Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/May 28, 2019
Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif. Want to support AD? Here's how: Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media. Let's dig in.
Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise (Documentary)
Space is the place — something to keep in mind during these increasingly weird times. Something our space-age prophet knew all too well. For those interested in the potent alchemy that was the brew of bandleader, philosopher, player, and poet Sun Ra, filmmaker Robert Mugge’s documentary A Joyful Noise is essential. Released in 1980, the hour-long film captures Sun Ra’s Arkestra performing in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore, along with behind the scenes footage of the players at rest, rehearsal, and in interview. Stream the film, in its entirety, now at Aquarium Drunkard.
Heat Wave (Volume 3) - A 7" Mixtape
Several years back, Los Angeles collector and dj Daniel T told us about a regular series he was starting with fellow head, Wyatt Potts. It became Heat Wave — a weekly dj night in east Hollywood focusing on (often rare) slices of international funk, soul, disco and beyond. It’s grown (a lot) and is now a second home to a global coterie of visiting DJs from the likes of S. America, Europe, and Asia. But this mixtape is different: It’s just the resident founders and they’re only spinning from their 7″ collection.
Remembering David Lynch's The Straight Story
Over at The Ringer, Adam Nayman has a beautiful look at The Straight Story, David Lynch's G-rated Disney classic, which turns 20 this year. In Old Joy, a subsequent "American road movie, a character remarks that 'sorrow is just worn-out joy'; The Straight Story inverts that equation," says Nayman in this look at Lynch's least baffling movie, which makes it maybe his most baffling movie.
Private Pressers: Warren Winter’s Band / Merry Airbrakes / Bill Bissett & th Mandan Massacre
Rescued from the underground! Check out a handful of highly recommended private press gems, recently reissued.
Bill Evans: Evans In England / Wes Montgomery: Back On Indiana Avenue
Hot on the heels of last year’s revelatory Eric Dolphy release, Resonance Records returns this spring with two essential sets of previously unheard jazz bliss, all presented with characteristic care and love.
Craig Leon: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Craig Leon on producing the Ramones/Suicide, NYC's experimental underground, synthesizers, John Fahey, and his cosmic/global parallel to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music he made with Cassell Webb, the second volume of which was recently released by RVNG INTL.
Neil Young + Stray Gators: Tuscaloosa
Intentional or not, Neil Young picked a rather poignant time to release a live album recorded in Alabama—and given his prickly history with the state (and with the South at large), Tuscaloosa feels like it’s arriving in the same way that so much of Shakey’s career has: just when we need it. Back in 1972, when he released the song “Alabama,” people were still getting used to Neil. They were still getting used to the fact that he wasn’t interested in continuing to be that twenty-one-year-old miming over an overdub of “Mr. Soul” with a smile on The Hollywood Palace. And they were still getting used to the fact that he was the type of Canadian who would have the audacity to call out the United States when it was acting horribly.
Akiko Yano: Japanese Girl
Whether producing Little Feat, or behind the boards sidewinding down Shakedown Street, Lowell George had a sound. And as sonic mojos go, no matter the project, his touch felt instinctual, immediate and, of course, funky. In 1976 George and the band hooked up with Akiko Yano to record her debut full-length, Japanese Girl, on the west coast at Hollywood Sound Studios. The flipside was laid down back in Tokyo with Haruomi Hosono, Tatsuo Hayashi and Moonriders’ Keiichi Suzuki. Damn. The reissue of Japanese Girl marks the second installment of Paris based label We Wants Sounds ongoing reissue series of Yano’s catalog, which began with Tadaima, and commences later this month with the release of 1977’s Iroha Ni Konpeitou.
Beverly Glenn-Copeland: La Vita
Our fascination with Beverly Glenn-Copeland is no secret, from the jazzy folk of his 1970 debut to his 1986 minimalist electronic masterpiece, Keyboard Fantasies. Well, Glenn continues to inspire wonder and awe. This week, ORG Music announced the forthcoming reissue of his little known, self-released 2004 long player, Primal Prayer, originally released under the moniker Phynix. It’s a dramatic and heady work, one of pure musical fusion and life-affirming imagination. Opening track “La Vita” (Italian: ‘the life’) has been on steady repeat. Operatic, percussive and spiritual all in the same breath, the late soprano Maggie Hollis sets the dramatic backdrop behind xylophone and synth pad percussion, before Glenn transports in with an impassioned sermon. He is repeating this mantra to himself, but it’s no stretch to imagine he is being altruistic in this moment of deep spirituality. It’s otherworldly; something like Johnnie Frierson’s fiery gospel fused with The Fifth Element’s diva Plavalaguna. A breathtaking performance that continues to retroactively solidify Glenn’s singular talent and vision.
More tales from the pacific rim. The Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays. Heat Wave guest for an hour on this week’s show…check out their AD mixes of 7″ records, here…
SIRIUS 566 (May 22): Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Masao Yagi – Sukeban M-2 ++ Akiko Yano – Funamachi-Uta Part 2 ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – From The Dead ++ Shuggie Otis – XL-30 ++ Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed ++ Susumu Yokota – Lapis Lazuli ++ Michael Nau – No Quit To It ++ CAVE – Beaux (AD edit) ++ Los Mirlos – El Escape ++ Füsun Önal – Neden Tuttun ++ Elimi ++ Ciclone – A Todo Vapor ++ Antena – Life Is Too Short ++ Batista Júnior – Cheira ++ Lio – Sage Comme Une Image ++ Luisa Fernandez – Loca Por Ti ++ Black Blood – Rastiferia ++ Buari – Karam Bani ++ ดิอิมพอสสิเบิล – ผมไม่วน ++ Royal Sprites – Gotta Go Home ++ Mita – Ao Vivo Com Você ++ Aneka – I Was Free ++ Viva Voz – Fugitivos De Azul ++ Barbara Sookraj – By My Side ++ Manuela Moura Guedes – Foram Cardos, Foram Crados ++ Ranking Ann – A Slice Of English Toast ++ Wayne Smith & Prince Jammy – Sleng Ting + Computerised Dub ++ Felt Kuti – Unknown Soldier (AD edit) ++ Antibalas – Dub Je Je ++ Damon Locks -The Colors That You Bring ++ Mudies All-Stars – Loran’s Dance (outro)
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