Snows On The Go

road trip route
 

I just turned 30. I’ll have completed my Master’s Degree in a week. My wife & I have approval from both of our workplaces. We’re going on a month-long cross-country road trip for the whole month of May. Starting in Salem, MA, headed to Texas by way of Nashville and a dude ranch in Arkansas, all along the southwest, up the coast of California, through Yellowstone, the Black Hills, and the Badlands, and back home, visiting friends and crazy places along the way.

I only mention this because we’ll be keeping anyone interested updated over at Snows On The Go (our last name is Snow). Feel free to follow along. I’ll be sharing stuff on the regular Twitter, Instagram, etc, but mostly just this travel blog, and hopefully not like every day or anything, gonna try to enjoy shit sans-technology if that’s even possible nowadays.

Also, more relevant to you, this means that AGB Radio will be re-runs for all of May. I’m sure you have some catching up to do anyway. See you in June.

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AGB Radio (April 13, 2015)

Lotsa long stuff and holy shit that new record from The Body is greeaaaaaat.

 

AGB Radio 2015/04/13

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Background music: Drombeg – Girl From The Rewrite (from Notes From The Ocean Floor EP)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:45 The Body – I Would For You (from The Tears Of Job)
00:22:14 William Ryan Fritch – Emergent (from Music For Film Vol. 1)
00:26:33 Talk break
00:27:31 Jim Haynes – Racine To Vermillion (from Scarlet)
00:40:21 Former Selves – Tension Against The Stream (from Three Wells)
01:00:24 Talk break
01:01:11 Quittinirpaaq – Lifestyles Ussa (from Dead September)
01:12:12 Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma – Miracle Mile (from We Know Each Other Somehow)
01:30:58 Talk break
01:31:49 Aidan Baker – Then Came The Storm (from Half Lives: As I Walked On Death Earth)
01:40:30 Kyle Landstra – Upon A Field Of Suspended Orbs (from Skyward Territories)
01:58:55 Talk break

Album Review

PREMIERE STREAM: Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC – Music For Snowdrifts (Ba Da Bing, 2015)

Jenks Miller - Music For Snowdrifts album cover
 

 
 
I’m not really the kind of site that does premieres or news or anything “breaking,” which should be pretty obvious to regular readers. But when Jenks Miller contacted me asking if I wanted to premiere the stream of his new project’s debut record, I fucking jumped at the chance. So, thanks x10000 for this, Jenks.

Jenks is the main dude behind Horseback, the drone turned black psych band that’s now on Relapse, and he’s done plenty of other shit too, like Mount Moriah and various solo things and collaborations. This new one, Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC, is “kind of a semi-solo project,” having performed live in his hometown North Carolina area with an assortment of helping hands. But on this debut, it’s just Jenks and his partner Elysse Thebner making a holy transcendent sound. Music For Snowdrifts is some megachill drone psych folk that’s hazy as fuck, sounding like the musical embodiment of a daydream, mostly just a wobbly guitar accompanied by some tender percussion, subtle synths, and soft vocals. Jenks is always upping his game, even when he’s shifting gears, and Snowdrifts is no different, it’s just absolutely fucking killer, zoning out into the shimmering golden sky, a sweet serene bliss obscured by gauze & fuzz, more or less a straightforward sound that’s executed perfectly, I can’t recommend this one enough, regardless of your familiarity with Jenks’ previous material or your fondness towards psych, this is fucking magnificent on every level.

So stream the whole thing here and then stop by Ba Da Bing because this is available as of today. Get on it.

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AGB Radio (April 6, 2015)

So psyched Forse 3 is finally out. Feel like I’ve been waiting forever. Totally worth the wait, though.

 

AGB Radio 2015/04/06

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Background music: Jeremy Bible vs. Mousecop – Initiation Well (from Jeremy Bible vs. Mousecop)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:38 Alessandro Cortini – Macchia (from Forse 3)
00:09:56 Andrew Weathers – Susquehanna River (from Littlefield)
00:18:13 Biosphere – Baud (from Stator)
00:25:30 Nico Niquo – Epitaph (from Epitaph)
00:29:43 Talk break
00:30:51 Saffron – Petra I (from Petra I)
00:36:37 Caught In The Wake Forever – Wreaths (from The Places Where I Worship You)
00:43:56 Sakana Hosomi & Chihei Hatakeyama – Collapsing Huge Glaciers And The Sun (from Frozen Silence)
00:55:16 The OO-Ray – Hunting Song (from Empty Orchestra)
01:00:20 Talk break
01:01:28 Chester Hawkins – Mass/Easter (from Apostasy Suite)
01:08:37 Shit & Shine – Egg Mm-Muffin / Pimp Different (from 54 Synth-Brass, 35 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral)
01:18:01 Naturkunde Museum Ostkreuz – Zaragoza Variations (from Tropicalyptic Excursions)
01:25:48 Afraid – Visions From The Holy Cross Cemetery (from Sinister Vibes)
01:30:24 Talk break
01:31:49 Teresa Winter – How Strange Are Bodies? (from Oh Tina, No Tina)
01:36:49 Christopher Hipgrave – As Warmly As Possible (from No Greater Hero Than The Least Plant That Grows)
01:42:36 Pines – Like Felled Ghosts Beneath Depthless Grey Skies (from The Field Journal EP)
01:48:48 Desolate Horizons – Deep, Quiet, And Alone (from Wide As The Golden Ocean)
01:58:34 Talk break

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AGB Radio (March 30, 2015) – Label Spotlight: Students Of Decay

students of decay logo
 
Not that Students Of Decay is technically underrated, I mean they’ve got over 100 releases in 10 years and were just featured as Label Of The Month in Resident Advisor, but I still feel like Alex Cobb’s label generally hasn’t gotten enough love. But maybe that’s changing, some of the last few releases have been super successful, so perhaps SoD will be the next Important. Either way, this label is the fucking best. Here’s some of my favorite records they’ve put out, in roughly chronological order, starting way back in 2006.

 

AGB Radio 2015/03/30 – Label Spotlight: Students Of Decay

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Background music: Skeletons Out – In Remembrance Of Me (from In Remembrance Of Me)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:59 Taiga Remains – Ribbons Of Dust Part 2 (from Ribbons Of Dust)
00:10:40 Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – The First Time I Saw Your Face I Thought It Was A Dying Star (from Shining Skull Breath)
00:17:32 Cloaks – Improvisation For Guitar And Piano (from Serene)
00:22:33 Natural Snow Buildings – Salt Signs (from The Snowbringer Cult)
00:30:42 Talk break
00:32:11 Caboladies – Limestone Nightlife (from Earth Canal)
00:36:19 Aquarelle – The Blue Light Was My Baby (from Sung In Broken Symmetry)
00:43:41 Bryter Layter – First Light (from Two Lenses)
00:49:38 En – Marble Steppe (from Already Gone)
00:55:50 Marielle V. Jakobsons – Shale Hollows (from Glass Canyon)
01:00:47 Talk break
01:01:54 Alex Cobb – Bewildered By Its Blue (from Passage To Morning)
01:10:51 Ekin Fil – Father (from Ekin Fil)
01:15:55 Secret Pyramid – Move Through Night (from Movements Of Night)
01:23:28 Anne Guthrie – Unlike More Slender And Graceful (from Codiaeum Variegatum)
01:28:39 Talk break
01:29:32 Maxwell August Croy & Sean McCann – Column Of Mirror (from I)
01:34:11 Kyle Bobby Dunn – Confessions Of The Mildly Miserable (from …And The Infinite Sadness)
01:39:11 Duane Pitre & Cory Allen – The Healer (excerpt) (from The Seeker & The Healer)
01:51:05 Sarah Davachi – Ruislip (from Barons Court)
01:58:32 Talk break

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AGB Radio (March 23, 2015)

Been listening to the same buncha records pretty much nonstop the past few months, so I thought I’d play all that awesomeness instead of some new stuff I haven’t spent much time with yet.

 

AGB Radio 2015/03/23

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Background music: Daniel Bachman – Song For The Setting Sun II (from Absorb/River)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:16 Dan Deacon – When I Was Done Dying (from Gliss Riffer)
00:05:30 Liturgy – Follow II (from The Ark Work)
00:13:00 Lightning Bolt – Dream Genie (from Fantasy Empire)
00:19:20 Lamentations Of The Ashen – A Profane Illvmination (Convvlsionaries Of Temporal Heterodoxy) (from Libertine Cyst)
00:31:26 Talk break
00:32:36 Mount Eerie – Pumpkin (from Sauna)
00:37:41 Nathan Bowles – Sleepy Lake Bike Club (from Nansemond)
00:46:29 Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Love After Love (from A Year With 13 Moons)
00:51:07 Menace Ruine – Soften Our Evil Hearts (from Venus Armata)
01:02:21 Talk break
01:03:08 Makthaverskan – Antabus (from Makthaverskan II)
01:06:23 James Place – Another Mourning In America (from Living On Superstition)
01:10:47 Ô Paon – Rive-Sud (from Fleuve)
01:13:32 Benoît Pioulard – The Very Edge Of Its Flame (from Sonnet)
01:21:02 Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was (from Never Were The Way She Was)
01:29:07 Talk break
01:30:11 Leila Abdul-Rauf – Dark Hours Of Early Morning (from Insomnia)
01:35:29 Bow Ether Group – Bells Of Burden (from Weltmeister Pakrashi I)
01:48:24 Villages – Out Of The Mines (from Procession Acts)
01:54:15 Father Murphy – Blood Is Thicker Than Water (from Croce)
01:58:12 Talk break

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AGB Radio (March 9, 2015)

like, almost 100% drone <3

 

AGB Radio 2015/03/09

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Background music: Jonas Munk – Fabric (from Absorb/Fabric/Cascade)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:46 Ryan Huber – Countenance (from Akharon)
00:12:58 Bill Seaman – Ending (Part 4) (from F (Noir))
00:23:14 Wolf Maps – Sun Ghosts (from Sun Ghosts)
00:29:06 Talk break
00:30:05 Mirko – Orbital Drag (from Mirko)
00:38:50 Jacek Sienkiewicz – Sto_rys (from Nomatter)
00:54:09 Luciana Bass – Improv V (from Improvised Guitar Pieces)
00:59:18 Talk break
01:00:29 David Tagg – Victorian Mirror (from Personal Debris)
01:13:48 Howard Stelzer – If You Insist (from How To)
01:23:03 Ruhe – Vantomani (from Chamber Loops)
01:28:01 Talk break
01:29:14 Tim Catlin & Machinefabriek – Plinth (from Whorls)
01:33:18 Midnight Tales – Mirrorball Sea (from Eternalism)
01:38:25 Invisible Path – Still Grey Apparitions Where The Precipice Meets The Sunbeams (from Hallowed Ground)
01:59:00 Talk break

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AGB Radio (March 2, 2015)

all sorts of amazing sounds bookended by brand new shit from Dan Deacon and Liturgy aka the best show ever
 

AGB Radio 2015/03/02

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Background music: Koenraad Ecker – Nazif (from Sleepwalkers In A Cold Circus)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:41 Dan Deacon – When I Was Done Dying (from Gliss Riffer)
00:04:55 Sumbu Dunia – Hollow (from Sister Nature)
00:09:26 Machinefabriek – Part IV (from The Measures Taken)
00:20:07 Áine O’Dwyer – Mass Of The Rosary Ring (from Music For Church Cleaners Vol I & II)
00:28:42 Talk break
00:30:17 NHK – Ch. 6 (from Program)
00:36:46 Ô Paon – Boue/Fleuve II (from Fleuve)
00:43:34 Mountains – Parallel Two (from You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever Vol. 11)
00:47:29 Eric Chenaux – Poor Time (from Skullsplitter)
00:55:33 Les Halles – Misleading Familiarity (from Forum)
00:59:31 Talk break
01:00:40 King Woman – King Of Swords (from Doubt)
01:06:40 Elian – Harrowgate 5 (from Harrowgate)
01:21:59 Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – The Sun Roars Into View (from Never Were The Way She Was)
01:29:31 Talk break
01:30:27 Old Svrfers – Journey To The End Of Waimea Bay (from Ain’t Scared Of Shaka)
01:47:52 Liturgy – Reign Array (from The Ark Work)
01:59:18 Talk break

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AGB Radio (February 23, 2015) – 30th Birthday Special

I turned 30! I thought I’d celebrate by playing some of the songs that have most influenced my taste in music and the paths I took to discover new sounds. This is in roughly chronological order and I only went as far as 2006 because anything later than that seemed to be missing the idea of “influential.”

 

AGB Radio 2015/02/23 – 30th Birthday Special

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Background music: William Basinski – Disintegration Loop 4 (from Disintegration Loops III)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:59 Smashing Pumpkins – Starla (from Pisces Iscariot)
00:11:53 Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan (from Young Team)
00:27:58 Sigur Rós – Starálfur (from Ágætis Byrjun)
00:34:43 Talk break
00:35:46 Shellac – Squirrel Song (from 1000 Hurts)
00:38:22 Lightning Bolt – Saint Jacques (from Ride The Skies)
00:42:33 Part Chimp – Ex Ladyboy (from Chart Pimp)
00:47:30 Tyondai Braxton – Great Mass (from History That Has No Effect)
00:53:51 The Postal Service – The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (from Give Up)
00:58:31 Talk break
00:59:48 Stars Of The Lid – Broken Harbors: Part 1 (from The Tired Sounds Of…)
01:03:19 Michael Hurley – Blue Mountain (from First Songs)
01:09:39 TV On The Radio – Liars (from Young Liars)
01:14:44 Keith Fullerton Whitman – Twin Guitar Rhodes Viola Drone (from Antithesis)
01:22:16 Victory At Sea – Love Is Ageless (from Memories Fade)
01:28:13 Big Bear – Untitled 1 (from Big Bear)
01:31:47 Talk break
01:33:14 Eluvium – New Animals From The Air (from Talk Amongst The Trees)
01:43:47 M83 – Lower Your Eyelids To Die With The Sun (from Before The Dawn Heals Us)
01:54:20 Belong – I Never Lose. Never Really (from October Language)
01:58:57 Talk break

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AGB Radio (February 16, 2015)

Always a good show when you have new stuff by Six Organs Of Admittance as well as Steve Gunn with thee magnificent Black Twig Pickers.

AGB Radio 2015/02/16

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Background music: Guardian Alien – Statues & Instruments (from Tunnel Channel Vol. 1: Guardian Alien & The Cosmic Dead)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:34 Eartheater – Orbit (from Metalepsis)
00:11:05 Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke – Behold A (from Behold)
00:29:24 Talk break
00:30:26 Six Organs Of Admittance – Guild (from Hexadic)
00:37:05 Else Marie Pade – Faust Suite: Faust & Margrethes Kærlighed (from Electronic Works 1958-1995)
00:44:15 Offthesky – Bloodletting (from Light Loss)
00:54:52 Yuta Nagashima – Elephant’s Way (from White Sleep)
00:59:00 Talk break
01:00:01 Spheruleus – Selvar (from Peripheres)
01:02:14 Eternal Tapestry – White Adders Tongue (from Wild Strawberries)
01:17:44 Jeph Jerman & Tim Barnes – Relic Density (from Matterings)
01:28:37 Talk break
01:29:30 Ryan Huber – Hamdai (from Empress)
01:42:10 Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Seasonal Hire (from Seasonal Hire)
01:58:30 Talk break

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AGB Radio (February 9, 2015)

New Kreng! New Fabio Orsi! New Mind Over Mirrors! New Nathan Amundson!
 

AGB Radio 2015/02/09

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Background music: Lino Capra Vaccina – Antico Adagio (from Antico Adagio)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:54 Nathan Amundson – More Horses (from Western Songs)
00:17:42 David Maranha & Helena Espvall – Gadulka Duo (from Sombras Incendiadas)
00:30:17 Talk break
00:31:20 German Army – Remaking Lands (from Clan Chieftains)
00:34:25 Night Flights – Alpha Jerk (from Night Flights, Vol. 1)
00:44:38 Fabio Orsi – 4. Just For A Thrill (from Just For A Thrill)
00:58:54 Talk break
01:00:05 Kreng (featuring Amenra) – The Summoning (from The Summoner)
01:15:03 Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson – Late Night Arrival (from So Long)
01:29:07 Talk break
01:30:24 Caroline Park – Gldufglsd (from Less Than Human)
01:41:31 Masaya Ozaki – Uprooted Space (from Fluid And Dreaming Of Stripes)
01:47:45 Jan St. Werner – Demonos (from Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3))
01:51:55 Mind Over Mirrors – Motioning (from The Voice Calling)
01:59:13 Talk break

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AGB Radio (February 2, 2015)

Can’t believe that new Bow Ether Group record, all harmonium & accordion drone, fucking heavenly.
 

AGB Radio 2015/02/02

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Background music: Aux Field – View From Your Window (from Imaginable Layers)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:52 Lawrence English – Antarctica (from Viento)
00:16:56 Collin McKelvey – Musique Domestica (from The Nolan)
00:31:00 Talk break
00:31:53 Bow Ether Group – Blue Tusk Raag (from Weltmeister Pakrashi)
00:52:38 Steinbrüchel – 06 (from Parallel Landscapes)
00:59:18 Talk break
01:00:00 Garrincha & The Stolen Elk – Wait, Think, Fast (from Life Is Wasted On The Living)
01:11:36 Zs – Xe (from Xe)
01:29:44 Talk break
01:30:29 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Illuha, & Taylor Deupree – Movement 1 (from Perpetual)
01:47:50 Schneider Kacirek – Hand And Wand (from Shadows Documents)
01:52:02 Ricardo Donoso – Diluculum (from Saravá Exu)
01:59:16 Talk break

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AGB Radio (January 26, 2015)

All music from 2015 in this episode, either upcoming or out within the past couple weeks, all 100% great. This year is starting off strong.
 

AGB Radio 2015/01/26

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Background music: Noveller – Pulse Point (from Fantastic Planet)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:31 Mount Eerie – Spring (from Sauna)
00:13:32 Sean McCann – Language Of Night (from Ten Impressions For Piano & Strings)
00:19:17 Boduf Songs – The Rotted Names (from Stench Of Exist)
00:25:40 Riccardo Dillon Wanke – Fast Tears (from Cuts)
00:29:41 Talk break
00:30:36 Danny Clay – Glow III (from Ganymede)
00:34:53 Gareth Flowers & Josh Mason – The Fear (from Silent Period)
00:45:45 Pan American – The Terrace (from Sketch For Winter II: Rue Corridor)
00:57:53 Talk break
00:58:52 James Murray – Forecast (from Loss)
01:11:03 Rvnes & Mass – Untitled (from All Men Are Prey To The Same Beast)
01:26:27 John Carpenter – Night (from Lost Themes)
01:30:00 Talk break
01:30:52 B/B/S/ – NK012B01 (from NK012)
01:38:47 Sarah Davachi – Guildford (from Barons Court)
01:51:33 EUS, Postdrome & Saåad – Snowfall (from Different Streams)
01:58:55 Talk break

Interviews

Questions For Rivulets

rivulets interview by Jesus Desdemicadiera

Photography by Jesus Desdemicadiera

 

Rivulets, Nathan Amundson’s musical moniker, has been making some sweet sad Americana for years, steadily releasing one killer record after another. Last year, he put out I Remember Everything on JellyFant Schallplatten, which was easily one of my favorite and most listened to records in 2014. Absolutely incredible stuff. Still can’t get enough of it. I reached out to see if he was willing to participate in my Q&A series, and (thankfully!) he was. Who knew he almost died rolling a car down a mountain?

 

What is the best way to die?
Ready, I would think. Or completely blindsided, doing something you love.

How do you think you’ll die?
Where I live now in Denver, I bike most everywhere I go, as long as it’s above freezing. Denver drivers don’t care much for people on bicycles. Cyclists are murdered here by automobiles, rage-drivers, etc. with regularity. I think that’s a likely way for me to go.

What makes you happy?
Hmmm. Dark chocolate, cocoa content 70%+. Cuddling. Hot, connected sex. All the usual stuff I suppose.

How close have you come to death?
I rolled a car down a mountain in Alaska once. [Check out the full story here.]

What does kindness mean to you?
Getting out of your own head enough to be present for everyone around you. Just literally giving people the time of day. It’s a struggle.

Where do you find love?
My fans – people who love my music. How can you not love them too? I fall in love all the time. At the movies, reading books. Just walking around I see like a half dozen girls every day that I want to marry immediately.

When were you most afraid?
When I felt like the world wasn’t listening.

How do you listen to music?
You know, I’m still rocking an iPod classic. Is that what it’s called? 160GB black iPod. I buy CDs and rip them at full WAV resolution. I’ll put stuff on my phone too but I forget it’s there. A lot of my music is being released on vinyl these days but I still don’t own a record player :(

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