The Internet Archive is one of the greatest organizations of our time. Their purpose “is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.” They are champions of open access and preservation, ensuring nothing falls through the cracks of history. So clearly, they are my fucking heroes.

Part of their massive library includes vinyl rips of an insane variety of records, most of which are no longer available in any form. It’s an incredibly valuable resource. However, I see a pretty big problem and I intend to help. The problem is their download speeds are fucking abysmal. It doesn’t matter how fast your internet connection is; you’re lucky if you average 200 KBps when downloading from IA. Now if you’re anything like me and you want to download from IA in bulk, you’re going to have a bad time. But there’s good news! I had the bad time for you so you don’t have to have a bad time. I downloaded over 20,000 tracks primarily consisting of traditional folk music from around the world and anything “not music.”

Unfortunately for you, I’m not a true masochist. I only downloaded the mp3s, the cover image, and some additional contextual files which usually only totaled less than 100 MB per record. However, there’s also HD TIF scans of the artwork and discs for each release that adds at least another 1 GB to the total size. I couldn’t subject myself to the pain of downloading potentially terabytes of data from IA. Ideally, I would have downloaded all of these scans too (I did for some) but the mp3s were the priority so that’s what I got. Hypothetically, we can just go view the scans on IA if we need to.

Another problem that cropped up was their tagging wasn’t up to my standards, so everything is getting cleaned up with the usual expected stuff like song titles and track numbers but I’m also making sure everything has a date, genre, publisher, and album art, along with stuff like performer, disc title, and catalog number when deemed relevant. So needless to say, this isn’t a project that will be finished anytime soon. I figured I’ve cleaned up enough to share, though, and that’s what this batch is.

This is a selection of records released by Caedmon and Folkways. It’s mostly stuff with artist names from the beginning of the alphabet but my tagging changed some of that (like a bunch of records where Anthony Quayle reads from various authors, but I made the Album Artist name the author, the Performer the reader, and the Artist the author and reader, so depending on how you sort your shit, you might find his readings from The Iliad under “H” for Homer).

So here you go. 60+ records from Folkways and Caedmon (a pillar in the spoken word records field). The bulk of this is non-music but there’s a some early recordings from the Middle East and Africa, and other stuff sprinkled in. It’s one big 11 GB zip file; I didn’t have the time to make separate zips of each record like I did in the last OOPs batch. And since some of these aren’t listed in Discogs, I just linked to their page in IA.

Side note: I’ve always stayed away from sharing Folkways records in my OOPs posts because for the most part, those records are still available through Folkways. Not the vinyl, but they have digital versions of almost their entire back catalog. I’m not sure how or why IA is allowed to share these records. Some of the stuff on IA only has 30 second samples for each track and some have the full audio. Maybe those are just the ones that Folkways knows about and asked them to take down? If you have any insight, definitely let me know. But in the meantime, I figure if IA can share them, I can too.

Download OOPs, Batch 2: Internet Archive – Folkways & Caedmon

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Madurai Mani Iyer album cover
 
I think Hindustani tends to be the more popular style of classical Indian music in the west (see: Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Chatur Lal, Dagar Brothers, etc) so I figured I’d shed some light on the Carnatic side. This episode features some standout Carnatic musicians like supreme violinist L. Subramaniam and veena master Sundaram Balachander as well as some lesser known but just as amazing players like Chinna Moulana and a group recorded by Brigitte Chataignier.
 

00:00:00 Chitti Babu – Ragam Thanam Pallavi (from Swara Raga Sudha)
00:11:56 Dr. L. Subramaniam – Rāga Śivapriya (from Three Ragas For Solo Violin)
00:31:55 Isaimani Sirgazhi S. Govindarajan – Sri Rama Charitha Geetham, Part 2 (from Papanasam Sivan’s Sri Rama Charitha Geetham (Tamil))
00:52:00 Sundaram Balachander – “Gnaana Mosaga Raadha” Raagam Poorvikalyani Roopakam Taalam (from Man From Madras)
01:13:02 Madurai Mani Iyer, T. N. Krishnan, & Vellore Ramabadran – Kamalambam Bajare (Ragam: Kalyani) (from Madurai Mani Iyer)
01:33:31 Sheik Chinna Moulana – Valli Nayakane (Ragam: Shanmugapriya) (from Sheik Chinna Moulana)
01:49:37 Vamanan Namboodiri, Soorya Narayanan, Ananthapadmanabhan, Madhusudanan, Tripunithura Krishnadas, P. Nandakumar, & Kalamandalam Kshemavathi – Sumasayaka (from Inde: Le Chant Du Mohini Attam – Danse Classique Du Kerala = India: Singing The Mohini Attam – Classical Dance Of Kerala)

instrumental music of the southern appalachians album cover
 
Something I didn’t realize before I made this episode is that a lot of the major country blues stars like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, and Blind Lemon Jefferson weren’t from the Appalachian region. I guess if I gave it even a second thought, I’d realize that the genre-adjacent delta blues was named after the Mississippi Delta and that the tunes coming from the rural Appalachians leaned more towards the bluegrass style. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to highlight the wide variety rolling down the mountains: everything from the banjo instrumentals of Hobart Smith to the lone black lung vocals of Nimrod Workman. I’ve always been a sucker for banjos, a cappella, and grim vibes, so naturally Appalachian music is 100% my jam.

I tried to stick to the early pre-war stuff and stay away from anything coming out of the 50s/60s folk revival. A lot of these tracks come from compilations by labels like Folkways, Yazoo, Mississippi, and Dust-to-Digital because 1: it’s not like I have a collection of 78s to pull from and 2: they’re the ones helping to preserve this history so that’s where most of us discover these artists. I did my best to find some of the lower profile compilations & songs and, as always, tried to play things that haven’t appeared on A Thick Mist/AGB Radio before (except for Lloyd Chandler’s “A Conversation With Death” that’s just too good to not include). And I veered toward the gloomy tones because obviously but also it’s called the blues for a reason. Also, I tried to stay away from any gospel because I’ll probably end up doing a gospel episode at one point.

I’m not an ethnomusicologist nor am I a historian, so I’m not going to try to offer commentary on individual tracks. I highly recommend you dig into any and every artist and compilation you find here. If you’re looking for suggestions, try either of my favorite sad ladies that bookend the episode or my man Nimrod right in the middle.

There’s probably some stuff on here that might not fit under a strict definition of Appalachian music, but lets not get too bogged down in semantics. Enjoy.
 

00:00:00 Sarah Ogan Gunning – Dreadful Memories (from A Girl Of Constant Sorrow)
00:02:25 Etta Baker – Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad (from Instrumental Music Of The Southern Appalachians)
00:03:47 Peg Leg Howell – Moanin’ And Groanin’ Blues (from “Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow!” – Vintage Fiddle Music 1927-1935: Blues, Jazz, Stomps, Shuffles & Rags)
00:07:18 Jean Ritchie – The Unquiet Grave (from Ballads From Her Appalachian Family Tradition)
00:11:16 Floyd Council – I’m Grievin’ And I’m Worryin’ (from Carolina Blues (1937-1947))
00:14:01 Florence Reece / Almanac Singers – Which Side Are You On? (from Classic Labor Songs)
00:16:35 Murphy Gribble, John Lusk, & Albert York – Eighth Of January (from Deep River Of Song: Black Appalachia – String Bands, Songsters And Hoedowns)
00:20:52 Edward Clayborn – Death Is Only A Dream (from Last Kind Words (1926-1953))
00:23:47 Carter Family – Motherless Chidren (from Lead Kindly Light)
00:27:23 Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley – Dark Holler Blues (from Friends Of Old Time Music)
00:32:15 Dock Boggs – Oh Death (from Virginia Traditions: Ballads From British Tradition)
00:35:32 Ruby Glaze – Lonesome Day Blues (from I Can’t Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers – Town & Country, Vol. 1 – Country)
00:38:46 Hobart Smith – Drunken Hiccups (from Instrumental Music Of The Southern Appalachians)
00:39:55 Roscoe Holcomb – Graveyard Blues (from Mountain Music Of Kentucky)
00:42:19 Grayson & Whitter – Little Maggie With A Dram Glass In Her Hand (from The Rose Grew Round The Briar: Early American Rural Love Songs – Vol. 1)
00:45:43 Nimrod Workman – What Is That Blood On Your Shirt Sleeve? (from Mother Jones’ Will)
00:47:38 Mrs. Lena Bare Turbyfill – “Hold Up Your Hand Old Joshua!” She Cried (from Last Wisps Of The Old Ways: North Carolina Mountain Singing)
00:53:25 Kid Williams & Bill Morgan – When He Died He Got A Home In Hell (from Lead Kindly Light)
00:56:04 Bascom Lamar Lunsford – Mole In The Ground (from Smoky Mountain Ballads)
00:58:55 Lloyd Chandler – A Conversation With Death (from High Atmosphere)
01:03:05 Woodie Brothers – Chased Old Satan Through The Door (from Music From The Lost Provinces – Old-Time Stringbands From Ashe County, North Carolina & Vicinity, 1927-1931)
01:05:59 Fiddlin’ John Carson – Dixie Boll Weevil (from People Take Warning! Murder Ballads And Disaster Songs, 1913-1938)
01:08:58 Wade Ward & Charlie Higgins – Did You Ever See The Devil, Uncle Joe? (from I’ll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down: Field Recordings From Alan Lomax’s “Southern Journey” 1959-1960)
01:10:50 Ed Morrison – We’ll All Go To Heaven When The Devil Goes Blind (from Kentucky Mountain Music: Classic Recordings Of The 1920s & 30s)
01:15:20 Sid Hemphill – So Soon I’ll Be At Home (from The Devils Dream)
01:16:55 Ola Belle Reed – My Epitaph (from My Epitaph: A Documentary In Song And Lyric)

christopher recordings on sex instruction album cover
 
Let me just start off by saying this episode is super explicit and not safe for work (unless you’re a sex worker I guess). 99% of the spoken word is people talking about sex stuff like blowjob instructions (from the 50s? 60s?), some offbeat porno poetry, Christians talking about male puberty, hypnotherapy to make your dick bigger, etc. 99% of the music is experimental from 2022 and made by women.
 

00:00:00 Annie Sprinkle – Deep Inside Your Cosmic Body Erotic (from Cyborgasm – Erotica In 3-D Sound)
A former sex worker and current environmental artist (approaching her art from an “ecosexual” perspective) on a very odd compilation from the 90s of spoken word, ambient, and weird erotic shit.

00:02:55 Elin Piel – Heart Walls (from Satsuma Sunday)
Premium modular synth drone.

00:10:45 Meg Mulhearn – Pisces (from Archetypes)
The first in a 12-piece series of “meditations and non-linear reflections on archetypes of the twelve Western zodiacal signs.” Free* and starting off strong.

00:13:03 Unknown artist – Side A (from How To Drive Your Man Wild With Oral Sex)
Absolutely fuckin wild 7″ from decades ago that I have a hard time believing actually exists.

00:22:56 Victoria Wizell-Gallagher – Conversation With Cells (from Penis Enlargement Deluxe)
Another one I have a hard time believing exists. This is a 6-session set that aims to help you make your dick bigger by sheer willpower. Accompanied by some chill new age ambient cheese.

00:28:19 Laura Jordan Cocks – Produktionsmittel I (from Field Anatomies)
I didn’t just play this because her last name is Cocks. It’s also fantastic “blisteringly physical work for flutes.” In this case: amplified flute, aluminum foil, glass bottle, and fixed media.

00:48:14 Lori Goldston & Stefan Christoff – Wingspan In The Sunshine (from Punk Equinox)
I was so psyched to discover this one. I’ve always loved Goldston’s cello work but Christoff is new to me. Here he’s playing a Hammond organ. So yeah, cello + organ, obviously my kind shit.

00:58:15 Philip Jeck – As My Shadow Passes… (from Touch 00)
I remember the first Jeck work I heard: Sand (thanks Aquarius Records). It was revelatory. The first time I fully understood how vinyl could be used as an instrument instead of just the delivery method. He will be sorely missed but I’m thankful for all of the music he left behind.

01:07:38 The Christophers – The Problems Of Growing Boys (from Christopher Recordings On Sex Instruction)
The Christophers are an “inspirational” Christian group founded in 1945 by the Roman Catholic/Maryknoll priest James Keller. This is one of their earliest publications (from 1951), intended to educate parents on how to educate their children about sex and puberty.

01:16:42 Astrid Øster Mortensen – Styrsö Kyrkorgel (from Skærsgårdslyd)
New to me Danish artist. Amazing field recording and folk droney sounds.

01:17:37 Matchess – Almost Gone (from Sonescent)
Huge release by Whitney Johnson. Her previous work is excellent but this is next level. Highly recommended.

01:26:13 John Giorno – Pornographic Poem (from Raspberry / Pornographic Poem)
The experimental poet and Dial-A-Poem founder is joined by a dozen or so others to get weird and talk dirty.

01:34:59 Bunny Buckskin & Carrington McDuffie – Pink Sweatboxes (from Cyborgasm – Erotica In 3-D Sound)
Another one from Cyborgasm. Figured I’d just add to the Giorno chaos with more perverted chat.

01:39:30 Maria Moles – In Pan-as (from For Leolanda)
Powerful percussion inspired by Philippine gong music.

01:46:33 Vanessa Wagner – Gustave Le Gray (from Study Of The Invisible)
Wagner takes her piano to Caroline Shaw’s “Gustave Le Gray” and you pass out.

01:54:20 Stanley Z. Daniels – Side B (from Sex For Adults (Sex Is Fun Particularly When You’re In Love))
The epic conclusion to the sex trilogy by Stanley Z. Daniels (he’s an M.D. so you can totally trust him), preceded by Sex Explained For Children and Sex For Teens (Where It’s At).

01:59:51 Ann Eysermans – Fuga For Four Diesel Locomotives And Harp (from For Trainspotters Only)
Debut release from Eysermans featuring her field recordings of Belgian diesel trains accompanied by her beautiful harp, organ, chimes, music boxes, etc.

02:05:48 Maya Shenfeld – Sadder Than Water (from In Free Fall)
Another debut. Stunning.

02:12:19 Kinbrae & Clare Archibald – Haul Into Being (from Birl Of Unmap)
A debut collaboration making beautiful sounds alongside stoic spoken word, all of which is inspired by hyper-local areas in Scotland.


 
It’s only been 7 months since the last A Thick Mist episode, not that anyone’s counting… So here’s the thing. I clearly don’t have room in my life to do radio shows the way I was kinda doing them since the pandemic started (which was basically not at all) so I thought I’d try something new. A new process that might fit into my life and a new approach to curation that might appeal to more people (although that’s besides the point).

The new process involves no spoken commentary during the show. It’s kind of like my Halloween episodes where I just play my stuff for a couple hours so as to not interrupt the vibes. However I will be adding some written commentary here in the playlist when I have anything to say.

The new curation sees an end to my psychotic combinations of black metal followed by Haitian Voodoo rituals followed by zoned out minimalism followed by turn-of-the-century country blues followed by some dude reading about seashells followed by… Instead, each episode will focus on a more unified genre/theme. This is great for those of you who hated the doom but loved the Hindustani ragas. I assume those of you who liked the craziness will still enjoy each episode because the primary content isn’t changing and now you can still listen to A Thick Mist with a migraine, just pick a chill droney episode instead of the one full of Peruvian dances.

Let me know what you think of this new setup. Are you going to miss hearing my super sexy voice? Are you psyched about not spilling your coffee when the caustic black noise jumpscares you?

This first incarnation of the New Way is a metal episode because that’s pretty much all I’ve been listening to lately. Enjoy.

 

00:00:00 Spider God – Forever (from Black Renditions)
Free* record by new-to-me band and it’s black metal covers of pop songs. You won’t believe how fucking good this is. I chose to highlight their version of Viva Forever by the Spice Girls but I highly recommend checking out their Whitney or their Brittany or their No Doubt or everything else.

00:03:37 Пуща (Pušča) – Ça Brûle (from War Is Hell)
Amazing Ukranian black metal with some clean female vocals. They put out a 2-song single to raise money for Come Back Alive. And while you’re at it, grab their fantastic new EP for just $4.

00:10:03 Mizmor – Wit’s End (from Wit’s End)
Everyone loves Mizmor. New record is the best.

00:24:49 An Evening Redness – The Judge (from An Evening Redness)
New dusty doom drone band inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Into it.

00:35:24 Deathbell – Come To Trouble (from With The Beyond)
Some killer doom from 2018 that I only just learned about. They have one that just came out in February and
that’s great too.

00:44:59 Blackwater Holylight – Every Corner (from Silence/Motion)
Amazing record from last year that’s got lots of stoner doom sounds but also plenty of moments of true evil bursting through. Not sure why this song sounds so muffled and quiet in the mix. I tried to mess with it but no dice.

00:52:45 Det Eviga Leendet – Yield (from Reverence)
New release on Mystískaos. It’s their second record and it’s awesome atmospheric black metal. They “take their name from Pär Lagerkvist’s 1920 writing about a group of dead people who are now stuck in the dark with nothing to do besides talk in order to pass eternity.”

01:03:53 Whourkr – Squirk (from Concrete)
Not sure what took me so long to hear this record from 2008. It’s fucking insane. “This is what happens when animals pretend to be human. An acclaimed cybergrind record… worse than death metal.”

01:07:54 The Body & OAA – Fortified Tower (from Enemy Of Love)
Not gonna lie, I absolutely love everything The Body touches. Doesn’t matter what they’re doing or who they’re doing it with. This new collaboration from OAA is absolute madness. Veering way into noise territory.

01:11:28 Negativa – XXIX (from 04)
Supremely underrated Spanish noisy black metal. This new one is on Mystískaos but their last one was released by Sentient Ruin, which is much more their style.

01:20:57 Holy Fawn – Dark Stone (from Death Spells)
Another 2018 record I only just heard about thanks to their recent tour with Deafheaven and Midwife.

01:27:18 Rinuwat – Laknat Bumi (from Dua Naga)
This record would have been on my top metal list in 2021 if I knew about it. Weird as hell experimental doom featuring Southeast Asian instruments and styles. Their name is Javanese and translates to “to liberate oneself from a curse.” The singer is bonkers and I love everything about this.

01:33:26 Rolo Tomassi – The End Of Eternity (from Where Myth Becomes Memory)
Didn’t think I’d ever love a shoegazey proggy post-hardcore record this much but here we are. Definitely a year end contender.

01:39:31 Zeal & Ardor – Hold Your Head low (from Zeal & Ardor)
I feel like when a band puts out a self-titled record when it’s nowhere near their first release, they’re trying to make a statement like “this is our definitive sound.” Zeal & Ardor further cements my theory. The one and only gospel metal is at the top of their game here.

01:44:14 Ustalost – Bright Window Closing (from Before The Glinting Spell Unvests)
The second record from Yellow Eyes singer/guitarist Will Skarstad’s solo project. Yellow Eyes is amazing. Ustalost is better?

01:53:12 Sadhaka – Surrender (from Surrender)
I swear I almost had a heart attack when I saw this song dropped. Sadhaka put out one of my all time favorite records in 2013, Terma, and then basically vanished. It’s kinda standard post black metal but something about it is absolutely perfect and I can’t really describe why. The fact that Yianna Bekris (aka Vouna, from Eigenlicht and Vradiazei) is involved probably has something to do with it. Anyway, this new single is fantastic and I really hope it means more is on the way.

02:02:50 Messa – 0=2 (from Close)
I had the best timing in finding out about Messa. I discovered their 2018 record Feast For Water a couple months ago, loved it, played the heck out of it, then found out Close was right around the corner. Didn’t have to wait long at all. This is some premium droney doom psych out of Italy and it fuckin rips.

I did it! I made another list. My favorite metal from 2021. Big year for doom with clean vocals made by ladies and in case you didn’t know, that’s some of the best kind of music. I tried not to include big names like The Body, Body Void, Big Brave, Genghis Tron, Mare Cognitum, etc. I also tried not to include releases from labels that have made this list before, so no Gilead, no Sentient Ruin, no Eisenwald, no Mystískaos/Dissociative Visions, no Bindrune, no I, Voidhanger. There were 2 exceptions (Northern Silence and Profound Lore) because they were too good to not include and I think they didn’t get enough showtime.

For the first time, I’m doing some honorable mentions (similar to my drone list). They’re here for 3 reasons: one was not metal enough (Madam Data), one was on a label that was too big (Prophecy), and I ran out of steam with the list.

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

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I am wicked fuckin depressed yall. The list was thiiiis close to not happening because I have’t been doing a goddamn thing besides losing myself in video game worlds, binge watching videos of people playing Super Mario Maker 2, and hiding from every single human, friends & family included. I feel like I barely listen to music anymore and when I do, I rarely feel anything.

But I have listened to some music, and I did have some emotions when listening, and there were a few records that got stuck on repeat, some of which were actually pretty helpful. I needed to make this list. No lie it was a pretty monumental effort. But it’s here. I’m not looking for accolades or anything, just trying to be real and not make it seem like everything is ok because everything is definitely not ok.

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

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pronouncing the scientific names of seashells record jacket
Back when I sold off my record collection, I kept a few hundred from my non-music section that I thought were kind of rare. Not necessarily valuable, just stuff that I knew was hard to find. The kind that doesn’t exist digitally and probably never had much of an audience to begin with. The main reason I bought those records in the first place was because I knew they needed to be preserved. If I didn’t take it home, it would languish at the bottom of a stack getting scratched to oblivion and the world might never hear it again.

I haven’t done a very good job at digitizing these in the past few years and I have quite a backlog. I’m trying to change that. I thought it would be good to release these in batches instead of just trickling them out one by one.

Here’s the first batch. There are 38 records. About 1/3rd of them I have already shared here on AGB at some point (like my all time favorite, the seashell pronunciation record). I’m sharing them again here for two reasons. First, I thought it would be nice to gather everything together. But more importantly, I’ve done high resolution scans of the front and back of the jackets as well as the center labels. These were scanned on a large flatbed scanner, not photographed. The bad news is that I found out after I scanned everything that my scanner now makes two faint green lines appear across every image. Needless to say I was pretty fuckin upset when I saw that. Oh well. Nothing I can do now. Also, there are maybe 10-15 that don’t have scans because I accidentally sold them before I scanned them (oops).

Each one is listed individually below with links to download and Discogs info as well as a brief description. You can download all of them at once in this 4.6 GB zip file. Also, they’re spit into two groups, music & non-music, just in case some of yall don’t jam with the spoken word and field recording stuff.

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New Fluisteraars, Yemeni folk, new Sarah Davachi, Godzilla sound effects, ionosphere recordings, Margaret Walker poetry, Cambodian ballads…

 
Background music: Michael Chapman – Homage To Jim Hall (from VDSQ Solo Acoustic Vol. 11)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:02:25 Fluisteraars – Verscheuring In De Schemering (from Gegrepen Door De Geest Der Zielsontluiking)
00:22:34 Daniel Walsh – The Old Miner’s Refrain (from Songs & Ballads Of Anthracite Miners)
00:23:16 Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – Brianna Says His Name (from Candyman Soundtrack)
00:30:09 Talk break
00:32:14 Saad Kawkabani – Ya Sabooh Al Enab (from Music From Yemen Arabia • Sanaani – Laheji – Adeni)
00:43:00 Lawrence English – Observation Of Breath (from Observation Of Breath)
00:44:58 Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard – Music For 19 Bass Clarinets (from Saturations)
00:45:21 Unknown Giay Woman – Song In Lao Chai Village (from Ethnic Minority Music Of North Vietnam)
01:03:43 Talk break
01:07:45 Sadness – In A Memory (from Agnosia)
01:21:58 High Altitude Sounds Recorded At Various Speeds: Dawn-Chorus, Swishes, Whistlers, Tweeks (from Ionosphere)
01:22:57 Situation Dramas Utilizing Sound Effects (from Sound Effect Of Godzilla: Godzilla And His Friends)
01:31:13 Margaret Walker – Delta (from Margaret Walker Reads Margaret Walker And Langston Hughes)
01:32:31 Sarah Davachi – Magdalena (from Antiphonals)
01:42:27 Talk break
01:46:21 Low – Hey (from Hey What)
01:54:02 Samantha Bumgarner – Georgia Blues (from Hard Times Come Again No More Vol. 1 – Early American Rural Songs Of Hard Times And Hardships)
01:56:58 Mao Sareth – Wounds Of Love (from Wounds Of Love: Khmer Oldies, Vol. 1)
02:01:19 Talk break


 
A live set! First time in forever. It went ok. I think I figured out a setup that works for me.

Got some good shit on this one. I start out with two of my favorite records this year, mix in some Bahamian folk, Bengali spirituals, Japanese weirdness, Greek hymns, Easter Island chants, and of course some killer black metal.
 
Background music: The Ghostwriters – Slow Blue In Horizontal (from Remote Dreaming)

00:00:00 Talk break
Vouna – What Once Was (from Atropos)
Midwife – Promise Ring (from Luminol)
Karen Black – Babe Oh Babe (from Dreaming Of You (1971-1976))

00:29:08 Talk break
Chord – G9-11sus(b2)-F (from Imperfect Authentic Cadence)
Unknown Artists – Cultivate The Human Land (excerpt) (from Religious Songs From Bengal: Songs Of The Bauls And Poems Of Chandidas)
Elie Wiesel – The Song Of The Dead (from Reading From His Works)
Arushi Jain – The Sun Swirls Within You (from Under The Lilac Sky)

01:05:22 Talk break
Joseph Spence – Run Come See Jerusalem (from Encore: Unheard Recordings Of Bahamian Guitar And Singing)
Jose Bedmar – Guitar Improvisation (from Portrait Of Andalusia)
France Jobin – The Fluidity Of Time Does Not Exist Pt. I & Pt. II (excerpt) (from The Fluidity Of Time Does Not Exist)
Asenath Blake – Elemental Materialisation (from Zoëtic Songs)
Tvær – IV (from Uvaer)

01:32:11 Talk break
Ichiko Aoba – Pilgrimage (from Adan No Kaze)
Roxane Métayer – Partie II: Grottes Graciles (from Paroles Cavernicoles)
The Chuch Of The Theotokos Blachernae – Side A (from The Akathistos Hymn And The Veneration Of The Cross)
Amélia Tepano – Kaï Kaï (from Musiques De L’Ile De Pâques)

01:59:55 Talk break


Remember those blogs from the late ’00s and early ’10s like Mutant Sounds and Holy Warbles? They were the fucking best. They shared music that you either never knew existed or knew about but thought “there’s no way I’ll ever get to listen to that.” I’m pretty sure a decent chunk of my digital music collection came from those sites. It’s a shame the zeitgeist has passed. Not only have those sites been taken down but the once ubiquitous MediaFire and RapidShare download links have long since expired.

Sometime last week, I stumbled across Bolingo (aka Anthems for the Nation of Luobaniya). It’s mostly focused on traditional Indian with a hefty dose of African, Middle Eastern, and various Asian jams. The site is still there and the dude has made sure all the download links still work. But even better is that most posts have high quality scans and a ton of information about the artists, labels, release variants, and all that good stuff. It’s a fucking treasure. But this time, I wasn’t about to let all of this go the way of Cosmic Hearse.

I downloaded every record (which includes scans of the jacket, liner notes, etc) and I downloaded a mirror of the entire site. 200+ records (mostly 320k mp3s), over 30 GB, and all of it was either untagged or horribly tagged. And while I’m incredibly thankful this music was made available, I couldn’t re-share it in that kind of condition.

I spent a considerable amount of time making sure everything had a track number, track title, artist, album title, date (if available), and embedded cover art. That was time-consuming enough on its own but I’m kind of a stickler for making sure that 1, diacritics are transcribed correctly and 2, artist information is as accurate as possible. The problem with the diacritics was that some were kind of obscure and I had some trouble just identifying them (like a handwritten “ɛ” or “ɔ”) which made it difficult finding them on Graphemica.

The artist info wasn’t super challenging, it’s just that the information I needed wasn’t something I could just copy from Discogs, so I had to *ZOOM* *ENHANCE* some of those liner notes to identify Kiko, Alberto Hotou, & Souzy as the people who performed “Hanga Rahi A Akou.” It’s possible that some are labeled as “Unknown Artist” where the performer is, in fact, mentioned in the liner notes, but the only reason that would happen is if the liner notes weren’t in English. Anyway, it’s cool if you don’t really care about my attention to detail but I kind of hope you do.

Here you go.
3MB file: bolingo.torrent
1.7MB file: bolingo.torrent

Also, here’s a zip of the site mirror… just in case.

Update
I can’t believe I didn’t include a single line about exactly what music is in this collection (and also that so many of you downloaded it regardless!). Let me remedy that. Most of the records that are just a single artist (instead of a compilation or whatever), are Indian. A few big names like Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Amir Khan, M.S. Subbulakshmi, and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan as well as a bunch of musicians I’ve never heard of like Pandit Narayanrao Vyas, Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee, and Rasiklal Andharia.

Then there’s a ton of field recordings and anthologies like the series of Unesco/Musicaphon releases (A Musical Anthology Of The Orient, An Anthology Of African Music, An Anthology Of South-East Asian Music, Musical Sources, Musical Atlas, Anthologie De La Musique Des Peuples, Music Of Oceania, Première Anthologie De La Musique Malienne, etc). There’s also a bunch from The Living Tradition series on Argo recorded by Deben Bhattacharya and The Music Of Africa series on Kaleidophone recorded by Hugh Tracey.


 
Got inspired to do an entire episode of soundtracks. Mostly horror and sci-fi stuff, there’s a pretty good mix of new and old. The bit with Upstream Color & Annihilation is fuckin crazy.

 
Background music: Popol Vuh – Vergegenwärtigung (From Aguirre Soundtrack)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:23 Gil Mellé – Strobe Crystal Green (From The Andromeda Strain Soundtrack)
00:06:22 Pino Donaggio – Two Evil Eyes (From Two Evil Eyes Soundtrack)
00:13:58 Giuliano Sorgini – Amboselli (From Zoo Folle Soundtrack)
00:20:01 Fred Karlin – Robot Repair (From Westworld Soundtrack)
00:20:15 Disasterpeace – The Gauntlet (From Hyper Light Drifter Soundtrack)
00:24:19 Les Baxter – Reincarnation (From The Dunwich Horror Soundtrack)
00:29:45 Philip Glass – Floating Candyman (From The Music Of Candyman)
00:36:50 Talk break
00:39:20 Bruno Nicolai – La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte (Preludio & Titoli) (From La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte Soundtrack)
00:43:01 Eduard Artemiev – Untitled (6) (From Solaris Soundtrack)
00:43:25 Sarah Connolly – Fragments Of A Prayer (From Fragments Of A Prayer: Children Of Men Soundtrack)
00:50:19 Mica Levi – Alien Loop (From Under The Skin Soundtrack)
00:58:43 Talk break
01:00:238 Paul Giovanni – Festival / Mirie It Is / Sumer Is A-Cumen In (From The Wicker Man Soundtrack)
01:02:41 Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow – The Alien (From Annihilation Soundtrack)
01:05:45 Shane Carruth – A Low And Distant Sound Gradually Swelling And Increasing (From Upstream Color Soundtrack)
01:14:23 Andrzej Korzyński – Kreuzberg 1 (From Possession Soundtrack)
01:16:23 Lubos Fiser – And The Lasat (From Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders Soundtrack)
01:19:37 Peter Peter & Peter Kyed – The Boat (From Valhalla Rising Soundtrack)
01:21:37 Ferde Grofé – Exploring The Red Planet (From Rocketship X-M Soundtrack)
01:29:51 John Harrison – Henry Leaves Wilma A Note (From Creepshow Soundtrack)
01:34:06 Talk break
01:36:41 Nino Rota – Il Duca Di Wurttenberg (From Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini Soundtrack)
01:36:42 Richard Band – Quinn Attacks The Remaining Few/Dv-8 Robot Re-Activated (From Crash And Burn Soundtrack)
01:42:20 Elmer Bernstein – Space Murder (From Saturn 3 Soundtrack)
01:46:01 Christopher Young – The Hider (From Hider In The House Soundtrack)
01:49:43 Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Seed And The Sower (From Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Soundtrack)
01:57:52 Brian Reitzell – Soon There Will Be Just Five (From 30 Days Of Night Soundtrack)
02:04:08 Bobby Krlic – Fire Temple (From Midsommar Soundtrack)
02:13:41 Talk break


 

I love nu metal. There was a short period of my life where I was a little ashamed by it, but that’s long gone. There is some really good stuff in the genre that I think most people ignored because of garbage like Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin’.” There’s more to nu metal than that and if you can’t share my love of the genre as a whole, maybe you can at least find a song or two for the next time you feel the need to mosh.

 

Background music: Static-X – December (from Wisconsin Death Trip)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:05:38 Taproot – I (from Gift)
00:09:59 Godhead – The Reckoning (from 2000 Years Of Human Error)
00:13:59 Fear Factory – Shock (from Obsolete)
00:18:57 Kittie – Spit (from Spit)
00:21:16 Nonpoint – What A Day (from Statement)
00:24:31 Talk break
00:28:21 Static-X – Bled For Days (from Wisconsin Death Trip)
00:32:07 Spineshank – Detached (from Strictly Diesel)
00:35:26 Relative Ash – Sperm (from Our Time With You)
00:38:56 Sevendust – Black (from Sevendust)
00:43:04 [minus] – Father’s Eyes (from Structure Of Simplicity)
00:46:31 Talk break
00:48:14 Flaw – Whole (from Through The Eyes)
00:52:02 Snot – Snot (from Get Some)
00:55:23 Ultraspank – Crumble (from Progress)
00:59:09 Cold – Just Got Wicked (from 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage)
01:03:09 40 Below Summer – We The People (from Invitation To The Dance)
01:06:50 Shinedown – Fly From The Inside (from Leave A Whisper)
01:10:42 Talk break
01:15:09 Chevelle – Send The Pain Below (from Wonder What’s Next)
01:19:18 Ill Niño – What Comes Around (from Revolution Revolución)
01:23:03 Reveille – Permanent (Take A Look Around) (from Laced)
01:27:08 Skrape – What You Say (from New Killer America)
01:30:28 Soulfly – Eye For An Eye (from Soulfly)
01:34:01 Systematic – Deep Colors Bleed (from Somewhere In Between)
01:38:07 Otep – Blood Pigs (from Sevas Tra)
01:42:09 Talk break
01:45:42 Korn – Ball Tongue (from Korn)
01:50:07 Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It) (from Around The Fur)
01:53:43 Limp Bizkit – Pollution (from Three Dollar Bill, Y’all)
01:57:36 Fear Factory – Resurrection (from Obsolete)
02:04:11 SlipKnot – Surfacing (from Slipknot)
02:07:49 Talk break
02:13:25 System Of A Down – Spiders (from System Of A Down)
02:17:00 Static-X – I Am (from Wisconsin Death Trip)
02:19:48 Mudvayne – Death Blooms (from L.D. 50)
02:24:40 Taproot – Smile (from Gift)
02:28:12 Flaw – Payback (from Through The Eyes)
02:32:11 Talk break


 
This is the first episode in a long time with no black metal. The only metal is some massive doom. But there’s also some wind harp drone, weirdo Japanese disco, the Inanga queen, the new solo acoustic master Yasmin Williams, and some snapshots of the civil rights movement.
 

Background music: Jack Rose – Calais To Dover (from Kensington Blues)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:52 Pantheist – Don’t Mourn (from O Solitude)
00:15:51 Yasmin Williams – After the Storm (from Urban Driftwood)
00:16:17 Indian Bottom Association – The Meaning of Singing (Spoken) (from Old Regular Baptists: Lined-Out Hymnody From Southeastern Kentucky)
00:21:24 M. Caye Castagnetto – Mi Mentira (from Leap Second)
00:25:52 Heather Leigh – Death Switch (from Glory Days)
00:28:39 Talk break
00:31:57 Hellvete – Voor Harmonium III (from Voor Harmonium)
00:32:03 Daphne Oram & Frederick Bradnum – Private Dreams And Public Nightmares (from Private Dreams And Public Nightmares)
00:51:10 Perfect Mother – Dark-Disco-Da-Da-Da-Run (from Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980–1988)
00:54:!7 The Montgomery Express – Gotta Make a Comeback (from The Montgomery Movement)
00:58:25 Sophie Nzayisenga – Story of Nyangezi (from Queen Of Inanga: Music From Rwanda)
01:06:14 Talk break
01:08:30 Gavilán Rayna Russom – A Place For Us Among The Ruins (For Alyson) (from Secret Passage)
01:09:36 Etta & Cora Baker – Jaybird March (from Black Banjo Songsters Of North Carolina And Virginia)
01:14:30 Ralph Abernathy – Ralph Abernathy speaking (from Lest We Forget, Vol. 2: Birmingham, Alabama, 1963 – Mass Meeting)
01:22:19 Cassandra Jenkins – The Ramble (from An Overview On Phenomenal Nature)
01:29:21 Talk break
01:31:33 Samothrace – A Horse of Our Own (from Reverence To Stone)
01:51:58 Sverre Larssen – Nordavinden I (from Wind Harp Recordings (1976-1977))
01:52:55 The Moving Star Hall Singers – Lay Down Body (from Been In The Storm So Long – Spirituals & Shouts, Children’s Game Songs, And Folktales)
01:56:38 Demonstrators At March – Freedom Now Chant (from Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama)
01:59:46 The Nashville Quartet – Your Dog Loves My Dog (from Sing For Freedom: The Story Of The Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs)
01:05:09 Two Gospel Keys – I Don’t Want To Go Down There – Part 2 (from Country Gospel: The Post War Years (1946-1953))
02:08:03 Talk break

funeral dance in the mountains album cover
 
Watch out. That third set with Johanna Hedva, The Besnard Lakes, and Divide And Dissolve is fuckin monstrous.
 

Background music: Dylan Golden Aycock – Scratch The Chisel (from Church Of Level Track)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:41 Eyeless In Gaza – The Protagonist (from Act I: The Protagonist)
00:22:03 Brethren Of The Free Spirit – The Wolf Also Shall Dwell With The Lamb (from The Wolf Also Shall Dwell With The Lamb)
00:30:43 Talk break
00:32:13 The Body – A Lament (from I’ve Seen All I Need To See)
00:38:10 Jon Mueller – Welcome (from Family Secret)
00:41:08 Indricothere & Geryon – One Hundred Thousand Years (from Timelined Exterior)
00:45:27 Walantaka Village, Java – Debus (from Funeral Dance In The Mountains: Rural Percussion (& Vocal) Ethnographic Recordings From Southeast Asia)
01:01:49 Jackie McDowell – Throat (from Color + Sound)
01:06:13 Talk break
01:09:27 Johanna Hedva – 2 Coins (Tears Are What God Uses To Lubricate Its Big Machine Of Nothing) (from Black Moon Lilith In Pisces In The 4th House)
01:18:32 The Besnard Lakes – Our Heads, Our Hearts On Fire Again (from The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings)
01:24:59 Divide And Dissolve – Denial (from Gas Lit)
01:32:36 Talk break
01:35:01 Of Thread & Mist – Grace And Truth Perish (from Static Hymns To No One)
01:37:05 Margaret Walker – Epitaph for My Father (from The Poetry Of Margaret Walker)
01:53:22 J.P. Nyangira – Hongo Owiti (from Bellyachers, Listen: Songs From East Africa, 1938-46)
01:56:44 Talk break