Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 17, 2020
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Lee Konitz, Jazz Pioneer and Acoustic Experimentalist Claimed by Covid19 Complications at 92
The Chicago-born, nonagenarian American saxophonist and composer Leon “Lee” Konitz, known most notably for his pioneering playing on Miles Davis’ 1950 Birth of the Cool album, passed away on Thursday night from complications with the Covid-19 virus. Now at AD, Tom Csatari weighs in on his extensive discography and joyful spirit.
Guided By Voices - Watch Me Jumpstart (A Film By Banks Tarver, 1996)
A raw look at GBV at the crossroads, as its long-running cult act was beginning to break into the alternative mainstream. Reissued alongside the classic Alien Lanes for its 25th anniversary.
40 Years of Hurt, Face-Hugging Dreams of Breathing: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’
We missed the 40th anniversary but the Alien saga—most of which are currently streaming HBO Now—make for quality quarantine viewing if you've got the stomach for some truly beautiful dread. Over at Cinephilia & Beyond, Tom Pelan discusses its various "night terrors of a collective psycho-drama, unfolding on a loop, viewed repeatedly by horror-hungry hordes who’d never seen the like of its deadly piston-jawed pulse pounding dysmorphia before."
Broadcast: Sixty Forty (Nico Cover)
Broadcast’s cover of Nico’s “Sixty Forty,” taken from their final Peel Session recorded in July 2003, finds the group exploring the perfect middle ground between the (then about to be released) cracked pagan kaleidoscope of Haha Sound and their next move, the searing minimalist cut-up Tender Buttons.
Hoping For A Replacement: After The Gold Rush Reimagined
After The Gold Rush’s downbeat-but-irrepressibly melodic songs would also find their way into the repertoire of many other artists. Hoping For A Replacement re-creates the album using a selection of these covers. There are future superstars, like Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt. And then there are more obscure names, like Hookfoot, Julie Mairs and the Dutch band Teenmakers, whose “Southern Man” you have to hear to believe.