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AGB Radio (December 22, 2014) – Holiday Special

I love Christmas music. Yeah I love the feel-good classics, but I also love the wintery drone, the twisted weirdo shit, and the gloomy bluesy tunes. No feel-good classics here. All of that other stuff, though, and lots of it. Happy holidays you guys!

 

AGB Radio 2014/12/22 – Holiday Special

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Background music: Mark Mothersbaugh – Midnight Wind-Up Toy (from Joyeux Mutato)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:57 The OO-Ray – Flurry (from Snowglobe EP)
00:04:16 Joseph Spence – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (from Dr. Demento: Holidays In Dementia)
00:07:09 Brian Whitman – Hail The Shining Star (from A Singular Christmas)
00:09:06 Clearing – Ode To Joy (from Who Is In My Temple)
00:11:38 Astral Social Club – Hitting Midwinter (Drift) (from Hitting Midwinter)
00:18:14 Reverend J. M. Gates – Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (from Death Might Be Your Santa Claus
00:21:14 Mahalia Jackson – Child Of The King (from Christmas Blues)
00:24:31 The Cloisters – Hvislyse (from Little Winter)
00:30:01 Talk break
00:31:51 Grand Canonical Ensemble – Away In A Manger (from ”Christmas”)
00:39:37 The Sisterhood – Baby, It’s A Cold Night In December (from The American Song-Poem Christmas)
00:41:46 The Coctails – First Snowfall (from Winter Wonderland)
00:43:35 Loren Connors – Christmas Day (from The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten, Vol. 3)
00:45:11 Good Weather For An Airstrike – O Christmas Tree (from Festive Greetings From Hibernate & Home Normal)
00:47:32 Reverend Edward W. Clayborn (The Guitar Evangelist) – The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas (from Where Will You Be Christmas Day?)
00:50:03 Gastr Del Sol – The Bells Of St. Mary (from The Christmas Album)
00:54:00 Fabio Orsi – Dead Leaves Christmas (from Last Winter We Didn’t Sing)
00:59:54 Talk break
01:01:36 Bugs And Rats – In The Christmas Time (from Christmas Singles)
01:05:31 Circuit Des Yeux – Glacial Fault (from The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten, Vol. 4)
01:13:23 Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Christmas Eve Can Kill You (from Christmas Eve Can Kill You)
01:16:46 Offthesky – O Holy Night (from Festive Greetings From Hibernate & Home Normal)
01:20:56 Jesu – Christmas (from Christmas)
01:29:37 Talk break
01:30:42 Sunless – Planck’s Constant Xmas (from I May Be Lost But I’m Laughing)
01:34:30 Parenthetical Girls – Last Christmas, Pt. II (from Christmas.)
01:37:37 Married – Blue Christmas (from Snow Days)
01:41:02 The Frogs – Have A Merry X-Mas (from Here Comes Santa’s Pussy)
01:44:06 Collections Of Colonies Of Bees – Jolly Olde St. Nicholas (from The Never Ending Beginning)
01:49:40 Herrmann & Kleine – Catch A Snowflake (from Seasonal Greetings)
01:54:29 Mikele Edwards, Mary Lattimore, & Jeff Zeigler – Christmas Ain’t Like Christmas Anymore (from Christmas Ain’t Like Christmas Anymore)
01:58:33 Talk break

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AGB Radio (December 15, 2014) – Top 13 Non-Drone Countdown

The owners and DJs of the radio station Anti-Gravity Bunny Radio airs on, BFF.fm, collectively decided it would be cool if DJs wanted to share their favorite records of the year. Since I already did my Top Drone list, I figured I’d do a Top Non-Drone list.

The list I made (which you can see here, with a little writeup of each) is officially a Top 10, but since 10 songs couldn’t fill up the show, I added a few more that probably would’ve taken the 11-13 spots if they existed. Anyway, I ended up being completely head over heels for a bunch of records this year that weren’t drone (which is not uncommon, contrary to what I review on AGB, I actually have somewhat rounded music taste), so I was more than happy to make this list and shower these records with even more praise.

Update: Thanks to Carr down there in the comments, I had no idea Andy Stott had so many records. Dude’s been recording since 06 and he’s got like 20 records, so ignore my comments during the show about the Luxury Problems full length and the We Stay Together/Passed Me By EPs being his first releases.

 

AGB Radio 2014/12/15 – Top 13 Non-Drone Countdown

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Background music: Ak’chamel, The Giver Of Illness – Head Of Acante, Talking Tree (from Fucking With Spirits)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:19 Benjamin Booker – Always Waiting (from Benjamin Booker)
00:03:37 Cody Yantis – Brightness IV (from Resonant Memory)
00:07:58 Horseback – Chanting Out The Low Shadow (from Piedmont Apocrypha)
00:24:39 Jackie McDowell – Golden Fields (from Baptisia)
00:29:58 Talk break
00:31:21 Wold – Spiral Star Inversion (from Postsocial)
00:45:38 Panopticon – Where Mountains Pierce The Sky (from Roads To The North)
00:58:16 Talk break
00:59:37 Andy Stott – Violence (from Faith In Strangers)
01:06:10 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – What We Loved Was Not Enough (from Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything)
01:17:32 Mamiffer – Enantiodromia (from Statu Nascendi)
01:33:46 Talk break
01:34:43 Rivulets – Summer Rain (from I Remember Everything)
01:40:19 Have A Nice Life – Burial Society (from The Unnatural World)
01:46:55 Dama/Libra – The Chant (from Claw)
01:53:29 The Body – Our Souls Were Clean (from I Shall Die Here)
01:58:36 Talk break

Album Review

Jordan De La Sierra – Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose (Numero Group, 2014)

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Jordan De La SierraMusic For Gymnastics (Numero Group)
 

There’s kind of an unofficial rule that I don’t write about reissues on AGB (for too many reasons to go into here) but this record is a perfect example of why that’s not an official rule. Jordan De La Sierra should be spoken about in the same breath as Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Lubomyr Melnyk, but he only put out two records (in ’77 and ’88), so he was destined to fade into obscurity under the New Age revolution. I never heard of De La Sierra before this Numero reissue of the original 2xLP, and that’s just a fucking travesty. This music is absolutely stellar, 100 transformative minutes spread out over 4 soft piano pieces, looped melodies creating meditative rhythms, slow ambient keys soloed out and resonating in your soul, nothing but harmony and sober trances, the delicacies of hypnotic piano ambience laid out in the most masterful and endearing way, everything about this says “fucking classic” and hopefully Numero has been the catalyst for that. And since this is a bigger label, no song download from me, but that “Music For Gymnastics” link up there goes to a Soundcloud stream of the full 24 minute song, so dive in, then throw your money at Numero.

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AGB Radio (December 8, 2014) – Top 20 Drone Countdown

One song from each of my 20 favorite drone records this year, starting with Aires at 20 and ending with The Number One Ian William Craig.

 

AGB Radio 2014/12/08 (Top 20 Drone Countdown)

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Background music: The Fun Years – Sun Blackened Field Daisy / Decapite El Mirlo (from One Quarter Descent)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:48 Aires – Orgânico II – Monolítico (from Aires)
00:07:44 Tecumseh – Final Light, Last Light (from Violet)
00:11:20 Faures – Orogenic Uplift (from Continental Drift)
00:14:53 Siavash Amini – Maria Timofeyevna Pt. 1 (from What Wind Whispered To The Trees)
00:17:25 The Fun Years – Sea The Shroud / Janice Was Into Recovery (excerpt) (from One Quarter Descent)
00:22:18 William Cody Watson – Whitegirl (excerpt) (from Seafoam)
00:27:13 Lawrence English – Guillotines And Kingmakers (from Wilderness Of Mirrors)
00:29:16 Talk break
00:30:40 David Andree & Josh Mason – (in) (from Call, Response)
00:34:21 Kyle Bobby Dunn – La Failure Et La Chance (from Kyle Bobby Dunn And The Infinite Sadness)
00:37:56 Skullflower – Autumns Trinkets (from Draconis)
00:43:58 Jumalhämärä – II (from Resitaali)
00:51:57 Billy Gomberg – Certain Words Again And Again (excerpt) (from Certain Words Again And Again)
00:56:56 Talk break
00:58:07 Sublamp – The Leaf Chorus (excerpt) (from Lianas)
01:03:06 Rvnes – Relief (excerpt) (from Rest/Relief)
01:08:03 Æther – Like A Wisp Of Smoke, A Glowing Butterlamp (excerpt) (from Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring)
01:12:58 Saåad – Valley Of Quartz (from Deep/Float)
01:18:30 HolyKindOf – Requiem, Et Cetera (from Stay/Sea)
01:28:12 Talk break
01:29:39 Nicholas Szczepanik – Not Knowing (excerpt) (from Not Knowing)
01:35:43 Hellvete – Ode II (C-221) (from Ode)
01:53:29 Ian William Craig – The Edges (from A Turn Of Breath)
01:58:33 Talk break

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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Album Review

William Cody Watson – Seafoam (self released / No Kings, 2014)

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William Cody WatsonSeafoam (self released / No Kings)

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William Cody Watson is easily one of the most underrated and underrepresented bliss droners, and Seafoam is his final release, not as in he’s going on to make music using another moniker, he’s just done, no more music as WCW or Pink Priest or Gremlynz or Malibu Wands or any other name, but he’s going out on the fucking top with this one and he corralled thee High Aura’d to contribute some field recordings and piano, so this is a fuckin brilliant piece of sound, with gorgeous cascading harmonies and slow shifting tones that glow like angel choirs descending from a cracked open Cecil B. DeMille sky, the light of the world shining straight into your heart, and low sober minimalism, pulled out from your deep aching core and rapt in endless sorrows, melancholic & resigned, not admitting defeat but acknowledging reality, with long stretches of unsteadiness, the trembling anxiety before plunging into the unknown, and hoping it turns out ok, this is tender and glorious and just absolutely fucking magnificent, and you get your choice of digital, which Watson released back in January, or tape, which No Kings just dropped.

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Pascal Savy – Adrift (Eilean, 2014)

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Pascal SavyGhost Echoes (Eilean)

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While Pascal Savy has a few releases under his belt, this is the first I’ve heard of him, and holy shit am I glad I finally did, this record is fucking outstanding, a slab of dark drone “mythical seascapes,” using foreboding static swells and washes of minimal thrum to evoke images of desolate fog-cloaked seamen lost in the middle of an oceanic world (yeah that album artwork is fucking spot on for this one), super bleak, super beautiful, this is all about the taste of salty air and the serenity of calm waters while slowly suffocating under the impenetrable gloom above, slow & meditative with moments of overwhelming squalls, I feel myself drowning and it’s a welcome respite.

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AGB Radio (December 1, 2014) – Label Spotlight: Eilean Records

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Eilean Records is a brand new label that started this year and already has 11 (almost 12) releases out, all of them 100% amazing. Can’t get enough of this label. They’ve released some of my favorite records this year and they plan on releasing a total of 100 records, each a point on a map of an imaginary island, so we’ve got plenty of awesomeness in store.
 

AGB Radio 2014/12/01 – Label Spotlight: Eilean Records

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Background music: HolyKindOf – Ceremonial Magnet (Part 1) (from Stay/Sea)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:03:11 Twincities – Evenings Wait; The Morning’s Break (from Variations For The Celesta)
00:11:04 HolyKindOf – Nocturne; In S Major (from Stay/Sea)
00:28:53 Talk break
00:30:12 Danny Clay – Untitled (from Archive)
00:43:14 Xu – Ghost Boy (from Butterfly Meets Mountain)
00:51:11 Sublamp – Bramble And Thorn (from Lianas)
01:08:19 Talk break
01:09:24 Vhr-1.7 – Meon (from Lost Angle)
01:17:11 BMRN – Shoreline Flights (from Immersion / Drift / Accretion / Shift)
01:25:07 Miguel Isaza – Oda Al Diente De León (from Uji)
01:36:10 Talk break
01:37:06 Nathan McLaughlin – Flow (from Nothing To Be Sad About)
01:40:19 Pascal Savy – Aurora (from Adrift)
01:48:11 Aaron Martin – A Figure Falls Still (from Comet’s Coma)
01:53:08 Leigh Toro – The Grand Union (from L’Espirit De L’Escalier)
01:57:51 Talk break