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Windows All Open, Chaos in My Hair: Transmission 199, 2015 April 14

May 1, 2015

lastofthegaragepunkunknownsvolume2.jpgHere is a show that will make you wonder if it's past time I stopped playing vinyl records. I think I curate the show pretty well--Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Volume 2 (which helps give the lie to Volume 1's title) is a great collection, but whether I can remember to fade down the turntable channel before the next track begins to play is basically a coin flip. That's not even a passing grade. Also, I was off by a week on Michael Franti's birthday, which will teach me not to look ahead.

Pre- and post-milestone episode I've been thinking about the big picture. (1) Are things different now than in the beginning? Yes--listening to some programs from 2 years ago or so, as I did recently, I got all wistful. Those shows were very nocturnal, and I don't know how well I'm achieving that right now. I found myself missing some bands that seem to have gone inactive, wondering whether they've been replaced by bands as good. I'm not sure about the host of those earlier programs, though. I think "bed music" turned out to be a good idea after all, and less pedantry is always welcome. Isn't it? (2) If the answer to (1) is "yes," and it is, when did things change? It would have to be around the time I became "management," which was never the goal. A graceful retreat, however it might be achieved, has been on my mind a lot lately. This is a human experiment with wild unpredictable swings between success and failure. I have taken to cc-ing someone on all my radio emails just to keep my worst tendencies in check. (3) How about that search for the "unbroken younger self"--how is that going? I begin to think that it was always misguided. I was never unbroken. Maybe it is "always now," as Section 25 would say. Lots of work still to do, I guess.

You know who else I have been listening to, though, and who raises no doubts whatsoever? Cap'n Halcyon. That guy is really good.

BOMBAST playlist, 2015 April 14, 2100-2300:

  1. "Private Armies Dub" | Vivien Goldman | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  2. "INS Greencard A-19 191 500 / Socio-Genetic Experiment" | The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy | Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury | 4th & Broadway
  3. "Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of My Heart | Tender Prey | Don't Take My Soul / Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of My Heart | Bird
  4. "Heidi" | Infinitives | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  5. "X-Tacy Symphony (Alternate Mix)" | Spacemen 3 | Losing Touch with Your Mind | Munster
  6. "Strange Clues" | Gardening by Moonlight | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  7. "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" | The Smiths | Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now | Rough Trade
  8. "Escape Velocity" | Lake People | Purposely Uncertain Field | Permanent Vacation
  9. "Let It Take You There" | Maximum Joy | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  10. "Strange Days" | Mind Against | Strange Days | Life and Death
  11. "Injected" | Robert Leiner | Duff 80 / Injected | Hoga Nord
  12. "Llove" | End Result | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  13. "Reaching the Bad Man" | Singers and Players | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  14. "Loving on Borrowed Time" | Half Pint and the Fifths | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  15. "Ubersprung - Mano Le Tough Remix" | Vermont | The Other Versions | Kompakt
  16. "The Easiest Way" | BELP | BELP feat. Becky Reynolds Band | Schamoni
  17. "Do What You Wanta Do" | The Merchants | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  18. "Someday My Caliph Will Come" | Nadjma | Sherwood at the Controls Volume 1 1979-1984 | On-U Sound
  19. "Drive Blind" | Ride | OX4 | Sire
  20. "Your Love Will Die" | Vandals | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  21. "Tarhanam (Remix)" | Hama | Torodi | Sahelsounds
  22. "Just Can't Wait" | The Prophets of Old | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  23. "Otras Dimensiones" | Pfirter | Message 1 | Mindtrip
  24. "Got Love If You Want It" | Unknown Group | Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 2 | Crypt | "Physical Evidence"
  25. "Jekyll & Hyde" | Jim Burgett | Chug-A-Lug - Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 8 | Stag-O-Lee |
  26. "Leipniz" | Gomila Park | Ununoctium | Raster-Noton

next time: gonna find a cave for me and you. Enjoy the music! --kid catharsis