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CONTEST WINNER: Braeyden Jae’s Fog Mirror

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Some amazing haikus by you guys, seriously, so many good ones, thanks for all who entered the contest. Only one winner, though, obviously, and the prize goes to Clem McCulloch. Check out this beauty:
 

through this thick blanket
a vast shadow comes to light,
the void manifests

 
And the rest of yall should go buy a copy from the fresh-faced Whited Sepulchre Records, or Braeyden Jae himself, because Fog Mirror fuckin rules.

CONTEST: Win Braeyden Jae’s Fog Mirror

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You need this. And you can have this. SLC’s Braeyden Jae has been doing his thing for at least as long as AGB has been around, if not longer, and if you’ve been following this site for a while, hopefully you’d recognize his name (Braden J. McKenna) or any of his numerous alias/groups (WYLD WYZRDZ, Navigator, Weighted Pines, Mario Kart, Sleepover…), but regardless of your familiarity with this musical prodigy, this is what you need to know:

Fog Mirror is Braeyden Jae’s debut vinyl outing, and it’s the first release on the newly minted Whited Sepulchre Records (set up by Tome To The Weather Machine’s Ryan Hall, who also runs that charity label Heligator that I just highlighted on AGB Radio) and holy mother of god is it amazing, definitely a Drone Of The Year contender, Braeyden doing everything he can to win me over, stellar misty ambience with lulled piano and warm subtle washes of bliss, gauzy guitars reeling in the clouds, muted static numbing your thoughts, a low volume noise that gives you nothing but the most peaceful embrace, absolutely fucking beautiful.

So winning this is easy, just like the last contest, I want you to write a haiku inspired by fog, or wizards, or Mario Kart, or sepulchres, or whatever, you get the idea, something sorta related to this. You write that haiku, and you email it to foghaiku[at]antigravitybunny[dot]com easy peasy. Submissions will be taken until the end of Sunday, May 1.

You can stream the whole thing on Bandcamp, and if you don’t win, I highly suggest picking up a copy anyway because like I said this is fucking perfect.

CONTEST WINNER: Gates’ Palace Of Mirrors

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Got lots of great submissions (thank you!!) to win a vinyl copy of Palace Of Mirrors by Gates, but only one hit it out of the park. Revel in Bronson Wistuk’s haiku winning prowess.

 

Tundra caving in
No fire, no light, smoke billows
Windows kept open

 

There was another that definitely deserves runner-up status, which is Christian Molenaar’s that follows the 5-7-5 pattern in both English and Japanese, which I kind of just have to take his word on, but whatever, it’s also just a fucking great haiku.

Japanese:
最終しぐれ (Saishū shigure)
冬の雨, 不老 (Fuyu no ame, furō)
バニー土産 (Bunny miyage)

English:
The last cold shower
The rain in winter, ageless
A gift from Bunny

CONTEST: Win Gates’ Palace Of Mirrors

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See that up there? That could be yours. Palace Of Mirrors by Gates on sweet sweet purple mist vinyl, limited to 100 copies, fresh off the press. This monolith was my sixth favorite metal record of 2015, although it almost made it onto the drone list instead of the metal list, because that’s how Gates rolls. This record is out-fucking-standing. Mega droned doom of the highest order. Stream the whole thing here if you want a taste.

So here’s what you need to do if you want to win this thing. Write a haiku, preferably inspired in some way by Gates, or Palace Of Mirrors, or doom drone, or something, you get the idea. Send that haiku to palaceofhaikus [at] antigravitybunny [dotcom] before the end of next Friday (March 11). That’s it. Have fun.

In case you don’t win, here’s a link to buy a copy for yourself, which you should absolutely do.

Also, to preempt any grammar jerks, I’m well aware the plural of haiku doesn’t have an “s” but it just worked better that way for hopefully obvious reasons.

Album Review

Top 15 Solo Drone Records Of 2015

This is my final list this year, which saw 3 more than usual to make up for the lack of non-AGB Radio action for the past 6 months or so. As usual, I tried to keep the big names out (no Philip Jeck, no William Basinski, no Thomas Brinkmann), as if there’s anyone who would read a drone list and not know Basinski put out one of the best drone records of the year. There were so many records that were absolutely amazing but fell a bit too far from my fabricated & arbitrary definition of drone to make this list (Félicia Atkinson, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Eartheater, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma). Maybe next year I’ll have a list of Almost Drone records.

The “Solo” part of this list is only to differentiate it from the Collaborations list I already posted, otherwise it’s essentially the same as my usual Drone list. I put this list together and realized only one of the records was not a solo operation, so I axed it and made the list 100% individual work (that’s not to say other people didn’t help out here and there on the records, though).

In case you missed em, there’s also my Top 10 Collaborative Drone Records, Top 15 Metal Records, and Top 20 (Not Drone Or Metal) Records lists.

Things will probably be quiet here for a little while after this. I have two more AGB Radio episodes planned (counting down this list next week followed by a holiday episode), then in January I’ll be moving and I have a baby that’s due, so I’m not making any plans for AGB until I got that shit on lockdown. Might be doing a bunch of AGB Radio re-runs for a while. No idea. You’ll know when I know.

Have fun. Thanks for reading/listening/appreciating.

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Album Review

Top 20 (Not Drone Or Metal) Records Of 2015

Third list! One more to go. No genre theme this time, but I excluded drone & metal records because they have their own lists. Although there are a few that almost made it onto either of those other lists (see: 12, 10, 7, 6), I felt they weren’t quite droney or metal enough to make the cut, so now they’re here. I hope there’s some new jams in here that you haven’t heard yet and that it’s not too predictable.

Have fun. Thanks for reading/listening/appreciating.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention the huge lack of some of my favorite records that were just too big for me to want to include. Namely, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chrvches, and Purity Ring (among others). Those definitely wouldn’t seen some Top 5 action.

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Album Review

Top 15 Metal Records Of 2015

I’ve reviewed a decent amount of metal records, I’ve made four Black (Metal) Mixmas mixes, and last year’s non-genre list had a few metal records in it, but I’ve never done a full metal-only list (except for the little thing in Black (Metal) Mixmas IV), so I hope this doesn’t seem too out of place, but honestly I listen to wayyyyy more metal than I ever write about on AGB, so this sort of makes up for that I guess. I’m not as deep into the metal scene as I am the drone one, so I’m sure there’s way more awesome obscure metal records that would’ve made it onto this list had I heard them, but whatever. If you’ve got any recs, let me know in the comments or email!

And in case you’re not a huge metal fan, know that there’s plenty of stuff on this list that A: is only debatably metal (see: numbers 15, 13, 12, 1) and B: has plenty of AGB friendly elements aka drone, noise, etc (see: numbers 9, 6, 5, 4, 1).

Have fun. Thanks for reading/listening/appreciating.

 
 

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Album Review

Top 10 Collaborative Drone Records Of 2015

There was so much amazing fucking music this year, I had to put together not one, not two, but FOUR lists, this is the first of em, and it’s a fuckin doozy, since there were wayyyy too many killer drone records, I split it up and made a more niche list of drone collaborations, and as usual, this isn’t even all of em. My main rule for this list was that the collaborations had to be people working together for the first time, so the new From The Mouth Of The Sun was out. And since I didn’t review any of these originally, I can’t link you to the review which has a streaming song, which is why I decided to include a song for each of these.

Have fun. Thanks for reading/listening/appreciating.

 

UPDATE: I have no idea how I didn’t realize that EUS, Postdrome, & Saåad broke the only rule I had for this list. I didn’t even realize it when I was linking to my previous Top Drone list from 2012 that had their first record. So, oops. I’m an asshole and I’m sorry.

 
 

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I’m Gonna Be A Dad: The State Of AGB Address

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Yup, it’s really happening. I created another human with Elise. One of the things I swore I’d never do is now being done. So fucking psyched about this!

And in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve only reviewed 2 records in 6 months. I’ve had hard time getting back into the review game after the winter break and I guess I should officially acknowledge that now.

Other than having a baby on the way (never thought I’d be saying that), I’ve also got tons of other huge stuff going on, like I’m also looking for a new job and a new home, so, very tumultuous times (in the best possible way), and I don’t see myself jumping back into record reviews any time soon. I’m still having a blast with Anti-Gravity Bunny Radio on BFF.fm and will definitely keep that up for a while.

So what I’m saying isn’t much of anything. Over the past 7+ years of running AGB, I’ve finally realized I shouldn’t try to make any declarations of what I think it should be or what direction I’ll be going in, because it always just ends up stressing me out. I’ll just be letting it go wherever, doing the radio thing, maybe a review every now and then, who knows. I just wanted to let you know I don’t plan on dropping AGB entirely right now but I’ll definitely be way more busy in the upcoming months.

Also, I’m gonna be a fucking dad!

Snows On The Go

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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.

POLL: How do you use AGB?

Super quick poll for you guys so I can get a better handle on where and how my most common readers use AGB, and how you’d like to use AGB. Your responses are anonymous and none of the questions are required. Thanks a million in advance!
 

CONTEST: Win Gareth Flowers & Josh Mason’s Silent Period

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Giveaway time! I’ve got one sweet sealed copy of the stellar Silent Period by Gareth Flowers & Josh Mason on vinyl that needs a new home. I reviewed it the other day, and if you don’t remember, it was a bit of a concept album, with an anonymous dude going through these four songs/stages: “The Awareness,” “The Confusion,” “The Fear,” and “The Resignation,” in that order.

The contest is easy. I want you to come up with another phrase that fits in with those four. It could come before The Awareness (ex: The Silence), between The Confusion and The Fear (ex: The Anger), whatever. Go crazy.

Send your entries to enjoythesilence [at] antigravitybunny [dotcom] by Monday, January 19th at midnight. I’ll pick my favorite sometime next week.

If you don’t win, the record officially drops Tuesday the 20th so you should just go grab one for yourself at Sunshine Ltd. Only 250 copies though so don’t slack off.

Top 20 Drone Records Of 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I fucking love making my Top Drone Records list. Not only do I get to listen to all of my favorite drone records from the past 12 months basically non-stop for a month, I also get to re-share all these fucking amazing records that you may have overlooked or never even known about.

This year’s list is a bit stricter on what I considered “drone.” Except that was entirely unintentional. It just so happens there weren’t a lot of “sorta kinda mostly drone” records that were as outstanding as these 20. And while this list does cap out at 20, know that every other drone record I reviewed is tied for the 21 spot. I love each and every one of them for their own unique qualities. (Here would be some terrible joke about how all drone records sound the same which I hear all. the fucking. time.)

And for those of you new to my Top Drone list, know this is a list based on emotion and how these records affected me. I don’t try to make any objective statements of “best record” or anything like that, and when I do, it’s purely subjective and hyperbolic. These records are my personal favorites because they resonate with me in ways that are frequently indescribable.

So as not to clog the front page, the 20 jaw dropping drone records are after the jump.

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$5 Shirts!!!

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I’m selling some used shirts for $5 a piece over here (link over on the right for future reference). Bands include Dan Deacon, Sigur Ros, Death From Above 1979, Planning For Burial, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Locrian, Melt Banana, Xasthur, and a bunch more. Only one of each exists, so if you want it, ya better not slack around.

Live 24 Hour Drone Performance

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California’s KFJC is doing something super special at the end of this month as part of their annual Month Of Mayhem. There’s going to be a live 24 hour long drone set with 40+ artists including Jim Haynes, Wobbly, Antimatter, Julia Mazawa, Gosling, and tons more. They’ll have live audio and video, so prepare to zone out from Friday, May 30th at 10:00 PM until Saturday, May 31 at 12:00 AM PST (or Saturday, May 31 at 1:00 AM until Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 AM EST). This is gonna be the fucking best.

The full schedule is below. More details at the 24 Hour Drone page.

22:00 Introduction
23:00 Tom Heasley
24:00 The Fathers
01:00 Thomas Carnacki
02:00 Amphibious Gestures
03:00 Wobbly
04:00 Talk More
05:00 Pink Gaze
06:00 Dominique Leone
07:00 Kristin Miltner & Cliff Caruthers
08:00 The Norman Conquest (electronic set)
09:00 Nux Vomica
10:00 David Lim & Ven Voisey
11:00 Jim Haynes
12:00 Richard Faulhaber
13:00 Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken
14:00 Antimatter
15:00 Robert Rich
16:00 Michael Gendreau & Seitz
17:00 Thomas Dimuzio
18:00 Phillip Greenlief
19:00 Julia Mazawa
20:00 Matt Davignon & Philip Ringler
21:00 Gosling
22:00 The Norman Conquest (acoustic set)
23:00 Wrap Up