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Sidecar (8.1.2022)

It's time for another issue of our weekly newsletter, Sidecar. A round up of this week at Aquarium Drunkard, pop culture recommendations, and more.

Oligarchs And Water :: A Conversation With Daughn Gibson
The hymn of images is difficult to convey. Daughn Gibson has returned. His first new music in six years. We caught up with him to talk about his new EP, Kriminelle Energie. What was difficult now seems easy. He sings for us. Stay tuned. 

The Pyramids :: Aomawa - The 1970s Recordings
The message is crystal clear: The Pyramids intended to create Liberation Music wholly inspired in the origins of African art…don’t expect your grandmother’s Spiritual Jazz.

Joseph Allred :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Stringed-thing wizard and tireless sonic explorer Joseph Allred is in the process of moving back to the only place that truly feels like home: The verdant sliver of rural Tennessee that inspired their new album The Rambles & Rags of Shiloh, a collection of 10 gorgeous instrumental works for acoustic guitar and banjo. We recently connected with Allred for a wide-ranging chat about Black Sabbath, Buck Gooter, being a hillbilly in a big city and finding a sense of belonging in music.

Color Green :: S/T
Color Green is the eponymous debut LP from the Los Angeles, via Queens, duo of Corey Madden and Noah Kohll. Released via AD and Org Music, it’s an eight track collection of riffing grooves, satisfying harmonies, and skillful micro-jamming. 

Sharayet El Disco :: Egyptian Disco & Boogie Cassette Tracks 1982-1992
In his sterling new compilation Sharayet El Disco: Egyptian Disco & Boogie Cassette Tracks 1982-1992, archivist Moataz Rageb, aka DJ Arabesquo, highlights the importance of cassettes to the musical culture of 1980s Eqypt. The compilation effortlessly moves through nine tracks, across thirty-seven groovy minutes, filled with classic 1980s production effects, early drum machines and synthesizers tweaked to accommodate Egyptian rhythms. 

Dummy :: Mono Retriever b/w Pepsi Vacuum
Dummy, out of Los Angeles, embodies irresolvable contradiction, managing like Schrodinger’s Band to play pogo-happy punk rock songs that are also kosmiche “Astronomy Domini”-esque LSD dreams. It’s not that they alternate between these two things, but manage to be both at once. That bifurcation was noted in our 2021 Year in Review, saying that “Dummy may look like a scrappy, punch-drunk Stereolab or a blissed out, mantra-hypnotized Wire, depending on which way you squint at them, but they’re wonderful either way.”

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Alex Izenberg
Alex Izenberg resurfaced this past May with the release of his third full-length, I’m Not Here. Introspective and impressionistic, it’s an album that defies easy categorization. This is both a testament to Izenberg’s idiosyncratic pop-craft, and the sonic palette set forth by producer Greg Hartunian, with an assist from Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth. For this, his second Lagniappe Session, the singer-songwriter reflects on the nature of impermanence via a cover of Jim Croce’s 1972 hit single, “Time In A Bottle”. Fast-forward to present day and we find Izenberg paying tribute to Fleet Floxes’ “I’m Not My Season”, culled from the group’s 2020 lp, Shore. 

Iceberg :: Harland Wolff Blues (Video)
With Final Thaw, their debut as Iceberg , guitarist John Kolodij, drummer Jayson Gerycz (Cloud Nothings), and saxophonist Dylan Baldi (Cloud Nothings) engage in a meditative swells of free music that eventually crescendo into ecstatic abandon. We’re sharing the video for “Harland Wolff Blues,” in which the trio tap into frenzied and deep zones, conjuring up free music that shares a spirit with the rollicking indie rock Gerycz and Baldi are known for. 

Ahmed Malek :: Autopsie d’un Complot
We’ve found ourselves delving deep into the Habibi Funk series of late and Ahmed Malek’s absolute smoker “Autopsie d’un Complot,” from Habibi Funk 003: Musique Originale De Films, is the most recent to go on repeat. Kicking off with wavy sunshine-psych guitar and giving way to a deeply mischievous bassline and glistening synths, the track stays deep in the pocket for three-and-a-half-minutes of lean, sweltering funk.

Transmissions :: Mitch Horowitz 
Our guest this week on the show is Mitch Horowitz. Perhaps you’ve heard the occult scholar and author on Coast to Coast AM or The Duncan Trussell Family Hour or perhaps you’ve heard him right here on Transmissions. With the occasion of his new book, Daydream Believer: Unlocking the Ultimate Power of your Mind, out this week, we invited Mitch back to the show for another fascinating and wind ranging conversation about mind causation, ESP, the paranormal, and music. 
Thanks for opening up another issue of Sidecar. Do you dig it? How about our weekly show on Sirius/XM, the Transmissions podcast, The Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, monthly radio broadcast on Dublab, mixtapes, and audio/visual joints? Support us on Patreon to take part in it all happening. 


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