Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/October 5, 2020
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Videodrome: Ghouls, Grind, Gothic & Gore: A Halloween Helper
When the need arises this All-Hallow’s Eve to screen a dark and brooding tale of terror, consult this list for a full rundown of hideous, hair-raising and at times downright deplorable cinematic gems to impress or scare the living shit out of your dearest fiends and neighbors. Ordered by sub-genre for your convenience, you loathsome devils.
Sentimental Ornament: A Broadcast Rarities Mix
Published on September 28th, what would have been the sorely missed Trish Keenan’s 52 birthday, we published Kaley Evan's survey of rare Broadcast material pulled from a variety of lesser-known sources. Not touching on any of their collaborations, inventive remixes, nor live material (save for a Nico cover from a 2003 Peel Session), Sentimental Ornament finds the inimitable group at the most experimental edges of their galaxy.
The Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show, Episode IV
As the terra firma of planet earth has become increasingly weird, here’s a thirty-seven minute respite into the celestine. Welcome to episode four of the Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show, featuring: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry | Nina Simone | Headhunters | Fela Kuti | The Wailers | Stevie Wonder
Truscinkski Gunn Duo: For Eddie Hazel
John Truscinski and Steve Gunn’s wistfully fried “For Eddie Hazel” closes the duo’s new album Soundkeeper, buzzing with amp noise as gorgeous riffs and steady cymbals fade into a shimmering reflection. As the guitarist explains, it was their attempt to pay tribute to one of history’s most ground-shaking soloists. “Because we’ve listened and talked about him so much, we figured it was time to dedicate something in his honor.”
Transmissions: Bill Frisell
Our guest on Transmissions this week is legendary guitarist Bill Frisell. His latest is called Valentine. It’s out now on the Blue Note label, and it finds him in a trio setting, joined by Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. It features Malian folk, standards, and originals, and it’s as deft, nuanced, and emotive as you might expect. Bill joined us early on a Saturday morning to discuss the record, his friendship with the late Hal Wilner, his deep listening practices, and telepathy.
AD Presents: Justin Pins + David Paints (September 25, Archived Livestream)
Now available to stream on-demand. Justin dusts off his crate for the first time in six months at Gold Diggers for an exclusive live stream DJ set with artist David Phillips painting live on stage. The finished framed canvas will be auctioned off with proceeds going to NIVA (Save Our Stages).
Angel Olsen: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
“They’re very different songs, even though they’re the same songs.” That’s how Angel Olsen puts it regarding Whole New Mess, an alternate timeline vision of the album that would become 2019’s All Mirrors. But the record isn’t a mere collection of demos. It’s a snapshot of Olsen at one point in a ongoing processing of thoughts and feelings, alive in a single moment.
Lagniappe Sessions: Alex Izenberg
As noted earlier this year in our review of Caravan Château, Alex Izenberg is not afraid of his influences. For this installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter digs into the pathos of Plastic Ono Band’s “Love”, and “Living Without You” — a cornerstone of Randy Newman’s 1968 debut long-player. A warm blanket in the ever-bizarre autumn of 2020.
The Aquarium Drunkard Guide to Daniel Romano’s 2020
Talk about making the most of the pandemic. Unable to continue his own never ending tour, the already-prolific Romano threw his weight into releasing albums—both newly and previously recorded—like never before. Nine full-lengths and one EP from the shape-shifting Canadian polymath and a handful of trusty collaborators—not to mention a book of love poems. Here’s Aquarium Drunkard’s guide to Daniel Romano’s year that was, as of the end of September.
Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden Rehearsal Tapes
Via our friends at In Sheep's Clothing Hi Fi, a rare live taste of Talk Talk, direct from a cassette belong to producer Tim Friese-Greene, "captured during a late-stage rehearsal session shortly before the band headed into the studio." Absolutely crucial listening.