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Apr 2018

If the Music Is Square, It’s Because I Like It Square: Transmission 400, 2018 March 28

April 30, 2018

cucina_povera_hilja.jpg "Self-expressive radio," to which I allude at one point in this 400th Bombast transmission, refers to WRFI's mission statement, at least as it was originally rendered. "Self-expression" was one of the values according to which we'd develop and produce content on the radio. I try to live by that every week. I hope that others enjoy what I do. I think that is the case, sometimes, and it's cool and great when it is. Ultimately, though, my program is about and for me and my tastes. Sorry.

I must also point out that I am finished indulging the idea that it might be about anything else, like, say, fulfilling requests. One such gesture, which I made out of pity more than anything else, marred this milestone program. There's a lady who calls in--to many shows, apparently, asking for the same thing over and over--and is quite specific and persuasive. I hear that she's a shut-in, though apparently she is not sufficiently "shut in" as to be unaware of the latest dope, profanity-laced beats produced by the likes of Karol G. There is a new podcast called "Mass for Shut-Ins." Maybe she can listen to that. I can't humor her anymore.

Perhaps I'm being mean, and perhaps I'm marring the occasion more with this rant. But this is me, it's my life, this happened on my special night and I'm going to discuss it.

Here is the thing about requests: I owe it to my listeners only to play things that I think are good. Who am I to decide what's good? Someone in whom the radio station has entrusted a two-hour block of airtime each week, that's who. Why not let the audience decide? They already do, but removing individual decision making leads to something like having a computer spit out random tracks in all styles, all the time. There must be radio stations like that. If that's what you want, go support one. Meanwhile I am going to keep doing this show about me, and refusing trash requests.

Long story short: I hurt my program by trying to be nice. I will spend the next 400 (or so) programs trying to find other, better ways of being nice.

BOMBAST playlist, 2018 March 28, 2100-2300:

  1. "Concert Man" | Phil Pratt | Star Wars Dub | Burning Sounds
  2. "Breakdown (Radio)" | 400 Blows | Breakdown / Jive 69 | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Snask" | Henrik Rylander | Fran En Obestamd Plats I Rummet | Hoga Nord
  4. "Conscience" | 400 Blows | Movin' | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "Sungaze" | Reso | Sick Music 2018 | Hospital
  6. "Perspective 2" | 400 Blows | Pressure | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  7. "All My Feelings Denied" | The Buff Medways | 1914 [reissue] | Damaged Goods
  8. "Solarity" | Sciahri | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  9. "Azid Jazz" | Sir Lord Commix | Retroactive (Part One) | R Time
  10. "Groove Jumping" | 400 Blows | Movin' | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  11. "Transmission A" | J Albert | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  12. "Ahora Me Llama" | Karol G | Unstoppable | UMG Latino
  13. "Movin'" | 400 Blows | Movin' | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  14. "Hardly Able To Do Anything" | Patricia | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  15. "Indaba" | RANGEr | Portable Presents: RANGEr | Waellas Choice
  16. "Legend" | Ornette Hawkins | The Other Side of What | AGN7
  17. "Radio Pressure" | 400 Blows | Pressure | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "In The Beginning" | Trinidadian Deep | Organic Frequencies | D3 Elements
  19. "Totean" | Cucina Povera | Hilja | Night School
  20. "Intuition" | Evitceles | The Harvest of a Quiet Eye | Opal Tapes
  21. "Spare Life" | Urbandawn | Sick Music 2018 | Hospital
  22. "Declaration of Intent" | 400 Blows | Declaration of Intent | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Music Box" | Ruby My Dear | Brame | PRSPCT
  24. "Jive 69 (Radio)" | 400 Blows | Breakdown / Jive 69 | Illuminated | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Structures and Behavior (Expertise)" | The Mayhem Lecture Series | Structures and Behavior | Arctic Dub (Sursumcorda)
  26. "Roll Over" | Permahorn | My Blood Carries My Dreams Away | Shimmy 500

that's the whole problem