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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/July 27, 2020

Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly newsletter, featuring AD stories and cultural ephemera. A reminder, we're supported directly by our patrons. Do you appreciate our weekly show on Sirius/XM Transmissions, our podcastThe Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, historical features, 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. 

Fleetwood Mac: Albatross (Blend) 
RIP Peter Green. Pay tribute with Keith Fullerton Whitman's expansive blend of "Albatross," which is "edited across multiple versions and fidelities to play somewhat seamlessly for over two hours, with the mix slowly being eroded by a cavernous echo that is being gated by the dynamics of the dry signal." 

Lagniappe Session: Sven Wunder
…two vibrant, cinematic interpretations of traditional Japanese songs. “Tōryanse,” a children’s song typically played as crosswalk music, is reimagined here with a Yamasuki Singers-style choir over a lush and propulsive arrangement not dissimilar to the music on Wunder’s excellent Wabi Sabi LP. “Sakura,” which is customarily performed during Cherry Blossom season, finds the enigmatic maestro going wild on the harpsichord amidst swelling strings, traditional instrumentation and one of his signature breakbeats.

Howe Gelb: Surrounded By Sound and Washed in Color
Desert crooner Howe Gelb wanders into a sleepy Pennsylvania Jazz bar, looking to retrace his youthful steps before the great flood of ’72. A short musical interlude. For more Giant Sand related rambling, head over to Desert Oracle, where AD editor Jason P. Woodbury discussed the band

Jerry Garcia on Virtual Reality: Rolling Stone Interview, 1989

Jerry Garcia: I think there’s an electronic hinge like computer cybernetics that’s going to take us to interesting places and may work the way psychedelics do without the idea of substance.

Rolling Stone: What are you talking about?

Jerry Garcia: Have you heard of this stuff called virtual reality? There’s a place here where they have something you put on your head. It’s got like a pair of goggles on it, and the goggles are two little TV screens that give you a 3-D image. There’s something on top of the helmet that tells attitude — whether you are shifting out of center. And then you have this glove you put on your hand.

When you put on the goggles, you are in this room. It’s a completely fictitious room. But if you turn your head around, your view of the room is 360 degrees. And you have this disembodied hand out in front of you which is the glove. And you can pick up fictitious objects that you “see” in the room.

Transmissions: Mossy Kilcher 

Lots of records evoke a place. But Mossy Kilcher’s 1977 lost folk gem Northwind Calling does more than that: it welcomes the listener into the spirit of her treasured place of origin, Alaska. Born to homesteading parents who’d fled Switzerland during World War II, Mossy was raised near Homer, Alaska, and her beguiling songs are filled with references to the land, paired with field recordings she made there. Last week on Transmissions, Mossy joined us to discuss returning to her naturalistic masterpiece more than four decades later.

Late Era on Neil Young's Greendale
An auspicious start to Andy Cush, Sam Sodomsky, and Winston Cook-Wilson's Late Era podcast: a deep look at Shakey's early 2000s Greendale album, film, and graphic novel. 

Now available for streaming: Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard’s July 2020 broadcast, featuring an opening invocation by AD founder Justin Gage, Jason P. Woodbury’s Range and Basin, Tyler Wilcox’s Doom and Gloom From The Tomb, and Marty Sartini Garner’s Personal Sky. 

Eli Winter: Maroon

Chicago guitarist Eli Winter continues his musical metamorphosis on the gorgeous new album Unbecoming. Defying the advice of industry middlemen pushing artists towards instant pop gratification, it unfolds patiently through extended instrumental rambles. At age 23, Winter currently splits his time as a freelance writer, while developing his own six-string techniques drawing on the influences of contemporaries Steve Gunn, Ryley Walker, and the late Jack Rose. 

Rayborn Live Archive: Volume Four 

The fourth volume of live recordings from taper Cory Rayborn for Aquarium Drunkard.Featuring: New Bums, Chuck Johnson, Steve Gunn, PJ Harvey, Dirty Three, and more …

Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays. 

SIRIUS 622 (July 22): Jonathan Richman – Velvet Underground ++ John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Cold Turkey (Live) ++ Lou Reed – Kicks ++ Doug Tuttle – These Times ++ Simply Saucer – Bullet Proof Nothing ++ John Cale – Barracuda ++ Hideki Ishima – Lady Bird ++ Sibylle Baier – Wim ++ Belle And Sebastian – (My Girl’s Got) Miraculous Technique ++ England’s Glory – Predictably Blonde (AD edit) ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – Another Planet ++ Devendra Banhart – Abre Las Manos ++ Kevin Morby – Slow Train (w/ Cate Le Bon) ++ Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms ++ Jessica Pratt – Night Faces ++ John Cale – Cable Hogue ++ Jonathan Rado – Hand In Mine ++ Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Deus Ibi Est ++ Lee Hazlewood – No Train To Stockholm ++ Tim Presley’s White Fence – Phone ++ Aaron Beckum – Cosmic Technology Vapors ++ Kevin Morby – City Music ++ Ultimate Painting – Kodiak ++ Gal Gracen – Grass Mask ++ Stereolab – Jenny Ondioline (Demo) ++ Love And Rockets – Rain Bird ++ Atlas Sound – Rained ++ Arthur Verocai – Caboclo ++ Broadcast – Long Was The Year (Black Session) ++ Broadcast – Where Youth And Laughter Go (Black Session) ++ Broadcast – Message From Home (Black Session) ++ Broadcast – Echo’s Answer (Black Session) ++ Broadcast – Dead The Long Year (Black Session) ++ Broadcast – Look Outside (Black Session) ++ Broadcast – Come On Let’s Go (Black Session)

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