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30
Apr 2018

If the Music Is Square, It’s Because I Like It Square: Transmission 400, 2018 March 28

cucina_povera_hilja.jpg "Self-expressive radio," to which I allude at one point in this 400th Bombast transmission, refers to WRFI's mission statement, at least as it was originally rendered. "Self-expression" was one of the values according to which we'd develop and produce content on the radio. I try to live by that every week. I hope that others enjoy what I do. I think that is the case, sometimes, and it's cool and great when it is. Ultimately, though, my program is about and for me and my tastes. Sorry.

I must also point out that I am finished indulging the idea that it might be about anything else, like, say, fulfilling requests. One such gesture, which I made out of pity more than anything else, marred this milestone program. There's a lady who calls in--to many shows, apparently, asking for the same thing over and over--and is quite specific and persuasive. I hear that she's a shut-in, though apparently she is not sufficiently "shut in" as to be unaware of the latest dope, profanity-laced beats produced by the likes of Karol G. There is a new podcast called "Mass for Shut-Ins." Maybe she can listen to that. I can't humor her anymore.

Perhaps I'm being mean, and perhaps I'm marring the occasion more with this rant. But this is me, it's my life, this happened on my special night and I'm going to discuss it.

Here is the thing about requests: I owe it to my listeners only to play things that I think are good. Who am I to decide what's good? Someone in whom the radio station has entrusted a two-hour block of airtime each week, that's who. Why not let the audience decide? They already do, but removing individual decision making leads to something like having a computer spit out random tracks in all styles, all the time. There must be radio stations like that. If that's what you want, go support one. Meanwhile I am going to keep doing this show about me, and refusing trash requests.

Long story short: I hurt my program by trying to be nice. I will spend the next 400 (or so) programs trying to find other, better ways of being nice.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 March 28, 2100-2300:

  1. "Concert Man" | Phil Pratt | Star Wars Dub | Burning Sounds
  2. "Breakdown (Radio)" | 400 Blows | Breakdown / Jive 69 | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Snask" | Henrik Rylander | Fran En Obestamd Plats I Rummet | Hoga Nord
  4. "Conscience" | 400 Blows | Movin' | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "Sungaze" | Reso | Sick Music 2018 | Hospital
  6. "Perspective 2" | 400 Blows | Pressure | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "All My Feelings Denied" | The Buff Medways | 1914 [reissue] | Damaged Goods
  8. "Solarity" | Sciahri | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  9. "Azid Jazz" | Sir Lord Commix | Retroactive (Part One) | R Time
  10. "Groove Jumping" | 400 Blows | Movin' | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Transmission A" | J Albert | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  12. "Ahora Me Llama" | Karol G | Unstoppable | UMG Latino
  13. "Movin'" | 400 Blows | Movin' | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Hardly Able To Do Anything" | Patricia | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  15. "Indaba" | RANGEr | Portable Presents: RANGEr | Waellas Choice
  16. "Legend" | Ornette Hawkins | The Other Side of What | AGN7
  17. "Radio Pressure" | 400 Blows | Pressure | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "In The Beginning" | Trinidadian Deep | Organic Frequencies | D3 Elements
  19. "Totean" | Cucina Povera | Hilja | Night School
  20. "Intuition" | Evitceles | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  21. "Spare Life" | Urbandawn | Sick Music 2018 | Hospital
  22. "Declaration of Intent" | 400 Blows | Declaration of Intent | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Music Box" | Ruby My Dear | Brame | PRSPCT
  24. "Jive 69 (Radio)" | 400 Blows | Breakdown / Jive 69 | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Structures and Behavior (Expertise)" | The Mayhem Lecture Series | Structures and Behavior | Arctic Dub (Sursumcorda)
  26. "Roll Over" | Permahorn | My Blood Carries My Dreams Away | Shimmy 500

that's the whole problem

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22
Apr 2018

Put Death in My Hands and I Will Pay with It For Sure: Transmission 399, 2018 March 21

cocteau_twins_-_head_over_heels_rear.jpg We are at the mercy of various record companies' apparent suicide missions. A number of rarities (and deservedly so) will see the light of day once again, soon, and in our perverse attempt to keep up with the times for our half-dozen devoted listeners we'll be trotting our copies out as Physical Evidence while they still "count." Which brings us to this broadcast's feature, a terrific record by Trisomie 21 that has been in my life for 30 years. I don't find myself listening to it often, and am just blown away by how good it is. Happy times! In college, I had a balding English teaching assistant / discussion leader who was likewise into Trisomie 21. I thought he was just trying to be cool in a "how do you do, fellow kids" kind of way. But of course, now I am him. These things always come back to you.

More happy feelings--there were no computer mishaps on this night, so all mistakes were my own. If I recall correctly there weren't that many, though there are awful segues into and out of Felt. But, really, we are all just one bad Felt segue from personal ruin. Aren't we?

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 March 21, 2100-2300:

  1. "DanceGwaan(EazeUp!)" | Seekers International | Presents the RaggaPreservation Society EP | Diskotopia
  2. "Pleasure" | Trisomie 21 | Chapter IV Remix - Le Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi Et Le Presque Rien | Scarface | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Sun Star" | Christian Kleine | Electronic Music from the Lost World | A Strangely Isolated Place
  4. "This Was Supposed To Be An Outro" | Malouane | Long Way for the Homies | In The Box
  5. "Is Anybody Home? (Parts 2 and 3)" | Trisomie 21 | Chapter IV Remix - Le Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi Et Le Presque Rien | Scarface | "Physical Evidence"
  6. "Glass Candle Grenades" | Cocteau Twins | Head Over Heels [reissue] | 4AD
  7. "Remember Her Name / The Jazz Song" | Psyche | Brave New Waves Session | Artoffact
  8. "Damenbartblick" | Schlammpeitziger | Damenbartblick auf Pregnant Hill | Bureau B
  9. "Fair Is The Field" | Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts | Shouts, Moans, and Significance | Musique Risquee
  10. "Your Dream" | Trisomie 21 | Chapter IV Remix - Le Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi Et Le Presque Rien | Scarface | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Tizi Ouzou" | Pascal Viscardi | Chabha Dassin Hakku | La Chinerie
  12. "Ezy2141" | Jono Ma & Dreems | The Dreemas | Kompakt
  13. "The Cave And The Light" | Trisomie 21 | Chapter IV Remix - Le Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi Et Le Presque Rien | Scarface | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Junkie Hideout in Suburbia" | The Bunny Tylers | Chance Meetings | Ruptured
  15. "All Nerve" | The Breeders | All Nerve | 4AD
  16. "Jorge (Satori Remix)" | Acid Pauli | BLD Remixes B | Ouie
  17. "The Last Song" | Trisomie 21 | Chapter IV Remix - Le Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi Et Le Presque Rien | Scarface | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Gigue" | Fondation | Les cassettes 1980-1983 | Bureau B
  19. "Dismantled King Is Off The Throne" | Felt | The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories [reissue] | Cherry Red
  20. "Bu Bir Ruya" | Dirtmusic | Bu Bir Ruya | Glitterbeat
  21. "Fluent in English" | EXEK | Ahead of Two Thoughts | W. 25th
  22. "Desert - Vocal" | Enzo Elia | Game of Circles - EP | Compost Disco
  23. "There's No Trouble There" | Trisomie 21 | Chapter IV Remix - Le Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi Et Le Presque Rien | Scarface | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "La Fortaleza" | Arce | Lapsus EP | M.I.S.T.
  25. "The Queen Is Dead - Full Version" | The Smiths | The Queen Is Dead [box set] | Rhino
  26. "The Last Call" | L'Amour Fou | Dujuan | Smallville

if I really could, dear, I would apologize

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22
Apr 2018

Kept It Together, Held It Together: Transmission 398, 2018 March 14

tee_mango_tribute_5.jpg It was a Medway night, so naturally the segues were terrible. We need to get past that now. Additionally, it was a night of technical difficulties, not just conceptual ones. The computer in the studio went rogue and I was afraid I'd be stuck there all night. It's been a long time since I had that feeling. I didn't miss it.

Have I ever explained my multitasking during the program? Or: maybe I have and you are new here. I don't know. Anyway, we air a lot of pre-recorded public affairs programming, and every night somebody has to program this stuff to play automatically, on time, the next day. This is a thing I used to do every night--for, like, two straight years--but I'm down to once a week. Wednesday is my night because I would rather not have to "dial in" while someone else is in the control room.

So that's why this program might sound worse than usual, but only a little bit worse. The more you know!

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 March 14, 2100-2300:

  1. "Confused" | Tee Mango | Losing Control EP | Clone Royal
  2. "Love Me Lies" | The Prisoners | Medway Power House Vol III | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Milford Dip" | Swine | Lessons | Front and Follow
  4. "Multipass" | Tropikal Camel | FAMILY ALBUM 2018 | Boomarm Nation
  5. "Don't Ever Antagonize the Horn" | Claude Speeed | Other Infinities | Planet Mu
  6. "Dearest Darling" | Thee Milkshakes | Medway Power House Vol III | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "A Moment" | Eraldo Bernocchi / FM Einheit / Jo Quail | Rosebud | Rarenoise
  8. "Nothing Natural" | Stella Diana | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "The Song of Passionate Intensity" | Band of Holy Joy | Funambulist We Love You | Tiny Global Productions
  10. "Dirty Water" | The Gruffmen | Medway Power House Vol III | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Heute Tanz B" | Mapa | No Automatu | Gusstaff
  12. "Alea" | Lancelot | Transport EP | Omena
  13. "Thunder and Cathode" | Scanner | Fibolae | Pop Noire
  14. "Muddy Puddle Trot (Guavid Remix)" | Brainwaltzera | Remix EP | Film
  15. "Light From A Dead Star" | 93MillionMilesFromTheSun | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  16. "Pay Day" | Johnny Barkers Bandits | Medway Power House Vol III | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Purged Specimen" | Blind Idiot God | Undertow [reissue] | Indivisible
  18. "The Sun The Moon" | Goat | Fuzzed in Europe (live) | Rocket
  19. "Ladykillers" | Cherry Heaven | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  20. "Power" | Constantijn Lange | Power & Love | Laut & Luise
  21. "Boredom" | Jack Ketch And The Crowmen | Medway Power House Vol III | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Moving Parts" | GYHT | Fuzzy Feelings Collection | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  23. "Jack the Ripper" | Auntie Vegetable | Medway Power House Vol III | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "De-Luxe" | See The Eye (feat. Yudhit) | Lovelife, A Homage To Lush | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  25. "Youngman" | Your Planet Is Next | Laid Back EP | Studio Barnhus
  26. "Telephone Thing" | The Fall | The Fontana Years | UMC / Fontana
  27. "Dangerous Charms" | The Delmonas | Medway Power House Vol III | Hangman | "Physical Evidence"
  28. "Tin Mine" | Leslie Winer & Jay Glass Dubs | YMFEES | Bokeh Versions
  29. "Cheyne Stoking" | Special Request | Belief System | Houndstooth
  30. "Outro" | Clip | Magnetic Reconnection | Seeking the Velvet

pills and liquid filled my mind

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19
Apr 2018

Golden Vibrations: Transmission 397, 2018 March 7

sefton_stranded_in_passion.jpg You should listen," I said about this program prior to its airing. "It will be good." Verily, I think it was. How often does that happen? Memory may fail me in this regard, but I am trying out a new thing with myself: Benefit Of The Doubt. How am I doing? Feedback welcome.

So I mentioned last time out that a universe was ending--this is the first program from a new, more cautious world. Honestly the past seven weeks have been so full of stress and have gone by so quickly (am I having fun, or something?) that I don't remember what this "felt" like so I can't give you a proper account. To begin with, I guess that it must have been cold, but who can tell anymore? And with that kind of a beginning, is there any point continuing?

If we must talk about things we know, I know that Causa Sui was a highlight, as were SKRS & GULLS, Ride, Leslie Winer & Jay Glass Dubs, The Apostles, and Petar Dundov. What a strong finish! Sometimes there is a point in continuing, just maybe not with speculation and words.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 March 7, 2100-2300:

  1. "The Dawn of Man Intro" | Sefton | Stranded in Passion EP | Ellum Audio
  2. "Edict" | Cyclopian | FAMILY ALBUM 2018 | Boomarm Nation
  3. "Weekend Lights" | Traks Boys | Weekend Lights | Internasjonal
  4. "The Deafening Scowl" | The Darkening Scale | Sonic Archaeology | Klanggalerie
  5. "Catherine Wheel" | Beach Bully | Fuzzy Feelings Collection | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  6. "Lefty" | Prequel | Freedom / Lefty | Local Talk
  7. "Life in the 80's" | Merveille & Crosson | Cerulean LP | Visionquest
  8. "Viborera" | Causa Sui | Vibraciones Doradas | El Paraiso
  9. "Crash" | Dead Fader | Jenny153 | Parachute
  10. "Lake Symphony" | J.G. Biberkopf | Fountain of Meaning | Danse Noire
  11. "Nos ventre nus" | Marietta | La passagere | Born Bad
  12. "O M M" | Bene Fonteles | Outro Tempo | Music from Memory
  13. "Cotard Delusion" | Big Miz | Cotard Delusion | Pear
  14. "Love" | E Myers | Love / Hate | Dark Entries
  15. "El Pas del Temps" | Sau Poler & Pedro Vian | Drawn By Sea | Modern Obscure Music
  16. "Late Night Shuttle" | VTCN RADIO | Mydriase | Five to Six
  17. "Sacred Rowan Grove" | Appleblim | Displaced Soundtracks | Life and Death
  18. "DubU2Nite" | SKRS & GULLS | FAMILY ALBUM 2018 | Boomarm Nation
  19. "Ariro" | Eunice Arimoku | Duomo Sounds LTD (Nigerian 80s Disco Music to Move Your Soul) | Odion
  20. "Keep It Surreal" | Ride | Tomorrow's Shore | Wichita
  21. "Theme From Nowhere" | Mark Barrott | Cascades (Francois K Mix) | International Feel
  22. "#29" | Leslie Winer & Jay Glass Dubs | YMFEES | Bokeh Versions
  23. "Horizon Obscure" | The Seven Fields of Aphelion | Keep the Ocean Inside | Rad Cult
  24. "Banko Woman" | The Apostles | Banko Woman | Cultures of Soul
  25. "Everlasting Love" | Petar Dundov | At The Turn of Equilibrium | Music Man

you have two hearts and I have none

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9
Apr 2018

Original Phrasing, Dialogue Verbatim: Transmission 396, 2018 February 28

silvia_kastel_air_lows.jpg I'm back! Did you miss me? Well, I guess it doesn't have to be mutual. I've missed you, even though I've been "here" every week. This time out, it's a return to one of our recurring themes: "Programs That Aired On The Final Night of a Now-Dead Universe." I suppose every program is such a program, when you consider the "multiverse" and all that, but I only know it's such a program some of the time, and in retrospect. When I know it in advance it will surely be the last time.

And let me tell you: this new universe, which began the night after this program aired, sucks ass. Things are less stable and cozy than I thought they were--a remarkably low bar--and I am filled with worry all of the time. Fittingly, time has frozen since the transition, and it is still winter even now. Are we living in Narnia? Will there be Christmas? It all remains to be seen.

It's fitting, then, that Volume 15 is our special "record" of the evening. That is a lost world too. Songs like "Outside"--where did they go, and when?

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 February 28, 2100-2300:

  1. "Convincing People" | Throbbing Gristle | 20 Jazz Funk Greats [reissue] | Mute
  2. "Rise, Fernanda, Rise!" | Brokeback | Illinois River Valley Blues | Thrill Jockey
  3. "Let Go Oh Oh" | The Wannadies | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "Ritual" | Brandon Wolcott & Emil Abramyan | Music of the Record | Kingdoms
  5. "Hades Rocket" | Simian Mobile Disco | Displaced Soundtracks | Life and Death
  6. "Target" | Silvia Kastel | Air Lows | Blackest Ever Black
  7. "Ambient Jazz Suite No 2" | Bonjour Monsieur Basie | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "Altered Ego" | Ultramarine | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Blue Dreamers" | Kid Lib | Blue Dreamers / That Special Way | Foxy
  10. "Warmest Regards" | Molecular | Warmest Regards | Hiddenseer
  11. "Don't Know Why?" | Scheer | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  12. "Hippie Lawyer" | Swanox | Jokes About Rain | Not Not Fun
  13. "Woodshedded" | Leslie Winer & Jay Glass Dubs | YMFEES | Bokeh Versions
  14. "Outside" | Solid | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Strictly DNB" | Digital | Strictly DNB | Function
  16. "MK2A (Tranquility Bass Dub)" | The Shamen | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  17. "Detect" | Kurt Baggaley | Remembering Infinity EP | Something Happening Somewhere
  18. "Some Sounds" | Your Planet Is Next | Laid Back EP | Studio Barnhus
  19. "Billy, I Am a Living Animal" | New Fumes | Teeming 2 | Rad Cult
  20. "Thierry Lacroix" | Jock Scot with The Nectarine No 9 | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Forest Rain" | Beraber | Sun Ritual EP | La Freund
  22. "Wait No Hurry" | Grotto | Grotto II: Wait...No Hurry | Livingstone Studio
  23. "Everybody Say Yeah (Spring Heel Jack Remix)" | Joi | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  24. "Orthodox Spanking" | MANASYt | Reality Defense Department | Musar
  25. "Who's 'In', Who's 'Out'" | Mick Harvey | Volume 15 | Volume | "Physical Evidence"
  26. "Orb" | Danny Daze | Displaced Soundtracks | Life and Death
  27. "Summary" | Colm K | Heights | All City

theme from nowhere

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