So, yesterday someone shared with me the images from Lethal Amount’s Without Sympathy show, featuring lots of great early photos of Al Jourgensen, Miistry, and Revolting Cocks. As a longtime fan of Al and his projects, I found it inspiring and came home and listened to Without Sympathy, Twitch, and the Trax! box set back to back. This morning I decided to post my vintage retrotransmission “Al and Friends” show from Winter 2014, featuring plenty of Ministry and Revolting Cocks, but also Lard, KMFDM, Rigor Mortis, Pailhead, 1000 Homo DJs, Pigface, PTP, Skinny Puppy, and more. Viva Uncle Al!
After reading this great article, “Propaganda: The Aesthetics of Evil and Why Goth Was a Thing That Had to Happen,” I was inspired to post my vintage retrotransmission homage to the infamous UK Goth Club, The Batcave, from fall 2012. Put on your black best and get your goth stomp on to the sounds of Specimen, Alien Sex Fiend, Bauhaus, Virgin Prunes, The Birthday Party, Tabathas Nightmare, Xmal Deutschland, etc….
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This vintage playlist, from winter 2013, compiles the 60s and 70s psychedelic, experimental, rock, and garage roots of retrotransmission, much like Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets series documented garage’s influence on punk. The bands on this playlist, such as The Sonics, The Who, ? and the Mysterians, Captain Beefheart. CAN, and Hawkwind, etc. largely influenced people such as Patti Smith, Alan Vega and Martin Rev, and Genesis P-Orridge, respectively, to make some of the most innovative and influential sounds of the 70s and 80s.
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Tonight was my final retrotransmission on rainydawg radio, and it was emotional for me. I hate goodbyes, so I wanted to end on a high note with a nonstop dance party, the kind where music blasts from a righteous sound system at top volume and people can’t get off the dance floor. Postpunk, pop, goth (I had to represent the goth stomp!), industrial dance, and electro kept it strong all night, and I sent retrotransmission off in style. I hope to be broadcasting live from the radio again soon…stay tuned. But until then, keep checking this blog every Monday for new and vintage retrotransmission playlists!
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Over the years on retrotransmission I’ve put together several dance party playlists. This is an 80s and 90s industrial dance mix with hard driving beats from classic industrial and electro bands including Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, KMFDM, Meat Beat Manifesto, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, and more. Think vinyl, latex, sweat, and bass.
For the second to last show EVER on rainydawg radio, I compiled punk, postpunk, rocknroll, and experimental tracks about the radio. Consider it a meta love letter to one of my favorite mediums. I’ve lived for broadcasting live on the radio and hope to get into it again when I’m back in NYC. What’s the ultimate radio tribute on this list? It’s hard to decide between the Ramones’ homage to the rocknroll radio of yore, The Modern Lovers’ ecstatic anthem about driving through your hometown blasting the car stereo, Velvet Underground’s sweet testament to music’s ability to be a life-altering savior or Joy Division’s hypnotic directive to dance, endlessly, to the radio…
This set list from several years ago, which I called “Retrotransmission for Retrotransmission” featured some of the punk and postpunk artists that inspired this radio show in the first place! Lots of the tracks on here were included on my original try-out set list that I presented to rainydawg radio. They told me my inclusion of Guided By Voices’ “Hot Freaks” sealed the deal.