Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/December 14, 2020
Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly newsletter, loaded with our stories and cultural ephemera. A reminder—we're supported directly by our patrons. Do you appreciate our weekly show on Sirius/XM, our podcast, The Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, monthly broadcast on Dublab, mixtapes, and audio/visual excursions? If you do, the best way to support AD is to contribute funds via Patreon.
The AD Picture Show (Holiday Special)
Here’s a little something extra in your stocking this season–the inaugural AD Holiday Special. Covered in tinsel and lights, falling down your digital screens like department store fake snow. Featuring Wizzard, T. Rex, Ahmad Jamal Trio, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band, Tom Waits, the Pogues and more.
Sunday, December 20: Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard
This Sunday, Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard embarks on its monthly broadcast on Dublab, from 4—8 PM Pacific Time. Featuring: Julia Mourdant's Vitamin C Radio, Range and Basin with Jason P. Woodbury, Tyler Wilcox's Doom & Gloom from the Tomb, and a closing set by AD founder Justin Gage.
The New Vocabulary of Funkadelic (1970)
1970 saw plenty of classic lps, but among the heaviest and farthest out of the bunch is Funkadelic, the self-titled monster from George Clinton and his foundational funk-rock outfit. It’s a record that shook and informed Nick Mitchell Maiato of One-Eleven Heavy, who joins us here for a journey into its depths on the occasion of its 50th anniversary this year.
Makoto Kubota: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
When asked what he’s most proud of in his five decade career in music, the answer doesn’t come easy for Makoto Kubota. The prolific Kyoto-born singer, songwriter, and producer has never been one to look back at his past work, and like his longtime friend and collaborator Haruomi Hosono, he remains eternally humble, preferring to let the music do the talking. Until now. We're happy to present Yosuke Kitazawa's conversation with Kubota, a deep dive that connects Les Rallizes Denudes to the Dead, Haruomi Hosono to Levon Helm.
Lost Live Grease, Recovering the Hampton Grease Band
The importance of the Hampton Grease Band is almost always reduced to factoids. Mainly that their sole album, 1971’s Music To Eat, was allegedly the second worse-selling double-LP in Columbia Records’ history, after an instructional yoga set. The Hampton Grease Band deserve better. The Hampton Grease Band were the South’s first freaks, and still their most incredible. Jesse Jarnow of the official Grateful Dead podcast shares the tale.
Transmissions: Ken Layne of Desert Oracle
This week on Transmissions, we welcome back a return guest: desert scribe and radio personality Ken Layne. He’s the editor of Desert Oracle, a pocket-sized field guide to the American Southwest and the host of Desert Oracle Radio, a weekly late-night broadcast out of Joshua Tree. With synthesist RedBlueBlackSilver in tow, Layne offers up tales of the paranormal, the odd, and the arcane. Layne illuminates these damned and or transcendent topics with good humor and dusty charm.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Make Worry for Me
An embarrassment of riches from the Will Oldham universe of late. In addition to the ad hoc Instagram performances that began as quarantine commenced, the artist has recently been dropping a bevy of covers in collaboration with friend and labelmate, Bill Callahan. Want a taste? Their take on Steely Dan is particularly choice. But hold up, the year isn’t over yet. This week finds Oldham once again sliding into his Superwolf suit with running partner, and guitar guru, Matt Sweeney.
Jahari Massamba Unit: Pardon My French
Together as Jahari Massamba Unit, Madlib and Karriem Riggins pay homage to what they call “Black Classical Music,” the avant-garde sounds of Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Ornette Coleman.
Daniel Hecht: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
With his 1973 guitar soli gem Guitar Daniel Hecht kicked off a counter culture adventure that has seen him travel the world. It’s being reissued by Morning Trip Records. Hecht joins Jesse Locke to unpack his more fantastic than fiction story.
Joe Sembene: Le P'tit Quinquin
Here’s a little slice of December funk courtesy of French-Senegalese artist Joe Sembene and French recording imprint, Rare and/or Interesting. A four-track collection culled from a pair of 7”s originally released in 1985, Sembene’s glistening electro-pop plays with angular rhythms and vocals that jump between spoken word disaffection and highlife disco.