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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/November 9, 2020
Jesus People Music Vol. 1: The End is at Hand
Behold! On November 27, Aquarium Drunkard and Org Music present Jesus People Music Vol. 1: The End is at Hand. Culled from the BlackForrestry’s AD mixtapes of obscure ’60s and ’70s Jesus People psych, rock, folk, and country, this collection is available only at record stores on Record Store Black Friday, limited 1,000 copies electric blue colored vinyl. In advance of this collection’s release, we’re presenting its liner notes, written by curators Josh Swartwood and Doug Cooper with Jason P. Woodbury.
Unearthed, Vol 13: All Wrongs Reversed
Did indie rock peak in 1995? It feels like it did—but it’s possible that Tyler Wilcox thinks that because he was an impressionable 16-year-old then, having his mind blown week after week by the underground’s leading lights. Whatever, we can all agree that the indie scene was thriving 25 years ago, and the latest Unearthed bootleg mix gathers together some tasty live ’95 jams for your listening pleasure. Most of the big names are here, along with a few slightly underappreciated artists. Turn back the clock and take a dip in the Diamond Sea.
Brian Eno's Music For Anxious Times
A tremendous interview with Brian Eno by Lindsey Zoladz: And I thought, “What do I do with music?” Well, I use it to make the space that I want to live in. What I generally wanted was an atmosphere. That might be an “up” atmosphere, like sometimes all day I would have Fela Kuti playing. But then sometimes, I would listen to only the slow movements of string quartets. So I started to think, I imagine a lot of other people are doing this as well. Ambient really was a way of saying, “I’m now designing musical experiences.” The emphasis was on saying, “Here is a space, an atmosphere, that you can enter and leave as you wish.”
Martin Rude & Jakob Skøt Duo: The Discipline of Assent
An appropriate title for a record spinning today (November 5th as the US counts ballots), The Discipline of Assent is the work of Danish jazz duo Jakob Skøtt and Martin Rude. Modal, exploratory, rooted in the masters, the pair at once reconnoiter the past and sow the future. Fusing acoustic instrumentation with subtle electronics, Assentincorporates ragas, heavy groove and deft percussion — a tight/loose panoramic session fit for the liminal space of DI Chamaeleontis.
Klaus Schønning :: Lydglimt
Rustling wind. Check. Ambient bird calls. Check. Serpentine Hohner Clavinet funk. Check. Originally released in Copenhagen in the winter of 1979, Klaus Schønning’s Lydglimt was reissued last month via the ever-sleuthing Frederiksberg Records. A baker’s dozen, the record is a taut embrace of ice cold synths and a Teac 4-track recorder. All propers to Schønning for making ornithology-infused Danish funk a thing.
Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game
Iconoclast, raconteur, provocateur. Filmmaker Oliver Stone released the first volume of his memoirs earlier this year, entitled Chasing The Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game. The autobiography leans into the first 40 years of Stone's life and career, quickly picking up steam following Stone's dropping out of Yale to volunteer in the Vietnam war---its horrors forever shaping his worldview. As a look into Stone's career, Chasing provides an intimate look into the early, scrappy, nature of the creative works that called to the auteur, and in some cases nearly broke him. Oh, and there's of subtext/shit-talking for those familiar with Stone's films and those who worked with him. We're looking at you James Woods...
Transmissions: Hari Kunzru
This week on Transmissions, Hari Kunzru in conversation with host Jason P. Woodbury. Kunzru is a novelist and writer; his latest is called Red Pill. It’s about a writer who receives a fellowship in Germany, where he finds himself sucked into a spiral of reactionary thinking. His other 2020 project is a podcast called Into the Zone, from Puskin Industries. It’s a podcast about, well, to put it in reductive terms, the opposite of reactive thinking. Examining the liminal space between borders—visiting Stonehenge, remarking on the early days of the internet, examining what divides country from the blues, and even what constitutes life—and what constitutes death—Kunzru blurs binaries and swims in the waters of the undefined and fascinating.
Transmissions: John Darnielle
Bonus episode! Our guest for this Sunday edition of Transmissions is John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. He’s got two albums out this year—first, a lo-fi boombox recorded tape, Songs for Pierre Chuvin, and now, Getting Into Knives, recorded with the full Mountain Goats band and producer Matt Ross-Sprang at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis. John’s songs have hailed Satan and cast possums in a theological light. He’s written about myths, tragic heroes, and people trying to unwreck themselves. We were very excited to speak with him about his latest and much more.
Ela Orleans: In The Night
From the wayback machine that was 2012. Eight years on into the weirdest year ever, Ela Orleans' In The Night sounds right on time. Culled from Orleans retrospective collection, Movies For Ears, the compilation finds the Polish composer and multi-instrumentalist artfully gliding across a palette of sound reminiscent of Nico, Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull, and Broadcast. An oeuvre of multi-layered, clever avant-pop music.
Felbm: Tape 3/Tape 4
Here’s a little something to assist in your embrace of “hygge”...Tape 3/4—the latest entry in Felbm’s ongoing “tapes” series. At 14 tracks, the Utrecht based artist continues down the path set out in 2018, woodshedding material via 4-track. A homespun instrumental affair brimming with low key jazzscapes, here’s a taste…a rendering somewhat reminiscent of an alternate universe, lo-fi, Vince Guaraldi.