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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/November 23, 2020
The Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show, Episode V
Reverberating from the hills of Glassell Park, CA, a half-hour canyon of sound featuring the sonic stylings of Spacemen 3, Stereolab, Brigitte Fontaine, the best John Cale performance (ever), and mucho mas. Episode five of the AD Picture Show ... now at aquarium drunkard.
Feat: Silver Jews | Stereolab | Broadcast | Spacemen 3 | Nico | Brigitte Fontaine | Richard Swift | John Cale
Jesus People Music: Volume 1: The End is At Hand
Available Friday, November 27 from ORG Music and Aquarium Drunkard, collecting super-obscure, often private press, outsider psychedelic guitar and folk music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, all with the underlying theme of the Jesus People Movement. The audio has been remastered for vinyl at Infrasonic Mastering, and includes extensive liner notes detailing the Jesus People Movement and its music.
Happy Thanksgiving: Doug Sahm and Friends—Austin, TX 1972
Around here, it wouldn't be a Thanksgiving—even in this weird as hell year—without a return spin of this Thanksgiving weekend session circa 1972, when the Grateful Dead found themselves in Austin, allowing Garcia and Lesh to rendezvous with an old Bay Area running buddy, Mr. Tex-Mex himself, Doug Sahm, and piano-journeyman Leon Russell, at the famed Armadillo World Headquarters for a musical cornucopia of roots music. No genre was left untouched—blues, bluegrass, R&B, rock & roll, honky tonk and, naturally, Bob Dylan. All played with an ad hoc band, including members of Texas psychedelic pranksters The 13th Floor Elevators and Shiva’s Headband, with a setlist that effortlessly bounces from hellcat versions of Kristofferson’s “Me & Bobby McGee” and the Stones’ “Wild Horses”, to a don’t-spill-your-beer “T For Texas”, saddled with stompin-the-nails-out-of-the-floorboard cuts like “Hey Bo Diddley” and “Money Honey”. This is a shitkicker of show, best served turned up, with fistfuls of turkey and pint glass of your favorite sumthin’.
Dan Lacksman: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Dan Lacksman has pioneered European pop and electronic music for decades. Now Real Gone Music reissues his early work. He joins Robert Ham for a look back at his long and varied career, early synthesizers, and getting to Eurovision by making fun of Eurovision.
Transmissions: Yves Jarvis (plus Vic Berger and Doug Lussenhop)
Incoming transmission from…Yves Jarvis. The singer/songwriter/producer’s latest is called Sundry Rock Song Stock, and it’s a blur of soft-focus pop and shimmering melodic mirages. He joined us from the Tree Museum in Ontario to discuss the disparate influences of Joni Mitchell, Bill Bruford, and Kanye. Plus, Vic Berger and Doug Lussenhop of Tim Heidecker’s Office Hours join us to discuss their new audio/visual sonic collage, Drop Concert: The Motion Picture.
Heather Trost: Petrichor
Heather Trost’s Petrichor is rife with sock hop energy, honied pop, and midcentury quirk. This is a soundtrack for the pensive liminality of modern life, music for our hearts as we pursue our dreamiest, strangest impulses.
Josiah Steinbrick: Liquid/Devotion & Tongue Street Blue
On Liquid / Devotion & Tongue Street Blue, the new album from Josiah Steinbrick, the composer continues his explorative saga of Fourth world neoclassicism. Think of a head-on collision between Wally Badarou’s Echoes and Wayne Horvitz’s This New Generation. Or just press play.
Michael Chapman: Ancient & Modern (Live from The Merchant Adventurers' Hall)
We all miss live music, but that doesn't mean there aren't still shows afoot. Case in point: Sunday, November 29th, you can tune into a set by the esteemed Michael Chapman, recorded during lockdown in York’s stunning Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. Titled Ancient & Modern, this performance "represents a look back over his long and illustrious career, featuring classics as well as newer compositions, in addition to a support slot and interview by close friend and mentee, Katie Spencer.
How The River Ganges Flows: Sublime Masterpieces of Indian Violin [1933-1952]
The music on How The River Ganges Flows: Sublime Masterpieces of Indian Violin [1933-1952] isn’t just beautiful, it’s often awe-inspiring. Beautiful in a way that verges on the scary, grasping at the divine. The 14 performances here are virtuosic in the technical sense, but also emotionally virtuosic, if that makes sense. The players here are almost surgical in their veil-piercing evocations of loss, longing, joy, sadness—the full spectrum of humanity somehow translated into breathtaking sound.
Mirror Sound: A Look into the People and Processes behind Self-Recorded Music
In this handsome new book, Spencer Tweedy, Lawrence Azerrad, and photographer Daniel Topete dive headlong into the world of DIY home recording, collecting stories, insights, and techniques from Suzanne Ciani, Emitt Rhodes, Sadie Dupuis, Open Mic Eagle, Jonathan Rado, Yuka Honda, Jim O'Rouke, Vagabon, and many, many more. At once epic and intimate, handling this large, beautifully appointed tome feels like being invited into these artists' personal space, not just physically, where you're surrounded by patch cables and knick-knacks, but spiritually and creatively. As Tweedy puts it" "[W]ith this book and the stories in it, I want to show that the basics are simpler than they might seem. The best way to learn about them is to get get to work."