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Strand of Oaks: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
On Eraserland, Timothy Showalter dismantles the rock & roll mythology he’s devoted much of his Strand of Oaks discography to celebrating. He joins Aquarium Drunkard to discuss ego construction, omniscient narrators, and how the new album both ended and began a new chapter for his long-running band.
Dr. John’s New Orleans Swamp: 1974 Television Special with The Meters
The Night Tripper introducing The Meters. An occasion which begs the question, could things really get any funkier? Nuh-uh. The aforementioned footage is culled from the television special, Dr. John’s New Orleans Swamp — the 1974 season finale of the Chicago based Soundstage series. Whoever had the stones to make this happen deserves doubloons aplenty, along with an extra slice of king cake.
Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams
Sequential artists Mike and Laura Allred have made no secret their love for David Bowie (the panel up there is from their incredible sci-fi/pop art yarn Red Rocket 7) but on January 7, 2020, their full-length graphic novel team-up with Steve Horton celebrating the Thin White Duke will see release. Newsarama has a preview.
Grateful Dead Origins
Speaking of rock & roll comix, Z2 has a whopper due out soon: Grateful Dead Origins, by Chris Miskiewicz and Noah Van Sciver. From the publisher: "This limited run collector’s deluxe edition will come in a hardcover, oversized, individually-numbered coffee table edition featuring prints and autographed by the comic creators. It will also come with a selection of unreleased Grateful Dead music from the era on vinyl, exclusive to this edition only."
Some For Dudu: A Dudu Pukwana Companion
...a celebration and glance at Pukwana: the teacher, the exile, the saxophonist, the frontman, the collaborator, the pianist, the singer, and shouter; two hours of calm, frenzy, jazz and beyond.
Lee Hazlewood: 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56
Light In The Attic Records continues its massive Lee Hazlewood archival project with what looks to be another sure-fire winner: 400 Miles from L.A. 1955-56, a collection of Lee's earliest demos recorded right here in Phoenix, Arizona, with brand-new Hunter Lea-penned notes including an interview with AZ music historian John Dixon.
Flanger Magazine: Breslin
Though best explored in its entirety, “Approaching Shore” serves as an appropriate microcosm—a drifting synth line wandering circles around tranquil guitar, eventually joined by bubbling electronics that throw ripples across the song’s waters. Unassuming, bucolic, and wistful—Breslin is an absolute delight, borne from a juxtaposition that could easily go astray.
Alice Coltrane: My Favorite Things
While her late husband’s 1961 modal rendering helped reinvigorate the Rodgers and Hammerstein chestnut, the orchestral presentation Alice put forth a decade later is a beast of an altogether different stripe. Kicking off Coltrane’s sixth lp, World Galaxy, the instantly recognizable melody quickly dissolves amidst a very free, swirling cacophony of sound….something like the aural equivalent of David Bowman’s star gate sequence. High praise, indeed!
Julian Lynch: Terra
Lo-fi traces of eastern raga, drones, Jan Garbarek, Dave Holland…perhaps even a bit of Plastic Soul leaning sax. All of these figure into Julian Lynch’s thing — a thing he does far away from the music biz hype machine. This record, Terra, is of a piece with another one of his albums, Mare. In fact, we engage with the pair as if they were a double album…we’re not even sure which one came out first. No matter, just listen.
Outré California. Weird tales from the pacific rim. The Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm PST, Wednesdays + on-demand. Air date: 7.10.19.
Intro ++ Allah-Las – Strange Heat ++ Michael Nau – No Quit ++ Alex Izenberg – To Move On ++ Kevin Morby – No Halo ++ Here We Go Magic – Over The Ocean ++ Little Wings – Boom! ++ Father John Misty – Funtimes In Babylon ++ Woods – Military Madness ++ John Andrews & The Yawns – Don’t Spook The Horses ++ The Men – Bird Song ++ Bob Dylan – Romance In Durango ++ The Strange Boys – Be Brave ++ The Beets – You Don’t Want Kids To Be Dead ++ Sic Alps – Cement Surfboard ++ Olden Yolk – Blue Paradigm ++ Vetiver – Los Pajaros Del Rio ++ Devendra Banhart – Never Seen Such Good Things ++ Pink Mountaintops – I (fuck) Mountains ++ Brightblack Morning Light – Fry Bread ++ Earth Girl Helen Brown – Tommy D & The Atomic B ++ The Love Language – Lalita ++ Night Shop – The One I Love ++ Big Star – Mod Lang (alt. mix) ++ Charnel Ground – Playa De Ticla ++ Whitney – Red Moon ++ The Walkmen – Canadian Girl ++ Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait ++ Richard Swift – Broken Finger Blues ++ Cass McCombs – Morning Star ++ Destroyer – It’s Gonna Take An Airplane ++ Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita ++ Vic Chesnutt – Aunt Avis ++ Smoke – Awake ++ Smoke – The Trip