Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/July 6, 2020
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Rest in Power Ennio Morricone
From spaghetti westerns to Tarantino, few have ever come close to defining the sound of cinema the way Ennio Morricone has. The famed composer has passed away at 91.
That Summer Feeling (An Aquarium Drunkard Playlist)
Hot as a roman candle, cool as a case of watery domestics.
Recently posted on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art site: Kovács/O'Doherty's recording with David Bryant from Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Signal Tied, a serenade for "an abandoned satellite with Sacred Harp Music."
Transmission: Joe Casey of Protomartyr
From our weekly talk show, Transmissions. One of the most exciting rock bands of the last decade, the Detroit-based post punk band will release its fifth album, Ultimate Success Today July 17th. The word prophetic isn’t a stretch. With its references to disease, institutional brutality, and gross inequality—symptoms of “a cosmic grief, beyond all comprehension”—the new record matches the apocalyptic mood of the US, and much of the world, in 2020. But it also speaks to the continued growth of the Protomartyr aesthetic, pairing contributions by players associated with free jazz and experimental music with post-punk rhythms.
The hammered dulcimer has been played all over the world for more than 1,000 years. But the vast possibilities of the instrument are still being explored. Case in point: Powers/Rolin Duo’s self-titled LP on Feeding Tube Records. Here, Jen Powers uses the hammered dulcimer to create a rippling, reverberant sound, something both minimal and expansive.
The Indebted Dead
"It has been a long time since we have corpses rotting in the streets for lack of burial. But in the time of Corona, he suggests "we again need to be reminded of what it means to care for a stranger’s body," writes author Colin Dickey, tracing the history of the Grateful Dead folktale and the evolving obligations of being alive.
Silver Scrolls: Music For Walks
A necessary transmission coming to us from the Polvo galaxy. Silver Scrolls features members of that pioneering band, but offers plenty of fresh perspectives and jams.
Lou Turner: Songs For John Venn
However eclectic Songs For John Venn gets, the album is held together firmly by Lou Turner’s singular lyrics and perfectly breezy vocals. She can make even the most tongue-twisted of lines sound as natural as a conversation with friends, blending wry humor with piercing observations, stony wonderings with crystal clear vision. These tunes follow their own weird inner logic but remain altogether accessible for the casual listener—a neat trick, indeed.
Nina Simone: Fodder on My Wings
Recorded shortly after her move to Paris, Nina Simone’s Fodder on My Wings was, for almost three decades, relegated to its obscure 1982 French-only release. Finally reissued for the masses earlier this year, the album opens a window into a previously unknown part of the songstress’ career, exorcising her grief and ghosts through excursions in calypso, jazz, and funk, as well as haunted folk chants and, in moments such as the mystifying title track and a breathtaking stark telling of her father’s passing, fusions of a baroque soul and playful outsider pop. Simone has been historically remembered as aloof during this period in her life, but on these songs she bears her soul naked.
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