Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/July 29, 2019
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: Tim Heidecker/John Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings/Johnathan Rice
Transmissions is back! This month, we bring you the uncut edition of our conversation with Tim Heidecker, explaining the classic inspirations behind his latest LP, What The Broken Hearted Do. Also, a review of the John Coltrane boxset, Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings. And to close out, Jonathan Rice live at Gold Diggers, discussing both his haikus—optimized for the social media age—and new album, The Long Game.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Six Organs Of Admittance
For his debut Lagniappe Session, Ben Chasny has re-imagined three Melvins songs, paying righteous tribute to the long-running Washington state rockers. "Covering the Melvins is an audacious project," says Chasny. "It is definitely extra risky for an acoustic band that is not particularly into the move where an acoustic band/musician covers a genre that is (oh-so-crazily!) different from the original. By now it’s a trope and usually done with some sort of winky-wink, 'Hey, I know of these heavier musics but look at me, I can make it all mellow, isn’t this cute and listenable?' So I was a bit hesitant to even execute this but in the end it’s my love for the band that made me do it."
The Song I Hate: Battery Park NYC, July 4th 2008, or Occupy the Sprawl. Extend the Technique...
The arrival of Sonic Youth’s Battery Park NYC comes as an opportunity, then, to consider a moment when that previous era was still visible in its twilight—a recent past nevertheless obscured by its break with the present—and to consider what, if any, possibilities remain for a future of music in opposition.
Royal Trux: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Drag City Records happening this year was the return of Royal Trux. The duo of Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty released a new studio album, White Stuff, in March, an excellent juxtaposition for the anniversary of the label they helped found. But for the first time since their infamous stint on Virgin Records in the 90s, they weren’t on Drag City but rather Fat Possum. Also, numerous attempts at scheduling a national tour for the album fell flat with the tour being completely canceled in late April. The state of the band was further thrown into doubt via some intensely wild interviews given to The Guardian and several other outlets. It’s as chaotically appropriate – though disappointing – as a Royal Trux promotion cycle could be. Aquarium Drunkard spoke with Jennifer Herrema via Skype back before the tour was canceled and in an hour-long interview discussed returning to Royal Trux after an eighteen year hiatus, the interview with The Guardian, the somewhat contested recording story behind White Stuff, their almost unbelievable stint on Virgin Records in the 90s, intense bargaining over streaming their back catalogue, and the proclivity of Burger Kings in the U.K.
Dangerous Minds: Martin Rev
Over at the ever-reliable Dangerous Minds, Martin Rev discusses his early life and the recording of Suicide's first album: "I guess I was printed with a lot of that energy maybe from rock ‘n’ roll too and something who knows maybe ancestral, familial."
Perfect Sound Forever: Judy Dyble
Speaking of great interviews. Perfect Sound Forever goes all-in with Judy Dyble, covering her long and storied career as an "accidental musician," including time with Fairport Convention, Fripp, Trader Horne, and more covered in in memoir.
Hot Sick Vile and Fun: New Sounds From San Francisco (A Compilation)
On the heels of this year’s excellent Sunsets album Hairdressers From Heaven, Sonny Smith is back, this time with a compilation of “great and weird new art happening in San Francisco” on his Rocks In Your Head Records label. Gone are the halcyon Bay Area garage rock days of the past decade or so (as captured on 2013’s I Need You Bad, also curated by Sonny), but Sonny’s here to remind us that there’s more to San Francisco than just tech companies. Hot Sick And Vile Fun primarily showcases a bumper crop of current day groups that reside in a sort of San Francisco meets Flying Nun vein (Galore, Cindy, Rays), though there are some unexpected and welcome moves.
Emergence Magazine: Language
Emergence Magazine is a quarterly online publication exploring ecology, culture, and spirituality. It recently published its fifth issue, centerered around language. From a six-part film following four Indigenous communities who are revitalizing their languages and cultures to Paul Kingsnorth's incisive take on the limits of written language to poetry by Linda Hogan, the pieces here are remarkable, thought-provoking, and moving.
Maison Dufrene IX—A Mixtape
Summer respite. Assuage the heat and embrace the mellow with this ninth installment of Maison Dufrene — a measured cadence of breezy, lilting melodies focused on taking it real slow.
As man travels there are songs that are sung to him, they have a safe journey to where he is going and return home safe — all as one...
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SIRIUS 574 (July 24): Tone Scientists – Tiny Pyramids (Sun Ra) ++ Sinkane – Come Together *Dub Version (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++Dent May – Right Down The Line (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Dent May – Living On An Island (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Julian Lynch – Possession (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Hand Habits – The Only Living Boy In New York (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Mega Bog – Gemini (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Mega Bog – Army Dreamers (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Six Organs of Admittance – Night Goat (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Six Organs of Admittance – With Teeth (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Six Organs of Admittance – Boris (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Scott Hirsch – So Far Away (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Erin Rae – Duchess (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Erin Rae – Some Misunderstanding (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Trummors – Juanita (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ RF Shannon – About Her Eyes (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Steve Gunn – Astro Zombies (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Mountain Man – Hot Knife (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Kevin Morby – Miss Ohio (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Jess Williamson – 1000 Miles From Nowhere (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Nap Eyes – 2 Cool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ White Fence – Allison Road (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ White Fence – She’s Got Medals (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Of Montreal – Did You See His Name? (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Zachary Cale – 1970 (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Ought – Money Changes Everything (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ OMNI – Identity Crisis (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Adan & Xavi – Cancion Para Mi Muerte (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ The Allah-Las – Come On (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Hollow Hand – In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Sonny And The Sunsets – Tracy Had A Hard Day Sunday (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Tashaki Mikyaki – I Only Have Eyes For You (Aquarium Drunkard Session)