Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/January 11, 2021
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Aquarium Drunkard Book Club: Chapter Two
In his 2011 book Mutants & Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal,Jeffrey J. Kripal writes: “Reality, if you will, comes to be in the space between the properly trained reader and the revealed text…Reading is mysticism.” With that in mind, welcome to the second chapter of the Aquarium Drunkard Book Club, a recurring series of reading recommendations.
Bandcamping: Winter 2021
A new year is here and there’s a world of sound to sink into over on Bandcamp. From cosmic jazz to guitar soli to JJ Cale worship, check out our recommendations, and don’t forget that Bandcamp Fridays, during which the platform waives its standard fees, are still a thing in 2021.
Straight out the UK, each of Hellebore's four issues collects "writings and essays devoted to British folk horror and the themes that inspire it: folklore, myth, history, archaeology, psychogeography, witches, and the occult." Beautifully designed and thoughtfully written—the recent Yuletide special issue especially.
Reverend Dan J. Smith: I heard the Voice of Jesus Say
As a young man, Reverend Dan J. Smith had to give up the harmonica after it, and a life in music, “led to some bad breaks in the South.” But by 1970, he was back, having lived a life and ready to sing about it, with his platter of unrestrained country-gospel-blues.
David Darling: RIP
Word making its way around the internet (and confirmed by local sources) that ECM cellist David Darling has passed away. His 1982 album Cycle is an AD favorite. Featuring Steve Kuhn on piano, Collin Walcott (sitar, tabla, percussion), Jan Garbarek (saxophones), Arild Andersen on bass and Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar, the record's 46-minute runtime and seven tracks exist in a state of flow. It’s Darling’s record, but as a leader his touch is deft, allowing the incredibly impressive ensemble to stretch out and improvise within the compositional framework. Widescreen, ambient, transcendent.
The Weather Staton: Atlantic
A taste from the forthcoming Weather Station album Ignorance, the video for “Atlantic” finds Tamara Lindeman shimmering in a suit of mirrors, stilled by both dread and beauty.
Shintaro Quintet: Evolution
Out later this month, BBE Music’s seventh installment in their archival Japanese jazz series highlights the Shintaro Quintet’s lp, Evolution–an album originally released in 1984 via the independent label Streetnoise Records. A modal affair led by bassist Shintaro Nakamura, the session was cut in New York City and comprised of a Japanese-American band featuring pianist Jeff Jenkins, trumpet player Shunzo Ohno, saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu, and drummer Fukushi Tainaka.
Channelers: Isles Beyond
Isles Beyond has a deliciously Popol Vuh-ish flavor, with gentle piano, drifting dulcimers, mystical guitars all adding up to a very beautiful, very meditative listen. Some moments get lush and pastoral, while others maintain a minimalist vibe. This is sunrise music, hopeful/healing sound for the day ahead.
Home Listening Selections by Aquarium Drunkard
We put this together for In Sheep's Clothing Hi-Fi in August, but this is most definitely a "winter music" compilation. It's January, press play.