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.
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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.
23:00 Tom Heasley
24:00 The Fathers
01:00 Thomas Carnacki
02:00 Amphibious Gestures
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
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
22:00 The Norman Conquest (acoustic set)
23:00 Wrap Up
Hell’s epic trilogy has sadly come to an end, but holy motherfuck what an end it is. III is pretty much everything you’d want in a doom record, mournful guitars bookending both side long pieces of pure devastation, a bleak blackened fury, nightmarish and fucking massive.
The record got the usual luxe treatment from Pesanta Urfolk, nice thick black/blood red vinyl with a large fold-out poster and an insert. Only 472 copies made and already sold out from both the band and the label. The whole thing is streaming on Hell’s Bandcamp, so feel free to scope it out before entering the contest.
To enter, just send an email to email@example.com by the end of Friday. If you win, you’ll be the gloomiest kid in town.
There’s been quite a few charitable music-related things recently and I thought I’d share two of the more important (to me) ones.
First up, this 3 hour noise comp called When One Has Nothing Left Make Ceremonies Out Of The Air And Breathe Upon Them. It’s $15 and all proceeds go directly to Stephen Petrus, aka Murderous Vision, the Ohio artist whose home & possessions went up in flames earlier this month. The noise community pulled this shit together real quick, like in a matter of days, to help Stephen get back on his feet. The comp is fuckin killer, ranging from doomed industrial and harsh noise to monodrone and rhythmic dark ambient featuring artists like Hoor-Paar-Kraat, Zurvan, Robert Turman, and a collab between Xiphoid Dementia & Theologian. 28 songs, over 3 hours, and the chance to help a dude who’s down & out.
Then there’s Heligator Records, started up by Ryan Hall of Tome To The Weather Machine (a fantastic site if you’re unaware) who recently spent 2 years in Swaziland as a Peace Corps Volunteer who helped create a library and two pre-schools at the Malindza Refugee Camp. The library has over 1,000 books (including resources specifically for the teachers) and a computer, and it serves the refugees who come from all over Africa. Heligator Records is basically a digital singles only thing on Bandcamp. Each song only costs a dollar but they/I would encourage you to donate more because the money goes directly to the library for maintenance & upkeep, as well as some compensation for the two library volunteers. This is a fantastic thing Ryan has set up. Really fucking psyched about it. Oh, and all the music is rad as hell too so there’s that.
TWENTY!! Goddamn right. The Top Drone list could no longer be contained by the traditional 10. I’m not doing 20 because there was just too much awesome drone this year. While that’s true, it’s also true every year. No, I’m doing it because there were so few standout albums. Everything was so fucking awesome it’s like everyone juiced their skills but were all stopped by a glass ceiling or something. I mean my Top 5 are almost interchangeable. Well, not really, but sort of.
So, as usual, this list is about my personal favorite droners. Nothing objective going on. And, like AGB in general, I tend to favor the under-represented. And I don’t usually allow reissues, but I had to bend the rules a bit for no other reason than that one reissue is so, so fucking good and I didn’t know it was a reissue until I started making this list.
And you know I only write about the highest quality shit. So anything that was posted this year and tagged as Drone is basically just as good as everything you’ll see on this list. So browse that genre if you’re still jonesing for some more drone.
Onto the list!
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Super exciting news you guys. I’m doing a radio show/podcast again! Every Monday night from 7:00-9:00 (EST) on my pal’s internet radio station BFF.fm starting TONIGHT. I’ll be playing the best drone I can get my hands on. Also expect plenty of other killer goodness: massive doom, ancient foreign folk, subtle techno, raw black metal, tender Americana, skull splitting noise, earworm pop, and whatever the fuck else is in rotation at AGB HQ.
I’ll be posting the shows here on the site after they air, so if you miss it on BFF.fm, you can download it here and take it with you everywhere you go.
AGB RADIO! BFF.FM! TONIGHT! 7-9!
I’ve been weighed down by some heavy fuckin depression & anxiety issues lately. I feel like I can’t accomplish a single fucking thing, anything that I do is a steaming pile of shit, and it’s making me so tense my body is rebelling against me. Not quite sure how or where that’s going but I know AGB has been stressing me the fuck out. It’s not what I want it to be but I don’t have the time to make it perfect so I spin my wheels and hope it’s enough.
I have so much fucking guilt over it that it affects everything else I do, so I constantly fight myself over whether or not I should shut AGB down. I don’t want to because I love it and I’d hate myself if I did, but then I tell myself maybe it’d be better for my well-being if I pulled the plug. I don’t know if it would or not.
I couldn’t/can’t bring myself to shut it down, but about 2 weeks ago I told myself that I’d put AGB on like a summer hiatus or something. Basically, don’t think about it, don’t do anything with it, just step back, take a deep breath, and wait until something happens. In these past couple of weeks I think I might have felt a little better due in part to trying to keep AGB out of my head, which is why I’m writing this instead of reviewing a new record. I’ve decided the hiatus is real enough to tell you about it and make it a thing.
I’m saying now that I want to come back. My hope is that I’ll figure some shit out or have some realizations or whatever and eventually, at the very least, want to update AGB again because I actually want to and not because I think I need to. I’d still like to do a guide to Hopscotch fest like I did last year because this year’s got some crazy shit in store, but who knows.
When something changes, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, keep well. I’ll see you soon.
For allayall who missed out last year, I’m bringing these back so you can be badass, sexy, and cute all at the same time. Everyone will love you. Pre-orders will be up for about a month, I expect to ship them out early August. Have at it.
You’ve probably been seeing a lot of this lately. A few weeks ago I asked you guys if you wanted to see my music related tweets posted to AGB. The general response was “yeah” so here we are. I’ve gotten a bit of informal feedback since then, so I figured it’d be a good idea to see what alla yall thought of tweets overpowering the proper reviews. So here’s a quick little survey. Let me know what you think. thx <3
The wonderful folks over at Fifteen Questions offered to interview me. Very kind of them. I’m sitting alongside Lubomyr Melnyk and Merzbow as the three latest interviews, so I’m not totally sure what I’m doing there, but it’s awesome all the same.
They asked fantastic questions, ones that I’ve already put a lot of thought into long before this interview. What’s my criteria for quality? How important is the local music scene to my site? What are my obligations to my readers? How do I value of music? All sorts of cool stuff, and shit gets real over there. I’m kinda candid, maybe a bit too candid. Hope I didn’t get too dark & serious for yall. Anyway, have a read if you’re so inclined.
Rorcal’s Világvége is so fucking amazing, I need to make sure at least one of you guys has a copy. So I’m gonna give one away.
WIN IT: Show me your best bunny. Cute ones, disapproving ones, big ones, tiny ones, floppy ones, sassy ones… draw it, find a picture, take a picture, I don’t care, just give me bunnies. Comment on this post with a link to the bunny image of your choosing before Sunday, 4/14, at midnight/11:59 pm, and you might win a copy of the best metal record this year.
RULES: Multiple submissions are welcome & encouraged but probably won’t increase your chances of winning. Who knows, though.
Gifs are great, videos are not.
If you find a great bunny online, you get extra points if I haven’t seen it before (heads up, I’ve seen a lot of bunnies in my internetting).
No real-life sad bunnies. Fake sad bunnies (like this guy) are totally ok.
Make sure when commenting you use an email I can contact you at if you win. Don’t worry, it won’t be published with your comment.
And just fyi, Világvége‘s jacket & sleeve have a slight crease in one of the corners (it arrived that way). It could probably get flattened out over time, though. Just some minor cosmetic stuff that I felt you should know about.
Show me some good bunnies yall.
I’ve been thinking about incorporating my Twitter shit over here on the site and wondering what yall think about it. Lots of options on the how, but I’m mostly leaning towards making individual tweets as new blog posts (as opposed to embedding my Twitter feed somewhere in the sidebar or something). I talk up a ton of stuff on Twitter about records and shit and I’ll never have time to write a full review of all of them, so this would be a way for me to keep recommending awesome stuff to you even if you couldn’t care less about Twitter.
Here’s the sort of stuff you’re missing out on if you’re not following me on Twitter.
Jute Gyte’s recent free* Discontinuities is more twisted & intense than anything else he’s done, black metal supreme. jutegyte.bandcamp.com/album/disconti…
— Anti-Gravity Bunny (@justinsnow) March 13, 2013
Still loving this Urpf Lanze record, some of the darkest acoustic guitar I’ve heard in a while. Moody as fuck & unsettling.
— Anti-Gravity Bunny (@justinsnow) March 12, 2013
Whatcha think? Super fuckin cool or lame as hell? Just leave a quick comment on this post with a yay or nay and we’ll get this thing figured out.
5 years ago today, Anti-Gravity Bunny debuted. Since then, I’ve discovered & befriended more insanely talented artists than I even knew existed. These 16 were kind enough to contribute an original piece of music for this celebratory compilation. The artists here span the full 5 years, from my first nerdy drone obsession with Ophibre to 2012’s drone record of the year champ Superstorms. Each & every track is a fucking triumph. If there’s anyone on here you don’t recognize, I implore you to check out their catalog. These guys have literally put out the best fucking records I’ve ever heard and if they’re not sold out yet, buy ‘em all.
You’re All The Fucking Best is a free digital release with exclusive & unreleased music. As is most things on AGB, this is 100% killer drones. Share it with everyone who cares about sound. If you feel like burning it to CD (or rather, two CDs) the appropriate break point is between tracks 12 and 13. Zurvan closes disc 1, High Aura’d kicks off disc 2.
The artwork up there is courtesy of my lady Elise Towle Snow.
I can’t thank you all enough for making Anti-Gravity Bunny worthwhile. This is an accomplishment on every level. You’re the fucking best.
1. Ophibre – The Crystal Dulcimer Part I
2. Andrew Weathers – Ain’t No Snow In California
3. Aquarelle – The Thread That Pulls The Hole
4. Superstorms – Balconing
5. Mike Shiflet – Mid-Winter Waltz
6. Benoît Pioulard – Pleas
7. Howard Stelzer – American Music (Part I: Over)
8. Howard Stelzer – American Music (Part II: Preserve)
9. Howard Stelzer – American Music (Part III: Where We Sleep)
10. Howard Stelzer – American Music (Part IV: Song)
11. Lawrence English – On Hold
12. Zurvan – Praevidentia
13. High Aura’d – Hodge’s Lament
14. Planning For Burial – In The Water That Washes Onto the Shore
15. Millipede – Lost Izalith
16. Brendan Murray – My Jam Back In The Day Was Justin Snow For President
17. Brandon Nickell – Shalimar’s Master Is A Scorpion
18. Nicholas Szczepanik – What Remains Of The River
19. Kyle Bobby Dunn – Psaume De Peut-Être
On February 20th, Anti-Gravity Bunny will turn 5 (and I’ll turn 28). From day one on Blogger, AGB has always been first and foremost something I’ve done for myself. No offense to you guys, but I started writing about records because I would get super excited about really cool shit and wanted to share with some anonymous internetters. The fact that there are people out there who cared (and still care) about my enthused incoherent ramblings continues to surprise me.
So AGB has turned into this perfectly symbiotic relationship where we’re both happy and neither of us ask too much of each other. I appreciate that. None of you are exploding my email box asking for more content or wishing I’d get back to my roots (whatever the fuck that would even mean I don’t know) and I just post about records and wet my pants every time I get a comment. It’s like we were made for each other. This mutual kindness deserves acknowledgement and celebration.
I asked some of my most favoritest artists that I’ve discovered & befriended over the past 5 years to contribute an unreleased original piece of music that I would gather into a free digital compilation of new exclusive awesomeness. I’m calling it You’re All The Fucking Best because obviously. This seemed like the perfect gift for both you and me. I can’t even tell you how fucking psyched I am about this. It’s basically the coolest thing ever. That image up there shows you who’s contributed so far (I’m still waiting on a few more but we’re already at an hour and 45 minutes) and let me just tell you that every track is a goddamn slice of heaven.
So this post is just an announcement. The official comp will drop on the 20th (if all goes according to plan). If you’re like me, that means you have 12 days to hyperventilate, shit yourself, and scream your throat raw until you can devour this bitchin comp.
And I would be a total jackass if I didn’t remind yall of the crazy cool show I’m putting on also in celebration of my 5 years. The Saturday after You’re All The Fucking Best gets released, 2/23, it’s party time at PA’s Lounge in Somerville. High Aura’d, Planning For Burial, Giles Corey, and Ehnahre will all be playing. And maybe, mayyyybe, if I can get my shit together, I’ll have a few handmade copies of this comp that I’ll hand out to the first people who show up. How’s that for incentive? This show was already worth the trek regardless of where you’re coming from, now even more so? I can’t even handle this. I’m freaking out just thinking about it. Nothing but good times ahead.
In celebration of AGB turning 5 in February, I’m putting on my first show (with a lot of help from John Kolodij because I’ve never done this shit before). So so so fucking psyched for this lineup. It’s gonna be gloomy madness.
Giles Corey, aka Dan Barrett, aka the driving force of Have A Nice Life, aka Enemies List honcho, is gonna be doing a stripped down set of his spectral folk, maybe playing some HANL songs, maybe some new stuff, but 100% guaranteed to be rad as fuck.
Planning For Burial will be doing a drone set, although every time he’s said that it still ended up caving the fuckin roof in. Always bringing some dark shit.
High Aura’d basically had to play this show. He made my second favorite drone record this year and the dude always fucking delivers live.
Ehnahre are the one band I haven’t seen yet but their records are insane, some dreary jazzy avant metal that’s weird as fuck and unlike anything else. Can’t fuckin wait to see these guys.
You are cordially invited to this dark night of exceptional entertainment on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at PA’s Lounge in Somerville. 9:00. $10. That’s assuming the world doesn’t end in a couple weeks. But either way, we win.
And here’s the Facebook event page if you’re into that sort of thing.