Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/January 12, 2019
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Dawn Patrol: Little Wings
Welcome to a new decade. We're back here with a brand new Sidecar. Let's dive in: With a coastline of 840 some odd miles in California, it should come as no surprise that many of the artists we revere at Aquarium Drunkard seek refuge and inspiration in the Pacific blue with a surfboard underfoot. As the resident surfer amongst the AD ranks, and in the spirit of deeper discovery and appreciation, Tyler Hale will paddling out in 2020 via a new column devoted to the surf: we’re calling it Dawn Patrol. First on the list, Kyle Field aka Little Wings, takes us out into the waters.
Enhet För Fri Musik’s Det finns ett hjärta som för dig & Gothenburg, Sweden
Stefan Christensen of Headroom and Center and C/Site Recordings introduces us to Matthias Andersson and his long history in the world of experimental music, as head of the I Dischi Del Barone label, Release The Bats before that, his groups Arv & Miljö, Enhet För Fri Musik, and Heinz Hopf. Andersson takes Chiristensen on a tour of his Gothenburg—his apartment chalk full of music, art and books, local pubs, and other secluded corners.
All Things Are Quite Silent: A Mixtape
As the nights turn colder and quieter, like clockwork an internal alarm shifts our headspace towards the sounds of 1970’s UK folk rock. This playlist from Jocelyn Romo serves as a soundtrack of interior warmth giving way to a reflective, yet vivid inner world of quietude, reflection and self-discovery.
Neil Young: Mexico
It’s looking more and more likely that Neil Young will release the long-awaited Homegrown in early 2020. Of course, it’s easy to be skeptical—Neil has been teasing this long-lost 1975 masterpiece for the past decade at least. But there appears to be a test pressing, which is promising! First, Tyler Wilcox offers a little background from some of the key players.
First Cow (2020)
Now here's something to look forward to: the latest film by visionary filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, featuring music by AD compatriot William Tyler.
Transmissions Podcast: Don Muro/Dead Man's Pop
We slipped this one into stockings during the holiday break, but just in case you missed it: Jason P. Woodbury sits down with synth pioneer Don Muro, and Josh Neas digs into the Replacement's Dead Man's Pop boxset. Available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Leo Takami: Unknown
Tokyo-based composer and guitarist Leo Takami’s new album, Felis Catus and Silence, sees release next month via Unseen Worlds. An enthusiastically imaginative blend of new age sounds, Takami shapes Windham Hill-inspired guitar compositions with elements of jazz, minimalism, classical music, Japanese gagaku, and ambient textures.
If You're In the Song, Keep on Playing: An Interview with Pharoah Sanders
Here's something you don't see too often: a talk with Pharoah Sanders, by Nathaniel Friedman for The New Yorker: “I play one note—maybe that one note might mean love. And then another note might mean something else. Keep on going like that until it develops into... maybe something beautiful.”
Unearthed, Vol. 8: Pacific High
Our semi-regular bootleg mix series returns in 2020 with another selection of murky and magical sounds: Fillmore West-ready boogies, mystical mantras, bloozy workouts and deeply stoned jams, plenty of Dead-adjacent action.
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SIRIUS 596 (January 8): AD Intro 2020 ++ Ty Segall – W.U.O.T.W.S. (excerpt) ++ Jim Schoenfeld – Before ++ Zager & Evans – In The Year 2525 ++ Thee Oh Sees – Palace Doctor ++ Pill – Naked Muse ++ Apache Sun – Club Noir ++ Trouble – Snake Eyes ++ Charles Mingus – Devil Woman (excerpt) ++ Earth Girl Helen Brown – Hit After Hit ++ Richard Swift – Bat Coma Motown ++ Dick Stusso – Modern Music ++ Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico – I’m Waiting For The Man (Live at Bataclan Paris) ++ Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico – Heroin (Live at Bataclan Paris) ++ Gong Gong Gong – Notes Underground ++ Rob Jo Star Band – I Call On One’s Muse ++ Gilberto Gil – Omã Laô ++ Bill Baird – Origin ++ Nils Frahm – An Aborted Beginning/ Says ++ Radiohead – Daydreaming ++ Damaged Bug – Gloves For Garbage ++ Brian Eno – Burning Airlines Give You So Much More ++ Nick Drake – Know ++ Six Organs of Admittance – Night Goat (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Steve Gunn – Astro Zombies (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Zachary Cale – 1970 (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Doug Tuttle – These Times ++ Simply Saucer – Bullet Proof Nothing ++ England’s Glory – Predictably Blonde ++ Lou Reed – A Gift ++ Behavior – My Ten Cents ++ Omni – Networker ++ Josiah Steinbrick – Fo Barro ++ Devendra Banhart & Jana Hunter – A Bright-Ass Light ++ PJ Harvey – The Wheel
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