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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/January 27, 2020

Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. Our newsletter is sponsored by Gold Diggers, a boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif. And Aquarium Drunkard is sponsored by you via Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media. 

Bill Fay: Countless Branches

Bill Fay’s apocalyptic early albums made him a cult figure, but with Countless Branches, the third album in his comeback trilogy, the London songwriter offers another set of songs about how the passing of time can make us continually more human, ever open to love and unimagined possibilities. 

Aoife Nessa Frances: Land of No Junction

Land of No Junction is Aoife Nessa Frances’ debut long-player, filled with softly psychedelic sound (fluttering mellotrons, dreamlike string arrangements, misty/mystical guitars) providing the perfect backdrop for Frances’ gorgeous melodies, quizzical lyrics and free-floating vocals. 

Magic Is Afoot: Buffy Sainte-Marie's Illuminations Samples and Remixes

For “a select group of deep diving electronic explorers,” Buffy Sainte-Marie's Illuminations “has provided a wellspring of sample and remix fodder,” writes Jesse Locke, who explores the album's strange and varied second lives.

Joe Pera With You Is the Best Thing Adult Swim Has Ever Done

The second season of Adult Swim's Joe Pera Talks With You has been packed with intimate and surprising human stories—funny, of course, but so much more. Over at Vice, Josh Terry explains how the sleepy and sweet show serves as “an essential salve against cynicism.”

Smiles of Blood: On Sound Baths, Liberation Through Hedgecraft, and the Healing Power of Righteous Heavy Music

Guest contributor Daniel Chamberlin, host of Inter-Dimensional Music, “North America’s gnarliest mix of heavy mellow, kosmische slop, and void contemplation tactics,” explores the nexus of heavy music and mindfulness, exploring the transcendental sounds of Bull of Apis Bronze, Evergreen Refuge, Woodsmoke, and Oneiromancer. 

What Did Jack Do (2020) 

"Toototabon! My love!" This new short from the legendary David Lynch dropped recently on Netflix, and it is more than worth its scant runtime as a jolt of hardboiled absurdity, humor, and unexpected pathos. 

Diversions: Beyond Europa

Ambient multi-instrumentalist Jim Wallis is set to release his debut full-length, Europa, at the end of the month via the London based Tip Top Recordings. An accompanying score to Rwandan director’s Kivu Ruhorahoza’s documentary film of the same name, we asked Wallis to walk us through some of the neo-classical, ambient and atmospheric works that bled into his sonic approach. 

Velvet Turner Group: S/T

Velvet Turner did time under the tutelage of Jimi Hendrix, and on his 1972 funky heater of psychedelic soul, r&b and rock ‘n roll, he pays tribute to the late luminary both explicitly (see: Hendrix’s “Freedom”) and aesthetically (see: literally everything else).

Patti Smith: Year of the Monkey (2019)

A meditation on aging, loss, friendship, and inspiration,  from the poet Patti Smith, who documents the "insidious fingers of memory rustling through the underbrush like the dismembered hand of the pianist scrabbling toward Peter Lorre's throat in The Beast with Five Fingers.” 

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SIRIUS 598 (January 22): Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Wawa ++ Shopping – The Hype ++ Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan ++ Knife Wife – Dreamland ++ Bodies of Water – Open Rhythms ++ Television Personalities – Part Time Punks ++ Women – Black Rice ++ Exploded View – Summer Came Early ++ Ulrika Spacek – Mimi Pretend ++ French Vanilla – Suddenly ++ Liftmuziek – Fuck You ++ Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox – Constance ++ The Cure – Screw (1985 demo) ++ Preoccupations – Unconscious Melody ++ Black Midi – Western ++ OMNI – Networker Josef K – Applebush ++ Marie et Les Garçons – Rien a Dire (AD edit) ++ Blurt – Get ++ Brian Eno – Third Uncle ++ The Cure – The Kiss (Robert Smith Home Demo) ++ Damaged Bug – Gloves For Garbage ++ A. Savage – What Do I Do ++ Thom Yorke – Hearing Damage ++ Sinéad O’Connor – I Am Stretched On Your Grave ++ Aphex Twin – Nanou 2 ++ Thom Yorke/UNKLE- Rabbit In Your Headlights ++ Brigitte Fontaine – Le Goudron ++ Dungen – Krona ++ Jana Hunter – A Goblin, a Goblin

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