Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/December 3, 2018
Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard's bi-monthly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. We're taking this thing weekly, there's just too much good stuff to share, so get ready for more Aquarium Drunkard in your inbox. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers
boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif.
Aquarium Drunkard: Onward
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Kevin Morby/Peaking Lights: Harlem River (After Hours Dub)
Who knows where the time goes? It’s been five years since Kevin Morby released his debut lp Harlem River, and to celebrate, the singer/songwriter commissioned Aaron Coyes of Peaking Lights to create a blissful dub of the album’s title track. Morby explains:
“I wanted to do something to honor the title track off of my debut album, Harlem River, turning five years old this year. It’s been very good to me over the past half-decade as well as a staple in my live show. I’ve asked Aaron from Peaking Lights to breath some new life into it and give it a remix and I’m very happy with the results.”
On December 6, Morby will convene an all-star cast at Gold Diggers to perform an hour-long reinvention of the song, with proceeds benefiting California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund.
Kings of Convenience: Quiet Is the New Loud
Ah yes, the joys of moving....alright, perhaps the glass half-full of moving. Found this in a box while packing up last spring and it's aged quite well: Kings of Convenience's debut 2001 lp, Quiet Is the New Loud. As the title suggests, the Norwegian partnership between Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye, gently lays down 45 minutes of pensive, tranquil, folk, all delicately adorned by cello, acoustic guitar, muted trumpet, and subtle percussion. Unlike similar efforts of the era, the record succeeds in never feeling pat, contrived, or overly twee.
UFO Drawings From the National Archives, David Clarke
A beautifully bound collection featuring of letters, drawings, photos, and paintings of UFO sightings from British government files, some well known (the Solway Spaceman) and others shockingly fresh.
Lola Kirk: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
"In a lot of ways, I don’t believe in just disappearing into a role. I do believe in jamming with a character, though, the way you might as a musician." Over at AD, the Mozart in the Jungle star discusses her debut LP, Heart Head West.
Bible Road: Signs of Faith in the American Landscape
Even if you're faithless, this 2007 collection of photographs by Sam Fentress functions as a collection of American folk art and spiritual expression.
Jerry Granelli: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
It's A Charlie Brown Christmas season, so here's our 2017 interview with jazz drummer Jerry Granelli. You know his immaculate brushwork from the Vince Guaraldi score to that classic animated film, and he was kind enough to offer us this Buddhist take on the movie:
"The whole thing is about a basic goodness. The world is screwed up. I look at my grandkids and I’m like, 'Oh man, I’m sorry.' But there is still human wisdom. There still is human dignity. You get a thousand people in a room and they’re there to feel love. You can feel it. That’s still possible. Buddhism is based on the idea that all humans are basically awake. You have everything you need to live this life and help other people."
Jeff Tweedy: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview/ Lagniappe Sessions: The Raccoonists
Lots of great Wilco-related stuff in the magazine lately. First, Jeff Tweedy and his boys Spencer and Sammy, decamped to the Loft to cover George Harrison's "Awaiting On You All (Early Take)" and Skip Spence's "Broken Heart." Then, Tweedy discusses his new book, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording With Wilco, Etc. and solo album, WARM, in his first Aquarium Drunkard interview.
They’re back. Released last month, CAVE’s 2018 platter, Allways, continues to ride the vibe. Recorded in Chile and Chicago, the group infuse a medley of disparate influences throughout the album’s 40-minute runtime…all the while remaining steadfast to their sonic DNA. This is a CAVE record – you either dig this shit or you don’t. Enter: “Beaux“. This latest taste comes complete with a video homage to Germany’s Beat Club with visuals reminiscent of vintage Old Grey Whistle Test. Directed by Krzys Piotrowski, with effects from Nick Ciontea, the audio portion of the video was recorded live to tape, with no overdubs, all in one take. The groove is on lock.
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SIRIUS 545: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ John Andrews & The Yawns – Dont Spook The Horses ++ Chocolat & Akito – Minaminami ++ CAVE – ShaSha ++ Peaking Lights – Sea of Sand ++ Peel Dream Magazine – Due To Advances In Modern Tourism ++ Deerhunter – Activa > Nothing Ever Happened ++ Josef K – 16 Years ++ Women – Black Rice ++ Paint – Heaven In Farsi ++ The Vaselines – Slushy ++ The Art Museums – Oh, Modern Girls ++ Ultimate Painting – Kodiak ++ Lower Dens – Tea Lights ++ Lower Dens – I Get Nervous ++ Lower Dens – A Dog’s Dick ++ Night Shop – The One I Love ++ Simply Saucer – Bullett Proof Nothing ++ Sonny & The Sunsets – Death Cream ++ White Fence – Pink Gorilla ++ Wire – Strange ++ Kindness – Gee Up ++ OCS – On And On Corridor ++ Kikagaku Moyo – Nazo Nazo ++ Hollow Hand – In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Hollow Hand – All Things Are Quite Silent (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Shopping – The Hype ++ Pylon – Beep ++ Omni – Wire ++ The Chills – Pink Frost ++ Tim Presley’s White Fence – Phone ++ Atlas Sound – Rained ++ The Cosmic Range – Love II