Archive for June, 2012

Album Review

Radiant Husk – Atolls (Faulkner, 2011)


Radiant HuskUntitled (2) (Faulkner)

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A recently submitted tape from last year that mysteriously didn’t get much press. No idea why, this thing is awesome. Radiant Husk is the solo project of Matt Erickson (Bezoar Formations controller, half of Sudden Oak), this is full of some impossible to ignore murky sax drones. Not like that Stetson dude, this is more of a saxophoned Animal Hospital dipped in syrup. Like if the Cosby Show fell face first into the bottom of a muddy well and was crying for help, or a swarm of wasps in attack formation that zooms right up and hovers inches from your face going “Not touching you! Not touching you!” Sounds of mourning Victorian foghorns shouting out into the foggy black, all call, no response. A lamenting bittersweet ballad, stretched out and minimized to a partly cloudy swansong, beautiful and blurry. Not sure of the limitedness of Atolls but there’s definitely still some available. This is an overlooked gem and you’d be doing yourself a favor by picking it up.

Album Review

Gates – Eintraum (Land Of Decay, 2012)


GatesForest Passageway, Hallway To The Void (Land Of Decay)

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I can’t even handle this one, you guys. It’s too much. Absolutely brutal, the best black noise I’ve heard in a long time. Harsh wall of sound that’s dark as fuck, a solid mass of devil drone, furious feedback & blown out riffage that’s caustic and pulverizing. Three tracks, each one with a slightly different vibe. The first is a frenzy, pure Skullflowery chaos, like the black noise version of Love Is A Stream, and buried way down is a Mick Barr style shredding and the occasional blast beat. Then there’s an atmospheric black metal track that takes the most destructive riffs and cranks everything way up, distortion and effects turned into a badass nightmare. The final track is some Sunn O))) blackened doom drone worship, pure fucking evil and depressive beyond belief, massive slabs of static rising up from the depths, apocalyptic feedback crumbling in on itself. This whole thing has an end of days feel to it and it’s the fucking best. Eintraum is definitely one of my favorites this year by a long shot. There’s not enough black/drone right now but Gates are sitting right on top and fucking delivered.

Album Review

Katze – Berg (Individual Lines, 2012)


KatzeChomsky (Individual Lines)

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Two of Boston’s coolest cats… dogs, the prepared violin wielding Morgan Evans-Weiler and Noell Dorsey, mostly known from her spectacular vocal fuckery in Jajuno Trio, Beautiful Weekend, Guillermo Sexo, etc, have teamed up for some bizarre shit as Katze, using mostly the voice/violin aesthetic and tweaking things out with various objects & electronics. Although they’ve been playing around town for quite a bit, Berg is their debut and it’s a fucking winner. Like some musique concrète version of X-Files, it’s dark & eerie, making just enough sense to put you at ease while still confusing the fuck out of you. High end shrill, refrigerator whir, mini rain drop static, eye bending drone, and spaced out noise, full of intention, subtle whispers and abrasive freakouts. All around amazing, but the best parts are when it’s just voice & violin, it’s like a match made in avant garde heaven, they work so perfectly together it’s a shame it took so long to happen. Lets just hope it’s not a one-off.

Mixes

Dino Kingdom


 
Another killer mix for you fatheads. Anything with a pulse that came out this year has been tossed into a blender and out spat Dino Kingdom, jamming everything from R.A.P. to R.I.P. Pump this sexy beast at your next block party and you’ll be the summer hero.

Download Dino Kingdom
1. NHK’Koyxeи – 530
2. Death Grips – Fuck That
3. tAz Arnold – jimmy
4. Action Bronson – Thug Love Story 2012
5. MondreM.A.N. – Fancy (Yalls Peer Pressure Remix)
6. El-P – The Jig Is Up
7. Boy Fruit – Tits & Tacos
8. Killer Mike – Southern Fried
9. Big K.R.I.T. – Temptation
10. Moth Vegas – Cloud Forest
11. Alphabets – Raptor Signal. Cut Tha Haunters
12. Actress – Marble Plexus

Concert Review

Pete Swanson, Jon Mueller & James Plotkin, Susan Alcorn, Rene Hell at Lilypad

Presented by Spectral Rehab

 
Rene Hell


 
Susan Alcorn


 
James Plotkin


 
Jon Mueller


 
Pete Swanson

Album Review

Misery – Miséricordes (BLWBCK, 2012)


MiserySous L’égide Des Martyrs (BLWBCK)

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One of my favorite black metal releases of the year right here. Solo French dude Thomas Bel making absolutely killer atmospheric black metal on what’s quickly becoming my new favorite label (BLWBCK also put out the EUS, Postdrome, & Saåad album that I kinda freaked out over). This is something else entirely, though. Brooding & miserable as fuck, long bouts of chilled ambience, church bells & organs with hymn-like mantras, Paysage d’Hiverian frozen windscapes, stiff lumbering drums like a giant stuck in a blizzard, blistering sheets of icy fuzzed out guitars, and raspy tortured vocals that are clearly identifiable as such but blurred and muffled to perfectly blend with the wall of sound. This is soundtrack to the moments between the top of the cliff and the arctic glaciers below, howling winds & cracked bones, it drones the blackest & bleakest, a depressive cloud of ambient metal that’s just too fucking awesome in every way. And this is his goddamn debut? Perfectly timed to be the next Xasthur.

Album Review

Botanist – III: Doom In Bloom / Allies (TotalRust, 2012)


BotanistGanoderma Lucidum (TotalRust)

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Fuck yes, alright everyone, pay attention. The one man nature themed hammered dulcimer & drums black metaller is back with his second/third album and he’s gone doom. Dreams can come true. Forget that Pallbearer shit, Doom In Bloom is this year’s best and weirdest doom record. Botanist has kept the two instrument thing for the most part, although I definitely hear some harmonium style reeds in there occasionally. His take on black metal, which is basically “fuck the norms I’ll make my own,” is exactly the same with his doom stylings. Most doom tropes are tossed out while still somehow keeping within the genre. Absolutely amazing stuff. I get some serious Jesu vibes on this, especially the opening track which sounds like it could’ve been a Silver demo, but that’s the closest comparison I can make and it’s a total stretch. Doom In Bloom is dissonant & destructive, with vocals that range between creaking doors & torture victims, epic major key crescendos, wonky lurching brain fucks, rhythms & melodies that make absolutely no sense at first and sound like a fucking wreck, then everything clicks and it’s perfection incarnate.

But wait there’s more! This is a double disc. Allies, the companion, is like some weird covers/remix album, where Botanist gave his buds (GET IT???) the drum tracks for each of the songs and said do what you will, just make sure it’s about nature. So you get some black ambient, black metal, more doom, and all sorts of cool shit, from Matrushka, Cult Of Linnaeus, Ophidian Forest, Arborist, Lotus Thief, and Bestiary, all of which sound nothing like the originals, all of which is totally awesome.

Botanist is kicking so much ass and Doom In Bloom is absolutely incredible. Dude is essentially unstoppable and he’s only put out a few records. Do not miss out on this.

Haiku Review

WANDA GROUP – CLEANERS (VLEKD, 2012)


WANDA GROUPB MUSEUM (VLEKD)

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Download CLEANERS
/minimalist murk/
/drugged dystopia party/
/visions of sleep beats/

Album Review

Moonshine Blues – Through (self released, 2012)


Moonshine BluesRevelations (self released)

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Killer new drones coming out of Ukraine from this dude Alex Sakevych (aka Endless Melancholy). Moonshine Blues is Sakevych’s, umm, other drone project with a sad bastard name. Not too sure of this distinctions between the two, but Through is some truly outstanding shit. Strings & reeds style lushness with dense dark sweeps of sound, some crackly Basinski rumble, cinematic mini-blowouts, all of this with a massive cloud of sadness that never leaves. Sakevych is playing like he knows true grief, his drones are choked up with a blissful despair that take gloom to the next level. This is the best kind of stuff, unbelievably gorgeous and overwhelmingly somber. Floating in the grey and rapt in heartache, while sheets & swells of euphoria shimmer in the dark, dragged to the edge of oblivion and left alone, regretting everything, hopeless. This is the real deal, top notch bottom dollar stuff, waiting for you to call it your favorite.

Shoutouts


 
You’re all awesome. You read my site and I wouldn’t be doing this otherwise. So you all get an equal amount of love from me.

This following list of people, though, are getting called out for their generosity. They donated to the fundraiser and overwhelmed me with kindness. Check out these sites and maybe show them the same love they showed me.

Hairy Spider Legs
Matt Stafford
Ryan Marie Samuel
Mandy Lafond
Maarten Janssens
Ryan
Haute Magie
Cinchel
Bruce Spang
Michelle Hudson
Johnny Jimenez
Nick van der Kolk
Michael Britten

In addition, there were many who wished to remain anonymous. A thousand thanks to them. But a couple of them also requested just a link to their site.

Anonymous
Anonymous

High fives all around.
 

Out of Print

The Devil’s Anvil – Hard Rock From The Middle East (Columbia, 1967)


The Devil’s AnvilShisheler (Columbia)

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This is some old school awesomeness right here. Found this mono gem in the new bin at my favorite local record store in all its hard psych glory. Songs in Greek, Turkish, and Arabic (with an English “Miserlou” cover thrown in to tip it over the edge), blazing hot guitars with that sweet Middle Eastern twang, killer ’60s acid rock jams and noodley traditional charmers, totally weird, way ahead of its time. 100% great, especially the B-side opener “Shiseler” which is just too fucking cool.

And if you’ve never heard of them, this is probably why (taken from Wikipedia): “Unfortunately for The Devil’s Anvil, their album was released during escalating tensions between Israel and neighboring Arab countries and the Six Day War, or the Arab-Israeli War, in 1967. Subsequently, radio stations would not touch the album because of its controversial sound.”

Mixes

You’re Too Kind


 
Here it is, the official “thank you for being so fucking awesome” fundraiser mix. Donators got this one early, but now I share it with the rest of the world. This is mostly new stuff. In fact, with the exception of the opener, I think every track came out within the past year or so. There’s a decent variety of styles, but nothing too out of the ordinary. I hope it’s everything you wished for in a new AGB mix.

Download You’re Too Kind
1. The North Sea – We Salute The Sandblasted Turrets
2. Hey Mother Death – Desert Of Trees And Water
3. Michael Vallera – Gone
4. Dweller On The Threshold – The Woods: Electric
5. Appalache – F.A. 1999
6. Ancient Ocean – Seneca
7. Fushitsusha – Chuushin No Ketsui II
8. Eli Keszler – Bowed Crotales, Snare Drum
9. James Blackshaw – A Momentary Taste Of Being
10. Millipede – Heart Container
11. Mike Shiflet – (Exile) (Extended)
12. Perispirit – Attn: Deficit Order (Part 2)
13. Mark Lorenz Kysela – Hoefn
14. Aufgehoben – Interruhig
15. Nuojuva – Ahovieret

Concert Review

AUN, thisquietarmy, Planning For Burial, Temperature Within, Aether Chroma at Mobius Gallery

Presented by Existence Establishment

 
Aether Chroma


 
Temperature Within


 
Planning For Burial


 
thisquietarmy


 
AUN

Out of Print

The Space Age / The Age Of Reliability (Raybestos-Manhattan, 1962)


 
Download The Space Age / The Age Of Reliability

This is the first official reward that is a direct result of the fundraising successes. I promised more mixes and more old weird records, and this falls firmly into the latter. Very cool record that’s essentially a collage of the sounds leading up to and contributing to “The Space Age” (mostly ’50s & early ’60s). There’s a lengthy list of sounds on the back of the jacket (a scan of it is included in the download) including “heartbeat of the dog, Laika, in Sputnik II,” “blast furnace warning whistle,” “Model ‘A’ Ford,” “atom bomb,” “electronic digital computer programmed to play music,” “bowling ball,” “Adolf Hitler,” “multi-frequency telephone tones,” “Air raid – London,” “test firing of various rockets and missiles,” “Alan Shepard during re-entry of space capsule, Freedom 7″ and tons of other shit. Fun stuff. Whoever compiled this must’ve had a fucking blast.

Album Review

Damian Valles – Nonparallel (In Four Movements) (Experimedia, 2012)


Damian VallesMovement III (Experimedia)

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Oh man, this is the besssst. Damian Valles, the multi-talented Canadian curator of the Rural Route series on Standard Form, has done some incredible reappropriating on Nonparallel. He’s taken a hefty collection of old classical Nonesuch LPs from the 60s & 70s and Jeckified them. Ripping the crackle straight from the dusty grooves and bathing the vintage strings in a dark glow, he gives a whole new meaning to neo-classical. And the drones Valles spins are some of my favorite kind, lush as fuck, with pops & clicks turned into a dozen muted typewriters, warm tones with buried melodies, vaguely threatening in the most blissful way, earthy & rich, layers and sheets of suffocating ambience, classical pianos melted in a cauldron of dark drones, something wholly original born out of forgotten thrift store relics. A fucking winner if I’ve ever seen one. Available in your favorite format at Experimedia very soon, but lets face it, if you pick this up on anything other than vinyl, you’re doing it wrong.