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AGB Radio (June 9, 2014)

Julianna Barwick has an EP made of samples from a beer factory and a new beer is named after the EP (or vice versa, whatever). Also Carl Hultgren from Windy & Carl released his first solo record!

 

AGB Radio 2014/06/09

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/Background music/ Inutili – Drunk Of Colostro (from Music To Watch The Clouds On A Sunny Day)
Julianna Barwick – Two Moons (from Rosabi)
Nawa – Fasel Al Jalal (from Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs From Aleppo)
Alice Boman – What Are You Searching For (from EP II)
Wreck & Reference – Flies (from Want)
Emma Ruth Rundle – Savage Saint (from Some Heavy Ocean)
Carl Hultgren – Ledge (from Tomorrow)
Datashock – Fanta Morgana (from Keine Oase In Sicht)
Kemialliset Ystävät – Vettä Yarahille (from Alas Rattoisaa Virtaa)
Lee Noble – Fall Asleep (from Forming)
Bird People – Henbane (from Nightshades)
Mark Harris – Everything I Did Was Wrong (from The Angry Child)
Sontag Shogun – Tail (from Tale)
Lil Ugly Mane – Thought About Cutting My Face Off (from Absence Of Shitperson)
How To Disappear Completely – In Motion (from Oblivion/Rites)
Ezio Piermattei – Untitled 4 (from Turismo Dentale)
Seirom – I’m So Glad To Have Been A Part Of You (from And The Light Swallowed Everything)
Paco Sala – Sausalito (from Put Your Hands On Me)

Album Review

Joe Houpert / Nathan McLaughlin / Cody Yantis / Josh Mason – Line Drawings (Desire Path, 2014)

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Nathan McLaughlin3:59 (Desire Path)

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Oh fuck, this one’s a doozy. Some background: Houpert, McLaughlin, Yantis, & Mason have this huge project that has its own site called A Line In The Sand. In addition to this Line Drawings LP on Desire Path, there’s a ton of other related stuff. There’s an hour long tape called Alice Sketches on Digitalis consisting of “conversations” where they responded to challenges & questions they posed to each other while creating Line Drawings. There’s a 12 page newsprint tabloid with gorgeous artwork from Chris Koelle that includes portraits of all 10 artists. And there’s a series of 5 split 7″s called Studies (co-released by Desire Path and FET Press) where each of these guys (including Chris Koelle) picked another artist not involved in A Line In The Sand to contribute to the other side of their 7″, which brings in Anne Guthrie, Mary Lattimore, Brad Rose, Olli Aarni, and Norm Chambers. Holy jesus that’s a lot of stuff and I assure you every bit of it is 100% worthwhile. No filler. But this post is about the Desire Path LP…

Which is un-fucking-believably awesome. 2 tracks per artist, 1 for each side, and these 4 are perfectly suited for a split like this. I only knew of Josh Mason and Cody Yantis beforehand and I could easily name their records if I heard them randomly or out of context, but here everybody’s music blurs together so seamlessly it could just as well have been a collaboration. This is the most subtle, intimate, & delicate music, soft drones humming throughout, with processed & glitched guitars, intentional banjo plucking, satiny strings, mystical field recordings, the warble & crackle of ancient analog media, this is deep music that’s full of life & emotion, it gets dark, harrowing, dipping into the dreadful void, far enough down that the light above almost but not quite disappears, but mostly this is a tender ambient that effortlessly divulges truth & peace, an insane pleasure listening to this record, there is nothing better than a 4-way split that comes together so beautifully. And this just continues to confirm Desire Path’s streak of masterpieces, they’re currently 9 for 9 and I see no sign of them tripping up anytime soon.

Album Review

Brinstaar – Testarossa (Kotä, 2013)

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BrinstaarLakshmi (Kotä)

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Some killer weirdness coming out of Russia with this new Brinstaar record, abstracted wandering that births intimate ritualistic chimes & clatter, static glitch finding new ways to hypnotize, mega drones, pulsing bliss, plinky rhythms, and solar transcendence, adding some hidden & mysterious field recordings alongside the processed guitar and synth, this is fantastic work that Brinstaar says comes from looking for that “elusive moment of infinite bliss that keeps him alive and conscious.” Not sure what his moment is but it’s probably pretty similar to mine because this record fuckin rules. And it comes in the most future-tastic holographic jacket that has to be held in your hands to be fully appreciated. New to me label Kotä has instantly won me over with this one.

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AGB Radio (June 2, 2014)

So much new stuff! Really psyched about the Mohammad trilogy. And man that Alan Licht & Brian Chase collab is somethin else.
 

AGB Radio 2014/06/02

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/Background music/ Dylan Nyoukis – The Flood Wants Silence Of Tongue (from The Flood Wants Silence Of Tongue)
Mohammad – Kabilar Mace (from Zo Rèl Do)
Nick Castell – Bixi (from The Water Margin)
Arne Deforce & Mika Vainio – Phlegethon (Stream Of Fire) (from Hephaestus)
Three Legged Race – Aside From Each Other And Together Overnight (from Rope Commercial, Vol. 1)
Suzanne Kraft – 6:26 (from Missum)
Vladislav Delay – #22 (from Ripatti 03)
Richard Pinhas & Oren Ambarchi – Tokyo – T4V2 (from Tikkun)
Alan Licht & Brian Chase – Irreal/Erosion (from We Thought We Could Do Anything)
Ant’lrd – Space Heater (from Midlife Crisis)
CoH – Meguro 10-6 (from To Beat)
Leyland Kirby Presents V/Vm – Marple Libradome ’91 (from The Death Of Rave (A Partial Flashback))
Planning For Burial – Still Dream (from Distances)
Dorval & Devereaux – Early Morning Rides (from Dorval & Devereaux)
Walls / Oram – Reflexions, Refractions And Multiplications (from Sound Houses)
Kyle Bobby Dunn – Where Circles Never Become Circles (from Kyle Bobby Dunn And The Infinite Sadness)

$5 Shirts!!!

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I’m selling some used shirts for $5 a piece over here (link over on the right for future reference). Bands include Dan Deacon, Sigur Ros, Death From Above 1979, Planning For Burial, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Locrian, Melt Banana, Xasthur, and a bunch more. Only one of each exists, so if you want it, ya better not slack around.

Album Review

Kyle Bobby Dunn – …And The Infinite Sadness (Students Of Decay, 2014)

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Kyle Bobby DunnSpem In Alium & Her Unable (Students Of Decay)

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The indisputable champion of modern droners has truly outdone himself with a new 3xLP (!!!) and here we are to celebrate. Magical upon magical, this dude weaves every emotion under the sun into a veil of pure unrelenting beauty, sadness & despair, yes, but also fear & torment, love & exuberance, anguish & anxiety, hope & solace, the endless sky bleeding with life and offering nothing save the truth, this is majestic and soft and honorable and deeply personal, unimaginable depth swirling beneath the surface, the past that couldn’t help but lead to this masterpiece, a heaven I never thought I’d know is now filling up my consciousness with the blissful heartache that only Kyle Dunn could conjure. Ever since I saw him play on New Years Eve ’09/’10 and went home with my copy the stunning art edition of Intimate Rituals, I knew I’d stumbled upon an artist that I would follow with the highest expectations. Every release I’ve heard of his since then has been nothing short of flawless, and somehow he reaches new heights of perfection with each one. …And The Infinite Sadness expounds on everything prior to it and allows KBD to officially carve his name in the immortal Drone Stone. This is everything.

Album Review

Dhow – Amara (Inam, 2014)

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DhowNhi (Inam)

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The supremely talented and ridiculously prolific Ryan Huber, who works under guises like Sujo, Olekranon, and others, as well as running the Inam label, has put out yet another insane record, this time as Dhow (the second release under this name), and holy fuck he knocks it out of the park with this one, a little more shoegazey than his other monikers but Amara still goes to 11, getting loud & fuzzy, catchy riffs and big swells of feedback that sound like the world is ending, total apocalyptic vibes on here, crushing Angelic Process-esque sounds alongside heavenly blissed out drone clouds à la your favorite euphoric masters, soft, gauzy, and serene as fuck, like suffocating in a thick fog on top of a mountain, a mask of massive static to take you to the other side, the most explosive & bombastic fucking drone record I’ve heard that seriously just makes me wanna die. This dude knows no bounds. And if you don’t slack on this, you can get the super limited (to 40) CD-R on the cheap ($8!!) and it includes and even MORE limited (to 23!) sexy 7″ lathe with mono variations of the first two tracks on the CD. The artwork up there is for the digital version, which is slightly different than the CD-R & lathe.

Album Review

Cleared – Drown (Immune, 2014)

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Cleared – Remote Ocean Prayer (Immune)

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Cleared is drummer Steven Hess (Locrian, Pan-American, etc) and multi-media artist Michael Vallera (aka COIN) and with only a few killer releases under their belt, Drown is looking to be their breakout record. So while this is essentially a guitar/drum duo, these dudes take that trope to a whole new level, making an almost-but-not-quite-metal noise/drone record that’s bookended with two amazing tracks that go way out into dream pop & shoegaze territory, something that walks the line between dark & heavy and light & drifty, with tons of feedback drone, static skitter, dark ambient shadows, cosmic expansion, shimmery guitars, and hypnotic percussion, it’s really just the fucking best, an absolutely stellar weird droney poppy record that’s hitting all the right spots for me right now, I honestly can’t get enough of this. Brought to you by the strangely underrated Immune, a seven year old slow burning label that’s doing everything right.

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AGB Radio (May 26, 2014)

happy belated Memorial Day yall

 
AGB Radio 2014/05/26

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/Background music/ Bardo Pond – Here Come The Warm Jets (from Looking For Another Place)
The Fun Years – Sea The Shroud / Janice Was Into Recovery (from One Quarter Descent)
Ian William Craig – Lowest Arc Suite (from Theia And The Archive)
Oren Ambrachi – Park It Where The Sun Don’t Shine (from Stacte Karaoke)
Leyland Kirby – Twenty Seven (from We Drink To Forget The Coming Storm)
Ron Morelli – Lone Navigator (from Periscope Blues)
Aaron Martin – Sugar And Dirt (from Chapel Floor)
Sd Laika – Don’t Know (from That’s Harakiri)
Thisquietarmy – Stealth Drone (from Rebirths)
Yoshio Machida – Synthi No. 07 (from Music From The Synthi)
High Aura’d – Teeth For Sinking In (from Teeth For Sinking In)
Alvarius B. – Saz Nicotine (from If You Don’t Like It… DON’T!)
Pharmakon – Bang Bang (from Todo Muere Vol. 4)
Tom Carter & Pat Murano – Styx (from Four Infernal Rivers)

Album Review

Wold – Postsocial (Profound Lore, 2014)

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WoldThrowing Star (Profound Lore)

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OMFG I can’t even handle how fucking awesome this new Wold record is you guys, so incredibly psyched the Canadian duo has some new aural wreckage this year, these two honestly spit out the most disgusting horrific black noise ever and it’s painfully unique, caked in grit & filth, Postsocial scales back the metal (barely) heard on their previous records and drowns you in an acid bath of static distortion, they beefed up the noise and scrubbed out the metal but this is still the blackest & grimmest fucking thing you’ll hear all year, the massive walls of burnt feedback and tinny clanging percussion are absolutely fucking obliterating, this is so dense you can taste it & smell it, it becomes an all enveloping shroud of nihilistic, misanthropic chaos, and there’s an endless amount of detail lurking beneath the devastation, devious shredding & pulsing electronics that make this so much more than a harsh wall of noise, and while this has supreme, definite motives & messages behind it, I’m not really even looking at that part, for me this is a purely aesthetic experience of wicked perversions, the sonic bombardment that can come from only the most twisted of artists, taking you to unimaginable depths, and Wold always fucking delivers.

Album Review

Mike Weis – Don’t Know, Just Walk (Type, 2014)

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Mike WeisOut Of The Flowers (Type)

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Mike Weis, aka the drummer from Zelienople, drops his second solo LP and it’s a fuckin stunner. This was made after being diagnosed with cancer and is a sort of meditation on death, which becomes pretty apparent after giving this a spin because it’s dark as fuck and full of tantric percussion, a hypnotic droning beast that plumbs the depths of what we as humans know as life, it’s full of hallowed rituals opening new pathways in your head and begging for answers, propulsive and mystikal, taking you to uncharted interstellar domains with all manner of religious instruments, dwelling on subtle shifts in tones, screaming sirens, bombastic rhythms, searing static, delicate cymbals, organic field recordings, and a thousand hidden threads intertwined in a vast tapestry of morose beauty, this is a magnificent goddamn record, one that evokes a plethora of emotions and is easily one of the better things I’ve heard this year.

Album Review

Jeremy Bible – Collisions (False, 2014)

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Jeremy Bibleco_7 (False)

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All hail Jeremy Bible, this dude knows what’s fuckin up. Most of yall probably know he runs the flawless Experimedia label/distro, but he’s also got some insane music makin chops as well, and Collisions is easily my favorite work of his. This is a total head fucker, melding sharp musique concrète, abstract field recordings, glitchy rhythms, and bizarro noise into something wholly cohesive & unique, this takes all of your attention while twisting synapses and making new neural pathways in your brain, making you question every fucking moment. Is there anything actually happening right now or is it actually silent? Are those frogs or synths? Is this doing permanent damage to my ears? Did I just shit myself? There are truly incredible moments on this record that feel like you’re staring a starving pack of dire wolves right in the eyes, unsettling organic gurgling & chirping, panning & pointed blasts of almost danceable static shred, high end drone like the hum of a distant generator. You’re never at ease, even when the music is peaceful, because early on you discover there’s an ever present sense of danger. This is just the fucking best. It was originally a live recording from June 2013 at the RCN Cave in Akron, Ohio that was released digitally shortly thereafter, but it’s been expanded & remastered for CD and tape release on False so now you can hold & cherish this sexy beast. The artwork above is for the digital version, the tapes & CDs come in silver stamped black boxes with cotton & card inserts and they look super fuckin slick.

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AGB Radio (May 19, 2014)

mutha. fucken. WOLD.
 

AGB Radio 2014/05/19

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/Background music/ William Selman – Multiplied By Mirrors (from Equatorial Night)
Wold – Inner Space Infirmary (from Postsocial)
Ben Frost – Venter (from A U R O R A)
Prostitutes – The Bluffer (from Petit Cochon)
Mincemeat Or Tenspeed – Normal Techno Jam (from Waiting For Surfin’ Bird)
Black To Comm – Providence (from Providence)
Equal Stones – Death At Both Ends (from Transgression)
Pjusk & Sleep Orchestra – Vansunbarth (from Drowning In The Sky)
Panabrite – Fabric (from Tracer)
Klara Lewis – Muezzin (from Ett)
Flamingo Creatures – Soll Ich Ihre Mit Großem I Schreiben? Dann Sprechen Wir Damit Den Hörer An (from Hybrids Unlimited)
Maxwell August Croy & Sean McCann – Alexandria (from I)
Fossil – Quinine (from Ancram)
Ryan Huber – Horus (from Horus)

Album Review

Ambarchi, O’Malley, & Dunn – Shade Themes From Kairos (Drag City, 2014)

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Ambarchi, O’Malley, & DunnShade Themes From Kairos (Drag City)
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Three dudes who hardly need an introduction, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley, and Randall Dunn, have come together for what was originally supposed to be the score to the short Belgian film Kairos but evolved way beyond that into this 2xLP of harrowing dark ambient, a subtly menacing record that merges the already outstanding collaborative work between O’Malley’s guitar and Ambarchi’s electronics with Dunn’s perfect percussion, Shade Themes From Kairos walks the dark side of life, showing us all manner of occult & macabre, smoke & magik, ruins & rituals, truly penetrating music that ebbs & flows with soft skittering, bombastic nightmares, effortless drifts, enchanting vocals, devastating feedback, sonorous drone, and unholy freakouts, sights never before seen are laid in front of you, monolithic & unyielding, the sound of kingdoms fallen and souls forgotten, this is incredible fucking stuff, a truly magnificent record. I know these guys are pretty prolific but this one is not to be missed. And look at the fucking artwork by Denis Kostromitin I mean come on.

Album Review

Hiss Tracts – Shortwave Nights (Constellation, 2014)

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Hiss TractsShortwave Nights (Constellation)

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Hopefully you’ve heard of this already because of the people involved and because it’s on Constellation but if not, here’s what you’re missing. David Bryant from Godspeed You! Black Emperor & the painfully underrated Set Fire To Flames and Kevin Doria from the late great Growing and, more recently, the massive minimal drone of Total Life, have joined forces to become an otherworldly duo reigning ambient supreme. This is some seriously incredible shit, way better than you would have even hoped from a collab like this, these guys bring their creeping magic together and make some beautifully dark harrowing bliss out of fluttering piano, buzzing drone, haunted radio transmissions, whispered creak & crackle, and infinite fucking texture, this is goddamn perfect, sounds from the other side of the apocalypse, a post civilization decay seething throughout, shards of light poking through the gloom and offering moments of hope amidst the crumbling sadness, intense but never overwhelming and always with a somber ease (ok maybe it gets a little overwhelming once but it’s the fucking best). Top fucking notch. Truly hope this isn’t a one off because it would break my heart if this was all we ever heard from these guys.