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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/November 25, 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. 



Happy Thanksgiving :: Doug Sahm And Friends – Austin, TX 1972

Tradition runs rampant around Thanksgiving: generations of old recipes, football, Alice’s RestaurantThe Last Waltz, and, of course, a parade of balloons shutting down NYC. What else do you need? If you thought you were covered in the Thanksgiving tradition department, we did too…until a few years ago, when someone blew the dust off a long lost tape — Doug Sahm’s Thanksgiving Jam. Thanksgiving weekend, 1972: the Grateful Dead found themselves in Austin, allowing Garcia and Lesh to rendezvous with an old Bay Area running buddy, Mr. Tex-Mex himself, Doug Sahm, and piano-journeyman Leon Russell, at the famed Armadillo World Headquarters for a musical cornucopia of roots music...



Øyvind Skarbø :: Skarbø Skulekorps

Skarbø Skulekorps: a remarkable debut, and one of the most interesting records of the year: a record with a wide palette of sounds, styles and grooves—from funk to blues to noise—by a band that can pull them all off.  



Arthur Russell: Iowa Dream 

Though reason might suggest an eventual end to the steady stream of brilliant work from the Arthur Russell archives, thankfully they haven’t been exhausted just yet. A new release, Iowa Dream shines new light on Russell’s genre-bending beauty. 



Doug Hammond: Spaces 

While the great Thelonious Monk was being laid to rest, drummer Doug Hammond was across town cutting "Spaces." Recently reissued by Manufactured Recordings, Ana Gavrilovska writes the album is a "compelling trip...that never ceases looking forward."



Dhidalah: Threshold 発端

Dunk your head into this. Tokyo underground space rock power trio Dhidalah. New album Threshold 発端 is out this month via the Guruguru Brain trust.



Pitchfork Reviews Steely Dan 

Visit Brent DiCrescenzo's Pitchfork review of Two Against Nature for a sense of where the Dan discourse was in the year 2000. Now, pivot over to the publication's package of reviews this last week—Amanda Petrusich on Aja, Alex Pappademus on Gaucho, Mark Richardson on Katy Lied, and Winston Cook-Wilson on The Royal Scam—for a sense of where the conversation sits today. A thoughtful collection of thoughts on what makes the Dan, and its songs about scammers, mythic losers, and other “sinners in the grip of a checked-out God," so vital. 



A Feeling Called Love: Jarvis Cocker's Favourite Albums


From Terry Riley to the Beatles to Marianne Faithfull and beyond. 



L'Eclair: Polymood/Sauropoda

Crisp, sly and slinky, expect an instrumental patchwork of kosmische musik, euro-funk, vintage library music and knotty groove.



Mellotron Variations: S/T

Mellotron Variations—the new collaborative project from John Medeski, Pat Sansone, Jonathan Kirkscey, and Robby Grant—sounds like it could have scored an imaginary, chimerical Stanley Kubrick film. The quartet compositions of the great tape replay keyboard of the 1960s were originally conceived of as Mellotron duets between Memphis locals Kirkscey and Grant, before looping in the Medeski Martin & Wood and Wilco stalwarts. Doing so expanded the possibilities to an almost limitless scale, but one that rooted in a serene, and often severe, neoclassical aesthetic.

SIRIUS 591 (November 20): Swan Lake – A Venue Called Rubella ++ Destroyer – Hey, Snow White ++ Dirty Projectors – Winter Is Here ++ Swan Lake – Widow’s Walk ++ Atlas Sound – Amplifiers ++ Girls – Headache ++ The Walkmen – Canadian Girl ++ Clinic – The Second Line ++ Broadcast – Tender Buttons ++ Electralane – Birds ++ Tindersticks – Marbles ++ Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Christmas Eve ++ Yo La Tengo – Green Arrow ++ Daughn Gibson – The Pisgee Nest ++ Charlotte Gainsbourg – Greenwich Mean Time ++ L’eclair – Taishi-Koto, Pt. 1 ++ Mellotron Variations – Agent Cha Cha ++ Sébastien Tellier – L’amour Naissant ++ Real Estate – Younger Than Yesterday ++ Part Time – It’s Alright With Me ++ Craft Spells – Komorebi ++ Catavento – Lagartia ++ Irmão Victor – Reflexões Navais ++ Devendra Banhart – Never Seen Good Things ++ Arthur Russell – Barefoot In New York ++ Ana Frango Elétrico :: Promessa e previsões ++ Kikagaku Moyo – Kogarashi ++ Duffy Power – Love’s Gonna Go ++ Kevin Morby – Harlem River

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