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Apr 2021

When Two Energies Collide, Wow, Magnificent: Transmission 510, 2020 February 5


I must have been in a bad mood when this program aired, but what is new? This was the day my therapist told me to stop drinking and to see a psychiatrist. I did one of these things. I will let you guess which one it was.

ANYWAY! The program starts off well but for some reason I don’t talk during a long King Sunny Ade instrumental. I am Just Not On My A Game.

"Energies Collide" is really heteronormative, wow--
"Reunite the tantric spark, the magic?" Is this the Sting universe? They say that when you're happy you listen to atmosphere and groove and when you're depressed you tune into the lyrics. Maybe I have been happy all this time.

"Words of Expectation" is a real room-clearer, this live rendition being more annoying than I remember. It wasn’t a good segue either. I talked over “encore,” oops, but Dylan Thomas can get bent.

Since this program was broadcast, 426 days ago now, I've gone "on the air" 59 times. I have delivered 51 pre-recorded episodes on account of the pandemic. These numbers don't seem to be moving...

My therapist, when she was not giving me advice that I only partially heeded, told me, "not every trace of your existence has to disappear from the fabric of space-time." This is a good thing to remember as I try to get back into the swing of documenting this ongoing adventure.

BOMBAST playlist, 2020 February 5, 2100-2300:

  • "Ja Fun Mi - Instrumental" | King Sunny Ade | Nigeria 70: Box Set | Strut
  • "Brent" | Girl in a gale | Shepherd Drift | Kahvi Collective
  • "Energies Collide" | Black Jazz Consortium | Evolution of Light | Perpetual Sound
  • "Latin Parang" | Colleen Grant | Latin Parang / Parang Jam | Soundway
  • "Wrecked" | Zonal | Wrecked | Relapse
  • "She Don't Want That" | Midnite Snaxxx | Music Inside | Slovenly
  • "Better Change Your Mind" | William Onyeabor | Nigeria 70: Box Set | Strut
  • "Abstract of Expression" | The Durutti Column | Fidelity [reissue] | Les Disques Du Crépuscule
  • "Four Feet" | Otik | Blasphemy | Boogie Box
  • "In Wooded Country" | Whistling Arrow | Whistling Arrow | God Unknown
  • "Wild Sand" | Secret Wilderness | Out Of The Darkness | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  • "Go Back to Oly" | Elite Beat | Selected Rhythms | Research Records
  • "Words of Expectation - Live, Larry's Hideaway, Toronto, Canada, 21 April 1983" | The Fall | Room To Live [reissue] | Cherry Red
  • "A Lover Sings" | Billy Bragg | Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 - 2019 | Cooking Vinyl
  • "Encore" | The Velvet Orchestra | Velvet Desert Music Vol. 1 | Kompakt
  • "Josephine" | Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band | Adios Señor Pussycat | Violette
  • "Wonder Why" | dayflower | petal drops | self-released
  • "Lazybeams" | Plaid | Peel Session 2 | WARP
  • "Endless Cycle" | Lou Reed | New York | Sire | "The Listening Parlour"
  • "Passing of Time" | Moor Mother | Analog Fluids of Solid Black Holes | Don Giovanni
  • "Abidjan Adja" | Antoinette Konan | Abidjan Adja | Awesome Tapes From Africa
  • "Stars" | Kunds | Shepherd Drift | Kahvi Collective
  • "A Brief Message" | Ryo Kawasaki & The Golden Dragon | Little Tree | Studio Mule
  • "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste" | Galaxie 500 | Today [reissue] | 20|20|20

Everything will be alright, you are in my hands

Apr 2021

They Will Sell You Back Your Heart: Transmission 509, 2020 February 1


Welcome to a weird night, with lots of bizarre human traffic, on which Lady Catharsis and I sheltered in the Kenny Ritter Memorial Studio (RIP) and delivered what would turn out to be our final joint program prior to the lockdown.

Basic things kept going wrong because I was rude, during the previous program ("pa’bajo"), to a caller who wanted to be put straight through to the studio. I say "rude" because I declined the request, even though it was practically impossible to grant. This is the kind of thing my therapist keeps bugging me about, but that is another story.

I suppose that during a lot of these programs it is unfinished business and "misfit toys" time, which explains a lot of this playlist. Except for Rick James (RIP) I don't know why I'm playing a lot of what I'm playing. Bad energy: I would like to say the program crackles with it, but that would overstate the excitement factor.

"Maybe," I wrote at the time, "when I hear this program six months from now it will sound good." It does! Even though I underestimated the wait just a little bit.

Since this program was broadcast, 427 days ago now, I've gone "on the air" 60 times. I have delivered 51 pre-recorded episodes on account of the pandemic. The good news is that I'm past the point of editing old sound files, because the editing happens before they ever go out on the air. Truly I have become a podcaster.

Our discussion of "the four corners of time" captures this perpetual dilemma, but as always I am determined to speed things up and post like a normal person.

BOMBAST playlist, 2020 February 1, 2000-2200:

  • "The Modern Day Saints" | The Orange Kyte | Carousel | Little Cloud
  • "Bury It Deep" | Beat Hotel | Feel It | Occultation Recordings
  • "Ii Ooy Aniga (Cry For Me)" | Iftin Band | Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972​-​1991) | Analog Africa
  • "Brokos" | Gyedu-Blay Ambolley | 11th Street, Sekondi | Agogo
  • "You And I" | Rick James | Come Get It! | Gordy
  • "Il ne faut pas intervenir (Martin Meissonnier reconstruction)" | Sankayi | Kinshasa 1978 | Crammed Discs
  • "Void" | Algiers | Void | Matador
  • "A Dr0ne" | NNYz? | Reveries | self-released
  • "To Hell With Poverty" | Gang of Four | Another Day/Another Dollar | Warner Bros.
  • "Nova" | Kimyan Law | Yonda | Blue Mar Ten
  • "Remember Me" | The Durutti Column | Fidelity [reissue] | Les Disques Du Crépuscule 
  • "Rue des tempêtes" | The Young Gods | L'Eau Rouge / Red Water [reissue] | [PIAS] Le Label
  • "144,000" | James Massiah | Natural Born Killers (Ride for Me) | Levels
  • "Neo" | Leandro Fresco / Thore Pfeiffer | Pop Ambient 2020 | Kompakt
  • "The Redemption Project" | Hieroglyphic Being | Synth Expressionism / Rhythmic Cubism | On the Corner
  • "Heartbeat" | Chris and Cosey | Heartbeat [reissue] | Conspiracy International
  • "Reflections" | Taelue | Reflections | Perpetual Rhythms
  • "The Wedge" | The J.B.'s | More Mess On My Thing | Now-Again
  • "Hidden Track" | Lloyd Meadows | Oxford Synthesizer Club | The Beautiful Music
  • "The Myth Hold Weight" | Moor Mother | Analog Fluids of Solid Black Holes | Don Giovanni
  • "Range of Motion" | Force Placement | Vibe Repair | 100% Silk

Proud of the way I've avoided prison

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