Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/October 1, 2018
Autumn vibes out there. Welcome to another issue of Aquarium Drunkard's bi-monthly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif.
Kikagaku Moyo / 幾何学模様 :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Japan has a long and fascinating history with psychedelic music, and its breadth of style is something increasingly reflected in the work of bands like Kikagaku Moyo, who are set to release their latest full length, the stunning Masana Temples, on October 5th. We caught up with drummer Go Kurosawa via email ahead of their upcoming U.S. tour, discussing the new album, their tendency to only do one or two takes in studio, the sustained mystery of the album title, and what gifts you should bring to upcoming shows.
Chuck Berry On the Rocks – A Mixtape (Volume One and Two)
Chuck Berry On The Rocks: two volumes full of choice selections of sixties garage rock. Our collaborations with Gothenburg, Sweden DJ/record collector Peer Schouten. Volume one and volume two are now playing at AD.
Transmissions Podcast :: In Conversation: Howe Gelb, Robyn Hitchcock, Steve Wynn/Talk Show: Matt Sullivan of Light in the Attic
On this episode, we sit down with three legends of independent music: psychedelic singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb, and Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate. Since emerging in the ‘80s, they’ve amassed incredible catalogs, and they’re all still making vital and poetic records. We spoke earlier this month at HOCO Fest, a multi-day festival in Tucson, Arizona. Sitting down at the KXCI studio at Hotel Congress, the three riffed on their years making music, how their sounds have evolved over the years, and what a lifelong commitment to making art looks like. But first, our conversation with Matt Sullivan of Light in the Attic Records, one of our longtime favorite reissue labels. We spoke live at Gold Diggers in East Hollywood as part of our Talk Show series – a set of live conversations centered around the worlds of music, art, film and beyond. LITA has released records by Rodriguez, Betty Davis, Lee Hazlewood, Jim Sullivan, Serge Gainsbourg, and has launched expansive archives like the Native North America and Japan Archival projects. How did Light in the Attic get started? Live on stage at Gold Diggers, Sullivan explained all.
Different Points of View: Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue”
More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14, the latest slab of previously unreleased Bob Dylan recordings, lands in early November. The six-disc collection features the complete New York City recording sessions for Blood On The Tracks, giving listeners a fly-on-the-wall look at the creation of one of Dylan’s bona fide masterpieces. In some ways, though, the songwriter has never stopped creating Blood’s opening track, “Tangled Up In Blue.” Onstage, the song has been an ever-changing landscape, a canvas for Dylan that’s never quite complete, lyrically, musically or otherwise. It’s a living, breathing thing. “You’ve got yesterday, today and tomorrow all in the same room, and there’s very little you can’t imagine not happening,” he once said of the song. In other words, you can see the song from many different points of view. Here are just a few of them.
Desert Oracle Radio
"We are the gloomy nocturnal off-world colonists in Philip K. Dick books now, spending most of our lives burrowed in narcotic fog, consuming entertainment that shows a world now nearly gone: snowy mountains, wildlife herds, breezy beaches with cool ocean waters." So spoke Ken Layne in the first episode of Desert Oracle Radio's second season. The radio side of Layne's pocket-sized field guide to the Great American Southwest, Desert Oracle Radio has returned to the airwaves, and it's a must listen. If you can tune in live, on some desert highway near Joshua Tree, do so Friday nights 10pm on KCDZ 107.7 FM. Everyone else can subscribe at iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
Spiritual Jazz Sunday
The following began as a set AD founder Justin Gage compiled on CD-R for personal listening on – as the title suggests – Sundays. Over time, it was shared with a few friends who then shared it with theirs. And now…technology. Below is the streaming version, save a few tracks unavailable by the digital gods. 36 tracks, four and half hours into the metaphysical and beyond. Listen now on Spotify.
The Lagniappe Sessions :: Mary Lattimore
It’s been a busy year for harpist Mary Lattimore so far. She released the immersive Hundreds of Days LP in May. She’s criss-crossed the country several times, sharing bills with Iceage, Dylan Carlson, Julianna Barwick, and others. And she’s just announced Ghost Forests, a collaborative album with Meg Baird (Espers, Heron Oblivion), out in November on Three Lobed Recordings. (The duo will be hitting the road with Kurt Vile in the fall, too.) Somehow, Mary also found time to record three lovely covers for the Lagniappe Sessions: Hiroshi Yoshimura's "Blink," Julianna Barwick's "Nebula," and Brian Eno's "By This River." "The ability to convey this far-away, unscratchable-itch melancholia and world-weary wistfulness that Eno buries in this song is really magical to me," Lattimore says of the latter, "...I hope that, even if I can’t do it true justice, whoever listens can feel the appreciation I have for it." Listen now.
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. Mary Lattimore’s Aquarium Drunkard session airing during the second hour of tonight’s show can be found HERE.
Sirius 537, September 28: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Omni – Sunset Preacher ++ Royal Family And The Poor – Art On 45 ++ The Fall – Middle Mass ++ Lizzy Mercier Descloux – No Golden Throat ++ The Bush Tetras – Can’t Be Funky ++ Arthur Russell – Make 1, 2 ++ Omni – Afterlife ++ Glorious Strangers – Move It Time ++ Chakra – めだか ++ Talking Heads – Warning Sign (CBS Demo) ++ David Byrne – Ade ++ Arthur’s Landing – Singing Tractors 64 ++ Yoko Ono – Kiss Kiss Kiss ++ Charlotte Gainsbourg – Greenwich Mean Time ++ Thundercat – Them Changes ++ Lena Platonos – Aimatines Skies Apo Apostasie ++ Midnight Sister – Blue Cigar ++ David Bowie – Cat People (AD edit) ++ David Bowie – Fashion ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – From The Dead ++ Kikagaku Moyo – Nazo Nazo ++ Richard Swift – HZLWD ++ Paul McCartney – Mommy Miss America ++ Mary Lattimore – Nebula (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Mary Lattimore – By The River (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Mary Lattimore – Blink (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Iceage – Catch It ++ Ought – Sun’s Coming Down ++ Pylon – Cool ++ 39 Clocks – DNS ++ Disappears – Gone Completely ++ Wire – Pink Flag ++ PJ Harvey – The Wheel