Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/November 30, 2020
Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly newsletter, featuring 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. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media.
The Lagniappe Sessions :: Badge Époque Ensemble
Toronto’s Badge Époque Ensemble are a tireless assembly line of lysergic mood music, with November’s Self Help marking their third release in just over a year. The gang of hyper-talented instrumentalists led by keyboardist Maximilian Turnbull have concocted a heady brew of compositions flowing from library-funk workouts to psychedelic rock scorch and dazzling solo piano spotlights. Some of the city’s greatest vocalists lend their golden pipes to this suite of songs with Jennifer Castle and U.S. Girls’ Meg Remy joining returning guests Dorothea Paas and James Baley. For their Lagniappe Session, Badge Époque picked a pair of unsurprisingly idiosyncratic songs to interpret from Henry Mancini in 1961 and Mica Levi’s 2013 Under The Skin soundtrack. Notes on their selections at AD!
Sonny Sharrock: The Motorbooty Interview (1990)
Head back to 1990 for this fantastic interview with the late master Sonny Sharrock by Mike "Rubin" Rubin in Detroit magazine Motorbooty. Scroll down a bit to read it (though the whole magazine is worth flipping through) and delight in Sonny's description of playing with Pharoah Sanders: "He almost blew me off the stage"; his assessment of the then contemporary fusion scene: "What's to hear? What's to hear?"; and his artistic approach: "You know, I go out onstage, and my intention is to make the first four rows bleed from their ears."
The End is at Hand: Jesus People Music Vol. 1 (Now available on Bandcamp)
Hosannas to the Highest. AD and Org Music's collection of private press and rare Christian psychedelia hit record stores on limited-edition electric blue vinyl last week. Copies might still be available at your local shop, but if not you can listen and purchase via Bandcamp now.
Transcendent Waves: How Listening Shapes Our Creative Lives, Lavender Suarez (2020)
Sound healer, meditation teacher, musician, and artist Lavender Suarez's beautiful listening guide Transcendent Waves is available for pre-order now. A thoughtful, playful, and gently instructive book, it offers suggestions that nudge the reader toward a wider context for the sound in our lives, bolstered by beautiful art and quotes from artists like Pauline Oliveros and Sun Ra. "You are a conduit at the center of the infinite world of sound," Suarez writes. "By taking the time to listen intentionally, you become a more thoughtful participant in your life."
MIYUMI Project: Best of the MIYUMI Project
The Moore Brothers: Autobiography
One of the underground’s best-kept secrets for close to two decades, the Moore Brothers have painted another masterpiece with Autobiography. Siblings Thom and Greg Moore are still finding new ways to bend their voices into odd shapes, conjuring up harmonies that are both perfectly poppy and perfectly strange.
An ever-morphing ensemble combining some Chicago’s best avant jazz players with taiko drummers, one might expect Best of the MIYUMI Project, which highlights selections from the collective’s 20-year history, to feature an overwhelming tornado of polyrhythms and furious blowing. But what is revealed on is a far more tasteful, and at times elegant, meeting of American, African, and Asian sounds.
Eno—Brian Eno Documentary (1973)
Via our pals at In Sheeps Clothing, a rare documentary made shortly after Brian Eno departed Roxy Music, featuring in-studio footage from the recording sessions that birthed his solo debut, Here Come the Warm Jets. Not likely to stay up long on YouTube, so watch while you can.
Transmissions: Magik Markers
On the latest episode of our weekly audio talk show Transmissions, Elisa Ambrogio of Magik Makers joins host Jason P. Woodbury to discuss the Markers' latest burst of glorious noise, 2020, out now on Drag City. Plus: pizza back east versus out west, the physicality of music, and some art history.
John Jeffery: Passage
John Jeffrey serves Moon Duo’s metronomic drummer, but he steps out from behind the kit for Passage, his spiritual jazz meets post rock solo debut.
The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
Streaming over on the Criterion Channel, this animated curiosity from director Chuck Jones(Looney Tunes, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!). Adapted from writer Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer's 1961 book, the last thing you need is a plot summary of this beloved children's classic, so we'll skip it and just suggest you watch it. Feiffer wasn't a fan, but maybe he was simple too close to the subject to be objective; the gorgeous, beautifully colored animation is a wonder and joy to slip into. A perfect matinee for a lazy holiday afternoon ahead.