With Jon Mueller’s permission, I played one of the side-long pieces from his new record, dHrAaNwDn. This is probably the first and maybe only place you can hear this digitally. Also, that BSBC locked groove plus Ciardi reading Dante’s Inferno is just too fucking much. And can someone tell me why Otesanek isn’t everyone’s favorite metal band?
00:00:00 Norma Tanega – You’re Dead (from Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog)
00:02:23 Talk break
00:05:56 Jon Mueller – Untitled A (from dHrAaNwDn)
00:21:20 M.S.W. – Musicae Ad Frigore Hiems (from Cloud)
00:32:11 Talk break
00:34:59 Blue Sabbath Black Cheer – The Endless Blockade (excerpt) (from The Endless Blockade)
00:36:01 John Ciardi – Cantos V-VII (from Dante: The Inferno – The Immortal Drama Of A Journey Through Hell)
00:47:41 Black Mecha – Mental Picture (from I.M. Mentalizing)
01:00:13 Talk break
01:03:20 Hive Mind – Elemental Disgrace 1 (from Elemental Disgrace)
01:05:35 Horton Barker – Wayfaring Stranger (from Horton Barker: Traditional Singer)
01:10:06 Otesanek – Sanguinary (from Otesanek)
01:19:09 Group Doueh – Zayna Jumma (from Zayna Jumma)
01:23:44 Pino Donaggio – The Museum (from Dressed To Kill Score)
01:30:00 Talk break
01:33:23 Ustad Ali Akbar Khan & Pandit Chatur Lal – Morning Raga (from Music Of India: Morning And Evening Rāgas)
01:35:12 Robedoor – Sabbath Breaker (from Endlessly Blazing)
01:54:36 Skip James – Devil Got My Woman (from Delta Blues Heavy Hitters 1927-1931)
01:57:51 Talk break
01:59:37 Reverend Gary Davis – The Angel’s Message To Me (from Reverend Gary Davis 1935-1949)
This is the last AGB Radio. From now on it’ll just be A Thick Mist which you can catch live on WMWM Salem Wednesday from 7-9 am (ET) or on BFF.fm the following Monday from 11-1 pm (ET). Of course I’ll also be posting it on here for you to download or whatever.
This episode is stacked as hell with some of my all time favorite artists including Eluvium, Mount Eerie, Jeremy Bible, and Windy & Carl, and then some newer faves like Mary Lattimore, CEKE, Blanck Mass, and Mary Ocher. 100% amazing episode start to finish.
Background music: Gábor Lázár – 7 (from Crisis Of Representation)
00:00:00 Mount Eerie – Real Death (from A Crow Looked At Me)
00:02:22 Talk break
00:06:29 Eluvium – Windmills (from Disquiet, Vol. 1)
00:16:01 Windy And Carl – For End Of 2016 (from Disquiet, Vol. 1)
00:21:19 Blanck Mass – Rhesus Negative (from World Eater)
00:30:27 Talk break
00:31:34 Abul Mogard – All This Has Passed Forever (from Nervous Hydra/All This Has Passed Forever)
00:47:23 Jeremy Bible – Centuries (from Be As Happy As Possible)
00:51:50 Do Make Say Think – Her Eyes On The Horizon (from Stubborn Persistent Illusions)
01:00:08 Talk break
01:01:35 Common Eider, King Eider – The Dark Winter (Sing Out Into The Dark Night Sky!) (from Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Case Aside)
01:12:46 Braveyoung – Blue Beyond The Hill (from Misery And Pride)
01:23:28 Dedekind Cut – The Expanding Domain (from The Expanding Domain)
01:29:48 Talk break
01:31:12 Mary Ocher – To The Light (from The West Against The People)
01:34:50 Michael Vallera – Still Life (from Vivid Flu)
01:45:13 High Plains – The Dusk Pines (from Cinderland)
01:51:37 Mary Lattimore feat. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Borrego Springs (from Returned To Earth)
01:57:26 Talk break
I’m not doing AGB Radio anymore. Instead, I’ll just be doing A Thick Mist. For those not keeping track, the arbitrary and self-enforced distinctions between the two radio shows is that AGB Radio was pre-recorded with 99% new music, 99% drone/noise/experimental/etc, and 100% digital, while A Thick Mist is recorded live with 80% not new music, 80% black metal/country blues/doom/world folk/non-music/etc, and 100% vinyl. It wasn’t always like this. AGB Radio started out being much more eclectic genre-wise and I played a decent amount of not new music.
But AGB Radio is a huge time suck for me (that Auris Apothecary episode took 5+ hours start to finish) and has become a burden. Whenever something about AGB becomes a burden, I try to change things up because I only do this because I enjoy it so it doesn’t make sense to do it if I don’t enjoy it. I’ve been having way more fun with A Thick Mist, doing a live show is more exciting, I get to use a lot of my records that I don’t normally listen to, and I get to experiment with mixing stuff together (like throwing weird spoken word stuff on top of Indian ragas). Granted, I have to wake up at 5:30 am every Wednesday morning, but at least I’m not killing any and all Sunday night plans for the rest of eternity due to AGB Radio.
So I’m cutting back to one radio show per week instead of two (which was kind of ridiculous to begin with). A Thick Mist will still air live online (91.7 FM WMWM Salem) on Wednesdays from 7:00 am – 9:00 am ET and I’ll post it here afterward just like I’ve been doing. And for the Monday morning crowd, I’ll be airing the previous week’s A Thick Mist every Monday during my usual AGB Radio time slot on BFF.fm (11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET). You can subscribe to A Thick Mist’s RSS feed here and it’s in the iTunes podcast store thing too (let me know if there are other places you’d like to see it available). The entire AGB Radio archive will be kept here, just like it always has. A Thick Mist will continue to be vinyl only for the foreseeable future but I’ll be incorporating a bit more new and droney/noisy shit, essentially trying to get back to AGB Radio’s origins while still keeping things interesting for me. And I’m hoping that with less time being spent doing AGB Radio, I’ll be able to do a little more on AGB that’s not radio-related (Q&As, giveaways, the occasional review). We’ll see.
The last AGB Radio will be this upcoming one airing on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Jon Mueller is forever one of my favorite musicians. He drums in ways other people can’t even imagine composing and conjures ecstatic trances of glossolalia like it’s nothing more than making his morning coffee. Every record is somehow a new journey into a different state of rapture while always using the same methods of creation. Recently released on his on Rhythmplex label, dHrAaNwDn (pronounced “hand drawn”) is a document of his fresh frenzied percussion and it’s unreal.
The 2xLP is an excerpt of his performance at the Shaker Historical Society’s Meeting House in Albany, NY where he played 4 drums for 6 hours. The location was central to Mueller’s performance: it was the home to many “spirit gifts,” visions, healings, and trance-like episodes during the Shakers’ Era Of Manifestations. Mueller channels this history directly into the music, becoming a path to spiritual enlightenment.
Each side of the vinyl is (or at least sounds like) a single uncut piece of the performance with Mueller pounding away at his kit, the reverb in the room making it difficult to tell exactly just how fast he’s playing, not that you’d ever actually be able to tell, he’s a macro embodiment of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, you know exactly where he is but his BPM is dynamic, not because he’s human, but because he’s a goddamn machine, Mueller is more reliable than a metronome so his rhythm fluctuations are perfectly executed.
This is a record unlike any other (even other Mueller records), this is him at his most euphoric and hypnotic, the bridge between two worlds manifested in a single human’s body. Hearing this is humbling, and I can hardly imagine what seeing the performance live was like. Luckily, if you’re willing to dish out some extra cash, there’s a deluxe edition of dHrAaNwDn (50 copies) that features the entire public performance on a cassette, so you can get the next best thing to being a direct witness. The standard edition (200 copies) is still super sweet though, with a die cut jacket (the bottom circle in the image up there is cut out) to show the printed inner sleeve. I know I typically have a stream for my reviews, but since Mueller is keeping this out of the digital world, I’m honoring his request by not ripping a track from the vinyl. You’ll just have to trust me on this one. But really, you should definitely trust me on this one.
Auris Apothecary is easily one of the coolest labels ever. They release an incredible variety of music (black metal, drone, harsh noise, fuzzy psych, chiptune, bedroom pop) by artists I already know and love (Sutekh Hexen, Sujo, William Basinski) and artists I would’ve never otherwise heard (Unholy Triforce, Hymnal Bruise, Morsunda).
And then there’s the packaging. They “spend countless hours perfecting each fold and drop of ink on [their] releases,” each is wholly unique (like Pendra Gon’s 16-song Mu Blaksids Nogard Nep that has each song on a separate 3.5″ floppy disk) and some considered as “anti-releases” that are unplayable (Unholy Triforce’s Siberiliszt Inferno cassette that’s melted beyond repair) or intentionally created to damage your equipment (Unholy Triforce’s The Library Of Babel vinyl whose grooves have been screen-printed over so your stylus gets irrevocably fucked up while it chips away the ink to reveal the audio underneath) or maybe just something you don’t even want to touch (Mike IX Williams’ Glass Torn And War Shortage tape that’s permanently covered in broken glass).
One of the dudes behind the label, Dante Augustus Scarlatti, was quoted in an article from The Wire saying “part of the absurdity in what we do is that we also promote absolute destruction – sonically, physically, socially, spiritually and mentally. If that happens to entail destroying part of the package we worked so hard to make, it was all part of the greater plan and should be considered an acceptable casualty in the pursuit of understanding. Anti-cassettes are our extension of that idea, promoting physical alteration to a degree that it would appear unplayable or damaging to perform in its presented state… They are obstacles designed to provide tangible insight into otherwise abstract concepts, and we encourage the listener to perform whatever tasks are necessary to hear the audio.”
I did my best to showcase AA’s genre variety, to not play artists I’ve repped on AGB before, and to play songs that are difficult to hear in their physical form (which I was able to do because they celebrated their 100th release a few years ago by putting out a microSD card with all the music from their releases including everything from the traditional 12″ LP to the locked grooves and 7 second tape loops).
So much amazing art to appreciate in so many different forms. Thanks x1000000, Auris Apothecary.
00:00:00 Dante Augustus Scarlatti – Vinyl Etchings Containing Hymns Of The Sacred Greek Orthodox Funeral (from Demises Of The Dynamic Microphone [In Monodelity])
00:09:46 Icuab Drain – Sleeping Beast (from Icuab Drain, You’re Uncomfortably Sane)
00:13:32 Hail Architeuthis! – Void [Society’s Infernal Holocaust] (from The Horseman Who Revived Organic Institutions)
00:16:29 Iw – A Cancer To Spare Us (from Death Patterns)
00:31:13 Talk break
00:32:27 The Gentlemen’s Butcher – Movement 1:39 (from Preservation: Consistent Melodic Passages Enhanced With Clouds Of Aural Opiates)
00:34:06 Pendra Gon – Thixophobia (from Mu Blaksids Nogard Nep)
00:35:41 Pusdrainer – Side One (from Worms Beneath Thy Cold Flesh)
00:46:25 Unholy Triforce – Side Two (from Sandin’ Yr Vagina)
00:53:01 False Flag – Lucre: Part II (from Lucre/Teeth)
00:54:13 John Flannelly – Gold (from Spaced)
00:56:54 Semilanceata – Drauzma Gestalt Domnar (from En Wallmoburen Myhr, Där Döön Grödha Mellom Bitter Root Ok Frucht)
01:01:11 Talk break
01:04:21 Hidenori Maezawa & Kyouhei Sada – Alien Lair (from Contra)
01:06:25 Hidenori Maezawa & Kyouhei Sada – Boss Battle (from Contra)
01:08:28 Hymnal Bruise – Movement I (from untitled AAX-057)
01:20:04 (((o))) – Parte Dos (from Fuego Somos, Fuego Seremos: Roars And Abstractions)
01:24:04 Mike IX Williams – Side Two (from Glass Torn And War Shortage: The Purposeful Poisoning Of A Shardless Society)
01:31:17 Talk break
01:33:01 The Constants – Darkness Of The Night (from No Organ)
01:37:24 Lord Fyre – Drinking Away Demons (from Destruction At 2013)
01:45:02 Baroke Misty Queens – Tacked Into It (from Tacked Into It)
01:47:09 Morsunda – Cacophony Of Vertical Horror (from Analogital)
01:50:49 HOU – Falling Lakes (from Serene Summation Of Years Past)
01:56:36 Deserter – Moon Pool (from Sister Cities)
01:58:37 Talk break
No idea why Rafael Anton Irisarri and Benoît Pioulard decided to stop recording as Orcas and start a new name project as Gailes, but I don’t care as long as they’re still at it (and fyi Gailes is way better than anything Orcas ever released).
00:00:00 Jessica Moss – Glaciers I (Pt. I) (from Pools Of Light)
00:06:33 Talk break
00:07:51 Martin Arnold – Slip Minuet (from The Spit Veleta)
00:31:17 Talk break
00:32:35 Gailes – Requiem For An Airport Television Newsreader (from Seventeen Words)
00:42:30 Anthony Vine – Troost (from Remnants)
00:59:45 Talk break
01:00:32 Damian Master – The Shell Of Eden (from For My Life Beyond This World)
01:21:32 Mondkopf – Vivere, Finale (from They Fall But You Don’t)
01:28:05 Talk break
01:29:17 Adamennon – Il Risveglio Nella Morte Universale (from Le Nove Ombre Del Caos)
01:42:28 Kassel Jaeger & Jim O’Rourke – Wakes On Cerulean A (from Wakes On Cerulean)
01:59:32 Talk break
Some great mixing in this one, especially Michael Idehall & FRKSE and The Wild Bull with The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. Also, very excited about the funerary violin record. Just picked it up this past weekend and haven’t had a chance to listen to it all yet but goddamn it’s so cool.
Background music: Hrsta – Hechicero Del Bosque (from Ghosts Will Come And Kiss Our Eyes)
00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:56 Atriarch – Rot (from An Unending Pathway)
00:09:25 Chatur Lal – 16 Bits (Teen Tal) (from The Drums Of India)
00:10:16 Russ Burgess – Side B (from Russ Burgess Presents Developing Your ESP Powers)
00:30:31 Talk break
00:33:22 Blind Willie Johnson – Lord, I Just Can’t Keep From Crying (from Blind Willie Johnson, 1927-1930)
00:36:23 Unknown artist from the village of Agia Eleni, Serres, Greece – Ένα (from Αναστενάρια | Music Of The Fire Walkers)
00:45:27 Dead Reptile Shrine – Weapon, Crucifixion And Drowning (from The Sun Of Circles And Wood)
00:52:35 The Guild Of Funerary Violinists (lead by Rohan Kriwaczek) – The Purging Of Mortal Sin (composed by Stanley Easton) (from The Art Of Funerary Violin)
00:53:41 Nimrod Workman – Oh Death (from I Want To Go Where Things Are Beautiful)
01:02:26 Talk break
01:04:53 Philippe Chatel – J’t’aime Bien, Lili (from Analyse)
01:07:54 Morton Subotnick – Part 1 (from The Wild Bull)
01:09:28 David Bedford – Side B (from The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner)
01:22:38 Georgia Kelly – Morningsong (from The Sound Of Spirit)
01:29:52 Charley Patton – Jesus Is A Dying-Bed Maker (from Patton, Sims, & Bertha Lee)
01:32:47 Talk break
01:36:13 Hope Drone – Advent (from Hope Drone)
01:41:31 Michael Idehall- Side A (from The House Of Flames)
01:43:08 FRKSE- Side A/आ (from Desecration Anxiety I)
02:04:15 Talk break