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

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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 vacation...it'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



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