Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/December 18, 2019
Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. It's list season, and we've got 'em, from our favorite music of 2019 to the last decade and beyond. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif. Want to support AD? Here's how: Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media.
Year In Review: 2019
Once again, our obligatory year-end review. Click for our unranked list of albums that caught, and kept, our attention in 2019.
Well, that was fast. Decade is just about over, and as it draws to a close, its highs look awfully high in the rearview. Presented here, an unranked sprawl (picking up on that theme yet?) of 100 records that stuck with us, managing to break through the noise of an increasingly distracting age, and stick around in our heads.
Lagniappe Sessions: 2019
2019, a busy year once again for Aquarium Drunkard's exclusive series of cover sessions. And what covers: Steve Gunn covering the Misfits; Sinkane taking on the Beatles; Six Organs play Melvins! Plus much, much more. Dive into the archives now.
Aquarium Drunkard Guide to ECM: The New Millennium
ECM is a record label that has managed to survive for half a century without making a single concession to mainstream tastes. If Stanley Kubrick’s landmark film 2001: A Space Odyssey was, according to film critic Michael Benson “an art film on a Hollywood budget,” it could be argued that ECM has long been a boutique label in the guise of a music industry behemoth. If you’ve been in a record store, you’ve seen ECM records. While the two previous installments of Aquarium Drunkard’s ECM Records Guide compiled many of the label’s essential releases, this third installment, by James Jackson Toth, focuses on the label’s contemporary output. The new millennium has seen the release of countless ECM titles that easily stand alongside the best of the Towners, Jarretts, Garbareks, Webers, Abercrombies, and Rypdals, and deserve far wider recognition.
Aquarium Drunkard Guide to Drag City Records (Vol. 1)
Chicago’s venerable Drag City turned 30 years young in 2019—so we celebrated the way we do at AD, with a sprawling, unranked look back at some of our DC favorites.
Aquarium Drunkard: Mixtapes (2019)
We've got your listening sorted. From American primitive holiday gems to free jazz explorations, bootleg collages, a Buffy Sainte-Marie megamix, the sounds of Japan, and much more.
Aquarium Drunkard: Transmissions Podcast
Don't worry, there's one more episode left this year, but for now, check out the archives of our monthly podcast Transmissions, featuring talks with Tim Heidecker, Rain Phoenix, Low, Bruce Hornsby, Jason Mantzoukas, and more. Tune in now at our site, or wherever you get pods, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, MixCloud, TuneIn, or your handy RSS feed,
Jesse Jarnow's Blanks and Postage
We launched a new monthly column this year from esteemed counter culture writer Jesse Jarnow. Topics include Dylan, the Dead, a roundup of psychedelic and esoteric literature, the mysterious Moogist of Altamont, and more. Dive in.
The Aquarium Drunkard Show
Every Wednesday night, Sirius XMU. We've got a whole year of archived playlists for you to explore.
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