Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/October 26, 2020
Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly newsletter, featuring AD stories and cultural ephemera. A reminder, we're supported directly by our patrons. Do you appreciate our weekly show on Sirius/XM, our podcast, The Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, monthly broadcast on Dublab, historical features, mixtapes, and audio/visual excursions? If you do, the best way to support AD is to contribute funds via Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media.
Videodrome: A Frenzy of Halloween Horror to Dement Your Harvest Nights
Another October, another opportunity to discuss horror films in detail and be taken semi-seriously. Halloween is a time to feel comfortable speaking in public about otherwise obscure subgenres, such as evil Christmas and campfire slaughter. Above all, it’s the best time of year for exploring the world of B-movie creativity, as so many strange and wonderful masterpiece portraits were painted when budgets were tight and competition for dime store cinema attention was fierce and nasty. This Halloween as you’re winding down the hours of the wolf, dim the lights and tear into some of these devilish delights.
Earl Freeman: Poems and Drawing
Earl Freeman was a bassist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and artist. We spoke to Adam Lore from 50 Miles of Elbow Room and Michael Klausman from Wry Press about Earl Freeman: Poems and Drawings, the origin of the project, and the man himself.
Cornelia Murr: Different This Time
We last caught up with Cornelia Murr on the heels of her 2018 debut, Lake Tear of The Clouds, via her Lagniappe entry covering Nina Simone and Patsy Cline. Enter 2020: in addition to recording Lake Tear’s follow-up (out winter ’21) Murr has made the most of lockdown by resuscitating an abandoned video shoot from the previous year. It’s oddly timely, and it’s great.
Garcia Peoples: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
New Jersey’s own Garcia Peoples open Nightcap at Wits’ End with an arch, vaguely evil-sounding riff that signals what’s to come: a set of songs that would feel equally at home soundtracking a backyard hang, a rousing game of D&D, or a solitary night at home considering the universe. Founding members Danny Arakaki and Tom Malach join us to discuss the band’s progward drift and open source creative flow.
Halloween Transmission (2019)
Broadcasting from Hollywood Forever Cemetery...Eartha Kitt, Gories, Donovan, and much more.
The Free Will and Testament of Robert Wyatt
With a new book, reissue campaign, and new collaboration with Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, it’s officially Robert Wyatt Season. Welcome to The Free Will and Testament of Robert Wyatt, a playlist featuring favorites and deep cuts selected by Aquarium Drunkard founder Justin Gage. An introduction to the strange but wonderful world of Robert Wyatt.
Transmissions: Skyway Man & Joe Pera
Incoming transmission from…Joe Pera and James Wallace, who’s better known as Skyway Man. The two worked together on season two of Joe’s TV show, Joe Pera Talks With You on Adult Swim. It’s a very funny show that takes its time, offering up space and comfort to the viewer while also skewering its characters lovingly. On The World Only Ends When You Die, Skyway Man also puts his characters through the wringer. It’s a psych-folk opera of spaced out country and sci-fi gospel and blues, laced with mythology and nods to George Van Tassel, legendary ufologist. It’s due out this week on Mama Bird Recording Co., and while it certainly grapples with some heavy existential issues, it’s also a lot of fun to listen to. They joined us to discuss their work together, the paranormal, and mortality. If you enjoy our show, please spread the word.
Aquarium Drunkard's Trick or Treat
Trick or treat. Another 32 vintage spookers from the Grey Haas spanning 1958-1977. Download/tracklisting after the jump. For more undead, last year’s Halloween mixtape is still available, here, as well as volume seven, volume six and volume five.
Growing: The Soul of the Rainbow and the Harmony of Light
Growing’s music can be loosely defined as drone or ambient, but their body-vibrating towers of tone soar and scorch in ways often missing from those placid genres. By letting their guitar and bass buzz out into vast expanses, they are muscular but not quite metallic, hulking but never harsh.
Roundtable: Fuzz on Nirvana, Sonny Sharrock, and Boris
This week Ty Segall’s hard rock trio Fuzz releases its latest slab of monolithic riffs, III. We convened Segall, Charles Moothart, and Chad Ubovich to weigh in on three other records by trios, Nirvana’s grunge classic In Utero, Sonny Sharrock Trio’s no-wave shredder Dance With Me Montana, and Akuma no Uta by Japanese rockers Boris.