Archive for December, 2016

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (December 21, 2016) – Holiday Special featuring Numero Group


 

I decided to pull all of my A Thick Mist-relevant Christmas records for this episode (which is only 5 but they’re all pretty great) as well as my entire Numero Group collection (which I only got to play half of but oh well, I’ll save em for another day). All in all, there’s only 3 non-Christmas or non-Numero songs and everything turned out just swell.

No A Thick Mist episode next week because the university is closed but I should return the first week of January.

Also, I mention it right off the bat on air, but just fyi, this is a short episode because the building the radio station is in didn’t open when it was supposed to and my secret back door that’s usually open wasn’t so I started about a half hour late. Blame Facilities.

 

A Thick Mist 2016/12/21 – Holiday Special featuring Numero Group

00:00:00 Harry Bertoia – Clear Sounds (from Sonambient)
00:14:24 Talk break
00:17:20 Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin – Siku Kuu (Holy Night) (from Christmas In The Congo)
00:20:25 Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin – Lullaby (from Christmas In The Congo)
00:23:00 Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin – Kimya (from Christmas In The Congo)
00:25:51 Little Murray And The Maniacs – Don’t Leave Me Mama (from The ABCs Of Kid Soul)
00:30:22 Venus Star – On The Path Of Return (from Setyphorus)
00:34:49 Talk break
00:37:13 La Justicia – Guaguanco Coroco (from Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua De Chicago)
00:43:36 Lil McClintock – Don’t Think I’m Santa Claus (from Death Might Be Your Santa Claus)
00:46:43 The Basement – Funky Music (from Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie)
00:51:58 Circuit Rider – Limousine Ride (from Circuit Rider)
00:57:28 Various/unknown – Dzwon, Dzwon, Dzwon (from Bo?e Narodzenie: Polish Christmas Songs And Sketches)
01:00:37 Various/unknown – Bo?e Narodzenie (from Bo?e Narodzenie: Polish Christmas Songs And Sketches)
01:03:35 Talk break
01:06:25 Otis G. Johnson – Call On Jesus (from Everything – God Is Love 78)
01:12:01 Kalinga province – Group Singing With Gongs (from Music From The Mountain Provinces)
01:17:28 Rita Ford’s Music Boxes – Ihr Kinderklein Kommet – Large Kalliope With Bells, Polyphon With Bells, Regina (from A Music Box Christmas)
01:20:23 Alfonso Lovo – Los Conquistadores (from La Gigantona)
01:26:10 Scars From A Dead Room – InHume (from Scars From A Dead Room)
01:32:57 Les Petits Chanteurs A La Croix De Bois – Noëls: Allons Pastoureaux (Vieux Noël Languedocien) (from Christmas Music Of France (Noëls Populaires))
01:35:12 Talk break

Album Review

Top 20 Metal Records Of 2016

I did it! I made another list. I didn’t think it would happen, but it happened. No more lists, though. This is the last one for 2016.

Lots of black metal this year. And I mean lots. But it’s all A+ Amazing. I didn’t hear too much doom (or rather too much premium doom) this year, but, again the doom that was good was really fucking good. There’s tons of weird shit in here that pushes the limits of metal that you should come to expect from my metal lists. Also, I gotta say I’m surprised at the amount of color found on these album covers. 10 of them feature full multi-colored artwork and even more toss in some non-greyscale-but-still-monochromatic flair.

I did something that some of you may find treasonous. I have 2 records tied for first place. So, technically, this is a Top 21 list, but whatever. I spent way too long (like, weeks, maybe even months?) trying to decide which of the two I loved more and just couldn’t settle on one answer for more than a few days. And when I was putting this post together I realized “fuck it, there’s no reason I need to choose one over the other” and thus the Tied For Number 1 spot was born. I’m happy about it and you should be too.

As usual, I try to keep the big names/labels off the list because I’m definitely not a metal blog and I’m sure you all know that The Body, Ash Borer, SubRosa, Cough, ColdWorld, and Primitive Man put out truly outstanding records this year. You don’t need another site to tell you how good they are.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. Thanks for making incredible music.

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AGB Radio

AGB Radio (December 19, 2016) – Top 30 Drone Countdown, Part II


 

The top 15 of my 30 favorite drone records this year. See Part I of the radio countdown over here and the actual list over here.

Kinda messed up the timing of some of the talk breaks (like the last set of songs goes on for about 45 minutes instead of 30), so, sorry about that.

 

AGB Radio 2016/12/19 – Top 30 Drone Countdown, Part II

Background music: Vapor Lanes – Embers (from Hieratic Teen)

00:00:00 Architeuthis Rex – Fallen (from Stilbon Is Dead)
00:05:23 Talk break
00:06:41 Eola – How Far Am I From Canaan? (from Dang)
00:08:45 Nested – “What A Beautiful World This Will Be.” (from 3)
00:15:08 Matt Carlson, Michael Stirling, & Doug Theriault – Mishra Bhairavi (excerpt) (from Aakash)
00:24:00 Fis – Independently Together (from From Patterns To Details)
00:28:07 Talk break
00:29:11 Jon Mueller – How You Look When You’re Not Looking (excerpt) (from Tongues)
00:38:11 Of Earth And Sun – Radiatory Transmissions (from A Consuming Fire)
00:44:57 Accident Du Travail – Sheep’s Joy (from Très Précieux Sang)
00:48:00 Talk break
00:48:48 La Tène – Marche De Fahy (excerpt) (from Vouerca/Fahy)
00:58:04 Phurpa – Long Life (excerpt) (from Rituals Of Bön I)
01:06:41 Paul Jebanasam – eidolons beginning p = (m²A ² am to (rho-z)-y ∂t+(ρ see to wait dz/dt = it xy that I -beta* do not z countless (from Continuum)
01:16:35 Talk break
01:17:31 Shovels Beat The Sun – Sky Wires (from Sky Wires)
01:25:31 Ela Stiles – Black Metal (from Black Metal)
01:35:21 Claire M. Singer – Wrangham (from Solas)
01:41:52 Maja S. K. Ratkje – Part 3 (from Crepuscular Hour)
01:57:58 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (December 12, 2016) – Top 30 Drone Countdown, Part I

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Since it’s hard enough to fit 15 of my favorite drone songs into 2 hours, let alone 30, I had to break this episode into two parts. This is the first part where I go through numbers 16-30 (or rather, 30-16). Next week I’ll count down the top 15.

Check the actual list of my Top 30 Drone Records over here.

 

AGB Radio 2016/12/12 – Top 30 Drone Countdown Part I

Background music: Autumn Pool – Always (Orbiculatus Glowing On The Plain) (from Balm In The Night Air)

00:00:00 Joe Clark – Sleeptalker (from Throw Me In the Susquehanna)
00:06:41 Talk break
00:08:17 Tristan Perich – Section 2 (from Noise Patterns)
00:12:11 Medina / Walsh – Salton Sea (from Vault Of Angels)
00:15:11 France Jobin – L (from Singulum)
00:21:34 Talk break
00:22:31 Mike Weis – 17’21” (excerpt) (from Sound Practice)
00:37:31 Tape Loop Orchestra – Part One (excerpt) (from The Invisibles)
00:52:30 Talk break
00:53:30 Bethan Kellough – An Opening (from Aven)
00:57:43 Damian Valles – Stem (from Strand)
01:00:20 Amulets – Conditionals (from Personal Power)
01:03:49 Tongues Of Light – Healing Side (from Channelled Messages)
01:18:27 Braeyden Jae – Obscured And Waiting (from Fog Mirror)
01:24:23 Talk break
01:25:32 Insect Factory – Cigarette (from Work)
01:28:21 Robert Curgenven – Framed By The Edge Of The Earth (from Climata)
01:38:23 Sunken Cathedral – Blessing & Embodiment (from Subtle Body)
01:49:05 Jeremy Bible – Arp 220 (from Music For Black Holes)
01:58:19 Talk break

Album Review

Top 30 Drone Records Of 2016

I did it! I made a list. I didn’t think it would happen being a new dad and all, but it happened. I’m going to try to make a Top Metal list too, but no promises.

At 30 entries, this is the longest Top Drone list I’ve made. But I’ve been eschewing reviews lately and focusing on AGB Radio and A Thick Mist, so I figure 30 is acceptable if you count how many records I’ve directly recommended over the past year.

I seem to continually expand my definition of what a Drone Record is, which means there’s probably a few on here that are stretching the confines of that label, but I still did my best to try to keep it as Drone as possible.

There’s plenty of reoccurring themes in here. Namely, lots of voices/singing (11 have vocals present at least somewhere on the record) and lots of organs & harmoniums. Neither of those are all that surprising, though. But there’s two solo records from drummers, so that’s kinda cool. There’s also two heavily inspired by traditional Indian music, also kinda cool.

I had fun with this one. I changed a few things up this year. First, I decided to exclude any artist that’s been on any previous list. This meant no Saåad, Roly Porter, Andrew Weathers, Sarah Davachi, Mamiffer, Ian William Craig, Danny Paul Grody, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, etc. (Seriously though go listen to the new Saåad and Mamiffer records.) No one likes to see the same people on such a niche list over and over again, so this was a good way to keep things new and exciting.

The other thing I decided to do was not rank this in the traditional way. Instead, I put the records in positions 7-30 into four groups of six, and the records within each group aren’t ranked. So that means the records in group 7-12 aren’t ranked, aside from me liking them more than the previous 13-30 drone records. I did this except for the top 6, which are ranked traditionally. I hope it’s not too confusing.

As usual, I try to keep the Big Droners off this list because anyone who’s a fan of drone probably already knows that Eluvium and Tim Hecker put out records this year and while their music is A+ Amazing, they don’t really need a little DIY blog to help them out.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. Thanks for making incredible music.

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A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (December 7, 2016)

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Particularly into the Man Forever track alongside the record of an angry, barking German Shepard. And I just realized I played two religious pieces (Reverend Franklin’s sermon and a Buddhist monk invocation) on top of minimal drone (Celer and Chubby Wolf, respectively). In a mood this morning, I guess?

Once again, I forgot to record the very beginning of the show. I remembered as soon as I finished talking, so that’s all you miss–my introductions. You don’t miss anything from the first song I played.
 

A Thick Mist 2016/12/07

00:00:00 Altar Of Plagues – Feather & Bones (from Mammal)
00:11:26 Various – Talawadyam Kaccheri (from Karnatic: A Panorama Of South Indian Music)
00:25:21 Harry West & Jeanie West – The Boston Burglar (from Good Old Mountain Dew: Banjo Songs Of The Southern Mountains)
00:29:24 Talk break
00:33:02 Celer – Bedded In Shallow Blades (from Evaporate And Wonder)
00:34:56 Rev. C. L. Franklin – All Things Work Together For Good To Them That Love God (Part 2) (from All Things Work Together For Good To Them That Love God)
00:46:22 Korean Children’s Choir – Chu Chun Ka (from The Ring Of Happiness)
00:49:38 Hamza El Din – Grandfathers’ Stories (from Al Oud)
01:01:18 Talk break
01:04:07 Rhinocervs – Devour All The Living Things (from RH-11)
01:08:40 Man Forever – Surface Patterns (from Pansophical Cataract)
01:12:00 Sebastian – Side A (from Sebastian Speaks!)
01:27:24 Pat Foster & Dick Weissman – Talking TVA (from Documentary Talking Blues)
01:29:06 Talk break
01:33:39 Lamas and monks of Pal Phuntsok Chokorling and Tashi Jong – Padma Sambhava Tsechu Sadhana: Invocation (from Tibetan Buddhism: The Ritual Orchestra and Chants)
01:38:02 Chubby Wolf – Rattling Mandibles (from Turkey Decoy)
01:48:07 Merkstave – Lament For Lost Gods Pt. 2 (from Merkstave)
01:56:11 Paul Clayton – The Hanging Limb (from Timber-r-r! Folksongs And Ballads Of The Lumberjack)
01:59:06 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (December 5, 2016)

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Some premium shit in this one. That Emily Reo song is flat out amazing. And then there’s that concept record “imagining the sound of British summertime as heard by one of the most important members of the animal kingdom – the bee.”

 

AGB Radio 2016/12/05

Background music: Holypalms – Stoned In The Jungle Stolen By The Liana (from Jungle Judge)

00:00:00 Emily Reo – Spell (from Spell)
00:06:17 Talk break
00:07:35 Angela Sawyer – Yaadon Ki Baaraat (from On The Pedestrian Side)
00:11:08 Tetuan – Lame Rosse (from Lay Llamas / Tetuan Split)
00:20:47 Landing – Grow (from Complekt)
00:30:38 Talk break
00:31:39 Dirk Serries’ Microphonics – XXX The Deprivation Of Heart (from Microphonics XXVI-XXX: Resolution Heart)
00:46:05 East Forest – Held (from Held)
00:50:38 D.F.H. – Aluminum Splinter (from D.F.H.)
00:58:45 Talk break
00:59:40 Rashad Becker – Dances V (from Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. II)
01:04:21 Mantle – The Passage Of Time (from Kindness)
01:11:04 Olivia Block – Dissolution A (from Dissolution)
01:27:51 Talk break
01:29:04 Elysia Crampton – After Woman (For Bartolina Sisa) (featuring Rabit) (from Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City)
01:34:29 Ak’chamel – Ancestral Incest (from Transmissions From Boshqa)
01:39:10 Preoccupations – Sense (from Preoccupations)
01:40:09 Be – The Journey (from One)
01:59:01 Talk break

Song Review

Jane Heidorn – “Hard Times Come Again No More” (Ashes Ashes)

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In today’s warp-speed music internet where you can see an artist release 3+ new full lengths within the span of a year, Clint Heidorn is a patient glacier. He put out a stellar debut full length, Atwater, in 2011. The next year he released a tape with one 8 minute song. 4 years later (this year) he put out a collaboration with Loren Connors, but it’s a single-sided LP with a song that’s just under 15 minutes. All of it’s outstanding, but clearly this dude is meticulous and highly selective (or maybe he’s just super fuckin busy being the production supervisor for DreamWorks). Now he’s got another impeccable release, although he’s mostly involved behind the scenes.

Clint’s grandmother, Jane Heidorn, died a few years ago. There’s a beautiful story about the making of this record that you should absolutely read, I won’t bother summarizing because it’s short enough to begin with and I don’t want to butcher Clint’s words. Clint recorded Jane singing Stephen Foster’s 1854 “Hard Times Come Again No More” while she was in a nursing home and Clint put together the music for it. It’s a deeply personal recording whose origin is important, but the song stands on its own as a somber elegy full of emotion and it’s every bit as beautiful as it deserves to be.

Clint memorialized Jane by releasing this song as a single-sided 10″ packaged in a plain unadorned sleeve, like an old 78. It’s perfect in every way. Only 250 copies that I’m sure won’t last long.

Song Review

SONG PREMIERE: Oikos – “Menace And Portent” (Envelope Collective / Knockturne)

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Dusty guitar droner Oikos (Rafael Femiano) has a new full length (and his vinyl debut), The Great Upheaval, dropping in January courtesy of Envelope Collective and Knockturne, his first stuff since 2013. It features Felipe Pavón on drums, plus some other folks like extra percussion via John Kolodij (High Aura’d, Ph.D.), Marco Serrato (Jacob, Orthodox) on upright bass, and various members of Ürsula, Pylar, and Blooming Látigo. I’ve got the premiere of the first single, “Menace And Portent,” down below, and it’s a fuckin doozy, a slow burning apocalyptic dream where you watch the black clouds roll in from over the plains spelling D-R-E-A-D across the sky, you can’t listen to this and not feel like the world is about to end, a total fuckin doom jammer once Pavón comes in and pummels the song into a bottomless pit, it’s heavy and foreboding living right between Earth in their drone & country psych phases, nothing short of excellent. Pre-orders for The Great Upheaval opened up today so you can and should go take care of business, like, now.