Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/November 12, 2018
Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard's bi-monthly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. Our biggest issue yet. Too much out there worth sharing, from instrumental drones to interstellar objects. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers, boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif.
Aquarium Drunkard Guide to ECM Records: Second Instalment
Welcome to the second installment of the Aquarium Drunkard guide to ECM Records. Marked by an attention to sonic space and a distinct visual aesthetic, ECM has released a wide amalgamation of jazz, fusion, modern classical, avant-garde, world music and beyond since 1969. By no means a comprehensive compendium, like our first installment, the following selection of output spans various decades, styles and genres, exemplifying the breadth and depth of the label’s ongoing pursuit.
Sonafric Records/Akofa Akoussah
A short-but-well-lived Paris-based/Africa-focused label from the mid-'70s and early '80s, Sonafric released a powerful set of singers and performers, including the supernaturally talented Akofa Akoussah, Ali Farka Toure, Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako, Orchestre Afro Succes, and Volta Jazz. Now at Aquarium Drunkard, our look at this special enterprise.
William Tyler: Fail Safe
The first selection from guitarist William Tyler's Goes West, out January 25 via Merge Records. A gorgeous, Wyndham Hill-styled swooner featuring Brad Cook on bass, Meg Duffy of Hand Habits on guitar, Griffin Goldsmith on drums, and James Anthony Wallace on pianos, organ, and vibraphone. Balm in these convoluted times.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Live from Wings of Desire
Inspired by Nick Cave's recent, utterly transcendent performance at the Forum, we're revisiting the Bad Seeds' performance in Wim Wender's 1987 classic Wings of Desire.
Harvard scientists say Oumuamua, the cigar-shaped, fast moving object that was discovered visiting our solar system a year ago could be an envoy from an alien civilization. "There seemed to be an extra force that is pushing it, and it's not clear what this push is from," says Avi Loeb, chair of the Harvard University astronomy department. The object opens up a wealth of fascinating possibilities.
Van Morrison: Live in Boston 1968
There are no links here to tracks from what we suppose is now deemed Van Morrison: Live In Boston 1968. The title is intentionally bland, purely informational. As outlined by Ryan H. Walsh, writer of one of this year’s best books, Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, the whole thing is likely a copyright maneuver – some legal wrangling to keep possession with its maker, fifty-years after its creation. There’s some hope and/or speculation that maybe this precipitates a release, but probably not. It doesn’t seem Morrison wants it to see daylight. And yet, it has.
Mary Lattimore & Meg Baird: Ghost Forests
A few years ago, singer-songwriter Meg Baird and harpist Mary Lattimore showed up at Three Lobed Records' annual Hopscotch Festival day show for a gorgeously spectral collaborative set that left anyone either physically present or tuning in via the World Wide Web wanting more. Finally, the duo's partnership has made it to wax—and it was worth the wait. Ghost Forests(released by Three Lobed, natch) is a perfect blend of Baird and Lattimore's distinctive styles, with the former's haunting voice and Britfolk-inflected guitar complemented by every turn by the latter's elegant harp and subtly adventurous electronics.
The Mighty Sparrow: Fyaah & Fury
There’s a wannabe dictator in the Oval Office and answers don’t seem to be blowing in the wind. The dearth of the protest song is astonishing. Perhaps overwhelmed like the rest of us, perhaps needing more time to be inspired to sing about what many find so dispiriting, artists have, by and large, yet to directly address the Orange One in their music. Into the void steps one of the greatest musical titans of all-time, a living legend and one of the greatest lyricists of any genre. The Mighty Sparrow is one of, if not the, greatest calypsonians – a master with outsize influence on the genre of calypso as a whole and a favorite of people like Bob Dylan, who himself didn’t end up finding any answers in the ’60s, or beyond. And now, Sparrow is back with a protest burner, "Fyaah & Fury."
Charles Mingus: Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden
In 1973, Charles Mingus’ career was on the upswing. After a few years out of music, some band squabbles, and even getting evicted while being filmed by a documentary crew, he was finally getting something approximating his due. There were the lavish orchestrations of 1972’s Let My Children Hear Music, a record deal with Atlantic and his autobiography, Beneath the Underdog. A New Yorker profile from around this time speaks to how even his live shows were improving: “I heard half a dozen long numbers,” wrote Whitney Balliett, “and they were exceptional.” They could’ve been describing BBE’s new five-CD box set Live in Detroit. Taken from a run of shows at Detroit’s Strata Concert Gallery, this set catches Mingus in an oft-overlooked period - and a particularly fruitful one.
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