Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/November 2, 2020
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Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling
“Music is not material. Music is spiritual.” Swirling, the first studio effort from the Sun Ra Arkestra since 1999, is about more than just music. It’s part of a vast cosmic legacy of Sun Ra. Guest reviewer Brad Farberman joins us for a listen.
Bandcamping: Autumn 2020
If you’re anything like us, your hard drives are stuffed to the proverbial gills with the spoils of past Bandcamp Fridays, during which Bandcamp waives its usual fees, offering a much-needed infusion of cash to artists and labels. Clear some more digital space. The next Bandcamp Friday is Nov. 6—and we’ve got a few recent/recommended items to grab below.
Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone: In Conversation
October saw the release of two new albums by longtime collaborators Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone. On Lost and Found Pavone paints spacious and patient sets of tones for violin and viola that seem suspended in time. And on Artlessly Falling, Halvorson’s Code Girl is joined by Robert Wyatt for adventurous progressive jazz-rock. We’re pleased to offer this conversation between close friends, collaborators, and creators.
Echoes of a Natural World: Tales of the Strange & Estranged
Edited by Michael P. Daley, Echoes collects a set of discomforting and illuminating reflections on "nature"—in all its weird and absurd glory—and humankind's place in it. Featuring 19th century French essays alongside contemporary American fiction, this collection ponders what genuine interaction with nature looks like in these undeniable times.
Transmissions: Joe Wong
On his new album Nite Creatures, composer, podcaster, and journeyman Joe Wong stares down existential dread with vivid psych pop lushness and playful sonic abandon. He joins us this week on Transmissions to discuss his work as a television music composer and much more.
Bob Dylan: Pretty Good Stuff | Ep. 10
This is it! The tenth and final episode of Pretty Good Stuff: Dylan historian James Adams’ hour-long, monthly, program diving deep into the depths of all things Dwarf Music. Listen to the show below, and to explore further, support our Patreon for the individual tracks and more.
Badge Époque Ensemble: Unity (It's Up To You)
Toronto’s instrumental wrecking crew the Badge Époque Ensemble expand to eight bodies on "Unity (It’s Up To You)" with the full-time addition of sax hero Karen Ng and the boundless talents of guest vocalist James Baley. The second single from their upcoming album Self Help is liquid and libidinous, winding through six minutes of ebbing, flowing jazz-funk. It comes complete with the Ensemble’s most ambitious video project to date, a vibrantly colourful claymation acid trip that reportedly required six months of work.
The New Necessary: William Tyler on trying to move forward, personally and politically, this year.
A missive from AD confidant William Tyler on why it's time for certain persistent myths, about our country and the relationships of its peoples, to end and for new stories to be born in their place.
Scorpio Drifting: A Range and Basin Mixtape
This is Scorpio Drifting: A Range and Basin supplemental mixable for days and nights when the veil is thin. Beautiful and dread-filled songs to take you through spooky season and on through to the other side.
Cut Worms: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Bursting with melodies and completely unironic passion, Cut Worms' latest hits like a golden-hour cigarette on a fire escape, and that won’t change anytime soon. The fact that it’s one of the best records of 2020 feels irrelevant; it could have been one of the best records of 1960, given the vintage production sound created at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, and to some crate-diggers down the line, if there is still such a thing, it should be one of the best records of 2080 too.