just chestnuts, wall to wall. I am probably biased, but I do remember repeating myself a lot, which makes it a greater shame that I don't have an earlier tape, from a time when it wasn't repetition. I seem to have been much more interested in the past then (albeit the recent past, although a year or two felt like a lifetime back then) than I am now. I certainly wasn't adhering to the station's "currency" rules, at least not during the part of the program captured by these 84 minutes. Music "added" at the station within the prior 3 months was supposed to comprise 30% of our playlists, but the only "current" I know of for sure on this tape is "Into the White," which Discogs tells me was a mere 11 days old at the time of this broadcast (then-GF and I would see the Pixies in San Francisco 3 and a half weeks later; I walked up to Joey Santiago in the bar and strangely he was not delighted to speak to me!) It's possible that Pay It All Back Volume 2 was fairly new to us down in the basement of Freeborn Hall, but I doubt it.

tl;dr this tape finds me doing pretty much exactly what I'd expect me to do. TWO This Mortal Coil songs?! FIVE On-U Sound tracks in the first 45 minutes? Whatever. I am surprised we don't hear from Cocteau Twins, Durutti Column, or Section 25, but I guess even I knew when I was going over the line (or, more likely, I had played them in the first 90 minutes of the program, not captured here).

Other notes: I left in the promo and underwriting spots. We used to have some legendary ads. I miss Sharon MacKenzie (am I spelling that correctly?) and her program. If I recall, she was music director for a while (and never dragged me about my playlists!). She also cracked everyone up in a station meeting this one time when she said, "everyone knows how much I love 7-inches." Maybe you had to be there. Also: Woodstock's Pizza is still a thing! They had better be, as I and everyone I knew gave them so much of our money over the years. I would love to tell you that my program had a high profile sponsor that had chosen me specifically, but our underwriting arrangements did not work that way and everyone was subject to the "luck" of the draw (you're welcome, Woodstock's).

I almost forgot: who is this "Q-TIP" fellow? Why, it's me, of course, with an ill-chosen DJ handle dating from 1987 (TWO YEARS BEFORE A TRIBE CALLED QUEST BECAME FAMOUS, I WILL HAVE YOU KNOW). The name was based on some haircut I must have been sporting at the time, or recently. There was a DJ at the station named "Ridgewood Ray," a slightly older fellow (probably early 30s, which of course meant old to me) who objected to the name. We were a non-commercial radio station, you see, so he insisted that I should call myself "Cotton Swab." I didn't take his advice. Ray was great--he had been at Tower Records in New York City on the day in 1980 when they were giving out free copies of Joy Division's "Komakino" flexidisc. He gifted me his copy because he could think of no one else at the station who'd appreciate it more than I would. He was right about this--and still is!

"Ernst and Deborah" were a couple, these two classical DJs who hated--HATED--following my program, but the program directors, seemingly, would always arrange the schedule so that they did (hmm). They--or one of them, anyway--lived next door to my then-GF's place as well. They got to hear every fight we had, and every other sort of episode. What they would have given to hear Tackhead instead, at any of those times!

Almost certainly I headed out of this program for a sweltering 200-yard walk to my afternoon shift at the Cafe of Regret, which, no doubt, will be the setting of a future tale. Just trying to set the scene for you.

Listening to this yesterday afternoon was a somewhat therapeutic experience for me, good and bad. I hope you get something out of it!

playlist, 1989 June 30, 1330-1500:

  1. "Dju Ya Feza" | Zazou / Bikaye / CY1 | It's A Crammed, Crammed, Crammed World! | Crammed Discs
  2. "Bedward the Flying Preacher" | Singers and Players | Staggering Heights | On-U Sound
  3. "Dateline Miami" | Judy Nylon | Pal Judy | On-U Sound
  4. "Turn the Heater On" | New Order | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit
  5. "Throw It Away" | African Head Charge | Pay It All Back Volume 2 | On-U Sound
  6. "Reality" | Tackhead | Reality | On-U Sound
  7. "Pressure" | 400 Blows | The Good Clean English Fist | Dojo
  8. "Circular Motion" | Forehead Bros | Pay It All Back Volume 2 | On-U Sound
  9. "Ha (Original Mix)" | The Anti-Group | Audio-Visual | Sweatbox
  10. "Social Studies" | David Byrne | Music for the Knee Plays | ECM
  11. "Drugs" | Talking Heads | Fear of Music | Sire
  12. "Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust" | This Mortal Coil | Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust | 4AD
  13. "Kangaroo" | Big Star | Third / Sister Lovers | PVC
  14. "Kangaroo" | This Mortal Coil | It'll End In Tears | 4AD
  15. "Bangkok" | Alex Chilton | The Lost Decade | Fan Club
  16. "Into the White" | Pixies | Here Comes Your Man | 4AD
  17. "Youthful Immortal" | Flux | Uncarved Block | One Little Indian
  18. "When You're Sad" | A.R.Kane | When You're Sad | One Little Indian

emerging from a long dark tunnel

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