Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/August 24, 2020
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Unwelcome Jazz: Jah Wobble Talks Bass, Brian Eno and 25 Years of “Spinner”
We’ve had 25 years to reflect on the strange, oscillating chasm of Eno/Wobble’s Spinner collaboration, which in many ways feels as relevant now as it did in 1995. The music feels as cold and mesmerizing as the surrounding atmosphere of the moon, its synthetic ripples swelling into great oceans of sound. Wobble brought a zealousness to Eno’s ambience, one that stirred a great fire in the belly of an ether otherwise shapeless and benign.
Dirty Projectors: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
On the heels of this year’s collaborative Texas Sun EP with Leon Bridges, the globe and genre-trotting Houston three-piece Khruangbin recently returned with Mordechai, their third and most adventurous album yet.
John Was Trying To Contact Aliens (2020)
A genuine cure for the pervasive cynicism of our age, Matthew Killip's John Was Trying To Contact Aliens is a 16-minute documentary about John Shepherd, who spent thirty years broadcasting electronic and acoustic music from all around the globe and other messages as far as he could into outer space with the hope of reaching extraterrestrials. But his story reveals as much about innerspace and human connection as it does the unknown. And as a followup bonus: Listen to Mark “Frosty” McNeil of Dublab speak with Shepherd about his life and share some excellent archival spacemusic broadcasts.
On the eve of the release of Dirty Projectors third EP this year, we caught up with Dave Longstreth to discuss the mosaic aspect of the EPs, the intense beauty of harmony, the band’s current line up, and the mighty influence of the great João Gilberto.
Transmissions: Michael Rother
As a member of Neu!, Harmonia, and an early incarnation of Kraftwerk, Michael Rother’s fluid, emotive playing helped define the sound of krautrock, as the music came up out of Germany’s avant-garde underground in the late ’60s and headed for the cosmos in the 1970s. He was kind enough to join us on Transmissions to discuss his new album Dreaming and boxset, Solo II, his musical youth in India, and his collaborations with his fellow finding fathers of kosmische musik. Listen wherever you hear podcasts or direct at Aquarium Drunkard.
Bandcamping: Late Summer 2020
The weirdest summer ever rolls on. Who can say where the rest of 2020 will take us? But as always, there’s still a deep well of sound to dip into over on Bandcamp. A refreshing escape! Here are a few recent/recommended selections — and remember that on the first Friday of each month this year, Bandcamp is waiving its fees, sending a necessary infusion of cash into the pockets of artists and labels. The next Bandcamp Friday is September 4. Fill up that shopping cart…
All Together Now | Film Quarterly
A great essay about how Russian Doll, Atlanta, and Lodge 49 and other recent shows and films “argue for the kinds of cooperative, communitarian arrangements that, it’s clear, will be necessary for surviving the now-and-future crisis.” As writer Elizabeth Alsop puts it, it goes beyond fellowship. It's “solidarity as survival strategy."
Bent Arcana: The First Transmission
Get free. Andres Renteria, Ryan Sawyer, John Dwyer, Peter Kerlin, Kyp Malone, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas, Marcos Rodriguez, Laena “Geronimo” Myers-Ionita and Joce Soubiran. Recorded at tail end of last year, at a half dozen tracks, Bent Arcana scans krautrock, minimalist jazz, prog and fusion. Positioned as “the first interstellar transmission from five days of electrified & improvised sessions recorded at Stu-Stu-Studio,” the album is the inceptive chapter in a series of ad-hoc sessions to come. Stream the album in its entirety, at AD.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Eamon Fogarty
Eamon Fogarty’s 2019 lp Blue Values brought a jazzy, art-pop sheen to the songwriter’s cryptic and charmingly esoteric words. A winner from start to finish, it’s lingered on the turntable for quite sometime. For his very first Lagniappe Session, Fogarty teamed with drummer Ryan Jewell (Solar Motel, Ryley Walker) and his selections veer into the unexpected, covering Pacheco & Alexander’s “Since I Was Born” and Carole King’s “A Road to Nowhere.”
Dune: Original Soundtrack Recording (Jackpot Records)
Arrakis…Dune…desert planet. Take a cue from Muad’Dib and and adjust you stillsuit to desert fashion, as Dune’s official soundtrack is being reissued on vinyl August 29th by Jackpot Records for Record Store Day 2020. Arid and sweeping, expect sounds from Brian Eno and Toto, accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Volksoper Choir. Sourced from the original master tapes. The Spice must flow…