Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/November 11, 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.
Tindersticks: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
“The things we’ve done, the great times we’ve had, that doesn’t interest me,” Stuart Staples tells Charley Ruddell over the phone from his countryside home in Limousin, France. “You have to be in the moment together.” Now at AD, read their sprawling discussion, covering Tindersticks' continual forward movement and new album, No Treasure But Hope.
Miles Davis: In a Silent Way
In a year loaded with albums turning fifty, few have retained the genre-defying staying power and influence of In A Silent Way.
General Magic: A Documentary
There are loads of origin story documentaries our there chronicling the world of tech, but 2019’s General Magic is one of the most present and prescient. Directed by Sarah Keruish and Matt Maude, the film runs down the history of the Silicon Valley start-up General Magic—a company which spun out of the Apple braintrust in 1990. With its sights set on creating the first handheld smart phone, the narrative of General Magic plays out like an oral history; its story largely told by its chief architects, including founders Andy Hertzfeld and Marc Porat. Chances are, you're presently reading this via your phone via a technology these people quite literally invented. The film is now streaming wherever you do your streaming business.
Jaw Breaker :: On the Sickening Beauty of Darcy “chik white” Spidle
Jesse Locke writes: A pair of collaborations with Bill Nace and Xuan Ye find chik white's jaw harp sounding simultaneously natural and unnatural, alien and intimate, beautiful and sickening in all of its gobbing glory.
Amy Hempel: In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried
"Tell me things I won't mind forgetting," she said. "Make it useless stuff or skip it."
Our favorite late night radio program Desert Oracle Radio has AD editor Jason P. Woodbury on to discuss the enduring mystery of the vanished singer/songwriter Jim Sullivan.
Moon Duo: Stars Are the Light
Over the course of the past decade, San Francisco’s Moon Duo has drifted among the clouds, emitting bursts of spacey shoegaze and mellow psych. The duo’s latest, Stars Are the Light finds them headed toward an icy disco party somewhere further out than previously traveled. Parkas required.
Desert Oracle Radio: episode #68: Witches & Cowboys
Flea: Acid For the Children
Let's say you're not a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers—no matter. Flea's new biography doesn't focus on the merits and exploits of the long-running funk-rock band. Rather, it presents an origin story, and it's at once an empathic, tender-hearted, open, and frequently beautiful account, owing much to Patti Smith's transcendent Just Kids (her forward here is breathtakingly gorgeous). Los Angeles misfits, long may you run.
Julian Gasc: Kiss Me You Fool!
Largely known outside of Europe through his involvement with Stereolab and Aquaserge, Toulouse troubadour Julien Gasc released a savvy pair of solo records mid-decade via the Paris based Born Bad Records. The second of these, Kiss Me You Fool!, expands on the venn diagram of influences outlined on his debut, ably juxtaposing orchestral pop, folk and subtle flourishes of psychedelia. It’s a rakish affair elegantly flanked by guests Laëtitia Sadier, John Linger and Cathy Lucas. Nous sommes excités pour plus!
The Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XM radio ~ Channel 35. Wednesdays / 7pm California time + on-demand. This week we are running through the first two hours that comprise our Decade feature, which you should read/listen to, HERE...
SIRIUS 589 (November 6): Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time ++ Deerhunter – Desire Lines ++ Cate Le Bon – I Can’t Help You ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – Mask On Mask ++ Destroyer – Chinatown ++ Helado Negro – Running ++ Charlotte Gainsbourg – Deadly Valentine ++ Radiohead – Daydreaming ++ Dungen – Franks Kaktus ++ Amen Dunes – Satudarah ++ Father John Misty – Fun Times In Babylon ++ William Tyler – Cadillac Desert ++ Kevin Morby – Harlem River ++ Julien Gasc – Luke Howard ++ Dirty Beaches – Lord Knows Best ++ Kurt Vile – In My Time ++ White Fence – Swagger Vets & Double Moon ++ Lower Dens – Tea Lights ++ Julian Lynch – Terra ++ Steve Gunn – Water Wheel ++ Foxygen – Make It Known ++ Real Estate – Green Aisles ++ Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Bicycle
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