Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 29, 2020
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Journeys In Satchidananda ~~ Versions
In recent years, the smoky, mystical groove of Alice Coltrane’s “Journey In Satchidananda” has emerged as a go-to vehicle for musical travelers of varying stripes. This two-hour mix—originally aired on Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard and now available exclusively to Patreon suppoers—stitches together a selection of these journeys, featuring Sarathy Korwar, Sarah Louise, Third Mind, and many more, plus live takes by Alice herself.
Stephen Malkmus on Traditional Techniques: We’re Just Going To Wing It
For all its visionary put-ons, Stephen Malkmus’ Traditional Techniques hums with sincerity. Aquarium Drunkard caught up with Malkmus on a typical quarantine day to discuss the new record, punks finding their various freak flags, and the status of the upcoming Pavement reunion.
Via the archives of Bomb Magazine, musician Vernon Reid in conversation with the experimental fusion trio in between the release of their two seminal jazz/funk LPs Friday Afternoon in the Universe and Shack-man. "One of the joys of music is the art of the band whose whole transcends the sum of its parts; those ensembles that collectively make a sound greater than that of any of its individual members," wrote Reid, grouping the trio with The Modern Jazz Quartet, Funkadelic, The Residents, The Grateful Dead, and Bad Brain as a band "whose power comes from the forging of separate identities into a complete Wall of Sound."
Medeski, Martin & Wood by Vernon Reid (1995)
Pentagon formally releases 3 Navy videos showing "unidentified aerial phenomena"
What a time to be alive!
Sven Wunder: Wabi Sabi
The enigmatic Sven Wunder is already back again with another internet-breaking LP of Eastern flavored grooves. “Yūgen” opens Wabi Sabi with the ringing of a gong, which initiates a resonating surge of Japanese-inspired flute, Chinese zither, and Tanpura.