Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September 21, 2020
Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly newsletter, featuring AD stories and cultural ephemera. A reminder, we're supported directly by our patrons. Do you appreciate our weekly show on Sirius/XM, our podcast, The Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, monthly broadcast on Dublab, historical features, mixtapes, and audio/visual excursions? If you do, the best way to support AD is to contribute funds via Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Austin McCutchen
For his first ever Lagniappe Session, Liberty Hair Farm-based Austin McCutchen decided he’d look towards the sky. Recorded in quarantine and produced by Dan Horne, McCutchen’s takes on Jim Sullivan’s “UFO” (ft. Horne) and J.J. Cale’s “Cajun Moon” (featuring the Western Stars) offer us all a little respite from a weary world.
Transmissions: Swamp Dogg
Our guest on the latest episode of our weekly talk show Transmissions is Jerry Williams Jr., but if you know your musical cult heroes, you probably know him by the name Swamp Dogg. Since the early ’50s, he’s lived as a true record man—writing songs, producing artists, self-releasing music, and putting out major label flops that have gone on to achieve lost classic status. He’s always walked the line between R&B and country, making a joke of the music industry’s intentional segregating of white and black audiences. His latest is called Sorry You Couldn’t Make It, and it pairs him with producer Ryan Olson, Bon Iver, Jenny Lewis, and the late John Prine. Over the many years, Swamp Dogg has embraced auto-tune, twang, and ambient flourishes. He joins host Jason P. Woodbury to discuss it all.
Ron Mathewson's Mystery Machine: A Love Supreme
Part Soft Machine groove excavation, part Sabbathy ritual, bassist Ron Mathewson and his (unidentified) band take on John Coltrane’s classic “A Love Supreme.”
Lou Reed: The Night Flight Interview
Want to hear Lou Reed break it down, circa 1984, sharing his thoughts on hip-hop, the Velvet Underground's legacy, Metal Machine Music, and the difference between writing a novel and song? Us too, and this Night Flight interview has got it covered. Via Spotify.
Ezra Feinberg & John Kolodij
Multi-instrumentalist John Kolodij seems to be quietly slipping out from behind his High aura’d moniker. Next month sees the release of First Fire • At Dawn, a cassette of slowly blossoming compositions that sound like he slowed down the recording of an Appalachian folk ensemble tuning up to a gorgeous crawl, and recently, he unveiled a split EP with fellow audio explorer Ezra Feinberg. For the first time, Kolodij is releasing both under his own name.
What's Going On in the Atmosphere of Venus?
Cool news broke this last week: Phosphine, released by microbes in oxygen-starved environments, was present in quantities larger than expected. Maybe some big eyed beans?
Kiko Dinucci: Rastilho
With Rastilho, Kiko Dinucci set out to make an album in the vein of Brazilian compatriot João Gilberto … as scanned through the lens of São Paulo’s avant-garde scene, African polyphonic rhythms and percussive post-punk. Sacrosanct this is not.
Bob Dylan: Pretty Good Stuff (Episode 9)
The same week that saw the announcement of the imminent return of Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour saw the release of the penultimate episode 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.
I Don't Know is a Good Mantra: Catching Up With Devendra Banhart
Devendra Banhart is well aware of how good he’s got it right now. While he’s taken a financial hit by not being able to tour and has the occasional freakout about the state of the world, the singer-songwriter is in a comfortable enough position to be able stay home and stay busy. He’s continued to work, demoing a new record that he’s making with his regular collaborator Noah Georgeson and, with his longtime backing band, remotely recording a dreamy, elegiac cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower”…