Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/February 8, 2021
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Neil Young: A Few Honey Slides
This hour of Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard features a sampling of that good stuff: live cuts, b-sides, demos, outtakes, rarities and beyond, stretching from 1969 to 2020. There's even a dance mix thrown in there for all the Cinnamon Girls out there. Fry up a few honey slides and enjoy.
So Far: A CSNY Podcast
Speaking of Neil, the Best Show spinoff podcast So Far returned this week. Surveying the work of CSNY chronologically, both together and individually, hosts Tom Scharpling, Jason Gore, Pat Byrne, and Mike Lisk don't spare any feelings regarding discography low points—and they're up to the '80s now—but also articulate the ragged glories therein too. Available only to Best Show Patreon subscribers.
ECM Records Podcast
The next best podcast to silence. Legendary jazz/minimalist/classical label ECM has launched a new podcast, devoting episode one to a check in with saxophonist Joe Lovano, whose new trio lp Garden of Expression was recorded with producer Manfred Eicher in Lugano, Switzerland. Lovano joins Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi to discuss it and more.
Tommy Guerrero: Sunshine Radio
Skate legend Tommy Guerrero’s latest trove of instrumental grooves is called Sunshine Radio. Blending global jazz and funk flavors, it feels like a standout in his discography, a swift, reliable 40 minutes of positivity—street music for the soul as much as soul music for the street.
Cactus Lee: Texas Music Forever
Austin’s Cactus Lee and Cincinnati-based animator Mark Neeley saddle up and ride worn-out cowboy movie archetypes into new territory in the video for “Locked Up In Lockhart,” a single off of Cactus Lee’s recently released Texas Music Forever.
Weather Station: Transmissions
Tamara Lindeman joined us for the latest episode of Transmissions for a conversation about Ignorance, her lush and sweeping new album as The Weather Station. Lindeman is the kind of songwriter who dares to write about big topics, like identity and global climate change, but the new album finds her exploring those concepts over deeply rhythmic jazz and pop-influenced compositions.
Chris Bowden: Time Capsule
Originally released in 1992, saxophonist and composer Chris Bowden’s Time Capsule is an immersive trip wholly unto itself. An enigmatic hour and 17 minute astro-jazz, dub, spaceship.
Thee Midniters: Dreaming Casually
"We are like the dreamer who dreams, and then lives inside the dream." Here's a slice of deep brown-eyed soul straight out of Whittier circa 1967. A slightly apocalyptic open gives way to cosmic verses that imagine traveling the spaceways with your one true love. A dream that lingers long after waking up.
Industrial Estate Blues: A Gwenifer Raymond Mixtape
A mixtape from the vaults. Maybe you read Jennifer Kelly's remarkable conversation with guitarist Gwenifer Raymond–now, dig into Raymond's mix of punk and blues: "Early American blues and mountain music and punk are separated by many of the most rapidly changing decades of human history. Despite this they’ve got a lot in common; sonically, lyrically, and in their general ethos and attitudes."
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