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Oct 2019

Flying Aboard the Seduction 747: Transmission 470, 2019 June 7

Prince.jpgWhatever we had bickered about earlier in the week must have resolved itself, because Lady Catharsis joined me on this broadcast, so I invite you to enjoy what is basically a two-hour trip to "The Listening Parlour." We made two observances on this night, and because I had a guest, these were a little out of balance. A little. I try to play whatever Lady Catharsis tells me to; if she brings in a dozen records I will try to play them all. Here she brings in a couple of Tom Jones records and I do the best I can with them. For my part, if I remember correctly the concept was "lounge music." I'm not sure how well I did.

Prince didn't get as much bandwidth as he deserved, though I did save "International Lover" for the all-important coda. I could have played the entirety of 1999 but I think it might have been too much for my wife. A few weeks later I was out with a few #theorycamp-ers at a dreary karaoke bar, and someone asked me what my karaoke song would be. Mind you--it would take a lot for me to do this kind of thing, and I did not have "a lot" in me on this night; but after a decent amount of thought I landed on "Little Red Corvette." I think I could at least give Sandra Bernhard a run for her money? Anyway.

Even so I like the concept of Prince even better than the reality of Prince; maybe, given things I've heard and read about him, that is inevitable. Lady C tells me that Tom Jones told an "off-color" joke at the gig she attended. Maybe we should abjure all of this music. Maybe we have made mistakes. I'm still thinking about this.

You know what isn't a mistake? You know what is a true instance of the divine reaching down and grazing my humble program ever so briefly? Something made me say "deboo" as I remember (maybe not even correctly?) Robert Studley Forrest Hughes saying it. Which led me to this clip, and ultimately the Bryan Ferry track.

Of course, as fate would have it, Hughes did a racism at least one time, and so we are reminded that everything is broken.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 June 7, 2100-2300:

  1. "Roseland" | Rocketnumbernine / Four Tet | Roseland | Text
  2. "I Can't Stop Loving You" | Tom Jones | Live In Las Vegas | Parrot
  3. "The Man With the Golden Arm" | Barry Adamson | The Man With the Golden Arm | Mute
  4. "Despedida" | Dimba Diangola | Angola Soundtrack 2 - Hypnosis, Distortion & Other Innovations 1969 - 1978 | Analog Africa
  5. "2HB" | Julia Holter | Maria | Human Ear
  6. "Clear Skies Select Stick (Vakula Remix)" | The Greg Foat Group | Girl and Robot with Flowers Remixed EP | Jazzman
  7. "Venus" | Tom Jones | Tom | Parrot
  8. "Adiza Claire" | Orchestre Super Borgou De Parakou | The Bariba Sound 1970-1976 | Analog Africa
  9. "Nagisa No Tenshi" | Mieko Hirota | Nippon Girls | Big Beat
  10. "20 Jazz Funk Greats" | Throbbing Gristle | Greatest Hits - Entertainment Through Pain | Industrial
  11. "1nce Upon A Time" | Leslie Winer | Witch | Superior Viaduct
  12. "Cheree" | Suicide | Suicide | Red Star
  13. "Proud Mary" | Tom Jones | Tom | Parrot
  14. "Koi No Yorokobi" | Sayuri Yoshinaga With Schoolmates | Nippon Girls | Big Beat
  15. "Gentleman" | Fela Kuti | Gentleman | Knitting Factory
  16. "The 'In' Crowd" | Bryan Ferry | Another Time, Another Place | Island
  17. "Twist and Shout" | Tom Jones | Live In Las Vegas | Parrot
  18. "Anamorphose" | Stereolab | Mars Audiac Quintet (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic
  19. "International Lover" | Prince | 1999 | Warner Records

I'll live my life in dreams of yesterday

Aug 2019

All About the Screaming: Transmission 466, 2019 May 18

laurie_anderson_o_superman.jpgThere was no "occasion" for Lady Catharsis's appearance on this Saturday night fill-in occurrence of the Bombast thing. Much to my relief, there wasn't much "happening" in the world to serve as background noise or motivation. There were just (strangely) a hundred minutes for us to reiterate our musical (non) vision to the world. The preceding program, a pre-recorded one, ran over time and strangely advertised a show that was not about to happen. (Note to management, if they're still monitoring my posts: we're losing our definition of "evergreen" here; call it "evergreen creep" or whatever you like, but people need to do their own edits.)

Short though it was--and made to seem shorter by the inclusion of a very long Stereolab opener that I probably mispronounced--it was an eventful evening. We put the "crack research team" on the case of Sandie Shaw's early records. We discussed the place of Colourbox in the 4AD universe (and I feel like decreeing that we are finished with that--the time for discussion is past). We learned a lot about Lady C's wild early college years ("I got my ear pierced and everything"). And we played a number that we also played at our wedding, all those years ago! You'll have to guess, but it's not difficult.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 May 18, 2000-2200:

  1. "Jenny Ondioline" | Stereolab | Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements | Duophonic / WARP
  2. "Only Lonely" | Divinyls | Desperate | Chrysalis
  3. "The Moon Is Blue" | Colourbox | The Moon Is Blue | 4AD
  4. "Pale Blue Eyes" | Moe Tucker | I'm Sticking With You: An Introduction To Moe Tucker | Modern Harmonic
  5. "Stasher" | The Coathangers | The Devil You Know | Suicide Squeeze
  6. "I Can't Stand the Rain" | Liela Moss | A Little Bit of Rain | Bella Union
  7. "Mississippi Kite" | Kristin Hersh | Crooked [reissue] | Fire
  8. "I'll Stop At Nothing" | Sandie Shaw | Sandie Shaw | Reprise
  9. "Cries and Whispers" | LoneLady | Cries and Whispers | WARP
  10. "Insomnia" | Lena Raine | Oneknowing | Local Action
  11. "Jewel (Cut Rough)" | Propaganda | Duel | ZTT / Island
  12. "Little Red Shoes" | Loretta Lynn | Van Lear Rose | Interscope
  13. "Walk The Dog" | Laurie Anderson | O Superman | Warner Bros.
  14. "Black Room" | Jun Mayuzumi | Nippon Girls | Big Beat
  15. "Here's Looking at You" | Blondie | AutoAmerican | Chrysalis

When we were together everything was so grand

Feb 2019

Sound Formed in a Vacuum May Seem a Waste of Time: Transmission 442, 2019 January 4

New_Order_-_Confusion.jpgBefore we get to the main subject of tonight's broadcast, let me apologize again for not observing the birthdays of Michael Stipe and Robin Guthrie. As I say to my co-pilot, Lady Catharsis, we certainly could have brought in a stack of Cocteau Twins or R.E.M. records and done two hours on either one. But that's not the way it worked out. Maybe she is right, and there will be other January 4 opportunities. But I have already done my thing on Cocteau Twins, I feel, and I would certainly need at least a year to work out whether an all-R.E.M. show would really be me, even though I am a 1980s "college radio" guy. At any rate, let's hope neither of them are the type to google themselves, or, if they are, they accept my apology. I have run into trouble with the self-googling thing before, though I won't name names.

We were here on this night to observe "the feast of (Saint) Bernard" Sumner, he of the voice that Lady Catharsis describes as "sweet." As I predict, we don't get to very many songs, but that is of course because New Order write such nice long ones, and we are very talkative. There is a lot to be said about our selection, but I don't feel like going into a lot of detail. Grievance night has passed, and we are playing what we like. I give my opinion on bad Eighties mixtapes, and this is not one. It's all quality. Somehow we got through two hours of New Order without even playing "Blue Monday!" (Or "Fine Time," the "newer" song that I couldn't work into a good segue. So be it).

Maybe our commentary will be more pointed when we observe Peter Hook's birthday on February 13 (a regular Wednesday night program). I don't know. In my old age the spiciness of my takes is decreasing, which is probably good for everyone.

That doesn't prevent a whole bunch of loose ends from the program, which seems to be par for the course. The xmas flexidisc doesn't have an "other side." It's single-sided. How did this fact manage to escape me, if we played "it" on the program? Radio magic! There is indeed a version of "Sub-culture" with Debora Iyall, and you can listen to it here. (Spicy take alert: it isn't the best work of anyone involved.) Turns out we do use the same piece of interstitial music for every talking break on the program, and it does seem to go wiith everything New Order does, though of course we'll have another opportunity to test this out soon.

Oh, finally--why does our intro music go on for so long before we speak? In our ongoing series, "early program disasters in 2019," the station's general manager calls me in the control room right at the beginning of the program, of course. We overcome it. This is a good show.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 January 4, 2100-2300:

  1. "Ceremony" | New Order | Substance | Factory - Qwest
  2. "Temptation" | New Order | 1981-1982 | Factory - Polygram
  3. "Chosen Time" | New Order | Movement | London - Rhino
  4. "Too Late" | New Order | Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit
  5. "The Village" / "5 8 6" | New Order | Power, Corruption & Lies | Factory - Qwest
  6. "Confusion" | New Order | Confusion | Factory
  7. "Sooner Than You Think" | New Order | Low-life | Factory - Qwest
  8. "Sub-culture (remix)" | New Order | Sub-culture | Factory - Qwest
  9. "All Day Long" | New Order | Brotherhood | Factory - Qwest
  10. "Lonesome Tonight" | New Order | Substance | Factory - Qwest
  11. "Hurt" | New Order | 1981-1982 | Factory - Polygram
  12. "Rocking Carol" | New Order | Merry Xmas From The Haçienda And Factory Records | Factory
  13. "Love Vigilantes" / "The Perfect Kiss" | New Order | Low-life | Factory - Qwest
  14. "Your Silent Face" | New Order | Power, Corruption & Lies | Factory - Qwest
  15. "Every Little Counts" | New Order | Brotherhood | Factory - Qwest

This is why events unnerve me

Jan 2019

A Happier Planet Than This One: Transmission 440, 2018 December 26

nico_live_in_tokyo_1986.jpgWelcome to our final program of 2018, a "quiet" year in which, as I remark during this broadcast, we did "only" 52 episodes. In my defense, there was a year where we did, like, 91 or something. I really have slowed down in my old age and malaise. At any rate, Lady Catharsis rides shotgun here, and provides plenty of tunes and, uh, other qualities, if a certain listener is to be believed. She drops an Oswald the Octopus reference, is cracked up by Xmal Deutschland, and unironically extols the virtues of Mrs. Miller.

I am openly happy to be doing the last "themed" episode of this run, and to be "minimizing didacticism" in the near future; our rambling discussions here sparked a couple of disappointing internet research excursions. First, I can't find any evidence of a second volume of Hillbilly Music...Thank God! If you know of something, hit up Lady Catharsis on the bird-themed website. (Or better yet, alert me so I can buy it for her and score some much-needed points!). Second--were you aware that Nico was a horrible racist? Good lord, first Morrissey and now this. Simon Reynolds describing her death as "bathetic" is just about right. She is, as the kids say, cancelled.

On a lighter note, it's absolutely true that we have been watching a lot of Hallmark movies; for more in-depth commentary, you should listen to this, which is, like, the only other podcast I listen to.

Technically--the show did have only one bad segue, as I guess I was a little bit anxious to hear Sandie Shaw. Who wouldn't be? Content-wise, it doesn't feel very balanced to me--I never did get to dub music, with the exception of Scientist, and generally I'm probably overreacting to the "failed" techno set from last time out. But it seemed to go over really well with the station's resident drunk volunteer, who texted in to say that Lady Catharsis's presence improves my show IMMEASURABLY (all caps his, not mine), which is a left-handed compliment if I ever saw one. Elsewhere, someone (maybe the same person? IDK) seems to have taken offense to my Miss Rosie impersonation, remarking that Juke in the Back is one of the three best programs that WRFI airs (mine is apparently not in the top three).

Thanks for listening in 2018, everyone, and anytime you'd like to provide me with some constructive feedback, or, better yet, praise, hit me up somewhere.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 December 26, 2100-2300:

  1. "John, John, Put Your Trousers On" | Mr. Billy Williams | The Pig's Big 78s - A Beginner's Guide | Trikont
  2. "Boxing Day" | AFX | Chosen Lords | Rephlex
  3. "Snowfall" | Esquivel | merry xmas from the space-age bachelor pad | Bar/None
  4. "You're For Me" | Buck Owens | Hillbilly Music... Thank God! Vol. 1 | Bug - Capitol
  5. "Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree" | The Flaming Stars | The Six John Peel Sessions | Vinyl Japan
  6. "Bye Bye Baby" | Wanda Jackson | There's a Party Goin' On | Rumble
  7. "18 Drumalie Avenue Dub" | Scientist | In the Kingdom of Dub | Superior Viaduct
  8. "There You Go" | Bongwater | Double Bummer | Shimmy Disc
  9. "Incubus Succubus II" | Xmal Deutschland | Lilliput | 4AD
  10. "All Tomorrow's Parties" | Nico | Live in Tokyo 1986 | Radiation Reissues
  11. "Big Sex" | T.A.G. | Big Sex | Sweatbox
  12. "Dance of Love" | Tom Jones | This Is Tom Jones | Parrot
  13. "Alcoholiday" | Teenage Fanclub | Bandwagonesque | DGC
  14. "I Like To Booze It" | Neal Merritt | UFO On Farm Road 318 | Trailer-Park
  15. "Drugs" | Talking Heads | Fear of Music | Sire - Rhino
  16. "Violence" | The Durutti Column | Tempus Fugit | Kooky
  17. "I Hate Men" | Little Carolyn Sue | UFO On Farm Road 318 | Trailer-Park
  18. "Hunk of a Punk" | Red Atkins | Presage(s) | 4AD
  19. "Sweet Pea" | Mrs. Miller | Will Success Spoil Mrs. Miller?! | Capitol
  20. "Blue Tango" | Ray Martin & His Orchestra | The Pig's Big 78s - A Beginner's Guide | Trikont
  21. "Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself" | Sandie Shaw | Sandie Shaw | Reprise
  22. "Nate Will Not Return" | The Fall | Ersatz GB | Cherry Red / MVD
  23. "On a Bicycle Built for Two" | Merle Travis | Walkin' The Strings | Capitol
  24. "(There Ought To Be) A Moonlight Savings Time" | Bob Richardson & His Orchestra | The Pig's Big 78s - A Beginner's Guide | Trikont
  25. "Happy Holiday" | Hermine | It's A Crammed, Crammed, Crammed World! | Crammed Discs

You're gonna break another heart, you're gonna tell another lie

Jan 2019

We Met at a Ski Lodge: Transmission 439, 2018 December 23

Festivus-Elaine-dance-off.jpgHere is our closest approach to a "Christmas" episode but of course it is Festivus, or "holidays," or "vacation," or something non-demoninational with a couple of exceptions. "No Cocteau Twins," I promise, though the episode could have done with them. Mostly it's about grievances and foul moods, even though Lady Catharsis is riding along with me on this one. I mangle the segues involving Joan Jett and X-Ray Spex (for the purpose of posting I have cleaned up some of the carnage), and am secretly upset about this for the rest of the evening (though not-so-secretly terse about it immediately after it happened).

My mood must have improved at some point because I do say I am "in good form," but then, probably feeling that the program was a bit rockist for my taste, I attempted a techno block that just did not do anything for me. Is there something wrong with A.R.K. and System 7, or is it depression? These tunes used to make me so happy, and seemed so seasonally appropriate (late-year purchases, probably). Those Eddie Murphy samples, though--they are pretty dated, and I should probably have felt that way a long time ago. Am I just now waking up? At any rate, I would truly have been happy, as I suggested, to play the "interstitial" music until the end of the program. But it's probably better that we played the Velvet Underground and Jesu instead.

Things can only get better--can't they?

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 December 23, 2100-2300:

  1. "Real Cool Time" | The Stooges | The Stooges | Elektra
  2. "Happy Shopper" | Audio Active | Pay It All Back (Volume 5) | Restless
  3. "Nature Story" | Kristin Hersh | Duchess of York UK Live 2009 | not on label
  4. "Slippershell" | Kristin Hersh | Crooked Beginnings EP | Yes Dear Music
  5. "Sam Hall" | Johnny Cash | American IV: The Man Comes Around | American Recordings - Lost Highway
  6. "Wanted Man" | Marc Riley | 'Til Things Are Brighter...A Tribute To Johnny Cash | Red Rhino
  7. "Bits and Pieces" | Joan Jett & The Blackhearts | I Love Rock 'N Roll | The Boardwalk Entertainment Co
  8. "Warrior In Woolworths" | X-Ray Spex | Germfree Adolescents | Real Gone Music
  9. "Drunk" | Vic Chesnutt | Drunk | New West
  10. "Gammon People" | Brian Harris | A Question of Balance | self-released
  11. "Arthur's Farm" / "All I Want for Christmas Is a Dukla Prague Away Kit" | Half Man Half Biscuit | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit
  12. "Nine Little Reindeer" | Gene Autry | The Christmas Cowboy | Laserlight Digital
  13. "Christmas Skies" | Thin White Rope | The Ruby Sea | Frontier
  14. "New Saigon" | Pell Mell | Rhyming Guitars | SST
  15. "You Sexy Thing" | Cud | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit
  16. "I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter" | Connie Francis | The Very Best of Connie Francis | Polydor
  17. "Please Come Home for Christmas" | James Brown | Funky Christmas | Polydor
  18. "XMAS_EVET10 [120][thanaton3 mix]" | Aphex Twin | Syro | WARP
  19. "Listen Up! (Pulsar Mix)" | A.R.K | Listen Up! | Rough Trade
  20. "Miracle (Orb Remix)" | System 7 | Volume Two | Volume
  21. "Beginning To See the Light" | The Velvet Underground | The Velvet Underground | Verve
  22. "Christmas" | Jesu / Yang Li | Christmas EP | Hospital Productions

The customer is always right

Jan 2019

You Know That Time’s Not Kind: Transmission 437, 2018 December 12

sanitize_before_snuggles_baby_girl_gift-2_thumb_2_.jpgIs there a difference between "radio magic" and straight-up cheating? Thanks to the absence of a WRFI Studio Cam, you'll have to rely on your ears to discern it, if you can. That and many other topics get a robust airing on this haphazard, mostly enjoyable broadcast. We came to play the 12-inch single on this night, not to praise or bury it, and (thank goodness) not to discuss it a whole lot, as I was seemingly even worse than usual with facts.

It turns out that David Byrne did not "produce" the Fun Boy Three song that we played, though he is credited with "mixing" the flipside of that record. The OMD single we played (how OMD persists!) is not pristine, skipping at least twice, so I should not have agreed with Lady Catharsis's assessment there (though it looks to be in lovely shape). Most egregiously, I get the Negativland U2 story almost completely wrong, forgetting that they did at least one whole book about it. Not having visited their website in "god knows how many years" should have shut me up about it, but of course things transpired differently.

Venturing into the realm of opinion and feelings, I do somewhat better, but not much. 1980 and 2018 were bad years, and we were alive and aware for both. Bela Lugosi's Dead may be the "ultimate" 12-inch, "arguably," but I feel sorry for whoever is spending time on that argument. New Order's carrying on without Peter Hook--I do keep coming back to this, don't I? Are there not greater injustices in the world? By the end of the program I am somewhat incoherent, claiming to be "enjoying myself" but also expressing sadness about all the records we didn't get to. Or is that just "nuance" and "complexity?"

At least we found screeching (squealing?) tires, as we hoped to do, and I fulfilled a request for the first time in nearly a year (you're welcome, Keith!), so this was not a total bust.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 December 12, 2100-2300:

  1. "The Precinct of Sound" | The Dub Syndicate | Classic Selection Volume 2 | On-U Sound
  2. "Say You" | Colourbox | Say You | 4AD
  3. "Armageddon" | Culture | The Peel Sessions | Strange Fruit
  4. "Harley Davidson (Francais / Deutsche)" | Gina X | Harley Davidson (100 M.P.H. Mix) | Statik
  5. "Talking Loud and Clear - Extended Version" | Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | Talking Loud and Clear | Virgin
  6. "Don't Stop the Dance - Todd Terje Remix" | Bryan Ferry | Don't Stop the Dance | The Vinyl Factory
  7. "The Perfect Kiss" | New Order | The Perfect Kiss | Base Record - Factory
  8. "Don't Let Go" | Pink Industry | Don't Let Go | Cathexis
  9. "Fizzing Human Bomb" | Danielle Dax | The BBC Sessions | Dutch East India Trading - Strange Fruit
  10. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (1991 A Capella Mix)" | Negativland | U2 | SST
  11. "Any Second Now" | Depeche Mode | Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix) | Mute
  12. "The Lunacy Legacy" | Fun Boy Three | The Tunnel of Love | Chrysalis
  13. "The Prince" | Madness | The Peel Sessions | Dutch East India Trading
  14. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" | Bauhaus | Bela Lugosi's Dead | Small Wonder
  15. "Thoughtforms" | Lush | Mad Love | 4AD
  16. "Waves" | Blancmange | Waves | London

Rock and roll still needs innovation

Jan 2019

Songs About Bad People: Transmission 436, 2018 December 5

krampus_3.pngLady Catharsis (not pictured) joins me for a sloppy, sometimes dark evening of bad promo copy and decent music. For family reasons, we don't do shows on December 24 or 25, so Krampusnacht, Festivus, and Boxing Day seem to be the sacred observances for us. At least that is what the archives tell me. We were both in good spirits on this night, but the mood was dampened somewhat by (as always) error and chaos. If only I could learn to embrace these things, I would be so much more happy and relaxed!

It makes me shudder to listen to this and hear the former teacher in me, coming out to quiz Lady Catharsis relentlessly on a subject for which I had barely prepared and for which she didn't prepare at all. This did give us one of several opportunities for on-the-spot "research," which greatly enhanced the evening's banter. I do think someone should bankroll Lady C's proposed Krampus documentary, or whatever it turns out to be, not just because I am confident that it will be great, but because I like the idea of someone bankrolling us without my having to roll out a Patreon or something.

Musical notes: I think I probably played the wrong pair of Barry Adamson tunes. That's life. It was gratifying that people were listening in real time and pestering us to play murder ballads--good to see such curiosity! I'm not sure anyone was anxious to hear "Like a Possum," much less the final 8 minutes of it, though we might have gone ahead and separated "the wheat from the chaff" and played the entire thing had I not been chastened by having upset management a few weeks prior. I guess I'm not the rebel I once was, and I am grateful for my time slot.

As predicted, we would wake up the next morning to find that the bad people had not disappeared. But we are keeping the faith.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 December 5, 2100-2300:

  1. "The Man Comes Around" | Johnny Cash | American IV: The Man Comes Around | American Recordings - Lost Highway
  2. "The Devil Is My Friend" | The Jazz Butcher | The Human Jungle | Glass
  3. "St. Christopher" | 50footwave | Bath White | Happy Happy Birthday To Me
  4. "Armagideon Time" | Willie Williams | Full Up: Best of Studio One Volume 2 | Heartbeat
  5. "Round Up The Usual Suspects" / "Sounds From The Big House" | Barry Adamson | Moss Side Story | Restless - Mute
  6. "Rotten Fodder" | The Wolfgang Press | Standing Up Straight | 4AD
  7. "Kommienezuspadt" | Tom Waits | Alice | Anti-
  8. "Razzle In My Pocket" | Ian Dury | New Boots and Panties!! | The Hit Label
  9. "The Bunny Song" | King Missile | They | Shimmy Disc
  10. "People Ain't No Good" | The Cramps | A Date With Elvis | New Rose
  11. "They're Hanging Me Tonight" | Thin White Rope | Red Sun | Demon
  12. "Knoxville Girl" | Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | B-Sides & Rarities | Mute
  13. "Like a Possum" [excerpt] | Lou Reed | Ecstasy | Reprise
  14. "The Bad Will Die" | Keith Mlevhu | The Bad Will Die (1976-1979) | Strawberry Rain
  15. "Armagideon Time" | The Clash | Clash on Broadway | Epic - Legacy
  16. "Margin Walker" | Fugazi | 13 Songs | Dischord
  17. "The Hungry Wolf" | X | Under the Big Black Sun | Elektra - Rhino
  18. "Lilli Schull" | Uncle Tupelo | March 16-20, 1992 | Rockville
  19. "For Jackie M" | 400 Blows | The Good Clean English Fist | Dojo
  20. "He's Biding His Time" | Danny Dill | Beating on the Bars | Trailer Park
  21. "Darkest Dreams" | His Name Is Alive | Livonia | 4AD

He bought me fifteen rum-and-cokes and then he went too far

Jan 2019

C’mon Queenie, Let’s Get With It: Transmission 435, 2018 December 1

billy_childish.jpgIt is true when I say at some point in this program that we don't normally sound like this. So--first time visitors and listeners, be warned. Normally our transmissions are filled with "many moods, styles, and atmospheres," or whatever it is I say, "sonic trail mix" doing the work of the dreaded word "eclectic." Not that Billy Childish isn't up to the task, and not that we haven't devoted an entire program to him before, but don't come to Bombast looking for reliable "garage rock" or whatever designation people apply to BC. Of course you're welcome to stay as long as you like.

This broadcast is the first from a very busy December in which we found ourselves abandoning novelty and playing a lot of familiar stuff, a good deal of which we'd played before. Oh well, it is "nostalgia season," as I like to say. Nevertheless, due to the brevity of the tunes here, I was resolved (or resigned) not to care about the raggedness of segues. But--maybe it is also miracle season!--some of them turned out quite well. Perhaps it is impossible for greatness not to get along with itself.

So much for "content"--w/r/t "technique," I've had better nights, though I suppose I should be grateful that this is the first time in over 400 episodes that I have referred to the program as "Bauhaus." "It's late for me in a lot of senses," I muse, and I think that is valid. Elsewhere, I wonder out loud if 16 is the age of consent "in English," before suggesting that maybe I should be put out of your misery and yanked off the air. Lady Catharsis is audibly exasperated with this train of thought, which is her way of having my back.

Thanks for listening!

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 December 1, 2000-2200:

  1. "Wiley Coyote" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Caesar's Pleasure | Big Beat
  2. "Don't Hold Me Back" | The Buff Medways | This Is This | Vinyl Japan
  3. "Have Love, Will Travel" | Thee Headcoatees | Have Love, Will Travel | Vinyl Japan
  4. "She's Fine, She's Mine" | Wild Billy Childish and the Blackhands | Live in the Netherlands | Hangman
  5. "Strychnine" | Thee Headcoat Sect | Deerstalking Men | Hangman's Daughter
  6. "We're Gonna Get Married" | Mickey & Ludella | Bedlam A' Go-Go! | Vinyl Japan
  7. "I Can Tell" | The Milkshakes | After School Session | Hangman's Daughter
  8. "Your Touch On Me" | The Fire Dept. | L'Oeuf D'Or | M'Lady's
  9. "Run Cold" | Holly Golightly | Painted On | Sympathy for the Record Industry
  10. "She's Got A Strange Attractor" | Thee Headcoats | Beached Earls | Crypt
  11. "Temptress of Love" | The Delmonas | I Am The Billy Childish | Sub Pop
  12. "Keep Your Man in Mind" | Wild Billy Childish | i remember... | M'Lady's
  13. "Brimfull of Hate" | Jack Ketch and the Crowmen | Brimfull of Hate | M'Lady's
  14. "Laughing Song" | Kyra | Here I Am, I Always Am | M'Lady's
  15. "Kray Twins" | The Pop Rivets | I Am The Billy Childish | Sub Pop
  16. "I Can't Seem To Love That Girl" | Thee Milkshakes | Thee Knights of Trashe | Hangman's Daughter
  17. "Long Legged Baby" | Natural Born Lovers | The Medway Poets | Hangman
  18. "Train Kept A Rollin" / "Fire" | Auntie Vegetable | Medway Powerhouse Vol. 1 | Hangman
  19. "Have Love, Will Travel" | Taylor Meets Thee Headcoatees | Taylor Meets Thee Headcoatees | Lissy's
  20. "Just 15" | The Buff Medways | 1914 | Transcopic
  21. "Headstart" | Holly Golightly | The Good Things | Damaged Goods
  22. "Miss Ludella Black" | Thee Mighty Caesars | Surely They Were The Sons of God | Crypt
  23. "Ready Sect Go!" | Thee Headcoats Sect | Ready Sect Go! | Vinyl Japan
  24. "Did I Tell You" / "Bill's Beat" / "Just Like You" | Thee Milkshakes | Medway Powerhouse Vol. 4 | Hangman
  25. "Radio Dreggs" | Wild Billy Childish and the Spartan Dreggs | Coastal Command | Damaged Goods
  26. "Dead Sea Fruit" | Miss Ludella Black | Till You Lie In Your Grave | Damaged Goods
  27. "What About Brian - Alt. Version" | CTMF | What About Brian (Alt. Version) | Damaged Goods
  28. "Ballad of the Insolent Pup" | Thee Headcoatees | Ballad of the Insolent Pup | Vinyl Japan
  29. "Little Queenie" | The Billy Childish | The 1982 Cassetes | M'Lady's
  30. "I Am The Object Of Your Desire" | Wild Billy Childish and His Famous Headcoats | I Am The Object Of Your Desire | Friends of the Buff Medway Fanciers Association
  31. "Sally Go Round the Roses" | Holly Golightly | Laugh It All Up! | Vinyl Japan
  32. "The Green Hornet" | The Milkshakes | 19th Nervous Shakedown | Big Beat

Broadcasting the future from the past

Dec 2018

Daddy Goes Dancing with Mommy-O: Transmission 433, 2018 November 14

Wanda_Jackson.jpgThis is better, and worse. Lady Catharsis finally makes it to the studio, where we are joined by pitching co-host Jeff and the criminally uncredited Kristi, who did not have the benefit of a microphone. We actually earned money on this night, which is novel. My mother was Mrs. Moneybags, though other listeners pitched in on that front as well, to save me a bit of embarrassment. There was a good feeling on the night, as opposed to the barely contained desperation of the previous week.

I can't help but feel that this episode is a bit unfocused, musically, though. Granted, when I invite Lady Catharsis into the studio, we are always in the Listening Parlour, and I generally feel like the more I get my way, the better my show is (hmm). It certainly wasn't a wall-to-wall "Legends Night" like last week's episode, and it definitely sounds less exciting than the "flutes and synthesizers" Jeff promises on his own program, "Radio Nomadics." I have to say I simply don't like Mariachi El Bronx, that Jeff embarrasses me (without meaning to) by pronouncing "toque" "correctly," and that "Metronomic Underground" is not a happy song. ("Thieves Like Us" is.) All that said, the "ragged segues" I predicted really didn't come to pass, and for the most part things went more smoothly than planned. "Striving for Excellence in Content and Technique?" Sometimes we get there.


BOMBAST playlist, 2018 November 14, 2100-2300:

  1. "Anar (Instrumental)" | Mdou Moctar & Elite Beat | Mdou Moctar Meets Elite Beat In a Budget Dancehall | Boomarm Nation
  2. "You Know I'm No Good" | Wanda Jackson | The Party Ain't Over | Third Man
  3. "Let's Have a Party" | Psychotik Tanks | Natures Mortes - Still Lives | 4AD
  4. "Daddyo Loves Mommyo" | Tommy Duncan | The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 | Bear Family
  5. "No Bulbs" | The Fall | The Wonderful and Frightening Escape Route to... | Beggars Banquet
  6. "Jack The Ripper [Acoustic Version]" | Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | B-Sides and Rarities | Mute
  7. "You Don't Know What Love Is" | Little Annie | Trace | Tin Angel
  8. "Birdie Song" / "Dreams and Light" | The Wolfgang Press | Queer | 4AD
  9. "Revolution Girls" | Mariachi El Bronx | Mariachi El Bronx | ATO Records / White Drugs
  10. "Si Firmi O Grido" | A Certain Ratio | Mickey Way (The Candy Bar) | Factory
  11. "Buzz" | Throwing Muses | The Season Sessions: Fall | CASH Music
  12. "All Fall Away" | Lost Girls | Lost Girls | 3 Loop
  13. "Tarantula" | Colourbox | Breakdown (Second Version) | 4AD
  14. "Metronomic Underground" | Stereolab | Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology | Rhino
  15. "Thieves Like Us (Instrumental)" | New Order | Murder | Factory Benelux

I always have a smile for you

Dec 2018

We’ll Be the Pirate Twins Again: Transmission 428, 2018 October 14

Thomas_Dolby_-_The_Golden_Age_of_Wireless.jpg As promised, the healing begins here. It takes a fill-in appearance and a semi-divine intervention from Lady Catharsis, but we will accept a good program on any terms. As was the case with UB40 a couple of weeks ago, it definitely helps that the broadcast is anchored by a good long-playing record. But, as one of us remarked at some point in the episode, "it [was] a night of good segues"--and unplanned ones at that.

I'm struck by my remark about Section 25--"another synth-pop classic," or something like that. What was the first, I wonder? Could it have been The Golden Age of Wireless? Though it must have struck me as "synth pop" back in the day, when "one synth" seemed to be sufficient, it strikes me as simply "pop" now (and that's--shockingly--not an insult. This is very good pop).

It is somewhat hilarious (perhaps an insult in this case) how our understanding of the actual record we are playing changes in real time. It turns out we are playing an American pressing, not Canadian and not English, and not the original tracklisting. But any time your record has 68 pressings, that's a good sign, no matter what clowns like us have to say about it.

[aside--just had a major case of deja vu typing that last sentence. I hope it isn't something I have actually said before--I can't imagine what the context might have been.]

I hope it comes across that we love The Golden Age of Wireless, because we do.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 October 14, 2100-2300:

  1. "Nation" | Colourbox | Colourbox [MAD 315 CD] | 4AD
  2. "Biti Six" | Bamba Pana | Poaa | Nyege Nyege Tapes
  3. "Without Mercy II (Face 2)" | The Durutti Column | Without Mercy | Factory - Airea
  4. "Europa and the Pirate Twins" / "Flying North" / "Weightless" / "Leipzig" / "Windpower" / "Commercial Breakup" / "Urges" / "Airwaves" / "Radio Silence" / "Cloudburst at Shingle Street" | Thomas Dolby | The Golden Age of Wireless | Harvest
  5. "Beneath the Blade" / "Inspiration" | Section 25 | From the Hip | Factory
  6. "Changer Demain" | Adam Johnson | Chigliak | Merck

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