Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/August 27, 2018
Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard's bi-monthly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera, presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif.
Industrial Estate Blues: A Gwenifer Raymond Mixtape
On her debut lp You Never Were Much Of A Dancer, guitarist Gwenifer Raymond emerges as a new voice in the American Primitive lineage. Though it may not be immediately apparent, Raymond spent her teenage years playing in punk bands, and there exists for her a psychic connection between ancient blues and three-chord ragers. In her mixtape of ole time numbers and punk classics, a raw, unifying spirit emerges. Raymond, in her own words, explains:
Early American blues and mountain music and punk are separated by many of the most rapidly changing decades of human history...There’s a DIY ethos to all of the songs on this playlist; people picking up instruments and putting to tune what they were feeling at the time; whatever was important to them and on their mind, or even just joyful sonic explosions that would not be contained. They take songwriting as an everyday part of life, and not something to be mythologized.
Mondo Hollywood (A Documentary) 1967
The definitive underground celluloid guide to late sixties Los Angeles. Directed by Robert Carl Cohen, and shot between 1966-67, this incredibly non-linear doc is a series of vignettes soundtracked by the Mugwumps and Davy Allen and the Arrows. Stream it before it’s taken down.
Speaking of Hollywood, check this out. Journalist August Brown tours Gold Diggers, bar, boutique hotel, and recording studios for the Los Angeles Times. AD's own Justin Gage serves as a partner and musical director for the campus -- part of which entails creating exclusive, vinyl-only, Aquarium Drunkard mixes...available gratis when you stay the night. Dig the vibe.
The Los Angeles Times On Gold Diggers
A late summer blur of Pynchionian mystery, slacker charm, and golden SoCal haze, Lodge 49 on AMC has emerged as one of 2018's most resonant new TV series. Come for the down and out beach bum vibes, stay for the occasional bouts of alchemical transcendence.
Our weekly two-hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can now be heard every Wednesday at 7pm PST with encore broadcasts on-demand via the SIRIUS/XM app.
SIRIUS 533: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Billy Nicholls – It Brings Me Down ++ The Superimposers w/ Andrew Gold – The Beach ++ Cornelius – Fantasma ++ The Morning Benders – Sleeping In ++ The High Llamas – The Goat ++ The Ruby Suns – Remember ++ Baby Lemonade – Ocean Blue ++ Besnard Lakes – Specter ++ The Apples In Stereo – Morning Breaks (And Roosters Complain) ++ Dukes of The Stratosphear – Pale And Precious ++ Psychic Temple – Isabella Ocean Blue ++ Arthur Russell – “Instrumentals” Volume 1, Part 4 ++ Maston – Swans ++ Todd Rundgren – There Are No Words (w/ Brian Wilson 1976 Interview) ++ The Allah-Las – Autumn Dawn (excerpt) ++ Harmony Grass – I’ve Seen To Dream ++ The Flowerpot Men – Let’s Go To San Francisco ++ Panda Bear – You Can Count On Me ++ The Beach Boys – Our Prayer ++ Roy Wood – Why Does A Pretty Girl Sing Those Sad Songs ++ Brian Wilson – Smog High Rant (interview w/ High Llamas backing bed) ++ Hollow Hand – A World Outside ++ The Jackettes – Places ++ White Fence – Growing Faith ++ Gryningen – Frun Andra Till Strnnderna ++ Domenique Dumont -Le Château de Corail ++ Flamingods – Majestic Fruit ++ Night Shop – The One I Love ++ Julian Gasc – Mandrax ++ Charlotte Gainsbourg – Le Chat Du Café Des Artistes ++ Marc Bolan – Telegram Sam ++ Jack Name – New Guitars > Pure Terror ++ Carsten Meinert Kvartet – One For Alice ++ Brigitte Fontaine And The Art Ensemble of Chicago – Tanka 2 ++ Don Cherry – Marimba Goddess of Music ++ Gonzales – Gogol ++ Joni Mitchell – Harlem In Havana ++ Dustin O’Halloran – Opus #12 ++ Gonzales – DOT ++ Mikael Tariverdiev – Summer Blues ++ Glenn Mercer – Twenty Nine Palms