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Mar 2021

Songs About Happiness Murmured in Dreams: Transmission 507, 2020 January 15

March 15, 2021

blue_mitchell_2__9xxuz.jpgWelcome to day 363 of lockdown, but who's counting? I should probably explain where I am and what I have been doing, but I suspect it would bore you. It's probably the same places you've been and the same things you've been doing, and probably the same, mostly depressive, emotions as well.

Probably, what has been the biggest mental block to posting episodes is the knowledge that my methods have changed so drastically on account of the pandemic, and of course the last time I posted was prior to George Floyd's death (was it? certainly prior to our national awareness of it). Anyway, shit has changed and these episodes from "before" don't resonate with me. They sound like someone else's work--at least when I think about them in the abstract.

Hearing this program, though, and looking at my notes from the time, I am pleasantly surprised that it sounds something like my current conception of myself--and "the show" is "myself."

On this night I received some rare praise from DJ Duce, who suggested "Mke Wangu" from Agwaya by Orchestra Makassy. (I never did get to it, but I swear it is on my Discogs wishlist.) On the other side of the ledger, there are lots of forced segues and fuckups in Deejay Pro (here's hoping that when we go back to live broadcasting I never use that app again). For some reason I played "Body Beat" after "Dead on Arrival" but the Mdou Moctar segue into Throbbing Gristle was somewhat sublime.

Humorously enough, the Pop Group caused me to speculate on the impending end of civilization--specifically whether it will prevent them from issuing a "more definitive" version of Y in the future. It's possible.

Since this program was broadcast, 425 days ago now, I've gone "on the air" 59 times. I have delivered 48 pre-recorded episodes on account of the pandemic. I'm trying to edit a sound file from 375 days ago--fifty shows ago, shamefully enough.

Look, here is the thing about writing: in the most important episode of my life, I could not write my way out of trouble. The best thing I wrote, which you will never see, was not enough to save my life. It just isn't true that only love can break your heart.

But I'm going to do my best to bare all here, by and by. Maybe you'll hear from me again in ten months or so.

BOMBAST playlist, 2020 January 15, 2100-2300:

  1. "Blue's Blues" | Blue Mitchell | This Is Mainstream! | WEWANTSOUNDS
  2. "Adhiambo" | ODD OKODDO | Auma | Pingipung
  3. "This Is For You" | Theo Parrish with Maurissa Rose | This Is For You | Sound Signature
  4. "Adoko Gwok" | Lady Grace Atim | Electro Acholi Kaboom from Northern Uganda | Nyege Nyege Tapes
  5. "The Lost Buoys" / "Depth Charge Dixon" | Pandacetamol | Driftwood | Kahvi Collective
  6. "Love You I" | Miss Ludella Black | Till You Lie In Your Grave | Damaged Goods
  7. "She Is Beyond Good and Evil" | The Pop Group | Y | Mute
  8. "Heelo" | Dur-Dur Band | Dur Dur of Somalia - Vol. 1, Vol. 2 | Analog Africa
  9. "Olson (Version 3)" | Boards of Canada | Peel Session | WARP
  10. "Fascination Street" | Static Daydream | Disintegration Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  11. "SueƱos Perdidos" | Jonahlo | Spaced Out | Night Young
  12. "Ciel Ouvert" | Yello | Stella | Mercury
  13. "Chet Boghassa" | Mdou Moctar | Mdou Moctar: Blue Stage Session | Third Man
  14. "Dead on Arrival" | Throbbing Gristle | Dancing In Darkness | PIAS
  15. "Body Beat" | Bill Campbell | Body Beat: Soca-Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979-98) | Soundway
  16. "Radiator (Original Mix)" | Aphex Twin | Peel Session 2 | WARP
  17. "Disintegration" | Echodrone with The Silbeys | Disintegration Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  18. "Cuatro Proverbios" | Aziza Brahim | Sahari | Glitterbeat
  19. "Charmed" | The Room in the Wood | Charmed | A Turntable Friend
  20. "Peace on Earth - Mr Scott Remix" | Ebo Taylor | Disco Highlife Reedit Series Vol. 2 | Comet
  21. "The Seven Secret Sayings of God" | Susumu Yokota | Cloud Hidden | Lo Recordings
  22. "Unpossible" | Eggnogagogo | Shepherd Drift | Kahvi Collective

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