Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September 28, 2020
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From The Edge of America: Lonnie Holley and Richard Swift
Director Ethan Payne’s From the Edge of America documentary that captures the cosmic rapport between Lonnie Holley and the late Richard Swift, two men separated by decades in age, but united in spirit. Documenting the studio sessions that produced the National Freedom EP, this short form documentary offers an intimate look at two creative forces united in song.
The Velvet Underground: The Second Fret, Philadelphia, January 1970
…fiery renditions of “White Light / White Heat,” “Sister Ray” and “Foggy Notion” (Sterling Morrison sounding especially killer on the latter tune). There’s a rare take on the lovely “Over You,” for some reason never attempted in the studio — here, Lou Reed calls it his “Billie Holiday impersonation.” And then there’s “Sweet Jane,” still in its original, slow-and-steady incarnation, Reed making up lyrics as he goes. Lo-fi quality? Yeah. Hi-fi experience? Oh yeah.
Ron Cobb, a Pioneer in Science Fiction Design, Dies at 83
Via the New York Times, Jacey Fortin looks back at Ron Cobb, whose designs helped create the lived-in worlds of Star Wars, Back to the Future, Conan the Barbarian, Dark Star, and other science fiction and fantasy classics.
A Terrible Word Called Kismet: Tim Heidecker on Fear of Death
On Tim Heidecker’s Fear of Death, one of the funniest, most absurd, surreal, and reliable entertainers on the planet gets serious, about life’s truest inevitability. But let’s be clear: Heidecker isn’t all doom and gloom. In fact, the record’s rather buoyant and spirited, uniquely and retroactively American in a way—cynical and sharp as a Salem cigarette.
All Things Are Quiet Silent: A Mixtape
It's Folk Rock Season, friends!
Spires That In the Sunset Rise: Sax Solfa
Wisconsin-based duo Spires That In The Sunset Rise have been together for nearly twenty years, producing psychedelic folk creations that explore the outer reaches. Members Ka Baird and Taralie Peterson’s forthcoming twelfth album, Psychic Oscillations (out October 9th via FPE Records) is the next chapter in their long-unfolding sonic story.
Sylvie Simmons: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Author, songwriter, and legendary music journalist Sylvie Simmons latest album, Blue on Blue is intimate, dreamy and beautifully melancholic. It carries a lifetime of in-depth musical exploration, but also the devastating experience of a life-altering accident.
Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard (September 2020)
The third episode of Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard, our monthly four-hour broadcast every third Sunday of the month, is now archived for on-demand listening at Dublab. Originally aired September 20th, this edition features a special presentation of Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions in the first hour, followed by Range and Basin, Doom and Gloom From the Tomb, and Personal Sky. Individual shows are archived for our Patreon supporters.
Transmissions: Jerry David DeCicca
Our talk show guest this week is Jerry David DeCicca. Perhaps you know him best from Black Swans, or maybe some of the great albums he’s produced by so called “outsider” songwriters like Ed Askew, Larry Jon Wilson, and Chris Gantry, among others. Since 2014, he’s been putting out great records under his own name. His latest is called The Unlikely Optimist And His Domestic Adventures. Jerry describes it as “an anti-Hallmark ode to positivity.” Who couldn’t use some positivity this year? In advance of its release on October 16th, Aquarium Drunkard correspondent Chad DePasquale joined Jerry to discuss Texas, his pets and social services work, and of course, Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways, which JDD idiosyncratically reviewed for Aquarium Drunkard.
Music That Enlightens and Space Orientate Discipline Coordinate
Via Sun Ra Arkestra on Twitter, Sonny "Sun Ra" Blount's application to NASA's art program.