A Thick Mist

A Thick Mist

A live vinyl radio show that airs weekly on 91.7 FM WMWM Salem featuring an eclectic mix of experimental sounds, worldly folk, extreme metal, old Americana, and non-music strangeness.

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June 28, 2022 108 min


 
When I feel helpless in the face of insurmountable problems (like when non-elected appointed-for-life bigots force their opinions on over 300 million people), I usually turn to music. This episode is about women being powerful, women being assaulted, women being outspoken, and women being silenced. There’s Matriarkathum raging about mutilating dicks, there’s Dolly lamenting the glass ceiling, there’s Rainbow Star calling out fak...

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All of these songs came out this year. Most of this is non-traditional black metal. The rest is other non-traditional metal that can barely even contain that wide genre.

00:00:00 RLYR – Head Womb (from RLYR)
In case I haven’t made it abundantly clear in the past, RLYR is the absolute fucking best. Each of their previous two records have been all time favorites for me. This new self-titled one on Gilead Media is no different. Tre...

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I started out making a holy music episode. But when I was gathering records, I ended up having over 150 jams that I needed to play. Somewhere about an hour into pulling, I realized that this would end up being at least a two part episode, maybe even a series, so I just kept looking, trying to uncover every bit holy music music I could find in my library (this is where my extensive genre tagging comes in handy). Also, I’m pretty ...

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April 24, 2022 128 min


 
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 gr...

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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 s...

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April 11, 2022 136 min


 
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...

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April 3, 2022 133 min


 
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...

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September 13, 2021 122 min


 
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 ...

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August 30, 2021 123 min


 
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
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July 12, 2021 136 min


 
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 Sound...

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March 12, 2021 155 min


 

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.

 

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March 4, 2021 130 min


 
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...

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February 5, 2021 118 min


 
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...

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January 28, 2021 130 min


 
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 Powe...

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January 20, 2021 127 min

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 Argyro...

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