Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/August 17, 2020
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Unearthed, Vol. 11: UnLoaded
Loaded has been rightly celebrated plenty over the decades, but what the hell, let’s celebrate it a little more. This latest Unearthed mix cobbles together an alternate version of the LP via some tasty live recordings, rehearsal tapes, backstage jams and other obscurities. Recording quality varies wildly, performance quality is great throughout. Heavenly wine and roses await.
Tashi Dorji: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Tashi Dorji’s music exists in the now, the exact moment when it leaves his fingers. Playing is, for him, a kind of spiritual practice, as necessary as eating and breathing and just as instinctual. His latest album, Stateless, was recorded in about an hour and a half, Dorji laying down track after track, pausing only to retune in idiosyncratic ways between bouts of playing.
Portrait of the Artist
A look at the young David Berman's life at the University of Virginia.
Alex Izenberg: Caravan Château
Izenberg’s unpredictable song structures and weary vocal lines are his and his alone. The ride is a wild—almost terrifying—one at times, but as soon as you start to feel a little turned around, Izenberg is there to pick you up and dust you off.
Beverly Glenn Copeland: At Last!
This fall promises the release of Transmissions: The Music of Beverly Glenn-Copeland—a survey of the brilliant catalog of a pioneering transgender artist. But first, the funk rock ep At Last! It’s the latest affirmation of the seemingly impossible magic of Glenn-Copeland’s catalog.
In Sheep's Clothing: Episode Two
Shortly after lockdown we launched Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard — a 24/7 quarantine companion. After two months on-air, the experiment morphed into a monthly 4-hour program at Dublab. This week's broadcast featured AD deejays along with special guest William Tyler. Here’s a taste from May—episode two of In Sheep’s Clothing. Cole Kinnear is the selector. Episode one–along with loads of other RFAD archived shows– can be accessed via our Patreon.
The Aquarium Drunkard Guide To Three Lobed Records
Founded 20 years ago, North Carolina’s Three Lobed Records documents the psych-rock underground. There’s no signature Three Lobed sound or vibe — and that’s a very good thing. To celebrate 20 years of Three Lobed Recordings, we’ve pulled together a selection of noteworthy LPs from the label’s ever-expanding galaxy, with recommendations both from the Aquarium Drunkard crew and Three Lobed-related artists.
Desert Oracle: Mountain of the Stars
We've got a double dose of the weird for you this week. Up first, Ken Layne's Desert Oracle weekly radio program, devoted to Arizona lore this episode with a look at the Estrella Mountains, a hot bed of UFO activity. AD's own Jason P. Woodbury factors in ever so slightly...
Transmissions: Colin Dickey
...Meanwhile, JPW is much more active on this episode of our weekly podcast Transmissions, with guest Colin Dickey, author of The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, & Our Obsession with the Unexplained. What do the memes, myths, and conspiracy theories about UFOs, monsters, weird weather and lost lands reveal about the way imagination works? Dickey dives in.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Vol. 2
RSD Drops #1 (August 29) sees the vinyl release of volume two of Aquarium Drunkard’s ongoing Lagniappe Sessions. The 13 performances gathered here on wax all have one thing in common: they’re all bursting at the seams with love and appreciation for the power of song. We’re in a blessedly irony-free zone here; even if the song choices may occasionally seem unusual, there’s not a trace of mockery to be found. There are ghosts in the grooves here, as well. But don’t worry—they’re friendly…