Welcome to day 67 of lockdown. I am happy to present you with a recording of a broadcast that happened with Lady Catharsis at my side. This sort of thing can't happen right now. It is good to be reminded of the world we are fighting to preserve. If this seems like a petty and trivial example of such a world, I don't apologize.
I have a lot of notes about this program, so strap in. The American Music Club segue had no business sounding good, but it did. Now, onto the bad and weird things: I'm pretty sure I say we're going uptempo only to say later that we went downtempo. Who is to say what tempo is? I am pretty sure I identified the JBs album as being released by Get On Down and I am almost certainly wrong. I say nothing when Lady Catharsis says to me, "you're the clever one." Probably a lot to unpack there! I sound exasperated with myself about four minutes into the program, which is not a good sign. "It's hot in the city tonight," Lady Catharsis says. What can it mean?
Showing up as myself (my therapist would be proud): shout out to Wally of The Beautiful Music, who shared the THE SOUND YOUR DREAMS MAKE comp with me. He is truly one of the Good People of music Twitter. I hold back from delivering a rant about the Coil reissue, "Stolen and Contaminated Songs." But (maybe this is not my best self showing up at the moment) I have to say I don't know who's pocketing the profits from this one and the label that released it is almost certainly releasing music by outright fascists. So There. I do pop off at Chris and Cosey and it pains me to say that they deserve it. Their fall 2019 reissues cost me $28 apiece, the records skip, and they insist that I pay an additional £8.99 if I want a version I can listen to on my phone. I don't think this is right and I'm not backing down. Moving on: the Dennis Green story sort of comes out of nowhere, but it illustrates the trade-offs and choices that brought me here, I guess.
Since this program was broadcast, 134 days ago now, I've gone "on the air" 21 times. I have delivered ten pre-recorded episodes on account of the pandemic. I'm supposed to be editing a sound file from 88 days ago--fourteen shows ago, supposably. There is some mental block preventing me from completing that work.
Anyway, one day I'm sure we'll do this again, and better (one can hope).
BOMBAST playlist, 2020 January 11, 2000-2200:
- "Oh What a Saturday Night" | Errol Strength | Take Us Home - Boston Roots Reggae: 1979 to 1988 | Cultures of Soul
- "Joka Awuor" | ODD OKODDO | Auma | Pingipung
- "Am I Just A Dub" | Lizard Brain | THE SOUND YOUR DREAMS MAKE | EVERLASTING
- "Light Shining Darkly" | Coil | Stolen & Contaminated Songs | Cold Spring
- "Arcade" | Chris & Cosey | Exotika [reissue] | Conspiracy International
- "Bad Television" | Smoothy | THE SOUND YOUR DREAMS MAKE | EVERLASTING
- "The Controversial Control" | Jay Glass Dubs | Nyx EP | Berceuse Heroique
- "My Only Love" | The Durutti Column | Fidelity [reissue] | Les Disques Du Crépuscule
- "Animation (Martin Meissonnier reconstruction)" | Orchestre Bana Luya | Kinshasa 1978 | Crammed Discs
- "Blue TV Screen" | Cody Currie & Joel Holmes | New Chapter | Toy Tonics
- "Harp at Noon" | Pandacetamol | Driftwood | Kahvi Collective
- "The Thorn In My Side Is Gone" | American Music Club | San Francisco | Reprise
- "Waiting In The Rain" | Kendra Smith | Presents the Guild of Temporal Adventurers | Fiasco
- "Look Know (John Peel Session 15/9/81)" | The Fall | Hex Enduction Hour [reissue] | Cherry Red
- "When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can (Complete Take)" | The J.B.'s | More Mess On My Thing | Now-Again
Born on a ray of sound
As I write it's day 66 of lockdown--I think. It's getting tougher to count, but at the moment I'm counting March 19 as Day 1 for me, since that's the first day Lady Catharsis and I were ordered to "work from home." You could argue that things started to get weird, rapidly, about 10 days prior to that, but memories of Before are a bit cloudy. I have only written notes to help me recall what this innocent program sounded and felt like.
"I played a lot of beautiful music on this show without necessarily trying to," I wrote. It feels good to read that, and sad at the same time. Maybe in January I was finding more and more confidence. It's gone now. Looking at the playlist I think I was right in the moment.
Caveats: I'm pretty sure I burped in the first voice-over of the evening. The Iftin Band segues didn't sound good on either end. I have not done right by Space Dingus, as well as they slotted into this program. Their album was good and I just didn't get to it. Does lateness mean anything anymore? Maybe there is still hope for me there. There was some post-production magic that I executed between One-Eyed Wayne and Jay Glass Dubs. And it still sounds bad! The sequence ending with James Clarke Five is "weird," apparently, and it's a "good thing the show was flawless after that."
Since this program was broadcast, 136 days ago now, I've gone "on the air" 22 times. I have delivered ten pre-recorded episodes on account of the pandemic. I'm supposed to be editing a sound file from 88 days ago--fourteen shows ago, I guess? I promised myself I would chronicle my tardiness and I am past embarrassment at this point. If these numbers mean anything to you, you're welcome.
Thanks for making it this far, thanks for your patience, and as always thank you for listening.
BOMBAST playlist, 2020 January 8, 2100-2300:
- "Sanctuary" | Fushara | The Mystics | Transmute
- "Pétaloïde" | Dosage | Theory of Pink | Les Disques Du Festival Permanent
- "Anthropocene" | Wrangler | Anthropocene | Bella Union
- "U" | Yoshinori Hayashi | Y | Smalltown Supersound
- "Sirmaqabe - No Secrets" | Iftin Band | Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972-1991) | Analog Africa
- "Makoma" | Onipa | Onipa / Makoma | Strut
- "Rat Laughter" | Space Dingus | Space Dingus | Subjangle
- "The Jean Genie" | David Bowie | The Singles Collection | EMI
- "Dreaming" | Maria Somerville | All My People | No Label
- "A New Chapter" | Cody Currie & Joel Holmes | New Chapter | Toy Tonics
- "Moon Shining Bright" | Pieter Nooten | Se Dire Au Revoir | Rocket Girl
- "L'Heure" | Luminance | Ahead | Medical
- "Repeater" | Moor Mother | Analog Fluids of Solid Black Holes | Don Giovanni
- "You Gave Me a Name - Radio Edit" | The Young Gods | You Gave Me a Name | Two Gentlemen
- "Animation Kifuti (Martin Meissonnier reconstruction)" | Orchestre Bambala | Kinshasa 1978 | Crammed Discs
- "To The Limit" | LFO | Peel Session | WARP
- "Diversa" | Toada | Cambiante | pluma
- "BLK Musak" | Mourning [A] BLKstar | BLK Musak | Don Giovanni
- "Woma Gara" | Mamadou Kelly | Les Bateaux | Claremont
- "YoYo" | One Eyed Wayne | Saucy Postcards Super Creeps | Optic Nerve
- "Laid Down (feat. Yorgia Karidi)" | Jay Glass Dubs | Epitaph | Bokeh Versions
- "Theme from 'The Main Chance'" | James Clarke Five | Parloursounds [reissue] | The Beautiful Music
- "Cromo 4" | Yui Onodera | Pop Ambient 2020 | Kompakt
- "Night Dive" | Space Ghost | Aquarium Nightclub | Tartelet
- "I Know - Tewz Remix" | Gray | Shades of... Anthology | Ubiquity
- "Lifeforce Part I" / "Lifeforce Part II" | The Comet Is Coming | Afterlife | Impulse
- "Brenda" | Leandro Fresco | Pop Ambient 2020 | Kompakt
- "Deolta" | SJ Tequilla | Sanya | Craigie Knowes
Nowadays everything can be denied