Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/May 13, 2019
Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly 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. Want to support AD? Here's how: Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media.
Stereolab: Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements/Mars Audiac Quintet
Stereolab’s catalog stretches over two decades of constant experimentation and subtle reinvention that began in 1990 when Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier (the only two constant members) first formed the group. Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (1993) and Mars Audiac Quintet (1994) are their second and third “proper” albums, following in the wake of numerous DIY singles and EPs, and the full-length debut, Peng! (1992). The two albums, which have just been reissued with several extra tracks and demos, mark a period of transition for the band, one during which they became more conscious of sound and space on their recordings while also bringing their myriad influences and ideas into tighter focus.
75 Dollar Bill: I Was Real
75 Dollar Bill’s latest, the ambitious double LP I Was Real, might be their most satisfying work yet, bringing together a kaleidoscopic range of approaches, from expansively tranced out jams to blazing, stripped down duo workouts. This thing sprawls, but never meanders – its 70 minutes fly by. Wherever Chen and Brown take the listener, they do it with a pure sense of adventure, riding the current fearlessly.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Garcia Peoples
To quickly dispell a popular misconception: New Jersey quartet Garcia Peoples aren’t named for the patron saint of acid guitar licks St. Jerome, but nonetheless, they bottle his influence. See, Garcia Peoples always sound like the Dead so much as they carry on that band’s legacy of improvisation and desire to explore uncharted territories. Like an increasing number of their heady peers, Peoples Danny Arakaki, Tom Malach, Derek Spaldo, and Cesar Arakaki are jamming in a classic sense, but doing so in an indie rock context that feels more and more open to that sort of thing. Is getting weird is the new normal?
Riding the technicolor trails of last year’s debut Cosmic Cash, Garcia Peoples have recently returned with Natural Facts, which rips and roars with an urgency that mimics the chaos of our current times. For their first-ever Lagniappe Session, Garcia Peoples tackle classics by Pearls Before Swine and Bob Dylan.
Brian Eno: Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (Extended Edition)
Expanded to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo II moon landing, Atmospheres and Soundtracks (Extended Edition) pairs a remastered version of the original 1983 album alongside For All Mankind, eleven new compositions that find Eno working alongside Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno.
Honor Thy Hidden Intention: A.A. Bondy on the Birth of Enderness
A.A. Bondy is back with Enderness, his first album in nearly eight years. Forsaking the minimalist folk of his previous records, it embraces synths and digital textures, demonstrating Bondy’s willingness to keep driving at new approaches: “…Joy Williams…talks about once you figure out how to produce an effect as a writer, " Bondy says, "You have to discard it, every time.”
RIP Peggy Lipton
She couldn't have had a final send-off than the one from Twin Peaks: The Return.
Lost Notes: Suzanne Ciani
KCRW's Lost Notes continues its incredible new season with a look at the work of synthesist, commercial pioneer, and avant-garde artist Suzanne Ciani by writer, producer, and musician Michelle Macklem.
Endless Boogie: Vol. I, II
Primal Boogie! This necessary collection from No Quarter brings together the first two Endless Boogie albums: four sides, six glorious jams, recorded on two mics straight into a cassette deck. To call them “out of print” isn’t quite correct – they were barely ever in print at all. Self-released in minuscule pressings in 2005, the LPs both been longtime collectors’ items (and for those of us without deep pockets, passed around in low bit-rate mp3 versions). Now they’re back, and with a totally sweet gatefold, to boot.
High Maintenence: Season Three
Though it's surrounded by much louder fare on the Home Box Office network, Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair's subtle, hilarious, and emotionally expansive High Maintenance quietly makes itself known. The show, which was renewed for a fourth season earlier this year, puts the viewer into unlikely shoes with each of its characters. Sneaky and poetic viewing, truly in love with humanity.
Joy and Defiance: A Conversation With Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones joins Aquarium Drunkard for a career spanning conversation, from her self-titled debut to forthcoming album Kicks. “This thing with music,” Jones says. “It’s like working with magic."