Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/May 20, 2020
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Aquarium Drunkard Presents: The Drop Bear's Song
How do you self-isolate when there’s no home to hole up in?
With the world in the grip of a global pandemic, the ravages of the 2019-20 Australian brushfires feel almost ancient. And yet the devastation wrought is anything but. In an effort to raise money and awareness for those displaced, we teamed up this past January with Melbourne based muso Ben Telfer to curate the following compilation, The Drop Bear’s Song.
At 44 tracks, the digital relief album serves up a massive helping of AD compatriots including, but not limited to, Steve Gunn, Mary Lattimore, James Toth, Sarah Louise, Maston, Bill MacKay, MV & EE, Andrew Tuttle, and loads more. All of these artists have generously donated rare/unreleased material with 100% of the proceeds being split a pair of charities representing the two worst hit states. For New South Wales, donations will go to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation, and for Victoria, donations will go to Wildlife Victoria.
Alex Chilton: 96 Tears
Grainy footage courtesy Tav Falco...LX Chilton covering ? and the Mysterians' "96 Tears," a mutant broadcast straight from the molten heart of rock & roll.
Transmissions: A Conversation With Luke Schneider
Our guest this week on Transmissions is pedal steel player Luke Schneider. Best known as a sideman for Margo Price, he’s back with a New Age album, Altar of Harmony, released by the venerable Third Man Records. Schneider takes the pedal steel for a cosmic ride on his new album, conjuring up uncanny sounds that seem to bend the ear—and the heart.
Wolfgang Muthspiel: Angular Blues
There’s a particular clarity made possible by the trio format, something guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade make clear on Angular Blues, Muthspiel’s fourth album as bandleader for the storied ECM label. This spacious arrangement makes for magnificent listening.
The Secret Lives of Fungi: Hua Hsu for The New Yorker
Fungus is everywhere, "yet easy to miss," Hua Hsu writes in this great story about the radically cooperative behaviors of fungi and the thoughtful mycophiles who are obsessed by its resilience.