What He Knows You Ain’t Had Time To Learn: Transmission 333, 2017 March 29

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audio_visual.jpg Unlike the previous program, I do remember why I did this one. It was my regular time slot. <I'll show myself out.> No, but really, I quivered with anticip-p-pation for this program, because I was featuring one of my favorite records, the Audio-Visual compilation on the mighty Sweatbox label. Why the record is so special is something of a mystery, but I will endeavor to unravel it (WARNING: in the unravelling, there might come learning, which I promise is unintentional).

This is going to seem like a backhanded compliment but Audio-Visual didn't draw me in too far, unlike a Compilation To Be Named Later which I hope to feature soon. Maybe because I'd already been lured down the rabbit hole by that other compilation, I could appreciate what is absolutely terrific about this record: awesome tunes, that sounded like various permutations of What I Wanted To Be; cool graphics; inspirational reading [the Blurt and A Certain Ratio interviews in the accompanying zine still entertain, three decades later]. I say "absolutely" because I am sure that this comp was good enough to lead some poor souls, god help them, down the aforementioned rabbit hole, where a Label becomes an aspiration or Way of Life. Is it simply a matter of being not quite great enough or not early enough to be formative? Is there some kind of Compilation Laffer Curve whereon a line of Diminishing Return indicates declining lifetime enjoyment of a given collection? There could be a dissertation in this. Is this possibility to be embraced or feared?

Ah, it is probably just baggage.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 March 29, 2100-2300:

  1. "Dizzyspells" | Tangible Rays | New Adventures of TBTCI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  2. "Tearz" | El Michels Affair | Tearz / Verbal Intercourse | Big Crown
  3. "They're Biting" | A Primay Industry | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  4. "Viewpoint" | Multicast Dynamics | Continental Ruins | Denovali
  5. "Sea of Lost Hopes" | Cindytalk | The Labyrinth of the Straight Line | Editions Mego
  6. "Mma Ama Mbo" | Mari Afi Usuah & The South Eastern State Cultural Band | Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) | Comb & Razor Sound
  7. "They Played in the Harvest Fields At Dusk" | July Skies | The English Cold [reissue] | Caroline True
  8. "Come In Alone" | Citrus Clouds | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" | Mrs. Miller | Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits | Capitol | "Listening Parlour"
  10. "Bzw" | Ettinger | Sammlung (Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989) | Bureau B
  11. "Slow" | Coloring Electric Like | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  12. "Umbwalwa Ne Chamba" | Peace | Black Power | Now-Again
  13. "Alison" | Fawns of Love | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Motor City Nightmare" | Hula | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Don't" | Dyr Faser | Trio | Bandcamp self-release
  16. "Catch the Breeze" | The City Gates ft. Krissy Vanderwoude | Just for a Life, A Homage to Slowdive | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Ha (Original Mix)" | The Anti Group | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Old No 7" | Hey Colossus | Dedicated To Uri Klangers (2003-2013) | Mie
  19. "Healing Feeling" | Tornado Wallace | Lonely Planet | Running Back
  20. "Lost Gems" | Silence In The Snow | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  21. "Gravespit" | Blurt | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  22. "Side Of Golden You" | AMyn | Best Heard In Shadows EP | Apollo
  23. "Digital Botanics" | Odeko | Digital Botanics / Construct Conduct | Gobstopper
  24. "Intensidade" | Abrao | Abrao | Garzen
  25. "Xanthippe" | Ice Eyes | New Frame | Seagrave
  26. "Bearing and Writhe" | Oto Hiax | Oto Hiax | Editions Mego
  27. "Sounds Like Something Dirty" | A Certain Ratio | Audio Visual | Sweatbox | "Physical Evidence"
  28. "500 Models (Demo Mix)" | Joris Voorn | The Transformation | Indigo Aera
  29. "Hatsunori" | Marconi Union | Tokyo+ | Just Music
  30. "118 / 2" | Cummi Flu / Raz Ohara | Y | Album Label

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