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A Thick Mist (December 20, 2017) – Year End Special


 
I thought about doing a Christmas episode but just wasn’t really feeling the spirit, so I went with an episode full of my favorite songs from my favorite records this year. All of these are from my year end Drone, Metal, and Not Drone Or Metal lists. No episode next week because the university is closed, so I’ll see you in 2018.
 

A Thick Mist 2017/12/20 – Year End Special

Background music: Chloé – The Dawn (from Endless Revisions)

00:00:00 Joshua Sabin – Array (from Terminus Drift)
00:04:24 Talk break
00:08:15 Midwife – Name (from Like Author, Like Daughter)
00:13:27 Andrew Weathers Ensemble – The Proper Dream Always Projects The Phantom (from Build A Mountain Where Our Bodies Fall)
00:16:46 Harvestman – Cromlech (from Music For Megaliths)
00:20:33 Diet Cig – Link In Bio (from Swear I’m Good At This)
00:22:42 Upper Wilds – Black Holes (from Guitar Module 2017)
00:27:18 Talk break
00:31:51 Kelley Lee Owens – 8 (from Kelly Lee Owens)
00:41:02 High Aura’d – Hodge’s Lament (from No River Long Enough Doesn’t Contain A Bend)
00:47:46 Ellen Arkbro – Three (from For Organ And Brass)
00:59:36 Talk break
01:02:48 Matt Jencik – Cosmic Horror (from Weird Times)
01:07:44 The Fun Years – The Deepest Xylophone (from Heroes Of The Second Story Walk-Up)
01:13:12 Cavernlight – A Shell Of One’s Former Self (from As We Cup Our Hands And Drink From The Stream Of Our Ache)
01:21:12 Planning For Burial – Whiskey And Wine (from Below The House)
01:25:19 Talk break
01:28:09 Ragana – Destroyer (from You Take Nothing)
01:32:23 Ex Eye – Opposition / Perihelion (The Coil) (from Ex Eye)
01:43:37 Big Brave – Borer (from Ardor)
01:58:11 Talk break
01:59:32 Couch Slut – Penalty Scar (from Contempt)

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A Thick Mist (December 13, 2017)


 
Got a sermon by Curtis Watson alongside a totally bizarre 1980s Japanese record repressed by Important right in the beginning. I’d be lying if I said it got better from there but the rest of the show is pretty great too, especially the super mysterious Most Important Event Of The Year.
 

A Thick Mist 2017/12/13

Background music: Dylan Ettinger – The Waterfront (from New Age Outlaws)

00:00:00 Bernie Klay – Lady Franklin’s Lament (from The X-Seamen’s Institute Sings At The South Street Seaport)
00:02:05 Talk break
00:05:18 Neurosis – The Last You’ll Know (from Times Of Grace)
00:14:35 Elder Curtis Watson – Be There In The Happening (Part 2) (from He Will Fix It: Raw African-American Gospel On 45RPM, 1959-1974)
00:15:52 The Mask Of The Imperial Family ?– Untitled 4 (from The Mask Of The Imperial Family)
00:25:42 Talk break
00:30:13 Manitas De Plata – Seguiriyas (from Ole!)
00:32:43 Eleh – I / II (from Home Age)
00:47:47 Bert Tenzer – Side A (from The Most Important Event Of The Year)
00:58:40 Talk break
01:04:58 Deafheaven – Baby Blue (from New Bermuda)
01:13:50 Robedoor – Wake Of The Mythmaker (from Rock Bottom)
01:14:30 Vic Obeck – Introduction / Basic Exercises (from Isometric Exercises)
01:30:30 Talk break
01:34:18 Noveller – Alone Stars / Tuesday Before Poland / Waxwing / Ends (from Glacial Glow)
01:35:28 Unknown Vietnamese musicians – Side A (from Music Of Viet Nam)
01:52:51 Josh White – Free & Equal Blues (from The Best Of Josh White)
01:56:42 Wreck & Reference – Inverted Soul (from No Youth)
01:59:08 Talk break
02:01:17 Ramon Ropain- Pachito Eche (from Ritmos De Colombia)

Top 15 Drone Records Of 2017

I feel like I missed a lot of drone records this year, especially after seeing other people’s lists. Like, there’s 4 records on A Closer Listen’s Top Ten Drone list that I haven’t heard yet. Oh well. Can’t listen to everything.

I’m especially happy with this list because not only does it have a lot of artists I’ve never heard of/written about before (15, 10, 4, 3) but also it has a lot of artists who I already love that are at the top of their game right now (14, 13, 7, 1). As usual, I tried to stay away from the high profile droners (yes, Lawrence English’s Cruel Optimism and Bibio’s Phantom Brickworks are phenomenal) and I do my best to let you know about my less-obvious favorites.

In case you missed em, you should check out my other lists: Metal and Not Drone Or Metal. There’s plenty of droney shit on the Not Drone Or Metal list, too, so you’ll definitely want to go there. The #1 on that list is an All Time Top 10er that I doubt will ever get unseated.

Here’s the Spotify playlist for those of you who like that sort of thing. It’s missing numbers 10, 8, 6, and 4, so stream those below.

As always: Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. Thanks for making incredible music.

 
 
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A Thick Mist (December 6, 2017)


 
While I was pulling records the night before this show, I realized I somehow had never played any of the 3 Hitler records I have, so naturally I grabbed one. Spun one of his speeches (almost 76 years ago to the day) alongside Messages’ modern raga drone and Jute Gyte’s new droney black metal picture disc. Also, don’t miss the old radio horror story from 1949 underneath the new Turner/Menche collaboration.
 

A Thick Mist 2017/12/06

Background music: Alessandro Cortini – Iniziare (from Avanti)

00:00:00 Mississippi John Hurt – Monday Morning Blues (from The Best Of Mississippi John Hurt)
00:03:59 Talk break
00:08:37 Menace Ruine – Primal Waters Bed (from Union Of Irreconcilables)
00:24:08 Abdullah Kershi & Ahmed Sherif – Raqaat (from The Freedom Songs Of The Somali Republic)
00:28:50 Talk break
00:31:32 Aaron Turner & Daniel Menche – Side B (from Nox)
01:33:00 Inner Sanctum – The Vengeful Corpse (excerpt) (from The Vengeful Corpse / Hanson’s Ghost)
01:47:09 Geoff Mullen – Part 2 (excerpt) (from Filtered Water)
01:00:19 Talk break
01:03:30 Jenks Miller – Hats Off To (Roy) Montgomery (from Roads To Ruin)
01:12:14 Au Champ Des Morts – Dans La Joie (from Dans La Joie)
01:22:16 William Harris – Electric Chair Blues (from Delta Blues Heavy Hitters 1927-1931)
01:25:16 Popul Vuh – In Der Halle Des Lernen (from Die Nacht Der Seele – Tantric Songs)
01:29:14 Talk break
01:33:19 Messages – Magaraga (from Mirage)
01:34:34 Adolf Hitler – Address To The Reichstag (German Parliament) December 11, 1941 (excerpt) (from Hitler Is On The Air! A Study In Audible Evil)
01:53:49 Jute Gyte – The Sparrow (from The Sparrow)
01:59:36 Talk break
02:01:55 Yonekawa Toshiko – Sakura Sakura (from The World Of Sō(Koto))

Top 16 Metal Records Of 2017

I tried my best to keep this list to a round number, like an increment of 5, but I just couldn’t help it. There are 16 records that I needed to tell you about and I couldn’t cut a single one from the list.

There’s way more doom/sludge than I expected, and while I tried to branch out from the big labels, I couldn’t help it too much, so save for the couple self released ones, there’s not a lot of surprises on here. Doesn’t matter, though. IT’S ALL AWESOME.

Since the previous list (Top 10 (Not Drone Or Metal) Records) didn’t have embedded streams, I made a Spotify playlist due to popular demand. But when I went to make a playlist for this list, it was missing numbers 16, 12, 10, 4, & 3, because Spotify sucks and that was too many. So while I still made the playlist, I also embedded a streaming song for everything on this list. I also went back and did the same for the previous list.

As always: Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. Thanks for making incredible music.

 
 
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A Thick Mist (November 29, 2017)

 
Check out that new Aquarelle record. A+ stuff. I found a bunch of records over Thanksgiving weekend, including another Malcolm X record, field recordings from India, and Kimio Eto’s koto work. Was only able to get to one from the new Important records batch, but that just means the other two will make an appearance next week.
 

A Thick Mist 2017/11/29

Background music: Pocahaunted – You Do Voodoo (from Make It Real)

00:00:00 Jim Kweskin – Relax Your Mind (from Relax Your Mind)
00:03:57 Talk break
00:07:25 Inter Arma – Side B (from The Cavern)
00:29:35 Talk break
00:31:56 Christina Kubisch – Tesla’s Dream (from Christina Kubisch / Eleh split)
00:34:17 Malcolm X – Part 3 (from The Last Message)
00:54:05 Black To Comm – Human Gidrah (from Black To Comm)
01:01:45 Talk break
01:05:14 Big Joe Williams & Sonny Boy Williamson – I Won’t Be In Hard Luck No More (from Blues Classics 21)
01:07:53 My Disco – Rivers (from Little Joy)
01:17:38 Kimio Eto – Kensetsu No Hibiki (The Sound Of Construction And Progress) (from Koto Master)
01:18:34 Lawrence English – Antarctica (excerpt) (from Viento)
01:32:26 Talk break
01:35:31 Aquarelle – Open Absence Parts 1 & 2 / Cut Stone (from Leave Corners)
01:37:25 No artist – You Have Chocolate, No Money (Jaipur, Varanasi, Darjeeling, Arambol) (from Indian Soundscapes)
01:52:17 Sarah Neufeld – Breathing Black Ground (from Hero Brother)
01:58:17 Angel Sanabria & Pablo Vicente Morel – Subo (from Los Chiriguanos Of Paraguay: Guaraní Songs & Dances)
02:01:21 Talk break
02:03:56 Lightnin’ Hopkins – In The Evening, The Sun Is Going Down (from Autobiography In Blues)

Top 10 (Not Drone Or Metal) Records Of 2017

Here’s the first of three lists. In case you couldn’t tell by the title, the other two lists will be a drone list and a metal list. This one has records that don’t fit in either of those lists. However, I could’ve argued for maybe half of these showing up on the drone list, but I tried not to get too loosey goosey with my definition of drone.

There’s a ton of debuts here (6 to be exact) which is really exciting. Here’s hoping they continue their genius. The reviews/descriptions are pretty short on these and will be the same on the other lists because I just don’t have enough time to write 30+ full reviews. Imagine they’re just taglines or something.

Instead of uploading a song to stream for every record, I made a playlist on Spotify. I’m not crazy about Spotify for a lot of reasons, but in this context, it falls short because two of the artists on this list aren’t on Spotify (numbers 9 and 4), so you’ll just have to seek those out for yourself.

Update: I added song streams for everything below because I ended up doing it for the metal list and felt weird if I didn’t do it for all the lists.

As always: Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. Thanks for making incredible music.
 
 
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