Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/May 8, 2020
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Unearthed, Vol. 10: Pico Boulevard Blues
McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica isn’t just one of the best musical instrument stores in the great Los Angeles area. For a half-century, its backroom has been the site of thousands of concerts. It’s an incredibly intimate space, encouraging artists to loosen up and really connect with fans. For the latest Unearthed bootleg mix extravaganza, we’ve got 85 minutes of cherrypicked McCabe’s performances, stretching from 1972 to 2017, featuring mellow folkies, punk rockers, jangle guitar gods and more. Slip into your seat right up front and enjoy songs from PJ Harvey, Minutemen, JJ Cale, Meat Puppets and more...
Roedelius: A Retrospective
To celebrate the 86-year-old’s latest pair of releases—a return to the Selbstportrait series of albums he began in 1979, and the demo collection Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978—the time felt fitting to compile a chronological musical retrospective. Of course, it barely skims the surface of Roedelius’s countless projects and partnerships, but should provide a pleasant introduction to the life of a man spent painting with sound.
Donald Fagen on Life in Quarantine
Not a long interview over at Rolling Stone, but a tremendously funny one, full of great advice like this: "...dig the docs and hunker down in your hidey-holes until they say it’s cool to hit the downbeat. Check out some sounds! Stretch out your frame, and like that."
Rose City Band: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Speaking of great interviews. Ripley Johnson has carved out a niche in psychedelic drone and motorik repetition, helming Wooden Shjips, the long-running experiment in lysergic primitivism, and Moon Duo, likewise mind-expanding but slanted towards electronics. But a lifelong affection for classic rock and country and a newly reawakened appreciation for the seasons led him recently to form the new Rose City Band. A mostly solo endeavor despite the name, Rose City Band’s sophomore lp, Summerlong, employs lap steel and mandolin as well as the usual rock band instruments to create a warm, buoyant, sunny Saturday morning vibe.
I've Got My Chips Cashed In (A Mixtape)
Another mixtape! These laments to weary-eyed truck drivers, CB radio farces, and runarounds with highway patrolmen offer a shoulder to lean on as you travel the literal or proverbial road to the end of the line. Got My Chips Cashed In is a playlist that stretches from the genre’s origin to its modern counterparts, with a few stops along the way for a hot cup of coffee, some southern fried, and a slice of cherry pie. Those big old wheels keep rolling …and the hits just keep on coming.