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Jun 2017

Too Much May Kill You; A Little Will Keep You Alive: Transmission 342, 2017 May 17

FullSizeRender_2_.jpg I present to you the first of several "consecutive" "regular" programs in which I managed to get it together at least to the point of including "Physical Evidence." At one point in the program, I provide a "how the sausage is made" moment by explaining that sometimes things slip in or out of Spotification and that the People Like Us canon had, at some point when I wasn't looking, slipped out. The world's loss is my negligible gain. So here you go. It was a good night!

Though I feel compelled to say--"If Someone Touches You" may be triggering. It certainly turned out to be, for me, though not in the most obvious way. It just seems like the sort of thing that Young Me would have played in the olden days, to troll some Imagined Listener. That track has got me thinking (as usual) about what The Point of all this might be. I still don't know.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 May 17, 2100-2300:

  1. "Still Bored" | Cyanide Pills | Sliced and Diced | Damaged Goods
  2. "We Believe (Excerpt)" | People Like Us | Recyclopaedia Britannica | Mess Media | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Terminus Drift" | Joshua Sabin | Terminus Drift | Subtext
  4. "CherylLinn" | Seekers International | LoversDedicationStation | Bokeh Versions
  5. "Direction Asymmetry" | Daughter Produkt | Dreamy Harbor | Tresor
  6. "Ursula Fahrt Ski" | People Like Us | Recyclopaedia Britannica | Mess Media | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "Akan Anwan Isong Idung" | The Doves | Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) | Comb & Razor Sound
  8. "Another Kind of Humor (Intro)" | People Like Us | Recyclopaedia Britannica | Mess Media | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Freeeze" | Baba Stiltz | Is Everything | Studio Barnhus
  10. "VXOMEG" | Bill Kouligas | Mono No Aware | PAN
  11. "The Sacred Erm" | People Like Us | Recyclopaedia Britannica | Mess Media | "Physical Evidence"
  12. "Rubber Plant" | Spectres | Condition | Sonic Cathedral
  13. "Blue Paint" | Fixity | The Things In The Room | Penske
  14. "Lugere" | Flora Yin-Wong | Mono No Aware | PAN
  15. "Yearn / Please" | You Still Have Friends | The Never Years | M.I.S.T.
  16. "Take A Walk" | People Like Us | Recyclopaedia Britannica | Mess Media | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Xtra" | Shed | The Final Experiment | Monkeytown
  18. "Tanger Blanc Return" | Muslimgauze | Jerusalaam | Staalplaat
  19. "Odawah Jam" | Marcelus | Dreamy Harbor | Tresor
  20. "Sing With Melodious Inarticualte Sound..." | People Like Us | Recyclopaedia Britannica | Mess Media | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Omnisession#1" | Marvin Horsch | Fukushisha | Film
  22. "Black Noise (Interlude)" | Adrian Younge | The Electronique Void | Linear Labs
  23. "A White Truck" | High Plains | Cinderland | kranky
  24. "If Someone Touches You" | People Like Us | Recyclopaedia Britannica | Mess Media | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Home Is Just as Good as Anyplace" | John Andrews & The Yawns | Bad Posture | Woodsist
  26. "Reculer et repousser le singe" | Kink Gong | Imer Zeillos | Discrepant
  27. "T424plu (Excerpt)" | People Like Us | Recyclopaedia Britannica | Mess Media | "Physical Evidence"
  28. "Thursdays Child" | The Chameleons | Script of the Bridge [reissue] | Blue Apple
  29. "Space Invaders" | Gerry & The Holograms | Gerry & The Holograms | Cache Cache
  30. "What Do You Miss" | Superpitcher | The Golden Ravedays 2 | Hippie Dance
  31. "Glamr" | Anjou | Epithymia | kranky

As a young man, he was quite something

Jun 2017

Easy To Kill By Just Sitting Still: Transmission 341, 2017 May 10

mary_ocher_west_against.jpg Regretfully, this is another "featureless" program. My ability to incorporate "Physical Evidence" and "The Listening Parlour" is declining as I age. We're left with "just" a collection of great tunes here. I apologize. Full refunds are available; just write to my mailing address.

It may be a small consolation, but at one point in this broadcast I do bust out a comically bad Yoda impersonation. No hints as to where it is--you'll have to listen to find it. Another highlight is the Petar Dundov track: let me tell you, as a compulsive cardio enthusiast, this jams on the arc trainer. And I know nothing about Blushing--more South American shoegaze, maybe?--but their track makes me cry. I do that during my workout too.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 May 10, 2100-2300:

  1. "Zah Zah, Pt. 2" | Mary Ocher | The West Against the People | Klangbad
  2. "Before It All Ends" | Petar Dundov | At The Turn of Equilibrium | Music Man
  3. "Chemtrails" | Vermont | II | Kompakt
  4. "Hot Heavy Horses" | Ravioli Me Away | Living Is A Myth | Upset the Rhythm
  5. "Tourner incessamment dans l'eclatement euphorique de soi - Road Painting Ahead IV" | Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche | Pas pire pop (I Love You So Much) | Constellation
  6. "To Know Evil" | Annie Anxiety | Soul Possession [reissue] | Dais
  7. "Rusty Cage" | Johnny Cash | Unchained | American Recordings | "Listening Parlour"
  8. "Cheating Dub" | Impact All-Stars | Java Java Java Java - Instrumentals Dubwise Versions | Get On Down
  9. "Flist" | Oto Hiax | Oto Hiax | Editions Mego
  10. "Black Roses" | Domenico Crisci | Body Punishment | Opal Tapes
  11. "Winter" | Peter Gordon & David Van Tieghem | Winter Summer | Foom
  12. "SIDE B" | El Mahdy Jr. | Die Before You Die | Boomarm Nation
  13. "Visions of LA" | vhs dream | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Ghost Belt" | You Still Have Friends | The Never Years | M.I.S.T.
  15. "Symmetry" | The Veldt | Symmetry | Schoolkids
  16. "Tether" | Blushing | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "17p13.2" | Loess | Pocosin | N5MD
  18. "Yayela" | Kel Tangawal | Agrim Agadez: Musique Guitare De La Republique Du Niger | Sahel Sounds
  19. "John Doe's Carnival of Error" | Blanck Mass | World Eater | Sacred Bones
  20. "Aftermath" | Boom Bip | Sun Choke | Lex
  21. "Roadblock - Slam Door Dub Mix" | Neville Staple | Return of Judge Roughneck | Cleopatra
  22. "Little One" | Tiny Hazard | Greyland | Ba Da Bing!
  23. "Kuinka yo" | Tomutonttu | Kevatjuhla | Alter
  24. "Draht 8" | Deux Balaines Blanches | Sammlung (Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989) | Bureau B
  25. "You Made Me Realise" | Panophonic | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  26. "Orpheus Rising" | Julie's Haircut | Invocation and Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin | Rocket
  27. "In Yourself, Believe" | FOAMMM | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  28. "Anthem" | Heinali | Anthem | Injazero

You might want to follow me

Jun 2017

Post banlieue, post banlieue: Transmission 340, 2017 May 3

four_lips_from_one_mouth.jpg Reading today about the "culture of narcissism," I feel compelled to say "it me," as the kids do. Differentiating between myself and the external world is a challenge. Object permanence, which I thought I had mastered once, is a memory (though I guess the fact that I remember it should reassure me). Things exist insofar as they produce feelings in me. Remembering readings from graduate school, I might fancy myself "His Majesty the Baby," but most likely "l'hommelette" is more apt as a description.

Case in point: I've listened to this program twice, and have no idea whether it is great or terrible. Not that I am certain it is something in between: I heard it once and it was terrible, and I heard it another time and it was great. It may be an infinite number of other things--for me it all had to do with how I was feeling at the time I heard it. Give this a try yourself. Perhaps you should do it more than once.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 May 3, 2100-2300:

  1. "SAUDADE" | Kangding Ray | HYPER OPAL MANTIS | Stroboscopic Artefacts
  2. "Space Talk" | Cass. | Youth Sessions | Emotional Response
  3. "Virile Poetry" | Glider | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  4. "Da Gone" | Mahatma X | A Mobtown Suite Vol. 1 | Home Assembly
  5. "64 Bits" | Baloji | 64 Bits & Malachite | Bella Union
  6. "Slag" | Nash the Slash | And You Thought You Were Normal | Artoffact
  7. "ChannelTwo(MurderousDub)" | Seekers International | Presents the RaggaPreservation Society EP | Diskotopia
  8. "Memorabilia" | Soft Cell | Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing | Sire | "Listening Parlour"
  9. "African Communication" | Phil Pratt | Star Wars Dub | Burning Sounds
  10. "New Life" | Swindle | Purple Walls | Butterz
  11. "Llullaillaco" | Kairon; IRSE! | Ruination | Svart
  12. "Classic NU Shit" | No UFO's | NU LP For RS | Root Strata
  13. "Gender Balance" | Pool Art | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Descendants" | Esteban Adame | Descendants | EPM
  15. "Insects" | Thornucopia | Four Lips From One Mouth | Lather | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Headzdropa" | Will Guthrie | People Pleaser | Black Truffle
  17. "Weird Time" | The Mighty Strangers | Four Lips From One Mouth | Lather | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Fr3sh" | Kareem Lotfy | Mono No Aware | PAN
  19. "Locust" | JUPITER-C | 001 | Invada
  20. "Geheimes Wissen" | Le Petit Mort | Sammlung (Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989) | Bureau B
  21. "Mass Ignorance Culture" | Jack Ketch and the Crowmen | Brimfull of Hate | M'Lady's
  22. "At Last, At Last" | Xiu Xiu | FORGET | Polyvinyl
  23. "Bloom" | Jaws | Object Dom | Hundebiss
  24. "Firstling, Pt. 2" | Mary Ocher | The West Against the People | Klangbad
  25. "The Moon Is Not A Yellow Sow" | Buick | Four Lips From One Mouth | Lather | "Physical Evidence"
  26. "Construct Conduct" | Odeko | Digital Botanics / Construct Conduct | Gobstopper
  27. "Delta-V" | Shobaleader One | Elektrac | WARP
  28. "When I Fall" | Zombie Motorcade | Four Lips From One Mouth | Lather | "Physical Evidence"
  29. "Baby How Strong Are" | Egyptrixx | Pure, Beyond Reproach | Halocline Trance
  30. "Time Hole (Scene)" | Hand Habits | Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) | Woodsist
  31. "The Soniferous Garden - Radio Edit" | Auntie Flo | The Soniferous Garden | Sofrito Super Singles
  32. "Lysander" | Mark Barrott | Music for Presence | International Feel
  33. "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" | James Brown | Star Time | Polydor
  34. "Skinshaped - Outro" | Moodprint | The Gold Play | Tangram

I'm asking myself, i'm the only one here

Jun 2017

Hissing Under the Floorboards: Transmission 339, 2017 April 26

Afriqua_Prophette2.jpg Back to regularly-scheduled content come we. Here is a "full-featured program" with both Physical Evidence and a Listening Parlour entry, because it is what I like to imagine you are here for. (I like to imagine many things.) ((I routinely find it difficult to avoid saying "full-figured program," which, in a way, all of my programs are.)) True to form, it...perhaps could have gone better than it did.

Eventually I settle into a groove, but it takes a while to get there. I am quite fond of Prophette, tonight's special record (and of Afriqua generally), but on listening (and re-listening) it's awfully...dynamic (or maybe just quiet?). Audio purist that I am (or that I fancy myself), I never thought I'd find myself arguing for more compression, but "life comes at you fast," as the kids say. Try this program out for yourself--and then buy the Afriqua record so you can listen to it outside of anyone else's context.

Elsewhere I upset Lady Catharsis with some of my commentary--this takes me back to the "halcyon" days of the late 1980s, when I used to do this with other friends, some of whom seem not to have stuck around. Thank goodness LC has build up a tolerance. I really need to stop doing the things I used to do when I was 18 or 19. They were dumb then and dumber now.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 April 26, 2100-2300:

  1. "No Life Child" | The Fire Dept. | L'Oeuf D'Or | M'Lady's
  2. "Nothing Happens" | Afriqua | Prophette | Cure Music | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Tempelhof" | Albrecht La'Brooy | Emissary | Night Tide
  4. "Head Expanded" | AIR LQD | Remain Neutral | Unknown Precept
  5. "Geldenes Herz Menz" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Dropping Bombs On The Sun | A Records
  6. "Mary Jane (feat. Tenor Youthman)" | Alter Echo & E3 | Mary Jane | Moonshine
  7. "Larynx" | The Horse He's Sick | Oz Waves: Compiled By Steele Bonus | Efficient Space
  8. "Mischkin" | Afriqua | Prophette | Cure Music | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Lady On The Train" | Irena Xero | Oz Waves: Compiled By Steele Bonus | Efficient Space
  10. "Tegel" | Gudrun Gut | Instrumentals for Sirens | Moabit
  11. "Tape 27 Track 3, Pt. 2" | Ahmed Malek / FLAKO | The Electronic Tapes | Habibi Funk
  12. "Fiction" | Afriqua | Prophette | Cure Music | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Slowdive" | Whimsical | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Jack The Ripper [Acoustic Version]" | Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | B-Sides & Rarities | Mute | "Listening Parlour"
  15. "Someone" | Afriqua | Prophette | Cure Music | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Ginza District" | Marconi Union | Tokyo+ | Just Music
  17. "Waves" | Berlina | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  18. "Decontroit" | Afriqua | Prophette | Cure Music | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "Squids Can Fly" | Xerox Dreamflesh | Oz Waves: Compiled By Steele Bonus | Efficient Space
  20. "Ascension" | Tadeo | The Pit | Token
  21. "Kaoz" | Kings of Tomorrow | Kaoz | Poker Flat
  22. "Inveighed" | Afriqua | Prophette | Cure Music | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Trail Mix" | Simon Fisher Turner | Giraffe | Editions Mego
  24. "Cinder" | You Still Have Friends | The Never Years | M.I.S.T.

You tremble in your boots and your fingers start to break

Jun 2017

I’m Careful and I’m Always True: Transmission 338, 2017 April 23

sevendeaths_-_remote_sympathy.jpg Here is a fill-in program that I did not too long ago, geologically speaking. (Never mind that in our current time, it seems like every week is an epoch.) As I alluded to a few posts ago, April 23 came and went, featuring airtime by me, and I didn't do anything to honor or even observe David Gedge, whose records have given me much joy. I should at least have done a "Physical Evidence" thing--anything more than that would probably require a visit to Ithaca by Friend of Bombast Jeremy, and that's not on the agenda. Nevertheless, as we found out in the previous episode, sometimes it's good not to have "compulsory" items on the playlist.

Filling in here for "Fellow Traveler," I find myself once again being super-apologetic about it. I do imagine that some people tuned in hoping for something else and have no evidence that they enjoyed what they found instead. Trying here to keep myself grounded. On the other hand, they should have enjoyed this program, but it is quite good! Early on it's a bit soupy, but it rewards patience with electric unpredictability, if I do say so.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 April 23, 2100-2300:

  1. "Birds in 6/8" | Terminal Cheesecake | Dandelion Sauce of the Ancients | Box
  2. "Seed" | Sevendeaths | Remote Sympathy | LuckyMe
  3. "Deceiver" | Loscil | Monument Builders | kranky
  4. "Her" | Sigha | Metabolism | Token
  5. "Voyage De La Planete" | Marc Romboy | Monde Futuriste | Hyperharmonic
  6. "Above the Clouds" | Earthen Sea | An Act of Love | kranky
  7. "Be Away" | Versus People | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  8. "Terrorize My Heart (45 Edit)" | 79.5 | Terrorize My Heart Pt 1 & 2 | Big Crown
  9. "Last Train To Expo 67" | The Melodians | First Class Rock Steady | VP
  10. "Away" | Heinali | Anthem | Injazero
  11. "Splanish Air" | Seatemples | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  12. "Son" | Andrew Broder | Wertheimer EP | Lex
  13. "Count Your Fears" | Meatbodies | Alice | In The Red
  14. "The River Returns" | Alpha Steppa Meets High Public Sound | The River (feat. I-Sarana) | Steppas
  15. "Protection Cloak" | Zavala | Fantasmas | Fake Four
  16. "Compound Dub" | Jay Glass Dubs | New Teeth for an Old Country | Bokeh Versions
  17. "Leave Ya Dub" | Vibronics Meets Conscious Sounds | Half Century Dub...Five Decades in the Mix | Scoops
  18. "Almost In Motion" | You Still Have Friends | The Never Years | M.I.S.T.
  19. "Barracuda - Outro" | The Clamps | Blend, Shake, Swallow | Heavy Psych Sounds
  20. "Some Baffled Stranger" | G.S. Schray | Gabriel | Last Resort
  21. "Held" | Whore Paint | Ultra Sound | Translation Loss
  22. "Cold Sweat" | Errol Brown | Orthodox Dub | Dub Store
  23. "Fall" | A Thousand Hours | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "come thru" | Mahatma X | A Mobtown Suite Vol. 1 | Home Assembly
  25. "V" | Mere | Mere II | Home Normal
  26. "The Tigris - Cassie Version" | Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers | The Gospel According To The Selfish Gene | VaVa
  27. "Hundi Conga" | Ninos Indigo | Vuduwave | Phonica Special Edition
  28. "Fabrik" | Pete Bassman | Lost In Space | Hoga Nord
  29. "Outro" | Carsten Jost | Perishable Tactics | Dial

Graceful birds will whisper as I slowly pass them by

Jun 2017

Dreamy Harmer: Transmission 337, 2017 April 19

oz_waves.jpg "The Catharsis Family Circus" had been promised in the previous episode, but it did not come to town on this night. I forget why, exactly, but it's probably best kept secret anyway. This was Spring Break for Junior, too, which is a shame, since she has expressed an interest in guesting on this program; maybe this summer, if things are not too insane. Having my two ladies join me on this night had originally been my way of avoiding yet another "observance" of an Important Date, this one resonating only with me; being shorn of this option, I had tried to make some kind of positive substitution in the form of "Physical Evidence," but that too fell through. So we're left with just me and a random assortment of decent tunes.

It was indeed a "melancholy" evening, as DJ Andrea had intimated prior to signing off--at least my part of it was. Lots of atmospheric stuff in this playlist. And some bleep-bloop. A bit of rock at the beginning and end--my own version of the "horseshoe theory," let's call it. Can't be debunked if it doesn't try to explain anything.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 April 19, 2100-2300:

  1. "The Touch I Crave" | Alice Bag | Alice Bag | Don Giovanni
  2. "I Still Dream" | Letta | Redemption | Coyote
  3. "Open Minds Now Close" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Open Minds Now Close | A Records
  4. "Bwanawe" | Wells Fargo | Watch Out! | Now-Again
  5. "Immortality" | Desto | Immortality | Signal Life
  6. "Vivere, Pt. 5" | Mondkopf | They Fall but You Don't | In Paradisum
  7. "Knife On Top" | Pro-D | Oz Waves: Compiled By Steele Bonus | Efficient Space
  8. "Signs Of Change - Bambounou Dub Mix" | Landside | Uncharted Remixes EP | Just This
  9. "Nine" | The Golden Filter | STILL // ALONE | Optimo
  10. "Einklang" | Pfad der Tugend | Sammlung (Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989) | Bureau B
  11. "NGC1265" | Ghost Culture | Nucleus | Phantasy Sound
  12. "Electric Dub - Edit" | Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald | Dreamy Harbor | Tresor
  13. "The Beginning" | Frigorex | Sammlung (Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989) | Bureau B
  14. "On Distant Fields" | Gailes | Seventeen Words | Ba Da Bing!
  15. "Frightening Thoughts" | Noumen | White Silence | Central Processing Unit
  16. "Caterpillar" | CANNIBALE | No Mercy for Love | Born Bad
  17. "Thing" | Aquarian Blood | Last Nite in Paradise | Goner
  18. "Gun Court" | K. Leimer | Land of Look Behind | Palace of Lights
  19. "None" | LAARS | LYSaR/NONE | Full Pupp
  20. "Take A Walk In The Sun" | Moral Fibro | Oz Waves: Compiled By Steele Bonus | Efficient Space
  21. "The Strollers' Memorial" | Brokeback | Illinois River Valley Blues | Thrill Jockey
  22. "Apenas" | Humberto Polar | Anatema | Discos Mono
  23. "Apropos Nancy" | Marc Barreca | Aberrant Lens | Palace of Lights
  24. "Koan" | Julie's Haircut | Invocation and Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin | Rocket
  25. "Hardly Exist" | Invisible Days | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  26. "Coil" | Multicast Dynamics | Continental Ruins | Denovali
  27. "Father" | Paul Woolford | Father, Son & Holy Ghost | Aus

I hope to entertain you

Jun 2017

Got Aqua Net Bangs, Got Amplifier: Transmission 336, 2017 April 12

babe_terror.jpg Here I am again, trying out this new "actually writing posts" thing, seeing how it works. Feels good so far, so let's continue. This broadcast was one iteration of "our weekly time together" that was made "extra Bombastic" by DJ Andrea's early departure to see a Howie Gelb show. Humbly and accurately I suggested that listeners scoot down to that concert rather than listening to me (I am, after all, on every week, and then some) but this program turned out pretty well! It's an odd mismash of "new" music and "leftovers" from the program two nights prior, but that is kind of the dream, after all: connections between the current and the dated, which only I understand, and not even always.

At nearly three hours in length, this program is a real exercise in doing what I used to do 30 years ago, which Monday's program could not be. 180 minutes is a long time to do radio, you guys. I am totally happy with two hours (even that feels like a lot sometimes). I am well tired by the end of this program, even though it's no later than usual. There's probably some unpacking to do there. Anyway--I can't believe I didn't get to Sisters of Mercy, or Smersh, or (a non-interstitial tune by) zoviet:france on Monday night, so the extra time gave me a chance to rectify these horrible oversights.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 April 12, 2000-2300:

  1. "Let Me Be The One (feat. La Femme D'Argent)" | Behind The Name | Confession | Fauxpas
  2. "Under Glass" | The Legendary Pink Dots | Under Glass | Play It Again Sam
  3. "Blue Moon" | Breathless | Blue Moon [reissue] | Tenor Vossa
  4. "Le Mur Mur Nu" | Soviet France | Fight! | Cathexis
  5. "Longue Attent de la Mort" | Mirco Magnani + Ernesto Tomasini | Madame E. | Undogmatisch
  6. "Friends Of Mine" | Buzzcocks | Spiral Scratch | Domino
  7. "Stop" | Quince | Rif | Something Happening Somewhere
  8. "Papal Breakdance" | Psychic TV | Magick Defends Itself | Temple
  9. "Throbbing Gristle" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Groove Is In The Heart | A Records
  10. "Autocrat" | For Against | Echelons | Independent Project
  11. "Dronz 1 - Ketter" | Richard Pinhas | Reverse | Bureau B
  12. "Lights" | The Sisters of Mercy | Reptile House EP | Merciful Release
  13. "Golden Hair" | Intenna | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Farmers and Villagers Living Within the Shadow of Aerodromes" | July Skies | The English Cold [reissue] | Caroline True
  15. "Birdsong (feat Merely)" | Mythologen | Mythologen | Hoga Nord
  16. "Four Paths" | K. Leimer | Land of Look Behind | Palace of Lights
  17. "Atlantic Verticode" | Babe, Terror | Ancient M'ocean | Phantasy
  18. "Untitled" | Charles Noel & Archetype | The Transformation | Indigo Aera
  19. "Herman" | Smersh | The Part of the Animal That People Don't Like | Dead Man's Curve
  20. "Sicktone - Version 2" | Zos Kia / Coil | Transparent | Cold Spring
  21. "Amaris" | Ulrich Schnauss / Jonas Munk | Passage | Azure Vista
  22. "Pretty" | Love Tractor | Athens, GA - Inside Out | I.R.S.
  23. "Vivid Flu" | Michael Vallera | Vivid Flu | Denovali
  24. "The Room" | Marcel Dettmann / Ben Klock | Phantom Studies | Ostgut Ton
  25. "Honey Power" | Ceremony feat. Candy | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  26. "French Morning" | Specimens | Sculptures | First Terrace
  27. "Blackwell Dynonetics" | Jesse Osborne-Lanthier | Unalloyed, Unlicensed, All Night! | Raster Noton
  28. "Morning Fog" | Mordecai | Abstract Recipe | Richie Records / Testostertunes
  29. "Valerie Verb" | Sparrow Steeple | Steeple Two | Richie Records / Testostertunes
  30. "2.36am" | Grey Hairs | Serious Business | Gringo
  31. "For David Robert Jones" | William Basinski | A Shadow in Time | Temporary Residence Limited

I am the light, or the idea of it

Jun 2017

Most of the Time I’m Somebody Else’s Problem: Transmission 335, 2017 April 10

Bauhaus_-_Bela_Lugosi_s_Dead_-_back_cover.jpg Welcome to the 30th birthday party for my extremely non-lucrative radio career. I pointed out a few weeks ago that it had occurred to me that this anniversary must be approaching, and that I had sussed out when it had to be (more on this in a minute). But I had not anticipated, at that brainwave's first appearance, that I would actually have a chance to observe the anniversary on air, seeing as how it fell on a Monday night instead of "our regular weekly time together." I was more or less prepared to just post that old show tape and be done with it, but then fate decided to send Roger somewhere other than the Kenny Ritter Memorial Studio on this particular evening, so--as it often happens--I "stepped in." Aside from being a special night, numerically, this is also a rare confluence of circumstances: (a) having access to Surprise Airtime and Knowing What To Do With It--I notice that on the last TWO iterations of April 23, I have filled in for someone without managing to do anything for David Gedge's birthday (or William Shakespeare's, for that matter); and (b) having the aforementioned Surprise Airtime at a suitable hour for me to drag my old-ass body down to the station and actually conduct whatever needed to be conducted (still feeling guilty about flaking on Andrew Eldritch).

I started to write this post, and then abandoned it for nearly a month. This probably deserves unpacking, but the time will never come. Odds are, I wanted to discuss circumstances and atmosphere, since, aside from a handful of actual records that I used to play, that's what I carry with me from Spring Quarter 1987. You might think this constituted "traveling light." You would be wrong.

As I mention during the program, the first dozen or so broadcasts I did at KDVS were from 3 to 6 in the morning, that being the standard "debut" slot for a new DJ. Even this undesirable shift resulted from a six-month process of dues-paying, attrition, "extreme vetting," and a bit of training and soundchecking here and there. I have no recollection of how I stayed awake until 3am, and would have to guess that it was 99% "being 18 years old" that did the trick. I do recall the oddity of having a key to Freeborn Hall (the student union, effectively) but not to the station itself (I guess we took security more seriously than the University for some reason). If I'm not mistaken I still have that Freeborn key. Wonder if it still works.

A persistent memory: leaving the building after my program and being greeted by sunlight, which was super-weird. Going back to my dorm room and crashing for several hours (perhaps I didn't have class on Fridays? It probably wouldn't have mattered). Already I was becoming isolated from people--maybe on account of my radio activities, or trying to do music of my own. I don't remember, other than that fights and silences that I didn't understand were piling up quickly, and that this three hours a week of panicked improvisation was really the closest thing to "fun" that I was having. Sometimes I think it was ever thus!

Since I didn't plan this anniversary program either, other than picking the records I brought down to the station, there were some oversights, which I would address in the next regular Wednesday broadcast. There are probably many stories to tell about individual songs and the people of whom they remind me, but it's all gossip. I'll make a general observation sandwiched in between two specific ones. First, it really upsets me that I botched the beginning of the LKJ tracks. That's a thing that never used to happen when I was 18 and competent, and I commit these errors all the time now. Representationally--this broadcast isn't nearly as Wax Trax-y as the first KDVS programs were, which is sort of a beautiful lie; it's also devoid of 4AD content, which is also nice--that would soon be an obsession of mine, but not yet. Finally, Cabaret Voltaire--I can't tell you how much time I spent in the listening rooms, during my "probationary" period, spinning Cabs records. Particularly Voice of America, though for my programs I tended to prefer the ones with heavier drums. I have a very clear memory of listening to VOA while weaving a "friendship bracelet"--but for whom? Did I ever even give it away? Seems like a pretty loaded image.

Thanks for being my friend.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 April 10, 1900-2100:

  1. "Clustering Train" | The Golden Palominos | Visions of Excess | Celluloid
  2. "Michael Jackson" | Negativland | Escape from Noise | SST
  3. "Qaf Harpy" | Click Click | Fight! | Cathexis | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "The Human Jungle" | The Jazz Butcher | The Human Jungle | Glass
  5. "Dance of Framin" | Tiokoala | Fight! | Cathexis | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Reality Poem" / "Wat About Di Workin Claas?" | Linton Kwesi Johnson | In Concert with the Dub Band | LKJ Records
  7. "Hazey Daze" | Chris & Cosey | Reflection | Wax Trax!
  8. "Amputate" | Project GK | Fight! | Cathexis | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "The Milkman of Human Kindness" | Billy Bragg | Life's a Riot / Between the Wars | Cooking Vinyl
  10. "Out on Your Own" | Easterhouse | Contenders | Columbia
  11. "The Pilgrims Progress" | Clair Obscur | Fight! | Cathexis | "Physical Evidence"
  12. "Kundalini" / "Vegas El Bandito" | 23 Skidoo | Seven Songs | Ronin
  13. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" | Bauhaus | Bela Lugosi's Dead | Small Wonder
  14. "Thumbs of a Murderer" | Shockheaded Peters | Fight! | Cathexis | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Israel" | Siouxsie and the Banshees | Nocturne | Polydor
  16. "Teen Love" | No Trend | Teen Love | No Trend
  17. "T.V. Mind (It's In My Brain Version)" | Revolting Cocks | Fight! | Cathexis | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Uncorrected Personality Traits" | Robyn Hitchcock | I Often Dream of Trains | Midnight Music
  19. "Get Out of My Face" | Cabaret Voltaire | 2 x 45 | Rough Trade

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