Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/February 22, 2021
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Aquarium Drunkard Book Club: Chapter Three
Lagniappe Sessions: Alabaster dePlume
Welcome back to the stacks. The Aquarium Drunkard Book Club gathering up some new (and not so new) reads by Brian Eno, Ram Dass, Oliver Stone, and more, spanning historical texts to music histories and beyond.
RIP: Miles Seaton of Akron/Family
JJ Toth of Wooden Wand shared a remembrance of his late friend Miles Seaton over at The Talkhouse. "He seemed to forever be seeking ways to transcend his natural inclinations to cynicism. Basically, he was a pessimist who worked very hard at being an optimist —a guy with a hippie heart and a punk rock mind."
The Lagniappe Sessions blast off in 2021 with Alabaster dePlume–the man behind one of our favorite lps of last year. The following three covers find the artist paying tribute to friend and contemporary, Jaimie Branch, a traditional Russian love song, and the incomparable Arthur Russell.
Wayne Horvitz: This New Generation (Live at CBGB's, 1987)
We love Wayne Horvitz around here, especially his late ’80s-early ’90s output with his avant garde jazz outfit, The President. Next week, he’ll open the archives with Live Forever, Vol. 1: The President: New York in the 80’s, a compilation of live tracks, demos, and studio outtakes.
Danish rock & roll band Iceage return with a swaggering crime drama humor on the booming and bluesy “Vendetta.” It’s the Sonic Boom-produced second single from the forthcoming Seek Shelter, out May 7.
How to Escape the Confines of Space and Time According to the CIA
The CIA has long studied the fringe. In the '80s, the agency outlined "Gateway Experience" technique to alter consciousness and ultimately escape spacetime. Thobey Campion reports for Motherboard.
Transmissions: Fletcher Tucker
Northern California mysticism with Fletcher Tucker. His latest album of ritualistic folk music is called Unlit Trail, a record settled deep into the sacred nature of existence. Tucker joined us to discuss Star Trek, animism, family, the Esalen Institute, human potential, and the deep history of his instruments and home in Big Sur, California.
Transfigurations 2021: Recent + Recommended 21st Century Guitar
A survey of genre-expanding guitar soli from Yasmin Williams, Rob Noyes, Mason Lindahl, Adeline Hotel, Steffen Basho-Junghans, and more, each expanding what you can do with six (or 12) strings.
Arab Strap: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
The return of Arab Strap. Ahead of the release of the band's seventh album, As Days Get Dark, Aidan Moffat shared his thoughts on the reunion, long-term relationships, the utility of nostalgia and the hope for at least enough normal to return so that Arab Strap can tour again.
Daniel Norgren: Live
Live albums don’t usually offer casual listeners a great entry point, but Daniel Norgren’s Live, recorded just before the lockdowns of last year, not only presents his best songs, but also widens the scope of the Swedish blues interpreter’s music sounds like.