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.

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A Thick Mist (March 21, 2018)


 
Got that new Vile Creature heaviness, plus UK Le Guin reading one of her fantastic short stories alongside YE Glotman’s acoustic wizardry, and Kevin Doria’s Total Life droning with Misra’s tabla tala.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/03/21

Background music: WK569 – Part 3 (from Omaggio A Marino Zuccheri)

00:00:00 Sonny Terry – Chain Gang Blues (from Chain Gang Blues)
00:03:28 Talk break
00:07:05 Botanist – Quoth Azalea, The Demon (Rhododendoom II) (from III – Doom In Bloom)
00:20:19 Nasser Rastegar-Nejad – Janne Janan (from The Persian Santur: Music Of Iran)
00:31:58 Talk break
00:35:21 Yair Elazar Glotman – Veil (from Compound)
00:36:22 Ursula K. Le Guin – The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (from The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas)
00:56:42 Talk break
00:59:45 Vile Creature – Forest, Subsists As A Tomb (from Cast Of Static And Smoke)
01:13:17 Total Life – Part 3 (from Ken Bradshaw)
01:13:55 Mahapurush Misra – Tal Roopam (from The Transcendental Tal)
01:24:34 Unknown Yoruba musicians – Igbin Drums Part 1 (excerpt) (from Drums Of The Yoruba Of Nigeria)
01:27:16 Unknown – Dance Of The Freaks (excerpt) (from Get Your Ass In The Water And Swim Like Me! Narrative Poetry from Black Oral Tradition)
01:31:03 Talk break
01:36:45 Spektr – The Art To Disappear (from The Art To Disappear)
01:47:26 Adriano Zanni – Dreams And Falling Trees (from Disappearing)
01:57:46 Luella Miller – Peeping At The Rising Sun Blues (from Luella Miller 1926-27)
02:00:55 Talk break
02:03:26 Hermes Nye – The Buffalo Skinners (from Frontiers)

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A Thick Mist (March 7, 2018)


 
Got a couple old Three Lobed jams, some Christian organ played by a child, Marine Corps training, the new Summoning, and some old Tuareg folk.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/03/07

Background music: Jon Porras – Into Midnight (from Black Mesa)

00:00:00 The Hodges Brothers – The Leaves Is Falling On The Ground (from Watermelon Hangin’ On The Vine)
00:01:31 Talk break
00:05:55 Nihill – Gnosis Pt. III (from Krach)
00:22:25 Unknown musicians from Eneden of the Kel Issekeneren – Arouia Idaoua Ouf Emri (from Tuareg Music Of The Southern Sahara)
00:28:58 Talk break
00:32:09 Yellow Swans – Descent B (from Descent)
00:37:11 Dr. Ronald E. Odom – Side A (from Living In The Red)
00:50:05 John Davis – Superpartner (from Ask The Dust)
01:01:34 Talk break
01:05:14 Summoning – With Doom I Come (from With Doom I Come)
01:16:35 Marisa Anderson – Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning (from Traditional And Public Domain Songs)
01:19:38 Ronnie Davitt – How Great Thou Art (from Do You Know My Jesus?)
01:22:20 Jerry Goldsmith – Main Title (from Damien – Omen II Soundtrack)
01:27:22 The Body – Just, Wretched (from The Body / Whitehorse split)
01:31:26 Talk break
01:34:51 Basalt Fingers – Side B (from Basalt Fingers)
01:36:59 John Hart – Side B (from The Making Of A Marine!)
01:56:10 Unknown musicians from Agbaja – Percussion And Ritual Chants (from Folk Music Of Ghana)
02:01:11 Talk break
02:03:08 Curly Ray Cline – Kentucky Fox Race (from Curly Ray Cline And His Lonesome Pine Fiddle)

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A Thick Mist (February 28, 2018)


 
There’s a new Clint Heidorn record!! Go get it. Also, I played some cool stuff like John Noble talking about his time spent as a prisoner in an arctic Soviet slave camp, men from a Botswana village singing upon their return from a battle to recapture stolen cattle, Gnaw Bone’s intense black noise metal, and the inimitable Uncle Dave Macon.

 
A Thick Mist 2018/02/28

Background music: Loss – When Death Is All (from Horizonless)

00:00:00 Blind Willie Johnson – Trouble Soon Be Over (from Blind Willie Johnson, 1927-1930)
00:02:34 Talk break
00:06:28 Pyrolatrous- The Marrow (from Teneral)
00:14:51 Clint Heidorn – Wild Parrots (from Pasadena)
00:19:41 Koichi Shimizu & Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr – Sharjah And Java (Dilbar / Morse Beat / Ablaze) (from Metaphors: Selected Soundworks From The Cinema Of Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
00:28:58 Talk break
00:34:05 Georgia Kelly – Tarashanti (from Tarashanti)
00:35:24 Indra Devi – Meditation Practice / Meditation (from Concentration & Meditation)
00:53:33 Uncle Dave Macon – Cumberland Mountain Deer Race (from Smoky Mountain Ballads)
00:56:18 Unknown Mochudi musicians – The Hills Of Mourning (from Traditional Music Of Botswana, Africa)
01:00:17 Talk break
01:03:38 Gnaw Bone – Side A (from Scorched Earth)
01:18:33 Carl Michael Von Hausswolff – Part 1 (from Still Life – Requiem)
01:19:25 Drug Addicts Relate To Their Experiences (excerpt) (from Drugs Is A Family Affair)
01:30:11 Talk break
01:33:15 Tarantel – Get Away From Me You Clouds Of Doom (from We Move Through Weather)
01:34:55 John Noble – Part 1 (excerpt) (from Slave 1-E-241)
01:52:07 Laggar Anders, Röjås Jonas, Pål Olle, Björn Ståbi, & Knut Hellberg – Wanderer’s Tune From Boda (from Authentic Swedish Fiddle Music From Boda Village)
01:54:58 Talk break
01:58:31 Calypso Rose – Warrior (from Her Majesty Calypso Rose)

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A Thick Mist (February 21, 2018)


 
Lots of good stuff here including a field recording of a swamp alongside a Japanese Shugendō ritual, the new Yellow Eyes record, and an edited version of a Nixon speech made to sound like a confession.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/02/21

Background music: Author & Punisher – NTG Part 1: Time (from Drone Machines)

00:00:00 Kaustisen Purppuripelimannit Joht. Konsta Jylhä – Konstan Parempi Valssi (from Konsta Jylhän Juhlakonsertti)
00:03:31 Talk break
00:09:34 Aelter – Hope Eternal (from IV: Love Eternal)
00:21:06 Sonny Boy Williamson – Little Village (from Bummer Road)
00:33:10 Talk break
00:36:30 Lubomyr Melnyk – Cloud Passade No. 3 (from Three Solo Pieces)
00:39:37 Roy Masters – Lesson 3 (from How Your Mind Can Keep You Well)
00:55:00 Unknown Kathmanduite musicians – Giyalary (from Songs And Music Of Tibet)
00:57:09 Talk break
01:00:22 Yellow Eyes – Old Alpine Pang (from Immersion Trench Reverie)
01:08:10 Yamabushi Of The Shuken Sect At Shogoin Palace – Chanting Of Morning Services: Hokesampo Sutra; Hannyashingo, Zen Heart Sutra; Kito, Prayers For Peace And Security (from Japanese Temple Music)
01:09:08 Peter Kilham – Side B (from The Swamp In June)
01:31:51 Talk break
01:35:02 Midori Takada – Catastrophe Σ (from Through The Looking Glass)
01:36:20 Forrest McCullough – Side B (from Flight F-I-N-A-L: A Dramatic Comparison To Death)
01:53:37 Irv Teibel – The Speech (from The Altered Nixon Speech)
01:55:37 Cisco Houston – Pie In The Sky (from Cisco Houston Sings Songs Of The Open Road)
01:58:43 Talk break
02:01:29 Josh White – Like A Natural Man (from A Josh White Program)

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A Thick Mist (February 7, 2018)


 
I’m back! Picked up some sweet records while on my road trip like James Baldwin & Time Machines, also have a brand new super limited CC Hennix release that I mixed with a sarangi raga.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/02/07

Background music: Billy Gomberg – All Right (from Slight At The Contact)

00:00:00 Guy Carawan – Sinner Man (from Songs With Guy Carawan)
00:01:52 Talk break
00:06:05 Usnea – A Crown Of Desolation (from Portals Into Futility)
00:25:01 Lord Burgess And His Sun Islanders – Jamaica Farewell (from Calypso Go Go)
00:27:39 The Lithuanian Opera And Ballet Theater – Matchmaker’s Polka (from Lithuanian Songs And Dances)
00:30:26 Talk break
00:34:39 Time Machines – 7-Methoxy-β-Carboline: (Telepathine) (from Time Machines)
00:36:20 James Baldwin – Side B (excerpt) (from Black Man In America)
00:57:15 Gnaw Their Tongues – Hold High The Banners If Truth Among The Swollen Dead (from Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent)
01:02:14 Talk break
01:07:04 Catherine Christer Hennix – Rag Infinity (from Live At Krems)
01:11:00 Ram Narayan, Mahapurush Misra, & Shirish Gor – Nand-Keda (from Sarangi / The Voice Of A Hundred Colors)
01:28:39 Talk break
01:31:34 Boris – Dystopia -Vanishing Point- (from Dear)
01:42:56 Hamza El Din – I Remember (from Escalay / The Water Wheel)
01:54:37 Fis & Rob Thorne – Phase Transition (from Clear Stones)
01:58:05 Talk break
02:00:53 Smokey Hogg – I Bleed Through My Soul (from Original Folk Blues)

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A Thick Mist (January 17, 2018)


 
Lots of good shit in this episode, including a couple metal records that ended up on my year end list, my favorite weirdo Joseph Spence, and sound samples of how people with hearing loss hear things alongside Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/01/17

Background music: Samantha Glass – Seasonal Seductions (from Mysteries From The Palomino Skyline)

00:00:00 Unknown Peloponnesean musicians – The Earth, Kyra Yioryena (from Folk Music Of Greece)
00:05:30 Talk break
00:09:24 Eye Of Nix – A Hideous Visage (from Black Somnia)
00:17:59 Buell Kazee – A Short Life Of Trouble (from A Short Life Of Trouble)
00:20:48 William Onyeabor – Why Go To War? (from Who Is William Onyeabor?)
00:29:48 Talk break
00:33:14 Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Songs Of Forgiveness I (from Songs Of Forgiveness)
00:34:39 Earl Harford – Side B (from How They Hear…)
00:52:44 Bathsheba – Conjuration Of Fire (from Servus)
01:00:17 Talk break
01:03:45 Hedy West – The Brown Girl (from Hedy West Accompanying Herself On The 5 String Banjo)
01:08:54 Various Breton musicians – Songs B4.1-B4.4 (from World Library Of Folk And Primitive Music: France) (see Discogs for more song details)
01:13:55 Grayston Burgess, Gerald English, John Frost, Owen Grundy, Robert Tear, & John Whitworth – Deo Gracias Anglia: Owr King Went Forth (1415-1421) (from Medieval English Lyrics)
01:14:52 Ustad Ali Akbar Khan – Slow Gal In Tintal 16 Beats (Jor) / Fast Gal In Tintal 16 Beats (Jhala) (from North Indian Master Of The Sarod)
01:20:56 Lewis Carroll adapted and directed by Howard Sackler – The Queen’s Croquet-Ground (from Alice In Wonderland)
01:28:56 Talk break
01:33:52 Joseph Spence – Conch Ain’t Got No Bone (from Happy All The Time)
01:37:38 Steve Reich – Sextet (excerpt) (from Sextet – Six Marimbas)
01:39:20 Herbert Spiegel – The Exercise And Strategy (from Stop Smoking)
02:00:24 Talk break
02:02:35 Sonny Terry – Old Woman Blues (from Talkin’ ‘Bout The Blues)

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A Thick Mist (January 3, 2018)


 
I think the Robedoor & Abba Eban layering worked particularly well, but I’m most excited about the Reese Williams record and The Angelic Process discography boxset that arrived in the mail the day before the show. The Williams LP is easily one of the coolest things I own, thanks to my wife who got it for me as a gift.
 

A Thick Mist 2018/01/03

Background music: Nicholas Szczepanik – Nostalgia (from We Make Life Sad)

00:00:00 Sonny Boy Williamson – The Sky Is Crying (from A Portrait In Blues)
00:03:17 Talk break
00:07:37 The Angelic Process – Sigh (from We All Die Laughing)
00:17:50 Mighty Terror – Hello Joe (from Cavalcade Of Calypso)
00:20:50 Patrick Cowley – Megatron Man (from Megatron Man)
00:29:53 Talk break
00:35:18 Reese Williams – Part Two (from Sonance Project In Two Parts)
00:37:26 Geoff Mullen & Keith Fullerton Whitman – Side A (from July 19 2006)
00:54:44 Unknown Javanese musicians – Senggot (from The Javanese Isle: Javanese Gamelan Music)
00:59:17 Talk break
01:02:19 The Angelic Process – Coma Wearing (from Coma Wearing)
01:11:38 Robedoor – Parallel Wanderer (from Too Down To Die)
01:13:13 Abba Eban – Side A (from Israel’s Finest Hour: Address Before The Security Council Of The United Nations, June 6, 1967)
01:33:53 Talk break
01:38:00 Meryl Streep & George Winston – Side B (from The Velveteen Rabbit)
01:41:42 Pyramids & Wraiths – Magpie & Raven (excerpt) (from Magpie & Raven)
01:58:49 Talk break
02:00:55 The Seegers – Wedding Dress Song (from American Folk Songs)

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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

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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