Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/June 10, 2019
Sinking into summer. 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.
RIP: Dr. John, the Night Tripper
Shaking our gris-gris bag for you, Mac. Take a dive into the Aquarium Drunkard archives for plenty of premium Dr. John material.
Bill Callahan Makes Good Use of Quiet
Over the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich offers a deep and soulful look into Bill Callahan's new double album Shepherd in Sheepskin Vest, "a powerful meditation on home and its comforts, a collection of stirring songs that suggest that family can be a kind of salvation."
Death Is So on the Table: A Conversation with Kevin Morby
Kevin Morby doesn’t feel at home in this world anymore. Now at Aquarium Drunkard, he discusses his double lp Oh My God, detailing how the lens of religion allowed him to “tell a story of humanity.”
Sao Paolo–born artist Sessa’s deadpan tenor nonchalantly weaves in and out of the accompaniment of his heavenly, all-female chorus; setting the stage for the mesmerizing vocal interplay that highlights the set throughout.
Erik Davis' High Weirdness on Desert Oracle
We've already shared our excitement for Erik Davis' forthcoming book, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies. This week, Davis called into the essential Desert Oracle radio show to discuss Philip K. Dick, Robert Anton Wilson, Jacques Vallée, and much more. Tune in and get "out."
The Staples Singers: Slippery People (Soul Train, 1984)
The “Slippery” cover, featuring David Byrne on guitar, was a minor hit for the Staples — enough so that it brought the family’s 70-year-old patriarch out of retirement. Far from their first rodeo, the cover was also responsible for the Singers fifth appearance on the long-running television monolith that was Don Cornelius’ Soul Train. As covers go, this one feels like a second skin.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Boogarins
Brazil’s Boogarins recently released their third album, Sombrou Dúvida, a set which finds the group refining their Tropicália influenced, mutant psych-rock into a concentrated, glowing sheen. For this installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, the group lay their influences bare with covers from My Bloody Valentine, the Velvets, and the Kinks.
Badge Époque Ensemble: Painting With Mood (A Mixtape)
Maximillian Turnbull walks us through the library music, jazz fusion, and progressive sounds that inform the self-titled debut of his Badge Époque Ensemble, which is driven by flute, Rhodes, clavinet, and strutting grooves.
Los Hermanos Calatrava: Space Oddity
Fictional astronaut blues. Here’s a chestnut we’ve been spinning via satellite for years, a grotesquerie which seems to elicit an equal measure of delight and horror depending on the beholder. Via Barcelona, Los Hermanos Calatrava’s wholly bizarre rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was released in 1974 – five years after the original 7″ single. If nothing else, the cover begs the question: is it possible to “unhear” something? Cuidado mis hermanos, cuidado.
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SIRIUS 568 (June 5): Intro ++ Azymuth – Unknown Jam (demo) ++ Jacks – Where ++ Dr. Alimantado – Still Alive (AD Dub Mix) ++ Francis Bebey – The Coffee Cola Song ++ Harold Alexander – Mama Soul ++ Susan Christie – Paint A Lady ++ Charles Mingus – Devil Woman (excerpt) ++ Akiko Yano – Funamachi-Uta Part 2 ++ Tim Maia – Nobody Can Live Forever ++ Haruomi Hosono – Bara To Yaju ++ The Raincoats – Shouting Out Loud ++ Ranking Ann – A Slice of English Toast ++ Makaya McCraven – Above & Beyond ++ Bentho Gustave Titiou & L’international Poly-Rythmo – Iyame Dji Ki Bi Ni ++ Brian Eno – No One’s Receiving ++ Jacques Dutronc – Hippie Hippie Hourra ++ The Limiñanas – Je Suis Une Go-Go Girl ++ Robert Wyatt – Yolanda ++ The Beets – Preso Voy ++ Juan Wauters – Letter ++ The Brunettes – The Record Store ++ Cate Le Bon – Rock Pool ++ Aaron Beckum – Cosmic Technology Vapors ++ Yo La Tengo – Esportes Casual ++ The Art Museums – Paris Cafes ++ Julien Gasc – Canada ++ Devendra Banhart – Never Seen Such Good Things ++ Vetiver – Los Parajos Del Rio ++ Silver Jews – People ++ Ty Segall & White Fence ++ Ty Segall – Tall Man Skinny Lady ++ Richard Swift – The Hex ++ OCS – On And On Corridor ++ Blues Control – Loves A Rondo ++ Cate Le Bon – Miami ++ Frida Hyvönen – Drive My Friend ++ Mega Bog – Diary of A Rose