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11
Feb 2020

People Are Telling You, “Be in the Moment”: Transmission 497, 2019 November 20

special_interest_-_spiraling.jpgWe made it! But where? The end of the pre-holiday period, of course. Since I write this with the advantage of hindsight, I can share with you my current feeling that maybe the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is the only part of my radio calendar that matters. But I don't know how to have that period without also grinding out content for the other 47 weeks of the year, so until I figure it out we'll have to make it through programs like this one. Together.

Since this program was broadcast, 83 days ago now, I've gone on the air 13 times. I just finished listening to a transmission from 49 days ago. I'm currently editing a sound file from 31 days ago--5 shows ago. I've come a long way since I began this chronicle of guilt.

Before I finish posting this I want to take a moment to congratulate Special Interest, as their song was number 12,000 in this ongoing radio adventure. Surely the honor means a lot to them, so it's important for them to know. When we reach episode 500 I'll have some other statistics that will also interest no one. Other things did happen on this broadcast. Despite some crazy song choices, it sounded great, and the segue between Flying Lotus and The Comet Is Coming was absolutely out of this world. Who cares if it was obvious?

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 November 20, 2100-2300:

  1. "Nasty Boy" | Törsh | Nasty Days | Zissou
  2. "Cricket Pit" | 4T Thieves and Pandacetamol | She danced on the sand | Kahvi Collective
  3. "Breathe" | Slowness | Berths | Schoolkids
  4. "Fall In" | Chikaya | Test of Time | False Idols
  5. "Black Precious Colour" | Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals | Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987 | Strut
  6. "T 3.6" | Carter Tutti Void | Triumvirate | Conspiracy International
  7. "Ten Notes On a Summer's Day - Instrumental Mix" | Crass | Ten Notes On a Summer's Day | Caroline
  8. "Between Spaces" | Deep Nalström | Naive Melodies | Natural Selection
  9. "Mundiya Loju" | M.A. Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band | Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987 | Strut
  10. "Hemmingway's Tell" | Kristin Hersh | Spark Meet Gasoline | self-released | "The Listening Parlour"
  11. "Engineered Uncertainty" | Moor Mother | Analog Fluids of Solid Black Holes | Don Giovanni
  12. "There's a Rainbow" | James Clarke Five | Parloursounds [reissue] | The Beautiful Music
  13. "World Leader Pretend" | Corrections | Welcome To The Occupation, A Reverence to R.E.M. | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  14. "Love Break" | DJ Marky | Should I | Innerground
  15. "Fluid (Bound 2)" | Special Interest | Spiraling | Anxious
  16. "G-Star" | Jeff Mills | SIGHT SOUND AND SPACE | Axis
  17. "Come And Play In The Milky Night" | Stereolab | Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in The Milky Night (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic / WARP
  18. "Crystal Clear" | Goldie | Saturnz Return (2019 Remaster) | London
  19. "Lamuka" | Zazou / Bikaye / CY1 | Noir Et Blanc | Crammed Discs
  20. "Meteo Dreams" | elAstrum | Freqmod | Kahvi Collective
  21. "Lage - African Acid Is The Future Outerlude" | Edmony Krater | African Acid Is The Future: Ambiance II | The Vinyl Factory
  22. "119 Black Key Experiment (Continuation Interlude)" | Fred P | Lush Culture | Perpetual Sound
  23. "Resplandor" | John Beltran | Resol | Red Shield
  24. "MmmHmm" | Flying Lotus | Presents INFINITY Infinitum Maida Vale Session | WARP
  25. "The Softness of the Present" / "The Afterlife" | The Comet Is Coming | The Afterlife | Impulse
  26. "Heal You" | TENNIN | Test of Time | False Idols

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10
Feb 2020

You Can’t Arrest Me, I Pay Rent Here: Transmission 496, 2019 November 16

tindouf_refugee_camp.jpgThis is a type of experience I am increasingly struggling to make sense of as time passes. It's a Saturday night and I have volunteered to do radio, by myself. It seems like I was just basking in solitude, but that was a Wednesday night, which I know will be "me time." Maybe in the olden days this strategy of "filling up free time with radio" was partly a way of keeping myself out of trouble, and maybe it still is, but I really am trying to limit these appearances that don't have a point. At this time I know I was trying to reach Transmission 500 by Christmas, for reasons I no longer understand. 2019 was work.

Since this program was broadcast, 86 days ago now, I've gone on the air 14 times. At the gym I am listening to a transmission from 48 days ago. I'm currently editing a sound file from 30 days ago--5 shows ago. Is it day I'm seeing?

Was I really just saying I'd started doing programs that made me proud again? Yikes. I hope you enjoy the airplay software glitches and random noises from my own laptop that manifest here. Also, I think I played a couple of tracks that in hindsight seem like bad choices, departures from my own taste meant as favors for other people. I need to stop doing this. Let me just make a blanket statement--friends, I love you. But this is my program. Maybe I am just overreacting; I seem to remember being angry on the arc trainer when I listened back to this. I am frequently angry at the gym. "Have a good time," my loved ones tell me. Sure thing!

Okay, let's try this again--things get better from here.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 November 16, 2000-2200:

  1. "Dispossession" | Algiers | Dispossession | Matador
  2. "I Wonder" | Sequoyah Murray | Before You Begin | Thrill Jockey
  3. "The Warmest Rain" | The Durutti Column | Obey The Time [reissue] | Factory Benelux
  4. "Party" | Spontaneous Overthrow | All About Money | Numero Group
  5. "Junkyard" | The Legendary Pink Dots | Angel in the Detail | Metropolis
  6. "In My Shoes" | Leeroy Thornhill | Test of Time | False Idols
  7. "Loathe" | Your 33 Black Angels | Eternities I | self-released
  8. "Mars - Won't Save Us" | The Room in the Wood | The Mars E.P. | A Turntable Friend
  9. "Joan Of Arc (Maid of Orleans)" | Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | Architecture and Morality | Virgin
  10. "Wonder Y" | A Certain Ratio | acr:set | Mute
  11. "Psychotic Machine" | Loudspeaker | One Little Indian's Greatest Hits Volume One | One Little Indian
  12. "Sancho e Pingo" | Gonzo | Ruido(s) | Discrepant
  13. "Everybody Needs Dub" | The Aggrovators | Dubbing At King Tubby's | VP
  14. "Nights in Helsinki" | Last Nubian | The Reunion EP | Blaq Numbers
  15. "Rahjak" | NNYZ? | Automation | Kahvi Collective
  16. "Goo Goo Eyes" | Algebra Mothers | A-Moms = Algebra Mothers | Third Man
  17. "Anyway" | The Artpress | The Sound of Leamington Spa | Firestation Records
  18. "Deep Heart (Macerator Remix)" | Diane Marie Kloba | D.M.K vs S.K.1.2.3 | self-released
  19. "Golden Ball" | Stereolab | Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic / WARP
  20. "Hidden Track" | The 1865 | Don't Tread On We! | Mass Appeal
  21. "Mosaic" | David J | Missive to an Angel from the Halls of Infamy and Allure | Glass Modern
  22. "Bookworm" | The Irony Board | Unfinished Business | The Beautiful Music
  23. "Rolling" | Michael Kiwanuka | KIWANUKA | Polydor
  24. "Save Urself (feat Nubya Garcia)" | Amy True | Oonops Drops Vol. 2 | Agogo
  25. "Madea" | Tenesha the Wordsmith | Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts | On the Corner
  26. "Without Sense" | Milbentia | Last Days | Virtual Soundsystem
  27. "Nothin' Man" | R.L. Burnside | Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down | Fat Possum
  28. "It's Not Me" | Stephen Mallinder | Um Dada | Dais
  29. "p-string" | Aphex Twin | Peel Session 2 | WARP
  30. "Des gouttes" | DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson | Aimez ces airs | Hot Casa

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9
Feb 2020

Forget Your Worries, Embrace Abundance: Transmission 495, 2019 November 13

saba_lou_for_some_reason.jpgMuch to my relief, I am flying solo on this broadcast. There are no drugged-out (or just oppositional-defiant, or whatever) unwelcome guests in the control booth. We've finally reached the current run of programs I can take pride in. I go through periods where I wonder what the payoff is, but lately I have just been enjoying the two hours of alone time that this program gives me every week, blasting the studio monitors and just basically enjoying stuff. There is a lot to unpack there, not least the literal unboxing that needs to happen in my new crib, so that I can finally blast records there one day (hopefully).

Since this program was broadcast, 88 days ago now, I've gone on the air 15 times. At the gym I am listening to a transmission from 46 days ago. I'm currently editing a sound file from 32 days ago--5 shows ago. It's all coming together, collapsing into vague almost-rememberance.

Recently I'd visited this biannual record fair that comes to Ithaca. Normally it's a sad waste of time, but on this occasion I found a sealed copy of Yello's 1983 album You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess. This is one of many "rosebuds" for me, an album from my youth that I once had, inexplicably discarded, and desperately pined for. (I did actually see Citizen Kane once, in case you're wondering--I know you aren't--but I am not watching it again just to make sure I am deploying this reference correctly.) Anyway, "Salut Mayoumba" makes an appearance on this night, as part of a crazy and sublime triptych. So there's at least one moment to look forward to.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 November 13, 2100-2300:

  1. "Misirlou" | Los Shain's | El Ritmo de los Shain's | Munster
  2. "Deep in That *****" | Byron the Aquarius | Astral Traveling | Mutual Intentions
  3. "Susanoo" | Philou Louzolo | Shinobi of Wokoundou | Wokoundou
  4. "You Ain't The Problem" | Michael Kiwanuka | KIWANUKA | Polydor
  5. "Cherie Sherabou" | Saba Lou | Novum Ovum | Ernest Jenning Record Co.
  6. "Mizik Bel - Africaine 808 Remix" | Esnard Boisdur | Mizik Bel | Favorite
  7. "Last Dance" | Violet Nights & Nax | Disintegration Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  8. "No One Cares" | Elizabeth The Second | No One Cares | self-released
  9. "Attache" | DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson | Aimez ces airs | Hot Casa
  10. "That Old Freight Train" | Lee Hazlewood | Love and Other Crimes | LHI | "The Listening Parlour"
  11. "Baclashes" / "From a dying universe" / "Inside the Victory" / "Metal Perc" | The Oracle Model | Eventide Tears | Kahvi Collective
  12. "Acid" | Slikback | Lasakaneku / Tomo | Hakuna Kulala
  13. "Controller" | Russ Gabriel | The Controller | FireScope
  14. "Resolve" | Joni Void | Mise En Abyme | Constellation
  15. "Happy Anniversary" | Baltic Noise | Out Of The Darkness | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  16. "Rabbouni - Enyang Ha Remix" | Deena Abdelwahed | Khonnar Remixes | Infine
  17. "No Investigation" | Zonal | Wrecked | Relapse
  18. "Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down" | R.L. Burnside | Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down | Fat Possum
  19. "Salut Mayoumba" | Yello | You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess | Elektra
  20. "Prophet Paradise" | Cameo Blush | Murky Waters EP | Touch from a Distance
  21. "Natural Born Killers (Ride for Me)" | James Massiah | Natural Born Killers (Ride for Me) | Levels
  22. "Diagonals" | Stereolab | Dots and Loops (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic / WARP
  23. "Dangerous Women" | Tenesha the Wordsmith | Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts | On the Corner
  24. "Alba" | Submotile | Ghosts Fade on Skylines | Midsummer Madness
  25. "Versix" | Chris Carter | Disobedient | Mute

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7
Feb 2020

I Seem To Be Saying Increasingly Dangerous Things: Transmission 494, 2019 November 9

galaxia_fini.jpgI am just going to come out and say that you can skip the first ten minutes or so of this program. Lady Catharsis and I are joined in the studio by the dj who preceded us, and who just kind of decided to stay. I have a feeling this person may have been chemically enhanced at the time (whomst among us, and so on) and it was kind of unnerving. I did my best "Doctor Hibbert" impersonation, another example of how I always seem to make bad choices in the moment. But, hey, the content is there, for the masochists, if you want it. I try my best to be honest, and to serve by disclosing things fully.

Since this program was broadcast, 90 days ago now, I've gone on the air 16 times. I just finished listening to a transmission from 58 days ago. I'm currently editing a sound file from 37 days ago--6 shows ago. And for reasons that are too boring to describe (even by my standards), I'm rushing to post this so I don't have to listen to this one again.

It's a shame because for the remaining 110 minutes this was a really good night, though it's not a good sign that Lady Catharsis doesn't bring any of her own records. She gets me talking, though. My therapist tells me I need to "show up" more in life, and here I am! Somewhere in here there's a nice little dig at pre-recorded programs and the people behind them. Look, the thing I have going for me is that despite taking up a lot of airtime I am always live and always real, except maybe when I am humoring narcotized people who won't leave the room.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 November 9, 2000-2200:

  1. "No Age" | Lee "Scratch" Perry | Life of the Plants | Stones Throw
  2. "Group Four (Security Forces Dub)" | Massive Attack | Massive Attack V Mad Professor Part II (Mezzanine Remix Tapes '98) | UMC / Virgin
  3. "Easing" | George & Glen Miller | Easing | Soundway
  4. "Movin'" | Brass Construction | The Best Of Brass Construction - Movin' & Changin' | EMI
  5. "Iyereghe" | Odomore Osarenren And Ẹwaẹn Ọsẹtin Stars | Ọyọetigbe - The Birth Of A Child | Dig This Way
  6. "Galaxia Fini" | Repetentes 2008 | Galaxia Fini | Superconscious
  7. "Our Future" | Miles Atmospheric | SkyHealer | FireScope
  8. "Vengeance" | Chris & Cosey | Exotika [reissue] | Conspiracy International
  9. "Electric Boogie" | Trinidadian Deep | Natty Dread | Visions Inc.
  10. "Sociodelic" | Afriqua | Colored | R & S
  11. "Pink Lady Lemonade (Astral Disco Queen - Coda)" | Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. | Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part Two | Important

I'm just going to say, it's a personality type

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5
Feb 2020

All You’ve Got To Lose Is Your Mind: Transmission 493, 2019 November 6

deena_abdelwahed_-_khonnar.jpgSomewhere I lost touch with what other people think about things and how other people perceive the world. Or is it losing commonality? Anyway, I started noticing this maybe 12, 13 years ago. There will be this event, or cultural phenomenon, and I will have a completely different impression of it than everyone around me. That seems too serious for "mere" depression, and yet I've managed to be a functional, working adult for most of that time. Unless I'm mistaken about that too--maybe none of this is actually happening. 

I'm bringing this up because I felt that this show was full of mistakes and bad choices, but station general manager Felix told me that I was "killing it" on this night. I think someone else complimented me too. So I don't know how to assess this broadcast, and I don't have any way of recapturing whatever made it special. Sorry about this!

Since this program was broadcast, 91 days ago now, I've gone on the air 16 times. I just finished listening to a transmission from 63 days ago. I'm currently editing a sound file from 36 days ago--6 shows ago. And I am scheduled to do a program tonight! What's going to happen? Who knows? It's so mysterious, so magical.

Honestly, looking at the playlist, it strikes me as an "overflow" type of program, a throwback, even though it was definitely a regular Wednesday night mothership occasion. I know that around this time I was a bit shaken at work and in life, having to deal with some heavy stuff. How did I do with it? You'll have to ask someone else.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 November 6, 2100-2300:

  1. "Kompass" | Conny Frischauf | Affekt & Tradition | Kame House
  2. "Noir State Beach - The Modernist Mix" | Xu Xu Fang | Velvet Desert Music Vol. 1 | Kompakt
  3. "Reagan Youth" | Superchunk | What a Time to Be Alive | Merge
  4. "Vino della casa bianco" | The Durutti Column | Obey The Time [reissue] | Factory Benelux
  5. "The City Is An Animal (Nature is its Slave)" | The Membranes | What Nature Gives...Nature Takes Away | Cherry Red
  6. "White Out" | Kriegshög | Paint It Black / White Out | La Vida Es Un Mus
  7. "Radio Babylon" | Meat Beat Manifesto | Dancing In Darkness | PIAS
  8. "Sogio" | Julie Coker | A Life in the Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife, 1976-1981 | Kalita
  9. "Shilungu" | Penny Penny | Shilungu | Soundway
  10. "Love Cuts" | Chris and Cosey | Songs of Love & Lust [reissue] | Conspiracy International
  11. "Strictly DNB - Sight Unseen Remix" | Digital | Digital Remixes | Function
  12. "Electric Energy" | Lee Scratch Perry & Mr. Green | Super Ape Vs. 緑 "Open Door" | Tuff Kong
  13. "Ghost Heart" | Denise Sherwood | Pay It All Back Vol. 7 | On-U Sound
  14. "Parsec" | Stereolab | Dots and Loops (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic / WARP
  15. "Mondo Segreto" | Simone De Kunovich | Mondo Nuovo Vol. 1 | Superconscious
  16. "Shattered Stars" | The Sorry Shop | Out Of The Darkness | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "Ababab - Ital Tek Remix" | Deena Abdelwahed | Khonnar Remixes | Infine
  18. "One of Those Mornings" | John Beltran | Hallo Androiden | Blue Arts Music
  19. "Missing You" | Fa Le Brou | Penrose | Kahvi Collective
  20. "Hinde - Julien Dyne Rework" | African Vibration | Hinde | Soundway
  21. "Urban Constellations" | Ivan Black | Modern City Scapes | vanguardista
  22. "La Danza de los Diablos" | Sonido Gallo Negro | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
  23. "Spazzing Out (4U)" | Byron the Aquarius | Astral Traveling | Mutual Intentions
  24. "For the dinner" | Hardwired | Liminal | Kahvi Collectiv
  25. "Prize Arm" | Mecca Normal | Brand New Waves Session | Artoffact
  26. "Dansation - Unreleased Extended Version" | Steel City Connection | Steel City Disco | Kalita
  27. "Mango Habernero Wings" | Brian | Red Rover | self-released
  28. "Midnite" | Simon Bassline Smith | Girls / Midnite / Oh Yeah | Deep Jungle

Let's draw a map to the stars

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3
Feb 2020

OK Sister, You Have a Jezebel Spirit Within You: Transmission 492, 2019 October 31

amazon_halloween.jpgTrue confession: my first attempt at recounting this episode was such a dull, sausage-making drone that I bored even myself. So I'm trying again, this time with atmosphere, and maybe some mental sausage. 

A couple of hours before the program, it rained. A lot. There was flooding in the area! And I think of the poor children and their parents, especially in our old hipster neighborhood, a Halloween wonderland, getting soaked in their heroic effort to keep the candy industry afloat.

I was working in the opposite direction, trying to get to the gym, probably for the first time in several days--my new job was exhausting me mentally and physically, and I had dived deeply into comfort food (and am still diving)--and taking my life into my own hands.

Rain is my least favorite weather to begin with, but particularly in Ithaca--usually if it's raining it's just the right temperature for our car to fog up uncontrollably. I could easily have mowed down some young family on my way to torture myself, and to be honest I probably felt nothing in particular about either part of this equation.

Feels like I just talked about how much I hate fundraising programs, and here I was in the control room again the next day. Like a goddamn salmon I keep returning, with tremendous effort, and I don't even get it.

Since this program was broadcast, 95 days ago now, I've gone on the air 17 times. I am listening to a transmission from 61 days ago. I'm currently editing a sound file from 41 days ago--7 shows ago. What does it amount to, this enormous task? And what will I even do when I am caught up? Anyway, October's finished, unless you count that unfortunate area of space-time where it is always still happening, forever.

Fittingly, I played a bunch of 4AD-adjacent stuff on this evening of "songs about ghosts and songs about dead people." It haunts me, or at least it haunts the person I have been, whom I carry around with me at all times. It is more "me" to stray from the "best available" in favor of the weird, personal, disturbing. And of course we made less money on this night than the last one. Sometimes I know what I'm talking about.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 October 31, 2100-2300:

  1. "Ghost Lights" | The Children | Ghost Lights | Division 68
  2. "I Fell In Love With a Ghost" | Rowland S. Howard / Lydia Lunch | Some Velvet Morning | 4AD
  3. "Your Ghost" | Kristin Hersh | The 13 Year Itch | 4AD
  4. "Halloween" | The Dream Syndicate | The Days of Wine and Roses | Fire America
  5. "56B" | The Legendary Pink Dots | Legendary Pink Dots' Hallowe'en Special 2019 | self-released
  6. "Keleya" | Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band | Siri Ba Kele | Sublime Frequencies
  7. "Ghosts" | Japan | Exorcising Ghosts | Virgin
  8. "Fache Ainik Ant" | Moulay Ahmed El Hassani | Atlas Electric | Hive Mind
  9. "Zawal" | Tinariwen | Amadjar | Wedge
  10. "The Jezebel Spirit" | Brian Eno - David Byrne | My Life in the Bush of Ghosts | Sire
  11. "City of the Dead" | The Clash | Black Market Clash | Epic
  12. "Death From Above" | Crispy Ambulance | The Plateau Phase + Live On A Hot August Night + Peel | Factory Benelux
  13. "Ghosts" | Nancy Babich | Time Adds Up | self-released
  14. "Nachtschatten" | Xmal Deutschland | Tocsin | 4AD
  15. "White Sunlight" | Hunter Complex | Open Sea | Death Waltz
  16. "KURT KOBAIN" | Velvet Negroni | NEON BROWN | 4AD
  17. "Jazz Sega" | Jeanot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre | Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 | Strut
  18. "All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead" | Felt | Forever Breathes the Lonely Word | Creation
  19. "The Double-Switch" | King Salami and the Cumberland Three | Kiss My Ring | Damaged Goods
  20. "Halloween" | Brian | Because It's Mine! | self-released
  21. "Sleep-Wake Cycles" | Jeff Mills | Moon (The Area of Influence) | Axis
  22. "Celine's Surprise" | The Legendary Pink Dots | Legendary Pink Dots' Hallowe'en Special 2019 | self-released

existing in the shadows of dreams

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2
Feb 2020

Bodies Up and Bodies Down, Bodies Moving All Around: Transmission 491, 2019 October 30

afriqua_-_colored.jpgFor this program my health had returned (that is, if I was actually sick the prior week, which I of course no longer remember). Also, I was in good spirits--a rarity during a fundraising drive. Let's be frank, I hate these things. They're just a confluence of bad stuff. Because I am a dandy and a child, I don't like to think about money; I have bad memories from previous co-hosting experiences; I don't actually enjoy talking on the radio that much. Fortunately I had Lady Catharsis riding shotgun, and DJ Feng Shui, a sympathetic colleague, "on the other side of the glass," so this was a good evening, which is pretty much all my notes say.

Since this program was broadcast, 95 days ago now, I've gone on the air 18 times. I am listening to a transmission from 60 days ago. I'm currently editing a sound file from 40 days ago--7 shows ago. [In some ways time is moving backwards.]

There's one little bit of sadness as I think back on this episode. It's that I miss the old "festivals of Evidence" that I used to do. But "Physical Evidence" is no longer a thing (Junior is fine, by the way); seemingly it had to die so that more important things could flourish. These "year end roundups" are wall-to-wall quality tunes, but they aren't really me. And yet from a fundraising perspective they are increasingly effective. Is that a "rising tide" thing for the station, or do I succeed more when I am not quite myself?

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 October 30, 2100-2300:

  1. "Tema" / "Dope" | Afriqua | Colored | R & S
  2. "Give Love (Interlude)" | Sampa the Great | The Return | Ninja Tune
  3. "If Not Now When?" | Ultramarine | Signals into Space | Les Disques du Crepuscule
  4. "C/2015 V2" | Meat Beat Manifesto | Opaque Couche | Flexidisc
  5. "Heliy" | Cosey Fanni Tutti | Tutti | Conspiracy International
  6. "Heston" | Finlay Shakepeare | Domestic Economy | Editions Mego
  7. "The Edge of the World" | transmission 13 | The Edge Of The World | self-released
  8. "Life of the Plants" | Lee "Scratch" Perry | Life of the Plants | Stones Throw
  9. "Chemin de fer" | Dexter Story | Bahir | Soundway
  10. "Feeling You Got" | El Rego et ses Commandos | El Rego | Daptone
  11. "Wanted" | Renegade Pharmacy | Recovery Position | self-released
  12. "XYZ" | Boards of Canada | XYZ | WARP
  13. "Happy Sad" | Jübl | DNA Cowboys | Eighth Son Records
  14. "Let's Take The Time" | Sequoyah Murray | Before You Begin | Thrill Jockey Records
  15. "Tenere" | Kel Assouf | Black Tenere | Glitterbeat
  16. "Honam" | Orchestre Abass | De Bassari Togo | Analog Africa
  17. "Driving Blind" | Chris and Cosey | Songs of Love & Lust [reissue] | Conspiracy International
  18. "All About Money" | Spontaneous Overthrow | All About Money | Numero Group
  19. "Microwave Mistral" | Your 33 Black Angels | Eternities I | self-released
  20. "T 3.1" | Carter Tutti Void | Triumvirate | Conspiracy International
  21. "Disorder Dub" | Jah Division | Dub Will Tear Us Apart...Again | Ernest Jenning Record Co.
  22. "Sometimes I Wanna Dance" | Lonnie Holley | MITH | Jagjaguwar
  23. "Come Home O'Shawn" | (((O))) | ((( 1 ))) | The Sundrop Garden
  24. "Master's Clock" | Moor Mother | The Myth Hold Weight | Don Giovanni
  25. "Exchange - Mountain Steppers Dub" | Massive Attack | Massive Attack V Mad Professor Part II (Mezzanine Remix Tapes '98) | UMC / Virgin

life of the party

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1
Feb 2020

Hundreds of Miles Going Nowhere: Transmission 490, 2019 October 23

iori.jpgI sound sick and I sound like I'm using my laptop (again), which would mean that the station's equipment has predictably failed. But for me to fail less than the gear is an achievement, and I will take it. Anyway, the technical situation is due to improve, or at least that's what I hear from my inside sources.

Since this program was broadcast, 101 days ago now, I've gone on the air 18 times. I just finished listening to a transmission from 66 days ago. I'm currently editing a sound file from 39 days ago--6 shows ago.

Content-wise, this playlist looks like the "old" me, so who knows what I was thinking on this night--the usual explanation, clearing out some songs I'd been meaning to play, trying to minimize the guilt of not having played them, ignoring the bigger question of why I would have felt that way in the first place, doesn't work. I was probably finding a lot of things "not working" in my new situation. I'd started turning to comfort food and drinking more alcohol, skipping the gym, telling myself this was all temporary, etc. So thank goodness for mechanical competence, for a couple of hours at least.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 October 23, 2100-2300:

  1. "Decembers Embers" | The Irony Board | Unfinished Business | The Beautiful Music
  2. "Blips Drips and Strips" | Stereolab | Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in The Milky Night (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic / Warp Records
  3. "Blue Palms" | Iori | Tangerine Sky | Mule Musiq
  4. "Mango (feat. Zia Ahmed)" | Sarathy Korwar | More Arriving | Leaf
  5. "What You Gonna Ask For - Theo's Mix" | Theo Parrish / Lori / Silentjay | What You Gonna Ask For | Sound Signature
  6. "Wake Up (Interlude)" | Sampa the Great | The Return | Ninja Tune
  7. "Wallow" | The Pull of Autumn | Afterglow | RBM Records
  8. "Andeha Hanarato" | Los Matadores | Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 | Strut
  9. "City Track" | Kedr Livanskiy | Your Need | 2MR
  10. "That Feeling of Falling" | Ivan Black | Modern City Scapes | vanguardista
  11. "T 3.4" | Carter Tutti Void | Triumvirate | Conspiracy International
  12. "Fury - The Origin" | Goldie | Saturnz Return (2019 Remaster) | London
  13. "Third Sync" | Rainer Veil | Vanity | Modern Love
  14. "Let's Hope It Lasts the Summer" | elAstrum | Summer Vacation | Kahvi Collective
  15. "Dreams (Alternate Version)" | Tombstones in Their Eyes | Open Skies | Somewherecold
  16. "Jump In, The Water's Fine" | The Wedding Present | Jump In, The Water's Fine | Come Play With Me / Scopitones
  17. "One Step" | Section 25 | Always Now | Factory Benelux
  18. "Drift Away" | Secret Shine | There Is Only Now | Saint Marie
  19. "Ocean Blue" | The Primitives | Losing Touch With My Mind: Psychedelia In Britain 1986-1990 | Cherry Red
  20. "(I Walked Away From) The Girl In Yellow" | David J | Missive to an Angel from the Halls of Infamy and Allure | Glass Modern
  21. "Heroes" | Flying Lotus | Flamagra | WARP
  22. "Elizabeth 44" | Ummagma | Compass | Leonard Skully
  23. "Jogging" | Brian | Red Rover | self-released
  24. "4eva" | Kelman Duran | Two Suns | Point Records
  25. "At the Point of Hustle" | Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell | Realm of Spells | self-released
  26. "Oa Niny Ê" | Nino Rafah | Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 | Strut

easy dreams down lazy streets

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30
Jan 2020

Greatness in Me, You Can’t Make Me Feel Less: Transmission 489, 2019 October 16

portuguese-man-of-war.jpg"This is surely not rock bottom," my notes read (even my notes are pretentious), "but felt like cheating somehow, and also a program with an old agenda." Well, I did return to some very recent spins, trying to--what? correct mistakes? erase moral debts? Listening back the agenda doesn't seem that old, but I'm definitely in no position to assess that. I think the big mistake of the summer was that I tried living in the moment, but for reasons beyond my control (at least that's what I'm telling myself!) "the moment" was a kind of terrible I wasn't prepared for.

But who(m)(st) are we kidding? I make mistakes every summer.

Since this program was broadcast, 106 days ago now, I've gone on the air 19 times. I'm currently editing a sound file from 37 days ago--6 shows ago.

(One of the problems with the "chronicling and specifying my slothfulness" is that the Wednesdays keep coming, you see, and so do the radio appearances. Also, I've not been mentioning my listening habits, mostly at the gym--I just finished listening to a transmission from 71 days ago. So that's four different times I'm inhabiting at once--the past I'm trying to write about, the past I'm listening to, the past I'm editing (!), and the present I'm trying to stay afloat in. How is your existence going, friend?)

The current churn is bringing to mind some existential questions about this whole radio thing. I don't know at the moment why I do it but I know I have to. And it's not even a job! There's not even a Patreon associated with this thing (I'm either too busy or too lazy to get that together).

Will it feel better if my "four temporal planes" collapse into one? Will the questions disappear, or maybe even be answered? Stay tuned to this gripping series.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 October 16, 2100-2300:

  1. "Mahonena" | Ny Anjarasoa | Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 | Strut
  2. "Standing Crosswise in the Square" | Craig Leon | Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon | RVNG Int'l
  3. "Wilder" | Jübl | DNA Cowboys | Eighth Son Records
  4. "Megamanic" | Bob Mould | The Last Dog and Pony Show | Rykodisc | "The Listening Parlour"
  5. "Dark Luminosity" | Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell | Realm of Spells | self-released
  6. "Not a second glance" | Hula | Voice | Klanggalerie
  7. "Low Voltage and Meat" | The Grief Brothers | Thirty Five Years on Woodfield Street | Country Mile
  8. "T 3.5" | Carter Tutti Void | Triumvirate | Conspiracy International
  9. "Xscape" | NNYZ? | Automation | Kahvi Collective
  10. "Final Form" | Sampa the Great | The Return | Ninja Tune
  11. "Needyunow" | (((O))) | ((( 1 ))) | The Sundrop Garden
  12. "Mhadjar Yassouf Idjan" | Tinariwen | Amadjar | Wedge
  13. "Panama" | The Wedding Present | Jump In, The Water's Fine | Come Play With Me / Scopitones
  14. "Elelemi" | Julie Coker | A Life in the Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife, 1976-1981 | Kalita
  15. "Jallaad" | Sarathy Korwar | More Arriving | Leaf
  16. "Ten Days (Douglas Deep Mix)" | Diane Marie Kloba | D.M.K vs S.K.1.2.3 | self-released
  17. "Wild Atlantic" | transmission 13 | The Edge Of The World | self-released
  18. "Diagonals (Instrumental)" | Stereolab | Dots and Loops (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic / WARP
  19. "Mizik Bel" | Esnard Boisdur | Mizik Bel | Favorite
  20. "In a Cage (feat. Moor Mother)" | Zonal | In a Cage | Relapse
  21. "KYOKAI" | Slikback | Lasakaneku / Tomo | Hakuna Kulala
  22. "I'm Not Always Where My Body Is - Varg Remix" | Aisha Devi | I'm Not Always Where My Body Is - Varg Remix | Houndstooth
  23. "Untitled VI" | Kelman Duran | Two Suns | Point Records
  24. "LCD" | Ummagma | Compass | Leonard Skully
  25. "Eh! Yaye" | Zazou / Bikaye / CY1 | Noir Et Blanc | Crammed Discs
  26. "invoice" | serpentwithfeet | soil | Secretly Canadian
  27. "Planemo" | elAstrum | Freqmod | Kahvi Collective
  28. "A Push Towards The Stars" | Ivan Black | Modern City Scapes | vanguardista
  29. "Okitwoye - Peter Power Remix" | ODD OKODDO | Okitwoye | Pingipung

just a sing-song for the mute

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28
Jan 2020

Despite All My Rage, We Still in a Daze: Transmission 488, 2019 October 13

nnyz.jpgHere we are again. I am scrambling to write something in the pre-dawn hours, and you are probably asleep and oblivious. You have no idea how I envy you! Last night I dreamed that I was being bullied; waking up from this at 1 a.m., I decided to go back to bed, only to find myself in a classroom. I was the present version of myself, that is, not a teacher and not the teacher, but of course it was a theatre classroom and worst of all a dramatic literature classroom. "I haven't thought about Angels in America in ten years," I remember myself saying (it's true!), but I'm pretty sure that the text we were discussing, and which I had not read, was not Kushner's play--but we were behaving as though it was. I think I'd rather dream about being punched.

Since this program was broadcast, 107 days ago now, I've gone on the air 19 times. I'm currently editing a sound file from 41 days ago--6 shows ago.

A weak, incoherent idea is starting to form, and it's that existing in "multiple times" like this is maybe not good for my brain? I don't know.

Whatever. This Sunday-night fill-in occasion prompted me to try some pre-planning (seems weird) and to use the station's computers again. Guy was right--we are constantly under duress. You need to bring a Plan B and a Plan C. Maybe one day we'll have reliable equipment, but we have not acquired it in ~7 years of my doing radio here, and October 13 was not going to be the day either.

It's a shame because for the first hour or so the program is pretty good. Stupidly, when the distortion began I tried to ride it out because it actually sounded "good" during Kelman Duran and Carter Tutti Void. Felix made me reboot the computer--I don't think I've felt this way since one of the program directors at KDVS ordered me to apologize to my listeners for playing a certain Cure song! (Who was saying something about living in multiple times at once?) Apologies to Ivan Black for my use of his music to cover up technical difficulties. He deserves better. We all do. Sleep well.

BOMBAST playlist, 2019 October 13, 2100-2300:

  1. "Indo" | NNYZ? | Automation | Kahvi Collective
  2. "You're the One I Idolise" | CTMF | You're the One I Idolise | Damaged Goods
  3. "Buildings" | The I-Burnettes | The Sound of Leamington Spa | Firestation Records
  4. "Billy the Bastard" | The Grief Brothers | Thirty Five Years on Woodfield Street | Country Mile
  5. "Bus Stop Bravado" | The Irony Board | Unfinished Business | The Beautiful Music
  6. "Took the Train Alone (Macerator Remix)" | Diane Marie Kloba | D.M.K vs S.K.1.2.3 | self-released
  7. "Tomorrow Never Knows" | Brian | Idiolect | self-released
  8. "Tokatoka" | Kaiamba Orchestra | Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 | Strut
  9. "Wire - Leaping Dub" | Massive Attack | Massive Attack V Mad Professor Part II (Mezzanine Remix Tapes '98) | UMC / Virgin
  10. "Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko" | Atrefy Andriana | Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 | Strut
  11. "ECTODUB" | Velvet Negroni | NEON BROWN | 4AD
  12. "Pretoria" | Tonton David | Le blues des racailles | Because Music
  13. "Vimana Shastra" | elAstrum | Summer Vacation | Kahvi Collective
  14. "Izahay Mpamita" | Mahaleo | Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 | Strut
  15. "Suabala" | Bantou Mentale | Suabala | Glitterbeat
  16. "Rapela" | Falafa | Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 | Strut
  17. "Far Reaching Shadows" | Nots | 3 | Upset the Rhythm
  18. "Mitamiyo" | Mendes & Mendes | Radio Verde: Cape Verdean Dancefloor Music (Compiled By Americo Brito & Arp Frique) | Rush Hour
  19. "Rumble On Arab St (Kitsch Kub Remix)" | Rude Audio | Street Light Interference | Zirkus
  20. "Untitled VI" | Kelman Duran | Two Suns | Point Records
  21. "Imagine a Place" | transmission 13 | The Edge Of The World | self-released
  22. "T 3.5" | Carter Tutti Void | Triumvirate | Conspiracy International
  23. "Jade Fade" | James Clarke Five | Parloursounds [reissue] | The Beautiful Music
  24. "Let Love In" | Breakwater | Release the Beast | Be With
  25. "Rhythm Machine (excerpt)" | Ivan Black | Modern City Scapes | vanguardista
  26. "In a Cage (feat. Moor Mother)" | Zonal | In a Cage | Relapse Records
  27. "Rhythm Machine (excerpt)" | Ivan Black | Modern City Scapes | vanguardista
  28. "Truth (2019 Remaster)" | Goldie | Saturnz Return (2019 Remaster) | London
  29. "The Emergency Kisses" | Stereolab | Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in The Milky Night (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic / WARP
  30. "You Never Know Suzuko's Vice" | Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. | Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part Two | Important

successful tenderness

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