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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 13

Friends, you spoke, we listened. In an effort to spread out the good stuff and keep things bite-sized, we'll be sending out streamlined editions of Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's dispatch of cultural ephemera, three times a week.

We hope our presence in your inbox is a comfort, and that the art presented here helps you navigate the weird normal. As always, AD is powered by its patrons. Do you appreciate our 24/4 radio stream, weekly two-hour show on Sirius/XM, Transmissions podcast, The Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, historical features, mixtapes, and audio/visual excursions? If you do, the best way to support AD is to contribute funds via 
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Transmissions: A Conversation With Mary Lattimore

The music of Mary Lattimore is at once intimate and cosmic—her unfolding and widening and retracting harp epics connect outer expanses to inner realms. Whether teaming with collaborators like Steve GunnMeg Baird, and Mac McCaughan, or crafting floating solo works, or covering Brian Eno for the Lagniappe Sessions, Lattimore’s musical voice resounds as a calming and clear one. Which is why, as the pandemic blues really kicked in, Transmissions hosts Justin Gage and Jason P. Woodbury rang her up to discuss adjusting creative practices, dealing with daily anxieties, and narrow down which Succession character is least despicable. 

Caleb Landry Jones: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview 

Best known for his work in Twin Peaks: The Return, Get Out, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Breaking Bad, Caleb Landry Jones as emerged as a singer/songwriter with his debut lp The Mother Stone. Now at AD, he the influence of the Beatles and discusses the record's themes—"Abuse, loss, hope, the good tickle, the bad tickle, the runaway train, the perfectly timed flying bus...There’s ideas of grandeur, dreams, what-ifs. It’s all true because none of it can be."

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

A film comprised of 120 minutes of supernatural, foreboding dread and despair? No, this is not a documentary about Covid 19, but filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimo's (Dogtooth, The Lobster) fifth picture released in 2017. A contemporary take on Agamemnon's bargain. And yes, it's on Netflix. Two quarantined thumbs up.

Hailu Mergia Blazes New Terrain on Yene Mircha, His Triumphant Return to Full Band Recordin

On the self-produced Yene Mircha, Ethiopian jazz legend Hailu Mergia is joined by two other stalwarts of the post-revolution ‘70s music scene: traditional vocalist Tsehay Kassa and saxophonist Moges Habte, a cornerstone of the Walias band horn section. “The idea is to bring back the influence of the ‘70s sound and mix that with the new sound,” says Mergia. “I think that’s what I’m working with.” 

Hal Willner (April 6, 1956 – April 7, 2020)

The great Hal Willner passed away last week due to COVID complications. His varied credits, strewn across a vast discography, provide a throughline connecting a string of remarkable visionaries: Sun Ra, Walt Disney, Lucinda Williams, Harry Partch, Charles Mingus, Lou Reed, NRBQ, Nick Cave, Bill Frisell, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits, Marianne Faithfull, Leonard Cohen, Charles Mingus, the Beats, the punks—outsiders and insiders alike. Willner had his hand in the music of SNL, Robert Altman's Short Cuts and Kansas City, The Million Dollar Hotel, Anchorman, Step Brothers, Gangs of New York, and many more film and TV productions. "Hal was our visionary, our ringleader, always working against reason itself, armed with a deep love and bottomless knowledge of music, an incredible generosity and reverence for those forgotten and discarded, an eccentric and screwball vision, and a perverse love of chaos, and who produced some of the most moving and unforgettable spectacles I have ever witnessed, or had the honour to be involved in," wrote his friend, Nick Cave, at Rolling Stone. Taken together, his productions, tribute albums, and soundtracks are total art assemblages, testaments to weird cohesion that defies logic. “I was a kid who went around talking to himself, and used to get in trouble drawing cartoons, and locked myself in my room and went into dream world — I was one of those," Willner told the New York Times. "I just retreated into television and records, and that was reality for me.”

John Prine, "When I Get to Heaven"

When I get to heaven
I'm gonna shake God's hand
Thank him for more blessings
Than one man can stand
Then I'm gonna get a guitar
And start a rock and roll band
Check into a swell hotel
Ain't the 'afterlife' grand!

And then I'm gonna get a cocktail
Vodka and ginger ale
Yeah, I'm gonna smoke a cigarette 
That's nine miles long
I'm gonna kiss that pretty girl 
On the tilt a whirl
'Cause this old man is going to town

Then as God as my witness
I'm gettin' back into show business
I'm gonna open up a nightclub called 
'The Tree of Forgiveness'
And forgive everybody
Ever done me any harm
I might even invite a few choice critics
Those syphilitic parasitics
Buy 'em a pint of Smithwick's 
And smothert'em with my charm

'Cause then I'm gonna get a cocktail
Vodka and ginger ale
Yeah, I'm gonna smoke a cigarette 
That's nine miles long
I'm gonna kiss that pretty girl 
On the tilt a whirl
Yeah this old man is going to town

Yeah when I get to heaven
I'm gonna take
That wristwatch off my arm
What are you gonna do with time 
After you've bought the farm
And them I'm gonna go find my mom and dad
And good old brother Doug
Well I bet him and cousin Jackie
Are still cuttin' up a rug
Wanna see all my mama's sisters
'Cause that's where all the love starts
I miss 'em all like crazy
Bless their little hearts
And I always will remember
These words my daddy said
He said, "Buddy, when you're dead
You're a dead peckerhead"
I hope to prove him wrong
That is ... when I get to heaven

'Cause I'm gonna have a cocktail
Vodka and ginger ale
Gonna smoke a cigarette 
That's nine miles long
I'm gonna kiss that pretty girl 
On the tilt a whirl
Yeah this old man is going to town
Yeah this old man is going to town


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