Interviews

Song Premier & Questions For Footpaths


 

Jon Rosenthal is a busy dude. He’s made harsh and heavy music with Venowl, Stellar Descent, and Ævangelist, and drone folk with Eitarnora. He’s also a big curmudgeon in the metal scene, a contributor to Decibel, a Pandora playlist curator, and the associate editor for Invisible Oranges, where he’s interviewed some of the most well-respected and enigmatic artists like Paysage d’Hiver, Nortt, Reverorum ib Malacht, and Elysian Blaze.

Footpaths is similar to Eitarnora but Footpaths leans more on the haunted drone than on the dusty folk and this is a solo outlet where he gets to be himself and let loose a deluge of somber sadness. He’s got a new one called Old Timer (Lost and Reclaimed) coming out in August on Montículo Creadores. Rosenthal has been steadily releasing material as Footpaths since his first split with Bunrage in 2010 and this new one is actually the first material he ever recorded under the Footpaths moniker back in 2009, and it’s a fucking winner. Easily some of the best drone I’ve heard this year. 22 short slices of mind-numbing Americana drone, broken memories caught in a locked groove that glisten and shimmer behind an overgrown thicket, with fog swirling around, clouding your view until you can only focus on that one discernible moment, Old Timer meets up somewhere between an ’80s dream pop downer and the new wave of guitar soli, then gets washed out and dragged like chum through freshwater.

You can check out the premier stream of the 21st untitled track on Old Timer below, then snag a pre-order of the digital version via Montículo Creadores, or wait until Rosenthal gets more copies of the super limited (as in, only 25) tape at a later date. Also, Footpaths will have some new new music (not an archival release) coming out sometime this Fall, which I’m pretty fuckin excited about, so definitely keep an eye out for that stuff.

And to celebrate this premier, Jon was kind enough to participate in my Q&A series.

 

 

What is an ideal death?
I used to think solitude would be nice — far away from loved ones and the noise of modern life — but, after bearing witness to a handful of deaths at this point, being surrounded by people who truly care about you has much more meaning than the misanthropic self-importance of being alone. We might be animals, but we lack the “flight in death” instinct, probably with reason. We don’t need to be alone.

 

What makes you happy?
My loved ones, my cat, my guitar, my records and tapes, and actually feeling the drive to write and record music. The latter grows more infrequent over the last six years, which is sad. The feeling of creativity.

 

How close have you come to death?
Who knows. I’ve been under so many different sedatives in the various surgeries to which I’ve been subjected during my life that I could have very possibly died multiple times. Car accidents happen, random accidents with sharp glass, and so on. You’d be surprised how often you mindlessly save yourself from the inevitable.

 

How can you make your life better?
Find balance. Finish graduate school, get a job, leave work at work, go places with my girlfriend, find a nice place to live, make life good for my cat (Marge).

 

What does kindness mean to you?
Kindness is humbling. I didn’t receive much outside recognition nor was part of many happy interactions when I was younger, so being on the receiving end of any sort of kindness is… humanizing (?) as an adult. It is a good feeling — makes me feel like a fellow person instead of some outside entity.

 

Where do you find love?
In those who love me back, or those who make me feel both extremes of the emotional spectrum.

In the people who mean the most to me. I could say “music,” but, in the end, my music collection is just a big room of “things.” “Things” can’t love you.

 

When were you most afraid?
A little over three years ago. I didn’t sleep, didn’t eat, couldn’t listen to music nor podcasts. My relationship died. I drank. A lot. I lost twenty pounds, and I’m not a large person. It was the worst six months of my life.

 

How do you listen to music?
Alone and with friends. The latter has become more frequent and the former the opposite. Music is something to be shared. I spend my personal time watching films and bad TV. Music has become commonplace and boring lately. Maybe it’s because my “day job” as a writer means I have to wade through, well, everything, or maybe I’m just depressed, but those moments when I listen to music which means something to me with friends who share that connection makes it so much more memorable and warming.

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A Thick Mist (June 27, 2018)


 
A pretty smooth episode, some older Fallen Empire releases, (one of?) the last Root Strata release, a Peking opera, a dude repeatedly yelling “help,” an unreleased Planning For Burial song, and one of my favorites from this year: Sonae.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/06/27

Background music: Remst8 reworked by Drekka – Lissajous (from Drekka <—> Remst8)

00:00:00 Kilby Snow – Lonely Tombs (from Country Songs And Tunes With Autoharp)
00:03:06 Talk break
00:07:23 Skáphe – The Obelisk Gleam (from Skáphe)
00:18:47 Sonae – I Started Wearing Black (from I Started Wearing Black)
00:25:16 Hailu Mergia And The Walias – Yikirta Lemminalehu (from Tche Belew)
00:28:48 Talk break
00:32:56 Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar – Raga Vardhani: Alap (from Ragas Abhogi & Vardhani)
00:34:37 The Guerilla Art Action Group – Side B (from Action Interview At WBAI Radio Station NY)
00:55:48 Planning For Burial – 14 December 2011 (from Quietly)
00:57:48 Talk break
01:01:13 Reverend Gary Davis – Time Is Drawing Near (from Say No To The Devil)
01:05:36 Xothist – Blossom / A Binding (from Simulacrum)
01:17:35 Richard Burton reading Samuel Taylor Coleridge – The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Parts 3, 4, and 5 (from Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
01:25:14 Kagami – Mado (from Kagami)
01:29:22 Talk break
01:32:56 O Morto – The Spirits (from The Forest, The People, And The Spirits)
01:34:42 Court Official Pao Cheng, Emperor Chao Chen, Ch’en Lin, Attendant, Kuo Hai / Empress Li, Court Official Pao Cheng (from Beating The Dragon Robe)
01:44:40 Jason Sharp – Stand Above The Streams Part 3 (from Stand Above The Streams)
01:46:51 Reverend Michael P. Williams – Side A (from The God Who Takes A Little And Makes A Lot)
01:53:24 Damion Romero – III (excerpt) (from Friday The 13th)
01:59:27 Talk break
02:02:36 Robert “Guitar” Welch – Electric Chair Blues (from Angola Prisoner’s Blues)

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A Thick Mist (June 13, 2018)


 
Haitian, Nigerian, French, Creole, two “X” artists, and other cool shit.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/0613

Background music: Belong – Remove The Inside (from October Language)

00:00:00 Robin Roberts – Who Killed Cock Robin (from Fair And Tender Ladies)
00:02:00 Talk break
00:05:47 Yob – Beauty In Falling Leaves (from Our Raw Heart)
00:21:57 Unknown artists – Wake / Piano And Screaming / Funeral Procession “Ami Fidèle Et Tendre” (from Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds From Port Au Prince)
00:28:58 Talk break
00:32:38 Xela – Black Scripture (from The Illuminated)
00:35:00 Lotte Lenya reading Franz Kafka – A Hunger Artist (from The Stories Of Kafka)
00:52:50 Newaxeyes – Snowden (from Black Fax)
01:00:46 Talk break
01:03:08 Sir Waziri Oshomah And His Traditional Sound Makers – Oshiomegie Idonigie (from Vol. 3 – Sir Waziri Oshomah And His Traditional Sound Makers )
01:13:24 Canray Fontenot & Alphonse Ardoin – La Valse De La Prison (from Cajun Blues – Les Blues Du Bayou)
01:15:57 Sarah Davachi – Mordents (from Let Night Come On Bells End The Day)
01:19:04 Fred Lowery – The Church In The Wildwood (from Whistles Your Gospel Favorites)
01:26:48 Francoise Hardy – Mais Il Y A Des Soirs (from Mon Amour Adieu)
01:29:01 Talk break
01:32:16 Xasthur – Trauma Will Always Linger (from Subliminal Genocide)
01:40:38 The Caretaker – Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions (from Everywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 4)
01:44:40 Peter Lorre – The Cask Of Amontillado (from Three Skeleton Key / The Thing On The Fourble Board)
01:51:10 Olando R. Hill – Biography: Tell Them We Are Rising (from Tell Them We Are Rising: Biography Of Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr.)
01:59:56 Talk break
02:02:58 Blind Boy Fuller, Sonny Terry, & Bull City Red – Pistol Slapper Blues (from Blind Boy Fuller With Sonny Terry And Bull City Red)

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A Thick Mist (June 6, 2018)


 
I think this was an especially good episode, the doom raga mixed with flute raga, the death of rave mixed with Tibetan bells, musique concrète with summer camp field recordings, the new Mizmor, the new Anna Von Hausswolff, master McDowell, and a new-to-me collaboration between Leila Abdul-Rauf and Tor Lundvall. 100% excellent.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/06/06

Background music: Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting – Side C (from Bubblethug)

00:00:00 Leila Abdul-Rauf & Tor Lundvall – Quiet Seaside (from Ibis / Quiet Seaside)
00:04:29 Talk break
00:08:34 Mizmor – This Unabating Wakefulness (from This Unabating Wakefulness)
00:23:21 Lago Antoine – Gnonon Gue (from Assalam Aleikoum Africa Volume 2)
00:29:21 Talk break
00:32:14 Sachdev- Raga Bhupali Part 1 (from Raga Bhupali)
00:34:16 Tecumseh – Cascadia (from Avalanche And Inundation)
00:53:04 Anna Von Hausswolff – Källans Återuppståndelse (from Dead Magic)
01:00:23 Talk break
01:03:50 Eigenlicht – Berserker (from Self-Annihilating Consciousness)
01:12:00 No artist – Riflery / Last Campfire (from The Sounds Of Camp)
01:15:23 Harry Partch – U.S. Highball (from Untitled)
01:31:40 Talk break
01:34:23 Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods – Red Cross Store (from Eight Years Ramblin’)
01:39:15 Henry Wolff & Nancy Hennings – A Choir Of Bells (from Tibetan Bells)
01:39:50 Leyland Kirby presents V/Vm – Marple Libradome ’91 / Smithy & Dave The Rave / Big Eddie’s Van – Bowlers Car Park (from The Death Of Rave (A Partial Flashback))
01:56:14 Brigth Engelberts And The B.E. Movement – Shifty Hand Woman (from Tolambo Funk)
02:01:08 Talk break
02:03:44 Reverend Pearly Brown – Oh What A Mourning (from Georgia Street Singer)

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A Thick Mist (May 23, 2018)

The Country Girls album cover
 
The new CHRCH record is the absolute best and not nearly enough people are talking about Leila Abdul-Rauf. OR Timber Rattle, that shit is premium doom drone folk. And that Yoshi Wada/Popol Vuh blend is pretty heavenly. Also, kinda surprised I haven’t played Yautja yet, like anywhere on AGB, ever. Finally remedied that. So yeah this episode rules.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/05/23

Background music: Demdike Stare – Curzon (from Wonderland)

00:00:00 Pink Anderson – Wreck Of The Old ‘97 (from American Street Songs)
00:03:30 Talk break
00:06:52 CHRCH – Portals (from Light Will Consume Us All)
00:21:28 Timber Rattle – Beast Of Passage (from Phantoms Of Place)
00:30:45 Talk break
00:36:14 Terence Hannum – Invocation Of Deities (from Spectral Life)
00:37:39 Emile De Antonio & Mark Lane – Side B (from Rush To Judgment)
00:49:07 En – Elysia (excerpt) (from Already Gone)
01:00:25 Talk break
01:03:26 Balachander – Sarasa Saama Dhaana (from Sounds Of The Veena)
01:14:55 Yautja – Faith Resigned (from Songs Of Descent)
01:21:47 Bobby Cadillac – Carbolic Acid Blues (from When Women Sang The Blues)
01:24:44 Leila Abdul-Rauf – Wayward (from Diminution)
01:29:34 Talk break
01:32:56 Yoshi Wada – Side E (from Earth Horns With Electronic Drone)
01:36:10 Popol Vuh – Why Do I Still Sleep (from Agape-Agape Love-Love)
01:43:36 Monks from Gyütö Tantric College, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh – Side A (from Tibetan Buddhism – Tantras Of Gyütö: Mahakala)
02:02:07 Talk break
02:04:27 Elvie Thomas – Motherless Child Blues (from The Country Girls! 1927-1935)

$5 Shirts!


 

Spring cleaning! I’m selling more shirts. Check em out here (the link is also in the right sidebar). Almost 30 shirts including Locrian, Planning For Burial, Mogwai, The Body, Students Of Decay, TV On The Radio, Loss, Wreck & Reference… Mostly smalls, some mediums, only one of each, so act fast.

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A Thick Mist (May 16, 2018)

gregorian chant album cover
 
Very happy to finally have both of those ColdWorld records, the new Insect Ark is incredibly underrated, and the mix of Oneirogen with Gregorian chanting is one of my favorite A Thick Mist moments in a long while.

Also, I fixed the clipping issue from last week (someone fucked with the recording equipment in the studio).
 

A Thick Mist 2018/05/16

Background music: Cut Hands – Black Mamba (from Black Mamba)

00:00:00 Cleoma B. Falcon – Ils Ont Vole Mon Traineau (They Stole My Sled) (from A Cajun Music Classic)
00:02:56 Talk break
00:08:39 ColdWorld – Climax Of Sorrow (from Autumn)
00:15:29 Lou Harrison with Gamelan Sekbar Kembar & Susan Bates – Threnody For Carlos Chavez (from Three Pieces For Gamelan With Soloists / String Quartet)
00:22:31 Mississippi Fred McDowell – Mercy (from Live In New York)
00:29:37 Talk break
00:32:35 Pocahaunted – Sister Calypso (from Mirror Mics)
00:34:51 J. Evetts Haley – Side B (from A Texan Looks At Lyndon! A Study In Illegitimate Power)
00:51:20 Insect Ark – Windless (from Marrow Hymns)
01:00:02 Talk break
01:04:13 Black Mecha – Mobile Anzug Damgun (from Counterforce)
01:15:03 Oneirogen – Kukulkan (from Hypnos)
01:16:05 Pius X Choir Of Manhattanville College Of The Sacred Heart – Side B (from Gregorian Chant)
01:29:22 Talk break
01:33:03 ColdWorld – Red Snow (from Melancholie)
01:40:49 Dag Rosenqvist – The Gate (White Nights, Split Lips) (from Fall Into Fire)
01:46:18 Unknown Symondsbury “team of men” – The Mummer’s Play (from Columbia World Library Of Folk And Primitive Music, Volume III: England)
01:49:33 Pelican – Ran Amber (from Pelican / Mono split)
01:58:33 Talk break
02:01:29 Ella Jenkins – Tah-Boo (from Rhythmic Group Singing)

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A Thick Mist (May 9, 2018)


 
Somehow everything got clipped while recording this episode, so it sounds kinda shitty. Sorry about that. No idea what happened. On the bright side, there’s a brand new Kyle Bobby Dunn piece, a collaboration between Visions & Phurpa, 4 new (and 1 recent) releases from Thrill Jockey, and all sorts of other great stuff.

Also, I opened with playing Bloodyminded as the background music, but that didn’t work very well, so I flipped the record and started with Damion Romero, but the songs are short and they blend together with no delineation, so I’m not sure how far into the tracklist I got, hence the “maybe Burning Star Core.”
 

A Thick Mist 2018/05/09

Background music: Bloodyminded, Damion Romero, Dead Machines, maybe Burning Star Core – Untitled (from AA Compilation Volume 1)

00:00:00 Ennio Morricone – Prohibition Dirge (from Once Upon A Time In America Soundtrack)
00:04:19 Talk break
00:07:17 Wrekmeister Harmonies – Forgive Yourself And Let Go / The Alone Rush (from The Alone Rush)
00:28:53 Mclusky – To Hell With Good Intentions (from Mclusky Do Dallas)
00:31:18 Talk break
00:35:35 Kyle Bobby Dunn – The Searchers (J Hodge Horse’s Drone Song Longue) (from KBD / WRT split)
00:37:50 Cyril J. Cousins – Side B (from Beginning Self Defense For Girls And Women)
00:55:31 The Body – The West Has Failed (from I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer)
00:59:03 Talk break
01:01:17 Sarah Louise – Up On The Ridge (from Deeper Woods)
01:08:39 Khamis El Fino – Selection 3 (from Music For The Classical Oud)
01:10:10 Visions & Phurpa – Fohat (from Monad)
01:22:36 Riley Kelly Lee – Ajikan (from Shakuhachi Honkyoku)
01:24:00 Joseph Wood Krutch & The Cornell Laboratory Of Ornithology – Side B (excerpt) (from Bird Songs In Literature)
01:29:39 Talk break
01:34:11 YoshimiO, Susie Ibarra, & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – Side D (from Flower Of Sulphur)
01:36:05 No artist – Side B (from The Frog Pond)
01:49:41 Philip Sainton & Louis Levy – Moby Dick (from Moby Dick Soundtrack)
01:57:05 The Body & Full Of Hell – Didn’t The Night End (from Ascending A Mountain Of Heavy Light)
02:01:59 Talk break
02:04:10 Blind Lemon Jefferson – Rabbit Foot Blues (from The Immortal Blind Lemon Jefferson)

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A Thick Mist (May 2, 2018)


 
That RLYR record finally landed and it’s definitely one of my favorite things from this year. Check out the interview I did with them and read a few words about how crazy good Actual Existence is over here. The Thailand field recordings next to Aufgehoben’s harshness was maybe a little much, but the Aelter & L’Ordre Chazili D’Egypte mix was quite excellent.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/05/02

Background music: Sculpture – Slime Code 3 (from Slime Code)

00:00:00 Alan Lomax – The Dying Cowboy (from Texas Folk Songs)
00:03:27 Talk break
00:07:43 RLYR – L. Layer (from Actual Existence)
00:16:28 Quincy Jones – Need To Be Needed / Up Against The Wall (from The Lost Man Soundtrack)
00:24:31 George Buck / George Green / George Buck & Jake Henry / Alex General / Alex General / Huron Miller / George Buck, Jake Henry, Huron Miller, & Hubert Buck – The Rain Dance Part 1 / The Rain Dance Part 2 / The Fish Dance / The Corn Dance / Nigahnegaô / Gacowa / False Faces (from The Columbia World Library Of Folk And Primitive Music – Vol. VIII – Canada)
00:31:48 Talk break
00:37:27 Svarte Greiner – Black Tie (from Black Tie)
00:39:18 Trini Lopez / Office Of Minority Business Enterprise / U.S. Department Of Commerce – Public Affairs Program (from The President’s Minority Business Enterprise Recognition Awards Program: First Annual Presentation Ceremony)
00:57:37 Jessye Norman – I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray (from Negro Spirituals)
01:00:50 Talk break
01:03:08 Unknown Thailand musicians – Side B (from Thailand: Its Music & Its People)
01:07:10 Aufgehoben – Solar Ipse / Avant Primitiv / Nō Prozess (from Anno Fauve)
01:23:39 Paul Clayton And The Foc’sle Singers – Captain Nipper (from Foc’sle Songs And Shanties)
01:31:17 Talk break
01:34:25 L’Ordre Chazili D’Egypte – Deuxième Partie (from L’Insad De La Vie Du Prophète Mohammad – Musique Soufi Vol. 5)
01:36:24 Aelter – Beloved (from Aelter II: Follow You Beloved)
01:56:33 Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Last Emperor Theme (from The Last Emperor Soundtrack)
02:02:26 Talk break
02:04:05 Mogwai – Pripyat (from Atomic)

Album Review

Clint Heidorn – Pasadena (Ashes Ashes, 2018)


 
Clint HeidornPalm Nocturne (Ashes Ashes)

If you haven’t been anxiously awaiting a proper LP follow-up to Clint Heidorn’s Atwater from 2011, then this might not seem like anything special, but let me assure you this is A Momentous Occasion. Pasadena has been many years in the making, and it shows, it sounds like Heidorn put every scrap of his soul into this record, it’s full of tenderness and melancholy, a brooding dark folk that’s lush with every instrument he had at his disposal, a kitchen-sink approach to a typically stripped down genre, making for an exceptional & wholly unique sound, like Dirty Three on a dirge binge with a bittersweet drone winding through the sunken melodies, this is where you go after you’ve hit rock bottom depression, crawled your way out and plateaued at a sullen new normal, accepting that the brief slivers of sunlight peaking through the muted fog are the best that Life has to offer. Pasadena is fucking incredible and absolutely worth the wait. He only pressed 134 copies, and it’s been out since early February, so you know what to do.

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A Thick Mist (April 18, 2018)


 
It didn’t last very long, but the time when Wroom and Ali Akbar Khan overlapped was pretty excellent. And please please PLEASE check out the new record from A Story Of Rats. It’s one of the best things I’ve heard this year.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/04/18

Background music: Bolder – Extraterrestrial Deactivity (from Hostile Environment)

00:00:00 Big Joe Williams & Sonny Boy Williamson – I Won’t Be In Hard Luck No More (from Blues Classics 21)
00:02:34 Talk break
00:07:05 A Story Of Rats – Horn Of Silver (from The Immeasurable Spiral)
00:22:17 Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back (from Plunge)
00:26:53 Talk break
00:31:41 L’Ordre Chazili D’Egypte – Al-Dhikr (from Al Hadra: Musique Soufi Vol. 4)
00:34:03 Duane Pitre – Side B (from Bayou Electric)
00:55:59 Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron, & Fred Squire – Grave Robbers (from Lost Wisdom)
00:58:03 Talk break
01:01:23 Theologian – The Truthseeker’s Pick (from A Means By Which To Break The Surface Of The Real)
01:03:51 Jimmy Swaggart – Side A (from The Ring Of Fire)
01:23:00 Indricothere – X (from II)
01:30:25 Talk break
01:33:15 Reverend Gary Davis – Birdshead Special (from Sun Is Going Down)
01:38:13 Tony Schwartz – Music In Speech (from New York 19)
01:40:46 Ustad Ali Akbar Khan – Raga Gauri Manjari (from Master Musician Of India)
01:43:07 Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto – The Revenant Main Theme Atmospheric (from The Revenant Score)
01:47:45 Wroom – Conical Muse (from North Of Forty-Five)
02:00:07 Talk break
02:02:36 Ethel Profit – What Time Is It? (from Time Will Make A Change)

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A Thick Mist (April 11, 2018)


 
Very very psyched about the new Panopticon double-album. Also, realized I hadn’t played any Alice Coltrane in a while, so I had to remedy that.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/04/11

Background music: Telecult Powers – A Wish For Ouisch (from Black Meditations)

00:00:00 Charley Patton – Some These Days I’ll Be Gone (from Found Of The Delta Blues)
00:03:13 Talk break
00:07:15 Panopticon – En Hvit Ravns Død (from The Scars Of Man On The One Nameless Wilderness Part 1)
00:16:59 Alice Coltrane – Ihs (from Huntington Ashram Monastery)
00:25:42 TALsounds – Grace (from Love Sick)
00:31:26 Talk break
00:34:42 Robedoor – Burning Man (from Burners)
00:36:18 Stanley Z. Daniels – Side B (from Sex For Teens (Where It’s At))
00:55:09 Dream Weapon Ritual – Two Little Sparrows Sitting On A Bough And Waiting For Enlightenment (from The Uncanny Little Sparrows)
01:00:17 Talk break
01:02:14 Rajdulari Aliakbar Khan – Raga Kirwani (from Raga Kirwani / Raga Imni Bilawal)
01:03:50 Billy Gomberg – Side A (from False Heat)
01:22:36 Panopticon – Four Walls Of Bone (from The Scars Of Man On The One Nameless Wilderness Part 2)
01:30:31 Talk break
01:33:56 Merkstave – Spawn Of A Lower Star (from Merkstave)
01:48:10 Bishop Perry Tillis – Silent Night (from In Times Like These…)
01:53:17 Mogwai – 1000 Foot Race (from Every Country’s Sun)
01:57:40 Talk break
02:00:18 Unknown Madras, India musicians – Tamil Folk Song (from Folk Music Of India)

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A Thick Mist (April 4, 2018)


 
Pretty psyched to have that old Stars Of The Lid on vinyl as well as the new Geography Of Hell vinyl debut (which worked quite nicely being played alongside a General MacCarthur speech). Also, this marks the first time I’ve ever played a Top 40 artist on A Thick Mist.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/04/04

Background music: Harald Grosskopf – 1847 – Earth (from Synthesist)

00:00:00 The Fugs – Kill For Peace (from The Fugs)
00:02:07 Talk break
00:05:27 Geography Of Hell – Hiroshima 1945 Part II (from Hiroshima 1945 / Nagasaki 1945)
00:07:20 Douglas A. MacArthur – Side B (from Speech To Congress April 19, 1951)
00:23:28 Ash Pool – Holocaust Temple (from For Which He Plies The Lash)
00:28:28 Talk break
00:32:15 Stars Of The Lid – The Better Angels Of Our Nation / Cantus II; In Memory Of Warren Wiltzie (from Gravitational Pull Vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life)
00:36:48 Unknown Israeli family – Side A (from Hagadah: A Yemenite Home Passover)
00:54:57 The Singing Sisters Of St. Chretienne – Hear My Call (Ps. 26) (from To God With Love)
00:57:26 Talk break
01:01:44 Debu Chaudhuri – Raga Maru-Behag (from Sitar Nawaz)
01:03:49 Frederick Glaser, Ronnie Litvack, Robert Borriello, & Horace Smith – Side A (from Drugs Won’t Get It, People Will)
01:25:13 Inna Baba Coulibaly – Sidi Modibo (from Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali)
01:30:21 Talk break
01:33:54 Velvet Cacoon – Perched On A Neverending Peak (from Dextronaut)
01:43:34 Jimi Hendrix – Drone Blues (from Nine To The Universe)
01:49:50 Dino Spiluttini – Downer (from Modular Anxiety)
01:56:53 Talk break
01:59:27 Unknown Pikílío musicians – Two Songs Of Despair (from Music From Saramaka: A Dynamic Afro-American Tradition)

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A Thick Mist (March 28, 2018)


 
The new Hell record finally got pressed to vinyl, the new Mount Eerie record landed, and I had a good time mixing a speech from the founder of transcendental meditation with a Sikh morning prayer and the drone of Yoshi Wada’s homemade bagpipe.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/03/28

Background music: Russell Haswell – Nutrino Hunter (from 37 Minute Workout)

00:00:00 Winifred Smith – Eggs And Marrowbone (from Folk Songs Of The South)
00:02:56 Talk break
00:06:26 Sandy Bull – Electric Blend (from E Pluribus Unum)
00:28:07 Triumvir Foul – Hedonistic Prayer – The Abhorrent Depths Of Perversion (from Triumvir Foul)
00:32:07 Talk break
00:35:08 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Side B (excerpt) (from The Seven States Of Consciousness)
00:36:26 Bhai Tarlochan Singh Ragi – Japji Sahib (from Japji And Raehraas)
00:39:06 Yoshi Wada – Bagpipe (excerpt) (from The Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile)
01:01:30 Talk break
01:04:59 Mount Eerie – Now Only (from Now Only)
01:10:47 Hell – Helmzmen (Hell)
01:20:17 Neuter River – Untitled (B4 & B5) (from Neuter River)
01:29:02 Talk break
01:32:10 Essa Kassimi – Rag Bairami (from Le Luth Afghan)
01:35:00 William C. Kuzell – Side B (from Osteoporosis: The Most Prevalent Bone Disease)
01:54:43 Washington Phillips – What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? (from Washington Phillips And His Manzarene Dreams)
01:57:58 Talk break
01:59:34 Jean & Lee Schilling – Good Friday (from Porches Of The Poor)

Interviews

Questions For RLYR

Photo credit: Michael Vallera

 

RLYR is one of the best new bands around. I fucking love these guys. Made of up Colin DeKuiper (Bloodiest), Steven Hess (Locrian, Pan-American, Cleared), and Trevor de Brauw (Pelican, Chord), their debut Delayer landed at #2 in my 2016 year end metal list. When they toured that record, they played a bunch of songs from the then-untitled follow up record. They’re already at work on the third record but now the second one is titled (Actual Existence) and coming very soon via The Flenser on April 13th. DO NOT MISS THIS. It’s fucking incredible and uncategorizable, like some sort of heavy power-pop math-metal emo post-rock mutant. This is so much better than Delayer, it’s more intricate, loaded with more hooks and more surprising climaxes that reach higher levels of transcendence. Take Delayer, run it through an intensifier, a tightener, and an identity solidifier, and you’ve got Actual fucking Existence.

These three dudes are unbelievably talented on their own and know exactly what they’re doing here. I love em to death. I’m super psyched to have them contribute to my Q&A series. Go pre-order Actual Existence first, then come back here and read about the time Steven almost fell to his death, the time Colin was almost robbed inside his own house, and why Trevor thinks death is so annoying.

 
What is an ideal death?
Colin: The bishop/priest/father (forgive me) in Caddyshack.

Steven: Something pain-free or damn close too pain-free. Sudden death when I’m not expecting it. Possibly a heart attack that happens just after I reach the summit of a mountain I’ve just spent the day hiking to the top of. I just cracked open a good beer (and have a drink), take in the amazing view, and POW!… I drop dead. I just don’t want a death that involves fire or sharks.

Trevor: I don’t know that there is one. Death seems hopelessly inconvenient, there’s more than a lifetime’s worth of things to accomplish and I can’t imagine not being irritated by death bringing everything to a premature end.
 
What makes you happy?
Colin: I think it might be purpose, but unfortunately that hasn’t always come as a singular ingredient.

Steven: Many things, but right off the top of my head… Friends, loved ones, and the surprise of what will happen tomorrow and every day that follows. Music makes me very happy, and that I’m able to play music with others, both friends and strangers. I consider myself very lucky that I’m able to do that.

Trevor: Coffee, music, hugs from my family.
 
How can you die happy?
Colin: Hmmmm.

Steven: Painlessly, at the end of a long and full life.

Trevor: Probably only way for this to happen is to die completely unexpectedly. As I referenced before dying is a real annoyance to me, so I hope to be blissfully unaware when my life ends.
 
How close have you come to death?
Colin: It has always been transportation related. A few times I have felt in control with the acknowledgement that things could go south fast. These have always been weather related in brutal storms. They induce adrenaline and a little bit of crazy.

I can also think of at least two instances of incredibly close calls that could have ended me in horrific car/bike accidents within inches. Those didn’t have any feelings of control. Those moments do go into slow motion, but you walk away from those with the ability to process that you couldn’t have exercised any escape other than luck.

Steven: I’ve had a couple close calls. One I think of from time to time is when I was in my late teens and living in Colorado, a group of us would always go up to the Colorado National Monument to hike around, get high and drink beer. One day we all climbed up on this rock formation that looked like a giant breast made of sandstone (I think we even called it “the nipple.” Genius, I know) that was on the edge of a canyon. You could gain access to this formation from one side, climbing up and zigzagging your way to the top, but on the other side it was a straight drop down for about 500 ft. This particular time everyone made it to the top and I was working my way around it and I lost my footing and started to slide down the one side that went nowhere but 500 ft down. I remember just staring at everyone as they rolled a joint or something and thinking this is it, so long. Then all of a sudden my sneaker grabbed onto a little rock that was sticking out and I stopped sliding. A couple friends formed a short human chain and pulled me up to safety and we sat there and had a beer. Ah… Black Label Beer, truly one of the worst.

Trevor: There have been some pretty harrowing drives on tour where it seemed like we might be close. I remember one time driving out of Denver in a blizzard – we were on the highway doing between 15 and 20 mph just barely maintaining enough traction to stay on the road when a truck sped past us in the left hand lane, apparently unaffected by the snow. About a mile later we passed that same truck, which had lost control and flipped over on its side. That was a long, anxious day.
 
How can you make your life better?
Colin: Trying. I feel like that gets more intentional over time too.

Steven: Get as far away from people as often as you can. Be creative. Focus on the simple things in your life that bring you joy and learn to repeat those thoughts or actions as often as you can. I’d imagine therapy helps as well.

Trevor: Being self-aware and living more inside the moment would be a start. The current era and its overabundance of information is a real stumbling block to simply being able to step back and contextualize one’s place in the world, which I think is pretty essential to living a decent life. Here’s hoping we all work through it.
 
What does kindness mean to you?
Colin: Generosity, authenticity, and empathy. Truly kind people genuinely want to understand.

Steven: Understanding, listening, and being willing to lend a helping hand when others are in need.

Trevor: Being aware of others and their feelings and respecting them.
 
Where do you find love?
Colin: It’s family and friends, but also the things that I love to do. Dogs too. I can’t say that I always believe them, but they do a good job of putting on a show of affection most of the time.

Steven: All around: in nature, in music, in art, but mostly at home.

Trevor: At home.
 
When were you most afraid?
Colin: A few weeks ago my wife and I were about to fall asleep on a Saturday night close to 2am after being out at a bar with friends when we heard our front door slam. Both of our dogs were with us upstairs and they went into high alert. We live in an older house with the typical noises, but nothing like this. This was aggressive. We have both seen our share of home invasion thrillers and it felt like we were now in one. Just like a character you’d yell at in the movies, I had no real weapons to grab (it was a golf club, no bullshit) while my wife called 911 and we both moved downstairs. I quickly scanned a few rooms before moving outside into the expanse of our street and surveyed the house from the road. Lying in front of the door was a particularly thick edition of the Sunday paper.

Steven: There have been a few in my life so far, but I’ll just give you this one weird experience I had. When I was 25 I was living in Portland, OR with some friends and band members in this creepy-ass house in the SW area of the city, just off of Burnside Street. This was definitely a house that could have been in a horror movie – old, dilapidated, uneven stone steps leading up to the front porch, a three-floor old gothic style home with a coach-house/garage in the back. Overgrown weeds and a yard that never seemed to grow.

Anyway, it was late at night and everyone was asleep and I went up to my room – which was pretty much a large closet with a window. I turned off the light and got in bed and I’m laying there on my back for several minutes and all of a sudden I had the sensation of someone pushing on my chest and head holding me down on the bed. There was also this feeling (and sound of) a strong force of wind blowing straight down on me (the window was only cracked in my room and it was a still night). I couldn’t see anything or hear anything for 10 or 15 seconds, but if felt much longer. As soon as it stopped there was a loud crashing sound in my room and I jumped straight out of bed and hit the light switch and found that the posters were ripped down the center, and the couple other things I had hanging on the walls had been knocked down and were on the floor. I got the hell out of my room and started banging on my friends bedroom door. I told him all about it, calmed down, and stayed up the rest of the night.

Trevor: I watched the ’70s version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers at some unreasonably young age and was definitely freaked the fuck out by it, which set off a lifelong love affair with horror.
 
How do you listen to music?
Colin: Anyway that I can, but I’m not a huge fan of live music at restaurants. This seems to be a thing where I live now and I don’t get it.

Steven: Live is the first choice for listening, enjoying, and discovering new music, but I can’t do that everyday or as much as I would like to, so I listen to a majority of my music at home in the evenings and weekends, and it’s usually LP or CD format. During the weekdays it’s mostly mp3s through headphones, or through a car stereo.

Trevor: Any and every way I can.