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Sidecar 3.22.21

This is Sidecar. Stories, culture recommendations, ephemera. Do you appreciate our weekly show on Sirius/XM, the Transmissions podcastThe Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, monthly radio broadcast on Dublabmixtapes, and audio/visual joints? Support us on Patreon to take part in it all happening. 

No April fool’s, here. Via Gold Diggers in East Hollywood, Calif. USA, Aquarium Drunkard presents Steve Gunn in concert. On Thursday, April 1st, Steve Gunn will premiere his first fully-produced streamed concert. This solo set will see Gunn debut new material alongside fan favorites. The set will stream via Noonchorus and kick off at 8 PM local time.

Softly crashing into 2021. Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard's surfing column, Dawn Patrol with Tyler Hale. For the first installment of this year, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes joins us for a discussion about Shore and surf—and the relationship between the two. 

Daniel Lanois joins us to discuss the space gospel of his latest, Heavy Sun, and his long history of seeking the spirit in the music of collaborators like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Brian Eno, and Harold Budd. 

For this Unearthed bootleg mix, it's all demos from artists like Royal True, the Dead, Galaxie 500, Madonna, Van Morrison, the VU, Bowie, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and many more. Some of them are exceedingly rough, still searching for the song. Others are fully formed, the finish line in view. Some are recorded straight to a boom box at home, others in a tricked out Hollywood studio. What ties them all together is the feeling that we’re getting a little peek behind the curtain, eavesdropping as a great songwriter or band puts the pieces together. The vision might still be a little blurry, but it’s starting to come into focus.

Last week, we published a talk with Jonathan Richman, one of AD's foundational artists. He discussed his latest LP, SA, the inner and outer conversation that is music, his ongoing, episodic project Just A Spark, On Journey From The Dark, the devotional music aspect to the new record, y mucho más. 

Our weekly podcast airs wherever you stream pods each Wednesday. On the most recent episode we're joined by Shahzad Ismaily, who's with everyone from Moses Sumney and Sam Amidon to Beth Orton, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Martha Wainwright, Yoko Ono, Bonnie Prince Billy, Jolie Holland, and many, many more. With his buddies Ches Smith and Marc Ribot, he’s a member of the punk jazz outfit Ceramic Dog, and last year he released Visitations with Leo Abrahams on his own label, Figureight Records. 

There’s something so quintessentially, bone deep Californian about the music of Cool Ghouls. That was the case back in 2012 when the Bay Area group released a self-titled debut rife with baggy garage pop and jangly soul rock. Their Golden State-ness has only grown more acute in the years leading up to their latest album At George’s Zoo.


In 1977, Helmut Köllen transformed “You Won’t See Me.” His haunting, impassioned, and foundation-shifting version upends the McCartney’s original; for six minutes, he makes the song entirely his

Further adventures from the Elkhorn crew. First, the self-titled new outing from Drew Gardner, the electric half, who’s joined by Ryan Jewell and Andy Cush for a set of laid-back instrumental workouts. Then, Elkhorn’s live gem Southern Star, recorded early in 2020. 

Donavan Quinn and Ben Chasny return as New Bums with Last Time I Saw Grace, a masterful collection of balladry, surreal wordplay, and sharp observations.

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