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Andrew Bird and Jimbo Mathus go way back. They joined us for a long, freewheeling conversation about their traditional music roots and their new collaborative album These 13, an ode to the Mississippi Delta and country blues.
David Nance knows his way around a cover, having previously recorded and released reimagined versions of Lou Reed’s Berlin, the Stones’ Goat’s Head Soup, Doug Sahm And Band and Beatles For Sale—all of which disappeared faster than you can say NO RETURNS ON THE MERCHANDISE. Now he gives Bonnie Raitt and Mindy McCreedy the treatment. Better get these while they're hot.
Rest in peace to Bunny Wailer. Go read John Jeremiah Sullivan's 2011 GQ story The Last Wailer. And last week on The Aquarium Drunkard Show on Sirius, tributes to Wailer and the recently departed U-Roy.
Sonic cartographer Bobby Lee expands the map of his improvisational soundscapes on Origin Myths, his new album and follow-up to last year’s Shakedown in Slabtown. Recorded straight to four track with no subsequent tampering, the album embraces what label Tompkins Square describes as “The Bob Ross school of philosophy …imperfections allowed to stand; knowing that nothing is ever truly finished.”
ECM recording artist Fred Thomas stops by Aquarium Drunkard for a detailed examination of the artistry, process, and editing of Brazilian guitarist and singer João Gilberto, viewing the artist not a source of delightful kitsch but as a countercultural aesthetic monk.
With Spelling, Sam Prekop of The Sea and the Cake has created a 25-minute epic of calming fuzz and analog comfort, full of deep, tonal bass lines, laser-like jolts, rhythmic fuzz, and plenty of wind and water-inspired fade-ins and fade-outs.
During these strange times when our world feels like it’s been turned upside down, Phil Cho of In Sheep's Clothing has found comfort in listening to music that seems to draw its power from outside this world. Roots reggae is the music of the Rastafarian tradition. It speaks to the spiritual, political, and socially conscious message of God, called Jah by Rastafarians. For his Threat to Creation mixtape, he's included a range of roots stylings—traditional, digital, and dub. The tracks all a drift a bit toward the darker side, both in lyrics and in sound, the positive message still manages to shine through.
On the latest episode of the Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions our guest is Amanda Petrusich, author of It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, the the Search for the Next American Music, and Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 rpm Records. She’s also a critic at the New Yorker. She joined us from her place in upstate New York to discuss balancing comfort listening and new sounds, Bob Dylan’s Christian era, Harry Smith, musical mysticism, and much more.
Inspired by visits to Ottawa’s National Gallery, Nick Schofield’s Glass Gallery draws from the influence of geometric painting and kankyō ongaku to create a deep, meditative listen that lingers long after it finishes.