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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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.

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

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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)

The Monks Of The Eiheiji album cover
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)