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May 2021

Everything’s Coming to a Grinding Halt: Transmission 518, 2020 March 18

May 8, 2021


There is a weird symmetry to this post, as it comes (seemingly) at the end of the pandemic era even as I am trying to make sense of how it began. Maybe there was a point in dragging my feet all this time. Increasingly I think things happen as they are meant to, when they are meant to. My brain must be getting old, soft, and smooth.

Everything shut down very quickly in the second and third weeks of March 2020. By the time of this broadcast New York State was under a lockdown. I knew in advance that I would not be able to do this program "live," and I foolishly went ahead with the show that I had planned anyway.

(Ironically, on the night, I was unable to connect remotely to the airplay computer to do my weekly programming tasks, so I ventured down to the station only to find out that I--and everyone else--was literally locked out. So this was how things were going to be.)

"Going ahead with the show that I had planned anyway" meant basically digitally recording a Spotify playlist and uploading that digital recording. The results are--well, here they are. Listen for yourself. For me, every segue is perfect (timing-wise if not conceptually), every song sounds crushed. It's a travesty but I am committed to posting everything, even the travesties. "Dododo (Ekassa No. 1)" is such a great recording too. I guess I will have to buy that box set after all.

There aren't even enough current tunes here to satisfy that fetish for me. It's tough to know at this point what I was thinking. I was probably just scrambling. How long did I think the lockdown would last? One week, I say at the end. How optimistic was I?

Did I invent the term plaguecasting? I am taking credit for it in any case.

Since this program was broadcast, 416 days ago now, I've gone "on the air" 56 times. I have delivered 55 pre-recorded episodes on account of the pandemic. I'm not sure any of them sound worse than this one, but miracles are always possible.

BOMBAST playlist, 2020 March 18, 2100-2300:

  • "Ire" | The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination | Nigeria 70: Box Set | Strut
  • "Airport Lounge" | | 空港ラウンジのドリームスケープ | | D R E A M S C A P E | New Era : 2020 Virtual Soundsystem
  • "Dododo (Ekassa No. 1)" | Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes | Nigeria 70: Box Set | Strut
  • "We Spartan Dreggs (Be Fine)" | The Spartan Dreggs | Punk Rock ist nicht tot | Damaged Goods
  • "Doom" | Jaxe | Seekings EP | Dom Trojga
  • "MERCURIO" | DJ MALVIAJE | New Era : 2020 | Virtual Soundsystem
  • "Ikon Allah" | Bala Miller & The Great Music Pyrameeds Of Afrika | Nigeria 70: Box Set | Strut
  • "The Morning Ritual" | Rephazer | Shepherd Drift | Kahvi Collective
  • "Free The World" | Inkräktare | We Are Not Really Here | ELaB
  • "Wetin De Watch Goat, Goat Dey Watcham" | Eric (Showboy) Akaeze And His Royal Ericos | Nigeria 70: Box Set | Strut
  • "Glow In The Night" | Blacklit | Out Of The Darkness | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  • "Chamber Assent" | Whistling Arrow | Whistling Arrow | God Unknown   
  • "We Can't Be Found" | Algiers | We Can't Be Found | Matador
  • "Don't Wanna Hold Your Hand" | Thee Headcoatees | Punk Girls | Damaged Goods
  • "Web in Front" | Kudzu Wish | Kudzu Wish | Ernest Jenning Record Co.
  • "Blackholeyday" | Car Crash Sisters | Come On Feel The NoiZe, Vol. 3 - Viva Mexico! | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  • "How To Start A Revolution" | Wrangler | How To Start A Revolution | Bella Union
  • "Want Me - Win Me" | Thee Headcoats | In Tweed We Trust | Damaged Goods
  • "Grinding Halt" | The Cure | Three Imaginary Boys | Fiction - Rhino | "The Listening Parlour"
  • "Vaults of Arcadia" | Space Dimension Controller | ReSEQ | R & S
  • "Strange Selfies" | Yaka-anima | New Era : 2020 | Virtual Soundsystem
  • "Henrietta" | Ali Chukwumah & His Peace Makers International | Nigeria 70: Box Set | Strut
  • "What Nature Gives...Nature Takes Away" | The Membranes | What Nature Gives...Nature Takes Away | Cherry Red
  • "Unity In Africa" | Eji Oyewole | Nigeria 70: Box Set | Strut
  • "Everso" | The Telescopes | Losing Touch With My Mind: Psychedelia In Britain 1986-1990 | Cherry Red
  • "Breeze" | Lush | Gala | 4AD
  • "Noise Floor" | Chris Carter | Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 | Mute
  • "Dekagon" | Karl Hector & The Malcouns | Non Ex Orbis | Now-Again

For they knew someday the sun would die