Well, I just finished sewing my leather bat wings to my catsuit, so you know what that means! It’s almost TIME! On this day, anything goes, kids. Let the retrotransmission Halloween show be the soundtrack to your mischief and mayhem…but don’t do anything I wouldn’t do 😉
This time of year, when it gets chilly and brisk, all I want to listen to is 70s, 80s, and 90s goth, and think about how Halloween is right around the corner…
“The press release that comes with Science Fiction Dancehall Classics, a new 2 CD/3LP, 27-track compilation of classic cuts, rarities and remixes curated by artist, re-mixer and producer Trevor Jackson, states that the compilation represents the more avant, electronic side of the On-U Sound label. What it actually means to say is that it showcases the more avant side of Adrian Sherwood.” Read the full review on The Quietus here, and check the compilation out:
On September 6, 2013 I saw Depeche Mode play at Barclays Center, and it was an incredible show. The gorgeous video art, Dave twirling across the stage in his leather harnesses, Martin singing an acoustic version of “But Not Tonight,” the songs they played throughout the show, the sound…I was overwhelmed. Here’s a playlist I made a year prior, in Fall 2012, in honor of one of the greatest bands of all time, followed by the set list from the show.
(Excerpt from ‘Welcome to My World’)
(Acoustic; Sung by Martin)
(‘Jacques Lu Cont’s Remix’ version)
(‘Goldfrapp Remix’ version)
After a long hiatus while I moved across the country and settled in, retrotransmission is back! On the eve of the Autumn Equinox, and in celebration of the dropping mercury, I felt it appropriate to post one of my many fall playlists. This one comes from Fall 2012 and features a lot of bands I listen to when it gets cooler out: Front 242, Psychic TV, The Tear Garden, Skinny Puppy, Love and Rockets, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Tones on Tail, 6 Comm, Depeche Mode, Swans, The Legendary Pink Dots, The Creatures, Joy Division, Dead Can Dance, Clan of Xymox, and more. I hope this gets you in the mood for the greatest season there is.
I rarely make rockabilly retrotransmission playlists, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a soft spot for the music in this set: The Cramps, Demented Are Go, Guana Batz, The Sharks, Reverend Horton Heat, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis, on and on. When I was a teenager I used to stay up late on school nights with my radio next to my bed so I could listen to Hot Rod Ron’s Checkered Strip on Tucson’s community radio station, KXCI. I heard ska, rockabilly, surf, and old school Sun Studios classics on his show, and I loved it. I made this show (and another, that sadly, was lost to the ether), in homage to Hotrod Ron in spring of 2013 (I should also note that this music reminds me of my dad, a hot rod aficionado). This music also screams summer to me, and since we’re in the height of it…
I was reading this great interview with Brian Williams of Lustmord/SPK the other day, and in it he mentions his love of dub. Not surprising. Many writers have written about to what extent, for musicians creating the burgeoning industrial and punk scenes in the UK in the 70s, reggae and dub played a huge influence. John Lydon, Joe Strummer, and Ari Up were particularly taken with the music, and photographer Dennis Morris (whose photo is featured here) and the legendary Don Letts served as central connecting figures in merging the reggae and punk scenes. The sound of this vintage retrotransmission playlist “Punk and Reggae,” from spring 2013, is quintessentially summer to me. Do as John does, light one up, and enjoy.