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May 2020

You Should Know What You Look Like: Transmission 506, 2020 January 11

May 24, 2020

jay_glass_dubs_-_nyx_6ig14.jpgWelcome to day 67 of lockdown. I am happy to present you with a recording of a broadcast that happened with Lady Catharsis at my side. This sort of thing can't happen right now. It is good to be reminded of the world we are fighting to preserve. If this seems like a petty and trivial example of such a world, I don't apologize.

I have a lot of notes about this program, so strap in. The American Music Club segue had no business sounding good, but it did. Now, onto the bad and weird things: I'm pretty sure I say we're going uptempo only to say later that we went downtempo. Who is to say what tempo is? I am pretty sure I identified the JBs album as being released by Get On Down and I am almost certainly wrong. I say nothing when Lady Catharsis says to me, "you're the clever one." Probably a lot to unpack there! I sound exasperated with myself about four minutes into the program, which is not a good sign. "It's hot in the city tonight," Lady Catharsis says. What can it mean?

Showing up as myself (my therapist would be proud): shout out to Wally of The Beautiful Music, who shared the THE SOUND YOUR DREAMS MAKE comp with me. He is truly one of the Good People of music Twitter. I hold back from delivering a rant about the Coil reissue, "Stolen and Contaminated Songs." But (maybe this is not my best self showing up at the moment) I have to say I don't know who's pocketing the profits from this one and the label that released it is almost certainly releasing music by outright fascists. So There. I do pop off at Chris and Cosey and it pains me to say that they deserve it. Their fall 2019 reissues cost me $28 apiece, the records skip, and they insist that I pay an additional £8.99 if I want a version I can listen to on my phone. I don't think this is right and I'm not backing down. Moving on: the Dennis Green story sort of comes out of nowhere, but it illustrates the trade-offs and choices that brought me here, I guess.

Since this program was broadcast, 134 days ago now, I've gone "on the air" 21 times. I have delivered ten pre-recorded episodes on account of the pandemic. I'm supposed to be editing a sound file from 88 days ago--fourteen shows ago, supposably. There is some mental block preventing me from completing that work.

Anyway, one day I'm sure we'll do this again, and better (one can hope).

BOMBAST playlist, 2020 January 11, 2000-2200:

  1. "Oh What a Saturday Night" | Errol Strength | Take Us Home - Boston Roots Reggae: 1979 to 1988 | Cultures of Soul
  2. "Joka Awuor" | ODD OKODDO | Auma | Pingipung
  3. "Am I Just A Dub" | Lizard Brain | THE SOUND YOUR DREAMS MAKE | EVERLASTING
  4. "Light Shining Darkly" | Coil | Stolen & Contaminated Songs | Cold Spring
  5. "Arcade" | Chris & Cosey | Exotika [reissue] | Conspiracy International
  6. "Bad Television" | Smoothy | THE SOUND YOUR DREAMS MAKE | EVERLASTING
  7. "The Controversial Control" | Jay Glass Dubs | Nyx EP | Berceuse Heroique
  8. "My Only Love" | The Durutti Column | Fidelity [reissue] | Les Disques Du Crépuscule
  9. "Animation (Martin Meissonnier reconstruction)" | Orchestre Bana Luya | Kinshasa 1978 | Crammed Discs
  10. "Blue TV Screen" | Cody Currie & Joel Holmes | New Chapter | Toy Tonics
  11. "Harp at Noon" | Pandacetamol | Driftwood | Kahvi Collective
  12. "The Thorn In My Side Is Gone" | American Music Club | San Francisco | Reprise
  13. "Waiting In The Rain" | Kendra Smith | Presents the Guild of Temporal Adventurers | Fiasco
  14. "Look Know (John Peel Session 15/9/81)" | The Fall | Hex Enduction Hour [reissue] | Cherry Red
  15. "When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can (Complete Take)" | The J.B.'s | More Mess On My Thing | Now-Again

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