Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/August 19, 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.
Boots In Transit: An Appreciation of the Dead on Cassette
"...my copy of the second set of Rochester 9/27/76 was either taped a bit slow or has been played so much that it gets tired & slows down. It sounds like a Grateful Dead DJ Screw remix." Last week at AD, James Jackson Toth of Wooden Wand described his initiation to the world of live Dead on cassette. And speaking of Wooden Wand. JJ Toth and co (members of Woods) released this into the world. Recorded in the Brooklyn blizzard of 2018, and possibly the last release under the Wooden Wand banner.
Maison Dufrene is Now on Spotify
Straight from the pages of Aquarium Drunkard: Maison Dufrene is now a podcast easily accessible through Spotify! Hours and hours of fresh, old gospel, county, pop, folk, and soul songs available in over 200, 25 minutes mixes compiled over that last eight years. Replenished daily with archival tracks and updated twice a week with new arrivals.
Eamon Fogarty: I Am the Cosmos (Chris Bell)
Covering Big Star guitarist Chris Bell’s 1978 ballad “I Am the Cosmos,” progressive art-rocker Eamon Fogarty manages to thread the needle, honoring the original’s ache while also tearing it apart via a Sonny Sharrock-style free-jazz freakout.
Lower Dens: The Aquarium Drunkard Session
(Re-upped; first time since 2015) Recorded live from the historic Capitol Studios on October 19th, 2015. Lower Dens tracked, mixed and cut the live session straight to vinyl...new album out next month.
"Elliott Spencer" by George Saunders
"So the story began as a thought experiment: Who would I be if all my memories and my language were erased? If I were like a new computer just out of the box—all operating system, no data? Would residual habits of thought continue to define me? What would it be like to have to learn language from scratch?"
Unearthed, Vol. 7: Rocky Mountain Time
Welcome to the seventh installment of Unearthed, a series of thematic mixes that travel deep into dusty vintage zones to dig up bootleg gold.
The confusingly named Ebbets Field music venue was some ways away from its Brooklyn namesake — in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado, to be exact. But if you were fortunate enough to catch a few shows at the tiny club back in the early to mid-1970s, it might have been as thrilling an experience as seeing the ’55 Dodgers win the World Series. Ebbets booked some truly stellar acts — and lucky for us, a host of shows were broadcast on local airwaves. For the latest Unearthed, we’ve gathered together a totally eclectic sampling of Mile High sounds, ranging from lowdown blues crawls to futuristic synth-pop, from blazing funk-rock to jangly Britfolk. Set your watch to Rocky Mountain Time.
Tanzmusik – Kraftwerk / Diamonds On My Windshield – Tom Waits / Cosmic Slop – Parliament Funkadelic / Shotgun Willie – Willie Nelson / Set You Free This Time – Gene Clark / Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya – Dr. John / Little Sir Hugh – Steeleye Span / Rocky Mountain Tim – John Prine / Down In The Flood – Fairport Convention / Open Country Joy – Mahavishnu Orchestra / Dixie Chicken > Tripe Face Boogie – Little Feat / Going Down Slow – Howlin’ Wolf / Magnolia – JJ Cale / From Boulder To Birmingham – Emmylou Harris
Bill Orcutt: The Sun And Its Horizon
Guitarist Bill Orcutt returns October 11 with Odds Against Tomorrow, a collection of 10 new avant-blues compositions. The first taste from the record, "The Sun And Its Horizon," demonstrates his soulful approach, at once beautiful and mad.
Jim Sullivan: If The Evening Were Dawn and Jim Sullivan
October 25th, Light in the Attic releases two titles by folk-rock myth Jim Sullivan: If The Evening Were Dawn, featuring 10 unreleased demos and a new edition of his 1972 Playboy Records self-titled release. S/T features brand new liners notes by Aquarium Drunkard's Jason P. Woodbury and "remastered" art by D. Norsen Design, and the solo acoustic set features art by AD's Chris Campbell.
Al Jarreau: Roof Garden
Here’s something that will make you want to move your body Steve Martin à la Turk. Six and half minutes of strange, unquenchable pop-funk, the late Al Jarreau released “Roof Garden” in the libertine summer of 1981. Having long leaned away from his early 70s jazz roots, the track finds the acrobat of scat in full-on, LA R&B mode. With rubberband-like vox, dude is backed up by an insane cast of players (George Duke, Steve Gadd, the list goes on). Slicker than snot, the mixing console was no doubt Chivas stained and ivory smooth.
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