Archive for December, 2011

AGB In The New Yorker


 
This isn’t normally the kind of thing I post here, but it’s too big a deal for me to not share with you all. Sasha Frere-Jones at The New Yorker wrote about the best music stuff from 2011. He started out with a short Top 5 Lists list that included my Top 10 Drone Records alongside Pitchfork’s Top 40 Metal Albums, The Wire’s 2011 Rewind, The Quietus’ electronic & dance 12″s, and mega rap recs from Cocaine Blunts & Hip Hop Is Read. That’s some of the best company a guy could ask for.

So now that my career has peaked, I figured I could just shut down AGB and wait for the checks to roll in. Or, I could welcome all of the new people who are just now making their way over here via The New Yorker.

Hi everyone! Welcome to Anti-Gravity Bunny. I write about music I like, usually in the drone/noise range. I try to update as much as possible, and after this end-of-year break, 2012 should see lots of new shit. I look forward to it and hope you can find some new weird music that hits all the right buttons. In the meantime, assuming you’ve already checked out my favorites from 2011, poke around and let me know if you have any questions. I’ll just be right over here picking my jaw up off of the floor.

Mixes

Black (Metal) Mixmas II


“Merry Mixmas” cards by the second best Gocco-er: Heather Jeany

 
I made a black metal mix in ’09 for my holiday AGB break, skipped over it last year in lieu of this wacky music box album, and am reviving it in 2011 for perhaps an annual thing? We’ll see. I thought it would be appropriate this year because I seem to be surrounded by death & abandonment.

I’ll be gone for a little while, as has been the case lately. Lots of family time due to having less family. So I’m leaving Black (Metal) Mixmas II in my stead. I decided to select songs that only came out in 2011 for this. So it kinda doubles as a year end best black metal list for me, but not entirely. This should be a hit with you & your loved ones. Make sure you share it with everyone. Play it while the little one in your life has woken you up at some ungodly hour and you’re enjoying your spiked coffee. Unwrapping presents before sunrise is what black metal was made for.
 
Download Black (Metal) Mixmas II
1. The Body & Braveyoung – Song 1 (Nothing Passes, At A Loss)
2. Mamaleek – You Can Bury Me In The East (Kurdaitcha, Enemies List)
3. Angelcrust – Sneer (Pet Semetary, self released)
4. Burzum – Jeg Faller (Fallen, Byelobog)
5. Vit – The Ardour Of Saints (-, Music Ruins Lives)
6. Whitehorse – Fierce Reprisal (The Body / Whitehorse Split, Aum War / Sweat Lung)
7. Petrychor – In Remembrance (Effigies & Epitaphs, Khrysanthoney)
8. Auspicium – Where Waves Mark Our Passage (Infinite Lights Of Greater Stars, Ninth Meridian)

Top 10 Drone Records Of 2011

This year’s list was too damn hard. There was just so much awesomeness, it was almost impossible to keep it to 10. That’s just how lists are, I guess.

Since this is an AGB list and AGB = me, I allowed myself the freedom that an indie blogger should have. Namely, defining “drone” however I damn well please. However, I still had some criteria. If a record had some songs that were hardly drone at all, but still embodied the drone aesthetic as a whole, I kept it. There were plenty of records that I wanted to mold into the list but no matter which way I looked at it, they just couldn’t be considered “drone” (especially the new Ricardo Donoso and Colin Stetson albums).

If you’re new here, there are sound samples on all of the original reviews and I beseech you to listen to anything on this list you have yet to hear. I assure you it will be worth your time 100%. But…

On to the list! On to the heckling!


10. High Aura’dMooncusser (YDLMIER)
“Soaring Windy & Carl euphoria, brief Fahey picks, and a wall of absolute beauty.”

Boston’s killerest scene stomping dude on Boston’s raddest darned tape label.


9. Nicholas SzczepanikAnte Algo Azul (self released)
“There’s mournful Basinski textures, sci-fi tractor beams, static harmonies, Eliane Radigue homages, all wrapped in Szczepanik’s own meditative perspective.”

Technically 12 separate items but they’re all Ante Algo Azul. And the ID3 tags on the official downloads have each one as an individual track of the full 12 song “album.” So suck it. Plus, this shit is the greatest.


8. Mind Over MirrorsThe Voice Rolling (Digitalis)
“Stretched out gauze floating through pink/grey bliss, endless layers of reed textured harmonies, all of the fantastic things about harmoniums but given a new life through Fennelly.”

Harmoniums always do it for me and this is like the harmonium record to destroy all harmonium records.


7. MountainsAir Museum (Thrill Jockey)
“Mountains bounce back and forth between straight up drone and pulsing minimal space techno, keeping a nice balance, never cemented in their textured planar earthly past but not jumping ship for the OPN New Age.”

Always keepin me on my toes. Mountains took it to the next motherfuckin level on this one.


6. EmuulThe Drawing Of The line (Digitalis)
“Blurred & blown out drones that breathe heavy, swaying in the breeze, scorched at the edges.”

Sad n blissful. Zen x100.


5. RaleSome Kissed Charms That Would Not Protect Them (Isounderscore)
“…a heaving sweetheart, giving you massive swells of dense intimidation… conjuring images of watching a thunderstorm roll in on the beach… enjoying it without fear and wallowing in the glory of the lightening sky, the majesty of nature beautifully overwhelming.”

Rale fucking nailed it on this one. And no one knows about it! Only 300 copies made, came out in May, and it’s still available. What’s wrong with you people! This is truly original and has AMAZING packaging.


4. Lawrence EnglishThe Peregrine (Experimedia)
“Like the finest grade sandpaper, with a tooth so smooth, the grit almost disappears and you’re left with drone as glorious as humanly possible.”

Didn’t think Mr. English could make something more satisfying than Kiri No Oto but goddammit he sure did. Unreal.


3. Kyle Bobby DunnWays Of Meaning (Desire Path)
“This is the most delicate bliss I’ve ever experienced. 100% shining purity that doesn’t need to be cranked to 11 to get the job done. It swirls softly & effortlessly turns hearts into puddles of droney delight.”

First of all, KBD on vinyl? YES. Then, the best KBD record yet? Also, YES. It has one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard on it, too. It’s just math, you guys. Of course this is on the list.


2. Andrew Weathers EnsembleWe’re Not Cautious (Sleep On The Floor)
“It’s unbelievably warm, so rich & soft, tender & charming, absolutely beautiful in every way. It can be played at full volume and it won’t overpower, it’ll simply fill your home with the most delicately lush sounds you can imagine.”

Probably the least droney record on this list but it’s got enough to break into the official “Drone” category for me. Either way, this is literally one of the best records I’ve ever heard.


1. Nicholas SzczepanikPlease Stop Loving Me (Streamline)
“As wonderfully serene as it is, the whole time you’re wading waist deep in emotion, the sustained & intertwined tones heavy hearted, cascading heartache, longing, and hope. An elegiac softness matched with poignant massiveness that ends on the brightest, most uplifting note, fading into the horizon.”

This is the one. The best record of the year. Hands down. No contest. One of the best records of all time, in fact. I shit you not. As the kids say these days, unimpeachable. Or is it unfuckwithable? Lets just go with the universally understood: PERFECT.

Mixes

Funeral II


Funeral II

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Too much sadness. The last time I posted was after my father in law had fallen, broken his neck, and was in a coma. It was a mix of the most beautiful music, what I hoped being in a coma sounded like. Without going into too many details, he passed away after fighting for a week and a half. The memorial service is tomorrow, so I made another mix, one full of heartache.

The worst part is that I had to make a new one. I posted a funeral mix once, then I reposted it when there was another funeral a few months ago, and I thought better of triple dipping. This is a much better mix than that first one anyways. And it finally allowed me to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: put Giles Corey alongside Jakob Battick. They sound absolutely perfect together.

Download Funeral II
1. Lonesummer – Ghost Stories
2. Locrian – Obsolete Elegy In Lost Concrete
3. Animus – Three
4. Mind Over Mirrors – Point Hammond
5. Brian Grainger – Bloodied Dust From The Boots Of Drunken Princes
6. Sunken – Census
7. Fossils From The Sun – Dry Eyes
8. Giles Corey – Grave Filled With Books
9. Jakob Battick & Friends – Nine Brothers & The Wolf