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Mar 2019

Never Was Naive Enough To Know When I Was Wrong: Transmission 453, 2019 March 13

Black_Rain_-_Computer_Soul_20190313.jpgI see that I have fallen behind again, with the postings. I hope you enjoyed our brief getaway to the land of timeliness as much as I did. Things have been busy--at work, in life, online. Huge tasks are everywhere, as are galaxy-brain takes. Accordingly, we have grabbed a few extra opportunities to sit in the WRFI studio and chill out with music for a couple of hours at a time. I highly recommend this!, if you happen to have a community radio station near you with which you might get involved.

At this juncture of space-time we were all occupying ourselves with the "admissions scandal" involving some American universities, and some moderately rich people and their failsons and -daughters. Funny as it was to think of Lori Loughlin and company being disgraced for a minute--they will never go to jail--I can't help but feel sad for them and their kids, being not quite wealthy enough to buy the university a building, the preferred (and totally legal) way of bypassing review. And I felt sad for myself, as any higher-education imbroglio triggers damaging memories of my previous life. I was having some feelings on this night.

Somehow I couldn't mouth the words "social media addicts," which is what I am afraid I have become. And I managed to put Electric Blabla all over the place in this program. Come to think of it, that's a virtue, not a flaw.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 March 13, 2100-2300:

  1. "City Hearts" | Carl Matthews | Call for World Saviours | Bureau B
  2. "Blam Blam Fever" | The Specials | Encore | Island
  3. "Breathing" | Ultramarine | Signals into Space | Les Disques du Crepuscule
  4. "Radical Chic" | Friedrich Sunlight | Glaspalast - Eine Zusammenstellung von Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten | Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten
  5. "Walpurgis Night - DJ Varsovie Sex With Ghosts Remix" | I Hate Models | Midnight Cults | Khemia
  6. "The Commercial" | Wire | Pink Flag [reissue] | Pink Flag
  7. "Atmosphere" | Eccentric Blabla | Glaspalast - Eine Zusammenstellung von Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten | Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten
  8. "Puppet Dog" | Thin White Rope | The Ruby Sea [reissue] | Frontier
  9. "Saavendra" | Dissmentado | The Best of Dissmentado | Huntleys & Palmers
  10. "Linnaea" | Pariah | Here From Where We Are | Houndstooth
  11. "Clavinet / Phaser" | Stefan Geissler | Glaspalast - Eine Zusammenstellung von Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten | Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten
  12. "Tilly" | Cairo Liberation Front | Eurabia, Vol. 1 | Byrd Out
  13. "This is Not a Game" | Philip Sanderson | On One of These Bends | Seance Centre
  14. "Ekule Nugble Nu" | Orchestre Abass | De Bassari Togo | Analog Africa
  15. "fragrant" | serpentwithfeet | soil | Secretly Canadian
  16. "Fond Affections (Portobello Road Version)" | Rema-Rema | Fond Reflections | 4AD
  17. "Tombes Oubliees" | The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Forgotten Graves | 'a' Records
  18. "Passage" | Naibu | Manoeuvres | Horizons
  19. "Corn Dolly" | The Heartwood Institute | The Corn Mother | A Year In The Country
  20. "Wolferseder" | ab repeat | Glaspalast - Eine Zusammenstellung von Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten | Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten
  21. "Escape and Return" | Tradition | Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol | Bokeh Versions
  22. "City of Atomic Ghost" | Black Rain | Computer Soul EP | Blackest Ever Black
  23. "Bjanka" | Ligovskoi | Esam | Field
  24. "Weg Der Harmonie" | Zimt | Glaspalast - Eine Zusammenstellung von Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten | Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten
  25. "On, On, On, On..." | Tom Tom Club | Tom Tom Club [reissue] | Real Gone
  26. "What's Next?" | Piroshka | What's Next? | Bella Union
  27. "Down" | NNYz? | Aetiology | Kahvi Collective
  28. "Jubilee Street" | Neu Matter | Death is not the end... A Tribute to Nick Cave | The Blog That Celebrates Itself

Curtains are shut, the furniture is gone

Mar 2019

You Can’t Get Enough, But Enough Ain’t the Test: Transmission 452, 2019 March 6

Ride_-_Weather_Diaries.jpgHere is a program for the vaults! Alright, they all* go to the vaults. But this one belongs in the "pantheon," or whatever it is we call that non-literal space where the really good ones wind up. Admittedly, the bar for entry may be low--all it takes are a solid, rocking two hours of music and a minimum of technical errors (sorry, Sunset Images) or gaffes on my part. So I hope you enjoy this one.

*They don't all make it to the vault. I am thinking of course of Transmission 19, from this very date six years ago, carelessly deleted by me. I was so crushed by this at the time--the program was so new and yet I had already sealed its fate as an imperfect time capsule. I need not have felt this way, of course, since I had already chronicled this program much better than my previous radio gig, but how I feel is how I feel.

It didn't occur to me until this week that I might at least partly reconstruct that missing program by cobbling together a streaming playlist. Why not? I suppose I am slow and/or wary to accept substitutes for the thing I want. Anyway, I did it and you can listen to it here. Funny thing about this--I was feeling not too long ago that this BOMBAST thing was perhaps winding down, that I wasn't as good in 2019 as I had been back then. But listening to this playlist and the last few shows, I'm reassured. So you're stuck with me, for a while.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 March 6, 2100-2300:

  1. "Snowglobe" | Secret Shine | There Is Only Now | Saint Marie
  2. "Dar a luz" | Refree | La otra mitad | Tak:til / Glitterbeat
  3. "L'art Pour L'art" | Donna Regina | Transient | Karaoke Kalk
  4. "24 Hours" | Silent Servant | Shadows of Death and Desire | Hospital Productions
  5. "Technotown" | Stratis | New Face | Dark Entries
  6. "Solidarite" | Dragon Welding | Dragon Welding | A Turntable Friend
  7. "Tony Hart" | Alpha Stone | Stereophonic Pop Art Music | Hoga Nord Arkiv
  8. "Acid Lab" | London Modular Alliance | INTLBLK006 | International Black
  9. "A Finnish Bedtime Story" | Pas Musique | The Phoenix | Alrealon
  10. "Crazy Energy Night" | Pom Poko | Crazy Energy Night | Bella Union
  11. "Used To Be Friends" | Big Joanie | Sistahs | Daydream Library Series
  12. "Don't Know Why" | Tajak | Come On Feel The NoiZe, Vol. 3 - Viva Mexico! | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  13. "Sarah Lee" | Bob Orrison | The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 | Bear Family | "The Listening Parlour"
  14. "ケミカルラブ" | Neon95 | Eternal Spring | Virtual Soundsystem
  15. "Girl With Cassettes Fritz Catlin Mix" | The Big Believe | Tania Was a Truth Teller | Loud Reminders
  16. "Board" | Chogori | Heat Haze | Modularfield
  17. "Picnicing" | Starlight | Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie in 1980s South Africa | Soundway
  18. "Ghost Orchid - Cleveland Remix" | Benjamin Frohlich | Rude Collection | Permanent Vacation
  19. "Hovercraft (edit)" | Neonian | Eternal Spring | Virtual Soundsystem
  20. "Home Is A Feeling" | Ride | Weather Diaries | Wichita
  21. "Transmission Dub" | Jah Division | Dub Will Tear Us Apart...Again | Ernest Jenning Record Co.
  22. "Stai male" | Succhiamo | Mani In Fuoco | Antinote
  23. "Bronwen" | Monks Road Social | Down the Willows | Wonderfulsound
  24. "Intervall" | Baby Grandmothers | Merkurius | Subliminal
  25. "Dawn" | Ah! Kosmos | Beautiful Swamp | Compost
  26. "When I Look up at the Sky" | Jah Wobble | In Trance | 30 Hertz
  27. "No Hay Lugar" | Sunset Images | Come On Feel The NoiZe, Vol. 3 - Viva Mexico! | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  28. "Meftunum Sana" | Gaye Su Akyol | Istikarli Hayal Hakikattir | Glitterbeat
  29. "Honeymoon Croon" | Bauhaus | Burning From The Inside [reissue] | Beggars Banquet
  30. "The Fish Song" | Thin White Rope | The Ruby Sea [reissue] | Frontier
  31. "Rebel Rebel" | Echo Ladies | Overrated (Robin Guthrie Version) / Rebel Rebel | Sonic Cathedral
  32. "Tchus" | Slim Media Player | Quicksand | Pacific Rhythm

Remember when we cut off our hair

Mar 2019

Another Island Where No One Remembers Your Name: Transmission 451, 2019 February 27

Jiboia_0000.jpgOn a day when I played Throwing Muses and Throwing Snow, I wanted to throw things. I was angry online and in life--strangely, though, not in therapy, where my counselor was telling me that "effective anger" (what is that?) is something I need to find in myself if I am ever to tap into another, more pleasant emotion. Great. During this program I was, admittedly, too busy reading (and writing?) bad tweets to keep my show on the rails--sorry, Telescopes and Brian Harris!--or answer a listener text. Someone asked me who Kenny Ritter (of "Kenny Ritter Memorial Studio" fame) was.

In my defense, that is something I used to know but no longer do. I think perhaps he was one of the original WRFI board members, back when the station was simply a repeater. He seems to have been a much-loved local activist of some sort, and a relative (or in-law?) of at least one occasional WRFI personality. Maybe a current board member, or anyone with more expertise than me (that's a large pool) could chime in here.

I should mention, before I forget, that I was graced by Drummer John's interventions--suggesting Ozric Tentacles, whom I had never heard (!), and telling me that I was helping him "transcend." I didn't ask what. It's his business, I guess.

A realization: I let the last program pass without noting that it was a milestone. I think that maybe this is good? Program 450 marked about 900 hours of airtime, which, I have always estimated, had to be the approximate amount of time I put in at my last radio gig. So I think that by every possible measure we can now consider that the rehearsal and this "the real thing," god help us. It's bewildering to ponder, and I have so many conflicting feelings about that time and its relationship to this one. Take that, therapist!

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 February 27, 2100-2300:

  1. "Diapason" | Jiboia | 0000 | Discrepant
  2. "Takeover (intro)" | Babe Roots / Another Channel | Takeover EP | Echocord
  3. "Spark from Flint to Clay" | Ultramarine | Signals into Space | Les Disques du Crepuscule
  4. "Loverman" | New Apostles | Death is not the end... A Tribute to Nick Cave | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  5. "You Were Never Here" | The Telescopes | Exploding Head Syndrome | Tapete
  6. "Dress Sexy for Me" | Brian Harris | The Sun Won | self-released
  7. "Serpent Tongue" | The Messthetics | The Messthetics | Dischord
  8. "Sunray Venus" | Throwing Muses | Purgatory / Paradise | Happy Happy Birthday to Me | "The Listening Parlour"
  9. "Paramount Lobby" | Jah Division | Dub Will Tear Us Apart...Again | Ernest Jenning Record Co.
  10. "Joan Of Arc" | Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | Architecture and Morality [reissue] | Virgin
  11. "Opilio" | Lapalux | Brainfeeder X | Brainfeeder
  12. "Subtitles" | Throwing Snow | Loma | Houndstooth
  13. "Survey" | P.A. Hulsenbeck | Garden of Stone | Altin Village & Mine
  14. "Waters" | Steeple Remove | Vonal-Axis | Fuzz Club
  15. "Shattering Through" | CUTS | A Gradual Decline | Village Green
  16. "Sploosh!" | Ozric Tentacles | Strangeitude | Dovetail
  17. "Moe" | Cosey Fanni Tutti | TUTTI | Conspiracy International
  18. "Saafiyeey Makaa Saraayeey" | Dur-Dur Band | Dur Dur of Somalia - Vol. 1, Vol. 2 | Analog Africa
  19. "Jerusalem Dub" | Scientist | The Scientist in the Kingdom of Dub | Superior Viaduct
  20. "Spirit Channels" | Dravier | Spirit Channels | Not Not Fun
  21. "Laif of Smit" | Brainwaltzera | Epi-Log EP | Film
  22. "Exposure" | Nancy Babich | Time Adds Up | self-released
  23. "A Vigorous Unfolding" | Ricardo Donoso | Calibrate | Denovali
  24. "Dressing up in Other People's Clothes" | Orbital | Monsters Exist | ACP
  25. "The Song I Said I'd Make for You" | Prequel | Without You | Distant Hawaii

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