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AGB Radio (December 30, 2013)

Nothing New Year’s Evey about this particular episode, but you sure could be the life of the party tonight if you use it as your soundtrack.
AGB Radio 2013/12/30

/Background music/ Antti Tolvi – Pianoketo 1 (from Pianoketo)
Black Dirt Oak – Peeled Egg Cigarette (from Wawayanda Patent)
Aa – Fish Phone (from VoyAager)
Sleep In – Flame Thrower (from Cluster Headaches)
Gondoliers – We Fit (from Tonight’s Whispering)
Oikos – Trails End (from Vigilia)
Stitched Vision – The Greatest Depth (from Headland)
Wooden Indian Burial Ground – Problems (from Problems)
German Army – Translate Person (from Germany Army)
Million Brazilians – Untitled VIII (from Wet Dry Jungala)
Letha Rodman Melchior – Bay Of Dew (from Handbook For Mortals)
Bluhm – All Is Still As They Disappear (from In The Vale Of Tears)
Imbogodom – Laudanum Husk (from Metafather)
Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier – Cold Flame (from Those Vermillion Sands)
Spathic – I Wish That I Was Insane (from Dead Analogue//Devil Magicks)
Quttinirpaaq – Man Without A Body (from Let’s Hang Out)
Demdike Stare – Fail (from Testpressing #004: Fail / Null Results)
Robert Turman – First Quarter (from Beyond Painting)
L’Eix – L’Eix Garrell (from Empra Mots)
Oneirogen – Pathogen (from Kiasma)
Stefan Jaworzyn – Torn Apart (from Eaten Away By Shadows)
Derek Rogers – Beautiful Could Ever (from Open Windows)
Chantal Acda – My Night (from Let Your Hands Be My Guide)

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AGB Radio (December 23, 2013) Holiday Edition

Enjoy the wintery christmasy vibes.
AGB Radio 2013/12/23

/Background music/ John Fahey – Christmas Fantasty Part II (from Christmas With John Fahey, Vol. II)
Nicholas Szczepanik – It’s Been So Cold Since You’ve Been Gone (from Last Winter We Didn’t Sing)
Brian Whitman – Pum Pa Chestnut Pies (from A Singular Christmas)
The Frogs – Here Comes Santa’s Pussy (from Here Comes Santa’s Pussy)
The Knife – Christmas Reindeer (from a digital single)
Low – Little Drummer boy (from Christmas)
Sam Moss – The First Noel (from Tree And Star: A Christmas Album For Solo Electrified Guitar)
Turk Dietrich – Blue Christmas (from I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas)
Shannon Fields – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) (from I’ll Be Hometapes For Christmas)
Norris The Troubador & Seaboard Costliners – Christmas Time Philosophy (from The American Song-Poem Christmas)
Julian Koster – O’ Holy Night (from The Singing Saw At Christmastime)
Reverend J. M. Gates – Will The Coffin Be Your Santa Claus? (from Death Might Be Your Santa Claus)
Wovenhand – I Wonder As I Wander (from A Familyre Christmas Vol. 1)
Swastika Girls – Over And Over Again, Forever (from Christmas.)
Funeral Home – The People In Darkness Have Seen A Great Light (from The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten, Vol. 2)
Titan – Spiritual Guidance (from It’s A Cool, Cool Christmas)
Mark McGuire – Opening Presents (from The Sounds Of Xmas)
Blind Willie Johnson – Jesus’s Coming Soon (from Christmas Blues)
Jon Mueller – Hallelujah (from The Never Ending Beginning)
Opiate – Snow Story (from Seasonal Greetings)
Married – Christmas Waltz (from Snow Days)
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers – Sherburne (from Where Will You Be Christmas Day)
The Dream Scene – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (from The Dream Scene Christmas)
Grand Canonical Ensemble – O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Drone Version) (from “Christmas”)
King Everything – I’m Mad They Sent Me Nothing (from Original Christmas Songs)
Sy Mann – When Christmas Comes (from Switched On Santa)
Merzbow – Silent Night (from The Christmas Album)
Konntinent – Snowfall (from Festive Greetings From Hibernate & Home Normal)
John Fahey – Joy To The World (from The New Possibility)
The Cloisters – Pesta Komm (from Little Winter)
Banjo Or Freakout – Come Ring Those Bells (from XA2009)
Melt Banana – Here Comes Santa Claus (from A Very Indie Xmas)
Jesu – Christmas (Pale Sketcher Remix) (from Christmas)


Black (Metal) Mixmas IV

black metal mixmas iv album cover

In a year where extreme metal sub-genres coalesced into a homogenized pile of badass, black metal stood its ground like a bleak beacon, giving us some of the truest & weirdest records the genre has seen in a while. This mix takes tracks from my favorite black metal records that came out this year (two, Mare & Dressed In Streams, compiled tracks from previous now-unavailable releases). Last year’s Volume III was a 3 parter, so it only made sense to make Volume IV a 4 parter, each the appropriate length of a mix to burn onto a CD if you so desire.

Each part has been vaguely divided into traditional raw (parts 1 & 2), post (part 3), and experimental (part 4). And I thought that since there’s a ton of songs here (54!) and that one of my favorite records didn’t make this mix because the tracks were too long, I’d give you an actual Top Black Metal list. I wrote about most, but not all of these records. I linked to the reviews when applicable.

So here’s my favorite 2013 black metal records and a 4 hour 22 minute mix of the raddest heaviness you’ll hear this year. It should keep you company during this overly joyful season. I’ll see you next year.


Top 15 Black Metal Records Of 2013
15. Aosoth – IV: Arrow In Heart (Agonia)
14. Mord’A’Stigmata – Ansia (Pagan Records)
13. Gris – À L’Âme Enflammée, L’Äme Constellée (Sepulchral Productions)
12. Leucosis – Leucosis (self released)
11. Ruin Lust – Ruin Lust (Psychic Violence)
10. Loss Of Self – Twelve Minutes (The Flenser)
9. Mare – Spheres Like Death / Throne Of The Thirteenth Witch (Terratur Possessions)
8. Fell Voices – Regnum Saturni (Gilead Media)
7. Charnel House – Black Blood (Sygil)
6. Spektr – Cypher (Agonia)
5. Hope Drone – Hope Drone (OSCL)
4. Surachai – Embraced (self released)
3. Rorcal – Világvége (Cal Of Ror / SickManGettingSick / Lost Pilgrims / Wolves & Vibrancy)
2. Cultes Des Ghoules – Henbane (Hells Headbangers)
1. Paysage D’Hiver – Das Tor (Kunsthall)


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Part 1
Blut Der Nacht – No Hope To See The Light Of A New Day (from Sargnagel)
Sun Worship – Castle High (from Surpass Eclipse)
Wulkanaz – Paraskaiwe Paúrpurôn (from Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs)
Galdr – Oath Of Blood (from Ancient Light Of The Stars)
Ruin Lust – Primal Vision (from Ruin Lust)
Arckanum – Spell (from Fenris Kindir)
Wild’s Reprisal – The Broken Circle (from Defiance Enthroned)
Black Cilice – Astral Cipher (from Summoning The Night)
Tukaaria – Chasms In Creation (from Raw To The Rapine)
Nightrite – Black Moon Rituals (from Black Moon Rituals)
Atvm – 8,000,000,000 Years And Counting (from Natura Naturata)
Frozen Ocean – Vanviddsang II (from Vanviddsanger)
Mord’A’Stigmata – Praefatio Pro Defunctis (from Ansia)

Part 2
Hexer – I:III (from Hexer)
Stilla – Tidlösa Vindar (from Till Stilla Falla)
Cara Neir – Closing Doors (from Portals To A Better, Dead World)
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – The Eviscerator (from Necrovision)
Mare – Nachmahrwalzer – Invocation Of The Succubus (from Spheres Like Death / Throne Of The Thirteenth Witch)
Shadows Of The Fallen – Monotheist (from Monotheist)
Aosoth – Temple Of Knowledge (from IV: Arrow In Heart)
Lonesummer – The Destruction Of Words (from Planning For Burial / Lonesummer Split)
Smorg – Moonlight Eternity (from A Morbid Chapter)
Nuclear Corpse – Infernal Legions (from Infernal Legions)
Naaghan – Bloodlust (from Demo)
Manii – Liv-Øydar (from Kollaps)
Leucosis – Aponea (from Leucosis)

Part 3
Hope Drone – Advent (from Hope Drone)
Dressed In Streams – Deep Saffron (from Dressed In Streams)
Redwood Hill – September (from Descender)
Misery – II (from Melancolie)
Clouds Collide – Deathless (from Until The Wind Stops Blowing…)
So Hideous – Rhapsody (from Last Poem/First Light)
Loss Of Self – Paradise Overgrown (from Twelve Minutes)
Panopticon – Eulogy (from Vestiges / Panopticon Split)
L’Homme Éléphant – Mist (from L’Homme Éléphant II)
Ov Hollowness – Grey (from The World Ends)
Súl Ad Astral (The Clenching Void (from Súl Ad Astral)
Life Has No Meaning – Faced With My Own Demise (from Demo)
Ragana – Curved Grass (from Unbecoming)
Cosmic Church – Näkyjä Indigolähteeltä (from Ylistys)

Part 4
Earthenwomb – Miser’s Blade (from Ninjas For Hire / Earthenwomb Split)
Peste Noire – La Blonde (from Peste Noire)
Botanist – Arboreal Gallows (Mandragora I) (from IV: Mandragora)
Gris – Dil (from À L’Âme Enflammée, L’Äme Constellée)
Spektr – Antimatter (from Cypher)
Charnel House – Once Upon A Dream (from Black Blood)
Servile Sect – Evoke (from Glowing)
Cultes Des Ghoules – Festival Of Devotion (from Henbane)
Ihsahn – Tacit 2 (from Das Seelenbrechen)
Oranssi Pazuzu – Tyhjä Temppeli (from Valonielu)
Rorcal – II (from Vilagvege)
Trist – Květy Snových Dálek (from Večerní Samoty)
Sutekh Hexen – …Of Emanation (from Monument Of Decay)
Surachai – Surrender (from Embraced)


Questions For Have A Nice Life

have a nice life interview
Dan Barrett & Tim Macuga, aka Have A Nice Life, aka the raddest dudes in the northeast, honored me with their thoughtful answers to some serious questions.

What is the best way to die?
Tim: We literally don’t know.

Dan: Or not at all, if possible.

How do you think you’ll die?
Tim: I will probably die of pneumonia while trying to recover from a heart surgery. There will be a cold plate of cafeteria ravioli and a half eaten cup of applesauce by the hospital bed. The SOILED LINENS cart will be parked outside the door. The other guy in the other half of the room might be awake to see my last. He’ll try not to think about it. Daytime TV in the future will still be shitty.

What makes you happy?
Tim: I’m happy with things, experiences, ideas, or personalities that I can’t deconstruct. It’s a relief knowing, “Well, I must love these people no matter what,” or “I don’t understand abstract calculus,” or “This film is ludicrous.” There’s ground to stand on; maybe I tested its stability to exhaustion, maybe I just lacked the compulsion to obsess about it.

Dan: Yeah – I tend towards experiences of non-thought. Anything where you just stop and nothing fills the space created.

How can you die happy?
Tim: An assassin slips cyanide or some more advanced instant-death poison into my cup while I’m watching Big Trouble in Little China. I have a hard time believing anyone cognizant of imminent death, no matter how long they’ve been preparing, feels peace. The day/general time you’re about to die – if you know it’s been such a long illness and you’re slipping – “OK, this is going to be the day,” – it still consists of so many moments. And sheer terror has to enter that moment to moment process somewhere. Getting back to happy from terror is not a simple cold water shake-off.

How close have you come to death?
Tim: To my own knowledge, and of my own death, not very. I was with a group on a far end of the Grand Canyon, at the bottom, in 130 degree heat. I was fine, but bad things almost happened to a few of us and the panic did set in – “We just climbed hours and hours *into* this pit in the Earth. Shit.” I’d love to see a reel of hidden camera footage of all of the times I might have come close and was just completely unaware. It’s reasonable to think we’re all like those cartoon characters sleepwalking through dangerous construction sites.

Dan: I spun out across 4 lanes of snowy traffic once, ending up facing the wrong way and staring into oncoming headlights. The only thing – literally the only thing – I thought was “NO NO NO NO NO NO.” So.

What does kindness mean to you?
Tim: Kindness is asking, “How are you?” with actual intent to listen to a truthful response.

Where do you find love?
Tim: After climbing hours and hours into a pit in the Earth, for one.

Dan: I found mine by giving up on it.

When were you most afraid?
Tim: When I was 7, I demanded my mother tell me when I would die – I had just realized a vague notion of “not being” and needed to figure out what I could do to, well, I didn’t even know. I think it was actually after hearing Skeeter Davis’s “It’s The End of the World” on the radio. I understood it was a sad love song, but “end” – Jesus. Air raid sirens went off in my head.

Dan: I’ve been afraid that I wouldn’t make it out of depressive periods. I don’t know if that’s more dread than fear, or how those intersect, but. That’s a feeling you don’t really forget.

How do you listen to music?
Tim: Like a monster.

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AGB Radio (December 16, 2013)


AGB Radio 2013/12/16

/Background music/ Residual Echoes – A Marriage (from The Middle Path)
K’an (坎) – Remnants Of A Distant Beauty (from Anima)
Kiln – Kopperkosmo (from meadow:watt)
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval (from Retrieval)
Idassane Wallet Mohamed – Inarègh (from Issawat)
Lionel Marchetti – 奥秘 | Mysteria (from 23 Formes En Élastique)
Ryoji Ikeda – Supercodex 03 (from Supercodex)
Parhelion & Zac Keiller – Opal Sky (from Farthest North)
Linda Perhacs – Moons And Cattails (from Parallelograms)
Migrations In Rust – Cradled Under Fern (from Two Shadows)
The Space Lady – I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night (from The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits)
FWY! – Irvine Spectrum (from HWY Trust)
Cestine – Lost In The Silver Ball (from Pressed)
Adrian Aniol – Obscura I (from Obscura)
Lad Un – Thawai Phaka Thi (Cambodia) (from Longing For The Past – The 78 RPM Era In Southeast Asia)
Radio Werewolf – Epiphany On The Freinberg (from The Vinyl Solution – Analog Artifacts: Ritual Instrumentals And Undercover Versions)
Richard Youngs – No Show For The Gloaming (from Barbed Wire Explosion In The Kingdom Of Atlantis)
Jumalhämärä – III (from Resitaali)
Arawak – Accadde A Harlem (from Accadde A…)
Stephen Vitiello & Molly Berg – Radio Flyby (from Between You And The Shapes You Take)
Arizona Dranes – Lamb’s Blood Has Washed Me Clean (from He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul Of Arizona Dranes)
Faures – Magnetic Striping (from Continental Drift)
Black Sun Roof – Perfumed Pressure I (from 4 Black Suns & A Sinister Rainbow)
Jüppala Kääpiö – Kusabira (from Owlora Muskaria)
Haunter – Tionsivo Construct (from Ablesigh, 1992)

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AGB Radio (December 9, 2013) Top 20 Drone Countdown

One track from each of my favorite 20 drone records of this year, starting with number 20 and counting down to the NUMBER ONE.

AGB Radio 2013/12/9
/Background music/ The Necks – Open (from Open)
Jasper TX – In All your Blinding Lights (from An Index Of Failure)
Secret Pyramid – Quiet Sky (from Movements Of Night)
Total Life – Drifter (excerpt) (from Bender/Drifter)
Olan Mill – Neutrino (from Hiraeth)
Mohammad – Sakrifis (from Som Sakrifis)
Culver – An Oath (excerpt) (from Gateshead Graves)
Be Honest – Tea, Sugar (excerpt) (from Tea, Sugar, Soda, Soap)
Lawrence English – Lonely Women’s Club (excerpt) (from Lonely Women’s Club)
Roly Porter – Giant (from Life Cycle Of A Massive Star)
Fabio Orsi & Pimmon – I Wish You Were In Yallingup (from Procrastination)
Betacicadae – Gold Country (from Mouna)
Earn – Skyscraper (from Hell On Earth)
Federico Durand – El Espejo De Mil Años (from El Idioma De Las Luciérnagas)
Aquarelle – Sandpaper Winds (from August Undone)
Alessandro Cortini – Resta (from Forse Vol. 1)
Raum – Event Of Your Leaving (from Event Of Your Leaving)
Ian William Craig – On the Reach Of Explanations (Vocal Version) (from A Forgetting Place)
Rafael Anton Irisarri – Her Rituals (from The Unintentional Sea)
Julianna Barwick – Pyrrhic (from Nepenthe)
Josh Mason – Dying In A Banana Grove (from The Symbiont)

Top 20 Drone Records Of 2013

TWENTY!! Goddamn right. The Top Drone list could no longer be contained by the traditional 10. I’m not doing 20 because there was just too much awesome drone this year. While that’s true, it’s also true every year. No, I’m doing it because there were so few standout albums. Everything was so fucking awesome it’s like everyone juiced their skills but were all stopped by a glass ceiling or something. I mean my Top 5 are almost interchangeable. Well, not really, but sort of.

So, as usual, this list is about my personal favorite droners. Nothing objective going on. And, like AGB in general, I tend to favor the under-represented. And I don’t usually allow reissues, but I had to bend the rules a bit for no other reason than that one reissue is so, so fucking good and I didn’t know it was a reissue until I started making this list.

And you know I only write about the highest quality shit. So anything that was posted this year and tagged as Drone is basically just as good as everything you’ll see on this list. So browse that genre if you’re still jonesing for some more drone.

Onto the list!
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Album Review

Johan G. Winther – Eating Or Vomiting Its Tail (Beläten, 2013)

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Johan G. Winther – Eating Or Vomiting Its Tail (Beläten)

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Holy fuck what an ungodly glorious racket this guy makes. This new tape on the excellently evil Beläten has two side long pieces of boiling caustic skree à la Yellow Swans, Millipede, JCL, and the like, but with a substantial amount of depth. It’s noisy as fuck, yeah, but there’s tons of layered intricacies, crumbling riffage and melodies and shit, a melancholic gloom pop amped up and set out to bake in the desert heat for weeks on end, the details barely buried, enough to get you hooked but you’ll still get bowled over by the endless waves of gritty black feedback. The blisters form almost instantly like you’ve just been dropped in the heart of a nuclear reactor meltdown, lethal radiation seeping into every pore, and blasting you with a wall of sonic carnage. Safe to say you’re lucky if you make it out alive, and if you do, I guarantee you’ll jump right in for round two.

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AGB Radio (December 2, 2013)

Pardon my French. I had no idea how to pronounce any of that Bataille Solaire stuff.

AGB Radio 2013/12/2
/Background music/ Mike Bullock – Figures Without Ground (from Figures Without Ground)
Gianluca Becuzzi & Fabio Orsi – Talking With Ghosts: Two (from Dust Tears And Clouds)
Hubble – A Long Way From Home (from Hubble Eagle)
Pulse Emitter – Io (from Crater Lake)
Secret Boyfriend – Form Me (from This Is Always Where You’ve Lived)
Magik Markers – American Sphinx Face (from Surrender To The Fantasy)
Stilla – Tidlösa Vindar (from Till Stilla Falla)
Theologian – Ectothermism (from Some Things Have To Be Endured)
Giuseppe Ielasi – Untitled (1) (from Rhetorical Islands)
Bad Sector – Everything (from Unification)
CCR Headcleaner – Drink Gold (from Lace The Earth With Arms Wide Open)
So Hideous – Rhapsody (from Last Poem/First Light)
Bataille Solaire – Sauropodes Et Acacias (from Documentaires)
Ahnnu – Arena (from Battered Sphinx)
Blue Hawaii – Sierra Lift (from Untogether)
Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid – Space Paranoid (from Black Magic Satori)
Robert Beatty – Cone Eater (from Soundtracks For Takeshi Murata)
Alvin Curran – Shofar Der Zeit (from Shofar Rags)
Cara Neir – Forlorn Love (Henry And Karen) (from Portals To A Better, Dead World)
Alberich – Heat Death 2, Pt. 2 (from Fortification: Cassette Works, Vol. 2)
Arnold Dreyblatt & Megafaun – Recurrence Plot (from Appalachian Excitation)
onYou – Black Zero (from Recovering The Baseband Signal)
Circuit Des Yeux – Acarina (from Overdue)
Tor Lundvall – The Quiet Hour (from Structures And Solitude: Night Studies)
Stefan Wesolowski – Hand Im Haar (from Liebestod)
Xiu Xiu & Eugene S. Robinson – Glass (from Sal Mineo)