Archive for January, 2015

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (January 26, 2015)

All music from 2015 in this episode, either upcoming or out within the past couple weeks, all 100% great. This year is starting off strong.
 

AGB Radio 2015/01/26

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Background music: Noveller – Pulse Point (from Fantastic Planet)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:31 Mount Eerie – Spring (from Sauna)
00:13:32 Sean McCann – Language Of Night (from Ten Impressions For Piano & Strings)
00:19:17 Boduf Songs – The Rotted Names (from Stench Of Exist)
00:25:40 Riccardo Dillon Wanke – Fast Tears (from Cuts)
00:29:41 Talk break
00:30:36 Danny Clay – Glow III (from Ganymede)
00:34:53 Gareth Flowers & Josh Mason – The Fear (from Silent Period)
00:45:45 Pan American – The Terrace (from Sketch For Winter II: Rue Corridor)
00:57:53 Talk break
00:58:52 James Murray – Forecast (from Loss)
01:11:03 Rvnes & Mass – Untitled (from All Men Are Prey To The Same Beast)
01:26:27 John Carpenter – Night (from Lost Themes)
01:30:00 Talk break
01:30:52 B/B/S/ – NK012B01 (from NK012)
01:38:47 Sarah Davachi – Guildford (from Barons Court)
01:51:33 EUS, Postdrome & Saåad – Snowfall (from Different Streams)
01:58:55 Talk break

Interviews

Questions For Rivulets

rivulets interview by Jesus Desdemicadiera

Photography by Jesus Desdemicadiera

 

Rivulets, Nathan Amundson’s musical moniker, has been making some sweet sad Americana for years, steadily releasing one killer record after another. Last year, he put out I Remember Everything on JellyFant Schallplatten, which was easily one of my favorite and most listened to records in 2014. Absolutely incredible stuff. Still can’t get enough of it. I reached out to see if he was willing to participate in my Q&A series, and (thankfully!) he was. Who knew he almost died rolling a car down a mountain?

 

What is the best way to die?
Ready, I would think. Or completely blindsided, doing something you love.

How do you think you’ll die?
Where I live now in Denver, I bike most everywhere I go, as long as it’s above freezing. Denver drivers don’t care much for people on bicycles. Cyclists are murdered here by automobiles, rage-drivers, etc. with regularity. I think that’s a likely way for me to go.

What makes you happy?
Hmmm. Dark chocolate, cocoa content 70%+. Cuddling. Hot, connected sex. All the usual stuff I suppose.

How close have you come to death?
I rolled a car down a mountain in Alaska once. [Check out the full story here.]

What does kindness mean to you?
Getting out of your own head enough to be present for everyone around you. Just literally giving people the time of day. It’s a struggle.

Where do you find love?
My fans – people who love my music. How can you not love them too? I fall in love all the time. At the movies, reading books. Just walking around I see like a half dozen girls every day that I want to marry immediately.

When were you most afraid?
When I felt like the world wasn’t listening.

How do you listen to music?
You know, I’m still rocking an iPod classic. Is that what it’s called? 160GB black iPod. I buy CDs and rip them at full WAV resolution. I’ll put stuff on my phone too but I forget it’s there. A lot of my music is being released on vinyl these days but I still don’t own a record player :(

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

gareth flowers and josh mason - silent period album cover
 
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.

Album Review

Gareth Flowers & Josh Mason – Silent Period (Sunshine Ltd, 2015)

gareth flowers and josh mason - silent period album cover
Gareth Flowers & Josh MasonThe Resignation (Sunshine Ltd)

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Gareth Flowers is a new name to me, but that’s only because I haven’t been paying attention, he’s got a few releases under his belt, both solo and with Josh Frank as The Batteries Duo, so, short history lesson, Flowers is a classically trained trumpeter (trumpeteer?) gone rouge, and he’s teamed up with minimal master Josh Mason to unleash some hauntingly beautiful creep drone. Silent Period has a story to it, following a mystery dude after having gone through some mysterious circumstances and his overnight journey into self-exile, going from “The Awareness,” to “The Confusion,” to “The Fear,” to “The Resignation,” all four of which are the four songs on here, drifting in between states of fog & clarity, although there’s little in the way of dynamics, with the exception of some clicky rhythmic tapping and looped alarms on “The Confusion,” this is all slow-mo tonal & texture shifts, with Flowers’ trumpet taking lead most of the time, droning high & weird, the unsettled nerves that aim to drive you mad, and Mason’s subtle ambient that all but disappears into the early morning mist, acting as the tender voice of reason that balances the dramatic and emotional trumpet, I never would have paired these two guys, but the output here is just fucking astounding, a small slice of sound mixed together in unimaginable ways, the melancholic urgency into the hypnotic shimmer, the silk smooth high end alongside the finest, most delicate grit, I can’t recommend this one enough, and, disclaimer, I don’t even usually like the trumpet, so believe me when I say this one’s special, only 250 copies, available next week, definitely not to be slept on.

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (January 12, 2015)

I’m not like a huge Elephant Micah fan or anything but holy shit “Slow Time Vultures” is amazing.

 

AGB Radio 2015/01/12

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Background music: Legowelt – Vanished In Tromso (from Air Texture Volume IV)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:00:47 Stephan Mathieu & Federico Durand – III. Third Dream (from Nachtstücke)
00:25:31 Gábor Lázár – VI (from ILS)
00:29:56 Talk break
00:30:50 Memorial Weekend – Girl’s Name (from Memorial Weekend)
00:37:33 Maurice Louca – Rupture (from Salute The Parrot)
00:43:16 Our Sleepless Forest – Come Dawn (Odd Nosdam Remix) (from Music To Psychic Drive By)
00:54:32 Locust – Shadows Cast By Planes (from After The Rain)
01:01:33 Talk break
01:03:04 Secret Boyfriend – Little Jammy Center (from They’re Playing Themselves)
01:10:53 Shinichi Atobe – Butterfly Effect (from Butterfly Effect)
01:22:41 Elephant Micah – Slow Time Vultures (from Where In Our Woods)
01:30:02 Talk break
01:31:21 Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – The Last Time I Saw Your Face (from A Year With 13 Moons)
01:39:51 Celer – (12.21.12) On The Shinkansen Leaving Kyoto (from Sky Limits)
01:40:20 Ariel Karma – Yogini Breath (from An Evolutionary Music)
01:59:10 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (January 5, 2015)

Getting back into the swing of things, it’s been so fuckin long since I’ve done just a regular episode I feel like I’m way behind.

 

AGB Radio 2015/01/05

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Background music: bvdub – As We Remember A Life Of Love (from Tanto)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:16 Pauline Oliveros, Timothy Hill, & David Rothenberg – How We Got Here (from Cicada Dream Band)
00:14:34 Nick Storring – Open Your Eyes And Forget (from Gardens)
00:30:37 Talk break
00:31:24 Brighter Death Now – Tempting Murder (from With Promises Of Death)
00:37:26 High Aura’d – Untitled (from live set at Hopscotch Festival, 2013-09-06 at Long View Center, Raleigh, NC, recorded by NYC Taper)
00:53:27 Burial Hex – Final Love (from The Hierophant)
00:59:50 Talk break
01:01:08 Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet – Western Nest (from Popeth)
01:12:19 Neel – Storm In Stickney (from Phobos)
01:22:41 Lawrence English & Werner Dafeldecker – Intake (from Shadow Of The Monolith)
01:28:55 Talk break
01:29:54 Nathan Bowles – Sleepy Lake Tire Swing (from Nansemond)
01:40:04 Bad Kisser – Do I Know You? (from Bate Kush)
01:41:35 Hakobune – Saying This Once (from Vitex Negundo)
01:59:03 Talk break