Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September 10, 2018
New week, new issue of Aquarium Drunkard's bi-monthly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif.
Los Angeles: Wednesday night at Gold Diggers, AD presents TALK SHOW, an intimate series of conversations centered around the worlds of music, art, film, and beyond. Our guest this month is Matt Sullivan of reissue label Light in the Attic (Rodriguez, Betty Davis, Lee Hazlewood, Japan Archival Series, much. much more). Records and revelry to follow.
Volume Six of Abstract Truths, An Evolving Jazz Compendium. If unfamiliar with the series, please first read here per its genesis and intention. We return with Los Angeles selector Phil Cho, who can most readily be found in the real world playing around the city via his ongoing night, Floating, at the Melody Lounge in Chinatown, and/or hosting the Third Place listening parties. Cho says:
"This began as one mix and has somehow spiraled into three separate parts…which speaks to both my indecisiveness, but also to just how much incredibly varied jazz music is out there. The three following three sections feature some of my favorite styles of jazz – spiritual, fusion and vocal/ambient."
John Darnielle and the Mountain Goats return with their first Lagniappe Session, covering Bon Iver’s “Blood Bank” ("...this song holds, for me, both great pain, and the sweet memory of friends too beautiful for this world"), “Save the People” from Godspell, and Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs” (...Trower is "basically 60s British blues filtered through a proto-goth lens," Darnielle says). Dive in.
If there were justice in this world, there would be at least three albums full of Linda Thompson/Sandy Denny duets...But no! There are only a few examples of these two incredible singers harmonizing together.
Inspired by a recent spin of Bonnie Prince Billy's 2005 classic Superwolf, which samples this 1977 pulp masterpiece Rolling Thunder. Penned by Paul Schrader (whose brilliant 2018 film First Reformed hovers near the top of the best films we've seen this year list), J. Campbell wrote about the film for AD's Videodrome column five years ago, stating: "There is an emotional distance shared by an entire cast of disturbed characters here that busts open the classic vendetta film mold and gives audiences something to chew on with their bordello shootouts and narco-trafficker knife fights." Highly recommended.