Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September 14, 2020
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Toots Hibbert, December 8, 1942–September 11, 2020
Armed with a voice laden with soul power a la Otis Redding, Toots Hibbert was responsible for defining reggae as it morphed out of ska and rocksteady—his Maytals' hit "Do the Reggay" from 1968 even gave the genre its name. From "Pressure Drop" and "54-46 That's My Number" to the recently released scorcher Got To Be Tough, Toots was an absolute master of his form.
Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on Dublab
This Sunday, September 20, Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard returns to the airwaves of Dublab. For this month's presentation, we're digging into the Lagniappe archives in celebration of our newly released compilation with ORG Music, The Lagniappe Sessions Vol. 2, available wherever fine records are sold. Tune in from 4 PM PT to 8 PM for this special feature plus RFAD favorites including Jason P. Woodbury's Range and Basin, Tyler Wilcox's Doom and Gloom from the Tomb, and Marty Sartini Garner's Personal Sky.
Benny Yurco: You Are My Dreams
The strange and alluring sonic world of Burlington, Vermont’s Benny Yurco comes to life on his sophomore long player, You Are My Dreams, released last month via People in a Position to Know. Having gigged regularly as rhythm guitarist for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, this is Yurco’s first solo output in almost a decade. Dranged and dubbed out bedroom cantina vibes…
Hilma af Klint: Beyond the Visible
Via It's Nice That, a look at Beyond the Visible, the "first feature-length documentary about the pioneering abstract painter explores her visionary practice and 'mystical' view of the world."
Ty Segall: Segall Smeagol
Ty Segall is an inspired interpreter. With a previous collection of T. Rex covers and a deep-fried take on Hot Chocolate’s “Every 1’s a Winner” under his belt, he reaches a high noon stand down on this new six-track quarantine collection of covers culled from Harry Nilsson’s 1971 lp, Nilsson Schmilsson. The source material jittery and depraved as it already is, Segall twists it further inward, practically taking a trip to the Overlook Hotel on wholly villainous rides at “Coconut,” “Gotta Get Up,” “Early in the Morning,” and the like. Dripped in psychedelic sludge, sometimes you’ve just got to fight crazy with crazy.
Eddie Chacon: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Soul singer Eddie Chacon has spent years navigating the music industry. But on Pleasure, Joy and Happiness, his new album with John Carroll Kirby, Chacon sounds reborn as a cosmic R&B mystic. Here, he shares a playlist of some of the songs that inspired the lp and walks us along the many creative paths that led him here.
What Had Happened Was: Prince Paul x Open Mike Eagle
Ever wonder why De La Soul and Prince Paul stopped working together after three mind-blowing albums? Or how they even met and helped usher in The D.A.I.S.Y. Age? Open Mike Eagle sits down with the legendary Sucker Duck himself as he goes deep into the stories behind the many groundbreaking hip-hop albums and musicians he has worked with – from Stetsasonic to Gravediggaz to Handsome Boy Modeling School to yucking it up and winning a Grammy with Chris Rock—twelve hours of interviews that could of easily been twice as long and just as entertaining!
Jack Nitzsche: S/T
Known for his soundtracks and classic string arrangements with Phil Spector, Neil Young, and the Stones, Jack Nitzsche’s singer-songwriter side is a bit less well-known, but it gets its due on Mapache Records’ reissue of his self-titled LP. Recorded in 1974. it’s making its vinyl debut here—and it sounds absolutely great, an oddball orchestral pop extravaganza that calls to mind Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and other similarly styled West Coast weirdos.
Rayborn Live Archive: Volume Five
The fifth volume of live recordings from taper Cory Rayborn for Aquarium Drunkard. Featuring Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Mary Lattimore, Jack Rose, Daniel Bachman, Silkworm y mas…
Transmissions: Chris Forsyth
Our guest this week is Chris Forsyth, guitarist, bandleader, composer, and DIY lifer. His studio albums evoke the punk psychedelia of Television, balancing ‘70s rock grooves the loose, exploratory feel of the Dead. But as good as his studio LPs are, it might be live recordings that best showcase his sound. His latest is called First Flight. On it, he’s joined by guitarist Dave Harrington, drummer Ryan Jewell, and bassist Spencer Zahn on stage at Nublu in New York City in the "before" times.