Questions For The Holy Circle

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What started out as a married duo with Erica Burgner-Hannum (of Unlucky Atlas and vocalist on many Locrian songs) and Terence Hannum (core member of Locrian, has a number of solo records, creates 2D art with cassette tape, and as of a few weeks ago became a published author) but has now expanded to trio status to include Nathan Jurgenson (Silo Halo, Teething Veils, Washerwoman). These guys make a wonderfully lush & dreamy gloompop (gloomy dreampop?) and have a new tape coming out in July on Accidental Guest Recordings as well as recently released 7″ square lathe, super limited to 30 copies (only 7 left), on Terence’s Anathemata Editions.

I was able to get ahold of Erica & Terence to take part in my Q&A series. I’m very thankful for their participation and their responses are exceptional. You might notice a slight variation on the standard set of questions. I decided to reword one and replace another. Always changing. Always improving.


What is an ideal death?
Erica: Dying in my sleep after a long life.

Terence: Being cryogenically frozen so I can be revived centuries later.

What makes you happy?
Erica: Spending time with my kids and writing music.

Terence: Being with my family, making stuff in my studio be it visual art, music or writing.

How can you die happy?
Erica: Avoid negative people and negative situations and take some risks. Try not to always play it safe.

Terence: Knowing my kids are kind and compassionate and to know that something I made meant something to someone.

How close have you come to death?
Erica: I was in very bad car accident as a sophomore in college. Somehow, I walked away unharmed but my car was totaled.

Terence: I don’t recall any of this but when I was an infant I had a disease that was killing babies and the elderly with extreme dehydration and I supposedly barely made it.

How can you make your life better?
Erica: Let go of things that are doing harm to you, physically and emotionally. Take some risks every once in a while.

Terence: Be more organized. Seriously.

What does kindness mean to you?
Erica: Having empathy, being supportive, generosity.

Terence: Listening, I have a hard time listening because my head is always going but to me the kindest thing you can do is listen.

Where do you find love?
Erica: Terence is my soulmate, if such a thing exists. During a break-up early in our relationship, I quickly realized that I couldn’t imagine my future without him. Then I got to a place where I was content with myself and just wanted him to be happy. Shortly after, we got back together. That’s true love. I can’t live without you but if I have to I want your happiness.

Terence: With Erica and our kids. With old friends.

When were you most afraid?
Erica: I was told repeatedly that I would loose my pregnancy with my daughter. I didn’t sleep well while pregnant with her because of that.

Terence: Having kids, not just like when they were born, but almost daily.

How do you listen to music?
Erica: In the car on the commute to work or records and Bluetooth at home. We also stream a lot of music on YouTube because we really like the music videos.

Terence: At home a lot of LPs and on Bandcamp and YouTube. I listen mainly to cassettes in my car.

CONTEST WINNER: Terence Hannum’s Beneath The Remains


There were some excellent entries to last week’s Beneath The Remains contest, but only one victor. The winning haiku by Laura Ruth Beattie is below. To everyone else besides the author: head over to Anathemata Editions and snag a copy of one of the best books you’ll read all year. It’s a steal at $10 even more so because it includes a digital download with the physical copy.


Neon headphones peek
Through the waxy iris bed:
World will let her be.

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AGB Radio (June 13, 2016)

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Lots of guitars in this episode, but then there’s the black metal & black spiritual insanity from Zeal And Ardor and the warm harmonium drone from Accident Du Travail, so A+ all around I’d say.


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Background music: Baccille – Howl, Youth Pigs (from Guerin Et Medecin)

00:00:00 Zeal And Ardor – In Ashes (from Devil Is Fine)
00:02:29 Talk break
00:03:49 William Ryan Fritch – Our Strange Progression (from Clean War)
00:08:48 Psychic Ills – Ra Wah Wah (from Inner Journey Out)
00:17:55 Isorinne – Gate Of Sleep (from No Strength Of Sun)
00:29:15 Talk break
00:30:06 Kikagaku Moyo – Silver Owl (from House In The Tall Grass)
00:40:09 Rhys Chatham – Part One (from Pythagorean Dream)
00:59:12 Talk break
01:00:05 Sleepyhead – D. (from D.)
01:19:04 Accident Du Travail – Marriage (from Très Précieux Sang)
01:27:15 Talk break
01:28:05 Landing – Morning Sun (from Third Sight)
01:42:27 William Tyler – Kingdom Of Jones (from Modern Country)
01:45:48 Western Skies Motel – Transformation (from Settlers)
01:50:42 Morgen Wurde – Dachte Immer (from Brach Auf)
01:58:33 Talk break

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AGB Radio (June 6, 2016) – Best Of 2016 So Far

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I could have easily done two or three episodes filled with my favorite stuff that’s come out this year, there’s already so goddamn much. Mamiffer & Troller though you guys. BFF4L


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Background music: The Field – Pink Sun (from The Follower)

00:00:00 Troller – Nothing (from Graphic)
00:06:28 Talk break
00:07:43 Nested – “What A Beautiful World This Will Be.” (from Nested 3)
00:14:10 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)
00:24:01 Braeyden Jae – Vanishing Procession (from Fog Mirror)
00:30:19 Talk break
00:31:15 Matt Carlson, Michael Stirling, & Doug Theriault – Mishra Bhairavi (from Aakash)
00:49:35 Andrew Tuttle – Registration (from Fantasy League)
00:52:06 Anna Homler & Steve Moshier – Gu She’ Na’ Di (from Breadwoman & Other Tales)
00:57:34 Ash Koosha – In Line (from I AKA I)
00:59:56 Talk break
01:00:58 La Tène – Marche De Fahy (from Vouerca/Fahy)
01:20:45 Roly Porter – High Places (from Third Law)
01:25:47 Nekrasov – Your Are Not Bliss, You Are Not Free (from Negative Temple)
01:29:41 Talk break
01:30:31 Mamiffer – Flower Of The Field II (from The World Unseen)
01:34:15 Lake Of Violet – Please Stay Longer (from The Startling Testimony Of Plumb Lines)
01:37:48 Architeuthis Rex – Fallen (from Stilbon Is Dead)
01:43:10 Surachai – Exhale Death (from Instinct And Memory)
01:47:07 Andy Stott – Selfish (from Too Many Voices)
01:51:39 Tim Hecker – Collapse Sonata (from Love Streams)
01:55:51 Julianna Barwick – Wist (from Will)
01:58:31 Talk break

CONTEST: Win Terence Hannum’s Beneath The Remains

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AGB is venturing into new territory here you guys. Well, sort of, or maybe getting back to my roots depending on how far back you look into AGB’s history. This giveaway is for a copy of Terence Hannum’s debut novella, Beneath The Remains. You should all know Hannum already: his solo music is unfuckwithable and he’s a member of the legendary Locrian as well as The Holy Circle. He’s also an incredible visual artist who works primarily with cassette tape as a 2D medium. For real this guy is like #1 jack of all trades, master of all of them.

I just finished reading this book last week. I have, like, negative time for reading, but this was good enough (and short enough, roughly 75 pages) that I blasted through it in just a few days. It’s so fucking good. The short synopsis is two young brothers are forced to move to Florida with their mom and new step-dad. The older brother, who hates almost everything except death metal and literature, goes missing. This is teeming with 80s/90s youth culture living alongside the depths of human malice and strangeness. I loved it and I’m pretty sure you will too.

The book is published by Hannum’s newly minted Anathemata Editions and the winner will receive a PDF of the book as well as a physical copy. All of you have to do is write a haiku about your childhood, Florida, death metal, evil, Shakespeare, or whatever, and send it to beneaththehaiku [at] antigravitybunny [dot] com by the end of the week (Friday, June 10th).

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AGB Radio (May 30, 2016)

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Thom Wasluck aka Planning For Burial started a new label called Glowing Window Recordings and the first/only two releases (Ruined & Autumn Pool) he put out are out-fucking-standing. Plus you guys really need to hear all of Ratkje’s Crepuscular Hour holy shit it’s amazing.


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Background music: Linear Movement – Don’t Try To Trick Me (from The Linear Way)

00:00:00 Ruined – Some Years Don’t Matter (from Hunter’s Premonition)
00:08:34 Talk break
00:09:34 Autumn Pool – July In Gossamers (from An Ardent Memory)
00:20:16 Harry Bertoia – Phosphorescence (from Sonambient: Recordings Of Harry Bertoia)
00:32:59 Talk break
00:34:09 Ignatz – Eulogy Example (from The Drain)
00:36:14 Brian Case – DCIN (from Tense Nature)
00:39:35 Tauusk – Ridges (from Ridges)
00:59:28 Talk break
01:00:15 Marissa Nadler – Divers Of The Dust (from Strangers)
01:02:58 Maja S. K. Ratkje – Crepuscular Hour Part 2 (from Crepuscular Hour)
01:25:35 Talk break
01:26:47 Tvlpa – The Becoming I (from Mountain Of The Opposer)
01:34:23 Ionophore – Infantman (from Sinter Pools)
01:38:55 Jon Mueller – What I Thought You Said (from Tongues)
01:58:32 Talk break

CONTEST WINNER: Jon Mueller’s Tongues



Thanks so much to all who entered the haiku contest for Jon Mueller’s insane new solo record, Tongues. The haiku magnificence by winner Taylor McKenzie is below.

Partly parting waves
Thunder crashes; speaking tongues
Stone ‘n’ brush flail to say

The rest of yous should head over to Rhythmplex stat and snag a copy of the record before it disappears.

CONTEST: Win Jon Mueller’s Tongues

Jon Mueller - Tongues

Jon Mueller’s music is un-fucking-real. Most recently, he headed up the Death Blues project, which celebrated Life and the present. He’s worked with all your favorites (James Plotkin, Asmus Tietchens, Z’ev, Duane Pitre, Rhys Chatham…) and was/is in Volcano Choir, Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, and Pele. And he’s just the coolest fucking drummer. His newest self-released record (well, released by Rhythmplex) takes his hypno-drumming to the next level, with 2 side-long pieces of ritualistic Truth seeking transcendence that combines densely layered droning vocal chants and relentless percussion, music that can’t possibly be contained by time or place, let alone genre, it’s the sound of everyone you’ve ever met gathering together in an attempt to understand their existence.

So, this is another haiku contest. You write a haiku inspired by the record, drumming, speaking in tongues, truth, transcendence, life, etc, and you send it to drummingintongues |at| antigravitybunny |dot| com by the end of the weekend (Sunday, May 22). The winning haiku will be revealed next week.

Watch a video here, buy it here, and catch up on Mueller’s back catalog here.

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AGB Radio (May 16, 2016)

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Maaaaan Nested is unbelievably good. There’s 3 free* records on Bandcamp that you need in your life.


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Background music: Kowloon_Walled_City – Palatial Melt II (from Palatial Melt)

00:00:00 Zahn | Hatami | McClure – Veeland (from Veerian
00:09:36 Talk break
00:11:13 Nested – The Dawn Of A New Concordia (from Nested 3)
00:22:56 John Atkinson – Kestrel (from Asasin În Lege)
00:30:10 Talk break
00:31:20 Aeon Fux – Devil Summoner’s Dilemma (from Devil Summoner’s Dilemma)
00:31:50 Driftmachine – Lost Travelers (from Colliding Contours)
00:38:46 Oil Thief – Heat Death (from In The Heat)
00:44:01 Endless Melancholy – The Air Here Is Written With You (from Deep As The Dark Blue Sea)
00:50:28 Dag Rosenqvist – Porcelain (from Elephant)
00:59:00 Talk break
01:00:23 Antwood – Spirit Fabric (from Virtuous.scr)
01:04:53 Bjarni Gunnarsson – Gallivant (from Paths)
01:11:17 Codespira1 – Node #1 (from Artefact)
01:19:19 Unfollow – All My Rifles (from Blue Twenty-One)
01:25:19 Pierce Warnecke – Sparseness Gave Way To Infinite (from Memory Fragments)
01:29:37 Talk break
01:31:07 New Rome – Nowhere (from Nowhere)
01:37:18 Donnacha Costello – Kensh? (from Mouvements)
01:44:35 Hey Exit – But Is Not Consumed (from Caudata)
01:51:37 Lucy – Drink (from Eat, Drink, Shop, Relax)
01:59:21 Talk break

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AGB Radio (May 9, 2016)

carlson stirling theriault - aakash album cover

Death Grips was an admittedly strange choice to put between those last two songs, but I couldn’t help it.


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Background music: Degtras – Ancient Forest (from Hominidae Resonance)

00:00:00 Ash Koosha – Hex (from I AKA I)
00:02:40 Talk break
00:03:57 Lea Bertucci – Axis/Atlas (from Axis/Atlas)
00:16:29 Mikael Seifu – The Solipsist (from Zelalem)
00:24:08 Ramzi – OO (from For Haku)
00:28:35 Animalia – Fever Dream (from (dissonance))
00:30:40 Talk break
00:31:57 Sea Of Bones – Silent Transmissions (from Silent Transmissions)
00:59:23 Surachai – Light Drinker (from Instinct And Memory)
01:02:13 Talk break
01:03:34 Matt Carlson, Michael Stirling, & Doug Theriault – Clouds Into Midnight (from Aakash)
01:23:55 Sarah Davachi – A Garden, An Orchard (from Dominions)
01:30:26 Talk break
01:31:49 Loren Connors & Clint Heidorn – Light (from Light)
01:46:44 Death Grips – Trash (from Bottomless Pit)
01:49:33 Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words – No Words I (from No Words)
01:59:27 Talk break

CONTEST WINNER: Braeyden Jae’s Fog Mirror

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Some amazing haikus by you guys, seriously, so many good ones, thanks for all who entered the contest. Only one winner, though, obviously, and the prize goes to Clem McCulloch. Check out this beauty:

through this thick blanket
a vast shadow comes to light,
the void manifests

And the rest of yall should go buy a copy from the fresh-faced Whited Sepulchre Records, or Braeyden Jae himself, because Fog Mirror fuckin rules.

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AGB Radio (May 2, 2016)

drøne - reversing into the future album cover

Holy shit this episode is STAAACKED. New stuff by The Gerogerigegege, Pita, Nisennenmondai, and William Cody Watson! And I just discovered Robert Curgenven, who is fucking amazing.


AGB Radio 2016-05-02

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Background music: Nefast – Obsession (from Dogma)

00:00:00 Robert Curgenven – Cornubia (from Sirène)
00:10:05 Talk break
00:13:18 Robert Curgenven – En El Turbulento Infinito, La Duración Del Tiempo Y Más Allá (from Climata)
00:32:36 Talk break
00:33:53 William Cody Watson – End Of Hiding (from Patriot)
00:53:51 Swollen Organs – Illicit Opportunistic Nubile Sex (from Feelings About Gender Guilt Over Time)
01:01:50 Talk break
01:02:50 Daniel Menche – Raw Cello Session (from Raw Cello Sessions)
01:21:32 The Gerogerigegege – Out Of Saiga (from Moenai Hai)
01:29:29 Talk break
01:30:43 Nisennenmondai – #2 (from #NA)
01:46:58 Drøne – This Strange Life 3 (from Reversing Into The Future)
01:51:43 Pita – Aahn (from Get In)
01:58:52 Talk break

CONTEST: Win Braeyden Jae’s Fog Mirror

braeyden jae - fog mirror giveaway
You need this. And you can have this. SLC’s Braeyden Jae has been doing his thing for at least as long as AGB has been around, if not longer, and if you’ve been following this site for a while, hopefully you’d recognize his name (Braden J. McKenna) or any of his numerous alias/groups (WYLD WYZRDZ, Navigator, Weighted Pines, Mario Kart, Sleepover…), but regardless of your familiarity with this musical prodigy, this is what you need to know:

Fog Mirror is Braeyden Jae’s debut vinyl outing, and it’s the first release on the newly minted Whited Sepulchre Records (set up by Tome To The Weather Machine’s Ryan Hall, who also runs that charity label Heligator that I just highlighted on AGB Radio) and holy mother of god is it amazing, definitely a Drone Of The Year contender, Braeyden doing everything he can to win me over, stellar misty ambience with lulled piano and warm subtle washes of bliss, gauzy guitars reeling in the clouds, muted static numbing your thoughts, a low volume noise that gives you nothing but the most peaceful embrace, absolutely fucking beautiful.

So winning this is easy, just like the last contest, I want you to write a haiku inspired by fog, or wizards, or Mario Kart, or sepulchres, or whatever, you get the idea, something sorta related to this. You write that haiku, and you email it to foghaiku[at]antigravitybunny[dot]com easy peasy. Submissions will be taken until the end of Sunday, May 1.

You can stream the whole thing on Bandcamp, and if you don’t win, I highly suggest picking up a copy anyway because like I said this is fucking perfect.

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AGB Radio (April 25, 2016)

andy stott - too many voices album cover

Bookended with two of the best records of the year, Julianna Barwick and Andy Stott, with some weird techno, blistering psych, and acoustic depression in the middle.


AGB Radio 2016/04/25

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Background music: Tara Jane O’Neil – Medusa Smack (from Eleh / Tara Jane O’Neil split)

00:00:00 Julianna Barwick – Nebula (from Will)
00:05:31 Talk break
00:07:16 Bardo Pond – Purple (from AcidGuruPond)
00:25:00 Aaron Dilloway & Dyan Nyoukis – Untitled 2 (from Dropout Elements)
00:30:56 Talk break
00:31:40 How To Disappear Completely – Via Negativa (Endless) (from Within Without)
00:40:44 Blixa Bargeld & Teho Teardo – Nirgendheim (from Nerissimo)
00:46:44 Phork – Know What I’m Sayin’? (from K)
01:00:33 Talk break
01:01:46 Michael Gira – Annaline (from I Am Not This)
01:05:29 Gregory Taylor – Part II (from Sidoardjo (A Map Of The Lost City, Drawn From Memory))
01:18:14 Xiu Xiu – Love Theme Farewell (from Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks)
01:24:30 Silent Servant – Stationary (from EGR45-00003)
01:31:08 Talk break
01:32:18 Tape Loop Orchestra – Go Straight Towards The Light (from Go Straight Towards The Light Of All That You Love)
01:53:08 Andy Stott – Too Many Voices (from Too Many Voices)
01:59:11 Talk break

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AGB Radio (April 18, 2016) – Label Spotlight: Heligator Records

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This label is the fucking best label. Heligator Records was founded by Ryan Hall (of Tome To The Weather Machine fame) after he was in the Peace Corps working to build a library in a refugee camp in Swaziland. The Malindza Refugee Camp Library in Mpaka is the efforts of his work, which includes over 1,200 books, electricity to stay open during the night, and a paid librarian who teaches classes in English & French. Heligator was created to help fund this library after Ryan left Swaziland. It’s primarily a digital singles label but he occasionally releases EPs or LPs as well. Most things cost $1 and every cent you pay to Heligator through Bandcamp goes straight fund the library. Like I said, the fucking best.

AGB Radio 2016/04/18 – Label Spotlight: Heligator Records

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Background music: Stag Hare – Star Valley (from Star Valley)

00:00:00 Lake Mary & Nathan Wheeler – Agrimony (Porch Music) (from Agrimony (Porch Music))
00:11:09 Talk break
00:14:45 Problems That Fix Themselves – Elsie (from Elsie)
00:22:38 Kurva Choir – Love In A Mist / Devil In The Bush (from Archaea EP)
00:29:20 Talk break
00:30:02 Dura – Conduits (from Conduits)
00:40:51 Dylan Golden Aycock – Saints Of Grace (from Saints Of Grace)
00:45:03 Braeyden Jae – Switches (from Switches)
00:51:25 Landing – Traveling (from Traveling)
00:54:47 Sparkling Wide Pressure – Triangle (Swans Sticker) (from Three Shapes)
00:59:59 Talk break
01:01:08 Cloudsound – Red Apature (Bethany Octane Remission) (from II)
01:04:57 Giant Claw – Soft Channel No. 1 (from Soft Channel No. 1)
01:07:44 Creation VI – New Shore Every Time (from New Shore Every Time)
01:21:33 Andrew Tuttle – 177 (from 177)
01:25:06 Nevada Greene & Lake Mary – #swimeveryday (from From Defeat To Defeat / #swimeveryday)
01:29:41 Talk break
01:31:06 Amulets – Sierra Highs (from Sierra Highs)
01:44:05 Kyle Landstra – Carrying Out Instructions Given By The Magus (from Carrying Out Instructions Given By The Magus )
01:52:39 Benoît Pioulard – Finity (from Finity)
01:57:50 Talk break