Mix: Past Vocalisms

This mix is based on a strange little digital-only album released last October by Spricht Editions, a Denmark imprint focused on “vocal oriented sound.” Here are where our unspoken words, random gargles, little tongue clicks we do when we’re irritated or bored, unintelligible howls of frustration, and hums of contentment all gather and congeal. Take care that your shoes don’t get stuck in the muck—but if they do, stay a while.

Ami Yoshida

00:00. c.haxholm – “1” from Past Vocalisms (Spricht Editions, 2019)

06:38. Graham Lambkin & Áine O’Dwyer – “One and One Is Two” from Green Ways (Erstwhile, 2018)

10:47. Lily Greenham – “Improvisation” from Lingual Music (Paradigm Discs, 2007)

12:04. Ami Yoshida – 5th untitled track from Tiger Thrush (Improvised Music from Japan, 2003)

14:26. Gil J. Wolman – “Mégapneumies” from L’Anticoncept (Alga Marghen, 1999)

16:07. Yeast Culture – “Folk Songs of the Neskowin Indians” from Dueterium: Yeast Culture Improvacoustic Series Vol. 1 (Regional Bears, 2019)

20:54. Ute Wassermann, Duncan Harrison, Dylan Nyoukis & Claus Haxholm – excerpt from side A of Dissecting an Utterance (Spricht Editions, 2019)

22:49. Katalin Ladik – “Shaman Song / Sámánének” from Phonopoetics (Alga Marghen, 2019)

24:14. Michael Barthel – excerpt from side C of Heme (Geräuschmanufaktur, 2017)

26:26. Jamison Williams – “Part One” from Silly Symphonies, Vol. 1 (Lurker Bias, 2020)

29:19. Matthew Revert – “Dear Heath” from Letters to Friends of the Late Darcy O’Meara (Round Bale Recordings, 2018)

32:24. Rodrigo Ambriz – “Despojado al fin por su propio soplo” from Una silueta se precipita en arcadas (Szara Reneta, 2018)

Mix: Free Rock

There’s not just an essential, but also an audible difference between an orchestrated, technical maelstrom and total improvisation. The former may sound chaotic or random but cannot match the complete, blissful freedom of the latter. The songs in this mix, however, lie somewhere on a spectrum between those two endpoints, tending towards spontaneous gesture without disregarding or eliminating the fragments of structure that still linger in the music. Some of them gradually fall back into a conventional meter, others remain formless and ease through fluid dynamic changes, and still others play rhythmic patterns so loosely that they often don’t appear to be rhythmic at all.

Gorge Trio

00:00. Dilute – end of “Apple” from Grape Blueprints Pour Spinach Olive Grape (54º40′ or Fight!, 2002)

02:14. Storm & Stress – “And Third and Youngest, Unnamed” from Under Thunder and Fluorescent Lights (Touch and Go, 2000)

07:22. Gorge Trio – “Roof Halves and Dewdrop Gems” from Open Mouth, O Wisp (Skin Graft, 2004)

10:41. Coptic Light – “Mix the Races” from Coptic Light (No Quarter, 2005)

18:27. Who’s Your Favorite Son, God? – “Tapestry Mouth” from Out of Body Diva (KDVS Recordings, 2006)

20:40. Sister Iodine – “Western Lei” from Helle (Textile, 2004)

23:57. Fading Tapes – “O-bon” from Radio Okinawa (Katuktu Collective, 2018)

29:09. Jackie-O Motherfucker – “Dark Falcon” from Ballads of the Revolution (Fire, 2009)

33:46. zOoOoOm – “Ablution” from Eight My Heart (Condor, 2004)

Mix: Breakdown Bonanza

Hey guys, it’s Jack from WatchMojo and today we’re counting down our picks for the HARDEST BREAKDOWNS OF ALL TIME. No real theme here folks; these tracks come from a wide variety of artists, scenes, and time periods. What they all have in common, however, is their ability to make you headbang so hard you hit your noggin on a wall or pull a muscle in your neck (both of which I have done). Enjoy.


00:00. Chamber – “Replacing Every Weakness” from Ripping / Pulling / Tearing (Pure Noise, 2019)

02:39. remorse. – “The End” from Giving Up in Life’s Torment (self-released, 2019)

06:18. Hayworth – “The Industrial Park” from I Hope the Thunder and Lightning Kill You (self-released, 2008)

07:49. Gaza – “Gristle” from I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die (Black Market Activities, 2006)

12:07. End – “Necessary Death” from From the Unforgiving Arms of God (Good Fight, 2017)

14:56. Bicycle – “Dirt Girl Grinder” from I Have Loved You With an Everlasting Love (self-released, 2016)

18:23. Roseblood – “Pure Sadism” from No One Here Gets Out Alive (self-released, 2018)

20:41. Bloodbather – “Consequence” from Pressure (self-released, 2018)

21:55. Sectioned – “Starved Lives” from Annihilated (self-released, 2018)

26:30. Oktober Skyline – “If I Were in the Chinese Army…” from That’s How Tripods Work (Doppelganger, 2004)

28:09. Architect – “Broke Dick Dog” from All Is Not Lost (Black Market Activities, 2007)

32:29. Wreck of the Minotaur – “My Sweet Annabella I’m Not Coming Home” from A Little Roy One on One (self-released, 2009)

36:12. Pupil Slicer – “Crusher” from split with Sense Offender (self-released, 2019)

38:35. Sleepsculptor – “A Transmutation” from Entry: Dispersal (self-released, 2019)

Mix: Into Winter

Today was our first biting, bitterly cold day of the forthcoming Midwest winter, so I thought it fitting to put together a mix of my favorite raw black metal. Pained shrieks, stifling atmosphere, and percussive rumble are sometimes encased within a lo-fi haze; other times they stab through with piercing, feedback-wracked squall. I’ve assembled a combination of both ends of (and anywhere in between) the spectrum.

00:00. Luminous Shadow – “A Formless Reflection” from Demo II (Midnite’s Darkness, 2017)

03:00. Graveflowers – “Handful of Dust” from The Hyacinth Garden (Path of Silence, 2017)

05:34. Nocturnal Chalice – “Possessed by Burning Hatred” from The Hidden Order (Tour De Garde, 2016)

10:12. Burier – “Disease & Deluge” from Burier (self-released, 2019)

14:02. Ythogtha – “Sunken City” from False Faith (self-released, 2007)

15:33. Yoga – “Open Sesame” from Skinwalker (Holy Mountain, 2012)

20:55. La Torture Des Ténèbres – “Descent Into Wolves’ Wound” from Choirs of Emptiness (self-released, 2016)

23:44. El-Ahrairah – “Flora” from Demo (A Terre, 2009)

27:12. Lonesummer – “I Miss You Still, Ma Bête” from Satisfaction Feels Like a Tomb (self-released, 2010)

30:00. Black Cilice – “Channeling Forgotten Energies” from Banished from Time (Iron Bonehead, 2017)

35:10. Vegas Martyrs – “A Part from the Cross” from Vancouver Missing Women (Hospital, 2010)

Mix: Noise Rock

Artists whose music resides within the well loved tradition of “noise rock,” but in this case with heavy emphasis on the “noise.” Buzzsaw guitars, torturous wails and nonsensical jabbering, lumbering rhythm sections that often aren’t concerned with much rhythm at all. What’s not to love?

The Hospitals

00:00. White Suns – “Priest in the Laboratory” from Totem (Flenser, 2014)

04:52. Dan’l Boone – “Paper Tree Alley” from Dan’l Boone (Drag City, 2014)

09:41. Horse Gives Birth to Fly – “Rubbish Drunk on the Sand” from Horse Gives Birth to Fly (self-released, 2009)

14:00. The Hospitals – “Hairdryer Peace” from Hairdryer Peace (Meds, 2009)

17:28. Staer – “I Roll With Creflo” from Staer (Discorporate, 2012)

23:51. Guttersnipe – “Ophid Spy Cramp” from Demo (self-released, 2015)

29:56. Big Neck Police – “Street” from Don’t Eat My Friends (Ramp Local, 2016)

33:55. Drunkdriver & Mattin – Side B of A List of Profound Insecurities (Badmaster, 2009)

Mix: Transmissions

Think of this one like stations on a dying shortwave radio. Static, garbled voices, jumbled beauty.

00:00. CC – “Haunted Sideband” from AM (Crooked Acres, 2017)

02:36. Thought Broadcast – “The Immaterial Eschaton” from Abduction (Chained Library, 2019)

04:40. Jack Taylor – “Somnii” from Somnii (Dinzu Artefacts, 2017)

09:35. Rolf Julius – “Fast Schwarz” from (Halb) Schwarz (Edition RZ, 2001)

11:33. Philippe Petit – “04” from Nyctalopia (Electronic Musik, 2011)

15:34. Joe Panzner – “Less Than a Feeling” from Clearing, Polluted (Copy for Your Records, 2011)

20:24. fringe limb – “victuals” from endling (self-released, 2019)

26:14. [N:Q] – “November” from November Quebec (Esquilo, 2006)

33:01. Andrea Marutti & Fausto Balbo – “Winter” from Detrimental Dialogue (Afe, 2010)

34:24. Surface of the Earth – “Shield” from Interference (Fusetron, 1997)

Mix: Female Voices in Hardcore

You probably don’t have to worry when you walk out your door. Will you be judged? Will you get comments? Will you get stares? Will you feel helpless? Will you be followed? You’ve got to walk in pairs. Don’t we have anything else to offer? You only see the surface. Your unwanted opinion is worthless, but not harmless. Our looks, our bodies, are none of your fucking business. We don’t exist for you to appraise, not a compliment, no fucking thanks. 

– Punch, “Worth More Than Your Opinion”

Closet Witch

Correction: The artist behind 964 Pinocchio, whose wonderful “I Pledge Allegiance (For Cassowary’s Honour (Yeah, right))” was previously included in this mix, has asked that the track be removed because their music does not feature female vocals. A perhaps thematically fitting reminder that despite my best efforts to recognize my own privilege I still fall back on the narcissism of assumption. My apologies.

00:00. Punch – “Worth More Than Your Opinion” from They Don’t Have to Believe (Deathwish, 2014)

01:23. Cerce – “Weary” from Cerce (Solidarity Recordings, 2012)

03:16. Fluoride – “Host” from Disentanglement (Nerve Altar, 2019)

04:47. NØ MAN – “Man + Wife” from Devils Cast Long Shadows (Quit Life, 2018)

06:00. Strafplanet – “Verlierertyp” from Freizeitstress (Contraszt, 2018)

07:29. Blind Girls – “Dormant” from Residue (Zegma Beach, 2018)

09:02. Svffer – “Walls” from Svffer 7″ (Narshardaa, 2013)

11:43. Rape Revenge – “Illusion of Property” from Paper Cage (To Live a Lie, 2012)

12:31. Vasoconstriction – “Coke” from Occupation (self-released, 2019)

14:05. The Heads Are Zeros – “VIII” from The Heads Are Zeros (self-released, 2017)

16:12. Not Your Friends – “Abort” from Constructing a Mental Breakdown (self-released, 2019)

17:15. Closet Witch – “It Doesn’t Feel Free” from Closet Witch (Halo of Flies, 2018)

18:24. Frail Hands – “Kernel Panic” from Frail Hands (Middle-Man, 2017)