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

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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


 
Keep an eye on Gates Of Doom, that record is year end list material. I end the episode with an interview with someone who was incarcerated for a long time and just in case I didn’t say it enough during the show, fuck the prison system and everything about it. Forgive everyone.
 

Background music: Temple Volant Spirit Ritual (from Daydream Drawings)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:50 Gates Of Doom – I, The Eagle, The Strength, The Power (from Aquileia Mater Aeterna)
00:10:26 Collapse Culture – Total Clarity (from Collapse Culture)
00:12:14 Rev. Crenshaw & congregation – I Wonder Will We Meet Again? (from Southern Journey, Volume 1: Voices From The American South)
00:20:02 Tristan Perich – Drift Multiply: Section 9 (from Drift Multiply)
00:20:40 The North Sea – Blood Exchange (from Remembering The Romance)
00:32:31 Talk break
00:35:22 More Eaze & Claire Rousay – Drunk (from If I Don’t Let Myself Be Happy Now Then When?)
00:36:23 Robbie Basho – Harakiri, Kali Style (from Song Of The Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes)
00:52:34 Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn – The Roving Cowboy / Avarguli (阿瓦尔古丽) (from Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn)
01:00:34 Duma – Kill Yourself Before They Kill You (from Duma)
01:04:22 Talk break
01:06:43 Alabama Sacred Harp Singers – Weeping Mary (from Southern Journey, Volume 9: Harp Of A Thousand Strings)
01:09:24 Respire – Lost Virtue (from Black Line)
01:15:49 Mark Fell & WIll Guthrie – Infoldings 2 (from Infoldings)
01:17:25 Robert Turman – Lower World (from Chapter Eleven)
01:18:33 Park Booyong – Shin-Gosahn Taryong (Korea) (from Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music)
01:22:24 Chimudon, Mashibato, & Togus Ziguradan – The Venerable Genghis Khan (Mongolia) (from Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music)
01:26:27 Gavino De Lunas – Cantu Pastorale (Sardinia) (from Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music)
01:30:30 Tom Clough – The Keel Row (Northumberland, United Kingdom) (from Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music)
01:34:26 Talk break
01:37:40 Laveya – Senility, Pt. Ii: End Cognition (from Thereof One Must Be Silent)
01:48:49 Ed Lewis & Prisoners – I’ll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down (from I’ll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down: Field Recordings From Alan Lomax’s “Southern Journey” 1959-1960)
01:53:46 Carlos Casas – Avesta (from Pyramid Of Skulls)
01:57:11 James Carr – Life In The Prison System (from The View From The End Of The World: Live Interviews Of Life In Prison With James Carr)
02:09:32 Talk break

I didn’t intend to make a comeback on inauguration day but here we are. First normal episode in 5 months. And because this isn’t being broadcast on a radio station, I could play all 47 minutes of the Ali Akbar Khan piece without any problems. There’s also some Harry Potter black metal, Fidel Castro alongside Phurpa, a Midwife & Amulets collaboration, and plenty more.

 

Background music: Zania Morgan – Nyx Ambrosia (from Argyropoeia)

00:00:00 Talk break
00:01:36 Mrs. Piss – To Crawl Inside (from Self-Surgery)
00:02:16 Arkheron Thodol – A Glimpse Of Woven Light (from Rituals Of The Sovereign Heart)
00:18:13 Hilary Woods – Isolation Tank 1 (from Isolation Tank)
00:19:18 TALsounds – No Restoring (from Acquiesce)
00:30:11 Kelly Lee Owens – Night (from Inner Song)
00:35:16 Talk break
00:38:17 Ali Akbar Khan – Zila Kafi (from That Which Colors The Mind)
00:41:25 Antonina Nowacka – Part 5 (from Lamunan)
00:41:49 Boron – VII (from VII)
00:52:30 Alix Lambert – Side B (from The African Toy)
01:24:18 Talk break
01:27:41 Slytherin – Forbidden Forest (from When The Darkness Comes)
01:33:42 Midwife & Amulets – Heaven (from In / Heaven)
01:43:22 Phurpa – 01(3) (from Hymns Of Gyer)
01:50:59 Fidel Castro – Part 3 (excerpt) (from The Historic Second Declaration Of Havana: Feb. 4, 1962)
01:52:21 Victoria Keddie – Vates (60.1699° N, 24.9384° E) (from Apsides)
02:05:54 Talk break

I listened to a lot of metal this year, probably the most since my teenage nu-metal era. I tried really hard to keep the list short and I tried really hard to keep a lot of big name popular stuff off the list. Clearly, I failed on both counts. One nice thing that happened without trying hard for was the inclusion of a decent amount of trans/queer and POC musicians as well as artists not from America or European countries (and even after that about half of the list is just straight white dudes). One thing I was surprised about was how hard it was for me to find doom or black metal made by Black or Asian folks. I sought out that music this year and didn’t come up with much. So please definitely share with me if you know of anything that fits the bill.

I loved a lot of records released by Sentient Ruin and Amor Fati this year (and every year). I didn’t want the list to be overrun with their releases and was so strict I ended up only including one per label. Gilead Media, on the other hand, I was not paying attention to and ended up with three spots on the list. Oops. Either way, all three of those labels released a fuckton of amazing music this year. Go buy everything they put out.

I hope you find something new on this list that hits you just right. There’s a lot of variety, from righteous & blissful black metal to impenetrably depressive funeral doom. And every record has a link to the Bandcamp page where you can listen (and a lot of them are set to pay what you can). Let me know in the comments what I missed and what some of your favorites of the year were.

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

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It’s time for the annual list of my favorite drone records. There are a few differences this time around. First, I didn’t care too much about the “too big to be on this list” thing as I’ve done in the past. I still excluded names like Basinski and Skelton as well as big names not usually in the drone field who put out excellent drone records like Yo La Tengo and Six Organs Of Admittance. The other thing is I was a bit stricter with my definition of drone, which has been pretty loose in the past. So no Midwife, no Andrew Weathers Ensemble, no Claire Rousay, etc.

This year there were a ton of artists who released way more music than usual. It was tough, but I kept it to just one release per artist. I frequently mention other records the artist put out though, just so you know there’s more good tunes to go around.

Last year, I excluded Longform Editions releases from the list because I intended to make a list just for Longform releases but I never got around to it. This year I knew my limitations and didn’t bother keeping that exclusion. There’s only two Longform releases on this list but they could have easily taken up half of the list on their own. Seriously.

Also, Editions Mego and sub-labels had a fuckin stellar year. Again, I didn’t want to overwhelm the list with EMego releases, but you definitely need to hear more from their 2020 catalog.

Let me know in the comments what I missed and what some of your favorites of the year were.

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

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Even though this show hasn’t been very active since the pandemic, I couldn’t let Halloween go by without doing a special episode. I have so much fun putting these together.

This one has field recordings of an autopsy, a rotting corpse, and an electric chair execution, as well as cult leader monologs, trance babblings, lots of deep dark ambient, and a truly memorable ending.
 

00:00:00 Stan Gilliam – Lullabies (excerpt) (from Art Of Field Recording: Volume 2)
00:00:15 Alexandros Drymonitis – Larynx 1 (from In Tongues)
00:01:27 Vincent Gallo – Was (from When)
00:03:44 Walter Ruttman – Wochende (1930) (from An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music / First A-Chronology 1921-2001)
00:08:27 Unknown artists – Okeh Crying Record (from A Better Cure: A Brief History Of The Okeh Laughing Record & Its Progeny, 1906-1946)
00:12:04 Unknown artists – “Banta” Trance Speech (1948) (from Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007)
00:12:57 No artist – Walking On Ice (from …I Listen To The Wind That Obliterates My Traces)
00:16:16 No artist – John Eldon Smith (from The Georgia Execution Tapes)
00:16:54 Unknown artists – Slit-Log Talking Drum (from African And Afro-American Drums)
00:18:12 Unknown artists – Fragment 1 (from Blind c/w Fragment)
00:22:59 Bleaching Agent – Yellow Corduroy Wall (from Feral Grind)
00:24:06 Xerophonics – Panasonic FP-7742 (ID# 7895) (from Copying Machine Music)
00:30:14 No artist – Canadian Geese (from …I Listen To The Wind That Obliterates My Traces)
00:32:48 Xela – Black Scripture (from The Illuminated)
00:33:15 Rahmi Oruc Güvenc And His Group “Tümata” – Zikir From The Rufai Tradition (1980) – (from Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007)
00:39:24 ᚾᛟᚢ II & ᚦᛟᚦ ᚷᛁᚷ – Besvärjelse II: Dekokt A Naglar, Blod Och Galla (from Alpha Ænigma)
00:52:08 Sarah Gunning – Dreadful Memories (from Come All You Coal Miners)
00:54:00 Jacob Kirkegaard – Opus Autopsia – Side C / Opus Putesco – Side H (from Opus Mors)
01:10:41 The Icarus Descent – The Melting Pot Of Raw Human Emotion (from In Tongues)
01:11:47 White/Lichens – Bael (from White/Lichens)
01:17:48 The Vomit Arsonist – Homewrecker (from Psychological Abortions)
01:26:42 Zbigniew Karkowski & Brian O’Reilly – The Difficulty Of Being (from The Difficulty Of Being)
01:27:41 Marshall Applewhite – Heaven’s Gate Initiation Tape (excerpt)
01:28:00 Pumice – Starts (from I Don’t Think The Dirt Belongs To The Grass)
01:29:20 Tucker Martine – Particle Swarm Intelligence (from Broken Hearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica From Southeast Asia)
01:42:12 Wrekmeister Harmonies – A 300 Year Old Slit Throat (from The Alone Rush)
01:52:02 Gulaggh – CNN (excerpt) (from Vorkuta)
01:58:46 Wraiths – Oriflamme II (excerpt) (from Oriflamme)

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Not much metal in this one. I highly recommend checking out Cinder Well’s album in full. Ends with 30+ minutes of absolute mayhem while Paul Giamatti reads A Scanner Darkly.
 

00:00:00 Cinder Well – Our Lady’s (from No Summer)
00:09:15 Sarah Hennies – Habitat (from Habitat)
00:13:40 Unknown musicians – トラック諸島 (from The Music Of Micronesia, The Kao-shan Tribes Of Taiwan, And Sakhalin)
00:21:27 Sunn O))) – 606Day1_LM Song6 (from 606_LM preproduction 270618)
00:27:17 Kamila Govorčin – Introversion (from Anima)
00:30:14 The Monks Of The Eiheiji – 夜坐 (from )
00:50:25 Tolerance – Voyage Au Bout De La Nuit (from Anonym)
00:52:45 Penelope Trappes – Gnostic State (from Gnostic State)
01:01:36 Konstantin Raudive – Side A (from Breakthrough (An Amazing Experiment In Electronic Communication With The Dead))
01:11:46 Windy & Carl – Song In A (Instrumental Demo, May 1995) (from Unreleased Home Recordings 1992-1995)
01:16:38 Emily A. Sprague – Mirror (from Hill, Flower, Fog)
01:25:55 Primitive Man – Menacing (from Immersion)
01:33:55 Garbage Pail Kids – Bjerg Bichaels (from Garbage Pail Kids)
01:34:38 Philip K. Dick read by Paul Giamatti – Chapter 14 (excerpt) (from A Scanner Darkly)

Kassel Jaeger Jim O’Rourke - In Cobalt Aura Sleeps album cover
 
This is a pretty heavy & dark episode with tons of collaging (there’s 4 songs going at once for part of “Blood Rite”) but ends on a light note with some simultaneous Jobin/Atkinson action and a couple 80s New Age dreams.
 

00:00:00 Vulgarite – They Will Fall (from Fear Not The Dark Nor The Sun’s Return)
00:06:30 Ellen Fullman & Theresa Wong – Blue Tunnel Fields (from The Harmonic Series)
00:06:53 Mai 12 – Turquoise, Grey, White, Black (from Relatives Schoensein)
00:07:01 Ursula K. Le Guin – The Escape (excerpt) (from The Left Hand Of Darkness)
00:18:47 Terminal Nation – Expired Utopia (from Holocene Extinction)
00:19:38 Dead Neanderthals – Blood Rite (from Blood Rite)
00:23:11 Old Tower – The Fallen One (from The Last Eidolon)
00:25:40 Fossil Aerosol Mining Project – Caatfin (from Scaath Catfish)
00:28:19 Kassel Jaeger & Jim O’Rourke – In Cobalt Aura Sleeps 2 (from In Cobalt Aura Sleeps)
00:49:32 Vile Creature – Glory! Glory! Apathy Took Helm! (from Glory! Glory! Apathy Took Helm!)
01:03:27 Enya – Water Shows The Hidden Heart (from Amarantine)
01:08:01 Hilary Woods – Through The Dark, Love (from Birthmarks)
01:13:04 Phurpa – 01(3) (from Hymns Of Gyer)
01:13:43 Various – tracks 14, 8, 4, 5, 19, 7 (from Spectra Ex Machina: A Sound Anthology Of Occult Phenomena 1920-2017 Vol.1)
01:30:46 France Jobin – Inertia (from Death Is Perfection, Everything Else Is Relative)
01:30:46 Félicia Atkinson – I Can’t Stop Thinking About It (from Everything Evaporate)
01:45:51 Mimi Izumi Kobayashi – Meditation In The Water (from Seaside Memories – Poesy Of The Island)
01:52:02 Pete Bardens – The Stargate (from Seen One Earth)

https://claricejensen.bandcamp.com/album/the-experience-of-repetition-as-death
 
Got some excellent new metal, some excellent new weird shit, new Shirley Collins (!!!), Korean religious rituals, a poem about Harriet Tubman, strange 70s spoken word stuff, an excerpt from Annie Jacobsen’s book Surprise, Kill, Vanish (which sounds especially good paired with both Christopher Elmore & Sunrot), and plenty more.
 

00:00:00 Soyuz – The Sacred War (Towards Victory) (from Red Blood, White Frost)
00:13:11 Phew – Can You Keep It Down, Please? (from Can You Keep It Down, Please?)
00:15:51 Margaret Walker – Harriet Tubman (from The Poetry of Margaret Walker)
00:23:41 Musikautomatika – Untitled 2 (from Musikautomatika)
00:31:57 Annie Jacobsen – An Assassination Capability (excerpt) (from Surprise, Kill, Vanish)
00:35:44 Christopher Elmore – James River Running Beneath Boulevard Bridge (from Two Studies For A Self-Portrait)
00:41:00 Sunrot – Aether (from Sunnata)
00:50:19 Undirheimar – Heljarrúnar (from Heljarrúnar)
00:54:24 David First – Scene 7 (from The Consummation Of Right And Wrong)
00:56:11 Shirley Collins – Sweet Greens and Blues (from Heart’s Ease)
01:07:57 Lamp Of Murmuur – A Burning Spear To The Heart Of Dawn (Part II) (from The Burning Spears Of Crimson Agony)
01:18:18 Marr’del – Maria (from Mystery Of Love)
01:30:35 Marina Rosenfeld – Two (Joy Of Fear) (from Joy Of Fear)
01:40:47 Group lead by Kim Dae Re – Che-Sok Kut (excerpt) (from Shamanistic Ceremonies Of Chindo)
01:41:43 Clarice Jensen – Day Tonight (from The Experience Of Repetition As Death)
01:53:35 Horace Sprott – Early One Morning, The Blues Come Falling Down (from Music From The South, Vol. 02: Horace Sprott, 1)

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UPDATE 2: The episode is back with the Atramentus song removed. I didn’t update the timestamps in this post so if you need to, just subtract about 23 minutes from whatever timestamp you see after Atramentus to get an approximate time.

UPDATE: I removed the whole audio file as the quickest way to remedy a takedown situation (my sincerest apologies to the band). I’ll figure something out so you can listen to the episode again soon. Sorry for the fuckup.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been as obsessed with a record as I am with Lankum’s The Livelong Day from last year. I just found out about it thanks to this Shirley Collins interview (they’re her new favorite band too). I’ve listened to nothing but that record all day every day for the past week. There’s lots of other great stuff here too but there’s a reason I bookended the episode with two tracks from The Livelong Day.
 

00:00:00 Lankum – The Dark Eyed Gypsy (from The Livelong Day)
00:07:36 Atramentus – Stygian III – Perennial Voyage (Across The Perpetual Planes Of Crying Frost & Steel-Eroding Blizzards) (from Stygian)
00:30:47 Terry Riley live in Japan, July 23, 1977 (excerpt)
00:34:18 Ruth White – The Litanies Of Satan (from Flowers Of Evil)
00:44:00 Side D (excerpt) (from WARM Radio – River On A Rampage)
00:47:20 Joanna Bruzdowicz – Homo Faber: La Solitude (from Bruzdowicz – Bogaert)
00:59:16 You Have Chocolate, No Money (Jaipur, Varanasi, Darjeeling, Arambol) (from Indian Soundscapes)
01:03:20 Budhaditya Chattopadhyay – The Well-tempered City (from The Well-tempered City – Book I)
01:20:40 Charles Kellogg – Sounds Of The Forest Pt. 2 (from The Nature Singer: His Complete Issued Recordings – February 1915 to January 1919)
01:25:20 Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin – Prelude / The Unbodied Air (from Stygian Bough Vol. 1)
01:48:53 Evicshen – Under The Stall Door (from Hair Birth)
01:56:44 Lankum – Hunting The Wren (from The Livelong Day)

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Definitely grab that Overgrow To Overthrow benefit compilation from Bindrune. All proceeds go to Black Lives Matter and Life After Hate. It has 31 tracks including Thou, Inexorum, Vukari, Obsequiae, Falls Of Rauros, Cloud Rat, Aerial Ruin, Woe, Krieg, Dawn Ray’d, Krallice, and so many more incredible artists.
 

00:00:00 Panopticon – Flag Burner Torch Bearer (from Overgrow To Overthrow)
00:10:04 Unknown artist – I Want Some Food (from Street And Gangland Rhythms, Beats And Improvisations By Six Boys In Trouble)
00:15:04 Julianna Barwick – Safe (from Healing Is A Miracle)
00:19:57 Thai Elephant Orchestra – Floating Down The Pin River (from Elephonic Rhapsodies)
00:24:41 Marcin Barski – Conversation With Father (from Wanda’s Dream)
00:26:56 Ann McMillan – Gateway Summer Sound (from Gateway Summer Sound)
00:37:58 Murdered By A Woman – ΜΔiden-ΜΘther-ĊrΘne (from Murdered By A Woman)
00:43:58 Divide And Dissolve – Black Vengance (from Basic)
00:50:01 No Home – Burning The Body (from Fucking Hell)
00:56:28 Pattie Rosemon – I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say (from Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey Of Rural Black Religious Music)
00:57:22 Aki Onda – Seoul (2010) (from Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking To Me)
01:03:11 Unknown artists – Gamelan Angklung: Margepati (from The Balinese Gamelan – Music From The Morning Of The World)
01:14:13 Ehnahre – Warriors, Columns Of Infantry, Warships (from Quatrain)
01:22:41 Nawaharjan – Umbibrautiniz (from Lokabrenna)
01:32:57 Emmalee Hunnicutt – Cirrus (from Wooden Hollow)
01:34:55 Mary Price – Dark Was The Night (from Music From The South Vol. 7 – Elder Songsters, 2)
01:39:26 Simo Lazarov – From Melody To Melody II (from The City (Electronic Music))
01:48:52 NYZ – CEZbulgan (from Old Trx (87-93))
01:55:49 Félicia Atkinson – This Is The Gate (from Everything Evaporate)

Tony Schwartz ?– An Actual Story In Sound Of A Dog's Life album cover
 
How is the “no talk breaks” thing going? Does it totally ruin the experience or are you enjoying the show just as much?

The 3 metal songs are from 3 of the best metal records this year (M.S.W. is the Hell guy, Paysage D’Hiver should be obvious, and I thought Velnias was dead because their last LP was in 2012). The AWE track is from the upcoming final AWE record. RIP. Thankfully AW will still be active on his own and elsewhere. Backxwash is some phenomenal new horrorcore that I didn’t know I needed. And I am way psyched that there’s not one but TWO new Revolutionary Army records. We’re not worthy.
 
00:00:00 M.S.W. – Obliviosus (from Obliviosus)
00:19:38 Unknown artists – Rise And Fly (from Angola Prison Spirituals)
00:25:22 Plank & Ishq – Church Of The Holy Shale (from Nine Maidens Circle)
00:28:00 Robert Pete Williams & Tom Dutson – Dig My Grave With A Silver Spade (from Angola Prison Spirituals)
00:43:25 Backxwash featuring Malldate – Into The Void (from God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It)
00:48:58 Andrew Weathers Ensemble – An Unkindness Of Ravens (from The Thousand Birds In The Earth, The Thousand Birds In The Sky)
00:54:32 Caroline McKenzie – A Thousand Butterflies (from A Thousand Butterflies)
01:00:10 Tony Schwartz – Dog’s Life, Part 2 (from An Actual Story In Sound Of A Dog’s Life)
01:10:07 Paysage D’Hiver – So Hallt Es Wider (from Im Wald)
01:28:30 Unknown artists – “ベ平連” 街を行? (1) (from 新宿広場’69)
01:29:25 Unknown artists – Ceremonial Drums (from African And Afro-American Drums)
01:34:05 Zero Kama – Winged Eye Hadit (from The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H.)
01:39:16 Velnias – Oblivion Horizon – Null Terminus (from Scion Of Aether)
01:54:24 The Revolutionary Army Of The Infant Jesus – Opening (from Nocturnes)

angel rada - upadesa album cover
 
Goddamn this world is fucked.

For countless reasons, I’ve been absent from this site and my A Thick Mist radio show. The last episode was 3 months ago to the day. Before that, it was over a month. I’ve missed A Thick Mist a lot. It’s pretty much my only creative outlet and doing a live show is kind of cathartic. I’ve tried replicating the experience from home while the university radio station is closed but have been unsuccessful. That failure lead to abandonment. Enough time has passed that I’m now making another effort and doing it with different goals in mind.

I’m rusty. Hardly experimenting here. Nothing too weird. The main difference though is there’s no talk breaks. I know that makes this less of a radio show and more like a mix. But the talk breaks were getting in the way of making an episode, so I axed em just to get something done. Here it is. I think I’ll be able to do this more consistently now.
 

00:00:00 Amy Cutler – Vigil For Örö (One Month Of Fieldtrip Sounds – Radar, Bird Calls, Bunker Bell System, Ice, Rust, Swamp) (from Örö Tape (Fieldtrips Of The Damned))
00:04:08 Pale Cocoon – Aozora No Jikken-shitsu (from Aozora No Jikken-shitsu / Secret Sounds)
00:13:59 Burning Witch – Rift.Canyon.Dreams (from Asva / Burning Witch split)
00:26:45 Angel Rada – Mar De La Tristeza (from Upadesa)
00:34:59 The Gyuto Monks – Guhyasamaja Tantra. Chapter II (from Tibetan Tantric Choir)
00:37:51 People Meowing (excerpt) (from People Meowing)
00:59:33 Midwife – C.R.F.W. (from Forever)
01:08:01 Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes – Poème Non Épique (from N°2)
01:26:35 Hellish Forms – Gazing Upon A Forgotten Shadow (Descent) (from MMXX)
01:52:18 BERU – In The Red Thickness Of Your Skin (from Forgiveness Is Supernatural)

Electric Enigma - The VLF Recordings Of Stephen P McGreevy album cover
 
This was the first at-home live broadcast I’ve ever done, so it might feel/sound a little different than the usual A Thick Mist episodes that are recorded live at WMWM. It worked out pretty ok, though, and I will definitely be doing more live shows from home, hopefully on a weekly basis. This episode aired from 8-10 (ET) on Saturday night and I’ll probably continue with that time. You can listen at mixlr.com/justinsnow

For those curious about the setup in case you also might want to try live broadcasting, I’m only using two pieces of free software: the Mixlr app for broadcasting to Mixlr and Mixxx for playing music which I basically just use to crossfade and stuff. Mixxx outputs directly to Mixlr so it’s super simple. I use an external mic but that’s not required.

Music-wise, this episode is pretty cool, with new Jeremy Bible (!!!!), the debut from Apologist, some classic Rev. Gary Davis, Aurora Borealis recordings, Indian chants, Tolowa dances, and some new killer doom out of Boston by Sea.
 

Air date: March 28, 2020

Background music: Nadi Qamar – Ode To The Shrines Of Buddha (from The Nuru Taa African Musical Idiom)

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Wolvserpent – Serpent (from Blood Seed)
Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz – Azax Attra (from Desert Equations: Azax Attra)
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Jeremy Bible – Human Savagery (from Human Savagery)
Stephen P. McGreevy – Eves River Auroral Chorus (from Electric Enigma: The VLF Recordings Of Stephen P. McGreevy)
Apologist – Haks (from Dirt Road)
Alison Knowles – Descending Clogs Event (from Frijoles Canyon)
Su Tissue – 2nd Movement (from Salon De Musique)
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Loren Bommelyn, Sam Lopez, & Walter Richards, Sr. – Ceremonial Dance (from Songs Of Love, Luck, Animals, And Magic: Music Of The Yurok And Tolowa Indians)
Nyrabakiga – Cor Corora (Long Version) (from Cor Corora)
Eleh – Overt Too (from Living Space)
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The Cult Of Brighter Death Now – Promises Of Death (from No Decency)
Sea – Penumbra (from Impermanence)
Reverend Gary Davis – Devil’s Dream (from Pure Religion & Bad Company)
Unknown artist – In Praise Of Guru Nanak (from Religious Chants From India: Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu)
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