Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 15, 2019
Welcome to Sidecar, a weekly transmission of Aquarium Drunkard highlights and other stuff we're listening to, watching, or digging in general. We are brought to you by Gold Diggers boutique bar, hotel, and recording studio in East Hollywood. Drink, sleep, record. A reminder: AD's launched a Patreon. Chipping in there is the best way to support the work we do, plus, you'll get cool stuff for doing so.
Mega Bog: Diary of a Rose
Stretched out and angular art rock from Erin Elizabeth Birgy’s Mega Bog – “Diary of a Rose” is the first taste from Dolphine, her fifth long-player and first on her new label home of Paradise of Bachelors. Rooted in guitar-driven post-punk, the piece flourishes with synths, squeaks, and feedback, sending it way out into the wilderness and back again. Dolphine drops at the end of June, when we’ll all have a little something to sweat out.
Unearthed Vol. 5: Hoboken Nights
For fans of adventurous rock and roll in the 1980s, there was no better place to be than Maxwell’s. The Hoboken, NJ club (which closed its doors for good in 2013) consistently hosted the best and brightest artists of the era, often before they graduated to much larger venues. For our latest Unearthed bootleg mix, we’ve gathered together some choice audience tapes recorded at Maxwell’s between 1980 and 1990. There’s visionary jangle, guitar freakouts, breezy balladry and much more. And if this whets your appetite for more, get thee to the McKenzie Tapes site (where several of these performances were sourced), which is bringing NYC-area taper David McKenzie’s valuable vintage recordings to the digital age.
Lagniappe Sessions: Trummors
Since 2012, Trummors have released three psychedelic, yet breezy, albums of dusty country rock aided by a who’s who of West Coast players. Anchored by cosmic mainstays David Lerner and Anne Cunningham, the crack teams they regularly recruit hearken back to a time when an album’s support cast was frequently full of surprises. In anticipation of their next full-length, Trummors (with an assist by a coterie of friends), cut a handful of coast and canyon covers, including songs by the Faces, Flying Burrito Brothers, Warren Zevon, and Jimmy Buffet, hovering somewhere between dusk and that ever elusive green flash.
Erik Davis' High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies
From the host of the highly info-taining podcast Expanding Mind, Erik Davis' High Weirdness promises "An exploration of the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson." Can't wait to get our hands on this one.
Emil Amos' Drifter's Sympathy: The Dawn & Renaissance of Home Recording
In addition to his music projects (Holy Sons, Om, Grails, Lilacs & Champagne), the tireless Emil Amos has been cranking out one of the most captivating podcasts of the past few years. With Drifter’s Sympathy, Amos tells “disturbing and often humiliating stories about growing up in a small town in the ‘90s,” while outlining the “birth and trials of the ‘outsider,’ the classic loner archetype in all cultures and literature.
Certain Women (2016)
Slow your scroll. This moving and quiet gem by director Kelly Reichhardt is hiding out on Netflix. Based on short stories by Maile Meloy, Certain Women features incredible performances by Laura Dern, Lily Gladstone, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams. It also stars the wide-open landscape of Montana, which, like these stories, expands as far as the eye can see.
Moses Boyd: Displaced Diaspora
The contemporary UK jazz scene has been especially potent of late, mutating and redefining various sub-stratas of the genre while extending its tendrils. Moses Boyd’s lp from last fall, Displaced Diaspora, is one such example. Though its contents date back to sessions cut in 2015, the collection very much provides a succinct overview of where the London based drummer, composer, and producer is heading.
Marvin Gaye: Where Are We Going? (alternate mix 2)
The newly released You're the Man is a "lost" album by the late, great Marvin Gaye. Originally cut in 1972 as the planned follow up to What's Going On, Gaye shelved the release. But now, it's been sequenced, edited, and sent out into the world. It's a great listen through and through, but the fourth song, "Where Are We Going?" is the one we currently can't stop playing. Universal and intimate, it captures everything that made Gaye's music from this era so undeniable. It's hard to make it sound this easy.
Sky Girl: A Compilation
Originally a handmade mix CD compiled by French collectors Julien Dechery and DJ Sundae and sold at a Parisian boutique, Australia’s Efficient Space label brought Sky Girl to the masses in 2016. “A deeply melancholic and sentimental journey through folk-pop, new wave and art music micro presses that span 1961-1991” and stands tall as one of the finest compilations in recent years.
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SIRIUS 561 (April 10): Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Jonathan Richman – Velvet Underground ++ The Velvet Underground – Here She Comes Now ++ Violent Femmes – Good Feeling ++ The Velvet Underground – Sad Song ++ Belle & Sebastian – (My Girl’s Got) Excellent Technique (Peel Session) ++ Nico – Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams ++ The Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Single Version) ++ Ultimate Painting – Central Park Blues ++ The Dutchess & The Duke – Reservoir ++ The Brian Jonestown Massacre – It Girl ++ The Vaselines – Rory Rides Me Raw ++ Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico – I’m Waiting For The Man (Paris 1972) ++ Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico – Berlin (Paris 1972) ++ Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico – Heroin (Paris 1972) ++ Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico – Femme Fatale (Paris 1972) ++ Wilco – Handhsake Drugs (First Version) ++ Nap Eyes – Stargazer ++ Kevin Morby – City Music ++ Frida Hyvonen – I Drive My Friend ++ Loney, Dear – Grekerna ++ Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All ++ Iggy Pop & James Williamson – Sell Your Love ++ Cate Le Bon – You Don’t Love Me ++ Tim Presley’s White Fence – Phone ++ Lou Reed – Kicks (Live, 1976) ++ Rob Jo Star Band – I Call On One’s Muse ++ Condo Fucks – Gudbuy T’Jane ++ Marshall Crenshaw – Our Town ++ The Cleaners From Venus – Night Starvation ++ The dB’s – Moving In Your Sleep ++ R.E.M. – Wolves Lower ++ R.E.M. – Stumble
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