Today in the Life

So as some of you may have noticed, I don’t post about the minutia of running Silber like I used to. In part because it has become less interesting to me & I feel in general that makes writing about it less interesting to the reader. Another main reason is the amount of negativity that seems to be surrounding pretty much everything lately & I don’t feel a need to add to the feeling of division & seclusion that marks so much of life these days. But over the past little while some stuff has been happening that I feel a need to mention. So back in November I released Baptizer’s Holy War Renewal, which is a throwback record to 1990s industrial & power electronics complete with deliberately controversial song titles & samples as you may remember from the era. During the promotion process in early December I posted about it on a local noise group & there was a comment from someone saying that Baptizer was white power noise that had no place in the community or on Silber in addition to three likes on the post. So I deleted the post. Then the guy sent me a message saying it was a hateful record as was obvious from the cover & I had a moral duty to not have it available. I sent what I thought was a pretty elegant note explaining why I didn’t believe that to be true & received no response. In the mean time I asked around to some people trying to figure out why an image of crosses 600 years old would be so vehemently met & found out it had been used by some alt-right folks recently, which I had no idea of & Jim had no idea of. Then a couple weeks later I got an email from an artist formerly associated with the label asking “is this a straight up white power record?” I said, “no” & asked if he’d listened to the record & he said “no, but I can’t see any hope for it to be anything but blatantly racist.” I gave him a list of things I thought seemed reasonable refutations to the accusation of Baptizer as a racist (working in prison to help folks get GEDs, working with minority population in ESL programs, etc.) & was told “you know as well as I do that those things don’t prove anything” shortly followed by “either Baptizer’s catalog should be removed from the label or mine.” I don’t personally like bullies or censorship, so I said if that’s what he wanted I’d take down his material. A couple of weeks passed & he wrote me that he wanted his catalog taken down, I did it that day & had the digital aggregator pull down his Silber material from Spotify, etc. last week. I told him the material was taken down & his response was he was glad I respected his wishes because hateful music has repercussions, which I thought was just speaking about karma & the big picture of life. Then yesterday he posted six posts to Twitter about “Silber/Brian” being racist & xenophobic which got a lot more traction than his average posts on Twitter do & I suppose boosted his gamification for today when he posted that he had a new release available on Bandcamp (just a coincidence I suppose?). Whatever, free speech is still a thing (even if it is only done to be personally malicious to me & my business & the community I have been trying to build with Silber for almost 25 years) & I get an attempt to gain some footing on an imaginary moral high ground to boost one’s ego. I get that there’s nothing to be done to prove against racism & that trying to would just encourage the negative behavior on his part (remember 10 years ago when it was all the rage to call me a misogynist because I did a comic with Dave Sim?). I debated whether I should mention it at all, but everyone I’ve talked to has said I should put some kind of damage control in place, so here we are. I’m glad to not be associated with a cyberbully & I’m sorry to say I was for this long & was unaware of it & I apologize for that. I was told that I should mention Baptizer’s record has performed better than those of the former artist & that I don’t believe in censoring artists on the label & that in the end no one talks about Rozz Williams, Patty Smith, or Ian MacKaye being racist though they certainly could make a case for that in the current era. Brian McKenzie of Electric Bird Noise says I should call the guy given the history & friendship we had, but I kinda feel like if the guy had any good intentions with where he was coming from & what he was doing that he would’ve called me in the first place. I tried to get in touch with some other folks that had been close to the guy & it seems a lot of people have severed ties with him in the past few years for various reasons & it just makes sense for me to bail out as well because I can’t imagine a situation where I’d feel like I could trust the guy to not try to be hurtful to me & my work again. All that said, I hope for the best for him even though I also hope to never know what the rest of his journey is & I ended up wasting the day doing my best to erase evidence of him from my digital footprint.

In other news to put things in perspective about what Silber actually is & is about, an artist called me today to tell me that he had fallen back into alcoholism & his girlfriend kicked him out & took away his keys & he couldn’t afford to go to rehab & he thought it might be in the world’s best interest if he fell asleep in a snowbank & didn’t wake up. I told him if he could make it here, he could stay here (which isn’t a great offer from 1000 miles away) & if not he should go on Priceline & find a hotel with a heated pool at an affordable rate & call me tomorrow to let me know what’s up.

So yeah, that’s my day on top of my day job & trying to be a good dad.

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Silber Newsletter | New Guitar Drones from Chvad SB

Hello,

I hope you are well, while 2017 is almost out the door, we have a release just out from Chvad SB.  This time out Chvad is doing guitar drones in the style that’s been associated with Silber from the very beginning, more info & places to stream or download listed below.

While we are always trying to get more out, we are pleased to say in the end we had 26 music releases this year (including 9 in our Christmas series), three mini-comics, & one issue of QRD.  I have every hope that next year will be even more productive & with enough interviews for an issue of QRD, a half dozen records almost ready to go, & more than a dozen comic scripts waiting to be typed up out of my notebooks — it already seems promising.

If you missed any of the music we put out in 2017, you can listen to it all on Spotify here – https://open.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/0q0IG85VcgLk3O0ISmyStH or of course you can peruse the back catalog here – http://www.silbermedia.com/catalog

Thanks for all your interest & support & helping us to not only exist, but thrive in this era where so many labels are having difficulties.  It really means a lot to both me & all the artists in the roster.

Hrt
Brian John Mitchell
www.silbermedia.com
https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia
http://twitter.com/silberspy

 

Chvad SB - Structure Chvad SB - Structure
MP3 Album 2017 | Silber 257
2 tracks, 44 minutes
$5 download
Listen on Silber | Listen on Bandcamp | Listen on Spotify

Chvad SB’s sonic experiments focus on new sounds & textures, but always with a human edge. On Structure we have densely droning stings & slide guitar for tow slabs of drone caught in an endless moment.

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Silber Christmas 2017

Hey Starz,

I hope all is well.  Still recovering in life here.  I replaced a big chunk of the kitchen floor due to busted water pipe & of course now new weak spots are developing around the rest of the kitchen floor.  It’s enough to make you feel like renting is a better deal than home ownership, but rebuilding things like that does kinda make me bond with the home in the same way that sleeping in the car & putting in 200,000 miles on tour with my beloved & deceased Escort made me bond with that car. Meanwhile, still dealing with the pre-school plague.  So still catching up, but we got nine Christmas releases ready now (more info below or go to www.silbermedia.com/christmas or on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/2vOOsPkcz99CBsMJudwAJM) & new music from Chvad SB, & maybe Space Sweeper & Small Life Form super soon & Azalia Snail in the new year.

 

2016 Christmas Bundle 2017 Christmas Bundle
Download all 8 EPs & the compilation for just $8 (Half Price!)!

For Christmas 2017 we have 8 EPs from Electric Bird Noise, Yellow6, Small Life Form/Remora/Heavy for the Vintage/Philip Polk Palmer, Nonconnah, Lullabier, Baptizer, Hyperborean Echoes, & Dusty Tears plus the Experimental Christmas double compilation. Get them all for a discounted bundle of joy.


Various Artists - Experimental Christmas Series One Part One
Various Artists - Experimental Christmas Series One Part Two
Various Artists – Experimental Christmas Series One Parts One and Two
MP3 Compilation 2017 | Silber 259
18 tracks, 73 minutes
$5 download
Listen on Bandcamp to Part One
Listen on Bandcamp to Part One

The Experimental Christmas Show is an artistic communal experience created in 2008 by Adrian Wilson as part of his Maya Presents shows & expanding as an annual mini-tour across North Carolina in 2014. It’s primarily a musical event, but has incorporated & is always open to consciousness-expanding short-plays, art shows, stand-up comedy, performance art, etc. The musical expression is usually “noise” or “experimental” in nature, but with strange open ears the event has included banjo players, kora players, accordion players, trumpeters, etc. as well as musicians who have unnamable instruments of their own creation.

: Press Release

Track Listing:
Series One Point One
Knives of Spain – Winter (Ancient Music)
Small Life Form – Old Style #7
deathstar flux – Existentialist Waltz
subterrene – haunted, ghosting
Corneius F Van Stafrin III – Manifest Clairvoyant Ecstasis
The Sound of Square Triangles – Mutation 7.1
Nonconnah – This is Anti-Music
Clang Quartet – Escape from Herod
Series One Point Two
Remora – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Spookstina – Winter Underland
Bryce Eiman – Promise & Myth
Tristan Brooks – i can’t predict the ghost of christmas past actions
bLIND iNFANCY – Waking the Living (mixdown 2)
Quilla – Sacred Field
Orphling – My Mother’s Dreams
Adrian Wilson – Trash Can Lid Lullaby
Bret Hart – Xmas on Saturn


Nonconnah - Running to the Red (merry6mas 2017) Nonconnah – Winter EP ’17
MP3 EP 2017 | Silber 255
5 tracks, 22 minutes
$1 download
Listen on Bandcamp | Listen on Spotify

Nonconnah is back with what we hope to be an ongoing annual series of Winter EPs here at Silber. Shoegaze, minimalism, & field recordings echoing through a tunnel in the ice. Can you escape before everything collapses?

: Press Release
: Digital Booklet

Track Listing:
When You Sank Into The Leaf-Strewn Earth
When The Blackbirds Formed An Inverted Cross
When Your Hands Trembled As You Watched The Barren Fields
When The Ceiling Hit The Floor As The Barn Collapsed Around You
You Said “The Snow Is Like Amnesia. I’m Forgetting Everything”


Yellow6 - Running to the Red (merry6mas 2017) Yellow6 – Running to the Red (merry6mas 2017)
MP3 Album 2017 | Silber 254
13 tracks, 77 minutes
$1 download
Listen on Bandcamp | Listen on Spotify

The 19th in the ongoing series of merry6mas releases from Yellow6 composed of material recorded during 2017 that ends the year with no other home than this collection. Nearly 20 years in, do we still need to tell you that Yellow6 is post-angst guitar driven ambient?

: Digital Booklet

Track Listing:
later that evening (running)
6 x VI
we should be building bridges not walls
lo-fi loop junky #2
full moon
The Guildford Loop
looking glass (piano)
summer rain
summer skies
torrent
the next day
when is the day
later that evening 2 (running to the red)


Hyperborean Echoes - A Yule Offering Hyperborean Echoes – A Yule Offering
MP3 EP 2017 | Silber 251
3 tracks, 19 minutes
$1 download
Listen on Bandcamp | Listen on Spotify

Mesmerizing aural memories from a land of giants.

Track Listing:
Yule Bells
The Wanderer Brings Gifts
Snowfall


Electric Bird Noise - nam wen eht fo htrib Electric Bird Noise – nam wen eht fo htrib
MP3 EP 2017 | Silber 249
1 tracks, 21 minutes
$1 download
Listen on Bandcamp | Listen on Spotify

Electric Bird Noise returns with a 21 minute journey of loop driven ambient & claustrophobic guitar exploration. Elevator music for art galleries… really creepy art galleries.

Track Listing:
nam wen eht fo htrib


Baptizer - Crisis of the Modern World Baptizer – Crisis of the Modern World
MP3 EP 2017 | Silber 252
2 tracks, 18 minutes
$1 download
Listen on BandcampListen on Spotify

Baptizer explores the unfolding of the present dark age as a prelude to the return of the King. Other than vocals by Baptizer’s six and eight year old sons, the only sound source is a 5u analog synthesizer. Droning tension for the final credits of the end of the world.

Track Listing:
Crisis of the Modern World
Prelude to the Return of the King


Lullabier - 2512 Lullabier – 2512
MP3 EP 2017 | Silber 258
4 tracks, 14 minutes
$1 download
Listen on Bandcamp

A collection of Christmas songs from Lullabier, the covers personally translated by Andrea to make them more his own.

: Digital Booklet

Track Listing:
Natale A Ceneda (feat. Faro)
Natale A Serravalle
White Dizziness (Acoustic)
With A Star (Brian John Mitchell Remix)


Dusty Tears - Dusty Christmas Dusty Tears – Dusty Christmas
MP3 EP 2017 | Silber 253
3 tracks, 10 minutes
$1 download
Listen on Bandcamp | Listen on Spotify

Dusty Tears is Jamie Smith (Danghead) & Shane de Leon (Miss Massive Snowflake). They formed in 2016 after Smith’s daughter stated that her freshly dyed hair smelled like “dusty tears”, though the two first played together in Billings, Montana in 1987. For Dusty Tears return to Silber with Dusty Christmas, Smith & de Leon record content looping Morricone soundscapes alongside Dinosaur Jr. guitar burnings. A mix of vocal, instrumental, electronic & acoustic instrumentation, strong melodic wanderings, & inspired lyrics. It’s Christmas, wipe those tears away & put your sweater on.

Track Listing:
Fat Wallet
Dream Within a Nightmare
All My Love


Various Artists - Silent Nights Various Artists – Silent Nights
MP3 EP 2017 | Silber 256
4 tracks, 14 minutes
$1 download
Listen on Bandcamp
| Listen on Spotify

Four versions of the Christmas classic “Silent Night” – electroclash, ambient, & cacophonic mashups from Heavy for the Vintage, Philip Polk Palmer, Remora, & Small Life Form.

Track Listing:
Silent Night (Heavy for the Vinage)
Silent Night (Philip Polk Palmer)
Silent Night (Remora)
Silent Night (Small Life Form)

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New Post Punk & Cinematic Soundscapes from M is We & The Corrupting Sea

Hey Starz,

I hope all is well.  Life’s been giving me a deluge of work to keep me from getting things done.  Pipe in my crawlspace sprung a leak & I had to tear out & rebuild some of my floor & now my hot water heater sprang a leak & my daughter brought home a pre-school plague to share.  So I’m behind, but should be back on track soon.  Two new releases right now & hopefully nine Christmas releases in a week or so & then new music from Chvad SB, Andrew Weathers/Shaun Sandor, & maybe Space Sweeper & Small Life Form.  I can pretend I’ll get the new QRD done before the end of the year too!

So anyway the new releases are a five in five EP of cinematic shoegaze meant for a sci-fi soundtrack from The Corrupting Sea & an album of post-punk electro-clash from M is We.  More info on them below.

For Cyber Monday I did a thing where 19 of the releases in the Silber catalog were available for free download.  I realize it is kind of BS that I exclusively promoted it through social media while I know the newsletter readers are the hardcore fans who would most appreciate them, so here you go – http://silbermedia.com/blog/index.php/silber-cyber-monday-sale/

More news soon.  Thanks for the interest & support & if you want to be added to the mailing list just let me know.

Hrt
Brian John Mitchell
www.silbermedia.com
https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia
http://twitter.com/silberspy

NEW RELEASES ON SILBER!
The Corrupting Seak - Looking to the Stars
THE CORRUPTING SEA: LOOKING TO THE STARS
Jason T. Lamoreaux of Somewherecold faces the 5in5 challenge with his project The Corrupting Sea. Five minutes of cinematic sci-fi soundscapes, who needs the movie when you can just get the soundtrack?
File Under: Ambient/Experimental/Electronica
Recommended if you like: Curved Light, The Ears on the Trees, Orange Crate Art, Touch Test
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/The_Corrupting_Sea-Looking.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/looking-to-the-stars
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/23LJRpIgEVWtD0pJwHQIIO
Download sample track “Inhabitable Planet” – http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/The_Corrupting_Sea-Looking_to_the_Stars-5-Inhabitable_Planet.mp3

m is we
M IS WE: OCEANS
M is We is back with the illustrious Michael Wood leading the band from post punk to shoegaze to darkwave. Imagine Sunny Day Real Estate forming a Christian Death tribute band & or Ride covering The Stooges & you’re in the right place.
File Under: Electroclash, Post Pop Punk
Recommended if you like: The Cure, Joy Division, Sunny Day Real Estate, Heavens, Jawbreaker, Cold Cave
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/miswe/oceans.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/oceans-2
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4Cyhg9oXkaVB8A5fRvu8vI
Download sample track “Quicksand Beach” –

 
NOVEMBER RELEASES ON SILBER:
Max Kutner - Disaffection
MAX KUTNER: DISAFFECTION FINDS ITS PURE FORM
Max Kutner came to Silber via Luka Fisher & Records Ad Nauseum, ambient guitar drone experiments is one of our hallmarks & especially when it’s about isolation & self discovery.  On Disaffection Finds Its Pure Form, Max wrote a one & a half page score but with fifteen sets of rules to navigate with an electric guitar for thirty sets of six-string interaction while remaining one unified piece.
File Under: Guitar Drone, Post Rock, Ambient
Recommended if you like: Brian Eno, Tortoise, The Durutti Column, GYBE, Electric Bird Noise
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/MaxKutner/disaffection.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/disaffection-finds-its-pure-form
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/6vpaDLdpwexJE6akY6qTEj
Download sample track “I”- http://www.silbermedia.com/MaxKutner/Max_Kutner-Disaffection_Finds_Its_Pure_Form-1.mp3

Baptizer - Holy War Renewal
BAPTIZER: HOLY WAR RENEWAL
Baptizer is noise & drone & power electronics & industrial & southern & anti-modern & Christian & intense.  We get it; it’s not for everybody.  It’s music by & for those who feel trapped in the wrong place in space & time.  A nightmare, a dream, or a world of its own.  If you can imagine Phillip K Dick & Ezra Pound & Saint Ignatius of Loyola collaborating & collaging & colliding, you won’t be far off the mark.  Enter the caverns & be saved from the modern world by the hands of Baptizer.
File Under: Noise, Power Electronics, Industrial
Recommended if you like: Genocide Organ, Green Army Fraction, Propergol, Deathkey
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/Baptizer/holywarrenewal.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/holy-war-renewal
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/1gi1TURhTkCi4pVNSD61wE
Download sample track “Deo Vindice” – http://www.silbermedia.com/Baptizer/Baptizer-Holy_War_Renewal-09-Deo_Vindice.mp3

Small Life Form - First Recordings
SMALL LIFE FORM: FIRST RECORDINGS
Small Life Form started in 1998 as seeing how sound could be shaped & manipulated on a computer using ideas inspired by the works of George Crumb & Gyorgy Ligeti. Sound experimentation with limitations forcing creativity & these are the results from before the project even had a name.
File Under: Aggressive Ambient
Recommended if you like: George Crumb, Gyorgy Ligeti, Tore Boe, Lustmord
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/smalllifeform/first-recordings.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/first-recordings
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7frcE0twpr0xuxQqlnJvrl
Download sample track “mouthed” –

 
LÜM: THE STAIRWELL SESSIONS
LÜM is a mixture of jazz, ambient, noise, drone, & chamber music & simultaneously all & none of these things.  Three stalwart members of the North Carolina noise community, Charles Wright (violin, vocals, percussion), Nathan Maxwell (viola, vocals, percussion), & J.M. Borer (harmonium, vocals, percussion) got together in 2014 & 2015 with the idea of doing ambient jazz improvisations naturally informed by their drone & noise backgrounds & the results of four recording dates is The Stairwell Sessions.  Sit back & relax & drone on.
File Under: Ambient Noise Jazz, Chamber Music
Recommended if you like: Popol Vuh, Kronos Quartet, Supersilent, Sun Ra
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/LUM/stairwell.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/stairwell-sessions
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2gVSuXr3gZzafnbsabnNsT
Download sample track “I” –
 

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Silber Cyber Monday Residual Effects & Life & M is We

Okay, so since the Cyber Monday thing had been what I would generally consider a failure, I didn’t bother to change the price points on the releases as yet (other more imminent things to do, see below) & over the course of the week there was a slow trickle of more likes & shares & the plays were up slightly, but somehow it looks it went from under 100 downloads to over 1100 downloads (could this be a glitch in Bandcamp?).  Also a half dozen people putting money in the tip jar for the releases.  I’ll call that a win.

The new M is We record came out & you can get it now on Bandcamp or listen on Spotify.  Getting it up on Silber has been hung up because of the below.

So this week there was a sudden weak spot in my kitchen floor.  A couple years ago I put in vinyl tile which is generally only recommended on cement because it will crack if there’s a mild weak spot.  So anyway I’ll pull up the piece of tile & the wood underneath is weak enough i can post my finger through, so I know I’m not going to get away with just putting a little floor leveler on it.  I pull up some of the floor & I hear running water in the crawlspace I make a big enough hole that I can stick me head down in it & I can see water spouting from a pinhole leak in a pipe.  I have a subcode crawlspace & my house has had additions put on twice (it’s a 1950s sprawling ranch) so wriggling through & finding my way to the pipe is a pain in the ass, but I do it & it’s a bigger job than I feel comfortable doing myself & I call the plumbing place that supposedly has a guy skinny enough to do the job, but he’s booked several days out.  So I go to the store & get the putty that’s supposed to be able to stop leaks like this for a few days, but it doesn’t bond to the pipe properly so the leak is still going though not at the rate it was.  The whole situation is freaking me out.  I have to cut the water on & off at the main.  Put in a couple garden hoses that I hook up with a shopvac to sump the water out.  But an unexpected hit to the wallet & it’s stressing me out way more than something this far beyond my control should.

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Silber Cyber Monday Results

Okay, so here’s the numbers story for this Cyber Monday download thing I did.

Typical day on Bandcamp for Silber is about 30 plays & a day where I send a newsletter is typically 250.  A bunch of the releases were up on Bandcamp for the first time Sunday evening, so that created a natural spike of 100 listens for that day. Total of number of plays for yesterday was 145 & in the past 6 hours we have 60, so there is perhaps some residual effect.

Total downloads was 72.  Which with 19 releases could mean as few as 4 people took part, though I like to personally believe it was closer to 20.

My social media reaction

Twitter
1 post with 5 retweets (thanks Jessica Bailiff Sweet, Sean Caldwell, Babysue, If Thousands, & Rivulets) & somehow only 1 like (hi again If Thousands!).  I admit I suck at Twitter, but with 1795 followers (which I think is less than it used to be, presumably because of people managing accounts with robots & me not being an “active user”, but I imagine also because I mainly just post stories about Silber & don’t like or retweet anything else – as I said, I suck at Twitter because I know how to use it effectively & just choose to spend my time doing other things).

Personal Facebook
1 post (via my Twitter automation) with 2 likes & 3 shares (thanks Philip & John & Dawn)
1 post to Silber group page with 3 likes & 1 share (thanks Jason)

Silber Facebook
19 posts with a total of 49 likes & 6 shares

Remora Facebook
1 post with 0 likes & 0 shares.

Small Life Form Facebook
1 post with 3 likes & 0 shares

So should I have spent the time on this project on writing press releases for the upcoming stuff?  Probably.  But I’m glad I did it, tried something new & re-invigorated my personal love of the back catalog.

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Silber Cyber Monday Sale

So first of all, I’m willing to admit this blog is virtually unread & that’s part of why it’s become less active, which in turn makes it less read; it’s a vicious circle.  About ten years ago when MySpace was hopping & it was the main platform for the blog it was getting a couple hundred readers a day & those numbers held on for a few years, but anyway I wanted to thank those of you who do read this thing by offering you first chance to grab all the Cyber Monday free downloads we have to offer on Bandcamp (you’ll still be able to get them tomorrow, you’ll just have to pay for them, something you can do today as well if you like).  3758 downloads in my bank over there right now, so it’ll be interesting to see how many downloads actually happen as I know this is the streaming era.  It is worth noting that I understand the concerns some have stated about give-aways like this devaluing Silber music, but I feel like the idea is to reinvigorate some excitement for the label from fans who have drifted into other things over the past few years.  If I remember, I’ll post my honest results about this experiment tomorrow & let you know what happened & if it was worth the 5 hours of work it took to make it happen or if I should’ve been working on press releases for bands instead.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #1
Remora – Mecha
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/mecha
This is one of our favorite Remora records. After the apocalypse guitars are in short supply, but luckily you can still make music using rusting war machines & you can also use them to resist your alien masters.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #2
Electric Bird Noise – Unleashing the Inner Robot
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/unleashing-the-inner-robot
Electric Bird Noise’s original debut album from back in 1999. Remember when post rock was a more encompassing term?

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #3
M is We – M is We
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/m-is-we
There’s something intimate & emotive about solo bedroom recordings. Especially when it’s post punk. Anthems of fire & rebirth. New M is We out in a few days!

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #4
Philip Polk Palmer – Here in the Deadlights
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/here-in-the-deadlights
Melancholy pop & shoegaze, I’m not sure how to define this record, but it does seem to capture the spirit of Savannah, especially the ghosts of Vernonburg’s infamous Colonel & Major.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #5
Hotel Hotel – Cactus Hands
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/cactus-hands
The final recording of Texas post rockers Hotel Hotel.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #6
fornever – lights
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/lights
A few years ago we switched from Christmas compilations to EPs & this darkwave one is probably the most popular in the series.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #7
Goddakk – Monument to a Ruined Age
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/monument-to-a-ruined-age
Noise, guitar experiments, & trip hop duke it out on Goddakk’s debut. New album due out soon!

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #8
Yellow6 – Closer to the Sea without Moving
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/closer-to-the-sea-without-moving
Yellow6 are as reliable as a lighthouse for putting out minimalist guitar post rock & this is an album about lighthouses.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #9
Rllrbll – Bathing Music
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/bathing-music
Art rock & jazz collide on this classic from Rllrbll from back when they were still Rollerball.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #10
if thousands – i have nothing
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/i-have-nothing-2
Haunting dronescapes & ambient blankets form If Thousands. New album coming soon!

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #11
Moodring – Cottage Mess
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/cottage-mess
Art rock jazz meditations recorded on the edge of a volcano.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #12
slicnaton – autoscopy
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/autoscopy
Meditative experimental drone influenced by classical & jazz composition backgrounds. New album coming soon.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #13
Thorn1 – The Leave of Leaves
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/the-leave-of-leaves
Siberian drone pop at its finest.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #14
Small Life Form – Voice in the Sky
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/voice-in-the-sky
A slab of drone & aggressive ambient. More music from SLF coming soon!

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #15
Magnetic Ghost – Loss Molecules
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/loss-molecules
Post punk meets post rock ready to swallow you in a snowy landscape.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #16
Vlor – a fire is meant for burning
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/a-fire-is-meant-for-burning
This album marked the rebirth of Vlor as a Silber super group including members of Remora, Rivulets, Aarktica, & Lycia.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #17
mwvm – Rotations
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/rotations
The debut album from mwvm, ambient slide guitar meditations.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #18
Kirchenkampf – Swimming Towards the Light
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/swimming-towards-the-light
An album about drowning, somewhere between a horror movie soundtrack & guided meditation.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #19
Unspeakable Forces – Butterfly Corpse
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/butterfly-corpse
Doomgazing debut from a collaboration of Remora & IANTH. One day there will be a sequel.

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Silber November 14, 2017 Newsletter

Hey Kidz,

Hope all is going well.  It’s been a little while I know, but stuff is happening.  A lot of stuff.

 

In the past couple of months we’ve released a lot of music.  Guitar drone compositions from Max Kutner, minimalist sound experiments from Small Life Form, noise drone power electronics from Baptizer, & ambient noise jazz from LÜM.  Links below to listen or download or you can hear them along with other recent releases on Spotify here – http://tinyurl.com/latestfromsilber

 

We’ve also been putting a lot of the back catalog up on Bandcamp, here are a couple that are currently free downloads:

Remora: Ambient Drones for One Guitar – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-drones-for-one-guitar 

Kobi: Outward from a Core Area of the North – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/outward-from-a-core-area-of-the-north

 

A lot of new music coming too with new stuff from M is We, Andrew Weathers/Shaun Sandor, & The Corrupting Sea in the next couple of weeks not to mention this year’s Christmas EPs from Yellow6, Electric Bird Noise, Nonconnah, Dusty Tears, Baptizer, Hyperborean Echoes, & maybe more.  It’s a scramble to get it all done for sure & we still have some music that should be ready early next year.

 

The new issue of QRD is still waiting for me to edit.  It’s embarrassing how much I let things drag on that.  I really do feel like QRD is one of the best things I do, but it’s also the thing easiest to put off because it doesn’t generate the interest it used to.  I guess there’s a similar issue with me not bothering to get the scripts I have for comics out of my notebooks & to the artists.  One day I’ll have things caught up & who knows what I’ll have in store then.  We do have some openings for unpaid intern positions if you have a few hours a month where you’re bored & looking for something to do & want to help.

 

More news soon.  Thanks for the interest & support & if you want to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.

 

Hrt

Brian John Mitchell

www.silbermedia.com

https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia

http://twitter.com/silberspy

 

NEW RELEASES ON SILBER!

Max Kutner

MAX KUTNER: DISAFFECTION FINDS ITS PURE FORM

Max Kutner came to Silber via Luka Fisher & Records Ad Nauseum, ambient guitar drone experiments is one of our hallmarks & especially when it’s about isolation & self discovery.  On Disaffection Finds Its Pure Form, Max wrote a one & a half page score but with fifteen sets of rules to navigate with an electric guitar for thirty sets of six-string interaction while remaining one unified piece.

File Under: Guitar Drone, Post Rock, Ambient

Recommended if you like: Brian Eno, Tortoise, The Durutti Column, GYBE, Electric Bird Noise

Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/MaxKutner/disaffection.shtml

Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/disaffection-finds-its-pure-form

Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/6vpaDLdpwexJE6akY6qTEj

Download sample track “I”-

 

 

Baptizer

BAPTIZER: HOLY WAR RENEWAL

Baptizer is noise & drone & power electronics & industrial & southern & anti-modern & Christian & intense.  We get it; it’s not for everybody.  It’s music by & for those who feel trapped in the wrong place in space & time.  A nightmare, a dream, or a world of its own.  If you can imagine Phillip K Dick & Ezra Pound & Saint Ignatius of Loyola collaborating & collaging & colliding, you won’t be far off the mark.  Enter the caverns & be saved from the modern world by the hands of Baptizer.

File Under: Noise, Power Electronics, Industrial

Recommended if you like: Genocide Organ, Green Army Fraction, Propergol, Deathkey

Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/Baptizer/holywarrenewal.shtml

Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/holy-war-renewal

Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/1gi1TURhTkCi4pVNSD61wE

Download sample track “Deo Vindice” –

 

 

SLF

SMALL LIFE FORM: FIRST RECORDINGS

Small Life Form started in 1998 as seeing how sound could be shaped & manipulated on a computer using ideas inspired by the works of George Crumb & Gyorgy Ligeti. Sound experimentation with limitations forcing creativity & these are the results from before the project even had a name.

File Under: Aggressive Ambient

Recommended if you like: George Crumb, Gyorgy Ligeti, Tore Boe, Lustmord

Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/smalllifeform/first-recordings.shtml

Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/first-recordings

Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7frcE0twpr0xuxQqlnJvrl

Download sample track “mouthed” –

 

 

LUM

LÜM: THE STAIRWELL SESSIONS

LÜM is a mixture of jazz, ambient, noise, drone, & chamber music & simultaneously all & none of these things.  Three stalwart members of the North Carolina noise community, Charles Wright (violin, vocals, percussion), Nathan Maxwell (viola, vocals, percussion), & J.M. Borer (harmonium, vocals, percussion) got together in 2014 & 2015 with the idea of doing ambient jazz improvisations naturally informed by their drone & noise backgrounds & the results of four recording dates is The Stairwell Sessions.  Sit back & relax & drone on.

File Under: Ambient Noise Jazz, Chamber Music

Recommended if you like: Popol Vuh, Kronos Quartet, Supersilent, Sun Ra

Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/LUM/stairwell.shtml

Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/stairwell-sessions

Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2gVSuXr3gZzafnbsabnNsT

Download sample track “I” –

 

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Silber Newsletter August 30, 2017

Hey Kidz,

Hope all is going well.  A lot going on here at Silber Headquarters.  Music, QRD, movies, comics, it’s all happening at once.

We just released two new shoegaze oriented releases.  First we have an installment in our 5in5 series from Poland’s Fullness Off Lack & it leans more towards the post rock & drone side of the genre.  Then we have the first full-length album from Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Forest & it lends itself towards both the post punk & jangle pop ends of shoegaze.  Links below to listen or download or you can hear them along with other recent releases on Spotify here – http://tinyurl.com/latestfromsilber

Our good buddy Joe Badon has been working on a film called The God In My Ear for a little while now & when it comes out the odds of you hearing some Small Life Form audio sculptures in it are pretty good if you pay attention.  Will let you know more about the film as it gets ready for release.

I recently got invited to take part in a project done by my friend Jeremiah Paddock where he sends a microcassette recorder in the mail to me to record whatever I want.  I like the idea of it bringing a return to immediacy & fun to music.  Hopefully I’ll have more info on that in a few weeks.

There’s a lot more new music coming soon from Max Kutner, Chvad SB, Small Life Form, The Corrupting Sea, Andrew Weathers/Shaun Sandor, Petri Dish, & a few compilations.  Pretty excited to feel like I’m at a place where a lot of the releases that have been kinda waiting in the wings to come out will be out soon. 

The new issue of QRD is shaping up to be a bit of a behemoth with interviews in the guitarist, tour musician, comic shop owner, label owner, & cartoonist series.  Hoping to get it ready in a week or two.  I’m hoping to move back into some of my catching up interviews with folks in the next issue or two.

A few of my comics made the nod for SPACE prize nominations (REH: Another Life #1, REH: Me & Bob, Daughter of Brothers & Daughters), which is always nice.  I have a bunch of scripts in my little notebooks & I’m going to do a slightly larger than my normal size comic of vignettes about small town life collaborating with Jason Young & Nate McDonough hopefully for next spring.

More news soon.  Thanks for the interest & support & if you want to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.

Hrt
Brian John Mitchell
www.silbermedia.com
https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia
http://twitter.com/silberspy

Fullness Off Lack - Shitty Heavens
FULLNESS OFF LACK: SHITTY HEAVENS
Based in Warsaw, Poland Fullness Off Lack is a solo project of Mat Gut.  The original concept of FOL was to make music that felt like a full shoegaze/post rock band despite the limitation of a single member, but now things have shifted to more ambient sides of the genre, leaning towards drones & soundscapes, which is how things land on Shitty Heavens.  Vocals as a texture with words indecipherable, so the listener can make their own lyrics based on their own life experiences of rebellion & struggles & victory.
File Under: Shoegaze, Post Rock, Ambient
Recommended if you like: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, Nothing
Listen or buy on Silber –
http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/Fullness_Off_Lack-Shitty_Heavens.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/shitty-heavens
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7LE9yPFSHsoKOFpDkcnHqZ

Ocean Forest
OCEAN FOREST: OCEAN FOREST
Three Myrtle Beach natives come together with pop hooks, complex harmonies, & a sound equal parts 1960s, 1990s, & today. From accessible psych pop to urgent post punk to classic shoegaze, all while carving out their own musical world of janglegaze as they slip into the sun. Recorded by Brian McKenzie of Electric Bird Noise.
File Under: Psych Rock, Indie, Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Surf Rock
Recommended if you like: Tame Impala, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, Joy Division
Listen or buy on Silber –
http://www.silbermedia.com/oceanforest/oceanforest.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/ocean-forest
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7evZtj6NASqAGcY61RzQdx

JUNE RELEASES ON SILBER:

Dusty Tears
DUSTY TEARS: INTERNET HITS
Shane de Leon (Miss Massive Snowflake) is back to Silber with his long time friend Jamie Smith (Danghead) & together they are Dusty Tears.  Recorded by Smith when de Leon was on a tour stop for Miss Massive Snowflake, Internet Hits really captures one of the great things the 5 in 5 series can do.  You have an afternoon of downtime as a musician on tour?  Hang out with a pal & make something.  Part punk, part lo-fi pop, & part experimental streams of consciousness, this pretty much captures how a mind works after long drives, sleeping in the van, & living the rock & roll daydream.
File Under: Lo-Fi Pop, Streams of Consciousness, Road Life
Recommended if you like: Rllrbll, Miss Massive Snowflake, Danghead, Beck
Listen or buy on Silber –
http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/DustyTears-InternetHits.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/Internet-Hits
Listen on Spotify –
https://play.spotify.com/album/3yqgbopfh9DcoZ25LMGLHT

EBN The Moonflower
ELECTRIC BIRD NOISE: THE MOONFLOWER
The Moonflower is a murder mystery play by creative powerhouse Philip James Fox (Wicked Gift, Gratisphere) & the Electric Bird Noise soundtrack is essentially a greatest hits collection covering the past seven years of the band. Nearly every musical side of Electric Bird Noise is represented, from discordant ambient jazz structures to synth pop to ambient drone to darkwave to electro. Sit back & solve a murder mystery or how all of these songs come from the same project.
File Under: Ambient Jazz, Drone, Darkwave, Soundtracks
Recommended if you like: Music for art gallery elevators
Listen or buy on Silber –
http://www.silbermedia.com/ebn/the-moonflower.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/the-moonflower
Listen on Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/7KswoLDBkx17Apx2ykrYrX

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All These Things

Lately for me life is hard & good.  Too much work to do & not enough time is frustrating, but at least it keeps me from falling in with my demons.  Sometimes I see friends with the same demons in a place in life where they are sinking & usually I don’t have the strength to pull them out & keep them from drowning for fear of drowning myself.  I think because my life seems in a good & stable place (married with a kid & all that) people assume that it’s easier to not hear something calling you to destroy yourself.  It’s there every single day for me.  Lately I’ve been writing comic scripts about it that I don’t even send to the guy who says he would love to draw any comic I write, just leave them in my memo pad & eventually put it with the other 9 memo pads of things I’ve never bothered to bring to fruition.  It’s all good.  Once it’s on the paper it all bugs me a little less & I’m a little more able to appreciate the sun shining & that there are people in the world that think it’s a better place for me being in it.

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