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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September 7, 2020

Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly newsletter, featuring AD stories and cultural ephemera. A reminder, we're supported directly by our patrons. Do you appreciate our weekly show on Sirius/XM, our podcastThe Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, monthly broadcast on Dublab, historical features, mixtapes, and audio/visual excursions? If you do, the best way to support AD is to contribute funds via Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media.  

Lagniappe Sessions: Dirty Projectors
Dave Longstreth’s Lagniappe Session emboldens and broadens his homage to Gilberto. Performing two tender ballads from Stan Getz and João Gilberto’s seminal self-titled album, “Corcovado” and “Para Machuchar Meu Coracao,” Longstreth sings entirely in Portuguese, accompanied by only a nylon string guitar and the warm noise of a tape machine, in tribute to a bright and brilliant man and his all-embracing musical influence. 

The Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show, Episode III
Transmitting from the hills of Glassell Park, Calif., welcome to episode three of the Aquarium Drunkard picture show. A heatwave induced half-hour programme. Feat: Talking Heads | PAINT | Brian Eno | OMNI | The B-52’s | John McKiel | Neil Young & more…

numün: voyage au soleil 
Inspired by mankind’s visit to its nearest celestial body, numün’s debut full length voyage au soleil layers stringed instruments, percussion, and ambient sound. Featuring members of SUSS and Gamelan Dharma Swara, the trio’s debut lp suggests ever farther out trips into deep space, and deep listening. 

H.C. McEntire: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
On her second solo album Eno Axis, North Carolina’s H.C. McEntire sounds at peace. With her band luxuriating in gospel, soul, and country grooves behind her, her voice hovers above the down-home mix, buoyed by contentment. Inspired by time spent sinking into domestic routines and the blooming of a new relationship, the record feels like a cool breeze in this fiery summer. “I felt really centered in my body,” she says. “I was anchored down, I was in a great spiritual place. Everything about this record felt—I don’t want to say easy—but it had an ease to it.” 

Chico Bernardes: Espelho
Introducing São Paulo’s Chico Bernardes. Over the past 12 months the Brazilian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has recorded and released multiple singles, and a self-titled full length.

Without Gorky (2011)
Feel good film this is not...but it does work doubly as an insight into the life, creative journey and challenges faced by vanguard abstract expressionist Ashile Gorky, as well as the aftermath of those left in his wake following his suicide at age 44, in 1948. Born in the Ottoman Empire prior to emigrating to America, Without Gorky traces the artist's path through the lens of his surviving family. As the documentary itself is helmed by Gorky's granddaughter (filmmaker Cosima Spender), it is imbued and infused with a level of candor and intimacy -- something akin to hovering just above an exposed nerve. Now streaming via Netflix.

How Long Gone Interviews Justin Gage
AD founder Justin Gage swings by Chris Black and Jason Stewart's Long Time Gone podcast to discuss radio, music supervision, his reading list, and running. Available wherever you get podcasts.  

Trummors: Drop Out City
Is there a scientific formula for creating the perfect country rock record? If there is, the Taos, NM duo of Anne Cunningham and David Lerner — AKA Trummors — have cracked it. Their latest LP, Drop Out City, is simultaneously earthy and high-flying, each song packed with beautiful close harmonies, fabulous Clarence White-ish guitar, burnt pedal steel and crisp rhythms. All the necessary ingredients are painstakingly blended into a unified whole, a road-trip ready masterpiece.

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
As we can't go anywhere (and no one will have us), we've doubled down on our reading the past six months, largely ingesting traveling narratives set abroad—specifically the works of Paul Theroux. Yes, he famously wrote the novel The Mosquito Coast, but Theroux is most widely known for his transformative travel writing. Witty, wry, erudite, and poetic, Theroux has carved out a unique space in the genre over the past four decades, traversing the globe multiple times over with an innate bullshit detector. We just finished 2008's Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, a book that finds the author re-tracing his steps from the 1973 four-month journey (from London through Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia) that provided the setting for his breakthrough work, 1975's The Great Railway Bazaar. Some 30+ years later, Eastern Star finds Theroux older, yet sharper than ever in his observations. To quote his late friend: by the ticket, take the ride. 

Transmissions: Eric Slick
This week on Transmissions, we’re joined by songwriter and Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick. His new album of classic pop songcraft is called Wiseacre. Best known for his work with Dr. Dog and Natalie Prass, Wiseacre was inspired by the golden-hued melodies of Harry Nilsson, Haruomi Hosono, and a general ’70s gloss. It’s a deeply personal record, one that explores contentment and domesticity, as well as unpacking no small amount of personal weirdness and trauma. 

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