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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/October 15, 2018

The veil grows thinner. 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. 

The full moon rises and there’s a chill in the air. But why is it RED? A child’s scream in the distance? Surely, just the wind. A crow flies across your path and you stumble and fall. CRACK. Your head on the pavement. Blood spills onto the ground. Vision fades. Music in the distance. Back from the dead. Mondo Boys.

Mondo Boys :: Blood Moon Baby (A Halloween Mixtape) 

Yoko Ono :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview 

In advance of her new album, Warzone, which reimagines many of her most famous songs, and following a spate of reissues from Secretly Canadian, the legendary Yoko Ono speaks with Aquarium Drunkard:

"Pessimism is a waste of time. I just think of how to bring peace and love and what peace gives, which is power." Read more.

Kurt Vile :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview 

KV continues to hone his singular vibe on his new lp Bottle It In, released last week by Matador. Recently, Vile sat down with AD's Justin Gage in Los Angeles to discuss the making of the record, his (as of now unreleased) sessions with Dean Ween, and the influence of Sonic Youth, Neil Young, the Dead, and more. 

"I grew up kind of subliminally [attracted to] the old-time music that my dad played. I have always sort of connected to the acoustic thing. The songwriter, fingerpicking thing. Somewhere along the way, they always kind of keep merging...[combining] that with noise or weirdness or whatever or expands or contracts you know?"

Judee Sill :: The Kiss (1973 / BBC – Old Grey Whistle Test) 

Judee Sill may have exited this plane far too young in 1979, but not before leaving her indelible signature in the annals of pop music. And to that, “The Kiss” was her apex.

James Gavin's 2002 biography Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker is a repugnant, yet fascinating, look into the life and work of the infamous/romanticized trumpet player and vocalist. From his earnest beginnings as the West Coast golden boy with the preternatural ear, on through his burgeoning addiction, ongoing arrests, and incarcerations, Gavin paints a thorough, if unforgiving, portrait of the artist. Painfully harsh, the book's 440 pages are filled with first-hand accounts of Baker's life and actions by those who were there: band-mates, producers, adversaries, ex-wives and more. A tough read, yet the music and artistry remain.

1971's The Hired Hand, an impressionistic, sexually charged cinematic saga helmed by Peter Fonda, fresh off his groundbreaking counterculture classic Easy Rider, who stars alongside Verna Bloom and Warren Oates. Written by Scottish novelist Alan Sharp (who'd soon pen Gene Hackman's '75 neo-noir Night Moves) and shot by Vilmos Zgigmond (whose future work would include Robert Atlman's 1973 classic The Long Goodbye and 1981's  Blow Out, starring John Travolta at his desperate, manic best), The Hired Hand taps into a similar spirit as The Shooter or even Jarmusch's existential western Dead Man. Its score is of particular note: the late composer Bruce Langhorne's musical cues imbue the film with a haunting grace. A restored and expanded edition of the film was recently reissued by Arrow Video, featuring a 1080p transfer, special features, and liner notes by Kim Morgan. 

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Anna St. Lewis

Next month sees the release of Anna St. Louis’s debut 
lp, If Only There Was A River. Like her first outing, the 2017 First Songs cassette, the album is being released via Kevin Morby’s Mare Records imprint. Birthed in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles, and produced by Morby and King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas, the record finds St. Louis expanding on the aesthetic and motifs set out on First Songs. The artist takes on and strips down the gauzy, psychedelic haze of late '80s Spacemen 3, late '70s Johnny Cash and the aching, barroom longing of Townes Van Zandt’s “Loretta.” "I like how this song is like a portrait," St. Louis says. "The whole premise is just describing Loretta and the narrator’s relationship to her."

Our weekly two-hour show on Sirius XM, channel 35, can now be heard every Wednesday at 7pm PST with encore broadcasts on-demand via the SIRIUS/XM app.

Sirius 539: Can – I’m So Green ++ The Everly Brothers – Lord Of The Manor ++ Blossom Dearie – Somebody New ++ Bernard Chabert – Il Part En Californie (He Moved To California) ++ These Trails – Garden Botanum ++ Pete Ham – Without You (solo demo) ++ Big Star – Mod Lang (Alternate Mix) ++ The Velvet Underground – Sad Song ++ Emitt Rhodes – Promises I’ve Made ++ T. Rex – Lean Woman Blues ++ Charlotte Dada (excerpt) ++ John Williams – Flowers In Your Hair ++ Lee Hazlewood w/ Suzi Jane Hokum – Califia (Stone Rider) ++ Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Black Root ++ Terry Callier – You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman ++ Leroy Vinnegar – Doing That Thing / Professor Harold Boggs ++ The Lijadu Sisters – Bayi L’ense ++ Henri Texier – Les “là-bas” ++ Amanaz – Khala My Friend ++ Wendell Stuart & The Downbeaters – Hey Jude ++ Beach Boys – Unknown Harmony (except) ++ Rob Jo Star Band – I Call On One’s Muse ++ Cisneros & Garza Group – I’m A Man / Welcome ++ Rolling Stones – We Love You ++ Music Convention – Sitar Track [From Children of the Sun] ++ Shin Joong Hyun – I’ve Got Nothing To Say ++ The Samurai – Fresh Hot Breeze Of Summer ++ The Shadows – Scotch On The Socks ++ Dion – Daddy (Rollin In Your Arms) ++ Relatively Clean Rivers – Easy Ride ++ Buffy Saint-Marie – Helpless ++ Ify Jerry Krusade – Everybody Likes Something Good ++ Aguaturbia – Rollin’ ‘N Tumblin’ ++ Sea-Ders – Thanks A Lot ++ The Olivia Tremor Control – Memories of Jacqueline 1906 ++ The Millennium – I Just Don’t Know To Say Goodbye ++ Harry Nilsson – You Can’t Do That (Alternate Take) ++ Roy Wood – Wake Up ++ Emitt Rhodes – Long Time No See ++ Jacques Dutronc – L’Espace D’Une Fille ++ Jim Schoenfeld – Before // imagery Michael Hentz

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