Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 22, 2019
Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly 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. Want to support AD? Here's how: Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media. Let's dig in.
Altin Gün: Yolcu
Anatolian traditionals reinterpreted/reinvented. Inspired by Turkish folk and psychedelia from the '60s and '70s, the Amsterdam based Altin Gün recorded the entirety of their new album, Gece, directly to eight-track tape. No computers involved. For fans of Ersen, Apaşlar, Moğollar, Erkin Koray, et al.
Lee Fields: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Soul singer Lee Fields reflects on five decades of making music for and with people, discusses his new album, It Rains Love, the line between the sacred and the secular, and offers up cosmic advice: “The truth isn’t hard. A lie is hard. You have to catch yourself every time. People get caught up in lies, but when you’re dealing with the truth, man, it’s easy.”
Nick Cave on This Is Elvis (1981)
We're sharing this for two reasons: one, as a PSA for those of you who have yet to subscribe to Nick Cave’s weekly email newsletter: The Red Hand Files. Second, to highlight the exceptional 1981 documentary film This Is Elvis—a film Cave references in issue #34. The context for its inclusion is in relation to Cave’s thoughts on the transformative power of music, and specifically how it relates to Presley near the end of his life.
Altered State Radio/April Transmission
Portland selector Mr. Wriff paid a visit to AD HQ last weekend, a visit that dovetailed with the weekly broadcast of his Friday night KMHD radio show, Altered State. We tuned in, and now you can too.
Click the play button as Traver and guest Allen Thayer (The Brazilian Beat), guide a late-night, spirituous journey sampling strains from Brazil, Italy, Poland, and beyond: Altered State Radio / 12 Avril 2019
Pulp: His n Hers
There are a number of stories of artists that took the long road to commercial success, but the story of Pulp is an especially curious one. This is a band that spent significant time in the artistic wilderness—nearly 15 years. And then, suddenly, one album permanently set them into the firmament of Britpop elder statesmen–Blur, Oasis, and Suede in particular. That album, His n Hers, turned 25 last week, and its sharp, calculated fission of a decade and a half’s worth of preparation still sounds like a chart-topping album, albeit one from some alternate timeline where some very different things happened in terms of commercial music.
Here We Are: Adam Alter
“Being bored is a luxury” posits Adam Alter while guesting on a recent episode of comedian Shane Mauss' Here We Are podcast—a series that pairs the host with a different scientist each week. Alter, the author behind the book Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, explains to Mauss why he believes that what we are presently experiencing via our phones/apps/technology is much more than just the "latest moral panic”, in reference to previous generational attitudes surrounding the arrival of, say, television and other nascent technology.
So what makes this so different? According to Alter, it's the rate of evolution compared to any tech product before. Exponential evolution with each new step, each making the product(s) harder to resist. Products that are weaponized and actively trying to hook you. Products that, in essence, hack users attention. Brave new world, indeed.
White Fence: Lagniappe Sessions
Tim Presley's White Fence released a new record earlier this year. Per usual, it's bizarre and great. As such, we've re-upped both of White Fence's Lagniappe Sessions to download/stream. Ten covers spanning Tim's Nightcrawlers-like take on Gin Blossoms' "Allison Road" to garage-Bowie: "I like when you can re-dress up a song in a new outfit and it can speak to different people," says Presley.
White Fence - First Session//White Fence - Second Session
Flying Lotus: Fire Is Coming
The first taste from Flying Lotus' new album FLAMAGRA, out May 24 via Warp Records, "Fire is Coming" pairs FlyLo with David Lynch. Lyrically, the collaboration is pretty much a Lynch movie shrank down to micro-scale: a transmission disrupts a suburban scene where the tiny cracks in the bucolic facade are widening. But its video diverges into an animistic whirl, Lynch's face twisting and morphing as he warns: "Fire is coming! Fire is coming!"
Make Waves: A New Patreon Exclusive Mixtape
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SIRIUS 562 (April 17): Intro ++ Ranking Ann – A Slice Of English Toast ++ Wayne Smith & Prince Jammy – Synchro Start ++ Fela Kuti – Unknown Soldier (AD Edit) ++ Juan Pablo Torres – Son A Propulsion ++ Cochemea – Maso Ye’eme > All My Relations ++ The Whitefield Brothers – Sad Nile ++ Michael Nau – No Quit To It ++ Damon Locks / Black Monument Ensemble – The Colors That You Bring ++ Don Cherry – Brown Rice ++ The Budos Band – Ghost Walk ++ Antibalas – Dub Je Je ++ Dwight Sykes – In The Life Zone (Instrumental) ++ Tommy Guerrero – Sidewalk Soul ++ Daisuke Kuroda – Meditation (In Tribute) ++ Rob – Forgive Us All ++ The Poets Of Rhythm – Discern Define ++ Scientist – The Voodoo Curse ++ (Interlude) ++ Fela Kuti – This Is Sad ++ Joe Tongo – Dig It Babe ++ The Psychedelic Aliens – Okponmo Ni Tsitsi Emo Le ++ The Lijadu Sisters – Bayi L’ense ++ Georges Happi Hello Friends ++ Rikki Ililonga – Fire High ++ Bohannon – Save Their Souls ++ Annette Peacock – I’m The One ++ Ranking Ann – Moonlight Lover ++ William Onyeabor – Body And Soul ++ Sun Ra – This Song Is Dedicated To Nature’s God
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