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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September 16, 2019

Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. Want to support AD? Here's how: Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media. Let's dig in. 

The Lagniappe Sessions: The Black Lips 

Prior to the release of their ninth record — the incredibly apt titled Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart — Black Lips touched down in Los Angeles for a secret show at Gold Diggers in East Hollywood. The following Lagniappe Session was cut just prior in the studio out back. Having morphed in both personnel and sound in recent years, drummer Oakley Munson runs us through the band’s cover selects— from drawing inspiration from Hank Williams to long lost VU nuggets…

Horse Lords: The Common Task 

Horse Lords have a way of infusing radical ideas with rational approaches. Over four studio albums, the Baltimore quartet has developed a sharp line of inquiry around systems that organize not only music-making but also society, philosophy, and belief. The ensemble gives the folksy appearance of a rock band–bass, drums, guitar, and saxophone–yet they regularly employ dense weaves of polyrhythms and explore mathematically derived tuning systems with modified instruments and electronic processing. 

Vinyl Me Please: The Story of Zamrock

File under: Zambia's 1970s fuzz rock scene. Over the past decade Eothen “Egon” Alapatt has made great strides unearthing large swaths of non-western music via his northeast Los Angeles label, Now Again Records. One of his many excavations was that of highlighting Zamrock. Originating in Zambia, the genre could be described as something akin to a hybrid marriage of the guitar theatrics of Hendrix and the funk of the JBs ... crossed with the east African country's own indigenous music. It's fascinating stuff, and next month sees the release of The Story of Zamrock - an eight LP collection that finds Alapatt in collaboration with Strawberry Rain Music and Vinyl Me Please. 

Told in chapters over the span of four weeks, the project aims to reinvent the box set experience. Expect: 8 remastered LPs. A video documentary. Podcast interviews with members of WITCH, Oscillations and Amanaz. Book of photos/essays.

Jimi Tenor: NY, Hel, Barca (1994-2001) 

…the Hamburg, Germany imprint Bureau B has taken up the task of solving at least a portion of the the enigmatic artist’s puzzle: their latest release, NY, Hel, Barca (1994-2001), compiles 20 favorites from 6 of Tenor’s LPs, serving as a welcome primer to the emergence of Jimi Tenor, the solo artist.

Van Morrison: One Irish Rover (1991) 

Been spending a lot of time with Van Morrison this week. immersed in his '80s discography, this excellent 1991 documentary, and Greil Marcus's great book on The Man: When That Rough God Goes Riding (2010). Marcus writes, “Van Morrison, then, is a bad-tempered, self-contradictory individual whose work is about freedom. How do you get it? What do you do with it?...How do you find it when it disappears—and what is it?”

Aquarium Drunkard Presents: KPM-Be With Records Is The Selector II

The UK based Be With records ongoing reissue campaign of essential library classics continues with two more KPM titles: Visual Impact and The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story, two more from the Themes series, and its first foray into the iconic German library institution, Coloursound with The Now Generation (Percussive Underscores).As a sequel to our 2018 mixtape, this  was once again created live in one take, using all vinyl at Be With’s Manchester HQ.

Miles Davis: Antibes, France July 1969

Five days after the first moon landing. Five days prior to the release of In a Silent Way. One month before the recording of Bitches Brew. The Miles Davis quintet at the 1969 Festival Mondial du Jazz d’Antibes, La Pinède, Juan-les-Pins.

Unearthed, Vol. 9: Long Island Sound

If you were out on Long Island from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, your best bet for adventurous and eclectic live music was My Father’s Place. The Roslyn, NY club hosted an array of genre-leading talents: prog monsters, folk rock legends, reggae icons, jazz fusioneers, punk pioneers and beyond. Lucky for us, many of these shows were broadcast over the WLIR-FM airwaves — and drawing from that deep archive, the latest Unearthed bootleg mix extravaganza cherrypicks some choice My Father’s Place performances from the club’s heyday. Download and get lost in the Long Island Sound. 

We’ve been espousing Bandcamp as one of the most artist friendly online music services since launching Tyler Wilcox’s Bandcamping series. Today, Friday, March 20th, in support of artists impacted by the mass tour cancelations required by the COVID-19 outbreak, Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share, putting more money directly into the pockets of artists hit hard by this unprecedented loss of income. 

SIRIUS 606: Brian Bennett – The Investigator ++ Alan Hawkshaw / Brian Bennett – The Manipulator ++ Talking Heads – Born Under Punches ++ Horse Lords – Against Gravity ++ Jim Tenor – Xinotepe Heat ++ Yves Jarvis – Celebration ++ David Lindup – Isolation ++ Radiohead – Daydreaming ++ WITCH – Strange Dream ++ Paul Ngozi and The Ngozi Family – I’ll Be With You ++ Ricky Banda – Away From Home ++ Amanaz – Khala My Friend ++ Singers & Players – Thing Called Love ++ Lizzy Mercier Descloux -Wawa ++ Can – All Gates Open ++ Annette Peacock – Pony ++ The Headhunters – If You’ve Got It, You’ll Get It ++ Sun Ra – We’re Living In The Space Age ++ Funkadelic – I Wanna Know If It’s Good To You ++ Mustafa Ozkent Orchestra – Burcak ++ Dorothy Ashby – The Moving Finger ++ BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Vespucci ++ Laminated Cat – Aquamarine ++ Silver Apples – Oscillations ++ Kikagaku Moyo – Green Sugar ++ David Bowie – Win ++ Jan Hammer Group – Don’t You Know ++ Ryo Kawasaki – Raisins ++ James Mason – Sweet Power of Your Embrace ++ Funk Factory – Rien Ne Va Plus ++ Spike – Kanti Dadum ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – Dancing With Pain ++ Yura Yura Teikoku – Ohayo Mada Yaro ++ Bobby Hutcherson – NTU

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