Cruising Altitude Departure 28, 2016 October 30

• March 3rd, 2017
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Dear friends, it's me again, Captain Halcyon, sharing a recording for one last time--"last," for now, anyway. There was some mumbling by Guy a few weeks ago about asking me to take over his time slot, as the darkness recedes; I considered it and for a while I thought I might jump back into the business of being a "broadcast personality." But life is full and I have things to do. What things, you ask? "Secret things." Now is not the time for full disclosure.

Anyway: this is a good mix, and--dare I say it--not a sad one. So I hope, if you're listening, you are not sad. I have a feeling we will see each other again. Nothing is forever.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 October 30, 1700-1800 EDT:

  1. "Shadow" | Jessica Bailiff | Brain in the Wire | Brainwashed
  2. "Mahler Remix 4" | Fennesz | Mahler Remix | Touch
  3. "Hall" | Automat & Max Loderbauer | Selekt 01 | Bureau B
  4. "I'm On Fire - Western Skies Motel Remix" | Graveyard Tapes | I'm on Fire (White Rooms Remixes) | Lost Tribe
  5. "Seagull's Flyway" | Rhucle | A Water Letter From You | Assembly Field
  6. "Changer Demain" | Adam Johnson | Chigliac | Merck
  7. "There Dub" | Flying Saucer Attack | Chorus | Drag City
  8. "Gulps" | Leafcutter John | Resurrection | Desire Path
  9. "Down 3" | Stars of the Lid | The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid | kranky
  10. "Whales Tails" | Cocteau Twins | Victorialand | 4AD
  11. "Les Preger's Tune" | The Durutti Column | Vini Reilly | Factory Once
  12. "The Cave" | Daniel Lanois | Goodbye to Language | Red Floor - ANTI-

changez l'avenir

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Cruising Altitude Departure 27, 2016 October 23

• February 27th, 2017
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Captain Halcyon, checking in with my penultimate show from last fall. Winter and the time change were approaching, making the 5 to 6pm hour progressively darker and unsuitable for these sonic flights. At least that is how I feel, and this is my time and space for self-expression. This particular program also happened to fall during the WRFI fundraiser; this week I was joined by the head honcho, the General Manager, Felix. For some reason he mistakenly referred to me as "Jim" --who on earth is that? I need hardly point out that we raised no money for the station. [Sigh.] I suppose I might have to dismantle my aircraft and sell it for parts at some point, which, I must say, is a more wholesome revenue-generating idea than the one kid catharsis has.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 October 23, 1700-1800 EDT:

  1. "Casual Encounter / Formal Encounter" | Pinkcourtesyphone | Sentimental Something | Important
  2. "Es. 30" | Carl Craig | More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art | SSR
  3. "Weiter" | Keith Fullerton Whitman | Peace (For Mom) | Brainwashed
  4. "Slo-Glyde" | The Durutti Column | Return of the Sporadic Recordings | Kooky
  5. "Closed Circuit" | Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani | FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy | RVNG
  6. "Sectomy" | Best Available Technology | Air Texture Volume IV | Air Texture
  7. "Channel Skimming Spirits" | Ondness | Quase Driven | Seagrave
  8. "Dreams Are Like Water" | This Mortal Coil | Blood | 4AD
  9. "Distance" | Lake People | Purposely Uncertain Field | Permanent Vacation

tired sounds

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Cruising Altitude Departure 26, 2016 October 16

• February 24th, 2017
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Happy Friday, Bombasticons! On this scorching February afternoon I have another recording to offer you. This, again, is from last fall, and that specific period of time that we call "fundraising." If listening to the human voice is your thing, today is your lucky day, because there is a lot of it here. I am joined in the "cockpit" by Drew Hoffmann, who also hosts a show on WRFI called The Slow Drift (it is a better show than mine!). We discuss the Room40 label, local merchants, warm feelings, and t-shirt collecting. And we manage to raise precisely zero dollars! It is a blessing that I am allowed to continue doing this. I'm not sure whom it benefits besides myself.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 October 16, 1700-1800 EDT:

  1. "MRI" | Norman Westberg | MRI | Room40
  2. "And The Morning After" | harbel Haber | Of Palm Trees and Decomposition | Discrepant
  3. "Storm for Steve" | The Durutti Column | Fidelity | Les Disques du Crepuscule
  4. "Celestial Ash" | Anna Homler & Steve Moshier | Breadwoman & Other Tales | RVNG
  5. "Pain P.M." | Nick Klein | Failed Devotee | Unknown Precept
  6. "Over and Out" | System 7 | System 7 | Ten

various encounters

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Cruising Altitude Departure 25, 2016 October 2

• February 22nd, 2017
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It's Captain Halcyon, posting again, feeling like I should apologize for doing this so much. This is becoming a residency! It was never meant to be that. However, I have more programs to share with you, and this is one. This was a warm, wet October day; kid catharsis and I are agreed that such weather is the worst Ithaca has to offer. Good to be in the "cockpit" at the station and not airborne. And a good selection of tunes I brought with me--fewer "standards" and more spread out, I think. Natural Snow Buildings--I was wishing for something that was not going to happen, but what else is new?

Today, it struck me that I chose the right "career," because "flight" is my natural response to almost every kind of stress and tension! It explains a lot.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 October 2, 1700-1800 EDT:

  1. "Whisper to the Wind" | The Durutti Column | Idiot Savants | Artful
  2. "Disquiet, Pt. 3" | John Bence | Disquiet | Other People
  3. "Il Mare" | Architectural | Amour | Wolfskuil
  4. "April" | Anton Kubikov | Pop Ambient 2016 | Kompakt
  5. "Facing South" | Landing | Third Sight | El Paraiso
  6. "New Misfortunes" | K. Leimer | Re-Enact | Palace of Lights
  7. "Second December" | John Chantler | Which Way To Leave? | Room40
  8. "How To Bring a Blush to the Snow" | Cocteau Twins | Victorialand | 4AD
  9. "Next Door" | Deru | Trying to Remember | Merck
  10. "Milepost 4" | Strategy | Seeds of Paradise | Idle Hands
  11. "Forest of Doshi" | Asian Psilocybe Foundation | Water Vein EP | Mental Groove
  12. "The Rising Portal" | Natural Snow Buildings | Terror's Horns | Ba Da Bing!

is there anyone on the air

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Cruising Altitude Departure 24, 2016 September 25

• February 21st, 2017
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Greetings to all visitors of the "Bombast" archive. Captain Halcyon, here again, posting something because kid catharsis has nothing left to post (at least until he does another program.) Fortunately, I have a modest backlog, so here is a broadcast from last fall. It was a relatively cool day, a nice relief from our intolerable summer, and there were a few clouds as well, if I remember correctly. There are some transcendent moments here, I must say, even if I did resort to several chestnuts at the end. Imperfection is to be embraced.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 September 25, 1700-1800 EDT:

  1. "Koa" | Dagir Du | Uriel Wavv | Seagrave
  2. "Fly High" | Jessica Bailiff | Peace (For Mom) | Brainwashed
  3. "Sea of Polaris" | Buck Curran | Immortal Light | ESP-Disk
  4. "Midnight Snow, Street Lights, Window of Empty Building" | ASUNA | Tide Ripples | Home Normal
  5. "Piano Aquieu" | Stars of the Lid | The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid | kranky
  6. "Erase All Trace {Wait To Rot}" | Belarisk | Moments in Shapeshifting | Type
  7. "William B" | The Durutti Column | Vini Reilly | Factory once
  8. "Throughout the Dark Months of April and May" | Cocteau Twins | Victorialand | 4AD
  9. "Head in a Cave" | Swallow | Blow | 4AD

new misfortunes

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Some Kind of Crude Brutality or Other: Transmission 324, 2017 February 15

• February 20th, 2017
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400_blows.jpg At long last, I present to you the most recent Bombast program. What a messy road it has been, winding back and forth between sloth and panic. Like at least one other "ides" show, I wound up in a foul mood on this night. DO NOT COME AT ME OR YOU WILL GET CUT, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. Anyway, it was a good thing I had in my quiver a record (actually CD) that I treasure for the return of "Physical Evidence."

Turns out, this was not the first such feature of 2017, "truthiness" be damned. I had forgotten all about A Certain Ratio on January 4. Is it an effective excuse to point out that I should have played them in December? I certainly hope so. At any rate, the only other "mistake" in this program was a botched segue at the very end (well, twenty minutes from the end). Oh, and there are mistakes in my personal life as well; sometimes I choose the wrong friends. Statistically, this is rare, which does comfort me. Thanks to all of you for being my radio friends.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 February 15, 2100-2300:

  1. "The Chin, Pt. 2" | Grey Hairs | Serious Business | Gringo
  2. "The Return (Vocal)" | 400 Blows | The New Lords On The Block | Concrete Productions | "Physical Evidence"
  3. "Transheya" | Fanny Kaplan | Self-Titled | Inflammable Material
  4. "Turn And Run" | CTMF | SQ 1 | Damaged Goods
  5. "Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely" | Teenage Sin Taste | These Important Years, Husker Du Revisited | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  6. "I See Me" | Boom Bip | Sun Choke | Lex
  7. "The Mainline Landscape of My Youth Remains Seared In My Mind" | Rothko | A Young Fist Curled Around a Cinder for a Wager | Trace
  8. "Firiplaka" | Romeo Poirier | Plage Arriere | Kit
  9. "Freedom (Bonus)" | 400 Blows | The New Lords On The Block | Concrete Productions
  10. "Everything U No" | The Prefab Messiahs | Colors Compilations - Orange "Psychedelic" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  11. "Mihrace" | Ethnique Punch | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  12. "Please Let Me Sleep On Your Tonight" | Sweet Williams | Please Let Me Sleep On Your Tonight | Gringo
  13. "2416" | 400 Blows | The New Lords On The Block | Concrete Productions
  14. "Highest Honor" | Bukkah & Skeli Skel | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  15. "Casmurrice" | Sileste | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  16. "Little Raver" | Superpitcher | The Golden Ravedays | Hippie Dance
  17. "Endless" | 400 Blows | The New Lords On The Block | Concrete Productions
  18. "No Stars" | Partial Objects | The Darkside of TBCTI | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  19. "Ease" | Public Image Ltd | Album | Universal
  20. "Perspective 6" | 400 Blows | The New Lords On The Block | Concrete Productions
  21. "Akwa Idim" | Sea Lions | Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) | Comb & Razor Sound
  22. "New World" | Skill Skel | Family Album 2017 | Boomarm Nation
  23. "Strawberry Wine" | Orquidea | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "Perspective 5" | 400 Blows | The New Lords On The Block | Concrete Productions
  25. "Spit You Out" | Great Black Nite | Colors Compilations - Orange "Psychedelic" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  26. "I Am in the Mood" | Pat Kelly | Lonely Man | Burning Sounds
  27. "Outside" | Deko Deko | Neustadt | O RS
  28. "Fundamental Islam" | 400 Blows | The New Lords On The Block | Concrete Productions
  29. "On Time" | Elias Krantz | Lifelines | Control Freak Kitten

is it simply jealousy

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Cruising Altitude Departure 23, 2016 September 18

• February 17th, 2017
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Captain Halcyon here, pressed into service on a day when kid catharsis "can't get it together," as he is fond of saying, to post something. Well--I happen to sit on a backlog of radio broadcasts from late summer and early fall, and here is one. I listened to this today, and to my surprise, it made me a little bit sad. I cannot analyze this and don't want to. But it feels safe to speculate that perhaps my mind was elsewhere and this program is not the "downer" I initially felt it to be. Or, perhaps it is, if that is your thing. I don't wish to scare you away.

As I write this, the weather outside is "halcyonic," if I may be so bold as to say that. Blue skies, a bit of chill, thawing snow: a good day for this content, and since I am not scheduled to do a live program, perhaps a perfect day for a listen. Do be sure you take some kind of "Mindflight" or other.

More soon.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 September 18, 1700-1800 EDT:

  1. "The Process" | Dave Ball & Jon Savage | Photosynthesis | Cold Spring
  2. "Harmonics" | Fridge | Brain in the Wire | Brainwashed
  3. "Agnus Dei" | The Durutti Column | Keep Breathing | Artful
  4. "Zephyr" | Loscil | Plume | kranky
  5. "Eurene" | Matisse | Kairos | In Paradisum
  6. "O'cean Dream" | Matthewdavid's Mindflight | Trust the Glide and Guide | Leaving
  7. "Treefingers" | Radiohead | Kid A | Parlophone
  8. "Spread Your Arms" | Deru | Trying to Remember | Merck
  9. "Three Sided" | Sybarite | Brain in the Wire | Brainwashed

fly high

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I Hope You Don’t Want a Long Explanation: Transmission 323, 2017 February 8

• February 16th, 2017
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dyr_faser_trio.jpg ALMOST THERE = ALMOST HERE. I present for your entertainment (or whatever) our weekly mixtape, executed live and on the spot (and well, I say). Thanks to Soft Grid for furnishing one of the better opening tracks in recent memory. This is critical. In another life, I "worked" in the theatre, and I recall being able to tell, be it a performance or audition, whether the "presenter(s)" had their stuff together, within about 15 seconds of the start of the thing. So it is in radio; at least it seems that way to me.

My (rightfully exasperated) therapist asked me yesterday if there was anything that made me happy. I was able to come up with about three things, radio being one of them. Still! Sometimes I surprise myself. Or is it that I forget who I am, and occasionally remember?

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 February 8, 2100-2300:

  1. "Hospital Floor" | Soft Grid | Corolla | Antime
  2. "Anthropocene" | Loscil | Monument Builders | kranky
  3. "Joy In Division" | Frankie Teardrop Dead | Colors Compilations - Orange "Psychedelic" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  4. "The Concept" | etti/etta | TBTCI loves TFC | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  5. "Time That You Took" | Rothko | Discover the Lost | Trace
  6. "This Land" | K. Leimer | Land of Look Behind | Palace of Lights
  7. "You're Too Much" | The Fire Dept. | L'Oeuf D'Or | M'Lady's
  8. "Little Creatures" | Dancing Tongues | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  9. "Let the Music Play" | Charles Earland | Let the Music Play | Mercury
  10. "Hard Times" | The League Unlimited Orchestra | Love and Dancing | A & M | "Listening Parlour"
  11. "Elegy, Part II" | Gidge | LNLNN | Atomnation
  12. "Cold Stare" | Kutmah | BLK/SMR | Hit & Run
  13. "Hey Nikki" | Dawn Richard | Redemption | Local Action
  14. "Night Terror (Spread Seagull Remix)" | Copy | Chosen Atmospheric Remixes | Gold Robot
  15. "WANT YOU" | Sela | homemade jams from jules & jessica's kitchen | Error Broadcast
  16. "Mississippi Is Red" | Dignitary | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  17. "A3ssifa" | Acid Arab | Musique de France | Crammed Discs
  18. "Bubble Beat" | Egoless | Analog Sound / Bubble Beat | Scrub A Dub
  19. "Consequences of Love" | Death in Vegas | Consequences of Love | Drone
  20. "Viet Not Mine, El Salvador Yours" | Annie Anxiety | Soul Possession [reissue] | Dais
  21. "Bat Walk Mix" | WxT | Beating Heart - Malawi | Beating Heart
  22. "I Luv I Jah" | Bad Brains | Omega Sessions | Victory
  23. "Blown A Wish" | Omega Vague featuring Dani Mari | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | he Blog That Celebrates Itself
  24. "Lips Like Sugar" | Ten Million Lights | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  25. "Just a Face" | Dyr Faser | Trio | Bandcamp self-release
  26. "Intervention Mane" | Ulrich Schnauss / Jonas Munk | Passage | Azure Vista
  27. "Machine Roar" | Exowaves | Colors Compilations - Orange "Psychedelic" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  28. "Every Human Is A Refugee" | Alpha & Omega / Ras Tinny | No Beginning No End | Steppas
  29. "Playing Fields" | Yamaneko | Project Nautilus (Keygen Loops) | Local Action
  30. "Death Was Where Your Sky Was" | July Skies | The English Cold [reissue] | Caroline True

Something Awful Happened Last Night, and I Can't Remember It

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Cruising Altitude Departure 22, 2016 September 11

• February 15th, 2017
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Captain Halcyon here, with my weekly report (as is usual these days). I have brought with me a sound file that represents my (temporary) return to a regular time slot. My program began in late summer, four years ago, and if I stray from it, late summer reminds me of why I do it. This broadcast ranks as one of my favorites. Turns out, I am not as averse to words as it might seem (I have noticed that most of my shows seem to obey a "no words" / "no drums" rule).

Here is a secret I would like to share with you: like "Kid Catharsis," I am cursed with remembering the calendar date on which a really good or really bad thing happens in my personal life. If you don't suffer this curse, you are fortunate. The dates pile up to the point where it is just one observance after another. At any rate, I am embarking on a life project of reclaiming these calendar dates by doing something positive on the "bad" ones. Now, if I can only talk my gracious host into trying this along with me.

CRUISING ALTITUDE playlist, 2016 September 11, 1700-1800 EDT:

  1. "Ready Let's Go" | Boards of Canada | Geogaddi | WARP
  2. "Words You Said" | Deru | Trying to Remember | Merck
  3. "Rising Waters (alone in the dark)" | Kate Carr | I Had Myself a Nuclear Spring | Rivertones
  4. "Irae" | Gonzo | Dies Irae [reissue] | Discrepant
  5. "Untitled" | Burial | Burial | Hyperdub
  6. "Hedera" | Lesley Flanigan | Hedera | Physical Editions
  7. "Surface de Glace" | Circles | Structures (Unreleased Material 1985-1989) | Bureau B

keep breathing

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Tell Me, How Bright That Light Gonna Be: Transmission 322, 2017 February 1

• February 14th, 2017
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altars_altars_small_hours.jpg The past is rapidly catching up with us! Here is a program from (a mere) thirteen nights ago, and which I therefore almost remember, vibes and all. A real sense of nostalgia--without tears--pervades this broadcast, as it sounds like something I might have done in the first few months of this Bombastic adventure. Those were good times, and I have no regrets! "Physical Evidence" is nowhere to be found--still haven't got it together--but I can offer you a return to the much-missed "Listening Parlour." It seems, at first pass, like a "Planet of Desire" would improve greatly upon the one we inhabit, but the prospect of a world full of Lacanians and void of Buddhists gives me pause.

You can find "rock" here and there in this sonic landscape, but it's mostly dark and chill. It's a short playlist, as some of these "tunes" are of epic length. "I believe in chaos," not sophistication, compositional proficiency or brevity. At least not at this particular time. Ask me again later.

BOMBAST playlist, 2017 February 1, 2100-2300:

  1. "Holy Syke (45 Rpm)" | kandodo / McBain | Lost Chants / Last Chance | Rooster Cow
  2. "Mordendo - Bleed Turquoise Remix" | Black Manual | Mordendo (Remixed) | Portals Editions
  3. "Vodou" | Carrot Green | Permanent Vacation 4 | Permanent Vacation
  4. "What You Want" | Camille Claudel | Forever and Again, A Tribute to My Bloody Valentine | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  5. "The Gospel According To The Selfish Gene" | Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers | The Gospel According To The Selfish Gene | VaVa
  6. "A Planet Named Desire" | Billy Mize | The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2 | Bear Family | "Listening Parlour"
  7. "Snow King (Extended)" | Violet Nox | Colors Compilations - Grey "Post Punk" | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  8. "Odyssey" | Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald | Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald Present Borderland: Transport | Tresor
  9. "Queendom" | Current 93 | Honeysuckle Aeons [reissue] | Coptic Cat
  10. "Symptom of the Universe" | Uniform | Ghosthouse | Sacred Bones
  11. "Live at the Nocturnus" | The Thing With Five Eyes | Frequencies of the Mind III | Mindtrick
  12. "Mittler" | Moebius | Musik fur Metropolis | Bureau B
  13. "Tinde Tinariwen (feat. Lalla Badi)" | Tinariwen | Live in Paris | Wedge
  14. "DubGanaGana" | Seekers International | Presents the RaggaPreservation Society EP | Diskotopia
  15. "Intensified" | Desmond Dekker | First Class Rock Steady | VP
  16. "Burnt Offerings" | Annie Anxiety | Soul Possession [reissue] | Dais
  17. "One Hundred Years" | ACTORS | The Cure in Other Voices | The Blog That Celebrates Itself
  18. "Keep Me in My Plane - DJ Koze Hudson River Dub" | WhoMadeWho | Mushroom House EP1 | Toy Tonics
  19. "Joanna's Lullaby" | Altars Altars | Small Hours | Home Normal

once in love, i'll be the death of you

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