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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/March 30, 2020
◐ Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard ◑
Weird times, strange signals. Worldwide online audio balm. 24/7 pirate radio.
Alone together, floating in the ether. Radio Free AD is the culmination of 15 years of gathering and contextualizing sounds from around the globe. Expect: a continuous stream of AD selects—including loads of rare recordings not available via streaming services—specialty shows from close confidants and comrades / label highlights / artist spotlights / global guest DJ digs / interviews / listener requests & beyond. Support via Patreon. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay clean. For heads, by heads.
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Haley Fohr: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Haley Fohr is feeling the collapse. “I have this character I’ve created that has yet to get out of the internet,” she observes glumly from her quarantined apartment in Chicago. “She’s stuck inside of the internet.” She’s referring to Jackie Lynn, her country-glam outlaw alter ego. Keeping a hyper-femme, truck driving drug kingpin like Jackie Lynn locked behind a screen is like storing an exotic animal in a dank basement: its unbounded soul decays with each passing day void of any primeval thrill. “But we’re going forward with the campaign,” she continues. “We’re excited to release this [album].”
Transmissions: A Conversation with William Tyler
A check-in with William Tyler. Discussed: road tripping in the time of a pandemic, First Cow, and Tyler's Beautiful Music In The Night compilation of the ghosts of old Nashville radio via WAMB 1160 AM.
Bob Marley & The Wailers: The Record Plant/Sausalito, CA, October 31,1973
From the depths of a CaseLogic book of CDs, this incredible Wailers' set, recorded at the Record Plant in Sausalito, broadcast over the air on KSAN-FM radio. More digs to come: James Booker, The Meters, etc. Stay tuned. Stay clean.
Aquarium Drunkard Presents: A Deep Breath (A Mixtape)
Zach Cowie: A lot of friends have been reaching out for healing music. Here are some things that have felt like taking a deep breath over the past few weeks. Much love to everyone.
The Lagniappe Sessions: M. Ward
For his debut Lagniappe Session, Ward decided to dig deep into the historical archives to rework some classic standards—one jazz, one classical—using some heavy guitar strings and the rustic hum of vintage Americana.
Lost In America (1985)
The nest egg! Seeking some relief, we dipped into this 1985 Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty classic, and it didn't disappoint. Wherever you go, there you are, etc.
Some For The Makossa Man
Daniel T: Some for The Makossa Man,” a celebration and glance at the world of Afrobeat giant, Manu Dibango: a trailblazer whose music laid the groundwork for what would become disco and hip-hop. He passed away today from COVID-19. Rest in peace, Makossa Man. Here are just a few records, from his otherwise enormous catalog of music. These have hardly left my bag over the last decade. Enjoy.
Dick Slessig Combo: Wichita Lineman
“Wichita Lineman” finds the Dick Slessig Combo harnessing the song’s original melodic components and locking in. Mark Lightcap’s guitar drifts and melts away, evoking Isaac Hayes’ super-spaced soul or Duane Eddy conjuring up celestial waves crashing on a cosmic beach; the rhythm section of Steve Goodfriend and Carl Bronson mind meld; occasionally an organ flutters. The song becomes a mantra.
Eleanor Davis: How To Be Happy (2014)
Not actually a guide to happiness, Davis clarifies in the intro to this gorgeous graphic novel. In reality, these stories offer much more, reflecting on grief, mystery, hope, and stories. Tinged with magical realism and sci-fi vision, it's an incredible collection from a modern master.
Underneath the bunker, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles. SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
SIRIUS 607: Behavior – My Ten Cents ++ Omni – Networker ++ The Gerbils – Sunshine Soul ++ The Olivia Tremor Control – Memories of Jacqueline 1906 ++ Circulatory System – Yesterday’s World ++ The Apples In Stereo – Innerspace ++ Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t – Moon River ++ Jeff Mangum – Engine (Live) ++ Atlas Sound – River Card ++ Lotus Plaza – What Grows? ++ Deerhunter – He Would Have Laughed ++ Cate Le Bon / Bradford Cox – Constance ++ Cate Le Bon – I’m A Dirty Attic ++ Drinks – Corner Shops ++ Tim Presley’s White Fence – Phone ++ Doug Tuttle – These Times ++ Simply Saucer – Bullet Proof Nothing ++ England’s Glory – Predictably Blonde ++ Phantom Family Halo w/ Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Roki For Now ++ Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker – Half Joking ++ Kevin Ayers – May I? ++ Damaged Bug – Gloves For Garbage ++ Brian Eno – Burning Airlines Give You So Much More ++ Gong Gong Gong – Notes Underground ++ Destroyer – Hey, Snow White ++ Swan Lake – A Venue Called Rubella ++ The New Pornographers – Spidyr ++ Real Estate – Younger Than Yesterday ++ Part Time – It’s Alright With Me ++ Craft Spells – Komorebi ++ Thee Oh Sees – Palace Doctor ++ Pill – Naked Muse ++ Trouble – Snake Eyes ++ Charles Mingus – Devil Woman (excerpt) ++ Earth Girl Helen Brown – Hit After Hit ++ Richard Swift – Bat Coma Motown / collage m. hentz
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