Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 1, 2019
No fooling. It's April. Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif. Want to support AD? Here's how: Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media. Let's dig in.
Transmissions Podcast: Jason Mantzoukas/In Memoriam: Sara Romweber/Low: On Double Negative
On the latest edition of our monthly podcast: actor, writer, and covert ethnomusicologist Jason Mantzoukas of the upcoming John Wick 3 heads to Gold Diggers Sound in East Hollywood to discuss the ways improv comedy and jazz inform his work on shows like The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Big Mouth. Then, an audio version of our postscript for the late Sara Romweber of Let's Active, who passed away earlier this month at 55. And to close, we join Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low to discuss the band’s 12th album, Double Negative.
Van Morrison: I'm Not Feeling It Anymore
Sometimes a song just captures the mood. This one, from Van's underrated 1991 lp Hymns to the Silence, speaks to the art of stating it true and plain with a close confidant: "Have to get back, have to get back the base/I need to talk to somebody, I can trust."
Just finished up a rewatch of Richard Linklater, Julie Delphy, and Ethan Hawke's masterful Before Trilogy. Spanning 18 years, the films—1995's Before Sunrise, 2004's Before Sunset, and 2013's Before Midnight—feature little more than Hawke and Delphy's characters in intimate conversation. But what these movies lack in plot mechanics, they make up in quiet, unfolding romance.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse: The Unreleased Albums
Since the launch of his NeilYoungArchives.com site, fans have been tantalized by several unreleased works, many of which feature Crazy Horse in starring roles. Check out what’s (possibly) in store…
Sing to It: Amy Hempel
Another masterful collection of short stories by Amy Hempel, whose work magnifies small moments, holding them up to the light to reveal the magnitude of their smallest details.
Fugazi: Live in Los Angeles, March 10, 1999
There are few entities that had more of a nascent influence on what would later evolve into AD than that of early 90s Fugazi; both live and on record. Here's a video of the band captured by Lance Bangs TWENTY years ago in Los Angeles at the Palace.
RIP Scott Walker
A true creative titan. From the pop majesty of the Walker Brothers, to the darkness of Tilt and his final collaboration with drone metal outfit Sunn O))), Walker never stopped attempting to pierce the veil, to travel back and forth between worlds.
Stephen Malkmus: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
“Some of these songs have this kind of ramshackle rhythm first of all, and it’ll kind of get into something and then kind of fall apart a bit.” This is Stephen Malkmus talking with me on the phone about the title of his latest solo album, Groove Denied. It’s an accurate description of an album that opens with a song that seems to have two very different beats going on for nearly the first full minute of the song before collapsing back into something pretty interesting. There’s nothing outrageously different about this album in terms of music at large, but it’s both a departure and something very familiar for longtime fans of Malkmus’ work. And that alone might make it one of the best Stephen Malkmus records in a long time.
Big Ego Tapes
Psychic Temple main man Chris Schlarb, in conversation with guests like Meg Duffy (Hand Habits), writer Gustavo Turner, guitarist Mike Baggetta, and more. Recorded directly to 60 minutes tape. Insightful, strange, probing talks about the creative process and whatever else happens to bubble up.
Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard every Wednesday at 7pm PST with encore broadcasts on-demand via the SIRIUS/XM app.
SIRIUS 559 (March 27): Intro ++ This Heat – S.P.Q.R. ++ Fugazi – Shut The Door (Instrument Version) ++ The Raincoats – Shouting Out Loud ++ The Slits – Walkabout ++ The Fall – Frenz ++ OMNI – Afterlife ++ Gang of Four – Either ++ Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky ++ P.I.L. – Poptones ++ Daniel Patrick Quinn – Channelkirk and Surrounding Area ++ 39 Clocks – DNS ++ Leben Und Arbeiten – Amanita ++ Malaria! – Your Turn To Run (I Will Be Your Only One) ++ Jah Wobble & Evan Parker – Giving Up The Ghost ++ Deerhunter – Rainwater Cassette Exchange ++ Sonic Youth – Titanium Exposé ++ Pavement – Fight This Generation (edit) ++ Bodega – Bodega Birth ++ Pavement – Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era ++ Tim Presley’s White Fence – Phone ++ Laurie Anderson – Superman (excerpt) ++ Helado Negro – Running ++ Jonny Greenwood & Thom Yorke – The Numbers (w/ Roland CR78) ++ Jonny Greenwood & Thom Yorke – Present Tense (w/ Roland CR78) ++ Brian Eno – By This River ++ The Proper Ornaments – Now I Understand ++ Girls Names – I Lose ++ Ty Segall / White Fence – Tongues ++ Golden Daze – Blue Bell ++ Yoshinori Hayashi – III Chose ++ Deerhunter – Death In Midsummer
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