Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/May 6, 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.
From the Eagle Mall to Terrapin Station: A Skeleton Key to Robert Hunter
One for deep heads (of various stripes): Over at AD, Dead scholar Jesse Jarnow wrote about The Giant's Harp, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter's mysterious novel set in the expanded Terrapin Station universe, and how it connects to a lost suite of 1968-1969 Dead tunes by Jerry Garcia.
Protomartyr: No Passion All Technique
2012’s No Passion All Technique set up Protomartyr as purveyors of midwest existentialism and raging post-punk. Recently reissued in an expanded edition, revisiting the album reveals how much about Protomartyr was in place from the very start. “I thought, ‘Here’s my chance to get this all out,” says frontman Joe Casey.
Stevie Wonder: Musikladen 1974
If you weren’t looking for something reeall funky, WALK AWAY RIGHT NOW. Laid down for German television in 1974, in the midst of one of the strongest four-album runs ever, Steve Wonder and his band (Wonderlove) go hard. Reference aside, ignore the setlist. This 31-minute performance is very much its own thing..something to get lost in, as evidenced, immediately...
Now Streaming: King Crimson
Though Robert Fripp and co. have long held out from streaming, the band's discography recently became available on Apple Music, with Spotify and other services to follow. While the band's dedication to physical product and equitable compensation for its music remains an inspiration, it's hard to deny how many minds are about to get blown with this instant access to KC's baffling and brilliant studio albums. It's all part of a 50th-anniversary celebration that also includes a tour, book, two box sets, and a documentary film.
Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico: Le Bataclan, Paris 1972
Taste the whip. Captured in January 1972, a year and half following Lou Reed’s hard exit from the Velvet Underground, we find ourselves at Le Bataclan theatre, Paris, France. The occasion marked a semi-impromptu reunion of the former VU bandmates. For a night, anyway. Recorded via the club’s soundboard, and broadcasted on the French television program, Pop2, the fourteen track setlist finds the trio pulling from their individual solo catalogs, as well as vintage VU chestnuts (“The Black Angel’s Death Song”, “Femme Fatale”, “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, etc.). Their first time taking the stage together in five years, the energy/tension coming off the 1000 capacity room is near palpable. And the performances, inspired, are made all the better for it. As is Reed’s banter.
Lost LA: KCET and USC Libraries
Another reminder to never take public television for granted: Lost LA —a co-production of KCET and the USC Libraries. Now in its fourth season, this Emmy award-winning series explores West Coast myth-making, wading deep into LA's often murky historical waters. The good, the bad, the ugly...the bizarre. From the impetus behind tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney's digging of the Venice canals, to the desert ghost towns surrounding the fantasy of Southern California, Lost LA unpacks a lot.
Related: Speaking of west coast crazies, here's one for all our fellow runner freaks: Every Single Street With Rickey Gates. Does the idea of running on every street in your town/city appeal to you? It did to this guy, and Every Single Street is a 20-minute doc about why, when and where. Following his running across of the USA in under six months, Gates decided to run every street in his adopted hometown of San Francisco. That's 1100 square miles of street and 147,000 feet of elevation over 46 days. Why? Because he was stoned. Just kidding. Because, well, why not?
Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages
Here's an essential buy: the first ever vinyl pressing of the legendary free jazz guitarist’s seminal final album Ask The Ages. Sonny at his transcendent and furious best, with Elvin Jones, Charnett Moffett, and Pharoah Sanders in tow. Available now via Hive Mind Records.
Starring comedian Ramy Youssef as Ramy Hassan, Hulu’s Ramy offers a frequently hilarious and often challenging look at modern American life for a young Muslim millennial. Not only has there never been a portrayal of Muslim faith like this on TV—there’s rarely been a depiction of any faith this open and incisive. The sacred and profane mingle freely—the show's not judging of its characters, but unafraid to explore complex moral questions.
O Terno: atrás/além
Folks, if you aren’t listening to Andrew Jervis’ Bandcamp Weekly, then, well, we’re not sure what you’re doing. Jervis is always uncovering and illuminating the best music. This week it’s atrás/além, O Terno’s 2018 masterwork. The Sao Paolo-based trio’s latest full-length is brimming with psilocybin-friendly arrangements, cavernous grooves, and Tim Bernardes’ intoxicatingly soulful tenor. Not to mention cameos from Shinataro Sakamoto and Devendra Banhart. Jervis highlighted the Yamasuki Singers-styled “Bielzinho / Bielzihno.” A gem, no less, though we suggest you drop the needle on “Eu Vou.” This is the good stuff.
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SIRIUS 564 (May 1): Jean Michel Bernard — Générique Stephane ++ Loudon Wainwright III – Hollywood Hopeful ++ Neil Young – L.A. ++ Crazy Horse – Dance, Dance, Dance ++ Ernie Graham – Don’t Want Me Round You ++ Bert Jansch – Open Up the Watergate (Let the Sunshine In) ++ Bob Dylan – When I Paint My Masterpiece ++ Sandy Denny – Crazy Lady Blues ++ Chris Darrow – Wherever You Are ++ The First Edition – Tulsa Turnaround ++ Leon Russell & Marc Benno – Hello, Little Friend ++ Bob Carpenter – Miracle Man ++ Hamilton Camp – I Shall Be Released ++ The 31st Of February – God Rest His Soul ++ Gene Clark & Doug Dillard – Don’t Let Me Down ++ Clover — Mr. Moon ++ Daniel Moore — May, 16, 1975 ++ Abrigada – Tribute to Joe Raposo ++ Goose Creek Symphony — A Satisfied Mind ++ Bob Martin — Captain Jesus ++ Link Wray – Juke Box Mama ++ The B.C. Harmonizers — You Ought To Been There ++ Odetta — Baby, I’m In The Mood For You ++ The Zion Travelers – The Blood ++ Rolling Stones – I Just Want To See His Face ++ The Georgia Sea Island Singers – Adam In The Garden ++ Little Feat – Strawberry Flats ++ Willis Alan Ramsey — Geraldine And The Honeybee ++ Bobby Charles — Street People ++ Françoise Hardy – Till the Morning Comes ++ Jerry Jeff Walker – Will There Be Any ++ Harry Crews — Everything Was Stories ++ Ramsay Midwood — Spinning On This Rock ++ John Martin – Over The Hill ++ Davy Graham – Both Sides Now (excerpt) ++ David Crosby – I’d Swear There Was Somebody There ++ Jerry Jeff Walker – About Her Eyes ++ Sibylle Baier – Wim ++ Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Pardon My Heart ++ Jim White – Still Waters