About a year ago I heard about a novel about making a daily gratitude list & the positive impact it had on a woman’s life.  It sounded like a good thing to do, but I’m slow & lazy.  Here I am a year later & it seems like most people are angrier & less respectful to others & less gracious than ever – especially on social media where things have become nearly exclusively negative energy in my feed no matter how many filters I try to put on it & I would abandon it completely if it weren’t the main way of keeping in touch with friends that at this point in life I am willing to admit I may never actually see again (just a part of growing older & having a family).  So I started my hashtag #1000DaysOfGratitude & I’m hoping to broadcast some positivity out to the world.  Thanks for letting me share.

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April Fields & Luka Fisher – Ambient Sounds from Silber Records


I hope all is going well & all that’s been happening in the world the last couple of months has not too negatively impacted you.  Right now I’m feeling really upbeat after a productive week where I have gotten a few records pretty close to coming out as well as getting one out & getting some comic work done & getting to spend some time doing family things.  Just a lot of hope right now, so let me go ahead & tell you what’s been going on.

First of all our April Fields field recording series was completed with 33 artists & 53 tracks & around 7 hours of field recordings & structures built from them. Near silence, ambient walls, industrial noise, & even electro no wave – we’re very pleased with the variety on here.  Free download.  Worth noting, most of these tracks were rejected from Spotify for not actually being music.

Second is a new album from Luka Fisher.  On Just The Hits, Luka Fisher creates lofi, darkwave, experimental, world music, ambient landscapes impossible to classify; but the music of Popol Vuh, Indigo Girls, & Brian Eno may be touchstones. So get in your broken camper van, your beat up corvette, or ride the bus & feel less uniquely alone with Luka Fisher.

I can’t remember if I mentioned it before, but my wife & I are working on opening a coffee & comic shop & while we’re still working on securing a physical location I have started buying comics to have to sell & slinging some of them on Ebay.

Remora, Jon DeRosa, Jessica Bailiff, Lycia, Yellow6, Thorn1, If Thousands, & a ton of other folks appear on a compilation to help benefit the World Health Organization that you might want to check out.

In a similar vein, Azalia Snail did a single called “Stay Put Human” you may want to check out.

Coming soon is new music from Space Sweeper, Whalt Thisney, Vlor, The Undermasks, Grand Kali Ma, & Sans Fixer (Chvad SB).  Also hopefully I will get all the interviews I have for QRD proofed & finally get the new issue out.  Also I have not been updating the Silber website at all in the past several months & I’ve just been using Bandcamp to post new music & hopefully I will get that updated soon.  I’ve also not been sending out newsletters as much as I once did because of problems with my main email being blacklisted as spam, so the best way to keep up is following on Bandcamp, Twitter, or Facebook.

Stay safe & thanks for your continued interest & support.

Brian John Mitchell
PO Box 883
Sanford, NC 27331, USA

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Silber Stimulus Package



If you follow closely you may have heard there would be a Silber stimulus package.  Unlike the government, we don’t mysteriously make money for you to buy goods with; instead we mysteriously make music for you to enjoy life with.  So just reach out to me with 5 releases you are interested in getting from Bandcamp for free & I’ll send you some download codes along with a few extra to share with your friends in our small attempt to bring some small amount of hope, joy, & connection to the world.  Thanks for your interest & support & stay safe.



Brian John Mitchell


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Silber Newsletter – Droneuary, April Fields, Storytime Noir, & the Apocalypse


I hope you are doing well.  There’s a lot going on in the world with the viral/economic apocalypse & I’ll talk about that in a bit, but first I’ll give you the Silber news.

We finally finished Droneuary 2020 with it going all the way until March 31.  91 tracks & over 16 hours of music.  You can hear most of it on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/45NXvsMgDQ2c9a0rB7LK0G  (a few tracks are missing for various reasons) or it’s available for free download on Bandcamp – http://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/droneuary-2020  I know a lot of you these days don’t download at all & use the Bandcamp library feature & if you are in that group let me know & I’ll give you a free code if you agree to pass along a few free codes for your friends.

Meanwhile we started a daily free field recording series entitled April Fields.  Varying from harsh industrial noise to ambient beauty, it is quite a diverse collection.  It already looks like it will be spilling into May & people wanting to take part is a sign of success.  You can check them out for free on Bandcamp – http://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/

We do have upcoming releases from Chvad SB/Sans Fixer, Whalt Thisney, Small Life Form, Space Sweeper, Luka Fisher, Grand Kali Ma, The Undermasks, Vlor, & Phillip Polk Palmer – all of which would be out if all the time for Silber hadn’t been taken up by the daily releases.  So I apologize for the wait on those both to the artists & the fans.  I have bitten off a little more than I can chew in the past year, but I think I’m generally pleased with the results of having done these massive daily projects.

I also started this thing on YouTube where I read kids’ books as crime novels called Storytime Noir – https://tinyurl.com/storytimenoir

So on the apocalypse bit… everyone I have been personally in touch with seems fine.  I know a couple folks who seem to have gotten it, but not that have been ill enough to be hospitalized & that’s a real blessing.  Meanwhile I know a couple hundred people (including myself) who’ve been hit pretty hard by it economically.  This is not the apocalypse I was promised as a kid watching Battletruck & Dawn of the Dead & The Crazies.  No action & adventure & hope, all dread & depression & fear for the future.  Will loved ones in ill health eventually catch this & die?  Will my daughter have to wear a mask whenever leaving the house when schools & parks re-open?  What are you supposed to say to your 4-year-old child when she’s in tears because she wants to promise you’ll never die & it’s a promise you can’t make?  Will I ever play another concert?  Will the venues I used to play at regularly all close down?  Will the music & comic industries that already have been teetering on unsustainability fully collapse?  I don’t know & it all adds high anxiety to an already stressful life & makes it harder to get work done.  But there’s still hope.  I’m small enough to not have as far to fall & pick up to continue on.

Stay safe & thanks for your continued interest & support.  If you want off the newsletter mailing list, just let me know.

Brian John Mitchell

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Somewhat Relevant: Ice Cream Man #18

Ice Cream Man 18
So I don’t really read a lot of comics as they come out.  I started getting Ice Cream Man a few months ago because of Robbie on Pop Culture Philosophers toting it & it is a great book.  Each issue works by itself & most of them are suburban horror stories & they are bleak, touching, & in their own way fun.  This issue is about a man dying & losing his memories & a real gut puncher & it feels like something I would write, but without it being palatable to other readers.  So this comic came out a couple days ago & I am pretty sure I’ll still be talking about it 5 years from now.  So go into your local comic shop & when they don’t have it in stock, ask the guy behind the counter if he can order it for you.

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Somewhat Relevant – Dark Agnes

Dark Agnes

So Dark Agnes is a Robert E Howard character.  I’ve actually never read the three original stories she appears in, in part because they were published about 40 years after his death & a lot of the stuff in that era was really loosely authored by him with them being expanded fragments by various weaker authors.  But some research shows the first two stories of Dark Agnes are real Howard stories, so I’ll have to check if I have them already in any of my Howard collections.  Doing my little bit of research, the character is conjectured to be based on his girlfriend Novalyne Price, but I’m not particularly inclined to believe it & with this being a French historical piece I feel like maybe it was some kind of flipping on the head of some of the erotic French poetry he was a fan of with the story of Agnes killing her bridegroom rather than giving herself to him.  The stories are told in first person of point of view, which people want to make a big deal about but I think is a natural experiment for an author (people forget that he did various literary experiments like a Conan piece told from the point of view of a soldier serving under him or the bizarre Conan police procedural piece).  I also think these stories might be where the folks trying to push the agenda of Howard as a proto-feminist came from, but I am pretty certain that is revisionist history.

So anyway, on with the comic.  This comic isn’t for me.  There’s nothing technically wrong with it (though I don’t like the coloring of most modern comics & this suffers from that), but I feel the market is for fans of female empowering young adult fiction & the trappings of a monthly Marvel comic don’t lend themselves to that market & this just ends up not working for me.  I think it might translate better as a manga style book.  I don’t know, without the Robert E Howard connection I never would think about buying it in the first place & I haven’t been too excited by most of the Conan comics for a while so I probably should just go back to re-reading the source material & stop being frustrated anyhow.
Dark Agnes

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Somewhat Relevant: Iggy Pop – Free

Iggy Pop - Free

So I was late to the party hearing this album.  The buzz on it wasn’t nearly as big as the previous Post Pop Depression (which is excellent) & since that one was heralded as his final album I kinda figured it was & wasn’t looking out for a new one.  I think I own every CD Iggy Pop has ever officially released, so I guess you could say I am a fan.  That said, it’s all because I think the first Stooges album is so incredible (people assume I’m a Raw Power or Fun House guy, but those albums have never been super special to me) & I admit that a lot of albums aren’t solid all the way through.  That said, one album that has always stuck with me fondly has been Avenue B (I think it’s from 1999 & no one seems to have any memory of it, but maybe part of that was them choosing “Nazi Girlfriend” as the single) & I feel this is the sequel to it.  This is not Iggy trying to be 22 again or remembering his glory days.  This is Iggy as some kind of poet & lounge singer embracing his age with weird ambient structures & jazz backing him up.  It actually reminds me a lot of the band Rllrbll that I like enough that I put out several of their records.  Anyway, I’m putting a couple video links below, one to my preferred single & one song that I guess is an out take that is pretty amazing.  I hope you dig them all as much as I do.

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FCIO – Space: Punisher

Space Punisher

It’s not just me, is it?  The idea of The Punisher in outer space sounds like it could be a lot of fun.  I still think I’m right — it could be a lot of fun.  The problem is it’s not.  The art is a weird style that kinda reminds me of Alex Ross back when he did Terminator for NOW Comics & I think I prefer it to a lot of the coloring & artwork in modern comics.  This tries to cram in a lot of unnecessary cameos that just serve to interrupt the story & the big bad motivations are completely forgettable or unrevealed (I can’t even remember if they were revealed!).  Just go back & re-read the 1986 Punisher limited series instead.  The bonus book here makes no sense as an add on, but is fun & a bit of what I was hoping for.  It’s told as a conspiracy news show story debunking the existence of Galactus as a hoax from The Fantastic Four called Galactus: The Real Story & I’ve seen it in dollar bins on occasion & I’d say it’s worth a dollar.
Space Punisher

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Somewhat Relevant – Dark Knight Returns The Golden Child

Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child

So I am a fan of The Dark Knight Returns & Frank Miller & while I thought DKRIII was fine, I had no memory of it & was excited to see Miller back in this universe of the dystopian future Batman.  So I guess I’d forgotten Batman died & been replaced in DKRIII & I’m generally fine with that.  The art is by Grampa instead of Miller & it really hearkens to Miller’s Lone Wolf & Cub style & is genuinely beautiful.  But I had some big problems with this book.  The whole thing about the DKR world is it takes place 30 years or what have you in the future in an Orwellian type world & while I get that would put it in the present day, the fact is it works best in the near future & bringing it to the current day seems silly to me.  I get that it’s really popular to beat on Trump, but having Trump team-up with Joker & Darkseid seems dumb & lazy & safe.  For me DKR is about Miller experimenting & doing crazy panel design & telling dark stories that are true to the spirit of the characters & this doesn’t do that.  I’m still hopeful that this world is expanded on, but I hope this installment is ignored as a mis-step going forward.
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child

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Droneuary 2020, New Remora, & The End of the Clearance Sale


I hope all is going well for you in the new year.  As you may have already heard we are doing our Droneuary series again with a new drone piece each day by a different artist each day for as long as we can go.  Last year we had a goal of 31 & made it to 80 & this year so far we have in 57 (full list below).  They are released daily on digital streaming sites as well as the Silber Bandcamp as free downloads/pay what you like. https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/ Here’s the daily updated playlist on Spotify.  https://open.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/45NXvsMgDQ2c9a0rB7LK0G I hope you all are having as much fun with it as we are & discovering some new artists.

On a related note there’s a new art rock piece built around a music box from Remora called Variations.  You can download it for free on Bandcamp https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/variations or listen to it on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/0eTiMdyvrUCu0cLYldafLR

As you may have already heard the Silber warehouse space is getting knocked down at the end of the month & paying to move & store the CDs doesn’t make sense so we are having a ridiculous sale of 12 CDs for $6 plus shipping if you can help spread the word.  https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/merch/12-cd-warehouse-cleaning-special

Lately I’ve been listening to a massive Silber playlist on Spotify of nearly the entire catalog on random & I am really pleased by how much I still love it all.  It’s about 150 hours now – https://open.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/27NjmkRh1NqqDYIf64Fmp1

A lot more coming soon.  Thanks for your interest  & if you want to be removed from the mailing list, please just let me know.

Brian John Mitchell
PO Box 883
Sanford, NC 27331, USA

Droneuary Line-up (band, day of the year, track title)
Discord 1 Out of Reach
Bodies That Matter 2 Are We Weird Enough?
CHANGES TO blind 3 Switellsbane Ploice Vairching
Ocean in a Bottle 4 Holding Hands Falling into Saturn
Electric Bird Noise 5 live at the spiritual center for the creative and sonically inspired 3-16-19
Droneroom 6 The coyote adrift in the unfamiliar
CNSNNT 7 Space To Breathe
Llarks 8 Swim
The Gribshnobler 9 Versatile Solutions for Modern Living
Determinist? 10 live in a rented room at the rehearsal factory
Fornever 11 Hum
Subscape Annex 12 Acephalia
Tuesday Nights in Havana 13 Theme for a Tuesday (Upon Meeting Buddha in the Drag Pit)
Grand Kali Ma 14 Don’t Shortchange The Ferryman
Baptizer 15 Serotonin Reuptake
slicnaton 16 Unapologetic
Thorn1 17 Snow Covers Everything at Least Six Months in a Year
Premature Burial 18 Approach
ShieldEyesFromLight 19 Ís
This Is What I Hear When You Talk 20 A Year With A Lost Heart
Dole & Megalos 21 Durge Rising
Green Light Cameras 22 Dividing by Zero (Soundtrack #2)
Darryl Blood 23 Harborium
Doors In The Labyrinth 24 The Black Rabbit of Inlé II
Wodwo 25 Here Is Your Pasture Flecked with Pink
remst8 26 Respite v1.33
Yellow6 27 Searching for Duane
Maria Pastora 28 SALVINORIN
Nonconnah & Her Kentucky Playboys 29 Untitled Moment (For Kevin Apuzzio)
Fraticornicos 30 Realidad Paralela de Pasillos Mohosos
The Switchblade Kid 31 The Agonies of Love Destroyed Her
Robert Poss 32 Drone Against Hope
Beard Closet 33 Some Pussyfooting
X-Bax 34 Goodbye Jakarta
Jon Lodge & Shane De Leon 35 Quack Back
Gargle 36 Shuttered Windows (Original Version)
Xiu Xiu 37 Never Enuff
Heavy For The Vintage 38 Climate
Wave Assembly 39 Forgotten Outpost
The Sand Rays 40 Dromedary
Tristan Welch 41 The Clouds Are Thick And I’m Sick Of The Sun
Sound_00 + Lefterna 42 Collab 42
Philip Polk Palmer 43 When the Veil Burned
If Thousands 44 In Mind
Mykel Boyd 45 ?
80′s Horns 46 God Bless America
EVQ 47 Expansion Chamber
80 lb. Test 48 Winter Clouds in Winter Trees
Trouble Salad 49 Cavity Claw
remst8 vs CXPA 50 Mariana Trench v1.16
Eras 51 Venom Mezzanine
Zaahj 52 Glean from Which Eye
Instant Movie Combinations 53 Snow Spider Realm
Treyverb 54 Twin Velvet (Live at The Spiritual Center for the Creative and Sonically Inspired 11-29-2019)
litmus0001 55 From Cloud to Sea
Fabio Keiner 56 SilverDrone
Too Tired to Say Anything 57 The Ludic Game

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