AGB Radio

AGB Radio (November 7, 2016)

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Chock fulla the coolest ladies around. Ela Stiles is maybe the most amazing. Claire Singer’s Solas is definitely one of my favorite drone records this year. And Swooning are unbelievably fucking good, filling the hole that Mountain Man left since they only put out one record and that was 6 goddamn years ago.

 

AGB Radio 2016/11/07

Background music: Mary Halvorson Octet – Old King Misfit (No. 57) (from Away With You)

00:00:00 Marie Davidson – La Femme Écarlate (from Adieux Au Dancefloor)
00:03:43 Talk break
00:05:31 Ela Stiles – Motel Metal (from Molten Metal)
00:14:22 Aloonaluna – Vampirism And Singularity (from The Gilded Hegemony Of Stars)
00:20:26 Sarah Mary Chadwick – The Fire The Torched My Fear (from Roses Always Die)
00:25:39 Chasms – Between The Eyes (from On The Legs Of Love Purified)
00:30:59 Talk break
00:32:12 Maarja Nuut – Sammud (from Une Meeles)
00:33:56 Claire M. Singer – The Molendinar (from Solas)
00:59:32 Talk break
01:01:12 Swooning – Blueberry (from Swooning)
01:06:55 Tanya Tagaq – Summoning (from Retribution)
01:15:50 Sarah Davachi – Soi-Même Comme La Matin (from Dominions)
01:30:16 Talk break
01:31:09 Meredith Monk – Spider Web Anthem (from On Behalf Of Nature)
01:37:11 Laura Cannell – Sheltering Hollows (from Simultaneous Flight Movement)
01:42:23 Maria W. Horn – Fall Of O’Dea (from Magenta)
01:48:41 Ora Cogan – Ground And Grave (from Shadowland)
01:53:56 Weyes Blood – Can’t Go Home (from Front Row Seat To Earth)
01:58:37 Talk break

A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist (November 2, 2016)

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I have a new radio show! AGB Radio on BFF.fm has been fun, but I never felt like it replaced the live radio hole in my heart. I used to run Salem State University’s radio station, WMWM, back when I went to school there. Now I work at SSU and am the radio station’s co-advisor, so I figured I’d weasel my way in and start doing a live show.

A Thick Mist will be different from AGB Radio, but still very AGB. Even though AGB occasionally dabbles in the extreme metal, country blues, ethnic folk, and non-music genres, AGB Radio too easily became a home for music that was new and weird. Which meant a large chunk of my musical interests are getting ignored and I miss them. Also, while a pre-recorded show made on a computer is technically capable of handling audio fuckery (like my Halloween Special), it’s incredibly time consuming. Doing it live limits what I can do but it’s much easier and more fun. So that’s what I’ll be doing with A Thick Mist, it’ll be much more eclectic and experimental.

If you’re in or around Salem, Massachusetts, you can listen to A Thick Mist on 91.7 FM. Otherwise you’ll have to stream it live online at wmwmsalem.com, or wait until I post it here afterward like I do with AGB Radio. It will air on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 am to 9:00 am (EST).

The first episode is below. I could make a lot of disclaimers about this being basically the first live show I’ve done in like 8 or 9 years, but the only thing I really feel the need to explain is that I didn’t bring a 1/4″ adapter for my headphones, so I wasn’t able to hear myself during the breaks and it turns out I was way too fucking quiet. Sorry about that. You don’t really care about hearing my voice anyway, do you? And the audio in general is kind of a mess which is due to a lot of things that I think I’ll get figured out along the way. Basically, this episode kinda sounds like shit and I’m only making it available here for posterity’s sake, not because I think it’s worth listening to.

Also, I won’t be including the times in these playlists because that’s way too much work. It’s much easier to do when I’m building AGB Radio, so I’ll keep doing it for that, but I just don’t have the time to do it with A Thick Mist.

 

A Thick Mist 2016/11/02

Nath Family – Untitled A1 (from Sounds Of The Indian Snake Charmer, Volume 2)
Big Brave – Look At How The World Has Made A Change (from Au De La)
The Kingbird Singers – Chippewa Grass Dance Song A1 (from Chippewa Grass Dance Songs)
Tommy Jarrell – When Sorrows Encompass Me ‘Round (from Back Home In The Blue Ridge)
Circle Of Eyes – Penumbra (Awoken) (from Circle Of Eyes)
Dila Goni – Vajtim (funeral lament) (from Folk Music Of Albania)
Kotsuru Shitaya With Columbia Samisen Orchestra – Harusame (from Japanese Melodies Vol. 1)
Blind Lemon Jefferson – Black Horse Blues (from The Immortal Blind Lemon Jefferson)
Aluk Todolo – I (from Occult Rock)
Jesse “G.I. Jazz” Hendricks & Matt Williams – Rattler (from Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons)
Mahapurush Misra – Roopak Tal (from Indian Drums)
Duane Pitre / Pilotram Ensemble – The Ensemble Chord In Eb With A Minor 7th And A Pump Organ Base (from Organized Pitches Occurring In Time)
Lee Harvey Oswald – Part One excerpt (from Lee Harvey Oswald Speaks!)
Molly Drake – Set Me Free (from Molly Drake)
Cleoma B. Falcon – It’s So Sad (from A Cajun Music Classic)

Interviews

Questions For Christopher Elmore

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Many thanks to purveyor of minimal drone Christopher Elmore for being so open and thorough with his responses here. Suicide is never easy to talk about, but Elmore dives deep into his story. The struggle with his mental health resulted in a magnificent opus of meditative minimalism titled I Am Still Alive. A very small batch of 30 copies was just released on his own Editions Black & Blue, which you can and should grab over here. And while you’re at it, give a listen to his other work (under the name Sleepyhead), all of which is available for the price of your choosing.

 

What is an ideal death?
An ideal death to me is one that occurs naturally and without major complications, after a life that most would consider “well-lived.” A well-lived life is a life that continues after death: a life that family and friends would celebrate for years on end; a life spent in pursuit of mastery, and concluded with evidence of a craft well-honed; a life spent looking forward rather than always looking back.

What makes you happy?
Spending time in the supportive company of loved ones and those that inspire me to keep living. Creating art and music, and along with that, being able to learn from criticism, mistakes, and failures throughout the process rather than beat myself up over such things as I tended to do in the past. Also: looking at art, going to live shows, and buying art and music from like-minded people whose work I admire. Finally taking charge of my mental health, after years of struggling without diagnosis, medications, or therapy, after years spent in fear of medicated happiness and the social stigmas attached.

How can you die happy?
I could die happy if I live a life that, by my definition above, would be considered well-lived. I’ve still got a long way to go before I can feel that way, but I think I’m finally heading in that direction. May the next thirty years of my life be mostly free of the depression, fear, self-loathing, inactivity, and regret of my first thirty years.

How close have you come to death?
The closest I’ve come to death was on December 30th, 2014. The first half of the year was spent in relative isolation in an ongoing and not-yet-diagnosed battle with depression and anxiety. Suicidal ideation began to take over my thoughts, and I had seriously considered jumping from a high bridge and plunging myself into the James River while living outside of Richmond, Virginia. I decided to finally open up to friends and family about how bad I was feeling, and eventually took up a friend’s offer to move to Chicago and spent the next few months in vacant bedrooms and on couches while I found work and searched for permanent housing.

I spent Christmas Eve and the four days that followed in the hospital after voluntarily admitting myself to the psychiatric ward, went back to work on the 30th, and yet I still didn’t feel right. I went back to the hospital and tried to get readmitted for an overnight observation because I didn’t feel safe, got turned away after some time, and it was then that I decided I was ready to die. I started walking toward Lake Michigan. Factoring in wind chill, the low was expected to reach -40ºF overnight. I saw myself breaking through the ice and jumping into the freezing water beneath it, surrendering myself to hypothermia or drowning, whichever wanted to take me first. I called my family, intending to say my last goodbyes and explained how I was feeling and what I was planning to do. Over the course of about two hours, they talked me out of it. I finally made my way back to the hospital, explaining to them that if they didn’t keep me overnight, I would not live to see 2015. Nearly two years later, with the assistance of daily doses of sertraline and weekly talk therapy sessions, I am still alive.

How can you make your life better?
Taking care of myself and others, both physically and mentally.

What does kindness mean to you?
William Cody Watson said it best with his answer from a few years ago:

“Kindness means being honest with someone. Kindness means helping someone, without a sense of self-accomplishment, without a sense of ‘what’s in it for me?’ Kindness is laughter. Kindness is an embrace. Kindness is a smile across the room. Kindness is a conversation where no one is waiting for their turn to speak. Kindness doesn’t come often, but when it does — you know it immediately, and it washes over you and it resonates.”

Where do you find love?
First and foremost, my grandmother, the most important woman in my life. I love her more than anything. Also, my girlfriend Danielle, whom I initially met in Florida at a Halloween party several years ago. We reentered each others’ lives late last year, bonding over mutual dealings with mental health issues, and have since talked each other down from panic attacks and cheered each other up after bad days at work. I can’t begin to describe how much I appreciate having the love and support of someone who doesn’t immediately view my battles with depression and anxiety as a red flag. One of her nicknames for me is Sleepyhead, the name that I now use for the hypnotic, droning synth music that somehow eases her anxiety when she’s listening. I’ve sang her to sleep to songs from the likes of Leonard Cohen and The National, and she’s sang me to sleep to Neko Case’s “No Need To Cry” on more than one occasion. I’ve been venturing well outside of my comfort zone since we started talking, and I’m a better, more confident person because of her.

When were you most afraid?
December 30th, 2014, for the reasons mentioned above. My grandmother’s old age and diminishing health over the past few years have resulted in several short-term hospitalizations and life-or-death medical procedures that have scared the everliving shit out of me. My heart breaks every time she tells me about how poorly she is treated by my grandfather and by some of my aunts and others who have abandoned her because they no longer wished to help take care of her. I try to call her daily and I cherish every phone call as if it could be our last. I’m going to be a fucking wreck when she’s gone.

How do you listen to music?
Music streams, MP3 downloads, vinyl, tapes, CDs, live performances, whatever I have access to at the time. I’ve been trying to spend less time listening to music during walks, opting instead to listen to and appreciate the sounds of whatever happens to be going on around me.

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (October 31, 2016) – Halloween Special

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My favorite episode to do of the whole year. I spend way too much time putting this together but it’s so much fun. Like previous years, I give the start and end times for everything because there’s so much going on at once, but unlike previous years, I don’t specifically mention whenever I edited a piece to add reverb or reverse it or slow it down or anything like that because honestly I lost track.

No samples from botched executions this time, but still plenty of murder confessions and assault victim reports, EVP recordings, strange animal sounds, trance breathing, solar wind, abnormal heart beats, plus the usual black ambient, bleak industrial, and nightmare noise. I do my best to make this truly unsettling and I think I at least come close to accomplishing that goal.

You can check out the Halloween Specials from 2015, 2014, and 2013, but 2013 is just like a regular episode. 2014 was when I upped my game and started throwing in shit like the Jonestown Death Tape.

Enjoy.

 

AGB Radio 2016/10/31 – Halloween Special

00:00:00 – 00:04:53 Sophia – Filth (from Spite)
00:04:34 – 00:05:03 Stephen Ettinger – Side A excerpt (from Canine Heart Sounds)
00:04:53 – 00:13:36 Siege Engine – I (from Heart Of A Pig Stuck With Pins And White Thorns)
00:12:57 – 00:13:22 David Berkowitz interview excerpt
00:13:22 – 00:20:09 Trepaneringsritualen – Deathward, To The Womb (from Deathward, To The Womb)
00:14:25 – 00:16:27 Alleluia (from Pictures of Sound – One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980)
00:20:02 – 00:32:39 Symphonies Of The Planets 3 excerpt (from NASA Voyager Recordings: Symphonies Of The Planets)
00:20:33 – 00:21:41 2 Letter ‘El’ (from The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations)
00:23:40 – 00:24:46 Roger S. Payne – Slowed Down Solo Whale (from Songs Of The Humpback Whale)
00:25:37 – 00:26:18 Zubi Zuva – Breathing (from Jehovah)
00:25:55 – 00:30:13 Gania And Famu – Funerary Sung-Weeping (from Bosavi: Rainforest Music From Papua New Guinea)
00:26:56 – 00:31:21 Diamánda Gálás – Wild Women With Steak-Knives (The Homicidal Love Song For Solo Scream) excerpt (from The Litanies Of Satan)
00:29:02 – 00:29:46 Stephen Ettinger – Side A excerpt (from Canine Heart Sounds)
00:31:53 – 00:32:12 Edmund Kemper interview excerpt
00:32:12 – 00:38:17 Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room excerpt (from I Am Sitting In A Room)
00:32:24 – 00:33:49 Radio Werewolf – Säuberung – (from The Vinyl Solution – Analog Artifacts: Ritual Instrumentals And Undercover Versions)
00:32:59 – 00:38:16, 00:39:18 – 00:43:59 Æther – Edifice Of Nine Sauvastikas (from Edifice Of Nine Sauvastikas)
00:34:21 – 00:38:16 Charles M. Bogert – The Southern Toad, Voice Of Acris Gryllus Dorsalis, & Mating Call Of The Red-Spotted Toad (from Sounds Of North American Frogs)
00:38:19 – 00:39:27 David Zink interview excerpt
00:38:37 – 00:39:27 Juno Listens To Jupiter’s Auroras (from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
00:39:24 – 00:40:54 Maja Ratkje – Acid (from Voice)
00:40:37 – 00:43:13 Claude Johner – Fire! excerpt (from Good Morning, Vietnam)
00:42:13 – 00:48:06 The Lamas Of The Nyingmapa Monastery Of Dehra Dun – Part I excerpt (from Tibetan Ritual: Invocation To The Goddess Yeshiki Mamo)
00:43:13 – 00:48:54 Collin Olan – Rec01 excerpt (from Rec01)
00:44:35 – 00:49:34 Rudi Schneider – Trance-Breathing, Rec. London, England, 1933 (from Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007)
00:48:20 – 00:59:03 Merzbow – Seishi Seppuku Kei (from Music For Bondage Performance)
00:51:02 – 00:54:14 Czech Lady (from The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations)
00:54:32 – 00:54:41 Peter Sotos – Victims excerpt (from Buyer’s Market)
00:56:16 – 01:04:51 Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock – Asshole/Snail Dilemma excerpt (from Asshole/Snail Dilemma)
00:56:51 – 00:57:09 Checkingson Sinclair confession excerpt
00:58:13 – 01:02:00 Einer Nielsen – Phantom Stimmen (from Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007)
01:01:48 – 01:08:50 Inade – Jamie Across The Water (from Burning Flesh)
01:07:46 – 01:08:00 Peter Sotos – Victims excerpt (from Buyer’s Market)
01:08:01 – 01:15:21 Stillingskerrkozletskynystrompetrus – Scorched Skeletal Remains (from Death Instruktions)
01:09:55 – 01:17:34 Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room excerpt (from I Am Sitting In A Room)
01:16:14 – 01:18:28 NON – A Taste Of Blood (from Blood & Flame)
01:18:14 – 01:25:59 Deutsch Nepal – Holistix: Links Between God And Human (from Deflagration Of Hell)
01:18:31 – 01:18:43 We Originate On A Planet (from The Ghost Orchid: An Introduction To EVP)
01:22:18 – 01:22:29 Peter Sotos – Victims excerpt (from Buyer’s Market)
01:25:19 – 01:35:06 Cities Last Broadcast – Architectôn (from The Cancelled Earth)
01:34:10 – 01:35:05 Triumph Of The Will Soundtrack excerpt
01:34:51 – 01:46:31 Stalaggh – Untitled excerpt (from Projekt Terrror)
01:45:59 – 01:50:24 Agata – Twilight Sinking (from Spike)
01:49:54 – 01:54:59 TRTRKMMR – Side A excerpt (from Avec La Souillure Nous Entrons Au Règne De La Terreur)
01:55:00 – 01:58:29 Paranormal Music, Rec. Liestal, Switzerland, 1968 (from Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences)
01:55:09 – 01:59:32 Édouard-Léon Scott De Martinville – Phonautograms From 1857 (from Pictures Of Sound – One Thousand Years Of Educed Audio: 980-1980)
01:57:46 – 02:00:00 Stephen Ettinger – Side A excerpt (from Canine Heart Sounds)

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (October 24, 2016)

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Some of my true favorite dudes in this episode, Cody Yantis, K’an, Matt Christensen, Benoît Pioulard, Oren Ambarchi. And then that Insha debut? Goddamn. 100% awesome.

 

AGB Radio 2016/10/24

Background music: Kim Myhr – Milk Run Sky (from Bloom)

00:00:00 K’an (坎) – The Body (from Babel)
00:05:30 Talk break
00:06:42 Bear Bones, Lay Low – Lightning Eyelids (from Hacia La Luz)
00:22:23 Matt Christensen – Sometimes (from Honeymoons)
00:31:57 Talk break
00:32:40 Antti Tolvi – Leijunta 2 (from Leijunta)
00:52:28 Benoît Pioulard – I Walked Into The Blackness And Built A Fire (from The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter)
00:55:37 Insha – Everyman (from Dysplazia)
00:59:38 Talk break
01:00:46 Ishq – Niobi (from Fhorm)
01:12:31 David Newlyn – I’ll Walk Back Home (from Linen)
01:28:55 Talk break
01:29:55 Cody Yantis – Piece For Tape Loop & Synthesizer (from Cadence Annals)
01:37:24 Cyril Secq & Orla Wren – Deuxième Branche (from Branches)
01:42:16 Oren Ambarchi – Part 3 (from Hubris)
01:58:51 Talk break

Video

VIDEO PREMIERE: Joe Clark – Sleeptalker

 

 

You might not have heard of Joe Clark yet, nor even the label releasing his new tape, Throw Me In The Susquehanna on Glowing Window Recordings, but that’s probably all gonna change real quick because Joe is that fucking good and Glowing Window has already put out some insanely awesome tapes. Joe Clark is out of Rochester, NY, he’s been messing around as the guitarist in post-hardcore band Druse, but this is (as far as I can tell) his first solo release, and it’s absolutely fucking glorious, a dreamy guitar drone that fills every corner of the room, either with its delicate delayed whispers or its euphoric wall of static, lifting you up off the sodden floorboards and sending you straight through the roof to unnameable places, acting like a Babylon Candle for when you can only feel the place you want to be even if you can’t imagine it. Joe’s got an incredible talent for working with the loud/quiet dynamic without making it obvious or clichéd, for evoking melancholy and decay without resorting to the crumbling tape loop sound, and for nailing it 100-fucking-percent every moment of Susquehanna‘s painfully short life.

This video for “Sleeptalker” (the lead single from the tape) is a surreal haunted look into a retro-future full of half-forgotten memories and buried emotions making exquisite use of found footage that includes NASA stress tests, young lovers, missing teeth, the ocean, sky, sun, trees, and a humungous fire. Beautiful in every way.

Throw Me In The Susquehanna is coming out super soon, like, hopefully within days. There’s only 50 copies and it’s dirt cheap ($6) considering it was professionally dubbed and has pro-printed j-cards. It’s currently available for preorder on Planning For Burial’s Big Cartel page, because the man behind PFB, Thom, is the man behind Glowing Window, although I’m pretty confident you’ll be able to grab it on GW’s Bandcamp page soon enough. Speaking of which, head over there and grab the two other releases GW has available, they’re fucking AMAZZZING and you can name your own price.

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (October 17, 2016)

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Lots of beats, lots of dark drones, lots of dark droney beats.

 

AGB Radio 2016/10/17

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Background music: H.U.M. – Eternally Yours (from Trinity Way)

00:00:00 Haraam – Migration To The North (from The Sacrifice Of Will)
00:06:34 Talk break
00:07:58 Merchants – Offerings (from Merchants)
00:14:56 Kassem Mosse – Purple Graphene (from Disclosure)
00:20:52 Gnawed – Perdition (Death’s Disease) (from Pestilence Beholden)
00:28:52 Talk break
00:30:00 Lustmord – Astronomicon (from Dark Matter)
00:49:55 Kuedo – Breaking The Surface (from Slow Knife)
00:54:25 Oval – Ve (from Popp)
00:58:47 Talk break
00:59:34 Kane Ikin – Gestalt (from Basalt Crush)
01:06:04 Peder Mannerfelt – Clear Eyes, Full Heart (from Black Holes, Or How We Lost Solidarity)
01:12:14 It Only Gets Worse – Thaw (from Angels)
01:17:40 Crowhurst – Red Sands Of A Thousand Dead Planets (from Creeping Drip Of Failure)
01:28:11 Talk break
01:29:49 VVM as MRS VVMILLS – On The House At 43, Barncroft Close, Her Home For Many Years (from Between Nothingness & Eternity)
01:36:07 Hi:Emotions – Notu_Uronlineu (from Notu_Uronlineu)
01:44:12 Ital Tek – Sanctum (from Beyond Sight)
01:49:11 The Lone Bureaucrat – Bureau 05 (from Survival Behind The Curtain)
01:58:46 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (October 10, 2016)

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The Shaun Hathaway record was made using recordings of his parents arguing over who gets custody of him and it’s fuckin crazy. Also there’s a double dose of new Midira releases, both of which are A+++.

 

AGB Radio 2016/10/10

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Background music: Valerio Tricoli – The Hallowed Receiver (from Clonic Earth)

00:00:00 Giulio Aldinucci – Los Ojos De (from Goccia)
00:07:02 Talk break
00:08:02 Moss Covered Technology – Susa (from Speicherbank)
00:16:03 Shaun Hathaway – Side B (from October)
00:31:10 Talk break
00:32:08 Rob Collier – Number 9 (from Ten Simple Pieces For Piano)
00:42:11 Aidan Baker, N, & Dirk Serries – Ritual II (from Enomeni)
00:58:54 Talk break
00:59:53 Birken – Oreophila (from Monstera)
01:17:51 Nevada Greene – Earthquake Hollow (from Ragged Hollow)
01:30:16 Talk break
01:31:24 Vysoké Čelo – Zniknął Cały Las (from Liście Na Księżycu)
01:42:31 Andrew Chalk – Across The Ocean (from Everyone Goes Home When The Sun Sets)
01:43:27 Asha Tamirisa – Callus (from Callus / Redux)
01:59:07 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (October 3, 2016)

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we got gospel drone, some more VDSQ solo acoustics, an upcoming Glowing Windows release, the new Vapor Lanes full length, and the return of Milton Bradley’s The End Of All Existence. unstoppable.
 

AGB Radio 2016/10/03

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Background music: HelloYello – Franc Is Low (w/o Interference) (from Make It Fantastic)

00:00:00 Belarisk – N) v)ic3, n) d474 (from Greys, Escaped)
00:06:29 Talk break
00:08:03 Rhein_Strom – Karlsruhe Hafen (from Von Der Rheinquelle Bis Hafen Karlsruhe)
00:14:19 J.H. Guraj – Oh Night (from Underrated Glances At The Edge Of Town)
00:20:28 The End Of All Existence – Choir Of Devastation (from Part III)
00:26:47 Talk break
00:28:16 Carla Dal Forno – Fast Moving Cars (from You Know What It’s Like)
00:31:41 Embargo Effective Immediately – ‘Do Not Dwell With Heretics, And Do Not Have Anything To Do With Rulers’ (from Glone)
00:57:05 Talk break
00:58:38 Eola – And I Know (from Dang)
01:02:25 Eola – Future Hymns (from Dang)
01:05:21 Eola – B And O Blues (from Dang)
01:09:38 Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir – Night (from VDSQ Solo Acoustic Vol. 14)
01:18:44 Katie Gately – Color (from Color)
01:27:51 Talk break
01:29:17 Vapor Lanes – Embers (from Hieratic Teen)
01:39:25 Monadh – Calanque (from Muara)
01:40:47 Stefan Christensen – Feminist (from American Pastoral Again)
01:47:57 Joe Clark – Border Passage (from Throw Me In The Susquehanna)
01:58:17 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (September 26, 2016)

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Debut Yves Tumor full length, debut Krano full length, debut Radere vinyl release, but also the return of The Caretaker, a new release on Subtext (Fis), and 3 solo records from everyone in Good Willsmith, so, yeah, this episode kinda rules.

 

AGB Radio 2016/09/26

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Background music: Mulan Serrico – Les Voluptés De L’Autodénigrement Et De L’Autorédemption (Final Mix) (from Discret)

00:00:00 TALsounds – Surrender (from Lifter + Lighter)
00:05:58 Talk break
00:07:35 MrDougDoug – Cochlea Jam Sink (from SOS Forks AI REM)
00:09:18 Mukqs – エリートニート (from Walkthrough)
00:14:35 Áine O’Dwyer – 21.12.12 (from Gegenschein)
00:29:23 Talk break
00:30:51 The Caretaker – Things That Are Beautiful And Transient (from Everywhere At The End Of Time)
00:35:25 Petrels – Seithenyn Sleeps (from Jörð)
00:47:18 Krano – Va Pian (from Requiescat In Plavem)
00:57:49 Talk break
00:58:55 Helen Money – Radiate (from Become Zero)
01:07:37 Yves Tumor – Seed (from Serpent Music)
01:14:36 Ricky Eat Acid – On The Floor Beneath The Cross (from Talk To You Soon)
01:18:32 Fis – Heart Wash (from From Patterns To Details)
01:28:23 Talk break
01:29:43 Dylan Golden Aycock – Scratch The Chisel (from Church Of Level Track)
01:40:14 Radere – I Can’t Wake Up (from I Can’t Sleep, I Can’t Wake Up)
01:59:28 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (September 19, 2016)

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This one’s full of heavy hitters, everything is 100% the best.

 

AGB Radio 2016/09/19

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Background music: Peter Broderick – In A Landscape (from Partners)

00:00:00 CoH – Engines Of Memories (Brandon Nickell Remix) (from Return To Mechanics)
00:03:04 Talk break
00:04:22 Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards – Wreck His Days (from Wreck His Days)
00:12:11 Whirling Hall Of Knives – Sh/loads (from Seacht)
00:17:30 Tristan Perich – Section 4 (from Noise Patterns)
00:25:41 Biosphere – Sweet Dreams Form A Shade (from Departed Glories)
00:31:03 Talk break
00:32:47 Nathan Bowles – I Miss My Dog (From Whole & Cloven)
00:43:40 Aaron Martin & Leonardo Rosado – And The Consciousness That All Silence Is Violent (from In The Dead Of Night When Everything Is Asleep)
00:51:01 Padang Food Tigers & Sigbjørn Apeland – Saroyan’s Appeal (from Bumblin’ Creed)
00:55:52 G.S. Sultan – Seminotative Smiler Timestamp (from Redundancy Suite)
01:00:21 Talk break
01:02:12 Insect Factory – Slow Oxygen Loss (from Work)
01:12:10 Sleepyhead – Absence 1 (from Absences)
01:27:31 Patten – Dialler (from Psi)
01:29:49 Talk break
01:30:36 Andrea Belfi – Cera Persa 1 (from Cera Persa)
01:41:04 Steve Flato – Realistic Binaural Haircut (from Simulation Of Another Thing)
01:51:27 Kreng – Untitled 3 (from Selfed)
01:59:25 Talk break

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (September 12, 2016)

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I haven’t heard nearly enough people gettin psyched about the Matchess or Lisa/Liza records. Come on you guys. This is the good stuff. Get on it.

 

AGB Radio 2016/09/12

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Background music: Marielle V Jakobsons – The Sinking Of The Sky (from Star Core)

00:00:00 Susanna – Shepherd (from Triangle)
00:02:31 Talk break
00:03:57 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – A New Day (from FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy)
00:26:52 Samara Lubelski – The Gilded Raids (from The Gilded Raid)
00:29:53 Talk break
00:31:03 Marisa Anderson – Waltz Of Shadows (from Into The Light)
00:35:30 Bethan Kellough – Low (from Aven)
00:42:46 Anji Cheung – Luna Milk Orb (from Terminal Cheesecake / Anji Cheung split)
00:48:21 Ela Orleans – Dionysus (from Circles Of Upper And Lower Hell)
00:53:48 Lucy Claire – Fragments (from Selene)
01:00:34 Talk break
01:01:52 Maria Violenza – Young Boy (from Tendres Ténèbres)
01:06:02 Wild Anima – Selene (from Blue Twenty-Two)
01:26:11 Olga Wojciechowksa – To Feel Much More Than Now (from Texture Series)
01:30:13 Talk break
01:31:08 Matchess – The Fog (from The Rafter)
01:37:57 LNS – Coasting (from Maligne Range)
01:45:47 Brigid Mae Power – I Left Myself For A While (from Brigid Mae Power)
01:50:52 Lisa/Liza – Lady Day On The Radio (from Deserts Of Youth)
01:58:23 Talk break

Album Review

STREAM PREMIERE: Shovels Beat The Sun – Sky Wires (Bitrot, 2016)

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I’m so so fucking psyched about this. This record was going to be on my Top Drone list last year, but they had to delay the release date… UNTIL NOW.

Shovels Beat The Sun is the duo of two of my favorite droners: Björn Granzow (aka The End Of The World Championship) and Steve Fors (aka Aeronaut, The Golden Sores) and this monolithic slab-o-static Sky Wires is their debut of jaw-dropping, face-slapping, brain-smashing drone. This is The Shit. Heavy, heavy shit, that weighs on your soul as much as your eardrums, an angsty sadness that flips off climaxes and is just solid hypnobliss right from the start, sounding like amplifier worship that forgoes the amps and takes the distorted scorch to a whole new level, absolutely fucking gorgeous, impenetrable and otherworldly, this is every perfect drone record rolled together and tangled up in a masterful meditative mindmelt.

Shovels Beat The Sun get the honor of being the first physical release from Siavash Amini’s Bitrot label. Limited to 100 hand-numbered CDs, each with a generative unique machine-cut pattern, this is essential Drone in every sense. Officially released this upcoming Friday, September 9, you can knab a copy over at Bitrot and stream the whole thing below.

 

CONTEST WINNER: Troller’s Graphic

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Thanks to everyone who entered to win a copy of Troller’s newest record, Graphic. Some really good ones, but Laura Ruth here fuckin nailed it. Check her haiku below, then head over to Troller’s Bandcamp or the Holodeck shop to snag a copy before they’re gone.
 

Love to pretend you’re
Ophelia in that painting:
Floating, mouth agape.

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (August 29, 2016)

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Not one, not two, but three different organ drone songs. I died. I’m dead.

 

AGB Radio 2016/08/29

 

Background music: M. Geddes Gengras – Shard / All Bridges Burnt / Dawn Terrapin (from Interior Architecture)

00:00:00 Saåad – Vorde (from Verdaillon)
00:07:41 Talk break
00:08:56 Arkhtinn – II (from II)
00:30:46 Talk break
00:31:21 Tasos Stamou – Chord Organ Drone (from Koura)
00:54:25 Spheruleus – Kiln (from Obsolarium)
00:58:43 Talk break
00:59:35 Acre – Trust (from Beyond Cease To Exist)
01:10:50 Andrew Weathers – Saguaro Band (from Mojave Between Ludlow And Needles)
01:19:20 Real Life Rock & Roll Band – Death Is A Narrow Sea (from Let Me Sleep / Death Is A Narrow Sea)
01:25:58 Sun Hammer – VA-2-alt86 (from Mahamudra)
01:28:24 Talk break
01:29:58 Sunken Cathedral – Desire & Dissolution (from Subtle Body)
01:40:34 Koen Holtkamp – Scene I (from Voice Model)
01:58:32 Talk break