A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (December 7, 2016)

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Particularly into the Man Forever track alongside the record of an angry, barking German Shepard. And I just realized I played two religious pieces (Reverend Franklin’s sermon and a Buddhist monk invocation) on top of minimal drone (Celer and Chubby Wolf, respectively). In a mood this morning, I guess?

Once again, I forgot to record the very beginning of the show. I remembered as soon as I finished talking, so that’s all you miss–my introductions. You don’t miss anything from the first song I played.
 

A Thick Mist 2016/12/07

00:00:00 Altar Of Plagues – Feather & Bones (from Mammal)
00:11:26 Various – Talawadyam Kaccheri (from Karnatic: A Panorama Of South Indian Music)
00:25:21 Harry West & Jeanie West – The Boston Burglar (from Good Old Mountain Dew: Banjo Songs Of The Southern Mountains)
00:29:24 Talk break
00:33:02 Celer – Bedded In Shallow Blades (from Evaporate And Wonder)
00:34:56 Rev. C. L. Franklin – All Things Work Together For Good To Them That Love God (Part 2) (from All Things Work Together For Good To Them That Love God)
00:46:22 Korean Children’s Choir – Chu Chun Ka (from The Ring Of Happiness)
00:49:38 Hamza El Din – Grandfathers’ Stories (from Al Oud)
01:01:18 Talk break
01:04:07 Rhinocervs – Devour All The Living Things (from RH-11)
01:08:40 Man Forever – Surface Patterns (from Pansophical Cataract)
01:12:00 Sebastian – Side A (from Sebastian Speaks!)
01:27:24 Pat Foster & Dick Weissman – Talking TVA (from Documentary Talking Blues)
01:29:06 Talk break
01:33:39 Lamas and monks of Pal Phuntsok Chokorling and Tashi Jong – Padma Sambhava Tsechu Sadhana: Invocation (from Tibetan Buddhism: The Ritual Orchestra and Chants)
01:38:02 Chubby Wolf – Rattling Mandibles (from Turkey Decoy)
01:48:07 Merkstave – Lament For Lost Gods Pt. 2 (from Merkstave)
01:56:11 Paul Clayton – The Hanging Limb (from Timber-r-r! Folksongs And Ballads Of The Lumberjack)
01:59:06 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (December 5, 2016)

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Some premium shit in this one. That Emily Reo song is flat out amazing. And then there’s that concept record “imagining the sound of British summertime as heard by one of the most important members of the animal kingdom – the bee.”

 

AGB Radio 2016/12/05

Background music: Holypalms – Stoned In The Jungle Stolen By The Liana (from Jungle Judge)

00:00:00 Emily Reo – Spell (from Spell)
00:06:17 Talk break
00:07:35 Angela Sawyer – Yaadon Ki Baaraat (from On The Pedestrian Side)
00:11:08 Tetuan – Lame Rosse (from Lay Llamas / Tetuan Split)
00:20:47 Landing – Grow (from Complekt)
00:30:38 Talk break
00:31:39 Dirk Serries’ Microphonics – XXX The Deprivation Of Heart (from Microphonics XXVI-XXX: Resolution Heart)
00:46:05 East Forest – Held (from Held)
00:50:38 D.F.H. – Aluminum Splinter (from D.F.H.)
00:58:45 Talk break
00:59:40 Rashad Becker – Dances V (from Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. II)
01:04:21 Mantle – The Passage Of Time (from Kindness)
01:11:04 Olivia Block – Dissolution A (from Dissolution)
01:27:51 Talk break
01:29:04 Elysia Crampton – After Woman (For Bartolina Sisa) (featuring Rabit) (from Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City)
01:34:29 Ak’chamel – Ancestral Incest (from Transmissions From Boshqa)
01:39:10 Preoccupations – Sense (from Preoccupations)
01:40:09 Be – The Journey (from One)
01:59:01 Talk break

Song Review

Jane Heidorn – “Hard Times Come Again No More” (Ashes Ashes)

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In today’s warp-speed music internet where you can see an artist release 3+ new full lengths within the span of a year, Clint Heidorn is a patient glacier. He put out a stellar debut full length, Atwater, in 2011. The next year he released a tape with one 8 minute song. 4 years later (this year) he put out a collaboration with Loren Connors, but it’s a single-sided LP with a song that’s just under 15 minutes. All of it’s outstanding, but clearly this dude is meticulous and highly selective (or maybe he’s just super fuckin busy being the production supervisor for DreamWorks). Now he’s got another impeccable release, although he’s mostly involved behind the scenes.

Clint’s grandmother, Jane Heidorn, died a few years ago. There’s a beautiful story about the making of this record that you should absolutely read, I won’t bother summarizing because it’s short enough to begin with and I don’t want to butcher Clint’s words. Clint recorded Jane singing Stephen Foster’s 1854 “Hard Times Come Again No More” while she was in a nursing home and Clint put together the music for it. It’s a deeply personal recording whose origin is important, but the song stands on its own as a somber elegy full of emotion and it’s every bit as beautiful as it deserves to be.

Clint memorialized Jane by releasing this song as a single-sided 10″ packaged in a plain unadorned sleeve, like an old 78. It’s perfect in every way. Only 250 copies that I’m sure won’t last long.

Song Review

SONG PREMIERE: Oikos – “Menace And Portent” (Envelope Collective / Knockturne)

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Dusty guitar droner Oikos (Rafael Femiano) has a new full length (and his vinyl debut), The Great Upheaval, dropping in January courtesy of Envelope Collective and Knockturne, his first stuff since 2013. It features Felipe Pavón on drums, plus some other folks like extra percussion via John Kolodij (High Aura’d, Ph.D.), Marco Serrato (Jacob, Orthodox) on upright bass, and various members of Ürsula, Pylar, and Blooming Látigo. I’ve got the premiere of the first single, “Menace And Portent,” down below, and it’s a fuckin doozy, a slow burning apocalyptic dream where you watch the black clouds roll in from over the plains spelling D-R-E-A-D across the sky, you can’t listen to this and not feel like the world is about to end, a total fuckin doom jammer once Pavón comes in and pummels the song into a bottomless pit, it’s heavy and foreboding living right between Earth in their drone & country psych phases, nothing short of excellent. Pre-orders for The Great Upheaval opened up today so you can and should go take care of business, like, now.

 

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (November 30, 2016)

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Got kinda crazy with this one. Started out with the Sutekh Hexen & Trepaneringsritualen collaboration alongside a Day Of Atonement prayer recorded in Moscow’s Central Synagogue in 1956. Then there was the black metal/black spirituals of Zeal & Ardor slowed down from 45 to 33 played underneath Balachander’s extended veena session. And don’t forget the attempted hypnosis on top of Black Boned Angel at the end. Had a lot of fun this time.

 

A Thick Mist 2016/11/30

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:46 Sutekh Hexen & Trepaneringsritualen – Side C (from One Hundred Year Storm)
Cantor Barkan – All Our Promises (from Kol Nidre In Moscow)
00:15:37 Tongues Of Mount Meru – The Ocean Of Milk Part 1 (from The Ocean Of Milk)
Ngati Raukawa – Maemae (Death Chant) (from Maori Songs Of New Zealand)
Tuhoe – Apakura (Dirge) (from Maori Songs Of New Zealand)
00:32:03 Talk break
00:36:31 Son House – American Defense (from The Legendary 1941-1942 Recordings In Chronological Sequence)
00:39:27 Ennio Morricone – Battle And Red Sea (from Moses Score)
00:45:54 Balachander – Ninnu Vinagamari (from The Anthology Of Indian Music Volume One)
United Sacred Harp Convention – Huntington (from The Alan Lomax Recordings, 1959)
Zeal & Ardor – Blood In The River (from Devil Is Fine)
01:03:00 Talk break
01:06:37 Lou Harrison – Threnody For Carlos Chavez (from Three Pieces For Gamelan With Soloists / String Quartet Set)
01:13:40 Johnny Buckett & His Cumberland River Boys And Girls – I’m Using My Bible For A Road Map (from I’m Using My Bible For A Road Map)
01:15:57 Maledicere – The Stench Of This Rot (from The Trenches Of Hadal)
01:28:16 Papa Charlie Jackson – Coffee Pot Blues (from Fat Mouth 1924-1927)
01:30:29 Talk break
01:33:05 Black Boned Angel – Eternal Love (from Eternal Love / Eternal Hunger)
Scott Gordon – Side B (from Let’s Try To Stop Smoking)
01:52:26 Ioannis Harisiadis, Ioannis Karkanakis, Theofanis Palas, & Athanasios Drambalos – Myriolóyi (from Greek Villages)
01:55:56 The Kessinger Brothers – Old Jake Gillie (from 1928-1930)
01:58:51 Tampa Red – No Matter How She Done It (from Bottleneck Guitar 1928-1937)
02:02:08 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (November 28, 2016)

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Not sure what’s more exciting: new Demdike Stare, new Eli Keszler, new Tape Loop Orchestra, or the discovery of J. William Parker. Either way, this episode is fuckin stacked.

 

AGB Radio 2016/11/28

Background music: Astoria Sound – Anomie (from Astoria Sound)

00:00:00 Quicksails – Valley Voice (from Mortal)
00:04:45 Talk break
00:05:51 Demdike Stare – Hardnoise (from Wonderland)
00:16:25 Mika Vainio – A Memory Returning Inexplicably (from Mannerlaatta Soundtrack)
00:30:04 Talk break
00:30:43 Silent Servant – Self-Hypnosis (from Hypnosis In The Modern Age Vol. II)
00:37:26 Max Cooper featuring Kathrin deBoer – Impermanence (from Emergence)
00:44:03 J. William Parker – There Used To Be An Empire Here (from Shadowmen)
00:48:10 Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Black As Grace (from Bonnie “Prince” Billy II)
00:51:37 Eli Keszler – The Immense Endless Belt Of Faces (from Last Signs Of Speed)
00:59:33 Talk break
01:01:35 Debutante – Schirm (from EP3)
01:09:12 Tape Loop Orchestra – Part Two (from The Invisibles)
01:30:44 Talk break
01:31:36 Maurizio Abate & Matteo Uggeri – Part VII (Breath) (from Beyond Time)
01:38:12 A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Comme On A Dit (from Iris Soundtrack)
01:42:22 Pinkcourtesyphone – Schlaflied (Für PvK) (from Taking Into Account Only A Portion Of Your Emotions)
01:58:58 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist – Supporting Standing Rock (November 23, 2016)

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Lots of cool layering in this one, especially towards the end. I’m not totally sure when I started playing that Lussuria record because I put it on while Jean Michel Jarre was still playing and the mix was pretty smooth, so the timestamp is for when I stopped playing Oxygène and it was just Ghost Entanglement with whatever other samples I had going. Also, sorry, I forgot to start recording the show until after I had already gotten into the second song. There’s a lot of coordination that goes into getting the show started, and hitting the record button has yet to make it into my routine. So, again, I’m sorry.

I decided to pull all of my Native American LPs (except for the Chippewa Grass Dance Songs one because I just played that a couple weeks ago) in honor of the protests going down at Standing Rock (and also because tomorrow is Thanksgiving, but Standing Rock’s mission is a little more important than our bogus holiday). Instead of the usual pre-approved PSAs that WMWM has me choose from, I decided to talk a bit about the Dakota Access Pipeline bullshit (in a non-commercial radio-friendly way) and mentioned things you could do to help out if you feel so moved. I recommend checking out Stand With Standing Rock for more info, including details on non-financial ways to support their cause, and the official Crowdrise campaign for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Against DAPL. It’s not too late. While the U.N. has denounced the treatment of the protesters as inhuman and degrading, our federal government has yet to acknowledge Standing Rock’s cause nor the physical brutality they’re facing for their peaceful protesting. Standing Rock still needs your help.

 

A Thick Mist 2016/11/23 – Supporting Standing Rock

Talk break
Roy Simmons & Roe Kahrahrah – Morning Songs 1-4 (from Comanche Peyote Songs, Vol. 1)
00:00:00 Phurpa – Long Life (from Rituals Of Bön I)
00:19:18 John Dudley – Cool Water Blues (from The Blues Roll On)
00:22:22 T. Valentine – Black Power Part One (from Hello Lucille… Are You A Lesbian?)
00:25:22 Talk break
00:30:10 Sioux Tribe – Rabbit Song (from Music Of The Sioux And The Navajo)
00:33:21 Gog – A Promised Eternity Fulfilled With Cancer (from Ironworks)
R. Buckminster Fuller – Side A excerpt from R. Buckminster Fuller Thinks Aloud (Part 1)
00:41:41 Achim Mohné – Side A & B excerpts (from Accelerated Standstill)
00:55:18 Talk break
00:57:28 The Red Fox Chasers – Did You Ever See The Devil, Uncle Joe? (from The Red Fox Chasers)
01:00:27 Rob Walsh – Death March (from Young Warriors Soundtrack)
01:04:24 Natche Gray – Friendship Song (from Songs Of Muskogee Creek, Part 2)
01:11:19 Urzeit – Gravvivek (from Anmoksha)
01:19:00 Mississippi Fred McDowell – Take Your Picture, Darling (from Mississippi Fred McDowell In London)
01:25:59 Talk break
01:30:52 Paiute Tribe – Ceremonial Song (from Authentic Music Of The American Indian)
01:34:06 Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène Parts I & II (from Oxygène)
Jim Fassett – Side A excerpt (from Strange To Your Ears)
Coro Trentino – Canto Dell’Alpino (from Music Of The Italian Alps)
01:47:00 Lussuria – Side A excerpt (from Ghost Entanglement)
Side B excerpt from Airborne Airborne All The Way
01:55:17 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (November 21, 2016)

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New Mike Weis! An insane Medina & Walsh collab! Plus 4 from White Reeves Productions and 3 from Denovali.

 

AGB Radio 2016/11/21

Background music: Peanut Twins – Blackout! (Fuckin Opera Shit) (from Blackout! b/w The Peanut Wins)

00:00:00 Pay The Rent – Lower Down (from Soft On Glass)
00:03:14 Talk break
00:04:35 Dwayne Rifle – TKE-1520a 040116 (from Dwayne Rifle)
00:18:35 Forest Management – Revise And Refine (from Shifting)
00:30:36 Supervolcano – Three (from The Vault)
00:35:33 Talk break
00:36:39 Broken Shoulder – Ebata (from Hashiridase)
00:51:27 Roy Montgomery – Riding (from R M H Q: Headquarters)
01:02:12 Talk break
01:03:22 Mike Weis – 19’36” (from Sound Practice)
01:22:49 Heavy Birds – Moon Child (from Drag)
01:28:30 Ezb – Chew (Teh) (from 6 Songs For Listening)
01:31:26 Talk break
01:32:41 Paco Sala – The Loa (from Ko Yo)
01:37:48 Subheim – Forsaken Part II (from Trails)
01:44:13 Blueneck – Hive (from The Outpost)
01:52:14 Medina & Walsh – Deaths Headed Sphinx (from Vault Of Angels)
01:59:00 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (November 16, 2016)

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WMWM is finally improving their streaming services, which means I need to add timestamps for my show, so you get them too! When there’s no timestamp, it usually means it got played at the same time as the previous song.

 

A Thick Mist 2016/11/16

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:36 Mizmor – VI (from Winter EP)
00:13:32 Reverend Gary Davis – Devil’s Dream (from The Guitar And Banjo Of Reverend Gary Davis)
00:17:23 Adilia Castillo – Mi Lamento (from El Llano Venezolano En La Voz De Adilia Castillo)
00:20:30 The Devil’s Anvil – Isme (from Hard Rock From The Middle East)
00:26:23 Fred Karlin – Robot Repair (from Westworld Soundtrack)
00:30:41 Talk break
00:34:06 Etta Baker – One Dime Blues (from Instrumental Music Of The Southern Appalachians)
00:37:10 Spektr – Hermetism (from Cypher)
00:38:32 Spektr – Teratology (from Cypher)
00:47:40 Ashig Gumbat – Aran Gedamamasi (from Mountains Of Tongues: Musical Dialects Of The Caucasus)
00:51:34 Leadbelly – Leaving Blues (from Take This Hammer)
00:53:50 Leadbelly – Big Fat Woman (from Take This Hammer)
00:54:59 How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood? – In Aria (from How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood?)
01:00:37 Talk break
01:04:01 Herman Kopp – The Loving Dead (from Nekronology)
01:06:31 Herman Kopp – Poison (from Nekronology)
Side A excerpt (from The Music of Primitive Man)
01:11:36 False – The Deluge (from untitled 2015 LP)
01:23:04 Robert Turman – First Quarter (from Beyond Painting)
Untitled Side B, Track 3 (from Conversations Regarding The Future Of Architecture)
01:31:36 Talk break
01:34:57 Master Musicians of Joujouka – Into The Ahl Srif Part 1 (from Into The Ahl Srif)
01:55:09 Smokey Montgomery – Sleep (from The Scintillating Banjo Of Smokey Montgomery)
01:58:29 Andrew & Jim Baxter – Bamalong Blues (from The East Coast States (1927-1940): Georgia – Carolinas – Virginia)
02:01:37 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (November 14, 2016)

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I can’t believe I haven’t played Astronoid yet. Been listening to that record non-stop since June. Also, you need Jeremy Bible’s new 4 hour long release of mega-minimalism. And heads up there’s some new Eluvium!!

 

AGB Radio 2016/11/14

Background music: K2 – Grinder Sound At 4:30AM (from Crude Soup)

00:00:00 Gnaw Their Tongues – Your Kingdom Shrouded In Blood (from Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent)
00:05:54 Talk break
00:07:27 Astronoid – Up And Atom (from Air)
00:13:44 Infinity Shred – Catch These Blessed Hands (from Long Distance)
00:22:49 Hagazussa – Hexuality Reversal (from Dyspnea: Early Works Compilation)
00:32:46 Talk break
00:34:33 Jeremy Bible – Coma B (from Music For Black Holes)
00:45:20 1991 – No More Dreams III (from No More Dreams)
00:53:04 Rhucle – Orange Coat (from Fantastic Garden)
01:00:21 Talk break
01:01:51 Mind Over Mirrors – Restore & Slip (from Undying Color)
01:08:32 Arsari – E Il Fuoco Si Rifiuta (from Scavare)
01:18:29 Crowhurst – 2.2 (from Black Funeral Atmospheres)
01:31:56 Talk break
01:33:17 Eluvium – Unity Engrossed Forever Supposedly (from Unity Engrossed Forever Supposedly)
01:39:04 Dan Melchior – Black Night (from Black Night/New Morning)
01:52:58 Loscil – Drained Lake (from Monument Builders)
01:59:32 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist – Mourning (November 9, 2016)

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Not an eclectic episode this time. All metal.

I forgot to start recording the show until just after I started playing the first song, but the only thing you miss is me talking about how miserable and exhausted I was. The recording sounds much better this time. My vocals were still a little low so I did some post-processing to compensate.

 

A Thick Mist – Mourning 2016/11/09

Sunn O))) – Cry For The Weeper (from Black One)
Richmond Emergency excerpt (from Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!)
Atriarch – Shadows (from Forever The End)
Talk break
Bell Witch – Rows (Of Endless Waves) (from Longing)
Sutekh Hexen – The Hermetic (from Luciform)
Talk break
Panopticon – Chase The Grain (from Roads To The North)
The Body – The Night Knows No Dawn (from I Shall Die Here)
Mare – Throne Of The Thirteenth Witch (from Spheres Like Death/Throne Of The Thirteenth Witch)
Talk break
Khanate – Dead (from Things Viral)
Sea Of Bones – Beneath The Earth (from The Earth Wants Us Dead)
Talk break
Wold – Concordant Body (from Freermasonry)
Mamiffer – Flower Of The Field (from Statu Nascendi)

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (November 7, 2016)

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Chock fulla the coolest ladies around. Ela Stiles is maybe the most amazing. Claire Singer’s Solas is definitely one of my favorite drone records this year. And Swooning are unbelievably fucking good, filling the hole that Mountain Man left since they only put out one record and that was 6 goddamn years ago.

 

AGB Radio 2016/11/07

Background music: Mary Halvorson Octet – Old King Misfit (No. 57) (from Away With You)

00:00:00 Marie Davidson – La Femme Écarlate (from Adieux Au Dancefloor)
00:03:43 Talk break
00:05:31 Ela Stiles – Motel Metal (from Molten Metal)
00:14:22 Aloonaluna – Vampirism And Singularity (from The Gilded Hegemony Of Stars)
00:20:26 Sarah Mary Chadwick – The Fire The Torched My Fear (from Roses Always Die)
00:25:39 Chasms – Between The Eyes (from On The Legs Of Love Purified)
00:30:59 Talk break
00:32:12 Maarja Nuut – Sammud (from Une Meeles)
00:33:56 Claire M. Singer – The Molendinar (from Solas)
00:59:32 Talk break
01:01:12 Swooning – Blueberry (from Swooning)
01:06:55 Tanya Tagaq – Summoning (from Retribution)
01:15:50 Sarah Davachi – Soi-Même Comme La Matin (from Dominions)
01:30:16 Talk break
01:31:09 Meredith Monk – Spider Web Anthem (from On Behalf Of Nature)
01:37:11 Laura Cannell – Sheltering Hollows (from Simultaneous Flight Movement)
01:42:23 Maria W. Horn – Fall Of O’Dea (from Magenta)
01:48:41 Ora Cogan – Ground And Grave (from Shadowland)
01:53:56 Weyes Blood – Can’t Go Home (from Front Row Seat To Earth)
01:58:37 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (November 2, 2016)

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I have a new radio show! AGB Radio on BFF.fm has been fun, but I never felt like it replaced the live radio hole in my heart. I used to run Salem State University’s radio station, WMWM, back when I went to school there. Now I work at SSU and am the radio station’s co-advisor, so I figured I’d weasel my way in and start doing a live show.

A Thick Mist will be different from AGB Radio, but still very AGB. Even though AGB occasionally dabbles in the extreme metal, country blues, ethnic folk, and non-music genres, AGB Radio too easily became a home for music that was new and weird. Which meant a large chunk of my musical interests are getting ignored and I miss them. Also, while a pre-recorded show made on a computer is technically capable of handling audio fuckery (like my Halloween Special), it’s incredibly time consuming. Doing it live limits what I can do but it’s much easier and more fun. So that’s what I’ll be doing with A Thick Mist, it’ll be much more eclectic and experimental.

If you’re in or around Salem, Massachusetts, you can listen to A Thick Mist on 91.7 FM. Otherwise you’ll have to stream it live online at wmwmsalem.com, or wait until I post it here afterward like I do with AGB Radio. It will air on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 am to 9:00 am (EST).

The first episode is below. I could make a lot of disclaimers about this being basically the first live show I’ve done in like 8 or 9 years, but the only thing I really feel the need to explain is that I didn’t bring a 1/4″ adapter for my headphones, so I wasn’t able to hear myself during the breaks and it turns out I was way too fucking quiet. Sorry about that. You don’t really care about hearing my voice anyway, do you? And the audio in general is kind of a mess which is due to a lot of things that I think I’ll get figured out along the way. Basically, this episode kinda sounds like shit and I’m only making it available here for posterity’s sake, not because I think it’s worth listening to.

Also, I won’t be including the times in these playlists because that’s way too much work. It’s much easier to do when I’m building AGB Radio, so I’ll keep doing it for that, but I just don’t have the time to do it with A Thick Mist.

 

A Thick Mist 2016/11/02

Nath Family – Untitled A1 (from Sounds Of The Indian Snake Charmer, Volume 2)
Big Brave – Look At How The World Has Made A Change (from Au De La)
The Kingbird Singers – Chippewa Grass Dance Song A1 (from Chippewa Grass Dance Songs)
Tommy Jarrell – When Sorrows Encompass Me ‘Round (from Back Home In The Blue Ridge)
Circle Of Eyes – Penumbra (Awoken) (from Circle Of Eyes)
Dila Goni – Vajtim (funeral lament) (from Folk Music Of Albania)
Kotsuru Shitaya With Columbia Samisen Orchestra – Harusame (from Japanese Melodies Vol. 1)
Blind Lemon Jefferson – Black Horse Blues (from The Immortal Blind Lemon Jefferson)
Aluk Todolo – I (from Occult Rock)
Jesse “G.I. Jazz” Hendricks & Matt Williams – Rattler (from Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons)
Mahapurush Misra – Roopak Tal (from Indian Drums)
Duane Pitre / Pilotram Ensemble – The Ensemble Chord In Eb With A Minor 7th And A Pump Organ Base (from Organized Pitches Occurring In Time)
Lee Harvey Oswald – Part One excerpt (from Lee Harvey Oswald Speaks!)
Molly Drake – Set Me Free (from Molly Drake)
Cleoma B. Falcon – It’s So Sad (from A Cajun Music Classic)

Interviews

Questions For Christopher Elmore

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Many thanks to purveyor of minimal drone Christopher Elmore for being so open and thorough with his responses here. Suicide is never easy to talk about, but Elmore dives deep into his story. The struggle with his mental health resulted in a magnificent opus of meditative minimalism titled I Am Still Alive. A very small batch of 30 copies was just released on his own Editions Black & Blue, which you can and should grab over here. And while you’re at it, give a listen to his other work (under the name Sleepyhead), all of which is available for the price of your choosing.

 

What is an ideal death?
An ideal death to me is one that occurs naturally and without major complications, after a life that most would consider “well-lived.” A well-lived life is a life that continues after death: a life that family and friends would celebrate for years on end; a life spent in pursuit of mastery, and concluded with evidence of a craft well-honed; a life spent looking forward rather than always looking back.

What makes you happy?
Spending time in the supportive company of loved ones and those that inspire me to keep living. Creating art and music, and along with that, being able to learn from criticism, mistakes, and failures throughout the process rather than beat myself up over such things as I tended to do in the past. Also: looking at art, going to live shows, and buying art and music from like-minded people whose work I admire. Finally taking charge of my mental health, after years of struggling without diagnosis, medications, or therapy, after years spent in fear of medicated happiness and the social stigmas attached.

How can you die happy?
I could die happy if I live a life that, by my definition above, would be considered well-lived. I’ve still got a long way to go before I can feel that way, but I think I’m finally heading in that direction. May the next thirty years of my life be mostly free of the depression, fear, self-loathing, inactivity, and regret of my first thirty years.

How close have you come to death?
The closest I’ve come to death was on December 30th, 2014. The first half of the year was spent in relative isolation in an ongoing and not-yet-diagnosed battle with depression and anxiety. Suicidal ideation began to take over my thoughts, and I had seriously considered jumping from a high bridge and plunging myself into the James River while living outside of Richmond, Virginia. I decided to finally open up to friends and family about how bad I was feeling, and eventually took up a friend’s offer to move to Chicago and spent the next few months in vacant bedrooms and on couches while I found work and searched for permanent housing.

I spent Christmas Eve and the four days that followed in the hospital after voluntarily admitting myself to the psychiatric ward, went back to work on the 30th, and yet I still didn’t feel right. I went back to the hospital and tried to get readmitted for an overnight observation because I didn’t feel safe, got turned away after some time, and it was then that I decided I was ready to die. I started walking toward Lake Michigan. Factoring in wind chill, the low was expected to reach -40ºF overnight. I saw myself breaking through the ice and jumping into the freezing water beneath it, surrendering myself to hypothermia or drowning, whichever wanted to take me first. I called my family, intending to say my last goodbyes and explained how I was feeling and what I was planning to do. Over the course of about two hours, they talked me out of it. I finally made my way back to the hospital, explaining to them that if they didn’t keep me overnight, I would not live to see 2015. Nearly two years later, with the assistance of daily doses of sertraline and weekly talk therapy sessions, I am still alive.

How can you make your life better?
Taking care of myself and others, both physically and mentally.

What does kindness mean to you?
William Cody Watson said it best with his answer from a few years ago:

“Kindness means being honest with someone. Kindness means helping someone, without a sense of self-accomplishment, without a sense of ‘what’s in it for me?’ Kindness is laughter. Kindness is an embrace. Kindness is a smile across the room. Kindness is a conversation where no one is waiting for their turn to speak. Kindness doesn’t come often, but when it does — you know it immediately, and it washes over you and it resonates.”

Where do you find love?
First and foremost, my grandmother, the most important woman in my life. I love her more than anything. Also, my girlfriend Danielle, whom I initially met in Florida at a Halloween party several years ago. We reentered each others’ lives late last year, bonding over mutual dealings with mental health issues, and have since talked each other down from panic attacks and cheered each other up after bad days at work. I can’t begin to describe how much I appreciate having the love and support of someone who doesn’t immediately view my battles with depression and anxiety as a red flag. One of her nicknames for me is Sleepyhead, the name that I now use for the hypnotic, droning synth music that somehow eases her anxiety when she’s listening. I’ve sang her to sleep to songs from the likes of Leonard Cohen and The National, and she’s sang me to sleep to Neko Case’s “No Need To Cry” on more than one occasion. I’ve been venturing well outside of my comfort zone since we started talking, and I’m a better, more confident person because of her.

When were you most afraid?
December 30th, 2014, for the reasons mentioned above. My grandmother’s old age and diminishing health over the past few years have resulted in several short-term hospitalizations and life-or-death medical procedures that have scared the everliving shit out of me. My heart breaks every time she tells me about how poorly she is treated by my grandfather and by some of my aunts and others who have abandoned her because they no longer wished to help take care of her. I try to call her daily and I cherish every phone call as if it could be our last. I’m going to be a fucking wreck when she’s gone.

How do you listen to music?
Music streams, MP3 downloads, vinyl, tapes, CDs, live performances, whatever I have access to at the time. I’ve been trying to spend less time listening to music during walks, opting instead to listen to and appreciate the sounds of whatever happens to be going on around me.

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (October 31, 2016) – Halloween Special

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My favorite episode to do of the whole year. I spend way too much time putting this together but it’s so much fun. Like previous years, I give the start and end times for everything because there’s so much going on at once, but unlike previous years, I don’t specifically mention whenever I edited a piece to add reverb or reverse it or slow it down or anything like that because honestly I lost track.

No samples from botched executions this time, but still plenty of murder confessions and assault victim reports, EVP recordings, strange animal sounds, trance breathing, solar wind, abnormal heart beats, plus the usual black ambient, bleak industrial, and nightmare noise. I do my best to make this truly unsettling and I think I at least come close to accomplishing that goal.

You can check out the Halloween Specials from 2015, 2014, and 2013, but 2013 is just like a regular episode. 2014 was when I upped my game and started throwing in shit like the Jonestown Death Tape.

Enjoy.

 

AGB Radio 2016/10/31 – Halloween Special

00:00:00 – 00:04:53 Sophia – Filth (from Spite)
00:04:34 – 00:05:03 Stephen Ettinger – Side A excerpt (from Canine Heart Sounds)
00:04:53 – 00:13:36 Siege Engine – I (from Heart Of A Pig Stuck With Pins And White Thorns)
00:12:57 – 00:13:22 David Berkowitz interview excerpt
00:13:22 – 00:20:09 Trepaneringsritualen – Deathward, To The Womb (from Deathward, To The Womb)
00:14:25 – 00:16:27 Alleluia (from Pictures of Sound – One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980)
00:20:02 – 00:32:39 Symphonies Of The Planets 3 excerpt (from NASA Voyager Recordings: Symphonies Of The Planets)
00:20:33 – 00:21:41 2 Letter ‘El’ (from The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations)
00:23:40 – 00:24:46 Roger S. Payne – Slowed Down Solo Whale (from Songs Of The Humpback Whale)
00:25:37 – 00:26:18 Zubi Zuva – Breathing (from Jehovah)
00:25:55 – 00:30:13 Gania And Famu – Funerary Sung-Weeping (from Bosavi: Rainforest Music From Papua New Guinea)
00:26:56 – 00:31:21 Diamánda Gálás – Wild Women With Steak-Knives (The Homicidal Love Song For Solo Scream) excerpt (from The Litanies Of Satan)
00:29:02 – 00:29:46 Stephen Ettinger – Side A excerpt (from Canine Heart Sounds)
00:31:53 – 00:32:12 Edmund Kemper interview excerpt
00:32:12 – 00:38:17 Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room excerpt (from I Am Sitting In A Room)
00:32:24 – 00:33:49 Radio Werewolf – Säuberung – (from The Vinyl Solution – Analog Artifacts: Ritual Instrumentals And Undercover Versions)
00:32:59 – 00:38:16, 00:39:18 – 00:43:59 Æther – Edifice Of Nine Sauvastikas (from Edifice Of Nine Sauvastikas)
00:34:21 – 00:38:16 Charles M. Bogert – The Southern Toad, Voice Of Acris Gryllus Dorsalis, & Mating Call Of The Red-Spotted Toad (from Sounds Of North American Frogs)
00:38:19 – 00:39:27 David Zink interview excerpt
00:38:37 – 00:39:27 Juno Listens To Jupiter’s Auroras (from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
00:39:24 – 00:40:54 Maja Ratkje – Acid (from Voice)
00:40:37 – 00:43:13 Claude Johner – Fire! excerpt (from Good Morning, Vietnam)
00:42:13 – 00:48:06 The Lamas Of The Nyingmapa Monastery Of Dehra Dun – Part I excerpt (from Tibetan Ritual: Invocation To The Goddess Yeshiki Mamo)
00:43:13 – 00:48:54 Collin Olan – Rec01 excerpt (from Rec01)
00:44:35 – 00:49:34 Rudi Schneider – Trance-Breathing, Rec. London, England, 1933 (from Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007)
00:48:20 – 00:59:03 Merzbow – Seishi Seppuku Kei (from Music For Bondage Performance)
00:51:02 – 00:54:14 Czech Lady (from The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations)
00:54:32 – 00:54:41 Peter Sotos – Victims excerpt (from Buyer’s Market)
00:56:16 – 01:04:51 Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock – Asshole/Snail Dilemma excerpt (from Asshole/Snail Dilemma)
00:56:51 – 00:57:09 Checkingson Sinclair confession excerpt
00:58:13 – 01:02:00 Einer Nielsen – Phantom Stimmen (from Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007)
01:01:48 – 01:08:50 Inade – Jamie Across The Water (from Burning Flesh)
01:07:46 – 01:08:00 Peter Sotos – Victims excerpt (from Buyer’s Market)
01:08:01 – 01:15:21 Stillingskerrkozletskynystrompetrus – Scorched Skeletal Remains (from Death Instruktions)
01:09:55 – 01:17:34 Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room excerpt (from I Am Sitting In A Room)
01:16:14 – 01:18:28 NON – A Taste Of Blood (from Blood & Flame)
01:18:14 – 01:25:59 Deutsch Nepal – Holistix: Links Between God And Human (from Deflagration Of Hell)
01:18:31 – 01:18:43 We Originate On A Planet (from The Ghost Orchid: An Introduction To EVP)
01:22:18 – 01:22:29 Peter Sotos – Victims excerpt (from Buyer’s Market)
01:25:19 – 01:35:06 Cities Last Broadcast – Architectôn (from The Cancelled Earth)
01:34:10 – 01:35:05 Triumph Of The Will Soundtrack excerpt
01:34:51 – 01:46:31 Stalaggh – Untitled excerpt (from Projekt Terrror)
01:45:59 – 01:50:24 Agata – Twilight Sinking (from Spike)
01:49:54 – 01:54:59 TRTRKMMR – Side A excerpt (from Avec La Souillure Nous Entrons Au Règne De La Terreur)
01:55:00 – 01:58:29 Paranormal Music, Rec. Liestal, Switzerland, 1968 (from Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences)
01:55:09 – 01:59:32 Édouard-Léon Scott De Martinville – Phonautograms From 1857 (from Pictures Of Sound – One Thousand Years Of Educed Audio: 980-1980)
01:57:46 – 02:00:00 Stephen Ettinger – Side A excerpt (from Canine Heart Sounds)