Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/December 17, 2018
Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif. Let's begin.
Aquarium Drunkard: 2018 Year In Review
Here it is. Our year-end review, an unranked list of albums that caught, and kept, our attention in 2018. So much to discover here, with an accompanying playlist and "buy" links to support the artists/labels responsible. Dig in.
Aquarium Drunkard's Justin Gage's favorite films of the year.
I Am Not A Witch
Leave No Trace
If Beale Street Could Talk
Aquarium Drunkard's Secret Stash: Volume One
Over at our Patreon, we just dropped the first of our Patron-exclusive mixtapes. Want to listen? Sign up to chip in and help us keep making AD in 2019. You'll score great stuff in exchange.
Beastie Boys Book: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
“Dropping science like Galileo dropped the orange...”
I just finished the Beastie Boys Book. To say the group had an outsize influence on my taste, and to that end, Aquarium Drunkard's aesthetic as a whole, would be an understatement. From picking up their goofy debut record in 1986 as a goofy 10-year-old, on through 1994’s Ill Communication, I hung on to every beat, phrase, lyrical reference and cultural crate-digging nod they put forth and laid down.
Remember: this is all pre-Internet as we know it. MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D were the de facto older brothers who took us to school. And school us they did: Idris Muhammed. The Meters. Jimmy Smith. Bob James. Curtis Knight. Donny Hathaway. The Fatback Band. Rammelzee and K-Rob. I was first hipped to all of the above, and dozens more, via the unified randomness of the Beastie’s collective universe.
Released the day before Halloween, the Beastie Boys Book plays as an off-the-cuff oral history of the group as told by Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond. Rest in peace, Adam Yauch. No surprise, its nearly 600 pages are at once hilarious, smart, authoritative, irreverent, informative, and over the top. Just like their music.
From the trio’s nascent beginnings as young punk teens in a very different early '80s NYC, the book paints its pages in technicolor, as Diamond and Horovitz (along with an ad hoc cast of friends and co-conspirators) weigh in and reflect on the past 30+ years of Beastie-dom. Widescreen in approach, Diamond and Horovitz aren’t afraid to dive into the minutiae, the record-head obsessed particulars that have long made the group - and now this book - so approachable. See: Ad-Rock's dive into the drudgery (and precision) of cassette tape repair. Nobody misses that shit.
Highly entertaining and highly recommended, maybe ask Santa to drop this one in your stocking later this month.
Maurice Louca: The Leper
Like his occasional collaborator, Alan Bishop’s Sun City Girls, Egyptian composer Maurice Louca synthesizes sounds from all across the globe: the American and British rock he internationalized as a youth, electronic music, free jazz, avant-garde, and shaabi, or “of the people” Egyptian pop music. Listen now at Aquarium Drunkard.
You Get It Nicer at Licorice Pizza
The fine folks at Night Flight bring us a look back at California's Licorice Pizza, a chain of record stores that flourished in the '70s and '80s.
David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's space epic Dune turned 34 last week. Though not without its flaws, the film remains the most evocative and powerful adaptation of Herbert's vision. Worth revisiting. "Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me."
KPM - Be With Records Is The Selector
Ain’t it funky now. As noted in our 2018 Year In Review, earlier this year the UK based Be With Records struck a deal with the august library music catalog, KPM. With much of this music commercially available for the first time, the series of lps serves up an expansive swath of funk, soul and beyond – all culled from the master analog tapes. Following two years of intense work producing these 11 KPM platters, we asked Be With founder, Rob Butler, to get creative with the cream of the catalog for this exclusive Aquarium Drunkard mix. Cut live in one take, using all vinyl at Be With’s Manchester HQ, Butler selected favorite tracks for a deep and potent, 90 minute, flowing delight. Dig in.
Eiko Ishibashi: The Dream My Bones Dream (Drag City)
A kaleidoscopic pop epic that nevertheless feels intimate. Classic pop,proggy arrangements, synth dappled melodies, and jazzy touches.
Our weekly two-hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can now be heard every Wednesday at 7pm PST with encore broadcasts on-demand via the SIRIUS/XM app.
SIRIUS 547: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Miko & Mubare – Komoma Ya-Ya-Ya ++ Yoshinori Hayashi – Overflow ++ CAVE – Beaux ++ Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings ++ Jeff Parker – Get Dressed ++ Ben Lamar Gay – Music For 18 Hairdressers: Braids & Fractals ++ Amen Dunes – Blue Rose ++ OMNI – Sunset Preacher ++ Bodega – Bodega Birth ++ Pill – Fruit ++ JEFF The Brotherhood – Parachute ++ Yuzo Iwata – Gigolo ++ Parquet Courts – Before The Water Gets Too High ++ Tommy Guerrero – Los Padres ++ Szun Waves – Temple ++ Sam Gendel & Sam Wilkes – BOA ++ Amaro Freitas – Rasif ++ The Necks – Body (Excerpt) ++ Sandro Perri – In Another Life ++ OMNI – Sunset Preacher ++ Bodega – Bodega Birth ++ Pill – Fruit ++ Naked Lights – Mechanical Eye ++ Yuzo Iwata – Gigolo ++ Parquet Courts – Before The Water Gets Too High ++ Tommy Guerrero – Los Padres ++ Kikagaku Moyo – Nazo Nazo ++ The Cosmic Range – Breathing Water ++ Peaking Lights – Sea of Sand ++ Ryley Walker – Rocks On Rainbow ++ Peel Dream Magazine – Upper Body Calaesthetics ++ JEFF The Brotherhood – Parachute ++ Ty Segall – Every 1’s A Winner ++ Night Shop – The One I Love ++ Richard Swift – Broken Finger Blues ++ John Andrews & The Yawns – Relax ++ Deerhunter – Death in Midsummer ++ PAINT – Heaven In Farsi ++ image / warhol 1964
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