Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/October 12, 2020
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The Story of Herbie Hancock
VMP Anthology: The Story of Herbie Hancock—an eight album, 11 LP journey into the music and history of Herbie Hancock celebrating his 80th birthday and his more than 60 years of altering the landscape of jazz. Curated by Herbie himself and pressed exclusively by VMP with albums remastered by Bernie Grundman and liner notes written by Marcus Moore, experience one of the most important catalogs in American music history.
Thurston Moore: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Aquarium Drunkard contributor Robert Ham speaks with Thurston Moore about By the Fire, his new album of "radiant heat and kaleidoscopic arrangements" which "join together in oozing consort and tickling friction." He joins Ham to talk London, his involvement in the poetry scene there, the Sonic Youth archives, and much more.
Jesus People Music: Volume 1-The End Is At Hand
Behold, The End Is At Hand. Available Record Store Day Black, our collaboration with ORG Music and Blackforestry, Jesus People Music, Vol. 1. Only at independent record shops, featuring outsider psych and folk from the ‘60s & ‘70s, extensive liner notes, and remastered audio.
Aquarium Drunkard Book Club: Chapter One
Warren Zevon once said “We love to buy books because we believe we’re buying the time to read them.” But even if your towering “too read” can’t guarantee immortality, those pages can make life feel even more worth living. Welcome to the inaugural Aquarium Drunkard Book Club. This installment finds Tyler Wilcox guiding us through a few of his recent reads, including tomes about the VU, Sun Ra, Leonard Cohen, and more.
Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Pylon- In Conversation (Livestream)
Wednesday, October 14th–live from the fabulous 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA–AD presents a conversation with Pylon’s Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Michael Lachowski, in anticipation of the forthcoming Pylon Box vinyl retrospective. Moderated by our friend Andrew Reiger (Elf Power), the free event kicks off at 8pm Eastern. Tune in here, or view the simulcast via AD channels.Powered via In.Live, there will be a tip jar benefiting The 40 Watt and NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) to any wishing to contribute. Artwork via D Norsen.
'70s Horror (Criterion Channel)
Transmissions: Sam Prekop
New Hollywood gone deranged. Deep catalog stuff, which ranges from campy (Dracula A.D. 1972) to freaky feminism (Season of the Witch) to shocking (Texas Chain Saw Massacre). Packed with auteurs like George Romero, David Croenberg, Robert Altman, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Nicolas Roeg, and more. Witchcraft, arthouse flexes, rarities, slashers, and and grotesquerie abounds.
Incoming transmission from…Sam Prekop of the Sea and Cake. He joins us to discuss his new solo album of synthesizer compositions, Comma. Available wherever you listen to podcasts and direct at AD.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Chico Bernardes
The past 18 months have found our ears trained on Brazil’s burgeoning contemporary music scene. To name a handful, Ana Frango Elétrico, Tim Bernardes, Sessa, Kiko Dinucci, Catavento, and O Terno’s records have all soundtracked our Los Angeles HQ. São Paulo singer-songwriter Chico Bernardes is the latest to join this loose cadre, whose debut lp remains ripe and in steady rotation. For his Lagniappe Session the 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist reflects on early inspiration (Grizzly Bear), and local sonic compatriots (Sophia Chablau and Téo Serson).
Shabason, Krgovich & Harris: Philadelphia
On Philadelphia, the debut album of softly awe-inspiring sophisti-pop from Joseph Shabason, Nicholas Krgovich, and Chris Harris, the trio bond over hey also bonded over a shared love of Japanese New Age, Japan, and Arthur Russell.
Al Riggs & Lauren Francis: Bile and Bone
Keeping tabs on North Carolina’s Al Riggs hasn’t been easy. Visit their Bandcamp page and you’ll find that since 2016 they’ve released nine traditional albums, an “introduction”/best-of, two live albums, side projects, and a handful of singles. Now, partnered with musician/producer Lauren Francis, they’ve released their tenth and best album to date, Bile and Bone.
Debussy Ringtone: Issue No. 8—Summer 2020
Finally got some time to dig into Chris Richards' latest issue of Debussy Ringtone—a quarterly zine containing a dozen micro-interviews and nano-essays about music, metaphysics, and more—and it's a real winner, featuring Bergsonist, Heba Kadry, Daniel Higgs, and an essay about the "corniness of fascism" vis-à-vis Starship Troopers.