AGB Radio

AGB Radio (January 23, 2017) – Label Spotlight: Debacle Records


 

Debacle is run by one dude, Sam Melancon, out of Seattle and he’s been at it for over a decade. It’s been an AGB mainstay ever since I first heard that Megabats record back in 2009 and I’ve been faithful ever since (oh what’s that? you’re wondering what my favorite Debacle release is? so glad you asked. it’s almost certainly Total Life’s Bender/Drifter). From now until the end of the month (I think?) he’s got just about every release on the Bandcamp page set to pay what you want. So go download literally everything because it’s super eclectic and all 100% amazing and throw Sam as much money as you can. Then make sure you head back later this year when he drops the new High Aura’d and Aquarelle records (!!!!!).

 

AGB Radio 2017/01/23 – Label Spotlight: Debacle Records

Background music: Blue Sabbath Black Cheer & The Rita – Drowning Witches II (from Drowning Witches)

00:00:00 Megabats – Meak Attack (from In/Out)
00:07:10 Talk break
00:09:04 Daniel Bachman – Black (Take Four) (from Grey-Black-Green)
00:14:31 Demian Johnston & Kevin Gan Yuen – The Thought Of This… (from Keep Your Hands)
00:29:28 Talk break
00:30:58 Paintings For Animals – Ahni Hansa (from Kristeater)
00:41:49 Dull Knife – Excavating (from Dull Knife)
00:58:03 Talk break
00:58:49 Black Hat – Callas (from Spectral Disorder)
01:04:31 Zac Nelson – Amazone Wall Smasher (from Charbroile)
01:06:25 Total Life – Bender (from Bender/Drifter)
01:22:42 Hayden Pedigo – If I Could Go Back (from Five Steps)
01:25:05 Talk break
01:26:27 Chambers – 000X (from Sigma Flare I)
01:36:31 Camedor – Alba (from En Ut/Alba)
01:48:55 Elkhorn – Dogfish Blues (from Elkhorn)
01:59:10 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (January 18, 2017)


 

I fuckin love that Hollerin’ record, such a weird one, and it went pretty well with Lowe’s drones. And just fyi, both Holly Hunt and Obolus were played at 33 instead of 45, so Holly Hunt got really fuckin sludgy and I might even prefer Obolus slowed down, or at least that song.

And I need to take every chance I get to share this Charlotte Daniels & Pat Webb record. It’s one of my all-time favorites. And this post where I made it available for people to download has become a home to conversation between Charlotte’s & Pat’s friends & family, sharing personal memories, including a comment from their niece to let everyone know Pat had just died. It’s my favorite thing on the internet and is exactly the sort of thing the internet is perfect for.

 

A Thick Mist 2017/01/18

Background music: Love Cult – Fingers Crossed (from Fingers Crossed)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:39 Bloody Panda – Miserere (from Summon)
00:22:51 Sonny Terry – Moanin’ And Mournin’ (from Talkin’ ‘Bout The Blues)
00:26:18 Onago And Muana And Native Drummers Of The Congo – Tagati (Bewitched) (from Heartbeat Of The Congo)
00:28:48 Talk break
00:31:50 Axolotl – Holon (Parts 1-3) (from The Skaters / Axolotl split)
00:34:23 Stephen Ettinger – Variations In Heart Sounds (excerpt) (from Canine Heart Sounds)
00:41:51 Artie Butler – A Bird In The Hand (from The Harrad Experiment Score)
00:46:57 Kirsten Flagstad & Gerald Moore – Sånger Under Stärnorna, Op. 17 – Var Inte Rädd För Mörkret (from Norwegian Songs By Arne Dørumsgaard)
00:49:01 Blind Alfred Reed – How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live? (from How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?)
00:52:17 Servile Sect – Neon Gates Of Hades (from Svrrender)
00:58:58 Talk break
01:02:00 Bryce Bond & William Martin – The Prodigal Son (from God’s Trombones By James Weldon Johnson)
01:07:32 Unknown artist – Teško Krstačko (from Macedonian Folk Dances Volume II)
01:10:15 Robert A. A. Lowe – Cyclamen (from Fazo IV: La Kvalito De Speguloj)
01:12:02 Leonard Emanuel, H.H. Oliver, & Paul Parker – tracks A1-A7 (from Hollerin’)
01:30:31 Talk break
01:34:07 Charlotte Daniels & Pat Webb – Frankie & Johnny (from Charlotte Daniels & Pat Webb)
01:38:53 Holly Hunt – Manchurian Candidate (from Year One)
01:47:35 The Blue Birds – Sun We Bilou Akh Waliya (from Pakistan – Folk And Pop Instrumentals 1966-1976)
01:52:00 Obolus – Grievance (from Lament)
02:00:43 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (January 16, 2017)

 

There’s probably only a few names on here that you don’t recognize and one of them is probably MJ Lallo and that is seriously the only one that matters. Full Spectrum dug up a copy of the original 1988 tape, remastered it, and shared it with the world, vocal heavy weirdo exotica that sounds a bit like The Knife + Suzanne Ciani.

 

AGB Radio 2017/01/16

Background music: Senyawa – Brønshøj 4 (from Brønshøj (Puncak))

00:00:00 Pan Daijing – Tenderloin Tanz (from A Satin Sight)
00:05:56 Talk break
00:07:06 Keiji Haino, Jozef Dumoulin, & Teun Verbruggen – Non-Dark Destinations (from The Miracles Of Only One Thing)
00:32:51 Talk break
00:33:42 Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson – I Am The Cello (from Wondrous Intermission)
00:52:37 Thomas Köner – Tiento De La Luz 5 (from Tiento De La Luz)
01:03:42 Talk break
01:04:27 Lawrence English – Somnambulist (from Cruel Optimism)
01:10:24 Celer & Dirk Serries – Above / Below (from Background Curtain)
01:28:14 Talk break
01:29:08 Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – Withdrawal (from Thought Withdrawal)
01:45:45 MJ Lallo – Blues For Buddha (from The Channeled Voice)
01:51:27 Mai Mai Mai – Magois (from Phi)
01:59:11 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (January 11, 2017)


 

Not too much experimentation this time. And once again, the recording starts late. I hit the record button on time this time, but I forgot you need to hit it twice so you come in towards the end of the first song I played (Surachai). That happens way too much and it pisses me off to no end, I just hope it doesn’t make you even half as mad it makes me.

 

A Thick Mist 2017/01/11

Background music: Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting – Side B (from Bubblethug)

00:00:00 Surachai – Ancestral (from Embraced)
00:06:47 Short Stuff Macon – Hell-Bound Blues (from Hell Bound And Heaven Sent)
00:09:20 Ismael Salud Gonzalez – Cantares De Mi Tierra (from Mexico: Fiestas Of Chiapas And Oaxaca)
00:12:59 Salem Mass – Witch Burning (from Witch Burning)
00:23:22 Talk break
00:26:44 David Behrman – Figure In A Clearing (from On The Other Ocean)
00:28:26 Side B (from Tokyo Rose: Radio Traitor Or Radio Patriot)
00:46:42 Side B (from An Evening In Sapsucker Woods)
00:53:15 Talk break
00:56:26 Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – The Art Of Coffins (from Black Earth)
01:08:18 Dariush Dolat-Shahi – Samā’ (from Electronic Music, Tar And Sehtar)
01:17:12 Blind Willie McTell – Broke Down Engine Blues (from The Early Years (1927-1933))
01:20:28 Mark Korven – Hare In The Woods (from The Witch Score)
01:22:03 Talk break
01:25:31 Whitehorse – Mechanical Disintegration (from Progression)
01:33:03 Guy Carawan – Weary Blues (from Songs With Guy Carawan)
01:35:17 Alhaji Garbo Leao – Sarkin Mallamai Garba Kaita – Praise Song To A Chief Mallam (Teacher) (from Alhaji Garbo Leao And His Goge Music)
01:39:21 Khan Shushinsky – Segiakh Murza Gusein (from Secret Museum Of Mankind (Central Asia Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48))
01:42:34 Larry Richardson & Red Barker And The Blue Ridge Boys – Pain In My Heart (from Larry Richardson & Red Barker And The Blue Ridge Boys)
01:44:54 Yellow Swans – At All Ends (from At All Ends)
01:56:28 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (January 9, 2017)


 

Lots of solo acoustic and black noise/metal, plus a cover of Hank Williams and me mistakenly thinking the Humbert & Rosenboom collab came out this year instead of 2013.

 

AGB Radio 2017/01/09

Background music: Tashi Dorji – Still III (from Collected Works)

00:00:00 Rob Noyes – Oni (from The Feudal Spirit)
00:04:36 Talk break
00:06:34 Sandworm – Still Beside The Grave (from Trails)
00:10:28 Nested – The Nasty Ripple Waltz (from Nested 5)
00:26:28 Gultskra Artikler – Savage Mechanism (from Industria)
00:30:42 Talk break
00:32:07 Crawl – Failure I (from Poisonous Failure)
00:39:35 Leila Abdul-Rauf & Nathan A. Verrill – The Angel Of Death (from The Angel Of Death single)
00:41:01 Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy – Al Weshaya (from Darraje)
00:52:46 Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom – Talk 1 (from Daytime Viewing)
01:01:29 Talk break
01:03:22 William Fowler Collins & James Jackson Toth – The Border (from Under Stars And Smoke)
01:16:59 Glenn Jones – Portrait Of Basho As A Young Dragon (from Fleeting)
01:23:17 Skyjelly – Krilltastica (from Black Panthers / Priest, Expert, Or Wizard)
01:29:36 Talk break
01:30:49 Nekrasov – Part 1 (from In Token Of Their Spite)
01:41:23 Damian Valles – Poison Tooth (from Frameshifting)
01:45:30 Willie Lane – New Arrivals (from A Pine Tree Shilling’s Worth Of Willie Lane)
01:58:57 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (January 4, 2017)


 

Some of the mashups worked amazingly, like Lakshmi Shankar & the Bowles/Verrastro duo (which starts off so seamlessly I actually can’t determine when it started, somewhere around the 20 minute mark). Some fell a little flat, like Mick Barr and the Venezuelan folk music. It was all fun, though. Also, for some reason I was getting the song info for Lluvia off of Discogs and I was looking at a different record online than the one I was actually playing, so I say that I played “La Oscuridad Doth Dar La Inmortalidad” from Premonicion De Guerra but I wasn’t even playing that record. Oops. Chalk it up to me not knowing Spanish and that the info for Eternidad Solemne is all on the inner sleeve instead of the jacket which I didn’t have readily at hand.

 

A Thick Mist 2017/01/04

Background music: Perispirit – 14th Annual Seance (from Spiritual Church Movement)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:30 Primitive Man – The Holes In The Walls Are Like Holes In My Fucking Head (from P / / M)
00:10:17 Concepts And Problems (excerpt) (from Metabolic Abnormalities In Diabetes)
00:13:02 Lakshmi Shankar – Raga: Janasammodini (from The Voice Of Lakshmi Shankar)
00:20:00 Nathan Bowles & Scott Verrastro – Palanquin Opiate (from Polar Satellites)
00:33:24 Talk break
00:37:32 Coon Creek Girls – Little Birdie (from Coon Creek Girls)
00:40:50 Lluvia – Enterramiento En La Lluvia (from Eternidad Solemne)
00:49:22 The Halveti-Jerrahi Dhikr – Side A (from Journey To The Lord Of Power)
00:52:28 Xela – Calling For Vanished Faces (from Shipping Gold / Calling For Vanished Faces)
01:13:39 Talk break
01:15:39 Francis Bebey – New Track (from African Electronic Music 1975-1982)
01:24:00 John A. Lomax, Jr. – I’m All Out And Down (from John A. Lomax, Jr. Sings American Folksongs)
01:26:28 Portal – Omnipotent Crawling Chaos (from Outre’)
01:32:49 Talk break
01:35:34 Morton Subotnick – Touch (Beginning) (from Touch)
01:37:06 Side A (from Getting Through: A Guide To Better Understanding Of The Hard Of Hearing)
01:49:47 Grant Rogers – George’s Story (from The Cannonsville Story – From The Film “Kinfolks”)
01:51:44 Mick Barr – Side A (excerpt) (from Coiled Malescence)
01:56:47 Trio Cantaclaro – Polo (from Columbia World Library Of Folk And Primitive Music, Volume IX – Venezuela)
02:00:26 Ana Caraballo & Asuncion Caraballo – Canto Para Pilar Maiz (Corn Grinding Song) (from Columbia World Library Of Folk And Primitive Music, Volume IX – Venezuela)
02:01:21 Julian Guevara – Zumba, Que Zumba (How It Hums) (from Columbia World Library Of Folk And Primitive Music, Volume IX – Venezuela)
02:04:27 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (January 2, 2017) – Top 20 Metal Countdown

 

Was able to cram all 20 (21) into one episode and only had to do one excerpt. I consider that a victory.

Check the full list over here.

 

AGB Radio 2017/01/02 – Top 20 Metal Countdown

Background music: Cultes Des Ghoules – Storm Is Coming, Come The Blessed Madness (from Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead Of Love)

00:00:00 Malevich – Perennial Self (from Only The Flies)
00:01:16 Talk break
00:02:36 Book Of Sand – Crumbling Palaces (from Occult Anarchist Propaganda)
00:08:02 Jute Gyte – Palimpsest (from Perdurance)
00:16:20 Zön – Behold (from Mount Gaash)
00:21:48 Aureole – Interloper (from Aurora Borealis)
00:25:33 Talk break
00:27:03 Fuath – In The Halls Of The Hunter (from I)
00:36:02 Tardigrada – Erschöpft (from Emotionale Ödnis)
00:44:45 El-Ahrairah – White Kingdom (from El-Ahrairah)
00:48:19 Mare Cognitum – Aether Wind (from Luminiferous Aether)
00:56:39 T.O.M.B. – Mystic Blood Scrying (from Fury Nocturnus)
00:58:45 Hagazussa – Air Of The Black Spore (Contamination) (from Dyspnea: Early Works Compilation)
01:00:12 Talk break
01:01:47 VRTRA – The Cold Suffocating Dark Goes On Forever (from My Bones Hold A Stillness)
01:09:25 Twilight Fauna – Tongues Of Knowledge (from Fire Of The Spirit)
01:15:56 Without – Ego (excerpt) (from Elaborations: II)
01:18:48 Névoa – Conflict (from Re Un)
01:23:02 Forgotten Spell – Proclaiming Satan (from Epiphaneia Phosphorus (Angel, God Or Insanity))
01:27:13 Talk break
01:28:33 Spektr – Your Flesh Is A Relic (from The Art To Disappear)
01:31:44 Zeal And Ardor – Blood In The River (from Devil Is Fine)
01:35:16 RLYR – Slipstream Summer (from Delayer)
01:41:39 Astronoid – Obsolete (from Air)
01:47:49 Mizmor – Inertia, An Ill Compeller (from Yodh)
01:58:38 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (December 21, 2016) – Holiday Special featuring Numero Group


 

I decided to pull all of my A Thick Mist-relevant Christmas records for this episode (which is only 5 but they’re all pretty great) as well as my entire Numero Group collection (which I only got to play half of but oh well, I’ll save em for another day). All in all, there’s only 3 non-Christmas or non-Numero songs and everything turned out just swell.

No A Thick Mist episode next week because the university is closed but I should return the first week of January.

Also, I mention it right off the bat on air, but just fyi, this is a short episode because the building the radio station is in didn’t open when it was supposed to and my secret back door that’s usually open wasn’t so I started about a half hour late. Blame Facilities.

 

A Thick Mist 2016/12/21 – Holiday Special featuring Numero Group

00:00:00 Harry Bertoia – Clear Sounds (from Sonambient)
00:14:24 Talk break
00:17:20 Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin – Siku Kuu (Holy Night) (from Christmas In The Congo)
00:20:25 Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin – Lullaby (from Christmas In The Congo)
00:23:00 Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin – Kimya (from Christmas In The Congo)
00:25:51 Little Murray And The Maniacs – Don’t Leave Me Mama (from The ABCs Of Kid Soul)
00:30:22 Venus Star – On The Path Of Return (from Setyphorus)
00:34:49 Talk break
00:37:13 La Justicia – Guaguanco Coroco (from Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua De Chicago)
00:43:36 Lil McClintock – Don’t Think I’m Santa Claus (from Death Might Be Your Santa Claus)
00:46:43 The Basement – Funky Music (from Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie)
00:51:58 Circuit Rider – Limousine Ride (from Circuit Rider)
00:57:28 Various/unknown – Dzwon, Dzwon, Dzwon (from Bo?e Narodzenie: Polish Christmas Songs And Sketches)
01:00:37 Various/unknown – Bo?e Narodzenie (from Bo?e Narodzenie: Polish Christmas Songs And Sketches)
01:03:35 Talk break
01:06:25 Otis G. Johnson – Call On Jesus (from Everything – God Is Love 78)
01:12:01 Kalinga province – Group Singing With Gongs (from Music From The Mountain Provinces)
01:17:28 Rita Ford’s Music Boxes – Ihr Kinderklein Kommet – Large Kalliope With Bells, Polyphon With Bells, Regina (from A Music Box Christmas)
01:20:23 Alfonso Lovo – Los Conquistadores (from La Gigantona)
01:26:10 Scars From A Dead Room – InHume (from Scars From A Dead Room)
01:32:57 Les Petits Chanteurs A La Croix De Bois – Noëls: Allons Pastoureaux (Vieux Noël Languedocien) (from Christmas Music Of France (Noëls Populaires))
01:35:12 Talk break

Album Review

Top 20 Metal Records Of 2016

I did it! I made another list. I didn’t think it would happen, but it happened. No more lists, though. This is the last one for 2016.

Lots of black metal this year. And I mean lots. But it’s all A+ Amazing. I didn’t hear too much doom (or rather too much premium doom) this year, but, again the doom that was good was really fucking good. There’s tons of weird shit in here that pushes the limits of metal that you should come to expect from my metal lists. Also, I gotta say I’m surprised at the amount of color found on these album covers. 10 of them feature full multi-colored artwork and even more toss in some non-greyscale-but-still-monochromatic flair.

I did something that some of you may find treasonous. I have 2 records tied for first place. So, technically, this is a Top 21 list, but whatever. I spent way too long (like, weeks, maybe even months?) trying to decide which of the two I loved more and just couldn’t settle on one answer for more than a few days. And when I was putting this post together I realized “fuck it, there’s no reason I need to choose one over the other” and thus the Tied For Number 1 spot was born. I’m happy about it and you should be too.

As usual, I try to keep the big names/labels off the list because I’m definitely not a metal blog and I’m sure you all know that The Body, Ash Borer, SubRosa, Cough, ColdWorld, and Primitive Man put out truly outstanding records this year. You don’t need another site to tell you how good they are.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. Thanks for making incredible music.

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AGB Radio

AGB Radio (December 19, 2016) – Top 30 Drone Countdown, Part II


 

The top 15 of my 30 favorite drone records this year. See Part I of the radio countdown over here and the actual list over here.

Kinda messed up the timing of some of the talk breaks (like the last set of songs goes on for about 45 minutes instead of 30), so, sorry about that.

 

AGB Radio 2016/12/19 – Top 30 Drone Countdown, Part II

Background music: Vapor Lanes – Embers (from Hieratic Teen)

00:00:00 Architeuthis Rex – Fallen (from Stilbon Is Dead)
00:05:23 Talk break
00:06:41 Eola – How Far Am I From Canaan? (from Dang)
00:08:45 Nested – “What A Beautiful World This Will Be.” (from 3)
00:15:08 Matt Carlson, Michael Stirling, & Doug Theriault – Mishra Bhairavi (excerpt) (from Aakash)
00:24:00 Fis – Independently Together (from From Patterns To Details)
00:28:07 Talk break
00:29:11 Jon Mueller – How You Look When You’re Not Looking (excerpt) (from Tongues)
00:38:11 Of Earth And Sun – Radiatory Transmissions (from A Consuming Fire)
00:44:57 Accident Du Travail – Sheep’s Joy (from Très Précieux Sang)
00:48:00 Talk break
00:48:48 La Tène – Marche De Fahy (excerpt) (from Vouerca/Fahy)
00:58:04 Phurpa – Long Life (excerpt) (from Rituals Of Bön I)
01:06:41 Paul Jebanasam – eidolons beginning p = (m²A ² am to (rho-z)-y ∂t+(ρ see to wait dz/dt = it xy that I -beta* do not z countless (from Continuum)
01:16:35 Talk break
01:17:31 Shovels Beat The Sun – Sky Wires (from Sky Wires)
01:25:31 Ela Stiles – Black Metal (from Black Metal)
01:35:21 Claire M. Singer – Wrangham (from Solas)
01:41:52 Maja S. K. Ratkje – Part 3 (from Crepuscular Hour)
01:57:58 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (December 12, 2016) – Top 30 Drone Countdown, Part I

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Since it’s hard enough to fit 15 of my favorite drone songs into 2 hours, let alone 30, I had to break this episode into two parts. This is the first part where I go through numbers 16-30 (or rather, 30-16). Next week I’ll count down the top 15.

Check the actual list of my Top 30 Drone Records over here.

 

AGB Radio 2016/12/12 – Top 30 Drone Countdown Part I

Background music: Autumn Pool – Always (Orbiculatus Glowing On The Plain) (from Balm In The Night Air)

00:00:00 Joe Clark – Sleeptalker (from Throw Me In the Susquehanna)
00:06:41 Talk break
00:08:17 Tristan Perich – Section 2 (from Noise Patterns)
00:12:11 Medina / Walsh – Salton Sea (from Vault Of Angels)
00:15:11 France Jobin – L (from Singulum)
00:21:34 Talk break
00:22:31 Mike Weis – 17’21” (excerpt) (from Sound Practice)
00:37:31 Tape Loop Orchestra – Part One (excerpt) (from The Invisibles)
00:52:30 Talk break
00:53:30 Bethan Kellough – An Opening (from Aven)
00:57:43 Damian Valles – Stem (from Strand)
01:00:20 Amulets – Conditionals (from Personal Power)
01:03:49 Tongues Of Light – Healing Side (from Channelled Messages)
01:18:27 Braeyden Jae – Obscured And Waiting (from Fog Mirror)
01:24:23 Talk break
01:25:32 Insect Factory – Cigarette (from Work)
01:28:21 Robert Curgenven – Framed By The Edge Of The Earth (from Climata)
01:38:23 Sunken Cathedral – Blessing & Embodiment (from Subtle Body)
01:49:05 Jeremy Bible – Arp 220 (from Music For Black Holes)
01:58:19 Talk break

Album Review

Top 30 Drone Records Of 2016

I did it! I made a list. I didn’t think it would happen being a new dad and all, but it happened. I’m going to try to make a Top Metal list too, but no promises.

At 30 entries, this is the longest Top Drone list I’ve made. But I’ve been eschewing reviews lately and focusing on AGB Radio and A Thick Mist, so I figure 30 is acceptable if you count how many records I’ve directly recommended over the past year.

I seem to continually expand my definition of what a Drone Record is, which means there’s probably a few on here that are stretching the confines of that label, but I still did my best to try to keep it as Drone as possible.

There’s plenty of reoccurring themes in here. Namely, lots of voices/singing (11 have vocals present at least somewhere on the record) and lots of organs & harmoniums. Neither of those are all that surprising, though. But there’s two solo records from drummers, so that’s kinda cool. There’s also two heavily inspired by traditional Indian music, also kinda cool.

I had fun with this one. I changed a few things up this year. First, I decided to exclude any artist that’s been on any previous list. This meant no Saåad, Roly Porter, Andrew Weathers, Sarah Davachi, Mamiffer, Ian William Craig, Danny Paul Grody, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, etc. (Seriously though go listen to the new Saåad and Mamiffer records.) No one likes to see the same people on such a niche list over and over again, so this was a good way to keep things new and exciting.

The other thing I decided to do was not rank this in the traditional way. Instead, I put the records in positions 7-30 into four groups of six, and the records within each group aren’t ranked. So that means the records in group 7-12 aren’t ranked, aside from me liking them more than the previous 13-30 drone records. I did this except for the top 6, which are ranked traditionally. I hope it’s not too confusing.

As usual, I try to keep the Big Droners off this list because anyone who’s a fan of drone probably already knows that Eluvium and Tim Hecker put out records this year and while their music is A+ Amazing, they don’t really need a little DIY blog to help them out.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. Thanks for making incredible music.

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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.