Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September 3, 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.
Transmissions: Lower Dens/Rain Phoenix
Welcome to a late summer edition of the Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions podcast. On this episode, we’ve got two talks taped at AD HQ in Los Angeles. Up first, Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter. On September 6th, Lower Dens releases its fourth LP The Competition. The conversation reflected on Hunter’s solo beginnings, the formation of Lower Dens and the project’s subsequent sonic evolution over the past ten years. Also discussed were the intervening years between 2015’s Escape From Evil, Hunter’s experience with gender dysphoria, and coming out the other side. And on side B: Rain Phoenix, musician, actress, and host of the LaunchLeft podcast, which returns for its second season soon. Rain founded Aleka’s Attic in the late ‘80s with her late brother River Phoenix, and has recorded as paper cranes and with the “galactic country” band Venus and the Moon. On October 31st—the same day River passed away in 1993—she releases her debut solo album, River.
Weeping Bong Band: II
A loose-knit Western Mass/Upstate NY psych supergroup featuring members of Wet Tuna, Tower Recordings, Pigeons, Viewer, and Crystalline Roses, Weeping Bong Band transports listeners to some extremely spacious zones on their second lp.
David Sylvian: Orpheus (live 1988)
A bewitching live cut of this Secrets of the Beehive-era song. Mark Isham on trumpet. "I wrestle with an outlook on life/That shifts between darkness and shadowy light."
WOW: Come La Notte
In recent years, Maple Death Records has emerged as a vital cross-continental conduit. While splitting their time between the European cities of London and Bologna, the label’s roster of North American releases includes Cindy Lee’s spectral girl-group pop, Slaylor Moon’s cyborgian gristleisms, the woozy folk of Krano, and Jack Name’s shadow songs. The imprint’s latest offering from Italian experimental duo WOW combines many of the label’s sonic fixations. Exploring the shadowy space between Rebekah Del Rio’s Lynch-evoking nightclubs and Broadcast’s soundtrack for the haunted film within a film of Berberian Sound Studio, they bridge music scenes once again with a swooning saxophone cameo from Kyle Knapp of Toronto’s Deliluh.
Gospel Jubilee Vol. 3
Another soul-cleansing vinyl set from the folks that bring you the Gospel Jubilee every Sunday on Nashville’s Acme Radio. This volume features youth choirs, radio ensembles, organ maestros, local, regional and national stars…plus in-the-red vocals, a flute solo (!), heavenly harmonies, faint-inducing falsetto, sanctifying grooves and some of the best drum sounds you will ever hear. Selected from records rare and everywhere. Because the price tag shouldn’t be the thing that moves you.
Hello, Mr. Soul: Neil Young Covers 1967-1978
Dig into this — a wide array of Neil covers from his first decade or so in action. There’s folk-rock, funk rock, country rock, yacht rock, pop rock — all kinds of rock. And plenty of other stuff, too. New perspectives on old favorites. Say hello to Mr. Soul.
The New Yorker: The Book of Prince
What might have Prince's autobiography have read like, had the late musical genius had the chance to write it? Dan Piepenbring has some insights: "The book would have to surprise people—provoke them, motivate them. It would become a form of cultural currency. 'I want something that’s passed around from friend to friend, like—do you know Waking Life?' he said, referring to Richard Linklater’s surreal 2001 movie. I said that I did. 'You don’t show that to all your friends, just the ones who can hang.' Books like Miles Davis’s autobiography or John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me were natural touchstones, he thought." Read on and imagine with us.
Modern Nature: A Soundtrack/Score Companion
Constant readers will no doubt recognize the name Jack Cooper, whose former project (Ultimate Painting) remains an in-house favorite. Following a stripped back solo venture, 2017’s Sandgrown, Cooper returns with a group proper – Modern Nature – who have just released their debut full-length, How To Live. While anchored by Cooper, the record’s grooves find a formidable cast of players exploring myriad veins of Kosmische Musik, British folk traditions and beyond – all underpinned by oblique sense of atmospheric otherness.
A cinephile, for this installment of Diversions, we asked Cooper to dig into some of his favorite soundtracks and scores. True to form, Cooper’s selections are both as eclectic and genre-bending as his own work...
Lagniappe Sessions: William Tyler
Now available wherever you stream sounds (Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, etc): William Tyler's most recent Lagniappe Session, featuring covers of Fleetwood Mac and Yo La Tengo, and interpretations of Dvořák and Handel. And as always, you can listen at AD proper.
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SIRIUS 579: W-X – Intro ++ BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Vespucci ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – Mask On Mask ++ The Makers – Don’t Challenge Me ++ Peter Gabriel – We Do What We’re Told ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – In A Phantom Mood ++ Ramases – Dying Swan Year 2000 ++ Jeff Phelps – Excerpts From Autumn ++ Starship Commander Woo Woo – Master Ship ++ Ty Segall – Squealer Two ++ David Bowie – Future Legend > Candidate (Intimacy Mix) ++ Faust – It’s A Bit Of A Pain ++ Joni Mitchell – The Jungle Line ++ White Fence – Trouble Is Trouble Never Seen ++ Jack Name – New Guitars ++ David Bowie – Sons of the Silent Age ++ Talking Heads/Brian Eno – Double Groove (Unfinished Take) ++ Wire – Used To ++ Ty Segall – Music For A Film ++ Faust – Krautrock ++ The Rabble – Intro ++ Blossom Dearie – That’s Just The Way I Want To Be ++ T. Rex – Ride My Wheels ++ Sun Ra – We’re Living In The Space Age ++ T. Rex – Chrome Sitar ++ David Bowie – TVC 15 ++ Gary Numan – Films ++ Deerhunter – Ad Astra ++ Talking Heads – Warning Sign (’77 demo version) ++ Kindness – Swinging Party ++ 6ix – I’m Just Like You ++ Guitar Red – Disco From A Space Show ++ The Chills – Pink Frost ++ Pylon – Cool ++ Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky ++ Yura Yura Teikoku — Ohayo Mada Yaro