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Feb 2017

Project from Within the Cosmic Truth Which Is Yourself: Transmission 320, 2017 January 21

island_of_misfit_toys.jpg Here is my most recent "fill-in" program and the last one for the foreseeable future. (Just watch--tomorrow night someone will have an emergency and there I--THE HERO--will be.) It was predictable, but nonetheless worthy of remark, that Danny and I were both subbing for female DJs who had gone down to Washington DC to do some actual work. I must have done a good job--I managed to convince one (admittedly baked) caller that I was DJ Penelope. No doubt the whole "not talking" thing that I have lately pushed to extremes must have helped, but in the spirit of giving myself credit, I would like to think it was the music too.

This was an "overflow" program, consisting of a bunch of things that I hadn't managed to fit in over the course of the last year or so. Naturally I forced them to co-habitate and, occasionally, the segues were not terrible. I suppose more than a few of these were things I'd meant to play the night I opted out of radio on account of hitting my head. Dear god, how long ago was that, and was it where my troubles began? At any rate, I was true to my word, I think: this program may divert you but it will teach you nothing.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 January 21, 2100-2300:

  1. "Beige Mantis" | Joey Anderson | Invisible Switch | Dekmantel
  2. "Bad Man Dub" | Singers and Players | War of Version | On-U Sound
  3. "Ghost Covenant" | CW/A | Words Unspoken, Acts Undone | Parachute
  4. "He's a Liquid (feat. Gazelle Twin)" | Wrangler | He's a Liquid | Metamatic
  5. "Naked" | Underspreche | Split | Optimo Trax
  6. "Melody Dub" | Bim Sherman | Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics | On-U Sound
  7. "You're an Orchestra in the Cosmos - Rhodes Version" | Sebastian Mullaert | You're an Orchestra in the Cosmos | Green
  8. "Schwefel" | Oliver Huntemann | Pech & Schwefel | Senso Sounds
  9. "030" | Lonelady | He's a Liquid | Metamatic
  10. "Roffa Yet" | Phil Pratt | Star Wars Dub | Burning Sounds
  11. "Jono Filling Bin Bags" | Dog Chocolate | Snack Fans | Upset the Rhythm
  12. "Lovely Day Reprise" | Grand Pianoramax | Soundwave | Mental Groove
  13. "Hatem Imam the Love of the Millions" | Praed | The Fabrication of Silver Dreams | Annihaya
  14. "Satya" | Yokoo | Satya EP | Kindisch
  15. "4-2-Nite" | Gary Todd | Nora Lilian | BPitch Control
  16. "Stay Awake" | ASA MOTO | Stay Awake / Wanowan Efem | DEEWEE
  17. "Grass Will Grow" | John Lemke | Nomad Frequencies | Denovali
  18. "Basement Life" | Superchunk | Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 Volume 1-11 | Amphetamine Reptile
  19. "In These Times" | Tranquil Eyes | Domestic Landscape, Vol. 2: Underrated Synth Classics 1982-1990 | Domestica
  20. "Hippies" | Tigerskin | Time of Descent EP | Dirt Crew
  21. "Six Six Sixties" | Throbbing Gristle | 20 Jazz Funk Greats | Industrial - Mute
  22. "Incubator" | Ramleh | Circular Time | Crucial Blast
  23. "Hard and Tenderly" | The Residents | Shadowland | MVD Audio

god knows it's true, but I think that the devil knows it too

Feb 2015

Hero Time: Transmission 182, 2015 January 25

crampsdatewithelvisinner.jpgA few Sundays ago, I threw myself into a radio program on very short notice. It is a real Winter of Sickness in the listening area. I forget exactly what it was or who it was on this particular day, but someone couldn't go, so I did. I think maybe some work was happening, or supposed to happen, with the airplay computer, which would preclude airing pre-recorded material, so a warm body was necessary. I decided to be it; perhaps I even convinced myself that it would be like "the first time" at WRFI. That is my sickness.

Sadly it wasn't novel or nostalgic, but it was a pretty well-executed show for a while, multi-tasking notwithstanding. The selection was "haphazard," as I advertised, but things have a strange way of fitting together either better than I expect or much, much worse. I really did biff the beginning of that Cramps tune, though.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 January 25, 1600-1730:

  1. "Weird Gear" | Ultramarine | Every Man And Woman Is A Star | Rough Trade
  2. "Metropolis" | NTFO & Karmon | Composit | DIYNamic
  3. "Bring It On Down" | Karl Hector & The Malcouns | Unstraight Ahead | Now-Again
  4. "Love Walls" | Ted Alexander | XXX | Stem
  5. "Afro-Soul" | Manu Dibango | Africadelic | Aurora
  6. "Ghost Lights" | The Children | Ghost Lights | Division 68
  7. "Take Me I'm Yours (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session - 24 May 1988)" | The Wedding Present | Bizarro [reissue] | Edsel
  8. "Rolling Stone" | The Dub Club | Foundation Come Again | Stones Throw
  9. "Inside Out (feat. Katharina Busch)" | High Heels Breaker | High Heels Breaker | Drumpoet Community
  10. "The Mechanics of Joy" | Echologist | The Mechanics of Joy | Prologue
  11. "Two Months Off" | Underworld | A Hundred Days Off | Universal [Japan]
  12. "Mr. Smart" | Leroy Smart | The Don Tells It Like It Is | Bunny Lee
  13. "Helios" | Rival Consoles | Rival Consoles | Erased Tapes
  14. "People Ain't No Good" | The Cramps | A Date With Elvis | Big Beat
  15. "Looking From A Hilltop - BBC Version" | Section 25 | From The Hip | Factory Benelux
  16. "Soon" | Bostro Pesopeo | Cheer Up EP | Permanent Vacation

next time: the absolute worst. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

Jan 2015

Dandies in the Soundtrack: Transmission 178, 2015 January 1

sampleretsansreproche.jpgHere I am, I always am. This first show of 2015 was always going to be more of a hodge-podge than usual, seeing as I had little time, for some reason, to put it together, and frankly, I'm a little tired! But when you play 34-minute tracks [award yourself a croix de Bombast, by the way] that leaves you fewer segues to flub, not that I didn't make a heroic effort. This new tic I have developed, starting the first song half-way through, is a nice personal touch. I'm always chasing the next thing.

Aside from the "exclusives" / "forthcomings" from the Factory Benelux disc, most of these songs were things I'd sat on for a long time, unable to find "proper" contexts for them. Especially Snuff Crew (I do picture them as these two Restoration dudes in justaucorps, sipping hot chocolate and comparing snuff boxes--what, do you think the band name refers to something else?). It's been a while since I've done a proper "overflow" program, and probably will be a while again, so I hope you enjoy this one.

Still, it's about time for a really good program, don't you think?

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 January 1, 2100-2300:

  1. "Gimmie Gimmie" | The Dub Club | Foundation Come Again | Stones Throw
  2. "The Hunter (Stephen Morris Mix)" | Marnie | Sampler (et Sans Reproche) | Factory Benelux | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Karadeniz" | Karl Hector & The Malcouns | Unstraight Ahead | Now-Again
  4. "Peel B" | VD [Votive Deposite] | Dedication Tone | Locative
  5. "Walk Don't Run" | Los Straitjackets | Deke Dickerson Sings The Great Instrumental Hits | Yep Rock
  6. "Want Fi Goh Rave" | Linton Kwesi Johnson | Di Eagle An Di Bear | Righteous Reggae
  7. "Mange" | Brian Harris | Behind the Mask | Soundcloud self-release
  8. "You Don't Know" | Mode | Play the Game | Codek
  9. "Microgroove" | Section 25 | Sampler (et Sans Reproche) | Factory Benelux | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "Zeppelin Race" | Moonpunk | not on album | Bandcamp self-release
  11. "Prejoy - Barbaric Splendour Version" | The Asphodells | Correspondant Compilation 02 | Correspondant
  12. "Midwatch 1953" | The Fall | The Unutterable | Let Them Eat Vinyl
  13. "What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?" | The Wedding Present | George Best [reissue] | Edsel
  14. "Lights" | Snuff Crew | Behind the Masks | BPitch Control
  15. "Atomium Sunrise" | Blaine Reininger | Sampler (et Sans Reproche) | Factory Benelux | "Physical Evidence"
  16. "Bring The Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture" | Swans | To Be Kind | Young God
  17. "Wobby Bomack" | The Invisible Girls | Sampler (et Sans Reproche) | Factory Benelux | "Physical Evidence"

next time: The Hall of Legends! Enjoy the music. --kid catharsis

Jan 2014

There Is A Real Program Coming Up Later: Transmission 88, 2013 December 28

Here, you guys, have a conflicted and technically flawed program. It's on me. No, don't thank me, it's my pleasure to offer you things like this.

A confluence of several tainted waterways led to this broadcast. First, Michael Hansen, who regularly hosts "The Living Room," was stuck in an airport, meaning that something had to get on air in a hurry. Second, the year was nearly at an end, so a retrospective* seemed in order. Third--and here is a radio truth--I often use these fill-in appearances to get work done at the station, and I haven't managed to learn that improvising on-air and multitasking off-air don't go together.

*I don't like "looking back" in general and would feel bad for my program to do something that a listener would expect from Rolling Stone or Pitchfork, if these were radio stations. If it actually matters to you what I think the "best of 2013" is--and what would inspire me to presume that it matters?--you have probably sussed it out, or can suss it out, by listening to my 2013 programs. If you haven't been listening, or don't want to listen, I figure you don't care what I think about this, which is probably as it should be.

ON THE OTHER HAND--often when I feature a release as "Physical Evidence" there are perfectly good tracks from it that don't make it onto the program, because of time limitations, or difficulty of segue, or whatever. Over time, these pile up to the point where I have enough for a good program--NOT a reprise of content, because what would be the point, but an "odds and ends" program, perfectly valid in light of my previous discovery that an overflow BOMBAST is no worse than a regular BOMBAST, whatever that might indicate. Hence the first FESTIVAL OF EVIDENCE, shoddy as it was. I'ma do this again, maybe at the end of 2014, maybe sooner, and I won't be sorry then, either.

What is regrettable is the litany of glitches in this program. Sweet mother. It does get better in the second hour, I assure you, but...yeah.

BOMBAST playlist, 2013 December 28, 1400-1600:

  1. "Low Fi" | Stereolab | Low Fi | Too Pure
  2. "Wild Suspense Dub" | Wailing Souls | Dub Masters Volume 1 | Mango UK
  3. "Tall Dark Stranger" | "Chop" Walker & Brenda "Beachball" Kenny | Bugs on the Wire | Leghorn
  4. "Hotel Bronco" | Michelle Gun Elephant | Gear Blues | Alive
  5. "Brujo Magic" | Suns of Arqa with Prince Far-I | Bugs on the Wire | Leghorn
  6. "Seven Days" | The Milkshakes | Fourteen Rhythm and Beat Greats | Wall City
  7. "Greetings to the New Brunette" | Billy Bragg | The Peel Sessions Album | Dutch East India Trading
  8. "Hope Against Hope" | Band of Susans | Peel Sessions | Dutch East India Trading
  9. "All Souls" | Opal | Early Recordings | Rough Trade
  10. "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" | Killdozer | For Ladies Only | Touch & Go
  11. "Charlotte's Remains" | Strawberry Alarm Clock | In Fuzz We Trust | Stag-O-Lee
  12. "Cha-Ris-Ma" | Singers & Players | Revenge of the Underdog | On-U Sound
  13. "Body Blow" | A Primary Industry | Ultramarine | Sweatbox
  14. "The Vulture" | Ronny Ray's Playboys | Beat from Badsville Vol. 2 | Stag-O-Lee
  15. "Hummingbird" | Caribou | Peace (for Mom) | Brainwashed
  16. "Money Dub" | U Roy | Serious Matter Dub | Walboomers
  17. "Caribou" | Pixies | At the BBC | 4AD - Elektra
  18. "Luger 9m/m Auto" | The Revolutionaries | Revival Dub | Well Charge
  19. "Please Give Me Something" | The Riverside Trio | Bugs on the Wire | Leghorn
  20. "Moni Mon Amie" | Julia Holter | Maria | Human Ear
  21. "Mr. Eliminator" | The Mono Men | Shut Up! | Estrus
  22. "Psalm 95" | Prince Far-I | Psalms for I | Carib Gems
  23. "You've Got Nothing" | My Bloody Valentine | Ecstasy and Wine | Lazy
  24. "Then When I Scream" | Biff Bang Pow | Oblivion | Creation
  25. "Ghetto In the Sky (Version)" | Aswad | Dub Masters Volume 1 | Mango UK
  26. "Woven Clouds" | Carter Tutti | Peace (for Mom) | Brainwashed
  27. "Wild Party" | Dickie Doo & The Don'ts | Beat from Badsville Vol. 2 | Stag-O-Lee
  28. "Digital Rasta" | Cabaret Voltaire | Micro-Phonies | Some Bizarre - Virgin
next time: an otherwise dismal afternoon. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

Oct 2013

Under Attack from Some Kind of Malware: Transmission 60, 2013 September 7

The season's final "test pattern" gives us an opportunity to play some neglected tunes, uncluttered by "Listening Parlour" and "Physical Evidence," love those features though we do. As one would expect, BOMBAST detritus is every bit as good as a regular BOMBAST selection, whatever that might say. I was definitely "up" for this one, and I sound it.

Since there's no reason to cloud the experience with additional words, I won't. Au revoir!

BOMBAST playlist, 2013 September 7-8, 2300-0100:

  1. "No Guns to the Wedding" | Fanfara Tirana & Transglobal Underground | No Guns to the Wedding | World Village
  2. "Dinosaurs (Wareika Remix)" | Alex Flatner & Lopazz | Burnin | Formresonance
  3. "Yuba Reprise" | Date Palms | The Dusted Sessions | Thrill Jockey
  4. "Squash" | Soft Drinks | The Thing from the Crypt | Dark Entries
  5. "Lover" | TG Mauss | Dear Stranger | Karaoke Kalk
  6. "Eyes" | 14 Iced Bears | Hold On Inside | Cherry Red
  7. "The Mysterious Ashley Bickerton" | Gray | Shades Of... | Plush Safe
  8. "Wicked Babylon Must Go Down" | Horace Andy | Broken Beats | Echo Beach
  9. "Isabelle" | Boom Bip & Charlie White | Music for Sleeping Children | Lex
  10. "Spirit" | Frederic Mercier | Sadar Bahar Presents Soul in the Hole | BBE
  11. "Nostalgia" | The Chameleons | Dreams in Celluloid | Blue Apple
  12. "Potential Light" | Steven Tang | Disconnect to Connect | Smallville
  13. "Lullaby (live)" | The Durutti Column | Treatise on the Steppenwolf | Factory Benelux
  14. "Spicy Stick" | Red Axes | Caminho de Dreyfus | Correspondant
  15. "Campestral" | Greg Davis | Kompilation | Kranky
  16. "Dream When It's Wrong" | Pulshar | Different Drum | Desolat
  17. "Walking on the Streets" | Beach Day | Trip Trap Attack | Kanine
  18. "Too Big to Fail" | Dub Spencer & Trance Hill | Live in Dub | Echo Beach
  19. "Supermoon" | The Men | New Moon | Sacred Bones

next time: an honest-to-goodness current show. 'Bout damn time. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

p.s. the vault is now empty!

Sep 2013

Literally Can Also Mean Figuratively: Transmission 54, 2013 August 17

doingitforthekids.jpegAnother day, another "Test Pattern" in the style of Bombast. As is common with these "extra" episodes, the "Listening Parlour" is closed--Lady Catharsis is tough to wrangle--but there is some "Physical Evidence" to share, a nice piece of it too. Also, we officially enter "retro August" during this program, for better or worse.

When an episode languishes on the shelf for a long time, as this one has, I have trouble recalling the specific circumstances of the program, unless they were extra special. I know that I'd picked up the habit of following DJ Helen's "Hip Hop Don't Stop" program because she didn't enjoy closing down the building by herself. I tried, regularly, to get someone else to do a shift at this time; surprisingly, there was little interest in a Saturday 11pm slot. Since I wasn't going to show up at that hour just to be an escort, I went ahead and did some full programs.

The Clinton House, for those of you who haven't visited, can be somewhat creepy at that hour. It's a big building--it used to be a hotel--and we're typically its only occupant who is active late at night. The exterior doors do lock automatically at a certain hour, but there are lots of places for people to hide. I was alone in the building one night when the power went out--that was fun! And DJ Helen swears that she has seen a ghost walk through one of the building's walls. I have not witnessed such a thing, which I guess proves that I'm not cool enough to hang with ghosts.

Speaking of--man, does that Doing It For The Kids record bring me back. It should come with a trigger warning!

Also--if you don't own the Buick album, you need to get it, yesterday if not sooner. It's even on iTunes, for god's sake, so no excuses.

BOMBAST playlist, 2013 August 17-18, 2300-0100:

  1. "Bubblecloud" | Scarper! | Unfurl | Plexus
  2. "Life Ain't Enough for You" | Asia Argento with The Legendary Tigerman | Total Entropy | Nuun
  3. "Slowdive (live)" | Siouxsie and the Banshees | Nocturne | Polydor
  4. "Drugs" | This Mortal Coil | Come Here My Love | 4AD
  5. "Defcon 3" | Man or Astro-Man? | Defcon 5...4...3...2...1 | Communicating Vessels
  6. "How Ghosts Affect Relationships" | His Name Is Alive | Livonia | 4AD
  7. "Cut Me Deep" | The Jasmine Minks | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "Child Bride" / "Cheganca" | 17 Pygmies | Jedda By the Sea + Captured In Ice | Les Temps Modernes
  9. "A Beautiful Thought (pt. 2)" | The Durutti Column | Treatise on the Steppenwolf | Factory Benelux
  10. "S950" | Gold Panda | Half of Where You Live | Ghostly International
  11. "High Test" | Chance | In Search | Paradise of Bachelors
  12. "Sweet Retreat" | The Creepers | Rock 'n' Roll Liquorice Flavour | Red Rhino
  13. "Super Falling Star" | Stereolab | Volume Four | Volume
  14. "Cigarette in Your Bed" | My Bloody Valentine | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "White Tornado" | R.E.M. | Dead Letter Office | I.R.S.
  16. Kan Kill! | Stockholm Monsters | All At Once | Les Temps Modernes
  17. "Godevil" | The Times | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Pandora's Box" | Anne Clark | Changing Places | Red Flame
  19. "Stealth Dub" | Blind Idiot God | Blind Idiot God | SST
  20. "Lot 49" | The Jazz Butcher | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Time Zones" | Negativland | Escape from Noise | SST
  22. "Homage to Lucien Freud" | Buick | Sweatertongue | Lather
  23. "OSCAR" | Will Saul Presents CLOSE | Closer | Studio K7
  24. "Ne Me Fatigue Pas" | Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni Ba | Jama Ko | Out Here
  25. "She Paints" | Biff Bang Pow! | Doing It For The Kids | Creation | "Physical Evidence"
  26. "Drugs" | Talking Heads | Fear of Music | Sire - Rhino

next time: moar dub for the people. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

Sep 2013

Gonna Put a Reggae in Your Jeggae: Transmission 52, 2013 August 8

payitallbackvolume1.jpgA dark and stormy night produces a chill set of tunes, with occasional explosiveness courtesy of Adrian Sherwood and the On-U Sound crew. WRFI was enduring a rough phase with its new transmitter, wherein every patch of rough weather was knocking 88.1 off the air. This particular BOMBAST may always have been a web exclusive, but at least it is now archived.

Listening back through this program, I am well pleased and a bit saddened all at once. Pleased: the selection is tight and makes sense, even for an "overflow" program; good to know that what doesn't "make the cut" for a regular show still passes the quality test. Saddened: it's getting to the point where these "unofficial" programs are actually more fun than the regular show. The regular show is pressure, you guys. I don't know how I managed to do that to myself, but here we are.

Erratum: I was mistaken about Jah Wobble's contribution to the Dub Syndicate track, in that he didn't make one. In my defense, he did play bass on "Overboard," which sits next to it on this record. What's new?

BOMBAST playlist, 2013 August 8-9, 2300-0100:

  1. "Connection" | King Tuff | Was Dead | Burger
  2. "36 Years Later" | Wild Billy Chyldish and the Chatham Forts | All Our Forts Are With You | Damaged Goods
  3. "Stronsay" | Boozoo Bajou | Jan Mayen | R & S - Apollo
  4. "Jahovia (E.M.M.A & Will LV Dub Mix)" | EM.MA | Jahovia | Keysound
  5. "Swan Lake" | Madness | One Step Beyond | Let Them Eat Vinyl
  6. "The Big Dig" | Family Fodder | It's a Crammed, Crammed, Crammed World! | Crammed Discs
  7. "Hallelujah" | Maffia | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  8. "Must Be Dreaming" | The Dub Syndicate | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Loudspeaker" | Loudspeaker | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  10. "Jerusalem" | Mark Stewart & Maffia | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Beachcombing" | Peter Gordon & Factory Floor | Beachcombing / C Side | Optimo
  12. "Divided" | The Durutti Column | Treatise on the Steppenwolf | Factory Benelux
  13. "Interstices I (Seiya)" | Illuha | Interstices | 12K
  14. "Coal Baron" | People of the Lake | Sub Contra | Thrill Jockey
  15. "Detector" | UNER | Nagual | Cadenza
  16. "The Slow Fade" | Future Bible Heroes | Memories of Love, Eternal Youth, and Partygoing | Merge
  17. "From One Cell (feat. Urzula Amen)" | Stimming | Stimming | DIYNamic
  18. "Fuh Fuh" | Voice of Authority | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  19. "Ace of Wands" | Missing Brazilians | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  20. "Akabu Theme" | Akabu | Pay It All Back Vol. 1 | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Koan 1" | Peals | Walking Field | Thrill Jockey

next time: really depends on when this posts, but probably not a dreaded "regular" BOMBAST. enjoy the music!--kid catharsis

Sep 2013

They Even Say You’re Insane: Transmission 50, 2013 August 3

londonundergroundathome.jpegThis program happened late at night, on a day that followed another late night. I think it was a pretty "on" show, nevertheless. No "Listening Parlour" but a very good "Physical Evidence"--if you had known me in, say, 1988, you might well have guessed that 25 years later I would be spinning a London Underground record after midnight on a radio station in the middle of nowhere, with about 3 people listening. Nothing sad about that.

[Aside: it seems to me--am I alone in thinking this?--that The London Underground, at least on this record, sound like what would happen if you took the "nutty" sound out of Madness and replaced Langer & Winstanley with Martin Hannett. I mean that in the best possible way. I love that first Madness record.]

Also, hey! This is program 50. I'd explained elsewhere--here, I think--that I am superstitious, in a bad way, about programs that end in "zero." So I celebrate quietly--very quietly, once the day rolls over. The program gets weirder and weirder, especially after I find myself with extra time and have to toss in a few unplanned tracks.

Radio is kind of addictive. You are grateful at first for whatever airtime you get, and then you begin...having needs. I had all this extra material sitting around, and "only" the regular Wednesday night program on which to play it. And we have these empty "Test Pattern" time slots just sitting there, and it's August to boot, so people are going on's here that I begin to travel down a dark path.

But enough. It's still "good times" for now.

BOMBAST playlist, 2013 August 3-4, 2300-0100:

  1. "My Secret Romance" | College | Teenage Color | Invada
  2. "Great Expectations" | The London Underground | At Home with the London Underground | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Yanga (Okungwu)" | Semi-Colon | Ndia Egbuo Ndia (Afro-Jigida) | Comb & Razor
  4. "Mata Mata" | Halo Halo | Halo Halo | Upset the Rhythm
  5. "Codebreaker Seventy-Eight" | Man or Astro-Man? | Defcon 5...4...3...2...1 | Communicating Vessels
  6. "A Life of Crime" | The Weirdos | Destroy All Music | Bomp
  7. "In die Zukunft" | Asmus Tietchens | Biotop | Bureau B
  8. "You Don't Know" | The London Underground | At Home with the London Underground | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  9. "Take It" | 14 Iced Bears | Hold On Inside | Cherry Red
  10. "Mello (live)" | The Durutti Column | Treatise on the Steppenwolf | Factory Benelux
  11. "Lychee" | Dub Spencer & Trance Hill | Live in Dub | Echo Beach
  12. "Colerain" | Way Yes | Tog Pebbles | self-released
  13. "Ridley Road" | The London Underground | At Home with the London Underground | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Dankou (featuring Zoumana Tereta)" | Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni Ba | Jama Ko | Out Here
  15. "Under the Lake" | Ezechiel Pailhes | Divine | Circus Company
  16. "The Dispossessed" | Kawabata Makoto's Mainliner | Revelation Space | Riot Season
  17. "Suspicious" | Co La | Moody Coup | Software
  18. "Westview" | Ike Release | Dream Sequencer | M>O>S
  19. "Next Time You Fall - Jim Sclavunos Remix" | Breathless | Please Be Happy | Tenor Vossa
  20. "Sipian Organ" | Jan St. Werner | Blaze Colour Burn | Thrill Jockey
  21. "Watch Your Step" | The London Underground | At Home with the London Underground | On-U Sound | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Stone Gods of Bimini" | Ixtahuele | Pagan Rites | Subliminal Sounds
  23. "Vodka Diet" | Natasha Kmeto | Crisis | Dropping Gems
  24. "Goldaire" | Memotone | Koma | Black Acre

next time: you've probably already heard it, unless I'm super-industrious and get through the latest program, which hasn't yet aired as of this writing. Enjoy the music! --kid Catharsis

Jul 2013

I Was Born on My Way to the Sun: Transmission 43, 2013 July 6

cabaretvoltairecovenant.jpegI don't even remember why this particular program happened, but it did. Another "Test Pattern" provides another opportunity to play out my hypothesis that most Cabaret Voltaire music works best around midnight or later. I am so excited to play them that I almost slip in an extra track at the end.

Something was wrong with our studio mic channels for about 3 days, this being one of them. Fortunately, distortion is a kind of compression, so that cut down on the amount of editing I had to do! I am hoping you will find the results "artistic" and in perfect keeping with the drum sound on those Bass Drum of Death and Cabaret Voltaire records.

So, you are thinking--who am I kidding, you are not thinking this--what took him so long to post this if he didn't even have to work on the file? It's been a week full of problems, yo! We had to miss our time slot on Wednesday the 10th, for reasons that have fortunately resolved themselves, and a whole bunch of other stuff happened.

Among the "other stuff" were three "moments of clarity" I had--one was actually Saturday evening, prior to this broadcast, when I found myself wondering why I was going to the trouble of putting a show together. I think maybe I am doing too much radio and it is producing a diminishing return of enjoyment. Seems early to be feeling this, but it is a real thing that happened.

Another came on Monday when I realized that I'd more or less blown up the Internet by talking to Dif Juz and, through the magic of "Six Degrees" and hyperlinks, managed to generate some time-delayed negativity for a third party--I know, right? Drama? Me? That again made me wonder where all of this was going.

Finally, when I had to cancel Wednesday night's show and the world didn't stop spinning, I sort of put these three moments together, feeling that this project is of dubious, limited benefit and, because of the person running it, always a step away from potential harm.

I'll let you in on something. Early on I discovered that, aside from being a kind of therapy, this radio/blog project could help me learn things about human interaction that I'd never figured out [for whatever reason--laziness, Asperger's, misanthropy, etc.]. COULD. It's not working out quite that way, perhaps because I am too lazy to put the work in, perhaps because I am a bad learner, perhaps because they are not "things" to be "learned." I don't know.

I hope everyone realizes that these posts are mostly for me, one way or another--either they serve as a journal of something nice that happened for me, or they serve as a reminder of me after I'm gone. It's nice that a couple of people have read one or two of these along the way. I'm grateful for the attention because I'm needy like that. But ultimately it doesn't matter. It's great that you're here, it's cool that you're reading this, but you can always just "PageDn" until you hit the sound file, or subscribe on iTunes where you don't have to read a thing, if you prefer. I don't want to impose.

Existential crises aside, I don't feel like this is finished, even if "this" is just a stupid music program. It keeps rolling on, which is alright for now. I don't want to jinx it, so I will accept it as a gift. I am not sure what else to do. Maybe endeavor to be more careful with words. Or maybe use fewer. I know, I know.

BOMBAST playlist, 2013 July 6-7, 2300-0100

  1. Twin Tigers: "Blackmail" [Old Flame]
  2. Semi-Colon: "Ebenebe" [Comb & Razor]
  3. Pantaleimon: "Morning Star" [Grass Girl]
  4. Dub Spencer & Trance Hill: "Goboi" [Echo Beach]
  5. Huruma Boys Band: "Teresia" [Soundway]
  6. Cabaret Voltaire: "Hells Home" [Some Bizarre / Virgin] / "Physical Evidence"
  7. Nadine Shah: "Cry Me a River" [R & S / Apollo]
  8. Gatanga Boys Band: "Wendo Ti Mbia" [Soundway]
  9. Cabaret Voltaire: "Whip Blow" [Some Bizarre / Virgin] / "Physical Evidence"
  10. Kinski: "Conflict Free Diamonds" [Kill Rock Stars]
  11. Bass Drum of Death: "Shattered Me" [Innovative Leisure]
  12. The Chameleons: "Nathan's Phase" [Blue Apple]
  13. Siriusmo: "Itchy" [Monkeytown]
  14. Ripperton: "No More Airplanes" [Green]
  15. David August: "Watch Your Step" [DIYNamic]
  16. Boom Bip & Charlie White: "Georgia" [Lex]
  17. Cabaret Voltaire: "Golden Halos" [Some Bizarre / Virgin] / "Physical Evidence"
  18. Big Star: "Kanga Roo - Rough Mix/1974" [Omnivore]
  19. This Mortal Coil: "Kangaroo (7 inch)" [4AD]
  20. Thee Spivs: "Social Network" [Damaged Goods]
  21. The Lulus Band: "Nana" [Soundway]
  22. Cyanide Pills: "Johnny Thunders Lived in Leeds" [Damaged Goods]
  23. Winston Edwards, Blackbeard: "Airport Smuggling" [Studio 16]
  24. Morphosis: "Music for Vampyr: (iii) Finale" [Honest Jon's]
  25. Cabaret Voltaire: "The Arm of the Lord" [Some Bizarre / Virgin] / "Physical Evidence"
  26. oOoOO: "5:51 AM" [Nihjgt Feelings]

next time: you must fight to live. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

p.s. Hey Yo--I had meant to say something about how incredible Nadine Shah's music is, but there was no context for such a statement. Here it is. It's incredible. Pay attention.

Jun 2013

In Satisfaction of Every Outrage: Transmission 39, 2013 June 15

cabaretvoltairecrackdown.jpegThis program took place very late at night (for me) after a very long day, and (apparently) sounds it. What was originally meant to be an "overflow" program (this is, nominally, "Test Pattern" and not the weekly "Bombast") turned out to be more or less a "current" selection. My standing plan to play Cabaret Voltaire was given added impetus by news of the massive reissues to come later this year.

Here is a thing at which I am trying to improve, for other people's sake if not my own: the time-appropriateness of music. I have done mid-afternoon, "prime time," and late-night programs at WRFI; I would guess that, back in the day, I did live radio during every possible 3-hour block of time at some point. I realize that people have "ideas" about what kind of music "works" at various times, but I have long been an "industrial music in the morning" type. Alright, that's not a type, it's just me, apparently, but the point is that I don't share these "ideas." Or haven't. I might be getting more conventional as I age, but certain things are starting to "feel" better to me at certain hours.

One reason I wanted to move back to evenings is that I felt restricted by the 3-5pm Saturday time slot. Some tracks didn't seem "right" for that program, for reasons I can't articulate, and they do seem "right" for 9-11pm. You get the picture. Is there music that doesn't seem appropriate before 11pm but does hit the spot afterwards? I have written before of Cabaret Voltaire's "late night ambiance," and I play what I think are some "after hours" sounds from The Crackdown--but otherwise I am not sure that this program "obeys the time" any more than usual. Nevertheless it was a nice "palette cleanser" after my troubled Wednesday night program.

After the program I heard from two of my biggest fans. I am of course referring to the Senior Catharses. They informed me, variously, that I sounded "tired" during this program [due to my shallowness of affect, it's hard to tell, but I guess things do sound "different" in the second hour] and that my program made good underscoring while they watched Suze Orman. I do strive to be useful.

BOMBAST playlist, 2013 June 15-16, 2300-0100:

  1. Horace Andy: "Natural Mystic" [Clocktower]
  2. Cabaret Voltaire: "24-24" [Some Bizarre / Virgin] / "Physical Evidence"
  3. Dub Spencer & Trance Hill: "Black Princess Lady" [Echo Beach]
  4. Marnie Stern: "Immortals" [Kill Rock Stars]
  5. Wareika Hill Sounds: "No More War" [Honest Jon's]
  6. Wild Billy Chyldish & The Spartan Dreggs: "Feuds and Fuss of Dancing Kings" [Damaged Goods]
  7. Kinski: "riffDAD" [Kill Rock Stars]
  8. Winston Edwards and Blackbeard: "Hyde Park Corner Investigation" [Studio 16]
  9. Gems: "Where Gary" [Don't Be a Lout]
  10. Cabaret Voltaire: "In the Shadows" [Some Bizarre / Virgin] / "Physical Evidence"
  11. Colomach: "Cotocun Gba Gounke" [Soundway]
  12. Simian Mobile Disco: "Wooden" [Delicacies]
  13. Kalambya Boys: "Kivelenge" [Soundway]
  14. Cabaret Voltaire: "Haiti" [Some Bizarre / Virgin] / "Physical Evidence"
  15. Little Big Orchestra: "Toys and Diamonds" [Good Ratio]
  16. Semi-Colon: "Isi Agboncha" [Comb & Razor]
  17. Klaus Dinger & Japandorf: "Udon" [Gronland]
  18. Cabaret Voltaire: "Diskono" [Some Bizarre / Virgin] / "Physical Evidence"
  19. Boom Bip & Charlie White: "Mik & Mel" [Lex]
  20. Springintgut: "Where We Need No Map" [Pingipung]
  21. Date Palms: "Night Riding the Skyline" [Thrill Jockey]
  22. No Joy: "Lunar Phobia" [Kemado / Mexican Summer]

next time: warnings from the sun. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis

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