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AGB Radio (November 25, 2013) Label Spotlight: Enemies List Home Recordings

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This is the first in a series for AGB Radio where I’ll pick a record label and go through the highlights of their catalog. This particular label, Enemies List Home Recordings, had a perfectly sized discography because I was able to play a track from everything they’ve released and made it just in the nick of time for my allotted 2 hours.

Enemies List is one of my favorite labels ever. They focus on home recordings (duh) and while they tend to release music that’s pure gloom, they also dabble in black metal, bedroom pop, chill ambient, nightmare noise, and whatever else catches their fancy.

AGB Radio 2013/11/25
/Background music/ Giles Corey – Awake Now (from Deconstructionist)
Have A Nice Life – I Don’t Love (from Deathconciousness)
Nahvalr – Blood Flood (from Nahvalr)
America Addio – Azoic (from Plat Of Zion)
Afterlives – Still Lakes (from A Ticking Clock I Couldn’t Stop)
Have A Nice Life – The Icon And The Axe (from Time Of Land)
Nahvalr – All Is Error (from All Is Error)
Planning For Burial – Oh Pennsylvania Your Black Clouds Hang Low (from Leaving)
America Addio – Simply Living (from Cotton Kingdom)
Sleep In – The Woods (from Carnival)
Xasthur – Dehumanizing Procession (from Defective Epitaph)
Mamaleek – My Body Rock Long Fever (from Kurdaitcha)
Giles Corey – Spectral Bride (from Giles Corey)
The Flowers Of St. Francis – A Quiet Observer Appears (excerpt) (from Vol. 1)
The Flowers Of St. Francis – What Wasn’t Still Isn’t (excerpt) (from Vol. 2)
Dweller On The Threshold – The Woods: Electric (from Dweller On the Threshold)
Have A Nice Life – All Teeth (Afterlives cover) (from Santa Is Real)
Planning For Burial – Fucking To Floodland (from Quietly)
I Do Not Love. – Damaged (from The Haunting Presents)
Dan Barrett And The Cruisers – No Such Thing, Pt. 2 (from Drive II Soundtrack)
Giles Corey – Blackest Bile (from Live In The Middle Of Nowhere)
Giles Corey – Winter’s House (from Hinterkaifeck)
Frustrator – What Are You Thinking? (from Anther)
Black Wing – My Body Betrayed Me (from My Body Betrayed Me single)

Concert Review

Reuben Son, Benjamin Nelson, & Patrick Emm at Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

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Reuben Son

Reuben Son at Waterworks
Patrick Emm

Patrick Emm at Waterworks
Benjamin Nelson

Benjamin Nelson at Waterworks
Ess Enn Emm

Ess Enn Emm at Waterworks 2
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AGB Radio (November 18, 2013)

Fucking Raum you guys. Get on that.

AGB Radio 2013/11/18
Raum – Blood Moon (from Event Of Your Leaving)
Natural Snow Buildings – Carnal Flowers (from Daughter Of Darkness)
Mount Eerie – Clear Moon (from Pre-Human Ideas)
Antonymes – Falling [I] (from There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay)
Gabriel Saloman – Cold Haunt (from Soldier’s Requiem)
Sea Of Bones – Beneath The Earth (from The Earth Wants Us Dead)
Graham Lambkin – Abersayne (from Abersayne / Attersaye)
Uton Courtis – Pensamiento (from Flokka Kur)
Harsh Vibes – Reds Under The Bed (from Dead Collective Soul)
Greenhouse – Chatter (from Cold Wires)
R. Millis – Awaj Arepo (from Relief)
Musiccargo – Tip Top (from Harmonie)
Trouble Books – Fake Fern Shadows (from Love At Dusk)
Mamiffer & Circle – Vessel Full Of Worms (from Enharmonic Intervals (For Pashen Organ))
White Manna – Ascension (from Dune Worship)
Adrian Corker – Interdependence (from Raise)
Ricardo Donoso – Diagonal Environment (from As Iron Sharpens Iron)
Bad Kisser – Haunted Pussy (A Spell) (from Loss)
Ron Morelli – Slow Down (from Spit)
Invisible Path – Descension (from The Levitating Mirror)
Freddy Ruppert – Stanch 2 (from Hangs A Shadow)
Bloodyminded – Token 3 (from Within The Walls)
Emakousma – Hoof And Horn (from Island)
James Plotkin & Paal Nilssen-Love – Death Rattle (from Death Rattle)

Album Review

(Nearly) Year End Roundup

This isn’t a year end top list or anything. This is just a huge post with short comments on a fuckton of records (23 and unranked, but Sea Of Bones gets top billing) that I’ve been jamming and haven’t had a chance to write up. I also wanted to do this because at least a couple of these will be on my Top Drone list and I wanted to say something about them before the list comes out. Scope the goods after the jump.

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Questions For William Cody Watson

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Big time Bill Murray fan William Cody Watson gave me a moment of his time and answered some questions for AGB.

What is the best way to die?
For me, the only response that comes to mind is in my sleep. That may seem like a complete cop-out and I even feel that it is, but you have to consider the fact, that when I’m sleeping, taking a break from the total chaos that I feel swirls around me on a daily basis — I’m at peace… I’d like to perish during that. I don’t want to be facing the same chaos when I go… But again, who’s to say? I can only imagine that, and I like the idea of dying while dreaming. Other than that? Maybe with a knife in my mouth, and all that that entails.

How do you think you’ll die?
Car crash; I’m convinced.

What makes you happy?
A handful of things… I feel most happy, I think, when I conquer something I’m struggling with — if I achieve something. If I go after a goal and I succeed. That makes me happy. That’s a bit of pride, perhaps, and maybe that’s not such a great thing, but it’s the truth. Other things make me happy: music — even terrible, depressing music — shit, that probably makes me the happiest, because I’m satisfied to know I’m still emotionally connected.

I honestly find happiness in my own melancholy, as ass-backwards as that sounds. I find happiness in my family, my friends, spending time together, learning and growing. I find happiness in other people’s stories. I like to know about other people’s struggles and adventures. But, I also find happiness in solitude, learning about myself. I find happiness in books. I find happiness in liquor. I find happiness in women. I find happiness in humor. I find happiness in sleep and in dreams.

How can you die happy?
I’m not sure I could ever die happy, or if anyone could, really… I’m not trying to be grim here, but I just don’t think that’s a guarantee. We’re all trying to make ourselves happy every day, I think. If I really get literal about it, I think I can die happy when I’ve achieved as many things that I feel are important as I can. I want to create art, be that music or writing or anything that people can connect with. I want to reach people. I want them to feel what I’m doing and, in turn, I want them to feel new things.

Even more literally, I think I could die happy when I’ve spent a year in solitude, maybe in a cabin in the woods… Or perhaps after I’ve wandered in the desert. I could die happy after I’ve kissed a beautiful woman whom I adore. Maybe in the rain, maybe not. Doesn’t matter. I can die happy knowing people around me are satisfied.

How close have you come to death?
I’ve been alive 29 years… And well, I think just being alive you’re always close to death. Everything out there can and wants to kill you, in some way or another. Once you realize that, and realize how absolutely near death you are at any given moment, you start to cope with it… After a while, you just kind of don’t even worry about it.

What does kindness mean to you?
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?
I find love in the fingertips of people with naive passion. I find love in bedrooms. I find love in lust. I find love in record bins. I find love in books. I find love in a deep belly laugh. I find love in dreams. I find love in myself.

When were you most afraid?
I’ve always been most afraid when the notion of losing everything crept up. In those moments when you feel like everything is broken or faulty, and nothing can seem to come together. That’s a very immature and raw way to look at things, but I’m just being honest.

I’m most frightened at the thought of losing everything I’ve come to find my passion within. I’m afraid at the idea of losing things I’ve put my heart into and put into my heart. I’m afraid of losing myself.

How do you listen to music?
Mostly… In bed.

AGB Radio

AGB Radio (November 11, 2013)

Special Ladies Only Edition!

AGB Radio 2013/11/11
Foie Gras – Post Birth (from Innermost Shrine, Heavily Gilded)
Mariposa – She Had Some Horses (from Holy Ghost)
Andrea Pensado – Teraz, Tak! (from Teraz, Tak!)
Nina Georgieva – Homo Necans (from Collision Detect)
Karen Gwyer – Waukon (from Needs Continuum)
Group Rhoda – Day Ruiner (from 12th House)
Alice Boman – Waiting (from Skisser)
FKA Twigs – Papi Pacify (from EP2)
Julia Kent – Nina And Oscar (from Character)
Helena Hauff – Micro Manifesto (from Actio Reactio)
Félicia Atkinson – Entomology (from Visions / Voices)
Sarah Neufeld – You Are The Field (from Hero Brother)
White Poppy – In The Sun (from Drifter’s Gold)
Julia Holter – He’s Running Through My Eyes (from Loud City Song)
Sharron Kraus – Rowan (from Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails)
Waxahatchee – Lively (from Cerulean Salt)
Petra Glynt – Of This Land (from Of This Land)
Ashley Paul – Black And Blue (from Line The Clouds)
Okkyung Lee – Two Perfectly Shaped Stones (from Ghil)
Marisa Anderson – Mojave (from Mercury)
Ora Cogan – Black Swells (from Ribbon Vine)
Julianna Barwick – Look Into Your Own Mind (from Nepenthe)
Sarah Davachi – Brumeux (from The Untuning Of The Sky)
Agarttha – I. Lambsprinck (from A Water Which Does Not Wet Hands)
Scout Niblett – Gun (from It’s Up To Emma)
Ekin Fil – Sea Holly (from Ekin Fil)

Album Review

Culver – Gateshead Graves (Fabrica, 2013)

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Culver – How She Cut Herself (Fabrica)

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Fabrica is on one hell of a streak this year, with killer releases from Aeronaut and Rambutan that’ve already blown my mind, and now this new LP from Culver (aka Lee Stokoe) that’s out of this fucking world. Two side long pieces of dark drone minimalism peaking at critical mass, sentient feedback that couldn’t be any heavier, humungous slabs of bone pulverizing vibrations, crank this thing on Satan’s stereo and your soul will evacuate your body seeking sanctuary in the fiery pits of hell, this is serious crater making thrum, the sound of stars colliding and the infinitely dense black hole that ensues, the roar of a monolith mixed with the mind bending bleakness found in the endless stretch of wastelands, static & near motionless crumbling of pure black minimalism, the sound of all that’s left after the universe reversed back into the Big Crunch, total void, absolute nothing, and motherfucking perfection incarnate.

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AGB Radio (November 4, 2013)


AGB Radio 2013/11/4
How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood – Oh Dark (from How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood)
Patrick Cowley – Pagan Rhythms (from School Daze)
Best Available Technology – Interstitial Molasses Reduction (from Further Tracks)
Pure Bathing Culture – Temples Of The Moon (from Moon Tides)
Etta Baker – One Dime Blues (from Instrumental Music Of The Southern Appalachians)
Emily Jane White – Thoroughbred (from Blood/Lines)
Philip Jeck – Twentyninth (from An Ark For The Listener)
Nocow – Havoc (from Solus)
Huerco S. – Monks Mound (Arcology) (from Colonial Patterns)
Alan Tew – Gentle In The Night (from Getting Off! The Seductive Sounds Of 70s Adult Cinema)
Unknown artist – Fiji Islands Dance (from The Music Of Primitive Man)
Rene Hell – Var_Len (from Vanilla Call Option)
William Onyeabor – Heaven And Hell (from Who Is William Onyeabor?)
Laughing Eye Weeping Eye – Knight (from Beway)
Dalot – Night Owl (from Ancestors)
Pantaleimon – Another World (from The Butterfly Ate The Pearl)
Richard Seydou Traoré – Rassemblement (from Voltaique Panoramique Volume 1: Popular Music In Ouagadougou & Bobo-Dioulasso 1968-1978)
oOoOO – Sirens (from Without Your Love)
Oren Ambarchi – Salt (from Audience Of One)
Metasplice – Arterial Protocol (from Infratracts)
Love Cult – Backslide (from Fingers Crossed)
Keith Fullerton Whitman – Twin Guitar Rhodes Viola Drone (from Antithesis)
Elijah Brown – Windin’ Ball (from Which Way Does The Blood River Flow)
Julian Carillo – Sonata 2: II. Armónicos (from Six Quasi-Sonatas In Quarter Tones For Solo Cello)
Chihei Hatakeyama – Alone By The Sea III (from Alone By The Sea)
Dustin Wong – Out Of The Crown Head (from Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy)
The Devil’s Anvil – Wala Dai (from Hard Rock From The Middle East)