Partly parting waves
Thunder crashes; speaking tongues
Stone ‘n’ brush flail to say
Partly parting waves
Thunder crashes; speaking tongues
Stone ‘n’ brush flail to say
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.
Maaaaan Nested is unbelievably good. There’s 3 free* records on Bandcamp that you need in your life.
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
Death Grips was an admittedly strange choice to put between those last two songs, but I couldn’t help it.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
I think like 75% of the artists I played this time were new to me, which is so goddamn exciting. That Bas Van Huizen record is nuts.
Background music: Aymeric De Tapol – Walking On A Spoon (Tails B) (from Walking On A Spoon)
00:00:00 Jonathan Snipes – Binge (from Excess Flesh Soundtrack)
00:05:02 Talk break
00:06:21 Gnod – Sodom & Gomorrah (from Mirror)
00:24:26 Scroll Downers – Hendriaticola (from Hot Winter)
00:30:09 Talk break
00:31:00 La Tène – Marche De Fahy (from Vouerca/Fahy)
00:50:45 Christina Vantzou – Laurie Spiegel (The Sight Below Remix) (from 3.5 (Nº3 remixes))
01:00:33 Talk break
01:01:31 Jake Meginsky – Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes (from Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes )
01:22:22 Marc Kate – All Of The Books We Burned (from Despairer)
01:30:47 Talk break
01:31:45 Bas Van Huizen – Zinnesikkel (from Waanzintraan)
01:41:55 Dead Ryan – Exasthurbated (When You’re In Love) (from Always A Pallbearer, Never A Corpse)
01:45:47 Amulets – A Funeral By The Sea (from Auras)
01:58:46 Talk break
I’m pretty sure this is my favorite (regular) episode I’ve ever done. So many of my favorite artists and so many amazing news ones!
Background music: Sparkling Wide Pressure – How Do I Know This Body (from Night Sky Body)
00:00:00 Mamiffer – Mara (from The World Unseen)
00:05:36 Talk break
00:07:38 Sophia Loizou – Glimpses Of Death (from Singulacra)
00:13:37 Daghraven – Ten Halve Gekeerd, Ten Hele Gedwaald (from #1)
00:27:00 Orior – EOS (from Strange Beauty)
00:30:40 Talk break
00:32:13 Felicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – TS (from Comme Un Seul Narcisse)
00:39:55 Brian Eno – The Ship (from The Ship)
01:01:07 Talk break
01:02:19 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Envelop (from Ears)
01:07:10 Hellvete – Buiten Het Droomharmonium (from Spliff Tape)
01:19:42 Nuances – Life Is Paper-Thin (from Art & The Ego)
01:25:49 Chelsea Wolfe – Simple Death (Demo) (from Hypnos / Flame)
01:31:02 Talk break
01:32:49 Amenra – Razoreater (from Alive)
01:40:37 Kane Ikin – Crosstalk (from Modern Pressure)
01:47:12 The Field – Raise The Dead (from The Follower)
01:58:26 Talk break
Holy shit there’s a new Jackie McDowell record!!
Background music: Kassel Jaeger, Stephan Mathieu, & Akira Rabelais – Zauberberg (from Zauberberg)
00:00:00 Jackie McDowell – Hyperborea (from New Blood Medicine)
00:04:33 Talk break
00:06:06 Borosilicate Purl – The Cup Was Emptied And Would Never Be Filled Again (from Coalescence)
00:12:47 Dibson T. Hoffweiler – The Goat Water Moon (from Oakland To Sebastopol)
00:23:40 Jakob Pek – Emptiness Smiles (from Emptiness Smiles)
00:28:24 Talk break
00:29:24 Fursaxa – Troglodytes (from Immured)
00:36:27 The Oscillation – Alignment Zone (from Monographic)
00:49:25 Colin Stetson – Sorrow II (from Sorrow – A Reimagining Of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony)
00:59:34 Talk break
01:01:01 Sarah Hennies – Gather (from Gather & Release)
01:28:01 Talk break
01:28:41 Wydring – Ahold A Wren (from Wyrding)
01:34:08 Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie Prince Billy – Your Heart Is Pure, Your Mind Is Clear, And Your Soul Devout (from Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties)
01:42:15 France Jobin – N (from Singulum)
01:58:40 Talk break
Thee Danny Paul Grody has a new solo record called Other States as part of the Sketch For Winter series, out on Geographic North right now and it’s fucking incredible (stream it, buy it), it’s the first he’s put out since 2013’s Between Two Worlds on Three Lobed which was the fucking bessssst, Danny’s been doing killer shit with guitars & synths for like 15 years with Tarentel, The Drift, and his own solo work, and all of it is A+++ magic music, his solo stuff sounding like it would’ve been perfectly at home on Takoma, right between Craig Leon and Robbie Basho. I’ve been anticipating this one for a while, so once I heard it was in the works, I jumped at the chance to throw my set of questions at him. He obliged, and I am very thankful. Turns out he and I have a lot in common.
What is the best way to die?
Without pain, regrets and surrounded by loved ones. Sounds romantic, I know, but if I had a choice in the matter…
How do you think you’ll die?
Unexpectedly, I hope.
What makes you happy?
Being loved and loving back. I think happiness is fleeting at best. Once you can accept that, it becomes easier to receive it as well as to let it go when it passes. Maybe fulfillment is a more realistic goal to set?
How can you die happy?
Being fulfilled and doing what you love.
How close have you come to death?
Not very, but I’ve seen life leave a person. HEAVY.
What does kindness mean to you?
Generosity without expectation. The ability to listen, to be vulnerable, and to keep an open heart.
Where do you find love?
From my my parter of ten 10+ years, my friends, family, cat Eli, music and community.
When were you most afraid?
I’ve had some nightmares… I’ll leave it at that.
How do you listen to music?
I’ve got a long commute to work so I listen often on the train or bus these days. I’m also a student so music has been a great writing companion.
New Architeuthis Rex!! New Mary Lattimore!! New(ish) Faith Coloccia (Mára)!! Also that reissue of Anna Homler’s speaking in tongues shit is 100% crazy cool.
Background music: Strategy – Fossil Data (from Information Pollution)
00:00:00 Father Lemon – Fearconfrontation (from Putrescentrainbow)
00:05:17 Talk break
00:06:35 Thug Entrancer – Wage Mage III (from Arcology)
00:14:25 Anna Homler & Steve Moshier – Gu She’ Na’ Di (from Breadwoman & Other Tales)
00:19:54 Vektormusik – Excerpt#4 07.06.15 (from Time Woke Up In Darkness Excerpts Vol. 2)
00:27:45 Mára – The Gift Of Life (from Surfacing)
00:30:44 Talk break
00:32:21 Virtual Forest – The Angel Of The Abyss And The Door Through The Underworld (from Ritual Machine Music)
00:47:26 Mary Lattimore – Ferris Wheel, January (from At The Dam)
01:00:43 Talk break
01:01:32 Jessika Kenney – Ingsun (from Atria)
01:05:15 Oakeater – Wishful Beginnings (from Aquarius)
01:12:58 Cloaked Figure – The Let Gods Forgive What I Have Created, Let Those I Love Try To Forgive What I Have Created (from Tome Is Melting
01:27:55 Talk break
01:28:39 Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – 23:52 (from Trance Frendz)
01:34:31 Luciernaga – La Tragedia Que Es Chile (The Tragedy That Is Chile) (from Sic Transit Gloria)
01:49:38 Architeuthis Rex – Oikoumene (from Stilbon Is Dead)
01:58:16 Talk break
Tundra caving in
No fire, no light, smoke billows
Windows kept open
There was another that definitely deserves runner-up status, which is Christian Molenaar’s that follows the 5-7-5 pattern in both English and Japanese, which I kind of just have to take his word on, but whatever, it’s also just a fucking great haiku.
最終しぐれ (Saishū shigure)
冬の雨, 不老 (Fuyu no ame, furō)
バニー土産 (Bunny miyage)
The last cold shower
The rain in winter, ageless
A gift from Bunny