It's time for another issue of our weekly newsletter, Sidecar. A round up of this week at Aquarium Drunkard, pop culture recommendations, and more.
Episode nine of the Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show. Weird times and strange signals reverberating from the hills of Glassell Park, CA. Autumn Equinox especial.
'Tis the season. As master of ceremonies on Radio Cramps: The Purple Knif Show, a one-off radio program from 1984, Lux runs through his personal archives spinning the weird ranging from rockabilly and garage to early punk, campy novelty and exotica. His bag of tricks was the best.
If it’s not abundantly clear, we’re big Autumn Heads here at AD.Though most associated with Christmastime, Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi crafted music for all seasons. Case in point: “Little Birdie,” one of his rare vocal takes, originally featured in 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
Floating in the ether once again. Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard returns for its regular third Sunday broadcast. Four hours of freeform radio from the RFAD crew, originally aired October 17 from 4-8 PM Pacific. Listen in the dublab archives and download individual episodes via our Patreon page.
On the heels of two outstanding studio records, singer-songwriter Azniv Korkejian (Bedouine) has crafted an enviable trajectory sharing a creative space akin to the folk sphere of Karen Dalton or Nick Drake. The immediate embrace of the material is only matched by Korkejian’s intriguing, dizzying path to date: incessant touring, globetrotting relocations from hometown Syria to eventually landing in Los Angeles (where she presently resides). Head of the forthcoming lp (out October 22), Bedouine joins us to discuss the nuances of the project, including the ability to truly focus on the recording and musicianship for the first time. Or, in her own words, “songs for the sake of songs”
Microtonal, atmospheric and ancient. East Pakistan Sky marks the third album from Ustad Saami, the last living practitioner of surti, a modal form of the khayál technique, and precursor of the Islamic devotional music of Qawwali. Comprised of two tracks (the first of which clocks in at meditative 29 minutes) it’s an intentional listen with Saami’s vocals accompanied by droning harmonium, tanpura and tablas.
In the late ’70s Gloria Ann Taylor walked away from the music business, her career having largely stalled out since its auspicious ’60s origins. But a recent renewed interest in the pioneering R&B/soul singer—ultimately resulting in the winning 2015 compilation Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing—sparked a similarly relit flame on Taylor’s side, and the following year she returned to the studio for the first time in decades. Tragically, Taylor would only record three tracks before passing away at the all-too-young age of 56 in 2017. Four years on, those three tracks—“Be Worthy,” “Rich or Poor, and “Tough Suzanne”—will see release later this Friday, the recordings having been fleshed out and finished by the Misha Panfilov Sound Combo.
In our recent piece on Liam Kazar’s Due North, we noted that the Kansas City/Chicago polymath was “justifiably confident no matter the subject or style,” as the lp highlights both his croonerisms and lyrical word play. In choosing the following three tunes for his first Lagniappe Session, Kazar leans a bit more into the croon but not at the expense of variety.
Last week on Transmissions, our weekly series of strange conversations: Scott Hirsch. Perhaps you know his name from the credits of albums by William Tyler or Alice Gerrard. Or perhaps you’re into his solo records: the nocturnally grooving Windless Day is the latest.
There’s a fine tradition of albums named after the recording studios that birthed them, so in the modern era of so much at-home recording, it’s almost a warm and welcoming anachronism when it happens. Harmonizer, the first recording to be completed at Ty Segall’s new Harmonizer Studios, is just that.
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